Thursday, February 19, 2009

So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars release announced

It's official: So Many Dynamos' new album The Loud Wars will be released by Vagrant Records on April 28th, 2009.

1Artifacts of Sound
3The Novelty of Haunting
4New Bones
5If You Didn’t Want To Know
6Oh, The Devastation
7Keep It Simple
9It’s Gonna Rain
10The Formula

Oh yes, this will be a big one. Best of 2009? Place your bets.

Watch: So Many Dynamos "The Novelty of Haunting" live

Deer Tick at WRPI 2/16/09 pt 2: songs and interview!

Hey everyone,

So as I mentioned before, Deer Tick stopped by WRPI on Monday to play some songs and interview with yours truly. I'm happy to post the songs and interview here:

Deer Tick "Dirty Dishes"

Deer Tick "These Old Shoes"

Deer Tick "La, La, La"

Deer Tick - Interview (includes some details on their two 2009 releases, among other subjects)

Deer Tick's set at Madison Grille in Albany that night was awesome as well! They packed the place and put on a great performance. If you haven't yet seen them live, be sure to rectify that next time they come around the area. You can keep up with Deer Tick's music and intense tour schedule by checking their official website or myspace page.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gold Sounds 2/18/09 - New, longer timeslot. Also, robots!

Hey everyone! So I have a longer timeslot now, 11am-2pm instead of 12pm-2pm. I also really like eagles. Finally, I'm going to play at least an hour's worth of songs that somehow involve robots! Sweet.

We had Deer Tick stop by a couple days ago to record some songs and interview. I'll be posting the songs and interview here within the next few days.

New stuff in red. Requests in blue.

Deer Tick - Live at WRPI, 2/16/09
Deer Tick "Dirty Dishes"
Deer Tick "These Old Shoes"
Deer Tick "La, La, La"

Deer Tick "Ashamed"
Jessica Lea Mayfield "I Can't Lie to You, Love"
The Black Keys "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be"
Dan Auerbach "Keep it Hid"

Pavement "Date w/ Ikea"/"Fin" (Peel Session 8/21/97)
Mike Bones "What I Have Left"
Clem Snide "Hum"

Delta Spirit "Strange Vine"
Other Lives "Matador"
Here We Go Magic "Tunnelvision"

The Ergs! "Hey Jealousy"
Bomb the Music Industry! "25!"
O Pioneers! "The Architect of Disney World"

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart "Contender"
Asobi Seksu "In the Sky"
The Appleseed Cast "The Summer Before"
La Strada "Orphan"

Conceptual Rock Blocks - ROBOTS
Nada Surf "Robot"
Mathematicians "Robotic Voices"

Radiohead "Paranoid Android"
Arling & Cameron "Dirty Robot"

The Dresden Dolls "Coin-Operated Boy"
They Might Be Giants "Robot Parade"
The Phenomenauts "I Am Robot"

The Misfits "We Are 138"
The Dismemberment Plan "Memory Machine"
Mr. Bungle "None of Them Knew They Were Robots"
Black Sabbath "Iron Man"

Tokyo Police Club "Citizens of Tomorrow"
The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1"
The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 2"
Was (Not Was) "Anything Can Happen"

Flight of the Conchords "Robots"
Clutch "10001110101"

Ghostland Observatory "Robotique Majestique"
Daft Punk "Robot Rock"

Back next week! Robot requests are radical.

Happiness Is All The Rage - 02/17/09

artist - song
requests in blue

mock orange - payroll
hey mercedes - knowing when to stop
piebald - long nights
cap'n jazz - take on me
propaghandi - rock for sustainable capitalism
the appleseed cast - forever longing the golden sunsets
the promise ring - everywhere in denver
the get up kids - ten minutes
fugazi - bed for the scraping
texas is the reason - nickel wound
braid - jimmy go swimmer
american football - honestly?
no knife - riot for romance
knapsack - thrusday side of the street
hot water music - rooftops
rainer maria - long knives
christie front drive - long out

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ambient Signal - 2/17/09

WRPI 91.5fm! for webcast
Tuesdays 6-8pm

Remember! I am playing video with Phantogram (aka Charlie Everywhere) at Revolution hall tomorrow night at 8pm! They are playing with the New Deal..should be fun!

Notwist - Consequence
Husky Rescue - Summertime Cowboy
Mirah - La Familia
Port O' Brien - I woke up today
Morning Recordings - We loved the city years
High places - Visions the first
Mono - Everlasting light
Faunts - Explain
Animal Collective - Summertime clothes
Here we go magic - Frangela
Laura Gibson - Funeral Song
Vetiver - Another reason to go
Appleseed Cast - Summer before
Love Language - Graycourt
Psapp - Fix it
Asobi Seksu - Layers
My Brightest Diamond - Inside a boy
Maria Taylor - A Good Start
Land of talk - It's Okay
Panda bear - Comfy in nautica
The Album leaf - MP
Sigur Ros - Hijomalind
Nico Muhly - Skip Town

pinkie swear | Emelie

artist - song

Tujiko Noriko - Vinyl Words
Brighton Port Authority - Seattle - feat. Emmie the Great
Cassius - Toop Toop
Cloud Cult - Transistor Radio
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Scattered Pearls
Death Cab for Cutie - No Sunlight
Domestic Blend Compilation Album - Frowning
Michna - Triple Chrome Dipped
Minus the Bear - Hooray [Dark Baby Remix]
Minus the Bear - Ice Monster
Modest Mouse - Never Ending Math Equation
Modest Mouse - Gravity Rides Everything
The Notwist - Good Lies
Mates of State - The Re-Arranger (by request)
Santogold - I'm a Lady
Teddybears - Punkrocker
Yelle - Ce Jeu
Blake Watson (of Attractive and Popular) - Rooftops in New York City
Kyle Andrews - Sushi
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head
Maroon 5 - This Love (Cut Copy Galactic Beach House Mix)
Tobacco - Little Pink Riding Hood
The Knife - Silent Shout
The BPA - Toe Jam
Tearglass and Plateglass - Plague Burial (featuring David Hykes)
Lali Puna - Flowchart - Fast Forward Remix
Ladytron - Cracked LCD


Monday, February 16, 2009

Deer Tick at WRPI 2/16/09

Hey everyone,

So WRPI had the pleasure of having Deer Tick play some songs and participate in an interview for us in the studio today! If you'd like to hear the songs and interview I conducted with Deer Tick, listen to WRPI today at 6pm and Wednesday at 11am. I'll be posting the songs and interview here within the next week or so.

I'd also like to add that tonight, Deer Tick will be playing at Madison Grille in Albany at 7pm. Check it out:

Walter goldberg hours - feb 16th 2009

Miles Davis - So What
Warren Zevon - Johnny Strikes up the band
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - the greatest thing
the Fugees - Killing me Softly with his song

Grateful dead - Candyman
the Specials - Ghost town
Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
Weezer - Island in the Sun
the Who - Behind blue eyes

Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Gravity - John Mayer
the Avett Brothers - Pretty Girl from Chile
Cream - I'm So Glad
Cake - Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

Mates of State - Middle is Gold
the Shins - Turn on Me

the Black Keys - She Said She Said
the National - Secret Meeting
Wolf Parade - Soldier's Grin

Osibisa - Sunshine Day
Santogold - You'll find a way
Ra Ra Riot - Dyin is fine
Cut Copy - Lights & music
Bela Fleck & the flecktones - Space is a lonely place
the Avett Brothers - the ballad of love and hate

blitzen trapper - furr
another world - antony and the johnsons
aerosmith - sweet emotion
the hold steady - sequestered in memphis

the apples in stereo - energy
machel montano - J'ouvert morning
Gipsy Kings - Volare

TV on the radio - Golden Age
Tina Turner - What's love got to do with it
the BPA feat Emmy the Great - Seattle
the Black Keys - thickfreakness
the Walkmen - In the new year
Tito Puente - Prelude to a Kiss
Spoon - the Underdog

David Rudder - Bahia Girl
Gregory Isaacs - Love is Overdue
St. Vincent - All my stars aligned

Michael Jackson - Human Nature
Moldy Peaches - Anyone Else but you
Ben Sollee - A Change is Gonna Come

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Gold Sounds: Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles review

Bomb the Music Industry! - Scrambles

Here's a big ol' review of an album I just listened to a couple hours ago, the anticipated new release from Bomb the Music Industry!

Musically, Bomb the Music Industry! has greatly evolved since its inception, gradually eschewing the breakneck speed, electronic punk/ska of their earlier albums (mostly recorded solely by BTMI! mastermind Jeff Rosenstock on his laptop) in favor of a full-band sound first displayed in their previous album, 2007's Get Warmer. Scrambles continues the full-band sound and makes it even fuller, with most songs having numerous things going on. Besides their obvious punk/ska influences, other musical influences are more apparent as well: "Cold Chillin' Cold Chillin'" opens the album with a lo-fi sound reminiscent of Neutral Milk Hotel, and the beginning of "Wednesday Night Drinkball" even borrows the melody of "History of the Defeated" by the Weakerthans. However, don't accuse these songs of being retreads: both retain an original sound, "Cold Chillin'" with its surprising (for BTMI!) restraint and unique vocal work/instrumentation (sleigh bells!) and "Drinkball" with its ominous backup chanting and unexpected, glorious 15-second burst of noise segueing perfectly into "25!". BTMI! has always strived to make ALBUMS rather than a set of songs, and nowhere is that more true than in Scrambles, with the ending of each song cleverly leading into the beginning of the next.

So what are these songs about? Besides, you know, throwing bombs at the music industry, Rosenstock is mainly concerned with the ups and downs of growing up in contemporary American society. Prior BTMI! albums have dealt with this theme, but Scrambles brings it to a different level. Instead of just lamenting the tough times of life, Rosenstock seems to be brushing off the negative in favor of embracing the greater good, that good being to pursue happiness. In "Fresh Attitude, Young Body," Rosenstock pairs lyrics like "If you don't find a steady job now/If you don't find someone to love now/You will die freezing cold and alone" with uplifting music: Dig that piano! Dig those hand claps! Yeah, there are a lot of pressures put on us to settle down and bring home the bucks, but what's the point if you're sacrificing what you love? In Scrambles, Rosenstock acknowledges the negative aspects of dream chasing (job searching, rent owing, and moving, among other things) but never attempts to dissuade the listener from pursuing whatever they wish to accomplish and never forgets that, hey, life is pretty great and full of awesome moments. As final song "Sort of Like Being Pumped" puts it, "I saw the sunset from the front of the J train tonight/The subway stopped and stammered and I couldn’t get my footing right/I tied my scarf for the walk home the sun went down by 5:45/But I saw the sunset tonight": Keep doing what you want to do because, even though life may throw you through the ringer, those little things will always be there to put a smile on your face and keep you going.

You can download this album for free from Quote Unquote Records. Seriously, you have no excuse not to check this album out. If you really dig it, donate some money to Quote Unquote (they make all their albums available digitally for free, including the rest of the Bomb the Music Industry! catalog) or grab a physical copy (CD or LP) from Asian Man Records, which is, for a limited time, accompanied by a zine created by Rosenstock and his friends.