the heathens

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 1st, 2006

let me just start right off by saying that i am a sucker for banjos, understated horn fills, organs and fiddles. so, its no surprise that i am an immediate fan of the heathens. this orlando band incorporates everything i am a sucker for into each song, which is quite unheard of, truthfully. although, it means nothing if the songs suck. luckily, for me and them, they dont.

stickin around

sucker or a lover

below the streets

the heathens myspace page

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helen thomas or the devils dish

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 1st, 2006


even in his frail and disgusting state, intern steve still finds the time to find lil nuggets of funny or sexy from time to time. here is a my hero, stephen colbert, at the washington press dinner love fest. his mock press conference is just to die for or something.

i dont know about you people but i am truly diggin this spoon stuff. i particularly like the jonathon fisk demo. i would truly love to hear them do a stripped down type of record with nothing used other than acoustic based instruments, and maybe a hammond thrown in for good measure.

rainy taxi

small stakes

text later

vittorio e

you get yours

two spoon records to grow on

girls can tell

gimme fiction

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links for 2006-05-01

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 30th, 2006

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aimee mann, obscure no more

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 30th, 2006


aimee mann’s inclusion in paul thomas anderson’s difficult flick, magnolia, was more or less a re-introduction to the finnicky music buying population. let’s face it most people had not thought of aimee much since being labeled as “that chick with crazy hair in the one video,” all the way back in the 80’s. i, of course, referring to til tuesday’s voices carry video. even with two well recieved solo records under her belt, whatever and i’m with stupid, she still lingered in a bit of obscurity. admittedly, i had not given aimee much thought, before magnolia, for much of the decade. i pride myself on being up on just about everything, and if she was out of my mind, i am sure she was all but forgotten by 99.9% of people.

magnolia was decent, the magnolia soundtrack was most excellent. not only did it add so much to mood of the film, but the songs even without the backdrop of the film were magnficent. which leads me to 2000’s release, bachelor #2, the first “real” aimee mann record i had physically/monetarily purchased. it’s a lush and intimate record that was recorded around the same time as the magnolia soundtrack, which i guess is the reason why they hold roughly the same qualities in terms of orchestration.

lost in space is a piece of work that was a bit of a let down when it was released. i was still riding high on bachelor #2, and i was ill prepared for the quasi concept record that is lost in space. like most of her songs subject matter, the main theme running through lost in space is lost and despair. its a real bummer of a record, but have since grown to love it.

if it weren’t for lucero’s nobody’s darlings, the forgotten arm would have been my favorite record of the ’05. a record that revolves around a boxer, and his dealings with abuse, self doubt, and hopefully the thoughts of recovery. lyrically mann is at the top of her game, the subject matter flows elegantly from track to track. creating a world that i know i wouldnt want to inhabit. as an outsider looking in to the world mann created, one is left to wonder how much of her is in her songs?

this is a collection of recordings for two seperate radio sessions.
girls talk – mp3

say anything – mp3

tracks 01-05 recorded at JPR 1 (NOB Studio) in Hilversum on March 10, 1994.

tracks 06-07 recorded at NOB radiostudio in Hilversum on June 7, 1993. sessions recorded for the Dutch radio program “2 Meter Sessies”.

01 Girls Talk (Dave Edmunds/ Lowe)

02 Say Anything

03 50 Years After The Fair

04 I Should Have Known

05 4th Of July

06 Stupid Thing

07 I Know There’s A Word

flac rar file

thanks to the original

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the bleedin bleedins

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 30th, 2006


so, men of the bleedin bleedins you guys think you’re hot shit eh? fame is a bitch, guys, are you ready for that? which one of you is going to develop a habit and then end up in the tabloids ala pete doherty? if anyone of you guys nails scarlett johansson, i want pictures!

i dont know where i was going with that, but boston’s the bleedin bleedin’s sound like that’s where they are headed. whether or not any of the above mentioned scenario’s ever play out(crosses fingers for johansson pics), the bleedin bleedins sound big. much much bigger than their 3 piece status. i can picture people takin long drives and carefree summer days blastin the bleedin bleedins. one thing i cant see is small clubs holding these guys for very long. this shit is meant to bang rafters and swirl throughout madison square garden. this is not arena rock, by any means, just rock thats bigger than the sum of its parts.
their self released debut record, life without computers, is out now.

darkest day

the lights are out

darkest days remix

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links for 2006-04-30

Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 29th, 2006

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strange packages and south san gabriel

Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 29th, 2006

so, being the nice guy that i am, i decided to deliver intern steve’s mail to him in the hospital.? his mail consisted of jet, jugs, and a piece of mail conveniently, or inconveniently for me, wrapped in brown paper.? wanting to make sure it wasn’t a letter bomb or contained anthrax, i had to open it.? it was the print version of mandigo: blacks on blondes volume 38.

if your an avid reader of you know that i have a unflappable love affair of all things will johnson/centro-matic/south san gabriel.? i am much too lazy and too tired to string enough flattering words together on the subject of south san gabriel.? with that being the case, i will let the music do the talking.

the dark of the garage

i am six pounds of dynamite

tomorrow on

taj mahal live at the fillmore east in 71

aimee mann radio sessions from 93

maybe, more spoon rarities

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call me ishmael and spoon pt III

Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 29th, 2006


so, the wife tricked me into going to the hospital to see steve the intern.? she said that she was taking me to my favorite place for awesome food and one serious salad bar, ruby tuesday.? i have been totally craving some really authentic mexican food, and ruby tuesday is as authentic as they come.? dont ask how she tricked me, its quite embarrasing.

as it turns out intern steve was traveling up to the georgia mountains to pick me up something that i had been for searching, high and low, for the better part of fifteen years. every time i thought i had it within my grasp, i would get outbid on ebay.? it was my eleanore, for those that have seen gone in 60 seconds.? what is this piece of history you ask?? an original RAD movie poster signed by bill allen himself!!!? i dont know how that little son of a bitch found it, but he did.? i guess i should not have cut his brake lines.? he still isn’t comin back to work lookin like he does.

in the right place the right time

is this the last time

jonathon fisk

let the distance keep us together

paper tiger

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links for 2006-04-29

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 28th, 2006

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