Trials + Tribulations

Young People
September 30, 2005, 5:54 pm
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Young People are a good band that has just signed to Too Pure Records and will be releasing an EP October 25th called Five Sunsets in Four Days. Young People have previously released an album on 5RC, and their last album War Prayers was released on Dim Mak Records. There were three members but one of ’em dropped out. Many thought it was the end of the band but the remaining members Katie and Jarrett are going on. Which is good cuz I loves me some Young People.

Here’s some older mp3’s.
Ne’er Do Well
El Paso
Ron Jeremy

Not Istanbul
September 29, 2005, 9:15 pm
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Oh how I love the Decemberists. Anyone should know that and they probably do. Well seeing them three times this last weekend may have possibly may have made it one the best weekends ever? Maybe. Well this week got even better. I received a rip of the Picaresqueties EP that is featured on Side D of the band’s vinyl release of their Picaresque album. You reap a reward also!
Here’s the exclusive song “Constantinople” from it. Buy Picaresque and all other Decemberists vinyl releases from Jealous Butcher (who happen to be some of the nicest record labels out there).

Constantinople (follow link)

September 29, 2005, 7:10 pm
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Alright so the big winner of my How Many Blisters contest is dylandarling, who correctly guessed that I got 11 blisters from Austin City Limits. I don’t think I’ve ever had that many blisters before. So she gets herself a signed copy of the Fiery Furnaces’ EP! Runners-up are Danny who guessed 10. Alright and you might moan and groan about this one but Drublood, who’s young son was the target of much awing at the Decemberists show at La Zona Rosa and she said her kid would love one of the postcards. I hope no one’s angry or anything because c’mon you’d be angry at a little kid and that ain’t cool.

So Dylandarling, Danny and Drublood, send me your addresses at cassettetapes at and your prizes will be sent off this weekend.

This was fun and I hope I have another excuse to give away prizes soon!

September 29, 2005, 5:39 am
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Two artists from Kanine Records:
So who wouldn’t love Grizzly Bear? With a name like that and a great video like the one they have for the song “Deep Sea Diver” I don’t know a soul who could say they hate them. Their album Horn of Plenty is apprently pretty good.

Deep Sea Diver video High | Medium

Lonely Heart
Sure Thing

Mommy and Daddy just released an album and they are great too. I don’t know much about ’em but I do like their EP Fighter Style Killer Panda. A lot.
Franconia Road

Franconia Road video

September 28, 2005, 11:13 pm
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Apparently Deerhoof’s new album The Runners Four was made available on iTunes yesterday for legal downloading purposes.

Download that covers album everyone was talking about yesterday here. In case you didn’t hear, a bunch of people covered Deerhoof and Kill Rock Stars put it up for downloading.

Also for downloading is the song Wrong Time Capsule.

5 Yrs
September 28, 2005, 5:10 pm
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I love the kids over at the forum. As soon as I got home from Austin City Limits, I knew they would have the band’s cover of Bowie’s “Five Years” that they played at Stubb’s and at the festival. Sure enough they did/do. Thanks much to Dorkfish.

Five Years (Live at ACL)

Did I mention that at the festival The Decemberists dedicated their song “July, July!” about crooked French Canadians to who else than the Arcade Fire? Cuz they did. Did I mention I swear I saw Apple Paltrow-Martin on the side of the stage during the Arcade Fire’s set? Well apparently she was there. Pic c/o Achtung Baby!Don’t forget about the contest! It ends tomorrow.

September 27, 2005, 10:44 pm
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One good thing about seeing the Decemberists three times this weekend was seeing their tour support twice. I’d gotten Sons and Daughters’ debut album The Repulsion Box and had given it a few listens but nothing serious. Well seeing them live changed that. I like their energy and their generally good music. Soo here’s the video for their song “Dance Me In” courtesy of their label, Domino Records.

Dance Me In (Windows Media)