Monday, August 31, 2009

The Strokes - NYC Cops (Live, 12-21-2000); NYC Cops (Live with Jack White, video)

The Strokes - NYC Cops (Live on WFMU's The Cherry Blossom Clinic, 12-21-2000)(mp3)

Alone Together
NYC Cops
Barely Legal
Modern Age
Last Night
Take it or Leave it
New Song

If you're reading this, you have access to the internet, and therefore know that Julian Casablancas will be releasing a solo album, Phrazes For The Young, soon.

GusGus - Add This Song (video)

This is from GusGus' "24/7" out on 9-14, and it features all the obligatory elements of modern video: a sexy nurse, a sinister doctor, blurred frontal nudity, necrophilia, and face licking. Somehow, it all seems okay here.

Add This Song

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sesame Street Martians Find A Raaaay-deeeoooh

Here's me listening to advance promos.

Tarantino on soundtracks and strangling.

Quentin Tarantino, from a recent interview on NPR.

...oddly enough, I've always - I've never actually seen "The Alamo" itself, actually. So I don't really have the association of "Green Leaves of Summer" as being "The Alamo" theme. Oddly enough, I grew up watching kung fu movies. They would use the theme "Green Leaves of Summer" in a lot of needle drops in kung fu movies a lot. So I was actually more familiar with it in a Bruce Lai(ph) movie than I was actually from the John Wayne film...

But what happened was I came across, I found this really fantastic used record store in Japan, and I bought all these different records and different 45s, and one of the 45s was just, it had the theme, "Green Leaves of Summer," the theme to "The Alamo" on one side, and then on the flip side was a theme to, the theme to "The Magnificent Seven.

So it's like a combination of the opposable thumbs, it's the combination of the brain and the thought process and the will to do it. I mean, boa constrictors suffocate people, but they don't strangle them. And you know, you can kill somebody with a knife. You can do all these kinds of things that are up close and personal, but you really have to bring your strength, and really - you have to really be committed to actually strangle the life out of somebody, to crush their larynx and just squeeze every drop of life out of them.

Nick Perito - Green Leaves of Summer (mp3)

From the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Red Channels - Afshin Waltz

Yes, "waltz," but this dance is far from the ballroom, in a post-apocalyptic circus, a dance among the detritus, in rags for a dress, with a dead dog for a judge. The song resonates beautifully over the fallout. But maybe that's just me.

The Red Channels - Afshin Waltz (mp3)

From The Red Channels' Ghetto Cooking, released this Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sean Bones & Merida Rose (video), Norah Jones (mp3) - Turn Them

It's like they say: location, location, location.

SEAN BONES turn them from sam fleischner on Vimeo.

Of course now I can't listen to this song without accompanying imagery, but that's not such a bad thing.

Sean Bones & Norah Jones - Turn Them (mp3)

From Rings

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Polyphonic Spree - Damage Control & other new demos

I met The Spree's Tim DeLaughter and Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, at Reagan National Airport in Alexandria, VA, a few years ago, and they seemed like incredibly nice people after a long trip from San Antonio. Tim signed a Harp magazine on the cover photo of PJ Harvey for me. Since then I've been fond of them, so I was delighted to see that Tim is blogging. Mp3 blogging, no less.

Here's yesterday's demo of Damage Control (mp3). This, and several other mp3 goodies, are posted on The Fragile Army blog, along with Delaughter's insight, artwork, and photographs.

Beck - Modern Guilt Acoustic - Replica

Jessica Dobson, a.k.a. Deep Sea Diver, is on guitar and backing vocals on the left screen. Fact: The original Modern Guilt album would have been even better with her it on it.

Modern Guilt Acoustic "Replica" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beck with Record Club - Black Angel's Death Song (Velvet Underground & Nico)

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico "Black Angel's Death Song" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Cracker performs on The Current, 8-20-2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ramona Falls' Intuit is out today.

Don't get it? The study cover art for a while:

Still not getting it? Maybe it's not meant to be got. But you should get the new Ramona Falls album. It's a contender for my favorite of the year. Get Intuit Stream the album here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beck with Record Club - I'll Be Your Mirror (Velvet Underground & Nico)

This has been one of my favorite songs for a long time, and I was prepared to be a little disappointed, anticipating some sort of bastardization. The Primitives did it well back in the 80's. Beck and Record Club did it well, just now.

Goodbye Les Paul.

Farewell to a true creative revolutionary.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Grizzly Bear, Live on KCRW 8-6-2009

Beck With Record Club - There She Goes Again (Velvet Underground & Nico)

Check out Record Club's way-out-of-tune take on Velvet Underground & Nico's There She Goes Again.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico "There She Goes Again" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Tori Amos, Live on The Current, 8-6-2009

Listen to Tori Amos play an intimate in-studio set for MPR's The Current, broadcast yesterday.

Yep Roc offers over 100 digital albums for $5.

For a limited time at the Yep Roc Webshop, over 100 digital albums are available for download for just $5 each.

...including albums from Comas, Bell X1, Apples In Stereo, Bob Mould, John Doe, Kristin Hersh, Marah, Minus 5, Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock, Sloan, and more.

Fujiya & Miyagi with Olivia Wilde.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Knickerbocker (mp3)

From Fujiya & Miyagi's superb Transparent Things(2007).

Free 10-track sampler from Side One Dummy records.

The good people at Side One Dummy records were sitting around and decided, "we have a bunch of test pressing's sitting around we should give away." Let there be a sampler. And there was a sampler.

Get it here.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Kevin from Viva Voce made you a mixtape.

Yesterday, Viva Voce's Kevin Robinson put up an mp3 blog post, of sorts, and says, "I made you a mixtape...


It’s been a cool thing to put together while enduring a massive heat wave. Nothing beats being in a studio that’s 107 degrees!..."

It's titled "Kevin's Summer Mix," and it includes 16 beautiful & unfamiliar songs from some artists that you might know and some that you might not. The only thing missing is the handwritten liner notes. Maybe he could find an old, blank C-60 cassette sleeve and fill it out, and post it as an image.

By the way, Rose City, which is one of my favorite albums of this year, will be available in September on 180-gram vinyl with 2 extra cuts not found on the cd or digital album versions.

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan Does A Rorschach Interview

AND talks about some photographs, and eats a red velvet cupcake.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Actually, I would break dance for ya, darlin'.

Daniel Johnston will do anything for love, but he won't do that...he'll save a crumb of dignity, even in a state of desperation and heartbreak.

Sometimes I feel like I am a boxer
Seems like I'm always standing in the ring
And then I find someone's been in my locker
And left me a note that says I can't sing

I'll do anything but break dance for you, darlin'.

Daniel Johnston - I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling (mp3)

From Retired Boxer

Newport Folk on NPR

Don't miss NPR's Newport Music Festival 2009 page, where you can stream AND download entire peformances from Neko Case (mp3), The Decemberists (mp3), Iron & Wine (mp3), Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Fleet Foxes, and more: there are 29 performances available.

Fuse TV covering Lollapalooza 2009

Fuse TV has announced that they will be airing all of the highlights from this year’s Lollapalooza on Saturday, August 15th, with "Fuse Fest: The Best of Lollapalooza!"

They're also running a "Twt-a-palooza," a centralized online hub that lets you find, filter, and interact with the musical acts that are also tweeting at the festival.

Finally, Fuse has over 50 free tracks for download from Lollapalooza '09 artists, including Animal Collective, Alberta Cross, Neko Case, Band of Horses, Deerhunter, No Age, Santigold, here.

For more information on Fuse’s Lollapalooza ’09 concert special, head here:


Watch the Fuse Lollapalooza coveragevideo trailer.

To find Fuse in your area:

Monday, August 03, 2009

Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day (Live on McEnroe, 2004)

Here are two sides of the same Yo La Tengo song. Listen to the mp3 of the album version first, even if you already know it, to set that peaceful tone. Then, for the video, just be ready to get out of Ira Kaplan's way.

Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day (mp3)

Today Is The Day is on Summer Sun. Yo La Tengo's forthcoming Popular Songs is available for preorder.

Bat For Lashes - Sleep Alone (HD Vid)

Innocent, sinister, beautiful video.

Record Club - Heroin (Velvet Underground & Nico)

Not for the epileptic.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico "Heroin" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Beck - Modern Guilt (Acoustic)

Modern Guilt Acoustic "Modern Guilt" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

The Meantimes - Friday Kind Of Monday

May you, yes, YOU, have one of these. Maybe just listening to this will make Monday a little's the Bubblegum Effect.

The Meantimes - Friday Kind of Monday (mp3)

From Where The Girls Are, Volume 4

Deep Sea Diver Live In-Studio, 7-31-2009

Deep Sea Diver played a stripped-down set for KXLU on Friday. Jessica Dobson, who played guitar and sang backing vocals on Beck's Modern Guilt tour, is mesmerizing.

Watch the in-studio performance here, and download it here (mp3).

The New Caves EP is available now.