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This new Wilco is The Truth and The Future. Listen and Download "I Might" Here:

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You might actually rock is what this is

After making a somewhat decent album a few months back, Wilco immediately returns to the scene with this fresh, upbeat and kickass summer indie jam I just wasnt expecting out of them. I kinda needed this in my life; Music Nerdery need this kinda great indie shit from the established kids to remind me why I love rock in the first place. Supposedly to be released in 7in vinyl format… its like they know exactly what I’m into. With indie and Retro Influence and Wilco Awesome all over it… “I Might” is my indie rock jam until something different comes along. Thanks, Nicholas!

Download and enjoy.

Happy 4th and alladat.

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July 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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Did we talk about the Big Boi and Modest Mouse Collaboration? Because its actually happening.

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WAOW.

So after hearing the rumor of this odd yet amazing combination happening for a while, and silently waiting for some kind of confirmation… it finally comes through via the wonders of Big Boi’s Twitter and Twitpic. Then Pitchfork came through with the confirmation. Swipe from them, because I really don’t feel like typing all this sh*t out right now:

Last week, OutKast MC Big Boi revealed on his Twitter that he’s been in the studio with Modest Mouse, working on new music. To put things lightly, the news took a whole lot of us by surprise. MTV recently spoke with Big Boi about the collab and filled in a few blanks, though we still have no idea how this collaboration might sound or when we’ll get to hear it. According to the man himself, he’s serving as a producer on Modest Mouse’s new album, as is frequent OutKast collaborator Chris Carmouche. Thus far, Big Boi hasn’t done any rapping for the band. The crew has been working together at Big Boi’s own Atlanta studio, Stankonia. Talking to MTV, Big Boi described the collaboration in terms that only he could use: “I’ve been a fan of the band for a minute… We’re all musicians and producers and artists, and it’s just like a big-ass brainstorm, a brain-stormin’, tsunami, typhoon, tectonic-plates-movin’ kind of thing. We do all types of music, so to get the chance to jam with a jammin’-ass band, I knew it was going to be cool. We had a vibe too. We made a couple of records that are just jamming. It’s a hodgepodge of funkiness.” Modest Mouse has been a highly successful, critically acclaimed band for about a decade and a half now, but this still might be the nicest thing anyone has ever said about them.

I don’t want to overhype things, because when you get really excited for albums, they can sometimes leave you disappointed. But I will say that my brain exploded from reading the music awesomeness that is occurring somewhere out in this universe.

As things develop and music is released…. I will find a way to get it to you.

Stay tuned.

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May 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

How did I not know My Morning Jacket dropped A New Single? "Circuital." Link:

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I love you, Potholes In My Blog. When I’m slippin, you’re right there with a musical cushion to catch me.

For the first single off their newest album (which also made Potholes Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 list), MMJ kinda leave behind their trademark Pedaled-Up technique and  take you on a 7 minute melody changing, bluegrass and country influenced, uptempo little journey that somehow leaves you wanting more even, though you just spent a good chunk of your time with it. Hard to pull off nowadays… but easy for these kids who are on their 99th album already (no not really. But you know what I mean).

You can right click-save as right here to download, or just click it to enjoy. (OOOOOh. I’m learnding MacBook. LOL).

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April 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

My latest review for Potholes in My Blog: Warm Ghost | Uncut Diamond EP. Come Support Your Girl.

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Once again, so honored that someone thinks my writing is decent enough to front it on their site. And humbled.
This weeks review? Warm Ghost. A lo-fi shoegazing indie group I hadn’t really heard of previously. This one was kind of tough admittedly… this is honestly the first time in a very LONG time that I’ve had to do a review on something I really just wasnt feeling. And I tried. I always try. But this just isn’t up my alley. I tried to be nice about it and get exactly to WTF I didn’t like. I’m not that good at hating on people shit, essentially.

Read, leave a comment over at Potholes for me, and as always, critique the writings. Always trying to expand and grow, kids.

Warm Ghost – Uncut Diamond EP
Partisan Records: 2011

Paul Duncan has a brief, yet fairly impressive musical history that pre-dates the creation of his newest and latest side project Warm Ghost. Prior to recruiting members of Oliver Chapoy (Aarktica, Saxon Shore, Helado Negro) to team up in the name of shoegazing glory, Duncan built a diverse back catalogue and a successful career as a singer/songwriter for several amazing bands on the scene, from Tortoise to Grizzly Bear. So when time came for him to recruit top-tier musicians to help construct the concept behind his Uncut Diamond EP, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t that difficult to pull some strings. The end result, however? An experimental clusterfuck of synth pop, cold wave and electronic sounds that I’m still not too sure what to do with yet.

So while I’m not new to Paul Duncan as a musician, I am completely new to this sound and style he’s attempting to build for himself. Duncan and company call it an “intricately arranged shimmering sonic world of twisting words and melodies.” Some of my buddies called it “8-Bit NES Emo Music.” What I’m hearing is a lot of fuzz and feedback that layers intense and lush synth compositions, TONS of experimental pedal effects, and dark lo-fi distortion that occasionally lead into songs that sound like extended intros to Phil Collins’ records. Songs likeWithout A Dancer and the epically titled Let My Angst Unfold in the Water like a Hounds Tongue wander in between odes to Depeche Mode, ’70s disco and AFX pedal reverb sounds. But not even the fan-adored song and video for Open the Wormhole in Your Heart” could capture my attention. There’s still a certain something that is missing on this project. To directly reference the Uncut Diamond title, this album needs a bit more polish for me.

For some, the lo-fi synth-pop shoegaze experience is probably what draws you to Warm Ghost in the first place. While I hear the direction in which they are heading, recognize the talent behind the project and what they are trying to execute, it needs a cleaner, tighter, mastered sound before they completely capture my attention. Granted, this is an EP, so there’s tons of hope that their actual album (if it happens) will be much more focused, less moody, with some clean studio mastering on it. Maybe then I’ll check again.

If you’re into bands like White Moth, Echo Lake or Team Ghost, than this is going to be right up your alley, and you’ll probably rate it higher than I did. Not all art appeals to everyone, which is as it should be regardless of its quality. It might appeal to you, however.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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Tryinta get better.
Tell me your thoughts.

My latest review for Potholes in My Blog: Warm Ghost | Uncut Diamond EP. Come Support Your Girl.

leave a comment »

Once again, so honored that someone thinks my writing is decent enough to front it on their site. And humbled.
This weeks review? Warm Ghost. A lo-fi shoegazing indie group I hadn’t really heard of previously. This one was kind of tough admittedly… this is honestly the first time in a very LONG time that I’ve had to do a review on something I really just wasnt feeling. And I tried. I always try. But this just isn’t up my alley. I tried to be nice about it and get exactly to WTF I didn’t like. I’m not that good at hating on people shit, essentially.

Read, leave a comment over at Potholes for me, and as always, critique the writings. Always trying to expand and grow, kids.

Warm Ghost – Uncut Diamond EP
Partisan Records: 2011

Paul Duncan has a brief, yet fairly impressive musical history that pre-dates the creation of his newest and latest side project Warm Ghost. Prior to recruiting members of Oliver Chapoy (Aarktica, Saxon Shore, Helado Negro) to team up in the name of shoegazing glory, Duncan built a diverse back catalogue and a successful career as a singer/songwriter for several amazing bands on the scene, from Tortoise to Grizzly Bear. So when time came for him to recruit top-tier musicians to help construct the concept behind his Uncut Diamond EP, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t that difficult to pull some strings. The end result, however? An experimental clusterfuck of synth pop, cold wave and electronic sounds that I’m still not too sure what to do with yet.

So while I’m not new to Paul Duncan as a musician, I am completely new to this sound and style he’s attempting to build for himself. Duncan and company call it an “intricately arranged shimmering sonic world of twisting words and melodies.” Some of my buddies called it “8-Bit NES Emo Music.” What I’m hearing is a lot of fuzz and feedback that layers intense and lush synth compositions, TONS of experimental pedal effects, and dark lo-fi distortion that occasionally lead into songs that sound like extended intros to Phil Collins’ records. Songs likeWithout A Dancer and the epically titled Let My Angst Unfold in the Water like a Hounds Tongue wander in between odes to Depeche Mode, ’70s disco and AFX pedal reverb sounds. But not even the fan-adored song and video for Open the Wormhole in Your Heart” could capture my attention. There’s still a certain something that is missing on this project. To directly reference the Uncut Diamond title, this album needs a bit more polish for me.

For some, the lo-fi synth-pop shoegaze experience is probably what draws you to Warm Ghost in the first place. While I hear the direction in which they are heading, recognize the talent behind the project and what they are trying to execute, it needs a cleaner, tighter, mastered sound before they completely capture my attention. Granted, this is an EP, so there’s tons of hope that their actual album (if it happens) will be much more focused, less moody, with some clean studio mastering on it. Maybe then I’ll check again.

If you’re into bands like White Moth, Echo Lake or Team Ghost, than this is going to be right up your alley, and you’ll probably rate it higher than I did. Not all art appeals to everyone, which is as it should be regardless of its quality. It might appeal to you, however.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

_______

Tryinta get better.
Tell me your thoughts.

Download: Kaki King Live on air at WNYC's Soundcheck | Kaki Passes 5 Million Plays on last.fm. Links:

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ACOUSTICAL NOMS

So Kaki King officially started her tour off  yesterday evening in New York at MOMA’s Guitar Innovators Event to a great turnout. But before she rocked the socks off of MOMA guests, Kaki made a quick stop by WNYC (NPR Music for us westcoasters) for a nice acoustic show and interview that gives you insight to the tour, and what she has been up to lately. You can go ahead and CLICK HERE to download the Edmann-provided link. It’s the entire show tagged and listed correctly for your listening and organizing pleasure. And its pretty awesome.

Meanwhile, in nerdtastic stat-counting land, it came to my attention that Kaki has just passed the 5 Million Plays mark on last.fm. Pretty big deal, considering when I first got there, she had all of 25,000 plays. Its come a really long way.

Anyways, check the updated tour dates here, and have fun.

Download: Kaki King Live on air at WNYC’s Soundcheck | Kaki Passes 5 Million Plays on last.fm. Links:

with 2 comments

ACOUSTICAL NOMS

So Kaki King officially started her tour off  yesterday evening in New York at MOMA’s Guitar Innovators Event to a great turnout. But before she rocked the socks off of MOMA guests, Kaki made a quick stop by WNYC (NPR Music for us westcoasters) for a nice acoustic show and interview that gives you insight to the tour, and what she has been up to lately. You can go ahead and CLICK HERE to download the Edmann-provided link. It’s the entire show tagged and listed correctly for your listening and organizing pleasure. And its pretty awesome.

Meanwhile, in nerdtastic stat-counting land, it came to my attention that Kaki has just passed the 5 Million Plays mark on last.fm. Pretty big deal, considering when I first got there, she had all of 25,000 plays. Its come a really long way.

Anyways, check the updated tour dates here, and have fun.

Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes –

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Written by E

February 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Two Door Cinema Club Appreciation (before they get Phoenix type-famous) Post.

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Rock On, Ireland.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned these kids in my Favorites Of 2010 list. Two Door Cinema Club has a long history of being kickass, and making some incredible Indie Pop Rock hits. They’ve balanced a mix of Pop appeal, Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand in their sound, but still come off with a style completely their own. Now with MTV taking notice and more hipster/college freshman kids showing up to their shows, I figured I’d tell you about them now before the masses find out.

This band has a special place in “Amazing Memories Associated with Music ” history. Those times where you travel the world and find music by default. While purchasing my Jeremy Scott Originals from the Adidas Originals Store in Barcelona (What Up Luca!), I heard “I Can Talk” going hard in the Adidas store… which started a randomly epic dance party. After that, Justin and I took a brief last walk through Barcelona’s Gothic District and up Las Ramblas to take a Taxi up to Olympic Stadium Palau St. Jordi where we had a date with The Lakers. While walking up Las Ramblas, I heard “Something Good can Work” blaring from a El Cortes Ingles (their local westfield shopping). Only I seemed to know what I was going on that time, but I kinda geeked inside. We then hopped in a cab and our awesome Cab Driver Roberto proceeded to take us around a short, yet stunning tour of  Barcelona. While turning to his local pop radio station, “Cigarettes in the Theatre” came on. It was then I knew I had to blog about these guys eventually. Spain and Two Door Cinema will always go hand in hand from this point.

So here goes a nice YouTube Montage. Tell me what you think.




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February 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Radiohead: The King Of Limbs.

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You didn't get it from me tho.

No really, you didn’t get it from me, as Radiohead Released a day early.
😉

Click here, spread the word and enjoy.

Written by E

February 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm