Saturday, November 24, 2007

texas is the reason

Sorry for the lack of posting. The pre-holiday week was extra hectic with my sister coming in, and working extra hours and everything.

So, onto the first album on that big list of albums right below this post.

Fishboy is from Denton, TX and apparently named after some sort of middle-school dare that involved consuming a live goldfish. They are a four-piece, and their new(second? i think second) album is a rock opera about how they, with the help of buddy holly's ghost and a girl they met while working at a taco stand tried to save the state of texas with the power of music.

which, i think we can all agree, is a tremendously charming undertaking, and this charm and spunk pervade the entire album. it's a twee-pop masterpiece, and easily one of the best albums of the year.

Fishboy - Taqueria Girl

an extra song, with charming lyrics about winter, and winter ending, which is important these days.

Fishboy - Blackout Halftime

Music comes in seasons, just like people and films, and I've definitely fallen into the trap of listening to almost exclusively winter music as of late. Owen, Jawbreaker, Okkervil River, and oddly enough, this one song by Jens Lekman. The majority of his work is charming, and upbeat, and reminds me of Burt Bacharach(which is a fairly high compliment from me.), and this song is just heart-wrenchingly sad. The light piano underscores the focus of the song, which is Jen's voice, and his simple and direct lyrics about someone waiting for an old flame at the airport after a long separation.

Jens Lekman - Sky Phenomenon

Sunday, November 18, 2007

albums that are great from this year and might make some sort of list eventually

Fishboy - Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll
Tullycraft - Every Scene Needs a Center
Streetlight Manifesto - Somewhere in the Between
Skeletonwitch - Beyond the Permafrost
Bomb the Music Industry/O Pioneers!!! - Split
Bishop Allen - The Broken String
Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood
The Unlovables - Heartsickle
Various Artists - Folk Music for the End of the World
Kayne West - Graduation
Bettye LaVette - Scene of the Crime
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Minsk - The Ritual Fires of Abandonment
Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters
Jason Anderson - Tonight!
Paul Baribeau - Grand Ledge
The Ergs - Upstairs/Downstairs
Weedeater - God Luck and Good Speed
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
The Steinways - Missed the Boat
Matty Pop Chart - Everyone Does Everything
Jena Berlin - Quo Vadimus
Algernon Cadwallader - tour edition demo
A Smile and A Ribbon - The Boy I Wish I Never Met
Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Wingnut Dishwasher's Union - Towards a World Without Dishwashers
Baby Dee - Safe Inside the Day
Blud Wolf - Cryptic Revelations

this is more for myself than anyone else, i keep forgetting what came out this year. but everyone should take the time to check these albums out. i might post some songs later tonight from one's that are especially off the radar and/or awesome.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

whoa what

Apparently the Ergs covered Paul Baribeau on the b-side of their "Books About Miles Davis" 7-in.

This sounds pretty awesome to me.

Sorry for the lack of MP3 updates, I've been really busy and exhausted lately.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

every single one of them named jennifer

I have half a post prepared about punk rock, and bands that still stand for what I believe in, but it's not what I'm really listening to right now, so instead:

Typically, I would deny listening to something as... i guess, unoffensive as Bishop Allen, but I am in a strange place right now where I read books I would normally pass, and sip tea and lean against the CTA railways. I have a lot of people I love living in Asia right now, and I spent today writing my application to teach aboard in Japan, and I am feeling all kinds of fall and wistful and this song seems to wrap all that up. The rest of this album is the same kind of sepia-toned indie pop. It will probably end up on my end of the year list of albums i've loved.

Bishop Allen - The Chinatown Bus

That's all for now, I have to finish letters and start other projects.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

oh my lord



(note: if you are not amused by the idea of death metal covers of pop songs, you probably shouldn't even bother.)

Ten Masked Men.

Their version of "Cry Me a River" made me laugh so hard.

can we start again?

Bane recently(7 months ago) celebrated their 10th year of existence as a band with a hell of a show in Worcester, MA at the Palladium, and since they are the most important band in the world to me, of course I was there, braving snow and ice to celebrate. They played with FC Five, Outbreak, Evergreen Terrace, and a re-united Overcast, and in a rare display of kindness, the Palladium removed most of their barricades. What resulted was one of the best shows I've ever seen, rivaling the first time I ever saw Bane. FC Five were scrappy and furious(and Japanese!), Outbreak as pissed as I've ever seen them, Evergreen Terrace gave everyone a chance to breathe, and covered Op Ivy(which was fun, gotta give 'em that.), and Overcast rocked the fuck out with their brand of Worcester-style metalcore. But Bane, good lord. Bane was amazing. They tore through mostly newer songs, but threw in some great picks from "It All Comes Down to This", and "Holding This Moment." In the midst of their set was a Bjork cover, which I present a recorded version of to you below. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly interesting to hear Bane put their stamp on a non-hardcore song.

Bane - Enjoy(Bjork Cover)

Black Forest / Black Sea were another band I discovered that fateful night in Boston in 2004. They opened for Birchville Cat Motel, and were entrancing. It's a duo from Rhode Island, and that night they both played string instruments and looped some of the sounds, I believe. I was major into Godspeed You Black Emperor! at that time, so I really ate it up, and ending up buying a CD(which I listened to on the ride home, and almost drove into a tree since it was so soothing. After that, my girlfriend made me listen to the radio.) This track is off a compliation entitled "frannce" which is four discs long, and spans all kinds of music. It's a sparse little tune sung all in French by the female member of the duo, and the Neil Young/Crazy Horse style guitar in the middle just makes it all the better, I feel.

edit: Here's a rough translation, provided by a friend of mine. I make no claims as to it's accuracy. The note is from her as well.

One night, one time
Spent the night in a new way
I noticed before climbing
The death of hero (something)

Outside the law where
la la loo will be the thread
with sympathy
A task of (energy?)

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse where are our tickets
No one would suspect us

We ate all the pastries
We peed in the swimming pool
We wrote in lipstick on each mirror and each toilet
Mickey and Minnie were (anticipated? Anti-something.)

We will finish, we will escape
In the dark

*note: French people use the word thread to mean connector or unifier

Black Forest / Black Sea - My Night with the French Resistance

Tomorrow night I probably won't post anything because I'll be at the Metro to see Lucero. I am pretty excited, though wistful, since those drunk kids from TN I sang along with last time probably won't be there. Anyway, this is Lucero playing a song by Jawbreaker.

Lucero - Kiss the Bottle(Jawbreaker cover)

'til next time.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

motherfucking shit computer

I had half a post typed, and then my computer restarted for no reason.

motherfucking bad omens.


welcome to my music blog.

I was first exposed to Birchville Cat Motel, and by extension, noise/drone in 2004. It was December 31st, in Boston at an experimental music showcase. I didn't really have any idea what I was going to be seeing, aside from free music that was "experimental!" needless to say, i was in full throes of being indier-than-thou, and dragged all my friends. they left after the fellow who had treated vinyl with different substances to produced warped sound(i thought he was neat), but I stayed for Birchville Cat Motel's first ever US show. Or at least his first show in Boston. I can't remember. regardless, i thought he was amazing, and managed to catch him a second time, two years later. Campbell Kneale(the fellow behind BCM) has the worst hair I've ever seen, but crafts music of breathtaking beauty and chaos. He has a tremendous knack for taking moments of sublime destruction and turning them into quiet angelic melodies. This is a Prince cover, from a tribute album released on his label. It sounds not much like most of his work, but I like it a whole bunch anyway.

Birchville Cat Motel - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man(Prince Cover)

This is a quietly epic song that I like very much. I don't know a whole lot about Working for a Nuclear Free City except that they are from England, Stylus really liked them a whole bunch, and I expect this double CD (Businessmen & Ghosts) to be on a few end of the year lists.

Working for a Nuclear-Free City - Asleep at the Wheel

And finally.

MC Frontalot - I Hate Your Blog

'till next time, kids.

p.s. MC Frontalot has a song about grues. it's not very good, but still! song about grues! goddamn!

mic check.

music bloggggggg.

first real post later?