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The Kills – “Black Balloon” (Mr. Vega Remix)

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The Kills – Black Balloon (Mr. Vega Remix)

damn, this is ok. i mean musically, there are some pretty cool sounds going on. but for real where the fuck is the melody? black balloon black balloon, ahhhh!! kill me!  right, anyway here’s a dope anthony hamilton song:

rating: 5.5

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05-11-09

The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

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The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

Formerly The Bees (US) and forced to change their name because of The Bees (UK)… pleasant bastards, Nashville’s The Silver Seas write a good tune. Off High Society, “Catch Yer Own Train” is Dylan-esque done well.

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Rating: 7.75
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05-11-09

Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

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Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

Released in February off of Akron/Family’s fourth album Set Em Wild, Set Em Free, this tune soars..

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Rating: 7.5
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05-11-09

Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash

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Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash 

Matt Mason points out a brilliant quote for any aspiring or established musician in his book The Pirates Dilemma:

“Here’s one chord, here’s two more, now form your own band” – Sniffin’ Glue Magazine

The punk generation thrived on the idea that music doesn’t need to be intricate, have glamorous production, or be politically correct, it just needed to mean what it said.

“Slap Dash For No Cash” may have more than three chords, but it communicates that very basic nature of rock and roll. Eddie Argos sings his take on music, “I love the sound of background noise. I wanna hear the crack, in the singers voice.” Round of applause. Isn’t the essence of a tune more important than the minor hiss of an amplifier or the sound of breathing during a vocal take? Any way you look at it, you’ll find the lyric in this tune is damn witty.

Their new album Art Brut vs. Satan says what it want’s and means what it says. Chill the fuck out Brian Eno

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Rating: 8.1
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05-10-09

Hot Chip – “Sexual Healing”

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Hot Chip – Sexual Healing

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05-10-09

Handsome Furs – Evangeline

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Handsome Furs – Evangeline

At first I was unattracted to its refined “raw” quality, but with a few plays I’ve come to like that exact abrasiveness. Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Atlas Strategic, and his wife Alexei Perry, released Face Control on Sub Pop in February.

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Rating: 7.2
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05-09-09

Later… with Jools Holland

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Sometimes when watching your telescreen, impulse leads you to revisit that old something you used to love. For me it was music tv. Naturally… my options were limited, but i soon flipped to fuse and learned that occasionally they air the BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland. I was shocked! But it all came together when the thought police attacked me and told me it wasn’t real real. Music + Television = Hills

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05-09-09

THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Mississippi Fred McDowell – “Going Down River”

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Mississippi Fred McDowell – Going Down River

holy shit this guy ruled. buy everything he ever recorded.

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05-09-09

Noel Gallagher’s Playlist

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Noel tells us about the music he loves to rip off. At first you will wonder why the Beatles aren’t on here, but then you’ll remember the Beatles aren’t on iTunes. All songwriter swindling debates aside, foookin’ a man, d’you know what i mean?? some killer tunes. You can grab it on iTunes HERE.

(Track 1) Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen
“An absolute lost psychedelic classic fronted and sang by the ’70’s housewives’ choice – Demis Roussos – everything else he done was utter sh*te!!” – noel

(Track 2) The Pretty Things – Baron Saturday
“So good that I fully intend to base the rest of my career around it.” – noel

(Track 3) The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Infra Riot
“The opening track from the album Behind The Music. The album of the decade. (FACT)” – noel

(Track 4) The Doors – Back Door Man
“We always forget just how good the Doors were. Could’ve picked maybe a dozen classics. This one will do for now.” – noel

(Track 5) Bob Dylan – Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
“The tune made famous by Manfred Mann, which is brilliant, but the original? Phew…far out! This is why Dylan’s a genius.” – noel

(Track 6) Michael Andrews – The Artifact and Living
“It’s that piano piece from the Ford Mondeo advert. Beautiful.” – noel

(Track 7) Marmalade – I See The Rain
“Another lost 60’s psychedelic classic. Get on the guitar solo.”- noel

(Track 8 ) Colosseum – The Kettle
“Don’t know anything about these lot apart from they’ve been sampled by Fatboy Slim and they all love to solo, all at the same time.” – noel

(Track 9) Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
“Bloody awesome, old bean!!!” – noel

(Track 10) Elvis Presley -Moody Blue
“The King. ‘Nuff said.” – noel

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05-08-09

Brakes – Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)

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Brakes – Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)

Brakes sing the proper battle cry to our killer tape monster. So, since British Sea Power performed with trees and a variety of taxidermy on stage, does that mean that Brakes should perform with space age shit? This track rocks it. And it’s what you could only hope for from this hodgepodge of a supergroup.

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Rating: 8
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05-08-09

Little Black Dress – Robin

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Little Black Dress – Robin

Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray

New Shoegaze? I hear Gin Blossoms and the Lemonheads, and just keep waiting for that damn guitar hook after the chorus of “It’s A Shame About Ray”. With their album released this Tuesday, Little Black Dress may qualify themselves in the running as Evan Dando’s next great rock n roll stalking victims. i couldn’t handle that pressure.

buy me robin
buy me “ray”

Rating: 8
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05-07-09

Damn It!

So following an argument, Kiefer Sutherland headbutted a fashion designer who had run in to Brooke Shields during a conversation. Ironically the victims name had to be Jack. Being the real life patriot that he is, Jack… damn it damn it god damn it Chapell! rrrrrg Kiefer turned himself in. Why can’t more actors be rock and roll?

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05-07-09