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I never really liked Dredg. They were a little too abrasive for me. But wow, is their new stuff good. Catch Without Arms is epic and haunting, with soaring guitars and vocals. This is the stuff of a well matured band. Musicially, I'm a little reminded of Muse or Mew, with guitar and vocal parts soaring with a sense of airy disregard. I was even a little reminded of Lovedrug when listening to a few songs ("Catch Without Arms"), which sure as hell isn't a band thing in my mind. Dredg is sexy progressive-rock that can easily appeal to people who aren't fans of it. Give it a listen.

From 2005's Catch Without Arms
MP3 Catch Without Arms
MP3 Ode to the Sun

Check out their website for more info.

**Quick note: I'm gonna be trying some new layouts/format things out over the next few days, so if this page looks strange, that's why.**

Odds and Ends

First off, thanks to Gorilla Vs. Bear for the mention.

As you might have heard, Q and Not U are disbanding at the end of this summer. Lame.

"Soul Meets Body" will be the first single Death Cab for Cutie's major label debut, Plans, out August 30th.

Hollywood makes me a little sick sometimes. (Via Pink is the New Blog)

There are multiple Flickr albums with pictures from Thursday's terrorist attacks in London here and here. The pictures are very haunting and poignant, like many of the images that followed 9/11. (Via Boing Boing)

Daily Torrents

Music from the O.C. Volume 5
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire**
Bright Eyes - When the President Talks to God (Video)**

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Sufjan Stevens Live

I'm feeing generous today, so here's another little gift:

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Sufjan Stevens recently performed a few songs for WNYC in New York. Here's some fresh mp3s of that performance:

EDIT [7/24] - Aparently these were down for a bit. I fixed the link.

MP3 Chicago (Live)
MP3 Casimir Pulaski Day (Live)
MP3 John Wayne Gacy Jr. (Live)

As always, please right-click and save as.

The info and the stream for that performance/interview is here.

The Mountain Goats + Spoon KEXP Performances

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In lieu of posting reviews (or anything else for that matter) today, I thought I'd offer a few things for download.

First up is The Mountain Goats' recent KEXP performance. John Darnielle even premieres a new song.

And remember PLEASE right-click and Save As.

UPDATE 7/13/05: I just noticed these were down, they're back up again. Enjoy.

Live @ KEXP 6/16/05:
MP3 Song for Dennis Brown
MP3 The Mummy's Hand <---- NEW!
MP3 Dilaudad
MP3 Deinara Crush
MP3 You or Your Memory

Next up is Spoon's recent KEXP performance. It's Britt Daniel at his best.

Again, please right-click and Save As.

Live @ KEXP 6/18/05
MP3 Anything You Want
MP3 I Summon You
MP3 Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine



The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers

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These guys blew me away. It's indie/folk at it's best. Their latest release, The Mother of Love Emulates the Shapes of Cynthia, is a collection of "lost love" songs, each holding their own unique sense of loss and hope. Singer Perry Wright pronounces his every thought with strain and heartache, a la Conor Oberst. Although, I have to say, Wright has quite a bit more vocal control than Oberst does. The Prayers and Tears... also has the same sense of playful sorrow seen in Sufjan Stevens or Pedro the Lion recordings. It's not "sad," per say, but it gives off a very introspective sense of yearning that's mature enough not to be whiny and whiny enough not to be depressing. It's beautiful and comforting in the worst kind of way: we've all felt the way their music sounds. They're worth the listen.

From 2003's Psalterie
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com On the Occasion of a Departure

From 2005's The Mother of Love Emulates the Shapes of Cynthia
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com Concerning Lessons Learned From the Aliens

Check out their website and head to their label to buy their music.


Odds and Ends

Four explosions in London have killed [EDIT 12:19 PM] 33 [/EDIT] and injured hundreds. More info here and here. My heart goes out to those affected by this, as London is an amazing, amazing city filled with great people.

Thanks go out to Funtime OK for linking to me. Everyone should check it out, it's a great blog.

Lil Kim gets 366 days in jail after being convicted of 3 counts of perjury and 1 count of conspiracy back in March. Sucks for her. (via Pink is the New Blog)

Devendra Banhart has announced some tour dates. (via Pitchfork)

Find Illinois on Tuesday even though it was supposed to be delayed? Here's why.


Daily Torrents

U2 - Joshua Tree**
Broken Social Scene - Live in Toronto 8/27/04**

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Random Downloads

Sufjan Stevens - "The Lord God Bird"
OK GO - "A Million Ways to Be Cruel" (VIDEO)*

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New Sufjan Stevens Song

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Image hosted by Photobucket.com Sufjan Stevens - The Lord God Bird

I got called into work today, so sorry it wasn't posted earlier.

Enjoy, it's quite beautiful.


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Luckily, I found these guys through iTunes a few months back. The best I can describe them is that they're a little bit of Wilco's Being There added to some Yo La Tengo. Think late 90's Mojave 3. Their brand of folk/pop is beautiful at times and fun at others. Melodically, it's often like listening to a somber rainy day, offering a sense of subtle longing that Wilco has mastered. These Aussies have been around since '97, so they've got quite a few albums under their belt. In fact they even recorded a set with BBC DJ John Peel. Give these guys a listen.

From 2001's The Hill For Company
MP3 Lushington Hall

Check out their website for more info, music, and even a few music videos.


Odds and Ends

The iTunes release of Sufjan Stevens' latest, Illinois, has two extra tracks: "The Avalanche" and a remix of "Chicago." Both are wonderful. Also, Illinois is number 8 on iTunes' top album list. Props to Sufjan.

On a related note, a new Sufjan Stevens song entitled "The Lord God Bird" will premier today of NPR's All Things Considered at 4:36 and 6:36pm EST. I'll be offering it for download around 5pm or so EST.

*Sixeyes has some solo demos from Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth here.


Daily Torrents

They Might Be Giants - Mink Car**
M83 - S/T**
Emmylou Harris - The Very Best of: Heartaches & Highways**

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Psapp + Late Monday Mix

I have a psudeo-double post today, so make sure you check it out.

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One of my favorite music blogs recently (Funtime OK) posted about these guys the other day and I was pleanstly suprised. Nick (over at Funtime OK) described them as what The Books' new one should have sounded like, and I'd have to agree. Psapp is a nice combination of pop and fun, giving off a wonderful sense of playfulness and charm, all the while exploring a minimalist pop sensibility. Their songs are like little tunes you'd play for a group of 6 year olds just to keep their attention for a few minutes. The video for "About Fun" is one of the best I've seen in a while and is composed using the drawings of Psapp's Galia Durrant. Make sure you at least check that out.

From 2004's Tiger, My Friend
MP3 Calm Down
MP3 King Kong

VIDEO About Fun (QuickTime Required)

Make sure you check out their website for more info.


Monday Mix #4 (Abridged)

So... I basically forgot that yesterday was Monday. So here's a mix of some stuff I've been listening to for the past week or so. It's abridged this week to save time and space. It's 5 songs instead of the usual 10.

Here's the tracklist:
1. The National - "Mr. November" (From Alligator)
2. Athlete - "Wires" (From Tourist)
3. Black Mountain - Druganaut (From Black Mountain)
4. The Danielson Famile - Good News for the Puss Puckers (From Fetch the Compass Kids)
5. Gatsby's American Dream - "Just Like Heaven" (Cure Cover) (From Punk Goes 80's)

Get it here (via Yousendit)


Odds and Ends

The THe Unoffical Apple Weblog pointed me out to a wooden case iPod mod. Neat.

There's an awesome site with a bunch of Live 8 show downloads here.

Tiny Mix Tapes has a very well done review of Sufjan Stevens' new (and delayed) disk Illinois right here.


Daily Torrents

Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right To Children**
Various Songs and Sounds from Ren and Stimpy**

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The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

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As most of you know by now, I'm a sucker for pop music. Call it my achillies heel. But every once and a while, I don't feel bad for liking pop music. Case in point: The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir. The first thing I thought of when hearing these guys was "Wow they sound like Belle & Sebastian." Well, they do. But it's not a bad thing. Sounding like one of my favorite bands is a hell of a compliment in my mind. Since their conception in 2002, they've made quite a name for themselves in the crowded Chicago scene. Their infectious and light-hearted indie/pop sounds like something you'd hear on the High Fidelity Soundtrack, and for good reason. Give a listen if you're into Camea Obscura or Belle & Sebastian.

From 2003's I Bet You Say That To All The Boys
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com Sometimes I Say The Stupidest Things

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Bet You Never Thought It Would Be Like This

Hit up their website for more info and to buy their music.


Odds and Ends

Largeheartedboy has some nice Live 8 torrents/downloads here.

Sufjan Stevens' new disk has officially been delayed until August 2nd.


Daily Torrents

The Killers - Live @ Live 8
Athlete - Tourist


This just in...

After getting up really early on a Sunday and working 7 hours... and having my entry erased with Safari flaked out on me, I think I'm going to pass on posting today.

I'll make sure I have a big update tomorrow.