Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Crane Wives - Counting Sheep

Tuesdays are for having some jangle with your country. The vocalization of bells at the end is particularly lovely.

Brief factual interlude: The Crane Wives are from Michigan, and appear to be playing EVERYWHERE IN MICHIGAN in the upcoming months. TAKE NOTE. They have an album out entitled "Safe Ship, Harbored". You can buy it through iTunes, and Amazon.com.

They all look so happy! Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Les Discrets - Gas in Veins (Ameseours cover)

So this happened last night. Fuck.  Unfortunately, it's not the full song, but still.  Fuck.

Nicki Minaj - Starships


So Nicki has decided to be a pop star? Hopefully she can keep the sort of edge that made her verse on "Monster" such... uh... a monster verse, but this is a wonderfully fun pop song. I think perhaps the best solo effort we've heard from her yet. I do dearly love the super-aggressive shrill synths that back most of this song.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Required Reading for Chicago Residents

Spent my train ride to work today reading the Chicago Reader's excellent articles on the upcoming shit-storm about to hit our fair city. If you haven't been keeping up with the NATO/G8 Summit stuff, now is a good time to start.

Here's my favorite part: "Some police are also concerned about being called to assist with demonstrations or melees without the proper equipment. One officer told us he's prepared to buy his own tear gas. The helmets that crowd-control cops use in Chicago are actually designed for motorcycle safety, not riot intervention, so the second watch commander we spoke with is considering buying another helmet with his own money. He says he's also going to conduct his own training exercises with the officers under his command."

I see no way this goes smoothly.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Caretaker - Extra Patience(After Sebald)

Lunch break: My caffiene buzz is starting to wear off, and I'm halfway through this ridiculous article about the Liturgy/Sleigh Bells/Diplo(Choice quote: "At the Ybor City show, a girl repeatedly screamed, "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!?" She seemed on the verge of panic, literally out of her (Honda) Element."). Luckily, Pitchfork has some real actually interesting things to point out today.

The Caretaker is releasing outtakes from his recent soundtrack to that film about W. G. Sebald. It's free for a brief period of time, and it's a great soundtrack for the last two hours of work, when all you want to do is die.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bloodshot Records Valentine's Day Playlist

Right, so that's day again, and here at our city is burning headquarters, we can't really be bothered with roses and chocolates. we're neck deep in conducting interviews for a super-secret awesome project(with collaborator Patrick Loy).

BUT, for those who can't ignore the torrential advertising constantly reminding you that you should be married and buying shit for your sweetie, Bloodshot has some great seasonal playlists RIGHT HERE for you. I particularly recommend the anti-valentine's day list, as come on. Bitter country music? Doesn't get better than that. NOTE: These are probably not super work safe. Just a heads-up.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tom Jones - Evil

Fuck man, Tom Jones rules. Here's his new single, courtesy of the BBC and Consequence of Sound. If you ever wondered what Tom Jones would sound like with Clutch as his backing band, this is a pretty good approximation. Straight out the swamp. For added authenticity, it's a Howlin' Wolf cover.

Tom Jones, still ruling it, still Welsh as all hell. Do they have swamps in Wales?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mount Moriah - Live at the Empty Bottle 2/6/12

Mount Moriah! We saw them last night, and once the vocal mix was fixed, they were transcendent. Jenks Miller's guitar lines unspooled underneath Heather McEntire's pain-laced vocals, and the whole affair was stunning. On their website, they are self-described as "secular gospel", and that's a shockingly apt description. There's something holy happening here, but at the center, it's a human thing. Alt-country/Americana is rarely done with this level of care and emotion. If you can see these guys on their tour with Craig Finn, I highly recommend it.

They have all their output streaming on their bandcamp.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Deep Elm on Bandcamp!

Here's a blast from your histrionic high school past: Deep Elm Records, the fine folks responsible for The Emo Diaries have uploaded their entire catalog onto Bandcamp! That's right, you can stream Chapter Five: I Guess This is Goodbye at work, or while weeping, or whatever.

Honestly, though, this is pretty rad. A lot of the bands featured on these comps don't have much else in the way of releases, so this is a pretty cool cross-section of a scene that doesn't really exist much anymore.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Allo Darlin' - Tallulah

Allo Darlin' - Tallulah from Will Botting on Vimeo.

Allo Darlin' has a new album slated to drop in March. Here's the first single from "Europe". It's a bittersweet confessional about fear, and the boundaries of our minds and hearts. It's really wonderful, and I have high hopes for this album.

While you're waiting for March, and for their eventual US tour, I suggest checking out Standard Fare. Bedroom dancing, ahoy.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Peeple Watchin' - Demo

The Credentials broke up, Peeple Watchin' has some members of the Credentials. If you were a fan of Witches with Dicks, or the Credentials, you pretty much know what you're in for here. There are some definite twists to the riff here though, as these songs owe a lot more to Latterman than Dillinger Four. Throw this on a mix tape, drive to the beach with your windows down, hope false summer never ends.

These folks have a split with NONA coming out this year. Watch out for that.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Loathsome Couple - S/T

I recently discovered that Seattle's Amort had a facebook page, and also, a bandcamp page with all of his releases(FREE DOWNLOADS. GLACIAL DOOM. PIANOS. DEPRESSION. You should listen to Amort.)

Tobias Burch has joined a new band, in addition to his work as Amort, and their first proper release can be found here. It's on cassette! Limited to 100! Yeah!

Brief dissection of the album: These guys know when to hold them, and when to fold them. Everything stretches out to yr breaking point, and then hell opens up, and these intense black metal-esque passages tear through yr skull mixed with enough riffing swagger to burn the air from yr lungs. Tobias Burch contains to have the most intimidating roar. No qualifiers needed. Album is embedded below for yr listening pleasure.

Sacriphyx - Fatal Fromelles

Aussie death metal band Sacriphyx have uploaded a unfinished song from their upcoming album with Nuclear War Now! Productions. There's a pleasant amount of melodic riffing going on here, with a mournful guitar solo breaking up the proceedings. It's an enjoyable listen, and worth your six minutes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Wooden Sky - Malibu Rum

Paste Magazine is hosting a newly released song from the long-awaited third album by the Wooden Sky. Check it out here, and you can stream their recent EP at their bandcamp page.

They'll be playing Chicago on March 25th.

(The same day as Andrew WK, and Kimya Dawson. Chicago, I love you, but you're forcing me to make some seriously hard choices.)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Isaac Hayes - Close to You

Yeah. I've got a couple of posts on the way, but seriously, if you haven't heard this version of "Close to You," you've got some catching up to do. Seriously lovely.