360 and great lake swimmers

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 11th, 2006

anyone see aol’s lame attempt at cashing in on the myspace craze? that yahoo 360 looked promising at first but its just chalk full of chicks that should not be wearing what they are wearing asking me to view their profile. um, no thanks. i dont wanna chat, or look at you ever again. intern steve, on the other hand, is down with that sort of stuff. so, i signed him up for chick/dudes looking for “playmates” in his area. i think the site was naughty friend finder or something like that.


one record i wore the hell out of last year was great lake swimmer’s bodies and minds. their song various stages was my favorite of the ’05, and the version below, recorded live at schubas, is quite moving. this was recorded in september of 05 during their opening slot for feist.
1. moving shaking

2. merge a vessel a harbour

3. the man with no skin

4. lets trade skins

5. i will never see the sun

6. this is not like home

7. various stages

8. moving pictures silent films

9. innocent when you dream – tom waits cover

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my hatred of pants and hotel

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 10th, 2006


dont you guys hate pants?? yeah, me too.? slow night here at hq, just waiting for the idol to come on.? its down to the final 4, OMG!!!!!!!!!!1111

going to close down the day with four more neutral milk hotel demos, for your listening pleasure.? btw, i really like this main chick on bones. somethin quite unique about her.
5. chocolate coffin

6. sinking ship

7. random noise

8. jaw harp

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these precious moments and sir dark invader

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 10th, 2006


what’s up people of the internets? not much going on at captainsdead hq, but we did get our new fridge, finally. intern steve is out of the hospital, again, and is recovering on a plastic wrapped couch in his parents basement, which is right next to his mother’s “priceless” collection of precious moments figurines.

a record came out last year, which happened to be one of my favorites, that i think got mistankingly overlooked. i didnt even know about until i read a review of it somewhere, so it suprises me that there wasnt much word of mouth action before the release. in any event, i am speaking on richard buckner and jon langford’s sir dark invader vs the fanglord. i could go on and on about my love for richard, but as for langford, i have never been a fan for some reason. even with that being so, langford compliments richard very well and would love to hear a reunion record sometime in the future. apparently this was recorded in sally timms apartment sometime in 2002.

rolling of the eyes

i forgot to mention. while i am not a fan so much of langford’s music, his art is way fucking cool. check out his website linked above.

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links for 2006-05-10

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

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cat power 11.23.98

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

back in 96 i met a girl. we were merely kids in our early 20’s, lovin life and each other. we were livin life paycheck to paycheck, bar to bar, zip code to zip code, taco stand to taco stand, but none of that mattered cause we had each other, for the time being. we waxed drunkly for hours on end about our favorite records, and she would play me the most beautiful songs you would ever want to hear. we started and ended each other sentences, smoked the same cigarettes, we walked down milwaukee avenue holding hands and dreamed of getting out, and on a whim flew down to florida to swim with the manatees. she looked glorious standing there in the florida sun as the rays beat down and browned her skin every so slightly. she said the most incredible stuff and even when i wanted to call bullshit, i didnt. she was the sweetest bird i ever had to let go.


well, shit, that never really happened. here is a live radio show from munich from my main girl, chan marshall, recorded all the way back in 1998. she sounds so lovely, like a delicate bird waking me in the morning.

1. he was a friend of mine

2. naked if i want to

3. werewolf

4. say

5. metal heart

6. he turns down

7. dreams – fleetwood mac cover

8. i found a reason

9. let sadness not be attached to your name – i think a velvet underground cover

10. color and the kids

11. indirect sun

two cat power records to grow on

moon pix

the greatest

imo, this version of i found a reason is one of the most gorgeous things mine ears have ever witnessed.

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a post about beirut

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006


one band that i know has been mentioned often, as of late, is beirut.? its dudes like this that both piss me off and make me insanely jealous.? 19 years old this zach condon is, and he sounds much older and wiser than his years.? musically i love everything he is about, vocally i am still on the fence, but i am sure i will come around.? it could be an exciting ride for young zach and for what i am sure to be a legion of fans.

postcards from italy

mount wroclai

interior of a dutch house

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few things and no river city

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006


good morning dear faceless people of the internets. got a few things to report:

1. to they guy who keeps spamming me with “buy tramdol” messages, if i find you i will hurt you. enough already, i dont want any god damn tramdol – whatever it is.

2. new califone record is done recording and should hopefully be out sometime later this year.

3. i had the most fantastic dream about chan marshall last night, and it didnt even involve disrobbing.

4. new look? circle yes or no

5. who do you secretly like?

one band of merry men i had been meaning to write about for some time is atlanta’s own no river city. i have been really diggin their record, this is our north dakota, lately. they have some of the sweetest harmonies since the inception of harmonies. they may sound like your typical alt-country, i know lame, band but there is more here than meets the ear. they also do a cool cover of tom waits’ who are you, which my dear leah, of our sister blog red/blondehead, didnt seem to appreciate all that much but i dig it.

100 mile dance

night falls so hard

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links for 2006-05-09

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 8th, 2006

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wow that was fun and some nmh home recordings

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 8th, 2006


so spent much of the past 12 hours figuring out what intern steve messed up. he is much like taking a dog for a walk, i am always having to clean up after his shit. so after upgrading my wordpress software, we should be back in business.

while i attend to other pressing matters, here are some neutral milk hotel demos/home recordings part one. they are a very interesting listen, its really not what you expect, at all.

1. digestion machine

2. calypso part one

3. my dream girl doesnt exist

4. calypso part two

thanks to the fine people/persons at nuetralmilkhotel.org for this jenny lewis/rilo kiley cover of the aeroplane over the sea – sound quality isnt great but still cool.

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three things

Posted by gregor on Sunday, May 7th, 2006


to the brainiac who invented the sidebar widget for wordpress, i love you long time.

secondly, there are new golden smog songs up on their myspace page

thirdly, since i am kinda beat i will leave you with one of my favorite songs of recent memory. from songs ohia’s magnolia electric company… jason is another dude that just cant seem to stay consistent. he does brilliant work like MEC and then some real, well i would rather not say.

farewell transmission

in other news, today captainsdead has experienced many technical difficulties, mostly my own doing. hopefully everything will be better in the morning, for my own sanity it better

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