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)

Bonus Trax
June 21, 2006, 1:26 pm
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I kinda am in love with bonus/hidden tracks that bands put on their albums. Whether they’re just another track not on the tracklist, or you have to wait for a big pause between the tracks, I like them all. Usually they’re just short & sweet songs. Sometimes they’re songs that were left off the album for a reason. Most are barely even long enough to notice, so don’t be upset when a track’s less than a minute long.

Cat Power-Bonus Track from The Greatest
Hot Chip-Untitled from The Warning
Laura Veirs-Bonus Track from Year of the Meteors
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Porcelain from Fever to Tell
Young People-Bonus Track from Young People
Travis-Ring Out the Bell from The Invisible Band
Love Is All-Untitled (Bonus Track) from Nine Times That Same Song
Akron/Family-Untitled from Akron/Family
Apostle of Hustle-Untitled from Folkloric Feel
Giant Drag-Hidden Track from Hearts and Unicorns
The Organ-Hidden Track from Grab That Gun
Petra Haden-Hidden Track from Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
The Duke Spirit-Souvenir from Cuts Across the Land

Amy Questions?
June 21, 2006, 1:00 pm
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Amy Sedaris (one of the Amy’s my brother’s crushing on) will be talking about her new film Strangers with Candy on NPR’s Fresh Air today. Many of you may have already seen the tv show, to which I’d say I’m more than a little jealous. I haven’t seen any of them, having no cable, but i did just finish Me Talk Pretty One Day, her brother David’s book. He is hilarious, and I used to tune into NPR on weekends hoping to hear his stories on This American Life. So, if you don’t catch the run on NPR, check out the website to listen to it at your leisure. Amy’s also going to be on Letterman tonight.

Speaking of dynamic brother/sister duos, I was gonna mention that the Fiery Furnaces were on NPR the day before yesterday (Monday). It was great to hear them talk about their music and be genuinely excited that it would be played on the radio. Check it out here.

This Week’s Releases
June 20, 2006, 6:44 am
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The delicate stylings of French singer songwriter Keren Ann and the Icelandic artist/producer Bardi Johannson make up Lady & Bird. She’s got a quiet way about her, and his is a sorrow that seems inate to those from his country. Listen to how it works together. Their album streets today.

Suicide Is Painless (cover of M*A*S*H* theme song)

Stephanie Says

Monday Imports
ConcretesIn Colour
Editors – Blood (sgl)
Judee Sill – Abracadabra:Asylum Years (2cd)

Yeah Yeah YeahsTurn Into (sgl)

Tuesday Domestics
Brightblack Morning LightBrightblack Morning Light
Nelly FurtadoLoose
GusterGanging Up On the Sun
Hot ChipWarning (2LP)
Keane – Under the Iron Sea
Lady & Bird – Lady & Bird
Luna – Best of Luna
M’sM’s (2LP)
Madonna – I’m Going to Tell You a Secret (cd/dvd)
Old 97’s – Hit by a Train: Best of the Old 97’s
Gram Parsons – Complete Reprise Sessions (3cd box)
Gram Parsons – Sleepless Nights
Pharrell/Kanye – Number One (12″)
Psapp – Only Thing (LP)
Corrine Bailey Rae – Corrine Bailey Rae
Rembrandts – Greatest Hits
Ulrich Schnauss – Passing By (Ltd 12″ on Domino)
The Submarines – Declare a New State
Various Artists – 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival (cd or dvd)