Sunday, October 07, 2007
we(heart)handclaps: "we(heart)handclaps the sounds of two hands clapping"
We're refiring on all blogging cyclinders, now.
I've switched mp3 blogs from AgainAgainMixCD.blogspot.com (awkward and kinda long...) to the simpler and more evocative "we(heart)handclaps". Which, undeniably, we do.
New design for that site to come, and it's going to be listed on The Hype Machine. So, I'm going to try and be a little professional about updating, editing and writing creatively.
Go download the Rumble Strips bouncy single, "Girls & Boys in Love."
Thanks for reading.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Though we're thinking of registering for an actual domain name and new title for the blog. What do you think of "WeHeartHandclaps.com"?
This is guitar-driven Clash-like goodness that's so deliciously anthemic that even a car company, like say, Hyundai, would find it a little too perfect for their commercials.
Did I mention that if you ever use one of these mp3s on a commercial you owe me a beer? Well, you do.
Hard Fi - Suburban Knights
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
stereogum presents...OK X: A Tribute to OK Computer: "Introduction
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer we've asked some of our favorite musicians to participate in a song-by-song covers compilation. Indicative of the album's continued importance, each invitee jumped at the chance; the results are personal, intense, tellingly various. Slow down, dig in, enjoy. But note: we did this all legal and everything, so we can't keep these up forever...get 'em before someone else does. Ambition makes you look pretty."
Monday, July 09, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Get That Out Of Your Mouth #36: "There's something wrong with Wilco's new deal with Volkwagen-- and it ain't the money. Sure, some of their fans are crawling around message boards yelling "SELL OUT," but I don't have a problem with a band taking a check from a car company. The problem is what they expect to get out of the deal. Wilco's licensing not one, but up to half of the songs on their new record Sky Blue Sky, to air on TV commercials and on a cross-branded section of the Volkswagen site. As Wilco puts it on their own site, "With the commercial radio airplay route getting more difficult for many bands (including Wilco); we see this as another way to get the music out there."
Wilco hopes to get mass media exposure. And they're not the only ones. Paul McCartney's new disc, Memory Always Full, debuted at #3 with his best sales in years thanks to Starbucks and their Hear Music label-- which means he's doing better with a coffee giant than with Capitol Records. And the other day I got an e-mail from a new band, the 88, telling me that they just signed to Def Jam-- but just as important, they landed a song in a Sears commercial. With CD sales tanking and the record moguls cowering in their cubicles, that Sears ad could be the best exposure they get.
At first I balked at this. Licensing a song to a corporation used to mean a quick buck; when did artists start leaning on non-music companies to keep them afloat? But then I tried to take a Wired "rock band 2.0" perspective, where everything's rosy and corporations can be hip and good for society. And now I'm a convert: I think corporations should do even more for musicians. They should put them on their payroll. And there's another problem. While we tell ourselves that in the digital mediasphere, artists have the power to 'own their careers,' I'm starting to doubt that's true. Sure, artists can run their careers as a business. But do they 'own' anything, beyond (sometimes) their copyrights? Or are they more like freelancers, selling their culture and ideas to any willing bidder-- and starving when the phone stops ringing?
In digital media today, corporations are regaining their power as the arbiters of your long-term ambitions. And forget about the disruptive power of the internet: all those get-famous-quick schemes only make this more true. Sure, you can kickstart on MySpace or YouTube. But nobody wants to stay there. The newcomers quickly turn to corporations for recognition and start-up cash; and career artists turn there for stability, and the steady cash that they feel they deserve. Nobody can live hand-to-mouth forever, especially if they resent it. So if they can get a payout -- hell, a partnership-- like the Wilco-Volkswagen deal, they should take it. Working for the man is good enough for the rest of us. Shouldn't it be good enough for rock stars?"
Monday, June 18, 2007
I know I'll be hitting the 'download' button on iTunes at Midnight. But not for the Stripes but the Spree.
stereogum: White Stripes taking it back to the days of brick and mortar: "The White Stripes are taking over the old Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. for a midnight madness sale Tuesday June 19th at 12:01AM and then a special performance on Wednesday June 20th in the store. The whole store is being decorated in the style of the old Tower, except with imagery from the band. The first 200 people to buy the record at midnight will receive tickets to the show. Fans have already begun to camp out to ensure their tickets. Check out the youtube channel for video coverage of the event."
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
It brings tears to my eyes to see this.
First DOWNLOAD: The Polyphonic Spree - 'The Championship' and LISTEN.
Then head over to this guy's blog and watch what happens the very first time a crowd heard the song.
The Polyphonic Spree leaves the stage in NYC and then this happened..."
Pitchfork: Neko Case to Tour With Rufus Wainwright: "Neko:
05-26 George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre (Sasquatch! Festival)
07-19 Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater *
07-20 New York, NY - Central Park Summer Stage
07-21 Greenfield, MA - Greenfield Community College (Green River Festival)
08-09 Kansas City, MO - Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino #
08-10 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre #
08-11 Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q #
08-13 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle #
08-14 Nashville, TX - Ryman Auditorium #
08-15 Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Pavilion #
08-16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
08-17 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
08-18 Mansfield, MA - Download Festival
09-02 Marquette, MI - Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park
09-03 Detroit, MI - Detroit International Jazz Festival
11-16 Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall"
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Initial reaction: not as great as say, Ladyflash.
Second reaction: I am humming this in the elevator.
Third reaction: infectious.
inkiostro: "Ci piacevano un sacco, i Go! Team. Con quella loro attitudine aerobica a una materia sonora magmatica e ipercinetica, costruita ad arte su campionamenti e indie-rock, cori da cheerleader e rime hip-hop, e con un paio di singoli da paura (come la spettacolare Bottle rocket) e diverse perle nascoste nei lati B, i Go! Team sembravano davvero qualcosa di insolito in un panorama sempre troppo rassicurante. Apprendo che il combo inglese sta per tornare con un EP e con un disco, proprio nel momento in cui mi imbatto nel nuovo singolo Grip like a vice. Battimani, cori, riff orientali rubati chiss�dove, e rime serrate su basi che somigliano sempre alla soundtrack di qualche episodio di Rocky. Non sembra un passo avanti n�uno di lato, solo un passo in pi�. Rassicurante, gi�.
The Go! Team - Grip like a vice (MP3)"
So much to discover/uncover/take undercover (sorry - rule of threes) on the new Feist CD - The Reminder.
I Feel It All on the album is a kind of alt-country strummer as done by a worldly Torontoan who resides in Paris as produced by a French keyboardist.
Love how she pronounces one 'hwon'.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
i can has spree?
gorilla vs. bear: it feels so alive going backwards: new polyphonic spree: light to follow: "
We are officially in love with The Polyphonic Spree's upcoming album, The Fragile Army. As a fan of everything that Tim Delaughter has created over the last 15 years or so, I can genuinely say that this album ranks right alongside Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb as one of the most beautiful things Delaughter has ever done. 'Light to Follow' has been one of our favorite songs since we first saw the band perform it in Austin last year, and the studio version doesn't disappoint. Although this song is quite unlike anything Tim has ever done (check the programmed drum beats and '80s synths), it sounds to our ears like a perfect combination of everything we love about JHLTAB and The Beginning Stages of....
The Polyphonic Spree Light To Follow"
Monday, May 14, 2007
Very... interesting. Not as insanely catchy as Ladyflash tho.
Pitchfork Forkcast: On Repeat: The Go! Team: "Grip Like a Vice" [Stream]: "On Repeat: The Go! Team: 'Grip Like a Vice' [Stream]
With their moderately large international audience and handful of licensing deals, it stood to reason that the next wave of Go! Team material would be tighter, smoother, and slicker, more willing to play by the rules of big-selling pop. But on the evidence here, the band's leader Ian Parton has lost none of his interest in trying to cram about four different songs into one four-minute single. 'Grip Like a Vice' sounds like the band is riding a shopping cart with bum wheel as it zooms dangerously down a bumpy hill. Synthetic handclaps rush by so fast they verge on applause, drums are less concerned with keeping time than making noise, the keyboards sound more like a warning than melody, and rapper Ninja, reeling off the late-80s hip-hop party starting clich�s, is kept down in the mix, where she sounds more like a human sample than a master of ceremonies.
The single's B-sides will include a cover of Sonic Youth's 'Bull With a Heather', a remix by ex-Beta Band leader Steve Mason, and a new Go! Team track."
July 18, El Rey theatre in LA.
July 14 for you Portland folks.
July 17 in SF.
Pitchfork: Exclusive: Polyphonic Spree Announce Summer Tour: "
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Exclusive: Polyphonic Spree Announce Summer Tour
Band gets smashed, becomes Polyphonic Pixy Stix
Been moving through life like a slug? Are you letting it live you, rather than living it yourself? Are you looking for someone who really understands? The Polyphonic Spree can help. Their potent blend of happy-go-culty Kool-Aid has inspired devotees with wills stronger than yours, brother. They're just looking to show you a better way.
The spectacular (and only slightly creepy) Polyphonic Spree wish to welcome you to the fold this summer on a bunch of North American happenings and be-ins. You can find out firsthand whether or not those new black get-ups have any end-of-days significance, and maybe pick up a copy of the TVT-issued, tracklist-flux The Fragile Army, due June 19. Just make sure not to eat anything you didn't personally unwrap. "
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This is what I hope my upcoming Memorial Day trip to SF will be like...
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
While we're going over new albums I'm excited about, I actually had a dream last night that I saw the Polyphonic Spree at a playground.
The Go! Team set to return with new album | News | NME.COM: "The Go! Team set to return with new album
Plus Brighton collective get ready with two singles
3 hours ago
The Go! Team are set to release their as-yet untitled new album on September 10.
The follow up to 2004's 'Thunder, Lightning, Strike' will be proceeded by two singles - 'Grip Like A Vice' on July 2 and'Doing It Right' on September 3.
Other tracks that are scheduled to appear on the album are 'The Keys To The City' and 'Titanic Vandalism'."
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Go get a mash-up of the new Polyphonic Spree. Sounds like their much vaunted change of direction isn't going to be such a change of direction.
And that's a *great* thing.
stereogum: The Fragile Army, Mashed: "The Fragile Army, Mashed
It's been a tough to keep up with just how many of our favorite bands were dropping new material in '07, and Tim DeLaughter's solution is one to grab even the most ADD-addled blogger: ditch the rainbow robes, don the black parade fatigues, and tease the forthcoming record in a coherent, seamless mashup. This track comprises bits from all eleven cuts from The Fragile Army, perfect for the Ritalin set, still enough to whet you Spree fiends' appetites for a few weeks. We even get a little promo pitch from Tim in the coda.
The Polyphonic Spree - 'Fragile Army Mashup' (MP3)
Wow. Yes, we just got a whole lot more excited, too. The Fragile Army is out 6/19 on TVT. Sucks to have to wait 'til June, but that gives you plenty of time to cop the new Polyphonic threads."
Monday, April 23, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
We'll strike the same deal of handjobs/beer for server space, too.
Good Weather for Airstrikes � Blog Archive � …And We’re Back: "Thanks to one Mr. Nicky Berger, who DONATED HIS ENTIRE SERVER TO US (seriously), we’re back in business. So yeah, we’re all ridiculously in debt to this man and owe him, like, at least 1,000 handjobs or something. Or maybe just a beer. We’ll see how things go.
ANYWAY, what better way to celebrate than with two incredibly sexy remixes from the freshly-leaked I Still Remember EP. First up, we’ve got SebastiAn’s rework which is just all kinds of ridiculous. I don’t even know where to begin, but one thing’s for sure - SebastiAn just established himself as the force to be reckoned with in the remixing game; he’s operating on a whole new level right now. I mean, just look at this remix. SebastiAn takes arguably the safest and most vanilla track on A Weekend In The City and turns it into an absolute MONSTER, drawing you in gently with some seductive spiraling synths before dropping the motherfucking beat at the 0:50 mark, like Zeus himself raining thunder and lightning down on the unsuspecting masses below. Things carry on like this the rest of the way out, as Kele’s “I should have kissed you!” yelps, punctuated by SebastiAn’s massive, bass-heavy synth surges, recall all the desperate urgency of Silent Alarm that’s sadly absent on the new record. SebastiAn, I bow before you."
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
My Old Kentucky Blog: Amy Winehouse Rehab Remix : Home of the After-After-After-After-After-After-After-After-Party!
Pharaoh: They gave me crystal meth and e-tabs, but i said No-No-No/They tried to send my black ass to rehab but i won't Go-go-go...
My Old Kentucky Blog: Amy Winehouse Rehab Remix : Home of the After-After-After-After-After-After-After-After-Party!: "Amy Winehouse Rehab Remix
Yeah, I guess April Fool's isn't that funny on the 5th. We'll ditch that. Sorry, I spent most of last night and today working on getting covers tracks reupped. it was like waiting music.
Another remix of Amy Winehouse's Rehab. This one features Pharoahe Monch.
[listen] Amy Winehouse - Rehab (remix ft. Pharoahe Monch)"
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Arctic Monkeys: 505 � Shameless Complacency: "Although I still have no clue why they’ve been hailed as the amazing band they most certainly aren’t, the Arctic Monkeys are still capable of producing good songs. Such is the case with the latest track from their upcoming album, ‘505′. It slows down their trademark ADHD formula, and actually gives the band some time think about what their doing. The result is one of their better songs.
Arctic Monkeys - 505.mp3"
Monday, April 02, 2007
The Cure team up with Ashlee Simpson: "The Cure team up with Ashlee Simpson
04/02/2007 1:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
courtesy of NME.com
The Cure frontman Robert Smith has teamed up with singer Ashlee Simpson for a collaboration on her new album.
The as-yet-untitled album is the follow up to 2005's I Am Me.
Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz denied any involvement in putting the unusual pair together, even though both of them are his personal friends.
He said: 'I doubt I had anything to do with it, 'cause they were friends since she was performing in Chicago. But I definitely only have good things to say about Ash--I think the collaboration could be great.'
Simpson is also known to be working with Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley, Chad Hugo from the Neptunes, and John Legend, reports Entertainment Weekly."