January 23, 2010

Father Hobson guests on the pedal steel.

January 3, 2010

One weird thing leads to another...

A couple years ago, we were flattered (and a little bit confounded) when DJ (or DJ's?) Them Jeans' decided to mash up Rich Boy's hit "Throw Some D's" with our song, "Oh Mandy". We were so pleased with the results that we even incorporated lyrics of the rap into the bridge of the song during live shows for a brief period of time (a Daytrotter session later immortalized this, however!).

What a strange thing it was to be providing music for Rich Boy to sing about girls having pictures of his dick "on they walls". The only thing that could have made it stranger would be a YouTube video of four dudes in animal hats dancing to said mashup.

Well, the internet is awesome:

January 2, 2010

Thomas' musical faves of 2009

I don't know what it is about "year end" lists. I'm always intrigued to see what people put, but inevitably I get frustrated because of how incorrect they are. Luckily for anyone reading this, I've narrowed the year down the last year in music to the true winners.


Cryptacize must know how to read my mind. They seem to have taken all of my favorite elements (or "tricks") in music and effortlessly seam them together. This entire record sounds like a minimalist Roy Orbison production with minor psychedelic tendencies. They have a Deerhoof-like propensity to wander around traditional song structure but without the tarnishing the integrity of a really good, if strange, pop song. The "lead" singer Nedelle has a beautiful, strong, and incredibly controlled voice. Kind of like a more subdued Neko Case? And I'm usually not into talkin' up musical instrument chops, but Chris Cohen's guitar is a delight as well...It's like the second lead singer of the band? The instrument...I mean, although Chris sings too...Maybe I'm not describing it correctly so here's a tune from the album so you can hear for yourself:


(From left to right, top to bottom):

Alvin Band - Mantis Preying
Au Revoir Simone - Still Night, Still Bright
Broadcast and the Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Franklin Bruno - Local Currency - Solo 1992 - 1998
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
Circulatory System - Signal Morning
Drug Rug - Paint The Fence Invisible
Generationals - Con Law
Half-handed Cloud - Cut Me Down and Count The Rings
Jonathan Mann - Barefoot in the Family Tree EP
Nellie Mckay - Normal as Blueberry Pie
St. Vincent - Actor
The Sw!ms - Itemlord


Apologies for the bootleg video. I'm not sure if I listened to any other song this year more than this one. So good.

2010 is the new 2009. Let's do it!