Friday, December 29, 2006
I grabbed a promo copy of the Burnside Exploration's cd The Record from work thinking it was some indie rap group(based on the cover and the first song title Bitch You Lie). I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be reved up blues. Even cooler is the fact that the duo is comprised of R.L. Burnside's son and grandson. They have a fairly simple website up with a more detailed bio here.
Download - Burnside Exploration - Boogie
Download - Burnside Exploration - Bitch You Lie
Thursday, December 28, 2006
For some reason my ipod played the song Sixteen and pretty by The Math and Physics club twice while on my way to work today. I don't know what it's trying to tell me, but this Seattle based band is pretty sweet. They've gotten some positive attention for their new self titled release and I've been enjoying the album for a couple of weeks now. Check out the songs below and their web site.
Download - Math and Physics Club - Sixteen and Pretty
Download - Math and Physics Club - La La La Lisa
Friday, December 22, 2006
My brother getting his shop on.
My brother gives the best christmas presents.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Download - Mississippi John Hurt - Chicken Song The booklet for the discs is really interesting, it basically runs down the story of John's rediscovery. Everyone thought he was dead because after recording a few sides in 1928 he just disappeared. 35 years later a group of folk blues enthusiast noticed that on the song Avalon Blues he sang "Avalon's my hometown". After consulting a map they discovered that there was an Avalon Mississippi. One of the group was headed to New Orleans and decided to stop in Avalon to check things out and within 10 minutes had found John. The next three and a half years saw the reemergence of Mississippi John Hurt.
Download - Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
My god this stuff is funny. At least listen to Unicorns(prob. don't exist) and SexFuck and Doctor Robot.
Thank god she isn't ugly like Ryan.
P.s. I got a message on my answering machine yesterday informing me that Abigail's first words were "Mark is gay".
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Download - Uncle Tupelo - Effigy
Download - Pavement - Unseen Power of the Picket Fence
Download - The Smashing Pumpkins - Glynis
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
I've been listening to this track a lot lately. It seems like a lot of Radiohead covers are a bit too flimsy but this one is dead on. I don't know much about KT but she looks like she should date Ryan Adams. Somewhere I have a great track of Pedro the Lion covering Radiohead, I'll try to dig it up. Download - KT Tunstall - Fake Plastic Trees
Thursday, November 16, 2006
It seems like I do most of my driving at night after several days of too little sleep. In order to combat sleep I've put several hard core classics on the ipod to keep me awake. I almost always listen to the ipod on shuffle so the hardcore tracks can pop up at any time. I recently put Metallica's last good album Ride the Lightening on. I can't wait to hear a little "Creeping Death". I'm sure it will be a matter of moments before BJ posts to refute my assessment of Metallica's catalogue.
Hey BJ I need a picture of you sporting one of your classic pushead Metallica shirts. If at all possible please be throwing the devil horns.
Download - Metallica - Fade to Black
Download - Metallica - Creeping Death
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Why have I never heard of this? My god, it's been awhile since I laughed that hard. The all knowing Wikipedia classifies this as nerdcore. I love it. Check out the official website, it's got some hilarious pictures. This is from the greatest hits album "A brief history of rhyme".
Download - MC Hawking - Interview part 1 (Start here and try not to laugh)
Download - MC Hawking - E=MC Hawking
Download - MC Hawking - The Dozens (Yes it is what it sounds like.)
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Damien Rice's new album "9" was released this Tuesday although it has been bouncing around the net for the last month. I haven't decided whether I love it or not yet, I've only listened to it all the way through twice but I definitely like it. I loved his last album so much and this new one has been so long in coming that it may have been built up a bit unrealistically high in my mind. I do know that I like the track Dogs and he was smart enough to keep Lisa around for this album. It may be one of those albums that each song grows on you over time, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my ears open.
Download - Damien Rice - Dogs - from "9"
Download - Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter - from "O"
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The Rooster Moans
Naked as we came
Upward over the mountain
Waitin on a superman (flaming Lips cover)
Jesus the Mexican Boy
He lays in the reins
Her Tea Leaves
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I don't know how long this has been out but I just came across it. What a great video for a powerful song. I can't believe the stars involved in this video. It's a real testament to how far reaching his popularity was. A good argument for never compromising on what's important.
Download - Jane's Addiction - Ain't no right
Later on tin the Lasagna preparation Regina Spektor's song Samson came on and I sang along. Chloe's comment, "I like that song but you usually like stuff that's more rockin".
Download - Regina Spektor - Samson
To cap it off tonight on the way home from West Leb we were listening to G!'s ipod, which she had set on Coco Rosie. From the backseat Chloe came with "This lady sounds whiney" she then commenced to yell "Waaaaa Waaaa" repeatedly. She's like a reviewer from Pitchfork right there in the car. I couldn't agree more about Coco Rosie.
Download - Coco Rosie - Beautiful Boyz - The song that my six year old daughter ridiculed.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Colin Meloy(former high school French Club President) and the rest of the Decemberists put on a fantastic show at The Metropolis in Montreal on Sunday night. Getting across the border was a bit of a bother but with a stomach full of great Sushi and in the midst of a group of very cool, interesting people we arrived at the venue in plenty of time. In true Decemberists style, the hall was filled with the sounds of Peter and the Wolf as we collected drinks and merchandise before making our way to the floor. Let me take a moment to say that the Metropolis is a great venue. Nice sound and not a bad seat in the house. All three shows that I've attended since moving north have been in very cool spaces. You can tell from the picture above that the Decemberist's stage set was decidedly Asian flavored. It's nice to see that the band has put some thought into every aspect of the show.
The set list was dead on. They kicked it off with something from each album before playing the bulk of their new release The Crane Wife and then finished up with a new track and some old favorites. While Castaways is still my favorite album the new offering is a great solid effort. The Decemberist have managed to keep their string of interesting and engaging albums alive.
The band's energy was amazing. Having never really seen them(across a field while waiting for the Arcade Fire at ACL) I expected the show to be a little more sedate. Colin makes a great frontman, engaging the crowd, ironically rocking out and making ample use of his high school level French. The crowd seemed to like the "crooked French-Canadian" line from July! July! Above you can see Colin singing into a fan's cell phone. He also grabbed a few cameras from fans and took pictures from the stage before handing them back.
The band also acted out a battle between the red coats the huganots and the Indians during a break in the song "A Cautionary Song". You can see the new member Leslie in front of the mallet held by Chris, They were right there beside us. Overall it was another great concert experience in a city that I am beginning to like more and more. A big thanks to False45th for the ride(I owe you gas money) and Bill and Emily from Candleblog for the company.
Download - The Decemberists - July! July! - from Castaways & Cut-Outs
Download - The Decemberists - The Perfect Crime #2 - from The Crane Wife
Candleblog has a short post on the show.
False 45th took some good video that I'm sure will be posted soon.
I took a pretty decent video of A Cautionary Tale that is too big for youtube, any suggestions?
Friday, November 03, 2006
Download - Willie Nelson - $1000 Wedding(Gram Parsons cover)
Download - Willie Nelson - We Don't Run (Classic)
Download - Willie Nelson - Sad songs and Waltzes(One of Okryan's favorites)
Aquarium Drunkard has an even better review of the album as well as an mp3 of the song Ryan wrote for the album.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
My gigantic Decemberists ticket came in the mail so I am set for another trek up to the great white north. Can anyone explain why the ticket is so damn big? I thought everyone had gotten together and decided on a standard size(just perfect for sliding into a back pocket)? Maybe the memo on that hasn't circulated to everyone yet.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
I recently finished the book Ambitious Brew by Maureen Ogle. The book runs down the history of American Beer. This is a book is very easy to read. It doesn't fall into the trap of many non-fiction books of burying each page in facts that slow down the narrative until the reader finally falls asleep. This well written piece keeps the reader engaged by following several of the large brewers from their arrival in America to the present day. The end of the book covers the recent craft brewing explosion that I know several of my friends would enjoy reading. In fact this book would make a great Christmas gift for some of my home brewing friends. The book also has its own website which is pretty cool. You can buy a copy here.
Download - Ryan Adams - The Bar is a Beautiful Place