Saturday, June 28, 2008

Christmas in July Mix Tapes

Too early for Chritmas? Sure, but also a bit too early for July. IS it ever too early to catch up on good music you might not own? Nope. So here are some notyouraveragebear Christmas songs. They aren't mixes in the true sense of the word, because I didn't monitor flow, but rather posted songs by alphabetical order of the artists. Technically they are not a Dr. No mix. (I am serious about my mixes). Consider this fodder for your mixes, if you like. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) (Ramones Cover) - Asobi Seksu
Little Drum Machine Boy - Beck
Santa Claus Is A Black Man - Akim & The Teddy Vann Production Company
Blue Christmas - Bright Eyes
Hey Santa Claus - The Chesterfield Kings
Frosty The Snowman - Cocteau Twins
Little Drummer Boy -The Dandy Warhols
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
A Marshmallow World - Dean Martin
Christmas Downer - Departure Lounge
Jingle Bells (Greetings from Esquivel!) - Esquivel!
Please Come Home For Christmas - Fiona Apple
Christmas At The Zoo -The Flaming Lips
Little Drummer Boy -The Flaming Lips
White Christmas -The Flaming Lips
Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy
Evelyn Christmas - Gene Marshall
Christmas Time is Here -Ivy
Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over -Jack White
I'm All Alone In the World -Jim Backus, Mr. Magoo
Welcome Christmas - Love Spirals Downward
Just Like Christmas -Low
Let It Snow - Luscious Jackson
Last Christmas [Live] - Manic Street Preachers

The Little Drummer Boys - Mike Watt And The Crew Of The Flying Saucers
Sexy Christmas Baby Mine - Morphine
Christmas Isn't Safe For Animals - Of Montreal
In the Bleak Midwinter - The Pipettes
Mele Kalikimaka - Poi Dog Pondering
Silent Night - The Primitives
Winter Wonderland - Radiohead
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Rufus Wainwright
Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
Give The Jew Girl Toys - Sarah Silverman
Ice - Shelleyan Orphan
Al Hanisim -Shudder To Think
Santa Doesn't Cop Out On Dope - Sonic Youth
Suzy Snowflake -Soul Coughing
Santa Claus is Smoking Reefer -Squirrel Nut Zippers
White Christmas - Stiff Little Fingers
We Three Kings of Orient Are - Sufjan Stevens
Santa Claus -Throwing Muses
Santa's Beard -They Might Be Giants
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Tiny Tim
Christmas Sucks - Tom Waits
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Tori Amos
Thanks For Christmas -XTC
My Christmas Was In June (Bonus Track) - Ze Malibu Kids
Story of the Magi / Silent Night -The White Stripes

Friday, June 27, 2008

Possible Phish Reunion

Well folks it looks like the Deadheads and Phishfans might not have to live out the rest of their days without parking lot burritos. Rumors have been flying that the band will reform, and those rumblings have recently become more public.

Billboard reports that keyboardist Page McConnell commented "later this year we hope to spend some time together and take a look at what possible futures we might enjoy. In fact, the only real decision that has been made is that when we do get together, it will only be the four of us, hopefully with no distractions. I am really looking forward to that." Could he be more vague?

I hope (but only for the sake of my scumbag cousin who makes his money selling pot and bootlegs) this rumor is true. Personally I’d rather listen to my parents having sex.

The Walkmen/Bitter:Sweet/Jex Thoth/Gus Black/The Death Set

The music that inspired the Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock 'n' roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley's and Buddy Holly's early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison. And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers - the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition. The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.

With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs. The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the“Walkmen” sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas. The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.

Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York. The band rode China Town busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fish Town, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record’s pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.

The song I Lost You was the first major breakthrough, and inspired many songs to follow. Maroon was teaching himself the viola and trumpet at the time, and the song was the culmination of many 8-track experiments. The new warmth and romance in the music seemed to beg for the same from the lyrics, so the cold and stand-offish tone that had run a-ground in recent years was abandoned for a more personal and real approach. I Lost You’ s strange pacing, and the way in which both the music and the lyrics together pushed towards an Orbison-like crescendo, was the new direction everyone had hoped for. Songs like Red Moon, On the Water, If Only it Were True, and In the New Year were soon to follow.

The album was recorded in two installments - the first at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi (where they had worked on Bows and Arrows) with engineer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and in a couple of sessions in New York's Gigantic Studios (built by Phillip Glass) with engineer Chris Zane (who the boys consider "the best f@#king engineer in the world" and a "f@#king god-send").

You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.

The Walkmen You & Me

1. Dónde está la Playa
2. Flamingos (for Colbert)
3. On the Water
4. In the New Year
5. Seven Years of Holidays (for Stretch)
6. Postcards from Tiny Islands
7. Red Moon
8. Canadian Girl
9. Four Provinces
10. Long Time Ahead of Us
11. The Blue Route
12. New Country
13. I Lost You
14. If Only It Were True

August Tour

8/18: Bowery Ballroom, New York
8/19: Bowery Ballroom, New York
8/21: Troubadour, Los Angeles
8/22: Troubadour, Los Angeles
8/23 : San Francisco, CA (Outside Lands Festival)
8/27: Doug Fir, Portland
8/28: Richards on Richard, Vancouver (co-bill w/ Man Man)
8/29: Rifflandia Festival, Victoria (Black Mountain, Destroyer, etc.)
8/30: Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle





US Tour Dates

7/18/08 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA

7/19/08 Stateside Santa Barbara CA

7/25/08 North Beach Jazz Festival San Francisco CA

7/27/08 Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz CA

7/28/08 Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville CA

7/30/08 Berbati’s Pan Portland OR

7/31/08 The Triple Door Seattle OR

8/1/08 Neurolux Boise ID

8/2/08 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT

8/3/08 The Marquis Theatre Denver CO

8/5/08 Varsity Theatre Minneapolis MN

8/6/08 Subterranean Chicago IL

8/9/08 Blender Theatre at Gramercy New York NY

8/10/08 World Café Live Philadelphia PA

8/11/08 Middle East Underground Cambridge MA

8/12/08 DC9 Night Club Washington, DC

8/14/08 Vinyl Atlanta GA

Gus Black Releases His 5th Full Length Record “Today Is Not The Day...To F#@k With Gus Black” via iTunes Exclusive On Cheap Lullaby Records

In the last century Gus Black has released two records under just the name GUS, so, we don’t want you to get all confused. Maybe you know Gus (Black).

Some things you should know about Gus Black:

May 2008 - Gus was kicked off Fab TV in Berlin for refusing to lip synch seriously...i.e. lip synch with more feeling!!!

April 2008 - Black embarked on a sold out tour of Germany

March 2008 - “Today Is Not The Day…” was released in Europe to much love –Germany’s INTRO magazine called it “one of the most engaging folk/pop records of the year”

Gus has songs in movies and and on TV including his cover of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” was featured in the original "Scream". There are several videos on youtube created by confused fans of his cover of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” that credit his version of the song as being performed by H.I.M. (The faux goth rockstar). When I asked Black about this he laughed” it’s amazing…thank god for retarded H.I.M. fans…they have helped spread my music to more people than I could have done on my own.”

Check it out!

The Death Set Tour Dates:
Wed. Jul. 9 Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub w/ The Mae Shi
Thu. Jul. 10 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ The Mae Shi
Mon. Jul. 14 Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ The Mae Shi
Tue. Jul. 15 Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome w/ The Mae Shi
Wed. Jul. 16 Providence, RI @ As220 w/ The Mae Shi
Thu. Jul. 17 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre w/ The Mae Shi
Fri. Jul. 18 New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ The Mae Shi
Sun. Jul 20 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ The Mae Shi
Tue. Jul. 22 Washington, D.C. @ The Velvet Lounge

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Paul Stanley's Stage Banter Pleases Me



Following their fifth consecutive UK number 1 album last year, the GRAMMY® award winning We Are The Night (Best Electronic/Dance Album), The Chemical Brothers return with Brotherhood a Best Of collection with a kick and a twist, set for release on September 2, 2008.

In a career that to date has spanned 13 years and accrued 9 million record sales Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have established themselves as true pioneers of electronic music and as The Chemical Brothers they have become one of the most popular dance acts of all time. Now seems the perfect time to take stock of their seminal output with the double disc celebration that is Brotherhood.

Brotherhood comprises 2 discs, the first is a collection of 13 undeniable benchmark singles from the band's immense back catalogue and new track "Keep My Composure" which features the shimmering flow of Baltimore’s Spank Rock.

The 2nd disc will feature exclusively Electronic Battle Weapons 1-10. Since 1996 Electronic Battle Weapons have acted as the laboratories for The Chems devious musical experiments and laid the rhythmic and melodic foundations for numerous tracks as well as providing some of the duos most formidable mixes. Until now Electronic Battle Weapons 1-9 have only been available on various limited formats and this is the first time they have been widely available.

Brotherhood will be preceded by the digital single "Midnight Madness", the full-length of which will be included on Disc 2. Derived and developed from Electronic Battle Weapon 10 "Midnight Madness" is The Chemical Brothers at their most infectious, euphoric, report to the dancefloor best.


01. Galvanize
02. Hey Boy Hey Girl
03. Block Rockin' Beats
04. Do It Again
05. Believe
06. Star Guitar
07. Let Forever Be (Featuring Noel Gallagher)
08. Leave Home
09. Keep My Composure (Featuring Spank Rock)
10. Saturate
11. Out Of Control
12. The Golden Path – (Featuring The Flaming Lips)
13. Setting Sun – (Featuring Noel Gallagher)
14. Chemical Beats

1-10 Electronic Battle Weapons

The Chemical Brothers will be bringing their iridescent live show throughout the European festival circuit and then to London’s Olympia for their biggest ever headline show in the UK capitol.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Be Your Own Pet

The name of this blog is taken from the line "This is my happening and it freaks me out" spoken by Z-Man in the camp classic film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. The reason for this blog is not having to conform to one genre or medium. I can write about music, and I will, but I can choose to write about anything because, well, it's my happening. I chose this medium because I don’t want to answer to an editor. Hopefully my talented friends will occasionally contribute their happenings as this grows (or fizzles - depending).

There is a fantastic new album by Be Your Own Pet called Get Awkward which was produced by Steve McDonald of power pop/rock/kitsch masters Redd Kross. I think it deserves a proper review, but I'm feeling lazy at the moment. Suffice to say it's catchy and fresh and funny and it rocks. It's worth your money - which is more than can be said of a lot of recent albums. It’s like an afterschool special gone bad and back to good again. It should be bought by you and you. (If two people are in fact reading this). The album Get Awkward has a song appropriate for this blog. So enjoy "The Kelly Affair"

Enjoy the download and buy the Be Your Own Pet album Get Awkward. The ep Get Damaged has songs that were edited from the album for U.S. consumption. Tongue in cheek apparently is over the heads of the current musical climate in America. The official word is "The band was given the option of recording the tracks without the offending lyrics or taking them off the album. Not wanting to give up artistic control they chose the latter and thus off the album came"Becky," a song about kicking the ass of your former best friend, the nihilistic "Black Hole" and "Blow Yr Mind" which is about just that." XL Recordings picked up Universal’s slack and released the ep Get Damaged with the aforementioned “violent” material. It's too ridiculous. I suppose singing about guns and drugs and poppin’ coochies is okay, but not if you're in a partially female rock band? Come on who doesn’t want to hear about "bffs" and chick fights? It served the Shangri-Las well. In fact - here is a gem of a song by the Shangri-Las that I feel has been neglected in favor of their more popular fare. It has dancing, boys, and an indescribable squeal. What more could one want? I give you The Shangri-Las Sophisticated Boom Boom:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Tour Dates For Black Francis

6/23 - Brookdale, CA
6/24 - Los Angeles, CA
6/25 - Tucson, AZ
6/27 - San Antonio, TX
6/28 - Houston, TX
6/29 - Grand Prairie, TX
7/02 - Denver, CO
7/03 - Omaha, NE
7/04 - Milwaukee, IL
7/05 - Des Moines, IO
7/07 - Aspen, CO

Various Artist's Summer Tour Dates

July 2008
16 - Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theater
18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park - free!
19 - Halifax, NS, Canada @ The Marquee Club - Halifax Jazz Festival
27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl - KCRW Fest w/ Gnarls Barkley, Youssou N'Dour
August 2008
31 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Stanley Park Singing Exhibition @ The Malkin Bowl - w/ The Evaporators, Andrew Bird, Destroyer, Neko Case

June 2008
28 - Evruex, France @ Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats
29 - St Gallen, Switzerland @ St Gallen Open Air Festival
30 - Munich, Germany @ Kleine Elsterhalle
July 2008
1 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
4 - Belfort, France @ Eurorockennes
5 - Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
6 - Paris, France @ Solidays
8 - Athens, Greece @ Rockwave Festival
10 - Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
11 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Exit Festival
12 - Lisabon, Portugal @ Alive 08
25 - Naeba, Japan @ Fuji Rock
26 - Seoul, Korea @ Pentaport Rock Festival
August 2008
23 - Daresbury, UK @ Creamfields Festival
30 - Inveraray, UK @ Connect Festival
31 - Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic

Horse Feathers
July 2008
29 - Portland, OR @ Holocene - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
31 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
August 2008
2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
3 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
4 - Tucscon, AZ @ Solar Culture - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
5 - Lubbock, TX @ Bash Riprock's 2 - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
6 - Austin, TX @ Emo's - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
7 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada - w/ Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Mika Miko
July 2008
21 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
22 - Eureka, CA @ Little Red Room
23 - Anacortes, WA @ Department of Safety
23 - Olympia, WA @ TBA - w/ TWIN
24 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Richards on Richards - w/ Abe Vigoda, No Age
25 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
26 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater - w/ Abe Vigoda, No Age
27 - Chico, CA @ Crux Arts Collective
28 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall - w/ Abe Vigoda, No Age

New Bloods
June 2008
28 - Seattle, WA @ Wildrose - Seattle Gay Pride

June 2008
20 - Portland, OR @ Backspace - w/ Copy ALL AGES
27 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland - w/ Plants and Animals
29 - Oakland, CA @ Fort Gallery - w/ Tempo No Tempo, Casy and Brian
July 2008
11 - Portland, OR @ Work/Sound - w/ Reporter ALL AGES
17 - Portland, OR @ East End - w/ Joggers
26 - Portland, OR @ Roseland - w/ Girl Talk
August 2008
17 - Brooklyn, NY @ McCarren Pool Party - w/ Aesop Rock
September 2008
13 - Paris, France @ Fleche D'or
14 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Leromandie

Shy Child
July 2008
27 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court - w/ The Faint
28 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Annex - w/ The Faint
29 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater - w/ The Faint
30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue - w/ The Faint
31 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory - w/ The Faint
August 2008
1 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Commodore Ballroom - w/ The Faint
2 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market - w/ The Faint
3 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - w/ The Faint
4 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore - w/ The Faint
5 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom - Regency - w/ The Faint
7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater - w/ The Faint
8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater - w/ The Faint
9 - San Diego, CA @ Soma - w/ The Faint
11 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa - w/ The Faint
12 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom - w/ The Faint
14 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse - w/ The Faint
15 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - w/ The Faint
16 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - w/ The Faint
17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater - w/ The Faint
18 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 - w/ The Faint

June 2008
20 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
July 2008
19 - Columbus, OH @ Milo
20 - Newport, KY @ Northside Tavern - w/ Tune-Yards
22 - St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway - w/ Tune-Yards
23 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews - w/ Tune-Yards
24 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive - w/ Tune-Yards
25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court - w/ Tune-Yards
26 - Stanley, ID @ Pioneer Park
29 - Portland, OR @ Holocene - w/ Horse Feathers, Harper Simon
31 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent - w/ Horse Feathers
August 2008
1 - Irvine, CA @ Phoenix Grille @ UC Irvine - w/ Horse Feathers
2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - w/ Horse Feathers
3 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah - w/ Horse Feathers
4 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture - w/ Horse Feathers
5 - Lubbock, TX @ Bash Riprock's - w/ Horse Feathers
6 - Austin, TX @ Emo's - w/ Horse Feathers
7 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada - w/ Horse Feathers
8 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline
9 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline
11 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline, Pepi Ginsberg
12 - Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear's - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline, Pepi Ginsberg
13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline, Pepi Ginsberg
14 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat - w/ David Schultz and the Skyline, Pepi Ginsberg

Xiu Xiu
August 2008
14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex - w/ Evangelista
15 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah - w/ Evangelista
16 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture - w/ Evangelista
19 - Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle - w/ Evangelista
20 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
21 - Houston, TX @ Orange Show Center for Visionary Art - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
22 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree Cafe - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
23 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
24 - Charlotte, NC @ Milestone - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
25 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
26 - Providence, RI @ Living Room - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
27 - Boston, MA @ Paradise - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider
28 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - w/ Evangelista, Common Eider King Eider, Prurient
29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
30 - Columbus, OH @ Milo - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
September 2008
1 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
2 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
3 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
4 - Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
5 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon - w/ Common Eider, King Eider, Prurient
6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club - w/ Prurient
7 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium - w/ Prurient
10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos - w/ Prurient
11 - Portland, OR @ Backspace - w/ Prurient
13 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill - w/ Prurient, Evangelista
October 2008
14 - Helsinki, Finaland @ Tavastia
15 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
16 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Nefertiti
17 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
18 - Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
19 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
21 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido
22 - Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz
23 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Meet Factory
24 - Vienna, Austria @ Brut
25 - Krakow, Poland @ Unsound Festival
press relese info:

The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties EP
(Monotreme Records)

May and June have been busy months for Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic. The Cure have taken this bright and promising group all over North America, bringing their epic instrumental rock to arenas like The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, the Sasquatch Music Festival, and this weekend they will be wrapping up their US tour playing NYC’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. This past winter, while the group was resting between these massive tours, the band went into the studio to record The Distant and Mechanised Glow of East European Dance Parties EP to accompany their 2008 tour dates. Comprising two very different takes on the The Destruction of Small Ideas track of the same name, plus two completely new songs, The Distant and Mechanised Glow of East European Dance Parties EP answers the question “What happens if we put these instruments down for a couple of seconds and create a 16 strong choir from our own under rehearsed voices?” The result is a brilliantly executed single produced with the sonic exploration of their previous records, while pushing the band towards their dark and dance-club-friendly electronic side. The EP was released on 65daysofstatic’s longtime label, Monotreme Records and when it landed in the UK it received an early spin on the national BBC Radio 1. DJ Dan Carter of BBC Radio 1 introduced “Dance Parties (Mechanized)”as the “hottest record in the world right now!”

To further enhance the euphoric auditory and visual experience that comes with this striking EP, 65daysofstatic invite fans to remix “Dance Parties” in real time via an interactive website they developed. By toggling the mouse throughout the screen, the music mix changes beats, vocals, guitars, layered effects, and other facets of the song which can only be explored and discovered with personal interaction. Remix it with your mouse right here:

"This is my Happening and it Freaks Me Out"

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - The Bostweeds
Good Girls Don't - The Knack
Innocent, Not Guilty - Garland Jeffries
This Beat Goes On/Switching To Glide - Kings
Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies
Get You Yet - The Gore Gore Girls
Don't Care - Klark Kent
Unguarded Moment - The Church
My Friend Jack (The Smoke) - Death By Chocolate
Bedazzled - Peter Cook
Pop Trash Movie (Duran Duran) - Blondie (Unreleased Demo)
A Love Built On Sand - Animated Egg
Butter Of 69 - Butter 08
Mass Romantic - The New Pornographers
Twisterella - Ride
Jacknife - The Gruesomes
Pattern Skies - The Greenhornes
Cinderella - The Fuzztones
She Gives Me Love - The Godfathers
Common People - William Shatner w/ Joe Jackson

Today's Myspace Snippet:

I haven't listened to the full length as yet. I like what I hear on myspace so far, although I am picky about my electronic music. Some of you may remember that Sophia Coppola used Natalie's music for the trailer of Marie Antoinette. Her debut album was released in '06 and she has a new full length titled With You coming out August 19th.

And my new favorite video:

Pot Kettle Black by Tilly and the Wall