Wednesday, November 30, 2005

musicWATCH | Seu Jorge

I'm a big fan of early Bowie...To replicate any Bowie classic and keep it fresh, its a feat in itself.
But I find the reinterpetation of Bowie's classic songs in Portugese quite amazing and intriguing, especially with a stripped down version with just an acoustic guitar. (A definite contender for one of my top picks for this year's best albums... stay tuned, til then...enjoy this one)

YouSend: Seu Jorge- "Rebel Rebel"

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

|| Best Vids I've Seen So Far- 2005 Edition ||

Monday, November 28, 2005

musicWATCH | Acid House Kings

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from: Sweden (Sveden yah!)
since: 1991
type of music: Swedish Indie Pop, Happy Music
current album: Sing Along With Acid House Kings (their third album)

mp3: Acid House Kings- "Do What You Wanna Do"
mp3: Acid House Kings- "Sunday Morning"

Friday, November 25, 2005

| Top 10 ALBUM ART covers: 2005 Edition |

Its that time of year to compile the best of the start things off, I thought I try something different.
As mentioned earlier this year by Trent Reznor, the concept of the album has been reduced to the mp3 digital file.
There was a time when the album art was just as important as the music. I have to give props to the people who still believe that. So I thought I'd compile the list of my favorite album art covers this year.

-also coming soon my top 20 albums: 2005 edition.
-click image of the album for a closer look at the art.


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dangerdoom. "the mouse and the mask"

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sigur ros. "takk"

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gorillaz. "demon days"

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devendra banhart. "cripple crow"

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broken social scene. "self titled"

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franz ferdinand. "you could have it so much better"

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belle orchestre. "recording a tape the colour of the light"

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the clientele. "strange geometry"

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sufjan stevens. "illinois"

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my morning jacket. "z"

Thursday, November 24, 2005


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from: London
type of music: atmospheric post-60's psychedelia lush pop
they just had a show here in LA at the Knitting Factory...
current album: (2nd studio album)
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YouSend: The Clientele-"K" (live recording from KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic)
YouSend: The Clientele-"E.M.P.T.Y." (live recording from KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Copying Music Can Kill Your Computer

Lesson today: Don't buy CD's that have an Anti-theft Protection symbol and add them to your music library...especially from Sony.

This could be all a hoax, but sounds pretty serious.

Sony Music Sued Over Anti-Piracy Software
(courtesy of pitchfork)

Jonah Flicker and Amy Phillips report:
In the slow and perhaps inevitable movement towards microchip implantation of the entire human race, Sony BMG Music just took the lead. According to the Washington Post, a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court November 1 alleges that the label's anti-piracy software, installed in several recently released CDs, is harmful to computers.

The suit claims that when a copy-protected CD is loaded onto a hard drive, it installs a hidden program known as a "rootkit," which not only keeps track of the computer's activity, but depletes the drive's resources in the process. So Sony is basically eating up your hard drive space while keeping track of all the porn you watch, just because you actually spent money on a My Morning Jacket CD.

Thanks, guys. This is even better than getting the RIAA to sue us.

The rootkit also makes the computer more susceptible to viruses. Sony falsely states that its copy-protection software can be easily removed, when in reality, getting rid of a rootkit can be damaging.

Here's the crux of the suit, straight from the legal papers: "As a result of Sony's failure to disclose the true nature of the digital rights management (‘DRM') system it uses on its CDs, thousands of computer users have unknowingly infected their computers, and the computers of others, with this surreptitious rootkit. This rootkit has been responsible for conflicts within computer systems, crashes of systems, and other damage."

The suit, which accuses Sony of "fraud, false advertising, trespass, and violation of state and federal statues prohibiting malware, and unauthorized computer tampering," claims that the suspect software has been included on certain Sony BMG Music CDs since this spring. Albums to watch out for include Amerie's Touch, My Morning Jacket's Z Kasabian's Kasabian, Neil Diamond's 12 Songs, Cassidy's I'm a Hustla, Kings of Leon's Aha Shake Heartbreak, and, appropriately, the Bad Plus' Suspicious Activity and the Coral's Invisible Invasion, among others.

In short: if you're about to load that new My Morning Jacket disc onto your hard drive, STOP. Sell the album back to the record store and buy something on Dischord.
(november 11, 2005)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

| BSS girls |

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Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), and Amy Milan (Stars)
-featured as models for Canada's Fashion Magazine

Thursday, November 17, 2005


current album: "And the Glass Handed Kites"
(october 2005- available as an import only---and their fourth album)

type of music: dreampop; experimental art rock

"One of the fun things about playing in this band is that it is about challenging the structures, challenging what can be done within the context of rock music. It's good that you try, for the sake of art, to push your limits as a band, and your limits of perception. The first time you think it's fucked up but the tenth time you get around to it it starts to make sense. One of the things that makes it fun for us is trying to fuck with people as to what can be done. It's all been assembled together by small parts. It was a big jigsaw puzzle, totally beyond anything we've ever done." (guitarist Bo Madsen)

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from: Denmark
real: Mew-"Special"
real: Mew-"Why are you looking grave?"

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Canadian Invasion

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Be sure to check Under The Radar's current issue on "O' Canada".
Music in 2005 is definitely the year that Canada made an enormous presence, thanks to the success of the Arcade Fire's album Funeral from last year. It opened the floodgates to the current wave of the Canadian music scene.

Here's the breakdown of the whole Canadian music scene:

The New Pornographers mp3: "Use It"
Destroyer mp3 download: "An Actor's Revenge"
Black Mountain mp3 download: "Druganaut"

Tegan & Sara (they bounce back forth from Vancouver to Montreal)


Constantines mp3: "Love in Fear"


A Northern Chorus mp3 download: "The Shepherd and the Chaffeur"
Russian Futurists mp3 download: "Paul Simon"

Nova Scotia:

Bell Orchestre
Metric mp3: "Poster of a Girl"

Broken Social Scene QT vid: "Almost Crimes"
Death From Above 1979
The Hidden Cameras
The Most Serene Republic mp3 download: "Content Was Always My Favorite Color"

Arcade Fire QT vid: "Wake Up"
GodSpeed You! Black Emperor
The Unicorns mp3: "Tuff Ghost"

Wolf Parade mp3: "Shine A Light"
We Are Wolves
The Dears mp3: "Summer of Protest"
The Stills