Please Be My Third Eye
If I had any previous stylistic assumptions about Katy Goodman’s La Sera (I did), they were all proven quite false the moment I heard the first note of the super fuzzed-out bass on her new single “Please Be My Third Eye”. Some melodically beautifully melding of Snoozer and Henry’s Dress comes to mind—with less feedback, of course. “Please Be My Third Eye” precedes LA Sera’s sophomore LP ‘Sees The Light’, which will be be out March 27th on Hardly Art!
Song of the day. I like this a lot more than anything I’ve heard by Vivian Girls.Jan102012
I’m not even going to bother trying to rank them because I overthink it and it takes forever and no one really cares. This is just a list because I like lists.
- Emperor X - Western Teleport
- Destroyer - Kaputt
- M83 - Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
- The Rosebuds - Loud Planes Fly Low
- Real Estate - Days
- Bill Callahan - Apocolypse
- Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah
- Trentemøller - Reworked/Remixed
- An Horse - Walls
- Andrew Bird - Norman OST
Leavves ~ Video Games (Lana Del Rey cover)
We live in a time where a Wavves impersonator has already covered a Lana Del Rey song from an album that hasn’t even leaked yet.
It’s not bad, until the part that is.Dec012011
Midnight Oil - Kosciusko
This is definitely recognizable as “the band who does that “Beds Are Burning” song, but it’s really good and way less annoying.Oct162011
The Visitations - Jonathan Asshole
About three years ago I discovered The Visitations, and was excited to subsequently discover that they from Athens, on the Orange Twin label. Surely, I thought, that would meant that I’d have plenty of opportunities to see them while I was living there. That didn’t turn out to be the case. It may just have been that I stopped looking, but I never heard about them playing anywhere. I didn’t realize how disappointing that was until today I saw that they’re playing in a couple of weeks. Figures that it’s after I moved but still, it’s on a Friday and at Flicker, and best of all it’s free. All of which is awesome and means there’s no reason they can let me down…so long as they play this song.Sep162011
Ellen And Ben
This is the best thing I’ve ever read on Pitchfork.
The Ben of “Ellen and Ben”, the last song on the last Dismemberment Plan album, is a kid who I knew in high school and then again after college. Ellen was Ben’s girlfriend for a while. I knew her a little bit, too. They were a cute couple. During the summer of 1995, when Ben was 14 and I was 15, Ben booked the Dismemberment Plan to headline a show at an American Legion Hall in Baltimore. I don’t know how Ben knew about the band; their first album wasn’t even out yet, but he always seemed to learn about this stuff before everyone else. A bunch of other go-nowhere bands played that same show, and someone was there promoting a gross weird soda that I never heard of again; I think it was called Josta. Lots of punk rock kids were wearing Josta t-shirts.
Ben’s band Hoffman played, and for the longest time I thought his name was actually Ben Hoffman. There wasn’t a stage, but when the D-Plan hit the narrow patch of floor where all the bands played, they were a total whirlwind of energy. Also, I think Travis Morrison played trombone, but that might be one of those weird teenage memories that didn’t actually happen. Anyway, it was a really fun night.
Ben kept booking shows all through high school. For a while, he and Ellen actually ran an all-ages space called the Small Intestine, where the D-Plan played a few more times. Within a certain subset of Baltimore punk kids, the Dismemberment Plan were the shit, and that was largely because of all those early shows that Ellen and Ben booked (and, you know, because they were great). Ben kicked around town playing in various goofy art-punk bands. One would regularly pull up without warning outside of shows in a van, play a short set in the back of the van, and then peel out. In 2003, I wrote a big story about Ben for the Baltimore City Paper, and he told me that it made his grandmother cry. Ben left town shortly after that, and so did I. I haven’t seen him in years.
“Ellen and Ben” is a story-song about Ellen and Ben meeting each other and then breaking up, and I have no idea how much of it is true. I once asked Ben how he felt about it, and he told me that he liked it but it made things weird with his family for a while because there was a line about him and Ellen having sex. There’s nothing in the song about Ben being this teenage booker who was putting on four shows a week at a time when most of us were still mastering the fine art of not slamming down the brake pedal four times in one block.
You always hear stories about the early hardcore days, when bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat had to figure out touring channels by themselves because nobody was doing it for them. D.I.Y. shows still happen, but they mostly happen through choice, not necessity. Now, there’s an indie rock infrastructure that pays a whole lot of people’s bills, including mine. But that whole era, where people were making shit up as they went along, was still going strong in the mid-to-late 90s. Teenage kids were convincing their parents to help them sweep up the North Baltimore storefront D.I.Y. spaces that they rented with their own money. They were selling Now & Laters at a concession stand and asking everyone to please be cool and not drink because they didn’t want the place to be busted. And the energy that these kids put in was enough to nurture and sustain bands like the Dismemberment Plan, bands that would help shape the indie universe for years to come. Maybe that’s still happening somewhere. I’d like to think so.
Sia - Breathe Me
Lavender Diamond - New Ways of Living
Destroyer - New Ways of Living
Marnie Stern - The Package is Wrapped
Marnie Stern - For Ash
Hefner - Hymn for the CigarettesAug242011
M83 - “Midnight City”
At a minute in I didn’t think I could love this any more than I do but there is a sax outro…
NEW M83 NEW M83 NEW M83 !!!
New track from Twin Sister, “Bad Street”
After last year’s promising EP Color Your Life, the Long Island band will be releasing their first album in September. In the mean time, their website shows that they’re touring an absurd amount to promote In Heaven.
Twin Sister will be playing a free show at Farm 255 in Athens tomorrow, 6/12, with Holiday Shores and CO CO ri CO. If you can’t make that, they’ll be back in Atlanta at least twice more this year to play shows with Memoryhouse (August) and Devendra Banhart (November).
This single is making me really curious what direction they’re going to take the album. I don’t like it as much as their more chillwave, dreampoppy songs, but it’s got definite potential to be the kind of thing I’ll love.Jun112011
Come On Let's Go
Broadcast - Come On Let’s Go
We should all listen to more Broadcast.Apr212011
Tiger Phone Card
Dengue Fever - Tiger Phone Card
I think this week, or maybe next, I’m going to use my rotation shift to just play music that I discovered from djing for WUOG. Dengue Fever will definitely have to be included, as they were somewhat influential to my music taste, by introducing me to Cambodian music from the 60s. Since Venus On Earth had just come out in 2008 I’m sure I found them on the internet at about the same time as they were in rotation. Though I distinctly remember playing this album in the old station, it was really music blogs that made the impression. I hadn’t discovered private trackers yet and was still using blogs to download music. I spent so much time going from one blog to the next discovering things, so much more than I have the patience to go back to now. But I miss it nevertheless, because it meant that I discovered awesome things like this post from WFMU much more often (or at least, without someone having posted them on tumblr). There are a couple of other mixes of similar music I found around the same time that I will try to remember to seek out and post because the music is good and the history surrounding it makes it even better. While Dengue Fever is from LA and not at all persecuted for making westernized music, they follow the tradition of Ros Sereysothea, Yol Aularong, ad the like, while being a fairly unique band in their own right.Apr192011
Rubies and Rocks
Thao & Mirah - Rubies and Rocks
This one’s excellent too. Pretty much all of them are of course. I love the horns.Apr182011
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