Here's a fun-size Halloween grab bag for ya kids...not totally halloween themed, but who doesn't like
The Warlocks - So Paranoid
Goblin Cock - Stumped
Sally Shapiro - He Keeps Me Alive
The Forms - Knowledge In Hand
Chicago's Russian Circles have recently signed to Suicide Squeeze and are making the rounds of the heartland. Check out "Death Rides A Horse" from their last EP, Enter! Sometimes it's nice to just rock out like indie rock used to...
Russian Circles - Death Rides A Horse
Russian Circles official site
Russian Circles on MySpace
Andrew Bird stopped by for a Daytrotter session with Dianogah in tow as his backing band...check out their collaboration below and hit up Daytrotter for the rest of the songs!
Dianogah with Andrew Bird - A Breaks B
Andrew Bird (featuring Dianogah) Daytrotter Session
Throwing a Halloween party or just looking to get in the mood? Check out this new wave/electro Halloween mix done by Billion Dollar DJs...
Billion Dollar Djs - Nite of the Disco Dead Mix
Chuckii Booker feat John 'Crypt Keeper' Kassir - The Crypt Jam
Goblin - Tenebre (Main Title)
John Carpenter - The End (Disco Version)
Ministry - Everyday Is Halloween
SSQ - Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die)
The Bollock Brothers - Horror Movies
Arch Oboler - Drop Dead Interlude
Mark Ayres - Nightmare On Elm Street Theme
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching
Marketts - Out Of Limits
Hashim - Al Naafyish (The Soul)
Pulsailama - Devil Lives In My Husbands Body
Honeymoon Killers - Wait And See
Flirts - Teenage Werewolf
Metronomy - Trick Or Treats
The Immortals - Ultimate Warlord (Remix)
The J Geils Band - Fright Night
Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps
Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened
France Gall - Frankenstein
Billion Dollar DJs Halloween Mix
Billion Dollar DJs on MySpace
Bloc Party takes Chromeo's "Needy Girl" down the A Weekend In The City route...it suddenly feels more inspirational!
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Bloc Party Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl
Bloc Party official site
Bloc Party on MySpace
Indie Waves also has a radio rip of the new very rave-like Bloc Party single, "Flux" over here!
Dear Plastic Operator,
Where were you last Monday when I having a really tough day? Your chill electro pop is still hitting the spot for a me a week later, though. I should recommend you to fans of the Postal Service who are mopey.
Let's Sexy Fighting
Plastic Operator - Home 0207
Plastic Operator official site
Plastic Operator on MySpace
RW370 caught Van Halen in concert when they had their pre-recorded synth track for "Jump" playing back at the wrong settings, resulting in the part so out of key that it was impossible to play along with - check the video for the hilarity!
My point is though, why does this sound so familiar? Wait a sec...didn't Legion of Rock Stars do a version of "Jump"?
Cut Copy will return...their new album In Ghost Colours will be released in Feburary 2008! Checking out "So Haunted" shows the Melbourne boys futher exploring the guitars that they busted out on "Hearts On Fire". Wait, when did Cut Copy get so dissonant? Don't worry though, the delicious new wave pop is here too!
Cut Copy - So Haunted
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Radio Edit)
Cut Copy official site
Cut Copy on MySpace
Newly name-shortened Say Hi swings through SF tonight with The Velvet Teen at Bottom Of The Hill. They'll be playing stuff from their upcoming album, The Wishes and the Glitch. I'll be there for their brand of bedroom pop meets electro...you should be there too!
Say Hi - Northwestern Girls
Say Hi - Zero To Love
Say Hi official site
Say Hi on MySpace
The Manchester Orchestra is embarking on a tour soon co-headlining with Annuals. How fitting that they should cover "Brother" by their tourmates! They take the epic aspirations of the original version and strip it down to a simple but pleasant bedroom rock song. Check it:
Manchester Orchestra - Brother (Annuals Cover)
Annuals - Brother
Manchester Orchestra official site
Manchester Orchestra on MySpace
Well, after listening to In Rainbows extensively for a week, I have a few conclusions:
1. I like the songs. After having heard live versions of all these songs for the last couple years, it's nice to hear proper studio versions of them. "All I Need" and "Nude" came out perfectly. It's sparse, slightly weird, and beautiful Radiohead. That being said...
2. I don't always like the production choices. The live versions of "Arpeggi" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" are more rocking by far. While I understand as a whole Radiohead was going for a more laid back sound, I have to wonder why the drums are turned down so much on these songs. And what's with the drums? It sounds like
3. Worth the $10 + tax/debit card fee I paid. I know this sounds a bit negative, but I do enjoy the album overall. Just disappointed with how "Arpeggi" turned out! Do a comparison for yourself!
Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Radiohead - Arpeggi (Live)
Radiohead official site
In Rainbows album site
For a limited time if you join the Facebook group "Ticketmaster Live" (search for it on Facebook) they'll give you 5 free itunes song credits. You can quit the group after you get the credits. Anyway, I used my song credits to download the new Bird And The Bee EP, Please Clap Your Hands in iTunes Plus format. I seem to have been distracted by my recent travel and the release date just slipped by me!
"Polite Dance Song" has been streaming on their myspace for awhile now, won't you check it out now in mp3 form? There's also a fun cover of "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees...
The Bird And The Bee - Polite Dance Song
The Bird And The Bee official site
The Bird And The Bee on MySpace
Tristeza is an instrumental/math/psychedelic indie-rock band from San Diego. Their songs develop organically and unexpectedly, but never fail to keep a steady groove. Dark spiraling melodies turn into driving anthems and continuously keep you on your toes. Band comparisions? Explosions In The Sky and This Alibi.
Tristeza - Wearing The Blues
Tristeza - Stumble On Air
Tristeza official site
Tristeza on MySpace
Remember our friends Electric Six and their hit single "Danger! High Voltage!"? They're back today with a new album, I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master. This time they want to show us their "Dance Pattern". It's pretty much what we've come to expect from Electric Six, silly words and silly beats. But catchy. Giddyup!
Electric Six - Dance Pattern
Electric Six official site
Electric Six on MySpace
Our favorite Swedish indie-pop rockers get re-interpreted by their electronica/afrodub countrymen. What?
Shout Out Louds - Impossible (Remake by Studio)
Shout Out Louds on MySpace
Studio on MySpace
PS. On a trip again, hopefully my last one for a while. Expect less than usual posts for the next week!
Fun song for today...Mark Ronson and his big band-lite version of Britney's "Toxic".
Mark Ronson - Toxic (Feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Tiggers)
Mark Ronson official site
Mark Ronson on MySpace
Stereogum's done it again...they've assembled a tribute to REM's classic album Automatic For The People! They've gotten contributions from the likes of Rogue Wave, The Forms, Figurines, and most excitingly, The Wrens! I believe this is the first "new" Wrens recording in a while...check out their excellent cover of "Nigthswimming" and download the rest of the album at the link below!
The Wrens - Nightswimming
Stereogum Presents... DRIVE XV: A Tribute To Automatic For The People
How appropriate, I was going to theme today's post about Radiohead already and then they went ahead and dropped a bomb about the new album! If you haven't heard, head over to this site to pre-order a digital download of In Rainbows that will be available on 10/9. Also, you pay them what you think they deserve to be paid! You could pay $1 for the album...or $20!
They also have a real box set that comes with vinyl, fancy packaging, and a bonus CD with some of the excellent songs that didn't make the album...that costs more like $80. Guys, where is "Open Pick"? I hope you just renamed it, cause I really liked that song...
01. 15 Step
04. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
05. All I Need
06. Faust Arp
08. House Of Cards
09. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
01. MK 1
02. Down Is The New Up
03. Go Slowly
04. MK 2
05. Last Flowers
06. Up On The Ladder
07. Bangers And Mash
08. 4 Minute Warning
In other news, my good friends had a baby yesterday, and what better way to welcome him to the world than to offer some Radiohead songs presented in lullaby form?
Rockabye Baby - Knives Out
Rockabye Baby - Airbag
Radiohead pre-order site
Rockabye Baby official site