Trials + Tribulations


Mr Supercomputer
April 28, 2006, 4:20 pm
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You’ll see this around a lot today, but I just wanted to post something before I head out of here. Have to say goodbye to some peeps, clean up the room a bit (much) and yeah. Then I’m off, maybe around noonish?

Anyway this is a new Sufjan Stevens song that Pitchfork posted today. It’s the song I was most anxious to hear when Sufjan talked about cuts from the album. It’s weird timing and the instruments are all meant to sound electronic. Really strange yet cool.

Sufjan Stevens-Dear Mr Supercomputer

Might be back to blogging Sundaaay. See you then!



Penetrate the Celestial Sphere
April 27, 2006, 7:09 pm
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You’ve undoubtedly heard about Think About Life by now, as they’ve been talked about on numerous blogs (opened for Wolf Parade…etc etc). Just wanted to throw my two cents in about the group. From their press release:

Think About Life’s self-titled debut is 34 minutes of high-energy disco house thrash punk positivity and indie DIY arty party action. Leading the next generation of chaotically catchy noise-pop from a modern mecca for independent culture, these are anthems for yet another jilted generation; prayers passionate and powerful enough to actually penetrate the celestial sphere. In their words…

Uhh yeah that sounds pretty good to me. How about you? You need evidence? Yeah uhh okay here it is.

Think About Life-Paul Cries
Their self-titled album comes out May 2 on Alien8 Records.

Be their friend, hear more songs.



Goodbye Girl
April 27, 2006, 3:54 pm
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I’ve been tryin to recoverrr fully from my wisdom teeth operation sooo excuse me. Plus I am trying condesne my crap I’ve accumulated over the semester. Will be leaving to start the trek back to Texas tomorrow sometime sooo I ought to get going. I’ve also been tryin’ to spend time with people I won’t see for a very long time soo yeah.

Anyway I just found out that Jealous Butcher Records is releasing the vinyl version of Kill Rock Stars’ re-release of Tarkio, aka Decemberist Colin Meloy’s old band in college. They’re a great alt country band that I wish had put out more, but still put out a lot, as evidenced on the two-disc Omnibus. Here’s a track from their radio appearance on Montana’s KBGA, a Squeeze cover.

Tarkio-Goodbye Girl (Squeeze cover live on KBGA)
Speaking of Conlin Meloy, head over to Each Note Secure and pick up a solo Colin track off the KRS singer-songwriter compilation The Sound the Hare Heard. It’s different than his Decemberists stuff, so be wary!



Are You the One?
April 26, 2006, 4:12 pm
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I haven’t heard the rest of the album Beams by the Presets, but this track is pretty hot. The Australian duo’s debut album has been making a buzz, and hopefully they’ll make some sort of dent in the electro dance scene.
From their bio:
“If you could imagine a yearbook for 2005’s School of Rock, The Presets would stand out like a jet black ink blot on the page: defying categorization in their recorded work, exceeding expectations above and beyond in sweat-drenched live shows that leave the competition for dead, releasing videos and artwork as beautiful as they are twisted. They would be crowned the official class odd bods. And they like it that way.”

The Presets-Are You the One?



Is That They Die
April 26, 2006, 3:03 pm
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I didn’t even knooow Canadian upstarts/cuties Pony Up! had an album coming out. Surprise! They do. It’s called Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes that’s coming out on Dim Mak May 9th. You may have fallen for the Montreal serial cutesters’ debut self-titled EP with quirky love songs like the fan-obsessed “Matthew Modine” or the forceful “Shut Up and Kiss Me.” Live they’re full of funny jokes, so make sure you see them. Oh and pop hooks and handmad glitter t-shirts.

Pony Up!-The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die)
A sad title, and not a very upbeat song. I hope this isn’t a new change for the album, or I’ll miss the sugary sweetness I’ve come to love from PU! We shall see.

Also! Good news from Dim Mak’s site, DOH favorites The Rakes are planning on a full US tour in July! If they don’t hit Texas, there will be blood and maybe crying.



Boy Soprano
April 26, 2006, 1:33 am
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Okay so you’ve probably heard this new Xiu Xiu song if you’re a diehard fan or even just a casual listen. Well this recording of this new song off the new record The Air Force blows every other recording out of the water.
The song, “Boy Soprano,” has already become a live favorite, mostly for the fact that it’s Caralee McElroy’s Xiu Xiu song where she’s the singer and Jamie doesn’t help. Instead he’s jamming on their bell set. When they performed it at SXSW, I could hear about 7 people whistling or humming it after it was done. Catchy? Yes.

Xiu Xiu-Boy Soprano (Live at the Troubadour, Brisbane – 4/18/06)

Oh and here’s your first look at the cover art for the new album, The Air Force. Ummm…yeah.



Whaaaaa
April 25, 2006, 10:18 pm
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So I’m going to have to rename this blog Boy With Six Wisdom Teeth. Because I do/did. Uggggh probably most miserable experience of my short life so far.

Anyway I’m gonna be watching about 3,000 episodes of Strangers With Candy today/tonight sooo have fun with this track you heard three times last year.

Toothfairy-Kicked Outta the Band



Country Gothic
April 25, 2006, 3:48 pm
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It’s pretty easy to write-off Murder By Death as some country-alternative band or, wait, is it? No there’s something more here. The morbid overtones from the name alone should let you know this is either some screamo band you’re going to ignore or something else.

Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death uses their dark moniker to make country gothic at its best. Way more country than Okkervil River, and darker too. “Impossible to categorize, Murder By Death’s haunting mix of gritty rock-n-roll, broodingly narrative lyrics, and dark, enchanting piano and cello has inspired a cult following.” Their new album, In Bocca al Lupo expands on the album’s predecessor, Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?.

In Bocca al Lupo songs include “a tango, a seafarer’s chant,waltzes, gritty rock, an upright bass, a horn section, and a gospel choir, all encased in this really gorgeous narrative.”
This is the first song off the album, which caught my ear with the lyrics “Some men like women and some men like (there’s a pause) gold.” Also, be sure to check out the first single from the album, “Brother.” Stream it here. (m3u)

Boy Decide
In Bocca la Lupo comes out May 23rd on their own label, Tent Show Records.



New Dallas Stuff
April 25, 2006, 8:25 am
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Hey,
Thought I’d tell ya ’bout a couple of Dallas bands that have new CD’s coming out today.
Let’s go with who you may already know. the Secret Machines have a new album titled Ten Silver Drops that hits shelves tomorrow. That’s right, they started in Dallas, but NYC called, and now look at ‘em. I saw them open for Interpol on the last tour, and they put on a pretty good show. Too bad it took them getting outta here to get big. Let’s hope this album has as many great songs and as fluid a motion as the last.
Here’s the video for their first single from the album, “Lightning Blue Eyes.”
Quicktime Hi | Quicktime Lo
Next we’ve got Black Tie Dynasty‘s latest called Movements. They’re a 4 piece that has strong influences from the good, dark stuff from the 80′s & 90′s. You know like The Cure, The Smiths, and Jesus and Mary Chain. If you’re not sure if you wanna buy it, and you’re in the Dallas area, go see them play for free at Tower Records with other Dallas fav [DARYL] this Thursday at 7pm.
Black Tie Dynasty-Die

Oh and while you’re out picking up these 2 CDs and the #1 must-have for the day (maybe the month, yeah I said it) The Rakes, also get your vinyl copy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Show Your Bones.



Almost Done
April 24, 2006, 10:36 pm
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Today I took three finals, two of them pretty grueling. Only one left tomorrow morning! And then more sadness! I am probably getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow afternoon soo that’ll put me out all afternoon/night/Wednesday. I don’t know. I’m a wimp when it comes to pain but maybe I can wince out a couple posts. Also, my sister’s going to start helping with some of the load around here.

Anyway it’s beautiful outside and all I want to do is sit out there and foolishly hope Texas will be this nice and balmy.

Belle & Sebastian-Another Sunny Day




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