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October 29, 2007

Where Do I Begin? Oh, That’s Right.

Holy moly, where do I begin? [I think I have an idea] It’s been a hectic last two weeks, filled with weekend get-a-ways, papers on Modernist writers, and even a dash of catch-up napping. So much has been going on and I really don’t know where to start other than what I will end this post with. There has been a shower of new bands just flooding my iPod headphones and they need to be heard. But business is business. So let’s get down to it with what’s important now. The new Sufjan Stevens track.

So fresh off the new Bob Dylan bio-pic’s (that has me shaking with excitement) soundtrack is a new Sufjan track, and he does not disappoint… like he never does. When Sufjan’s voice first trudges in I feel like everything is wonderful that surrounds me, like hope is a possible option for anything in the entire world. The electric guitar is so unusual with Sufjan’s style that it makes it all the more better and the happy bouncy chorus and the intense horn orchestral climaxes contribute to a top notch track for the Michigan native. I promise you, you will be listening to this track non stop from the moment it first hits your ear drums. So be prepared to rock out to this and the rest of the stellar compilation, as it hits stores tomorrow.

Disc 1
“All Along the Watchtower,” – Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers
“I’m Not There,” Sonic Youth
“Goin’ To Acapulco,” Jim James and Calexico
“Tombstone Blues,” Richie Havens
“Ballad of a Thin Man,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” Cat Power
“Pressing On,” John Doe
“Fourth Time Around,” Yo La Tengo
“Dark Eyes,” Iron & Wine and Calexico
“Highway 61 Revisited,” Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
“One More Cup of Coffee,” Roger McGuinn and Calexico
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Mason Jennings
“Billy,” Los Lobos
“Simple Twist of Fate,” Jeff Tweedy
“The Man in the Long Black Coat,” Mark Lanegan
“SeƱor (Tales of Yankee Power),” Willie Nelson and Calexico

Disc 2

“As I Went Out One Morning,” Mira Billotte
“Can’t Leave Her Behind,” Stephen Malkmus and Lee Ranaldo
“Ring Them Bells,” Sufjan Stevens
“Just Like a Woman,” Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
“Mama You’ve Been on My Mind” / “A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie,” Jack Johnson
“I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Yo La Tengo
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?,” The Hold Steady
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
“Wicked Messenger,” The Black Keys
“Cold Irons Bound,” Tom Verlaine and the Million Dollar Bashers
“The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Mason Jennings
“Maggie’s Farm,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“When the Ship Comes In,” Marcus Carl Franklin
“Moonshiner,” Bob Forrest
“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” John Doe
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Antony & the Johnsons
“I’m Not There,” Bob Dylan

->Sufjan Stevens- Ring Them Bells [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)


October 16, 2007

hold up, wait a minute

Filed under: Uncategorized — thatguyfromla @ 9:26 pm

Sorry for not being around the past few days, and I think I’m going to have to apologize in advance for not being around within the next few days. Thangs are swamped, midterms, visiting home this weekend, I have like 12 papers due. And I have so much to say but so little time. There’s lots of new mindblowing muzak out there and check out the new Hype Machine, that’s all I can say for now. Cheers.

October 10, 2007


so I get up. go to class. sprint back. and check my e-mail. this morning. There it was. Do not reply: In Rainbows. Or something like that. I’ll tell you something my fingers have never been as swift and meticulous as they were getting to that download link. And it has come. I’m midway through my first listen right now and I’ll leave 2 of my favorite tracks, oh my god, I just realized all five are my favorites, and now 6 is two as it has just came on. So i’ll just leave the last two of the first 5 songs cause they’re freshest in my memory. I’ll keep ya updated.

-> Radiohead- Weird Fishes / Arpeggi [mp3]
-> Radiohead- All I Need [mp3]

Shoot, gottanother class so this won’t be up for a little bit. Thank God for iPod’s. But anyway, probably a smarter idea would be to just get the whole thing for FREE or whatever donation you wish.

October 9, 2007

Grateful Dead megapost

Filed under: Concerts, Highly Recommended, Muzak, Non-Fiction, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body, The Dead — thatguyfromla @ 9:55 pm

I’m a deadhead. A youthful and inquisitive deadhead. As you can see, the change of the banner is a tribute for this newly determined fact, but it is not just to boast this post.

I never knew how far my love for The Grateful Dead traveled until my first few weeks of college, which is pretty much now. It’s kinda strange how many times I find myself reaching for the volume knob on my stereo when “Cassidy” or “St. Stephen” is hurtled forward to attention by my shuffle. For some reason loud jam-band hippie muzak evokes a certain pride at a University that cannot be properly matched. With all that said, I’d also like to acknowledge the realization this all led to: The Grateful Dead are a pretty kick ass fun band. I would have to say that these guys are one of my top favorite bands because of all that they accomplished. The endless tours, the mass amount of good songs, the Garcia guitar work that is like none other to date. I never see this group getting much love in the blogging world, so I thought I’d throw some their way. So here’s a tribute to my favorite Classic Rock/ Jam-Band/ Psych-Rock troupe out there, The Grateful Dead.

-> Grateful Dead- Weather Report Suite: Prelude / Part 1 / Part 2 [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Box of Rain [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Iko Iko (Live in Virginia, 1988) [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Sugar Magnolias [mp3]

I aged in a peculiar manner. You see, my Father was, for lack of better words, a real Deadhead. I grew up with pure hate to the flowery jams and sharply picked solos, of course one always grows up with despise for whatever their parents enjoy. Although as growing up progressed I became more and more tolerant of the dead. On a ride back from Pee Wee Football practice was the first instant I actually listened and distinguished a dead song from all the others (They had seemed so a like, meaningless solos piled on like syrup to a song that just shouted I’m happy and stoned, they all seemed like that, and by the way I was an imbecile. At that point I was oblivious to the big picture of the dead, I quite possibly still am, but at least I have figured out that there is something real with them). The song was “Tennessee Jed,” the first song I dissected. Focused on the lyrics. It was the first Grateful Dead song on my iTunes because I felt a certain connection with it.

-> The Grateful Dead- Tennessee Jed [mp3]

“Tennessee, Tennessee. There ain’t no place I’d rather be. Baby won’t you carry me back to Tennessee. I’d run into Charlie Fog. He blacked my eye and he kicked my dog. My dog turned to me and said, ‘Let’s head back to Tennessee Jed.’ “

I don’t know why it was that this quote stuck out the most to me. All I can say now is that it is apparent to me that Robert Hunter is a genuis.

At the time when I was growing furthest from my parents and reaching the pinnacle of my teen years was when I began to look at the dead as a band instead of an enemy. This time period was swell. It was when I got to see the dead from a very far outlook. Only downloading the hits, the notable tunes, and saying to my self: “These aren’t half bad.” The one thing stopping my initiative to dive deeper into this world was the lameness that seemed to trail it. I mean it was still my father’s muzak, the type of muzak that is supposed to be boring to my generation, the type that is supposed to be surpassed by a cult-like group that defines my age. I can’t say that rule is too fair, or realistic.

the hits

-> Grateful Dead- Casey Jones [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Truckin’ [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Friend of a Devil [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Touch of Grey [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Uncle John’s Band [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Fire on the Mountain [mp3]

And it didn’t come till Senior year in high school / Summer before college / Freshman year of college that I finally began to dig deep into the dead. Finding songs on my own, songs I had never heard from my father. Albums like Anthem of the Sun and Wake of the Flood, rarities, live performances, side projects and more. This is a process I am still involved in. So expect to see some more of the dead from now on.

rarities / live stuff / my favorites / whatever you wanna call it

-> Grateful Dead- That’s It For the Other One [mp3]
-> Jerry Garcia Band- Palm Sunday [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Jack Straw [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Eyes of the World [mp3]
-> Jerry Garcia Band- Fennario [mp3]
-> Grateful Dead- Cassidy (Live) [mp3]

Can’t Wait until 12 (midnight)

Filed under: Uncategorized — thatguyfromla @ 5:44 pm

Tonight’s the night, tonight’s the night, tonight’s the night… (Little bit uh that) Well tonight is the night that Radiohead’s will release its 7th LP tonight titled, In Rainbows. Just a reminder to everyone to hop on that isht. Do not forget now, tonight at midnight the date becomes October 10, 2007.

October 8, 2007

hot chip, hot damn

Filed under: Dance, Electromagnetic, Muzak, Newness — thatguyfromla @ 4:32 pm

So it seems as if Hot Chip is back in the scene with some new tracks out and the talks of the new album. Here’s two tracks that have recently floated to the surface of the blogosphere. Enjoy, cheers.

-> Hot Chip- Shake a Fist [mp3]
-> Hot Chip- I Became a Volunteer [mp3]

October 5, 2007

belated best 6 of september

Filed under: Electromagnetic, Fall Fell, Highly Recommended, Muzak, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body — Tags: — thatguyfromla @ 3:32 pm

yes I am a little late, but I have some free time right now so I’m gonna go for a big bundle of posts, hopefully it’ll hype me up enough to continue doing so in a more habitual manner. So here were my Top 6 of the month of September. Only 6, so I was a little dreary with the sounds this past month. Things will pick up, I mean, October 10th happens to be in October…

(remember, leaks and releases are both eligible)

6. Midlake- Marion [mp3]
5. Black Kids- I’m Not Gonna Teach You How To Dance With Your Boyfriend [mp3]
4. Simian Mobile Disco- Tits & Acid [mp3]
3. Vampire Weekend- Oxford [mp3]
2. The New Amsterdams- Fortunate Fool [mp3]
1. Animal Collective- Fireworks [mp3]

Like I said, many of the releases from September were basically drained through my blogger system in previous months, and I know I categorized Strawberry Jam as being part of August, or maybe even July, but I can’t help it, “Fireworks” is so f***ing good, and the Jam is so f***ing good. And I am simply in love with that New Amsterdams song off their new release At the Foot Of My Rival. Enjoi.

October 4, 2007

m. bison. BACK!

Filed under: Bonus Material, M. Bison, Muzak — thatguyfromla @ 9:34 pm

So we’ve gotten some recent response and desire for M. Bison, which is like completely understandable, So I thought I would embrace this and take the oppurtunity to throw some M. Bison and Jeff Grant (M. Bison related) tracks your way to just kind of remind anyone that this band is fo real. They’re currently working on an E.P. and I really couldn’t be any happier. Truth be told muzak has felt kinda slow and unappealing lately (EXCEPT FOR FUCKING THIS) but let’s just say this re-booted my heart drive (ah thank you). And I get to put up another kickass picture of M. Bison of Streetfighter!!! Have a listen, will ya?



-> M. Bison- Slow Atop the Mountain
-> M. Bison- Jealousy
-> Jeff Grant- Ghost
-> Jeff Grant- Christmas

Bonus MP3

-> Radiohead- Arpeggi

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