September 30, 2004
+ in particular
+ Chi É E Non É
+ this is not
+ i poo poo on your juju
+ missile ++
+ misery is a butterfly
blonde redhead website
September 28, 2004
Nightime, Anytime (It's Alright)
When some outside and even inside Canada think of Canadian music- the names Shania and Avril frequently come to mind, but under the mainstream media radar are many, many artists who put those two and their ilk to shame. The Constantines being the one we are concerned with today, but just to namedrop a few: Broken Social Scene, The Evaporators, Warsawpack, and The Stills.
The Constantines came together in the small Ontario city of Guelph, a picturesque place with a smallish university and a smaller still local arts scene. With the band's latest release, Shine A Light (their first on Sub Pop), they hit the ground running— thanks to an intensive touring schedule and the energy of it's band members.
The album opens with the frenetic, punked up energy of 'National Hum', followed by the yin and yang of 'Shine a Light' with it's head bobbing bass line. 'Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)' sits somewhere between these two (musically, at least) with the band displaying it's grasp of song dynamics, no doubt developed through their play 'anywhere/anytime' philosophy.
I guess I could say, Anywhere/Anytime (It's Alright), as long as it's The Constantines. And I did.
download Nightime, Anytime (It's Alright) courtesy of
US Label site: SUBPOP
Canadian Label site: THREE GUT RECORDS
September 27, 2004
Through this link you can download an MP3 of "How's It Gonna End" and read a bio of Mr. Waits.
September 26, 2004
This may be the funniest Waits track ever. No, check that, it is the funniest ever.
- The Young Mr. Waits
*Don't forget, Thomas Alan Waits will be giving us his latest effort, "Real Gone", next month.
+ "STEP RIGHT UP"
"Death By Mixtape"
The Lashes like the buzzing guitars. Just listen. Oh, yeah, and the big chorus hook... big as an anchor on an aircraft carrier... a hook like the gigantic question mark that's fish-hooked through your cheek as you wonder, "Who the hell are these guys?"
The Lashes like the tried and true weary-whine vocal. Just listen. A rock 'n roll voice you yourself hear in your head as you squeak along with the after-just-two-listens-already-a-classic chorus. Delusion can be a wonderful thing, as long as you don't share it with others, then it could be termed a psychotic episode.
The Lashes are six guys from Seattle who, on the song 'Death By Mixtape', sound not unlike Hot Hot Heat weaned on New York Dolls, Stones, and perhaps a quick suckle of onetime babysitter (and wouldn't once be eonugh?), Iggy Pop.
download "Death By Mixtape" courtesy of betterPropaganda
September 25, 2004
This song is not solo Mirah, she is working here with Ginger Brooks Takahashi - as described below...
"Both avid adventurists and music-makers, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, a scant three months into their friendship, proposed this idyllic project to each other; to surround themselves with instruments and recording equipment for one month in a town where neither lived. No distractions. Securing the use of a friend’s grandmother's empty home in the cradle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they awaited September."
from the album - "Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn / Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project " :
+ while we have the sun
NO LUCK. Sheisse.
Here's what i could find:
+ moon over catalina
September 24, 2004
Call Call - The Faint
Worked Up So Sexual - The Faint
From Danse Macabre:
Agenda Suicide - The Faint
Glass Danse - The Faint
Call Call (Club Mix) - Transitor 3
Cars Pass in Cold Blood (Trans Mix) - Recordist
In Concert (Hot Bulb Mix) - The New Gender
The Passives (Cardboard Square Mix) - AJ/DJ
The Passives (Matinee Mix) - The Laces
Sealed Human (The Remix Kills Mix) - ]['m
Sex Is Personal (ZGA go go mix) - Totally Kill Me
Victim Convenience (Dance To Mix) - S.Krolikowski
Worked Up So Sexual (Pole Mix) - The Laces
Worked Up So Sexual (Death Cab Mix) - Chris Walla
Agenda Suicide (Stoven Mix) - Adult.
Agenda Suicide (Fake Agenda Mix) - Fake ID
The Conductor (Joy Electric Mix) - Joy Electric
Bragg, who often in his solo work sings with his accent, dropped it during the "Mermaid Avenue" project, and to my ears sounds more interesting for the effort.
It's a great album, released in 1998, the collaboration of one lone Brit and a band of American musicians, who came together over the dusty notebooks of Dustbowl balladeer and Union crusader, Guthrie - it's well worth your attention.
The album can be listened to > here < in this folder.
Enjoy standout tracks like: She Came Along To Me, California Stars, and Hesitating Beauty.
go here to buy the album
Elliott Smith's "From A Basement On The Hill" in stores Oct. 19th
+ memory lane
September 22, 2004
nina simone + i put a spell on you
screamin' jay hawkins + i put a spell on you
nina simone website
Now when I hear his stranger musical tales, I can't help wonder how they will come across live. Does the magic I hear in some of these songs lessen or increase when Banhart comes face to face with an audience? I will find out in November when he performs in Toronto, I'll let you know what happens.
September 20, 2004
With the interest shown in my William Shatner post a couple of days ago, I did some surfing and now realize that he has a new album coming out in about 3 weeks. Ably assisted by Ben Folds, Shatner is poised to conquer his grandchildren's peers! The reason I was surfing for info on Shatner was to find a song I had on a CMJ compilation a few years back. It was done with Ben Folds also... here it is.
+ In Love from the album "Fear Of Pop"
*bonus + rocketman - live!
And he left his mark on them as he left his mark on those who listened to him.
September 19, 2004
"I was just stumbling around on the Internet looking for stories on the Arcade Fire, and I came across the link to my show's website - thanks.
The songs were recorded live on my radio show on July 4 2003 - when an viturally unheard of Arcade Fire was to play opening up for a show here in Guelph. They ended up playing last on the bill, because of the time constraints of the band and the blew people away. It is still the best show I have ever seen. The second song - song two is an early version of "in the back seat" from the new album funeral.
anyways thanks again
host of undertones"
undertones audio page - where you will find a group of mp3s recorded for/or by undertones - music and interviews.
- the album is set for release on Sept. 20th.
... from the double album
+ nature boy
+ cannibal hymn
*the site offering these songs may be overloaded - try again later, if you're having no luck.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Tour Dates
Now you, yes you, can decide for yourself...
+ another devil dies
+ logic of a friend
+ take the glory
September 18, 2004
"It's Gonna Take an Airplane"
Avid listeners of The New Pornogrphers may hear what they believe to be Carl (a.k.a. AC) Newman's imprint on this piece of music - no, it's the other way around. Bejar has left indelible fingerprints on a number of New Pornographer tracks, an influence that goes unnoticed to all but loyal Destroyer/Bejar followers.
Destroyer's 'It's Gonna Take an Airplane' is orchestral in arrangement. An arrangement then twisted by the dark eyes of Vancouver, British Columbia's Dan Bejar into an indie chamber pop gem. But a chamber with padded walls, a chamber with a smoky sixties French pop feel - like Serge Gainsbourg, all clean and starched (save for the tobacco leaf smoking between his gallic fingers), pressed hard and flat up against sooty indieville - then finally breaking free, spinning off as a new creation. A lo-fi/hi-fi, three minute 41 second misfit, leaving blue smudges on the soft padded walls. This is Destroyer's 'It's Gonna Take an Airplane'.
Destroyer "Your Blues"
+ 'it's gonna take an airplane' from "Your Blues" - mp3 courtesy of betterPropaganda
Destroyer "Streethawk: A Seduction
+ the very modern dance
+ sublimation hour
William Shatner is known for his over blown, yet somehow oddly restrained histrionic style, which he has thoughtlessly lent to the recording of more than a few well known songs.
Enjoy the audio and the visual.
+ lucy in the sky with diamonds
+ common people
+ mr. tambourine man
September 17, 2004
HELLO, to The Arcade Fire fans... here is the day you have waited for... "Funeral' hits the shelves and apparently this folder I just stumbled across.
go here for your "Funeral" -
make it quick this folder comes and goes like the wind -
*get it while it's back online*
I haven't spent much time listening to Adams solo work, although none of it outshines his work on this album, 'Strangers Almanac'. Standout tracks being 'Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight' and '16 Days'. The former song features Alejandro Escovedo helping out on vocal, he alternates with Adams.
>>>go to a folder containing + Stranger's Almanac
* if you have trouble with the link, keep trying, I had the same problem.
>>>buy the album
>>> you can get two Alejandro Escovedo tracks here.
September 16, 2004
"You Were On My Side"
Minus Story blew into my ears from dusty Kansas by way of Boonville, Missouri - swept into view on a tornadic front, seemingly independent of the surrounding weather systems. After listening to these guys, I would venture a guess and say this sound of theirs was developed in an insular fashion... they woodshedded the music, only taking it out at night, only in the company of each other, revelling in the creation of their sound, their style.
The song 'You Were On My Side' feels like Sunday morning to me - kinda lazy, kinda that hurry-up-and-get-dressed-for-church-you're-gonna-be-late vibe from when you were seven years old, like the lost day of the week with no center, no destination. The music begins with a church-loft organ slipping in like water sliding under a closed door. The band members voices and instruments gathering force - a mass of water now threatening to split the door's heavy oak. The experimental nature of this band is a force of nature, a flood threatening to overwhelm the more melodic elements of the band - but not succeeding. This song and the album 'The Captain Is Dead Let The Drum Corpse Dance'(Jagjaguwar) drops them into the same vicinity as other experimental/indie rock masters, Modest Mouse and Ugly Casanova.
'the captain is dead, let the drum corpse dance'
+ you were on my side courtesy betterPropaganda
This is upbeat. This is feel-good. This is Modest Mouse? ...the band led by Isaac Brock? Who has been described as moody, malcontent, self-indulgent, charismatic, deranged, and crotchety, to list but a few adjectives.
When the song 'Float On' first surfaced, many people began to pin 'song of the year' honours on it's happy chest. Now after it's had a chance to stall, to fade, to flake and peel like cheap paint, it hasn't - the buoyancy the song's energy first inspired continues to strut like a sated barnyard rooster. Isaac Brock's excited vocal carries the song, a voice tailored for 'indie' - you know the kind, pushed nearly to the point of fraying - it gives this well crafted song the edge it needs to live on in the memory of all who hear it.
'Float On' combines the moody noir of a John Vanderslice tune with the upbeat punch of Badly Drawn Boy's 'Once Around The Block'.
It should have 'song of the year' tattooed across it's proud chest.
>> go to betterPropaganda to stream 'float on'
>>> download the album "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" from a directory.
September 15, 2004
Anyway, I came across an mp3 of Angelo Badalamenti's theme for Twin Peaks after I got home and this was a case of perfect synchronicity. A weirdly beautiful piece of music for a weirdly beautiful and creepy television show whose memory was revived by a just plain weird woman.
listen to the theme: + Twin Peaks
Come to think of it... when music and David Lynch come together in my mind, the equation equals John Vanderslice. A stellar musician who finds himself inspired by film - film that tends to lean toward the darker side. A side that is hidden away behind the closed doors of your neighbours - something that is always there, like that latent virus breeding under your fingernail.
The John Vanderslice song inspired by Lynch's film, "Mulholland Drive", is + 'promising actress' - unfortunately this download is extremely slow - it took over 50 minutes when I downloaded it.
'The Pink Mountaintops' Stephen McBean asks "Can You Do That Dance?" and then proceeds to throw you down, pulling and pawing at you until he gets what he wants. What does he want? Some "Bad Boogie Ballin"? Some "Sweet 69"? Does he want to fuck mountains? Oh, wait, he already did that, i.e.– "I (fuck) Mountains"… and he did 'lakes and some fakes', oh, he also 'loved and sucked the pink mountaintops'. Do you see where he's coming from here? Straight from the groin, the songs fuelled by Red Bull and trucker speed - with some Viagara sprinkled on his salad.
'The Pink Mountaintops' surely stand out from fellow Jagjaguwar artists - not having much in common with indie rockers 'Minus Story', or the experimental folk of 'Richard Youngs'. If need be, this band's sound could be labeled claustrophobic/indie/sexual-advance/rock.
McBean was not alone in studio during the laying down of this carnal concoction - Amber Webber, Joshua Wells, and Christoph Hofmeister took part in the adventure. Unfortunately, there isn't much to get excited about here, some of the tracks are well worthy of repeated listens, but this is the type of record that wears on you before it reaches the end. The stand out track being, without doubt, "Can You Do That Dance?" – with it's insistent tone bolstered by the Cobain-ish guitar, the doo-wop-ish back-up singers, and McBean's own, 'it's 3 am - the buzz is wearing off - and I ain't gonna get laid', vocal.
download "Can You Do That Dance?" courtesy betterPropaganda
and + rock and roll fantasy
You can buy it here.
September 14, 2004
"Welcome to our music retail & wholesale store. You can buy hard to find indie rock, punk, & hardcore cd's & vinyl. We strive to
keep our prices low and our shipping fast. "
They also have a sounds page w/ mucho goodies. Four pages with around fifty to sixty mp3s on each.
This is, or can be, Devendra Banhart. He does at times put you on edge with his at once soft and gentle, the next moment, eerie and disturbing, voice - a voice delivering tales sprouting from a new millennium psych folkie mind fertilized by the environments of South America, Texas, and California.
Just an all around 21st century jet setting, sandal wearing, dipped in cathode rays (as we all are), dyed-in-the-llama-wool, original. Sharing the offbeat spurts and sparks from his wood nymph mind.
+ will is my friend
+ the body breaks
+ at the hop (from nino rojo)
+ autumn's child
+ this is the way
+ this beard is for siobhan
+ rejoicing in the hands
September 13, 2004
Quasi - "Drunken Tears" courtesy betterPropaganda
I love the way this song smashes into your ears at the start. Piano, cymbals, drums. Then the piano starts the melody - and boy does it start - just rolling along with it's own funky little tail slapping it's ass on the backbeat, but hey, the piano man is only getting started here. The bridge, oh, man... the bridge is like getting stuffed into a metal garbage can and rolled down, if not off, that bridge... by your girlfriend.
Quasi is a duo, made up of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss, this man/woman duo thing does bring to mind Mates of State, but they aren't as lo-fi and avoid their complex vocal stylings.
All you gotta remember about this song is: it's one voice, ten fingers (o.k. twenty fingers, they were reattached), 88 keys, and a drum kit. Oh yeah, there are some strings in there as well and backing vocals and.... and it's great.
click graphic to visit
+ waiting for somebody (from the 'singles' soundtrack)
+ as far as I know - from the album 'Folker'. This song sounds great, popping out of the speakers. The vocal has a Beatle-ish buzz to it and the song a bouncy rhythm like an old Herman's Hermits tune.
September 12, 2004
The new review/mp3 link blog, *Critical Mass, has links to reviews of the new album and links to where you can get 4 new songs.
GO! >>> *Critical Mass
More dates will be announced.
11/08 Mon - Detroit MI @ The Magic Stick
11/09 Tue - Buffalo NY @ Nietzsche's
11/10 Wed - New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/11 Thu - Cambridge MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/12 Fri - Washington DC @ Black Cat
11/13 Sat - Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero
11/14 Sun - Grantham PA @ Messiah College
11/16 Tue - Chicago IL @ Metro
11/17 Wed - Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
11/18 Thu - Madison WI @ High Noon Saloon
11/19 Fri - Grand Rapids MI @ Calvin College Fine Arts Center
12/04 Sat - Seattle WA @ Showbox
12/05 Sun - Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/06 Mon - Rohnert Park CA @ Sonoma State University
12/08 Wed - Los Angeles CA @ El Rey
12/09 Thu - Pomona CA @ Glass House"
September 11, 2004
I got their ep in the mail awhile back, but unfortunately didn't get around to listening until yesterday. Now I am really, really, enjoying the third song, 'Such A Scene'.
Extract the drunken sounding sloppiness of The Strokes (granted that is mostly the singer) and marry those clean pop-chops to a young Steely Dan vocal colouring and you have 'Such A Scene'.
And there is more to listen to at their website, including 'Such A Scene' - HERE.
This here is my favourite song on the album - Jackson - unfortunately I haven't been able to find that album's version of
*here's some more - some more recent CASH - this directory is large and often difficult to download songs from. but it can be done.
and more here
September 10, 2004
This is their current list of top POP DOWNLOADS. All these songs can be streamed or downloaded as mp3s.
How can you go wrong with The New Pornographers, the band's leader A.C. Newman and band member Dan Bejar as Destroyer?
01. Viva Voce - Alive With Pleasure
02. The Lashes - Death By Mixtape
03. Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly
04. A.C. Newman - Drink To Me, Babe, Then
05. The M's - Holdin Up
06. The New Pornographers - The New Face of Zero and One
07. The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
08. The Silent League - Breathe
09. Pretty Girls Make Graves - All Medicated Geniuses
10. Destroyer - It's Gonna Take An Airplane"
the arcade fire
+neighbourhood #1 (tunnels)
+neighbourhood #4 (7 kettles)
+one in six children will flee in boats
September 09, 2004
It's great to find people out there who appreciate the music.
red chinese attack plan - out of chicago
jeremy brendan - my life as a reptile
and of course a good internet friend (to many) herr k at totally fuzzy
Go here to 'hear' what they have been working on.
Here's some older, but great, Spoon. Along with some kinda rough sounding live tracks.
june's foreign spell
teleman bridge - live
lowdown - live
Both live tracks are from the website of a band called 'The Oranges'. Check out The Oranges website- and their music: mp3 Finns For Our Feet and All The Ghosts In Your House
September 08, 2004
Astral Glamour, a very comprehensive 81! track cd box set will be out this month on Morphius. >>> Allmusic has samples from the cd here.
listen to + my night out and + soft south africans - (fast version) mp3s
*the webmaster asks, on the page, that anyone wishing to link to the page ask first, so I won't link directly, I will give you the address - just copy and paste into your browser.
September 07, 2004
September 06, 2004
You can preview the new album in 60 second clips here.
You can check out reviews of "The Futureheads" at *Critical Mass.
You can download two Futureheads mp3s at The Catbirdseat - scroll down the page to the June 23rd post.
Check out tour dates at The Futureheads new US label, Star Time International Records.
*thank you kiwi.
the specials + a message to you rudy
toots and the maytals + sweet and dandy
toots and the maytals + do the reggay
burning spear + african woman
israel vibration + standing on the corner
abyssininans + satta massa gana
bob marley + iron lion zion
September 05, 2004
At *Critical Mass, a very young blog, you can read a handful of reviews about current releases and find links to tracks from those albums. This blog takes the four or five online reviews it has linked to and gives an overall rating for the album in question.
September 04, 2004
"my old flame" + download the mp3
(adapted from robert lowell)
my old flame, my wife,
poor ghost old love
my old flame, my wife,
one day in june, I drove by our old house in maine
everything changed for the best
how quivering and fierce we were
simmering like birds
with our videos and records
our old house
bleached out and aired, ikea-d and swept bare,
poor ghost, old love,
speak with your old voice
of flaming insight
that kept us awake at night
in one bed and apart, my old wife
my old flame"
September 01, 2004
About to release their third album on September 07, the band will soon embark on a Canadian tour in support of "Songs from a Second Wave".
Buy it here.
Mp3s from their previous releases:
+ all very hoopla
+ a final word
+ sunshine radio
+ mr laughabee's circus
++ band website