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.

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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 Daytrotter.com 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.

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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"

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