Category Archives: MP3

New Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: “Can’t Hear My Eyes”


 How do you feel about unbridled subconscious terror filtered through the icy synthesizers of yesteryear and an unsettling but strangely appropriate displacement of self?  How about putting all that in the context of an awkward, contemporary R&B-studded middle school dance? If your first thought was “sign my ass up!” then you’ll need to head over to Gorilla vs. Bear and check out the new track from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s ‘Can’t Hear My Eyes/Evolution’s a Lie’ 7″, out now on Mexican SummerYou can groove on it here

I’m not as versed in his back catalogue as many hyper-obsessed AP fans, but “Can’t Hear My Eyes” features the cleanest production that I’ve heard on an Ariel Pink track. Many may still prefer the muted lo-fi beatbox funkscaping of his earlier work, but — according to the man himself — “everything you think you know [about Ariel Pink] is WRONG – DEAD WRONG. THIS is me, naked, without the buffer of awful tape noise drowning out any lack of vision” (via).

“Are You Gonna Look After My Boys?” from FF>> (2002):




Kurt Cobain and Os Mutantes

Here’s a Brazilian interview with Kurt Cobain in which he spends the last minute or so enthusiastically talking about one of my favorite bands, Os Mutantes:

Os Mutantes were a psychedelic Brazilian band that were formed during that country’s Tropicalia movement in the late ’60s.  Their music was a thorn in the side of Brazil’s stifling political system and has been a treasure sought out by record collectors the world over.  David Byrne later helped expose the music to a larger world audience and they have gone on to perform alongside The Flaming Lips, a band that shares more than a few sonic similarities.  Here’s a song from the band’s debut album:

Friendly Lists: Angela Stout

This was supposed to be posted a long time ago.   

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment:  for the moment — one big holiday:my morning jacket (my ringtone since forever and so i kept it from aaron’s list) — ceremony:joy division (this song comes on and so much emotion is evoked i literally feel like i may split in two–everysingletime— scenic world:beirut (again, kept from aaron’s list because i love it so much-and it ties with after the curtain falls because something about that tune…) — tom sawyer:rush (i get all hyped like a h.davidson fan with waay too much testosterone and alcohol)

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: fav’rit new bands – beirut (love first album best), erykah badu (not new herself but love that album), meiko… older recently discover’ds – talking heads (all over again) michael jackson (um…so you wanta be startin’ something; you gotta be startin’ something)

Favorite Song Ever: “yeah right”…diddo

Best Recent Concert: i was really into the band of horses show

Last Great Film I Saw: i have same trouble picking film like music. so i am just going to put the last one i watched, Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind. He is a twelve year old. and it works. Made me go home and want to remake Ghostbusters

Last Great Book I Read: on beauty

First Album You Remember Buying: i know the first single cassette was “waterfalls” by TLC (girl, you know that’s right) and first full album cassette was Live and first cd was Toadies.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: i dont hate–and i love the smiths/the cure

Best Purchase of the Last Year: Led Zeppelin tickets (i beat all of you suckers!)

Best Thing I Did This Year: working on that now ain’t i?

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: was recently, mambo taxi anyone?

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: dont watch tv really

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: screw it

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: peanut butter

My Ringtone: one big holiday: my morning jacket

bonus mp3:

  • Joy Division – Ceremony from Still (Collector’s Edition)

The Past Always Haunts


So, today I stumbled upon my old website.  I’m not going to tell you where it is.  However, I did uncover these…


What you see above is a drawing I did (apparently after purchasing Yoshimi).  Probably the pinnacle of my artistic career.


During my pyro phase.


High school grad.  Momz wuz proud.  Oh the internets! 


Robyn Hitchcock – The Man Who Invented Himself from Black Snake Diamond Role (1981)

Don’t Be Daft


On Valentine’s Day someone posted a track called “Love” on the ol’ internets.  It was initially assumed to be a heart-shaped gift from Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter.  Turns out, it’s actually a track by Louis La Roche.  Either way, I’m hoping it makes it into a DJ Tanner set soon.  Hint Hint: Will Krause.


Friendly Lists: Nate Sweeney

This post is the first in a series that blatantly lifts from Pitchfork’s Guest List features.  But instead of asking bands I’ve never met to tell me what kind of chapstick they prefer, I’ll be asking my dear friends to tell me what kind of chapstick they prefer.  Well, not exactly, but whatev.

First up is the delightfully whimsical Nate Sweeney, a guy who always makes me giggle like a schoolgirl serial killer.  He also happens to be the drummer of my favorite band to arise in 2007: All These Teepees.

Favorite Songs of the Past Year: “Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.”  (mp3) by Ryan Adams, “Blue Hotel” by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, “Those Thieving Birds…” by Silverchair

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment: “Sweetness Follows” by REM, “Sleep Better” by Pete Yorn, “Behind the Drapes” by Mew

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: I fell upon the band Mew a little over a year ago. I fell in love with them. I kind of think that everyone else should, as well.

Favorite Song Ever: There are so many amazing songs…

Best Recent Concert: Silverchair at the Diamond Ballroom was amazing.

Last Great Film I Saw: I watched Sling Blade recently.

Last Great Book I Read: I haven’t read a great book in a long time. This question might just act as a reminder to do so.

First Album You Remember Buying: I bought the album Love Always by K.C. and JoJo with birthday money.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: Radiohead. It’s not that i hate them, I just really love the reactions i get for saying that i do.

Best Purchase of the Last Year: Easy Tiger by Ryan Adams

Best Thing I Did This Year: I started a band with a group of guys.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: Being drunk.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: I don’t get to watch a lot of television, but I will always love Futurama.

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: Rock Band…all day…all night.

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: Sandwiches

My Ringtone: “The Wife, The Kids, The White Picket Fence” by Fair To Midland

Mixtapes in Miniature Vol. 2


Image: Jean Pougny (Ivan Puni). (Russian, born Finland. 1892-1956). Suprematist Relief-Sculpture. 1920s (reconstruction of 1915 original). Painted wood, metal, and cardboard, mounted on wood panel, 20 x 15 1/2 x 3″ (50.8 x 39.3 x 7.6 cm). The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 

This week’s mix includes a lost Kraut Klassik from ’72 (Agitation Free), some soundtrack work from James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), a song about demons (Roky Erickson), bass work from a Can alumn (Moebius & Plank), and some chill house beatz (Bjørn Torske). 

mp3s (left click on the link to download):

  • Agitation Free – Ala Tul  from Malesch (Music Factory, 1972)
  • LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas from the movie 21 (2008)
  • Roky Erickson & The Aliens – I Think Up Demons from I Have Always Been Here Before (Anthology) (Shout Factory, 2005)
  • Moebius & Plank – Feedback ’66 from Rastakraut Pasta (Sky Records, 1980)
  • Bjørn Torske – God Kvelde from Feil Knapp (2007)