December 24, 2009

Christmas playlist


I hope everyone's enjoying the holidays. Here are some tracks I listen to a lot these days, to get into the christmas mood - my alternative/indie rock Christmas playlist!

Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

Eels - Christmas Is Going to the Dogs

"Baby Jesus, born to rock." - "Get off your sled and go to bed - don't you ever tire?". Mr. E, of the US alternative rockers Eels, knows how to rock my Christmas!

Drawing Constellations - All I Want For Christmas Is You (Ooh Baby)

Drawing Constellations - Chestnuts Roasting

Canadian indie rockers Drawing Constellations do a couple of awesome and very fresh-feeling takes on two christmas classics.

Erlend Øye - Last Christmas

A track from one of Norwegian Erlend Øye's (of Kings of Convenience and Whitest Boy Alive) acoustic solo shows. He too does a cover of a Christmas song I'm quite tired of, but does a very sweet interpretation of the song. I'm honestly not very fond of WHAM at all, but Øye manages to turn this cheesy 80s hit into something completely different - something beautiful!

Mew - She Came Home For Christmas

Danish indie/prog rockers Mew wrote this gem in the mid-nineties, and it has been released as a Christmas single over and over again between 1997 and 2003 in Denmark and the rest of the world. Here's the 2003 version from their breakthrough album Frengers. A sweet ballad that will ensure Christmas mood!

of Montreal - Christmas isn't safe for animals

Psychedelic indie poppers of Montreal, from Athens, Georgia, just being their usual weird selves. This quirky Christmas song is really charming!
December 23, 2009

Iggy Pop is awesome



Iggy Pop is an artist that I just keep going back to, again and again. Apart from his work with his band The Stooges, Pop has also led an amazing solo career. His first two solo efforts, Lust for Life and The Idiot are possibly my favorite albums of the 70s.

Iggy Pop is arguably one of the biggest living musical legends on the planet today. Iggy is the grandfather, king and pretty much inventor of punk music. His live shows are legendary: The raw, bare-chested, sweaty, drunken bravado at his shows in the 60s/70s have been an inspiration for punk and rock performers ever since, and an endless hoard of people have since attempted to be as kick-ass as him - which is an impossible task, of course.

After inventing his raw stage persona as the vocalist for his band The Stooges, he left the band to go solo, and then something unusual happened: he actually made even better music. In 1977 he releaed his first two solo albums, Lust for Life and The Idiot, with only a half year interval. Lust for Life is the most famous of the two, with its iconic album cover featuring Iggy's creepy and manic smile brimming at you. From the very first track (which is also the title track), you know you're in for something special: In what I honestly think is one of the best opening tracks ever made, the song comes right at you with its intense drums, and the heavy bass and Iggy's nonchalant vocals carry you through five powerful and legendary minutes.

Pop is still as active as ever today. In what has to be one of my favorite singles of 2009, he teamed up with the BPA, also known as Fatboy Slim, to record a cover of The Monochrome Set's "He's Frank". This song is an awesome meeting of two talents, and almost as good as Pop's former US-UK collaboration - which was in the 70s and with David Bowie. (Bowie wrote songs for Lust for Life and The Idiot). The song's video is awesome too, and conveniently also has a puppet theme that fits well into this blog!

December 9, 2009

Broken Social Scene covering Pavement



mp3: Broken Social Scene - Kennel District (Pavement Cover)


And speaking of Pavement and their upcoming comeback tour (see my previous entry) here's one of my favorite bands covering one of my favorite Pavement songs! Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew is a big fan of 90s alternative bands like Dinosaur Jr and Pavement, and performed covers of them during the when he went on tour with BSS 2007-08 promoting his solo album, Spirit If.

It must be really amazing for the fanboy, then, that Broken Social Scene are set to perform at Pavement's UK shows in May! For a music fan growing up to be a musician, sharing stage with your idols must be incredible. The cover version is really good, give it a listen!

Pavement back on tour

I've been excited about the reunion of Pavement for some time. They're one of the best alternative rock bands of the 90s, but dissolved in 1999 - when I was thirteen years old, which means I was born a bit too late to ever have a chance to see them perform live.

Last week, I decided that I want to go to the Roskilde Festival next year, which I haven't been to since 2007. And today, Pavement were announced as the festival's first headliners! Very nice pre-Christmas gift.

And speaking of Christmas arriving soon, and Pavement being back soon, here's an amazing classic Pavement song with an OK music video starring all band members dressed as Santa Claus:

September 29, 2009

Songs to Sleep to Part 1: KC Accidental

Songs to Sleep to

If there’s one judgment people often seem to make about my taste in music, it would be that it is “sleep music”. They can never really define what they mean by this kind of music, but this mood is generally what is captured and affected to the listener. What mood do people often attribute to “sleep music”? Music with fewer lyrics, more emphasis on melody and harmony, and a pace to slow the heart down might be some consistent patterns observed in my tastes.

So, what music do I listen to when I go to sleep? I’ll do a whole series on my bedtime lullabies and give you all a feeling of my bedroom at 3am.



The first album in the series is Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills, by KC Accidental. KC Accidental is a band created by Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, composing the K and C in the band name respectively. You might recognize the two names as associated with Broken Social Scene. You’d be correct to make the leap. As it turns out, KC Accidental is Broken Social Scene. Or rather, Broken Social Scene is KC Accidental. Broken Social Scene alludes to this fact in their song “K.C. Accidental” from the album You Forgot It In People, and Anthems features many of the great and talented artists from Broken Social Scene we have come to love: Emily Haines (Metric), Evan Cranley (Stars), Jason Collett, Jessica Moss (Silver Mt. Zion), James Payment (Do Make Say Think) and James Shaw (Metric).

The album is almost entirely instrumental, save one song, called “Them (Pop Song #3333)”. There is a brilliant layering of classic, organic instruments. Violins and horns, and a steady baseline characteristic of all Broken Social Scene jamouts. The songs are long and expansive, but very distinct. Give a listen to the beginnings of everyone’s favorite Canadian powerhouse.

Song 3: Residential Love Song
Song 5: Them (Pop Song #3333)
Song 6: Is And Of The
(click to play, right-click to save as an mp3)
September 20, 2009

My favorite albums of the first half of 2009: 2nd & 1st

So, I'm finally done with my list! I hope you'll enjoy the last two mp3s, and I'd love to hear what your favorites have been so far this year. Have a nice remainder of September, folks.


2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective - In The Flowers
Leaked to the internet in December 2008 as a christmas present for ecstatic music bloggers, this album gained such a positive reputation pre-release that it's easy to forget that it actually officially was released in the year 2009. Animal Collective weren't exactly lacking in critical and popular recognition before this album, but already from the first track you instantly know that you this time are in for something special. The opener "In The Flowers" has the kind of slowly building and highly elevating opening track construction, working so perfectly, that it's easily comparable to openers such as Muse's New Born (Origin of Symmetry). But the parallels to stadium rock stop right there - the rest of Merriweather Post Pavillion sees Animal Collective take a deep dive into vastly layered electronic music, deeper than they've ever been before. I saw them live for their Merriweather Post Pavillion tour, and the show basically consisted of each of the band members standing in front of computers, deeply engrossed and focused. Which kind of made it feel like I was watching a robotic Kraftwerk show - not that there's anything wrong about that, though! It reflects the style of the album, which has a whole different feel to it than Animal Collective's earlier efforts, like the largely acoustic and low-fi Sung Tongs (2004). Merryweather does however show signs of influence from band member Panda Bear's solo effort Person Pitch (2007) in terms of the largely electronic soundscape. It's hard to say anything about such a highly discussed album as Merryweather without repeating what others have already said a hundred times before, so for now I'll leave it at the cliche "listen to it if you haven't already, to see what all the buzz is about, you'll be convinced"!

1. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun
Scottish Camera Obscura manage something magical: they make music so harmless-sounding and filled of 50s-60s nostalgia in its soundscape that you can play it at your grandma's house with no problem, with sentimental and melancholic lyrics about heartache that would appeal to your old aunt, yet they manage to fill the lyrics with so much smartness, attitude and bitter sarcasm that the cynical, postmodernist ironic-distance hipster 00s youth embrace it unquestionably. What is it that makes hopeless-romantic slash irony-filled cynic Tracyanne Campbell's bittersweet stories about her troubled relationships to men reach out to young MALES all over the world? I'm not sure, but I do know that - apart from the smart lyrics - their excellent songwriting and ridiculously catchy melodies don't exactly go against their favor either. There are of course those who can't stand the whole twee scene (claiming the music's too "sweet", whatever that's supposed to mean!), but it's hard for anyone to deny that My Maudlin Career is a masterpiece in the band's 4-album catalogue, and that they in the eight year of their career are in full force. From the poppy and radio-friendly "French Navy", to the atmospheric "My Maudlin Career", from "Honey In The Sun"'s upbeat horn chorus set to the sentimental and sincere "I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew, but it's as saxophones and honey in the sun for you", to the bitter sarcasm in the lyrics of Swans ("Oh, you want to be a writer? Fantastic idea!"), the album is filled with supreme writing, chock full of ideas, and gives hope for many more years of beautiful bittersweetness from my Scottish friends.
I'm going to continue spamming this blog with my "top ten favorite albums of the first half of 2009" project. Here's some more rambling, and some more mp3s for you all!

5. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Phoenix - 1901
Phoenix's new album managed to take a turn back to the very first, but not in the desperate "return to our roots" kind of way. More like finally acknowledging what the band does best. 2000's United was strutting with French coolness and funky synth-based dance tracks like "If I Ever Feel Better" and "Too Young" (the latter made famous as being that cool song they played at the hip Tokyo party in Lost In Translation). Their association with the French electronic music scene, notably artists like Air, was evident despite them being - at least in their live shows - quite guitar driven. For 2004's Alphabetical they slowed down, and polished the soundscape so much that many tracks gave stronger association of dull radio pop and 90s boyband ballads than with hip French party-floor fillers. 2006's It's never been like that saw a strong counter-reaction to this, exchanging the slow over-polished pop sound for a very rocked out, lo-fi and energetic guitar sound. For Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, they manage to combine the energic guitar pop of the last album with the first album's synth and electronica in the opening tracks and hit singles "Lisztomania" and "1901", and make deep turns into electronica in songs such as "Love Like A Sunset". Overall, the whole album feels like a band who's found their right place after being lost for a little while.

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
The energetic, screaming, roaring, rough, sweaty and high-paced magic of Fever To Tell captivated every person who touched it in 2003. And thanks to the hit single "Maps" there weren't exactly few of those persons. Ironically, "Maps" is completely unrepresentative for the rest of the debut album, being a sweet ballad that stands in strong contrast to the rough guitar-driven neo-punk/garage of the rest of the album. While singer Karen O sings softly on "Maps", she spends the rest of the album shrieking, yelling and occasionally wheezing and moaning erotically. In 2006's follow-up Show Your Bones, YYYs returned with studio versions of live staples from the dirty and rough Fever to Tell tour, such as "Cheated Hearts", but also experimented with entirely new sounds and instruments, such as the piano in "Turn Into". While it was an above average second album, Show Your Bones lacked the instant danceability and moshpit-inducing beats of Fever to Tell, and also came off as somewhat stylistically inconsistent. Now another three years have passed, and It's Blitz! saw an ass-kicking YYY back on top of their game. From the awesome album cover (which has to be 2009's best cover artwork so far) to the instant energy from the opener "Zero" and on, the album is brimming with attitude. The punkish guitar-driven soundscape has been replaced with a dancefloor friendly synthesizer-enhanced sound, but thankfully it works. Karen O's vocals are less eccentric, screaming and erotic, but she shows maturity while still confirming she's no less filled with energy. The album manages to juggle perfectly between danceable and energetic floor-fillers and more quiet ballads (the beautiful "Skeletons" being my favorite), re-confirming what the already has known from all the way back in 2003: YYYs are talented enough to manage both, and still please the same crowd with every track. One of the biggest indie rock hypes of the start of the 00s proved themselves to have enough talent and longevity to still be just as hip at the decade's final year!

3. The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
The Whitest Boy Alive - Timebomb
Erlend Øye, of Kings of Convenience and Röyksopp fame, sometime in 2002 decided to leave his beloved Bergen, Norway for the slightly more eventful Berlin, Germany, in order to - among other things - pursue his interest for electronic music. His new life in the clubbing and dance capital resulted in the nice electronic solo album Unrest (2003). Also, in a sequence of incidents unknown to me, it resulted in him forming a live band with his German DJ friends, dubbed Whitest Boy Alive, whose concept eventually became to play electronic music with "no programmed elements" (to quote the band). Initially, Whitest Boy Alive played live band versions of Unrest era b-sides such as "Don't Give Up", "All Ears", turning the somewhat sterile and cold electronic soundscape to guitar and synth based pop. The result was the 2006's Dreams, an album full of accessible, danceable guitar pop. This year's follow-up Rules no longer has the evolved Erlend Øye solo career tracks, but consists entirely of new material created by the band as a whole, and evolved form of the many improvised live jams and covers that characterized their Dreams tour. The funky "1517" especially is clearly an evolution of their many Daft Punk covers. In songs such as Timebomb, it's clearer than ever that this band mainly consists of DJs who picked up live instruments. And that's not meant as a bad thing - in contrary, the electronic DJs expressing themselves through a different set of instruments makes for a wonderful fusion of two worlds. The synthesizer is more prominent in Rules, which combined with the bass takes the lad, with Øye and his guitar taking a modest step back. Øye, while infamous for loving being the center of attention, is less prominent in this album, which allows the listener to appreciate the talents of the other band members as well, and enjoy an evolved and improved band. In other words, this is the perfect second album, and as a fan of the first, I couldn't have hoped for anything better.
September 15, 2009

My favorite albums of the first half of 2009 (#7 - #6)

I'm posting this two months too late, but oh well. My personal top ten favorite albums released in the first half of 2009! (January 1st to June 30th) Here's my 7th and 6th favorite albums, see my last post in this blog for number 10 through 8.

7. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Sonic Youth - Massage The History
Sonic Youth are back yet again, and this return to a smaller label sees them make nudges to the punkish, fast-paced and noisy 80s underground period of their career, in tracks such as "Anti-Orgasm", while still including the sort of slowly building, atmospheric acoustic guitar enhanced tracks that can only be found late in their career, like the album closer "Massage The History". The latter most of all reminds me of the excellent Sonic Nurse's (2004) "I Love You Golden Blue" - which is a very good thing in my book. On a whole, the album continues the constant evolution of Sonic Youth where 2006's Rather Ripped left off, but also shows influence of the band's 2008 tour, which was a nostalgic homage tour to their 1988 masterpiece Daydream Nation. A good mix that makes for a very solid album!

6. Asobi Seksu - Hush
Asobi Seksu - Transparance
The New Yorker shoegaze/dream pop band Asobi Seksu used to be a quintet of four American men and one Japanese woman (and vocalist), but has since been reduced to a duo of just one Japanese and one American for this third LP. Somehow, though, the multi-layered wall of guitars that characterize shoegaze-inspired "dream pop" bands is not gone at all, even with only one man playing all instruments. This perhaps just makes it clear that Asobi Seksu's albums have always been product of heavy studio work, and not a collection of songs that can easily be picked up and played by the band live. While I personally think that this third album has a very weak opening, my initial disappointment was soon completely turned around by a series of very strong tracks, such as the beautiful "Transparence", and the surprisingly upbeat and radio-friendly "Me & Mary".

Like before, the charm of the band lies in their unusual and good melodies, the combination of Japanese and English lyrics sung by the charismatic Yuki Chikudate, and the easily accessible take on the shoegaze genre. The first and self-titled album (2003) saw Chikudate playing with the Japanese female stereotype of cutesy innocence and immaturity, singing with a fragile and girlish voice while at the same time combining it with the band's non-innocent lyrics and band name (Asobi Seksu can roughly be translated as "casual sex", or "sex just for fun"). The follow-up Citrus (2006), on the other hand, saw her trying a more confident and mature style of singing, and in Hush, she truly has moved to the polar opposite of her roots, showing a strutting confidence. She still keeps her voice high, though, and at times somewhat fragile, thankfully. After all, as genre inventors My Bloody Valentine showed the world twenty years ago, what really makes the roaring wall of sound in the shoegaze genre work, is the supplementing high and fragile vocals that work as a contrast to its bombasticness.
This is way overdue, but here goes: My favorite ten albums from the first half of 2009! (January 1st to June 30th) I originally compiled my top ten list in July, and drafted this entry for Esoteric Mumblings, but I never got the time to finish and post it. It's still 4 months until I can post my "albums of the year" top list, though, so I guess it's still not too late to finally post this? I'll start at the bottom and post three albums for now:

10. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and their entire debut album, sounds like it isn't from the turn of the first decade-change in the new millennium, but rather like something from the late 80s - early 90s decade turn. It's pleasant, sweet music that it's hard not to fall for for, and you can read more about them in tbomb's post.

9. Röyksopp - Junior
Download: Röyksopp - Miss it So Much
With Junior, Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp continue where they left off on their last (and second) LP, The Understanding (2005): vocal-intensive, radio and dancefloor friendly electronica-pop. Anyone dreaming of a return to the modest, café friendly chill-out style of their 2002 debut album and definite masterpiece Melody A.M. will be disappointed, but everyone else will be thrilled to hear another bouquet of innovative pop songs made by these very skilled song writers and producers. While the first track, "Happy Up Here", sounds a bit too much like a radio hit label executives ordered Röyksopp to write (with the plead "make another 'Eple', please!"), the rest of the album is quite innovative and full of gems, my personal favorites being "You Don't Have a Clue" and "Miss It So Much". The latter features vocals by Swedish Lykke Li, an artist I personally think made one of 2008's very best debut albums. Lykke Li on Röyksopp's Junior for the first time voluntarily adds her vocals to electronica music, after having had her debut album remixed by about every bloghouse/electro DJ in the world last year (including the excellent Fred Falke remix, one of my definitive favorite dance tracks of 2008). Good to see she realized herself how well her voice works for dance music - I hope she'll collaborate with Röyksopp again in the future!

8. Eels - Hombre Lobo (12 songs of desire)
Download: Eels - That Look You Give That Way
After his "epic" two-disc LP Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (2005), Mark Oliver "E" Everett wrote a autobiography and was involved in making a documentary film about his late father Hugh Everett, the hugely influential quantum physicist. Now, after four years, he's finally back in the world of rock, making music! Possibly as a reaction to "heaviness" of his two-disc emotionally loaded epic and the highly esoteric world of quantum physics, Hombre Lobo is a very straightforward rock and roll album. No heart-crushing piano numbers, so spilling out of his guts or his lifestory, just small down-to-earth songs about every day life, and about feeling alone and wanting a girlfriend. And about desire. E howls like a wolf, screams for "fresh blood" and tries to "rock out" in his desire-filled werewolf alter ego, but once again the geek icon is the best when he instead shows his introverted, shy side: the beautiful "That Look You Give That Guy" is in my opinion the album's best (it's also the quietest, by far). A cute little song about watching your secret love from a distance, as she's walking happy with her boyfriend, wishing you could "be that guy instead of me".
August 6, 2009

New Kings of Convenience material



Song recommendations:
Kings of Convenience - Boat Behind
Kings of Convenience - Mrs. Cold
(listen on Myspace)

Mellow and quiet Norwegian acoustic guitar duo Kings of Convenience became a surprise hit wide beyond Norway's borders with the beautiful debut album Quiet Is The New Loud in 2001. They are often compared to Simon & Garfunkel, but I personally believe their guitar technique exceeds the 60s duo by far, and their frank, melancholic and smart lyrics move me more than S&G's poetry manages to on its very best. The two Norwegians followed up their debut LP with another twelve amazing tracks in the outstanding Riot On An Empty Street in 2004, but since then there has been little news from the duo.

The perfectionists Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambæk Bøe didn't want to release anything together that they weren't a hundred per cent satisfied with, and have over the past five years several times mentioned that they have a bunch of new songs in the making, but not enough truly good material for a third album. While keeping us waiting for new KoC material, Erlend Øye has been working on his other band, Whitest Boy Alive, while Eirik has been been featured as a guest vocalist on albums such as Feist's The Reminder and Cornelius' Sensuous.

The Kings have now apparently finally recorded something they think is good enough for the world, and are set to release their third LP in their 8-year career, titled Declaration Of Dependence, in September this year. The first two singles have already been released, with "Boat Behind" as the Norwegian-market single and "Mrs. Cold" planned as the single for the rest of the world. Both songs are extremely promising, and my expectations for the album are currently sky-high. It's good to have you back, KoC!
July 22, 2009

DRAKE



You know I'll be over there
Yup- I'll be over there
Shawty, I'll be over there
I'll be hitting all the spots that you ain't even know was there


This song is fantastic. Drake signed onto Young Money Entertainment, Lil Wayne's record label june of this year. This song is from Drake's mixtape "So Far Gone". I would post the song, but I don't really know what's going on with how we upload now. Youtube it is. But I plan on posting a lot more again.

Get to know Drake now, as all your girlfriends will love his songs and dance to him at the club.
July 12, 2009

Goblin Cock


Goblin Cock is headed by Rob Crowe, of Pinback fame. Bagged and Boarded was their debut, and it's toned down metal with an old-school feel that's reminiscent of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and the like. If the band's pun of a name doesn't grab you, hopefully the music will.


From Bagged and Boarded (2005)
July 3, 2009

Happy Independence Day

June 28, 2009

RIP MJ


Bubbles misses you, man.
June 27, 2009

Tortoise


Tortoise is credited with helping to usher in the genre of Post-Rock, along with Mogwai. Their 90's releases garnered a good bit of praise from critics and fans of eclectic rock music everywhere. Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996) and TNT (1998) represent groundbreaking forays into more jazz influenced compositions and experimental production techniques that were heard rarely in standard radio rock. The track length of some of their songs is intimidating, and sometimes frustrating (it's much harder to find a specific movement within a song than it is to find a certain track on an album), but it's by no means a dealbreaker.

From Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)

From It's All Around You (2004)

Desolation Wilderness


I've been trying to get my hands on White Light Strobing since hearing one of the singles in a SXSW promo video a few months back. Desolation Wilderness has a knack for writing laid-back, ethereal songs that owe a bit to My Bloody Valentine, as well as more the recent songwriters Kurt Vile and Devendra Banhart. This album is very consistent. I found all the tracks worth listening to, and there are multiple gems, some of which I'm posting here. The only complaint I have is that the vocals are a little bit downplayed and maybe a tad too saturated with reverb to really understand, but I couldn't really picture myself enjoying DW's sound nearly as much if they were different. Enjoy heartily, folks.

From White Light Strobing (2008)
June 22, 2009

What I and I's Been Listening To....


last.fm username = anthems

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June 17, 2009

Modest Mouse - Autumn Beds



Modest Mouse - Autumn Beds

Has it only been two years since We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank? It feels like ages since the world has been blessed with new Modest Mouse material, but now the band is finally set to release a new EP in August. It's called No One's First and You're Next, and contains songs recorded between 2003 and 2008 that never made it into the past two LPs.

Autumn Beds is one of the six tracks on this upcoming EP, and I'm really liking it. I've always loved the slower, more silent Modest Mouse tracks with great build-ups - The Good Times Are Killing Me (from Good News For People Who Love Bad News) and Sleepwalkin' (from Building Nothing Out Of Something) rank among my fondest favorites. The band is set to tour North America in August and September, so don't miss your chance to see some indie rock legends perform - they're awesome live!
June 9, 2009

Grizzly Bear

Two Weeks


I thought I didn't like this song at first, but then it kept getting stuck in my head. So I figured it was worth a post.

Mew - Introducing Palace Players

Danish art-rockers/prog-rockers Mew are finally back, and are in August set to release their first album in four years. Their pretentiousness, which they often joke about themselves, shines through in the album's absurdly long title. The next Mew album is called (*cleanses throat*):

No more stories
Are told today
I'm sorry
They washed away

No more stories
The world is grey
I'm tired
Let's wash away


Yup, that's the name of the album. The first song from No More More Stories... has leaked, and it's called Introducing Palace Players. The mp3 I posted for it is very likely to be a transcode, since the song only has been released on Mew's Myspace and on a Pitchfork stream so far, but I hope you all will be able to enjoy it nonetheless. It's a very promising sounding track, I can't wait to hear the whole album!
May 27, 2009

AFX TWN


avril 14th
4

Haven't posted in a while, I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the fact that it's summer time. I've decided to post some oldies; for some reason, I've been getting into glitch and electronica a lot, so, it seemed appropriate. The first song, avril 14th, is one of the most beautiful piano pieces I've ever heard. It's off of Aphex Twin's 2001 release, drukqs, and is a huge departure from most Aphex Twin songs. The second, 4, is typical AFX: lots of glitch drums scattered over some pretty atypical melodies. 4 is from his 1996 release, Richard D James. Both are awesome, let me know what you think of them.
May 19, 2009

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion


Animal Collective has been blowing people's minds for quite some time now, and their newest release, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is yet another exciting addition to their already extensive catalog. Like much of their more recent releases, the songs on this album definitely reflect the band's ever-changing interests and sounds very similar to the more electronica-influenced music Panda Bear's been putting out on his own. Deeply layered tracks, unique rhythms, and a certain amount of playfulness are the MO here.

from Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

May 18, 2009

The Beta Band


The Beta Band were a commercially underappreciated band from Britain.  They performed a blend of psychedelic rock, trip-hop, and electronica that critics creamed over.

Mp3's come from a collection of their early EP's.  "Dogs Got A Bone" is a personal favorite.

from The Three E.P.'s (1997)
May 17, 2009

BOXSTR HATES ME


So Boxstr decided to kill my account by not allowing me access and proclaiming that they'd never heard of my email address before when I tried to reset my p-word.  So if my old links are broken, I apologize.  I'll try to re-upload them and change the links when I can.

New account is up.  Username = boxstrsucks

Chiggety-cheers, all.
May 15, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeah's Zero (again)



Toldja I'd get it on here somehow. Either way, YYY has been pissing me off. First they shaft the blog community and then they have this song on the new Gossip Girl commercials? If Karen O's voice wasn't so badass I wouldn't even bother with this.
May 12, 2009

Cassette's Won't Listen


Freeze and Explode

Sorry I haven't posted in so long, it's been a hectic few weeks. I found this song on one of my tv guilty pleasures and thought i'd share it. It's dripping with pop, incredibly catchy, and it's a nice departure from the stuff i've been listening to.


Their sound isn't the most original, but they do it well. The video for "Young Adult Friction" makes me nostalgic for times I never had, and some of those vocals make for a heck of a Morrissey impression.

from The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (2009)
Young Adult Friction
Everything With You

April 30, 2009

XTC


XTC is one of the more interesting bands to spring from England's 80's post-punk / new wave movement.  The band was much more popular with critics than with public consumers, though XTC did see some moderate chart success later in their career.  The first two mp3's come from their 1982 album, English Settlement.  The third is a cover of one of their more popular singles, "Making Plans For Nigel", performed by Primus.  God bless you, Les Claypool.




from English Settlement (1982)

from Primus' Miscellaneous Debris (1992)
April 25, 2009

David E. Sugar



David E. Sugar - Although You May Laugh

David E. Sugar - I Still Like Your Clothes

David E. Sugar - To Yourself

David E. Sugar is an indie electronica artist from the UK who's released a few quality EPs, singles and standalone tracks in the past couple of years. He started out as an 8-bit chipcore artist programming songs on his Gameboy, but has since evolved to his unique sound of today, somewhere between house and chipcore, but with a dash of guitars and his own vocal work. His tracks are catchy and danceable, and I hope he'll take the step into making a full-length album soon. It's not going to happen this year, though - he has another, perhaps even bigger, project going. Sugar's ambitious project for 2009 consists of releasing 12 (!) little EPs on his own record label, one for each month. His fourth EP just came out, so it looks like the he's keeping up to his promise of hyper-productivity. One to watch out for!
The Octopus Project is a personal favorite of mine. Their album Hello, Avalanche, is one of the most consistently fun and addictive albums I've ever heard. Their sound is a mixture of analog and electronic instrumentation, with an extremely solid rhythm section that faithfully drives every song. 

from Hello, Avalanche (2007)

The Octopus Project Website

The video is for the song Truck.


Black Moth Super Rainbow is another band along the same lines as The 
Octopus Project, though a bit more experimental and laid back. They 
collaborated with The Octopus Project on a split album entitled The 
House of Apples and Eyeballs, but I have been unable to get a 
hold of it yet. They have a new album on the way entitled Eating Us. 
Anyway, enjoy the video and the mp3s.

from Start A People (2004)

Black Moth Super Rainbow Website
April 23, 2009

Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru's Exit was one of my most anxiously awaited releases. Critically acclaimed, multi-talented, and always surprising, Tokumaru has a gift for creating extremely inviting music that involves a very intricate interweaving of both traditional and eclectic sonic palettes.



In other words, this is some good shit.

From Exit (2008)

Shugo Tokumaru's website

April 22, 2009

Fischerspooner

I found Fischerspooner while watching old Coachella footage at home a few weeks ago. This song and video, for some reason, completely blow my mind. Every video of decent quality that I found on youtube prohibits embedding, so I'll have to post a lame link to it here.

Emerge
April 21, 2009

Caribou's "Melody Day"


This song is not new, but it is to Yousuf, so all of you can enjoy it again (or for the first time if you haven't heard it either.)

from Andorra (2007)
Melody Day

and...
Melody Day (Four Tet Remix)
April 18, 2009

Jack Scolloquial: Attempt Dos

Found a temporary hosting service. It sucks, so hopefully boxstr will come back soon. Here's my second song.

Hello

State of the Site

So we use a service called boxstr.com and we don't know if its just Athens, GA that boxstr has recently decided to not work for, but we can't log in to monitor our bandwidth use or more importantly put up new mp3s. We're looking for a more reliable free service. Thanks for understanding
April 16, 2009

Wolf Vs Pig

Showmanship








All I'm saying is when you perform in a diaper, you're destined to be famous.
April 13, 2009

Jesse 79


Jesse 79

Hahaha
April 12, 2009

Papercuts


from You Can Have What You Want (2009)
A Peculiar Hallelujah
Future Primitive
You Can Have What You Want
April 10, 2009

Minus The Bear - Soundwave 2009 Promo


Minus The Bear is apparently working on a new record.  Fucking killer.

Ice Monster & Knights from Planet of Ice (2007)

Minus The Bear homepage
April 8, 2009

Why You Should Listen To Metal: Cynic


Metal is an underappreciated genre. Granted, the current trend of lyrical delivery that most contemporary metal bands employ is in many cases an aquired taste, and in many more an immediate deal-breaker. Metal still lies for the most part outside of the mainstream. But underneath all of this lies an abundance of aggressive compositions unexplored in most modern pop music and an emphasis on technical mastery seen little outside of most jazz clubs.

Cynic was one of the most influential and experimental groups to emerge from the early 90's Death Metal scene then experiencing its birth in Florida. Pioneering a complex and innovative brand of what can best be described as jazz-metal, Cynic released a groundbreaking debut, Focus, in 1993. This album explored the aggression, technical prowess, and speed typical to other death metal releases, but set Cynic apart from other bands with smooth clean breakdowns, rhythmically challenging songs, and an interesting mix of death growls and vocoders.

Cynic's most recent release, Traced In Air, takes the band in a much more mature direction, abandoning the laser speed and chug based riffs in favor of slowing down and mellowing out without pussying out, leaving them with a more balanced, and overall much more awesome sound. This band is without a doubt one of the most shining examples of what metal has the potential for. They come with a very high recommendation.


How Could I? from Focus (1993)
King of Those Who Know from Traced In Air (2008)
from Incredibad by The Lonely Island. The following video for "Like A Boss (ft. Seth Rogen)" was shown on SNL this past weekend. Enjoy.



P.S. Phoenix was their musical act that episode. Here's "Rally" from their album It's Never Been Like That (2006).

The Walkmen


from You & Me (2008)
Dónde Está la Playa
Seven Years of Holidays

from Pussy Cats (2006)
Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan)
Don't Forget Me (Harry Nilsson)

from A Hundred Miles Off (2006)
Louisiana
Another One Goes By (Mazarin)

from Bows + Arrows (2004)
The Rat
Little House Of Savages

from Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone (2002)
Wake Up
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
Revenge Wears No Wristwatch

The Walkmen have released five studio albums (the fourth, Pussy Cats, is a song for song cover of Harry Nilsson's 1974 album Pussy Cats.) I'm kinda partial to their first two albums as well as their latest. Idk, 2006 just wasn't their year in my opinion, not to diss the song "Louisiana" (the highlight of that album).