Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Guilt By Association

LISTEN Petra Haden - Don't Stop Believin (Journey) (MySpace)
LISTEN Devendra Banhart - Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis) (MySpace)
LISTEN Will Oldham - Can't Take That Away (Mariah Carey) (MySpace)

One of the bigger projects I'm working on right now is a compilation album called Guilt By Association which has some of my favorite indie artists covering their favorite guilty pleasure pop songs. We just started a video contest for three of the songs and I designed a little poster situation for it. See below and click here to see it in full size.

The project will be released in August through Engine Room Recordings and to listen to the songs see above or go to the GbA MySpace Page.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Morrissey, Will You Talk To Me Too?

WATCH Noel Gallagher Speaks On Morrisey (YouTube)
DOWNLOAD Morrissey - Suedehead (MP3) Via Cause=Time
DOWNLOAD The Decemberists - I've Changed My Plea To Guilty (MP3) Via SpeedOfDark

Photo from Philly Weekly

Ok I might have missed out on Bjork tickets, *tear*, but I just got a reserved floor seat in the presale for Morrissey! Go go go go go get one: to buy tickets go here to buy tickets in the presale and use as a passsword: greatesthits. Thank you MusicSlut.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cross-Pollination: The Mixtape Vol. 1 Released

This week is one I've waited for for quite a while. After many delays, website troubles, and months of gathering a collection of awesome songs, by wonderful musicians Family Records presents to you our second release: Cross-Pollination: The Mixtape Vol. 1

Mixtape Vol. 1 was compiled to celebrate Cross-Pollination, a weekly concert series that brings together some of the most incredibly, and at times, undiscovered raw talent from across the country. Every Tuesday evening at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, NYC) two artists are invited to play together. Both of them play a solo 40-minute set followed by a 3 song pre-rehearsed collaborative set. To date we've had 136 Cross-Pollinations and we're still going strong! :) Enjoy the music and spread the word! :)

Cross-Pollination: The Mixtape Vol. 1 (FR-002)

DOWNLOAD Full album + Booklet (zipfile) HERE or HERE.
DOWNLOAD individual tracks below:

01. My Brightest Diamond Hi, Remember Me?
02. Kevin Devine You'll Only End Up Joining Them (Acoustic)
03. Wakey!Wakey! Falling Apart
04. The Undisputed Heavyweights Roll Your Windows Down
05. The Bloodsugars Purpose Was Again
06. Matt Singer Stacy J.
07. Derek James Love Me, Love Me
08. Cloud Cult Pretty Eyes
09. Casey Shea Quinzy Housing
10. Jeffrey Lewis Tell It To Your Heart (Loud Reed Cover)
11. The Lloyds Halfway
12. Jay Mankind Western States (Demo)
13. Ian Thomas SBB
14. Dave Deporis Be Strong

For more information on Cross-Pollination, the concert series, please go HERE and for more information on the Mixtape go HERE

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


DOWNLOAD Bjork - Bachelorette (RZA Remix) (MP3) Via SC
DOWNLOAD Clipse - Momma I'm Sorry (MP3) Via PopTarts
DOWNLOAD Bjork - Earth Intruders Extended Mix (MP3) Via CharlesRequina

by Olga Oliynyk

Bjork is one of my favorite artists so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got to ask her some question as part of an interview for BrooklynVegan. Downright giddy really.

Here's an excerpt, one of the questions I asked her, with her answers. To read the full interview, that also include questions by BV and David Bruno, go here. I focused on the Hip Hop end of things as she collaborated with another favorite of mine, Timbaland, on her upcoming album Volta.

W: How did you end up picking Timbaland? What did he bring to the table?

Bjork: I have said this before but he was a big fan of venus as a boy , the bollywood strings and i remember him coming up to me at a party and saying he loved the bassline in that song and i felt pretty chuffed because i wrote that ! He also sampled “jóga” for a missy elliott track so we have had an eye on each other for a while . We were always going to work together one of those days . So i wasn´t really after a hip hop thing , i am just into him as a musician . It was kinda weird after we did that stuff together some hot hip hop producers contacted me thinking i was going to do a hip hop album . I was really flattered but that was not what i had in mind . I first sent timbaland some of the brass stuff i was working on but he felt it was too weird ( one of it was in 9/8 ) I walked into the studio with timbaland and he immediately played a rhythm and i sang on top even though i had a throat problem that day and 5 minutes later “earth intruders” was ready . Two hours later we had 3 tracks . I then walked away with the mutlitrack and edited it for a year and added other musicians on top . “Earth intruders” and “innocence” kinda happened in the studio with him and nate but “hope” i added on bassline later and then took it to mali , africa and toumani diabate played on top .

W: Are you a big fan of any specific previous work by Timbaland? What about Hip Hop in general?

Bjork: I think he is a genius . His beats have so much of his character and have so much humour in it , not gangsta kinda prangsta ! My favorite timbaland stuff is probably “slide” and “ain´t that funny “ with missy.

My favorite hip hop stuff of all time has to be public enemy : it takes a nation of millions to hold us back , nowadays i like clipse a lot . But overall i´m not too into the gangsta stuff like dr.dre , it is not musical enough for me ... The rappers too nasal ...

RZA of the Wu Tang Clan remixed one of your songs in the past, and there were rumors of a possible single, or even an EP together. Is that still something that might happen? Either way, can we look forward to any other hip hop-influenced Bjork in the future?

Oops , i don´t know , i guess i don´t think in these terms . I remember missy saying she thought homogenic was hip hop so it is a little abstract to me what is hip hop and what not . I go more for emotion , i was up for action and prangsta and that´s why i was up for timbaland . I wasn´t thinking hip hop.

This interview first appeared on BrooklynVegan in a longer format with more questions. The above is just my section.

Go here for the full interview.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Rain Reminds Me Of Home

DOWNLOAD Primal Scream - Carry Me Home (MP3) Via WhiteNoise
DOWNLOAD The Cinematics - Home (Acoustic) (MP3) Via lttlamb
DOWNLOAD Great Northern - Home (MP3) Via HateSomethingBeautiful

From one skyline...

By Ramon Duran

To another...

By Mihay

I wonder if anyone will pick up on the funny coincidence/irony of my posting the Primal Scream MP3 ;)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

A Long Easter

DOWNLOAD White Rabbits - The Plot (MP3) Via LargeHeartedBoy
DOWNLOAD White Rabbits - One Hot Minute (MP3) Via PopTarts
DOWNLOAD White Rabbits - Kid On My Shoulders (MP3) Via SomeVelvetBlog

I guess this is a little late for Easter, but here's some music by one of my favorite local bands right now, White Rabbits.

VBS.TV, part of the Vice empire, did a fun little piece on the Rabbits for their Practice Space program.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

I Read Esquire At The Dentist

DOWNLOAD The Teeth - Ball of the Dead Rat (MP3)

I hadn't heard of The Teeth before, but some other folks have. I listened and really enjoyed the perfectly jangly brit-rock tunes on their new album You Are My Lover Now. Above a perfect example of why.

On another note, magazine cover layouts are often boring and unimaginatively stuck in the same format that has been used for many decades. It's exciting to see some people, namely Esquire, step out and be different when it comes to text placement. It also helps to have great photos of course.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Sign Of A Good Song.....

...is that even when Kermit The Frog sings is, it touches me.

DOWNLOAD Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt" (MP3) via BadmintonStamps
DOWNLOAD Johnny Cash - Hurt (MP3) via SomeVelvet

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Ahhh Good Ole' Homophobia

DOWNLOAD A Brief Smile - This Machine (MP3)

So the boys from A Brief Smile were invited to make an appearance on KROQ. Now I haven't listened to terrestrial radio since better alternatives entered the music discovery and listening field, but still, that sounded rather exciting. Then Macho Homophobia reared its ugly head. You didn't see that transition coming did you?

In the band's own words:

"....also, we were on 92.3 on the "jv and elvis show" on tuesday. they said they enjoyed the music but chose to shout anti-gay slurs at us as way to make themselves feel better about the reality that nobody with half of a brain listens to regular radio anymore...or something...we didn't quite get it. [queerty, wfmu and [...] all had something to say]"

I actually listened to the interview and it was disturbing. First they slur the band as a whole before they even get there, and then as soon as their bassplayer, who is bi-sexual, starts speaking (yes maybe not in the wisest manner) they start attacking him verbally and kick him out of the studio. It seemed like the hosts were trying so badly to go where Howard Stern, a much more talented and original piece of work, went before....so long ago really and so much better. And failing miserably. I'm going to guess these guys are in their 30/40's and they were getting off on bullying some green dreamer musicians that for the most part aren't even drinking age yet. And they tried to mask it as the program giving the band a great shot at fame and a good way of training them for the 'scary real world' where, according to the DJs, everyone will attack them. They must live in one scary reality. Maybe they were bullied in school.

Now did the band go into the interview under-prepared? Probably. Did they start off with some unwise comments? Sure, maybe. But the DJs already were slurring them before they even got in there and they made no effort whatsoever to be professional adults with a bare minimum level of tact and class.

Conclusion One shouldn't use racist, sexist or sexual orientation type of slurs ever, even if you're redefining the meaning for your convenience. Regardless of if it applies to the one you're targeting or not.

DOWNLOAD Listen to the interview here (via Underrated).

Read about it on Underrated, MusicSlut, Poptarts, queerty, wfmu.


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