Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Music Definitions: Park

Beach House - Walk in the Park [mp3, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!]
I am so in love with the new Beach House LP. I feel as though I should constantly listen to it to make up for all the time I wasted overlooking it.
The Dodos - Park Song [mp3]
Feist - The Park [mp3]
Foo Fighters - Hey, Johnny Park! [mp3]
Ryan Adams - Hey Parker, it's Christmas [mp3]

The Strokes Post #476

Arcade Fire announce tracklisting for third LP

I have not yet listened to any new Arcade Fire tracks, nor do I have the intention to. I've heard great things about them, but I'll listen to the album in its entirety when it drops (2 August, via Merge Records)

01 The Suburbs
02 Ready To Start
03 Modern Man
04 Rococo
05 Empty Room
06 City With No Children
07 Half Light I
08 Half Light II (No Celebration)
09 Suburban War
10 Month Of May
11 Wasted Hours
12 Deep Blue
13 We Used To Wait
14 Sprawl I (Flatland)
15 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16 The Suburbs (Continued)

if you wanna sample it, here is the title track:

Arcade Fire -The Suburbs [mp3]

Friday, June 18, 2010

band of the week: The Growlers

The Growlers have a certain grime about them that is completely irresistible. They're like the aural equivalent of A Clockwork Orange-they leave you in a confused disarray, slightly appalled, but mostly pleased. Combining the winning voodoo charms of a heavy Doors influence with a thoroughly modern fuck-the-world attitude, The Growlers impeccable debut album Are You In Or Out will surely enchant as you slowly fall into the dizzying depths of the intoxicating seasaw guitars, the I-really-don’t-care vocals and the hum drum bass lines. The band, which hails from Costa Mesa, has a heavy drone not unlike a hangover before the obligatory caffeine binge, but it’s satisfying somehow. The super-lo fi songs are adventurous, like taking a bottle of tequila into some uncharted jungle. Take em out for a ride, you won’t be disappointed.

The Growlers - Something Someone Jr [mp3]

visit them on MYSPACE

The Strokes Post #475

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Classic Track Thursday

The Beatles - For No One [mp3]
from Revolver (1966)

Revolver is one of my favourite albums ever, and is probably my second favourite Beatles record, after Abbey Road (and I proudly wear it on my chest.) this post, however, was inspired by a book I just finished last night, one of the best books on music theory I have ever read.

This Is Your Brain on Music was written by Daniel J. Levitin, who has studied music and worked as a music producer. he currently teaches musical psychology and "runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University". add that to the list of things I want to do with my life.

The Strokes Post #474

via the piece on The National in new issue of Rolling Stone.

needless to say, Matt and co crafted the best album of the year so far and they still find themselves wishing they could be The Strokes. story of my life.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

new song: Black Lips - Before You Judge Me

if you're lost in the desert and you start hearing this song, you have lost all consciousness. so ease on into rattlesnake heaven.

The Strokes Post #473

if you insist on reading the stupid NME article, here it is.

watching the IOW videos is a better use of your time.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Strokes Post #472

this one is early, because it is so so good.

and here is NYCC

record review: The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

If it aint broke, don’t fix it. On their third studio LP, New Jersey’s hearty punks are back with more punch than ever before. American Slang, while staying true to the band’s previous sound, features cleaner lines and noticeably less chaos than their first two albums. It retains the band’s angst ridden roots but explores more mature lyrics of family and fortune—real life issues, not the nostalgic themes, of, say, the 50’s. In “Orphans”, Brian Fallon sings “you can find some local libertine to take your daughters out on the town”// “I can feel it in my aging bones”. “Boxer” circles around The Clash’s timeless punk classic, “Tommy Gun”, both lyrically and energy wise. The band no longer tries to blur lines of genre; they have picked up a fiery punk blaze on the road and have stuck to it. “Old Haunts” seems to declare the band’s determination to press onward, as individuals and as musicians. American Slang moves away from Springsteen and rather embraces a racy, in the moment force that is holistically representative of the band’s explosive live shows. The dancing guitars which introduce “The Queen of Lower Chelsea” later colour the poignant anthem as Fallon laments the paradoxical struggles of the nation’s female population. American Slang is not a concept album. It is not a belaboured effort. The Gaslight Anthem are demons of punk, and they’re not hiding behind anything anymore.

The Gaslight Anthem - Orphans [mp3]

The Strokes Post #471

oh Scotland.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010


to me, "Reptilia" was always one of The Strokes' weaker live songs. something about it would be lost on stage, timing would be off, etc etc. but now, oh I am happy to eat my words. yes I am.

this is seriously the greatest band in the world.

video: Delta Spirit on The Morning Becomes Eclectic

watch the 40 minute set + interview HERE. really, do.

it's like Neil Young infiltrated Matt's soul at KCRW. wow.

Sunday Morning Covers

Broken Social Scene - Kennel District (Pavement cover) [mp3]

The Strokes Post #469

I was out of town this weekend, so although I managed to snag TICKETS FOR OUTSIDE LANDS

I totally forgot about The Strokes playing in England yesterday. as I was nursing a massive hangover, this is what the Strokes were doing:

there is a very good reason why I have been doing daily posts on this band for the last year and a half. BECAUSE THEY ROCK THE SHIT OUT OF THE EARTH'S CORE.

they played only old songs (in all honesty, this is a strategy I quite like):

watch a lovely interview with Nick HERE. how grown up and enthusiastic does he sound?

many thanks to Eric and his new website for organizing all of this info nicely

and now, if you'll excuse me, I need to continue icing my stupidly swollen ankle.

Saturday Music Definitions: Street

The Doors - Love Street [mp3]

The Strokes Post #468

a loyal reader of mine, Riley Andrews, is a finalist in SPIN's Lolla contest. if you are on facebook, could you take a second to vote for him? all you have to do is leave a comment or a like HERE