Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gold Panda + Sage

A couple of jams to tickle your listening devices today. The first if Gold Panda with two killer tracks: 'You,' a new single that's simple yet most excellent. And 'Quitters Raga' which some of you might have heard already, which can best be described as all over the place, but also cool.

As a bonus this thursday, may I present an awesome track from the master of spoken-word hip hop Sage Francis. Seriously, the best lyrics. period. This is 'The Best of Times' complete with lyrics ala follow the bouncing ball.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bonnaroo Mixtape 2010

I got an email about this free download tonight and couldn't pass it
up. It might be the best free download since the TSAD Year One compilation
was put out. That being said, I can't help but notice that the list of artists on this Bonnaroo Mixtape from SPIN is strikingly similar to the list of artists we have featured over the last year. Well, we all know what they say..."Imitation is the highest form of flattery". Hope you all enjoy this, and thanks for reading our Blog SPIN Magazine people.

Here is what is on the Album....

1. The Gaslight Anthem, “American Slang”
2. The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
3. Manchester Orchestra, “Shake It Out”
4. Kings of Leon, “Cold Desert”
5. Local Natives, “World News”
6. Blitzen Trapper, “Heaven and Earth”
7. Phoenix, “1901 (Live in Sydney)”
8. Samantha Crain, “Lions”
9. Bomba Estereo, “Fuego”
10. Tinariwen, “Lulla”
11. Mumford & Sons, “White Blank Page (Live)”
12. Jamey Johnson, “Place Out on the Ocean”
13. The Young Veins, “Change”
14. Dawes, “When My Time Comes”
15. Gossip, “Are You That Somebody (Live Aaliyah Cover)”
16. Chromeo, “Night By Night”

Here is where you DL it.

Rock on.
- Ben


I feel like this is perfect for anyone who's actually reading this... Music for your mood - enjoy.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Dear God 2.0

Caught this on Pitchfork.  I think I was one of a select view who really enjoyed the Monsters of Folk album - granted a few downer songs on the album ("Baby Boomer"), but also a couple dandy's ("Say Please").  "Dear God" was also high on my list, and I think The Roots actually did a nice job with this one.  ?uestlove's snare really snaps so it goes perfectly with the original, although Black Thought is sort of depressing...  I like it, we'll see how the rest of The Roots new (what is this, the 19th record they've put out?) album pans out.

MP3:> The Roots: "Dear God 2.0" [ft. Monsters of Folk]

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Concert Recap

Yeah, it's been a good Spring

Some great bands have come through Chicago since Easter Sunday, and I've been lucky enough to see several of them. Here's a recap, in video form.

Miike Snow - Won't back down from anything... party music

The Low Anthem - Achingly beautiful

Yeasayer - Wait for the sunrise

Local Natives - Super tight set, great energy, best show I've seen this year

That's how you close down a set right there.

Them Crooked Vultures - they really jammed out on this one in Chicago

John Paul Jones dropped some bombs on bass and Dave Grohl is a lunatic behind the drums. I'm thrilled that I got to see these guys.

Here's a bonus Yeasayer video from La Blogotheque. Nothing short of fantastic.

Here Comes Sunshine!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Antoine Dufour p2

busy week. incredible guitarring. worth another post. more later.

In joy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hip-Hop Docktrine: The Official Boondocks Mixtape (Vol. 1)

Dub Floyd and Asheru bring you a mix-tape of hip-hop goodies. Volume 1 of 3 to go with the animated television program on Adult Swim. Highlights below...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Theme Song - YES

Theme Song

Thanks for the tip Keefe.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Two Bird Rock

Up and comers from Madison, WI. Last seen at Lucky's tavern; known to frequent other haunts around Mad town. Debut album and world tour coming soon. Check out some groovy rock from my friends Tony, Min, John, and Adam, and catch a glimpse for yourself May 29th at the Come Back In. The tracks below are downloadable.

Two Bird Rock by Stew C

These guys are solid. Here's what you'll get if you visit the Come Back In:

More tunes available on their myspace page.

Hope you dig.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Slick Rick

use the above link to learn about rick the ruler.

my favorite album is the art of story telling.

every song on the album is priceless.

here's an intro if you've never met slick.

here is another classic.

and this one is
adults only seriously

Friday, May 7, 2010

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

This is rock and roll

Dirty blues punk rock. No new LPs since 2004, but a compilation/greatest hits disc entitled Dirty Shirt Rock 'n' Roll just came out. The entire decade of the '90s seems cooler now that I know that these guys were doing their thing throughout. I would have to imagine that their live shows are out of control and I would love to get myself out of control and see one some day. If you like Hank Williams III you'll enjoy this. See for yourself:

From some French TV show:

More foreign TV:

Song with Beck:

Shockingly they have a website
and a myspace page

They'll be rockin the Pitchfork Music Fest in Chicago on Saturday July 17th

Hope you dig.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Band of Horses + Friends

Due out May 18th, Band of Horses 'Infinite Arms' is available as a cd pre-order with a free digital copy on their website. This is a great disc. And while it's lacking some of the more aggressive riffs we've seen from BOH before on 'Everything All The Time,' they really seem to have found their niche. A little bit softer, and a little bit perfect for summer. Above is a making-of-the-disc video.

Head over to their official site and pre-order Infinite Arms you wont be disappointed.

Here's a track from the upcoming disc:
Band of Horses - Factory


Also for this Thursday, a song by Cornelius called Tone Twilight Zone:

In Joy.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sleigh Bells

They're a duet that has gotten much hype without putting out an official cd yet. They have one coming out on M.I.A.'s label next week and if its anything like the first song they released it will be awesome:

Saturday, May 1, 2010





Jónsi Live @ The Vic

I was at this show Wednesday night (he also played a sold out show Tuesday night) and he never fails to amaze me. Enjoy.