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Cat Power - Rockets
Cat Power - Maybe Not
George W. Bush & Matt Rogalsky - 2:50 of Silence
The Cucumbers - Illegal
Kimya Dawson - Anthrax

October 29th, 2004
Cat Powers new DVD "Speaking For Trees" is a pretty interesting buy. The first disk features Chan Marshall in the middle of the woods somewhere in upstate New York playing tracks such as "Blue Moon", "Knockin On Heavens Door" and some of her own material. It's a neat little idea for the first time experimental filmakaker Mark Bothwick. Disk two features an 18 minute track called "William Deadwilder" from the You Are Free sessions, which I found amazing. Chan is able to completely focus on her singing while accompanied by M. Ward on guitar. It was written by the two and doesn't disappoint.

You'll notice a couple links to your left. Fahrenheit 9/11 download, Bush flicking off America, and some others.

Check out Protest Records

"I'm So Green" is a release from Cans new album. Who are Can? I'm not sure yet, but will post more when I find out.

Preston School of Industry is Pavements Scott Kannberg's project since their breakup. A couple tracks from both perspectives.

I thought about uploading Cat Powers "William Deadwilder" track but settled on "We All Die." An interesting tune. Click Here for mp3s from her KVRX performance.

I'd always said that "Oh Me Oh My...." by Devendra Banhart could be a perfect soundtrack to put on repeat while the trick-or-treaters cruised by for candy. That's not a knock on the album in any way, but it does have that dark sound sometimes. Anyway, I picked a song called "Pumpkin Seeds" for todays update which I like very much.

Can - I'm So Green
Preston School of Industry - Get Your Crayons Out!
Pavement - Greenlander
Cat Power - We All Die
Devendra Banhart - Pumpkin Seeds
October 26th, 2004
John Peel obviously had a fuckin incredible taste for great music. Even towards what was to be the end of his life he was spinnin' notable artists left and right. Here's a nice site which allows you to download a rack of his recently featured bands. In an NPR report today, one of the focal points was The Undertones track "Teenage Kicks." He apparently stated he'd like this track played at his funeral.

The updates from now on will be in the I guess my job had to become serious at some point!

The Dandy Warhols "Everyday Should Be A Holiday" reminds of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" for some reason. It's a neat tune though regardless of my whacked out observation, have a listen.

While the Arcade Fire's new disk is up there for one of the best of 2004, The Robot Ate Me's "On Vacation" follows right behind. The album, #361/500 made, is two studio disks and third with demos and outtakes. A purchasers pleasure.

Spoon called me awhile ago regarding a show on MTV that had just featured the Secret Machines live. Although I missed the performance, Ambulance LTD followed them up and caught my attention. This song doesn't really pick up till halfway through, but it's well worth the wait.

I know, I know...M. Ward is become a staple of acousticwood. Here he is again with a track that I stumbled upon on the wonderful Largeheartedboy. Some early recordings.

Minor Threat. Enough said.

The Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should be a Holiday
The Robot At Me - On Vacation
Ambulance LTD - Stay Where You Are
M. Ward - Beautiful Car
Minor Threat - Good Guys Don't Wear White
October 21st, 2004
Ted Leo and Elliott Smith were featured in the Washington Post(style section) yesterday. Speaking of, N. Lannon, who's drawn comparisons to Elliott Smith, just released his solo album. His main work is with Film School, for whom he plays guitar for. He incorporates an acoustic and some electronic in his new stuff. Click his name and give a couple tracks from his solo work, Film School, and a listen.

I was harshly criticized last night for lack of decent tunes we've posted recently. According to one reader, the last decent tune I posted was "Carolina" by M. Ward two months ago. While I know that everything I stumble upon isn't going to suit everyone's taste buds, I lightly comb various resources trying to find and post anything that I find interesting or different in the time frame provided in the mornings. If this was my job, which some may argue it is, I'd be digging deep for nothing short of good stuff. There is so much out there that it's hard to stumble across gem, gem, gem, gem, etc. That being said, I do my best to find something enjoyable and sometimes it doesn't work out.

The Black Keys instill that 70's rock sound into their music. It's like the Strokes, distorted vocals, mixed with that Hendrix guitar sound.

I think Sambassadeur is sort of like the Shins minus Mercer and replaced with a female. Maybe that's not accurate, but they're Swedish.....right?

The Comas are an electro/pop sound from Ireland. Not quite Postal Servesque, but in the same ballpark.

The Black Keys - Set You Free
Sambassadeur - Between The Lines
The Comas - Last Transmission
October 19th, 2004
Don't forget Sondre Lerche w/ the golden republic next Tuesday at IOTA in Arlington, VA and Sufjan Stevens is appearing at the Black Cat on the 24 of November. Keep your eyes peeled for another show to appear in the live section as well.

William Hung: Hung For the Holidays. A Christmas special? Jesus, didn't this guys 15 minutes expire a long time ago?

Clothesline Revival is one part folk along with a half part of blues, half part of electornica, and a quarter part of distinct but rather short mumblings. An intriguing sound indeed.

"Earlimart's unconventional songwriting structure has resulted in comparisons to The Pixies, Sonic Youth, X, and Sparklehorse." That praise may be a bit embellished, but probably not. Earlimart definitely has some good ideas and I expect there are many more apart from this track.

Lo-quat(n), is a small evergreen tree (Eriobotrya japonica) native to China and Japan, having fragrant white flowers and pear-shaped yellow fruit with large seeds. It is.

Clothesline Revival - Calling Trains
Earlimart - The Hidden Track
Loquat - Time Bomb
Loquat - Swingset Chain
October 14th, 2004
14 Iced Bears popped out of London in the mid 80's. I found them this morning, and I'm enjoying them thoroughly. "The band went on the release their self-titled debut album in 1988; it was a masterpiece of psychedelic pop that turned a lot of heads with it's ambition and skilled songcraft. A raft of singles and a second album in 1991 followed, and the band quietly disbanded in 1992."

The British invasion continues with the Libertines. Here's a site, the only working one for now, so check them out.

Norfolk & Western are a folk band from Virginia and Portland. Check out their site for more information.

14 Iced Bears - Inside
14 Iced Bears - Balloon Song
14 Iced Bears - Cut

Libertines - Never, Never
Norfolk & Western - The Evergreen
Human Telivision - Tell Me What You Want
October 12th, 2004
You know wh.....nevermind. This bothers me. Scoff if you like, but while watching this live I shook my head in disgust. How would a leader from another country feel about this temper-tantrum in his face? The test? Thanks The Big Ticket

David Byrne. This track is from his In Spite of Wishing and Wanting album which you can no longer purchase(if I understood correctly). It was apparently for some dance routine. Anyway, it's a funky tune, no vocals and DB rocks.

Grab The Arcade Fire's album. This is the second track I've posted for them in an attempt to try and persuade you out of your cage and off to the record store or the closest internet connection.

Greg Olin is Graves and this tune is mellow and nice.

Eric Idle doesn't need an introduction. The hilarious comedian, best known for his role with the now legendary Python crew, has been into music for quite some time. Not that most have likely heard too much from his musical side...(he's an underground indie pop/rock star)....but he's a funny listen.

David Byrne - Fear
Arcade Fire - Rebellion
Graves - The Will Now
Eric Idle - All Fucks
October 8th, 2004
Continental. There's nothing better than a solid instrumental. Continental's "Stella" does a great job of intertwining all the ingredients needed. A sort of repetitive but quiet guitar layered with varying sounds throughout. Music to my ears. Centro-matic's "Flashes and Cables" begins with a Low-Fi intro, just the singer and an acoustic guitar, then takes off. I'm surprised these guys are still cruising around under the radar. Racetrack sounds eerily similar to Pretty Girls Make Graves at first. Then you begin to notice the chicks voice isn't the same. They're a nice sound though and I like the hand clapping. Who doesn't love some hand clapping? Long Winter with "Cinnamon." I enjoy this track and have run out of things to say about tunes today. Modest Mouse's "A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy" closes things out. Old track from "A Long Drive with...." days.

40 minutes of one-liners. Rodney Dangerfield in 1980 doing a stand up act, Good stuff. It's 28 Megs but well worth it.

Continental - Stella
Centro-Matic - Flashes And Cables
Racetrack - One Step Forward
Long Winter - Cinnamon
Modest Mouse - A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy
***"Manic Depressive.." was actually "Needle Point" for a couple days. It's been fixed.***
October 5th, 2004
R.I.P Rodney Dangerfield
11/22/21 - 10/5-04

Al Czervik from Caddyshack:
"Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity"

"Hey, doll. Could you scare up another round for our table over here? And tell the cook this is low grade dogfood. I've had better food at the ballgame, you know? This steak still has marks from where the jockey was hitting it"

"My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met"
"I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out."
"I asked her if she enjoys a cigarette after sex. She said...No, one drag is enough."
"I Get No Respect"

Rodney's Site
Daily Standard
Bunch of Jokes
October 5th, 2004
The quickest update ever. First track today is by Fiver, "The Lost Enterprise." Dreamy jam dream. Album Review. Another tune from White Hassle which I think you'll enjoy and The Upside Downs, performing "Wake up Drive Thru." Zeppelin live in NYC, Motley Crue live, nice right, and The Pixies 3/07/04, Les Eurockéennes de Belfort, Belfort, FR. Let's go Red Sox, Twins, and Edwards. Good day.

Fiver - The Lost Enterprise
White Hassle - Two By Sea
The Upside Downs - Wake up Drive Thru
October 1st, 2004
What's neat? First, the tickets I received to see the Pixies in December. Second, the possibility of a new album being released 11 years after the split of the Pixies. Third, these four Charles Thompson tracks that my friend T$ sent to me awhile ago. Thanks dude. Before he was known as Frank Black or Black Francis he was Charles Thompson. These were recorded pre-pixie days at college. Very neat artifacts from what eventually became one of the more important artists of our time.

01 - Keeping in Time
02 - Draw Attention
03 - Gemini
04 - Silhouette