May 31, 2007

Butter Team Weekend Beats Vol. 6

We're off to NY dirty for a multitude of shows (Bright Eyes, CSS and hopefully Coltrane Motion) but leave you with a few buttery beats with which to hit your respective streets.

Special Buttercast - Cansei De Ser Sexy Alala (Princess Superstar mix)>Acho Um Pouco Bom>Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex

Coltrane Motion - Ex-Girlfriend In A Coma
Whitey - Stay On The Outside
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye (Curtis Vodka edit)
Dan Deacon - Wham City (B-more resident, pictured)
Chemical Brothers - All Rights Reversed (feat. The Klaxons)
Neil Diamond - Cracklin Rosie

Buy Coltrane Motion's Songs About Music.
Pre-order the new Kitsune joint.
Buy Dan Deacon's Spiderman of the Rings.
Pre-order the Chem Bros' We Are The Night.
Buy some sweet ass slacks from Sansabelt World.

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May 28, 2007


A quick look at the beats currently dropping in BT HQ. Most of these are already pretty old in blog years.
Coltrane Motion - This Is Not LA (YSI)
Sea Wolf - Leaves in the River
Spoon - Eddie's Ragga
Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song
Good Shoes - Small Town Girl
Shuggie Otis - Happy House

Buy Coltrane Motion's Songs About Music.
Pre-order Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.
Buy Au Revoir Simone's The Bird of Music
Buy Good Shoes.

You may also choose to purchase these high-performance items:

A badminton racket.
A spork and knifetula set.

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May 27, 2007

Quite A Fiasco: Kanye Punks Thom York, Daft Punk, Peter Bjorn and John

Please excuse me but I got to ask, are you f-ing kidding? Kids, no beats are sacred from the diabolical digis of Lupe Fiasco and his crescenfresh crew. Spine Magazine posted the track below with Lupe, Kanye and Pharrell flowing steadily over the previously soothing piano drone of Yorke's "The Eraser." Now look, you've upset Thom.

Lupe Fiasco - US Placers (featuring Pharrell and Kanye West)

Evidently the magical hip hop sample well's run dry as a bone, as Kanye is voraciously copping indie rock staples for his upcoming album Graduation and a new mixtape. But nothing boosts bootleg sales n' street cred like the cheery Swedish whistlings of Peter Bjorn & John; Vegas had better odds on this ending up in a Tampax commercial.

The Butter Team crew also takes slight offense at the Daft Punk sample, as it's überweak. Hopefully they kick his ass in the video (just a news link).

Just a snippet, you can't handle the whole thing:
Kanye West - Stronger (Daft Punk sample)
Kanye West - Young Folks (PB&J sample)

Props to our DC counterparts All Things Go for the samples. The good news from all this is that according to Kanye's Mom, "Graduation is his best album ever - musically as well as lyrically," so. We see why.

And while we're listening to bad mashups, please to enjoy this Butter Team exclusive from THE pop culture event of April 2007:
Alec Baldwin - 99 Baldwins (Straighten Your Ass Out)

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May 26, 2007

Strike A Pose To Blonde Redhead, Then Enter The Choose Your Own Adventure Contest!

Me and you and everyone we know all enjoy a good Blonde Redhead song, especially our Hell's Kitchen correspondents from Saja. But Miranda July, who poses 306 times in the 2nd video from their 7th album, 23, is prolly their number 1 fan.

Blonde Redhead - Top Ranking

Blonde Redhead - Top Ranking

Buy 23 at Insound.
Buy Miranda July's book from this site made up entirely of magic markers on kitchen appliances.

Oh, plus Choose Your Own Adventure is awesome.
You might still have some of their books from the old days. But what if you live for zany adventures, hate reading with a passion and/or are lazy? Listen to this snippet from CYOA Episode #1, The Abonimal Snowman, now available via audio so you don't have to make all those stressful decisions. You head to the Himalaya in search of the mythical abominable snowman. But when your climbing partner Carlos goes missing, things get twisted:

Choose Your Own Adventure: For Lazy People

Imagine the amazing journeys you could have on the subway every morning while all the other suckers have to listen to boring music. They would know you're in the middle of a wild and crazy audio adventure, and they would be jealous. This version alone has 28 possible endings, 13 Yeti sightings, 1 helicopter crash, 2 alien encounters and one Unicorn sighting, so.

Special Butter Team Contest -

Nominate your favorite Choose Your Own Adventure book and tell us why it's a classic. Or you may create a NEW CYOA title and give us a description (bonus points for bad drawings). We will send the winner a copy of our favorite CYOA book signed by Alec Baldwin!*

Here's the cheat sheet.

Use the comments section to enter and be sure to leave some way we can notify the winner in the next few weeks (note: if no one else has commented yet, your chances of winning are strong to very strong). And please, folks, don't spoil all the endings.

*Authenticity of Alec Baldwin signature not guaranteed.

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May 24, 2007

Whitest Kommode Kings Alive

Undisputed Norwegian nerd folk master Eirik Glambek Bøe is now spreading longsleeved twee gladness via his fourth proper musical vessel (including Skog). He brought you slow slacker coffee shop heat with Kings of Convenience, he delivered Simon GarFunk with Whitest Boy Alive, and now he lavishes lava lamp'd lyricism via the lavatory-themed Kommode. Please to enjoy a few tracks and let us know which is your favorite for enjoying that illegal park bench nap.

Quiet is the new loud:
Kings of Convenience - Misread
Whitest Boy Alive - Burning
Kommode - Patient

Buy Kings of Convenience stuff from Insound.
Buy an autographed cast photo from The Golden Girls.
Watch Whitest Boy Alive's video for Golden Cage.

Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You

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May 23, 2007

The National Drop Additional Heat

Although The National released Boxer yesterday, they also saved a few knockout tracks for the UK-only Mistaken for Strangers single. Luckily, Butter Team is a global entity so we acquired said single and report that "Blank Slate" and "Santa Clara" are dope. You could even argue that both are good enough to be included on Boxer but that's b-sides the point.

The National - Santa Clara
The National - Secret Meeting (Black Session)

Buy Boxer from Insound.
Buy the Mistaken For Strangers single from Amazon UK.
Buy a camel.
Visit our friends at Metro Distortion.

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May 22, 2007

Bobby Digitalism (and bonus Wham!)

German electro heaters Digitalism won't release their debut album (Idealism) until later this month but they've already worked the blogorati into quite a frenzy. Could this be because their beats are tasty, or their videos fresh? You decide. We also threw in a Wham! mashup and a few extras because they're still getting radio play in Germany, because in Germany, only the hottest beats get played no matter how old your songs are, what label you're from or who your daddy is. In this musical meritocracy, Wham! still rules with a firm but gentle hand.

Digitalism - Pogo

Digitalism - Pogo
Avalanches - Ray of Zdarlight (Wham! vs Digitalism)
Wham! - Everything She Wants
Wham! - Careless Whisper
Wham! - Wham Rap! (roll the windows down for this one)

Plus check out this dreamy video for Last Christmas:

Or maybe you want to rock this jam by yourself, and that's fine too. Here's the karaoke version:

By now it may have become painfully obvious that this entire Digitalism thing was just a front to post some Wham!, and for that, we are not sorry.

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May 21, 2007

Caught By The Fuzz

Did you like Point Break? What about Bad Boys 2? Have you ever watched them back to back in your Umbros? Then you need to see the UK blockbuster Hot Fuzz, where police officers not only watch those movies in this movie, they also re-enact the scene where Keanu Reeves shoots into the air in frustration after failing to cap a mulleted Patrick Swayze in a Nixon costume.

We've dropped a few tracks from Supergrass and The Kinks, two bands featured in the movie that have been in the queue for posting anyway. You may also know The Kinks as the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.

Supergrass - Caught by the Fuzz
The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks - Picture Book

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May 18, 2007

Butter Team Weekend Beats Vol. 4 and 5

After last week's hiatus we are literally knee deep in the beats people. Prepare to pop, lock and roll for the dangerous digitals coming your way this weekend. This first gem is by Best Fwends, remixed by Charm City's own Spank Rock and featured on Fabriclive 33, which you can sample and buy here. Sounds like they've got booty rock for days.

Best Fwends -M.Y.S.E.L.F. (Xxxchange Remix)

And a few more pregame incinerators from our Hell's Kitchen correspondent:

Bjork - Innocence
Beck - Scarecrow (El-P Remix)
Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing!
Mylo - Drop the Pressure
Notorious BIG - Party and Bullshit (Ratatat remix)
The Mules - We're Good People (CSS Remix)
Rocky Soundtrack - Going The Distance

Lastly, a seemingly innocent game of girl-on-girl "telephone" goes horribly, horribly wrong:

Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler

Note after the fact: this video was definitely not suitable for our younger viewers, particularly the chaps/chappetes at Butterfield Preparatory School in Lombard, IL. If Kathy (principal) or anyone from the Butterfield PTA would like us to remove the video, just give us a shout. You guys are the future!

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May 17, 2007

The Knife: Heavily Influenced by Don Johnson

Fingerless gloves, sleeveless shirt, spiked hair/collar, gunplay, explosions and casual photography, ladies it's Don Johnson and he's lookin for a heartbeat. In what is the unquestioned all-time leading crossover musical debut from a former Miami Vice star (narrowly topping 1985's Living the Book of My Life by Philip Michael Thomas, which actually ages pretty well), DJ drops sultry heat in this masterfully-produced time capsule of 80s Hollywood hubris. We could offer literally thousands of words of satirical play-by-play commentary, but instead invite you to host your own mystery science theatre.

Don Johnson - Heartbeat

It's probably not a stretch to think that The Knife were driven by an urge to create after seeing this video in a VH1 "Worst Of" countdown. And who can resist a clever compilation of similarly-titled songs from an eclectic range of artists? Not us, that's for sure.

The Knife - Heartbeats
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (The Knife cover)
Scala & Kalacny Brothers - Heartbeats (The Knife cover)
Annie - My Heartbeat

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May 16, 2007

Lost in Translation: Classic Movie, Beats

There's a popular saying in certain parts of the Southeast, "All great films begin with a shot of Scarlett Johansson's can." While Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation provides the perfect sountrack to describe isolation in a big city, viewers learn that hearty helpings of karaoke, Santori whiskey and ScarJo can be the perfect cure.

Please to enjoy:
Death in Vegas - Girls
Brian Reitzell - On The Subway
Phoenix - Too Young
Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Air - Alone in Kyoto
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

Baldwin Brothers fun fact: On September 30, 2003, the same week that Lost in Translation was released, Alec Baldwin made a $1,000 contribution to Vermont Senator James M. Jeffords, who was Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Coincidence?

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May 15, 2007

Purple Crush Mash Bush

awwww yeah ya'll. We're Brooklyn somethingists Purple Crush on the guest post tip; we put together this outfit with stuff from around the house you heard? Check our remix of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" which is straight killin the Deko Lounge in Hoboken right now.

In no way was our wardrobe inspired by KB's Hounds of Love album cover or this video. Respect.

Purple Crush - Running Up That Hill

P.S. Untalented middle school kids: cop this whole dance sequence for your next talent show and crush it!

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May 14, 2007

Silversun Pickups Salute Moms Everywhere (plus new Sea Wolf)

Lead Silversun Pickups rasper Brian Aubert took some time last night to give a shot out to mommas (and baby's mommas mommas) around the world, see video below. Several people shouted "Golden Girls" for no discernable reason, and the band also played some live music. Check a few acoustic songs from another post here.

Future indie mainstays Sea Wolf took the stage prior to the Silversun's Mother's Day extravaganza. Besides having great music, which always helps these days, they also ACED the 2007 edition of our handy Buzz Band Bingo cards. Chick in a kimono-style dress playing the Moog? Check. Professionally-trained cellist with heavy eyeliner? Roger. Tweedy-esque, unshaven frontman wearing striped tee and dingy cardigan? That's a go. Guitarist (not pictured) sporting a dharma rail bum engineer's cap? Add in the free space, and bingo!

The Sea Wolf crew is different live than anything they have on record with a faster, fuller sound. The first two tracks below are from their Leaves in the River LP, which will hopefully be released later in the year so we can buy it.

Sea Wolf - Leaves in the River
Sea Wolf - Black Dirt
Sea Wolf - I Made A Resolution

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May 13, 2007

O Valencia!

Best Foot Forward
is lobbying for more music from chicks n' guitars, and that's a platform we can stand behind. Brazilian bomber Rosinha De Valencia lays filthy licks over an elevator-music Shaft of lightly orchestrated afro funk, below. And because we name-dropped them in the title, enjoy some Decemberists (even though Jenny Conlee is more of an organist).

Rosinha De Valencia - Summertime
Decemberists - O Valencia

Also - we caught The Kooks, Silversun Pickups and Sea Wolf this weekend so look for an update soon.

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We Are Back in Business People

Thanks to the hard work of our Butter Team technical staff (left), the hosting server is up and running and all mp3 links are active. You can now find us at, no need for that blogspot nonsense (unless that's your steez).

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May 10, 2007

Peter Björn & John Live 4/30/07

The Butter Team hosting server is still under the knife so it looks like there will be no weekend beats (and we had some good ones too). Instead, please to enjoy the indie kid tested, model approved Peter Björn & John as they kick off their first full US tour at the 9:30 Club. Audio, photos and general badassness courtesy of NPR.

The quality of this show only confirms our earlier notion that Stockholm is indeed the new Cleveland.

Peter Björn & John - Live at the 9:30 Club 4/30/07

And this is worth another spin. Look for the zombie in the background* during the bus scene.

*not really

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May 9, 2007

Arcade Fire and Walkmen Live

We're in the process of doing some domain forwarding/server updates etc. and have been told things may be screwy for the next 24-36 hours. You won't be able to listen to any hosted mp3s for the time being, so instead enjoy this live Arcade Fire set couresy of NPR (and we'll let you know when things are back up).

"Wake Up" was played in the crowd so the audio improves from there.

Arcade Fire - Live at Judson Memorial Church 2/17/07

Wake Up
Black Mirror
Keep The Car Running
No Cars Go
Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
The Well And The Lighthouse
Ocean Of Noise
Rebellion (Lies)
My Body Is A Cage
Neon Bible
Neighborhood#2 (Laika)

Also here's a Walkmen show from last May at the 9:30 Club thanks to NPR. The fledgling Butter Team was in attendance for this one, lots of sombreros and 'staches.

The Walkmen - Live at the 9:30 Club (5/25/06)

1. All Hands and the Cook
2. Danny's At the Wedding
3. Little House of Savages
4. Good For You's Good For Me
5. Thinking of a Dream I Had
6. Don't Get Me Down (Come on Over Here)
7. This Job is Killing Me
8. Wake Up
9. Emma, Get Me a Lemon
10. Bows and Arrows
11. Louisiana
12. The Rat
13. Lost in Boston

14. Rue the Day
15. That's the Punchline
16. We've Been Had

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Zombie Multimedia Mania!

28 Weeks Later comes out this week, silent fist pump. Not everyone was blown away by the first one, but you can't knock the premise of cleaning up an empty, post-apocalypse London. View the trailer here, which is sponsored by American Apparel. Those anonymous butts in panties are bannering everywhere these days. Who the arms, legs and butts belong to we demand to know.

But yo, if you're into both zombies AND reading, we highly recommend World War Z. Provides an oral history of a recent (fictional?) global zombie war. You look like a freak with this book on the train or bus so keep it domestic.

And now a break for some 60s psychedelic Brit pop:

The Zombies - Summertime
The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside

That was nice. Lastly, have a close listen to the lyrics of these two Rakes songs. Pretty sure they're talking about zombies.
The Rakes - Terror
The Rakes - When Tom Cruise Cries

And happy first annual national hash brown day everyone.

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May 8, 2007

Toyota Police Club on Letterman?

How you mistake a bunch of indie kids in size zero Diesel jeans for the world's largest automaker? Poor teleprompting, and that's bush league Dave. You can't just say whatever they put up there homey. But no matter, the key here is that our boys are big (in the US, not Japan) with their first major network debut. They actually appeared on 4/19, but we just heard about this. Thanks to Culture Bully for the scoop. Here's an earlier post with unreleased stuff from their new album.

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May 7, 2007

Elliott Smith's New Moon Drops Tomorrow

Contains 24 songs recorded between 94-97, when Smith recorded Elliott Smith and Either/Or. Buy it from Kill Rock Stars. Some of the proceeds benefit Outside In, a Portland-based social service organization serving homeless youth and low-income adults. NY Magazine feature here.

Elliott Smith - Thirteen
Elliott Smith - Angel in the Snow

You can also download "High Times" from I Am Fuel, You Are Friends.

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May 5, 2007

The National, Arcade Fire 5/4 DC

This show was dirty, not much more to say. As both bands have already been blogged senselessly, here we just compile some of the best clips available for inclusion in your art school trapper keeper.

Impromptu gig footage from La Blogotheque:

Arcade Fire - Intervention (live)
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go (demo version)
The National - Mistaken For Strangers
The National - Mistaken For Strangers (video)

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May 4, 2007

Butter Team Weekend Beats Vol. 3

Hitting up a hott Arcade Fire/National show in DC tonight. But for all those not in attendance, we've whipped up a few alternatives to scramble your wig for the weekend.

Beastie Boys - Egg Man
Louis Armstrong - I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
A Tribe Called Quest - Ham n' Eggs

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May 2, 2007

This Beirut video is uberdope

Elephant Gun from the Lon Gisland EP. More info and downloads here.

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Sea Wolf Touring With Silversun Pickups

Are you a fan of Jack London novels? Do you collect British naval missile system replicas? Did you study colonoscopy at the University of New York at Stony Brook? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, we've got the band for you. LA-based Sea Wolf is touring with Butter Team favorites Silversun Pickups right now, check here for dates. In contrast to the Silversuns' throaty SoCal fuzz and foot pedals, Sea Wolf summon Sunday mornings with flapjacks and flip flops.

Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf
Sea Wolf - Middle Distance Runner

Oh, note: Not affiliated with Wolf Eyes, Wolf Parade, We Are Wolves, AIDS Wolf, Wolfie, Wolf Colonel, Patrick Wolf, WolfMother or Guitar Wolf and they hate it when you ask. Thanks to Blogs Are For Dogs for the tip.

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May 1, 2007

Donnie Darko - Classic Movie, Classic Beats

Surprisingly there are a few people out there who still haven't seen Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly's 2001 masterpiece that initially found some trouble getting distribution but has since become a cult classic. The soundtrack is based around life in the late haties (1988) and features some major heat, below.

Fun fact - U2's "MLK" was Kelly's original choice for the final sequence but they couldn't get rights, so Gary Jules stepped in with a creepy version of "Mad World" by Tears for Fears.

"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion." Try to work this into your next drive-through order.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Killing Moon
Tears For Fears - Mad World
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
Gary Jules - Mad World
U2 - MLK

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