So today’s my last day of work and then I’m off to the friggin beach!!!! Hooray! Sand, sun, SPF 85 (stupid red hair/pale skin), and a whole lot of REEEEE-laxin’. Don’t worry, there’ll still be some posts flying in for all of our faithful readers, but just in case I forget, enjoy these:
mp3: Tokyo Police Club – Centennial (Dntel Remix)
mp3: Sigur Ros – Saeglopur (Mmmatthias Remix)
mp3: Mystery Jets – 2 Doors Down (Plimsouls Remix)
mp3: The Wet Secrets – The Chinball Wizard (Cadence Weapon Remix)
Tonight in Baltimore Metro Gallery has The Chauncy Darlings, Water Planets, and Sarsaparilla. Up north in PA, the Millcreek Tavern has Annuals, Hymns, and East Hundred while Cafe M has Endless Mmike & The Beagle Club, Bednarik, and The Washer Dryer Combo. image by Brian Vetter
Entertainment. Isn’t that all we really want. Something to make you smile and occasionally think and then maybe smile some more. Well today marks a day where you can get some pretty good entertainment at a price that is what you make it. Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, is back, with his hyper mash DJ style, for round two. Two years in the making Gillis’ new LP, Feed The Animals, comes at you with over 300 samples and over 50 minutes of audio bliss. Does he exceed the standards set on his debut, Nightripper? No. Does that matter? No. What matters is that every party for the rest of the summer is going to be cranking this. It’s pure fun all over again (the same way you probably felt when listening to his first). As if that wasn’t enough, Gillis has released it on Illegal Art for a price you can determine (Radiohead style…which he samples…of course). As an added bonus you get more if you pay more…any price grants the download of the entire album as high-quality 320kbps mp3s, $5 or more adds the options of FLAC files, plus a one-file seamless mix of the album, and $10 or more includes all of the above + a packaged CD (when it becomes available). Pretty good deal if you ask me. So go get it and set it off.
Mates Of State just put out a new video for My Only Offer, a stand out track from their newly released Re-Arrange Us out on Barsuk (and reviewed by us here). This is a well directed (The Beta Movement) and shot video of the pair of them serving as window dressing in an obscure clothing store slowly being buried by colored balls (why not). Enjoy!
Tonight in Baltimore, Metro Gallery has the Ed Schrader show with Jason Dove performing. If you can’t make that one, perhaps you should consider shuffling on down to Virginia to catch Annuals, and Hymns playing Iota. That’s all!
Have you ever gone to a thrift store and scoured the dusty pile of records for some obscure albums you’ve never heard of before just for the fun of it. Most of the time it’s garbage (hilarious garbage), but occasionally there’s a gem. Tu Fawning feels like a gem from the past. A layer of history covers the soft echoing reverb painted vocals of Corinna Repp and lost basement melodies of Joe Haege. It reminds me that I need to search for that old Joan Baez record with the scratch on the third track for a nice sepia toned evening. So if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, somewhat removed from the present, or just looking for a calm set of dusty songs to lay you into a somber mood, then Tu Fawning is waiting for you. Their new EP, Secession, comes out on July 8 via Polyvinyl. Photo by Alicia Rose
I was at Bonnaroo in 2006 when Ben Folds was last on the bill, and I was really excited. I had seen the “Ben Folds and a Piano Tour” a ways back, but never the full band effect. Unfortunately, blazing temperatures and the only real audio problems I’ve ever seen at Bonnaroo kinda ruined the set for me. Luckily, this year would more then make up for.
The weather was beautiful, the sound was perfect, and the performance was epic. Ben pretty much looked like he was assaulting his piano for much of the show. The energy level was amazing. The highlight of the set came as Folds told the crowd that he was going to retire a song at Bonnaroo, and to send it out in “a blaze of glory.” And then the magical words, “I didn’t write the words; Dr. Dre wrote these words.” Thats right, Ben Folds retired Bitches Ain’t Shit at Bonnaroo 2008. And he absolutely did send it out in a blaze of glory, accompanied by great crowd participation. It was an unreal moment.
A moment only to be matched by Not the Same which had Ben standing on his piano conducting the crowd through the aaaaaaaaAAAAHHHHH part. He had the three different voice types sing different parts, and built it into an awesome crescendo of Bonnaroo’y goodness. This was probably my second favorite show of the whole weekend.
Mp3: Ben Folds – Bitches Ain’t Shit (Live from Bonnaroo 2008)
Rock This Bitch For Helicopters
You To Thank
All U Can Eat
Bitches Ain’t Shit
Rockin’ the Suburbs
Not the Same
Zak and Sara
One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (“as fast as shit”)