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Monday, April 30, 2007

sharks

Good Hodgkins went through the trouble of converting the amazing Cadence Weapon/Final Fantasy CBC Radio session into mp3 format for us, and for this, we thank him. This version of "Sharks" is ridiculous: gone is the dark 8-bit beat from the original; instead, Cadence Weapon drops his menacing flow over Owen Pallett's warm (gentle, even) violin parts, which include samples of Andrew Bird's "Imitosis" and "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head."

mp3:
Cadence Weapon Sharks (feat. Final Fantasy)

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Download the rest of the session here. And here's the album version of Cadence Weapon's "Sharks," as well as the kickass video:

mp3:
Cadence Weapon Sharks

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grizzly bear stuff


Grizzly Bear

The best thing you'll find on the internet today, hands down, is Grizzly Bear's Daytrotter Session. Download beautiful versions of "Shift" and "Little Brother," as well as the best recording of "He Hit Me" you'll ever hear.

In other Grizz news, read Ed Droste's highly entertaining Coachella diary at Rolling Stone's Rock Daily.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

dirty young folks



Here's Diplo's new edit of PB+J's "Young Folks," blended with "Shake That Ass" by Bmore pioneer Tapp. According to Diplo: "i dont think its even playable or on beat, but it makes me laugh to hear it..." It is kind of hilarious in some spots, but this would still kill in the club.

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Diplo young folks pu$$y

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

tittsworth


coincidentally, this photo is actually from a Tittsworth party

Tonight, the Central Booking/The Party crew brings URB Next 100 Party Starter/badass club DJ Tittsworth to Dallas for the official Art Prostitute afterparty (see flyer below). I've never experienced a Tittsworth set, but based solely on hearsay and the above photo, I'm going to guarantee that Zubar is where you want to be this evening.

mp3:
Justice D.A.N.C.E. (Tittsworth remix)

Download more Tittsworth mixes, including one based around a Don Imus sample (yeah, that one), at his website.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

mohawk residency



Man, are we psyched about this: Hot Freaks + Gorilla vs. Bear present the Mohawk Residency, sponsored by KEXP, The Onion, and Austinist. The first four Tuesdays in May will feature alternating performances by Peel and White Denim. I think we might've mentioned (numerous times) that White Denim is our current favorite band, and we're pretty fond of Peel as well. Here's the schedule, hope to see you there, Austin:

May 1: Peel
May 8: White Denim
May 15: Peel
May 22: White Denim

The cover for these 18 and over shows is only $2 (or $4 if you're under 21). Doors open at 8 pm. The opening act (to be announced) will begin at 9:30 pm and the headliner will take the stage at 10:30.

mp3:
Peel Oxford
White Denim ShakeShakeShake

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modern art


mom

Pretty unbelievable show going down tonight at the Fort Worth Modern, featuring DJ Sober, Denton electro-acoustic duo MOM, and the great Kid Koala. We were first turned on to MOM by our friend C.J., and we've been impressed by everything we've heard from them. Here are a couple of highly recommended tracks from the duo:

mp3:
Mom Green Echo
Mom Icicles

Tonight, MOM will be debuting their newest material, "Little Brite." This 28 minute piece (2 sections) will be released this June on Pancakes for Mattie records. The set times for tonight look like this:

Sober - 7:30
MOM - 9:30 (in the Sculpture Garden)
Kid Koala - 10:30

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

what we had


Handsome Furs

We've been listening to the Handsome Furs' new LP, Plague Park, all week, and it's really starting to get under our skin. Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his fiancee Alexei Perry have crafted a uniquely dark and sad record that (not unlike Wolf Parade) manages to remain both distant and totally affecting. Here's the album's amazing lead track, "What We Had," which the band has made available for download on their myspace page:

mp3:
Handsome Furs What We Had

We've also been digging "Dumb Animals," despite (or maybe because of) this incredibly creepy, fucked up video:



Plague Park comes out on Sub Pop on May 22.

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Hot Chip is playing in Dallas at the Granada tonight. We've never had the chance to see them live, so we're pretty excited about it.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

tapes 'n tapes on blog radio


Josh of Tapes 'n Tapes

We will be joined tonight on Sirius Blog Radio by Tapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier. Josh talks about Tapes' love for video games, their current 2K Sports tour, new music that he's into (including Grizzly Bear and an unreleased track from Fog), and most importantly, the band's new songs. Tune in to Left of Center channel 26 at 10 PM Eastern. If you don't have Sirius, you can listen for free here.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ola podrida



We almost forgot to mention that our friends in Ola Podrida released their self-titled debut LP today on Plug Research. This is one of our favorite releases of '07 so far, so make sure to check out this MP3 mix, featuring minute-long snippets of every track from the album.

mp3:
Ola Podrida Album Sampler (21 mb)

Ola Podrida played our gorilla vs. booze party at sxsw, and were awesome. Check them out at their CD release party Thursday night at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Pitchfork has their excellent song "Cindy" on repeat, and you can still download it here.

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gorilla vs. bear's top 25 hip-hop albums of all time

Inspired by Passion of the Weiss' call to arms (via email, of course) to compile a bloggers' list of the top 25 hip-hop albums of all time, here is my list. As usual, these are just my personal favorites, as opposed to a critical "best of" list. My list is influenced by my age as much as anything, as many of these are painfully obvious choices for a kid who started getting into hip-hop in the late '80s/early '90s. In fact, the majority of the albums on my list--and all of my top 10--were released between 1989-2000.

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25. Method Man--Tical (1994)
24. Clipse--Lord Willin' (2002)
23. De La Soul--Stakes Is High (1996)
22. Mos Def + Talib Kweli--Black Star (1998)
21. Beastie Boys--Paul's Boutique (1989)
20. Ol' Dirty Bastard--Nigga Please (1999)
19. Dr. Octagon--Dr. Octagonecologyst (1997)
18. Madvillain--Madvillainy (2004)
17. Camp Lo--Uptown Saturday Night (1997)
16. Deltron--Deltron 3030 (2000)
15. A Tribe Called Quest--The Low End Theory (1991)
14. Nas--Illmatic (1994)
13. The Streets--A Grand Don't Come For Free (2004)
12. Dr. Dre--The Chronic (1992)
11. Notorious B.I.G.--Ready To Die (1994)

The Top 10:



10. Public Enemy--Fear of a Black Planet (1990)



9. Ghostface--Supreme Clientele (2000)



8. Raekwon--Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)



7. The Pharcyde--Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (1992)



6. De La Soul--3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

As a 12 year old kid whose hip-hop knowledge was limited to Licensed To Ill and a little Run DMC at this point, I'm not ashamed to admit that it was the videos from 3 Feet High... that made me fall in love with hip-hop.



5. Outkast--Aquemini (1998)

I liked Outkast before this record came out, but Aquemini just blew me away. A huge step forward (both sonically and lyrically) from ATLiens, this nearly flawless record established Dre and Big Boi as one of the best hip hop acts of all time.



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4. GZA--Liquid Swords (1995)

The darkest, bleakest album I'd ever heard, Liquid Swords featured some incredible guest turns, and RZA's production at its peak. I'm not sure how they're going to re-create this thing at the Pitchfork Festival, but I can't wait to see them try.





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3. Wu Tang--Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (1993)

This one is self-explanatory. One of the most influential albums ever, and I don't think this left my 1986 Honda Accord's sweet 3-disc CD changer for over 2 years.



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2. A Tribe Called Quest--Midnight Marauders (1993)

While Low End Theory generally receives all the critical props, you can't convince me it's a better record. This is arguably my most listened to album of all time.



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1. Digable Planets--Blowout Comb (1994)

Blowout Comb alienated the majority of casual DP fans who were expecting more of the hippie/happy cosmic vibes of Reachin'. This record was too black and too militant, and as a result, it relegated the Digable Planets to one-hit wonder status in the mainstream. Which is unfortunate, because this is one of the best albums ever.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

free wu-tang


GZA/RZA/Bill Murray

Thanks to Spine Magazine for pointing us in the direction of Wu Tang Corp, where you can download over 200(!!!) rare/unreleased/mixtape/demo Wu Tang tracks from the likes of Ghostface, Method Man, Rza, Raekwon, ODB, etc. There are some true gems buried in there, so spend the rest of your afternoon at work/school downloading and listening. Here are a couple of our favorites:

mp3:
Ghostface The Forest (feat. Raekwon)

Lo-fi 1992 Demos:
Wu Tang Clan Bring Da Ruckus(demo)
Wu Tang Clan After The Laughter (demo)


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The Passion of the Weiss and Straight Bangin' have begun compiling a bloggers' list of the top 25 hip-hop albums of all time. Check out Weiss' list here, and expect our list later this week. Like, tomorrow. Because we love lists. And we have nothing better to do.

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you look real funny



Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear first told me about SSION (pronounced "shun") when he guest-DJ'ed our Sirius Blog Radio show a few weeks back. He was extremely enthusiastic about "Clown," taken from SSION's upcoming LP, Fool's Gold. Anyway, I totally forgot about the song until it popped up on shuffle over the weekend, and I couldn't help nodding my head to the campy, sort of out-there electro-disco jam. After listening to a few more songs from the band on their myspace page, I found myself at a loss to describe their bizarre style, so I will defer to the Chicago Reader, who says SSION is "like a no-budget Fischerspooner by way of Hee Haw." Not sure what that even means, but it's kind of appropriate.

mp3:
SSION Clown

Hear more SSION on myspace.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

peter and the wolf on Daytrotter



Head over to Daytrotter to download 4 beautiful songs from Peter and the Wolf's SXSW Daytrotter session, including a new song that will appear on his upcoming LP, Sunchasers, as well as an alternate version of "Lightness."

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Bjork was the lone highlight of last night's painfully unfunny episode of SNL. I'm still not sure how I feel about Volta's lead single, "Earth Intruders," but I can't wait to hear the album version of "Wanderlust." This video will probably be gone soon, so enjoy it now:

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

pete rock



The legendary Pete Rock plays a DJ set tonight at Minc. Our dudes from The Party (Sober and $elect) open. Pete Rock is responsible for what is arguably the best hip-hop single of the '90s, so you should probably go.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

liquid swords



Well, Pitchfork just gave us the best news we've had all week: GZA has been added to Friday's ATP/Don't Look Back/Pitchfork Music Fest lineup, where he'll be playing his classic Liquid Swords in its entirety. Not only is Liquid Swords undoubtedly one our top 5 hip-hop albums of all time, that makes three (along with De La Soul and the Clipse) of our favorite hip-hop acts ever on this year's bill. Nice work dudes.

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Remember when we posted on Ghosthustler--the unsigned Denton dance act who had yet to play their first show--a couple weeks back? Well, Marc Hogan over at P-fork likes 'em too, and he posted another rad song from the band here.

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tapes 'n tapes in dallas

Tapes 'n Tapes are rolling through Dallas this evening (on their Derek Jeter-emblazoned tour bus, no less) to play at the Granada Theater. The dudes promise at least a couple brand new songs, so we're pretty excited about the show. They also brought along their pals from Brooklyn, the Harlem Shakes, whom we've heard nothing but great things about.

mp3:
Harlem Shakes Carpetbaggers

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Here's a clip of the Tapes performing "Insistor" on the streets of Paris, courtesy of the great La Blogotheque:



mp3:
Tapes 'n Tapes Omaha

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

blog radio



This week's episode of gorilla vs. bear blog radio on Sirius was basically a compilation of our favorite songs of 2007 that have been made available by bands and/or labels as free + legal mp3 downloads. Click the read more link to view the playlist and to download all of the songs, and marvel at just how much great music bands/labels have given away for free so far this year...

right click/save as to download:

1. Busdriver--The Troglodyte Wins
2. Notorious B.I.G.--Party and Bullshit (Ratatat remix)
3. Thunderheist--Suenos Dulces
4. St. Vincent--Now. Now.
5. Arcade Fire--Black Mirror
6. Panda Bear--Comfy in Nautica
7. Bill Callahan--Sycamore
8. Blonde Redhead--23
9. Deerhoof--+81
10. Voxtrot--Kid Gloves
11. Black Lips--Not a Problem
12. The National--Fake Empire
13. Low--Breaker
14. Menomena--Wet and Rusting
15. Papercuts--John Brown
16. Rosebuds--Get Up Get Out
17. Bodies of Water--These are the Eyes
18. Shaky Hands--Why and How Come
19. The Besnard Lakes--And You Lied To Me
20. Odawas--Alleluia
21. Paul Duncan--Red Eagle
22. Great Lake Swimmers--Your Rocky Spine
23. Andrew Bird--Heretics
24. Shapes and Sizes--Alone/Alive
25. Fujiya and Miyagi--Ankle Injuries
26. YACHT--See A Penny (pick it up)
27. CocoRosie--Rainbowarriors
28. Air--Once Upon A Time
29. Black Moth Super Rainbow--Sun Lips

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oh boy

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you "My Dumps," featuring Peaches, Yo Majesty, and friends (the vocals are actually by the lovely Inara George). Shot on a rooftop near Dodger Stadium. This has gone way too far.



Perhaps Peaches was taking a cue from this kid's version (wait for the :33 mark).

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copy



We were first turned on to Portland's Copy over a year ago after hearing his genius Diva mixtape, which featured his electro re-interpretations of "classics" from TLC, Mariah, Whitney, and the like (trust me, it's better than it sounds). His new record, Hair Guitar, features more of his signature minimalist 8-bit electro-bangin style, and has drawn comparisons to dudes like Ratatat + MSTRKRFT. Here's the album-opener:

mp3:
Copy Fist

Hair Guitar comes out May 29. But you can order it now from Audio Dregs, and get a free copy of Copy's awesome Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-N-Copy mixtape. A preview:

mp3:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-N-Copy tha crossroads

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Check this video of L.A. MC Busdriver kicking an insane nerd-rap freestyle for the G4 network. He gets off to a slow start, but he seems to find his flow around the 1:30 mark:



Head over to So Much Silence to download a new Busdriver remix.

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rap derek jeter


ghostface

Nobody is perhaps best known for his stellar production work on Busdriver's RoadkillOvercoat--peep the Yes sample on "The Troglodyte Wins"--which we absolutely love. So we were psyched to see that he'd posted a new remix of one of our favorite tracks from Ghost's Supreme Clientele on his myspace page recently. Now normally we'd be adamantly opposed to messing with the perfection of the daunting original version, but Nobody turns it into something special. Early candidate for hip-hop remix of the year:

mp3:
Ghostface Killah Mighty Healthy (Nobody remix)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

rolling down the hills


Glass Candy

If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know we've been way into Glass Candy's newer stuff, and their brand new myspace demo might just be our favorite yet. We said before that the Portland duo's latest tracks sound like authentic old-school roller-skating disco jams, and "Rolling Down the Hills" definitely fits that bill, while still managing to sound futuristic at the same time. I can't stress enough how great Johnny Jewel's production is these days; just listen to that muted horn section. And Ida No's sultry-as-hell voice provides the icing. Thanks to Big Stereo for the tip.

mp3:
Glass Candy Rolling Down the Hills

Download Glass Candy's "Miss Broadway" here.

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Chromatics

Speaking of Johnny Jewel's production, Chromatics has a new haunting/sexy (we can't decide) demo up for download on their myspace page as well:

mp3:
Chromatics My Only Love (demo)

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forgetmenot

Here's the brand new video for Tacks, The Boy Disaster's "Forgetmenot," directed by our friends in Austin's SUPER!ALRIGHT! Media Collective. The video was done "Exquisite Corpse" style, with each portion directed by a different SUPER!ALRIGHT! member in their spare time, and the results are amazing. It was made in the following order:

Erik Horn (Piano), Chris Rose (Drive In), J.P. (Van and UFO), Gates Bradley (Elves), Garrett Johnston (Hummingbird), Erik Horn and Stephen Huff (Live Performance), Rich Cornelisse (Abstract)



In other Tacks, The Boy Disaster news: Daytrotter has posted the band's excellent SXSW Session, which was recorded in east Austin at Big Orange Studios. The band played 3 songs from Oh, Beatrice (one of the best EPs of 2006), as well as an unreleased track called "Dying to Know," which frontman Evan Jacobs says is his oldest song. Download them all here.

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mp3: (from Oh, Beatrice)
Tacks, The Boy Disaster Matilda

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dandelion gum is rad



I'm a bit surprised at just how much I love Dandelion Gum, the new record from Pittsburgh's Black Moth Super Rainbow. I mean, I really enjoyed The House of Apples & Eyeballs too, but I guess I just sort of assumed that was because of the Octopus Project's involvement. Plus, bands with names as incredible as Black Moth Super Rainbow usually fail to live up to their insane monikers. Well it turns out that these guys are really great, and as a result, Dandelion Gum has been my go-to driving music for the past week or so.

The whole album feels like a dream fusion of your favorite low-budget early-'80s kids show, vocoder and mellotron-laden French synthpop, and the entire decade of the '60s. The band says it's a "concept record about witches who make candy in the forest," which inexplicably begins to make sense the more you listen to gems like "Rollerdisco" or "When the Sun Grows On Your Tongue" or this, the whimsical "Sun Lips."

mp3:
Black Moth Super Rainbow Sun Lips

Dandelion Gum comes out on May 15, just in time to be the soundtrack for your summer. Pre-order it here for only 10 bucks. The band also likes to give away free mp3s, which can be found here and here. Here's a remix by Austin's the Octopus Project:

mp3:
Black Moth Super Rainbow Drippy Eye (Octopus Project remix)

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Speaking of the mellotron, you can waste a good 10 minutes of your work/school day messing with the authentic mellotron samples provided at this cool little site.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

the hood internet

Thanks to Aaron Brink for letting us know about his new musical endeavor, the Hood Internet. Just when we think we've had our fill of mashups, these dudes (Aaron and one of his bandmates) prove the genre--and the accompanying artwork--can still be fun as hell. Here are a couple of our favorites:



mp3:
Crystal Castles vs. The Pack I'm Shinin' Like a Crystal

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mp3:
Broken Social Scene vs. R Kelly I'm A Flirt (Shoreline)

Head over to the Hood Internet for more, complete with artwork for each mash, including: Lil Wayne vs. Modest Mouse, Trillville vs. The Knife, Rhymefest vs. !!!, and uh, a surprisingly awesome mashup of The Shins vs. Crime Mob.

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premiere: "stitch me up"

Jagjaguwar has been responsible for some stellar 2007 releases thus far (see the Besnard Lakes and Odawas), and they continue their solid run with the newest album from Lawrence's Minus Story, entitled My Ion Truss. Recorded with Texas' own John Congleton (who also co-produced the upcoming Polyphonic Spree album), Truss is a powerful (and often moving) record that has more than its fair share of emotionally cathartic moments. Here's one: thanks to Jagjaguwar for allowing us to premiere of one of the best songs from the LP, the anthemic "Stitch Me Up."

mp3:
Minus Story Stitch Me Up

My Ion Truss is due out June 19. Buy it here.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

best contest ever?


Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav wants you to sing along to bits of their brand new songs. Go here, listen to the snippets, then call 718-228-8954, and "sing your ass off into the phone." The best part of the whole thing? I don't think you even win anything! Although I guess there's a chance they may use your singing on their new record. So, it's more of a funtest, really. Thanks to Ben for the tip.

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St. Vincent to Open for the Arcade Fire


St. Vincent at SXSW '06

Much has been made of the fact that the National will open the majority of dates on the "the greatest little big band in the world"'s upcoming North American tour, but little has been said about the 4 dates (two in Montreal, one in Chicago, on in B.C.) that will feature support from Dallas' own St. Vincent. Just thought we'd throw that out there.

mp3:
St. Vincent Now. Now.
The National Fake Empire

view all Arcade Fire dates here

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New remix courtesy of Ratatat:

mp3:
Jay Z + Biggie Allure (Ratatat remix)

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

wtf

This was probably more fun than it should've been:





Post yours in the comments. Or don't.

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the lake pt. 2



Here's another track from Paul Duncan's sublime new record, Above the Trees, which comes out on Home Tapes on May 1. We've been listening to this thing quite a bit lately, and like his last record, it's the epitome of a grower. Above the Trees features guest spots from members of Grizzly Bear, Tortoise, and more.

mp3:
Paul Duncan The Lake Pt. 2

Download another track we posted from Above the Trees here, and purchase the record from Home Tapes, preferably on vinyl (look at that cover art!)

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person pitch words



Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) posted the lyrics to Person Pitch (our undisputed album of the year) on his official myspace blog. I realize this will have limited appeal to most of you, but we were (relatively) excited about it, as we've spent countless hours trying to decipher all of Noah's utterances. Just kidding. Sort of. One of our favorite excerpts, from "Carrots":

get your head out from those mags
and websites who try to
shape your style
take a risk just for yourself
and wade into the deep end of the ocean


Also, in case you haven't heard our song of the year so far:

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Panda Bear Bros (edit)

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For those who have asked, we've posted the full playlist for last night's gorilla vs. bear blog radio show on Sirius, complete with assorted mp3s, after the jump...

Right click/save as to download the mp3s:

1. St. Vincent--Now. Now. (mp3)
2. Department of Eagles--No One Does It Like You (mp3)
3. Chromeo--You're so Gangsta
4. Ghosthustler--Parking Lot Nights (mp3)
5. Glass Candy--Miss Broadway (mp3)
6. Felix Da Housecat--Ready 2 Wear
7. Notorious B.I.G.--Party and Bullshit (RATATAT remix) (mp3)
8. Plastic Little--Crambodia (Hot Chip remix)
9. MF Doom--Elite Scooby Doo Shit (mp3)
10. Ghostface Killah--Whip You With a Strap
11. J Dilla--Nothing Like This
12. J Dilla--Wild
13. White Denim--I Can Tell
14. Black Lips--Not A Problem (mp3)
15. Battles--Atlas
16. Low--Hatchet (Optimimi Version)
17. Smith--Baby It's You
18. The Blow--True Affection
19. Panda Bear--Bros (edit)
20. The Besnard Lakes--Disaster
21. Broken Social Scene--Cause=Time
22. Jana Hunter--Babies (mp3)
23. Jracula--Carpopolis
24. 13th Floor Elevators--You're Gonna Miss Me
25. The Polyphonic Spree--Mental Cabaret
26. Joanna Newsom--Colleen
27. J Tillman--Ribbons of Glass (mp3)
28. Low--Violent Past

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

who he got his style from, his pops?



We've been somewhat intrigued by the whole Clutchy Hopkins mini-investigation that's been going on over at Idolator for the past couple of weeks (see their posts here, here, and here). Clutchy, who allegedly resides in Apple Valley, CA, has an insane (and very obviously fabricated) backstory which involves being trained by Japanese monks and hanging out with Moondog.

Anyway, this would all be extremely tedious and boring if Clutchy wasn't such a talented multi-instrumentalist, and if his beats weren't so damn good. Our Idolators and their sleuthing commenters have speculated that Clutchy is actually DJ Shadow (doubtful), a Beastie Boy (no way), Madlib (this would be hilarious for a number of reasons), or Cut Chemist (definitely possible and probably the most likely option). Odds are that he's none of the above, and just one of those bedroom genius type dudes that likes his anonymity. But he has been getting attention from some labels, and the Idolator posts led to this mention in East Bay Express, which provides the most info we could find anywhere online. Here's an mp3 from the MF Doom Meets Clutchy Hopkins bootleg that Clutchy has been known to send out with purchases of his records:

mp3:
MF Doom vs. Clutchy Hopkins Air

You can buy Clutchy's stuff here. Highly recommended for fans of old-school soul drum breaks and instrumental hip-hop. And if anyone ends up hollering at Clutchy (his phone number is on his site), let us know what he says.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

everybody get low



We're off to take in our first Rangers game of this young MLB season, but we wanted to leave you this afternoon with the latest mashup from Austin's Car Stereo (Wars). They sent us this blend of Chamillionaire's "Not A Criminal" and Ratatat's "Seventeen Years," and as usual with these guys, we're digging their song selection:

mp3:
Car Stereo (Wars) I Been A Criminal About Seventeen Years

Blender mag named Car Stereo (Wars) their Discovery of the Night at SXSW. Make sure to check out their equally dope previous mashups:

Ghostland vs. Ghostface Ghostface Observatory mp3
Ghostland vs. Kelis Ghostland Gets Bossy mp3

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jana hunter and other stuff


Jana Hunter

Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label has posted another mp3 from There's No Home, the Jana Hunter record we talked about a couple weeks ago and still can't get enough of:

mp3:
Jana Hunter Valkyries

There's No Home is out now, and can be purchased on CD or vinyl here. We recommend it.

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Daytrotter's Sean Moeller tells us that he and the other Daytrotter guys will begin posting their SXSW sessions this week, and will proceed to post 4 sessions per week (!) over the next four months. We had the pleasure of sitting in on a couple of the SXSW Daytrotter sessions at Big Orange (Alela Diane and Brother Ali), and as we've mentioned before, the experience was one of the highlights of the festival for us. According to Sean:

"We've got Brother Ali and Tacks, The Boy Disaster this week, Peter and the Wolf and The Little Ones next week, and Malajube/The Comas the week following. Should be awfully rad. And next week's regular sessions are sweet as well -- 4 all new unreleased songs by Jolie Holland and two brand new songs from Eef Barzelay"

Download the Daytrotter sessions as they are posted here.

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Ed Rec Vol 2

Finally, here's a little 10-minute mix featuring a medley of tracks from the Ed Banger compilation, Ed Rec Vol 2, which comes out today on Vice. Artists on the mix include Justice, Busy P, SebastiAn, and more. If nothing else, it's a quick little intro to the Ed Banger roster:

mp3:
Ed Rec Vol 2 Feadz Medley (13.5 mb)

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Monday, April 09, 2007

no one does it like you


Department of Eagles

I know this has been posted elsewhere, but Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear sent us his other band's brand new demo over the weekend, and it's way too fucking good not to post. Like IGIF says, Rossen's voice has something "strangely satisfying" about it; you might even call it hypnotic. I must've listened to this track 50 times over the last few days, and I remain in awe of the song's throwback production techniques and gorgeous vocal harmonies:

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Department of Eagles No One Does It Like You (demo)

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bonus:

Mr. Rossen also hooked us up with this haunting cover of traditional folk ballad "Deep Blue Sea" when he was on our Sirius show a few weeks back, and it's still in constant rotation around here. In case you missed it the first time around:

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Daniel Rossen Deep Blue Sea

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premiere: "now. now."



We've been waiting impatiently for St. Vincent to drop her first LP for well over a year now, having fallen in love with what this review calls her "beautiful, playful, smart, intense jazz-folk-pop-classical hybrid thing" sometime back in 2005. In the time that's passed, we allowed our expectations for the record to reach some ridiculous astronomical heights, based mostly on her spectacular live show, the handful of rough early studio recordings we listen to on a daily basis, and most importantly, the notion that Annie Clark is basically capable of doing whatever she wants.

Put simply, Marry Me is even better than we had hoped. The LP, which features contributions from David Bowie pianist Mike Garson and assorted members of Annie's other band, is not only one of the most strikingly bold, self-assured, and ambitious debuts we've heard in forever, it's also one of the best records that will be released this year. And while it's definitely important to note Clark's obvious technical prowess and gift for crafting stunning, elaborately-arranged pop songs like "Marry Me" or "The Apocalypse Song" or the incomparable "Landmines" (wow), those aren't necessarily the things that make Marry Me so wonderful. The time Annie put into fashioning every moment of every composition into exactly what she envisioned is evident, and nearly every risk she takes on Marry Me pays off, giving the songs the kind of timeless feel that allows the album to transcend the "outstanding indie record" tag and venture into "unclassifiable instant classic" territory.

Our words clearly aren't going to do it justice, so here's the premiere of the album-opener, courtesy of Beggars Banquet:

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St. Vincent Now. Now.

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Marry Me comes out on Beggars Banquet on July 10. St. Vincent is currently on tour with John Vanderslice. View all dates here.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

ribbons of glass


J. Tillman's Cancer and Delirium

Seattle's J. Tillman posted this beautiful new track on myspace this morning, taken from his from his new LP, Cancer and Delirium, due out Tuesday on Yer Bird Records. We've only heard a couple tracks from Cancer and Delirium, but the Stranger calls it "some of the most beguiling, depressing-yet-uplifting material you're likely to encounter." Based on this track that seems like an apt description:

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J Tillman Ribbons of Glass

J. Tillman is playing a Cancer and Delirium CD release show this Tuesday at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle with Richard Buckner and Six Parts Seven.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

neon neon


Neon Neon

Neon Neon, the collaborative project of Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) and Boom Bip, posted their highly anticipated (by me) first track today on myspace. "Trick for Treat" features Naeem of Spank Rock and Har Mar Superstar. Listen here.

Other guests on the upcoming record, due out at an unspecified date on Lex Records, include Fatlip, Yo Majesty, and (possibly) Beck. Count us in.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

ghosthustler



Thanks to our friends at We Shot J.R. for the heads up on Denton's Ghosthustler. It's extremely rare that we get this psyched about a North Texas band, especially when the dudes have never played a live show and we're forming our opinion on the promise of a couple of myspace tracks. But it happens that those two (presumably demo) cuts hold their own with a lot of the Ed Banger and Kitsune stuff we've been getting into lately, while also boasting the immediate accessibility of the eminently danceable synth-pop stuff that the blogs are going nuts over these days (think Chromeo or Junior Boys). Not so coincidentally, some of the aforementioned artists are cited as influences on Ghosthustler's myspace, but they aren't biting by any stretch, as you'll be able to hear for yourself. We can't decide which song we like better, so download "Parking Lot Nights," then take a listen to one more at the band's myspace:

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Ghosthustler Parking Lot Nights

Ghosthustler plays their first live show tomorrow (Saturday) night at Rubber Gloves in Denton. We Shot J.R. promises more info on these guys in the very near future (UPDATE: here's their review of Ghosthustler's first show) so check back with them.

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The Party

Dallas, start your Friday night with the Central Booking DJ's Sober + $elect at Adikt for The Vicious Cycle art show from 6-9 PM. (Free) Beverages will be provided. Then head over to the (free) afterparty at the Monkey Bar. Free.


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