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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Wolf Parade

It's time for New Music Tuesday! And as always, if you want to see all of the albums being released this month check out Hello June! But out of that list, you certainly can't go wrong with Wolf Parade's latest release, Expo 86.

It's hard not to love Wolf Parade (or any of their side projects for that matter - Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, Handsome Furs, Swan Lake, you name it). And no matter which band they're working with, Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug pour everything onto the track. And while there are many differences between the two of them, they seem to have come together to make Expo 86 a really cohesive album. With booming drums, guitar distortion, and reverbing vocals, this is a true rock album through and through.

Expo 86 Tracklisting:
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody's Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
10 Yulia
11 Cave-o-sapien

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tegan and Sara on Mamma Yamma

Sometimes I wonder why I'm not a child now. In the past year, I've been shown Pancake Mountain, Yo Gabba Gabba!, and now in the past week I've seen Mamma Yamma. If they can entertain a 4 year old, their parents, and me, these shows are obviously doing something right!

Check out Tegan and Sara performing "Alligator" on Mamma Yamma below. It's really adorable!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

We Got You Covered: Dreams

Okay EVERYONE is currently freaking out about Passion Pit's cover of the Smashing Pumpkin's hit "Tonight, Tonight." Well I'll be honest - I'm not a huge fan. I love Passion Pit and I love the Smashing Pumpkins, but putting them together just does not work for me. Maybe it's because I actually like Billy Corrigan's vocals. Maybe I'm missing the grungy guitar. But hey, Corrigan himself approves of the track, so who am I to judge? It's growing on me I guess.

Want to hear a truly great cover? Check out Passion Pit covering the Cranberries' "Dreams" below.

"Dreams" (The Cranberries) by Passion Pit

Now that's a track that shouldn't be overlooked!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Matt & Kim Touring!

Ok so do you all remember that during the school year I'm stuck in upstate NY? Well if you didn't I'm telling you and if you forgot then I'm reminding you. Why is this important? Why, because for once I atually get one of my favorite bands coming my way: Matt & Kim!

They'll be starting off September 15th in Syracuse, NY and going everywhere from The Fillmore in San Francisco to the Starlite Ballroom in Philadelphia to the House of Blues in Boston.

And if you didn't know, Matt & Kim are also headlining the annual Siren Music Festival on July 17th in NYC (which I'm totally going to try to go to) and they will perform at Lollapalooza on August 6th in Chicago.

And if this wasn't grand enough (See that? See what I did there?) Matt & Kim are putting the final touches on their third full length album, set for release this fall on FADER Label.

Check out after the jump to see Matt & Kim's North American Tour dates!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What's in a Name?

Well remember how back in May I wrote a post about the Top 10 Awful Band Names? Well it appears that You Say Party! We Say Say Die! have changed their name because of the recent death of their drummer, Devon Clifford.

The whole situation is terrifying. Clifford suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and collapsed onstage in the band’s hometown of Vancouver in April. Stephen O'Shea, the group’s bassist, told CMJ that following their son's death, Clifford's parents encouraged the remaining members to continue with their music. And the name change was actually suggested by Clifford's mother. "There was no question among us, shortening the band name was the right thing to do," says O'Shea.

The band will tour and make music under the new name, but Krista Loewen has decided to leave the group, and tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat from the band Gang Violence have joined the band as keyboardist and drummer.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Stars

Ah yes, another New Music Tuesday! And even though there are many albums being released today (check out Hello June! to see them all) Stars newest release The Five Ghosts is clearly the album that you should check out today.

Now I'll admit it, I'm a complete sucker for Stars, but who wouldn't be? Their music always has this dreamy, synth feel to it. And without a doubt The Five Ghosts is elegant, passionate, emotional, and yet upbeat. That's what's been missing in music lately, and Stars have packaged it for you: pure and simple happiness. And while this may not be the same Stars that you remember when you first picked up Nightsongs, the band hasn't lost their depth or originality.

Check out the music video for "Fixed" below:

The Five Ghosts Tracklisting:
01 Dead Hearts
02 Wasted Daylight
03 I Died So I Could Haunt You
04 Fixed
05 We Don’t Want Your Body
06 He Dreams He’s Awake
07 Never Been Good With Change
08 The Passenger
09 The Last Song Ever Written
10 How Much More
11 Winter Bones

Saturday, June 19, 2010

We Got You Covered: Sing Me To Sleep

If you haven't noticed, we love covers here at Ruined By MTV, so of course this really puts a smile on a face! (Only made better by the fact that they're calling these covers "Kindie" music, aka kid indie. Love it!)

American Laundromat Records recently released its latest compilation, Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies. The 14-song album features classic and modern-day children’s lullabies. While the tracks range from recognized classics like The Muppet Movie's "Rainbow Connection" sung by a sweet-toned Trespassers William to Breakfast at Tiffany’s “Moon River” softly rendered by Tanya Donelly, the album’s novelty also lies in the unexpected choices. For example Stars’ cover of the Smiths’ "Asleep” or Casey Mecija’s iteration of the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.”

"’Rainbow Connection’ is such a beautiful song, both sweet and sad, which is the best kind of song,” said Anna-Lynne Williams of Trespassers William. “It really appealed to me, to record something that was meant to be listened to by both children and adults.”

Yeah, it appeals to us too! Check out one of the songs, "Making Me Smile," below:

"Making Me Smile" by Dean & Britta

And if we didn't love it already, all proceeds from the album’s sale will go to The Valerie Fund, a non-profit group that benefits children with blood disorders.

Sing Me to Sleep Tracklisting:
Listed alphabetically below as full track listing (original artist) - Artist performing

Note: Starred tracks only appear on the exclusive limited-edition first-pressing CD/vinyl package

Asleep (Smiths) - Stars
Boys Of Summer (Don Henley) - Papercuts*
Can't Get It Out Of My Head (ELO) - Telekinesis
Cloudbusting (Kate Bush) - Neil Halstead
Dear Prudence (Beatles) - Casey Mecija (Ohbijou)
Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Traditional) - Dala
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music) - Laura Gibson*
Gymnopédie No. 1 (Erik Satie) - Coctails*
Have You Forgotten (Red House Painters) - Jenny Owen Youngs
Inchworm (Hans Christian Andersen) - The Leisure Society
Kafari (Original) - Sigur Rós [bonus 7" vinyl only]*
Kiss Off (Violent Femmes) - Say Hi*
Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) - The Real Tuesday Weld
Making Me Smile (Jack Early) - Dean & Britta
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's) - Tanya Donelly
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's) "Blue Mix" - Tanya Donelly [bonus 7" vinyl only]*
Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) - The Rest
Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie) - Trespassers William
Strings That Tie To You (Jon Brion) - Julie Peel with Field Mouse & Hailey Wojcik*
The North Wind Doth Blow (Traditional) - Snowbird
The Sounds Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) - The Abbasi Brothers*
You And Your Sister (This Mortal Coil) - O+S
You Are My Sunshine (Traditional) - Peter Broderick*

Thursday, June 17, 2010

This Movie Is Broken

This Movie Is Broken is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments) and it stars Broken Social Scene, who were filmed at last summer's legendary Harbourfront show.

Sure, it's probably a predictable romance flick, (it's about a guy who's trying to have one last chance to make his crush into something more) but I still can't help but think how cute it looks. Hey, you know that at the very least the soundtrack will be unbelievable! Check out the traier below!

If you live in New York or Toronto there will be special screenings tonight! The movie will also open June 25th in both Toronto and Vancouver, For more information you can visit the movie's official website,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Music Tuesday: We Are Scientists

Unfortunately I've been slow on my posts for the past week, but I couldn't ignore a New Music Tuesday, not when there's always great music coming ot every week (feel free to check out Hello June! and you'll agree!) We Are Scientists released their newest album, Barbara today and I have to say I am loving what I am hearing!

Plus it helps with the music video is pretty eye catching as well! But the best part has to be their description of the video.
***SK8 OR DAIEEEEEE!!*** That's the theme of this badass motherfucking video. To make it, Keith pulled some of the dopest, most dangerous sk8 moves of all time, breaking many world sk8 records. Meanwhile, Chris risked his life filming these moves through whatever means were necessary, which included sk8ing around with a camera on his shoulder -- WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU SAW THESE TWO FUCKING MADMEN SK8ING AROUND TOGETHER?!?! Duck and cover, is all you really could do. Call FEMA. (Shot, chopped, & cropped by We Are Scientists)
Haha I love it. Check out the video for "Nice Guys" below:


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Against Me!'s New Music Video

Below is Against Me!'s new music video for "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" off of their newest release White Crosses (which was just released this past Tuesday, 6/8).

Is anyone else dying to know what this kid did to get the crap beat out of him? Really, that's all I want to know...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Delta Spirit

Sometimes I hate making decisions (especially when there are a lot of options) but when it comes to music I think I'm okay with that. I mean there are so many albums being released just today! (Just check out Hello June! and you'll see what I mean.) But after a lot of contemplating, I'd have to say, you're going to want to give Delta Spirit's History From Below a try on this glorious Tuesday.

Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, and they certainly bring that awesome sunshine feel straight into their music. Jut check out their preview for History From Below...uh...below:

And if you haven't heard of Delta Spirit you will soon enough. They've opened sold out shows for bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cold War Kids, and Dr. Dog, as well as performed in national festivals like Austin City Limits, Noise Pop and Sasquatch.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

David E Beats

I am really loving David E Beats right now!

Check out “Over Here” below. It's an awesome hip hop song with mesmerizing guitar solos and violins.

So good!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Tift Merritt

New Music Tuesday, so you know what that means - a new album to check out for the week. There are a bunch of new releases out this month (Hello June! will give you the low-down) but this lovely June 1st I'd go with Tift Merritt's new release, See You On the Moon.

Personally, I'm not a huge country fan, but Merritt bends the genre so that it mixes pop, rock,
alternative, indie, and americana.

Check out the cool preview below!

See You On the Moon Tracklisting:
01 Mixtape
02 Engine to Turn
03 The Things That Everybody Does
04 Six More Days of Rain
05 Feel of the World
06 Neer Talk About It
07 All the Reasons We Don't Have to Fight
08 Live Till You Die
09 Papercut
10 See You on the Moon
11 Danny's Song
12 After Today

Hello June!

Not a bad way to start off summer, if I do say so myself. Here's to another great month of music!

Note: Unless noted, the release dates are all for the U.S.

June 1st
Born Ruffians - Say It
Futureheads - Chaos
Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons
Jack Johnson - To The Sea
Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
Quitzow - Juice Water
Setting Sun - Fantasurreal
Taio Cruz - Rokstarr
Tift Merritt - See You On The Moon

June 8th
Against Me! - White Crosses
Angie Mattson - Skeleton Arms
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti - Before Today
Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer Of The Void
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Deer Tick - The Dirt Sessions
Delta Spirit - History From Below
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Here We Go Magic - Pigeons
Hot Hot Heat - Future Beeds
Iggy Pop - California Hitchhike [Live]
Kaiser Cartel - Secret Transit
Nada Surf - If I Had A Hi-Fi
Olafur Arnalds - & They Have Escaped The Weight of Darkness
Rooney - Eureka
Sia - We Are Born
Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
The Cringe - Play Thing
The Roots - How I Got Over
Tokyo Police Club - Champ
Travie McCoy [Gym Class Heroes] Lazarus
Uffie - Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans
Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
We Are The In Crowd - Guaranteed To Disagree [EP]

June 15th
Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park
Foals - Total Life Forever [Digital: May 11th]
Laurie Anderson - Homeland
Rasputina - Sister Kinderhook
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mojo
We Are Scientists - Barbara

June 22nd
Automatic Loveletter - Truth Or Dare
Chemical Brothers Further
Front Line Assembly - Improvised. Electronic. Device.
Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project
Kele Okereke [Bloc Party] - The Boxer
Ozzy Osbourne - Scream
Pierce The Veil - Selfish Machines
Semi Precious Weapons - You Love You
Sia - We Are Born
Stars - The Five Ghosts
The Constellations - Southern Gothic
The Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs

June 29th
Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs Of Love
A.R.E. Weapons - Darker Blue
Blue Six - Noesis
Delphic - Acolyte
Ernie Halter - Franlin & Vermont
Jackie Greene - Til The Light Comes
Katzenjammer - Le Pop
Scissor Sisters - Night Work
STS9 - Axe The Cables
Wolf Parade - Expo 86