Soon after the twee batlight shone brightly through a stormy Glascow evening, Belle and Sebastian gathered their instruments to gently lead Stuart Murdoch and guest vocalist Celia Garcia in a special tune to spread Christmastime cheer across the land. You can download "Are You Coming Home For Christmas?" from their MySpace for the next 24 hours.
Didn't wrap your presents yet? Step one: get a box. Steps two and three.
December 24, 2007
December 21, 2007
From the double D crew: "We're taking a break from shows for a couple of months to work on some new shit. But we've got some awesome stuff upcoming in oh eight, oh yes. In the meantime, treat yourself to a Christmastime present and download the entire Materials CD for free...no lie! It's Bruce and Nolen from DD plus Kim of Baltimore's awesome-est Kim++ and Human Host ( www.myspace.com/kimplusplus). It'll be good, we promise.
Materials - Plastic
Double Dagger - Rearranging The Digital Deck Chairs (live on WFMU)
DD and Justin from Beatbots also contribute to this well fit Tiny Mixtapes article on the Bmore music community.
December 20, 2007
Digging through the crates to keep you entertained while we slack.
Stars - Live on KEXP
Recorded live at The Triple Door in Seattle on 11/16/07. Take Me to the Riot, The Night Starts Here, Elevator Love Letter, The Ghost of Genova Heights, Midnight Coward, One More Night, Personal, My Favorite Book, Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Belle and Sebastian - Live on KEXP
Mudhoney - Live on KEXP
Art Brut - Live on KEXP
Soul Position - Live on KEXP
Speaking of live bounty, check City Paper's recent spotlight on Jeff Mewbourn aka the Baltimore Taper.
December 17, 2007
Butter Team is all about having a good time, sans pants, at various aqua-themed resorts including Sea World. But even more than that, we're about sharing great music.
So while most may grimace and quickly skip this post; for the brave souls that remain we've something better that even the coldest liquid delicacies from the Southern region of Andalusia.
Probably heard about prolific Memphis punker Jay Reatard a few times before stopping to pay attention - his name is almost worse than the photo. But following a strong endorsement from our homies at Covert Curiosity and a quick sample of My Shadow, it's done. Toss Supergrass (early Caught By The Fuzz era) with young Ozzy in a combination of punk's greatest power riffs, chill, serve all up in your face.
Jay Reatard - My Shadow
Supergrass - Caught by the Fuzz (an all-time favorite)
Also in the men's pants dept., enjoying the track below from Boston artsters Pants! Yell, another band I would have ignored without a recommendation from The Yellow Stereo. Stick around for the female vocals, dope dope dope.
Pants! Yell - Two French Sisters
December 15, 2007
Nothing more appropriate for our The More You Know series than a dedication to the very institutions which first taught us the merits of industrial strength magic markers.
While we all have our protractors out, try naming the source for as many of the fictional schools below as you can:
Bayside High School
Bayview High School
Bradock High School
California University (two correct answers)
Clark Secondary School
Degrassi High (jk)
Eastern State University
Harding High School
Hill Valley High School
James Woods Regional High School
John Hughes High School
Lake Forest High School
Liberty High School
Manchester Preparatory School
Nibb High School
Pacific Institute of Technology
Port Chester University
Ridgemont High School
St. Francis Academy High School
Thomas E. Dewey High School
University of North Alaska
University of the United States
West Springfield Elementary School
Westerberg High School
We'll share the answers next week. First person to comment with more than 8 correct answers wins the Miss Bliss award.
Detroit Grand Pubhas - After School Special
Mission of Burma - Academy Fight Song
Leaders of the New School - Teachers Don't Teach Us Nonsense
Manhead - Birth School Work Death
Afroman - Back To School
Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan Rework)
Dangerdoom - Old School Rules feat. Talib Kweli
James Brown - Killing Is Out, School Is In
The Pipettes - I Like A Boy In Uniform (School Uniform)
Preston School of Industry - Caught In The Rain
Handsome Boy Modeling School - The Projects feat. De La Soul and Del the Funkee Homosapien
December 12, 2007
Like drum machines, wiry guitar and Swedish post punk from kids who grew up on the Bunnymen? Yeah you do. The Bell have been moderately pushing the envelope since 2006, but the recent release of their debut LP Make Some Quiet will only reaffirm our power crush on Stockholm's exports.
The Bell - I Am History
The Bell - On And On
The Bell - Do You Know How To Feel?
Not sure if it's available in the states until next year, but you can get it on iTunes. Thanks to Janellel and the Green Light Go team for the tracks.
December 11, 2007
You don't plan on joining the corporate cog, you're above that of course, but hand stamps and Stellas must be financed. Bigger dreams and all. So but right now you're a contemptster intern at a law firm. On Wednesday mornings, like most others, you sort mail.
At the risk of appearing like a total wad, you've chosen to make a personal statement by wearing earbuds during these sorting hours. Time goes by more quickly, you avoid awkward social interaction, everyone wins. And even if your snickering, conformist coworkers can't actually hear the music, they can read it in your face; in your cocksure swagger and adept three-handed shuffling of interoffice memos and presorted spam. Hallway or runway? No difference here. You think they think you're projecting cool, when in fact you are most certainly a total wad.
Virgins - Rich Girls
Mgmt - Electric Feel
A few weeks ago Bmore resident Lesser Gonzalez quietly released a collection of instant-appeal acoustic folk jamz called "Why Is Bear Bellowing?" and then, judging by the fruit shadow, sat down around 3:30pm to eat what looks like an apple and maybe several oranges/papayas. Since we take all press photos seriously, what does this mean? What is the significance of these fruits, in these exact quanities, at this exact time of day? Was someone else going to sit in the empty chair to help eat the fruit, but they bailed, leaving Lesser with more?
And what does any of this have to do with the hit 1984-86 action series Airwolf? How did all of the evil dictators and wicked scientists on this show also have their own advanced battle helicopters?
Lesser Gonzalez - Narwhal Horn
No word on where you can buy the album yet, but we'll let you know if any local show plans surface. Thanks to Wham City/Important Comics collaborator Dina Kelberman for the tip. Check her out here for some animated holiday animation.
Also in what is possibly one of the most clutch moves of all time, we're offering the full, three-minutes-of-glory version of the Airwolf theme (Percee P and Diamond D, you're welcome) plus the hot intro sequence. Recommended activities whilst listening to this song include: aggressive teeth brushing, aggressive sandwich making, jumping across rooftops, or maybe combine two of those at once.
Airwolf Theme Son!
December 9, 2007
You're right to be skeptical of most remixes floating out there, but simply, Silversun Pickups have a new set from Jimmy Tamborello and others that are worth your time/cheese. Here's our favorite so far:
Silversun Pickups - Little Lover's So Polite (Gray Area Remix)
The sound quality is shite but no worries because you'll be buying the whole six track EP on Tuesday via iTunes. Stream the rest of it via Dangerbird Records here.
Random Jack Handy quote: "Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone's neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing.”
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye (Curtis Vodka edit)
More Silversuns on Butter Team (including some acoustic jamz)
December 8, 2007
Nous avions écouté Yelle et Protoypes tellement, il s'est seulement compris d'aller déterrent une collection de vinyle de couvertures françaises d'oscillation impertinentes d'années '60. C'est jolie substance inconditionnelle ici, ainsi allez facile. (Been listening to Yelle and Protoypes so much it only made sense to go unearth a vinyl collection of sassy swinging French sixties covers. This is pretty hardcore stuff so go easy.)
Jocelyne - Nitty Gritty
Jacqueline Taieb - 7 Heures Du Mati
Battements extra français:
Prototypes - Exister
Yelle - Mal Poli
Guru and MC Solaar - Le Bien Le Mal
December 5, 2007
This weekend put on your party dress/party sansabelts and head to 2640 Space to welcome Celebration home from their victorious tour. What with The Modern Tribe being stacked mile high with tasty treats, it’s sure be a heater. We dropped a quick line with Celebration’s Katrina Ford to check in.
How's the tour been going so far, and what was your favorite show?
Tour was an adventure, like any good story had its ups and downs, but in the end, the hero(s) triumph. On this tour, LA @ the Echo, everyone became temporarily insane!! Sweat, animal dance by the end my drum was striped with blood.
Any place where you were surprised by the reception?
Bakersfield CA, was beauty. We were treated like kings. Basque food, red carpet, love, dancing.
We were really impressed with The Modern Tribe; while the tracks are saturated, each of your contributions can be heard distinctly. Are you pleased with how it translates?
I am pleased with it. Yes people will feel the need to look for what they like or don't like. That part about sharing the music is my least favorite. We wanted to bring an energy of excitement and universal love, without regard to genre or style, just music from our hearts. As Horace Andy says "lets live in love." We are ever evolving to express the beauty/pain of modern living.
Well said. Thanks Katrina.
Kids, get your tix at Red Emma's/True Vine. No drinking/smoking in church.
Celebration - Evergreen
Pitchfork's review of The Modern Tribe.
December 3, 2007
Not even sure what that means since we love both bands, but with Le Concorde's release of Suite last month at least the initial comparisons to Phoenix are warranted.
Get a few listens in and you'll find plenty of differences but a shared appreciation for the earnest pop harmonies available only to those with the courage to croon. And like a dumbass I thought Le Concorde's multi-instrumentalist Stephen Becker, Ph.D was a fellow Frenchman (also once told Kevin Barnes "for some reason I thought Of Montreal were Canadian").
But Le Concorde rock the harmonica hard:
Le Concorde - I Want You Back (from Suite)
Le Concorde - Parallel Lives (from Universe and Villa)
Et appréciez maintenant les stylings musicaux parisiens de Phoenix:
Phoenix - Long Distance Call
Phoenix - Long Distance Call (25 Hours A Day Remix)