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