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Monday, August 31, 2009

Air Talks Soundtracks and Love 2

Though their sixth album Love 2 hasn't hit stores yet, French electronica duo Air are heading back to the studio next month, reprising their roles as film composers. They'll be working on the music for Sam Garbaski's "Quartier lointain," a French adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's 1998 manga, "Haruka na Machi e." This will be Air's second time working with a film score, following 2000's soundtrack to "The Virgin Suicides." That album still ranks as one of Air's best sellers to date, moving 159,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Don't worry Air fans! Love 2 is still due October 6. Air spent the last five years constructing their own studio for the recording and return to sole production duties this time around, after working with producers such as Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) and Tony Hoffer (Beck).
As JB Dunckel puts it"
We wanted for this one to be only ourselves to produce the album, because we wanted to push the songs more. We wanted to give the time to the songs to exist; when you work with someone, they're adding their way, their touch to a song at a second point. We have some really good songs; it's really emotional, warm and special"
Indeed, fans will note that Air has drifted back into the more warmly layered and textural feelings that was the hallmark of their earlier work, yet infusing the more pop direction they've taken this decade. 2001's 10,000Hz Legend saw a shift in the band's sound, where they riffed heavily on a man-versus-machine theme, but Dunckel says those theme don't reappear this time around.
"For 10,000Hz it was about doing an experience with machines; doing the most psychedelic, electronic songs that we could. But for this album, we don't play on the same idea. We don't try to be secret or strange; it's more about natural things."
Air plans to return to North America in 2010, where Dunckel says they'll play only major markets such as New York and Los Angeles.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

For the Readers

So if you're clicking on any links to get to the site today you might have some problems. I offcially bought my own domain name today so everything is transfering itself over.

Soon the site will simply be As of right now anything that links to the site will try to go the new address and get screwed up, but if you still go to everything should work out.

But yay for my own domain name!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Crazy In Love"

One word: Haunting

Crazy in Love (cover) by Antony and the Johnsons

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tegan and Sara: a Recap

So for those of you who didn't know, they have been two very busy ladies! We'll start with the good news and then make it better.

Dutch DJ Tiësto's fourth studio album Kaleidoscope comes with a variety of collaborative vocal guests spots including Jónsi of Sigur Rós, Kele of Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines, and Tegan and Sara. As Tiësto put it:
The starting point was to work with different artists that I liked. It was as simple as that. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They don't work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.
The first collaboration took place a year ago or so with Tegan and Sara. As far as the he said/she said, he gave them a track, they wrote lyrics and vocal lines for it, he finished it up in his Holland studio.

It starts off like your average generic modern dance something, but Tegan and Sara's appearance kinda keeps me hooked in, buying some time making me wondering where it's going. Well, it pays off. About halfway through, we hit the full, goosebumpy sound that these kinda songs need.

Feel it in My Bones (feat. Tegan and Sara) by Tiësto

Blow by blow/ I didn't see it coming has never been so accurate. The song starts slow, but it really hooks you in.

But let's face it, no matter how much I like the work Tiësto has done with Tegan and Sara, let's get to the best part: the new Tegan and Sara album, Sainthood. I mean, just check out the album cover (above)!

After receiving near unanimous praise for 2007's The Con, Tegan and Sara are gearing up for the October 27 release of Sainthood by unveiling the album's cover art and tracklist, plus the first dates of their fall tour.

Sainthood tracklist:
01 Arrow
02 Don't Rush
03 Hell
04 On Directing
05 Red Belt
06 The Cure
07 Northshore
08 Night Watch
09 Alligator
10 Paperback Heart
11 The Ocean
12 Sentimental Tune
13 Someday

I can't wait till October, but till then I guess I'll just have to put "Feel it in My Bones" On repeat.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Playlist: The Summer Mix

I don't know about you, but summer is officially over for me! Thus the picture...

I actually had to go back to school early for RA training, so I do apologize for the lack of posts in the past week. You all know how I usually run things - I like to post a lot and keep you all (and myself) updated on music happenings.

But yes, school is just around the corner for a lot of us. Say goodbye to the beach and hello to the classroom, it's time to pack up the car and buy some new notebooks. But hey - who doesn't want to relive summer every now and again? These tunes were all on constant repeat for me, so hopefully this playlist will help you enjoy those last fleeting moments of your lazy, hazy days of summer.

Alcoholics Unanimous by Art Brut
Sundress by Ben Kweller
Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Very Busy People by The Limousines
Animal by Miike Snow
Deadbeat Summer by Neon Indian
Lisztomania by Phoenix
For What It's Worth by Placebo
Got Nuffin by Spoon
Now. Now. by St. Vincent
Graffitit Eyes by Stellastarr*
Bag of Hammers by Thao
Now We Can See by The Thermals
Quiet Little Voices by We Were Promised Jetpacks

I figured all the free music would make up for the lack of posts. Enjoy! :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

I <3 Karen O

On October 16th the big-screen live-action version of Maurice Sendak’s kiddie-lit classic Where the Wild Things Are arrives in theaters, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear some of Karen O and the Kids’ (as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontlady is billing her crew of collaborators) soundtrack. The disc is out September 29th and first single “All Is Love” will come out August 25th digitally.

Karen O composed music for the soundtrack and co-produced it with Tom Biller of the Afternoons. The Kids’ rockers includes her Yeah Yeah Yeahss bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner along with Tristan Bechet (Services), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska).


In addition, an untrained children’s choir contributes to the songs and soundscapes.

I really can't wait to see this movie! That's in part because of the soundtrack, but the film itself looks wonderful. You can't help but love Where the Wild Things Are; I know for me that it was one of my favorite story time books :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This could be my only reason to watch MTV...

That's right. I might actually have to watch MTV, and to make it even worse, it would be the mind-numbing VMAs (ew).

As Rock Daily previously reported, Jay-Z will perform one of The Blueprint 3’s 15 tracks at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th. The worst part is that I don't even know when. It could be the beggining, middle or even (God forbid) the end. I might just wait for it to go up on youtube....

The Blueprint 3 is being released in less than a month (yay), and Jay-Z has also revealed the track list for his highly anticipated album on his official website. Of the record’s 15 tracks, only three songs find Jay-Z solo — the rest boast a kind of hip-hop all-star team. In addition to contributions from Kanye West and Rihanna on “Run This Town” and the previously reported collaborations with Drake, Kid Cudi, and Mr Hudson, The Blueprint 3 will also feature appearances from Alicia Keyes, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun also appears on opener “What We Talkin’ About.”

Noticeably absent from the features listed on The Blueprint 3 track list are MGMT, who Jay-Z had previously said would be contributing to a song (but they still might serve as producers on one of the tracks). You know, he got me all excited with the fact that he might do a song with MGMT, and now he's just taking it away!

Another notable name that has disappeared from the unconfirmed track list from June is Nas, who was rumored to feature on the track “Empire State of Mind.” The song remains on the album, only now it stars Alicia Keys.


01 “What We Talkin’ About” (featuring Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun)
02 “Thank You”
03 “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
04 “Run This Town” (featuring Kanye West and Rihanna)
05 “Empire State of Mind” (featuring Alicia Keys)
06 “Real As it Gets” (featuring Young Jeezy)
07 “On to the Next One” (featuring Swizz Beatz)
08 “Off That” (featuring Drake)
09 “A Star is Born” (featuring J. Cole)
10 “Venus vs. Mars”
11 “Already Home” (featuring Kid Cudi)
12 “Hate” (featuring Kanye West)
13 “Reminder”
14 “So Ambitious” (featuring Pharrell)
15 “Young Forever” (featuring Mr Hudson)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Breaking Artists: Youthless

Youthless is a new garage/dance duo - and do I mean new - they only formed in January 2009. But they have been getting buzz in London and Lisbon...yes Lisbon.

Formed by Sebastiano "Sab" Ferranti (bass and vocals) and Alex Klimovitsky (drums, vocals, synth) Youthless bang out raw, stripped down garage rock dance hits with ferocious sonic intent.

At the young age of 15, Alex and Sab first met in high school in Lisbon, Portugal. They both shared a love of music and decided to form Three and a Quarter with another mutual friend. That band went on to record an EP (Quality Times) and the LP Chubby Dubby through Long Beach records and tour the U.S. and Europe. But with high school ending, the group decided to have a break while they all went off to college.

Sab went back to England to Loughborough University and Alex went to Wesleyan University. I actually had a chance to talk with Alex, and I'll admit that I'm pretty jealous of him. Why, you may ask? The answer: he essentially went to Wesleyan during what I'd like to call "the golden age" (ironically that's also a title of one of their songs). As Alex puts it
"at Wesleyan I actually got to play and was good friends with a lot of very cool musicians: Greg Rogov who now drums with Devandra Berhardt and plays in Megapuss, Andrew, Ben and Will of MGMT, Simon O'Connor of Amazing Baby, Charlie Looker of Zs, Francis Starlight, the list goes on too, its actually kind of impressive how many bands came out of our school while I was there."
Yeah, now you're jealous too.

After college, the two friends moved back to Portugal, and last January they started Youthless as "a total fluke." Well, that's okay with me!

Youthless started getting noticed in the Portuguese music industry and in London. After they toured in London for a week of concerts they were invited to put out an EP with Optimus' new record label (the record shold be out some time in October), and to play the Alive festival in Lisbon.

Currently Youthless only has some demos (that's right - self-released demos), but they're recording their first single right now for Enchufada records.

Check out their demo for "Golden Age." It's just perfect fuzzed out rock (and there's even a cow bell!)

Golden Age by Youthless

These guys are going to be big, there's no question about that. One of their songs is being used in a "Skins" promo right now on MTV, another one in a TV show on Sic Radical (a Portuguese TV station), and in the surf film "Sound of Waves."

Let's just MTV doen't ruin them, eh? We like them too much!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Company of Thieves Music Video

Love love love this band! Check out the music video for their song "Pressure" below.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Last Nite"

So clearly I want some new stuff from the Strokes, but as one reader pointed out, I have to wait till February/March...that just feels so long from now.

So, anyway, (or I guess in the meantime) there is this pretty cool cover of "Last Nite" that you can check out from The Detroit Cobras.

Last Nite (cover) by The Detroit Cobras

It doesn't venture too far from the original version, but at the same time, because there is a female singer, it makes for a really nice version while still sticking true to the Strokes rock/edginess. The Detroit Cobras actually are a cover band, but what they usually do is specialize in versions of Motown, soul and ’50s rock and roll standards, played in the garage rock/punk blues style. I guess here that instead of taking Motown music and turning it into garage rock, they just did a little tribute to garage rock.

I think we can all appreciate that :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Road Trip: West Virginia

Doesn't that picture help clarify everything?

Yes, Sandra Black is not a girl. Sandra Black is a band, and a pretty good one at that. Hailing from Morgantown, West Virginia, their indie-rock-style beats accompany a vivid vocal imagery sung by very distinct tones.

Sandra Black is made up of Billy Zwiener (vocals/guitar/keys), Daniel Zwiener (drums), Jason Henry (bass), and Bryan Newruck (guitar). As usual for most bands, these guys have always had a passion for music from a young age. Billy and Daniel grew up with it; Jason and Billy went to the same high school, and the two always had the dream to become rock stars. Billy wrote and Jason supported with any instrument they could get their hands on.

Sandra Black has a talent for intertwining keyboards, drum kits, and dual layered thick vocals. They have plenty of room for instrumental moments that sort of drive into you and hit home somehow.

Their first album, creatively self-titled Sandra Black, was released in 2000. The first track, “Got My Kicks,” is the perfect rock song. It’s an attention grabber from the very start, when all we hear is Billy Zwiener’s raspy voice moaning, “’n I got my kicks, ‘n now I’m sick.” The two-note guitar riff repeats in the background, and then the song slams into full gear with Zwiener’s voice turning into a combination of whisper and scream. I can’t understand a word he’s saying, but that doesn’t matter. I have to blast this song when I play it.

Got My Kicks by Sandra Black

And even though I usually just feature one song from each artist, I was having a really hard time. That's why you also need to check out "Pushin It," a much more familiar coat made of addictive pop and catchy harmonic break downs. this song could be another radio hit, and I honestly think "Pushin It" should be a single, with its soaring chorus and killer guitar fuzz. It's a rock anthem - and it does what rock anthems do - it kind of takes over and gets stuck in your head.

Pushin It by Sandra Black

Their second full-length album The 40 Ounce Confession was released in 2005. It’s very different from their first album, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They took heir first self-titled release and evolved into a tigheter (and better produced) sound. The 40 Ounce Confession has upbeat tunes, soothing tunes, and everything in between. The music is honest, realistic, and sincere.

Sandra Black is currently working on their third full-length album. I don’t know any other information (title/date/etc.) but hopefully there will be an update soon.

Thinking of a band from West Virginia that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Radiohead Song Leaked!

The web and social networks have lit up in the past few hours on the rumor that a mysterious 'new', or previously unreleased, Radiohead song has been leaked. Apparently, the song appeared on an unofficial Radiohead fan site. The music blog Consequence of Sound has reported that the song, "These Are My Twisted Words," showed up on the message board of the site At Ease earlier today without any explanation.

While there is no confirmation yet that the song is actually Radiohead, the track definitely sounds just like Radiohead. If it isn't, someone has pulled off an elaborate, and believable, hoax.

On some P2P networks, the song is accompanied by a NFO file that contains the following note:
i just wanted to reassure readers
that following representations
seeking confirmation
that before your very eyes
behind the wall of ice
that the box is not under threat
however they are set to remove
other boxes
in fact i have the list in front of me
i went to a briefing on their plans
and challenged them to tell me
exactly what the cost would be
they spoke in broad terms
Could this actually be a clever reaction by the band to reassure fans following the uproar frontman Thom Yorke ignited earlier this month when he said Radiohead may never record another album? Perhaps. If history is any guide, this rumor is going to grow wings really fast.

I need to see this movie!

This has absolutely nothing to do with music, but I love Chris Rock. Take a look at the trailer. It looks amazing!

Plus it combines my three favorite things: documentaries, funny people, and That’s So Raven.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One small step for man...

And one giant leap for mankind!

Mwa ha ha! It's the toppling of an evil empire! MTV is starting to loose it's power - or at least in Times Square.

You can check out the full article here.

MTV's parent, Viacom, didn't renew the studio lease in Times Square, and it has been put back on the market. MTV opened the studio in 1997 when they first started airing TRL, which the stopped running last September.

I just miss the good old days when they played (good) music videos...and you know, music in general.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Listen to the new Jay Reatard Album

Well...if you're British that is.

Watch Me Fall doesn't drop until next week (August 18th in the U.S.), but you can hear the whole thing right now on NME. The only problem (for me specificaly) is that if you're from outside the UK you can only hear a 30 second clip of each song.

Better than nothing I guess.

EDIT: I was just listening and it definitely let me listen to the entire song and not just 30 seconds. Cool.

01 It Ain’t Gonna Save Me [mp3]
02 Before I Was Caught
03 Man Of Steel
04 Can’t Do It Anymore
05 Faking It
06 I’m Watching You
07 Wounded
08 Rotten Mind
09 Nothing Now
10 My Reality
11 Hang Them All
12 There Is No Sun

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Road Trip: Virginia

Birdlips is essentially an updated, sophisticated, and polished version of everyone’s favorite lo-fi folk artists of the sixties and seventies (even if they hate being defined by the folk genre).

But that’s not such a bad comparison. Besides, that’s what originally brought Cliff Usher (vocals/guitar) and Lindsay Pitts (keyboard/vocals) together in the first place: their love of the psychedelic sixties and the seventies.

Birdlips first formed in the fall of 2007; after recording at a barn-turned-studio tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, they released their first album, Cardboard Wings, the following spring. The album jumbles flute, guitar, and piano into raw folk melodies with the occasional plucking of a banjo gives these songs a rustic feel.

But Usher and Pitts also had some extra strings and keyboards to back them up on Cardboard Wings, which creates a hint of spooky blues and a strong sense of melody, and it doesn't hurt that they emphasize rhythm as much as they do atmosphere, with help from some sparse percussion and sharply strummed guitar chords.

Usher’s voice is a little rough around the edges, with a strength and maturity that belies his 20-something years. Pitts’ creative work on the keys (and her too-rare singing) is the perfect complement; it is a soft fleecy layer that assures the overall warmth of the music.

Take a listen to the track "Some Kind of Death." It's easier for you to just listen than for me to explain.

Some Kind of Death by Birdlips

Touring the East Coast and building a following, Birdlips are working hard on material for their next album, tentatively titled Drift. I’m excited to hear their new work.

Honorable Mention:
Bratcore by VCR

Thinking of a band from Virginia that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

For the Readers

Just so you know, the comments option is back up and working! Apparently it hadn't been, and to be honest I don't know how long that was for, but feel free to comment now to your little heart's content!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

It's good to see that a band taking a photo in a field is always relevant.

Anyway, in case you haven't already heard, Broken Social Scene (or at least 4 members on film) is covering Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in the movie The Time Traveler's Wife.

During the wedding scene.

Yeah...I don't think I'd want that song playing at my wedding, but I'll work with it.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered many (many) times, but never like this, exactly. When you think Broken Social Scene covering Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," you probably imagine something hazy and beautiful and waltz-y and tortured. And that's exactly what the revamp sounds like.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

We'll miss you, John Hughes

Hear the ENTIRE New No Age EP

No Age's new EP Losing Feeling isn't out until October 6, but you can hear the whole thing right now, streaming from Sub Pop's website. You'll have to give them your email, but it's totally worth it.

What does Randy Randall have to say about the new EP?:
"We're writing songs that are maybe a little bit more left-field than some of the songs that were on the album. The EP will come out before the next record, which will be a good way for us to go through a lot of the sounds that we want to play. It's more sample-based. We're still using guitar and drums, but it's just a way of working around it, working in more of a sort of... not synthetic, but more electronic-sounding thing. I don't know how you can say 'electronic' without it sounding like 'electronic music'. But it'll have loop- and sample-based arrangements."
That melty vinyl image above is the cover art. You can pre-order the EP right now. It will only be available digitally and on vinyl.


01 Losing Feeling
02 Genie
03 Aim at the Airport
04 You're a Target

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Amanda Blank

Take Santogold, add some Kid Sister, and a splash of M.I.A. and what do you get? Why Amanda Blank of course! And if you haven't heard of Amanda Blank you need to, right now! I mean, how many artists that can sing, rap, write sophisticated pop songs, and perform everything with irresistible charisma?

In an awkward endorsement, The New York Times praised Philly rapper Amanda Blank for her "highly unprintable claims about her sexual prowess." Well hey, it's still press. This Spank Rock collaborator may be better known for her dirty mouth than her musical ability, but productions from XXXChange, Diplo, Switch, and Eli Escobar on her debut album I Love You (which dropped August 4th), along with guest appearances by the Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish, Santigold, and Lykke Li. Either way, taking her influences from 90’s R&B, 80’s dance, indie, new wave, and brit pop makes for a fun party album that will be kept on repeat.

Right now, Amanda’s opening up a bunch of dates with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and if Karen O approves it, you know it’s good. Download “Make It Take It” from or “Might Like You Better" at RCRD LBL.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Breaking Artist: Steve Shiffman & the Land of No

Steve Shiffman & the Land of No is an unlikely combination of bedroom sentiment and six string bombast unleashed in an earnest pose. While Shiffman spits out riddles of lust, love, and things more sinister, the band provides an energetic foil, tearing into each tune with a three guitar assault that piles hook on top of hook.

Steve Shiffman originally hails from Canada and upon moving to New York City, soon met and teamed up with drummer Pete Hayes (The Figgs). The duo became the first incarnation of what was to become Steve Shiffman & The Land of No. They released the home-recorded self-produced EP Tambourino in 2003 which received raves and produced successful tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo began to steadily expand as their popularity grew and eventually bassist Kent Heine (Holy Ghost), guitarist Dave Hollinghurst (Nicole Atkins) and guitarist Alec Ferrell (Holy Ghost) rounded out the line-up. They played a series of sold-out residencies around NYC and have toured up and down the Northeast, sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Regina Spektor, Morningwood, Adam Green, The Pernice Brothers, The Black Angels, and Jens Lekman.

With a handful of musicians coming from different backgrounds, Shiffman takes his rocknroll with crunchy and distorted guitars and adds all sorts of dynamic styles to it. The songs range from dirty rockers with a bluesy side to softer, folky strumming. Shiffman and company weave excellent musicianship around the songs as each one is memorable in its own right - whether it's a brash rocker or gentle introspection.

The band will have a self-titled debut out August 18th from Tiny Beast Records that features 12 new songs. Here's one song, "Tweed Skirt" off of their new album:

Tweed Skirt by Steve Shiffman & the Land of No

01 Unfortunately for Her
02 Here Comes the Cigarette Girl
03 Jetlag Blues
04 Ready for You Now
05 Tweed Skirt
06 Hollow Town
07 This Second
08 Frog in My Throat
09 Death in the Newsgroup
10 Everyone's Getting Married
11 Squirrel in Chinatown
12 One of You is Lying

Monday, August 3, 2009

Jay-Z's New Music Cover Art for The Blueprint 3

Is it September yet?

The Road Trip: D.C.

U.S. Royalty is a Washington, D.C. based outfit that specializes in swaggering, soul-infused indie rock.

Rock 'n roll is just about all that John and Paul Thornley have ever known. Growing up with a father that played in a band, even at their earliest years, the two have always had music in their lives. Somehow John was always singing and Paul was never far behind, guitar in hand. At the start of 2008 the Thornley brothers moved back home to Washington, D.C. in order to pursue music, and it was through the rich D.C. indie rock scene that they met local bass player Jacob Michael. It wasn't until longtime friend and former drummer Luke Adams was thrown into the mix that the foursome was complete.

Spin Magazine probably describes their music best (or at least in my favorite way):
“…imagine Cold War Kids if you replaced their pseudo-gospel sermonizing with dizzily descending guitar lines and a brighter outlook on life. With propulsive rhythms destined to move more feet than a parade for a queen, monarchial rule never sounded so good.”
Thank you, Spin.

Comparisons aside, it's clear U.S. Royalty is making waves with a sound and style all their own. With a catchy and eclectic sound, they performed recently at SXSW to rave reviews, and have fast risen to the top of the D.C. music scene.

U.S. Royalty exudes a carefree attitude reminiscent of most garage bands, but the D.C. quartet harnesses that enthusiasm by filtering it through stripped-down pop songs with a jangly and wet with reverb.

Check out their song “Every Summer.” It’s a personal favorite.
Every Summer by U.S. Royalty

They have a digital EP that you can get off of Amazon and the guys are currently working on material for their first full-length album; on the horizon (August 25th, to be exact) their 7″ titled MIDSOMMAR will be available.

Honorable Mention:
Ithaca by Deleted Scenes

Thinking of a band from Washington, D.C. that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

For the Readers

Another update from MOG Music Network:

If you can't read that, it says that Ruined By MTV came in fourth place this week for top gains in unique visitors. And if that weren't enough, the site came in ninth place for top gains in page views. We're even in a third category with ninth for widget impressions.

Being on in the top ten for any of those categories amazed me once before, and I'm shocked that we were listed in another email. For the month of July alone Ruined By MTV was only 45 visitors shy of 1500 viewers for the month. I know that for some sites that's nothing, but wow! It truly means a lot to me.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Boom Boom Pow"

Hahaha it's so awful!

Boom Boom Pow (cover) by The Maccabees

It was a bad enough song when the Black Eyed Peas did it, but at least the Maccabees aren't really claiming this as their music...

Hello August!

Here's to another great month of music! There certainly is a lot of new stuff coming out.

Note: the release dates are all (or should be) for the U.S.

August 4th
Cale Parks – To Swift Mars EP
Desolation Wilderness – New Universe
Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Lightning Dust – Infinite Light
Marmoset – Tea Tornado
Modest Mouse – No One First And You're Next
Nurses – Apple's Acre
Owen/The Rutabega – Split EP
Phil and the Osophers – Parallelo
Pictureplane – Dark Rift
Sian Alice Group – Troubled, Shaken Etc.
Throw Me the Statue – Creaturesque
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – The Snake

August 11th
The Bottle Rockets – Lean Forward
Cub Country – Stretch That Skull Cover and Smile
Malcolm Middleton – Waxing Gibbous
Mark Mallman – Invincible Criminal
Reigning Sound – Love and Curses
Robert Pollard – Elephant Jokes
The Roots – How I Got Over
Slaraffenland – Meet and Greet

August 18th
As Tall As Lions – You Can't Take It With You
Brad Laner – Natural Selections
Brendan Benson – My Old, Familiar Friend
The Cave Singers – Welcome Joy
Choir of Young Believers – This Is for the White in Your Eyes
Destroyer – Bay of Pigs
Division Day – Visitation
Jack Peñate – Everything Is New
Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
The Lovely Feathers – Fantasy of the Lot
Mount Eerie – Wind's Poem
Mungolian Jetset – We Gave It All Away...Now We Are Taking It Back
Six Organs of Admittance – Luminous Night
Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major

August 25th
Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
Asobi Seksu – Transparence
Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer EP
The Bloody Beetroots – Romborama
Felix Da Housecat – He Was King
Imogen Heap – Elipse
Mew – No More Stories...
The Postmarks – Memoirs at the End of the World
Still Life Still – Girls Come Too
Vandaveer – Divide & Conquer