Thursday, October 03, 2013

Lost in Translation Turns 10

by Jay Allbritton
Decades just fly by these days.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Decemberists - Valerie Plame

by Jay Allbritton
Ten years ago today a CIA agent was outed for political reasons by an administration bent on starting an unnecessary war that killed hundreds of thousands, including over 4,400 soldiers.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gemma Hayes - Cloudbusting (Kate Bush Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
"I just know that something good is gonna happen. And I don't know when, But just saying it could even make it happen."

Prince - Even Flow

by Jay Allbritton
Prince brandishes his guitar with malice on this cover of Pearl Jam's "Even Flow".

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kate Bush Primer

by Jay Allbritton
If you don't know, ask somebody!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Postal Service - Brand New Colony

by Jay Allbritton
Now on the European leg of their reunion tour, PS played Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona yesterday.

Lisa Loeb - Stay

by Jay Allbritton
Sometimes I have to hear this song. Compelled to.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Elliott Smith - Pretty (Ugly Before)

by Jay Allbritton
Live at Irving Plaza, New York, NY May 17, 2000. 13 Years ago today, right around the same time I finished my BA in English from the University of Florida. Time flies...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fitz and The Tantrums - Don't Gotta Work It Out

by Jay Allbritton
On the water in Amsterdam with nothing but voice, horn and tambourine. That's how good these guys are.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Emma Louise - Tessellate

by Jay Allbritton
Emma Louise picks a great song to cover for triplejtv's Like a Version series.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ashlee Gilot - Let it Be

by Jay Allbritton
There's a chance that we might see.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Chuck Ragan and Jenny Owen Youngs - Nomad By Fate, Pirates

by Jay Allbritton
Ragan and Youngs bring their collaborative tour to Alternative Press's offices for a couple of songs.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

6 Day Riot - Take Me

by Jay Allbritton
Not sure what's going on with these guys. Cool band, but no real activity in the last couple years.

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Uncluded - TV on 10

by Jay Allbritton
Kimya Dawson teamed up with rapper Aesop Rock to form The Uncluded. This song is the strongest yet from the duo. I'm digging the trend towards Lyrics videos and this one is presented well.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Houndmouth - Houston Train

by Jay Allbritton
I agree with this reviewer, this band is the real deal.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Josie Charlwood - Thanks and All The Rest

by Jay Allbritton
Great young UK singer Josie Charlwood's (@JosieCharlwood) first album dropped last year. This is one of the songs on it. Watching her precision as she inserts all these elements into the song is just delightful.

Pickwick - Hacienda Motel (Live on KEXP)

by Jay Allbritton
Check out more Pickwick over at TwentyFourBit.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You

by Jay Allbritton
"It's been seven hours and 15 days since you took your love away..."

One of the great opening lines in music history.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Alice in Chains - Would?

by Jay Allbritton
"Same old trip it was back then..."

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Hate the Taste

by Jay Allbritton
Spectacular performance on Leno last night. Tonight? Paltrow.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Rock N Roll Suicide (David Bowie cover)

by Jay Allbritton
From January 2004, in Pomona, California.

Mr. Matty B and Sasharrr - With Arms Outstretched (Rilo Kiley Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
I usually don't go in for breathy, reverb drenched production but I gotta give these two points for going all out on such a cool cover selection.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Postal Service - Turn Around

by Jay Allbritton
From Las Vegas on Friday night. Pardon the crunch of the audio in this clip, the performance is too endearing not to post. Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis have crazy good stage chemistry.

Kopecky Family Band - Are You Listening

by Jay Allbritton
From last October at WFUV in NYC.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Garbage & Screaming Females - Because The Night

by Jay Allbritton
Kickass rendition of Patti Smith's classic. Marissa Paternoster's guitar solo on this thing is glorious.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

by Jay Allbritton
From last week's set at Coachella. They're about to go again in an hour or so, only this time it won't be streamed live, which is too bad.

Mr. Kind and Holychild - Clark Gable (Postal Service Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Mr. Kind and Holychild pull off a rocking cover of "Clark Gable". Mr. Kind's EP is over at Bandcamp.

Once again The Postal Service will take the stage tonight at Coachella, hopefully streaming on YouTube.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tegan and Sara - I Was A Fool

by Jay Allbritton
Sometimes on their new material Tegan and Sara don't even sound like Tegan and Sara, but they do sound great. It's an impressive feat. Usually the core of what made their sound so good to begin with is still there, but not much on this track.

Rilo Kiley - I Never

by Jay Allbritton
"In a place that exists in the pages of scripts..."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lady Antebellum - Downtown

by Jay Allbritton
Here's some pop country because we ain't done much of that round here. Take this woman downtown!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Little Green Cars - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

by Jay Allbritton
If you reside in the Los Angeles area, go check out this band at the Troubadour on Thursday, April 18.

The opening act is a band called The Night Terrors of 1927, featuring TWS favorite Mr. Blake Sennett on guitar.

The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

by Jay Allbritton
The Postal Service managed to actually exceed expectations on Saturday night in their prime Coachella slot. I watched via YouTube stream. So far all the uploads of the full set get yanked from YouTube with a quickness, so, for now at least, all that remains are the clips posted on the festival's website.

You can see "A Tattered Line of String" here.

Rilo Kiley - The Frug

by Hector Diego

The Frug by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Act of Congress - Such Great Heights (Postal Service cover)

by Jay Allbritton
From their Nervous Energies session.

Nataly Dawn - Please Don't Scream

by Hector Diego

Dawn is now on an international tour, or soon to be.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Miel - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Postal Service Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Continuing the rampage of Postal Service covers...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Postal Service - Nothing Better

by Jay Allbritton
The Postal Service kicked off their tour earlier this week. Last night they played Davis, California, and much of the show has turned up on YouTube. In this clip, Jenny Lewis sings the part Jen Wood sang on the band's 2003 record Give Up.

Lewis and Gibbard duets would be a great way to move the band forward, but seeing as how it took them ten years to embark on their second tour, I won't hold my breath. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Coward At Sea - We Will Become Silhouettes (Postal Service Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Check out their EP on bandcamp.

Head over to Spin to see The Postal Service play this song last night on the first night of their first tour in ten years. Ten years!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Chvrches - The Mother We Share

by Jay Allbritton
Probably the most infectious synth-pop I've heard since The Blow's 2006 album Paper Television.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Derek Mok - Oh My Lover (PJ Harvey Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Unbelievable job covering an impossible classic.

Nirvana - Molly's Lips

by Jay Allbritton
19 years gone. Cobain and company covering the Vaselines. 

PS Eliot - Watch On Mute (Nervous Energies session)

by Jay Allbritton
My new indie rock crush. 

Thursday, April 04, 2013

KCRW Features Rilo Kiley's "Bury, Bury Another"

by Jay Allbritton
Santa Monica's public radio station KCRW is currently featuring "Bury, Bury Another" by @RiloKiley. The song is from their just released rarities collection RKives. They also have the MP3 available for free download. Based on the the country twang and the slide guitar, the song sounds like it could have been recorded for More Adventurous or for a scrapped EP the band had planned around that time.

This is a Rilo rarity that did not turn up on RKives, the very dark and very amazing, "Jenny, You're Barely Alive."

Elliott Smith - Independence Day

by Jay Allbritton
From summer of 1999 in Olympia, Washington.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Breeders - So Sad About Us

by Jay Allbritton
The Breeders covering The Who on Letterman back in the day.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

PJ Harvey - When Under Ether (Acoustic live, NRK Lydverket)

by Jay Allbritton
There is most certainly not enough Polly Jean in my life. And I am down for her fronting a Nirvana reunion.

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Breeders - Cannonball

by Jay Allbritton
Brooklyn Vegan has pictures and video from The Breeders' show at The Bell House on Friday.

Samantha Crain - Somewhere All The Time

by Jay Allbritton
"Everybody wants to go somewhere..."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Conor Oberst - First Day of My Life

by Jay Allbritton
From January in Filadelfiakyrkan, Stockholm.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spoon - You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb

by Jay Allbritton
Stereogum has a nice career retrospective of a great band.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Margot MacDonald - Ballad of Serenity

by Jay Allbritton
Nice use of looping technology to render an awesome version of the theme song of the great TV show Firefly.

Wavves - Afraid of Heights

by Jay Allbritton
Wavves just put out a new video from their new album Afraid of Heights. Jenny lewis sings backup, which gets out attention. Not a bad tune, which Spin writer Marc Hogan notes is a bit Weezer-y.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra

by Hector Diego

I don't usually post pictures of Deities, in fact I don't know that I have ever posted one on this blog. But I couldn't resist.

CDV 21-06 Jaya Radha-madhava by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Grooveshark

I would like to listen to this music when I am dying.

RKives Will Get You There

by Jay Allbritton
I may or may not have been the recipient of an early copy of @RiloKiley 's RKives collection which is out on Tuesday. I will stipulate that I have purchased said collection via Amazon and advise all of you to do the same, for it is magnificent. Or, even better, get it directly from the band's label, which is run by the band's bass player Pierre.

I was quite pleased that the band retweeted my answer to the question which is my favorite jam. This is one of them. I couldn't chose just one. The record is stacked.

Here's my short gushing fanboy review: The first section is mostly songs that have not been heard by the superfans. The second part is mostly songs that were released as b-sides. I'm not entirely sure, but some of the mixes sound better or maybe there was some remastering. The songs sequence flows well despite the likely attempt to create a chronological coherence. There's a hidden track that sounds like it comes from the early days of the band. Hopefully the liner notes will shed more light on the process.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Margot MacDonald - At Least It Was Here

by Jay Allbritton
The fabulous Margot MacDonald covers the full version of The 88's theme song to the TV show Community. Free Dan Harmon!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Har Mar Superstar - Lady, You Shot Me

by Jay Allbritton
On the latest episode of Jonah Raydio, the gang takes a journey through the work of Sean Tillmann of Har Mar Superstar including this beauty from Bye Bye 17, which is out April 23.

The Ups and Downs of 3D Printing

by Jay Allbritton
Reuters reports that a team of researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have printed human embryonic stem cells with a 3D printer.

Meanwhile, NPR reports that "Defense Distributed, an organization best known for advocating open-sourced 3-D printing of guns, says its founder, Cody Wilson, is now a federally licensed gun manufacturer and dealer."

If InTrade hadn't gone under they could have laid odds on when the first person would receive an organ transplant from a 3D printer after being shot by a gun from a 3D printer. The race is on.

The Postal Service - Turn Around

by Jay Allbritton
This is the last as yet unheard Postal Service song. It was recorded along with "A Line of Tattered String," in 2006.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

America's Greatest Hits

by Hector Diego

April Perkins - Silver Lining (Rilo Kiley cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Exquisite cover right out of the "Silver Lining" playbook. I'm especially impressed with the hot finger-picking goodness from the super-stoic guitar player. Way to go bro. Shred of the week and did not break a sweat.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lewis Watson and Gabrielle Aplin - Droplets

by Jay Allbritton
Nice duet for a rainy day when you may or may not be reflecting on your life a little bit too intensely.

Also recommend Watson's cover of Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". Welcome to your life.

The Roots - You Got Me

by Jay Allbritton

This track is from the Roots great 1999 album Things Fall Apart. The album's title is a reference to the great Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart. RIP Achebe.

George Harrison - If Not For You

by Hector Diego

If you are a nut for Harrison like I am, check this out.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Elected - Response to Greed

by Jay Allbritton
One of the frustrating things about being a superfan of The Elected is that they have very little quality live footage online, so I was excited when a random check on YouTube turned up this clip from May 17, 2011, which had been posted only four hours ago. Of late I feel like I'm at the center of some paranormal vortex that is helping me recalibrate my entire existence, and few good tunes thrown in the mix along the way is also nice. Thanks universe!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Let Me Back In

by Jay Allbritton
A while back Rilo Kiley asked their fans to send in footage for the video for "Let Me Back In". They edited that footage together and made this magical bit of nostalgia.

Jenny Lewis Cameos on New Wavves Album

by Jay Allbritton
Wavves has a very good new album out next week called Afraid of Heights. I know how good it is because it's streaming on NPR's website. This bonus track features backing vocals from Jenny Lewis who stopped by the studio to bring the boys a snack.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Pogues - Thousands Are Sailing

by Hector Diego

Only Native Americans can claim more than a couple hundred years or so of their people living in this land.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Monicka Hove - Nutshell (Alice in Chains cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Nice cover of this acoustic AIC gem from the Jar of Flies EP.

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush

by Hector Diego

Too good!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Morning Jacket - Leavin' On a Jet Plane

by Jay Allbritton
MMJ rock a little Johnny D.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bring It On Down To Veganville

by Hector Diego

Justin Timberlake has an honest discussion of an innocent diet.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Today Is Maha-Shiva Ratri In America

by Hector Diego

Tithi around 5pm today, 4pm tomorrow. Jaya Mahadeva! All glories to Lord Shiva!

Dude, uh, Tomorrow's Already the Tenth

by Jay Allbritton
Last week was the 15th anniversary of one of my favorite movies, The Big Lebowski, so here's a mini Lighning Round dedicated to the memory of Theodore Donald Karabotsos.
  • While you're waiting on new shit to come to light about when Lebowski Fest is coming to your neck of the woods, check out Will Russell's list of the "Top Five Most Exciting Lebowski Fest Moments" over at LAWeekly
  • If they get your 8-track, there's always Chipocrite's 8-bit version of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." 
  • Apparently Sandy Koufax is a real reactionary
  • One of the men who inspired Walter Sobchak, Mr. John Milius, has a documentary coming out about him. He's known as the man behind the Dirty Harry franchise, Apocalypse Now and Conan the Barbarian. Not exactly a lightweight.
  • EW's PopWatch blog has "15 clips, parodies, and what-have-you" to help celebrate 15 years of the dude takin' 'er easy for all us sinners.
  • Josh Gondelman at Vulture has 15 thoughts on the 15th anniversary of the film.
Usually I don't blog on Shabbos, but since this is an emergency, and tomorrow is already the the tenth, I'll make an exception.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Rilo Kiley - It's a Hit

by Jay Allbritton
Eric Bricker of The Diamond Back takes a look at the lasting impact of Rilo Kiley.

Neil Young - A Man Needs A Maid

by Hector Diego

Nobody beats Neil Young.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Postal Servcie on KCRW (2003)

by Jay Allbritton
Gibbard, Tamberello and Lewis take to the KCRW studio for an intimate performance of tracks from Give Up.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Bob Dylan - My Back Pages

by Hector Diego

I'm rather young, now...

Monday, March 04, 2013

Elliott Smith Live in Sydney (January 9, 1999).

by Jay Allbritton
Check out Smith in one of his more rock oriented performances. Of note: On drums is TWS favorite Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney, Quasi and Wild Flag.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Revolution Number Nine

by Hector Diego
I once had a fellow graduate student as a friend, he was from Nepal. He told me he had never heard the Beatles. I realized he might not ever again, either, so my male intuition told me to play Revolution Number Nine. I guess I'm kind of a waskaly-waskal.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ranking Rilo Kiley

by Jay Allbritton
Warren Miller over at Stereogum has a nice overview of Rilo Kiley's career, including a top 10 list of RK songs. While my list differs from his, I am very impressed at his understanding of such a widely misunderstood band.

Here's my list, off the top of my head:

10. Science vs. Romance
9. Pictures of Success
8. Does He Love You?
7. Jenny You’re Barely Alive
6. With Arms Outstretched
5. Ripchord
4. The Absence of God
3. A Man/Me/Then Jim
2. The Good That Won't Come Out
1. A Better Son/Daughter

Here's one that's not on the list, but is getting played nonstop on my iPod. It's a live version of an absolute gem called "Room 8" that the band never recorded.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Pictures of Success

by Jay Allbritton

Science Vs. Romance Robot

by Jay Allbritton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Elected - Go For the Throat

by Jay Allbritton
"No one could touch me in my prime..."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

La Chasse - Acid Tongue (Jenny Lewis Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
"There was no snake oil cure for unlucky in love..."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Within You Without You

by Hector Diego

The dude plays a didgeridoo and a sitar simultaneously.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter

by Jay Allbritton
I heard a young man with an acoustic guitar playing an excellent rendition of this song out on Turlington Plaza here on the campus of the University of Florida. I wish I would have stopped and filmed it. Instead, here's the genuine article playing it back in late 2002 in Seattle.

Pearl Jam's Ten Goes over 10 Million Sold in U.S.

by Jay Allbritton
Pearl Jam's 1991 debut Ten just went over 10 million sold in the U.S. 

Hard to say which song is my favorite from that great album, but today I want to hear "Release."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rainvest - Rise Up With Fists (Jenny Lewis cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This cover was performed live last month at Little Notes in New York.

The Girls - Rich Girl

by Jay Allbritton
Alison Brie has the temerity to be in two of my all time favorite shows--Community and Mad Men. Then, last night on The Daily Show she mentioned that she's singing in a cover band called The Girls. So you know I'm all over that.

This was the first thing by The Girls that I found on YouTube. I apologize for the infrared camera this was filmed with. Apparently there were some kind of war games taking place at Meltdown Comics in L.A.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hear New Old Rilo Kiley Song "Let Me Back In" From Forthcoming Album RKives

by Jay Allbritton
Spin has it.

The band played a version of it on Austin City Limits back in 2005. There's tap dancing on it, also strings and bass. It's a very auspicious beginning to this process, which culminates in the April 2 release of RKives.

This performance is from the 2007-2008 tour, probably at one of the Southern California shows. 

Daughter - Youth

by Jay Allbritton
Back in 2011, Daughter played the song "Youth" live for The Amazing Sessions on Amazing Radio. It's a bleak assessment of love that comes right out and says what most other songs only hint at. 

The great old blog You Ain't No Picasso has the studio version.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Company of Thieves - The Bends (Radiohead Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Woke up with one of Radiohead's greatest songs, "The Bends" in my head, so I set out to find a really cover of it. After much searching, I found this lovely version offered up back in 2009.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lisa Loeb Pays a Visit to Dining With Doug and Karen

by Jay Allbritton
Comedians Doug Benson and Karen Anderson welcome pop sweetheart Lisa Loeb over for some grub courtesy of Wolvesmouth.

And while we're at it, here's Loeb doing "Stay" live on the San Diego MTS Trolley.

Rilo Kiley - American Wife

by Hector Diego

At least TV is better now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's All Too Much

by Hector Diego

I'm amazed that anything exists.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Memory of Light Q and A Session.

by Jay Allbritton
Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson and the rest of Team Jordan gave a Q and A session on January 7th at Provo High School a few hours before the final book in The Wheel of Time Series was released. Here are some highlights from the event.

The full session is here.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Aid Kit - Universal Soldier

by Hector Diego

They changed the words a bit, but it's the same message. And great vocals!

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Mynabirds NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

by Jay Allbritton
Outstanding set from 2010 by Laura Burhenn's group The Mynabirds.

Night Terrors of 1927 - Dust and Bones

by Jay Allbritton
The good folks at Spin have the new video for "Dust and Bones" by Night Terrors of 1927, Blake Sennett's new concern.

Won't be long before this baby turns up in commercials, feature films and TV shows.


by Hector Diego

I would like to try a strawberry pie!

Carina Round - The Last Time

by Jay Allbritton
Looked into Round because she's a member of one of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan's other bands, Puscifer. She's got quite a sound in her own right.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Jame Forbes - The Seed 2.0

by Jay Allbritton
It's a bit jarring to see an artist doing a cover manage to do so much at one time. Handling Black Thought's rapping, Cody Chesnutt's vocals and guitar all at once is astonishing.  

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle

by Hector Diego

Today is the birthday of the late, great Bob Marley. Where is the love to be found?

Rilo Kiley - 85

by Jay Allbritton
@rilokiley is now live on twitter. Welcome to the sandbox. This song is from their self-produced debut.

The Moments - Love On A Two-Way Street

by Hector Diego

I woke up this morning with this song in my head, and so the Golden Age of Motown lives on!

Kendra Morris - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This cover of the Pink Floyd classic is featured in the trailer for the movie Dead Man Down. It captured my attention.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Laura Burhenn - This Is Our Year

by Jay Allbritton
Mynabirds singer covers The Zombies.

Burhenn and Jenny Lewis will be joining The Postal Service on their upcoming tour, making the band a four piece.

Jesus Is My Super Hero

by Hector Diego

You gotta hear this, Station Agent.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Rilo Kiley B-Sides Collection RKives Track List Released

by Jay Allbritton
In an interview in 2011 with Spinner, Blake Sennett said this about a Rilo Kiley rarities collection, "I think we're going to try and release a two-disc set of 40 songs, or something. I think that can be more considered like our last release, to me. But I don't know."

The prospect of 40 songs was exciting, but any fanboy would have to be a fool to believe that such a wonderful thing could exist in this life. So, when I saw the tracklist for the vinyl, titled RKives, which is posted on Amazon, I wasn't the least bit surprised to see that there are only 16 tracks.

Here's they are:

1. Let Me Back In
2. It'll Get You There
3. Runnin' Around
4. All the Drugs
5. Bury, Bury, Bury Another
6. Well, You Left
7. Draggin Around
8. I Remember you
9. Dejalo (Zondo Remix Featuring Too $hort)
10. A Town Called Luckey
11. Emotional
12. American Wife
13. Patiently
14. Rest of my Life (demo)
15. About the Moon
16. The Frug

Of these, only six are songs that the RK fan community doesn't already know. "Let Me Back In" is most definitely the beloved track formerly known as "I Love LA," which the band played on their Austin City Limits appearance.

Tracks 2-6 and 8 are unheard. The demo version of the Sennett-fronted "Rest of My Life" is intriguing to be sure. The inclusion of any version of "Dejalo," is frustrating, but I must admit that I am curious to hear rapper and Lewis favorite Too Short's contribution.

The songs that are missing include proper studio versions of fan favorites from live sets--"Pull Me In Tighter" and "Room 8". Those remain the twin white whales of my music collection. It's also curious that one of the great RK b-sides, "Jenny, You're Barely Alive," from the Saddle Creek 50 compilation is nowhere to be found.

"Draggin' Around," "A Town Called Luckey," "Emotional," "American Wife," "Patiently," and "About the Moon" are all fine songs that most hard core fans gathered long ago. "The Frug" earned the band early air time on MTV and gives the record an early touchstone, but it is essentially a wasted spot.

What is so frustrating is the unshakable feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg, but considering the state of the band, broken up or not, this is probably all we're going to get. Ever. Nevertheless, I will gladly take it and hope for the best.

Here's another one left off--"Xmas Cake"

The Postal Service Tour Dates Announced

by Jay Allbritton
Guess who's not happy. ME. I knew that a Florida show was against the odds, but they have only one show in this time zone, and it's in New York City. Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make that one.

Making matters worse, Jenny Lewis is confirmed for the tour. Hopefully this whole deal winds up on YouTube or, even better, commercially released at some point.

UPDATE: Ben Gibbard tweets that more dates are coming. Good to know.

Postal Service 2013 Tour Dates (h/t CoS):
04/09 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre
04/10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Expo Center
04/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
05/18 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
05/20 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/21 – Paris, FR @ Trianon
05/23 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound
06/14 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center 

Here's Against All Odds, because that's what I got to face. Take a good look at me now...

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Weepies -- This Is Not Your Year

by Hector Diego

I don't know if this is even my century...

The Mountain Goats - This Year

by Jay Allbritton
NPR posted this overpowering performance of what I consider to be one the finest songs ever written, "This Year" by The Mountain Goats.

First Aid Kit - Kathy's Song (Paul Simon Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Not many could pull off a cover of this masterpiece. (h/t TwentyFourBit)

Friday, February 01, 2013

MC Yogi - Give Love

by Hector Diego

Give it away!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ed Sheeran - Wonderwall

by Jay Allbritton
Ed covers one of my guilty pleasures. I recently heard Dave Grohl on Maron's podcast make the argument that there's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. I would like to hear more about that from him, because liking Oasis songs does make me feel guilty. And I like several of them. It's bad you guys.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Swear and Shake - These White Walls

by Jay Allbritton
My first taste of this promising group (h/t YANP). One taste is enough; I'm buying this album.

Elliott Smith - Between the Bars

by Jay Allbritton
"...images stuck in your head..."

Abbey Road, Primitive

by Hector Diego

Station Agent, I think you will like this unreleased version.

Monday, January 28, 2013

George Harrison Tribute

by Hector Diego

I like how the young women sing and play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

Lucinda Williams - Lake Charles

by Jay Allbritton
The great Lucinda Williams is the guest on today's episode of WTF with Marc Maron.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ed Sheeran - We Found Love (Rihanna Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Ed Sheeran does wonderful covers.

Black Prairie - Live on KEXP

by Jay Allbritton

For more Black Prairie, head over to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Wild Flag - Glass Tambourine

by Hector Diego

If we're going to post "Green Tambourine", then it is only right that we hear from Wild Flag.

Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine

by Hector Diego
I owned the single, or my brother did. Must have been my brother because I saved all my money for Beatles records. I considered 45s to be a rip off, so I always held out for albums.

Left Banke - Walk Away Renee

by Hector Diego

A beautiful melody.

Four Tops - Shadows Of Love

by Hector Diego

Parts of this song sound like 'I'll Be There', but that's OK. Anyone who has never been heartbroken has not stood in the shadows of love. The rest of us have been there.

Jess Delgado - Pumped Up Kicks

by Jay Allbritton
When Jess Delgado takes over the music industry, and she's going to, I hope it still sounds this good. Sometimes that DIY excellence turns into a syrupy pop sheen when the uber-producers get in the mix.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Animals - Sky Pilot

by Hector Diego

I am currently reading the conclusion of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series, A Memory of Light...the Last Battle.

Little Red Riding Hood

by Hector Diego

Ain't this the truth...

AJ Rafael and Jess Delgado - Such Great Heights

by Jay Allbritton
Fabulous cover that I found because I am psyched about the upcoming Postal Service reunion. These kids know how to bust out some harmonies.

The Like - Wishing He Was Dead

by Jay Allbritton
Since JJAMZ formed, I have become increasingly enamored with singer Z Berg. This is her previous band, The Like. I'm not sure how representative this is of their sound.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Postal Service to Reunite at Coachella, Reissue Give Up

by Jay Allbritton
Ten years after releasing their only album, 2003's Give Up, The Postal Service have announced that they are reuniting for the Coachella festival and other tour dates yet to be announced. They will be reissuing Give Up with a bonus material featuring b-sides, remixes and covers of their music by Iron & Wine and The Shins. The collection will also feature two new songs.

No official word on whether Jenny Lewis will be part of the reunion, but she was a big part of the band's live shows in the past and she recently told Billboard's Phil Gallo, "I have a spring tour I can't talk today about with one of my bands. You'll know soon enough."

Here's a fan video of their live set from what may very well have been The Sasquatch Music Festival in 2004.

Beatles '65

by Hector Diego


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Paint's Peeling

by Hector Diego

Ms. Lewis tells it like it's a hard day for dreamin'. Again. Now that you've seen almost all of America.

Paint's Peeling by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Neil Diamond - I Am... I Said

by Jay Allbritton
The great Kimya Dawson got this ND song stuck in my head (via Twitter).

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tegan and Sara - Now I'm All Messed Up

by Jay Allbritton
New song from T&S (h/t Stereogum). Kinda digging the courageous move they made to redefine their sound this far into a successful career. Electro-pop isn't really my thing, but they do it well and in a way that's true to their voices as songwriters.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream

by Hector Diego

Martin Luther King day is important in the neighborhood where I live. The local community center is decked out in red, white, and blue.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ed Sheeran - Chasing Cars (ft. Gary Lightbody)

by Jay Allbritton
From last summer at iTunes Festival in London.

Bishop Allen - Flight 180

by Jay Allbritton

This band hasn't done much lately, here's hoping 2013 will bring us a new BA record.

Om Mani Padme Hum

by Hector Diego

It's eight hours!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Isaac Graham - No Children (Mountain Goats Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Sound Cloud is turning out to be a great place to find good covers if you're willing to sift through some bad ones. I only hope my ears will forgive what I put them through to find this one.

Bob Dobbs - Church Of The Subgenius

by Hector Diego

If you ain't got slack, you ain't got Jack.

Bleeding Rainbow - Drift Away

by Jay Allbritton
Dave Grohl mentioned this band on the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron. He likes them. He is correct.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Breck Alan - The Good The Won't Come Out (Rilo Kiley Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Took a lot of digging, but I found a very good RK cover on Soundcloud.

Blitzkriegbrenna - Pretty (Ugly Before) (Elliott Smith Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
In their one and only appearance on Sound Cloud, this mysterious band lays down a pretty banging E. Smith cover.

Rilo Kiley - My Slumbering Heart

by Hector Diego

It just feels good, Jenny says.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

by Hector Diego

Let's remember this wisdom.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

JJAMZ - Never Enough

by Jay Allbritton
The band got a little love from Spinner, coming in at #30 of 2012 with "Heartbeat".

Monday, January 14, 2013

Haim - Falling

by Jay Allbritton
This band is gonna be huge. Just a feeling.

Ben Gibbard - Bigger Than Love (w Aimee Mann)

by Jay Allbritton
The great Aimee Mann joined the pretty good Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report to play "Bigger Than Love" off his new album. Among the musicians filling out the band is none other than Ted Leo! Good song too.

Moody Blues - Candle Of Life

by Hector Diego

If you ever feel hopeless, try listening to "Candle Of Life."

Rilo Kiley's "Does He Love You" featured on American Songwriter

by Jay Allbritton
Jim Beviglia breaks down RK's "Does He Love You" over at American Songwriter.

The album was included by Elvis Costello on his list of Music You Should Hear back when it came out. "'Does He Love You?'," he wrote, "is the finest and most touching telling of a short story that you are likely to hear all year."

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Like - Don't Make a Sound

by Jay Allbritton
Nice retro vibe to this one. I'm convinced, time to buy some The Like records.

The Jewel Is In The Lotus

by Hector Diego

Beautiful recitation of the famous mantra om mani padme hum. Very beautiful.

The Beatles 1

by Hector Diego

For anyone unfamiliar with the Beatles--and I know you are out there somewhere--here is a convenient way to follow their career. Surely there must be something in this album for you.

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down - We The Common

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent news! Thao and company are releasing a new album on February 5. Here's the title track (h/t Stereogum).

Saturday, January 12, 2013

JJAMZ - Suicide Pact

by Jay Allbritton
Stripped down version; only four strong.

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

by Jay Allbritton
The band discusses Johnny Cash's plaintive cover of "Rusty Cage" before rocking it out themselves.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Au Revoir Simone - Knight of Wands

by Jay Allbritton
From Studio Q, circa 2009. According to the Vegan of Brooklyn, they should have a new album out this year.

The band's name comes from this poignant scene from Peewee's Big Adventure. The bike, I'm sure, is a metaphor.


by Hector Diego

Donovan wrote "Lalena." Which version is better, Station Agent?

Juliana Richer - Slow Love

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent song Juliana posted in November. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Soundgarden - Mind Riot

by Jay Allbritton
In retrospect, this deep cut off the band's unfortunately titled 1991 album Badmotorfinger may be their best song.

In light of police militarization, the line, "And the police said this was normal control," seems more pertinent now than when the song came out.

Maria McKee - If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)

by Jay Allbritton
In this interview with Spin, comedian Marc Maron says, "When my second marriage fell apart there was definitely some music that helped me out. There's something about listening to music that's moving and sad that enables you to focus the sort of hopeless feelings that you have and carries you through them. I found myself listening to that Maria McKee song, 'If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)'." So here it is.

Apparently it was on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.

Zen Meditation

by Hector Diego

If you want to raise your consciousness rapidly, this is for you.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

by Hector Diego

This song is quite unusual. At the very end, a completely new melodic theme, which could stand as a separate song by itself, is introduced. Quite unusual, that.

I Will Never Stop Talking About Breaking Bad or The Wire

by Jay Allbritton
And Firefly. And Deadwood. And Sons of Anarchy. And... and... and...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Printing A Memory of Light

by Jay Allbritton takes a look at the process of printing the final volume in The Wheel of Time Series, which had better be in my mailbox right now.

Jenny Lewis - You Are What You Love

by Jay Allbritton
Happy Birthday Jenny Lewis!

Jak O' The Shadows

by Hector Diego

From Robert Jordan's epic series, The Wheel of Time. The final book, A Memory of Light, is released today.

Bright Eyes - Drunk Kid Catholic (BBC R1 Evening Session)

by Jay Allbritton
This song has been stuck in my head for days. Here's an early performance of it on BBC radio.

Monday, January 07, 2013

NPR Speaks to Brandon Sanderson, Harriet McDougal About A Memory of Light

by Jay Allbritton
The Last Battle is at hand. NPR reports.

Make sure to click on the full interviews near the bottom of the article.

Serena Ryder And Jimmy Rankin - Walk That Way

by Hector Diego

A nice collaboration.

Serena Ryder - Weak In The Knees

by Hector Diego

I love this woman.

The Robert Jordan Story

by Hector Diego

A Memory of Light will be released tomorrow, January 8.

Beatles Anthology

by Hector Diego
You know you want to watch this if you haven't.

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining

by Hector Diego

It would be better if the images came a bit slower, but if you have awakened your Buddha Mind, it should not be a problem...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Geri X - You're Half Mine

by Jay Allbritton
Last month Geri spoke to the good peeps at the Examiner

Edward Sharpe And The Zeros - Home

by Hector Diego
Sent in by Polythene Pam.

Beatles Rare Footage

by Hector Diego
All those crazy in those days. I like the part where George assures us that the Beatles, with their MBE medals, have not joined the Establishment...

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Scout Niblett - Kiss

by Jay Allbritton
Scout Niblett performed "Kiss" at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain back in 2010.

Friday, January 04, 2013

U2 - A Sort Of Homecoming

by Jay Allbritton
This song is one of my favorites by U2. Oddly, I only really dig U2 when it's cold. They just strike me as a winter band and this is a winter song.

Haim: Sound and Vision

by Jay Allbritton
Short documentary on L.A. sister act Haim.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Jenny You're Barely Alive

by Jay Allbritton
The reason Rilo Kiley's forthcoming archival project is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013, is because RK is infamous for leaving amazing songs off their records. Like this one. 

Elliott Smith - In the Lost and Found

by Jay Allbritton
"Stay with me, hanging around in the lost and found..."

Allied Radio - Mailing It In

by Jay Allbritton
My friend Jason Edwards and I wrote a couple of albums in 2007 and recorded them with our good friends in South Florida. Those records are available on and on various other digital formats. Recently we have been using this song as theme music for our podcast of the same name. We're 40 episodes in! Check it out here or over at iTunes.  

How Nikki and Sara Got Their Show

by Jay Allbritton
On January 29, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer go from being two podcasters I like to being two podcasters I like who also have a late night TV show. MTV is launching The Nikki & Sara Show, a live comedy show airing Tuesdays. Here's a look at how these talented ladies got their shot at stardom.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Emilia Clarke, the Khaleesi

by Hector Diego
If you dig the Khaleesi, this is for you.

Best Of Joy Division

by Hector Diego
You decide if this is a compilation of Joy Division's best work.

You Forgot Something

by Jay Allbritton
New York Republican Peter King has long been one of my least favorite members of Congress, which puts him in the running for least favorite person. He's no Scalia or Cheney, but the man does his damage to be sure. That's why his resounding freakout over Speaker Boehner adjourning the House last night without voting on relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy was so shocking in its plea for humanity from ghoulish hacks. 

Dresses - Blew My Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Some delightful pop from promising new band Dresses(h/t YANP). More please.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Better Son, Daughter

by Jay Allbritton
In 2013, be a better son or daughter and real good friend.

Rilo Kiley - I Never

by Hector Diego

I Never by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

All You Need Is Love

by Hector Diego

For my first post of 2013, I don't think we can come up with something better than "All You Need Is Love."


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