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)

Fabulously Torngat
September 27, 2005, 9:11 pm
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Okay so I really didn’t catch much of Franz Ferdinand’s set at Austin City Limits because, well, they went on straight after the Decemberists and there were a billion people there and there’d be no way I’d get to the front without being a jerk and I simply wouldn’t be “feeling” their set from far away. So I stood around and heard a few classics (“Auf Achse” and “Take Me Out”) and a few new ones (“What You Meant” & “Evil and a Heathen”). They still sound real good but I know it wasn’t the right environment to see them. Too bad they’re playing giant auditoriums on this tour.

I was also hoping that Eleanor of the Fiery Furnaces (she might be reading this cuz I told her about the contest I’d be having…) would join the Franz on stage for “Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On.” I haven’t heard anyone saying she has.

Anyway here’s a new Franz b-side to “Do You Want To.” (follow link)
Fabulously Lazy

Oh, I also found out the french horn player I mentioned in my picture post is actually Pietro Amato from Richie Arcade-Fire’s side project Bell Orchestre and he’s in another band Torngat. Here’s an mp3 (there are more on the site)
Alberta Song

ACL Pictures
September 26, 2005, 9:38 pm
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Alright I promised pictures. But when we were driving home last night I realized I hadn’t really taken all that many pics of a lot of bands…so what I do have are three sets of pictures of the Decemberists, one of the Arcade Fire at Stubb’s and one of the Fiery Furnaces from Saturday. I’m lazy so you can see them all here (oh and the guy in the Fiery Furnaces set sitting down is the Arcade Fire’s french horn player).

September 26, 2005, 8:57 pm
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Alright I’m back from Texas, sunburned and still feeling the happiness from the fest. Yesterday was probably the best day.

Anyway, yesterday I mentioned that I’d be having a contest. Well here I am going to announce it! Okay this is sort of lame but it’s for a good prize. I was going to do a number between one and a hundred but i decided against it. That many people don’t read my site, yeah? Anyway here it goes.

Answer the question “How many blisters did I get on my feet from the Austin City Limits festival?” and you will find yourself the owner of a signed copy of the Fiery Furnaces’ latest album EP. Yep Eleanor and Matt Friedberger both signed it and I’m giving it away to you! And as a consolation prize, the runners-up (there will be two of you) will receive Decemberists postcards signed by Colin Meloy and Chris Funk. What a consolation, huh? I know. Anyway start a-guessing. I think I’ll end it Thursday or Friday.

(Is this too small? Because we all know I don’t have over thirty blisters on my feet…will that many people participate? If you guys think the chances are too slim tell me and I might do the 1 through 100 to give you less of a chance…wait…who would tell me that they’d want that?)