Entries from January 2008

Remixes are for kids #2 – Mark Robinson v. Stephin Merritt

January 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s not too often that Merritt’s work gets the remix treatment. A shame, actually, as his tunes are often so solidly constructed that they work acoustic as well as synthed out. Proving the point, here are two great tastes that go great together; Mark Robinson’s remix of Merritt’s Smoke and Mirrors from the Magnetic Fields’ […]

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Under the covers with Of Montreal

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Under the covers with Of Montreal

Holy Jeebus! You Ain’t No Picasso has a mighty large collection of Of Montreal covering all sorts of songs. A little Bowie, some Stones, Kinks, Zombies, The Who, and of course Prince. And those are just the obvious ones. With covers ranging from Royal Trux to Gnarls Barkley, there’s something for even the pickiest of […]

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Buckling under the strain of several million Google News Alerts

January 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’m probably the last remaining carbon-based life form that has not heard a single note of Vampire Weekend’s newly released debut. Even this humble blog has been fairly resistant to the charms of this latest in a long succession of bands of the moment, so I feel like I’m among friends. As for the rest […]

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Tags: commentary · humor · link

“Gay Baby Buying a Titan 1 Missile Base to Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse”

January 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Anyone who’s ever written about music and is not employed by, say, Billboard or Rolling Stone can appreciate The A.V. Club’s priceless list of The Worst Band Names of 2007. There’s no telling what horrors lurk behind such hideous monikers as The Color Fred, Comanche Abortion, The Pleasures of Merely Circulating, Chevy Metal or Cobra […]

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Q: WTF?

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Q: WTF?

A: Your tin roof; rusted.

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“Just don’t call it ‘Highland Emo'”

January 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Fat Cat recording artists The Twilight Sad — whose Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters was my favorite debut of 2007 — spoke recently with The Scotsman about their success in The States and how, curiously, it has outshined the response in their native Scotland: “Last year was huge for the Twilight Sad — who come […]

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Remixes are for kids #1 – Spoon/Diplo

January 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Remixes are for kids #1 – Spoon/Diplo

I’m a total sucker for remixes. Always have been. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, most of them do indeed suck. I’m going to try and bring the ones that suck less. Some might not even be half bad. We’ll see. To start things off, here’s a Diplo remix of Spoon’s Don’t You Evah. I […]

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The Wonderful and Frightening Sounds of the Moz

January 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Wonderful and Frightening Sounds of the Moz

Insert witty comment -> here. (via the Slut)

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Michael Jackson re-records Thriller with current crop of stars

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Since he can’t score a hit these days no matter what transparent stunt he pulls, alleged kid-toucher Michael Jackson is resorting to re-recording his old hits with current flashes in the pan in hopes that he might get the money train a-rolling again. Neverland is looking pretty sad these days. Fergie, Will.I.Am. and Kanye West […]

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Tags: news

Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance

January 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Record-label woes, lineup changes, trouble at home, and an alluring new bass player on the road: a diary of a rock ‘n’ roll divorce from the founder of Luna.” A very personal excerpt in Vogue from Dean Wareham’s new book Black Postcards. (pity it isn’t parenthetically titled “I shagged Jem and you have another eyelid”) […]

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Blur’s Alex James to help Lily Allen kick off new TV show

January 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blur’s Alex James to help Lily Allen kick off new TV show

Getting back to work quickly after suffering a miscarriage with Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons’ baby, Lily Allen shot the pilot for her new BBC3 chat show this week, which is scheduled to debut later this year. The British station’s website reveals that Blur’s Alex James will lend his myriad charms to the premiere. Always good […]

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Morrissey runs a tight ship of drones

January 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is an incredibly eye-opening piece about Morrissey’s inner circle written by a man who managed to be accepted into Morrissey’s entourage, who was flown into the US from the UK only to be unceremoniously dismissed after one day of service. The article presents no bias against Morrissey. In fact, the opposite is true. Andrew […]

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Retro: Massive Attack

January 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Retro: Massive Attack

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Cassettes Won’t Listen, Small-Time Machine arrives March 11

January 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Small-Time Machine, the eagerly anticipated album from Cassettes Won’t Listen will be released March 11th. Below is a teaser track from the forthcoming record. Will the album live up to the hype? Tough to say. It’s definitely not for everyone. Paper Float

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Tags: mp3 · new release

Cobain No. 5?

January 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cobain No. 5?

Lisa Marie Presley, Alexandra (and the other one) Richards, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and if I’ve had enough Red Bull and vodkas, maybe even Rufus Wainwright – there’s something hot and mildly Freudian about wanting to bang the offspring of rock ‘n’ roll royalty. In a way, through some sort of ovarian osmosis, it’s like metaphysically doing […]

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Scarlett Johansson just keeps getting hotter, I mean, cooler

January 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

As though recording an album of Tom Waits covers weren’t cool enough, Scarlett Johansson collaborated with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner on one of the songs, as well as an original. The Tom Waits covers record is called Anywhere I Lay My Head, and it’s due out this May. It’s practically guaranteed a spot […]

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Murder by Death new album and EP details

January 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Murder by Death new album and EP details

Murder by Death’s debut for Vagrant records, Red of Tooth and Claw, is due out March 4. Preceding the full-length is a digital EP entitled Fuego!, which is available February 12. Signing to a (mostly) pop-punk label worked for The Hold Steady, as far as propelling the band into the limelight is concerned. We’ll see […]

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Portishead names third record, stares blankly, then yawns

January 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

While I’m somewhat excited about the new Portishead record news (it’s almost too little too late), I can’t help but be annoyed by the projected album title, Third. Seriously? Almost eleven years have gone by and that’s the title you come up with? It just seems so frustratingly uncreative and decidedly coy. I know having […]

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Vampire Weekend play a Parisian car port

January 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

#80.2 – VAMPIRE WEEKEND – The Kids don't stand a chanceUploaded by lablogotheque I love La blogotheque’s Take Away series.

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Bizarre YouTubery – Neko Case, circa 2001

January 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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