help save music in our schools

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

on april 18th the Fulton County school board, here in Georgia, will vote on whether or not to do away with music programs in 52 of their schools. i wish i knew what they were planning on putting in place of this vital piece to child growth. fo those that werent very athletic, not yours truly mind you, band and orchestra was a safe have for those to seek refuge and find a common bond with other kids. i was in band, but unfortunately my band teachers breath stank so bad i just had to quit. there is still no question that participating in band helped shaped the person i would grow up to be.

so, if you give a shit at all please send a letter to the school district heads by clicking here. thanks to tessa at drive a faster car for pointing it out.

thanks

jane doe (130)

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neko, tomorrow night at the variety

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

dearest atlantians,

do yourselves a favor wont you? cause you like good music, right? good. go see the red headed siren, neko case, friday night at the variety. tickets arent too much, and luckily for you some are still available. am i going, you ask? nope, i gots to watch my wife’s baby, which would be my son. so my not so hot fortune could be your good fortune, cause there will be at least one extra ticket due to my absence. be well. (179)

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the crew is called BDP

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

after immersing myself in It Takes a Nation… i delved even further into the hip hop culture, well not culture, cause my parents would not allow that, but i picked up just about every rap record that was out at the time.? one of my next purchases was the classic joint from Boogie Down Productions, By All Means Necessary, fronted by one of the most gifted mcs/lyricists, KRS One.? now, a little back story on this record.? his dj Scott LaRock was murdered, and if you listen to the first BDP record and By All Means Necessary, you will notice a big jump in cultural awareness on the part of KRS One.? so, there is a big shift in messages between the two.? sometimes out of tragedy comes great art, and this is most certainly the case.? my philosophy, in my opinion, is one of the greatest opening tracks in all of music.? it does a great job of setting the tone for the rest of the record.
my philosophy

ya slippin (210)

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blessing and a curse

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

is streaming right here (143)

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the radio dept.

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

nme heralded that the first record by the radio dept., lesser matters, was a minor classic.? i dont read nme, but from what i understand they have a flair for being a bit overdramatic.? anyway, the radio dept writes and perfroms nice pop songs in a world of bands that right nice pop songs, but there is something that sets these guys apart.? have not put my finger on it quite yet, but i really like these guys.? fans of magnetic fields, pet shop boys, or any other synth derived band would probably dig these guys.
their new record, pet grief, is out now.

the worst taste in music

pet grief (180)

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man of sin – anders parker

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006


anders parker, the man behind varnaline, is one the music worlds most gifted souls.? his actual website doesnt seem to working at the moment, so offer you his myspace link.? i cant speak highly enough of his work, and it is too often over looked, i fear.? his previous band, varnaline, put out two of my favorite records, songs in a northern key and sweet life.? sweet life, containing one of the most gorgeous songs ever put to tape, gulf of mexico. he has toured with centro-matic, richard buckner, etc.? sadly, i wanted to share that song, but i cant find my copy.? i will offer up though, these three fine offerings.? two from songs in a northern key, by varnaline, and one from his solo work, tell it to the dust.? please support anders and his work.
tell it to the dust

still dream

song

on a side note, this here little blog got some national exposure by the fine folks at wired magazine, which i am of a fan of anyway, for my earlier post in the day regarding beatnik filmstars. thanks eliot! (227)

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beatnik filmstars i thought thee were dead

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006


a band that i thought was dead and gone, beatnik filmstars are back with a new record in great shape. and while its not as good as boss disque or in hospitable, there is still some really good tracks that makes the listen at least half worth it. although considering there are like 20+ tracks on it, they could have left half off to make it more memorable.
really quite bizarre

milkshake (334)

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hard corey

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

the hunter s thompson of the rock world, Craig Finn and his band of merry men, the hold steady are offering a remix of The Swish, off their debut record Almost Killed Me, and a new song? curves and nerves.? dont know who remixed the swish or why, but its available here or if you are too lazy like me then look about inch below.? thanks to the fine folks on the yahoo group LifterSteady for pointing it out.
the swish (remix)

curves and nerves (156)

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cannibal sea

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

one of my favorite, if not one of the catchiest, records this year is cannibal sea by the brooklyn band the essex green. if you dig belle and sebastian, paul simon – dont know if he’s an influence but i hear it, the byrds and according to their myspace page, the monkees then these fine germs and lady are right up your alley.

this isnt farmlife

green slope
they are also on tour at the moment with recent indie darling Tapes N’ Tapes supporting them at the show in Chicago.

4/27 – Lexington, KY @ The Dame

4/28 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Tapes N’ Tapes)

4/29 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club

5/2 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe (w/ Irving)

5/3 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Irving)

5/4 – Redding, CA @ The Dip (w/ Irving)

5/5 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic (w/ Irving)

5/6 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop (w/ Irving)

5/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland (w/ Irving)

5/8 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture

5/10 – Austin, TX @ The Parrish

5/11 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s

5/12 – Dallas. TX @ The Cavern

5/13 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s

5/14 – Chattanooga, TN @ Lamar’s

5/15 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s

5/16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

5/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber

5/18 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (116)

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Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

last year, outta nowhere, came a record that i absolutely loved, for some reason. usually a band like lightning bolt is not my thing, but there is something intoxicating and refreshing in hyper magic mountain’s madness.? if you think that lightning bolt is a bit too crazy for your liking, then check out wizardzz, a side project of the band, that i know very little about.? the album is a bit more mild mannered than hyper magic mountain, and incorporates some 80’s type of blips and bleeps.

2 morro morro land

magic mountain (171)

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