Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All the boogies in the world

There's something about White Rainbow that puts him over all other drone-type acts in my book. If I've had a stressful day, and the muscles in my back are all knotted up, White Rainbow has remarkably restorative properties. It's like wizardry. But with guitars.

And this clip gives you some bonus booty-shakin' beats at the beginning. So there's that. :)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mix CD: Sex Jamz

I make mix CDs for another mix-community I started, so I may as well share them here to increase content. Rejoice. Free music is at hand.

So, as I put together this mix, I realize that, apparently, my natural sex-vibe is like....chill/intimate/narcotic/whispery [unless my partner requests otherwise]. So, thanks for the journey of self-discovery, mix CD.

Download all the sweet jams here.

1. Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico - Just Like A Woman
Bob Dylan songs are sexy, but his voice maybe not so much. So just slap a french gal on there and don't stop 'til the panties drop. Also, this song will cheer me up if it turns out she's a tranny. Bonuspoints.
2. Nina Simone - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
I know the metaphor is a little deep here, but I'm pretty sure this song is about sex.
3. Low - Venus
Gonna get it on? Better put on some music by some married Mormons.
4. The National - Slow Show
Goofy striptease ACTIVATE.
5. Broken Social Scene - I'm Still Your Fag
I like to confuse a lady while I'm in bed with her.
6. Iron & Wine - My Lady's House
7. Smog - To Be Of Use
You know what? Me too, Mr. Callahan.
8. The Field Mice - And Before The First Kiss
I'm an immature, pop-loving romantic at heart.
9. Okkervil River - Maine Island Lovers
I just hope I'm doing well enough to distract her from the song's lyrics. Because brutally honest songs about affairs may not be her biggest turn-on.
10. White Rainbow - Guilded Golden Ladies
God. How often do I put this song on mixes?
11. Yo La Tengo - More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
One of YLT's dreamy jams. With a slow, suggestive build.
12. Múm - Green Grass Of Tunnel
Begin dreamy, female-voiced electronic block.
13. High Places - From Stardust To Sentience
14. The XX - Night Time
Wrap it up (the block, I mean. Not like...a condom PSA).
15. Lovage - Strangers On A Train
OK. starts to get a little goofy starting here. But let's be honest. This mix has probably outlived its usefulness by now.
16. Serge Gainsbourg - Melody
Two Gainsbourgs on one mix! What a country! (France, I mean).
17. Cars Can Be Blue - Dirty Song
And with that, the mood is destroyed.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Errything gon' be ALRIGHT!

So, punk music has always been slammed for being too simple/crass. But this song is literally the exact same five note riff for 6 minutes, and--based on the lyrics--may as well have been called "I do drugs and I fuck." This song is tougher than anything on Epitaph Records.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Jawbox's "For Your Own Special Sweetheart" has been living in my stereo for about a week now. And now I'm posting a music video for you to watch. Cause and effect. That's science. "Thumbs up, science" - Carl Sagan

Playlist for 3-25-10

Hey folks,

I'm not going to lie. I played a ton of sick music last night. And because it's spring break, no one was around to hear it except a select few diehard folks. But those people received a direct laser beam of intense rocking right to their faces, and their faces melted off while they were screaming "AAWWWEEEESOOOOMMMEEEE!!!"

You should really try to tune in next week.

Things that Are Square 3-25-10

(*) = New release

Brian Eno - Third Uncle - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Wipers - Youth of America - Youth of America
Jawbox - Motorist - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Fugazi - Instrument - In on the Kill Taker

Thee Oh Sees - Block of Ice - The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In
The Sonics - Roll Over Beethoven - Here Are The Sonics!!!
The Mummies - Shot Down - Never Been Caught
The King Khan & BBQ Show - I'll Be Loving You - Invisible Girl

(*) The Splinters - Mysterious - Kick
The Pastels - Nothing to Be Done - Truckload of Trouble
Beat Happening - Cast a Shadow - Black Candy
(*) Black Tambourine - Dream Baby Dream - Black Tambourine

(*) Pavement - Stereo - Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement
Frank Black - Speedy Marie - Teenager of the Year
Blood on the Wall - Mary Susan - Awesomer
(*) Titus Andronicus - No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future - The Monitor

(*) Surfer Blood - Take It Easy - Astro Coast
Real Estate - Beach Comber - Real Estate
Herman Düne - At Your Luau Night - Mas Cambios
Mirah - Monument - Advisory Committee

(*) The Bundles - Be Yourself - The Bundles
The Polyphonic Spree - Section 12 (Hold Me Now) - Together We're Heavy (For Alexi in Irvine, CA)
Cat Power - Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - I'm Not There
(*) Frightened Rabbit - Nothing Like You - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

The Mountain Goats - Shadow Song - The Coroner's Gambit
The Microphones - I Can't Believe You Actually Died - Song Islands

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Graveyard drug party

I hope you're coming to the Acrobatics Everyday Oh Sees show this Friday. Somehow we're gonna cram this band and 100 of their fans into the Social Science Trailer. It's gonna get ~*sweaty*~

Monday, March 22, 2010

Information and Entertainment

This album came out a decade ago, and is a) pretty much better than any hiphop album released since then, and b) totally fresh and doesn't feel dated in any way. I guess setting an album 1000 years in the future has that effect. If I had to give up all but a few hiphop CDs, this one would definitely would make it into the "save" pile (as would Aesop Rock's "Labor Days" and Wu-Tang's "Enter the Wu-Tang").

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Letter or lament

Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself from Kill Rock Stars on Vimeo.

Who else is going to the Xiu Xiu show tonight? So many of your favorite KUCI DJs, past and present, will be there!

I'm not able. I'm just Cain.

There are days (like today, for instance), where there is no music but Tom Waits. He is all I want to listen to forever. I could do worse for eternity.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What do you say we go and get a beer?

This may be the world's most perfect indie-pop song. It's possible.

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's been a weird day...

Playlist for 3-11-10

After a week off to gallavant around New York, I return triumphant to fill the need for college radio to play Belle and Sebastian songs. Don't lie. You missed me so hard.

Things that Are Square 3-11-10

(*) = New release

Mariee Sioux - Two Tongues - Faces in the Rocks

(*) Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Co. - Have One On Me
Daniel Johnston - Etiquette - Continued Story
Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit - To Willie
Akron/Family - Everyone Is Guilty - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

David Bazan - Hard to Be - Curse Your Branches
The Antlers - Kettering - Hospice
The National - Mistaken for Strangers - Boxer
(*) Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land - The Winter ofMixed Drinks

(*) Pavement - Spit on a Stranger - Quarantine the Past
Belle and Sebastian - The Stars of Track and Field - If You're Feeling Sinister
Jens Lekman - No Time for Breaking Up - The Opposite of Hallelujah
(*) Happy Birthday - Girls FM - Happy Birthday

The Drums - Saddest Summer - It's Summertime!
(*) Xiu Xiu - Chocolate Makes You Happy - Dear God, I Hate Myself
Wild Beasts - Hooting & Howling - Two Dancers (For Jessica in Santa Ana, CA)
Destroyer - New Ways of Living - Your Blues

(*) Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union - The Monitor
Les Savy Fav - Raging in the Plague Age - Let's Stay Friends
The Olivia Tremor Control - NYC-25 - Dusk at Cubist Castle
Françoise Hardy - Suzanne - Comment Te Dire Adieu

(*) Toro y Moi - Blessa - Causers of This
The Books - Tokyo - The Lemon of Pink
Why? - Early Whitney - Oaklandazulasylum

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Fact: Willie Nelson is a better songwriter than most of the artists in your album library.
Fact: Phosphorescent's album of Willie Nelson covers, "To Willie," has been stuck in my CD player for a while.

For debate: Willie Nelson: Country Music:: Spiritualized: Rock Music


Monday, March 8, 2010

I'm a Lebowski, you're a Lebowski

I've been listening to a ton of David Bazan, spent the last week near Greenwich Village, and watched The Dude win an Oscar last night. This song is a great culmination of the last week.