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a playlist just for the hell of it, and because it’s been too long…

We’ve missed lots of good music and lots of good concerts, but… let’s see if we can get this thing up and running again.

Here’s a new playlist.

NP: “Black Fur”Fredrik. This record is a couple of months old at this point, but I’ve just come around to it. A couple of songs are a bit same-y, but… the one’s that standout are truly standouts. This is about as captivating of an album-opener as you can find.
NP: “Train Station”Hooded Fang. Going through a bit of an indie-pop phase. This is a little-known new band from Toronto, from their self-released EP. Expect to hear more about this band soon.
NP: “Brother”Royal Bangs. 2009’s Broken Social Scene? Could be. You’ve been tipped.
NP: “Wizard Buys A Hat (Live)”The Mountain Goats. Live at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show in May. One of the more amazing intros you’ll hear, and way longer than the song.
NP: “Throwing Bones”The Phantom Band. New Glasgow band, this record comes out in January and is ALL OVER the place. I couldn’t whittle this description down to even five genres if i tried. Intriguing, but I’m not sure if I like it.
NP: “Two”The Antlers. It’s not often i use the word “majesty” without saying it like Strong Bad in my head. Most of the time, it’s pretty sarcastic. So, when i use it genuinely, I definitely recommend that you should pay attention. Forthcoming album “Hospice” by The Antlers is simply majestic. If you only download one of these songs, make it this one.
NP: “Never & Always”The Lucksmiths. A couple of months late to this one, but… there’s a new Lucksmiths album that I really almost missed. So, to make up for lost time I’m gonna put two songs on here. Here’s a classic boppy Lucksmiths song.
NP: “California In Popular Song”The Lucksmiths. And here’s the sublime side of the Lucksmiths. God I love this band.
NP: “I’m Not A Robber”Alexis Taylor. Hot Chip lead singer’s solo album. Basically sounds like lo-fi Hot Chip demos, with more a bit more computer noodling. Which is just fine by me.
NP: “High Noon”Toy Fight. French band on CitySlang Records. We saw them in Berlin and they were awfully endearing.
NP: “Wizard Buys A Hat”The Mountain Goats. The “studio” version of the song, from the Satanic Messiah EP.
NP: “Fire On Corridor X”All The Saints. Coming out on Touch And Go next month, this isn’t like any record on Touch And Go you’ve ever heard. I gotta give it ten or twenty more listens, but… it’s pretty striking the first few passes.
NP: “All Messed Up”Thee Hypnotics. From a record that came out in 1990 that I’ve been looking for a digital copy of sporadically for a while. Then I go and read a review of All The Saints and somebody mentioned Thee Hypnotics, and then i looked it up. Kismet!
NP: “Meshkaina”Traffic Sound. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard four drunken Swedes sing along to a Peruvian song about mescalin at the top of their lungs. Which isn’t to say it’s a pleasurable experience.
NP: “Quiet Little Voices (Live)”We Were Promised Jetpacks. Recorded live during an opening slot for Frightened Rabbit.
NP: “Keep Yourself Warm (Live)”Frightened Rabbit. And… recorded during their headline set the same night. A bit scrappy, but it definitely captures the majesty (67% serious, 33% Stong Bad voice) of the Frabbits in action.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2008_12_11.m3u”stream all of the above songs.
NP: “30_milkshakes__2008_12_11.rar”rar file of all of the above songs.
NR: Nothing. Truly: nothing. Sad.

There are some upcoming shows we want to tell you about, so… we shall tell you about them now:

Tuesday, December 16: The Antlers, Dark Dark Dark at Cake Shop.

Wednesday, December 17: The Antlers, Depreciation Guild at Public Assembly in Brooklyn.

Saturday, January 17: Frightened Rabbit at Bowery Ballroom. Honestly… this show is almost sold out, if you are planning on going… you better buy your tickets this week!
advance tickets:

Saturday, January 24: Oxford Collapse at The Studio at Webster Hall.

Saturday, February 7: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, caUSE Co-MOTION, Depreciation Guild, and Zaza at Mercury Lounge.

I’m sure there’s lots of other shows that we’re missing… quite frankly, we’ve been pretty out of the loop lately. So, hopefully we’ll be more, umm, in the loop, in January. We hope to see you soon, but… no matter what: Happy Holidays!