Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween MEGApost; an OHWNT with few words

I have a costume to make, a paper to write, and I'm working all weekend. Also, I'm simply not feeling like spending a lot of time here spewing forth a bunch of stuff about these bands below. 

So suffice it to say that since I'm posting it, it's all worth listening to.

Once again, all tunes on this megapost are available as a ~100mb zip file, linked at the bottom of the page. Without further....


New Psapp album, The Camel's Back, out now or soon. From that album:
"Hi", from The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
"Electricity in Pine Boxes", from Tiger, My Friend

I just stumbled upon Shearwater, Okkervil River's brother band. Their album Rook is pretty stellar:
"Trouble in Mind", from the Okkervil River // Shearwater split EP Sham Wedding/Hoax Funeral

Horse Feathers is coming to Madison next Wednesday, @ the Frequency. His/their show at Montmartre last year was my favorite show of the year. From the latest album House With No Name:
From their first album Words Are Dead:

Daniel Martin Moore has learned to channel Nick Drake. It's amazing. It's like a repeat of the Iron & Wine story, four years later. Listen to SubPop's new discovery, from his new Stray Age:

Wilderness is a change of pace from this other stuff. Think.... I don't know what to tell you. Part Black Mountain, part Animal Collective, part Mogwai? From their upcoming (K)no(w)here:

One more. If you can't wait three months for the next Animal Collective album, and I don't blame you, check out a cover of what has been a crowd favorite at live shows for many many months. Florida's Blind Man's Colour covered "Brother Sport" [forthcoming on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion] and you need to get it here.


And as promised, here's a zShare link to download all eighteen songs in one handy zip file.


Buy stuff:


Enjoy your Halloween, amigos. Don't be like this moron:
Aww, I love you Salz.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

these three songs sound alike

Call me crazy, but I've always heard an obvious similarity.

But I still like them all. 

Ingrid Michaelson - "Corner of Your Heart"

Thanks to a good friend who turned me on to the Adele tune.


Come back soon for the tunes I promised the other day.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lucinda Williams Rocks Madison, Don Draper is awesome, more music to come this week to OHWNT and Madison

Well I have survived the awkward pumping fists and little kicks of all the 50-somethings that came off their Willy Street porches to fill up the Orpheum tonight. My friend Julia [who likes to call Lucinda LuLu for reasons unbeknownst to me] and I were by far the minority, for several reasons: 
[a] we were sober 
[b] we are under 50 
[c] we knew, collectively, no more than sixty percent of the words to one chorus 
[d] we both forgot our Harley muscle sleeveless // babydoll tees at home 
[e] we know how to dance

And after the show tonight, I have a couple new favorite Lu songs. I can't say how much the band rocked it tonight. Guitarist Doug Pettibone had several solos that just blew me away. Very refreshing, the Buick 6 axeman stole the show a few times, if you ask me-- perhaps just the times when he was probably supposed to. But also, methinks, when Lu was a little slower to remember some of the lyrics of her older tunes.

My new favorites [I swear, it's total coincidence they're both about sex]:
"Come On", from last year's West
"Righteously", from 2003'S World Without Tears

It was a good show.

Lucinda on Letterman:

More Lucinda I posted in last week's megapost:

"Honey Bee"from her new Little Honey
"It's a Long Way to the Top"from Little Honey
"Jackson"from 2006's Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
"Joy"from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road


In the coming week I will bring you tasty new treats from some new-ish bands [new period, new to me, new to you, whatever], to include:

Shearwater, whose digitally released EP Snow Leopard is available now from their website.
Wilderness, whose new album (K)no(w)here [which is awesome but annoying to type] is out soon. And don't get them confused with these partycrashers
Horse Feathers, who I geeked out about recently, and who are returning to Madison in two weeks. I also geeked out about them when they came last year [but I can't seem to find the story].

So come back for music from all of those.

But before that, and to tie you over until then, go read some Don Draper wisdom, at the Mad Man's blog:

Don Draper. Genius Hilarity.


Buy Lucinda Williams and others' musics:

Enjoy your Sunday.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

OHWNT megapost: new Mt Eerie, Julie Doiron, Ingrid Michaelson, Lucinda Williams, much more

Moments before the candidates took the stage Wednesday night, Bob Schieffer placed an upskirt photo of Cynthia McCain on the table at the old war hero's place.

SO.... it's been a while since I posted last. And amazingly, I'm still listening to the last few things I wrote about. Okkervil River, Delta Spirit-- still rocking them both. But there are new things to talk about. 

Next week Mr Kyle I'm Just Sayin is All Pfister is spoiling us with Mt Eerie and Julie Doiron. Florida's Mt Eerie, who most college kiddies probably know as Microphones, usually bore me. That's not to say they're not good or that I'm not excited to see them, because..

Perhaps surprisingly, Julie Doiron does not bore me. Julie is a paradox, a young woman built up of conflicting ideas: she's Canadian but doesn't wear snowshoes everywhere; she has a voice that is like both a thirteen year old girl and an old soul; she speaks French but seems modest; she is quiet but strangely strong. I was lucky enough to see her open up for Sufjan Stevens back when he played at the Pres House four or more years ago [the gig was so long ago and so small I can't even find any online mention of it]. 

Maybe it's the anticipation of seeing both these artists together at the little synagogue in the park across the street which doubles as a little place I like to call Where I Elect Barack Obama as The Next President of The United States America, aka my polling place. 

Or maybe it'll be fun hearing them fill up the little room with the line "who are you, who are you, who has come to fill my room?". And then, I imagine, we'll all clap or something, which would totally overpower the sparing softbutloudness of the band.

In any event, I'm stoked. And you should be, too. 

Give a listen to Mt Eerie and Julie Doiron:

Mt Eerie with Julie Doiron - "Lost Wisdom", from Lost Wisdom
Mt Eerie with Julie Doiron - "Voice in Headphones"from Lost Wisdom
Julie Doiron - "Snow Falls in November", from 2004's Goodnight Nobody
Julie Doiron - "Dance Me", from 1997's Loneliest in the Morning

*for reasons I won't get into, all of the songs of this entire post are also available in a zip file, linked at the bottom.

And howabout some other goodies for you good kiddies?

Lucinda Williams, who apparently is bad ass like skulls on a cross but sweet like flowers, comes to the Orpheum here in Madison on October 25. I'm going. Her latest album, Little Honey, was released Tuesday. Check it out, it's on par with the rest of her vast catalog.

Lucinda rocks: 
"Joy", from 2006's Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
"Honey Bee", from Little Honey
"It's a Long Way to the Top"from Little Honey

Lucinda rolls:
"Jackson"from 2006's Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Ingrid Michaelson follows Lucinda a few weeks later, to the Barrymore. Her latest album, BE OK, was also released Tuesday. It's a bit of a mix, with a cover, some live performances, and stuff she's been playing on tour for quite some time. But that doesn't mean it's not worth picking up. And she's so rad that she's giving some proceeds to Stand Up To Cancer. What a gal.

Here're my favorites from when she played here this past spring, which both appear on BE OK:


ALSO.... man I'm spoiling y'all with this megapost.... I saw Broken Social Scene last weekend here and, wow, was it quite the show. After seeing them live, these are my new fave BSS songs:

"Ibi Dreams of Pavement", from 2005's Broken Social Scene [ok, to be fair, this was already one of my favorites. Seeing it live just catapulted it to the status of absolute favorite]
"Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl", from 2002's You Forgot it in People
"KC Accidental"from 2002's You Forgot it in People
"Stars and Sons"from 2002's You Forgot it in People

BSS's Liz Powell has her own nice little band, Land of Talk. They opened. It was good. /end review.

"Corner Phone", from 2008's Some Are Lakes

Ok, two more. Random tunes. I was recently looking through a bunch of old DJ mixtapes I made as RTDJ, the most recent being at least a good five years old. Anyway, one chill mix I ended with Mazzy Star's perfect "Fade Into You". And so I've been listening to this song nonstop ever since.

Mazzy Star - "Fade Into You", from 1993's So Tonight That I May See

What ever happened to them? Go find out.

And on Monday I invited an old DJ buddy to come play some records with me at Natt Spil. He played the house remix of this awesome classic Smoke City tune. You may know it as the "ay ay ay ay ya-ya-ya" song. Here's the original, just listen:

Download the entire post's songs, right here.


Buy stuff:


Enjoy your weekend, dammit. I'll be working at 630am Saturday and then going straight to watch a third place soccer game that [a] should be for first place and [b] I should be playing in if it wasn't for me getting my first ever red card for tripping a guy when I really really didn't mean to although I was not able to convince the referees that was the case.

Much Love,
the minihawk.