Friday, October 12

Cover Art Review Vol 1

I'm no graphic design guru, but is Britney Spears' cover art for BLACKOUT really worth taking seriously?
What aesthetic does it convey, and do you think it reaches her target audience?

When I look at it, here's what comes to my mind.
Google Image Searches for:





Am I being unreasonable? How is she able to evoke so many tacky aesthetics in one album cover? Does this make her a genius?

NERD ALERT! New Myspacer

Hey have you met NERDALERT AKA doogie?

You know the drill. Gettin' ready to go out.

Where'd u get your wristband? Hospital or music festival?

Chillin. Using Photobooth in an Applestore.

(We can't all be Mac users)

Being provocative and shit.

Just chillin' upside down.
Don't forget 2 friend.

BTW, she's not a band. Just a myspacer worth blogging about!

Thursday, October 11

PJ The Viking: Dance Like There's No God

Check out PJ the Viking. He's based on the East Coast. Another startup electronic/remixer type with legitimate skills and a bloggable image.

In an email to me, he had great commentary on what it takes to make it in the blogosphere:

I've only had the electro/dance songs on my page for a little over a month now. Previously it was all ambient electronic stuff similar to M83 and the Album Leaf. But, that shit got too depressing, so i busted out the distortion and Paris house drum kits and started makin some fingerbangin tunes.

YES! FINGERBANGING TUNES = Worth Blogging About.

Anyways, PJ is working on an EP as we speak, and we'll post his remixes as soon as they are available. The posted song "Mace to the Face" sounds like a crunker Vitalic made by a hipster from Brooklyn. (This means you can probably relate to it).

PJ The Viking Mace to the Face

PJ The Viking on Myspace


CFCF is probably the blogosphere's next hot remixer.
His original stuff is really good, too. It definitely has a Jan Hammer vibe meets pop music from the year 2020. Even though it's electronic, there's a very approachable organic feel to it.

CFCF just released a new song "Raining Patterns."

His Health and Justice Remixes are ridonk, too.

CFCF The Explorers [Highly Rec'cd]
CFCF Raining Patterns
Health Tricerators (CFCF Remix)
Justice Phantom (CFCF Remix)

Visit CFCF's Myspace:
Health's Myspace:


High Life? Maybe he'll chill with some PBR at night.

So blazed.

So Fresh

You dress like that sometimes too.

Isn't this how that one new cool band dresses now?

Chillin to UFFIE

MP3: Justice - The Party
MP3: Justice - The Party (Teen Video Remix)

By the way, he's David M's Dog

Buy Justice at Amazon.

David M: He doesn't do shit but chill

Do you know David M? Probably.
Straight up GIF chillin'

Chillin so hard in the photobooth

Chillin', Pickin Up some free English Lessons and Health Insurance [American Apparel Press]

Who eats ice cream any more? You gotta have your Pinkberry. [PinkBerry Site]

Great Kicks


Wednesday, October 10

Dear Wes Anderson, What the hell is the point of Hotel Chevalier?

Oh. I guess this explains it all pretty well:

I guess it wasn't that new 'viral marketing' technique thingy.

A Review of Radiohead's In Rainbows

I haven't listened to "In Rainbows" yet, but I think I've gotten a legitimate feel for it based on reading other blogs today.

Basically, it sounds like Radiohead. There's A LOT of experimentation and A LOT of reaching into the same bag of tricks.
Most of the tracks try to "out Radiohead" their previous albums, but still manage to tap into the essence of what makes Radiohead fans love Radiohead.
Some of the tracks sound like they could be on "Kid A," while some of them sound like they are on "In Rainbows." A few sound like they are from "Hail to the Thief." For the most part, a lot of them have elements that remind us of older Radiohead songs. Some of the songs are a little bit too out there for every one, but eventually, every one will adapt their perception of "good music" and learn to love every song. Thom Yorke also varies his vocal delivery, a lot. Sometimes he sings like that intense part of that one song. Also, the quality of the MP3s leaves us wondering if it would sound better if we had the opportunity to buy the CD.

Interview with Rolling Stone

Oh, and for you a-holes who value coverflow, check out these submissions for album art here. The picture used in this post is my favourite one.

MP3: Radiohead - Bodysnatchers(via Save File)

Oh and you should probably listen to this band, too, instead of just searching for Radiohead songs.
MP3: Health - Heaven (Pink Skull Remix)

Health's Myspace:

Search for In Rainbows at Amazon, even though it's not available there, and find a sweet tie die shirt.

Justice Sets New Late Night Performance Model?

Lately, it's become pretty clear that Jimmy Kimmel is probably the late night show worth watching when you decide to watch a late night show once a month. They're the most willing to take chances on weird stuff. Even moreso than Conan in his early 2000s peak.

It's pretty interesting to think about 'indie' bands and these modern DJs performing on Late Night shows. I'm sure this is probably a new wave of 'creative performance models' that Animal Collective should have been able to use during "#1" on Conan. Acts or songs that aren't made to perform on stage of a late night show do need a little bit of flexibility. Even crazier than the typical Flaming Lips gimmicks.

Michael Jackson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Rick James, Stevie Wonder and Justice perform "D.A.N.C.E.":

I can't wait to see what they do for Girl Talk, whenever that happens. Of course it's going to happen

MP3: Justice - Waters of Nazareth

Buy Justice at Amazon.


A couple of years ago, I was at some pre-blogosphere house party in Austin, and happened to wander into a packed room with a band playing hit after hit after hit. The band's name is L.A.X., so naturally, it took me a good 3 years to find their web presence on google, instead of the Los Angeles airport.

Can you go wrong with cute girl voice plus dude on vocoder?

LAX has been through a few lineup changes, but their sound is definitely worth blogging about. Just for the sake of cross referencing, I could see people who are into Ladytron, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, or any thing else that sounds like "A house beat making love with synth."

They're probably my favourite Austin band.

MP3: L.A.X. - Come and Get Me

Visit LAX's myspace:

Tuesday, October 9

Cover Songs

I think this guy is covering Ryan Cabrera covering Ryan Adams.

Nice Flat Screen.

"TWO" is a great song, by the way.

MP3: Ryan Adams - Two

Buy Easy Tiger at Amazon.

Feel free to comment if you want to frost your tips and go choker necklace shopping with me this weekend.

Daniel Ritz: He Was Built for Myspace

Are you not one of Daniel Ritz' 9000 Myspace friends?

He has many different styles.
Hoodie Stylin'

Rosaries are going to be huge in 2008.

He can even work the graduation gear.

Chillin with friends.

Every1 in Denim.

Daniel Ritz is a work of art.

His newest look is totally awesome.

I wonder what he's jammin' to.

Don't forget to friend him on myspace.

Cass McCombs Drops The Writ

Cass McCombs' new album "Dropping the Writ" is out today on Domino. Cass is worth checking out for all of the Paw Tracks+Animal Collective+Ariel Pinks fans, because he's going on tour with Ariel. I think McCombs represents a more accessible style of music than Ariel, where he'll probably be appreciated by fans who aren't into stuff that's "really lofi" or "too out there." But it still provides a lot of depth and texture, with pop appeal.

After the tour dates with Ariel Pink, he'll be touring with Jose Gonzalez.

From Domino:

Dropping the Writ”, an informal term which Wikipedia defines as “the procedure in some government systems where the head of government goes to the head of state and formally advise them to dissolve parliament”, is the first release by McCombs on Domino Records of London.

I enjoy every element of "That's That." Pretty uplifting, textured pop with a bass line that kind of reminds me of a Michael Jackson song.

MP3: Cass McCombs - That's That
MP3: Cass McCombs - Deseret

Buy Dropping the Writ at Amazon.
Cass McCombs' Myspace
Cass McCombs on HypeMachine

Tour Dates With Ariel Pink
11/05/07 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
11/07/07 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
11/08/07 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
11/09/07 - Milky Way Lounge - Jamaica Plain, MA
11/10/07 - Sarah Lawrence College - Bronxville, NY
11/12/07 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
11/14/07 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA
11/15/07 - Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA
11/16/07 - Satellite Ballroom - Charlottesville, VA
11/17/07 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
11/19/07 - Tasty World - Athens, GA
11/20/07 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA

Tour Dates with Jose Gonzalez
11/25/07 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA
11/26/07 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
11/27/07 - Henry Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11/29/07 - The Parish - Austin, TX
12/01/07 - 930 Listening Room - Louisville, KY
12/02/07 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
12/03/07 - Bushkirk Chumley Theatre - Bloomington, IN
12/04/07 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
12/06/07 - Zaphod Beeblebrox - Ottawa, ON
12/07/08 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
12/08/07 - Le National - Montreal, PQ

Domino Records

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

I remember listening to a lot of I LOVE YOU BUT I'VE CHOSEN DARKNESS and INTERPOL back in the day.
I wasn't too hot on I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness's latest album, but it's okay. Check out the song I posted. Their earlier releases from around 2003 were produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon.

MP3: I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Your Worst is the Best
MP3: Interpol - PDA

Buy Interpol at Amazon.
Buy I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness at Amazon.

Animal Collective is a Crossover Hit!

Have you seen this "For Reverend Green" Cover by a little kid. Maybe he "gets" Animal Collective more than you do, since you know, he is a kid, and can enjoy things that older people can't, like beanies. Or lofted beds.

I remember in Animal Collective's Interview with KVRX's "Friend Music," Avey Tare said one of the biggest misconceptions about their image is the whole "kid" aesthetic, or that they are obsessed with childhood.

TRUE or FALSE: Animal Collective was made to be covered by dudes on acoustic guitar on Youtube.

MP3:Animal Collective - For Reverend Green

Buy Strawberry Jam at Amazon.