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Friday, December 30, 2005

Indie for Dummies Top 100

Indie For Dummies Top 100 is out now. They contacted music blogs, asked for their top 10 albums of 2005, and the culmination of all their hard work is now available here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:14 PM


VU: Time Fades Away

Although this album is not as hard to find as On the Beach on vinyl, it packs a punch and is sometimes overlooked in favor of Live Rust. If this was a year ago I would be posting about On the Beach, one of the greatest albums ever produced, but finally Neil Young released it on cd, so we focus now on the last of the "Trilogy", yet to be released on cd or re-released on vinyl, Time Fades Away. This album is full of so much emotion and raw power, due in part to alot of drinking and heartbreak. When I introduce someone to 70's Neil Young (In this I mean Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, and Zuma) I always save this album for last. Once they have experienced those albums , the fall, the damnation, the resurection, I push Time Fades Away their way and it becomes a must have. All Music had this to say about the history of the album...

"Anyone who has followed Neil Young's career knows enough not to expect a simple evening of mellow good times when they see him in concert, but in 1973, when Young hit the road after Harvest had confirmed his status as a first-echelon rock star, that knowledge wasn't nearly as common as it is today. Young's natural inclinations to travel against the current of audience expectations were amplified by a stormy relationship between himself and his touring band, as well as the devastating death of guitarist Danny Whitten, who died of a drug overdose shortly after being given his pink slip during the first phase of tour rehearsals. The shows that followed turned into a nightly exorcism of Young's rage and guilt, as well as a battle between himself and an audience who, expecting to hear "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold," didn't know what to make of the electric assault they witnessed. All the more remarkably, Young brought along a mobile recording truck to capture the tour on tape for a live album and the result, Time Fades Away, was a ragged musical parade of bad karma and road craziness, opening with Young bellowing "14 junkies, too weak to work" on the title cut, and closing with "Last Dance," in which he tells his fans "you can live your own life" with all the optimism of a man on the deck of a sinking ship. While critics and fans were not kind to Time Fades Away upon first release, decades later it sounds very much of a piece with Tonight's the Night and On the Beach, albums that explored the troubled zeitgeist of America in the mid-'70s in a way few rockers had the courage to face. If the performances are often loose and ragged, they're also brimming with emotional force, and despite the dashed hopes of "Yonder Stands the Sinner" and "Last Dance," "Don't Be Denied" is a moving remembrance of Young's childhood and what music has meant to him, and it's one of the most powerful performances Young ever committed to vinyl. Few rockers have been as willing as Young to lay themselves bare before their audience, and Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career -- like the tequila Young was drinking on that tour, it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects." AMG

An outstanding live album and a must for any 70's Neil Young fan. Enjoy Time Fades Away...

.: Time Fades Away
.: Journey Through the Past
.: Yonder Stands the Sinner
.: L.A.
.: Love in Mind
.: Don't Be Denied
.: The Bridge
.: Last Dance

(REMOVED 1/31/06)

Sign the petition to get the album released on cd

As always, this will be available for about two weeks, so sample while you can and hit the record store in hopes of finding your copy of Time Fades Away on vinyl. Pacific Ocean Blue is close to coming off. Check it out if you haven't already. Enjoy the weekend.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:01 PM


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Joanna Newsom Live

Joanna Newsom,

Live at the Earl in 2004. Something I've been listening to for some time and I thought I would share it here. Great show! Enjoy.

.: Yarn and Glue
.: Bridges and Balloons
.: The Book of Right On
.: Sprout and the Bean
.: Swansea
.: Three Little Babes
.: En Gallop
.: Sadie
.: Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:47 PM


The Nameless Faceless

"Classic Rock" influences mixed in the same bag that created My Morning Jacket and you have begun to scrape through the outer shell of The Nameless Faceless. The band's first album, Ribbon Blue, is now available for download on their site and the band's second album, Be In, was released earlier this year and is how I stumbled upon this four piece band from Canada. With elegant acoustic guitar work, soft ghost-like vocals and 7min tracks, what more could you want. Check out the band's website, their garageband site, their blog, and the tracks below.

From Be In

.: everything is the same now that you're gone
.: stars, trees, waves and love

Bonus via website:
Ribbon Blue

2.rhythm and thyme
3.sleepy smoke
4.the real northern blues saddened me
6.we meet with Pete

7.I have a mind
8.when greatness gets lost lungs are in my mind
10.I have half a mind
11.thank you

You can purchase a cd or mp3's of Be In via the band's website.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:40 PM


The Mice

I was listening to the WXYC today and who did I hear, none other than The Mice (circa 1987 w/Carolina) So, I thought I would post two tracks from Scat Records' release of For Almost Ever Scooter, an split LP with The Mice's 1986 EP, For Almost Ever, and the 1987 LP, Scooter.

.: Not Proud of the USA
.: More Than I Can Talk About

Order For Almost Ever Scooter

Mix 2.3 is in the works, The Collective Podcast 3 should be up next week with Beck covering Nick Drake, The Fitzgeralds, David Thomas Broughton and more , and VU Series 4 will be up before the week is out.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:50 PM


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Half-Handed Cloud

Half-Handed Cloud is the brain child of John Ringhofer. With his array of multi instrument/media productions, HHC takes us on a journey, his journey. Just check out his website as it opens with animated kangaroos, the virgin Mary and a squirrel. He has released three full length albums and his fourth, Halos & Lassos, is set to be released on Asthmatic Kitty in March of 2006. What struck me to write this post was the 10/05 release of the 5 track, 7" EP What's the Remedy. Recorded in a friend's basement years ago (2002) with, none other than AK's poster boy, Sufjan Stevens, the tracks combine songs of medicine, tablets, letters and graves. Check out one of the cuts below.

.: I Got A Letter

Take a listen to a few more tracks from prior releases

.: Animals are Cut in Two (from Thy is a Word & Feet Need Lamps)
.: We're Very Greatly Loved (from We Haven't Just Been Told, We have been Loved)
.: Can't Even Breath (from Learning About Your Scale)
.: The Body Binds Us (from Learning About Your Scale)

All albums can be purchased through AK or Insound or downloaded through emusic.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:11 AM


Don's Teeth

Releaseing his first LP in December with A Resounding Boo for the Suits, Don's Teeth (aka Jeff Nelson) has put together his finest effort to date. Altstream says the album, " tells an anti-corporate love story from the point of view that many will connect with; being trapped in a job, being trapped in a relationship, and how to look yourself in the mirror as you become what you said you never would." Take a listen below.

.: Pledge Allegiance & Pray

You can purchase the album through Insound or download at emusic.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:44 AM


Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Lake Holiday - Summer EP Series

Lake Holiday
Released on the My Mean Magpie internet label, from 2002, Send Off the Summer, and 2003, American Summer, come two of the three Summer EP's from the band Lake Holiday.

Send Off the Summer EP

.: Send Off the Summer
.: Shrewsbury Girl
.: Wonder What that Light is?
.: Daylight Faders

merican Summer EP

.: American Summer
.: Stereo Slave
.: Goodbye
.: Born on a Train (Magnetic Fields)
.: American Summer Version

As of 2005, the band currently consists of...

  • brad davis (vocals, guitar)
  • kate warren (keyboards, cello, vocals)
  • tim oakley (drums)
  • jordan armstrong (keyboards)
  • aaron booth (bass, vocals)

  • Lake Holiday has a myspace site, with updates and four tracks from their latest release, This Is How We Say Goodbye. (sample below)

    .: Press Record Then Play

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:57 PM


    Ten;Ten Compilation

    On my continued quest, I ran across this compilation. There are many great tracks here and is definently worth the download. For a little history, read below...

    "The year is 1998 and Lil’ RedWagon (run by Chris Abbott) is a new label just starting out, and a zine called Tape-Gun (written by Five Seventeen from My Mean Magpie Records) is approaching it’s third issue. Both are working on separate compilations. Lil’ Red Wagon focused its’ sights on the music of Japan and Tape-Gun was compiling artists for a cassette to accompany the next issue. They knew one another and, at the time, it seemed to make sense to pool their resources and funds and release a full blown CD. And the music began to pour in...

    As is the story with many of these compilations, funds, time and delays keep putting off the release. Bands break up, lose contact and everything gets lost, only to be released elsewhere or never. However, though the delays happened, the funds disappeared, and bands disappeared Ten; Ten was released on CDR and now is archived here."
    - quote

    01-The Yarns-Hello
    02-The Long Boat-What Time Tones Mix
    04-Kisswhistle-Game Match Were Set
    05-Lunchbox-Love Is All Around
    06-The Salteens-Crash The Market Version
    07-Strawberry Land-Change The World
    08-Mean Red Spiders-Secret Galaxy Twins Mix
    09-Georgia-George Orwell
    10-Jim Guthrie-Where Have All The Heroes Gone
    11-Red Go-Kart-Early Morning Playground
    12-Oval-Teen-Bending Spoons
    13-Jumprope-Forget That Girl
    14-Royal City-Theres A Hole In My Heart
    15-Recycled Pop-All-Right
    17-DeKooning-Fresh Fruit
    18-Sisterhood Of ConvolutedThinkers-Sakura No Heya
    19-Telegraph Melts-In Eggshell Seas (Remix)
    20-Kymbliss-I Fall
    21-UnlistedTrack-Kisswhistle-Pocketful Of Rainbows

    Or Download:
    64Kbps MP3 ZIP (34 MB)
    VBR ZIP (94 MB)
    Flac ZIP (476 MB)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:05 PM


    The Go! Team: Junior Kickstart

    Two tracks from The Go! Team's 2003, 12" EP, Junior Kickstart are available on and below...

    .: Junior Kickstart
    .: We Listen Everyday

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:43 PM


    Kill Rock Stars January releases

    Now that I'm back after the holidays, I had a chance to catch up on my surfing. I was over at Kill Rock Stars and on their front page is a sampling of the January releases, so I thought I would bring them here to you.

    .: Standing in the Way of Control - The Gossip
    (Standing in the Way of Control LP)
    .: Dawn Patrol - Exceptor
    (Sunbomber EP + 12")
    .: Now That You've Gone - Delta 5
    (Singles & Sessions 79-81)
    .: Tristan and Iseult - Tarkio

    You can make all purchases through Kill Rock Stars

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:02 PM


    Back in the Saddle

    Well I'm back in wonderful Raleigh, NC and I had an amazing time in FLA. I was fortunate enough to have recieved mass quantities of vinyl for Christmas and even scored a new Mac. I figured we would work it back slow today, at least that's the way I feel right now at 9am and only 2 cups of coffee. Oh, I hope everyone enjoyed the 2 podcsts I posted over the holidays, just something new I'm trying. Anyway on to what's spining today.

    Everyone has been high on Andrew Bird and I just found out why. Lucky for me he's coming my way 3/22/06. Check out one of his tracks from his latest LP, The Mysterious Production of Eggs (buy)

    .: A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left

    I've been listening to the 2 sample tracks from Holy Sons new 10" EP, My Only Warm Coals (buy) on Morc Reacords. Morc discribes the record, " both old and new recordings by grails -drummer emil amos. lofi countryfolk. 12 tracks with a perfect average length of 2 mins each."

    .: Under Dog Cringe
    .: The Bad Sleep Well

    Ever since I found out about Jim Diotte's band Between the Pine, they have been on constant rotation. Here is a track from his other band number 1, i love you.

    .: kissalil' bit

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:08 AM


    Tuesday, December 20, 2005

    Feuerbach EP

    , the recording project, consists of Felix and Rolf, both hailing from Genk, Belgium. Their EP,
    Ask Us No Questions And We'll Tell You No Lies, is the result of two people,

    "messing around with recording gear, and instruments that happened to be available at the time. Using acoustic and slide guitars, a banjo, playing on the drums with brushes, and soft singing…, eventually resulted in some kind of folk/pop."

    This EP is extremely good and I hope they find proper distrubution. With the EP you'll experience beautifully orchestrated acoustic guitars and banjos, coupled with warm, heartfelt vocals and lyrics. This is what I have been listening to all morning and I highly recommend downloading it.

    .: tv
    .: cadillac
    .: untitled
    .: guilty 2

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:13 AM


    Saturday, December 17, 2005

    VU: The "King" Kong Compilation

    First and formost this album has nothing to do with that damn ape. Now that that is out of the way. A few years ago my friend Peter introduced me to this amazing compilation because he knew I loved The Maytals, The Melodians, and Desmond Dekker. The album was released on cd at one point on the Mango label, but I see it going for $60 or more now and I actually perfer my LP recording of it because it is filled with analog scratches and crackles that makes for a perfect atmosphere.

    The "King" Kong Compilation (1968-1970) reveals the wealth of classic rock steady and early reggae produced by Leslie "King" Kong."One of several successful Chinese-Jamaican producers, Leslie Kong cut important sides during the ska, rocksteady, and early-reggae years up until his premature death in 1971. Working out of Beverley's, the restaurant/record shop he and his brothers owned, Kong came to prominence in the early and mid-'60s cutting hits for Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, and the Maytals, among many others. His early-reggae output circa 1970, though, represents some of his best work, and this Mango compilation brings together 16 highlights from that stretch. Besides such U.S. and U.K. hits as Dekker's "Israelites" and the Maytals' "Monkey Man," the disc includes equally stunning work by the Pioneers, the Melodians, Ken Boothe, and Ansel Collins." - AMG

    Trust me, this is a must for anyone who is a fan of reggae and I hope you enjoy the cuts. As with all of the VU series, this will be available for a limited time. Deadwood Divine has now been removed and I hope you had a chance to sample the tracks while you could. Enjoy The "King" Kong Compilation.

    .: Israelites - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    .: Monkey Girl - Toots & The Maytals
    .: Sweet Sensation - Melodians
    .: Freedom Street - Ken Boothe
    .: Let Them Say - Tyrone Evans
    .: Samfie Man - Pioneers
    .: It's My Delight - Melodians
    .: Peeping Tom - Maytals
    .: Rivers of Babylon - Melodians
    .: Gave You My Love - Delroy Wilson
    .: Bitterness of Life - Bruce Ruffin
    .: Sentimental Journey - Ansel Collins
    .: Long Shot Kick de Bucket - Pioneers
    .: Ah It Mek - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    .: Why Baby Why - Ken Boothe
    .: Monkey Man - Maytals

    I do highly recommend picking up a few essential reggae albums of the artist's above, especially the work of The Maytals, Melodians, and Desmond Dekker. Send me an email or post a comment if you would like my suggestions on any albums to purchase by these artists.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:52 AM


    Friday, December 16, 2005

    Merry Christmas from the Mountain Goats
    -both tracks are very good-

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:58 PM


    Between the Pine

    I was searching a few labels this afternoon and checked up on 80H, a primarily web based label with most releases available for direct download. On the front page is a beautiful record cover of two pine trees, two mountains and it looks to belong to an artist I may like. I am a sucker for great album art and when checking out new music, an album cover is all I have to go by. Nine out of ten times I find a winner when the artwork sticks out to me and this time is no exception.

    Between the Pine is Jim Diotte and I have to say I don't know much about this band other than he is from Road Island, but when I heard the tracks from 80H's free 3 track s/t ep, I was hooked. We Awoke draws Sufjan refrences, but stripped down to it's purest form. Please Sit Down, is deuted with his wife and their vocals blend so well together against an acoustic backdrop. I'll Carry My Father's Joke, plays more with instrumentation, but don't get me wrong, Diotte's vocals are still dancing in the foreground.

    This EP is great, and that I just discovered it is even better, and that it's free blows my mind. Download Between the Pine now. Check out Jim's website here and purchase is new LP from Hot Rod Porta. Check out We Awoke from the Between the Pines EP.

    .: We Awoke

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:07 PM


    Wilco: Live from Montreal

    Another Big O post and I will just link a few, but check them out to get the full 26 track album Wilco: Live from Montreal, Quebec 2005. Soundboard quality and amazingly good.

    .: Spiders/Kidsmoke
    .: Handshake Drugs
    .: I'm the Man Who Loves You

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:41 PM


    The Very Most

    The Very Most moniker is more of a one-man band based around singer/songwriter Jeremy Jensen, who records with the help of numerous friends. On the Coming in Second label, The Very Most has released Making the Case For Me, an album of, according to the label, "is powerful pop medallions, suitable for nights of quiet contemplation or the occasional frantic ice cream social." I don't know about this, but what I do know is that the two covers on his website are really good. I'll have to check out the LP and get back to you, but here are those great covers.

    .: I Can't Believe You Actually Died (Microphones)
    .: Cemetry Gates (Smiths)

    You can purchase Making the Case For Me here and download some great demos here.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:05 PM


    My sincere thanks...

    Black Ice on the roads but we're here safe and sound. I wanted to take a moment and thank a few new people who have recently been linking to me. Please check out each of these blogs, because they are all really good and make sure to check out the links on the side (aka Blogroll). The new links though belong to Brooklyn Vegan, Hanszun, and Take Your Medicine. Thank you all for posting about topics that are on the P&S and thanks for the links. I hope everyone is digging the music I'm posting and I'm honored and amazed at the traffic this site has been receiving (nothing huge, but for me it is) So thanks to the new guys on the list and a of course, a continued thanks to the rest of you.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:33 AM


    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    You Should'a Been There: Rock 'n' Roll Sessions

    No I didn't join in last week when eveyone was writing about John Lennon, so I guess this is my Lennon tribute. It's merely pointing you in the right direction if you haven't been there yet, but Big O has posted tracks from a recording session, dubbed the You Should'a Been There: Rock 'n' Roll Sessions from October of 1973, produced by Phil Spector. Below are three tracks for you to sample, but to download thewhole album and artwork check out Big O.

    .: Be My Baby
    .: Ain't That a Shame
    .: Medley: Rip It Up/ Ready Teddy

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:50 PM


    Celebrate Christmas with Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire spreading that holiday cheer from
    Win's 2001 Christmas party. The tracks were given to Big O as a gift and I will pass this one along to you as well. Check out Big O for the four tracks and sample one of them right here.

    .: O Holy Night

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:15 AM



    I've been listening to Phosphorescent since A Hundred Times or More and with his debut on Mirsa earlier this year (Aw Come Aw Wry), he takes his music to another level with unforgetable vocals and more defined arrangements of experimentaion. It's been spinning here more recently so I thought I would bring to your attention "the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain" - London Evening Standard

    "Aw Come Aw Wry moves the band's loose, ever-shifting arrangements away from the sparse and melodic and toward the rowdy and unhinged, at times conjuring a free, revival-tent spirit awash in homespun orchestrations and brushed with spiritual and psychedelic undertones." -Misra

    Check out his Mirsa site here, his myspace, and you can purchase to download here or cd here.

    .: Joe Tex, These Taming Blues
    .: I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:31 AM


    Wednesday, December 14, 2005

    Prayers and Tears: Psalterie available

    The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers have released their long out of print first album, Psalterie for free download on their website. This is a true treat and thanks to TB for the heads up. Due to many requests, and the kindness of the band, we now can own a copy of the album that started it all, with new artwork, cover and reverse to download as well. Please partake and enjoy.


    book i

    1. on the occasion of a departure (ps 39:4)
    2. eterna (concerning the end of the world) (ps 30:9)
    3. another rock star laments (ps 88:5)
    4. a second reply to st. anselm of canterbury in his adolescence (ps 17:15)
    5. shaking apart (ps 35:14)

    book ii

    6. the sun fell on you (ps 119:82)
    7. come ye sinners poor and needy (ps 109:22)
    8. the most important words (ps 80:5)
    9. saving since september (ps 89:49)
    10. new york (all the right angles) (ps. 59:6)


    11. honesty out / unhappy in love

    I highly recomend checking out their website here and purchasing the Mother of Love Emulates the Shapes of Cynthia. Here is a sample:

    .: concerning lessons learned from the aliens

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:26 AM


    Donna Regina plus new tracks

    Woah. Stop in my tracks good. Donna Regina signing to us with that beautifully suductive voice. Dreamy, German and described by a polish journalist as "Immensely beautiful, charming and melancholic avant-pop music, permeated by healing female warmth" and I could not agree more. On this cold cold morning, this is warming me from the inside. Check out her site here, Karaoke Kalk here, and purchase her music here

    .: How Beautiful (from Slow Killer)
    .: Late (from Late)

    GvB has a new Sufjan track.
    MOKB has the new Postal Serivce track.
    Grooveblaster has a new mix of a Charles Mingus track.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:39 AM


    WXYC: Webcasting 10th Anniversary cd

    I'm new here (NC), well it's been about 5 years now, but one thing that I have found here in North Carolina is good music. Whether its radio like WKNC or WXYC or if it's venues like The Cat's Cradle and Local 506, the Triangle provides oppourtunities for musicians/fans to explore all different types of music. My friend and former DJ, Todd (that's twice now) turned me onto WXYC and with their webcast (first station in the country by the way), I have another option for good music pumping through my speakers everyday. To celebrate their 10th Anniversary of webcasting they released, what else, but a cd of some of the music that has graced the station's airwaves. The whole thing is available for download by mp3 or by torrent. I'll post a few tracks here, but check out their site to get the whole album and help support an independent college radio station. For more information about WXYC's Webcasting 10th Anniversary Celebration, click here.

    1. Report about WXYC’s Pioneering Webstream
    2. JETT RINK - Born Hungry
    3. THE MOANERS - Everybody Wants My Baby
    4. PROTEAN SPOOK - Live at the Penland (NC) School of Crafts
    5. AUDUBON PARK - The Blasted Heath
    6. MALT SWAGGER - Binger
    7. SHALLOW BE THY NAME - maxi-yow-mini
    8. SPECTAC & MEDIAN - Life Ain’t Easy
    9. BRINGERER - Bush Laden Family BBQ
    10. BLACK TAJ - Woke Up Tired
    11. CANTWELL GOMEZ & JORDAN - Shayna Wuz Here... Peeing Like a Cheetah
    12. $TINKWORX - Pararrayos
    13. MICRO-EAST COLLECTIVE - Cells - One to Many
    14. WORK CLOTHES - South Bronx
    15. CAN JOANN - the victor
    16. TORCH MARAUDER - Manowar (Sweet Revenge)
    17. HOTEL MOTEL - Breaking Into Pictures
    18. COLD SIDES - Carrier Frequency
    19. SHARK QUEST - Open Season
    20. ETTA BAKER - Lost John
    21. LIBRANESS - Sykes Temple Lane
    22. THE SAMES - All We Need Is a Friend
    23. JACUZZI BROTHERS - bright tiger
    24. BILLY SUGARFIX - A Space Nomad’s Wildest Dreams

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:01 AM


    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Benjamin Costello

    I just found out about Benjamin Costello, a singer/songwriter from Ithica, NY. I posted his cover of Such Great Heights on my Covers selection and Im really getting into his stuff. He has a bunch of covers, originally pinned material, and an impressive 13 song acoustic set of Radiohead tracks that he performed in concert. Acoustic guitar accompained by a soft sweet voice, makes for a perfect Sunday morning soundtrack. If you like the samples below, please check his site out and try to catch one of his shows. You can sample much more of his work here and visit his bandspace here. Definitetly worth a listen.

    .: Vincent
    .: Such Great Heights
    .: Motion Picture Soundtrack
    .: Nice Dream
    .: The Scientist

    .: Fall (original)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:35 AM


    Covers: (you know you love them)

    .: Ohio (Damien Jurado) - CocoRosie
    .: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel) - Matt Pond PA
    .: Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson) - Iron & Wine/Calexico
    .: Harvest (Neil Young) - James Mercer (of the Shins)
    .: Such Great Heights (Postal Service) - Benjamin Costello (website)
    .: Don't Think Twice (Bob Dylan) - Nick Drake
    .: Ignition (R Kelly) - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

    Just some of my favorite covers that I'm listening to right now. Support the artist, buy their albums.

    **Deadwood Divine tracks are coming down soon.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:43 AM


    Monday, December 12, 2005

    Cast King

    Well I owe this find solely to Songs:Illinois (that's two mentions in one day, check out his blog if you haven't already)

    Cast King,
    "a 79 year old country music journeyman hails from a small spot in the hills of Alabama between Heaven and hard luck called Old Sand Mountain where he has been distilling and refining original country music tunes for the last 6 1/2 decades. The singer and guitarist, who disappeared from the music scene in the early 1960s, was rediscovered by Matt Downer, a country-music aficionado who was traveling around Alabama documenting the songs of aging musicians. Together they recorded "Saw Mill Man," a collection of ballads with names like "Cheap Motel" and "Wino."
    - Locust website

    I am totally in love with his music and the downloads I got from his site. To top it all off, I just heard him on our local radio WXYC and I knew that I had to purchase his LP, Saw Mill Man. I just made the purchase a few moments ago, one of 500 vinyl copies. This will be perfect to listen to alone, in my den, with a glass of MM. You can purchase your copy here.

    I also wanted to post this to let you know that emusic just uploaded the album and it is now available for download here. This album is a must!!!

    .: Wino
    .: Saw Mill Man
    .: Memphis, TN

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:11 PM


    Mix 2.2

    Ancient Crys - Norfork and Western
    Familar - Radiant Darling
    Last Songs - Gunshy
    Saw Mill Man - Cast King
    10,000 Roses (For Me) - Marzuki
    The Pruner's Pair - Josephine Foster
    The Golden Gate - Dame Satan
    Amateur Drunks - Casey Meehan
    The Clock Makers Daughter - The Notes and Scratches
    The Ghost Mary and her Friends - Pet Politics
    - Jens Lekman (live from Stora Teatern)

    This is a must download, from Secretly Canadian comes Jens Lekman: Live at Stora Teatern. You can download it from emuisc here. Highly Recomended!

    Speaking of Jens, through a link from Song:Illinois, leading us to Lonoise, comes 5 mpeg clips from Jens Lekman and Jose Gonzalez Live in Gothenburg (2003) dvd

    All music may be purchesed here or downloaded here. If you like what you hear, please go and support independent music.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:16 PM


    Friday, December 09, 2005

    VU: Pacific Ocean Blue

    Recorded from September 1976 through the Spring of 77, Pacific Ocean Blue has to be one of the best records ever made, period. For some reason there has been no official cd release ( edit: it has come to my attention that POB was released for a few month’s in the early 90’s. Thanks.), although in the early eighties they did released cassette versions of this amazing album. There are a few albums that have been on my must have list and when I found my copy of Pacific Ocean Blue, it was like Christmas x 10. In my opionion Dennis Wilson is highly underrated and the songs in which he wrote rival that of any Beach Boys or Brian Wilson tune. With the Beach Boys he released Forever, Love Surrounds Me, and Baby Blue, to name a few (although Love Surround Me and Baby Blue were scheduled to be on his follow up album to POB, Bamboo) and at the time of there release, they were by far the best songs on their respective albums. Some point to Dennis' increased role in the BB as being directly related to Brian Wilson's departure, and this may be true, but this increased role in writing and vocals helped give birth to , what I consider one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Pacific Ocean Blue.
    I am listing only seven tracks from the album. It will give you a broad overview of the album and if you would like me to include the other five tracks, let me know. Due to the emails I recieved the Whole Album is available. When I was searching for the ablum a few years ago, I came across Dan Addington's website, a detailed history of Wilson's solo career, so check it out if you have the interest. It's a great read. Remember, these tracks will only be available for a few weeks, so sample them while you can and I really hope you enjoy Pacifc Ocean Blue.

    .: River Song
    .: Dreamer
    .: Thoughts of You
    .: Pacifc Ocean Blues
    .: You and I
    .: Farewell my Friend
    .: End of the Show
    .: What's Wrong
    .: Moonshine
    .: Rainbows
    .: Friday Night
    .: Time

    (**Jan. 7th - removed**) (3/07 Can be found here on the site)

    (all in mp3 format - right click, save as)
    (edit: Well after the emails I recieved, I posted the remainder of the album. Enjoy)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:27 AM


    Thursday, December 08, 2005

    The Collective and other News

    Well I'm finally getting that music video show (The Collective) together and I really have some great videos planned for the first episode. I've been working with Barsuk and Beggars (looking for any and all other record / independent labels to contribute) and some local labels to produce the first show. Locally we will air videos from Farewell, a band out of Greensboro, The Know, from Raleigh, and Jimmy and the Teasers (they do the theme music for Second Cinema). Nationally we will have videos from Nada Surf, The Mountain Goats, Devendra Banhart, Calla, and The National to name a few. We are really excited and hope that we can help expose these artists to the general public in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area. If you guys know any artists, or you are an artist, and would like to contribute to the show, please send me an email.

    In other news. I just purchased The Notes and Scratches cd last night and it's great. If you liked the samples that were up here yesterday, then you will love the album. If you purchase online you get the hand drawn cd mailed to you, but you also get immediate access to all songs via mp3 download and a digital booklet. Awesome album! You can purchase Uh OH! here.

    Alessio and Francesco from Indie for Dummies , an Italian MP3 Blog, contacted me (their trying to contact every music blog, so no, I'm not that special) in regards to providing them with a Top 10 list of the albums of 2005. Very difficult to narrow to ten, but I did, along with 6 extra albums that had to be mentioned. I look forward to their results and check out their site. Thanks guys.

    Well it seems that I have been posting alot lately, but I guess I have the time and trust me there's plenty to post about. I will be doing another Vinyl Upload Series installment either tomorrow or this weekend so check that out. It'll be well worth it.

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:14 PM



    Vetiver is a San Francisco band consisting of frontman and cheif songwriter Andy Cabic, accompanied by Devendra Banhart, Alissa Anderson, and Jim Gaylord. I confess I didn't know much about the band, but when I heard the tracks below I knew it was an absolutley a must have. I downloaded it from here and was I right. What a gem!!!

    They have released tracks on samplers and what not, but finally released the full length album in 2004 and are currently wrapping up the mixing of their latest endevour. They released the Between EP earlier this year and I can't wait to hear what's next. Check out their website here. You can order through Midheaven or download here or here. Enjoy two tracks from their S/T debut and one from the the EP.

    .: Farther On (from s/t)
    .: On A Nerve (from s/t)

    .: Been So Long (from Between EP)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:09 AM


    Fairytale of New York re-issue

    I always find it crazy when you read a post on someone else's blog that you yourself were going to cover. So I was searching my favorite blogs this morning with my first cup of coffee and low and beyold, Justin at An Aquarium Drunk had beat me to the punch on the song Fairytale of New York, and only by a few hours or so. So I will direct you guys to An Aquarium Drunk for posting the track before me, but I have some news that is not over there. The band of course is The Pogues, the song Fairytale of New York, the news:

    "The most famous single by The Pogues is to be re-released on December 18, 2005. The song was originally released in 1987 and reached number two in the UK Christmas charts. The re-release date was chosen to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, who duets with Shane MacGowan on the track. Proceeds from the record will be donated to the Justice For Kirsty Campaign, which is petitioning the Mexican government to more thoroughly investigate the circumstances of Kirsty’s death, and the homeless charity Crisis At Christmas."

    The formats will be as follows:

    * 7" - Fairytale / Battle March Medley
    * CD - Fairytale / Instrumental Singalong
    * DVD - Fairytale / Fairytale Video / TOTP performance

    Also the BBC will air the documentary The Story of Fairytale of New York on December 19, 21:00 on BBC3. Repeat showings will be on December 22, 23:30 and December 25, 00:40 on BBC3. More showings may be announced later.

    This documantary, produced in late 2005, features interviews from all of The Pogues involved in the recording, Matt Dillon (featured in the music video), Jean MacColl (Kirsty's mother), Steve Lillywhite (the song's producer and Kirsty's husband), Nick Cave, Jools Holland, and many more.

    So if your across the pond make sure to check that out. Hopefully we will get it here on my regular BBC channel. A truly amazing song and hands down, one of the best Christmas song ever written.

    (mp3) Fairytale of New York

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:43 AM


    Wednesday, December 07, 2005

    Gunshy: Souls

    Speaking of The Gunshy, yesterday he released Souls. Matt Arbogast has been performing under the moniker of The Gunshy for around six years now and is one of the constants in my music library. Souls is an amazing album of love and desperation and should be in your catalog.


    3 JANUARY 2006
    263 E Lincoln Hwy, Dekalb, IL
    w/ Ricky Fitts, Mustangs and Madras

    18 JANUARY 2006
    3159 N Southport, Chicago, IL
    W/ Get Him, Eat Him, This is Me Smiling

    If you are in those areas try and catch the show and grab a copy of the LP. The Gunshy's website is here and Souls can be purchased here.

    Last Songs (from Souls)
    What Will They Speak of you When Your Gone (EP)

    Reason to Retreat (from No Man's Blues)

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:36 AM


    The Notes and Scratches

    Thanks to Chris from Gorrilla vs. Bear for the heads up on The Notes and Scratches. I checked out the tracks provided and with my love for Waits and Gunshy my ears perked up upon hearing Joshua Dumas voice. This is a must have. These tracks have been on constant rotation here and I highly recommend checking these guys out. Also check out their live performance on Chicago's WLUW. The band's bio can be found here, their website here, and you can purchase Uh-Oh! here.

    The Hours
    In the City of Eggtimers
    The Lines Reveal
    The Clock Makers Daughter

    WLUW live set

    Purchase Uh-Oh! here

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:13 AM


    Mix 2.1

    Various Stages - Great Lake Swimmers
    Black Cab - Jens Lekman
    Are Birthday's Happy - Jens Lekman
    You're In Maya - The Mountain Goats (live Cat's Cradle '99)
    Black Cats - Broadcast (download from Better Propaganda)
    Older - Mi and L'au
    Popstar Reaching Oblivion - Flotation Toy Warning
    On a Nerve - Vetiver
    Oceans of Weep - Ariel Pink
    Deep Sea Diver - Grizzley Bear
    Blue Bird - Rosebuds
    At the Department of Forgotten Songs - Jens Lekman

    American Boys - Broadcast

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:40 AM


    Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    The Mountain Goats: Jack & Faye 7"

    Jack & Faye 7"

    About the Jack & Faye 7" from John:

    "Jack and Faye was to have been a 7" containing the final recordings by theMountain Goats of the Sweden/Nine Black Poppies/Nothing for Juice era. There were multiple delays. At one point there was finished artwork. Then there were more delays. Eventually history staked its claim on these recordings and it was almost as though they never even existed at all.

    The songs themselves were recorded in December of 1995 and January of 1996 in Chicago, Illinois and San Dimas, California. John and Rachel considered them some of their best work and were especially fond of "Raid on Entebbe." Time has given them a somewhat melancholy air. We hope you enjoy them."

    Above from Enjoy...

    Side A:

    Raid on Entebbe

    Side B:
    An Inscription at Salonae
    There Will Always Be An Ireland

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:53 PM


    Floation Toy Warning

    Flotation Toy Warning are ..."rooted in creating a truly postmodern sound. Their ambitious debut album, Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck, cements this London five-piece as modern masters of their own brand of baroque, experimental pop." bio from Misra

    They truely do expand the horizon in experimental pop and it does draw a slight comparision to that of Jens Lekman/mixed with the Flaming Lips and maybe that's why I am getting into them and wanted to pass along these guys to you. An orchstra of beautiful sounds, dream-like harmonies, electronic beats and sound samples, mixed with the amazing vocals of Donald Drusky and co. provides the listener a glimpse into a sonic landscape of epic proportions. Check out their website and the two tracks below.

    Popstar Reaching Oblivion
    Happy 13

    You can purchase the album here or download here or here

    posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:56 AM