Bon Iver- Your Love (Outfield Cover)

15 02 2009

Because no one else can pull off a cover like Justin Vernon. 

 





Blog-o-Vich: Fabakis Takes on the World of Chess

13 12 2008

A doping scandal rocks the chess world!

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Let me begin by saying, the Apple Chess game always beats me. I am not skilled at chess nor at math or playing the violin like other people of my particular descent. I do type fast, and I do have a string of people that I upset on a daily basis. So onto the world of Chess!

The third ranked chess player in the world is in the middle of what seems an unlikely news story. A doping scandal has errupted after Ivanchuck, who was competing at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Germany, refused to take a urine test. The Ukranian team had just lost by to a lower-seeded American team to keep the Ukranian faithful out of medal contention. 

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 The German magazine Der Spiegelrecounts the scene:

“(Ivanchuk) stormed out of the room in the conference center, kicked a concrete pillar in the lobby, pounded a countertop in the cafeteria with his fists and then vanished into the coatroom. Throughout this performance, he was followed by a handful of officials.”

Ivanchuk has won several major tournaments including the New York Open 1988, Corus 1996, Linares 1989, 1991, 1995, Foros 2006/7 and the Montreal International 2007. However, he hasn’t been able to lift up the Ukrainian team to a medal since the 2004 Olympiad in Calvia. 





The Very Best: Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit are The Very Best

5 12 2008

That’s a mouthful. Now that Pitchfork has cleared the air for the month old mixtape collaboration of Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit, everyone can get the album. Bee tee dubs, The album is a free download. Ever wonder what Vampire Weekend would sound like with actual african drums in the background? Or what even more over-production could do to “Paper Planes”? Here’s your chance to find out. At 127 Megabytes, this collaboration is worth your time and erm… money.

 

Download it HERE


 

Sniveling indie kids…

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 Meet Esau Mwamwaya

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The News: 750 Million Dollars Edition

5 12 2008

poar01_obama0803-The Short, Disgusting life of the Hummer. Here

-Obama’s fundraising finale. Here

-Prefix Magazine’s Best albums of 2008 list.  Here

-Tough economy forces many US Muslims to delay Hajj. Here

-PrettyMuchAmazing’s Year End List guidelines. Here 

-John Darnielle gets interviewed by The Courier Mail. Here

Grammy Nominations (The Relevant ones)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST
Adele
Duffy
The Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Radiohead – In Rainbows

POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Alicia Keys and John Mayer – “Lessons Learned”
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland – “4 Minutes”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Rich Woman”
Rihanna and Maroon 5 – “If I Never See Your Face Again”
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown – “No Air”

COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
Brooks & Dunn – “God Must Be Busy”
Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Love Here”
Rascal Flatts – “Every Day”
The Steel Drivers – “Blue Side Of The Mountain”
Sugarland – “Stay”

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
Big Boi feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000 – “Royal Flush”
T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne – “Swagger Like Us”
Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z – “Mr Carter”
Ludacris feat. T.I. – “Wish You Would”
Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (“I played the cash register on that song” -John Mayer.)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Please Read The Letter”

UPDATE: Some more nominees in categories not announced on TV:

SONG OF THE YEAR
Estelle Feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
Sara Bareilles – “Love Song”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”

BEST ROCK SONG
Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”
Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
The Eagles – “Waiting In The Weeds”
Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Maroon 5 – “Won’t Go Home Without You”
OneRepublic – “Apologize”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
Metallica – Death Magnetic
The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

BEST RAP ALBUM
Jay-Z – American Gangster
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
Nas – Nas
T.I. – Paper Trail

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Beck – Modern Guilt
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Radiohead – In Rainbows

BEST DANCE RECORDING
Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger”
Hot Chip – “Ready For The Floor”
Lady Gaga – “Just Dance”
Madonna – “Give It 2 Me”
Rihanna – “Disturbia”
Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold”

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM
Brazilian Girls – New York City
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Cyndi Lauper – Bring Ya To The Brink
Kylie Minogue – X
Moby – Last Night
Robyn – Robyn

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
AC/DC – “Rock N Roll Train”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”
The Eagles – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Danger Mouse
Nigel Godrich
Johnny Karkazis
Rick Rubin
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BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
Peter Gabriel – “Down To Earth” (From Wall-E)
Carrie Underwood – “Ever Ever After” (From Enchanted)
John Mayer – “Say” (From The Bucket List)
Amy Adams – “That’s How You Know” (From Enchanted)
John C. Reilly – “Walk Hard” (From Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story)

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Hawk Nelson – Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend!
No Age – Nouns
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation
The Ditty Bops – Summer Rains

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Erykah Badu – “Honey” (Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors)
Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” (Christopher Milk, video director)
Alicia Keys & Jack White – “Another Way To Die” (PR Brown & MK12, video directors)
Radiohead – “House Of Cards” (James Frost, video director)
Weezer – “Pork And Beans” (Mathew Cullen, video director)





The News: Poultry Slam Edition

1 12 2008

Welcome to the working week… December begins and holiday spending is up! 

Monday-Vampire Weekend @ 930 Club (sold out)

Tuesday-Stella @ Sixth and I Synagogue 

Wednesday-Yeasayer & Chairlift @ Sixth and I Synagogue

Thursday-The Office?

Friday- Lupe Fiasco @ UMD

pc-maddow-Home Visit: Soup With Prince TNY

-Salon offers it’s 2008 gift guide! Each day a different person will be covered, ranging from the foodie to the gadget-guru. Check it out Here

-How Axl Rose Spent All That Time..  NYT

Mr. Rose, 46, the only remaining original member of Guns N’ Roses, needed 17 years, more than $13 million (as of 2005) and a battalion of musicians, producers and advisers to deliver “Chinese Democracy,” the first album of new Guns N’ Roses songs since 1991.

-Chuck Klosterman reviews the new Guns N’ Roses album for A.V Club

-Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas at AD

-When Right is Left! Rachel Maddow comes out on top. NW 

 It’s not despite her differences from other talking heads, but because of them. A funny, cerebral and likable young woman who reads graphic novels and hungers for political change is more representative of the times than the older, angrier male pundits who’ve dominated the debate for so long. Maddow is not angry—her fans find her adorable, often confessing to crushes on her—but she is anxious, driven and determined. She did not stumble into a boys’ club. She elbowed her way in, smiling. 

The 2008 Rolling Stone Hot List:

Because instant gratification and the celebration of mediocrity are such important values to today’s Rolling Stone Readers.

The 2008 Hot List

Hot Actor | Robert Pattinson

Hot Band Everyone Wants to Be In | MGMT

Hot Gossip Girl | Leighton Meester

Hot Beatle Progeny | Dhani Harrison

Hot Bombshell | Odette Yustman

Hot Rock Gods in Training | The Answer

Hot Production Duo | S*A*M and Sluggo

Hot Scary Sport | Scary Sport

Hot New Winona Ryders | Olivia Thirlby, Emma Stone, Hannah Bailey, Ellen Page, Kat Dennings

Hot Cast | Sean Penn and the Actors of Milk

Hot Rock Scene | Laurel Canyon

Hot Movie Drama | Where The Wild Things Are

Hot Biopic | Notorious

Hot Male Mood | Beta Macho

Hot Bedroom Trend | Green Sex Toys

Hot Comeback | Mickey Rourke

Hot International Crisis | U.S. Stars Losing Gossip Battle to Shameless Brit Girls

Hot Job | Denim Butler

Hot Multipurpose Drug | Ambien

Hot Scene-Stealer | Danny McBride of HBO’s Eastbound and Down

Hot Sci-Fi Beyoncé | Janelle Monáe

Hot “Safe” Drug | 2C-B

Hot Sort-Of Sequel | Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow

Hot Rocker Job | Bimbos Cantina

Hot Backlash | Michael Cera, Funny or Die, Auto-Tune

Hot Cultural Barometer | Drew Barrymore’s Lusty Heart

Hot Porn Star | Sasha Grey

Hot Creature | Werewolf

Hot Geek Angst | Watchmen Worry

Hot Folkie | Bon Iver

Hot Box | Death by Audio

Hot Revival | Drum Circles

Hot Star Magnet | Sam Spiegel





The News: LemonLymon edition

14 11 2008

 

 

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-Yesterday: 7.14

-Wednesday: 7.34

-Tuesday: 6.84

-Monday: 6.38 

 

-Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell dies. BBC

– President-elect Barack Obama is resigning his U.S. Senate seat as of Nov. 16, leaving it to Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to name a replacement for the two years left in the term. One of the most likely appointees is U.S Representative Jesse Jackson Jr, a seven-term congressmen and son of Rev. Jesse Jackson.

-Robyn Hitchcock speaks with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Here

-Fleet Foxes’ self-titled album has won Uncut’s album of the year honors.

-Bask in the glow of Bon Iver by reading all the reviews at Metacrtic.

-U.N Reports Pollution Threat in Asia. NYT

-1600 Pennsylvania Ave in different cities. Here

-Mark Begich, the Alaskan Democratic challenger for Ted Stevens’ Senate seat has taken a lead of 814 votes- 132,196 to 131,382. 

-Pitchfork interviews Crystal Stilts. Read More

Lastly… Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers of all time. Deep Sigh…

100 Mary J. Blige
99 Steven Tyler
98 Stevie Nicks
97 Joe Cocker
96 B.B. King
95 Patti LaBelle
94 Karen Carpenter
93 Annie Lennox
92 Morrissey
91 Levon Helm
90 The Everly Brothers
89 Solomon Burke
88 Willie Nelson
87 Don Henley
86 Art Garfunkel
85 Sam Moore
84 Darlene Love
83 Patti Smith
82 Tom Waits
81 John Lee Hooker
80 Frankie Valli
79 Mariah Carey
78 Sly Stone
77 Merle Haggard
76 Steve Perry
75 Iggy Pop
74 James Taylor
73 Dolly Parton
72 John Fogerty
71 Toots Hibbert
70 Gregg Allman
69 Ronnie Spector
68 Wilson Pickett
67 Jerry Lee Lewis
66 Thom Yorke
65 David Ruffin
64 Axl Rose
63 Dion
62 Lou Reed
61 Roger Daltrey
60 Björk
59 Rod Stewart
58 Christina Aguilera
57 Eric Bourdon
56 Mavis Staples
55 Paul Rodgers
54 Luther Vandross
53 Muddy Waters
52 Brian Wilson
51 Gladys Knight
50 Bonnie Raitt
49 Donny Hathaway
48 Buddy Holly
47 Jim Morrison
46 Patsy Cline
45 Kurt Cobain
44 Bobby “Blue” Bland
43 George Jones
42 Joni Mitchell
41 Chuck Berry
40 Curtis Mayfield
39 Jeff Buckley
38 Elton John
37 Neil Young
36 Bruce Springsteen
35 Dusty Sprinfield
34 Whitney Houston
33 Steve Winwood
32 Bono
31 Howlin’ Wolf
30 Prince
29 Nina Simone
28 Janis Joplin
27 Hank Williams
26 Jackie Wilson
25 Michael Jackson
24 Van Morrison
23 David Bowie
22 Etta James
21 Johnny Cash
20 Smokey Robinson
19 Bob Marley
18 Freddie Mercury
17 Tina Turner
16 Mick Jagger
15 Robert Plant
14 Al Green
13 Roy Orbison
12 Little Richard
11 Paul McCartney
10 James Brown
09 Stevie Wonder
08 Otis Redding
07 Bob Dylan
06 Marvin Gaye
05 John Lennon
04 Sam Cooke
03 Elvis Presley
02 Ray Charles
01 Aretha Franklin





The Feel Good Moment of the Week

12 11 2008

Watch this and try not to smile too hard. This is a live video of Lykke Li & Bon Iver performing her song “Dance Dance Dance”.