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Thursday, January 31, 2008

panda bear x new era contest



That radical Billy Ripken-era Baltimore Orioles color-scheme fitted pictured above is a super-limited Panda Bear New Era cap, designed by Mr. Noah Lennox himself. Only 80 of these things exist, so you can either attempt to buy one for a retarded amount on eBay, or you can win one right here. I'll make this easy for you: in the comments, tell me what you think are the best-looking team uniforms in sports history. Your choice can come from any sport, but be specific (team/era), and if you pick any team that uses teal or "burnt orange," you're automatically disqualified. I'll pick one winner on Monday, February 4. Oh, the winner will also receive a one-year subscription to the Fader Magazine.

mp3:
Panda Bear Comfy in Nautica

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vampire weekend vs. styles p



Finally a Vampire Weekend song that I can fully endorse:

mp3:
ABX Vampire Weekend vs. Styles P :: Punk Your Mind

[via the Hood Internet]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

paper float



We're longtime fans of J. Drake, aka Cassettes Won't Listen, so we were psyched when he sent over the new single from his upcoming small-time machine EP (due out March 11). CWL will be in full effect at SXSW; I'll keep you updated on the particulars. In the meantime, you can pre-order small-time machine here for cheap.

mp3:
Cassettes Won't Listen Paper Float

previously:

mp3:
Midlake Young Bride (CWL remix)

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elsewhere:

As I've mentioned a couple times, I'm really digging that new Sebastien Tellier (not to be confused with this guy) record. This mash-up -- artist unknown -- pits Tellier's "Sexual Sportswear" single against one of the best hip-hop songs of all time, and it works surprisingly well:

mp3:
Sebastien Tellier vs. Eric B. & Rakim Sexual Soul*

*may not be actual title.

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new Devotchka mp3: "transliterator"

Thanks to that Stereogum email thing for sending over the new single from Devotchka's upcoming LP, A Mad & Faithful Telling, due out March 18 on Anti. The band will make a rare TX appearance days before the album's release date at SXSW.

mp3:
Devotchka Transliterator

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elsewhere:

In other SXSW news, the festival just got a whole lot better: Del will be playing alongside new DefJux labelmate Dizzee Rascal. Pre-order Del's upcoming album Eleventh Hour here and get a copy signed by Del himself.

mp3:
Del the Funky Homosapien Bubble Pop

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

new remixes from the Tough Alliance + Ghosthustler



I leave you tonight with two brand new, absolutely huge official remixes that I've had on blast for much of the evening: one from Denton, TX's own Ghosthustler that is slated to appear on an upcoming 12", and another from Swedish pop geniuses the Tough Alliance that reminds me of that one Baltimora song, and, as far as I know, is slated to appear nowhere:

mp3:
Ghosthustler Busy Busy Busy [Prince Klassen Young Professional re-edit]
The Tough Alliance New York City Violence by Alvy Singer

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Thanks to Klassen for hooking up the Ghosthustler re-edit, and to Kitty Litter Records for the Tough Alliance jam.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

snoop dogg vs. robyn: "sexual eruption"



Robyn + Snoop team up with something named Fyre Department to turn a ridiculous song into sort of a jam:



Snag the mp3 over at Discobelle.

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free hot chip


ready for the floor 12"

We have 3 Hot Chip records to give away, courtesy of Cornerstone. The Ready for the Floor 12" features an extended mix, a Soulwax remix, and the Diplo remix of "Shake a Fist," as well as some sweet wood grain paneling. Leave your e-mail in the comments if you want a copy, and I'll pick 3 winners at the end of this week. In related news, here's the change-of-pace title track from Hot Chip's upcoming LP, due out February 5th on Astralwerks/DFA:

mp3:
Hot Chip Made in the Dark

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elsewhere:

Well, that didn't take long:

mp3:
Arcade Fire Black Mirror (OH SNAP!! Remixx)
Arcade Fire Black Mirror (Full-Source remix)

[Thanks to OH SNAP!! and Full-Source for sending these over]

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album cover of the year?


sexuality [safe for work version]

You know that thing about not judging a book by its cover? Well you can throw that in the garbage when it comes to Sebastien Tellier's new LP, Sexuality, which sounds exactly how one might expect/hope, based on its absurdly amazing album art. Produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the record is a 50+ minute collection of epic French sex jams, which, again, just look at that cover art. Coincidentally, the cover is the first 2008 entrant in Idolator's fun-hating "Worst Album Cover of the Year" race. Good choice, if by "worst" they really mean "best." I guess they aren't big fans of the year 1982 like I am. Moving on, here's the new single from the LP in case you missed it the first time around, courtesy of Record Makers:

mp3:
Sebastien Tellier Divine

Sexuality comes out next month. View the full cover art in all of its NSFW glory after the jump...


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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thom Yorke: Live on BBC Radio 2



Thom Yorke stopped by for an interview with BBC Radio 2's Jonathon Ross yesterday, and turned in a rare and exceedingly beautiful live acoustic performance of In Rainbows' "Reckoner" and Kid A classic "Everything In Its Right Place." Here are the mp3s (via):

mp3:
Thom Yorke Reckoner (live on Jonathon Ross)
Thom Yorke Everything in its Right Place (live on Jonathon Ross)

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elsewhere:



White Denim's "All You Really Have to Do" has been one of my favorite songs in the world for the last year or so (numero uno according to iTunes playcount), and a bunch of you dudes asked about it when appeared on my songs of 2007 list last month. The band just threw it up on myspace as a preview of their insanely great upcoming LP, due out sometime this spring. Listen here.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

remix "black mirror"


black mirror

While the Arcade Fire's new short film for "Black Mirror" is fairly amazing, the coolest part of the new site is that the band is apparently inviting remixes by isolating each of the song's individual parts. Here are links for a couple of the parts, as hosted by rorrimkcalb.com. I trust you guys can figure out the rest:

mp3:
Arcade Fire Black Mirror (acapella)
Arcade Fire Black Mirror (drums)
Arcade Fire Black Mirror (full song)

Watch the clip, directed by Olivier Groulx and Tracy Maurice, here.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

the python


tickley feather + countach

You may remember Tickley Feather as that girl who opened for Animal Collective on their last tour. The first time I mentioned her, her jams were met with mixed reviews in my always insightful comment section, where you guys compared her sound to Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, and someone stepping on a cat. Anyway, she just posted "The Python" to her myspace page, which reminded me how much I really like her noisy-but-bittersweet, endearingly lo-fi underwater pop. I assume/hope this one will appear on her debut album, which may be coming out on Paw Tracks this spring, and may feature her a guest spot from her 4-year-old son.

mp3:
Tickley Feather the python

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elsewhere:

Rolling Stone talks baseball, Parque Touch, and Gertrude Stein with White Denim, also makes comparisons of varying degrees of accuracy.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

new Clipse: "20K Brothers on the Corner"


clipse at p4k fest '07

Here's the new single from the Clipse/Re-Up Gang, taken from their upcoming We Got It For Cheap Vol. 3 mixtape. Nice to see the guys on the internet sharing their files with all us "myspace ni**az" (via):

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Re-Up Gang 20K Money Making Brothers on the Corner

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elsewhere:

Remember that dumb RZA-scored, Terry Richardson-directed vodka commercial starring Vincent Gallo? Spine Magazine is hosting the full version of the RZA song featured in the spot:

mp3:
RZA Something I Want (For Real)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

yeasayer: live at the granada [dallas, tx]

Gorilla vs. Presents: Yeasayer/MGMT, The Granada Theater, 1/21/08Yeasasyer backstage, conferring over setlist before the show.  Dallas' Granada Theater, 1/21/08

mp3:
Yeasayer 2080 [Brenmar rmx]

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Monday, January 21, 2008

gvsb blog radio



Our gorilla vs. bear Blog Radio show airs today on Sirius Left of Center at noon and midnight, EST. You can listen for free here. View the full playlist for this week's show and download some songs after the jump...

gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: January 21, 2008

1. White Hinterland--Dreaming of the Plum Trees (mp3)
2. St. Vincent--Human Racing
3. Joni Mitchell--In France They Kiss on Main St.
4. Destroyer--Foam Hands (mp3)
5. Hello, Blue Roses--Shadow Falls (mp3)
6. Destroyer--Painter in Your Pocket
7. Fiery Furnaces--Duplexes of the Dead (mp3)
8. Super Furry Animals--Carbon Dating
9. Holy Fuck--Lovely Allen (mp3)
10. Ghosthustler--Only Me To Trust (demo) (mp3)
11. Glass Candy--Rolling Down the Hills (mp3)
12. Cut Copy--Lights & Music
13. White Denim--Shake Shake Shake (mp3)
14. Brazos--Mary Jo (mp3)
15. Yeasayer--2080 (mp3)
16. Bodies of Water--I Guess I'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess (mp3)
17. Dept. of Eagles--No One Does It Like You (demo) (mp3)
18. Grizzly Bear--Little Brother (electric)
19. Santogold--LES Artistes
20. The Strokes--The End Has No End
21. Spoon--Don't You Evah (Diplo remix)
22. SamAmidon--Saro (mp3)
23. Benoit Pioulard--Palimend (mp3)
24. Sparrow House--When I Am Gone (mp3)
25. Radiohead--4 Minute Warning
26. Panda Bear--Untitled (live on Ma Fama) (mp3)
27. The Besnard Lakes--For Agent 13

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

les savy fav: live at the loft [dallas, tx]

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Friday, January 18, 2008

new Ghosthustler: "only me to trust"



We leave you for the weekend with this brand new song from Denton's Ghosthustler, which premiered recently on the We Shot JR Projection 002 compilation. "Only Me to Trust" features a more fleshed-out, melodic version of the band's synth-heavy, European-influenced electronic pop, as well as a startlingly classic vocal performance from frontman Alan Palomo. Fans of Ed Banger recs, Chromeo, etc. and readers of FluoKids/Discobelle are going to want to pay attention, because these kids from TX one-up their idols with this one. Hands down the strongest and most substantive effort yet from Palomo and crew:

mp3:
Ghosthustler Only Me to Trust (demo)

A 12" featuring "Only Me to Trust" will be available soon. Look for Ghosthustler at SXSW.

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white hinterland: "dreaming of the plum trees"



Now that winter is officially blanketing most of the country (it's about 25 degrees here in Dallas), it feels like the perfect time to break out this song by White Hinterland, the outstanding new project from 22-year-old Casey Dienel. When Dead Oceans sent over "Dreaming of the Plum Trees," I could've sworn I'd heard it somewhere before; maybe in some lost animated Christmas special I saw as a kid, or buried away on one of my parents' dusty LPs. On "Dreaming" -- and much of the wonderful Phylactery Factory LP, for that matter -- White Hinterland recalls pieces of Guaraldi, Sufjan Stevens, and Joni Mitchell at once, as Ms. Dienel's endearing voice skates over that instantly familiar bassline and playful, jazzy piano shuffle, resulting in one of the best songs of this young year:

mp3:
White Hinterland Dreaming of the Plum Trees

White Hinterland's Phylactery Factory is out on Dead Oceans on March 4. I've got a feeling this one is going to make its way onto quite a few year-end lists.

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unrelated:

Esquire Magazine agrees with what we've been saying for about the last year: the Mohawk is the best bar in America.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

divine



Let's all take a break from listening to Destroyer's new album on a continuous loop -- the epic "Shooting Rockets" is an early frontrunner for song of the year -- to thank Record Makers for sending over this preview track from Sebastien Tellier's upcoming album, Sexuality (due out next month), which Tellier calls "a tribute to the Beach Boys and the Juicy Fruits." Between this and "Sexual Sportswear," I'm officially looking forward to it:

mp3:
Sebastien Tellier Divine
Destroyer Foam Hands [from Trouble in Dreams]

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

radiohead.tv now

If you're looking for something to do for the next couple hours, Radiohead's show at 93 Feet East is now streaming live here. The band took the stage at 4:20 PM CST, kicking things off with "15 Step." According to Jonny Greenwood, "should be....interesting. Us being us, we're taking far too many instruments..."

EDIT: Radiohead's full performance and setlist (look at that encore) after the jump...


"The Bends":


[full show here]


Radiohead :: Live at 93 Feet East (setlist via NME)

15 Step
Bodysnatchers
Nude
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
All I Need
Faust Arp
Reckoner
House Of Cards
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Videotape

Encore:

Up On The Ladder
You And Whose Army?
The National Anthem
My Iron Lung
The Bends

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gorilla vs. bear presents: super furry fiery fuck



We are ecstatic to present the Super Furry Animals + the Fiery Furnaces + Holy Fuck at Dallas' own Granada Theater on February 1. This is one of the best tours to roll through Dallas in a long time, and we're just happy to be associated with it in any way. The Granada was kind enough to give us 5 pairs of tickets to give to you guys; to make things simple, just send us an email with the subject line "super furry fiery fuck" to gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com, and I'll pick five winners at random at the end of next week. You can also purchase tickets here, they're expecting a full house. [flyer by david]

mp3:
Super Furry Animals Run Away
Fiery Furnaces Duplexes of the Dead
Holy Fuck Lovely Allen

BONUS:

Here's the kickass new video for the Fiery Furnaces' "Duplexes of the Dead," directed by my man Pete Ohs:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

projection



With the second installment of their Projection local compilation, our friends over at Dallas/Denton blog We Shot J.R. have compiled an outstanding 2-disc look at some of the best bands in North Texas. And, in what might come as a surprise to people that haven't been paying attention (i.e., the rest of the country), it turns out our scene is actually pretty fucking tight right now. Aside from stellar songs from gorilla vs. bear favorites Ghosthustler and Mom, highlights include an undeniably legit hip-hop track from locals Hawatha Hurd + Krispee Ones, a cool dubstep jam, and a blistering opener from Record Hop, recorded during the band's recent sessions with Steve Albini. And that's just disc one. I think it's safe to say that if you don't find something to love here, you're probably lame. Download the Projection 002 compilation at We Shot J.R.

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elsewhere in dallas:

The Central Booking crew sent over this video from the Blaqstarr + Rye Rye + the Party show at the Loft that we talked about a few weeks back:

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new (sort of) Madvillain video: "accordian"

Stones Throw has a DVD called In Living the True Gods coming out on February 12. The DVD will feature many of the label's best videos -- Quasimoto's "Bullyshit" and Dilla's "Nothing Like This" are both personal favorites -- as well as a ton of unseen footage of J Dilla, Quasimoto, and others. One of the highlights is this official, previously unreleased video for one of the best songs off Madvillain's now classic 2004 LP, Madvillainy:

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pretty saro

I posted Samamidon's painfully sad take on old traditional folk ballad "Pretty Saro" back in November, and now that the release of their All is Well LP is drawing near (next month), the band has released a video that manages to capture the intense longing and heartache that resonates from one of the best songs we've heard in 2008 thus far:



Here's the mp3, as well as an old recording of the song from the 1920s by an unknown folk singer:

mp3:
Samamidon Saro
unknown artist Pretty Saro (circa 1920)

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Monday, January 14, 2008

blog radio



mp3:
High Places New Grace

My Sirius Blog Radio show starts in about 2 minutes on Left of Center, so I thought I'd use this opportunity to mention Brooklyn's High Places, who I played for the first time this week. Their song "Golden" -- which will appear on the duo's upcoming LP -- has been in heavy rotation lately, and you can download it (along with an assortment of mp3s from this week's playlist) after the jump...


gorilla vs. bear BLOG RADIO :: January 14

1. HEALTH vs. Crystal Castles--Crimewave
2. HEALTH--Lost Time (Pictureplane remix) (mp3)
3. Yeasayer--2080 (Brenmar remix) (mp3)
4. Crystal Castles vs. the Little Ones--Lovers Who Uncover (mp3)
5. The Tough Alliance--Something Special
6. El Guincho--Fata Morgana (mp3)
7. High Places--Golden (mp3)
8. Hercules & Love Affair--Blind
9. Feu Therese--Les Deserts Des Azurs
10. Chromatics--I'm on Fire (mp3)
11. the Knife--Bird
12. Lil Wayne--Feel Like Dying
13. Del the Funkee Homosapien--Bubble Pop (mp3)
14. Deltron--Madness
15. Hood Headlinaz--'Bama Gettin Money
16. Ghostface--Mighty Healthy (nobody remix)
17. MF Doom--Hey!
18. Air vs. Mike Jones--La Femme D'Monsieur Jones
19. Santogold--Shove It (Switch remix)
20. MIA + Diplo--URAQT
21. Heiroglyphics--Classic
22. J Dilla--Nothing Like This
23. White Denim--I Can Tell
24. Os Mutantes--Ando Meio Desligado
25. John Maus--Do Your Best (mp3)
26. Jean-Claude Vannier--Je M'appele Geraldine
27. Tripping Daisy--Tragiverse
28. Animal Collective--Safer

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the rifle

If there's anything we love more than Alela Diane here at gorilla vs. bear, it's babies and old people. La Blogotheque combines all three here for the cutest Take Away Show ever, just barely edging out this Menomena clip from last year:

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new cut copy: "lights & music"



I've had Cut Copy's latest single "Lights & Music" bouncing around in my head since first hearing its shimmering disco-pop chorus as part of that So Cosmic mix I posted a few weeks ago. Modular calls the song "your hands in the air slamthem for the tail end of summer, a joyous explosion of epic breakdowns and jacking dance pop." Australian people are weird.

mp3:
cut copy lights & music


"Lights & Music will appear on Cut Copy's upcoming In Ghost Colours LP (due out in Australia in March). It's going to be good. Pre-order it here.

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elsewhere:

The Clipse/Re-up Gang posted a "snippet" of a new jam from We Got It For Cheap Vol. 3. Snippet of the year so far!!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

dan deacon + jimmy joe roche: ultimate reality live in denton







mp3:
Dan Deacon The Crystal Cat

More photos of Dan Deacon + Jimmy Joe Roche in Denton after the jump...



deacon


roche


kelly

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

mp3: Justice Rejected Fabriclive mix



Here's that rejected Justice Fabric mix that I mentioned the other day, in its entirety (courtesy of URB Magazine). It's just about as good as I expected it would be:

mp3:
Justice Rejected Fabric Mix (35 mb)

View the full tracklist after the jump...

JUSTICE: REJECTED FABRIC MIX (35 mb):

01 Sparks – Tryouts For The Human Race – Virgin
02 Rondo Veneziano – La Serenissima - Universal
03 Goblin – Tenebrae - Cinevox
04 Daft Punk – Ouverture - Virgin
05 Surkin – Next Of Kin – Institubes
06 Symbolone – Love Juice - SymbolOne
07 Korgis – Everybodys Gotta Learn Sometimes – Angel Air
08 Midnight Juggernauts – Ending Of An Era – Mindight Juggernauts
09 The Paradise Ft Romauld – In Love With You – Vulture
10 Justice – TTHHEE PPAARRTTYY (Acapella) – Ed Banger
11 Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic
12 Frankie Valli – Who Loves You – Warners
13 Das Pop – Underground – Das Pop
14 Julien Clerc – Quand Je Joue – EMI
15 Daniel Balavoine – Vivre Ou Survivre – Barclay
16 Richard Sanderson – Reality - Barclay
17 Zoot Woman – Grey Day – Wall Of Sound
18 Fucking Champs – Thor Is Like Immortal – Drag City
19 The Rave – Mother – The Rave
20 Fancy – You Never Know - Fancy
21 Frank Stallone – Far From Over - Universal
22 Sheila – Misery – Warners
23 Todd Rundgren – International Feel - Warners

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Friday, January 11, 2008

as a child i knew. the stars could only get brighter.



I briefly mentioned how much I liked Hercules & Love Affair's epic '70s disco throwback "Blind" (featuring vocals from Antony Hegarty) earlier this week, and today DFA sent over two rad club remixes of the song for you guys to download. This further piques my interest for the group's debut LP, which comes out March 10 on DFA.

mp3:
Hercules & Love Affair Blind (Hercules club mix)
Hercules & Love Affair Blind (frankie knuckles remix)

Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" single is out March 3. The band is the latest subject of Dusted Magazine's "Destined" series. Read it here.

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DALLAS:

Paul Slocum of Tree Wave has a solo art show opening this evening at the prestigious Dunn & Brown contemporary art space here in Dallas. The guy is a genius, so you're going to want to check this out. One of the installments involves 15-20 small groups of people (recruited from the internet) creating some sort of reenactment of an unspecified scene from Full House. Maybe it's the one when Stephanie calls Kimmie a whore; keep your fingers crossed.

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Tree Wave may banners

Then, hit up Sloppyworld in Expo Park for a We Shot J.R.-sponsored show, featuring the Theater Fire, J. Gray, and a reunited Transona Five. Only 5 bucks/BYOB.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

the jam is the bubble pop



Del has been one of my favorite MCs since I'm like 15, so naturally his two upcoming records (11th Hour and an alleged Deltron sequel) are among my most anticipated releases of 2008. P4k just posted the first single from 11th Hour (due out on Def Jux in March), and it doesn't disappoint. This is vintage Del right here, so listen to this one a few times and let his laid-back flow sneak up on you as he drops headscratchers like "Tell people I'm mean, damn right I am. But what you like so bad is that I'm like your dad."

mp3:
Del the Funkee Homosapien Bubble Pop

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yeasayer + MGMT in dallas


by david

Thanks to our friends at the Granada Theater, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this month's Yeasayer + MGMT (who just played Letterman) show in Dallas. To win, just leave the name of an artist you think everyone should know about in 2008 in the comments (along with your email), then download this sick little Brenmar remix of one of the best songs of '07:

mp3:
Yeasayer 2080 (Brenmar remix)

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related:

The Dan Deacon/Ultimate Reality show is this Saturday in Denton, and the ticket giveaway for that ends tomorrow, so get your name in there if you want some.

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Radiohead comes to TX



No exact dates or specific venues announced, but Radiohead has confirmed Dallas and Houston dates on their upcoming North American tour. Carry on.

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sexiest



Oops. One record I totally overlooked from the last couple of months of '07 is the self-titled LP from unfortunately-monikered, fuzzed-out French garage throwbacks Sonic Chicken 4. Their label recommends the band's "ultra-primitive garage pop stompers" (their words) for fans of the Velvet Underground, girl groups, and Jacques Dutronc. Throw in the Monks, the Dirtbombs, and King Khan's various projects, and you're on the right track. Better late than never, i guess:

mp3:
Sonic Chicken 4 sexiest
Sonic Chicken 4 shalalalalove

How about those female vocals on "shalalalalove?" Go on and download like half the rcrd at the band's myspace. Then buy the LP here, get the CD for free.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

justice vs. fabric



As you might've read, Justice recently had a mix rejected by the folks at London's Fabric. Justice's mix was composed of "mainly weird disco tracks and French novelty acts," but Fabric turned it down, because, according to Justice, "they weren't ready for something like this." That's one theory, although I suspect it has something to do with the insane royalties Fabric would have to pay to clear all of that obscure shit. Anyway, Justice's mix actually looks pretty cool, and hopefully we'll get to hear it in its entirety at some point. Here's one of those "weird disco tracks" -- from Italo disco pioneers Goblin -- which was on the soundtrack to this 1982 Dario Argento horror flick, and eventually became the foundation for Justice's own "Phantom."

mp3:
Goblin Tenebre

Justice comes to TX in early March.

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Moving on to Fabriclive mixes that actually exist, Craze has a good one coming out in March in the U.S., and it's fun as hell. Tons of bloggable new hip-hop (the Cool Kids, Bangers & Cash, Pase Rock, Kid Sister, N.O.R.E., etc.) and a nice mix of older stuff, like Tuff Crew's "My Part of Town," and this Debbie Deb classic which was basically the jam in the '80s:

mp3:
Debbie Deb When I Hear Music (Fabriclive 38 excerpt)

Check the full tracklist for Fabriclive 38: Craze here.

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unrelated:



Glass Candy just unleashed a new remix of SSION's "Clown," which you may recall was one of my 50 Favorite Songs of '07. Here's the remix, and the original:

mp3:
SSION Clown
SSION Clown (Glass Candy remix)

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lost time



I briefly mentioned the upcoming Crystal Castles' tour yesterday, and now, their future tourmates HEALTH have just released a new jam on their HEALTH // DISCO remix page that's probably my favorite thing they've released thus far. In fact, as I sit here hypnotized by the power of those tribal drums, I think I've single-handedly doubled the song's myspace playcount in the hour since it was posted. The whole thing is badass, but it gets really radical from about the 2:00 mark on:

mp3:
HEALTH Lost Time (Pictureplane remix)

HEALTH + Crystal Castles come to TX in March.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

blog radio



Here's the playlist for this week's episode of gorilla vs. bear blog radio. The show aired today on SIRIUS Left of Center at noon EST, and will air again tonight at midnight EST. If you don't have Sirius, you can listen for free here. Full playlist and a wondrous assortment of mp3s after the jump...

1. Beach House--D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
2. the Zombies--I Want Her She Wants Me
3. A-Ko--Soul '69 Part II (mp3)
4. Invisible Conga People--Cable Dazed (mp3)
5. The Knife--We Share Our Mothers Health (Ratatat remix)
6. New Young Pony Club--The Get Go
7. White Denim--Paint Silver Gold (mp3)
8. Oh No--Heavy (mp3)
9. Black Lips x Mumdance x Diplo--Veni Vidi Vici (mp3)
10. Santogold--You'll Find a Way
11. Glass Candy--Geto Boys (mp3)
12. Love Is All--Make Out Fall Out Make Up (Bees remix)
13. El Guincho--Fata Morgana (mp3)
14. Panda Bear--Ponytail
15. Ariel Pink--Politely Declined (mp3)
16. Spoon--Don't You Evah (diplo remix)
17. Joni Mitchell--In France They Kiss on Main St.
18. Stevie Wonder--Happier Than the Morning Sun
19. The Dirtbombs--Livin' for the City
20. The Coup--My Favorite Mutiny
21. Dirty Projectors--Two Young Sheeps
22. Ghostface--Yolanda's House
23. Studio--West Side
24. Grizzly Bear--Blackcurrant Jam
25. Burial--Ghost Hardware (mp3)
26. Beach Boys--Surf's Up (Brian Wilson Solo piano version)
27. Radiohead--4 Minute Warning
28. The Polyphonic Spree--Debate Montage

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new Crystal Castles video: "air war"

Here's a new (maybe?) video from Crystal Castles where the duo walks around town doing nothing. But they have ice cream for heads, see? Anyway, Alice still looks pretty cute even with an ice cream cone instead of a face.



mp3:
Crystal Castles Air War

Crystal Castles will embark on a massive U.S. tour with Health next month, which I assume will include SXSW. Their debut LP comes out March 18 on Last Gang Records.

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blind



In the few months that've passed since I posted about Brooklyn's Hercules & Love Affair, a few new jams have surfaced from the DFA duo. The best thing I've heard from them thus far is the stunning "Blind," featuring guest vocals from Antony Hegarty. Grab it over at Motel De Moka. This track is the Hercules & Love Affair anthem, and was made available for free download by the band's label:

mp3:
Hercules & Love Affair Hercules Theme

Hercules & Love Affair's highly anticipated debut LP is out this spring on DFA.

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In their latest wtf move, the Hood Internet pits St. Vincent's "Now. Now." against the late, (debateably) great Mac Dre's "It's Raining Game."

mp3:
STV SLV St. Vincent vs. Mac Dre :: It's Raining Now

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Friday, January 04, 2008

new Chromatics: "house of models"

Slow friday on the internet, but here are a couple of things:



Chromatics have a new demo available for download on their myspace page. "House of Models" is a short instrumental piano piece that'll probably end up as an interlude or an intro to something else, but on a continuous loop it makes for some nice rainy day background music:

mp3:
Chromatics House of Models (demo)

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elsewhere:



That's Santogold looking particularly fly as the Fader's new covergirl, and you can download the whole issue for free here. Be sure to check the article on the Paper Route Recordz/Hood Headlinaz dudez that I've posted on a number of times, and whom you'll be hearing a lot more from in 2008.

mp3:
Hood Headlinaz 'Bama Gettin Money

EDIT:

You can also download the Fader 51 mix, which was mixed by Pocketknife and features tracks from Santogold, Sebastian Tellier, Snoop, and others (full tracklist), here:

mp3:
Fader 51 mix (52 mb)

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

cable dazed


invisible conga people

The latest addition to Italians Do It Better's already stellar roster of cosmic disco prodigies is NYC's Invisible Conga People. The duo lists Can, Ethiopiques, Fela Kuti, and Les Rallizes Denudes among their influences/favorite bands, but first single "Cable Dazed" is a hazy number that recalls some of the more sinister, icier jams on the Knife's "haunted house" masterpiece Silent Shout. This track will appear on their upcoming debut Italians Do It Better 12", due out in February (via 20jfg):

mp3:
Invisible Conga People Cable Dazed

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White Denim -- whose Let's Talk About It EP was just named the #1 record of 2007 by Artrocker Mag -- have a new track from their upcoming RCRD LBL EP available for download here. Pitchfork finally takes notice, claiming that the band's sound recalls the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (not so much, to me), but recognizes that "the James Petralli has a more versatile voice than that band's namesake." I'm glad they're calling him the James Petralli, at least. The band is also playing a couple dates with the Walkmen in the near future, so look out for that.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

a-choo


a-ko

It's been a while since we heard from A-Ko, a 20-year-old producer/DJ from Iowa(?!) that caught my attention almost two years ago with what I called "his Go! Team meets RJD2 meets James Brown brand of soulful production." On this instantly loveable new jam, he samples the "Miss A Theme Song" from a '70s children's educational TV show called "The Letter People," and it ends up sounding like Carly Simon fronting some lost '60s soul band:

mp3:
A-Ko Soul '69 Part II

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Here's the sample source, from an early '70s episode of "The Letter People."

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