Monday, November 17, 2008

Tiger Trap - Sour Grass EP

So I was watching the The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 the other day.. and then i got an email from a person named Bethany about the Tiger Trap LP being down. So i fixed it, and being in the sisterhood mood I decided to put up the Tiger Trap - Sour Grass EP. I have the whole Tiger Trap Discography. So lets get going with this cute brilliance and maybe I will upload the rest.

OH, yeah. Sorry i haven't posted in a million years... I got laid off from my job and i have been partying super hard on unemployment!! GO BARACK OBAMA!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Postcard Records - The SIngles

Inspired by an amazing blog i just found called Castles In Space and that fact that I just got my first ever Postcard single (Orange Juice - Blue Boy / Lovesick), and I have not had the time to post anything new or think of anything interesting for a while. I though I would steal these links and direct you wonderfull readers to something rad. And hopefully in the process get me in the habit of updating this thing more than once a month.

Alright - the Postcard Singles Discography!

Orange Juice - Falling and Laughing
February 1980
Falling And Laughing / Moscow / Moscow Olympics
7" Postcard 80-1

Orange Juice - Blue Boy
August 1980
Blue Boy / Lovesick
7" Postcard 80-2

Josef K - Radio Drill Time
September 1980
Radio Drill Time / Crazy To Exist
7" Postcard 80-3

The Go-Betweens - I Need Two Heads

November 1980
I Need Two Heads / People Say
7" Postacard 80-4

Josef K - It's kinda Funny

December 1980
It's Kinda Funny / Final Request
7" Postcard 80-5

Orange Juice - Simply Thrilled Honey

December 1980
Simply Thrilled Honey / Breakfast Time
7" Postcard 80-6

Orange juice - Poor Old Soul

March 1981
Poor Old Soul / Poor old Soul Pt.2
7" Postcard 81-2

Aztec Camera - Just Like Gold

April 1981
Just like Gold / We Could Send Letters
7" Postcard 81-3

Josef K - Sorry For Laughing

Sorry For Laughing / Revelation
Postcard 81-4

Josef K - Chance Meeting

May 1981
Chance Meeting / Romance
Postcard 81-5

Orange Juice - Wan Light / You Old Eccentric
7" Postcard 81-6 - I could not find any info on this or anything, then i came across this that said it Unreleased. So I just posted a cute picture of Edwin Collins. If you have any info on this single let me know.

Aztec Camera - Mattress Of Wire

August 1981
Mattress Of Wire / Lost Outside The Tunnel
Postcard 81-8

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Boat Club - Caught In The Breeze E.P

This has to be one of my favorite albums ever - and it was only relesed in 2007. takes great concept and direction and puts a little twist on it. I think it sounds just like New Order on a Carrabian vacation! They have a harsh early Manchester sound mixed with Carribian flavor and rhythim. Like Vampire Weekend, but before they where cool! Trust me - if you really like having fun and hanging out, this album is for you. And if you dont like fun and hanging out, what the hell are you doing reading my blog - get back to work, your wasting you life!!! oh yeah, get it here dance, an have fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"My favourite colour is gold"

Alright I know a lot of you have seen this, but i need to post it. Its the best thing I have ever seen and the entire reason I play music; just to give amazing answers to stupid questions!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lana Crooks - Crazy Tentical Plush!

Whoa... go over to TOR.COM and check out the art from Lana Crooks. These octopus plushes are really great. As I said in another post I love the idea of having a plush stuffed head on the wall. Especialy something weird and different - like an octopus! Plush wall hangings are my new favorite thing. Now all i need is a stuffed mobile or other kinetic sculpture.

Reminds me of this...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Dazzle Ships (1983)

The thing about OMD that gets me is they have an amazing ability to balance experimental elements and pop elements within their albums. The thing i like about "Dazzle Ships" is how some songs fit nicely within the synth-pop 1980's and some songs sound like they belong in Radiohead's - "OK Computer" era. and somehow the album flow between these two ideas really well. From the first song "Radio Prague" and its single triumphant horn line over short wave radio propaganda. The album then goes in to the first single "Genetic Engineering"; opening with the sounds of an automatic telegraph on top of the best guy/girl spoken vocal intro ever. Alright I'm really going over this a bit too much, so I'll let you Download the album and watch my favorite song off it "Telegraph" live in 1985 - why this song was not a hit, I'll never know

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cleaners From Venus - Midnight Cleaners (1982)

Its incredible to think that such musical genius can go unnoticed. The Cleaners From Venus were the main incarnation of Martin Newell, Who wrote and sang and recorded and probably played everything in these songs. The precursor to DIY musical genius contemporaries like Ariel Pink; Martin Newell wrote beautifully composed pop songs recorded on a home tape recorder in the mid and late eighty's, and has continued to write songs since. Interestingly Newells contemporaries now mimic the "low-fi" home tape sound as an aesthetic choice rather than a necessity of home recording. Well regardless of how it sounds the songs are fantastic, and I will be posting more Cleaners From Venus Stuff very soon, I would have posted more but i have to re-record some of the records on to my computer. Download the album here:Track 1Track 2 and go to my friends blog Biannual Haircut and download two amazing and rare Cleaners From Venus albums. Sorry for the way the file is broken up, (Track 1 is all of Side 1, Track two is all of side two)

Track list:
Pop Side (A)

1. This Rainy Day
2. Time In Vain
3. Only A Shadow
4. Corridor Of Dreams
5. Wivenhoe Bells II

Art Side (B)
6. Midnight Cleaners
7. Factory Boy
8. A Wretched Street
9. Don't You Worry About The Ads

Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm Back.. Time for a Blog Meme

Hello Everyone, sorry I have been absent from writing anything for almost a month now. Everything has been crazy, playing shows, going to shows, planning shows, then getting really really sick. But it's cool because I'm back now and I have some good ideas of things I'm going to post, and talk about.
To celebrate my return from blog hibernation *cough* real life *cough* I will be posting a really dumb Meme thats been going around a lot of the music blogs I frequent. Basically you write down all the years you have been alive and from that, you choose your most influential album that was released that year. Yeah its lame, but I forgot to bring the music I wanted to post today.

Some things to note:

1. A lot of the early stuff I was not listening to at the time, but has become very influential to me in the future. (I wasn't listening to Jesus & Mary Chain's - Psychocandy when I was 2, but I played the shit out of that album later on.)

2. The list isn't accurate of what I was listening to until '93 when I turned 10 and bought Bjork's - Debut. Everything after is fairly accurate.

3. This is really hard and has been very time consuming for something so very, very stupid. And I could not choose a single album on some of these dates, like I said it's difficult... Also, I have realized that I stopped buying major label stuff around '03, the list became really difficult then. Ok, whatever, lets get this over with...

1983: Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

1984: The Smiths - The Smiths

1985: The Jesus & Mary Chain - Phychocandy

1986: Slayer - Reign In Blood
Paul Simon - Graceland

1987: New Order - Substance

1988: Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

1989: The Pastels - Sittin' Pretty

1990: Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas

1991: My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

1992: The Vaselines - Way Of The Vaselines
The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray

1993: Bjork - Debut
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

1994: Weezer - Blue Album

1995: Bjork - Post
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

1996: Weezer - Pinkerton

1997: Belle & Sebastian - If Your Feeling Sinister

1998: Cat Power - Moon Pix

1999: Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Old Dirty Bastard - Nigga' Please

2000: Air - Virgin Suicide soundtrack
Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated "R"

2001: Kylie Minouge - Fever
Ladytron - 604
The Strokes - Is This It

2002: Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Jesus & Mary Chain - 21 Singles

2003: The Microphones - Mt.Eerie

2004: Bart Davenport - Game Preserve

2005: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Worn Copy

2006: Joanna Newsome - Y's

2007: Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil

2008: Girls - Lust For Life 7" (so far...)

Ugh.. alright, I want all you out there to do the same thing so I don't feel alone in being boring (Robbie, I'm talking to you!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

Definetly my favorite Go-betweens record, maybe even one of my favorite records of all time. I have been trying to write about how wonderful this album is, but I can top all music's review:

"16 Lovers Lane is simply breathtaking; it is a deeply moving, aurally sensual collection of songs about relationships and the broken side of love that never lapses into cheap sentimentality or cynicism. Songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan had always been visionary when it came to charting personal and relational melancholy and heartbreak, but here, their resolve focused on charting the depths of the romantic's soul when it has been disillusioned or crestfallen, is simply and convincingly taut. While it's true that the group was going through its own version of a soap opera-styled romantic saga, that emotional quagmire seemingly fueled its energies and focus, resulting in an album so texturally rich, lyrically sharp, and musically honest, its effect is nothing less than searing on an any listener who doesn't have sawdust instead of blood in his or her veins."

This album is an example of pop perfection. Download it here.
Sorry for the rapidshare, linked from blogdoedmilson

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ceiling Cat Papercraft!!1!

ZOMG! I love papercraft (It's the only way I can craft at work), and this has to be one of the cutest Papercraft cut-outs I have ever seen! Fun blog Tubbypaws designed this. Now we can keep caturday as lazy as ever
... click to make bigger.

Oh, Yeah...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tiger Trap - Tiger Trap

Innocent and awesome indie-pop from K records. Cute like Beat Happening but a bit more pop influenced. Rose Melberg's first band before she went on to do the Softies and Go Sailor. really fun and exciting indie-pop. This is the type of music I meant to post all along - cute, right? OK, download it and dance around your room in your socks. Hopefully I will get back to posting on some cute things soon and not just music. Nothing has been catching my eye lately.

Link from Take The Pills

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Orange Juice - The Glasgow School

Orange Juice was one of those bands that really took me a long time to get into, and I really don't know why. Of course I always really like the song "Rip It Up" but their early stuff rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was Edwyn Collins voice, or maybe the weird way they where recorded. I don't know, I just know that I love them now and you should too. Here is a breif description of this compilation from allmusic:

"The Glasgow School, released in 2005 by Domino, contains the band's four singles for Postcard, the bulk of Ostrich Churchyard (a disc released in 1992, containing early versions of what would become 1982's You Can't Hide Your Love Forever), a Stars on 45-style version of "Simply Thrilled Honey," and a crude cover of the Ramones' "I Don't Care." For a lot of people, the material here (dating no later than 1981) is where Orange Juice begins and ends."

Ok, download the album here...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Hit Parade

If you know me you know i love the bourgeois, snobs, new money. Not pretentious per se (i'll save that for another post... oh! it'll be good) but just good old fashioned bourgeois. Which leads me to todays musical posting; The Hit Parade. There is something very innocent and honest to there music. Something that reveals a very basic love for fun pop melodies. I think there is something about the fun they have found that reminds me of the modern bourgeois. Its the adult party kind of fun. (not adult like naked but mature) A type of fun that is refined, the type of fun you can find in a good aged cheese!

Alright, it's a little ridiculous comparing pop music to cheese, but if you listen to these two album, you will find a level of maturity and class that does not exist in pop music these days. I know I'm throwing using a lot of terminology that would make most people cringe, (the adjective "mature" to describe music usually puts up a red flag for me) but embrace it, let the melodies take you away... To a cocktail party at a private beach on a warm summers day, eating foie gras and watching the sunset. doesn't that sounds rad!

The Hit Parade - "With Love From The Hit Parde"

This is a collection of singles origonaly released in 1988 and then re-issued in 1990. My favorite of theirs. Guest vocals by Cath Carroll. click to download

The Hit Parade - "More Pop Songs"

First real LP by the Hit Parade. A very good album! click to download

Check out their Myspace to listen to more songs (might I recommend the "Queen Of Mousehole")

Links taken from Take The Pills

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Amigurumi Mushroom House

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been working on other computer things and the idea of staring at a screen even more, makes me want to die. But this doesn't! Here is a Amigurumi mushroom house from Craftster user Meeksandygirl. I usually don't like Amigurumi, probably because I don't crochet, that and all the figures i see are all weird bears and rabbits and I haven't seen anything too exciting... but AAGGGHHH!!! it's SOOOOOO CUTE!!! I want to make my bedroom look like this place! AWESOME!

more pictures here!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lunchbox - Glow Like There's No Tomorrow

Super cute indiepop band from Oakland. This EP released in 2001 on the Magic Marker Records blew me away when I first heard it. Though slightly more loopy then most indiepop, there is the underlying melodies and pop mentality that make this EP so enjoyable.

1. Satellite
2. I Could Have Been Someone Else
3. Fernruf
4. Gravity

Or buy there stuff here

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

purl drums

I remember seeing this guy Corey Fogel at the Maker Faire 2008, me and my friend (who is a drummer) were both so out of it when we saw him, that we stood in a huge crowd of people staring at him for like 15min. not much changes in that time, but when your really hungry and a little sun stroked, this guy becomes the radest thing in the world.... Trust me

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Bloody Valentine - Peel Sessions (1988)

Alright... one last MBV album, I think thats everything from my collection. (Minus a few single tracks from various compilations, live stuff, and duh... the two albums.) I wouldent usually post stuff like this because they are songs that you can find anywhere, Its the same way I feel about posting live stuff. Its usually the same songs from an album i already have, just fuzzy and poorly recorded. Not that there are no good live albums, I probably will not post them. But for some reason I feel different about Peel Sessions. They are such an institution, and John Peel recorded people so well, that sometimes they sound like completely different songs. So even though you can find these songs everywhere... Here you go!

Track listing:
1. I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)
2. Lose My Breath
3. When You Wake (You're Still In A Dream)
4. Feed Me With Your Kiss

My Bloody Valentine - Peel Sessions (1988)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More MBV!

So I cant stop listening to the Sunny Sundae Smile EP that song is so good when i got home today i had to learn how to play it... and then i went through my m usic and remembered one thing I forgot to post. When sn't Anything first came out in the UK it came with a limited edition 7" with two instrumental tracks on it. I got a chance to buy this at the record store I worked at. Not really and EP but, if your like me, and you need to own every song an artist you like ever did, then here you go!

Instrumental Side: A
Instrumental Side: B

And yes those are the names of the tracks

My Bloody Valentine Doing Map Ref. 41N 93W I think this version might be better than the original version by Wire

Every My Bloody Valentine Ep...

HI!, I just came upon all the MBV EP's, and I am so excited right now! Some of this is a little unlistenable, *cough*ThisIsYourBloodyValentine*cough* but get past that and the 3 eps released in 1987 are some of their best work. Totally different from what they would sound like on Loveless, More jangly and shambly pop tunes, but still with a hint of what they where to become. Best song ever "Paint A Rainbow" off Sunny Sundae Smile I put the You Made Me Realise in my banner because its one of my favorite album covers ever.
*Here they are in chronological order*

This Is Your Bloody Valentine (1984)

Geek (1985)

The New Record By My Bloody Valentine (1986)

Sunny Sundae Smile (1987)

Strawberry Wine (1987)

Ecstacy (1987)

Feed Me With Your Kiss (1988)

You Made Me Realise (1988)

Glider (1990)

Tremolo (1991)

Here is a compilation that came out in Japan in 2006, combines Geek, the The New Record By My Bloody Valentine, Sunny Sundae Smile, and Strawberry Wine EPs, so... you could just get this...

Things Left Behind

Monday, June 9, 2008

Vivian Girls

Put out this year on Mauled By Tigers The Vivian Girls self titled album is probably the best indie pop out right now. Lo-Fi and loud, with hints of shoegaze, the songwriting is great simplistic pop. I have heard that the LP is already sold out, but I just ordered their second 7" - trying to find a way to order the first. (probably sold out) Get the LP now! I heard about them through their Myspace, but i got the album from this great blog Demoniazed so get the album here and then go see them live, and buy something of theirs!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Food Party!!

A while back, I ran into these amazing pictures of soft floating landscapes by artist by the name of Thu Tran.
(Click on the pictures to see them bigger)

Her work is really detailed and complicated. I can only imagine how long it took her to make these. Upon doing more reaserch i found out about this!

She has a Television show called "Food Party". And it reminds me of when I was a kid and tried to recreate episodes of "Fraggle Rock" using sock puppets. (They never turned out well) I still haven't gone through all the episodes but from what I've seen, I'm super impressed. check out more youtube- "Food Party!!

P.S Looking at the picture below, Yeah, the giant snowman puppet is cool but I fell in love with the little stuffed rat(?) head on the wall... I have to make something like that for my room.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Old Stuff

Here are some of my old designs. I origionaly made this blog to post on new things, but I've found it difficult to make things recently. But their are a lot of birthdays coming up, so that will force me to do things, plus i have some weird new ideas I wanna work on... We'll see, umm.. Stay tuned?

This is one doll, One side is white, and the other is black