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and I can hardly see your face, it’s all covered with Noxema.

NP: “Lover Come Back To Me”Chet Atkins & Les Paul. Chester and Lester… You pretty much can’t go wrong. Don’t skip this one when you find it in the Goodwill LP bin, it’s worth all 50 pennies.
NP: “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right”Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. 1968 Flatt & Scruggs album “Changin’ Times” has them taking on Pete Seeger, Bobbie Gentry, and Woodie Guthrie compositions, as well as five songs by Dylan. Not for the bluegrass purist, but I still find it an enjoyable listen.
NP: “Snake Drive”Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. Hard to pick just one Panther Burns song… It’s really such a diabolical mood thing. Grab an entire record and give it a listen (if you can get through it).
NP: “Germfree Adolescents”X-Ray Spex. This playlist was actually compiled in April, and then put in this sequence soon after that. In other words, before Poly Styrene’s passing. I thought about taking the song out, but it was meant to be here.
NP: “Bacteria”Archers of Loaf. One of my favorite Archers songs ever. There was actually a minute when I thought there was a chance to put this song out on Self-Starter, but it didn’t happen. Again… song was picked when AOL announced they were doing dates this summer. Couldn’t believe it when they actually played it at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
NP: “Freight Train”Elizabeth Cotten. I heard an absolutely incredible ukelele version of this song sung by a woman whose name I never learned on tour a couple of years ago, and I still think of it sometimes. This original ain’t too bad, either.
NP: “Don’t Call Him A Cowboy”Conway Twitty. Good advice to all the ladies out there.
NP: “You Are in My Vision”Tubeway Army. Was this song in a car commercial or something recently? It just popped into my head one day, i guess for no reason.
NP: “Over the Edge”Dead Moon. I went through a real Dead Moon phase last winter… Listened to a bunch of records, over and over. And then never put anything on a playlist. It was time to fix that.
NP: “Motoroller Scalatron”Stereolab. Ditto with Stereolab. Anybody got a copy of Transient Random Noise Bursts on LP that you’re looking to get rid of? I got $25 for ya right over here.
NP: “Can You Believe It”Keith Cross & Peter Ross. The bonus track to the CD reissue of an impossible-to-find LP… Truthfully, there are better songs on the album, but this is the song I wanted to put on the playlist. I know somebody who says he wants one of songs from the album played at his funeral, and I assure you he’s serious.
NP: “We Can Swing Together”Lindisfarne. Lindisfarne was one of the bigger bands in the UK in the 70’s. History hasn’t treated them very well. They’re not amazing, but… They should at least be better known than they are.
NP: “Audrey”Mike Heron. Incredible String Band front man’s first solo album includes guests like John Cale, Ronnie Lane, Keith Moon, Richard Thompson, and Pete Townshend. Not too shabby. Doesn’t hurt that the album’s pretty damn great, too.
NP: “Thoughts Of You”Dennis Wilson. Pacific Ocean Blue. You either drink the Kool-Aid or you don’t. I have.
NP: “Early In The Mornin'”22 with Little Red, Tangle Eye, & Hard Hair. From the “Negro Prison Songs” LP… Alan Lomax recordings made in 1947 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. All acapella and sorta uncredited (“Prisoner 22?”, “Hard Hair”, etc.), it’s a pretty amazing listen.
NP: “Sunday Noon”Mandrake Memorial. Weird Philly psych on Poppy from 1968/69. Seemed like as good of a last song as any.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [72.0 MB, 62:54 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [85.2 MB]

NR: Finished “Steppenwolf” by Hermann Hesse. I’m going through a big Modern Library reading (and buying) phase. How had i never read this before? So good.

NW: Baseball. Man, I don’t even know who I’m rooting for. Weird, weird baseball this year.

NE: Chihuahua dogs and tater tots from Crif Dogs.
NE: Fried chicken at The Redhead.
NE: General Tso’s Chicken from Hot Kitchen, new decent chinese place in the East Village.

ND: Centennial Rye, hand-smuggled from Canada. Maybe the best bottle of $25 whiskey I’ve ever had. Glad i bought five of them!
ND: Leftover cans of Tecate from a Peter Bjorn And John show in Toronto, I think? Sometime that feels like a lifetime ago.


 

Not much to say… Enjoy!

 


 
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it can never grow another son like the one who warmed me my days after rain and warmed my breath, my life’s blood…

NP: “Do Whatever Sets You Free”Ramsey Lewis. So, last week’s playlist was a semi-girlie affair… this week’s is the semi-boyish foil… Originally conceived as a collection of vinyl purchased over the last few months, there are a couple of exceptions… and I lead off with one of them. I don’t actually own this fun and funky Ramsey Lewis live album on vinyl yet, but there’s an auction ending on ebay tomorrow and I’d appreciate it if you don’t try to outbid me.
NP: “Veteran’s Day Poppy”Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. Have been in a big Beefheart phase, and then word came of Don Van Vliet’s sad passing… There’s a lot of Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band material out there (and a lot of confusion as to whether it’s an “And” or an “&”… even on their own covers), but it’s really worth it to try to dive in anyway. Some records are better than others, sure, but… just pick one and give it a listen. It’s that simple. RIP.
NP: “Salat Anbi”Maleem Abdellah Ghania with Pharoah Sanders. Another non-LP track… 2 out of 3 already against the grain! But… I’m definitely 3-for-3 on the “boy playlist” goal, that’s for sure. There are some much-more difficult tracks on “The Trance of Seven Colors” record than this one, but I highly recommend it. I believe it’s CD and .mp3 only.
NP: “Montana Train”Paz Lenchantin. Paz from The Entrance Band’s solo album is so gorgeous that there aren’t really words for it.
NP: “Craigie Hill”Dick Gaughan. Reine from Dungen got the Dick Gaughan “Handful Of Earth” LP for $6 or $8 in Burlington. I had never heard it, but he played it for me when we got back to NYC, and it’s pretty great. So i started looking for a copy. I just didn’t expect to find it for 50 cents in the weird garage at the East Village flea market. I also didn’t expect it to have a $.99 pricetag on it from Academy! Such a weird score. Anyway… none of that helps to explain the sublime rural beauty and heartbreak of this record.
NP: “Highway Wolf”Dungen. It’s not often one gets a song named for them… But the new Dungen 7″ (on Jack White’s Third Man Records) has this live improv jam on the b-side, and they called it “Highway Wolf”, which is their nickname for me. Rad.
NP: “Song For An Uncertain Lady”Randy Burns. I bought this not knowing anything about it other than it had a cool cover and it was an old ESP record. For $15, that’s enough in my book. I’m really glad I did.
NP: “Requiem For John Hurt”John Fahey. Another find at Record Surplus in LA… Really pristine copy, still in shrink, of one of Fahey’s Vanguard records “Requia”, still with a Licorice Pizza pricetag on it. Feels like some sort of digger badge of honor, that pricetag.
NP: “Love Call”Ornette Coleman. Hot damn.
NP: “Final Countdown”Europe. Re-watched Arrested Development in a pretty-short 2 month frenzy this winter. Can’t get this song out of your head sometimes.
NP: “Horses”Bronze. First song from the self-released Bronze EP… Best new band in Brooklyn? Seems likely.
NP: “Here Come The Fleas”White Noise. The companion piece to that Broadcast song from last week’s girlie playlist… This is sometimes considered the first avant-garde synthesizer record, or punk rock electronic record, or whatever hyperbole you want to say about it. It’s from 1969, and, well… i picked the silliest track from the damn thing, so I probably should have represented this album’s complexity and beauty in a little better light. Oh, well… It made for a good playlist closer.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [71.9 MB, 62:50 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [114.0 MB]

NR: Finished “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis. And it was as beautiful and amazing as i thought (and feared) it would be. Best $8 i’ve spent in a long long time. Which also means it’s about time I’ve mentioned one of the shining stars of “the new East Village”: Mast Books, on Ave. A between 4th and 5th. Located where Etherea Records used to be, This guy (I don’t know him) has opened a really solid used bookstore the likes of which haven’t been seen in NYC for a long long time. Highly recommended… Makes living in Manhattan still worthwhile.

NW: Nothing! (Wish I had seen that Kansas vs. Kansas State game last week, tho!)

NE: Green salad with mustard vinaigrette topped with walnuts, steak entrée and steak frites at Le Relais de Venise. Ummm… it’s the only thing you CAN order at Le Relais de Venise. With Le Vacherin du Relais for dessert.
NE: 2 bratwursts with 3 kinds of mustard, sauerkraut, bread, and fries. With a pint of Franziskaner Hefeweizen. $17 plus tax and tip at Studio Square in Queens. Weird place… giant beer garden, actually pretty good food and reasonable prices, and about 20 beers on tap… but then it’s often populated by exactly the people you left behind in whatever dumb-fucking-suburban-mall-going-place you tried for years to escape, plus investment bankers! And, strangely, yesterday, there was also some sort of meeting or membership drive of some brooklyn biker gang? Huh.
NE: Fried short-rib pierogies with applesauce and sour cream at Veselka. They’ve been on the specials menu for a month… What the hell made me wait so long to try them? Wow.
NE: Mexican nachos with mixed beans at Paquito’s.

ND: Many Red Stripe and shots of Jameson outdoors at The Boxcar Lounge in the East Village. Remember that one day when it was like 60 degrees? That was great.
ND: Half a shot of Patron XO Cafe at Studio Square. 70 proof tequila coffee liqueur.


 

special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

Every Wednesday in February i have been DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will again this week, as in previous weeks, be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the fourth week, this Wednesday, February 23rd, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters T-Z. And I won’t lie to you… this is the narrowest band, in terms of sheer number of 7″‘s that I own, of the alphabet, so it could get interesting!

We’re talking about Teenage Fanclub, Unwound, Velocity Girl, The Wedding Present, Young Fresh Fellows, Zonic Shockum, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

I really hope you can make it!

 


 
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what brings out the beast in men?

NP: “Data 70″Christmas Decorations. Found the vinyl of this, the first Christmas Decorations record on Kranky, at Other Music a couple of weeks ago, and it’s become the default go-to for the last month or so. So good.
NP: “Corporeal”Broadcast. This week’s playlist was originally going to be used as one half of two playlists for a different project that Denise and I are working on, but we came to the conclusion (spoiler alert!) that this playlist was too girlie and boring (and the other playlist was boyish and rocking and fun in comparison). So, we’re starting over with that project, but I’m still going to present this one to ya’ll… I still like it, it just didn’t fit our needs at the time. Anyway… we both wanted to include some Broadcast after hearing of the unfortunate passing of Trish Keenan. RIP.
NP: “True Romance At The World’s Fair”Algebra Suicide. One of the record stores i was in recently had a copy of the first Algebra Suicide record for $30… a record that I bought shortly after it came it in the dollar bin at Play It Again Records in Bethlehem. Made me go back and listen to it again for the first time in, oh, 20 years?
NP: “Mountain Wine”Badgerlore. A Denise selection. So girlie and boring! (i kid, i kid…). Lovely track.
NP: “(From The) Morning Glories”The Trypes. This was a very exciting purchase… the one and only Trypes 12″. The Trypes were a short-lived seven-piece band featuring John Baumgartner, Marc Francia, Toni Paruta, Brenda Sauter, Glenn Mercer, Stan Demeski, and Bill Million. Those last four make up 4/5ths of the late-80’s incarnation of The Feelies (minus only Dave Weckerman) [and, well… those same five make up the 2011 Feelies line-up, too!]. The Feelies were on hiatus at the time… eventually they re-formed and the remaining members of The Trypes formed Speed The Plough (with legendary critic Jim DeRogatis on drums!). Anyway, The Trypes 12″ isn’t what you might expect (except for The Beatles cover)… It’s definitely a more sublime take on things. And a really worthwhile listen.
NP: “Reading Stones”Ela Orleans. We still go back and listen to that Ela Orleans record all the time.
NP: “Suis-Je Normale”Nini Raviolette. You may have to check out the video for this one to really get the full effect.
NP: “Slug Bait (Live In Southampton)”Throbbing Gristle. Record Surplus in LA yielded a copy of The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle in Denise’s hands. Not the best copy in the world, but… any copy is a good copy!
NP: “Gluttony”The Bags. From The Decline of Western Civilization soundtrack. So girlie and boring!
NP: “Cold Cold Heart”Americans In France. This one’s been around for a while… so long that you start to take it for granted. So, we’ve rectified the situation by including a song now, finally.
NP: “On My Own”Quix*o*tic. Now this one’s a little strange, but I decided to keep it on here… This song was selected long before we heard about the recent passing of former Quix*o*tic bassist Brendan Majewski. RIP.
NP: “Composure”Warpaint. One of my favorite new bands of the last five years… if not THE favorite new band of the last five years… Unfortunately, their music works best in the live and/or album format, and cropping one song out of an album to plunk it down in the middle of a bunch other songs… numberswiki.com

well, it doesn’t play to their strong suits. Still… a hell of a song. Just do me a favor and go and buy the whole album or see ‘em live sometime, OK?
NP: “By Myself”Shirley Scott. I’ve scored two good old Shirley Scott records for $3 and $0.50 over the last year. This song isn’t from either of those: strangely, most of her work on Impulse is not to be found in any format, free or to purchase, anywhere on the internet! Some of the sessions have been re-packaged as Stanley Turrentine releases, but… it’s really bizarre how entire albums of the legendary Impulse discography are just not to be had.
NP: “Universal Consciousness”Alice Coltrane. Made a conscious effort to buy some Alice Coltrane records, and then the next 2 stores I walked into had nice copies of classic records for $10 or $15. Sold. Awesome.
NP: “Atlantic City”Real Estate. An interlude… like a little between-courses course to cleanse the palette. Not implying that Real Estate are in any way insignificant… I’m just happening to use them in a transitory way here.
NP: “Too Little, Too Late”The Dream Syndicate. Denise found the original Ruby pressing of this for $8 at Academy. A very good choice. It’s just one of those perfect documents: it feels good to hold it in your hand, to look at it, to listen to it, to *think* about it… It’s been essential listening all winter. But, of course… we choose the girlie and boring song. Oh, well.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [69.9 MB, 64:05 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [102.0 MB]

NR: Nothing! Been too busy!.

NW: Nothing!

NE: Pizza at Stromboli! Back in the East Village!

ND: Modelo Especial cans at home.
ND: Asahi bottles at Decibel.
ND: Half a glass of Dobra Zemlja 2004 Zinfandel. My last bottle of a case i bought a couple of years ago, and it was fucking corked. Ugh.


 

special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

every Wednesday in February i will be DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the third week, this Wednesday, February 16th, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters N-S. Of course, this is based on my alphabetizing schema, not yours, so it’s possible that we might disagree about some arbitrary filing decision i’ve made (but i’ll be right). just in the interest of full disclosure, of course.

So, we’re talking about New Bad Things, The Oranges Band, Phleg Camp, Quicksand, Radiolaria, The Spinanes, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer and hear some grandfatherly indie rock and emo singles. And still get home by your bedtime.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

I really hope you can come out and have a beer!

 


 
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i stood in the corner and watched you for almost two hours

NP: “Catch The Beat”Planning By Numbers. I had never heard (or even heard of) this early pop record on Beggars Banquet until i bought it a couple of weeks ago for $4 based entirely on the packaging and the fact that it was an early Beggars thing that I had never heard of. I won’t say it was a life-changing experience, but… it seems to me that this song should have been a hit. (forgive the vinyl rip… there’s only one instance of this album up on the internet that i could find [and i’m good at that sort of thing], and it’s a fuzzy vinyl rip.)
NP: “The Horse Song”Iggy Pop. I just really love the Zombie Birdhouse record all the way through, but this one song ALWAYS puts me in a good mood.
NP: “If You Wanna (demo)”The Vaccines. I got to work with The Vaccines a couple of weekends ago. Pretty much exactly the third/third/third split between Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and The Ramones that I thought it would be, but… that’s not a bad thing. Album not out yet, so here’s a demo version of the first single.
NP: “Dig A Little Deeper”Peter Bjorn And John. I’ll be touring with Peter Bjorn And John in April/May, but… professional allegiances aside, damn if they didn’t make a pretty great power pop record. This isn’t the best song on the record, but it is the catchiest.
NP: “Away Frm U”Oberhofer. Oberhofer opened for The Vaccines both nights. New single. Catchy.
NP: “Colors In The Whites Of Your Eyes”Heaven. New NYC band… total Ride thing, but… they do it REALLY WELL, so… it’s damn alright in my book.
NP: “All You Need”True Widow. Austin band people are really going crazy about… and they’re quite good. They sound an awful lot like a lot of things I liked in 1993 while not sounding retro at all. They get the word “metal” tossed around in descriptions a lot, which, truthfully, is absolutely laughable. True Widow (at least on album… I haven’t seen them live) are only metal if you call Bitch Magnet, Eric’s Trip, and Swervedriver metal, too. We’re not even in Fudge Tunnel or Thee Hypnotics territory. Anyway, this is from their self-released record from 2 years ago… look for a new record on Kemado soon.
NP: “Seeded (‘tween Bone And Bark)”Giant Sand. Went and listened to this one right before or after that OP8 album last week. Is this metal?
NP: “We Got More”Anonymous. Small press psych masterpiece that people pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for. I don’t own it, but am going to keep my eyes open for the magic dollar bin find sometime in my life. It’s like Nazz meets Fleetwood Mac or something? Pretty great.
NP: “Reborn Not Gone”Matt Bauder. More jazz for you… Current this time! NYC-by-way-of-Chicago, I met Matt personally and then heard his music, but if it had been the other way around I still would have liked this.
NP: “Sketch”Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Rock Plaza Central kept getting comparisons to this band, and I kept forgetting to look them up. Finally just saw a copy for cheap on vinyl and picked it up on a lark. It’s good, but… sorta trying too hard to be Talk Talk at times. But, it still has its moments (even though i still WAY prefer Rock Plaza Central).
NP: “Sawed A Seed”These Trails. Another small press record that the collectors go crazy for, but… this one only goes for like $150 when it sells. If you like those Linda Perhacs or more info

Propinquity re-issues of the last few years, you should check this out. Also, Joanna Newson fans should give a listen.
NP: “Gate/Gate/Paragate”Secret Mountains. Baltimore band… a friend told me to check them out, so I did. A bit too cloying / by-the-numbers at times, but not quite croissant rock… I do like it, I just want to hear some more before I form a more nuanced opinion.
NP: “Sleep Song”Hooded Fang. New LP from Canada’s Hooded Fang… not as fun as their EP that I really liked last year, but still a pretty good listen.
NP: “Virginia”Ed’s Redeeming Qualities. From the days before we called it outsider art. We still called it novelty then, eh? I actually went to go see these guys play a couple of times, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I really liked the night they announced an instrumental called “Extinction”, wound up a wind-up dinosaur and let it go across the floor of the club, and then matched the rhythm of the song to the ever-slowing steps of the toy. Naturally, the song ended when the dinosaur stopped. Performance art!
NP: “The Carroll County Accident”Porter Wagoner. We should all listen to more Porter Wagoner.
NP: “TL’s Sleepwalk”Terry Lee. I found this creepy and wonderful masterpiece via the Office Naps blog. Paul’s brother-in-law is the awesome 45 collector dude Dominic Welhouse, and he guest-hosted this entry. You should check out the background over there… I love scholarly research about such obscurities!
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [74.6 MB, 64:11 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [101.0 MB]

NR: still finishing up “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis. This is going to be one of the ones that i’m going to be really sad when it’s done, because I’ve really enjoyed the process, and I’m going to feel like a visiting old friend has gone back home.

NW: Super Bowl. Duh.

NE: Bon Chon chicken wings
NE: my own delicious guacamole.

ND: 12 oz. bottles of Yuengling. The way it should be.
ND: d’Arenberg 2006 “The Ironstone Pressings” – Australian red. So good.


 

special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

every Wednesday in February i will be DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the second week, this Wednesday, February 9th, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters G-M. Of course, this is based on my alphabetizing schema, not yours, so it’s possible that we might disagree about some arbitrary filing decision i’ve made (but i’ll be right). just in the interest of full disclosure, of course.

So, we’re talking about Grifters, Helium, Ida, Jawbox, Karate, Les Savy Fav, The Meices, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer and hear some grandfatherly indie rock and emo singles. And still get home by your bedtime.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

I really hope you can come out and have a beer!

 


 
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i was out late the other night; fear and whiskey kept me going.

NP: “Hey King”US Maple. Been listening to a lot of jazz and Captain Beefheart lately, and it made me go back to this US Maple record. I guess I’m just pre-programmed to like jazz and Beefheart and such, because this record fits right into that tradition, but fuck if i new that in 1995… I just thought it was amazing. And I still do.
NP: “The Things Love Will Make You Do”Solomon Burke. Bought this LP a couple of months ago, and finally had a chance to listen to it. Great versions of a bunch of songs you’ve probably heard before. RIP, Solomon.
NP: “Togo”Old And New Dreams. $5 at Other Music for this gem… Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Ed Blackwell, and Don Cherry. Not the best jazz record I’ve ever heard, but… about as good of a $5 70’s jazz record as you are going to get.
NP: “Glass Rock”Glass Rock. This one has been on some sort of rotation for the last year… Really good driving/road music.
NP: “Chivalry.mp3″Mekons. $10 for the original Sin Records import of this at Academy… Probably should have been $15-$20, and it’s sorta a “must” for any collection. Wasn’t looking for it, but… I’m glad to have found it.
NP: “The Dolphins”Dion. From the 1968 “comeback record”. (Not to be confused with the 1975 comeback record produced by Phil Spector). This 1968 album contains songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, and this Fred Neil cover.
NP: “Stand By Me”Tin Man. Finnish by way of California and Austria minimal techno on a suburban Pennsylvania hard core label… sometimes i DO love the world we live in.
NP: “If I Think Of Love”OP8. Was thinking about going to see Giant Sand and The Quavvers tonight, but at $22 i just couldn’t justify it, even if it will be a great show. But it made me go back and listen to this OP8 record I haven’t put on in 10 years. Accidental that OP8 became track #8 on this playlist.
NP: “Class War Tease”The Capstan Shafts. I’ve had this song somewhere in the back of my head for the last 7 or 8 months since I’ve heard it… an egregious oversight that I haven’t included it on one of these. If we went back to a time (say, 1994) where there were a lot of bands that sorta sounded like this, I don’t think I’d mind.
NP: “The Daily Oblivian”Overlord. And, so as not to make the same mistake, the local folks Overlord have a new album that’s not out for a few more weeks, but… dang… it’s tasty in a slightly more power-poppy / slightly less GBV-ey kinda way than the above.
NP: “Close My Eyes”Ride. Saw a band the other night that reminded me to go back and listen to those first two Ride 12″‘s. They’ve aged a bit, but… they’re still damn fine. Anybody out there have copies of the Fall EP, Nowhere LP, or Going Blank Again 2xLPs that you’re looking to unload, give me a ring before you throw ‘em on ebay or take them to Academy or whatever.
NP: “Summun, Bukmun, Umyun”Pharoah Sanders. $10 for this bad boy… Didn’t even remotely think twice about this Pennsylvania purchase. Cover’s got more wear than I’d like, but… pristine vinyl. Awesome. When I’m listening to Pharoah Sanders I’m pretty convinced that Pharoah Sanders is the best there is.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [73.4 MB, 64:08 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [112 MB]

NR: “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis. 387 down, 77 to go!

NW: Downloaded, but have yet to watch, “The Wrong Door”… new British sketch comedy. Contains uncredited Matt Berry (Snuff Box, Mighty Boosh) in a few scenes.
NW: West Wing – season 1, episodes 01-22. Yeah… I started over. Again.

NE: Marrow Bone with chimichurri at Animal in Los Angeles. Absolutely perfect marrow bone… the chimichurri was a bit too acrid, but… i ate it off the top first, and then the juice that had flavored the top of the marrow bone got into every bite and it was pretty sublime.
NE: Toad In A Hole at home, with Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane and Tears Of Fire hot sauce: The Sword’s special hot sauce made by the Tears Of Joy store in Austin, TX.
NE: Bacon and egg cheeseburger and fries at Egg. Not as good as it should be.

ND: 12 oz. bottles of Trader Jose beer.
ND: mimosas!


 

special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

every Wednesday in February i will be DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the first week, this Wednesday, February 2nd, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters A-F. Of course, this is based on my alphabetizing schema, not yours, so it’s possible that we might disagree about some arbitrary filing decision i’ve made (but i’ll be right). just in the interest of full disclosure, of course.

So, we’re talking about Archers Of Loaf, Blonde Redhead, Come, Dag Nasty, East River Pipe, Fuel, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer and hear some grandfatherly indie rock and emo singles. And still get home by your bedtime.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

 


 
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touch me like you know me

NP: “You’ll Cry When I Die”A House. I don’t like these things to have any sorta theme… I think it’s gimmicky and restrictive. But, still… every couple of months, I end up with a small pile of ignored tracks that just didn’t fit in other lists for whatever reason or I thought I wanted to add and then I got cold feet. So, anyway… this week there is a bit of “the island of misfit toys” theme. Starting off with one of those early 90’s college rock bands I still have a spot in my heart for: A House. I alphabetize them under “A”… what about you?
NP: “Wild Weekend”Bill Anderson. Brought to you by Twoofus.org, The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families.
NP: “Amorous Gasman”Chorchazade. Apparently the record this is from was never actually released? I end up at two blogs consistently while doing searches for either a) records that I have on vinyl, but don’t have the .mp3s of or b) records that i’ve only heard about but never seen: Mutant Sounds and Wilfully Obscure. Chorchazade is a Mutant Sounds find, and while I’m not as enamored of the stuff as they are, there is something fascinating and strange about this band. Worth the bandwidth.
NP: “Cowboy Movie”David Crosby. If you’re going to commit to Graham Nash’s “Songs For Beginners” (as I have), you also have to commit to David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name.” And I have. Absolutely essential $3 LP for sitting around the house and having a drink. Or driving. Good for driving, too!
NP: “Barrel Vault”Dead Low Tide. Holy shit I wanted to put out the Dead Low Tide album on Self-Starter based on the strength of this demo. And then TigerStyle got it, and I was sad. And then they made a not-so-essential album and broke up before it even came out, so I wasn’t so sad anymore. But… turn this one up loud the next time you need to get fired up for a big test or something.
NP: “CH.O.B”Duchess Says. I need to listen to more Québécois keyboard punk. So should you.
NP: “Stranger”Figurine. I don’t even really like this that much, but it reminds me of Lali Puna’s Human League cover a bit, and gets slightly stuck in my head.
NP: “Five Four Child Voice”Fridge. It starts out sounding like a nice Secret Stars song, then shifts to a pleasant-enough shuffle for a while. It works.
NP: “Stay In The Car”Girls Against Boys. Not the best early GvsB song (that would be “Taste All The Fruit”), but… there’s still something about this one that works. What the hell they were thinking in 1989 I’ll never know. Pailhead, perhaps?
NP: “Virgin Mountain”Loch Lomond. “Pleasant-enough” comes to mind again. I always preferred Rock Plaza Central to Loch Lomond, but, obviously, the world didn’t agree with me.
NP: “Munayé”Mulatu Astatqé. From Ethiopiques #4 (probably my second favorite of the series, behind only #21 “Emahoy” by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou… which is actually all solo piano and the least Ethiopique-esque release of the staggeringly good series), it’s just hard to find a good place for a song like this outside of some sort of jazz or funk themed list. So… i’ve just slapped it right here in the middle of this bad boy.
NP: “Ambulance Blues”Neil Young. Finally got a nice copy of this vinyl this year… Tom’s Records in Red Lion, PA. Always wanted a copy… listen to it on vinyl, it really does beat the hell out of this .mp3.
NP: “Freaks”Soul Asylum. Violent Soho were absolutely stunned to learn that not only were Soul Asylum a respectable band at one point, but absolutely one of the best live bands in the world. I guess I can’t blame them… They were 7-9 years old when “Grave Dancers Union” came out. Which means they were 0-2 when this song was written.
NP: “Waving At You”The Mountain Goats. I’ve tried to take a step back from The Mountain Goats this year. Like, a conscious decision to listen to less John Darnielle. Nothing personal… it’s just become really hard to a) keep the flame burning so bright 16 years after the obsession began and b) to share that obsession with a bunch of fucking assholes. But damn if this song doesn’t kick me where it counts.
NP: “Waving At You (Live)”The Mountain Goats. And I have to include this to make you noobs understand what a Mountain Goats show in 1996 was all about. This is from the handheld tape recorder of either Andy or Brian at a show that had about 60 people in attendance, most of which were talking, as you can hear. Crushing version. Crushing.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [73.5 MB, 64:11 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [87.6 MB]

NR: nothing all weekend. lazy motherfucker.

NW: NFL – Dolphins vs. Jets, Steelers vs. Bengals. Nothing special.
NW: West Wing – season 6, episodes 08-10.

NE: Bacon cheeseburger and fries at Waverly Restaurant.
NE: Still lots of Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn.

ND: 24 oz. cans of Budweiser.
ND: Sazarac cocktails with house rye (probably Old Overholt) at Little Branch.


 
alternate titles for this posting were:

hungry kisses for greedy lips
there’s room at the top for private detection
that’s a signal from young Billy, who’s our sentry
listen you can tell your lawyer that he can go to hell
it’s your birthday tonight and i went to buy something but i caught myself in time

 


 
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all I know is I’m clean as a whistle, baby…

NP: “Fire”Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray. These Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray records are worth the dollar when you see them in the $1 bin, but not worth it when you see them for $4. A bit forgettable, but reasonably enjoyable while you are listening. This song, apparently, was originally written for Elvis, but he died before he could record a version.
NP: “West Virginia Gals”Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters. Don’t sleep on the “lost” Volume 4 of Harry Smith’s “Anthology Of American Folk Music;” there’s some good stuff on here, too. Essential driving music on tour, actually. Just can’t listen to enough different styles and genres when you’re driving 6 hours a day every day for 50 days straight.
NP: “I Don’t Think Much About Her No More”Mickey Newbury. Alisdair from The Clientele originally introduced me to the genius of Mickey Newbury. Been slowly picking up all the records on vinyl… I’m only missing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and the original pressing of his masterpiece “Looks Like Rain.” This track is from that record. If you have a copy of the original on LP you’d like to get rid of, I got $30 for you over here.
NP: “Never Said”Liz Phair. This came on shuffle the other day on the ipod. It may sound even better today than it did back then, and damn… it sounded GREAT back then.
NP: “Swollen Sonnet”Cold Water Flat. Man this is the kind of indie rock I loved in 1992. Wow. Didn’t even realize it was a guitar solo and an organ back then… just thought it made me want to jump around like a fool. Good stuff.
NP: “Skeleton”Helium. Those first couple of Helium 7″‘s were real game-changers. And the “Pirate Prude” EP, too. This is from the debut album “The Dirt Of Luck”, though… for some reason it just made more sense to include this song instead of something earlier (and i don’t have rips of those first 7″‘s. Shit… note to self: find those.) [Update: they’re downloading while I type this. the internet IS amazing.] Side note: Pop Narcotic’s founder Bill Peregoy offered considerable assistance and advice to the the little fledgeling label The Self-Starter Foundation back in 1994, and for that I will always be grateful.
NP: “Coconut”Harry Nilsson. File Under: Songs You Thought Were Novelty Songs Growing Up, akin to Loudon Wainwright III’s “Dead Skunk” and “Yellow Submarine.”
NP: “Your Own Back Yard”Dion. This record’s having a weird little resurgence the last couple of years, I think partially because of all the Phil Spector arrest and court case craziness. Don’t let me try to revisionist-history-out-cool you: I only heard of it a year ago or so. Was pretty stoked to find a really clean copy for $4 recently. Thanks to Don The Astor Place Record Guy!
NP: “A Case Of You”Joni Mitchell. Tony from Great Lake Swimmers covered this song a couple of times on tour last year, and it was pretty breathtaking. Holy shit that little dude can sing. Doesn’t hurt to have this kind of source material, of course.
NP: “Charles”Scrawl. Any time I see a Scrawl record for under $5 in a used bin I buy a copy, knowing I’ll give it to somebody somewhere along the line. Most recent recipient of a copy of Scrawl’s “Smallmouth” is Reine from Dungen. I convinced him to buy a copy of “He’s Drunk” for $5 at Gimme Gimme and he really liked it, so when he came over I pulled out a copy of “Smallmouth” that I bought at the Williams Grove flea market in Central PA over the summer and gave it to him. I’m looking for copies of “Velvet Hammer” and “Bloodsucker” on vinyl that somehow went missing over the years, so… if you got copies of those you’d like to sell, i’m yer buyer. Wanna barter some nice Dylan or Doors records?
NP: “Devil’s Roof”Throwing Muses. Been listening to a lot of Warpaint lately. Reminded me to listen to some Throwing Muses, too. For some reason I keep finding all the Throwing Muses LPs for $3 and $4, so I’m slowly picking them up. I love the growly vocals on this one.
NP: “Library Shrine”Ditch Croaker. This is another golden indie rock oldie that good ol’ shuffle unearthed for me last week. When Ditch Croaker covered a Mountain Goats song (“The Monkey Song”) on a 7″ in 1995 it kinda blew my mind.
NP: “Caroline”Able Tasmans. A New Zealand band with an album title like “A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down” is about as “built for Newmyer” as it gets. So in my wheelhouse it’s crazy I never heard of it until this year. Coulda had this in my life for a full 20+ years now, and I feel a pang of regret. Really! It’s that good! History lesson: Able Tasman was a Dutch explorer who was the first European to set foot on New Zealand and Van Diemen’s Land, which is today named after him instead: Tasmania. So that’s what The Edge was talking about in “Rattle And Hum!”
NP: “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey”Sly And The Family Stone. Been always looking for a good copy of this LP, and keep finding it for $10 in great shape or $5 in terrible condition, I finally scored a solid clean copy of this for $1 at the Salvation Army between In Your Ear and The Paradise in Boston this spring. Hot damn.
NP: “Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution”The Last Poets. Got this for $8 at that same Williams Grove flea market trip mentioned above. Saw a copy for $75 and a copy for $40 while on the Dungen tour. A nice score on one of “the essentials.”
NP: “Sewin’ Up Avenues”Sensational. 1999 was a pretty fun year, but this record made it better. Last track was rap’s beginnings… this track stretched the bounds of how far hip hop can go.
NP: “Runaway [feat. Pusha T]”Kanye West. And this track… Well, this is where hip hop as gone today? Maybe? I don’t know… say what you will, but I like all the Kanye records, this one included. Maybe because I don’t really listen to them as if they are hip hop records, but just as, well, records. I like labels as much (or more!) than the next guy, but… maybe it’s best to keep them away from records like this. But what do I know: I bought “The Joshua Tree” and “Green” on the day they came out, and liked (and still like) those records, too.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [82.9 MB, 72:19 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [130.0 MB]

NR: “Distant Star” – Roberto Bolano. Not as soul-crushingingly spare and harsh as I was lead to believe it would be… but it is certainly cold and clinical in a enjoyable way.
NR: “At Swim-Two-Birds” – Flann O’Brien. Still trying to finish this damn thing. just picked it up for the first time in 9-12 months. It’s amazing. Every time i read a page i get angry that I’ve waited so long to read it.

NW: West Wing – season 5, episodes 13-22.
NW: West Wing – season 6, episodes 00-07.
NW: Rubicon – season 1, episodes 07-13. GREAT series. But when they use Rocket From The Crypt and Afghan Whigs songs as actual parts of the plot (ie. NOT a soundtrack), well… that’s pretty special. Episode 11 for those of you curious…
NW: Le Diner De Cons.
NW: Strangers On A Train.
NW: Monsters Inc..
NW: Moon.
NW: Arrested Development – season 1, episodes 01-17.

NE: Nonna’s Deli Sioso in Harrisburg.
NE: Spoon in Pittsburgh. Amazing meal, but… goddamn those cornbread mini-muffins… still craving them on a daily basis.
NE: Panera Bread everywhere.
NE: Lots of Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn.

ND: Yuengling. duh.
ND: William Larue Weller – Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bouron Whiskey (uncut/unfiltered, 125.3 proof). Only had a sip… it’s 90 bucks a bottle!
ND: Dancing Hares “Mad Hatter” 2007 Napa Valley red wine.
ND: Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale. Too hoppy for my taste, but… it is really quite good. But… man… this stuff gives me a hangover.
ND: Elijah Craig – 12-year bourbon. 2 shots over ice in a tall zombie glass, fill to the rim with apple cider. Add a splash of the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries; stir. Drink with a metal straw if you have one.


 
Probably nothing I could say here that I already haven’t sorta covered up above. Lunch? Yeah… let’s get lunch if you got an hour.

 


 
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croissant rock for beardos…

I was recently commissioned to do a two-hour playlist for a company who was holding a seminar / meet-and-greet in their offices, and it was about the “local” side of the “global/local” theme. So… they wanted some local and fresh music that was also a bit background-y. Consequently, this ended up being a bit of a “stuff white people like” playlist, completely ignoring hip hop, metal, noise, avant garde, etc. It’s also heavy on the easy listening of our current generation, a genre i call “croissant rock”. Fleet Foxes, Beach House, A Band Of Horse, Sigur Ros, etc. Anyway… no individual downloads (or descriptions) for this one… just a reasonably nice two-hour jaunt of mostly new local stuff for your enjoyment. Perhaps give a listen while reading a book at the beach, or while hosting a margarita-and-quacamole party? (feel free to invite!)

(NOTE – a few songs have been trimmed of their long noisy and/or buzzy intros or outros to make the flow between songs more immediate. Any songs that were edited in some way have been labelled as, wait for it… “[edit]”.)

NP: “Generator ^ First Floor”Freelance Whales.
NP: “Shared Islands”High Places.
NP: “Love Comes Close”Cold Cave.
NP: “Animal Tracks”Alex Bleeker And The Freaks.
NP: “Richard II [edit]”Titus Andronicus.
NP: “The Dazzled”Crystal Stilts.
NP: “Something Higher”Ela Orleans.
NP: “Green River”Real Estate.
NP: “Mixed Drinks”Eamonn Vitt.
NP: “Tellings”Ida.
NP: “Rill Rill”Sleigh Bells.
NP: “The River”Oneida.
NP: “Sara Lisa”Bronze.
NP: “Let’s Go Surfing”The Drums.
NP: “Young Love Delivers”Oxford Collapse.
NP: “Don’t Know Why (You Stay)”The Essex Green.
NP: “Meadowport Arch”The Ladybug Transistor.
NP: “What Would Wolves Do?”Les Savy Fav.
NP: “(I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash) I Still Get Rocks Off”Blonde Redhead.
NP: “Blood Dries Darker”Woods.
NP: “Two [edit]”The Antlers.
NP: “This Love is Fucking Right! [edit]”The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
NP: “Happy Kid [edit]”Nada Surf.
NP: “I’m Going Away”The Fiery Furnaces.
NP: “Back Before We Were Brittle”Say Hi.
NP: “Static On The Wire”Holy Ghost!.
NP: “Don’t Really Know Me”Snowden.
NP: “Heavy Eyes”The Depreciation Guild.
NP: “Tone Poem”Rings.
NP: “Love More”Sharon Van Etten.
NP: “I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy”Antony & The Johnsons.
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [169.5 MB, 122:58 minutes]

NR: “A Man Without a Country”Kurt Vonnegut. Bought this forever ago, and finally read it. Completely funny in a totally this-really-isn’t-funny kinda way.
NR: “Too Much Happiness”Alice Munro. Also finally reading Alice’s most recent collection. I knew three of the stories from versions in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, or Harper’s, but… once again, Alice Munro knocks it out of the park. Our greatest living fiction writer.
NR: “The Inactivist”Chris Eaton. David Foster Wallace meets Mad Men? With a little something more… real? human? Can’t believe I waited this long to read it. Perhaps order directly from “Insomniac Press” and support our indie publishers?
NR: “The Enemy Within”Mark Bowden. Pretty fascinating, if a bit showy, article about the Conficker computer worm, and the cat-and-mouse game between its programmers and those trying to kill it.

NW: M*A*S*H re-runs on Hallmark Channel and TVLand, and the occasional Monty Python’s Flying Circus on IFC. DVR is good for something!


Any good shows in the next 12 days? I’m in NYC until early August, and would love some recommendations!


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look, there goes Art Carney again…

NP: “Skill”The Desperate Bicycles. “You don’t need skill, just the desire…”. 1978 DIY at its finest.
NP: “My Night Out”The Homosexuals. More 1978 obscurity and randomness. This stuff should have been as *almost* as big as Wire, XTC, etc.
NP: “Celebrity Art Party”The Embarrassment. 1981 Wichita weirdness. No, i’m not going chronologically. But i did just read this fun quote: “[The Embarrassment were] a bunch of four-eyed, messy misfits that made the Feelies look like body-builders.”
NP: “Hank Is Dead”Chevy Heston. Shout-out to Leigh Lust in song! Hi, Leigh!
NP: “Far Pavilions”…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. From the most recent Trail Of Dead record. It’s hard to get excited about another Trail Of Dead record, but, you know… if somebody played it for you and told you it was some new band from Chicago or a b-side by Japandroids, i bet you’d like it a whole lot.
NP: “Suggestion (live w/ Amy Pickering on vocals)”Fugazi. If you ever got to see Fugazi live in DC in the early 90’s (or maybe even late 80’s), you may have gotten to see them do this version of “Suggestion” with Amy Pickering of Fire Party on vocals. This is ripped from a youtube video. Low volume, but… god damn.
NP: “Death Kit”Karate. Vinyl rip of the first release of The Self-Starter Foundation. January, 1995. Officially a lifetime ago.
NP: “Machines”Biffy Clyro. Sad Biffy song.
NP: “Sigh’s Smell Of Farewell”Cocteau Twins. I’ve got Cocteau Fever!
NP: “Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted In The Evening Breeze)”Grouper. Somewhere between getting Cocteau Fever and going to see El Perro Del Mar, i decided to go back and listen to some Grouper.
NP: “Kill The Action”East River Pipe. From the record with one of my favorite album covers of all time. The back cover, as seen on this poster makes it even better.
NP: “Jimmy Jazz”The Clash. It made sense at the time.
NP: “Stuart”The Dead Milkmen. “You know what, Stuart: I like you.”
NP: “Sweet Jane”Mott The Hoople. Nobody does contemporary covers anymore. I mean… Velvet Underground released “Loaded” in September, 1970, and Mott The Hoople recorded “All The Young Dudes” in May, 1972. I guess i don’t really want a bunch of Animal Collective or Les Savy Fav covers hitting the streets any minute, but… it seems like the only covers of contemporary songs you ever hear are ironic, and that seems strange to me.
NP: “Against Pollution (Live)”The Mountain Goats. Live at The Bell House on the last show of the last tour. I still prefer the old solo shows, but this was the best of the full-band shows i’ve seen him (them?) do. Unfortunately this recording doesn’t quite capture the brilliance of the un-mic’d show-stealing Steely Dan-esque guitar solo dropped by the “other guy” from Final Fantasy, but you can hear it over the final 150 seconds if you listen closely.
NP: “Click!”Das Damen. Always preferred Das Damen to Sonic Youth. Still do.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [71.2 MB, 62:14 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [86.3 MB]

NR: nothing! too much time touring, not enough time to read.

NW: Iron Man and Iron Man 2 double feature last Thursday. not enough baseball.


will be back in NYC for at least a couple of weeks in June and July. Fingers crossed!


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don’t get philosophical, just fill me with your popsicle

NP: “Effortlessly”Field Music. There’s something sorta “All Shook Down” Replacements-y about this track. In addition to the XTC influence that Field Music’s always had. I was really looking forward to this record, and it didn’t meet my expectations, but my expectations were pretty high.
NP: “Not Like This”I Was A King. I should mention that this week’s playlist is all “new” music… with one exception, everything up here this week is under a year old. With that said… i don’t know anything about I Was A King except that it reminds me of Teenage Fanclub, and that’s good enough for me.
NP: “Hey OK”Bad Sports. A hastily ripped track from a 7″ single. Fun little blast of fuzzy punk.
NP: “Suburban Beverage”Real Estate. There’s something about Real Estate that reminds me of the 1992, when i was buying records by Lois, Guv’ner, Small Factory, Kicking Giant, etc. Not that they necessarily sound like those bands, but they do remind me of a simpler time in indie rock.
NP: “Silver Soul”Beach House. I’m expecting there will be a quite a bit of burnout involving this record over the next couple of months. Personally, I’ve only listened in moderation, so I think I’ll be alright. But I do feel bad for all the shopgirls and barristas out there.
NP: “We’re Going To Hell”Cursive. I don’t really love Cursive… they’re just one of those bands that I’m glad exist. The new record really gets under my skin, though. There’s an Afghan Whigs mood to this track that I really like. There’s something about the single-chord scratchy organ track way in the background that kinda kills me.
NP: “The River”Oneida. Best triple LP of 2090? Hell, yes.
NP: “Love Is A Heavy Word”Violent Soho. Also 1992 retro, but different.
NP: “Cherry Jam”Oh!gunquit. My favorite skronk and skreetch of the year… the new project of my friends Christina and Simon in London. Totally retarded and awfully fun.
NP: “Sixteen”The Heavy. I don’t think I will listen to the record very much, but it is an enjoyable listen when I do put it on.
NP: “Answer To Yourself”The Soft Pack. Not my favorite song on the album, but I love the bad Dave Smalley / early straight edge hardcore style lyrics.
NP: “Well, Whatever”The Kingsbury Manx. I guess it’s kinda mean to say, but they’ll never top the beauty of the first Kingsbury Manx record. That record came out of nowhere and knocked me on my ass in, oh, 2000 or whenever it came out. But I’m glad they keep slugging away.
NP: “You Muses Assist”Alasdair Roberts. Filling the void until the next James Yorkston or King Creosote record…
NP: “Be That Easy”Sade. This is another record that I had huge hopes for… I talked myself into believing that Sade was going to pull some sort of Mark Hollis on us, and drop a rambling, linear, majestic and strange record. Well… “Soldier Of Love” isn’t that. It’s not an embarrassing addition to the discography, but it isn’t a quantum leap either. I like that this song is trying to sound like Spain.
NP: “Waltze Of The Tennis Players”Meg Baird. As mentioned above, this is the only song not from the last 12 months, this is from Meg’s 2007 debut solo album (moonlighting from Espers). I saw her play recently (she opend for Vetiver / Avi Buffalo), and while perhaps she was trying to hard to be steely and important, she still put on a pretty mesmorizing show.
NP: “Track 05″Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air. One-man band Allentown or Bethlehem, PA… I don’t actually know the name of this song, as his/their output is mostly on cassette and vinyl and virtually impossible to track down online. All I know is that this is “track 5″ from a 5-song cassette of some sort, and that this is my favorite discovery of the last couple of months. I was really blown away by Royal Bangs when i saw them the other night, and one of the things i realized about them was that the lead singer sounded like what I want my voice to sound like inside my head (but doesn’t sound that way in reality). Well… Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air are the same thing for me musically: it’s what I’d want my music to sound like if I actually made music. For fans of Explosions In The Sky and quality soundtracks. I need to go buy the split 12″ with Dragon Turtles now.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [87.7 MB, 63:50 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [84.9 MB]

NR: nothing! drove 3500 miles last week… didn’t leave any time for any reading.

NW: two old episodes of LOST… i’m only about 11 hours behind until i catch up with real-time.


“mini-tour” just got longer by about 6 weeks. so… i won’t be back in the city until May, basically. or even longer. but will hopefully find some time to make a couple of playlists while on the road. actually started to work on one of songs we’ve been playing in the van, it’s just a matter of actually putting it in sequence and getting it uploaded. i know… riveting story.


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