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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Chopsticks…

This is a great video.

The Sprickets are undoubtedly as underground as you’ll find me go. They’re a self-declared indie-pop band who listens to a lot of 60’s pop and soul music. Mike is an old college buddy and I can say that I had the pleasure of seeing one of their very first shows in a dark basement in a real shitthole of a house just off of 3rd st in Bloomington, IN. 1012fig2.jpg

The Sprickets were named after these little bugs that were all over the basement where the band practiced and played for some of Mike’s house parties.

I’ve caught them three or four times over the past few years and it has been fun watching them find their sound. They’ve played some of the bigger venues in Btown and some festivals out and about. No gigs on the myspace page right now, but keep your eyes peeled.

They recently released a new EP. Check it out if you’re in the Btown area or shoot me an e-mail and I can probably get you a copy.

You know my life doesn’t make much sense to me . . .

Myspace

From the Katydid EP:

When I’m Alone

One More in a Line

The Warmest Thing

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Streaming Mixtapes and more from the Aussies

Australia is still my favorite country in the world. JJJ Radio is one of Australia’s national stations and their website has lots of free great free music. Check out the mixtapes and the archives.

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Pandora Radio

This is my favorite net radio station. You pick a song or two that you like to start out with and Pandora creates a radio station around those songs. For each song they play you give either a thumbs up or a thumbs down and Pandora tailors the music it plays accordingly. Pandora builds your library based on the presence of absence of over 400 attributes used to describe, sort and catalog songs as part of The Music Genome Project. For example, I now know that, at least on my russian circles radio station, I like songs with electric rock instrumentation, minor key tonality, intricate arranging and instrumental arrangement.

The cool part is that recommendations are not based on genre, popularity or critical acclaim, but on your personal preferences for the composition and sound of songs. It’s a perfect way to discover new music. I have 10 or so stations that I absolutely love. Have fun!

Neko Case

“‘Cause if you knew what I know
Babe, you wouldn’t leave me
You wouldn’t turn away from my love
– It’s what you said that you believed in

I say this as your friend:
You’ll be the poor boy in the end” – “If You Knew”

Neko Case is a member of The New Pornographers (touring) who found recent solo success with her fifth stellar album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. In a week after first listening to her album I went out and purchased two more. Besides having an awesome name, she has a powerful, haunting voice that is damn sexy. I know nothing about her personal life, but there is definitely a bleak view of the world with themes of violence and abuse in her songs. It’s a bit creepy really and I never noticed until I started checking out lyrics for this post. For example, the opening line to ‘Star Witness‘ is just a bit creepy:

my true love drowned in a dirty old pan of oil
that had run from the block
of a falcon sedan, 1969
the paper said ’75
there were no survivors
none found alive

neko1.jpgShe explained “Star Witness” to Pitchfork:

Pitchfork: From Fox Confessor, on a song like “Star Witness”, I’m guessing there’s a car accident involved but the details are sketchy.

Case: I spent a while on that song. It’s about an actual event that occurred in front of me. It wasn’t actually a car accident but someone being shot to death. That was a real event that happened in Chicago.

Pitchfork: What happened?

Case: It was one of those things where there’s gang violence and somebody gets shot right in front of you, and you liveneko2.jpg it and it’s horrible. And, of course, it doesn’t make the news because the kid is black. Nobody gives a shit except for his family, and you see how much nobody gives a shit and it’s fucking heartbreaking. He wasn’t even the kid they were looking to shoot. He was just some kid who they mistook for somebody else and they shot him. I saw it happen. I didn’t make the song about me either. The song is pieces of different people but the event is in there.

Morbid. Neko says her lyrics are “not so much negativity as it is things you can’t understand.” I don’t think I wanted to understand. I get enough of this stuff in my life already. Why do I listen to this stuff?

Neko

AllMusic

Myspace

Now Touring

Samples for downloading:

Neko Case – If you knew

Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On

Neko Case – Star Witness

Neko Case – Deep Red Bells

Neko Case – Live NPR Show

Buy Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and other great Neko Albums

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Why shouldn’t I start a music blog? I like music. I have friends who like music who i would like to share it with. Maybe i can even have guest bloggers? The possibilities are endless.

Maybe I can have my favorite music artists battle it out UFC style. This week: a battle of indie redheads: Regina Spektor v. Neko Case. Regina’s hair is red, right? Well if it’s not, then i’m sure she dyes it.

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“this is how it works
you’re young until you’re not
you love until you don’t
you try until you can’t
you laugh until you cry
you cry until you laugh
and everyone must breathe
until their dying breath

this is how it works
you peer inside yourself
you take the things you like
and try to love the things you took
and then you take that love you made
and stick it into some–
someone else’s heart
pumping someone else’s blood

and walking arm in arm
you hope it don’t get harmed
but even if it does
you’ll just do it all again” – On the Radio

I’m bummed. Regina Spektor is in town tonight and I really doubt I am going for two reasons:

1) I just finished making crock-pot chicken enchilada (will be done right around showtime) and

2) I don’t have anybody to go with.

If I were a music blogger worth any cred, I would be going to the show and blogging a review, buuuuut why do that when I can have crock-pot chicken enchiladas?

If you haven’t heard, Regina Spektor is fairly popular among the indie and mainstream kids these days. I think that she is aregina2begintohope.jpg wondeful songwriter and pianist. Her voice is very pretty and cute in some songs (Samson) and a bit grating others (Apr├Ęs Moi) . She really contrasts with Neko in that so much of her persona just screams happy-go-lucky and she writes some very quirky lyrics. In contrast to stark seriousness of Neko, you can almost hear a smile in her voice and her music often has a childlike silliness to it that is o so endearing.

“But when I do the dishes
I run the water very, very, very hot
And then I fill the sink to the top with bubbles of soap
And then I set all the bottle caps I own afloat
And it’s the greatest voyage in the history of plastic
And then I slip my hands in and start to make waves
And then I dip my tongue in and take a taste
It tastes like soap, but it doesn’t really taste like soap
And then I lower in my whole mouth and take a gulp!
And start to feel mortality surround me
I close my eyes and think that I have found me” – ‘Music Box’

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Allmusic Article

Myspace

Now Touring

Samples for downloading:
Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope – On the Radio

Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch – Us

Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope – Samson

Regina Spektor – Leonard Cohen Cover – Chelsea Hotel

Buy ‘Begin To Hope’

PS. My first foray into both Regina and Neko was via Kwaya Na Kisser’s most excellent musicblog