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Thursday, May 31, 2007

tonight in austin



You know how we always do a terrible job of describing exactly why White Denim is our favorite band in the world right now? Well, the Austinist agrees that the band is basically impossible to pigeonhole, which is part of why they're so badass. Still, our girl Paige manages to sort of nail exactly what we love about them, complete with references to the Kinks, the Yardbirds, this, and Captain Beefheart. Anyway, our favorite part of the article was this line:

"When watching White Denim play, it might be tempting to call them garage rock or post-punk or something like that, and it's partially true because of the spirit of the whole thing, but those classifications intimate a certain simplicity which patronizes the complexity of some of the compositions..."

That's what we meant to say. I guess it wasn't so hard after all. Not at all coincidentally, White Denim plays tonight at Emo's in Austin. Buy their amazing Let's Talk About It EP at iTunes.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

we ♥ lovefoxxx

CSS must be on a break or something, because she seems to have a lot of free time:



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In your nightly Hood Internet report, those guys have gone and one-upped themselves again with their latest mash. Missing Toof has the Air vs. Mike Jones mp3. After you grab that one, be sure to browse the Hood Internet's impressive archives; there's something for everyone. We still haven't gotten tired of these:

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The Shins vs. Crime Mob Rock Yo Sea Legs
Ghostface Killah vs. Spoon The Ghostface of You Lingers
T.I. vs. Fujiya & Miyagi What You Know About Transparent Things

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laughed for a world filled with fantasy


Panda Bear behind the Granada Theater, Dallas
(photo by David)

We were fortunate enough to stumble upon this relatively new Panda Bear gem, culled from a live album that was recently released on iTunes. Says Rhapsody.com:

"...it isn't so much a live album as an otherworldly recording of three of Panda's already alien experimental-surf-tronica compositions smushed together and sounding as if they were performed underwater by bewitching, avant-garde sirens in a great, reverberating sea on Brian Wilson's home planet..."

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Panda Bear Laughed for a World Filled with Fantasy

This snippet from Part I of the recording, entitled "Laughed for a World Filled with Fantasy," samples Scott Walker's "Two Ragged Soldiers" and Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," rendering a perfectly enchanting daydream score that could have easily made the final Person Pitch cut. Can't recommend this jam (and the whole live album) enough.

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Buy Parts I and II for next to nothing here and here. And tune into our Blog Radio show on Monday, June 4, to hear a full 2 hours with Panda Bear.

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Jana Hunter: Live on Ma Fama



gorilla vs. bear favorite Jana Hunter recently stopped by Ma Fama, the increasingly awesome Portuguese blog/radio show, for an intimate live performance and interview. Jana played a few songs from her excellent LP, There's No Home, as well as a couple new ones from an upcoming EP. Here are two songs from the performance; both are highly recommended:

mp3:
Jana Hunter Babies (live on Ma Fama)
Jana Hunter Untitled new song (live on Ma Fama)

Go here to download the full session and listen to the interview with Jana.

previously: Panda Bear on Ma Fama

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

new Dallas venue: The Loft

There's a new venue in town: The Loft on South Lamar, a second-story joint attached to the recently opened Palladium Ballroom. We were able to tour the space last week, and we think it has the potential to be one of the dopest venues in town, what with its exposed brick interior and the stellar panoramic view of the downtown skyline, which will serve as the bands' backdrop.

We're hoping their lineup of shows will help fill the void left by the demise of the Gypsy Tearoom, and we're happy to report they're off to a strong start. Bands already confirmed include Low, Bonde Do Role, the Black Lips, Girl Talk, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and Thunderbirds are Now!, with more to be announced in the very near future. We'll be working with the Loft to help present some of these shows, so expect more from our end when there's more to reveal.

mp3:
Bonde Do Role Quero Te Amar
Low Breaker

The Black Lips "Cold Hands" video:

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new new pornographers



I was ready for a new A.C. Newman jam. Taken from Challengers, due out Aug. 21:

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The New Pornographers My Rights Versus Yours

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listened on



Lightning Dust is Amber Webber and Joshua Wells of Black Mountain. Their new self-titled album was recorded "in a dank cave and a bright blue house," and is a model of sparse, simplistic beauty. Nothing spectacular, but Webber has one of those rare, haunting voices that is alternately comforting/heartbreaking (see Victoria Legrand of Beach House), that in effect just makes this whole record for us. She especially shines on this one:

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Lightning Dust Listened On

More of an autumn record than a summer one, Lightning Dust is due out on Jagjaguwar on June 19.

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elsewhere:



The Polyphonic Spree's new adventure in listening, The Fragile Army, is now available for pre-order here. We went with the deluxe package (pictured above).

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Monday, May 28, 2007

animal collective: live in dallas


Panda Bear of Animal Collective

(post and photos by David. click photos for larger image)

Animal Collective brought their transcendent live show to Dallas' bossa nova Granada Theater last night, performing a few reinterpreted Sung Tongs highlights, a couple Panda Bear-penned joints, including the beloved "Untitled" and "Daily Routine," as well as a heap of new, post-Strawberry Jam jams. This was the band's first performance in our humble city and, by the crowd's reaction, well, better late than never, as it were. It was one of the most enthralling performances we have ever seen.



To be honest, it's hard to believe that such an exquisite, otherworldly sound - one that may well be described as "difficult" -- resonates so remarkably with so many. There's not much of a point in elaborating any further because what they offer is too difficult to describe, but we will say that it's beyond evident that the band is pushing the genre forward, whatever genre that may be, in ways that will earn them a place in the modern canon. Animal Collective is a band that refuses to rest on its laurels, a band that chooses to challenge rather than appease.

On another note, for those whose interest was piqued this past week by the announcement of their forthcoming long player, Strawberry Jam, Noah Lennox offered us a verbal preview in which he described the record as something of a companion piece to Feels. Whereas Feels was, as Noah explained, "gauzy," the new record is a bit more "aggressive." Noah will join us as interviewee/guest DJ for the full two hours on our next Sirius Blog Radio show, which airs Monday, June 4.







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Sunday, May 27, 2007

let's talk about it



White Denim's Let's Talk About It EP, which features the smash-hit title track and four other ridiculous jams, is finally available for purchase on iTunes. A sensible alternative to the ultra-limited, extremely rad red + white vinyl 7", and all for only $4.95. Let's react to it.

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lupe fiasco samples thom yorke


lupe fiasco

Thanks to Spine Magazine for hosting this new Lupe Fiasco joint, which features the ubiquitous Kanye and Pharrell guest spots, as well as a not-so-ubiquitous, but extremely well-utilized sample of Thom Yorke's "The Eraser":

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Lupe Fiasco Us Placers

(via Spine Magazine)

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

animal collective in dallas



Just a reminder that Animal Collective plays at the Granada tonight. These dudes don't roll through Dallas very often, so we recommend you try to make it out. The new Strawberry Jam material they've been playing on this tour sounds incredible. Should be an insane show.

mp3:
Animal Collective The Purple Bottle (Stevie Wonder version)

Here's a video of the band performing Sung Tongs favorite "Who Could Win a Rabbit?," shot by the Anchor Center on May 15 at Newport, Kentucky's Southgate House:

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Friday, May 25, 2007

glass candy


glass candy

Glass Candy plays in Dallas tonight, and we're going to go out on a limb and guarantee that this show will be interesting, at the very least (probably something very close to this). We Shot JR has a cool interview with Glass Candy producer Johnny Jewel, in which he discusses (among other things) the Farah fiasco of a few months back. Here's a track from Glass Candy, which apparently is all the rage these days at your local roller-disco:

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Glass Candy Rolling Down the Hills (highly recommended)

Listen to and download a few live Glass Candy tracks at their space.

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Quick Blog Radio update:



We'd like to welcome our good friend the Aquarium Drunkard as the newest member of Sirius Left of Center's Blog Radio. His show will air on Fridays (starting today), and as readers of his blog are already aware, the kid has great taste, so make sure to check it out. In other news, this weekend is "Blog Party" weekend on Sirius Left of Center, to sort of announce the expansion of Blog Radio and a shuffling of the lineup. Our show is moving to Monday, and like all other Blog Radio shows, will air twice per day (noon and midnight, EST). Here's the full lineup:

Monday: yours truly
Tuesday: My Old Kentucky Blog
Wednesday: Brooklyn Vegan
Thursday: ProductShopNYC
Friday: Aquarium Drunkard
Saturday: It's A Trap

As always, you can listen to our show for free by signing up for a free trial at Sirius.com.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

sufjan stevens: seven swans reissue



Not sure how I didn't hear about this sooner, but Sounds Familyre has blessed us with a reissue of Sufjan Stevens' beautiful and intimate 2004 LP, Seven Swans. The reissue is pressed on 140g "audiophile grade" vinyl, and will include a 7" with two gorgeous, unreleased (ed. note: alliteration ahead) Sufjan Stevens' songs from the Seven Swans sessions. Here's one of the tracks from the 7", and "Sister," which appeared on the original release:

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Sufjan Stevens Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have
Sufjan Stevens Sister

The Seven Swans reissue is a must have for even casual fans, particularly those that prefer "sparse, understated Sufjan" to "expansive, sometimes over-the-top, orchestral pop Sufjan." We ordered ours today, and we encourage you to do the same. Read Daniel Smith's thoughts on reissuing Seven Swans here.

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elsewhere:

We are beyond flattered to be mentioned by The Morning News in their annual Editors' Awards for Online Excellence. Just being recognized alongside such luminaries as Said the Gramophone and Daytrotter is a huge honor. Thanks, guys.

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Grizzly Bear: "Deep Blue Sea"

You may or may not recall that Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear debuted his hauntingly beautiful solo cover of traditional folk ballad "Deep Blue Sea" on our Sirius Blog Radio show a while back. Check out this great video of the full band performing the song on a beach in Minehead (via Brooklyn Vegan).



In case you missed the mp3 the first time around:

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Daniel Rossen Deep Blue Sea

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ring the alarm

With a "speaker-blowing" new SFA album due in upcoming months, Trojan Records offers something for those furryiously craving anything SFA. The Furry Selection compilation, which features 16 excellent reggae cuts, was handpicked by SFA bassist Guto Pryce. The Welsh rockers' obvious reggae and dub influence is present throughout their impressive discography. The band even contributed their dub remix of "Dreamy Days" to Roots Manuva's 2003 Dub Come Save Me album. When I asked Gruff Rhys about the compilation at this year's SXSW, SFA lead/Candylion-creator said that Guto had developed the playlist and was "really into all that old dub and reggae." The compilation will be released in the UK on May 28, and will hit the US shelves a few weeks later on June 12.


Tenor Saw

Furry Selection's ninth track, "Ring the Alarm," was unfamiliar to me initially, as was its creator, Tenor Saw. A little research informed me that the Jamaican-born Clive Bright released this dancehall classic in 1985. The song became an international hit -- just three short years before his early death at the age of 22.

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Tenor Saw Ring the Alarm

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Here's video of Tenor Saw performing the track live in the mid-'80s:

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

White Stripes: "Icky Thump" video

You know that "Icky Thump" video that's going to be all over the place tomorrow? Spinner has it for us right now, and Jack and Meg don't disappoint. Have we mentioned that we can't wait for this record?

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bitchee


probably not Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya

We don't quite know what to make of Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya. There's been speculation that she (they?) are a front for another act or a joke, which I guess is entirely possible. But they've already completed adorably busted remixes for Bonde Do Role and Poney Poney and a couple of originals that have some people taking notice. This song sounds like Lovefoxxx getting filthy over some elementary 8-bit beats, but it's fun, and catchy as all hell, and for the moment we sort of love it:

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Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya Tu Connais le Chanson

Bitchee wants to be your friend.

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Also, we just want to make it known that we love the Hood Internet. Since we posted ABX's first mashup back in August '06, the dudes have been getting all kinds of well-deserved love across the real internet. Their brand new mash, Ghostface vs. Spoon, is one of their best yet.

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Spoon: Live in Dallas


Britt Daniel of Spoon

Last night we managed to catch Spoon perform a pretty gangster -- and intimate -- twenty song set on their "secret" club tour at Dallas' lovely Granada Theater, a classy joint which is rather hastily becoming one of the city's more reliable venues. The Austin foursome (as a live outfit, anyway) performed a rousing set of post-A Series of Sneaks gems and a handful of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga cuts, including "Don't Make Me a Target," "Don't You Evah," a dirty "Black Like Me," (ed. note: our new favorite Spoon song) and the live debut of "The Underdog," the new LP's first true single.

With the lot of Britt's extended family scattered throughout the audience, fool was in bright spirits busting his signature robotic gesticulations and shrevident guitar freak-outs on our favorite cuts off of Gimme Fiction, and all the other classics that made their way into the Jack Daniels. I mean, the set. Not a terrible Tuesday by any stretch.

(post and polaroid by David)

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map of africa



We don't know much about Map of Africa, and the internets were not too forthcoming with any real information aside from this dope post we found at 20jazzfunkgreats. Still, this swampy psych-rock jam has been in constant rotation around here for the last couple days, and it's only getting better. Maybe it's the jungle humidity and all the mosquitos in our hood lately, but we imagine this track scoring a chopper scene in some ill Vietnam flick. But that might just be us.

mp3:
Map Of Africa Bone

p.s. Play it loud. And buy the double LP here.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

pieces of string

Here's the impossibly cute new video for one of our favorite songs of last year, Alela Diane's "Pieces of String." The video stars Alela's little cousins, Emilee and Lily. Unfortunately, I don't think a lot of people heard Alela's beautiful record The Pirate's Gospel, but I highly recommend it:



mp3:
Alela Diane Pieces of String

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Also, if you haven't already, check out Alela's gorgeous Daytrotter Session.

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voxtrot and white denim



Couple of sweet things going down in Austin tonight: If we were there right now, we'd hit up the free Voxtrot in-store performance at Waterloo records at 5 PM. Then we'd catch White Denim's peformance at the Hot Freaks/gorilla vs. bear residency program at the Mohawk. We went down last time they played and they blew everyone away. And all of this would be the best $2 we ever spent.

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Voxtrot Kid Gloves
White Denim ShakeShakeShake

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new Rosebuds remix


Kelly + Ivan of The Rosebuds at SXSW

As you may know, the Rosebuds' excellent new album, Night of the Furies, marks a new and eminently more danceable direction for the band, as evidenced by the huge dance party that broke out at their SXSW Hot Freaks show. Ivan even lost his shoes. No literally, some kid ran off with them. Anyway, the new stuff is prime remix material, and we've got the first one for you:

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The Rosebuds I Better Run (Jimmy the B Remix)

The Rosebuds are currently on tour, and will be in Dallas on June 19 with Land of Talk. Don't miss 'em.

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Spoon plays a "secret" show tonight in Dallas at the Granada Theater. I think the "secret" is that it's sponsored by Jack Daniels. Not sure how one goes about getting into one of these shows, but we're excited at the prospect of hearing the new stuff in a live setting.

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monolith festival

The lineup has been announced for the first annual Monolith Festival, to take place September 14-15 at Red Rocks in Denver. Pretty nice little lineup, featuring the Flaming Lips, Spoon, the Decemberists, Ghostland Observatory, Flosstradamus + Kid Sister, YACHT, Das EFX, and a bunch more. Wait, Das EFX? Kick ass.

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Das EFX They Want EFX
YACHT See a Penny, Pick it Up

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Monday, May 21, 2007

animal collective: untitled



It's been a while since we devoted a full post to Panda Bear, but we'll be seeing the Animal Collective this weekend here in Dallas, and we're pretty excited about it. Especially now that we know that the band has been playing Panda Bear's untitled new song (the same one we've gone on and on about) on the current tour. Here's Panda Bear's solo version, taken from the Ma Fama session he played earlier this year, and the full-band version, recorded live in Chicago on May 17. Thanks to the AC message board for the track:

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Panda Bear Untitled (live on ma fama)
Animal Collective Untitled (live in Chicago)

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warm & scratchy



The always generous Adult Swim offers up more free music today, this time in the form of the appropriately titled Warm & Scratchy compilation, featuring the likes of TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Liars, and more. Here are a few sample tracks, and you can download the whole thing here.

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TV on the Radio Me-I
The Rapture Crimson Red
Broken Social Scene Canada vs. America
Sound Team Color of the Love You Have

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dondolo

I had trouble finding any info online about Dondolo that wasn't written in his native French, so I pasted his bio into that handy little box on freetranslation.com, and this is what they told me:



"Dondolo play a pop cyclothymique, strongly contrasted, passing pop punk yelled brulots to nursery rhymes electro-pop melancholic and playful. Sung just as well in English as in French, its pieces are a mixture (a collision?) of varied influences has incompatible priori, going Buzzcocks to Christophe, while going through Jacno and the Hot Chip. Un true kaleidoscope of pop rock one of these 30 behind years. In unparalleled equilibriste, it succeeds doing this big gap while falling again on its paws, thanks to a science of the pop accroche out norm."

I think all of this is mostly true, especially the part about the paws; but they neglected to mention that Dondolo's song "A Question of Will," from his new record Dondolisme, is irresistable and undeniably fun. "Fluffy Angel" will likely be the track from this record that blows up and gets the obligatory Hot Chip remix, but as far as I'm concerned, this is the jam:

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Dondolo A Question of Will

p.s. there's also a video.

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Said the Gramophone posted Yeasayer's incredible song "2080." I first heard this song around SXSW-time, and in the time since, it's become one of my favorite songs of the year. StG does a great job explaining its appeal.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

new Spoon video: "the ghost of you lingers"

The new Spoon record has been in constant rotation over the last few days, and if it keeps growing on me at its current alarming rate, expect to see it on our year-end top 10 list. We were a little unsure about this particular song when it leaked all on its own, but in the context of the record, it's gold.



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We mentioned last week that the Cool Kids had posted a few songs from their upcoming debut LP, The Bake Sale, on their myspace page. Well today, they've gone and made one of those tunes downloadable for us. Grab it:

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The Cool Kids Gold and a Pager (new version)

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Friday, May 18, 2007

St. Vincent video: "Your Lips are Red"

Thanks to Beggars for allowing us to post this stunning video of St. Vincent performing "Your Lips Are Red," one of the many highlights from her upcoming Marry Me LP. The video showcases Annie Clark's intense stage presence and dazzling guitar work in a way that you would normally only be able to experience in a live setting. Plus, she's a badass on that stomp pad. Recorded by Eamonn Farrell on April 19 at Brooklyn's Atlantic Sound studio, starring the East River as the backdrop, with additional footage shot at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Turn it up:



St. Vincent opens for the Arcade Fire tonight in Chicago. Marry Me comes out July 10 on Beggars.

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look like a baby rat

This is the video for Pase Rock's "Lindsay Lohan's Revenge," starring an actual baby rat as Lohan's...ah forget it. Probably don't even have to say that this is mad NSFW:

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porque te vas

We stole this from our buddy Conversation Pocket, and we can't stop watching:



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"...No one would have guessed that an upbeat pop song layered in big beats, horns, and wah-wah guitars would mesh with Jeanette's delicate voice, but the result was stunning" (source). Uh, yeah you could say that. This is Jeanette in the early '70s:



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Jeanette Porque Te Vas

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

glad i found you



Eventually, the dudes at Numero Group are going to run out of material for their consistently stellar Eccentric Soul releases, but lucky us, because it hasn't happened yet. So far, they've brought us rarely heard underground late-'60s soul from cities all over the U.S., including Columbus, Detroit, Miami, Chicago, Phoenix, and more. On their latest release, they head back to Columbus to bring us some incredible shit from Capsoul's crosstown rival, the Prix Label. I don't know what it is that makes this kind of unbridled soul so perfect for the summer, but this stuff is ideal for soundtracking your bike rides and BBQs. Both tracks highly recommended.

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Eddie Ray Glad I Found You
Penny & the Quarters You and Me

Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label comes out June 5. If you like those tracks, you'll love it.

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Check out this video on the '70s Northern Soul dancing scene, which features another of my favorite tracks from the Prix Label release: the Royal Esquires' "Ain't Gonna Run." Not sure how the song made its way to the UK, but the last 2:30 is pretty awesome.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

strawberry jam


animal collective

According to the Animal Collective message board, promo copies of the new album will be sent out next week. So to head off the inevitable leakage, the band posted the album title and tracklist here. In case you're too lazy to click, the album's called Strawberry Jam and the tracklist is as follows:

1. Peacebone (live mp3)
2. Unsolved Mysteries
3. Chores (live mp3)
4. For Reverend Green
5. Fireworks
6. #1
7. Winter Wonder Land
8. Cuckoo Cuckoo (live video)
9. Derek

The band is currently busting some of these tracks on tour. Check out the dates here.

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in other news:

IHEARTCOMIX went and started a new blog, and you might want to add it to your daily blog-reading agenda. They've posted some really cool stuff over the last few days, including two tracks from the forthcoming Best Fwends album we talked about last week, a new Muscles track, and much more. Like this new promo video for CSS' "Alcohol," which depicts the girls of CSS as a bunch of wasted bunny puppets:

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new polyphonic spree: light to follow



We are officially in love with The Polyphonic Spree's upcoming album, The Fragile Army. As a fan of everything that Tim Delaughter has created over the last 15 years or so, I can genuinely say that this album ranks right alongside Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb as one of the most beautiful things Delaughter has ever done. "Light to Follow" has been one of our favorite songs since we first saw the band perform it in Austin last year, and the studio version doesn't disappoint. Although this song is quite unlike anything Tim has ever done (check the programmed drum beats and '80s synths), it sounds to our ears like a perfect combination of everything we love about JHLTAB and The Beginning Stages of....

mp3:
The Polyphonic Spree Light To Follow

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UPDATE:

For evidence of how great this sounds live, here's some footage of the band soundchecking the other day in NC, courtesy of the great Hal Samples:

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i feel it all

Pretty sure this will be all over by the end of the day, but it's too good not to post:

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animal bells



Our friend Marathon Packs posted a little "Midterm Mix" of some of his favorite things from 2007 so far, and there's some good stuff scattered in there, including Bonde Do Role, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, and more. He also mentions Melbourne's the Crayon Fields, and coincidentally, we've been digging their Animal Bells record quite a bit lately. Here's the album opener, on which the band is very plainly trying to sound like Odessy & Oracle-era Zombies, and they do a pretty convincing job of it. So yeah, it might be borderline plagiarism, but if you're going to rip something off, you could do a lot worse than one of the best albums ever.

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The Crayon Fields Choir of Tiny Boys

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

champion sound


Madlib and J Dilla

Stones Throw is set to release a deluxe double-CD reissue of Jaylib's underappreciated 2003 classic, Champion Sound, on June 12. Madlib hooked up a bunch of unreleased Jaylib remixes for disc two of the reissue, including this one:

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Jaylib The Mission (Stringed Out remix)

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viceroy


Mark David Ashworth's viceroy

The Mohawk Residency continues tonight in Austin, with Mark David Ashworth (and full band) opening for Peel. Ashworth recently released his excellent debut LP, Viceroy, on the great Autobus Records. Viceroy, which Mark recorded while living in Lima and Mexico City, is "an accidental concept album about the trials and pleasures of otherness and the search for the self in a foreign land." Here are a couple of highly recommended tracks from the album:

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Mark David Ashworth Eggs
Mark David Ashworth elevator, battle, distance

Befriend Mark David Ashworth on myspace, and purchase Viceroy here for only $7.99.

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