Homey has been touring almost non-stop since 2004, so its not surprising that strange things might happen along the way. Things that maybe shouldn't be shared in an interview with NPR-syndicated Love and Radio, such as having a lucid moonlit encounter with man's BFF. Cover your dog's ears.
Dan Deacon Interview - Love and Radio
Dan Deacon - Two Friends (like when Pitfall freezes up on your 'tari)
Our only guess is maybe the dog was wearing Canis.
November 30, 2007
November 28, 2007
Great animated take on classic Radiohead.
Radiohead - Creep (Acoustic)
Another take on creeps at the office; if you've ever thought Dane Cook was funny and like Halo, which would peg you at a pretty predictable demographic of male in your 20s, this might be one of the best things you've ever seen. Otherwise please scroll down to the next post and enjoy some Deborah on Deborah action.
November 27, 2007
And during a quick scan of BiBaBiDi we uncovered tomorrow morning's theme song by Denmark's The Elephants.
They say: "Hello people of Planet Earth, we are The Elephants. A group of people based in Copenhagen, Denmark, who love funny instruments, Sweden, New York, Brian Wilson and long walks. Our debut album is being released in most of the European countries on Tapete Records this autumn. Enjoy!"
How cute that they love Brian Wilson and are from Copenhangen, because that's the advice we typically give startup bands. Be from Denmark and respect Pet Sounds. Yay Elephants.
The Elephants - Obvious
November 25, 2007
ScarJo was right outside Butter Team HQ (above) last week whilst filming He's Just Not That Into You, but there were no random encounters, nor did she slip a note under the door inviting us to help her fight insomnia with sake. We saw Kevin Connelly, but, so what.
The Teenagers - Starlett Johansson
November 22, 2007
Earlier in the week we checked out Bow n' Arrow, Oppenheimer and Monarch at Lo-Fi Social Club (be sure to bookmark Lo-Fi's dope new site here). Actually missed Monarch due to an early bedtime, but we got a chance to rap with Jenn and Andy beforehand to confirm or deny rumors of their possible "Trapped In The Closet" style hiphopera in the works for 2008. Is it true? Let's find out:
Monarch - Please Concrete
Buy If Children
Bow n' Arrow - Cybersex
Get more on your boy from the B aka Mickey Free aka Bow n' Arrow here.
November 20, 2007
We have two free tickets to see these incredible bands at the 9:30 Club tonight (11/20). These are hard tickets, so you'd need to email us and then be willing to pick them up around 7pm.
1990s - You're Supposed To Be My Friend
November 19, 2007
Of all the reviewers discussing the new Daft Punk samples collection (not released by DP), Pitchfork was the kindest. "If Discovered: A Collection of Daft Funk Samples proves anything, it isn't that Daft Punk are surreptitious thieves - it's that they're transformative reinterpreters, and in more than a few cases, flat-out miracle workers."
Agreed. But one of our least favorite tracks (Robot Rock) pales in comparison to Breakwater's Release the Beast (below) in terms of general party starting merit. Enjoy the original, a special Flight of the Conchords treatment, and a nasty Face to Face chop up from Belfort, France last year.
Breakwater - Release The Beast
Flight of the Conchords - Fake Robot Rock
Daft Punk - Face to Face vs. Harder Better Faster Stronger (live in Belfort)
November 18, 2007
At the time Archers of Loaf were releasing some of their best work (in the early 90s) it would be impossible to know that fifteen years later songs like "Audiowhore" would not only still be great to listen to, but that they would perfectly describe the the vast sucking sound heard across the airwaves. We'll spare you the Dennis Miller diatribe as Fluxblog has already described it perfectly:
"The Archers of Loaf's 1995 album Vee Vee overflows with skepticism and resentment, mainly directed at a music culture focused on consuming artists alive in a greedy, self-serving hype cycle that reduces art and youth culture to a cheap, disposable commodity. The record industry was still in the midst of the gold rush to find more Nirvanas, and A&R people were desperately snapping up cult bands and indie acts in the hopes of scoring a fluke hit. In this era, the stakes are much lower -- no one is expecting to pull Nirvana numbers, that's for sure -- but more people than ever are looking for a way to stake a claim on artists who could reach...well, ANY... level of success."
And jumping around a bit:
"When it comes to art that is practically defined by it falling on the outskirts of the mainstream (indie rock), the audience is almost always going to be comprised of people just waiting for the right moment to get into backlash mode. They kid themselves into believing that they sincerely care about the art, but what they really love is the social capital of hipness, and can't afford to put too much of themselves into something that may become unfashionable."
Archers of Loaf - Audiowhore
Archers of Loaf - Lowest Part is Free
Safe to say at this point we are committed supporters, and the Track 1-2 combo above is a great reason why (you can just feel your lip curling against the establishment during Lowest Part is Free). Can you imagine the blog flurry that would have followed Archers today? And how much they would have hated it? (of course Bachman declined an interview)
Either way we urge you to buy Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest Of All Time because, aside from Pavement's Watery, Domestic, this truly is the greatest EP of all time.
November 17, 2007
Occasionally you need to take it back to the early 90s when the real guitar heroes ruled, and lack of funds and hype machine access forced (or, allowed) us to sink into one album for months at a time to love it up and down. Based in North Carolina, Dillon Fence was a local touring favorite in the South until they broke up in 1995 after producing three solid full-lengths and a self-released EP, and we spent many afternoons honing the air guitar skills to their catalogue.
Lead fencer Greg Humphreys (left) went on to form funk/soul outfit Hobex, and while the new band still continues to tour/release great music, Dillon Fence's classic guitar-driven pops and croons should have made them a household name (fittingly they just got back together to open for Eddie Money).
Raleigh radio personality Hayes Permar sat down with the Humph a few weeks back to talk about promoting a band in the 80s/90s sans-InterWeb, "the biz" and making music a lifelong career.
How easy was it to transition from the old band to the new one?
Dillon Fence is like the band you start in high school, that first band and it just kept going. With Hobex I definitely wanted to switch the focus to more of a funk and soul band, and within that direction we’ve tried different things. At one point we had horns and it was like a nine-piece soul revue. Hobex as it is now - a tight four piece set with a rocking organist - is probably closer to sounding like Dillon Fence than it ever did.
Since you've been promoting bands on both sides, how has the InterWeb changed the landscape of grassroots music marketing?
In some ways it’s made it easier, and in some ways it’s more difficult. Getting the word out to a lot of people certainly has changed. Back in the day if you wanted to get something out it would cost you 25 cents a name, now you can obviously get news out fast to a lot of people with email lists. But it’s harder because there’s so much more out there and you’re competing a lot more for people’s attention.
Do you get young people who discover Dillon Fence online somehow in 2007 and buy, Rosemary for example on itunes?
We have had young people discover DF music online...I'm not really sure how many. It's hard to tell how much the old DF is selling digitally since we don't own the catalog. Some of the older label releases like DF's Living Room Scene and HOBEX's U Ready Man are still not available through most services like Itunes. The illegal sites may be the only place you can find some of these records online! Don't ask me why these labels don't just put all of their catalog out there - I don't get it either.
We are all constantly inundated with so much information, so much music, so much media, that it can be difficult to collectively cut through the crap. Quality stuff still gets buried under the mountain of mediocre material that has big marketing dollars connections backing it up.
Exactly. Some words on “the biz” from an enlightened soul?
After 20 years I can say pursuing music is very much a roller coaster, and I’ve tried to enjoy the highs and endure the lows ….I worked hard to make DF a full-time thing, but things never work out like you expect. I’d definitely like to make music for the rest of my life, in whatever form. Now whether or not I’d like to travel in a van the whole time, that’s another thing…but I said that 10 years ago.
Thanks again Greg. A few classics:
Dillon Fence - For A While
Dillon Fence - One Bad Habit
Dillon Fence - Black Eyed Susan
Dillon Fence - Remember
As we said earlier, DF dropped several solid albums - the kind where you might fight and argue for months over what the single order would have been for each, let alone which album was the best (our favorite was Outside In, which is considered blasphemy by the Rosemary purist crew). Buy them here or start with the Greatest Hits.
Even choosing the tracks above was hard - so if you're a DF fan let us know which album or songs were your favorite.
November 15, 2007
Lemonade was invented by Genghis Khan in a sporting goods store in 1299 and later during the gold rush lemons were eaten by miners to prevent scurvy. Today they are best known for being the shittiest Jolly Rancher flavor.
Lemonheads - Bit Part
Lemon Jelly - A Tune For Jack
The Walkmen - Emma, Get Me A Lemon
Muscles - Chocolate, Rasberry, Lemon and Lime
We've been giving lots of love to 100dbs lately, mainly because MC/DJ/producer Dan Brenner sent us mad beats like two months ago that still haven't left Loretta's mouth (Loretta is the name of my Volvo).
Witness Brenner's Breaks, a sticky slow simmer comp released this February that's still working its way around the speakeasy.
100dbs - One Love Remix (feat. Nas)
100dbs - Criminology Remix (feat. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon)
100dbs - War (feat. J-iLL and Ryan O'Neil)
100dbs - The Chase
My one request to Dan - on track 17 you briefly sample the super ill intro to The Zombie's "Summertime" - pull that out in full son! We need more British Invasion in the hip hop.
Download or preview the entire mix.
What if we were to tell you that you could get tickets to see Polyphonic Spree and Rooney at Ram's Head this Saturday for free, is that something you might be interested in? Now it's becoming clear why you studied haiku for several weeks in hike school. So you could win mad blog contests.
Posted by Z at 12:33 AM
November 12, 2007
Bmore artists playing local shows over the next seven days include, but are not limited to: Dan Deacon, Videohippos, Ponytail, Monarch, Thrushes, Ecstatic Sunshine, Jones, Shields, Height, Double Dagger, Thank You, Tall Grass, Television Hill and The Heavycoats. Here's a super quick rundown:
Dan Deacon - Snake Mistakes
Videohippos - Kool Shades
Height - Bad Weather
Shields - Boom
Jones - Too Dope
Ecstatic Sunshine - Little Big Dipper
The Tall Grass - Ring and Ring
Ram Ones (Dan Deacon and Connor Kizer) - Portals
Also at The Talking Head:
Saturday 11/17 - Thrushes and Bang! Bang!
Thrushes - Into The Woods
Win Guest Passes To This Show
At The Ottobar:
Tuesday 11/13 - VHS or Beta, Moving Units, The Heavycoats
The Heavycoats - Sea Song (link from Instrumental Analysis)
Wednesday 11/14 - Melt Banana, Hex Machine, Double Dagger, The Jons
Double Dagger - The Psychic
Monday 11/19 - Black Dice, Pissed Jeans, Ponytail and WZT Hearts
Ponytail - Lion Down
At Lo-Fi Social Club:
Monday 11/19 - Monarch, Oppenheimer
Monarch - Please Concrete
So which ones are you going to? All of them? And you ate a whole wheel of cheese?
November 9, 2007
Was going to put some motivational stuff up here about how it's the weekend, get ready with these beats, etc. but then sweet beard of Zeus I found the best video ever on YouTube ever (said ever twice on purpose).
Yelle - ACDG
We like the guy on the left that just kind of stands there looking cool next to the E. Must post another one, but this time with more neon lollipops.
Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir
This one's like a dart gun hidden in the toilet:
Yelle - Mal Poli
Additional beats, in order from most to least chill:
The Incredible Moses Leroy - Color of Sky
The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow
100dbs Aphex Twin Mashup - Breathe and Stop Using Homemade Polysynths
100dbs Aphex Twin Mashup - Harder, Better, Faster, Self-Employed
Beck - Timebomb
Show love to 100dbs. If you're in NYC you need to catch him live.
November 8, 2007
Wooo! Prog breakbeat acid freaks unite. Pitchfork ratings for your favorite artists don't mean anything unless they're good - but Muscles got an 8.3, so, put that in your pocket.
Nitsuh Abebe says:
"One of my favorite old stories about rave-era England is the one where the local toughs-- skinheads, soccer hooligans-- would suddenly appear at parties, loved up on ecstasy and wanting to give everyone a hug. Few of us were there for that, of course, but it's something you can actually hear in the music of that time, which developed pockets of dude-friendliness: more bone-headed energy, more stadium chanting, more everyday-guy stuff. This happens whenever more people start going to parties and dancing, and there's no reason it should always be a bad thing-- some guys somewhere will skirt away from the usual glamour and sexuality of dance music, using their synths to get across rock-bred stuff like pop hooks, party shouting, and songs about girls.
Muscles doesn't sound like a bonehead or a tough guy-- not in the least-- and he's definitely not trying to do anything to dance music. But he's part of a long line of that sort of thing, the same one that includes New Order, the Streets, "Born Slippy", the "hooligan house" of Audio Bullys, or his more-stylish fellow Australians in Cut Copy. That lack of cool, in fact, is important here. Muscles' tracks start off as rough-and-ready bedroom-laptop electro-pop, the sort of thing you might hear at any loft party full of dudes in neon sweatshirts-- but then these tracks drop into huge emotional gestures, from the wet, sentimental synths of trance to the classic buoyancy of house piano rhythms. (It's the opposite of electroclash-- earnest and warm instead of arch and icy.) Neither does he sound like a guy who's trying to be clever, cool, serious, or arty, though he pulls off all four. Mostly, he just sounds like a guy who is PSYCHED, like some kind of dancefloor Andrew W.K." (Full review)
We steal the mike to sing every time this comes on at the Never on Sunday chip shop and they don't get mad:
Muscles - Sweaty
Buy Guns Babes Lemonade
Did you read about the Streets just then and think about how much you miss Mike Skinner? Us too. Here's a morsel to tide you over until we get another proper:
The Mitchell Brothers feat. Leo the Lion and The Streets - She's Got It All Wrong
November 7, 2007
We're still listening to the dope acoustic sets procured by Baltimore Taper a few weeks back; this time up to the plate we have Jenn and Andy from Monarch (bottom two on the teeball team photo above). The set consisted of a few from If Children, the debut of “Half a Double Man" and several other generally unplayed older songs.
2. Please Concrete (highly recommended)
3. I Don’t Feel Young
4. Archaic Smile
5. On Top of Spaghetti
6. A Lawn To Mow
7. (false start)
8. Half A Double Man
Download the whole set here.
Next Bmore show: November 19th @ Lo-Fi Social Club.
November 6, 2007
Win Guest Passes/Happy Fun Prize Packs To Thrushes/Bang! Bang! Vinyl Release Party @ Talking Head 11/17
Next Saturday Chicago's Bang! Bang! will be at The Talking Head hosting a vinyl release party for their The Dirt that Makes You Drown LP along with Bmore shoegaze darlings Thrushes. Leave us a comment using either the word "bang" or "thrushes" in any context of your choice, or just write a nice haiku about the smell of library books, and you will be magically entered to win something from the following bucket of happiness:
- 2 guest list spots to the show
- 2 vinyl LPs of “The Dirt that Makes You Drown”
- 2 EPs of Bang! Bang!'s "Electric Sex"
- 2 Thrushes "Sun Come Undone" CDs
- 2 super awesome show posters signed by Thrushes (below)
Bang! Bang! - She Came From Outer Space
Thrushes - Aidan Quinn
Thanks to Casey from Thrushes and Morphius Records for the happy fun prize packs. Hint: you might also specify in your comment which part of the bucket of happiness you're aiming for.
Guitars, bass, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, melodica, slide whistle, electronic bow, tambourine, feedback, claps, shakers; all played and garage banded by The Electric Tickle Machine aka (Thomas Laplaige), who sounds like Damon Albarn's lucid spaghetti western dreams.
Mercitron is the soundtrack for slowrolling steam locomotives, cracked boots and panoramics across a forgotten landscape, so pop in some big league chew, shake the dust off your bedroll and lay back son.
The Electric Tickle Machine - Mercitron
We asked Laplaige about his recording style and how someone living in the East Village drops all this "Dark Tower Series" heat, and with a piece of hay hanging out of his mouth he says:
"These songs were written on the fly as i recorded them. I start with a simple guitar line or melody and build from there. I don't go in with too many preconceived notions of what the end product is going to sound like. Each new piece inspires the next until the shape of the song begins to fill out and then i run with it. Everything is self-recorded at home using just my built-in computer microphone and garageband which has a hand in dictating the process. I'm in the process of continued recording and recruiting a band with hopes of getting my album (tentatively titled Apples) together for an early 2008 release and tour. What that release will entail is still up in the air. I am looking for a label... one that likes vinyl."
We smell an indie A&R showdown at high noon. Get, ah, tickled more at Thomas' blog.
November 5, 2007
Welcome the sonic bliss-out swirl-pop of Panda Riot! Whilst being stuck in the Nashville airport tonight I received a well-timed mp3 from their very first (and best) debut album, She Dares all Things, which was released last week and sounds a bit like dare we say, My Bloody Valentine w/ breakbeats (we're lazy and use "sounds likes").
Panda Riot - Like Flowers At Night
Panda Riot - She Dares All Things
Plenty more where that came from so do check them out - and if Scar Jo (and Coppola) were to bless us with another movie about melancholy jetlag in a futuristic Asian city we have several soundtrack contenders here. Hope Panda Riot comes to Bmore soon.
Speaking of MBV with a beat:
My Bloody Valentine - Soon (Andrew Weatherall 12 Mix)