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Mixtape moveage

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Just as I’m getting in the habit of doing mixtapes, I’m moving them to another blog. Recently, some friends and I started a new music blog called Attacked by Jackets, and I’ve posted my latest mixtape there.

Friday Five: Round 2

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Round 2 of digital mixtaping. Enjoy.

Here it is: Round 2.

Track listing:

  1. This is not a Love Song Nouvelle Vagues/t
  2. I Never Wanted You Headphoness/t
  3. Baby, We’ll Be Fine The NationalAlligator
  4. Science vs. Romance Rilo KileyTake Offs & Landings
  5. Parentheses The BlowPaper Television

Friday Five: There’s a First Time for Everything

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The name is inspired by the sf_indie yahoo group. The idea came from Mark Trammel. The music came from my friends.

What we have here is the modern equivalent of a mixtape– a series of songs mixed together in a single MP3. There’s no theme to this one, just a bunch of songs I like that fit together.

Here it is: There’s a First Time for Everything (mp3).

Track listing:

  1. Box by Tokyo Police Club from Smith
  2. Bigger Than Your Boyfriend by Washington Social Club from Bigger Than Your Boyfriend
  3. Hands in the Dark by Chromatics from In Shining Violence
  4. You’re a Wolf by Sea Wolf from Leaves in the River
  5. Take Me to the Riot by Stars from In Our Bedroom After the War

New Music, Lately

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Some notes about recent musical experiences. I’ve been building up a bunch of draft posts, this is me dumping them all out at once.

Mew

I saw Mew open for Bloc Party (along with Broken Social Scene and Two Gallants) and really enjoyed them. Then, in early October, I got an email offering some free tickets to see them again at Popscene. I couldn’t pass it up.

Their music is ethereal, romantic and passionate. Their records are mixed so that the songs all flow together. This effect works surprising well both on the album and on stage. It works so well, that my favorite song from the two appearances turn out to be two different songs. Apparently they always play them together.

They’re a Danish group that’s been around for awhile (10 years, I think), but have had a recent surge in popularity.

Juana Molina

Juana Molina, is an Argentinean singer-songwriter who blends folk acoustic guitar sounds with technology to create beautiful, rich sounds.

I recently saw her perform at the Great American Music Hall. She performs alone, but you wouldn’t know it unless you saw her. She uses guitar loop pedals, keyboards and synths to create layers of music, all on the fly. She harmonizes with her own voice and guitar playing. The effect is amazing.

This artificial restraint (not touring with a band) creates interesting music. If she toured with a band, they could start straight into a song with no build up. On her own, however, she’s forced to create songs that build on themselves and evolve in subtle ways. Seeing the live performance gave me a huge respect for her as an artist.

The Hold Steady

I’ve been a fan of The Hold Steady, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis band, who’re often described as a “bar band for people who don’t like bar bands”. I like bar bands, especially these guys.

Until a few weeks ago, I’d never seen them play live. Their live show had so much energy and enthusiasm that I think it may be the best show I’ve seen this year (and I’ve seen a lot of shows).

Until last week, I hadn’t heard their latest album. There’s been plenty of hype in the blahgosphere about this already, but I really think it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. You may not like it, but I love it. Their new material manages to combine fat riffs, interesting storying telling and catchy tunes. The result is addictive, as I’m sure my last.fm profile will soon demonstrate.

Stars of Track and Field

I saw Stars of Track and Field open for The Twilight Singers (also at GAMH). I’ve been listening to them quite a bit since then. They combine some minimal electronic, driving guitars and catchy lyrics. I like it. Ali didn’t like their neckware. You’ll have to ask her about that– unlike some people, I don’t let a band’s choice in neckware influence whether I like their music.

Birdmonster, Division Day and Two Seconds

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I went and saw Birdmonster play at Slim’s last night.

Opening were Division Day and Two Seconds. (I’ve seen Divsion Day before before, but I don’t remember exactly where and sonicliving isn’t helping, since it won’t let me search past shows.)

Anyway, they play some relaxed but complex sounding rock with some pop appeal. Check them out on myspace.

Two Seconds are Sierra Frost and Lily Faden, two young girls from San Rafael who have a lot of potential. It’s obvious that they have talent and drive, but they seem to lack the confidence needed to take risks with their music. While the drumming was consitently solid, the songwriting and guitar playing tended toward cliché and bland. Nevertheless, check them out on myspace.

Now to the headliner, Birdmonster. I’ve seen Birdmonster a number of times and my friends Ali and Willo are friends with the guys in the band. I’ve always liked them both live and on their record, but I have to say that they’ve stepped their game up a notch. As a band they’re tighter and more confident, which leads to a certain amount of relaxation on stage, which leads to even better music. They’re playing well and will only get better. Expect big things from them.