To The Maxx

change of address!
June 24, 2008, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

i have moved to
and i am enjoying it immensely. won’t you come over?

this child is sick
June 3, 2008, 1:03 am
Filed under: music

and summer begins again.

so. download this MIX FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE.
new songs that sound old. old songs that sound new.
old songs that sound old. new songs that sound new.

songs that sound.

(54:36/256 kbps/100 MB)

1. Cheap Time “Glitter & Gold”
2. Islands “Creeper”
3. Sigur Rós “Gobbledigook” (video, contains nudity NSFW)
4. Savoir Adore “We Talk Like Machines”
5. Crystal Stilts “Crystal Stilts”
6. The Shackletons “Tremble”
7. Fabienne Delsol “Leave Her For Me”
8. Hollywood Jills “He Makes Me So Mad”
9. Atlas Sound “My Car”
10. Violens “Violent Sensation Descends”
11. John Maus “My Whole World Is Coming Apart”
12. Au “RR vs. D”
13. The Barbaras “Day At The Shrine”
14. Black Tambourine “Throw Aggi Off The Bridge”
15. Radical Face “Welcome Home, Son”
16. High Places “Head Spins (Extended Version)”
17. Green and Brown “Glory”
18. Wolf Parade “Soldier’s Grin”
19. Festival “Come Outside”

May 7, 2008, 5:20 pm
Filed under: film, music

Here’s the video I made for Robert Francis. Enjoy it.

Added bonus:

Somebody put the MGMT video I directed (their first music video and my first music video) on YouTube. So here too is that.

let’s pretend you never touched the sugar
April 27, 2008, 2:55 pm
Filed under: endorsed by me, music

Hello world here is some news:

I made a music video for the song “Little Girl” by Robert Francis.
I’ll let you know when it’s been put up online.

I choreographed and danced in the music video for the song “Electric Feel” by MGMT. Should be finished in three weeks or so. Here is a preview of some dance moves you may or may not see in the video:

Next up is a music video for Sunny Levine who is coincidentally playing his live solo debut next week. If you are in or around los angeles, do come to the show. not only is sunny’s music great, but he’s playing with a totally sick backing band AND the rest of the bill is rounded out by tothemaxxx favorites Tornado Rider and Hello Stranger.

Tuesday, April 29, 8PM @ The Air Conditioned Supper Club
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA
$10, 21 and up

Sunny also just had a live set on KCRW which you can watch HERE.

And then there’s also this little future mix I made for the future month of May!

(48:49/192 kbps/67.1 MB)

1. M83 “Kim & Jessie” The new record, Saturdays = Youth, is way good… way melodramatic… way Tears For Fears. I love the wanky solid state guitar stuff late in the song.

2. Jay Reatard “Always Wanting More” from the upcoming third installment of his 7′ series on Matador. This song gets me really pumped up about life and about this current influx of new Jay Reatard songs.

3. The Clique “Superman” I heard this song at a bar and was fascinated by it, but didn’t know how to track it down. Then a few days later an mp3 of the song surfaced on the great Iron Leg. How fortuitous.

4. Voxhaul Broadcast “When The Wives Come Home” Saw these guys a few months back at their Spaceland residency having heard nothing and I was thoroughly impressed. Looking forward to checking them out again.

5. No Age “Teen Creeps” from the forthcoming Nouns. I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t seen these guys, since they play in town with crazy frequency. Great chord progression in the second part of the song (chorus?).

6. Ladytron “Kletva” from the forthcoming Velocifero. Nice jam with a steadily building intensity. It’s a cover of a Bulgarian rock song from the 70s. I kind of lost interest in this band but I’m digging this so I’ll have to spend more time with this album.

7. Don Cavalli “New Hollywood Babylon” A strange little ditty by a French bluesman signed to Everloving Records.

8. Coconut Records “Nighttiming” (RAC Mix) Another classy remix by André Anjos. Nice retooling of Jason Schwartzman’s danciest number.

9. The Kills “Last Day of Magic” I know I posted a track by The Kills on my last mix, but at that point I hadn’t spent much time with the record. This song has since emerged for me as a standout.

10. Abe Vigoda “Animal Ghosts” Another Los Angeles band who play at the Smell a lot. Topical noise vibe, sorta Animal Collectiveish.

11. Cut Copy “Feel The Love” I posted this song a la carte last time, but wanted to include it in here because each maxx mixx needs at least one song with synthesizer arpeggios. Solid gold.

and then…

12. MGMT “Metanoia” starts at the mix’s 35 minute mark and continues for nearly 14 minutes. This is the sprawling B-side to “Time To Pretend”: proggy, overindulgent, completely bonkers and utterly fantastic. They’ve recently been playing a condensed version of it live, but this is the whole wet mess in its unshaven glory.

to the muxx
March 29, 2008, 1:40 pm
Filed under: music

hi i am sorry it has been over a month since i last busted here.

since then i have done these things:

went on tour with hello stranger and foo fighters! we made some videos.
went to sxsw!
mastered the record i executive produced (you’ll hear much more about that later this year)!
am working on some music!

tribeca film festival!
a concert in l.a. curated by me!
music video action for mr. sunny levine, mr. robert francis and hello stranger!

in the meantime, i made this mix over at muxtape and it’s some of my favorite songs of the past and present. i will constantly be rotating jams in and out.

i am also really feeling this song right now:


leap, year
February 25, 2008, 4:55 pm
Filed under: music


hello i am back hello.
i was thinking i wouldn’t be making any more mixes this year. had a feeling that nothing in early 08 was going to strike my fancy.
i was wrong.

(49:45/192 kbps/68.4 MB)

1. Sunny Levine “Caffe Rhinoceronte” a little tease from the retooled and fit for mass-consumption Love Rhino coming out on soon on Quango.

2. Atlas Sound “Ativan” This solo thing from Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox is so up my (kirstie) alley.

3. The Kills “Cheap and Cheerful” it’s all about that phlegmy cough at the beginning. short and sharp and sweet and sour. simple, singsongy, handclappy, Peaches-esque.

4. The Whigs “Right Hand On My Heart” american indie rock circa 1995. the video captures it perfectly.

5. Tornado Rider “In A Colorful Night” Rushad Eggleston and Gabriel Cazes. cello and drums/synth. Cowboys, goblins, wizards and a lithe Frenchman. produced by the aforementioned Sunny Levine. unsigned… for now.

6. Kelley Stoltz “Everything Begins” I’ve always liked this guy’s music and, yeah, the new stuff sounds good.

7. The Raveonettes “Dead Sound” I was always a little more into the idea of this band more than I was into the actual music, but I’m quite enjoying this new record. Texture goes a long way, I tell you.

8. Apes “Beat Of The Double” new lead singer, same old macramé-sweater wearing weirdos.

9. Wolfkin “These Are All Illusions” another wolf band? really? but…. oh, this came out in Denmark two years ago, so they were kind of ahead of the curve.

10. Amazing Baby “Invisible Palace” simon o’connor and will stone from stylofone, will roan from lions & tigers, and leah cary who played in nebula and spalding rockwell. they’ve got three songs on their myspace and thus far they are three for three. expect more greatness and body-paint photoshoots from these people very soon.

11. The Honeydrips “The Walk” This band is actually just one Swedish guy. they’ll be on tour in the states with countryman Jens Lekman in march and april so go see them… him.

12. Black Mountain “Wild Wind” a very restrained track from these Canadian droners. a rolling stones reference in the lyrics, a radiohead reference in the chord progression and a simple structure: verse, chorus, bridge thing, out.

13. The Ruby Suns “There Are Birds” i really dig the changing vibe of the song…. the various movements. they’re a new zealand trio. i hope to catch them at sxsw. they’ll be in the states touring with le loup in march and april. i first heard this song on the great fluxblog.

14. Snowblink “iii. Heckling the Afterglow” Daniela’s new album is mixed, mastered, finished and wonderful. she performed some of the new tunes in an auditorium in venice, ca a little while ago and it was, as usual, a real treat.

15. Foals “Balloons” buzz band from Oxford UK. i am not ashamed to dig it.

16. A Sunny Day In Glasgow “The Best Summer Ever” they are from philadelphia, but they sound like a dream i had where i was flying over the British Isles in my pyjamas

17. Nat Baldwin “Lake Erie” beautiful stuff from this Dirty Projectors associate and onetime Wesleyan based upright-bass improviser.

film 2007
February 1, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: film

Here, now, one month into 2008, I present my favorite films of 2007.

MY TEN FAVORITE FILMS (arranged alphabetically):

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford dir. Andrew Dominic

Black Book dir. Paul Verhoeven

The Darjeeling Limited dir. Wes Anderson

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly dir. Julian Schnabel

Great World of Sound dir. Craig Zobel

No Country For Old Men dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

Red Road dir. Andrea Arnold

There Will Be Blood dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

This Is England dir. Shane Meadows

Zodiac dir. David Fincher

AND, COMING IN AT HONORARY ELEVEN: The best film from 1977 that finally saw a proper theatrical release in 2007…

Killer of Sheep dir. Charles Burnett

Best performer of 2007:

Ben Foster
in Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night and 3:10 To Yuma.


12:08 East of Bucharest, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Away From Her, The Band’s Visit, Black Snake Moan, The Bourne Ultimatum, Brand Upon The Brain, Day Night Day Night, Eastern Promises, Enchanted, The Exterminating Angels, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz, In The Valley Of Elah, Jellyfish, The King of Kong, The Kingdom, L’iceberg, Last Mistress, Michael Clayton, Once, The Orphanage, Ratatouille, Rescue Dawn, The Savages, Shoot Em Up, Sunshine, Superbad, Sweeney Todd, Syndromes And A Century, The Wind That Shakes The Barley

new years revolutions
January 1, 2008, 7:44 pm
Filed under: music, Uncategorized

Every year on New Year’s I make a mix of some of my favorite music from the previous twelve months. In past years I’ve made copies for a small number of people. But this year, as I now have this blog, I thought it would be nice to put the mix online for all.

This is not a ranked list of the best songs of 2007. It is a two-disc mix of a whole mess of songs from 07 that moved me in some way. Do enjoy.

Happy 2008!

NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTIONS – PART ONE (1:19:40/91.2 MB/160 kbps)

1. Hello Stranger “Big Boots”
AC/DC as fronted by a female Bon Scott.

2. M.I.A. “Paper Planes”
A sample of “Straight To Hell” by The Clash + the chorus from Wrecks-n-Effect’s “Rump Shaker” + gun sound effects = the song I danced hardest to in 2007.

3. White Williams “In The Club”
Cleveland dude is bored, turns on laptop, makes good with the world. Nice T.Rex vibe on this track.

4. Bat For Lashes “What’s A Girl To Do?”
Bat For Lashes is the work of Natasha Khan, of the eminent Pakistani squash-playing Khans. A perfect otherworldly blend of past and future sounds.

5. Army Navy “Saints”
Perfectly executed melodic indie rock. Teenage Fanclub comparisons are inevitable and appropriate.

6. Deerhoof “The Perfect Me”
Every album they put out, there’s a few songs that blow my mind. When I first heard this track, the opener from “Friend Opportunity,” my jaw hit the floor. And every time I listen to it, that initial feeling returns.

7. Gravenhurst “Trust”
Sounds like Morrissey fronting Yo La Tengo.

8. David Vandervelde “Nothin’ No”
Chicago-based guy, really classic songcraft, super fuzzy sound.

9. Blitzen Trapper “Wild Mountain Nation”
Gotta love me some lo-fi Pacific Northwest indie country jams. Reminds me of the pre-”Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” styles of Wilco.

10. Jay Reatard “I Know A Place”
This “semi-acoustic pop single” 7″ is a something of a change of pace for the Memphis based punk/new waver. This is a song so catchy that when I first heard it I thought I knew it already, thinking it was by The Clean or something. But it’s a new song and a great one at that.

11. Chuck and Mac “Powerful Love”
The only old song on here this year, courtesy of Numero Group, the incomparable globetrotting crate-digger reissue label from Chicago. This is a beautiful track from 1970, found on the 2-disc set “Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation.”

12. Lavender Diamond “Open Your Heart”
A lovely tune from the wacky Becky Stark and her hippie-ster bande.

13. Miniature Tigers “The Wolf”
Two and a half minutes of great choices. Like a miniature tiger, this song is small but ferocious.

14. Animal Collective “Derek”
Maybe the shortest and sweetest song off of “Strawberry Jam.”

15. AA Bondy “Vice Rag”
Scott Bondy, formerly of Verbena, resurfaces under an alias, unplugs his guitar, listens to americana, sings about drug abuse, asks Jesus for forgiveness.

16. Candie Payne “By Tomorrow”
This girl is fantastic. She’s from Liverpool and she’s my age and her songs are moody and groovy and dramatic… What Amy Winehouse is to 50’s and 60’s girl groups, Candie Payne is to Dusty Springfield.

17. Liam Finn “Lead Balloon”
Mad genius progeny of Neil Finn. This manic track only hints at the craziness of his Jon Brion-esque live shows.

18. Caribou “Melody Day”
The first track from “Andorra,” which i think perfectly fuses Caribou’s live-band, “nuggets”-esque impulses with the electronic composition he’s known for.

19. The National “Mistaken For Strangers”
They keep raising the bar higher and higher. This band should be really huge, but I guess I’m happy they’re just… big. Regardless, i cannot get this song out of my head, as hard as i try.

20. Love of Diagrams “The Pyramid”
Angular Aussie post-punk trio. Perfection to my ears.

21. Ra Ra Riot “Each Year (RAC Mix)”
I love the band’s original version, but this amped-up remix by Andre Allen Anjos raises the bar even higher.

22. Luther Russell “Everybody Falls”
This L.A. guy came out of nowhere for me, but as it turns out he’s been putting out records for over fifteen years. I snooze, I lose. Killer chorus, guy.

23. MGMT “Pieces of What”
This is one of the tracks on MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” with a totally bizarre structure. Once they finally build to the harmonious Crosby Stills Nash & Young pinnacle, you expect the song to carry on for a while longer, but it just ends. It’s a ballsy move.

24. Christopher Denny “Time”
Saw this Arkansas dude play in a tiny room in Brooklyn. His is one of those classic old-timey voices that gets me every time. Just cuts to the bone.

25. Radiohead “4 Minute Warning”
Radiohead’s reemergence at the end of 2007 was truly exciting. This track is not on “In Rainbows,” but comes from the bonus disc of outtakes from the same sessions. Why this (and a few others from that disc) didn’t make the album is beyond me. Totally haunting.

NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTIONS – PART TWO (1:18:41/90.1/160)

1. Stylofone “Loose Boots”
Brooklyn band with swagger and guitar harmonies up the wazoo. They will beat you up.

2. Department of Eagles “No One Does It Like You”
Another project from Daniel Rossen of the great Grizzly Bear. This is a duo and the vocal interplay and harmonies between the two voice are pretty stunning.

3. Coconut Records “West Coast”
Jason Schwartzman’s solo record is great fun and this single prooves that sometimes the simplest melodies are the most powerful.

4. of Montreal “Du Og Meg”
Their “Hissing Fauna” record is my favorite of the year, but I like this non-album track more than anything on the album. I think it’s because the horns remind me of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Total mimi-masterpiece.

5. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Nobody’s Baby”
Sounds shockingly authentic, circa ’68. But no, it’s a brand new record. Love the band, love her voice, the production, the graphic design. What’s not to love?

6. Chief “Shaker”
My anthem.

7. Orillia Opry “I Lied”
Another year and another new discovery from Montreal. There must be something in the water up yonder. Anyway, this spare acoustic number really tugs at me.

8. Dr. Dog “Worst Trip”
I resisted this band for so long because of their name. I assumed they were some crappy jam band. Not the case. Total 60’s psych throwback brilliance here.

9. Shout Out Louds “Tonight I Have To Leave It”
In Sweden there’s this little book they pass around called “Writing Perfect Indie Pop Songs That Makes The Kids Cream Their Britches.” The copy that Shout Out Louds have is autographed by The Cure.

10. Handsome Furs “Dead + Rural”
Okay, more Canadians. This is the side project from Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and his fianceé Alexei Perry. They make triumphant and creepy music, if that makes any sense.

11. Santogold “LES Artists”
New Wave meets M.I.A. meets Karen O. meets Tegan and Sara on the Lower East Side.

12. LCD Soundsystem “Watch The Tapes”
Finally saw them live this year and they really work hard up there. Totally won me over. I don’t know how that drummer does what he does. You’d think he’d pass out or his arms would fall off or something.

13. Meg Baird “The Waltze Of The Tennis Players”
Singer from Philly’s sinister folk group Espers puts out solo record of covers and a few originals. Max weeps. This exquisite Fraser & Debolt cover is a highlight.

14. Andrew Bird “Heretics”
This guy has come a long way since his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers. His songwriting is top notch, the production a dream. The whole album is at this level of quality.

15. The Felice Brothers “Frankie’s Gun!”
Gotta love those rough and tumble family bands. If Dylan and The Band had stayed in the basement, the output might’ve sounded something like this.

16. Shocking Pinks “Emily”
One man band from New Zealand, used to be in The Brunettes, signed to DFA records. I had only heard this song and then I bought the album and the whole thing is quite good.

17. Bonnie “Prince” Billy “I’m Loving The Street”
The lone original on Will Oldham’s “Ask Forgiveness,” a mini-album featuring covers ranging from Mickey Newbury to Phil Ochs to R. Kelly. But this song really holds its own in the context of those he did not write. The man is that good.

18. Black Lips “Good Bad Not Evil”
This album is so full of life… the perfect soundtrack to getting in fights and screwing. Their energy reminds me of the Make Up… they approach every song as though it’s the single.

19. Robert Francis “Pilgrims”
A deep cut from one of my favorite records of the year. I used to skip over this song, then I actually sat down and listened to it.

20. Land of Talk “Sea Foam”
Last Canadian band, I promise. This comes from their fantastic E.P., which saw a proper release in 2007. Excited to hear what they do next.

21. Yeasayer “2080”
One of the most unbelievable songs of the year. So textured…

22. Deerhunter “Fluorescent Grey”
From the E.P. of the same name. Sort of a mantra repetition thing, but it has a great cold build to it. I didn’t realize it got this chilly in Atlanta.

23. Dirty Projectors “Rise Above”
Dave Longstreth found an empty audio cassette box with no tape inside while he helped his parents move. It was a tape he loved as a kid, the Black Flag album “Damaged.” He hadn’t heard the album in many years, so he set out to recreate it from memory. The end result is much more interesting than an album full of cover songs. This is a record of reimaginings and reawakenings.

Merry Christmas from Kashbuk And The Klowns
December 24, 2007, 10:23 am
Filed under: music

This is a Christmas song.
A disturbing Christmas song.
A real-life horror movie of a Christmas song.

It was sent with no background info on the artist, Kashbuk And The Klowns
(I believe it’s pronounced cash-buck). Tried a google search, but it was a fruitless endeavor. Nothing came up for these shadowy characters. But whoever they are, they’re mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore.

This is the most vitriolic and intense Christmas song I’ve ever heard.
This is an anti-war Christmas song.
This is my gift to you.


year end wrap-up: albums
December 12, 2007, 11:34 am
Filed under: music

it’s been a good year for culture. i have compiled a list of my favorite albums of 2007.
songs and films will come around the end of the month.

a. top 25:

1. Of Montreal “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?”

2. Coconut Records “Nighttiming”

3. Caribou “Andorra”

4/5. (tie) Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam” / Panda Bear “Person Pitch”

6. The Broken West “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On”

7. Radiohead “In Rainbows”

8. Dirty Projectors “Rise Above”

9. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”

10. Standing Nudes “Ghost Story”

11. Black Lips “Good Bad Not Evil”

12. Land of Talk “Applause Cheer Boo Hiss”

13. Handsome Furs “Plague Park”

14. Meg Baird “Dear Companion”

15. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “100 Days, 100 Nights”

16. Shocking Pinks “Shocking Pinks”

17. Andrew Bird “Armchair Apocrypha”

18. Frankel “Lullaby For The Passersby”

19. Love of Diagrams “Mosaic”

20. Liam Finn “I’ll Be Lightning”

21. Battles “Mirrored”

22. Yeasayer “All Hour Cymbals”

23. A.A. Bondy “American Hearts”

24. Grinderman “Grinderman”

25. The Warlocks “Heavy Deavy Skull Lover”


b. my friends are brilliant – the music i listen to the most is that which is made by my friends. i’d rather not rank it amongst the other releases, because favoritism would run rampant. so this is an alphabetical listing of my friends’ music from 2007 and it should be read with the understanding that i love it as much as, if not more than, the albums listed above.

Alvin Band “Alvin Band,” “Musical World,” “Lady Portrait”

Robert Francis “One by One”

Sunny Levine “Love Rhino” (coming in march)

MGMT “Oracular Spectacular”

Miniature Tigers “Miniature Tigers” (coming in the spring)


c. i also liked these:

Arcade Fire “Neon Bible”
Devendra Banhart “Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon”
Beirut “The Flying Club Cup”
Blonde Redhead “23”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Ask Forgiveness”
Bowerbirds “Hymns For A Dark Horse”
Bill Callahan “Woke On A Whaleheart”
Cocorosie “The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn”
Deerhoof “Friend Opportunity”
Christopher Denny “Age Old Hunger”
Enon “Grass Geysers… Carbon Clouds”
Jesca Hoop “Kismet”
Justice “†”
Lavender Diamond “Imagine Our Love”
Liars “Liars”
Cass McCombs “Dropping The Writ”
The National “Boxer”
Phosphorescent “Pride”
Spoon “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga”
Mavis Staples “We’ll Never Turn Back”
Sunset Rubdown “Random Spirit Lover”
Saul Williams “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!”
White Williams “Smoke”


d. my favorite reissues/old stuff finally released:

“Brazil 70: After Tropicalia” (Soul Jazz Records)
“Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay” (Numero Group)
Jim Ford “The Sounds of Our Time”
The Four Mints “Gently Down Your Stream”
“Home Schooled: The ABC’s of Kiddie Soul” (Numero Group)
Sonic Youth “Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition)”
Stephen Stills “Just Roll Tape”
Neil Young “Live at Massey Hall 1971”
Young Marble Giants “Colossal Youth & Collected Works”