For some reason I can't remember this band's name to save my life. I keep recalling them as NOGZZZ or NUGZZZ but the name is just tough to remember.

Last year,I heard their single "I Dont Wanna Smoke Marijuana" on WFMU and I was incredibly impressed. Punchy, snotty, and basic. Too bad it didn't make this cut. You can find it on their 7" though. This release is more of a collection of songs rather than an album. The first side flows really well, and the second just seemed to go in a different direction. Regardless its a good listen. Let me try to explain.

NODZZZ does a really nice job of conveying their first wave influences into a very contemporary sound. Celtic punk, new wave, and THE KNACK are all on deck. The writing is very straight-forward. Simple Song tells you to give up making the punk rock music by 35 unless you've hit the big time. "I Can't Wait" even seems to channel the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" with the same topic and a few similar lyrics. Or maybe that was just me.

But in short, this record is really fun. It sounds like they may have written a lot of tracks in a month or so and decided to record it all in a brewski crammed weekend(for better or for worse Mo-town style).

NODZZZ - Is She There MP3

You can buy the record or Download from Insound and a few other outlets.

& Just so you know, I won't fall off the noisepop/lofi/whatever the hell you want to call it trend. I'll keep listening to and seeing these bands as long as they're thrown at me.


Ben Kweller - Fight Live On Letterman

I might beat the real press to this one.

Here is some pregame. One might say pre-ballin'.

I was checking my e-mail before I went to bed and SURPRISE!!! BEN'S GONNA BE ON LETTERMAN. I had no idea. I really only watch late night television if one of my favourite groups is performing. Tonight was one of those nights, I've been staying up really late anyway so it wouldn't hurt. I think this is Ben's fourth performance on Letterman. He played Little Pink Stars in 1997 to support Restraining Bolt, his third album with his first post-Nirvana group Radish(The Pillsbury Doughboy was there that night too). Sadly I haven't seen this episode. Back in 2006, the BK Trio performed Penny on a Train Track. All I really remember about this one were Bens red pants, 2 full Marshall stacks, and the rest of the band being decked out with arena ready equipment.

I also saw he played piano with Ryan Adams & America to advertise their new album which I never got around to listening to . . .

Things really changed for Ben Kweller this time around. He was armed with an Epiphone acoustic, a green camo shirt, a yellow baseball cap, and a whole different genre of music. The guitar amps and drum kit were scaled back to more of a country showcase. They also added a pedal steel guitarist to fill in all the blank spots. The set was short and sweet but got the point across. Fight is one of the strongest songs on the record and is slated to be the 1st single.

Changing Horses will be out February 3rd on ATO Records. Its embossed and feels really good to the touch. I'll do a review of this once its officially out.


A Reason to Tune Into The Grammy Awards

Well there is Lil' Wayne too, but now theres another reason. Thom Yorke isn't just going to celebrate the music that makes him; he and the rest of Radiohead are actually billed to play now. This news came late today after Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Kenny Chesney, Katy Perry and the Jonas Brothers were announced officially last week.

Be sure to tune in February 8. Hopefully they'll snatch up album of the year (but wait, wasn't In Rainbows released in the last few months of 2007 as the infamous "pay what you please" digital download? That was the only reason why it didn't make my Top 20 of 08 list.) Strange.



Supporting independent radio est. 2007. Toyota(oddly enough) and Urban Outfitters are teaming up once again to benefit a handful of radio stations who are all about playing anything daring, strange, or out of the ordinary. So basically its everything that rocks. Not that mainstream radio isnt great(hehe). Without these super cool companies handing out these blessings, college radio as we know it would struggle to survive.

I remember in 2007 they gave away a pimped out Dinosaur Jr Yaris. It has since been donated to the Amma Foundation to be auctioned off to support humanitarian activities.

Free Yr Radio will release the annual cd with live tracks, bsides, and new tracks like these:

01 !!!: "Must Be the Moon (Live at KEXP)"
02 Chairlift: "At My Side"
03 Yeasayer: "Final Path (Daytrotter Sessions)"
04 White Williams: "Blue Steel"
05 Dan Deacon: "Cave Birth"
06 No Age: "Padded Chair"
07 Mudhoney: "The Lucky Ones (Live)"
08 King Khan & Saba Lou: "Past and Gone"
09 The Secret Machines: "The Walls Are Starting to Crack (Live at KEXP)"
10 The Walkmen: "In the New Year (Live)"
11 Tokyo Police Club: "Your English Is Good (K-Os Remix)"
12 Jamie Lidell: "Rope of Sand (Live at Austin City Limits)"

You can get it from Insound as soon as next Tuesday rolls around and it'll cost you a grand total of 99 cents(I'm guessing without shipping). Well while you're at it add a few more to your order to use as cup coasters or frisbees, and pick up the Radiohead reissues.


Dead Dog (2007)

Right after hearing the beauty which is Vivian Girls, I realized Dead Dog was on the same label. The name struck me as being, well, familiar. I ordered the EP(I guess its an EP, on 12 inch, 8 songs, plays at 45RPM. . help me out here!) in the last month of 2008 with much anticipation. There were no Amazon sales or reviews anywhere, only Cassie Ramone name dropping them in a Pitchfork Review. I wanted to hear this strange band. There were a few short clips available on the website and on the MySpace, but I decided to wait it out.

Now that I have it I'm really pleased. The length clocking in just over 15 minutes, makes it easy to absorb in one sitting. On some songs I can tell they embrace one of my favourite theories in rock music, "Play something once, why repeat it?". The sloppy catchy hooks are everywhere and you can hear the punk/surf rock influences bleeding through the recording.

I then understood why Dead Dog was so familiar. It was a piece of Daniel Johnston artwork. They even cover Hate Song off his first album Songs of Pain. Such a surprise. I'm glad they also keep honest music of such a high caliber so close to their hearts.

Here is Swallow It by Dead Dog. Sorry for the slight hissing of the track, I ripped it directly off the record and I dont have one of these. I have one of these. I'm very content.


Animal Collective - My Girls Video

You can watch the video here. I tried for about 15 minutes to embed the video so it'd be sitting on the side of this page and look really cool, but that didnt work out. SMF coding. . .

This was one of my favourite songs off the record(and yes i OWN it, it sounds fantastic on wax, looks great too) and I wasn't surprised it was chosen to be the lead single. It takes a while to build up, but ends up being a frenzy of cymbals, keyboards, synths, and other electronics Roland and Moog come out with. Its really different and wouldn't be accepted by everyone, like most of A.C.'s back catalogue and thats okay. I tried playing Summertime Clothes off the new album at an all-ages punk show I was running sound for last weekend and it didn't go over well.


Fine I'll put on some NOFX geez. . .

Back to the video, as you can see it combines real life video with animation. Kinda like Who Framed Roger Rabbit but shorter, and reversed. The space scenes, molecules, water droplets, and the bodied silhouettes with the pink cartoon tongues and goggles help paint the picture of what Merriweather Post Pavillion is supposed to be:

A recreation of the outdoor listening experience.

Be sure to check their myspace daily and then buy the double cd/triple vinyl/download

Dark Was The Night is a project produced by the guys from The National to support the Red Hot AIDS/HIV Foundation. I guess they do something like this every year to raise money, but this is the first I heard of it.

1 Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2 Cello Song (Nick Drake) - The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3 Train Song (Vashti Bunyan recorded, written by Alasdair Clayre) - Feist + Ben Gibbard
4 Brackett, WI - Bon Iver
5 Deep Blue Sea - Grizzly Bear
6 So Far Around the Bend - The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
7 Tightrope - Yeasayer
8 Feeling Good (popularized by Nina Simone) - My Brightest Diamond
9 Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson) - Kronos Quartet
10 I Was Young When I Left Home (Bob Dylan) - Antony + Bryce Dessner
11 Big Red Machine - Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12 Sleepless - The Decemberists
13 Stolen Houses (Die) - Iron and Wine
14 Service Bell - Grizzly Bear + Feist
15 You Are The Blood - Sufjan Stevens

1 Well-Alright - Spoon
2 Lenin - Arcade Fire
3 Mimizan - Beirut
4 El Caporal - My Morning Jacket
5 Inspiration Information (Shuggie Otis) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
6 With A Girl Like You (The Troggs) - Dave Sitek
7 Blood Pt 2 (based on original song “You are the Blood” by the Castanets) - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8 Hey, Snow White (Destroyer) - The New Pornographers
9 Gentle Hour (Snapper) - Yo La Tengo
10 Another Saturday (traditional song) - Stuart Murdoch
11 Happiness - Riceboy Sleeps
12 Amazing Grace (traditional song) - Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
13 The Giant Of Illinois (Handsome Family) - Andrew Bird
14 Lua - Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
15 When the Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16 Love vs. Porn - Kevin Drew"

All fantastic music. Great bands, everything. I'm really excited for the Decemberists and the Yo La Tengo (I wondering if this will be Condo F*cks. . . or Yo La Tengo, too confusing for me!) tracks. Just keep checking that myspace!

Oh, and for your downloading pleasure, I present to you:

Train Song (Vashti Bunyan recorded, written by Alasdair Clayre) - Feist + Ben Gibbard

Throw me a peanut. The link will die in a few weeks so hurry up. Support the cause!


I ran into this issue earlier

Im furious. Who knew there was a limit to 650? Now I have to bookmark things like everyone else does.

Albums in '09 to Look Forward To (trust me)

I want to make a note of a few records coming out in (roughly) the first few months of 09 I'm really excited for. I'm sitting here watching the Presidential Inauguration coverage on FoxNews(yeah I said Fox) and I need a break from it all. I think its sort of sad Cheney is going to be in a wheelchair for his last hoorah. Why was he carrying boxes anyway? He's not a warehouse guy but Vice-Pres of the US of A.

Ben Kweller - Changing Horses

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain

The Lonely Island - INCREDIBAD

M. Ward - Hold Time

Morrissey - Years of Refusal

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Phosphorescent - To Willie

PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman a Man Walked By

Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - Goodnight Oslo

U2 - No Line on the Horizon


Get in That Ass

Lately, this has been my approach to anything and everything

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season Six Episode Four

One of the funnier moments of that show Post-Seinfeld.

lol Songsmith

Its actually sorta cool in a weird way.
you put in a vocal track and it will automatically match chords to your singing.
Microsoft and its ground breaking programs. . .

Rewind 2 Compliation

Over on this website, they put together a really neat cover project of taking a "trip" to the past with some artists of today. Lots free, neat covers here. Au Revoir Simone covering ELO, Little Pictures doing Weezer, and alot of others. You can tell who actually took the time with the track and the ones who slapped it together with no thought and just for the publicity.