Monday, June 29, 2009

Every shadow filled up with doubt...

From a WIKI article:
Following the creation of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte's in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifter—though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and over the first season, the two become romantically involved.


I was given the first season of True Blood to check out, and I watched the entire season, 12 episodes, in a 24 hour period. I am not really into this new adoration America has of all things Vampire, but this show had enough shock, humor, sex, addiction, mystery to keep me changing DVD discs... one after another.

It always comes back to music though, and the music picked for this show was top notch. In fact, when I watched the opening credits, I knew they had the fish hook deep in my cheek.


[Download Jace Everett - Bad Things]



The music is from Jace Everett, a country singer from Indiana. When I heard that song along with the images of the deep south sprinkled with liberal amounts of sex, violence, and religion that make up the opening credits of the show, I pressed pause and ran to the laptop to look up the info on that song! I also found out that the company that put together that intro is called Digital Kitchen. "The whore in the house of prayer" is the theme Digital Kitchen chose to explore in the opening title sequence, highlighting redemption and forgiveness.

The show used some great music throughout the show, especially artists from Louisiana. Some of the artists featured include The Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Big Town, and Cobra Verde. They compiled some of the best tracks on the soundtrack for Season One, I suggest picking it up.

HBO used some interesting techniques to market the show, including some very clever viral marketing.


Even Top Chef Tom Colicchio has vampire friends.

Pirate StereoWhile doing some research for this post, I came across a kick ass remix of Bad Things by DJ duo Pirate Stereo. Pirate Stereo is made up of two Bostonian's, Isaac Safdeye and Eyal Agai. They have some of their work up on MySpace. Please go check them out and tell them Mookie from inALLcaps sent you.


[Download Jace Everett - Bad Things (Pirate Stereo Remix)]


I don't have HBO at the moment, but in the meantime I can still watch Season Two which came out a few weeks ago. You just have to know where to look. I'll still be buying the Season Two DVD when it comes out, because if the second season DVD is anything like the first, the extras will likely make it worth it!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stuck in the middle, and the pain is thunder

I wasn't shocked by the news because to be quite honest, he was already dead to me. I didn't feel like I needed anything else from Michael Jackson. I didn't think the world needed anything else from him. Hadn't he given enough?


"Little boys can sleep a little safer" jokes aside, the man was most recently just trying to do his best with what faculties he had to create his own beauty and his own normal. Can you imagine trying to grow up Michael Jackson, with all that talent, all that warmth and love inside, and being subjected to the abuse and neglect that he was, and being carried on the shoulders of an entire poor as dirt family to bring them to greatness?

When "Thriller" was released in late 1982, the music industry, the music video industry, the music merchandising industry, and the music producing industry was absolutely turned upside down.

My next-door neighbor hung the poster of MJ and Brooke Shields, and the girls on the street would sing to the poster and get so angry at Brooke! We loved him and we wanted to be his PYT.

Pretty young things, repeat after me: say na na na


[Download Michael Jackson - PYT]



Paul McCartney sharing vocals on The Girl is Mine. Eddie Van Halen providing guitar for Beat It. Few icons throughout history have united parents and children in their love and admiration for their work. Young and old and people from all races and tastes just loved Michael Jackson. Neighbors gathered to watch the video premieres and the hourly replays. The man changed music and "Thriller" is the highest-selling album of. All. Time.

He wanted more. He wanted to continue to change music, to allow his art to evolve. He wanted to keep dancing. He wanted us to keep dancing. He accepted every challenge and challenged us all to do the same.

There are those who say that you were either a Prince fan or a Michael Jackson fan, but if you remember with a clear head you will realize that with "Thriller", the King of Pop absolutely paved the way for Prince and for ALL Black artists to follow. There is just no question. So perhaps as 1986 rolled around and you were all about Prince, you may have moved on. But Michael Jackson was startin' somethin'.


[Download Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (2008 remix)]

And he was a tortured soul.

So I can't cry for the loss. I believe his suffering is over and I say Go in Peace. We'll keep dancing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dragonslayer impressions


So the latest release by indie-rock darlings Sunset Rubdown is now out officially. I've had a chance to kick back and listen for almost two weeks, and figured I would give everyone my thoughts on this latest effort by Spencer Krug and crew.

First off, it's only eight tracks. Which has me scratching my head, to start. It also is quite the far cry from what they did with their last album, Random Spirit Lover. That release was easily their strongest to date, Dragonslayer included. While this latest album features some high-quality tracks, such as Idiot Heart and Nightingale/December Song, it seems to leave me feeling as though I am just missing the full potential. This could be a consequence of the structure of their last album, which worked as a continuous piece that told a story throughout. The album's strongest point may be in the way it finishes. The epic "Dragon's Lair" is a robust and lengthy - at over 10 minutes - track. A very pleasing way to end this album.

As usual, the lyrics are deep and thus makes this album an album you must sit down and listen to. Unfortunately, most music buyers aren't this type, and will continually buy vapid releases by the likes of Lady GaGa, et al. Overall, if you are a fan of Spencer Krug's work in general? You will most likely like this. If you are not familiar with his work? I would strongly suggest listening to Wolf Parade's Apologies To The Queen Mary first, and then delving into the Sunset Rubdown releases. To help familiarize readers, I have left one track from this release here, as well as one from their album Shut Up I Am Dreaming. I'd give this a solid 8 out of 10. The pros of this album far outweigh the few cons, and it adds to the growing list of solid and great works by this excellent band.


[Download Sunset Rubdown - Idiot Heart]


[Download Sunset Rubdown - Stadiums and Shrines II]

And I'm tired. So no smartass remarks today. I go sleepy now. YAY SLEEPY! Buy this!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Will Not Lose. Ever.

As many of you know, I’ve been preparing to release an exciting mixtape this summer called Southerngold. Basically, me mixing my favorite Southern rap vocals over remixed samples of my favorite Santigold influenced samples and tracks.

However, as I am about to release my mix on the internet tonight… literally, I am sitting at my desk in Brooklyn uploading the mix to YouSendIt.com, I get a cease and desist from lawyers at Santigold’s label, Downtown Records.

I’m not selling this, I’m not making a dime. I’m encouraging everyone to BUY Santigold’s album and I’m helping to expand her fan base to new markets. In addition, none of these songs are as they would appear on her actual album. EVERYTHING is remixed and redone so there is no competition with her actual in-stores album… It’s ironic that Downtown Records biggest group was signed due to a project with similar ambitions, Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse with The Grey Album.


--Terry Urban


I love mixtapes. They tend to be fun and interesting, and are crowd pleasers if you throw one on at a house party or on a road trip. There is a creativity in this idea of creating a mixtape that is usually rendered illegal and never a viable product to the paying masses.

I am not just talking about the compilation of love songs you recorded to tape for your girlfriend, although, this is also illegal if you try to sell that compilation.

A "Mixtape" is usually an album mainly made up of Remixes that are mainly made by DJs, and are released to promote the DJ, and all the other artists that are featured on the Mixtape. These mixtapes normally use music sampled from other artists' songs, which are not normally cleared for use, but are overlooked by most music authorities, including those who's music is sampled.

Rarely found on tape anymore, most mixtapes come packaged up in a .rar or .zip file.

The first mixtape where I ever heard of this stifling attempt by a label was The Grey Album. The Grey Album was DJ Dangermouse's attempt to create a mixtape compilation between the lyrics from Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album. The label who lost their shit was EMI, who owns the rights to the Beatles music. Inadvertently, EMI shined such a bright light on this mixtape that it endsed up becoming an internet phenom.

Back when this was all going down with The Grey Album, the RIAA was taking college students, kids (some as young as 12), and the parents of file sharing children to court. I was generally digusted with how the label approached people sharing music, and when I heard about Dangermouse and his mix tape, I took it upon myself to share The Grey Album with all my friends. I even made CD liners and CD labels, using my own money to make the mixtape I was going to give away look good.

That was my personal FUCK YOU to the record label.


Earlier this month, Terry Urban, the man we quoted at the beginning of this post, was preparing to unleash his latest mixtape Southerngold which basically takes Santigold’s debut album and mashes it up with some popular rappers from the Dirty South. Santigold’s record label, Downtown Records, issues a cease and desist order and officially shut the project down.

Music Bitch reported that “Santigold herself declared that she supported the mixtape culture and she would like it to be released.”

While sitting down to a delicious lunch of Jack in the Box with TLO I ask her what she thinks about this mixtape drama going on. She asks the perfect question: Who is Santigold's label? I have no clue, so I google it up. Oh shit. She's on Downtown. Downtown is the label that picked up Gnarls Barkely, which is the brainchild of Dangermouse. See how we came full fucking circle?

Then TLO continues to drop knowledge. As I begin to rant about how fucking hypocritical Downtown is, she explains the simple truth. Downtown knows all about hype and mixtapes. They are shining the spotlight on purpose. They know the end result is more sales for Santigold.

Tricky bastards, yet, at least it's a record label that gets it. Right?

Download Southerngold
Tracklist
1. M.I.A. Artistes (Ft. Pitbull & Ying Yang Twins)
2. You’ll Find A Way Player (Ft. Andre 3000 & Bun B)
3. Still Tippin’ It (Ft. Slim Thug & Mike Jones)
4. Can’t Say It (Ft. T-Pain)
5. Creating Kryptonite (Ft. Purple Ribbon All-Stars)
6. Fire Superman (Ft. Lil’ Wayne) [Prod. By Mike Cash]
7. Hustlin’ With The Lights Out (Ft. Rick Ross)
8. Shawty Is Starstuck (Ft. The Dream)
9. Unfreakable Girl (Ft. Gucci Mane)
10. Nann Lady (Ft. Trick Daddy & Trina) [Prod. By JKhan]
11. Anne’s Plan (Ft. Chip Tha Ripper) [Prod. By Mike Cash]
12. You’ll Go Crazy (Ft. Young Jeezy) [Prod. By Mike Cash]

I will share TLO's favorite track off the mixtape:

[Download Rick Ross- Hustlin' (Santogold vs. Rick Ross)]



Also, there are some great mixtapes out there. Another one I like is another Terry Urban effort of mixing up Coldplay and Jay-Z called Viva La Hova.

Here is one track off that mixtape:

[Download Jay-Z - Know My Place (HOVA vs. Coldplay)]

Support Terry, Jay-Z, Santigold, Granrls Barkley, Dangermouse, Downtown, Coldplay by spending your money on their shows, albums, and merch.

Friday, June 19, 2009

To be lost that their loss is no disaster

Sampling. Stealing. Borrowing.




Or an attention-deficit tribute to everything your life has ever
seen, experienced, appreciated, and created.


Which is about how I feel right now, so I am glad I chose Crocodiles for today's post. Picture the teen-angst rock-out library scene in The Breakfast Club. Being a kid of the 80's, there are times when this is all I can see in my head. Punch yourself in the face, hurdle over some library shelves, and scream until the glass cracks. Rock out alone. Rock out with your friends. Straddle something and thrash your head. Drop to the floor in convulsions.

Allow all the pictures, scenes from your life, to flip past you in a jumbled and frenetic form.

Settle down for a moment of introspection, and then do it all over again.

And that's how this album, "Summer of Hate", plays out to me. It was released in April of this year. Check out one of the more manic tracks, Refuse Angels.


[Download Crocodiles - Refuse Angels]

You've got to find this album. I Wanna Kill is worth the price of the whole thing, yet I'm not going to share it here, and is one of the greatest tributes to pop-genre sampling that I've heard in awhile. Go buy it.
And then go see them live. A lot of these shows are with an interesting electronica band called Holy Fuck.

Meanwhile, I'm going to get back to my brooding and random study of American poetry.

Jun 10 Dallas, Texas
Jun 11 Austin, Texas
Jun 12 Houston, Texas
Jun 13 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jun 14 Birmingham, Alabama
Jun 15 Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 18 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 20 New York, New York
Jun 23 Cleveland, Ohio
Jun 26 Denver, Colorado
Jun 27 Phoenix, Arizona
July 5 Los Angeles, California
Jul 11 Amsterdam
Jul 12 London
Jul 14 Nurnburg
Jul 15 Berlin
Jul 21 Ravenna
Jul 22 Milan
Jul 30 Dublin
Aug 1 Cardiff
Aug 4 London
Aug 22 Seattle
Aug 29 San Diego, California

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Magic through Macy and Modjo


That's a stupid title. I know. Whatever. The tracks, however, aren't stupid. They're both record rips from my own collection, which I think a lot of people reading this regularly are starting to get used to. Hey, I have a lot of good shit on wax. What can I say?

Anyhow, after the Modjo postings a few weeks back, I tried in vain to see if anyone else had already posted the Harry "Choo Choo" Romero dub of their cut "Lady". Nope! So here is the "Titanium Dub" by Romero. A bit too long, as he probably could've cut at least a minute off the total length, but a good DJ will know how to use this extra time well.


[Download Modjo - Lady (Harry "Choo Choo" Romero's Titanium Dub)]

Next is a track I hadn't listened to in years, in all honesty. Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution" got the remix treatment by the boys at Subliminal, and this is really the only worthwhile mix - save for the acapella - on the 12". Dark, dirty, and just the right length. One of the more underrated and impressive cuts by Subliminal, in my opinion. Definitely take a listen to this one! So fucking beautiful....so fucking beautiful!


[Download Macy Gray - Sexual Revolution (Nunez, Morillo, and Who Da Funk's Super Dub)]

Next week, by the way, sees the release of the new Sunset Rubdown album. I picked up a copy at their show here in the Boston area last week, and they didn't fail to impress yet again. The album has a couple key cuts on it I do love, and next week to coincide with the release, I'll put up a review of the album. So stay tuned!

As usual, open your pockets. Help these guys out! Buy this stuff!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The pleasure's all mine cuz we have seen good times

Why didn't The Little One submit a post on Friday? She was cheating.

She wanted to be able to submit the Anniversary post today. She's selfish. What. Me. I'm The Little One. I'm selfish. I want this post all to myself. I'm sneaking it in here, too. No one knows it's coming.

That's right, you read correctly. Anniversary. One year ago, Mookie submitted his first post on our blog about this crazy new band he discovered when they opened for STP. It was Billy Boy on Poison. I don't think either of us have spoken of that band since.

Mookie had been talking about starting an mp3 blog for some time. And I believe it was actually a year ago today as I lay in bed while he tinkered around in the office. He started shouting out blog names. Some were taken, others were shot down by The Little One. Well, me. We went through this already didn't we? Anyway. I can't help but go into all of this because I not only get to sneak this blog post in, I also get to claim credit for naming the blog.

That was me. IN ALL CAPS. I miss you, in all caps. I love you, in all caps. I totally heart you... IN ALL CAPS. And we both love the music just as much. We're dead on serious and committed to this. And we've only made plans to hold your little hand -oops. Got ahead of myself.



Don't say I ever rickrolled you. That was Tony Toni Tone, and they've done it again. I digress. Listen. We've discovered a lot of new and old music alike just by doing this blog, and I hope you've been able to expand your auditory horizons as well. Because I'm the one who chose to write this post, I'm going to be the one to pick the artists who have made me the most proud or excited about this thing, our big fat one year old bundle of joy.

Red of Tooth and Claw I was impressed with this band that Mookie found, Murder By Death. A gritty, testosterone laden sound accompanied by a cello. This is dark country rock infused with lyrics of death and remorse. I have tried to see them live once since hearing of them, and my quest isn't over yet.

This is a cow The fascinating cult legend that is Daniel Johnston was shared with us by Walt Zink. Even Pearl Jam covered this tortured artist. He many times cannot recollect the lyrics to his songs due to the cocktail of drugs prescribed to him...

Wild Like Children Tilly And The Wall really touched me in so many ways. I can't describe how their lyrics manage to figure out everything that my child id still wants to say. The upbeat but slightly underground and always witty music I loved to listen to so long ago.

Just Jack, Scanners, James, Kid You'll Move Mountains, and Cursive are just a few more of the artists that make me ecstatic and proud to be a part of this great thing and this great guy.

Thanks Mookie.

Sometimes you just can't hold back the river

Here you go... I'm on your side. We're always right.


[Download American Analog Set - Punk As Fuck]

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Buy a better life from the comfort of your sofa

As a DJ, my main influences would be Daft Punk and Adam Freeland. We have mentioned Daft Punk ad naseum on the in ALL caps blog. It's time to share some Freeland! For those of you who don't have any clue who Adam Freeland is, let me get you up to speed.

Adam Freeland is a UK-based DJ and producer of rock and punk-infused breakbeat-based electronic music. He was a resident of Brighton and is now based in Los Angeles. He is the owner of the record label Marine Parade, which has released material by artists including Alex Metric, Evil Nine, ILS, and Jape.

I discovered Adam Freeland in a great vinyl dance/electronica record store in Orlando, Florida called The Drop Shop.

I was on a mini tour of Florida playing DJ gigs in downtown Orlando. One of the things I wanted to do while in Orlando was go to the popular record store to pick up some records. My guide was a DJ and promoter who goes by the name CB4. He takes me down to The Drop Shop, introduces me to everyone who works there and to every DJ he knows who walks in to see what's on the new releases wall.

After we get all of that out of the way...I make my way to the new releases wall. I find the record "We Want Your Soul". It was awesome. I started asking about it, and most of the staff was like, "um...yeah...it's ok...I guess". My eyebrows begin to raise in surprise. Well...I bought two. Soon enough it became a hit, and made itself into just about every mix cd at the time. It's still one of my favorite songs by Adam Freeland.

Freeland 'Do You' UK Live Tour Video from Freeland on Vimeo.





Freeland recently released a new album. It's called Cope, and it shoulda been called Dope! It features some great and surprising collaborations. You can expect to hear Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe playing drums and Twiggy Ramirez of Marylin Manson playing bass. There are also collaborations with Soundpool, Vocals from Brody Dalle (Distillers / Spinnerette) and Gerald V. Casale from DEVO. Freeland's new frontman Kurt Baumann also sings on four songs.

According to the acclaimed Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Adam Freeland, he always intended his groundbreaking new full-length Cope™, to be more than just another electronica album.

Adam says this about Cope:

I wanted to make more than just another artist project, I always saw Cope™ as a band album more than just another DJ slapping together a bunch of random club grooves.


It seems likely that if Freeland is coming to your town, that it's not just going to be a DJ set, but a live performance. Adam explains further:


I’ve always mixed rock into my sets anyway, so having a band is just a natural progression from that. Freeland has all the hard-hitting grooves of my DJ sets, but played live they’re even more raw, personal and in your face. This is the sound I’ve always heard in my head, so now I want to hear it as loud as possible!



My favorite track on the album, and trust me it was hard as hell to decide on one, ends up being the one I also think will get you to buy the album. You tell me if you are not interested in picking it up after listening to it below:


[Download Freeland - Rock On (David Essex cover)]

You probably recognize it as a cover. It is David Essex's song Rock On with
more awesome lyrics and a much darker groove. I can't wait to hear some remixes of this one!

Speaking of remixes, I am going to drop a few at the end of this post, so look for them.

If you were lucky enough to go to SXSW (don't rub it in if you did) then you possibly saw Freeland's concert debut. I would love to see some comments if you caught it! (But promise not to rub it in...)

One last thing, if you are just now getting into Freeland, and like what you hear, then check out his DJ mixes and previous work. The Coastal Breaks album, Tectonics, On Tour and Global Underground mix albums, as well as a FabricLive mix, and groundbreaking Back To Mine are all gems to grab. Amazon links at the bottom as always.

BONUS REMIXES:
[Download Freeland - Under Control (Alex Metric Remix)]
[Download Freeland - Under Control (Evil Nine's Graveyard Smash Remix)]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Daft Punk bootie here.....

Yes, it's a bootleg. I ripped this one from my personal collection. The B Side does have a lot of pops in it, so be warned. Thing is, I like the pops and hissing from vinyl. It creates a much warmer feel to the music. Unless it causes skips. Because there's hell to pay, then.

Anyhow, this is a bootleg I picked up god knows when. Probably in 2001. If you want it on wax? Here is a link for you all. This is a bootleg of Daft Punk's "One More Time". I can still remember where I was when I first heard this. October of 2000, and I went to the event Monster Massive out in L.A., and Armand Van Helden started his set off with this. Ridiculous. To see probably fifteen to twenty thousand kids go nuts was surreal.

That said, the track hasn't died off in popularity much at all. This is a DJ friendly bootleg, with the B Side tossing in this random vocals saying "Alright, alright, back to your stations." Not sure why. Fuck it. A good bootie for you all if you're a die-hard collector of their stuff. I'd only rate it a 7 out of 10, because it does get repetitive, and I feel that if it had used more of the original song's vocals, it would have cut down on this.

Download and enjoy!


[Download Daft Punk - One More Time (Bootleg White Label mix - Side A)]


[Download Daft Punk - One More Time (Bootleg White Label mix - Side B)]

And since these are bootlegs, I'll just say to go buy the authentic product. Because you're awesome if you do.

Monday, June 8, 2009

For fear of being forgotten...


I don't think the artist named himself after photic sneeze reflex, but it might be taken from a famous quote from the movie Gremlins.


Bright Light Bright Light is Welsh songwriter, producer, remixer and multi-instrumentalist Rod Thomas who, over the last year or so has moved swiftly from bedroom producing to appearing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Camp Bestival, Green Man, Innocent Village Fete and Summer Sundae festivals.


Interestingly enough, I was just contacted By Rod Thomas after I posted his remix of a song from the band Run Toto Run. (read it here)

He gave me the song below to listen to. It's called Blueprint. This is Mr. Thomas on vocals. He also plays many of the instruments on the album, with the exception of the drums.


[Download Blueprint - Bright Light Bright Light]

It's a real good song isn't it? I dig the lyrics and the vibe of the track.

A relentless live schedule has seen him appear alongside Sparks, James Yuill, Gotye, Noah & The Whale, Casiokids and Au Revoir Simone as well as doing numerous sessions for Radio 1, BBC Wales, BBC Bristol, Channel M and Balcony TV.


He's also playing with Run Toto Run this Wednesday. Which is sort of how he found this here blog. He came across our blog on elbo.ws, while looking for Run Toto Run news/tracks.

Rod's material has become increasingly multi-layered and textured as his production skills have gone from strength to strength. Working with Boom Bip (of recent Neon Neon fame) on key Bright Light Bright Light tracks 'A New Word To Say' and 'Disco Moment' has paved the way for a more shimmering and shiny outlook which fills dancefloors just as much as the softer tones of 'Same Old Lines' gather crowds at festivals.


Speaking of Same Old Lines, I scrounged up a remix of this also awesome song by Thomas. It's funky pop loveliness that makes me move my shoulders in time with the beat. Try it! It feels good!


[Download Same Old Lines - Rod Thomas (James Yuill Remix)]

The original of Same Old Lines is even better than the remix. It really shows the mastery of Rod Thomas to create what might be the perfect, catchy, can't get it out of your head...but that's ok, because it's wonderful, kind of song.

Learn more at the Bright Light Bright Light myspace page, and pick up his album 'Until Something Fits'

Until Something FIts

Click HERE to order direct

Friday, June 5, 2009

The canary sings with such particular instruction

everybody runs when the telephone rings but nobody's making a call


Their second EP, Bridges and Tunnels, came out last October. They've spent a lot of time playing gigs in bars where they weren't even old enough to be in the audience. And they've been compared no less than eighty-four times to The Strokes.



The Strokes? What the hell? I don't hear it. Odd coincidence that I just this week started listening to Gaslight Anthem again, because that's who I would compare them to if you made me. Or The Offspring.

Haha. Caught you there. No, really. Because I am so batshit bonkers for The Offspring, I can hear an indie interpretation of the opening to "Half-Truism" in Static Jacks'"Resistance/Self-Control." Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

There is something that makes me so happy in the music on this EP. I can't put my finger on it; could it be the line give up on hope, cast out your dreams? I feel like I am back in SoCo Dabbs' bedroom being schooled on The Violent Femmes and Morrissey and listening to the way he pronounced Ralph Lauren as if it were an Italian name. I could be thirteen again, trying to decide if I was the preppie with high bangs or the skater chick with an asymmetrical style. I've always been a triberunner, it's true.

I want you to take a listen to "Wine Cellar."


[Download The Static Jacks - Wine Cellar]

I love it. The boys at Static Jacks may have given us the latest EP for free, but I became and instant fan and bought the previous one, Sonny Halliday straight away. Now I'm going to ask Daddy if we can finally start a label, because the next one they record needs to have better sound quality.

Uh oh, we better hurry, because the Jacks' guitar player Henry tells me they're recording it now and it should be out this fall. They are releasing their stuff via RCRD LBL, the online label/blog network.

In the meantime, here is a remix of a song I've been singing all day. At least in the remix the vocals have a chance to shine.


[Download The Static Jacks - RAC Maury Remix Fire On The Bridge And In The Tunnel]

Have I dispelled any conception that these guys sound like The Strokes? I still don't get that association. Did the guy who said that just have them next to each other in his iTunes? Because Stevie Ray Vaughn follows them in mine. And speaking of shining, I am really appreciating the guitar licks in this track off the old EP. Not that I'm making a comparison... But... Check out The Canary Sings.


[Download The Static Jacks - The Canary Sings]


the storm that brought the flood which kept me cold
was brought by you thats what i was told
and i bet that it's true



There you have it. Between The Static Jacks and Middle Distance Runner, I am really thankful that we started this blog because I love that I was able to discover bands like these and share them with you. I would say those are my two favorite finds of the past year.

So make me happy and buy these EPs. And if you're in New England, go catch a show. I wish I could be there. I bet they are absolutely loverly to see live. They're in NYC, DC, PHL, and some Conn/Mass too. Tell me how the shows are!! That's an order!

No Amazon links for you this time... Just go straight to iTunes and nab some indie delights. And picture The Little One floating through the office during the day singing I see the fire on the bridge and in the tunnel below...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weird electro and some new shit

Yes. Chromeo is weird electro. They're really hit or miss with me because they essentially update a type of music I drink heavily to forget. So now they make my drinking problem worse. Fuckers. This remix of "Me and My Man" I've liked since I bought it off of Beatport a few years back, however.


[Download Chromeo - Me and My Man (Fly Whitey Remix)]

Next up is the first track from the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs release. Yes, I understand it's not being posted here two months before it's released. I don't care. I like this. So there. I'm posting it because I like it. It makes me happy in my no-no spot. Which actually kind of creeps me out. The aforementioned drinking will come in handy.


[Download Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero]

Last up is just a really strange remix of the Designer Drugs track "Zombies". It's by the Montreal duo Nrotb, and considering the sound they have here, I found it quite odd that house label Coco Machete brought them on board. Well, perhaps they fit the niche since I last bought house records. Here's their remix of "Zombies". The oddly titled "Nrotb Dandy remix". Lovely.


[Download Designer Drugs - ZOMBIES! (Nrotb Dandy Remix)]

Ah, yes. The time where I make some half-assed comment telling you to buy the stuff listed. Well, I've got nothing. Just go buy it. Now.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Don't be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don't talk.

Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?


Run Toto Run!

Cool name for a band. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain though, because it's a woman that we should be looking for.

Rachael Kitchenside, the lead vocalist and songwriter, seems to be the wizard of this magical group.

Like Dorothy, she is not alone. She is joined on a fantastic journey by her band mates Mike, Cazz, and K!d Farthing.

Mike Colombian born Mike or “The Hobo” as the rest of the band like to call him is the nicest guy on the face of the planet. Fact. Mike cut his musical teeth at the YMCA roller disco, and often fondly reminisces about it. (synths, backing vocals, keys and guitar).

Cazz is way prettier without the mask. Hot even. She used to drum for Stickboy, She is the only remaining UK Hanson fan. (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, recorder, electronics)

K!d Farthing has a tattoo in Hungarian reading “born under a bad sign” and is the coolest kid to ever graduate from the RNCM with a first-class honours degree in violin. (violin, keyboards, electronics and clever stuff)

I was sent an amazing cover of Passion Pit's Sleepyhead in my DropBox 4 days ago, recorded by Run Toto Run. I fell in love. Then I watched the video for the cover, and fell in love further. Like falling down the rabbit hole.


[Download
Run Toto Run - Sleepy Head (Cover)]




Isn't that voice angelic? I also love the re-imagining of the music and ambiance of this. It's fantastic. The video is adorable. Rachael looks adorable and the animals are so silly you can't help but smile! Especially the very end...

You may have noticed that there is only one hot chick and two animals in the video. Shouldn't there be a fourth? Rachael sent me an email this morning telling me that Cazz was at work when they recorded the video. I wonder if Cazz was mad about being left out? I'm a little sad about it. Maybe she's the tin (wo)man that can't get her feelings hurt, since she has no heart?

I suggest picking up their new EP from iTunes. It's called The Plastic Gold. If you live in the UK, you can catch them on tour starting this Friday.

BONUS TRACK:
The B-Side of the bands first single was called Alice. Enjoy this remix of “Alice” by welsh synth-pop wizard Rod Thomas.


[Download
Run Toto Run - Alice (Rod Thomas Remix)]

Monday, June 1, 2009

the shiniest pretty penny

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The End’s Not Near, It’s Here.

That grabs your attention doesn’t it! The first time I heard this, I was watching an episode of The OC and I thought the song was so fitting for the episode. A year or so passed and I gave this song no more thought, until one day randomly, Pandora spouted it from my computer. I stopped in my tracks and turned up the speakers, then frantically checked out the artist and song title which propelled my search to get my hands on it and everything else this band put out.

I discovered it was “The End’s Not Near, It’s Here,” a song by The New Year which Band of Horses covered for The OC Mix 6. I found two other albums by Band of Horses, which I wasted no time in downloading and repeatedly playing. They have a somber sound to them, but in the dark time of my life when I discovered them, I was somehow comforted and soothed by their soft angsty sound. Some of the song titles are head-scratchers, but the lyrics and the music are so powerful to me.


[Download
Band of Horses - To The Barn Because I Like The]


"Go To The Barn Because I Like The" lyrics:
Well I'd like to think I'm the mess you'd wear with pride.
Like some empty dress on the bed you've laid out for tonight.
Outside by your doorstep
In a worn out suit and tie
I'll wait
For you to come down
Where you'll find me
Where we'll shine


It's like when you were a kid... You almost didn't pick up that penny on the ground because it was old and dirty, but you did it anyway and found a treasure: it was the shiniest pretty penny, and you were so proud of this little fortune. That's the picture that this song brings to mind to me, but throughout my life that penny, of course, is the metaphor for bigger things or people at one time or another.

"Monsters" lyrics:
A tree for all these problems
They can find you for the moment
Then for all past efforts
There buried deep beneath
Your heart and somewhere in your stomach

And hey, transform all others
When awful people they surround you
Well hey, they just like monsters
They come to feed on me
Giant little animals to feed


I get goose bumps when I hear this song. How long will you keep those people in your life who feed on you and drain you of all emotionality? One day will you wake up and realize that they ate everything you had to give?

The slow pace of their songs and the words that cut through me and bring such emotion to the surface also manage to comfort me like a soft warm blanket.

I think they are definitely worth a listen, so please, check it out for yourselves.