Nothing terribly exciting to report - three new photo journal entries,
some music to download, yadda yadda. I tried
to take some fuckin' rock photos the other night and I forgot my flash
at home. Who's the asshole now?
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> "The dots
are where I say they are. Melody and tune, that's your trade, Terence.
You're a tunesmith."
Dinosaur Jr. - Back
To Your Heart. The new Dinosaur album slays. I
honestly never expected to say that phrase
again for the rest of my life.
Bonus: Been There All The Time.
Explosions In The Sky - Catastrophe
And The Cure. I've been finding it hard to listen to
these guys and NOT
think of the television show Friday Night Lights. Which is a
great show, by the way.
Guillemots - Trains
To Brazil. Nothing else this band has released even
comes within the ballpark of being as
great as this song. Really, most of their other material is
Herman Dune - I
Wish That I Could See You Soon. This song is even more
awesome than the one above, and
the record it is taken from (Giant) is pretty great as well.
There is a heavy Jonathan Richman vibe coming from this
multi-national collective, and I like it.
Hood - The
Negatives. I always feel as if I should like this band
more than I do. They always have a song or two
I like, and I really like the way the band sounds, but I rarely if ever
think to listen to them.
Riff Raff - Everygirl.
I have no idea why this band isn't better known, given it was the punk
band that Billy Bragg
got his start in. The songs are super catchy and get stuck in my
Wanna Be A Cosmonaut. Romford Girls.
The Broken West - Brass
Ring. Whoever does the "talent scouting" for Merge
seriously has a golden ear. They
keep coming up with these out-of-nowhere bands that are wicked
talented, and combined with their senior circuit of
established rockers they seem to never release a subpar album.
Bonus: Down In The Valley.
Zumpano - The
Party Rages On. I already talked about this band a few
entries back, but needless to say they
were an enormously overlooked pop group.
Thousand and Seven***
I got my first roll of photos with the Lomo Fisheye developed.
Some mixed results, and I obviously need to try a
little harder not to take photos with the lens cap on, but a few fun
shots. Click on the thumbnails to see larger...
Also put up a second chunk of vacation photos in the photo journal
section. Still got a couple more to go.
Dead Prez - Hip
Hop. I think I've mentioned this before, but Dead
PRez are easily one of the best hip hop artists
working today...they go beyond the superficial clap-trap of what fills
the airwaves and actually produce songs of
Dezurik Sisters - The
Arizona Yodeler. I've been really loving classic
yodeling songs lately, and I have no ex-
planation for why. All of these tracks are from a compilation
called "American Yodeling, 1911 - 1946", and it's a
collection of variosu styles, from classic country to blues to folk to
cowboy songs to tracks you'd be hard pressed
to categorize. Anyways, it's one of the best records I've heard
all year, and really the last few years. Bonus: Emmet Miller - Lovesick
Goebel "The Texas Drifter" Reeves - The
Rex Griffin - You
Got To Go To Work.
John Phillips - Topanga
Canyon. Honestly, I've never been much a fan of
The Mamas & The Papas, but this
solo album of drug-fueled L.A. canyon country-rock from the late
sixties does it to me every time.
Os Mutantes - A
Minha Menina. This wacky Brazilian pop never gets old. Bonus: Baby.
Pas/Cal - C.A.U.
(Sans Muscle). This wacky non-Brazilian pop
never gets old either.
S.L.A. - It's
All Over No Baby Blue. Great cover of a great
song by these Bay Area locals.
Snake Flower II - Mind
Games. Also local, I randomly caught these kids
opening for the River City Tanlines...
kinda made me think of a psychedelic 70's Neil Young or
The Black Keys - Sad,
Sad Song. I've run out of things to say. Good
song, great band, never been disappointed
with any of their records.