some solid record collection building additions to the shelf this saturday
head to rockaway if you get a chance and enjoy a bitburger in the beer garden at red lion across the way after.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
these Leonard Cohen covers by the walkmen are brilliant.
the old revolution is particularly noteworthy.
of course daytrotter is always excellent.
looking forward to the upcoming walkmen take away show courtesy of blogotheque.
Friday, March 28, 2008
muxtape is a cool-looking new site where people can upload and share mixtapes.
of course, like anything cool these days (vampire weekend), it has already inspired a backlash. Via Stereogum:
"As we're pretty sure there's still a few days before Muxtape is so over, we thought we'd make a call to y'all to post yours up in the comments. Maybe just as a way to suggest new bands, or to show us how much better your pirated collection of music is than rest of ours. But if you have a competition in you, you're too late: Catbird wins."
12" came today. camera and stare b-sides. check out the vid below.
some dude wrote this on a message board and i love it:
"Further, this song is mostly about the crap bands that were popping up everywhere during the post grunge expolsion in the early 90's. It was a statement about the death of glam-rock and insurgence of corporate influenced grunge. What most people don't realize and even more people try to impose, is that the meaning of most of Pavement's songs are not defined but implied on many layers. Malkmus and Spiral Stairs write in stream of consciousness and often the initial idea is simply diluted by the wandering of the mind as it skips from one logical train of thought to the next. For instance, I might say, "I found a dollar on the subway." But take that line and expand on it using subway as the key word and you might reason that I would follow it up, "sandwiches seems lonely when they're cold... and old." Follow this train of thought and you might have written a song about the emptiness of a failed relationship or the lonliness of big city life. The possibilities are endless. Keep this in mind when analyzing Pavement, DON'T THINK TOO MUCH, JUST FEEL IT!"
career. korea. korea...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
crystal stilts are the most (intentionally?) underhyped indie band around. after seeing them open for the double at the cake shop in 2007, i tried to track them down. they had no website or songs posted online, their myspace page listed what proved to be a fake label name, and even the guy at Other Music, who claimed to be friends with a guy in the band, had no idea if any ep's were forthcoming.
but today i found this:
The hand screened 12" 45 rpm ep is available through PayPal for $10 (includes domestic shipping) Email payments to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're getting tired of reading about the Clinton-Obama feud of the week, take a breather and check out this article. Written by Joe Klein, who would go on to anonomously pen Primary Colors, "Who is this Guy?" harkens back to a simpler time when WJC was still a relative political unknown. It's refreshing to read.
"Sometimes, in his stump speeches, [Clinton] talks about how a spirit of community needs to be reestablished in the society and can happen only if everyone is willing to assume more responsibility. He goes through the litany, from welfare recipients to business executives, and says, “We’re all in this together. We all have to change. There’s no them and us in America. There’s just us.” One evening in South Carolina, he took it a step further: “I desperately want to be your president,” he said very softly. “But you have to be Americans again.”A shiver ran through the crowd—prominent local Democrats, black and white. The line had powerful resonance: Clinton was digging very close to the heart of the national psyche, to the inchoate sense of loss that runs so hard and deep beneath the surface of the electorate this year."
But, going back to today's election -- which candidate does this remind you of? I think Bill and Barack have a lot more in common as politicians than Hillary's candidacy allows either of them to recognize.
The other Clinton-era media to check out is the documentary "War Room," mainly for James Carville's antics and the campaign team's sweet Clinton/Gore '92 Ray-Bans.
Plus, how great is NYMag's new website?