Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Music Definitions: Best

Black Lips - Best Napkin I Ever Had [mp3]
from forthcoming split EP with Pierced Arrows (July 6 via Scion A/V)

Frank Sinatra - The Best is Yet to Come [mp3]

Foo Fighters - Best of You [mp3]

Vitamin String Quartet - The Best Deceptions (Dashboard Confessional cover) [mp3]

The Postelles - Boy's Best Friend [mp3]

Morrissey - Do Your Best and Don't Worry [mp3]

Dirty Pretty Things - Best Face [mp3]

Pavement - Best Friend's Arm [mp3]

Kaiser Chiefs - Try Your Best [mp3]

Death Cab for Cutie - Line of Best Fit [mp3]

A Classic Education - Best Regards [mp3]

Ray LaMontagne - You Are the Best Thing [mp3]

band of the week: Crocodiles

San Diego's Crocodiles have a lo-fi edge unparalleled this side of Black Lips. Cutting through you like a rusty knife, their songs perfectly meld essential noise rock elements with dizzying chord progressions that sound like they've been through a washing machine filled with absinthe. Their debut album, Summer of Hate (2009) bridges the gap between Hüsker Dü and T. Rex, and does it in such a careless flourish that you cannot help but be drawn into the séance-esque beats.

Crocodiles - Soft Skull (In My Room) [mp3]

from Summer of Hate

they are currently working on a new album with James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, The Last Shadow Puppets)

here's a new track:
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever [mp3]

visit them on MYSPACE

The Strokes Post #491

this is probably the most underrated Strokes song ever. and it gets better every time I hear it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

must watch video: The National's entire set at Glastonbury

via PMA

I really love High Violet but this set made me really nostalgic for Boxer.

video: The Morning Benders do "Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)" in London

The Strokes Post #490

my roommate had the telly on and this commercial came on. at the end, I half-yelled "OMG IT'S JULIAN CASABLANCAS!" and she was all "what, where? I didn't see him" hahahhaha

anyhow, this movie looks cool. I totally dig Julianne Moore and the soundtrack is bound to be bitchin

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Classic Track Thursday

take a moment to collect yourself before I introduce you to your new favourite band from yesteryear

Wipers - Don't Know What I Am [mp3]
from their 1980 debut, Is This Real?

crucial punk rock from Portland. that's all you need to know. now get listening.

record review: Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Band of Horses have come a long way since their 2006 masterpiece debut, Everything all of the Time. The South Carolina band, originally from Seattle, retained their sweeping flourish of a sound well into their second album, Cease to Begin (2007). With this third LP, however, the band’s lineup has finally solidified, but the music has disintegrated. The starry album art for this new record would have been better utilized to express their earlier music—the songs found on this new offering do nothing to provoke the soul, let alone in the astral sense which you are misled lies within. Infinite Arms is a surrender to the mendacities of middle age—the oh-too-soft songs are like a testament to mediocrity and Bible camp. Half of the time, it sounds like a poor man’s Wilco via your grandmother’s weathered hymn book. The underdeveloped, cabin-recorded style is so far removed from the powerful songs that dominated their first two releases—there is no magic, just pitfall upon pitfall. There is a surplus of harmonies and none of them are anything remotely spectacular. If Ben Bridwell has any sense, he will get his ass back to the Northwestern coast and quickly, else he and his band fall by the wayside, just like the drippy songs found on this miserable excuse for a record.


Band of Horses - Factory [mp3]

The Strokes Post #489

Julian and JP inducing euphoria in Indio

a while ago, someone requested some Julian boots. here's one to start.

Julian Casablancas - Live at Coachella (2010) [zip file]

1. River of Brakelights [mp3]
2. Hard to Explain (Strokes cover) [mp3]
this literally drove me to tears.
3. Glass [mp3]

4. 11th Dimension [mp3]
5. Out of the Blue [mp3]
6. I'll Try Anything Once (Strokes cover) [mp3]
7. I Wish It Was Christmas Today [mp3]
8. Left & Right in the Dark [mp3]
9. Four Chords of the Apocalypse [mp3]

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free Energy debut new song on Interface session

they play their new song, "c'mon let's dance" amongst other things. for more videos, click HERE

Free Energy - C'mon Let's Dance [mp3]
I thought they were covering a Ramones b-side when I first heard it

DATES (I'm going to the GAMH show tonight)
06/30: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall >
07/1: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall >
07/2: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex >
07/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex >
07/4: Tucscon, AZ @ Club Congress
07/6: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
07/7: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
07/8: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
07/9: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
07/10: Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
07/12: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt >
07/13: Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel
07/14: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
07/16: Camden, NY @ XpoNential Music Fest/Wiggins Park-Camden Waterfront
07/17: Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival/ Union Park
07/23: New York, NY @ Seaport Music Festival/ Pier 17
08/07: Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic Music Festival/ Maishima Osaka Site
08/08: Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic Music Festival/ Chiba Marin Stadium
08/14: Bangor, ME @ Kahbang Festival

> = w/ Nick Thune

Delta Spirit premiere video for "White Table"

I love this song.

Delta Spirit - White Table [mp3]
from History from Below

The Strokes Post #488

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dead Confederate to release Sugar on 24 August

the Athens band's new album is really good. expect a review closer to the release date.

Dead Confederate - Giving It All Away [mp3]

Guided by Voices to reunite for Matador gig

I am so going to this.

The Strokes Post #487

Monday, June 28, 2010

song of the day: LexiconDon - December Sunset

LexiconDon - December Sunset [mp3]
from the forthcoming Pink + Blue (24 August, via dubFrequency/Binary)

this track reminds me of The Cure for some reason. The Cure drenched in smooth synth beats on a Los Angeles dance floor. and I like it. I really do.

video: The Morning Benders - Stitches on Yours Truly

the same sesh as this GEM. a toned down version of the song. melikey.

The Morning Benders - Excuses (daytrotter) [mp3]

Against Me interview + new tour dates (with Silversun Pickups)

June 27--Boston, MA--WFNX Clam Bake
June 28--Philadelphia, PA--Great Plaza at Penn's Landing *
June 29--Toronto, ON--Sound Academy *
July 1--Lansing, MI--The Loft
July 2--Detroit, MI--The Fillmore *
July 3--Chicago, IL--Aragon Ballroom *
July 4--Milwaukee, WI--Summerfest
July 11--Louisville, KY--Forecastle Festival
July 12--Columbia, MO--The Blue Note
July 13--Tulsa,OK--The Marquee
July 15--Flagstaff, AZ--Orpheum Theatre
July 16--Las Vegas, NV--The Joint *
July 17--Tempe, AZ--Marquee Theatre *
July 19--Austin, TX--Stubb’s Waller Creek *
July 20--Houston, TX--Warehouse Live *
July 21--Dallas, TX--Palladium Ballroom *
July 23--Kansas City, MO--City Market *
July 24--St. Louis, MO--Fair Saint Louis*
July 26--Denver, CO--The Fillmore Auditorium *
July 27--Salt Lake City, UT--The Rail *
July 29--Portland, OR--Crystal Ballroom *
July 31--Seattle, WA--The Paramount Theatre *
August 2--Reno, NV--Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 3--Oakland, CA--Fox Theatre
August 6--Greek Theater--Los Angeles, CA
August 12--Oslo, Norway--Oya Festival
August 14--Eschwege, Germany--Open Flair 2010
August 15--Ankkarock, Finland--Ankkarock Festival
August 17--Vienna, Austria--Open Air Festival
August 18--Zurich, Switzerland--Rote Fabrik
August 20--Gampel, Switzerland--Gampel Openair Festival
August 21--Hasselt, Belgium--Pukkelpop
August 22--Biddinghuizen, Holland--Lowlands Festival
August 24--Malmo, Sweden--The Malmo Festival
August 27--Reading, UK--Reading Festival
August 29--Leeds, UK--Leeds Festival
October 1--Wellington, New Zealand--San Francisco Bathhouse
October 2--Newton, Auckland, New Zealand--Kings Arm
October 5--Adelaide, Australia--Fowlers
October 6--Perth, Australia--Capitol
October 7--West End, Australia--Hi Fi Brisbane
October 8--Melbourne, Australia--Hi Fi Melbourne
October 9--Sydney, Australia--Metro
October 10--Newcastle, Australia--Cambridge

Against Me!- White Crosses (daytrotter) [mp3]

The Strokes Post #486

via the new RS (the one with lady blah blah on the cover. don't buy it. I think that I actually became dumber, having read the cover article out of adventurous curiosity)