Nothing better than getting great music in the mail. The debut album from Gothenburg, Sweden's Mojib features an array of complex pop melodies, intricate drum patterns, bittersweet piano keys, acoustic guitars and electronic synths. Yeah synths - the nasty guitar solo of our generation!
Mojib (aka Staffan Ulmert) offers original takes on "If Only" from Kings of Convenience and "Starálfur" by Sigur Rós; adding enough of his own instrumentation to create something new and tasty for your extended weekend relaxation:
Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What...(Mojib remix)
Mojib - Break of Dawn (unmastered)
You may remember Starálfur from the final aqua-confrontation in The Life Aquatic when Zissou's team rolls deep into the ocean's black underbelly to encounter the freaky Klaxonfish that ate his homey. We teared up a bit when they didn't get eaten also.
Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From
Sigur Rós - Starálfur
Network socially with Mojib on his MySpace or pre-order Whimsical Lifestyle.
And a random promo plug, we created this quick 60 commercial for Tang, the world's leading powdered beverage (we're trying to get them on as a corporate sponsor). Pitched this along with an online campaign called The Second Tang Dynasty but, mysteriously, have yet to hear back so cross your fingers!
August 31, 2007
August 29, 2007
Baltimore is known for its all-inclusive bootstrap DIY indie spirit - and with the number of startup artists, labels and legit/underground venues climbing faster than the city's body count (200+ this year, watch your back Detroit), we had plenty of gems to choose from for the first part of this series.
And yes, everyone that lives here wears neon fanny packs and likes to dance in sweaty sardine cans.
1. Among Wolves - Sleep and Dream
2. OCDJ - Pls Stp Th Hstl
3. Small Sur - Big Sur
4. Thrushes - Aidan Quinn
5. Brian Adam Ant - Holy Hell
6. Shields - Boom
7. Santa Dads - You Don't Know
8. The Death Set - Impossible (Dan Deacon Remix)
9. Ecstatic Sunshine - Little Big Dipper
10. Beach House - Master of None
11. Cex - Baltimore
12. Ponytail - Lion Down
13. The Oranges Band - If These Stars Are Struck
14. Double Dagger - The Psychic
15. Basshound - Aerodynamic (Daft Punk jam cover, live)
16. Video Hippos - Kool Shades
17. Dan Deacon - Wham City
18. Jakuta and Carl - 31 And Luving It
Among Wolves provides the perfect Grizzly Beach Boy/House harmonies to start and end your days...OCDJ makes sounds on laptop, guitar, kalimba, euphonium, bangs drums, shakes things, cites Master Blaster as a major influence...Small Sur is instantly familiar fire circle hymns...Thrushes are murky shoeglazed pop masters...Brian Adam Ant is psychedilifolk that doesn't sound like Neutral Milk Hotel...Shields drops stuttery butter for fans of Prefuse and Madlib...we'll get to some of his counterparts including Jones and Height next...Santa Dads are beatboxing ukelele costume kidz...The Death Set are brilliant noise...Ecstatic Sunshine are superbad instruminimalists...you already know and love the mazzed out Beach House...Cex changes skins regularly around experimental laptop hop...Pontytail will bite your face...The Oranges Band define their sound as "rock" so...Double Dagger will bite your leg...Basshound are a jam band that occasionally covers Daft Punk for the kids at CBGB...everybody thinks it's crazy...Video Hippos and Dan Deacon are well-known Wham City clan types and Jakuta and Carl are electronic clap clap clap clap.
Let us know who you dig.
August 24, 2007
Woke up sweating in the American Garden Building on West 81st, peeled back cranberry sheets and an herbal mint facial mask under the horrifying realization that it's the haties and no one has yet caught M.I.A.'s devastating danga dengue fever. For twenty years, no one will feel Junior Senior's sweaty hand claps brush against their cheek(s), master blast OCDJ's frenetic 16-bit Bmore beats down St. Paul, or dance the footloose in a moonlit robot factory with Midnight Juggernauts.
Thankfully it was only a dream within a dream, because Good God man, if even one percent of our loyal Butter Team guests has not yet felt all of these things then we don't deserve sleep. Tomorrow (today), we've baked these beats together to offer a funky pollo, tomate y greens-filled calzone, so with your feet in the air and your head on the ground, try this chicken spinach. Yeah.
Midnight Juggernauts - Nine Lives
OCDJ - Trip Trip
Junior Senior - Simple Minds Do Simple Things
Mountaineers - Apart From This
M.I.A. - 20 Dollar
Daft Punk - Revolution 909
August 23, 2007
Seattle-based mope rockers Say Hi To Your Mom announced they will finally do the dignified thing and drop your mom, shortening their name to just Say Hi. Probably won't have the same cache amongst male undergrads, but it narrowly beat out Slap Your Mom Say Yeah in a band name meeting. Everyone was present, everyone voted, they had some miscellaneous produce afterwards, it's done. Just let it go.
Cool ideas now that you know this - go to the Say Hi store and snag that soon-to-be-collector's-item robot-themed canvas tote you've been eyeing! That's one way to stick it to the man quietly right, my tote bag has robots on it for no reason, so. Also take a piece of hay and sort of just let it hang out of your mouth.
Say Hi (To Your Mom) - The Fritz
Say Hi (To Your Mom) - Dimensions and Verticals
Best maternal smackdown of 1992:
Pharcyde - Ya Mama
August 21, 2007
Unless you sling vinyl, write for Moistworks or just worship Mr. Scruff, you probably don't have all of the horizontals dropped herein so rock a few of these mango pickles on your most elitist audience.
The few first tracks are from Scruff's Keep It Solid Steel series, spanning bouncy reggae, classic hip hop, deep soul, rare funk, dancefloor jazz, heavy beats and leftfield electronic nuggets. We recommend you buy it if you like those below, he's got beats for days.
Arsonists - Flashback
Mungo's Hifi Feat. Brother Culture - Ing
We slow it down a bit with some ribs, Colt 45 and warm milk on Scruff's Big Chill Classics double comp from 2006, which you can get here:
The In Crowd - Back A (wow)
Fingathing - You Fly Me
And here's the original version of the sample from Scruff's mobster hit Get A Move On - just don't wait for the beat to drop; it doesn't. Beats just didn't really drop in 1969.
Moondog - Bird's Lament (in memory of Charlie Parker)
But not to be outdone by the white bearded ninja tune sensai, BT contributor and Beatbots staffer Raven Baker aka Soft Scientist recently put together her own comps to serve as a more downtempo dub n' soul counterpunch to scruff's toonish hop steady. We like.
Soft Scientist Mix 1: Fine As Cherry Wine
Jay Mitchell & The Mitchellites- I Am The Man For You Baby
Jackie Mittoo- Soul Bird
Susan Cadogan- Shame
Carrie Riley & The Fascinations- Super Cool
Sarolta Zalatnay- Hadd Mondjam El
Betty Davis- He Was A Big Freak
Kashmere Stage Band- Kashmere
The Meters- Chicken Strut
Sound Dimension- Real Rock
Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo- Son A Propulsion
Asha Bhosle & R.D.Burman- Main Hoon Lilly
Soft Scientist Mix 2: Happiness Is A Sad Song
Serge Gainsbourg- Bad News From The Stars
Susan Cadogan- In The Ghetto
Lee Perry And The Upsetters- Living My Life
Trevor Dandy- Is There Any Love
King Tubby & Soul Syndicate- Dub Of Righteousness
Barrington Levy- Walk 2000 Miles
Professionals- The Back Stabbers
Ann Sexton- It's All Over But The Shouting
Honey Cone- The Day I Found Myself
Jackie Mittoo- Love Of Life
August 19, 2007
It started in the rowhouse alleys of Baltimore like most afterschool specials: couple of carefree young folks walking home from guitar hero practice. Tommy whips out a copy of the Thrushes’ Sun Come Undone that he ripped from his older brother’s hype machine stash. Reginald runs home, Carl’s not so sure about this, but they spark earbuds and before you know it, A's in World History and Basic HTML Programming are becoming B's and C plus pluses. Away messages are peppered with Nietzsche quotes, Loveless posters plaster bedroom windows. Dinner table conversation is sparse, forks scrape absently; sarcasm outweighs the spinach quiche. Carl starts stealing the Dodge Stratus for moonlit graveyard PSP sessions.
So be warned that recreational use of Sun Come Undone may quickly become a daily habit - Thrushes' debut is a sonic fix to savor, shaking, knees to chin on the high school locker room floor between cathartic cold/hot blasts of pedals and cymbals.
1. Thrushes are playing at Ottobar this Wednesday with Stereo Total (Berlin) and The Octopus Project (Austin)
2. You can win a guest list spot to the show plus Thrushes merch - Sun Come Undone CD, Birdnote shirt and a hug from guitarist Casey - by leaving a comment on this post (first local comment wins)
3. Second place prize is a Sun Come Undone CD (you can be from anywhere!)
Note: the first contest is over but now we're doing another drawing on Tuesday afternoon for 2 more CDs, so leave a comment to enter. If you already left a comment you're in.
Thrushes - Into The Woods
The Octopus Project - I Saw The Bright Shinies
Stereo Total - Miss Rebellion Des Hormones
Instrumental Analysis also has a new demo track here. And of course Covert Curiosity, always ahead of the blurve, reviewed them in February. Buy Sun Come Undone here.
Thrushes should open the show around 9pm. We had a quick group echat with the shoegaze songbirds earlier this week:
BT: You know when it's time to put on Sun Come Undone...to escape your mind on a drive, bury your head in the mattress after a long day, etc. So I'm curious, what was your escape music during the tumultuous times of high school?
Casey - I wore out a few cassettes multiple times in high school, namely: SY-“Daydream Nation”, “Siamese Dream”, Fugazi – “Repeater”, “Rites of Spring” – “End on End” , The The- “dusk”, J Church- “Camels, Spilled, Coronas…”
Rachel - a lot of elastica and blur for me. But Surfer Rosa always reminds me of driving around with friends...with nowhere to go, maybe 7-11
Anna - in high school, I liked garbage, stone temple pilots, and nirvana. Blur and Oasis, though public enemies, played side by side in my bedroom.
Ryan - My teen years were The Verve- A Storm in Heaven (an absolute masterpiece). You can get lost in that album. Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi. I always hear people talk about the first time the heard Nirvana and how it changed their life. I never understood why. But Fugazi- 13 Songs was definitely that moment for me. Peter Gabriel- Passion is still my all time favorite album.
BT: Have you listened to the first Sunny Day Real Estate album? Different sound, but for some reason Thrushes remind me of their debut which I listened to nonstop in 10th grade.
Casey - When I was in the 10th grade I went to Seattle with my grandparents and I made them stop at the Sub Pop store so I could get it on vinyl.
Rachel - I know I've listened to a bit of Sunny Day Real Estate in my life but don't have any recollection of the sound of their first record.
Anna - Nope. never had it.
BT: You've been compared a lot to the shoegaze heavy hitters, but what do you listen to?
Casey - Surprisingly we don’t listen to much shoegaze at all apart from the Jesus and Mary Chain. Staples on road trips are the 60’s girl groups. The Ronettes are the absolute peak of the form. We also love the Crystals, Shangri-La’s, Supremes as well as doo-wop and early rock and roll. I really enjoy bluegrass, country & western, blues, basically any kind of old timey American music.
Rachel - I think we listen to a lot of music you wouldn't expect? Anna and I have our thing for Nelly Fertado and JT...a NON-guilty pleasure...dance party anyone?
Anna - I love The Cars and any Heart song. 80's ballad rock, too.
Ryan - Old soul music. There is still so much of it that hasn't seen the light of day.
BT: Bonus fun fact?
Casey- We get these gnarly fake teeth out of the quarter toy machines at rest stops and make faces at other drivers and stuff.
BT: Favorite Baltimore haunt?
Casey- Club Charles and for some strange reason I’m really looking forward to going back to the Talking Head
Rachel - Does haunt mean bar? Club Charles.
Anna - I haven't been haunting much lately, but I suppose I like the club charles or rocket to venus.
Ryan - Club Charles for sure.
BT: Lost in Translation anyone? (our favorite)
Rachel - I was Charlotte for Halloween a few years ago. And Anna and I love saying "Herp me! Herp me Mista Hallis!" "Lip my stocking!" Needless to say: Love the movie.
Anna - Lost in Translation is one of my favorites. It's so bittersweet.
Ryan - I LOVE lost in translation. I never thought a Jesus and Mary Chain song would be the highlight of a feature film. One day I want to write soundtracks.
Death in Vegas - Girls
Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Sunny Day Real Estate - Seven (from Diary)
August 15, 2007
Go Junior, go Senior, go naked sumo wrestler bonging stellas during the Gravy Train opener. Go poshy doo wop section. Go hot bassist GO.
During the 5-10 seconds we could look away from the smokey vocalist (or smokalist, left) who froze like Andrew McCarthy's girlfriend 'tween songs, we noticed the dirty Danes did indeed rock heavy king koncrete. JD from Le Tigre jumped in to sing on Can I Get Get, video below. World history:
2003 - Junior Senior brings dancing hot dogs via Move Your Feet from debut album D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat
2004 - Estelle Getty celebrates the 13th anniversary of her cameo on Blossom, 17th anniversary of her role as Mrs. Timkin, department store owner in Mannequin
2005 - Junior Senior release Hey Hey My My Yo Yo overseas
2006 - Seaver family celebrates six year anniversary of The Growing Pains Movie, discusses next steps
2007- Hey Hey My My Yo Yo drops!
Junior Senior - Can I Get Get
Junior Senior - Happy Rap
Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA Remix)
You've seen this already, we hope. Watch it again:
More photos from Highline Ballroom here. Gravy Train was one of the worst/best/funniest openers we've seen in awhile.
August 10, 2007
1. Schneider TM is phenomenal and you're about to pick up some new heat
2. They cover The Smiths
3. Morrissey is a pimp
4. Somnambulists have a new album
5. Flight of the Conchords continues to provide exceptional weekend programming
Proving once again that only the funkiest German chickens can lay perfectly shaped electronic eggs, Schneider TM, aka Dirk Dresselhaus, released Zoomer in 2002 containing the all-time asleep in space hammock jam titled Frogtoise. Yes:
Schneider TM - Frogtoise (Exploitation Edit)
Schneider TM - Frogtoise (FM Remake)
Plus check this dope cover:
Schneider TM - The Light 3000 (Smiths cover)
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Morrissey - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (live at Earls Court)
More Schneider TM.
As pictured above, napping, The Somnambulants provide a veritable "Brooklyn tornado" of synthpop on their new LP for those who would rather stay moving during premium REM.
The Somnambulants - Take It On
Buy Paper Trail
And with BT Weekend Beats picking up steam, we get a lot of postcards from kids across the globe asking what our weekends are like. Until last week's episode of Flight of the Conchords we struggled with providing a concise illustration, but, now:
August 9, 2007
Quasimoto from the Japanese Metro Authority Collective!! Tonight we celebrate Butter Team's 100th post and a special performance from Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot! Please to enjoy this with a Hot Pocket!
1. raw raw performance by the triple R's (pirate's choice)
And look what we found in the icebox! An autographed copy of TPC's Lesson in Crime EP! Register an official comment to enter this contest! (contest is over)
Now TPC Drummer Greg talks about The Office romances (Pam vs. Bob Vance) and new songs for recording!
He favors Pam over Bob Vance? That's worse than picking Meg Ryan over 1974 Jack Nicholson. But TPC closes the night with The Rentals' Friends of P! (the sound sucks, just know that going in)
The Rentals - Friends of P
Tokyo Police Club - Your English is Good
Tokyo Police Club - Graves (live)
Maximo Park - Signal and Sign (live in Tokyo)
Sonic Youth - Tokyo Eye
Puffy Amiyumi - Tokyo Nights
Buy Your English Is Good from TPC's new Interweb hub, or check the icy hot stuntaz at Instrumental Analysis for more TPC and Ra Ra Riot.
BT waxes on Lost in Translation.
August 6, 2007
You probably don't need anyone else telling you that the Daft Punk show was the best of all time and you missed it - but it was, and you did. We can't even talk about it without getting misty. So instead enjoy a few photos from the rest of the weekend:
1. PB&J's Björn Yttling vogues the crowd with Swedish robotics
2. Lead BT correspondent Trent Steele waxes Foucault with Tokyo Police Club
3. Unsupervised child terrorizes lawn with portable water distribution device
4. The Rapture's Gabriel Andruzzi pauses mid-cowbell to examine whether Tony Micelli's decision to move his daughter Samantha from Brooklyn to upscale Fairfield, Connecticut to serve as a live-in housekeeper created a role reversal between Tony and divorced advertising executive Angela Bower, where a woman was the breadwinner while he stayed at home and took care of the house, thus raising the question of who the "boss" really was.
5. PB&J a la Writer's Block album cover
6. Los Campesinos! on the stage
7. Los Campesinos! in the crowd
8. Kings of Leon get haircuts, rok
9. The Grant Park area (thanks Mason Fry)
We asked Los Campesinos! lead singer and glockenspieler Gareth about covering Pavement's Watery, Domestic EP classic Frontwards:
Los Campesinos! - Frontwards (Pavement cover)
Pavement - Frontwards (live)
Buy LC's Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP
Seriously, buy Pavement's Watery, Domestic EP
And just a quick snippet of Daft Punk to rub it in:
Daft didn't play Digital Love unfortunately so here's a few extras from their 2001 Japan-only single, because you're a completist:
Daft Punk - Digital Love (instrumental version)
Daft Punk - Aerodynamite
For more techno created by robots, we recommend Covert Curiosity for a few tunes by Hexstatic (and others).
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The first person to contact us by email will receive two passes to see Blonde Redhead at Power Plant Live this Wednesday 8/8. Yes! You could be enjoying citronique melodies among a secret society of butterflies in the city that reads, also known without a dash of irony as the greatest city in America! The phone lines are open.
Blonde Redhead - Misery (Wicked Version)
August 2, 2007
August 1, 2007
Mad props to ourselves for digging up this 2001 vinyl gem whilst searching for something to hold us over until the next Cut Copy album drops. You may detect a trace of Aussie telepathy via Since I Left You, which, by all means.
Standing Up Sitting Down
In this time of violent drive biking and foreign embassy mutherflipping, sometimes you need to just reserve your favorite cassingle from the library and lay up in the cut with a golden delicious.
Cut Copy - That Was Just A Dream (live)
Cut Copy - Saturday>Rendezvous (live)
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