Saturday, November 29, 2008

Back In '82....

I can't play new video games. I want old Nintendo so I can play the Mario games. I like your basic left-right-up down and screw the rest of it. I remember this one time a guy took me to some special arcade to play a virtual reality game and I literally had a panic attack. The control panel looked like something from NASA.

Mirah "1982 Atari" (from the discontinued album Storageland)

Game Over by PESfilms

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dogs Do the Darndest Things

I had a dog named Geraldine that cried when I said David Letterman or if I rhymed. Bless.

Kraftwerk Member Suffers Heart Attack and Court Win Overturned

According to CMJ a source at EMI stated that recent Australian show was canceled because member Fritz Hilpert suffered a minor heart attack. He was reportedly seen on site and advised to check into a hospital - which he did, for one night. Hilpert and band mates played the following date and have not canceled any further shows. Kraftwerk has released no official statement and there is no mention of this incident on their official website.

Additionally the band's copyright case verdict has been overturned in favor of the defendant Moses Pelham (producer). The band sued Pelham over a 1997 use of a two second sample which was not cleared. The sample was used in the song "Nur Mir" by Sabrina Setlur.

Look Out For Gay Zombies

Controversial film maker Bruce LaBruce, who was behind Hustler White and The Raspberry Reich recently premiered his latest film, Otto; Or Up With Dead People at The Museum of Modern Art.

Otto Up W/ Dead People Sndtrk CD
Artist: Various Artists

Otto: Or, Up With Dead People Soundtrack
Label: Crippled Dick Hot Wax
Release Date: November 25th, 2008

01. Mikael Karlsson - Descent
02. Jean-Louis Huhta – Halfway Between The World And Death
03. 4th Sign Of The Apocalypse – Ascending The River
04. All My Friends – Theme From All My Friends
05. Pandas Of Black Metal – Kill Your Gods
06. Misty Roses – Mario And Dario
07. The Living Dead Boys – Discohell
08. No Bra – Doherfucker
09. Brittle Stars – On The Cusp Of Infinity
10. Eyes And Teeth – Sonicize
11. Othon with Ernesto Tomasini – Metalipsis
12. La Jovenc – Going Home
13. Ultra Milkmaids + V – Load
14. The Homophones – Everyone’s Dead

Noisepop Festival Press Release

November 24, 2008—San Francisco, CA— Event Producers, Noise Pop Industries, have announced the dates of the West Coast’s premiere independent celebration of music, film and art - Noise Pop 2009. The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.

Early artist confirmations include New Pornographers front man A.C. Newman, No Age, Pinback side project Goblin Cock, Dear And The Headlights, the Bay Area debut of Clues and a very special performance by Antony and the Johnsons at Davies Symphony Hall. More confirmations will be announced very shortly.

The Noise Pop Film Festival continues its mission of focusing on films that embrace and reflect independent music and culture. Early announcements include “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” examining the most important day in the career of an American icon, and “Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams,” which follows the charismatic hit songwriter (he has recorded with Berry Gordy, Ike Turner, Stevie Wonder and Jon Spencer to name a few) and his struggle with his creative vision and his addictions. Many Noise Pop Film Festival screenings will include Q&A discussions with the filmmakers.

Noise Pop has announced that returns as a presenting sponsor of the 2009 Festival showcasing emerging artists. Wolfgang’s Vault is the home for the past, present and future of live music including The Bill Graham Archives, Daytrotter Sessions, King Biscuit, selections from Noise Pop 2007 and 2008 and more, all available for free streaming online and by iphone. In addition to the Concert Vault music of Wolfgang’s Vault, the site also offers concert posters, rock photography, vintage t-shirts and retro t-shirts, rock gear and concert related memorabilia. Wolfgang’s Vault will offer exclusive Noise Pop 2009 concerts as free streams and free downloads of the bands destined to become household names.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fuck Your Corporate Fascist Beauty Standards / Amanda Palmer

Here is the latest video by Amanda Palmer for "Leeds United." She reports that Roadrunner Records asked her to re-edit the video to cut out shots of her belly , because she looks "too fat." She reportedly told them to "fuck off." When even the little guy labels are asking for this it's shameful. Good for her for calling them out and not giving in - here it is unedited:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NEWS: Ben Nichols Title Track "The Last Pale Light In The West"

Just Bringing You News:

(Quoted from band materials) Lucero frontman Ben Nichols is releasing his highly anticipated solo debut album, a “mini-LP” titled The Last Pale Light in the West, this January 2009 via Liberty & Lament / The Rebel Group. Nichols entered the studio this past August with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and Todd Beene (Glossary) to record this seven track mini-LP which features songs inspired from the Cormac McCarthy book Blood Meridian. The mini-LP displays Nichols signature gravelly voice accompanied by his acoustic guitar and complimented by Steff’s perfectly placed piano and accordion parts, as well as Beene’s subtle pedal steel guitar.

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead

Just Bringing You News:

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead will release a new full length album in February, but until then here's an ep to tide you over, but hurry - the time to download is limited.

For one week only you may download the new ep:

"Festival Thyme features all new songs including the symphonic “Bells of Creation” (Machete Mix) (a different version of this will appear on the band’s full-length due out January 2009). Included on the limited edition 10” vinyl picture disc (available in the US only via Justice/Richter Scale) is a cover of The Replacements’ “Within Your Reach” while the digital (worldwide) and physical releases (Europe/UK) will contain a version of the track “Inland Sea.”

One Of My Favorite Bands - Boss Hog Return

After an multi year hiatus Boss Hog (Mr. and Mrs. Jon Spencer and Christina Martinez) make their triumphant return to the stage. The band allegedly will be playing NYC's All Tomorrow's Parties, and December 17 at the Bowery Ballroom in N.Y.C. Opening the festivities will be a burlesque performance by Harvest Moon and Dirty Martini, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. One can only hope there are more announcements to come...

If you don't own this - you must!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Dead Trees On Tour

K.Telle approved

Check out this rock and roll band (with a little country and folk infusion) on their myspace:

On Tour With (Fabrizio Moretti of Strokes) Little Joy:
Nov 18 2008 8:00P
Black Cat Backstage (w/Little Joy) Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 20 2008 8:00P
Smith’s Olde Bar (w/Little Joy) Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 21 2008 8:00P
Exit/In (w/Little Joy) Nashville, Tennessee
Nov 22 2008 8:00P
Duck Room at Blueburry Hill (w/Little Joy) St. Louis, Missouri
Nov 24 2008 8:00P
Jackpot Music Hall (w/Little Joy) Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 25 2008 8:00P
The Conservatory (w/ Little Joy) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 26 2008 8:00P
The Lounge @ Elm Street (w/Little Joy) Dallas, Texas
Nov 28 2008 8:00P
Warehouse Live (w/Little Joy) Houston, Texas
Nov 29 2008 8:00P
The Parish (w/Little Joy) Austin, Texas
Nov 30 2008 8:00P
Cain’s Ballroom - 2nd Stage (w/ Little Joy) Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dec 2 2008 8:00P
Larimer Lounge (w/ Little Joy) Denver, Colorado
Dec 4 2008 8:00P
Martini Ranch (w/ Little Joy) Scottsdale, Arizona
Dec 5 2008 8:00P
House Of Blues (Side stage w/Little Joy) San Diego, California
Dec 6 2008 8:00P
Detroit Bar (w/Little Joy) Costa Mesa, California
Dec 7 2008 8:00P
Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Dec 9 2008 8:00P
Slim’s (w/ Little Joy) San Francisco, California
Dec 11 2008 8:00P
El Corazon (w/ Little Joy Seattle, Washington
Dec 12 2008 8:00P
The Plaza Club (w/ Little Joy) Vancouver, British Columbia
Dec 13 2008 8:00P
Berbati’s Pan Portland, Oregon

The Fader Offer Free Download of 7"

I am not acquainted with this music, so "just the facts":

The FADER and SoCo's latest free limited edition 7" featuring exclusive tracks by Brooklyn drone-rockers, Telepathe, as well as Brooklyn's dance-reggae-ist 77Klash. The record is the 8th in the series and for the first time is available for free download via the link below.

The FADER And Southern Comfort Announce The Eighth Seven-Inch Vinyl In Series Featuring More Exclusive Unreleased Tracks; Available For Free MP3 Download For The First Time Ever

New York, NY: The FADER, the definitive voice of emerging music, and Southern Comfort announce the eighth installment in their series of limited-edition 7-inch vinyl releases curated by the editors of The FADER. This rare pressing of only five hundred copies will also be accessible to readers of The FADER, who will have the chance to win the limited record online at Beginning with this record, the tracks from all of the FADER/Southern Comfort series singles will also be available for free download at

To kick off the a-side, Southern Comfort and The FADER enlisted recent I Am Sound signees, Telepathe, to cut "Heat," an exclusive track that will not be available on their January debut album. The song stays true to their dance style while still exploring their signature droned out synth sounds. Flip the wax to 77Klash's "Caroline," where he keeps the dance vibe of the 7-inch alive with some aggressive reggae masquerading as funky house music with slick vocals. Slicking the cover is the exclusive artwork of acclaimed graphic novelist, Dash Shaw.

Previous releases in the series have included match-ups with the likes of indie groups M Ward and Ladyhawk, dancehall vocalists Busy Signal and Mavado as well as boundary destroying rockers Black Lips and YACHT. The final 7-inch of the 2007 series featured Ed Banger DJ, Busy P, as well as fellow Baltimore citizen DJ Blaqstarr. Continuing their tradition of showcasing emerging artists, The FADER and Southern Comfort kicked off the 2008 series with White Williams and Dirty Projectors and followed up with Africa issue cover stars BLK JKS, of South Africa, and Esau Mwamwaya, of London, paired up with the production duo Radioclit. This newest release comes off of the heels of the previous meeting of Alabama's Hood Headlinaz and Baltimore rappers Get 'Em Mamis.

About The FADER
Founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, The FADER is the definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, The FADER aggressively covers the most dynamic breadth of music and style emanating from the fringes of the mainstream to the heart of the underground. The FADER was the first publication in history to be released on iTunes, in 2008 received a Folio award for the best full issue of a consumer entertainment magazine and in 2007 was named one of iTunes' best classic audio podcasts of the year. The FADER is the authority on what's next.

Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge - It MIght Get Loud

Toronto Q&A session with Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge for the film It Might Get Loud. According to IMDB the film is "A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White."

Thanks to JeffreyJonesVideo for posting this on youtube. Visit for more information.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hasslehoff Delves Deeply Into The Jamaican Culture

Nicki Rose "Warriors" and Another Singing Wrestling Person

I've never fully explored the wrestling music genre, but here's another unbelievable performance.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Charro Meets David Lynch On The Love Boat

Around 2:55 the feakout begins. Posted on youtube by chuckie2you

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Norwegian kitchen appliance bashing ill fitting track suit wearing brilliance.

Manakin Rocks and Candy Pants Wants to Eat the Seat

Manakin - Jesus loving prog rock with mime

Lionel Davis from his album I Got the Mack in the Sack. His lyrics coupled with the "dancer" makes it one of my favorite things ..ever. "Do slam dunks in your swimming trunks" And remember kids he is "exclusively a minister of sobriety."

Variety show meets wrestler meets circus freak act meets tight satin meets Sweet.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All I Do Now Is Dick Around

True enough, but it's by Sparks with Steve McDonald (Redd Kross)

KRISTEENYOUNG and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump Collaborate

I'm not a fan of either, but they are popular so I thought perhaps someone was interested. I'll add that Patrick's last name is actually Stumph and he used to work at a Borders cafe and his sister is or was a BMG employee.

KRISTEENYOUNG have just finished work on their forthcoming album “Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-looker” which features a duet with Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Vaughn Stump on the song “That’s What It Takes, Dear”. The legendary Tony Visconti (Bowie, T. Rex) produced the album. The group will also embark on their first full US tour since touring with Morrissey and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (dates below).

Front-woman Kristeen Young says of working with Patrick, “From the moment I first heard ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ I was a goner. Like all heart-stopping moments, I remember my surroundings clearly…Home Depot parking lot, in the band van, and I couldn’t wait to hear the song again and again. The voice (that leapt out of the speakers and wrapped itself around my entire circulatory system) not only possessed the obligatory radio-ring, but had depth, flexibility, and made all the melody choices that break your heart while simultaneously making you feel like you can conquer all. When I wrote the duet, I knew that Patrick Stump was the very capable man for the job at hand. The song is about the duality of the human spirit. It’s about a battle that a person has with one’s self when at the lowest of low times. Lucky me, not only did Patrick’s voice caress these oddly rhythmed melody lines better than how I imagined, Patrick, personally, seemed to embody the role. He embraced the song with focus and optimism, and was an actual lift of light to my often heavy (and…YES) depressed soul. I am so fortunate that Patrick loved my song so, and that he had no reservations about expressing it.”


11/20 New York, NY Piano’s
11/29 Columbus, OH The Distillery
11/30 Southgate, MI The Modern Exchange
12/1 Chicago, IL Red Line Tap
12/7 Austin, TX Emo’s
12/8 San Antonio, TX Rock Bottom
12/11 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Café
12/17 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
12/26 St. Louis, MO The Way Out
12/27 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio

Indie Band Brass Bed Releases Midnight Matinee

I'm having a listen right now. I read that someone described them as "something akin to “The Beach Boys crossing paths with The Flaming Lips” and thought I would give it a try. Maybe you're interested as well? You can find out more via myspace.

11/14 Lafayette, LA @ Blue Moon Saloon
11/15 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Belafonte
11/21 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
12/06 Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea's
12/18 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar

“Midnight Matinee is a breath of fresh air—a rock album that is intriguing from beginning to end.” – Anti-Gravity

“...a compellingly distinctive assembly of instrumentation that dutifully serves each song.” – Creative Loafing

“A winning confluence of effervescent indie rock, quirky psych-pop, country and even a couple of moments of noise...” – Orlando Weekly

“...Midnight Matinee is a kaleidoscope of orchestral flourishes, psych-pop contagiousness, fuzzed-out rock, wilting country winks, and even the occasional detour into noise. It’s an ADHD modus operandi that probably shouldn’t work, but thanks to watertight songwriting, is miraculously cohesive.” – Flagpole

“New Wave Lover” The Pinups / Judy In Disguise With Nazis

My gut instinct is to post things like this without explanation and just allow you to enjoy, but this one left me pondering... Does this even qualify as a song? The random cigarette smoking guy in the leather jacket is the best the show could do for a new wave lover? (I mean, it hardly seems worth the effort.) When did leotards become acceptable stage attire? (And when did they stop?) Why didn't the awkward “shoulder shimmy spin” catch on as a dance? Doesn’t this look like a window in Amsterdam? Was the entire show’s budget spent on the neon Pinups sign?

and what is going on here?

Ein Sommer nur für mich - Ärzte
Sunshine + bellies + nazis. Hmm.

Does anyone have an mp3 of the german version of Judy In Disguise? The one where it sounds like they sing "Judy inscar with nazis"? It isn't a matter of me wanting it - it's surpassed that stage and gone on to need.

Klaus Kinski Goes Ballistic on German T.V. and other delights

ah, fuck art, let's dance:

Cindy and Bert - Paranoisch / German cover of Black Sabbath Paranoid
Please for the love of all that is sacred watch at least until the dog makes an appearance. And if you haven't seen My Best Fiend (Herzog and Kinski) from which the subtitled clips are taken - please consider it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Negativeland Archives Online / Mark Hosler Letter To Congress

Hundreds of hours of archived Negativland radio broadcasts (and more to come) are now online at (Over The Edge)

Below unedited is the letter that Negativland will use while in Washington, DC.
“Some Thoughts For Congress About Creativity and Copyright”

Hello Congressman _________, and thanks for letting me visit your offices here in Washington DC. As a founding member of the group Negativland, I am here to offer some perspectives on the surprising and exciting directions that art (music, video, web sites, etc.) and technology are taking in the world today, and how this new explosion of creativity is colliding with our sometimes outdated copyright laws. It’s rare that artists get to speak to you on behalf of art, and so I want to thank you and the folks at for letting me visit you.

From our 28 years of being creators, observers, and consumers of music, art, and video, our group, Negativland, has witnessed incredible and wonderful shifts in the ways that the public is now able to create and distribute new work via digital technologies. We’ve also witnessed amazing changes in the way that money and corporate power has increasingly influenced policy, Congress, and the laws of our nation. At times, these changes are good. At other times, as I am sure you know, they benefit no one except the businesses lobbying you. We are concerned when this does not serve the public interest.

We believe that the healthy evolution of art and creativity has more value than simply counting how much money is lost or made. Art, science and technology have evolved because of how we all build upon the ideas and works of those who came before us. Copyright was always intended as a balancing act between giving ownership to creators so as to provide incentive to create new works, and allowing works to lapse into the public domain so that new ideas could develop. But our founding fathers could never have imagined the kind of world we live in today and the amazing new technologies that we are surrounded with - technologies that encourage and inspire us to interact with the world and create in unprecedented new ways. Protecting the author of a creative work is a good thing, but the benefits of copyright have been thrown off balance by the disproportionate influence of those with the most money. In fact, the more recent expansions of our nation’s copyright laws represent a break from our nations past and from the intentions of our own Constitution.

Did you know that copyright originally lasted only 14 years, and then all work fell into the public domain? The limit now is 70 years plus the life of the creator, meaning that nothing made in our lifetimes will fall into the public domain. This does not strike us as a very good public good. Even patents, which govern everything from industrial processes to pharmaceuticals, are given only a 20 year period before other manufacturers have access to them and this system seems to have done nothing to discourage innovation, creation, and especially remuneration in the fields of science and technology with this relatively short time span.

But art is neither science nor technology. Why make art out of things originated by others? We think that unless one is lucky enough to live on a remote island somewhere, we all live in a world surrounded by news, music, movies, ads, logos and messages. We are, quite literally, bombarded with media. It has always been a part of human nature to make art in response to and using material from the world around us. Nowadays, anyone with a small computer can easily make, remake, slice, dice, mix, and remix from any electronic media they can get their hands on. And because we can, we often do. Besides being fun, this kind of work creates a new type of cultural “conversation” that we can all have with the media around us, a conversation that we believe is healthy for a vibrant democracy that aspires to true freedom of speech.

Copying has gone on in art and music throughout the ages, from “quoting” in classical music compositions, to homage and parody. In much of the last century, these “appropriation” practices were the province of the avant-garde and the fine art world. But with the Internet, the ever-growing speed of computing, YouTube, MySpace, file-sharing, and other recent developments, they have now moved wholly and firmly into the mainstream. And yet our laws strive to criminalize all of this behavior. Ours is a world in which copyright has fallen woefully behind the curve of what the public actually wants to do with all that digital “stuff” out there. Millions world wide are creating art, music and video that incorporate elements of existing work - cutting and pasting bits and pieces of music, video, text, and pictures made by others to create new works. Millions of web pages now use various Creative Commons licenses to provide a nuanced alternative to traditionally black and white interpretations of copyright laws (one such license Negativland helped to write). The prevalence of these alternative copyright strategies is a testament to how many of your constituents are not at all happy with copyright as it stands now.

At this juncture, we feel it’s necessary to point out that we support artists and creators being paid for the work they produce. We believe copyright was correctly intended as a judicious balance between providing for the creator as well as providing for the public commons, a balance which Negativland believes has been largely forgotten by the big businesses who produce and sell most media and entertainment. And we should also mention that all this creative re-use of material rarely if ever puts new work in economic competition with its sources. It does not pose any reasonable economic threat to the original source in any marketplace that they share. In an ideal world, Negativland would like to see the notion of Fair Use expanded to accommodate, accept, and protect these new practices.

I hope that my brief presentation today can give you some new perspective on this type of art and creativity, and that the next time some restrictive intellectual property bill crosses your desk or a lobbyist from the music or movie industry comes into your office to push for even stricter copy protection and more extreme legal punishment for those who break copyright laws, you’ll keep in the mind the millions of folks out here whose creative efforts are criminalized by what has become, intentionally or not, a thoughtless and short sighted application of what were once some very well-intended laws protecting owners as well as the public commons.

Sincerely, Mark Hosler on behalf of Negativland, 10/28/08

Pavement - Brighten The Corners Nicene Creedence Edition

K. Telle approved

Brighten The Corners Nicene Creedence Edition Out December 9th on Matador Records.

Disc One:

1. Stereo
2. Shady Lane / J Vs. S
3. Transport Is Arranged
4. Date w/ IKEA
5. Old to Begin
6. Type Slowly
7. Embassy Row
8. Blue Hawaiian
9. We Are Underused
10. Passat Dream
11. Starlings of the Slipstream
12. Fin
The original BTC album, remastered. Originally released February, 1997.

* 13. Then (The Hexx)
Originally released as the B-side to Spit On A Stranger (OLE-384-7), May, 1999 — but presented here is the unedited full version, as such previously unreleased. It was also originally planned to be the opening track to BTC

14. Beautiful as a Butterfly
15. Cataracts
Both are unreleased songs. BTC session outtakes.

16. Westie Can Drum
17. Winner of the
* 18. Birds in the Majic Industry
Originally released as B-sides to the promo EP Stereo (OLE-238-2P), January 1997. "Birds..." appears here in its previously unreleased full length vocal version. The original release was an instrumental edited version.

19. Harness Your Hopes
20. Roll with the Wind
Originally released as B-sides to Spit On A Stranger (OLE-384-2), the first single from Pavement's final album, Terror Twilight. They are included here since both songs (as well as track 13) were recorded and mixed during the BTC sssions in 1996.

Disc Two:

1. Slowly Typed
2. Cherry Area
3. Wanna Mess You Around
4. No Tan Lines
Originally released as the B-sides to Shady Lane (OLE-266-2), June 1997.

* 5. Then (The Hexx)
* 6. Harness Your Hopes
7. The Killing Moon
* 8. Winner of the
BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997. Tracks 5, 6 and 8 are previously unreleased. "The Killing Moon" appeared on the compilation album What's Up Matador (OLE-163-2), August 1997. It later also appeared on Major Leagues (OLE-398-2), October 1999.

9. Embassy Row Psych Intro
Previously unreleased intro. BTC session outtake.

10. Nigel
Previously unreleased song. BTC session outtake.

* 11. Chevy (Old to Begin)
* 12. Roll with the Wind (Roxy)
Previously unreleased mixes of BTC session songs. They feature different vocals and overdubs.

13. Oddity (Clean cover)
Originally appeared on God Save The Clean: A Tribute to the Clean, Flying Nun Records (FNCD409), 1997.

14. Type Slowly (live)
Originally appeared on the compilation album Tibetan Freedom Concert, Grand Royal/Capitol (59110), 1997.

15. Neil Hagerty Meets Jon Spencer in a Non-Alcoholic Bar
16. Destroy Mater Dei
* 17. It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (Faust cover)
* 18. Maybe Maybe
Recorded live at KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic, February 25, 1997. Tracks 15 and 16 are previously unreleased songs.

* 19. Date w/ IKEA
* 20. Fin
* 21. Grave Architecture
22. The Classical (The Fall cover)
BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997. Tracks 19-21 previously unreleased vresions. "The Classical" appeared on Major Leagues (OL-398-2), October, 1999.

23. Space Ghost Theme I
24. Space Ghost Theme II
Both are unreleased songs recorded live in the WFNX studios (but not broadcast), Boston, February 12, 1997.

An Asobi Seksu Repost and Update

Asobi Seksu = colloquial Japanese for Playful sex.

I deleted the older post and added some new info - including the album's title (Hush)which may now be announced.

Asobi Seksu's fantastic second album (2004) Citrus is being issued on 180 gram + Gatefold vinyl by Friendly Fire Recordings on November 25th. It's the first time this album has been available on vinyl and this version includes a download code for a digital version as well as bonus digital remixes.

The new Asobi Seksu release Hush), is to be released February 17th on Polyvinyl. It was produced by Chris Zane who did an amazing job on Citrus. I'll post a song as soon as I'm told they're available.

The musical womb created by the guitar and effects pedals of James Hanna are some of the most exciting sounds to happen this decade. Fans of "Shoegaze" or "Dream Pop" will definitely love Asobi Seksu as much as I do. They are an amalgamation of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive, Ride, and Cocteau Twins with a bit of sugar thrown in for good measure via vocalist Yuki.

Here is the Citrus track "Red Sea" (no video)

To celebrate the deluxe vinyl release of Citrus and in anticipation of the new album, here is a mix:
Let Them Wait
Walk On The Moon
I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me
Pink Cloud Tracing Paper
Lions & Tigers
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - Citrus Special Edition Track

new info:

1. Layers
2. Familiar Light
3. Sing Tomorrow's Praise
4. Gliss
5. Transparence
6. Risky and Pretty
7. In The Sky
8. Meh No Mae
9. Glacially
10. I Can't See
11. Me & Mary
12. Blind Little Rain

European Tour
11-14 Leeds, England - The Cockpit w/Ladytron
11-15 Coventry, England - Kasbah w/Ladytron
11-17 Nottingham, England - Bodega
11-18 Oxford, England - Academy w/Ladytron
11-19 Bristol, England - Academy w/Ladytron
11-20 Bath, England – Club Moles
11-21 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire w/Ladytron
11-23 Brighton, England - Concorde 2 w/Ladytron
11-24 Manchester, England - Academy 2 w/Ladytron
11-25 Sheffield, England - Academy w/Ladytron
11-26 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC w/Ladytron
11-28 Aberdeen, Scotland - Moshulu w/Ladytron
11-29 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Stiff Kitten w/Ladytron
11-30 Dublin, Ireland - Tripod w/Ladytron
12-01 London, England - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
12-04 Cologne, Germany - Gebäude 9
12-05 Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
12-06 Berlin, Germany - Live at Dot

Raconteurs News

The Raconteurs worked with Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs on a bluegrass version of "Old Enough". Autumn de Wilde (Salute Your Salution) took video footage for use in the upcoming video, and you can see some lovely black and white photos (including an impressive leaping photo of Brendan Benson) on The Raconteurs website.

November 14th, tune in to hear The Raconteurs perform live on National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye.

Bacon Alert! Bacon Alert!

"MMMM.. unexplained bacon" - Homer (the animated one, not the Illyad one)

Also J&D's Bacon Flavored Lip Balm, bacon salt and baconaise:

Archie has bacon floss, bacon gift wrap, bacon bandages, bacon mints AND
Bacon Scented Bacon Print Tuxedo
"There's a theory that everything is better with bacon. We believe that theory with all of our heart. To that end, we are introducing our line of bacon formal wear with Uncle Oinker's Bacon Scented Bacon Print Tuxedo. You can get married in bacon, get confirmed in bacon or go to the Oscars in bacon! Wait until Joan Rivers gets a whiff of you. Each Tuxedo is tailored from chemically treated latex print fabric in one of four different sizes. Best of all, it smells just like bacon sizzling in the pan. Dry clean only."

Bacon Scented Bacon Print Tuxedo

$99.95 ea.

but really people - when it comes down to it - we want the real thing.
The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club delivers gourmet bacon to ... somewhere between 12 to 16 ounces of premium quality, gourmet bacon each month. ...


Not my bag baby, but here are some tunes for your sampling pleasure. They have been compared to The Postal Service.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Modern Soul

Now usually I'm finicky and I mainly like my soul music from the sixties, thank you very much, but these modern British artists......

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"

Adele "Chasing Pavements" on Letterman

Duffy "Mercy"

Amy Winehouse "You Know I'm NO Good"

And POSSIBLY Estelle, but I haven't digested the album. Pros - good voice. Cons - worked with Kanye who irritates me and also this song sounds a bit like "Fath" by George Michael - is it some new sample w/out a sample thing?:

Raconteurs Video News

Tomorrow, November 11th, go to at 12 pm PST to see the world premiere of the new video for "Old Enough", directed by Autumn de Wilde.

Brazilian Girls / I'm Stuck In A Rut And I Like It

These past few days I can't stop listening to this New York City "Electronica" (but don't let that put you off) band. I meant to post about them when I first started this lil’ blog, but I forgot. They are signed to the famous Jazz label Verve. Does that have you curious? I hope you will check them out in all of their quirky wonderful moosicks. Their experimental spirit brings the band Butter to mind (members of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cibo Matto, Skeleton Key.) Here are some songs from their new album New York City and a smattering of older tracks to give you a sense of their - admittedly eclectic sound. Try it - you'll like it. (Maybe?) Check them out on myspace for more information and support them if you like what you hear.

Brazilian Girls Sampler:

Good Time
St. Petersburg
Losing Myself
Noveau Americain
Lazy Lover
Never Met A German
Sexy Asshole
Talk To The Bomb
Corner Store
Sirènes de la Fête

Lowfish Love / Sounds Like 80s Electronic

For fans of dark early electronic music I present a new band in that style - Lowfish. I like what I'm hearing.....

(Noise Factory Records)

Cure Tribute

Available January 27, 2009 with a bonus track available with pre-orders.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Joss Whedon: Dollhouse Premiers Feb 13

Joss Whedon projects always have strong female characters. I thought that he was done with FOX after Firefly flopped, but he's back with this new series. As a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have been looking forward to this. It also features Eliza Dushku who played the very hot slayer babe Faith. The hour long drama will air on Friday nights on Fox beginning in February.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Locksley Backs Ray Davies

I blogged a while back about surprisingly liking this new band Locksley. I saw a video (yeah, it happens) and thought "I dig this." Anyway they are not only opening up for Ray Davies on his latest tour but according to a press release:

"Brooklyn-Based Garage Pop Outfit Selected To Back Ray Davies On Stage 12-City US Tour

Without the support of a major label system the band was able to accomplish unprecedented success based on the merit of their songwriting, landing highly coveted spots on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as placement of their hit single My Kind Of Lover in J.J. Abrams' much anticipated Cloverfield. They were also awarded the honor of composing Why Can't I Be You for the MTV show of the same name and the track's music video won mtvU's The Freshman and in an unprecedented move, the band was featured by MTV as Artist of The Week for two consecutive weeks in the month of September 2008."

Nov-28 Tampa FL - Tampa Theatre
Nov-29 Miami FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Nov-30 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Dec-02 Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
Dec-03 Nashville TN - Wildhorse Saloon
Dec-05 Atlantic City NJ - Borgata Music Box
Dec-06 Poughkeepsie, NY - Bardavon 1869 Opera House
Dec-08 Washington DC - 9:30 Cub
Dec-10 Providence RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Dec-11 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Dec-12 New York NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Dec-13 Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre


Roger Joseph Manning (Jellyfish, Air, Beck) News

Roger Joseph Manning's latest release Catnip Dynamite will see a U.S. release in February via Oglio Records. It's a pop classic with some dark twists and turns to which fans of Jellyfish will no doubt be accustomed.

And I should mention that I recently ordered his (out of print) Logan's Sanctuary cd from his website and he was kind enough to include an autograph and a silly drawing. I don't collect signatures, but it made me smile. For fans who do collect that sort of thing - order something from his website's shop and you just might get some hand drawn or signed packaging yourself. You can also get a dvd of his newly released Fuji Rock Fest performance or some Imperial Drag or T.V. Eyes stuff. for fun and frolicking.

I never saw this video from his last album Solid State Warrior (Japan)/ Land of Pure Imagination (America) "Too LAte For US Now"

World Music Reissue News From Crammed Label


Bebel Gilberto : "Tanto Tempo"
Suba : "São Paulo Confessions"

The daughter of João Gilberto (who co-invented bossa nova 50 years ago with his friend Tom Jobim), Bebel Gilberto was living in New York and couldn't get a suitable record label in the US or Brazil when Brussels-based independent label Crammed signed her worldwide back in '99. Released in early 2000 via Crammed's sub-label Ziriguiboom (and entrusted to the able hands of Six Degrees Records for US distribution), Bebel's debut album "Tanto Tempo" captivated audiences around the globe with its delicate mix of classic bossa nova and cool electronica. It became one of the greatest international successes in the history of Brazilian music, totalling over one million sales worldwide. "Tanto Tempo" was nominated for a Grammy (as were Bebel's successful second and third albums, also produced and released by Crammed).

"Tanto Tempo" was produced by Suba, a Serbian composer/producer who moved to Brazil in the early 90s, and also got signed to Ziriguiboom. Crammed then introduced him to Bebel Gilberto. Entitled "São Paulo Confessions", Suba's own debut album became an emblematic, cult record, and was the key inspiration for many artists who subsequently blended Brazilian, lounge & electronic music. The album also introduced a very young & talented vocalist by the name of Cibelle, who has gone on to release two great albums on Crammed/Ziriguiboom, with more to come. Tragically, Suba died in a fire which erupted in his flat, a few days prior to the release of "São Paulo Confession".

Both of these albums are now being re-issued by Crammed, and will be made available through Crammed's distribution arrangement with Ryko."

News From The Raconteurs

"Hear The Raconteurs perform live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with host Nic Harcourt on November 10th at 11:15 am PST.
Live performance clips of The Raconteurs at the Hove Festival in Norway will be featured throughout the day on MTV2 this Saturday, November 8th."

I kind of miss music videos. (Sighing wistfully.)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Chat" With Wayne Coyne

Not over tea or anything....

(from the lips camp)
This Monday the 10th, Wayne will be stepping in front of a computer and will be chatting with you guys for about 30 minutes starting at 6:00pm PST. He'll be answering questions, comments, rants, or whatever else you want to throw at him, and will of course talk about the mighty Christmas On Mars movie!

You can view the chat (and take part in it) right at the Lips' Myspace page - just look for the Ustream player!

And don't forget that the LA premiere of the movie is Monday night.

Andy Taylor (Ex Duran Duran) Spills His Guts / What am I reading?

What are you reading? (I ask - As if people leave comments.) I just finished reading Twilight which was a bit juvenille for my taste, but a quick little vampire read if you're into that type of thing. The film is being released at the end of the month and I'll likely see it.
Favorite Vampire Films:
Near Dark
The Lost Boys
The Hunger
Nosferatu (Original and Herzog)
Interview With the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire
Dracula (Bela)

and Bram Stoker's Dracula gets a (dis)honerable mention for many laugh outloud moments that weren't meant to be funny. No - not just the ass wig. I love the costumes and cinematography, and Kilar's fantastic score, but Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder portrayals of Jonathan and and just terrible. (But didn't you love Tom Waits as Renfield?)

Now I am reading Absolute Beginners - which I have started and misplaced repeatedly since about '85. This time I refuse to mislay the book until I have completed it! There was a musical version - if you recall - in the eighties. I liked it - cheesy at it was. You have to appreciate David Bowie doing an American accent whilst dancing on a giant typewriter. Don't you? It's about London in the 60s and mods and the dawn of the teenager.

When I've completed that I promised my cousin I would read She's Come Undone, because she mailed it to me. Then my friend is supposed to lend me his copy of Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran by Andy Taylor(Grand Central Publishing). He allegedly dishes a bit and fesses up to the coke whore rumors, but mostly he keeps it civil. I wish someone would spill their dirty laundry. HE quit the band twice for chrissakes!

Paul Weller's Newest Video and Yep Roc Records

Paul has been a busy boy indeed. The past year has seen the release of a deluxe edition of Wildwood, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, the new album 22 Dreams and now Weller at The BBC and it's accompanying DVD. Check out his American label (where John Doe's indie only album can be purchased) at Here is the video for his latest single:

"Have You Made Up Your Mind"

and the melancholy classic "You Do Something To Me"

Here is more info from his camp:

How to get the ’Weller at the BBC’ digital boxset

As you'll no doubt know by now, today's been somewhat of a Wellerfest release wise with the new single 'Sea Spray/22 Dreams' AND 'Weller at the BBC'.
The full release of 'Weller at the BBC' is being staggered over two weeks with the 4 x CD boxset and 2 x CD highlights out TODAY. The DVD is also out today.
Next Monday (10th) will see the release of the 3 x vinyl version and the digital boxset. For more info on the digital box set and how to get hold of it read on…
From 10th November you will be able to purchase the digital boxset of 'Weller at the BBC' featuring an incredible 179 digitally-remastered BBC sessions and live concert tracks from 1990 – 2008. The set comprises all of Paul Weller's BBC recordings over this 18-year period, and will be available exclusively from and, either as single track downloads or as one entire set for £60.

Purchasers of the 4CD box set will receive a £20 discount off the price of the complete digital box set at To gain access to the discounted price go to from 10th November and insert CD1 from the 4CD set. Follow the instructions on the screen and you will then be redirected to the exclusive discounted £40 digital boxset on

The digital release features exclusive material including a BBC concert from Radio Theatre in May 2000 and a live concert in Cardiff from May 1997 with rare outings of the tracks 'Back On The Fire', 'There's No Drinking After You're Dead', 'Picking Up Sticks' and 'Love Less'.

More Stuff I Love From PESfilm

Once again - the short I posted a while ago that got me hooked - "Western Spaghetti"

"Prank Call"


and some of their furniture porn "Roof Sex"...

For more (especially the fantastic "Game Over"):

I love Kelly /

The classic "Shoes" which I watched - a lot - when it was "released". It's been a while and here it is for you who've not seen it.

more recent "No Booty Calls"

and the newest "Where Do You Think You're Going In That"

You may purchase the Kelly album on itunes. I'll keep you all posted if I hear the songs.