Monthly Archives: October 2010

Desaparecidos En Inglés

After a brief wait… scratch that. After several years, Saddle Creek records have finally decided to re-release Desaparecidos’ first full-length record AND the 7-inch single together on vinyl for the low low… scratch that, moderate price of $15. And who are Desaparecidos, you ask? Well they’re one of Conor Oberst’s post-punk projects that I personally liked more than Bright Eyes– his primary project. The other project that preceded it, Commander Venus, was very similar but Desaparecidos was that idea perfected. Why they changed their name, I don’t know. Personally I like Commander Venus better. Thats not the point, my point is that when Desaparecidos didn’t put out another album(like they were supposed to), I was really let down. So the fact that this is the first major news from them in… lets say, 8 years… is really all the reason I needed to talk about them today. So take a listen and reacquaint yourself for the first time with Desaparecidos and what the hell, I’ll throw in a couple of Commander Venus songs while I’m at it.

Desaparecidos – Read Music / Speak Spanish

Man and Wife, The Latter

Happiest Place On Earth

Commander Venus: The Uneventful Vacation

Jean’s T.V.

Commander Venus – Saddle Creek Sampler

Bent On Broken Nerves

Low Plants Robert

I might be a little late to the party, but apparently Robert Plant decided to cover a couple of songs from Low on his new album. Now, I admit I could give a shit less about an aging rocker’s new album in any way, but when he makes such a unique choice as to cover songs by Low, I can’t help but applaud. I still don’t give a shit about anything Robert Plant does or even his take on their songs, but I am however a little more optimistic about the world in general. At least this might shed a bit of light on Low to all of Robert Plant’s elderly fans who may just go out and buy all of the CDs Low haven’t been able to sell since most people started downloading all of their music… and by most people I mean people under 35. Its a win-win really. So, congratulations Robert Plant. You’ve finally slightly made me notice you for a brief moment. More importantly, this news is preempted by the fact that not only will Low be reissuing their Christmas album on vinyl, but they’ll also be touring in promotion of it. They’ll also be releasing a new record on Sub Pop sometime in 2011… Lets just hope its better than their last release, Drums And Guns. But one thing is for certain: It’ll be much better than anything Robert Plant puts out.

Tour Dates:

December 10th: Seattle, WA : Tractor Tavern
December 11th: Portland, OR : Mississippi Studios
December 14th: San Francisco, CA : Great American Music Hall
December 15th: Los Angeles, CA : Spaceland
December 17th: Salt Lake City, UT : Kilby Court
December 18th: Denver, CO : Larimer Lounge

Silent Night from Christmas

In Metal from Things We Lost In The Fire

(That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace from Trust

Silver Rider from The Great Destroyer

Elliott Smith Zombie

This November 2nd will mark the release of yet another Elliott Smith record. No, this isn’t anything new like New Moon‘s ‘lost’ tracks or even an unfinished album like From A Basement On A Hill… although coincidentally, Kill Rock Stars re-released it earlier this year. No, its merely a quick introduction to Elliott Smith. A brief, ‘Hello, I used to write great music, but now I’m dead. But don’t let that stop you…’ snapshot of Smith’s life through some of his best works… or at least someone’s opinion of his best work. This is my problem with people putting these out. Look, I know his family doesn’t wanna work for a living so they put out ‘greatest hits’ records every 2 or 3 years, I get that. Working for a living sucks. My problem is that these sort of records only give a narrow scope of his work. I personally have 78 tracks by him and if I had to pick a handful of songs for a record like this I’d say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. Thats artistically dishonest, not to mention lazy’. But I suppose everyone is a bit lazy nowadays. That being said, this is actually going to be stocked with some quality tracks. So, if you’re new to Elliott Smith and you’re wondering why everyone speaks so highly of a dead guy even after 7 years, you could probably do a lot worse than An Introduction To… Elliott Smith. But really, just fucking download any one of his original LPs. I’m not saying you have to pay for it, I’m merely saying you should really be as big a fan of his as I am and thats the best way for it to happen. Thats all. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to finish polishing my Elliott Smith statue.

 

Covering Up The Covers

Anyone who knows me knows that there are 2 things that I focus on in life: Fashion and music. Well, music and occasionally Project Runway. Recently during London’s Fashion Week, a memorial service was held at St. Paul’s cathedral to commemorate the life of Alexander McQueen who died earlier this year. Björk was in attendance and even performed a special song. In case you weren’t aware(and why would you be), McQueen designed multiple dresses for Björk over the years including the dress/make-up she wore on the cover of Homogenic. Ironically, he also designed for noted arch-villain and friend of evil, Lady Gaga. No matter, the reason I bring all of this up is because of the song that Björk performed: Gloomy Sunday. Gloomy Sunday is originally a Billie Holiday song and as I mentioned before I’m a purist when it comes to songs I love and thats a big reason I hate covers about 98% of the time. I usually find them about as pleasant as a mosquito bite on my temple. But every once in a while someone gets it right… so right that I like the cover as much or more than the original. Bands like The Get Up Kids and Sun Kil Moon know how to perfectly execute them and so does Björk. Gloomy Sunday wasn’t a song I was familiar with before, but I’m glad I found it. And hell, I’ll even share some of my other favorite covers, or the exceptions to my no-covers rule.

Björk – Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday Cover)

Sun Kil Moon – Ocean Breathes Salty (Modest Mouse Cover)

Damien Jurado – Place To Be (Nick Drake Cover)

The Get Up Kids – Alec Eiffel (Pixies Cover)

Deastro – Dr. Who Original Theme Song (some 60s sci-fi theme song writer guy… cover)