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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Seven***



Not a lot to say really...mostly posting to put up some new songs and some photos of a recent trip up to the redwoods
over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  And also to postthe most awesome comic strip of all time...



That pretty much says it all.


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"Hear that good flop, then? Listening to that gives me the turkey fever. Mmm, I wish there were as many turkeys
as there are buzzards."


Calexico - Letter To Bowie Knife.  Probably my favorite band of all time that is named after a border town.
Bonus: Roka

Chris Bell - I Don't Know.  Chris Bell managed to record one solo record before he died, very much
cut from the same cloth of his band Big Star.  It was kinda tough just picking a couple of tracks from this pop
gem of an album. 
Bonus: Speed Of Sound

El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get).  Whenever this record came out, you would have
been hard pressed ot find a music blog that didn't have this song posted.  This is generally a sign of overhyped
crap that I avoid, but I'll be goddamned if they didn't get one right for a change.
Bonus: I Can't Talk About It.

Morrissey - Ganglord.  Couple of B-sides from "The Youngest Was the Most Loved" single.  As per usual,
Morrissey's B-sides are better than nearly everyone elses A-sides.
Bonus: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look

Radiohead - Headmaster Ritual (Smiths Cover).  Speaking of Morrissey, Radiohead recently did a live
webcast and played this Smith's cover in the process.  The sound quality ain't great, but not terrible either.

The Pink Mountaintops - Single Life.  Oh shit, I'm actually posting a new song!  I was never sure if the Pink
Mountaintops are a side project of Black Mountain or vice versa or if it really even fucking matters, but what I
do know is that this song slays.

Why? - By Torpedo Or Crohns (Remix By Dntel).  Oh shit, another new song!  Don't get used to it, by the
way.  This is from the forthcoming EP by Bay Area genre-mashing masterminds Why?, easily one of my favorite
groups working (local or otherwise) over the last few years. 





***November Nineteenth Two Thousand and Seven***




Don't half step to the Mouse - she'll bat you in the face.  She is ferocious. 


The other night I went out and took some long-exposure night photos on Alameda.  I'm pretty pleased with some of
the results, but unfortunately there are some strange lines on the scans I got back.  Hopefully it was the scanner and
not my camera...click on the thumbs if you want to see larger versions.




In other news...



One of our many fine readers, Nick, sent in some photos of dogs from Taiwan.  Some are in sweaters, some aren't, the
one above is even in a track suit apparently.  But possibly even more interesting than the dogs is the character standing
in the right corner of the photo above.  I want those glasses.





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I like to think of Jesus as a mischievous badger."

Brian Wilson - Heroes And Villians
.  Couple of tracks from the finally-officially-released "Smile".  Yeah, it isn't
true "classic" Beach Boys, and Brian's voice don't pack th same punch, but the songs are still very strong and
plenty entertaining. 
Bonus: Vega-Tables.

Portastatic - Sour Shores.  Lead off and best track from the band's most recent album "Be Still Please." 
Honestly,it sounds more like a track that would be on one of the more recent Superchunk albums than what you
would expect from Mac's side project. 

The Shout Out Louds - Normandie.  Pure pop glory on the sophomore effort from this pack of Swedes.  Saw
them live recently and it was really damn good.  It is impossible not to sing along to this band.
Bonus: Tonight I Have To Leave It

The Electric Soft Parade - Silent To The Dark.  I checked these kids out mostly because a couple of them
make up a big chunk of one of my favorite groups of the last few years, Brakes. It's fairly straight-forward britpop,
nothing groundbreaking,but they have quite a few worthwhile songs on their debut record "Holes in the Wall" from
a few years ago.
Bonus: Start Again

The Hidden Cameras - Death Of A Tune.  Probably the gayest band in my entire collection.  Not that there is
anything wrong with that, to quote Seinfeld.  These songs are taken from their third full length "Awoo" the band put
out last year; a good record, but it's got nothing on their sophomore release "Mississauga Goddam."
Bonus: Lollipop

The Secret Machines - 1000 Seconds.  And speaking of not being as good as the previous albums, the "Ten
Silver Drops" LP this track is taken from can't hold a candle to the brilliant "Now Here Is Nowhere", also their
second release.  The more I think about it, the more obvious it becomes that the whole "sophomore jinx" doesn't
actually exist.  Maybe it's really that third record that causes the hang-ups.

Two Gallants - Steady Rollin'.  Folk punk or hip hop?  You decide. 






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