The News: Seattle Edition

8 02 2009

radiohead-usc-rehearsalReasons to watch the Grammys:

-15 Step w/ a Marching Band 

M.I.A is as due as Snoop Dogg’s homeboys. 

-Radiohead might win… They should 


-I have  never been to Seattle. I spent a week in Vancouver once before a cruise but that’s about the extent of my Pacific Northwest travels. As i do with most things, i happened to stumble over this song this morning. It’s cute, it’s short, it’s to the point. Give it a listen

The Hot Toddies-Seattle

–A list of this years’ winners at the  British Academy Awards. Here

–Wilco’s live concert film, Ashes of American Flags will be released two weeks early to coincide with Record Store Day in an effort to boost the day’s profile and to add to it’s list of exclusive releases. The film was recorded in several different locations including Washington DC! 

–BYT CONCERT COVERAGE FROM 2/3.. photos & reviews

Andrew Bird

Antony & the Johnsons

Passion Pit


–Suresh Joachim has broken his own Guinness world record for nonstop broadcast-television watching, clocking 72 hours in the Swedish capital.

“I feel fine, I drank between 25 and 30 cups of coffee,” Joachim said Sunday.

His previous record was 69 hours, 48 minutes, set in 2005.

Joachim, a Sri Lanka native who lives in Toronto, watched three seasons of the drama series “24” featuring Kiefer Sutherland, said Swedish TV4 spokeswoman Janina Witkowski.

—And to bring the whole world back to a decent level of sadness.. Here’s a song that has been featured at least twice here that just seems to keep coming back up. Perhaps we’re pushing this one  a bit too hard.. There’s just a definite soft spot for bearded, flannel-wearing, singer-songwriters.. 


A Last Note: Monday night is the Pains Of Being Pure at Heart show @ The Cat. You should go.


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: SugarCubes Edition

24 01 2009


Stereogum chats with Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Sunset Rubdown) about his upcoming Swan Lake release. Here 

-DC hookers and cocaine dealers on business spiking for the Inauguration. @ NY MAG

-The AV Club interviews Andrew Bird. Here 

-Get yo self a Jack Kerouac quote at any time of day (there are like eight of them) Here 

JK: Suffice to say I just eat every 12 hours, sleep every 20 hours, masturbate every 8 hours and otherwise just sit on the train and stare ahead without a thought…

-Craig Finn and Tad Kubler’s pre-Hold Steady band Lifter Puller will be putting out an anthology of sorts sometime this year. 

Yo Yo Ma is a sideshow hack… That and it was very windy and cold on Janurary 20th. The song played by the all star quartet at the inauguration was pre-recorded due to the extreme weather and it’s potential effects on the performance.

Fake Plastic Trees

8 01 2009

The 7 Worlds Collide project, consisting of all sorts of people including Neil Finn, Radiohead members, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr and Don McGlashan, is beginning work on the follow up to 2001’s live album. The album is being recorded exclusively at Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland, NZ and is being done to benefit the charity Oxfam. Here are two videos featuring any number of the previously mentioned group.


Neil Finn and Friends [ft. Radiohead members, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr]: “Fake Plastic Trees” (live Radiohead cover)

“You Get Through” Studio Footage

Dear Jay Bennett

27 12 2008

Mr. Bennett, 

Your new album is a lovely, stripped-down affair that impressively shows off your talents as a songwriter. I’ve enjoyed the album for the past month or so, but i kept thinking to myself, “Where are the mellotrons and the walls of feedback?” It’s not that I didn’t like it, or that i thought that you needed it, because the songs do stand alone brilliantly, but I wondered what the songs would sound like with those sonic landscapes weaving in and out of them. 

So while listening to the album, i started jotting down notes and comments like, “i think a synth line would be nice here” and decided to put one in. Upon importing “I’ll Decorate My Love” into Cubase, I found myself adding drums, guitars, pianos, organs and some panned conet recordings. Before i knew it, i’d turned the two tracks of guitars and vocals into about 25, filled with all sorts of things. If you’re interested, here’s an mp3 of the first half of your song, “I’ll Decorate My Love”, with a little touch of the old Jay Bennett, ca. 1998-2004. If you’d ever like to collaborate you should let me know.

Listen/Download: I’ll Decorate My Love (Fabakis Version)

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 News: Records of a Flagpole Skater Edition

10 12 2008

The past few days have been hectic. Yesterday we took the day off and here’s why.


Here’s the news:

A Definition:

6a00d8341d6b4a53ef00e54f3595928834-800wiGrass-web: (1) The new term to describe any web-based movement for a cause including but not limited to gay marriage, animal rights and R. Kelly’s innocence. Taken in part from the term”Grassroots”, this type of movement typically begins with liberal arts students and young up and coming professionals and ends with Republican Senators.  (2) A group of individuals who buy, sell and smoke marijuana, with the intent to live off of the profits and stems. 

-Obama taps Asian. Read On

-From AD, an amazing video of “Ashes of American Flags” by Wilco, live on Austin City Limits. HERE

-From the New Zealand band Surf City, and courtesy of Pitchfork, here’s a link to “Headin Inside”,the single off of their new self-titled EP. Get it HERE 

-From Rolling Stone: The Top 100 Singles of the Year/Top 50 albums. Who knew that RS had such a hard on for Blitzen Trapper? Has anyone heard. And lastly, how could “Single Ladies”, anything by TV on the Radio and Kid Rock beat out “Skinny Love”?  And No, I do not “hate” TV on the Radio. 

Singles of the Year

1 | Beyoncé — “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

2 | Santogold — “LES Artistes”

3 | MGMT — “Time to Pretend”

4 | Blitzen Trapper — “Furr”

5 | Lil Wayne — “Lollipop”

6 | Beck — “Gamma Ray”

7 | Estelle feat. Kanye West — “American Boy”

8 | My Morning Jacket — “I’m Amazed”

9 | Coldplay — “Viva la Vida”

10 | T.I. — “No Matter What”

11 | Rihanna — “Disturbia”

12 | TV on the Radio — “Golden Age”

13 | Ryan Adams and the Cardinals — “Magick”

14 | The BPA feat. David Byrne and Dizzee
      Rascal — “Toe Jam”

15 | Al Green — “Lay It Down”

16 | Young Jeezy — “My President”

17 | The Killers — “Spaceman”

18 | Kid Rock — “All Summer Long”

19 | Guns n’ Roses — “Better”

20 | Katy Perry — “I Kissed a Girl”

21 | Vampire Weekend — “One (Blake’s Got
      a New Face)”

22 | Jay-Z and T.I. — “Swagga Like Us”

23 | The Black Keys — “I Got Mine”

24 | Lykke Li — “I’m Good, I”m Gone”

25 | Leona Lewis — “Bleeding Heart”

26 | The Rapture — “No Sex for Ben”

27 | The Ting Tings — “Shut Up and Let Me Go”

28 | Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne — “Let It Rock”

29 | Pink — “So What”

30 | Weezer — “Pork and Beans”

31 | Conor Oberst — “Moab”

32 | N.E.R.D. — “Everyone Nose”

33 | The Raveonettes — “Aly, Walk With Me”

34 | Gnarls Barkley — “Run”

35 | Kaiser Chiefs — “Addicted to Drugs”

36 | Usher feat. Beyoncé and Lil Wayne —
      “Love in this Club, Pt. 2”

37 | Bob Dylan — “Someday Baby”

38 | Jamey Johnson — “High Cost of Living”

39 | The Academy Is… — “About a Girl”

40 | Kings of Leon — “Sex on Fire”

41 | Duffy — “Warwick Avenue”

42 | The Raconteurs — “Salute Your Solution”

43 | Erykah Badu — “The Healer”

44 | Panic at the Disco — “Nine in the Afternoon”

45 | Foals — “Cassius”

46 | Taylor Swift — “Fifteen”

47 | Janelle Monáe — “Many Moons”

48 | John Mellencamp — “Troubled Land”

49 | Jonas Brothers — “Video Girl”

50 | Jackson Browne — “Time the Conqueror”

51 | Ashlee Simpson — “Rule Breaker”

52 | Lee Ann Womack — “Last Call”

53 | AC/DC — “Big Boi”

54 | Cat Power — “I Believe In You”

55 | Sigur Rós — “Gobbledigook”

56 | The Hold Steady — “Constructive Summer”

57 | Charles Hamilton — “Brooklyn Girls”

58 | Jazmine Sullivan — “Bust Your Windows”

59 | Low vs Diamond — “Don’t Forget Sister”

60 | Ne-Yo — “Closer”

61 | Robyn — “Cobrastyle”

62 | The Gaslight Anthem — “The ’59 Sound”

63 | LCD Soundsystem — “Big Ideas”

64 | She and Him — “Why Do You Let
      Me Stay Here”

65 | The Virgins — “Rich Girls”

66 | Jenny Lewis — “Acid Tongue”

67 | M.I.A. — “Shells”

68 | Fall Out Boy — “I Don’t Care

69 | Missy Elliott — “Ching-A-Ling”

70 | Busy Signal — “Tic Toc”

71 | Phantom Planet — “Do the Panic”

72 | Sam Sparro — “Black and Gold”

73 | Ciarra feat. Ludacris — “High Price”

74 | Ra Ra Riot — “Dying is Fine”

75 | Flo Rida feat. T-Pain — “Low”

76 | The Roots — “Rising Down”

77 | Hercules and Love Affair — “Blind”

78 | Love as Laughter — “Holy”

79 | Kid Cudi — “Day ‘N’ Nite”

80 | Mudcrutch — “Crystal River”

81 | The Knux — “Cappuccino”

82 | Santogold and Diplo — “Icarus”

83 | Get ‘Em Mamis — “Cold Summer”

84 | Lil Wayne — “A Milli”

85 | M83 — “Kim & Jessie”

86 | The Rumble Strips — “Cowboy”

87 | Friendly Fires — “Jump in the Pool”

88 | Bon Iver — “Skinny Love”

89 | Old Crow Medicine Show — “Alabama

90 | Busta Rhymes — “Don’t Touch Me
       (Throw da Water on ‘Em)”

91 | O’Neal McKnight — “Check Your Coat”

92 | White Denim — “Shake Shake Shake”

93 | Madonna — “Candy Shop”

94 | Los Campesinos — “Miserabilia”

95 | Lucinda Williams — “Real Love”

96 | Little Joy — “Brand New Start”

97 | Sheryl Crow — “Now That You’re Gone”

98 | Teyana Taylor — “Google Me”

99 | The Enemy — “You’re Not Alone”

100 | — “Yes We Can”

RS Top 50 Albums of the Year

50 No Age-Nouns

49 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark

48 Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It
47 Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
46 The Academy Is… – Fast Times at Barrington High
45 Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward
44 The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
43 Nas – Untitled
42 David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
41 AC/DC – Black Ice
40 Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer
39 Taylor Swift – Fearless
38 Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line
37 Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
36 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
35 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
34 Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash
33 Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
32 Jamey Johnson – The Lonesome Song
31 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
30 Duffy – Rockferry
29 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
28 The Knux – Remind Me in Three Days…
27 Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
26 Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
25 The Magnetic Fields – Distortion
24 Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
23 Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
22 Jackson Browne – Time the Conquerer
21 Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
20 Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
19 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Part 1 (4th World War)
18 Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
17 B.B. King – One Kind Favor
16 Randy Newman – Harps and Angels
15 The Black Keys – Attack & Release
14 Ryan Adams And The Cardinals – Cardinology
13 Blitzen Trapper – Furr
12 Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
11 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
10 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
09 Metallica – Death Magnetic
08 Beck – Modern Guilt
07 Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
06 Santogold – Santogold
05 John Mellencamp – Life, Death, Love and Freedom
04 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
03 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
02 Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs:The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
01 TV on the Radio – Dear Science