Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
"There’s no point in trying to unearth an obvious “single” in Other Lives’ second album, Tamer Animals. Here’s a better idea instead: succumb. Let every last song wash over you like proper long players once did, from the swift strings and pulsating horns."
I succumbed, and I'm glad I did. Oh, and I believe I've unearthed a semi-obvious single:
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Truth be told: I've been cruising the current's website for about an hour now looking for a recording of last nights live, in studio performance and interview of Mark Foster, lead in Foster the People. Interview gives good insight as to why their live performances might not be up to par. Anyhow I'll keep looking for it because he is excellent playing acoustic and by himself.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
If this does work, I will go ahead and upload the entire Live Current Volume 7 album. It's all pretty good stuff.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
A true class act:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
10/01 Megafaun $10
10/12 Portugal The Man $15
10/28 Mason Jennings $17
10/31 Cold War Kids $16
11/16 Mates of State $13
12/04 Tramples By Turtles & William Elliot Whitmore $15
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
And, of course, in case no one wants to watch that I want to suggest everyone get Cymbals Eat Guitars new album, "Lenses Alien". It is absolutely fantastic and might be my favorite rockin' album of the year, and I just got it yesterday.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I know it’s just a turn of phrase, but I think the whole conceptual framework of “guilty pleasures” speaks to some weird underlying puritanical elements in American life. Despite the whole “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” thing in the Declaration of Independence, our public culture is very resistant to the idea that people should try to spend more time doing things they enjoy or that producing enjoyment for others is a good thing to do in life.I'm listening to the bonus disc to Beyonce's newest album right now while I'm writing this so I'll exclude myself from the "guilty pleasures" framework. In addition to Beyonce, I've been getting into a lot of Top 40, dance, house, J-Pop shit lately. If you haven't listened/watch this bonkers video you should -
Here is a crazy story demonstrating how Alan Lomax gets paid for Jay-Z's song "Takeover". It's some fascinating, disturbing stuff. I find it so hard to wrap my brain around the idea of music and copyright, or at least the way the two are tied together at present. On the same page, Dr. Luke gets sued often for stealing songs. Yeah, there are a lot of similarities between "Tik Tok" and "My Slushy" and all of the other songs mentioned, but this is one of the few instances where I find myself siding with the rich and successful guy -
A lot of things are similar. But you don’t get sued for being similar. It needs to be the same thing. Almost doesn’t count. Close but no cigar. People are suing for close. There are standard chord progressions that everyone uses. There are plenty of songs that are really similar and they never sued each other.(I had to cut out the bullshit about being in an overly litigious society)
I really could care less if George Harrison ripped off The Chiffons with "My Sweet Lord". I wanna hear "My Sweet Lord" instead of "He's So Fine". The Rubinoos "I Want To Be Your Boyfriend" is a good song, but it's not gonna help me hook up with a 16 year old like Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend".
Alright, well, lest I leave you with just my opinions on my awful, guilty-pleasure music, you can download a new mix by Korallreven here. It is very pleasant!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A uniformed police officer was caught on CCTV having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.
The bizarre scene, which was witnessed by a nearby chihuahua, was filmed by a hidden camera set up by New Mexico police to catch vandalism at a nearby property.
Who wants a mustache ride?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Blind Pilot's hooky, low-key pop isn't the stuff of groundbreaking, boundary-pressing experimentation, but the craftsmanship and consistency at its core should never be minimized, either. After emerging out of nowhere with 2008's self-released 3 Rounds and a Sound — that year's most solidly appealing record, if not its best outright — the Portland, Ore., band has toured with The Decemberists, been showcased on Morning Edition, and recorded a lovely, gently appealing follow-up called We Are the Tide.
Out Sept. 13, We Are the Tide blooms agreeably from start to finish. Though Blind Pilot locates extra energy on the live stage — the band's sound has tightened over time, as it's expanded from the duo of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski to a large and fleshed-out sextet — the new record focuses more on lush, pretty concoctions like the album-opening "Half Moon." We Are the Tidebenefits enormously once Blind Pilot introduces a bit of thumping propulsion in the record's title track, but the softer material radiates warmth, too.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Playlist is something like -
Future Islands - Balance
Air France - It Feels Good To Be Around You
Last Days Of Disco - What Does It Mean To You (Original Version)
The Hood Internet - It Was A Rain Day (Ice Cube vs. CFCF)
SBTRKT - Ready Set Loop
Foster The People - Warrant
MSTRKRFT - Heartbreaker (f. John Legend)
Washed Out - Eyes Be Closed
Hood Headlinaz - Rollin' (Jackie Chain & Jhi-Ali)
DJ Quik - Quik's Groove
Starfucker - Bury Us Alive
Cut Copy - Going Nowhere (Whitey Remix)
VV Brown - Shark in the Water (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
The Ventures - Lolita Ya-Ya
Reminds me of the equally educational scene from Mean Girls -
Monday, August 22, 2011
From the AVClub -
Schur was approached to direct the “Calamity Song” video because he went to school with the brother of the Decemberists’ manager, who remembered his affinity for Infinite Jest. Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy came up with the video’s concept—which involves teenagers playing the fictional game Eschaton—and got acquainted with Schur by talking about the book for an hour over the phone. Schur, who calls the Decemberists his favorite band, was thrilled to discuss his favorite book with Meloy. “If that’s where it would’ve ended, that would’ve been great for me,” Schur told the A.V. Club. “That’s something I’d bid $10,000 at a charity auction for.”
I feel like I should try to read Infinite Jest whenever I read about Infinite Jest, but I might be able to fend off that urge this time.
Fun fact - Michael Schur is also Ken Tremendous from the awesome, now defunct, website Fire Joe Morgan. I can't help but love the guy for leading the charge on that issue. And he also drops casual reference to Neutral Milk Hotel on Parks & Rec -
Parks & Recreation is the best show on television, btw.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I just finished reading this rather long, but good, article on the "death" of postmodernism and it is a counterpoint to the interview I mentioned before. Specifically -
If we tune in carefully, we can detect this growing desire for authenticity all around us. We can see it in the specificity of the local food movement or the repeated use of the word “proper” on gastropub menus. We can hear it in the use of the word “legend” as applied to anyone who has actually achieved something in the real world. (The elevation of real life to myth!) We can recognise it in advertising campaigns such as for Jack Daniel’s, which ache to portray not rebellion but authenticity. We can identify it in the way brands are trying to hold on to, or take up, an interest in ethics, or in a particular ethos. A culture of care is advertised and celebrated and cherished. Values are important once more: the values that the artist puts into the making of an object as well as the values that the consumer takes out of the object. And all of these striven-for values are separate to the naked commercial value.
What some people argue as nostalgia, or stealing, can be seen as attempts to make something authentic. After all, the argument against a band like Mumford & Sons is that they are faking it. That all the retro affectations are to merely make them appear authentic, rather than being an honest reflection of the band and what they want to communicate. In the same way, I think it was the longing for authenticity that made it so important originally for Bon Iver to have recorded his album after some heartbreak, alone in some Wisconsin cabin. His songs were real in a way that the audience is allowed to believe that they are actually experiencing the feeling of heartbreak and loss and not some interpretation of it. It's why I think bands like Motopony are trying so hard to avoid an internet presence, to cultivate mystery, and to control how they are perceived. It is easier to be seen as real and authentic by avoiding the internet, where we've become accustomed to look at everything as a lie and as a self-creation. To not have a band biography allows a listener to assume authenticity.
An article that was posted today in the NYTimes about David Foster Wallace might put it better -
[DFW] concludes by imagining some future group of “literary ‘rebels’ ” who would be “willing to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs . . . [and] accusations of sentimentality, melodrama.”
...Keith Gessen applauds Wallace for “trying, at last, to destroy” the oppositions between “irony and sincerity, self-consciousness and artifice.” He chastises those critics who in effect suggest that at “this late date, we might unlearn the postmodern vocabulary and recapture some pre-ironic way of being.” What we need, Gessen posits, in fiction writing at least, is someone to work “a sort of Barthelmeic magic” and “transform our language of apathy into a cri de coeur.”
The author disagrees with this argument, but I think it is a much better frame to think of when confronting musicians, writers, artists who are accused of nostalgia, theft, and borrowing. At least they are attempting to do something new as opposed to grave-robbing for its own sake.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Kind of a random vinyl purchase at a concert featuring one of Scott's recos. Erik Hall, the guitarist from Nomo, forms the band In Tall Buildings. Enjoy.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tue-Aug-16 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
Wed-Aug-17 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Fri-Aug-19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre (w/J Geils Band) Sat-Aug-20 Lyons, CO Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (w/ J. Greene & B. Weir) Tue-Aug-23 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Thu-Aug-25 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar
Fri-Aug-26 Austin, TX The Parish
Sat-Aug-27 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
Tue-Aug-30 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's
Thu-Sep-01 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Fri-Sep-02 Athens, GA The Georgia Theatre
Sat-Sep-03 Ashville, NC The Orange Peel
Sun-Sep-04 Thornville, OH Hookahville
Sun-Sep-25 Ventura, CA Ventura Hillsides Music Festival
Sat-Oct-01 Aspen, CO The Belly Up (8-10:30 show)
Sun-Oct-02 Boulder, CO The Boulder Theatre
Tue-Oct-04 Omaha, NE The Slowdown
Wed-Oct-05 Lawrence, KS The Granada
Fri-Oct-07 Des Moines, IA People's Court
Sat-Oct-08 Madison, WI The Majestic
Mon-Oct-10 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co
Thu-Oct-13 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
Fri-Oct-14 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
Sat-Oct-15 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
Sun-Oct-16 Stroudsburg, PA The Sherman Theatre
Wed-Oct-19 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Thu-Oct-20 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Fri-Oct-21 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
Wed-Nov-02 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic
Fri-Nov-04 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
Sat-Nov-05 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
Sun-Nov-06 Louisville, KY Headliner's Music Hall
Tue-Nov-08 Richmond, VA The Canal Club
Thu-Nov-10 Charleston, SC The Pour House
Fri-Nov-11 Charleston, SC The Pour House
Sat-Nov-12 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
Sun-Nov-13 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Tue-Nov-15 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
Thu-Nov-17 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Sat-Nov-19 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
Sun-Nov-20 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Thu-Dec-01 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
Fri-Dec-02 Bend, OR WOW Hall
Sat-Dec-03 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
Mon-Dec-05 Felton, CA Don Quixote
Tue-Dec-06 Felton, CA Don Quixote
Thu-Dec-08 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre
Fri-Dec-09 Los Angeles, CA The El Rey Theatre
Sat-Dec-10 Solana Beach, CA The Belly Up
Mon-Dec-12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Tue-Dec-13 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Wed-Dec-14 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Thu-Dec-15 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
11. Made In America (ft. Frank Ocean) - First of all son....Lionel Richie called from 1986 n said he wants his song back yo. Word. Sade jus holla'd on twitter to say this shit is soft as fuck namsayin. I think Elton John wants to conceive babies to this joint b. Drake said he gon soak in his lotion pool to this shit rite here for like a week son. I think Wiz Khagina is scissorin wit Amber Rose to this shit rite now as we speak yo. I heard this shit gon be used for the next Gwyneth Paltrow movie too. I dont kno how the same nigga that did Who Gon Stop Me had anything to do wit this shit but apparently he did nahmean. This shit sounds like two niggas hang glidin over the ocean together at sunset holdin hands son. I think this is bout to be on Yung Berg's yoga playlist. I cant fuck wit this shit at all b. This shit is like audio lesbian comin out my speakers son.
The Obits have a full show available for free download here. It's recorded really well. For those unfamiliar, The Obits are headed by Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) and keep his output quality.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"The world to many young Nigerians in 1967 did indeed seem to be ending. As the 'Summer of Love' was blossoming in London and San Francisco, Nigeria was imploding into civil war. Three years later at the start of the 1970s the country's youth belatedly got a chance to mirror what had been going on overseas.The funky, electrifying grooves featured here are the sound of a generation attempting to pick up the pieces of a shattered dream and put them back together in exciting new forms. It's the sound of young musicians throwing many varied morsels into the musical pot from hard rock to psychedelica infused with funk and traditional rhythms. Soundway present this story with 33 forgotten nuggets that represent the heavy, gritty ad sometimes edgy side of Nigeria's most musically prolific decade."
It is absolutely fantastic. Here are a couple highlights. There are some real gems on this.
But guess what royalties Dischord Records gets from streaming services like Spotify? “They’re negligible,” says Ian MacKaye, the D.C. label’s co-owner and public face. Although specific deals are confidential, Spotify tallies its royalty payments in fractions of a cent per stream—meaning a label might only make a few dollars, even if tens of thousands users play “Waiting Room.”
So digital music streaming has put small independent labels—you know, the kind we care about, the kind that can document and foster scenes—in a tough spot. Because it’s free and legal, Spotify disincentivizes piracy; why break the law if you don’t have to? For bands, if they’re already putting out a physical release, there’s not much extra overhead involved in putting the music on Spotify. Although Spotify users might be inspired to buy what they stream, the fear is that streaming may ultimately supplant digital downloads. Those downloads typically net artists and labels 70 percent of the retail price per sale.
They don't really address it in the article, but I'm curious to know if these services are crowding out the other way musicians can earn revenue. Have the sale of Fugazi albums decreased since you can listen to their entire discography online now? Or are people using Spotify as a sort of radio where they'll hear and try out new music and then end up going buying albums and going to shows and supplementing a musician's income that way. Either way, I feel like indie labels might just chafe at the low payments they earn on these services because it so clearly monetizes exactly how far a particular musician has entered (or failed to enter) into the public consciousness. The record label has just requested that their catalog be removed from Spotify, and I haven't heard or listened to any of the bands on their roster. It's gonna be interesting to see how labels try to balance promoting their music while also being able to control and maximize their revenue.
There is a link in the first article to the avclub that speaks of the convenience factor in new technologies and how some cultural artifacts might get lost in the transition. It's worth a read -
Streaming music has turned every laptop into a world-class listening booth, and Netflix’s DVD service allowed anyone with a mailbox access to many of the greatest movies ever made. But as we come to expect and even rely on near-instantaneous access, we risk unconsciously downgrading anything that isn’t so ready at hand. Because of my profession, people confess to me that it’s been years since they saw a movie in a theater, while friends post requests for Netflix Instant recommendations on Facebook and Twitter, apparently content to limit their options to whatever’s streaming right now...
...Search for Drive Angry, and [Netflix] Instant helpfully suggests you watch Kick-Ass instead...
...Luis Buñuel’s Land Without Bread, once a pivotal text for teachers seeking to illustrate the potential for deception inherent in the documentary form, has all but drifted out of the conversation, replaced by more easily accessible examples.
The services offering access to a bottomless library of content continue to multiply, but for myriad reasons ranging from licensing restrictions to tangled chains of custody, these services are critically flawed. Spotify’s great, unless you want to listen to anything Hüsker Dü recorded before its major-label debut. Would you trade New Day Rising for the Black Eyed Peas catalogue?
edit: Total whoops...just realized tornavalanche is my friend John's older brother's band and is on Exotic Fever and I have listened to them and they are quite good.
In other news, after filming a bunch of shows in Chicago for fun and for free, John took photos and filmed interviews backstage at Lollapalooza last week. Check his website out in the next couple weeks for him to hopefully post them or link to the website where they are posted.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Bob Dylan, "Fourth Time Around"
Some guys I know from Milwaukee are in a band called The Fatty Acids and are currently doing a tour around half the country. I don't know where y'all live, but they're playing August 19th in Lawrence, KS and August 22nd in Chicago. If you're in the area and looking for something to do, I suggest seeing them. They always put on a good live show. You can stream their new album on their website or here.
If you're just reaping from the past, you're not really giving anything back...I think it's important for the ongoing project of music to at least try to come up with things that have never been done before. Young musicians, in particular, seem to be way more fascinated by the past than the future...What disorients me is the lack of surprise. I find the existence of Mumford & Sons in 2011 to be mind-blowing, and not in a good way. When I first heard a lot of rave music, for example, it seemed really foreign and hard to get your head around. There's nothing to get your head around with Mumford & Sons or Adele or people like Fleet Foxes. The past has taken the place of the future in people's imagination...the '60s was just a long period where there was a sense of hurtling forward. It was happening on multiple fronts simultaneously -- the beginning of feminism, civil rights, the space race, the Beatles and all that. In the early-to-mid-'60s, there was a lot of very modernistic space age-looking fashion. On every cultural front, people were breaking down barriers. In pop music, it's the decade the other decades have all defined themselves against. Punk was the inversion of the '60s in a lot of ways, but it still kept a little of that idealism and the belief in change. The '80s were defined in a lot of ways as a repudiation of '60s ideas, and '90s rave culture was a return to drugginess and all that.
First off, I can't stand this baby boomer-ication of history. Things may have been hurtling forward in the 60s, but fuck this guy if he doesn't think that the bands that define the decade for most people weren't just reaping from the past. Dylan just wanted to be Woody Guthrie, Clapton just wanted to be Robert Johnson, and the Stones wanted to be any number of black American musicians.
Second of all, that's such a cherry-picking list of bands to judge an entire culture on. How do you define the 60s as everything from feminism, fashion, space race, civil rights, and music and then declare the '90s as "rave culture" and "drugginess"? Was I just in a happy little cocoon up in Wisconsin to not realize the impact house and jungle music had on the culture at large? And now he just names off three bands and declares that this generation is too occupied with the past? Someone could just as easily select three other groups like Animal Collective or Kanye or James Blake or LCD Soundsystem or Beach House and, regardless of whether you like them or not, make a case for how forward-thinking this generation of musicians are.
And thirdly, I always list three things.
Whatever, I had nothing to do today except count down the hours until I donate my plasma.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Good Monday Shanty Folk,
Friday, August 5, 2011
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Update for 7/18: The Preston County Sheriff's Department identifies the woman killed as Nicole Paris Miller, 20 from South Carolina. The injured women are Elizabeth Rose Doran, 20, and Yen H. Ton, 21. Doran is in good condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital while Ton has been released. All three women were from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Based on evidence at the scene and interviews conducted with victims and witnesses, it appears that Clay Harlin Lewin of Cape Charles, Virginia, lost control of the 2002 GMC pickup truck he was driving and struck several vehicles and a campsite. The vehicle and campsite were situated on a hillside.
All Good Festival officials issued this statement about the tragedy:
"The All Good Festival was saddened to hear about the incident that took the life of one person this morning. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to their family and loved ones.
There also were two other individuals that suffered injuries in the incident and we wish them a speedy recovery
At this time, the Festival is working with the Preston County, West Virginia Sheriff's Department and all relevant authorities."
One person was killed and two others seriously injured in an accident Sunday at the All Good Music Festival in Preston County.
Sheriff Dallas Wolfe says the accident happened when a pick-up truck in a camping area rolled out of control into a group of people. Wolfe says one woman was killed and two other women hurt. They were life flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with serious injuries.
Wolfe says all three were trapped under the vehicle and “had to be extricated.”
Wolfe says the camping area where the accident happened has rolling hills that apparently contributed to the accident. He says there was a driver in the vehicle, but it appears the vehicle went out of control. No charges have been filed, but the case is still being investigated.
"It's just a tragedy," Wolfe told Metronews. "We've worked hard with the All Good staff to keep it as safe as we could, but things happen."
The names of the victims have not yet been released.Sunday was the final day of the music festival, which attracts over 25,000 people to Masontown. Police arrested at least 35 people as of Saturday on a variety of charges, mostly drug-related.
I misread the above tag from the Wall Street Journal and thought that Murdoch may have had a recent "tear up the headlines" kind of day. Given everything that's been stressing him out lately, I can imagine that he thought that American people should hear it like it is for a change.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
But the tables were turned dramatically when he found himself overcome by owner Olga Zajac, 28, who happened to be a black belt in karate. She allegedly floored the would-be robber with a single kick.
Then, in a scene reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, police say Zajac dragged the semi-conscious Jasinski to a back room of the salon and tied him up with a hair dryer cable.
She allegedly stripped him naked and, for the next three days, used him as a sex slave to 'teach him a lesson' - force feeding him Viagra to keep the lesson going.