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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

TIX MAPE

This post does not have a central theme or idea. I am just going to put a bunch of awesome things up and all one or two of my readers can go crazy enjoying the perversity of it all.

So fucking enjoy, motherfuckers.


Alex Rodriguez, reigning AL MVP fucking his bat because his bat is fucking sexy. I think he probably grounded out after this, but he sure got some bang for his buck.

AND NOW FOR SOME MIXED, DISORGANIZED MP3's FOR YOUR DOWNLOADING PLEASURE:

Sparks - Perfume: Pretty catchy song. The rest of the album, Hello Young Lovers, is forgettable, and I've never listened to anything else from the band (they have over 30 albums to date)...but this one does it for me like a long, dirty, black bat does it for Alex Rodriguez. (File is in m4a format so you might need to work that shit).

Man Man - Engwish Bwood: Get it!? Like 'EngLish BLood' but there are W's instead of L's! If you like Tom Waits and Rumplestilskin (SP!?) this song may define your very existence.

Fiery Furnaces - Benton Harbor Blues: In all seriousness, this is probably the best song of the year. Absolutely stunning, much like Eleanor Friedberger, the delightful songstress who mouths these fine and endearing lyrics. Tragic, heartbreaking, yet irresisitable...like A-Rod's bat.


Immigrants are people too. Important people.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

SLAVES!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

DOWN WITH WILCO



As anyone who is anyone knows, Jeff Tweedy is the lead singer of the "popular" band Wilco.

What some people don't know is that he has been or is still a member of several other musical projects. And these musical projects are very good because of or in spite of him.

So check them out.

Golden Smog - Please Tell My Brother: Tweedy sings, band also includes members of Soul Asylum, Big Star and The Jayhawks. Expected to release another album sometime this year.

Loose Fur - Chinese Apple: Tweedy's side project with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and producer/engineer/Sonic Youth member/solo artist/reinessance man, Jim O'Rourke. Gorgeous song, one of Tweedy's best.

Minus 5 - Dear Employer: Tweedy isn't singing here, he might be performing. I know that he's performed this solo. Members of Wilco and REM comprise this "supergroup." Great song.

Uncle Tupelo - Wait Up: Uncle Tupelo was Jeff Tweedy's band with his best friend Jay Farrar when he was younger. The band broke up over differences between the two, Wilco and Son Volt were born, the rest is history. So is this song, as in history of Jeff Tweedy starting to develop his own voice and master his craft.

Wilco - One Hundred Years From Now: Alright, so this is Wilco, but they're playing a song that they didn't write, so it counts. Gram Parsons' song from the Byrds' masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Wilco does a more rocking, but worthy tribute.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

GO FOLK YOURSELF



As previously mentioned with my Vetiver post, there is good, interesting folk music being made nowadays for our generation. When you think of folk, you probably consider Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, early Bob Dylan, etc. But folk, like most genres has evolved into folk rock. And with it come artists like M. Ward, Mountain Goats, Eels, Palace Music, the Microphones, the Kings of Convenience, and (obviously) Sufjan Stevens (among many others).

Folk music is literally for and by "the common people," at least according to wikipedia. But I see it as an emotional escape through simplicity and passion. These are some of the most ambitious artists out there, and they don't confuse their ambition with overproduction or heavy instrumentation. The best folk artists are those who can express something deeply personal, significant or powerful without forcing it on you, or trying too hard.

Below are some links and samples to listen to. All of the myspace links play music (otherwise I wouldn't waste your time linking to them). Enjoy, and if you do, support.

M. Ward - "O'Brien/O'Brien's Nocturne" off of End of Amnesia released by Future Farmer (track available for 7 days max)

M. Ward offical site

M. Ward myspace

Mountain Goats - "Alibi" off the forthcoming EP Babylon Springs released by 4AD

Mountain Goats official site

Mountain Goats myspace

Eels - "Love of the Loveless" off Shootenanny! released by spinART

Eels official site

Eels myspace

Monday, April 10, 2006

AT WAR WITH THE CRITICS



The Flaming Lips new album, At War With the Mystics was released not too long ago, and already it's being killed by backlash. In fact, the album was in bad shape before even hitting the shelves, because of the good ol' internet leaks. I don't understand why, though. The album is pretty great, and definitely better than their last full length, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

So why the bad press? Well, I think part of it is attributable to "Yoshimi" and the backlash that it endured. When it was first released in July of 2002, it received high praise, widely considered one of the best of a year that saw several fantastic releases. Soon after, maybe six months or a year to be exact, the album stopped being praised and people took a step back and realized what they were saying.

When you first listen to Yoshimi, it's a great album, sure. When I first listened to Yoshimi I was obsessed with it. But after each progressive listen, you start to realize that it really isn't that great, outside of a few tracks ("Fight Test," and the title track especially). I think it's safe to say that the quick judgment occured with the majority of critics and fans. Hell, pitchfork rated it as an 8.4 out of a possible 10.

"Yoshimi" also pales in comparison to the two prior albums, Clouds Taste Metallic and The Soft Bulletin. So with objectivity and perspective taking control, it was easy to see that "Yoshimi" was not quite as good as had originally been thought.

So why does "Yoshimi's" backlash have to continue with this new album? Well, partially because it kind of sounds like a combination of the past two albums (Yoshimi and Bulletin), and probably because the backlash is still in the back (or front) of people's minds. Pitchfork, perhaps trying to compensate for it's overrating of "Yoshimi," deemed "Mysics" a lackluster 6.4, much worse than that of "Yoshimi," despite the fact that it is pretty objectively better than it's predecessor.

For all of it's flaws, and there are some (overproduction, song length, and silliness), At War With the Mystics is a fine album, and deserves more credit than it is receiving.

Flaming Lips' myspace (with tracks from the new album)

Flaming Lips' Official Site

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Don't Miss Out


VETIVER - TO FIND ME GONE

I haven't heard Vetiver before, and chances are neither have many people -- and that's a shame. Vetiver is the project of San Francisco folk musician, Andy Cabic. Cabic has had some exposure opening for and playing with folk singer, Devendra Banhart, but it looks like he's finally making a name for himself. His forthcoming (third) album, To Find Me Gone has recently leaked, and is gorgeous.

Cabic kind of sounds like Eels meets M. Ward, with a bit more pop than those two. Most folk music can be slow, sullen and, for lack of a better word, BORING, but Cabic has overcome that, creating something both interesting and catchy. This album deserves mountains of praise, and should be heard by everyone. Below are a few songs and links to check him out. The album will be released by
Dicristina Stair on May 15th. If you like it, buy it. I know I will.

(songs will only be up for a maximum of seven days)

Vetiver - "Won't Be Me"

Vetiver - "Idle Ties"

Vetiver's myspace

Vetiver Official Site