Friday, October 27, 2006

MUSIC: F*ck This, It's Friday (5th Edition)

It's Friday, which means here's some music for your weekend. Enjoy. (The Young Love track is damn catchy, check it out.)

::: Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)
::: Teddybears - Yours To Keeps (feat. Annie)
::: The Teenagers - Homecoming
::: Hot Chip - And I Was a Boy From School
::: Young Love - Find A New Way
::: Spank Rock - Sweet Talk (Kalbata Remix)

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[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to Kristina Drechsel.]

UPDATE: Macktronic Hosting

Similar to the good folks over at i guess i'm floating, i've got to make the switch over to ezArchive's 3.0 edition. Hopefully, things will improve because it's been anything but reliable of late. So, links will be flaky and/or dead on all of the archived posts from here on out.

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[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to anniebee. She's awesome.]

Monday, October 23, 2006

LIT/MUSIC: Yeti Magazine, Issue #4

Every now and then I like to pass along some reading materials to the good folks taking a look at Macktronic. Yeti Magazine is an excellent collection of essays, interviews, and other assorted materials. It also comes with an accompanying CD of rare and unreleased materials. The writing is fantastic, the subject matter is diverse, and the cost is super low (under $11) so I think it's great. Some of my favorite articles include a tour diary by Will Sheff from Okkervil River and an introduction to the Reverend E.W. Clayborn (the accompanying track is awesome).

Artists included on the compilation CD: Katharina Tunicata, Radio Four, Destroyer, Bobby Birdman, Bright, CAlifone, Alela Diane, Dolphin Band, Michael Hurley and Tara Jane O'neil, Ghosting, Fauna Polly, Somos Marquis Homos, Gerhard Trede and His Electronic Instruments, Rob Walmart, The Blow, We March, The Golden Bears, We/Or/Me, Okkervil River, The Plants, Page France, Fly Ashtray, Souled American, Reverend E.W. Clayborn, Valet, Theo Angell, Unkown.

Here's a couple notable tracks from the compilation.

::: Destroyer - No One Needs To Know
::: Califone - The Orchids (Krasner Mix)
::: Okkervil River - Lines
::: Bobby Birdman - Victory At Sea (E*Rock Mix)

Since we like to support the independent arts, I suggest you buy Yeti 4 from Insound for only $10.99. Plus, if you use the code "pushingfall06" at checkout then you get 10% the entire order.

Additionally, I'm trying out some new hosting services in attempt to move away from EZarchive which has been pretty horrible. They're also doing a large switchover soon which is a pain in my tail. If you download some of these songs, please comment on the quality of these downloads.

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[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to unaesthetic.]

Thursday, October 19, 2006

MUSIC: F*ck This, It's Friday (4th Edition)

::: CSS - Art Bitch
::: Grizzly Bear - Don't Ask (Final Fantasy Mix)
::: The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health (Ratatat Remix)
::: Death From Above 1979 - Luno (Bloc Party Cover)
::: Ollie Byrd - Couple Skate [removed]
::: The Pack - Vans (Diplo til Infinity Mix)

[Buy music from Insound.]
[Especially the new Cansei De Ser Sexy album which is blowing my little mind.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to the talented cybele.]

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

SHOWS: Lucero / Band Of Horses / Magnolia Electric Company

Well, we all know live shows are awesome. The only thing better than regular live shows, are those by bands we love. The Bay Area has had an influx of good concerts of late (with Bonnie Prince Billy on the horizon) so I had to take in a couple.

Last time I saw Band of Horses, a few horses were out sick so we got a 3 piece instead of a 5 piece performance. It ended up being a fantastic show nonetheless. Finally getting a chance to see a full band performance (at The Fillmore no less) was a treat. Pulling mostly from Everything All The Time, they cruised through the set effortlessly since it was at the tail end of their tour. They even skipped the whole "wait before we come back onstage for the encore" part which I'm particularly fond of these days. Their new songs sounded pretty raw, it'll be interesting to see how they come out after some more work. Here's a live cut off of their previous tour only EP.

::: Band Of Horses - (Biding Time Is A) Boat Row (live)
[Band Of Horses Tour Dates]
[Buy Everything All The Time]

Each time that I get a chance to catch a Lucero show, the audience gets bigger. Just two years ago I saw them at The Stork Club with about 25 other people. Last Friday I saw them at Slim's with 300 of my closest friends. Impressive as always, perhaps a little more drunk (which is a good thing with their style of music), and showing off the fuller sound of their newest release. I'm telling you, they'll blow up any time now (even though I've been saying that for a while). They even have their own YouTube channel where you can see videos and live concert cuts. Here's my (still) favorite track off the new album.

::: Lucero - San Francisco
[Lucero Tour Dates]
[Buy Rebels, Rogues, & Sworn Brothers]

It was kind of a light audience at Magnolia Electric Company's show at the Great American Music Hall a couple Saturdays ago (probably due to everyone being over-musiced at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival). But, as I've come to expect, Jason Molina and crew came through and ploughed through a brilliant set of mostly new material from Fading Trails. If you ever get a chance to check'em out, I suggest that you do. Molina's music is the kind I'll still be listening to in 20 years or so. Here's a live track from MECo's show at The Busted Lift in Iowa; also one of my favorite songs.

::: Magnolia Electric Company - Memphis Moon (live)
[Magnolia Electric Company Tour Dates]
[Buy Fading Trails]

You can purchase the excellent new albums by Magnolis Electric Company (Fading Trails), Lucero (Rebels, Rogues, & Sworn Brothers) and Band of Horses (Everything All The Time) over at Insound for 10% off by using the code "pushingfall06" at checkout. If you order more than $30 worth of stuff, the shipping is free. Awesome.

[Free stuff to be had from the current Macktronic contest.]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to wee mo.]

MUSIC: Ollie Byrd

Ollie Byrd is an interesting and totally random myspace music find by Macktronic. More appropriately, he found me and I actually liked his stuff (which is contrary to the normal trend). This Brooklyn musician/band has music that plays like a more urgent version of Cody ChestnuTT's album that came out a couple years ago..... unpolished, noisy, and excellent. Not alot of info on his myspace page and not alot of blogger noise out there, but I imagine this won't last for too long. Take a listen.

::: Ollie Byrd - Couple Skate [removed]
::: Ollie Byrd - Electricity [removed]
::: Ollie Byrd - Arrives A Girl [removed]
::: Ollie Byrd - Going To California [removed]

[Download Ollie Byrd on iTunes.]
[Free stuff to be had from the current Macktronic contest.]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to the extremely talented grandylion; every one of her shots blow my mind.]

Monday, October 16, 2006

MUSIC: Dana Falconberry

With the winds picking up and the temperatures starting to fall, I always seem to lean towards songs that are a little more country, bluegrass, or folk. A blazingly talented singer/songwriter named Dana Falconberry certainly falls into this category. Based out of Austin, she's recently released a new EP called Paper Sailboat which you can order through iTunes (here). Take a listen to a few of her tracks and I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I am.

::: Dana Falconberry - Leave In The Middle Of The Night
::: Dana Falconberry - Sadie

[Official Dana Falconberry website]
[Dana Falconberry myspace page]
[Free stuff to be had from the current Macktronic contest]

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

MUSIC: Contest Reminder

Just wanted to remind you kids about the current Macktronic contest.
Click here to check out all the details.

Sound Gymnastics has some more songs off the soundtrack, one of the items up for grabs in the contest.

[Click here to visit the informative Wikipedia page.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MUSIC: KEXP Live Sessions

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.... I really do love KEXP. Just a fantastic radio station. The good folks of Seattle are lucky to be able to hear the broadcast as they cruise around (in the rain! just kidding....). My favorite three things: their live sessions, their blog, and the totally awesome Cheryl Waters. Here are some live cuts:

::: TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me (Live @ KEXP)
::: Band of Horses - The Funeral (Live @ KEXP)
::: Grizzly Bear - Knife (Live @ KEXP)
::: Calexico - Cruel (Live @ KEXP)

[The Smudge of Ashen Fluff has lots of KEXP live tracks.]
[Free stuff to be had from the current Macktronic contest]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to wesfrazer.]
[Kyp Malone, of TVOTR, is a very popular photo subject it seems.]

Monday, October 09, 2006

MUSIC: Insound Music Sampler (Pushing Product 8)

I'm never really a big fan of free compilation CD's but the good folks over at Insound managed to put together a one-stop listening affair for current indie music. Big hitters include TV On The Radio, The Decemberists, The Rapture, and many others. (I also like the fact that it was free to all and therefore I won't be getting any copyright letters). Thought I'd pass it along....

::: The Big Sleep - Murder
::: Tokyo Police Club - Shoulders & Arms
::: Forward, Russia ! - Thirteen
::: The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
::: TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
::: Grizzly Bear - Knife
::: Chin Up Chin Up - This Harness Can't Ride Anything
::: Junior Boys - In The Morning (feat. Andi Toma)
::: Walter Meego - Wanna Be A Star
::: The Blood Brothers - Laser Life
::: Thunderbirds Are Now! - We Win (Ha Ha)
::: The Decemberists - O Valencia
::: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Oregon Girl
::: The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy!
::: ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Naked Sun

You can get 10% off any order at Insound by using the code "pushingfall06" at checkout. Free shipping for orders of $30 on top of that.

[Free stuff to be had from the current Macktronic contest]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to the multitalented merkeley, whose flickr page is adorned with some pretty ladies and amazing photography.]

Saturday, October 07, 2006

ART: Oakland/SF Scene Odds/Ends

The Oakland Art Murmur event has gotten alot of press lately around the Bay (even a little here on Macktronic). Despite the arguments surrounding such an event, highlighted in an interesting East Bay Express article (taken with a grain of salt), I love the fact that folks are making galleries that represent and feature art outside of what is considered "traditional". Bay Area blog Beer And Rap even weighed in on the subject.
[Oakland Art Murmur home]
[East Bay Express article]
[Beer And Rap post]

An artist I've been enjoying over the last number of months is John Casey. His drawings see above picture) and sculptures feature some interesting figures (monsters, perhaps). For me, the emotions and feelings that come from such horrifying (yet somehow consoling) subjects is just fantastic.
[John Casey website]
[John Casey blog]
[Archived macktronic post]

A great overview/intro to new/young/underground artists in the Bay Area can be found over at the Arthead SF blog. They get artists to write about one of their pieces (chosen by the artists) and it covers all types of mediums. Really great work, interesting discussion on modern art, and a glimpse into the scene.
[Arthead SF blog]

[Photo credit goes to mildred; it's a John Casey piece as mentioned above. Her flickr page has lots of fun SF/Bay art shots.]

Friday, October 06, 2006

MUSIC: Backyard Tire Fire (New EP)

Backyard Tire Fire has a new EP out now. The six song collection of raw rustic rock includes two EP exclusives, two songs of their upcoming full-length, and two classic live tracks. Here's my favorite cut off the EP.

::: Backyard Tire Fire - Skin & Bones

You can stream the entire EP here. You can pick it up at any BTF live show. The new LP (Vagabonds and Hooligans) is slated to come out in January 2007. You can buy their latest release, Bar Room Semantics, over at Insound by clicking here.

[Check out the current Macktronic contest for a chance at some free stuff.]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to *sugar*.]

CONTEST: Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette Trailer Number One (on YouTube)
Marie Antoinette Trailer Number Two (on YouTube)
other YouTube videos on the movie

Here's another contest for you from the folks promoting the new Sophia Coppola film starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman called Marie Antoinette. (I think Schwartzman is hilarious. C'mon, he was amazing in Rushmore. Plus, he was also the Phantom Planet drummer when they made the song "California", which the OC has drilled into our brains.)

Up for grabs is the soundtrack, a poster, and nail polish (what?). Rules are easy, just send me an email with your name and address to me by October 20th. I'll pick a winner at random for the prize pack. That date (10/20) is incidentally also the relase date for the film.

As I've come to expect from the films Ms. Coppola has directed, this one has a spectacular soundtrack. Anyone who can work a Gang of Four track into a film about the 18th century French monarchy gets two thumbs up from me. Featured artists on the sound track are The Strokes, Radio Dept., New Order, Adam & The Ants, The Cure, Aphex Twin, Gang Of Four, Squarepusher, and a load of others. Here's some music for you in the meantime.

Songs on the Soundtrack
::: The Strokes - What Ever Happened
::: Gang Of Four - Natural's Not In It
::: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th

Don't forget to email macktronic at gmail dot com before October 20 for a chance at the MA prize pack.

Updated Oct 20
CONTEST WINNER: Lucy from Virginia

[Culture Bully has some more tracks and commentary on the movie, so check it out.]
[Photo credit goes to Leigh Johnson via Doji Kaoru's flickr page.]

MUSIC: F*ck This, It's Friday (3rd Edition)

::: Spank Rock - Put That Pussy On Me (Diplo Tonite Remix)
::: Matt & Kim - Yea Yeah
::: Clipse/MIA - Definition of a Roller
::: Brazilian Girls - Jique (MSTRKRFT Remix)
::: CSS - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
::: MSTRKRFT - Thank Me With Your Hands (Panthers Remix)

OK, so I'm totally into these remixes of late. I'll listen to anything by Diplo or MSTRKRFT. I especially like the remixes of DFA1979 songs, or Wolfmother songs, or anything that isn't club/dance ready and needs to be. So, what I ask of you, is to let me know of some more artists who do reliably awesome remixes. I just don't have the time to listen to the Frank In His Bedroom Eating Cookies Remix of a Rapture song. You get the idea. Have a f'ing good Friday my friends.

[FTIF 2nd Edition]
[FTIF 1st Edition]
[Buy music from Insound.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to Lou O' Bedlam.]

Thursday, October 05, 2006

MUSIC: Catbird / Pet Politics

Catbird Records is one of Macktronic's favorite small labels for a couple of reasons. First, I like their music (Tap Tap [post here] and Maestro Echoplex, to mention a few). Secondly, they pay attention to their artwork (custom screenprinting and so on). Lastly, their stuff is quite affordable.

Their latest release, The Spring EP by Pet Politics is a nice little four song collection of indie rock. Here's the tracklist:

1. Pet Politics - Sunday Morning (download from here)
2. Pet Politics - The Spring
3. Pet Politics - Bridges
4. Pet Politics - Life Goes On

Buy the album here for only $3.50. It's a limited release of only 200, and as of yesterday there were still a couple left.

[Visit the corresponding blog, The Catbirdseat, which is awesome.]
[Find/Listen/Download music at The Hype Machine.]

MUSIC: M. Ward (Post-War)

So, typically here on macktronic we don't have long reviews, either by myself or by other writers but I've decided to make an exception this time. M. Ward's latest release, titled Post-War, is an extremely powerful and poignant album. In a recent SF Weekly article, Garrett Camps does a fantastic job at connecting the album to today's atmosphere (both political and otherwise). Here it is in the entirety (also accessed here).

Hippies, though admirable and well intentioned, often compensate for their excellent politics with profoundly lousy art. Which is a real bummer, as our current political situation is profoundly lousy — as you might have heard, we're living through one epic backlash against the '60s and liberal democracy and yada yada. Meanwhile, the last few decades of progressive mewling have really only amounted to Bravo's programming lineup; the revolution may not be televised, but Project Runway will be.

So yeah, let's say you're a musician setting off to make a record about the times. Do you take the hippie route and make something like Neil Young's recent Living With War — a painfully on-the-nose bit of classic rock with, unfortunately, all the staying power of a Sean Hannity soundbite? Or do you set your mind to a different task?

"I've never been that interested in recording the sound of me getting something off of my chest," says the contemplative singer-songwriter M. Ward, calling from his touring hotel room in Sheffield, England. "I'm much more excited and enthusiastic about the idea of recording a record that's maybe gonna last a little while."

For some time now, Ward has been doing just that. The 32-year-old came up in the '90s in San Luis Obispo, with the understated roots-rock band Rodriguez. Late in the decade he went solo, and in 2000 released his debut, Duets for Guitar 2, on Giant Sand journeyman Howe Gelb's label. Since then he's settled in Portland and put out four more records, all the while honing his surprisingly distinct (he really has few peers) brand of dusky, sparse indie-folk blues. His latest is called Post-War.

Obviously this is a record that has something to do with our current sociopolitical quagmire. And yet, curiously, there's not one reference to anything literal, to anything that's actually happening — no President Talking to God, no indignant rebuke of "the thought police." (Not to suggest that's all that literal, but I'm sure it is to Neil Young.) What Post-War offers instead are songs like "Chinese Translation," one of Ward's best (superfans might liken it to "Helicopter," from 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent). The song rides some jaunty guitar strumming and brushed drums, and tells the tale of a chap who asks a wise man, "What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?" And the wise man basically says, "That reminds me of the time I went to a wise man to ask him, 'What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?'" And then the wise man's wise man says the same thing, etc. Elsewhere we find the sweet-swinging singalong "Rollercoaster" with its playful ragtime piano, the foot-stomping she-done-me-wrong hoot "Magic Trick" (co-written by My Morning Jacket's Jim James), and the charging Daniel Johnston cover "To Go Home," featuring backup vocals by Neko Case. And then there is the title track, and for that we will require a new paragraph. Several, actually.

"Post-War," like the album it anchors, has everything and nothing to do with war. A slow dance bathed in fluttering Rhodes chords, it's the record's most beautiful, heartbreaking tune (what "Fuel for Fire" was to last year's Transistor Radio), and it exemplifies exactly what this record has to do with what's on your TV screen (well, not the porn). But to explain it we need to get a little wanky.

Let us now travel back in time to when we were kids playing the game that every kid plays: tag. There were precisely two locations in tag — the ether wherein you could be tagged, and the ether wherein you could not, called "safe." Safe — whatta concept!

M. Ward's music is safe. There is the real world with its parking tickets and the war and George Bush, and then there is this place where Ward's music comes from, a place the keening anxiety that seems to define these times cannot intrude. There's the Feeling of Being Chased ("war"), and then there's Safe ("post-war," and thus Post-War). And all the hippies with their platitudes — even you, Neil — are trying to pretend that safe is just a protest away, but it's not. Safe isn't left or right, Air America nor Rush Limbaugh. Safe is the product of private meditation and focus. (Which, when you think about it, is precisely what children are practicing when they play some really good tag.) And safe is what Matt Ward is trying to express with his music, and he does a really good job at it, not because he's out there making judgments about what's right and wrong, but exactly because he's not. "I know that everything feels wrong/ I've got some hard, hard proof in this song," he sings in "Post-War." And the proof? Is it the knocking of the thought police? No, man, the proof is the song itself, the weight of it, the way the chords suck you down — it actually sounds like the man has a block around his ankle and he's swimming up, against the tug of it. And it's beautiful that way, too, the light twinkling atop a surface just out of reach: "I'll know when everything feels right/ Some lucky night."

"All of the records for me are living in this naive fantasia where people care about each other's well-being," he says. Ward speaks with the kind of slow, reflective grace that you just obviously figure he would. He's just a really sweet dude. "It's a crazy, absurd fantasy that is the best place to write these songs in."

Now I'm not saying you retreat entirely into this idealized utopia, or suggesting that you don't protest and stop caring. Your Mumia T-shirt is fine, you're showing solidarity, etc. What I'm saying is we're in kind of a situation here, still at war, and it's actually, almost unbelievably, getting worse. And clearly all the nattering about left and right and up and down isn't getting us anywhere. We need some new ideas — we need to get creative. And in order to feel creative we have to feel safe. We have to feel like there's the possibility of another world, a safe world, which will evolve and dissolve and disappear, which is where we're at now. But then you just re-imagine a new one, and you slouch toward that. And perhaps that, truly, is how you live with war.

"No one's really interested in bridging the gap," Ward says. "It's more an interest in fighting the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reillys of the world, which is really important to do because I can't listen to that stuff for even a second. But I guess I'm most interested in hearing the opinion of someone who has the creativity and the intelligence to make a peaceful statement."

I just thing he did a better job at analyzing the record than I could have. Here's a couple tracks off the beautiful record.

::: M. Ward - Chinese Translation
::: M. Ward - Poison Cup
::: M. Ward - To Go Home (Daniel Johnston cover)

I suggest you go buy Post-War over at Insound (12 bucks for a CD and 13 for the LP).
[Hint: If you use the code "ilovesummer10" at checkout then you automatically get 10% off. Plus free shipping on orders of 30 bucks.]

Sand is Overrated has a bunch of other M. Ward tracks and a nice review of the album. Good review of his whole career.

Muzzle of Bees has most of M. Ward's KCRW live performance MP3's. An excellent blog all around if you're not already familiar.

[Find/Listen/Download music over at The Hype Machine.]
[Photo credit goes to frozenchipmunk.]

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

MUSIC: Beck / Killers / Remixes

Couple of well-done, light-handed (as opposed to oppressive) remixes by artists releasing albums this week.

::: Beck - Broken Drum (Board of Canada Remix)
::: The Killers - When You Were Young (Thin White Duke Mix)

[Buy the new albums by Beck and The Killers for 10% off by using the code "ilovesummer10" here.]

[Find/listen/download new music over at The Hype Machine.]

[Photo credit goes to platdujour. Artwork by banksy.]

Monday, October 02, 2006

MUSIC: Everyone Loves Sufjan

Lots and lots of reasons to do this post......

ONE: Sufjan's new live track circulating the internet
I totally agree with a popular blogger opinion that the sheer amount of music Sufjan puts out is sometimes a bit daunting. But this new track is worth the hype.
::: Sufjan Stevens - Majesty Snowbird (live)
You can also check out lots of videos over at YouTube by clicking here.

TWO: Sufjan playing in Berkeley next week
Two sold out shows at Zellerbach auditorium (Oct 10 &11) on the UC Berkeley campus. He'll be playing with members of The Pacific Mozart Ensemble. Gonna be amazing.

THREE: Next album ready for pre-order
Insound has the next Sufjan release ready for pre-order now (including $2 off). It's set for a November 21st release. Here's a description of the 5CD (!) compilation of his Christmas-themed releases called Songs for Christmas:

In December 2001, Sufjan Stevens set out to create a Christmas gift for his friends and family. The result was a 7-song recording that he called, Noel Volume 1. Over each of the next few Christmas seasons Sufjan would create a new EP to add to the collection. As he was recording Peace Volume V (in the summer of 2006), he considered how best to 'officially' release this music in to the world. He said he was, "determined to present the EPs in their original form - flaws, blemishes, mistakes and all. A compilation would have been a cumbersome compromise. A 'Greatest Hits' would have been heartbreaking (How to choose?)." In addition to the music he wanted to add a 'lavish display of ornamentation' to coincide with the spirit of excess and overindulgence that is the hallmark of Christmas. Enclosed in the box you will find essays, a short story, song chords & lyrics, photos, a family portrait, and wishes for a Happy Christmas.

While we're at it, I definitely want to recommend these earplugs, also available at Insound. I'd been to a couple shows of late that were incredibly too loud so for the last couple of weeks I carried these suckers to shows and used as needed. They definitely perform as advertised, reducing the volume without distorting the quality of the music. So no more tinitus for me.

[FYI, if you use the code "ilovesummer10" at the Insound checkout, you get 10% off your order. And if your total is aobve $30, the shipping is free.]

For those of you who didn't download these songs yet, here are re-posts of the files from the song Sufjan did for NPR a while back. I still like this song, however biased I am due to my Arkansas heritage (next States record?).

::: Sufjan Stevens - Lord God Bird
::: Sufjan Stevens - Lord God Bird (NPR Story)

[Photo credit goes to Tom Eaton. I don't know who the other fellas are but the shot is cool.]

THEME: "Modern" Track Titles

Always a sucker for track title themes, I thought I'd put together a list of songs that start with the word "modern" for you fantastic macktronic readers. It all started the Black Keys track (amazing, by the way) and got me thinking of the YYY track and then it all snowballed. Lots of good bands ended up being included, which was kind of surprising. Enjoy.

::: The Black Keys - Modern Times
::: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Modern Things
::: The Strokes - Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men
::: Wolf Parade - Modern World
::: Viktor Vaughn - Modern Day Mugging
::: Art Brut - Modern Art
::: Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Way
::: The Changes - Modern Love
::: Sleater Kinney - Modern Girl
::: Mos Def - Modern Marvel
::: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Modern Romance
::: TV On The Radio - Modern Romance (YYY Cover)

[You can buy music from Insound with free shipping on orders over 30 bucks.]
[Find and download music over at The Hype Machine.]

[Photo credit goes to gridrunner. According to his flickr page: "For those that don't know, this a view Ólafur Elíasson's The Weather Project, an art installation at Tate Modern in London, 2004. In this photo I've made the visitors the main subject (it was Elíasson's intention that they became part of the work), omitting the centre piece, which was a large 'half sun' at the end of the hall. The ceiling was mirrored which is why people are lying on the floor looking up. The air was mist-filled and the light really was that colour!"]