This is a couple of months old but Deerhoof
put a live album on their website that you can download for free.
over here, it's right on the
A couple of interesting tumblrs -
- On this one
take classic album covers and photoshop out the dead members.
Worth a quick look. Hasn't been
updated in a while though.
- I laughed a lot over this
one - Jay-Z and Kanye lyrics transposed over fitting stills from
the show "Parks and Rec". If
you're not watching that show and worshipping at the altar
of Ron Swanson, there may be no hope for you.
documentary on North Korea slave labor being used to log Siberia
via Vice. They do great work in this
were hastily written, notably on artists such as Mark Sultan, George
Jackson, Kurt Vile, Jeff the
Bass Drum of Death, and more.
A couple of photo
entries were posted, nothing groundbreaking, some random fall leaf
photos and a few snaps
of the cute beagle we briefly fostered named Buster.
the Brotherhood at Slims 9/8/2011 (Hopscotch). This was the
second time I saw them this year, but it was light
years better than the first time (which wasn't bad). Slims ain't
big but the whole place was engrossed. Also, my leg got
molested by some random skanky girl.
at Kings 10/29/11. I always assumed I'd never get to see
these guys live. Met all my expectations.
at The Pinhook 5/26/2011. There is no band I listened to more
in the first half of the year. I actually slightly
postponed my vacation to Puerto Rico to make sure I didn't miss this.
on Drugs at Kings 10/11/2011. Saw them once and it was
ok. Then they put out "Slave Ambient", I listen-
ed to it obsessively, and saw them again - really awesome this go
around. It's like being familiar with the songs helps
TOW3RS at multiple venues on
multiple dates. Saw them a bunch of times, and they get the award
for my favorite
And lets not forget one of my all-time favorites Pipe that I saw at
least a couple of times. Tonk are awesome classic
country and always worth seeing. I love that our versions of punk
bands, Spider Bags and Whatever Brains, are so
goddamn weirdly awesome.
I've seen both of these bands many, many times. And pretty much
every time I get a chance to see them again, I'm
there, in front, singing along, taking photos, and being an
annoyance. It's what I do.
I walked into Kings just as Mount
Moriah started. The show was sold out and already
pretty damn full, but I still sidled
up the side and right into a front row spot. As per usual, it was
Jenks and Heather and a rotating cast of supporting
players. I might have seen the bassist play with them before but
don't hold me to that, the myriad of musicians that
have graced the stage with this outfit are starting to blur
together. They played a great set, typical of most of their
shows - mostly selections from their most recent record and I think one
of the tracks from their "The Letting Go" EP.
I've seen them perform these same songs many times now, but it never
gets old...it would be completely impossible
to ever get tired of hearing Heather sing. As has been said many
times, she could sing the phone book and I would
still enjoy it.
Much of what I said about
Mount Moriah could also be said about Crooked
Fingers - no matter how many times I've
seen them or some variation of solo Eric Bachmann, I'm always eager to
see them again the next time they come
through town. I had actually just seen Bachmann & company a
couple of months prior at the Cat's Cradle, but as soon
as I saw this Kings show go on sale, I bought a ticket. They
played a lot of their most recent record "Breaks in the
Armor", peppered in with a few older gems like "Crowned in Chrome" and
"New Drink for the Old Drunk". The new
record is really damn good by the way. The encore was
particularly good, with them performing "Your Control" stand-
ing at the front of the stage completely unplugged, with Bachmann's
bandmate and girlfriend Liz Durrett tackling the
Neko Case portion of the song. And then he finished it off with a
stellar take on one of the all-time best Archers of
Loaf songs, "Chumming the Oceans". I can't think of a better
Hopefully both bands play again soon, I'm itching to see them live
There were promises, promises of an early-ish show starting at nine and
Whatever Brains going on
first. This meant
I got my ass out of the house early, and what the hell, let's eat a
tasty burger at Chuck's next door before the rocking
begins. Let it be known they make a damn tasty burger, even if it
is a bit expensive.
The show did actually start
early, probably closer to 9:30 though...still early enough for my old
man tastes. Whatever
Brains were luckily opening the show - I would have expected them to
headline or play next to last, but, you know, fuck
it. The whole band piled on to the tiny stage and put out a
blistering set of their weirdo art punk that I love so much.
I guess the really young keyboardist is moving away and this was his
last show with them for the time being at least.
Probably going to cut down on the amount of underage ladies hitting on
the band, but that might be a good thing.
Anyways, yadda yadda yadda, they rocked the fuck out, lots of songs
from their last record, some random weirdness,
a weird dude who video'd the whole show in a cell phone right in front
of me, lots of assflap punks in attendance, and
yet another successful viewing of one of the best local bands in
The next group up was PC
Worship, from New York or Brooklyn or one of those tall
building places. I guess they
played at this past Hopscotch but I missed it...let's be honest, I
missed a lot of bands. There's only one of me. Their
sound was a bit all over the map, but not in a bad way - my three word
description would be "punk skronk doom",
sounding like slow, sludgy Seattle rock ala Tar at times, the dark punk
of Sex Church other times, the occasional
Kraut-rock moment here and there, and a sax player that had clearly
listened to a fair amount of Rahsaan Roland
Kirk. But all of this took a backseat to the fact that there was
a dude in the band who played cassette tapes as an
instrument. He had this crazy homemade rig with four or five tape
decks wired into a mixer, the whole thing looked
like a high school science fair project. It even had a little
light show with an incandescent bulb and a colored spinning
translucent disc that he flipped on a couple of times. The dude
had a grip of tapes, each one seeming to have diff-
erent tones or notes on them, and he'd load them into the different
tape decks, manipulating them through the broken
out tape deck windows by pressing on them and tweaking the mixer.
Words aren't really doing it justice, but it was
the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
There were a couple of other bands after that, but I had to go back
home and work. Boo work. Boo jobs. Yay
you want about America, thirteen bucks still gets you a hell of a lot
Admiral Radley - G
N D N.
Newish / side project of Grandaddy's Jason Lytle and some of the other
dudes in the
band, in conjunction with some members of Earlimart. Not as good
as Grandaddy, but decent. The Thread.
Allo Darlin' - Dreaming.
Lovin' this band these days. Yeah, they pretty much sound like
Camera Obscura, but I don't
count that as a problem. Kiss Your Lips. My Heart Is A Drummer.
Explosions In The Sky - Trembling
From the latest album...and the only track not eight years long.
Jamie Lidell - Game
When the dude sings some classic-style soul songs, I can dig it.
The rest of his
Magic Kids - Hey
Maybe not the most original pop band, but the songs are so damn
catchy. One track sounds
like the Turtles, the next the Beach Boys, another like the Pernice
Bros, etc. Hideout.
Pontiak - Algiers
Another band wearing a lot of different influences on their
sleeves...Pink Floyd, Hawkwind,
Oneida, and tons more. Good band. Beach.
The Rosebuds - Cover
These tracks are from the most recent album by this formerly married
duo, the whole
record seemingly documenting the break-up. "Woods" is one of the
best songs they've ever written. Woods.
Veelee - Animal
Another great local duo that was also a couple, but sadly the end of
their relationship also
meant the end of the band. (The pairing of these two together was
completely accidental, I don't put nearly that much
thought into this sort of things.)
Two Thousand and Twelve***
It's time to celebrate POINTLESS
YEAR END LISTS!!!
11 records of 2011!!!
(These are kinda sorta in order, as much as I could make them so.)
1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re
It's pretty simple - I don't think I listened to anything else as much
as this M83 album. Nearly every song of this
double-album is gold. Getting to finally see them live didn't
hurt the high ranking either. New
2. Mount Moriah - Mount
Moriah (Holidays for Quince)
That voice....beyond mesmerizing. And every song a gem. I
see big things for these locals. The shows are
already getting crowded, see them while you still can in an intimate
3. Jeff The Brotherhood –
We Are The Champions (Infinity Cat)
I liked this record a lot, a weird combination of pop and stoner
metal. Then I saw them live, and they shot WAY
up my list. Bummer Diamond Way
4. The War on Drugs -
Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)
This might have been the best start-to-finish album of the year, the
one you listen to completely every time. So
it kinda sounds like a Tom Petty cover record...big deal. Baby
5. Beirut - The Rip Tide
I've listened to Beirut for ages, but this was the first album b them
that full grabbed me. The managed to finally
combine their love of ethnic folk music sounds with pop hooks, and I
easily listened to this album more than
anthing else they have produced. Santa
Fe The Rip Tide
6. USX - The Valley Path
With each passing album these mountain rockers continue to hone their
sound, and they've now reached the
point where they are damn near impossible to classify. I've zoned
out to this fabulous release many times.
(No MP3s - the damn album is just one long song, and I don't wanna
upload the whole album.)
7. J. Mascis – Several
Shades of Why (Sub Pop)
Dude, J Mascis. the man is pure gold in my eyes. Pretty
much anything he puts out will figure high on any
year end list I create. Is It Done Not Enough
8. Future Islands – On The
Water (Thrill Jockey)
No, it's not as strong as their last record "In Evening Air", maybe a
little more introspective, a little more
experimental...but it's still pretty damn enjoyable. Before The Bridge Give Us The Wind
9. Moonface - Organ Music
Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped (Jagjaguwar)
One of two Wolf Parade side projects on my list, this finds Spencer
Krug combining organs and key-
boards and electronic drums into some surprisingly organic music.
Organic and incredibly delightful. Return to the Violence of the Ocean
10. Richard Buckner - Our Blood (Merge)
What I said about J Mascis pretty much applies here - Richard Buckner
can do no wrong in my book,
and anything he puts out will be a favorite of the year. Escape Traitor
11. Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital (Sub
The second of the two Wolf Parade side projects, and a great reason to
post nudity. This time it's
Dan Boeckner and his crazy hot wife Alexei Perry, doing their own
impression of what it would sound
like if Bruce Springsteen had a dance pop band. Memories of the Future
Top 16 honorable mentions of 2011
(in alphabetical order):
13 & God - Own Your Ghost
Bon Iver - Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
Destroyer – Kaputt (Merge)
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Matador/True Panther Sounds)
Low – C’mon (Sub Pop)
Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor (Sub Pop)
Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (XL/TBD)
The Rosebuds - Loud Planes Fly Low (Merge)
Russian Circles - Empros (Sargent House)
The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop)
Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & the Harvest (Acony)
Wye Oak - Civilian (Merge)
(I swear I'm not getting paid by Sub Pop...they just released a lot of
records I liked this year.)
Best Comedy Record of the Year:
Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour (Comedy Central)
11 songs of 2011!!!
These are in no order.
I uploaded all of the songs into one zip here. Well, all the songs
but the Flaming Lips song, as it's 6 hours long and over 800MB in
size. Look it up on your
own. It's pretty awesome.
Mount Moriah - Lament
The Rosebuds - Woods
Girls - Honey Bunny
Beirut - Santa Fe
Bare Wires - Ready To Go!
Bon Iver - Calgary
Destroyer - Savage Night At The Opera
Radiohead - Codex
M83 - Midnight City
Future Islands - Before The Bridge
The Flaming Lips - I Found A Star On The Ground
Also: Top 5 Records That Might Have Made The
List If I Had Gotten Around To Listening To Them:
1. Bass Drum of Death - GB City (Fat Possum)
2. Black Tusk - Set The Dial (Relapse)
3. Eddy Current Suppression Ring - So Many Things (Goner)
4. Mark Sultan - Whatever I Want & Whenever I Want (In
5. The Roots - Undun (Def Jam)
In non-musical news... Top 11 movies of 2011!!!
(These are also kinda sorta in order, as much as I could make them so.)
1. Drive- The
more I think about this movie, the more I love it. The pacing,
the story, the cinematography, the music,
and especially the acting are all
damn near perfect in my eyes. I've been a fan of Nicolas Winding
Refn for a little
bit now, a very under-rated
director, and this is his best work.
2. Hanna- Almost
everything I said about "Drive" fits here, only it obviously had a
different director. Here's to hoping
we see a lot more from Saoirse Ronan,
because she is gold in this flick.
I'm glad other people thought this was a great film, because I was
afraid my enjoyment of it might have
solely because I'm a huge fan of
the (currently incredibly depressing because they are so terrible with
no near pros-
pects of improving) Oakland
A's. Aaron Sorkin really has an amazing ability to make any topic
There is no finer filmmaker in the world than Errol Morris for my
money. This is his latest mind-twisting
documentary, where as always
things are not as they initially seem.
5. X-Men: First Class - The X-Men
were always my favorite comic (well, after "Groo" maybe), and truth be
liked all of their films, even the
crappy ones. But this one is by far the best in all regards -
acting, direction, story,
This seemed to get a lot of negative and mixed reviews, people saying
it was too slow, nothing
happened, etc, but I quite enjoyed
it. Not only was it a great view of LA through the eyes of a
celebrity, but of an
immature man turning into a
7. Attack the Block - Great take on
the "aliens attacking the earth" genre. They decide to land in a
and the local street kids give
them what for.
8. SUPER- On
paper a movie starring Rainn Wilson as a half-assed superhero could
turn out incredibly dumb,
but this film is very smart,
engaging and well worth your time.
9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil - This
film smartly takes the "hicks vs. college kids" horror film theme and
turns it on it's
head. Such a fun movie, it
deserves much more recognition.
Kind of a modern take on the Godzilla-type monster movie, crossed with
a little "Blair Witch" and
an episode of "Bigfoot
11. Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called
Quest - Maybe somewhat of a sentimental choice due to the
number of hours of my life I've
spent listening to this group, but Michael Rapaport does a fine job of
documentary that I think even
outsiders would find fascinating.