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.


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