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Archive for November, 2009

deadend summer [nov mix]

Posted by ihtov on November 29, 2009

I make a mix of new music every month. Here is Nov. 2009’s mix, titled “deadend summer.”

1) Frightened Rabbit “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
2) Bear In Heaven “Lovesick Teenagers”
3) Real Estate “Fake Blues”
4) Beach House “Norway”
5) Surfer Blood “Swim”
6) Drummer “Buddyscapes”
7) King Khan & BBQ Show “Invisible Girl”
8 ) White Denim “Radio Milk How Can You Stand It”
9) Thao with The Get Down Stay Down “Easy”
10) Vampire Weekend “Cousins”
11) Passion Pit “Little Secrets”
12) Tegan & Sara “Hell”
13) Neon Indian “Deadbeat Summer”
14) Dirty Projectors “Cannibal Resource”
15) The Black Heart Procession “Witching Stone”
16) Built To Spill “Oh Yeah”
17) Animal Collective “What Would I Want Sky”
18) Neko Case “Prison Girls”

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queen city rnr

Posted by ihtov on November 24, 2009

I usually spend the majority of my Tuesday being domestic and listening to WOXY, and right now they are spinning a track (“The Little Patton”) from Cincinnati’s The Seedy Seeds. This fantastic band recently cleaned up at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (including beating out my good friends The Lions Rampant in a couple categories), and this reminds me that I do not talk enough about all the great music being made back in Cincy these days. While I’ve never lived in Cincinnati proper, my hometown is closer to downtown than a lot of the people who live in Ohio with Cincinnati addresses, so I feel well connected to the city and the music. Back in high school and even through a bit of the college years, I spent a lot of my time watching my friends play music around the city. Now that I’ve moved South, I don’t get the chance to catch as many bands as I used to, but there are a few great bands that I make the trip to see.

For the time being, here is a quick list (meaning incomplete) of awesome bands from Cincinnati worth your time. Maybe later today I’ll come back with some band links, mp3s, videos, pictures, or something. But don’t count on it; you know how to use Google.

The Lions Rampant
The Seedy Seeds
Frontier Folk Nebraska
You, You’re Awesome
Brian Olive
Buffalo Killers
Bad Veins
The Read
The Frankl Project
thistle
500 Miles to Memphis

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teen dream

Posted by ihtov on November 23, 2009

I’ve encountered my first 2010 release in Beach House‘s Sub Pop debut release Teen Dream. Some of the blogs that I read are already saying nice things about the duo’s third full-length album, and I must agree with them.

Beach House is an indie band in all the polite senses of the word, and their songs really do sound like lush dreams. Victoria Legend has a fantastic voice that warrants both Nico and Mazzy Star comparisons, but she is more accessible with a blue-collar sensibility that feels natural instead of pretentious. The instrumental compositions offered up by Victoria and bandmate Alex Scally are nuanced yet satisfying, textured like a surrealistic landscape oil painting, but without the stagnation that can so easily accompany bands who play slower music meant to fill both space and time. Sure, this is a great headphone record, but also one that translates well to the old fashioned stereo (and I am thankful for a vinyl release).

“Norway” is the first single off Teen Dream, and it is readily available across the internets. Teen Dream hits US stores on January 26, 2010 in vinyl and CD formats. Also, according to Pitchfork, the album “will be released with a DVD containing a video for every song.”

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Best of 2009

Posted by ihtov on November 22, 2009

Top 25 Albums of 2009
1) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
2) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
3) The Antlers – Hospice
4) Wilco – Wilco The Album
5) Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
6) Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2
7) The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – S/T
8 ) Drummer – Feel Good Together
9) Built To Spill – There Is No Enemy
10) The Thermals – Now We Can See
11) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
12) The xx – S/T
13) Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
14) Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
15) Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
16) White Denim – Fits
17) Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter
18) Lil Wayne – No Ceilings mixtape
19) V/A – Dark Was The Night
20) Bad Veins – S/T
21) Do Make Say Think – Other Truths
22) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
23) Frontier Folk Nebraska – Pearls
24) Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – One Fast Move or I’m Gone
25) The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

Honorable Mention:
Daniel Johnston – Is And Always Was
Califone – All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Pissed Jeans – King Of Jeans
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us
The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
Blackroc – S/T
Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South
Real Estate – S/T
The Big Pink – S/T
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
St. Vincet – Actor
jj – No 2
Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship
Vic Chestnutt – At The cut
The Mantles – S/T
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies
Karen O and the Kids – Where The Wild Things Are
A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

Top 5 EPs of 2009
1) Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer
2) Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind
3) Modest Mouse – No One’s First and You’re Next
4) Death Cab For Cutie – The Open Door
5) Superchunk – Leaves In The Gutter

Best Covers Compilation of 2009:
Score! 20 Years of Merge Records

Most Disappointing Album of 2009:
Jay Z – The Blueprint 3

Best Trend of 2009:
Supergroups (Monsters of Folk, Them Crooked Vultures, Drummer, etc.)

Worst Trend of 2009:
Lo-Fi (Wavves et al.)

Worst Band of 2009:
Owl City

Favorite Song of 2009:
Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

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Revitalized (now with nudity!)

Posted by ihtov on November 12, 2009

new flaming lips video? overrated. nudity isn’t shocking anymore, so this is passe. additionally, wayne’s obession with vaginas is childlike- and i mean that not as in ‘immature’ but as in ‘childlike wonder and fascination’- which is kind of awkward and creepy since he has a gray beard. riding bikes naked sounds uncomfortable, and the actors in this video definitely appear uncomfortable. All in all, this certainly isn’t a ‘nudity as beauty’ video if its trying to be one, and the viewer knows this with the camera’s obsession with female asses proves this. i do, though, like the organic feel of the video as a whole. finally, sure, wayne being pushed through the woods in his giant hampster ball by a bunch of naked people is fun, but no one ever needed to see his penis, especially since it is not made out of a space gun like flaming lips songs seem to imply it should be. overall, it was underwhelming, and if you’re looking for a video with nudity, i suggest checking out the Girls “XXX” version of “Lust for Life” if only for the part where one of the actor’s uses another actor’s penis as a microphone to sing the lyrics to the song. the Girls video is campy and adorable in all the best ways. plus, gay porn is the new porn, right?

You can view “Watch The Planets” at http://www.nme.com/video/bcid/49582897001

You can view “Lust for Life (XXX version)” at http://www.buddyhead.com/girls-–-“lust-for-life”-video-xxx-version/

Both are very much NSFW.

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