Thursday, December 28, 2006

For All Mankind



For All Mankind
(1989)wiki (*academy award winner)

This is an amazing documentary that features 100% NASA footage and Astronaut Commentary that goes through the journey from the "blue marble" to the Moon. What makes it even more interesting is that Brian Eno (one of my favorite people of all time) does the soundtrack as part of his Apollo:Atmospheres and Soundtracks album (the first Eno album I ever bought). One of the great things about NASA is that they documented everything they could via video, especially because of the hundreds of people on the ground in Houston and at the Kennedy Space Center who couldn't see a thing without those cameras. For a long time the footage just collected dust until director Al Reinert got permission to make this film. It's the end of the year...if you have the time...take a look. I have it on DVD too, and I can make copies, I'm sure it's a really good movie for stoners.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

Part VIII

Ellen Allien & Apparat and Apparat Vs. Mac Tonight

Orchestra of Bubbles was my #11 album of the year. I'm going to rely on Wiki to give you the background on Ms. Allien (take it away wiki) and Apparat (wiki).

Do the homework, here are some tunes...
1. Turbo Dreams
2. Way Out (mp3)
3. Retina
4. Rotary (mp3)
5. Jet
6. Sleepless
7. Floating Points
8. Under
9. Do Not Break (mp3) *recommended
10. Leave Me Alone (mp3) *recommended
11. Edison
12. Bubbles

As well, here is a amazingly overdubbed TV interview. Note that Apparat looks a hell of a lot like Mac Tonight (see pic below) from the 1987-88 McDonald's TV campaign (a la 0:56 secs). I love Mac Tonight, whenever I see pertruding chins I always think of that motherfucker, I hate pertruding chins!







Might as well go down this road now too...

Oh yeahhh....classic

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New Invention!

So, I spent the small christmas/holiday break (5 days) up in San Francisco. Anybody who has driven to SF from LA should be familiar with the Route 5 that takes about 6 hours to complete and is pretty much a straight line for 4 of those hours. In my life I have probably done that drive 40 times, and after that many times, you pretty much know the lay of the land. Maricopa is the beginning of "the Grapevine", and when you get to the Coalinga turnoff you are exactly half way (and you eat at Red Robin or Harris Ranch). It is a journey that takes you from one metropolis to another, and in a span of 300 miles, things are very different.

Yesterday, I was on the road with the family and lady, and I was bored as usual. The sun had gone down, so I couldn't read anymore, and for some reason we started talking about Wikipedia (which I use heavily in this blog and love dearly). Enter: my blackberry (with uber-fast internet shits). I said, here i'll show you some wikipedia action. We had been talking about one of my favorite people Abbott Kinney, so I wiki-ed him and read out loud all it had to say. There was an overwhelming response of "Interesting." At this point, we were all bored (traffic) so I started looking around and wiki-ing the cities we were passing and reading the results. Again, "Interesting." All in all we learned a lot of the history, census info, background, and famous people of Maricopa, Tejon Ranch, Palmdale, San Rafael, and Stevenson Ranch. As well we learned the history behind "The Grapevine" which is really amazing. It started out as "The Ridge Route"(highly recommended reading!) which connected the San Fernando and San Joaquin valleys, and I bet you didn't know that without the Ridge Route the state was most likely going to be cut in half and formed into two different states...that would be a bummer. See below for a view of the Grapevine in 1934 looking towards the San Joaquin Valley (north)...courtesy of wiki.


I love California, it's a great state, and it's a newer state. I like the east coast (NY especially), but it's a lot older and NYers were driving cars up and down Broadway when original Californians were living off their land and still figuring ways to water to every part of the state. California really came into with the development of the film industry in Los Angeles, and the Gold Rush in San Francisco. These instances brought a very unique influx of people whose traces are still visible today. (I could talk about California for hours...)

Well anyway, my point is my invention is driving whilst wiki-ing reference points during your journey. Definitely makes the time pass and your brain loves it as well. Try it out if you have a drive of over 50 miles. What should it be called?
///Driwiking (Drive + Wiki)???
///Road Wik (Road Trip + Wiki) ???
///Route Wiki-Wik (Route 66 + Wiki) ???
///Cwiki (Car + Wiki) ???
Whatever it is called, it's 100 times better than watching a DVD in a car, don't we have enough opportunities to watch TV? Now that shit is on your little cell phone screen...awesomely stupid.

I'm going to get the patent office on the line, this is going somewhere...

Side Note------> Best Driving Albums
Neil Young - Harvest
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses
The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Year End: 2006

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2006

#1 The Twilight Singers – Powder Burns
“Powder Burns,” is a great rock record. It is a complete album, every song works and I was very surprised I like it as much as I did. I was never a Dulli/Afgan Whigs fan, but I found this album quite wholesome and it got the most of my spins this year.

#2 Sebastian Tellier – Sessions
I fell in love with Sebastian Tellier this year, his catalogue is great, but when he breaks it down and sits in front of a piano it’s amazing. “La Ritournelle” is easily one of the greatest songs in many years, and I also had the pleasure of seeing Sebastian live with a band in London and it was everything I could have wanted.

#3 Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
Honestly, never a huge Sonic Youth fan, I liked the tunes had the albums but never found myself putting them on frequently or remembering songs. But this album is really good, a huge step from the last few releases. Highlight was getting them to Little Radio for their album release.

#4 Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
Wasn’t expecting to like this album as much as I did, but I guess it’s my Russian roots kicking in. The album has great instrumentation and is easily one of the most unique offerings in a long time.

#5 Hot Chip – The Warning
“Boy From School” period! Great album that I got an advance for (thanks Schmalz) and definitely a huge step up from “Coming On Strong.” A good dancy-pop record for everyone.

#6 His Name Is Alive – Raindrops Rainbow EP/ Detrola
2 albums here (cheap I know), but HNIA I didn’t know much about but I found the vocals and ideas of “Detrola” really exceptional and weird. As well, the EP is really well done and are great re-workings of great songs, definitely underrated band.


#7 Witch – S/T
I love this band. J Mascis on drums makes it all the merrier and these guys just put out a great stoner-metal album because they wanted too. No aspirations to take over the world or tour too much, but the album will stand as a winner. Saw a 2 Song 25 minute set at SXSW that ruled my brain.

#8 Islands – Return To The Sea
I was never a fan of the Unicorns but I stuck with this band after catching a really intimate show at SXSW. They are kooky Canadians, but “Swans (Life After Death)” remains one of my favorite songs of the year, also clocking in at 9 minutes and 31 seconds!

#9 Bat For Lashes – Fur And Gold
Charlie (UpsideDownStupidHat) was the one who turned me on to this girl, it’s a mixture of Bjork and PJ Harvey with a Native American vibe. Plus having Josh T Pearson (Lift To Experience) as guest vocals on your single really sparks my interest. A great dark album that has yet to see a US release.

#10 Mason Dixon – Hurry Through The Night
Springsteen/Neil Young “Harvest” updated Rock. Great album that has yet to see a proper release! I’m sure these guys will make waves, I love this album for its consistency from start to finish, ever note from every instrument fits.

#11 Ellen Allien & Apparat – Orchestra Of Bubbles
BPitch is something I don’t know about, so is Berlin. But I really like the minimal electro this album offers and it is definitely a cornerstone of the German/BPitch/DJ scene. On the mellow tip at times too, great collaboration because I don’t like these 2 artists when left to their own devices, that’s what makes it a great album.

#12 Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
I have country roots (Johnny Cash is my #1), and this album is what country should be today. Taking the roots and updating the sound and lyrical content that represents what it’s like to be a singer-songwriter in the country. Talking about getting high and being able to go to Neko’s sisters house if they promise to watch the baby, that’s country!

#13 Bob Dylan – Modern Times
It’s Bob, great songs, good sound, and as always lyrically supreme. I liked this more than his last couple of albums and that surprised me. He remains the greatest.

#14 Tom Petty – Highway Companion
See above pretty much. Tom Petty is a great songwriter, always comes with it. Got to see him live this year for the first time. Whoopi.

#15 Subtle – For Hero: For Fool
Always been a small fan of the Mush/anticon. Crew, but this album took me by surprise. It is a rock like album and it really sways.

#16 Goes Cube – Beckon The Dagger God
What happened to balls our rock? Answer: Goes Cube. “Punishing” songs that were much needed to wipe away the stain that is Wolfmother.

#17 Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
You never would have thought that translating French songs into English would sound good, but Cat Power, Marianne Faithful, and Placebo to name a few do a great job of it. Really good sounding album that surprised the shit out of me.

#18 Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound
Soul Jazz Records strikes again with another great gem from the archives. I have always wanted to go to Brazil and this album makes me want to go even more.

#19 Kavinsky – Teddy Boy EP
This made my list because it’s just so awesome. From the Records Makers label (Sebastian Tellier/Label Heads = AIR), this guy is a mixture of Miami Vice meets Nintendo. A staple to my DJ set, and something I have played for everybody this year.

#20 Robbie Williams – Rudebox
Ha, wasn’t really expecting much from this album when I picked it up in England (for Jen) but I was pleasantly surprised. Good singles, a Manu Chao cover, and the 80’s/90’s songs are great. Gotta show love for Robbie, no one else in the US does.

Songs Of The Year

#1 The Whip – Trash
The best band in Manchester right now. Ex-Members of Nylon Pylon these guys are the perfect mix of Soulwax and New Order. Amazing live, stand up guys, and destined for greatness. I love spinning this to unsuspecting ears it’s impossible not to love it on a dancefloor.

Justice/Simian Mobile Disco/Erol Alkan
The indie-dance electro scene made this year a lot of fun. I have always been a big Soulwax fan, and these guys are descending from that sound. I really liked playing these tunes to a crowd and watching them get down on the dance floor. I am a man of the beat. Most Notably: Erol Alkan’s remixes of Justice “Waters of Nazereth” Hot Chip “Boys From School” production of Long Blondes “Fulwood Babylon.” Justice Vs. Simian “We Are Your Friends” and Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler” and “Tits & Acid”

Jim Noir – Eanie Meany
Before, During, and After EVERY World Cup game this year, Jim Noir’s track “Eanie Meany” was played in the Nike commercial featuring top stars of the World Cup past and present. Great tune, and the guy is from Manchester.

Babyshambles – Fuck Forever
Pete Doherty is a junkie, but a superstar. I never really like the Libertines, I passed off Babyshambles as group of idiots, then I heard a squiggly crackhead perform “Fuck Forever” live on the telly. Afterwards he came off to do an interview with Zane Lowe and he had no idea who he was, even though Zane had done a session with him and had met him several times. Yay for Crack! Just the fact that he sings “Fuck Forever” is pretty apparent that this guy is going to be dead real soon and he will be this generations Kurt Cobain and piss everyone off after his death. I can already see shirts flying off the shelves at Hot Topic.
Flops/Total Bummers
Kasabian and Killer Sophmore Slumps
I bought the first Kasabian album right when it came out in the UK and it was a total winner. I saw the Killers perform at Don Hill’s for CMJ days before they signed to Island and you knew they were going to blow up. Problem is, their sophomore albums suck ass. Trying to break out of their original sounds mean they went totally marginal and bored the shit out of everybody. Thanks for killing the faith that a hip band can live past 1 album!

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of (cheap promo copies at retailers) Dead Album I really liked the last album, thought it should have gone a lot further than it did, the new album I put it on and it is a mess. That is the end of the road with Interscope I presume, at least last time everybody really liked the album.

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness Album
These guys were slated to do something great. A few good EP’s came out and then they went in to record their full length debut and out came the biggest let down of the year. I wanted to like this band so much more, but no, Total Bummer!

Major Labels
I started the year at one, and finally ended a 6 year stint in June. It makes me so angry that the heads of these labels will only release “sure things” and horrible pop albums. No new ideas, same old corporate bullshit. The top execs at the label get richer while the people who are working their asses off don’t get bonus’ and Christmas parties revoked. Fuck that shit, the people who were once musical innovators are now just the same as the oppressors that run Wal-Mart. More and more labels turn into machines, A+R is a fucking joke (nobody signs anything that hasn’t already been featured in Rolling Stone), radio is the same model and still works, but it’s all corporate / red state rock or pop. And those are the only people still buying records, so everyone is at fault here! But Major Labels are shitting on people and bands and it is getting old really fast. At CMJ an A+R rep from a major said, “Hey we are hiring an A+R guy in LA, you would be perfect,” and without hesitation I said, “No thank you.” She was shocked, you would have to double my salary for me to re-enter the Major Label A+R scene where your bosses only ask care about the bottom line and have no interest in the music anymore. I would take the money and burn up a nice expense account before they caught on and kicked my ass to curb, a real swindle it would be!
All in all, it’s just not fun anymore. The morale at these labels is the lowest it could ever be, but it doesn’t matter, because when people leave labels, people jump to take their spots for less money and more bullshit. One thing is for sure, we need a new movement of music! When Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, and Radiohead got signed most people were like WTF is this sound, but it was backed by a good label and went on to sell millions and influence generations. Arctic Monkeys…not one of those bands, Franz Ferdinand….not one of those bands, Decemberists/Death Cab For Cute….not one of those bands.
I can rant and rave all I want, but at the end of the day, I think that in the next 5-10 years, working at a label will be just the same as any other corporate 9-5, not good money, and the only perk is a free cd/show every now and then. Working in the music business used to be waking up and saying, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this,” nowadays, not the case. Call me Keith Olberman...

The US Government

Guantanamo Bay (death camps), the US sElections, the Most Debt ever, Blood for Oil, Katrina response, Global Warming, and most importantly US citizens sitting back frustrated to the point where they stop paying attention! What The Fuck? I am so ready for change, revolution, and evolution, are you thinking about this?

"Silence Equals Consent" - DJ Shadow (among others)

"We support the troops the most because we say BRING THEM HOME!" - Jello Biafra

"It isn't just propaganda any more, it's 'prop-agenda '. It's not so much the control of what we think, but the control of what we think about." - Brian Eno

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

You Don't Know: Greg Weeks

Maybe you do, if you know Espers (drag city), then you have heard him. But Greg Weeks also has performed as a solo artist since the late 90's.

Greg Weeks (official site / wiki / myspace)
///Philadelphian
///Part of the Acid-Folk scene
///Music is real minimal folky buzzy sounding
///(misc.) Rarely tours, never seen live, probably smokes a lot of pot

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LOVE the album Artwork. Nothing like a softie to just brighten up your day!

Greg Weeks - Slightly West ep
1. One Summer Night
2. Unsettled (By The Sun)
3. Slightly West
4. Devils
5. Settle Down

Merry Xmas From MCFC!

Manchester City Football Club Xmas Card

"Beautiful!"

Monday, December 18, 2006

One of my Records of the Year

This list is forthcoming (just gathering all the juicy records to write about), but before I do so I want to talk about one of the special bands.

Mason Dixon (myspace & band site) are from Brooklyn, NY, and their new record is a great updated version of Bruce Springsteen with Neil Young's country rock twang. A few months back a friend sent me an advance of "Hurry Through The Night," and it absolutely floored me. It floored me to the point that last week I said to him, what's up with Mason Dixon, it's easily one of my favorite albums of the year, and he said "WOW, we are going to get a label in January." Dude....somebody....send this to your hip indie label friends. This band always had a blues-y feel since inception, but this record is a huge creative leap, and this band deserves some love. The album is a great listen from start to finish with a unique link tying everything together. "Hurry Through The Night" has a feeling that so many new albums lack, which gives each song a heartbeat and makes it all the more powerful.

When you listen to Neil Young's Harvest (see earlier post for my love of that album) there is something that ties it all together, it is the fact that the drums for almost all of the tracks have a similar simple beat which make it all flow. There is something in this album that does the same, maybe it is the guitiar tone, or keys, I dont know, but it works all subliminal-like. The Killers wish they could write this stuff (bold I know, but I'm just saying that the Killers tried to channel Springsteen and they failed miserably)!

I offer up a tune, knowing that it's only one piece of a 10 piece puzzle...you really need to hear it ot get the feel for it.

Mason Dixon - Hurry Through The Night
Listen to more tunes on Myspace, I don't want to give any away because I actually CARE this band's feelings! Also, note that I have nothing to do with this band on a working level (couldn't even if I wanted too) which hopefully makes my plea for a listen all the stronger!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Ode to TOWER

After this weekend, Tower Records will be no more. In fact, whilst in Tower Records Santa Monica today, the manager came on the horn and said "Tower Records New Orleans #!@$ has closed its doors...forever!" Then a guy next to me was nodding his head and said, "It's like the Statue of Liberty closing." WAIT, the Statue of Liberty IS closed, because it's a target for Terrorists! Anywhoo, walking into Tower which boasted 70%-90% of EVERYTHING I just felt depressed. More people then I have ever seen rummaging through CD's, that was probably their problem, no one was really there. The record store business in general is a weird one, I'd say at least half of the people who walk in the store just browse, and I'd say of the "paying" half, probably 30% only buy 1-2 CD's/DVD's, and that leaves 20% who would perhaps spend over $30 upon visiting (I'm in that 20%). Shit, I have spent easily over $100 on CD's in a visit to a record store if I allow myself. Well, back to the happenings of the day. I was very interested to see what people were buying, what was left over, and what the hell I was going to find in a store so badly violated. I heard a 15 year old kid, a child of sorts say "There is no music here I like." That is a bummer, there was a whole slew of emo/pop-punk/shit just dying to go home with some young'n, I guess myspace doesn't sell records. While checking out the woman next to me had "Blood Is Trouble" by Greg Weeks (which I had seen in the Tower for weeks!) and I said, "That is a really good record, you will be happy," she smiled and said thanks. It is a good record, I'll blog about him soon. What also was great is that the same woman asked the guy behind the counter if some metal looking album (which I think was Unearthly Trance's new record...pal of mine) was any good, and the Tower employee said, "I don't know, if you buy that record then I'll give you this one for free" (eluding that if she got the Greg Weeks, she got a two-fer). That is when you know it's painful, and the shit has hit the fan. I managed to get 6 CD's (including 2 double discs) for $35.72. Originally I would have paid $117.93, shit talk a bout a deal. That's 70% off (GO FUCKING FIGURE)! I would have only paid full price for probably 1 of these CD's, taht doesn't include "Sale Prices," I'm cheap, cheap, cheap. So here is what I got, any thoughts, I went on whim basically. I will give a little synobis in the catdirtian method:

As so... Artist/Album/Why I bought it/Early Verdict:

Stars Of The Lid/The Ballasted Orchestra/I got 1 of their albums, its ambient, so I wanted to check this out/This shit rules, it's almost like Brian Eno's pinky!!!

Feathers/Feathers/I wanted this record, Folky, hipster loved, dudes make up Witch with J Mascis which I love/Still early, sounds alright, need to be in the mood

A Northern Chorus/Bitter Hands Resign/I always wanted this record, but didn't know enough to pay full price./I am a fan, "dream-pop" is what it is labeled as and it's definitely worth my $4.20 (not a drug reference)

Dub Trio/New Heavy/I got this because Mike Patton does 1 track, and it's on ROIR who put out Bad Brains first album/The Mike Patton song is good...ummmmmmm

The Bluetones/A Rough Outline: The Singles & B-Sides 95-03 (IMPORT)/I bought this for Jennifer, nuff said...actually I have seen it before, but I'm not paying $24.99 for a CD i'm not going to listen too/Ask Jennifer I don't know

Matthew Friedberger/Winter Woman-Holy Ghost Language School/I got this because I saw some Hipster analysis on it and I was waiting for it to be on the real real cheap, got it for $6, which means it was originally (if you can't do that math, get up from your chair and punch yourself in the face)/I haven't popped it in yet, i'll be honest I downloaded one track and I hated it...why did I buy this again (see "Why I bought it")

Ah, take a moment to think about an album you bought at Tower that changed your life...sniffle, sniffle

G-night!

If you are wondering what to get me for the holidays...

...it's this.

"If you don't know now, you never will" - Dave Conway from Little Radio

mmmmm....The Holiday Spirit

Thursday, December 14, 2006

R.I.P. Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun is a really big name in the music business, he founded Atlantic Records and was a producer of many famous individuals. He passed away Tuesday, and it is a passing of a legend. As well, Ahmet was involved in bringing the Soccer craze to the US with the NY Cosmos. Perfect for this blog, music and football. The music business will sorely miss a person of his caliber, and you don't find many people like this anymore. See below for Yahoo coverage.


Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83 (yahoo)

I saw this dude picking flowers at SXSW

Brightblack Morning Light (website, myspace) are very unique. Let's just say I'd be suprised if these guys knew their social security numbers. They live on reservations (seriously) and I think, THINK, that they may use drugs. With names like "Shineywater" and an album that comes with stoner-vision glasses made of 100% recyclable paper, just expect the slowness.

Here is "Everybody Daylight" from their debut album on Matador Records.

Brightblack Morning Light - Everybody Daylight

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ambient Metal??? (Could That Be A Genre?)

Ok quick post.

Boris (wiki) is a Doom Metal/Sludge/Heavy band from Japan.

Sunn O))) (wiki) is a Drone Metal/Doom/Heavy band from LA/NY.

Together, they are Sunn O))) and Boris and have recently released the album "ALTAR" on Southern Lord Records.

It is 6 tracks of heavy listening, the average song length is around 9 minutes, they are few vocals and effects, and PEOPLE LOVE THIS SHIT.
They do, here is proof
///Boris - Pink (2006) Pitchfork 8.7
///Boris - Akuma No Uta (2005) Pitchfork 8.2
///Boris - At Last: Feedback (2005) Pitchfork 7.7
///Sunn O))) - Black One (2006) Pitchfork 8.9
///Sunn O))) - The GrimmRobe Demos (2005) Pitchfork 8.0
///Sunn O))) - Flight Of The Behemoth (2002) Pitchfork 8.5

Sunn O))) and Boris - Akuma No Kuma

Also, Pitchfork did a track review for this song, check it out. I really dig when the horns come in...it makes me think of those horns in the Ricola commercials from back in the day.

P.S. I don't mean to link Pitchfork that much, I really despise them...but they review this shit and LOVE it?!?!

Albums/Songs of the Year COMING UP

It's a coming...Who will make the cut? Suggestions?

Until then, enjoy this tune. My brother, who is studying at Yale University for Nursing (#1 in the country mind you), once said, "If I was a DJ I would play this song." So what do I do, I play this song when I DJ in homage to my brother. His musical tastes are quite different then mine, he used to practice acoustic guitar 3 hours a day and can play classical concertos front to back, but he never really got into Slayer or 2manydjs. He did once when I was a kid play me Neil Young's "Harvest" album, which was easily a landmark moment in my life, as that album is easily one of my favorites of all-time or my "Desert Island Dozen." I think I was 14 years old when he popped the cassette into his rickidy old car driving down Telegraph Ave in Berkeley...bong! Anyway, back to the tune, which is 'Werewolves Of London' by Warren Zevon from his album "Excitable Boy" released in 1978. This tune was also covered a few times, by the likes of Magnolia Electric Co., Adam Sandler, and The Grateful Dead.

Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

UK Band Alert: INVASION

These guys are cool. UpsideDownStupidHat was the first homeboy to play this for me, and he was right, they are great.

INVASION (myspace)
///From London Town of the United Kingdom
///3 piece including 2 women (vocals and drums)
///Crazy Polish Kids!

Invasion - Red Dawn
Invasion - The Uplink Is Down

There is no future for the band, they are going to break up, but shit...this stuff rules...my buddy played drums on the recording before he quit because they are "crazy".

Enjoy, its fun.

NEW Flyer for my DJ night

I think this suits me more. The artist here's name is Sam Kemp, check him out at NoiseFestival.com/samkemp and vote for him.

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JUST THINK ABOUT IT

New Section "JUST THINK ABOUT IT". Hey dudes and dudettes...use your brain man!

I kind of liked the Dead Kennedys, they were funny...the sound was cool...but I don't like stinky punks, and when I was in middle school...the dudes the wore the famous Dead Kennedys logo shirts were totally stinky. All Music Guide called their song 'Holiday In Cambodia,' "possibly the most successful single in the American hardcore scene." From the Dead Kennedys, easily the most influential person in the band and probably San Francisco Hardcore Scene was Jello Biafra (wiki read it). What I DO like about Jello Biafra very much is his SPOKEN WORD albums. He is a very intelligent man who has always been political and is very sharp on what's going on....oh, and he hates EVERYONE.

Quick Facts on Mr. Biafra
///Ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 1979 as a prank, platform included all business men working in downtown had to wear clown suits (haha), but also Policemen were had to be voted into service every 4 years by citizens, and no cars in the city (horrible pollution in that time). He got 3.5% of the votes and came in 4th place out of a field of 10.
///Was brought to trial by the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) in which they sited his music as dangerous (along with Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, etc) and was aquitted. This was a huge reason for Tipper Gore calling for censorship of music which Jello oposed.
///Has released 8 spoken word albums since 1987 on his Alternative Tentacles label, which are all quite interseted and worth checking out (mp3 avail on Alt Tent site).

Jello is a smart man, he is radical, he is a punk, some of the stuff is out there, but he uses fact to incite his arguments. so....

JUST THINK ABOUT IT!

Instead of going all crazy about Iraq/War/Oil/Bush....this peice of his talks about how POT (marijuana) is actually a quite useful plant and how the government and corporations basically were fueld by money and racism to make growing hemp and pot illegal in the late 30's, when in reality there are many many positive things we can get from a hemp plant (besides the munchies).
P.S. I'm not a stoner at all, but this is just really interesting MANNNNNNNN!

Jello Biafra - Grow More Pot (1991)

I DJ on Friday

I DJ on Thursday...woohoo

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DJ Music??? JOKES

Monday, December 11, 2006

San Diego Scene Band: Grand Ole Party

Grand Ole Party (myspace)

Once again, Catdirt (blog: catdirtsez.blogspot.com) is on this one first. He did their first press piece, did their first headlining show, and now the band has gone on to open up for bands like YYY's, The Elected, and more.
Quick Facts Because I Have A Day Job:
///Trio (Drums, Guitar, Bass)
///Extreme Bonus: Female Drummer who is also the only singer!
///Slated for next National band out of San Diego, CA
///Moved from San Francisco to "get the band together"
///LOCALS ONLY: Playing Friday at the Echo with The Blood Arm and MANIC

Check it out:
DEMO ALERT *don't expect Rick Rubin's magic hand
Grand Ole Party - Look Out Young Son
Grand Ole Party - INSANE
Grand Ole Party - Turn On Burn On

Subtle is really good!

Okay, I am a member of Church of Amoeba Records, so I know about Dax Pierson (member of Subtle, severly injured in a tour bus accident last year, daxpierson.com). Subtle is his band, which is made up of some bay area heavy-hitters in the Indie Hip Hop scene. Doseone (Mush Records, solo artist, anticon., also in cLOUDDEAD), Jel (anticon., solo artist, i'm sure a lot more), and more research it. This year they released "For Hero: For Fool" (pitchfork tally: 8.0, review) was released on the soft this year and its REALLY GOOD.
It's "experimental" weird and very Doseone-esque (i.e. WTF is going on), but this album flows...it works...it's a band (a sextet) coming together to make it work.

Here are some tunes, let me know what you think...

Subtle - Middleclass Stomp
Subtle - The Mercury Craze *dj-able
Subtle - A Tale Of Apes, Pt. 1

If you dig this, research MUSH/Doseone/Jel/Anticon./Lex Records/cLOUDDEAD. It is a really solid scene that continues to thrive and grow.

Weekender: complete

Friday = San Diego, CA
Saturday = Las Vegas, NV
Sunday = Los Angeles, CA (aka home)

Good times, I won $58 in quarter roulette at the amazingly po-dunk El Cortez which is always a pleasure as I suck at gambling. I didn't stay there though, that shit would kill you! I was at the Golden Nugget, pretty okay. Myself, catdirt, and "catdirt wife" accompanied Fifty On Their Heels (winner Best Punk Band at the 2006 San Diego Music Awards) to Las Vegas for their show with Ratatat (note: they are mean hipsters). They also played the "Golden Hill Block Party Rerun" at the Casbah on friday which was awesome. Definitely check out CatDirtSez for a full professional recap.

Now I will drop some music.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

WTF?

What the fuck?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6217514.stm

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Old School Pt. 2: Lost Gem of Houston

Right now I was digging through my old mixes, and I found this little sucker. It was a hit perhaps back in like '98, but a Houston Hustler named Lil' Troy wiki. It goes by the name of "I Wanna Be A Baller". Dig it, its wonderful.

Lil' Troy - Wanna Be A Baller

Man, I can't wait to tell my kids about, back in my day we used to do mixtapes and burn mix cds....they are just going to go to some website that has every MP3 and a story behind it....if you think about it...it's rather ingenious. Imagine researching band being able to download Warren Zevon's "Warewolves In London" and listen why they read the story.

A Band That Never Was

A while back my friend told me of a band she knew in Seattle, WA called The Bats of Belfry (myspace/bandsite). I went to the myspace and just loved the tunes. It was like a 60's Stoner Jam with enough sensibility to make it big in this day and age. A few weeks after talking to them a bit about joining the sac (my day job SESAC), the songs vanished without a trace, and so did correspondance. Oh well, bummer. Later on they posted a coded bulletin that pretty much stated the band had split, TOTAL BUMMER. Fuckin bands, this year a ton of bands have split up, especially talented ones who write good songs. And writing good songs is easily the hardest part of being in a band, wtf?!?! I think it has to do with the generation these kids in new bands come from, something wrong with it. Too volatile and ALL scenes are dead in the water, nobody belongs to anybody. Junky kids don't have creativity anymore, the market is flooded with art school grads, and perhaps life is just easier these days. Well, that is my rant, the good think about The Bats Of Belfry is even in their death, I got all their 3 songs, woo hoo. I'll def spin them on my Little Radio soiree upon it's arrival.

The Bats Of Belfry - Kremlins *the track
The Bats Of Belfry - Tumble Down
The Bats Of Belfry - Marigold

hEL-P the word


Wowsa, mark my words. El-P's 2007 release "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" is an absolute masterpiece and will top the "Best of 2007" lists. He worked with Trent Reznor, Cat Power, TV on the Radio, The Mars Volta, and a few other guys I forgot about when he told me. By far my favorite tracks (which I don't want to name as this album is so far out), are the TV On The Radio track the Trent Reznor track. Pressing play is opening up pandora's box and it doesn't dissapoint. I am not a big fan of the "back-pack" rap, or white rap scene whatever, but I respect producers and I like lyrics (especially political ones). El-P delivers, he must have been frustrated with music, life, and the state of living in america because this album is fierce. A kind of fiercness that only comes from a lovely stressor or opressor. Once I can, I will post "the single" or better yet, once my Little Radio show starts up (def soon), I'll try and have El-P give me some words of his own.

-------ON AN INDUSTRY NOTE-------
This is a promo copy which I got from my NY counterpart, Ms. Jamie Dominguez (boo yah, myspace her) and every like 2 minutes the recording level goes down and it says "This Promo Copy Belongs to Jamie Dominguez" WOW, the future, I mean nobody is going to leak that shit...and if they do it will piss everybody off because it chimes in, but you get the gyst of the album. And before you ask, I got it because she is NY, and I am LA, together we are the SESAC heat for the hip shit and are really one person.

-------ON ANOTHER NOTE-------
My Friend Cesar Beat Cancer after 7 Months, that is just amazing. He kept a positive attitude and waved goodbye to the parasite. Myself and El-P congratulate you.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kiss The Skull

'I should be able to kill somebody if they fuck with me' - DANZIG

In case you don't know, I LOVE Danzig (not heart, love). Misfits killed it, Samhain whatever (Brian Baker rules), and Danzig solo is lucifer's gift to my ears. I have seen Danzig tons of times, and everytime I show up late (until right before he goes on), I kick smelly punks out of my seats (he plays sitters now), and I am wearing a white shirt (whilst everyone else wears black). Everybody stares at me and then he goes on and I belt out every single lyric (even from his new shit...yeah, I love him). He always opens with "Skincarver," off his last album Circle of Snakes which I believe was recorded in his backyard (production quality = 0). You have to love the subject matter though, and the songs are solid as hell.
I have stood by Danzig for years, everybody always sends me the clip oh him getting knocked out in AZ, and it pains me. His comment (above) was stated after the truck with all his equiptment was stolen after his Wiltern show last week, bummer. Danzig is one person I have always wanted to me, but never wanted to meet. I say that because whenever I speak to people who know him or are connected to him they tell how he is the biggest asshole in the world. That shit bums me out, I wish he could take the piss out of himself, but he can't. I saw him walking into Rob Zombie, and I had my camera, but he was walking way to fast with a half-clothed asian woman that had about 2 feet on him...marvelous. I have driven by his house (Rodney and Hillhurst) at least 50 times and I will continue to whenever I'm in Los Feliz hoping to catch a glimpse of greatness. Always a good time, always Danzig.

That is all, I'm not going to bother with an MP3, no one will listen anyway...unless maybe it's "Mother". Danzig is forever in my heart.

Love,
Josh


Who Doesn't Want This Shit For The Holidays???


On the subject of weird toys... what the fuck is up with this

Red is Peter as Peter is Red

Red Hunter aka Peter and the Wolf (myspace) is a nomad. He sort of resides in Austin, TX...he has family in San Diego, CA...and he is on his way to living in Los Angeles for a month when he records ANOTHER new album. I say ANOTHER, because he just finished Lightness, which came out Oct 31st on Workers Institute. The guy doesn't stop and he plays by his own rules (I like saying that). He tours at least half of the year, and will be coming to a town near you if you pay attention. Check it out...

Peter And The Wolf - The Apple Tree
Peter And The Wolf - The Bonsai Tree
Peter And The Wolf - Safe Travels

Monday, December 04, 2006

Creeeeeeeeepy!

This song had its splash back in 2002, sadly only in the UK. And what is even more sad is that nothing ever compared to this song from the artist. Perhaps a young man stumbled onto something for a minute, but decided to go a different route that eventually shortened his career. I'm talking about Martin Grech, and his song (and album) "Open Heart Zoo". It sounds like a dark carnival and gained success when Lexus released their creepy new SUV back in the day and used the tune in the UK. A really good song which he wrote and released when he was 17 or 18 years old which I present to you on a fine Monday morning. Maybe this was a bigger hit in the UK than I make it sound, but back in 2002 there wasn't any bloggers or shit like that, so there was still some mystery of what's going on in jolly old England. Enjoy.

Martin Grech - Open Heart Zoo

Friday, December 01, 2006

Buzzer

Here is a buzzing track. Hard to find online, but Palms Out Sounds was nice enough to bring it to their Sunday Remix post.

DJ Mehdi is making waves, Ed Bangers, French, etc. Kavinsky is still my number 1, but the french electro scene has really offered up some winners this year. Justice, SebastiAn, and i guess Mr Oizo (although i'm not that impressed yet)....I guess Simian Mobile Disco counts as well, although they aren't French, but did "We Are Your Friends" mix with Justice out of France. Also in France, you must never forget the amazing Sebastian Tellier, perhaps I will post a few pictures of him from my trip over to the U. Kizzle once I figure out how to get them off my camera.

DJ Mehdi Remix of "In Case We Die" by Architecture in Helsinki

It's definitely a winner...when is Kavinsky going to start dropping the remix love?

Learn about France

Who doesn't love: STONER METAL

So as I was browsing IODA Promonet yesterday, I stumbled upon the Tee Pee records label site which offers up some good stuff. Whilst browsing I found a "download only" track from the bay areas incredible SLEEP! It's a single for Dopesmoker.Check the wiki for a good write-up. After Sleep went to sleep, Matt Pike formed HIGH ON FIRE, who's 2005 release "Blessed Black Wings" made it all the way to #2 on my Top 20 of 2005 list, yeah, it's that good. Steve Albini produced it, and even though I didn't have a metal year, it was at a level that most artists, regardless of genre, can't compete with.

Dopesmoker

Download "Dopesmoker" (mp3)
from "Dopesmoker"
by Sleep
Tee Pee Records



Down the road, in Palm Desert, CA another Stoner Metal scene developed from the dusty dry heat that is ever abundant in the land. I'm sure everybody is familiar with Queens of the Stone Age, but before there was QOTSA, there was KYUSS. Hit the wiki. Here are the first 2 tracks from "Blues From The Red Sun" which I used to always put on when I was cleaning my old apartment for some reason?!?!

Kyuss - Thumb
Kyuss - Green Machine

Also check out, the first Queens of the Stone Age album, High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings (obv), and get ripped and forget what you just listened to.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

One IODA: Tommy Guerrero

So here is my first grab from IODA comes from the Quannum Projects label out of SF. I like this Tommy G character, NOTE: he is not the wrestler that died of an OD.

From the Soil To the Soul

Download "War No More" (mp3)
from "From the Soil To the Soul"
by Tommy Guerrero
Quannum Projects



Download "Salve" (mp3)
from "From the Soil To the Soul"
by Tommy Guerrero
Quannum Projects



    Legend: Townes Van Zandt



    Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 - January 1, 1997)

    I first discovered Townes about 3 years ago when I was living in New York. His haunting version of "Dead Flowers" (which the Stones made famous) was featured in the Big Lebowski and on the soundtrack, an absolute winner. From there I wanted to hear more. I remember reading about him as a dead singer-songwriter and not hearing about an untimely demise which is usually showcased. For some reason the stuff I had read neglected to reveal Townes' battle with alcoholism and drug usage that certainly took years off his life. A wonderful documentary showcases Townes' contributions to music entitled "Be Here To Love Me" released last year by Palm Pictures. Go pick it up, or I comment and I can send you a screener copy I have. It really puts it all together nicely, and it's not one of those documentaries that is painful to watch unless you are an uber-fan.

    Townes style is really basic, just a poet with an acoustic guitar, almost always very low key, small venues, and a true road dog. He is a true cult hero and a staple in the Austin music scene (with some great Austin City Limits performances). His only real "hit" was Pancho and Lefty, and became a hit because it was recorded by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983. Many artists covered his songs to their benefit, but Townes just did his own thing, I don't think it bothered him, and I'm sure he liked the extra money.

    Here a few tracks off of "Live At The Old Quarter" recorded live in Houston on July of 1973, which I really recommend picking up. Really good when you are driving up the 5 freeway and you have hours of open road.

    Townes Van Zandt - Waiting 'round To Die
    Townes Van Zandt - Pancho And Lefty
    Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley
    Townes Van Zandt - Tower Song

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    Knowledge always gets the upper hand

    Action: I just went to the newly opened Santa Monica Public Library for the first time to check out some books. Note: I haven't checked out a book since I was 7 years old. "they didn't have A.D.D. when I was growing up" - Robbie Williams

    Reaction: I gave them my Drivers Liscense, they gave me a new library card. I went to the computer, I found the 2 books I wanted. I brought them downstairs for check out, and upon placing them on the counter, they were automatically scanned, and I swiped my ID and I got a reciept in less than 3 seconds. I even added another book because the section was exactly what I was interested in.

    Realization: Knowledge gets all the perks. You don't see new developments in fucking graffiti writing or consumption of calories. The library is the place to be, they get $$$ like its going out of style, and they help everybody, even the stinky homeless. I get to say, Back in my day, the Santa Monica Public Library was all brown and wooden and it had those killer steps that little kids can fall through, and it was dark...that is what I remember most...the darkness. Defintely made in the 70's and reminded me of when I was also 7 years old walking around UCLA with my mom before they did that maximum overhaul. Which once again..Knowledge equals funding. Books definitely get precident over music...and rightfully so, check out my spelling and grammar! My dad used to say, if you want a book i'll buy it for you, consider it free, as long as you read it. I was like (and I still am like) shit dad, you should have bought me every classic CD I ever asked for, that is the knowledge I go for! That is what I am going to do for my kids...tell them any CD (or digi file, whatever) they want that came out before they were born I will buy for them. Ain't that some shit. Perhaps my father was right, but I definitely went towards the music thing...barely got out of high school on the book thing. Ah fuck it, I'm blabbing to Scott Pactor and Amy Schmalz, my 2 dedicated readers (an only ones I assume...correct me if I'm wrong in the comments sheisters).

    As the year winds down, I guess I strive to get some Knowledge in before the clock strikes 2007. 2007 is going to be my year 2006 was good mind you but 2007, fuckin watch out.

    Bonus...why not a sad song for you.
    Darci Cash - God, You Were Amazing
    myspace
    love these locals...

    I got into IODA promonet too, so tomorrow I will search for something good to post.

    Remember Duckhunt?

    GOOSE
    myspace
    %are from Belgium
    %sound like Soulwax
    %are 4 young men (one of whom looks like a lady)
    %will not be coming to th US anytime soon
    %I saw at Fabric and got my electro on

    Goose - Black Gloves
    Goose - Slow Down *this songs chorus reminds me of that band Millionaire who are also from Belgium, check out their first album...great stuff

    I visited Belgium for 1 hour when I was younger, all I remember were pretty woman (fyi, I had just come from London so huge improvement) with like chocolatey skintone, and some great architecture. This was all on the way to Amsterdam, and I was bummed I didn't spend longer in Belgium...next time

    Yodel-o-eee-o-eee-o



    Okay, Produced by Jim O'Rourke (Wilco - A Ghost Is Born, Sonic Youth), Engineered by Steve Albini (Metal! Shellac!...schwing!), String Arrangements by Van Dyke Parks (SMiLE - Beach Boys/Brian Wilson), plus backing Vocals by Bill Callahan (Smog). Upon finding this information I said, "God Damn, I could sing on this album and it would be amazing." I am in fact talking about Joanna Newsom's Ys album, which was released on Drag City last week. I was trying to find this record (without driving to Amoeba) and had no luck, so I cheated and went to Hype Machine, where all the 5 tracks can be found in a quick minute (proof). It is an Opus, and I had all intention on buying the hardcopy, UNTIL........I listened to it!

    I DON'T GET IT???

    WTF? I admit at times I am swayed by the big rubber Pitchfork dicks(review 9.4), I even bought that Kallikak Family shit which they said was like Eno and made "Best New Music," and that shit was horrible! Most of the time I disagree, but if they give an album an amazing review then I usually check it out. Other times I disagree, I really dig the Damien Rice album, which they gave a 1.9...sorry it didn't come out on Arts+Crafts you assholes. The song "9 Crimes" earns that album at least a 6.0 in my book.

    Well back to the subject....I don't hate the Joanna Newsom album, I like everything up to the point where she opens her mouth, kind of like the girls I went to college with. The lyrical content reminds me of the stoners in Brightblack Morning Light, and her vocals sometimes go into a bad Bjork moment, or in a state where you feel a yodel coming on. The album is quite unique, flawless instrumentation and production, but not my cup of tea.

    I'm not going to bother posting an MP3, go to the Hype Machine link above and delve into the nonsense. Here is the Drag City Album Info page to guide you in your thievery.(link)

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006

    Gloating In The Fantasy World

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    The Piece of the Pie Fantasy League I created hasn't quite been the drama it could have been (as only a few people pay attention), but I just want to pat myself on the back about one thing. Micah Richards! Since day 1, I have had this homeboy on my team and lord has it paid off. He currently sits at #10 for points in the Defender catagory. Not shabby at all, especially seeing as this is his first year as a solid in the starting XI for the glorious Manchester City Football Club. We share the same birthday (June 24th), but the difference is this guy just turned 18 years old. Richards burst on the scene last season when he was brought during injury time in the FA Cup vs Aston Villa, a goal down, and he headed in the equaliser (see below). After that match he gained some notoriety when he was asked how it felt, the first words out of his mouth were "fucking hell". He got into a bit of trouble for that.
    I had the pleasure of seeing him in person when I was in Manchester, for the Manchester City V Middlesborough clash of the north. He played a solid game, as he has been doing so this whole season. As well, an injury time equalising volley versus Everton a few weeks back brought a tear to my eye...my boy is growing up. He recently made the starting XI for England for their bout with the Netherlands, and became the Youngest defender to start in England history (previously held by Rio Ferdinand). Bravo, even you non-football fans will soon be hearing his name. The best decision in my fantasy career!

    The Leaning Tower of Tower

    Tower Records is going under, bummer. Tower was known as a "big-indie" store, kind of like Matador Records is a "big-indie label." At Tower you would get all those super Imports for $30, or you could always find that Richard Hell album that nobody wanted for $17.99. The worst thing about Tower going under is that there is one a block away from my office, and I am a CD addict, I buy on average 500 CD's a year i'm sure of it, and BUY, not get for free...I get about 700 CD's a year for free (lots I give away of bring to Amoeba for trade-in value). If you don't support the business you work in, then don't expect it to be around much longer. I buy tons of New Releases as well, because lord knows Soundscan decides careers.

    Today the special was %60 off...hot damn, that is a lot of money, take a CD price, cut it in half, and then some! There is one artist that I never really got into, regardless of hype/blog love/pitchfork reviews/press, and that artist is CALEXICO. For some reason the only thing that comes to mind when I think of them is a bunch of Mexicans playing shit like "Dark Night" by the Blasters. ***If I could find this song to post I would, it was featured in From Dusk Til Dawn and its amazing, look it up*** I think of Mexicans because Calexico, CA is on the Califonia/Mexico border hence CALEXICO...California-Mexico, but I'm sure you got that.

    Calexico, CA funfacts:
    *The City is ranked 3rd in the Nation in Teen Pregnancies with 17.3% of Women aged 14-18
    *122 Miles East of San Diego, CA on the Califonia-Mexican Border
    *The city itself takes up about 6.2 square miles
    *Founded in 1900 as a tent city, but now has a population of around 27,000 people.

    all the careless info you could ever want via wiki

    Well, anyway, Calexico aren't even Californians, they are from Arizona, and they have a pretty cool sound. Sometimes they play off the Mexicali vibe, and I love that shit. Like Union Station back in the day, California is the best state in the west. The band has released a bunch of albums since '97, and the songs I like by them are the atmospheric ones, like this one from their latest effort "Garden Ruin". This is the last track on the album, which always counts as an excuse to get crazy.

    Calexico - All Systems Red

    Vaya Con Dios!

    A Sleeper

    Indie labels put out some good records that really never meet their potential due to indie label constraints. I think this is one of them. It had its "blog buzz" for a while, and some great UK press, but it faded away as usual. As the year winds down, these 2 tracks stick with me. Think Fleetwood Mac with a feather in your cap..it's Denton, TX's MIDLAKE.

    Midlake - Roscoe
    Midlake - Head Home

    2 good tunes that are indie-emo. The album is Trials Of Van Occupanther, and it came out on Bella Union earlier this year. Buy it at insound. A great stocking stuffer.

    Monday, November 27, 2006

    A Classic

    Sometimes you hear a song over and over and it never leaves your mind. For me, it's songs like "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies, "Sway" by The Rolling Stones, or "The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan. Whenever the first note of that song comes on, weightlessness. THEN, there are other songs...songs that are winners, but you forget about them. You hear the opening note and wham, you now are waiting for a voice or a verse to bring it all home.
    This is one of those songs...
    Over the weekend I was in New York, and I found myself at a bar called Great Lakes in Brooklyn, which played exceptionally good music. Lots of Joy Division/New Order, Misfits, and other winners. After a few drinks, and hours chatting it up, this tune came on.

    Neil Young - Like A Hurricane

    Relax. Enjoy. 8+ Minutes of a great sounding guitar and some great guitar work. Probably really good to get stoned too.

    Contender for Song Of The Year

    Seriously, I'm busy. Not kinda busy, like I have a million things to do and I'm going to cry busy. I want to be a blogger, like Cat Dirt Sez, but shit man, I'M DYING HERE.

    Every year for the past few I always put together a solid "Best of (Year)" I do top albums, I do top singles, I do top movies, and I have a nice little guess for what is going to be huge for the next year. Well I have been thinking about it as the year winds down, and this song is certainly up there as a absolute fucking winner.

    I have posted about them before, and I will post about them again...
    THE WHIP
    ///are from Manchester, UK
    ///feature members of Nylon Pylon (defunct)
    ///are what you get if Soulwax knocked up New Order
    ///are slated to play my SESAC SXSW party/showcase
    ///have a great live show, and are extremely nice guys

    The Single is "Trash" and it is in my top songs for the year for sure, if not #1
    The Whip - Trash

    This is a great dance tune. I have dropped it when I have DJ'd and people don't miss a beat and keep their asses moving. It's just a great feeling. I am a fan of the beat, and this keeps it going. I could listen to this shit all day and all night and would never complain.

    That is me, you are you...i'm open to your pesimistic comments.

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    New Band: Castledoor

    Last night I ventured over to probably my least favorite LA venue that I attend frequently, The Knitting Factory. It's in a strip mall which is finally being redone, hopefully something cool like a Swingers cafe will pop up or just not The Hollywood Free Museum. I went to represent for my friends at Tin Panda. The line-up was The Parsons RedHeads, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Petes, Castledoor, and The Little Heroes...not bad for a Monday night residency deal.

    A band caught my ears, called Castledoor (www.myspace.com/castledoormusic). They looked too hip for their own good, including a female keyboardist/stand-arounder that could have been Brian Jones' girlfriend. But what caught me was a song called "Magnetic Forces" that was really quite good. The singer is good, solid voice, good stage action, and looks the part. Check it out, more new music to come, and a solid recap of my travels pending I have 2 hours of freetime.

    Castledoor - Magnetic Forces

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    Back And Lively

    Back from my 3 week trip to LONDON/MANCHESTER/NEW YORK/NASHVILLE.

    Brought back a good amount of music and got to see a few great bands along the way. I will be updating you all very soon.

    Thursday, October 05, 2006

    Honda Player Of The Year: Clint Dempsey

    "I Want to go to Europe, and I want to go NOW!" - Clint Dempsey's acceptance speech.

    It's about time. Great player, and the Honda Player of the Year is for excellence in the National Team, whatever. Clint was coming off the bench basically, but scored THE goal for the US in the World Cup. Send him to Europe so the US can develop.

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Okay...Good Video...Good Band...Not Too Hipster Yet



    This shit is funny, it's an interesting idea, and its kinda hot. I am stoked to see SMD in London in just a few weeks.

    Scott, I know you read this...next FOTH video?

    Friday, September 29, 2006

    Good Track

    This dude is interesting...Lupe Fiasco. The stuff they are pushing over here (US) "Kick Push" is whatever, but the track they pushing in the UK is tons better. It's below.

    Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin'(feat. Jill Scott) ...as well there is an I Monster sample (the hook) which is pretty funny

    Also exciting, this shit:

    Blogger Non-Exclusive: Junior Boys

    Everybody is talking about Junior Boys, yada yada yada. I hate Pitchfork and they looooooved the single "In The Morning." I did not like the first album the Boys did, and so I was reluctant to pick this one up. Alas, it was the listening station that got me, and now this is easily in the top 20 of the year. It is a good one, very mellow, and worth checking out. Everybody seems to be really into this, and sadly it makes sense. Nothing astonishing here, but check it out, its cute.

    Junior Boys - Count Souvenirs

    Junior Boys - In The Morning

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Old School

    Remember this? Pretty funny.

    Cry like a little bitch...

    Damien Rice is Irish and makes people sad...

    He has a new single, and it is impacting BBC Radio now...

    Damien Rice - 9 Crimes

    It's DJ Shadow Motherfucka!

    So last night, I went down to the Avalon in Hollywood to see an acquaintance, mr. DJ Shadow. I have been a DJ Shadow fan for a very very long time. When I say fan, I really mean "super-fan" as The Private Press is easily one of my favorite albums of all-time, and "Blood On The Motorway" is easily one of my favorite tracks of all-time. I have been lucky enough to work with him and hang out with him, and there is no other musician I respect more than him. When "The Outsider" (new album, out now) was being prepared, I was a little nervous, I like Shadow for his electonic/rock type aspects, not too keen on the hip-hop side. But I had faith, when you are as talented as DJ Shadow you could do a country record and it would still be "shadow-esque." And "shadow-esque" is something really special. So I have been living with "The Outsider" now for some time, and reading the confusion on the internet, and even Mr. Shadow himself spoke out the change in direction. I was confused, I wasn't upset or nothing, but it was definitely not a record that melted me upon hearing it. One track did and it's "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)." So upon going to this show last night, it was mainly out of faith, I wouldn't miss it for the world, but I wasn't looking forward to it. I just didn't want to see people take the new stuff the wrong way, or have a weird vibe about it. I arrived, watched Lateef the Truth Speaker do a hip-hop set, and was a little nervous for one of my idols to come on. Alas, the clock strikes 10:45 and the beginning notes of "The Outsider Intro," come in and I get pumped. It is a great fucking intro, no doubt. Shadow came on to a roaring applause and started out with a classic, phew. The set was relentless...Shadow mixed his songs perfectly, and formed medleys that were out of his world. By the last song at 12:30 I was bummed to go. It was a mix of Radiohead "The Gloaming" (Remix) that was never officially released, UNKLE's "Nursery Rhyme" (feat. Badly Drawn Boy) and UNKLE's "Rabbit In The Headlights" (feat. Thom Yorke), it was just too fucking creative for my little brain. Another hightlight that I have to mention is the amazing track of the new album, "Seein' Thangs" (feat. David Banner), it is a great track and the video that accompanied it (shown via 9 screens on the stage) was pretty hectic, and I loved that Banner was decked out with a sweet Raiders hat, gotta love the bay.

    Reflecting back on the night, one thing sticks out. The shitty opus that is Pitchfork Media said "The Outsider does exactly what the titles says; alienates everybody who ever was a DJ Shadow fan." Pretty fucking ruthless. At one of the few intermissions in the show, where Shadow gathers his thoughts and changes tempo, he spoke about his records. He stated that a lot of people really love Endtroducing, and others really love The Private Press. Just like some of the audience came for Hip Hop, and others came for Rock, but what was best is he said, "if you are a fan of mine, you will recognize the quality of anything new." This did not sound cocky, he was just saying that if you are a true fan of his music, or anybody elses music who is an amazing artist, you know that whatever is put out, if the respect is there, then it will be quality. Shadow respects his music, everything is fine-tuned and put together with perfection in mind.

    DJ Shadow = Quality

    And for anybody that hates on "The Outsider," well that is fine, you are entitled, but you need to know that DJ Shadow is at the top of his genre, whatever that genre happens to be at the time.

    Shadow doesn't like bootlegs or "stealing" music, so due to that, no track for this post, go buy the new album please...please...PLEASE.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    My New Favorite Artist

    KAVINSKY hails from Paris, France, and is a mix of the Original Nintendo and Miami Vice. The backstory is that Kavinsky was killed in 1986 in a car accident and now is back to life and DJing clubs and shit. Interesting. What is even better, is when I am in the UK for business in October, he is DJing at FABRIC (my all-time favorite club that I have never been too) along with Simian Mobile Disco, The Whip (Manchester, UK), Sunshine Underground, Goose, Circulus, and many more. Make sure to check the video and 2 MP3's are below.

    Kavinsky - Testarossa Autodrive
    Kavinsky - Testarossa Nightdrive

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    FUCK YEAH!

    I got some very good news this evening, the best band out of San Diego Fifty On Their Heels won the SD Weekly Award for Best Punk Album!!!! (more info)

    Past winners include Hot Snakes (2005), Blink 182 (many times), No Knife (1999), and Unwritten Law (1998). Not too shabby and especially great as that they are the first release on a new indie in SD called Cat Dirt Records. (label blog) They beat out Some Girls (Deathwish/Epitaph Records) and GoGoGo Airheart (GSL Records) who have definitely been around the scene for a while and toured the US many times over. It is really great that a young band with only an EP out won a big award chosen by the San Diego Music Scene big-ups. As well, they are talks that they will record up in LA with a friend, so that will be remarkable. To me, they are a mix of T.S.O.L. and Gang Of Four...and I have stressed that I hope they add the Theme to A Clockwork Orange into the mix as well, I think that would be brutal.

    Fifty On Their Heels - A Good Friend

    "You Know I Love You, Take Off Your Clothes"

    So every now and then a song comes along that is catchy as all hell and has an infectious repeated phrase that you fall in love with. Enter: The Pigeon Detectives from Leeds, UK. I heard this song a while back and snickered, but didn't think much of it until last night on the final installment of Steve Lamacq Live show for BBC Radio 1. Sad times, I really like Mr. Lamacq and as he will still be on the BBC, his "sessions" show is now bye-bye. This was the one of the last tracks he played, recorded live on June 26th, 2006. Check it out, it is a good session, the album version is good too.

    The Pigeon Detectives - You Know I Love You (Lamacq Live Session)

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    I'm Sirius

    So I just got Sirius Satellite Radio and after 4 days of tech problems, I finally got the bloody thing working. So far this morning I listed to 3 hours of Football Chatter (thank god for that), and some BBC radio 1. Other than that, I popped into the "College/Alt Rock" channel and although heard a little Jose Gonzales "Lovestain" it turned into some shit I never want to listen to ever in my life. And then the Watson Twins followed...bummer. Anyway, although it doesn't work at my apartment, due to shite reception, my office seems to hold up okay with only a few blips here and there. The phrase "Acquiring Signal" is my arch nemisis.

    Too lazy to post about music so head over to Upside Down Stupid Hat for some good tunes I approve of. (Look to the right for the link). Bat For Lashes is amazing, absolutely brilliant as Charlie would say.

    Here are some links of stuff I'm working with:
    The Zico Chain (London, UK)
    Goes Cube (New York, NY)
    Favourite Sons (Brooklyn, NY

    As well, I bought the 4CD UNKLE Box Set at Amoeba, and my lord it's good looking. Haven't gotten through it yet, as it is all mainly Reign remixes, but sexy hot pink packaging. Buy it, it's under 20 bucks. As well James Lavelle is spinning in LA next week, that should be nice, especially because it is on the same block as my office!

    Enjoy le weekend.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    This Blog is Not Dead

    Yeah, I had a vacation, whatever. I have been traveling a ton and I have just returned from my final trip of 3 in the last 3 weeks I will post one song that is amazing. It comes from the new Bob Dylan album, and it is the last track on the album called Ain't Talkin'. Go buy this album, 192,000 already have and they cannot be wrong. I say this as any artist who has released 44 albums is doing something right. Now if 192,000 people buy the new JT well they are wrong, he only has 2 albums...see how showed my work.

    Enjoy.

    Bob Dylan - Ain't Talkin'

    Thursday, August 10, 2006

    Indie: Jim Noir

    You know who I am talking about...
    You may not know, but you if you have seen the Nike (+10) Campaign around the world cup with the little boy picking his all-star team for a pickup game featuring Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer, Zidane, Robben, Lampard, Kahn, Defoe, Ballack, and more then you have heard the song. "...If you don't give my football back i'm gonna get my dad on you..." Anyway, the guys name is Jim Noir, and his album is actually quite good. It came out on Barsuk in the US last week and I really recommend it. It's a poppy "happy" Beach Boys/Beatles style, self produced deal.

    Eanie Meany (the football jingle)
    Computer Song
    My Patch

    Robbie

    Who doesn't love this man?



    He has a new swanky single, it is very different...check it.

    Robbie Williams - Rudebox expired

    Update:The Video Below.

    Wednesday, August 09, 2006

    Last Night: Cold War Kids

    Yeah, I'm late on this one. I heard the music a long time ago but it didn't grasp me. Now after seeing them open last night for the Editors at the Avalon I am a fan. The band has a very interesting sound with some solid bass lines, mixes Jeff Buckley with a New Orleans brass band vibe and nothing "straight-ahead." The band just completed a move to Downtown Records (home of Gnarls and Art Brut). Here are tracks for you.

    Cold War Kids - Hair Down
    Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds

    website
    myspace

    Monday, August 07, 2006

    Mixtape!

    I made a mix this weekend using Garageband and Mp3's, kinda fun. Maybe it will turn into a podcast if I can figure it out, but for now here it is.

    Mixtape 1

    Tracklist:
    Beirut - After The Curtain/DeVotchka - How It Ends/Kreidler - Circulus/Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle/Brian Eno - The Big Ship/Ellen Allien & Apparat - Leave Me Alone/Broken Spindles - Induction/Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)

    Enjoy it, it's mellow.

    Saturday, August 05, 2006

    You have never heard this band...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Slow down...the album came out in 2003, its not new so hipness factor drops down a few notches. The band is Future Kings Of Spain hailing from Dublin, Ireland. I picked up this album at Virgin Union Square a few years back in the amazing Imports department. It was featured in a listening station and the first track is a loud screaming track with some pretty amazing vocals, which I wouldn't count on live. Then tracks 2-8 come in and it mellows out quickly with sounds remniscent of The Thrills and Idlewild. At times the vocals are dying and painful but it sounds good. To my knowledge the band never made it across the pond sadly, but I still play this album now and again and people dig it. Here are a good amount of tracks from it.

    1. A Place For Everything
    2. Your Starlight
    3. Venitian Blinds
    4. Hanging Around
    5. One Look
    6. Simple Fact
    7. Meanest Sound
    8. So Wrong
    9. Face I Know
    10. Traps
    11. Upside Down

    (c) 2003 The Red Flag Recording Company (Based in the UK)
    label website (more MP3's via label)
    band myspace (2 new songs)
    band site (under construction)

    Alas, the band has recorded in Malta and is going to release their sophmore album "sometime in 2006," it seems they have an issue with their record company.

    Enjoy!

    Football related: Ribery Alert!!!

    Friday, August 04, 2006

    Total Football post

    Ok, I got a bone to pick...

    As I have read the football news everyday for the past 3 years, I pick up on information. Like for instance, I knew Franck Ribery (my hero) signed a new 3 year deal with Marseille MONTHS BEFORE the World Cup, which would mean he was not going anywhere regardless of the fact he had an outstanding cup. As well, he barely made the squad, the French press demanded it and if not for a small injury to Florent Malouda at the beginning of the tournament he would not have seen a minute, but so it goes.

    And because I read the news I have noticed error in reporting transfers, and it is pissing me off...

    "...joined (new club name) from (old club name) in June 2006 following an impressive World Cup campaign in Germany."

    Ok, calling Bullshit on this one!

    Tomas Rosicky (Transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal) and Oguchi Onyewu (from Standard Leige to Middlesborough *now botched) have both been mentioned in this respect.

    Well, June 9th was the first day of Germany 2006 and the final day being July 9th. In between those periods, there were absolutely no talks between players and Football Clubs. Every player was focused on one thing, their country and winning the cup. If they were not, they would have been killed by their countrymen.

    Firstly, it would be impossible to sign in June 2006 "after an impressive World Cup," it ended in July!

    But most importantly you need to understand a few things about Football clubs, they have scouts everywhere and are a lot smarter than you think. Arsenal signed Tomas Rosicky on May 23rd, 2006 (article) before the World Cup knowing that he was an amazing player and if they didn't sign him before hand well tons of clubs would want him and the price would go up. I think most Americans remember that screaming shot he put in for the Czechs second goal that was the beginning of the end for Team USA in Germany.

    With Oguchi Onyewu, everybody knew that Middlesborough was all about him before the World Cup, the dumb American announcers (minus hooligan Shep Messing) all spoke of it as a done deal. Well the problem was contract negotiations and that kept him in Belgium, nothing to do with his mediocre performance at the World Cup. The dude is just huge and he fouls like he plays for the Italian side.

    Other situations similar are Didier Zokora who was transfered from St Etienne to Tottenham Hotspurs, although his pen hit paper at the beginning of July, although it was a done deal end of May. As well in Germany Lukas Podolski the young striker (an winnder of World Cup Best Young Player award) joined Bayern Munich from FC Koln before the cup.

    Sure the World Cup is a place to shine, look at 2002 for instance, El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal got a nice Liverpool contract after a great performance but failed to keep his attitude in check and is now barely holding a substitute role at Bolton. Liverpool aslo picked up Salif Diao (also fron Senegal) after World Cup 2002.

    More recenlty and true to the quote above are players like Pascal Zuberbeuhler of Switzerland who had an amazing tournament and went from FC Basel to West Bromwich Albion. Shaka Hislop, the solid keeper from Trinidad & Tobago from West Ham to FC Dallas. Pablo Aimar left Valencia for Real Zaragoza and his price went up after Argentina's strong performance.

    With a season of Club Football ahead of us, and the the transfer window close looming, expect a few more rattles from some big clubs. My hopes are that Man City does something, Shaun Wright-Phillips goes out on Loan, Portsmouth finally sign one of their rumored targets, and Newcastle add a striker so Ameobi isn't their "go to guy" while Owen is broken.


    Everything Is Illumated was originally a novel by author Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2005 it was made into a movie directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood. I am usually not a fan of Elijah Wood, but shit, I liked Green Street Hooligans and Lord of the Rings was the bomb. He was shitty in Radio Flyer though....yeah. Anyway, I saw this movie last night and I highly recommend it. The direction is wonderful, and at many times Alex (played by Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz) is funny as shit.

    As well the movie features some great "eastern bloc" music, here are some samples:

    DeVotchka - How It Ends (featured in trailer)
    Paul Cantelon - Prologue: Babushka
    Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple (great live by the way)

    As a bonus, after the film a lot of the music reminded me of the band Beirut. If you have yet to pick up their album and you are of Ukranian/Lithuanian/Russian descent as I am, well check it out. Yeah, my first kid is going to be named Andriy, what.

    Beirut - After The Curtain