Spelling words is the new black

December 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Spelling words is the new black

Via Logan Via Popjustice

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So this is Sufjan, and what has he done?

December 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on So this is Sufjan, and what has he done?

The annual Sufjan christmas EP has been leaked and is available at So This Is What the Volume Knob’s For.

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Kanye, Santogold, Lykke Li together

December 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

meh.

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Pirates – infinity, RIAA – jack

December 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Pirates – infinity, RIAA – jack

The RIAA has vowed to stop suing individuals for online piracy. It seems that after five years and 35,000 cases, the RIAA has finally realized that its tactics were not exactly cost-effective. This does not mean the RIAA has given up completely. The focus has merely shifted. So, instead of suing single moms, dead people, […]

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Lily Allen covers Britney

December 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Apparently, DJ/producer Mark Ronson has stirred up some trouble by airing Lily Allen’s “just for fun” cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” on his NYC radio show, Athentic Shit. Allen’s record company, EMI, is none too pleased about the unauthorized US airing. But the cover is readily available on an EMI sanctioned YouTube channel. Allen’s version […]

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I don’t care what they’re selling

December 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on I don’t care what they’re selling

I wish every commercial were this beautiful. (via)

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Talk of Blur reunion reignites (one-sided) Mogwai feud

December 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

For some reason Mogwai hates Blur. Remember the Blur Are Shite t-shirts that Mogwai peddled a few years back? (Still available, by the way). Well, now that talk of Blur activity has spread throughout the press, Mogwai is jumping on the chance to cash in for some free publicity kick up some dust in Blur’s […]

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Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2008

December 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Logan K. Young contributes to Drawer B when he damn well pleases. He also writes for anyone who will pay him. Ladyboys welcome. 1. Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (ATP) 2. Baby Dee – Safe Inside The Day (Drag City) 3. Free Kitten – Inherit (Ecstatic Peace) 4. Lou Reed – Berlin: Live At St. […]

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K’s Top Albums of 2008

December 17th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I’m the less eloquent half of the Drawer B partnership and I am a fan of the Oxford comma. My tastes skew synth, twee, pop, and lately Scandinavian. I have been known to branch out from time to time, but judging from my list, I apparently did not do so this year. None of the […]

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Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2008

December 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2008

Patrick Wall Music Editor, Free Times Blogger, weekendsofsound.tumblr.com. Knee Meets Jerk: In Which a Beleaguered Music Journalist Attempts to Identify Ten Albums Released Between December 2007 and December 2008 That Were Better Than All the Other Albums Released in the Same Time Period. Listed in no particular order. (Results Subject to Change.) Capsule – Blue […]

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Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2008

December 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2008

Robert runs The Daily Sabbatical and has contributed to Drawer B intermittently over the years. 1. Deerhunter – Microcastles/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky/4AD) An album in the top spot should be difficult to describe, and this one certainly fits that ticket.  Deerhunter has thrown some elements of shoegaze in here, though without foregoing the crisp pop […]

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Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2008

December 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Year-end lists are gratuitous, back-patting, and masturbatory, but, like death and taxes, they are unavoidable. So, we succumb. We’re doing things a little differently this year, inviting current and past contributors as well as a few respected peers to submit their lists, while linking back to their respective blogs. They will be posted sporadically over […]

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Hippies to take back what’s theirs

December 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Reunited jam-rock staple, Phish, is rumored to be headlining Bonnaroo this summer. I will avoid like the plague. I guess the past three years were an experiment. Bonnaroo is going back to its roots, so those filthy hippies can have their turf back. Although, Bruce Springsteen is also on the short list for Sunday night’s […]

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The Grinning Plowman “Radiator” mp3

December 16th, 2008 · 6 Comments

When I was in High School, Nashville, Tennessee had a few underground bands making some national waves. Clockhammer, Dessau, F.U.C.T., Buzzkill, etc. The Grinning Plowman were easily the oddest. A mix of dark, electronic rock with tinges of industrial, the band had signed with Carlyle Records, which put out three of its LP’s. I Play […]

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Everyday is like Sunday

December 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Everyday is like Sunday

NFL uses and abuses Morrissey’s “Everyday is Like Sunday” song. This was inevitable.

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M83 at St. Giles in the Field Church, London

December 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on M83 at St. Giles in the Field Church, London

I had wanted to do a proper write up of this amazing show in a nearly thousand year old church on a windy, cold and grey evening smack in the center of London’s West End, but I just can’t seem to find the words. It was in many ways an upgraded version of the show […]

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You are a vapour trail

December 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I heard a remix of the Trespassers William cover of the Ride classic Vapour Trail last night and it reminded me of the genius of the original. I’m usually a sucker for creative covers, but honestly, this song can’t be touched.

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Smashing Pumpkins promise to suck well into the future, just in smaller doses

December 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Smashing Pumpkins promise to suck well into the future, just in smaller doses

Billy Corgan’s delusional behavior reached new levels of cry-baby over-reactionary absurdity this week when he swore off albums in favor of "radio-friendly" singles. He’s not eschewing albums for any forward-thinking, technological reason. No, it’s just a defensive, knee-jerk reaction to the fact that nobody listened to his band’s latest crap record. Obviously, his first mistake […]

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Blur Drummer keeps political bids alive

December 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blur Drummer keeps political bids alive

Despite all the hoopla about the flurry of Blur activity in the coming months, particularly the Hyde Park concert on July 3rd (tickets for which sold out in one hour), drummer Dave Rowntree, clearly the most grounded of the quartet, continues to pursue political representation under the Labour banner. After a loss last year to […]

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Hauschka’s Volker Bertleman’s odd piano mods

December 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Hauschka’s Volker Bertleman’s odd piano mods

Wired has posted an interview with Volker Bertleman on how he mods his piano with “tacks, tape, felt, plastic wrap and other materials to alter its sound for his compositions.” The Listening Post blog also has the full story behind his experimental piano work. Appealing to fans of both modern composition and those of a […]

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