Trials + Tribulations

Wolf and Cub
November 30, 2005, 10:28 pm
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I’m not going to start off this post by lamenting the fact that here is another indie band that has the word “wolf” in their name. No I’m not. Anyway straight into it. Australian band Wolf and Cub are an up-and-coming yelpy dance punk band. Sounds familiar right? Their self-titled EP was released in Britain and their singles “Steal Their Gold” and “Thousand Cuts” are getting a lot of buzz and for good reason. Both songs are really awesome. Sometimes I can’t understand what lead singer

Listen to two songs, “Thousand Cuts” and “Spirals” here.

Go to their MySpace to hear a remix of their song “Targets” done up by Minotaur.

To Here Knows When has the the Phones remix of “Thousand Cuts” and it is, like all other Phones remixes, pretty great.

November 30, 2005, 9:02 pm
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Yeah I’m on a roll for music you’ve probably already heard today but you just gotta hear it if you haven’t. I don’t know who exactly did it but someone went out and mashed-up 50 Cent and Queen. The results are pretty hilarious and even comes with awesome cover art. You can download the whole thing here, but here’s my favorite track.

Under Pressure All the Time

Magic Numbers Vid
November 30, 2005, 8:56 pm
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Have you heard of the Magic Numbers? Yeah you probably have, and I’m sure you’ve already formed an opinion of them. Well I think they’re alright. They have some fun, upbeat songs that are pretty cool and fun to sing along with. One of those songs has a video, “Forever Lost.” You should watch it. I might make you.

Windows Lo | Windows Hi
Real Lo | Real Hi

(Thanks to RockInsider for sending this my way.)

Blues Are Still Blue
November 29, 2005, 9:34 pm
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So yesterday I posted a Peel session track version of Belle and Sebastian‘s new single from their new album. Well someone posted in the comments that the song “Another Sunny Day” is up on Matador‘s site. So it is! And I’ll also have another new song for you too later.

Another Sunny Day

EDIT: I was gonna up the other song on my site for you all but it appears my SiteSled account has been deleted. That’s always good. If you know some hosting service that’s cheap and has more than 1GB bandwidth a day, I’d like to know.

November 29, 2005, 8:49 pm
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One of my readers, Emily, alerted me about this band called MGMT, (like, you know, Management). They’re yet another band a little more difficult to Google than some others. Anyway, Emily also sent along a couple mp3’s from their only CD, an EP entitled Time to Pretend. She mentioned that they opened for Of Montreal when she saw, which makes some sense.
The Management makes great poppy music that’s a little out there. They have their own record label (I think, they’re the only artist on the label at least) Cantora Records. It’s a cute site with lots of news about Mgmt. Who is in the band I have no idea, or where they’re from (although I think it’s Houston). I guess that doesn’t really matter as long as we have the music.

EDIT: I’ve gotten some information from Will who runs Cantora Records about the band’s background in case you’re interested. The band formed at Wesleyan college from where they jut recently graduated. Half of the bad grew up in nashville and the other half in upstate New York.

Time to Pretend

Here’s a video for the song “Boogie Down.”
EDIT: Also, there’s a video for the song “Destrokk” here.

More Fun With…
November 28, 2005, 10:32 pm
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I just wanted another excuse to post about Belaire. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with them for the past week. I love the Kanye cover, love what I’ve heard on their MySpace, everything. They’re adorable. I’m gonna be buying the CD soon as I can, hopefully.

Haha I actually do have a reason for posting! I found a couple mp3s from their live performance on Austin’s KVRX from October 30th. I wish I had the whole performance but two songs will do, I suppose.

Hit and Miss
Haunted Castle

Andrew Kaffer
November 28, 2005, 9:48 pm
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Andrew Kaffer and Architecture in Helsinki‘s Cameron Bird might as well have been separatedd from birth. I had downloaded a song by Kaffer from Marriage Records and didn’t listen to it, but when the song came up on shuffle, I just couldn’t remember which Architecture in Helsinki song it was. There isn’t much instrumentation: a guitar, squeaky shoes, and a little electronic fuzz here and there. The song is from his solo album Idle Idol which is distributed by Marriage Records. His former band, Kissing Book, released two albums on one of my favorite labels, Magic Marker Records. Check out a couple mp3s by Kissing Book.

The Faubion Stomp from Idle Idol

Talk Shop
November 28, 2005, 6:05 pm
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I just found out about this great band from Austin, TX (there are many) called Clap! Clap! Okay I hope you’re not jaded by the whole Clap Your Hands Say Yeah clapping thing because this band is a lot more fun. They make electronic dancefloor-worthy anthems with a generous amount of goofiness. They just might be Austin’s answer to U.S.E.
Do you remember that track I posted about last week from the Kanye West covers album? Well they’re on it too! See I told you you’d like them. They do a great cover of Kanye’s “New Workout Plan.” It’s slightly hilarious. You can hear it on their MySpace.

They also have an EP entitled Get Naughty that you can download for free off their website! It’s really great so definitely check it out.

Talk Shop

Funny Little Frog
November 28, 2005, 5:13 pm
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I’m anxiously awaiting Belle and Sebastian’s new album The Life Pursuit next year. As you might be able to tell, I’m a big Belle and Sebastian fan (the namesake of this here blog) and yeah. I also can’t wait to get my hands on the live album they’re doing of their set at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ “Don’t Look Back,” aka all of If You’re Feeling Sinister done out live.

Oh, back to the news. Revolution in the Head has B&S’s upcoming single that will precede the album entitled “Funny Little Frog.” It’s from a Peel session they did so it’s not the glossy produced version, but it’s something. Many thanks to him for putting it up.

I Would Rather Be Catholic Now
November 28, 2005, 4:37 pm
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I got an e-mail over the holiday from someone from this Dutch record label called Speakers From the Night. She was particularly pimping one band called Furtips so I checked them out.
They’ve been around since 1992, making noise-pop all around Holland. According to their bio they have 400+ songs waiting to be recorded.The couple songs I have heard should seem like normal pop songs, but there’s just something off about them. I think it’s the vocals. There are two vocalists and they switch off during their songs. I dunno, it’s just sort’ve odd but it’s great stuff.

I Would Rather Be Catholic Now
Destruction Love

Buy their newest album We Are Communications from SFTN.