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One of the benefits of living within walking distance of work is, well, walking to work. And, having just rediscovered my iPod (after a year or two of neglect), few things compliment a half hour walk better than a shuffle. Here’s mine from today:
- Amon Duul – Mama Duul Und Ihre Sauerkrautband Spielt Auf
- Valerio Longoria – El Canoero (from the Arhoolie box set)
- Brian Eno – Kurt’s Rejoinder
- Sonic Youth – My Friend Goo
- Aretha Franklin – Do Right Woman / Do Right Man
- Six Finger Satellite – It Takes One to Know One
- Bob Dylan – Tangled Up in Blue (live)
- Television Personalities – Glittering Prizes
- T. Rex – The Soul of My Suit
- Tiny Vipers – Bottomless Nancy
- Jennifer Gentle – Wondermarsh
Sometimes after work we actually hang out together in a friendly, heartfelt manner. Today after work Dean H. and Dean W. got drunk at the Canterbury and then headed over to Dean H.‘s to get drunker and listen to music. I came over to play Wii but it seems I will harsh everyone’s feelgood vibe if I turn on the TV. Here is what is playing on Dean H.’s iPod shuffle:
Crime “Piss On Your Dog”
Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll”
The Ex “Grimm Stories”
Testicular Ambiance “Out of the Breeze”
Albert Ayler “Spirits”
Big Star “Try Again”
Miles Davis “Panthalassa:!!!!”
Little turkey “Perky Transmission”
The Stooges “Track 07”
Mannheim Steamroller “Little Drummer Boy”
Grap Luva “Check the Clock”
Sun City Girl “Swing of Kings”
This blistering invective came by way of Bad Stuart to the staff email list. It seems that this fellow’s rants are probably not news to a lot of folks, but I’m not very industry, so they’re news to me. Month after month of music-biz-insider-piss-kicking— I don’t know who these dudes are, but love it! (Although his obsession with Nickelback is at least a little bit frightening.)
P.S. He’s right— the kids do love classic rock! (See Zeppelin. and Sabbath.) And while we’re bringing rock to the people, I’d negligent not to mention mother-effing TAD and SLEEP!
P.P.S. He called us Long Tail! (scroll down until you get to "The Shins ":http://www.subpop.com/artists/the_shins at #8…) I can’t tell whether or not that’s supposed to be a diss, but it’s oh-so rad.
I’m going to try to upgrade my piss and vinegar quotient by only reading Lefstez and Stevey’s Drunken Rants for the next month or so. Wish me luck…
“Sub Pop: The new thing; the God thing; a mighty multinational entertainment conglomerate based in the Pacific Northwest”
This quote is printed along the spine of the compilation pictured above, Sub Pop 100_. The other day Sub Pop’s long-departed founder Bruce Pavitt came by and, with the help of Green River’sriver Mark Arm and the tremendously amiable and funny Tad, chatted us all up on the label’s beginnings. He brought some records with him to pass around, and Sub Pop 100 was one of them. It was really fun; grunge was pretty bitchen’.
Also of note around the HQ of our multinational entertainment conglomerate this month: the upcoming, February 6th, release of our first record with Sweden’s Loney, Dear! The record is called Loney, Noir, and it’s been aptly described as “soulful indie folk with a powerful mini orchestra.” If you’d like to read/learn more, there’s a Loney, Dear “Track Marks” feature on Idolator, a new Pitchfork review of the record, and a Stereogum piece on the video for the song I Am John. They were also the ‘Band of the Day’ for Feb. 6 on Spin.com. And, AND! If you order the record by February 6th, we will throw in, free of charge one copy of the UK import 7" single “The City, The Airport” b/w “Ignorant Boy, Beautiful Girl”! “Skiv-Slapp” means “Record Release” in Swedish! We think!
We faced some “challenges” in the production and assembly of the Loney, Noir record that you can read more about here, if you enjoy making fun of us as much as we seem to.
Also, welcome to the new website.
S>P: we love you.
Does everyone already know about Daytrotter? It’s this website where…
Better to let them speak for themselves, I think. From daytrotter.com:
There are so many music/entertainment websites that copy one another, scrambling so fast to “discover” or present something new to the world. And just because you get there first, it doesn’t really make you an explorer. We did poke a stars and stripes into the moon, but we could always see it. We knew it was there. It wasn’t new. We can always come along and say we did, saw, heard something first, but we’re never right. What Daytrotter is attempting to do is to not kid around with you and tell you that we found something that you never knew existed. We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.
And, they recently did a session with our pals in The Elected! Go check it out here!