Saw Wilco last week at Merriweather, and those celebrating the entire catalog know Kidsmoke is the heaviest joint to hear live in the 14 states where it's legal. They dropped it on encore 3. Tweedy says spiders sing in the salty breeze, fill out tax returns, spin webs of deductions and melodies on a private beach in Michigan. And we believe, entranced by the circular parking garage ramp rise, the Space Odyssey axe curtain that will drop one of these times and spill your precious stella on a peer's bluetooth.
We're on vacation til next week, enjoy yourselves.
Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Wilco Live (NPR)
June 29, 2007
June 26, 2007
Butter Team recently e-waxed with Coltrane Motion's Michael Bond to get your tough questions answered. Enter the no spin zone:
BT: Back in 2005 you stated your goal for Coltrane Motion was to
inspire as many "awkward restroom makeout sessions as possible" among your fans. This is an admirable goal. How's that going so far and any good stories from the recent tour?
MB: I think we may have gone a little too far with that last tour, there
was a noticable increase in pregnancies in the crowd this time
around. We definitely rocked some fetuses, but it's hard to know how
to balance the volume between simply waking up with a hazy
recollection of alcohol-fueled lust and waking up 10 yrs later with
kids and a house in the suburbs. I think it has to do with how we EQ
BT: Who's your favorite Golden Girl - Dorothy, Rose, Blanche or Sophia?
MB: I think Rose wins, simply because Betty White is actually amazing in
BT: That's what Silversun Pickups said too; she's a woman of the people. What kind of heat can we expect at your upcoming Forecastle Festival DJ set following Girl Talk?
MB: Well, we're headlining the official Forecastle fest afterparty, which
in my mind means Gregg Gillis and De La Soul and Impossible Shapes
all breakdancing up front while we spin Clipse over the Supremes and
win Louisville's heart forever. Anything less than that is going to
be a bit of a letdown.
BT: Duly noted. Gangstarr or Big Daddy Kane?
MB: Big Daddy Kane. Though to be honest, I hit the golden age of hip-hop
a good ten years late - in '91 i was still rockin Bel Biv Devoe
BT: Favorite live song on the new album?
MB: We close every set with "Can't" which is a complete and total blast
to play live...the recorded version doesn't even come close,
Support their nasty funk habits by buying Songs About Music or check these dates:
7/10 - Chicago - Schuba's
7/21 - Chicago - WLUW 88.7
7/28 - Louisville - Forecastle Festival (not sure why VHS or Beta is missing)
Coltrane Motion - Ex-Girlfriend In A Coma
Coltrane Motion - Can't
June 25, 2007
The "Inner City Pressure" video from Flight of the Conchords last night was a scrumptralescent James Lipton classic, and it only gets better when compared to the original Pet Shop Boys video for "West End Girls."
And here's the downloadable audio so you can roll deep in your Saab:
Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
More Butter Team coverage of FOC here.
June 24, 2007
Seems like a pretty intimidating group of lads, what with the name The Death Set and an aggressively pastel sneaker pallette, no? But they're pretty harmless unless you're allergic to buttery beats. The Baltimore-based (via Sydney/Brooklyn) crew will be jumping/sweating/yelling at Whartscape along with Dan Deacon, Spank Rock and a few other B-more hotshits.
Gerald accidently says the word of the day at a Death Set show, crowd erupts.
The Death Set - Impossible (Dan Deacon Remix)
"Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods" was recorded right up the street from Butter Team HQ and debuts this week. Buy it at Morphius. Thanks to Covert Curiosity for the tip.
Another scary band we're listening to in dark rooms and darkrooms is Vampire Weekend thanks to Art Snob Solutions. Think white collar ghouls and Hansel's entourage sucking down very bloody marys on a Williamsburg rooftop.
Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
Network with them socially and hear more songs via Myspace, buy the EP, and then make up your own scary band names using this handy random band name generator.
Super bonus Vampire song:
Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Vampires In Blue Dresses
June 22, 2007
Sweet it's the weekend. Which means shenanigans and then Flight of the Conchords on Sunday night with some warm milk and an empanada. Empanadas are hearty but also very portable, so you can put them in the front pocket of your purple windbreaker if you want.
Something to discuss with other people is Eagle vs. Shark, a "Zany New Zealand Romantic Comedy" featuring chief FOC homey Jemaine Clement. More than a little bit of the Napoleon numchucks n' nerds vibe here but that's not something that makes us angry. Don't expect a deathmatch finale between an eagle and a shark because it just doesn't happen, but the soundtrack is pretty strong as it includes superfresh indie kiwi talent like the The Phoenix Foundation.
Phoenix Foundation - Blue Summer
Phoenix Foundation - Hitchcock
Other unsorted beats:
White Rabbits - I Used To Complain Now I Don't
Interpol - No I in Threesome
"Contrary to what most people say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see." - Jack Handy
Watch the Eagle vs. Shark trailer and then leave a smirky comment that shows the world your dry wit. More Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.
June 21, 2007
Stayed out super late last night picking apples and watching The National, standing inside an empty tuxedo at the punch table swallowing punch. We expected something, something better than before.
The National - Live at the 9:30 Club (NPR Stream)
Since they don't play too much old stuff anymore live, please to enjoy a few dance hall classics from their self titled debut (2001) and Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003):
The National - 29 Years
The National - Thirsty
Lyrics sound familiar on 29 Years...
Buy The National (st).
Buy Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers.
We might hear sirens from the Web Sheriff soon, but Dizzee Rascal's new joint is off the TI-83 and must be shared:
Dizzee Rascal - Bubbles
Dizzee Rascal - Excuse Me Please
Buy Maths + English.
Kids - need a better role model? Our boy Dizzee was MC'ing East London raves and rolling deep with a crew at 15, so. Maybe ease up on the doritos and go hug the block. Get your corner and earn son. The game will teach you everything.
June 19, 2007
We cooked up a banging masher to celebrate the union of Daft Punk and our new favorite TV show. Please to enjoy:
Flight of the Conchords - Fake Robot Rock (Daft Punk)
FOC is first and foremost a band (think Tenacious D style with the HBO deal) so listen and download some of their comedic beats at What the Folk.
Watch Flight of the Conchords.
Join the Society of Robots and meet ladies/impress your friends by making your own robot.
Watch the Electroma trailer again.
June 18, 2007
UPDATE: We did a random drawing this afternoon for The National tickets and the big winner is "Cara" - so notify us if that's you and get your Hamiltons ready! Everyone else, thanks for entering and we hope you make it to the show.
You can also listen to the broadcast live on NPR starting at 10pm here.
The National - Squalor Victoria (White Sessions)
June 16, 2007
You were the reason for getting out of bed super early on 1st grade mornings to shroom with Italians and hunt birds with pistols. You gave us pins and needles when we tried to stand up after beating Castlevania; you fueled hours of nasty Super Tecmo Bowl smack talk. And now you're a sub-genre for lazy people describing happy crappy hardcore techno.
Unlike other consoles of the 80's era with less sticking power, you've become an inspiration for a generation of musicians who had less game growing up because they played you instead. But in an ironic twist, now you're helping a few of these 8-bit playas turned moog artists make good music and get laid. We've picked out a few below but need Butter Team reader support to identify others.
Learning to press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start very rapidly at a young age cued a young Bebban Stenborg that she was not only exceptionally hot and Swedish, she also had talent, dammit.
Stenborg later went on to record the intro for Shout Out Louds' "Comeback" which is oddly reminiscent of the Excitebike starting gun. Spank you, Bebban.
Shout Out Louds - Comeback
Excitebike Intro, Then Go, Then Crash
Of course sassy Melbournites Gameboy /Gamegirl belong in this camp what with their professed love for all things moist and bleepy:
Gameboy/Gamegirl - Sweaty Wet, Dirty Damp
They also have the first known club track dedicated to fruit salad that includes ripe language such as "how you like these apples bitch??"
We'd recommend the following mashup take place sooner rather than later. The beat: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!. Who should flow over it: Dizzee Rascal. Recommended song title: You're A Glass Joe Punk Bitch, I'm Mr. Sandman Son.
Other fit candidates: Kung Fu or Zelda. Who should probably steal these: Erol Alkan, Van She Tech, YACHT or of course Le Castle Vania.
Who did we miss? Answer one or several questions from this Butter Team poll, and we might send one lucky commenter an original issue of Nintendo Power:
1. Hott theme songs that should be borrowed (and who should mix them)
2. Current tracks with NES flavored 8-bit beats
3. Undisputed best game ever
While you're thinking, play every video game ever made for the ninty.
Or watch some guy beat our favorite game, Maniac Mansion, in 10 minutes. Really. You can watch the whole thing if you want.
Watch people get bitch smacked by a Power Glove:
Ghosthustler - Parking Lot Nights
Mylo (captured here holding his mysterious bag of beats) left us a nice ditty to marinate on whilst awaiting the proper follow up to Destroy Rock & Roll. "Most of the time, when I sample something it's meant as a compliment. The only track I ever really got burned on was a track called 'Salt Lick,'" Mylo told The Age back in 2005.
"[It] isn't on the album and never got released. I spent a lot of time trying to get clearance from Toto, but they completely blanked it...the whole point of it was taking the piss out of the source material. I can imagine they would have really, really hated it."
The InterWeb says a salt lick is a salt deposit that animals regularly lick, so, that should explain how it relates to Scottish bedroom electronica. Please to enjoy:
Mylo - Salt Lick
And here's the original Toto song Mylo was kind enough to rescue. We recommend you do not listen to this:
Toto - Stop Loving You (not safe for work or if you're around anyone)
Support rock & roll by buying Destroy Rock & Roll.
If you listened to the Toto track even after we asked you not to, go here for help.
June 15, 2007
New New Pornographers, new Shout Out Louds, a healthy dose of Spank Rock's Fabriclive set and some club level MBV to scramble your wig.
New Pornographers - Challengers
Shout Out Louds - Parents Livingroom
Kano - I'm Ready (Spank Rock Fabriclive Mix)
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Spank Rock Fabriclive Mix)
My Bloody Valentine - Soon (Andrew Weatherall 12 Mix)
That Kano joint is a little beat salad with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" bassline rolled over Sir Mix-A-Lot, breaded, and marinated in some thickass Sugarhill-era disco bliss hop sauce. Can you resist?
Pre order the Executive Edition of New Porno's Challengers.
June 13, 2007
Choose football. Junk. Scores. New Order. Homemade porn. Street crime. Toilet humor and Scottish schoolgirls.
Damon Albarn - Closet Romantic
Pulp - Mile End
Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing
Blur - Sing
New Order - Temptation
Underworld - Born Slippy
Choose to buy it.
R.I.P. Mr. Wizard (place 40oz in downward position).
June 11, 2007
"Hey I'm Ryan Adams! I'm predictably, pretentiously unpredictable! Looky here as I buck your treasured tourist photo! Discuss my latest online shenanigans!" We kid, we kid Ryan. Big fans since the Whiskeytown days.
Just listended to Easy Tiger and it goes down smoother than a frothy Sundrop and Mylanta cocktail on a Friday morning. That is to say it's excellent, and refreshing, yet stings a bit as you remember last night. But why take our word for it when you can go straight to the the alt-country music tastemaker and occasional horror fiction writer Stephen King? Quoth King:
"What I know is there has never been a Ryan Adams record quite as strong and together as Easy Tiger; it's got enough blue-eyed, blue-steel soul (with the faintest country tinge) to make me think of both Marvin Gaye and the Righteous Brothers. Probably ridiculous, but true."
Take advantage of this dope Mylanta coupon.
Pre-order Easy Tiger.
Ryan Adams - Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
A rare sighting of Dr. Hunter Down, inventor of the Sunlanta breakfast cocktail.
June 9, 2007
June 8, 2007
These beats range from strong to very strong.
Glass Candy - I Always Say Yes
Twisted Charm - Boring Lifestyles
Daft Punk - Too Long
Also please to enjoy this Rapture cut with some artificially added Goonies suspense.
The Rapture - Whoo! Alright (Goonies intro/outro)
Now wipe the chili cheese frito dust off your fingers and hit the street as we bust open a fire hydrant:
Sonny Jim - Can't Stop Moving
Or if you prefer sweaty floppy disks, attend Computer Camp Love with Datarock:
June 7, 2007
Goce de este solo nuevo del policía de Tokio aporrean, "su Enlgish es bueno," que esté disponible vía las industrias de Memphis de julio el 7. Cómprelo aquí. Ninguna palabra con todo en el álbum lleno de la longitud. ¡Y sea seguro bailar abundancia!
Tokyo Police Club - Your English is Good
June 4, 2007
Not really, not at all. But while we're all Belle and Sebastian whores, one should stop Peanuts dancing and playing "find the cobra" with the chambermaids to enjoy the even lighter pop fare of Scottish peers Camera Obscura, now touring in a hoody near you.
Please to enjoy these live sets from KEXP to help us decide who should be the rightful popweight champion:
Belle and Sebastian - Live on KEXP
Camera Obscura - Live on KEXP
For the tiebreaker, who has the corniest (= best) video? The B&S boys and girl deliver hardcore mullets and fornication on the copier while the Cam-O crew comes correct in lab coats and horn rims.
Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office Baby
Camera Obscura - Eighties Fan
So who wins?
June 3, 2007
Ever wonder what would happen if Cansei De Ser Sexy lead singer Lovefoxxx watched a little Discovery Channel after what, at least like nine beers?
Plus photos from the Irving Plaza show last this weekend:
Yeah that's a full body sequined jumpsuit borrowed from the Neil Diamond Theme Park. All haters fall back.
CSS - Acho um pouco bom
For your planning purposes, grab the full map of Diamondville, the only Neil Diamond theme park officially sanctioned by Neil Diamond, here.