Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ok Go - Skyscraper

Oh my sexiness!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bon Iver - Blood Bank

Haunting beauty.
Bon Iver - Blood Bank

Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

This made my heart explode. So sweet.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Music < Weekend

Aqueduct - Hardcore Days / Softcore Nights

Great track. Thanks to DK for the introduction.

Cat Power - The Greatest

Can't say very much about this song, except for that it has been there for me during bleak times.

Sinergia - Niños Araña

This time last year I was in Chile visiting family. My cousins and I hitchhiked to see this band perform 6 hrs away in La Sereña. They were amazing live and we somehow managed to make it back home in one piece. Good times indeed.

Last FM Top 3 Artists Of The Week Fridays

If anyone else is on it?

Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Co.

Her whole new album is pretty phenomenal. This was a great single too. She's kind of like the Wu Tang of folk. Extra long songs with no hooks or refrains.

Dirty Projectors - Rise Above

This might be my favorite Dirty Projectors song. It's one of their most straight forward songs, but you can feel the emotion that Dave Longstreth is putting into it. It's great.

Bobby Birdman - I Will Come Again

Thanks to DUSKIN for Bobby Birdman. This dude rules. I've listened to his new album New Moods probably about 10 times this week. Definitely good shit.

Top 3 Friday - 1958

back when i was in high school...
The Chips - Rubber Biscuit

Lonnie Donegan - Gamblin' Man

Link Wray - Rumble

3fer Friday Naptime! Danzig, T. Rex, Nirvana

All of these songs have one thing in common to me:
I don't really nap much, but during the rare occasions that I have, these songs somehow ended up playing on repeat, during semi-conscious slumber and the hazy wake up...I can't explain it, but because of that, or how I woke up to them playing, I have a weird attachment to the songs.


When I was 18, I was visiting a friend at a house inhabited by a bunch of skateboarders in Los Angeles (really, the not so exciting Huntington Beach). I was in and out of sleep, and one of the boys had taped this song over and over on a cassette, which played the entire time I napped (maybe 2 hours?). On repeat. I could hear it through the door, but it wasn't very clear. But I knew I liked something about it. It took me a while to figure out what/who it was, because I didn't ask immediately...I got back to NY and was dying to know at this point, but I was just told, "not sure, just some Misfits song." So I basically bought every Misfits album trying to find this, until finally, another friend back home suggested it might be Danzig...He even threw out the name of this song. How he figured that out exactly, I don't know. But that's when I came to love the Misfits, and the man behind the Misfits, Danzig...


This one is very simple. I was at home, in my bedroom, maybe 14 years old. Fell asleep after school, the cd in, this song accidentally on repeat. It's so good- I had always liked it, but it just became so much better post nap.


Camping in Kentucky. This song was part of a playlist, but someone really liked it and kept replaying it once it would end. Not really sure who out of all the people, maybe it was more than one person...but I just remember being in a tent, in a daze, and hearing this. Like the others above, over and over.



And yes, I am totally serious about this song.

I spent a week driving through the Florida Keys, with the really fun kick-off in Miami. I want to say that it was at the Raleigh Hotel where my friend and I heard this song playing on repeat during a nap, but I think it was more like Spring Break Central in the Keys. Most likely the day we got to our Key West destination, we totally crashed after the craziness of Miami, and woke up to our hotel neighbors chugging beers and singing along...But regardless, if I wasn't a fan of the song before, it didn't matter. It's become part of the good nostalgia for us now, 12-13 years later...


Thursday, February 25, 2010

HALL & OATES: I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

i'm obsessed with soft lighting this week.
listening to this made my shoulders dance a bit. ;)
i know you know what i'm sayin.

Delta Spirit - Strange Vine

Delta Spirit - Strange Vine from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Finally - a decent live recording of a great tune off an even greater album. Thank you La Blogotheque! I would have posted Delta Spirit sooner, but these guys are lacking on good vids/clips where the audio isn't distorted. Check out Ode to Sunshine which has been in top rotation at my house for more than a year now.

Cat Power - Werewolf

A very sexy song.

And Jessica Biel making it a little sexier (or scarier, depending on how you see it). NSFW!!!

Of Montreal - Gallery Piece

Makes me think of summer or something.

Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Let's Go Fucking Mental"

Um, yes please!!

May 28 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
May 29 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
May 30 Chicago, IL - The Metro
May 31 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Jun 2 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
Jun 3 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
Jun 4 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Jun 6 Manhattan, NY - Webster Hall
Jun 8 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Jun 9 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Jun 10 Cincinnati, OH - Mad Hatter
Jun 11 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
Jun 13 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Jun 14 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Jun 15 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Jun 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Jun 18 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Jun 19 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
Jun 21 San Francisco, CA - The Filmore
Jun 22 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Write About It Wednesdays: Metallica

I have to take it back all the way to childhood today for my first WAIW. If I had a top 10 list of favorite songs, this song would probably fill the coveted No4 position. Fade to Black was released in 1984 which was 26 years ago (shocker) when I had my first Metallica moment at 8 or 9 years young thanks to an elementary school friend who accidentally punched me open and directly on the eyeball while playing “Freeze” and offered to share his Metallica as a peace offering on cassette tape. (i still wish i knew how he got his hands on it). Its the first moment I can remember sharing music and all was forgiven after school. Take notes, boys! Actually, I’m really grateful because I would have come to this much later in life had this little incident not happened (I grew up with a sister and trust me we were not listening to Metallica when we sat around braiding each other’s hair and we most def didn’t punch each other square in the eyeball). I think I pretended to like this song a lot more than I did at the time -- I had absolutely no idea what the song was about but I liked how the guitar sounded. I’m pretty sure my friend tried to explain it to me but as a very young gal, certain life concepts simply did not yet compute and left me thinking that boys talked crazy weird. I did think the music was very awesome however and with absolutely no understanding of the heavy metal cannon, I decided without basis that I totally LOVED it. Over the years I’ve revisited this song countless times and while my understanding of it has obviously changed, the basic sentiment remains. It could have been any song that day, but it happened to be this one. Such an epically depressing eerie song (technically a power ballad), but also memorably beautiful in its own way and after 26 years it sits high on my hypothetical Top 10 simply for longevity. I tried to get tickets when they played MSG this past November09 and was unsuccessful only because I totally slacked on it and I’m kind of scared of TicketMaster if you want to know the truth. But I’m determined to see Metallica live in the prime of my old. Until then, write about it, wednesdays. xx

The Beatles - Why Don't We Do It In The Road

Woke up the other morning (Tuesday) on what seemed to be a bed in the middle of traffic. It was that loud. This song immediately came to mind. Been listening to it here and there since...and it has drawn up a lot of fond memories that are in pieces. Putting them together is a task in itself.

And because we are Writing About It Wednesdays, I'll share some of it as one long tangent that may not make any sense to the person reading. Free form, whatever comes out as I type.

When I was around 20, I went to Spain (OK, it was IBIZA!!!) for a week with two close friends, left them, and then spent a bit more time meeting up in Italy (Tuscany) with about 10 other friends from NY. I think it was their graduation trip, but for me, I'm just good at tagging along.

One of them, our host, grew up in Pisa, and his family and a lot of friends were still there. Everyone was really warm and welcoming, so it was as though we were all one big, extended, nomadic family, moving in large groups, always. There was a lot of bonding between the Americans and the Italians, as well as within our own circles.
His best friend was having a big birthday party somewhere in the country, but sadly I cannot recall the town...But if can remember correctly, the home that his family just purchased, and where the birthday party took place, had once belonged to Napolean...It was grand. And we were having a party...with hundreds of people. One could compare it to a rave. You know how the Euro's do! It was so much fun, even if I couldn't understand a lot of the conversation around me.

Also during this trip, after the party, we even ended up on the island of Elba- the friend who had a birthday party also had a house here. My room was literally built into a cliff. You could jump from the rock to the water. If only I could swim. Instead, I just watched everyone else do it...

Anyway, this song specifically plays a major part of the memory of this trip, because all Italians love The Beatles, and on my first night of this trip, in Pisa, I was put in a bedroom with one of the best friends of my host, and he wouldn't stop singing, "Why don't we do it in the road...". With his Italian accent. We had just met earlier in the day for the first time. Amazing.

Sadly, the more time that has passed since this trip, the less I can remember. I still keep in touch with a few of the friends, but it's not something we could ever do again. Some are married, some are no longer friends, and some live in other places of the world, working jobs that would prevent such a reunion. But we'll always have the White Album, which played non-stop the entire trip.

Write About It Wednesdays: Real Estate - Beach Comber

Hey welcome to the newest weekly column on this wonderful blog we are contributing here. Seriously though, SK Wythe and I were talking Monday night and decided that we need more people to write about their songs. Whether its talking about why its the song of the day, what you like about it, a fun fact to go along with the band/video/song, or even if it's just a fun anecdote about your life that you want to share with this great group of people, it's all welcome here on WRITE ABOUT IT WEDNESDAYS. (Seriously though we don't have to tag each post with that because its long as shit and not extremely catchy. It would honestly be an eyesore.) Listen to the song while you read, read it later, don't read it at all, I don't really care, do what you want! So without further ado, here's the first installment of WAIW. (Not very catchy either.)

So while I was waiting in the subway station this morning after just missing the first G train (why do I need to Please Swipe Again?) this song came on and I got chills down my back. For some reason I got that physical response where it feels like this is the exact song that belongs at this exact moment in your life, and though it was a mildly random coincidence that it came on (shuffle was on my phone), it's weird to me that songs can trigger such a response in you sometimes. I'm saying this like someone will be able to relate to it, which I hope is true because otherwise I just look like a crazy person. Anyways, I don't know why my body gave me that response to this song, but it definitely made it the song of the day for me instantly.

Since I don't have anything else about why it's the song of the day, I'll share a funny anecdote about the band Real Estate. I only started listening to them recently, maybe a few months ago, after they got a bunch of positive press about this new S/T album. Luckily, a few days after I bought it I read that they were playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl later that week. Having never been to Brooklyn Bowl, and never seen Real Estate, it was an obvious choice to me that I go. Brooklyn Bowl is a great venue by the way if you've never gone. It's a very weird and interesting vibe to have a rather large venue right next to a bowling alley and a restaurant, and for all three to be functioning in perfect harmony alongside each other. Once you're there, and you're in the mix, it all just seems to make sense. And Real Estate was a perfect band to see there. On to my anecdote, I was there with a friend and we were drinking some drinks and standing near the back since we got there kind of late and since it was a free show it was packed. All of a sudden this kid in long hair walks up to some of the old folks next to us and we soon realize that it's one of the band members, talking to his parents and parents of other members of the band that were there. As we eavesdropped we realized that this may also have been the first show that their parents have attended of theirs, as well as the last day before the band was leaving to tour Europe. The parents were endearingly ignorant, and obviously from Jersey, as it seemed the only exposure to modern rock and roll was listening to Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley. The dad actually asked his son, mildly seriously, if he should yell out to play "Freebird" at the end of the set, and his son reluctantly laughed and was like, "Yeah, sure Dad, whatever." It was honestly a great moment and seeing their parents see that their kid's band has garnered quite a bit of success was a really great thing to see and definitely made that show special for me. They played amazingly and having your child be part of something that hundreds of people came to see must be an amazing feeling. Anyways that's my story and that's that of my WAIW post. Hope you enjoyed.

Now, your turn!

PS - I also wrote an absurd amount. Feel free to write much less. Don't let this intimidate you. Even if it's just a sentence or two!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alicia Myers - I Want To Thank You

2nd Tuesday Post - Eddie Money - Baby Hold On

I forgot about how good this song is...and look at him! so dashing!

ABBA - Knowing Me Knowing You

ABBA – Knowing Me Knowing You

Whatever is happening at 1:33 = Are you serious? So good, so out of control.

Willie Nelson + Crystal Gayle = this rainy day

Some Tuesday Posts

Really great meeting everyone last night. This post is dedicated to some of the stuff I talked about with people throughout the night.

St Vincent and Andrew Bird - Black Rainbows
(Click to the last section)

Bobby Birdman - Weighty Wait

Daniel Johnston - Love Not Dead

Was never a huge fan of Daniel Johnston...rather, never really knew his music much,
but now I can't stop listening to this song. Love the name.

Daniel Johnston - Love Not Dead

Chris Rea - Josephine

Monday, February 22, 2010

Booker T & The MGs "Time is Tight" (live)

happy birthday, aj!

The Ramones - Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue

Now I wanna sniff some glue. with the RAMONES

Happy Birthday Alex!!!

BEATLES - Birthday

For someone very special to me

Happy Birthday bro! I love you.


Hope you have a great day! (the)XX

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jeff Buckley - "Hallelujah"

Originally written by Leonard Cohen, this Jeff Buckley cover is my favorite recording of his. For those who are unfamiliar with his work I recommend further research. As with too many other musical geniuses, Jeff Buckley came to an untimely and tragic death at just 30 years old. He drowned in the Mississippi River.

Blind Melon-No Rain

The cutest little bumble bee ballerina ever. wonder what she is doing now?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pixies - Debaser

Another oldie, but goodie. I guess old things aren't so bad...

Arrested Development-Tennessee

Friday, February 19, 2010

Better Late Than Never Fridays

Murder City Devils - Boom Swagger Boom

David Bowie - Don't Bring Me Down

Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By

(Marianne Faithfull's version is so sweet, so here's the link: As Tears Go By)


VW - Giving Up The Gun

Hey Mercedes - The Switch

Sniper Twins - Chocolate Shoppe

R.Kelly-Bump N' Grind

I really don't see anything wrong with this!!

3fer Friday - Not Trying to Start a Revolution or Anything

Just oldies but goodies.

Radiohead - Let Down

Bloc Party - Pioneers

Rilo Kiley - With Arms Outstretched

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Wrens - Everyone Choose Sides (acoustic)

Sunset Rubdown - You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)

Spencer Krug must be a busy guy. He of Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Frog Eyes, and Fifths of Seven...


Black Eyed Peas – My Humps, asking the hard questions as always.
(massive brain freeze this morning)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Strokes - Take It Or Leave It

Bobby Birdman - You'd Be Surprised

Love Rob's new song and video!
Click here to watch "You'd Be Surprised"

And he's also touring with YACHT! Click here for details!

The Guess Who - These Eyes

Kinks - Apeman

Ween-Push Th' LIttle Daisies

This is one of those songs you love and hate all at the same time.

PAPERCUTS - Future Primitive

Would Be Goods - The Camera Loves Me

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two for Tuesday - Micachu & the Shapes

Turn Me Well

Golden Phone

Snowy 2FER - Kiss Me Deadly and Mazarin

STRONGKENTWYTHE took me to see Kiss Me Deadly soon after we met. Can't remember where it was, but this is the song I fell in love with, Dance 4. The lead was wearing a funny superhero outfit- she was just adorable, and the song was just perfect to hop around to. I think they were really young. Like the little brothers and sisters of STRONGKENTWYTHE's friends.
Don't think they are band any longer...

And then there is Mazarin. Also no longer, but this song has been top on the list for years....

Kiss Me Deadly - Dance 4
Mazarin - Chasing the Girl

Music from my morning commute

Benoit Pioulard - Palimend

Modest Mouse - Paper Thin Walls

Ok Go - This Too Shall Pass

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

marching bands, think they're pretty awesome.

Two for Tuesday

I am totally in a 90's kind of mood this week!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Workhouse – Peacon

Girls - Lust for Life

Happy Monday(s) - Impromptu Irving 2pak

Happy President's Day.

After my Friday 3fer, I started listening to Irving on repeat again. I forgot about how good a lot of their songs are. Here are two of my favorites off their album, "Good Morning Beautiful":
Irving - L-O-V-E
Irving - A Very Frivolous Distribution of Sundries

Misfits - bullet

Got my haircut yesterday by Joey at Freeman's, He claims that this is the "best song in the world". Happy President's day.

Lou Reed-Pefect Day

Happy Monday.

Benoît Pioulard - Triggering Back

Found this dude at like 2:30 AM last night. Pretty good stuff.

VETIVER - I Must Be in a Good Place Now

For better audio *here*

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Happy Valentine's Day!
I love my husband..xox

lovers rock

Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly

Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
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New Order- Thieves like us

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Living In Paradise

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Don't Care About You - Get Busy Committee

A little video I just finished up.

George Michael- I want your sex

Paul Simon - Obvious Child

Mr. Simon, if you're reading this....MARRY ME!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Souls Of Mischief- Cabfare

SLEEPFER 3FER - Jonathan Fire Eater, Irving, Chin Up Chin Up

Jonathan Fire Eater - The City Never Sleeps

Irving - Sleepy Inside

Chin Up Chin Up - Why is My Sleeping Bag a Ghetto Muppet?

Friday Beach House Session

Beach House - Zebra

Beach House - Norway

Beach House - Walk in the Park

De La Soul - Brain Washed Follower

"Jeff, I told you, my name is Jeff..."


cake - short skirt / long jacket

Johnny And The Moon Fridays

Dante DeCaro of Wolf Parade and Hot Hot Heat. Imagine Wolf Parade playing Appalachia folk.

The Ballad Of Scarlet Town

All Things Are Gonna Come Back Around

Green Rocky Road

Friday: Dear Metal Tiger...

in honor of Chinese New Year.
Please be nice to us.
Love, BSE.

SPOON - Paper Tiger

Million Young - Mien

Thursday, February 11, 2010

DANIEL ROSSEN - Too Little Too Late (cover)

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles
Jo Jo's Too Little Too Late. (COVER)


Wolf Parade - Lousy Pictures

I love Dan Boeckner's angsty voice.

Wolf Parade - Lousy Pictures

Screw the snow

Broken Social Scene - Marketfresh

Friendly Fires "Paris"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pearl Bailey (feat. Hot Lips Page) - Baby, It's Cold Outside

More with the snow

Real Estate - Snow Days

Mike Snow-Animal

Mike Snow for obvious reasons... it's snowing. Good video.

Christine Perfect (aka McVie)- Wait And See

Trashcan Sinatras – Only Tongue Can Tell

... don't mess around with your man, it's a shame ...

Dr. Dog - Say Something

I'm sure everyone knows this band/song, but I just looked out the window (and saw all that snow!), and was taken back to a summer day, maybe 3 years ago. They played the McCarren Pool with The Walkmen, and no one came because it was sprinkling rain all day. Hardly enough to keep anyone indoors...Strong Kent Wythe and I were perhaps two of 30 people willing to brave it out for the love of Ham (The Walkmen) and Dr. Dog. And that pool was huge.
But it was worth it- this album was on repeat the whole summer...

Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Au Revoir Simone - Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arcade Fire-Rebellions

This song came on today and I was reminded of how much I love it!
In Philly and suppose to get about 2 feet of snow!! Not looking forward to it.

2fer 2'sday - Lyn Taitt and the Jets

Good daydreaming stuff for a cold dreary day.

I Want to Love You

Last Waltz

The Antlers - Kettering

JOURNEY - Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'

I have to confess, I am only posting this because I love the title of the song so much. I like the song too, but that title is amazin'

Devendra Banhart - Seahorse... I wanna see you come back as the light ...

Ennio Morricone and Joan Baez - Here's to You

I know it's Tuesday, but I've got some apps to download onto my new I've only got one song for you today. But it's good enough to listen to more than once.


I've really been into his Modern Guilt album recently after I listened to it once and passed it off when it first came out.

Modern Guilt

Gamma Ray

Two for Tuesdays: Bill Wyman

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings - Tell Me

This one's for Dana in Philly!

Black Eyed Peas - I've Got A Feelin'

This video is awesome. I'm sure a bunch of you have already seen it, but for those who haven't, you'll really get a kick out of it.

It's pretty amazing that so many people were able to do that together. Reminded me of the opening ceremony for the summer olympics in China.

Scissors for Lefty-Next to Argyle

This video was filmed in Brooklyn... I wish I was in Brooklyn! Philly all week. This song puts me in a good mood and makes me wanna dance.


i actually kind of miss this era of Missy Elliot. (it's one of those days) ;)

The Spinto Band - Oh Mandy

This was one of the songs I used for the Gen Art show I was a part of last season.
It's perfect for a teen coming-of-age film from the late 80's.

The Spinto Band - Oh Mandy

the russian futurists - "let's get ready to crumble"

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Drake - Runaway Girl featuring Colin Munroe

have been listening nonstop today...

Japanther - Bumpin' Rap Tapes

Early Sunday morning dance party! HOLLA!

Even though I had never heard their music, I went to see Japanther at a loft party in Bushwick a few years back. It was amazing to say the least- bouncing bodies on rickety old floors...So much good energy, I didn't know what to do with myself.
I felt really old.
And now I'll feel two years older than that, when I see them at Mercury Lounge in March...
But I think it's going to be amazing all over again.

Japanther - Bumpin' Rap Tapes

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Lot Six - "I Get So Down"

This is a video taken in my old house in LA. See if you can spot anyone you know.

Stealers Wheel - Star

I love Gerry Rafferty.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Eddy Arnold - Cattle Call

sorry for the image...i opted for sound quality over visual

The Dodos - Fables

Poom - Rollercoaster

Hey! Friday!

The Pixies - Hey

The Soft Pack 3fer

Rottertown (aka Rotter and Friends) has been talking about them for a while now, but I've only just begun...
Bestest Time Ever?
They just did a 1-day, 10-show record release promo event, watch the video here.
And then go see them tonight at Cakeshop, it's a free show! 11:45PM, get there early!

Bright Side


The Soft Pack - Extinction (SXSW DAYTROTTER SESSION)

Down on Lovin'

Ronettes- Be my Baby

The back up dancers are amazing!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Georgie Sar - "I Miss My Baby"

My baby went away... she's gone and left me to fend for myself for the rest of the week. Here's a song to ease my pining.
(and yes, I know I have too much time on my hands)

Dirty Projectors - A Take Away Show

Ace-How Long

The Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life

Another classic AM Gold 70's moment! I really like this one.

Afgan Whigs - What Jail is Like (And Bonus)

Greg Dulli is so intense. Thank you to my sister Caroline for introducing me to him when we were much, much younger.

Listen to and download the original version of Afghan Whigs - What Jail is Like
And he does a great cover.

Listen to and download the original version of Afghan Whigs - My World is Empty Without You/I Hear a Symphony