7.02.2005

The All-American Rejects

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Don't look at me like that. Or scoff at the notion of these guys. They are so damn catchy and I'm just a sucker for good pop music. They've finished their second full length and it's awaiting it's release July 12. They've made the jump from an indie label (Doghouse) to a major (Interscope), but they're still making catchy-as-hell pop music. I know, these guys aren't "cool" or anything anymore but I don't really care. Move Along initially struck me as boring and more of the same, which I chalk up to listening to too much "good" music lately. But after a few spins, it grew on me and I released that "more of the same" wasn't a bad thing in this case. I'm not afraid to admit these guys have a place in heart and in my iPod.

From 2005's Move Along
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com Dance Inside

Buy their music and check out their website.

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Odds and Ends

The first portions of the line up for this years CMJ has been announced. Wow is that line up sexy (The Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, John Vanderslice, Of Montreal, The Hold Steady, Lucero, Motion City Soundtrack, Annie, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Denison Witmer, !!! (CHK CHK CHK), Cary Brothers, Nightmare of You, Dressy Bessy, etc.). And to think, there's more to be announced.

Due to legal action over the use of image of Superman on the album cover, Ashmatic Kitty has delayed pre-orders of Sufjan Stevens new disk, Illinois.

AOL is streaming Live 8 performances here.

7.01.2005

Islands

Time didn't allow me to update yesterday, ruining my streak of posting everyday. But anyways, here' s a nice, full update:

Islands


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As most of saw, a few days ago I posted about The Unicorns. Well, as some of you know, The Unicorns broke up awhile back. So what are they up to now? To answer that poignant question, I give you Islands. Featuring 2/3 of the Montreal indie/pop/noise/dance trio The Unicorns, Islands picks up where they left off. It's danceable and noisy and full of goofy Canadian goodness. I'm not really sure what all they're up to at the moment, although I do know that they are touring. But anyways, here are two mastered demos from whatever they're working on. Props to Simple Mission and to You Ain't No Picasso for bringing this to my attention.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Flesh (via Simple Mission)

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Abominable Snow (via Simple Mission)

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Odds and Ends

Want details on DCfC's new album, Plans? Pitchfork has them here.

Sufjan Stevens recently recorded a song for NPR entitled "The Lord God Bird." Pitchfork is on the ball today and has the info here.

Brooklyn Vegan directing me to an interesting Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah video.

A new Belle and Sebastian album next year?

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Daily Torrents

Clint Mansell - Requiem for a Dream OST**
Xiu Xiu - La Foret**
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Wilco - Live @ the Albright Knox Art Gallery (6-29-05)**

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Random Downloads

Bear VS Shark - 5, 6 Kids (from Terrorhawk)
Hot Hot Heat - Middle of Nowhere (from Elevator)
Aloha - The Sound Between (from The Great Communicator...)

6.29.2005

The National

Sorry about the short post yesterday. Here's the full post The National deserve.

The National


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Where have these guys been all my life? Hailing from my hometown (Cincinnati, OH), The National is an indie rock quintet packed with talent. Formed in 1999 in Brooklyn, they were immediately met with critical applause. Their debut, The National, was recorded before ever playing a gig. Lead singer Matt Berninger's striking baritone is as morose as it is hauntingly beautiful. When blended with a style of indie rock that honestly pays homage to driving 70's rock you get a very dynamic, elevated sound rarely heard in an indie rock scene obsessed with New Wave inspired synth-rock. Their sophomore effort, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, took it a step further. Berninger sings of trophy wives and slipping husbands, seemingly providing a soundtrack for a depressing movie none of us have seen yet. Between the slow, painful ballads are (musically) upbeat indie rock gems ("Murder Me Rachel"). 2004 saw the release of a mini-LP, Cherry Tree. This provides a great mix of their newest release (which I'll get to in a minute) and Sad Songs. It's a little acoustic, a little atmospheric, and a little up-tempo all at the same time. "Wasp Nest" is one of my favorite songs by these guys, and it finds it's home here. Their most recently release, Alligator, has recently become one of my favorite albums released this year. Too bad I didn't get into these guys sooner, because if I had, they'd be near the top of my top 10 of 2005. Alligator is their most musically and lyrically mature album to date. It's an indie rock opus of melancholy, with a dash of Americana thrown in for charm. Songs like "All The Wine" and "City Middle" give me hope that the indie rock world still does have some great talent in it. Hell, even Pitchfork liked these guys, and they don't like anything. The National is currently on tour Europe in support of Alligator, but I'm sure they'll make their way around the 'States sometime late this summer/early fall. Give these guys a listen.

From 2001's The National
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From 2003's Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
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From 2004's Cherry Tree
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From 2005's Alligator
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Seriously guys... buy their music. It's good. And while you're at it, hit up their website.

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Odds and Ends

iTunes 4.9 was released yesterday. New to the program is full support Podcasting support. Neat.

Speaking of Apple, it seems like they're planning something big for July 7th. New iPods maybe?

This made me laugh a little.

The Bumbershoot music festival (Seattle, Labor Day Weekend) is shaping up nicely with Ted Leo, The Decemberists, Devo, and more.

Turin Brakes will be touring the U.S. soon. That show @ the Magic Stick in Detroit caught my eye...

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Daily Torrents


The Mountain Goats - Sunset Tree

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

6.28.2005

A Quick Note...

Due to time constraints I only have one thing to say today...

Listen to The National. They're amazing. And probably the best thing to come out of Cincinnati. EVER.

That is all.

6.27.2005

Monday Mix #3

Monday Mix #3


Here's my third Monday Mix. As I've said before it's basically a collection/sampling of what I've been listening to the past week.

Get it here(via yousendit).

Here's the tracklist:
1. Bright Eyes - "Landlocked Blues" (from Live Performance in Washington DC)
2. The National - "City Middle" (fromAlligator)
3. Stephen Malkmus - "Post-Paint Boy" (from Face the Truth)
4. Devendra Banhart - "Rejoicing in the Hands" (from Rejoicing in the Hands)
5. Death Cab for Cutie - "Love Song" (Cure Cover)
6. Matt Pond PA - "Measure 3 (Live)" (from Live Performance in Buffalo 11-4-02)
7. The Fire Theft - "Heaven (Live)" (from KEXP Performance)
8. Stellastarr* - "Jenny" (from Stellastarr*)
9. Yo La Tengo - "Tom Courtenay (Acoustic)" (from Prisoners Of Love: A Smattering Of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003 (Disc 3))
10. Say Anything - "Wow, I Can Be Sexual" (from Vs. Aids Demos)

If anyone would like an individual song, IM me and I'll hook you up.
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Odds and Ends

Cursive to reunite?

Commonbits has random Daily Show pieces from the past week or so.

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Daily Torrents

Largeheartedboy has a nice collection here. (Yea.. I'm lazy.)

6.26.2005

The Unicorns

The Unicorns


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Matt over at You Ain't No Picasso is fan of these guys so I decided to check them out. And wow... they're damn good. Too bad they broke up, but I guess it's better to appreciate them posthumously then not all. I kind of hate to throw out the obvious comparison to Neutral Milk Hotel, but it's hard not to see the similarities. It's a little lo-fi mixed with some indie/pop with a little bit of just noise. They're sort of what like Architecture in Helsinki is trying to be. Check it out.

From Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
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Image hosted by Photobucket.comI Was Born (A Unicorn)

Check out their fan site here and you can get bootlegs and out-of-print EP's over at this forum.

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Odds and Ends

I know I've said it enough, but Tom Cruise is insane.

Well-known promoter Chet Helms died yesterday. He launched Janus Joplin's career back in 1967.

Pitchfork has a update on Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah (including tour dates).

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Daily Torrents

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love
At the Drive-In - The Station is Non-Operational

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Random Downloads

Statistics - Final Broadcast