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Friday, February 6, 2009

Bears and Bullets New Friday Mixtape!

Today I'm proud to bring you the latest addition of the Bears and Bullets Friday Mixtape to all you loyal (somewhat loyal) readers. Today's addition includes songs from artists like John Vanderslice, J. Tillman, Nodzzz, and the Reducers.



1.) Black Dice - Glazin
2.) Great Lake Swimmers - Pulling on a Line
3.) Her Vanished Grace - Slip Away
4.) John Vanderslice - White Dove
5.) Nodzzz - Is She There
6.) The Reducers - Out of Step
7.) Spirit Spine - Trickledown
8.) Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, and The Amorphous Strums - Teddy Bear
9.) Wavves - No Hope Kids
10.) J. Tillman - James Blues

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thursday Filter - The Kills, The Week That Was, Plus More

Today, on another shit-cold day in New Jersey, we've got a couple new videos and songs for you guys.

First, The Kills, who I've posted here numerous times after witnessing their great act at Lollapalooza last year, have released a video for their single "Black Baloon" off of their 2008 album Midnight Boom. Is it odd that they're wearing the same clothes in the video that I saw them perform in back in August?

The Kills - Black Balloon

Also, The Week That Was, who I've been criminally unaware of until I came across their video on Some Velvet Blog, have released their video for "Learn to Learn" off of their 2008 self-titled debut. If I can note one feature of the single, it's very English. I guess that could be a promising feature.

The Week That Was - Learn to Learn

Chris at Gorilla vs. Bear tends to have some really good podcasts that you all should be interested in. Today, as he does every week, he posted a couple MP3's worth noting from The Shivers and African artist Amanaz. Take care of these, will you?

Amanaz - Khala My Friend - MP3
The Shivers - Beauty - MP3

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday Night - Tallest Man and Wavves

Continuing with my promise of newer late night blogging for whoever the Hell feels like reading this everyday, I've got a couple more songs for you.

First I've got a couple new MP3's from Wavves (courtesy of Stereogum) whose song "So Bored" was also included in my last Bears and Bullets Friday Mixtape, have two more songs which I've somehow missed until now entitled "Gun in the Sun" and "California Goth." Also, is it Wavves or WAVVES? I'm still not sure if that's how it's spelled or just a bunch of typos.

Wavves - Gun in the Sun - MP3
Wavves - California Goth - MP3

Also, here's a live version of "So Bored"

Also here's a couple songs from The Tallest Man on Earth, who, like The Great Lakes Swimmers, I neglected to post for a while despite of the real quality of songs the artist has created. Here's "I Won't Be Found" and one of my new favorite songs (I really don't say that a lot so take note) "The Gardner" (found at Aquarium Drunkard). You can order The Tallest Man on Earth's 2008 album Shallow Grave here.

A Fake Superbowl, Plus Prizes

Word has gotten around that Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street's live performance at Superbowl last Sunday (along with Jennifer Hudson's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner") were performed using pre-recorded tracks. In fact, the only thing real about the Superbowl performances (aside from, you know, the game) were Springsteen's vocals and his knee-slide into the camera man, which has now been dubbed Bosscocked! (I like it).

I'm not sure whether doing live in this kind of situation was really beneficial, but more than that I just I wish no one knew about this. I have some unspoken respect for Bruce, but then again it may just stem from the fact that I find Tom Petty (last year's performer) to be really kinda boring. Whatever.

In more uplifting news, The Beastie Boys have released the 20th anniversary of Paul's Boutique. You can head over to the website for a listen or order the album. Plus, you can stream Dan Auerbach's (of the Black Keys) new solo album via his Myspace.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday Nights

As I fuel through the blog roll, finishing my interview with Royce Wagner of Thanks Captain Obvious! I've come across a couple songs from modern blues artist J. Tillman off his 5th studio album Vacilando Territory Blues, courtesy of Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands. You guys may recognize him as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. And like Fleet Foxes, Tillman is definitely worthy of a good listening.

On the other side, Black Dice first single from their upcoming album REPO (available via Paw Tracks April 7) entitled "Glazin" has surface on the Internet, but like most Black Dice work I can't really figure anything out about it. I like it. There's something to note.

Black Dice - Glazin - MP3 (Found at Gorilla vs. Bear)

I'll leave you guys with a couple more to take home with you before tomorrow. These two Bishop Allen MP3's have been circulating around few a little but I've neglected even an attempt to bring them to you. However, I'm finding that unavoidable at this point.

Anyway, here's Bishop Allen's single "Dimmer" and "The Ancient Commonsense of Things" off their new album Grrr [(pre-order here) both MP3's found at You Ain't No Picasso)].

Bishop Allen - Dimmer - MP3

Slow Tuesday ... Bonnaroo Lineup

Tuesday's seem to become slower and more aggrevating each week with music websites staying low with more and more boring stories, but I guess I should filter out what matters most to you guys.

To those who missed it, Bonnaroo has officially released their 2009 (July 11-14) lineup. Springsteen, Phish, and the Beastie Boys will headline the Manchester Tennesee event. You can check out the entire lineup at the official Bonnaroo Website. (Note the fake Bonnaroo poster put up yesterday. Yeah, the line-up does seem too good when you think about it).

As for some downloads I'm a little on the weak side right now, so I'm gonna stretch the few Great Lake Swimmers downloads that have been up for the past couple of days. If it makes you feel any better they're pretty good - especially "Pulling on a Line." Great Lake Swimmers new album "Lost Channels" will be released on March 31.

MP3's Posted at An Aquarium Drunkard

Monday, February 2, 2009

Videos That You May Have Missed

Leaving off from last weekend, here are some notable videos that I missed out on that I really shouldn't have. Also, if anyone has some free stuff from David Byrne and Brian Eno's album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today? I've been listening to it online, but would really appreciate a copy for my own.

Blitzen Trapper - Furr

Final Fantasy - Horsetail Feathers

Gaslight Anthem (Live on Letterman) - The 59 Sound

Videos Posted at Thanks Captain Obvious! , The Needle Drop, and Stereogum

We're Back ... Notes From the Superbowl

I'm going to go on an unanimous limb here and just assume that most of you watched the Superbowl between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers last night (incredible game, even better finish) with great intensity. However, if any one of the 38 million people in the United States who didn't watch the game missed out on anything of value (the Steelers won, shocking, I know) there were some commercials and little half-time show with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

To me the performance was pretty damn exciting even if the song selection (aside from "Born to Run") was a bit if not predictable than boring (that damn rythm line of "Glory Days" wont get out of my head). Incidentily, it reminded me of how boring Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's really are.

There were also to note, the most expensive commercials ever seen by human eyes, plus a couple new trailers that caught my eye. Here's the sneak for Year One, starring Jack Black, Paul Rudd, David Cross, and Michael Cera.

On a continuing note from Springsteen, The Hold Steady have covered his song Atlantic City off of Springsteen's Nebraska (found courtesy of Stereogum). Timely, huh?