Monday, March 31, 2008

Dengue Fever - 'Tiger Phone Card'

The he-said/she-said interplay on Dengue Fever's 'Tiger Phone Card' lends a playful tension to a song that would otherwise sound daffy. The unfolding story between the two characters is intriguing, while the song's choral hook slowly seduces the listener into devoting themselves to the track for the entire way through.

You can stream 'Tiger Phone Card' below:

Dengue Fever - 'Tiger Phone Card'

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Great Northern - 'This Is a Problem'

'This Is a Problem' is a dreamy track off of Great Northern's February '08 release, Sleepy Eepee.  As the EP's title suggests, the record provides some great tunes to drift to sleep to.

You can stream 'This Is a Problem' below.

Great Northern - 'This Is a Problem'

Envy & Other Sins - 'Highness'

This is a great, bouncy little tune with a great chorus.  And the pipe organ makes it all the better.

Stream 'Highness' by Envy & Other Sins below:

Envy & Other Sins - 'Highness'

Monday, March 24, 2008

Music City Afterthoughts

When you last heard from our travels, Steve and I had forged a trail south to Nashville and set up camp for the night.

The following day, we continued our adventure by exploring the downtown in search of good food and good music. This included checking out some of Stacy Mitchhart's live blues at B.B. King's on 2nd Ave. Mitchhart's acoustified cover of the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post" was a definite highlight of the set.

From there, we continued our St. Paddy's soiree across the street at Mulligan's Irish Pub. Guinness and green beer flowed from the taps as Irish jigs were played by a small group in the corner.

Eventually we decided it would be in our best interest to round out our musical education at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to take in some down-home, local country tunes. The venue's band of the evening was crammed onto the tiny stage - the guitarists stayed clear of the edge while the drummer sat awkwardly in the front window.

Before the night was up, we even stopped by Coyote Ugly, but just couldn't fight the moonlight.

After a two-night stint in Nashville, we decided to continue our exploration eastward to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains.

One rainy 12-hour drive back and we were home in time for the Easter weekend. Overall, it was a great trip, and we made the most out of the time we had. It was definitely a welcomed getaway!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Greetings From Nashville! - 'Snake Farm'

Front of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Tae and Yours Truly are currently on location, reporting live from Music City. Last night was spent tasting ribs at Rippy's and sipping "honky-tonk lemonade" at Legends Corner. We were also privvy to some great live country tunes---specifically, 'Snake Farm.' You can stream this lyrical jewel below:

Ray Wylie Hubbard - 'Snake Farm'

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Neon Neon - 'I Lust You'

Here's an uptown dance-rock tune by Neon Neon, and a strong candidate for the next worldwide summer clubbing hit. It's quite chill.

Stream 'I Lust You' below:

Neon Neon - 'I Lust You'

Monday, March 10, 2008

Don't Be Cruel, it's Bedtime for Toys.

It's been a couple of years since I last posted about Bedtime for Toys, and in that time the Los Angeles electro-funk rockers have increased their lineup and developed quite the following. Not to mention, the band was included in Rolling Stone's 25 Best Bands on Myspace.

Next up, the Toys are releasing a covers album, to be titled BfT is Punk n' B.

The first leak from the new record is a fresh cover of Bobby Brown's ultra-slick 1988 hit, 'Don't Be Cruel.'

Check out the stream below, then jump over to the Bedtime for Toys website or myspace for the download and more info on how to join the dance riot.

Bedtime for Toys - 'Don't Be Cruel' (Bobby Brown cover)

And as an added bonus, here's the original video to Bobby Brown's 'Don't Be Cruel':

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The New Pornographers - 'All the Old Showstoppers'

The New Pornographers have been cutting delicious pop cuts for over a decade now, and with their latest release they haven't disappointed.

'All the Old Showstoppers' is track two from Challengers. With its charming orchestral refrain, it's quite a "showstopper" in itself.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Billy Burke Estate - 'Perky Muscle Girl'

Here is a slowly addictive, Elvis Costello flavored tune. It's The Billy Burke Estate's 'Perky Muscle Girl.'

Stream it below:

The Billy Burke Estate - 'Perky Muscle Girl'

Thursday, March 06, 2008

'XM Thriller' Celebrates 25th Anniversary of MJ's Magnum Opus

For you XM listeners out there, Channel 63 is dedicated to all Michael Jackson, all the least for the month of March. 'XM Thriller' is dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Thriller release.

Click here for further info.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Nine Inch Nails In Tune With 'Ghosts'

Nine Inch Nails released a brand new album this week.

Ghosts I - IV, the follow-up to 2007's Year Zero, is a 36 track set of instrumental arrangements composed and recorded last fall after the band declared its freedom from At nearly 2 hours, the collection finds Nine Inch Nails exploring sounds previously uncharted by the band.
According to Trent Reznor, via the band's official website:
"I've been considering and wanting to
make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made
sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a
very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound
and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and
the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy
the first four volumes of Ghosts."

"This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The
rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything
driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as...

"The end
result is a wildly varied body of music that we're able to present to the world
in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed - from a
100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package
we've ever created. More volumes of Ghosts are likely to appear in the

Right now, you can download Ghosts I for free, or download the whole collection for a mere $5.
Additionally, Ghosts I-IV is now available for pre-order as a double disc set for $10, which includes a free mp3 album download. A deluxe version boxed set is also available for pre-order. You can preview the album first on the NIN website. For detailed purchasing options, head on over to the order page.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Lucinda Blackbear - 'Winterland'

Lucinda Blackbear's charm is their lyrics. Combined with an allegiant melody, the strong songwriting makes for some introspective tuneage. Expect to see these guys featured on various coffee house stations if they haven't been already.

Stream Lucinda Blackbear's 'Winterland' below:

Lucinda Blackbear - 'Winterland'

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