Thursday, April 30, 2009

super duper fame gets me super duper brains

Since my first lap through Plain Pat and Emile's Kid Cudi mixtape entitled A Kid Named Cudi sometime in July last year, I knew he was going to blow up, it was just too dang catchy not to. I couldn't stop listening to that. And welp almost a year later it's safe to say he most certainly has. If you want to check out what he's been up to since he was talking about being so different looking for embrace, pillow talking, maui wowie, the 50 ways to make a record and generally leaving us something to listen to so, "the last thing [we] remember won't be about some apple bottom jeans with the boots with the fur" then download Dat Kid From Cleveland 

"She Came along" is my favorite on it and the mixtape is worth taking a look at if you haven't been following the tracks he's been pumping into the interweb this past year. And if you're really liking him here you go

Bromance from BrO8 : The Red River

Sitting on a train as his forehead vibrates along the cool glass. The sunlight gleaming in the car teases him with fleeting glimpses of his reflection. The landscape moves smoothly by like a movie, framed by the aluminum window frame, scored by the repetitive clanks from the rails. His mind digresses to what he should have done. What he should not have done. His emotions boil up as reality sets in, and the distance between them continues to grow as he travels down the track. If only he could have been the person he thought he was being. It is clear now that he got what he deserved. Yet as the train slows down he sees a familiar face on the platform amidst the crowd of suits and brief cases. The emotions continue to boil yet now to a different tune of reality, as the movie now focuses in on a face mouthing the words, “you are something good, and so am I”.

This is a song that I like a bunch from The Red River's 08 album Grassblades, check them out

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wardicus Wednesdays #9 - #9, #9, #9, #9, #9

I've been terrible keeping up with music recently as a result of my thesis and multiple finals starting to pile up on the to do list. The most recent album I've snagged was the incredible Ian Durkin-recommended Cymbals Eat Guitars. However, over the past month or so there have been a few releases that warrant listens. Here they are:

The Dirty Projector's new album, Bitte Orca, isn't actually due for release until June, but it's already being hailed as one of the finest albums of 2009 by various elements of the hype machine and blogosphere. It's definitely the band's most accessible album to date, but nevertheless showcases their bizarre avant-garde aesthetics. Just listen to the vocalization on this track, Stillness is the Move. (And this coming from someone who dislikes lyrics in songs.)

Last time, I showcased Tobacco as a result of his stupendous set put on at Sepomana. Well, Black Moth Super Rainbow, the band of which Tobacco is a part, just put out a new album called Eating Us. If you've past me recently and I've been whistling, it was this track, Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise. It's been stuck in my head for about two weeks now because it's the first song off the album.

As someone who likes my music as loud and distorted as possible, I've loved The pAper chAse for a while now. The group's new album, Some Day This Could All be Yours Vol. 1, is centered around various natural disasters (Floods, Tornados, Epidemics, Mass Hysteria, &c.). It also features something foreign to most pAper chAse releases: silence. Instead of an all-out sonic assault on the listener, SDTCABY leaves space for the songs to build to splendid climaxes such as the ending of the track, The Small of You Back the Nape of Your Neck (The Blizzard), where John Congleton belts the lyrics of "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" over discordant squeals and a heavy piano track. Look for Vol 2 toward the end of the year.

This next one comes courtesy of Manager of Vinyl, Cam Kowall. The El Michaels Affair is a collection of artists from various New York funk revival bands Dap Kings, Budos Band, and Antibalas. The group's new album, Enter the 37 Chambers, consists entirely (and obviously) of covers of beats from Wu-Tang and its individual members.

I don't know how I missed this album, This is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That, back in October when it was released, but goddamned. Seriously goddamned. Marnie Stern can shred. Sounding like Deerhoof fighting with Lightning Bolt, the songs are fast (the sheer multitude of notes is unbelievable), high energy (often schizophrenically so), and raucous (dance a little closer so we can start a mosh pit).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars

And The Hazy Sea - Cymbals Eat Guitars

Imagine a Fourth of July without the pyrotechnic industry blowing it. Sitting on your towel talking casually, “Hey it’s probably about dark enough for them to…” when BAM! Every single firework your town could muster together goes off. It’d be loud, bright and generally ridiculous. People would scream, duck, jump, point and just after all the parents have made sure their kids are safe it would be over. Dogs would be running amuck, people laughing in disbelief would exclaim, “Man! That was some…” and then BAM! It appears the next town over has pulled a sneak attack and donated their supply to the revolutionary show. The second mega explosion was just as startling as the first, but this time, people enjoy the incredible over stimulation of both ears and eyes, as they bask in the controlled chaos. And just as soon as it started, the night becomes quiet once again, with the crowd looking up in a humbled silence as the last fizzling ashes float down in the black sky.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wardicus Wednesdays #8 - Sepomana!

This week we've got some highlights from Sepomana, which takes place this Friday, the 17th at 9:30. Come early to get into the Sepomana Hangover Event on Saturday in Bunker. Tickets are only 5 bones, and will be sold during dinners and lunches all this week or are available at the only box office,

Headlining the event are electro-punk rawkers, the motherfucking Death Set. This is my favorite of their songs, left off the Sepomana Sampler in the station due to gratuitous profanity. Play this shit loud.

Other famous dude, Tobacco, goes on right before the Death Set. His signature brand of psychedelic electronics are made using pre-digital age equipment.

The trio Ghost Ghost includes Middlebury alums Kevin Peckham and Tim Ireland. Kevin was around back when Sepomana was born 11 years ago and has basically done all soundwork since then until last year when he moved to New York and started his band.

Local group Brown Heir grew up in the county of Addison. Since then they've moved to the big city (Burlington) and have been rocking out with their ultra dirty jams. They're opening, so come early to get your dark groove on.

The first 190 people to show up to Sepomana get to see the Bran Flakes perform at the Bunker the following night. According to their website, "Dancing, new videos, a mini-marching band - and MANY more surprises!!!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


OH MY GOD. Jump around onto people heads to make music (D punk samples) and collect record samples. BEST THING EVER

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I Heard it Today: Awestruck at the fact that were all fucked.

Marxism today?
"Work a steady day job, then go home. Your free to roam anywhere around in our zone. Not liking the options? Here's a tax break, now go shopping."
Mr. Lif has delivered the first political concept album that makes good points....and doesn't suck. I can't get enough of this album. Its beats are fucking deep and thoroughly herbalized.

Emancipation under Nancy Reagan. Its like watching Michael Irving catching passes from Troy Aikmen. Dallas Fucking Cowboys and an "all out war on the poor."

Watch out Immortal Technique.
Lif's beats drip with mad flavor even when he speaks.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Santigold - Spring Concert 2009

Mere weeks before Sepomona 2009, Middlebury receives a visit from Santigold for our Spring concert. Santigold (aka Santi White) who has just launched a North American tour took time off her schedule to bring her entourage to the campus.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ukranian Polka Band Covers Katy Perry

Wow. Thats really all there is to say, heres the video.

Props to Docking Station.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I used to have to listen to Madvillainy while playing Zelda just to preserve my thugish/ruggish aesthetic. Team teamwork just turned Zelda's soundtrack into a dre instrumental. As my man Tucker says, hwellz yeah. Teamwork truly pushes some of hip-hop's (N64 paddle) buttons.

01 - Clipse - Virginia (Lost Woods)
02 - Dr. Dre + Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E. (Getting Treasure)
03 - Jay-Z - No Hook (Meeting the Owl)
04 - Pimp C, Lil Keke + P.O.P. - Knockin’ Doorz Down (Hyrule Field)
05 - Common - I used to Love H.E.R. (Hyrule Market)
06 - Aesop Rock - No Jumpercables (Goron Village)
07 - Edan - Fumbling Over Words (Battle)
08 - MF Doom - Vomit (Horse Race at Lon Lon Ranch)
09 - Spank Rock - IMC (Zora’s Domain)
10 - Slim Thug + Mike Jones - Still Tippin’ (Great Fairy’s Fountain)

Download here