Tuesday, February 26, 2008

SXSW 2008: Post Cinq

All right, let us continue looking forward to SXSW 2008. The previous 42 songs we've posted so far this year can be found here, here, here, and here. Lots more gooduns are queued up and ready to play, so keep coming back if you like.

Chikita ViolentaLaydown mp3
King of Prussia - Misadventures of the Campaign Kids mp3

Pink Nasty - Away Message mp3
Bo Pepper - Blinkandyou'llmissit! mp3

Hank IV - Dirty Poncho mp3
The Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry mp3

Clicking song names should play the song. Clicking artists' names will take you to their SXSW page. You might already know these factoids, but I'm just trying to be helpful.

Friday, February 22, 2008

SXSW 2008 - Post Quatre

We continue getting happy ears from some of the fab artists due to perform at SXSW 2008 next month. The second set below is slightly softer than the first, in case you want to plan accordingly. Previous SXSW 2008 posts can be found here, here, and here. Everything we've labeled SXSW can be found here. We've got way plenty more on the way. Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting.

The Feds Saturday Girl mp3
Look See Proof Casualty mp3
Wussy Rigor Mortis mp3
The Von Bondies Pale Bride mp3
Magnet School Crush mp3

David Garza Dead French Dudes mp3 - "Dah-VEED"
Samara Lubelski Taste The Candy mp3
Search/Rescue Fireflies mp3
The Krayolas Little Fox (Spanish) mp3
Paul Collins Beat Don't Wait Up For Me mp3

Clicking the artist names takes you to their SXSW page for more infomatter.

Michael Carpenter Video: "Can't Go Back"

Sydney musician extraordinaire Michael Carpenter sent this parting gift to the soon-to-be-silent Audities list today. I haven't posted a video here in a long, long time, but this one I simply can't resist.

Michael Carpenter - "Can't Go Back" (vid)


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Around the Blogosphere

Though we be feasting on the bounty of the SXSW 2008 Showcasing Artists pages and though we be as happy and surfeited as ticks at a blood bank, rest assured we shall not be foregoing visits to our favorite blogs. And well full they are of bloody good tuna, to wit:

Throw Me the Statue – This Is How We Kiss – Speed of Dark
Soda Fountain Rag – Don't Kill The Clowns & You Sit And Wait For Life – Milk Milk Lemonade
The LK – Private Life of a Cat – Absolut Noise
Easterly – Lover Is Fine & Happiness – Music Of The Moment
Your 33 Black Angels – Psycho On Your Side – My Old Kentucky Blog

Sinead O'Connor – Mandinka - a PLAGUE of ANGELS – our favorite by the sometime depilated diva – And Molotov has a bunch more by SO'C.
Pete & The Pirates – Mr. Understanding & She Doesn't Belong to Me – a PLAGUE of ANGELS
GRAND ARCHIVES – The Crime Window & A Setting Sun – a PLAGUE of ANGELS

Spoon – The Ghost Of You Lingers – Music For Kids Who Cant Read Good
The Raveonettes – Hallucinations – Music For Kids Who Cant Read Good
Nada Surf – What Is Your Secret? – Music For Kids Who Cant Read Good
Headlights – Catch Them All – Music For Kids Who Cant Read Good

The Lightning Seeds – Pure – mp3huggerHurry.
Pacific UV – Scarlet – mp3hugger
Cats on Fire – I Am the White-Manteled King – mp3hugger

We heartily thank the aforementioned bloggers for letting us sample their hosted wares.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

SXSW 2008 - Post Trois

We continue featuring our favorite artists and songs found at the SXSW 2008 Showcasing Artists website. We still have a lot more to go, so keep dropping by if you like. I should have said earlier how incredibly generous it is of the SXSW folks to make these available, so in case any of those busy eyes peer here, THANKS! Our previous SXSW 2008 posts can be found here and here. Hope you're finding things to enjoy.

My Dad is DeadMy Safe Place mp3
Attack in BlackYoung Leaves mp3
Ari ShineCooler Than Me mp3

Mannequin MenBoys (They Don't Mind) mp3
The Black HolliesPaisley Pattern Ground mp3

GlissKissing the Blvd - reverb rick mp3
Twin CrystalsTwin Crystals - Two Girls mp3

The Duke SpiritLassoo mp3
The CliksEyes In The Back Of My Head mp3

CitayFirst Fantasy mp3
Birds of WalesCinderella (Has Nothing on You) mp3

Click artist names to go to their SXSW pages for pictures, information, etc.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

SXSW 2008 - We Get It

All week long I've been anxiously on the lookout for the magic moment when the SXSW Music and Media Conference posts its list of artist bios and mp3s for this year's festival, which runs in Austin, Texas, from March 11-16. I've just spent seven hours poring over the list and compiled my own list of the 286 artists I liked best. Some of them don't really fit here, but I've got a hunch you're going to like quite a few. Last year I did a series of posts, beginning with the longish Big Bloc 4, most of which you can still hear by clicking here and here. This year I'm trying something different, posting 10 or so at a time. Hopefully this will be more manageable for you and will also let me attach labels to all the artists, in case visitors want to check them out in the future. Anyway, here's the first post, with others soon to follow. Clicking the artist names will take you to their SXSW page, which also has links to more information about them. I imagine everybody and his blog is linking to these SXSW pages right about now, and I've noticed that the songs are sometimes slow to load. Patience is advised.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mixed Baggery: Flowers Forever, Evaporators, Castenada, Dog Day, Dog Age, Days, Honeydrips, Candy

Happy Days.
We tip the bag and let the mix spill out, rocking, barking, dripping, going soft, psyching it to ya, nipping off to Scandinavia, etc. If we don't match your mood/desire, it's not for lack of caring or trying.

Flowers ForeverWet Diamonds mp3 – Click on bandname for more songs.
The EvaporatorsYou Got Me Into This, Now You Get Me Out! mp3
Dog Day – from Night Group
Lydia mp3
Yeh, that's right, a theme. Woof.
Dog Age – from Reefy Seadragon - more Oslovian expertise
The American Life mp3 – Perhaps not quite "focused" enough for earlyweek, but we trust our visitors.

DaysSimple Thing mp3 – from the eagerly anticipated Shelflife EP, Downhill - This glorious group is one of my favorite discoveries of the past 18 months, and of course I owe intros to Morten at Hits in the Car.
Candy Drips Like Honey mp3 – Lo and behold, another theme, as we reach back yet again to the early days of our bloggerprise and reprise a fave from 2006.

Click artist names for info 'n such.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Breakups

The Breakups are a 15-piece band out of Hollywood composed of five sets of (apparently identical) triplets. It’s pretty obvious these siblings like to maintain continuous communication, and their music is just as tight. I merrily/jealously ushered “you” over to 5 Acts back in July to give a listen to the excellent "After The Fact." Now vocalist/guitarist Jake has graciously sent me an mp3 of the song, which I hope you will enjoy below. You can hear more at their MySpace site. Jake also told me the band will be staging the release show for their new six-song EP, Eat Your Heart Out, at The Echo in Los Angeles this coming Wednesday, 2/13 (or 13.2, should you be winging in from elsewhere). Wouldn't you know this would fall the very day I'd promised the Powerpopulist staff the corporate jet for a ski trip to Vail. Oh, well, the peons can wait a week longer. Oops (blush), almost forgot, I'm a populist. Nevertheless, my treasured colleagues will have to wait and, in the meantime, self-cardiomasticate. See you there, Jake, et. al., and good luck!

The Breakups - After The Fact mp3 - from Eat Your Heart Out

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Around the Blogosphere: Lotsa Goodos

Today we celebrate the discovery of a couple more excellent blogs new to us, along with highly satisfying finds at some old favorites. Well, in the blogosphere, nothing's that old, but you det my grift. Should the hosterposters' peepers ever pan this way, it is hoped they (the hp's) will appropriate unto themselves our most sincere thanks.

The excellent Setting the Woods on Fire has a lot of C&W (which to these ears is usually marginally interesting), but look what else I found.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding – Setting the Woods on Fire
Pretenders – Brass in Pocket – Setting the Woods on Fire
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset – Setting the Woods on Fire
Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo – Setting the Woods on Fire
The Replacements – Can't Hardly Wait (Tim version) – Setting the Woods on Fire

Actually, I'd been to the excellent Timedoor some time ago but must make a point of putting it on the rota. I delight not only in the music at the excellent Infrasons but look forward as well to practicing my (nonexistent) French.

Embrooks – Back in My Mind – Infrasons
Split Enz – Six Months in a Leaky Boat – Timedoor – plus several other versions, including a nice acoustic one by Tim Finn

As always, Peter's up to much good at the excellent Coast is Clear.

New Ghosts – Blue Night & Here Comes the Snakes – Coast Is Clear
Bubblegum Lemonade – Ten Years Younger – Coast Is Clear
Strawberry Whiplash – Who’s In Your Dreams – Coast Is Clear

And Jared's pretty much out of control over at the excellent 5 Acts, by which I mean to say, "Well done, sir."

XTC – Earn Enough For Us – 5 Acts
The Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost In You – 5 Acts
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – The Best Summer Ever – 5 Acts
Dogs Die In Hot Cars – I Love You 'Cause I Have To – 5 Acts

The Raveonettes – Lust – 5 Acts
Nada Surf – Whose Authority – 5 Acts - In case you missed it in an earlier post
Yesan Damen – Whoa! – 5 Acts
Malcolm Middleton – Fight Like The Night – 5 Acts
Sons & Daughters – The Bell – 5 Acts

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Honk: Beep Seals, Spectacular Fantastic, Japan Air, Airfields, Superfantastics

Bonkers over Conkers
Sorry not to have posted for a couple of days. Oh, you didn’t notice? Phweww.`````` (simulated flicked sweatdrops) Today, a novel approach: I’m going to post some mp3s I’ve recently found and like. Maybe you will, too. (Post some mp3s, I mean. If so, please let me know.) Now. . .

The Beep SealsStars mp3 – Delighted I was to hear from Jack Beep Seal (aka, "Cooper"), who told me the Manchester band's forthcoming album is to be produced by Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. Were we supposed to be impressed or something? Duh, rah-ther. I can't wait to hear what else these Mancunians lay down. (Oh, and after intensive study, I have deduced that Jack is the bloke on the far left in the pic.)

The Spectacular Fantastic – Also invigorating was word from Mike Detmer of these longtime (two whole years for me now) Cincinnatti faves that the band are being delivered of a new double EP. True to TSF tradition, much of it is available free at their website, here and here. I'm posting three of my favorites among the newbies, plus two I previously posted here and here.
Outer space is nothing but a lie
Honey Money mp3
The Spectacular Fantastic/Tessitura (split single)
You mp3

A theme accidentally takes wing:
Japan AirStars mp3 – Thanks to Morten at Hits in the Car for the headsup on this Stockholm/Kalmar/Malmö outfit. Morten has another downloadable here, and the band’s MySpace has some here.
The AirfieldsNever See You Smile mp3 – I love the way these Torontans (insert appropriate aeronautical witticism). More than that (whatever it might be), I love their music.
The Aimless Never MissOh, If They Could Fly mp3 – These San Franciscans' aimlessness is true, and their music truly satisfying.
The SuperfantasticsRites of Spring mp3 – from Choose Your Destination Now we wax almost brutally subtle. See the connection? I'm sorry, it's late again, and I'm waning wanting. Next time I start at 1:30 A.M. Does an italicized 1 qualify as a Roman numeral? Over and out. Plus, we get the jump on all the bloggers who are waiting till 3/21 (or 21.3, if you prefer) to post this one. Oh, yeah.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Around the Blogosphere: Tesco, Field Mice, Sex Pistols, Byrds, Zombies, Echo, Kaleidoscope, Left Banke, Honeydrips, Devo, Tears Run Rings, Yo La Tengo

Here are some nice numbers I've found while visiting some of my favorite blogs. Don't worry, I've got a batch of nice mp3s to post soon. Have a nice week.

Tesco Chainstore Mascara – Just The Weight You Are & Sun's Shinin’ For You – Indie-MP3 – I share Tom's concern as to the current whatabouts of this terrific band from Staffordshire.
The Field Mice – You’re Kidding Aren’t You? – Badminton Stamps
The Sex Pistols – EMI – Bag of Songs
The Byrds – Mr. Spaceman – Echoes in the Wind

I've got a new blogfriend named. . .Darklands. Darklands doesn't actually know me, but that's okay. Darklands (gender as yet unknown–to me, at least, hence the avoidance of pronouns) has lots of terrific tunes–some newer, some older–to sample in their entirety. I thought it would be fun to post them in a chronological jumble, which is another way of saying I'm about to fall asleep right here at the keyboard and don't want to accidentally publish this post with my eyebrows.

The Zombies – Hung Up On A Dream - Darklands
Echo & the Bunnymen – The Cutter & The Killing Moon – Darklands
Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope & Dive Into Yesterday & Please Excuse My Face – Darklands
The Left Banke – She May Call You Up Tonight & Pretty Ballerina – Darklands

The Honeydrips – Try Something New – Darklands
Devo – Gates Of Steel & Girl U Want – Darklands
Tears Run Rings – Sense Of Time & A Question And An Answer – Darklands
Yo La Tengo – Here Comes My Baby & Speeding Motorcycle – Darklands

Not an afterthought: Thanks, favorite bloggers!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Around the Blogosphere, cont'd: Broken West, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Juliana Hatfield, Lemonheads, Underworld, Wedding Present, Stagecoach, Glasvegas

In case you missed it, there's another really good batch of songs in the preceding Around the Blogosphere post, including tuna by The Knack, R.E.M., Jesus & Mary Chain, and Swervedriver, among others. Just scroll down or click here. Many thanks to the hostfolk!

The Broken West – So It Goes – Speed of Dark
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Fall Down – Speed of Dark
Juliana Hatfield – Spin the Bottle – Speed of Dark
The Lemonheads – Dawn Can’t Decide – Speed of Dark

Underworld – Born Slippy (NUXX) – 17 Seconds – from Trainspotting (if this is the same mix)
The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress – 17 Seconds
Stagecoach – Giddy Up – 17 Seconds
Glasvegas – Geraldine & It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry & Colin The Copper – 17 Seconds – demos all; not the same old same old. . .and strangely affecting

Around the Blogosphere: Knack, R.E.M., Lovers Electric, Jesus & Mary Chain, Swervedriver, Papertiger Sound, Voxpop

The 'sphere's a-hummin'. Grateful thanks to those making these sampleable.

The Knack – My Sharona & That’s What The Little Girls Do & Oh Tara & Good Girls Don’t – a Plague of Angels – plus Weird Al doing “My Bologna”

Jesus & Mary Chain – Blues From A Gun – Some Velvet Blog – Hurry. (Not an order, just a suggestion)
Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling – Milk Milk Lemonade

Friday, February 01, 2008

Workweek'send: Botticellis, Evervess, Death Valley Sleepers, Hermit, Wye Oak, Someone...Boris Yeltsin, Ladyhawk

A few I've found and liked, very much, btw. Might I presume familiarity sufficient to wish you a very happy weekend? Thank you for visiting.

The Botticellis – from Old Home Movies, premiering May 13

EvervessLearning To Run mp3 – The Oceanside, CA band’s MySpace site says “Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Powerpop.” Richtig! Thanks to Peter at Coast Is Clear for the prompt.
Death Valley SleepersBlack Pearl mp3 – Thanks to Morten at Hits in the Car for the headsup. He has more downloadables here and here, as does the band’s Myspace site.

The HermitIt Was A Better Time mp3 – from Turn Up (The Stereo) EP

Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinGlue Girls mp3 – from Pershing, whose d-day is April 8; an oldie:
Oregon Girl mp3
LadyhawkI Don't Always Know What You're Saying mp3 – from Shots, firing March 4 – has a Long Rydersish rootsy feel; and here's another oldie:
The Dugout mp3

Click bandnames for more info.
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