Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gespenst der mouse

i accidently deleted this post. my bad.
- Sam

Great Mouse on the Keys remix

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sufjan Stevens & Osso - Run Rabbit Run (2009)

Version of Stevens' 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit, reimagined for the New York string quartet Osso.

Here and there some not-as-enjoyable dissonance and scraping sounds pop up, but otherwise the composition and performance is pretty amazing. If you liked the strings on the Illinois album, this is the same quartet that did those. I am enjoying this a lot.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sargent House Promotion

Sargent House is quickly becoming one of the best indie labels out there, and they are having a great promotion right now- 4 CDs for $20. I went with This Town Needs Guns, Good Old War, Bygones, and Cast Spells. Support good music, especially when it's only $5 an album.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Old Canes???

Genre: folk, indie

I really have no idea how I missed this, but here's three new Old Canes songs from Chris Crisci, lead singer of The Appleseed Cast. The new album, Feral Harmonic, comes out October 20th on Saddle Creek. If it's as good as Early Morning Hymns (it will be), it will rule.


Mew Music Videos

Genre: neo-prog rock

Two videos from Mew off their really good new CD, "No More Stories..." Repeaterbeater is kinda like an Alfred Hitchcock film, and Introducing the Palace Players is about laser rocks or something.


Pavement- Crooked Rain Crooked Rain


Genre: indie rock

This is probably my favorite Pavement album. Fall has really brought out the indie kid in me, and he loves Pavement. In fact, I just pulled out my Pavement live DVD. If you've never gotten into Pavement, this is a great album to start with.



Saturday, September 19, 2009

Leo Kottke Compilation

I will always have a profound respect for practitioners of solo fingerstyle guitar, and Leo Kottke is one of my favorites. Whenever I feel down, I can always take a stroll through the woods and imagine my log cabin I will build someday, solely for the purpose of sitting on its porch and plucking away at guitar whilst gazing at the trees. This is a comp of some of his more upbeat songs.

*link fixed*


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New BTBAM song

Sign up here and listen to a new Between the Buried and Me song. It is 9 minutes and 15 seconds long, but feels a little too familiar for my taste.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Owen video

The new Owen video for "Good Friends, Bad Habits." Pretty neat video made even neater by our friends Sarah and Matt who are featured at 0:59! You guys are cute as ever, although I can't say I've ever seen Matt naked in public.


Fall Playlists!

Autumn is almost upon us, which leads to a change in mood and music. You aren't quite in the melancholy of winter, but are chillin out from summer. This leads to some interesting mixes of music, most of which for me involve piano, evidently. It ended up having a pretty good flow just being alphabetical, so.

Aloha- All the Wars
Animal Collective- Did You See the Words?
Bon Iver- For Emma (Piano version)
Built to Spill- Car
David Karsten Daniels- Martha Ann
Little Joy- Next Time Around
Mt. Eerie- Wooly Mammoth's Absense (full band)
Owen- Too Scared to Move
Tenebre- A Call From Jane
Texas is the Reason- Johnny on the Spot
The Appleseed Cast- Reaction
The Bad Plus- Thriftstore Jewelry
The Strokes- Under Control
Thelonious Monk- Ruby, My Dear


-Sam (Let us know what yours are! or better yet, upload them in the comments!)

I'm in Germany right now so this has already been the coldest autumn i've ever experienced, and I suspect that it will get much colder very quickly. For my playlist I just took a bike ride and made an "on the go" ipod playlist. So I suppose I am free to say that this 100% certified, autumn influenced list.

hope you like.


Friday, September 11, 2009

pretend live

pretty fucking outstanding.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

múm- Finally We Are No One


Genre: experimental, post rock

I've never listened to múm, but they have a really cool feel to them. This is an older album I think, maybe 2002, so they're probably pretty different no, but this album has just the right balance of chill and groove. Very The Books-esque at points. I'm too lazy to type out the tracklist right now, but there are 11 songs. Enjoy.


Prism Riot s/t

One the many projects of my friend, drummer Travis Siegfried. There are a lot of interesting things going on in this cataclysmic mash-up of ripping drums, experimental sound collage, and chaotic, noisy guitar. This is definitely worth a free (and speedy!) bandcamp download.




Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bonnie "Prince" Billy commerical

I thought this was just pretty obscure and hilarious. Directed by Tim and Eric.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Atlas Sound- Logos

1. The Light that Failed
2. An Orchid
3. Walkabout (w/ Panda Bear)
4. Criminals
5. Attic Lights*
6. Sheila*
7. Quick Canal (w/ Laetita Sadier)*
8. My Halo
9. Kid Klimax
10. Washington School
11. Logos*

The second album from the solo project of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox turns out to be a varied and overall enjoyable romp through glitchy, experimental indie pop. This album really reminded me of Bibio's "Ambivalence Avenue," just because the songs vary so much from track to track. The 8 minute Euro-dance of "Quick Canal" seems strange next to the straightforward indie of "Walkabout" or "Criminals," but it all works. Each track flows into the next, which works for the second half of the album but gets tiresome on the first. Having tracks 2, 3, and 4 sound like one track just wasn't a good choice. Great production and vocal effects abound. Give it a shot, it's pretty good, if not all that memorable.




Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Volcano Choir- Unmap

volcano choir

1. Husks and Shells*
2. Seeplymouth*
3. Island, IS*
4. Dote
5. And Gather
6. Mbira in the Morass
7. Cool Knowledge
8. Still*
9. Youlogy

(Sam) /
- Volcano Choir was formed way back in 2005, before anyone had heard of Justin Vernon or Bon Iver. It was said to be a project that was inspired by music itself. That may seem stupid or pretentious, but it is really true. This album breathes and flows in a way that seems to be forgotten in current popular music. Every song has layers of percussion, keys, twinkly guitars, and vocals that all weave together and never feel out of place. But more importantly, there is time to reflect and take it all in. Never do you feel overwhelmed or dizzy, even though there are some complex things going on, and some songs like "Mbira in the Morass" get a little strange. Take the best vocals from a Bon Iver song, the acoustic lines from Pele's "Elephant," and the loops and ambiance of Collections of Colonies of Bees, and you've got Volcano Choir. There is some very interesting production and effects as well, and every song is unique. I just wish it was a little longer.


(Tyler) - /
There is something about Justin Vernon's voice that really lends itself to bare and fragile music and as disjointed and it sometimes gets here, a detectable, cohesive beauty remains. There are definitely a few tracks that I found pretty obnoxious, but it doesn't matter because the experimental energy of the whole thing is so positive and great. "Island, Is" stands out as the most obviously accessible track on the album and is fantastic, while "Husks and Shells" and "Seeplymouth" are delicately plucked fragments of ambient guitar goodness. "Still" was a nice little surprise as it is "Woods" from the last Bon Iver e.p. with some added ambient orchestration in the beginning, swelling into epic drums, mangled fiddle diddle guitar lines, and beautiful supporting drones, and is a lot better. Most of the rest of the album consists of meandering ambient experiments, which are enjoyable, but I don't see myself revisiting them as much as the aforementioned songs. In conclusion, this album is super good and I highly recommend you listen to it.

Dirty Projectors on Letterman

The rest of the show pretty much sucked ("Diving Dogs"? really?) but this performance was worth the wait. The Dirty Projectors continue to amaze with their network TV debut (although I could have used some more Amber close-ups :P)