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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Mohawk Lodge (Feat. Dan Boeckner)
The promo pile pulled a pleasant surprise last week with Wildfires, the forthcoming sophomore release from Vancouver-based outfit the Mohawk Lodge. The band's calling this their "blue collar indie soul" record, and "Everybody's On Fire" fits the bill, setting loose, group choruses/hollerbacks to a slow 'n' grooved-up swing, set for your local indie blues joint. "Indie" for a couple of reasons: the wah-wah'd arty guitar toward the end, and the guest vocalist's credentials -- one Dan Boeckner, hero of Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade fame. Noting Dan's cameo was an afterthought (on first listen the mildly apathetic/cool swaggering vox sorta sounded like Julian Casabalancas. Still sorta does.), but it's another reason to love Spencer Krug's other lupine half.
Get the Mp3's via Stereogum
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James cover)
Foundry Field Recordings
Caribou (Pixies Cover)
Between the Bars (Elliott Smith Cover)
Karma Police (Radiohead Cover)
The Scientist (Coldplay Cover)
Iron And Wine - No Surprises (Radiohead Cover)
Mp3 Rip:Iron and Wine - No Surprises (Live)
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Some Pretty Darn Good Songs
Twenty Cell Revolt
Give it up
Cold War Kids
Electioneering (Radiohead Cover)
I Luv the Valley
The Cinematic Orchestra
To Build a Home (feat Patrick Watson)
The Museum Pieces
The Man Who Was Wrong
When You Sleep (My Bloody Valintine cover)
In other news, In The Attic Of The Universe will be re-released by
Fall Records this autumn, re-mastered and re-packaged. The album,
once available in its entirety for free download, is now streamable in
its entirety at:
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Can't Get Started...... Handsome Furs Video
Can't Get Started...... Handsome Furs
Watch it here...
Krug Dishes On New Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade
Juggling follow-ups for critically acclaimed bands doesn't seem to be a problem for Canadian indie rock artist Spencer Krug. First up is Sunset Rubdown's third release, "Random Spirit Lover," due Oct. 2 as the first in a new deal with Jagjaguwar.
"I would say that the structures of songs in Sunset Rubdown are getting quite elaborate, whereas before we might have curbed or restricted that impulse," Krug tells Billboard.com. "I think we consciously were trying to get a cleaner, more direct, to-the-point kind of sound, with every note having a specific purpose. No filler. But old habits die hard and I know that throughout the record there are moments of absolute clusterf*ck."
Of the recording process, Krug says that each song was recorded in the order that it appears on the album, as well as finished, before moving to the next. "Each song was treated as its own piece of art and worked on carefully, considerately, in attempt to let it reach it's full potential," Krug says. "Doing it one track at a time, in order, allowed us to watch the record unfold as we recorded it, and record each song in accordance with how it would compliment the one that came before it, and what was coming next."
"I liked working this way more than doing a pile of bed tracks, then going back and doing overdubs on everything, then going back again to do vocals all at one go," he adds. "I think that way of working treats the songs with less respect, as cheesy as that sounds, and can lead to flat albums, texturally, or some kind of aesthetic monotony."
Compared to his full-time work with Wolf Parade, Krug describes the Sunset Rubdown experience as "slower" and "purposefully thought out. Sunset Rubdown is more of an emotional exercise," he explains. "[It's] the band that I use to get sh*t off my chest, and more of a cerebral thing too, musically, where I allow myself to indulge in nerdy tendencies like long structures, and two or three part harmonies, guitar solos, etc."
Wolf Parade is in the midst of recording the follow-up to 2005's "Apologies to the Queen Mary," which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Although no title or track listing is ready, Krug says that there is "an album's worth of songs."
"So far, I like it better than the last one. It feels more honest, more natural, less self-involved," Krug says. "We're realizing that what we do well together is play rock music. Catchy stuff. And so on this record we're letting that blossom instead of fighting it."
Krug also says that it's "more collaborative" than "Apologies," contains "less distorted synthesizers" and "a few moments you might think of Stevie Wonder."
Wolf Parade will kick off a month-long tour Aug. 11 in Kingston, Canada, while Sunset Rubdown is slated for an October outing, starting at Boston's Middle East Club on Oct. 7.
1. "The Mending of the Gown" [5:37] <- Key Track
2. "Magic vs. Midas" [6:00] <- Key Track
3. "Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days (Rip)" [4:48]
4. "The Courtesan Has Sung" [4:32] <- Key Track
5. "Winged/Wicked Things" [4:47] <- Key Track
6. "Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns" [4:55]
7. "Stallion" [6:46]
8. "For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering)" [5:15]
9. "The Taming of the Hands That Came Back to Life" [6:07]
10. "Setting vs. Rising" [2:24]
11. "Trumpet, Trumpet, Toot! Toot!" [5:22]
12. "Child-Heart Losers" [2:01]
* In Sunset Rubdown's most recent outing, one can imagine Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug grabbing a lyre and leading a fanciful, um, parade of children down to the waterside to drink fairy dust and liquid gumdrops. Even more fleshed out and fully-realized than 2006's stellar sophomore album Shut Up I Am Dreaming, the four-piece has hit their stride with this almost hour-long collection of otherworldly, spirited tales.
* Lyrically, an aura of adult fairytale seems to guise otherwise depressing and eluding issues, such as the confusion of physical contact being related to Midas' golden touch ("Magic versus Midas") and sonnets of yearning sung to a sailor's jig ("Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of your Feral Days"). Krug has continued in his tradition of metaphorical writing with meanings left open to interpretation.
* Song titles like "The Mending of the Gown" and "The Courtesan Has Sung" are early indicatations of the allegorical nature of the album, and the paced-out cadence of the more climactic choruses ensures the tales are well punctuated with the big moral ta-da saved for the end.
* Providing a nice alternative to Wolf Parade's jangly staccato voices leading to single volleys of calculated mantras, Sunset Rubdown uses their characteristically different palate of sounds and styles to instead craft elegant stories around this epic spirit lover. Backing vocals from Camilla Wynn Ingr once again pleasantly complement Krug's yelps and mutterings, especially notable on ending lullaby track "Child-Heart Losers."
* Those expecting track-jumping and A.D.D. iPod-shuffling may find themselves lost, but following the album as a whole leads listeners through a magical journey of final-scenes-from-Edward Scissorhands-redemptive-weightlessness ("The Courtesan Has Sung") to is-Vincent Price-going-to-provide-spoken-word-overlay? trickling ("Colt Stands Up, Grows Home") that is altogether worthy of the name Sunset Rubdown.
* Final Impression: Pure magic
Monday, July 16, 2007
Ok so its not strawberry jam but go here and you can get free popcorn
Velma's Wicked Delicious Kettle Corn
I'm Not There
A Clip from Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan movie "I'm Not There" has leaked online. The film features seven different actors (including Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, and Cate Blanchett) who all play Dylan.
in this scene we see Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan and David Cross as Allen Ginsberg.
Thanks Stereogum for pointing that out! Stereogum Link >>>>>>
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Unreleased Dr Dog Tracks
Sunday, July 08, 2007
The Capital Idea! Festival
For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering)
Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings
The Fiery Furnaces
Sled Island Music Festival
Destroyer performing "Your Blood" at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary Alberta's first annual Sled Island music festival. June 28, 2007
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Chad VanGaalen performing a new song at Grace United Church, part of the first annual Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, Alberta. June 28, 2007.
Wind Driving Dogs
Miracle Fortress performing at Quincy's, part of the first annual Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, Alberta. June 28, 2007
Cat Power at the piano onstage at Knox United Church, Calgary, for the first annual Sled Island Music Festival, 2007.