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Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Rescue

The Rescue

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for pointing out that Austin's Explosions in the Sky has made a free 8-song EP available on their website for free download.

Explosions in the Sky Day One mp3

Download the rest here


In other Austin news, the inimitable Pink Nasty has finished her first ever music video, for "Away Message," from her upcoming record Mold the Gold. She's so damn awesome. Watch it here.

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vice guide to travel

So, according to this especially brutal thread on Hipinion (complete with a bunch of not particularly relevant photos of Ryan Schreiber), it was Pitchfork that leaked Joanna Newsom's Ys, three months in advance. The thread also alleges that the non-protected directory included numerous albums, including Tapes 'n Tapes, the unreleased Blood Brothers, and MC Hammer, as well as all 200 songs used in the Pitchfork Best of the 1960s Feature. Probably not good for them at all. Moving on...


Thanks to Vice for allowing us to premiere this new trailer for what could turn out to be one of the more interesting films of the year, their upcoming Vice Guide To Travel, featuring Johnny Knoxville, David Cross, Spike Jonze, and more. Vice says:

"This is a clip from when VICE co-founder Shane Smith went to investigate the world's portal for black-market weapons in Bulgaria. Bulgaria's abandoned nuclear plants are a veritable garden of material for illegal bombs. We traveled to the squalid gypsy camps of the capital city of Sofia and the luxury resorts on the Black Sea to see the effects of capitalism in over drive - where everything is for sale - to meet a criminal-turned-real-estate-mogul (that's the guy whose face is all blurry in the clip) who met with Osama bin Laden and sold a dirty bomb to French journalists."

Vice also hooked us up with a couple mp3s of songs from the soundtrack that are featured in this clip:

Averkiou I Don't Want to Go Out mp3
5ive Soma mp3

The Vice Guide to Travel DVD comes out October 3. Pre-order it here. Check out their myspace page, and view trailers for Pakistan and Beirut here or here.

Bonus: Spin offers another mp3 from the soundtrack for download:

Death From Above 1979 Black History Month (Josh Homme Remix)


annie clark of st. vincent

I hope you heard the show last night, in case you missed it: we talked about a wide variety of topics, including St. Vincent's upcoming tour dates with Jose Gonzalez, the fact that Annie is going to be playing guitar for Sufjan Stevens on his upcoming European tour, and an extensive conversation about Bea Arthur.

SIRIUS Week 14 Playlist: Special Guest Annie Clark of St. Vincent

1. St. Vincent--Now Now
2. The Polyphonic Spree--Lithium (Nirvana cover)
3. Jose Gonzalez--Heartbeats
4. Jracula--Carpopolis
5. Sufjan Stevens--Chicago O.C.D.
6. St. Vincent--Paris is Burning
7. Grizzly Bear--Knife
8. Jana Hunter--A Bright Ass Light
9. The Polyphonic Spree--Mental Cabaret
10. Peter & The Wolf--The Fall
11. Castanets--Song is Not the Song of the World
12. Moondog--Bird's Lament
13. David Bowie--5 Years
14. Serge Gainsbourg--Jet'aime Moi Non Plus
15. Hermato Pascoal--Ursula
16. Jean Cocteau--Les Voleurs D'Enfantes
17. John Lee Hooker--Bang Bang Bang Bang
18. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds--Hiding All Away
19. Beach House--Master of None
20. Tacks, The Boy Disaster--Man With a Plan
21. The Books--Mikey Bass
22. Stina Nordenstam--Like a Swallow
23. XTC--River of Orchids
24. St. Vincent--Marry Me

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down in the green hay where monkey & bear usually lay

UPDATE: So, allegedly, this leak came from a secret directory hosted over at Pitchfork. Oops. How come I never got the invite for that thing?

it's pronounced 'eeeees'

Someone had told him the bear had been sneaking
away to the seaside caverns to bathe.
And the thought troubled the monkey,
for he was afraid of spelunking down in those caves.
Also afraid what the village people would say,
if they saw the bear in that state.

--Joanna Newsom, from "Monkey & Bear"

Someone sent me Joanna Newsom's Ys this evening, and it's absolutely everything I hoped it would be. Van Dyke Parks' impeccable orchestral arrangements never overpower Joanna's songs; her voice and harp still sit front and center, right where they belong. I won't turn this in to a boring album review, but my favorite song, after about 5 listens, is "Monkey & Bear." Its beautiful (and at times playful) woodwind and string arrangements, coupled with Joanna's whimsical lyrics, recall something from another time...a 1940s Disney cartoon, maybe. I'm sure some people will be bothered by the length of the songs ("Monkey & Bear" is 9:28), but Joanna's unique narrative style and distinctive phrasing leave me completely enchanted and enthralled throughout. This album tugs at the heartstrings like nothing since the first time I heard The Milk-Eyed Mender. But like with Mender, I'm never fully able to grasp how Joanna's able to do it. Without question one of my favorite releases of the year.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sufjan in Topic

(Coverboy) Sufjan Stevens has contributed an original piece of writing to the latest issue of Topic Magazine. Check the moustache. From the official press release:

"Topic 9: Music features a rare, original piece of writing from musician Sufjan Stevens. Topic invited the notoriously press-shy Sufjan to submit a piece of personal narrative for this issue.

He writes, "In the obscure backrooms of my memory, there is a gauzy portrait of me drumming pots and pans on the kitchen floor. I am a bumbling infant, top-heavy, lower-lipped, thumb-suckling, encountering gravity for the first time..."

Sufjan's writing is as sensitive and lyrical as his music, and as his fans will attest, there is something about this man's emotional depth that can leave an audience shaken."

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Tonight on SIRIUS

I know I say this every week, but our radio show tonight on SIRIUS is really going to be the best one yet. What can I say, I'm getting the hang of this radio thing: get amazing guests in the studio so I don't have to talk as much, and let them pick some of the songs. This week, the lovely Annie Clark of St. Vincent (and the Polyphonic Spree) will stop by to discuss her upcoming record Marry Me, her upcoming tours with two of my favorite musicians, and her recent signing to Billions, among other things. In addition to playing world premieres of a couple tracks from her new album, Annie is also going to share her impeccable taste with us by playing some of her favorite songs. Here's a preview:

Serge Gainsbourg Je t'aime moi non plus mp3

Listen tonight at 10 Eastern (9 Central) on SIRIUS Left of Center Channel 26


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it may be silent, but I hear bombs fall

I don't think this song is particularly new, and to be honest, it only caught my attention initially because it was remixed by The Knife, but it turns out that Stina Nordenstam is pretty great herself. This doesn't "feel" so different from most of Ms. Nordenstam's catalog, from what I can tell; the vocals are considerably more ominous and menacing, and its a little icier, maybe, but it's still gorgeous. At the same time, it wouldn't sound out of place as a Silent Shout b-side, either. Perfect for solitary late night listening, preferably in complete darkness:

Stina Nordenstam Parliament Square (The Knife remix) mp3

The equally beautiful original version of "Parliament Square" can be found on Stina Nordenstam's 2004 release, The World is Saved. Buy it here for cheap $. Recommended.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

10 Songs

Rafter's 10 Songs

Asthmatic Kitty is set to release Rafter's 10 Songs on September 12. Rafter has worked with Pinback, Castanets, Black Heart Procession, The Album Leaf, and just about every other good band ever from San Diego, but you probably know him from his work as a member of Bunky. From the AK website:

"This pop gem has been buried in the rough since 1998, when Rafter put the finishing touches on his garage-built masterpiece and called it 10 Songs...Some simmering impulse in Rafter's soul told him it was time to create an album of beauty, and so he went to work on ten luscious, wistful, sad and beautiful songs (after it was finished he suspected it was all to get the ladies to like him...)"

Rafter Bicycle mp3

10 Songs comes out September 12, but you can get it now from Asthmatic Kitty



wamp wamp (what it do)

You guys seem to never tire of the mash-up, especially when people keep sending me ones that are this good. Aaron Brink of Chicago's May or May Not sent me this one, in which he artfully mashes the Clipse's "Wamp Wamp" with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," and they sound like they were made for each other. Enjoy:

Clipse vs. CYHSY Clipse Your Hands Say Wamp Wamp mp3

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Monday, August 28, 2006


I know I've gone on and on about how much I love Austin's White Denim, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the raw energy and power of their demo. I've had quite a few requests for more from this band, so they've hooked us up. This new unfinished song, called "Sitting", has been stuck in my head all weekend. The band tells me, "That phrase ("Sitting") is a recurring theme in what we are constructing in the way of an LP. It is actually being reworked as the outro for the record...the "sitting" fragment is the most skeletal at this point." This song makes perfect sense as an outro, and I think provides a 1:40 peak into how great this band could be.

White Denim Sitting mp3

visit White Denim on myspace


Austin talks Springsteen

Our friend Austin is back with the latest installment in his weekly column, and this one is his most personal and sincere yet, so I think most of you will really like it. Of course, the anonymous cynics will probably hate it. Oh, and he finally decides on a name for the column this time. Enjoy:

"Alright guys, a couple things to get out of the way before we start this column...

--I appreciate all the ideas everyone has for the column name. While there were some very funny and very interesting ideas, reader Peter Lewis provided the perfect title. Before I unveil it, I will let you know that in 1997, on my first AOL account ever, I had to fill in "Favorite Quote" and as a 14 year-old Seinfeld-a-holic, I chose the line from the episode where they film the Woody Allen movie, "These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty." Peter suggested it, and I like it. So that's the column name, "These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty." If somehow, there's a column online with that name, please inform me, and depending on how good and/or prominent it is, we'll probably have to change it from there..."

(click "read more" link to continue reading Austin's column)

--Unfortunately, I haven't been able to completely articulate the difference between indie "scene" and indie "music," so we will be erasing the whole "Non-Indie Dude" thing. No mas. I'm tired of debating it, and apparently people take the "are you hip? are you indie?" thing a lot more serious than I realized, and can't laugh about it. So, from now on, we'll just be writing about music and culture, and we can avoid the whole "what is indie?" scenarios. Oh well, you live and you learn.

--I am going to wait on the mailbag. I've got a lot of good material, however, I have even more good ideas for columns. What I may do, starting next week, is add a mailbag question to the beginning or end of each column. So please keep writing them, they are hilarious.

--Funny thing. Remember the very beginning of Love Actually? Where Hugh Grant talks about how during 9/11, no one called people they hate, only those they love? Well, and I really thank the readers for this, I didn’t get any hate mail this week. Don't get me wrong, the hate mail doesn't bother me, nor do the hate comments, I don't expect my writing to be everyone’s "thing," but most criticism I’ve gotten has been from "anonymous" readers. All the actual emails have been pretty nice. Thanks so much for your participation in these columns. Nothing makes me happier than getting those "I really liked your column" emails. (Sigh, followed by slow, streaming tear.)

--Lastly, I wrote this column and realized it was going to be way too long, but I couldn't trim any of it down. It involves 6 of my friends, and is more of a narrative than an opinionated column. I've found a way to break it down into 4 parts, and these will probably be the next 4 columns, although it may only be 3. We’ll call it the "For the Love of the Sound" series. The first part is pretty lengthy in itself, so be prepared. And another heads up--this is more of a nostalgic column than a goofy, fun, humorous article, so don't expect to fall out of your chair or anything.

For the Love of the Sound

I always wonder what it is that makes people love music. I find myself jealous of people who grew up in a "musical" household or who had a cool older sibling who let them borrow their Replacements tapes. I didn't have any of that. In fact, I started my "good music" journey 5 years ago. That's it. Five years. I didn't come out of the womb wanting to hear Murmur or whatever project Paul Westerberg was dealing with. I listened to Vanilla Ice. I owned a Coolio CD. And yes, I once did it all for the "Nookie." Am I proud of this? Absolutely not. But I'd like to think I'm on the right track these days.

If there's one thing I've realized over the years, and this is with almost everything, is that people love things for different reasons. And a lot of times, I don't understand how people love certain things at all. Especially with music. This is why I'm writing about why I love the music that I do, and why I think some people may be able to relate.

For me and music, it's all about friends, and it's all about experiences. It sounds a bit cheesy, and I know. But I only have six, I repeat, SIX friends that I share any sort of musical interest with. 98% of my friends are "I just listen to whatever's on the radio" people. And I love them as equally as my music pals, but they haven't provided me with everything my music peeps have.

I call them "The Six." (And yes it’s a play on the new JJ Abrams show "The Nine," but its bit more original than "Snakes in Austin’s Music Life," which was another option.) They've made music Austin who he is today. They are the reason I love music. They are the reason I write for GVB. I'd like for you to meet them…


The idea for this column came last week, when my buddy Dave gave me a call. Dave is, as he describes, "the most apathetic law student in the country." This is funny when you realize that he goes to UVA, one of the top schools in the nation. Dave is probably the smartest guy I know, the most cynical guy I know, the funniest guy I know, and the guy I will go into battle with one day at the World Series of Pop Culture. Anyway, during our conversation, I asked how things were, and we talked a bit about sports, then we switched over to one of our favorite topics--"what are you listening to these days?" I asked him.

"The radio," he replied.

"Seriously, what are you listening to?"

"The radio. I haven’t listened to the radio in 7 years. I tried to listen to Bright Eyes. I tried to listen to Radiohead. I tried to listen to Springsteen. Each time I get sad and nostalgic and so I throw on the radio."

I probably wouldn't go the same route, but I know exactly what he means. Because the music we listen to, rarely is it individual (except for that guy Elaine dated on Seinfeld who assigned "Desperado" as "his song.") But seriously, the music is usually a connection to a person, or a moment, even if it isn't real. I remember listening to tons of songs in my single days that made me think of the future Mrs. Austin LaRoche, even before I met her. And once I met her, those old songs no longer meant anything, and I found new songs that made me actually think of her.

But with each song we love, each musical experience we go through, something, and usually someone is connected. This is what I'm writing about. These people you are currently meeting and will be meeting throughout this column, these people are what I think about when I hear "New Slang" or "Hotel Yorba." And there’s a good chance when you hear those songs, a person or a moment are why you love them. (Or maybe the combination of "New Slang" and Natalie Portman "changed" your life, and that’s how you got turned on to this kind of music in the first place.)

Alright, back to Dave. (Unorganized column alert!)

Dave and I spent 8 months as music elitists. We were THOSE guys who made fun of people who listened to crappy music. It all culminated one night when we put on "Some Girls are Bigger than Others" at a packed party and everyone left. Actually, that didn’t happen, but only because we were banned from every CD player in the entire county because we were listening to "weird music." However, we were unbearable jerks, and I’m glad we both decided to go on the "let’s bring good music to people" route other than being the "you’re so lame with your Incubus album" people. (Maybe my current distaste for who I was at that time led me to write "The Hipster Test." I think somewhere deep down, I wanted the old music elitist Austin to feel like a prick, and make fun of how ridiculous I once was. Glad those days have changed.)

This period of snobbery ended when I studied abroad in London (which we will get to later), and our musical tastes divorced. Dave went the NYC route--falling in love with The Strokes and anything Lou Reed ever touched, and I went the alt-country route--Ryan Adams, Wilco, MMJ. We still find a middle ground once in awhile, and anytime I hear anything I consider "highly intelligent" (Destroyer for example), I think of Dave.

However, before we were music snobs, before our sounds went their separate ways, we were two college kids learning about rock n' roll. We'd go through the Rolling Stone Rock n' Roll Guide, find the 5 star records, and slowly but surely build our collection with "important" CDs like Moondance or London Calling. We enjoyed a lot of those albums, spending many nights on meaningless drives, just trying to get lost. There wasn't a gas price too high for a good drive.

But during the summer of 2003, more than anything, we both loved Bruce Springsteen. There were weeks we wouldn't listen to anything else. Besides, there was something American about listening to Springsteen in the summer, as if there were certain songs that you'd put on during those late night drives that would really soundtrack our lives. ("Something in the Night" comes to mind.)

That summer, I remember loving music for the first time in my life. Not just liking a song, or wanting to hear a song, but experiencing music and songs that made life seem to matter. Music was no longer just something to put on in the background. Music was like every other relationship--there were commitments, ups and downs, and even nasty separations once in awhile. But it was an everyday thing that you felt loyal to, because it was part of who you were. And it was a love affair I knew would never end.

Our love for Springsteen ended that summer with an 11 hour drive to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for one of the last dates on The Rising tour. While the show will always be my number one concert for obvious reasons (it's freakin Bruce Springsteen), never have I actually FELT music like that night. I think I even shed a tear during "You’re Missing" it was so damn emotional. (This is probably the most non-macho I’ll ever write, geez.)

But there's not a better feeling in the world than being really "into" an artist and to see them live right at the climax of your phase. And while we were jumping around singing the words to every song and really experiencing the tunes, we also had a lot of laughs, especially during the "Empty Sky" moment. Bruce got on a stretch of slow songs, and everyone was sitting down. They were so beautiful, that no one was really singing along. No one, that is, except for Dave. Springsteen started a slow version of "Empty Sky," and the crowd was silent—except for the loud, monotone sounds coming from Dave’s mouth. Everyone in our section stared...he didn't care. It was hilarious and I still love doing that impression more than any other to this day. (I'm realizing this is a "had to be there" story a little late, aren’t I?)

But Bruce was our guy. When I think of Dave, I hear Springsteen in the background. And it's a music love I've realized I can never have alone. And I learned the hard way.

Last summer, Dave and I had a falling out. We didn’t speak for about three months. There's no need to go any further, let's just say I was in the wrong.

During a cross country drive back to school, I found myself in the desert, and it seemed like the perfect time to throw on Springsteen's "The Promised Land," a song about driving through the desert. When in Rome, right? So I start singing along, enjoying myself, or trying to at least. But I couldn’t stop thinking about Dave and that summer of Springsteen. Those late night drives with Mary, Eddie, and the Magic Rat. Before I knew it, the water works were on their way.

It didn't help when the next song in the Springsteen mix came on--"No Surrender"--a song about old friends holding on to their bond, no matter what. It made me realize that the iPod shuffle is a smarter component than we'll ever know. And to prove their point, Steve Jobs and the boys at Apple made sure my shuffle threw "Bobby Jean" on after "No Surrender.”"

For those of you who aren't familiar with Springsteen, "Bobby Jean" is the best song on Born in the USA (the most overrated Springsteen album). It's a song that's disguised in the form of a relationship with an old girlfriend, however, it's really about Little Stevie/Silvio’s departure from the E-Street band. The song hits hard at the end when Springsteen sings…

"Maybe you'll be out there on that road somewhere, some bus or train, driving along, some hotel room, they'll be a radio playing, and you'll hear me sing this song. Well, if you do, you’ll know I'm thinking of you, and all the miles, in-between. I'm just calling, one last time, not to change your mind, just to say I miss you, baby, good luck, good bye, Bobby Jean."

When in Rome, right?

There we were. Same rut as Bobby Jean and Bruce. Only it was different, because it was real. It was no longer that clever song Springsteen wrote. It was my life.

I spent the next 3 hours listening to Bruce, thinking about old times with an old pal. I thought it may be the last time I intentionally listened to Springsteen. You see, if things between Dave and I weren't to eventually work out (and yes, they did), I couldn't listen to Springsteen. Not because he was no longer talented or because it made me sad to think of an old friend. But because the songs wouldn't matter anymore. The music, the feeling, it would all be a lost memory, something we once did that didn't mean a thing.

But those songs DID matter. Those moments DID matter. It DID mean something. It meant being young and clueless, and that's a memory I don't think most people could give up. At least I hope not.

While neither Dave nor myself would ever credit Springsteen for reconciling our friendship, it was his music that shaped the summer of 2003, it was his music that made me realize how much I missed my friend, and it was his music that fueled our reconciliation.

I guess with Dave and I, "we learned more from a three-minute record…than we ever learned in school."

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deer tick

I've heard numerous rumblings about the upcoming Deer Tick record being one of the best of the year, so I had to check them out for myself.

"Deer Tick is a mostly mellow experience -- loud, raspy, almost crooner-like vocals, intermediate-style fingerpicking, bad jokes, hopefully making you feel warm and special...when the band is present it's more like John and the boys (or girls) wish they were Creedence or something. Deer Tick is an unsigned and hard working little thing!! Any consideration for your McDonalds or your Chevy commercial would be appreciated."
--Deer Tick on Deer Tick

The fingerpicking and raspy crooner-style vocals are in full-effect on this song, which is part of the reason I found it so endearing. Frontman John McCauley's vocals are heartfelt and sweet without being overly sappy; the subject matter is sad and poignant, but never threatens to veer into the melodramatic. The best compliment I can give Deer Tick is that I found myself genuinely affected by their songs (especially this one), and their LP has moved to near the top of the list of my most-anticipated releases of the fall:

Deer Tick Diamond Rings 2006

Download a few more songs at Deer Tick's myspace page

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Sunday, August 27, 2006


Jracula is somewhat of a bizarro supergroup made up of some of Texas' most interesting and innovative musicians, including Jana Hunter, as well as members of The Octopus Project, Butterknife, Woozyhelmet, and Tame...Tame and Quiet. The band is set to release a split LP with Thick Cybernetic Scarecrow in the very near future.

This song is sort of disjointed and droning (dirge-like, even), but it's intensely melodic at the same time, with its catchiness only revealing itself after a few listens. The creepy synth line sounds like it was lifted from an old horror flick, and Jana's haunting vocals are as sinister-sounding and mesmerizing as ever. But, you can forget about using the 'freak-folk' tag for this one; I don't know what you'd call it, but Jracula is wading in some unclassifiable territory with this one.

Check out more songs at Jracula's myspace. "Catbox" is especially awesome.


Jana Hunter is currently on a Sailboat Tour with Peter & the Wolf and The Castanets, which you can view photos of here. She will be touring the East Coast in October with the great Deer Tick. I've got a Deer Tick post lined up for tomorrow, but in the meantime here's a track I posted last year from the split Jana did with Devendra Banhart (buy it). Highly recommended.

Jana Hunter A Bright-Ass Light mp3

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

my love is so mashed up

So I snuck Justin Timberlake's new song "My Love" into my DJ set last night, and no fewer than 5 people came up to ask me who it was. I like it, everyone there seemed to like it, and you shouldn't be afraid to admit you like it too. So, in what we believe is the first for this song, Austin's Car Stereo (Wars) continues their mash-up domination by throwing in some Band of Horses, Blondie, CSS, Beck, and a few others that you'll have to listen for:

Car Stereo (Wars) my love is so mashed up mp3

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grizzly bear

Even though it's not officially released until September 5th, I feel like I'm painfully late to mention just how wonderful Grizzly Bear's new album, Yellow House, really is. The album has been steadily growing on me since I received it about a month ago, but it wasn't until Matt showed me this video that I began to really appreciate this song. I'm still not sure how they make sweeping pop-folk this expansive and 'huge' feel so intimate and delicate and calming, but it's a thing of beauty.

Grizzly Bear Knife mp3

Grizzly Bear will tour the U.S. this fall with TV on the Radio. Watch the video of the band performing the song on the streets of Paris


Department of Eagles

Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen is also in a band called Department of Eagles, and the band tells me their stuff has an "'orchestral pop' vibe" similar to Grizzly Bear's, "but our stuff is a little simpler, less arranged, etc." I'm really enjoying this song, as well as the tracks on their myspace page.

Department of Eagles Deadly Disclosure mp3

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Friday, August 25, 2006

beach house

The new album from Beach House was almost lost amidst a sea of unopened promo cds, but luckily a tip from a friend saved it from its fate at the bottom of a box in my closet. Beach House is a duo (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) from Baltimore, Maryland. The band's short list of influences on myspace includes The Zombies, Neil Young, and the Supremes, but this album is made up of restrained, sad, achingly-pretty "slow hazy pop" songs.

This particular song is all weeping slide guitar and analog synths, and the lo-fi quality makes it feel like it's coming from the bottom of a well. Miss Legrand's heart-wrenching voice approaches the chill-inducing territory normally reserved only for someone like Neko, or maybe Nico. Highly recommended, you'll love it, etc.

Beach House Master of None mp3

Beach House's self-titled LP will be available Oct. 3 on Car Park Records.


DJ/blogger/friend of gorilla vs. bear Adam sent me this awesome photo of him with two of my favorite people, taken at last night's Joanna Newsom + Neko Case show in NYC. (click for larger image)

As an added bonus, here's a new press photo of Joanna that Matt sent me:

Finally, go check out The Anchor Center's new video mp3 review. I'm just going to go ahead and say it: this is the best idea ever on an mp3 blog. Nice work, Pete.

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New song from The Polyphonic Spree

As I mentioned the other day, The Polyphonic Spree is set to release their Wait EP on September 5. We're beyond excited that the Spree is allowing us to premiere this song, because it's one of our favorite songs by one of our favorite bands of all time, and one we've always wished the Spree would cover. If you're unfamiliar with the original, Ryan Schreiber (who I know is your leader, it's okay to admit it) called it a "downright classic."

I assumed Tim DeLaughter wouldn't stray too far from the perfection of his original version, and he really didn't, but the song deserved this: the majestic horns, the angelic voices, the gorgeous, expansive orchestral feel. And the end result is nothing short of blissful. I'm not ready to say I love this as much as the Tripping Daisy version, but I love it different. Now, just wait until you hear the Nirvana cover.

The Polyphonic Spree Sonic Bloom mp3

go here to listen to another song from Wait



I totally forgot to mention this the other day, but you absolutely have to go over the The Anchor Center to check out Pete's "Pop-Up Video"-style review of The Blow's "Pile of Gold." The song is awesome, the review is better. All I can say is I wish I'd have thought of this idea.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

birdmonster + division day: live at the doublewide

Birdmonster and Division Day rolled through Dallas last night. Division Day was surprisingly loud and boisterous, turning even the most beautiful, delicate songs from Beartrap Island into powerful, distortion laden rockers, while still maintaining all of the melody. You will be hearing more from those guys, trust me on that.

Division Day's Rohner Segnitz

And Birdmonster was, well, Birdmonster. I'm sure you've heard by now how dynamic their live show is, but I can't stress enough how enjoyable it is to see them play. I don't know how they manage to harness that unbridled energy and enthusiasm night after night, without ever getting sloppy or self-indulgent, but it truly is amazing to watch. The songs on No Midnight were made to be played live, so if you ever get the chance to see them play, don't miss it. And they closed with "Spaceman", which is the best show-closer ever. The photos didn't come out as well as we'd have liked, (blame the lighting and the fact that those guys wouldn't stand still for two seconds), but click the read more link for more images...

And as always, click photo for larger image:

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decisions, decisions

gorilla vs. bear's sole female representative, the lovely Michelle, sent me a note raving about Tree Colored See, and she's right. This is beautiful stuff, suitable for fans of electronica, psych-folk, and hip-hop beats. I'll let her tell it:

"Every once in a while, I find an album that feels like a vintage thrift-store find. Not only is it amazing, but it is something unexpected that you end up treasuring. My latest album find gave me exactly that same feeling, without having to dig through any bins. CJ at Good Records turned me on to Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory's album, Tree Colored See, and I am so grateful he did. The album stunningly blends psychedelic-twinged '60's folk with modern electronic beats and drum loops. I can't get enough of it and I'm going to make the early wager that it will hit my top 10 of 2006."

Nobody & The Mystic Chords of Memory Decisions, Decisions mp3


Purchase Tree Colored See here


Here's our playlist from last night's SIRIUS show. We had our good friend Del live in the studio to provide the comic relief. By the way, we've got some great guests planned in the next couple weeks, so now would be a good time to sign up.

1. white denim--"wet sand"
2. the dirtbombs--"livin' for the city"
3. tapes 'n tapes--"cowbell (blackeyes remix)"
4. cold war kids--"we used to vacation"
5. black fiction--"i spread the disease" (mp3)
6. Circulatory system--"inside blasts"
7. sparklehorse--"don't take my sunshine away"
8. stars--"one more night"
9. stina nordenstam--"parliament square (the knife remix)"
10. the streets--"could well be in"
11. the clipse--"queen bitch (diplo remix)"
12. ghostface--"whip you with a strap"
13. Deltron 3030--"memory loss"
14. Camp Lo--"Luchini"
15. Digable Planets--"May 4th Movement"
16. Chromeo--"You're so Gangsta"
17. Lovage--"anger management"
18. Car Stereo (wars)--"what's up california?" (mp3)
19. Beulah--"If we can land a man on the moon..."
20. Cat Power--"He War"
21. Destroyer--"The Temple"
22. Mark David Ashworth--"Elevator, Battle, Distance" (mp3)
23. Rappers Delight club--"Hum" (mp3)
24. Maya Bond--"The Ghost Castle"
25. Langley Schools Music Project--"God Only Knows"
26. Wrens--"Happy"
27. Xiu Xiu--"I Love the Valley Oh"
28. Tripping Daisy--"Waited A Light Year"

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


The Polyphonic Spree have announced (via a brand new website) that they'll be releasing a new EP, entitled wait, on September 5th. The EP will consist of three covers (which I've heard, and they're amazing) and two new originals, which will also be on the upcoming LP. Here are the details:

"Jon Brion (producer) came to Dallas and we spent an evening banging on instruments, ideas, and whatnots. Later that night we stumbled upon some musical ground that would soon lead to "Love My Way" (Psychedelic Furs), "Lithium" (Nirvana), and "Love Grows" (Edison Lighthouse); the latter remains unfinished due to time constraints on the sessions. Nonetheless, the quick trip to Los Angeles proved to be a spirited event. Soon thereafter we entered a studio in Dallas to work up "Sonic Bloom" (Tripping Daisy), a very fitting cover for the Spree. (ed. note: fucking awesome!)

Good Records Recordings and Hollywood Records along with iTunes finally present the EP called WAIT. It contains the aforementioned covers and two new songs, "Mental Cabaret" and "I'm Calling" written by Tim DeLaughter and performed by The Polyphonic Spree this last year. These two original tracks will more than likely appear on our next full-length album, The Fragile Army, due out early 2007."

You can hear "Mental Cabaret" (one of the new songs) here.

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New song from The Rosebuds

We love The Rosebuds here at gorilla vs. bear, so thanks to The Oakroom for pointing out that the band posted a link to a new demo on their myspace blog. That dancy drumbeat through me for a loop, but i like it:

The Rosebuds Hold On To This Coat mp3

Also, Stereogum has a new song from Akron/Family.

Finally, did I mention this was tonight?

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The Channel

I noticed this band from Austin, The Channel, on myspace, mainly for superficial reasons. Such as, they're opening for two of my favorite Austin bands (see above flier), and their list of influences reads like my current "Most Played" list on iTunes (zombies, neil young, the kinks, gram parsons, os mutantes, etc.) The band's new double-album is a warm, instantly likeable collection of indie-pop that has been described as "Will Oldham versus Grandaddy." This song is an breezy, lazy-summer-day jam that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Oh, Inverted World.

The Channel Sneaks or Skates? mp3

Download a couple more songs at The Channel's myspace



Don't forget about the Birdmonster/Division Day show tonight at Doublewide!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Sufjan in Dallas

So Sufjan is finally coming to Dallas, and he's playing like 3 blocks from my house. Awesome:

"Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond have just announced a show on September 13th at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX.

A limited number of presale tickets have been held for Sufjan Stevens fans for this show and will be available Wednesday, August 23rd at 1 PM Central Time. By buying tickets through our presale, you'll be able to get your tickets before anyone else AND save some money on service charges.

Click here to buy tickets. AFTER YOU LOG IN, THE PASSWORD IS: tabby (all lower case)

For a the latest Sufjan Stevens news and a full list of tour dates, check out Sufjan's website or go to the Asthmatic Kitty Records site

also: I have some more extremely exciting (well, to me, at least) Sufjan tour news to share, hopefully in the very near future.

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Another "Young Folks" Remix

Victoria Bergsman (photo credit)

This is probably the most appropriately titled remix of all time, as the greatness of Peter Bjorn & John's "Young Folks" is turned into something slightly less great, but far more funky, and still pretty damn good. They've added a slinky bassline, and turned the whistles into, uh, something else, but it'll still make you want to marry Victoria Bergsman.

Peter Bjorn & John Young Folks (Punks Jump Up Special Disco Remix)

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Who's That Knocking

Pajo's 1968

I don't know much about David Pajo, other than the fact that he used to be a member of Slint (and Tortoise, and he's been a contributor to Stereolab and Bonnie Prince Billy). That, and his new album, 1968, comes out today on Drag City. I haven't heard the entire record, which was apparently influenced by "horror movies, the music of Gorguts, and the poetry of Hafiz," but this song is slightly dark, extremely pretty, '60s-influenced folk-pop. The obvious comparison would be Elliott Smith, and we know I'm all about the obvious comparisons. Highly recommended.

Pajo Who's That Knocking? mp3

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texas thunder soul

I've noticed that the newly released album from the Texas Kashmere Stage Band, Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974, has been a staple in the top 10 of the Good Records chart since it was released on July 25. I admittedly had never heard of the Texas Kashmere Stage Band before now, but it turns out they were a high school band from Houston in the '60s and '70s that Stones Throw thinks was the best high-school stage band in the world. They've since been sampled by DJ Shadow and remixed by J-Rocc, and now Stones Throw has released this "definitive double-disc anthology." And, after a few listens, it's hard to believe these kids were 16 years old.

Kashmere Stage Band Shaft Theme mp3

Okay so I know you were probably thinking before you even downloaded this, "Oh how cute, they covered the Shaft Theme, that is so obvious, and besides, it's not like you can really mess that song up." But these kids had the balls to replace most of the brass/string parts with a flute, and this somehow made the song even more badass.

Kashmere Stage Band All Praises mp3

This track comes from the 2nd disc, full of live performances that really showcase how incredibly skilled and gifted these kids were. City Pages called this scorcher "the greatest surviving live performance by a bunch of high schoolers--hell, by a bunch of anybodies--to ever come out of the Texas funk scene."

I trust you're suitably convinced by now, so order it from Turntable Lab

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Monday, August 21, 2006

birdmonster + division day: live in dallas

(flier by Garrison Reid)

My favorite left-coasters, Birdmonster, are making their triumphant return to Dallas this week to play the Doublewide. This time, they're bringing their friends from L.A., Division Day, who are making their first trip east of California. We (and everyone else) have lauded the greatness of Birdmonster's live show since we first saw them back in March, and we can't wait to see how the songs from Division Day's awesome debut LP, Beartrap Island, sound live. See you kids there!

Division Day Tigers mp3
Birdmonster 'Cause You Can mp3



Daytrotter had Cold War Kids drop by to do an in-studio performance, and they've posted the mp3s, including two unreleased songs. Check 'em out.


Finally, most of you guys have loved our boy Austin LaRoche's contributions so far (the Hipster Test, Pitchfork & Lolla observations from a 'non-indie' dude). Dude has even gotten some real press for his young column. But, we feel like we've sort of thrown him out into the wild (you know, anonymous commenters and all) without making a proper introduction. This week, we let him remedy that with his new column, Allow Myself to Introduce... Myself.

"Okay, I'm not gonna lie. This is a "get it out of the way" column. We're going to spend the next couple of minutes doing a little "meet and greet," and I'm going to explain what I'm aiming for with this thing and also throw you guys some potential ideas for future pieces. Alright, let's get this puppy started..." (click Read More link)

General Info--My name's Austin LaRoche. I work for my family's special needs non-profit organization and live in Chicago with my girlfriend, Rachael, who will undoubtedly be a running character in my work. (You guys will love Rach, she's related to Jessi Spano...I'm not even kidding.) I'm also an amateur photographer who will hopefully have a business running soon that I will certainly link the second the webpage is up. Okay, now that the "nobody really cares, dude" section of this piece is over, we'll move on to the column.

Column Info--First...we need a name. I debated on whether to call it "The Goose of Beverley Road" or "Whatever Happened to my Rock n' Roll?" for two weeks, changing my mind every two seconds. Now, we're scratching those. What I want to do is hold a contest, where I let the readers name the column. You know, in the spirit of community and everything. So if you have an idea (and please feel free to even send funny ones like "you're the worst writer in the world, get off GVB and poke needles in your retinas," I'm up for anything) throw it my way at AustinLaRoche@gmail.com.

(Funny note about gmail: Am I the only one who thinks this is the perfect thing for those of us who had goofy email names like Gatorfan64 and QTchik10938 to make professional email addresses we would show employers? You know, because our generation--people in their early 20s--were the pioneers of the net and now we're all grown up and we have to give up on those. RIP Jesuswasme@mindspring.com.)

One of the big ideas I have for this column is to make it interactive. I like the idea of doing mailbags, having contests, and enjoying and discussing music together. You've got my email, so shoot me over a funny question or two, remember, the more random the better. For instance, this would be a great question...

"Who is the sports equivalent to Voxtrot?"

The obvious answer is Reggie Bush...but that will take 700 words to explain, so I'll save it for a mailbag. But hopefully you get the idea. And please don't be afraid to send anything too random or off topic--you never know what I'll answer and how I'll answer it.

Okay, we've covered the mailbag. How about a vision? I've reviewed two festivals and created a test, what else do I have up my sleeve? Well, I don't want to get too into it, but I will give a few random insights into upcoming columns.

--If you like The Strokes, you may not like this column. I once wrote an 8 page paper in college about the Strokes and how they are contrived, overrated, and I even think I used the word "posers" in it. I'm a huge proponent of the Ron Burgundy "agree to disagree" mentality, so I hope you Strokesters will be as well.

--I think every music fan has a love/hate relationship with Pitchfork. Everyone writes about them. As much as I'd like to avoid them at all costs, they too will be picked on periodically. They've become too important in the music world to avoid, and much too arrogant, inconsistent, and "anti-blogger" for me to be nice to. So if somehow there's a big Pitchfork fan out there, be prepared.

--I love to make fun of things that I do. For instance, in the hipster test, someone asked why I picked on Ryan Adams. Ryan Adams is my favorite musician of the modern era, but he's certainly someone we can laugh about a lot as well. I mean, did anyone else hear his lame "egg speech" at Lollapalooza? Has anyone ever been "un-funnier" at a concert? Also, I made a few facebook cracks. I love facebook. On the same note, Rachael already has the season premiere of "Laguna Beach" scheduled to be TiVo-ed, so every time I make LC and Heidi jokes, know that I've had to watch at least some of it. This is something I'm not proud of. At all. In fact, I think Chris may have just fired me.

--I am a pop culture junkie and will make lots of TV and sports references. Not everyone will get every joke. This is okay.

(PS--Did anyone else watch the World Series of Pop Culture? Was there ever an event that sounded so cool but ended up being so boring and dull? Where did that announced come from? The morgue? Regardless, I will enter the World Series at some point in my life and I will win. You have my official guarantee right here.)

--I love the (Quick note: yada yada yada) off-topic ramblings. It's fun for me. And the more random the better. Random is always fun. See The Hipster Test.

--Although I will be serious on some columns, I never want to come off as "preachy." Please send the hate emails if I start telling everybody what to do, where to buy, or to boycott a product. I hate those people. See Fox News nightly broadcasters.

--I don't like as much music as bloggers do. I could never list 50 albums I've loved this year because I think I've only liked 6-7. Not to say anyone is wrong for loving 50 albums, because we all know "that guy" who loves every album you ever give him. This guy is always fun and I hope every crowd has one. In fact, I think 42% of MP3 bloggers are "that guy."

--- I don't think I will ever laugh harder while writing a column than I did with "The Hipster Test." This means that I don't think, at least comically, I can ever top that piece. You know, for those of you who took it as a comical piece of irony instead of being pissed off that you're a bit hipper than you thought. Anyway, don't expect to laugh AS HARD each time.
(Quick note: I hate having to get all of this out of the way. But it's necessary. We need to kick this thing off with an "intro" column. Here's my grandmother's favorite joke for those of you still around waiting for a laugh--"What's teenier than a teeny-weeny ant? An ant's teeny weeny!" Now you have a little more insight into the bloodline I inherited.)

--I contradict myself. I am a hypocrite. Not on purpose, but we're all human. I'd bet that I've already been preachy with something in this column. I'm just saying, sometimes everything won't line up in my arguments. It's life. I'd love to meet one person who doesn't contradict themselves. But hey, call me out on it, it's the right move.

Okay, I'm feeling like we've covered enough ground for this "intro" column. Chris and I have agreed on posting the column every Monday. Depending on the response, we'll see if we need more or less columns each week. In the mean time, please send me your ideas for the name of the column, I'll talk to Chris about a possible prize for the winner (I'm thinking the GVB franchise can shell out a new car or something at this point, right?) and don't be afraid to shoot me a couple random questions for the first mailbag.

Phew. This thing is over. I feel like we didn't laugh enough together this week. So here's a few "replacement questions" for the hipster test, assuming you thought a few of the preguntas were unfair or unfitting. Until next time...

Your favorite character on Family Guy is...

1. I've hated that show since they started picking on President Bush
2. Who doesn't have Stewie as their favorite?
3. Giggity-giggity
4. Meg
5. Cartoon characters are faker than Hollywood actors! Except for a few ninja cartoons from the Ukrainian underground. The smartest writing you'll ever experience.


1. Is that guy who sang "You're a loser, baby," that's my favorite one-hit wonder
2. Not too good--besides, who likes Scientologists?
3. Has like 15-20 songs I like
4. Musical genius, musical icon
5. I don't think we're talking about the same "Beck" here, but there's a "Beck" from Greenland with the best reggae album of all time, When Ya Bleak, Ya Bleak

We meet at a music festival. You have taken the Hipster Test and you know that I am the creator of that said test. When we meet, you...

1. Tell me that Jason and Steven from Laguna Beach are better looking and richer than I'll ever be and making fun of people for liking them is why I'm going to hell.
2. Tell me you didn't get everything, laughed a few times, and would like to offer me a beer.
3. Tell me you thought it was hilarious, fair, and you enjoyed the Hipster Test experience fully. You ask what I like to drink, and then offer to buy me that Captain and coke.
4. Tell me it's lame to put questions like this into a column in an attempt to get free drinks at music festivals.
5. Blind-side me with a kick to the groin, hand me your 100 page thesis on the Jakota, Oregon blind hip-hop scene, and run away screaming "Hipster my ass!"

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myspace is for remixes

As I was perusing myspace tonight while I should be sleeping, I came across this dude Bloodbath, who is from Philly and makes some really cool remixes. The CocoRosie sample on the Spank Rock remix is especially nice. That will be all.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cheated Hearts (Bloodbath Remix) mp3
Spank Rock Far Left (Bloodbath Remix) mp3

more remixes/mixtapes @ Bloodbath's myspace

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Black Eyes Remix Tapes 'n Tapes

Not sure how I missed this, but The Black Eyes remixed Tapes 'n Tapes' "Cowbell," and the result is pretty badass. Get it here. (via Jackson via Brooklyn Vegan)

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

are you?


Mew was the latest guest in AOL's excellent The Interface series. The band performed 4 songs, including a beautiful acoustic rendition of "The Zookeeper's Boy." If you're unfamiliar with Mew, AOL says they "sound sort of like Sigur Ros covering Sunny Day Real Estate," which isn't the worst description I've ever heard. Download the entire performance:

Mew Live on AOL's The Interface mp3

Culture Bully split the songs into individual mp3s for us. Here's "The Zookeeper's Boy;" I made the mistake of listening to this before I went to sleep last night, and I still can't get it out of my head. You can head over here to get the rest.

Mew The Zookeeper's Boy (Live on AOL's The Interface) mp3

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Friday, August 18, 2006

you're the one who's losing

Sufjan and Shara gone hip-hop

The new single from Jedi Mind Tricks features a sample/reinterpretation of Sufjan Stevens' "Dumb I Sound," but the star here is the beautiful voice of Sufjan label-mate My Brightest Diamond aka Shara Worden aka just about the last person you'd expect to see on a hip-hop record. According to the label, the song is already drawing comparisons to Eminem's "Stan." Must be the dark subject matter, coupled with that whole "indie chanteuse steals the show" thing:

Jedi Mind Tricks Razorblade Salvation (feat. Shara Worden) mp3

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our top 5

Pitchfork wrapped up their latest (and in our opinion their greatest) feature this morning, and it sparked much debate around gorilla vs. bear headquarters. We love lists (and we know you do too, despite your rude comments, anonymous guy) so we decided to share our Top 5 Songs of the 1960s, with the Pitchfork ranking in parentheses. Narrowing it down to 5 was super tough, and a lot of stuff just missed, so before you leave an angry comment asking "How could you possibly leave out (insert song here)?", please note that your song was Number 6 on our list. And for the record, we finished arranging our list last night, so as not to be swayed by Pitchfork's Top 20.

5. (tie) The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man (#62)/The Crystals Then He Kissed Me (#18)
4. Van Morrison Sweet Thing (#72)
3. The Beatles A Day in the Life (#5)
2. The Beach Boys God Only Knows (#1)

And our number one song, which we feel was criminally underrated by Pitchfork staffers, from The Zombies' classic Odessy & Oracle:

1. The Zombies Care of Cell 44 mp3 (#98)

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The Art of Everyday Communication

I had to make a rare 2:30 A.M. post to tell you guys to check out The Light Footwork's new video for "The Art Of Everyday Communication, Part I". Such a great song, and I don't think Becca could be any cuter.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

god only knows

The Beach Boys 1966 classic Pet Sounds is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, Capitol is releasing Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary in a "deluxe, limited-edition suede-feel CD/DVD digipak package." (I'm personally holding out for the commemorative double colored vinyl, limited to 10,000 numbered copies worldwide)

Pet Sounds was named the #2 Best Album of all-time by Rolling Stone, and was named "the most listened to album ever" by us. I've probably gone through more copies of this record (on cassette, vinyl, and CD) than any other. Here's a recording of one of my favorite songs ever, "God Only Knows," from a 1967 rehearsal section:

Beach Boys God Only Knows (1967 Rehearsal Session) mp3

Buy Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary here



Here's our SIRIUS Blog Radio Playlist from last night's show:

1. St. Vincent--Paris is Burning
2. The Knife--We Share Our Mother's Health (RATATAT remix)
3. Holy Shit--Written All Over Your Face
4. DeVotchKa--"How It Ends"
5. Jacques Dutronc--"On Nous Cache Tout..."
6. Dirty Projectors--"Two Young Sheeps"
7. Bloc Party--Helicopter (Diplo remix)
8. Diplo--Crazy Duda
9. A Tribe Called Quest--Lyrics to Go
10. Nump--I Got Grapes (MIA Remix)
11. DJ Nature--The Greatest (Cat Power)
12. Spank Rock--Coke and Wet
13. Think About Life--What The Future Might Be
Kevin from So Much Silence picks:
14. Cadence Weapon--Oliver Square
15. Murs--Silly Girl
16. Ryan Ferguson--Windshield
17. Baby Dayliner--Silent Places
18. Sound Team--No More Birthdays (San Francisco Bay)
19. Tacks, the boy Disaster--Man with A Plan
20. Vetiver--Won't Be Me
21. White Denim--Let's Talk About it
22. Ghostland Observatory--Silver City
23. The Knife--Kino (live)
24. Marissa Nadler--Daisy and Violet
25. The Beach Boys--God Only Knows (1967 Rehearsal session)
26. Ratatat--Tropicana
27. Shapes & Sizes--the taste in my mouth
28. Swan Lake--All Fires

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what's up california?

Austin's Car Stereo (Wars) is back with their third mash-up, and this one combines one of my favorite hip-hop songs ("What's Up Fatlip?" by Pharcyde alum Fatlip) with the O.C. theme ("California" by Phantom Planet). Seth Cohen would be so proud:

Car Stereo (Wars) What's Up California? mp3

If you missed our posts on the first two mashups, I highly recommend you check them out now:

Car Stereo (Wars) Ghostface Observatory mp3
Car Stereo (Wars) Ghostland Gets Bossy mp3

Also, check carstereowars.net to see the video they're working on for Tacks, The Boy Disaster.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

going to work

I've been on my boy DJ Never Forget of NYC's Finger on the Pulse to hurry the hell up and get a new mix out, especially after he told me some of the songs he was considering for this one. Needless to say, he came through big time. I think this is his best mix yet, without question. Check that segue from "Toop Toop" into "We Share Our Mother's Health"...perfection.

DJ Never Forget Going To Work mix mp3

The tracklist:

Hot Chip A Glue Too Thick
Portugal. The Man How The Leopard Got Its Spots (Blake Miller Remix)
The Kingdom Love is my Nation (Copy Mix)
Cassius Toop Toop (Olivier Koletski Mix)
The Knife We Share Our Mothers Health (Trentemoller Remix)
The Klaxons Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)
Flow Flux Clan Fascination Street
Lo-Fi-Fnk vs Karin Strom Psykos (LFF Club Mix)
Justice Vs Simian Never Be Alone
Mstrkrft Work On You


Go check out Good Weather For Airstrikes for what he's calling one of the best tracks, hip-hop or otherwise, of the year. I'll admit, that beat is pretty insane.

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a few things relating to The Knife

The Knife

First of all, Amrit posted some amazing photos of The Knife's performance at the Oya Festival over at Stereogum that you must check out. Apparently, this was only the duo's 8th live performance ever. As you probably know by now, they've announced their first ever U.S. dates, and after seeing those photos, and hearing the intensity of this Silent Shout-ified live version of "Kino" (taken from the "We Share Our Mother's Health" import single):

The Knife Kino (live) MP3

...I've decided I'm going to one of the the three shows. Just not sure which one yet, although I'm leaning towards either the San Francisco or New York dates. Any help in deciding would be appreciated.


Also, don't forget to check out gorilla vs. bear Blog Radio on SIRIUS Left of Center tonight at 10 Eastern. I'll be playing the aforementioned song, as well as new stuff from Holy Shit, Dirty Projectors, and more. I even got Bloc Party to do a little drop for me, complete with theme music from an old-school Indianapolis 500 pinball machine (pictured above). Check it out if you're extremely bored:

Bloc Party radio drop mp3

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Dallas' own St. Vincent will be opening some dates next month on Jose Gonzalez's fall tour, but tonight, she's playing the Hotel Cafe in L.A. at 8 PM. Tickets are only 3 dollars, so if you find yourself in Southern California, I strongly suggest you go. We've gone on and on about St. Vincent's live show in the past, so this time we'll just say, we "highly recommend it."

St. Vincent Paris is Burning mp3


I've been listening to a lot of Spank Rock lately, so when a local DJ makes a remix as ill as this one, I'm all ears. Here's DJ Stephen R's "technologically enhanced" version of Spank Rock's "Bump":

DJ Stephen R Stephen R vs. Spank Rock mp3

more DJ Stephen R here


In addition to being available here, Tacks, the Boy Disaster's beautiful new record Oh, Beatrice can now be purchased at Good Records here in Dallas. In other Tacks news, frontman Evan Jacobs is playing a solo set at Austin's Progress Coffee on Friday night with amazing Brazilian folk-troubadour Tico Da Costa and Denton's Robert Gomez.

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