Wednesday, May 30, 2007
MP3 - The Dark In You - Plushgun
MP3 - How We Roll - Plushgun
MP3 - An Aria - Plushgun
Monday, May 28, 2007
Buy "Kingdom of Fear"
Shit Disco Myspace
MP3 - OK - Shitdisco
MP3 - Reactor Party - Shitdisco
Video for OK:
Sunday, May 27, 2007
If I were to compare the latest albums to different varieties of foods, I would say that “Girls Can Tell” would be the original recipe, “Kill the Moonlight” would be the low calorie alternative that is surprisingly filling, “Gimme Fiction” would be the 5-star restaurant interpretation into a 3 course meal, and the newest offering would be the spicy mélange of all three. “
As for songs, all the tracks are solid. There’s not a misstep to be heard. Brit Daniel’s vocals are as good as ever, Jim Eno’s drumming is, as per usual, hyper rhythmic, and all the grooves and melodies are as funky or as tough as they want to be. Opener, “Don’t Make Me a Target” (1), starts off with that familiar heavy “rough day at work” sound, bu then the beat changes, the piano becomes more menacing and the song glides on thoughts of what you would do to your incompetent boss if you could get away with it, before it comes calmly to an end. “The Ghost of You Lingers” (2) is a song composed of urgent piano hammering and panning vocals, which is probably the biggest departure from their traditional sound. The effects and atmosphere add an ominous edge that makes this track the most dramatic on the album. The two tracks I seem to always come back to are the sashaying thump of “Don’t You Evah” (4) and the triumphant melodies of “Finer Feelings” (9). To suggest that these songs would be better out of context to the remainder of the album would be a mistake as the feeling and presence of each song is enhanced by the track before and after it. So, a word of advice, you could listen to some tracks now, but for the full effect you need to hear the whole thing from beginning to end. Trust me on this, I am even a guy who enjoys singles immensely, but this album needs to be heard in its entirety. It’s just that good.Buy "Gimme Fiction"
MP3 - Spoon - No You're Not (A Series of Sneaks)
MP3 - Spoon - The Delicate Place (Gimme Fiction)
MP3 - Spoon - Take a Walk (Girls Can Tell)
Spoon - The Ghost of You Lingers Music Video:
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Faint - Hypnotized
The Faint - Dropkick the Punks
The Faint - Take Me to the Hospital
The Faint Myspace
Buy "Wet From Birth"
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Buy "Myth Takes"
!!!(CHK CHK CHK) Myspace
MP3 - !!! - Must be the Moon
MP3 - !!! - Yadnus
MP3 - !!! - Intensify
Must be the Moon Video:
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Herbie Hancock Myspace
Buy the Essential Herbie Hancock
MP3 - You Bet Your Love - Herbie Hancock
MP3 - Rock It - Herbie Hancock
Rock It : Live
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Buy Who You Are
Cary Brothers Myspace
MP3 - Who You Are - Cary Brothers
Cary Brothers Music Video for "Ride"
Through the Sparks Myspace
Buy Lazarus Beach
MP3 - Only the Messenger - Through the Sparks
MP3 - The Final If and When - Through the Sparks
Friday, May 11, 2007
Buy Sold for Tomorrow
MP3 - I Like You - The Moog
MP3 - If I Died - The Moog
The Making of the "I Like You" Video:
Buy Via Novella
MP3 - Cascadia - Graig Markel
Graig's Recording Journal:
Buy "Everything Last Winter"
MP3 - If You Fail We All Fail - Fields.
MP3 - You Brought this on Yourself - Fields.
MP3 - Skulls and Flesh and More - Fields
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Arctic Monkeys Myspace
Buy "Favourite Worst Nightmare"
MP3 - Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys
MP3 - Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
Video for "Brianstorm" :
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Take a look:
Buy "All My Friends"
MP3 - All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Monday, May 7, 2007
Dan Deacon Myspace
Buy "Spiderman of the Rings"
MP3 - Okie Dokie - Dan Deacon
MP3 - Snake Mistakes - Dan Deacon
"Big Big Big Big Big" Video
The Flesh Myspace
MP3 - The Cradle, The Brothel and the Bible School - The Flesh
MP3 - Justice - The Flesh
MP3 - Fire Tower - The Flesh
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Buy "Young Galaxy"
Young Galaxy Myspace
MP3 - Outside the City - Young Galaxy
MP3 - The Alchemy Between Us - Young Galaxy
MP3 - Come and See - Young Galaxy
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Buy "Icky Thump"
MP3 - Icky Thump (Radio Edit) - White Stripes
A Short Video of Jack White in the Studio:
This Spider-Man soundtrack differs from the first two soundtracks in that it not only has an indie song here and there on the album just to make the compilations more bearable, this album actually gets tracks from notable indie bands and puts them all up front. Snow Patrol, The Killers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother, The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips and… Jet, all contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack. Maybe a record executive decided to make a soundtrack that would best fit the movie seeing as though it’s going to do well anyway because it has the Spider-Man logo stamped across it. Maybe indie music is gaining enough popularity to cross over into the mainstream and this is just a helping hand for the “on the radio” boost? That’s probably a little idealistic, but either way, this album has some surprisingly good tracks from notable indie artists.
There’s of course the down-tempo Snow Patrol ballad “Signal Fire” (1) that probably will be crammed into our temporal lobes all summer long, which is also the only blatant bid for radio air play. After that, it gets pretty good. The Killers contribute “Move Away” (2), which sounds like The Cure jamming with a strange preacher cowboy that Brandon Flowers seems to have become. It’s actually one of the hardest rocking songs they’ve done. Ever. I can see how the sound of it would fit perfectly to a Spider-Man movie, it has that “depth” defying guitar swing that Spider-Man seems to like so much. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs contribute a slower but no less intense continuation of guitar rock in “Sealings” (3) again, another seemingly perfect fit into the spider-sound-scape.
After that, the styles start to break up a little, starting out with the rumbling drums and Jangly Guitars of the Walkmen on “Red River” which is actually the next single lined up after Snow Patrol. Also, there’s the Flaming Lips’ addition to the soundtrack “The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man how to be in Love” (7) which is a pleasant venture into their trademark sonic envelope specially tailored for Spidey. There are several other notable tracks on here; “Portrait of a Summer thief” (13) has the kind of emotional clout that could get them on the radio. The final note of interest is that former Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman contributes an almost acoustic song with the aid of actress Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) on backing vocals. Some surprising contributions here, to be certain. If the soundtrack is an indicator for the quality of the movie, I think we’re in for a treat.
Buy the "Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack"
(You can listen to the entire album here)
Spider-Man 3 Myspace
MP3 - Move Away - The Killers
MP3 - Red River - The Walkmen
MP3 - Summer Day - Coconut Records
MP3 - Sounds Under Radio - Portrait of a Summer Thief
Signal Fire Music Video
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Buy "Hound Dog EP"
MP3 - De Robots Braken Mijn Radio - Automusik
MP3 - Everything is for the Baby - Automusik
Buy "The Trick"
MP3 - Uncertainty - Goblin City
MP3 - Panthers - Goblin City