Sunday, December 27, 2009

Underwater Peoples Winter Review

"Love Remains Cos Love Is True"Get the new compilation from the raddest dudes ever, the Underwater Peoples bros! If you loved the Summer comp as much as, well, everyone else did then you'll love this winter mix. There are sick jams by Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and way more...

Download: Underwater Peoples Winter Review (via Chocolate Bobka!)

So psyched for the new year!!! See y'all in OH TEN I'm out!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

MP3: Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips X-Mas Jams

"Happy Holigaze"
There are a ton of great indie Christmas songs coming out lately. These two come from the rad crew over at WFMU.

Moon Duo - "Silver Bells"

Wooden Shjips - "O Tannenbaum"

Moon Duo is the newer project - not necessarily a duo, and not necessarily from the moon - of Wooden Shjips vocalist/guitarist Erik "Ripley" Johnson along with Sanae Yamada. In continuing a tradition of holiday giving Wooden Shjips began last year by giving out a free psychedelic Christmas cassette which contained covers of "O Tannenbaum" (above) and "Auld Lang Syne," they have realeased an even better Xmas psych single via Moon Duo. Enjoy!

MP3: Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls - "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don't Die)"

"I Like You Alive"
Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls - "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don't Die)" (via Stereogum)

"You just wanna sleep all your days away // It's my Christmas wish you get up and plaaayyy."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MP3: Kid Counselor - "White Fields (For Sean)"

This 8-1/2 minute track by Kid Counselor is a great, wintery ambient noise track for your frrrrigid fuckin ears' delight. The song perfectly soundtracks a scene in which a lone character wanders hopelessly across a desolate snow-covered field, shivering and lost and terrified. As the last half of the tune builds momentum, so does the wind and snow, and as the drumming and strumming build strong, our lonely wanderer picks up speed. Now he's running, towards something distant but finite, and all is not lost in the end.

I don't know about you but I get a little taste of that near-hypothermia desperation every time I walk from the train to my apartment. And this song soundtracks it perfectly.

Kid Counselor - "White Fields (For Sean)"

Kid Counselor has also gotten some recent love from our cyberbud Jheri over at Get Off the Coast. Go there, and get Kid Counselor's 60-minute "EP."

MP3: Ducktails/Departmentstore Santas - "Play in the Sun"

You may remember this Ducktails track (featuring Martin from Real Estate) that Gorilla vs Bear posted about a month ago, via Olde English Spelling Bee from the Landscapes recording seshes. (If you haven't already, you MUST check out the comments section on that gvb post.) It's a cover of Departmentstore Santas' song from their album At the Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-Year Lifetimes Since (Top Shelf Records 1984) Joseph D'Angelo's sweet lo-fi bedroom sound made this album a favorite of college radio listeners and bin-hunters alike in the past few years. D'Angelo recorded the album with buds in his home in San Diego, using reel to reels, cassette machines and even old toy instruments, creating an album of elements that range from silly to samba to psychedelia.

Download both the Departmentstore Santas original and the Ducktails cover below.

Ducktails - Play in the Sun

Departmentstore Santas - Play in the Sun

Monday, December 21, 2009

Real Estate on ABC News New Music Monday

"Never Feel As Though You're Drowning"
This shit is so crazy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sweatshoppe to Perform at Jonathan Levine Gallery Tomorrow

"Isabella Rossellini Will Be There"

Check out Bruno and Blake, multimedia duo Sweatshoppe, performing tomorrow night at Jonathan Levine Gallery, 529 West 20th St at 8:00pm.

Then we will hop over to Friendship Bracelet's awesome show at Cake Shop. C'monnnn, I'll even pay for the cab.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MiX: Andy Cirzan's Cosmic Christmas Mixes

Andy Cirzan, DJ lo-fi and head of Jam Productions in Chicago, makes "listen to it year-round" mixes of obscure Christmas songs for Sound Opinions. Cirzan collects all this excellent way-out vinyl from his travels around the world and weeds out the best, weirdest X-maz tracks for his mixes.

Download Seance for Santa (2006) here.

The Cassette Years: Part 1, Cirzan's 10th-year mix for Sound Opinions (but like 20th real time), was released last year around this time. Get the Andy Cirzan Annual Xmas Spectacular podcasts with mixes from 2008 and 2007.

Like last year's, the 2009 mix will be up soon as a free download on Sound Opinions for a limited time, so keep yer peepers peeled here for that. Listen to him on the air in the NYC area Sunday 5-6pm on 90.7 WFUV nationally Friday 8pm via Chicago Public Radio.

Personally, I'm burning some to take home for the fam for the holidaze (since I won't be burnin' anything else)...

Happy Holidays,
From you to me,

Friday, December 11, 2009

RUN DMT - Bong Voyage

Maybe you've heard of this lil acid-trip known as RUN DMT, cos shit has been gettin' arooouuund as of late. Listed influences include:
"weed, infomercials, lexx, happy FAM, ashley purse-is-yellow, monica miracles, the midwest... dirt, best coast, snacks, adrian orange, orange soda, little kiddos, tamnma musical boxes, tornado warnings, wearing pretty dresses, prince RAMAAAAAAAAA..."

Bong Voyage
, an extremely listenable psychedelia hotflash, is at times creepy but all-around fun for the whole fucked-up fam. Download the whole album here.

Also DEM HUNGER remixed one track "Money":

RUN DMT - "Money" (DEM HUNGER remix)


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

VIDEO: BOAT @ Bruar Falls 11/14/09

(image via BV)

BOAT, a Seattle band, recently made one of its few NYC jaunts to play a couple shows in November. This footage is from their Bruar Falls show on November 14:

"We've Been Friends Since 1989" is one of their more recently faved songs off of the 2009 release Setting the Paces.

"I threw up twice again last night - once to get sick and once to get right. I guess we'll need four beds for BOAT..." Yeah, as promised, "Four Beds for BOAT" (Topps 7") clearly IS a song about puking. With such a frank opening line, this tune finally hooked me into the show. I started to see BOAT on a more personal level. Lead singer D. Crane's scratchy voice hints at many a night spent with his head in the bucket, after raging hard. Who can't relate to that??

BOAT is on Magic Marker Records. Get their albums here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

VIDEO: Grippers Nother Onesers (At Slimer Beach)

New video from hypno chill label Olde English Spelling Bee called "Grippers Nothers Onesers (At Slimer Beach)." Dig the homemade video aesthetic. The piece contains clips of old school video games, home movies, and at least one part of it looks like it was shot right off a TV screen. And that mask from Scream still totally scares me, even if it is worn by some nitrous burnout in a hoodie dancing around his dorm room in slow mo. In fact, it's even creepier.

The audio is can be described best by the label: "The soundtrack for this 12-minute long total mindfuck of a video is a jump-cut medley excerpting several different tracks from the LP... Grippers Nother Onesers is a channeling of teenage mutant glue sniffing psycho dreams, a prelude to the psychotic beach bum depression induced by junkfood and huffing siphoned gas out of the Oscar Meyer mobile." It's a re-issue of the cult fave tape from 2006, previously known as Lamborghini Crystal's 1992 Cool Runnings Holiday.

Always good shit from OESB. Vinyl release is December 14th. Check out their new blog!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Real Estate, Woods and Cloud Nothings are playing tonight at Market Hotel! MAAAJOR dance party action. It will be just like this:

Miley Cyrus will be there! YYYEEEAAAHHH!

Doors 8:00PM

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

VIDEO: Oneohtrix Point Never - "Time Decanted"

Olde English Spelling Bee sent out the new Oneohtrix Point Never music video for "Time Decanted" off their album Russian Mind (No Fun Productions). Video by Todd Ledford.

I love where music videos are going...