Trials + Tribulations

The Ripper
June 30, 2006, 8:55 pm
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I don’t know how this guy gets away with 1) being named Girl Talk (cc has a problem when people name their band/project with a female word like lady or girl or whatever and there are no girls in the band) and 2) sampling so many frikken artists. Girl Talk is a god to mash-up lovers everywhere, and the party hitmaker to everyone else. Many will call Girl Talk cheesy and a little messed-up, but I call it fun.
Night Ripper, Girl Talk (Greg Gillis)’s third album, throws everything in and makes it work. Mimi’s beats and 50 sit comfortably next to each other while Ludacris and Phantom Planet get acquainted, all through the mediator Girl Talk. Never sounding ridiculous or forced, Night Ripper competently melds so many genres and artists it should be illegal. Coincidentally, the album is released by Illegal Art.

Sneak peeks:
Hold Up
Bounce That

Buy Night Ripper for $10. The CD version comes with a high quality download of the album, and you can purchase a download of the album for only $6 by e-mailing info @

How It Should Be
June 30, 2006, 6:09 pm
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Only had a half day of work today so how do I celebrate? Bloggin’. Ohhh yeah.

If you live in NYC here’s yr party!


Oh man that sounds like fun. Wish I could be there. Or in Dallas, where Gorilla vs Bear is DJing and Sound Team plays below, all at the Cavern. Too bad. Or Denton, where Tilly and the Wall are playing. Dumb ol’ Tyler…no night life at all.

Expect a couple more posts today! Back in da groove!

Hibernation of a Monumental Band
June 27, 2006, 11:06 pm
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Sleater-Kinney have announced that they are going on “indefinite hiatus.” This saddens me to no end…or hopefully, it will end when they come together again. What a sad day for the music world. Read the statement on their site.



I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (and they are)

You Oughta Know
June 27, 2006, 9:58 pm
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Sorry ’bout my lack of posts (though cc has been holding up the fort). I’ve been pretty mad at my computer. I don’t know what the problem is but whenever I try and upload files onto the internet somewhere, whatever internet browser I’m using just shuts down. Don’t know what it is. Any help would be appreciated.

Here’s some stuff from other blogs you should know about.

Stage Hymns, an excellent mp3 blog, is holding a pretty cool contest you should enter. It’s to win a limited edition 7″ single of Tapes ‘N’ Tapes’ “Insistor.” Even sweeter? It’s signed by the whole band! Enter here.

The Tripwire is always cool to see what your favorite bloggers are digging each week in music, movies, books and whatever else they like.

The Torture Garden plays Six Degrees of…Sufjan Stevens because you will never ever tire of him and people who know him.

SKATTERBRAIN talks about Michael Zapruder’s Rain of Frogs which has Nate Query from the Decemberists on bass. They’re on the same label as Black Fiction.

Speaking of the Decemberists, their mandolin player / guitarist / all-around nice dude Chris Funk had a baby! Okay he didn’t himself but he’s the father. A little girl named Scout! Congratulations to him.

BigStereo is confused by the Gossip’s new video for “Listen Up!” I don’t know, I haven’t watched it yet.

Who doesn’t ❤ Green Pea-ness?

New Releases this week
June 27, 2006, 6:08 am
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Monday’s Imports

Long Blondes – Weekend Without Makeup (sgl)
Love Is All – Busy Doing Nothing (sgl)
Moloko – Catalogue (2cd special edition)
Morning After Girls – Shadows Evolve (ltd. ed.)
Beth Orton – Shopping Trolley #1 & #2 (sgls)
Suffrajets – Worthy (sgl)

Tuesday’s Domestics
An Albatross – Blessphemy:Feast of the Peacegiver
India.Arie – Testimony:Vol.1 Life & Relationships
The Bittersweets – The Life You Always Wanted
Nick Castro – Come Into Our House
Cat Power – Could We? (sgl)
Dashboard Confessional – Dusk and Summer
Damien Dempsey – Shots
Dirt Bike Annie/Kung Fu Monkey – Wedding Split Ep (vinyl)
Dirty on Purpose – Hallelujah Sirens
The Fall – Are You Are Missing Winner?
The Fall – The Twenty-Seven Points
Four Tet – Dj Kicks
Genghis Tron – Dead Moutain Mouth EP (on Jealous Butcher)
Margo Guryan – Take Picture (vinyl)
Jolie Holland – Springtime Can Kill You (vinyl)
Hot Chip – Boy From School (cd sgl or 12″)
Meg & Dia – What’s This? A Fender Bender EP
Merzbow – Minazo
Mojave 3 – Breaking the Ice EP
Morrissey – The Youngest Was The Most Loved (sgl)
Norfolk & Western – A Gilded Age (on Jealous Butcher)
Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental (Ltd Ed)
Grant Lee Phillips – Nineteeneighties
Planningtorock – Having It All (on Chicks on Speed Records)

SY on the job
June 26, 2006, 12:56 pm
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Saturday night found me front row for Sonic Youth. I was excited to see them again, considering it’s been 4 years since my last SY show. They played mostly from Rather Ripped and didn’t veer from their course much. We all thought it was too short, even with the two 2-song encores. It looked as though they were having fun, shaking it, but the lack of free form in the music may have said otherwise. I know it’s their job and all, but i’d be really sad if the days of extended noise at their shows is over. Regardless, it was still awesome seeing them. They’ll be on Kimmel on July 11th. Go to their site for info on how to be in the audience.

Superstar (Carpenters cover)

I Love You Mary Jane (Cypress Hill featuring Sonic Youth)

June 23, 2006, 12:22 pm
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You might have heard of The Blow, right? It’s Khaela and Jona, two Portland kids who can bring the beats and the cutesy vocals and max them pretty hard. Their EP Poor Aim: Love Songs sold out on States Rights Records (get it on vinyl), and their new album Paper Television is one of my highly anticipated records of the year, and we gotta wait till October to hear it!
Kind of sort of good news, we’ve already got a lot of the album in some form. Many of the songs have already been released, be it through Tomlab‘s Alphabet Series 7″s or compilations. Here’s a track off the PDX Pop Now! compilation that will probably get redid all fancy for the record.

The Blow-Pile of Gold

Paper Television is in October on K Records.

Catch them on a very short Western tour with YACHT and Thunder Sundresses.
June 26th 2006, Monday – Tucson, AZ @ 36 Chambers (8PM, All Ages)
June 27th 2006, Tuesday – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space (9PM, All Ages)
June 28th 2006, Wednesday – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell (8PM, All Ages)
June 29th 2006, Thursday – Oakland, CA @ The WC (8PM, All Ages)
June 30th 2006, Friday – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (6:30PM, 21+)
July 1st 2006, Saturday – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Warehouse (9PM, All Ages)