Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The blog post where I channel my inner Eugene Debs

Since Kings of Leon are suckling at capitalism's teats (hence the yankage of the Saturday Night Live clip below), I decided to feature Laura Carson from Hooterville, Tenn. (Hat tip: Newscoma)

It may not be "Sex of Fire," but at least Ms. Carson knows the meaning of DIY. (The kids today still know what that term means, right?)

Keep doing yer thang, Ms. Carson. And please, avoid American Idol at all costs.

For the love of God.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

If you don't have sex after listening to this, ask your doctor about Cialis

Raphael Saadiq's baby-makin' music makes Boyz II Men look like erectile dysfunction R&B gimps. After Boyz II Men's doucheus maximus retooling of the Motown sound, Saadiq's new record The Way I See It updates the Holland–Dozier–Holland paradigm without bowing to the altar of commercialism.

Consider Boyz II Men's Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (hyuk!) to be the Now That's What I Call Music of the Motown canon to Saadiq's Oxford American.

With crackling 45 vinyl loops, Saadiq's buttery baritone glides over funky-ass grooves:

YouTube–Raphael Saadiq "Big Easy"

Lawd have mercy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

When the Levee Breaks

In "Mighty Storm," Duhks lead Sarah Dugas' husky voice and fierce note bending glazes over slinky acoustic guitar and Appalachian clawhammer banjo. She dun' sang the tar offa Joe's Pub in New York. Their Sept. 9 performance 'bout brought a tear to my eye. In fairness to the naysayers, I was shithoused from raspberry vodka and coke.

The Duhks' neo-folk primer Fast Paced World was released last month on Sugar Hill Records.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Music: M.I.A. (yet again)

I'm beginning to think that M.I.A. (nee: Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam) is angling to become the Michael Jordan of indie ganna dancehall. With multiple announcements of her looming AARP membership, M.I.A. hasn't exactly been resting on her laurels.

Her ubiquitous single "Paper Planes" leeches up the top-40 chart (and you thought pop radio was only turds n' sugar?) after getting the Apatow treatment in Pineapple Express.

Heck, chica is pullin' herself up by the bootstraps. Somebody page George Will and the National Review editorial board.

A scorecard:
"Tic Toc" featuring Rye Rye
New M.I.A.: "Hit That"
New M.I.A.: Raindance
New Santogold (Feat. M.I.A. and Gorilla Zoe)–"Get It Up"

Oh. You're welcome.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Words to live by

Via Chris Wage

New Music: Justice

Word comes via Pitchfork of Christian discopunk duo Justice's wet guitar lick ostinatos in the mini-operatic "Planisphere." Download here.

Monday Morning Knee Trembler

"Abbesses" by Birdy Nam Nam

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008