Announcing! October (or October.2) 2007 Mix Tape

October 31st, 2007

You’re probably confused. I just posted another mixtape. Originally, the September mixtape was going to be delayed and the I was going to go right to October, skipping the Sept mix entirely. Well, when I was putting together October, I had too much music, by about a factor of 2, so the September mix was back on the table, albeit ridiculously delayed.

This is the October (October.2) 2007 mixtape. It’s more toward the acoustic side of things. For the straight up indie pop, make sure you get the September mixtape.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to file->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2007oct playlist in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

If you want to read the liner notes before downloading the whole thing, they’re here. I am really surprised sometimes that there is so much good music out there. It’s a mix of local and national, old favorites (Damien Jurado, Mark Eitzel) and new finds (N.Lannon, Seabear).

Adrian’s October (October.2) 2007 mix tape (rapidshare link [1])
(I’m trying this because hosting the zip was a significant bandwidth drain. Let me know your thoughts on it.)

As always this’ll be up for a limited time (~1 week), so grab it now.

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

[1] If you’re having trouble with the rapidshare link, here’s what you do, step-by-step. 1) Click on the link. 2) scroll down and click “FREE” 3) chose a mirror (or you can leave it) 4) input the number/ letters they show in the graphic into the box 5) click on “download via…”

juno trailer, soundtrack

October 31st, 2007

It’s apparently okay for music blogs to post movie trailers, right? Well, what’s it matter, this movie look great[1].

As partial justification for posting, here’s the soundtrack listing. Lots of Kimya Dawson and also Sonic Youth, Cat Power, and Belle & Sebastian as well as the old favorites Buddy Holly and Velvet Underground.

The song at the end of the trailer, if you were wondering, is All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople. Classic!

You can also check out four more clips from the movie.

[1] Hopefully it won’t be a Garden State-like great trailer, great trailer, okay movie situation.

apples in stereo @ the wall (taipei)

October 30th, 2007

Last night I saw Apples in Stereo (myspace) at the Wall in Taipei. I hadn’t seen them in a little over 5 years a fact that I was much more embarrassed to admit after the show than before (more on that later).

The band went on just a few minutes after I got there, at about 8:15pm, without an opener. Well, actually, just a man in a silver cape and light-up novelty glasses went on at first. He twisted knobs and played a moog for a few minutes, putting on an interesting experimental synth sort of thing. As that that wound down, the rest of the band came on.

The setlist was filled with old favorites (“Ruby”, “Let’s Go!”, “What’s the #”) and new songs (“Same Old Drag”, “Energy”).

According to their written setlist, here’s what they played (and from my memory at least, they followed this):

  • Can You Feel It
  • Please
  • Go!
  • Energy
  • Do You Understand
  • I Can’t Believe
  • Seven Stars
  • Sun is Out
  • Skyway
  • Rainbow
  • What’s the #?
  • Open Eyes
  • Beautiful Machine
  • Same Old Drag
  • Ruby

I’m not sure what all was in their encore, but it definitely ended with “Tidal Wave”, introduced as the band’s first song.

I appreciated that Robert and the band did much of the usual banter in Chinese: “Ni hao”, “xie xie” and the like. The audience reacted really well to this; the first few times were accompanied by extra cheers.

The show was attended by a fairly small–relative to the Apple’s audiences in the US (they can sell out the 400-capacity Independent in SF)–group of mostly Asian hipsters, with possibly 100 people total there, but they were into the show and quite appreciative.

In the five years since I saw them, I had somehow forgotten how fun their shows are. I was completely amazed with how into it the band was. John (the other John; not that one either, the rhythm guitarist one) had a huge grin on his face the entire show. I really appreciate a band that enjoys putting on a show.

After the show, I talked to almost everyone in the band and they were all really nice and super to talk to. They also really seemed to enjoy Taiwan and their trip.

This will tie into something that I’ll write about the Apples later, I promise, but for now I’ll just say this: my faith in them has been restored.

More photos below, including some fun captions!

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no? anyone? okay…

October 30th, 2007

Not big fans of the ask ipickmynose/ indie rock Ann Landers idea?

Alright, I get it…

(If you are, send in those questions.)

Andrew Bird daytrotter

October 30th, 2007

Daytrotter does it again: a nice set from indie pop’s violin-looping cousin, Andrew Bird (myspace). You can check out the words and the music.

I really like that they have the live version of “Fiery Crash”, which I’ve enjoyed and commented on before. Before starting into the song earnestly, he starts with a scale and then loops it over and it turns into loops of what would be pretentious wankery, albeit beautiful pretentious wankery, if it weren’t for the fact that he brings it back during the song and it works perfectly. This version also has a tremelo instrumental ending with whistling on top. Fantastic.

The other Bird songs (of the mesozoic) on Daytrotter are really nice as well.

mccarren pool piece: if there’s one thing I like as much as indie rock…

October 28th, 2007

it’s ridiculous graphical representations of data–or non-data. New York Times has a piece (registration required, bugmenot can help) by Andrew Kuo (who seems to do this a lot) in which he sums up a summer’s worth of McCarren Pool shows in graphs. It’s ridiculous and great.

(Make sure to click the “Summer at McCarren” graphic link off the main story page.)

Announcing! September (or October.1) 2007 Mix Tape

October 28th, 2007

You’re probably confused. This isn’t September. Originally, the September mixtape was going to be delayed and the I was going to go right to October, skipping the Sept mix entirely. Well, when I was putting together October, I had too much music, by about a factor of 2 [1], so the September mix was back on the table, albeit ridiculously delayed.

The October (October.2) 2007 mixtape will be posted probably Wednesday, so start listening to this one already! This one is more toward indie pop and October is more towards the acoustic.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to file->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2007sept playlist in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

If you want to read the liner notes before downloading the whole thing, they’re here. I am really surprised sometimes that there is so much good music out there. Great tracks from old favs Jose Gonzalez and Jens Lekman, new tracks from relative unknowns and up-and-comers like Caves, the Cave Singers and Octopus Project.

Adrian’s September (October.1) 2007 mix tape (rapidshare link [1])
(I’m trying this because hosting the zip was a significant bandwidth drain. Let me know your thoughts on it.)

As always this’ll be up for a limited time (~1 week), so grab it now.

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

[1] My online mixtapes are always between 60-76 minutes long so they can be burnt onto a single mix CD if you choose.

[2] If you’re having trouble with the rapidshare link, here’s what you do, step-by-step. 1) Click on the link. 2) scroll down and click “FREE” 3) chose a mirror (or you can leave it) 4) input the number/ letters they show in the graphic into the box 5) click on “download via…”

you be the judge: “your ex-lover is dead” as acapella

October 28th, 2007

Is it:

  • good?
  • Advanced, as my friend David posits?
  • bad?

new Beirut

October 27th, 2007

Natalie Portman curated a charity comp which included a few new songs and some older ones. One exclusive track is “‘My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille” by Beirut. It’s pretty good in that “Scenic World” sort of way. You can stream it here

buy the band

October 27th, 2007

It’s two late now that the auction is done, but you could have bought a band for as little as $600. This amazing opportunity included:

-A photoshoot with the band done by a professional photographer (probably thelovelybrenda.com).
-One full day of rehearsal (minimum).
-A band listing with you as the frontman on MusicNation.com.
-One song written by you, with our help, recorded at a professional studio.
-One gig (that’s right, an actual gig) with YOU as frontman… location, venue, and time, to be determined. You bring your friends, we’ll bring ours, it’ll be fun!

But wait, there’s more, as frontman, you get to…
-Name the band as you see fit (currently we’re going by the title “Your Name Here,” but that’s just cause we’re waiting on your input).
-Dictate the sound (we’re a multi-talented bunch).
-Choose our image (we’re kind of a blank canvas right now).
-Hire and or fire members as you see fit.
-Write the “band rider” (the list of goods the venue must provide backstage).
-Throw tantrums (frontmen often do – especially when the venue fails to follow the rider to a t).
-And of course, you get first pick of any women interested in “getting friendly” after the show (ah, the many joys of being frontman).

It seems like that INXS thing (debacle, if you will) except it’s an unknown band, in fact, as far as I can tell, not a band yet in any real sense.

Your Name Here is their temporary name and at that link you can more info about them.