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March 20, 2008

NEW: Death Cab for Cutie [Jam] – I Will Possess Your Heart…but wait, There’s more!

So first I’ll lay you out with this kind of epic Death Cab track from their upcoming “let-loose” LP: Narrow Stairs. My initial opinion of this 8 minute and plus jam is purrty indifferent. The build up is a little cool but not f**king cool, and the last four minutes when Gibbard enters stage is melodic and interesting but nothing explosive. It’s definitely a boil that’ll grow on me in time like most of the group’s songs, but as of now I’m not certain of its place in my catalogue of cab.

M P 3 -> Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart [ mp3 ].

Now. The more part. I got 3 new releases [some still upcoming ac-tually], 2 of them electronic masterpieces and the other 1 being the newest from one of the most prolific acoustic artists of our ages. If I were talking actual band names, it would go a little something like this: M83, Cut Copy,and Sun Kil Moon.

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M83 explodes back on the scene with a release glowing of some sort of 80s critique and hush diaries of a 15 year old girl. Anthony Gonzalez pretty much kept everyone in the indie [elektronika] realm on the edge of their seats with the brilliant Before the Dawn Heals Us, and now he returns with a new sound that compliments his dark beat driven mood rock like a charm. I’ll let you loose on the upcoming Saturdays = Youth‘s first single, “Graveyard Girl” and one that really caught my ear upon first listen. I’m still studying the album as a whole, so as of now I can’t describe what its doing for me exactly. It’s quite nice though.

M P 3s
-> M 83 – Graveyard Girl [ mp3 ]
-> M 83 – Kim & Jessie [ mp3 ]

Lucky Magic Number 2

Cut Copy has found a way to make me fall deeply in love with their style and sound within a week. If you want to know the truth, this is my favorite electronic release of the year. The album doesn’t succumb to the normal guidelines of contemporary elektronika. The boundries are bent and twisted to fit the way this group wants to sound. Good. Perfect, I mean. ch-ch-check.

M P 3s
-> Cut Copy – Feel the Love [ mp3 ] (**DH** Highly Rec’d)
-> Cut Copy – Strangers In the Wind [ mp3 ] (**DH** Highly Rec’d)

Lucky Magic Number 3

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This effort doesn’t surprise me at all. Mark Kozelek is just the person for the job to create an abundancy of amazing soft folk rock for a decade and still sound incredible. He doesn’t try to change his style or sound, he never frays from the garage feel of his instruments and the faded, almost echoing vocals. Besides all that, the album is amazing as well.

M P 3s
-> Sun Kil Moon – Moorestown [ mp3 ]
-> Sun Kil Moon – Tonight In Bilbao [ mp3 ]

Well that’s it for today. Hoped you were fond of some of the mat. Cheers.

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March 17, 2008

Monday Leftarounds: Modest Mouse [quick] Edition

Filed under: B-Sides Sucka, Clean Cut Internet, Muzak, Oldness, Spring Sprang, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 12:03 pm

Just got back to classes today, so this post will only be a two-em-pee-three post. Modest Mouse is like a whole new dimension when it comes to their b-sides. The sound is rocky and cruddy compared to their high quality big label sound recently boasted, and there is a seemingly endless amount of these things. Every now and then a post of a group of MM b-sides will be sprinkled all over the inter-web, or a friend will douse you will a few MBs of youthful Isaac Brock love. In any case, the heart and attitude of this groups songwriting will always be felt. An effective little bunch of rascals these fellas are, and although all-over the place, this second b-side here ranks high on my favorite Mouse jams.

B – S I D EM P 3s
-> Modest Mouse – Leaflet’s Gabe [mp3]
(Only 52 seconds, but a fun tune)
-> Modest Mouse – This Is Real Life / Untitled Demo [mp3]

March 13, 2008

I Dig the Diggs

Filed under: Muzak, Newness, Spring Sprang, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 5:50 pm

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Previous to this recent Ctrl-Alt-Del phase I had only had three tunes from the Brooklyn based trio, The Diggs. This is one of those instances when you go through an album and it flys by like an episode of Entourage, only at the end of this your not screaming “a fucking 22-minute episode?”, but your a little confused by how a record like this could be released without the amount of hype that an album like Neon Bible garnerned. The album flows with track after track of consistent indie rock. Each track carefully crafted to fit its own niche while masterfully coming together to make the album an experience and an event. Enjoy as much as I did, please.

M P 3s
-> The Diggs – Ctrl-Alt-Del [mp3]
-> The Diggs – Careen [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

NEW: Animal Collective – Water Curses MP3

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Just when I think Animal Collective can’t possibly top their preceding effort, the first track of their newest release just punches me in the face and knocks me the fuck out. Apologies for the lack of courtesy with that last sentence, but seriously, these guys are on another level. Their music is like an explosion of sound that swarms around everything and anything that you are involved with inside your mind. Each track is like a mental takeover, releasing your imagination into depths never traveled before. It’s really an experience.

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-> Animal Collective – Water Curses (Off of the Water Curses – EP due out May 6th) [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

March 11, 2008

Giant, Human

Just a fast reminder to anyone who stumbles upon this GOLD MINE of a page to watch the best comedy show on the air (due to those bastards who cancelled my weekly dose of Dr. Tobias F√ľnke). Now I’m sure you’re getting this from all blog angles, corners, sides, etc. But this needs to be hammered home, because if I was not introduced to this stupendous comedy troupe, I would be missing out on some of the greatest television to come around in the past decade. The least you could do, is take a half hour out of your life at 11 o’clock, kick the stupid Rob & Big habit you’ve been nesting and stare intensely at your television moniter. I’m already damn excited for tonight’s show.

Spring Sprang Break

So I gots a lots of cool stuff (scratch that, just one topic of discussion) to talk about here at the midway of my ever-so eventful sprang break at home. I’d like to announce at how pleasantly surprised I was to stumble upon a copy of Tokyo Police Club‘s debut Cd that has had just about everyone in the blogosphere endure the painful anticipation as some sort of torture. But it’s finally here, and after a few listens, I guess it has what everyone’s been waiting to hear: a full length Cd of Tokyo Police Club. I mean, they’re a good band, so who wouldn’t be jazzed up for new material. From an actual muzak standpoint, this album include a lot of catchy guitar riffs that are usually riddled with handclaps in some sort of body-shaking flow. The percussion nails the point home…literally, and the seemingly nonchalant vocals of Dave Monks prove that the bands sound is really still cool. Still hip. So enjoy their first single off Elephant Shell, and this other one that has really caught my attraction.

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M P 3s
-> Tokyo Police Club – Tesselate [mp3]
-> Tokyo Police Club – In a Cave [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

And as a bonus I’ll be throwing up Knife’s “Heartbeats” for a friend of mine who has a special little crush on it. So here you go bud, ch-ch-check.

B O N U SM P 3s
-> The Knife – Heartbeats [mp3]

Monday Leftarounds, the Mgmt edition

So i’m pretty certain that Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are household names by now, as well as MGMT sharing the flavor of the year with them vampires. But in all seriousness, this group knows how to find ways to rock socks. But enough about how flamboyantly brisk this group’s electric tunes can be, the idea of this post is for me to embark on a journey of a type of post where I can broadcast any extremely rare b-sides I have laying around. On a Monday, because if you really think about it, an album is like the weekend. Everything great that happens in your week happens on the weekend, but sometimes the best memories of a week can come from the weekdays. So here’s to the weekdays, and here’s to the wonderful world of b-sides that exists quietly under the surface of things. Now these particular tunes have been on my hit-list for quite some time. My good friend has had an inside man with the boys from Wesleyan since my Sophomore year in highschool, so about tres years, and since then he’s had this CD-R with tons of garage sounding b-sides along with the likes of “Time to Pretend”, “Kids”, “Love Always Remains” and “Destrokk”. So basically it’s easy to tell that MGMT is rolling in the doh, but here are 4 great tunes from them back in the day that may have never touched the blogosphere surface. Enjoy.

(P.S. – These tracks are so frunking underground that I don’t even know the titles, I had to freaking make them up.)

M P 3s
-> MGMT – We [mp3]
-> MGMT – Hot Love [mp3]
-> MGMT – Normal Alien [mp3]
-> MGMT – Four-Winged Dinosaur [mp3]

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And an extra P.P.S. is how much “Normal Alien” pulled back nostalgic glimpses of my childhood viewing of the creepy but oh so classic Pet Shop. The synopsis was simple…but brilliant. Two aliens transcend upon earth to take over a pet store that will ultimately sell alien-ized pets. Meanwhile, in this boomtown-like community in Arizona, a cliche Italian-American family hides from the mob via Witness Protection Agency. Anyhow, alien dogs are purchased, long island stereotypical accents are thrown left and right and the film is just straight up FUCKING WEIRD. But besides that, it’s a must see if you want to complete your own Bucket List.

March 10, 2008

Prime. In Mine. Mix

Hopefully this mix zip will be my return to form after taking about a month of real dense blogging off just to make up excuses called “mid-terms.” Hopefully from now on, whoever actually frequents this thing will appreciate my new mildly mannered outlook on blogging and my dilligent use of the MLA format. This zip includes a lot of the stuff I’ve been slaying with my headphones until a mere nub of the unknown of that song was left existing. A lot of it includes those princes from Springfield, Mizzou, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin‘s Pershing, which is absolutely splendid if you have not been yet, and a whole lot of one hit stragglers (still exists is a solid shout out to bothThrow Me the Statue and Tapes ‘n Tapes who also championed audio via leak recently).

Tracklist b-sucka

1. cut off your hands – you and i
2. the bALLY who? – aqua insomnia
3. the cool kids feat. lil wayne – gettin’ it
4. pearl jam – immortality
5. the cloud cult – story of the grandson of jesus
6. lil wayne feat. the gym class heroes – white girl
7. throw me the statue – written in heart signs, faintly
8. the swimmers – st. cecilia
9. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – you could right a book
10. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – some constellation
11. pearl jam – oceans
12. aimee mann – red vines
13. sun kil moon – floating
14. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – modern mystery
15. mellowdrone – worst song ever
16. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – dead right
17. tapes ‘n tapes – le ruse
18. the airfields – prisoners of our love
19. fleet foxes – white winter hymnal
20. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – glue girls

DOWNLOAD THE ZIP FILE HERE
(megaupload link)

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