Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bedroom boogie

Norway's Casiokids make the kind of music I'd put on a mixtape for a gal that I was into. And I would secretly hope that she'd later dance around to that mixtape in her bedroom while in her underwear. My perversities are both subtle and complex.

I mean, come on. These songs make you want to shake your ass, right?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cancer, if you must know

I prefer the actual, dance-pop original of this Wedding Present song, but I'll take an acoustic version of it, too. "What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?" has found a safe home in my DJ sets. And this band's cover of "Getting Better" is very likely to be played on my all-covers edition of the radio show this Thursday. Tune in! (And feel free to suggest any covers you like).

Monday, September 27, 2010

Martín and Joey

A bunch of my asshole friends recorded an album. It's pretty good.

You can download it here.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Tonight's the LA date of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's final tour. I'm gonna miss that morose little booknerd. :(

Karaoke hero

This remains, basically, the greatest song ever written. Every time I find myself at karaoke, this is the first thing I look for, and I've never found it. Someday I will. And on that day, I will become a god.

I DID get to live my dream of singing this song, however. Granted, it was only on Rock Band for XBOX. But...still. I am the king of the fuckjam.

Playlist for 9-23-10

Happy friday, my friends,

School's started at KUCI's homebase of UC Irvine. Welcome to the new freshman-type folks. Know that you'll always have a friend with KUCI. Granted, they're gonna be a socially awkward friend who will complain about mainstream radio all the time, but a friend just the same.

What I played last night:

Things that Are Square 9-23-10

(*) = New release

Mi Ami - Echononecho - Watersports

(*) Grinderman - Heathen Child - Grinderman 2
Parts & Labor - The Gold We're Digging - Mapmaker
(*) Cloud Nothings - I Apologise - Kevin Greenspon + Cloud Nothings
(*) Superchunk - Digging for Something - Majesty Shredding

(*) Les Savy Fav - Let's Get Out of Here - Root for Ruin
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Straight Up and Down - Tepid Peppermint Wonderland
The Muddy Flowers - Hey Sarah - Downer
Beat Happening - Bewitched - Jamboree

Times New Viking - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Animal Party - Invisible Girl
Jeffrey Lewis - If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul - It's the Ones Who've Cracked that the Light Shines Through
(*) The Vaselines - The Devil's Inside Me - Sex with an X

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Scattered Pearls - Etiquette
Mahjongg - Gooble - The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger
Brian Eno - King's Lead Hat - Before and After Science
Holy Fuck - Silva & Grimes - Latin

The Angels of Light - I Pity the Poor Immigrant - Akron/Family & The Angels of Light
Silver Jews - Slow Education - Bright Flight
The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia - Zopilote Machine
French Quarter - The Cops - It's Not Just kissing

John Prine - Sam Stone - John Prine
Foot Foot - Ancient Twisted Dream - Snaggle and Buck
Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came - Our Endless Numbered Days
The Microphones - The Moon - Song Islands

Jens Lekman - The Cold Swedish Winter - When I Said I Wanted To Be Your DogI'd love if you'd join me, every Thursday 6-8pm PST on KUCI 88.9fm in Irvine, CA, and worldwide live on the internet at KUCI.ORG.


P.S. See you at the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Former Ghosts/Otouto/Foot Foot show tonight at the Smell?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Serial killer-related wordplay

We're still firmly ensconced in "all Brian Eno, all the time" over here at Fort Square. The guy's fascinating and talented. He invented like, two or three genres of music, has worked with/produced some of the best artists in music history, and his full name is Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno. Seriously.

You may hear this song and think "That kind of reminds me of Talking Heads' Remain in Light album. Well, three years after this album (Before and After Science) was released, Eno produced Remain in Light. In fact, the title of this song, "King's Lead Hat" is an anagram of Talking Heads. /mindblow

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sometimes the band name is better than the band

Not that Trent Reznor's new band, How to Destroy Angels, isn't decent. It is. It's just not as rad as that band name. But, if you want to check it out, their debut 6-song EP can be downloaded for free ( if you give them your email address). Do it here.


I don't know what it is about this Brian Eno song, but when it's playing, I feel intensely relaxed. I don't know if it's the fuzzy tone, or the simple riff, or what. I just get all relieved.

Maybe it's just because I like the Beulah song that ripped it off?


Friday, September 17, 2010

It's in there somewhere

You can't see a goddamned thing in this video, but coming out of the darkness is a lovely little ditty by Mr. Stephen Steinbrink/French Quarter, off of his wholly pleasant It's Not Just Kissing LP, available on Life's Blood records. Check it out, dawgz and dawgettez.

Playlist for 9-16-10

Howdy folks,

Here's a little playlist parade of what was played on TtAS last night. Read it and relive our time together as you head into the weekend. And if you're in the LA area, maybe I'll see you at Cinespia's "Night of the Living Dead" screening Saturday night? A zombie movie in a cemetery. Oh, how we tempt fate.

Things that Are Square 9-16-10

(*) = New release

Tom Waits - Come On Up to the House - Mule Variations

Mirah - Light the Match - Advisory Committee
Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil - Move Around - Calvin Johnson & The Sons of the Soil
Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home - A Date with John Waters
(*) Frankie Rose And The Outs - Girlfriend Island - Frankie Rose and the Outs

Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire - Post-Nothing
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
(*) The Whisperlights - Death - Wake Up Dead
(*) Superchunk - Rosemarie - Majesty Shredding

(*) The Vaselines - Sex with an X - Sex with an X
The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress - George Best Plus
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Biomusicology - The Tyranny of Distance
Los Campesinos! - Miserabilia - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

(*) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies - Before Today
Herman Düne - This Will Never Happen - Not on Top
Hello Saferide - Highschool Stalker - Introducing...
(*) The Red River - I Will Give Thanks - Little Songs About the Big Picture

The Mountain Goats - The Last Day of Jimi Hendrix's Life - Ghana
Jens Lekman - Jag Tyckte Hon Sa Lönnlöv - Usa October 2005
Jacob Borshard - Pigeon's Blood - A Glow in the Dark
Little Wings - The Shredder - Discover Worlds of Wonder

(*) The Books - Group Autogenics II - The Way Out
The xx - VCR - XX
The Blow - Hock It (YACHT Remix) - Poor Aim: Love Songs
Fuck Buttons - Flight of the Feathered Serpent - Tarot Sport

Kimya Dawson - Blue Like Nevermind - Hidden Vagenda

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Man, German TV is weird as hell

This song rules my face, though. Can't decide if I like that vesion best or this one:

Either way, it's a song I'm going to play nearly every time I DJ a place, though.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why isn't there more kraut-pop?

Stereolab takes the motorik beats of Can and Neu and combines them with VU-ish pop leanings. That's a pretty unique formula that I could stand to have a good deal more of. I mean, this radio edit version of "Jenny Ondioline" is only 4 minutes of the song's original 18. Why doesn't the world want me to be happy?

Monday, September 13, 2010

The symbolism of taking a TROJAN horse into an all-girl's school

Summer is ending. Let's squeeze out all the surf flavor we can while it lasts.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How i spent my 9/11

Went to a pool party. Did shots of mezcal with my friend Zhubin's mom. Lounged in a pool. Heck yeah.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

2010: Year of the Cave

Nick Cave is, hands down, my most listened-to artist this year. God damn this presses my buttons.

And I learned to play this one on the ukulele. I can't begin to explain how much that excited me.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Playlist for 9-9-10

Happy friday, hombres y hombrettes,

So, a friend of mine planned to have a pool party, and when everyone had said when they were available and the dust settled, we realized that we're having a drunken pool party on 9/11. Oh well. I'll try to be extra polite to any police and firemen that show up after we drunkenly burn things.

Things that Are Square 9-9-10

(*) = New release

Spacemen 3 - May the Circle Be Unbroken - Playing with Fire

(*) Social Studies - We Choose Our Own Adventures - Wind Up Wooden Heart
Woman Year - Funkify No - May Peace Bewitch You
The Diskettes - 1 2 3 4 5 - Weeknights at Island View Beach
(*) Best Coast - Boyfriend - Crazy for You

Archers of Loaf - Audiowhore - Archers of Loaf vs The Greatest of All Time
The Dismemberment Plan - Girl O'Clock - Emergency & I
The Fall - New Face in Hell - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
Japanther - Summer of 79 - Skuffed Up My Huffy

(*) Tender Trap - Do You Want a Boyfriend? - Dansette Dansette
Condo Fucks - Shut Down - Fuckbook
Guitar Wolf - Summertime Blues - Golden Black
The Mummies - The Ballad of Iron Eyes Cody - Never Been Caught
(*) Kevin Greenspon - Carpool Pepsi - Cloud Nothings/Kevin Greenspon Split

Belle and Sebastian - We Rule the School - Tigermilk
Low - Over the Ocean - The Curtain Hits the Cast
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - There Is a Kingdom - The Boatman's Call
The Extra Glenns - The River Song - Martial Arts Weekend

(*) The Books - The Story of Hip Hop - The Way Out
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself - Eating Us
Young Marble Giants - Searching for Mr. Right - Colossal Youth
Dirty Projectors - Naked We Made It - The Glad Fact

Kevin Ayers - Stop This Train (Again Doing It) - Joy of a Toy
John Cale - The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy - The Island Years
Sunset Rubdown - Apistat Commander - Xiu Xiu: Remixed & Covered
Final Fantasy - None of You Will Ever See a Penny - ...Has a Good Home

Mirah - Pollen - You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This
Defiance, Ohio - Grandma Song - The Great Depression

Okkervil River - Westfall - Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Woman Year from TERROREYES.TV on Vimeo.

I watched this man wrestle a drunken Sam to the ground in the Pehrspace parking lot.

You can buy his tape here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Me, too

Current mood

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Why is this song so ridiculously good? Story of my goddamned life.

I don't really buy digital music, and I don't really download things illegally, so I'm left with a quandary: how can I buy this song? I'm fairly certain I'm not going to want a "best of Rick Springfield" album. I've been looking and like, the only other things with that song on it are like...the second volume of the "Boogie Nights" soundtrack, a bunch of "Now That's What I Call Music"-type collections, and a 1980s retrospective Rhino Records-ish box set that you can't get for less than $80. Maybe I'll just find a way to steal it. You made me do this, world.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Playlist for 9-2-10

Howdy folks,

Hope you're enjoying your friday. I'm just riding out the end of a week-long vacation, and it's been lovely. I hope you're as relaxed as I am. And maybe I'll see you tomorrow at FYF Fest. We'll totally show off our new Wayfarers.

Things that Are Square 9-2-10

(*) = New release

(*) The Books - Group Autogenics II - The Way Out

(*) So Percussion & Matmos - Needles - Treasure State
(*) !!! - Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass - Strange Weather, Isn't It?

Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica - Person Pitch
The Blow - "Come On Petunia" - Poor Aim: Love Songs
The Endless Bummer - Wednesday Night - Modern American Calypsos for Voice and Computer
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Jeane, If You're Ever in Portland - Twinkle Echo

(*) Best Coast - When I'm With You - Crazy For You
The Jesus and Mary Chain - My Little Underground - Psychocandy
Thee Oh Sees - Meat Step Lively - Help
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Waddlin Around - The King Khan & BBQ Show

(*) Wavves - Post Acid - King of the Beach
The Weakerthans - Exiles Among You - Left and Leaving
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Me and Mia - Shake the Sheets
Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union - The Monitor

The Mountain Goats - Michael Myers Resplendent - Heretic Pride
St. Vincent and The National - Sleep All Summer - Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms - The Boatman's Call
Jonathan Richman - Vincent Van Gogh - Not So Much to Be Loved As to Love

A.A. Bondy - Mightiest of Guns - When the Devil's Loose
Emperor X - A Violent Translation of the Concordia Headscarp - The Blythe Archives Volume Two
(*) French Quarter - It's Not Just Kissing - It's Not Just Kissing
Jeffrey Lewis - Alphabet - It's the Ones Who've Cracked that the Light Shines Through

Deerhoof - Blue Cash - Apple O'
Lavender Diamond - Find A Way - Imagine Our Love
(*) Dean & Britta - I'll Keep It with Mine (Scott Hardkiss Remix) - 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests
(*) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Revolution's a Lie - Before Today

Man Man - Black Mission Goggles - Six Demon Bag