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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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Morning Videos #3 2011

Justice - Civilization source Youtube
This will getting you going this morning. Cool song and epic video.


The National - Think You Can Wait source Youtube
As my friend Jeff put it, "another up-beat summer sounding tune from the happiest band I know." Even in the summer I love a great sad song.


Best Coast - Gone Again source Gorilla Vs Bear
Not their greatest song but a cool revenge video. I wish I could have gummy worms shot at me.

Best Coast "Gone Again" from slater dixon on Vimeo.

Modern Tapes - Caroline source ATG
For those about to rock:

Hot Bodies in Motion - Old Habits from Zeek Earl on Vimeo.

Bell and Sebastian - Come On Sister from Pitchfork
This is the new single from the album Write About Love.



Belle and Sebastion - I Want the World To Stop source Youtube
The last song reminded me how great the first single from the album was - enjoy.

Bon Iver - Listen Now

If you haven't found the link already via a thousand other sites then check out the new Bon Iver album below. One listen is all it takes to recognize its power.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Morning Videos #2 2011

Titus Andronicus - No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future source Pitchfork


 Lets Wrestle - In My Dreams source Pitchfork



Peaking Lights - Birds of Paradise (Dub Version) source Gorilla vs Bear

Untitled (Visuals) 2011 from Jamie Stones on Vimeo.

Raveonettes -Apparitions source Pitchfork


Art of Noise - Close source Youtube
Old Skool

Cheat Sheet #17 2011

I have had these tracks sitting in holding for over a week, been so busy with lacrosse that I just never published them to the blog page. Now lacrosse has ended - boo hoo - so more regular posting.

Bon Iver - Calgary source Tsururadio
Bon Iver - Michicant source WATM
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The first two tracks of the new album sound stunning. It is obvious there is more production and more tricks used in the recording this time around, but the songs are still lush and personal. So happy my friend Brad got me tickets to see him in concert! Great Bonnie Raitt cover from Fallon below.
New self titled album due out June 21
Band Website 


The Horrors - Still Life source Musique
Glad to see they are staying on the New Order/ Joy Division sound wave. It does start to drag, wish it would have ended about 4:00 minutes.
New album Skying is due out on July 26
Band Website



Arcade Fire - Speaking In Tongues source Old School
Arcade Fire - Culture War source Old School
 Hard to say how I feel about the quick re-release of The Suburbs. I'm sure I'll buy it, but it seems a little cheap of to me to push this out so quickly after the original release. Both new tracks sound good and I think they fit in nicely with the feel of the whole album - I really like "Speaking In Tongues," but it certainly isn't breaking any new ground.
The deluxe edition of The Suburbs will be available on Aug. 2
Band Website

Cults - Make Time source Tale of the Tape
I just posted two other tracks by this band in CS #12 but couldn't resist another. This highly anticipated is getting lots of hype and seems the band and album will live up to it. Love the vocals and 60's pop sound. You should get your hands on everything you can find.
the self titled album is set to come out on June 7
Band Website