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Monday, November 8, 2010


Until I read their email (that's right, you can submit to Ruined By MTV and I will eventually read it) I will admit that I had never heard of Cowlick. Thanks for the email guys!

Cowlick started one day in February 2006 when brothers Dylan Hudecki (formerly of By Divine Right and Junior Blue) and his younger brother Jackson Hudecki (Alive & Living) recorded some improvised bedtracks in a studio in the country. They later added friend Ian Parker and Cowlick was complete.

I am really loving their track "Wires." Full of handclaps and fuzzy guitar riffs, what's not to love?

Cowlick - "Wires"

There are so many genres influencing Cowlick's sound, anything from indie rock to folk to psychedelia to hiphop to funk to noise rock or experimental. I think that's why I'm really loving their music. Tracks like "Radio" have bluesy, thick guitar melodies; "White Russians" features Lee Reed and has true hip-hop beats and a wonky bass; "Conflict of Interest" has folky guitar strumming and (what sounds like) a lap steel guitar.

With Wires, their second album, just released this past August and a wonderful remix of it already available through their website, I'm looking forward to hearing more about Cowlick in the future.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Playlist: Daylight Savings

So today is Daylight Savings Time - don't forget to set your clocks an hour back! But then what do you do with that extra hour? How about listen to some music?

Arcade Fire - "Wasted Hours"
The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"
Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra - "Daylight Savings
Vetiver - "More of This"
We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Moving Clocks Run Slow"
Whitley - "Lost in Time"

I love extra hours in the day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello November!

Well hello there November! What's that you say? No, I'm not just waiting for Thanksgiving turkey. But you know if it wasn't for Matt And Kim, N.E.R.D., Kid Cudi, Les Sins, The Radio Dept., The Tallest Man on Earth, Tobacco, and Bombay Bicycle Club that might be the case. Or, you know, cranberry sauce.

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

November 2nd
7 Walkers [Garetful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali] - 7 Walkers
Autumn Defense [Wilco's John Stirratt & Pat Sansone] - Once Around
Barn Owl - Ancestral Star
Black Dub [Daniel Lanois] - Black Dub
Brian Eno - Small Craft On a Milk Sea
City Champs - The Set-Up
Dark Party - Light Years
Destroyer - The Archers On The Beach [EP]
Devin The Dude - Gotta Be Me
Diplo - Blow Your Head Volume 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep
Elliott Smith - Introduction to...Elliott Smith
Elvis Costello - National Ransom
Games - That We Can Play
Good Charlotte - Cardiology
Horse Feathers – “Drain You” 7”
Huey Lewis & The News - Soulville
Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party
Kelly Rowland - [Title TBA]
Koen Holtkamp - Gravity/Bees
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You
Matt And Kim - Sidewalks
Mini Mansions - Mini Mansions
N.E.R.D. - Nothing
Neil Diamond - Dreams
Pitbull - Armando
Sharron Kraus - The Woody Nightshade
The 1900s - Return of the Century
The June - Green Fields and Rain

Violens - Amoral
Weezer - Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition Reissue)

November 9th
Aaron Neville - I Know I’ve Been Changed
Alter Bridge (Myles Kennedy & Creed members) - AB III
Botany - Feeling Today EP

Cassandra Wilson - Silver Pony
Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
David Banner/9th Wonder - Death of a Pop Star
Einstürzende Neubauten - Strategies Against Architecture IV (Digital Release)
Eleven Tigers - Clouds Are Mountains
Fenn O'Berg - Live in Japan Part One + Live in Japan Part Two
Fern Knight - Castings

Former Ghosts - New Love
Gary War - Police Water EP
Gary Wilson - Electric Endicott
Gregory and the Hawk - Leche

Julie Christmas - The Bad Wife
Justine & the Victorian Punks - "Beautiful Dreamer" b/w "Still You" 12''
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Les Sins (Toro Y Moi) - “Lina” 12”

Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) - Late Nights & Early Mornings
Maserati - Pyramid of the Sun
Natasha Bedingfield - Strip Me
Nightlands - Forget the Mantra

Orange Juice - Coals to Newcastle (Box Set)

Place Of Skulls - As A Dog Returns
Reba McEntire - All The Woman I Am
Shigeto - Full Circle

Supersilent - Supersilent 10
Supersilent - Supersilent 11 (Vinyl Only)
Susan Boyle - The Gift
Suzanne Langille & Neel Murgai - Wild & Foolish Heart
The Big Pink - Tapes
The Concretes - WYWH
The Greenhornes - ****
The Orb and Youth - Impossible Oddities

The Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion
The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit EP
The Tallest Man on Earth - Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird (Physical Release)
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt EP (Physical Release)
Tobacco - LA UTI EP

Tyvek - Nothing Fits
Underoath - Disambiguation
Various Artists - Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics

Weekend - Sports
Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen - For the Ghosts Within

November 16th
Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia
Bjørn Torske - Kokning

Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
Bruce Springsteen - The Promise (compilation of unreleased songs from Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions)
Bryan Adams - Bare Bones
Cassidy - Cash
Crushed Stars - Convalescing In Braille
Curren$y - Pilot Talk II
D'Eon - Palinopsia
Deerhoof/Physical Forms - "Hoofdriver" 7"
Faun Fables - Light of a Vaster Dark
Hellmouth - Gravestone Skylines
Japandroids - "Heavenward Grand Prix" 7"
Josh Groban - Illuminations
Keith Urban - Get Closer
Kid Rock - Born Free
Lee DeWyze - Live It Up
Loreena McKennitt - The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Nelly - 5.0
Norah Jones - …Featuring Norah Jones [collection of collaborations]
Pink - Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
Pink Martini - Joy To The World
Rascal Flatts - Nothing Like This
Rihanna - Loud
Sharon Van Etten - "I'm Giving Up on You"
Stereolab - Not Music
The Pipettes - Earth vs. The Pipettes
The Russian Futurists - The Weight's on the Wheels
The Shipping News - One Les Heartless to Fear

November 22nd
Akon - Akonic
Daft Punk: Tron - Legacy OST
Darkwater - Where Stories End
Grinderman - "Worm Tamer" 12''
Justin Bieber - [Title TBA] – Acoustic
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Ke$ha - Cannibal [EP]
Kevin Eubanks - Zen Food
Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent
Lloyd Banks - H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2)
My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
Ne-Yo - Libra Scale
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
Robyn - Body Talk
Royksopp - Senior
The Alchemist - Gutter Water
The National - High Violet (Expanded Edition)

November 30th
Aeroplane - We Can't Fly (U.S. physical release)
Black Eye Peas - The Beginning
Chrisette Michele - Let Freedom Reign
Eric Benet - Lost In Time
Flo Rida - Only One Flo (Part 1)
Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back
Ron Isley - Mr I
Soulja Boy - The DeAndre Way
Steve Wynn - Northern Aggression