If you are not sold yet
If you don't think these scenes are funny it is because you are not an artist.
All you really need to know about the show is that I think the songs are good shit. If you want to know anymore, look below.
Notes on the 8:
-Phosphorescent sounds like Bon Iver's sketchy drunk cousin; and I like it.
-I like the new TV On the Radio. Key word = like. I am not quite sold on the whole funk thing they are throwing out there. At least the featured track, "Halfway Home", has one of the best melodies I have heard from those goombas. The song 'teh rulexors'.
-"Dave's Song" is by the handsome Jordan West, errr, Jordan 'T' West. It is a delicate song...a song to induce sobbing (if you're into that shit. Crying, that is).
-Low, ne'er fails, ne'er shall. Except 'The Great Destroyer'. In golfer's terminology, the concept we'll employ is 'the Mulligan'. For those of you who didn't watch TSN Sportsdesk for hours when they were 10, I am sure Wikipedia can describe that one for you.
1. Wolves - Phosphorescent
2. Halfway Home - TV On the Radio
3. Out On the Weekend - Neil Young
4. Death Of a Disco Dancer - The Smiths
5. Lights - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
6. Favorite Girl - Joseph Arthur
7. Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens
8. Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads
9. Us Ones In Between - Sunset Rubdown
10. Dave's Song - Jordan T West
11. Weight of Water - Low
This band is one with every intention of being heard, and judging by their debut EP, I would say they deserve it. If you have the chance, see them live. It is where they belong.
Check them out September 27th (8:00pm) at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford, and October 2nd (9:00pm) at the Media Club in Vancouver!
(If you haven't already, giver a listen to CK on Episode 7!)
I have finally returned from vacation; and so the show continues (it helps that after nearly a month back home our internet finally works). I (as well as K) cannot help but feel extremely spoiled. A full week of 30 degree heat with 100,000+ drunk northern europeans. Apparently, over 1,000,000 litres of beer (Tuborg) was purchased at the festival after the first 3 days alone. Scary. In this atmosphere, we had the honor of seeing some generation defining music (Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young...even Judas Priest and Slayer) alongside some other fantastic bands (Black Mountain [pictured],Holy Fuck, Mogwai, Notwist, et al) at the Roskilde Festival 2008. It was a fantastic time that certainly was a once in a lifetime experience for us. With that said, never again will I willingly subject myself to that much concentrated urine. Not if SDRE reunite, not if Lennon/Harrison crawl out of their graves. Regardless of the craziness, I am glad I did it, if only once.
(check out the 'festival '08' photo album from our facebook, look up jk vbvv)
*I am showcasing the debut EP from 'Carnival Knights' on this show. Look for a little write-up on them in the coming days.... In the meanwhile, enjoy the few folk-OK Computer mash-ups I put awwwwwn.
*The most important aspect of this episode (other than enjoying Carnival Knights, naturlich) is bent on the patience of the listener concerning the Low/Dirty Three cover of Neil Young's 'Down By the River'. Yes, it takes around 6-7 minutes of dreamy musical navigation to get to the vocals, but if you would just let it be as preparation, soothing preparation, then you will understand what I mean when I say that it is just.....painfully beautiful. This song is the poster child for a slow, aesthetic life. Please, please, give it all of your attention.
*My Morning Jacket is the reason why me and wifey think that listening to 'Fleet Foxes' is kind of pointless. Besides, animal bands are sooooooooo yesterday (there is a certain intonation implied in that statement, I should hope you understand which one). The song teh rulexors.
*mewithoutYou: Artsy punk-rock that is seemlessly aggressive, spiritual, energetic, vulnerable and poetic. I absolutely adore this band.
*After seeing Radiohead, once cannot help but obsess over their catalogue. As I have listened to the albums, the song Lucky has significantly stood out. At the moment, it is my favorite.
*First Reign's drummer, Sean "The Heartbreak Kid" Lang has a little ambient/electronic side project going on. I think it is pretty rad, and so should you. I decide how you should feel. 2+2=5.
*As a rule, it is not corny if it is The Cure. So shutup.
Song - Artist (label) Album
1. Horse Chariot, Chariot Horse - Carnival Knights (unsigned) EP
2. Rose Parade - Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars) Either/Or
3.Down by the River - Low/Dirty Three (Koncurrent) In the Fishtank
4. Man of the Hawkridge Ranch - Carnival Knights (unsigned) EP
5. Gideon - My Morning Jacket (ATO) "Z"
6. A New Career in a New Town - David Bowie (EMI) Low
7. Thistle - First Reign (unsigned) As the Dead Lead the Dead
8. Nice and Blue, Part Two - mewithoutYou (Tooth and Nail) Brother, Sister
9. Lucky - Radiohead (EMI) OK Computer
10. Filter Me - Sean Lang (unsigned) n/a
11. Pictures of You - The Cure (Elektra) Disintegration
1. Roses In Water - How It Feels To Be Something On
(Excuse my judgement, but I can imagine the dude in the picture thinking this: "arm tattoo, check! V-Necked Shirt, Check! Knowledge that mustaches are 'so yesterday', Check! Trying to harness Rivers Cuomo's ignorance to irony, err, almost check!")
It is our onus to boycott said store. You might be saying, "Dudez! But AA is totally sweatshop free! And some of their shit is organic, n' shit! The sexuality used is a small issue. As long as it is somehow ethical, right budz?" Anytime you purchase anything, you engage in some sort of ethical issue. Often times, it is the usage of natural resources and pollution (landfills, yikes!). AA can only increase these enviromental issues because it creates new product. Lumping enviromental concerns with the objectification of women doesn't bode well with the collective spirit of my household. But do not fret! There is a ethical alternative! (read on!)
The places I shop are sweatshop free, minimize pollution/waste, helps conserve the planet's natural resources, are extremely cheap, and certainly do not objectify women. On top of all of this, these places typically manifest as community initiatives to help the needy or marginalized. Almost sounds like the gospel, huh?
Gangstars, don't ya know I be rappin' bout THRIFT STORES?
Now, I am not trying to 'guilt' people for eating up AA beautious-chested V-Necks and faux-thrift shades. Afterall, not everything we do can be completely ethical, and sometimes we need to draw a line in the sand and say, "I am doing the best I can without wanting to kill myself!" But, my friends, in light of this vague dosage of information (which is your ethical prerogative to investigate further) making the switch to thrift is something to consider. Save the planet, support your community (and its marginalized), stop objectification of women, and start wearing shirts that cover more than half your chest!
ps. For context, know that I have associated V-Necks with hedonism and the devil.
pss. Another reason I am biased against American Apparel is because they promote the use of non-prescription glasses. Not an ethical problem per se, but indeed a problem for all of us blind people who feel pillaged of the one thing we had going for us--->cool frames. Those of you with 20/20 vision, have heart!
.....this episode is a bit edgier compared to previous ones, as it features some ass-melting metal by way of Abbotsford's 'First Reign', and the punk/art/pop/industrial/whatever stylings of '...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead'. 'First Reign' have just released their newest EP "As The Dead Lead The Dead", and from a very biased opinion, it KILLS! Don't listen to it if you value your life, because it will killxors (BTW, It killed me....bummer!).
...for some reason this is the third time I have put a Liars song on one of my podcasts. The truth is, they are a bit alienating to most. I mean, one cannot comprehend a market for a less emotive/low-fi version of Alice n' Chains. I guess that is where v-neckin' new yorkey hipsters come into the picture.
...even though I am a tad bit pessimistic as far as 'Cut Copy' and 'Foals' longevity (the whole post-punk/electro thing), I have put up a couple of accessible cuts that may melt your feet....or not. I guess it's like candy; you gobble that shit up when you have it, but then its gone soon after. To counter-act the candy, I am serving up a dense meatloaf (no, not "Meatloaf"), manifesting in the slow/dark sounds of 'Low', 'Grizzly Bear', and my most recent obsession, 'I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness'. Enjoy chillies!
0. Song - Artist (Album) Label
1. Belarus - Low (Drums and Guns) Sub Pop
2. According To Plan - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness (Fear is On Our Side) Secretly Canadian
3. So Haunted - Cut Copy (In Ghost Colours) Modular
4. This Ghost Of Ours - First Reign (As The Dead Lead The Dead) unsigned
5. Caterwaul - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Worlds Apart) Interscope
6. God Help Me - The Jesus & Mary Chain (Stoned And Dethroned) Blanco y Negro
7. Re-Stacks - Bon Iver (For Emma, Forever Ago) Jagjaguwar
8. Dragon Fly Across An Ancient Sky - Helios (Eingya) Type
9. Drum Gets A Glimpse - Liars (Drums Not Dead) Mute
10. Balloons - Foals (Antidotes) Sub Pop
11. Service Bell - Grizzly Bear (Horn of Plenty) Kanine
12. He Came, He Stayed, He Fell - Ef (Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!) And the Sound
When I head out, who the hell gun' mow yr grass? Simple question, but does it carry a simple answer? You can't just hire the grubby brat next door, nor the skinny fashionista screamo kid. The brat won't take care to ensure the job is done, and the screamo kid, although aesthetically minded, will avoid the labor as it may ruin his finely tuned hair-do whilst causing an increase in unwanted muscle mass (pushing the mower uphill). Although seemingly simplistic in theory, these small matters can get so convulted.
"The Magician", aka Nathan Moes, creates an ethereal world of melody based on this deceiving simplicity on his debut, tentatively titled "Who Will Mow The Grass When I'm Gone?". Considering the basic nature of the day's confrontations, we need to be forgiven for conceiding to the phrase, "I don't know"; a line The Magician confesses with accessible catchiness in the track "Indicator Stop Bath". The Magician seeks a certain serenity in light of confusion, which seems to manifest in his belief that relationships are paramount. If life (and the man!) is getting you down, at least you have friends (and sleep!). And yet, even these relationships may often experience the complexity of romance and the manifestation of ambiguity. Who will cut your grass when I'm gone, also, I was wondering if we're due for a DTR anytime soon?
The innocuously-poppy Belle & Sebastian infused vocals do well to help further the theme, as they create a safe and habitable environment, helping frame what is a deceivingly unassuming innocence dwelling throughout 'Who Will Mow Your Grass When I'm Gone". The album is full of what relates to friendship and romantic potential, but 'The Magician' also finds himself making light scratches on profundity as he sails through the song "Seven Seas" in search for a "bag of peas". In the song, The Magician confesses his failed search (alongside a failed pun), and yet, when he is "rotten to the core", he knows that his friends will "look inside [his] head, and put [themselves] there instead". It is only with a support network in which he will seek serenity, and in his failure, he paradoxically finds his 'peas' in the restoration offered him through community.
A simple quib for a very enjoyable disc.
Check out more of The Magician at www.myspace.com/themagicianmusic
Episode 4: Kill! Destroy!
Song - Artist (Label)
1. Time To Pretend - MGMT (Columbia)
2. Indicator Stop Bath - The Magician (unsigned)
3. 7th Son - Born Ruffians ( Warp)
4. Call It A Ritual - Wolf Parade (Sub Pop)
5. Breaker - Low (Kranky)
6. Ant Whale You & Me - The Magician (unsigned)
7. Suedehead - Morrissey (Sire)
8. Foam Hands - Destroyer (Merge)
9. Dashboard - Modest Mouse (Epic)
10. Another World - The Shaky Hands (Holocene)
11. Sailing to Byzantium - Liars (Mute)
12. Have You Seen In Your Dreams - Miracle Fortress (Secret City)
13. Hopscotch Willie - Steven Malkmus & The Jicks (Matador)
14. 4 Minute Warning - Radiohead (XL)
15. Orange Spider -mewithoutYou (Tooth and Nail)
16. Apartment Story - The National (Beggars Banquet)
photograph courtesy of kristina solgaard van Bommel van Vloten
Please excuse the long period between now and the last episode, but the computer I am using doubles as a hunk of burning shit. This is the dance episode, featuring many horrid transitions between songs. Hey, if you'd be dealing with such a POS computer eventually you wouldn't care about the details either. Now that I am done brilliantly selling this fabulous episode, please enjoy!
PS. DO NOT FORGET...tickets for RADIOHEAD ft/ LIARS go on sale this saturday at 10am!
1. We Share Our Mother's Health - The Knife (Rabid)
2. Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule! - You Say Party! We Say Die! (Paperbag)
3. Knife (Cover of Grizzy Bear) - CSS (This song recorded with Warp)
4. Archangel - Burial (Hyperdub)
5. Innocuous - LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
6. Ready For the Floor - Hot Chip (EMI, Astralwerks, DFA)
7. Transmission - Joy Division (True North)
8. Da Funk/Daftendirekt - Daft Punk (EMI)
9. Sad Sad City - Ghostland Observatory (Trashy Moped)
10. Hold Up - Girl Talk (Illegal Art)
11. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture (Strummer/Universal)
12. Hurricane Jane - Black Kids (XL)
13. Big Time Sensuality (The Fluke Minimix) - Bjork (One Little Indian)
14. Three Weeks - Tiga (Turbo)
15. Life After Sundown - Glass Candy (Italians Do It Better)
16. Burning Down The House - Talking Heads (Sire)
17. Only This Moment - Royksopp (EMI)
*18. Computer (Fun 100/The Hand Split EP Version) - Fun 100 (Unsigned)
19. Idioteque - Radiohead (EMI)
*denotes local artists
0.Song - Artist (Album) Label
1.St.John - Cold War Kids (Robbers & Cowards) Downtown
2.Skinny Love - Bon Iver (For Emma, Forever Ago ) Jagjaguwar
*3.Lack of Eloquence - Jordan T West (What I Learned from the Prostitute) unsigned
4.Hedonistic Me - Born Ruffians (Red, Yellow & Blue) Warp
5.Feel The Pain - Dinosaur Jr (Without a Sound) Blanco y Negro / Sire
6.2080 - Yeasayer (All Hour Cymbals) We Are Free
7.The Chamelion - Glass Candy (I Always Say Yes) Italians Do it Better
8.None Shall Pass - Aesop Rock (None Shall Pass) Definitive Jux
9.Just Like Honey - The Jesus & Mary Chain (Psychocandy) Blanco y Negro/Rhino Records
10.A-Punk - Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend) XL
11.Trades & Tariffs - The Dodos (Beware the Maniacs) French Kiss
12.Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello (My Aim is True) Stiff
13.My Old Jacknife - Ladyhawk (Ladyhawk) Jagjaguwar
14.Beautiful Ones - Suede (Coming Up) Nude
*denotes local artist
Shine on, you crazy diamond-studded dino's!
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SONG - ARTIST (LABEL)
1. Whore - Low (Kranky)
2. Stay Free - Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar)
3. Always Crashing the Same Car - David Bowie (EMI)
4. One More Time/Aerodynamic - Daft Punk (EMI)
5. Houseclouds - Liars (Mute Corporation)
6. Bottle Up and Explode - Elliott Smith (Dreamworks)
7. Disaster - Besnard Lakes (Jagjaguwar)
8. Just Another Day - Brian Eno (Hannibal Records)
9. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore - The Smiths (Sire)
10. Lovely Allen - Holy Fuck (Young Turks)
11. Brother - Annuals (Ace Fu Records)
12. Behold the River -The Snake, The Cross, The Crown (Equal Vision Records)