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Friday, September 29, 2006

The Collective

Below is all the info for the latest addition of The Collective, airing Friday, September 29th at 9:30pm on Channel 24. If you're in the area and seen the show, I hope you are enjoying it and please, if you have videos, you're a director/producer, band, label, etc. send them our way.

Mates of States
Like U Like Crazy
Album: Bring It Back
Dir. Roboshobo

The Language of the Living Dead
Album: Blacklist EP
Dir. Eva Aridjis

Tapes n' Tapes
Album: The Loon
Dir. Carolyn London

Bright Eyes
First Day of My Life
Album: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Dir. John Cameron Mitchell

The Long Winters
Fire Island, AK
Album: Putting the Days to Bed
Dir. Bex Schwartz

Ded Bleaux
Dir. Chris Martin

Viva Voce
From the Devil Himself
Album: Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
Dir. Moh Azima

Azure Ray
We Are Mice
Album: Hold On Love
Dir. Mik Fackler

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:38 PM


Wednesday, September 27, 2006


New Podcast just up at The Collective blog. Check it out here or subscribe below.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:07 PM


Friday, September 22, 2006

Bert Jansch: The Black Swan

Out on Drag City October 17th is the long awaited Bert Jansch release, The Black Swan. Being one of the most influential musicians of our time, I've really been looking forward to see how it sounds considering that our music today, or at least mine, are direct decendents of this man's very cloth.

This endeavour was produced by Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom – Milk-Eyed Mender, Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow) and guest musicians including Devendra Banhart, Beth Orton, Otto Hauser (Espers, Vetiver), Helena Espvall (Espers), Kevin Barker (Currituck Co.), Paul Wassif and Adam Jansch.

I've been listening to the title track, available below, quite a bit and it's a must for any fan, new or old. You can download prior Jansch releases through emusic here.

.: The Black Swan

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:45 AM


Parenthetical Girls: (((GRRRLS)))

Just getting around to posting about this, but the remastered and expanded version of Parenthetical Girls' first album (((GRRRLS))) was just released Sept. 5th. The tracks were reconfigured, overdubbed, and vastly improved with the guidance of Jherek Bischoff. Additional tracks were recorded digitally in Bischoff's bedroom, the Center On Contemporary Art, and a meat locker of an abandoned Safeway supermarket. Additional contributions include the many lovely voices of Kitty Jensen and the subtle RIL of Jona Bechtolt. Tracks 1-7, and 9 were mixed by Jherek Bischoff, while tracks 8, and 10-14 were mixed by XIU XIU's Jamie Stewart.

A much improved sound and, while I like the original sound of the LP, I am finding myself leaning heavily on this new remastered version. Check out three tracks below.

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Download "Here's To Forgetting" (MP3, 192kbps)
Download "Love Connection" (MP3, 192kbps)
Download "Of Collateral Damage (And Other Loose Ends) (Xiu Xiu Mix)" (MP3, 192kbps)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:43 AM


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Dylan/Cash Sessions

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Just in case you didn't get these from prior posts on the site. Up for a limited time before they get wiped from my server. Enjoy.

Dylan/Cash Sessions
Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan from the CBS studios, Nashville, TN February17-18, 1969, the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN May 1, 1969, and the Nashville Skyline quadraphonic mixes.

.: One Too Many Mornings
.: Good Ol' Mountain Dew
.: I Still Miss Someone
.: Careless Love
.: Matchbox
.: That's Alright Mama
.: Big River
.: Girl Of The North Country
.: I Walk The Line
.: You Are My Sunshine
.: Ring Of Fire
.: Guess Things Happen That Way
.: Just A Closer Walk With Thee
.: Blue Yodel
.: Blue Yodel #2
.: I Threw It All Away
.: Living The Blues
.: Girl Of The North Country
.: Nashville Skyline Rag
.: I Threw It All Away
.: Peggy Day
.: Country Pie
.: Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:49 PM


Mixel Pixel

Early on in this endeavour, I wrote about a band out of NYC called Mixel Pixel and their 2005 release, Contact Kid. Well today we brace ourselves for their lastest LP, Music for Plants, out 10/31 on Kanine Records. Below are sample tracks from two EP's that were released earlier this year (Jul 11, Sept 19 respectively) and are slated to appear in some form on this new release.

A more defined and polished sound for sure, the band is expanding both their production value and overall musical scope while still remaining true to their roots of in-home recorded pop-psychedelia.

You're The Kind Of Girl Buy at iTunes Music Store
Download "You're The Kind of Girl" (MP3, 192kbps)

Coming Up X's Buy at iTunes Music Store
Download "Coming Up X's (Streetlab Remix)" (MP3, 192kbps)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:57 AM


Podcast issues

Had a little trouble with the subscription feed last night, but all is back to normal. So, you can subscribe either through itunes or feedburner or visit us online here. No voice track but plenty of great tunes. Hope you enjoy.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:13 AM


Wednesday, September 20, 2006



Jealous Guy - Donny Hathaway
The Chills - Peter Bjorn & John
Don't Cha - Xiu Xiu
Wildcat - Ratatat
The Friendly Beasts - Sufjan Stevens
Dirty City Blues - Jennifer O'Connor
Winged/Wicked Things - Sunset Rubdown
I'll Fly Away - Reverend Gary Davis

TRT: 31:02

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:44 PM


Troika Music Festival '06

Troika Music Festival is a an event designed to promote and celebrate the independent music scene in the Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh area. The event will be held over 4 days and will include some fantastic bands. Check out the schedule below or visit their website.

Wednesday, October 18
($7 at door for day pass or Festival Pass)

Broadstreet Café
(all ages, smoke free and food)

Bull City, 7:30 pm
Maple Stave, 8:30 pm
A Rooster for the Masses, 9:30 pm
The Honored Guests, 10:30 pm

Duke Coffeehouse
(all ages and smoke free, BYOB)
David Karsten Daniels, 9:30 pm
Elvis Perkins, 10:00 pm
Okkervil River, 11:00 pm

Thursday, October 19
($10 at door for day pass or Festival Pass)

Broadstreet Café
(all ages, smoke free, food)
Can Joann, 7:00 pm
Midtown Dickens, 8:00 pm
Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteers,
9:00 pm
The Dirty Little Heaters, 10:00 pm
Bellafea, 11:00 pm

Chaz's Bull City Records
(all ages and smoke free)
Bombadil, 7:00 pm
Jew(s) and Catholic(s), 8:00 pm
Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan, 9:00 pm
Kolyma, 10:00 pm

Duke Coffeehouse
(all ages and smoke free, BYOB)
Red Collar, 8:30 pm
Pleasant, 9:30 pm
Jennifer O'Conner, 10:30 pm
Portastatic, 11:30 pm

Francescas-FREE SHOW!
(all ages and smoke free, food)
Shawn Deena, 7:00 pm
Leah Magner, 7:30 pm
eberhardt, 8:00 pm
Charles Latham, 8:30 pm
En Garde, 9:00 pm

The Cosmic Cantina Lounge-FREE SHOW!
(all ages)
Shakermaker, 8:00 pm
Vibrant Green, 9:00 pm
The Cassandra Project, 10:00 pm
The Longshoremen, 11:00 pm

Friday, October 20
($10 at door for day pass or Festival Pass)

Broadstreet Café
(all ages, smoke free and food)
The Future Kings of Nowhere 7:00
Shipwrecker 8:00
Prayers and Tears 9:00
The Mountain Goats 10:00
Man Man 11:00
Terry Anderson & the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team 12:00

Joe and Jo's Downtown-FREE SHOW
(all ages, food)
Like A Bear, 8:00 pm
The Fake Accents, 9:00 pm
The Ex-Members, 10:00 pm
Homemade Knives, 11:00 pm
Des Ark, Midnight

MarVell Event Center
(ages 18+)
Vedere Rosso, 7:45 pm
The Heist & the Accomplice, 8:30 pm
Spider Bags, 9:30 pm
Schooner, 10:15 pm

(ages 21+)

Beloved Binge, 8:30 pm
The Gates of Beauty, 9:00 pm
The Veldas, 9:30 pm
Torch Marauder's Grappling Hook, 10:00 pm
North Elementary, 10:30 pm
The Whole World Laughing, 11:00 pm
Véronique Diabolique, 11:30 pm
Colossus, Midnight
Un Deux Trois, 12:30 am

Tylers Taproom (Durham)-FREE SHOW
(all ages, food)
Maxwell Mosher, 6:00 pm
Calloused Hands, 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 21
($15 at door for day pass or Festival Pass)

Joe and Jo's Downtown-FREE SHOW
(all ages, food)
a is jump, 9:00 pm
The Chest Pains, 10:00 pm
tommygun, 11:00 pm

305 South
(all ages)
Ace of You, 4:00 pm
Rock Camp, 4:30 pm
The Dry Heathens, 5:00 pm
The Capitols, 5:30 pm
the Octobers, 6:00 pm
The Rose Marie, 6:30 pm
Erie Choir, 7:00 pm
Grasshopper, 7:30 pm
Wigg Report, 8:00 pm
Dom Casual, 8:30 pm
The Experts, 9:00 pm
Strange, 9:30 pm
Summer Set, 10:00 pm
The Moaners, 10:30 pm
Ben Davis & the Jetts, 11:00 pm
Two Ton Boa, 11:30 pm
Asobi Seksu, 12:30 am

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:40 PM


The Ghastly Ones

A real treat here in Raleigh is a tv show called Monster Creature Feature. It is an homage to the great 60's and 70's midnite horror programs. Well this one is hosted by Ormon Grimsby and is outstanding. Some of the great films he has hosted have been, Night of the Living Dead, The Brain That Would'nt Die, White Zombie, and the classic, Santa Claus Conquers The Martains. You can find out more about his show by visiting his website here.

Musically, I'm mentioning the band, The Ghastly Ones, the band that provide the opening track to MCF. I've really been diggin' the surfstyle/ghostly/haunting guitar instrumentals and listed below are a few samples of their work. Check them out at their website here.

.: Target:Draculon
.: Ghastly Stomp
.: Heartbeat

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:11 PM


Monday, September 18, 2006


XIU XIU are, how should I say it, amazing. Yeah, amazing will work. I've loved their music for some time and like most music I end up falling in love with, at first it was misunderstood or experienced in the wrong context, and sometimes your life needs to be in line to get some of the things I post here.

If you've listened to XIU XIU in the past and it just wasn't your bag, I will ask you to revisit them on their latest album, Air Force. A much more excessable album, or at least from what I've heard from friends that were not as fond of their previous works, but I do agree. There is a more "song" stucture here, but the writing and instrumentation are what really draw me to the album. I thought their last album was the high water mark. Once again I've been corrected.

Check out Boy Soprano from the album Air Force below, and check out their myspace and website for a few more tracks.

.: Boy Soprano

[website] [myspace] [purchase] [download]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 5:40 PM


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Listen to Jeff Mangum (NMH) perform a live unfinished version of Little Birds (a post Hotel song) This should provide a glimpse into a personal moment in my life.

Little Birds

As promised, I have returned and a lot has happened since August. Hoping to get back on target here. Thanks for hanging around and I hope you enjoyed the archives.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:44 PM