Sunday, May 31, 2009

Theresa Andersson on KCRW.

Theresa Andersson's recent KCRW set, in which host Jason Bentley called her a "badass," is available as an mp3 download here. She proves that there is an "I" in teamwork.

Hummingbird Go! is like nothing you've heard.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hayden - Let's Break Up (CBC Radio 3 Session)

CBC Radio 3 is offering Hayden's (not Panettiere) Let's Break Up (mp3), from next week's R3 Session. Thanks, CBC Radio 3! Love those podcasts!

Dark Was The Night at Radio City Music Hall (mp3 Podcast)

Yesterday's NPR broadcast of the Red Hot Dark Was The Night benefit concert is available as an mp3 podcast here (mp3).

Here's the impressive setlist:

The Dirty Projectors
"Useful Chamber"
"Stillness Is the Move"
"Ambulance Man" with David Byrne
"Knotty Pine" with David Byrne

My Brightest Diamond
"Feeling Good"

The National
"Vanderlylle Cry Baby"

Dave Sitek
"With a Girl Like You"

David Byrne
"Don't Fence Me In"
"Dreamworld: Marco de Canavezes" with Justin Vernon

Bon Iver
"Brackett, WI"
"Blood Bank"

Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner
"Big Red Machine" with Matt Berninger

"Train Song" with Justin Vernon
"Someday Baby"

Sharon Jones
"Not Gonna Cry"
"When I Come Home"
"Inspiration Information"
"100 Days, 100 Nights"

Ensemble Encore
"This Land Is Your Land"

Dark Was the Night remains my favorite compilation of this year.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

That big volcano is about to blow.

Grand Duchy is Pixies frontman Black Francis (or Frank Black, or Charles Thompson IV, if you prefer) and his wife, Violet Clark. Their debut album, Petits Fours, which was quietly released last month, has lots of neat little surprises, and ends, appropriately, with an exclamation point.

Grand Duchy - Volcano! (mp3)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ou est les balconies?

I recently read in a magazine article that, from a Frenchman's point of view, America lacks balconies. Exactly what that says about Americans, I don't know. Canada, at least, boasts The Balconies, and if their demos are an indication, you'll see them everywhere up there after they release their full-length this summer.

The Balconies - Battle Royale (mp4)
The Balconies - Rest Up (mp4)

St. Vincent Live at the Black Cat, 5-22-2009

The podcast of St. Vincent's spellbinding performance at my beloved Black Cat, as broadcast by NPR, is finally up. Download the mp3 here. Stream the show here.

Here's a fan vid of Marrow:

And this is rock euphoria.

Everyone's talking about Actor.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Heart-Shaped Heart

I receive many more hits than comments, and so I often wonder who's reading me. Do you ever wonder who's reading you?

And those whom I read - am I reading them right?

Hanne Hukkelberg - Bandy Riddles (mp3)

From Blood from a Stone, the latest album from the most intriguing Hanne Hukkelberg.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Gap Band - Humpin'

I used to love this song way back in the 5th or 6th grade. I know, horrible. You often found it blaring on the shining parent-bought boomboxes that the older kids sported on either shoulder. You might have heard this, followed by Sugar Hill Gang (the kids shortened the name to "Sugar"), Kurtis Blow and Lakeside. Memories, anyone?

The Gap Band - Humpin' (mp3)

Gap Band 3 mp3 album is $8.91 on

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Walkmen, Live on WOXY, 5-12-2009

The Walkmen did a Lounge Act this Tuesday, and the good people at WOXY already put up the mp3 today. Get it here.

OtherMusic has The Walkmen's acclaimed You & Me.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Kills - Live on KEXP, 5-14-2009 (mp3)

The Kills played a live electric set on KEXP today. They soundchecked for a torturous 45 minutes or so and came on half an hour late, but this was worth the wait.

The Kills - Live on KEXP, 5-14-2009 (mp3s):

U.R.A. Fever
Kissy Kissy
Black Balloon
Fried My Little Brains

Get your Kills at

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sally Shapiro, Whispering French In Your Ear.

That's what I'm talking about. I don't even need the synths or the thunder effects.

Sally Shapiro - Miracle (mp3)

More at her Myspace. The Miracle single will be available on June 16th, and will also be on her forthcoming album.

CéU - Bubuia

Somebody dance with me. Or for me or something. Because CéU is doing it again, and it's way too hot.

Céu - Bubuia

Friday, May 08, 2009

Come On Baby, Throw The Switch On Me Now.

Come on baby, throw the switch on me now
Don't let up until the lights all go out
Don't you stop until the foam comes from my mouth
Come on baby, throw the switch on me now

Electric Owls - Throw The Switch (mp3)

From Throw The Switch, on Electric Owls' Magic Show EP
. The Comas' Andy Herod's side project also just released their full-length debut, Ain't Too Bright, this week. I'm enraptured after listening to it just once. More to come.

Monday, May 04, 2009

The Octopus Project: 5 years for a minute and a half

The Octopus Project started this video back in 2004, when the album One Ten Hundred Thousand Million was released. They finally finished it, and lo, it was good.

The Octopus Project - Exit Counselor (mp4)

& here's the entire minute and a half of the song: Exit Counselor (mp3)