Trials + Tribulations

Why Why Whys
June 30, 2005, 8:15 pm
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I guess it pays to check Pitchfork several times throughout the day because they’re now fond of putting up more news stories and today’s latest made me anxious.

They’ve reported on some new information about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I know a lot of people may hate them, but they have incredible stage shows and I just like all three members of the band. I’ve been interested in what they’ve all been doing since they released Fever to Tell.

Nick Zinner became a star player on Bright Eyes’ Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and continued to work on his photography skills by releasing some books of photography books. I picked up two he had with them when I saw the YYY’s play a long time ago in Oklahoma, and he’s a generally all around cool guy.
He and Karen had a side project called Unitard but the only thing I ever heard of them coming up with was an acoustic version of “Year to Be Hated” for Vice Records’ Yes New York compilation

Feeling excluded from Unitard, Brian began to spend more and more time with his other band The Seconds (who are on 5RC). They have an album called Y and a split 7″. The Seconds also features members from Ex-Models.
Say Hey
The Right Way
Mommy Mommy Mommy (live)

Karen made an Adidas commercial with her current beau Spike Jonze. Karen and Squeak E. Clean did a beautiful song for it called “Hello Tomorrow”.

Adidas ad by Spike Jonze
Squeak E Clean ft. Karen O-Hello Tomorrow

The Pitchfork article mentions the fact that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs may be heading towards a folkier direction. This would be a giant departure from most of the work off of Fever to Tell except perhaps the last three or four songs including MTV’s favorite “Maps.”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hinted at a softer side on a performance on Seattle’s The End. On this End Session, they play a beautiful cover of Bjork’s “Hyperballad”which they say they had mailed to her on a tape but never heard back from her.

Hyperballad Live on The End

And this is a new song they’ve been playing around, except this is an acoustic version on an AOL Session. Could this be the new sound of the YYYs?
Cheated Hearts Live on AOL

Band Names You Like to Say Out Loud
June 30, 2005, 4:48 pm
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Today I am featuring some classy tunes from some bands that put some thought into a lengthy name. In the future these names could cause trouble when a)in a hurry to get somewhere but they must write their band name down b) telling it to hard-of-hearing friend who must hear it several times making your mouth dry c) coming up with cover art based on the Big Level from Mario. Okay I doubt those ever happen. But I do think that there is some complex longname bands have that they give albums and songs long titles also.

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness has been one of my favorite band names. Coincidentally they are from the nearby Austin. Sadly they only have one EP to their name. Their website says they have recently signed with Secretly Canadian, home of Antony & the Johnsons, The Impossible Shapes, Magnolia Electric Co.,and Scout Niblett. The album should be coming out sometime in ’06. Oh, and their EP was produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon.

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness-When You Go Out
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness-We’re Still the Weaker Sex

Alright this next don’t know a whole lot about Thunderbirds Are Now! except that they have a great name, Pitchfork loves them (and as punishment they are playing Intonation Fest) and they just released an EP entitled Necks. Okay so maybe their name isn’t that long but it seems like it is. Maybe it’s the exclamation point.

Thunderbirds Are Now!-Do the Splits and Say Neat
Thunderbirds Are Now!-Eat this City

Okay I beat most of you cool kids already know about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah but they do fit the category of today’s theme so they must be used and further abused. And yes you probably already have these mp3s from their website. This is for the kids out there who aren’t as quick on picking up on the finer things in life.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-In This Home of Ice
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood (see?? long title that took forever to type)

The Boy Least Likely To have a few things going for them. Rockin’ cliffhanger name, the Britishness, a great debut album title, and adorable album artwork. Just look at this:

The Boy least Likely To-Be Gentle With Me

All Girl Summer Fun Band is a Portland girls-only club we all wish we could join. They make “fun, summery indie pop” that seems suitable for a day like today and today’s special post theme.

All Girl Summer Fun Band-Video Game Heart
All Girl Summer Fun Band-Grass Skirt

I’m pooped! This post seems enormous. I hope it satiated your longname band hunger. If it didn’t, tell me because there’s plenty more. Like, for instance, Dodge over at My Old Kentucky Blog did a little feature on the band Suburban Kids With Biblical Names. Go there if you’re still hungry you monster.

Tuesday News/Videos
June 29, 2005, 2:32 pm
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The Liars talk about their new album Drum’s Not Dead, the follow-up to their experimental album They Were Wrong So We Drowned at Soundgenerator.

Some good Sleater-Kinney fans have uploaded the band’s performance of “Jumpers” on Letterman the other night:
Jumpers Live on Letterman .avi file

Franz Ferdinand has revealed a new color palette and more about the new album, Franz Ferdinand. Sound familiar? Yeah it was the name of their debut. Kaparanos says “The albums are going to be identified by their colour schemes rather than a title. The contrast of different colours creates a different mood.” The colors? Black, red and pale green. Sounds weird. NME also has said they have written a new song called “Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On” which is probably only about one person. Possible singles from the album include “Turn It On” and “Do You Want To?” I hope it’s the latter (although I haven’t heard “Turn it On”)

Franz Ferdinand-Do You Want To? (live from EinsLive Königstreffen in Germany)

Here’s a video of Lindsay Lohan on SNL a long time ago with one of my favorite characters Kaitlin.
A lot more videos:
Le Tigre-After Dark video WMV / RealVideo directed by Wynne Greenwood
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-Over and Over Quicktime
Cloud Room-Hey Now Now Quicktime
Ladytron-Sugar RealVideo
The Rapture-House of Jealous Lovers Quicktime
Belle and Sebastian-Boy With the Arab Strap

June 28, 2005, 8:50 pm
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Okkervil River-Song of Our So-Called Friend
Faithless-Mass Destruction
Franz Ferdinand-Get Up and Use Me (Fire Engines cover)
The Fire Engines-Jacqueline (Franz Ferdinand cover)

Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces is now a model. (via Brooklyn Vegan) Hopefully she kees her rock star day job.

Stephen Malkmus
June 28, 2005, 4:35 pm
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It seems no one paid much attention to former Pavement member Stephen Malkmus’s latest release, Face the Truth. There was hoopla before its release concerning an ad that Matador had placed in a magazine (I think Paste?) and they wouldn’t have it in their pages. But it has made its way into less prude magazines.

Anyway, when I got the album, it grew on me pretty fast, which is something his album with the Jicks, the oddly named Pig Lib, didn’t do for me. Face the Truth is a lot more electronics than Malkmus usually uses. Anyway, I dont have much more to say but here’s a couple mp3s from the album.

Pencil Rot
Freeze the Saints

Pitchfork just recently had a live review of him.

By the way, if there’s some records or seven inches you’ve been meaning to buy from Kill Rock Stars, I recommend that you do it now because they have a great summer sale going on now.

June 27, 2005, 6:58 pm
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Okay here’s the post I’ve been meaning to put up for what seems like weeks.

I posted a few Tarkio tracks awhile ago, from their only album I Guess I Was Hoping for Something More. If you don’t know already, Tarkio was the alt-country band of Decemberists writer/singer/guitarist Colin Meloy. Tarkio was his band while he was attending college in Missoula, Montana.

This fall, Kill Rock Stars will be re-relasing a Tarkio album, most likely I Guess I Was Hoping for Something More, although Tarkio did make an EP, Sea Songs for Landlocked Sailors that may be packaged with the album. There might also be some unreleased songs.

Now, this is an out-of-print CD of Tarkio performing a set on KGBA, a Montana radio station. I don’t think that KRS will be re-releasing this so I don’t feel so bad posting it. If they do re-release it…well…I trust that you’ll all buy it. Twice.

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I don’t have any track names for it. These files are in .rar format. (You can download WinRAR here)
Tarkio live on KGBA Part 1 Part 2

Mark your calendars for the Decemberists’ first performance on Conan O’Brien on July 12th. Here’s some miscellaneous Decemberists-related mp3s.
Colin Meloy-Nothing to Hold On To (Live at Le Lazy Lady Lounge)
Reclinerland ft. Colin Meloy-The Lady from Reims
The Decemberists-Human Behavior (Bjork cover)
The Decemberists-The Bandit Queen (Live on KUT)
(Sorry none of these links worked before, I didn’t check them after I saved this post as a draft a week ago)

Completely unrelated: If anyone can find an mp3 of Maya Rudolph’s song at the beginning of the Gays in Space skits on SNL, please tell me.

And don’t forget to watch Sleater-Kinney on Letterman tonight!!!

A Monday
June 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
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I thought this was great. Matt from You Ain’t No Picasso put up this ad for HP with the Decemberists’ song “16 Military Wives”. For awhile on the Decemberists message board there was a lot of commotion over this ad and what it would do to the band. Thing is, I don’t think many people saw it and the Decemberists haven’t blown up crazy huge like everyone was hoping/fearing. It’s not surprising that the ad features the part of the song that has none of the overtly political lyrics, merely the “la dee da”s and Chris Funk’s “whoo!”

HP Commercial ft. The Decemberists’ “16 Military Wives” (Quicktime)
Here’s their music video for the song:
16 Military Wives video

Here’s some Joanna Newsom songs that she’s been playing around live. I’m not her biggest fan but some of you may appreciate this.

Sawdust and Diamonds
Only Skin

And here’s some music by the artists on Sufjan Steven’s label Asthmatic Kitty.
Half-Handed Cloud-Animals are Cut in Two (awful song title)
Castanets-Three Days Four Nights (they’ll be touring with Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice)
Liz Janes-Wonderkiller (will be on tour with Sufjan this summer)

Attention: It Is Now Friday Night (in the U.S)
June 25, 2005, 1:00 am
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Alright since I never go out anywhere uhhh here’s some great mash-ups and remixes I’ve gotten lately. Follow all the links to download.

Gwen Stefani-Hollaback Girl (Diplo remix) (c/o G v. B, sorry ’bout your Pistons)
DFA 1979-BLood on Our Hands (Justice remix)
Interpol-Slow Hands (Britt Daniels [of Spoon] remix)
NIN-Hand that Feeds (DFA remix) I bet I’ve already posted this..doesn’t hurt to do it again.
Le Tigre vs. Missy Elliot-Deceptafreak (if anyone has the DFA remix of “Deceptacon,” I’d appreciate it)
M.I.A vs. the Rapture-Jealous Bucky

And here’s another great song:
Stereo Total-I am Naked

I Need Directions
June 24, 2005, 2:55 pm
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Funtime OK continues their great posting with Wolf Parade’s CBC session and a new song that Sub Pop has put on their website from Wolf Parade’s new album Apologies to the Queen Mary. Actually after closer inspection I don’t think any of their Yousendit links are still alive.The bad thing about this album is that most of the songs on it will already have been heard by those eager enough to find it.
And in case you’re wondering, Sunset Rubdown is the name of Wolf Parade’s singer on holiday from the rest of the band. This mp3 has since been redone as a proper Wolf Parade song.

Wolf Parade-You are a Runner and I am My Father’s Son
Sunset Rubdown-I’ll Believe in Anything, You’ll Believe Anything (c/o Molars)
Wolf Parade-Shine a Light

Molars got me thinking of another artist that I’m interested in hearing more of, Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. This year they have four LPs coming out on various labels (Troubleman Unlimited, 5RC, and Soft Abuse)
Here’s an interview with James Toth, Wooden Wand’s leader from Foxy Digitalis

Wooden Wand-Sundrum Ladies (from their upcoming Soft Abuse release Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg)
Wooden Wand-Risen From the Ashes (from their 5RC release Buck Dharma; again, c/o Molars)

Wooden Wand is also going on tour victory lap this fall with Castanets and the Skygreen Leopards/I Heart Lung. Check out Wooden Wand’s factsheet for the humongous list of tour dates and their equally hefty discography.

Order their Troubleman release Xiao which came out this past Tuesday.

Another of my favorite Troubleman alumni is Tracy + the Plastics which is, incidentally, one woman whose name isn’t Tracy. Wynne Greenwood plays Tracy and her two bandmates Nikki and Cola who appear on a screen when she performs live.
Tracy + the Plastics-Henrietta

Also, in Living-Far-Away-From-the-Dallas-Metroplex-Sucks News, I’m most likely not seeing the bands I posted about the other day (Spoon and Voxtrot, namely). Do have fun if you are going.

So I was looking for direction in this post; did I find it?

Rachael Yamagata
June 23, 2005, 4:23 pm
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I’m gonna do a small blurb today about a single artist and her name is, as you can see by the title, Rachael Yamagata.

I first saw her last year at SXSW (it’s great how many people you can see there and fall in love with) at La Zona Rosa. She was opening for Liz Phair and just blew me away. A lot of people compare her to Fiona Apple because of her husky vocals and piano playing. She doesn’t just play the piano, but she does play it a lot. Her debut album Happenstance was released in 2004. I remember hearing her first single “Worn Me Down” all over. I thought she was just going to explode into the bigtime but it just never happened.

Anyway she’s going on tour this July supporting Ray Lamontagne so you ought to check her out if you like what you hear.

Worn Me Down
I’ll Find a Way

June 26th Glastonbury, UK Glastonbury Festival*
June 28th London, UK ICA
July 1st Chicago, IL Metro
July 3rd Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 6th Seattle, WA Moore Theatre *
July 7th Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *
July 11th Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium *
July 12th Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound *
July 14th Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery *
July 15th San Francisco, CA The Warfield *
July 16th San Diego, CA House of Blues *
July 18th Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater*
July 19th Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre *
July 21st Dallas, TX Gypsy Ballroom *
July 22nd Austin, TX La Zona Rosa *
July 24nd New Orleans, LA House of Blues *

*supporting Ray LaMontagne