Feb 27, 2006

Cars... They're Built to Spill.

Charles Ray - Unpainted Sculpture (1997)

Power Pop has a story about HUMMER searching for a jingle liscencing deal, but being refused based on principle from musicians including The Thermals, TramsAm, and LiliPut. Rejected offers supposedly bulged from $50,000 to $180,000.

Why?
"We'll do anything BUT Hummer."
"It's not about the money. It's the principle."
"At least I can sleep without nightmares."
Beauty.

Built to Spill - Cars (mp3)

Built to Spill - Goin Against Your Mind (stream via MySpace)

The new Built to Spill comes out April 11th, with a national tour following (tour dates here). "Goin Against Your Mind" is a quality single weighing in at over 8 minutes of structured guitar, repetitious vocals, and suprising emotional dynamics. Of jingle quality? Perhaps to convince Hummer's businessmen that they're still people under those oily profit piles.

Feb 25, 2006

Wondering how to celebrate the 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Iraq invasion?

The Bring Em Home Now! concert [Buy Tickets] scheduled for March 20th at the Hammerstein Ballroon has a fantastic lineup of musicians including Fischerspooner, Bright Eyes, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart, Steve Earle, and Peaches. Following is an amalgamation of the artists' strong anti-war tracks with their lyrics to wet your tongue for the concert.

Devendra Banhart - Heard Somebody Say [video via 'boards]

"
It's simple, we don't want to kill."

Bright Eyes - When The President Talks to God [video via One Good Move]

"
When the president talks to God / Are the conversations brief or long? / Does he ask to rape our women's' rights / And send poor farm kids off to die? / Does God suggest an oil hike / When the president talks to God?"

Steve Earle - Rich Man's War (mp3)

Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now (mp3)

"And the people gathered ‘round / They all brought what they could bring / And nobody went without / And I learned a song to sing / The revolution starts now"


DJ Earworm [mashup including Fischerspooner's We Need A War] - We Need a Filthy War (mp3)

"If we think we need a war, we need a war."


Michael Stipe is selling his war protest songs through the In The Sun Foundation. Support him and buy the tracks.

I also can't publish this post without noting that both Matthew Barney and David LaChappelle are included on the list of the concert's hosts (more here). Wow.


PREVIOUS POST: Wake This City Tonight... Modern Political MP3 Essentials including tracks from The Living Things, Mos Def, TV on the Radio, Wax Audio, and Saul Williams.

Jens Lekman - I Saw Her At The Anti-War Demonstration (mp3 The Big Ticket)

Feb 24, 2006

New Radiohead Covers

Supposedly BBE has amassed a bunch of new Radiohead covers.
Why mess with the originals, right? And that pessimism seems to prevail.
But, try them yourself courtesy of some great blogs:

Palms Out Sounds: Much Ado
Osunlade & Erro - Everything In Its Right Place
RJD2 - Airbag

Fluxblog
Mark Ronson with Alex Greenwald - Just

Scissorkick
The Cinematic Orchestra - Exit Music (For A Film)

Feb 23, 2006

MKE's Blog of the Week!

Chris Ofili - Captain Shit (1998)

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Brand New Colony

Andrea Zittel - Pocket Property (2000)
[This is a fully functional mobile home floating island being tested by Andrea off the coast of Denmark.]

Things that you think are liberating actually can become extremely confining or restricing or repressive; and things that you think are controlling can actually give you a greater sense of security and liberation in the end." - Andrea Zittel

Maximo Park - Isolation (mp3)

My island would have to have internet access, if only so I could have this:
Angelo Plessas - Elastic Enthusiast

Feb 22, 2006

The Facts of Life

Gregory Crewdson - Untitled (Ophelia) ( 2001)

I had a bit of a hard time today as I sometimes do, so here are two solid tracks that tackle struggle and seemed appropriate.

Billie Holiday - Solitude (mp3)

Black Box Recorder - The Facts of Life (mp3)

Following are some songs from bloggers that anonymously keep me company: one that longs, one that reminisces, and one that calms.

Headphone Sex:
Maximo Park - I Want You To Stay (Field Music Remix)
Stereogum:
Broken Social Scene - Puff the Magic Dragon
Gorilla vs. Bear:
Feist - Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)

Feb 21, 2006

Blogging BIG Ideas: Radiohead - Nude

Tim Hawkinson - Emoter (2002)
[This is a kinetic scupture that takes input from a TV screen and
outputs corresponding facial movements - view a video clip]


On Radiohead's blog Dead Air Space yesterday, Thom Yorke updated that the group is working on a new version of Nude (previously a b-side called Big Ideas) with a string quartet.

Thom Yorke (with full band by Pawel) - Nude / Big Ideas (mp3) [*Thanks Sean!]

Outside the studio, Thom is taking big steps towards decreasing emissions via a strong partnership with Friends of the Earth. Their interview with Thom about Britian's courageous The Big Ask campaign is an interesting look at the political ideas of the soft-spoken crooner.

More Radiohead b-sides are available at Best Song Ever.

Feb 20, 2006

Portrait of the Artist as a Londoner: CHECK OUT Simon Bookish

Bruce Nauman - Self-Portrait as a Fountain (1966-70)

Simon Bookish - Portrait of the Artist as a Fountain (mp3)

Simon Bookish - Metal Horse (mp3)

[Browsing
One Louder, I stumbled upon a an interesting Simon Bookish remix... check out his post on the Terry Riley Disco (Max Tundra Remix) .]


So
,
I stalked down Leo Chadburn, the man behind Simon Bookish's curtain, in Aarhus Denmark. Originally fascinated by the complexity of this London artist, I set out to explore the influences that output such an diverse, yet poppy sound. Turns out he's inspired by the desire to invent his own unique sound; using such ingredients as timeless antiestablishmentism and a rich batter of experimentation, texture, London, collaboration, computers, and art.

Kyle: How would you describe your sound? Leo: If it's a description of me you're looking for, then objectively I can only list what other people have likened me to; ScottWalker, DAF, Momus, 'Marc Almond singing over Stockhausen', 'Jarvis Cocker on crack' and 'gay Spalding Gray'. Irefute most of these comparisons, naturally...

Kyle: How important is London to your music? Leo: I think it colours a lot of what I do, in terms of those things I'm exposed to culturally on a day to daybasis, what kind of subjects I address lyrically, etc. London's like some massive kinetic sculpture that you have to engage with. If you stand still it swings round behind you and severs your head. I definitely think the music I've made recently has that 'switched-on' sound; I hope you can hear the city's electricity running through it.

Kyle: What role does technology play? Leo: All the music I've made in the last two years has been produced by me, at home or using some borrowed time in other people's studios. Simply because I like electronic sounds at the moment, everything has been synthesized, recorded directly into the computer and processed/treated by the computer. So technology has been vital. The home studio has also meant that I've been self-sufficient. Back when I was a 'real' composer, I used to have to deal with orchestras and all that kind of misery. Technology saved me from having any more arguments with self-righteous 2nd violinists. Having said that, my laptop died a bit last week, so I may have to consider some other ways of working in the next fewweeks!

Kyle: What's spinning on your iPod? Leo: I've been living like a hermit and becoming increasingly out of touch with current releases. I can, however, thoroughly recommend some of the amazing, talented people I've had the opportunity to have worked with recently, or even just hang out with; Leafcutter John, Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear, Bishi, Final Fantasy, The Organ, Max de Wardener, MaxTundra, John Fashion Flesh, Capitol K.

Kyle: What are your stylistic inspirations? Leo: In my opinion, the most 'inspired' musicians are those who are able to use style or genre to their own ends (Bowie, Louis Andriessen, John Zorn, Bjork, etc.) or those who stop fretting about style and get on with making stupendous structures and textures (the late Iannis Xenakis).

Kyle: Where do you fit into the music scene? Leo: Well, I'm pretty sure I don't fit into any scene anymore. I certainly don't want to! In fact, I don't think any artist working today would want to be tied to a single genre, to be pigeonholed. "I only write music in such-and-such a style" is somewhat analogous to saying "I only write music in G major".

Kyle: Is the 'Portrait of the Artist' single referencing James Joyce? Leo: 'Portrait of the Artist as a Fountain' is a reference to the Bruce Nauman performance photographs of the same name, not to 'Portrait of the artist as a young man'. [See above]

I like lyrics about 'the other', something challenging, even 'inappropriate'. Who needs any more love songs, baby?

The new Simon Bookish album UNFAIR/FUNFAIR will be released next week (February 27th). You can purcahse the first release (containing the singles above) from Tomlab or read more at simonbookish.com.

Feb 19, 2006

Andrew Bird - Fake Palindromes Video Clip


This is a little diddy from Andrew Bird's stop in Madison, WI this week. It's a rough clip, but my rockin' friend Beth thinks it gives a nice portrait of his performance... and the perspective lets you stand a minute in the shoes of a short concert-goer. Supposedly Mr. Bird removed his shoes on stage to reveal his precious red socks. Perhaps he was trying to get that tall guy to follow his lead and let the rest of the crowd see the show too! Don't be that guy!

Andrew Bird - Fake Palindromes (MOV)

Ryan of Muzzle of Bees was in attendance too and included a full review of the show.

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Feb 10, 2006

He Could Still Kiss.

Shaun Owens-Agase, Tyler Peterson and Kristof Wickman - Office Kiss (2004)
[Ooda Group]


Bittersweet holidays tug at the rigid sinews that connect my organs and my eyes. It's the moment that the instincts stop, but yours can't. And you can't hold back.


Kind of Like Spitting - Passionate (mp3)

00s Music?

Ellen Gallagher - "Mr. Terrific" from "DeLuxe" (2004-2005)

Madonna's not the only one confused about what decade she's in; the 00s seem to be characterized more by their eclecticism and reinterpretation of styles past than anything overtly original. Perhaps it's an identity crisis looking forward to a new decade, but the nostaligia of familiar classics is very comforting. Here are some new songs with strong memories...

Mates of State - Fraud in the 80s (mp3)

Travis Morrison - Born in '72 (mp3)

The Indelicates - Julia We Don't Live in the 60s( mp3)

Tapes N Tapes - 50s Parking (mp3)

CHECKOUT We Are the Fury... Lamarckian Style

It's a good thing that humans don't evolve in one generation because my children would be born without mouths. I literally go days without talking and I do all my communication through my fingers. My progeny would, however, have a few auditory systems for listening to multiple songs simultaneously and large feet for kicking people's asses. I've always wanted to be famous, but in the spirit of Lamarck I've decided that I want to be famous for being really wrong about something. Hopefully not starting today, here's a track from a new band called We Are the Fury who's noteable for more than their unapologetic cold climate adaptation. I wish they'd evolve beyond their genus Dancerockis (including such species as hothotheat), but sometimes it takes a few generations...

We Are the Fury [Dancerockis wearethefury] - Better Off This Way (mp3)

Feb 9, 2006

Composite Post COMPOST: Yeah holograms!

Haim Steinbach - Supremely Black (1985)

1) Madonna's new (old) genius rocking with Gorillaz holograms (and was that weak crunk really Miss Prissy?):


2) NEW Yeah Yeah Yeahs (and another acoustic Maps) at Coast Is Clear.

Yeah yeah.

Feb 8, 2006

The Go! Team + Ninja High School

These bands just belong together. Forever. They should have an indie rock wedding and buy a big house by the ocean. They should birth a clan of cheerleading misfits and travel the country as a choir peddling beats to the unsuspecting passerbys. Their enthusiasm and innocent charm will propagate and cover the world in a luminescent laminate of lyrical loving. [Update: If The Go! Team prosed, Greg from Ninja High School asserts their response would have to be "Thanks but no thanks, you're not right for us."]

The Go! Team - Ladyflash (mp3)

Help buy their children diapers by purchasing "Young Adults Again Suicide" at Tomlab and "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" at Insound.

Go! Ninjas, Go! Ninjas, Go!

Feb 7, 2006

I'm Just DJin Is All...

Listen to Beats from the Blog at my very own Radio Station. The streaming playlist of 30 songs is designed for your listening pleasure. Just click the LAUNCH RADIO button and rock out.

David LaChapelle - My House (1997)

Feb 6, 2006

Wake This City Tonight... Modern Political MP3 Essentials

Barbara Kruger - Untitled (1986)

The Living Things have dunked their chords further into the political, streaming a documentary online from their experience at the anti-war orgy Operation Ceasefire. Featuring the band's three brothers armed with a videocamera, the ramblings demonstrate the difficulty to effectively translate inspired rock as featured in "Bom Bom Bom" to real life situations. The interviews suck and in the pursuit of indie, the "raw" footage took a wrong turn and landed in cliche (both politically and artistically). Though I appreciate artists being inspired by the political climate, artists' messages are much better expressed through their art. [Buy Living Things' new album at Insound.]


STREAM the documentary HERE (8 min).

"It's distressing that the young people, who are the potential cannon fodder, don't seem to give a shit about the war... We hope our peers in the Blackout Generation will wake the fuck up" - Lillian Berlin of Living Things


CHECK OUT an odd mix of George Bush singing
John Lenon's classic Imagine courtesy of Wax Audio...
Wax Audio (featuring George Bush) - Imagine (mp3)

Barbara Kruger - Untitled (1981)

Here are some more artists raising their voices above lumps and laffy taffy:

"Any chimp can play human for a day. Use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform and run for office on election day, fancy himself a real decision maker, and deploy more troops than salt in a shaker." - Rilo Kiley's It's a Hit

Mos Def - Katrina Clap (mp3)

TV on the Radio - Dry Drunk Emperor (mp3)

Saul Williams - Talk to Strangers (mp3)

Michael Stipe's recent effort to help Hurricane Katrina victims involves a release of "In the Sun" remixes featuring Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake, and Joseph Arthur. Buy it at iTunes or read about it at the In the Sun Foundation.

Listen to a sample:
Michael Stipe and Chris Martin - In the Sun (sample) (mp3)

Feb 3, 2006

Tie...

Felix Gonzales Torres - Perfect Lovers (1991)

I think this is perfect for today:

Tie [You're the Man Now Dog]

Feb 1, 2006

Goldfrapp Videos... Number 1 in Corporate Profit

Goldfrapp - Number 1
There's something about the way those dogs walk... can't say that I've ever been so attracted to a dog.




Goldfrapp - Ride on a White Horse
Again... Sexy, but in a dirty way. Kind of in a hit-you-over-the-head-with-my-concept kind of way too.


"Here at home, America also has a great opportunity: We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world." - President Bush

Exxon Mobile posted a quarterly profit of $9.9 billion this week - THE LARGEST US CORPORATE PROFIT IN HISTORY (BBC Report) Does economic leadership in the world mean we can buy it? Leadership DOES NOT EQUAL winning.

Coachella Artist of the Day (worth prioritizing or not? leave a comment):
Devendra Barnhart -
At the Hop (mp3)