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Tuesday, August 30, 2005


life's quite the hectic these days. been putting in almost 9 hours at work every day and trying to complete a eagle project at the same time. sigh. i don't want to half ass the kings posts so stay tuned.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Thuper Monday mix

Here it be ladies and gents. Tommorrow will be part one of two Kings of Convenience posts (one for each album.) For now, here's a little mix that's been brewing as of late.

Wicked Disguise by Sixsidedbox - Gimme that slow melodic start with crunching guitar chorus! Straight from Seattle, they remind me of a bar band with class. Not to say bar bands don't have class, but these guys seem more lyrically gifted. Or literate, whichever way you want to put it.

Citizen Erased by Muse - Back on 2001's Origin of Symmetry, there was two songs that stuck out to me: this and New Born. I dig it, you might not. Origin is the only CD I have from these guys, I should probably check out more...

Disco Infiltrator by LCD Soundsytem
- Yeah, it's a good album and you've heard it a lot. But still you want it, OOOOW!

Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock - Great 60's pop song.

Punchup at a Wedding by Radiohead
- Thanks to new news from Yorke about the new recording sessions, I had to post some Radiohead in delight. From the mucho caliente album that was my fav of 2003, Hail to the Thief.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Every, m' boy!

Just finished "the every boy" by dana adam shapiro, and it's one bittersweet, eccentric little novel. Comparable to Salinger's Catcher, it's the happy, new opposite (most of the time) of Holden. I recommend it completely. The novel's protaganist reminds me of this song, so it's gonna get posted.

Polyphonic Spree's Light and Day

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Layer Cake

... kicked my ass all over the place last night. I was expecting another Guy Ritchie smirky crime story and instead I got an ice cold demeanor. This is one gangster flick that while has a few laughs, knows when to play the serious tone and does. A lot. So, here's some samples from it's soundtrack.

Hayling by FC Kahuna - For it's chill intro and ambience. Sets the mood right from the beginning.

Four or the Floor (Soulsavers Mix) by Star Sailor - Haunting little piece that ties in with the action sequence and the sweet taste of revenge.

She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult
- Oh why not.

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Joe Cocker - Perfect song to the perfect ending.

buy the dvd here and now

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Two singles for tuesday

1. Elton John - Mona Lisas and mad hatters
Honky Chateau
Another gem from the old Elton. Great chorus, sweeping piano, combined with his usual grandeur. I like it.

The Clash - I'm Not Down

London Calling
Gimme the Clash over the sex pistols any day. (Blasphemy? No.)

Sorry, short descriptions for short thinking time.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Single of the Day

The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Give Up

How might one classify the Postal Service. Indie pop-tronic? The opener to a great album, it grew on me over time, but hadn't listened to it in forever. Then all of a sudden, with a tracklist on shuffle, I'm reminded of how great a song it is.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Is that kid dead or what?

Nope, just took a slight vacation. Too many nights, too much to do, yah? Here's a mix, and soon there will be posted (sometime next week): Kings of Convenience.

Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - The Delfonics
Wicked Disguise - Sixsidedbox
Each Coming Night - Iron and Wine
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, a train to cry - Bob Dylan
Tommorrow, tommorrow - Elliott Smith
My Father's Gun - Elton John (repost for a reason)

Monday, August 15, 2005

The Shins

Here are some odds and ends I've found over the few weeks of one of my tops, The Shins.

Nature Bears a Vacuum EP
(1998) Not such a fan of this set. I always liked the quieter stuff by them, and this.. isn't. But hey, to every completist, here it is. Buy it for 30x better quality.

The Shins - Those Bold City Girls
We built a raft and we floated
Eating styes from elephant eyes
My Seventh rib

When I goose-step EP
(2000) Here's more my speed from them. The title track was actually on the Wicker Park soundtrack I think. Another Omnibus release. Both songs are perfect.

The Shins - When I Goose-step
The Gloating Sun

Not on either
Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields cover)

Thanks goes out to Justin, who offered the 4th song on Nature but I managed to find it on the interweb...
And of course...
Buy Chutes too Narrow
Buy Oh, Inverted World
SubPop Records
Omnibus Records


Quote of the day? From the roast last night of Pam Anderson via productshop via stereogum

"Who thinks Courtney Love looks worse than Kurt Cobain currently does?" - Jeffrey Ross

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Favorites around town...

Alan at sixeyes finished up an interview with John Vanderslice and posted it in it's entireity...

In other late news (Aug 3) Charlie Murphy puts the nail in the coffin for Chappelle Show. I cry.

Sin City DVD comes out in four days. Mark your fucking calendars and get it, because it's truly the best thing so far this year and in a long while. Can't remember being this excited about a new flick since Eternal Sunshine.

Latest time consumption? DVD production of a short I sent off to a competion, and production of another one. I assure you, they both have great soundtracks.

Does anyone have the full Shins EP "Nature Bears a Vacuum"? I've got 3/4 (which i'll post this week along with some other oddities) and was wondering if someone couldn't hook a brotha up with the last one?

Don't Stop me Now by Queen
Everyone's Talking by Harry Nilsson
Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel (7:00 version from Graduate)
The Passenger by Iggy Pop
Disco Infiltrator by LCD Soundsystem

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

My GOD that's bad... but so good!

Think About the Way by Ice MC

It speaks for itself.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Nick Drake's Pink Moon

Well, finally scored a copy of Nick Drake's masterpiece, Pink Moon. I gotta say, for 28 minutes, I was in a completely calm mood. This is perfect for playing late at night, it puts you in a perfect mood. It's lo-fi sound (made up completely of acoustic guitars and a smidge of piano) make for the perfect Nick Drake album. His guitar strumming has an almost twilight feeling, and his low singing is a perfect match for his playing. Iron and Wine is the strongest style comparison, minus his southern roots. Why not get the songs? You know you'll enjoy them.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Nick Drake - Place to Be
Nick Drake - Road
Nick Drake - Free Ride
Nick Drake - From the Morning

Buy the album


So... hows about that Sin City on DVD August 16th? Can't freaking wait.

Friday, August 05, 2005

This one goes out to all the ladies...

So, I was watching High Fidelity the other night and was reminded by how much persona Jack Black has. Like, he exudes freaking sweetness. Then I was flipping through songs and remembered that he does, in fact, star in Tenacious D. You gotta like his sense of humor, but he imbues it into clever lyrics coupled with sheer crudeness.

"It's a rock block of Bach"
Tenacious D - Fuck her Gently
Tenacious D - Friendship
Tenacious D - Wonderboy
Tenacious D - Karate

Buy the CD