Monday, June 29, 2009

2nd Annual July 4th Fest

If you were there last year you already know...this will rock. All day Saturday, July 4th at the Lyric in Oxford, MS from 3:00pm till 12:00am, we will be boozing for America while you gawk at your favorite bands in the air conditioning.

confirmed bands:

Dead Gaze
Dog Magic
The Black and Whites
The Sleepwalkers
St. Andrew of the Blood & Guts
Bass Drum of Death
The Da Vincis
The Quills
Krapp's Last Tape
Young Buffalo


Thursday, June 25, 2009

The King of Pop

MICHAEL JACKSON (1958 - 2009)
Another king is dead. He will not be forgotten.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Repeat

KENNA - New Sacred Cow

This 2003 release was one heck of a gateway drug for electronica music in my life. I worked out to it, I listened to it in my car, I did homework to it, etc. Anyone at Alpine in the summer of 2004 should remember this CD which was a shower period staple for 60+ consecutive days. Kenna is the brainchild of Kenna Zemudken, an Ethiopian-born American who was raised on U2's The Joshua Tree. New Sacred Cow mixes Zemudken's vocals with poppy electro-synth to create an energetic album that sticks in your head. If you have never heard of this artist or this album, now is the time to do so. Don't let the summer pass before you lay by the pool with a copy of this album playing in the background. Sadly, since I am in Peru right now, I am not able to embed his music videos due to copyright restrictions in this country, but you can check out videos for "Hell Bent" and "Freetime" to get a good taste of his music or just check out "Freetime" on the playlist. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Straight from the source: Formed in 2006, LoveLikeFire released two EPs, Bed of Gold (2006) and An Ocean in the Air (2007), which have garnered regional love in the San Francisco area and a rapidly growing fanbase across the United States. In early 2008, LoveLikeFire signed to Heist or Hit Records in the UK. They spent last August recording Tear Ourselves Away (Their debut LP) at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco; the revered studio owned by fellow San Franciscan musician John Vanderslice. The record was produced by Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mates of State) and will be released later this summer (August 24) in the UK and is TBA in the US.

Lots of hype following this San Fran quartet. Ann Yu's vocals provide a rough edge to the poppy alt-rock sound. Track one off of the album is available below.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bonnaroo Breakdown!

So Bonnaroo 2009 is over and done and speculations are already brewing about what next years festival will be like. I saw lots of bands and heard lots of good music so here is a list of the top 5 shows I saw along with a worst and surprise artist award.

5. Andrew Bird - Although not as lively as some of the other acts of the weekend (NIN and The Mars Volta) Bird's instrumentation and talent left me in awe. I venture to say that he is one of the more innovative and talented musicians of our day and age. Numerous times Bird strummed his violin like it was a guitar and looped different violin and guitar riffs together until he created an orchestral barrage for the audience to try and decipher. He was literally stunning to observe not to mention his songs are great.

4. Bon Iver - I was very impressed with this band's ability to bring their limited number of songs to life on the stage. Justin Vernon's singing was great, and the band kept me interested despite its slower paced style. I could almost transcend myself from the sweat soaked tent to the feel of a little intimate bar, well almost. Elvis Perkins and Dearland joined the band on stage for a couple of songs giving the show an added bonus of brass instrumentation.

3. Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen - The boss' show did nothing but bolster the already high expectations that I had for seeing him live. Springsteen, along with his E Street Band, rocked the Bonnaroo crowd for almost four hours. "The Rising," "Thunder Road," "Born to Run,"and the venerable "Outlaw Pete" all made appearances and an encore including "Glory Days" and "Dancing in the Dark" kept the 50,000+ dancing and singing on into the night. His mid show rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was not bad either.

2. David Byrne - David Byrne's 57 year old body ran around and performed with five white clad backup dancers longer and with more intensity than my 24 year old body could possibly have endured. His encore which included "Take Me to the River" and "Burning Down the House" was outstanding.

1. The best live performance of Bonnaroo 2009 goes to Athens, GA band Of Montreal. While David Byrne only slightly missed the number one spot, Of Montreal pleased a sweat soaked crowd with a veritable psychodelic broadway show complete with christmas trees, gas masks, white monsters, tigers, large armed creatures, and pigs to name a few. The onstage act was as entertaining as Kevin Barnes and crew who played a good set, but left out a few of my personal essentials. During the final 12 minute tirade to "The Past is a Grotesque Animal," Of Montreal broke every guitar, bass, drum, and keyboard on the stage, threw the remains into the audience, then flung themselves into the audience while the music dissipated. It was a great performance.

Surprise award - Crystal Castles - this boy/girl duo translated their loud and dynamic elctroclash to the stage with ease. The show was LOUD and raucous with glow sticks and glowing things flying through the air the entire show. They should have replaced the next band.

Worst show award - MGMT - they were given the two in the morning slot for one reason and one reason only, to give the 30,000 drug-enduced stragglers a dance party that would get them to sweat out their chemicals and allow for a good nights sleep. They failed. The show was uninspired, boring, and sounded bad. Not sure what the overflow crowd thought, but I left after three very bland songs. Not to mention, they opened with the same song ex-whigs member Hank Sullivant's new band Kuroma ended with.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Sequence II

Our friend Sam Lane has dropped his second summer mixtape under the pseudonym Cats Meow. The aptly titled Summer Sequence II is 37 minutes of summer feelgoodness which includes RC Furlow's single "A Simple Man." You can grab the mix HERE for free. For an in depth dive into the mix visit the Cats Purring blog.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Dead Gaze EP

Our boy, RC Furlow aka Dead Gaze, has been pretty busy as of late. He has just released a new EP called Small Lava just 3 months after unveiling his debut LP The Pride of Calling Panther Lake!. He has also agreed to have his new EP pushed by Dent May's Taylor, MS based label, Cats Purring. You can download the new EP for free here for a limited time. Also, check the sidebar to the right to download and we've also re-upped the link for the LP there as well.

Be sure to check out Dead Gaze's recent interview with PartyNice.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jay-Z Drops Bold New Track

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days. Summer is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be as far as posting goes. I am headed to Bonnaroo tomorrow and then on to Peru so it may be July before I really get to some solid posts. Once again, apologies for that. I did however feel obligated to share Jay-Z's newest release which I heard on the radio a few days back.
Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)" is really more of a declaration to the rap world rather than a new track to send to MTV and 99 jamz (for those of you in Jackson, MS). In it Jay-Z goes after rap's current trend of autotuned dance jams and raps, "You rapper's singin too much, get back to rappin, you're T-Painin' too much." He goes after Young Jeezy and lil Wayne for basically adding a verse to every song that is being produced these days. It's also interesting to note that this track is produced by Kanye West, whose last effort 808s and Heartbreaks, was essentially an autotune album. Check it out below, it has the hip-hop world buzzing.

Monday, June 1, 2009

mp3s to peep

A new mash-up surfaced a week or so ago that takes Animal Collective's "Guy's Eyes" and splices it with The Beach Boys' "All I Wanna Do". Check it out below. Also, Animal Collective is playing at The Library (eh?) Saturday June 6th in Oxford, MS.

Animal Collective vs. The Beach Boys - "All I Wanna Do (Is Just What My Body Needs To)

Andrew Bird released a B-sides EP called Fitz and Dizzyspells which takes familiar tracks from Noble Beast and shows them in their more stripped down stages. Check out the song below which is a simpler reconstruction of the song "Anonanimal" renamed as "See the Enemy".

Andrew Bird - "See the Enemy"

Conan takes over The Tonight Show with musical guest Pearl Jam tonight.