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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Astronaut Jones...need I say more

(click pic to blast off)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:37 AM


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

August Born

August Born (see also Six Organs of Admission) has just realeased their S/T debut for Drag City on 8/23. August Born is the collaboration of Benjamin Chasny and Hiroyuki Usui, and their music rides the fine line of folk with an experimental twist providing us with a psych-folk super duo. Truely great music.
Track listing is as follows:

Blues to BeginEarth Burying SkyDead Bird Blues
More Dead Bird BluesLast Breath of the Bird
Birds & Sun & ClaySong of the Dead
ProvidenceA Thousand Butterflies
A Lot Like YouYou Will Be Warm

August Born
(mp3) A Thousand Butterflies

Six Organs of Admission
(mp3) 1000 Birds (live Hemlock '02)
(mp3) Close to the Sky (live Hemlock '02)
(qtv) All You've Left

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:14 PM


R.I.P. Moog

The Orange Peel, Social Aid & Pleasure Club
101Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
828 225-5851

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:03 PM


Pixel Revolt

Like everyone else (i'm assuming) I am posting a John Vanderslice post for his new album (released Aug. 23)Pixel Revolt. I posted Trance Manual earlier in the year but I will throw it up here again along with Exodus Damage. You can check out Vanderslice's website here and his label Barsuk here. Enjoy.

Trance Manual
Exodus Damage

My Old Flame
You Were My Fiji (insound tour)
Pale Horse

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:45 PM


Friday, August 19, 2005

Mix 1.7

What I'm listening to on this fine Friday evening and what now makes up Mix 1.7. If you like what you here, please go out and purchase the artist's work. You can search the above insound search engine to find these artists. Enjoy your weekend.

1. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
Sufjan Stevens

2.Great Ghosts
The Microphones

3.Track 2
Jana Hunter


5.Waiting for Superman
Iron & Wine

6.Surgery I Stole
Devendra Banhart

7.Dilaudid (10/19/04 Village Tavern)
The Mountain Goats

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:43 PM


"we ar egoing into a proper studio on thursday (for a leettle while)

with 192 faders
which is a lot of choice
a bit like the supermarket
it may all go off before we get to it
so we have to eat quick

we will post more when we get there"
Thom :.8'17'05

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:13 PM


blow up hollywood

blow up hollywood, not only a band but a movement if you will, that provides the "willingness to eradicate all the hype and brainwashing of corporate America and the mass media feed". buh With the desire and commitment for the "universal truth", this multimedia outfit wows me. Check out the interactive website here and sample a few tracks below from blow up hollywood.

blow up hollywood will perform live at the Anthology Film Archives Courthouse Theatre in New York on August 22nd, 2005.


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:44 PM


Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Somnambulants

The Somnambulants are:
Joseph White: Bass, vocals, synths, programming
Channing Sargent: Synth, vocals

"Contrary to their title, The Somnambulants are anything but sleepy. Their music is best described as electro-pop, though for them, the secret formula is to avoid writing “electronic music,” and to write instead great songs that just happen to use electronic instruments." website

The Somnambulants are a two piece boy/girl band making wonderful "noise" with electronic instruments. You can tell they are influenced by indie pop, but don't let that get you down, because mixing this influence with the electronics, makes for great fun. Soft, and sweet at moments, dark and edgy at others...Check them out today and make sure to check out the qtv below, beautiful video!

I found these guys through the Clairaudience Collective, which turns out, is a collective started by The Somnambualnts.

"Clairaudience is based in Brooklyn, NYC. We are a group of musicians and artists who have banded together to share resources, talents, and contacts. We all share common goals and are pursuing similar dreams. The best way for us to succeed is to combine energies into the Clairaudience Collective. Our belief: The more we help each other, the more we help ourselves." clairaudience

Check out both the Collective's site and The Somnambulant's site. You can purchase their music (strongly recomend) here.

(mp3) Water Colors
(mp3) Beat Down
(mp3) Evacuation (remix)

(qtv) In the Interest of Continuity

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:38 AM


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Great D. Banhart interview over at Sixeyes

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:39 PM


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Mix 1.6

What I'm currently listening to. Like always, if you like what you hear, please purchase the music.

Jelly Dancers - Eels
Long Haired Child - Devendra Banhart
Woman King - Iron and Wine
The Letters - Leonard Cohen
Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens
Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
Funky Kingston - Toots and the Maytals
Sally MacLenanne (live 1986) - The Pogues
The Sickbed of Cuchulainn (Pogues cover) (live) - The Decemberists

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:39 PM


Devendra Banhart 10" split + more

Just some random tracks of goodness for your listening pleasure.

DEVENDRA BANHART/JANA HUNTER split LP. "10 songs. 5 each. Vinyl only release. These songs will never be on CD, so get this while you can. We all know Devendra, but Jana is the real reason this record slays. She is the future shit right here." troubleman unlimited

You can purchase the lp here.

(mp3)At The Hop (live)- Devendra Banhart
(mp3)Track 2 - Jana Hunter

(mp3) Revolution Blues (Neil Young cover) - Riviera
(mp3)Wolverine - Sufjan Stevens

And an amazing find from the late great doctor himself..."from the long out-of-print collection, Sound Bites from the Counter Culture. Not a reading from the book, but a great speech with some classic quotes"...glorious noise

(mp3) Fear and Loathing - Hunter S. Thompson

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:24 PM


Monday, August 15, 2005

Mr. T- Treat Your Mother Right

I was hanging out over at Stereogum and saw a link to Family Guy takes on A-Ha and found my self back at Milk and Cookies. I haven't been to their site in awhile so I ventured around for a bit. What I came up with is golden! Check out Mr. T performing Treat Your Mother Right. Your won't be dissapointed.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:57 PM


Windsor for the Derby

Windsor for the Derby's latest, Giving Up the Ghost, comes out tomorrow,8/16, through Secretly Canadian and I'm just now getting a chance to listen to the lp. Secretly Canadian said..."The songs of "Giving Up The Ghost" find influence in sources as distinctly diverse as Italian horror films to Civil War death notices while maintaining a foothold in the most base elements of the modern human condition-- disappointment, breakup, heartache, and the trials and tribulations of creating art in an increasingly stringent cultural climate." SC ...and you can hear the influences loudly. Empathy for People Unknown, which you can sample below, reminds me of The Goblins (Suspiria sdtrk) and the album has a real since of atmosphere to it. The songs on the album surround and engulf you like a ghostly fog, transporting the listener into situations and surroundings uncharted by most musicians today. Recommended.

Empathy for People Unknown
(mp3)Giving Up

Check out a great fan site here.

BONUS: Edison Woods
(mp3)Shirts for Pennies .: Edison Woods

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:58 AM


Sunday, August 14, 2005


Alot of my friends know that I watch movies all the time and listen to music constantly, but I also read, believe it or not and these are a few of the books on my nightstand right now.

Songbook by Nick Hornsby
Shock Corridor by Michael Avallone
The DiVinci Code by Dan Brown
A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
de Kooning by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Hidden Agendas by John Pilger
A Crackup at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine
A Drink With Shane MacGowan by Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke

When I read books I start about 2 or 3 at a time and rotate between them. Some of these are re-reads for me, but this is what I go to bed with. Follow the links to buy them at Amazon. They are all worth a read.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:54 PM


Lost but not forgotten

Sorry I haven't posted in some time, but I've been really busy at work and my wife is headed back to school so I've been trying to spend as much time with her as possible, but I'm back baby! First off football season is upon us and I know alot of my friends are like, football? you don't fit the profile, liking art, music, film, but I love football, college especially, and the University of Florida, my alma mater, the most. So that is coming. But your not hear to read about football, no you want finds. New music, films, etc... so here you go.

Here are two sites that are great to watch music videos from some of the more "artsy" (I hate that word) directors/musicians.

Next, So. Central Rain (mp3) by R.E.M. from the David Letterman show via 1983.

A Tom Waits site with unreleased studio / live shows from 98', 00'
I'm Crazy About My Baby (mp3)
The Piano Has Been Drinking (mp3)

Chew on that for a while. I'll try to post more tonight, but I'm supposed to go to a bbq at 7pm, so I'll try. Anyway, thanks again to everyone that actually comes by to read this.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:05 AM


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mix 1.5

This is what I'm currently listening to, Makers Mark and all. Go buy the artist's music if you like what you here. Would I steer you wrong? Enjoy.
Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine
Singing Arc - Seabear
All the Wine - The National
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Last a Lifetime - Racingpaperplanes
Jealous Guy - Elliot Smith
You are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son - Wolf Parade
Reason to Retreat - The Gunshy

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:33 PM


The Gunshy

I can't believe I haven't posted Matt Arbogast yet, but The Gunshy is an amazing band with an amazing sound. Tom Waits meets a modern day whirlwind of love and emotion tearing at your soul. I have listened to Reason to Retreat for months and months and months and it has almost become a mantra for me. Please check out the "new" site here . enjoy.

(mp3) Reason to Retreat
(mp3) Stories
(mp3) What Will They Speak of You When You're Gone?

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:16 PM


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Minus the Bear

With a new album on the way and a tour, Minus the Bear have returned to my ipod in anticipation. Their second full length, Menos el Oso, hits stores August 23rd and the songs "Pachuca Sunrise" and "Hooray" can be heard on their Pure Volume site here. The band is currently on tour and will be coming to my neck of the woods, via The Cat's Cradle, on 9/28. Here are 2 tracks from preivous releases and some live tracks for your enjoyment.

Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!! from Highly Refined Pirates cd/lp
Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked from This is What I Know About Being Gigantic cdep

Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!! (live 10/23/03)
absinthe party at the fly honey warehouse (live 10/23/03)
thanks for the killer game of crisco twister (live 10/23/03)
let's play guitar in a five guitar band (live 10/23/03)

live tracks from transmission 3000

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:50 AM


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Holcombe Waller

(© 2005 Napoleon Records)

I was just over at Songs:Illinois and came across his Holcombe Waller post. I had never heard of Waller and sampled his songs from S:I as well as from his website. Definently worth checking out. Read S:I's post here and visit Waller's site here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:40 PM


Iron and Wine

Since I posted The National, I might as well get another artist on here that I have been listening to for quite awhile, but someone (I don't who) might not have had the extreme pleasure of Iron and Wine so here are a few tracks to whet the appetite.

photo Kim Black

Jesus the Mexican Boy from The Sea and the Rhythm
Southern Anthem from The Creek Drank the Cradle
Lions Mane from The Creek Drank the Cradle
Naked As We Came from Our Endless Numbered Days
Woman King from Woman King ep

For some reason Sam Beam's (Iron and Wine) website will not load, but it was here. So check out his SubPop artist page here. You can purchase his music (which I strongly suggest) here or here. Check out a good interview over at tinymixtapes and another at cokemachineglow and one more at Splendid

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:41 AM


Running Sore

Came across the band Running Sore and was completely captured by the intimate bedroom recording style, lyrics, and instrumentation. I have these three tracks running constantly through the ipod.

"Evolving out of unfit songs for then indie punk fore-project King Kong's Dick, Andy Mitchell started releasing a sporadic stream of homespun cassettes and CDs under the title of Running Sore. (lifted from a song by another band based on a Samuel Beckett play)

After a dozen line-up changes, and reinventions Running Sore is now running strong as a fore-runner for Ames, IA's Alt-Country/Indie Pop scene. Now playing out fairly regularly, and recently releasing a split LP with Of Insects, and The Cryogenic Strawberries, Running Sore is currently at the top of their game. Catch them now before they're too trendy to listen to." - artist description from

Check out their website here and download two other tracks from here.

Current line-up:
andy - plays guitar and banjo, voice
joe terry - plays bass guitar
katie kennedy - plays accordion and guitar, voice
adam hawkins - plays bass and drums
jason lippard - saxomaphone
derrick - drums and cymbals

(mp3) caitlyn, don't trust it
(mp3) springtime hands (take 1)
(mp3) cliche of a generation

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:07 AM


Monday, August 01, 2005

The National

The National. Who hasn't heard of these guys by now with the success and acclaim of Alligator, but still, I haven't put them up here, so here you go. And if you haven't heard their S/T, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, or Cherry Tree, make those your next purchases. So here are a few tracks and 3 videos for you to enjoy from one of the best bands around. With lyrics like... "I'm a birthday candle in a circle of black girls"...need I say more.

(mp3) All the Wine
(mp3) Wasp Nest
(mp3) Slipping Husband
(mp3) Murder Me Rachael
(mp3) Son
(qtv) Son
(qtv) Abel
(qtv) All the Wine (Live Mercury Lounge 2002)

above via brassland and american mary
Purchase The National's cd's from here or here

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:13 PM


Gram Parsons Reprise

On August 23rd, Rhino Records will be releasing Gram Parsons: The Complete Reprise Sessions. I can't wait for this release. I have the "anthology" (covering the byrds, international submarine band, solo, and flying burrito brothers), as well as lps and such, but this will be yet another compilation of studio/alternative takes/and remastered tracks on 3cds covering his years with Reprise. You can purchase the cds here. The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1

Still Feeling Blue (Remastered Album Version)
We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning (Remastered Album Version)
A Song for You (Remastered Album Version)
Streets of Baltimore (Remastered Album Version)
She (Remastered Album Version)
That's All It Took (Remastered Album Version)
The New Soft Shoe (Remastered Album Version)
Kiss the Children (Remastered Album Version)
Cry One More Time (Remastered Album Version)
How Much I've Lied (Remastered Album Version)
Big Mouth Blues (Remastered Album Version)
GP Radio Promo (She=:30/Cry One More=:15/Big Mouth Blues=:15)
How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?
What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You"
What Is The Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"
WBCN Interview With Maxine Satori (3/73) Part 1
Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Widowmaker (Remastered Version)
WBCN Interview With Maxine Satori (3/73) Part 2
Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Love Hurts (w/ Emmylou Harris) (Remastered Version)
Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris & N.D. Smart - Sin City (Remastered Version)

Disc 2
Return of the Grievous Angel (Remastered Album Version)
Hearts on Fire (Remastered Album Version)
I Can't Dance (Remastered Album Version)
Brass Buttons (Remastered Album Version)
$1000 Wedding (Remastered Album Version)
Medley Live From Northern Quebec (A) Cash On The Barrelhead (B) Hickory Wind (LP Version)
Love Hurts (Remastered Album Version)
Ooh Las Vegas (Remastered Album Version)
In My Hour of Darkness (Remastered Album Version)
Return of the Grievous Angel (Remastered Remix)
Hearts on Fire (Remix) (Remastered)
Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" At The Grand Ole Opry?
What Difference Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock?

Disc 3
She (Alternate Version)
That's All It Took (Alternate Version)
Still Feeling Blue (Alternate Version)
Kiss the Children (Alternate Version)
Streets of Baltimore (Alternate Version)
We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning (Alternate Version)
The New Soft Shoe (Alternate Version)
Return of the Grievous Angel #1 (Alternate Version)
In My Hour of Darkness (Alternate Version)
Ooh Las Vegas (Alternate Version)
Hearts on Fire (Alternate Version)
I Can't Dance (Alternate Version)
Sleepless Nights (Alternate Version)
Love Hurts (Alternate Version)
Brass Buttons (Alternate Version)
Hickory Wind (Alternate Version)
Brand New Heartache (Remastered Album Version)
Sleepless Nights (Remastered Album Version)
The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (Remastered Album Version)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:35 PM


Point Blank

This Lee Marvin masterpiece finally got released on dvd a couple of weeks ago and I finally bought it this past weekend. What a great job by Warner dvd. The pictue quality is amazing and I was very happy with the audio transfer as well. If you haven't seen Point Blank, it's a must for fans of Marvin, and of the thriller/crime/genre.

Basically it's Walker (Marvin) getting double crossed and left for dead by his best friend and wife. The story then centers around Walker getting his revenge on his wife, friend, the "Organization", and he wants his $93,000. Check out the review over at dvd beaver for the specs, some screen shots and more. You can purchase the film here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:56 PM


This morning I'm going to post a few random sites and tracks since I'm kind of backed up here. So first off, I've been listening to Pedro the Lion again (it's funny how you go in cycles) and came across a pretty good site for mp3's of live shows and tracks.

photo Megan Holmes

Check out the website here.

Something in the Way (Nirvana cover)
Pink & Brown - The Headphones

Next up is Blasting Trout Overbite. They are extremely low-fi, probably home recorded, with a touch of screaming and humor here and there, but I can't stop listening to them. Their site has an enormous amount of tracks so check it out here. Below are two covers they did.

King of Carrot Flowers pt. 1 (NMH cover)
Caring is Creepy (Shins cover)

Now just some random finds out there.

The Plague - The Mountain Goats
No Children - The Mountain Goats
Sea of Love (cover) - Cat Power

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:02 AM