Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rokkin With Okkervil River

I've eluded to the awesomeness of Okkervil River's latest album The Stand Ins a few times already, if you've read closely. Or at all. It picks up right where last years The Stage Names left off.

This time the hype is real. Singer/songwriter Will Sheff is almost at Colin Meloy or Dan Bejar's level of writing here. Simply mahvelous.

Here are some tunes from the new album:

Okkervil River - "Singer Songwriter"
Okkervil River - "Starry Stairs"
Okkervil River - "Lost Coastlines"

And one older one that I just recently discovered, from 2002's Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See. It's a murder ballad:

Okkervil River - "Westfall"

Go purchase Okkervil stuff:



My less talkative doppelganger Teiam Player rocks the Majestic friday night at Madison's most awesomest club night. Be there or be striken from my Facebook friend list. Click here to see a slew of related Teiam Player posts, complete with musics and mixes, old and new. I'll save you some time by sharing this nugget, which has been touted by friends as my instant classic. I made it in a time long ago, back before I was even the boyman Teiam Player.

Teiam Player - "Work it Black" [ACDC vs Beyonce]



Sunday, September 21, 2008

Teiam Player: one new track and two gigs this week

Monday night I'm rocking at Natt Spil. Yes, it's a Monday, but no, you probably have nothing better to do, because.... it's a Monday. So come out.

And Friday night, this:

I am, humbly, the opening set, just as it says on that thar flyer. So what? I'ma tear the motherfucking roof off that place, before the main acts.


And here's a song I won't play Friday night [maybe Monday night], the latest Teiam Player action. Stream/download:

It's a little TV on the Radio action, "Dancing Choose" from their [awesome!] new album Dear Science, supplemented with some R.E.M and Billy Joel. Word. Original working title was "Dancing Didn't Start the End of the World Fire" if that gives any clues as to what tracks it features.


Two more things before I tuck myself in.

1. I went skydiving on Saturday. It ranks right up there with moonlight sex, and enjoying fresh mozarella and vino with friends in a park in Italy as some of the best moments in my life.

Except that it totally blows cheese/wine out of the water.

2. Get a load of these.



Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm So Excited: new albums!

Just tonight I procured two of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year.
First, Department of Eagles' In Ear Park. I've been dying to get some new DoE material ever since first hearing the amazing "No One Does it Like You" about a year ago. Then came along Daniel Rossen's cover of JoJo's "Too Little Too Late" which was equally beautiful [I'm pretty sure it was mentioned somewhere in my FaveSongs2007 series-- yep, sure did-- right here]. You can purchase both songs on a 7" vinyl piece somewhere, I just forget where. If I remember, I'll let you know.

Daniel Rossen is Eagles' lead singer and mastermind. He's also in the little known band Grizzly Bear. I knew Department of Eagles first, somehow. I stumbled upon their awesome "Sailing by Night" while I was dying for any new musics when I was in Saudi a couple years back. "Sailing" piqued my interest because it built slowly, then some faint drum machines were brought in and the song was just overflowing with emotion. Anyway, ever since then they've been on my radar.

Then came along Grizzly Bear and, guess what, Rossen's a part of that, too. Strangely, I didn't get caught up in all the GB hype, but don't get me wrong-- I do of course totally love a few of their songs ["Knife", their cover of the murderous white OJ's "He Hit Me", which was also a FAveSong2007].

Anyway, I'm currently listening to In Ear Park the old fashioned way, like I used to when I got a new record, cassette or CD-- all. the. way. through. I'm not skipping past the couple I've already heard. I'm not fast-forwarding through the boring-seeming ones. I'm not rewinding [yet]. I started 30min ago and I'm on track #8, "Waves of Rye". It kills. The whole album kills. I'm so amazed by it so far.

Second, TV on the Radio's Dear Science. I mentioned that a couple weeks ago, and then [as I mentioned the other day] that post vanished from the internerds. Like I just said, I haven't yet allowed myself to be torn away from DoE's album, or else I'd be geeking out about how much I love it, too. Hopefully.

Check back here soon for an update on just how awesome Dear Science really is.

Without further, here are a few Department of Eagle tracks, old and new. These new ones have already been blogged to hell, so hopefully this post won't be disappeared like the others.

Department of Eagles - "No One Does it Like You", from In Ear Park
Department of Eagles - "In Ear Park", from In Ear Park
Department of Eagles - "Sailing by Night", from 2003's Whitey on the Moon
Department of Eagles - "Forty Dollar Rug", from 2003's Whitey on the Moon
Daniel Rossen - "Too Little Too Late", from Ed Droste's Grizzly Bear blog
Daniel Rossen - "Deep Blue Sea", from the 2007 Grizzly Bear Friend EP
Grizzly Bear - "Knife", from 2006's Yellow House
CSS - "Knife", from Grizzly Bear's Yellow House
Grizzly Bear - "He Hit Me", from 2007's Friend EP
Grizzly Bear - "While You Wait for the Others", from forthcoming LP, recorded live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

** I had problems uploading most of these tracks-- if you have problems downloading [broken links, etc], please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

Preorder In Ear Park from InSound and-- hey hey!-- get the 7" I mentioned above, with "No One Does it Like You" and "Too Little Too Late" for free!

Preorder Dear Science from InSound and get a limited edition poster illustrated by TVotR's own Tunde Adebimpe.

Otherwise, get the stuffs from here:
Strictly Discs : iTunes : Amazon


Oh yeah, and if you haven't already, go download and start using Google's new browser Chrome. It's wicked. Not better than FireFox.... yet.... but I imagine it will be soon.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New music coming soon! Plus, my blog gets attacked

So first off, the RIAA has something against who in turn has something against me. I guess they're catching up with the blogging world-- more specifically, the ones who post illegitimate downloads. What I mean by illegitimate is any song that was not officially released for free download by a band or its label.

So basically, some of my old posts have mysteriously disappeared. Well, it was a mystery to me for about forty-five seconds, until I realized it was most likely behind the disappearing. And I'm not gonna say that they're wrong for doing that. I'm just sayin.

But what kinda counters this move is that since I finally thought to put up my e-mail address on the blog, I've been receiving e-mails from record labels and independent artists promoting their stuff. So that's cool. I've received some really good stuff and I've received some really bad stuff. In the upcoming days/weeks I'll catch up and let you in on the really good stuff, to include a great band from Seattle named Feral Children who have some new work out which was produced by the same guy who did Animal Collective's last two [fugging brilliant] albums.

In the meantime..

Let's try this again. I'm going to post two top tracks which I think were behind the two most recent blog post disappearances. Without mentioning their names out right, the first is an AWESOME new song from the band's forthcoming new album. The band's name has something to do with a television and the thing that's like a television but without pictures. If you still don't understand, here's a picture.

Download their new song, available only in streaming format from their website, here, in awesome mp3 format. It's the funkiest thing you'll hear all week.

And one more. This band's name is a group of children having something to do with a little conflict we had with the former USSR for like fifty years. That song, care you enough to hear it, is here.


Alright.. now since I started school again yesterday, I'm going to go do some homework.

Enjoy yourselves and check this space in the next couple days for new stuff from those awesome funksters Fujiya & Miyagi. That post will most likely get deleted soon, too, so get it while it's hot. Like, tomorrowish.