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Speck Mountain – “Angela”

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Speck Mountain – Angela

chicago dream-pop outfit speck mountain put on for their city with “angela”, lifted from the “some sweet relief” LP out now on carrot top records. she got a friend, she got a friend, he ain’t who he say he is, he ain’t who he say he is.

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rating: 6.8

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reviewed by
06-25-09

SHAQ ATTAQ!!!!!!!!!!

CLEVELAND WHERE YOU AT????? IT’S A SHAQ ATTAQ!

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06-25-09

Art Brut live @ Echo in LA Friday June 19, 2009

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Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash

Art Brut – Formed A Band

Art Brut – Moving To LA

Art Brut’s performance at Echo this past Friday was the final of 4 small Los Angeles club dates in support of their new third album Art Brut vs. Satan, which was produced by some Charles dude. The record title as front man Eddie Argos explains, “Satan is everybody that’s against us. If you are not for us, then you are Satan, and I am against you.” Well said Eddie.

And so, how was it? Well.. was their hour and a half set of 2-3 minute songs nice, tight and pollished? Fuck no, well it was kind of tight, but for the most part blaring guitars complimented everything genuinely dirty, loud, obnoxious and brilliant that is Art Brut. And aside from their self-righteous commentary “we are Art Brut” before, during and after almost every song, which had me laughing for the the first 40 minutes before I realised they might be serious, the British/German hybrid found themselves extra enthusiastic about their week’s LA theme. Guitarist Jasper “Jeff” Future’s white Telecaster sported a classy Amoeba Music sticker (although most likely from their recent San Francisco in-store..), and Eddie Argos wasn’t shy to let everyone know how he felt about their city “…move to la you know every body hates you… I bought all my clothing within two blocks of here [and] Paris and LA are my favorite places in the world”. All appropriate before their fine rendition of “Moving To LA”.

When Eddie wasn’t jumping in the crowd for poetic monologues, he was doing some standard band slagging. “My sex is on fire?” “Are we human or are we dancer?” … “I don’t need to tell you what’s wrong with those bands”. A personal favorite off the new record “Slap Dash For No Cash,” closed the set beckoning “Why is everyone trying to sound like U2? It’s not a very cool thing to do. Why would you want to sound like U2?”. A song calling out all that is wrong with contrived music. His passion for honest music continued, before “Formed A Band” he rallied “we need more records in record shops, start a band…start a band”. Agreed.

Other highlights from the set included new single and set opener “Alchoholics Unanimous,” another newbie “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake” and quite a few from their debut Bang Bang Rock and Roll, like “Emily Kane” and “Good Weekend”.

The night proved many things are admirable about Art Brut… the fact their drummer plays his full kit standing up, in what looked like boxer shorts, that they preferred to play a string of nights in packed intimate venues rather than 1 night at a less personable one, Eddie Argos will shamelessly throw handfuls of Planned Parenthood’s condoms into a crowd of horny youngins shouting “these wont work,” and most importantly that they are a no bullshit rock and roll band.. As they say “here’s one chord, here’s two more, now form a band”. If punk still exists, it exists in Art Brut.

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Art Brut LA live 2

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06-24-09

Deer Tick – “Baltimore Blues No. 1”

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Deer Tick – Baltimore Blues No. 1

providence, rhode island quartet deer tick bring the party on “baltimore blues no. 1”. this one’s in heavy rotation. b’more go hard.

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rating: 7.8

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reviewed by
06-24-09

Oasis – “Falling Down”

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Oasis – “Falling Down”

we live a dying dream, if you know what i mean… still got it.

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rating: Manchester City

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reviewed by
06-24-09

MARC FABER, REALEST MF IN THE ROOM


feb ’09oct ’08mar ’08oct ’07jan ’07

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06-23-09

Iran Unrest Commentary from Al-Jazeera

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06-22-09

Sleepy Sun – “New Age”

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Sleepy Sun – New Age

juiceman and gucci mane make the trap say aye

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rating: 6.5

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06-22-09

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream

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Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros – “40 Day Dream”

after living the “major label” lifestyle with his prior band Ima Robot, front man Alex Ebert has found a new alias, cleansed in the sounds of his organic LA folk rock outfit Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros. damn zagat-me.. initial financing for the project came from the one the only Heath Ledger and his beloved Masses involvement. the 11-12 piece band just released the bohemian inspired EP Here Comes May 19 and will be releasing their full length debut on July 14. stoked to see these guys work their magic live..

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rating: 8.5

brown93

reviewed by
06-21-09

but i’m trying Ringo… i’m trying real hard

Dick Dale – Miserlou (original)

Pulp Fiction Thursday..

“The truth is you’re the weak and I’m the tyranny of evil men..”

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06-21-09

I Wanna Be Adored

Death Cab For Cutie – I Wanna Be Adored (Stone Roses Cover)

don’t think the mp3 is from the same show..

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06-20-09

THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Young Marble Giants – “Include Me Out”

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Young Marble Giants – Include Me Out

off “colossal youth” (1980). exclude me in.

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06-20-09