Posted in: May 2007

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Note: This band is apparently in the process of making a new website, which means they took all their stuff down, which means… I’ll re-host the files… sometime. Sorry for the inconvenience.

This post marks another first for this intrepid blog: an actual entry in the metal category! There probably won’t be many other entries in this category, so savor them while you can. 8 Foot Sativa is the most consistently heavy metal band I’ve heard that doesn’t devolve into the ugly mess that is death metal. That is, there are pounding riffs, pounding drums, and screaming, but you can make out a few words in the songs. Either way, it’s good stuff, if you are a metal type of person. You might want to stick their first two albums, however; their third is horrendous, and they’ve got a new singer for the fourth, which is never a good sign.


From Season For Assault
Season For Assault – (MP3, 1.9 MB)

From 8 Foot Sativa
8 Foot Sativa – (MP3, 1.6 MB)

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It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to update this thing, and yet I rarely do. Oh well. As I promised a week ago, here is an oversized mix to shut up the three people who whine at me to update more. Due to its rather large nature, there are going to be some songs that you won’t like, but that’s not my problem. At least your bases will be covered, eh? Also, it’s a cat in an aeroplane.

Autumn ShadeEzra Moon – (MP3, 4.7 MB)

This is a really nice piano-folk song, accompanied by violins and featuring quality female vocals. In other words, something nice to fall asleep to.

AvocadoclubToo Much Space To Walk Away – (MP3, 3.8 MB)

This song is something of an anomaly as it’s mellow, catchy indie-pop… from Germany. Maybe I’m just a stereotypical bastard, but even that German version of “Barbie Girl” was kind of scary.

BlancheSuperstition – (MP3, 2.5 MB)

This song kind of reminds me of the Vandaveer song from my last mix, but not too much. That said, if you like banjo country-rock, as well you should, then this song is for you.

BowerbirdsIn Our Talons – (MP3, 4.4 MB)

This song has an accordion. That is all the description you need. If it doesn’t hook you within five seconds, then don’t bother.

Devendra BanhartQuedate Luna – (MP3, 2.8 MB)

I’m fairly certain you’re all familiar with Devendra Banhart by now… here’s my favorite song of his.

Kid DakotaSo Pretty – (MP3, 4.7 MB)

If you like fuzzy guitars, well, good for you. This song has them, and enough awesomeness to feed an army.

LjovaBagel On The Malecon – (MP3, 2.7 MB)

This is a violin instrumental. That’s… about it. Pleasant, though.

Marissa NadlerAs I Lay In Death My Son – (MP3, 5.2 MB)

Marissa Nadler has the most excellent voice that was ever excellented. In addition to that, she is the queen of super-mellow folk songs. You can get a bunch more of her songs at her webpage, and you probably should.

Miho HatoriBarracuda – (MP3, 3 MB)

For those of you who have heard of Manu Chao, this song could easily fit into their repertoire. If you haven’t heard Manu Chao, get this song, and you might as well have.

Ramona CordovaGivers’ Reply – (MP3, 3.9 MB)

This is another mellow, catchy indie-pop tune. It starts off pretty damn mellow, but kicks it up after 90 seconds. Very nice tune, if you ask me.

Royal Treatment PlantFunky – (MP3, 3.4 MB)

Royal fucking Treatment Plant. They are sometimes too awesome for their own good, with their kickin’ guitar riffs and sexy singing. I would have posted this song when I posted about the band previously, but for some reason didn’t like the song back then. I am an idiot, accordingly.

Space MtnUndermining – (MP3, 3.1 MB)

Here’s another excellent song from an excellent band I’ve written about before. Kind of mellow, but not enough to bore me.

The ShiversBeauty – (MP3, 4 MB)

You could say this is a love song, because if it isn’t, then he says “love” a few dozen too many times. Their singer also sounds a lot like the singer for The National, which is always a good thing.

Thomas LunchTator Tots & Robots – (MP3, 3.1 MB)

If you enjoy tator tots & robots, this is the song for you. Otherwise, it’s some enjoyable synth-rock.

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Based out of Mexico City, the closest genre classification I can come up with is Spanish punk-polka. I could seriously leave it at that, but then Hugh would probably yell at me.

Their Myspace describes their sound as a range from “euphoric polkas, melancholic waltzes to punk, rock and passages of classical music”. They also come highly recommended by Denise Petersen (the wife of Erik Petersen, i.e. Mischief Brew), and I seem to have a thing for any bands distributed by, or even just vaguely associated with Fistolo Records.

They also have some fine klezmer clarinet, and a penchant for instrumentals. As such, Hugh will probably hate them. They do have at least one member hailing from Oregon, though.


From Infausta Noticia
Sirentitas en el Espacio – (MP3, 3.3 MB)
Funeral del tio Perverso – (MP3, 4.9 MB)
Vida Propia – (MP3, 3.5 MB)
El Circo del Siglo – (MP3, 5.3 MB)

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It is kind of strange timing that it’s today that I decide to finally post The Red Thread, when they decided to call it quits this past Saturday. That is rather unfortunate, as they were a competent band who were capable of making some solid indie music and actually followed through on that. If you’re near San Francisco, they’ve got a 21+ show at the Hotel Utah on the 23rd of June, so go check them out if you’re in the area.


From Ship In The Attic, Birds In The Subway
Wax Museum – (MP3, 3.2 MB)
A Distance – (MP3, 2.6 MB)

From After The Last
Subject To Change – (MP3, 2.7 MB)

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I am becoming quite the slouch on updates lately, so I’ll have to do another post right after this one and make this month’s mix incomparably huge. Because remember kids, if you can’t have quality, then go for quantity! But enough about my shortcomings.

Chris Bathgate isn’t always your typical folk musician, which is fortunate, as otherwise he would probably be quite boring. While Buffalo Girl isn’t going to win any awards for jauntiness, it’s got enough instrumentation to keep you awake. I Know How You Are Going To Die Tonight won’t win any awards for jauntiness either, but it’s got some two-note cabaret piano action (and horns) to make it seem like so much more. His voice kind of reminds me of Jason Molina’s (of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame), but not quite. He’s got a new, more mellow, album out too; you can read about that over at songs: illinois.


From Throatsleep
Buffalo Girl – (MP3, 4 MB)
I Know How You Are Going To Die Tonight – (MP3, 4.6 MB)

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If pictures really said a thousand words, the cover for Sleeping In The Aviary‘s new album would probably say something like “Here is another creepy band that Hugh listens to.” In reality, however, they are more like “another awesome, catchy band that hasn’t bored Hugh yet.” That is really about as much description as you will need, and all that you will get, because I have to goooo.


From Oh, This Old Thing?
Another Girl – (MP3, 1.8 MB)
Pop Song – (MP3, 1.3 MB)
Love Song (Demo) – (MP3, 2.6 MB)
Gloworm – (MP3, 2.6 MB)

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Greg Weeks is probably my favorite musician who I’ve yet to even mention on this page, but that’s just because I hadn’t found any free MP3s of his, and it might cause nine simultaneous aneurysms if I were to upload his best songs, due to him having so fucking many. At least, if you like psych-folk as much as I do. The free ones are outtakes from his EP Bleecker Station, and are still quite excellent considering they’re demos. It’s not just his solo work that makes me love him so; he’s also a founding member of Espers (who I will have to write about soon!), and he also utilized his psych-folk wizardry to trick out Marissa Nadler’s new album. I even took the time to add the video for the decidedly creepy adidas commercial featuring his decidedly awesome song, Made. That’s not the entirety of the song, but you can’t expect a commercial to be three minutes long… even if the song in it is awesome.


From Train In Vein: Bleecker-Era Outtakes
Self-Elimination Diet – (MP3, 2.6 MB)
Sewn To A Dying Age – (MP3, 4.3 MB)
Downcast – (MP3, 3.5 MB)
West River Road – (MP3, 3.1 MB)

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It’s been a good while since anything’s been written on here, so it’s probably time to write about Kristin Hersh. She’s quoted in our about page, after all, and I still haven’t wrote a damn thing about her. Well, there’s no time like the present! My chum Boris recommended her to me, and though I’d heard of her before that, I never really liked her music. He recommended an excellent track of hers, that being Your Ghost, and to borrow Doug’s vernacular, I have been inorexably drawn ever since. Her music can’t really be pigeonholed to any particular genre, as she’s got an album consisting entirely of covers of traditional folk songs. Her voice might take a little getting used to, but if people can get used to Joanna Newsom’s voice, they can get used to anything. The only songs I’ve got for you today are from an album from 2003, The Grotto, which seems darker than most of her work. She’s got an album out this year as well, Learn To Sing Like A Star, which has some genuinely poppish moments.


From The Grotto
Sno Cat – (MP3, 5 MB)
Deep Wilson – (MP3, 5.9 MB)
Snake Oil – (MP3, 5.3 MB)