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Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of Lists Coming Soon

Have done nothing in the month of December, except absorb every other blogs best of lists. I've been working on mine and will startt publishing in very early January; maybe as soon as January 1?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mixtape: Thanksgiving

A time for reflection and giving thanks for all the great things in our lives.....music. A collection of songs for the day or week of Thanksgiving. Some of them very sincere, others very sinical and dark, and still others just have the word thanks in them. Enjoy the day! Spotify Thanksgiving Mix

Monday, November 21, 2011

TJI: Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler /The Dream

Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler
Thee Oh Sees - The Dream
The second release of the year for this San Fransisco band. What was a nice side project of John Dwyer's (The Coachwhips) has developed into full blown band. The last album Castlemainia had a cool ramshackle garage sound; this latest release is even cooler, still ramshackle, and still garage. Some of the songs are silly but the whole album shows a real passion for making a joyful noise.

Band website
Carrion Crawler / The Dream is out now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TJI: Summer Camp

Summer Camp- Better Off Without You
Summer Camp - I Want You

I'm very frustrated by the inability to insert YouTube video into these posts using the iPad. There are some great videos to go with this band, but you will have to search them out yourself. This is a strong pop album and is easy to enjoy with just one listen. Upbeat and peppy even when it is talking about break-ups and heartbreak. The draw back is this album should have come out in June so we could enjoy it all summer long. We'll see if the album has staying power or if it is so bright that it burns out quickly.

Standout Tracks:
Better Off Without You
I Want You
Losing My Mind
Ghost Train

Percentage Grade: 82%

Band Website
New album Welcome to Condale is available now.

Monday, November 14, 2011

TJI: Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs - The Same Thing

I've tried posting this review three times now, but have had so many problems with blogpress and blogger on the IPad that it hasn't happened till now. This album would fit in great with the alt country of the 90's. This is Cass's second release (Wits End was the first) of the year and I wonder if he would have been better served making one great release instead of two good ones. Don't know the whole story but I guess it possible that the inspiration for these songs came after the first release. There are some great tracks here, like Same Thing which is posted above but also a few boring tracks. I would recommend downloading parts of each album and you'll be good to go.

New album Humor Risk is available now from Amazon for 5.99.
Band Website
Very frustrated with the bloggings apps on IPad and with Blogger itself for not having an app. Seems like the IPad would be the ultimate in blogging given that it is small, portable, and easy to access, but that is not the case. Someone needs to get on the ball and start designing, until then my posting will be limited. Boo hoo.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mixtape: Sickly

Feeling a little down in the dumps. Sour throat, cough, runny nose and all the other little things that nag you when your sick. Here is a mix to make me and anyone else feel better. Sick or not this is worth a listen. Click here to go the playlist on Spotify

Here are some of the Highlights:
Sick, Sick, Sick - Queens of Stoned Age
Fever Dreams - Nurses
Sick of Myself - Matthew Sweet
Fever Dreaming - No Age
Still Ill - The Smiths
Sick - Twilight Sad
Monster Hospital - Metric
Jesus Fever - Kurt Vile
Pneumonia - Bjork

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

TJI: Nurses

Nurses - Trying to Reach You
Nurses - Fever Dreams

I love the psychedelic garage music coming out of this Portland band. There is a kaleidoscope of sounds and layers. The lead singer has a weird voice that some how remains interesting and not annoying. Not a bad song on the album, Trying to Reach You and Fever Dreams will give you a taste. If you like it, get the whole meal.
Band Website
You can get album Dracula right now at Amazon.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, November 5, 2011

TJI: Real Estate

Real Estate - It's Real
Real Estate - Green Aisles
This is jangly guitar pop that is easy to listen to. There is nothing grating or confusing about the sound. The album is well recorded and it has a simple and dreamy sound that lends itself to listening while driving. The first single It's Real is one of the best tracks from the month of October.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

TJI: Phantogram

Phantogram - Don't Move
Phantogram - 16 Years

Pleasant sound. Nice soft vocals (female and male), cool synths, beats, and sweet looping effects. The earth didn't shake when I listened to this album but I did listen till the end, which says something. Nightlife is a long EP at 7 tracks, but seems like the perfect length for an attention span these days. Don't Move is easily my favorite track, followed by Turning Into Stone.
Band Website
Album Nightlife out now

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

TWIM: Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair - Keep Time
Gauntlet Hair - Mop It Up
Gauntlet Hair - Top Bunk
Heavy effects, droning, repetitious, psychedelic describe this Chicago/Denver band. Not sure about the whole album but Keep Time Andq Top Bunk are worth making it on any current playlist.


Band Website
Click here to download the album from Amazon.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Mixtape: A Ghostly Mix for Halloween

Get ready for Halloween with these Forty-one great tracks. The theme is clear and obvious - Ghost. Some are spooky, some are nice, most are indie, but a few are classic. They are ranked in relative order from strongest to weakest, but everything on the list is K approved. The one exception to the order is the Phish song which got added at the last minute and should be up in the top 15.

Click here to go to the full list and listen for free on Spotify!

Here is the top 11:
1. Ghost Riders In Sky - Johnny Cash
2. Ghost - Neutral Milk Hotel
3. Ghost Rider - Suicide
4. Anyone's Ghost - National (free cover version by Silver Swans)
5. You Ghost - Kristen Hersch w/ Michael Stipe
6. The Ghost Song - The Doors
7. Is There A Ghost - Band of Horses
8. Ghost Town - The Specials
9. Give Up the Ghost - Radiohead
10. The Ghost I You - Psychedelic Furs
11. Ghost Town - Kurt Vile

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TWIM Oct 25

After taking most of September and October off, I am back in an attempt to rejuvenate my blogging career. So I am starting off with This Week In Music, which will focus on my favorite tracks and albums that are new releases. This weekend I'll also add my favorite tracks from the summer and focus on playlists / mix tapes using Spotify. If you aren't on Spotify join now. A great link to all the music you could ever want and if you put up with a few ads here and there it is free. However I did notice the new Coldplay is not available on Spotify at the moment, boo hoo. Two great garage rock albums out this week with The Beets and The Strange Boys.

The Beets - Doing As I Do
The Beets - Friends of Friends
Album Let the Poison Out

Strange Boys - Me and You
Album Live Music

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Radiohead on SNL

I never fully embraced the Radiohead album from this year (King of Limbs). I listened and liked it but it never buried itself into my core the way Ok Computer, Kid A, or In Rainbows did. However watching the performance of Lotus Flower I am forced to go back and dig deeper. King of Limbs will now be on repeat this week, I will be drinking the Radiohead Kool-Aid.

Radiohead - Lotus Flower on Saturday Night Live Sept. 25

Radiohead - Staircase on Saturday Night Live Sept. 25

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Late Night Viewing Sept. 19 - 23

A busy week on late night TV. You will need to set aside some time to see all the big performances. Would be even more, but I couldn't find Elbow on Fallon or Death Can for Cutie on Carson Daly. Performance of the week goes to Clap Your Hands, just edging out Wilco. Ready to hear arguments to the contrary.

Coldplay - Paradise on Letterman Tuesday Sept. 20
New track sounds like Coldplay, sounds good.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake on Fallon Tuesday Sept. 20
The album is getting average reviews, but I really like it. Sure this sounds like "Country Yellow Teeth," but that was a great song.

The Decemberists - Calamity Song live for Carson Daly show Tuesday Sept. 20
Really a concert performance. The sound isn't great, but the song is.

Wilco - Born Alone on Letterman Wednesday Sept. 21
Can't wait for the album!

The Kooks - Junk of the Heart on Leno Wednesday Sept. 21

Telekinesis - Please Ask For Help on Fallon Thursday Sept. 22
A great to buy if you don't own it yet.

The Jayhawks - She Walks In So Many Ways on Letterman Friday Sept. 23
Looking old.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Late Night Viewing Sept. 12 - Sept. 16

Hands down the Girls win the week.
Alexander - Truth performed on Conan Monday Sept. 12

Girls - Honey Bunny on Jimmy Fallon Sept. 13

Neon Indian - Polish Girl on Jimmy Fallon Sept. 14

Foo Fighters w/ Bob Mould - Dear Rosemary on Conan Sept. 15

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Late Night Viewing Sept. 5 - Sept. 9

A week of balls to the wall rock which is fitting for my return to work. My two favorites are The Antlers and Pearl Jam but no weak performances this week. What is your favorite?
Jim Jones Revue - High Horse on Letterman Tuesday Sept. 6

The Antlers - I Don't Want Love on Fallon Tuesday Sept. 6

Band of Horses - Infinate Arms on Conan Wednesday Sept. 7

Pearl Jam - Ole' on Fallon Thursday Sept. 8

Jimmy Fallon w/ Eddie Vedder - Balls In Your Mouth from Fallon

Foo Fighters - Walk on Conan Thursday Sept. 8

Friday, September 9, 2011

Video: Otis Redding Try A Little Tenderness

Happy Birthday Otis! 70 years old today! Sittin On the Dock of the Bay is a classic, but this is my favorite. Discovered the song through the move "Commitments," but once I heard the Otis version it was lights out.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

And Other Stuff #7 2011

Lykke Li - Jerome (The Lost Sessions) intimate video and the song title is my middle name - no brainer awesome

The Drums - What You Were from there website showing a live recording in the studio

Washed Out - Far Away a great performance

Yourstru.ly Presents: Washed Out "Far Away" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cheat Sheet #24 2011

Some of this music I have been sitting on for a month. August was filled was good times and great vacations. Now it is back to the grind, but a lot this music will bring back the lazy days of summer sound.

The Drums - What You Were source My Blob Cliche 
The Drums -Please Don't Leave source My Blog Cliche
Got that same surf guitar sound, so they aren't inventing anything new, but we do seem to get a darker album this time around. I like it.
New album Portamento out Sept. 6
Band Website

Atlas Sound - Tera Incognito source Photog Music
This is not my favorite music, but many people are drooling over this (and anything Bradford Cox does) so I included it. Nice and mellow, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
New album Parallax not out till Nov. 8
Band Website

Nurses - Trying To Reach You source All the Young Punks
Nurses - Fever Dreams source Bow Legs Music
More of that garage and surf sound sound. Great annoying vocals that are catchy as hell. Love the sound of the guitar effects on both of these tracks.
New album Dracula out on Sept. 20Band Website

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco source Earmilk
Catchy and cool electronic music.
New album Audio, Video, Disco out on Oct. 25
Band Website

Video: Destroyer-Savage night At the Opera

Destroyer - Savage Night at the Opera from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Come On Baby Cover Me #8 2011

AVIA - Pink Moon (Nick Drake) source Mad Mackerel

The Kills - One Silver Dollar source Mad Mackerel

The Vaccines - Last Friday Night (Kati Perry) source  We all Want Someone To Shout For

My Morning Jacket w/ Neko Case - Stop Dragging My Heart Around (Tom Petty) source Everybody Taste

Poolside - Harvest Moon (Neil Young) source Earmilk

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cheat Sheet #23 2011

Not a lot of explanation this week, but lots of music. Been gone at the beach and now heading out to Disney - Boss! Most of these tracks are older (2 weeks) but all are still worth a listen. Also seems to be a very subdued overall sound - I guess summer is coming to an end and we are getting ready for the cold days ahead. My wife thinks it is going to be an early fall.

Hooded Fang - Den of Love
Canucks with a nice little sound, has that 60's slow dance guitar to kick it off.
New album Tosta Mista is out now.
Band Website

St Vincent - Surgeon source Turntable Kitchen
Beautiful slow jam, looking forward the album. big ups for the funky/proggy break down at the end.
New album Strange Mercy out on Sept. 13
Band Website

M83 - Midnight City source Everybody Taste
Its got a tasty beat with lots of squeaks, but you can't really dance to it. Great cool layered sound and has a laser shooting in the middle.
New album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is out on Oct. 18
Band Website

Girls - Vomit source Buzz Bands
More slow jams. Very drawn out and sounds great.
Album Father, Son, and Holy Ghost out on Sept. 13
Band Website

I Break Horses - Winter Beats source Off the Radar
 Fantastic dreamy synth pop sound. If you like the M83 then this should also hit the spot.
Album Hearts is out now
Band Website

Neon Indian - Polish Girl source Unnecessary Umlaut
Neon Indian - Fallout source Gorilla Vs Bear
I'm a little disappointed with both of these tracks, we'll see about the album
New album Era Extrana out on Sept. 13
Band Website

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Come On Baby Cover Me #7 2011

This edition of covers brings us tributes to Nirvana and The Strokes:

Stereogum has put together a tribute to the The Strokes - This Is It. Pick up the whole album for free here.

The Morning Benders - Last Night
Real Estate - Barely Legal
Peter, Bjorn, and John - Is This It

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind Spin magazine has brought together some great covers of the album. Get the whole album for free here.

Meat Puppets - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Butch Walker and the Black Widows - In Bloom

Bonus: Robyn - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Coldplay) source Cause = Time
Robyn turns the new Coldplay single into a stunner!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Radiohead Remixes

Use the widget to preview new Radiohead remixes that will be available for purchase this Monday:

Late Night Viewing: July 25 - July 29

The week starts out strong and fizzles to an end.

Ray Davies - David Watts  (Fallon 7/25/11) - Sounds Great!!!!

Eels - That's Not Her Way (Letterman 7/26/11) -  Beardfest

Matt and Kim - Block After Block (Fallon 7/26/11) - They have energy

They Might Be Giants - Can't Keep Johnny Down (Fallon 7/27/11) - I might buy their new album just to reminisce

Fountains of Wayne - A Dip In the Ocean (Letterman 7/28/11) - it's no Stacy's Mom

Stevie Nicks - For What It's Worth (Leno 7/28/11) - Feel free to skip this

Lady Gaga - You and I (Kimmel 7/28/11) - Not my favorite

Beyonce -  Best Thing I Never Had (Fallon 7/28/11) - Worst quality but best performance from the ladies

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cheat Sheet #22 2011

Tons of new stuff coming at me everyday. I have had no time to absorb any music, just a couple listens and its on to the next thing. We just got a DVD player for the van, so my driving and music listening has come to an end. My drives are now sound-tracked by Little Einsteins! Hope you like all the tracks this week.

Fungi Girls - Velvet Days source Guerolito Music
Garage music sounds great in the summer. I was listening to The Strangeboys a lot last week and now I find this gem of a band. You can hear another new track from the album by heading over to their Bandcamp page.
New album Some Easy Magic is out next week.
Band Website

Black Whales - Shangri-La Indeed source Ear Milk
Black Whales - Lately source The Dada
Basic but solid rock music. Has that 90's alt-country sound and it works nicely. Nothing that blows me away, but will be a nice addition to the summer soundtrack.
Album Shangri-La Indeed is out now.
Band Website

Neon Indian - Fallout source Tympanogram
I was surprised when I gave this a play and was reminded of My Bloody Valentine, not what I was expecting. This new track still has the Chillwave sound you expect from Neon Indian but is darker and murkier. This early track will bring high expectations for the album.
Album Era Extrana is due out Sept. 13
Band Website

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Maniac source Someone To Shout For
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake source Someone To Shout For
Two solid tracks from the upcoming album. Looks like my prediction that they wouldn't come through was wrong. Great catchy pop music!
New album Hysterical will be out in September
Band Website

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Come On Baby Cover Me #6 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Atlantic City (Bruce!) source Ear Milk

Neko Case and Nick Cave - She's Not There (Zombies) source Someone To Shout For 

Parts and Labor - Runaway (Kanye West) source The Burning Ear

Washed Out - Wicked Game (Chris Isaak) source Gorilla Vs Bear 

Bon Iver - Your Love (Outfield) source The Tape Is Not Sticky

Video: LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (Lego)

A super fan remake of the original LCD video, except this time it is done in LEGO! Thanks to All Songs Considered for the lead.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Best of the 2nd Quarter 2011 April -> June

Over halfway through 2011 and with the summer here I have had a little more time focus on music. April and May brought lots of great music and lots of new discoveries. That is always a busy music time of year as many bands like to follow up with new albums and tracks after SXSW. June was a little disappointing (or maybe I am just spending too much time stuck on Bon Iver) and July so far has been dry. Enjoy and let me know what your favorites were.

Standout Album from April - June listed in Alphabetical Order. All tracks are for sampling purposes go out and buy the album to support the artists (click on the album name to go to Amazon)!

The Antlers - Burst Apart
I Don't Want Love
Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
Putting The Dog To Sleep

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
Brick By Brick
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Piledriver Waltz

Battles - Gloss Drop
Wall Street
Ice Cream (Feat Matias Aguayo)

Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
One Fine Morning

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
The Cascades
Bedouin Dress (Live)

Jeff the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions
Mellow Out

Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah
Eleven (Feat. tUnE-yArDs)


Vaccines - What Did you Expect From the Vaccines
If You Wanna
Blow It Up

And 15 more tracks for good measure!
Black Lips - Modern Art
Country Mice - Morning Song
Ema - The Grey Ship
Fucked Up - The Other Shoe
Low - Try to Sleep
Milagres - Glowing Mouth
My Morning Jacket - Holdin On to Black Metal
The National - Think You Can Wait
Panda Bear - Surfer's Hymn
Parts and Labor - Rest
The Raveonettes - Forget That Your Young
Seapony - Blue Star
Sonny and the Sunsets - Reflections on Youth
Thee Oh Sees - I Need Seed
Vetiver - Wonder Why
Weeknd - Glass Table Girls
Yacht - Dystopia

Friday, July 15, 2011

Late Night Viewing July 11 - July 15

Pretty slow week in late night TV and nothing on Friday so an early week. All three of these are great performances !

Panda Bear - You Can Count On Me  (Jimmy Fallon 7/11)

Gomez - Options (Letterman 7/13)

James Blake -  Whilhelm Scream (Fallon 7/14)

Video: Cults - Go Outside

The official video - old skewl Jonestown massacre footage.

Go Outside, by Cults from Boing Boing on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Video: Pains of Being Pure of Heart - The Body

Not my favorite track but good enough for summer. The video is preparation for my beach trip in August!

And Other Stuff #5

So before I die, I have three concert dreams:
1. Latitude in England with my whole family
2. SXSW with my wife and the Berciks
3. Primavera and Spain sightseeing with whoever will take me for free.

So this week we get some very cool footage from Spain thanks to Pitchfork attending the Primavera festival.
tUnE-yArDs in Spain
The tUnE-yArDs short song is just surreal with the church, traffic, and soccer crazies.

James Blake @ Primevera Concert in Spain
So I learned that this music is part of his degree for University...how cool.

Cults @ Primevera
Sightseeing and drinking

On top of all the concert and live music footage - Pitchfork also introduced a great new idea: 60 Seconds Left. Check out these bands to get an idea of what it is all about.
The Walkmen - remind me a wrestling a friend of highschool and then suddenly someone gets mad and it gets real.

Battles - funny band, funny cameraman.

Pains of Being Pure of Heart
- an indie football fan.

So leave a comment on what your concert dreams are!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cheat Sheet #21 2011

Sorry if this starts a little downbeat for you. I know it is summer, but these are the new tracks that are striking me just right and I also find happiness in sad music. My wife says that makes me weird, she is probably right (but I know there are others of you out there). If you don't want to hear the miserable tunes just skip forward to Santa Fe by Beirut.

John Maus - Hey Moon source Ear Milk
John Maus - Quantum Leap source Mr Bungle
John Maus - Believer source One Track Mind
The influences here are obvious so I'll skip that. You should also skip this if synthesizers and drum machines bother you. These tracks seem very different to me, but all of them work. "Hey Moon" to me is just beautiful (lyrics rarely matter, but here they hit me just right) the two other tracks are a weird kind of fun listen.
Band Website
We Become the Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves is out now

Beirut - Goshen source Seamstress For The Band
Beirut - Santa Fe source Seizure Chicken
Lining up to be a year end favorite. In the past Beirut has never hit the mark with me. I think the sound was too eclectic and bounced all over the place. All the tracks I have heard from this new album seem gentler and well thought out.
Band Website
New album The Rip Tide out on August 30

Wu Lyf - Dirt source Mostly Junk Food
Wu Lyf - Heavy Pop source Heart Strings Engaged
Grand atmospheric sounding music. Reminds me of the Foals last album with guttural vocals. I have no clue what the lead singer is saying (it is English) but I know he is feeling it and as a result so am I. The music clearly sounds like a call to arms for someone, for me it just beckons to be played loud while I'm cleaning the house.
Band Website 
Album Go Tell Fire Mountain is out now

Teddybears - Crystal Meth Christian (Featuring the Flaming Lips) source Unstrum
Teddy Bears - No More Michael Jackson source Magnet
A grab bag of sounds and styles but all of it up-beat. This is tongue in cheek electronic pop music from three Sweedish dudes who used to make heavy grindcore music. The album contains guest appearances all of the place from the likes of Flaming Lips, Cee-Lo, B-52s, Robyn, and B.O.B. It is possible this music is too happy for me.
Band Website
Album Devil's Music came out on July 5th

Video: Arctic Monkeys - Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

Video of the band touring with just a minimal amount of live footage and a small dose of a steamy raven haired beauty. A winner.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Video: The Horrors - Still Life

Great song I have previously posted and a nice dreamy video. You can also stream the new album below which is due out in the Us on August 11.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Video: Beach Fossils - Adversity

The Beach Fossils put out an EP back on Jan. 1 of 2011 and the whole thing just slipped by me. I found a couple tracks like Calyer online but somehow never realized that they had 8 new tracks on this EP What A Pleasure, but now it is summer. Dusting off all the summer music I came across this video, which lead to the EP. Sounds like a sunny day at the beach. The song is called Adversity, but it is so easy to listen to.

Beach Fossils - "Adversity" (Official Music Video) from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Late Night Viewing

An attempt at a new and useful segment, hosting what I consider to be the best live performances from late night TV and the such. Late night TV is one of the few places you can see new and up coming bands along with some of the old standards of rock. Since I'm in the married with children category this is one of the only options I have for seeing what a group is like. Its no where close to the experience of a concert but at least it gives me a taste. There is a lot to get through here but leave a comment with what is your favorite from the week.

Eddie Vedder - Without You (Letterman 6/20/11)
Still has a great voice. He has carved a niche for himself making ukulele music. I don't see any current competition there.

Bon Iver - Holocene (Fallon 6/21/11)

Beautiful as always.

Raphael Saadiq - Day Dream (Leno 6/22/11)

I can understand why this is popular.

Noah and the Whale - Life Goes On (Letterman 6/23/11 US TV debut)
Good performance but a couple critiques; even more nasally then the record and seems to lack energy.

The Antlers - Every night My Teeth Are Falling Out (Leno 6/23/11)

Sounds strong, and he is really feeling it. Ends with a great chaotic sound and they get to shake hands with Justin Timberlake!

Thurston Moore - Blood Never Lies (Fallon 6/23/11)

Very different. Reminds me of an acoustic version of this old DC band called TONE.

My Morning Jacket - Holdin' On to Black Metal (Conan 6/23/11)
Horns, a chorus, and an intense guitar solo bad A.

Archers of Loaf - Harnessed In Slums (Fallon 6/24/2011)
TV Debut from this old school indie band.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Video: Yacht - Utopia/Dystopia

This is funky! This is far out! Putting these two tracks together is sweet. The new album Shangri-La is out this week exclusively on I-tunes and on June 28th is it avalaible everywhere else. I just have a couple days to wait. A great video for a cool sounding album:
Source: TILT

YACHT Utopia / Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) from DFA Records on Vimeo.

And Other Stuff #4

Bon Iver - Calgary (live on Colbert Report) source Pitchfork
The pre-performance interview is great and nice to see Justin is not as serious as you might think.

bi on tcr by yardie4lifever2

Damon Alborn - Apple Carts source Someone to Shout For
A beautiful composition from an upcoming opera Damon has written. This guy is busy, he should learn to chill.

Battles - Futura source Pitchfork

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Radiohead - new song/video

Radiohead will be doing another From the Basement show for the BBC that will air on July 1st. Here is a video teaser with new song "Staircase" that is GREAT!

Cheat Sheet #19 2011

The Weeknd - The Birds (Part 1) source Listen Before You Buy
This guy drops another smooth jam. R&B is very far from my wheel house, but this works because it has suck a tasty beat.
New mixtape supposedly out this Thursday June 23
Band Website

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake source My Blog Cliche
A return to form. Really love the song, but it does have a very similir beat to "Yellow Teeth." I hope the album can hold up, the short video clip below is like a royal sampler and it has some more good sounds on it.
New album Hysterical is out Sept. 20
Band Website

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Hysterical from CYHSY on Vimeo.

White Denim - Drug source Gorilla Vs Bear
Nice and easy pop music with a touch of pscydelia. This reminds me of the Posies from the 90s with out any over the top guitars. Turn the volume down if you watch the connected video.
Album D is out now
Band Website

Cool Kids - Swimsuit (feat. Mayor Hawthorne) source The Chuckness
Great song for the summer. A nice drum beat and swimsuit theme. This is way cooler then anything I will do this summer. I think I'll write a sweet tune about going to Disney World.
New album When Fish Rid Bicycles is out July 12
Band Website

Future Islands - Before the Bridge source Listen Before You Buy
I really like the intro to this song, then the voice comes in and I was caught off guard. I listened again and the shock was gone. A distinctive voice and good sound.
Song is from a new 7 inch out next week
Band Website

Bonus: Jens Lekman - Cowboy Boots (live acoustic) source One Thirty BPM
Jens Lekman - Cowboy Boots by One Thirty BPM

Sunday, June 19, 2011

RIP Clarence Clemens

Bruce Springsteen (Clarence Clemens)- Sherry Darlin' (Live from '80s)
I'm not a real big Bruce fan, but this video shows the power of the man and his band live. Clarence Clemens could blow a mean sax and was an awesome performer. RIP.

Bruce Springsteen - Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (Live '93)
Dicey camera work but good sound

Clarence Clemens Solo - Jungleland (Live '09)
Still had it all the way till the end.

Traveling Wilburys History For A Limited Time

Thanks to Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered for posting the link to this limited time video history of the Wilburys. Some incredible interviews from back in the day and live footage of the songwriting process. It is great, get over there quick.
  Traveling Wilburys History

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Morning Videos #4 2011

A great week for videos. Every one of these tracks will be played all summer long (and most I have posted previously), this is the greatest video post ever! Thanks to Pitchfork for the hook-up.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues source Youtube
This is not an official video, but I've been listening to this song so often it needs to be recognized. Song of the summer!

Bright Eyes - Jejune Stars source Pitchfork
Straight forward performance video that is ok, but I think this is a great song.

Bon Iver - Calgary source Pitchfork
Out of the sidehatch, feel free to leave comments about the meaning of this video. It is beyond my capabilities.

Antlers - Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out source Pitchfork
Drink more milk and some weird stuff - a little creepy.

Crystal Stilts - Shake The Shackles source Pitchfork
For science

Friday, June 17, 2011

And Other Stuff #3

Battles - Wall Street source Blogotheque 
How cool is the room they are playing in. Some tasty high hat.

Battles | Wall Street | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Oh Land - Wolf and I from youtube
I highly recomend the new album!

The Black Lips - Live at Webster Hall source Pitchfork
This clip made me realize how awesome this band is! Now I just need to find a way to see them in concert.

My Morning Jacket - Circuital source Paste Magazine
Great classic rock sound

Coldplay - Charlie Brown source Someone To Shout For
Click the link to Someone To Shout For to hear three other new Coldplay tracks. For fans this sounds like it is going to be a great new album, for non-fans I'm sure it sounds lame. I'm looking forward to this one.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cheet Sheet #18 2011

Mister Heavenly - Pineapple Girl source Everybody Taste
Band members from The Islands, Modest Mouse, and Man Man you expect high quality and they deliver. An easy going up tempo tune. I enjoy the mix of guitars and keys. I like the song in the 1st video posted below even more. Oh yeah, actor Michael Cera is also the touring bassists.
New album Out of Love is out on August 16th
Band Website

Milagres - Glowing Mouth source Gimme Tinnitus
I love the falsetto vocals and the tamped out keyboard rhythm. Ends with a great little fade to black. I love this song! Repeat.
New album not out till Sept. 13 - go the Bandcamp for old music
Band Website

Oh Land - Son Of A Gun source Winnie Copper
This is pop music in the same vein as Katie Perry or Beyonce but this, some how isn't as cheesy, I guess because it isn't overblown. This should be on the radio and everywhere. I like.
Self Titled Album is out now
Band Website

Beirut - East Harlem source tsruradio
This sounds fantastic. Beirut have been an indie favorite for a couple years now, but I have never given them enough time. I can remember listening and being turned off by his voice, but something about this song clicked with me. So now I have gone back and tracked down some older tunes, the video below is another great one.
This track is from a 7 inch that you can buy on tour.
Band Website

Stephen Malkmus - Senator source Unecassary Umlaut
Sounds like Malkmus, nice smart ass lyrics and a jangly guitar. This is not my favorite track ever but I have incredibly high standards when it comes to Pavement/Malkmus. Still looking forward to the new album. I'm guessing the dirty chorus is a reference to all the recent political sex scandals, but really I guess those scandals are always happening. Below is a pavement video, because every chance you have to listen to Pavement...you should!
New album Mirror Traffic out August 23
Band Website

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Come On Baby Cover Me #4 2011

Some electrorock, country/bluegrass, and some straight forward covers - all eclectic and all good. My favorite is Coma Cinema covering one of my all time favorites. The last one is for my friend Steve who loves Matt and Kim and rap, not a true cover but it's cool.

Julian Casablances - Rave On (Buddy Holly) source Tale of the Tape 

Coma Cinema - I Wanna Be Adored (Stone Roses) source We are the Mascotte

Nickel Creek - Spit On A Stranger (Pavement) source Tsuraradio

Weezer - Paranoid Android (Radiohead) source Mayor Marwan

Chiddy Bang - Cameras (Matt and Kin) source Eavesdrop