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Jeezy Creezy. You wouldn't think that picking out 10 or 15 newish songs, loading them into an iTunes playlist and putting a jpeg up on the interweb would take me three weeks, but...*shrug* It's been a busy month, what can I say? So here is this month's belated playlist, complete with downloadable goodies:
Art Brut | Back In Black/Formed A Band (Live) (MP3) - Just the best opening song you could ever want at a gig. Watch us play this classic riff and then - Boom!- "Formed a band! / We formed a band! / Look at us! / We formed a band!" Maybe you have to see this live to experience it's brilliance. When I heard them do this (with "Enter Sandman" instead of the AC/DC) in DC, I had a smile from ear to ear in like 2.3 seconds. Best.
Hot Hot Heat | Middle of Nowhere (MP3) - I don't like Hot Hot Heat. Too yelpy. That said, this song (which is not newish by any means) is great. Why this wasn't the first single from Elevator, I'll never know. Much less annoying that "Goodnight, Goodnight." This is actually a proper tune, perfect for radio. And when the back up vocals come in with 30 seconds left in the song, they totally have me hooked.
The Rakes | Work, Work, Work (Pub Club Sleep) (MP3) - A nice little jangly tune. Starts out like "Sister Surround" and then morphs into a Bloc Party-ish, dance rock toe-tapper. I still get these guys mixed up with Brakes.
Massive Attack | Protection (MP3) - What can I say about Massive Attack that hasn't been said? That they left "Daydreaming" off of the Greatest Hits compilation that this track comes from? In a career full of peaks, this might be MA's best song. I like it so much I picked up Everything But The Girl's Greatest Hits at Tower last week. I love when the rain comes in at the end. Perfection.
Like Woah. Nice.
Maximo Park | My Life In Reverse (MP3)
"Some things are worth the bruises / Some things are worth the hurt / I like the way / Your face looks towards me." Ok, I'll say it. The new Wedding Present? This B-Sides collection is one of the best records I've heard this year.
Royksopp | Go With The Flow (MP3)
A Queens of the Stone Age cover. Obvs.
Phoenix | Long Distance Call (MP3)
Yet another band that can out-Strokes the Strokes now. Very happy DC is getting one of their five US tour dates. I'm there.
There are a TON of Bloc Party remixes available for your downloading pleasure.
The Agenda is going on hiatus for a little while. We'll let you know when and if we start back up. Until then, there's always...
The Zutons | Hello Conscience (MP3) - Love the energy in this song. It's big and bouncy. I slept on their album from a year or two ago even though I really liked their single, I may have to go back and revisit that one.
Arctic Monkeys | A Certain Romance (MP3) - I still think these guys are overrated, but I really like this track. I stand by my statement that The Futureheads are a better band all the way around. But I like this little jam. Seems to me most of their songs start out with a big metal-type workout, then they bring it down and get to the actual pop song underneath.
Busy weekend coming up. Stay tuned for enough photos to make your eyeballs fall out. See you at the Cue Bar tonight!
White Rose Movement | Love Is A Number (MP3) - Takes the Bravery's sound blueprint and makes it hipster worthy.
The Futureheads | Area (MP3) - Can anyone tell me with a straight face that the Arctic Monkeys are better than the Futureheads?
Nethers | Mir Ill - Still blown away by their show a few weeks ago. I've been listening to their CD non-stop since then. Go and see this band when they come to your town!
Matt Pond PA | Grave's Disease (MP3) - As usual, I'm a bit late on the bandwagon, but this track is so good that I had to stop what I was doing the first time I ever heard it. The song just commanded my attention. That was in December, it's been in heavy rotation ever since. It helps that it's a winter song.
The Caesars | We Got To Leave (MP3) - Yet another CD I was late on but is currently in heavy rotation. Not content to be a one hit wonder, these guys put out a very solid album that's definitely worth your money.
More MP3's here.
Listen to the new Morrissey single "You Have Killed Me." Another crappy record sleeve. WTF?
The Rest Will Follow
Time to start recapping the year. I haven't even begun on my Top 10 albums list (maybe this weekend?), but here are some of my favorite songs from January - June of 2005. I'll reveal the best of July - December next month.
Colin Meloy : Jack the Ripper (MP3) The Decemberists dude covers my favorite Morrissey song.
Mylo : In My Arms (MP3) Hands down my favorite song of the year. Found it in early February and never stopped listening to it. Brilliant sampling and a bouncy beat. Listen to this track four or five times in a row and tell me if you don't get a huge smile across your face.
Doves : Walk In The Fire (MP3) A forgotten song from a CD that probably won't make many Top 10 lists(I don't see it making mine), but that doesn't mean it's not good. Yay for album cuts!
ProductShopNYC interviews Sam Champion and the band works in two refernces to O'Connors, the best dive bar (ever) located in my old hood of Park Slope. Apparently Elliot Smith wrote most of X/O there. Who knew?
Mylo:Soft Rock (MP3) This track is reportedly a live favorite from Mylo's DJ sets. Not what I expected, but it's still the hottness. [Thanks Bushra!]
We Are Scientists:The Great Escape (MP3) - This is the most dance rock tune of all the WAS songs I've downloaded. Good stuff.
You can download the SFA track here and the Lush track here. Oneloudernyc has a Tom Vek song for you to download if you are so interested. Just scroll down and look for it on the right side. I meant to put "Pearl's Girl" up for download but I guess I forgot. It's scary how many times I've listened to that song. Crazycrazycrazycrazycrazy.
More details on the forthcoming Futureheads EP.
Oasis Eupropean tour dates for 2006.
Bends-era Radiohead DVD on the way.
Is Terrell Owens the Pete Doherty of the NFL or is Pete Doherty the Terrell Owens of the music industry? Either way, both get way more press than they deserve.
So excited for the Super Furry show tomorrow! Reports from NYC about their gig on Saturday are pretty much nonexistent. I think Spoon were also playing the same night. I'm kinda surprised at the lack of press behind this tour. All I've seen for them is this substandard interview from DC's AOL Digital City. I emailed the band's PR rep about an interview for DCist but have heard nada in return. No matter, I'll just talk to the band myself(more on that later), but I was trying to go through the proper channels and everything. So much for that. Why would the publicist want to get back in touch with me? I'm just trying to give her client some effing press. Argh. Same thing happened to me at last night's Tom Vek show. I had two PR/promo rep's contact me about reviewing the show but did either of them follow through with it? Nope. So no DCist review for you. But I digress...
That aside, the Vek show was brilliant. Much better than his record(which is really growing on me). According to Oneloudernyc, Tom played everything on the record himself, and it sounds like it. The live version, complete with 4 piece band, was much better. The album is kinda cold and mechanical, while the live show was very in your face and organic. His bassist was amazing and really brought out a new vibe for Vek's songs. They played some b-side that sounded like a long lost Police tune, which was very cool. The sound in the Backstage left alot to be desired, so much so that Vek continually apologized for the bad sound during the show, but the band played through it and the crowd really appreciated it. There were only about 30 people there, but Vek really went for it during his performance. That's always appreciated. See my Tom Vek pictures over at Flickr.
I liked the openers, The Mobius Band too. I got their record a few months ago and didn't write anything about it because I could not figure out how to describe their sound and do it justice (dancey-Pavement?). But they were fun and lively last night so I'll have to go back and listen to that CD again. See my pictures of the Mobius Band on Flickr.
Also, it's official. I have no idea how to work the manual settings for my new camera. Totally effing clueless. So I'm going to have to take a class or something. Anyone familiar with the Washington School of Photography? Yea or nay?
What I'm Looking For
This month's image is kinda big, so click on the thumbnail for an image that's readable. Boy, these monthly mixes have gotten much better now that I'm actually getting some new music. Goodies:
Brendan Benson: What I'm Looking For (MP3) - I'm going to let you in on a little secret, one that I just found out myself. This Brendan Benson record is effing incredible. Go buy it. I don't want say there's no way you won't like it, but that's kinda how I feel about it. I got it on Friday and listened to it all weekend. It's like some weird 70's-centric radio station that plays album cuts by bands you've never heard of but all the songs sound kinda familiar. And so, so good. This better be the second single.
Harvey Danger: Wine, Women and Song (MP3) - Remember that band that wrote that really catchy and great song that got overplayed to death so you ended up kinda not liking them? Well, they've released other material since then, and it's better. I'm hoping these guys have a Nada Surf-esque return to the music public's consciousness, because they've done similar things, it just seems like no one knows about it. I played this song at our brunch gig last week and two or three people came up and asked me what it was. Typical Sean: We hit the wall, it was not resilient / She said that she was hungry and I was brilliant / And who the hell am I to disagree? / Didn't you used to be someone who meant something to me?
Supergrass: Kick In The Teeth (MP3) - This was the other record I listened to all weekend. I fell for all the super enthusiastic record reviews for their last album, Life on Other Planets, bought it, and hated it. My expectations were very low for this record, but the band slowed their tempo and changed up their sound to great effect. Dare I say that Supergrass have made a mature record? I'm not sure, but the band that's always been in search for a decent verse to go with their killer choruses has made a great, laid back record.
Suede: Asbestos (MP3) - I was never a huge fan while they were around, but I've been OD'ing on the Suede catalog lately. Killer line in this song: The suburban girls / and they're making noise / And they're making eyes / at suburban boys
So I'm really torn about the Super Furry show in NYC. I want to go, but I've heard less than stellar things about Webster Hall and tickets are $18. Plus, the only two delivery options are either 2nd day UPS ($14!!!) or will call. Has it always been like this on Ticketweb? Can they not put a frickin' stamp on my tickets and mail them to me?
Remember that Giant Drag CD I said I liked last week? We're giving away an autographed copy over at bluestate.
When did Rolling Stone start selling MP3's?
A loss on Saturday and some fuzzy math gave the division to the Evil Empire, but the Sox still sealed the deal on Sunday. Man, is it October already? Last October was such a crazy time, I'm not sure I'm ready to hop back on that train again. Wait, who am I kidding, of course I am!
An excellent question. If you find out, be sure to let me know.
Albums I loaded into iTunes over the last month:
The Cure, Staring at the Sea, Weezer, Pinkerton Liz Phair, Exile In Guyville Cut Copy, Bright Like Neon Love, Nouvelle Vague, Self Titled The Streets, Original Pirate Material Tahiti 80, A Piece of Sunshine , Echo & The Bunnymen, Live In Liverpool, Wedding Present, Take Fountain, Soul Coughing, Ruby Vroom, Diana Ross & The Supreme's, The No. 1's, New Order, Waiting For the Sirens Call
I know, not a whole lot of new stuff, but the above list is whole records, not random tracks that I get from the various corners of the internets. Some tracks for your downloading pleasure.
Brakes: Heard About Your Band (MP3) - If Damore ever writes a hit song, it's going to be very simliar to this, right down to the "Whatever dude!" at the very end. Two minutes of glorious shit talking.
Elbow: The Stops (MP3)- Unlike the rest of the new record, this track is soothing and chill. A welcome change of pace that harks back to their prog past just a bit.
Nouvelle Vague: A Forest (MP3)- Cure covers are so best.
Sia: Breathe Me (Mylo Remix) (MP3) - I don't watch Six Feet Under and haven't for years, so fuck off. I've never even heard the original version of this track. I gave this a listen (and liked it) for one reason only. M-Y-L-O, unofficial information leafblower artist of the year. Respect to Seeking Irony for passing this track along to me.
Anyone else stay up past one in the AM to see the conclusion of the Andre Agassi v. James Blake match last night? It was electrifying stuff with Agassi winning in five sets. Blake won the first two sets in just over an hour and Agassi looked every bit the 35 year old geezer, spraying balls all over the court. Blake was on fire but cooled off after he lost his chance to clinch the match in the third. He was dazed in the fourth, but broke Agassi early in the fifth and served for the match. But Agassi laid the smack down in that game, smashing some amazing service return winners past Blake before he even knew what was happening. Blake had his chances again in the fifth set tiebreaker, but Agassi just hung in there and strung together the last three points, even after Blake staved off one match point. The match, which was full of drama at every turn, was too sloppy to be labeled a classic, but it was still worth losing some sleep over. Good stuff. Unfortunately, now that Blake is out of the tourney, no more gratuitous shots of his girlfriend, Jennifer Scholle. I would also like to state, for the record, that Andre Agassi looks weird in Adidas.
Say a prayer for Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach today. Rumour has it that he's in a coma at an un-named hospital here in DC.
Paul Pierce rumoured to be on the way to the Nugs for Nene and Andre Miller. Say it ain't so!
A host of the UK's best and brightest are going into recording studios today to record the new War Child album.
Pitchfork calls the new Elbow record "dull". Don't believe it, that album rocks hard.
Keep What Ya Got
Sorry for the delay on this, I know it's been a long time coming. However, the good news is I have downloads for everyone!
Elbow: Leaders of the Free World (MP3) - The title track from their upcoming record. Make sure you're sitting down when you give it a listen. The drums remind me of Blur's Tender.
Editors: Blood (MP3) - The English Interpol, only judging by this track, a tad more upbeat. Very similar sounds. I love the lyrics here, Blood runs through our veins / That's where our similarities end. Looking forward to hearing their full length.
The Charlatans: I Don't Want to See the Sights (MP3) - This was the last cut from the battle royale playlist of last month's bluestate. I love the guitar riff in this song, even if it does sound very 1992.
Longwave: Tell Me I'm Wrong (MP3) - My favorite song from their new record, which was produced by John Leckie.
Mike Doughty: Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well (MP3) - I was a huge fan of Soul Coughing (their first two records anyways) but I quit paying attention to Doughty after he went solo. I found this track on a compilation and am really digging it. He actually learned how to sing.
A quick aside about Soul Coughing. I saw them at Irving Plaza in the summer of 1996 or 1997 and near the end of the show, Doughty went around and introduced everyone in the band to the crowd and when he got around to himself, he said, "And I...am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does."
Following up my thoughts yesterday about how the Lookout! v. Green Day situation might effect Ted Leo, on his website, Ted says he will have an official statement soon. Ted is playing live on the internets at the World Cafe in Philly today at 2 PM EST. Go here for more info.
New live DVD from The Police is on the way. I was never really a fan but I've been on a big kick lately, mostly buying all of their vinyl.
If you like baseball, go read Peter Gammons' latest column. It has the details of the Manny trade that never was.
Derek Lowe has been a bad, bad man. He left his wife of seven years and two kids for Carolyn Hughes, the Fox Sports reporter that covers the Dodgers. Hello conflict of interest! And she's scary looking to boot!
The Sports Guy on The Trade.
Jon Sencio and the Pooper, BFF!
I left DCSOB out of my "people are moving soon" pitty party yesterday because he's already packed up and moved to Chicago. And since he can't rightly be DCSOB in Chi-Town, he's started a new blog titled Thrown For A Loop. Eat some deep dish for me, yo.