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Friday, Sep 3, 2010
Though not quite fall, there's too much new music out there not to turn the calendar for another playlist.

For the past five years I have created playlists for myself and shared them this friend who suggested I start my blog—NewMusicMatters and now I’m also writing for PopMatters. In this era of pick and choose selections off MySpace, iTunes and such, it’s almost odd that the concept of a playlist has even survived. But there really is something about a self-contained listening session. It’s always good to start off strong with a “don’t you love how music can move you” song, maybe even enough to get up and boogie. From there I like to meander along different moods until some kind of reflective closure wraps up the playlist.


Wasn’t sure whether to call this next group late summer or early fall 2010. I know it’s not technically autumn, but the acorns are dropping and the sun isn’t shining as strong as it was a few weeks ago. It’s all about sharing the love of new music with each selection, plus of course the craft of compilation which is always fun.



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Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010
Morning Becomes Eclectic hosts the band during a stop in L.A.

Oh how I love pulling up Morning Becomes Eclectic on kcrw.com and seeing there’s a fave band for the scheduled session that day! Such was the case when The Gorillaz performed August 18th and it was nice to experience the fresh sounds of live performance. Layers of certain songs were more prominent, the sound of an engine for example, so it all felt new again. It was also nice to hear Damon Albarn be more forthcoming during the interview compared to the “Colbert Show” where he was clearly not in on the ruse that Stephen Colbert is acting out a persona, or maybe Albarn was just hungover.


Here’s the link in the KCRW archives to experience it yourself!


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Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010
Let It Sway, the new release by the indie pop rock foursome Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, is the next step in their evolution.

All that was ever lacking from Springfield Missouri’s, SSLYBY output was better production and a little more rocking spirit. Let It Sway has both. Wonderful melodies and hooks have never been lacking from the band’s songs and they are in abundance here as well. Only now there is more heft and boom behind them. The CD which was released on August 17th on Polyvinyl Records is streaming for free at MBV music. Listen for yourself.



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Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010
In an episode of the popular sitcom Family Guy, Peter Griffin meets a genie who grants him three wishes, and one of his wishes is to have his own theme music wherever he goes -- what a great idea, especially now that it's so easy to carry your music with you.

I woke up rather early the other morning, and almost immediately after opening my eyes I started hearing the often-imitated crooning of Elvis Presley echoing through my skull. That’s not entirely a surprise—I was flying to Las Vegas that day, so the fact that a song by the King popped into my head did seem somehow appropriate. I suppose that a selection from Tom Jones or Dean Martin would probably have fit just as well, but for whatever reason for me that day it was Elvis—and his music was stuck in my head all morning.


”…A little less conversation / A little more action please…”



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Monday, Aug 9, 2010

If you miss Stereolab and Mr. Bungle—and I think we all do—then you owe it to yourself to give a listen to “Disco Dog”, from Belgian threesome Joy as a Toy. The specters of those progressive pop geniuses loom over all three-and-a-half glorious minutes, from the angular start-stop rhythms, to the brassy freak-outs in the middle, to the vibraphones throughout which sound straight off Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup.


“Disco Dog” is the first track off the band’s debut album Valparaiso, out right now on Cheap Satanism Records. Stream the whole album for free here.


P.S. What the hell is a “disco dog” anyway? The lyrics—alternately sung and barked, naturally—don’t shed much light on this mystery. Neither does a Google search, even if it does reveal the term as an inexplicably popular brand name.



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