No, I’m not slandering Ryan Adams. I’m done with slandering, at least for a while. ‘Rip Off’ is just the title of a new track from Mr. Adams. I’d love to post an actual studio track from his upcoming album, Easy Tiger, but for whatever reason, his label has decided that promo mp3s aren’t hip. No, I don’t understand it either, but maybe it’s for the better. If I could post promo mp3s, then I never would have gone searching for a good live track, and I never would have found ‘Rip Off’. ‘Rip Off’ is gorgeous slow-burn country track, and this recording shows off its beauty perfectly, with Adams even joking around with the crowd at the end. I’m wary of everything country, but I now looking forward to Easy Tiger.
You could get away with calling Patrick Wolf a drama queen, to be sure; however, it’s that quality that endears him to so many of his fans, myself included. A little drama never hurt anyone, right? If you answered ‘yes’, then you’re sure to love this track, entitled ‘The Child Catcher’. As the title would suggest, the song is definitely disturbing, with some seriously screwed-up imagery, and Wolf on bone-chilling falsetto. But the best part is the piano. It’s the only instrument in this track, but its sound is so full you;d never notice; it starts out clean and precise, before finally falling to pieces. Highly recommended.
Pumpkin fans reading this, get your ass over to The Pumpkins.net, to grab some live, high quality Zeitgeist tracks. There are six or seven new tracks total, plus even more older material, all available for download as mp3s. Go!
Last night you might have caught Feist performing One, Two, Three, Four on Jay Leno. Personally, I didn’t bother, instead opting to check out the youtube video this morning. Maybe it’s just me, but the performance seemed a little underwhelming. It moved a little faster than the album version, with too-quiet instrumentation. The mixture didn’t exactly work well, but the worst part was actually Feist herself; she just didn’t seem that into it. The Reminder is great, but this performance just doesn’t capture any of it’s charm.
You might remember something about TV On The Radio playing a record store last year. Apparently that store was Amoeba Music; next Tuesday Amoeba will release an exclusive live EP featuring four songs from the set. I’m guessing that bootlegs have been floating around for a while, but I can’t imagine they sound half as good the real deal. This version of ‘Wolf Like Me’ is what the phrase ‘fucking gorgeous’ was created for.
On a side note, it’s really amazing to hear how modest these guys are; despite releasing one of last years best records, they can’t stop thanking their fans for listening to them. Very cool.
I hate Valentines Day. Every year, I watch a select few people receive bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolate, etc, while the rest of the population (myself included) sits quietly and pretends to be happy. Secretly, we want to shove those roses and chocolates and stuffed talking animals up the collective ass of Valentines Day.To most of us, it’s nothing but another Hallmark-holiday, with an extra side of misery, loneliness, and self-loathing.
Clearly, today is not my day. Like the rest of the country, Vermont is in the midst of a good old-fashioned New England blizzard. The city’s like a ghost town under three feet of snow. There’s got to be some poetic irony to this, no? Either way, I’ve spent most of my day forgetting about the world outside and listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I even managed to dig out some rare B-sides and live recordings from my hard drive. Karen O’s voice is really the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day voice. So, for everyone out there just waiting for this horrible to day to end, here are a few tracks to pass the time. May Karen O’s voice tear your Valentines Day in two.
And a .rar file (63.4 MB), with a few more tracks.
If you’re anything like me, then you probably didn’t catch the Superbowl last night, and couldn’t care less about missing it. However, you probably did want to see Prince’s halftime performance. So here it is, and Prince is just as electrifying as ever:
And here’s a post concerning this show, from my favorite music blog. I couldn’t agree more with it.
I have live videos of both of them for you! The Deerhoof video is a performance of The Perfect Me at Metro last Saturday night, and the Shins video is a performance of Turn On Me from Letterman last Tuesday. Enjoy.
The Shins – Turn On Me
Deerhoof – The Perfect Me