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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Video: Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

I did not think these guys were the be all end all like some people did last year, but this track is great and the video is boss!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mixtape: What's In a Name?

 A complied list of songs that contain girl's names in the title. This was inspired by the first track "Adelai" by Lohio. This song is available from their EP Family Tree . I just discovered this band but the EP came out in September. Really like the sounds and texture of the music.
All these tracks are from 2010, pretty impressive that so many different songs have names in the titles. I found about 6 others, but couldn't find any of the tracks online to link to. As always listen right from this page or download and enjoy the next time you go for a drive.

1. Lohio - Adelai  from Tsururadio
2. Laura Veirs - Carol Kaye  from New York Rock Market
3. !!!  - Jamie, My Intentions are Bass from In Your Speakers
4. John Grant - Sigourney Weaver from Beat Surrender
5.Of Montreal - Girl Named Hello from Fluxblog
6. The Walkmen - Angela Surf City from Oceans Never Listen
7. Destroyer - Suicide Demo For Kara Walker from Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good
8. Caribou - Kaili (F*ck Buttons Remix) from Polaroid
 9. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother from Tsururadio

Bonus Video!!!
10. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cheat Sheet #3 2011

I found multiple tracks this week to post for many of the bands, hope I am not setting the bar too high just to let you down later. Nothing this week that just blew my socks off, but lots of solid tracks that I think will age well.

1. Peter, Bjorn, and John - Breaker, Breaker
Much more rock then I expected from these guys, still don't see how they will be able to follow up on the success of "Young Things." New album Gimme Some come out in early March.
Band Website

 2. Modern Skirts - Happy 81
Modern Skirts - Bumper Car
Drum machine beats and some sing/rapping. Reminds me of a Why? but not as dark. Still on the fence with these guys - thanks to Tsururadio for the music. Album Gramahawk out now, get it at Amazon.
Band Website

3. Destroyer - Chinatown
Destroyer - Song For America
Some of you will hate this music. I agree it is not easy to tackle at first, it has this weird 80's smooth jazz sound with bizarre confusing lyrics. That is what draws me to it. Most of the time I like easy to digest music that draws you in, but sometimes I want a challenge. The album Kaput is out now, get it at Amazon. At the Black Cat on April 5.
Band Website

I think I need an English major to explain this video to me. I think it has something to do with Star Trek 4 (isn't that the whale one).

4. Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
Lykke Li -Get Some
Get Some (Beck Remix)
This album seems like it is going to be much more bombastic then the last release. So far I think I like the Beck remix best of all - very dub and big beat influenced. Album is out March 1st. Performing at the 9:30 club on May 15.
Band website

5. say hi - Devils
When I looked around the web on Tuesday I found out that say hi had a new album out already. I don't have it yet, but will be getting it soon based on the brilliance of there last album Oohs and Aahs. Album Um, Uh Oh is out now on Amazon. At the Black Cat on April 9th.
Band Website

6. New Alexander, the lead singer from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Track title "Truth." Great song, you can download it for free from Rough Trade Records or just play it below.

Snow Day

Still waiting to hear if school is canceled for Friday?

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Video: Best Coast - Crazy For You

Great song, fun video and an appearance from Beth's cat.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Throwback: Stevie Wonder On Sesame Street

Last Monday was MLK day. A day that was made possible by Stevie Wonder who wrote a song "Happy Birthday" to commemorate the day and helped push congress for the passing of a bill to make it a federal holiday. So in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King here is some sweet Stevie. I probably have posted this before, but it is classic. Stevie and the band get funky on Sesame Street - the fake end is nice, and the kid dancing on the balcony tops it off!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheat Sheet #2 2011

1. Ducktails (Featuring Panda Bear - Killin the Vibe
Guitarist from the band Real Estate puts out album on Jan. 18 with this nifty side project. Album is out now, get it at Amazon.
Band Website

2. Panda Bear - Atiba
You will have to put up with the sounds of skateboards in the background because it was taken from the skate video below.
Band Website

ATIBA EVANS Panasonic GH2 Skate from skatefairy on Vimeo.

3. Iron and Wine - Walking Far From Home
Album is out Jan. 25
Band Website

4.Parts & Labor - Constant Future
For those of you who need some ass kicking music. Comes out March 8
Band Website

5. Tennis - Long Boat Pass
Tennis - Marathon
The album cover does nothing for me. I saw it and thought, this is the last thing I want to listen to, some bad Olivia Newton John 80s wannabe pop. I was wrong. This duo/couple have produced an album of music inspired by a year of sailing alone along the North Atlantic. Cool story! Album out now, buy at Amazon. In concert in DC March 5 at the Rock and Roll hotel.

Band Website

Yours Truly Presents: Tennis "Pigeon" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.
Band Website

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Video: Smith Westerns

Great song from guys much cooler than me: I want to play video games and eat cheese fries! Album is out today go get it from Amazon. They will be in DC on March 4th at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Smith Westerns - Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter of my content mix

A lovely little mix for a winter day.  Hit play, open up a separate browser and check email or surf the web to your own private mix. Then come back and download the tracks you like, add them to your I-pod and enjoy on your commute to work or bring it along next time you have to shovel snow.

1. Thee Oh Sees - Block of Ice - From The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
2. Why? - Eskimo Snow - From Eskimo Snow 
a bit of a stretch on this next song, but it does have "Snow" in the title even though it is referring to a person.
3. New Pornographers - Hey, Snow White - From Dark Was the night
4. Mumford and Sons - Winter Winds - From Sigh No More
5. Gregory and the Hawk - Grey Weather - From Moenie and Kitchie
6. Gorillaz - Glitter Freeze (with Mark E. Smith) - From Plastic Beach
7. Say Hi - November Was White, December Was Grey - From Oohs and Aahs
8. The Walkmen - While I Shovel the Snow -From Lisbon
9. Laura Marling - Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - From I Speak Beacuse I Can
And here is to an early arrival of spring
10. Pavement - Summer Babe (Winter Mix) (From Quarantine the Past)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cheat Sheet #1 2011

7 days of sickness and being trapped inside, this is the music I have found in that time. Any tracks that are terrible, I blame on the sick. Here is to hoping that the new year brings great music and more posts from me.

1. Noah and the Whales - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Might be a little to bouncy, time will tell.
Band Website

2. Tapes N Tapes - Freak Out
If you didn't get this album for 3.99 on Amazon you missed out - this track will have to do.
Band Website

3. Wye Oak - Civilian
Nice slow build with a dense gritty sound - the ending is Crazy Horsesque. Awesome. New album due March 2011.
Band Website

4. The Vaccines - Blow It Up
The Vaccines- If You Wanna
The BBC and UK music mags are already touting this band as the hot thing in 2011. I'm still on the fence. Like what I hear so far, but my gut tells me they won't have anything beyond one album. "Blow It Up." sounds like My Morning Jacket.

Here is the rest of the BBC list if you are interested.

5.Smith Westerns - All Die Young
Smith Westerns - Weekend
Don't hate them just because everyone else loves them or soon will . A must hear. I know I am already on the band wagon of these cool kids. January 18 release date.

Ryan McGinley's Music Obsessionsfrom Ryan McGinley on Nowness.com.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Epic Review of 2010 Part IV: Tracks and bands that didn't make the album list

Last installment here of 2010 review. Just a simple list of bands and songs from 2010 that struck a chord with me. Take a listen and anything you like - download and add to your I-pod.

Foals - Spanish Sahara
Great great song from an album that underwhelmed me.This track has a beautiful sonic build. Loved their first album, but this album didn't go anywhere for me. Still have high hopes for the next one!

Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Not sure why it is OK to like Robyn in the indie world, but not Katie Perry or Pink. I prefer Robyn over those two.

Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
Turn it up to 11, that Dinosaur Jr sound.

James Blake - Limit To Your Love
Discovered in the final weeks of 2010. Can't wait for the new album.

Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
The song title is a good description, but should add that it also has a tasty beat.

Radio Dept. - Heaven's On Fire
Jonsii - Go Do
Free Energy - Hope Child
Broken Bells - The High Road
Menomena - Taos
!!! - Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
Let's Wrestle - I Won't Lie To You
Dead Weather - hustle and Cuss

Allo Darlin' - Kiss Your Lips
Generationals - Trust

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Epic Review of 2010 Part 3

Sorry I'm late with the third part here, but I had a run in with 4 Loco on New Year's Eve and then this thing called a job got in the way. I have recovered and am ready to knock the top 5 albums of 2010!

5. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
The first track I heard was Ambling Alp and after that is was all over. I love the mix of electronic and organic sounds. Reminds me of Depeche Mode at times, and that's good. I Remember is a brilliant love song!

Favorite Tracks:
Ambling Alp
Madder Red
I Remember

Madder Red (Munk Remix)

Sweet Footage

4. Vampire Weekend - Contra
I know everyone is sick of Holiday, but the band is still great. I feel like this band suffered from a huge backlash of negative press because their first album was such a surprise success. Many times I talked with people and they told me how disappointed they were with Contra and that the band had sold out. I almost believed them, but really Contra is another great pop album. They have the same great staccato guitar, tight rhythm section and bizarre lyrics. Can't wait for album number three.
Favorite Tracks:
White Sky
California English
Giving Up The Gun
Fight For This Love (Cheryl Cole Cover) Bonus

Sweet Video

3. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
It would be hard for James Murphy and the gang to make music I didn't like. I feel like the songs are written about the life I want to be living; hanging out with friends, being the real cool kids at the party mocking the fake cool kids, and Dancing. Awesome - I don't have anything else to say.

Favorite Tracks:
Dance Yrself Clean
Drunk Girls
One Touch
All I Want
I Can Change
You Wanted A Hit
Pow Pow

LCD Soundsystem @ Webster Hall (4/12/10) from Jaime's Weekly Concert Alert on Vimeo.

2. The National - High Violet
1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
These two albums belong together on my year end list. Picking 1 and 2 is really pointless, they both played non stop on my I-pod and were the two albums I would go back to and listen to from beginning to end. Besides that enough has been said about how great these albums are.

Favorite Tracks:
Terrible Love
I'm Afraid Of Everyone
Anyone's Ghost
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Conversation 16

Favorite Tracks:
The Suburbs
Ready To Start
City With No Children
Suburban War
Month of May
Wasted Hours
We Used To Wait
Sprawl II

And now I'm out....Best Song of the Year: