Posts By hopperd

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LISTEN UP: Marky Mark It Zero

Marky Mark

  • ANABlog poses a question I think all of us have wrestled with at some time in our lives: Who makes better use of the “Take a Walk on the Wildside” bass line – A Tribe Called Quest or Marky Mark?
  • Neko Case is truly terrific, and these Rufus Wainwright / Antony and the Johnsons collaborations are definitely worth a listen. Um, also, I f*cking LOVE FOOTBALL!!! WOOO!!! (Dreams of Horses)
  • I’ve never really been much of a Spoon man (either a fan of the band or an actual guy who plays spoons), but Stylus makes a pretty decent case for them. However, “I Turn My Camera On” still remains one of the most “Oh, I like this song [30 seconds pass] Alright, that’s enough” songs of all time. (The Stypod)
  • All fans of indie pop might want to check out The Blind King’s “Indie Pop Song,” which should join “Formed a Band” by Art Brut and “Instant Club Hit” by The Dead Milkmen as a memorable simultaneous good song / genre spoof. Download the Anything Box song while you’re there, too. (Hits in the Car)
  • And our awesomely unreadable blog entry of the day comes from La mofeta está al aire!!! Not sure what they’re yelling about, but they are giving away free tracks from Sr. Sufjan Stevens and Los Prototypes, so as far as I’m concerned, La mofeta definitely está al aire!!!

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LISTEN UP: VH1 To Do Music-Related Thing

Ozzy Osbourne

  • For possibly the first time ever, VH1 is arbitrarily honoring a bunch of random classic rock bands. Speed of Dark hooks us up with mp3s from Peter Gabriel, ZZ Top, Phil Collins, and one of my closest high school chums, Black Sabbath.
  • For those of you (read: me for many years) who only know Herbie Hancock as a “Tommy Boy” punchline or an infomercial stereo salesman, check out these innovative scratch/funk tunes he recorded in the early 80s. I love listening to them while I’m checking the specs on the… rotary… girder… I’m retarded. (Azltron)
  • Holy crap, Elliott Smith speaks to us from beyond the grave! It’s like a musical Ouija board, only you don’t have to cheat to keep it from being a complete waste of time. (An Aquarium Drunkard)
  • Dreamtimemix has a mashup from DJ Clivester that throws together The Beatles, Duran Duran, and Eric B. & Rakim. Toss in The Ultimate Warrior and Legion of Doom, and you’ve got yourself a Royal Rumble.
  • LCD Soundsystem’s 7-minute Brian Eno-ish ditty “Get Innocuous” has already secured its place as one of my favorite songs of 2007, which is weird, because I don’t have an attention span for anything anymore unless it takes place on a magical island, in a Scranton office, or in Jersey’s mob world. (Fluxblog)

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LISTEN UP: Blurry Politics

Dave Rowntree

  • We’re honoring Blur after their drummer Dave Rowntree was nobly defeated in his bid for politcal office in London with these two tracks from Dead Flowers. This poses a question for the comments: which musician would you like to see run for a political office, and whom would you actually vote for?
  • Circles of Concrete posts an homage to pill-popping tunes featuring some of the most unstable, hardcore drug bands around – U2, Dashboard Confessional, and Jimmy Eat World.
  • Hot Chip remixing !!! and YACHT remixing Architecture in Helsinki?? I feel like I scored three PBRs on a slot machine and hit the indie jackpot! (Shameless Complacency)
  • Ghostface Killah doesn’t really make Monday afternoon music, so grab this classic track from Stylus, throw it in the fridge, and microwave it tonight for your own private three-minute dance party.
  • These two tiny tracks from The Eames Era are less than four minutes long combined, but they still managed to charm the pants off of me. Granted, my pants are usually 3/4 down at all times for no real reason, but that does not diminish the accomplishment. (You Ain’t No Picasso)

Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.

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LISTEN UP: 100 Bourbons, 100 Scotches, and 100 Beers

Liquor

  • Big Rock Candy Mountain posts a list of the “Top 100 Drinking Songs,” complete with some appropriate mp3s. The list only includes songs that are actually about drinking, not just good songs to drink to, which explains the absence of “Dan Belligerently Shouting ‘El Scorcho’ at People” from the list.
  • Bleedin’ Out is bummed out by the rainy Friday, but we all reap the benefits with five rain-themed songs, including live rarities from Zeppelin, Dylan, The Allmans, and Neko Case. What, no “Reign In Blood?”
  • Quick Before It Melts posts four songs also, featuring a-ha, LCD Soundsystem, and Scissor Sisters, although it’s up to YOU to figure out the pattern this time. (Hint: It’s not “songs that will make you sing along at your desk using a stapler as a microphone.”) (Hint #2: Actually, that is the pattern.)
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves may have a sweet band name, but the extremely likable Canadians are officially calling it quits. Sure, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi pretty much suck now, but at least they’re still together, Canada! Woooo! U-S-A! U-S-A! (The Sky Was Candy)
  • Finally, for our Awesomely Unreadable blog entry of the day, we find the Harlem Shakes, a terrific band from Brooklyn, turning up on the Dutch blog Alankomaat. I don’t know Dutch, but I believe that translates to “Alan Kombat,” which must be some sort of violent video game from The Netherlands.

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LISTEN UP: Bob Dylan, Chaperone to the Indie Kids

Bob Dylan

  • The Austin City Limits Festival announced its ridiculously jam-packed lineup today, featuring more or less every good band from the last ten years of music, all to be headlined by the indiest indie kid of them all: Bob Dylan. Brooklyn Vegan posts an mp3 of Wilco performing “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” to make you more confused.
  • In case you never managed to shell out $75 to see Bjork’s legendary live show, you can at least grab these live tracks from A Musical Swap Meet, then Photoshop a tiny picture of Bjork onto an enormous stage and look at it while you play these songs. That’s how I got to see The Beatles in concert.
  • I don’t understand a word on the blog Golfo!, but they posted a bunch of algunas rarezas de los Beastie Boys, which you can download onto your biblioteca and listen to while at cabeza.
  • Culture Deluxe features a new acoustic track from The Hold Steady, as well as some informative mp3s of Craig Finn talking about his influences. Which really doesn’t sound a whole lot different from Craig Finn singing.
  • Indieblogheaven has a track from the band Sea Wolf called “You’re a Wolf.” This is not to be confused with Wolf Parade, or Voxtrot’s “Raised By Wolves,” or the show “Airwolf,” or the video game “Operation: Wolf,” or the “Lone Wolf” series of choose-your-own-adventure books (anyone?)

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LISTEN UP: Hip Hop Isn’t Dead, Part Ten Thousand

Common Smaller

  • Idolator has an uplifting new track from Common’s upcoming release, Finding Forever. I missed the part where he says “‘ho” a whole bunch of times, Imus, but maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention.
  • The latest Interpol single “The Heinrich Maneuver” is pretty catchy, despite the goofy title; at least their songs don’t sound like default file names anymore (“Untitled,” “Obstacle 2,” “The New,” etc.) (The Modern Music)
  • It took me about a month, but I finally got Spank Rock’s “Bump” out of my head this morning, just in time for Brooklyn Vegan to post a remix. Thanks a lot, guys.
  • Nine Bullets introduces us to the extremely pleasant Laura Love. In fact, if you like Rilo Kiley, you might even *really enjoy* Laura. I couldn’t think of a better pun to put there.
  • You hear the one about the Italian record label that really loves Swedish pop? Yeah, the thing is, they only release their music on cassettes. Cassettes, people – get it? Wait a minute, you mean this is actually a real thing? (Swedes Please)

    Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.

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LISTEN UP: Come Together, Every Artist Ever

Come Together

  • My Old Kentucky Blog features a ridiculously eclectic array of musicians covering The Beatles’ “Come Together,” from The Roots to Soundgarden to a duet with Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin (no joke). Now, if only Dane Cook and Rockapella can get together to cover “All Along the Watchtower,” my life will be complete.
  • Who’s this bizarre sounding indie band over at Speed Of Dark? Why, it’s just T. Rex, the guys who sang “Bang a Gong.” Who would’ve known the two 70s-est looking dudes ever could make such crazy, timeless music?
  • The new Islands song is awesome, but complicated. I think it represents purgatory. Wait, what are we talking about? (Bibabidi)
  • Free New Order for your 80s-themed office dance party! At your desk! With your headphones on! And not actually dancing! (Audio Deficit Disorder)
  • Speaking of dancing, Purple Crush gives Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” a successful club remix treatment. I kind of feel like a loser now for dancing to the old version. (Gorilla vs. Bear)

    Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.

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LISTEN UP: Axl Rose Is a Musician Now?

Axl Rose

  • Idolator has a leaked track off Guns n’ Roses’ twelve-years-in-the-making “Chinese Democracy” album, which is apparently how long it takes to make yourself sound like Godsmack covering 90s Pixies. Watch out, karaoke bars!
  • Another posthumous Nick Drake release? He’s turning into a folkier, less-enunciating version of Tupac (although I believe Drake’s allegiances were to the east coast). (Stereogum)
  • Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs are such a throwback to prewar, southern country/blues that they make Jack White’s prewar, southern country/blues sound like postwar, nothern trance/techno, or something. (Nine Bullets)
  • Some light jazz for a Monday afternoon? These Wendell Holmes tunes really take me back to the days when I was negative twenty. (Office Naps)
  • And if that’s not mellow enough for you, check out Rachel Platten. If you’re not in a good mood now, you’ve got a long week ahead of you.

Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and the proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.

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LISTEN UP: Kickin’ It Up To Twelve

Spinal Tap Resize

  • Eff The PoliceSpinal Tap is reuniting! Extrawack brightens up our Friday with an mp3 and an all-new 5-minute video featuring the legendary Fab Three.

  • Calling Jukebox The Ghost a mix between “Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants, and Queen” certainly grabs my attention, especially when it turns out to be completely accurate. (Instrumental Analysis)
  • It’s way too late to score indie cred for saying you like Junior Boys, but, as Cheech famously said in “Ghostbusters 2,” better late than never. (The KEXP Blog)
  • We Smoke Fags apparently describe their music as “Electronic Scuzzy Punk Funk Rock.” I’m not sure why they didn’t just go the extra mile and tack on “Reggae,” “Delta Blues,” “Marching Band,” and “Classical Piano” while they were at it. (A Tune a Day)
  • Do you want Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” stuck in your head all weekend (and for about eight more days after that)? Then head on over to I knew you didn’t want it but I had to get it out.

Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and the proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.

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LISTEN UP: She’s No Longer M.I.A.

MIA Resized

  • Analog Giant teases us with a new track off the upcoming M.I.A. album. The song even makes reference to the 90s classic “Rump Shaker,” proving that Sri Lanka does, in fact, have Middle Schools.
  • Congratulations, Bishop Allen, you’re the one billionth customer to write a song about rain! It’s actually pretty damn good – definitely beats “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” but it’s sure no “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” (You Ain’t No Picasso)
  • Speed of Dark offers an absolutely gushing homage to Rufus Wainwright, but we sure do love us some Scissor Sisters, so we know not to read into these things.
  • Wooo!! A new album from Japanese noisemakers Melt Banana is on its way, and if you’re not sure why you should care, Raven Sings the Blues has the answer.
  • For those of you gearing up to see The National open for Arcade Fire this week, Sixeyes has an mp3 and a video to get you bummed out in advance.

Dan Hopper is a BWE staff member and the proprietor of the music blog Band Madness.