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posted by [personal profile] misunderstruck at 10:23pm on 10/09/2007 under ,
From [livejournal.com profile] xraytheenforcer
Cut FFS... )

Proper update one of these days.
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Touch and Go Records, home to notable bands like Slint, Rodan, Big Black, and now Ted Leo, announced that they will offer their music for sale as DRM-free 256kbps mp3s. The pricing looks to be along the lines of $0.99 per song or $9.99 an album.

Now all I need is to not be broke.
Music:: rock music will make you stupid
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Generally, it's been a crappy day.

However, the opening line of a news item on Pitchfork caught my eye. The author said something about declaring some Welsh seven-piece group called Los Campesinos his new favorite band, using words like "bouncy" and "riot-grrl infused pop" along with a favorable comparison to Bis. (Kate, take note!) I was intrigued. So I went here and downloaded the two mp3s available. I am hooked. The band totally saved my mood today. I can't wait until their EP comes out next month. And then they're playing in NYC a week after my birthday!

(You can also stream those songs (plus two more) from the band's MySpace page.)

Video below the cut... )
Music:: Los Campesinos
Mood:: 'bouncy' bouncy
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posted by [personal profile] misunderstruck at 04:32pm on 06/02/2007 under
Hey, have any of you DC-area peeps seen or heard much about Statehood? I found this video while idly searching through YouTube, and it popped up after entering the name of the only other band I know that has both a left-handed bassist and a left-handed drummer. Looks like the southpaw rhythm section is back together again:

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posted by [personal profile] misunderstruck at 05:04pm on 19/01/2007 under ,
I just finished re-reading A Game of Thrones and have to say it fucking rocks.

For half my Friends List, I am preaching to the choir.

For the other half of my FL, go get yourself a copy, dammit!

Next Friday, we are going to see Ted Leo play solo for a Callum Robbins Benefit show. Currently, I am listening to Ted and the Pharmacists' live set from the Touch & Go Records 25th Anniversary Party last year. The majority of the tracks are from their upcoming album, "Living With The Living," which will be released in March. It sounds great -- seems a sure thing that I will be hitting the record store on the way home from school on March 20th.

My music player fetches album covers from Amazon.com, but isn't exactly perfect at it. The Joel Plaskett Emergency shows up as "Billy Joel's Greatest Hits", and TL/Rx's "Living With the Living" (or the one song that was released on Pitchfork a couple days ago) ended up with this:

The logic of that choice escapes me.
Music:: Ted Leo/Pharmacists - live at Touch & Go 25th Anniversary
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I have been listening to Wolf Parade's song "I'll Believe In Anything" a ridiculous number of times today. And then I found the official video (and a live video) for it, which makes me think of Neal Stephenson's "System of the World":



The song is a lot of fun, especially when paired with "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts", (live video here)the preceding track on the album. In sequence, they blend together into one great big joyful mess. Half of my commute this morning was these two tracks over and over.

I also learned how to embed YouTube videos in LJ posts, soon after discovering YouTube is not blocked at work anymore.
Music:: Wolf Parade (obviously)
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posted by [personal profile] misunderstruck at 10:44pm on 20/10/2006 under
Back in the spring of '94 (my sophomore year of college), my band emiLy played on air at a small college in western Illinois. We recorded the whole show and put it out as a tape. Recently, I lent that tape to my friend Bil and he converted it all to mp3. If you're interested, I uploaded the 16 song set as a 60MB zip file here. Enjoy. (And be warned that the sound quality is a bit shifty. I blame the idiot on drums for not closing the hi-hat enough. Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] bassmike's wonderful bass work does not come through too clearly.)
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As the subject says, these are my 5 favorite songs of the moment. With YouTube links, where I could find them.

1. Band Of Horses - "St. Augustine". After school and soccer on Friday, I went out with one of the English teachers to an Irish pub (there's a Morrissey joke in there somewhere) he regularly frequents. Note to self: when intending to go out for one beer on the way home, do not go to bars where your friend is a regular. Four pints and a shot of whiskey (courtesy of the bartender) later, I headed off to the subway and stopped by a record shop on the way. I had been intending to pick up Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses based on the strength of a series of good reviews, but I couldn't find it in the racks. I asked the gentleman behind the counter and he ended up selling me the promo copy they had used for in-store play, complete with a 50% discount. That night was the first time I heard "St. Augustine" (it's the closing track) and I've been singing it to myself ever since. (BTW, the video is for a different song.)

2. Arcade Fire - "In The Back Seat". The closing song from Funeral. Builds really nicely and culminates in the band at full-volume backing up wordless vocals.

3. Stars - "Calendar Girl". Another album closer, from Set Yourself On Fire. This is another song where one verse (the middle one, which begins with "I dreamed I was dying as I so often do") popped into my head a couple weeks ago (at WorldCon, for whatever that's worth) and has been stuck there ever since.

4. Matt Curreri & The Ex-Friends - "From Picked On To President". The theme of this list is turning into "Album Closers". This is the last track of their new album, Exercise Music For The Lonely. I'm glad Matt finally put this song out after playing it for 4 or 5 years. The last section (i.e. the litany of seasons) is what really makes the song for me. (The link goes to their MySpace page, where you can listen to this song.)

5. Small Factory - "Pretending It's Sunny". Neither an album closer nor a linked song (no videos, no posthumous MySpace page), just a great song. One of the few bands I've seen where the bassist played a mariachi style acoustic bass.
Music:: The Ex-Friends - "From Picked On To President"
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posted by [personal profile] misunderstruck at 01:26pm on 13/07/2006 under
Today's WTF? moment: because when I think of Ted Leo, mysterious airships and explosions always come to mind.

Sweep The Leg Johnny at the 2002 Michigan Fest. I'm glad Chris never did stuff like this in our houses.
Music:: Rye Coalition
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Tonight's playlist, most of which has sent me dancing like an idiot around the apartment.

1. Built To Spill - Goin' Against Your Mind
2. Mates of State - Fraud In The 80's
3. Minus the Bear - Hey, Is That a Ninja Up There?
4. Small Factory - What to Want
5. Crooked Fingers - Weary Arms
6. Team Dresch - Hand Grenade
7. The Go! Team - Feelgood by Numbers
8. Magnetic Fields - Long-Forgotten Fairytale
9. Frank Sinatra - Let's Fall In Love
10. Guided By Voices - Game of Pricks
11. Sleater-Kinney - Ballad of a Ladyman
12. Etta James - All I Could Do Was Cry
13. Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet - At the Crossroads
14. Heavens to Betsy - Axeman
15. The Decemberists - July! July!
16. Shins - Gone for Good
17. Liz Phair - Stratford-on-Guy
18. Go Sailor - A Fine Day for Sailing
19. Architecture in Helsinki - The Cemetery
20. Cadallaca - June-N-July
21. Sahara Hotnights - Down and Out
22. The New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
23. Palomar - Up!
24. Clyde Federal - Piecework
25. The Rentals - Waiting
26. Stars - First Five Times
27. Bessie Smith - Cemetery Blues
28. The Dismemberment Plan - Ice of Boston
29. Johnny Cash - Tennessee Flat-top Box
30. Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want
31. Archers of Loaf - Greatest of All Time
Music:: Go Sailor - A Fine Day For Sailing

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