Monday, November 30, 2009

iron man + war machine

i'm a nerd. don't care.

an emasculating truth trailer


ted leo and the pharmacists. the brutalist bricks. 3.9.10.
stream “written in reverse” at npr. available for purchase digitally tomorrow.
new she & him AND new walkmen in 2010?

want one. here.
beyond excited.

i don't post much on classical music, although i listen to it somewhat regularly. soothes the mind.

for those looking to class up their musical tastes but not sure where to start, amazon is giving away i love the 80s, vol. 1 (1880s) for free. grab it here.

lest you think i've forgotten my roots

new ted leo : even heroes have to die

from upcoming brutalist bricks.

i'm not writing it down to remember it later, i'm writing it down to remember it now.

highly recommend getting yourself one. those who know me have seen the red version i carry around with me at all times. buy online or find a retailer here.

levis ad by spike jonze

dawn landes video : straight lines

you may recognize this song from a car commercial floating around out there, but it really is quite pleasant on its own.

30 second clips of vw's 'contra'

while you're over at amazon getting your free mp3s, you can get 30 second previews of the new songs that will makeup vampire weekend's sophomore effort. listen here.

3 free mp3s

amazon is offering to give you 3 free mp3s of your choice. just go here and follow the instructions.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

passion pit do 'little secrets' at mtv woodies

listening to a live recording of these guys is always a little disappointing, especially in the vocal department. a little too wafery (sound awesome when you're actually there, though). the energy level can't be beat, though.

Friday, November 27, 2009

laura veirs : sleeper in the valley

been a long-time fan of laura veirs. something about the untrained nature of her vocals feels really honest. authentic. something we can always use more of in our musicians.

she has a new album out in january, july flame, from which the gorgeous song below comes.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

the big pink : dominoes

these uk cats have been getting a lot of props lately. not sure if i'm completely sold, but i do dig this song. feels really late 90s radio to me. in a good way.

los campesinos!. romance is boring. 2.15.09.

curb's seinfeld reunion episode

yeasayer video : ambling alp

odd and awesome (and nsfw) video for yeasayer's excellent first single.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

my bff

watch james franco on general hospital. no idea what's going on, but so amazing.

queen + the muppets = love

love queen. love the muppets. love this.

animal collective's panda bear (noah lennox) talks about new panda bear album and other stuff. read it here.
strokes look set to start recording lp4 in january. excited.

ezra's crib

the further one gets into the world of music blogs and using the internet as a tool to discover new music, the less fulfilling each issue of traditional music rags seems to be. now i mostly just like em for the pictures. but one recurring column in spin magazine that i continue to enjoy is their "in my room" feature, where they take you around a room in a band/band member's abode as the band member describes the significance of certain furniture, art, equipment, etc.

check out this month's feature on vampire weekend's ezra koenig.

p.s. his recommendation for yogurt is spot on! i've been eating it for the past month or so and thought i was the only one. seriously the best out there.

Monday, November 23, 2009

this could have been on grizzly bear's first album. lovely.

remember this?

what a great commercial this was.

pretty slick

i prefer my laptop clean, but for those that like the decals, you can't really go wrong with this one. grab it here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

synecdoche, new york

just finished the movie synecdoche, new york, written, produced and directed by charlie kaufman (who also lent a hand to being john malkovich, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, and adaptation). i enjoyed the movie, although i'm not sure how much, as it was terribly depressing. might have to sit with it for a bit. but the final scene was beautiful and sad and moving, no doubt due in large part to jon brion the song backing it.

vampire weekend put up some new videos, including a tantalizing clip of a new song (probably "contra"). you can watch them over here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

toro y moi : blessa

i know i've posted on toro y moi multiple times now, but i just don't think y'all have caught on yet.


just the same but brand new

happy birthday, jeff buckley

jeff would have been 43 this past tuesday. a few days late, but it doesn't mean we don't still miss you.

emi + hulu

emi music is now the first major label group to pact with hulu. emi will offer concerts/videos from artists on its labels (virgin, capitol, blue note, etc.). could end up being really cool.

right now, norah jones has her own page up on hulu. i bring up jones because i just checked out her latest album, the fall, which is actually quite enjoyable. downtempo and dusky, a little darker than usual. below, norah performs "i wouldn't need you" from said album, live at le poisson rouge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

michel gondry commercial for levi's 501s

so amazing.

interpol heading back to roots

according to interpol drummer sam fogarino...

the new record falls back towards the first. in trying to move forward ,there was an unspoken realization that you can't let go of your sonic-defining tag. there was an effort in daniel [kessler]'s guitar tone; he rediscovered it playing in his loft space for a year without anybody. the quality of that tone, played in a big room, is just beautiful. it creates an atmosphere...that big wash of reverb? it's back.

inspires a revisit to turn on the bright lights.

vampire weekend video : cousins

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

beach house : norway

beach house is giving away their delicious first single "norway" from their upcoming album teen dream. as lush as you remember them, plus a little bit of umph. grab it from the band's website.

passion pit video : little secrets

watch the video here.

between two ferns: conan o'brien

genius, as usual. watch it here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

low anthem video : charlie darwin

posted this painfully beautiful folk song a few months ago. painfully beautiful video to go with it.

happy birthday, zildjian

zildjian is the oldest family owned business in the united states (est. in american in 1929 [originating in turkey in 1623]) and are largely responsible for many of the staples of the modern drum kit (e.g. hi-hat, crash and splash cymbals). thanks for nearly a century of rhythm, beats, and noise.

bloc party live from abbey road : interview + "signs"

new cold war kids ep/song

sounds better than most everything on loyalty to loyalty. this site has a song off said ep available for download. it's excellent.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


one of my favorite (genre-crossing) cover songs ever.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


beach house teen dream. out jan. 26.
bedroom creation, hushed and from the heart. it's a formula that will never lose its poignancy.

drums video : let's go surfing

joy division + the beach boys = the drums' "let's go surfing"

antlers video : kettering

Sorry gangs. Expect few to no posts this week. Out of town looking for a way to make some monies.

Monday, November 9, 2009

animal collective fall be kind ep. out dec. 15.

golden silvers : arrows of eros

a cheeky song from a uk band that made a good impression over at cmj the other month. i don't know why, but it gives me sort of a men at work vibe.

lil wayne documentary

looks good.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

devendra banhart : walilamdzi

beautiful song. beautiful video. feels like the first nights of autumn.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

teebs : untitled beat

wow. sounds like four tet at its most upbeat. feels like driving through l.a. alone on a weeknight. just a gorgeous, late-night, warm-air, fuzzy-head, cloudy-eyes jam. so so good. seriously.

Friday, November 6, 2009

new grizzly bear video : ready, able

one of my favorite songs off the new album. and, as we've come to expect by now, the video is weird and creepy and beautiful.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

amazon daily deal: phoenix's "it's never been like that"

this still may be my favorite phoenix album. and for two bucks, you'd be a fool not to buy it. grab it here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

san juan island, washington

local natives : camera talk

highly recommend checking out this band's full-length debut when it hits these shores. fleet fox-esque harmonies that are more pop than pastoral.

dirty projectors do "no intention" acoustic

love those harmonies.

sounds delicious

Seelbach Cocktail (Joy of Mixology)
3/4 oz Bourbon 
1/2 oz Triple Sec 
7 Dashes Angostura Bitters 
7 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters 
4 oz Chilled Brut Champagne 
Orange Twist

1) Build in the order given in champagne flute 
2) Garnish with an orange twist

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

this makes me want to get some ink.


Drifter Trailer from Poor Specimen on Vimeo.

new muse video : undisclosed desires

really digging this new muse tune. we need more radio jams like this.

golden ages : everything will be alright

some sort of electronic/ambient/techno/pop/drone-type thing going on here. introspective dance music? sort of like the field but with vocals.

new air france video : spring

far-out video for the excellent air france remix posted the other week.


new small black : kings of dogs

another piece of lo-fi magic from small black. keep these guys on your radar.