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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 11, 2008

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]

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.

December 25, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 24 (Eve Special)

Tomorrow is Christmas, and tonight is Christmas Eve. I hope you all have enjoyed the past 28 days, so I’m gonna throw together a bunch of new Christmas mp3s and give you the links to all the previous ones. Enjoy! (P.S. – It seems i’ve dipped into the actual 25th! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight).

-> My Morning Jacket- Xmas Time Is Here [mp3]
-> Bing Crosby- White Christmas [mp3]
-> Low- Just Like Christmas [mp3]
-> The Raveonettes- The Christmas Song [mp3]
-> The Killers- A Great Big Sled [mp3]
-> Fiona Apple- Frosty the Snowman [mp3]
-> Bing Crosby- Silent Night [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Away In A Manger [mp3]
-> Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas [mp3]
-> Andy Williams- O Holy Night [mp3]

All Together Now
-> The Carpenters- The Christmas Song [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Put the Lights On the Tree [mp3]
-> Nat King Cole- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [mp3]
-> Gene Autry- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer [mp3]
-> Phantom Planet- Winter Wonderland [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Holy, Holy, Holy [mp3]
-> Vaughn Monroe- Let It Snow [mp3]
-> Fountains of Wayne- Valley Winter Song [mp3]
-> Vince Guaraldi Trio and the Cast of Charlie Brown- Christmas Time Is Here [mp3]
-> Elmo & Patsy- Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer [mp3]
-> Iron & Wine- Sodom, South Georgia [mp3]
-> The Swimmers- The Christmas Sound [mp3]
-> Bobby Helms- Jingle Bell Rock [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Star of Wonder [mp3]
-> Vince Guaraldi Trio- O Tannenbaum [mp3]
-> Alvin & The Chipmunks- The Chipmunk Song [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- That Was the Worst Christmas Ever [mp3]
-> Mark Mothersbaugh- Sparkplug Minuet [mp3]
-> The Walkmen- The Christmas Party [mp3]
-> Chet Atkins- Jolly Old St. Nicholas [mp3]
-> Johnny Mathis- The First Noel [mp3]
-> Jeff Grant- Christmas [mp3]
-> Ryan Adams- Hey Parker, It’s Christmas [mp3]
-> The Bird and The Bee- Carol of Bells [mp3]
-> The Polyphonic Spree- Carol of Bells (Tim’s About To Lose His Marble) [mp3]
-> Roger Whittaker- The 12 Days of Christmas [mp3]
-> Burl Ives- Christmas Can’t Be Far Away [mp3]

and that’s some good ole fun x-mas. Merry Christmas once again.

December 23, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 23

Filed under: Christmas is Dank, Muzak, Oldness, Snowdrops, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 10:46 pm

2 more days…

-> Burl Ives- Christmas Can’t Be Far Away [mp3]

December 22, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 22

Wow, the days been hectic as 28 of my old high school friends will shuffle down my basement stairs in a few hours and cram into a roygbiv glowing room while showering in cheap light beer and sip sliding shots from an ice luge. Oh and everyone is required to be wearing a very cheerful Christmas sweater. It should be some fun. But here’s yr mp3.

-> Roger Whittaker- The 12 Days of Christmas [mp3]

December 17, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Parts 15 & 16

My apologies ladies and gentleman for missing yesterday’s post. Funny thing is I do have a lot to talk about, I’ve just been hounded by reuniting with friends from their various institutions. Here’s two for today and yesterday.

-> The Walkmen- The Christmas Party [mp3]
-> Chet Atkins- Jolly Old St. Nicholas [mp3]

December 12, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 12

Filed under: Christmas is Dank, Muzak, Newness, Oldness, Snowdrops, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 6:21 pm

Wow, believe it or not I’ve actually followed through this thing by doing more than half of what I assigned myself already. I impress myself sometimes.

-> Alvin and the Chipmunks- The Chipmunk Song [mp3]

December 11, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 11

Filed under: Charlie Brown, Christmas is Dank, Muzak, Oldness, Snowdrops, Stuff Inside the Body, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 11:50 am

Two finals down. Two papers to go. And it still rains…

-> Vince Guaraldi Trio- O Tannenbaum [mp3]

December 9, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Filed under: Christmas is Dank, Drunk, Muzak, Oldness, Snowdrops, Stuff Inside the Body, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 3:41 pm

It’s a grim day in December as warmer weather and higher precipitation attempts to rain on my Christmas spirit. Fuck you rain.

(What’s with the picture? I really have no idea. Straight impulse.)

-> Bobby Helms- Jingle Bell Rock [mp3]

December 6, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 6

Filed under: Christmas is Dank, Drunk, Muzak, Oldness, Snowdrops, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 4:39 pm

-> Elmo & Patsy- Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer [mp3]

November 30, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 0

Filed under: Christmas is Dank, Muzak, Oldness, Snowdrops, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 10:53 am

Tomorrow’s the day that the big D month comes into town. Get excited.

-> Nat King Cole- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! [mp3]

November 28, 2007

My Christmas Plan / The 25 Days of Christmas: Part -2

So it’s kind of a thing of mine to get so jazzed up for late December starting immediately after T-Day. But anyway, I got in my head to start my Advent Calender a little earlier than December, say like, right now. Basically every day, if you like to visit this site, instead of opening that little box on the normal Advent Calender to find a toy or a butterscotch candy or whatever it is your tradition entails, you will find a freshly wrapped Christmas-related MP3.

Over the years I have been piling up tunes that are at least one of the following categories: Classic Christmas song, Oldies Christmas tune, Oldies Christmas tune remixed, cover of a Classic Christmas song, a contemporary Christmas song, or just a song that reminds me of the winter / snow / sleigh bells / fireplace warmth during a blizzard / Christmas in general / etc. As all of this culminates to my favorite day of the entire trip around the Sun (And it will be Christmas Eve, because I am not as joyous on Christmas Day because it just means I have to wait another 365 days till that monumental feeling of glee), I will throw together all the remaining Christmas tunes that did not make it on a day on this virtual Advent for a long list of Holiday fun and cheer for everyone of all ages. But like I said, I can barely contain my excitement so the clean cut internet muzak Advant Calender begins today.

And a special P.S.: I will not stop my regular postings, these dailies will just be extra to whatever I would usually be putting on the table. Enjoy day one! And this really is the most wonderful time of the year.

-> The Carpenters- The Christmas Song [mp3]

(be tee dubbs, basically all of these em pee threes are going to be highly rec’d)

November 26, 2007

Now hear this

Filed under: Highly Recommended, Muzak, Newness, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 6:06 pm

How can something so wonderful end before it ever really began?

R.I.P. Imaginary Baseball League

You got one hell of a fan out of me.

I recently began listening to a Nashville group who called themselves The Imaginary Baseball League. I had heard two tracks of theirs before just recently investigating the deal with them, “Gambling”, and “Steeple to Steeple”. Both songs gave me hooks that caught me by complete surprise. Every second of the song was like a flower in beautiful Spring bloom out of gritty sidewalk cement, both of the tracks would unfold like a rollercoaster quietly barreling through a picturesque scene the ordinary life. If I had to put it in simple terms, these songs made me feel good. I liked this band, and when I began looking deeper into them, I discovered they are no more since this last October. It’s just a sad thing to start getting into a group or a preformer after the race they were in had been run. It’s like finding out who Elliott Smith is in 2004 and having to be satisfied with B-sides from the past for the rest of your life. Except the difference is IBL’s race shouldn’t have ended so soon. I’m not saying I’m upset with anyone in the band or anything like that, they all have their reasons for what they want to do, I am slightly just upset with myself for not pursuing these guys earlier on. So unfortunately this section of this post is kind of like a tribute, but from the sound of these guys songs, that’s well deserved. Cheers men, hope to see you guys playing on sometime, and I hope for the best otherwise.

You can go to the band’s site to download the entire album, or track by track if you want to.

“Oh I know that it’s sad. We spent all we had, we blew it on gambling. Trying our luck, playing the cards, scrambling. 200,000 miles of wheels may not survive another trip. Maybe it’s time to quit, just settle down and start paying the bills, yeah I should really pay the bills.

And for the record, the new 3 Seattle’s in this rocking world have to be Brooklyn, Nashville, and Athens.

having said that…
I introduce another new infatuation of mine, The Dimes. This group throws together some catchy tunes in their upcoming release The Silent Generation, while making a pretty solid name for themselves. The foundation of the album comes from the track, “Catch Me Jumping”. The group immediately establishes attention from the pop filled strumming of the acoustic guitar that soon surrounds the entire album giving its listeners positive familiarity. The album’s content flows like a history text book of extremely random events that never fail to spark interest in what is being sung about. The vocals soar with optimism even when the lyrics may not be so pleasant. With all these details wrapped together, the band puts forth a solid disc with songs that will (have) be(en) on repeat (for me). Check out some tracks for yourself. Cheers.

-> The Dimes- Catch Me Jumping [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)
-> The Dimes- This Time [mp3]
-> The Dimes- Salt and Foam [mp3] (Now this may just be me, but this chorus strangely sounds like Death Cab For Cutie in their earlier days, let me know if you agree)

November 11, 2007

The Silver Seas, formerly (and the real) The Bees

Filed under: Muzak, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body, Wes Anderson-ish — thatguyfromla @ 4:17 pm


Gosh, I almost forgot how great this band was. Recently on my iTunes shuffle I stumbled onto “Hard Luck Tom” and this remarkable urge struck me to find out how the good ole Bees were doing. At first glance in this reunion, I noticed (It’s kinda hard not to) that the name of the band was changed, and their amazing album High Society was being re-released under their new name, The Silver Seas. This hit a personal nerve because of the fact that there were two seperate bands, both called The Bees, one from the UK, and one from the US, and to me, the US band was a favorite hands down. The US side had such a jolly alt-folk sound that rang with clever turns, and the UK side never really did it for me, they never showed me anything different. While listening to High Society, I feel like it’s the a country laid back score to a Wes Anderson film, and the artwork and Futura font doesn’t hurt with my theory.


-> The Silver Seas- Hard Luck Tom [mp3]
-> The Silver Seas- Imaginary Girl [mp3]

November 7, 2007

best of october, halloween, or lack there of

Filed under: Album Covers, Bonus Material, Dance, Hallowe'en, Muzak, Newness, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 2:34 pm

Shame on me, I forgot posts for both the best songs from October and a nice festive batch for a Halloween post. Unfortunately I have to say that there will be no best of October post, as things have been very very slow and through the past month all that has been cycling through my iPod shuffle has been muzak from previous months or songs from the far past, simply clicked to evoke nostaligic fuzzy feelings. The weather is way too cold for Halloween (it was snowing for a brief pinch today), but I will still leave you with some tunes to jam to maybe when you’re, oh I don’t know, uploading hilarious photos from All Hallows Eve parties onto your facebook profile.

-> Bobby Pickett- Monster Mash [mp3]
-> Chris Garneau- Halloween [mp3]


Speaking of ghouls and ghosts and werewolves and vampires (wink), Hey! How about that group Vampire Weekend! I just picked up some tunes from the groups new single on iTunes, Mansard Roof. I can’t really explain what type of muzak this is, the best I can do is it’s like a poppy, video-game indie alt group that could score a classical film in a very interesting and unique way. The single came with a b-side, “Ladies of Cambridge”, which is just as good as the single itself. I love their lo-fi sound, and I finally have an album to look forward to now. So here are both the tunes from the new single. Love the artwork as well.

-> Vampire Weekend- Mansard Roof [mp3]
-> Vampire Weekend- Ladies of Cambridge [mp3]

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