Friday, February 26, 2010
Ten tracks to kick start your weekend courtesy of Jon Sidel—and just as they should be delivered—on radio:
The Icarus Line - We Sick | Plain and simple, there are not enough “desperados” in rock n roll these days. Joe Cardamone’s message has been simple. We know our lives are fucked but we’re gonna live em anyway. Sickkkk!
Broken Bells - Vaporize | James Mercer and Danger Mouse I just can’t resist! Looking forward to owning this LP!
Luther Russell - Motorbike | Rock n Roll journeyman has moved to Brooklyn and never sounded cooler! There are a few great bits on this release. Coming to Paris soon! Ep 12” out on Wool Records (France).
The Generationals - When They Fight, They Fight | I hear they’re from New Orleans and this record has soul 45 sound! Looking forward to seeing these kids at SXSW.
Bern Eliot and the Fenmen - New Orleans | Speaking of New Orleans this is a “merseybeat” take on the city’s early 60’s sound. The result is HOT!
Creature With The Atom Brain - The Color Of Sundown | At times this band sounds like early Monster Magnet. OK, any friends of Chris Goss & QOTSA, are friends of mine! From Transylvania Master album just out.
Les Blanks - Body Politic | From their new album due this spring. Loving this release! The vibe on this track screams rock n roll hoochie koo!
Paul “Sir Raggedy” Flagg - Moma Papa Romper Stomper | “Papa love mama, mama love papa too. They got a thing going on, call it a bugaloo” OK that’s my idea of Valentines Day records! Georgia soul circa 1967.
Yeasayer - Love Me Girl | Tons of cool songs on “Odd Blood.” Here’s the one I spun for Valentines Day. Their “proggy” use of sampling is very cool.
Active Child - She Was a Vision | This band is really buzzing over here in LA. Gotta say this song and artist are really growing on me. I spun it back to back with a Ted Neely song from Jesus Christ Superstar film soundtrack, those two have vocal skills…indeed!
The Idelic Hour [2/23/2010] (Mp3, 83Mg)
Posted by Jon at 12:09 PM
So, Monday it was The Album Leaf, Tuesday we had Beach House, Wednesday was AFCGT, and yesterday we had Retribution Gospel Choir. Closing out our week of Sub Pop/Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways is the new one from The Ruby Suns, 'Fight Softly.'
That's a darn fine giveaway week, I'm thinking.
The prime mover of The Ruby Suns, Ryan McPhun has literally traveled around the world to arrive at Fight Softly, the band’s 2nd album for Sub Pop, and 3rd overall. McPhun possesses (or is possessed by…) a voracious musical mind and this new album is the kind of head-spinning combination of big-picture vision and sumptuous detail that only comes from an artist with an urgent need to express all the stuff he’s seen. And you can dance to it!
Fight Softly veers from the path set by its predecessor, the 2008 release Sea Lion. Thematically, it’s not as wide-eyed or lighthearted, picking apart the relationships faced as we pass through the world—with our surroundings, each other, ourselves. Sonically, it remains as beat-centric, though these beats are deliciously artificial—stretched and compacted and distorted beyond recognition.
Melodies are scuzzy and digital, no guitars strummed or basses plucked. McPhun’s soulful upper-register croon, swallowed into the mix, replaces group chants and full-throated singalongs. Rather than an album of clearly-drawn influences, Fight Softly is a unique, inscrutable synthesis, more itself than anything else.
The rules can't be any simpler for our Sub Pop LP Giveaways this week: each day this week we'll be launching a new Sub Pop RSD2010 Vinyl Giveaway and all you need to do to enter to win is to leave a comment in the comments section to that week's giveaway letting us know why you deserve to win that week's LP.
Be creative, funny, incisive—whatever it takes to grab our attention to deem you the winner. Most important however is to leave us a contact email address! You can be brilliant as hell, but if we can't track ya' down, you're out of the running.
All winners will all be notified on Monday (3/1) upon the launch of the next RSD2010 Vinyl Giveaway!
Posted by Jon at 9:52 AM
"Kansas City has always been a good place for local businesses to start up in hopes that the city will support and all will thrive. Streetside Records in Westport (home of the best bars and a haven for second hand/vintage clothing, great venues, and coffee shops) is where you'll see us chilling out when we're in town.
Though Streetside is a chain (allowing u to get all the new hits) there is also a thorough vinyl and used section, giving the shop a local feel. The staff are all super music lovers so we make it a point to check out their pick's of the week. Along with a grand selection with styles from jazz to hip hop, they also have a local section, supporting new music and giving artists a chance to sell their cds in stores. This is where we sold our very first e.p!!
The last music I picked up was the first Stars album (used, only five bucks), the latest Tegan and Sara, and a vinyl copy of O.K. Computer. I miss home already..."
Vedera - Satisfy (Mp3)
Catch Vedera with Jack’s Mannequin on 3/3 and 3/4 at the 9:30.
Posted by Jon at 7:51 AM