Friday, December 28, 2012

Alt-J (∆) - Tessellate

Some literate lads from Leeds. "Alt-J" is a Mac OS X keyboard command that inserts the symbol for "delta."
Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet
Toe to toe, back to back, let's go, my love it's very late
'Til morning comes, let's tessellate

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Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You A Thang

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jimmy Stewart reimagined with Cee Lo Green

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, alternate ending.

Survival Research Laboratories

Slouching toward the apocalypse. SRL has been staging postindustrial torments, since 1979.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gasper Lawal - Awon Ojise Oluwa

Afro-funk from Nigerian percussionist, Gaspar Lawal.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Dead Weather - 60 Feet Tall

The Dead Weather is a collaboration of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age), and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs).

Of Monsters and Men - Your Bones

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mark Lanegan - Wedding Dress

This song reminds me of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (Miss Havisham's ancient dress going up in flames). The ambience of this song, from about eight years ago, is the usual scorching hot from Lanegan.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Surahn - Watching the World

More than retro. This is uncut nostalgia. Even a hint of a warm Steely Dan.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lotte Kestner - I Want You (Elvis Costello cover)

Pickwick - The Round

Indie rock outfit from Seattle doing a soul thing. The vibraphone is a special treat.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gary Clarke, Jr - Brights Lights

Shoegaze bluze.  My kind of groove.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantasmagoria Blues

I've become an accidental fan of latter-day Mark Lanegan. Really like what I've heard from this most recent album. Phantasmagoria blues, indeed!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Outkast - Liberation

Ft. Cee-Lo, Big Rube, & Erykah Badu

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Justin Townes Earle - Hesitation Blues

Son of Steve Earle. Venue is a library in New Jersey.

Scott H. Biram - Wild Side

Imagine . . . a punk with a CB radio.

Alejandro Escovedo - Pale Blue Eyes

Group got down off the stage for this encore.

Gun Club - Cool Drink of Water

Don't think too hard about Gun Club's cover of this old blues song. Evoking the feeling of "lost-ness."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unruly passenger

Monday, August 6, 2012

Heartless Bastards - Down In The Canyon

Recent album from one of my favorites

"Went out walking on a cloudless night/down in the canyon the moon is so bright
 I made a fire got winter in my bones/out here and on my own
 and the hour is getting late"

Tommy Bolin - Wild Dogs

Talented guitarist Tommy Bolin died of a drug overdose in 1976, while on tour opening for Jeff Beck.  He was 25.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cat Power - Silent Machine

An old track to be included on Chan Marshall's soon-to-be-released album, "Sun."

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chris Cornell - State Trooper

Former Soundgarden singer covering Bruce Springsteen's classic from the album Nebraska. At the end, listen for the live looping he's working with.


Cake - I Will Survive

Cake, still from Sacramento.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

LUKE . . .


Happy Father's Day, homies.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mark Lanegan & P.J. Harvey - Hit the City

Ex-grunge guy Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) keeps popping up in my musical wanderings.  He has become a great collaborator (my earlier post with Isobel Campbell).  Here's his duet with one of my favorite rock stars, P.J. Harvey.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely

90's folk psych from Athens, GA. Singer Jeff Mangum, now based in Brooklyn, has recently begun touring after a long hiatus. He played at Zuccotti Park last October during Occupy Wall Street.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tim Minchin - an anthem to the redheaded

"only a ginger can call another ginger ginger"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sixto Rodriguez - Crucify Your Mind

Recent street session in Paris.  The song is from the album, "Cold Fact" (1970).  Cold facts, indeed.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rich guy's modest proposal to tax the rich

TED Talk too partisan to be posted to strikingly low-key and rational.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Morphine - You Look Like Rain

OK, mother's day cards are in the mail.  But for the mother of my own children, the woman I live with, I'd like to say, "I can tell you taste like the sky cause you look like rain."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Morphine - French Fries with Pepper

Saw Morphine live in San Francisco in the mid 90s, not too long before Mark Sandman collapsed and died while performing.  Definitely a NOLA flavor in the "low rock" sound here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sixto Rodriguez - Hate Street Dialogue

Rodriguez is a Detroit native, whose recent visibility owes something to the internet and digital sampling.  Long rumored to be dead, his music only really found an audience in Australia and South Africa (odd!) until his old songs began to get picked up by DJs. A documentary on his long, strange (still, ongoing) career comes out this summer ("Searching for Sugar Man").

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Azealia Banks - "212"

This single from Azealia Banks on lots of best song lists in UK and USA.  212 = original area code for NYC.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Chilly - For your love (Todd Terje re-edit)

All y'all, get up and dance!

Thanks, Jesus, for this food

Goodie Mob - Fly Away

(Listen for Cee-lo Green's lyric: "And, uh, we dont' like to kill, but we will
Oh Lord this south is sho' nuff trill.")

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Caretaker - All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There

From the meta-ambient soundtrack of a recent documentary on the writer W. G. Sebald.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carrie Manolakos - Creep

Very nice cover of Radiohead's anthem to misfits.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

John Frusciante - With Love

I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers just after John Frusciante had joined the band (1989?).  He replaced their original guitar player and was practically still a kid who'd memorized all their songs -- he left the band in '92, apparently to escape the fame and celebrity machine.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Emily Wells - Tisis Momar

What do you do with eyes like that?
What do you do with a mouth like that?
What do you do with hands like that?
. . . you touch me all over

Jonathan Wilson - Valley of the Silver Moon

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Skip Mahoney & The Casuals - A Town Called No-Where

1974, based in Washington D.C.

Emily Wells - Passenger

Looped chamber music, hip hop beats, and a folky voice.  "Oh my god," someone in the audience exclaims at the end of this clip.  Really, truly.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are - Christopher Walken

"As read by" becomes described and interpreted (and practically rewritten) by.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

POLIÇA - Amongster

Remember when you were watching all those nature shows with the kids, with fungi, snails, and slugs slithering around, straining time-lapse and uncannily anthropomorphic-like toward the sky, and thought -- "that sure reminds me of, um, . . . that's not at all what I should be thinking about." Well, here's the video you were beginning to think about, in a kinda benign but sorta begging for mockery kind of way. Weird hipsters from Minneapolis, indeed.

POLIÇA - Lay Your Cards Out

Post prog, synthy psych from Minneapolis.  Bound to be a hipster fave, it seems, despite Channy Moon Cassello's move from her former folk persona to an auto-tuned machine sound for the vocals here.

Heartless Bastards - Done Got Old

This one speaks for itself.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Back Burner

Minimalist and sexy.  And when the organ kicks in just for a moment about midway, I'm completely committed.  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lambchop - This Corrosion

Exquisite cover of this gothy Sisters of Mercy song.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lambchop - Give It

Nashville stalwart, from a fairly recent live performance.  There's a gripping revelatory mood in this particular clip.  Kinda awesome.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky

Latest sensation from "rap-rave" South African duo.  I like the aesthetic better here than the bouncing dildos in their last single, "Evil Boy."  Still consistently shiver worthy.

Thievery Corporation - "la femme parallel"

Drive-by Truckers - Angels and Fuselage

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Sludgy neo-psych from Italy

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Etta James - RIP

Etta James (and maybe Nina Simone, as well) is why I fell in love with soul music way back in my early teens.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys

So, the meme "Shit Girls Say" has spun off into black girlswhite girlsAsian girls, dudes, drunk dudes, Asian guysgay guysblack gay guysSouthern gay guys (according to my friend Gawker). Here's Shit Girls Say to Gays.