Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Meet Real Estate out of New Jersey.
This foursome sings songs about the Jersey shores, Pensacola shores also known as the redneck Riviera. They sing about rolexes getting lost in the sand. All the things we go through in our childhood, yet my memories include a Timex, Casio (or maybe a Swatch in my rolling in the dollar years) getting lost in dirt or weeds. Either way, I enjoy their songs very much. Reminds me a little of Holiday Shores and a little of Surfer Blood who I also really like.
Listen to the songs below by Real Estate, the first is off their self titled 7”. The second is off their full length album (titled Real Estate) which just came out last week. Oh yeah…. The band name seems way too familiar…I’m not sure why, but I guess if they like it that’s all that matters.
Real Estate - Old Folks mp3
Real Estate - Beach Comber mp3
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Flaming Lips have always been a staple when it comes to modern day music and one of my personal favorite bands. I'm always also proud to point out this magnificent group is from my hometown...which is OKC. LOVE that.
I love Wayne C. because he has always done what he and the Lips wanted to do even though it may have taken years and years to become what everyone is willing to love. They kept playing and playing and have become what most indie / rock bands aspire to become.
Do what you love.
Two Songs off the new album. Buy it ALL on 10/13
See the Leaves.mp3
Silver Trembling Hands.mp3
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Luckily we can picture more of these images as Blitzen Trapper recently released a 7 song EP titled from the single- "Black River Killer".
Total of 6 previously unreleased songs (tour CD only).
Love these guys.
Here are my two favorite songs from the new album..
Big Black Bird.mp3
Preacher's Sisters Brother.mp3
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I could carry on all day about my favorite entrees vs. desserts….
Here is the thing; I like these things completely separate from one another. I don’t like my wedding cake icing on top of my pizza. I don’t want to dip my nachos in my crème brulee. For one, my chip would not be able to penetrate that crispy carmel coating, but mainly it’s because I don’t like the combination of the two tastes together. It’s unsettling, its awkward, and I dont think those tastes belong together (Kettle corn on the other hand is a completely different story)
The unsettling taste of mixing salty and sweet foods together is how I feel about Michael McDonald singing with Grizzly Bear on “While You Wait for the Others” from 2009’s Veckatimest. Those that know me know I have a strange love for Michael McDonald. Part of it is probably some reminiscence of my childhood, but the other part is pure enjoyment. I even listed McDonald's “Sweet Freedom” as my favorite song from 1986. Some find his voice painful and nothing short of music only to be played when riding an elevator, but I truly do find pleasure in his work.
Grizzly Bear, in my opinion, has released one of the best albums of the year. I cannot get enough of them. When I heard McDonald was singing this song I thought it was a joke, but then I purchased the EP and sure enough, it’s the real McDonald. I have to give it a few more listens to see where I will finally land on this. Either way I can say I applaud GB for going for it and experimenting with such a genre opposite artist.
Next, I want to hear Grizzly Bear cover Sweet Freedom or maybe a Genesis song…say “No Reply at All” off of Abacab.
Here is the song for streaming pleasure -
Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others feat. Michael McDonald.mp3
Also, a Grizzly Bear (sans Polar Bear) -
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
And a McDonald (without Grizzly Bear) -
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom.mp3
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Fleet Foxes - In the Hot, Hot Rays (mp3)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We are Country Mice formed in Brooklyn just a very short time ago, but hearing WACM perform live you would think they've been playing and writing together for years. Last night I had the pleasure of seeing WACM in Kansas City (Davey's Uptown) which was their 2nd stop of their midwest tour. Not that any band should be described, but here I go...I would say they're classic rock & roll meets a rodeo. Or Imagine Neil Young bumping into Wayne Coyne at a bbq joint, followed by a hug, a slab of ribs, ice cold margaritas under the stars on a park bench out back. However, just typing a bbq situation or Rock & Roll meets a Rodeo isn't fair, because they're much more than those things. They have something all of their own which needs to be seen and heard individually to grasp.
I should also say, I not only had pleasure of getting to watch a great band, but I was also lucky enough to hang out with who I consider two very good friends and experience them doing something they love and do very well.
AND, For any music lovers in Chicago this evening. Check WACM out at Cals.
Then Sunday they will be in Madison, WI at the Frequency.
After that they will be back home in NY and will be the a resident band at Pianos each Thursday night for the month of September
You can listen to both songs at their myspace page. And of the two songs is available here for your listening pleasure.
Ballad of John.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The opening title track bounces in and out like a beach ball in the Atlantic. Disappearing Ink is a more up tempo and a jarring bass line. My personal favorite off the 15 minute album is the fun yet ghostly whimpering Famous Last Words. Kind of repetitive, but it makes the song so appealing. Game of Diamonds may be the Debbie downer of the 5 songs, but it’s still good. It’s just a little slower but a nice segue to Circulation which jumps right on track with the first three songs.
Deerhunter- Famous Last Words.mp3
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
From point A to point B and back again. Olly Oxen Free, will take you for a ride unlike most indie rock albums.
The beats are big in wonderful combination with a jarring and eerie guitar moving along a slippery ledge. On one side darkness and the other side freedom from creative restraint. Each song finds the band's feet slipping from one side to the other.
There is no lack of imagination in this effort offering a lot of abstract thoughts ranging from the thought of devolving through reincarnation to extraterrestrial evil plots but somehow you’ll find it relevant.
The band’s earlier releases are great as well wielding a much harder edge. Check out their myspace page for the insanely creative cover “Love Lockdown Gets Innocuous,” which combines LCD Soundsystem and Kanye West. http://www.myspace.com/masonproper
You can listen to the full Olly Oxen Free album on a another blog here: http://myoldkyhome.blogspot.com/2008/09/breakdown-listening-party-mason-proper.html
Band site: http://masonproper.com/
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I saw Beck play at the Uptown theatre in Kansas City last Fall and wondered who the talented guitar / backup singer might be. I was happy to discover she had her own group out of Long Beach who i like oh so much. The EP is excellent and I cant wait to hear the full length.
Listen to New Caves and Hangin' On.
The Full EP is available via Pay Pal at the Deep Sea Diver MySpace Page
Deep Sea Diver- New Caves.mp3
Deep Sea Diver- Hangin' On.mp3
Friday, March 27, 2009
I wish it was Spring weather vs. Cold, wet, rainy stay inside weather. This song makes me want to be outdoors. Excellent.
Give this song a listen...you won't be angry.
Apollo Sunshine- Singing to the Earth (To Thank Her For You).mp3
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I liked their first album United, I was luke warm with Alphabetical, but really liked 2006's It's Never Been Like That and have been anticipating a new release by these Frenchies....oh side note, the lead singer is married to Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette)....that seems to be a point of reference you'll find on all the other blogs. Phoenix did some work with Air which did the score for Sofia's first movie....i wonder if thats how they met?
The current Track listing is below.
"Love Like a Sunset" (7:30)
Here are two songs from the new album that i really enjoy and remember who coined the phrase Timeless summertime rock...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Pree, led by May Tabol (formerly of Le Loup) emerged onto the DC music scene
with a string of compelling and intimate shows during the summer of 2008. Pree's
musical prowess evokes seductive and shadowy moods that call to mind Regina
Spektor's imaginative narratives as well as Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock's
rhythmic vocal stylings-- mixing haunting folk elements, unmistakable vocals,
and a remarkable command of words to elicit a fare as delicate as it is
Pree's debut album explores the dangers of building concrete walls
around intangible thoughts and impulses-- walls ultimately unable to house the
complex individuals they seek to shape, limit and define. Speaking through
characters with fractured personalities and questionable motives, A Chopping
Block examines the chaotic and often destructive relationships that take root
when individual fails to adopt cohesive and socially acceptable identities--
raising the question of whether social boundaries will ever be able to quantify
and contain any force as powerful and unstable, and as beautiful and reckless as
the human psyche.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I would like to have a better understanding of exactly what the song is about. I have several thoughts / theories about what it could be about, but just give it a listen.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
1. Beck - Orphans, Modern Guit
2. Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened, Microcastle
3. Department of Eagles - Teenagers, In Ear Park
4. Dr. Dog - My Friend, Fate
5. Blitzen Trapper - Sleeytime in the Western World, Furr
6. Ra Ra Riot - Oh La, The Rhumb Line
7. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Strange Overtones, Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
8. TV on the Radio - Dancing Choose, Dear Science
9. MGMT - Electric Feel, Oracular Spectacular
10. The Sea and Cake - On a Letter, Car Alarm
11. Stereolab, Vally Hi!, Chemical Chords
12. The Helio Sequence - Back to This, Keep your Eyes Ahead
13. The Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal, Fleet Foxes
14. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Cold Son, Real Emotional Trash
15. White Denim- Sitting, Workout Holiday