Sunday, January 28, 2007

bbs

I've decided that this will be my last post for a while. So, I hope this entry is enjoyable for you!

The first band I'll profile is Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. The band is from Missouri and is signed to Polyvinyl records. I've heard a lot of buzz about this band and just heard one of their songs about two minutes ago. It's pretty good, so here it is.

SSLYBY- "House Fire"

The second band is this one I found on myspace called Gordo Gringo. Their stuff is okay, but the song "Sleep When I'm Dead" is by far one of my favorites. Check it out!

Gordo Gringo- "Sleep When I'm Dead"

Sorry this post is so short! I'll be back sometime. Promise.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

a little bit late.

I also plan on posting this weekend, but I thought I'd post a few songs to hold you over since I was late with my Monday post.

First off, I'm posting an old Magnetic Fields song. I don't think I really need to delve into them, since everyone knows who they are. I just heard this song today, though, and totally love it. It's from the album 69 Love Songs.

The Magnetic Fields- "I don't want to get over you."
(buy the album from amazon)

The next artist is a comedian I found on myspace. His name is Liam Sullivan, and he performs a variety show with an array of characters. One of them is "Kelly" and has this hilarious song called "Text Message Break Up." I think it's hilarious, and I hope you enjoy it!

Kelly- "Text Message Break Up"
(buy the album from the liam show)

I know, it's a lazy post you guys, but this week has been pretty hectic. I PROMISE the weekend entry will be great. And full of songs. Love!

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Friday, January 19, 2007

sweet escapes.

Today has been a pretty exciting day for me, music-wise. Main topic, I went to Barnes and Noble. I scanned through some of the CDs and saw they had L Tunes: Music from and inspired by The L Word on sale. Now, I've never seen an episode of this show, but the previews look good, the music is fucking awesome ("Playgirl" by Ladytron? Awesome.), and plus, it's a gay show. Gotta support. Well, anyway, I was pretty excited because the soundtrack had some cool songs on it; one of my favorites being Johnny Boy's "Fifteen Minutes."

Now, I know some of you are probably going "who?", but I've got a story to clear it all up. Two years ago, I went to New York City for the very first time. It was a group trip, so I went with a group of people I didn't really know. One group of girls were constant bargain hunters- if they saw ANYONE with a trashbag, they asked, "Show us the goods!" They were buying endless numbers of purses, wallets, shoes, etc. And we all just...didn't get it. Now, I do, but back then, it seemed a bit wasteful. Well, anyway, then we all went to Virgin Megastore and I headed to the vinyl section. There was a nice selection of 33s and 45s. I decided to look around, and I found a 45 that had a city street scene, and on a billboard said "YOU ARE THE GENERATION THAT BOUGHT MORE SHOES, AND YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!" I immediately giggled and thought of the group of girls. The cover looked so cool, I had to buy it. I ended up showing it to someone referencing the girls...only to have one of them come up behind me and say, "Whatcha lookin' at?" Embarrassing.

But, anyway, I listened to the 45 all the time and loved it. The song is undeniably catchy with its "Yeah Yeah!" chorus and great build up. I wanted to know more about this amazing band who I happened to just...discover. I came to very little, but I found some great MP3s and (thanks to The L Word) their myspace. Check it out.

Since their album is EXTREMLY hard to find, I'll post two MP3s: The title track, and a fun one called "Fifteen Minutes"

Johnny Boy- "You are the generation that bought more shoes, and you get what you deserve!"

Johnny Boy- "Fifteen Minutes"

(You can buy their album, JOHNNY BOY, from them directly at their myspace.)

Since I'm on a queer TV spree, I'll post an extremely rare song by a cool band called Baby Fox.

Baby Fox is a nineties trip-hop band consisting of vocalist Christine Leach and producers Alex Gray and Dwight Clarke. If you're a fan of the Showtime series Queer As Folk, you'll recognize this song from Season One, Episode Six (it's at the end where Dr. David asks Michael, "Who do you think about when you close your eyes?"...heartbreaking. butanyway...). I saw the episode, heard the song, and had to find out more. I couldn't come up with much, just these two websites (ONE, TWO) which, even then, provided me with very little info. I finally found an MP3 of "Ladybird," and this band has skyrocketed to one of my favorites. It's sinister, yet exciting, and pretty refreshing.

Baby Fox- "Ladybird"
(I wish I had a buy link, but their albums are out of print. :( )

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post, and hey! if you learned about someone new, great! I tried to go a bit on the edge for this post. Comment if you take anything, please! Have a great weekend!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Lunes!



Happy Monday and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I hope your day is going well! Now, on to the music.

The first band I'm profiling is CSS (or Cansei De Ser Sexy, which means "Tired of Being Sexy). Last night, I finally got around to watching Subterranean, a music video show on MTV2 which displays music videos by hot indie acts. It's an okay show, great way to see some cool videos in high-quality. Well, anyway, just before I went to sleep, the video for CSS's "Alala" came on, and I was blown away. The video was pretty cool, and the song was awesome. It reminds me a lot of Peaches- Silly, Dancy, but a bit dark. I figured this band was super new, but upon research, I found out they've been around since 2003 and became pretty popular in South America. I'm sure this video is a bit old, but I'm posting it (along with an MP3) for your enjoyment.

CSS-"alala"

CSS- "Alala"
(buy the album here)


Now, the second band is one that I CAN'T stop hearing buzz about. The band is called Snowden and they're pretty cool. I've heard a lot off their album, and this song is one of my favorites. It's called "Anti-Anti" and is incredibly dance-able. The band is from Atlanta, Georgia and is signed to Jade Tree Records. I imagine they'll be pretty popular, seeing as they've toured with the Unicorns, Clap Your Hands, and The Arcade Fire. This is about all the information I can find about them, so for now, just enjoy the MP3.

Snowden- "Anti-Anti"

(buy the album here)

Well, this has been fun, and I hope you enjoy the music. Remember, if you like what you hear, support the artists, buy the album, etc. etc. See ya.

Friday, January 12, 2007

something old, something new.

Hoorah for second entries! In this post, I'll be discussing Venice is Sinking and Elefant.


The first band I'll be discussing is Venice is Sinking. They're from Athens, GA, which is extremly close to where I live. Mysteriously, I just recently heard about this band even though they've been playing since 2004. I can't find much information about them (the band bio on their site tells a story of a 1700s seafaring merchant) but, apparently, the new record deals with love and loss, since two band members broke up with their partners. Also, their keyboardist left for NYC (somebody cue Meredeth Bragg's "New York") and was later replaced.

Anyway, let's get to their music. Here's the song "Pulaski Heights" off their album Sorry About the Flowers
Venice is Sinking- "Pulaski Heights"
(Buy the album here)


The next band is a bit older, and you've probably heard of them. Their name is Elefant and they're pretty cool.
A while ago, I downloaded their song "Make Up" from the lovely Epitonic.com and I was interested. The song wasn't great, but I could tell the band had great potential. Recently, I was in a CD store and they had their older album, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, for two dollars. So I picked it up hoping my conclusions were right. And that they were! The second song on the album (after "Make Up") is called "Now That I Miss Her" and it's really catchy! So, here's your chance to hear it and maybe check out SMMP and their new one, The Black Magic Show.

Elefant- "Now That I Miss Her"
(buy the album here)

I hope you enjoy this entry and keep coming back for more! I'm going to try to update this blog every friday (and maybe once more during the week). And, if you like any of the music, leave a comment! Have a great weekend!


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Monday, January 8, 2007

The Sea is the place to be!

Obviously! (Chuckle) Well, I've decided to skip the whole introduction process and start by sharing music.

Okay, well not totally. There's some things you should know. This is a music blog. I'm gonna try to spread around some music that I'm liking because I feel like I know some bands that are pretty cool. Also, I might comment on pop culture a bit. Enjoy it.



I'm starting off with two bands that have names dealing with the ocean. The first is one I'm sure you've all heard of. They're called Islands and were formed from the ashes of the great band The Unicorns. Now, I'll admit, The Unicorns have a huge place in my heart, so I was at first apprehensive about the new project involving Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tamebeur. After further listens, though, I'm starting to love the more majestic Islands. Here's one of the best tracks, "Rough Gem"

Islands- "Rough Gem"
(Buy album, Return to the Sea, from Amazon)



The next band is one that I literally stumbled upon. Their name is Maritime and I picked up their CD because 1) it looked cool, 2) it was on sale, 3) this one song clip just sounded really cool. I picked it up, and I'm impressed. It's pretty calm, but still interesting. It's going to take me a while to really appreciate and evaluate it, since I just got it, but I thought I'd spread the word. I also heard that the band includes some members of the now defunct Dismemberment Plan (whaat? when did they break up?!), so it's at least worth a listen.

I've picked the song "Tearing Up The Oxygen" because it's "Ohs" are so catchy, it made me buy the album.

Maritime- "Tearing Up The Oxygen"
(Buy the album We, The Vehicles from Amazon)

Well, that was nice for a first entry! I hope everyone enjoys the music and this blog because I'm pretty excited about it!

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