Monday, December 28, 2009

Best Albums of 2009

Music is My Girlfriend's Best Albums of 2009
Counted down via radio on 12/21 & 12/28

In addition to the 25 LPs below, you should also check out the EPs released by Suckers & Airwaves this year.

25. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Summer of Fear
24. Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
23. Jookabox - Dead Zone Boys
22. The Dutchess & the Duke - Sunset / Sunrise
21. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below
20. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
19. The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa
18. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
17. St. Vincent - Actor
16. Yacht - See Mystery Lights
15. The Thermals - Now We Can See
14. The Antlers - Hospice
13. Dan Deacon - Bromst
12. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
11. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
10. Music Go Music - Expressions
9. Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
8. Girls - Album
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
6. Handsome Furs - Face Control
5. Generationals - Con Law
4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
2. Cotton Jones - Paranoid Coccoon
1. The xx - The xx

Check the playlists here and here. Astute listeners/readers may notice a mistake made on my part...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Second One to Know

12/14 Show
With 2009 winding down, I tried to put together a show filled with many of my favorite songs of the year. Unfortunately, two hours was not nearly enough time to fit in all of the good stuff, so don't read the playlist as a definitive list. If you listen to the show regularly, you've heard most of these tunes before, but that doesn't mean you don't need to hear them over and over and over.

There was also some new music played this week:

- Ridiculously late on this one, but if haven't yet heard Charlotte Gainsborough's "IRM" (with help from Beck), follow the link(s) to download it now. It's really good.

- Fast, loose, fun: Harlem's "Friendly Ghost". And their album is named Hippies. What could be better?

- Surf, garage & punk rolled into one. Nothing new, in fact it almost sounds like a Soft Pack song (see below). Dirt Dress: "Sonic Death"

- The Fresh & Onlys, yet another band that can't afford a proper recording studio this year: "Second One to Know"

- Denmark quintet Oh No Ono will release their self-produced album Eggs early next year. Put it on your list. "Helplessly Young"

- Belle & Sebastian influences all over this one, with even more of a 60s pop sound: Gigi's "The Old Graveyard". The second song on this post to sing about graveyards.

- I'm a fan of the Soft Pack, and now we have a studio recording of "C'mon" to go with that Laundromatinee session a while back.

- Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett is preparing to release Rat a Tat Tat this coming March. Check out the R&B influenced "Love is a Dirty Word".

Coming soon... Music Is My Girlfriend's Top Albums of 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Careful With That Hat

12/07 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Spoon unveiled (via NPR) the first new single from their upcoming Transference LP (out 1/19/09 in the US). The excellent "Got Nuffin" is on the album, but I guess that didn't count as the first single for some reason. Here's a live version from last summer if you're so inclined. Anyhow, "Written in Reverse" is pretty much the fuzzy, catchy, slightly cryptic power pop we've come to expect from Spoon. Not their finest, but it won't stop me from eagerly awaiting their new album.

- Citay isn't afraid to write 7 minute long songs with a wealth of instrumental solos & a dearth of lyrics: "Careful With That Hat". Bravo to them, we need more of this.

- Said the Gramophone recently posted their Best Songs of 2009. Artists I played off this list today: Micachu & the Shapes, tUnE-YaRdS, Bear in Heaven, Burning Hearts, & Bombadil. Absolutely worth checking out. In this day and age, Best Song lists seem more relevant than Best Album lists, even though we all love making them anyway.

- Both Air Waves & Neon Indian had Daytrotter sessions released this past week, and they're both worth your time.

- Van She cover Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper", and I guess I'm thankful they didn't take Christopher Walken's advice. (This "remix" did, and it makes me want to throw up).

- I have some close ties to the Portland, OR hip-hop outfit Good Biz, so I'm excited to see them coming to Crested Butte this Saturday. Should be a good time.

Check out the full playlist.

Birthday Radio

11/30 Show
In celebration of my girlfriend Heather's birthday, I played a whole lot of music that she enjoys today. Among them: Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, The Knife, Radiohead, Red Cortez, The National, Jonathan Richman, Cut Copy & many more. Awesomely, that's also a bunch of music that I like.

Check out the full playlist.

Also, this; because "music videos are so much easier to digest than movies":

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What's In It For?

11/23 Show
Of particular note this week:

- One of the great joys of the internet is that you get access to widely prolific songwriters like Bradley Cox, who seems to have another wonderful release every week. His Atlas Sound alias covers the Five Discs' doo-wop gem: "Doctor"

- This has been around for a little while, but somehow it crossed my radar recently: Avi Buffalo "What's In It For?". Reminiscent of Band of Horses, but with a little less cliched yearning.

- The new single from Beach House surfaced this week: "Norway". It might be my favorite of their work, but I'm still not sold on this band.

- Aquarium Drunkard's most recent rare-find: Kim Fowley, who incidentally produced some of The Modern Lovers early work. Check out "International Heroes".

Here's a wealth of lo-fi goodies for the week:
- Sandwitches: "Back to the Sea"
- Magic Kids: "Superball"
- Light Pollution: "Oh, Ivory!"
- Andrew Cedermark: "Hard Livin'"
I'm starting to get sick of this sound. Maybe I just need to quit going to Gorilla vs. Bear.

Check out the full playlist.

Filled in for Monday's late night "Drinking in Bed" program last night. Here's the all-jazz playlist.

Albums of the Decade

A recent round of emails between friends prompted us all to list our favorite albums of the decade. Here's my rather quick list in chronological order (I'm sure I'm forgetting several)...

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica (2000)
The Stokes - Is This It (2001)
White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001)
Wilco - Yankee Hotel (2002)
Spoon - Kill the Moonlight (2002)
Beck - Sea Change (2002)
The Postal Service - Give Up (2003)
Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise (2005)
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - self titled (2006)
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007)
MIA - Kala (2007)
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007)
The National - Boxer (2007)
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours (2008)

Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (2005)
Jay Reatard - Matador Singles '08

As for 2009? You'll have to wait till the end of December to see what tops this year's list.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Traveling With Moving

I'll be back in the heartland for the next week+, so there will be no Music is My Girlfriend shows on November 9th & 16th. Look for a triumphant return to my normal slot on the 23rd. I'll also be filling in later that night (10:30pm-12:30am MT). Perhaps a proper "DJ" set???!!!!

Anyhow, thanks for your undying support.

In other news, here are some roadtrip thoughts after the ~20 hour drive to Chicago:
- Iowa's "Modern" Rest Stops are outstanding. The entire Interstate system should have wireless. (The non-Modern ones are not so great, but I did urinate on some corn stalks).
- Why do people build nice houses in the country within yards of the interstate?
- Hotels are overrated. Bring a sleeping bag & nap in your trunk!
- David Sedaris solely accounted for 5+ hours of wonderful drive time listening.
- Mike's Mexolina is not nearly as delicious when it's room temp. Same goes for Green Chile Pesto.
- How did it take me so long to jump on the podcast bandwagon?
- Caribou makes a mediocre cappuccino.
- Traveling with a french press is severely underrated.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Stick Up For Yourself, Son

11/2/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Loving this new track from Brooklyn's Yeasayer. Seriously, check it out. Add their album to 2010's growing list of releases to potentially wet yourself over.

-Indianapolis' own Jookabox had quite a torrent of videos & music at MOKB last week. "You Cried Me" is a terribly fast acoustic stomp (thus, altogether different from the previously posted "Phantom Don't Go"). KBUT just the album, I'll let you know what I think...

- This kind of lost outsider rock seems be unearthed every week, and its almost always amazing. Psychedelic funk from early 70s Nigeria: The Strangers "Two to Make a Pair"

- Fuzzy girl-group rock courtesy of The Sandwitches: "Marry Me" & more...

- Air France adds a nice old school hip-hop feel to this dance floor ready track: "Spring (Air France remix)". IF I had any DJ gigs planned, you might hear it.

- Hadn't heard of NoahJohn until this Aquarium Drunkard post. Good for an alt-country storytellin' fix.

- The White Rabbits stopped by the Daytrotter studios recently. Also, The Antlers session is perhaps more worth your time, even if I didn't play any of their tunes on Monday.

- LO-FI WARNING: Wild Nothing "Confirmation"

Check out the full playlist

Monday, October 26, 2009

Little Bird Courage

10/26/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Here you have Ernie Graham, a man whose self-titled LP from 1971 deserves some time with your ears. The two songs available at Aquarium Drunkard are the kind of soulful, bluesy ballads that no one seems to be making anymore.

- Surf City display a slighty new sound with the swirling guitars & effects on this hazy jam: "Autumn". My brother's friend's blog, Someday I'll Be Dignified & Old, first informed me of Surf City, and I couldn't thank him enough. Chad, KBUT's music director, saw these guys at CMJ in NY last week and said they were great.

- Terrificly rumbling folk-rock (complete with trumpets!) from the lead singer of The Appleseed Cast: Old Canes - "Little Bird Courage". This is really good.

Check out this week's full playlist.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Only Wide Eyes For You

10/19 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Devendra Banhart has been on a bit of a roll lately, what with his stellar remix of Phoenix & a few of the sampler tracks from his upcoming album What Will We Be (Oct. 27th). I especially like this propulsive, sing-a-long track that seems tailor-made for driving: "16th & Valencia Roxy Music". I'm officially looking forward to the release date.

- Woods stopped by the studios to record some sterling songs. Especially check out "Suffering Season".

- Really liking the new track from Local Natives: "Wide Eyes". These guys have a promising future ahead of them.

- The Tallest Man on Earth also recently recorded at Daytrotter, notably covering Bob Dylan's "I Want You".

- "Plodding, space-jam" sounds about right for this one: check out Tickley Feather's "Don't Call, Marilyn"

- Summer Camp covers a song The Flamingos made famous 50 years ago: "I Only Have Eyes for You". Interesting, but I'll take the original.

Got two requests today: MGMT's "Kids" & The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" (you know, the "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" one). I heard Phish is considering covering MGMT's Oracular Spectacular for its Halloween show this year. I politely ask them to reconsider, seeing as there are only 4 good songs on the album.

Also, I helped reunite a lost dog with its owner, thus illustrating the power of community radio. Makes you feel all warm & fuzzy inside.

Check out the full playlist

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sci-Fi Chefing

No Music Is My Girlfriend this week (10/12), as I'll be out of town cooking for the film crew of a lo-budget sci-fi film in New Mexico. Yea, you read that right.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Luv Goon

10/5/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Free Energy has already released one of my favorite tracks of the year in "Dream City", so I was excited to see another song of their's emerge onto my radar. "Something in Common" wears its Strokes & Phoenix influences on its sleeve, which isn't a bad thing. Still, its no "Dream City", but I just bought the EP on iTunes anyway.

- Vampire Weekend created quite a stir today. A countdown clock appeared on their website, and upon striking zero (roughly 12:30pm MT), a new song was available for download! Check out the intriguing "Horchata" at their website. Their album Contra sees official release on January 12th in these parts.

- The upcoming Los Campesinos! release keeps getting better. Stream the terrific new single - "There Are Listed Buildings". I can't wait till "early 2010".

- Julian Casablancas, (former?) lead singer of The Strokes, drops his Phrazes for the Young album in a couple weeks. Check out the quite good lead single "11th Dimension", which finds him crooning over surprisingly complex electronic instrumentation Stream it here.

- Pearl Harbor are shaping up to be among the most consistent and best of the lo-fi wave. Aren't we all just Luv Goons?

- Brilliant Colors shared this noise-laden pop ditty with the world: "Absolutely Anything"

Check out the full playlist

Monday, September 28, 2009

Too Much Love?

9/28 Show
Of particular note this week:

- You may have heard of The XX by now, but if you haven't given their music a chance I'd implore you to do so right now. Four kids out of London shouldn't be making music this mature and emotionally charged. We finally got their debut album at KBUT and it's fantastic. Check out "VCR" and "Basic Space", then listen to more at their Myspace.

- Devendra Banhart, surprisingly, turns in my favorite Phoenix remix to date with this slowed-down, wistful take on "Rome" from this year's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart = Rome (Neighbours with Devendra Banhart remix)

- Sufjan Stevens is doing a short tour (stopping in Bloomington tomorrow night!) and has been performing some new material. Check out "Too Much Love", featuring a very new sound from one of today's most innovative artists.

- The blogs are all over this one: Nathan Williams of Black Lips & Jared Swilley of Black Lips got into quite a fracas this weekend in Brooklyn. As My Old Kentucky Blog astuted noted, this gives the Black Lips song "Short Fuse" a whole new meaning. Also, I still think "Short Fuse" would be perfectly rad for a ski movie segment (maybe I'll get on that this winter!). Read all about it and try and make sense of what happened: GvB / Pitchfork / Brooklyn Vegan

- Superior lo-fi garage rock from The Mantles = "Don't Lie". Guess I should track down that album.

- Pulsating, slightly dark tune from Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven = "Lovesick Teenagers". I like it.

- Sometimes language gets in the way of things. Let [ingenting]'s "Halleluja!" make you happy.

- New stuff from Alec Ounsworth, the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Interesting stuff here: "That is Not My Home (After Bruegel)"

Check out the full playlist

And, yes, I'm still working on that Monolith Festival recap...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monolith Recap

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Here's my long awaited recap of Saturday at this year's Monolith Festival, held every September at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside of Denver, Colorado...

Heather and I got to Red Rocks at about 11:30, half an hour before the gates were supposed to open. It was a chilly, overcast day that eventually turned into a raining mess. Neither of us had enough clothing to stay warm nor dry for the entire day, but we had food and enough money for a long afternoon of beers to keep us warm. For reasons still beyond my understanding, our particular gate didn't open until 12:30 (half an hour after they were supposed to). Much to my chagrin, Generationals had already started playing at the underground stage by the time we made it down there. I'm still bitter at festival organizers &/or Red Rocks security for this mishap.


Anyhow, Generationals proved to be a wonderful opening act at Monolith. Four youngsters out of New Orleans treated us to energetic, well-crafted indie pop-rock. The two male singers/guitar players were clearly the heart of the band, as the drummer and keyboard player stuck to simple beats and chords that, nevertheless, provided a steady backdrop for each song. Clearly, Generationals know how to write quality songs & I reckon they will only get better as a band. All the highlights from their debut album Con Law sounded great, although I wasn't too keen on their down-tempo version of "Wildlife Sculpture."

Feeling pretty great after the exuberance of the Generationals show, Heather and I wandered into the nearby Radius Earphones stage (the other underground venue) to check out Stars of Track and Field. Hoping they were named after the Belle & Sebastian song, I figured they couldn't be half bad. I couldn't have been more let down. Three aging, smug L.A.-types burst onto the stage and started pounded out heavy alternative riffs that would've sounded dated 10 years ago. Heather and I looked at each other, laughed, and decided to go get a beer. I decided the lead singer of Stars of Track & Field was probably the last person at the entire festival I would've wanted to hang out with.

While getting a quick drink, we caught a song or two of Autovaughn, and while they weren't as terrible as SoT&F, they didn't inspire us to stick around and listen in the cold weather. We also noted their lead singer as the arrogant guy we saw fighting with the security guards earlier. What is it with terrible guitar rock bands that have over-arrogant lead singers?

The Antlers

The Antlers played the indoor stage to a packed house. Whether this was due to the souring weather or their recent "Best New Music"-stature courtesy of is up for debate. At first, I was taken aback by their loud & powerful sound that seemed a departure from their often acoustic & gentle album. The resulting sound slightly reminded me of The Walkmen. Once I got past the new sound, I was treated to one of the most openly emotional and heart-wrenching shows in my memory. Sure, the album itself is devastating, but its all the more so powerful in a live setting. "Two" in particular was intensely amazing. Seeing The Antlers live made me want to revisit their album, which is one of the better & more practical compliments of a live show I can think of.

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
While the weather briefly let up, we headed down the myriad stairs to check out Thao With the Get Down Stay Down on the main stage. I only caught a couple Thao songs, but they all sounded pretty darned good. Her ecstatic on-stage presence & expertly malleable voice propelled their intricate pop-rock on the main stage. Worth checking out, especially at a smaller venue I would imagine.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

My friend Alex had turned me onto Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros during his visit to Colorado a month ago, so I was somewhat excited to see their hippie collective in person. The large, free-wheelin' band provided perhaps the most carefree & energetic live show of the day despite their repeated claims of being frozen (they're from L.A. and seemed to have every piece of clothing from their tour bus wrapped around themselves). The crowd lapped up their positive, genre-spanning songs that seem to be a fusion of Arcade Fire & Devendra Banhart. An elderly gray-haired couple in front of me held their hands to the sky during the whole show, earning themselves a place on my short list of heros. How could you not love this guy?:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have released one of my favorite albums of the year to date, so excitement was high going into this set. They didn't disappoint as they played most of their album cuts and few new songs that all sounded great live. I was pretty pumped after their set, but I couldn't help but wonder how I would have felt if I knew none of their songs and had just stumbled onto their show.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
It was too cold & wet outside to check out The Walkmen, so Heather & I stayed inside to view Cymbals Eat Guitars, another Pitchfork "Best New Music" recipient.

Let's check the notes: "I like 2/5th of each song" - "Talented, but not my bag" - "Don't want to give their album a 2nd chance". That pretty much sums up their live show for me. Sure, they have the chops, but shouldn't that make me give their album another listen? My buddy Chad (KBUT's Music Director) added, "Too much screaming", while my friend Kelly (another KBUT DJ) thoroughly enjoyed their show. Decide on this band at your own peril.

Cotton Jones

Cotton Jones have quietly released one of my favorite albums of the year, so I was sure to get a front row spot at the stage for their show (it didn't hurt that it was cold & wet outside, and due to fire capacity, we probably could not have left the underground and been let back inside in time for their performance). All in attendance were treated to great songwriting combined with woozy country & blues inspired indie rock. In retrospect, this was probably my favorite performance of the day. These videos of them performing live for My Old Kentucky Blog / Laundromatinee don't quite do them justice (where's Whitney's organ?), but they're worth checking out to hear their accomplished sound. Their debut Paranoid Cocoon is the kind of album I'd like to own on vinyl.

Girl Talk

Yep, it was raining. Having seen Girl Talk before in a small venue, I was somewhat disappointing in how his act translates at a big venue. Sure, the weather sucked and I wasn't close to the stage (or dancing on it), but the energy of his party atmosphere just didn't translate for me. Furthermore, he seemed to be doing more actual "DJ-ing" since I saw him last summer, which is to say that he mixed up his pre-made vocal & instrumental tracks rather just slapping together things that worked on his albums. I'm not sure if this procession towards more live control is a good thing or a bad thing in his very unique case.

Of Montreal
It wasn't quite as enthralling as their show at the Ogden last fall, but I'll take a live Of Montreal show over pretty much any other every day of the week. It was a crazy, silly, loud, & energetic set featuring a short version of the bizarre stage theatre from their last tour (tiger-headed tuxedo men, scarlet-robed demon priests, bejeweled ninjas, & body-suit muscle men all populated the stage). The set list centered heavily on their last two albums, with "She's a Rejector" providing the climatic spirit needed to send the large crowd into a frenzy. Who cares that it was bitterly cold & raining, or that my ears were practically bleeding? It was a great time. Go see Of Montreal.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Headed down to see Saturday headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the main stage after Of Montreal. They sounded incredibly polished & professional as they played a nice mix of both new & old songs. My only complaint: pretty much every song utilized a repeating, pedal-looped guitar pattern from Nick Zinner which sounded great until everyone else stopped playing and all you heard was the repetitive buzzing until he walked over to his pedals and turned it off. This seriously happened on every song. Can't they get someone backstage to fade out his pedals? It got to be really annoying & made for poor segues in between songs. Still, they sounded great overall & Karen O was a joy as a jubilant & mildly out-of-control front woman.

Final Thoughts
While last year's Monolith festival left me with wider questions about electronic-based bands in a live setting (which I never did write about, dang), this year's fest left me wondering about the future of the festival. Don't get me wrong, its a great event, but its almost getting too big for its venue, and the venue is one of its strongest selling points in the first place. What are they going to do about the constant fire-capacity issues at the underground stages? How are they going to book "indie" bands that are fully capable of a transcendent performance on the massive main stage? How can they better handle the ever-present Colorado-in-September weather issues? Can they figure out anyway to allow on-site camping? How about re-entry (its an 11 hour festival and they won't even let you go back to your car, which is a real issue when the weather is bad)? It seems as though the Monolith Festival is going through some growing pains, and I surely hope the good people that run the event can come up with some creative ways of solving these issues which will only get worse in coming years.

I Felt Stupid

9/21/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- It's snowing in Crested Butte, but if you're still soaking up summer's rays I'd recommend "I Felt Stupid" by The Drums as a soundtrack. It's not exactly "an altogether new thing" as the track-ending sample suggests, but it might be the song of the week.

- The Soft Pack: they play fast, clean punk-pop that is more reminiscient of early Green Day than, say, The Thermals. Plus, they have a rad stand-up drummer. Check out a couple new songs and videos at My Old Kentucky Blog. Saw them at Monolith a couple years ago (I think they were still calling themselves the Muslims back then), and they were great.

- A new song from Brooklyn's Suckers has surfaced, and sadly, its my least favorite of their efforts to date. Too much buildup for a song that goes nowhere on a stately beat.

- Basic, happy, affirmative pop rock from the Parson Red Heads. Nothing revelatory, but nothing to scoff at.

Check out the full playlist

Monday, September 14, 2009

All Yr Songs

9/14 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Los Campesinos! explore a darker subject & sound on this new title track from their upcoming album. Great to see them experimenting and growing as a band - "The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future"

- Havn't seen his new album at KBUT yet, but I may need to seek out AA Bondy's When The Devil's Loose on my own. Check out "I Can See the Pines Are Dancing", a nice, more upbeat number from the gifted songwriter.

- Arresting little love song from Diamond Rings: "All Yr Songs". I'm a big fan.

- Not my favorite track yet from The Very Best, but M.I.A.'s vocals fit well with their sound: "Rain Dance (ft. M.I.A.)"

- Grampall Jookabox is now just Jookabox. He added a full band and seems to be recording the best music of his career with "Phantom Don't Go". Good to see something innovative coming out of Indianapolis.

- Looking forward to hearing the new album from King Khan & BBQ Show, as this title track is thoroughly pleasant (if less frantic & rough than some of their other tracks): "Invisible Girl"

- This week's buzzy lo-fi entry: a lovely ditty from the Smith Westerns: "Imagine Pt. 3"

- Two different worthwhile tracks, one link. First, listen to Heavy Trash's heartfelt & slightly silly bluesy-garage-rambler "Gee, I Really Love You". Then, try the pop sing-a-long "Flaming Arrow" by Jupiter One.

- Great sound on this new track from The Swimmers: "What This World Is Coming To". Love the keyboards & the handclap sound of the drums.

Check out the full playlist.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Monolith Festival Preview

8/31 Show
Colorado's best music festival is rapidly approaching, so I spent the entire 2 hours of my show on Monday playing bands that will be performing that glorious weekend of September 12 & 13th. (Why this week and not next? Well, I'll be on a pontoon boat and not on the radio on Labor Day.) I may only be attending Saturday of this year's festival, but that one day has a loaded lineup while Sunday only has 2-3 bands I would actually be excited to see (Phoenix & the Thermals). Saturday's eagerly anticipated performances include: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Of Montreal, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girl Talk, Generationals, M. Ward, Walkmen, DOOM, Edward Sharpe & The Magnificent Zeros, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Starf*cker, Cotton Jones, Antlers, & Cymbals Eat Guitars. Not a bad day right there.

Check out all the pertinent info right here: Monolith Festival. Hopefully I'll get some notes up on this site after the show this year.

Check out the full playlist from Monday's show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jackhammer Friends

8/24/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- Started the show off with three 60s French girl groups. What could be better than that? All three songs I played are available at Aquarium Drunkard.

- Surprised I haven't linked to this song yet, but if you follow any blogs you've probably heard it before. Still, its a pretty sweet melancholy tune from San Francisco's Girls (who released the awesome "Lust for Life" earlier this year"). Give this one some time to win you over: "Hellhole Ratrace"

- The Very Best are up to it again, providing us internet-types with the B-side from "Warm Heart of Africa". Can't wait to hear this song remixed (not that it needs to be). "Yalira"

- New song from The Spinto Band, who seem to fit the Park the Van Records sound very well. Not my favorite track of theirs, but we'll see the rest of this EP turns out. "Jackhammer"

- The title track of Luke Top's Friends is a nice folky sing-a-long affair. Evidently Luke Top was also behind that Fool's Gold song I liked so much last week (it's on the LSTN #6 compilation).

- Feels like it has been used in a Wes Anderson movie, but I'm quite certain it hasn't: Scott Walker - "30 Century Man"

- In need a good roller skating song? Washed Out - "Belong". Unfortunately, Washed Out doesn't know how to end a song (have a listen).

Check out the full playlist

My Will is Good

8/17/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- My friend Alex turned me onto Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnificent Zeros during his visit to Crested Butte. As many others have said, they have sort of a Devendra-Banhart-meets-Arcade-Fire sound. I'd say their album Up From Below has a number of standout tracks you should listen to, including "40 Day Dream", "Janglin" & "Home". NPR has a short article on them.

- Another track from Port O'Brien's new album Threadbare is making the rounds. I'm rather excited about this one: "My Will is Good"

- Excellent new song from Volcano Choir, featuring Wisconsin's most popular cabin-dweller, Bon Iver. Good stuff here: "Island, IS"

- Pulsing, beautiful acoustic jam: Taken By Trees - "Watch the Waves"

- Another quality free mix from Urban Outfitters = LSTN #6. Be sure to check out Fool's Gold & Fortune Teller, among many other artists you've already heard about on this site.

- Awesomeness ensues when two of the best "garage" acts around (Black Lips + King Khan) combine to form The Almighty Defenders. Download two tracks from their upcoming release here (scroll down a bit).

- Another lo-fi, psychedelic summer jam from Family Portrait = "On the Floor"

- Evidently no one can afford quality sound recording equipment this summer:, making lo-fi the true sound of the recession. Check out this hummable tune from Small Black: "Despicable Dogs"

- Gentle Friendly are some London dudes drawing comparisons to Animal Collective, which doesn't immediately spark my interest. This song, however, does ever so slightly: "RIP Static"

- Quality americana-folk-rock storytelling: These United States - "I Want You to Keep Everything"

Check out the full playlist

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Pledge Drive, Vol. 2: The Garage Bands

8/10/09 Show
For my second Summer 2009 Pledge Drive show I decided to follow through on a show idea I'd had for years: 2 hours of vintage 60s garage band rock. I'd been putting it off because I wanted to do it right (lots of research, creating a good show "flow", plucking out the best 2 hours out of the many hours of fitting music, etc.), and I think it worked well as a pledge drive show. Strangely, I got more positive comments than possibly ever for a show, but I also only raised $85. Oh well, I had a blast.

I could go on and on about how much I like this genre of rock, but this quote from influential rock critic Lester Bangs pretty much says it all,
What is more American than the garage band? Call up a bunch of your buddies, get some six-packs or some weed, plus a guitar or two, a bass or drum kit, and you've got instant fantasies about instant stardom. Of course, at certain times and places, fantasy and reality have intersected, and that is part of what rock is all about. Given that the greatest garage bands could barely play, we may assume not only that virtuosity has nothing to do with the form, but also that the utopian dream of everyman an artist can come true right here, in our suburban land of opportunity-the ultimate proof that rock & roll is the most democratic and all-American of art forms

Many of the songs on the playlist came from the famous Nuggets compilation, but you also heard tracks from MOJO Magazine compilation and several vinyl tracks from The Sonics and also The Vampires. Check out the full playlist

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Pledge Drive, vol. 1

8/3/09 Show
Of note this week:

- The Summer Pledge Drive started at 8am on this day. Thanks to all my friends and family who pledged during my show and helped me raise $620! There are some awesome thank-you gifts this year for different pledge levels, so check them out and donate at Or call 970-349-7444 during my show next week!

- Death is amazing. Death being the unheralded early-70s Detroit proto-punk band that is starting to make a comeback (sans one original member who passed away before they recently garnered praise and appreciation). Check out the NYTimes articles that GvB links to above.

- Sunny indie-pop that could be done by any number of bands: Portugal. The Man - People Say. Still, its done well and I'm curious to hear the rest of the album.

- Another new track from Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs, which gets released September 8th. Here to Fall is more orchestrated, spacey, & wandering than the previously posted Periodically Double or Triple.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Everything Absent, Departed

7/27/09 Show
Of note this week:

- Sadly, another promising Denver band has broken up. However, before they truly leave us, Everything Absent or Distorted will release a free 4 song EP as a parting gift. Read more and grab an mp3 from the EP.

- The Thermals stopped by the studios. How could that be a bad thing?

- The Gary would like you to keep your Damn Machines, modern-day John Henrys that they are.

- Sybris kindof sounds like Sonic Youth with a powerful & dynamic female lead singer: Sybris - Oh Man!

- The Big Pink provides a nice addition to any summer playlist: Dominos

- Still Playing Free Energy & lots of Mark Mulcahy (and covers). See the post below for links on those...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dream City

7/20/09 Show
Of particular note this week:

- I love this song, which is almost a given because it comes out on DFA records. In a wonderful change of pace, however, its not a danceable electro song, but instead a classic 70s rock throwback that makes me want to drive nowhere in particular with someone in particular. Free Energy - Dream City

- Hadn't heard of Mark Mulcahy until this week, but I can tell I've been missing out on his expert songcraft for far too long (I'm downloading one of his albums on iTunes are I type). What looks to be an awesome tribute/compilation record comes out in September, featuring a long list of prominent artists that are all in it for a heartbreakingly good cause. Listen to songs and read more about the story & artists after the jump. There's two of his original tracks, and an excellent cover by the National included (and you can stream the Thom Yorke cover too!). This will be one of those albums you have to buy (instead of, you know, downloading it for free).

- There's a new Spoon single, which is always cause for celebration: Got Nuffin

- Richard Swift hit up the Daytrotter studios this week, and its all good: Richard Swift @ Daytrotter

- The interwebs are certainly abuzz about this collaboration between artists who, in my opinion, are fairly overrated. Still, its a good song: Atlas Sound w/ Panda Bear - Walkabout

- Have been getting a good rash of positive phone calls lately during my shows, which always buoys my spirits when I start to feel uninspired about doing this every week. This week requests for Iron & Wine and the Clash made it onto the show.

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The Sun is Out

7/15/09 Fill-In Show
Charging ahead with the updates and new format... I switched shows with my friend and softball colleague Kelly Jensen last week, which allowed me more time to hang out with my parents while they were in CB. His Wednesday show is similar enough in format to mine that I didn't feel any pressure to change the normal routine, as you'll see below. There are certainly some promising links this week.

Of particular note this week:
- The Brooklyn band Suckers continue to catch my ear. When will they get around to releasing a proper full length? Check out their Daytrotter Session, which features several new & fantastic songs.

- The new Jay Reatard album comes out on August 4th, and I couldn't be more excited. The second track we've heard from Watch Me Fall is this little gem: Wounded

- This could almost be another Jay Reatard track: A Grave With No Name - Sofia

- Can't stop playing this equally sad and joyous new track from Local Natives: Airplanes

- Another terrificly dusty, lo-fi summer jam by a band with a wonderfully nostalgic name: Reading Rainbow - The Sun is Out

- Cheery & slightly funky new song from The Clientele: I Wonder Who We Are

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Computer Blue

7/06/09 Show
Yep, I'm way behind in posting this, but July has been a remarkably busy month. I'm going ahead and tweeking the post format a bit, so I won't have to waste time retyping all of my playlists. Instead, a link is provided below to the full playlist on the KBUT website. MP3 links from each week will be posted, allowing me to spend more time on those than on needless retyping of playlists. Let me know what you think.

Of particular note this week:
- Be sure to check out the Generationals, who share a label and some sonic qualities with Dr. Dog. All of the tracks available are really enjoyable and worth downloading.
The Generationals - Angry Charlie, etc.

- Of Montreal cover Prince! Computer Blue

- Promising new single from this Austin quartet, who have already made some solid tunes in recent years: The Octopus Project - Wet Gold

- Part tropicalia pop, part epic indie songwriting with a dash of electro = I like it: Daestro - Spritle

- Played it on the show, but you can probably skip this one unless you are really in the mood for an overly poppy/cheesy Cat Stevens soundalike: The Voyces - Kissing Like It's Love

- And finally, a fitting and very worthwhile MJ tribute: Erykah Badu w/ The Roots - I Wanna Be Where You Are

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Halfway There

6/29 Show
I find it hard to believe that half of 2009 is in the books, but so it is. With this in mind I tried to play some tracks from some of my favorite albums of the year so far. A short list of said albums is below, but I shall resist putting them in numerical order until the end of the year.

In No Particular, Space-Consuming Order...

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Dan Deacon - Bromst

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Cotton Jones - Paranoid Cocoon

Richard Swift - The Atlantic Ocean

Handsome Furs - Face Control

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

The Thermals - Now We Can See

Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want

Vetiver - Tight Knit

Dark Was the Night Compilation

Suckers - Suckers EP

the Playlist
Artist / Song
Generationals / Angry Charlie
Generationals / When They Fight They Fight
Little Joy / The Next Time Around
Little Joy / Brand New Start
Richard Swift / Lady Luck
Richard Swift / Would You
Grizzly Bear / Cheerleader
Cotton Jones / Blood Red Sentimental Blues
AA Bondy / When the Devil's Loose
Megafaun / Kaufman's Ballad
Vetiver / Everyday
Yo La Tengo / Periodically Double or Triple
Wilco / Wilco (the song)
Wilco / Bull Black Nova
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / The Tenure Itch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Young Adult Friction
Handsome Furs / All We Want, Baby, Is Everything
Sunset Rubdown / Idiot Heart
Papercuts / Dictator's Lament
Camera Obscura / French Navy
Here We Go Magic / Tunnelvision
The Thermals / Now We Can See
Phoenix / Girlfriend
Dan Deacon / Snookered
Jonathan Richman / Time Has Been Going By So Fast
Jonathan Richman / Old World
The Modern Lovers / Ride on Down the Highway
Jonathan Richman / Dodge Veg-O-Matic
The Modern Lovers / The Mixer (Men & Women Together)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Radio's Hot Sun

6/22 Show
Only one link this week, but its to a Daytrotter session featuring Little Joy. Certainly worth your time.

Artist / Song
The Shaky Hands / I'm Alive
State Bird / I Saw the Light
Little Joy / No One's Better Sake
Spoon / Back to the Life
Spiritualized / I Gotta Fire
Wilco / You Never Know
Grizzly Bear / Two Weeks
Suckers / Easy Chairs
Yeasayer / Sunrise
Black Moth Super Rainbow / Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise
Sunset Rubdown / Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!
Handsome Furs / The Radio's Hot Sun
Wolf Parade / I'll Believe in Anything
Kurt Vile / Freeway
Viva Voce / Octavio
Jonathan Richman / Parties in the USA
The Modern Lovers / Roadrunner
The Velvet Underground / Lonesome Cowboy Bill (live)
Television / Marquee Moon
Talking Heads / Don't Worry About the Government
Eels / That Look You Give That Guy
Apostle of Hustle / Soul Unwind
White Rabbits / Rudie Fails
The Strange Boys / Untitled
Phoenix / Lisztomania
The Phenomenal Handclap Band / All of the Above
Passion Pit / Sleepyhead
Shout Out Out Out Out / How Do I Maintain, Pt. II

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This Must Be The Place

6/15 Show
Music is My Girlfriend went well this week. Lots of new stuff, some older tracks, previewed upcoming concerts, no bad requests or hate calls, etc. The show was generally mellower than most MIMGs with mostly acoustic stuff taking the place of the danceable electro I sometimes play at the end of the show.

This Thursday the 18th, KBUT is presenting the classic Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense" at the Majestic Theatre. Thus, you may notice a couple live Talking Heads tracks in today's playlist.

Hey! Guess what! Links are back. Dara Puspita kicks ass. Also, Peter Bjorn & John's "Nothing to Worry About" is 320x better without the screaming kids chorus.

Artist / Song
Talking Heads / Life During Wartime
Fanfarlo / Finish Line
Fruit Bats / My Unusual Friend
Heavy Hometown / Hold Hands Plans
Apostle of Hustle / Eazy Speaks
Au Revoir Simone / Shadows
Still Flyin / Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here
Architecture in Helsinki / Do the Whirlwind
Get Back Guinozzi / Police & Thieves
Peter Bjorn & John / Nothing to Worry About
Violens / Doomed (MGMT remix)
Highlife / F Kenya Rip
Dara Puspita / Believe Me
Smith Westerns / Be My Girl
Mark Sultan / Hold On
Talking Heads / This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
The Fiery Furnaces / The End is Near
Belle & Sebastian / The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner
The Felice Brothers / Penn Station
AA Bondy / Witness Blues
Radiohead / House of Cards
Amanez / Khala My Friend
Bill Callahan / Faith/Void
Antony & the Johnsons / Fistful of Love
DeVotchKa / Transliterator
Drummer / Diamonds to Shake
Talking Heads / Once in a Lifetime

Saturday, June 13, 2009

From Blown Speakers

6/08 Show
Lots of "older" tracks this week that I was profusely spinning a couple of years ago. Not too many new releases were moving me this week.

Artist / Song
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists / Parallel or Together?
The New Pornographers / From Blown Speakers
Dr. Dog / Heart it Races
Sufjan Stevens / Casimir Pulaski Day
Zee Avi / Kantoi
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / 26 Miles
Jens Lekman / A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill
Boy Least Likely To / Be Gentle With Me
Architecture in Helsinki / It's 5!
Beirut / Elephant Gun
Grizzly Bear / Cheerleader
Here We Go Magic / Only Pieces
Kurt Vile / Freeway
Black Moth Super Rainbow / Twin of Myself
Savoir Adore / Bodies
Jay Reatard / It Ain't Gonna Save Me
Love Language / Lalita
Micachu & the Shapes / Lips
Spirit Spine / How Soon?
Patrick Wolf / Bluebells
Phoenix / Girlfriend
Real Estate / Old Folks
Dana Jewell / Baby Come On
Electrelane / To the East
Toro y Moi / Talamak
Passion Pit / The Reeling
Phoenix / 1901
The Phenomenal Handclap Band / 15 to 20
Cansei Se Ser Sexy / Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above
Starfucker / Medicine
Royskopp / Happy Up Here

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Frazzled Rock

6/1 Show
I rolled into Crested Butte about twenty minutes before my show on Monday feeling somewhat discombobulated. Although I spent most of the drive from Denver to CB listening to new music in preparation for the show, I still felt clueless. As such, you may recognize many of the below tunes from previous weeks.

I got to see Menomena, Handsome Furs, White Rabbits and Dent May & Magnificent Ukulele while in Chicago last week. Order of preference? (first to last): Handsome Furs, Dent May, Menomena, White Rabbits. All four were enjoyable though.

Artist / Song
Grizzly Bear / While You Wait for the Others
Here We Go Magic / Collector
The National / Fake Empire
The Rural Alberta Advantage / Don't Haunt This Place
Akron/Family / River
Cotton Jones / Chewing Gum
Woods / September With Pete
Family Portrait / Mega Secrets
Leichtenstein / Postcard
Love is All / Last Choice
Marmoset / Peach Cobbler
Menomena / E is Stable
Menomena / Evil Bee
Handsome Furs / Evangeline
Handsome Furs / All We Want, Baby, Is Everything
Dire Straits / Sultans of Swing *by request
Grizzly Bear / Two Weeks
Kurt Vile / Freeway
Love Language / Lalita
Throw Me the Statue / Lolita
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / Oh, Paris!
White Rabbits / Percussion Gum
Spoon / You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Soft Shock
Starfucker / Medicine
Phoenix / Lisztomania
Phoenix / 1901
The Magic Kids / Hey Boy
Girls / Lust for Life
Surf City / Free the City
Suckers / Beach Queen

No Time

5/18 Show
Forgot to post this playlist before I went on vacation...

Artist / Song
John Vanderslice / Too Much Time
The Balky Mule / Range
Here We Go Magic / It's a Surprise
Papercuts / Once We Walked in the Sunlight
Family Portrait / Mega Secrets
Marmoset / Peach Cobbler
Surf City / Free the City
Deerhunter / Circulation
Leichtenstein / Roses in the Park
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Everything With You
The Magic Kids / Hey Boy
Camera Obscura / French Navy
Belle & Sebastian / Wrapped Up in Books
Cotton Jones / Gotta Cheer Up
Liam the Younger / Country Wide
Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Shampoo
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / You Can't Force a Dance Party
Neko Case / This Tornado Loves You
Cloud Cult / Journey of the Featherless
Harlem Shakes / Sunlight
Foreign Born / Early Warnings
Woods / To Clean
The Soft Pack / Extinction
King Khan & the Shrines / No Regrets
New York Dolls / Personality Crisis
Art Brut / DC Comics & Chocolate Milkshakes
Crocodiles / Soft Skull (In My Room)
Suckers / Beach Queen
Richard Swift / Lady Luck
Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down / Fear & Convenience
Starfucker / Medicine
The Whip / Trash

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We'll See the Sun

5/04 Show
Sorry for the late posting of last week's playlist/links, but here it finally is. Some fun stuff this week, including Wilco's cover of Woody Guthrie's "Jolly Banker" & Joel P West's new model of music distribution. I also fully enjoy the new single from Sunset Rubdown. See below for links.

Furthermore, you may have noticed I wasn't on air yesterday (5/11). I was getting my wisdom teeth yanked, but I'll be on next week!

Mp3 links are up.

Artist / Song
Wilco / Jolly Banker
Billy Bragg & Wilco / Walt Whitman's Niece
Joel P West / 28th & NE Davis
Houses / We'll See the Sun
Little Big Adventure / Happiest Times
The Papercuts / A Dictator's Lament
Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down / Bag of Hammers
Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville
Margot & the Nuclear So & So's / As Tall As Cliffs
BLK JKS / Lakeside
Akron/Family / River
The Helio Sequence / Hallelujah
Hearts of Palm / No Water
Hearts of Palm / Valentine
Crocodiles / I Wanna Kill
Surf City / Canned Food
Spirit Spine / How Soon?
tUnE-YaRdS / Sunlight
Suckers / Afterthoughts & TV
Art Brut / Mysterious Bruises
Sunset Rubdown / Idiot Heart
Pomegranates / Svaatzi Uutsi
Still Flyin' / The Hott Chord is Struck
Camera Obscura / Honey in the Sun
Peter Bjorn & John / It Don't Move Me
The Faint / Forever Growing Centipedes
Dan Deacon / Paddling Ghost

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Up Here

4/27 Show
Spring in Crested Butte, with all its unstable tendencies, has sprung. Four days of sunshine and 50 degree weather followed by two days of cold, clouds and snow? Yea, that's life, but it makes the nice days that much sweeter. In a rather unrelated correlation, there are a vast amount of worthwhile new releases coming into the studio these days. Art Brut, Akron/Family, Bat for Lashes, The Bicycles, Camera Obscura, Elvis Perkins, Jack-O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, Junior Boys, Rhett Miller, The Whip & more all found their way onto my harddrive (and, for the most part, my playlist) today. Also, there's a bunch of links this week too!

By the way, Portland was great. If I had to live in a city, I could see myself there. As a bonus, I even got to attend "Independent Record Store Day" and pick up a limited edition Thermals/Thao 7" vinyl. Score!

Check out this Atlas Sound link (or below) for the excellent "Springtime Instrumental" which didn't officially make my playlist today. Its the jam. I should also say the new Suckers EP is really exciting (link below). Further more, I can't believe the Spirit Spine song (also below) was crafted by a Freshman in his dorm room at IU (my alma mater).

Mp3 links are up and running.

Artist / Song
The Cave Singers / Seeds of Night
Japanese Motors / Spendin' Days (acoustic)
Jonathan Richman / The Lovers Are Here & They're Full of Sweat
Richard Buckner / Canyon
Papercuts / Future Primitive
Camera Obscura / French Navy
Atlas Sound / Time Warp
Still Flyin' / The Hott Chord is Struck
Bishop Allen / Dimmer
The Acrylics / Molly's Vertigo
Harlem Shakes / Sunlight
Passion Pit / Moth's Wings
Suckers / Beach Queen
Suckers / Afterthoughts & TV

Black Moth Super Rainbow / Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise
Pulp / Mile End
Jarvis Cocker / Angela
Art Brut / Summer Job
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Ramona
Woods / Rain On
The Bicycles / Won't She Be Surprised
Thao With the Get Down, Stay Down / DId You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
Strange Boys / Untitled
Spirit Spine / How Soon?
The Whip / Frustration
Neon Indian / Deadbeat Summer
Empire of the Sun / Walking on a Dream
Royskopp / Happy Up Here
Junior Boys / Bits & Pieces
Dan Deacon / Snookered

Monday, April 13, 2009

Portland Bound

4/13 Show
I'm headed to Portland, OR for a long weekend in a couple of days, so it seemed a good time to highlight that city's blossoming indie scene. The first hour+ of the show I dedicated to Portland bands (starting with 2 classic garage tracks and ending with Glass Candy). After that I previewed many an upcoming concert, of which I'm hoping to attend The Thermals/Shaky Hands show in about 2 weeks.

I'll still be in Portland next Monday, so I won't be on the radio.

Mp3 links are up, but there's only 2 this week.

Artist / Song
The Kingsmen / Louie Louie
Paul Revere & the Raiders / Just Like Me
Blitzen Trapper / Furr
Horse Feathers / Albina
Elliott Smith / Waterloo Sunset (live)
M. Ward / One Hundred Million Years
M. Ward / Never Had Nobody Like You
Viva Voce / Octavio
The Decemberists / Annan Water
The Helio Sequence / Can't Say No
The Dandy Warhols / She Sells Sanctuary
Menomena / E is Stable
Lackthereof / Last November
The Joggers / Era Prison
Wet Confetti / Dazzle of Dynamite
The Thermals / I Let it Go
Blind Pilot / We Are the Tide
Glass Candy / Life After Sundown
Dirty Projectors / Stillness is the Move
Mates of State / My Only Offer
Black Kids / I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You
Franz Ferdinand / Come on Home
Chairlift / Bruises
Heartless Bastards / All This Time
X / Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
Black Lips / Again & Again
Black Lips / Not a Problem
The Shaky Hands / I'm Alive
The Thermals / Power Doesn't Run on Nothing
Junior Boys / In the Morning

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vacationing People

4/6 Show
Offseason has arrived! With the ski area closing on Sunday, Crested Buttians are free to become vacationing people & not play host to them. Town is slowing to a crawl & I couldn't be looking more forward to summer.

The new Urban Outfitters LSTN #4 compilation is pretty terrific, even if many of its tracks were already available around the internet. Its free, so why complain? Download a .zip of the compilation

Mp3 links are finally up and running (as of 4/17).

Artist / Song
Black Lips / Short Fuse
Birdmonster / Born to Be Your Man
Donora / I Think I Like You
Richard Swift / The First Time
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / Oh, Paris!
The Shaky Hands / Why and How Come
Ra Ra Riot / Each Year (RAC mix)
Handsome Furs / Evangeline
The Whip / Frustration Urban's LSTN#4
Foreign Born / Vacationing People Urban's LSTN#4
Jay Reatard / See Saw
Cola Freaks / Arbejd
Wavves / No Hope Kids Urban's LSTN#4
Strange Boys / Poem Party Urban's LSTN#4
Fergus & Geronimo / Tell It In My Ear
The Vaselines / Son of a Gun
Akron/Family / River
White Rabbits / While We Go Dancing
White Rabbits / Percussion Gum
Here We Go Magic / Tunnelvision
The Dutchess & the Duke / Reservoir Park
The Boy Least Likely To / A Balloon on a Broken String
Telekinesis / Coast of Carolina Urban's LSTN#4
Lissy Trullie / Boy Boy Urban's LSTN#4
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Soft Shock
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Young Adult Fiction
Drummer / Diamonds to Shake
Pomegranates / The Southern Ocean
The Thermals / Now We Can See
The Thermals / Here's Your Future
Neon Indian / 6669 (I don't know if you know)
Neon Indian / Should Have Taken Acid With You

Jack Penate / Tonight's Today Urban's LSTN#4
The Apples in Stereo / King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 2

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You Hear Colours

3/30 Show
Perhaps I'll write more later, but for now there is powder to ski... Now I am writing more: new albums from The Thermals, Boy Least Likely To, Pomegranates and Peter Bjorn and John have me excited with plenty to listen to. Also, KBUT scored the Merge records SCORE! compilations featuring cover versions of classic Merge tracks by newer Merge artists. Ballin'.

If you havn't yet, you must watch this trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are".

Mp3 links are up and running.

Artist / Song
The New Pornographers / All For Swinging You Around
Pomegranates / Beachcomber
Viva Voce / Octavio
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / A Teenager in Love
The Shins / Plenty is Never Enough
Arcade Fire / Wake Up
The Walkmen / Wake Up
The Thermals / When We Were Alive
The Thermals / When I Was Afraid
Harlem Shakes / Sunlight
CFCF / You Hear Colours
Realpeople / My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille
Starf*cker / Medicine
The Apples in Stereo / King of Carrot Flowers Pt 2
Tough Alliance / Hung Up on a Dream
The Boy Least Likely To / Saddle Up
Sam Roberts / Them Kids
Everything Absent or Distorted / Aquariums
Mighty Mighty / Law
Peter Bjorn & John / It Don't Move Me
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Dull Life
BLK JKS / Summertime
Dirty Projectors / Stillness is the Move
Richard Swift / Lady Luck
The Decemberists / The Rake's Song
The Mary Onettes / Dare
The National / So Far Around the Bend
Spoon / It's Gonna Take an Airplane
White Lies / Death
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / 103

Monday, March 23, 2009

More of This

3/23 Show
KBUT finally received the new albums from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (right after I purchased it on iTunes) and The Decemberists, so it was a mildly exciting day at the studio. Among the endless photo blog posts from SXSW, there were some good new tunes posted, so enjoy the links this week. Thanks to Kyle's friend Bill who started the Someday I'll be Dignified & Old blog that inspired the first 4 songs of the day.

Mp3 links are up.

Artist / Song
Surf City / Canned Food
Disappears / Magics
American Princes / Open Letter
The Modern Lovers / Dignified & Old
Girls / Lust for Life
The Strange Boys / Heard You Want to Beat Me Up
Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers / Night Owl
Fanfarlo / Harold T Wilkins

Vetiver / More of This
Bishop Allen / Rain
Grizzly Bear / Cheerleader
Clues / Perfect Fit
Mumford & Sons / The Cave
Voxtrot / Trepanation Party
The Rural Alberta Advantage / Don't Haunt This Place
Elemeno P / Baby Come On
Richard Swift / The Atlantic Ocean
Melanoid / Under the Covers
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / This Love is F*cking Right!
The Spinto Band / Oh Mandy
The Spinto Band / Give Me Just a Little More Time
Donora / I Think I Like You
Throw Me the Statue / Lolita
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Zero
Architecture in Helsinki / That Beep
Tune-Yards / Sunlight
Menomena / Wet & Rusting
The Decemberists / Annan Water
Ratatat / Shempi

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wishing I Was in Austin

3/16 Show
Yep, I'm totally missing out on the fun in Austin this week. Maybe next year when I don't have an epic backcountry ski race to prepare for. I did, however, DJ at a crazy Robot Dance Party on Monday night that almost made up for not being at SXSW.

Played lots of "older" tracks this week, meaning songs I might have played a year or two ago but haven't since then. Check out the new EP from Surf City, hosted by Kyle's friend on his new blog "Someday I'll be Dignified and Old".

Mp3 links are up.

Artist / Song
Surf City / Free the City
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Everything With You
Crystal Stilts / Love is a Wave
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)
Here We Go Magic / Surprise
Zee Avi / Slow Hands
Vetiver / Everyday
Architecture in Helsinki / Do the Whirlwind
Pomegranates / Whom/Who
Matt & Kim / It's a Fact (Printed Stained)
The Thermals / Now We Can See
Handsome Furs / Radio Kaliningrad
CSS / Beautiful Song
Peter, Bjorn & John / Nothing to Worry About
Real Estate / Old Folks
Black Lips / Cold Hands
Black Lips / Short Fuse
Yeasayer / 2080
Zookeeper / Ballad of My Friends
M. Ward / To Go Home
Kentucky Nightmare / Caroline & I
Flight of the Conchords / Robots
Phoenix / 1901
I Was a Teenage Satan Worshipper / Bomb the School
Faunts / Feel.Love.Thinking.Of
The Notwist / One With the Freaks
Fujiya & Miyagi / Ankle Injuries
Hot Chip / No Fit State
The Beta Band / Dry the Rain
Menomena / Muscle'n Flo