June 30, 2008

Whartscape 2K8 Deets


Will there be a nautical/pirate theme throughout? Full schedule below, tickets for the whole weekend are just $40, more details next week when we're back from vacation.

You may also enjoy our extensive coverage from last year's Hurtscape here.

JULY 17-20 HOLLA!
BUY TICKETS AT WHAMCITY.COM

THURSDAY CHARLES THEATER 1711 N CHARLES ST (6PM TO 12AM)
MATMOS
NAUTICAL ALMANAC
ULTIMATE REALITY
MARK HOSLER (NEGATIVLAND) ON ILLEGAL ART
LEPRECHAUN CATERING
TEETH MOUNTAIN
BLUE LEADER
BEN HERESEY
RIC ROYER
MISSOULA OBLONGATA

FRIDAY 2640 SPACE, 2640 ST PAUL ST (6PM TO 11PM)
BEACH HOUSE
JANA HUNTER
GOLDEN AGE (FORMELY MORE DOGS)
ARBOURETUM
LESSER GONZALEZ ALVAREZ
WHEATIE MATTIASICH
SANTA DADS
MATTEAH BAIM
ANDY ABELOW
EAGLE AGER
A MURMERED TALE

SATURDAY OUTSIDE 331 NORTH AVE(NOON to 10PM)
OXES
THANK YOU
CELEBRATION
KILLER WHALES
DEATHSET
THE MAE SHI
DDMMYYYY
EYEBALL SKELETON
BIRD NAMES
ECSTATIC SUNSHINE
LEXIE MOUNTAIN BOYS
THE CREEPERS
DUFUS
WZT HEARTS
FACTS
ED SCHRADER
AIR WAVES
BENNY STOOFY
SMARTS
KING CLOUD

SATURNIGHT SONAR 407 E SARATOGA(11PM to 2AM)
SECRET SURPRISE GUEST
VIDEO HIPPOS
NUCLEAR POWER PANTS
BLOOD BABY
HUMAN HOST
FOOD FOR ANIMALS

WHY IS EVERYONE SHOUTING

SUNDAY OUTSIDE 331 NORTH AVE (NOON to 10PM)
BLACK DICE
PONYTAIL
PARTS AND LABOR
DOUBLE DAGGER
GRAND BUFFET
TREY TOLD 'EM
DAN DEACON
HEIGHT
FUTURE ISLANDS
CLUB LYFESTILES
ADVENTURE
WHITE WILLIAMS
KYLE H MABSON
MINCEMEAT OR TENSPEED
NARWALS
EAR PWR
THRUST LAB

SUN NIGHT ANNEX THEATER (11PM to 2AM)
CEX
EGYPTRIXX
DJ DOG DICK
SWEAN LEATHER
MARK BROWN
TEENGIRL FANTASY
SMART GROWTH
WET HAIR

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What bands are you super excited to see? I can't wait for Nuclear Power Pants.

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June 27, 2008

By Way of the Green Line Bus

No doubt this scene made me fall in love with buses, headbands, fur coats, luggage, dour expressions, beards and Nico's "These Days." For the next three years I would take all of my meals standing up and refuse to dress as anything other than a one-socked Richie Tennenbaum.



Things got sort of played out for awhile there, but then 100dBs & Ryan O'Neil popped this acid raindrop joint that takes it all back. It's calming, like a large plate of ribs and warm milk or the sound of a one-handed man rapping.








100dBs & Ryan O'Neil - Must Be Love (from The Adventures of The One Hand Bandit and The Slum Computer Wizard)

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You realize if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?

Ferris Bueller vs. Requiem For A Dream
"In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the... Anyone? Anyone?... the Great Depression, passed the... Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?... raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? "

One movie you can watch a million times (I know someone who literally watched this movie every day in 7th grade), and one can only be watched once. I'll still never forget that, you know, scene with Jennifer Connelly earnin' that change. Amazing how they were really the exact same movie all along.










Of Montreal - Requiem for OMM 2 (Daytrotter session)

Pulp vs. Star Trek
Doubt many would argue that "Common People" is one of the best songs of all time; Pulp being a band that addresses class and social strata in almost every song but absolutely shouts about it here. William Shatner's cover version came along and everyone had a chuckle, it wasn't very good but certainly confirmed the song's pop cult classic status. Now this month a talented Youtuber has nicely pulled another meaning from it all, choosing to focus on Star Trek fan speculations that sexual attraction is always brewing beneath the surface between Kirk and Spock.










Pulp - Common People (live at Glastonbury)

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June 26, 2008

Camp Rock + Pinkerton

So Rivers Cuomo's mom recently suggested he hold a rok camp in Portland, inviting 200 local musicians roll up and perform Weezer jamz as part of a live radio broadcast.



This is pretty cool, and that's a pretty strong camp counselor mustache. Would have been a whole lot cooler if we could talk about how good the new album is (it isn't), so instead let's reminisce about Pinkerton.

Back in the days when i was a teenager (before I had status and before I had a pager) this album owned. My parents couldn't afford Guitar Hero, so like other scrubs across the country I fake-played these songs with a real electric guitar plugged into a shitty 12" Peavey Rage, channeling a new generation of electric white boy blues.

And while most other Weezer album covers just hold down a primary color, the Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print and a song about unrequited love for possibly underage Japanese schoolgirls tells you this is something real nice, Clark.








Weezer - Across the Sea

Buy it at Insound!

And don't even get me started about "Tired of Sex." Or do.

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June 25, 2008

Crescenfresh MMJ Covers

Shocker that one of the best live bands in America or America's hat (Canada) delivers a wig-scramblingly strong setlist at 'Roo 2K8. Download the beats below and check review/photos at You Ain't No Picasso.








My Morning Jacket - Across 110th Street (live at Bonnaroo)








Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Other choice cuts from their cover catalogue:








Time of the Season (The Zombies, live 9/27/03)








Rocket Man (Elton John, from Early Recordings: Chapter 1)








West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys, from Early Recordings: Chapter 2)

Buy it at Insound!

What should they cover next?

"Soul Glo" song from Coming to America
"Win in the End" from Teen Wolf
Maybe something from Girl Talk
Toney Starks

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June 24, 2008

Dealing with Cut Copy Withdrawal?


You're not alone, that was a dope show. Maybe you've felt a little gloomy since then and kept In Ghost Colours on repeat, visualizing yourself back at Sonar sans stainful alt bros. Maybe you hit the remix circuit or even mashed up cutters tracks with popular movies or commercials.








Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire (Polygon Palace Rmx)








Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire (Knightlife Rmx) via Hipster Runoff

But it's time to try something else, so I'm just gonna put this out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don't, send it right back. Booka Shade. Most of their new one (The Sun & The Neon Light) follows traditional top gear German electro lineage, but lead single "Charlotte," which scientists may later discover contains auditory blueprints for a prehistoric utopian civilization, sounds like a fresh round of subterranean assaults in the Aussie/French banger wars.








Booka Shade - Charlotte

Buy it at Insound!

Yeah!

While you're digging German electro magic, please to enjoy the best music video every made by anyone ever courtesy of 80s Berlin pop supergroup The Twins:


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June 23, 2008

Whip It Real Hard

You don't need to like mainstream hip hop to understand Ross is a pimp. Fast forward to 5:27 on this Fader interview to watch big money disrobe and speak on his tats. (points to the Statue of Liberty under his right boob: "This is Lady Justice...we pimpin' that bitch...that's Richard Pryor...")

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June 20, 2008

Butter Team Weekend Beats Vol. 24


Ever check a blog from another blog's blogroll and find that blogger is no longer blogging? It's really scary, because you wonder what happened. Maybe they disappeared in the land of frowny orange oompahs?

Until we get bored or busy, we promise to remain crescenfresher than a pair of Nike Lobster Dunks, which come with rubber bands on the toe, a tablecloth pattern on the inside and butter-colored laces.

This weekend starts off with the refreshingly underrated Air France from Gothenburg, Sweden, the closest you're going to get this year to a brand new Avalanches LP. AF uses about 10,000 fewer samples while still mainlining the subconscious undercurrent of every beautiful moment you've ever had or dreamed, symphonic vinyl crackles and faded polaroids, bam. We've had No Way Down on repeat for a few weeks, the digi version is definitely worth buying for $5.

Also funny how in February late-night headphone play was almost exclusively reserved for The Zombies, and here we are in June and nothing's changed.

Bonus retro rooftop bangers from Jaques Dutronc and The Bobby Hughes Experience whilst Yo La digs the scene with a mean gangsta lean.

Be excellent to each other.








Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep (from No Way Down)








The Zombies - Leave Me Be (from Decca Stereo Anthology)








Jaques Dutronc - Le Responsable








Bobby Hughes Experience - Sahara '72








Yo La Tengo - Be Thankful For What You've Got (from Little Honda)

Previous Weekend Beats

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June 19, 2008

Friends of TPC/WFP


Remember when we remembered about the Tokyo Police Club interview at Sonar, where Greg explains how he came to the conclusion that Pam is hotter than Bob Vance, and they also covered The Rentals' "Friend of P?"

Well now the gang is hating on Lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to hate on itself, by releasing a studio version of the cover in support of Friends of P. Check them out, download the song (hint: click on the record player while the song is playing) and donate to receive a killer tote.








Tokyo Police Club - Friends of P

In other "rocking for the cure" news, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio and Ladytron will be at Merriweather on 6/28 in support of the UN World Food Program, who remind you to either finish or donate the rest of those vegetables on your plate.

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June 18, 2008

Nasty Creed Bratton Solo at 1:49

Creed Bratton's larceny streak began back in 1967, you see, when homey was stealing hearts as lead guitarist for The Grass Roots. Don't believe this is for serious?



You might also enjoy watching the kids freakbeat to Bratton's effortlessly crunchy grooves in the Doris Day classic With Six You Get Eggroll. I knew he was a key player in the Scrantones, but damn.








The Grass Roots - Midnight Confessions

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June 17, 2008

I Still Wanna Punch You If You Let Me

Woooooo - someone remixed/covered the already-classic Muscles pubhouse jam "Sweaty" without ruining it! Indeed, 17-year old Melbourne whiz Shazam managed to maintain existing levels of peace, love, ecstasy, unity + respect all whilst flipping vocal chromosomes. But none of that applies when you're clocking Julies in the grill:










Muscles - Sweaty (Shazam Rmx)

Speedos and mustaches may be huge this summer, but putting watermelon in your trunks for the party pix guy isn't avant-garde.








Shazam - Pool Party

via Mod Blog

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June 16, 2008

Walkmen 4.0


Our January interview with Hamilton Leithauser broke some details about their fourth LP and new label, which Pitchfork announced will be titled You & Me and scheduled for release via Gigantic Music on 8/19. Based on the first few track titles, we can only hope they're bringing in another fiesta-themed opener a la "Louisiana."

01 Dónde Está la Playa
02 Flamingos (for Colbert)
03 On the Water
04 In the New Year
05 Seven Years of Holidays (for Stretch)
06 Postcards From Tiny Islands
07 Red Moon
08 Canadian Girl
09 Four Provinces
10 Long Time Ahead of Us
11 The Blue Route
12 New Country
13 I Lost You
14 If Only It Were True

Check out a few live versions of the new songs here.








The Walkmen - Rue the Day (from Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

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June 13, 2008

Territorial Death Set Pissings


Hit us up if you want a guest spot +1 for The Death Set at Sonar next Tuesday 6/17 with Matt and Kim, Monotix and Team Robespierre.

Jill from Switchburn provides video of the boys in Austin covering Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings," shot and played back from three angles simultaneously to show Johnny and team's foaming fury. Watch full size here.










The Death Set - Impossible (Etan Rmx)








Nirvana - Territorial Pissings (from Nevermind, obvs)

Buy it at Insound!

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June 12, 2008

Stream the New Sigur Ros Album (SFW)

Do you like streaking streaming? Then yes, by all means, listen to Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust in its entirety before the 6/23 release. You can also watch the kids wilin' out in the woods in the "Gobbledigook" video here (caution: lots of 70s boobs and naked alt bros with sneakers, best enjoyed with some gummi lighthouses.)








Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook (from Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust which means "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly")

courtesy of Baeble Music

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June 11, 2008

'Til the Night Closes In



We were going to make a second Cougar Muxtape and then realized the Happy Gilmore soundtrack is a Cougar muxtape, only available in the popular compact disc format. So crack open the cold gold with Kansas, move things onto the chaise lounge with Exile (pretty intense video below), then close the deal with Lionel.










Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son








Exile - Kiss You All Over








Lionel Richie and Diana Ross - Endless Love

Who hurt you, Lionel? So tender, so raw.

Backup bonus track for extended play - "We've Only Just Begun" as performed by Carl Weathers. And instead of giving her a hockey jersey to wear the next morning, class things up with a Cosby sweater.

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Hip Hop From Scratch


Bmore's Dan Keech (aka Height) and Bob Jones have been making music together for close to ten years through various projects, and they recently found a new production playground to take it up a notch at SnowGhost, an independent studio on Whitefish, Montana. SnowGhost sessions allow artists to record as much as they can handle over a few days in the studio, play a show in town in front of a small-town crowd, and have their performances (and everything else) documented online through film and high-quality recordings.

Accompanied by newfound collaborator King Rhythm, Height and Jones took full advantage of the studio and instruments to capture some uncommonly sweet sounds for their tracks - chopping up samples in Reason and using the hip hop standard-issue Akai MPC while building samples and sounds from scratch with drums, bass, and guitar.

It's a strong new direction for the crew; you can hear (and buy) the session tracks from SnowGhost, and look for Height + Jones in Bmore a few times next month including Whartscape.








Height w/ Jones & King Rhythm - Laserbeams (sample only)

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June 10, 2008

Oh Snap, New Phoenix


Old Guy: This arm ready to throw about 2,000 yards next fall?
Phoenix: Oh, I don't know. We'll see.
OG: Four starters coming back, all lettermen, first track's lookin' tough.








Phoenix - Twenty-one one zero (new album TBD)

Remember we were telling you about the Daft Punk crew's first band called Darlin'? Laurent Brancowitz, guitar player for Phoenix, was in it too. Hard to believe they sucked.








Phoenix - Long Distance Call (25 Hours A Day Rmx)

Phoenix originally started as the backing band for a remix of Air's "Kelly Watch the Stars" single, before building/igniting a nest of cinnamon twigs and re-emerging as a French pop powerhouse.








Phoenix - Playground Love (Air cover)

Buy it at Insound!

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June 9, 2008

Big Up Your Elders, Safe


As a role model for UK yutes, it's refreshing to see Dizzee respects other people's mums and that, innit.

Maths + English was already dirtee enough, when you add in Calvin Harris and a synthy bhangra banger the result can be wig-scrambling. No grime, just a summer jam so you can put your backbone behind that special lady.








Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris - Dance Wiv Me (buy it)









Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp (Ratatat Rmx)

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June 7, 2008

Fit But You Know It

Strongly considering a purchase of the Wii Fit after watching this instructional demo:


(D-bag alt bro not included. Don't worry ladies, there's a demo for you too.)








Hot Chip - No Fit State (live at Brixton Academy)

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June 6, 2008

Paint Yourself White And Fill Up With Noise


We thought the Nude remix wars were over, but this late entry may be the most interesting yet. Analog badass James Houston says:

"Radiohead held an online contest to remix 'Nude' from their album - In Rainbows. This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as 'Nude' is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from 'Nude' thrown in so that they qualified for the contest. I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there. It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to."

The band:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - A collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX

You may have to fast forward a bit:










Radiohead - Nude (James Houston Rmx)

Before you get any big ideas around the office, please check with IT.

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June 5, 2008

3 Feet High and Rising - Original Samples


Game changing, son - not sure what else needs to be said about De La's 1989 debut. In a genre where original expression is king, this album redefined rap's role in projecting cultural positivity while presenting a radical style and format change from everything released at the time (or since). Homeys also invented the now-standard hip hop skit along the way.

Most notably, Prince Paul built a name for himself here by permanently upping the creativity bar for sampling (even though The Turtles later sued them and won). You might have already recognized some of the more obvious samples like Hall & Oates in "Say No Go," but PP slipped in 75 other classic cold BBQ cuts you can check out and download over at Kevin Nottingham's hip hop sample emporium.

Some of our favorites:








Sly & the Family Stone - Crossword Puzzle (from "Say No Go")








The Mad Lads - Make This Young Lady Mine (from "Eye Know")








Jarmels - A Little Bit of Soap (from "A Little Bit of Soap")








The Turtles - You Baby (from bonus track "What's More")








De La Soul - Say No Go

Sample issues will keep this album from iTunes for the near future, but it's worth picking up from Amazon no question. Some people call this the critical/commercial peak of De La/Prince Paul - what's your top De La rekkid?

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June 4, 2008

New Beechfields Bmore Comp


Yeah, get your authorized free beats. The Beechfields record label just released This City of Neighborhoods, a high concentration of complimentary Bmore dopeness including Among Wolves, The Seldon Plan, The Red Vines, A Cat Called Cricket, Infinite Honey, The Honest Mistakes, and the final two tracks from Private Eleanor (now on hiatus).

Get it for free and learn about all of the artists here.

TRACKLIST:
1 Infinite Honey - Honeybees
2 Private Eleanor - Scare Yourself to Death
3 Among Wolves - Father Mother Sister Brother
4 The Seldon Plan - Our Time in Rockland County
5 The Red Vines - Madeline
6 A Cat Called Cricket - A Daily Reminder
7 Pupa’s Window - Warm Embrace
8 The Honest Mistakes - Sidekick
9 The Seldon Plan - Colored Lenses
10 Among Wolves - Letter (mp3)
11 Pupa’s Window & The Seldon Plan - Les Poupées Russes
12 The Red Vines - El Nuevo Mundo
13 The Honest Mistakes - Girl
14 Private Eleanor - Capitán
15 Infinite Honey - Travelers

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June 3, 2008

Win Rilo Kiley Tickets, Discuss Cat Wigs


We've got some free tix to see Rilo Kiley at Ram's Head Live this Saturday w/ Benji Hughes and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, send us an email if you want a pair.








The Good That Won't Come Out (from The Execution of All Things)

In other news, wtf is wrong with you people, for serious.








The Rakes - The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Purrrfect

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June 2, 2008

Pics From Dan Deacon/Diplo



Deacon's new material is strong to very strong, Diplo killed it as always.
More from Josh Sisk here.

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Hipster Trend Watch: Cosby Sweaters + Fighting


Do hipsters instinctively gravitate to Cosby sweaters because the show was set in Brooklyn Heights, or because its pleasant nostalgia and stable familial structure takes them to a different world?

Either way, from now until June 12, the Cos is officially auctioning off his sweaters for charity. No doubt this will be the sizzling summer look of choice for alternadads, while hipster chicks may opt for the "pantless morning after with an oversized Cosby" walk of style/shame.

MD's own Oh Snap!! (label mate of BT favorite Gameboy/Gamegirl) commemorates the occasion:








Oh Snap!! - Bill Cosby Sweater Hostage Rmx

Remember when lil' Rudy tried to make peanut butter and jelly juice with Dad's juicer?

We're also seeing a rash of Hipster Fight Clubs spreading across both coasts - here's some footage from last week. Everyone wins here. Note the office chair-wheeling Tyrone Biggums who floats in to break up weak standoffs.










Pavement - Fight This Generation (from Wowee Zowee)

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June 1, 2008

Making You Feel The Rhythm Is My Occupation



Best Buy employee checklist:
1. Bob head.
2. Feel it, feel it.
3. Check for other employees or customers.
4. Shake it to the ground.
5. Bring it back up.
6. Try to sell customers extended service plan.

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