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The Twilight Sad – “Reflection of the Television”

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The Twilight Sad – Reflection of the Television

“there’s people downstairs!” brogues twilight sad frontman james graham. you can just feel something heavy about this record…..the feel/dynamic of expansion/unfurling vs. collapse/narrowing/dwindling. that feel, though, isn’t in the vocal is it (still great)? or even in the rhythm section (fuckin awesome)? you could maybe argue the guitar (brilliant) is at least partially responsible? i’m not sure what exactly is propelling the song’s dynamic in this way (maybe this). i don’t think its necessarily one thing or a combination of one things, its a _________ that is far more ________.

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rating: 7.2

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05-22-09

Kasabian – “Fire” and “Vlad The Impaler”

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Kasabian – Fire (radio edit)
Kasabian – Vlad The Impaler

Gorillaz producer Dan The Automator earns his briefcases of $$$ on Kasabians 3rd album The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum due June 8. Their single “Fire”, a proper rock and roll anthem, and “Vlad The Impaler” hint towards a killer record

Kasabian have a string of live dates in the UK early summer with Oasis and emerging act The Enemy. They should come to the states… orrr better I should go to the UK. fuck why don’t we all go to the UK?

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rating: 8.5

brown9

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05-22-09

Radiohead – “Five Step” (Dave Brubeck Overdub)

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Radiohead – Five Step (Dave Brubeck Overdub)

My name is Moses Odukai, and I am a Nigerian prince currently residing in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. I am writing to seek your assistance in a very urgent matter.

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rating: 7.8

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05-21-09

Doves live @ the Wiltern Theater LA 5.15.09

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The Doves four album career has been a solid one that not many bands can boast… especially bands from the last 10 years. Droning melodic pleasure, this trio’s sonic atmosphere is comprised of a distinctive and soulful rock and roll that tugs at your ears the way your favorite food tugs at your taste buds.

The Williams brothers, Jez and Andy, Jimi Goodwin, and their unofficial fourth member keyboardist Martin Rebelski, induced a packed house at the Wiltern Theater this past Friday in LA. They kicked off their set with the steady crescendo of their single “Jetstream”, hinting their set may be heavy with songs off their new ‘return to their roots’esque’ release Kingdom Of Rust. Luckily it was, and favorites included the albums title track and single potential rocker “Winter Hill”.

Other highlights… “Catch the Sun” still sounded as good as the first day I heard it and they nailed “The Outsiders” and “Snowden” with particularly spot on vocals. In between jokes about sexy “slap bass” and our beloved James Brown, Doves delivered their set in fine tune.

The critically acclaimed trio has scored 2 #1 albums in the UK with The Last Broadcast and Some Cities, and their new release Kingdom Of Rust has reached number 2. They’ve shared bills with the likes of New Order, Travis, Muse, Roger Daltry, Suede, Low, Oasis, Elbow, The Strokes, Coldplay and U2. Still with this track record, in the US Doves find themselves in the same unfortunate rut of limited commercial success that befalls so many great British bands. It’s not their fault though, it’s no secret that the States are the bermuda triangle of British rock and roll. Freak phenomena aside music enthusiasts everywhere will continue to optimistically anticipate whatever the consistantly great Doves have to offer..

Doves – The Last Broadcast
Doves – The Man Who Told Everything

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05-21-09

Dirty Projectors feat. David Byrne – “Knotty Pine”

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Dirty Projectors feat. David Byrne – Knotty Pine

holy fuck, this is boring. i want to believe the actual david byrne had nothing to do with this bullshit. that this david byrne is some bizarro david byrne, that this david byrne is some jive-ass impostor david byrne. i want to believe that right about now the actual david byrne is west coastin’ it in the seychelles with with a couple of bad moms and a carafe of tequila sunrise. i want to believe that the same guy who put out “fear of music” could not possibly have collaborated/abetted in this shit. period. do the ricky bobby, stop, pose for the frame.

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rating: 0.0

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reviewed by
05-20-09

JESSE VENTURA STILL RULES

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05-20-09

Erik Blood – To Leave America

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Phantom Planet – Wishing Well
Erik Blood – To Leave America

Kudos to Erik for recognizing a good melody when he hears one. But tisk on making it the only good part of his song. coincidence? hmmm? dj’s theres fixin to be some mashin’

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rating: 4.373

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05-19-09

“Ida”

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It was announced today that the 47 million year old primate fossil known as “Ida”, discovered in 1983, is officially now the oldest known link to the human species. click here to learn more about primitive human “Ida”, or see below..

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05-19-09

Fanfarlo -“I’m A Pilot” and “Luna”

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Fanfarlo – I’m A Pilot
Fanfarlo – Luna

Fanfarlo fuse brit and indie-pop with unique orchestration including glock, saw, melodica, clarinet, accordion, “noise” and of course the fanfarlophone (??? yes we know… what the fuck?). These guys are of the few new acts out there actually worthy of their buzz.

For a point of reference, Fanfarlo are like London’s answer to the Arcade Fire. Merely a reference for their musical ambition, and therefore it’s a compliment. Besides, they are less theatric… and there’s no funeral theme..

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rating: 8.5

brown9

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05-16-09

B3SCI MIXTAPES: Alan Lomax

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musicologist alan lomax dedicated much of his life to the preservation, collection & recording of folk music. a primary interest of lomax was the folk music of the american south. he recorded prisoners & sharecroppers, balladeers & clergymen. alan lomax had a profound love for this music, something you can really feel in his recordings. here’s a few of our favs:

01. Odetta – “Another Man Done Gone”
02. John Davis – “Moses Don’t Get Lost”
03. Bessie Jones – “See Aunt Dinah”
04. Viola James – “Tryin’ to Make Heaven My Home”
05. Anderson Burton – “God’s Unchanging Hand”
06. Henry Morrison – “Lazarus”
07. Ed Lewis & Prisoners – “Tom Devil”
08. 22 & Group – “Prettiest Train”
09. Mississippi Fred McDowell – “I Want Jesus”
10. Moving Star Hall Singers – “You Got to Move”

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05-16-09

THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Oblivians – “Live the Life”

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Oblivians – Live the Life

i want to live the life i sing about in this blog. i love this song so much! lets dance!

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05-16-09

PLAY BOTH VIDEOS AT THE SAME TIME: St. Vincent – “Actor Out of Work” vs. Red Cafe “Hottest in the Hood” (Remix)

you are your own DJ. you can mix the volume levels, start/pause times, fade one song in while fading the other out.

zombie janis joplin show us what you’re workin with!

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05-16-09