Trials + Tribulations

Super Limited Thurston Moore Cassette
July 31, 2007, 2:39 pm
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Do you love Sonic Youth? How about drones? I thought some of you, probably a very small sum, would enjoy this.

Thurston Moore – Black Weeds / White Death C40 Cassette (Meudiademorte)
“New solo album from Thurston that dovetails beautifully with the feathers of feedback drone that dominated Flipped-Out Bride. This one starts with the same kind of phantom electricity before dovetailing into railroads of gloriously overloaded guitar, all cut into chunks of singing fuzz. Some absolutely wild playing here that touches on Haino’s form circa The Book Of Eternity Set Aflame. Limited to only 200 copies and housed in a full-colour 8×6 inch art pack. Recommended.”
Volcanic Tongue
DL it here. (change the xx to tt)

In September, Thurston will release Trees Outside the Academy. Get some tracks here from my previous post about it.

Worked Up in A Fine Frenzy
July 27, 2007, 11:15 am
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No better way to start a weekend then with a must-have-cd. A Fine Frenzy has been on my radar for a while now. I first heard Alison Sudohl‘s arresting voice on KCRW. Immediately, I had to know who was singing.

As an only child of divorced parents Alison Sudohl found solace in her piano. Graduating from high school at only 16, she joined a band, but left it at 18 for evenings of songwriting in her living room.

A Fine Frenzy‘s One Cell in the Sea is haunting and beautiful, but moreover it is raw and heart rending. With a dark under current and a fantastic voice, A Fine Frenzy looks inside the lovelorn and brings us hope.

It was just released Tuesday and why buy the physical cd, you ask? Being super smart like those Saddle Creek kids who add a free digital download when you buy a cd, One Cell in the Sea offers a 5 song demo and a video download.

A Fine Frenzy is on tour with Rufus Wainwright right now, then will join Brandi Carlile in September. Complete list of tour dates here.

A Fine Frenzy – Rangers

A Fine Frenzy – Almost Lover (Demo)

A Fine Frenzy – Ashes and Wine

3 Vh1 Unplugged Videos

F.F.O. (For Fans Of) : Tori Amos, Rachael Yamagata, heartbreaking songwriting ala Rufus Wainwright

Gozoso Zine Issue#1
July 26, 2007, 9:01 pm
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Mike sent me this zine. Even as a kid he was always making zines, tapes, artwork, books of haikus, and such. I think he’s totally funny, but I am pretty biased.

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Mike’s Birthday with Kanye
July 26, 2007, 7:11 pm
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Today is Michael’s Birthday. Michael is the architect & father of this here little site. He is 20 yrs old today and hopefully doing it up right in Mexico. So, today it is all about him.

Mike loves him some Kanye West. Check out Kanye’s video for “Can’t Tell Me Nothin” starring Zach Galifianakis.

p.s. Kitties are not too fond of hats

July 26, 2007, 6:14 am
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The last post today on Pitchfork was no surprise to any Sleater-Kinney fan. Fred Armisen has long been making his own funny videos, including my obvious favorite above.

He used to have many others under his youtube moniker inhighcontrast, but he must have taken them down.

Anybody know how to capture/save a youtube video? I’d hate for the Carrie one to go away forever too.

Long Blondes Tour in November
July 24, 2007, 1:51 pm
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It looks like the Long Blondes will be touring the states this fall. They’ve announced a date for Dallas’ House of Blues on November 9th. I can only seem to find 2 other dates.

November 6 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater w/The Gossip
November 12 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Tickets for Dallas go on sale this weekend. So you may want to check your local venues’ sites jut in case they’re coming to your area.

The Long Blondes – Weekend Without Makeup (XFM Session June ’06)

The Long Blondes – Fullwood Babylon (XFM Session June ’06)

The Long Blondes – Once and Never Again (XFM Session June ’06)

Too Pure Singles Club
July 23, 2007, 1:43 pm
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One of my all-time favorite record labels Too Pure has announced a new singles club. Every month they’ll be putting out a limited edition 7″ of one of their new and/or favorite artists.

Boasting a roster of releases by PJ Harvey, Stereolab, Electrelane, The Organ, Mouse on Mars, Scout Niblett, Tracy & the Plastics, The Rogers Sisters, Young People, and so many more, Too Pure has already lined up their first few months of 7″s for the club.

October brings you Lone Lady. Comparisons to Kim Gordon and PJ Harvey are relevant and reveal her tendency for heavy guitar and a powerful voice. She has 3 mp3s available for download on her myspace.

November’s 7″ is Vera November (aka Verity Susman of Electrelane). I’m curious to hear Verity’s work sans Electrelane. How much of that sound is hers or influenced by her? You can listen to 4 songs on myspace.

With major faith in their impecable taste, I subscribed last night. The subscription is nearly $75 american, but still less than buying 12 imports in the store, if you can find them.

Subscribe to the Too Pure Singles Club here (and find out about the launch party in London Sept 13th).

CSS does Lily Allen
July 19, 2007, 10:33 am
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Now, I’ve never given Lily Allen much of a chance, but I do love ALLLL things CSS. This is from the forthcoming Lily Allen Ep entitled Alfie.

Lily Allen – Alfie (CSS remix)

Lily Allen is hopping all over (Australia/South America/Europe) in August added some US west coast dates in September










Thu, 06 Sep 2007 House of Blues San Diego
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 The Joint / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 House of Blues Anaheim
Wed, 12 Sep 2007 Warfield Theatre San Francisco
Fri, 14 Sep 2007 Crystal Ballroom Portland
Sat, 15 Sep 2007 Paramount Theatre Seattle

CSS is in Europe now, but will make a stop in NY at Studio B, at Lollapalooza, and then to Baltimore for V Festival as they try to break the record for most-festivals-played in a summer. They’re playing 26 or somewhere in there. I lost count scrolling.

Liars opening for Interpol!!
July 19, 2007, 4:40 am
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Just wanted to share the good news…Liars are opening for Interpol!!!

So, for those of you that think the last Interpol tour was a little lack luster, I’m hoping that the Liars are going to raise the game, ’cause they put on a KILLER show.

Here are some more of my pics from their show at the Gypsy Tea Room May 27, 2006.

New Fiery Furnaces song
July 16, 2007, 7:50 am
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Another band with ties to Texas, The Fiery Furnaces have finished a new album Widow City, in reference to to their hometown Chicago. It won’t be released until October, but it’s been leaked already.

At least 6 of the 16 songs have already been posted elsewhere, so I will only add one more log to that fire.

Fiery Furnaces – Clear Signal From Cairo

Fan site has a lot of cool hard to find FF items including these:

Fiery Furnaces – My Dog Was Lost (SBN Session)

Fiery Furnaces – One More Time (Clash cover)

Oh, what’s the link to Texas you ask? Eleanor went to the University of Texas.


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