Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year end? Not quite.


So I guess Mookie will be giving you your snazzy year in review. I can still give you a few awesome tracks from this year, though. Some? Are definitely repeats of what's already been posted, but I won't assume you've been reading this all year. That would be pretty stupid of me.

Before all that? I do want to share another song - not from this year - with you all. As you know, I have been posting a little of the stuff Deerhunter has made. "Disappearing Ink" is definitely amongst my top songs for this year, by the way. Well, from last year's album Microcastle, Deerhunter released one stellar tune in "Nothing Ever Happened". The real highlight of the tune is the guitars and then the keyboards within the last minute to minute and a half. Epic shit. Don't believe me? Take a listen for yourself.


Download Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened

So how about those top songs? Well, these aren't really going to be much different than most of the lists you'd see out there, I'd imagine. First off, I have to say that the best video this year? We Have Band's "You Came Out" is the clear winner here. In case you haven't seen it yet? Here it is.



Now, on to what I deem the best tracks of the year. There really isn't a challenge on the best cut of the year. For real. Now, I'm not the biggest Animal Collective fan. They're a little hit or miss at times for me, which is probably a good thing. It keeps my mind clear to how I view all the tracks. Now, "My Girls" is just stellar in about every regard. So It's an easy choice as the top track of the year.



Download Animal Collective - My Girls

As for the rest of my top tunes? Well, I have to say it's a huge drop from #1 to #2. That doesn't mean these aren't good tracks, but Animal Collective I honestly think did something very unique and special in creating "My Girls". Since I don't really like making a list in order, I just want to put it out there that the next few tracks are among my favorites for this year.

The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea

Sunset Rubdown - You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
Micachu - Golden Phone
Deerhunter - Disappearing Ink
YACHT - Waste of Time
White Denim - Regina Holding Hands
Atlas Sound ft. Panda Bear - Walkabout
Phoenix - Girlfriend
Shout Out Out Out Out - Bad Choices
Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream
We Have Band - You Came Out
Animal Collective - What Would I Want? Sky

And now the normal bullshit thing to say - BUY STUFF! Seriously! And hell, if not? Donate some money to Mookie, who runs this site. He busts his ass for you guys to bring you some awesome music, and I feel quite honored that he asked me to help him out. So yeah.....do that.


Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm in the streets fo real.


Did you get what you wanted for the holidays?

Me neither. I asked Santa for the Tom Tom Portable GPS kit with the VoiceSkin.com addition that makes your GPS unit give you directions in Snoop Dogg's voice.

That's fo rizzle. The big homie that brings us a totally new language voiced the directions to get you to just about anywhere. From the local drug store to the nearest joint to get you some munchies at 2AM.



But that's not what I got for xmas. Seems like wires done got crossed. Instead I gotta get it poppin' with his latest album Malice 'N Wonderland. It's no Doggystyle, Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus's debut album released in 1993.

Malice is Snoop's 10th album and sounds about 10 times as watered down. It's not that it's not good, it is...it's just not as raw as Doggystyle or that dope Dre single Deep Cover that Snoop was featured on. Maybe watered down was a bad way to describe it. It's 10 times as blunted. Stoner rap music is ok, but it's no replacement for a GPS unit.

At least there is some decent party anthems on here, my favorite has crunk superstar Lil' Jon in the cut. Check out 1800 ft.


Download Snoop Dogg - 1800 ft.



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Flat


This is gonna be one of those epic posts. Where I discuss in detail a song that for some reason is long forgotten. Sort of.

Anyone remember the Levis ads with the little yellow sock puppet? No? Here's a reminder. And hell. It is playing the song I am gonna post today.



That song was the epitome of awesome. For real. And the video? Was just as cool. Don't believe me? Well I have the video, also. So there!



Well, this guy seems to have suffered from the one-hit wonder phenomenon. He's since made more music, but to be honest? None has really caught my attention. Here's a really weird vid for the song "Positif" he made last year. Eh. Sorry. Not all that great.



Well, without making you watch any more videos.....well, actually, I will make you watch one more. About how fucking stupid the Snuggie is. Seriously. If you buy one? Kill yourself. Soon.



So yeah. Now here's "Flat Beat".


Download Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat

Now go buy stuff. It's Xmas. Hooray capitalism!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hot Damn! New Hot Chip!


Oooooh. New Hot Chip album is coming! February of next year, according to their site and the first single is the same as the album's title, One Life Stand. So how does this one sound? Well, this all depends on what you think of Hot Chip. These are guys that make solid blippy electro pop that simply makes you want to groove. If you don't want to groove? You're probably white. But that's okay. I'm not here to judge you. That's what your mother is for. Here's One Life Stand, their newest single.


Download Hot Chip - One Life Stand


Anyhow, their last album Made In The Dark featured a video that helped promote The Dark Knight. The song was "Ready For The Floor", and despite the wooden features of their lead man Alexis Taylor, it's a pretty cool video. That vid? Is below.



Well that song had a remix I had completely forgotten about by Jesse Rose. While I do love Rose, this remix starts off strong. Aaaaaand gets repetitive. Very quickly. It's in essence nothing more than a glorified DJ tool, but that's not such a bad thing. If you're a DJ. Or have a short attention span. Here's that nugget of goodness.


Download Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (Jesse Rose remix)

Now go buy stuff. The lord commands you. And he left it a little "l" for a reason. Because if you need to be scared shitless to do good? You're a moron.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Happy!


Christmas.

It's not a holiday that I am terribly fond of. The one thing about Christmas I like is the music. There have been amazing covers of traditional Christmas songs and new holiday tunes throughout the years, and I want to share some with you.

The holiday season to me is about music. No surprise since music is such a big part of my life. When we are young, the Christmas Carol Standards are quickly ingrained to our psyches. Most of us can recite a few lines of any of the countless xmas songs out there. For me though, the covers and deep cuts of the holidays are what I want to hear.

If inALLcaps.com has a Christmas party next year, this is what you can expect to hear while you drink egg nog and nibble on Winterdoodles!

For any party, you have to start the music selection on the more calm/background tip. You want to get people in the mood yet create and environment for people to chat and mingle.


Download Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!

That's when you bust out the Sufjan Stevens Songs Box Set. It's an amazing collection of holiday favorites and originals, like "Sister Winter" and "Star of Wonder", by an amazing artist that you should already know about. If you haven't let me fill you in.

Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Detroit, Michigan. His musical styles range from indie folk to symphonic orchestra to electronica.

The name "Sufjan" means "comes with a sword."

Ok. Well. It's something. I mean there is a lot to tell you in regards to Sufjan, but I gotta stay focused. Did you boogey to the elf dance? I bet you did!

The box set is 5 EPs that Stevens has made over the years for friends and family. Many of the songs are religious in nature as Stevens is a devoted Christian, but there are some fun carol-like songs in the collection. In fact during Stevens' international tour in the later half of 2006, he regularly performed the original song "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever" while releasing inflatable Santas into the audience. It's not quite as lively as the Elf Boogey.


Download Sufjan Stevens - That Was The Worst Christmas Ever

Once the party gets warmed up you can get into the more rockin' tunes!

How about a Ska version of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by one of our favorite Punk/Ska bands to watch live!


Download Less Than Jake - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

That track comes of the album It's a Punk and Ska Christmas Gone Wrong from Drive-Thru Records. It's a clutch holiday album for all of you that rock non-stop!

One of my favorite bands, of all fucking time, is Bad Religion. You would think a band with a name like that would not sing a Christmas song. Well you would be wrong!


Download Bad Religion - Joy To The World

I can't remember anymore
Of this crazy song
But hey it's chrismas time
But hell it's chrismas time
And he he, and ho ho ho
It's chrismas time


That's right. Bad Religion did a Christmas album for kicks in like 1992. It's super rare and hard to find. If you do find it...drop me a line. I gotta get a copy of it!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The dice were loaded from the start

Have you listened to Sawdust yet?

You know, I once had a theory. The best songs are on the B side. I even got a customized license plate: B SIDE. But in the digital age it is hard to notice when a B side is actually offered on a single, let alone an album. And when a "B sides" album is released, we are conditioned now to view it with a skeptical "what are they trying to market at me now" eye.

The Killers released a collection of "B sides and rarities" (your eyebrow almost instinctively wants to raise in a sneer doesn't it!) two years ago, and they ultimately called it Sawdust.

I loved almost every unreleased single on "Hot Fuss", their first album. I thought it was a good one. As you know, The Killers ended up getting insane attention and adoration, and as will happen sometimes... Many of us may have decided to turn away from them. When Sam's Town came out, I remember standing at Zia trying to decide whether to buy it. I remember word for word what I said to Mookie: "I am just not interested in what else Brandon Flowers has to say right now."

Well, we didn't buy Sam's Town on that visit but of course we still ended up buying it soon after. I enjoyed it - there is just something about The Killers for me I guess - but Mookie thought it was Meh. He liked to listen to it on the exercise bike though.

I have to admit I don't remember paying attention when Sawdust was released, but I followed the news about the recording of Day & Age, which came out in 2008. I still didn't even pay enough attention to that album, either.

Let's make all of this right. It's time to take notice of Sawdust. Covers of Joy Division, Kenny Rogers, and Dire Straits. Uh-huh. Doesn't that sound like an odd enough collection of "b sides and rarities" for ya? A few new tracks. A few scraps from the cutting room of the previous albums. And it works.

Here you go. The Killers' cover of "Romeo and Juliet" from Dire Straits' 1980 Making Movies album. Well, from the B-sides and rarities 2007 Sawdust album. We're good, right?


Download The Killers - Romeo and Juliet

And just because I want you to go buy this damn album for someone you know who loves b sides as much as I do, I am not going to share any of the new tracks that they put on this ditty. But here is a version of "Sam's Town" that I love. Cuz I like living in Sam's Town, quite honestly. I see London, I see Sam's Town.


Download The Killers - Sam's Town Abby Road Version

Hey homeslices. There are only 14 days until Christmas. Even fewer by the time you read this. Buy something!




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rape Me!

So this is going to be more of a politically tinged post - and yes, with music. With laughs, also. If this post somehow made it to certain Republicans in the Senate? Well, I might be teaching the Irish jig down in Gitmo.

So Al Franken, we've been told, is just using his post to pass some outlandish things. I mean, according to some Republicans in the Senate? Attaching an amendment to a bill that holds people accountable for rape is just un-American. Seriously. Want proof? Below is a video on it. Not to mention the link I posted just above.



Man, I had some laughs out of some of the quotes those idiots laid out for us. My favorite, however, was by South Dakota Senator John Thune.

“I think hopefully he’ll settle down and do kind of the serious work of legislating that’s important to Minnesota.”


Yes, because protecting rape victims just isn't very important Mr. Thune. Well, let's take a look at Mr. Thune. Below is a picture of the guy. What stands out the most is the size of this guy's forehead. I mean, seriously. Look at it.



I mean, it's sort of ironic that his state is the home of Mount Rushmore. Because Mount Rushmore could fit comfortably on his dome. I have proof below.



So I'll get to the music in a minute, because it's fitting for the topic at hand. I just had to share the letter I sent to this elected dipshit. I am curious if I'll get a response.


"Sen. Thune,

This is a quick note to tell you I applaud your courage. It's not every day that a man in such a powerful position can stand up to the temptation of using common sense. Your vocalization about the dangers that Al Franken has brought our country and its economy by protecting rape victims makes me want to stand up and salute not just one flag, but a few dozen. All at once. While draped in one. And painted from head to toe like one.

Because that's what a true patriot does. Defies logic and decency and shows women where their true place is. You, sir, are a true American hero. Never mind those that are dying overseas in a war that a chosen few with some silly stuff called proof have shown as illegal. No, they could learn from the book you clearly need to write. Because our country's literary history is that much less enriched because your words of wisdom aren't echoing in the ears of so many functioning illiterates.

Since much of your constituency may be lacking in a proper and formal education, you should instead release a series of coloring books. And in every picture where a Halliburton executive is violating a young woman, where that young woman's naughty spots are? You should have a gigantic picture of Satan. I mean, those things are MEAN. And caused these poor people to lose their minds and commit a sin. We know who the true victims are!

Regards (all while forcing others to salute our flag with me),
Walt Zink"


Anyhow, I promised that there would be music. Well, considering we're discussing rape, why not break out some classic Nirvana. Here's "Rape Me" from their seminal album In Utero. For added kicks? I've posted Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine's cover of the song, also.


Download Nirvana - Rape Me


Download Richard Cheese - Rape Me

Go buy stuff. It's uber-American. If not, John Thune will eat your babies.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

its my song but I'm still trying to learn the words

Passion excessive passive agressive
the first one to strike, the last one to exit
castles unprotected, capture the princess
fasten the seatbelt, drive and count the inches


Well. It was Jeremiah Edmond who led me to discover this band. This band called Felt.

Well. Jeremiah is the drummer of Manchester Orchestra, a band that we love and have written about a few times on this blog. Jeremiah runs the record label Favorite Gentleman and the production company Fifth Story Music. This doesn't have a lot to do with Jeremiah except that I trust his taste in music. When he recommended a great hip-hop album in Felt 3, I decided I better check it out.

Now that you understand how this album was discovered, let me continue introducing you to the music and the players involved. Felt is a hip hop group consisting of Slug of Atmosphere and MURS of Living Legends. Both excellent hip-hop outfits separately, but I must admit that getting Murs and Slug together is something special.

The Felt project is currently on volume 3, A Tribute To Rosie Perez. Tribute to who? I look into the other projects by Felt and discover that the previous two volumes are tributes to Lisa Bonet and Christina Ricci. All chicks Murs and Slug have lust over but also have fallen off career wise. The group says it's a karma thing and we wouldn't understand. /shrug

Every album has had a different producer, keeping each album fresh and new. The Grouch produced the first volume. The Grouch is an MC and producer for Living Legends. Volume 2 brings Ant from Atmosphere to get the production done. Volume 3 goes outside the groups home bases to reach out to Aesop Rock! Aesop has always been on the forefront of Alternative Hip-Hop groups, so the synergy is totally there!

I gotta share a song from each album, just to make sure you buy all three.

Suzanne Vega is a track of the first Felt album. Vol 1 A Tribute to Christina Ricci. This is a a slow and dizzy, unsteady song. It's about not getting high, yet sounds super stoned! One thing to note is that on the first two albums two tracks were named after singers. On volume 3 though, it's actors. Kevin Spacey and Paul Ruebens! WTF!


Download Felt -Suzanne Vega

Life Vegas is just a fun party track off the second album. In fact, the whole second album is a light, fun, party album. I suggest you pick it up and buy your self some drinks for you and your friends and get it in the CD player!


Download Felt - Life Vegas

In the track Give It Up, it's Aesop Rock's work as producer that truly shines. When the guitars come in, it really has the feeling of a story being told. Fantastic production work that the the Felt boys have no problem running with when they lay down their rhymes.

Although, one might argue that what Aesop Rock brings is too dark for this particular project. Normally a light, fun, antic filled style is what the last two albums have been about. This latest Felt album is kinda twisted with rhymes of drug addiction and wrong turns and either is Aesop's fault, or was a part of the vision of this Felt album. You know me, I like it gloomy. Especially when the winter grey rolls in, I guess I'm just a product of too many high desert winters.


Download Felt - Give It Up

Check out this video from another track off volume 3, and then get your credit card out and click these links!




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What Would I Want? BAND!


This week features a new-ish track by indie sensation Animal Collective, as well as a fun little track by We Have Band.

Animal Collective have just released another EP, Fall Be Kind. Five more tracks appear here, and the track I'm talking about is easily the standout of the five. Another highlight is "I Think I Can", but I'm here to bring everyone "What Would I Want? Sky".

So considering the ruckus over Merriweather Post Pavilion, this little EP adds some fuel to the fire for the heralding that will no doubt come about when end of the year lists start trickling out this month. Man, that was a long sentence. So here's What Would I Want? Sky".


Download Animal Collective- What Would I Want? Sky


Next up is a fun one by London trio We Have Band. Really, the highlight of this track is more the video than the song. Think Michel Gondry done exponentially. Stop motion madness! Close to 5,000 photos were taken for this video, which had to be quite a pain to do at points. This track can best be described as some updated disco, and it's simply a track that you just have to kick back and enjoy. The video? Best of the year. No doubt about it.


Download We Have Band - You Came Out



Go buy stuff. Tis the season and all that seasonal pine smelling bullshit.