Friday, December 31, 2010

Mixtapes - Nothing Can Kill The Grimace

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Mixtapes are a four-piece pop-punk band from Ohio. I have no idea how I found them, but they are the poppiest anything I've held a weeks-long obsession with in years and not felt guilty about on any level.

The bands debut album, Maps, opens and closes with an acoustic track, so you're pretty much immediately thrown into the alternating male-female vocals don't always work out but make Mixtapes because it works, mostly because Maura Weaver's voice is suited to both an acoustic guitar and doot-kat-doot-doot-kat style punk rock.

"Nothing Can Kill The Grimace," the song that instantly convinced me how much I was about to listen to Maps, mostly covers not wanting to go out and get wasted for no good reason. Not that there's anything wrong with getting wasted, but tied to that is a desire to sit home and write. Personally, the two should be combined for ultimate effectiveness. That's me though.

Barely a year old, the band has put out Maps and a few 7-inch's. They also just signed to Warner Brothers. If it was any other major, I'd  be worried but Warner tends to let bands flesh out a bit before actually expecting anything. Man do I hope they don't screw these guys up cause this band actually has potential. They're even smart enough to keep their shots at Green Day good-natured instead of getting all bitter about it. Love it.

Buy Mixtapes debut album Maps at Shockhound.

PS My lesson of the day is that both me and Mixtapes mostly qualify as orgcore

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Kanye goes graphically horrorcore for "Monster" video. Thank god we have the Internet instead of MTV now.

The real version of this video wouldn't even have made it to late-night "Smack My Bitch Up"-style if MTV were still playing videos. One of the best songs on My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy gets a sick video that you can't take your eyes off of. I know why people hate this guy, and it only makes me appreciate him more.

From Kanye in bed with a couple of dead girls, to two Nicki Minaj's, and back to Kanye again, this video is more art from the top artist in hip hop. Excellent.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Radiohead - "Lucky"

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I pulled out OK Computer last night with the intention of setting up the epic 01 and 10 playlist. I haven't done it yet, but you can be sure I'll post some sort of explanation on some other website when I do. 

In the meantime, "Lucky" was the last song that uploaded to my mp3Tunes locker and every time I've opened the website today, that's the first song that played. Which means I've heard it at least four or five times in the last 12 hours. (Why I open and close the mp3Tunes tab on my browser so much is an entirely different story.)

Unlike "Paranoid Android," "No Surprises" or "Karma Police," nobody ever posts "Lucky." "Electioneering" was always my favorite track on OK Computer. Right now, it's got competition. Something about the mid-tempo mix of self-doubt, new confidence and begging for a savior appeals to me as we get to the end of another year. 2010 has been a good year, but I'm convinced there's bigger things around the corner.

It says something that an album I listened to obsessively for large stretches of the last 13 years can still reveal new things to me. Worship OK Computer the next chance you get.

Buy Radiohead's OK Computer at Shockhound.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Goldie - Digital (feat. KRS-One)

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This morning, while getting into my car, I had an epiphany: Why did I never start calling my Saturn "Goldie"? Lots of people have names for their cars, right? So, why not me? 

Putting aside the fact that my 2001 SL1 has nothing to do with the one-time "King of Jungle" as many referred to him in the late 90s. (Including Tricky, though I don't think he meant it as a compliment. That story can wait for another post though.) The truth is that Goldie is an innovator from both a production and label standpoint. His sound helped define a big part of drum n bass in the late 90s, and his label, Metalheadz, pushed like-minded producers. Also, Metalheadz had the coolest label logo in history.

To cut to the juicy bits of his Wikipedia bio: After putting out the legendary and darkly atmospheric Timeless in 1995. That album got him charting in the UK and he went global. He also went epic, and probably jumped the shark.

In 1998, the double-album Saturnz Return hit turntables and CD players worldwide. The second disc was filled with the sort of stuff Goldie staked his name on, and includes appearances by KRS-One (that's this track) and Noel Gallagher of Oasis (that would be "Temper Temper"). The first disc was a 60-minute largely orchestral but ultimately punishingly good drum n bass track called "Mother." I enjoyed it, but I imagine many thought the concept was preposterous. Those are probably the same people who think Zaireeka was bull shit too though and they don't matter to me.

Pounding beats and rolling, thundering bass lines. Mmmmm. If you didn't experience the electronic music scene in the 90s and early 00s, you missed out cause this stuff sounded great in wall-to-wall packed clubs. 

But my car is maroon. I don't know if it's right to call it Goldie, although I guess I could just tell people it's short for Golda Meir, cause she was tough as shit, kind of like my car. Yeah, that could be fun.

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Usher and need to watch less of The Simpsons. For real.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to you too Ke$ha. Really.

The Minutemen - "The Only Minority"

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I know that this week is the 25th anniversary of D. Boon's death in a van crash because one of the first articles I read this morning, I have no idea how this worked out, was Rob Sheffield's piece on, "Remembering D. Boon and The Minutemen." So obviously I listened to What Makes A Man Start Fires on the way to work today.

If Boon were still alive, what would The Minutemen would be doing right now? Maybe Mike Watt wouldn't sound a little crazy in "I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store," which anybody who has spent more than two hours in the same records on more than one occasion should see. It's likely they would have cut a path of influence similar to Sonic Youth, or maybe Fugazi. Hopefully they would have released a lot more music and toured more like the former than the latter, too.

In any case, the albums are still good. Download one you don't have.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb (Country Demo)

You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (Country Demo) by Spoon  
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Sometimes Spoon feels like a significantly cooler Steely Dan. The major difference, of course, being that Spoon is playing rock and roll and the dorks with a seriously cool band name are busy being snooty art school musicians. Britt Daniel is cooler than them. By cool, I mean he has the best quality control in history seeing as how there isn't a bad song on any of his albums. (Come on - prove me wrong.)

My hope would have been for a live album, or a collection of actual rarities, but in Bonus Tracks 2008-2009, we get a collection of demos with a few alternate versions that originally were posted for free download on the Spoon website. 

Most of the demos sound close to what appeared on Spoon's two previous albums, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Transference, and don't stand out all that much with one exception, and it likely has nothing to do the song itself except for one significant thing. "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" is the best song on Bonus Tracks 2008-2009, no shock because it also is one of the best songs on either album it was actually released as part of.

I thought, when I saw it on the track list and then when I started listening to it, of The Rolling Stones. The only other time I can remember a band doing a country themed version of their own song is "Country Honk" so I couldn't help it. Just to be clear, I'm not comparing "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" to "Honkey Tonk Woman." At all. It's just the only other time I can think of it happening.

Bonus Tracks 2008-2009 is not an essential album by any means but the differences on nearly every one of these are the differences between them being very decent songs and the great songs they turned out to be. It's at least as good as any of the last couple of Stones albums though, and that counts for more some people probably think.

Buy Bonus Tracks 2008-2009 from Spoon. (It's only $6.30. Totally worth it.)

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bonnie makes art, kids make faces and The Duke's shotgun protects us all.

The Rentals - Sweetness and Tenderness

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What's the difference between Weezer in 1998 and now? This song. I bet if Matt Sharp rejoined Weezer, you'd get the proper follow-up to Pinkerton within a year. The truth is, Rivers Cuomo needs somebody to tell him to stop trying to be cool and just write a song that he can actually feel.

I hate to harp on it, really, but this came up on my iPod on shuffle today and my first thought was about how great the Blue album and Pinkerton are. Whatever the fallout between Cuomo and Sharp was, it's a damn shame. At least we've got a couple good albums from The Rentals to go with the two classic Weezer albums.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

White Lung - "Sleep Creep"

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I'm gonna keep this simple, and almost haiku-like: Female singer. Fast punk that's gonna grate on anybody who isn't into the obnoxious sound. Makes me wanna jump around and break shit, but in a good way. (What the hell is that supposed to mean.)

White Lung's self-titled, 11-track album on Deranged Records is a non-stop, don't blink or you'll miss it screaming freak-out. Once upon a time, the four women who are White Lung would be called Riot Grrrls, and maybe they still should be, but I'm just gonna call them punk as fuck. 

I don't know if it's true but, based on the record, I'm willing to bet they wouldn't think twice about beating your ass for laughs.

And that's the way it should be.

Download White Lung at Shockhound.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Cool Kids pick up Bulls tickets, but film a slick video instead of watching the game.

Nobody sounds like these guys. They've done better, but I still love it.

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A tankerful? Where can I order that size?

I could really use it right now.

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Good people: Plugged my flat tire for free, but advised I get it replaced soon.

Go there for all the stuff on their card.

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Good people: Plugged my flat tire for free, but advised I get it replaced soon.

Go there for all the stuff on their card.

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Bad Religion - "Avalon"

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As I sift through albums for that Top 11, and realize that it's been a really great year for music, it dawned on me that I never wrote a word anywhere - save a few tweets - about this year's album from Bad Religion, The Dissent of Man.

This is the first time I've listened to a BR album and had the thought that these guys are clearly getting old. Maybe it's because the lyrics are starting to sound more reflective and personal, or maybe it's because "I Won't Say Anything" and "Turn Your Back On Me" sound tired. Really, they should have been left off the album.

Let's look on the bright side though: "Only Rain," "Resist Stance," "Meeting of the Minds," "The Day The Earth Stalled" and even "Cyanide" with it's country-ish solo courtesy of Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell. They're all good. And there are several more too. "Won't Somebody," one of the bonus acoustic tracks on the expanded re-issue of New Maps of Hell, is given good heft in its plugged in form.

The thing about the entire album, taken as a whole, is the sound of a band slowing down. I don't think they're settling, despite the fact that this should have been a 12-track album with three or four great bonus tracks. If this isn't the last Bad Religion album, and I sincerely hope it's not, this could be a transition album. I don't know what they're becoming, but there might be an interesting next step. Or they'll just put out another BR record they we all expect them too.

Which brings me to "Avalon." This was one of two songs on the album, "Only Rain," being the other, that really floored me. "Resist Stance" and "Won't Somebody" had long been out there, but continued to floor me. But I digress.

No regrets is one of the longtime themes that, along with the ideas of thinking for yourself and questioning everything, Greg Graffin returns to over and over. On "Avalon," Graffin is pretty solidly suggesting you stop looking over your shoulder and keep searching for it, whatever it is. That's an important message from a guy who has managed to pursue knowledge and experience like few others in punk rock. Henry Rollins comes close, but without a doctorate, he comes up short.

I say it with every new Bad Religion album, and I'll say it again with this one - if you're not already a fan this one probably won't be the one to rope you in. There's a reason they've stuck around though, and whether it's the oozin' ahhs, Brooks Wakerman kicking the beats or Graffin and Brett Gurewitz keeping their Mick-and-Keith streak alive, it's never too late to love the best band in punk rock.

Buy The Dissent of Man at Shockhound.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How do I know a child has been on my computer?

I open something to get a name and find this. I'm not annoyed - I'm happy she's typing actual words.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

eMusic gets points over iTunes because it pushes bands like Pink Noise.

Every once in a while, the writers at eMusic pick a few bands they're freaking out about and try to get subscribers to freak out about them too. Pink Noise has an eMusic exclusive EP, Here Is Happiness, out now and their debut full length is being produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio).

Lead singer and bassist Sharron Sulami is un-friggin-believable. This song is an ass-kicker, and the rest of the EP is worth joining eMusic and downloading for sure. 


(via 17 Dots)

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

P.O.S. - Get Smokes

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P.O.S. is from Minneapolis, and is on Rhymesayers, so my first thought was Atmosphere. I'm not comparing. Just saying that I had a standard before I heard a lick.

"Get Smokes," like several other tracks on the 2009 album Never Better, blew my mind. P.O.S. can rhyme. Fast. But combining his lyrical skills with production that is beyond just good sampling was the real surprise. Who expects not just a Fugazi reference, but a sample, on a hip hop album? 

P.O.S. sounds like the best of Def Jux if it was produced by team of one X-ecutioner and one of the guys from Coldcut. What kills me is that there are beats on here comprised of drill'n'bass-style rolling drums, simple click tracks, Kung Fu-soundtrack style jazz and straight up turntablism - that's just bad descriptions off the top of my head - and P.O.S. rips shit up on every single one of them.

P.O.S.? Not so much.

Download Never Better by P.O.S. at Shockhound.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jason Segel and Jack Black totally slay David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Totally. Slay.

Unless they can prop up Crosby's carcass and get all four to sing together, this is the new holiday classic.

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Is this today or every day?

Dre invented most of these hip hop video cliches, which makes the "Kush" video awesome instead of lame.

That beat is priceless, just as I expect the rest of Detox will be.


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Modest Mouse - "Missed The Boat"

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I heard this song on the radio yesterday. ON THE RADIO! It bothers indie elitists, but Modest Mouse getting huge was a great great thing and the reason should be obvious to everybody who ever loved them.

Isaac Brock, with the help of the rest of the band, is a brilliant songwriter. It doesn't matter if you're talking about the catchy songs or the wordy songs or even the more spaced out songs that have peppered recent albums. The world deserves to hear them, and since the label hasn't messed with what they do, despite what haters may think, it means that people get to hear the cynical and complicated hopefulness that draws everybody to them.

Signing to a major label was the right thing for Modest Mouse to do. The Moon and Antarctica is one of the best albums of the last decade, and the two albums after it, Good News For People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, aren't far behind them. Again, despite what the indie elitist haters who just don't want anybody to like the same bands as them may say.

"Missed The Boat" has a hook to it - a hook that caught me from the first time I heard it - but it isn't the upbeat stuff that got the band all over MTV and whatever radio stations claim to have played them. Sometimes, I think Brock is inside my head, which is at turns both the-world-is-beautiful filled with hope and the-world-is-shit filled with angst. The lyrics to this song are so mixed up that you can't possibly think he's just an artist boiling it down for his art, which the good songwriters never do. Here's the hook from this song:

Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position
Oh, and I'll laugh all the way to hell
Saying, "Yes, this is a fine promotion"
Oh, and I'll laugh all the way to hell

Damn I love this band.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

OFF! - Poison City

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Keith Morris is 55 years old and he has a new band called OFF!. He doesn't sound or act or look like he's 55 years old. Well, he looks a little old, but he can still scream like he's 20. And he's as fired up as he was when he started Black Flag with Greg Ginn or formed the Circle Jerks with eventual Bad Religion guitarist Greg Hetson. It's inspiring.

The rest of the band - Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From The Crypt - have been in genre-busting influential bands too, and compliment Morris's scraggly scream with hardcore. Not metal, I'm talking about early 80s-style hardcore punk. Beautiful, beautiful hardcore punk.

OFF!'s debut album, The First Four EPs, will be released on vinyl as a 7-inch collection on December 14, with cover art done by the legendary Raymond Pettibon, who is best known for doing Black Flag and Sonic Youth album covers. Oh, and the album has 16 tracks that fly by in 18 minutes. These old guys are still on top of it.

This is an all-star team gaming the world. OFF! is what everybody hopes to be when they hit their fifth decade of life - full of middle fingers and settling for nothing. Bow and worship.


Download OFF!'s The First Four EPs at Shockhound.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Off With Their Heads - The Eyes of Death

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Until last week, there were only two albums I was sure would be on my year-end top 11 (which I'll actually be doing this year): Surfer Blood and The Arcade Fire. As of right now, Off With Their Heads' debut for Epitaph Records, In Desolation, is definitely on the list.

Sounding like the punk love child of The Ergs and Fucked Up, Off With Their Heads tear through 12 roaring tracks of early 00's Gainesville-style punk rock. For the uninitiated, that's bands like Hot Water Music, As Friends Rust and even the first few Against Me! releases, among others.

Since getting together in 2002, the band has released a string of 7-inch's and two full lengths on No Idea. I'm just starting to dig through their back catalog but I've got high hopes after listening to In Desolation nearly nonstop for the last seven days. I already have no doubt, though, that Off With Their Heads is the best band Epitaph has signed in years. Here's to hoping they headline Warped Tour next year and get huge cause I can't take any more of these metal-bands-that-wish-they-were-emo. Yeah, I don't get it either.

Buy In Desolation at Amazon.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Even Santa's secrets aren't safe.

Members of Anthrax, Every Time I Die and Fall Out Boy are The Damned Things. Metal superheroes? Maybe.

Their name reminds me of a certain "crooked" supergroup that blew minds and eardrums earlier this year, but that doesn't matter. This is pretty quality.


If nothing else, they've got good taste: check out their MOG playlist.

The Damned Things full length debut, Ironiclast, is out next Tuesday.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mike D's remix of "Get Some" by Lykke Li reminds me of the Beasties b-side "Boomin' Granny" with a little more IDM to it.

And I mean that in a good way. 

An EP hits iTunes next week with another remix by Beck too. Sweet.

(via The Fader)

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Summer of All Dead

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Trail of Dead is one of those obvious bands and this is one of those obvious songs that would be ruling the world if it were 1996. And I don't mean because they sound like the 90s. It's because they kick ass. Every time. Playing the new Creed album (or even that catchy Godsmack track "Cry Like A Bitch") instead of stuff like "Summer of All Dead Souls" is the reason modern rock radio stations have been slowly sliding into nonexistence for the last decade. See 93Rock in South Florida, and every other rock radio station everywhere.

You're saying to yourself, "Who cares if they'd be huge?" Well, you should. Trail of Dead is one stellar example of a band that should have been nurtured and cared for by its major label, Interscope, the way Warner has taken care of The Flaming Lips, which has paid massive dividends for the label, band and the fans. These guys are road warriors who draw a crowd and have an anxious audience that will pay actual money for their stuff. Just another example of the music industry paying attention to the wrong thing. 

Hmm. That turned out to be more of a rant than review. Whatever. Trail of Dead's seventh album, Tao of The Dead, is due out in February. It is expected to be epic. Until then, "Summer of All Dead Souls" will be on every playlist I make.

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