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Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Eve

We'll be attending the Ghostland Observatory show tonight at Gypsy, and as far as we're concerned, that's the place to be tonight. I can't imagine a more ideal or fun band to bring in the New Year. Plus, they have the best looking groupies fans of any band I've ever seen. But, if you find yourself in Austin...



...you should definitely check out Urban Pollution's amazing lineup over at Mohawk, featuring The Blow, Evangelicals, Cari of Belaire and Jason of Voxtrot, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and Shearwater's Jonathan Meiberg. Only 10 bucks.

The Blow Pile of Gold mp3
Shearwater White Waves mp3
Evangelicals Here Comes Trouble mp3

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

the real intervention



"Intervention," the actual first single from the Arcade Fire's new album Neon Bible, is now available for purchase on iTunes. Muuuuch better than that crappy radio rip. It's unclear whether the above photo is the Neon Bible album art, or just the art for the single. "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations" is also still available on iTunes under the title "Intervention." The real "Intervention" is 4:19 long, while "Black Wave" is 3:57. Confused yet?

p.s. Does anyone else think this wasn't a Merge screw-up at all, but rather a very clever ploy by the band (not only to generate interest in the new record, but also to raise money for and draw attention to Partners in Health)?? It just seems too coincidental that a song called "Black Wave" was released "accidentally" two days early on Dec. 26, which happens to be the anniversary of the Thailand Tsunami. Either way, I'm not complaining, as both new songs are brilliant and will undoubtedly raise tons of money for charity.

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tonight



Very good lineup tonight at the Granada here in Dallas, the highlight of which is St. Vincent. This is her last Dallas date before she heads off to tour with Jolie Holland (and one date with Stephen Malkmus.) Also, you can finally purchase St. Vincent's European tour-only Paris is Burning EP here for only $3.99.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

gorilla vs. bear presents

We are proud to announce the first gorilla vs. bear presents show of 2007, featuring three bands we love very much:



gorilla vs. bear presents...

The Early Tapes Austin
The Dimes Houston
Teenage Symphony Dallas

Friday, January 5, 2007
Club Dada
10 PM
$6

mp3:
The Early Tapes Betty and Thomas

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Thanks to Garrison Reid for hooking up the flier.

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listening man



2007's not even here yet, and we've already heard tastes of great new records from the Arcade Fire, Deerhoof, DMST, !!!, Menomena, LCD Soundsystem, Explosions in the Sky, and the list goes on. Well, you can add the Bees' (aka a Band of Bees) new LP Octopus to that bunch. I was a huge fan of their debut LP, Sunshine Hit Me, and subsequently completely ignored their follow-up, Free The Bees, for no apparent reason (is it any good?)

But like Sunshine, Octopus successfully pulls together the best elements of '60s and '70s dub, reggae, psych pop, and perhaps most impressively, vintage soul. Derivative, probably, but when it sounds as authentic as "Listening Man," I'll take it. Highly recommended:

The Bees Listening Man mp3

You can download the first single from Octopus, "Left Foot Stepdown," now from iTunes.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

oops: more new arcade fire


the Arcade Fire's "Intervention"

So if you head over to iTunes with the intention of buying the new Arcade Fire single "Intervention," what you'll really get is the track that follows from Neon Bible, "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations", and it is huge, dark, urgent, and absolutely amazing. Regine takes the first half:

We can reach the sea
they won't follow me
shadows, they fear the sun
we'll make it if we run


and Win comes in at about the 1:40 mark:

Stop now before it's too late
Eating in the ghetto on a hundred dollar plate
Nothing lasts forever that's the way it's gotta be
There's a great black wave in the middle of the sea
for me/for you


According to Win Butler:

"Intervention was supposed to be uploaded to iTunes as a charity single benefiting Partners in Health on the 28th of December, but someone at Merge uploaded the wrong song 2 days early. The song that people have downloaded from the US side of iTunes is called Black Wave/Bad Vibrations, and it is the next track on the record after Intervention...

The whole thing sounds a little fishy, and then Win adds some cryptic stuff that is even more likely to be complete bullshit, including:

"That is why we leaked over 100 songs on myspace as fake band names over the last year and made a compilation of the 11 most popular songs and called it Neon Bible!"

Read Win's full message at arcadefire.com. Then go to iTunes and purchase the song, as it's likely the best 99 cents I've ever spent. Thanks to the Torture Garden and Deaf Indie Elephants for the tip.

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you, you're awesome



The new Do Make Say Think album, You, You're A History In Rust, will be released in February 2007, and I can't say enough good things about it. I was really turned onto these guys when I saw them open for (and nearly upstage) Broken Social Scene earlier this year. The new record features the band's signature swirling, non-linear instrumental post-rock, but they also get guest vocals from members of Akron/Family, which sounds exactly how you might expect. The label says the song A With Living "will surprise hardcore DMST followers" with its "full-on verse-chorus-verse singing that builds towards lovely massed vocals before breaking down again into a beautiful modal horn denouement." I'm not a hardcore DMST follower, but the song is amazing and alone makes the album worth purchasing. With that said, I'm going to post a different one. Here's the shortest track on the album:

Do Make Say Think You, You're Awesome mp3

The simplistic and starkly gorgeous album cover (pictured above) is an early contender for the best album art of 2007. I will unquestionably be purchasing You, You're A History In Rust on vinyl, featuring DMM mastering at Abbey Road and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl, with the LP gatefold cut from whiteboard and offset printed in full-color.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

new !!!


!!!'s Myth Takes

Sorry for the lack of posting around here lately, but I did want to mention a couple new records that have been getting constant spin as I drive around fighting holiday traffic trying to complete my X-mas shopping. I'm a little surprised at how much I'm loving the new !!! record Myth Takes, out in March on Warp. I mean I've always enjoyed the stray !!! song here or there in the right setting (ie, surrounded by sweaty dancing hipster girls) but this record is thoroughly enjoyable even while driving around mall parking garages for hours on end. Try it!

mp3:
!!! Break in Case of Anything

Dreams of Horses has the equally enjoyable title track from Myth Takes.

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elsewhere:

Don't forget, the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon starts at 8 eastern on TBS.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

various best of 2006

Here's our final year-end wrap up, made up of the various "Bests of" that we feel are worth mentioning. Not technically a list, but still fun to do. Thanks for reading our often misguided, ill-conceived, and ridiculous ramblings this year. We had fun writing them. Happy holidays. (oh and thanks to everyone who voted for us in Stereogum's Gummy Awards!)

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Favorite EP: Sparrow House Falls

Jared Van Fleet's aptly titled Falls EP is a deceptively complex collection of beautiful pop songs. The best compliment I can pay Falls is that everyone I played it for ended up falling in love with it. And I do mean everyone.

Runners up:

Tacks, The Boy Disaster Oh, Beatrice
Dirty Projectors New Attitude

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Favorite Remix: We Share Our Mothers Health (Ratatat Remix) mp3

Runners up:

Diplo Vans til Infinity mp3
Peter Bjorn & John Young Folks (Punks Jump Up Special Disco Mix)

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Favorite Music Festival: Pitchfork Music Festival

This festival had it all. The Biz-3 tent was like a non-stop house party (Diplo, CSS, Spank Rock, etc.), while the main stages featured incredible sets from Destroyer, Liars, Tapes 'n Tapes, Band of Horses, Man Man, and more. But it was Os Mutantes' festival-closing set that made this event unforgettable. We'll be back next year.

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Favorite New Artist: (tie) St. Vincent and White Denim

We've probably said enough about both of these artists this year, especially considering that neither has actually officially released anything yet. But with both artists' debut releases due next year, we're extremely excited to see what 2007 has in store for them.

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Favorite Music Video:



Runners Up:

TV on the Radio "Wolf Like Me" (youtube)
CSS "Alala" (youtube)
Peter and the Wolf "Lightness" (youtube)
Hot Chip "Over & Over" (youtube)


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Favorite TV Show: Wonder Showzen

Fuck, if you've seen the full "Horse Apples" episode, you know what I'm talking about. Cross, Oldham, Galifianakis, and crew created what is possibly unquestionably the most offensive half-hour of television in the history of basic cable. If you haven't seen it, buy the DVD today.



Runner up: The Wire


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Favorite Film: The Departed

In a relatively weak year in cinema, The Departed was the only film that really wowed me. The main criticism this movie received was focused mostly on the cartoonish "Nicholson-ness" of Nicholson's character, but that was part of the appeal to me. I'm not a a huge fan of DiCaprio or Damon, but both of their performances were genius. Scorsese should finally get his Oscar with this, his best work in I don't know how long.

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Favorite Viral Video: "Little Superstar"

So much great stuff on YouTube this year, including inexplicable slips of the tongue, adorably foul-mouthed kids, mythological midgets in the hood, and probably a bunch we didn't even see (enlighten us). But this is hands down the most intoxicating, bizarre, and let's face it, plain awesome YouTube video of the year. You've likely seen it by now, but if not, ladies and gentleman, meet Little Superstar:

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history song



Brand new track from Damon Albarn's latest project, The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, which features Paul Simonon of the Clash on bass and production by DangerMouse.

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen History Song mp3

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

new talkdemonic


talkdemonic

One album that I think was unfortunately overlooked in '06 was instrumental duo Talkdemonic's Beat Romantic, a collection of some of the warmest, most emotionally affecting and organic-sounding instrumental music (programmed beats and sampled sounds combined with live instrumentation to create what the band calls "folktronic hop") I heard this year. Well, after taking a brief hiatus due to member Lisa Molinaro's new gig as a touring member of The Decemberists, Talkdemonic are ready to begin touring/recording again. In fact, the band has recorded (at least) two songs that will likely end up on the next full-length:

Talkdemonic Ending the Orange Glow mp3
Talkdemonic Recorder (demo) mp3

Talkdemonic has toured with the likes of the Walkmen, CYHSY, and the National, and will start the New Year with this string of West Coast dates. You should see them live because I hear their drummer is the best thing ever:

1/11: Crocodile Cafe, Seattle
1/12: Doug Fir, Portland
1/14: Spaceland, Los Angeles
1/15: Casbah, San Diego
1/17: Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
1/18: Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene

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a christmas gift from barsuk records



So today we got a nice bag of Christmas candy in the mail from Barsuk, which our puppy proceeded to eat as soon as we turned our backs. Shit. But luckily, Barsuk also included a copy of the previously unreleased Songwriters Show album, recorded in Seattle in April of 2005, and featuring Ben Gibbard, John Roderick, Jesse Sykes, John Vanderslice, and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. Here's a song from that night by the Long Winters' John Roderick, which would later appear in various incarnations on both the Ultimatum EP and the band's 2006 LP, Putting The Days To Bed:

John Roderick Ultimatum (live) mp3

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

not a problem


the black lips

More bands should record their albums in Tijuana. We frequented the endearingly scary border town probably more than we should have while attending school in San Diego, and we'll always hold our (somewhat hazy) memories of the place close to our heart. But the fact that it was recorded live in TJ is only part of the reason we love this new Black Lips song, which would not sound at all out of place on the Nuggets comp. Taken from the band's Vice debut, Los Valentes del Mundo Nuevo, "Not a Problem" contains many of the elements I love about '60s surf/psych garage rock. The album also features an enhanced CD with live footage, including "interviews, pills, tacos, hookers, Mexicans, tequila, and a donkey painted like a zebra" so that's a plus, too.

Black Lips Not a Problem mp3

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surf's up

To combat the dearth of new music that always plagues this time of year, we've decided to revisit some of our favorite old/lost records for the rest of this week. Up first is the Beach Boys' lost 1967 classic SMiLE, which of course was resurrected by Brian Wilson and released as a solo album in 2004.

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Dubbed a "Teenage Symphony To God" by Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys' SMiLE is widely considered the greatest album that never was. Wilson and Van Dyke Parks were so ridiculously far ahead of their time with this one, and the pair firmly believed that SMiLE was their chance to outdo Sgt. Peppers. The album was ultimately shelved because the other Beach Boys "felt the new music was too weird, too complicated, couldn't be replicated live." Here's "Surf's Up," the best song from SMiLE and arguably one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. I've also included the legendary Brian Wilson solo piano version, recorded during a Leonard Bernstein TV special, in all its lo-fi glory:

mp3:
Beach Boys Surf's Up (1967)
Brian Wilson Surf's Up (solo piano version)

Here's the Surf's Up video, taken from the Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and The Story of Smile DVD:



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elsewhere:

P-Fork agrees with us that Silent Shout is the best album of 2006.

Tapes 'n Tapes robbed in Australia. This is getting ridiculous.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

a charlie brown christmas



Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for pointing out that the brand new reissue of Vince Guaraldi's classic A Charlie Brown Christmas (my favorite holiday album of all time) is now available for download on eMusic. We watched the TV special last night and were reminded just how warm and nostalgic (in a good way) Guaraldi's soundtrack makes us feel every holiday season. The reissue comes complete with 4 bonus tracks, and we can't recommend it enough for your holiday listening needs. Download it now with your 25 Free Download Trial offer.

Vince Guaraldi Trio Linus and Lucy mp3

related: Parent mad 6-year-old didn't like Peanuts special

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If you need help using the rest of your 25 free downloads, we recommend our favorite EP of 2006, Sparrow House's Falls, also brand new on eMusic.

Sparrow House When I Am Gone mp3


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elsewhere:

Beautiful photos/review of Peter and the Wolf's Salt Lake City show.

After the jump, we take issue with an article that appeared in the Calendar Live section of Sunday morning's LA Times. The article, entitled "Buzz Vertigo," addresses the issue of the "non-stop spin cycle" of pop music's "blog hype machine." There are some specific quotes from the article that we have a problem with, but before you read on, I'll let you know that most of you probably won't care about this. Further, I'm a little under the weather, so I'll warn you now that this little rant will likely be disjointed, uneven, and probably even boring. So don't tell me about it in the comments, k? Continue reading...

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"Bands such as Birdmonster, Cold War Kids and Sound Team are relentlessly marketed to bloggers, just this never-ending stream of e-mails from flacks. It's depressing that all you need to catch on among the newer MP3 blogs is to barrage them with PR emails."
--Matthew Perpetua, Fluxblog

Okay, I like Fluxblog, he's a nice guy and he runs a truly great blog and all that, but this irks me to no end. The blanket insinuation made by Perpetua that all "newer mp3 blogs" are PR lackeys is insulting, not only to the newer bloggers, but to anyone who reads them and might actually like Birdmonster, Cold War Kids, and Sound Team. Yeah, we get it, Perpetua's a pioneer, he invented the internet, his is the only opinion that matters, whatever. But his comments reek of someone trying to assert his relative importance and relevance over people he thinks he's smarter than. Also, he's been known to get irritatingly smug and even gleeful when a band he deems "uncool" gets a low Pitchfork rating, so take that for what it's worth.

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"Are blogs really an independent medium to express a voice? It's hard to know what's genuine, or what is being paid for."
--anonymous publicist

"But bloggers don't always mention the extent to which they are comped and courted. About two years ago, I started noticing quotes from blogs on publicity one-sheets. All of a sudden, indie labels were like, 'This is our press.'"--Glenn Peoples of Coolfer

There's a real simple remedy to this one: if at any point you suspect that a blogger is allowing anything other than personal taste to dictate their content, stop reading their blog. I can only speak for myself, but I'll admit that it can be frustrating when my enthusiasm or love for a band is misinterpreted. I'm never intentionally attempting to generate superficial "buzz" for what I write about on this blog, or in any way trying to establish myself as some kind of tastemaker, and I would wager that most bloggers feel the same way. If at any point you feel my (or any other blogger's) enthusiasm is manufactured or somehow insincere, please stop reading.

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"At one time you had Creem and Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone; now you have MySpace and Pitchfork and blogs like Gorilla vs. Bear..."
--Andy Slater, President of Capitol Records

Sorry, had to throw this one in there. Because we all know that I started this blog so that I would one day be name-checked by the President of Capitol Records. How else to explain the incessant posts about the Detroit Tigers or that time I live-blogged the Pistons playoff run?

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Friday, December 15, 2006

we shot jr

Tonight:



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Shapes and Sizes play at the Cavern.

Shapes and Sizes Island's Gone Bad mp3

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new voxtrot demo



Voxtrot frontman Ramesh Srinastava (aka the Voxtrot Kid) reports that the band has entered the studio and is preparing to record their debut full-length, due sometime next year. Ramesh also hooked us up with a stripped-down version of what is quickly becoming my favorite Voxtrot song, "Sway." Gone are Jared Van Fleet's elaborate and gorgeous string arrangements, leaving behind the delicate piano line and Ramesh's fragile vocals.

Voxtrot Sway (demo version) mp3

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shows of 2006

We were lucky enough to see a ridiculous number of amazing shows this year, so it was a daunting task to narrow it down to a top 14, but we did it anyway. Because again, I'd like to reiterate, lists = fun. Anyway, we ended up leaving off a bunch of memorable performances (notably, the Flaming Lips with Peaches at SXSW, Band of Horses, Sunset Rubdown, Os Mutantes at the P-fork fest, MF Doom, Cat Power's ACL taping, Spoon, etc.) that just didn't resonate with us like these. In the end, these were the shows that stuck with us.

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gorilla vs. bear's favorite shows of 2006



14. Ghostland Observatory: ACL Festival
(original post)



13. Beck's surprise "Beck Jam": Gypsy Tearoom (Dallas, TX)
(original post)

love is all

12. Love Is All: SXSW '06
(original post)



11. TV on the Radio + Celebration: Gypsy Tearoom (Dallas, TX)
(original post)



10. Beach House: Amsterdam Bar (Dallas, TX)
I had never been to the Amsterdam Bar before and, in fact, I wasn't even aware it was a venue. The fall was in full strength. The band and audience spent the night in coats with the colorful bulbs overhead creating an amazing experience. The band's chemistry was evident, and the tones of the record were well suited for keeping us warm on the brisk Texas night. (original post)




9. gorilla vs. bear showcase: The Cavern (Dallas, TX)
Possibly the most memorable show on my list, for numerous reasons. We worked really hard, in retrospect, to put this thing together, and the night couldn't have been more perfect, from the amazing bands to the enthusiastic packed house. The bill was a serious fantasy and the performances only made it reality. The only thing keeping this from being much higher on the list is the fact that the whole night is sort of a blur to me at this point. (original post)



8. CSS: Pitchfork Festival (Chicago, IL)
The most electric set I saw at the all-around-stellar P-fork Fest, it was nearly impossible to leave the Biz-3 tent not completely drenched in sweat (most of it your own, some of it Lovefoxxx's). From the stagediving and bizarre stage antics, CSS' performance was equal to a house party at its very peak. (original post)



7. St. Vincent + Peter and the Wolf: SXSW '06
By far the most goosebump-inducing show of the year. Red's loft (of all hundred or so venues) housed the best show of the entire festival. The furniture-less apartment forced audience members to sit on the ground; it was like a campfire performance set inside. Seeing Annie live, especially in a context so intimate, will solidify anyone's interest for her music and performance style. (original post)



6. Joanna Newsom: The Parish (Austin, TX)
This show was extremely different than the show we saw earlier this week in OK. Far more intimate and personal, and benefitting from the buzz of being a last-minute "secret" show, Joanna and her harp had the packed house captivated for the extent of the evening. (original post)



5. Sufjan Stevens: Paramount Theater (Austin, TX)
The second night (of three) in the same week I'd seen Sufjan, and this performance topped the previous. He is such a magnetic performer; often telling stories of song origins that might be just as fictional as the songs themselves, your attention has no possiblity of being divided. And the performance of "Majesty, Snowbird" that night was one of the best things I heard all year. (original post)



4. The Polyphonic Spree: Emo's (Austin, TX)
There was a point during this performance, and I'm not exaggerating, when I thought Emo's ramshackle outside ceiling was going to collapse from the dynamic power and energy created from a band connecting with its audience. When the band launched into their soaring cover of "Lithium," the place was literally shaking from its foundation. (original post)



3. Sufjan Stevens + The Raconteurs: ACL Taping
I'm not ashamed to admit that this show was about the unique experience as much as anything. In fact, I watched Sufjan's performance on PBS recently, and it wasn't nearly the grand spectacle that I remember. Perhaps I was overwhelmed with how surreal it was to see Jack White and Sufjan perform from about 10 feet away, with (multiple) cameras rolling. (original post)



2. Sigur Ros: Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX)
After leaving this show, the car was quiet. At the risk of sounding cheesy, Sigur Ros inspires their audience and after leaving their show, you realize this and reflect. It's nearly frustrating how tranced you are watching this band, and it was the most thoroughly visceral musical experience of the year for me. Their massive tones ricocheted around this beautiful venue, leaving everyone in awe. (original post)



1. Joanna Newsom: Meachum Auditorium (Norman, OK)
This show had a couple things working against it: it was in Oklahoma, the auditorium reminded me of my middle school auditorium, and we'd just driven 3 hours to get there. But once in our seats, all those issues quickly dissolved. Ys took on new life as the record's beautiful orchestration was matched perfectly by the minimized 5-piece. When listening to the record, the squeaks in her voice seem like mild flaws instead of what they are -- as this show proved -- distinct, highly-controlled and intentional vocal characteristics. Again, this show was like witnessing a master work at their craft, and thankfully, share the process with you. (original post)

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

new Arcade Fire

Call 1-866-NEON-BIBLE ext. 7777 to hear the new Arcade Fire song, "Intervention." The message was sent (sort of) through a cryptic spam-looking email from a dude named F. Murray Conscription. Here's a snippet:

Subject : is it ne0n Bi*ble? She likes it

You and her both are looking for NE0N BIB*LE; Revolutionary safe new Program really works. Count on Time to work it out. *wink* *wink*

1-866-NEON-BIBLE ext. 7777


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p.s. I've had the live version of "Intervention" for quite a while, and the studio version is everything I'd hoped and more. The power of those church organs is something. Here's the KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic live version:

mp3:
The Arcade Fire Intervention (live on KCRW)

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prelude for time feelers


Eluvium

We're diligently working to get our "Top Shows of 2006" list up sometime today, but in the meantime, here's a beautiful new track from the forthcoming Eluvium record, Copia, out Feb. 20, 2007. That'll be a big day for Temporary Residence, as the new Explosions In The Sky album is released the same day:

Eluvium Prelude for Time Feelers mp3

bonus:

Explosions In The Sky Welcome, Ghosts mp3

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elsewhere:

Possibly my favorite Top Albums list thus far (besides my own, of course): Prefix's Top 50 Albums of the Year.

Holy Fuck, who begin mixing their new record with Broken Social Scene's Dave Neufeld next week, have made a couple of new live songs and other various rarities available for download here.

If you didn't win our Beck contest, Dodge is offering a second chance.

Bill Baird of Sound Team stopped by our SIRIUS Blog Radio show last night, and played some beautiful stuff from his new solo release(s). View the entire playlist from last night's show after the jump...


gorilla vs. bear SIRIUS Blog Radio playlist:

1. RJD2--1976
2. Ghostface--Block Rock
3. Clipse--Ride Around Shining
4. Pase Rock--Lindsay Lohan's Revenge
5. The Knife vs. The Pack--You Make Me Like Vans (hoop dreams mashup)
6. Menomena--Muscle n' Flo
7. Tacks, the Boy Disaster--Frozen Feet
8. Beck--Cell Phone's Dead
9. White Denim--Wet Sand
10. St. Vincent--Now Now
11. Shapes & Sizes--the taste in my mouth
12. Susan Christie--Paint A Lady
13. Marissa Nadler--Diamond Heart
14. Karen Dalton--Same Old Man
15. Ola Podrida--Instead
16. The Early Tapes--Betty and Thomas
17. Bill Baird--Dear friend (collapsing dominos)

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Bill Baird of Sound Team: Live on SIRIUS

18. Bill Baird--New York Love (live on SIRIUS) mp3
19. Bill Baird--Sunset's Bathtime (live on SIRIUS) mp3
20. Bill Baird--Your Eyes Are Mirrors (live on SIRIUS) mp3

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21. Grizzly Bear--Colorado
22. Beach House--Lovelier Girl
23. Panda Bear--Bro's
24. The Knife--Reindeer
25. Sufjan Stevens--Get Behind Me Santa!
26. Darlene Love--Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

new Apostle of Hustle



Tripwire informs us that Apostle of Hustle (who put on one of the best shows we saw at SXSW '05) are back with a track from their upcoming album, National Anthem Of Nowhere, due out in March. Apostle of Hustle, who happen to have one of the coolest band names ever, is one of the many Broken Social Scene-related bands on Arts & Crafts.

Apostle of Hustle My Sword Hand's Anger mp3

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P-fork is quickly turning into the "best mp3 blog that won't admit that they're turning into an mp3 blog". Today's offerings include a Japan-only bonus track from Grizzly Bear's Yellow House, and the Knife's holiday offering that we told you about last week.

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beck contest winner and SIRIUS



Our Beck Contest Winner, as chosen by Ms. Beck Wheeler herself, is Santorio Santorio. You have been emailed, sir.

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Tonight on our SIRIUS show:

Bill Baird of Sound Team will stop by to play a few songs (with Nathan of the Early Tapes/Tacks, the Boy Disaster) and talk about his current solo tour.

Bill Baird My Woman Hates My Guts mp3

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

lon gisland

Beirut's new EP Lon Gisland (the first Beirut release with Zach Condon and his full band) will be released on January 30, 2007. However, it was released today for your downloading convenience exclusively on eMusic. Here's the album's lead track, which eMusic is offering as a free download:



mp3:
Beirut Elephant Gun

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track listing for Lon Gisland:

1. Elephant Gun
2. My Family's Role in the World Revolution
3. Scenic World
4. The Long Island Sound
5. Carousels

Download the whole EP here for free with your 25 Free Download Trial offer. We also recommend picking up the Dipset X-Mas album while you're there.

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Joanna Newsom: Live in Oklahoma



I decided somewhere around 2 a.m., on the drive back to Dallas from Norman, OK, that last night's Joanna Newsom show at Meachum Auditorium was hands down the best show I've seen all year. I'll elaborate when I post my "Best Shows of 2006" list later this week, but a quick recap: Joanna played Ys in its entirety, and her 5-piece band did a remarkable job of interpreting the lush and elaborate orchestration present on the record. She began the show alone on her harp, and I shot this video of Ms. Newsom singing what she identified only as "an old Scottish song." (I believe the song is a traditional Scottish hymn entitled "Ca' the Yowes") Breathtaking song, and it may even appeal to those of you who can't get into Joanna's unique voice:




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Normally we wouldn't post so many similar photos, but when the photos are Joanna Newsom, we make exceptions. Click for larger image:






view more photos after the jump...








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