Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Elvis Crespo was named after Elvis Presley, has won a Grammy, and was the 1999 Tropical: Male Artist of the Year ... what have you done that is half as awesome? Elvis is a merenegueteno (creater of merengue music) and has been making danceable music since his debut in 1998.

Merengue is probably the simplest of the latin dances because of it's basic 4/4 beat. It's relative fast pace and simplicity allow some flexibility on the dancefloor.

So grab your better half and give it a shot ....

Monday, December 19, 2011

Song of the Year

It's fun to pick an indie or obscure track for song of the year. Makes me look smart and well informed. But when Ravens defenders are declaring that they went to Ball So Hard University and Jay-Z and Kanye are repeating one song ten times at their shows, there's really only one choice.

The song of the year is Niggas in Paris:

No lists this year, I just wasn't paying close enough attention. But if I did make a list the M83 album below would be right at the top.


Saturday, December 17, 2011


One of my favored electronica acts, M83, released a new double album a little while back. Hurry Up We're Dreaming is a sprawling epic, touching a little bit of everything in M83's past: moody lyric-less soundscapes, slow building jams, and blowout dance tracks. The title feels appropriate; this stuff could easily be the soundtrack to your dreams. Here's a taste:

Echoes of Mine (part of it anyway):

The first single, Midnight City, live:

Steve McQueen live:

Like remixes? Here's a remix EP the band released for Midnight City:
Midnight City Remixes EP by M83

And what the hell, here's my favorite track off of Saturdays=Youth, their last release before Hurry Up:

Happy... Saturday?


Monday, December 12, 2011

Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030 is a great hip hop album. From THE YEAR 2000. So we're either going backwards or forwards in time. Expand your mind, sucka.
This from Wiki: "The album's story casts Del in the role of Deltron Zero, a disillusioned mech soldier and interplanetary computer prodigy rebelling against a 31st century New World Order. In a world where evil oligarchs suppress both human rights and hip-hop, Del fights rap battles against a series of foes, becoming Galactic Rhyme Federation Champion.Del tha Funkee Homosapien's lyrics veer from serious social commentary to humor to epic sci-fi battles, while producer Dan the Automator creates an eerie and dense atmosphere.The song "3030" was used as the theme song on the short lived CBS series Robbery Homicide Division. The song "Positive Contact" was featured in the video games Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX (2001), Tony Hawk's Underground (2003), and College Hoops 2K8 (2007).The song "Time Keeps On Slipping", featuring Damon Albarn, is said to have been the influence on the creation of the Gorillaz.[citation needed]On the single "Time Keeps On Slipping", it states the version of "Turbulence" is the remix by Mark Bell, despite the fact the album version and the version featured on the single are completely different. The version on the single could possibly be the original version, as it features scratching possibly by Kid Koala, which is missing from the Mark Bell remix on the album.[citation needed]The album was reissued July 1, 2008 with 3 bonus remixes."

Friday, December 9, 2011

TSAD Winter Resurrection: Pendulum

Don't have a ton of time to post, but I've got some epic jams to share. Pendulum hails from the land down under and offer some rather unique tracks. They have a diverse sound, with tracks off of their album Immersion ranging from dubstepesque to pop to punk etc. etc.

Here are the highlights off of Immersion:

Love the aussies ... one of these days I am going to make an Aussie top picks post

Friday, December 2, 2011

TSAD Winter Resurrection: J Roddy Walston and The Go! Team Redux

I thought I'd jump back into the TSAD fray by discussing a couple of bands that, while they've been on the blog before, deserve a little more of our time.

First up is J Roddy Walston and the Business. Steve mentioned them briefly in one of his ACL previews. I love this band. Fantastic blues rock. J Roddy is like a modern day Jerry Lee Lewis, pounding his piano keys while rocking out with a band that gives his songs one hell of a thump. It's the sort of stuff that Ben would describe as "rootsy" (possibly the highest compliment he can give a band) and the kind of stuff I would have featured in my erstwhile "Where has all the real rock gone?" series had I known about them back then. Drink it in:

Don't Break the Needle:


From ACL 2011:

Next we have The Go! Team. Gabe posted an NFL commercial featuring one of their songs (all of the Play 60 commercials I've seen use Go! Team songs). These guys had a critically acclaimed debut album back in 2004 and have cranked out a couple more albums since then. I don't particularly care for the cheerleader-style vocals; I'm here for the rockin instrumental tracks. Here are a couple:

Bust Out Brigade:
The Go! Team - Bust-Out Brigade by thegoteam

Frienship Update:

And one for Nate:
The Go! Team - Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix) by thegoteam

J Roddy Walston and The Business
The Go! Team

Happy Friday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

TSAD Winter Resurrection: Shpongle!

All credit goes to my friend Adam on this find ... He introduced me to Shpongle a few years back and I didn't really give it a shot until recently. It's definitely music for current or former users of psychedelic drugs so if that's you, give it a listen!

From Wikipedia ...
Shpongle is an English psychedelic downtempo/psybient music project formed in 1996. The group includes Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram (one third of The Infinity Project). Their musical style combines eastern ethnic instruments and vocals with contemporary western synthesizer-based psychedelic music. When asked to describe Shpongle's music, Posford has responded that it is "like nothing you've ever heard before."

Now if that description alone doesn't get you excited about a project, we definitely have different tastes in music. My suggestion is to give it a listen now, and then come back to it at the right moment and the right state of consciousness ... How will you know when that moment will be? you'll just know ....

Friday, October 7, 2011

ACL wrap-up and some dancey tracks for a Friday!

ACL wrap-up: Great festival. They definitely have things running like a well-oiled machine and you can go have a good time while avoiding many of the usual festival issues (terrible lines, nowhere to pee, dirt/mud everywhere). It was a mixed bag of music like any festival, but the highlights for me were:
- Bomba Estereo - columbian female hip hop group with heavy influences from traditional south american dance beats and electronica
- Del McCoury - bluegrass man who's been doing it well for a while and shared the stage with a new orleans brass band for this performance
- My Morning Jacket - true rock performance and teamed up the same brass band that teamed with Del McCoury

Biggest disappointments were Kanye West, Cut Copy, and Stevie Wonder due to some sound issues.

Anyhow, on to bigger and better things! Here's some dance music to light up your Friday!

tiger & woods - sample old disco tracks with house music. it's an example of the modernized version of disco and i've been hearing it more and more around the douchey places I tend to frequent around dallas

danny daze - miami based DJ with a bass-tastic track and a video that features some excellent dance moves in the video

Thanks to NPR's 'All Songs Considered' for the discoveries ...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

ACL Preview - Live Music Capital and Saturday Schedule!

'Round these parts, they call Austin the 'Live Music Capital of the World.' Whether or not Austin deserves this self-proclaimed designation could be debated but any way you look at it, there's a lot of live music in Austin.

The Austin music scene has always been one that's been seen as a destination for struggling or developing musicians who can play a vaiety of good local venues. The scene has ties to acts like Willie Nelson, BB King, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, the Skunks, the Police, the Talking Heads, among others. Stevie Ray Vaughn was an Austinite and played in Austin frequently until his untimely demise. There are plenty of legendary spots still in operation such as Waterloo Records (http://waterloorecords.com/), a record store that features a great website with local and national charts and several autograph sessions during ACL. Another famous spot is Antone's club near 6th street that is hosting two of the better Aftershows featuring North MS All-Stars on Thursday and Gary Clark Jr. on Friday (http://www.antones.net/). In addition to ACL, Austin also hosts SXSW in April each year, which is a film, music, and all things creative gathering.

As for Saturday, here are some of the highlights of the lineup:

Federico Aubele - 11:45 - 12:30 (doubt that I'll be up at that terrible hour) - Honda Stage
Argentinian band with a great south american sound

Twin Shadow - 1:15 - 2:00 - Google+ Stage

J Roddy Walston and The Business - 2:00 - 3:00 - Bud Light Stage

Skrillex - 5:00 - 6:00 - Google+ Stage
A nightmare inducing mess of glitch step

Chromeo - 7:00 - 8:00 - Honda Stage

Unfortunately, Chromeo is at the same time as Del McCoury which might make for a tough decision. Saturday also features Cut Copy, Alison Krauss, My Morning Jacket and Stevie Wonder. Should be a good day ...

Monday, August 29, 2011

ACL Preview! The Afterparty ...

I dig the afterparty! Here are some of the highlights of whats on tap for the afterparty at ACL this year...

Thursday, September 15th:

- Pretty Lights w/ NAS at Austin Music Hall - see previous post for a clip!

- Old Crow Medicine Show w/ Hayes Carll at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Delta Spirit w/ J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Futurebirds at Emo’s Outside

–North Mississippi Allstars at Antone’s - see previous post for a clip!

Friday, September 16th:

– Manu Chao La Ventura at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Skrillex w/ Chiddy Bang at La Zona Rosa

– Twin Shadow and Cut Copy DJ Set w/ Theophilis London and Diamond Rings at Emo’s

– Smith Westerns and Cults at The Parish

– Gary Clark Jr. at Antone’s

– Lance Herbstrong at Stubb’s Indoors

Saturday, September 17:

– Empire of the Sun w/ Mayer Hawthorne & The County at Austin Music Hall

– Bright Eyes w/ Kurt Vile and the Violators at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Fitz and the Tantrums w/ Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme at La Zona Rosa

– Death From Above 1979 w/ The Vaccines at Emo’s

– The Head and The Heart w/ The Moondoggies at Antone’s

– Wild Beasts w/ Telekinesis at The Parish

– Phosphorescent w/ little hurricane at Stubb’s Indoors

– Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. w/ Yellow Ostrich at Lambert’s

– Gospel Brunch: The Lee Boys at Stubb’s Indoors (11AM & 1PM Seatings)

Sunday, September 18:

– Iron & Wine and Yim Yames at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Gospel Brunch: Tyree Morris & Heart of Worship at Stubb’s Indoors (11AM & 1PM Seatings)

Sleep is overrated!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ACL Preview - Friday Evening and the Food Truck Explosion!

In the second installment of the ACL preview series, I'll take a look at the acts on tap for Friday night, bitch about the heat, and discuss the food truck phenomenon in some detail.

Austin is a city known for taking the extra step to ensure that it is doing things in a little different way than the ordinary. T-shirts suggest that we should all "Keep Austin Weird" and I'm sure sure shit will inevitibly get weird at ACL. One positive example of this weirdness materializing in edible form is the food truck explosion that took place in Austin over the last few years. Most big cities have food trucks so that isn't all that unusual, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find the quality, quantity, and diversity of the trucks that you'll find in Austin. From the mexican roach coach to duck on wheels, here are a few trucks that I feel the reason to comment on for one reason or another:

- Chilantro: http://www.chilantrobbq.com/schedule - Korean bbq and mexican fusion served from two locations around dirty sixth street. I think the Kimchi fries and pork tacos are the best on the menu. My fav spot in ATX
- Torchy's Tacos: http://torchystacos.com/company/torchys-story/ - What started as a truck is now a good taco chain throughout ATX. A bit overpriced for tacos, but delicious. Original truck is still open in South Austin. I suggest the Mr. Pink ahi tuna taco or the Green Chile Pork
- Kebabalicious: http://www.austinkebab.com/ - Turkish kebab truck that is usually hanging around dirty sixth. Haven't been, but have heard from reliable sources (UT grads, bike cabbie) that the food is good.
- Odd Duck Farm to Trailer: http://oddduckfarmtotrailer.com/ - With a seasonal, locally sourced menu, this trailer is said to bring high quality food to a trailer setting. Today's menu offered duck egg, pork belly, quail, and other local goods for $5 or less per plate. Located south of town on S. Lamar. Haven't had a chance to go before, but plan on making a trip during ACL!
- Gordough's: http://www.gourdoughs.com/ - This looks like a truly unique trailer. Located on South Lamar, this trailer serves donuts topped with everything from fried chicken, to bacon, to pepper jelly, to brownie batter, to grilled bananas, to a bunch of other shit that will make you fat, to any combination of any of the aforementioned.

It's been interesting to see the food truck industry evolve in Austin. The trucks now utilize twitter, blogs, other social media platforms and even have a unified iphone app. Check out a good general guide to the other trucks here: http://austinfoodcarts.com/

As for the music on Friday night, here's a few of the folks who will be participating:

Santigold: Friday 7:10 - 8:10 - Honda Stage

Pretty Lights: Friday 7:30 - 8:30 - Google+ Stage

Plus, Kanye and Coldplay after Pretty Lights if you're still going after the PL show

And now to bitch about the heat, it's hot, it never rains, and people are starting to lose it down here. Hope we get some rain and cooler weather before ACL or we could see a whole new level of weirdness ...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Phish - UIC Pavilion 8.17

You'll never get out of this maze you'll never get out of this maze

Ah Phish. Always a pleasure to see these guys throw down, particularly in an 8,000 person venue instead of a 68,000 person venue. I only went to the last show of their three night run at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, but I was treated to a great set. The boys played a lot of songs and rocked hard, never harder than when they covered Zeppelin's No Quarter. There weren't any truly mammoth jams and the second set kind of went in fits and starts, but the setlist was stellar and it's fun to watch a light show designed for huge amphitheaters completely light up a much smaller arena. Here's the setlist and some videos from the show.

Set 1: Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Gumbo > Possum, Weigh > The Divided Sky, Alaska, Bathtub Gin, Maze, Cavern > First Tube

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless -> No Quarter > Timber (Jerry) > Tweezer > Prince Caspian > Piper > Ghost -> Makisupa Policeman > Sleep > Buffalo Bill, Golgi Apparatus > Character Zero > Run Like an Antelope

Encore: Funky Bitch, Show of Life > Tweezer Reprise

Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird


Crosseyed and Painless jam

No Quarter - kinda low quality but man did they rock this one

Phish is what other jam bands aspire to be. You can't be a cliche if you're the trend setter. Keep that in mind folks. Great show. Happy Friday.

Monday, August 15, 2011

ACL Preview!

Austin, TX --

From Friday September 16 - Sunday September 18, the Austin City Limits festival comes to Zilker Park in Austin for the 10th year. It will be my first time attending and I wanted to do some research in advance to maximize. I'll be attending with some fellow TSAD-ers and loyal TSAD readers, so hopefully others can benefit from some published research.

If you haven't been to Austin, TX and you like music, put it on your list .. Known around here as the Live Music Capital of the World (Texans like to make everything 'of the World' because they only consider the world to be contained within the Texas borders), Austin is always hosting a good act. Throw in an awesome food truck scene and an interesting mix of cowboys, hipsters, students, politicians, minorities, homeless people, drunks and general revelers, and you've got yourself a pretty damn good time any given weekend.

What I'm going to do is throw a few artists up that I am excited about and list the time of their performance for to-be attendees. For those you that are not attending, you may continue to read at your own risk of becoming extremely jealous and depressed thinking about how much fun I am going to be having while you are sitting home watching your college football team that is probably much worse than mine (go cocks) and re-reading all of my ACL Preview posts.

Asleep at the Wheel - AMD Stage Friday 12:25 - 1:10 - Texas music

Reptar - Austin Ventures Stage Friday 1:20 - 2:00

North MS All Stars - Austin Ventures Stage Friday 5 - 5:30 - not to be missed

And the show I wouldn't be caught dead at ...
The Secret Sisters - The Zilker Stage Friday 1:30 - not soon enough

That takes me through 5:30 on Friday ... more to come later including two and a half more days of artists, drunken Austin food truck reviews and a transportation issue that I need help with ...

Later, SP

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Two Bird Rock

rock rockin it, rock rockin it

Two Bird Rock has released their debut self-titled album. If you like rock n roll, you will dig this. Min, Tony, Adam, and John are bringin the heat. Here's the release in its entirety:

Two Bird Rock by Two Bird Rock

You can download the whole thing right from the music player. What generosity.

Rock on.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blame Someone Else

Here's Blame Someone Else, formerly Pogmatone, formerly Franki Lee. With the new name comes a new EP and a new style. Their sound is more mature and has a cool roots vibe. Fables is a pretty kick-ass song. Check it:

Blame Someone Else by Stew C

Flypaper Hands vid:

The website:

If you like what you hear hop on iTunes and pick up the EP!

Happy Friday

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Return: Eek A Mouse

Kingston, Jamaica --

I've been absent from TSAD for quite some time doing some "field research" ...

Somewhere along the line, I came across Eek-A-Mouse. Straight out of Kingston, Eek-A-Mouse produces his own very unique reggae style. Eek's music is super-chill, using a wide variety of musical instruments, and featuring some strange vocals ..

Most famous track is "Ganja Smuggling," which was recoreded in '82

Personal favorite is "Noah's Ark"

And since there's nothing better than the classic rasta in a colored suit and matching hat, a live version of "Ganja Smuggling"

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bad Meets Evil

This one's for you Stew. Pretty dope song, and a lil Eminem in there too.

In joy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hooray For Earth

Yes, Hooray For Earth wins the worst band name ever award. But Young Replicant - the directing duo responsible for my absolute favorite music video of all time - really rocked this one. Turn up your speakerz.

In joy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Naked and Famous

A good find by my lady. Not sure if I'm late on the bus with these guys, but I'm loving it. Stew, I know you'll be down.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Electronica - The Other Colorado Music

Colorado isn't just folk bands, strings, and beards. Not anymore. Like crabcakes and football in Maryland, disc golf and dubstep are what Colorado does. I learned this on my recent trip to the Vail Valley, where I was exposed to the pride of Boulder, Savoy. Part trance blow out, part dubstep chaos, all you can say about these guys is that they make you want to dance. Hard.

This hard:

You can also say that you can listen to all of their recent work, and download their latest EP on their website: http://www.savoyband.com/

Latest tracks by Savoy

Do yourself a favor and play Automatic vs. Outkast REALLY loud. And Life of the Party. And Back to Basics. Their "original" stuff is the best.

Link to the EP: http://www.savoyband.com/SAVOY_Nothin_for_Nothin_EP.zip

God bless bands who give it away for free. Happy Friday.

Note to our Lollapalooza attending readers: Savoy is playing at the new and improved Perry's stage this year, which is moving to a new location and will be able to fit 15,000 people. Needless to say, I will be catching a few sets over there.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Clicks & Whistles

What a ridiculous song.

In joy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Hot flow from B.o.b.

In joy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Junip/Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Nice remix of the Junip song "In Every Direction." And for those who dont know, Junip is Jose Gonzalez's other project.

In joy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Very Belated Tribute to Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg will forever be known as that guy who sang on all the gangsta rap tracks. But back in 2001, he released a solo album, entitled Music & Me, that is criminally under heard. Here for you today are some jams from that classic. Your Woman Has Just Been Sighted has been a staple of my party playlists for years, despite the presence of Jermaine Dupri. RIP.

Happy Friday.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Overcoming The Flood

My latest free-to-download mixtape of some chill/beat driven jams. Download it here. Hope ya dig.

In joy.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Adelita (Mazurka) and Some Music Business News

One of my favorite songs for guitar, composed by Franciso Tarrega (1852-1909). See below for an interesting and completely unrelated article.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This is a Must Listen. That's as simple as I can put it.
His Genre in iTunes is listed as Miami Vice.
Download this EP for free here.

(I like to think this second song sounds like Alice In Chains if they were still, you know, alive and making killer dance music. RIP.)

In joy.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thanks for Existing - TSAD Year 2

We've all had high moments, low moments, crazy times, and boring times. And on any and all of those occasions there are certain songs that you hear and think to yourself, "man, I'm glad this song exists." Grab this mixtape and you'll hear a set of songs that make us say the thing.

Download Thanks For Existing Here

We're proud of this mix. No one forgot where they came from; a number tracks from our youth are on display here, warts and all. Some of these bands played a role in making us the music lovers we are today. Those are the bands that we're especially thankful for. These aren't necessarily our favorite songs, they're the ones that sneak up on us out of nowhere and make us happy.

So here it is: 28 songs, 2.5 hours, 2 CDs. A few tracks from each of us. There's an absurd amount of musical ground covered, but what else would you expect? This is TSAD-Year 2, our birthday present to you. Join us as we give thanks.

Thanks For Existing


Here's a few comments from our contributors as this mix was coming together:

I applaud the continued pursuit of legendary mixtape status. - Gabe

I've got it cut down to 30 songs right now, I think I may just draw names out of a hat from here. - Ben

I looked at this from the perspective of songs I wish I had written. - Cole

I could listen to these daily, or once a year. Either way, I'm glad they exist. - Levy (the guy who came up with this idea)

Chyeaaaaah booooooooooy. - Nate

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

My Lunch w/ Iron & Wine

I spent lunch today sitting 3ft from Sam Beam and Iron & Wine @Comma Music House. This is a video that yours truly took. Dope!

In Joy.

Bonobo - Black Sands

I'm late to the party on this one. Yes, I had heard of Bonobo. In fact, there's a phenomenal song by him on the Miss January mixtape. However, I slept on his CD Black Sands from last summer. And man, what a tragedy. This might be my favorite album, front to back, that I've heard in a long time. Below are some highlights.

This is the intro to the cd...

and two more favorites...

In Joy.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Mixtape!

Oh! Put this on while you pregame this weekend. Something to hold you over in case I don't get around to writing a full-blown post today. Bah Bah Bwaaahhh!

Moombahton Massive Mix by djsabo

From Remezcla Musica

Thanks Valentin. Happy Friday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Three-Pack

Julian Lynch's new album comes out reeeeaaaaaaal soooooooon. Here's our first taste - a laid back track that the album is named for - Terra.

Chad Valley - Portuguese Solid Summer
The unofficial video for a super warm song. dig it mucho.

And of course, a little Star Slinger doing what he does best (and will be doing this saturday at Subterranean). The song is called Elizabeth Fraser.

In joy.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Madison, WI

As I sure most of you are fully aware of the events taking place in Madison, WI I don't think this video requires additional explanation. Very well done.

Wisconsin "Budget Repair Bill" Protest Pt 2 from Matt Wisniewski on Vimeo.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Blink and you'll miss a revolution

The kings of indie dance music are back. Cut Copy, whose 2008 release In Ghost Colours set the indie world on fire, return with Zonoscope, a polished and excellent album. The band has refined their style and changed their sound a bit, creating some truly amazing tracks that showcase their versatility. On average, I'd say this album is a beat or two slower than In Ghost Colours, making is slightly less danceable. But these tracks are guaranteed to get your head bobbing and a few of them are sure to be show-stoppers live. Here's a taste:

Take Me Over by cutcopymusic

Cut Copy - Need You Now from Cut Copy on Vimeo.

Buy Zonoscope here. The boys are on tour and will be playing The Riv in Chicago on April 8. If that concert is anything like the show I saw last year late night at the Metro, it should be an incredible time. Buy some tickets and I'll see you there. Spring concert season is upon us!

BONUS: Here's a mixtape Cut Copy released this week. It's an unusual blend of vintage live tracks, dance beats, and electro. Spectacular music to work to.
A Tale of Two Journeys (Mixtape) by cutcopymusic

Happy Friday.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Take - Begin End Begin

Time for some Chi-town ad community love. This video for artist Take was directed by former coworker Anthony Ciannamea, co-directed by another former coworker Ryan Sievert, and stars a third, David Cuesta.

The song is just ok. Total electronica - very glitchy, and takes a while to get going. But major kudos are due to those dudes on a smooth lookin video.

In joy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Miss January

Very chill mix for the winter working months. Download for free here: Miss January

In joy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I just got their new album and absolutely fell in love with this song:

Here is some of their older stuff that got me into them:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Panda Bear

Panda Bear is set to release some new tunes on us April 12th. He did a series of singles late last year with some early mixes of some new tunes. Here are a couple that I'm looking forward to:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Zoo Kid

16 year old UK guitarist/songwriter Zoo Kid and his song Out Getting Ribs. One of the YouTube comments puts it best, "Uk gets him and we got screwed with beiber wtf."

16? Jesus.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

James Blake

Been tracking James Blake for a while now, with a few small dubsteb tracks and remixes leaking over the US from the UK last year.  He's got a sound I'm not sure how to really describe on this album - he started as more of a dubstep guy but with a post-1999-Radiohead-twist (see the last video below).  Recently he put out the CMYK EP, and shortly after we got the Feist do-over of "Limit to Your Love" (I prefer the latter better than the original).  Just released now, finally, is his full length, which after a couple of listens is everything I hoped it'd be.  It's a little less dubstep-ish, but still heavy on deep bass and trancey rhythms, with his own spooky and swooning voice added to the picture.  Enjoy a few tracks below, and grab the album!

Some older dubsteb-ish type Blake:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Toro Y Moi

Nate first blogged about this guy way back in September and here is a video for his new song. Considering we just got bombarded with a blizzard this video is only fitting.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

The continuing evolution of one of our generation's greatest singer/songwriters

Kiss Each Other Clean is the first new release in four years from Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam. Best known for the dreamy lo-fi masterpieces that defined his early career, Beam has taken advantage of his popularity and immense ability by crafting two full-blown studio epics, The Sheperd's Dog and Kiss Each Other Clean. The latter is even bigger than the former. I never thought I'd hear a saxophone solo on an Iron & Wine album, but there it is. The song writing remains second to none, and Beam is still not afraid to drop the occasional curse word, which I respect. Check out some tracks below. When the credits roll in the movie I'll never make, Walking Far From Home will be playing.

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home
Iron & Wine - Tree By The River

Buy it here.

Here's some classic live Iron & Wine for you too:

Sorry for being a day late. Happy Saturday.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fang Island

One of my good college buddies turned me on to these guys. I don't really know how to describe them because they're all over the place. Yamo would probably think the first song to be very Ozma-ish. Two of my favorites:

Davy Crockett (I don't know why its set to NBA Dunk footage, but it only adds to its awesomeness):


Thursday, February 3, 2011


Sorry for the long delay TSAD. It seriously won't happen again.

My new winter musical obsession has been Glasser. She's so underground she doesn't even have a wikipedia page and as a result I know next to nothing about her other than her music rocks (and her mom was in a band called Human Sexual Response, which might need its own post after discovering them).

The best way to describe her would be a mix of Bat for Lashes and Bjork. Enjoy one of my favorite tracks and let me know what you think:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Smith Westerns

More sweet Chicago jams this week. Check out the Smith Westerns, a group of young rockers from the North Side. Their self titled debut album is as lo-fi as you'll hear, but it's still apparent that there's some cool stuff going on. Their second album, Dye it Blonde, was released two weeks ago. It is spectacular. The band has discovered a pop rock balance that many acts spend years trying to achieve. Their harmony vocals are reminiscent of MGMT and their songs have that indie pop goodness first pioneered by Big Star. Check it out:

Smith Westerns - Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Smith Westerns - Imagine Pt. 3

Smith Westerns - "All Die Young" by forcefieldpr

Smith Westerns - 'Smile' by SpunkRecords

I love this album. You can buy it here, and I really recommend that you do. They're playing the Empty Bottle in Chi on February 26. Unfortunately that show is sold out, but given this band's love of Chicago and reputation for playing house parties I'm sure another opportunity to check em out will come along soon. Or you could, you know, scalp tickets. I'll be there, so that's one more reason to go. Happy Friday.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Giving Tree Band

A little Chicago newgrass to brighten your Friday. Caught these guys at the Chicago Blues and Bluegrass Festival back in December. Don't hold the name against them; they've got a nice full sound because there's eight people in the band, playing every stringed instrument you could want to hear in a bluegrass act. They've got the vocal harmonies, songwriting skills, and live chops to back up all that sweet instrumentation too. Here's their latest album, The Joke, The Threat, & The Obvious:

You can buy the album on their website. Apparently these guys tour in a bio diesel bus and give about 50% of their proceeds to charity, so your money will be well spent. Happy Friday.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Apollo Kids

New Ghostface Killah album. Everything you would expect. Nasty.