11.30.2005

HEATIN' THE HATERS TO KEEP WARM



so i am going to do something i don't often do. . . make a request for music. i've heard tales of a boston band called Showcase Showdown who put out a christmas 7" with the songs "Ho Ho Ho Chi Min" and "Merry Christmas, I Fucked Your Snowman." if anyone could somehow hook me up with these tracks i would be extremely grateful, i'll send you some cover comps or xmas mixes or whatever. let's see what this interweb thing is made of anyway. . .

and in case you didn't guess, i'm working on another annual xmas mix. the theme? holiday songs that don't suck. if anyone has any suggestions, please leave them in the comments. after a couple years of this, my options are starting to run pretty dry. . .

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"You've got bad habits, as bad as your skin." damn, ouch. i've wanted to post something from Electrocute for a while now, but as is usually the case, it's hard to keep track of all the gems you come across. anyway, here you go. a little attitude to set you up for your weekend escapades. i see some vacuuming in my future. . . look out fun police.

• Electrocute - Tales Of Ordinary Sadness


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11.28.2005

MY KNUCKLE TATTOOS SAY "WANA FITE"



this is kind of interesting. they used some of my photos as part of this roving video animation about jazz legend Sonny Rollins. you can go see it at the TIme Warner Center at Columbus Circle. do i win points for randomness with this one?

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the Oblivians were an absolutely amazing punk rawk band that saw it's rise and demise in the 90s. they've been covered by the likes of The Detroit Cobras and Guitar Wolf, if that tells you anything. they're so good i couldn't even think of posting fewer than four songs. and on top of that, one of my all-time favorite songs ever is "Bad Man". you WILL sing along to it, and you WILL like it. . . otherwise you're already dead.

• Oblivians - Bad Man

• Oblivians - Show Me What You Like

• Oblivians - You Fucked Me Up, You Put Me Down

• Oblivians With Mr. Quintron - Live The Life

*(and yes, Federation X does seem to owe a lot of their sound to this band. but if you're gonna borrow from anywhere, the Oblivians couldn't be a better place to start.)

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11.27.2005

OUR TOMORROW NEVER CAME



anyone going to miami for the Art Basel this year? i won't be, but if you do happen to make it down and are able to see some artwork in between parties, i'll be showing some work at the Frisbee Art Fair happening at the same time. details below:

Frisbee Art Fair
"Grandma Take Me Home"
Curated by METRO COLOR COLLISION
At the Cavalier Hotel, 1st floor, 1320 Ocean Dr.

mmmmmmmmm. . . miami in december, all the fake boobs and fake asses you could need. sounds good to me.

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i'd heard this track by Dungen randomly a while back, and was pretty into it. so when i had a chance to see them live in brazil i was psyched. however it seems that "Panda" is sort of a one-off for Dungen, a lot of their other songs don't seem to come together as cohesively as "Panda" does. their live set got almost boring in the giant warehouse setting. when i went to examine their other stuff later, it seemed to match up with my impressions from the concert. however, that doesn't mean that this particular song isn't pretty darn interesting. so although i cannot claim to be a fan of their psychedelia-guitar-noodling, "Panda" is definitely worth your time to give a listen to. oh yeah, it's in swedish cause they are from sweden. . . heavily influenced by traditional swedish folk music and 60s pop/rock (folkrockpsych), blah blah blah. . . you'll get it.

• Dungen - Panda


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11.26.2005

THE BEST NEW MUSIC IS OLD



finding great new music is incredibly difficult for me. most of the music i consider to be ground-breaking or genre-defining was made well before i was born, and the further i dig into the past, the more new music sounds like a rehash of old ideas. there is still good music being made, but it is essentially impossible to pick out of the oceans and oceans of crap that surround it.

hence the importance of sites like this. you get to borrow a music fanatic's time, having them pick out the gems. history filters music in the same way, only passing along the bands which matter. i love to find the things which were left behind.

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YMO is the band which helped spark my fascination for old music, but nobody in the states seems to know about/like them. it started when i mistakenly thought ryuichi sakamoto wrote a soundtrack i was interested in, and my subsequent internet search and ebay LP purchases yielded this. by playing the musical version of kevin bacon i discovered krautrock, bossa-nova, ambient, glam... basically all the music i currently adore.

these tracks are both early technopop bliss, with plenty of layered synths and vocoded vocals. and as a nod to the site's founder, one of them is even a cover.

• Yellow Magic Orchestra - La Femme Chinoise

• Yellow Magic Orchestra - Day Tripper


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11.25.2005

YOU CAN NEVER GO HOME AGAIN. . .
SO BUILD A NEW ONE



hope your turkey day was good. . . queens is really, really, really weird. and whoever the jackass is that came up with the street naming convention there should be burning in eternal damnation. cause that's what they left behind for anyone trying to find an address in that enormous borough.

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and now from Jagjaguwar, here's some Okkervil River. Jagjaguwar has dropped some of my favorite albums of the past year or so. Black Mountain, Pink Mountaintops, and Okkervil River. i find it really difficult to describe Okkervil River. the words rock-y and folk-y come to mind. there's something delicate and earthy about them as well, with definite echos of Califone. this particular track would be more on the rock-y end of the spectrum. click on the link at the bottom to see more of what they've done. i would have to say that they are pretty great late-fall-early-winter music.

• Okkervil River - For Real


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11.22.2005

I WANNA BE BAD FOR YOU



i had an interesting weekend. but i'll just let the photo speak to that.

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i have been amiss in not posting something from The Fatal Flying Guillotines before. one of my favorite live acts, i try to never miss an opportunity to witness the carnage they cause. after all, seeing people get hurt and/or hurt themselves never gets old. and their music is great too. if you like frenetic, strangley guitars with shouty vocals to jump around and fall down to. . . then you are in luck. they are also another good example in the band's-name-matching-their-sound game. and they wear matching pink outfits with white Lone Ranger masks. beat that.

• The Fatal Flying Guillotines - Onward Electric


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11.21.2005

I LOVE WATCHING TOUGH-ASS S.U.V.S DRIVE GINGERLY OVER BAD BROOKLYN STREETS



tonight, come, have fun. . .

Monday the 21st --> Matt & Kim - BARR - Hawnay Troof -and- Hey Willpower @ GLASSHOUSE. Matt & Kim are one of the most energetic and fun live bands in New York City right now - belting out ridiculously catchy tunes over keyboards and drums and no more. BARR = Brendan Fowler (x Dogg & Pony) - possibly the most positive man on the planet - speaking and rhyming over beats, channeling a dozen characters, twisting rhythms and taking crazed poetic tangents. Hawnay Troof is the alter-ego of xBxRx frontman Chris Touchton aka Vice Cooler - Miami booty bass beats with awesome outfits and dance moves. Hey Willpower are a R&B + dance party duo from San Francisco featuring members of Imperial Teen and Tomo.

:: Matt & Kim
:::: BARR
:::::: Hawnay Troof
:::::::: Hey Willpower

[ GLASSHOUSE GALLERY ]
38 S 1st btwn Wythe & Kent | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford/G-Metropolitan/JM-Marcy | 8PM | all ages | $8 - donation

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so this is another gem i picked up on my visit to seattle. i don't know much about The Starvations, except that as soon as i heard them all i could think was, "this is that band you know is out there because there has to be great music like this. . . you just don't know the name of the band yet." infectious. and one of the best examples of band's-name-matching-their-sound i can think of.

• The Starvations - Red Wine

• The Starvations - An American Funeral


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11.17.2005

LOVESICK LETTERS TO NO ONE IN PARTICULAR



it's always kinda sad when the homeless man throws away the leftovers you were looking forward to before you gave them to him.

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so to make up for the last post's perhaps lackluster musical choice, here's some brilliant tracks from the new Cansei De Ser Sexy album. i've been holding on to these since i was in brazil, but didn't want to jump the gun and piss anyone off. however Music For Robots just dropped a track, so i'm gonna assume it's fair game now. i can't say if these are the actual tracks on the album since it wasn't quite finished yet, but either way they are great.

• Cansei De Ser Sexy - Let's Make Love And Listen Death From Above

• Cansei De Ser Sexy - Art Bitch

• Cansei De Ser Sexy - J. Lo (Missy + YYY) Remix


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11.16.2005

NO, IT'S NOT MY BACK YOU GOT






(yes, that is Kim playing drums with bread. she was trying to play quietly so the cops would leave. it didn't work, but the bread was really good.)

so guess who realized their camera makes little movies? yep. so now you get to see what you missed in massachusetts this weekend. it was pretty sweet.

VIDEOS!
(all links are to a download site. you have to wait like 40 seconds before downloading. patience is rewarded, sometimes.)
Goddamn Rattlesnake + Poor Boy Johnson + Crozier - Boston (1)
Goddamn Rattlesnake + Poor Boy Johnson + Crozier - Boston (2)
Matt & Kim at Hampshire College
Matt & Kim in Boston (1)
Matt & Kim in Boston (2)
Matt & Kim in Boston (3) with special guest appearance
Chris Fullerton covering The New Amsterdam in Boston

Check out what Senator Jim Elliot of Montana had to say after viewing Still We Ride (documentary about the NYPD's crackdown on Critical Mass rides in nyc).

and new game: spot the sucka!

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i heard this a ton on the college radio in cleveland when i was home last month. it made me kind of wistful to have a life to picture this song applying to, but seeing as i had been traveling for a few months and had to leave whatever i did find behind me. . . it didn't really work. now i'm back home, and it's just confusing if anything. but whatever, you spend 3 months losing yourself and you're gonna end up lost. congratulations (pat on the back).

• Rise Against - Swing Life Away


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11.14.2005

NEVER GONNA MAKE IT, JUST CAN'T GIVE UP







The Apes playing at Tommy's last week.

i spent the weekend rolling around massachusetts with the Goddamn Rattlesnake, Crozier, Poor Boy Johnson and lovely Matt & Kim. i am kinda wrecked. the thing is, when you're the designated driver you don't get shit-faced. . . but you do end up completely exhausted from long late-night post-show drives. i think i sucked down more than the recommended dose of mountain dew "pitch black II" limited edition soda. man i am a sucker for dumb stuff sometimes. but the Rattlesnake's mom sure can cook. . . and they have a graveyard in the back of their house. that's kind of cool. more on this later when i have finished some of this freelance pre-press b.s. blah. somebody pay me to do something that doesn't crush my brain and spirit, please?

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this cover is so good it makes me salivate. Scout Niblett covering "Uptown Top Ranking" originally by Althena & Donna. The Kills couldn't stop saying how much they loved Scout Niblett when they were interviewed down in brazil. so go on and get up on that tip.

• Scout Niblett - Uptown Top Ranking


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11.11.2005

THE CELEBRATORY NATURE
OF A SOLITARY STATE









photos from the field trip to the boat graveyard.

so i am heading out of town this weekend, which i understand is not of interest to any of you, except that i will be traveling with Matt & Kim and The Goddamn Rattlesnake & Poor Boy Johnshon featuring Crozier. they are playing shows at hampshire college on saturday and in boston on sunday. so if you happen to live near any of those locales you may want to come check them out. details can be found here.

and tonight Darius Jones speaks at cooper union. . . later on Okkervil River headlines at the knitting factory. can't go wrong anyway you slice it.

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so i know this album came out a while ago and was posted around pretty hard. but it has popped up on my itunes a few times recently and reminded me why it was so popular in the first place. Believer Magazine put out this compiliation of covers this past summer that came with an issue of the magazine. kinda indie-heavy, but still diverse enough to let the whole thing play through twice in a row. The first track is a catchy one by The Constantines covering Elevator To Hell. and the second track i had to post simply cause it's a cover of "Ohio" originally by Damien Jurado (who i am not a fan of), but Coco Rosie seems pretty good at transforming this into something almost unrecognizable to fans of the blahness of the original. and it's about ohio. i like ohio.

• The Constantines - Why I Didn’t Like August '93

• Coco Rosie - Ohio


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11.08.2005

LETS MAKE LOVE AND LISTEN DEATH FROM ABOVE


















Death From Above 1979, Japanther, and Matt & Kim. . . all together last night (with a few other bands) at weird Club Exit. thanks again to Todd P for a great show.

today i biked with some people to the boat graveyard in staten island. and then rode all the way back again (with a pit-stop for some great sri lankan food). it was amazing, even if i did cut my hand a few times, rip my jeans, and step on a rusty nail. climbing around on slowly decaying bleached-white wooden tugboats sitting quietly among rusting heaps and decrepit docks was a pretty great way to spend a beautiful fall day.

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this is from the forthcoming Death From Above 1979 remix album "Romance Bloody Romance." it's a cover of Le Peste's "Better Off Dead." and big surprise, it's really good. a few of the remixes on the album don't really seem to depart much from the original, but some others jazz it up quite a bit (not literally). i'm posting the other track because it makes me think "this is what it might sound like if The Postal Service covered DFA1979 (sort of)." yeah? no? either way it's pretty dope (yes i did just say that with a straight face).

• Death From Above 1979 - Better Off Dead

• Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month (Josh Homme Remix)


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11.07.2005

I LIKED IT BETTER WHEN IT WAS US VS. THEM, INSTEAD OF US VS. US



my cat is full of sand. she leaves little piles all around my room. it's kind of weird. and annoying.

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i had a damn hard time deciding which track to post from this album, they are all so different and distinct, yet still fit well together. Metal + Classical music. this is how Tarantual AD was described to me. it was also said that this band was one of the only stand-out perfromances during all of CMJ. i am always intrigued by anyone who attempts to stradde of two different genres, so give this a taste and see if the grand sweeping scope blends well with the pennies-in-your-mouth metal accents.

• Tarantula AD - Who Took Berlin: Part I


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