Thursday, May 31, 2007

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga


I just did a great write up about this record and then my fucking computer froze. Awesome. I'll just give you the abridged version. I'm not a huge Spoon fan but I loved 2002's Kill The Moonlight, and there's no denying that these guys can write some catchy little indie pop songs. I'm also pretty sure that they sold about a bazillion iPods and Volvos after all of the commercials that used their music last year. Aside from having the worst album title ever, there isn't much to complain about here. At the same time, it doesn't seem like the band has really grown all that much either. At least they were smart enough to ditch the stupid string arrangements that bogged down their last record, Gimme Fiction. There's some cool horn parts and a little mandolin, but really Spoon doesn't pull too many punches. Whether that is good or bad is up to you.

- Steve

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound


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If you've heard one Shellac song, you've pretty much heard them all, which is why the new album is pretty damn good, especially since it's the first release in 7 years. I'm listening to it for the first time as I type this, so an actual review is difficult at this point. I was just excited to come across it in a livejournal community and wanted to upload it as soon as possible. If you've never heard them, Here's a video of a knees exposed Steve Albini shutting a heckler up and then rocking out.

- Dan

Blonde Redhead - Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons + EPs and Singles

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I'm glad that somebody requested that we upload something by Blonde Redhead. At one point they were one of my favorite bands, and until the other day I hadn't listened to them all that much in close to a year. I considered uploading the band's latest record, 23, but it isn't that great. If any of you really want it, I can upload it later. Instead, I decided to share their 2000 release, Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons. This record along with Radiohead's Kid A pretty much defined my early high school years. Who knows, if I hadn't heard this album I might still be listening to nothing but punk rock. Blonde Redhead started their career really wanting to be Sonic Youth. I think their first record was even recorded by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelly. To the band's credit, a lot of their early material was actually better than some of the records Sonic Youth was releasing at the time. With Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons Blonde Redhead emerged from Sonic Youth's shadow completely. Instead of focusing solely on dissonant guitars and bizarre tunings, the band started to incorporate synths into their music and really just wrote some flat out catchy tunes. I've honestly never met a person that has hated this record. Most of you have probably heard this before, so I've also uploaded a file containing all of the band's singles and EPs. A lot of the b-sides could have easily been album cuts.

- Steve

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Ruins - 1986-1992


Since the end of the school semester, I've been working close to 65 hours a week, and attempting to maintain somewhat of a social life, so my time with music has been limited, and my time with new music has been limited more so. So, rather than post a new album I know nothing about, I decided to upload something I KNOW is fucking awesome. Ruins is a drum/bass duo that began making face melting, Sabbath inspired, operatic controlled choas when I was still in diapers. This collection of highlights from early releases is a good starting point for those who have never heard the band. The drummer, Yoshida Tatsuya, is by far the greatest drummer i have ever seen live in my entire life, and he has had the fortune of playing with some of the most creative bassists I've ever heard. I think Tatsuya has cycled through 5 different bassists over the years, if I'm not mistaken, but everything released from the band has been amazing. For the love of God, listen to this shit. If it was not for Ruins, bands such as Lightning Bolt, Hella, and Melt-Banana would not exist, and if they still did, their music would not be nearly as badass. Listen to tracks 1,7, 12,13,17,18,19,20, and 22.

- Dan

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan - Pullhair Rubeye


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This record is not anything like I expected it to be. Even though it was finished several months ago, Avey Tare (of Animal Collective fame) and Kria Brekkan (formerly of Mum) took a few too many bong hits and decided that it would be a good idea to release the record with every song playing backwards. Sometimes reversing things in a song can have great results (see: the killer solo in "Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles, or any number of songs by The Olivia Tremor Control), other times it can just come off as creepy sounding or a novelty. With this album it really changes the entire mood of the record. Each song sounds almost surreal, and occasionally the results are stunning and hypnotic. Thanks to the wonders of home recording software and people with too much times on their hands, there is a "reversed" version of the record floating around on the internet which I've also uploaded. With the songs reversed (or unreversed, I guess) we're left a beautiful, mellow, experimental folk record.

- Steve

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Embarrassment - Heyday 1979-1983


The Embarrassment suffered from making the wrong music in the wrong place at the wrong time. It also didn't help that they only stuck around for 4 years. These guys come from Wichita Kansas, a place not really known for its music scene. Despite the fact that they created some of the most original music of the time (to this day I have heard few bands that sound anything at all like them) The Embarrassment only had a very small loyal fan base, while their coastal contemporaries (groups like Mission of Burma and The Minutemen) enjoyed more large scale success and a larger cult following in the years following each band's demise. Heyday consists of a disc of the majority of the band's proper releases, and a second disc of b-sides, rarities, and live cuts. This is a band where the only thing I can say to accurately describe their music is "really fucking good." Just download this record, you won't be disappointed.

- Steve

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

RTX - Western Xterminator


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I don't know a lot about this record because I just got it today and I've only had a chance to listen through it once. RTX is the female half of the now defunct Royal Trux. Other than that, I don't know much about the band. This album seems to be leaning more toward the later Royal Trux albums; an entertaining mix of drugged out glam rock and Motorhead inspired guitar riffs. Definitely worth checking out.

- Steve

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Major Stars - Syntoptikon



Major Stars are a jam band. Now that the majority of you have chosen to ignore this post, let me explain why they don't suck complete ass. Major Stars are not a jam band in the traditional annoying Phish/Grateful Dead/Widespread Panic sense. Instead, this record sounds a lot like Black sabbath circa 1971 messing around at practice and just rocking the fuck out. This is Major Stars loudest and heaviest offering yet, thanks in part to their new three guitar lineup. I challenge all of you to put on the second track and try not to feel the urge to jump around the room and play air guitar.

- Steve

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Of Montreal - Icons, Abstract Thee EP


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Kevin Barnes' vocals on this EP are closer to those heard on the older albums, and the use of actual INSTRUMENTS throughout makes this pretty enjoyable. I can't handle the synth/drum machine version of Kevin Barnes anymore. If you have mixed feelings for or can't stand the last album, give this EP a chance. He's still got it.

- Dan

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Killing Joke - S/T + Almost Red EP


Following the trend of a lot of my posts as of late, Killing Joke is a band that was in their prime in the early 80's, and they do not give a flying fuck about anything. Trent Reznor, Ministry, and Justin Broderick all owe their entire musical careers to the guys in Killing Joke. I'm partial to the band's earliest work where they straddled the line between aggressive and cold sounding post punk and dance music. I should also mention that singer Jaz Coleman's vocals are absolutely frightening at times. Actually the whole band scares me a bit. At some point in the 80's they got really involved with the occult and moved to Iceland because they believed the Apocalypse was coming. I'm posting the band's debut EP Almost Red as well as their self titled first full length. Its been awhile since I last posted, and both of these are records that need to be heard.

- Steve

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Grails - Burning Off Impurities


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Grails have brought a more global approach to post-rock psychedelia. The album as a whole probably won't have much staying power with these ears, but this band has moments of absolute brilliance, and the progression found in each track is pretty epic. This is about as good as instrumentation can get. For fans of Six Organs of Admittance, Dirty Three, Volta Do Mar, or all around intelligent music.

- Dan


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Marnie Stern - In Advance Of The Broken Arm


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I'm not sure why I didn't post this awhile back, and for those who have not heard this yet, this is essential listening. Marnie Stern is perhaps the most badass female out there right now, well at least the most badass female guitarist. The album is almost entirely finger tapping, backed by the drumming of Hella's Zach Hill, and, in my opinion, her album easily surpasses the latest Hella release. She's been touring the country solo (with the help of her ipod), but has decided to tour this summer with a full band, which, if she knows what's good for her, better come to Detroit. Yes, the album does get tedious, but this is pretty solid work. The final track, "Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling", ensures this album will make an appearance in my top 20 for the year.

- Dan

Saturday, May 12, 2007

That Fucking Tank - A Document Of The First Set



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That Fucking Tank's The Day of Death by Bono Adrenalin Shock was probably my favorite release of 2006. The heavily riff-reliant intensity of the baritone guitar/drum duo makes them one of the best bands I've come across in awhile. A Document Of The First Set was an EP released in 2003, and proves that these guys have had something going from the start. Both are members of the band Kill Yourself, and use Shellac/Oxes type guitar riffs in a Lightning Bolt/Hella/Ruins fashion. Everything this band has released so far has been pretty flawless. If you'd like to hear their 2006 release, let me know. Now here's a video of some shirtless dudes rocking out to the first track on this EP...

- Dan

Friday, May 11, 2007

Lilys - A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns


Lilys are the brainchild of singer/songwriter Kurt Heasley. In fact, I'm pretty sure that he's been the band's only constant member since their inception in the early 90's. This constant rotation of band members has actually been beneficial, because each new Lilys album has its own distinct sound and feel. A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns is an EP released in 1994 that combines the fuzzed out guitars of shoegaze with great pop hooks. This is probably my favorite Lilys record because the short length leaves very little room for filler, and it showcases some of Heasley's finest songwriting moments.

- Steve

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Holy Fuck - Holy Fuck EP


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Although this EP is not nearly as good as their full length released in 2005, Holy Fuck continues to bring their own brand of progressive instrumental electronic rock. To name your band Holy Fuck is pretty bold in the first place, but I would imagine it to be the first thing out of many mouths after listening to their album or catching them live. I've heard rave reviews concerning their live shows, and I'm not entirely sure why I've managed to miss the last three times they've hit the Magic Stick in Detroit, but I'm sure I'll catch them someday and end up hating myself for missing all of the previous shows.

- Dan


A Letter To The Readers

It seems as though this blog has finally grown to the point where people other than our girlfriends are reading it. With the increase in readers comes more criticism, and even complaints about the albums we upload. I've decided to address this once and only once. After that I'm not going to waste my time responding. This is an MP3 blog, not some outlet for my bullshit rambling.

"The albums featured on this blog are for PREVIEWING purposes only. It is encouraged that you support the bands/artists by purchasing their albums."

...and we mean it. Contrary to the beliefs of a few people, Dan and myself are not out to destroy independent record labels and bands. We created this blog because we both love music and want to share our favorite bands and records with as many people as we can. We provide these albums in mp3 form, but we ask that our readers do the ethical thing and support these bands by purchasing records and going to shows. Some will, others won't. One thing that will not have any effect on whether or not these people purchase the records found on this blog is the number of Mp3 files we post. If uploading entire albums makes me the fucking prince of assholes, then hand me my crown. Don't kid yourself here. If we only uploaded a few songs, people with no intentions of ever buying these records would simply hop on Limewire, Kazaa, Soulseek, or any number of other filsharing programs, FTP servers, or blogs and get them anyway. We also provide albums that are long out of print or so rare they are nearly impossible to obtain. I didn't lose any sleep after posting that one of a kind Velvet Underground test pressing.

So remember, if you like what hear go to a show,buy an album, tell your friends about the bands. If you're in a band or a representative from a label and don't feel the same way we do about music just ask us to take your shit down and we will.

Cassette tapes didn't kill the music industry and the internet won't either, I promise.

Now watch this video of
Dave Yow rocking the fuck out, getting hit in the head with a bottle, and then continuing to rock the fuck out.

- Steve







Tuesday, May 8, 2007

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Greatest Hits


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Yes, that's right. Bought this for a dollar at a garage sale in '99, and I've been driving around with this shit cranked and the windows rolled down every summer since, now stop pretending that you aren't going to download this and do the same. You'll be the biggest badass douchebag on the block. I suggest starting with "A Nightmare On My Street".

- Dan

1. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (1988 Extended Mix)
2. Men In Black (From 'Men In Black')
3. Summertime (Album Version)
4. Parents Just Don't Understand (Single Edit)
5. Boom! Shake The Room (Album Version)
6. Just Cruisin' (From 'Men In Black')
7. Ring My Bell (Mr. Lee's Radio Mix)
8. Brand New Funk (Album Version)
9. Lovely Daze
10. The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Theme From NBC's 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air')
11. A Nightmare On My Street (Single Version)
12. A Touch Of Jazz (Album Version)
13. I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson (Album Version)
14. The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff (Album Version)
15. I'm Looking For The One (To Be With Me) (Album Version)
16. You Saw My Blinker (Album Version)
17. Summertime '98 (SoulPower Remix)
18. Megamix (Edit)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Wire - Not About To Die



This is a collection of early demos from U.K. punk pioneers, Wire. I haven't been able to dig up a lot of info on this record. Apparently, it's a vinyl only release that never saw the light of day in the U.S. which is a shame because it is an interesting listen for fans of Wire's early work. These tracks are extremely rough, but the excellent songs shine through the shitty production. Since I don't know a whole lot about the record itself, I'm just going to tell you how great of a band Wire is. Actually, Wire isn't just a great band, they're a fucking important band. Their first three records (Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154) are absolutely essential listening. Even though Wire emerged from the British punk scene, they never allowed themselves to fit easily into the punk categorization. Instead, Wire was a thinking man's punk band, ignoring the stupid fashion trends of the time and basic three chord verse-chorus-verse song structures in favor of hypnotic rhythms and unorthodox songwriting. My favorite thing about Wire is their ability to constantly reinvent themselves, and never make a record just for the sake of making a record. They've also managed to keep their music relevant after all these years, and not just become a parody of themselves. In 2003 when most of the band was pushing the ripe old age of 60, Wire released the LP Send, which stands beside their first three records as some of the band's finest work.

- Steve

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Sunday, May 6, 2007

ttttttttttttttttttttt - s/t


ttttttttttttttttttttt is a Canadian experimental noise rock trio. This self-titled mini cdr is a single 23 minute track that wavers between pummeling rhythmic choas and intense progressive droning. Fans of anything that comes off of Load Records (e.g. Mindflayer, Sightings, Coughs, Kites) will eat this shit up.

- Dan

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Beirut - Lon Gisland EP


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I very much enjoyed the first 5 tracks of last year's Gulag Orkestar, but I found the last half of the album to be average. If this year's EP (which includes a much improved version of "Scenic World") had replaced the final tracks of the last year's album, Gulag Orkestar would have been a rock solid album. In other words, this is a good EP.

- Dan

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Black Eyes - S/T


After posting that Antelope record yesterday, I figured I would post my favorite Dischord release from the last 10 years or so. Black Eyes are a chaotic noise and dub influenced rock band that create some extremely violent and confrontational music. Often times while listening to this record you'll find yourself saying "so this is what The Blood Brothers would sound like if they weren't completely obnoxious and could write a decent song." Probably the most interesting aspect of Black Eyes is the instrumentation, which certainly leads to their innovative style of music. The band consists of two drummers, two bass players, and a guitar player. Vocal duties are handled by two of the members often simultaneously, so their contrasting vocal styles really add another dynamic to the music. It's really a shame that these guys broke up after only being together for 3 years.

- Steve

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Antelope - Reflector



Even though Ian Mackaye is about 6000 years old now and the D.C. music scene seems to be on life support, every once in awhile something great will still trickle out of the Dischord record label. D.C. natives Antelope play a fairly odd blend of groove heavy post punk. While many bands that are stylistically similar go for the tried and true "rip off Gang of Four and use a lot of cowbell" formula, Antelope instead opts for a bass heavy, minimalist approach to their music. Reflector probably won't blow you off of your seat upon first listen, but after a few spins of this record you'll really begin to notice the subtle nuances and intricacies that make Antelope so interesting.

- Steve

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron


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Fifty Foot Hose is one of the more experimental bands to come out of the late 1960s. The band seems to get the least attention out of the few experimental psych bands to come out of the era, such as White Noise and United States of America, but I think that this is the most consistent album out of all of them, sounding like a more psychedelic and electronic version of Jefferson Airplane. I also included a 7" they released with alternate takes on tracks "Red the Sign Post" and "If Not This Time" (which is better than the album version) for download below.

- Dan


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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Velvet Underground - First LP Test Acetate



Awhile back some guy was digging through a box of water damaged LP's at a garage sale and purchased this odd little Velvet Underground recording from 1966. What he first suspected was some sort of bootleg turned out to be an in studio test pressing of the Velvet Underground's Velvet Underground & Nico LP prior to Andy Warhol's involvement with the band. Essentially, this is The Velvet Underground's first real record. The sound quality is a bit shoddy, but as a big VU fan it's pretty interesting to hear these different mixes and versions of classic tracks. This thing eventually found its way over to Ebay and ended up selling for over $150,000. Not bad for a water damaged acetate that only cost a quarter.

- Steve

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