2 Live Stereolab Shows
2 FANTASTIC STEREOLAB SHOWS.
Both from ATL - first one was them at the tabernacle with Sonic Youth (i know a lot of people on this list were there). Second one was at the Variety. BOTH have Mary on it and the second show was from her last tour. Hearing those harmonies again is fucking haunting. Anyways - i thought i'd post these because i just got their new record and they are playing here next month. I uploaded both so they are safe to dl. ENJOY!
Tabernacle (opening for Sonic Youth)
1. Escape Pod
2. Infinity Girl
5. People Do It All The Time
6. Metronomic Underground
7. Household Names
8. John Cage Bubblegum
9. Blue Milk
10. French Disko
11. Outer Bongolia
1. Miss Modular
2. Captain Easychord
3. Infinity Girl
4. Baby Lulu
5. Escape Pod
6. Naught More Terrific Than Man
7. Cybele's Reverie
8. Our Trinitone Blast
10. Double Rocker/
11. Wilgin Worms
12. Ping Pong
13. Les Bons Bons Des Raisons
14. Tuning / Crowd
15. The Incredible He Woman
16. French Disko
Been neglecting this thing like a donut son who doesnt like America's freedom fries. So we're back with a sesh sure to set your summer back on course (after you ate that donut). This shit is good, mega good, so listen to it, and dont die. MEZM 2 ZIP FILE HERE
1. Sic Alps - Massive SpaceDark:
Shit's always threatening to fall apart. One reason Sic Alps are so awesome. In that way it's like Chilton's late '70's stuff, or Skip Spence's LP, or any number of records by the chemically unbalanced that always teeter on the edge of collapse. It's definitely more intentional with these dudes, but that doesn't make it sound any less thrilling. Wicked live show, too, for two dudes. OJ:
disheveled ripper. Whats awesome about bands like this is they can record on a 4 track in their practice space and make it sound shitty and viable. I know Neil Hagerty likes them, so thats enough in my book.
2. Fleet Foxes - MykonosOJ:
This is a jam off their ep that landed before the full length and was the first glimpse to me of what they could achieve. I love the mood this sets. DARK:
I thought I was listening to "New Slang" at first. Later on it sounds like Fleetwood Mac. It has a pleanst air. I like it. It doesn't make me think of the Aegean, though; not enough lyre.
3. XYX - Microvibraciones DARK:
Mez dudes talk about the mind a lot, but we can't help it; we are, after all, America's preeminent professional neurologists. "Microvibraciones" doesn't quite hit the brain-disrupting frequency until a few minutes in, but when it does, with the delay on pretty much everything, we (the listeners) find ourselves with one hell of a mind-zapped mind. So yeah, XYX is some crazed Mexican dance-punk, which, like Doritos, is a normally kind of a bad idea made righteous by the Mexicans. Their flavors are special. Anyway, it's maybe like Gang Gang Dance, but more visceral, less arty, and more open to bartering.OJ:
intense mexicans. i read an article recently about all the bad ass music that exists in Mexico - mainly because they dont get a lot of outside influence so they just fucking wail on what's true to them. that definitely is the case with XYX. What makes this song so fucking scary is the madness and those fucking buzzsaw effects at the end. Out of sight. This shit makes me somewhat ok with Mexico's eventual overthrow of the US.
4. Love Is All - Wishing WellDARK:
Yup, the "Tally Ho" riff, staking their claim on a band whose orbit of influence is reaching another perigee. But it ain't just a Clean rip, it's a little stylistic nod in the midst of an unmistakable Love Is All jam. They're utter fucking professionals at making people feel awesome.OJ:
UNREAL FUCKING JAM. This was that song Dark must have been talking about which is the stand out from their last live show. Unreleased i think. Fucking amazing band and this song is all the proof you need. The Tally Ho riff works so well weather they meant it or not (they did). Hearing this makes me think they are unstoppable.
5. The Who - Sister DiscoOJ:
Maybe one of the Who's worst songs, but fuck is it a guilty pleasure for me. Amazing synth work by pete, truly wild. I think it was meant to be a bash on Disco, but it comes off as a weird song that kind of goes nowhere - much like the rest of that record which was shitty and at the end of their glory years. But shit its fun to listen to one of the greatest rock bands ever jam a jam about disco shits. One of the last songs Moon played on, which is kind of sad.DARK:
Dude, this is awesome. I love when the Who sounds like musical theater, and love 'em even more when they sound like the ILLIAC IV having a seizure. Either I've chilled out or seen the light, 'cuz I'm starting to think there's actually no
bad Who. Whereas a younger me thought pretty much everything after a certain point was worthless. Anyway, love the initial bombast, the constantly shifting tone, pretty much everything about this'un.
6. Vivian Girls - DamagedDARK:
Yeah, what I and everyone's been saying, they's indie-pop and garage-punk and a bit of shoegazery roar and vocal melodies that are both pretty and oddly creepy and then beneath it all some genuinly catchy pop songs, thus guaranteeing that everybody will like them at some point in time, before being consumed by the fastest flashing backlash since Lance Armstrong.OJ:
These are like the grown up sisters of XYX. Great vocals and washed out guitars make this band in all its ragged glory. Simple songs wrapped in this awesome overblown beauty.
7. Carbon Whales (bob pollard) - Work Into MeOJ:
Best song off the "secret Robert Pollard" ep. Bob kind of channels Mark E Smith in a way on this ep and you can kind of hear it here. Fuckin music slays too. DARK:
Pollard working a crack-of-the-'90's 120 Minutes vibe. The weird synth-sounding bass, random horns, MES-style vocals, all of it sounds like some third-rate British band Dave Kendall would push for a few weeks before forgetting about 'em and/or burning through the payola checks. Kinda oddball, but still catchy, and better than much of what Bob's dished out of late.
8. Ex-Cocaine - Heavy Mt DARK:
Super laid-back lo-fi folk drone, or something. Yeah, it's slow and goes on for eight minutes, but has never felt that long to me. One of my perennial top tracks of the last few years, and something I've played way too much on WZBC. OJ:
these dudes are awesome as shit. its like homemade mellow grunge. Being from the northwest they probably would have gotten signed to Sub Pop if this came out like 19 years ago. I get the feeling these are two dudes who just like to get drunk and depressed and jam.
9. Peacocks Guitar Band - Eddie QuansaOJ:
Off one of the new Nigeria 70s comps. Amazing afro beat/high life music which I cant get enough of. The lightest song of the bunch off this comp. This jam makes me think im drank sippin on some beach, somewhere. DARK:
Yes, these Nigeria comps are unrelentingly awesome. Collect 'em all! This number totally sells the atmosphere all non-dude-specific beer ads should shoot for.
10. Howlin Rain - Calling Lightning Pt 2 OJ:
Creedence on acid. This record and this song will end up in my top 3 of the year i bet. Dude from Comets On Fire's (real) other band. Comets is on major haitus and this is probably one of the reasons, Howlin Rain is fuckin writing some of the best music around and kinda makes the Comets seem like a waste of time (that sounds harsh - i love the comets to no end)? But yeah, its good.DARK:
I dunno, gotta call it for Comets over this stuff. I feel like Howlin Rain's aiming for the Allmans, but maybe hits closer to the Spin Doctors. That's harsh; this song is pretty good, but I don't know if they're close enough to the level of their influences to be worth my time.
11. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at HeartDARK:
Yeah, I like the focus, the paucity of notes, the directitude in the pursuance of hammerin'. Reminds me of a less blitzin' version of the Flaming Lips' "When Yer Twenty-Two". I actually have a hard time justifying this pick, I feel like I like it more than I should / it deserves, but shit when I listen to it I tend to listen to it over and over until it's been an hour and I totally believe that we really will never really die.OJ:
All i hear is My Bloody Valentine but shit its great. Driving straight into your brain, pounding, blasting.
12. Ryan Adams - Magnolia Mountain (Live)OJ:
I didnt get into Ryan Adams until this year. Always thought he was a supreme douche and didnt want to give him the time of day. I was wrong, at least about his music. He can craft a song i tell you. When he plays live all the songs sound like the Dead are jamming them. this is a perfect example. Listen to the crawl out of bed beginning and the noodle fest solo battle at the end. He "deadified" one of his best songs and turned it into a 10 minute ripper. DARK:
Allyn used to be a big fan, but lost interest somewhere along the way; all I've ever really listened to is that embarrasing but intermittently fun record where he tries to sound like every hip rock band of the last 40 years. Well, I did hear a lot of Gold
through my lady, and it bored the shit out of me. Anyway! "Magnolia Mountain" is super-Deady. I'm not especially big on this guitar tone, it makes noodly bits sound even more noodly, but the actual music to this one is pretty damn good. It's like a Band song with a Dead jam in the middle. Good stuff.
ps - WE GOT THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Folk Spirit (If Not Form)
- "Pas El Agoa"
Charalambides co-founder Tom Carter works hard
and rants intriguingly
. And when he picks up his guitar, he usually tears the world a new organ of admittance. He is the final point of intersection between Fahey and Hendrix, a conjourer of bristling American ghosts.
Here's a cut from Charlambides' micro-legendary debut Our Bed Is Green
, well worth purchasing
Pixilated Hippy Bits
Dark and I decided to throw together a late summer mix for our MASSIVE readership. All 3 of you. Old stuff, new stuff, long songs, short songs, pop songs, face melters, and even a few of our '80s fantasy jams. Hopefully everyone will go into this with an open mind and add some mindbenders to your ipod playlists. The person's name who is highlighted is the dude who brought the jam forth. Click the picture to the left to print out the artwork. Click the nipple to unlock your mind!
Also, you can download each individual track on its own, or click here to download the ZIP file of all 16. [COMING SOON - HAVING TROUBLE WITH WINZIP - WILL POST THIS AS SOON AS I FIX IT]
1. Captain Beyond
- "Sufficiently Breathless"DJ
: This song makes me wish I was shootin' the hooch with some friends and a cooler of beer. Perfect summer breeze.
Dark: Makes me feel as happy and care-free as "What A Fool Believes". A total breezy, summer afternoon, daintily sipping Beast tall-boys by the pool type of jam.
2. Oakley Hall
- "Volume Rambler"Dark
: Gypsum Strings is the better of their two 2006 albums, but this song, from Second Guessing, is perhaps the best on either of them. It's an excellent introduction to the band's droning, psychedelic country-rock.
DJ: Psychedelic country is probably one of my top genre's of music. Stuff like Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders... are great but this brings an element of rocking
3. The Velvet Underground
- "She's My Best Friend"DJ
: For some dumb ass reason it took me a long time to come around on the VU. This shiny number is from an album that was recorded in the late 60's but their label balked on and never released. Sounds like the Dead, kinda.
Dark: SOMEBODY JUST GOT MARRIED. Fine late-period catchy folk song from the MOST IMPORTANTEST BAND OF ANY TIME EVER.
: Circle left the forest to make an ep that's equal parts metal and kraut-rock. "Connection" provokes the same uncontrollable spastic physical reaction as Oneida.
DJ: Can + Dungen = pogostick acid trip. Not typical for em, but very powerful and driving.
- "The Adversary"DJ
: This song is visual O for me. I can picture a pretty amazing video for this song with dinosaurs playing the instruments and this bad ass Triceratops playing bass. This was my ANTHEM of the summer. Jam this one LOUD brahs, pump your fist with one hand and crush a brew with the other.
Dark: Okay, Thank Your Parents is a damn fine album. Still, there are really only two absolutely essential songs on it, and this is one of them. I think I've written about this elsewhere around here, but this song pretty much dominated my mind for a straight week or so earlier this summer. Like in all great Oneida songs, they push your mind to the breaking point, and just when you don't think you can take it anymore that one-note guitar solo comes slicing through and alleviates much of the pressure. Once I actually got dizzy on a train platform at that point.
- "Heat Of The Moment"Dark
: I've covered this elsewhere. I pretty much had a breakdown while listening to this song a few months ago. I was positively crushed by the nostalgia and wistfulness. I haven't even had any ambitions since I was a teenager. Shit.
DJ: One of the best lyrics from the 80's: "And now you find yourself in '82" Dont know why but that lyric always got me. Love this song, and I agree with dark about the nostalgia - it brings back memories of me jammin' Kasey Kasem on my jam box Saturday afternoons.
7. Love Is All
- "Felt Tip Hip Kids"Dark
: This was my introduction to Love Is All. Their album is my favorite of the year. This isn't even on it. Those keyboard washes (or whatever) are beautiful, even (daresay) hauntingly so. After drifting for a few blissful moments they reel you in with that bassline at the end. Just an amazing song.
DJ: This is one of those bands that I am amazed I know (kinda) - because they are really fucking good. Josephine the singer reminds me a lot of LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS as Dark mentioned, but another standout female voice.
8. Comets On Fire
- "Lucifer's Memory"DJ
: Their new record is out of this fucking earf. Still rocks your teeth loose but a lot of it is much more mellow. Channeling the Dead, Seeger, and The Allman's. When the chorus hits in this song, all is right in my life.
Dark: These men have mellowed out. Allmaned out. I dig it. This one's a little long, though, a little too wayward. I like other songs off of the new album more. Although by the last minute or so it starts to feel suitably epic.
- "It Must Be Love"DJ
: Madness was always one of those bands that I wanted to buy records by but never did. Heard this song recently on the radio and it made me realize I had missed out. An amazing song, truly. Essential late summer haze.
Dark: So I most definitely love myself some Madness. They had songs I enjoy more, but "It Must Be Love" is surely their finest slice of pop song-craft. And again, did I mention that I know a dude who just got married?
10. Warmer Milks
: A pleasant little idyll. Atmosphere trumps lyrics, melody, whatever else. It's like you're hanging out in both a quiet bower and a misty moor at the exact same time. Then all of a sudden you're on a boat.
DJ: This song takes me to that place. Not Arkansas. Pretty.
- "What's The World Got In Store"DJ
: Deep cut jamboree by these dudes. Always loved this song and thought it never really got picked up by the band live or anything. A harken back to Jeff Tweedy's early on days.
Dark: Few things bug me more than idiot writers who continue to call Wilco "country-rock". And although "Americana" might fit, sonically, it remains a really moronic term for a musical genre. Still, they's definitely believe in TRADITION, and on this one they totally trad it all the way the fuck up to like Jayhawks territory, or something.
12. Thirteenth Floor Elevators
- "May The Circle Remain Unbroken"Dark
: A ghost transmission from the nether-world. I love songs that sound like they're about to fall apart. I don't even know if this one gets collected enough to be able to fall apart.
DJ: I think these guys are under appreciated. Grandfathers of psychedelia. This song is a haunting glimpse at their ability. I veel on the edge of something listening to it.
13. Stiff Little Fingers
- "Alternative Ulster"DJ
: Jam this one at full blast and see if you don't get chill bumps. I'd follow these dudes to overthrow a government, all the while drinking beer - of course. I think I first heard this while Dark was djing at WUOG. Great song.
Dark: Blank Generation classic. Haven't heard it in a while. Always makes me think of Leon Uris's book Trinity. I used to want to be Irish, and then I saw Braveheart.
14. The Fixx
- "Stand Or Fall"DJ
: 80's Fluff. From the dudes who brought you "One Thing Leads To Another
", "Saved By Zero
", and "Red Skies At Night
" - this is one of their lesser known hits but its a fucking gem. This is the curve ball of the bunch.
Dark: A little dull, but still way better than Interpol.
15. Les Rallizes Denudes
- "Enter The Mirror"Dark
: Proof that "noise" can be beautiful. This is like the Jesus and Mary Chain with everything exaggerated and/or amplified a thousand-fold.
DJ: Japan never knew what hit it. I love the building power in this song and the waves of feedback that shouldnt scare people off, it should invite them in.
16. Eric Bachmann - "Lonesome Warrior"Dark
: He sounds like the indie-rock Dan Fogelberg on his new album. This song's a definite stand-out, though. It's just a nice, lovely little song with only marginally embarrassing lyrics.
DJ: Beautiful closer. Minimalist in a way, at least for him. Definitely will be the only Saddle Creek record in my collection.