Trials + Tribulations

She’s Done Us Wrong Enough Times
November 26, 2008, 8:00 pm
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Metronomy has been one of my favorite new artists this year. Their album Nights Out is a slow-grower. The first couple tracks, instrumentals, wear you out a bit when you reach “Radio Ladio” it’s love.
But my favorite track has been “Heartbreaker,” which has been remixed dozens and dozens of times. On the original, I love the squealchy, creaky keyboards and percussion. The sounds on it are just great. I really am enjoying this remix of the song also, because it preserves much of what I love of the original but upgrading it.

Metronomy-Heartbreaker (Discodeine Remix)

Nerd Voice
Original drawing by Chad Crouch

So I’m Copfy and I’ll be your mix guide today. Today are some nice poppy tunes to make your Saturday a little bit brighter.

Copfy-Nerd Voice mini mix (26.05 Min, 36 MB)

Islands-Abominable Snow
Good Shoes-Small Town Girl
Vampire Weekend-Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Very Best Remix)
Peter Bjorn & John-Let’s Call it Off (Girl Talk Remix)
YACHT-It’s Coming To Get You
Late of the Pier-The Bears are Coming


Narcisita Por Exelencia
November 21, 2008, 8:25 pm
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So while I was down in Mexico, I really wanted someone to tell me about an awesome band. Like some totally cool underground electronic band or something. I didn’t find anything like that. Because everyone pretty much listens to the same stuff. If there’s underground music there, it’s pretty far underground. Because basically everyone likes the same stuff.
One band everyone can pretty much agree on is Panda. Panda are from Monterrey, so they were pretty local there. They’re basically Mexico’s equivalent of I don’t know, Blink 182 or some other rock punk group. But I really think their music is catchy and they have good lyrics (if you understand Spanish, if you don’t well it’s fun to rock out to somethin you don’t understand). So here’s two of my favorite tracks from their album Amantes Sunt Amentes.

Panda-Narcisita Por Exelencia

Hazards of Love
November 20, 2008, 1:11 am
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Photo by the awesome Alicia J. Rose

If you didn’t read the news on Pitchfork today, go and check out because oh my word, their new album Hazards of Love sounds like it’s going to be epic. Talking to Rolling Stone,

It’s a twisty, fantastical story about a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William, who is desperate for the two of them to be reunited; a forest queen; and a villainous rake. “There’s a story there, but it’s really painted with broad strokes,” says Meloy.

Look for Hazards of Love around the end of March 2009!

AND the Decemberists just played a show in Michigan last week and you can go get a recording of the show in FLAC lossless format here. Thanks very much to the recorder! It’s great quality and the closer is a new chapter to “Hazards of Love” that is just beautiful! (If you don’t know anything about FLAC I’d recommend you look here about converting FLAC files to MP3s for your own use, not to be redistributed).

The Decemberists-Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) (.m4a)

Ruler of the…
November 18, 2008, 9:55 pm
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So since I was gone Marnie Stern came onto the scene. I guess you love her or hate her. I love her. Check out her video for “Ruler” and maybe you’ll like her too.

We Are Young
November 17, 2008, 6:24 pm
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I don’t know how many of you may have already heard Portland’s The Shaky Hands‘ new CD Lunglight but it s spectacular. I just recently got it and ran through the whole thing about twice. The melodies instantly get lodged in your head and their feel-good vibes are infectious. I really don’t know a whole lot about them but darnit if Portland didn’t do it again in churning out the awesome acts.

The Shaky Hands-We Are Young

You can buy Lunglight from Kill Rock Stars or Holocene Music. Or even on iTunes if your need is urgent. (At Kill Rock Stars you get a free poster with your order oooohh if that sways you any)

Days of Elaine
November 13, 2008, 7:29 pm
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The other day in the mail I got my latest edition of the DecemberistsAlways a Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, this edition month’s 12″ vinyl being the lovely “Days of Elaine” backed with “Days of Elaine (long)” and “I’m Sticking With You.” The songs are truly great and the vinyl is beautiful. If you haven’t bought the vinyl, I strongly recommend it. You can buy “Days of Elaine”and other Decemberists goodies here. Or buy the first two volumes of Always a Bridesmaid on iTunes.
And last week the group popped in on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and played “Days of Elaine.” Here’s the video.

Bonus MP3:
The Decemberists-Think About Me (Fleetwood Mac cover)

November 12, 2008, 7:27 pm
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Ohio’s own awesome blues rockers The Black Keys made their last album, Attack & Release with DangerMouse and was a pretty stellar disc. They are also quite awesome to see live. We saw them open for Arcade Fire awhile back in Austin and it was one of the sweatiest, heaviest shows I’ve been too.
If you’ve never seen them live, don’t worry. They’re set to release a new live DVD called The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom (which is where we saw Sleater-Kinney take their final bow and is a very cool venue too) on November 18th. Produced and directed by Lance Bangs (husband of Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, Jackass film guy, and also director of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ live DVD Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow, Belle & Sebastian’s Fans Only, Sonic Youth’s Corporate Ghost etc.) Here’s a video and MP3 from the DVD, of the song “I Got Mine”

“I Got Mine” (Quicktime)

The Black Keys-I Got Mine (Live at the Crystal Ballroom) (MP3)

Order the DVD directly from Nonesuch.

Just Half of a Sunburn
November 12, 2008, 4:28 am
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So, Matt & Kim, meet the readers of Dreams of Horses. Readers, meet Matt & Kim. This adorable video just made me love this song. It’s an incredibly catchy tune and I can’t get enough of Kim’s huge grin through the whole thing. Kind’ve reminds me of Karen O’s face while playing live.

Matt & Kim are from Brooklyn. They have a new CD coming out soon called Grand and I can’t wait to hear it all. They’re going on tour with Cut Copy in March (see the tour dates at Pitchfork). Here’s a video of when Matt & Kim rolled through Denton last year:

Shark Week
November 7, 2008, 4:51 pm
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Photo by Matt Wignall

Around here in these parts, we love us some Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond. We loved her first CD, Bring Me the Workhorse and am totally loving her latest CD A Thousand Shark’s Teeth. For such a delicate girl, she’s got an incredible voice (she studied opera here in Texas) and great songs.
And she happens to have a new CD called Shark Remixes Vol 1 because, like she did with Workhorse she let people have a crack at remixing her already great songs (the results of the first remix album was Tear it Down). But this time she’s letting four people remix several songs and they’re releasing each one as an EP. This first one was remixed by Alfred Brown. You can buy Shark Remixes Vol 1 on iTunes for $5.99. Here’s a peek.

The Loneliest Man in History (Looking Down from the Top of the World)
Of Fear and Wonder (I Found a Universe) Courtesty of Pitchfork

Go see Shara when she comes to your town! (Hits Dallas Dec 3rd at the Granada)