Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ambient Signal 12/30/08 - Top of the year show

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Tonight I played some of my top songs/albums/artists etc..see top 10 list below..happy new yeaar

Pre show: Mono/World's end girlfriend - Untitled 5 and then Excerpts from Johann Johannson's Fordlandia

Margot and the Nuclear so and so's - Tall as cliffs
Annuals - Always Do
The Falcon - The Sandfighter
Land of talk - Some are lakes
Wolf Parade - Language City
Brendan Canning - Hit the wall
Starfucker - Florida
Dosh - Kit and Pearls
Sigur Ros - Med sud i eyrum
Son Lux - Raise
Why? - By Torpedo or Crohns
Helio Sequence - Hallelujah
Talkdemonic - Black wood crimson and March movement
School of seven bells - Half Asleep
Anathallo - The River
Why? - Fatalist Palmistry
Annuals - The Confessor
Hammock - Three Sisters
Chad VanGaalen - Willow tree
Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
The Helio Sequence - Lately
Death Cab for Cutie - Grapevine Fires
Notwist - Good lies
Alias - Weathering
Azeda Booth - In Red
Son Lux - Stand

Monday, December 29, 2008


Ben Gibbard (Death Cab frontman) and Zooey Dechanel (She & Him) are engaged!



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gold Sounds: Top Ten Albums of 2008

Tim of Gold Sounds here, presenting the top ten albums of the year. 2008 saw an influx of many new artists, a fact that is reflected by this list, more than half of which consists of debut albums from these new artists.

10) French Miami - s/t

The musical climate of the past few years has been absolutely littered with dance-oriented rock/electronic bands, most of which are mediocre at best. French Miami's debut album could be best described as dance rock, but they manage to separate themselves from their dance rock contemporaries by injecting some interesting qualities into their music - the constant time changes of "God Damn Best" and the technical, Minus the Bear-esque guitar work of "Science Fiction" are good examples of this. However, this is still a very listener-friendly album with shouting vocals and fun songs that will get stuck in your head for days ("Lil' Rabbits," "All on Fire"), and this combination of complexity and exuberance results in one of 2008's most pleasant surprises.

Listen: French Miami

9) Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Swedish songstress Lykke Li begins her debut album with the entrancing "Melodies & Desires," where she sings, "Love is the harmony/Desire is the key/Love is a symphony/Now play it with me." This statement sets the tone for the rest of the album, where Li explores the feelings and complications of love, from noting, "I'm a little bit in love with you/If only you're a little bit in love with me," to later teasing, "I'll let you think that I'm yours when I'm not." Maybe she's just being cruel, but more likely she's just trying to wrap her head around love, and who hasn't ever been confused by that feeling? Besides, who could hate that cooing voice (especially enticing in "This Trumpet in My Head") and those melodies, ranging from cute ("Let it Fall") to driving and aggressive ("Breaking it Up")? From lyrical content to musical arrangements, Youth Novels delivers and is yet another impressive new artist debut.

Listen: Lykke Li

8) Monroe Mustang - Monroe Mustang, the Imaginary Band, Regretfully Declines

If this were a 'Top Ten Relaxing Albums of 2008" list, this album would be king. Several years in the making, slowcore (e.g. Low, early Death Cab, The New Year) artist Monroe Mustang has released the perfect Sunday morning album, calm, lazy and contemplative. That's not to say the album can't be enjoyed during other times: Little moments like the piano outro/intro of "Found Out"/"R.O.W." and the sudden dynamic shift of "Consequence" keep the listener intrigued and provide more incentive to continue listening. As a result, the album is rewarding as well as relaxing.

Listen: Monroe Mustang

7) Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends

2008 was a banner year for the anticon. collective, with Tobacco's (member of Black Moth Super Rainbow) solo debut among one of their best releases. One of 2008's most ridiculous albums, Tobacco creates music that can best be described as the aural equivalent of getting drunk; it's a woozy and somewhat sloppy instrumental hybrid of electronica and hip-hop. As a result, listening to it might elicit drunken dancing behavior despite your sober state during the day, and any album that causes one to lose their inhibitions about dancing so quickly no matter their level of intoxication can't be bad. With the seriousness most artists display toward their work these days, it's refreshing to see an artist just having fun with their music and whose main goal is making people dance and grin uncontrollably.

Listen: Tobacco

6) Miniature Tigers -Tell it to the Volcano

The debut album from Miniature Tigers proudly displays the band's affinity for traditional pop/rock. Singing about the highs and lows of relationships with a sense of humor, the band mixes poppy melodies reminiscent of bands past (The Beach Boys) and present (Fourth of July, The Flaming Lips) with relatable lyrical content about college and twenty-something life ("I don't want to move too fast/I don't want to scare you off/I don't want to move too slow/Someone's gonna snatch you up", "Tell me how you feel about me/Do you like or like like me", and "Washing off last night's fake blood/From an even faker cut" are prime examples). Despite the obvious poppy influences and familiar lyrical content, the melodies remain original and the lyrics (especially in relation to their song title metaphors) are clever enough to warrant multiple listens.

Listen: Miniature Tigers

5) Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy So Heartfelt

19 year old Jessica Lea Mayfield first gained national exposure when she provided vocals on the Black Keys' newest album, and her debut has that band's bluesy feel. Though the album lacks some of the Keys' finer musical moments (excepting the guitar in "I Can't Lie to You, Love") it more than makes up for it with Mayfield's incredible, haunting voice. Her singing lends every song, most of which deal with feelings of love, a certain mystical quality that 99% of female singers could only hope to duplicate. When you hear her sing, "Is this it baby, are you out of my life?" on "Is This Love?," you feel as though she's either singing directly to you or on behalf of one of your personal lost loves. Also, the endearing lyrical content, such as "If you want, you can call/I will stay awake for you" and referring to a man's shallow love interests as "girlies" would only turn up on an album from someone so young, another way of separating Mayfield from her contemporaries. A truly unique album from a truly unique singer.

Listen: Jessica Lea Mayfield

4) Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster

Welsh septet Los Campesinos! released two albums in 2008, both of which were gloriously loud and unrestrained. However, it's their debut full-length, Hold On Now, Youngster, that proves to be superior. Full of poppy singalongs such as opener "Death to Los Campesinos!," one can't help but shake their feet to the rhythm of these twelve songs. It's these melodies along with the band's clever, relatable lyrics (especially to those privy to the current technological age, which most likely includes you if you're reading this) and unabashed enthusiasm so seemingly rare in music these days that keep listeners coming back for more.

Listen: Los Campesinos!

3) We Versus the Shark -Dirty Versions

Simply put, this album (We Versus the Shark's second) slays. From the opening sonic onslaught of "Hello Blood," where both guitars seem to be racing to an unknown finish line, to the ever-changing structure of "Practical Animals," each song possesses razor-sharp guitar parts and a punishing rhythm section. However, there's more charm to the album than the raw, powerful musicianship. The varying lyrical content (from war and the economy in "I am the President of the World" to a friend's foray into the wild world of werewolves in "Keep it Wolf") keeps things interesting on multiple fronts, and like the album title (make no mistake, these songs are gloriously dirty), some song titles manage to accurately depict its contents. For example, "Mountaineering" slowly builds to a very epic climax, making the listener feel as though they are participating in the titular hobby. This is the rock album of 2008.

Listen: We Versus the Shark

2) Why? - Alopecia

Despite the plentiful amazing releases of anticon. in 2008, none were as compelling as Why?'s third full-length, Alopecia. The album is lyrically puzzling, including the absurd refrain of opener "The Vowels pt. 2" ("Cheeri-a, cheeri-e, cheeri-i, cherri-o, cherri-u"? What?) and really all the lyrics in general (it's impossible not to laugh or balk at some of the lines in "Good Friday"). The album is musically puzzling as well, a goofy mix of hip-hop and indie rock with Yoni Wolf's slightly nasally vocals at the foreground. However, the strange lyrics and music work together exceptionally well, especially in "By Torpedo or Crohn's," where Yoni laments puking behind Whole Foods, and "Fatalist Palmistry," the closest thing the album has to an instantly accessible song (and also lyrically the album's best, with clever lines like "I know a psychic who reads her own palms and her findings are personal"). The most interesting thing about the album, however, is its many moods and feelings; from the utter depression of "Song of the Sad Assassin" and the frustration of "The Fall of Mr. Fifths" to the hopeful unrequited love of "Simeon's Dilemma," the album's fourteen songs all have a different, unique feel. This will be an album put on repeat for years to come.

Listen: Why?

1) Pattern Is Movement - All Together

Chalk this one up to consistency. All ten songs are not only good, but standouts; "Right Away" was chosen as the first single, but any other song would have served just as well. Each track consists of several repeated movements (staying true to the band's moniker), with the impressive musical talents of the band's two members creating a full, lush, orchestrated sound. Simple lyrical declarations such as, "How I just love the sound of your voice," accompany these complex arrangements; musically precise like Pinback but with a bizarre mixture of almost opera-style singing and pop that mostly sounds like it was created in a dark dungeon, the album isn't instantly welcoming. However, after a couple listens, an appreciation for these unique musical stylings, from the wistful, longing atmostphere of "Peach Trees" to the bounding, enthused feel of "Jenny Ono," develops. In addition to this, unlike the other albums of 2008 (which are all to some degree hit-or-miss), this album is consistently great and inventive, features often prominent when discussing great albums, All Together being part of that class.

Listen: Pattern Is Movement

Honorable mention:
Talkdemonic - Eyes at Half Mast
The Walkmen - You and Me
Alias - Resurgam
Pegasuses-XL - The Antiphon
Appomattox - AO
We Versus the Shark - Murmurmur (the pure rock of Dirty Versions in the form of cover songs. Download it for free from Quote Unquote Records.)

Some anticipated albums of 2009:
So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars (recorded with Chris Walla way back in July 2007 and finally getting released on April 7th by Vagrant Records. This will be one of the year's best albums; look for them to get the same sort of exposure the Hold Steady got upon releasing their first album on Vagrant)

Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles (finished recording, no info on a release date but it probably won't be too long now. Looking forward to see how the full band setup introduced on Get Warmer is developed)

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (comes out next month. Always curious about whatever Animal Collective comes up with)

Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project (comes out in February. Do Make Say Think/Broken Social Scene member creates an album in hopes to answer the question: What is happiness? Listen to a song and learn more here)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ambient signal's Top 10 Albums of 2008 and other enumerations

This was a year of great triumphs and great let downs..not quite sure if this was a year to beat but I seemed to have an unusually high volume of highly anticipated releases this year. We'll start off with the Top 10 or so best albums, best songs, then biggest let downs, and most anticipated releases of 2009.

Top 10 or so albums of 2008:
1. Son Lux - At War with Walls and Mazes

This was a landmark year for the record label anticon in my opinion. They became even more removed from the sort of fringe electronic/hiphop label I had associated them with a few years ago and released some albums that really pushed some boundaries. The debut album from Son Lux is certainly no exception. I was completely addicted to this album when it came out, not for its hooks, but for its deep musical structures and innovations. Part hip hop drums, part classical (opera samples anyone?), part something else entirely. A clear line runs through the whole album, and many musical themes pop up in different forms in different songs. When first listening to the whole album I found myself going "What??? You can't do that!" and its outbursts like that that made me realize I was dealing with something really special, and it has been #1 in my mind ever since it came out in March.
Key Songs: Stay, Raise, Stand

2. Why? - Alopecia
Again, you can see why I called this a landmark year for anticon...I really thought this was going to be #1 of the year before Son Lux came along. This third Why? effort feels extremely cohesive but with each song having an identity of its own. Handling topics like death and palm reading with an odd but amazing combination of hiphop and indie pop. Yoni Wolf's lyrics dance around from topic to disconnected topic with a certain sense of humor and weirdness that I think everyone needs every once in a while.
Key tracks: By Torpedo or Crohns, Fatalist Palmistry, These Few Presidents

3. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
I can't resist a good ol' fashioned Sigur Ros album. Luckily for me I hadn't been anticipating this album for months or years, which I think led to it being much more satisfying (unlike other albums..see below). It came out in the summer, which I don't normally associate with icelandic post-rock but this album made me change my mind. While not quite as solid as their last two releases, it definitely has its share of innovations and great songs.
Key Tracks: Með suð í eyrum, Inni mer syngur vitleysingur, Festival

4. Helio Sequence - Keep your eyes ahead
I was a little dismayed to hear my favorite song on this album being played during an episode of The Hills, but I guess dem's da brakes. I hadn't been into the Helio Sequence before this album, but this was a really solid offering with many hits and very few misses. They are great live too.
Key tracks: Lately, Hallelujah, Back to this
5. Talkdemonic - Eyes at half mast
6. Annuals - Such Fun
7. Azeda Booth - In Flesh Tones
8. Johann Johannson - Fordlandia
---Not really sure of the order after this
Starfucker - Starfucker
This Will Destroy You - This Will Destroy You
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Not Animal
Alias - Resurgam
Brendan Canning - Something for all of us
The Falcon - EP
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Dosh - Wolves and Wishes
Flight of the Conchords - s/t
School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

Best songs (no order):
School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
Chad Vangaalen - Willow Tree
Son Lux - Raise
Annuals - Always Do
Brendan Canning - Hit the wall
Land of talk - Some are lakes
Azeda Booth - In Red
Wolf Parade - Language City
Cut Copy - Hearts on fire
Dosh - Kit and Pearls
Why? - By Torpedo or Crohns
Margot and the Nuclear so and so's - As tall as cliffs
The Falcon - The Sandfighter
and more!

Biggest letdowns:
---Neva Dinova - You may already be dreaming
I had been anticipating this album for a long time and unfortunately there just wasn't a song I could really gravitate towards and the lyrics weren't quite at the same level as other albums. Oh well..keep it up guys!
---Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
I'm not sure what I was expecting from Oberst's solo debut, but it wasn't quite up to snuff for me when compared to Bright Eyes stuff, but I'm glad he took the chance to stretch some other muscles.
---Margot and the Nuclear so and so's - Animal/Not Animal
Although there are some great tracks on this album, it didn't come close to 2006's Dust of Retreat (which was my #1 album that year) but I guess you can't improve much on perfection...I had also been anticipating this album for over a year and its hard to deliver on that much anticipation
---Hammock - Maybe they will sing for us tomorrow
Unfortunately my favorite ambient artist Hammock has been veering more towards beatless ambient soundscapes rather than the more song minded light post rock that drew me to them in the first place..this album just didn't do it for me like some of their earlier ones

Most anticipated releases of 2009 (in no order of course):
Animal Collective - Merryweather post-pavilion (January)
Grizzly Bear (March/April)
Charlie Everywhere (done recording, shopping for a label)
Menomena (Recording now, Fall 2009)
The Velvet Teen (Recording now, no telling)
The Album Leaf (Recording now, Fall 2009)
Cat Power (Done recording? no telling
Bright Eyes (Recording now, no telling)
Doves (Done recording? Anytime now?)
Hopes and wishes: Sunset Rubdown, Camera Obscura (might be recording..I forget), Feist, Amiina, Battles

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fifty/Fifty {12/11}

Surprise! One last show before I go home....

[artist] - [track]
belle and sebastian - christmas time is here   
Kitty Hoff & Forêt-Noire - Toc-Toc-Toc   
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Mummers remix)   
Bishop Allen - Click Click Click Click   
Bell - Brown Bear   
The Sweet Serenades - Mona Lee   
The Knife - Na Na Na
Dreamend - If Only for a Day   
Little Joy - No One's Better Sake   
Young Marble Giants - Brand New Life
Theresa Andersson - Birds Fly Away   
Future Clouds and Radar - Feet On Grass   
Love Is All - Wishing well    
Terry Callier - You Miss Your Candyman   
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Beggin' (Pilooski Edit)   
Cornershop - Candyman   
Stetsasonic - Stet Troop '88!   
M.I.A. - O... Saya    
Clipse - Intro   
Meursault - the furnace   
Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (Dj Lapse remix)   
Hot Chip - Hold On   
Jackson 5/Naughty By Nature - I Want You Back   
Ace Of Base/Timbaland - Cruel Summer/Give It To Me   
Celia Cruz/Pitbull/DJ Sizzahandz - Guantanamera/Culo   
Timbaland/Starpoint/DJ Bling - The Way I Desire   
Daft Punk/Kanye West/A-Trak - Harder, Better, Stronger   
Jay-Z/Led Zepplin/Crooklyn Clan - I Just Wanna Whole Lotta Love
Cut Copy - Sands of Time   

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

pinkie swear

daedelus - remix of nothing
cassius - cactus
noisia - fabric live mix
alias - weathering
the annuals - springtime
death cab for cutie - sound of settling
tilly and the wall - jumbler
lykke li - breaking it up
death cab for cutie - i will posses your heart
teddy bears - cobrastyle
casiotone for the painfully alone - bobby malone
the dead science - drrrty magneto
lali puna - clear cut
mylo - sunworshiper
georgie james - need your needs
bloc party - flux
chemical brothers - do it again
sbach - 03
mogwai - travel is dangerous
modest mouse - fire it up
misha - weatherbees

Take - Tuesday Never Comes
Glen Porter - Intrid
ILL Padre - Theif of Tranquility
Milfod Reynolds - Building 453
Glen Porter - Image of You
Unknown Source - Frowning
Glen Porter - Prolong
Glen Porter - Memoirs
Urban Quilt - This Rhythm
Akello Uchenna - Been So Good
Milford Reynolds - Lowe's Market
ILL Padre - ILL Padre Theme Part 2
Tsunchoo - Stutsja
ILL Padre - Cielo


Gold Sounds 12/9/08: 2008 Retrospective + songs that make me feel good

The year's almost over, so I've decided to play lots of the best stuff from 2008, some very recent stuff and some older songs I really like. For variety's sake, songs that aren't from a 2008 release are in red.

Talkdemonic "Ending the Orange Glow"

The Walkmen "Red Moon"
Pinback "Walters"
French Miami "All on Fire"

Brendan Canning "Churches Under the Stairs"
Ra Ra Riot "Dying Is Fine"
Land of Talk "Young Bridge"

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks "Wicked Wanda"
Mono in VCF "Escape City Scrapers"
Pattern Is Movement "Trolley Friend"

Glassjaw "Ape Dos Mil"
Why? "Song of the Sad Assassin"
Pegasuses-XL "The Big Haunt"

We Versus the Shark "Hello Blood"
Appomattox "Either Way"
Pavement "Date w/ Ikea"/"Fin" (from the Brighten the Corners reissue...1997 Peel Session)

Wallpaper "Pop Rocket"
Secret Dakota Ring "Losing Eyeballs"
Deerhoof "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back" (rebound rebound rebound rebound)

Marnie Stern "Prime"
Death Vessel "Bruno's Torso"
Calexico "House of Valparaiso"

Longwave "No Direction"
sBACH "08"
Hum "Green to Me"

Rivers Cuomo "Oh Jonas"/"Please Remember"/"Come to My Pod"
Sebastien Grainger "I Hate My Friends"
Starfucker "Mike Ptyson"

Bomb the Music Industry! "Ghost of Corporate Future" (Regina Spektor cover)
Los Campesinos! "Ways to Make it through the Wall"
caUSE-coMOTION! "Only Fades Away"/"Baby Don't Do It"

Johnny Foreigner "Eyes Wide Terrified"
Brazilian Girls "Good Time"
Dungen "Det Tar Tid"

Miniature Tigers "The Wolf"
Hearts of Palm UK "Trust"
Margot & the Nucleaer So and So's "As Tall As Cliffs"

Noah and the Whale "Two Atoms in a Molecule"
The New Year "My Neighborhood"
Annuals "Springtime"
Pinback "Tres"

Rock Block: The evolution of Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie "Your Bruise"
"Title and Registration"
"Grapevine Fires"
The Postal Service "Against All Odds"

The Decemberists "Record Year"
Belle and Sebastian "Judie and the Dream of Horses" (wtf CD 2? cut off)
Spoon "Paper Tigers"
Jessica Lea Mayfield "I Can't Lie to You, Love"
Pavement "Range Life"

Mates of State "Open Book"
Lykke Li "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
Alias "I Heart Drum Machines"/"Well Water Black"

This is my last show of the semester! Sad, but I'll be back next semester, though at a time TBD. I'll keep you posted once next semester starts (Jan 13th, I believe is the day). Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

WRPI featured in NY Times article!


Features interviews and photographs (including one of yous truly) of people around the station..commenting on the state of college radio in the age of blogs and internets..yeaah

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Gold Sounds: Show alert (Dec. 4th)!

Hey, Capital District! Can't think of anything exciting to do tomorrow night? Well, why not head over to Valentine's in Albany and see Ra Ra Riot, So Many Dynamos (always excellent live), and Princeton at 8pm? These three up-and-coming bands are guaranteed to provide energetic live sets, and this lineup is one of the best that's passed through the Albany area in awhile. Here's a taste of what to expect:

Ra Ra Riot "Ghost Under Rocks" music video:

So Many Dynamos "The Novelty of Haunting" live:

Further listening: Ra Ra Riot, So Many Dynamos, Princeton

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

{Fifty/Fifty} There It Is...

Ok so we're caught up, right? There were 2 weeks in there I didn't have a show but other than everything is posted to date (including tonight).

Fifty/Fifty {12/2}

 [artist] - [track]

Beta Satan - Party On The Death Star   
Lily Allen - The Fear   
Benji Hughes - You Stood Me Up   
Takka Takka - In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins Cover)   
The British Columbians - Ain't No Direction   
Populous - Royal Gold   
Thao Nguyen - Bag Of Hammers   
Deerhunter - Vox Humana   
Fol Chen - Cable TV   
Black Keys - I Got Mine (live)   
The Menahan Street Band - Make The Road By Walking   
The Acorn - Blankets   
Free Blood - Quick And Painful   
Quiero Club - The Flow   
T. Dekker - Old Milwaukee  
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Black Mountain - Tyrants   
Xylos - In the Bedroom   
White Hinterland - Lindberghs & Metal Birds   
Starkey - Pressure   
The Henry Clay People - Something in the Water   
Hemme Fatale - Peryglus Lucifer   
Junesex - Boy With Your Tongue
Heartsrevolution - Switchblade   
Piano Magic - Vacancies  
Lambchop - Slipped Dissolved And Loosed   

Fifty/Fifty {11/18}

[artist] - [track]

A.C. Newman - Miracle Drug   
Coeur de Pirate - Comme Des Enfants   
Los Campesinos! - Miserabilia   

The Genevan Heathen & Mattfoley (movie in parentheses):
01_“Main Theme” Hans Zimmer (True Romance) / “Prologue” Charles Bernstein (A Nightmare on Elm Street)   
02_“Winner Takes All” Sammy Hagar (Over The Top)   
03_“Feel The Heat” Jean Beauvoir (Cobra)    The Genevan Heathen & Mattfoley
04_“Stir It Up” Patti LaBelle (Beverly Hills Cop)    The Genevan Heathen & Mattfoley
05_“Night Train” Marvin Berry & The Starlighters (Back to the Future)
06_“Holiday Road” Lindsey Buckingham (National Lampoon’s Vacation)
07_“Beat City” The Flowerpot Men (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)   
08_“Earth Angel” Marvin Berry & The Starlighters (Back to the Future) / “Delorean Revealed” Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future)   
09_“Win in the End” Mark Safan (Teen Wolf)   
10_“Fletch Theme” Harold Faltermeyer (Fletch)   
11_“I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” Kenny Loggins (Footloose)
12_“Howard The Duck” Thomas Dolby & The Cherry Bombs (Howard The Duck) / “Second Melt” Rick Ulfik (Street Trash)   
13_“Angel of the City” Robert Tepper (Cobra)   
14_“Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” Quiet Riot (Footloose)   
15_“Danke Shoen” Connie Francis (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)   
16_“Overload” Alfie Zappacosta (Dirty Dancing)   
17_“Citizens On Patrol” Michael Winslow & The LA Dream Team (Police Academy 4)
18_“Come To Me” Brad Fiedel (Fright Night)   
19_“Love Missile” Sigue Sigue Sputnik (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
20_“No Easy Way Out” Robert Tepper (Rocky IV)   
21_“Main Theme” Hans Zimmer (True Romance)
Paper Route Gangstaz - Rollin (Flosstradamus Remix)   
Boston Spaceships - You Satisfy Me   
Ben Gibbard - Joga (Bjork Cover)   
Audrye Sessions - Waltz #2 (Xo)   
The Smashing Pumpkins - Soma [Live]   
R.E.M. - Living Well Is the Best Revenge (Live from Athens)
The Herbaliser - Can't Help This Feeling (Original Version)   
The Kills - What New York Used To Be   
The Golden Filter - Moonlight Fantasy (demo)   

Fifty/Fifty {11/11}

[artist] - [track]

The Knife - Heartbeats   
Bloc Party - Helicopter [Sheriff Whitey Mix]   
Mr Scruff - Hold On (Ft. Andreya Triana) (Album Version)   
Bird Peterson - Shooked   
Gang Gang Dance - Princes   
Björk (feat. Thom Yorke) - Náttúra   
DJ Class - I'm The Ish   
Prepmode - Dj Kool Bmore Kool   
Shinichi Osawa - Star Guitar [Popular Computer Remix]   
Plus Move - Boss   
Au Revoir Simone - Lark (Ruff and Jam Remix)    
Born Ruffians - I Need A Life   
Architecture in Helsinki (feat. Marina) - That Beep (Radioclit's French Mix)
Old Money - The NYC Tee Mix   
Crystal Waters - In De Ghetto
Diplo & Buraka Som Sistema - Inna De Ghetto (Remix)
Bonde Do Role - Marina Gasolina (Scottie B & King Tutt Remix)
Old Money - Dust Me Off (Mix):
  • Ninjasonik - Tight Pants (Rap Remix)
    DJ Tameil - I Get Money
  • M.I.A. - XR2
    Skyzoo feat. Wale - Lyrically Inclined (Konrad Remix)
    AC Slater - Jack Got Jacked
  • Dances With White Girls - Everyone's Got To Make A Living
    Che Grand - City On Fire
  • Hot Chip - Shake A Fist (Morsy Mix)
    Designer Drugs - Zombies!
  • Theophilus London - Sand Castles
  • A-Trak - Say Whoa (DJ Craze Remix)
  • Kudu - Hey 50
  • Rakim Does The Mambo
Obi Best - Swedish Boy   
belle and sebastian - sukie in the graveyard   
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt this Place   
Wild Beasts - The Devil's Crayon   
The Bent Pen project - dead birds   

Fifty/Fifty {11/4}

[artist] - [track]

Cook - Bring It On   
1032 - Blue Little   
TV On The Radio - Me-I   
Camu Tao - Plot for a Little   
Magaz - Dangerous   
Aeroc - Idiom   
The Raveonettes - Dead Sound   
El-P - Smithereens   
GUMSHEV - ES'kabani   
Ben Benjamin - Squirmy Sign Language   
Les Savvy Fav - The Equestrian   
Rob Sonic - Brand New Vandals   
Mapaputsi - Kufa   
Cepia - Ithaca   
The Rapture - Crimson Red   
Hangar 18 - Think Big   
Jozi - Livin in Africa   
Dabrye - Temper   
120 Days - Justine   
Mr. Lif and Cannibal Ox - Brothaz REmix   
GUMSHEV - Matha   
Dark Party - Active   
Broken Social Scene - Canada vs. America   
Despot - Get Rich or Try Dying   
Jozi - Muthaland   
Cool Calm Pete - Get with the Times   
Drencko - NO More   

Fifty/Fifty {10/21}

[artist] - [track]

Bobby Hebb - Sunny       
Boney M - Sunny   
Justice - Genesis (Datsu REMIX)   
Nid & Sancy - kidzz (original dub)   
Gang Gang Dance - House Jam (xxxchange remix)   
Anoraak - Never Ending Romance Disaster (NERD)   
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Solly Remix)   
The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) - Dinosaur On The Ark
Winter Gloves - I Can't Tell You   
Brett Dennen - Make You Crazy (feat. Femi Kuti)
Malajube - Pâte Filo   
The Apples In Stereo - (Baby It's) So Cold   
White Denim - Sitting   
Weird Tapes - Home   
Parts & Labor - Nowheres Nigh
+/- [Plus Minus] - Snowblind   
Memory Cassette - Asleep At A Party   
Begushkin - Refugee & the Hag   
Lake - Blue Ocean Blue   
Brazos - Mary Jo   
Hearts of Palm UK - People & Logistics   
Love Is All - A More Uncertain Future   
Max Tundra - Number Our Days   
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Politely Declined

{Fifty/Fifty} The Long Overdue Playlists

OK people so I've been really lax this semester in posting playlists. I think I owe you all an apology. So here are the playlists for not only all the ones I've missed, but also tonight's.


Ambient Signal 12/2/08

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Forget Cassettes - Quiero Quieres
This will destroy you - A Three legged workhorse
A Northern Chorus - Red Carpet blues
Sigur Ros - Saeglopur
John Cage - Sonata XIII for prepared piano
Swords - The Product of harm
Daylight's for the birds - For Now
Styrofoam - After Sunset
Anathallo- The River
Death cab for cutie - Champagne from a paper cup
Dosh - Improv #1
Between the Pine - the wall and the moon conclusion I
Wintersleep - Oblivion
Longwave- secrets are sinister
Los Campesinos - you'll need these fingers for crossing
Arliss parker - Besos
Squarepusher - Delta V
Her space holiday - Sleepy tigers
The Submarines - Hope
Dntel - The Distance
K.C. Accidental - Them (Pop song #3333)
Bright Eyes- Tourist trap
Valley of the giants - Westworld
Neko case - Star witness

pinkie swear.

artist - song

minus the bear - the game needed me - the oktopus remix
mogwai - they chose horses
lykke li - little bit
annuals - confessor
annuals - hot night hounds
the notwist - good lies
death cab for cutie - amputations - live at the crocodile cafe, seattle, WA
bloc party - flux
the faint - get seduced
sBACH - 03
the faint - the geeks were right
quiver - surin
Noisa - FabricLive.40
Moby - I like to move in here - crookers mass remix
Baja - meth arrow
alias - i heart drum machines
david byrne & brian eno - strange overtones
modest mouse - never ending math equation

Semester is coming to a close this week. Crazy, stressful, and chaotic. I've got coffee in one hand and a long list of projects to finish in the other. I've got one semester left and then I'm off to go work as a real-live graphic designer. I'll be off the air from December 17-January 10th (?) and then I'll return to do one semester of shows. Stay tuned to the blog for updates.


Gold Sounds 12/2/08: Location is everything, especially in Europe

Today's show will feature blocks of music by artists that are from the same European countries, at least assuming I don't get bored with it. We'll see! New songs in red, requests in blue. Ridiculous songs in green.

Rock Block - Epic English Bands
Spiritualized "Intro"/"Shine a Light" (from Royal Albert Hall Live 1997 album)
My Bloody Valentine "To Here Knows When" (based in London now, though originally formed in Ireland. Who's splitting hairs? Not me!)
Portishead "All Mine"

Rock Block - Scottish Bands
Mogwai "Kids Will Be Skeletons"
Belle and Sebastian "The State I Am In" (from their new BBC Sessions album)
Camera Obscura "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken"
Long Fin Killie "The Heads of Dead Surfers"

Rock Block - Welsh Bands
Stereophonics "My Own Worst Enemy"
Mclusky "Forget About Him I'm Mint"
Future of the Left "The Lord Hates a Coward"
Los Campesinos! "Miserabilia"

Rock Block - Swedish Punk Bands
Refused "Liberation Frequency"/The Deadly Rythm"
The Hives "Die, All Right!"
Millencolin "Material Boy"

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned "Passing Time"
Neutral Milk Hotel "Ghost"
Charlie Everywhere "Mouthful of Diamonds"
Pretend You're Happy "Everyone's Tired in Boston"

Women "Black Rice"
Starfucker "Florida"
Of Montreal "Id Engager"
Miniature Tigers "Tell it to the Volcano"

Hospital Ships "Baby for J"
Fourth of July "The Faint"

Between the Pine "Cut the Crap"
Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire "Lost Wisdom"/"Voice in Headphones"

Rock Block - Icelandic Bands
Sigur Ros "Milano"
Bjork "All Is Full of Love"
Mugison "Mugiboogie" (from Made in Iceland compilation)

Max Tundra "Will Get Fooled Again"
Polysics "Moog Is Love"
David Byrne & Brian Eno "The River"
The Organ "Oh What a Feeling"

Rock Block - The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming (With New Music)!
The Cure "The Only One"
Bloc Party "Flux"
Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid "25th Street"

Rock Block - Swedish Indie Pop Bands (Plus Something Ridiculous)
Lykke Li "Breaking it Up"
Love Is All "A More Uncertain Future"
I'm from Barcelona "Paper Planes"
Europe "The Final Countdown" (IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWWWWWWN)

Moon & Moon "Act II: Hands of a Man"
Thursday "As He Climbed the Dark Mountain"
Longwave "Satellites"

Rock Block - German Bands/Artists
The Notwist "Pick Up the Phone"
ckid "Down With Ghosts"
The Notwist "Gloomy Planets"

Rock Block - British Electronica
Aphex Twin "Windowlicker"
Radiohead "Skttrbrain (Four Tet Remix)"
Burial "Archangel"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

WRPIwave 11_24

Song of the night in bodacious WRPIwave red!

Gang of Four - Anthrax (Blood Brothers Remix)
Big Audio Dynamite - Bad
Depeche Mode - Precious
Front 242 - U Men
Several Heads - 20 Deadly Diseases
Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
Fad Gadget - Pedestrian
Bauhaus - David Jay, Peter Murphy, Kevin H
Coming Back to You - Television Set
Vice Versa - Riot Squad
The Killers - Shadowplay
Human League - Do or Die
Gang of Four - To Hell with Poverty
Heaven 17 - We Don't Need that Facist Groove Thang

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ambient Signal 11/25/08

WRPI 91.5fm!
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Tuesdays 6-8pm

The Album Leaf - The Light
Amiina - Hilli
Lymbyc Systym - Birds
Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO sighting
The Postal Service - This place is a prison
Radical face - Wrapped in piano strings
Alias - I heart drum machines
St. Vincent - Landmines
Stars - The Night starts here
Anathallo - Italo
Arliss Parker - Oh my
Frontier Ruckus - Animals need animals
Her space holiday - Four tapping shoes and a kiss
School of seven bells - Half Asleep
Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
Dark dark dark - Ashes
Margot and the nuclear so and so's - Mariels brazen overture
Pretend you're happy - Everyone's tired in Boston
Alexander Scriabin - Piano Concerto in F# Minor, Op. 20 II. Andante
Strangers Die Everyday - Bicycle
Sigur Ros - Gong
Ulrich Schnauss - Shine
The Six parts seven - Stolen Moments
Japancakes - Far from here
Hammock - Shipwrecked (flat on your back)

pinkie swear

Chemical Brothers - Do it again
Simian Mobile Disco - Fabric Live Mix
Moby - I love To Move In Here - Crookers Mass Remix
Quivver - Surin
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
The Faint - The Geeks Were Right
Tobacco - Street Trash
Fujiya + Miyagi - Knickerbocker
Hot Chip - Hold On - Mockn' Toof remix
sBach - 06
Alias - Well Water Black
The Rapture - Junkyard Band - The Band
Annuals - confessor
Brazilian Girls - Good times
Minus the Bear - The Game Needed Me - The Oktopus Remix
Alias - Oakland in the Rearview
minus the bear - Michio's Death - Michio aka Monostereo Remix
explosions in the sky - first breath after coma



Gold Sounds 11/25/08: 'Half as long, twice as awesome' edition

Only here from 12-2pm today so I can drive home before it gets too late! Also, 'sup Ben Gibbard? New songs in red

Talkdemonic "March Movement"

Mono in VCF "Escape City Scrapers"
Dr. Dog "The Old Days"
Spiritualized "Soul on Fire"

The Organ "Even in the Night"
Love Is All "Give it Back"
Lake "Counting"

Andrew Jackson Jihad "Brave as a Noun"/"Survival Song"
Dirty Jeans Jenkins "Love Me I'm a Liberal" (cover of Evan Greer covering Phil Ochs)
Paul Baribeau "Ten Things" (from The Fest 7 compilation)

Pretty Girls Make Graves "Speakers Push the Air"
Death Cab for Cutie "Amputations"
Miniature Tigers "Dino Damage"

French Miami "Lil' Rabbits"
Anathallo "Northern Lights"
Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire "Voice in Headphones"
Death Cab for Cutie "Title Track"

Ben Gibbard "You Remind Me of Home"
Pinback "N0n-Ph0t0 B00m"
The Postal Service "Against All Odds" (request!)

The Smiths "There Is a Light that Never Goes Out"
The Decemberists "Valerie Plame"

Weezer "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"
Longwave "Secrets Are Sinister"
Talkdemonic "Dim Sky"
Arliss Parker "Besos"

Death Cab for Cutie "President of What?" (live at The Crocodile Cafe 2/25/98)
Her Space Holiday "Four Tapping Shoes and a Kiss"
The Dismemberment Plan "The Face of the Earth"/"Superpowers"

This show was a lot of fun! Have a good Thanksgiving, everyone!

WRPIwave 11_17

So, I know I'm lazy, and to prove it here is last week's playlist. I thought it was an exceptionally great show.

Depeche Mode - Set Me Free
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in the Dust
Cocteau Twins - Wax and Wayne
The Cure - La Men
tThe Cure - Let's Go to Bed
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead
The sisters of mercy - Temple of Love (ext version)
Dead Can Dance - Xavier
The Chameleons UK - Don't Fall
A Flock of Seagulls - Committed
The Psychedelic Furs - Wedding Song
Devo - Jocko Homo
Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call (Razormaid Mix)
Cabaret Voltaire - Yahsar
The Human League - The Black Hit of Space
Tears for Fears - Shout
The Mission UK - Over the Hills and Far Away
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Fall
The Lords of the New Church - When Blood Runs Cold
Echo and the Bunnymen - Killing Moon
The Smiths - Shakespeare's Sister

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ambient Signal 11/18/08

WRPI 91.5fm!
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Tuesdays 6-8pm

Charlie everywhere - Mouthful of diamonds
Camera Obscura - Tears for affairs
Cyann and Ben - Words
Boy in static - Newborn
My Brightest Diamond - Inside a boy (Son Lux Remix)
Explosions in the sky - The birth and death of the day
Eighth Blackbird - Coming Together (by Frederick Rzewski)
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Cold kind and lemon eyes
Annuals - Springtime
Wintersleep - Archeologists
Plushgun - Dancing in the minefields
French Miami - Wind War
School of seven bells - Wired for light
Her space holiday - The truth hurts so this should be priceless
Dark dark dark - Cloud Story
Death Cab for Cutie - Grapevine Fires
Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
Neva Dinova - Squirrels
Bright Eyes/ The Album Leaf - Bad Blood
Arovane - Tides
Mum - Green grass of tunnel

pinkie swear

  1. simian mobile disco - half hour mix from Fabric
  2. Nobody - Akk tge Shallow Deep
  3. Madlib's Sound Directions - Wildflowers
  4. Tarek DJ DUSK Captain - Let Me Know
  5. A Race of Angels - Just Begin
  6. Adventure Time - This Done is Our Home
  7. Nathan Yell - Goodbye
  8. Take - Tuesday Never Comes
  9. Glen Porter - Intrid
  10. ILL Padre - Theif of Tranquility
  11. Milfod Reynolds - Building 453
  12. Glen Porter - Image of You
  13. Unknown Source - Frowning
  14. Glen Porter - Prolong
  15. Glen Porter - Memoirs
  16. Urban Quilt - This Rhythm
  17. Akello Uchenna - Been So Good
  18. Milford Reynolds - Lowe's Market
  19. ILL Padre - ILL Padre Theme Part 2
  20. Tsunchoo - Stutsja
  21. ILL Padre - Cielo
  22. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - I Love Creedence <--- Playing at Valentines tomorrow in Albany!
  23. MGMT - Electric Feel - Justice Remix
  24. Cassius - Cactus
  25. M.I.A. - 10 $
  26. Explosions in the Sky - Memorial

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Gold Sounds 11/18/08: Long Songs, pt. 2

So one time last year, I did a show comprised only of long (6+ minutes) songs, and it was really fun, so I figured today I'd do it again. They aren't all that long, but most of them are. New stuff in red. Requests in blue.

Explosions in the Sky "First Breath After Coma"
Mogwai "Punk Rock"/"Cody"
Do Make Say Think "A with Living"

Neil Young with Crazy Horse "Cortez the Killer"
Earth Opera "The Great American Eagle Tragedy"

Led Zeppelin "In My Time of Dying"
Built to Spill "Twin Falls"/"Some"

Television "Marquee Moon"

Drive Like Jehu "Sinews"
We Versus the Shark "Mountaineering"

Hum "Apollo"
Echo & The Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"
Envy "Pure Birth and Loneliness"

Sunny Day Real Estate "Song about an Angel"
Kevin Drew "Gang Bang Suicide"
Bad Astronaut "Solar Sister" (The Posies cover)

Boo and Boo Too "Alleys in Whitechapel"
The Velvet Underground "Heroin" (the 'this record sounds ridiculous because it's over 40 years old' edition)
The Decemberists "I'm Sticking with You" (The Velvet Underground cover)

The Decemberists "The Island - Come and See - The Landlord's Daughter - You'll Not Feel the Drowning"
Explosions in the Sky "Memorial"

Russian Circles "Youngblood"
The Cure "Close to Me"
The Drones "Work for Me"

Okkervil River "So Come Back, I Am Waiting"
Modest Mouse "Spitting Venom"
Death Cab for Cutie "I Will Possess Your Heart"

The Mae Shi "Kingdom Come"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gold Sounds: "Making up for lost time" reviews post

Hey, it's been awhile since I've written any reviews. Here are a couple to make up for lost time:

Sebastien Grainger - Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains

One listen through ex-Death from Above 1979 guy Sebastien Grainger's debut solo album reveals Grainger's passion: creating booty-shaking rock music. Every track on the album (with the exception of the momentum-killing piano ballad "Love Is Not a Contest") delivers bass-heavy rock with wailing vocals, with "Love Can Be So Mean," "I Hate My Friends" and "American Names" especially showcasing what Grainger is capable of. As a whole, however, the album's songs are slightly primitive musically and lyrically, but hey, who needs those things to have a good time, right?

"Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains" is out now courtesy of Saddle Creek Records.

Listen: Sebastien Grainger

Miniature Tigers - Tell it to the Volcano

Clever lyrics and melodic sensibilities add up to one of the year's most enjoyable pop albums, with some songs (like the ridiculously catchy "Dino Damage") adding synth into the guitar/bass/drums mix. The excellent title track "Tell it to the Volcano" exemplifies this formula and, believe it or not, is slightly reminiscent of both "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, pt. 1" by The Flaming Lips (though the band steers clear of the experimentalism on most Flaming Lips albums). The band's lyrics provide specificity and details often absent from most music of this sort, which is never a bad thing ("I watched you through your window/I was wearing that dumb sweatshirt/I looked like a goon/I was dressed for winter even though it was the middle of June," and "You moved up close/I could feel your sweat/I kissed you on the neck and you got wet" are some prime examples). Overall, this is a great alternative to that Vampire Weekend album you've probably worn out by now.

"Tell it to the Volcano" is out now courtesy of Modern Art Records.

Listen: Miniature Tigers

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Here's the playlist from last night. Its actually relatively on time this week! I chose mostly darkwave with a little bit of new wave thrown in to offset last weeks complete lack of the genre from which the show draws its name. Also this whole show was brought to you in wonderful statiky vinyl.

Darkwave in great gothy grey
New Wave in hula hooping hipster hues
Joy Division in beautiful best band blue

Ministry - Every day Is Halloween
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
Shriekback - Mercy Dash
The Smiths - Manchester
New Order - Blue Monday
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Jigsaw Feeling
Bauhaus - Third Uncle
Skinny Puppy - One Night One Place
Tones on Tail - Long
Severerd Heads - Canine (Extended)
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Inside Me
Killing Joke - Bloodsport
Gang of four - Life! Its a shame
Front 242 - Take One
Pet Shop Boys - In the Night
The Smiths - How Soon is now


So here's the playlist from last week. It's mostly electronic with a little bit of "indie" thrown in:

Kraftwerk - Computer Love
Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria
Yello - Bostich
Busy P - Rainbow Man
Hot Chip - Hold On (Mock n' Toof Remix)
LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous (Greek Chic Remix)
Ghostland Observatory - Heavy Heart
Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire
Calvin Harris - The Girls (Groove Armada Version)
Bloc Party - Flux
Adventure - Civilization
Aphex Twin - Die Fantastischen Vier
Sally Shapiro - I'll Be By Your Side (Ext mix)
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Emilie Simon - Song of the storm
Pink Skull - Gonzo's Cointreau
Gogol Bordello - Start wearing Purple
Ratatat - Montanita
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombone
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Ambient Signal 11/11/08

WRPI 91.5fm!
http://www.wrpi.org/ for webcast
Tuesdays 6-8pm

Whoa..sort of had a show alst week but got pre-empted by a hockey game. if you're really craving the 40min playlist from last week..let me know.

Winterpills - A Benediction
Emily Haines & the soft skeleton - Our hell
Feist - Lonely Lonely (Frisbee'd mix)
Battles - Race:In
Sunset Rubdown - Stadiums and shrines II
Animal Collective - For Reverend Green
Faunts - Of Nature
God is an astronaut - All is violent, all is bright
Annuals - always do
Margot and the Nuclear so and so's - Children's crusade on acid
The Decemberists - Valerie Plame
Frontier Ruckus - Foggy Lilac Windows
Dark Dark Dark - Trouble no more
Copeland - good morning fire eater
School of seven bells - iamundernodisguise
French miami- Mr. Moment
Her space holiday - New kid revival
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Tristeza - Wand
Boards of canada - Julie and candy
Bitcrush - Every ghost has is spectre
Boom bip - Cimple

pinkie swear.

song . artist

alias - i heart drum machines
twink - what the dickens
hot chip - touch too much - kollektiv turmstrasse remix
the faint - i treat you wrong
hybrid - trifonic - parks on fire
tobacco - street trash
sBach - 03
fujiya and miyagi - knickerbocker
fabric live mix of simian mobile disco (half hour mix)
brazilian girls - good times
explosions in the sky - memorial
near the parenthesis - modernisme
elsiane - vaporous
FM - into the night
baja - meth arrow
another electronic musician - 02
moby - i like to move
quiver - surin


Gold Sounds 11/11/08

You wanna know which of the songs I played are new? They're in red!

The Album Leaf "On Your Way"

Pinback "Tres"
Ra Ra Riot "Dying Is Fine"
Nada Surf "What Is Your Secret?"

Acid House Kings "That's Because You Drive Me"
Akron/Family "Ed Is a Portal"

The Little Ones "Morning Tides"
Lake "Blue Ocean Blue"
I'm from Barcelona "Paper Planes"

Jessica Lea Mayfield "I Can't Lie to You, Love"
The Dutchess and the Duke "Reservoir Park"
The Manhattan Love Suicides "Keep it Coming"

Dillinger Four "A Jingle for the Product"
Bridge and Tunnel "White-Collar Crime Scene"
Hot Water Music "Free Radio Gainesville"

Atom and His Package "I'm Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy with Just a Hammer"
Bomb the Music Industry! "Sadder? Weirder?"
caUSE-coMOTION! "Don't You Know?"
Television "See No Evil"

ROCK BLOCK - Archers of Loaf and songs that remind me of them
Archers of Loaf "Plumb Line"
Hot Rod Circuit "Flight 89"
Braid "Never Will Come for Us"
Archers of Loaf "Underdogs of Nipomo"/"Floating Friends"

Sebastien Grainger "American Names"
Crystal Stilts "Graveyard Orbit"
The Walkmen "In the New Year"

The Decemberists "Days of Elaine (Long)"
Her Space Holiday "The New Kid Revival"
What Laura Says "July 23"

Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (aka 2001: A Space Oddysey song)
Dark Dark Dark "A Cloud Story"
Frontier Ruckus "Foggy Lilac Windows"

Okkervil River "Lost Coastlines"
Land of Talk "Corner Phone"

Glassjaw "Trailer Park Jesus"
Hum "Little Dipper"
My Bloody Valentine "Feed Me with Your Kiss"

Boo and Boo Too "I Know Nothing's All Right"
Brendan Canning "Churches Under the Stairs" (check out the awesome new music video for this song here)
God Is an Astronaut "Forever Lost"

The New Year "The Door Opens"
Monroe Mustang "Up with the Sun"
Ben Weaver "Anything with Words"

Modest Mouse "Night on the Sun"
The Notwist "Pick up the Phone"
The Album Leaf "Over the Pond"

Annuals "Down the Mountain"
The Organ "Let the Bells Ring"
Modern English "I Melt with You"

Lykke Li "Breaking it Up (Punks Jump Up remix)"
Mirah "Nobody Has to Stay"
Passion Pit "I've Got Your Number"

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

pinkie swear

Alias - Oakland Morning
Alias - M.G. Jack
Fujiya & Miyagi - Knickerbocker
Hot Chip - Touch Too Much - Fake Blood Remix
sBach - 06
Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
The Faint - The Geeks Were Right
Tobacco - Street Trash
Tobacco - Truck Sweat ( aka Black Moth Super Rainbow people)
Starfucker - Florida
Stereo Image - Dark Chapter
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - The Subway Home
Bloc Party - Flux
Escape Mechanism - Theme
Bloc Party - Ares
+ / - - Snowblind
Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss a Beat
Brazilian Girls - Good Times
The Octopus Project - Bees Bein' Strugglin'
Mates of State - Help Help
Yelle - Ce Jeu
Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
Booka Shade - Numbers
Gang Gang Dance - Bebey
Another Electronic Musician - 02
Bitcrush - Adventious
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
Bitcrush - Waiting for something


Gold Sounds 11/4/08: No Plans, Just Music

Well, I guess I had a couple plans, but they were very sudden and came to me right before/during the show. New stuff in red Songs that were requests to various degrees are in blue

Talkdemonic "Leaving Light"

ROCK BLOCK-ISH: Barsuk Records
Ra Ra Riot "Ghost Under Rocks"
Mates of State "Help Help"
The Long Winters "Prom Night at Hater High"

Germans "Tiger Vacuum Bottle"
Pavement "Transport Is Arranged"
Interpol "Public Pervert"

Bad Brains "Banned in DC"
Refused "Liberation Frequency"
The Hives "Die, All Right!!!"

The (International) Noise Conspiracy "Boredom of Safety"
caUSE-coMOTION "Only Fades Away"/"Baby Don't Do It"
Wire "1 2 X U"

Pavement "Cut Your Hair"
Archers of Loaf "Floating Friends"
Husker Du "I'll Never Forget You"

We Versus the Shark "Dummy Discards a Heart (Deerhoof cover)"
Deerhoof "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back"

Jawbreaker "P.S. New York Is Burning"

ROCK BLOCK: New Pornographers 'n Thangs
The New Pornographers "Execution Day"
Destroyer "Painter in Your Pocket"
Neko Case "The Needle Has Landed"

Blitzen Trapper "Furr"
Cold War Kids "Every Valley Is Not a Lake"
Okkervil River "Calling and Not Calling My Ex"

The Weakerthans "Tournament of Hearts"
The Hold Steady "One for the Cutters" (hardest request to honor ever; CD was in a very strange place)

Appomattox "Either Way"
Ponytail "G Shock"
Sebastien Grainger "I Hate My Friends"
Parts & Labor "Mount Misery"

The Hush Now "Sadie Hawkins Dance"
Takka Takka "Monkey Forest Road"
Love Is All "A More Uncertain Future"

Super XX Man "Cautious Like a Panther"
School of Seven Bells "Half Asleep"
Refused "The Shape of Punk to Come"

Bad Brains "Sailin' On"
Bad Religion "Sanity"
Bad Astronaut "Greg's Estate"

The Organ "Even in the Night"
Manchester Orchestra "I Can Feel a Hot One"
Team Genius "Surely the Sun Will Explode"
I'm From Barcelona "Music Killed Me"

Galaxie 500 "Temperature's Rising"
Slowdive "Catch the Breeze"
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead "Another Morning Stoner"

Regina Spektor "Ghost of Corporate Future"
The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up "Reckless Driving"
Starfucker "laadeedah"
Giraffe Running "You've Got Some Neck"
Universe Narrows "Lots of Space"

Boy Eats Drum Machine "Planets + Stars"
+/- "Snowblind"
The Books "Take Time"

The Avalanches "Since I Left You"/"Stay Another Season"
Alias "I Heart Drum Machines"/"Well Water Black"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ambient Signal - 10/28/08

WRPI 91.5fm!
http://www.wrpi.org/ for webcast
Tuesdays 6-8pm

This will destroy you - Freedom blade
If these trees could talk - The Friscalating daylight
Lymbyc Systym - Notations
Petra Haden & Bill Frisell - Yellow (coldplay cover)
Camera obscura - Books written for girls
Denali - Welcome
Margot and the nuclear so and so's - At a carnival
Annuals - Hot night hounds
I'm from barcelona - Music killed me
Copeland - The grey man
Audrye Sessions - Turn me off
School of seven bells - Half Asleep
Jolie holland - Palmyra
Postmarks - 7-11
The Arcade fire - In the backseat
Menomena - the late great libido
Beck - Lost cause
The Album leaf & Bright eyes - Hungry for a holiday
Amiina - Fjarskanistan
Sigur Ros - Svefn G Englar
Midlake - Roscoe (acoustic)

my CMJ update!:

Bands i saw in order:
Frontier ruckus (good..folk music..lots of members..even a saw!)
rainbow arabia
starfucker (awesome)
shugo tokumaru
faunts (nice to finally see them live)
cory chisel
shugo tokumaru
audrye sessions (good energy)
love as laughter (eh..)
wild sweet orange
margot and the nuclear so and so's (delivered)
blind pilot (vibraphone and banjo? hellz yeah)
starfucker (awesome again)
white rainbow (guy with effects pedals and drum machine making a minimalist loop/drone)
dear everything (solo guy from menomena)
helio sequence (drummer had amazing faces)
annuals (amazing..crazy energy)
uglysuit (totally unexpected postrock type music from like 6 guys with super long metal hair..pretty good)

pinkie swear

misha - weatherbees
minus the bear - let's play clowns
minus the bear - drilling
the notwist - good lies
modest mouse - dashboard
modest mouse - baby blue sedan
modest mouse - fly trapped in a jar
modest mouse - so much beauty in dirt
portishead - nylon smile
radiohead - street spirit (fade out)
air - once upon a time
emilie simon - flowers
explosions in the sky - first breath after coma
portishead - sour times
radiohead - fake plastic trees
alias - oakland in the rearview
antenne - gloves on
explosions in the sky - your hand in mine
air - mayfair song
mogwai - i chose horses
her space holiday - just another day
portishead - only you

I'm back, CMJ was great. If you're looking for some halloween fun, check out the troy night out after party this Friday night at Revolution Hall!


Gold Sounds 10/28/08: CMJ + new music edition

So as you've been reading, CMJ was this past week. I'll provide a retrospective of sorts by playing CDs from artists that performed at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. I also have new music to play from artists who weren't involved with CMJ at all this year. CMJ music is blue and plain old new music is red.

The Broken West "Auctioneer"
Miniature Tigers "Dino Damage"
Pattern Is Movement "Jenny Ono"

Broken Social Scene "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)"
Land of Talk "It's Okay"
The New Year "Folios"

Her Space Holiday "Same Song Sing Along"
Shugo Tokumaru "D. P. O."
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez "Narwhal Horn"

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson "The Debtor"
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's "As Tall As Cliffs"
Anthony Green "Califone"

Fourth of July "Purple Heart"
The Little Ones "Rise & Shine"
Of Montreal "Women's Studies Victims"

Love Is All "Movie Romance"
Johnny Foreigner "Eyes Wide Terrified"
Los Campesinos! "...and We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison"

Oxford Collapse "Young Love Delivers"
Appomattox "Spanish Virgins"
Deerhoof "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back"

CMJ ROCK BLOCK - Hello Sir Records showcase
Pegasuses-XL "The Big Haunt"
We Versus the Shark "I Am a Fantastic Battle"
So Many Dynamos "Progress"
The Bronzed Chorus "Inbetween"

Annuals "Hardwood Floor"
Minus the Bear "Knights"
Coheed and Cambria "Delirium Trigger"

Jessica Lea Mayfield "Kiss Me Again"
Marnie Stern "Ruler"
Kimya Dawson "We're All Animals"

Women "Shaking Hand"
Boo and Boo Too "No Tempo"
Sonic Youth "Teen Age Riot"

Thursday "In Silence"
These Arms Are Snakes "Woolen Heirs"
Envy "An Umbrella Fallen into Fiction"
Hum "I Hate it Too"

Ra Ra Riot "Dying Is Fine"
The Notwist "The Devil, You + Me"
Starfucker "German Love"

Passion Pit "Better Things"
School of Seven Bells "Half Asleep"
Lykke Li "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
CaUSE co-MOTION "Take a Look"/"Which Way Is Up?"

Rainbow Arabia "Omar K"
sBACH "08"
We Versus the Shark "Gothic Y'all"

The Mae Shi "Run to Your Grave"
Maps and Atlases "You and Me and the Mountain"
Tobacco "Street Trash"/"Truck Sweat"/"Hairy Candy"

Fifty/Fifty {No Go}

There's no Fifty/Fifty on tonight but not to worry, I'll be back next week.

However, there is something I'd like to share with the readers:

MTV Music

Oh, remember Pop Up Video? Go here: http://www.mtvmusic.com/search/?term=pop%20up%20video

I think I've spent about an hour on this site today no lie. Pretty much every music video ever (including new ones like Holy Fuck's "Lovely Allen" and Neon Neon).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gold Sounds at CMJ: Part 3

Wednesday night, Hello Sir Records Showcase @ Bowery Poetry Club: The illustrious Hello Sir Records organized quite the show Wednesday night, featuring some Hello Sir mainstays and some up-and-coming artists. The best performances are once again preceded by an asterisk.

Child Bite: Probably the only mediocre band of the night, Child Bite has all the elements of what could be an interesting band: sloppy and dirty instrumentally and unpolished vocally. Dirtiness is a quality that works in some music (see: We Versus the Shark), but for Child Bite it did little to enhance their sound. Here's hoping they manage to cultivate a sound that works for them in the future.

*Pegasuses-XL: Being a very strange band, I had no idea what to expect from Pegasuses-XL. However, they put on a strong live performance full of unreserved enthusiasm. The set consisted of dual drumming at one point, beatboxing and rapping at another, and instrumental mayhem everywhere else. Most of the members swapped instruments a few times during the show, further displaying their obvious musical propensity. Recent full length The Antiphon highlight "The Big Haunt" made a strong showing, and the band also played some new songs from an upcoming new release.

We Versus the Shark: Gold Sounds favorite We Versus the Shark performed next, and played a few songs from Dirty Versions as well as their recent Radiohead cover and "I Am a Fantastic Battle" from the EP of Bees EP. The band's performance wasn't bad by any stretch, but after seeing them perform several times before, something seemed to be missing. Temporary guitarist Neil Callaghan possesses the chops of recently resigned guitarist Samantha Paulsen, but the chemistry the band had live in the past wasn't as strong this time around. Not that that's Neil's fault; that sort of chemistry is hard to come by, and is only established after a long time of playing as a unit. Hopefully WVTS will grow out of these growing pains and continue their streak of solid releases.

*The Bronzed Chorus: Two-man post-rock that sounds just as full as other like-minded bands with more members. Drummer Brennan O'Brien simultaneously drummed and played keyboard at times and guitarist Adam Joyce made his guitar swell and envelope the room. They created a warm atmosphere the crowd basked in and ingrained themselves into the minds of many an audience member, as seen by the influx of people at their merch table right after they played. The Bronzed Chorus is clearly a band to watch out for in the future.

*So Many Dynamos: For the second night in a row, So Many Dynamos put on the best performance of the night. Again playing a mix of songs old and new, the band played just as tight as the previous night and got the significantly larger crowd dancing. New songs such as "New Bones" and "The Novelty of Haunting" present a new, almost creepy dimension of the band, both with its eerie instrumentals and dark lyrics ("I think your demons need some exercise", "I'll cut the wires that run through your cranium," etc.) that is sure to get them out of the shadow cast upon them by The Dismemberment Plan. Their new album, the Chris Walla-produced The Loud Wars, comes out in February and will definitely be an album to watch out for next year. Even sooner than that, the band will be playing Valentine's in Albany on December 4th with Ra Ra Riot, a show that should not be missed.

I left the show before Ho-Ag went on because it was late. Lame, I know. More to come soon!