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Monday, June 30, 2008

sirius blog radio :: June 30


unrelated image, presumably taken from Radiohead's "House of Cards" video

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. New stuff this week from Girls, Georgiana Starlington, Grouper, Salem, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

Gorilla vs. Bear Sirius Blog Radio :: June 30

1. Girls :: Morning Light
2. Girls :: Lauren Marie
3. Ariel Pink :: For Kate I Wait
4. King Khan & the Shrines :: Welfare Bread
5. Georgiana Starlington :: I'm Coming Down
6. The Monks :: Monk Chant
7. White Denim :: Paint Silver Gold
8. Vivian Girls :: Where Do You Run To
9. Susan Christie :: Paint A Lady
10. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
11. Fight Bite :: Swiss Ex-Lover
12. Sibylle Baier :: Tonight
13. Salem :: Brustreet
14. Invisible Conga People :: Cable Dazed
15. Glass Candy :: Rolling Down the Hills
16. RATATAT:: Mumtaz Khan
17. Hieroglyphics :: You Never Knew
18. Souls of Mischief :: 93 'Til Infinty
19. Ol' Dirty Bastard :: Rollin Wit You
20. Women :: Black Rice
21. Sigur Ros :: Gobbledigook
22. Sunnybrook :: Big Waving Hands
23. Grizzly Bear :: Blackcurrant Jam
24. The Zombies :: Beechwood Park
25. Air France :: Collapsing at Your Doorstep
26. M83 :: Kim & Jessie
27. Cut Copy :: Strangers in the Wind
28. Lykke Li :: Breaking It Up
29. Kleerup :: Until We Bleed (feat. Lykke Li) Cello Version

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that's stupid: the mixtape



Looks like new XL signees the Cool Kids' long-awaited That's Stupid mixtape is finally going to drop (for real this time) on Tuesday, when it'll be available for free download. Nah Right hooked up this new track from the mixtape, complete with Run-DMC shoutout on the hook:

mp3:
The Cool Kids :: Dinner Time

UPDATE: Download the full mixtape for free here:

mp3:
The Cool Kids :: That's Stupid .zip (30 mb)

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

song of the night



Taken from Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929. The label says of this totally stunning collection of recordings from Britain's West African underground of the late 1920s: "There is nothing whitened or sentimental about them, beseeching of pity, like minstrelsy and spirituals...These records are unhitched from the protocols of a white listenership."

mp3:
George Williams Aingo :: Akuko Nu Bonto

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elsewhere:



Well this is a lame development: despite the beginnings of a microsite and a July 22 release date listed on Amazon, Burial says he may not do a DJ-Kicks mix afterall. Via a myspace blog post in response to a fake tracklisting that was floating around last week, Burial says:
"fake djkicks tracklist got put up somewhere...i got messages from people & producers who think its real. not sure im going to do djkicks...if i do it will be mostly old jungle tunes."
Nice going, dude who made up that fake (and obviously too good to be true) tracklisting.

UPDATE: Burial has since slightly edited the myspace blog post, read the new post after the jump...

"fake djkicks tracklist got put up somewhere i got messages from people & producers thinking it was real...if i do djkicks it will be mostly old jungle tunes & new tunes"

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st. vincent x handheld shows

Annie Clark and her band play "Marry Me" in Norway for the Handheld Shows crew:



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elsewhere:

Glastonbury recap: NME interviews White Denim; Amy Winehouse punches some dude after he allegedly touches her boob, still manages to rip Kanye West; Jay-Z covers Oasis.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

animal collective :: "daily routine" live at Hove '08

Norway's Hove Festival went down over the last few days, and this year's lineup was insane. Videos from the fest -- including clips of Jay-Z, St. Vincent, the Cool Kids, and more -- are starting to pop up on Youtube, but none are better quality than the Animal Collective clips that have surfaced. Here's the band's performance of one of my favorite new(ish) Panda Bear-helmed AC songs, "Daily Routine."

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new No Age video :: "Eraser"


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No Age rolls through Dallas this coming Monday (June 30), blessing our town with two shows in the same evening. First up, a FREE in-store at Good Records at 6 PM, followed by their full set over at the Loft later that night, with supporting acts Abe Vigoda and the Strange Boys. Here's the awesome brand new video for No Age's hit jam "Eraser," which premiered last night on some Pete Wentz MTV show that was apparently guest-hosted by Kid Sister and allegedly plays videos. Confusing!



mp3:
no age :: eraser

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Friday, June 27, 2008

the party


$elect/sober/nature

Our dudes Nature, Sober, + $elect -- better known around town as The Party -- have essentially created Dallas' party scene over the last couple of years, and in '08 they're starting to establish themselves all over TX and beyond, thanks to ridiculous parties at SXSW and hit monthlies across the state. Go wish the coverboys a happy birthday as they celebrate their 2nd anniversary tonight at Zubar on lower Greenville; this thing is a formal, Hollywood-style red carpet steez event, so try to look nice you bums. Free, as always.

mp3:
The Party Vol. 7 :: Breakout (45 mb)

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

luminarium



I last mentioned Sweden's Tape briefly in 2007, in regards to their excellent collaboration with Tenniscoats. The band has a new full-length of their own out now on Hapna, and one of my favorite bloggers calls Luminarium his second favorite album of 2008 (so far), in excellent company with the likes of Paavoharju, No Age, King Khan, et al. This alone was reason enough to check it out, but the band's peaceful and warm ambient-leaning compositions tend to speak for themselves.

mp3:
tape :: moth wings

Listen to another song at Raven Sings the Blues, and download Luminarium at eMusic.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

new high places album



High Places will release their self-titled debut full-length on September 23 on Thrill Jockey, and I'm sort of using that bit of news as an excuse to post the cover art (above), which I think is pretty awesome. Here's one track that will appear on the LP, via the band's myspace page; you can also check out LP track "Vision's the First..." here.

mp3:
high places :: golden

Check the full tracklisting for High Places after the jump...

01. The Storm
02. You in Forty Years
03. The Tree with the Lights in It
04. Vision's the First...
05. Gold Coin
06. Papaya Year
07. Namer
08. Golden
09. A Field Guide
10. From Stardust to Sentience

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new Wale video: "the artistic integrity"

Starring Wale and Gbenga Akkinagbe, aka Chris Partlow from The Wire, apparently attempting to avoid being typecast as a hardcore street enforcer:

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

kanye gets mad, might break his mac book air


yeezy and the greatest (photo)

Kanye responds to the "Bonnaroo debacle" on his blog:
"I understand if people don't like me because I like me or if people think tight clothes look gay or people say I run my mouth to much, But this Bonnaroo thing is the worst insult I've ever had in my life...I'm typing so fucking hard I might break my fucking Mac book Air!!!!!!!!"
I wasn't at the fest so I don't really care either way, but I kind of love it when Kanye goes off like this. My favorite part: "IT'S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS!"

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keep it a secret


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Some kid from the UK who goes by Friend remakes Air France's wistful summer pop jam "Collapsing at Your Doorstep" (one of the best songs of the year, by the way) into a slightly less wistful summer disco-house anthem:

mp3:
Friend :: Secret
Air France :: Collapsing at Your Doorstep

More good stuff at Friend's myspace page. And really, buy that Air France record already.

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lykke li covers a tribe called quest

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Monday, June 23, 2008

gorilla vs. bear presents :: hieroglyphics



The legendary Hieroglyphics play their first show in Dallas since I don't know when, July 18 at the Granada Theater. Seattle's Blue Scholars kick it off. This is going to rule, and we've got 5 pairs of tix to give away; email us at gorillavsbearcontests@gmail.com if you want 'em. You can also buy tickets here.

[thanks to G for the flyer. click for larger image]

mp3:
hieroglyphics :: classic

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elsewhere:

Little Boots covers Hot Chip's "Ready for the Floor." On a Tenori-on:



(via pinglewood)

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sirius blog radio :: june 23

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. New stuff this week from Clipse, Grouper, Diplo, Vivian Girls, Bodies of Water, White Denim, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

Gorilla vs. Bear Sirius Blog Radio :: June 23

1. Clipse :: Fast Life
2. J Dilla :: Workinonit
3. A-Trak :: Get on my Pony
4. Diplo :: Brew Barrymore
5. J Dilla :: Nothing Like This
6. Erykah Badu :: The Healer (remix feat. Pharoahe Monch)
7. Vivian Girls :: Wild Eyes
8. Vivian Girls :: Tell the World
9. White Denim :: You Can't Say
10. Girls :: Hellhole Ratrace
11. Women :: Black Rice
12. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
13. Air France :: June Evenings
14. Cut Copy :: Strangers in the Wind
15. M83 :: Kim & Jessie
16. Bodies of Water :: Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
17. A.C. Newman :: Miracle Drug
18. Brazos :: Mary Jo
19. Fleet Foxes :: Blue Ridge Mountains
20. Cass McCombs :: Petrified Forest
21. John Maus :: Do Your Best
22. Deltron :: Positive Contact
23. Kool Keith :: Livin' Astro
24. Paper Route Gangstaz :: Bama Gettin Money (Diplo remix)
25. Esau Mwamwaya :: Chalo
26. Panda Bear :: Untitled
27. The Shivers :: Beauty
28. Sigur Ros :: Ara Batur

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Friday, June 20, 2008

new girls: "lauren marie"

I've mentioned these guys a time or two already, but San Francisco's Girls continue to blow me away with each new song. "Lauren Marie" (streaming here) is a starkly heartfelt and vulnerable confessional about unrequited love that's set to appear on the band's debut LP (due out sometime this fall). When Christopher Owens sings his simple and earnest plea, "Oh Lauren Marie, I might never get my arms around you but that doesn't mean that I won't try," you sort of can't help but to pull for the guy.

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You can still pre-order Girls' limited Lust for Life/Morning Light 7" (500 copies) here for only 6 bucks. The band will play a few shows in the U.S. next month before heading over to France for the MIDI Festival. Previously from Girls:

mp3:
girls :: hellhole ratrace

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

electric relaxation



Diplo flips some old Ronnie Foster shit and a line from one of the best hip hop songs of all time and turns it into the block party jam of the summer:

mp3:
diplo :: brew barrymore

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

when perfect flames expire

A Lee & Nancy-influenced, slightly ominous pop song from Austin, TX's Sunset, featuring hushed call and response vocals from Bill Baird + the lovely Crystal Fulbright, accompanied by lilting organs and haunting strings. And an old typewriter:

mp3:
sunset :: when perfect flames expire

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Taken from Sunset's upcoming LP, The Glowing City (out July 15). Stream the album here, and buy it here.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

i'd rather be sleeping



Grouper's overwhelmingly beautiful (and unfortunately titled) new LP, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, has turned into something of a late night staple around here over the last week or so. Give this one your time, as there are some subtly gorgeous melodies to be found floating just below the murky depths, and Liz Harris' transcendent vocals always lend some hope to the hazy sadness. The impossibly heart-wrenching "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" has quickly become one of my favorite songs of '08:

mp3:
grouper :: heavy water/i'd rather be sleeping
grouper :: invisible

Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill is out now on Type Records.

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Chances are you've already heard most of Studio's excellent Yearbook 2 (out June 23), but if not, their label posted up the following promo video and mp3 snippets of each song, here.

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new clipse mp3 :: "fast life"


re-up gang :: sxsw '08

According to Blender, this is the lead single from the forthcoming Re-up Gang record. Produced by Scott Storch, says Nah Right:

mp3:
clipse :: fast life

(zshare link via blender)

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afrobama



Remember Cody Chestnutt? Well he just dropped this "unified party anthem" for Obama, and it's actually pretty decent (as far as political campaign "anthems" go), if you're into '70s afrobeat jams with little kids chanting over them:

mp3:
cody chestnutt :: afrobama

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Monday, June 16, 2008

dilla. ghost. doom.

"In late 2005 Ghostface Killa and MF DOOM were both recording over tracks from J Dilla's instrumental opus, Donuts, which saw release the following February. Some of these were released on Ghostface's Fishscale in 2006, while others, including a Dilla-Doom project, were postponed indefinitely after J Dilla's passing..."



Two tracks from these sessions, "Sniperlite" + "Murder Goons," will see release on Stones Throw's new webstore. Yeah I may be prone to hyperbole, but if the last beat Dilla hooked up for Ghost is any indication, this sounds like the best thing ever. Coming soon.

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blog radio + rza


bobby digital in TX

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. Our guest this week is legendary producer/emcee/actor/composer RZA aka Bobby Digital from the Wu-Tang Clan. This week's show also features new music from Deerhunter, Grouper, Weezy, Vivian Girls, Bodies of Water, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...




gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: june 16, 2008

1. Ghostface Killah :: Buck 50
2. Wu-Tang Clan :: C.R.E.A.M.
3. Erykah Badu :: The Healer
4. RZA as Bobby Digital :: You Can't Stop Me Now
5. Ennio Morricone :: The Strong
6. Lil Wayne :: Let the Beat Build
7. RZA as Bobby Digital :: Kiss of a Black Widow
8. RATATAT :: Falcon Jab
9. Santogold :: Your Voice
10. GZA :: 4th Chamber
11. Quiet Village :: Pillow Talk
12. Studio :: West Side
13. Vivian Girls :: Tell the World
14. White Denim :: Sitting
15. No Age :: Sleeper Hold
16. Beach House :: D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
17. Paavoharju :: Kevatrumpu
18. Grouper :: Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
19. Air France :: June Evenings
20. Lykke Li :: Dance Dance Dance
21. Bodies of Water :: Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
22. Deerhunter :: Little Kids
23. Animal Collective :: Derek
24. Women :: Black Rice
25. The Knife :: We Share Our Mother's Health (RATATAT remix)
26. Hercules & Love Affair :: Iris
27. Marissa Nadler :: Mexican Summer

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Friday, June 13, 2008

new atlas sound :: "canal"



I leave you for the weekend with this hypnotic new ambient number from Atlas Sound's amsterdam midi virtual 7", which Bradford Cox refers to as a "hotel bedtime recording."

mp3:
atlas sound :: canal

Download the full amsterdam midi "virtual 7-inch" here.

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RZA aka Bobby Digital :: Live in Dallas


dj sober + the rza aka bobby digital in dallas (photo by david)

The legendary RZA aka Bobby Digital rocked the Loft here in Dallas last night, unveiling a number of new jams from his upcoming LP Digi Snacks, which comes out June 24. We were able to hang out with RZA for a minute to talk about the new record; you'll be able to hear the full interview on our Sirius show this Monday. Here's a short preview. bong-bong.

mp3:
RZA on GvsB Blog Radio

Check out the video for "You Can't Stop Me Now" -- the first single from Digi Snacks -- after the jump...


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Thursday, June 12, 2008

albums of 2008 (so far) part II



Sort of anticlimactic after yesterday's post, but here's the list of my favorite albums of '08. So far, I mean:

01. White Denim - 11 Songs
02. Quiet Village - Silent Movie | mp3: Circus of Horror
03. Beach House - Devotion | mp3: Gila
04. Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls | mp3: Tell the World
05. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
06. Air France - No Way Down | mp3: Collapsing at Your Doorstep
07. Lykke Li - Youth Novels | mp3: Dance Dance Dance
08. No Age - Nouns | mp3: Eraser
09. Pocahaunted - Island Diamonds | mp3: Riddim Queen (excerpt)
10. Santogold - Santogold

p.s. I tried to limit my choices to albums that have actually been released. Song of the year so far is Grizzly Bear's "While You Wait for the Others":

mp3:
Grizzly Bear :: While You Wait For the Others (live on KCRW)

Garrison + David post up their lists after the jump... And as always, we'd love to see your picks. Even you, anonymous commenter kid that hates lists and road trips.

David:

1. No Age - Nouns
2. Sunset - Bright Blue Dream
3. White Denim - 11 Songs
4. V/A - Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds, & Nigerian Blues
5. Beach House - Devotion
6. Animal Collective - Water Curses EP
7. Quiet Village - Silent Movie
8. Air France - No Way Down

Garrison:

1. White Denim - Workout Holiday
2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
3. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
4. J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
5. Four Tet - Ringer EP
6. Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
7. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
8. Santogold - Santogold

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

albums of 2008 (so far)

As we near the year's halfway point, I thought it'd be cool to ask some of my favorite artists what their favorite records have been so far in '08, regardless of release date. And surprisingly enough, some of them actually replied. I'll probably roll out my own list tomorrow, but first, and far more notably, here are their picks (much thanks to everyone who contributed):

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Edward Droste, Grizzly Bear:

that's a no brainer for me! beach house, devotion. I've listened to this album since I got it in the fall non stop until now. They rapidly climbed my most played tracks on iTunes to overtake many of my favorite songs. This is the type of music that just grows and ages with each listen in the best way possible. I never tire of it and I'm sure that 10 years down the road I'll appreciate it as much as I do now.

mp3:
beach house :: gila

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Josephine Olausson, Love Is All:

crap. one album? so hard. i just recently got the health album that i really like. and i like the no age record. and white williams. but my favourite is maybe the vampire weekend one. a lot of my friends seem to have some sort of problem with them, which sort of has forced me to love it even more.

mp3:
vampire weekend :: m79

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Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound/Deerhunter:

my album of the year so far would be Animal Collective's Water Curses EP. I think its really enigmatic. "Cobwebs" might be my favorite thing I've heard in the past 5 years. The last song sounds great in your bedroom in the late afternoon with the windows open. The most important band of our generation and I mean that with all sincerity.

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Marissa Nadler:

Lets see, I have been really into listening to Sammi Smith vinyl records that were a gift to me from a friend. I heard her rendition of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and ever since then have been really into her. Apparently, she was Johnny Cash's favorite singer. More present records that i have been into are the new el perro del mar, and the new beach house record, which is just so beautiful. I just got the new Efterklang record which is cool. They are this band from Denmark.

video:
sammi smith :: help me make it through the night

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Wale:

the dream, the roots, bun b, james morrison

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Noah Lennox, Panda Bear/Animal Collective:

my favorite album this year (so far) is the erykah badu one called new amerykah: part 1 (4th world war). animal collective was in mississippi in january or so and wed watch a lot of vh1 soul when we werent working on something and for a stretch of a couple of days erykah was always on. sometimes it was a video but one time i saw kind of a performance where she was doing a bunch of new songs and i really liked them and i liked the way she performed them a lot. wed see the honey video all the time and i really liked that and im really psyched that its just an added bonus track on the album. all the songs go together well but theyre also all kind of different. theres something strange that i cant quite put my finger on but all the songs go down easy if you know what i mean. the music feels very personal and real and i like that.

video:
Erykah Badu :: Honey

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Aziz Ansari, Human Giant:

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer. I played my favorite albums of '08 - Wolf Parade, Hercules and Love Affair, Deerhunter, Cut Copy, Portishead, and Lil' Wayne - lightly under a 7 hour Top Chef marathon, and I think I've decided my pick is Wolf Parade. All those albums are amazing and I probably gravitate to the new Wolf Parade, because I've been anticipating it quite a bit. Oh shit! Dale just left out the pork belly UNREFRIGERATED all night and it might screw up Stephanie's chances in the Elimination Challenge. I gotta go. I hope Lisa gets eliminated, I fucking hate her.

mp3:
Wolf Parade :: Language City

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XXXChange, Spank Rock/Fully Fitted:

i dunno if this is super obvious or what but I've been super into what i've heard of the Lykke Li stuff. the albums not on itunes yet where i get most of my music but i found this one: "I'm Good. I'm Gone" floating around on the internet somewhere. soooooooo good. love the quality of the recording/production too! you can actually hear the room!

also on the subject of girls with cool accents:

http://www.myspace.com/mysoko

her whole thing feels a little twee but her cover of the teenagers "love no" is awesome.

mp3:
Lykke Li :: Dance Dance Dance

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Frankie Rose, Vivian Girls:

my favorite so far this year is Thee oh sees new album - The Masters bedroom is worth spending a night in... I think its solid. The last couple of records were good but this one is the most cohesive... I cant stop listening to it.

mp3:
thee oh sees :: ghost in the trees

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Annie Clark, St. Vincent:

Man Man's Rabbit Habbits. man, man man own psychosexual dirtdance this album. I love this band...I saw them at coachella and they had b boy painted drums. So cool in my book.

mp3:
man man :: top drawer

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Diplo:

santogold, black lips, jon dahlback, carter 3 (not really), al green - lay it down

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David Metcalf, Bodies of Water:

According to my itunes play count, the record I have listened to the most recently (in the 2 months since I re-installed itunes) is j.j. cale's "5." This is an old record, but a very good one. This guy is "laid back." As far as 2008 records go, I say the Hercules and Love Affair record because it is exciting. I was initially excited about it because I like Antony, but what kept me excited were the really nuanced beats and production. I also like the Dodos' record. I first heard them at a show in SF that we played with them, and they were fun and captivating. It's a great surprise to hear music you really enjoy played live prior to hearing recordings of it.

mp3:
Hercules & Love Affair :: Hercules Theme

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Bethany, Pocahaunted:

Vivian Girls, self titled. The songs are so fucking catchy that literally after I listen to them, I am singing them for days. And my dad once told me that you know a song is a hit if it gets stuck in your head. The song "Tell the World" is like the best thing I've heard since the Ronettes "I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine." I think they're amazing women, making really fun music. and their harmonies, oh god their harmonies.

i guess as far as 2007 goes--"graduate" by kanye west. kind of fucking amazing. i guess you could count this, because literally i JUST heard this album in it's entirety like a week ago. that song "flashing lights" is fucking perfect. AND "champion" samples Steely Dan, so dude...seriously.

and then--gotta shout out to my favorite man of all time, my dream husband--the boss. I think that "Magic" is what you'd expect from Bruce at this age, but I still loved it. "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" is about to be the anthem of my summer. This album is no "Greetings from Asbury Park," but it does the trick, and I'm really proud of my man...

mp3:
Vivian Girls :: Tell the World

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Josh Block, White Denim:

I really love the new Spiritualized record a lot, but it hasn't had enough time to sink in for me to call it my most listened to record this year. With that in mind, The George Jones Box Set "She Thinks I Still Care" that came out in November of 07 (practically 08 for me) has been in heavy rotation in the player right next to Robert Wyatt's "Comicopera" that came out one month before it. Both records are just my speed.

video:
George Jones :: She Thinks I Still Care

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Evan Mast, RATATAT:

my favorite so far is easily springwater's self titled. its an early 70s instrumental album made by a guy named phil cordell in his home studio. loads of guitar layers and beautiful melodies. apparently one of the tracks was a top 5 hit in the UK. somebody recommended this to me saying that it sounded like the 70s version of ratatat - and i have to admit, there's actually a pretty strong resemblance in some ways. its amazing that i'm only discovering this record now.

video:
springwater :: i will return

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Jared Van Fleet, Voxtrot/Sparrow House:

there is an album i've been listening to a lot this year, but i guess it's not new for most people... townes van zandt's our mother the mountain. for me, van zandt's songs, performances, and production all reach their apex at the same time with this record. the result is a sound that is at once dark and hopeful, orchestrated and minimal, bitter and sweet. of the lesser-known tracks, check out "second lover's song". also, thanks to whoever accidentally left this in my car a few months ago.

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Pablo Díaz-Reixa, El Guincho:

my favorite album so far from 2008 is Escuela de Zebras by Joe Crepúsculo. It is a guy from Barcelona who writes amazing lyrics and sings in a very particular way over really good backing tracks made of synths, keyboards, rythm machines and sometimes, guitars. It's brilliant. From old stuff I've been enjoying Totó La Momposina a lot, the first 2 MC Solaar records and listening back again and again to Cinema Transcendental by Caetano Veloso. I saw Animal Collective play last weekend at Primavera Sound and their new songs are SO GOOD. They sounded so perfect and how they sync the lights with the sound, the best. Not also the new songs, but the way they played old stuff that was really clever and inspiring too. The Dirty Projectors were really good too. Beautiful guitar sounds. Also I've been listening a lot to a Mad Decent cumbia podcast, some pretty awesome tunes in it. And The Ruby Suns record too, can't wait to see them play live cause I missed them at SXSW. I don't know, that is all I can remember from last weeks.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

glass candy live

Check out these live videos -- shot by the dudes at Get Salazar -- for a couple of my favorite Glass Candy songs: "Rolling Down the Hills," and the Geto Boys edit of "Iko." (via)



mp3:
glass candy :: rolling down the hills

Glass Candy's "Iko/Geto Boys" video and mp3 after the jump...



mp3:
glass candy :: geto boys

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new paavoharju video: "kirkonväki"

Here's the appropriately disorienting new video for Paavoharju's "Kirkonväki," taken from their stunning -- and in truth, kind of scary -- new Laulu Laakson Kukista LP. Aside from the occasional religious imagery, I have no idea what the hell is going on here (which, coincidentally, is the same way I feel when I listen to the record), but I like it.



previously: paavoharju

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Monday, June 09, 2008

new Franz Ferdinand. sort of.



Franz Ferdinand has posted what are presumably some looped snippets from their upcoming third full-length at their new website. The band has hinted that the new LP, which is tenatively due out this fall, would have "an African feel," and that direction is definitely evident on these relatively funked out loops (check "Trigger 7" and "Tradition"). Listen here. Assuming that's what this is, I'm pretty impressed...doesn't sound at all like anything they've done before.

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blog radio :: june 9

Our weekly GvsB Sirius radio show airs today at noon + midnight EST on Left of Center. This week's show features new music from Weezy, Esau Mwamwaya, Wale, Vivian Girls, Bodies of Water, that Air France record I can't stop listening to, and more. You can listen right here, for free. Full playlist for this week + some mp3s after the jump...

gorilla vs. bear blog radio :: june 9, 2008

1. Vivian Girls :: Where Do You Run To
2. Vivian Girls :: Wild Eyes
3. No Age :: Teen Creeps
4. Bodies of Water :: Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
5. Wale :: The Opening Title Sequence
6. Wale :: The Freestyle
7. RZA :: Kiss of a Black Widow
8. Lil Wayne :: Dr. Carter
9. Lil Wayne :: Let the Beat Build
10. Erykah Badu :: The Healer
11. Hieroyglyphics :: Classic
12. Esau Mwamwaya :: Kamphopo
13. Esau Mwamwaya :: Chalo (demo)
14. Celestine Ukwu :: Okwukwe Na Nchekwube
15. Amanaz :: Khala My Friend
16. White Denim :: Heart From Us All
17. Map of Africa :: Bone
18. Women :: Black Rice
19. Air France :: June Evenings
20. Sigur Ros :: Gobbledigook
21. Ratatat :: Mumtaz Khan
22. Air France :: Collapsing at Your Doorstep
23. Fleet Foxes :: Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
24. The Tallest Man on Earth :: I Won't Be Found
25. Sunnybrook :: Big Waving Hands
26. Paavoharju :: Tytto Tanssii
27. Cut Copy :: Strangers in the Wind
28. J Dilla :: Time the Donut of the Heart
29. Salem :: Sweat
30. Paper Route Gangstaz :: Rollin

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

radiohead cover portishead

Third Radiohead-related post in as many days: Thom + Jonny play Portishead's "The Rip":



(via Colin's w.a.s.t.e._central page)

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listen to the new Sigur Ros album

Click below to stream the new Sigur Ros album, Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust (aka "with a buzz in our ear we play endlessly"), in its entirety. Check out "Ara Batur," which was "recorded live in one take with the London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's choir, a total of 90 people playing at the same time."



mp3:
sigur ros :: gobbledigook

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

new Radiohead :: "super collider"

Performed live last night at Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland:



mp3:
Radiohead :: Super Collider (live in Dublin)

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Friday, June 06, 2008

big ideas (don't get any)

Here's Radiohead's "Nude," recreated with a bunch of obsolete computer gear. As the video's creator James Houston puts it, "It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to," but it's still pretty awesome (even the band calls it "brilliant"):



(via Dead Air Space and every nerdy tech site in existence)

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kamphopo


Esau + Ezra

That Esau Mwamwaya record that we are unbelievably psyched about (and not just because it features collabs with Vampire Weekend, M.I.A., Santogold, the Ruby Suns, Marina Vello, and others) is finished. Mad Decent posted a video in which Esau + Radioclit document some of the making of the record, and they also threw in this: Esau's stirring reinterpretation of Architecture in Helsinki's "Heart It Races," taken from a mixtape that'll surface before the LP. Apparently everything this guy touches is this uplifting:

mp3:
Esau Mwamwaya :: Kamphopo

(via)

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

what's the deal with this rap stuff


wale rocks noise pop '08 (photo by gvsb)

I was going to attempt to articulate just how conceptually brilliant Wale's new Seinfeld-sampling Mixtape About Nothing is, but my friend Weiss pretty much nails it here. I'm still undecided how I feel about Wale as an MC -- although I'm warming up a little more with each listen, and I'm always feeling his sports metaphors -- but you can't really deny the fact that he realizes the full potential of the medium with this mixtape. Anyway before you go read Weiss' thing, grab the mixtape's opening track: the one where Wale does his best "What's the deal with..." Seinfeld observational humor impression, over the Seinfeld theme song:

mp3:
Wale :: The Opening Title Sequence

Check out Wale's "Keys to the City" feature about his hometown of D.C., then download the Mixtape About Nothing for free, courtesy of Wale and Elitaste:

Wale :: Mixtape About Nothing Part I .zip
Wale :: Mixtape About Nothing Part II .zip

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unrelated:



Our Austin homies Transmission Entertainment have launched their shiny new website here. This site is a must if you're in Austin, as they'll have updates on the haps at the Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and more. I'll occasionally be contributing a feature, which they've titled "the gorilla of the month club."

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elsewhere:

GRLLVSBR's RCRD LBL.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

vivian girls


vivian girls, with the mohawk's resident bear

After listening to this record back-to-back-to-back over the last hour and change, I'm completely in love with Vivian Girls' self-titled new LP, a collection of mostly sub-two minute, noisy/sweet pop songs that's about as infectious as anything I've heard all year. The girls have garnered mad lofty comparisons to the Vaselines and the Shop Assistants, and those appear to be entirely warranted. Of course, like all respectable ridiculously limited/hip vinyl-only releases, Vivian Girls was basically sold out the second it was released. Luckily, it'll be available again this fall on In The Red (one time home to the Black Lips, the Dirtbombs, King Khan, et al).

mp3:
vivian girls :: where do you run to

Vivian Girls are currently on tour, and I somehow missed them when they rolled through TX.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

new paper route gangstaz :: "alabama"



Here's another new track from Paper Route Gangstaz' upcoming Fear & Loathing in HuntsVegas mixtape, courtesy of PRGz myspace page. According to Benzi, this thing is ready to drop any day now. This one's not quite "Rollin" or "Woodgrain" status, but it'll do:

mp3:
Paper Route Gangstaz :: Alabama

Download more PRGz from their website. Here's Diplo's Wham-sampling remix of "Bama Gettin' Money" that Mad Decent posted a while back:

mp3:
Paper Route Gangstaz :: Bama Gettin Money (Diplo remix)

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