Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The best part about writing this blog is the free music and the only thing better than that is presenting it to you. These free selections include a new split from Scion A/V, a new EP from Enslaved, a Daytrotter session and a mixtape made by a friend/best radio hostess I know. With music this excellent and free, bad internet connections and a lack of computer is hardly a reason not to download this material.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Side Annie Edison
01. These Days by Nico
02. Would You Come With Me by The Elected
03. Starstruck by The Kinks
04. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
05. Good Feeling by Violent Femmes
Side Trudy Campbell
01. Voices by Cheap Trick
02. Welcome to the Candy Store by Cupcakes
03. You Turn Me on I'm a Radio by Joni Mitchell
04. The Microwave Song by The Softlightes
05. Chance Meeting by Roxy Music
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
In what had to be one of the coolest and strangest moments on radio, Dale Crover of Melvins made an appearance, via phone, on yesterday's edition of The Howard Stern Show to discuss Nirvana, drumming royalties and Melvins' forthcoming live album, Sugar Daddy Live. I am not sure what more can really be said about it other than Stern questioned if he regretted not joining Nirvana and fans called in to praise Crover. Listen to the audio after the jump of Dale Crover appearance on the May 9. 2011 edition of The Howard Stern Show.
In stores today is Turtleneck and Chain, the sophomore album by comedy trio and Saturday Night Live veterans, The Lonely Island. The trio, featuring actors/writers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, are best known for their digital shorts which have ranged from PSA's on lettuce to people getting punched before eating and, most frequently, cats being used as laser shooting guns. Other shorts, like the ones featured in this piece, are focused on the musical side of the trio and are some of the funniest bits on SNL. Granted, The Lonely Island may not be your thing but how can you not laugh at any video about wrapping your genitals in a box and giving it to your lover for a special occasion set to a 90's new jack swing, r&b song. In honor of Turtleneck and Chain, here are five of the funniest music videos from The Lonely Island. If only, they had made a video for "Santana DVX" if for nothing more than to have rapper E-40 as Carlos Santana...if only.
Monday, May 9, 2011
While beginning to enjoy punk and hardcore in high school, Atari Teenage Riot were my Sex Pistols. They were not a punk band in the sense of fashion, brash lyrics or three chord, two minute songs or a hardcore band in the sense of speed or, to a small extent, sound. They were a punk and hardcore band in the sense they were radically different, in both music and volume, than everything else that existed outside of the Digital Hardcore universe and even as part of that, they still stood out. They were completely unapologetic about it, only offering the statement, "riot sounds produce riots" over a distorted squall as their explanation.. For me, Atari Teenage Riot seemed like a amalgamation of the sonic fury of bands like Slayer and Black Flag, the anger and frustration at society found in hip hop groups like N.W.A. and Public Enemy with a layer of dissonant machinery propelling their sound away from dance club floors and onto dirty, bloodstained floors scuffed by Doc Martens with a pile of bodies dragged into the corner. They were German, they were awesome, and within years of reaching American shores with Burn Berlin Burn (a compilation featuring singles and tracks from their first two albums, Delete Yourself and The Future of War) and its follow-up, 60 Second Wipe Out, they were gone.
If you follow this blog, then you already know about my love for The Coathangers. After all, they have released two exciting and energetic albums and several singles of equal quality as well as being the blog's second interview back when it was nothing more than a bunch of random posts and discussions on Los Del Rio and The Waitresses (okay, not much has really changed in almost two and a half years). With that said, the band is releasing their third full-length, Larceny and Old Lace, on June 7 and are promoting it with the excellent video for its first single, "Hurricane." The Coathangers, surgical masks and a Lynchian-esque world...stop reading this, watch the video below and pre-order the album here.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In less than 48 minutes, In and Out of Youth and Lightness has become the one of the moodiest, most atmospheric rock albums in recent history. In addition to the moodiness, Louisville, KY trio, Young Widows provided a set of songs and excellent rhythms combining a slower version of The Jesus Lizard, the darker Wall of Voodoo material and, to a small extent, 80's post punk and shoegaze. It is definitely an album guaranteed to fall one of two end of year lists (top albums of the year preferably by a indie publication (Alternative Press or Prefix, as both rightfully gave the album high marks, and possibly Spin if they are paying attention) or albums most slept on or should have been purchased in 2011 (very sad but very possible)) by a band on the rise with their critically acclaimed album.
Another month of interesting releases ranging from the return of Beastie Boys to a major label debut from a member of Odd Future (Tyler, the Creator). Loudon Wainwright III receives a career retrospective while The Cars record their first album with Ric Ocasek in over 23 years. Best of all, Eddie Vedder has a ukulele album coming out...no, that, strangely, was not a joke. Add some reissues of classics from Go-Go's and Ozzy Osbourne as well as Kate Bush revisiting a couple of her later albums, you have eclectically amazing set of new releases for May.