Kozelek on Yo Gabba Gabba!

May 31st, 2008

We knew Mark Kozelek could do the children’s songs but here’s a totally different thing from the song on the Paper Bag Records comp. It’s a lovely short lullaby with animation that aired on Yo Gabba Gabba!.

song obsession friday! for the week ending May 30

May 30th, 2008

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
Darondo – Didn’t I? (mp3) (buy)

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Soul Sides turned me onto Darondo. He’s a Bay Area soul artist from the 70s that put out three 45s and then disappeared until a record nerd hunted him down and got him to release that material plus some spruced up demos.

I have not been able to get enough of this song. It’s got so many good elements to it. The guitar and strings, the background vocals and, of course, Darondo’s vocals.

Added bonus is that he’s playing at the Independent tonight. Reports from his (few) recent gigs are that he’s still got it.

Keith:
the Conet Project – the Swedish Rhapsody (mp3) (buy or free)

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The Conet Project is not only a haunting yet compelling aural survey of Numbers Stations, it’s also a 4CD catalog of one man’s obsession to record, identify and document every instance he could find. While I’m glad I have the physical box set with the booklet, anyone can go to the label’s website and download the whole set gratis. http://irdial.hyperreal.org/

Scott:
the Hippy Boys – Vengeance (mp3) (buy)

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as i was leaving my show last week, i heard our esteemed Barbara Ann (host of the Courtesy Flush) play a track that’s managed to stay in my head all week, ‘Vengeance’ by The Hippy Boys.

Andy:
Winterbirds – the Thing We Will Forget (mp3) (not available except at shows? artist’s website)

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I went into this EP thinking that Winterbirds sounded like Low, which frankly, would be good enough for me. And, to be truthful, there’s two tracks on the EP that really do sound like Low. The guy/girl singing helps, but the overall feel is similar, as well.

Overall, however, their influences lie further afield. “Perfect People” has a much more modern-folk/beardsy feel, both in composition and execution. The banjo is a welcome touch. “The thing we will forget” goes the other direction, into more recent indie-rock, sounding like a Pedro the Lion song sung by a married couple. The 1/8th note-strums on the guitars, the low-in-the-mix crashing cymbals during the chorus, it’s all there. There’s a weird drum fill at about 4:05 that warms my heart – it’s clearly a mistake, but it completely works, and I’m glad they used the take.

ipickmynose presents…June 11! Geographer, Two Sheds, Friday Mile, Marabelle Phoenix @ Annie’s Social Club

May 29th, 2008

The last ipickmynose presents show was so much fun that I decided to do it again.

On Wednesday June 11, ipickmynose will be presenting two of my favorite local bands Geographer and Two Sheds (myspace), along with Seattle-ites Friday Mile (myspace) and locals Marabelle Pheonix at Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco. The show starts at 8pm and will only run you only 7 American dollars.

I’m very excited about this show as I was before I was even on board as a presenter. You can’t swing a dead cat around here without hitting a post about Geographer or Two Sheds.

I first saw Geographer a few months ago when they were called something else at the Great American and heard something pretty exciting in their sound. I also caught them a month or so ago at 12 Galaxies and they had the crowd going. They make nice indie pop with catchy synth lines and great melodies. I think your head will be bopping if you see them. Be sure to check out some more tracks from their set down at KZSU.

Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out (mp3)

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Geographer – Wonderful (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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Two Sheds hit me like a train the first time I heard “It’s Hard”. I just couldn’t get over it. I made sure to see them at SxSW (and then again in SF and SD). They write really great songs and the simple and effecting instrumentation supports Caitlin’s wonderful voice nicely. They’ve put on great sets every time I’ve seen them. They came down and did a set at KZSU last week and their new tunes sound good too.

Two Sheds – It’s Hard (mp3)

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Two Sheds – Undertow (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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I haven’t seen Friday Mile before but I got their EP a couple weeks ago. It’s a disc of solid, subdued indie rock with male and female vocals. “Westward Bound” is a nice tune with country-ish inflections.

Friday Mile – Westward bound (the Whitest Blanket) (mp3)

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I don’t have any Marabelle Phoenix to share with you at the moment, but you can check out her/ their sometimes dark countryish sounds on myspace.

June 11 may seem like an awfully long time away, but it’s actually less than two weeks. Mark your calendars!

Should be a great show. Hope to see you there!

on sale soon (05.29.08 edition)

May 29th, 2008

Posted every Thursday On Sale Soon is a weekly series of the tickets going on sale that weekend.

Where to get tickets: The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Fillmore, Warfield, and other Livenation venues. Another Planet booked venues like Greek Theatre @ Berkeley, Palace of Fine Arts, etc. Bimbo’s.

On sale now/ Thurs May 29:
6/21 SOJA, Tribal Seeds @ Slim’s

Pre-sale Thursday May 29:
7/19/08 Download 2008 Atmosphere & Brother Ali with Brand New, Mute Math, Yeasayer, M83, T Tapes ‘n Tapes, RJD2, Cut Copy, Datarock, The Duke Spirit, Blitzen Trapper, Mates of State @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

On sale Friday May 30:
9/20 Treasure Island Music Festival w/ Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Hot Chip, CSS, Antibalas, Aesop Rock, Amon Tobin @ Treasure Island
9/21 Treasure Island Music Festival w/ The Raconteurs, Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weekend, Spiritualized, Okkervil River, The Kills, Tokyo Police Club, Dr. Dog @ Treasure Island

8/2 Bone Bash IX with Sammy Hagar and the Wabos, Scorpions @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

On sale Sunday June 1:
6/23 Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs @ Great American

7/1 Alice Russell @ the Independent
7/10 Ratatat @ Slim’s
7/13 One Republic @ The Fillmore
7/21 A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ the Independent
7/24 State Radio, Rose Hill Drive @ Great American
7/28 El Guinch, Tussle, Lemonade @ the Independent
7/29 Jay Reatard, Cheap Time @ the Independent

8/1 Manic Hispanic, The Crime @ Slim’s
8/2 Beres Hammond@ the Independent
8/6 Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) @ Great American
8/9 The Everyone Orchestra @ Great American
8/15 Reckless Kelly @ Slim’s
8/22 Eddy Grant @ Slim’s
8/23, 8/24 The Waifs @ Great American
8/27 !!!@ the Independent

9/2, 9/3 Nada Surf @ Great American
9/8, 9/9 Built To Spill (performing “Perfect From Now On” in it’s entirety), Quasi, Off Campus @ Slim’s
9/10 Robert Forster @ Great American

Double check all information as venues and promoters often change on-sale times and days up until the last minute.

“I once was Canadian” radio playlist, Ian Fays on KZSU tonight

May 28th, 2008

Things were pretty hectic during my radio show yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to post about it.

Anyway, you can check out my playlist to see what I played.

And while we’re on the topic of radio, don’t forget that I’ll be hosting the Ian Fays on KZSU tonight from 9-10pm. You can listen at 90.1FM or online.

Listen in! Should be a good one!

sigur ros, “gobbledigook”, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

May 27th, 2008

It’s not often that I go all fanboy: ‘OMG! NEW TRACK!’

Brooklynvegan gives us the scoop on the new Sigur Ros album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust . It’s out June 24th in North American on XL Recordings. You’ll be able to pre-order it starting June 2 and anyone will be able to listen to it (streaming) starting June 9.

Also, as of an hour ago, you can get the first track from the album, “Gobbledigook”, as an mp3 from sigurros.com. I downloaded it and gave it a listen: it’s pretty different from what I was expecting–very rhythmic and off-time with big percussion and chanting–but also pretty good.

Tons more info here.

Listen, Fanfarlo, I’ve been bottling this up and I just can’t take it anymore. I like you…a lot.

May 26th, 2008


Fanfarlo at SxSW 2008

I can’t believe I first heard Fanfarlo () over four months ago. It wasn’t until I saw them at SxSW (their first US show, which was one of my favorites of SxSW) that my band crush on Fanfarlo went into overdrive though.

The young British band’s sound seems simple enough: they have an interesting and nicely orchestrated upbeat pop sound. The vocals have a crooned quality to them and the music swells and fades. And while this isn’t break-through or life-changing music I do hear something new in their songs.

Here are a couple great songs from them songs. “Harold T Wilkins” is just excellent upbeat pop throughout. “We Live by the Lake” is a melancholy song with fitting vocals and trumpet lines.

Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins (mp3s)

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Fanfarlo – We Live By the Lake (mp3)

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If you listen and become a super fan, perhaps you should check out these plans to make a fanfarlophone:

Fanfarlo’s stuff isn’t widely available in the U.S. but eMusic has a few songs available. “Harold T. Wilkins” and other are available from iTunes. (You can also buy the buy the original vinyl of Harold T Wilkins or the CD of Fire Escape/ We Live by the Lake.) You can also download “Sand and Ice (demo)” for free on their myspace page.

train tracks: a personal essay on a train tip across america

May 22nd, 2008

It’s not uncommon for Americans to go over to Europe and ride the rails all over but most haven’t ridden this nation’s rails extensively.

From September 7 to 10, 2003, for three and a half days I rode trains from Boston to Emeryville, changing trains once, in Chicago. I moved to California on those trains. I had known Boston as home for four years and Pittsburgh before that. Three thousand miles away, the Bay Area was almost a complete unknown. It was to be a time of new friends, new living arrangements, new streets, a new school, new supermarkets, and a new barber. I left half a day after a friend’s wedding and leaving that wedding was sort of like my farewell moment for most of the people I counted as friends there. I got on board with an ipod with only a few hours of battery life, my laptop with even less, two suitcases, a guitar and a backpack.

I didn’t have a cell phone and the train rarely stopped for long enough to have meaningful contact with people outside the train. I was very isolated for those few days.

I wrote down some thoughts at the time, when I was on the train. A few distinctive names and details have been changed to protect the innocent and I edited some small sections to make it easier to read. The rest appears as typed at the time.

Vernon L Sutphin – Lost Train Blues (mp3)

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9.7.03

7:22pm
Dido- “Thank you” (ha!)
my shoulder hurts like the dickens. I strained it getting my 75 lb. bag into the rack above my seat. I just remembered that I have vanishing scent ben-gay and I applied some. I hope it helps because right now I can’t move my right arm without it hurting. this happened in san torini too.

been reading some of naked by david sedaris. the first three or four pages are so amazingly annoying but then he settles into a style that is acceptable. he has these ticks that sound similar to those that the narrator has in motherless brooklyn. maybe he’s tourrettic.

they sell beer on trains. how about that? it’s also like $4.50. maybe I’ll get some in chicago and bring it onboard. I wonder if that’s allowed.

it’s remarkably quiet here. it’s so much quieter than a plane and it’s probably a bit quieter than a car. I have my headphones set to a level a little louder than I would in [my old room] 42 with a bunch of computers. the vibration isolation is not so hot though. walking toward the cafe car I basically fell into the wall because of some side-to-side shake.

Deer Tick – These Old Shoes (mp3)

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I got out in Albany because they gassed up and added cars there so it was a half an hour stop. I should tell Am I’ve been to Albany. there’s this strangely shaped church tower right outside the train station. it reminds me of a rocket ship.

9.8.03

9:30 am (CST)
Bob Dylan – “When the Ship comes In”

we should be in Chicago, but we’re not. I don’t think we’re in South Bend yet either. oh well. I’ll have a couple less hours in Chicago. I’m going to try to hit the Art Institute of Chicago, get a pizza and check my email using someone else’s wireless.

the Impressions – People Get Ready (mp3)

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two sheds at KZSU, photos, setlist, exclusive mp3s

May 22nd, 2008

Two Sheds (myspace) came down to do a live set at KZSU last night. They were the third of four bands that I have lined up.

They played a great set, as they did the other times I’ve seen them. The set had a handful each from their EP and Perfect Ammunition, their album. It also had two new songs in it, one so new it didn’t have a name yet. Check out some of the songs below.

setlist:

  • [unnamed song–potentially “Roomful of People”]
  • The Ballad of Salty Dog
  • Undertow
    Two Sheds – Undertow (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive)

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  • To Be Alive
  • You
    Two Sheds – You (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive)

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  • Perfect
  • Mindwrecker
    Two Sheds – Mindwrecker (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive)

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  • It’s Hard
    Two Sheds – It’s Hard (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive)

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  • Mama

Thanks as always go to KZSU’s live engineer, Smurph, for making things sound so good.

Their next show should be a good one. It’s a really solid line-up and it’s pretty inexpensive:

6/11 Geographer, Two Sheds, Friday Mile, Maribelle Phoenix @ Annie’s Social Club, 8pm, $7, 21+

I’ve been recommending their album and EP . Definitely worthwhile listens.

on sale soon (05.22.08 edition)

May 22nd, 2008

Posted every Thursday On Sale Soon is a weekly series of the tickets going on sale that weekend.

Where to get tickets: The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Fillmore, Warfield, and other Livenation venues. Another Planet booked venues like Greek Theatre @ Berkeley, Palace of Fine Arts, etc. Bimbo’s.

On sale now/ Thurs May 22:
6/16, 6/17 Jello Biafra with and without Melvins, Melvins perform “Mangled Demos” @ Great American
6/29 Ralph’s World @ Bimbo’s

On sale Friday May 23:
11/21 Lisa Lampanelli @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

On sale Sunday May 25:
6/26 People Under The Stairs @ the Independent

7/9 Trouble, Danava @ Slim’s
7/10 Butch Walker @ Bimbo’s
7/27 Finch, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Foxy Shazam, Tickle Me Pink @ Slim’s
7/30 El Vez @ Slim’s
8/16 Smoking Popes, Koufax @ Slim’s

Double check all information as venues and promoters often change on-sale times and days up until the last minute.