Monday, September 28, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/09/28

blog 2009/09/28 - You can make it through it all, even with no reward.

Some big big new here folks: We have an exclusive track leaked out of France. Check this release ASAP for a rare track from the one-and-only Melissa Laveaux.
We are very excited.

In other news, I did a quickie edit of . I added in a widget to scroll my latest blogspot entries, which pairs well with the Facebook fan page feed that is on there.
This is of course ramping up to a proper edit of the site: a new mix to be posted. Hopefully within a week there will be more downtempo up. Check back soon...

In the meantime, on to the music. Today's update is especially eclectic, so this might require a bit more active sorting on your part.

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern - Broken Line 2: Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto have been making some of the best 21st century bliss-out minimalism for the past 10 years.
With just Sakamoto at piano and Noto on laptop, their meditative sound gardens raised the bar for the stirring beauty of contemporary minimalism. Now teamed with Ensemble Modern, their 2008 release "utp_" brings together a slightly fuller sound while maintaining the joys and curiousities of their earlier releases.
Recommended for fans of contemporary classical, abstract minimalism, Brian Eno, Satie, Luigi Archetti, etc.

Brother Ali - Tight Rope: Ali is back with a hot new album "Us". I have to give it another listen or two to see if it will rank in the year's top releases, but so far it's super tight and really dope.
Check this track out for another first: A fairly major MC, and a braggadocio one at that, that actually talks about homosexuality in a compassionate way. Not a single 'faggot' reference on the whole album.

Eryka Badu & Ziggy Marley - I Luv U (Dubstep Mix): Some chilled out dubstep bliss. You can't get much more chilled out than with Badu, Marley, and a dubby stepper.
oh come on, do you really need a link for Ziggy Marley or Badu?

Jesus Lizard - Puss: HOLY HOT REISSUES! The Jesus Lizard's "Inch" is a must have, unless you have all of the 7"s it collects on it already. Puss is my favourite Jesus Lizard song of all time. I must have been 14 when I got the Jesus Lizard / Nirvana split (Nirvana's track was the lovely Oh The Guilt), and it rocked my world. Inch is highly recommended for any hard rock fans, especially if you are a youngin that never listed to Jesus Lizard, and think that Jay Reatard came out of nowhere.

Mélissa Laveaux - Crazy In Love: Stop the presses! Sneaked out of a recording session in France, we have an exclusive here. Melissa Laveaux turns in a brilliant and airy interpretation of Beyonce's Crazy In Love.

Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Blackout Crew Remix): WTF is this? Holy shit, I was not expecting this. Metronomy is all indie electro rock pop getting remixed by the latest bloghouse superstars... and here we have BLACKOUT CREW ON THE REMIX? Woah.
Blackout Crew, for those that don't know, are the ambassadors of Donk Music, a small subgenre of Euro hard-house/gabber that only really exists in Northern Ireland. They were famously featured in a Vice documentary, and got some internet WTF notoriety for their sickeningly addictive video for Put A Donk On It.
So yes, this is total rave cheese, but I can't resist. This is just awesome. Pretty much any time you have a song, there is only one thing to do: PUT A DONK ON IT.

Natalia Lafourcade - Azul: Representing Mexico, Lafourcade is just a delight. I am often confused about how much I can get really excited about singer-songwriters that aren't speaking English, but it all works so well. Like Shugo Tokumaru, the composition is just so full and brimming with intelligence and passion, you know exactly what she means, even if you have no idea what she's saying. From the 2009 album "Hu Hu Hu".

Pearson - A Fade Out Is A Cop Out: Some great light Canadian indie rock styles. They're from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Who knew! Recommended for fans of The Acorn, Rural Alberta Advantage, and well, CBC-radio indie rock in general.

Pinback - Bouquet: This goes back 2 years to their album Autumn Of The Seraphs. I'm surprised I didn't catch it back then, but I'm glad I found it now. Much more mellow than Pinback of yore, there are is some understated goodness in this track.

Plushgun - Dancing In A Minefield: These are from the 2009 Pins & Panzers LP, and are a delightful example of emo electro pop done well. Not enough electro synthpop has cohesive narrative lyrics!
Plushgun - Just Impolite: This one is the winner of addictive-choruses-that-actually-verses. srsly.

Popof - Serenity (Luetzenkirchen Techno Treatment Remix): 2 of my favourite tech-house producers are on this hot little bubbler. Time for the percolator...

Rustie - Bad Science: Rustie gives us mad compressed handclaps on top of some 8-bit Nintendo beats. I love how his synth arpeggiator goes perfectly with the NES "sproing" sample.

The Xx - Heart Skipped A Beat: Hold on to your socks, The XX are making big waves and will undoubtedly dominate year-end lists. Mixing the subtlety of Nico with the vulnerability of quiet Sonic Youth tracks, the self-titled album is something to experience as a true whole.
The Xx - Islands: Yeah, so good like trying to just limit this band to a chance few for your Ipod. Just get the damn album, ok?
Highly recommended.

They Might Be Giants - Feign Amnesia: I am a long-time TMBG fan (seriously, like I have a list of their songs that actually make me cry,) but for some reason didn't listen to The Else until recently. By no means a revolutionary statement, I was surprised at how fun it was.
They Might Be Giants - The Shadow Government: If you're new to the TMBG world, be sure to start with their self-titled debut, Flood, and Apollo 18. But this one's poppy, fun, and pretty solid. Recommended if you could get in to Factory Showroom. Also recommended if you run a meth-lab and want a funny song about your life.

tUnE-YaRdS - HATARI: I am just so addicted to the folksy storyteller vibe that this band conveys. Part ritual, part campfire party, all glorious indulgence.


Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern - Broken Line 2
Brother Ali - Tight Rope
Eryka Badu & Ziggy Marley - I Luv U (Dubstep Mix)
Jesus Lizard - Puss
Mélissa Laveaux - Crazy In Love
Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Blackout Crew Remix)
Natalia Lafourcade - Azul
Pearson - A Fade Out Is A Cop Out
Pinback - Bouquet
Plushgun - Dancing In A Minefield
Plushgun - Just Impolite
Popof - Serenity (Luetzenkirchen Techno Treatment Remix)
Rustie - Bad Science
The Xx - Heart Skipped A Beat
The Xx - Islands
They Might Be Giants - Feign Amnesia
They Might Be Giants - The Shadow Government

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Monday, September 21, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/09/21

blog 2009/09/21 - A trip down memory lane to memories I never had but form with plastic

Did you know that memories can't be trusted? Given a certain willingness on both of our parts, so sensory deprivation and so narcotics, I bet I could eventually implant memories of your days in the swinging 60s and the flapperful 30s. (Because don't you know that everyone in the 30s was a flapper?)
So come with me on another special GOLDEN OLDIES post, as we try and rework the malleable outlines of memory and re-encode ourselves with the most awesomest of probably doubt and charismatic adventures, all set to music that came out long before I was of age to properly enjoy it as new and fresh.

First thing first, and I do mean first: I have been listening to a lot of big band jazz as of late., especially from the 1930s. It's just incredible stuff.
Actually, I have been frequently alternating between 30s big band and late 90s Japanese Noise. I don't really know why, and maybe it's not best to psychoanalyze too much, but it is akin to a Swedish bath where you go from the chilly waterfall to the hottub in a few short steps...
Benny Goodman - These Foolish Things (1935)
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade (1939)
Larry Clinton - Over The Rainbow (1939)

Next up, we have sample sources. When we go back to music of prior decades, we are now looking back within a new context, where the hits of yore have mostly been recontextualized via youtube cover song or having their entire melody ripped verbatim for a Daft Punk track.
So here are three tracks I have been grooving to, each of which has been famously sampled.
George McCrae - I Get Lifted (1974): Most obviously sampled by Keith Murray on the appropriately titled "Get Lifted", as well on Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg.
The Winstons - Amen Brother (1969): Pretty much the most famous sample of all electronic music, the break at 1:26 was sampled and passed around as "The Amen Break", instantly adding 2 inches to Alec Empire's penis.
The Seeds - I Can't Seem To Make You Mine (1966): OK, so this one isn't so famous, but Diplo beautifully reworking the guitar line and the "Girl I love you..." vocal part for his track Put That Pussy On Me. But the song itself kicks so much ass, the way the guy yelps and cries after each line is gorgeous, and was a technique that seemingly inspired Ian Svenonius's style on The Make-Up.

The next batch will focus on 80s alternative rock. Technically, I was alive in the 80s, but really my musical education didn't even really begin starting until 1989, and then just barely.
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died (1980): The recent passing of Jim Carroll was the reason for starting this post. I just needed any excuse to post this track. Her was a person who died. R.I.P.
The Motor Totemist Guild - Farmer Without Strings (1985): I love this quirky post-nowave avant rock that was under the surface in the 80s. Follow the paths from back then to modern artists like Final Fantasy and Parenthetical Girls, hell even Architecture In Helsinki. Tellingly enough, this track is from the compilation "California Outside Music Association". Nuff said.
The Tapes - (I Fall) Head First (1980): The Tapes LP 'Party' came as a surprise and a delight. Listening to old new-wave rock stuff, I just often can't be bothered to care, but here was this LP with quirky competency that rivaled The Talking Heads!
The Tapes - Lg_Dg (1980): You don't have to purr to be a cat girl!

Only 2 tracks in the next segment, but oh what 2 tracks they are. Dream pop bliss!
Anne Briggs - Fine Horseman (1971): If you listened to this track without knowing the date, you'd wonder if it was coming off a leaked Alela Diane album. 38 years later, this enigmatic folk style is back in flourish.
Nico - I'm Not Saying (1965): By no means obscure, but such a great song to return to.

And for the rest of this post, here's just a bunch more oldies from 64-81, a quality 18 years, easily summarized by the following 9 hits.

Anna King - Night Time Is The Right Time (1964): I love this gal.

Cilla Black - You're My World (1964): Such a sappy number! Total Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Harry Belafonte - Jump In The Line (1961): BELAFONTE IS FUCKING KING. OMG you need proof, just check him out on The Muppet Show. Super talented, a great humanitarian, and a perpetual hunk.

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
- Just Dropped In (1968): Holy shit, I never would have thought there was a time in the world when Kenny Rogers was getting higher than Tom Petty.

Mama Cass Elliot - Make Your Own Kind Of Music (1969): You hear the opening strings and you know it's some good stinky cheese and you just love it. Go Mama, go!

Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun (1974): This song used to terrify me when I was a little child. A catchy pop song about DEATH? WTF? It's haunting and paradoxical and stuck with me through the years.

The Ad Libs - The Boy From New York City (1965): I have a huge heart-on for acapella doowop intros.

The Dixie Cups - Iko Iko (1965): This song blows my mind in it's clever addictiveness. A kid's jump-rope song has never been so satisfying.

The Stranglers - Golden Brown (1981): I first heard this song when Spooky Ruben covered it and put it on his Japan-only Wendy McDonald EP. I was delighted that the original was even better and featured a rare instance of pop-chart harpsichord.


Anna King - Night Time Is The Right Time (1964)
Anne Briggs - Fine Horseman (1971)
Benny Goodman - These Foolish Things (1935)
Cilla Black - You're My World (1964)
George Mc Crae - I Get Lifted (1974)
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade (1939)
Harry Belafonte - Jump In The Line (1961)
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died (1980)
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In (1968)
Larry Clinton - Over The Rainbow (1939)
Mama Cass Elliot - Make Your Own Kind Of Music (1969)
Nico - I'm Not Saying (1965)
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun (1974)
The Ad Libs - The Boy From New York City (1965)
The Dixie Cups - Iko Iko (1965)
The Motor Totemist Guild - Farmer Without Strings (1985)
The Seeds - I Can't Seem To Make You Mine (1966)
The Stranglers - Golden Brown (1981)
The Tapes - (I Fall) Head First (1980)
The Tapes - Lg_Dg (1980)
The Winstons - Amen Brother (1969)

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/09/18

blog 2009/09/18 - CPI's MP3 blog gets abridged and funky; PMS playlists

You know what? I'm all grumpy and moody today.
I also realize that delaying posting a blog this week will just make me feel worse, so here we go with another post, except this time I am just going to write one sentence for each entry.

Copeland - Chin Up: I just love the line "you're breaking your neck to keep your chin up".

Esser - I Love You: Another line I think is great: "Love is no excuse for bad art".

Fly.Union - When We: A super sweet soul loop brings this track together.

In-Flight Safety - Torches: Sometimes I just have nothing to say and let the music rock out around me.


Mother Mother - Wrecking Ball: If this band was to get any more cheery-happy-pop they'd come out with sequined outfits and have synchronised guitar dances on stage.

P.O.S. - P.O.S Is Ruining My Life: Like most semi-intelligent beings I try and avoid rock-rap crossovers with a passion, unless unless unless...

Paola Prestini - Inngerutit: Prestini's 2008 album Body Maps on John Zorn's Tzadik label goes down as one of the great contemporary classical accomplishments of 2008; amazing.

Peaches - I Feel Cream: I was suprised to find as many good songs on the 2009 album I Feel Cream, but Nisker has brought out some heavy-hitting friends to raise the bar, even if it is often more of the same.
Peaches - Talk To Me: Case and point, Beth fucking Ditto!

Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Pop Mix): This comes off as a darker and more seductive take on La Roux and other 80s revivalist pop reworks on the market, and surpasses many of them by far.

Promise ft Drake - In My City: Oh hell yes.

Soft Circle - Light Bright: From a split 12" with stoner hcicks The High Places, this is the way I always wanted drugged-up stoner trance jams to sound like.

The Blueflowers - Watercolor Ghost Town: Sexy indie folkpop yes.

The Dodos - Acorn Factory: I regretably have to admit that the new Dodos album "Time To Die" does not live up to the staggeringly high expectations we placed on it, but that is truly our fault.
The Dodos - Troll Nacht: The ramshackle folk bliss is here, but oh how I wish I could love it all as much as I love these two tracks

The Shoes - Keep That Control ft Scream Club (Yuksek Lost Control Remix): Finally, Scream Club get it right and outsource the beatworking and only focus on being sassypants.

White Lies - Death: In a perfect world, the FM rock stations would play people like this.

Windmill - Plastic Pre Flight Seats: Modest Mouse rock riffing with many more women involved.


Copeland - Chin Up
Esser - I Love You
Fly.Union - When We
In-Flight Safety - Torches
MC Chris - DBS4
Mother Mother - Wrecking Ball
P.O.S. - P.O.S Is Ruining My Life
Paola Prestini - Inngerutit
Peaches - I Feel Cream
Peaches - Talk To Me
Polly Scattergood - Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Pop Mix)
Promise ft Drake - In My City
Soft Circle - Light Bright
The Blueflowers - Watercolor Ghost Town
The Dodos - Acorn Factory
The Dodos - Troll Nacht
The Shoes - Keep That Control ft Scream Club (Yuksek Lost Control Remix)
White Lies - Death
Windmill - Plastic Pre Flight Seats

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Orv Owens - Obey Authority

"Why can't I get my child toobey me?" This is a question that most parents have asked but no one is giving good answers. This tape will create a desire in the childs subconscious to obey.

My friend Heather found this tape back around 1995. It says "(c) 1999" in the photo here, but that must be a new edition.
We were a gangly mess of sensitive art-punk-nerds and tittered in joy and laughter with this great find.

Heather writes...
I got this from an old Sally Ann downtown when I was in high school. It closed soon after, I think. It was in the basement in a bin of caseless tapes. This one was white and just said "Obey Authority" on it. Years later I did some research and learned that this was made by Orv Owens, a Christian Fundamentalist mind-control guru (and choral singer!) who still sells quit-smoking and lose-weight sleep tapes online. This is the only thing I've ever recorded from tape to digital. I don't even remember how to anymore. :)

childrens have delicious brains

More from the promotional material...
A lack of leadership and failure to be strong followers has hurt the business world, held back individuals and destroyed productivity. A high respect for those in positions of authority is needed to build a successful organization. This tape will create a desire to relate well upward.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/09/09

blog 2009/09/09 - The gates are all crashing in and the siege brings party balloons!

BOOM! Back with another CD of freshness.

Andrew Bird - Imitosis (Four Tet Remix): Andrew Bird wears Four Tet well. Bird's literary humanities-lounge-drunkard crooning fits perfectly with Four Tet's locked-in-the-music-basement rhythmic manifestations.

Bouncer Crew - Smokesum ft Frank-N-Dank: From the 2007 album Xtasy for Ladies, this is the single standout to be found. The album is OK, but in an album that is all party and no studying, you often end up with one jam and then 11 or so hangovers.

Calvin Harris - Flashback: The new LP is Ready For The Weekend, and while the sophomore effort doesn't come to matching his debut, if you are a fan already you'll probably be super in to this. Me, I like some of it and worry he's heading in to Moby territory, releasing "generic electronica for white college kids". For Flashback here, I can appreciate him channeling that early 90s pop dancefloor. So sugary sweet, you don't even bother to worry if it's bad for you.

Down The Lees - Talk is Not Cheap: What starts off as a paint-by-numbers indie pop song sticks to it's structural roots and builds and builds upwards, adding more drums, more organ, more chants and OMG the bliss of the indie song because a mantra of ecstasy.

J Dilla - Walkinonit (Phaseone Remix): Dilla beats float around as a ephemeral goodness, seldom breaching the 100 second mark, and this is no exception. Floats in to being, sticks around to tease you with might have been, and walks on away...

Jentri Colello - Daisies: Straight ahead folk beauty, from the 2008 Bird of Prey EP.

Jihae - Hide: I haven't heard the full-length Elvis Is Still Alive, but I can really appreciate the fusion of freakfolk swells and slide-guitar whine. But in the end, it makes me crave more Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, which takes this kind of music to it's sinister conclusions.

Marcus Visionary - Long Long Time: It's been a long long long long long long long long long time since I posted up some jungle, and I am just in love with this track. Good sample usage, playful basslines, and an occasional smattering of amen smashes makes me happy.

Maria Taylor with Andy LeMaster - A Good Start: I'm running out of ways to talk about pleasant folk songs. This is from the 2008 album Savannah Drive. That is all.

Mika - We Are Golden (Don Diablo Remix): Corralling the masses in to one throbbing mob has never had a better theme song! It's like a pep song for the socially maladjusted artsy raver sect. GOLDEN!

My Brightest Diamond - Inside A Boy: MBD always tend to delight me. This is from their 2008 album A Thousand Shark's Teeth, and actually acts as a stylist precursor for this years album by The Decemberists! You can hear just why she was chosen to perform the parts of "The Queen". An astounding talent.

Nico Muhly - The Only Tune III. The Only Tune: Starting delicate and small, the vocal lines proves to be an unbreakable mantra that powers through treacherous and sentimental musical memories seeping here and there. We get to the end and nothing is accomplished, nothing has changed, but we made it and are better for it, surprisingly uplifted.

Red - I Should Tell Ya Momma On You (Chops Remix): Could this be the best single of 2009? Check youtube for the origin video of this guy, who walked up to the gates of (I think) Jay-Z's place and starts beatboxing and rapping for the guards while someone films him through the bars. The acapella beatbox is remarkable, but here Chops lays on some more melody and tightens things up, but dayyam good fun to be had here.

Russian Red - Timing Is Crucial: More delicious folk music, this time from the I Love Your Glasses LP.

Seaworthy - Ammunition 1: The new album is called "1897" and it features about half delicate drones, with the other half of delicate guitar-improv textures. It is the dronework on here that really does it for me though. Like a blissful harbor at night.

Silje Nes - Ames Room: Signed to the always pleasant FatCat label, she should find her way in to the collection of any fan of Mum, Barbara Morgenstern, Masha Qurella.

I have to listen to the new Mountain Goats LP The Life Of The World To Come a bit more before I deliver my own verdict on it. It doesn't conjure up the same emotional and narrative ride of the last 2 albums, but I haven't given up hope.
The two tracks here are the most engaging on the album, so expect much more mellow after these.
Each song is titled after a biblical passage, and the entire work has a much more straightforward and subdued tone to it. I haven't read the backstory, but there has probably been a funeral or two between this album and the last.

Toy Selectah - Lamento En La Jungla: This was a surprise addition to the Mad Decent roster. The MD crew always hooked up producers from all around the globe, but they seldom go straight to the funky house goodness. This is groovy.

That's it, that's all! Just flip this over and over for a few days. Let it all sink in.


Andrew Bird - Imitosis (Four Tet Remix)
Bouncer Crew - Smokesum ft Frank-N-Dank
Calvin Harris - Flashback
Down The Lees - Talk is Not Cheap
J Dilla - Walkinonit (Phaseone Remix)
Jentri Colello - Daisies
Jihae - Hide
Marcus Visionary - Long Long Time
Maria Taylor with Andy LeMaster - A Good Start
Mika - We Are Golden (Don Diablo Remix)
My Brightest Diamond - Inside A Boy
Nico Muhly - The Only Tune III. The Only Tune
Red - I Should Tell Ya Momma On You (Chops Remix)
Russian Red - Timing Is Crucial
Seaworthy - Ammunition 1
Silje Nes - Ames Room
The Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23
The Mountain Goats - Psalms 40:2
Toy Selectah - Lamento En La Jungla

OK, your motivation is "sponge". The scenario is: "old train yard". aaaannndd.. go!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/09/03

blog 2009/09/03 - Is the magic of yesterday lost on you now?

A new week, a new post. The MP3s keep coming and there is a taste of glory in this all.
Welcome back.

Acid Girls - The Numbers Song: We get this going on a massively strong clubfoot stomper note. Acid Girls rock it on the instrumental electro tip. No silly samples or 'lectro remix biz as crutches, this is grinding electro house goodness.

Chris Schlarb - I: aaaaand we slow things right down with this quaint textural classical/ambient piece from the 2007 album Twilight & Ghost Stories. Pieces like this sit like jazz on my brain. A smattering of somewhat disconnected-yet-interworking layers of guitar, piano, radio organ static, reverbed strings, wind chimes and field recordings sit perfectly on my weary head.

Discuss - One Thing In Its Right Place: Dope downtempo/IDM from the 2008 LP "Aeration Swells". The beat hooks you right from the get-go, the subdued background voice tries to work it's way to the forefront, and finally comes to attention but still lacks coherence.

Emmy The Great - We Almost Had A Baby: I was initially head-over-heels for this band based on the first few leaked singles. Their full length was a disappointment, I'll admit it. But when I take this song, and built a playlist with this, "Hold On" and "24", I get butterflies in my stomach and want to dance and cry at the same time. Keep your ears affixed, Emmy The Great are potentially poised for some miraculous.

Esso & Woody - Don't Stop: The MJ estate is working on high-profile massive budget reworks, but in the meantime the underground has reworked and sampled MJ a million times over, and here we are again, this time sampling some horns riffs from the disco era and laying lyrics on top.

Filastine - Blung: Always one worth checking out, the latest Filastine LP "Dirty Bomb" didn't grab me as a whole. But fret not, as this track has just the amount of innovation and swagger, ironically seemingly effecting some hypnotic swirls that are almost Muslimgauze-ish. Good stuff.

There's a certain naive bliss that is often missing from electronic music. The feelgood innocence found abstractly between the likes of Bran Van 3000, Pizzicato Five, and early 90s stabs at electro pop. That joy is honored hear on the Fol Chen album "The Longer U Wait".
A collection of remixes and reworks, it's not entirely consistent, but the joy of joys on here more than makes up for the few toss-offs. Sufjan Steven's label Asthmatic Kitty has put this out, and I think you can even download the whole thing from their web site.

Immortal Technique - The 3rd World: This is from the "The 3rd World" and I just love that super bass slam on every 4th beat. Political songs are always a contentious topic, but this avoids most of the common pitfalls that make most tracks like this embarrassingly unlistenable a year later.

Josh Ritter - To the Dogs or Whoever: Old school story time singalong folk ala Dylan and the like! If you love barefoot stomping good times, go for this. The full length is "The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter".

Paper Moon - Down With Safe: I like songs where the vocalist sounds like is doing rounds with herself, but then again I think about how most people would have sex with their doppleganger. Like, how hard would it be to get totally comfortable? Anyways, I love this band out of Winnipeg, and work hard to have google associate their name associated with the search terms "sex with doppleganger".

Shystie - Step Bac: Woah, it's been a while since we posted something grimey here! Remedy: Shystie rocking over slap-happy gun-cock & snare beat. Problem solved!

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down - Swimming Pools: The full length "Know Better Learn Faster" is out October 13th, so here is a sneak-peak of the heat within. Fun folk/pop/rock sweetness. I'm excited!

I can't properly express my joy that the new Antlers album "Hospice" is finally here. It is to 2009 what Okkervil River's Black Sheep Boy was to 2005: An emotional, mature, engrossing work that will dominate melancholy mixtapes for the next decade.
We originally posted up some of The Antlers here back in January, then another in August, and here are two more. The song Shiva is especially brilliant, with it's creepy mysticism of the narrator transforming in to the victim, and them departing, leaving one abandoned. I must have dreamt with that metaphor at least once before because it resonates so damn strongly.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One of the best albums of the year. A classic.

The Big Pink - Dominos: This is the kind of music that sounds "straight ahead" these days, radio-friendly pop rock but with enough of an edge that it immediately catches your ear.

The Heavy - How You Like Me Now (Joker Remix): Joker's back with a slamming-yet-not-overwhelming remix on the dubstep front. The pop element surface in a sampled fashion, but the beats and synths all work to great effect.

The Sumner Brothers - Pain: We will end things today with a bit of a quiet, somber note. A shaky voice can bring one to tears, and this beautiful song gives me the chills. Good night!


Acid Girls - The Numbers Song
Chris Schlarb - I
Discuss - One Thing In Its Right Place
Emmy The Great - We Almost Had A Baby
Esso & Woody - Don't Stop
Filastine - Blung
Fol Chen - Cable TV (T.H. White Mix)
Fol Chen - The Believers (Clifford Lidell Remix)
Immortal Technique - The 3rd World
Josh Ritter - To the Dogs or Whoever
Paper Moon - Down With Safe
Shystie - Step Bac
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down - Swimming Pools
The Antlers - Shiva
The Antlers - Wake
The Big Pink - Dominos
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now (Joker Remix)
The Sumner Brothers - Pain

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