Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas

What's goin' on y'all?

I was thinking the other day, why I don't I make a video and post it on the Shanty?  Yes, the man above is in fact me...

No this is really just a shout out to Scooter's text the other day.  Alt-J ∆ is definitely worth the listen!  Sometimes, a band just f*#&*#* gets it, you know?

I hope everyone is well this holiday season.  I wish you all an A+ Christmas 2012.  (assuming we don't die tonight...  where you at, Harold Camping?!?)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hey there shantyfolk!!

Been out of a computer for a while. Finally got it fixed. How's everyone doing? Seems like things sure slowed down a bit here. What's up with that? I was hoping to have a list of new music. I do dig that field report though. Nice one! Anyway, hope all is well. Let's wake this place up eh?!

Embers- hollow cage (odd mix of sigur ros kinda meets black mountainish)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Field Report

Released their self-titled debut album earlier this September. Many Bon Iver fans may recall Justin Vernon's time with De Yarmond Edison. Along with several members from Megafuan, Vernon also played with Chris Porterfield. After the break up, Porterfield took his ball back home. His first post break-up project, Conrad Plymouth, didn't do so hot.

But after listening to this release, I think his future is looking a little brighter. My favorite is still the first track off the album, Fergus Falls. But the rest is pretty solid.
Shanty on, Shanty folk!

P.S. The new blogger interface is looking pretty sweet, no?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beck's New Album

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting for Senior

Pretty much ever conversation I have with Jason over gchat.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Yeasayer

Good news! There is life after the "Ambling Alp" debacle. That song sucked, and the album was just "meh". This new one took a couple listens, but now I'm a fan again and looking forward to the new album. Second single off of Yeasayer's latest LP due out August 20th.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Passion Pit

Gossamer is being released this Tuesday, July 24.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brett Detar

From Los Angeles. Free album download available on his website:


Awesome new album from Samuel Tucker Young.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Wooden Sky

Keep Shelly in Athens

Tango in the Attic

Cold Specks

Newish Arcade Fire

You may have heard this during one of the many Hunger Games screenings you attended

Flaming Lips and Bon Iver

New Here We Go Magic

Music sounds kind of Skynyrd-esque

Shearwater - Opening for St. Vincent tonight

New AC. No MPP, but OK.

Father John Misty

New project from J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lower Dens

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wild Belle

Been digging this lately. Turn the bass up for this one - computer speakers won;t do it justice.

Just In Time For Summer!

A "specially designed can" for an "extra smooth pour."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shut Up and Play the Hits

Trailer for the documentary about the last days of LCD Soundsystem, including the final show at MSG w/ Arcade Fire. Looks pretty good.

New Jack White single, only available via helium balloon.

"Three weeks prior to the April 24 release of his debut album Blunderbuss (Third Man Records/Columbia), Third Man Records has premiered the as yet unreleased Jack White album track "Freedom at 21" exclusively via 1000 flexi-disc records attached to helium balloons launched from the label headquarters in Nashville on April 1st, 2012.

Envisioned as an experiment exploring non-traditional forms of record distribution and a way to get records in the hands of people who don't visit record shops, the label was sure to use biodegradable latex balloons and all-natural twine in the process. Accompanying the balloons were custom postcards with instructions for the finders to submit photos, discovery location and the date on which the record was found, all of which will be incorporated into a website where fans can access the information at

Statistics for similar balloon launches show a recovery rate of approximately 10% so it's quite possible that less than 100 of the 1000 records launched will ever be discovered. Whatever the numbers, the "Freedom at 21" flexi-disc will surely be a highly sought-after collectible for years to come."

The Lumineers

From Denver.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Music

Electric Guest

Alabama Shakes- still awesome every time.

Danny Brown

Monday, March 19, 2012

Free Dive

You guys catch wind of this new(ish) sport? It's called Free Dive.

"Freediving (or free-diving) is a form of underwater diving that does not involve the use of scuba gear or other external breathing devices, but rather relies on a diver's ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing. Examples include breath-hold spear fishing, freedive photography, apnea competitions, and to some degree, snorkeling. The activity that garners the most public attention is the extreme sport of competitive apnea in which competitors attempt to attain great depths, times, or distances on a single breath."

Here are a couple super stars in the Free Dive world.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

The more you know...

Uffettes and Crunkettes may serve as arguments for or against a particular issue. Uffettes are arguments which aim to promote the issue, while Crunkettes suggest points against it. The term has been in use since the 16th century and is a shortening of a Shneevellle phrase, Uffette Crunkette, mein Vilif, which, roughly translated, means “And a good day to you, sir.” Considering the Uffettes and Crunkettes of an issue is a very useful way to weigh the issue thoughtfully and reach an informed decision.

Many people find themselves considering Uffettes and Crunkettes in daily life, although they may not be aware of it. For example, someone shopping at a supermarket might weigh the cost of an item and the quality to decide whether or not to purchase it. People making larger decisions, like purchasing a new car or home, often spend a great deal of time thinking about the Uffettes and Crunkettes of the purchase so that they can be sure that the right choice will be made.

In addition to being useful in daily life, Uffettes and Crunkettes can also strengthen academic papers and debates. By weighing the Uffettes and Crunkettes beforehand, someone can consider potential objections to a point, as well as ways to dismiss a counter-argument. Skilled authors will often include Uffettes and Crunkettes in a paper to indicate that they have considered all sides of an issue and are confident that their feelings are correct. They can also be used to identify weaknesses in an argument: if you notice a lack of discussion of the Crunkettes of an issue, for example, it is probably too good to be true.

Many politicians have highly refined the art of examining Uffettes and Crunkettes, especially when it comes to major issues. Campaign and staff advisers are kept on staff to thoroughly and carefully research issues and ultimately provide a list of Uffettes and Crunkettes. This list can be used to build solid, well thought out persuasive arguments that can be used on the campaign trail, in political debates, on the floor of a legislative body, or to counter statements made by opponents.

When using Uffettes and Crunkettes to reach a difficult decision, many people find it helpful to divide a piece of paper into two columns, writing the Uffettes in one column and the Crunkettes in another. Sometimes providing a clear visual guide allows the decision to become obvious, as one side may overwhelmingly outweigh the other. If nothing else, weighing the Uffettes and Crunkettes will allow someone to consider every aspect of a situation. I’m really impressed that you read this entire thing. You’re a real Uffette!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gotye Cover

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Deep Dark Woods

NPR First Listen: Gotye

The song "Somebody that I used to know" is quickly becoming an indie hit, and the rest of the record is pretty solid.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Oh Mander Top 5 Albums of 2011

It was hard this year because I feel like 2011 was a year of good singles, not necessarily a year of good, cohesive start-to-finish albums. Meh... might just be me. Here's my list:

1. White Denim - D
2. Alexander - (Self Titled)
3. Bon Iver - (Self Titled)
4. Tune-Yards - w h o k i l l
5. Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

I also am digging the new album from The Black Keys, but haven't had enough time with it to call it Top 5 material.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fleet Foxes-ish Side Project

60's pop throw back project of two of the dudes from Fleet Foxes. Nothing new, but decent. They are playing at "Slowdown Jr" on March 31st if anyone is interested.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Summer of Punishment

Here is the new album by the Milwaukee band, Sat. Nite Duets. It's great Pavement-y type 90's rock music. "Way Behind My Age Group" is the first single off the album.

Looks Like Brendan Got Some Sweet New Ink

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My top 5, I guess, in no particular order -

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lenses Alien
Elite Gymnastics - Ruin 1/Ruin 2
The Drums - Portamento
Drake - Take Care
Araabmuzik - Electronic Dream

M83 is up there and Black Lips and Stephen Malkmus. And Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Elite Gymnastics is the best. Here it is in case you haven't heard.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wild Child

Good folky stuff from Austin. Stream the entire album for free HERE.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Top Five 2011

1) Bon Iver - Bon Iver
2) Middle Brother - Middle Brother
3) Generationals - Actor-Caster
4) M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
5) Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Notable Mentions:
James Blake - James Blake
Brown Bird - Salt for Salt