Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HOT TRAXXX: Charli XCX - Nuclear Seasons [VIDEO/MP3]

MP3: Charli XCX - Nuclear Seasons

Charli XCX
"Nuclear Seasons"
Nuclear Seasons (Single)
This Is Music 2011
Director: Ryan Andrews

Sharon Van Etten - Serpents [MP3]

Today brings the first taste of Sharon Van Etten's forthcoming LP3 (and Jagjaguwar debut) Tramp. Can't wait for this one, SVE's epic was one of last year's best and she totally fucking ripped when I saw her back in January or whenever it was.

Good to know that the winter will be a bit more bearable on February 7th, when Tramp is released. Sounds toasty.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

FUCK YEAH: Wooden Shjips - Phonograph [MP3]

Here's an outtake from West by Wooden Shjips, that originally appeared as a bonus 7 inch included in the LP, but now has been released widely.

It's a business as usual track for the dudes, and business is gooood.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

FUCK NO: Die Antwoord

Longtime readers of the blog may be surprised that it look this long to finally acknowledge these purveyors of aural cud. As easy as they were to ignore the hype marketers began their push, they're statements pertaining to their upcoming record need to be translated, knowing how hard it may be for English speakers to pick out their Afrikaans lyrics. Their statements appear italicized below, with the translation underneath.

So anyway... Interscope offered us a bunch of money again to release our new album TEN$ION.

This is simple: Interscope/UMG paid for the recording of the new album.

But this time, they also tried to get involved with our music, to try and make us sound like everyone else out there at the moment.

Upon hearing the finished product, the executives asked if we could possibly make it listenable. We asked them to explain further. To paraphrase a near half-hour diatribe on what makes something listenable and referring to it as commercial rap's "Lulu" we found ourselves rather taken aback by their lack of faith in our "masterpiece"—they even suggested firing that blonde thing and replacing her with Rihanna. Fools, they are! We're making the music of the future we responded, and they had the gall to retort that the record sounded like a mixture of all of the worst rap songs of 2008.

So we said: 'U know what, rather hang on to your money, buy yourself something nice...we gonna do our own thing. Bye bye'

Mr. Record Executive wrote off the album expense, tore up our contract and even gave us the album. He said "Good luck even trying to give this to the toilet or the rubbish heap".

Friday, November 04, 2011

David Bowie Fridays: Warszawa

David Bowie - Warszawa

Has the legend returned????!?!


Real Estate - It's Real [VIDEO/MP3]

MP3: Real Estate - It's Real

Real Estate
"It's Real"
Domino 2011
Director: Weird Days

NSFW: Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin' [VIDEO/MP3]

MP3: Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin'

Jacuzzi Boys
Hardly Art 2011
Directors: "6 girls (and one tiny dog)"

HOT TRAXXX: Mazzy Star - Common Burn [MP3]

The thing about successfully ripping off a band's style is that it makes the listener yearn for the original so much more. Sadly though the Ramones are dead and Black Sabbath is too old, too sober and too rich.

Mazzy Star, however, are still spring chickens and with their reform comes the "Common Burn" single, which finds them sounding better than ever while managing to take a shit all over everyone who copped their sound. 

Death to false shoegaze. Welcome home, soldiers.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

High Places - Sonora [VIDEO/MP3]

MP3: High Places - Sonora

High Places
Original Colors
Thrill Jockey 2011
Director: Keith Musil

On tour:
Fri Nov 4       - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell - Post Present Medium (PPM) Ten Year Anniversary Celebration
Tue Nov 8     - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Thu Nov 10 - Baltimore, MD - Softhouse w/Purity Ring
Fri Nov 11      - Ann Arbor, MI - WCBN presents w/Damned Dogs at the Halfass
Sun Nov 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme w/Memoryhouse
Mon Nov 14 -  Toronto, ON - Garrison
Tue Nov 15      - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Fri Nov 18      - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

Fri Nov 25      - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club      
Sat Nov 26      - Barcelona, Spain  - Primavera Club  
Tue Nov 29      - London, UK  - Plan B
Wed Nov 30 - Paris, France  - Batofar 
Thu Dec 1       - Kortrijk, Belgium  - De Kreun
Fri Dec 2       - Koeln, Germany  - Week-End Festival 
Sat Dec 3       - Berlin, Germany  - HAU 2    
Sun Dec 4       - Prague, Czech Republic  - Meet Factory      
Mon Dec 5       - Vienna, Austria - B72
Tue Dec 6       - Muenchen, Germany  - Feierwerk      
Wed Dec 7       - Luzern, Switzerland  - Suedpol      
Thu Dec 8       - Yverdon, Switzerland - Amalgame     
Fri Dec 9 - Torino, Italy  - Spazio 211
Sat Dec 10      - Bologna, Italy  - Locomotiv 
Sun Dec 11      - Bourogne, France  - Generiq Festival
Tue Dec 13      - Den Haag, Netherlands  - State-X New Forms Festival 
Wed Dec 14- Amsterdam, Netherlands  - OT301   
Fri Dec 16      - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB      
Sat Dec 17      - Guimaraes, Portugal - CCVF

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

FUCK YEAH: The Spits - All I Want [MP3]

MP3: The Spits - All I Want

Everyone's favorite band of mutants with more self-titled albums then Weezer has returned with the glory of a half-decade. Sometimes it's hard to pick a track so rock out to the album opener. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

EMA - Angelo [MP3]

Souterrain Transmissions, clearly with an eye for no-brainers, is releasing a new EMA single for Past Life Martyred Saints gold metal hit "Marked". It also comes backed with new song "Angelo", which you can download here (NOTE: I will update with a better quality mp3 once it becomes available to me).

The single is available digitally now and becomes physical on November 21st. Make your dreams come true.

The Beach Boys - Smile [GIVEAWAY]

Hey guys I've got a 2CD copy of the looooooong awaited Smile by The Beach Boys to giveaway and even a t-shirt too!

If you are a United States resident just email me at with your name, shirt size, email and mailing address and in one week (Nov 8) a winner will be chosen, at random of course.

Good luck! Need more details on this killer album? Keep reading:
The long awaited release of the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys masterpiece, SMiLE Sessions. With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the band's legendary 1966-'67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album. Rolling Stone magazine recently called SMiLE "the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history." 
In several sessions between the summer of 1966 and early 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.  

SMiLE Sessions physical and digital configurations include an assembled collection of core session tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.

 Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions physical and digital configurations has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes' original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied "SMiLE Shop."

 Box Set Content  
- 5 CDs / 2LPs / 2 7" singles 
- Three-dimensional shadow box lid featuring the original artwork of Frank Holmes. 
- The Box Set measures 13" x 13" x 2.5" 
- 60 page case bound book features liner notes by:
Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Frank Holmes, Peter Reum, Tom Nolan, Domenic Priore 

Anecdotes by:
Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Diane Rovell, Dean Torrence, Mark Volman, Michael Vosse, David Anderle, Danny Hutton 
Frank Holmes drawings 
Producer's Notes 
More than 60 previously unreleased photos

 Box also contains:  
- 6 panel folder holding 5 CDs and singles. Features photos of original session tape boxes. 
- 7" vinyl singles
 - "Heroes and Villians" in sleeve art 
-  "Vega-Tables" in sleeve art 
- Gatefold 2 LPs 
- Features full tracklisting of proposed unfinished album + 
- Stereo mixes and session highlights (not available on CDs)
- 12" x 12" booklet created for original release features: 
- Photos by Guy Webster 
- Drawings by Frank Holmes 
- 24" x 36" poster of Frank Holmes cover art

Purchase link for the SMiLE Sessions Light Up Box Set: