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Sunday, December 30, 2007

thom yorke laughs funny

No idea what's going on in this clip, but I thought I'd use this opportunity to remind you to watch Radiohead's live webcast performance of In Rainbows tomorrow evening on Radiohead.tv before you head out for New Year's Eve. The broadcast starts around 7 PM EST.



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unrelated:

Here's some NASA footage of the Cassini spacecraft's 4-hour-long descent onto Saturn's moon, Titan, compressed into less than 5 minutes. The sounds represent different measures of rotation/movement, creating a hypnotic composition that's better than what most blogs are posting this week. Pretty colors, too:

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

gorilla vs. bear presents: Dan Deacon


flyer by david

We are happy to present Dan Deacon and his Wham City homies on their seizure-inducing-acid-trip "Ultimate Reality" tour, live at Hailey's on January 12. If you haven't seen this guy live, you have no idea what you're missing; we were skeptical when he rolled through Dallas last summer, and we all walked away converted Dan Deacon fanclub members. Conveniently, we have a couple pairs of tickets to give away. Just leave your favorite '80s baseball player in the comments, along with your e-mail address. Or you could actually buy tickets here (I'm predicting a sell-out). Here are a couple mp3s and the best Deacon-related video clip of all-time:

mp3:
Dan Deacon Don Mattingly
Dan Deacon Crystal Cat



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You can check out an Arnold Schwarzenegger-heavy preview of the Ultimate Reality tour here. Warning: A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. We at gorilla vs. bear cannot be held responsible for that shit.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

blaqstarr + rye rye: live in dallas


blaqstarr + rye rye




rye rye


blaqstarr


sober + select

more polaroids after the jump. merry christmas...


tony romo


sober/blaqstarr


rye rye in technicolor




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Saturday, December 22, 2007

tonight in dallas: Blaqstarr + Rye Rye



This promises to be one of the best shows to roll through here in a while. I saw Blaqstarr with Diplo back in November and I can't remember having more fun at a show all year. 16-year-old Rye Rye -- fresh off her tour with M.I.A. -- will be there too, as will Dallas' own The Party. Hands up/thumbs down, shake it to the ground, etc.:

mp3:
Blaqstarr + Rye Rye Shake it to the Ground (Cumbia psych version)

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

so cosmic


(art via MfR)

Australians Cut Copy have a new record called In Ghost Colours coming out in April '08, but thanks to Anthem Magazine and Modular Records, we can hear a good portion of it now in the form of this free hour-long mix. No tracklist available, but Cut Copy threw in a bunch of In Ghost Colours tunes, a classic Fleetwood Mac jam, and a bunch of pretty good shit I've never heard, and to ensure that I posted it here, they blissfully drop Panda Bear's "Bros" early in the mix. Recommended:

mp3:
Cut Copy So Cosmic (zShare; 55 mb)

(via HIPSTER RUNOFF)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

hold on to me baby



Sincerely Yours sent Sweden's Air France "away out in the middle of nowhere with a case of glühwine, some libyan weed and a plan to record three songs," and the result was "Hold on to Me Baby." I guess it's supposed to be a Christmas song, but like all Air France jams, it sounds like a wistful tropical beach party, only with snow this time. In the words of the Sincerely Yours family, "merry fucking x-mas."

mp3:
Air France Hold on to me Baby

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

italians do it better



If for some reason you've been unable to find the three records depicted above, or you were too lazy to piece them together by grabbing the free downloads the bands have offered via myspace, you no longer have any excuse: as of today, they're all available for download on eMusic. In case you're new around here, I'm of the opinion that all three are essential '07 releases. Here are some samples, via the bands' respective myspace pages:

mp3:
Glass Candy Beatific (from Beatbox)
Chromatics Running Up That Hill (from Night Drive)
Indeep Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Mirage remix)

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That Mirage remix of Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" appears on the After Dark compilation. Here's the unfathomably badass video for the original from the early '80s:

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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Polyphonic Spree: 7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza



The Polyphonic Spree brought their annual Holiday Extravaganza back home to a packed Lakewood Theater last night here in Dallas. A presumably exhausted Tim Delaughter and crew -- the band played a total of 4 sets in a span of about 7 hours -- were in rare form. You could tell they were happy to be home for the holidays. Highlights included a tripped-out psychedelic version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?/Little Drummer Boy" (the whole set was accompanied by equally psychedelic acid visuals), their signature rousing covers of "Happy X-Mas (War is Over)," "Live and Let Die," "Lithium," and Bowie's "The Sun Machine," and a moving, set-ending audience sing-along to The Fragile Army standout, "The Championship." But the best part of the night was the euphoric, old-school version of "We Sound Amazed" (from Together We're Heavy) to begin the encore; the choir has never sounded better. David took a ton of photos. Here are some:

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The Polyphonic Spree Carol of the Bells ("Tim's Gone" version)





















View more shots of The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza after the jump, and check the full photoset here...














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fantasy covers


marissa nadler

Thanks to Cokemachineglow for sending us a couple covers from their upcoming, 2nd annual "Fantasy Podcast," in which they ask their favorite artists to cover some of their favorite songs from the past year. After a cursory glance over the podcast's playlist, standouts include Menomena's Danny Seim covering the National, a new Hood Internet jam, Deer Tick covering Sean Kingston, and these two tracks, which both come pretty damn close to outdoing the originals:

mp3:
Marissa Nadler Clairaudients (Bright Eyes cover)
The Main Drag All My Friends (LCD Soundsystem cover)

The Cokemachineglow Fantasy Podcast will be available for free download on Christmas Day.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

new M.I.A. video: "Paper Planes"

Here's the official, non-MTV version of M.I.A.'s new "Paper Planes" video, complete with gunshots still intact. Sort of disappointing for one of the greatest singles of 2007, despite the Beastie Boys cameo. This song never gets old though, and you could do a whole lot worse than watching M.I.A. dance around for 3+ minutes:



mp3:
M.I.A. Paper Planes (gunshot-free version via Mad Decent)

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

gorilla vs. bear presents: Yeasayer


by david

We are pleased to present the Dallas, TX, debut of Brooklyn's Yeasayer -- the band responsible for one of 2007's most promising debut albums, as well as one of the year's best singles -- as part of their first-ever North American tour, live at the Granada Theater on January 21, 2008. We'll have tickets to give away in the very near future. Special guests MGMT and Dove Hunter will open the show.

mp3:
Yeasayer 2080
MGMT Time to Pretend

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

underwater dancehall

"If Burial's aural surface is a scratched, pitted one in which affect pools and runs, this is its polar opposite: smooth, impermeable, saturated with color."--Dusted Magazine on Underwater Dancehall



As I've mentioned before, I'm not exactly well-versed in the realm of dubstep, despite having had Burial's Untrue on blast for much of the last 2 months straight. Still, there's obviously some really compelling stuff going on right now in the genre, as evidenced by the release of Untrue and Pinch's Underwater Dancehall within weeks of one another last month. And while Underwater Dancehall isn't quite the masterpiece that Untrue proved to be, it definitely has its moments. Album-closer "Lazarus" in particular perfectly embodies the record's fitting title; the song's final two minutes are nearly as dark and gorgeous as anything on Untrue. Also, make sure you're rocking your finest headphones for that instrumental version of "Brighter Day."

mp3:
Pinch Lazarus
Pinch Brighter Day (instrumental)

Pick up all of Underwater Dancehall -- including a 2nd disc featuring the album's instrumentals -- at eMusic. Well worth the 20 downloads. Or get the 2xLP (instrumentals only) here. Read an interview with Pinch here.

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previously/related:

mp3:
Burial Ghost Hardware

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Diplo remixes Spoon



I just picked up this "swank" (Merge's word) new Diplo remix over at the Merge Records digital store, and I can state unequivocally that it's the best 99 cents I've spent all week. Diplo's ethereal deconstuction of Spoon's Natural History cover, "Don't You Evah," comes complete with Atari blips, synth stabs, and a bumping bassline, AND all proceeds benefit the TX Criminal Justice Coalition, so it's a win-win for everyone involved. Especially the criminals. Plus it comes with a late contender for cover art of the year (see above). Buy it here.

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elsewhere: 2 hearts unchained. flying:



Thanks to Eliza from Berlin for the tip on Paris/Berlin/London's Appaloosa, a duo that sounds a bit like Nico fronting an infinitely more pensive version of Glass Candy. Also, apparently they're Chan Marshall's favorite new band:

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Appaloosa The Day We Fell in Love

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

new beach house: "gila"


(photo via here)

I've been listening to Beach House's upcoming LP, Devotion, on a continuous loop over the last few days, and while the band's beloved hazy dream-pop remains intact, it's safe to say that somebody's been listening to a bunch of old Motown records lately (see the absolutely stunning "D.A.R.L.I.N.G."). Here's the first single from the beautiful new LP, courtesy of the band's label:

mp3:
Beach House Gila

Devotion is due out February 26 on Carpark.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

st. vincent: live at hot freaks!

The Blogotheque crew captured this clip of St. Vincent performing "Marry Me" at our Hot Freaks! party in Austin a few months back. The footage isn't as spectacular as Annie's Take-Away Show, but the audio -- captured by Austin's own Super!Alright! -- is outstanding. At the very least, this gives you an idea of what it was like to be front row at the Mohawk on that September evening:

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tenniscoats



Two of my favorite bloggers have extolled the virtues of Tenniscoats' Tan-Tan Therapy, the Japanese duo's new collaborative LP with Swedish outfit Tape. It's sort of unlike anything I've ever heard; Raven Sings the Blues says it recalls "wide-eyed children at play in a room full of instruments," which is the best possible way to describe the wonder and spark in these songs. "Oetsu to Kanki no Nanoriuta" in particular displays how gorgeously Tape's electro-acoustic arrangements frame Tenniscoats' impossibly delicate and fragile pop melodies. Highly recommended winter listening.

mp3:
Tenniscoats Oetsu to Kanki no Nanoriuta

More on Tenniscoats and Tan-Tan Therapy here.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

songs for the road

"With the first gray light he rose and left the boy sleeping and walked out to the road and squatted and studied the country to the south. Barren, silent, godless. He thought the month was October but he wasnt sure. He hadnt kept a calendar for years. They were moving south. There'd be no surviving another winter here."
--from Cormac McCarthy's The Road


photo by douglas roesch

I've been obsessed with Cormac McCarthy's 2006 post-apocalyptic masterpiece The Road as of late, and it occured to me that it might be fun to develop a sort of companion mix as I embark on my third go-around with the novel in as many weeks. This isn't necessarily intended as a reading soundtrack, just a playlist of songs that reflect the book's coldly enveloping mood of desolation and despair, as well as some of its more overt, obvious themes (without digging too much into the underlying motifs of McCarthy's work). Anyway, here's my amateurish, hastily thrown-together attempt, partially inspired by Moka's stellar playlists, in which she consistently displays an uncanny knack for capturing intensely specific moods, and this guy's photoset, which could almost serve as The Road's visual storyboard. I realize there are some painfully obvious choices on this list (see track #1), but I enjoyed making it. I also included some loosely relevant lyrical excerpts from the songs. If you've read the novel, feel free to offer additional choices. If you haven't read the novel, you should.

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songs for the road:

1. Radiohead - "Four Minute Warning" (2007)

I don't want to hear it
I don't want to know
I just want to run and hide
This is just a nightmare
Soon I'm gonna wake up
Someone's gonna bring me around


2. Sigur Ros - Untitled #2 (2003)
3. Burial - "Dog Shelter" (2007)
4. The Knife - "Still Light" (2006)

I was afraid, I guess
Now I can think no more
I was so concentrated
On keeping things together
I've learned to focus on
I didn't want to disappoint
Now where is everybody
Is it still light outside?


5. Stina Nordenstam - Parliament Square (the Knife remix) (2004)

This is no final solution
No, this is just for today
I'm running from London pollution
Still cold from the rain


6. sunnO))) & Boris - The Sinking Belle (2006)
7. Animal Collective - "Safer" (2007)

I turn, ask is it really that bad
They say we've much bigger problems, we got wolves on the plain
And they left their den 'cause of cracks in the pipes through the murky graves
They're running just as fast as the hares
They say you shouldn't leave a place if you can eat there
Oh, man, and things have changed
In the snow filled lakes where there used to be waves


8. Marika Papagika - Smyrneiko Minore (circa early/mid-1920s)
9. Clarence Ashley - Dark Holler (1929)

When I'm asleep I'm dreaming about you
When I wake I have no rest
Every moment seems like an hour
All the pains roll through my breast


10. J. Tillman - Waking Days (2006)

In the back of my mind,
I know nothing will change
Wish that kept me from going
but I go on the same


11. Grizzly Bear - "Colorado" (2006)

When I clung to you
there was nothing to hold on tight with,
you left me adrift
What now?


12. múm - Winter (What We Never Were After All) (2007)

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

the Clipse is mad at Lil' Wayne

Not sure what Pusha-T is so mad at, but it has to do with Weezy's "uncut" interview with Complex. Something about who was wearing Bapes first (everyone knows it was Soulja Boy). Anyway, now guns are involved.



mp3:
Clipse Cheers (feat. Pharrell)

(from DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz: The Album)

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favorite songs of 2007

Here is some semblance of a totally subjective list of songs that I loved the most from 2007, complete with assorted mp3s. Okay, that's the last list for 2007.



50. New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour
49. White Williams - "Violator"
48. SSION - "Clown"
47. The Tough Alliance - "Something Special"
46. Simian Mobile Disco - "I Believe"
45. Daniel Rossen - Deep Blue Sea
44. Brazos - Mary Jo
43. Caribou - Melody Day
42. The Field - "A Paw in my Face"
41. Black Moth Super Rainbow - "When the Sun Grows on Your Tongue"
40. Zach Condon - Venice
39. St. Vincent - "Landmines"
38. Studio - "West Side"
37. Yeasayer - 2080
36. Hood Headlinaz - "Bama Gettin' Money"
35. Arcade Fire - "My Body is a Cage"
34. Jana Hunter - Babies
33. Burial - Ghost Hardware
32. Department of Eagles - No One Does it Like You (demo)
31. Ola Podrida - "Cindy"
30. The Polyphonic Spree - "Light to Follow"
29. Spoon - "Black Like Me"
28. Alela Diane - White as Diamonds (Daytrotter session)
27. Map of Africa - "Bone"
26. Celebration - "Heartbreak"
25. Grizzly Bear - "Blackcurrant Jam"
24. Bodies of Water - I Guess I'll Forget the Sound
23. Gui Boratto - "Beautiful Life"
22. Black Lips - "Fairy Stories"
21. Deerhoof - "Matchbook Seeks Maniac"
20. J Dilla - "Nothing Like This"
19. Animal Collective - "#1"
18. Marissa Nadler - Diamond Heart
17. The Tough Alliance vs. Taken by Trees - Taken Too Young
16. Blue Gene Tyranny - "Next Time Might Be Your Time"

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15. Burial - "Archangel"
The standout track on an altogether stunning album; the ghostly warped/pitch-shifted vocals make this the most haunted love song of the year.

14. Outkast - "Da Art of Storytellin' Pt. 4"
This was unexpected: a triumphant return to Aquemini form for Andre 3000. His epic verse erases any doubt about the fact that he's still one of the best MCs alive, when he feels like it.

13. LCD Soundsystem - "Someone Great"

12. Radiohead - "Reckoner"

11. Lil' Wayne - "I Feel Like Dying"
Weezy goes from "playing touch football on Marijuana Street" to being a "prisoner locked up behind Xanax bars." Without a doubt the most enjoyably fucked up song of '07.

10. Chromatics - In the City
The best song to emerge from the stellar Italians Do It Better family in 2007. Johnny Jewel's production is at its peak here, and Ruth Radelet's icy vocals sound amazing over the warmth of the audible vinyl crackle.

09. M.I.A. - "Paper Planes (remix feat. Bun B and Rich Boy)"

08. Animal Collective - "Safer"
Leave it to AC to relegate their best song of 2007 to a b-side. Granted, the 9+ minute-long "Safer" would've felt entirely out of place on Strawberry Jam, but on its own, it's a haunting, otherworldly psychedelic dreamscape.

07. Santogold - "LES Artistes"

06. White Denim - "All You Really Have to Do"

05. Panda Bear - Untitled (Ma Fama session)
In some ways, it's a shame that this is now an Animal Collective song. I like their rendition too, but Noah Lennox's fragile, ethereal solo version, complete with that Zombies sample, is perfect. Recorded live for Portuguese blog Ma Fama, it's my #1 most-played song of the year (according to iTunes).

04. The Polyphonic Spree - "The Fragile Army"
Written by a disgusted Tim DeLaughter as he watched our current president's State of the Union address, this overtly political call to arms is one of the most dramatic and theatrical productions the Spree has ever recorded.

03. The Besnard Lakes - "Disaster"/"For Agent 13"

02. UGK feat. Outkast - "International Players Anthem"
The hip-hop single of 2007, BY FAR. Dre's opening verse glides over Willie Hutch's "I Choose You" to create one of my favorite musical moments of the year. This is a bonafide classic before the drums even kick in.

01. Panda Bear - Bros
I'm fairly confident that this song will go down as a timeless pop classic. Give it a few decades.

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Garrison and David's lists are more succinct and focused than mine, check those after the jump...

Garrison's 20 Favorite Songs of 2007:

1. Chromatics - In The City
2. Radiohead - Reckoner
3. Super Furry Animals - Carbon Dating
4. Kid Sister - Damn Girl
5. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
6. The Black Lips - Fairy Stories (Live)
7. The Bees - Listening Man
8. Josh Ritter - Mind's Eye
9. Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica
10. Alela Diane - White As Diamonds (Daytrotter)
11. Brazos - Mary Jo
12. St. Vincent - Human Racing
13. Girl Talk - Knife (Remix)
14. LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You
15. Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
16. Caribou - Melody Day
17. Beirut - The Penalty
18. Feist - I Feel It All
19. Laura Veirs - Don't Lose Yourself
20. Jackie Chain - Blinded By The Light

David's 20 Favorite Songs of 2007:

1. Panda Bear - Good Girls/Carrots
2. Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
3. Animal Collective - Brother Sport (live)
4. Spoon - Finer Feelings
5. Panda Bear - Bros
6. Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
7. Black Lips - Fairy Stories
8. Deerhoof - Choco Fight
9. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
10. Arcade Fire - The Well and the Lighthouse
11. Animal Collective - #1
12. Wilco - Either Way
13. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
14. White Denim - Don't Look That Way At It
15. Kings of Leon - Charmer
16. St. Vincent - Human Racing
17. Albert Hammond, Jr. - Back to the 101
18. Celebration - Evergreen
19. Burial - Ghost Hardware
20. Map of Africa - Bone

PREVIOUSLY:

Gorilla vs. Bear's Favorite Records of 2007
Gorilla vs. Bear's Favorite Live Shows of 2007

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

love is all mixed up



One of my favorite new bands of the last couple of years has a new remix record coming out on January 21, featuring a handful of reworks/re-interpretations of Nine Times That Same Song tracks coming from the Bees, Hot Chip, Studio, and others. You can hear Hot Chip's remix of "Felt Tip" now over at Love is All's myspace, but I'm more excited about these two tracks, which can be had on the cheap as promo 7"s here. I normally don't post snippets, but these sound great; it appears that the Bees turned Love is All's "Make Out Fall Out Make Up" into a straight-up funk jam, while Studio's version of "Turn the Radio Off" is a potential dancefloor anthem. Can't wait to hear this whole thing:

mp3 snippets (via Phonica Records):
Love is All Make Out Fall Out Make Up (Bees version)
Love is All Turn the Radio Off (Studio remake)

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elsewhere:

RCRD LBL has the premiere of Bangers & Cash's "B.O.O.T.A.Y." video, featuring the lovely Santogold looking especially super fly. Hopefully pitchfork will like this one better than the last one. This one's actually safe for work, if you got headphones:

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ol' dirty bastard vs. white williams



We haven't checked in with our friends the Hood Internet in a minute, but they've got a couple new jams up, including this one, featuring a special guest appearance from that damn "Bros" owl:

mp3:
ODB vs. White Williams Got Your Smoke

more hood internet here.

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elsewhere:

In this brand new "The Wire: Prequels" promo clip, a young Omar (circa 1985) shows that he's been a badass with a conscience ever since he was just a lil' gangster. Best character in TV history? I think yes.



The Wire: Season 5 premieres January 6th.

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tigers + radiohead



While I'm celebrating this coup executed by the Detroit Tigers, here's a message from Radiohead for those that haven't yet downloaded In Rainbows: Thom and the band want you both to know that you have until December 10. They also call the whole In Rainbows thing "the most positive thing we've done."

mp3:
Radiohead Reckoner (thumbs_down version)

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

tell me something good

As you've probably already heard, Pimp C of UGK was found dead in his Hollywood hotel room earlier today. I'm sure you'll see tributes to the dude all over today, and I won't pretend to be the duo's biggest fan, but this jam single-handedly got me into underground Southern hip-hop when I was 14. R.I.P.:



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Austin:

Head over to Beerland this evening to see Bill Baird's Sunset perform, and while you're there, pick up a copy of his cassette-only LP, Pink Clouds, consisting of 15 new songs "hand-duped onto clear pink tapes." The cassette is limited to 100 copies, presumably because there are only 100 people that still have cassette players (if you can't make the show, you can order one here for $3.99). Here's a copy of Pink Clouds in action:

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Monday, December 03, 2007

burial: "archangel" remix



They said there was no way you could play this in the club, but brand new Mad Decent-signee Boy 8-Bit changed all that. Here's his remix of Burial's "Archangel," possibly the best song on my #4 favorite record of the year, Untrue.

mp3:
Burial Archangel (Boy 8-Bit's simple remix)

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Boy 8-Bit's debut EP comes out on next month on Mad Decent. Untrue is out now on Hyperdub. Also, hit up Mad Decent blog for the Cumbia remix of Rye Rye's "Shake it to the Ground."

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four minute warning



So In Rainbows' second disc has leaked, and as a blogger, I'm legally obligated to offer my hasty judgement as soon as possible. After a few cursory listens, there's a lot of acoustic piano on this thing. Also, closing track "Four Minute Warning" is as beautiful and moving as anything on In Rainbows.

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favorite records of 2007

Now that I've spent some time with the new Ghostface and Wu-Tang LPs, I feel fairly comfortable breaking out this list of my favorite releases of the year. I'm leaving off some really good records by stopping at 17, but with my obnoxiously long "songs of the year" list looming (later this week), I figured I'd give everyone a break. Alright, I think I cheated a couple times on this thing, but here are the records of 2007 -- including at least a couple of instant classics, for me -- that I love, and can recommend without reservation. GvsB contributors Garrison and David offer their lists after the jump, and of course, we'd all love to hear your lists. We know you got 'em...

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17. Arcade Fire Neon Bible



People (including me) expecting another Funeral were let down by this, and rightfully so. But after seeing these guys play the new material live in uncomfortably close proximity, I gained an unexpected appreciation for the power of these songs. Plus, I'll be honest, this helped too.

mp3: Black Mirror

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16. Menomena Friend and Foe



mp3: Wet & Rusting

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15. Glass Candy Beatbox



I was hoping for the next proper LP from this Portland duo at some point this year, but this 9-song tour CD compiling most of the band's free myspace tracks from '07 will more than suffice. The throwback/future disco-pop record of the year.

mp3: Rolling Down the Hills

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14. The Besnard Lakes ...Are The Dark Horse



With "Disaster" and "For Agent 13," the Besnard Lakes delivered the most powerful and unavoidably moving album-opening 1-2 punch of the year, hands down.

mp3: And You Lied to Me


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13. Cass McCombs Dropping the Writ



Cass McCombs one-ups his recent and future tourmates Ariel Pink and Jose Gonzalez with one of the most subtly (and accessibly) weird releases of the year. Softer and maybe a little more restrained than his previous work, this cements him as the most underrated singer-songwriter in indie-rock.

mp3: Deseret


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12. Santogold I Believe in Santogold 12" + assorted internet jams



Is this cheating? Fuck it, with songs this unstoppable, Philly's Santi White had to be represented on this list somehow. It's obvious to anyone that's paying attention at this point that she's going to be huge in '08.

mp3: Shove It feat. Spank Rock (Switch remix)

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11. Oh No Dr. No's Oxperiment



Please let this spawn a new wave of hip-hop producers bent on mining the seemingly endless treasure-trove of lost Anatolian psych-funk.

mp3: Heavy

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10. M.I.A. Kala



mp3: Paper Planes (elementary school version) (via Mad Decent)

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09. Bodies of Water Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink



mp3: Doves Circled the Sky

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08. Lil' Wayne Da Drought 3



The most prolific (and by his account, the greatest) rapper alive drops the most entertaining hip-hop release of the year. Weezy's wordplay is more ridiculous than ever, and his flow is impossibly self-assured. If "Ride for my Niggas" doesn't leave your jaw dropped as you reach to hit "rewind," then this probably isn't for you.

mp3: Ride for my Niggas

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07. Black Lips Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo



I've seen the Black Lips' Good Bad Not Evil showing up on tons of year-end lists, but for me, this live album is where it's at; it's the closest you're going to get to the band's filthy and raw live show, with Tijuana providing the ideal backdrop.

mp3: Not a Problem

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06. Radiohead In Rainbows



mp3: if you don't have this by now...

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05. St. Vincent Marry Me



mp3: Now. Now.

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04. Burial Untrue



Burial has absolutely owned my speakers after midnight for the last couple of months. The lone knock I've seen on Untrue is that it's too cold and "mood music"-y, but the record's soulful, enveloping bleakness is laced with a "glowing, buzzing" (Burial's words) trace of hope that ends up being its biggest virtue.

mp3: Near Dark

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03. Marissa Nadler Songs III: Bird on the Water



mp3: Diamond Heart

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02. White Denim Let's Talk About It



mp3: Mess Your Hair Up

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01. Panda Bear Person Pitch



I think I've probably said enough about this record in the months since I all but named it my album of 2007 back in January. Forget album of the year, this is one of my favorite albums of the last decade.

mp3: Comfy in Nautica

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Click here to check out David and Garrison's lists...

David's favorites of 2007:

1. Panda Bear Person Pitch
2. Radiohead In Rainbows
3. Trojan Records 40th Anniversary Selections + Artist-curated
Compilations (e.g. Johnny Greenwood is the Controller)
4. Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga mp3: The Underdog
5. Black Lips Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo mp3: Stranger
6. Deerhoof Friend Opportunity mp3: +81
7. Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth Reissue mp3: N.I.T.A.
8. Colleen Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique (late 2006 release)
9. Burial Untrue
10. Animal Collective Strawberry Jam

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Garrison's favorites of 2007:

1. Radiohead In Rainbows
2. Beirut The Flying Club Cup mp3: A Sunday Smile
3. Josh Ritter The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter mp3: Mind's Eye
4. Panda Bear Person Pitch
5. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
6. St. Vincent Marry Me
7. The Black Lips Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo
8. Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog mp3: Innocent Bones
9. amiina Kurr
10. The National Boxer mp3: Fake Empire

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