blessing and a curse

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 13th, 2006

is streaming right here (164)

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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 (202)

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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! (249)

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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 (360)

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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 (181)

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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 (130)

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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 (204)

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crashing the ether

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 10th, 2006

got my paws on tommy keene’s new record today, and it is absolutely stellar. highly recommended for those that love smart power pop.
warren in the 60’s
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i am glad he pointed out the ear

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 10th, 2006

when i first heard that stephen colbert was spinning off of the daily show, i was very skeptical.? i loved his 2 – 3 minute bits but a whole show of absolute sarcasm i thought was pushing it way too far.? admittedly, i was very wrong.? not only do i think he is the smartest/funniest person on tv, i think he kicks the daily show’s ass, nightly.? yeah, i think stewart is funny/engaging/smart/etc, but colbert makes me actually care about some book by some dude that has a blog.? his interview style, while not for most, lends itself well to the pace of the show.? maybe its just my “raised on the MTV” mind, but i like quick get to the god damn point aspects of the colbert report.? now, if colbert could get samantha bee or rob cordry on his show, it would be pure bliss. (202)

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add girth

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 9th, 2006


the ladies of sleater kinney, lovely dames, they are.
entertain off The Woods

one beat off One Beat

you’re no rock n roll fun off All Hands on the Bad One

get up off The Hot Rock

words and guitars off Dig Me Out (208)

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