Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
God Is A Bullette
I'd write a glowing review of Delaware artist Monika Bullette but I think Chris has already done a bang up job. These 2 tracks are my favorites so far, make sure you go visit her site to sample more tracks & purchase her album "The Secrets":
Some bloody amazing Smiths covers for your listening (dis)pleasure:
The Dream Academy: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Jeff Buckley: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
LoveSpitLove: How Soon Is Now?
Lastly, to send you on your way this Memorial Day weekend, the Friday (4) four:
Julie Doiron: Snowfalls In November
Jay Farrar: Damn Shame
My Darling You!: Taxi Driver
Brazillian Girls: Don't Stop
It had to be said:
Whose your Daddy now Arizona?
EDIT: Here's one for all you Clapton fans from the Cream reunion show at Royal Albert Hall in London May 2005:
Cream: Sunshine Of Your Love (live)
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Oh, For Christ's Sake...
Your blog is so self-indulgent Stephanie Klein sent you a box of tampons and a note that says, “Get over it.”
Yo Mama jokes but for the blogosphere. Pretty funny actually. The above barb made me laugh so hard my pinot grigio came out through my nose. I keeed. I keeed.
Thursday Three (3) for your listening (dis)pleasure:
Galaxie 500: When Will You Come Home?
Half-Japanese: 1000000 Kisses
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Take A Left, A Sharp Left, And Another Left.
Feeling slightly under the weather today, so today's post will just be singles, beginning with my most favorite Badly Drawn Boy track. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Badly Drawn Boy: Once Around The Block
A.C. Newman: Miracle Drug
Bloc Party: Banquet
Dressy Bessy: Ringalingaling
Four Tet: Smile Around The Face
Spoon: I Turn My Camera On
Team Sleep: Ever (Foreign Flag)
Aesop Rock: Freeze
I don't have him posted in my link section, but Chris DiClerico is one funny ass dude. He's also insanely talented. Check out his Pixel art if you don't believe me. And his iPod Altoids charger. Anyway, here's a pretty spot on rant about the sorry ass state of the music industry. You may not agree with him, but you've got to give him props for throwing his opinion in the ring.
Lastly, go see Matt to listen to some selected tracks from, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest pop groups in the world: The La's.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Color Me Stoked
I used to be a huge fan of The Black Eyed Peas. Back when their first two albums; Behind The Front & Bridging The Gap were selling roughly 250,000 copies apiece. I liked that. I liked seeing them in small venues. With their ace backing band. And their dancing. And their freestyling. But then, something vicious happened. They ditched street-cred for mainstream success. They hired former Kids, Inc. muppett Stacie "Fergie" Ferguson. They put out a shameless and quite frankly sub-par album entitled Elephunk. I begrudgingly went to see them perform live for the subsequent tour. I stood in the front row and gave them the finger. How could my beloved Peas do such a harsh 180? Even lead Pea Will.I.Am's brilliant solo jaunts Lost Change & Must B 21: Music To Get A Party Started couldn't satiate my resentment at this dismantling of one of the last true hip hop groups, just so their bank accounts could get a little, or as the case is now, a whole helluva lot fatter.
But then, something quite marvelous occured.
I stumbled across a track of off the Pea's upcoming release Monkey Business And you know what I heard? Q-Tip. Talib Kweli. Will.I.Am. Apl.de.Ap. Rhyming. Stealing. Trading verses with each other. Sampling bits of old school A Tribe Called Quest tracks! My Peas were back! And wait! Was that Cee-Lo eulogizing on the chorus? Wonderfully wacky Cee-Lo? Yes it was! And the beat! Sparse! Yet full! What a groove. To be quite honest with you, my expectations for the new album aren't that high, but just hearing this song makes me catch a glimmer of the old Black Eyed Peas, and for that, color me stoked. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
The Black Eyed Peas: Like That (feat. Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, & John Legend)
Also, I'm going to repost a track from yesterday, because quite frankly I went home last night and realized what a fucking gem of an R&B single it is. If Nicole Wray and "If I Was Your Girlfriend" doesn't hit #1 and stay on the charts for at least 2 months, then there is no justice in this world. Dig it:
Nicole Wray: If I Was Your Girlfriend
Hotness for your viewing (dis)pleasure.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Late In The Day
Some select tracks for your listening (dis)pleasure:
The Smiths: How Soon Is Now
Tori Amos: Me & A Gun
Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi Is Dead
Chicks On Speed: Glamour Girl
Animal Collective: Panic
The Decemberists: The Soldering Life
The Wedding Present: YeahYeahYeahYeahYeah
Placebo: English Summer Rain
Wyclef Jean: Party To Damascus (feat. Missy Elliott)
The Dresden Dolls: Girl Anachronism
The Other Ones: Holiday
Man, You Really Freak Me Out. I'm So Afraid Of You.
The White Stripes: My Doorbell
I love love LOVE this track from Jack & Meg's forthcoming album "Get Behind Me Satan." Yeah Jack! Put down the guitar! Tickle the ivories a bit! I wonder what Val thinks.
You can stream the whole disc over at Scenestars.
Dodge isn't a fan of the new Weezer jawn. While I agree that some parts of the album are emotional fluff, how can anyone deny the new wave brilliance that is This Is Such A Pity? Anyone? Bueller?
Coming July 29-30th is San Diego's annual attempt to hang with the big boys a.k.a. Street Scene. Check out this stellar line up. Best part? It's being held right across the street from where I live! Pre-party at The Vicar's! Yeah!
Matt has a great live Killer's show from ze place zey call Berlin. You have to download the whole show in it's entirety, but I promise it's well worth the loss of space on your hard drive.
Michael over at Silence Is A Rhythm Too absolutely just made my day with his choice of tracks. I've been obsessed with the track "1 Thing" by Amerie for a while now. The production on this song is so damned tight, and even though her voice isn't the strongest around it still has something that pulls you in. Plus the beat just slays me. For your listening (dis)pleasure, the "1 Thing" remix featuring J-Hova:
Amerie: 1 Thing (remix featuring Jay-Z)
Also, check out newcomer Nicole Wray's minimalist non-cover of my most favorite Prince song title:
Nicole Wray: If I Was Your Girlfriend
For shits & giggles: take this personality test. NOW.
Friday, May 20, 2005
We've Got Heads On Sticks. And You've Got Ventriloquists.
"I was the only person ever with a coke habit to gain fifty pounds." -- ROB THOMAS
Gee Rob, ever heard of John Belushi? Apparently not. By the way (and not that anyone's surprised) but your solo album sucks, you no talent ass clown.
More of what The Vicar is spinning today. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Spinning Round & Round Over You
In case anyone was ever curious about what kind of stuff The Vicar listens to whilst at work, here's a sampling of what's spinning at the moment. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Black Out The Windows, It's Party Time
I once read an interview with Greg Dulli when he was frontman for The Afghan Whigs. The writer had followed The Whigs to Germany, where they were headlining a show in Berlin. Following their set, Dulli and said interviewer proceeded to get obscenely drunk and hit on the cocktail waitress in the bar they were hunkered down in. Dulli was enraptured with her and asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Speaking to the author later on, she confessed "If he had just asked me to go to bed with him, I would've. But marriage?!"
It was at this point that I became a fan of Greg Dulli. Through 5 albums with The Afghan Whigs and 2 with his new band/revolving door of musician friends The Twilight Singers, Dulli has managed to create a unique sound that encompasses the white-trash punk/soul of Minneapolis, the dark sensuality of New Orlean's French Quarter and the gritty concrete decadence of Los Angeles. On The Singers last release, 2003's "Blackberry Belle," he managed to create a somewhat thematic journey through the scarred underbelly of love and lust. I absolutely treasure this album, and hopefully you will too. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
The Twilight Singers: Martin Eden
The Twilight Singers: Esta Noche
The Twilight Singers: Teenage Wristband
I Got A Feeling It Don't Come Cheap
I'm feeling basic today. Here's some more live Spoon for your listening (dis)pleasure:
Spoon: Live @ The Garage, Highbury London 2/28/05 (tracks are in flac)
The Beast & Dragon, Adored
Lines In The Suit
Me & The Bean
Anything You Want
30 Gallon Tank
The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine
Something To Look Forward To
The Way We Get By
The Delicate Place
My Mathematical Mind
I Summon You
Everything Hits At Once
Some people need to get a fucking life.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Strange News From Another Star
New Radiohead album due early 2006?
News from the “unorganized" recording sessions for Radiohead’s new album have indicated the band may well have a new album out sometime in February or March next year.
A new report on Radiohead fansite ateaseweb confirms early reports that claimed that the band were working on the follow up to 2003’s album ‘Hail To The Thief’. According to the site, Radiohead are working on fifteen songs at present with two of them described as "Already done and amazing."
“The band first got together back in January and Thom [Yorke] played a bunch of his new songs for the others,” the report reads, “Having never heard the songs before, the rest of the band just jumped in and started adding their own parts.”
The recording process itself is described as being "unorganized" and is reportedly very different to the way that Radiohead have previously recorded.
The report goes on to predict that the new album should be finished by December this year, with a release date in February or March 2006 roughly pencilled in. As for touring, it claims the band will possibly hit the road shortly after.
At Thom Yorke's recent solo performance at the Trade Justice Movement rally in London he debuted one new song, 'House of Cards' which also surfaced online at ateaseweb
In other fab news, take a gander at Spoon's live performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with Nic Harcourt. Britt Daniel rawks out so hard he loses his headphones! I know! Crazy!
True Love Is Cruel Love
I've been a huge fan of The Cardigans for almost 10 years now. From "Life" up to "Long Gone Before Daylight," they've managed to mature as a band both musically and lyrically. Lead singer Nina Persson and guitarist Peter Svensson have morphed into a superb songwriting team, with Nina handling lyrics and Peter the music. Here, for your listening (dis)pleasure, is their KCRW (acoustic) show from May 24th, 2004. I managed to see them live the next night at The Troubador in Santa Monica, and what an amazing show that was.
Morning Becomes Eclectic
And Then You Kissed Me
You're The Storm
For What It's Worth
My Favorite Game
More goodies for your listening (dis)pleasure:
Monday, May 16, 2005
I've Got A Fever...
...and the only prescription is more cowbell!
This made my fucking weekend.
Really really dope remix:
Good shit for your listening (dis)pleasure:
I still don't see what the big deal is.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Yes, I Said It's Fine Before. But I Don't Think So No More.
Bon jour mes amis! Totalement inondé aujourd'hui, & pas avec n'importe quoi qui est vaguement amusant. Toujours traiter la revue de Spoon. , Ici sont pour le moment des pistes pour votre écouter (dis) le plaisir :
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Surefire Way To Kill Album Sales
"I wanted to write songs that make people beat the shit out of each other the first time they hear them." -- FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL
Thanks for the heads up Dave. I'll make sure to run right out & buy the new Foos album the day it's released. Mmm-kay? I've got a lot of pent up frustration and I'd like to take it out on some select people. Hopefully "In Your Honor" will aid me in dealing with these intense feelings. By the way, what's your address again?
Ok,now that we have that out of the way, I hope you all went out yesterday and procured yourselves a copy of Spoon's "Gimme Fiction." I know I did. The clerk behind the counter was beyond ecstatic when I brought him my selection. "Excellent choice!' he exclaimed. "Yes. Yes it is" I replied. I'm in the midst of writing a review of Britt Daniel & Co's latest masterpiece. Look for it next week. In the meantime, some select tracks for your listening (dis)pleasure:
While perusing through GrapeJuicePlus I came across a post about the band Hotel Lights. Fronted by former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee. I am a really big fan of BFF, especially Jessee's drumming. I own this great dvd of BFF live on the now defunct series "Sessions At West 54th St." Check it out if you get the chance. Anyway, this is Darren's new band. I kinda like their style. Very sleepy, subtle pop. Here are two tracks for you to sample:
Monday, May 09, 2005
We're In Love With This Perverted World So C'mon!
I couldn't sleep last night. I tossed. I turned. I had strange dreams about Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and the Michelin man. Ugh. Must've been those spicy chicken quesodillas. But I'm pretty sure that somewhere in the mix of things, excitement for "Gimme Fiction" contributed to my insomnia. That's right my lovelies! Tomorrow is the official release date for Spoon's new disc! To tide you over, here are some tracks off of their previously released gems. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Spoon tracks courtesy of Sixeyes. Go show them some love. Show zem!
More tracks for your listening (dis)pleasure:
I want this shirt. Badly.
Friday, May 06, 2005
I'm Just A No Class Beat Down Fool
Thursday, May 05, 2005
My Heart Is Broke, But I Have Some Glue. Help Me Inhale, I'll Mend It With You.
I'm not quite sure if I'm excited or horrified about this
The an-ti-ci-pa-tion is killing me! Be like The Vicar and stream Spoon's upcoming album "Gimme Fiction" on a continual loop all day long. No, my co-workers don't want to kill me. Why do you ask?
While you're at it, here's a really great review/article about Spoon & "Gimmie Fiction" via Paste Magazine.
I SO need to move to Austin, Texas
For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Go visit with Liza & thank her for her continued supply of covered goodness. Bring some Pepto with you, as I hear she's feeling a little queasy.
This is, by far, the best hip-hop release/remix of the year so far:
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Did You Only Want Me For Those 3 Days?
Via Stereogum, I'm linking to the upcoming live Lucinda Williams album. You can stream the whole album or select tracks for your listening (dis)pleasure. This woman is such an utterly electrifying artist; live or on wax. If she swings by your favorite local venue, do yourself a favor. Go see her. You won't be disappointed.
Lucinda Williams: Live At The Filmore
I really don't think I could post anything to top Lucinda, so that's all for today my lovelies.
Epilogue: Ok, so I lied. I actually found something else that's just as good as live Lucinda Williams. Czech it:
Now go over and see Cellophanegirl and thank her profusely for posting the track. Do it. Do it. Now.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
It Took Me All Of A Year. To Put The Poison Pill To Your Ear.
Still not really in the mood to post anything of substance. Godamnnit what's the matter with me? Instead, here are some choice singles for the day. Enjoy ya'll:
Possibly my two favorite DCFC tracks period:
This just made my day!
Monday, May 02, 2005
Do You Wanna Come Over & Kill Some Time? Throw Your Arms Around Me.
"People think that we're just good-looking guys with big dicks that play hot rock & roll. But we have feelings, too." -- GREEN DAY's TRE COOL
Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio covered Radiohead's 'Knives Out' at the Landmark Theatre [April 26] in Richmond, VA. A recording is available via this link.
Meh. I was gonna post something grand. But all of a sudden I'm not in the mood.
For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Hopefully I'll be more in the mood tomorrow.