Wednesday, June 30, 2010

the national : terrible love (q tv)

stripped down.

tokyo police club : wait up (letterman)

the 4th is getting closer.

wavves : king of the beach

stream wavves' really good new album in its entirety right here.

best coast : boyfriend

time is valuable and instant access to music is plentiful. so much hype and bluzz (blog+buz=bluzz) thrown around these days it's hard to know what's worth digging into. best coast might be. stream the song "boyfriend" here (and download if you like what you hear).

rec'd if you like hazy production, summer vibes, female vox, songs about longing.

Monday, June 28, 2010

alex turner + monstrous crowd.

explosion robinson : trace (ft melati malay)

so this commercial's sorta weak (apple4life!), but i'm feeling the song. it took a little digging, but it's a song called "trace" by a group called explosion robinson and it features melati malay on vox. i haven't been able to find any mp3s or full length versions, but enjoy this 41 second sample.

harry potter and the deathly hallows (trailer)


so s'gum had a premature evaluation up for wavves today. prior to reading it, i had pretty much written off wavves. the outfit seemed to embody all the negative aspects of over-hyping, blog-buzz, and lo-fi. but what i've heard from his third full-length, king of the beach (out this august), has forced me to reconsider. check out some of the new songs over on hype machine. especially the title track.

dylan leblanc : if time was for wasting

louisiana native and recent rough trade signee. recommended if you like ryan adams, slow mmj songs.

kanye west : the power (bet)

kanye's performance at last night's bet awards. would've been nice to see him swagger around on stage a little more. but who needs swagger when you've got cheap green screen imagery?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

morning benders : stitches (live w/ guests)

hey, remember when the morning benders did that awesome spectorian wall of sound version of "excuses"? they did another song. check it.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ra Ra Riot "Keep It Quiet" (Preview) from Barsuk Records on Vimeo.

ra ra riot. the orchard. 8.24.10.

san francisco artist victor reyes.

jj : baby

jj :: baby

of montreal. false priest. 9.14.10.

animal collective : guys eyes (video)


band of horses do interface

another from their free pop-up show. the song that started it all.

of montreal : coquet coquette

of montreal :: coquet coquette

drake + kimmel = summerjam

legitimately like this song.
thanks to faithful reader l.e. for the tip.

180 degrees south

please please please watch this movie. inspiring. great soundtrack (isaac brock, james mercer, mason jennings). it's on netflix instant watch. no excuses.

mgmt : time to pretend (fallon)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

morning benders : excuses (carson)

want to be there. sitting on my yacht. thinking about how many friends i have. and my children. and my comedy albums.


give these guys a listen. good stuff.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

this is a video of bruce lee's screen test for the green hornet. he talks about his baby, water, kung fu, chinese opera, warriors, and walking. also, he does kung fu. in a suit. a badass suit. legendary.

ragdoll cannon 3


a thing of beauty

keep shelly in athens

feels like music that would be playing in the mid/late 90s at a club that only serves zima. but in a good way. although, full disclosure, even if it was in a bad way, i'd still post this. the mysterious group is from greece. gotta represent.

the sea of cortez : the shores

this builds to a real nice climax at around the 3.30 mark.

bjork + dirty projectors

the dirty projectors have jumped into a studio with bjork to record mount wittenberg orca, a 20-minute, seven-track ep to be released digitally on june 30 with all money raised going to the national geographic society. sweet. tracklist below.

01 ocean
02 on and ever onward
03 when the world comes to an end
04 beautiful mother
05 sharing orb
06 no embrace
07 all we are

passion pit : tonight, tonight (levis session)

passion pit covers smashing pumpkins' "tonight, tonight" on this pioneers session. download it here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

the grooves on a vinyl record as viewed under a microscope. it still amazes me that running a needle along these grooves can perfectly recreate the sound of an entire band.

interpol : lights (video)

the sandwitches : stardust

the sandwitches :: stardust

the green hornet (trailer)

what's ya major, dood?

lolla aftershows

some good ones. here.

jenny and johnny : scissor runner

jenny and johnny is jenny lewis (of riley kilo) and boyfriend/musician jonathan rice.

crystal castles : celestica (video)

Monday, June 21, 2010

rip manute bol.
check out the bonnaroo youtube channel for some quality videos of a bunch of this year's performers, including phoenix, local natives, kol, the avett brothers, gaslight anthem, dead weather and more.

ugly casanova : here's to now

side project of modest mouse frontman and tattoo enthusiast isaac brock.

the walkmen. lisbon. 9.14.10.
nice interview with lcd soundsystem's james murphy over at p4k.

jonsi : icicle sleeves/kolnidur (p4k's cemetery gates)

phoenix : long distance call (mtv unplugged)

five more songs here.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

anagram generator

pretty sweet. mine, you ask? salsa rock hip. never realized that everything you need to know about me (i.e. i like salsa, i like rock, and i have a bad hip) is all contained within the letters of my first and last name. i'm sort of like a human da vinci code.

what are y'allz favorite anagrams?

band of horses do interface

aol caught the band's entire live (and free) show at ny's grand central terminal on tape and will be releasing new videos each week. here's "compliments" and "factory," the latter of which is looking to be one of my favorite songs of 2010. also, worth checking out, is the interview.

Friday, June 18, 2010

the boss + brian fallon : no surrender

brian fallon of gaslight anthem joined bruce springsteen and the e street band on stage in hyde park.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

diamond rings : show me your stuff (video)

another intriguing video from this electro-dance band.

black keys do interface

"tighten up"
"everlasting light"
more songs here + interview here.

florence + the machine : cosmic love (kexp video)

flo brings one of my favorite songs of '09 to kexp's live "video of the week" segment.

gaslight anthem : boxer (fallon)


plus a pretty awesome cover of my favorite pearl jam song. loving the air drummer in the beginning.

hammock : breathturn (video)

more from these guys. feeling something. via scopeblog.

stream wolf parade's new album

listen to expo 86 at the band's myspace.

smart girls at the party

i posted on amy poehler's web show about interesting and individualistic young females a long time ago. it's finally back with season 2. and with a new dance party outro featuring will arnett, sean hayes, and most of the cast of parks & rec. incredible. watch the first ep here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

hammock : you lost the starlight in your eyes

whoa, hammock. where'd you come from? this band is totally new to me, but this just might be the start of a beautiful relationship. recommended if you like ambient but sometimes yearn for a little more oomph.

this is the kings circa youth and young manhood. not sure what the song is. sounds like an oldie. any help out there?

the new walkmen album has a title and a release date. lisbon is due out on sept. 14.

broken social scene : texico bitches (fallon)

this song has really grown on me.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

new kol

tentatively titled "radioactive."

sonar festival comes to chicago

the electronic-music festival will be setting down in chicago september 9 - 11. some of last year's notable contributors included animal collective, fever ray, and lcd soundsystem. slightly more info here. line-up will be announced in july.
sunshine on a rainy day.

mgmt : it's working (video)

Monday, June 14, 2010

french quarter. nola.

bored to death : season 2 trailer

somewhere movie trailer

the new sofia coppola joint looks like it could be great. check it here.

gorillaz : on melancholy hill (video)

Gomh! - Funny blooper videos are here

new arcade fire

more arcade fire available for streaming. listen to "ready to start" here and "we used to wait" here. feeling it. the releases are not quite as cathartic as some of their earlier moments, but it's a little premature to make any real predictions. feeling it, nonetheless.

edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros : blogotheque

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


dumbdumb : orbit

jason bateman and will arnett have started a company that makes "viral" videos as advertisements. love it.

sufjan stevens is allegedly working on the proper followup to illinoise. possibly getting some help from the national. p4k has the scoop.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

hey gang. heading out of town for a best friend's wedding. posting will resume on sunday.

miss y'all.

the shins : goodbye girl (levi's pioneer sessions)

probably more appropriate to say the song is performed by james mercer rather than the shins, seeing how james has pretty much axed all of the other members. either way, grab it here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

robin pecknold. fleet foxes.

washed out : you and i

spacey and brooding. features guest vocals from chairlift's caroline polachek.

seabear : live at sxsw

watch a short set from some of my favorite icelanders.

kings of convenience : mrs. cold (fallon)

looks amazing.

note: if you're curious, the song playing in the background is animal collective's "derek."

stream gaslight anthem's new album

listen to the thoroughly enjoyable new album by gaslight anthem over here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

safe : twenty years on

kind of like an electronic nick drake? feels washed out (not the band).

local natives : careful (television cover)

nailed it.

oval : ah!

recommended if you like four tet or dosh.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

interpol's fourth album will be self-titled, self-produced, and released mid-september.

beck, liars, st. vincent & os mutantes : mystify (inxs cover)

Record Club: INXS "Mystify" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

mystery jets : dreaming of another world (video)

don't know why, but i feel the smiths on this one.

ferraby lionheart : harry and bess

i loved ferraby's self-titled ep. thought catch the brass ring was a little flat. same type of songs, but lacking the charm. here's a new one that is just chock-full of whatever it was that was absent on the last go-around. highly recommended.

ceo : come with me

not bad. rec'd if you like jj or delorean.

also, you should like delorean.

stream twilight: eclipse soundtrack

for the next 24 hours, you can stream the indie-centric album right here. includes never before heard jams by flo + machine, band of horses, black keys and more.

m.i.a. / | / | / | Y / |. 7.13.10.

note: the album title is pronounced "maya."

morning benders : go grab a stranger

an outtake or b-side. for good reason. it's not a bad song, just not on par with the rest of the tastiness that is big echo.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

gulf oil leak. fuck.

cinque terre, italy.

stream el guincho's new ep

listen here. margaritas. hammocks.

ted leo : bottled in cork

download the latest single from tl's latest lp, the brutalist bricks by clicking here.

s. carey. all we grow. 6.6.10.

s. carey : in the dirt

sean carey is responsible for the percussion and one third of the aching harmonies in a wisconsin outfit that goes by the name of bon iver. this song is lovely. it has a bit of a sufjan stevens meets blood bank feel to it.

she & him : fools rush in (levi's pioneer sessions)

download it here. all it costs is an e-mail.

blitzen trapper : destroyer of the void (full album)

stream the new full-length by blitzen trapper over at npr.