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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Beirut: Lon Gisland EP

I have to admit that I wasn't head over heels for Beirut's debut, Gulag Orkestar, and in turn, I didn't mention it here, and I'm fine with that. On the other hand there were a few outstanding tracks on the lp, which made me wonder why not an extended ep or something. Well I just downloaded Beirut's Lon Gisland EP from emusic over the holidays and I was blown away. Elephant Gun and the re-tooled Scenic World (Version) are far superior to anything on the lp and if I did some Best of 2006 singles, then this might have just creeped in. Below is Elephant Gun, one of my favorite tracks from Gulag Orkestar, and a link to download...Do I know you or what.

.: Elephant Gun
.: Postcards From Italy

[website] [download]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:41 PM


Thursday, December 28, 2006

Our Brother The Native

I still can’t believe for some reason that what I have been listening to the past while are three young American guys (two aged 16, one 18) making this wonderful Animal Collective/Cocorosie/Ariel Pink influenced step child of a sound. We are of course talking about Our Brother The Native. Recently signed to Fat Cat, they released their ‘debut’ on the label earlier this year with the outstanding Tooth and Claw.

There is a great story on Fat Cat that explains the bands beginnings, but to sum it up we have John Foss and Josh Bertram living in Michigan and Chaz Knapp in California and all their recording to date have taken place with tracks being slowly built up, and sent between each other via e-mail for additions. Amazing huh. This is where I will ask you to stop reading and download the track below to understand what we’re talking about here….that’s ok, I’ll wait.

“Meshing picked acoustic guitars, piano, banjo, with percussion, cracked electronics, bird noise, radio static, children’s toys, they perform a neat balancing act between the prettiness of their songs / melodies and the self-inflicted damage of the noise threatening to spew out from its seams or peel back / melt its edges.”Fat Cat

A fusion of sounds arranged in such a way that gives birth to a completely pure chaos. A free, loose album, that makes you almost afraid to open the door, but you do, and what you hear is so rich in it’s rawest elements, in it’s subtle nuances, that there is no turning back. This could have been included, like so many, in my best of 2006 releases, but it didn’t. So what I'll say is that Tooth and Claw was one of the most promising albums from a new band relasing in 2006. But no matter how you look at though, Tooth and Claw is a must own.

Enjoy the track, make the purchase, hey, you can even download it through emusic.

.: Octopodidae

[myspace] [purchase] [download]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:47 AM


Tuesday, December 26, 2006


The fog of a dream that Privacy (Laurel Knapp) creates with her gasping beauty is what has been getting me through the day. Out on Marriage Records is her debut Without Mercy, and is just $5 and a click from being yours. Below is a track from the eight track cd.

.: Pining


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:00 PM


R.I.P. James Brown

Just in case you were wondering, I had a great Christmas holiday. Freinds, family, turkey and wine. All the trimmings. The one thing I didn't expect though was to lose James Brown. Although by now, many will focus on his troubles of the past years, but all I think of when someone utters "James Brown", is the thought of great music. He was an innovator, an influencer, and a legend.

Below are two tracks. One, my favorite James Brown song from the Black Caesar soundtrack, and another from his backing band the J.B.'s, but he's there and it's just pure funk madness. RIP JB.

.: Down and Out in New York City (BC sdtk)
.: More Peas (J.B.'s featuring James Brown)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:02 AM


Thursday, December 21, 2006

a Midtown Dickens treat

Available on there myspace (and below) is one of Midtown Dickens' Christmas gifts. A wonderful tune involving Christmas and cowboys, what more could you want!

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, but this Saturday, Dec. 23rd at The Broad Street Cafe, Midtown Dickens will be performing with Lindsay Cooper and Willie Mason. As a added treat, they will be giving away free xmas cds.

Below is the track, but if you need more, check out my previous post and please make sure to visit them online. If your local, you must check these ladies out, I demand it!

.: Cowboys for Christmas


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:06 AM


Gentle William

ne·glect Pronunciation (n-glkt)
tr.v. ne·glect·ed, ne·glect·ing, ne·glects
1. To pay little or no attention to.

Unfortunatley neglect has been the word here at the P&S this week. Family, material for The Collective, out of town guests, work...I guess it's just the holidays, but still it dissapoints.

One thing that has been getting me through this has been Gentle William. Gentle William is the moniker for Owen Gillham of Essex, England. He plays innocent and heartfelt music that can be listened to any time, any where. Elegant guitars are strummed and plucked as heavenly aural dreamscapes are painted with hope that everything will be alright.

His myspace explains, "Here we sit, immersed in old folk music records, and with the help of the odd cup of tea, we occasionally manage to drag ourselves over to the microphone, strum a guitar, frail a banjo, dust off an antiquated, wind-powered organ... etc etc etc. We take this opportunity to offer you the fruits of our labour."

And I take the opportunity to provide you with three tracks that he has been working on. They blow in on a prayer and help the remaining leaves fall to there final resting place. If you are interested in more of these Christian inspired soundscapes, you can contact him through his myspace to get a cd.

.: Untitled 8
.: Untitled 14
.: Untitled 16

[myspace and cd]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:34 AM


Friday, December 15, 2006

TOP 15 Albums of 2006 pt. 2

And in continuation for you listening of the best albums of 2006.

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Joanna Newsom - Ys
- featuring Cosmia

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Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther

- featuring Young Bride

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Swan Lake - Beast Moans

- featuring All Fires

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Cat Power - The Greatest

- featuring Lived in Bars

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J Dilla - Doughnuts

- featuring Workinonit

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Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I'm Dreaming

- featuring Stadiums and Shrines II

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Danielson - Ships

- featuring Did I Step on Your Trumpet

.: Best of 2006 pt. 2 Podcast

Visit us online here for The Collective Podcast and make sure to subscribe if that suites your fancy.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:20 AM


Thursday, December 14, 2006

TOP 15 Albums of 2006 pt. 1

Well everyone is making the best of 2006 and why not the P&S. This will be a two part post with this being Part 1 of 2. Below are 8 (in no particular order) of my top 15 albums of 2006, embraced sweetly in a podcast for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

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Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas
- featuring I Saw Three Ships

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Drakkar Sauna - Jabraham Lincoln
- featuring Om, John Surratt

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Xiu Xiu - Air Force
- featuring The Fox and the Rabbit

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Letting Go
- featuring Strange Form of Life

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Metallic Falcons - Desert Doughnuts
- featuring Disparu

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Thom Yorke - The Eraser
- featuring The Clock (Surgeon Remix)

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Johnny Cash - American V
- featuring God's Gonna Cut You Down

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Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
- featuring The Funeral

.: Best of 2006 pt. 1 Podcast

Visit us online here for The Collective Podcast and make sure to subscribe if that suites your fancy.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:43 AM


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue

Due to numerous emails the past few months, below is a re-post of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue with individual tracks or a zip. This is one of my favorite records and I'm glad there is such an interest in it. It's a shame the album is still not available on cd yet. Enjoy.

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.

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

[zip file]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:35 AM


Friday, December 08, 2006


Well it took a bit longer than expected, but we have Episode 10 of The Collective ready to hit the air tonight. We got a new editor and man is it nice. I really think this is the best show yet! You can view the track listings at The Collective website.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:43 PM


Erik Mattsson: One-Horse Town EP

I just got a heads up email recently about Erik Mattsson and his online release, One-Horse Town Ep. An organ bellows out to start the opening track and a smile crosses my face. Slow picking on strings and Mattsson's vocals float in on the fog. This is how the 5 track ep starts out. It was essential for me to download the rest and what we get is an ep I've been listening too since the moment I got it.

For someone who performs all his own instrumentation on instruments that "would be perfect for a nine-year old beginner, but not for a twentyfive-year old"... this is a masterful acheivement. I personally think the music is great, especially the haunting organ that creeps up on numerous tracks.

"I wrote all but one of the songs in a cottage in Stockholm's archipelago, on the threshold to the terrace. The songs were then recorded in a dusty cellar south of Stockholm"...If you believe that a song takes on it's birth place as I do, then you can imagine the atmosphere that this ep creates. The songs roll in and linger with you, kissing the dew laden ground and then burning off as the grey of night turns to day. These songs belong in those moments, those magic hour moments where our two worlds collide.

A great listen and a must download. Below are two tracks, but you can download the rest at the Wild Geese Music website. Just click Erik Mattsson. Enjoy.

.: Go Down
.: One-Horse Town

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:40 AM


child bite

I get emails all the time with new artists, band requests, promo material and I write about some. I appreciate everything I get sent, make mix tapes/podcasts wth some tracks, and then sometimes, when something is really good, I give a post here.

Child Bite is deserving of such a post as I'm in a non-stop repeat mode on the three tracks I've been given. It is said that "within caos there is order", and in turn, within Child Bite there is greatness.

Whether it's the hectic drumming, the noisy fuzzed out sound, or the whirlwind of ever-jabbing guitar and keyboard stabs, the music that Shawn Knight, Zach Horton, and Danny Sperrry make is an avant-garde and surreal experience. Recorded in two days at Chicago's Phantom Manor, the eleven songs featured on the band's debut, Wild Feast, are loud punk hearts living in modern day glass houses.

Below are three tracks from Wild Feast. Enjoy.

.: Bone / Sleep
.: From the Eighteen Hundreds
.: Broach for Two

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:46 AM


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Some Loud Thunder

You know we, like every other blogger it seems, love us some Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I also realize that most of you will know that they have a new record coming out, Some Loud Thunder, out January 30th. I just wouldn't be a friend if I didn't just remind you and post it here. Below are two tracks from their upcoming release.

.: Love Song No. 7
.: Underwater (You and Me)

[website] [myspace] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:12 AM


Girl from Saskatoon

Jens C Andreassen & Nathalie Bekkelund make up the absolutely wonderful band Girl from Saskatoon. Surprisingly hailing from Oslo, Norway, Girl from Saskatoon create some of the most beautiful "americana" sounds I've heard in a while. I'm talking about a highly produced sound that conjures up thoughts of every great American country artist and every modern day indie duo. Andreassen and Bekkelund create such a beautiful sound as their voices intertwine that I am literally taken back and just have to listen.

For some reason, and I don't know why, but it seems like everything I hear from "Scandinavia" is so clean, crisp, sharp, and I'm just talking about the instrumentation here, don't get me started on the pure icicle vocals that they breath. The instrumentation is pure and drives to the soul. It make you want to dance, it makes you want to smile, it makes you want to admire their imagination and devotion not to be another churned out band. Unique song-writing skills, elaborate instrumentation and voices that compliment each other so well you'd think it was divine.

Below are three tracks from their debut, appropriately titled, This is only the Beginning and a demo track from their upcoming release. A must listen!

.: Picks Me Up
.: I Wipe The Blood Off My Guitar
.: James Dean

.: "Demo"

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:26 AM


timber timbre

I don’t know much about Timber Timbre other than what’s on their bleak myspace account, but I know my ears enjoy the sounds.

I’ve been enjoying the two tracks from the, When You Burn EP, this past weekend and thought I would just make the quick post and links to the tracks. From my understanding we have Christienne (organ), Mike (baritone, guitar), Lindsay (drums), and Taylor (guitar) making up the “group”, although lately, according to Taylor in an interview on the site, it’s been kind of a one-man-band as Timber Timbre evolves. However it works out, the two tracks below are great and you can purchase their previous 2005 release, Cedar Shakes on their myspace.

I tried to get in touch with these guys and nothing yet, but I just couldn't wait to post the tracks that have been on constant rotation. I'll update with info if I get it.

.: Oh Messiah
.: Patron Saint Hunter


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:06 AM


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Delphine Dora

I wrote about Delphine Dora before (click here), but wanted to mention two pieces of new information. One, she has released a new album this year, BLABLABLA and is releasing a new album, Delphine Dora and Friends in February 2007 on Greed Records. Free form folk at it's best! You'll take the ride down the hole, but you'll enjoy every minute of it. Below is a track from the upcoming Delphine Dora and Friends cd.

.: Sexy People

[download FLOATING EXISTENCE or FOR CHRISTMAS for free] [purchase BLABLABLA]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:47 AM


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Black Dragon

Black Dragon is Adam Hudson Spittler's solo project when he's not playing with his full time band, Forest Fire. It's a project that he has been working on for years now,that consists of Spittler playing along 12 cassette boom boxes that gradually go out of sink. Since moving to New York, he is in the process of resurrecting a live version of the project with the help of his current bandmates.

Otherworldly and beautiful are the best ways to describe the sounds. As if we are intercepting a coded message that was meant for a music box love story, the sounds create a snowflake pattern as they evolve from mechanical vibrations into electrical signals. We've been enjoying these tracks for weeks. A must listen!

.: Boerum
.: Venison
.: 2 Dragon


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:45 AM


Forest Fire

Forest Fire is Mark Thresher, Myisha Battle, Adam Spittler, and Jeremiah Stewart and they reside in Brooklyn, New York. A Neil Young twang from a bootleg sound circa 69' was my first impression with the vocals, but with slow, minimal, in the box sound that sparked my interest.

I came across the band through my contact with the above post of Black Dragon and thought I would pass it along. Of the four tracks to sample on myspace, How High has definitely jumped out as a stand out and most certainly will be included on an upcoming mixtape. Speaking of mixtape did you get the one here yet, check back regularly, especially as Christmas time draws Nye. Below are two tracks from Forest Fire for you to enjoy.

.: How High
.: Psychic Love Star


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:44 AM


Monday, December 04, 2006

Alasdair Roberts: The Amber Gatherers

If you’ve been here a while you know my love for Alasdair Roberts. Well Drag City is releasing his latest, The Amber Gatherers, in January and from what I've heard already, it's going to be a must own.

Scottish folk that has you thinking of a crowded cottage with it's guests partaking in a nice dark beer, warming their flesh from a potbellied stove, and their souls on Roberts' vocals. To me, he creates winter albums, always has. Cold dreary wet days; when the snow is out, a nip in the air, any Alasdair Roberts album will do. But unlike his last album, No Earthly Man, which was a reworking of traditional death ballads, The Amber Gatherers creates a more uplifting experience with songs of life, love and living in Scotland.

Below is a track from the forthcoming, The Amber Gatherers, and links to purchase, and a previous post of live tracks.

.: The Old Men of the Shells

[website] [purchase] [Live songs here]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:40 PM