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Topic: Matt Carney

VOTD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. cover Pavement

‘Everytime, everytime, everytime, everytime …’



What’s a more perfect song for the A.V. Club’s “Summer Break” series than a gentler, more melodic and acoustic version of Pavement’s classic “Summer Babe,” I ask? Well, certainly not the winter version.

Note: ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’ might just be one my all-time favorite non-metal band name.

by Matt Carney 07.27.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Sufjan Stevens live at WNYC

Watch Sufy play ‘Pleasure Principle’ with half of The National

Last week on his Postpostrock.com blog, Daniel J. Kushner published a terrific, three-part interview with neon gaff tape-wearing indie Americana folk artist Sufjan Stevens that focused on his most recent release, the odd but intriguing departure, “The Age of Adz.” Sufjan’s not known to give many interviews, so I definitely encourage you to give this one a read.

Attentive viewers will recognize one of the Dessner brothers (they’re twins, so bonus points to whoever can tell me which one it is) on this intimate live-in-studio session for WNYC radio in New York, and attentive listeners will recognize the song as the end of Sufjan’s epic suite, “Impossible Soul,” from “The Age of Adz.”

by Matt Carney 07.26.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Black Canyon — Bottles of Shine

‘Battlefield Darlins’ gets its first video

Enid alt-country band Black Canyon gets another Nathan Poppe treatment with this impromptu music video featuring fellow Okie singer Sherree Chamberlain. You can actually hear the cicadas buzzing in the trees on this one.


Follow Black Canyon on Twitter here.


by Matt Carney 07.25.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Givers stop by NPR

If this doesn’t amplify your Friday happiness, you may need pharmaceuticals.

A few select descriptors from NPR music writer Michael Katzif’s write-up of Givers’ Tiny Desk Show: bright, tropical, polyrhythmic, slinky, wild, loose, fun, buoyant, raw, celebratory, Afrobeat, crisp, alluring, spirited, sunny, exuberant, and bobbing.


I feel like that just about says, it don’t you? That and singer Taylor Guarisco’s hilarious white boy head-bobbing. Dude moves like a drug-addled parakeet.

OOPS: It appears you have to surf through to NPR's site to get more than just the audio. Please do so. It's a very spirited, very fun desk show.
by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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Junebug strikes!

Bowling! Beers! Guitars! Appetizers!

OKC indie rockers Junebug Spade played inside RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge for the latest episode of “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”! Check out the video below:



by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — Mirror Traffic

Pavement legend still plenty feisty.


Indie

Matt Carney
So what happens when you pair a couple of 1990s indie legends, setting the one known for bizarro, folky hip-hop at the control panel, and the one who famously dissed Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots behind the microphone?
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

VOTD: People, People do The VDub Sessions

People, People get ready, for the van’s a-comin’

Stillwater dudes People, People spread their flannel blankets over their drum skins for a muted, intimate show inside the ol’ VDub Vanagon with videographer Nathan Poppe for the latest episode of “The VDub Sessions.” Titled “Golden Rust,” the song’s new and lovely. Everybody involved gets bonus points for riding around in that AC-less heat trap.

by Matt Carney 08.03.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Toro Y Moi, 'How I Know'

Like an episode of ‘Scooby-Doo’ soundtracked by chillwave.

So the guy who plays Lindsay Lohan’s memorable gay friend in “Mean Girls” goes into a haunted house accompanied by his two hipster buddies, and they all get murdered by a couple of indie QT ghosts, but it’s OK! ’Cause they’re QTs!

“Now we’re all ghosts, let’s dance!” they seem to say. All this one’s missing is an appearance by one Scrappy Cornelius Doo.

by Matt Carney 08.04.2011 3 years ago
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MP-free roundup

This week’s best downloads and streams for your thirsty ears, that is.

Lots of free music to be heard out there this week — if you’re not on Spotify yet, that is. Each week, I’m going to sift out the best ones for you.

The Horrors’ third LP streaming at NPR
The Horrors picked a pretty sweet name for their band. If they’d wish to title themselves more true to their product, they should’ve just gone with “We Really Like The Smiths. Like. A Lot.” “Skying” is streaming at NPR’s “First Listen” series.

††† (it’s pronounced “Crosses”)
Altered Zones is reporting that Chino Moren of Deftones (Deftones?) has a witch house project (pardon?) started up. The weirdest thing is that this five-track EP is actually pretty sweet. “Option” definitely sounds more like more popular nu-metal, but “Bermuda Locke†” and “†his is a †rick” are on the scarier side. Grab the EP for free at the project’s Facebook page.

Bon Iver at the 9:30 Club, NPR
Here’s the gem in this week’s stash: This free recording solidifies many folks’ hunches that Bon Iver’s soon to pick up the reputation as one of the most moving, cathartic ethereal live acts in indie, à la Jonsi and post-rock champs Godspeed! You Black Emperor. And speaking of God, Colin Stetson’s bass saxophone, turns opener “Perth” into something downright terrifying.

Their reporter can be heard at the end of the recording saying that he’s never, in years of 9:30 shows, seen a crowd so transfixed by Justin Vernon and co.’s performance. I’m sold.

jj and Ne-Yo collab for “Adult Swim” series
Winner of this week’s most-WTF collaboration is that of Swedish indie-pop mashers jj and popular Billboard chart-topper Ne-Yo, on the track “We Can’t Stop.” It makes sense, as both artists make some sexy, adult contemporary-type music, but honestly I’d have just preferred Ne-Yo keep his too-smooth R&B register out of this one. Download it for free at Adult Swim’s site and see for yourself.

Collections of Colonies of Bees streaming at Spinner
A whole EP’s worth of good ol’ fashioned instrumental post-rock. If you like “GIVING,” be sure to check out Unwed Sailor, from Tulsa. One of my favorite local bands.

Wu-Tang Clan on Spinner
Almost 20 years since the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” and Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing ta f*** with. “Legendary Weapons” doesn’t quite seem to live up to its title, but it’s got almost the full cast of Wu’s finest members, save for GZA. Check out Ghostface’s “The Black Diamonds.” Spot rusher’s still gettin’ it.

Photo of Bon Iver by Drew Kaiser
by Matt Carney 08.04.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: James Blake at Pitchfork Music Festival

Watch the indie-electronica wunderkind blow festival-exhausted minds with “CMYK.”

Whoever said outdoor electronic day shows were boring?

James Blake performed "CMYK" at Pitchfork Music Festival a few weekends back, accompanied by a pretty talented drummer and another guy who appears to switch between a guitar for the song's CV radio coda and some sort of synthesizer for the frenetic groove in the middle.

Toss in some crazy vocal effects from Mr. Blake and you've got a couple thousand happy, dancing hipsters.

by Matt Carney 08.05.2011 3 years ago
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