Friday, February 27, 2009

You don't know, you think you know

You had her all wrapped up in a neat and tidy package... One that you would never open. You thought you knew, but you didn't know.

You didn't know that she eats dark choc-o-late and reads dirty magazines.
And it was even news to her that you could kill her with a kiss.

She had no idea how badly she'd need to try to step into your open arms, and she had no forethought about demanding a kiss.

She broke a few rules.

[Harrison Hudson - Kill Her With A Kiss]

This is the only picture of Harrison Hudson I've ever seen, so I was taken aback when I heard the tunes on their debut album Blood, Sweat and Sweat. It's like I am hearing a more approachable, more fun-loving, but just as hard-rocking, Chris Robinson.

Pictured here is the frontman for the three-piece band that bears his namesake. Hudson is backed by Brandon Dees on bass and Steven Kadar on drums, who are talented enough to sound like a quintet. They really embody the southern rock sound. And of course the genius that are Andy Hull and Jeremiah Edmond signed them to Favorite Gentlemen. I am entranced by the sound and the lyrics. I can't be more eloquent than that.

I even love that they managed to make a word like "Californ-I-ain't" sound cool, as demonstrated in Track 4, "California Girl".

Ah, that's a better picture. I am going to become a groupie. I am in love with these guys. I need my saving grace; I keep fallin' into love with every pretty face I see...

Probably the song on the album that is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with any of history's greatest southern hits would be track 6, "Clown". Oh please be my guest and enjoy. ENJOY!

Oh, I gave you my heart and you took it like a common meal...

[Harrison Hudson - Clown]

Go to their website and copy the embed code for the widget below to help promote them and bring GOOD MUSIC to the masses:

And then support the bands we love, along with our favorite label in the universe, by visiting the Favorite Gentlemen store.

And just for the hell of it, play Blood, Sweat and Sweat (by the way, could you get a better name for a good strong rock and roll album coming out of Tennessee?) side by side with the Black Crowes. Do it. I dare ya.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Basically, I just like these songs......

Yep. Two songs I like. Now, I get assloads of promo stuff from places, but I'll be honest - I don't like a lot of it. It's not that it's not good. It is. I just don't think it would be fair to post music just for the sake of continued e-mail press releases! There are a few I do like. I promise all you PR-firm folks I will get to the ones I do like! My one year at UNLV back in 2000 was a Comm major with an emphasis in PR, so I feel your pain for the amount of work you do for a mere pittance.

Anyhow, here are two tracks I'm just in love with right now. I just went through a nasty fucking break-up (isn't it funny how they guy always takes the shit end of that stick?) so this first one made me forget a lot of my problems, which I realize are so damned small compared to everything else in the world right now. Perspective, people!

So first off I've got the group Air France. They're from Sweden. Whoa! Clever! Sarcasm aside, I like what these guys do. Very ethereal and uplifting, and this song of theirs is exactly what I needed right now. This is the track "Collapsing At Your Doorstep".

[Download Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep]

Next is a song I had sort of forgotten about for a while. He's one of the many artists that continues SubPop's tradition of really good indie bands. His name is Chad VanGaalen and he's definitely influenced by guys like Neil Young, if that gives you any real idea of his sound. Check out "Sing Me To Sleep", and I bet you will understand why I felt good after this. Great tune, folks.

[Download Chad Van Gaalen - Sing Me To Sleep]

And lastly, your PSA telling you to buy some of this or I will kidnap whatever domesticated animal you own and sell it to a Chinese restaurant.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Me gusta la guitarra, me gustas tu

If you use any, of the many social network sites to stay in touch with your friends, you have likely come across one of these silly surveys. I thought, since it's my birthday, I could get away with using one of these lame surveys to get the week off. Leave any complaints in the comments. /wink


So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...
7. When you're finished tag some other people to do it!

Opening Credits:
[Abe Vigoda - Don't Lie]

Abe Vigoda I got on recommendation from my brother. Not bad at all. I haven't had a ton of time to really get into them, but it's one of the greatest names for a band I have seen in sometime.

Waking Up:
The White Stripes - St. James Infirmary

First Day Of School:
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)

Falling In Love:
The Offspring - Special Delivery

Fight Song:
The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands

Breaking Up:
Spoon - Stay Don't Go

The Turtles - So Happy Together (Baron Von Luxxury 'S You Remix)


[Manu Chao - Me Gustas Tu]

I love this song. It's catchy, and whenever I am lucky enough to find it on the jukebox, I play it. Mostly because it always will get someone to ask, "Who is this?"
...and you know how I love talking about music.

Mental Breakdown:
Modest Mouse - Broke

A.F.I. - Paper Airlplanes (Makeshift Wings)

Goldfinger - If Only

Getting Back Together:
DJ Danger Mouse - Moment of Clarity

The Offspring - Gotta Get Away (LOL)

Birth Of Child:
Foo Fighters - Stranger Things Have Happened

Final Battle:
Mike Doughty - Ways + Means

Death Scene:

[Weezer - No Other One]

Probably Weezer doesn't need an introduction, although the Pinkerton album might not have shown up on your radar. It is widely considered to be a very underrated album that most people slept on. It has some great dark themes. I think it's brilliant. Rivers felt differently about it though:

“It’s a hideous record… It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won’t go away. It’s like getting really drunk at a party and spilling your guts in front of everyone and feeling incredibly great and cathartic about it, and then waking up the next morning and realizing what a complete fool you made of yourself.” – Rivers Cuomo, Entertainment Weekly, 2001

Funeral Song:
Big Bad Zero - Crumble

End Credits:
The Matches - Superman

buy some music. it's ok. i promise it will be worth it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Baby Baby Baby! It's Always Baby Baby Baby!

New Found Glory kicks off an enormous tour today with a show in Brisbane, Australia. In the coming months they will blow through Australia, Japan, coast to coast in America, Canada, keep the eastward momentum going throughout Europe, and wrap it up in Germany by June. Amazing. And I know they are going to kick ass and have the time of their lives on this insane trek. I may have to jump over to the L.A. area to catch a show in March.

These boys are batshit bonkers. I love them to death. They've been churning out pure skinny kid punk rock (that's a genre I may have just made up. I'm not saying the NFG fellas are all skinny kids) for more than ten years. Two of my favorite albums from NFG are covers from movie soundtracks. In 2000 they released From The Screen To Your Stereo with adorable, fun, sped-up tracks like "The Neverending Story" and "Goonies 'R' Good Enough", and this gem which catches my breath every time. There exists a video of them playing this acoustic which I've never been able to properly copy. It's just beautiful though:

[New Found Glory - The Glory of Love]

This was such a great idea that they reprised it in 2007 with From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II with all kinds of greats, but again, it just melts my heart to hear this Cash cover. Listen all the way to the end for your special treat:

[New Found Glory - It Ain't Me Babe]

NFG loves to use the interwebs and video cams to have fun. Currently on their myspace site you can get involved in their latest: NFG: A Game By New Found Glory where you can use the band members as your fighters, to promote the album, Not Without a Fight. Over the years they've done podcasts, crazy music videos, and other silly shit that reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously. Check out the promo video and notice the big man himself, Brett G of Epitaph (slash Bad Religion), narrating. By the way, if my lame attempt to manipulate html (I'm not a code monkey, I only sleep with one)is successful, you can pre-order the new album to the right:

NFG Press Conference

Speaking of not taking yourself too seriously, I think this was maybe what happened when they recorded the album Coming Home. I still have mad love for them. I still sang along to the sappy songs on that album. But it honestly sounded like it was recorded specifically in hopes of getting radio play (oh no! Am I dissing radio AGAIN?!) Don't let that turn you off. It was clean and well-performed, but I don't think it really represented their sound and their shtick well.

Catch their show as they come blazing across the globe. And pick up any albums you may have missed along the way below:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rebels have more fun

Here's one that's short and to the point. Ever heard of Soulwax? No? Well, they've been around for a while and have been at the forefront of the bastardized genre of eletro. They've done remixes for the likes of Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, and have remixed one of my favorite artists - David Bowie.

This remix, of "Rebel Rebel", will be on a future compilation entitled Most of the Other Remixes. I haven't seen a release date on it, but have seen that there will be remixes they've done for Bowie, Miss Kittin, MGMT, and more. Enjoy! Oh, and be warned, the start of the song is super screechy and a bit harsh.

[Download David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (Soulwax re-edit)]

And well, buy some stuff. Make Obama's stimulus crap seem like it makes sense. Or something like that.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You Sir, Are a Douche Bag

I am actually lucky. I have pretty decent neighbors. But we all have one. One neighbor who drives you a little crazy. Let's call him Bob. Bob is handy to have around at times. He has every tool imaginable, and anytime you come by he offers you a beer. Bob can be tough to live next to though.

He's a talker for one thing. He will talk your ear off. If he sees you outside, you are committing to a long ass convo. I have resorted to hiding until he leaves the house, or pretending I didn't see him if I go out to get the mail. I live in fear of getting into a "chat" with my neighbor.

Bob loves dogs. I have a dog, Bob has 5 dogs. Four of them are the irritating little yapping mother fucking dogs. It sounds like a baby is being eaten alive by hyenas when they get going. They yap all day and all night. It gets so bad sometimes that it wigs my dog out, and HE starts barking. (blood pressure rising just thinking of it)

That's petty compared to what really pissed me off about Bob.

Before I stroke out completely though, here is a bad ass track by Woodhands. This is an indie electronic band that is blowing my mind right now. Named because of the organic feel they produce electronically. They are playing as I write this, and I keep restarting the song Under Attack which kinda ties into how I feel about Bob. Well...the title does.

[Woodhands - Under Attack]

Bob tells me that he's gonna just give his house back to the bank since he's got another house in another part of town. Awesome dude. Fuck off. You realize you hurt everyone else in the neighborhood with that move? Man up and stick it out. You promised to pay your loan. Now pay up. It's not easy for anyone right now. I'm not fucking running away. YET. The problem is that the more people bail on their houses the more the banks have to short sale these fucking houses to try and recoup on their losses, which means they will sell the house for a fraction of its value. Thus, reducing the value of my fucking home, even though I still gotta pay my mortgage. Asshole. I hope your yapper dogs eat your face.

Well...I guess we all gotta do what we gotta do, but I would rather he disappeared without a clue...because knowing that he bailed just makes me angry. The worst part about this is that I will suffer through all this economic bullshit with nothing to show for it. There will be no benefits or special rewards for people who were not fucking over the banks. (Though they deserve to be fucked over) It will be business as usual. I wonder if credit scores will at least have a special caluclation for people who didn't run from thier fudiciary obligations. I doubt it, but it helps me sleep.

Bob, i hope one of those tiny ass dogs trips you while walking down the stairs and you bust your gigantic head open.

Thanks for letting me rant. Now that the rant is over...I got another song that almost fits here. It's called Fire Like Tinder by the group Post War Years. Which is what I hope I will call the years we are not in a war with Iraq and in a horrible recession that is choking the life out of this country. Maybe in those post war years I can look back fondly on my neighbor Bob.

[Post War Years - Flames Like Tinder]

Although, I doubt it.

Here is a little blurb from Post War Years' press release, since I think my chest hurts too much to type much more:

Their danceable, other-worldly synth-beat driven sound as been celebrated in clubs and basements up and down the country honing their unquestionably skilful musicianship on the live scene.

By the way, Post War Years is on tour. Check out these dates, and go see them if you can:

25 Feb - London Lexington*
26 Feb - Brighton Audio*
27 Feb - Leamington Spa Assembly*
28 Feb - Leeds Cockpit 3*
1 Mar - Glasgow King Tuts*
7 Mar - Be at Proud Galleries London
* With James Yuill and Wave Machines

and...don't forget to buy Woodhands:

Friday, February 13, 2009

The more I live I see this life's not about me

Imagine it's sometime around 1989. You've just spiked your hair and combed your sweet mullet, or used a half-can of Aqua Net on your four-inch-high bangs.
It's Friday night, and your jeans are tight.
It's time to go see Great White.
You didn't know how rock-n-roll looked
Until you caught your sister with the guys from the group
Halfway home in the parking lot
By the look in her eye she was giving what she got

Seems like their set is a bit short... Your voice isn't even hoarse yet! What's this... They aren't even the headliner?! Some Christian band called Stryper is headlining this thing? Dude, time to go smoke a doob in the parking lot.

Fast forward to sometime around 2007, and I watched a hot dude - minus the mullet - experience a similar reaction when Bayside performed as one of the openers for Anberlin. I think someone made him stay and slow dance as Anberlin covered "Creep" as their closing song... He must have been in love. But to this day, he can't stand Anberlin. All because they headlined a show instead of one of his favorites.

You didn't know Anberlin was a Christian band? Well, most people don't. For awhile they seemed not-entirely-sure how comfortable they were with that identity, to tell you the truth. Anberlin experienced their first major airplay on Christian radio, such as Air-1. In an early interview, they sidestepped the "are we a Christian band" question, despite having roots as a bona fide Christian punk band (the lead singer Stephen Christian and the bassist Deon Rexroat formed the punk band called SaGoh in high school, short for Servants after God's own heart). Some of Anberlin's early songs were re-worked SaGoh songs. An early blog post on the Air-1 website even once criticized them for such a sidestep. They've progressed to admit that they are able to share their faith with the other bands they've toured with and it's a rewarding and enriching experience.

There is a strong sound to this band. The long and short of this album review post is going to be thus: "any distaste for them is undeserved." That's all I have for you today. I must be distracted by late 1980's hairstyles.

Check out the video for "Godspeed" of their 2007 album Cities:

New Surrender, the band's most recent release, is their first to be recorded on a major label. And they appear proud of what they've done, elevating themselves past writing about holding hands toward the issues and struggles they see in their lives and the lives around them. Case in point, lyrics from track 8 "Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights)".

[Anberlin - Burn Out Brighter]

And much to the dismay of loser radio jocks everywhere, I am pretty sure that the song "Feel Good Drag" currently in heavy rotation is not about drugs. It wasn't even funny the first time, unless you're thirteen. If I hear another dj suck in his breath dramatically while announcing this song, I just might show up and punch him in the neck. You're on notice. You sound like an idiot.

You can support the indie label Tooth & Nail by checking out Anberlin's earlier albums, or grab the new one out on Universal Republic. Just clickety-click below.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A little of the old, and more of the even older

So I was having breakfast in this diner I go to and I heard an artist I hadn't really listened to in quite some time. The guy's name is Louis Prima. Most people younger than myself don't know who he is. It's understandable, considering that he's from the Vegas limelight of the mid to late 1950's. However, some people may remember him through more of a pop culture window. Anyone that saw Disney's The Jungle Book may well remember King Louie. Well that voice, my friends, was that of Louis Prima's.

Well, he was one of the first big stars in Las Vegas. We're talking just before the Rat Pack came in and took his crowd. He would pack the Sahara's showroom every night with this mix of risque humor and swingin' jazz. It was like New Orleans, but wilder. He had the help of a great sax player by the name of Sam Butera, and his band, The Witnesses. Here you get a good example of the craziness of what this guy could do. Here I've given you guys an instrumental cover of Love of My Life (O Sole Mio) as well as a massively energetic stomper in St. Louis Blues. Definitely check this guy's catalog out if you're into this stuff. It's not all this frenetic, but just imagine watching a show that this guy put on!

[Download Louis Prima - Love Of My Life (O Sole Mio)]

[Download Louis Prima - St. Louis Blues]

Next up is a track from a somewhat forgotten band from the late '90's. They were the Amazing Royal Crowns and they hailed from Providence, Rhode Island. When I was still living up in the Boston area, I had heard about these guys, and am pretty pissed I never got to see them live. Tons of energy like you've never seen, and probably never will. They're classified as "psychobilly" and this is the first track off of their self-titled debut.

[Download The Amazing Royal Crowns - Shiverin' In The Corner]

Yep. The obligatory message reminding you to not be a leech and go buy this stuff! If you download and not support the artist? A kitten somewhere dies. Or a limbless kid contracts a venereal disease. I dunno. Just go buy this stuff!

Monday, February 9, 2009

What Would Wil Wheaton Do?


Sounds like a new version of the interwebs?


I've been thinking about how I can help get some more eyeballs. I've been considering branding, marketing strategies, and bumper stickers. It all comes back to Wil Wheaton.

He is an internet phenom. He is an actor and an author. He is one of the most popular bloggers/twitterers of all time. Not that I have any stats or anything to prove that, although he does have 61,158 followers on twitter. It just seems like wherever I turn, there he is. Obama's Secretary of Geek Culture. Wil Wheaton is best known for his role in the Star Trek:The Next Generation and the movie Stand By Me..

You do know who I am talking about right?

The point is that if I could get Wil Wheaton to mention this blog...we will be known across the internet as geek approved. Which would be great not only because of the marketing coup it would be for the blog, but it would be a badge of honor being that I think Wil is very cool for being such a geek. I am a geek too, and proud of it!

Wil often posts artists/songs that his iTunes Genius/Shuffle has selected for him. Well, he posts the conversations he has with his iTunes regarding the songs. I will post a few of the tracks he's mentioned and hopefully get him to mention us.

Here we go.

Wil says:
just realized that I *always* listen to Pink Floyd when I'm on the final edit of a writing project, but never on purpose. It just happens. 1:24 PM Feb 6th from twitterrific

@Phillyberg iTunes put Echos between Obscured by Clouds and Dark Side of the Moon. I think I saw a monolith spinning qoutside, too. 1:16 PM Feb 6th from twitterrific

[Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds]

[Pink Floyd - Echoes]

I love Pink Floyd. It's not something I listen to often these days, but it was definitely the soundtrack to parts of my life that I look back fondly on today. One thing that drives me crazy though is hearing a Pink Floyd song in an iTunes shuffle. Why? well. There's something to hearing a Pink Floyd song among its siblings on the album. I like to listen to Dark Side from beginning to end. The Wall is just better when you listen to it in order. When I hear a Pink Floyd song alone, it just seems to be missing something, namely the next song in the album.

Wil Says:

The Bends follows Obscured by Clouds very nicely, if you were wondering about that sort of thing.
2:10 PM Feb 2nd from twitterrific

Radiohead. What can I say. Bends is a great album, but let me talk about Kid A. I just read Killing Yourself to Live by Klosterman. If you have never read this book, it comes recommended from A great book about love, death, and rock and roll. Klosterman mentions in the book how Kid A seems like the soundtrack to 9/11. That chapter itself is worth the purchase price of the book all on its own. I want to share a little line from the book that explains the point I am trying to make:

This is followed by track three, "The National Anthem." This is when the first plane slams into the north tower at 470 mph. "The National Anthem" sounds a bit like a Morphine song. It's a completely different direction from the first two songs on Kid A, and it's confusing; it's chaotic. "What’s going on?" the lyrics ask. "What’s going on?" It gets crazier and crazier, until the second plane hits the second tower (at 9:03 A.M. in reality and at 3:42 in the song).

[Radiohead - The National Anthem]

Relisten to the album after reading this chapter, and that album will haunt you every time you hear it.

Alright. How 'bout one more!

Wil says:

iTunes: Psst...Maneater Me: [:whispers:] I know, right? iTunes: Are you going to dance around and sing it? Me: Maybe a little. Both: Squee!
12:09 PM Jan 16th from twitterrific

I am not gonna say anything disparaging about Hall and Oates. I'm into a lot of the same things Wil is into. I like Hall and Oates just fine. Dancing and Maneater... PASS.

I did find it coincidental that a certain hot blonde I know experienced her first crush on Wil Wheaton. Of all the TigerBeat pinups, she chose Wil Wheaton. I always identified with Wil, but let me reiterate that I would never squee if Hall & Oates came on my iTunes. Maybe that's why she likes me more than Wil.

Do Wil and me a solid, and buy the albums from the bands we mentioned above.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The dirtier the sound the best I breathe

The Manchester Orchestra has friends. Good God do they have friends. I've never felt that I could come anywhere near writing a decent blog post about this amazing band from Georgia, but the premier release from their upcoming Mean Everything to Nothing album moved me like no other recorded track of theirs ever has.

[The Manchester Orchestra- I've Got Friends]

Mookie and I discovered them together when we were researching the bands that were sharing the bill on Brand New's tour back in early 07. When I found their website, my exact words were, "this is the most independent indie band" or something to that effect. We've been able to experience them live several times in a handful of cities since then and each performance has been an event we'll never forget.

In the last few years, members of The Manchester Orchestra have managed to start their own label (speaking of having friends, they sign and work with only bands who are friends - TALENTED friends), tour with incredible bands, perform at prestigious music festivals, inspire new artists, oh... and arrive at legal age.

Regarding this period of time since the band formed, they say it's been "an absolute whirlwind of experience and life lessons most people wouldn't learn until they are 30."

A few of us here have experienced more pain and loss, but also more joy and miracles, than anyone should by the time they are 30. And we still manage to be turned inside out by the music and lyrics of The Manchester Orchestra.

Look, I don't know what the fuck this particular song is about, but it gets me. It just kills me. They know how to perform the slow, smoldering build. All elements of the sound deliver to you the heart, soul, blood, and sweat of all its contributors.

Andy Hull has used lyrics inspired by odd dreams, by confusion or confirmation of a relationship with God, and everything in between. For me personally, it gives a voice to everything that has run through my head recently and lays out a mise en place for all of the people we have in our lives and the purpose they serve, whether altruistic or selfish. And it helps me distill all of the bullshit down to the most important and compelling reasons to go forward, to breathe, to strengthen your dedication to your priorities.

If that didn't make any sense then tough for you. It makes just as much sense as the lyrics of the song.

To lighten the mood let me confess that the first time I ever sat behind the drum kit for Guitar Hero World Tour, I channeled Manchester's Jeremiah Edmond, of all the great drummers there ever were. It's true.

The Manchester Orchestra is hands down one of the greatest things to happen to music. That's all there is to say. No other witty uberblogger music expert bullshit.
The new album hits April 21. I will remind you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bringin' about some classic house....again.

Yeah, I know. It's more "techno", as some people like to call it. Well, there actually is a difference between "techno" and "house". House music is much more sample heavy, and is usually at a much slower pace than what's traditionally called "techno". Not to mention, it's many times - and I don't mean this as a slight towards techno - much more uplifting and soulful. That's just the long and short of it. Well, I yanked out a few more of my old house records and have recorded them as mp3s on my hard drive, and am now sharing them with you.

As you'll see, a lot of these are based heavily around old samples. The first one takes a few riffs from an old disco cut. Which one? Well, Patrice Rushen's "Haven't You Heard" is the cut. Rushen is best known for being ripped off for that garbage Will Smith track that was the theme for Men In Black. Seriously. That song was awful. The original was just that - original. Will Smith is now a scientologist. I think there's a connection.

[Download Daddy's Favourite - I Feel Good Things For You]

The next track is also sample heavy, and pretty blatantly so. However, it can be done tastefully, and I think this is one example of it being done so. It received a lot of play from the DJ crews that ran shit back 10-12 years ago, and it was featured on practically every dance compilation you could think of. The sample in Sex-O-Sonique's "I Thought It Was You" is pretty straight-forward. It was Herbie Hancock's tune of the same name. It took me forever to find this, by the way. My records are an absolute mess! This particular version is the Salt City Orchestra remix, and it's a killer. Enjoy it! A video featuring the original is right after it.

[Download Sex-O-Sonique - I Thought It Was You (SCO remix)]

Here's another old dancefloor killer that was released on Azuli back in 1999. It's a stomper of a cut by a group that used some oftentimes obscure disco samples for their cuts, and this one was no different. They used a sample from the track "Le Spank" by Le Pamplemousse for their track "I Like The Sounds", and used if quite effectively. The Studio 45 track is below, and I've given you all a video with the sample there, to boot.

[Download Studio 45 - I Like The Sounds]

Last for this week is an old Deep Dish remix. This track was released way back in 1996. Yes, for some readers, that seems like a long time ago. Or it just says the guy writing this is nearing his mid-30's and reminiscing like a foolish old man. When I was your age....well, I was your age. Most likely could drink a fair number of you under the table back then, also. Just ask George, here. He's seen me at my "finest" on a few occasions.

Well, I had problems finding this track in particular. It's Gusto's "Disco's Revenge", and this remix in particular is, in essence, an extended version of the remix featured on the original release by Manifesto back in '96. A full four and a half minutes longer, to be precise. Well, this also has a pretty loopy sample, and it's of Harvey Mason's "Groovin' You". Yeah, bet you didn't think you'd learn shit today when you read my inane post, eh? Well, you did. So you're that much smarter for it. And knowing is half the battle. Or some stupid G.I. Joe-like slogan. I hated G.I. Joe. You'd see millions of shots and lasers get fired off, yet no one got hit. Seriously? That was lame. Even when I was ten, I wanted to see blood and guts. Sorry, I got sidetracked. Anyhow, here's Deep Dish's remix of Gusto's "Disco's Revenge".

[Download Gusto - Disco's Revenge (Deep Dish remix)]

At this point, my hands are cramped, and considering it's a whopping TEN degrees outside as I type this out, I'm somehow pretty damn cold, too. Even still, I have the energy to tell you all to go out and buy some of this stuff. I worked hard to get this all up for you! So go get it and help these folks out!

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's only then you'll hear the sirens...

Oh thank god for the band Kid, You'll Move Mountains. I was worried I was not going to be inspired by anything to write about for my Monday post.

I checked our email account looking for something, anything...

Saw a submission by the band with the interesting name, and hoped I could judge a book by it's cover.

I suppose I can.

From the bands one sheet (a one sheet is a short summary of a thing, in this case a quick bio of the band.):

Combining each musician’s unique background, Kid, You’ll Move Mountains draws heavily upon Nate Lanthrum’s shotgun drumming, while also incorporating Wills’ ambient, effects-laden guitars and Andrew Lanthrum’s jitterbug bass lines. Yet much of the band’s haunting songs rest on the vocal interplay of [Jim] Hanke and Nina Lanthrum.

The alternating singers sashay through dark tales of love and loss, avoiding the temptation of call-and-response verses that would have left Hanke singing the salty to his female counterpart’s sweet. Instead, the vocalists share the emotional burdens, each voicing stories of looming autumn days that turn to the dead of winter, before each also sings of the hopefulness of spring.

The idea of having two vocalists in a band is not new. Straylight Run was a band that made it work well, although they have since had a reworking of their line-up and no longer have two vocalists.

Usually though, the two vocalists confuses me. It seems disjointed and disconcerting. KYMM seems to put it together well. Might also be the fact that they just rock. The music is fantastic. Fresh and vibrant.

But listen to Wives' Tale to get the taste of these two vocalists working it out. It's fantastic.

[Kid, You'll Move Mountains - Wives' Tale]

Something old, something new
Something soiled, something used
Shake the rice out of your shoes
Hang the dress like you did the noose

I love Nina's voice, and then Hanke's growl comes in to put a finer point on it.

Take a look at Nina, she's adorable. Start professing your love now, I am sure she ends up being a hot commodity with the assured increase in popularity this band will surely see in the coming months.

I might just be biased though, "you'll" is one of my FAVORITE contractions.

Buy the album directly from the artists. It's only seven bucks. That's better than a gov't bailout plan!

Tell Nina inALLcaps sent ya'.

[Editors Note: Doh. I should remember to do more research before hitting the PUBLISH button. Nina is married. To the drummer. Drummers get all the hot chicks. If you are thinking of learning an instrument, remember my advice. Thanks.]