Friday, April 29, 2005

...And I Know It Wasn't Right, But It Felt So Good

Hi all! Today's post is gonna be a quick one. I've been in seminars for the last 2 days and the mountain of work that's piled up on my desk is threatening to suffocate me. Or force me to flee to Yemen. Not sure quite yet. Just singles today, and I'm also gonna include tracks off the forthcoming Better Than Ezra album "Before The Robots." It is a fine return to form for New Orlean's native sons. Please support them and buy the album when it is released. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

  • Better Than Ezra: Burned

  • Better Than Ezra: It's Only Natural

  • Better Than Ezra: A Lifetime

  • Better Than Ezra:Juicy

  • Foo Fighters: Best Of You

  • Fiona Apple: Across The Universe

  • Muse: Endlessly

  • Jeff Buckley: Last Goodbye

  • Jeff Buckley: Lover, You Should've Come Over

  • The Smiths: Bigmouth Strikes Again

  • P.S.~ :siiiigh: This made me so happy I honestly can't put it into words. Link to New Order playing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" live on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Goddamn I miss Ian Curtis.

    Link to "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

    Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    She Shone Up Bright Like A Knife, Wearing Tennis Shorts Made Of Stripes

    Blur are planning to reunite with Graham Coxon for their next album. This just made my day. Heck, it just made my millenium.
    (link courtesy of my new poptart Val) VAL!!!!!!

    In honor of my new blogga buddy, for your listening (dis)pleasure:

  • Blur: Tender

  • Blur: Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb

  • Roxy Music: Heart Still Beating

  • Tricky: Maxinquaye

  • Radiohead: Everything In It's Right Place (remix)

  • Morrissey: First Of The Gang To Die (live)

  • The Shins: Turn A Square (live in Toronto 2005)

  • Thx to stereogum, Take Your Medicine, and Regnyouth for the links today. Go spend some time with them.

    Monday, April 25, 2005

    The Shit Is Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

    Continuing in my recent No Doubt-ish posts, here's a great remix of Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For" courtesy of Devil In The Details

  • Gwen Stefani: What You Waiting For (Jacques Lu Cont Thin White Duke Vocal Mix)

  • Shall we keep today's posts "singles" only? No "albums?" I think so!

  • Beck: Broken Drum (Boards of Canada remix)

  • Brendan Benson: Jetlag

  • thx cellophanegirl

  • The Killers: Believe Me Natalie

  • Queens Of The Stoneage: I Never Came

  • Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone

  • A.C. Newman: Miracle Drug

  • The Twilight Singers: Please Stay (Once You Go Away)

  • Make sure to cruise by Gorilla Vs. Bear when you get a moment. Great stuff abounds!

    Proof that record company execs have their heads firmly planted up their asses. First person to correctly identify the gentleman in the picture gets a limited edition Indoor Fireworks mix cd.

    Sunday, April 24, 2005

    Holla! Holla! Holla!

    I'm still rather tired from yesterday's golf outing with No Doubt's Adrian Young, but I nonetheless wanted to post a bit for you. It was a real treat to meet Mr. Young; he definetly lived up to his reputation as a fun guy to be around. He pee'd twice on the fairway (literally) amd bummed a Heineken from an unsuspecting woman washing her patio just off the 4th hole. Fucking awesome. We bonded over an 18 pack of Michelobe that I pilfered from the Hospitality tent ( no beer on the course was the rule but honestly. Who says no to a rock star!) All in all a fun time was had by all of us ( I was with Adrian, comedian D.L. Hughley & Dwight "The Catch" Clark) and we bid adieu late in the afternoon with just enough time for me to haul ass to my folk's house for Passover dinner. Lucky for me I didn't get a speeding ticket. I was going that fast. So, in honour of my timely entrance at dinner, please enjoy Coldplay's new single "Speed of Sound":

  • Coldplay: Speed of Sound Promo Single

  • More listening (dis)pleasure:

  • Spoon: Girls Can Tell

  • John Legend: Get Lifted

  • Camera Obscura:Underachievers Try Harder

  • Billie Holiday: Greatest Hits

  • Have a great rest of your weekend ya'll! Go Suns!

    Friday, April 22, 2005

    When I Am King You Will Be First Against The Wall

    Hello lovelies. Super swamped today, but I couldn't let 2 days go by without any posts for you. Courtesy of ScottyStereogizum here is one of my favorite Radiohead shows EVER. You all know I bow at the altar of RH don't you? Well, now you do. For your listening PLEASURE:


  • The National Anthem

  • Hunting Bears

  • Morning Bell

  • My Iron Lung

  • Karma Police

  • Permanent Daylight

  • Climbing Up The Walls

  • No Surprises

  • Dollars & Cents

  • Airbag

  • Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box

  • Fake Plastic Trees

  • I Might Be Wrong

  • Pyramid Song

  • Paranoid Android

  • Idioteque

  • Everything In It's Right Place

  • ENCORE 1

  • Like Spinning Plates

  • Lucky

  • You & Whose Army

  • How To Disappear Completely

  • ENCORE 2

  • Talkshow Host

  • Street Spirit (Fade Out)

  • Lastly, to continue in the "Back To The Old House" series:

  • Duran Duran: Save A Prayer (DMC Mix)

  • Have a great weekend!

    Wednesday, April 20, 2005

    Back To The Old House Part Deux

    Found some more gems from my past, couldn't help but share. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

  • Joy Division: In A Lonely Place (detail)

  • Joy Division: New Dawn Fades (Live in Amsterdam 11/1/80)

  • New Order: Live 1989

  • Violent Femmes: S/T

  • Siouxsie & The Banshees: Live, Rare, & Unreleased

  • Pixies: Trompe Le Monde

  • The Church: Starfish

  • Echo & The Bunnymen: Crocodile

  • Thanks to Regnyouth & Spoilt Victorian Child for the tracks. Visit them for more loveliness!

    Epilogue: This was just sent to me. Sorry for being such a slacker.
    Finally available, an mp3 of Thom Yorke's solo performance of new track 'House of Cards'. This was recorded at Methodist Central Hall last Friday night. The sound quality is not that good and it's only a part of the full song, but this will give you a good idea of what the track sounds like. Apart from new song 'House of Cards', Thom played an old song as well last week. NME claimed that the name of the song is 'Glass Flowers'. Somehow, 'Last Flowers (til the Hospital)' would be a more logical title, since that song is actually known for being around for years now. So we're gonna stick with that one for now. Anyway, you want to hear them? Here they are:

  • Thom Yorke: House of Cards

  • Thom Yorke: Last Flowers (`til the Hospital)
  • Back To The Old House

    Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my room listening to music. Even when I entered high school and my social circle expanded, I much prefered spending time with my favorite bands, and discovering new artists. During a phase that pretty much has continued on through the majority of adult life I've been enamored with music from the UK. Radiohead. Elvis Costello. Depeche Mode. The Cure. The Smiths. XTC. The Specials. The English Beat. I could go on forever. I was so into The Cure in high school, I even joined a "Cure" cover band. We were called Oed's Cat. "Oed" being "Ed," the older brother of our guitar player. The "O" came about after reading Oedipus Rex. God we were lame. One day after practice the guitar player and I were in a discussion about distinct playing styles and guitar tones and how important were they to the overall success of a band. I told you, were were lame. So I explained how much I loved Johnny Marr of The Smiths. What an amazing player. I remarked how I thought he had a "shimmery" sound. Like when the sun catches your eye and everything goes all haywire for a second. Shimmery. My friend didn't really like my analogy. He said the term couldn't be applied to guitar technique. "Shimmery? Sounds kinda artsy-fartsy to me." Years later, I met Johnny Marr when he was playing with Neil Finn and the tour stopped at 4th & B in San Diego. I told him the story. He laughed and told me that he had used the same term to describe his playing when The Smiths were first starting out in Manchester. And he basically got the same response that I did. Except that it came from the lead singer of his band. Morrissey. Go figure. Please enjoy today's Smith's/Morrissey influenced downloads courtesy of my man Benny:

  • The Smiths: Louder Than Bombs

  • The Smiths: Meat Is Murder

  • The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead

  • The Smiths: Rank

  • The Smiths: The Smiths

  • The Smiths: Strangeways Here We Come

  • Morrissey: Kill Uncle

  • Morrissey: Viva Hate

  • Morrissey: Vauxhall & I

  • Morrissey: Your Arsenal

  • Morrissey: You Are The Quarry
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2005

    Id vs. Super Ego

    I wrestled with this people, I honestly did. I've already admitted to being a hypocrite. Don't do as I say yada yada yada blah blah blah. But in this particular sitch, my Super Ego won over. Music this good shouldn't be kept under wraps. But please. Do me one small teeny tiny favor: Buy the album when it comes out. Enjoy the leak now, but look forward to opening the jewel case for the first time and smelling the freshness of the booklet. Caressing the smooth disc. For your listening (dis)pleasure:


  • The Beast And The Dragon, Adored

  • The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine

  • I Turn My Camera On

  • My Mathematical Mind

  • The Delicate Place

  • Sister Jack

  • I Summon You

  • The Infinite Pet

  • Was It You

  • They Never Got You

  • Merchants Of Soul
  • We Are The Brutal Kind

    I love it when everything kinda just randomly comes together. Just the other night I was in a discussion about how much I wish there were more programs on TV like the defunct Sessions At West 54th or the superb Austin City Limits. Seriously, we need more live music shows...and NOT $2 DOLLA BILL YA'LL. Mtv get off the air. So, imagine my delight upon arriving at youaintnopicasso this lovely AM and finding a live Austin City Limits show from none other than my fave indie popsters The Shins. Take a gander and as always, for your listening (dis)pleasure:

    The Shins: Live on Austin City Limits

  • Pressed In A Book

  • Kissing The Lipsless

  • So Says I

  • Girl On The Wing

  • One By One All Day

  • When I Goosestep

  • Saint Simon

  • Young Pilgrims

  • Turn A Square

  • Girl Inform Me

  • The Celebate Life

  • Eating Styes From Elephants Eyes

  • Caring Is Creepy

  • Gone For Good

  • New Slang

  • Know Your Onion!

  • More (dis)pleasure for all me mates:

  • My Bloody Valentine: You Made Me Realize e.p.

  • Travis: B-Sides
  • Monday, April 18, 2005

    "I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish, okay?"

    To set the record straight, I don't play golf. Hell, it's hard for me to watch the Master's highlight reel on Sportscenter. However there are times when exceptions shall be made. This is such time. The lovely Mrs. Vicar has a co-worker whose husband is coordinating the upcoming Stan Humpries celebrity Golf Tournament here in beautiful San Diego, ( and mentioned that some volunteers were needed to escort the celebrities around the course and make sure all of their whims are taken care of. I offered my assistance and guess who I've been paired up with? None other than Mr. Adrian Young, drummer extrodinaire for No Doubt! I know! Being a drummer myself I am beside myself with geekdom glee! A whole 18 holes to spend picking his brain about every drum related nuance I can think of. But the best part is that we get attend the cocktail party/dinner afterwards with all the celebrities. Free food! Free booze! Maybe Adrian & I will get absolutely schlammered together, bond over our shared propensity for mowhawks and thongs, and then maybe he'll ask me to be his drum tech on No Doubt's next worldwide tour. Sure, sure. A rabid music can always dream, can't he?

    Please enjoy:

  • No Doubt: Live Sets Vol.1

  • No Doubt: Return Of Saturn

  • Very sweet remix of "E-Pro" by Beck

  • Beck: E-Pro (Venom Confection Remix)
  • You Can Have My Everything

    This is the most depressing piece of news I've heard since 3EB's Stephan Jenkins decided to produce talent-less girlfriend Vanessa Carlton's sophmore jawn. And believe you me I was chapped. Trent. Trent Reznor. I'm talking to you. Stop all of this nonsense right now!

    Jam band alert! Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals plus Trey Anastasio are kicking off the innagural leg of the Zooma Tour on June 16th, 2005. I'm not a huge Trey Anastasio fan but I do love me some Ben Harper.

    For your listening (dis)pleasure:

  • White Stripes: Blue Orchid Promo Single

  • Beck: Guero

  • The Bravery: The Bravery
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2005

    Mix CD Exchange

    Ok kids, who wants to try something fun? Here's the deal: I love making mix cd's for people. All kinds. Sometimes I feel like I can express myself better through other's songs than with my own words. I know some of you out there can attest to that. So, will I be arriving at a point soon? You bet. I like trading mixes with others to see how their minds work. I find it fascinating. Like John Cusak said in "High Fidelity": "It's not about who you are but about what music you listen to." Or something like that. So, I will post tracklistings for mixes I've made. If you like the looks of it, email me your address and I'll send a copy off to you. But you've got to send me one in return. K? K! Est vous prete? Commence!

    Another Life Vol.1

    With My Own Two Hands...Ben Harper
    Live & Learn...The Cardigans
    Somewhere Else...Travis
    The Chauffeur...Duran Duran
    Paper Tiger...Spoon
    Most Of Us Prizefighters...A.C. Newman
    Give Me Novacaine...Green Day
    Tangled Up In Plaid...Queens Of The Stoneage
    This Modern Love...Bloc Party
    Public Pervert...Interpol
    Not About Love...Fiona Apple
    Indoor Fireworks...Elvis Costello
    I Will Follow (live)...U2
    Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (cover)...Weezer
    Saint Simon...The Shins
    I Like It...Moby
    Everything Will Be Alright...The Killers

    I Like It

    Do any of you know how much of a hip hop head I am? Well you should. Next to Radiohead, Neil Finn, & Elvis Costello I love me some hip hop.

    I first heard of Souls of Mischief when they opened for A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul in San Diego circa 1993. What a crazy show. I'm not too keen on many live rap shows though. MC's end up screaming more than rhyming, but these 3 acts absolutely ripped up the stage. I think I even went out and bought "93 til Infinity" by S.O.M. that night. Anyway, I came across this great track that was released before their debut album came out. Over a tight James Brown sample, Opio, Phesto, Tajai, and Casual committ to tape some great verse. Please enjoy:

    Souls of Mischief "Cabfare"

    (via Cocaine Blunts )

    The lovely Cellophanegirl at Me You, We Two graciously posted another new Spoon track:

    Spoon - The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine

    Has anyone ever heard of New Zeland's Hunters & Collectors? Of course you haven't. They put out several mediocre albums before finally calling it quits a while back. But buried within their 2nd album was one gem of a pop song entitled "Throw Your Arms Around Me." Absolutely fucking kills me everytime I listen to it. Neil Finn's cover version is my personal favorite, but check out this rendition by Ben Harper & Eddie Vedder:

    Ben Harper & Eddie Vedder - Throw Your Arms Around Me

    For your listening (dis)pleasure:

    The Eels - P.S. You Rock My World
    Elliot Smith - Everything Reminds Me Of Her

    and lastly, `cause my favorite friend Keira really, really, REALLY digs this song:

    Moby - I Like It

    (via My Old Kentucky Blog )

    Tuesday, April 12, 2005

    Don't Change For You. Don't Change A Thing For Me.

    I once got in a discussion with someone whose musical opinion I very much respect about who was the bigger loss: Kurdt Cobain or Michael Hutchence. We talked about it forever, she said Michael, while I said Kurdt. It's been some time since this topic took up residence & rattled around in my cavernous mind, but after listening to the INXS concert I've linked to below, I think I might have to rethink my decision. That is, unless someone can send the most kick-ass Nirvana show around. Any takers?

    INXS - Classic Live at the Wireless 1982 (password: sth);
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    More tunes that even a wack-job would enjoy:

    Jellyfish - Bellybutton
    1 2 3 4 5 6

    (via Regnyouth )

    Some great tracks via the awesome Take Your Medicine :

    Supergrass - Seen the Light
    Radiohead - Bulletproof (i wish i was) Acoustic
    Animals - House of the Rising Sun

    Lastly, one of the albums I linked to yesterday was "Silent Alarm" by Bloc Party. I finally listened to it in it's entirety last night. Wow. Can you say Gang of Four meets The Specials meets Wire meets The Jam circa 1978? I bet you can! Grab these tracks as a sampler, then purchase the album.

    01 - Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass.mp3
    06 - Bloc Party - She's Hearing Voices.mp3
    09 - Bloc Party - Price of Gas.mp3
    10 - Bloc Party - So Here We Are.mp3
    02 - Bloc Party - Helicopter.mp3

    P.S.~ Probably the funniest thing I've heard all day:

    P.P.S~ Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch? "Chapelle Show" Clip

    Monday, April 11, 2005

    Why Not Start With Yourself!

    "I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano." -- ELTON JOHN

    DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE are in Seattle mixing "Plans," their major-label debut. Due in September, the album will feature more of what made the indie rockers famous: melancholy love songs. "I was telling myself, 'I'm going to stop writing depressing songs,'" singer BEN GIBBARD told Rolling Stone. "I wrote a love song for my lady -- really sweet -- but then I played it for her and she was like, 'This song is fucking sad!' . . . I tried."

    The SHINS took a break from recording the follow-up to 2003's "Chutes Too Narrow" to launch a U.S. tour last night in Portland, Oregon. The indie rockers' increased profile, thanks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, will not cause them to speed up the recording process. "I want to get back to a slow, painstaking process of production," singer JAMES MERCER told Rolling Stone. "I suppose we should get it out right now, but it's probably good to let all those people forget about us."

    Once again, Regnyouth posts `em, & I pick thru `em. Enjoy:

    Radiohead - Climbing Up the Walls Remixes
    Beck - Live & Weird
    Kelly Clarkson - Since You Been Gone (Jason Nevins Ambient Candlelight Mix)
    Kelly Clarkson - Since You Been Gone (Jason Nevins Rock Da Club Edit)
    Les Savy Fav - Rome (Written Upside Down) EP
    Stereophonics - Word Gets Around 2
    U2 - Vertigo Tour's First Stop (San Diego, CA)
    Various Artists - Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
    Various Artists - Repo Man Soundtrack 2
    Weezer - SS2K
    Ben Folds - Rocking the Suburbs
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Depeche Mode - Remixes 1981-2004
    Prince - Funky Party Tonite (Great live show circa late 80's)
    Gorillaz - Demon Days 2 (NEW ALBUM ALERT!!!! NEW ALBUM ALERT!!!)
    Gorillaz - Gorillaz
    Coldplay - Talk (Kraftwerk-ian track off the forthcoming album "X&Y")
    Bright Eyes - Digital Ash In a Digital Urn
    Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
    Incubus - Live in New York City

    Friday, April 08, 2005

    I Should Coco

    Actually, I should really just go back to bed. All I'm going to say is this: Padres home opener. Expense account. Major Hangover. Enjoy my lovelies:

    Supergrass - Alright
    Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
    Depeche Mode - Enjoy..> (Enjoy The Silence remix)
    Old School - Wedding..> (hilarious cover version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart)
    Totally 80's - And W..> (And We Danced by The Hooters. I LOVE The Hooters. Met the drummer once too. Nerd Alert!!!!!)

    Dodge is the MAN! Go over to My Old Kentucky Blog and let him know!

    These tracks will change your life! I promise!

    The Shins - New Slang
    The Pixies - Caribou (live)
    Nada Surf - If You Leave (cover)

    (via Me You, We Two )

    Johnny Greenwood/Thom Yorke/London Sinfonietta: Ether Festival

    04 - Jonny Greenwood, Piano for Children
    02 - Jonny Greenwood, Smear
    06 - Radiohead, Arpeggi
    07 - Radiohead, Where Bluebirds fly

    And finally, some albums:

    Blink 182 - Blink 182
    Depeche Mode - The Remixed Vault
    Henry Rollins - Adventures of an Asshole
    Henry Rollins - Get in the Van, Volume 2
    311 - Live in Concert
    David Bowie - Lodger
    David Bowie - Low
    Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds Promo Single
    Nine Inch Nails - Live in Fresno, CA 2005
    No Doubt - Live Set, Volume 1
    No Doubt - Return of Saturn
    Smashing Pumpkins - We Only Come Out At Night & Other Rarities
    The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
    The Twilight Singers - She Loves You 2 3 (rename .bmp to .mp3, password: scr)

    via Regnyouth

    Wednesday, April 06, 2005

    Bravery vs. Bribery


    "The Bravery are the latest New York music press darlings, but in the industry in the States they are regarded somewhat differently. They're known to all as "The Bribery", as the band was as manufactured as N Sync, put together by Polydor on the back of the success of The Killers.
    (As we've reported before Sam, the singer, was a blond dreadlocked performer in an NYC ska band, until the stylist sorted him out with a quiff and rock star clothes.)"

    The Bravery - Swollen Summer
    The Bravery - Honest Mistake (Acoustic)

    (via Me You, We Two )

    I dunno, anyone else think that critique was a little harsh? I still totally prefer The Killers but have been digging some Bravery tracks for a couple of months now.

    Well then, let's compare & contrast:

    The Killers - Desperate
    The Killers - Andy Youre A Star.mp3
    The Killers - Midnight Show.mp3

    Anyone? Bueller? Frye?

    Monday, April 04, 2005

    I swear to all that is holy I could spend at least 2 solid days perusing through the archives at Regnyouth. Here's what caught my eye(s) for your listening (dis)pleasure:

    New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
    Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
    Radiohead - Amnesiac
    Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
    Various Artists - A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack
    Rage Against the Machine - Forget Your Existance (live in Hollywood)
    My Bloody Valentine - My Bloody Valentine
    Smashing Pumpkins - Mashed Potatoes Box Set
    U2 - Two Hearts Beat as One
    Eels - Blinking Lights & Other Revelations 2
    Counting Crows - Films about Ghosts
    Kanye West - Breezeblock Mixtape
    Ben Folds - Song for Silverman
    Arcade Fire - Funeral

    Rest In Peace, Mitch Hedberg - "I got into and argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That's a bad place for an argument, because I tried to walk out and slam the flap. How are you supposed to express your anger in this situation? Zipper it up real quick?"

    Mitch Hedberg - Mitch All Together

    I'm Not Here. This Isn't Happening.

    A small piece of my adolesence just died:

    Director John Hughes has announced that classic '80s movie Pretty In Pink is to get a sequel.The teen film followed high school student Andie, who developed a crush on the school's new guy, while her friend Duckie, who secretly loves Andie, is forced to step aside. The sequel, which is planned for a 2006 release, will show fans what has changed for the characters now that their high school days are over. The movie's original stars - Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and John Cryer - have all agreed to appear. (via Stereogum )

    Oh well. I guess I had to grow up sometime, right? Bueno. Here's a bunch of Spoon mp3's/videos that should tide you over until "Gimme Fiction" comes out. Via My Old Kentucky Blog.


    Spoon - The Way We Get By
    Spoon-everythingdisco.mp3 (Everything Hit's At Once remix)
    Real Audio of Spoon, recorded live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 14 November 2002.


    Jonathon Fisk (quicktime video), directed by Ryan Junell
    Small Stakes quicktime video, live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 14.11.02
    Small Stakespromotional video, directed by Peter Simonite and Julie Simonite
    Paper Tiger (quicktime)live digital video, Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 21/09/02
    Someone Somethinglive at the Austin Music Awards, Austin Music Hall, March 13 2002

    Friday, April 01, 2005

    Drop Your Linen & Start Grinnin'!!

    Ok kids! First listen to the new Spoon single from the forthcoming "Gimme Fiction" album:

    Spoon - I Turn My Camera On

    (via Stereogum)