Archive for October, 2009

ghosts in the machine: a haunted mix from npr music

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Does life get any better than this? Have I mentioned lately that I love NPR? Get some cider or pumpkin juice and pull up a chair, NPR’s bringing scary back. Bach to Bauhaus? Oh, yes.

NPR Halloween Mix

early midnight snack.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Kind of a random, early midnight snack, study break kind of thing.


And a really, really good cover version of Animal Collective’s “My Girls.” I might actually like this one better than the original.

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these girls fall like dominoes.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Camera Obscura 4AD labelmates The Big Pink have released a catchy single entitled Dominoes, the video for which was directed by Tim Saccenti, who has directed a video for Animal Collective (among others) and has taken pictures of artists such as Tricky and School of Seven Bells.

This song has been stuck in my head since I heard it a week or two ago. I hope you enjoy it.

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the adventures of pete and pete soundtrack.

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Adventures of Pete and Pete was my favorite show growing up (still is) and one of the things that made it great was the music featured on the show. From the Polaris theme song to the interludes and songs played over the end credits, it was all top notch. Pete and Pete is the reason I discovered every group associated with Stephin Merritt and The Apples In Stereo as well as a host of other bands.

The wonderful soundtrack by Polaris, the Pete and Pete house band, is awesome and it is my opinion that everyone should own it. And, while Polaris was the house band, and their soundtrack is most important, there exists no collection of the other groups which contributed music to The Adventures of Pete and Pete…until now. Using the information available from Jeremy over at The Website of Pete and Pete I was able to cobble together a makeshift soundtrack using my playlist.


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by the time artie began dancing the voodoo crispie…

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Totally random post, my third of the night. The other two were more structured than this one, I’m just posting random bits now.

First, I wish more marching bands would play “Love Rollercoaster,” that’d be pretty sweet.

Second, this is a really amazing song and I adore Neko Case.

Third, Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard are doing Kerouac.

Fourth, Living Color is back. (And no, despite what you may have heard, Corey Glover is not related to Danny Glover.)

Fifth, Strange Famous Records is serving up a heaping helping of mixtapes with B.Dolan’s House of Bees, Vol. 1 and Sage Francis’ Sick of Wasting available for download free.

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the adventures of pete and pete season three.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

The Adventures of Pete and Peteis the greatest television program ever. Ever. Of this, there can be no debate.

Season OneandSeason Two as well as the Soundtrackby Polarisare all amazing and I own all of them.

I don’t own Season Three. The reason for this is that it does not exist, Paramount has not released it…they may never. This is a crime against humanity.

Never fear. The power of the internet (plus reruns being shown on “The N”) have allowed the truly badass among us to upload episodes from Season Three to YouTube. Thank you to HeatherxChristine for uploading every episode from Season Three.

HeatherxChristine is my new hero. Bacon bless you, madam.

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camera obscura obsession.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

If you’ve ever read this site, listened to my radio show or know me, you know I love Camera Obscura. I just discovered a forum dedicated to the lovely Glaswegians and figured I’d post that, as well as links to all the other Camera Obscura sites so they’d be in one convenient place. (Especially since I’m quite lax these days about updating the links on my sidebar.)

Camera Obscura website
Camera Obscura on MySpace
Camera Obscura on Facebook
Camera Obscura’s old blog (The current one is linked directly from their webiste.)
Camera Obscura on Twitter
Camera Obscura on Wikipedia
Camera Obscura Forum

That should be just about it. Anything not found there should be easily accessible from any of those sites.

This is your brain on…Camera Obscura.

live every week like it’s shark week.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

R.E.M. performed some of their rawest, most urgent music from their long, storied career at the Olympia in Dublin, thanks to NPR, you can listen to the two disk set (39 songs) in it’s entirety here. It is amazing.

I found this great video someone put together with clips from an episode of The Adventures of Pete and Pete entitled “When Petes Collide” to an amazing 6ths song. The song was featured in the show in an episode entitled “Das Bus.”

The 6ths are Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields having other people sing songs he writes. In this case, that’s Dean Wareham of Luna.

Today, I happened by my old haunt, the 91.9 studio and ran into rock director Hot Donna, who isn’t actually named Donna but is actually hot. Regardless, she told me that The Wildcat is giving away tickets to see The Pogues in Kansas City at the Midland by AMC next week. I had no idea…guess I need to pay more attention to stuff like that.

Just dropping in to say “hi” real quick but before I left, I wanted to remind all of you to live every day like it’s Shark Week.

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who would win in a wrestling match: camera obscura or god?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Camera Obscura has a new video out for The Sweetest Thing. Lemmy makes an appearance. Awesome.

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wu-tang clan ain’t nothing to fuck with.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Before I drop mad science and go off on a tangent, the likes of which even god has never seen, let me just hit you up with this: M.Wardin concert.

Moving on…

I discovered this on NPR’s Music Interviews & Profilespage, it’s “the story of a sample” of Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M.. I love stuff like this, it basically tells you every song used to create C.R.E.A.M. and stuff like this, to me, anyway, is like a musical hand grenade. It blows shit up and sends you off in a million directions. Think of the music you could discover based on C.R.E.A.M. and six degress of separation. It boggles the mind.

Have you ever thought about how, musically, you get to some of the places you get and end up listening to some of the things you end up listening to? I can attribute several bands I listen to now to friends turning me onto them but I mean, you hear a song, start listening to it and either follow the same trail (as illustrated by C.R.E.A.M. above) or start listening to related artists, or guest artists or both.

I started listening to Rilo Kiley after I found their CD at the library, my friend started me listening to Death Cab For Cutie (although, having watched the first two seasons of The O.C. with all it’s Seth Cohen-DCFC love didn’t hurt, I suppose) which led to The Postal Service, recommended by the same friend who introduced me to DCFC saying “It’s Ben from Death Cab and this DJ guy,” who is Dntel, aka James Figurine, aka James Tamborello, not to be confused with Danny Tamberelli, aka Little Pete Wrigley.

Rilo Kiley to Little Pete Wrigley…everything is connected. And now, one of my favorite episodes of The Adventures of Pete and Pete, featuring Iggy Pop as Mr. Mecklenberg and Luscious Jackson, who I adore. This episode also features the term “gut fludge,” which I find useful in so many social situations and the phenomenally gorgeous Larissa Oleynik of The Secret World of Alex Mack and 10 Things I Hate About You fame as a nurse. This episode also features such as notorious villains as Drawstring, Hairnet and, of course, Pit Stain.


I wish Paramount would hurry up and bring season 3 out on DVD already.

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