Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Sample all of Julian Lynch's new album, "Terra," below, a folky, ethereal bedroom dreamscape to wander around in. His best work to date. Buy it here.

Julian Lynch: Terra by alteredzones

Mike G

Odd Future get a lot of press for their energy and punk rock like shows. Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats are nothing if not pure aggression and fuck-off attitude. And then there's Mike G. The 20 year old rapper provides the cool and mellow yin to other members' chaotic yang, flowing smoothly like he's been living in Houston for the last decade (he lives in LA). Check out the Left Brain produced "Forest Green" below and look for Mike G to drop his new album, "Gold," sometime in the fall.

Mike G, "Forest Green (Prod. Left Brain)" by The FADER

Stream David Comes To Life

Fucked Up's hardcore rock opera doesn't come out until June 7th from Matador, but you can stream the whole record right now and NPR. Hooray liberal radio!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Peelander Z added to Free Press Summer Fest! Hazaa!

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice! Japan's Peelander Z have been added to the Free Press Summer Fest lineup. And just in time to. I have a feeling that there may be some giant paper mache squid monsters that need vanquishing, and these are the only people on earth capable of handling such a feat.

You know how i like my steak? MEDIUM RARE!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gil Scott Heron RIP

Gil Scott Heron passed away yesterday, and that really sucks. Listen to "My Cloud," from his recent collaboration with Jamie XX below.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - My Cloud by Martin Fält

Now listen to what Gil is probably most known for, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by alvaradodurandgmail

Friday, May 27, 2011

God Told Me To

Where would we as a society be if not for one Larry Cohen? The schlock director has given us such gems as "It's Alive," about a bloodthirsty newborn baby, "The Stuff," a film about a mind-controlling yogurt-like substance, and "Q: The Winged Serpent," about a dragon attacking New York City. Having recently watched his 1976 masterpiece, "God Told Me To," i'm pretty convinced that Mr. Cohen is smoking something that we all desperately need to be on. What starts as a movie about a religious serial killer morphs into a film about the possible return of Christ and his battle with the Antichrist, and then, like a revelation, comes...wait for it...wait for it...a space vagina! (Take that space baby from 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

So, do yourselves a favor and watch this film. Really. A space vagina.

Get it from Blue Underground.

New Avalanches

Years and years ago (2001 to be exact), a bunch of crazy Australian DJ's go together to create a crazy album of hundreds of uncleared samples. Thus was born The Avalanches' "Since I Left You." It reigns as one of the hippest records from that decade. Now, the word on the street is that the group have completed their sophomore effort, and that it should be out sometime in 2012 from Modular Records. And you know what they say about the word on the street? Believe it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sun Araw - Ancient Romans

Good old Cameron Stallones, aka Sun Araw. He must know i really dig his droney, tripped-out, psychedelic wonder tunes. Why else would he put out a million releases every year? Anyway, the newest effort, the double LP "Ancient Romans," comes out via his own Sun Ark record label in August. Let the drugs wash over me like a millions suns...

"Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it."

Oh yeah.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pure X full length

Austin's Pure X are finally set to release a proper full length debut in August from Acephale. It's a slow, slow burn for the blistering Texas heat. Listen to and download "Twisted Mirror" here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alvarius B

Alvarius B (or Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) released "Baroque Primitiva" earlier this year, and the vinyl sold out in like 5 seconds or something (there were only 300 pressed). Fortunately for all of us, it's now available in CD format (hopefully for longer than 5 seconds). The album consists mainly of trippy, haunting acoustic covers of several Ennio Morricone songs, The Beach Boys, and John Barry, although Alvarius does throw in a couple of originals too. Listen to a few tracks below.

Alvarius B. - You Only Live Twice by Brendan.23

Alvarius B. - God Only Be Without You by Brendan.23

Alvarius B. - Well Known Stranger by Brendan.23

City Limits (not Austin though)

City Limits in a new label created by a couple of bloggers (Ears of the Beholder and See the Leaves). Their goal is to release compilations highlighting local music scenes, kicking it off with San Francisco and featuring Young Prisms, Fiveng, Maus Haus, The Sandwitches and more. Pre-order the record here. While you're there, download the aforementioned Sandwitches tune for freezies.

Wal Mart

This is quite possibly the funniest thing i've ever seen. Big thanks to Shoe for pointing out what Wal-Mart has to offer my family...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vampire Circus

Ah, Hammer Films. I watched "Vampire Circus," last night, and true to form like most films produced by Hammer, it's pretty well put together. A nice little horror flick. Also, like most of the offerings from Hammer, the movie poster steals the show.

Julianna Barwick and Ikue Mori

RVNG INTL is set to release a new LP in their FRKWYS series, this one featuring a capella artist extraordinaire Julianna Barwick and NYC No Wave artist Ikue Mori. Experimental improvisations, but it's pretty. Buy it here. Check out "Rejoinder" below.

Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - Rejoinder by RVNG Intl.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jesu - Ascension

Jesu (or Justin Broadrick of Napalm Death) is back for only his third LP under the Jesu moniker. (Although there are dozens on EP's, singles, and splits.) Beautiful, droney, textured heavy metal that owes just as much to the sad, acoustic work Mark Kozelek and Red House Painters as it does heavy metal. Loud, heavy music for the shoegaze set. The CD is available for purchase now. No word yet as to when the vinyl will be released.

Salon Kitty

So, the wife leaves town, and i spend the evening watching 1970's Nazi-themed erotica. Yeah. "Salon Kitty" comes courtesy of Blue Underground.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Battles - Ice Cream video

A little late on posting this, but the new record from Battles is do out in the next few weeks. Here's the video for "Ice Cream." It's pretty awesome...and a tad racy. Hooray!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Macho Man Randy Savage RIP

Sleep well Macho Man. The heaven bout against Andre The Giant is gonna be the shit. Slim Jims for all! Oh Yeah!


Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade is set to roll out his newest project that isn't Sunset Rubdown or Swan Lake in August. Enter Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. Dig the title. Dig the swirly, organ psychedelic-laced jams. Thanks to Jagjaguwar as usual. Listen to "Fast Peter" below. Hooray!

Moonface - Fast Peter by One Thirty BPM

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

I thought these guys had gone kaput, but hallelujah i was wrong. Guess they just needed a break, because Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are back with album #3, "Hysterical," in September. Hooray quirkiness!

Here's a video for "Is This Love?" from their first record.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

You Make The Sun Fry

Ty Segall's got a new LP coming out next month via Drag City. That's the adorable album cover above. Here's a tune of the record to tide you over until then.

Ty Segall - You Make the Sun Fry by One Thirty BPM

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ACL 2011 festival lineup announced

The official lineup for the Austin City Limits festival came out today, and as usual, people are losing their shit. There's the usual amount of nay saying that comes out every year, complaining about how crappy the lineup is. But really, ACL is a little different than the normal hipster paradise that comes with other music festivals. We also have a bunch of old hippie bullshit, and the usual amount of KGSR type standards (if you live in central Texas, you know what that means). So as bad as the list can look, there's always going to be a few things everyday worth checking out.

Now, this year, we're getting a little something different with people thinking this is the greatest lineup of all time. Hence, the inflated 3-day pass prices online. I'm going to have to give an emphatic "NO" to that one. While Stevie Wonder is certain to be a great time, it's not like Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Coldplay (BLEH!), and others haven't been here before. And really, is Kanye really that big of a score? He is a gay fish after all.

Headliners aside, i am looking forward to James Blake, Alexander, Santigold, and Death From Above 1979 (back for more, eh?), and there's always beer. So, ACL 2011, you definitely could have done better, but in all honesty, i've seen worse, so i'll be there, drinking and sweating with all the rest of the gay fish.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT (or, a band i can't pronounce the name of)

So, here's a new record called "Now I A Become" from TONSTARTSSBANDHT, better known as the band i don't know how to say and hate to type out. Anyway, aside from being total assholes for the name of their band, the White brothers actually create some pretty interesting stuff...kinda Animal Collective, kinda not. Anyway, it's good. You can get the album at Arbutus Records, and listen to "Shot to La Parc," and "Orange Miss You" below.

Tonstartssbandht - Shot To La Parc by Arbutus Records

Tonstartssbandht - Orange Miss You by Arbutus Records

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Bon Iver

Bon Iver's got a new LP due out in June from Jagjaguwar. Listen to the tune "Calgary" below, and head over to the band's website to download the song for free (it will cost you an email though...that's how they get you).

Bon Iver - Calgary by indieistanbul

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cocina de Consuelo

Hooray! Time to eat some breakfast burritos the size of my head. Awesome. Gracias Cocina de Consuelo.

And that's my plug for the day...big ass Mexican food.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Up for some moody post-punk jammy-jams? Do you hate tooth decay just as much as Mr. Mackey? Cool. Then check out the dentistry video for Snowman's "White Wall" below. Straight outta Australia, yo. Hazaa!

Snowman - White Walls from Liam St Pierre on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Here's a new, very Krautrock jam from Brooklyn's Beige. (Try googling that one.)

Beige - Folds by bangkokerror

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Super 8

I'm pretty sure this movie is going to kick ass. Check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Holy Ghost! meets CFCF

Check out the CFCF reworking of Holy Ghost!'s "Wait & See," out digitally today via DFA. It's smooth as my ass was when i was a baby. Oh yeah. Listen and download below. Hooray!

Wait & See (CFCF Remix) by DFA Records

Pure X

Austin's Pure X (or Pure Ecstasy as earlier releases would leave me to believe) have a new EP out on Acephale Records. They create hazy, woozy ballads with a folky, country twinge that fill the room like a slow swirling smoke machine. Excellent jams to get high and fall asleep to. So, sit back, listen to the rolling thunder storm outside your window, and sink into your chair. "You're In It Now."

Pure X - You're In It Now by Acéphale

Black Devil Disco Club - Circus

Ah, Black Devil Disco Club... From the mysteries surrounding the initial inception, to the rumors that it's actually Aphex Twin pulling all the strings, to it's Georgio Moroder meets Joy Division vibe (not my assertion, but quite a pro po nonetheless), you just gotta love this old school futuristic techno boogie. The new record, "Circus," shakes it up a little more than past outings by introducing a slew of guest vocalists. Everyone from Jon Spencer to Afrika Bambaataa to Yacht to Nancy Sinatra takes a track. It's pretty damn fun. Check out Nancy's contribution, "To Ardent," below and groove with me for a sec.

Black Devil Disco Club - To Ardent (Featuring Nancy Sinatra) - thepopsucker.blogspot.com by the Pop Sucker

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lonely Island and Michael Bolton

Here is the aforementioned collaborative effort between The Lonely Island and Michael Bolton. It's Bolton time!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Super Mom

It's like they knew it was Mother's Day or something. The Very Best have release their newest mixtape, "Super Mom," for free at their website. Download it here. It will cost you an email address.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! And because i love you, here's Mr. T...a Mother's Day tradition.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Take back what you said about Thor!

I'm going to be honest and say that when Marvel first announced it's future movie plans, releasing features leading up to Avengers at the end of Iron Man, Thor was probably the film i was least anticipating. I've been a comic nerd for a long time, and for me it was always Spiderman, Hulk, X-Men, or Batman. I always kind of sided with Brad from "Adventures in Babysitting," and agreed that Thor was a homo.

That being said, throw in some Oscar winners, and Shakespearean director, and some pretty groovy-effects, i guess i'm down with some Thor, even if it is just another segue to next summer's blockbuster. So, i'm sold now Marvel. I'll take back what i said about Thor.

Well...Thor is kind of a homo, but that's okay...i can dig it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Why? on Daytrotter

Go over to Daytrotter and check out a session from one of my favorite groups ever, Why? It's the cat's meow!

Should Have Been Dead on A Sunday Morning

This just made me laugh. Keeping in the tradition of fucked up versions of bland pop/rock songs, the good people at Olde English Spelling Bee have gifted us all a Creed tribute album. Is it necessary? No. Will you ever listen to these songs again? Probably not. But, they're all infinitely more listenable than the original schlock. Download as a zip file here. So, enjoy some bizarro covers of Florida's finest...or you can just listen to Scott Stapp's "Marlins Will Soar" song over and over again. It is baseball season after all.


Destruction Unit

Ryan Rousseau, aka Ryan Wong of The Wongs, The Reatards, etc. has unleashed a droney, psychedelic space opera upon the masses of the universe. This is really drug-fueled, cosmic, stellar-overdrive type stuff, and to answer the question looming on everyone's frontal lobe, it's freaking awesome. Get it from Volar Records and sample the whole damn thing below. Try not to grind your teeth too much.

Destruction Unit--Sonoran LP by Volar Records

Thursday, May 5, 2011


London producer Zomby recently signed with 4AD and is set to release "Dedication" in July. In the meantime, there is a 10" single in the works and listen to the track "Things Fall Apart" below. It features Panda Bear on vocals.

Zomby featuring Panda Bear - Things Fall Apart by Hypetrak

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Salem - Till The World Ends

Here's a weird little video from Salem. First up is some grainy footage of some strippers and then a bunch of night vision war footage. Awesome? I don't know. Maybe. Any rate, the song's pretty cool, and i love Salem, so watch it below.

And yes, this a reworking of a Britney Spears song. Busted!

Arcade Fire pics

The Arcade Fire show was pretty damn good last night. The weather was perfect (sunny and 70), the beer was flowing, and i only had to call one guy a motherfucker. Here's some pics:

2/5's of Schmillion

Explosions in The Sky

Explosions in The Sky

Explosions in The Sky

And, here's a bunch of Arcade Fire shots...