Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Time travellin' to 1995

Threewordchant typed up a Newsweek article from 1995 explaining why the internet sucks. It's pretty hilarious, but I think it is scary thinking that it was just 15 years ago that this sort of argument wouldn't seem completely nuts.

Then there’s cyberbusiness. We’re promised instant catalog shopping–just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet–which there isn’t–the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

This probably made sense in 1995, but there has been so much advancement so quickly that I wouldn't blink if someone told me that we'll have holographic computers in our palms that we control with our minds in 10 years.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What happened to Kirsten Dunst?

She turned Japanese like Gwen Stefani (there's some cartoons in the video that are NSFW) -

And stars in a clothing advertisement that doubles as an advertisement for Jason Schwartzman's new band (the first minute is supposed to be silent) -

I personally like the snaggle-toothed beauty and hope to see her star in Wimbledon 2 soon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops make Facebook


Thought this guy was pretty good. He should be touring come spring.

Emails From An Asshole

This just made me laugh. Several times. I hope you all enjoy, too. Oh, and soon there will be a book.

Fruit Bats are on DayTrotter

Jimbo's Fruit Bats are on DayTrotter this week. The following tracks are available for download (right click and "save target as"):

Enjoy more of that delicious ear food Shanty folk.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010



I started listening to these guys a couple weeks ago and was originally drawn to their music videos. But the more and more videos I watched, the more I realized how great the music is. The band is from Copenhagen, but is currently on tour in the States. Looks like the closest they'll be coming to the plains is Chicago - March 8.

Monday, February 22, 2010

For fans of the "back porch" style of music step on in..

"In the summer and fall of 2005, three young black musicians, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, made the commitment to travel to Mebane, N.C., every Thursday night to sit in the home of old-time fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. Joe was in his 80’s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians. He had learned to play a wide ranging set of tunes sitting on the back porch with other players after a day of field work. Now he was passing those same lessons on to a new generation.

When the three students decided to form a band, they didn’t have big plans. It was mostly a tribute to Joe, a chance to bring his music back out of the house again and into dance halls and public places. They called themselves The Carolina Chocolate Drops." -their website

--Listen to the Rickett's Hornpipe jam on the myspace. Wow!

This is some really neat stuff. An amazing story played by some amazing people. Check it.

P.S. If you live in st louis (shoulder bump to rusty, jason, and tom) they are playing at the St. Louis Art Museum on Feb. 26th!!

Theme song for the shanty?

"what are you gonna do tonight...oh just kinda gonna lay around the shanty and put a good buzz on" haha, totally fits ye ol' shanty nation.

Btw...LOL at the drum solo...brahh!

Introductory Mish-Mash

Hey fellas (and Tom), thanks for the invite to post stuff up here at The Shanty. I've got a blog, Slap-dashery, but it's gonna be nice to have a place to post things that I actually want seen like this -

The video is from my high school buddy, John Yingling, who posts videos of shows he goes to around Chicago at Gonzo Chicago. He's got some good videos up right now of St. Vincent, Enon, Chinese Stars, Cold War Kids, and Jay Reatard. The Jay Reatard video got some play after he died and Pitchfork linked to it.

Chris Cook, on his tumblr, linked to MIT's website where they are now offering a bunch of their photography courses online, which "includes everything from reading lists and assignments to full downloads of course materials and student projects." I've been digging on these open courses. You can learn about Civil War and Reconstruction from Yale here, and a Justice course at Harvard here.

Lastly, I don't know if Manderfeld saw this, but the Wall Street Journal answers his previous question of why so many bands have chosen to use "fuck" in their name -

"Every other name is taken," Mr. Jones explains. "Think of a great band name and Google it, and you'll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page."

The available supply of punchy one- or two-word band names is dwindling. So, many acts are resorting to the unwieldy or nonsensical.

Among more than 1,900 acts expected in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, are bands with the names And So I Watch You From Afar, and Everybody Was In the French Resistance...Now! The f-word is part of 100 band names in a media database maintained by Gracenote, a unit of Sony Corp. that licenses digital entertainment technology.

From The Mule's Latest Run Through StL

total shot in the dark

That's what makes it so great. Introducing Manchester Orchestra with "I've Got Friends"

Broken Bells First Show Ever

And they cover Neutral Milk Hotel. Nice.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Indie Hits, Covers, and Remixes

Something for everyone! Definitely check out Charlotte Gainsbourg. It contains significant contributions from Beck, who produced her latest album, wrote some of the music, and provided backup vocals. As for the rest - decent covers of AC and KOL, tunes from newcomers Local Natives, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Beach House, the latest releases from Spoon, Caribou, Gorillaz, and Hot Chip, and a few other randoms.

Friday, February 19, 2010

In case you missed it...Mumford & Sons on Letterman

Update on Barthes.

The Shanty Blog makes its way further into the blogosphere! You may remember an older post on Roland Barthes (not the video artist, but the semiologist). I've been working around this idea of taking something and making it mean something else, and I wanted to use the post as an introduction and as a reference point.

Internally, it's been pretty dormant. Which is why I was thrilled to come across Snarkmarket's post on T.S. Eliot, literature and plagarism. The post comments on a story from The New Yorker, "T.S. Eliot Was Wrong" concerning the entry by Helene Hegemann (a 17 year old German writer) of a book partially composed ("mixed," in her words) of other authors' works in the Leipzig Book Fair. She's a finalist for a $20,000 prize. Not surprisingly, many are pissed to hear that she's even being considered. Ellis compares Helene's work to plagarism:

In most universities (hopefully all universities), plagiarism is an offense punishable by expulsion. Does this mean that if a student rips whole pages from Adam Smith for his paper on capitalism without citing or crediting the work he shouldn’t be penalized? That his action should be understood merely as “mixing” Smith’s statements in with his own? Surely not, and the same rules should apply to any other printed text, whether it’s a newspaper article, a screenplay, or a coming-of-age German novel.

Though Helene apologizes for not initially disclosing her sources, she defends her work as that of "a different generation," a "youth culture of D.J.'s and artists that sample freely and thereby breathe creativity into old forms." Without commenting on the artistic value of her particular work, Helene joins a tradition that's much older than she apparently realizes.

Lit geeks may remember T.S. Eliot's famous observation that "immature artists imitate, mature poets steal" (Ironically, or perhaps just immaturely, Ellis complains about a copying practice in the same breath that he botches the practice's most notable justification. On second thought, the dude's writing for the New Yorker. It's definitely ironic). Even further back, just compare Beethoven's Pathetic Sonata to Luigi Cherubini's Medea and you can see that even classical composers borrowed from one another in the same way that modern jam artists do today (ahem, SCI's "Rivertrance" is basically the old irish tune "Gravelwalk" played barefookt with a fiddle. Go ahead, check it out).

Snarkmarket rightfully comments that Ellis is overreacting:

I agreed so much I copied the shit out of it right here for you. And given the subject matter, I couldn't help but toss The Shanty's two cents into the mix:

But my comments are awaiting moderation.

So there you have it. The Shanty's penetrating the blogosphere (after moderation!)! And a bunch of other stuff that you're probably not interested in.

Mardi Gras Oh Ten

Hey wodes!

So, a little back story on Young Rustic's post. We're drivin' along, drivin' along...

Well,we were walking along, and waiting to go to the bathroom and we look over and see this tortilla, with bites out of it on the hood of this car. So, naturally we wrote 'ticket' on it and slid it beneath the windshield wiper. Parking at Mardi Gras, is an issue as you can imagine. It's the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country with estimated crowds of over 100,000. (Lil Condie) I can't wait to hear/see what you brought back from the biggest one...

So we're drivin' along, drivin along...(on foot) and stop by some random dude's party. I think someone knew these people, but maybe not.

I present to you, the boob luge.

the boob luge in action...

We made it til about six o'clock... you get the idea

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Starfucker - more than just an awesome name

Their debut release (back in 2008) titled Starfucker has had me hooked.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mumford and Sons

This is a group out of the UK. My buddy Conor told me about them last night. After a few listens, I think it is safe to say that this will be in everyone's cd players here in the next year. Really catchy stuff with a soothing banjo taking you along for the journey. They are doing their first U.S. shows...NY and LA, both of which are sold out. Check it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


The Growlers

These guys opened for Dr. Dog last night. They have a surf rock mixed with a Dylan/Morrison voice going on. Pretty neat stuff. I thought JG was going to hop up on stage he was loving it so much. Anyway, just spreading the word, they are pretty good.

Opening for Yeasayer

The music in itself isn't that impressive, but there is something about it that makes me think it could be pretty cool live. You may need to listen to this one on a decent system - it sounds pretty muddy on my ipod ear buds.

Jonsi. Uff!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

MC Happiness & The Monk Bar

Album Leaf

New album out tomorrow :) Don't forget!

Atlas Sound

If you like deerhunter, you might wanna give this a shot. Pretty interesting stuff. Kinda trippy. If you watch it, make sure to keep watching until the end, takes a few twists and turns ;)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Broken Bells

If you like the shins, you might want to give this a try. It's dangermouse and the shins lead dude.

Try to fool this...

It's pretty creepy! I can't trick it. Give it a try.

A Lesson on Philly Steaks

the locals like this one:

how to order at pat's


we went to Pat's. This one's right across the street and is supposed to be really good too.


(fist pounding) good good.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Galactic Gets Back In Touch With NOLA

What is Ya-ka-may?

Galactic's got a new album coming out February 9th! They've even got a free download (right click and "download linked file"). It's kinda funky. Not fantastic. I'm hoping that the rest of the album can deliver.

Oh yea, and the bit about New Orleans live music, they're not kidding. They may even be understate-ing things. Every one of those places will rock your face off any night of the week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

kwmu: : Ben Gibbard And Jay Farrar: Kerouac In Song (2010-01-25)

kwmu: : Ben Gibbard And Jay Farrar: Kerouac In Song (2010-01-25)

Radiohead for Haiti

New song! And the entire performance available to download. Find out more here!

NSFW, but that shouldn't stop anybody

The FTC aren't the only ones getting busted porn-ing things on the job. Recently, an Australian banker was caught peeking at near nude pics of Miranda Kerr while at work on national TV. The video has become an instant hit on YouTube:

Not be a broken record or anything, just saying. It happens to everybody.

1% Productions Announcements

February 20th @ The Waiting Room - Filter
March 4th @ The Waiting Room - Tea Leaf Green
April 10th @ The Waiting Room - Megafaun
April 23rd @ The Waiting Room - The Album Leaf

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

STL folks: Check it. Gov't Mule, Feb. 8 Vintage Vinyl

Please watch this movie.

Having just finished this movie, I am going to take a gander and say its one of the best I have seen in a long time. If you have netflix its on watch instantly or you can always do the old fashioned renting. Here is the trailer for a bit of background. Very creative film. Next time you are looking for something to watch, please consider this one.