Trials + Tribulations

Pop Tron
December 17, 2009, 11:21 am
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A few months back, a guy named Señor Cisco sent me a mix of he’d made up of tracks he pulled from my blog. I was pretty impressed, and have been waiting to hear more from him. He just e-mailed me the other day to tell me he’s got a new mix going up January 8th on San Francisco’s SomaFM station. He’ll be putting up a mix on there every Friday after that, so look out for it!

♫ Señor  Cisco – PopTron Mix (Promo)

Here’s a promo edit of his first mix, which has tons of songs I would love to hear on a dance floor.

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Grum Remix)
Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
The Gossip – Listen Up! (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Amanda Blank – Big Heavy
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
The Black Ghosts – Any Way You Choose To Give It
Moving Units – Anyone
Kasper Bjorke, The Pierces & Tom Boy – Doesnt Matter (Kasper Bjorke Remix)
Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix)
The Rapture – Whoo alright yeah uh huh
Midnight Juggernuts – Into The Galaxy
Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (Feat. Beth Ditto)
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix Feat. Au Revoir Simone)
Holy Ghost – I Will Come Back
Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)
Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)
Miami Horror – Make You Mine
The Whip – Blackout
Simian Mobile Disco – Bad Blood (Feat. Alexis Taylor)
Who Made Who – The Plot (Discodeine Remix)
LCD Soundsystem – Time To Get Away (Gucci Soundsystem Remix)
The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Nite Version)
Linus Loves – Prom Night (Don Diablo Remix)
The Whip – Muzzle No. 1 (Black Ghosts Remix)
Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)
Digitalism – Apollo-Gize (Breakbot ‘Hypnotoad’ Extended Remix)

December 15, 2009, 11:14 am
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You may have heard of IFC’s new show Dinner with the Band which features well, dinner with a band. I watched an episode that had Owen Pallet aka Final Fantasy on making something or another, but tonight the show features one of the hottest new groups MEN. MEN, you may also recall, is heading by ex-Le Tigre beatmaker JD Samson.

The band plays “Credit Card Babie$,” “Boom Boom Boom,” and also “Simulatneously.” You can check out the video for “Simultaneously” here, and if you have IFC, tune in tonight at 11 pm. Next week on the show is Kid Sister & Flostradamus, and then the season finale Dec 29th with YACHT! Super cool.

Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx

Best Songs of 2009
December 10, 2009, 10:57 am
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Okay! So here are my favorite songs from this year. Some artists appear a couple times, some just once. All are songs that kept me wanting to hear them again and again. Enjoy!

♫ Phoenix – Lisztomania
Girls – Lust for Life
Drake – Best I Ever Had
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric
Major Lazer – Keep it Goin’ Louder
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Neko Case – This Tornado Loves You
Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
YACHT – Psychic City (Voodoo City)
The Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move
Telekinesis – Coast of Carolina
♫ Former Ghosts – The Bull & The Ram
Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid with You
Annie – Anthonio
♫ The Decemberists – Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)
JJ – Things Will Never Be the Same Again
The xx – VCR
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Soft Shock
Phoenix – Armistice
Grizzly Bear – While You Wait for the Others
♫ Washed Out – Phone Call
Beyonce – If I Were a Boy
Patrick Wolf – Oblivion
The Big Pink – Velvet
Bill Callahan – Faith / Void
♫ Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Boys Noize – Jeffer
Delorean – Deli
Desire – Mirroir Mirroir
Duck Sauce – aNYway
Fever Ray – Keep the Street Empty for Me
Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling
♫ Telepathe – So Fine
Junior Boys – Bits and Pieces
Bat for Lashes – Moon and Moon
♫ HEALTH – Die Slow
Holy Ghost! – I Will Come Back
Juan Maclean – One Day
Karen O and the Kids – All is Love
♫MEN – Off Our Backs
Passion Pit – Litte Secrets

Best Videos of 2009

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (Director: Allison Schulnik)

Major Lazer – Pon de Floor (Director: Eric Wareheim)

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Director: Martin de Thurrah)

Girls – Lust for Life (Directors: Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell)

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close (Director: Art Boonparn)

El Perro Del Mar – Change of Heart (Director: Filip Nilsson)

Peaches – Lose You (Director: Peaches)

Matt & Kim – Lessons Learned (Directors: Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault)

Rainbow Arabia – Omar K (Director: Keith Musil)

Hecuba – Suffering (Director: Isaiah Seret)

Dan Black – Symphonies (Directors: Chic & Artistic)

Best of 2009
December 8, 2009, 5:38 pm
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Check in tomorrow because I’ll be starting off my Best of 2009 series!

Wednesday: Best Videos of 09
Thursday: Best Songs of 09
Friday: Best Albums of 09

Hardest Button to Button
December 8, 2009, 2:05 pm
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Check out the Golden Filter’s cover of the White Stripes’ “Hardest Button to Button.” Their take has their signature blips and is stripped down quite a bit.

Hear it here.

The cover comes from the “Thunderbird” 12″ (get it from Phonica Records)

December 8, 2009, 1:06 pm
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Duh you’ve already seen this posted on every other blog but I feel like I have the duty to report everything new and related to Liars! I’m just never the first to tell you about it.

You can download the opening track from their new CD Sisterworld for free (an e-mail address, which are free) from their website. So go do it! The song starts out with some chant-like singing and then breaks out into a “let the wild rumpus begin” section then back to chanting and more rumpusing. I can’t wait for this cd!!

Sisterworld is out March 9, 2010 via Mute.

From Now On Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the melancholic music that comes along with it. I can’t stand the tacky, jarring music sometimes associated with the Christmas season. It’s a pretty emotional time, I think, for a lot of people. Myself included. So I put on some Christmas songs that really affect me and also other tracks that fit the mood of the mix. I hope you like the tracks!

♫ From Now On Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight (44.57 min)

♫ Grouper – Wind and Snow
♫ Department of Eagles – Phantom Other
♫ Joni Mitchell – River
♫ Erlend Oye – Last Christmas
♫ Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
♫ Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time is Here
♫ Feist – Lo, a Rose E’er Blooming
♫ Bon Iver – Brackett, WI
♫ Sufjan Stevens – Star of Wonder
♫ Low – Silent Night
♫ Sally Shapiro – Anorak Christmas

The Golden Archipelago
December 2, 2009, 1:04 pm
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I was just wondering this morning when Shearwater would come out with a new album, and today I get my answer.

The band has released details about their third album The Golden Archipelago on Matador Records February 23. Check out the first song below, via Pitchfork.

01 Meridian
02 Black Eyes
03 Landscape at Speed
04 Hidden Lakes
05 Corridors
06 God Made Me
07 Runners of the Sun
♫ Castaways
09 An Insular Life
10 Uniforms
11 Missing Islands


It seems like all I’ve been reporting lately are new albums! There is a TON of stuff coming out next year that I am so excited for! There isn’t much else new stuff coming out right now, but I will be putting up my favorite songs from 2009 and then my favorite albums, so be on the look-out.