The Perm & The Skullet is a non-profit music blog devoted to bringing you music of all kinds.

Although we prefer that rustic, acoustic, unusual, whiskey soaked sound, we do like music of all styles and genres. If you have something you think we should listen to, by all mean, let us know.

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Online, we recommend Insound, emusic or directly from the artist or their label. Locally, we recommend Schoolkids Records or Bull City Records.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Midweek Mojo

Wednesday afternoon and I'm just getting ready for a Second Cinema shoot we have at 6pm. I figured I would just post a few new things I've been checking out.

Grooveblaster just realeased a new track and head over to Check This Out Pop Zine
(mp3) Get It On

Terrance Mallick is one of my all time favorite directors, and although he has only offically directed 3 films, they have been masterpieces. Which leads me to his latest creation, The New World, and to be honest, I hope it will live up to my expectations. Enjoy the trailer.
(qtv) The New World

An interesting blog that I found while reading BoingBoing, entitled Cryptomundo

The Clientele have been spining here at the office, so here are a few tracks.
(mp3) Since K Got Over Me (from Strange Geometry)
(mp3) I Had This To Say (from Suburban Lights)

Also the late great Parker and Lilly
(mp3) Motel Lights (from Here Comes Winter)
(mp3) Desrt Holiday
(from Hello Halo)

This is a really great find. Video footage of The Decemberists performing at KCRW on their Piescaresque promotion tour.
(mp4) KCRW Decemberists
(video found through links here)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:43 PM


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mix 1.9

Beautiful Boyz - CocoRosie
What the Fuck - Pink Nasty
Resurection Song - BirdMonster
Cowbell - Tapes n' Tapes
Taxi on Vermont - Old Canes
Prospect Hummer - Animal Collective
Young Prayer - Panda Bear
The Hands - Joan of Arc
Carolina - M Ward
Dig the New Groove - Groovemaster
There is No-One What Will Take Care Of You - Palace Brothers

Above are a few of the tracks that we are listening to in the office. If you like some of the tracks above, check out their albums. You can make purchases online through Insound or download through emusic or iTunes. Enjoy.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:54 AM


Monday, November 28, 2005

Pink Nasty

I just got an email from a buddy of mine (Todd) about my post on The Kevins and asked me if I had heard of Pink Nasty (who in fact recorded and is a member of The Kevins and also with BPB on his latest Summer in the Southeast lp) I said that I read about her, but no, I didn;'t know her work. I checked her out and I was missing something for sure. Pink Nasty is good...period. Her Bio from her site reads,That says it all. Get on board if you haven't already and check out Pink Nasty. You can order Mule School here. Check out her site here and enjoy the sample tracks below (3 from Mule School and one demo from Mold the Gold)

(mp3) Sssnake
(mp3) Six Feet Deep In Love
(mp3) What the Fuck

(mp3) Grove 'n' Grind (Mold the Gold demo)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:33 PM



A happy holiday to you all. I feel about 5 pounds heavier full of turkey and what not and took a small break to enjoy the family. Well the house is somewhat quiet and the headphones go on once again.

Probably the best part of the weekend is that a friend of mine really got me hooked on CocoRosie. I should have been in tune with these beautiful ladies earlier, but some how they managed to go under my radar. Well I'm catching up for lost times with a sample from both of their releases in La Maison de Mon Rêve (2004) and Noah's Ark (2005) below. Their most recent release, Noah's Ark might posibly be that final tenth album in my Top Ten of 2005. Unbelievably enchanting vocals and their processing of music is absolutely amazing. Angelic in a heaven that I would like to know. Check out their site with Touch and Go for info on the band, tracks to sample, and even a video for Noah's Ark.

(mp3) Noah's Ark
(mp3) Beautiful Boyz (w/ guest vocal by Antony)

(mp3) By Your Side
(mp3) Good Friday

You can purchase the albums through Insound, Amazon, or download them from iTunes or emusic. These are a must in any record collection and I am glad I finally got them into mine.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:15 PM


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Latest Listenings & Holiday Wishes

Just a quick post with two of the bands I have been listneing too. If I don't get another chance to post again today, I hope eveyone has a great Thanksgiving (US readers) and a great weekend. M.


As you longtime readers know, I love the NYUB poscast. Huge advocate for MK. Anyway, I heard these guys on NYUB #25 and have been getting into them quite a bit. BirdMonster is David Klein-guitar, Justin Tenuto-bass, Zach Winter-drums, and Peter Arcuni-guitar/vocals. I've read they were an instumental band starting out and that's not hard to believe considering the 1min 27sec intro on a 2:49 track. Intimately intense lyrics that rip at you. Simply awesome! The worst part about finding out about these guys is that they have only released a 3song EP, but luckly, studio plans are set for January, so be on the look out for what possibly could be a top album of 2006. Check out their site here, their myspace, and you can purchase their ep from cdbaby or available for download at iTunes. The band, BirdMonster, the song for you to preview,

(mp3) Resurection Song

The Kevins

Any band that believes in first base, well thought out mix tapes, and pancakes, is a band for me. The Kevins are two brothers that, according to their website, recorded these songs during three consecutive white Christmas eves in Wichita, Kansas. With the humor that seems to surround their site, I can only take this statement at face value, but what I am sure of, is that these guys are good, real good. Short, sweet, acoustic love songs. ..."a winning combination, I confess." Check out their site here and purchase their cd through the instructions here. The band, The Kevins, the songs for you to preview,

(mp3) I Just Can't Get Her
(mp3) Special Pillows
(mp3) You

(11/29 edit- Black Nasty and Pink Nasty are the members of The Kevins according to AMG,
...the joke of The Kevins is to see just how far they could take the same concept in the other direction. The fact that the rapper best known for bragging about his HIV-positive status could actually record the catchy abstinence ditty "The Wait" no doubt shows how an artist whose expansive sense of humor allows him the luxury of playfully sniping at both extremes can make for some fun and memorable tracks, but it's a sense of overall inconsistency that keeps the The Kevins from gelling quite as cohesively as the Nasty family efforts that preceded it."
There you have it folks...who knows, but I do enjoy the tracks from The Kevins that much is sure)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:08 PM


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Speaking of Soundtracks...

I just found out that tomorrow, actually I just bought it via iTunes a few minutes ago, they are finally releasing Seu Jorge's music from The Life Aquatic on an album entitled The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge. I purchased it through iTunes because, not only can you get it for 9.99, but you also get a bonus track, and trust me it's one you want, it's Space Oddity. So if you loved the music in the film, or you just want the perfect Sunday morning album, check it out. Here is the link for Amazon, but like I said, your going to want that bonus track. (I hope they release it on vinyl)

(please right click and save as)
Life on Mars
Rebel Rebel

(above links are links found on Sucka Pants)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:31 AM


Monday, November 21, 2005

Soundtrack Enthusiast series

I was searching around the web this weekend and stumbled upon a truely great music blog entitled An Aquarium Drunkard. He had great mentions like BPB, Sigur Ros, Matt Pond PA, and some classic stuff like B-52's via 1979 and a review of Born to Run's latest reincarnation, but what really grabbed my attention, and the main reason I'm mentioning it here, is a new series he seems to be putting out devoted to Soundtracks.

He has only compiled two so far, but did he come out swinging. Sountrack Enthusiast 1 is devoted to the music of Wes Anderson, with greats like, 2000 Man (Rolling Stones) from Bottle Rocket, Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin' (The Kinks) from Rushmore, Judy Is A Punk (The Ramones) from The Royal Tennebaums, and Starman (Seu Jorge) from The Life Aquatic.

Soundtrack Enthusiast 2 is devoted to the work of one of my favorite directors, David Lynch. He looks at In Dreams (Candy Colored Clown) (Roy Orbision) from Blue Velvet, Fire Walk With Me (Angelo Badalamenti) from Twin Peaks, This Magic Moment (Lou Reed) from Lost Highway, and Crying (Llorando) from Mullholland Drive.

I hope he continues the series, because I can't wait to see what's next. Dont' just take my word for it, check out An Aquariam Drunkard .

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:56 AM


Saturday, November 19, 2005


(Painting by Robert Josiah)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:52 PM


tapes 'n tapes

"in the winter of 2003, times were as hard as the frozen earth.
three men, tapes, 'n, and tapes, banded together to salvage what they could from the tundric wasteland." Thus is tapes 'n tapes and this three piece is a refreshing sound for todays music and have been on constant rotation here. Early Pixieish, in some regards, but a sound all their own, young and exciting for sure. Great band waiting to break out. Check out their site and see about purchasing their self released debut, The Loon.

(mp3) Cowbell
(mp3) Insistor

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:02 AM


Matt Sharp + The true return of The Rentals

Well, Saturday morning, too early by the way, but up and listening to music and enjoying that first cup of coffee. Matt Sharp rolled across my path and I figured why not post about this truely underrated musician. We all know about Weezer and then his stint with The Rentals, but following that, after a long reclusive stay in Tenn., he released two albums, an ep entitled Puckett's Versus the Country Boy and then a full length s/t album. You can read a write up about both albums at the label In Music We Trust Records, and a good interview with Glorious Noise. You can purchase the album from cdbaby or it's also available for download on emusic. A vinyl import is also available through Glitter House. Below are two tracks for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

Just Like Movie Stars
(from S/T lp)
Goodbye West Coast (from Puckett's ep)

(tracks courtesy of IMWT)

Also for those who may be interested, The Rentals are back together and


Check out their Website and their My Space for the latest updates and release dates.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:26 AM


Thursday, November 17, 2005

2005 Top Nine

Below are tracks from my "top nine" albums of 2005. Still waiting to the end of the year to fill that tenth slot and will update at year's end. I know there are a few that should be on here that aren't but at 1:12am, this seems about right. I also realize that it is still November, but as of right now these are them. Go out and purchase some of these tunes if you haven't already. I have all the albums listed below and trust me, there are plenty of great songs on the full albums. I tried to link to songs that are currently on band's sites so I can point those of you who are unfamiliar with them, in the right direction. Every album below is top notch and should be in anyones record collection. Enjoy.

(In no particular order)

You are a Runner - Wolf Parade (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
Beast for Thee - Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (Superwolf)
Long Haired Child - Devendra Banhart (Cripple Crow)
Upon This Tidal Wave - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (S/T)
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens (Illinois)
All the Wine - The National (Alligator)
You Are My Sister - Antony and the Johnsons (I Am A Bird)
Magpie - Mountain Goats (The Sunset Tree)
Dark Don't Hide It - Magnolia Electric Co. (Trials and Errors)

Bonus Tracks
Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens
Shine a Light - Wolf Parade

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:44 AM


BTO update

Dan from Blasting Trout Overbite (or BTO) wanted me to let you know that they just updated their site with tons of mp3s, news, and more. These guys rock the covers and the original tunes with lo-fi, humor, distortion, and screeching. You got to be in the mood for these guys, but when you are, it doesn't get much better. Check their site out here. Thanks Dan!

My Brass Scorpion
Say It Ain't So (Weezer cover)
No Diamonds
I Live In Beans
Anna Begins (Counting Crows cover)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:16 AM


Wednesday, November 16, 2005


OK, guys and gals, I found out who did the mix of the Dionne Warwick's Walk On By. The Grooveblaster contacted me, thanking me for the post, and provided me a link to the website. Oh, what a find. I thought Walk On By was great, but some of the original mixes here are top notch. I'm listening to I Get Lifted (George McCrae Remix) as I write this. To top it all off, Grooveblaster lives here in Raleigh. Small world... Enjoy the tracks below and make sure to check out Grooveblaster's website for more original and remixed tracks.

Dig the New Groove (original mix)
Romantic is the New Fantastic (original mix)

Gatekeeper (Feist remix)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:13 AM


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Old Canes

Layers of home-recorded toy pianos, children's xylophones, & trumpets, combined with the traditional folk-rock instuments of acoustic guitars, banjos, and harmonicas, fill my computer and my head. These amazing and upbeat rustic sounds are that of the Old Canes.

Old Canes is a band headed up by Appleseed Cast front man Christopher Crisci. He departs from the usual space rock for a multi-instrumental folk exploration and nails it. Recorded and mixed at home by Crisci, Early Morning Hymns, is a mix of folk, punk, indie, and bluegrass. Their debut album, Early Morning Hymns was released July 20, 2004 and can be purchased here or on iTunes. Take a listen to the tracks below.

Early Morning Hymns
Track Listing:
1. Blue Eleanor
2. Taxi On Vermont
3. Both Falling Bright
4. Life Is Grand
5. Early Morning Hymns
6. The Song Was Right
7. Then Go On
8. Face It
9. One Day
10. 7th Fret Closer

(mp3) Taxi On Vermont
(mp3) Face It

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:42 PM



Musical treats for everyone on this Tuesday. I found this mix of Walk On By last night and couldn't stop listneing to it. Warrick was great back in the day, pre-pshyic.

(mp3) Walk On By (mix) - Dionne Warwick

(mp3) Hearts - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
(Song written by Aram Stith, performed here live from Jackson, MS. New Album out 11/15, 2 xcd, Summer in the Southeast.)

(mp3) The Greatest - Cat Power (From her upcoming release in January '06, The Greatest.)

Beautiful song with Chan behind the piano. I can't wait for the release this Winter, and to note this is not a greatest hits album, but just the title of her new album.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:06 PM


Monday, November 14, 2005

So Much Silence

As anyone who has read this thing over time, you will realize I try to promote other sites and I just ran across So Much Silence and was quite impressed. I had a chance to listen to acoustic Cutie and Nada Surf at KCRW and much more. I like the set up over there, not just talking music, but relating music to life. Good job Kevin. Check out his site here or click the tab on my links.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:23 PM


Mix 1.8

Here is a mix of a few tracks that have been circling the office. A balanced mix of new and old. Oh the nostalgia. First Mix back and I think you'll like it. Remember, as always, if you like these sample tracks, please go out and purchase their music. Enjoy...

Cripple and the Starfish - Antony & the Johnsons
Quedate Luna - Devendra Banhart
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
Soul Meets Body - Deathcab for Cutie
Cat Heaven - Jets To Brazil
Why Did We Ever Meet - The Promise Ring
Because I Am - Broken Hearts are Blue
You are a Runner - Wolf Parade
Vietnam - Jimmy Cliff
Satisfaction - Cat Power

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:51 PM


Friday, November 11, 2005

Sufjan Stevens interview

A great interview with Sufjan Stevens (mixed in with music from Illinoise) from SignOnSanDiego's Under the Radar Show #1. The entire piece is around 21 minutes or so.

Sufjan Stevens Interview

source SignOnSanDiego

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:25 AM


Thursday, November 10, 2005


Artwork and musicians go hand and hand. Some good, some bad, but normally when an artist excels in one artistic outlet, they try another and another. Popular musician's artwork sells and the woek at Brooklyn Fire Proof is no different. With work by such artists as Devendra Banhart, and David Pajo, they are now, according to Secretly Canadian, going

Devendra Banhart

to feature the work of one of my favorite musicians, Jason Molina (Songs:Ohia).

"The piece is called "ghost songs" featuring over 400 drawings, lyrics, collages, paintings, prints, photos, and found objects placed in 12 small boxes. The artist will be performing some of his audio art as well." - SC

Jason had this to say about his artwork,
"My work is abstract, I don't sit and try to capture any specific scene or idea. On the road I love to draw on the little scraps of paper I find on the street... Somehow they all remind me at least of where I have been."

The show opens Friday November 18th. Doors open at 8pm and the cover is $6.

Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery
101 Richardson St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Other musicians that will be included in the show are:
DC Berman (Silver Jews)
John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)
Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession)
Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co.)
Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 7:49 PM


Blogging again

Well, its been about a month since my last post and, surprisingly, I have had alot of response and support to keep it up and I think I will finally have some more time to continue. Thanks to everyone for your emails, comments. More to come.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:07 PM