Friday, July 29, 2011
I've seen lists similar to this where they discuss songs that were inspired by movies. For instance, "Bad Moon Rising" was inspired by the film The Devil and Daniel Webster. This list will only be songs whose titles were lifted straight from a movie.
The only rule was one song per band and they were judged on both the quality of the quote and the quality of the song. Enjoy!
"San Dimas High School Football Rules" by The Ataris (taken from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
"State Bird, The Mosquito" by Ever We Fall (taken from Wet Hot American Summer)
Monday, July 25, 2011
After the jump you can listen to a few live performances of songs from This is Where we Are as well as find a link to their recent Daytrotter recording.
Friday, July 22, 2011
J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story (due out September 27th)
A.A. Bondy - Believers (due out September 13th)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Beirut is set to release their new album, The Rip Tide on August 30th. The first single off of that album, "East Harlem", has been streaming for a while now but now you can get the mp3 thanks to KEXP radio. Click here to download the excellent new song from the gypsy-folk outfit.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Before I get to the list, I feel compelled to give a big time shout out to a few people. The first is the management and organizers of Pitchfork. The festival was very well run and minus a few time clogs and shortened sets on the Blue Stage, the overall experience was excellent. In addition to excellent organization, the security and safety were absolutely top class. In a year, where music festivals have brought about a slew of injuries and even deaths, its a testament to the staff that there were no serious injuries this past weekend. Finally, big ups to Shabazz Palaces, who played an absolutely incredible show at Lincoln Hall on Saturday night. Because it wasn't a part of the actual festival, it won't be on the top 5, but had it been it would probably be number 1. Their set at the actual festival was great as well but in the outdoor setting the beats didn't hit nearly as hard.
All photos are courtesy of Pitchfork. Click for all of the photos.
Curren$y - Great set but one verse per song just isn't enough. I want more!
Animal Collective - Trippy visuals and stage set-up. Performance was better than the music.
No Age - Rocked it so incredibly hard; even without their sampler.
Twin Shadow - Set got cut short unfortunately. I wanted more of this!
Kurt Vile and the Violators - The drummer was so incredible. Extended jams were killer.
TV on the Radio - Never been a huge fan but the second half of their set made me a believer.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Shabazz Palaces is the new project from former Digable Planets MC Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler and after releasing two EPs in 2010, he’s back with his debut full length, Black Up. While it’s a hip-hop album at its core, this album blows right through boundaries, experimenting with different genres, sounds and flows, often all within the same song. This is dangerous as the artists sacrifice the coherency of the song and run the risk of sounding like a mumbling drunk on pain pills. But despite all the experimentation, Black Up flows perfectly and retains a sense of mystery; you never know what’s going to happen next.
Joey D said to me the other day “this is the future hip-hop.” While I really can’t imagine hip-hop ever going in this direction, this is the first time in my life that I really hope I’m wrong.
I also have to give a big shout out to KEXP radio in Seattle. They are undeniably the best radio station in the United States and I've been completely obsessed with their live studio performances. After the jump check out Shabazz Palaces' in studio performance for KEXP as well as the allegorical short film for their Self Titled EP.
That may seem like a blasphemous statement for an aspiring film geek like myself, as Woody Allen is often thought of as one of the best filmmakers of the last half-century, but I don’t mind making such a bold judgment because it is my own personal taste. I don’t deny that he has skill. He takes some beautiful shots of the cities in which he films and, to an extent, I can see the appeal. It is especially odd that I don’t like Woody Allen because understated, dialogue-heavy, philosophical, and character driven films are usually the type that I just eat up. Add romantic relationships to the mix and I’m usually in love (i.e. “Before Sunset” and “Before Sunrise”). However, there is one aspect of Woody Allen’s films that I can never get past and it tends to ruin them entirely…
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sarah Palin's favorite band, Portugal. The Man, just can't be stopped, but followers of the band already know that. In The Mountain In The Cloud, set to be released next week on July 19th, will be their 6th full-length in six years. Mix that in with several EPs and incessant touring, and that's just an incredible feat.
If you want to get a jump on the new album, Paste Magazine is already streaming the whole thing here. Go check it out. Now.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Before I actually get into the songs, let me paint a picture for you. You're in your apartment enjoying a nice bowl of cereal on the couch, when you see a lot of movement in the apartment across the way. You ignore it at first, but with the window open you start to hear audible sounds coming from across the way. You get up to check out the scene and to tell them to "shut the fuck up" but are shocked and appalled to see a 5'9" man, with a beer belly and a truck stache wearing only a towel. His hair's slicked back and he's using the comb as a microphone like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. It's like a car wreck; its awful but you just can't look away. Then everything goes south when he rocks a little too hard and the towel comes off; you are scarred for life! Welcome to the life of my next door neighbor
Murder on the Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis-Bextor from the album Read My Lips
Irreplaceable by Beyonce from the album B'Day
A Brief Intermission: The last time I talked to you, I think it was the last, one-off question, and I didn’t think I’d get an answer from this, you said there was a rap song that was going to be between you and Andy Hull. I never heard it if there was one.
Kevin Devine: Favorite Gentlemen sent it out as an incentive, like a bonus track thing for Bad Books. I think it was… Maybe it got sent out… I feel like it was around the ‘Stuffing Concert’ last year. They sent it to people who signed up on the mailing list or pre-ordered the record. It was some incentivized thing where if you did ‘X,’ you got ‘Y.’ ‘Y’ being ‘Thanklin’ Franklin’’
ABI: I wish I got on that.
KD: I’m sure you could probably find it if you, uh… I’m sure there are places on the internet. I don’t want to encourage illegal search and seizure. But there are places where you could find it.
ABI: What was the song?
KD: It’s a ridiculous song. It’s called ‘Thanklin’ Franklin.’’ There’s another one that never did come out, though, that was like this weird loop that [Chris] Freeman made and I’m just rapping and freestyling, Busta Rhymes kind of thing.
ABI: Can you freestyle well?
KD: Um, for a guy who’s not supposed to be doing it, I do it okay. There are no heavy-hitting rap acts that are quaking in their boots about my abilities.
ABI: There was something about you talking about your Jay-Z presence onstage…
KD: [Laughing] Is there really?
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Just when you thought Common was slipping, he decides to make a come back with a throw-back to his Common Sense days in the mid-90's with the track "Ghetto Dreams." The song sees some new energy breathed into the 39-year-old veteran, with a pounding beat that is sure to wake you up this afternoon. And added bonus, Nas tears it up with his own verse in the second half.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Below is the titular track, the first released from the upcoming album.
"Between The Concrete and the Clouds" by Kevin Devine by Razor & Tie
You can find a (free) download link to the song here, as well as some other info and tour dates.
White Denim – D
Fucked Up –David Comes to Life
Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
Smith Westerns – Dye it Blonde
Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
He was born in Gainesville, Florida and raised on the streets of Brooklyn. After seeing James Brown in concert, Bradley was inspired to make music and entertain just like the Godfather. The seeds were planted but not yet allowed to grow due to his life situation. Bradley soon left Brooklyn as a part of the Job Corps program, ending up in Bar Harbor, ME where he learned to cook and formed his first band. The band was short-lived however, as most of the members were drafted into the Vietnam War. Bradley then spent a period of time working as a chef at a mental hospital near Poughkeepsie and then hitchhiked through Canada and Alaska, ending up in California. He worked the next 20 years as a chef on the left coast and spent most of his free-time playing any gig he could find. After, 20 years of service, Bradley was laid off from his job and ended up back in Brooklyn. Bradley's musical career started to take off as he performed under the name "Black Velvet" at local clubs. However, just as things started to look up for Bradley, his resolve was tested once again as his brother was shot and killed by his own son, Bradley's nephew. Over the next 11 years, Bradley kept working and finally, after 62 years, he's released the brilliant No Time For Dreaming.
In this album, he channels all that he's endured throughout his life and pours his heart out over the course of this 43-minute album. Listening to this album is a truly transcendent experience as you feel every sinew of pain and sorrow. After the jump, you can listen to 3 tracks off of his debut album and also watch two live videos of performance for KEXP radio.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
"Sittin' in my living room high, listening to Jamoriquai, I'm just an ordinary guy, but I dress extraoridnarily fly." ~ Air Assault Featuring FS Jets from the mixtape Welcome to the Winner's Circle.
"Emotional luggage, nothing of it, I don't check bags, just carry on leave that bullshit in the past." ~ Airborne Aquarium from the album Pilot Talk II.