Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Hallowe'en!

In celebration everyone should go out and purchase NAHPI - Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? It's a great single with contributions from the like of Devendra, Wolf Parade, Beck, Arcade Fire, Feist, and many more. All of their profits go to charity also! A great thing to have and a great thing to listen to, everyone should pick it up. They set up a myspace where you can listen to the original version of the song, and buy the 12" single/CD here.


For all you Harry and the Potters lovers...

they're in philly in November

(from their myspace):

November 16th, Wednesday
Philadelphia, PA
the Rotunda - UPenn
6:00pm, $5 suggested donation, ALL AGES
4014 Walnut Street (off 40th), Philadelphia PA 19104 (university city)
with Soltero (one of our favourites EVER!)

though, being that it's during exams, i highly doubt that any of you will be able to go

being that i only have one exam in total, on the first day, i'll probably go...



Tarantula A.D. - Book of Sand

I saw Tarantula A.D. talked about over at Gorilla vs Bear, and decided to give them a listen after seeing that they played with Devendra recently, and that he contributes on this album. Listening to this album all the way through is somewhat like sitting through the LoTR trilogy: very heavy, very epic. Apparently one of "the best live bands ever," Book of Sand will blow you away. Give the entire album a listen with the eplayer.

Book of Sand comes out Nov. 1st, and you can buy it from Kemado Records

mp3s: Who Took Berlin(Part 1)


ps Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2005


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go and listen, see if you like it :)

Animal Collective and related news update...

In most breaking news, Pitchfork put out a brief article detailing the re-release of Animal Collective's Hollindagain, a live vinyl only release. Originally, only around 200 copies had been made and sold at shows. There are also many other bubblings about new AC stuff which is currently in the works.

Terrestrial Tones, which consists of roommates Avey Tare(Dave Portner) of Animal Collective and Eric Copeland of Black Dice, will put out their 5th full length release in March of 2006. Rumor has it that they've taken a hint from African experimental artist Konono No 1 and stepped into the world of experimental "afro-pop." Expect insanity from this great duo.

Ariel Pink's re-release of House Arrest, lauded by some as his greatest album, on paw-tracks will finally arrive January 24th. I don't know if it's just me but it feel like this one's been on the cutting room floor for a damn long time. Ariel Pink is also currently recording a new album and plans on US tours during February and March, with the album release planned for sometime in spring.

Panda Bear(Noah Lennox) of Animal Collective has a single coming out on November 22nd, and is in the process of recording a new album, which I believe is titled 10 Songs, but that's just a vague recollection of an interview I read a while ago, things might've changed.

Fat-Cat and Pawtracks are both having very exciting years and hopefully we continue to see activity from them in the later half of '06.

Related mp3s: Terrestrial Tones - Our Single



i just got the Mum cd "Finally We Are Nowhere" and it is spectacular. I wasn't really expecting so much of it, having listened to one or two of their songs before, but a couple nights ago i got the whole thing and it has been the only cd i have been listning to ever since. one of my favorite songs is Green Grass Of Tunnel. mum is icelandic, like Sigur Ros, and they are both similar in the way that theyre both mainly instrumental, but mum are more upbeat. all in all, mum = awesome. Buy their cds now.

Feels and Hypermagic Mountain

I feel bad because I haven't done anything on either Animal Collective - Feels or Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain. But both are amazing, and Feels is by far the most accessible AC album, so if you're still on the fence about them, Feels will be a great album for you. Hypermagic Mountain is....Lightning Bolt. Intense, loud, chaotic, beautiful, by far one of the best albums of this year. Buy Feels on fatcat, and Hypermagic Mountain on Load Records.

Video for 'Grass' off of Feels

Lightning Bolt mp3: Captain Caveman

Blogger isn't letting me post pictures so...yeah. =/

i find it impossible to believe that none of you think.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Boys who like to be (((GRRRLS)))

Pop(although they call themselves punk, but i've never heard a punk group sound at all like this) groups nowadays either tend to be the exact same as every other deriviative "alt" or "indie" rock band out there. Parenthetical Girls say "Screw off" to any modern convention and take a hint from Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu on how to do true experimental/alt pop nowadays. The frontman of Xiu Xiu actually mixed the second side of their only full album, (((GRRRLS))) an LP only release which has the same 7 songs on each side. However the first side(Side B) is mixed by Jherek Bischoff of Seattle's Degenerate Art Exposure and the second side(Side X) by Jamie Stewart. Both Bischoff and Stewart give a heavily influence to their respective sides, and it makes listening to (((GRRRLS))) a fun and unique experience everytime.

Parenthetical girls have put out two Christmas albums and have been included on some comp albums. Buy their stuff here. Their full discography can be found here, along with various mp3s.

mp3s: Here's to Forgetting(Side B)
C-86 is killing my life(Side X)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Double

New York based The Double is has been making amazing music for a good 4 years now while under all our noses. Touring with big bands such as Interpol, Pretty Girls Make Graves and others, The Double are a unique collective whos approach to the freak/psych folk community is not going unheard. Their 2004 release, Palm Fronds, is an all-over-the-place amalgam of traditional pop, freak folk and noise which comes together beautifully in tracks such as "A Throw of Distance" or "Standing on the Levee." I picked up their most recent release(Sept. 13th, 2005) Loose in the Air, but haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. Check these guys out, and go see them with Black Dice this friday in Irving Plaza, NYC.

You can find mp3s on either of their websites.

Their website

Their matador website


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Abstract Notion.

Acoustic Rock Band
-based in Chicago, Illinois

So recently I moved to Indiana, and figured I have a f'in sweet 30 minute ride to Chicago. I recently have been looking at some local shows and stuff and come across this acoustic rock band Citrus. It's similiar to John "the apocolyps" Mayer, but its better. It probably doesn't concern many people at Peddie because they are centralized in Chicago, but I liked them so I figured I could finally contribute.

It's pretty calm music, growing out from mainstream acousticals. They cover some mainstram stuff, but are mostly original. It's my kind of stuff, tell me what you think. You can find their stuff at Purevolume.

They don't have any shows coming in the near future, but I talked to the guitarist and he's workin on little pub gigs in the Chicago area.

Monday, October 24, 2005


Maybe some of you already know of the showcase due to the fact that Tess Rex's sister's boyfriend, Mikey is the drummer(far right). If you already knew of the band, then you can back me up when I say these guys rock. If you didn't know 'em, then check 'em out! The Showcase is an upbeat alt/emo band based out of East Hanover NJ. They sound like a mix between My Chemical Romance, Dashboard Confessional, and Armor for Sleep. With those bands being mentioned I can already tell this post is going to be frowned upon. heh. But with all serious this band is really good and you should check them out regardless your musical tastes.

the Showcase currently has no shows coming up because their singer is helping out on the Socratic tour. No singer, no band...bummer.


Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Aphrodisiacs: This is a Campaign

I just found The Ahrodisiacs on Purevolume. They are from the U.K., which is pretty cool because I've always wanted to listen to some different types of music form the U.K. The Aphrodisiacs are a three piece band consisting of twenty year old filthy hippies. I'm posting this, becasue I know alot of you readers love the indie/electronica genre. Therefore, this suits all of you perfectly. I think this band is amazing too, and I do not know how they come up with all these different weird sounds and rhythms. I like it though. I'm hoping that these guys will help put me to sleep tonight. Here are some of their gigs:

February -
Glasgow - tuesday 8th February @ Tom Tom (on bath st)
Edinburgh - thursday 10th February @ the Venue with the grim nothern social

London - Thursday 17th February Thu @ venue tbc with swimmer one (
London - Friday 18th February @ the kings arms in crouch end with Piney Gir (
London - Saturday 19th February @ Betsey Trotwood with Swimmer One & donde stars ( near Finsbury)

March -
Glasgow - tuesday 1st March @ Soundhaus, Glasgow (tbc)

Wednesday - 23rd March @ tbc
Brighton - thursday - 24th March @ the Freebutt
Friday 25th March - tbc
Saturday 26th March - tbc
Reading - Sunday 27th March - with misty's big adventure ? tbc

April -
Dunfermline - Friday 1st April SL Records/ is this music? night with the Starlets & Misty's Big Adventure

Upcoming (April onward)
some dates with the magnificents
some dates in holland including an appearance @ the infamous Amsterdam Paradiso (
some gigs in the highlands & islands
Past gigs :

You even might be able to dance to this music too. Who knows have a romantic dinner with your boyfriend or girlfriend or grandma while listening to the The Aphrodisiacs.
All in all, just listen to them, and get theur name out there.

Minus The Bear: Hey! Is That A Ninja Up There?

Minus the Bear is different. Minus the Bear is super. Minus the Bear is genious. Minus the Bear is magnificent. Minus the Bear is Menos el Oso in Spanish. Minus the Bear. Minus the Bear is from Seattle. Minus the Bear is electronica. Minus the Bear came out with a new cd. Minus the Bear has a website. Minus the Bear has tour dates.
22/Oct/'05 Exeter Cavern Club
23/Oct/'05 Bristol The Croft
24/Oct/'05 Birmingham Medicine Bar
25/Oct/'05 Leeds Joseph's Well
26/Oct/'05 Glasgow Nice n' Sleazy
27/Oct/'05 Belfast The Pavillion
28/Oct/'05 Dublin Skinny Fists
29/Oct/'05 Liverpool Heaven and Hell
30/Oct/'05 Manchester Satan's Hollow
31/Oct/'05 Lincoln Bivouac Duke of Wellington Pub
1/Nov/'05 Cardiff Club Ifor Bach
2/Nov/'05 London Underworld
4/Nov/'05 Seattle, WA Neumo's All Ages w/ These Arms Are Snakes, Headphones, and Heather Duby
5/Nov/'05 Moscow, Idaho Student Union Ballroom w/ These Arms Are Snakes
6/Nov/'05 Billings, MT Venture Theatre w/ These Arms Are Snakes
8/Nov/'05 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet w/ These Arms Are Snakes
9/Nov/'05 Chicago Metro Flower 15 with Pelican, Criteria and Cougars
11/Nov/'05 Indianapolis Emerson Theatre w/ These Arms Are Snakes, Big Business
12/Nov/'05 Grinnell, Iowa Gardner Lounge w/ These Arms Are Snakes, Big Business
14/Nov/'05 Boulder Fox Theatre w/ These Arms Are Snakes, Big Business
15/Nov/'05 Fort Collins Aggie Theatre w/ These Arms Are Snakes, Big Business

Minus the Bear should be seen. Minus the Bear should be listened to. Minus the Bear is cool. Minus the Bear is loved by me.

Friday, October 21, 2005

thrilled for the thrills...

love them, just don't steal their sun...

i found out about the thrills yesterday, while i was digging deeper into the lap-pop music (it goes like so, my friend steve was going on about a group that had managed to mix indie and IDM, postal service, and so i fell in love with them...then i fell in love with the genre of popish emoish indieish compogenerated tunes)

The Thrills are lovely, listen to them always, because they do sound pwntastic...

They're from dublin...ireland...score...


Buy some music or hear some clips..

Peep the site..

aight, that's it, i'm out


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Heroic Me: We'll Soar on the Wings of the Angels

Heroic Me is the ideal emo band. Poetic lyrics, synths, tight jeans, cool hair, and Catchy/wining lyrics. What else could an emo kid want? From Birmingham, Alabama, which is not a big emo scene state, Heroic Me knows how deliver...everything. When I first heard them, I thought of some new Underoath music, except without the screaming. The synths are awesome in the "The Ghost and the Angel", so check that out. I was kind of disappointed when I found out that Heroic Me only plays in their homestate, because they could be recieving a lot more publicity if they actually toured a little bit. However if you're willing to take the trip to Alabama, or if you're form Alabama and are just happening to read this blog, you can check them out here: 10.28.05 - The High Note @ Birmingham, AL with TBA. Yeah, so listen to Heroic Me at Purevolume, or at Myspace. Oh and buy some merch because they look good.



Xiu Xiu - new tour dates

Xiu Xiu announced new tour dates today! yayyyy

11-03 New York, NY - Skirball Center at NYU *
11-04 Chicago, IL - TBA
11-27 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture #
11-29 Austin, TX - Parish #$
11-30 Houston, TX - Proleteriat #$
12-02 Tallahassee, FL - Club Down Under #
12-03 Tampa, FL - Orpheum #
12-04 Miami, FL - I/O #
12-07 Durham, NC - Duke Coffee House #
12-08 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn #
12-09 Fayetteville, AK - University of Arkansas #
12-10 Denton, TX - Hailey's #
12-11 Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory #
12-02 Pomona, CA - Glass House #
12-15 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #* with Other Passengers
# with the Dead Science
$ with Weird Weeds

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Webcast right now!


connect to that stream!

Done, thanks to everyone who listened.

New Mirah song

Hearing that Mirah was on a year-long hiatus from performing was so disheartening. So imagine my pure, unadulterated joy when i heard that Mirah and Marisa Anderson have released a digital-only single called "Nola", and sales of the $5 track go toward hurricane relief.

"The funds generated will be split between the National Youth Advocacy Coalition which [is providing] [more accurate since the organization existed as a support agency long before the hurricanes] support to hurricane displaced LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer ) youth and families, and The Powerhouse Temple Church in Portland Oregon which [same here] provides direct support to a growing group of hurricane survivors who now call Portland home."

Check it out: Nola

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Everyone should probably mark this day on their calendars. I'm guessing it will be an international holiday from this day on. One of the most influential bands of the 20th century has reformed, and music as we know it will probably never be the seem. These superstars once had one of the largest followings of any pop group, and their incredibly catchy beats will live in the hearts of every hipster forever. Yes.

The Spice Girls are back together.

Viva la revolucion.

22 Unreleased Elliot Smith tracks uncovered.

Late breaking news: 22 unreleased Elliot Smith tracks unveiled to the public.

Get them here.


Mount Eerie @ Rodrigue's Cofee House 10/15/05

So I went up to Fordham University in the Bronx last Saturday to go see Thanksgiving/Mount Eerie(opened by American Songs and Cara Beth). Just let me say that this was a more than amazing show. American Songs(a group of guys doing their own thing which traditional style folk songs) and Cara Beth(an incredibly cute girl who feels like the next Mirah on piano, perfect match for Cake Bake Betty) were both fun acts, but nothing could really compare to Thanksgiving or Mount Eerie. I've never been to a more intimate show. About 40 people inside a tiny coffeehouse up in the Bronx. It was pretty much if Phil had played a show right in my living room. Adrien(from Thanksgiving) was one of the most hilarious performers I've ever seen, playing with a guitar strap made of packing tape and what looked like a curtain, occasionally lapsing into these brief states of complete absent mindedness and completely forgetting where he was, what he was doing, or what song he was playing. He got a laugh every minute and played beautifully nonetheless, making up songs about stuff just shouted by people, Phil improvising on the drums as they went along. Most of what was played was stuff of Thanksgiving - Parts 1-3, and let me tell you that this 3 part LP is amazing. Everyone should buy it here(along with other Phil related projects).

Mount Eerie was a whole new kind of amazing. I was sitting about two feet away from Phil, and at times
it felt like he was just singing to me. He immediately requested the lights be turned down all the way, to complete darkness. In what he called "darkness deep enough that you don't know who anybody is or what they're doing," we had a few sing-alongs, starting off with The Dead of Night. After playing a few things off 11 Old Songs and No Flashlight(he actually played "No Flashlight" after I asked him the true significance of the words), someone requested "I felt Your Shape pt. 2," and he went off with some Microphones song. Throughout the entire set everyone was asking questions and talking to him, and we all felt really comfortable with him just watching him play. His set was much shorter than I had wished, only an hour, even though when I had talked to him for a few minutes before the show started he said he only had time for a one set show tonight. In that one hour though, I feel like I was on a level with the music that will be very difficult to reach again. The show was amazing, and if you can ever see them I more than recommend it. Currently they only have dates in Washington within the next month, but Phil said something about a brief California tour(lucky westerners). Keep an eye out at for tour updates.

Now, pictures.

American Songs:

Cara Beth:

Mount Eerie(not too many pictures because the entire set was in the dark...didn't wanna disturb Phil):

John Ralston: A Side Project

You guys probably have already seen John Ralston in the music business, but you may not have ever recognized him. The truth is, Ralston plays with Chris Caraba from Dashboard Confessional on most of Chris's cds, and in some shows. In fact, when I say Dashboard, Ralston was up there jamming out. Well, what I'm getting it is he nows has a solo project. When I first found out about I didn't even bother giving up my hearing to listen to Ralston, because I thought that he would be exactly like Caraba. I thought it would be the same emotional lyrics and soothing vocals. However, Ralston is different, he is more experimental. The sound is nowhere near that of Dashboard or The Honorary Title. His voice is soothing, but John can still get his volume. Some his songs have acoustic driven choruses, and others include drums, bass, ad piano. I personally like it better with the whole nine yards. You can download all of Ralston's music at John Ralston.Com. He is also tourning now, but not in New Jersey...Sorry :( Yeah, so download John Ralston's music and check it out, the cd is called Neddle Bed. Also, on the website check out his lyrics, because they are different and wierd and full of good metaphors and symbols.


L illians in Lakeland, FL
set time 10PM

Bowling Green University
opening for Dashboard Confessional

The Space
New Haven, CT
7:00 PM

Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT
8:00 PM
opening for Dashboard Confessional

East Stroudsburg University
8:00 PM
opening for Dashboard Confessional

Orlando, FL

8:00 PM

8:00 PM 18+ $8



Monday, October 17, 2005

long time reader, first time poster

I was just listenin to some music during study hall, and wandered back to my good friend Kid Koala, this maybe an obvious fact, but he pretty much rocks the socks. A jazzy mix of breakbeats, and good old fashion scratchin. A little Dj Shadow-esque. Not sure how much music youll be able to listen to of his online, but you can rip my/linden's/others itunes for it.

Emmy visited home this weekend, and brought me some cool cds, so two shout outs. One to Victory At Sea, and the other to The Cricket Rumor Mill. I really like Victory at sea, they have a little bit of a grungey sound, which is pretty off of what they actually sound like. Im not good at comming up with well defining descriptions, so apologies. The Cricket Rumor mill is mostly insturmental, sort of Mogwai-ish I guess. Eitherway, both bands are good. Listen.

P.s. all lovers of Belle and Sebastian give a holla back, in spite of Linden


(holla back!)

So I should probably update...


Gimme a little. In the meantime um...Feels is out...and Mount Eerie opened up their store after the tour(post on this coming l8r)



Saturday, October 15, 2005

So the little thing on the bottom of the page...

Says over 1000 now! Hooray! Supposedly that's the number of unique IP hits we have which would make for a decent amount of traffic considering I only put that up last thursday. Either way I'm happy. Thanks to everyone posting, and everyone reading. :) Celebration!

Friday, October 14, 2005


Canada is just brimming to the top with good music, in pretty much any genre. In the past few days I've discovered two great Canadian indie-popish-with-a-slight-twist bands. P:Ano, a quartet out of Vancouver, sounds like somebody spliced The Microphones, The Fiery Furnaces and Olivia Tremor Control all onto one tape and released it as these guys. Don't think they're derivative though, every song of theirs I've listened to has something new.

"While it may sound as though the Vancouver outlet dresses a Polyphonic Spree like menagerie for their spectacle, Brigadoon is the sound of but four people who somehow manage to mash up all manners of percussion, guitars, wind instruments, and piano/organ in a truly ecletic but far from innacessible work of pop art." - Tiny Mix Tapes

Give these guys a listen, because Canada is awesome! And socialized healthcare is all the rage nowadays.

As of right now they don't have any confirmed tour dates or anything, but if that changes soon you'll know.

mp3s: Be Flat(off When It's Dark and It's Summer)

Buy their album Brigadoon here, and their other two albums(When It's Dark and It's Summer and The Den on amazon here.


ps These guys are on the same label as the New Pornos, so if you like them(and who doesn't nowdays), be even more sure to check them out!

in which we love Phil Elverum and sympathize with Heather White

Fancy People Adventures, 2005. Phil Elverum's Calendar.

Go see Mt. Eerie tomorrow if you can. (Sat. Oct. 15th- the Bronx, NYC, Fordham University, Rodrigue’s Coffee House, free, 7:30pm (with Thanksgiving and Cara Beth)

If you can't don't feel alone because once again the iron fist of the White Patriarch has come down on the black daughter's back. (Read: Parents won't sign me out) It's sad, I know.

Keep a look out for Keith Varick. I heard him play at Pete's Candy Store and he's wonderful, his website should be up soon. On that note, go to Pete's Candy Store. It's a bar in Williamsburg with a barbecue pit out back, if that doesn't spell out good time then i just don't know anything.

Pete's Candy Store,
Keith Varick,

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Runners Four

I have almost nothing to say about this album, because words cannot come close to describing how happy I am that I got this. Deerhoof's new album, The Runners Four is much different sounding than their previous work, and there is nothing wrong with that. I was a huge fan of Deerhoof before this album, but what changes on this album is that they really are a pop band now. On tracks like "Wrong Time Capsule" and "Scream Team" elements of the old Deerhoof are there, but listening to these guys feel like a whole new band. If you didn't listen to Deerhoof before because you didn't find them "accessible," now is the time to do so. For those of you who are afraid that this new sound will ruin them, don't be. They're still the same old Deerhoof, but don't expect any "Nobody Fed Me So I Stayed" on this album. Still fantastic though. Snap this up while it's hot.

mp3s: Wrong Time Capsule

Buy the album here(please!).


Oy! Another webcast!

Since I didn't do a meeting tonight, I decided that another webcast would be in order. So once again connect to and listen in. Tonight's is much more mellow, and if you simply want to relax listen. Or even if not listen. Thanks.

Done, thanks to all who listened! Here's the playlist:

1. Eric's Trip - My Chest is Empty
2. Panda Bear - Untitled
3. Angels of Light & Akron/family - Akron/Family - Future Myth
4. Schneider TM - The Light 3000
5. The Mountain Goats - your Belgian Things
6. Mount Eerie - Wooly Mammoth's Mighty Absence
7. The Books - Take Time
8. Animal Collective - Two Corvettes
9. The Microphones - The Moon
10. Mirah - Mt. St. Helens
11. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
12. Mount Eerie - (2 lakes)
13. Devendra Banhart - At The Hop
14. Little Wings - I Am with You
15. Sun Kil Moon - Neverending Math Equation
16. Joanna Newsom - Sprout and The Bean
17. My Morning Jacket - Death Is the Easy Way
18. Khaela Maricich - Nothing Is The Only Reason Not To Go fucking Around
19. The Radio Department - This Past Week
20. Unicorns - Innoculate The Innocuous
21. The Microphones - My Roots are Strong and Deep
22. Animal Collective - Banshee Beat
23. Deerhoof - Odyssey
24. Broken Social Scene - 7/4(Shoreline)
25. Cat Power - Free
26. Architecture in Helsinki - Where You've Been Hiding
27. Parenthetical Girls - Alright
28. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
29. Smashing Pumpkins - Farewell and Goodnight
30. The Beatles - The End

4 Eric's Trip videos

So those guys I posted about a few days ago? Apparently there's a ton more out there about them then I thought. So check out these 4 streamable videos(My Room, Stove, Sun Coming Up, Viewmaster). Not the greatest quality but still very cool. Old school SubPop videos are cool. Very cool. Watch those.

And while you're at it watch this video about pi. It's crazy.


Arcade Fire to record follow up to Funeral


Interesting I suppose. I'm not their biggest fan but I'll be intrigued just to see how the press reacts to the follow up of the biggest album of last year. Arcade Fire newest pop phenomenon? Who knows. Anyway check that out.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Inoutinout: The What??

Yes, it's a great name and a great band. The InoutInout is from Freehold, New Jersey, and each member has been in the New Jersey Local/Underground scene for a while now. A member is the former drummer of Forever's End. And the synthesizers player, Brett, played for No Hollywood Ending, I'm not really sure if he is still in it though. Anyway, they are all extremely kind people and easy to get a long with. In fact, Brett gave his microphone to me and a couple of friends at a No Hollywood Ending show once. And I just recently talked to Darman at the mall a couple days ago; Soooooo chill. But let's get down to the music. These guys know how to rock out from playing in their past bands. Their songs are in such an order that IT is rare to find. With trippy synths and just dancing drum beats make the Inouinout what they are...stellar. "The Evidence", their first song has such an opening that it made me stop doing homework and just listen...closely. It was great, that's never happened to me before. There is only one song on Purevolume, but they said they have a couple of new ones out for us to here. The Inoutinout is playing a show this Saturday at Prince of Peace...cannot wait. And they are playing with Wake Me When I'm Dead, Scar the Ghost, and You Lose. It's going to be intense. Make sure you guys get out there and give The Inoutinout the respect that they deserve,and buy t-shirts, buttons, and stickers if they have any, so they could use the $$ for gas money, because gas is so ridiculous now. DO IT!



Doing a webcast RIGHT NOW(8 pm est)

So if you're checking this just fyi I'm doing a webcast at for 2 hours. If you don't know how to connect just hit me up on AIM. This week's theme is noise and experimental, should be interesting to see what people think. Listen in!

So I'm done with that! Here's a playlist for those of you who listened in. Hope you enjoyed. :)

1. Black Dice & Wolf Eyes - Track 01
2. Gang Gang Dance - N. Six 5/04/03
3. Lightning Bolt - Dead Cowboy
4. Oneida - Every Day Is a Child With Teeth
5. Deerhoof - No One Fed Me so I Stayed
6. Melt Banana - A Dreamer Who is Too Weak To Face Up To
7. An Albatross - Get Faster, Cry For Happy
8. Godspeed You! Black Emperors - bbf3
9. Afrirampo - Nakimushikemushi Goodbye!
10. Jim O'Rourke - fall breaks and back to winter (spring breaks and back to winter)
11. Boredoms - Bore Now Bore
12. Polysics - XCT
13. Set Fire To Flames - Wild Dogs of the Thunderbolt/ 'They can not lock me up... I am eternally free...' ((From Lips Of Lying Dying Wonder Body #2)
14. Black Dice - Head Like a Door
15. Animal Collective - Alvin Row
16. Mono - Yearning


Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities Made of Ashes

Tiny Cities Made of Ashes, Sun Kil Moon's Modest Mouse cover album is actually the first I've ever heard of Sun Kil Moon. And I'm very, very pleased. These covers are so distinctly different from the original songs that it's refreshing, what with the overkill of Modest Mouse nowadays. Losing that angry edge that the Mouse has in some of songs it's a great change of pace and one that makes you feel like you're not even listening to a cover album, but something completely new. If you're a Modest Mouse fan, or a Sun Kil Moon fan, or just a general indie rock fan, get this album. Get it now. It is pleasing on all levels.

mp3s: Neverending math equation(my favorite off this album)

Buy it on amazon, or preorder it from Caldo Verde Records.


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Eric's Trip

Eric's trip is a retired noise-ish pop band from Canada who used to be on SubPop. As far as I know they've only released four full length albums, Forever Again, Love Tara, Purple Blue, and Long Days Ride Till Tommorow, and I managed to get my hands on copies of two of them(Forever Again and Love Tara) and both are awesome. According to their discography they've put out a myriad of 7" and tracks on comp albums, but I couldn't find them anywhere and I doubt many people could. If you manage to find copies then more power to you(and share please!).

Listening to Eric's trip is a bit like having a warm blanket next to fireplace and having hot chocolate with someone you love. It's just heartwarming. Tracks like "My Chest is Empty" on Forever Again are reminiscent of The Microphones on Little Birdy Fly and others feel like Deerhoof just without Satomi going crazy on vocals. According to Rick White(their guitarist/vocalist) they play "sappy melodic pop on top of thick distortion." To sum up their sound even more succinctly: Good. Listen to this band and try and find all their albums.

Here is another one of their subpop pages, with some more info on where the band is now.

Buy their albums here.

mp3s: My Chest is Empty


Jim O'Rourke finds box of tapes, soon to release new album

Looking at Tiny Mix Tapes today I saw a big front page article on how Sonic Youth's new LP Sonic Life is going to be recorded without Jim O'Rourke. So that's a little bit of bad news, but at the very bottom there was a little to link to this article at ontonson on how O'Rourke is releasing an album that he found in a box of tapes in 2003 which were from 1986-1991. Apparently he's come to terms with these recordings which he hated in his earlier years. The article explains it a bit better. Anyway I'm excited.

This LP ships on October 16th from Ontonson.


Neutral Milk Hotel + Other E6 artists free bootlegs!

So I was very bored during math class(great time for blogging I find) and reading through pretty much every link that was on YANP's blog links, and came upon An Aquarium Drunkard, who also happened to comment on us after YANP linked to the blog. Anyway, he has a Neutral Milk Hotel bootleg up from San Fran in '98, which was up on the Elephant 6 website, so I went over there to see what else I could fine. Incredibly enough I found a HUGE COLLECTION OF BOOTLEGS. Honestly this is awesome. Everything on this website is awesome. Demos and bootlegs of Apples in Stereo, Beulah, Elf Power, Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and others. So if you like any band of Elephant 6 check that out because there's tons of great stuff there. Big shout out to An Aquarium Drunkard for tipping me off to that even though he doesn't know it.


Monday, October 10, 2005

So the reason I haven't been posting too much...

Is because I've been working on my application for Tiny Mix Tapes. So hope that I get a position as a music reviewer because with all that music pouring in from reviews I'll be able to update the blog with more stuff as well, hopefully. Expect regular posting schedule to resume tommorow. Sorry for the absence.


Devendra Banhart is my friend

“He possesses a warble I won't soon forget, and if that isn't the mark of a classic balladeer I don't know what is… If part of a folk singer's power comes from the purity of his conviction, then Banhart's promising debut is the sign of someone destined for great, strange things.” - WWW.PITCHFORKMEDIA.COM

Right now I'm listening to 'When the Sun Shone on Vetiver' from Rejoicing in the Hands. Its making me think about the love I have for Devendra Banhart and Young God Records in general. If you don't listen to him then you need to. He's a hippie (or at least he sounds like one): homeless, voice straining in English and his mother-tongue, Spanish.
The new Cripple Crow site ( is up so check it out. If you're feeling particularly adventurous you can enter some contest to get your face on the vinyl. I personally, would love nothing more than to see Linden or Jel embracing the sun Cripple Crow scrawled underneath. Meanwhile, thanks to The Believer: Music Issue, I have this track of Devendra covering Antony & The Johnsons. I use this as a cheap ploy to lure all you Antony fans in and also it just came on ipod shuffle. alas.

Tour Dates:
Devendra Banhart
Dallas TX, Cavern Club

Devendra Banhart
Nashville TN, Exit/Inn

Devendra Banhart
Carrboro NC, Cats Cradle

Devendra Banhart
Philadelphia PA, Theater of Living Arts

Devendra Banhart
Northampton MA, Somerville

Devendra Banhart
Somerville MA, Somerville Theater

Devendra Banhart
New York NY, Webster Hall

Devendra Banhart
Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom

Devendra Banhart
Chicago IL, Logan Square Auditorium

Devendra Banhart
Minneapolis MN, Fineline Music Cafe

Devendra Banhart
Columbia MO, Blue Note

Devendra Banhart
Boulder CO, Fox Theater

Devendra Banhart
San Francisco CA, Bimbo's 365 Club

Devendra Banhart
Astoria, London

Free Mount Eerie 7 song ep!

I've had this for the longest time and completely forgot I got it offline. No idea where I got but still here it is, Mount Eerie's 7 songs ep free for download.

7 song EP



Is anyone else suprised that it's been hours since Linden's last post?

I feel so musicallyempty inside...



Sunday, October 09, 2005

Safety Second, Body Last

Today was the first chance I got to check out The Locust's March 2005 EP, Safety Second, Body Last. And it made me somewhat sad. Not because it's not good! But because I could've been enjoying this for the last 6 months, and hadn't even heard any of it until today.

To say this EP is furious is an understatement. The Locust throws together elements of noise, grindcore, thrash and metal to form a catastrophically beautiful 10-minute EP. The Locust are one of those bands that want to take it a step further, completely disregarding the boundaries of melody and rhtyhm at time, preferring to work with the space in between all of it. Safety Second, Body Last manages to deliver within the 10 minutes the EP lasts by packing in as much noise as is possible into that 10 minutes and dishing it out as powerfully as possible.

The Locust are renowned for short spurts of musical genius, and in this EP it's good to see them take their talents and extend it into some longer songs, somewhat reminiscent of Melt Banana's Cellscape.

On Safety Second, Body Last The Locust give us one of their most musically talented records to date. With skills not only on drums, guitar, and bass, we get a great demonstration of the chaotic skill they have with soundboards. When reviewing The Locust musically, I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to outrightly get it. Safety Second, Body Last, much like earlier Locust records, takes a lot of musical elements and screws them all together. Besides the ear pounding instrumentals and effects, the wordless lyrics(which sort of remind me of Lightning Bolt's masked yelling) add a whole new element of sound that a lot of noise bands lack.

Safety Second, Body Last is a trainwreck and in this case I'm all for it. One of the most interesting releases of 2005, I'm still upset that I didn't find this until now even though I've been listening to it for about an hour and a half straight. Totally recommended. You can buy it here. The Locust are going on a UK tour starting in November and have no scheduled US dates yet, but hopefully that changes if they release a new full length soon, which seems likely. Here are those tour dates:

Nov. 20 Athens, GR @ Bios
Nov. 23 Brussel, B @ Recyclart w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 25th Nottingham, UK @ The Boat Club w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 26 Leeds, UK @ Josephs Well w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 27 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2 w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 28 London, UK @ The Underworld w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 29 Briston, UK @ Thekla w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Nov. 30 Birmingham @ Medicine Bar w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Dec. 1 Brighton, UK @ Enigma w/ 400 Blows, Year Future
Dec. 3 Camber Sands, UK @ All Tomorrows Parties
Dec. 4 Munster, GER @ Gleis 22 w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 5 Hamburg, GER @ Molotov w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 6 Vänersborg, SWE @ Cafe Mic w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 7 Oslo, NOR @ Blå w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 8 Stockholm, SWE @ Lava w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 9 Copenhagen, DK @ Stengade 30 w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 11 Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 12 Prague, CZ @ 007 w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 13 Vienna, AU @ Monastery w/ Kill Me Tomorrow
Dec. 14 Nurnberg, DE @ K4 w/ 400 Blows, Kill Me Tomorrow, Year Future
Dec. 15 Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino w/ 400 Blows, Kill Me Tomorrow, Year Future
Dec. 16 Esch-Alzette, LUX @ Kulturfabrik w/ 400 Blows, Kill Me Tomorrow, Year Future
Dec. 17 Den Haag, NL @ State X New Forms festival w/ 400 Blows, Kill Me Tomorrow, Year Future
Dec. 18 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat w/ 400 Blows, Kill Me Tomorrow, Year Future

Sadly I can't give any track away without giving you about half the album or more, so looks like you'll have to go buy it. :)


holy lord

I just bought the Sigur Ros album Agaetis Byrjun and it is absolutely spactacular. In my opinion, it's better than (), which was also superb. Please, please, please listen to this cd. The song Staralfur is my favorite track, it's amazing. If you ask me, next time i go home, i'll burn it for you.

These are their upcoming shows in the US, there was one in NY in August, which I missed.
oh yeah and i forgot to say, if you go to this website: you can download sigur ros music

In Remembrance...

They're no longer together, but that doesn't mean you can't still love them
If not for their music, then for their good looks.

Truthfully, I don't feel like selling them to you with fancy words like..."phantasmagorical"...

Let's just go with this, their music is pretty wicked sweet, some of their lyrics are funny, they don't suck at doing covers of old stuff, they're not that bad...

It's a bit ( ok, very) difficult to get their music nowadays, but if they spark your interest enough, hit me up on A.I.M. and I'll send you some.

I leave you with a few lyrics:

"I'm German, you're Jewish
How could we ever make it through this?
I've got this problem, that seems to linger
Everytime I find myself around your finger
This would make more sense, in another time
Not in America where we're westernized
But if we were, what would I do
What would I have said to what we've gone through?

War won't stop me, I'm no Nazi
That's why I'd never tell
If you were fighting, surviving hiding
Behind an old bookshelf "

-"German, Jewish" by GotR


Deep Elm Records mywire

Deep Elm Records, record label to bands such as The Appleseed Cast, Desert City Soundtrack, and more has a nifty little tool on their website that I thought I would let you all know about. Deep Elm uses something called MYWIRE, which lets you listen to their CDs in entirety. The point is so you can get an understanding of the band and decide whether the CD is worth buying. Anyways, Deep Elm has some really good bands that are worth checking out, and this tool will help you do that.


Before I sleep: Deerhoof Tribute album FOR FREE

I was reading Muzzle of Bees and I happened to be lucky enough to browse to the bottom where I found this tribute album to Deerhoof which they are releasing for free. I haven't tried downloading any of the tracks yet, but much like the Japanese tribute to the Pixies that I found a few days ago, I'm sure this is great. So whenever anybody picks this up, tell me how it is!

Here it is:

And you can all expect a review of Runners Four soon after the 11th.


ps A friend who got The Runners Four on pre-release a few days ago says it's everyone get pumped.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

I've decided what I'm going to be for Halloween....

The drummer from Lightning Bolt, Brian Chippendale. I mean the guy is CRAZY, and one of the best hard rock/noise drummers out there, even better than the ex-Black Dice drummer, Hirsham Bharoocha. I'm so excited for Hypermagic Mountain you have no idea. I'll have a brief preview within the next day for everybody, just to make you salivate even harder for it's release.

No real post from me today, lazy over the weekend and annoyed that I'm not out somewhere.


Vie Perdu: Music For All

Formerly known as Lost But Found, Vie Perdu is a five piece alternative rock band from Brick, New Jersey. I saw these guys at the Clarksburg, a venue in Millstone which was just shut down, as Lost But Found and Vie Perdu and they were both awesome. Their lyrics can be compared to those of Armor For Sleep and Saosin. Their melodies and choruses are energetic and at sometimes can become a bit melancholy. And the synths give it an energetic up-beat feeling all at the same time. Since music has taken the back seat behind hair, make-up, tight jeans, and over all style it is hard to find an emo/alternative band who actually concentrates on creating well wirtten music. However, Vie Perdu does just that. The stage performance that was demonstrated by these guys was just stellar in my eyes. Even though they haven't played many shows in a while, I still listen to Vie Perdu on Purevolume . Listen to "Clever Trap Design" and "See You When I See You". These are both two new songs, and these are both excellent songs. Well my fingers are cramping up now, so therefore I am out like saurkraut.

Pit Factor: 2...the occasional two step



3 tracks of Grizzly Bear's remix album

The first music related post in this blog was all about Grizzly Bear, so hopefully you know them. Their debut album, Horn of Plenty is about to reach the one year mark, so in celebration they are releasing a remix album of Horn of Plenty, with remixes done by Ariel Pink, DNTEL, Simon Bookish, Final Fantasy, Son, The Soft Pink Truth, and many others. When it comes out on November 8th everyone should pick it up right away because this is gonna be one damn good album from what I've heard off it so far. Anyway here are those 3 tracks, I recommend everyone listen even if you haven't heard the original Horn of Plenty(which you can listen to samples of most of at Grizzly Bear's website).

mp3s: Don't Ask(final fantasy remix)
Eavesdropping(Simon Bookish remix)
Shift(Son remix)


Friday, October 07, 2005

Spinning on Air

So after getting that Akron/Family concert from Spinning on Air from WNYC, I decided to look all around their archives, and I've found some really, really good shows that have been done here. I'm surprised I haven't heard more because my parents are fairly dedicated public radio junkies. Which I have no problem with really, since after this I'm even more convinced that NPR is the only worthwhile thing on the radio. So here are some links to some of the better shows that I found. Enjoi:

July 22nd: The Books present: Lost and Safe

July 15th: Devendra Banhart returns with White Buffalo Deer Woman Appears

July 01st: Sufjan Stevens and the Illinoisemakers

June 10th: Introspective, Outrospective

April 15th: Angels of Light and Akron/family

March 04th: Animal Collective visits WNYC

February 04th: Sufjan Stevens and 'Michigan'

October 8th, 2004: Music from Montreal(featuring A Silver mt Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Set Fire to Flames, Shalabi Effect, and others)

July 02nd, 2004: Some very independent songwriters

January 30th, 2004: Jim O'Rourke

September 19th, 2003: Zorn lives!

April 18th, 2003: The original Devendra Banhart session

March 28th, 2003: Sigur Ros, old and new

February 21st, 2003: John Zorn

November 1st, 2002: Catskin and Sigur Ros

May 24th, 2002: Michael Gira

There's a lot of other good stuff on there, just wanted to pick out the best for all of you.


This website is just so awesomely awesome. You can enter the name of any band and it makes your own similar playlist according to tones, rythym, and other sound factors. You can only use it free for the first 10 hours, but nonetheless, it's a very good program, because it brings up tons of unknown bands, and gives you free samples. Highly recommended.



Make Me: Relax and Adapt

I saw Make Me over the summer at the Hightstown VFW, not knowing a thing about them. Their style intrigued me. Acoustic Hardcore? I can't find another way to describe it. They don't actually play unplugged, but they rarely use any distortion on their instruments. One of my favorite parts of seeing them live was the lack of a pit. Don't get me wrong...I love the pit. But the bands devoted fans were all closely gathered around singing along. It just made for a really cool atmosphere. Make Me is from New Brunswick and usually only play in the area. I've listed upcoming shows below.

October 14 @ 8pm Niki's house in Hillsborough NJ
October 15 @ 6pm basement show in Kutztown PA
October 22 @ 8pm Archer Hall in Allendale NJ
October 29 @ 7pm Hamilton St. Cafe in Bound Brook NJ
October 30 @ 2pm Italian American Club in North Brunswick NJ
November 4 @ 7pm Crosswicks Community Center in Crosswicks NJ
November 19 @ 7pm Fennario in West Chester PA
December 2 @ 5pm The Polish Club in Phoenixville PA
December 16 @ 7pm Hamilton St. Cafe in Bound Brook NJ

Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah!

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh.

LISTEN to these 5 Brooklyn boys characterized by their Mangum/YLT/Old School Modest Mouse/decaffeinated Bandits sound (read: folky with liberal use of harp and harmonica, washboard other) because they are damn good.

tour dates:
10/26 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA // All Ages // Hurricane Katrina Benefit // get tickets
12/31 New York, NY // Irving Plaza

band info:

Over and Over (Lost and Found)
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Broken Social Scene: s/t

So after trying to get the new Broken Social Scene pre-release and finally just accepting that wasn't going to happen and I buckled down and finally managed to get my hands on a copy. And let me tell you, it is good times. This CD is more than damn good, it's excellent. You Forgot It In People is a much more mellow experience, but this s/t takes facets of modern rocks and puts a Broken Social Scene twist on it that can't really be described. When I saw them at Summerstage during July and they played a few songs off their new album(one being It's All Gonna Break which is worth going to see them for alone, seeing how they turned it into an almost 20 minute spectacle) I knew that good things were being brewed up by these guys, but not even the magnitude of that show prepared me for how great this album is. Starting off with that rock feel, mellowing out in the middle of the album and finally descending into this amazing jazzy groove at the end, the spectrum of styles that this album encompasses shows you how those 11 members can truly pull together to make something so incredibly good.

Currently on a national and soon to be UK tour, BSS is embracing the amazingly positive reaction that the fans are giving this album and running with it. I heavily recommend you hit up one of these shows because these guys are just mind-blowing live and seeing such a large group of people able to coordinate themselves with such intricacy on stage while making amazing music at the same time is touching, to say the least.

Wednesday October 19, 2005
Kingston, ON
Grant Hall@Queens

Thursday October 20, 2005
Ottawa, ON
Capitol Music Theatre

Friday October 21, 2005
Montreal, QC

Saturday October 22, 2005
Boston, MA
Avalon Ballroom

Sunday October 23, 2005
Northampton, MA
Pearl Street

Monday October 24, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of Living Arts

Wednesday October 26, 2005
Washington, DC
9:30 Club

Thursday October 27, 2005
Detriot, MI
Majestic Theatre

Friday October 28, 2005
Chicago, IL

Saturday October 29, 2005
Minneapolis, MI
First Ave

Monday October 31, 2005
Lawrence, KS

Tuesday November 1, 2005
Boulder, CO
Boulder Theatre

Thursday November 3, 2005
Austin, TX

Friday November 4, 2005
Dallas, TX
Gypsy Tea Room

Tuesday November 8, 2005
Los Angeles, CA
Fonda Theatre

Wednesday November 9, 2005
San Francisco, CA
The Grand

Friday November 11, 2005
Portland, OR

Saturday November 12, 2005
Seattle, WA
Showbox Theatre

Sunday November 13, 2005
Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom

Tuesday November 15, 2005
Calgary, AB
MacEwan Hall

Thursday November 17, 2005
Edmonton, AB

Friday November 18, 2005
Saskatoon, SK

Saturday November 19, 2005
Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday November 29, 2005
London, UK

Thursday December 1, 2005
Vienna, Austria
Szene Wien

Friday December 2, 2005
Fribourg, Switzerland

Saturday December 3, 2005
Munich , Germany

Monday December 5, 2005
Berlin, Germany

Tuesday December 6, 2005
Copenhagen, Denmark

Wednesay December 7, 2005
Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday December 8, 2005
Oslo, Norway
John Dee

Saturday December 10, 2005
Hamburg, Germany

Sunday December 11, 2005
Frankfurt, Germany

Tuesday December 13, 2005
Cologne, Germany
Prime Club

Wednesday December 14, 2005
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thursday December 15, 2005
Brussels, Belgium
Ab Box

Friday December 16, 2005
Paris, France
La Maroquinerie

Saturday December 17, 2005
Den Haag, Netherlands
State X New Forms Festival

Monday December 19, 2005
London, UK

Check them out on Arts & Crafts productions where you can buy this and other releases.

mp3: 7/4(Shoreline) one of my favorite tracks off this s/t