The News: Going to Mexico

28 03 2009

l_4ad137a5ffe54bc68b9bd892ff25fde8-Pree! Dc’s newest indie darling. A lovely combination of Regina Spektor, Thao Nyguen, Modest Mouse, Joanna Newsom etc… She’s cute, she’s talented, she has a new EP out via Park Slope/DC’s Kora Records. Check it out and watch some live videos.

-Dennis Quaid will play Bill Clinton in HBO’s upcoming film The Special Relationship. Read More

-10 or so Russian Torture Devices. Here

-Mountain Goats tabs! Here



-Drinkers’ red face may signal cancer risk. Here

JV-Numbered Lithographs


Pitchfork is Down!

29 01 2009

UPDATE: At 3:29 PM…

Pitchfork is back online!

After several weeks of intermittent service, it appears that Pitchfork has gone down. Upon entering the URL, I encountered a “Not Found! 6” message.. Maybe someone unplugged something, or perhaps it was simple overload of the server. Whatever the case, the music world can only hope and pray for a safe and fast recovery. Just so you know, 

What will the world do without Pitchfork? 

*Potential Reasons Why Pitchfork is Down*


-Someone spotted Jeff Magnum

-Brooklyn/Chicago/Manhattan are on fire

-Carles took out Ryan Schrieber (sp?)

-My girls? More like “my hurls”… … …

-The staff are celebrating Sacha Distel’s 76th birthday/listening to the Here We Go Magic album in the dark and deciding on it’s rating.. I’m guessing that the number being floated around are 7.6 and  8.9.


Please note: Pitchfork TV is still up and running, you can check that out here.


So if you need to waste those ten minutes at the office, or in your basement, here is a list of other decent music sites to read today. Check it out after the jump. Enjoy!















Brightest Young Things (not necessarily about music)


An Aquarium Drunkard 

Wired’s Listening Post Blog

Gorilla vs. Bear

Dancing about Architecture 

The New York Rock Market

You Aint No Picasso


These should keep you busy for at least five minutes a piece.


If not…

The Mountain Goats-Going to Georgia 

The Hold Steady-Cheyenne Sunrise 


BMSR-Sun Lips

The News: Snow Edition

27 01 2009

-Wale is back in the studio! DC’s rapper (singular at this point) is apparently working with a star-studded cast of beatmakers including Best Kept Secret, Mark Ronson, Glitch Mob, Cool & Dre, Ryan Leslie, Green Lantern, Sean C and LV. Here’s the kicker, one of the other more notable names working on the album is Dave Sitek, you might know of him, he’s in TV on the Radio. While Sitek has produced albums for numerous artists, he’s never before manned the board for a rapper. Stay tuned for updates.


If anyone would like an intern for their PR company or Recording studio. Look no further. Check the About section for information.

Animal Collective- My Girls


-SNOW! A personal photo from the “porch” of the studio.

Fabakis Playlist: Check it out HERE

or there.

Listen to Soldier On Dear Friend at their Myspace 


p2790_john-elen-High School is bad enough as it is. From the NYT, an article about teenage sex and how the statistics are on the way down. Here 

-DiS goes through Andrew Bird’s latest album, Noble Beast, one track at a time. Here

-Obama’s speechwriter is dating a maxim girl? It’s true. Read more at BYT

-An essay by John Darnielle about his five favorite Mountain Goats characters (this should’ve been posted a long time ago) Here

-Speaking of John Darnielle, he will be embarking on a two-man tour with studio buddy John Vanderslice this spring. As always, it’s best put by the man himself:

“We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we’re going to do. We’re going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we’ll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It’s to get raw and draw blood.”


18 – Asheville, NC, the Grey Eagle
20 – Norfolk, VA, the Atticus Theatre
21 – Washington, DC, Sixth and I Synagogue
24 – Northampton, MA, Pearl Street
25 – Somerville, MA, the Sommerville Theatre
27 – New York, NY, the Society for Ethical Culture (part of the Wordless Music series)
29 – Gambier, OH, Kenyon College
30 – Oberlin, OH, Oberlin College
1 – Chicago, IL, Epiphany Episcopal (tickets here)
2 – Champaign, IL, Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
3 – Iowa City, IA, the Mill, Mission Creek Music Festival
4 – Richmond, IN, Earlham College
6 – Bloomington IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The News: Welcome Back Edition

7 01 2009

Hello to the new year. Here are some Fearless Predictions:

thosedancingdayssingle300-This is the year of: Overcoats, rye whiskey, Morrissey (every year feels like a Sunday…) and bi-sexuality.

-No longer will people enjoy Fleet Foxes, african-tribal style drumming on pop songs or Fleet Foxes.

-Vampire Weekend will end up releasing an album at the start of the summer to a 5.7 rating.

-Those Dancing Days will release an album that is both consistent and good.

-60s/70s revival groups will flood the market. You can do better than Catfish Haven. Please look harder..

-The Animal Collective song “Bluish” will be Pitchfork’s favorite song of this year. (Pending the quality of Morrissey’s album/A Spring Wilco Release)

An all out war in the Republican Party will lead to a three way split. Too bad…

we’ll think of more…


Billboard does a Q & A w/ Animal Collective. here

Vh1’s 100 Greatest Hard-Rock Songs..

100 Sammy Hagar – “I Can’t Drive 55”
99 Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Bandv
98 Buckcherry – “Lit Up”
97 The Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein”
96 Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
95 Creed – “Higher”
94 The Darkness – “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
93 Autograph – “Turn Up The Radio”
92 Night Ranger – “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
91 Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
90 Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
89 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
88 Alice In Chains – “Would?”
87 Winger – “Seventeen”
86 Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
85 Velvet Revolver – “Slither”
84 W.A.S.P. – “I Wanna Be Somebody”
83 Evanescence – “Bring Me To Life”
82 Rainbow – “Since You Been Gone”
81 Black Sabbath – “Heaven And Hell”
80 Journey – “Any Way You Want It”
79 Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
78 Bad Company – “Feel Like Making Love”
77 Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
76 Lita Ford – “Kiss Me Deadly”
75 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
74 The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
73 Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”
72 Pat Benetar – “Heartbreaker”
71 Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
70 Foreigner – “Hot Blooded”
69 Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
68 White Zombie – “More Human Than Human”
67 ZZ Top – “Tush”
66 Europe – “The Final Countdown”
65 MC5 – “Kick Out the Jams”
64 Rollins Band – “Liar”
63 Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger”
62 Dokken – “Breaking The Chains”
61 Ratt – “Round And Round”
60 Skid Row – “18 And Life”
59 Billy Squier – “The Stroke”
58 Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
57 The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
56 Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
55 Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
54 Faith No More – “Epic”
53 Steppenwolf – “Born To Be Wild”
52 The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
51 Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
50 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”
49 The Stooges – “Search And Destroy”
48 Korn – “Freak On A Leash”
47 Kid Rock – “Bawitdaba”
46 Anthrax – “Madhouse”
45 Foghat – “Slow Ride”
44 Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
43 Dio – “Holy Diver”
42 The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
41 Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel The Noize”
40 Poison – “Talk Dirty To Me”
39 Boston – “More Than A Feeling”
38 Queen – “Stone Cold Crazy”
37 The Who – “My Generation”
36 Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher”
33 Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
34 Heart – “Barracuda”
33 Green Day – “Basket Case”
32 Ted Nugent – “Cat Scratch Fever”
31 AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
30 Pearl Jam – “Even Flow”
29 Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
28 Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
27 Whitesnake – “Still Of The Night”
26 Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
25 The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
24 Iron Butterfly – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
23 Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
22 Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Hey Joe”
21 Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
20 Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
19 Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
18 Scorpions – “Rock You Like A Hurricane”
17 Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”
16 Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite”
15 Motley Crue – “Dr. Feelgood”
14 Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”
13 Def Leppard – “Photograph”
12 Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”
11 Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water”
10 Motorhead – “Ace Of Spades”
09 Van Halen – “Runnin With The Devil”
08 Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
07 Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
06 The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
05 Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
04 Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”
03 Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
02 AC/DC – “Back In Black”
01 Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome To The Jungle”

Ah. Feel good music. Check out Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves. 



Have a good day

The News: Slim Slow Slider Edition

22 12 2008

What is your loneliness telling you? Read More

While most of us can successfully weather a few hours — or days — of the holiday blues, some 20 percent of people — roughly 60 million Americans — feel sufficiently socially isolated for it to be a major source of unhappiness in their lives. In fact, many lonely people are surrounded by friends and family, yet don’t feel close to any of them. Such intimate isolation — the feeling that no one understands who you are — appears to be on the rise. A study by sociologists at Duke University and the University of Arizona found that between 1985 and 2004 the average number of friends with whom Americans felt they could “discuss important matters” had dropped from three to two. The number who said they had no one with whom they could discuss important matters more than doubled to nearly 25 percent.

-Obama transition team receives over 300,000 applications for employment. Read more

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2008

50 Ponytail – Ice Cream Spiritual
49 Crystal Stilts – Alight Of Night
48 High Places – High Places
47 The Tallest Man on Earth – Shallow Grave
46 Beach House – Devotion
45 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
44 Marnie Stern – This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
43 Shearwater – Rook
42 Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Lie Down in the Light
41 David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
40 The Very Best – Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit are the Very Best
39 Times New Viking – Rip It Off
38 The Bug – London Zoo
37 Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
36 Wale – The Mixtape About Nothing
35 Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
34 Arthur Russell – Love Is Overtaking Me
33 Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight
32 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
31 Fennesz – Black Sea
30 Los Campesinos! – Hold on Now, Youngster…
29 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
28 Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
27 Max Tundra – Parallax Error Beheads You
26 Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
25 Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances
24 Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna
23 Hot Chip – Made in the Dark
22 Santogold – Santogold
21 Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak
20 Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing
19 The Walkmen – You & Me
18 The Mae Shi – HLLLYH
17 Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life
16 Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls
15 Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
14 Air France – No Way Down
13 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
12 Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go Too
11 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
10 DJ/rupture – Uproot
09 Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair
08 M83 – Saturdays=Youth
07 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
06 TV On The Radio – Dear Science
05 Deerhunter – Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
04 Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
03 No Age – Nouns
02 Portishead – Third
01 Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes

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…




 Meet Esau Mwamwaya


The News: December 2nd

2 12 2008


-You’re going to want to watch this… Fleet Foxes performing on Nigel Godrich’s series From the Basement. 

Check it 

-Jim Fisher on The Mountain Goats. Here

-If you don’t already have/own the new Mountain Goats EP you should probably get it. I’m pretty sure that Fabakis gave it a fairly high rating, and if we decide to include EPs on our list of the top albums of the year it’ll surely be among them. Oh, and it’s title, The Satanic Messiah EP. 

While you’re at it, check out the top five free Mountain Goats downloads as listed by The Village Voice Blog. Here

original-Frank Black will be producing Art Brut’s new album. Read more at Pitchfork 

-According to MSNBC, Creed will be reuniting in 2009… Read On

-The Cure meets The Commodores via Depeche Mode’s website Here

The Current’s Why We Drink: Watch