Archive for September, 2008

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Upcoming: Mountain Goats + Kaki King EP

September 8, 2008

The Mountain Goats and guitarist-singer-songwriter Kaki King recorded a six-song EP, Black Pear Tree, and they just released the first single from it. Titled “Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle,” John Darnielle describes it as being from the point of view of Toad (shown above being used as a human – er. Toad – shield by the Peach Princess). King and Darnielle are planning on having the EP available as a download and as vinyl in time for their joint tour, which kicks off on October 13 in Chicago.

MP3: The Mountain Goats and Kaki King – Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle

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How to really mess up your kids’ spelling

September 8, 2008

The Barenaked Ladies has a new album out, bringing their trademark wit and sense of humour to children’s songs. This is especially apparent in the song “Crazy ABC’s,” which includes examples such as ‘q for qat,’ ‘g for gnarly,’ and ‘p for pneumonia, pterodactyl and psychosis.’  But closest to this blog’s heart, of course, is a discussion of ‘zed’ versus ‘zee’ (‘Zed, like Zed Zed Top’).

MP3: Barenaked Ladies – Crazy ABC’s

[thanks for telling me about this, Paul!]

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The National and Obama ’08

September 5, 2008

Further evidence of Barack Obama’s good musical taste (or at least his campaign’s) – an instrumental version of The National‘s “Fake Empire” provides the soundtrack for the Obama ’08 campaign’s latest ad. And, conversely, The National is sellingMr November” shirts to benefit the campaign.

[thanks for the heads-up, Brad!]

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Upcoming no more: Dominik Eulberg

September 4, 2008

German DJ and producer (and part-time park ranger) Dominik Eulberg was scheduled to play a Kontrol SF night this weekend, and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. A quick check of Eulberg’s Myspace page, however, suggested that it fell through – he’s scheduled to be in Mainz. I suppose I could turn down the lights in my apartment, turn my stereo on really loud, and listen to the song below, but somehow I suspect it wouldn’t be the same.

MP3: Hot Chip – One Pure Thought (Dominik Eulberg remix)

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Threesome: End-of-summer songs

September 3, 2008

It’s after Labor Day – the summer is now officially over, culturally if not astronomically. So here’s a set of end-of-summer songs, all with a tinge—or more—of autumnal melancholy.

MP3: The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer

MP3: Belle and Sebastian – I Know Where the Summer Goes

MP3 link: Kevin Drew – Summer Time Dues (at RCRD LBL)

Image: End of Summer by Flickr user Jim Wallace, reposted here under its Creative Commons license.

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Old school: The Buzzcocks

September 1, 2008

Finishing up our inadvertent long weekend retrospective on (read: obsession with) with British punk, the Buzzcocks are probably my favourite band from the era. Unlike many of their contemporaries like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, their lyrics focused more closely on the personal than the political, in songs like, “Ever Fallen In Love” “What Do I Get?”. Unsurprisingly, the BBC refused to play their first single, “Orgasm Addict” (it was 1977, after all). It still sold pretty well, likely bolstered by the striking Linder Sterling-designed single sleeve – vicious and funny, disturbing and feminist, it is a credible candidate for best single sleeve of all time. Appropriately enough, the song has been picked up for the new Chuck Palahniuk movie Choke, scheduled for release in September.

More Buzzcocks: website myspace

MP3: Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict