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one gianormous bar mitzvah

i guess i need to update my blog, because apparently now there is "old blogger" and "new blogger" and i didn't even know. there is also a new blog show up today, which you should go listen to, because we play depressing christmas songs and some other really good music. next week we talk smack about Sufjan (oh SNAP, as Rachael would say). but you will just have to wait for that one...

anyways, this week I went to the Spin "year in music" party, which was kicked off by a performance by Girl Talk (aka a lot of white kids getting down and getting funk-ay on the dance floor). there was also free beer and more bloggers than you can shake a stick at, so you know how those things go.

I just have to say that Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis might be a legitimately insane person. But insane in the membrane in a really good way. Though no one should own that many pairs of plastic 80s fluorescent sunglasses... and he spit a lot of paper/confetti out of his mouth. But besides that, Gillis brought the party (complete with a few holiday-themed jams mixed in) and was ALMOST as entertaining to watch fling himself around as it was to see Bronques on stage singing along (sort of) and photographing the whole thing. Oy vey.

Girl Talk - Hold Up

Buy the Night Ripper album here -- certainly one of the best of the year.

Next up were Cold War Kids, a band I have seen before several times and always enjoyed. They aren't my favorite thing but they always rock out, and honestly I have always been more of the impression that they have a few really great songs and some that really don't do anything for me at all. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it seemed like their set really killed the vibe of the party Monday night. I don't know if it maybe seemed like the band was going through the motions of the same set that most of us had heard them play several times or that they just didn't fit in with the other acts that were booked.

Whatever it was, hopefully it was just a fluke. Here's a song that I love, mostly just for the title. I like to say it in the Borat voice.

Cold War Kids - Red Wine, Success!

The last act of the evening was Gogol Bordello, who I had never seen before but heard great things about. And seriously, if Girl Talk "brought" the party, Gogol Bordello BROUGHT it and then brought it TEN MORE TIMES. If I had a bar mitzvah (bat mitzvah.. i don't remember which), this is the band I would want to book. They are like crazy gypsies, and just... yeah. Crazy time. I think Piper and I were square dancing at one point, that's how ridiculous it was.

Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

posted by n. @ 12/21/2006


Jenny just IMd me and told me that Ahmet Ertegun passed away last night, which is such a sad loss for the music world. Brooklyn Vegan made a nice post about him, and you can read his obituary here.

On a personal note, I road the elevator once with him when I was working at Atlantic (he still came to work all the time, which I always thought was really awesome). It was just the two of us, and he said good afternoon to me and asked me what department I worked in. When I told him A & R he smiled and said "Good, I'm glad." That less than a minute long conversation is probably something I'll never forget.

posted by n. @ 12/15/2006


fifteen sparks on ice

I had a great time last night at the Friction Party. The highlight was probably getting to see Tall Hands play a full set for the first time and they seriously rocked it out. Since they were the first band up and the free sparks weren't flowing yet, the room wasn't completely packed which is a shame. Make a point to see this band. We feature them on The Blog Show today and play three GREAT songs from their EP, so go listen right now!

We also name the awesome mish mosh that are the Crackers United boys as our bloggers of the week -- thanks for throwing such a great party!

I can't wait to catch Ra Ra Riot again tonight too, they are so young and still a bit rough around the edges but this band has a crazy amount of promise and a sick cover of "Hounds of Love." Good times!

Ra Ra Riot - Can You Tell

Finally, this is such a beautiful cover. Hooray! (I am in a ridiculously good mood today for some reason! yay! exclamation points!)

Beat Radio - Everyone's Starting Over (The Diggs cover)

Rachael goes into way more depth about this fantastic cover song, btw and uses words like "craftsmanship." Oooo.

Ok, that's all I got.

ps: is anyone else having a bitch of a time with fileden lately???!??! BOOOOOO.

posted by n. @ 12/14/2006


i missed the shins and i'm glad they are back

i told rachael today that all i wanted for chrismukkah was the new Shins album, and she said she has it at home so i could get a copy of it! happy day for all!

here is the song that i can't stop listening to. honestly i think i just played it three times in a row, and then i made it my myspace profile song. love it.

the shins - phantom limb

also, if you aren't doing anything tonight you should come to this show because i have it on high authority to be an awesome time.

posted by n. @ 12/13/2006


the big big big things

A year ago tomorrow, I "dubbed" the Changes the next big thing, and I just finished listening to them on WOXY and I have to say I think they have exceeded everyone's expectations this year, including my own. Love you guys and congrats on all the success! Let's get buffalo wings and cheese fries when I get home for the holidays, yes?

And on a personal note, it appears that I (somehow, inexplicably) have been nominated for a Free Indie Award for "Best Blog." Awwww! Thanks so much to whomever nominated me, and my competition is pretty hardcore so maybe you guys could go vote for me when you have a sec? Woo!

In honor of this and my um... THIRD year of blogging, I've been trying to compile a "best songs of 2006" list, but I'm really not good at that kind of thing. We shall see. With as much music as I listen to, it's just hard to narrow it down!

The Changes - Water Of The Gods

posted by n. @ 12/11/2006


brain freeze just from being outside

i knew last week, when everyone was like "it's so hot, what is up with this, i am ready for cold weather" that a day would soon come and everyone would be like "WHY is it SO FRIGGIN COLD."

well, that day is today.

maybe this awesome song will make it better? rachael played it last night when we djed, before i took a disco nap, and it made me quite happy.

white rabbits - the plot

have a lovely weekend

posted by n. @ 12/08/2006


more love letters and songs about goats

So I have been taking a lot of dayquil lately, and was pretty doped up when we recorded the latest BLOG SHOW, but you should go listen to it now anyways, because I think it's pretty amusing, and we play music from bands that I love including Aberdeen City.

It was over a year ago that I wrote a love letter to the band, in which I mentioned that it might be a good idea if their very cute but also usually very wasted guitar play try to take it down a notch.

Judging by their show at Merc last week, that hasn't really happened. But I still absolutely love this band, and I haven't been able to stop listening to this song all week. We play it on the radio show, but you can download it here too.

Aberdeen City - Mercy

Anyways... tonight Rachael and I are djing at the Skinny, and she promised me that I could play this song.

Because clearly I'm just 16 going on 17. Yodel-yay-he-ho.

Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up

posted by n. @ 12/07/2006


just when you thought it couldn't get any more indie

So a few days ago I posted a link of Tally Hall covering the Killer's "Smile Like You Mean It" which was one of 12 new cover tracks on the most recent OC soundtrack (The OC Mix 6: Covering Our clever). Monday I finally got my hands on the entire album and there are a lot of really interesting covers on here actually, so I chose three more to share with you. Indie bands covering indie songs? Whoa.

Oh, and btw, they dedicated the disc in "loving memory" of Marissa Cooper.

Rogue Wave - Debaser

Rock Kills Kid - I Turn My Camera On

Goldspot - Float On

Get more info on the mix and OC music here.

posted by n. @ 12/06/2006

new tracks from CYHSY

As reported yesterday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will self-release (woohoo!) their second full length album, Some Loud Thunder on January 30th, although you'll be able to buy it on their website as a buyable download a whole 15 days earlier. Gotta love this band for their DIY attitude alone.

The tracklisting looks like this:

1. Some Loud Thunder
2. Emily Jean Stock
3. Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning
4. Love Song No. 7
5. Satan Said Dance
6. Upon Encountering the Crippled Elephant
7. Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
8. Arm and Hammer
9. Yankee Go home
10. Underwater (You and Me)
11. Five Easy Pieces

Personally, so far, I really love the piano intro on Love Song. It makes me feel quite bittersweet, if that makes sense. It sort of seems like it could be the sad theme music from one of those dark indie art house movies that Rachael likes so much.

posted by n. @ 12/06/2006

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