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Friday, February 24, 2006

I'm piling up here and I apologize to those who are waiting for reviews and I do have a lot of great bands to pass along. Unfortunatly for you music lovers I will be out of town for about a week on buisness with no computer access or time to post. Please enjoy some past posts and make sure to check the acrhives, most mp3 links are still active. When I return, live concert mp3's, a new VU Series, some reviews, and bands that I know, you need to know. Thanks and have a good one!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:07 PM


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Division Day

Well this post is about a band I met through myspace and gvb. Hailing from California, Division Day is Seb Bailey, Rohner Segnitz, Ryan Wilson, and Kevin Lenhart. They have recorded at John Vanderslice's legnedary, Tiny Telephone studios and have toured with the likes of Xiu Xiu, Cass McCombs, and Tristeza. Now that we have the introductions out of the way, let's get down to business.

Division Day is good. It's just that simple, and when I see a band from California, I hesitate for a second, and hope it's not, what I like to call a "Hollywood" band, automatically thinking Pop Magazines and Teen Beat covers, and alot of things come to mind and an excellent band is not always the first thing. Thankfully, Division Day does not dissapoint. Like I said, these guys are good. The band has recently released their EP, The Mean Way In (A full length, Beartrap Island, is already in the final stages of production) and it's an awesome accomplishment for a second ep and has been in constant rotation since I got it.

The artwork is excellent. (You know how I need good art) Birds flocking and scattering, filled literally with colors of pinks and greens and blues and on the inside, an anteater foreground to a background of the same frontal colors. Great artwork, real earthy, and I must say they sound a little different than my first assumption based solely upon the cover.

In their sound, there is a geniuine feeling of sincerity to the music and no matter what region they sound like, (I'm still shocked their from CA), everyone in the band is hitting on all cylinders. They seem to know their roles and choose to excel. Distinct rhythms with percussion, great guitar and bass work, and haunting organ/keyboards fill this disc and provide the perfect accompaniment to Segnitz vocals.

The Mean Way In is six songs, but each seems to have it's own persona, and I guess that's really what an ep's for, to showcase your best work in hopes of getting that lp together. I will tell you what though, this ep succeeds on all accounts, lyrically and musically. Out of the six tracks, three stand out to me right away, but as I listen as I write this, the more and more I hear these songs, they really are all worthy of posting as fine examples of Division Day's sound. I will however post the selections from their site and they are listed below.

If you are unfamiliar with Division Day, please check out their site and if you like their tracks, purchase this disc and let it fuel your desire to own Beartrap Islandthis Spring. *Note* Once you get the EP, I suggest listening to it twice in a row at a minimum. Firstly to absorb their sound and secondly for the lyrics. Upon further listening, you'll hear it, these guys can write. Check out the tracks below from this release and a few from the upcoming Beartrap Island.

(from The Mean Way In EP)
.: Bad Black Moon
.: There Is No Telling

(from Beartrap Island)
.: Colorguard
.: Tigers
.: Tap-Tap, Click-Click

[website] [purchase] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:31 PM


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Yer Bird Blog

Virginia based record label Yer Bird now has a blog. The label that houses Nic Garcia and Sounds Like Fall is picking up steam every step of the way and if you haven't already, it's time to step aboard. Check out their sites listed below and a few tracks from their current releases, Nic Garcia's 'The Desperate Ones' and Sounds Like Fall's 'The Wolf is at the Door'.

Nic Garcia
.: Triumph
.: The Black Turn Pink

Sounds Like Fall
.: St. Majella
.: Dust Pile
.: Pretty Little House

[website] [myspace] [blog]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:36 PM


La Guerre Des Tuques

As mentioned before, I've been slammed here and more reviews of some of the latest albums I've received will be up shortly, along with a new VU Series.

I posted earlier, Valentines Day in fact, about the band The Diskettes, well David Barclay of that band, members of Parka 3, and friends have created a new band called La Guerre Des Tuques and they have just released their first lp. This S/T effort is described by Asaurus as "Musically, La Guerre des Tuques is rather void. Attempts were made towards The Make Up, The Montage, and Friend's era Beach Boys, while successes were found mostly in the vein of a moody and sullen Ohio Express or a technically improficient and thematically limited Aja-era Steely Dan."

Beach Boy harmonies are ever present and if you liked David's voice before, then you'll love it here. Check out the first single below and two others from Barclay's site, and stay tuned for more. I'm pilling up here.

.: Welcome to Paridise
.: Willy
.: Carnival

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:08 PM


Monday, February 20, 2006

M. Ward live

M. Ward concert from July 29, 2004 (Merge 15th Anniversary celebration) More posts this week. Have a lot to say. Enjoy.

.: Duet for Guitars/Hellicopters
.: Deep, Dark Well
.: Let's Dance
.: Outta My Head
.: The Story of an Aritist
.: Forever Young (Merge Toast)
.: Rivers
.: It Hurts Me Too
.: Instrumental
.: Sad, Sad Song
.: Vincent O' Brien
.: Undertaker

[website] [purchase] [download] (photo: Laurent Orseau)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:18 AM


Friday, February 17, 2006

Neil Young: Live 1971

I've had a lot of response to the TFA VU Series and if you are still interested, please give me an email, but this post should give you something else to crave, even if it's just for a moment. It's what I've been listening to non-stop.

Big O has recently uploaded Neil Young live at Massey Hall in Toronto Canada from January 19, 1971. The files are a few generations down from the master, so unfortunatly there is a small hiss though out but that will seem to disappear when you get shivers down your spine hearing Neil say, "This is a new song..." and that song is Old Man. His voice sounds so young and vibrant and this is a must have. I'm excited just telling you about it. Download the whole concert here or sample three of the tracks below and then head over.

.: Old Man
.: See The Sky About To Rain
.: Don't Let It Bring You Down

[Big O]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:44 AM


I've been slammed at work lately and pretty much in all areas of my life recently, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I've been tring to get at least one a day, but you usual readers are accustomed to more like three or four posts, so hopefully I can catch up this weekend. I have a lot of great stuff coming up. I just got a huge in-pouring of lps/eps and such and some of which I've been waiting for, dying to post, but I wanted to hear the whole lp/ep before mentioning it. Also a lot of other projects are on the horizons, so as always thanks for reading and thanks for listening.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:38 AM


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Kazumasa Hashimoto

Nobel releases music under the concept of "music for daily life" and has just signed internationally acclaimed composer Kazumasa Hashimoto to their label. Nobel's 11th release will be Hashimoto's 3rd album, Gllia. The album will be release March 10th and is on my list to purchase. The mixture of piano, electronics and field recordings, along with his amazing orchestration, sends the listener into a highly imaginative and fantastical soundscape. The track Monochrome prome to me sounds like re-birth, a rejuvination, if you will, or re-dedication. Check it out below. It worth a listen, especially if you liked my world's end girlfriend post.

.: Monochrome prome

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:54 PM


Wednesday, February 15, 2006


The latest release from the Locust cannon (Locust 76) is the LP, The Secret Miracle Fountain, by Function. Based on the tracks I've heard from the release, this is a must own. Function is the communally based band headed up by Australian native Matt Nicholson. The Secret Miracle Fountain is a "lush & transcendental rock album" recorded in over 10 countries during a 3 1/2 year period. Ambient sounds mixed with subtle vocals makes for a nice blend of other-worldy folkish post-rock that feels so organic it hurts. Function is definitely a band to keep your eye on.

.: beloved, lost to begin with
.: the redhook overview

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:58 PM


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

They Shoot Horses Don't They

Speaking of albums that are going to be released on February 21st, one of the one's I'm looking forward to the most is the debut LP, Boo Hoo Hoo Boo, from the 8 piece Canadian band known as They Shoot Horses Don't They. Released on the Kill Rock Stars label, they describe the release as having, " Lyrical themes of desperation, betrayal and hardship, brought to light in this overly joyful jittery music". I don't know if that quote seems to promote the music or not, but trust me, it's good.

They also compare them to a few other bands, but I refuse to list all of them here sense I don't see the contection so out right, but one I do see is the Danielson Famile. If Bergman was still making movies, he might have this band on the soundtrack. How's that! You should know that these guys have shared the stage with Xiu Xiu and the de-funked that says alot. Check out Emptyhead from Boo Hoo Hoo Boo, available 2/21.

.: Emptyhead

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:27 PM


Stone Jack Jones

If Americana was founded in a back alley, Stone Jack Jones would be crowned it's prince. This is meant in the highest regards and a compliment to a man who I slowly find myself being more connected with than previously thought. I first heard of Jones through AD, and further through Team Clermont. Dark shards of lyrics surrounded by everything from ambient drones, to acoustic guitars to wind chimes to drum machines, and when combined with the female accompaniment on Smile, a new world, of tattered white gowns and whistling winds blowing through dimly lit halls, emerges as a triumph in Jones' favor.

His dad, a fourth generation miner, told his son, "Don't be the fifth", and upon those words, Jones began his life of music and wandering. Raised in a coal miner's company house, and being seduced with the dark woods surrounding the camp, it would not surprise me if Jones sees his life in shades of grey amidst a backdrop of charcoal shaded drawings. Charcoal trees, cottages, and towns, smudged out with his arm, as he drags his music across the landscape from one town to the next. Only to return and realize the beauty he created.

Stone Jack Jones had this to say about music, "music brings me here. music wakes me in the morning and carries me through the day and puts me to sleep at night. when i sleep music dreams me. music is a force of nature. it plays me like an instrument. it plays my blood, my bones and muscles, my flesh, my heart and breathing. music weaves me between worlds. it soothes the beast and scatters the seeds. it brings me to you..."

A chance meeting with Patty Griffin and a friendship with uber-producer Roger Moutenot got him making records and his latest release, Bluefolk, on Fictitious Records, is set to be released on February 21st. I highly recommend checking out the three tracks below, all of which will be featured on Bluefolk, and then make way to purchase this highly anticipated LP.

.: Bread
.: Smile
.: Rage

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:06 PM


The Diskettes

You want something for Valentines Day don't you, we all do. Well, The Diskettes are what I have been listening to all day and are the closest thing to love and happy thoughts that I can give you. This trio, ( Emily Beliveau, David Barclay, and Maggie Livingstone) now living Montreal, are filled with catchy, feel-good pop tunes that you can't get out of your head. If you need something to get a smile on your face and love in your heart, I highly recommend checking out the songs below from The Diskettes.

From Weeknights at Island View Beach
.: 1 2 3 4 5
.: get ! together !

From their first record S/T
.: art
.: mr. lee
.: gossip

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:00 PM


Monday, February 13, 2006

The Arrogants

The Arrogants are like your best friend's band.

They have recently released their 3rd effort, You've Always KnownWhen Best To Say Goodbye, a 23 track cd/dvd. Having released eps in the past, I figured this to be a full length release (it is), but after sampling the tracks provided on The Arrogants' website I wasn't so sure until I read what Twee Kitten had to say about the release. "This release can be considered to be an additional 3 eps - one mostly poppy, one mostly moody, one mostly mellow". That explains everything.

Out of the six songs provided three jumped out at me automatically and have not stopped in the rotation here. A mix between The Sundays and Cub, and if this is your sort of thing I recommend checking these guys out. Below are 3 tracks from You've Always KnownWhen Best To Say Goodbye.

.: Cool Shoes
.: Lovesick
.: Butterflies

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:05 AM



I received an email from Patrick Pleau, frontman to the band Plajia out of Montreal. They touted, they had a "Radiohead-esque, Pink Floyd-esque sound without the glory and fame." and dammit if they weren't dead on their claims. If you like either one of those bands (more Pink Floyd) I would recommend checking out Plajia.

.: Am I A Magician?
.: The Party

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:25 AM



New Wilderness. I got to be honest, the first time I heard these guys I wasn't hooked, but the more I listened the more I liked. A 2xLP version of critically acclaimed "self-titled" debut record is to hit stores on March 7th, 2006. You know I love vinyl! And their second album, Vessel States, will be released cd/lp/download on April 11, 2006. So there's some new stuff for you Wilderness fans. Check out Emergency from the upcoming release and Arkless from the S/T.

.: Emergency (from Vessel States)
.: Arkless (from s/t)

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:20 AM


Friday, February 10, 2006


I just met these guys on Myspace and boy are they good. Limbs released the Limbs EP in 2005 and are fixing to release a follow up EP in early 2006. If you have not checked these guys out yet, please do so. Limbs are Jeff Stultz: Vocals/Guitar/Bass, Chris Pressler: Drums, and Oisin O'Brien: Bass/Guitar. You can still purchase the limited edition run of the EP from their website. Sample the tracks below from Limbs EP.

.: Complications
.: Dead Language
.: Turn the Soil

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:18 AM


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Awful Bliss Records

Awful Bliss Records is a new record label out of Italy headed up by Pat & Giulio. They are hard at work on their first release, Songs For Another Place, a double cd compilation (39 tracks) of previously unreleased tracks from USA/Canadian and Itailian bands. Some of the artists to be featured are Great Lake Swimmers, unbunny, Elephant Micah, Swearing by Motorists, and Phosphoescent. This should be a great cd and you can check out more about the label, their in-depth interviews and this release at Awful Bliss.

-Great Lake Swimmers
-Elephant Micah
-Will Johnson

First Release: Songs For Another Place (cover)

The CD1 cared by Awful_Bliss includes songs of :

The CD2 cared by Urtovox includes songs of :

Second Release from Faris Nourallah, Il suo cuore di transistor (cover)

"Critics point at Faris as one of the smartest songwriters around, comparing him to the likes of Ray Davies, John Lennon and Plush and his records' feeling to literary milestones like 'Catcher in the Rye" - ABR

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:27 PM



Jarid del Deo is the man behind unbunny. With help from his friends he puts together amazing records. His most recent effort has been the Typist EP, appearing on Important Records. This has now sold out and understandably so. It's good, real good. In 2004 he released the critically acclaimed Snow Tires (Hidden Agenda), which is equally stunning. A confessional that leaves you breathless.

Better Propaganda described the album as, "This is one of those records we lifelong music fans dream about as it combines the fragility of Elliott Smith, the humanity of Neutral Milk Hotel, the melodic sensibility of Matthew Sweet, and the careworn metaphors of The Mendoza Line."

Now that's an endorsement!
I highly recommend checking out unbunny!

.: X (from Typist EP)
.: I Leave Stones Unturned (from Snow Tires)
.: Pink Lemonade (from Snow Tires)
.: In a Way (from Black Strawberries)

[website] [myspace] [purchase here or here] [download emusic]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:50 AM


Bat For Lashes updates

Firstly, a new song, Mother Sea, has been added to the Audio section of the site and below.

Also, Bat For Lashes will be releasing a 7" single on Drowned in Sound some time in March/April. It will be The Wizard backed with I Saw a Light. It will also be available as a download single.

And lastly, Bat For Lashes will be playing a show for Les Inrockuptibles in Paris on the 16th March. So if your Paris side, make sure you check them out.

.: Mother Sea


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:05 AM


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Not able to post much today, but check out these finds from fellow bloggers...

So Much Silence has Colin Meloy's NPR concert broken down into individual mp3s. Awesome!

An Aquarium Drunkard has M. Ward 2004 Morning Becomes Eclectic

Muzzle of Bees has a Feathers track (good) and a Devendra track from his split with Jana Hunter.

YANP has Page France on WDET

The Rawking Refuses to Stop has 2 tracks from teh upcoming Danielson release, Ships.

Just some of the highlights that I've come across.
Be back tomorrow.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:35 PM



Here's a bit of a change...Swedish pop in the form of The Loveninjas who perform in costumes and sing about whether to kill or make love, and about death, sex and Japanese girls. How can this not be good. Enjoy what is said to be, not really a band, but a concept.

.: Keep Your Love
.: Meet Me Here

(qtv) I'm Really Sorry

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:13 AM


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice

Just thought I would give the mention that on 2/21 Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice will be releasing Gipsy Freedom CD/2xLP on 5RC. It's been described as a departure from their, oh we have to catorgorize everything, "neo-folk" label, to a more low-key free jazz experiment. But what I'm hearing off this sample track is amazing! and I'm really looking forward to this release. The album is loaded with 9 tracks, two of which, Didn't It Rain and Dead End Days With Ceaser, chime in at 10:52 and 21:20 respectively. Check out Don't Love the Liar from this upcoming release.

.: Don't Love the Liar


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:55 PM



First came Daniel Smith and then his incarnations of Danielson Famile and then Br. Danielson and coming May 9, 2006 on Secretly Canadian, is Danielson's, Ships, a resolution if you will, in the ongoing Danielson saga. I am really looking forward to this release and now that they/he has created a myspace account, we get one of our first tastes of Ships with Did I Step On Your Trumpet? The track is awesome and this will be one of the highlighted releases of the Spring.

Joining the Famile will be a slew of great performers including Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens, Steve Albini, Edith Frost, Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh, and John Ringhofer (Half-Handed Cloud). In addition, to the new album release, coming to film festivals (SXSW) early 2006 is the five year project/film Danielson: A Family Movie. Looking forward to that as well. Enjoy a few tracks from the back catalog to whet your appetite.

.: Nice Of Me - From A Prayer for Every Hour (1996)
.: Lord Did You Hear Harrison - From Tri-Danielson Vol. 1- Alpha (1998)
.: Cutest Lil' Dragon - From Tri-Danielson Vol. 2- Omega (1999)
.: Good News For The Pus Pickers - From Fetch the Compass Kids (2001)
.: Rallying The Dominoes - From Fetch the Compass Kids (2001)
.: Things Against Stuff - From Brother is to Son (2004)
.: Daughters Will Tune You - From Brother is to Son (2004)

[website] [purchase] [myspace] [Daniel gear] [emusic]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:04 PM


Jens Lekman's presents for you

I have already posted about the US Tour EP and have posted the Aussie EP, but Jens Lekman has all three of his tour eps, the two mentioned above and the I Killed The Party Again cdr, available for free download on his site. What are you waiting for.? Go Here.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:45 AM


Songs of Green Pheasant

Songs of Green Pheasant is the solo project of Duncan Sumpner. The S/T LP was home-recorded in a kitchen on a 4-track cassette recorder over three months during the summer of 2002. The album was released last fall overseas and stateside in November.

This is truly a beautiful maserpiece that needs to be heard more than described. The songs float by, dreamlike almost, through your head and send you to the Shire of your mind. I purchased this album last year and have been engaging it ever since, imagining everytime that Sumpner is recording these songs by the flicker of candlelight. Maybe a women in the room on the floor looking up in admiration and love. The album is calming, constantly making me fade in and out of reality, but is always accompanied by a warmth and devotion of a true singer/songwriter, that is Sumpner.

"Alongside Duncan’s overlaid vocal harmonies, the instrumentation employed on these recordings includes both electric and 12-string acoustic guitars, bass, drum machine, recorder, and a plethora of percussion and other sound-sources – windchimes, tambourine, fx units."

"The initial version of the recordings we were sent had been run through digital compression in an attempt to remove the tape hiss of the 4-track recordings. The results of this process lead to the tracks sounding like they’d been bathed in a kind of foggy, distancing shroud, or trapped in amber, a quality we really loved. Yet when Duncan re-sent us the uncompressed masters, the newly revealed sound (minus the fog) revealed a wealth of new detail and brought previously buried lyrics shining to the surface, and it is that version which we settled on releasing." FatCat

This is an album that needs to be experienced. Below are two tracks from this release that will be available for a limited time.

.: I Am Daylights
.: Knulp
.: Nightfall

[purchase] [download]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:18 AM


Monday, February 06, 2006

Mix 2.4

.: Oh Be One - The Jolly Rogers
.: Streetlights are Soldiers - The London Apartments
.: Birthday Envelope - Tunderegg
.: Accident - SSLYBY
.: Sad Eyes - Bat For Lashes
.: When A Man Is In Love He Feels - Alasdair Roberts
.: I Will Be Good - Amalgamated Sons of Rest
.: The Road - The Finches
.: Creatures - Quiet Bears
.: Ambiguity - David Thomas Broughton

As always, a mix of the best of what I've been listening too. Please go out and support these, and every artist that is spoken about on the P&S. Enjoy.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:28 PM


The Finches

I owe this find to Chris at gvb, but felt it deserved a post here since it kind of fits my regular postings. The Finches are Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Aaron Morgan, who both contribute in the singing and guitar work that are The Finches. They released their first EP, Six Songs, in the Summer of 2005 and I'm kicking myself for not knowing about this group earlier. If Joanna Newsom sang softer and less on the edge, this would kinda describe Riggs' beautiful voice. The songs are simple enough and with Riggs' voice intertwining with the acoustic guitar, it makes for a perfect aural experience. Below are two tracks from their EP and one live track from late '05.

.: The Road
.: Daniel's Song

.: The Leviathan Song (live 10/23/05)

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:26 PM


The Notes and Scratches: Live Tracks

The Notes and Scratches are by far one the best bands I've heard in a long time and I strongly support whatever they are doing. I highlighted them in '05 and I think they are going to blow up in '06. They are one of the purest bands I've heard and I highly recommend checking them out. Here is a sneakpeak at one of the new tracks and a few others that were recorded live by WLUW at the Subterranean on 1/28/06. There awesome!

.: The Safecracker's Lover
.: A Compromise Unraveled
.: On Belle Isle
.: Baba O'Reilly

Joshua Dumas' cover of The Pogues, Fairytale of New York
.: Fairytale of New York


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:16 AM


Sunday, February 05, 2006

Thunderegg : Open Book

Thuderegg (aka Will Georgantas) gave me an email on recommendation from his friends The Twin Atlas and I'm so glad he did. Alot of blogs have posted about Thunderegg's most recent lp, A Very Fine Sample of What's Avaiable at the Mine (2005). but this post is devoted to the massive collection/restoration project that is Open Book.

Open Book
is a collection of Thunderegg material from 1995-2004, that's eight albums, 213 newly mastered songs, 523 minutes to be exact, and a collection of bonus tracks, album notes, and the icing on the cake is a 108-page lyric book, chaulked full of drawings, notes, lyrics, and forms from Will, himself. The packaging is awesome and the run is limited to 1000 copies. If your interested in purchasing Open Book, the cost is $25, which includes s&h, and it can be bought here.

I've sat down and listened to almost the entire collection and I implore you, this is a must own. I was unfamilar with Thunderegg (minus the recent posts on their last lp) and I was literally blown away. The 1995 album, The Universal Nut, starts everything off with lo-fi bedroom acoustics, and emotional songs with subtle humor that makes them even more intimate. The next seven albums follows this same formula loosely and as time continues, so does Thunderegg's growth and exploration into song-writing and instrumentation. What makes the songs on these albums work is Georgantas, and his continued intimate connection with his audience. We get to hear him grow as an artist, a lyricist, and as a musician.

There are a few favorite tracks that I was immediatly drawn to upon first listen. I'll list them here with their respective albums and provide links for you to sample the work. If you like what you hear, I highly recommend you picking up Open Book, the collected works and NEWLY MASTERED versions of the Thuderegg back catalogue. Open Book is available through the Thunderegg website.

Universal Nut
.: Pillowcase
.: Birthday Envelope

New England Music

.: Penned In

Personnel Envelo-File
.: My Mad Hatter
.: Double Reverse

.: Like a Truck
.: Champion Said No

Powder to the People
.: Auction at the Graveyard

In Yanistin
.: Glockenspiel Song
.: It Took a Weeek and a Day (to Drink Those Twelve Sodas)

The Envelope Pushes Back

.: The Second Coffer
.: If I Went on a Diet

Sweetest One
.: Your Pretty Little Angels
.: Deliverance from Crack Rock

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:13 PM


Sufjan Stevens Live at the Triple Door

Sufjan Stevens played alot of places in promotion of his latest, and finest album to date, Illinoise. One stop along the way was The Triple Door in Seattle, WA. This show was aired on KEXP and the files available are at a sample rate of 192 kibit/s, oh, that's good by the way. If you can block out the announcer on track 1 and forgive the fake emotion from announcer 2 at the end of track 8, you'll find this to be right up there with the WNYC/KCRW bootlegs. Below are sample tracks from the 8 song performance. Go here to get all 8 tracks, plus a pdf file of a front/rear cover.

.: John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
.: The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:41 AM


Friday, February 03, 2006

Catfish Haven / Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Tour

As the title explains, Catfish Haven and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are touring together this month and as a gift to you, Catfish Haven's publicist has sent out an exclusive mp3 for me to pass along.

Catfish Haven has recently released a new CD/EP on Secretly Canadian entitled Please Come Back that coincides with their touring efforts. Catfish Haven, named after a trailer park in Missouri, is George Hunter - Vocals and Guitar, Miguel Castillo - Bass, and Ryan Farnham - Drums. The band howls with soul and emotion from start to finish and I suggest catching them live if you have the chance. Check out You Can Have Me, from their latest EP release.

.: You Can Have Me

.: Madaline (new demo)

Hailing from Springfield, MO, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin plays emotional power pop in the vein of The Shins. SSLYBY is John Robert Carwell -- Vocals, Guitar and Bass, Philip Dickeu -- Vocals, Drums and Guitar, Jonathan James -- Bass and Drums, and Will Knauer -- Guitar. My first exposure to the band was through Catbird Records first release (now sold out) and I've been in love ever since. Still unsigned at the moment, (that's going to change soon) this upcoming tour will be great exposure for both bands. With their solid songwriting and lovable persona SSLYBY are definitely a band to watch in 2006. Check out the track Accident from a live acoustic set on KDRU.

.: Accident

.: Lower The Gas Prices, Hwd. Johnson (from CBR 001)
.: House Fire (from Broom)

02/03/06 Champaign, IL - Canopy Club (18+) Andrew Bird Afterparty
02/04/06 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
(Catfish Haven CD Release Show. FREE copy of CDEP with your ticket) w/ Matthew Kerstein
02/08/06 Lansing, MI - Mac's Bar (18+)
02/09/06 Detroit, MI - Lager House
02/10/06 New York, NY - Knitting Factory Tap Bar w/ A Northern Chorus
02/11/06 Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw w/ The Drones
02/12/06 New Haven, CT - Bar Nightclub
02/13/06 Allston, MA - Great Scott (18+)
02/14/06 Philadelphia, PA - Space 1026 w/ Be Your Own Pet
02/16/06 Washington, DC - Wonderland Ballroom 1101 Kenyon St. w/These United States
02/17/06 Louisville, KY - Headliners w/ Your Black Star + Cabin
02/18/06 Mufreesboro, TN - Grand Palace Records (18+)
02/21/06 St. Louis, MO - High Pointe
02/22/06 Springfield, MO - The Outland
02/23/06 Columbia, MO - Mojo's
02/24/06 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
02/25/06 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot

[purchase Catfish Haven] [purchase SSLYBY]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:37 PM


Bat For Lashes

Natasha Khan is "Bat For Lashes". I first heard of Bat For Lashes when approached by Devendra Banhart to play, All Tomorrow's Parties. They have accompanied CocoRosie, Jana Hunter, and The Castanets and if that's not a resume worth exploring, I don't know what is.

A striking voice is found in this free spirit that summons thoughts of Cat Power/PJ Harvey if folk were more there speed. But Khan has a quality all her own as she pours out riviting emotion with her mind numbing vocals. Accompanied by Ginger Lee, who shares in the mixture of piano, guitars, harpsichord, autoharp and electronic machines, and three string players ­ Anna, Mary and Abi, they help set the backdrop, or vehicle if you will, to propel Bat For Lashes into an other world aural romance. My head has finally caught up to my heart, and I'm declaring Bat For Lashes as the band to watch out for in 2006.

An excerpt from her site reveals..."The music comes across like a gun that fires wolves...Majestic vocal howls, whispers and hiccups to a backdrop of soaring strings, esoteric folk instruments, distorted guitar, bass rumbles and thunder-clap drums."

Experience Bat for Lashes

.: Howl!
.: Sad Eyes
.: The Wizard (edit)
.: Trophy (edit)

* From Natasha herself, ..."we are releasing a single on Drowned in Sound records, a physical 7" and internet download due out in March/April. The songs will be The Wizard/I Saw A Light. Then we are recording the album for release late summer." There you have it folks. So stayed tune to their site and this year for Bat For Lashes releases.

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:53 PM


Erin Day

Accappella Folk is one way to describe the beautiful music of Erin Day (Erin Daisy). Her vocals are unique and simply beautiful. Layered vocals, the clapping of hands, and the use of humming as accompaniment, she strikes at something pure that really sits well with me. Shockingly unsigned, check out three tracks from her EP, At the Frontier of the Skin.

.: Midwestern Mourning
.: The Winning
.: Alone


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:57 AM


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Peter and the Wolf

In graveyards and abandoned busses is where you might find Peter and the Wolf, a project involving Red Hunter and Dana Falconberry for the Austin based, Whiskey & Apples label. For all intent and purposes we'll use their monikers, Henry Rutherford Jones and Dana Jean Clementine combine to form lo-fi acoustic hymns mixed with mesmorizing harmonies that can awaken the dead. Their voices blend so well together, seemingly as one sometimes, that you can't help but be taken back by the beauty that is Peter and the Wolf.

I 've always been partial to demos and below are two for you to sample. Also we have two tracks from the limited edition handmade LP, drawn by Red Hunter himself, which is available for purchase. For a "bio" of the band check here.

.: The Apple Tree
.: The Fall

From demo tapes
.: People of the Night
.: Strange Eyes

From October's KVRX performance
.: The Way

[website] [purchase] [photos from recent kvrx performance]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:43 PM


The Jolly Rogers / Oh No! Oh My!

I just received my 2 disc copy of The Jolly Rogers demo and their pre-release LP under their new moniker, Oh No! Oh My!. Both discs for, believe it or not, $2. This is by far the best $2 I have ever spent. If you do not own this yet, stop what you are doing and go here.

These discs are chaulk full of pop filled treats and mind blowing melodies, that conjure up the best of todays post-pop outfits and yesteryears beach boy harmonies. Their music just brightens your day.

Example: Yesterday I was driving home in the headbanging traffic of I-40, but was I upset or angry in any way, no, not at all, because I was off some where swashbuckling to Oh Be One.

They are currently finishing the final stages of their self recorded debut LP to be self released in 2006. Check out their website, myspace, and go drop the $2 on these discs.

(From The Jolly Rogers demo)
.: Oh Be One
.: A Pirate's Anthem
.: The Party Punch

(From Oh No! Oh My! pre-release)
.: Jane Is Fat
.: Walk in the Park

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:18 PM


Quiet Bears

Lo-Fi, Acoustic, Home Recording goodness is what you'll find with Quiet Bears' 2005 release, Creatures. i just joined Myspace, (I know I'm behind on all the cool hip trends) and stumbled upon them. Quiet Bears is Johnnie Cluney and he is cemented in the "idea of writing songs and having different friends rotate the 'band's' lineup." It's been out since September, but hey it's what's spinning here today. Check out two tracks from the band and visit their website and their myspace.

.: Creatures (from Creatures)
.: Tie Our Hair To The Roots (from Oh, The Falling of a Farmer)

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:32 PM


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

VU: Starsailor

Tim Buckley's Starsailor is one of my favorite albums and by far one of his best. This is an album that must be experienced. After emerging as a melodic folk-rocker in the 60's, Buckley gradually evolved into experimental avant-garde territory. 1970's Starsailor is the culmination of his experimentation. At the time he alienated his audience with this record, but now one can realize the genius that is Starsailor.

If you are unfamiliar with Tim Buckley and are unsure on which to download (although, trust me, get this whole album while you can) start out with Song to the Siren and I Woke Up, which seem to be more accessible.

The amazing musicians on this album were:
Tim Buckley- 12 string guitar, vocals
John Balkin- string bass/electric bass
Lee Underwood- electric guitar, electric piano, and pipe organ
Buzz Gardner- trumpet, flugelhorn
Maury Baker- tympani, traps
Bunk Gardner- alto flute, tenor sax

AMG has this to say, "Buckley applies vocal gymnastics to a set of material that's as avant-garde in its songwriting as its execution.
At his most anguished (which is often on this album), he sounds as if his liver is being torn out -- slowly. Almost as if to prove he can still deliver a mellow buzz, he throws in a couple of pleasant jazz-pop cuts, including the odd, jaunty French tune "Moulin Rouge." Surrealistic lyrics, heavy on landscape imagery like rivers, skies, suns, and jungle fires, top off a record that isn't for everybody, or even for every Buckley fan, but endures as one of the most uncompromising statements ever made by a singer/songwriter."

Need I say more. Enjoy all that is Starsailor.

.: Come Here Woman
.: I Woke Up
.: Monterey.: Moulin Rouge
.: Song to the Siren
.: Jungle Fire
.: Star Sailor
.: Healing Festival
.: Down by the Borderline

[Official Website] [Download Tim Buckley]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:45 AM


Bishop Allen

Posts have been blowing up with Bishop Allen and I know why. Do you? Getting back to basics,with a self-release EP, Bishop Allen has released January. I won't go into a bunch of detail, but I do recommend you guys picking this up. Although, I'm ordering mine through them, if you don't want the cd, downloads will soon be available through iTunes. Check out Corazon, the first track off the EP.

.: Corazon

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:26 AM


Jens Lekman Austrialian Tour EP

Jens Lekman's You Deserve Someone Better Than A Bum Like Me Austrialian Tour EP from 2005. Unavailable now, I was happy to receive this from a friend of mine. Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for sending a few people my way for the US Tour EP I posted, I hope you equally enjoy this one.

.: I Don't Know If She's Worth 900 Kronor
.: The One Dollar Thought
.: Le Strada Nel Bosco
.: Tammy

[website] [download Jens Lekman]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:27 AM