Pale Young Gentlemen has had their album sitting on my iPod collecting iPod dust for weeks and weeks. I finally accidentally listened to their new album Black Forest and had a few moments of bliss-ish-ness. The album isn’t perfect, but it is a good listen. The YouTube pickings are decidedly weak, this is their best offering which ironically is a song that doesn’t seem to have ever made it to an album. For my money I’d go with “There is a Place?” on their newest album, but I still have to spend some quality time with the album to be sure it’s my favorite track. Others like the “The Crook of my Good Arm.” Of the two I could only find the former, hit it below the video.
Nothing new here, but I was very psyched a couple years ago when Nine Times that Same Song album came out. I new nothing about Love is All so I don’t know why I bought their album, but I was so glad I did.
Saul Williams recently came out with The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!  Making this Saul collaborated with Cx KiDTRONiK and Trent Reznor or Nine Inch Nails
Afropunk is something apparently. There is even a movie about it. Saul Williams & Cx KiDTRONiK seem interesting enough, so I’d also be interested in seeing this movie.
And just to be clear Cx KiDTRONiK is not to be confused with the crappy French song entitled KidtroniK.
Let’s Wrestle is some Brit Band that I know next to nothing about. To be honest I can tell you only three more things: They are on Stolen Records, They have a new-ish EP titled In Loving Memory of…, And they are pretty good. They aren’t outstanding, but the music is catchy and the lyrics are fairly great. Nothing to get giddy about, but it’s an excellent listen that will pleasingly stick in your head for the day.
A band called The Morning Benders released a free covers album. I’ve had it on my computer for about two months. I downloaded it after hearing one song, but then forgot about it. Well, I’ve started listening finally and boy, their cover of Roy Orbison’s Crying is just fantastic. Give a listen. Then download the album yourself. There are two ways to do a cover song, the normal way is to make the song sound as closely to the original as possible. This is about interesting as poking yourself in the eye with a bee. The other way is to make the song your own. Lots of people do this, but not nearly enough and often it doesn’t work. But even when it doesn’t work it is still better then the normal way. Happily The Morning Benders got it right on this one!
I’m probably just finding out about Shizuo now because YouTube exists and Shizuo has been gone for a long time. I was still in High School when this video came out. I guess I can live with myself for missing it since I was more interested in running a faster 5k and listening to Radio Head back then. Check out Shizuo. Even the video is fun! It seems like the grandfather of paperrad.
Here is another band I’ve been listening to for a little while and enjoying. Les Savy Fav has been around for quite a while. “After the Balls Drop” is a great album if anyone is interested.
It’s been a while since I listened to Joan of Arc. Honestly, I love their music, but nowadays I find I need to be in the right mood— mostly because I associate some of the songs with gloom late teen angst. But they are and always will be an interesting band. The song I’m pretty excited about right now is “Many Times I’ve Mistaken.” Here is a video of the song at SXSW.
The sound of course in only so-so. If you want to hear the song properly try this:
Today I want to share Deerhoof. They are one of my all-time favorite bands. That said, they aren’t for everyone. I love them, the lyrics are strange, amazing, and pretty. The sound is original, so much so that no one would ever mistake their music for another’s. And best of all the singer’s voice is sweet.
Something to notice about Texan bands are their predisposition to fly the state flag wherever they go. I first noticed this when seeing Swearing at Motorists. But this isn’t about that great band, this is about another Texas based band, Explosions in the Sky. They are an amazing band. Let anyone who thinks otherwise get a bloody nose right now. Seeing them live is of course best. I was lucky enough to do so in 2002. It was great. It looks like they are still doing amazing performances.
Here’s another song, this recording is only so-so. The sound isn’t all the great. It seems like every video I looked at for this fantastic song had one big drawback, so this was the best I could find.