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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Elliot Smith live

It's been a busy couple of days and I don't have that much time right now, but I wanted to post this find. Great quality and sound, for a great concert and you have to check out the Lennon cover for sure. I will post a few tracks here, but more can be sampled from liepaper.

Elliot Smith live via 1998 at the Black Cat (Wash. DC) (liepaper)

Between the Bars
Waltz #2
Rose Parade
Jealous Guy (Lennon cover)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:01 PM


Thursday, July 28, 2005

I Gave You

photo James Finch

The video for I Gave You that will be appearing on the cdep from Bonny & Matt, can be seen on the director Mike Piscitelli's website.

Also supposedly by years end we will have a new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album, a 2 lp/cd entitled Summer in the Southeast. So be on the look out for that gem.

(qtv) No More Workhorse Blues directed by Harmony Korine
(qtv) Horses
(qtv) for three videos at Domino
(mp3) Beast for Thee (Superwolf)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:03 PM


Adam Selzer

...and speaking of Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western) Hinah has a few tracks available online from his performance in studio from November 9, 2003. This is a solo performance in which Adam had this to say (via Hinah), "here are some songs i recorded exactly one year after the first hinah session. There are a couple that were written while in europe, and i can't remember the where or what or how of the others. i've probably forgotten how to play them all now so they most likely won't be recorded again. hope you can enjoy them..."-Adam Selzer
Check out Adam's site via Norfolk & Western

.: ancient cry
.: the night's disguise
.: oh, my lies
.: take off your diamonds

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:16 PM


Norfork & Western

Norfolk & Western has gone through many personnel changes and constants have been Adam Selzer and Rachel Chaiya Blumberg. They have toured with the likes of M. Ward (backed him up earlier this year on KCRW's morning becomes eclectic) Decemberists, and Sparklehourse and just released If You Were Born Overseas with a limited 1000 pressing and the cd is available from the Norfolk & Western website only. Below are a few tracks from their back catologue.

(mp3) Sunday Best
(mp3) Impossible

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:19 PM



Racingpaperplanes is a Swedish band/solo project from Richard Wilson. The band seems to have gone through many stages, with Wilson always remaining the constant. Their sound reminds me of Jason Molina (Songs:Ohia, Magnolia Electric Company) Neil Young, with a touch of Will Oldham. Acoustic guitar and soft, lonesome lyrics help propel Racingpaperplanes to the forefront of what I am currently listening to. Not only do we have well put together songs, but we also do get some great solo guitar work that furthers the comparrison to Molina and company. Their website is quite extensive on providing the inquisitive viewer an overlook and sampling of the band. They also have a blog which can be found here. The band's current release is Self Sleep Service and can be purchased through Tract Records here. The samples are from this album, and samples from past work can be found on the band's website, along with pictures, a discography, and news on upcoming ep's and shows.

(mp3)Melt To One
(mp3)Last A Lifetime

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:12 AM


Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy are releasing a cdep, I Gave You, that will feature I Gave You (single from Superwolf) as well as a video for the song, and three additional tracks, My Circle, Four Screams, and Birch Ballad. Buy the cd right now if you'd like from here.

33 Days from now, Death Cab For Cutie will release their major label debut with Plans. " PRE-ORDER "PLANS" AND RECEIVE A LIMITED DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 7" WITH THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "JEALOUSY RIDES WITH ME" Pre-Order here. You can stream Soul Meets Body here and check out Marching Bands of Manhattan here.

Beast for Thee (Superwolf)
Title and Registration (Transatlanticism)

*UPDATE - You can now purchase Wake Up. Report's cd, Record or Record, from their website. Thanks Steve!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:09 AM


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Mix 1.4

1. All the Wine - The National
2. Black Boys (acoustic) - Damien Jurado
3. The Devil Is Beating His Wife (demo) - Pedro the Lion
4. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens
5. Turn Up The Faders - Nathan Asher and the Infantry
6. Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) - CYHSY
7. Too Hung Over To Headbang - Catfish Haven
8. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
9. Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals

Some of the music I'm currently listening to on the ipod. Like always if you like what you hear please go out and buy the albums. More to come tomorrow of later tonight.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:01 PM


Pedro the Lion

Sorry about the lack of posts in the last 2 days, but my wife just got back from out of town and needless to say I've been busy.

"While working diligently on their 5th full-length album, PEDRO THE LION has given us the chance to get a glimpse of the progress so far. Take this opportunity to whet your appetite for the 2006 album with this sneak peak at what will surely prove to be another work of songwriting
genius." - Jade Tree

(mp3) The Devil Is Beating His Wife (demo)

Also Jade Tree now has a podcast. Subscribe here.
Here are two previous tracks from Pedro the Lion cd/lps

A Mind Of Her Own from Winners Never Quit
(mp3) Discretion from Achilles Heel

Check out Pedro the Lion's website and you can purchase Pedro the Lion cd/lp/merchandise from Jade Tree here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:45 PM


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Seabear cd

Heard from SeaBear (Sindri) and he let me know that, yes you can download the tracks from here, but if you want to have something to hold, you can purchase the cd with original handmade art- work from here or at 12tonar music store if you happen to be in Iceland. The artwork looks great and if your like me you will want to get one of these originals. The music is absolutely great so make sure to check him out. Thanks Sindri!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:57 PM


The Black Spoons

It's funny how things happen. Right now, being 4:30am and I can't sleep, I decided to check the old blog out and to my surprise, Tom from The Black Spoons posted a comment here thanking me for mentioning the band. I say it's funny, because today I was listening to Your Softest Leather and thought man, I think I will post a bit about The Black Spoons tomorrow. It's just weird how I was going to do that and then between the hours since last post and now, Tom was kind enough to drop a line.

Anyway on to more with The Black Spoons. If you haven't heard these guys from NY and their album My Dear Radium yet, you are truely missing out. "My Dear Radium has an infectious effect. It's light and catchy as it first enters the ear, but then it lodges into the back of the brain and starts to have an affect on the listener's cognitive ability." - And I agree with that quote totally! I started listening to them and they kept popping up on the ipod and then I found myself singing the songs in my head, I put them on a mix, but that wasn't enough because they have been on every playlist I have had since then.

"We don't deserve to be so pretty but we are" is the first line from Your Softest Leather and that has to be one of the greatest first lines to any song. It reminds me of Velvet Underground/Bowie meets the modern NY sound and this applys to most songs on the album, but The Softest Leather is the real stand out to what I have heard. With its slow seductive lyrics and its upbeat chorus, this needs to be on every college/independent radio station, hell evey radio station, because these guys are on their way to bigger and bigger things. The album is full of tight riffs and intellegent arrangments/lyrics and, thankfully not the overplayed sound of most rock bands today. One thing I love about their music is that I can picture them performing on stage although I have never seen the band. To me that says alot.

Well, thanks again Tom, for stopping by and taking the time to say hi. I apppreciate it, and check out The Black Spoons's website here and Tom's blog, Indie Night School. Below are two tracks from their album My Dear Radium. Enjoy!

(mp3) Your Softest Leather
(mp3) Password

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:31 AM


Saturday, July 23, 2005

V for Vendetta trailer is finally up at the WB site. I read the comic and enjoyed the story, but I hope they can pull this off. The film has everything going for it, a large budget, Natalie Portman, and the major part, the Wachowski brothers (they did a little trilogy called the Matrix) Check out the trailer here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:45 PM


"The Godfather of Ska Laurel Aitken died on Sunday, at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, England. Born in Cuba in 1927, he emigrated to Jamaica and started recording in 1958 and in the following year he recorded charttopping "Boogie in my Bones".Later he would emigrate to London and continue to record hundreds more sides for the likes of Melodisc and Pama. When the 2Tone era started he was once again in the limelight and he had his UK top 60 hit "Rudi Got Married".Laurel Aitken's is a legend of Jamaican music with a career spanning more than five decades." - Reggae News

He was a great performer and if you like ska, hell, reggae in general, I hope you have heard of Aitken, but if not here are a few tracks for you to sample.

(mp3) It's Too Late
(mp3) Sally Brown
(mp3) Skinhead

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:47 PM


With a new album comes a new sound. The music here is well produced and gone are the answering machine recorders and in its place is a rich sound of celebration. The album can be broken down into 3 sections in my opinion. Section one is the Devendra we have known and loved and this element runs throughout the whole album, but him solo with an acoustic guitar and soft spoken lyrics is what I mean. The second is a diving into his roots with short Spanish ballads that invoke classical love songs. The third being an influence of having a whole band (Hairy Fairy Band) and the sound reminds me honestly like a communal ceremony. Manson and family, Hari Krisna's, George Harrison (with Beatles via 67/68) and (with Ravi Shanker 70's stuff), it just seems that they are all there chanting, singing, with some songs having an almost tribal beat to them and Devendra leading his followers in singalongs. All the songs flow well and I can't stop listening to what I have heard. He focuses on birth and children alot on this album and stand outs are Chinese Children, Mama Wolf (on sampler), I Feel Like a Child(on sampler), and the slightly controversial Little Boys (damn good though).This is quite possibly the best album of the year and the artwork gets my vote for cover of the year. The stuff I have heard, Im not sure if its supposed to be out there. Im not sure if it is demos, leaked material, or what, but I can't wait for the official album out September 13th. You can preorder the album here on cd, and I'm not sure if they will be releasing this on vinyl, but I hope so. This album deserves that much and hopefully with a gatefold cover.

Listen to the official sampler (4 tracks) of the album here.

Enough of reviewing an album that's not even out yet, so here are a few released tracks from Banhart:

Will Is My Friend Rejoing in the Hands
(mp3) We All Know Nino Rojo
(mp3) Onward the Indian (live KVRX 2004)
(mp3) Michigan State (live KVRX 2004)

Listen to 30 sec samples from Banhart's studio releases here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:04 PM


Thursday, July 21, 2005


Just came across SeaBear on a french mp3 blog and I can't stop listening to this guy from Iceland. The tracks for you to sample are from the debut ep Singing Arc (2005). The ep is home produced and from what I'm guessing just free from his website. The songs are a mix of everything ranging from Album Leaf- ish on Do You Still Like Scarcrows to an up-tempo modern day Nick Drake- ish on Singing Arc. From upbeat to Sunday morning music this 8 track ep covers the gambit. I wish I knew more about the band, but there are 8 tracks on the website so check that out and he also has a LiveJournal so check that out as well.

(mp3) Singing Arc
(mp3) Drunk Song
(mp3) Robin Sparrow

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:39 PM


Un Chien Andalou (1929) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali's surrealist masterpiece is "now" available for download, since falling into public domain, from Un Chien Andalou is based loosely on the dreams of Bunuel and Dali. Bunuel's dream centered around a slender cloud slicing the moon in half (ie. the razor blade slicing through the eye), while Dali's dream focused on a hand being engulfed by ants. With themes of love, sex, death, decay, one would expect the film to fit right in with that of modern day David Lynch or Darren Arnofsky, but I suggest eveyone see this film at one point in their lives. I saw it in film school and was literally amazed by it. If you have a highspeed connection definently download this film.

Also saw a film this weekend that I absolutely loved. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou by Wes Anderson. I have loved Wes Anderson's work since Bottle Rocket and this film falls only slightly behind Rushmore as being Anderson's best. The Life Aquatic surrounds Oceanographer/Documenterian Steve Zissou and his rag tag team, "Team Zissou", as they hunt down the dreaded Jaguar Shark that killed his partner/friend. The film is still filled with a wonderful hodge podge of eclectic characters, but in this film, Anderson introduces us to a plot that pulls the viewer through surrealist settings, dialogue, and adventure as only Wes Anderson can. No longer are we focuesed on the hipster character solely, but now Anderson has added a new angle to his storytelling and frankly I can't get enough. I saw the movie, or should I say "film" two times already and hope to watch it again this weekend. Check out the trailer to the film here.

Another great aspect to this film is it's amazing soundtrack. Like his two previous works, Anderson truely uses the soundtrack as another character in the film. The music throughout the film is primarily Seu Jorge covering David Bowie songs in Porteguese. They sound absolutely brilliant and they literally move the film from one act to the next, and honestly I was sitting there wondering, what would the next Bowie classic be. Check out the soundtrack at iTunes or here.

Get a sampling of Seu Jorge performing Life on Mars here

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:59 PM


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mix 1.3

(Please right click an save as)

1. A Sight To Behold [Live KVRX 3/19/04] - Devendra Banhart

2. Harvest (Neil Young Cover) [Live 10/10/04] - James Mercer

3. Broken Heart - Skip Spence

4. Untitled 1 - Songs:Ohia

5. Cripple Creek (Skip Spence cover) - Mark Lanegan

6. River Song - Dennis Wilson

7. Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens

This mix is what I am currently listening to. If you like the music and you can purchase it, please do. You can get Skip Spence's Oar (strongly suggested) on vinyl from Sundazed. River Song is currently unavailable in any format other than second-hand vinyl or cassette. Check out ebay or Dan Addington's site for possible purchases of Wilson's music. Thanks to sweetbillypilgram for uploading River Song and SpecialFellow for uploading Broken Heart.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:55 PM


Monday, July 18, 2005

The Shins / James Mercer (live)

Feeling a little under the weather today so only one post, but it's a good one. I was searching the ol' internet (like usual) and stumbled across two amazing live performances. One from The Shins and one from Shins' front man James Mercer. Amazing sound and amazing quality! The Shins performance is from December 11, 2004 and Mercer's solo acoustic performance is from October 10, 2004.

on Matthew Tobey's site.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:12 PM


Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Hong Kong

Think Blondie meets modern day, electric fuzz and you will be close to The Hong Kong's sound. Originally from New Orleans, later re-grouping in Brooklyn, NY, The Hong Kong's are just waiting to blow up . They just signed with Ric Ocasek's new label, Inverse Records in March '05 and just got back from being on Tour with the Ceasers. AMG had this to say about their 2004 debut release:

"The Hong Kong's debut record, Rock the Faces, is junk-shop pop at its finest. Built out of parts of various great bands and artists, it shines like a brand new artifact. The list of components reads like a hipster's Christmas wish list: the steady pulse and electronic savvy of Stereolab, the heady rush of classic girl groups like the Shangri-Las, the tough melodic craft of Blondie, and the tin can studio feel of the Jesus and Mary Chain, all topped by the wonderfully tough and rich vocals of Catherine Culpepper" AMG ****

Check out their website, their myspace, and watch a live performance from the Bowery Ballroom here.

(mp3) Mazerati
(mp3) Galaxies

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:14 PM


Valery's Kin / Apatheia

Apatheia is the band and Valery's Kin is a side project for the group. These guys are from Linkyping, Sweden and at first listen I immediately heard the Devendra Banhart / Pogues reference that refers to. Although there may be similarities, and I use that term loosely, these guys have their own sound and with two different bands, they have the luxury of dabbling in multiple genres and styles. Valery's Kin is my preference if I had to chose just one of the bands, and the reason being is for the lo-fi, acoustic, personal sound they possess. Check out both at Apatheia's official site and download the Valery's Kin album here.

(mp3) Doomsayer - Valery's Kin
(mp3) City Boy (instumental) - Valery's Kin

(mp3) The Temple of Oaks - Apatheia
(mp3) Weight of the World - Apatheia

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:34 PM


Kiddie Records

I was Surfing the net today and through a link of a link, I came across Kiddie Records Weekly.


For the entire 2005 year, Basic Hip Digital Oddio will be featuring weekly stories and songs from the golden age of children's records, a period which ran from the mid 1940s into the early 1950s. This era produced a wealth of classics, headed by Capitol's Record-Readers and the RCA Victor Little Nipper series. Each one of these recordings has been carefully transferred from the original 78s (plus a few 45s) and encoded to MP3 format for you to download and enjoy.

"- Kiddie Records

Unbelievable! What a great site.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:59 PM


Demand Demondo!

"Demondo (meaning "of the world") has been working with top reggae/roots/dub masters since the late seventies backing artists from Jamaica and the UK as a session bass player and later in the years to play various other instruments for Greensleeves / UK-Bubblers / Ariwa / and many others..." reggae news

If you are into dub, then you sould check this guy out. You can download his whole album, The Universe Shall Sound, for free here. The mp3's below are from this record.

(mp3) Black Hole dub
(mp3) Nebula dub

For some reason I'm in the reggae mood so here is Blaze Dem, a dub artist who is based in the UK Dub tradition. It's upbeat and loaded with samples.

(mp3) Martial World

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:35 PM


Saturday, July 16, 2005

In response to all the little kiddies I saw running around at midnight last night in wizard costumes, even saw some ghosts (?), awaiting their drug of Potter, here's a track from The Spoon Wizard's 2002 album Believe or Suffer.

(mp3) Hardened

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:29 AM


Moog blog

As most of you know, world renown musical pioneer Bob Moog is battling with a brain tumor. It turns out he is receiving treatment just down the road at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer - Brain Tumor Center, in Durham. If you are reading this, than you are familar with blogging and that is why I post the following information. Bob Moog has a blog/journal that is updated almost daily by Matt Moog and there is info on his status, a photo section, and a guestbook in which you can send Mr. Moog your well wishes and such. Check it out at CaringBridge here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:18 AM


Friday, July 15, 2005

Mix 1.2

1. The No Vote - Wake Up. Report.

2. Little Boys - Devendra Banhart

3. For Real - Okkervil River
3.1 (qtv)

4. Sex God Sex - Swans

5. Boss Kitty - Oxes

6. Folsom Prison Blues - Shooby Taylor

7. The Man of Metropolis Steals our Hearts - Sufjan Stevens

(This is what I'm currently listening to. If you like any of the above music please check out the band and purchase their music)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:36 PM


Neil Young 1971

27.2.71 Royal Festival Hall, London, England- Neil Young
What an amazing show and all before his spiral down the rabbit hole into brilliance (the dark trilogy). I have always been a huge Neil Young fan and I think that is one of the few constants in my musical journey through life. No matter what I listen to I can always lean back and enjoy enjoy.

(mp3) Out On The Weekend
(mp3) Man Needs A Maid
(mp3) See The Sky About To Rain


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:53 PM


Wake Up. Report.

I hear similarities to alot of bands here (Braid for instance), but the nice thing about this is, at least they took the best parts and transformed them into their own. Wake Up. Report. is a four piece band from Belleville, Illinois and have released their debut record, Record or Record. They are on the right path to success and already I can't stop listening to The No Vote. Currently you can only get the album at shows, but they are working on a "buy online" section to their website. *Update You can now get the cd at their website

Line up:
Gerald Gregory Bach Jr.- drums
Daniel Huffman- bass
Steven James Breidenbach- electric guitars
Bill Hudgins- electric guitars, Rhodes piano, and lead vocals.

Check out the band's official site for more info and upcoming shows.

(mp3) The Telephone Calls (Keep Quiet)
(mp3) The No Vote

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:56 AM



DDR-30 are a band coming out of Istanbul, Turkey, but they sound just like something from the 1995 Tampa Scene, via The Van Pelt. Upon seeing this cover art I had to give these guys a listen. The three songs that you can download here, are similar and belong to the same band obviously, but each has their own "feel" and take me back to the days of small shows, in the back corner of record shops.

Line up:
Uner Altay: guitar, keyboards and vocals,
Cihan Cinemre: base and vocals,
Can Batukan: vocals, guitar and keyboards,
Murat Babalik: drums

Get the tracks here

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:03 AM


Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sufjan Stevens KCRW

Welcome to the M!dwest! posted earlier today 6 tracks/2 interviews from Stevens' live performance at KCRW. Go over and get those if you like Sufjan. They are really good!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 7:53 PM


Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 From Outer Space is now in the public domain. I didn't know this until yesterday and you can download it here.

Hear an Amazing Criswell perdiction about the end of the world here (mp3)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:59 PM


Cripple Crow tracks

Just popped over to Gorilla vs. Bear and notice that they posted two tracks ( Little Boys and Now That I Know) off of Devendra Banhart's new cd, Cripple Crow. They sound real good and are spining as we speak. Check them out here.

As posted yesterday, if you want to check out the offical sampler of the album click here.
The tracklisting for the new album is:

01 Now That I Know
02 Santa Maria Da Feira
03 Heard Somebody Say
04 Long Haired Child
05 Lazy Butterfly
06 Quedate Luna
07 Queen Bee
08 I Feel Just Like a Child
09 Some People Ride the Wave
10 The Beatles
11 Dragonflies
12 When They Come
13 Inaniel
14 Hey Mama Wolf
15 Hows About Tellin' a Story
16 Chinese Children
17 Sawkill River
18 I Love That Man
19 Luna De Margarita
20 Korean Dogwood
21 Little Boys
22 Anchor

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:08 AM


Sigur Ros coming to Durham

As you know, I live in NC, so we have plenty of shows that come through here, between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. One act that I never thought would journey into our neck of the woods was the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, but they are on their way here via The Carolina Theatre in Durham on September 7th, and I don't know what to expect. I have been a huge fan since agaetis byrjun and () blew me away. Their new album, "takk", is out September 12th and the tracklisting is as follows:

01 takk...
02 glósóli
03 hoppípolla
04 með blóðnasir
05 sé lest
06 sæglópur
07 mílanó
08 gong
09 andvari
10 svo hljótt
11 heysátan

Check out their offical site for more info and downloads (mp3 + video). Below are 2 tracks from () and a Quicktime video for the absolutely amazing "Unititled 1"...enjoy

(mp3) untitled #4 (a.k.a. njósnavélin / the nothing song)
untitled #8 (a.k.a. popplagið / the pop song)
(qtv) untitled #1 [a.k.a. vaka]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:45 AM


Film School

I mentioned earlier about musician n.Lannon, well, besides his solo work, he plays with the band Film School. Well they just recently signed with Beggars Banquet and a full length album is expected this fall, so be on the look out for that. Check out a past studio show at KEXP (2004) here. Below is a track from their 2003 lp Alwaysnever.

(mp3) Activated

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:14 AM


Alec Ounsworth demos

Member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec also performs under his own name (as well as Flashy Python and the Body-Snatchers) Check out his site at Flash Python for more about him and for "completely unfinished demos".

Telling The Truth And Going Away
(mp3) We Should Drop Like Flies

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:03 AM


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Mix 1.1

What I'm currently listneing to on the ol' ipod...

1. n.Lannon - Hollow Heart

2. The Black Spoons - The Softest Leather

3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

4. The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Concerning Lessons Learned from the Aliens

5. John Vanderslice - Trance Manual

6. Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche

7. Mixel Pixel - Penny Rocket Romantic

8. The Mountian Goats - Broom People (peel)

9. The Islands - Abominable Snow (courtesy the simple mission)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:37 PM


Devendra Banhart album sampler

Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow Album sampler. Just sat down for my lunch break and was planning on searching xl recordings website to just see what's going on over there and I found this treasure on the front page. Click the link to enjoy a sample of the newest album from Banhart due out September 13th.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:24 PM


Uncommon Folk

A great site I stumbled upon that devotes itself to "...all of the amazing souls making sounds that are based in the ancient traditions of folk music."-Josh Honn

The site reviews tracks/albums/artists and throws in an occasional interview, and each post is accompanied by an mp3 of said muscian. A great read and make sure to check out the archived section. Uncommon Folk also has a podcast, so make sure to subscribe to that as well. Check out Josh's site here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:51 AM


The Mountian Goats ( live )

From The Montain Goats' Peel Sessions 4-28-04

Broom People
(mp3) Magpie

kexp 5-21-04
xfm session 4-08-04
2000 in session for wfmu (radiohead cover)
(mp3) No Surprises

Plus much more... so this is what the volume knob's for (knerd)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:50 AM


Neutral Milk Hotel ( live )

Im pretty excited on a discovery I found last night. For fans of NMH this is a goldmine of mp3's and quicktime video. Dating back to 1993, we have demos, live concerts from various cities, and video of many of the shows. There are some on the front page, but click sounds on the left side menu and await your treasure. Looking/Listening purposes only, of course. ...but then they buried her alive

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:30 AM


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Clap Your Hands!

Listening to the tracks available from their website as I write this and scrounging up enough money to go out and get this cd from Insound. Read what Pitchfork had to say after giving their S/T debut album a 9.0. This is a perfect blend of what is not out there and I recommend checking out this collective of Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh, otherwise known as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

mp3) Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
(mp3) Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:18 AM


Speaking of Tom LoMacchio/Deadwood Divine in my last post, I thought I would link you to a Tom LoMacchio track from his 1999 cd Five Years Later-

(mp3) Apart

Also you can grab Common Perception, an instrumental Deadwood Divine track from Insound here.

This guy put out some of the most inspirational and meaningful records in the last 10 years.

Now he is in a band called Stereograph, and boy has his sound changed from one moniker to the next. He's gone from acoustic/emo/screaming, to acoustic/piano/singing and now his latest band sounds New Wave via The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order. Check out Stereograph's website (nice historical overview) and their my space for music samples.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:23 AM


Monday, July 11, 2005

Today's find is n.Lannon, a San Franciscian named Nyles Lannon and his 2004 album Chemical Friends. I have been listening to him for a week or so now and can't stop putting his tracks on my mixes. He reminds me of a mix of Tom LoMacchio solo and Deadwood Divine with a touch of Postal Service, and Elliot Smith. He has created a great record in Chemical Friends, in which he produced from his home computer. A balanced mix of raw acoustic talent and computer enhanced tracks. Take a look at his website for more about Lannon and for multiple downloads of various projects, including Film School. Truely a great album.

(mp3) Hollow Heart
(mp3) Turn Time Around

tracks from here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:56 PM


The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers.: Check out a write up and downloads at M!DWEST! and check out their site here. Slow, sad, and extremely good!
(mp3) Concerning Lessons Learned From the Aliens.
(mp3) Cannot Eat Better Not Sleep

The Like Young
.: Check out this duo's site here and get their album So Serious.
(mp3) Really Up To You
(mp3) Tighten My Tie

The Mekons.: I only heard one song and let me tell you it's not what I normally listen to . A lot slower, but at 1:38am, it definently hits the spot. Check out Ghosts of American Astronauts from their album, So Good It Hurts. Get it here.

Lazarus.:Last track tonight, and I guess I'm more into slow stuff tonight, but this is Croslin St. from Trevor Montgomery, who is now sporting the name Lazarus. ..."the voice that sings with projected whispers while a lonely acoustic guitar trails slowly behind."-bP Check out the track for download here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:17 AM


Stand Corrected!?

While in an earlier post, I felt that the results of the G8 summit were a "success" if having to choose a side, but felt this way only because I thought less would have actually come from the meeting. So in my mind, if someone over achieves what is expected from them, then that would have to be termed a success, right? Well, I know problems in Africa and around the world for that matter, are not fixed , nor will they be totally, but here is Make Poverty History's response to the G8. Very eye opening and an interesting read. Open your mind, that's all I can say.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:04 AM


New Name for a New Year

With a new day, comes a new year, and on that note...The Perm & The Skullet blog was born. When I first started this blog, I wasn't sure if anyone would even care what I had to say or if anyone would ever visit the site. I've been doing this since May and it has become like an appendage. Hayhurst's Blog was just that a blog for me and my friends, but now that people from around the world have come to check out this blog, I feel that yes it is my blog still, but that it's now bigger than that. I may be wrong and you can have your own opinion, but I felt that a new name was in order. A name for the site and not just my name.

And so, as I mentioned earlier, The Perm & The Skullet is born. You may ask, "why that name?" The name comes from a faux band that my friends and I created after a night at The Flying Saucer here in Raleigh. The night started like any other, but would culminate with the meeting of two middle aged individuals, one male, one female, one perm and one skullet. They chattered amongst themselves, courting and toying with one another. Finding this combination fascinating and bizarre, we could not turn away. Of course to this day we still mention that night and the wonderful name of The Perm and the Skullet. The name is just so great and it can be used for any form of entertainment, not just a band. An adolescent novel, Are You There God, It's Me The Perm & The Skullet, a tv show like Scarecrow & Mrs. King or Hunter, The Perm & The Skullet, Saturday nights on CBS. But yet, the band is where we started and still find the most laughs in. So be on the look out for our first album "Greatest Hits".

I hope everyone has enjoyed this blog as much as I have and I hope to continue to bring you great sites, good music, insightful thought, and films from around the globe. Check back soon and thanks for stopping by.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:24 AM


Saturday, July 09, 2005

betterPropaganda.:"We are a new music discovery tool, bringing you the very best in electronic, hip hop, and indie rock." Check them out here. A great site with reviews, a radio, downloads, and a new favorite of mine.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:05 PM


Welcome to the M!dwest!

What a great site (via Gorilla vs Bear) This blog has insightful comments, a great taste in music, and more importantly awesome music and live performance downloads. (Mountain Goats & Sufjan Stevens to name a few) This is a new haunting place for sure. Check it out here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:38 PM


G8 Results

In a nutshell:
  • Stalemate on climate change as US position barely budges
  • Britain is to host a 1 November meeting on climate change, to assess progress
  • G8 nations agree to full debt cancellation for 18 countries, while African countries call for debt relief for all Africa
  • EU members pledge to reach a collective aid target of 0.56% of GDP by 2010, and 0.7% by 2015
  • The G8 agrees a $50bn (£28.8bn) boost to aid
  • A 'signal' for a new deal on trade
  • Universal access to anti-HIV drugs in Africa by 2010
  • G8 commits to training 20,000 peacekeepers for Africa
  • African leaders to commit to democracy and good governan

So was it a success? My view is that yes it was. Reason being is that I did not think that this much would actually be accomplished. Unfortunately climate issues have reached a stalemate, but hopefully in November we can get something accomplished. As far as African aid, whipping the debt of 18 countries and $50bn in aid money is a lot of money and this has to be hailed as a success and I hope the public's outcry help determine this large chunk of change. Ultimately Africa needs to look out for Africa.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who heads the African Union, said "The G8 leaders are now saying to African leaders, 'yes', if you do your side of the deal we will do our side of the deal." and I couldn't agree more, but we need to make sure that the monies get to the people, the children, who need it most, not to the corrupte leaders that shave off 40% for their cars and palaces, and I hope that something to that regard will be put into place. If you looked at this G8 summit and hoped for the US to do a 180 on Climate and to rid all of Africa of all debt, then I guess you would call this event a failure, but realistically I would have to say it was a step in the right direction and moving forward is always better than moving back.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:50 AM


Friday, July 08, 2005


From mp3's to quality posts about music, 3hive has it. Here's the setup: Paragraph or two about the artist/song/album followed by 3 to 6 mp3's from that artist. Antony and the Johnsons, Death Cab, Postal Service, Devendra Banhart, Iron and Wine, Magnolia Electric Company, hot "indie rock" you name it. Check it out at 3hive.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:05 PM


Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blues is one of the greatest albums I have ever heard and everytime I share it with someone else, they have at least acknowledged the beauty of it. I bring it up because my parents actually gave me a copy of this album on vinyl today for my birthday. It is hard to find and in the condition mine is in, even harder. Included was the original record sleeve, gatefold cover and insert, with the vinyl being near mint. Ah, mind numbing.

Anyway, this album is currently unavailable in any format. All we have floating around are vinyl copies and cassettes, but you can't just go down to Best Buy and get this...unfortunantly. Well during my search for this album I came across Dan Addington's site that devotes itself to everything Wilson. He has even produced 2 cds, in which you can purchase, that have the songs from this album, some Beach Boys stuff he did, and unreleased tracks. I bought Dreamer and was stunned. I contacted him and for an extremely low cost (price of cd) he made a copy of the original POB from vinyl and burned me a cd. This guy loves Dennis and wants other to know his music. Check out the site here.

River Song (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson)
What's Wrong (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson/M. Horn)
Moonshine (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
Friday Night (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
Dreamer (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
Thoughts of You (Dennis Wilson/J. Dutch)
Time (Dennis Wilson/Karen Lamm Wilson)
You and I (Dennis Wilson/Karen Lamm Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
Pacific Ocean Blue (Dennis Wilson/Mike Love)
Farewell My Friend (Dennis Wilson)
Rainbows (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/S. Kalanich)
End of the Show (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
(get the lyrics here)

This might be my greatest gift of knowledge to you and if you have a hard time getting a copy let me know, but what ever you do, get your hands on these songs!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:50 PM


Firewire to the rescue...again. Not only have I backed up everything on my trusty FW drive, but now have installed and running Panther .9 off it. Working pretty damn good so far. All to bide time, but I have to say I'm impressed at the funtionality of it.

Anyway, another day and some more finds. I hope you had a chance to check out the Mixel Pixel stuff, especially Rob's work.

Some of the artists over at Pixar are now going to create comic book titles under the label: E-Ville Press. Comic Con, San Diego(July 13-17) has the pleasure of debuting some of the new comics. (from Boing Boing)

If you haven't checked out ZeroTV yet, head over there today. Today's feature is Episode 16 of the Mark and Mike Show (the guys from American Movie)

Check out the media artists here at 0100101110101101.

Electric Kingdom by Twilight 22 is clearly the song for the day. Check out TIGERSUSHI for links to buy or take a listen on their player. Cool site.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:52 AM


New and improved?

With a re-formating of a hard drive and re-installing old software and updating all night long, I finally have one HD that is now running 10.3.9. I hope this will last for awhile, while I go get another HD and try to set the new HD up for Panther .9. Who knows? But I'm back again from home...for now. Let's see what's out there...

Jesus is Magic

Sarah Silverman's new film that premired at SXSW.

Pickup Sufjan Steven's Illinoise. You can get it from insound as a pre-order with the new cover art or the itunes store. Don't forget to check out Borrowed Tunes for 2 free tracks.

Check out Bedazzled. A blog about music/movies of an era I wish would return. You won't be disapointed.

You know, on that note, after the long day and it now being 1:26am, I think I will call it a day. Let's hope the G4 holds up. Talk to you tomorrrow. M.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:19 AM


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Mixel Pixel and more

Mixel Pixel is a new band to me, but they seem to have been around for quite some time. Their 3rd major record release is coming this month with The Contact Kid. I listened to a few tracks and it grows on you fast. More impressed was I, after viewing their website and the amazing artwork done by band member Rob Corradetti. I grabed a still from their 2nd album and placed it here with a link to their site. Explore the site. It's a MUST! and check out Rob's site here. Truely inspiring prints and drawings.

They also have a myspace account here and Rob has a blog here.

In other news, my mac came back to me and is still running. I had a chance to back up all my audio tracks and pics, so I feel better. Will write more tomorrow. Night-

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:02 PM


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mac Death

Well it almost official, I'm loosing one of my internal hard drives on my G4. Unfortunantly it's the one with Panther, iTunes (1000's of songs), and iPhoto (almost 1000 pics). It came back for a while, but it's like my computer won't recognize that the drive exists. I took a look at the disk utilities and it said failing for one of the HD. It looked to be my other HD, but on start up HD1 won't boot. So my week will consist of using my pc for computing (that sucks, trust me) and working on getting my HD1 back long enough to transfer my pics and music. Most of my mp3's are backed up on my ipods so that's o.k. for now, butwhat a pain in the ass. I don't know the life of these guys, but I have had my G4 since 2000 and I didn't think it would go down so soon. If anyone has some ideas on this, please shoot them my way. The picture just made me feel better.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:05 PM


Sunday, July 03, 2005

AOL/Live 8

Just wanted to let anyone who is interested know that aol is now re-casting performances from some of the countries in which Live 8 took place. I suggest London to start because it leads off with an amazing perrformance of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. Here's the link.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:46 PM


Saturday, July 02, 2005


Second Cinema has received the honor of being Week #11's Heroine of the Week. Check out SC's blog for more info and check out Heroine Films!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 7:16 PM