Thursday, June 12, 2008

new Wolf Parade and Sigur Ros, and I'm off to Hawai'i


Above is the cover art for Wolf Parade's forthcoming album, their sophomore At Mount Zoomer. While I'm not crazy about the title, either, I'm super stoked about listening to the rest of this. These are the instant stand-outs.

Soldier's Grin
Call it a Ritual

California Dreamer

If you head on over to InSound and purchase the album now, you'll receive a cool free poster.
Otherwise, download it from iTunes or buy it locally at Strictly Discs.

A couple weeks back a new Sigur Ros tune surfaced in blogdom and was immediately, with reason, compared to Animal Collective. I think it's like an AC song with Jon Thor Birgisson on vocal duty in place of Avey Tare. That song, the misguidedly entitled "Gobbledigook" and one or two from the new album, the hardly pronounceable Með suð í eyrum við spilum end, are below.

The album is due 24 June; preorder it from InSound here, or download it from iTunes later.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Suð í eyrum


Now, seriously, I'm off to to one or two of the wonderful islands of Hawai'i tomorrow. I'll be working for five days and then on vacay the rest of the time, spending the little bit of money I earn in those first five days. Be jealous. Although I'll be in the magical land of Jurassic Park, I'll still find a way to miss Madison.

Oh, and class ends tomorrow! Woot. Three credits in as many weeks equals no complaints.

But before that, I will be celebrating the life of my good freckle-faced friend who lived his last minutes as a Mexican this morning. That was, of course, not because he died but rather he was sworn in as a real life US American. His struggle from Mexican't to Ameriwon't was well worth it. In his honor I fabricated this [the bottom one]. "Hecho en Mexico" of course means "Made in Mexico". "Criado en EEUU" means "Raised in the US".

The Kills - "M.E.X.I.C.O."

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you hear from me soon. Now I'm on down the coast to h-a-w-a-i-i, see you.



Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ingrid Michaelson, ticket giveaway!

In a completely unforeseen but totally rad event, Ingrid Michaelson's label Original Signal Recordings stumbled upon my Ratatat post last week and decided OHWNT was a good place for some promo for their girl Ingrid. AND, they're giving me tickets to Ingrid's show on her first headlining tour as she stops at the Barrymore this Saturday for me to give away to you +1!

You probably know Ingrid whether you've realized it or not. If you heard "The Way I Am" right now, you'd be like "oh, the Old Navy song". While it's wonderful the things that a little Grey's Anatomy or GAP, Inc or iPod facial will do for someone's career, these featured artists rarely live up to the hype built upon the thirty seconds of fame they get-- which in reality is often six seconds of their songs looped five times.

To jog your memory, "The Way I Am" [aka "that Old Navy song"] and the official video for it:

Like Feist before her who gained a lot of attention after being the singing star of some big box commercial, Ingrid is definitely an exception to the trend of unwarranted hype. This girl's got it. About a brasilian comparisons could be made [and probably are, on as many blogs] to nearly any of the most blogged about songwriting chanteuses, but I refuse to do that here. I'll admit I was very skeptical of the album due to all the hype, but was very impressed by the versatility and just how refreshing it is.

Head over to Ingrid's official website and stream all of her album Girls and Boys as well as other tuneage. Purchase Girls and Boys and other releases from there, or purchase and download from iTunes.

And now for the giveaway, thanks to Amy and Original Signal. Tell me in the comments section how far, in feet, you can spit a watermelon seed. Or tell me how many times you think Ingrid's been told she looks like Lisa Loeb. The correct answer wins a pair of tickets to Ingrid Michaelson at the Barrymore this coming Saturday night, 7 June. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can find ya.

Opening for Miss Michaelson is Greg Laswell. I only know Greg because I stumbled across his cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" a few years back. Right-click download that here.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Teiam Player @ Natt Spil, tonight!

It's time for another crazy midweek night out. Come down to Natt Spil to see this crazy guy [above], play some records and be-bop behind the decks to his own music, in his own world. Here are some musics you may hear if you do show up:

selections from Ry's muxtape
selections from Teiam Player's own muxtape
Smokey Robinson - "Tracks of My Tears"
Ratatat - "Falcon Jab"
Muscles - "Ice Cream"
Bangers 'n' Cash - "Bitch"
Flight of the Conchords - "Mutha'uckas"
Hot Chip - "Out at the Pictures"
Ghostland Observatory - "Heavy Heart"
Santogold feat Spank Rock - "Shove It"
Jamie Lidell - "Out of My System"
Teenagers - "Sunset Beach"
Toto - "Africa"
Cut Copy - "Hearts on Fire"
LCD Soundsystem - "Get Innocuous"
Thom Yorke - "And it Rained All Night"
The Kills - "URA Fever"
Portishead - "We Carry On"
Massive Attack & Jose Gonzalez - "Teardrops" [a Teiam Player mish]


These people probably won't be there, but I had to share these photos, compliments of mi hermana, y un hermano, Mando.

That's mah dad. He had a tought time camping last weekend with his grandchillun. These are them:
It must be hard being that cute. Well, it was. It was tough being that cute.

These things will be there, but at least partially covered up by my flip-flops or [if you're lucky] totally concealed by my chucktaylors.

Any way you do it, enjoy your Tuesday. But to hell with you if you don't do it with me at Natt Spil.