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2008/02/22all points west
my only question is why this really needs to be spread out over THREE days.
posted by n. @ 2/22/2008
the irockiroll friday mixtape
first, guess this band*
anyways... since it seemed like people enjoyed the valentines related mixes i made last week, i decided to make this a re-occuring blog "theme" thingy. this weeks is mostly all new music, though that won't always be the case. if anyone wants to throw out some themes too, I can work with them. I pretty much make play lists for everything that I do (there is a itunes playlist for when I do my laundry), so this should be fun.
The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Dodos - Fools (another band I want to see at SXSW for sure)
Cassettes Won't Listen - Fuck and Run
The Postelles - White Night
Your Vegas - In My Head
Headlights - Cherry Tulips (playing at Mercury Lounge on Sunday)
Mobius Band - Digital Love (Daft Punk Cover)
Air Traffic - Come On
Glen Hansard - Fallen From The Sky
Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand A Chance
* it's the cribs! how cute is that!
posted by n. @ 2/22/2008
2008/02/21bands i want to see at sxsw - the duke spirit
I have to be honest, but I had pretty much forgotten all about UK band The Duke Spirit. Their debut album Cuts Across The Land was one of my favorites back in 2005 after my friend Peter came back from SXSW and played "Lion Rip" for me on his ipod while we were having dinner. Nevertheless, that was almost 3 years ago and so many bands have come and gone since then that I suppose The Duke Spirit just got lost in the constant shuffle that is my musical radar.
Thankfully the band has a follow-up album out now, Neptune, that is possibly even better than their first. It's just the kind of dark and moody rock-shoegaze that makes me want to wear a striped shirt and sit in the corner of a dark bar. Maybe smoking cloves, but probably not because cloves are stinky. Imagery aside, I am really liking the new record a lot, and have put this band on my MUST SEE for SXSW list, since catching them live has inexplicably alluded me up until now.
The Duke Spirit - This Ship Was Built To Last
posted by n. @ 2/21/2008
2008/02/20OMG WOW. new Morning Theft album - FREE!
I feel like this has been 83975892735 years in my indie rock dreams in the making, but now it is here and I could not possibly be more stoked to get this album. as anyone who has read this blog for the past 4+ (holy crap) years knows, Morning Theft are one of my favorite favorite favorite NYC bands. They make no muss or fuss straight up great alternative rock and roll without all the hype and gimicks, that take me back to a happy music place circa the early 90s.
And starting today, as an example of their super awesomeness, they are offering their new album "Between Walls" for FREE DOWNLOAD on their website, so just browse over here and enjoy.
Oh and as if that wasn't cool enough, they are also running a contest where you can win a FREE NINTENDO Wii... since they refused to just hand it over to me, sadly.
posted by n. @ 2/20/2008
bands i want to see at sxsw - the republic tigers
SXSW is always overwhelming blah blah blah. This is well acknowledged so I'll spare you the melodramatics. A coworker of mine who is headed down to austin recently looked over the posted list of bands with me, and we both basically sat there just a wee bit stumped as to what we had even heard of much less were inclined to ABSOLUTELY MUST check out. So I'm going to take this one thing at a time, and see what I can find.
Lucky for me, the first band I am totally SXSW crushing on is playing SIX SHOWS down in Austin, so I'd say the odds of me getting to see them are pretty darn good. The Republic Tigers hail from the heart of the midwest (Kansas City) and have an EP out now on Chop Shop records (run by my personal hero and uber music supervisor Alex Patsavas and my super awesome ex-coworker John Rubeli).
Their album is due to drop next month and they have already (duh) been all over Gossip Girl (Chuck Bass 4-ever) and Pastavas's other shows, and I can't get this "Buildings and Mountains" song out of my head. Girlfriend obviously knows what she is doing, so here are some tunes.
The Republic Tigers - Buildings and Mountains
The Republic Tigers - The Drums
posted by n. @ 2/20/2008
2008/02/15and now... the sad and lonely mix.
Ask and you shall receive, here is a mix of sad sack songs. Although it is the day AFTER valentines day now, as all emo kids know, heartbreak can be a 365 days a year affair.
Fiona Apple - Paper Bag
John Lennon - I'm Losing You
Kate Nash - Dickhead
Jose Gonzalez - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Wrens - Happy
LEVY - So Hard
The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
The Oohlas - TV Dinner
Secret Machines - Alone, Jealous and Stoned
The Beatles - For No One
Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - And I'm Aching
posted by n. @ 2/15/2008
2008/02/14the irockiroll valentines mix tape
mixtapes are my favorite gifts to give. ever. rob sheffield even wrote a whole book about it. guys, you can copy this and give it to your girlfriends if you want, but that would be totally unoriginal of you.
i was going to make a total sad sack / fuck off i hate you mix, but then i thought better of it. at least there is a new episode of LOST tonight...
The Bird and the Bee - Tonight You Belong To Me
Stellastarr* - Untitled
The Features - The Idea Of Growing Old
Meiko - Reasons To Love You
Radiohead - All I Need
The Diggs - Recovery Forever
John Lennon - Love
Stars - Elevator Love Letter
Band Of Horses - No Ones Gonna Love You
The Moldy Peaches - Anyone Else But You
The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses
Cat Power - Sea Of Love
Ben Folds - The Luckiest
posted by n. @ 2/14/2008
2008/02/11i am djing at this show on wednesday
so you should come. please bring any of your good looking friends to me my potential valentines date too, if you don't mind. kthx.
also, I had no idea that there was a genre called "comfort core." awesome.
posted by n. @ 2/11/2008
2008/02/07the return of REM
They're playing at SXSW, touring this summer, and have a new cd coming out too. Here's the single and the tracklisting for Accelerate, releasing March 31st.
I like this track, but no one is probably more excited for this than my dad.
REM - Supernatural Superserious
'Living Well's The Best Revenge'
'Man Sized Wreath'
'Until The Day Is Done'
'Sing For The Submarine'
'Horse To Water'
'I'm Gonna DJ'
posted by n. @ 2/07/2008
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