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Friday, June 30, 2006

friday megapost

Way too much good shit going on tonight in North Texas. We break it down for you:


I'll be rocking your mom's favorite songs upstairs at The Cavern, while Sound Team and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin play downstairs. Sound Team's Movie Monster received a laughable and ultimately condescending Pitchfork review today, in which they attempt to liken it to an actual "monster movie" (clever!) And the fact that the reviewer mentioned Creed not only forces us to question his credibility; it makes me wonder if the guy even listened to the album, or if he just felt like attacking the perceived "hype". And then to speak for Win Butler? Pretty arrogant of P-fork, but I guess I wouldn't expect anything less. Anyway, count on me dragging Bill upstairs to guest DJ.

Sound Team Movie Monster mp3
SSLYBY House Fire mp3

Why do my boys DJ Nature and $elect always have the illest fliers ever? Anyway, the real DJs will be spinning tonight at Monkey Bar. No reason you can't hit up their set and mine, Dallas. Quit being so lazy.

Cat Power The Greatest (DJ Nature 'The Party' remix) mp3

Fort Worth:

Metrognome's Popfest! is going down in Fort Worth, and I have a feeling I'm going to regret missing this one. Not only will there be performances by the Happy Bullets, Fishboy, and my favorite six-year old of all-time, but word is our friends Hardin Sweaty and the Ready To Go will be releasing their new album, Elephant Gun, at the show.

Fishboy Tree Star mp3


Tilly & the Wall plays tonight at Hailey's and I obviously can't make it, but I've got a new contributor (which I'm really excited about) who will have a review and photos for you sometime this weekend. And there is basically nothing better than photos of Tilly & the Wall.

Tilly & the Wall Lost Girls mp3

Finally, Red Hunter and The Theater Fire play tonight at Dan's in Denton. Both bands put on a great show, so don't miss it, Denton.

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pop now!

"The PDX Pop Now! Festival is organized by a group of local Portland musicians, writers, and fans from the PDX-POP mailing list who've coalesced around the idea of organizing a free local music festival. Our mission is to celebrate not only the bands who've achieved "success", but also the amazing lesser-known bands around town. PDX Pop Now! is a local music event meant for everyone. No matter what age you are, or what type of music you listen to, our goal is to provide you one place to catch some of Portland's finest, in a safe and fun atmosphere."

PDX Pop Now! also puts out a compilation CD to coincide with the festival, and the 2006 comp is ridiculous, featuring unreleased tracks from Stephen Malkmus, The Thermals, and more, including these two amazing tracks. That Menomena joint is one of the most beautiful things I've heard in a while, I can't wait for their new record:

Menomena Shirt mp3
Talkdemonic Ending the Orange Glow mp3

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

New Cash

Hopefully you guys are already aware of Amp Camp's MP3 of the Day feature. If not, go check it out, and browse the archives while you're there. They've got some great stuff (new Oneida, Thom Yorke, etc.) including this track from Johnny Cash's American V: A Hundred Highways (out July 4).

Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down mp3

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i would go along with someone like you

I have to thank young blog prodigy Matt for this one; since he posted it last week, it has officially become one of my favorite songs of the year. What can I say, I love the Swedes. Stockholm's Peter Bjorn and John got help from the Concretes' Victoria Bergsman in creating the feel good whistle-along of the summer.

Peter Bjorn and John Young Folks mp3

holler at Peter Bjorn and John on Myspace


Red Hunter and The Theater Fire play tonight at the Double Wide in Dallas. Unfortunately, St. Vincent sent us a message yesterday that she would be unable to make it back from NYC in time for the show, but it's still a stellar bill.

Peter & the Wolf The Fall mp3

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

your chance to be rich and famous

Shapes & Sizes & Hasselhoff

We are honored to be a judge for Asthmatic Kitty's "Reshape & Resize Shapes & Sizes" Contest, in which you can win $300 and the entire AK back catalog, and your mp3 on the AK website. The dealio:

"Take their popular "Wilderness," and do something amazing with the song. Remix it, reinterpret it, cover it. A specially selected panel of elite bloggers will choose the best of the submissions. The winner will receive a front page posting on our site and eternal gratitude from the record label and Shapes and Sizes, the Canadian way! But hey, we can't ignore that we are American and therefore egregiously capitalistic. We're giving $300 American to the winner! That's 336 loonies to spend on Old Dutch Potato Chips - remember, ketchup isn't the only flavor!

First place will also receive the entire (available) back catalog of Asthmatic Kitty releases, and a very orange and wonderful Laura Park AK t-shirt! Second and third place receive stuff too. On September 1st, check back at asthmatickitty.com for the winners."
Not sure about the "elite" part, but we sure are glad they asked us to judge this thing, because we love Shapes & Sizes. Check out the details and submit your creation here. Oh yeah, here's the track, now get busy:

Shapes & Sizes Wilderness mp3

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pranging out

Head over to Indie Interviews to hear their recent interview with Mike Skinner of The Streets. I was in attendance for this interview, and Mike looked pretty much like this, completely bling-ed out, but he was wearing some ridiculously short shorts (Thanks to Miss Modernage for the wonderfully-labeled pic):


Don't forget to check me on SIRIUS Blog Radio tonight at 10 EST. I'll be playing tracks from my favorite releases of the first half of '06, including songs from Midlake, Destroyer, Sunset Rubdown, and more. If you don't have SIRIUS, sign up for a free trial here so you can listen online. (And no, you cynical bastards, I don't get any money when you sign up for a FREE trial)


Adult Swim hooks you up with another free EP, featuring the likes of Mos Def, MF Doom, Lady Sov, and more. Here's a sample:

Lady Sov Hoodie (Spank Rock remix) mp3

Here's the whole damn thing:

Chocolate Swim EP .zip

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Remix Smile

Lily Allen rocking the Air Max 90s

Download this preview clip of a re-mixable version of Lily Allen's "Smile". I played with it for about 5 minutes at work before I got tired of it. But hey, that's 5 minutes I didn't have to actually work, so it's totally worth it.

Lily Allen U-MYX Preview of "Smile" .zip

Also, Lily has made available a pretty cool "album-teaser" from her upcoming LP, Alright, Still:

Lily Allen Alright, Still Album Teaser mp3

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girl talk and white denim

Sorry to throw these both into the same post (running late this morning), but both are worthy of your undivided attention. I personally can't get enough of either:

After a few listens, I'm addicted to Girl Talk's new record, Night Ripper (thanks Sam). Dude has made the ADD-afflicted's album of the year, taking only the best parts of your favorite (and least favorite) songs and mashing them with various top-40 hip hop and more. Cop it now at emusic before they get served with a cease & desist, you'll be glad you did. On this track alone, you get Neutral Milk Hotel, Juelz Santana, 50 Cent, Better Than Ezra(?) and oh so much more:

Girl Talk Minute by Minute mp3

more on Girl Talk here

get a couple more tracks from MOKB


Not sure how to describe this one, as it's sort of outside of my musical frame of reference. But it kicks my ass, so just listen:

White Denim Let's Talk mp3

listen to a couple more White Denim tracks on Myspace

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New DJ Shadow

Solesides offers up two tracks from DJ Shadow's highly anticipated new record, The Outsider:

DJ Shadow Enuff (feat. Q-Tip & Lateef) mp3
DJ Shadow This Time (I'm Gonna Try it My Way) mp3

*Links removed at the request of the label

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Band of Horses: Live in Denton

A jovial Band of Horses played to an appreciative crowd last night in Denton, playing nearly everything from Everything All the Time during their hour-long set. The sound was as good as it's ever been at Hailey's, the band sounded almost exactly like they do on record (a good thing, in this case), and I left wishing I had a voice like Ben Bridwell's. The Hall & Oates cover they've been playing on this tour was great, anybody got the mp3? I suppose the original will have to do for now:

Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams mp3

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Just when you thought the mashup had seen it's heyday, along come two acts who are still doing something interesting with the form: Girl Talk and Flosstradamus. Dodge has a few tracks from Girl Talk, and here's a good one from Flosstradamus, in which the Chicago DJ crew mixes their hometown hero (Kanye) with Sigur Ros' "Staralfur":

Flosstradamus Overnight Star mp3

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Tonight in Denton

Band of Horses are playing Hailey's tonight up in Denton, and we are reluctantly making the trek up there even though we have to work in the morning, mostly because we love Everything All the Time and we've heard good things about the live show. How about playing in Dallas next time, huh guys?

Band of Horses The Great Salt Lake mp3


The Tripwire pointed us in the direction of this Gnarls/Beasties mash. Not a big mashup fan, but London's DJ Sussex did a decent job on this one, although it'd be pretty hard to mess up Dangermouse's beat:

DJ Sussex Crazy vs. Check it Out mp3

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Liars added to Pitchfork Fest

As if the Pitchfork Music Fest lineup wasn't ridiculous enough already, the f'ing Liars were added to the final lineup today. The 2nd day of the fest could very well be the best day in the history of live music, with Os Mutantes, Spoon, Liars, Devendra, Tapes, The National, Jens Lekman, Danielson, Diplo, CSS, and on and on and on. Have I mentioned how much I love the Liars record?

Liars The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack mp3

bonus P-fork hotness:

CSS Let's Make Love Listen Death From Above (XXXChange mix)

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Beck + Jamie Lidell: Live in Dallas

Well, I'm pretty bummed out about missing Talk Demonic and Man Man, but overall, I think that as sterile a venue as it is, Nokia was the place to be last night. I'm sure plenty of people would argue that point, but Jamie Lidell and Beck were amazing. If I could be one performer right now, it'd probably be Lidell. The guy does some crazy shit and all of his improvised beats, looped vocals, and beatboxing usually come out sounding perfect. And I feared that Beck's puppet show was going to be downright corny, but it turned out to be pretty damn cool. Oh, and first person to get me an mp3 of "1000 BPM" wins a prize. That song is the jam. Here are some photos from the evening (click for larger image):

Jamie Lidell


A block of Lower Greenville went up in flames yesterday afternoon, including the Arcadia Theater. The Dallas Observer Blog was on the scene, complete with the requisite "the Arcadia Fire" and "the Theater Fire" jokes.

Here's my SIRIUS Blog Radio Week IV Playlist. Check out this little drop Lady Sov did for the show. She was really cool, and Mike Skinner was kind enough to intro "Pranging Out" for me too:

Lady Sovereign SIRIUS Blog Radio intro/Bear impression mp3

1. Lady Sovereign--"Random"
2. M.I.A.--"China Girl (Diplo Mix)"
3. DJ Nature--"The Greatest"
4. Cansei De Ser Sexy--"Let's Make Love (XXXChange mix)"
5. Hollertronix--"Staring at the Sun"
6. Love is All--"Make Out Fall Out Make Up"
7. Sonic Youth--"Bull in the Heather"
8. Fiery Furnaces--"Teach Me Sweetheart"
9. Prototypes--"Je Ne Te Connais Pas"
10. The Streets--"Pranging Out"
11. Soul President--"Got to Have It"
12. Think About Life--"What the Future Might Be"
13. Cassettes Won't Listen--"Cutting Balloons"
14. Phoenix--"Long Distance Call"
15. The Walkmen--"Another One Goes By"
16. Stars--"One More Night"
17. The Zombies--"This Will Be Our Year"
18. St. Vincent--"Paris is Burning"
19. The Shivers--"Beauty"
20. Van Morrison--"Sweet Thing"
21. Martin Crane--"On an Evening"
22. The Wrens--"Happy"
23. Cassettes Won't Listen--"Cut Your Hair"
24. A Tribe Called Quest--"Lyrics to Go"
25. The Streets--"Two Nations"
26. Caetano Veloso--"Alfomega"
27. Gilberto Gil--Bat Macumba"
28. Os Mutantes--"Ando meio Desligado"
29. Tom Ze--"Gloria"

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

song of the evening: you're so warm

I received a myspace friend request recently from Athens, GA emcee/producer Jamie Radford, and I'm glad he found me, because I can't stop listening to this track. This is a perfect summer time instrumental, so warm (thus the title of the song?) and bubbly. At the risk of sounding overly sentimental, reminds me of being a little kid for some reason.

Jamie Radford You're So Warm mp3

Turns out Jamie was recently featured on Said the Gramophone (not sure how I missed that). Do check out more of his tracks, dude could end up being a hell of an emcee. (start with "Had to Let it Go")

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What it dew with all the ridiculously good touring acts rolling through North Texas tonight? We'll go weeks without a decent show, then we have like 5 great shows on the same night? Someone needs to give these dudes some guidance. Anyway, we still haven't decided whether we'll be seeing Richard Swift/Talk Demonic/The Walkmen or Man Man/Lovely Feathers or Beck/Jamie Lidell or The Coup up in Denton, but it'll most likely be a combination of all, or at least some, of the above, reminiscent of this one time.


The Walkmen Louisiana
Man Man Van Helsing Boombox

Of course, if you're not in North Texas today, there's only one place to be, and that's in your car listening to me on SIRIUS Left of Center Blog Radio.

Tonight's show is probably the best one yet, and I even somehow convinced Mike Skinner and Lady Sov to stop by to tell us what's really good...tune in to Channel 26 at 10 (9 central) to check it out.

If you don't have SIRIUS, go here and sign up for a free three day trial so you can listen online. All you need is an email address.

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Before any of you guys say it, I'll go ahead and save you the trouble: the Mavs just completed the most epic choke-job in the history of sports. I'm talking some Phil Mickelson, Boston Red Sox in the '86 World Series, Buffalo Bills "wide right"-type shit.

Metrognome Collective has just announced the lineup for their First Annual POPFEST!. The POPFEST! festival is a benefit show for the Metrognome Collective, and will get underway at 8pm on Friday, June 30th, 2006. The lineup features some of Texas' most intriguing young bands, including gvsb favorites Teenage Symphony, Fishboy, and The Happy Bullets, and I'll give you three words why this is a can't miss fest:

Miss Maya Bond

mp3 (all highly recommended):

Fishboy Tree Star
Maya Bond Ghost Castle
Teenage Symphony Our Sad Prayer
The Happy Bullets The Vice and Virtue Ministry

Here's the full lineup:

The Beatdown-8:00
American Werewolf Academy-8:30
Hardin Sweaty and the Ready to Go-9:00
Tha Bracelets-9:30
Maya Bond-10:00
The Shapes-10:30
Ballroom Dancing-11:00
Teenage Symphony-11:30
Man Factory-12:00
Happy Bullets-1:00am


My boy Kevin has some live radio session mp3s from two of the West Coast's finest, Birdmonster and Cold War Kids.

And if you thought that CWK vs. Tapes 'n Tapes gridiron battle was intense, what about a Division Day vs. B-Monster rumble, complete with medieval weapons? I gotta give this one to D-Day. Come on Birdmonsters, what's so funny about a deadly knife fight?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

insistor on MTV

Tapes 'n Tapes' video for "Insistor" will be up on MTV2.com on Friday (6/23) and then will be premiering at at the top of MTV2's Subterranean on Sunday (6/25). I haven't seen it yet, but it looks like it could be pretty cool. Here's some info and a couple screen grabs:

"The video was directed by dan knight and produced by richard weager, both from HSI Productions in london. we shot it may 17th in london at black island studios. the treatment was based on silent era german expressionist films, and the band's performance is what is driving the projector machine. all of the characters in the video are played by the band members (the evil nosferatu looking one is erik the bass player, the casanova is matt the keyboard player, the 2 street sweepers are the drummer jeremy and singer josh)"

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Birdmonster: Live on WOXY

This Mavs game is going to give me a heart attack. I hate overtime. Here's some live Birdmonster:

Birdmonster Live on WOXY mp3 (June 16, 2006)

Track Listing:
Ice Age
Cause You Can
The Bar In The Back Of The Basement
Resurrection Song

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Thursday, June 15, 2006


If you're into experimental-leaning hip hop, do yourself a huge favor and check out the new Dabrye record, Two/Three. The album features guest spots from Jay Dee, Beans, Doom, and more, flowing over Dabrye's progressive, "head-nodding beats, with bass lines that reference jazz and electro in equal measure." This track is the B-side to the "Air" single, and it features the ubiquitous MF Doom's familiar flow over Dabrye's futuristic sinister beats.

Dabrye Air feat. MF Doom (Remix) mp3

read more about Two/Three and Dabrye here


Sound Team is currently rocking the West Coast leg of their summer tour, and they play L.A.'s Troubador tonight, along with gorilla vs. bear favorites SSLYBY and Division Day. That's a great bill, so check them out. Read the rest of the tour dates here.

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cerro verde

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you know that we love Fort Worth's Mara Lee Miller, aka Bosque Brown. Bosque Brown's wonderful (but way too short) new "one-sided LP", Cerro Verde, will be released very soon on Burnt Toast Vinyl. I will concede that Miller's Cat Power-meets-The Carter Family vibe isn't for everyone. Damien Jurado compared her voice to "the heartache of Kitty Wells and the lonesome howl of Robert Johnson", and she more than validates those comparisons on this track:

Bosque Brown The Pain mp3



Check out Division Day's new video for "Hurricane", directed by Chris Levitus (who has directed videos for Radiohead and many others.)

Salon offers up an exclusive download from the newest Eccentric Soul release (which was given an 8.1 by Pitchfork today), featuring tracks from Detroit's Big Mack Label. I'm entirely obsessed with this album, and the track over at Salon is a good one.

SIRIUS Left of Center Blog Radio:

Here's my SIRIUS Blog Radio 3.0 Playlist from last night. You really should be listening:

Midlake--"We Gathered in Spring"
TV on the Radio--"Wolf Like Me"
Zombies--"Care of Cell 44"
The Long Winters--"Honest"
Fleetwood Mac--"Dreams"
Vetiver--"You May Be Blue"
Joni Mitchell--"In France They Kiss on Main Street"
Brendan Benson--"Tiny Spark"
Broken Social Scene--"Cause=Time"
Modest Mouse--"Trailer Trash"
The Flaming Lips--"Race for the Prize (Remix)"
Figurines--"All Night"
Love Is All--"Ageing Had Never Been His Friend"


The Tapes 'n Tapes curated portion of the show:

Primal Scream--"Accelerator"
Menomena--"Cough Coughing"
Liars--"The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack"
The Wrens--"Built in Girls"
Buddy Miles--"Wholesale Love"
Cold War Kids--"Saint John"
Black Mountain--"No Satisfaction"
Silver Jews--"Smith & Jones"
Ryan Adams--"Amy"
Husker Du--"Chartered Trips"
Les Savy Fav--"Sweat Descends"
Miss Fairchild--"One of those girls"
Lipschitz--"The Curse"
Ghostface Killah--"Buck 50"

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

the pitchfork effect

Thanks to Steve for pointing out this article in City Pages about "how an upstart record-review site (uh, Pitchfork) won the animosity--and allegiance--of indie music scenesters and changed the rules for breakout bands." And yeah, anonymous, I know you're sick of reading about Tapes. Sorry dude.

"To be fair, the Tapes 'n Tapes whirlwind popularity wasn't entirely due to Pitchfork's review. In fact, all of the band's Austin shows had been booked before the review was even posted. The first whisperings that led to the band's blowout indie success came from mp3 blogs like Music for Robots, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Brooklyn Vegan. If Pitchfork critics are the tastemakers, these bloggers are lesser-known sometime-gatekeepers. The next big thing doesn't necessarily have to go through them before it reaches Schreiber's site, but it probably will."

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Cat Power on Letterman

Watch it on Youtube. I love Chan Marshall.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cold War Kids, Figurines, + Tapes 'n Tapes: Live in Dallas

Let me be the first to start the backlash to the backlash: Last night's show (Cold War Kids/Figurines/Tapes 'n Tapes) at Gypsy was pretty damn great, all around. If I have one complaint, it's that the Figurines probably should've opened, as their set sandwiched between CWK and Tapes sort of broke up the evening's flow. The energy from all three bands was electric, with no one showing any ill effects from their early-afternoon gridiron battle in 100+ degree heat, and the appreciative capacity crowd at Gypsy ate it up. The highlight for me was the Kids joining Tapes onstage for a rousing rendition of "Omaha". Go here to read a more in-depth review of last night's show.

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