Saturday, November 22, 2008

You know the worlds gone mad when blacks wear plaid...

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Download: <------- Settin up a pension when I mention I'm professional...

Save the eminem comparison for someone who cares.

Hey Jerry, it's your cousin Andy...Andy Garcia; you remember that old sound you've been looking for? Well this!

I may have gone a little overboard on that title, but that's OK, you live and learn, right?

Instead of a "classic rock" album, I've chosen to go with a classic rock throwback album, albeit one that came out about a month ago. Those of you who know me know that I have a fondness for the so-called Americana music scene, also known as alternative country, in particular the work of the tabloid-friendly Ryan Adams. I'm also of the opinion that he hasn't really made a great, standout, perfect all-the-way-through album since 2001's Gold. Cold Roses came close, and I'd recommend that one highly , but the length of its two discs sometimes get in the way. This is his newest, Cardinology, also made with a backing band called the Cardinals, and it's by golly by gosh outstanding.

Lyrically, Adams is at his best, whimsical, forlorn, but always searching for the romance in the everyday monotony, "I always pause if I can on fifth avenue, look uptown with my head in the stars..." He even gets a bit Lou Reed-ish on Magick, "You're like a missile strike, government goes underground, warhead on legs, what goes around comes around..." Musically, the album finds the perfect mix of the American Beauty-era Grateful Dead of Cold Roses and the Exile on Main Street era Rolling Stones.

I promise I'll be back in a week or whatever with something that's actually classic (maybe one of those two albums or do you guys have those already?,) but in the meantime, I thought I'd give ya'll a taste of what I've been spinning (as though I own a turntable...what file has been accessed the most by my audio decoding software?) HERE!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Radical Face - Ghost

If your Sufjan and Arcade Fire records are starting to wear thin, I've got the next best thing in Radical Face. A concept album by a 24-year old dude from Jacksonville (his Postal Servish band Electric President is worth checking out), Ghost is sonically odd in that it sounds both epic and lofi - handclaps mingling with hornlines, whistles drowning out choirs - and the combination is hypnotizing. The chorus of "Wrapped in Piano Strings", for example, has been my crack for the past few days. True, the dude can barely sing, but when you can write and arrange like this I don't really care.

Radical Face - Ghost

The Golden Filter

Just got back from the midwest suckas. I picked up a new track for you all from the Golden Filter. TGF dropped Solid Gold back in July. Since then, there has been demand for more. Enter TGF's newest release: Moonlight Fantasy. TGF is supposed to be releasing an album in early 2009. Check out Solid Gold and Moonlight Fantasy:

Solid Gold:
Moonlight Fantasy:

By the way, any thoughts on the new Blue Sky Black Death album Slow Burning Lights?


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hot Minute

What up people. So I haven't posted in a while, but I have been thoroughly enjoying this DJ duo and feel I should share it with you good people. Fred Falke and Alan Braxe are making some delicious music. A friend described it as Steely Dan and mixed with Daft Punk. And I don't know about you, but that sounds delightful. Take a listen.