Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Mini Apple

Did you know that peeps from Minneapolis called it that? At least my friend Mary does and since she was down with Colbert
back in the day and burns her 8 year old nephews Pixies CD's I think we should do what she says...
Anyway speaking of the Mini Apple I chanced upon some Jayhawks in my pod recently. Now i have hundreds and hundreds of CD's in storage. I would bet most are from '94-'97 when i was a college radio music director and the independent music world was my free swag oyster. Lots of random things that i grew to love came my way and one was the 'Tomorrow The Green Grass' album by the Jayhawks. I guess a lot of people say 'Hollywood Town Hall' was their master piece but no one ever gave that to me free in exchange for air play so i wouldn't know.
The band has been around for 20 years and been through lots of line up changes. You can read more about it here if you care to. The core has always ben Mark Olson and Gary Louris. They have been touring this past year together for the first time in 10 years. As an acoustic duo at that! Something I would have loved to see. Apparently they were not even talking much nevermind writing and playing. But after 9/11 Mark called Gary up, they got back in touch and now we not only have a tour but a new album on the way. Thanks terrorists!
I think 'I'd Run Away With You' is one of the prettiest songs I've heard. Here's an acoustic version w/ just Mark and Gary. The other track is from the No Depression favorite Hollywood Town Hall album.

The Jayhawks-I'd Run Away With You (acoustic)

The Jayhawks-Waiting For the Sun

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Will You Still Love Me Tommorow

"I would say my sound is a romantic's's's tranquility." So says Jon Lucien of his own music. He's the fucking man, one of my favorite tunes ever ever ever is Listen Love by Jon Lucien. Dayums. I can't believe these two are covering this tune but its fucking butter, fucking golden. The Ray Charles tune is nice but I think I prefer the Nina Simone version where she sings bad french. I found this Scruff mix while looking for the Top Billin Mix but it wasn't on their site just on some index so maybe we got a scoop. Oh and Ratatat have a new album out and this is my fave remix of theirs from that mixtape they did around the time the last album came out. Hope y'all like it and oh, don't forget to keep checking that blog with the name ya love to hate Upside Down Stupid Hat

Jon Lucien & Nnenna Freelon - Will You Still Love Me Tommorow
Ray Charles - Ne me quitte pas (If You Go Away)
Mr Scruff - Scruff Nine2five Mix
Jay Z - Sunshine (Ratatat Remix)

Catchums here!!!!

Long Time No Hear

Hello all, I have been fumbling to bring something good to the tapeclub table for a while now. New job = less time, but here goes it.

The Long Blondes - Fulwood Babylon
This track is a Long Blondes B-Side which happens to be produced by Erol Alkan. I also recommend his podcasts which can are linked at

Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle
By Far one of my favorite tracks in the last couple of years. Tellier is a French Pop recluse who recently released a Sessions album in which he re-recorded this hit. In 2005 NME said this track is bound to be a "huge club hit." Nothing like a 4 minute intro. This song is sexy as hell.

Justice - Waters of Nazareth (Erol Alkan Dur Dur Durr Re-Edit)
Gee, another Alkan track will do. Mr. Alkan is fast becoming one of my favorite producers these days, as I find his newer material more accesible.


Sunday, July 16, 2006

It's so much better in the sunlight

I heard these guys being played on the aforementioned KEXP. Apparently they were playing some Seattle block party that night. The singer/songwriter is 20 who started writing songs a year ago. The band has played about 15 shows total. Jigga wha? They are so good. It's kind of Shins-y, Rufus, Belle and Sebastian ish all together.. Upon futher investigation I found out these songs were mixed by Phil Eck (who produced The Shins and Built To Spill) so that's why they sound so glossy and nice for a bands demo. Well have a listen.. I'm sure they'll have a record deal in no time if that's what they want. (Perfik get in there!)

Fleet Foxes-Anyone Who's Anyone

Fleet Foxes-She Got Dressed

** Photo courtesy of my daily drive on the 10 West. Does Bimbo mean something else in Spanish?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I finally got my Pod working in the car again so had lots to catch up on. Namely 20 odd KEXP 'song of the day' tracks. I like to tune in at work sometimes. It's pretty 'i have 2 kids and a Volkswagen but still like good music' but their hearts in the right place. They are heavy on the indie rock but this track was the song of the day a couple weeks back. It's not breaking any new ground but it's all perky and warm and bubbly. Could fit right in w/ some Mr Scruff. Bonus points for being from Chile!

Bitman and Roban-Answer to the Beat

Upside Down Stupid Hat

Happy Time! Well I had planned to pull out my cuts and post up some battle tunes for the boys but I got sidetracked by this Fourtet Mix that I bought a while ago in Manchester. Its soooooooo good. Plenty of Madvillian, some band called Left Banke and the end with Nas over God Speed You! - jesu.

Fourtet DJ Mix
Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina

The second Top Billin mix has been out for a while but its the best mix I've heard all summer (actually there's a Low Bee mix thats pretty hot) but yeah - sooo dope. I also tracked down my favorite tune from the mix and its here. I don't know much about The Mysterions but this tune destroys. Aiii that monkey screech is too good.

Top Billin Vol 2 - Still Retarded
The Mysterions - Count Success

Oh and for our new friend here is that Tom Assman tune again.

Tom Assman - Rock With Me (Doshhammer Mix2)

Friday, July 07, 2006

hey ladies!

in sequencing a summertime mix that, well, is not very "summer-like", i couldn't help but notice that some keynote tracks feature female artists. soo without further adieu here's some jams i'd like to share...xo

Eve "Cash Flow"

Kelis "Bossy (Alan Braxe and Fred Falke remix)" --> makes me want to rollerskate

Ciara "Get Up (feat. Chamillionaire)" --> i can't help myself (when it goes pop)

Uffie "Pop the Glock (Curtis Vodka mix)" --> been listening to this for months

Peaches "Downtown (Simian Mobile Disco mix)"

Sharon Phillips "Want 2 / Need 2 (Trentmollier mix)" --> the jam of the summer

The Pointer Sisters "Automatic" --> how can you say no?


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Swan songs, duck ditties,

Since TwitchyAcorn posted the world cup fever tune and since a certain team were out-acted, I've been playing this a bit, kind of like the final song from a Northern soul night... anyway, who would have thought they were from Finland? Something made me hope it might have been the soundtrack used in Matt Stokes' Becks Futures winner... which I still have to see

amazing how watching these cats dance makes me smile...

PS: Dr Thunder: Here's the individuals you asked for... some missing due to lockage : )