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finally… a new music playlist

Wow. alright. it really has been far too long again. a bit of a decent excuse this time, as I recently had a computer stolen, and have slowly been getting back up to full speed. There’s nothing good about it, but… one thing that did come of it was that I lost all the music I had that wasn’t already on the external hard drive. So, I’ve went back and discovered some stuff I missed the first time around. I’ve got like 60GB of stuff waiting to be imported to Itunes already, so… i should be able to put together a bunch of playlists in pretty rapid succession. But you don’t want to hear about that. Here’s some music, and then a very exciting announcement below about Oxford Collapse.

Here’s this week’s playlist.

NP: “For Love Instead”In The Pines. This isn’t new, but it’s new to me. Kansas City band made an awfully fine record full of simple melodies and plaintive strings. It’s wrought, but not overwrought.
NP: “Summer’s Not The Same Without You”James Yorkston. It’s nice to hear James sing a simple song without too many production bells and whistles. He drops the whispery, gauzy atmospherics and knocks me on my ass with this straight up little love song.
NP: “Emer’s Dream / Aisling Eimear”Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Violin player from The Frames drops this absolute gorgeous instrumental album. If I ever produce a movie, I’m having this guy do the score.
NP: “Hungry Heart”Aidan John Moffat. Speaking of accents, how can I not highlight this cover?
NP: “Holding Out For A Hero”Doveman. Speaking of covers, how can I not hightlight this? Doveman covers the entire Footloose soundtrack song-by-song. Either the boldest or the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It definitely works, though.
NP: “Beautiful Eyes”The Aluminum Group. I will always have a massive soft-spot in my heart for The Aluminum Group. They’ve made a couple of the most ridiculously overlooked records I’ve ever loved. And while this new one doesn’t quite live up to some of their previous work, I’ll still listen, and I’ll still try to cram them down your throat.
NP: “Needlepoint”The Spinto Band. The long overdue new album from The Spinto Band is finally here. I need to give it about 25 more listens, but… it’s already grown on me tons, and I can’t wait to see them with Frightened Rabbit in a couple of months.
NP: “Alright”Shh… This Is A Library. Honestly, the worst band name ever. I can’t even believe I’m typing it. And the record is inconsistent, but has some flashes of brilliance. Needs an editor and somebody to call “Oberst” on him every now and then, but… maybe somewhere down the road could be somebody to keep an eye out for.
NP: “Here It Is”Sennen. If you’re going to name yourself after an early Ride single, you’d better have the songs to back it up. Not just the style, but the songs. Sennen don’t have either, unfortunately. But they DO have a couple of pretty songs. Eight-tenths deduction for appropriating the name.
NP: “I Love You Like A Madman”The Wave Pictures. OK. I don’t know how the hell I never found this one last year, but… I’m kinda obsessed. Honestly, if you download just one song out of this bunch, make it this one. And if you don’t like it, then, well… I don’t even know what to tell you. Maybe just keep it to yourself, and know that you’ve got something to work on? (For a bit of a hint, though… think Go-Betweens, Jonathan Richman, and Jens Lekman).
NP: “My Mother The War”10,000 Maniacs. Oxford Collapse covered this at their last couple of shows. I’m chagrined to say that I didn’t recognize it, but I’m also man enough to admit it. I’m also man enough to admit that it caused me to go back and listen to nothing but 10,000 Maniacs for an entire day last week.
NP: “Bear Face”Abe Vigoda. The younger, scrappier, punker parallel evolutionary branch that brought us Vampire Weekend in NYC.
NP: “Danseparc (Every Day It’s Tomorrow)”Martha And The Muffins. This stuff is pretty dated, but… it’s still kinda nice to hear a couple of these songs remastered and reissued.
NP: “Graveyard Dog”Sunset. I liked this for a little while, but now that I’ve heard it like ten times while making this playlist… now I’m not so sure. I like the OMD-keyboards in the verses… it makes me think of The Breakfast Club, but I guess it’s just too long for its own good, and the drums are starting to sound too much like early Nine Inch Nails.
NP: “Night Terrors”Wild Sweet Orange. This isn’t really the most representative song on this album, but it jumped out on one of the listens, so I threw it in here. I definitely recommend you track down some more music elsewhere, as the rest of the album has a much different production value.
NP: “In The Battle Of Sun Vs. Curtains, Sun Loses And We Sleep Until Noon”Woodpigeon. A nice little pop song with a snarky Indie 2.0 song title.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2008_08_20.m3u”stream all of the above songs.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2008_08_20.rar”rar file of all of the above songs.
NR: New Yorker article about “The Chameleon”. Lots of web stories about how to encrypt your laptop data for travelling through airport security.

Please come out Thursday night to celebrate the release of “BITS” by Oxford Collapse. Their fourth (and finest) full-length, it came out last Tuesday on Sub Pop. Here’s the show info:

Thursday, August 21
Glasslands Gallery
Oxford Collapse
Italian Ice

advance tickets:

more info:
289 Kent Ave (between S. 1st & S. 2nd)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford, J to Marcy

And, mark your calendars for this one:

Saturday, October 18
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
The Spinto Band
Frightened Rabbit
The Sw!ms

advance tickets:

And… here’s a dumb note: any poker players out there? i’m reviving my old home game, and looking for a few new folks. mostly $2/$4 limit rotation, but maybe a little $.50/$1.00 PL omaha, or NL, too. Drop me a line if you are interested in more information!