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the return of phantom planet
November 27, 2007, 3:39 pm
Filed under: music

i was still in college when Phantom Planet put out their last record (their third full length, which was self-titled). it was my junior year. i lived in a tiny room in a shitty house on a corner. i liked to play music really loud that year (as has been the case most years). i have fond memories of blasting that Phantom Planet album in that little room. jumping on the bed, playing guitar along to it. sonically, it was a super crunchy album; brittle, even. the band was saying… “watch out. we blow speakers.” in my mind, it was a total 180 from their previously jangly material; an evolutionary step forward and a step away from their association with a certain show on a certain channel formerly known at The W.B EDIT: the O.C. was, in fact, on FOX.

so here we are, nearly four years later and finally a new album on the horizon. why so long? they parted ways with Epic Records. frontman Alex Greenwald played in blackblack and sang/toured with Mark Ronson. they recently signed with a new label, the indie juggernaut known as Fueled By Ramen, went back into the studio and the results are being mixed now, in anticipation of a spring 2008 release. wikipedia tells me that “the new record is about singer Alex’s fictional experience with a cult.” awesome.

so… a four song EP of rough mixes materialized, only available at their shows. i hope that all of these songs will be on the record when it comes out. “Leader” has that instant-classic catchy singalong thing going for it. There’s “From This Day On,” a ballad with a dark vibe and some Radiohead-ish guitar parts. There’s a big change of pace with “Too Much Too Often” a driving dance tune with crazy dynamics: a spot of melodica here and a wild “drums in reverse” breakdown there. great stuff.

here, for your listening pleasure is “Geronimo,” a balls-out rocker that builds and builds and builds and totally conjures up the image of a shitload of people being compelled to jump off a cliff together. cults are creepy. EDIT: judging from the lyrics, the song seems to actually be about rough sex.


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young turks
November 21, 2007, 8:08 pm
Filed under: music

i’m a couple weeks late on this november mix. as soon as i said i’d post these mixes on the first of each month, i sort of got super busy. so…. who cares. i’ll have a few mixes in december, some year end best-of type stuff… and a return to individual mp3s when the new year rears its bitchface.

this latest mix is comprised entirely of older music. none of that newfangled noise the kids dig. the most recent song on here is from 1999 which wasn’t that long ago, but the mix skews earlier. i’m younger than all but four of the nineteen songs here, if that’s any indication.

and now, some songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s for which i am thankful. and, in the cases i can remember, the people to whom i am thankful for turning me onto the song in the first place.

DOWNLOAD: MAXX MIXX, NOVEMBER 2007 (56:10/224 kbps/90.1 MB)

1. The Psychedelic Furs “Pulse” 1980 from their self-titled debut. I like to dance spastically to this one.

2. Can “Turtles Have Short Legs” 1971 klassic krautrock, sampled by Busdriver on the track “Avantcore.”

3. Pylon “Stop It” 1979 influential Athens, GA new-wavers reissued and back on tour!

4. El Otro Yo “No Me Importa Morir” 1999 Argentine altenative rock. this is apparently some sort of anthem.

5. The Clean “Tally Ho!” 1981 Thanks Jeff Delauter, you introduced me to The Clean. Their music doesn’t seem to age at all.

6. Shabby Tiger “Slow Down” 1975 Thanks Steve Jones, you have the best radio show ever and introduced me to this song.

7. Family Fodder “Debbie Harry” 1980 great stalker-ey song by mysterious post-punk collective from London. i used to play this at dance parties in college despite people not really knowing what it was.

8. The Jerms “Nobody” 1969 cool weird track from “Action Speaks Louder Than Words – The Best of SSS International Group pf Labels 1967 – 1970” purchased at Criminal Records in Atlanta, GA.

9. The New York Dolls “Trash” 1973 I can’t for the life of me remember when I first heard this, but my opinion of the Dolls had previously been based on “Personality Crisis,” a song I’m not wild about. but once I heard this song I was officially hooked.

10. Frank Black “Men In Black” 1996 I bought “Cult of Ray,” Black’s third post-Pixies solo album, from the used bin at the old Rhino records on Westwood Blvd, above Santa Monica, not below. I miss that used bin. pretty sure this was his only solo music video from that era, directed by Mike Mills.

11. The Monks “I Hate You” 1965 Thanks, Pete Yorn, for telling me about The Monks at some family function in the late 90s. Wish I could have seen these guys in their day… this leaves me speechless.

12. Fellini “Rock Europeu” 1985 If Joy Division had been Brazilian. From “The Sexual Life Of The Savages” compilation on Soul Jazz Records.

13. Wire “The 15th” 1979 don’t remember the first time i heard Wire or this song or who turned me onto it or them or anything… but this song’s great and i love how the sorta meaningless lyrics fold in upon themselves for the song’s bridge. a slower live arrangement from German TV.

14. Orange Juice “Love Sick” 1980 Edwyn Collins’ first band. they sound like a Scottish version of The Modern Lovers at moments.

15. Television “Glory” 1978 this is from Television’s second album, “Adventure,” which is overshadowed by it’s predecessor, “Marquee Moon.” I bought this at some small indie record shop in St. Paul, MN when I was looking at Macalester college. The song has a nice Talking Heads vibe in addition to its obvious Television vibe.

16. 3 Stars “Jersey Slide Pt. 1” 1971 taken from the new jaw-dropping Numero Group compilation, “Home Schooled: The ABC’s Of Kid Soul.” i can do it, you can do it, she can do it, they can do it.

17. Fleetwood Mac “Big Love” 1987 from “Tango In The Night,” one of those CDs that was in my parents collection and i payed no attention to. then i saw the video on VH1 classics, freaked out and put on the CD.

18. The Tammys “Egyptian Shumba” 1963 thanks Frank Lyon for putting this song on my mix a few years ago. it is obviously one of the very greatest girl group songs, if not one of the very greatest songs i know. primal stuff here.

19. Alan Vega “Ice Drummer” 1981 one half of Suicide. Thanks, Sam Fleischner! i didn’t know his solo stuff until Sam played me this jam during a late night music trading session while we were briefly roommates.

November 6, 2007, 3:39 am
Filed under: endorsed by me, music


Thursday at the Viper Room. 9pm. 21+

Okay, I’m not really “presenting” this show, it’s just that two of my friends’ bands, two of my very favorite bands, are playing a show together. Even though it’s a total coincidence and I had nothing to do with it (other than the fact that I will be in attendance), I will capitalize on this kismet and promote the show in an entirely unofficial capacity. so I… “present” this show to you.

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miniature tigers myspace