Music Monday: Young the Giant, Robyn Hitchcock, Hyro Da Hero & More…

Young the Giant

More music picks for your Monday with Rob throwing one in for flavor. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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In the endless category of “Stuff Widge Somehow Got On His iPod And Has No Memory of How It Got There,” we have Young the Giant with “My Body,” off their self-titled album, recorded last year in Sacramento. And granted, I’m getting this from Wikipedia (which is always right) but I love the idea that the song originated as a way to break through songwriters’ block. Whatever tools you need, man. Well played. And the result is pretty tasty.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:06+00:00 September 24th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: David Byrne, St. Vincent, Spike Jones & More…

David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant

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So David Byrne and St. Vincent have joined forces for the album Love This Giant as well as a live tour. And that’s all well and good that they have material they’ve put together…well, together. But sorry if I forego all of that in order to bring you this vid from a couple of nights ago in Minneapolis where they collaborate on a cover of “Burning Down the House” that features a massive horn section. And, well, you know what a sucker I am for horns…
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:09+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Amanda Palmer, Jurek Jagoda Trio, The XX & More…

Amanda Palmer: Theatre is Evil

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The new album from Amanda Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra is finally becoming available to the general public this week. I was a Kickstarter backer of her sprawling project and got my physical CD the other day but haven’t had a chance to delve as much as I want to yet. I will say this: I never was a fan of the music prior to Theatre is Evil. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was but when it was Dresden Dolls or her previous solo stuff–it just didn’t work for me. That being said, where the music didn’t work the thing I’ve always respected and been impressed by from jump was her as an artist. She knows how to cultivate a following, she knows how to work a crowd and she knows What the Hell She is Doing. So yeah, like the music or not, you’ve got to at least give her that. Plus, even before Theatre, I had a quote from her taped up on my monitor. So.

With that all being said, with this new album everything I’ve heard so far I like a lot. The music video for “The Killing Type” just hit and while it’s spiffy and all, I’ll opt for a live track before a music video. So here’s her and her army performing it at the Los Angeles Kickstarter party, right after the break…
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Music Whenever|3 Comments

Music Tuesday: Now Now, Martina Topley-Bird, Everything Everything & More…

Now Now: Neighbors

As I prep a write-up of this past weekend’s DragonCon adventure, I need music to keep my pulse going long enough to finish the deed. And so here we are. And like most weeks where the Monday’s a holiday, Tuesday turns out to be Monday in disguise, so this post is still very valid.

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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We start with the simple live fun of “Neighbors” by Now, Now–this recorded in Birmingham, Alabama last year, apparently. I’m also impressed that anybody can play two instruments at once (not to mention singing), since I can barely sing. So. Enjoy.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:14+00:00 September 4th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Spector, 2:54, Drums & Tuba & More…

Spector: Enjoy It While It Lasts CD

More music picks for your Monday by some weird guy with an assist by Rob. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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Rob kicks us off with Spector and their new album, Enjoy It While It Lasts. He describes them as “If Frank Sinatra sang for The Killers or The Godfathers had a baby with The Stokes.” Nice.

Here they are with a live version of “Chevy Thunder.”
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:16+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: The Hotel Year, Poliça, James Vincent McMorrow & More…

Hotel Year: It Never Goes Out

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We kick off with Christian Holden from The Hotel Year performing an acoustic solo version of “An Ode to the Nite Ratz Club,” a song that Rox can definitely relate to, since it’s mostly about breaking and entering. Well, and the foolishness of youth. But mostly crime. (The foolishness of youth should be criminalized anyway, right?) That’s showing up after the break…
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:20+00:00 August 20th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Atlas, Reverend Peyton, Eyes Lips Eyes & More…

Atlas (band)

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Okay, it’s no secret that I’m a sucker for horns. And one of the songs that’s been on massive repeats on Spotify for me has been Deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon.” Put the two together, as the San Francisco band Atlas has done, and you get a respectable bucket of win. Apparently the band’s schtick is to cover tracks from the electronic genre with their own style of rock. And that works for me.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:37+00:00 August 13th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Labrinth, Exitmusic, Chase & Status & More…

Labrinth: Electronic Earth

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Haven’t done one of these in a while due to time constraints. Shall we? Why not? Let’s open up with Labrinth with Tinie Tempah performing “Earthquake” at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. I’ve become fixated on Live Lounge of late. Especially the ones in which choirs and string sections are brought in to augment the inherit awesomeness. This might, incidentally, be one of the best choir sections ever.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:34+00:00 May 28th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Milagres, Little Willies, Demos and More…

Little Willies: For the Good Times

More music picks for your Monday from Rob Levy and Widge, working together for sonic glory. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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We kick off with Milagres from their album Glowing Mouth. This is a live performance of their track, “Halfway,” from June of last year, recorded at WFUV. Yeah, at about 90 seconds in, I’m on board–don’t know about you.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:49+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: The Beatles Cover of the Century & More…

William Fitzsimmons: Gold in the Shadow

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music. Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

We kick off with an utterly amazing meeting of musical minds, recorded at the New Year’s party at the Mala Restaurant on Maui. That alliteration was entirely unintentional, I assure you. What you are about to watch is not a dream, not an alternate universe: it is Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler and Weird Al Yankovic taking the stage to cover The Beatles‘ “Come Together.” And can I just point out that Weird Al is the only one who doesn’t appear to need a lyrics sheet. This video is ridiculous and awesome.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:01+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments