Friday, August 22, 2008

Gold Sounds Impromptu Set: 8/22/08

'sup, I'm playing music today. I wasn't expecting it either. New songs in maroon. Almost new songs in forest green.

Pavement "Spit on a Stranger"
Adem "Loro" (Pinback cover)
Herman Dune "Son of Samuel"
The Notwist "Good Lies"

The Last Shadow Puppets "Calm Like You"
Port O'Brien "I Woke Up Today"
Julie Ocean "#1 Song"

We Versus the Shark "Gothic, Y'all"
Bridge and Tunnel "Call to the Comptroller's Office"
Garrison "Know the Locale"

Oxford Collapse "Young Love Delivers"
Violent Femmes "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley cover)

Mono in VCF "Escape City Scrapers"
The Drones "Dog Eared"
Animal Collective "Banshee Beat"

Drive Like Jehu "Sinews"
We Versus the Shark "Keep it Wolf"
Hum "I'd Like Your Hair Long"

Ben Gibbard "You Remind Me of Home"
The Get Up Kids "Campfire Kansas"
The Decemberists "Cocoon"

Death Cab for Cutie "Title Track"
Low "California"
Neil Young "Out on the Weekend" (request)

Built to Spill "Time Trap"
Anthem In "Hold on to Me"
Get Him Eat Him "Not Not Nervous"

Pavement "Stop Breathin"
Preston School of Industry "Where You Gonna Go?"
Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew "Lucky Ones"

But for real, it's good to be back playing music.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ambient Signal 8/20/08

One month til my birfday!

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6-8pm Wednesdays

Menomena - Weird (Dekoder Remix)
The Velvet Teen - Gyzmkid
Sigur Ros - Vid spilum endalaust
Forget cassettes - Quiero Quieres
Battles - Atlas
This will destroy you - The world is our ____
Broken Social Scene - Windsurfing nation
Sunset Rubdown - The taming of the hands that came back to life
Efterklang - Mirador
Feist - My Moon My Man
Azeda Booth - Big Fists
The Faint - Get Seduced
Mugison - Mugiboogie
Conor oberst - Souled out!!!
Horse feathers - Curs in the weeds
Obi Best - Green and white stripes
Colourmusic - Put in a little gas
Apollo Sunshine - 666: The coming of the new world government
Midlake - Roscoe
Bright Eyes- Southern State
Ester Drang - All the feeling
Talkdemonic -Tides in their grave
The Album Leaf - Shine
Hammock - Kenotic

pinkie swear

artist - song

minus the bear - let's play clowns
tilly and the wall - jumbler
the ting tings - shut up and let me go
the notwist - good lies
beck - orphans
daedelus - make it so
hercules and love affair - blind
css - lets reggae all night
jovian - grenedine girl
mates of state - help help
midnight juggernauts - into the galaxy
twink - what the dickens
the egg - walk on the snow
antenne - gloves on
my brightest diamond - inside a boy - son lux remix
the frequency - talk to me
bitter:sweet - sugar mama
modest mouse - dashboard
eliot lipp - opening ceremony
MGMT - electric feel -justice remix (OMGSFKJSKGH SO GOOD!)
moby - i like to move
fabric noisia


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gold Sounds: We Versus the Shark "Dirty Versions" album review

I was in the middle of writing a pretty long (and long overdue) review of We Versus the Shark's newest album, but then my computer messed up and I lost it all. Here's the abbreviated version:

We live in a time of cultural stagnation, with music being no exception, what with the majority of up-and-coming bands aping rock bands of yore (and very few of them worth your time, in this reviewer's humble opinion). In this climate, it's good to know that some musicians are more concerned with creating new, unique, and interesting music, We Versus the Shark among them. Have you ever heard anything as intense as opener "Hello Blood?" The blistering track starts immediately at full force and doesn't let up for its 2:46 duration. Exhilarating? Check. Inventive? Check (Oh, the time changes. Oh, the dual guitar lines). Listenable? Check, and that's the most important check of all; We Versus manage to avoid completely alienating the listener while treating them to something totally original. The album's not without its faults (lyrics/vocals occasionally seem like an afterthought, last track "Practical Animals" falls victim to some questionable mixing decisions, and a certain track-to-track cohesion is somewhat lacking) but it's loud, it's frantic, it's inventive, and yeah, it's dirty. What could be better?

Rating: 9/11. Key Tracks: "Hello Blood," "Dogs," "Gothic Y'all," "Keep it Wolf." Also, numerical ratings are kind of silly, don't you think?

Listen to We Versus the Shark live here. It's a high quality bootleg that's worth your time. All but the first and last song are featured on Dirty Versions, and they sound just as good live as they do on compact disc. Of course, the two non-Dirty Versions tracks are also worth a listen.

The more traditional route: Myspace