Friday, December 12, 2014

Mux161: All Mux On Deck!

Boom.

1. Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose (Rips)
2. Ty Segall - The Faker (Manipulator)
3. Parquet Courts - Bodies (Sunbathing Animal)
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Runners In The Night (Mended With Gold)
5. Mac DeMarco - Chambers of Reflection (Salad Days)
6. Spoon - Let Me Be Mine (They Want My Soul)
7. Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain (Didn't It Rain)
8. Thom Yorke - Interference (Tomorrow's Modern Boxes)
9. Frank Ocean - Lost (Channel Orange)
10. Todd Terje - Swing Star (Part 1) (It's Album Time)
11. Chromatics - These Streets Will Never Look The Same (Ruth Version) (Kill For Love [Bonus])
12. The War On Drugs - Eyes To The Wind (Lost In The Dream)

TRT 49:41

Rookies: Mac DeMarco, Songs: Ohia

2014 music: Chromatics (sort of), Ex Hex, Mac DeMarco Parquet Courts, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Spoon, Todd Terje, Thom Yorke, Ty Segall, The War On Drugs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

JDK's Favorite Songs of 2014

In alphabetical order (and only one song per album):

Caribou - Silver (Our Love)
Cheatahs - Get Tight (Cheatahs)
Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part of Me (Here And Nowhere Else)
Death From Above 1979 - Virgins (The Physical World)
Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (You're Dead!)
Iceage - The Lord's Favorite (Plowing Into The Field of Love)
Kendrick Lamar - i (Single)
Phantogram - Fall In Love (Voices)
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again (Do It Again)
Spoon - Do You (They Want My Soul)
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse (It's Album Time)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Page 66, Nineteen Eighty-Three by David Peace (no relation to 1984 by Orwell)

"Them and the depressing music and the grating jingles on the radio, the constant rain and the tepid wind, the mongrel dogs that bark all night and shit all day, the half-cooked food and the luke-warm teas, the shops full of things you don't want on terms you can't meet, the houses that are prisons and the prisons that are houses, the smell of paint to mask the smell of fear, the trains that never run on time to places that are all the same, the buses you are scared to catch and your car they always nick, the rubbish that blows in circles up and down the streets..."

Happy holidays from everyone here at MPC!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mux160: December 2014

Boom.

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe (Single)
2. The New Pornographers - War On The East Coast (Brill Bruisers)
3. Split Single - Monolith (Fragmented World)
4. Death From Above 1979 - Always On (The Physical World)
5. Angel Olsen - Lights Out (Burn Your Fire For No Witness)
6. Flying Lotus - Flotus (Ideas+Drafts+Loops)
7. Kendrick Lamar - The Art of Peer Pressure (Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City)
8. Caribou - Second Chance (Our Love)
9. TV on the Radio - Test Pilot (Seeds)
10. Weezer - Pink Triangle (Pinkerton)
11. Iceage - Against The Moon (Plowing Into The Field of Love)
12. Queens of the Stone Age - My God Is The Sun (...Like Clockwork)

TRT 43:25

2014 music: Caribou, Death From Above 1979, Iceage, The New Pornographers, TV on the Radio

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

JDK's Favorite Music of 2014

The top four:

1. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
2. Iceage - Plowing Into The Field of Love
3. Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
4. Spoon - They Want My Soul

Tier two (unranked):

Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old
Caribou - Our Love
Cheatahs - Cheatahs
Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE
Phantogram - Voices
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Mentions that are likely honorable:

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - High Life
Real Estate - Atlas
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Strand of Oaks - Heal
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mux159: Muxilla

mux-ILLA, not MUX-ill-uh. You know, like Godzilla in mux form.

Boom.

1. Son of Supercar - Shreds (Song Fight!)
2. Wild Flag - Boom (Wild Flag)
3. Ex Hex - How You Got That Girl (Rips)
4. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Illiad (The Loon)
5. Wye Oak - The Altar (Civilian)
6. Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends (No Cities To Love)
7. Beck - Peaches & Cream (Midnight Vultures)
8. Frank Ocean - Super Rich Kids (feat. Earl Sweatshirt) (Channel Orange)
9. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Laramie (LOSE)
10. Chvrches - Science/Visions (The Bones of What You Believe)
11. Spoon - New York Kiss (They Want My Soul)
12. Thom Yorke - Nose Grows Some (Tomorrow's Modern Boxes)

TRT 49:19

Rookies: Ex Hex, Wild Flag

2014 music: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Ex Hex, Spoon, Thom Yorke

2015 music: Sleater-Kinney

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tapes by JET Vol. 001: Goldfinch

Sometimes I get sick of myself. And, hey, maybe you do as well. It's okay. Really. We're all adults here.

With that in mind, for a while I've wanted to invite one of my musically-inclined friends to curate a guest mixtape. The catch is that I wanted to use my (current) mux rules: 12 tracks, no repeated bands, a TRT somewhere around 45 minutes, and, most importantly, some killer music in a great sequence.

Wait no more, dear reader(s). My Minneapolis-based friend, JET - who clearly possesses better initials than everyone and who is an excellent sparring partner vis a vis music - decided to tackle this challenge. The result is Tapes by JET, which I hope to make a regular feature; she picks the tracks and sequence, and I just mix it together for a very JDK-free experience. It's a nice counterpoint to my own far-flung musical tastes. Case in point, JET has no fear to include a Taylor Swift song on this first mix, whereas I pre-emptively apologize anytime I feature a song sung by a girl.

Enough from me. Download Tapes by JET Vol. 001: Goldfinch. She also makes bitchin' album art. (Did I just say "bitchin'"?)



1. Chvrches - Get Away (Drive: Rescored)
2. Hopium - Dreamers (feat. Phoebe Lou) (Single)
3. Caribou - Can't Do It Without You (Our Love)
4. Taylor Swift - Welcome To New York (1989)
5. Against Me! - I Was A Teenage Anarchist (White Crosses)
6. Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver (Benjamin Booker)
7. The Gaslight Anthem - Helter Skeleton (Get Hurt)
8. Paws - Owl Talons Clenching My Heart (Youth Culture Forever)
9. Main Beach - Dead And Buried (Hypo Lazy)
10. Suzie - Coffin In Houston (Single)
11. The Ghost In You - Ten Thirty One (Single)
12. Wild Cub - Drive (Youth)

TRT 45:42

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mux158: November 2014

Boom.

1. Kendrick Lamar - i (Single)
2. The New Pornographers - Dancehall Domine (Brill Bruisers)
3. !!! - Californiyeah (THR!!!ER)
4. Caribou - Silver (Our Love)
5. Split Single - Waiting For The Sun (Fragmented World)
6. Strand of Oaks - For Me (Heal)
7. Iceage - Forever (Plowing Through The Fields of Love)
8. Death From Above 1979 - White Is Red (The Physical World)
9. The Rural Alberta Advantage - 45/33 (Mended With Gold)
10. Flying Lotus - Coronus, The Terminator (You're Dead!)
11. Justin Timberlake - Spaceship Coup (The 20/20 Experience Part 1)
12. Hundred Waters - Broken Blue (The Moon Rang Like A Bell)

TRT 50:15

2014 music: Caribou, Death From Above 1979, Flying Lotus, Hundred Waters, Iceage, Kendrick Lamar, The New Pornographers, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Strand of Oaks

Rookies: Hundred Waters, Split Single

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mux157: The Mux of Destiny

Boom.

1. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Chambers (LOSE)
2. The Raveonettes - Killer in the Streets (Pe'ahi)
3. Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry (Robbers and Cowards)
4. Mission of Burma - Fame and Fortune (Signal Calls and Marches)
5. Spoon - Inside Out (They Want My Soul)
6. Wye Oak - Plains (Civilian)
7. Thom Yorke - Guess Again! (Tomorrow's Modern Boxes)
8. Frank Ocean - Sweet Life (Channel Orange)
9. Kanye West - Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus Remix feat. Thundercat) (Ideas+Drafts+Loops)
10. Aphex Twin - Aisatsana (Syro)
11. Bear In Heaven - Dissolve The Walls (Time Is Over One Day Old)
12. El-P - $ Vic/FTL (Me and You) (JDK Metroid Coda Edit) (Cancer 4 Cure)

TRT 46:29

2014 music: Aphex Twin, Bear In Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Raveonettes, Spoon, Thom Yorke

Rookies: Cold War Kids, El-P

Thursday, October 9, 2014

JDK's Favorite Music of 2014 Thus Far

The older you get, the faster time passes. Not the individual days, exactly, but you turn around and January is suddenly May, and then it's October, and I'm only about two months out from my giant list of my favorite music of the year.

It's been a strange year. The year started strong and then went stagnant. Then on random days, it seems like two or three of my favorites of the year dropped all at once. I guess it's like awards season; who's going to remember the early-year releases, like Cloud Nothings or St. Vincent, both of which I've now played to death?

So here's an update, in alphabetical order:



Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old
Play count: 9
Favorite tracks: "Time Between," "You Don't Need The World"

While the music world at large seems to have written off BIH (I might be guilty, since I didn't see their show here despite the I Love You, It's Cool show in MPLS was quite excellent), there's still something immensely satisfying about a band that can combine electro and rock so well. Again, it's a shame I missed their show, since their live drummer is shit hot.



Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - High Life
Play count: 6
Favorite tracks: "DBF," "Moulded Life"

Here's one of the surprises of the year, which is an extremely-listenable art project. That sounds like faint praise, but it isn't.



Caribou - Our Love
Play count: 1 for the whole thing, 6-10 for certain songs
Favorite tracks: "Second Chance," "Silver"

Was very much looking forward to this, specifically in the wake of the seemingly-ages-ago Swim, which was rather excellent.



Cheatahs - Cheatahs
Play count: 15
Favorite tracks: "Geographic," "The Swan"

Yeah, yeah, I'll trot out my old MBV meets Superchunk comparison (and that this should've come out in 1993 as the sequel to Loveless) or, really, the MBV ripoffs for about half the tracks. But there are some monster riffs, and as one of the Rock Kids, I have to give this a shout, derivative or not.



Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
Play count: 14
Favorite tracks: "Now Here In," "I'm Not Part of Me"

Asshole mode: This really fails as a follow-up to Attack On Memory, and I give this band one more LP to change its sound before they either break up or turn to shit. But, hey, while the highlights are nowhere close to AOM, it's probably the only straight-rock (e.g. not even a single synth) album I've liked this much this year.



Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE
Play count: 3
Favorite tracks: "Jackson," "Chambers"

Pretty crazy for me to earmark this with only three plays. This is going to be the album that doesn't make the year-end list, and then I'll retcon it and have it in the top tier in about mid-2015. There's just so much going on lyrically that I'll have to dissect it like The Wrens' The Meadowlands for a while. (And yes, I know Charles from The Wrens produced their first album and there's a strong CEG-Wrens connections.)



Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
Play count: 11
Favorite tracks: "Virgins," "White Is Red"

Another surprise, in the sense that it's not awful. I don't care if this could've come out in 2006 (in contrast to, say, My Bloody Valentine's MBV, which just sounded like a relic), since DFA have such distinct brand of hipster-approved heaviness that make the prospect of a third LP not that horrible to fathom. (But, really, just leave them wanting more. I was horrified the first time I heard "Trainwreck 1979" and its stupid breakdowns.)

Also, this is one of two albums that I will cry if I don't get it signed at their November show in Portland.



Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
Play count: 3
Favorite tracks: "Never Catch Me," "Coronus, The Terminator"

Just like The National, it sounds hyperbolic but it's not when I say that You're Dead! is FlyLo's third masterpiece in a row. I initially hated Cosmogramma but now rank it as one of my favorite albums, but while I already enjoy this thoroughly, this will definitely be a grower. It already evokes the same sort of quiet, pleasantly-melancholy reflection with its instrumental interludes, not unlike the start of "me Yesterday//Corded." And huge propers to FlyLo who, in pretty much every interview, said he decided to make a tough concept record instead of doing something easy like make an LP of bangers.

Other album where I'll cry if I don't get it signed. I have Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes signed by both Stephen Ellison and Thundercat (whose name is also Steven, and an album-signing that I nearly missed). This time, I'll also bring also my Los Angeles LP.



Iceage - Plowing Into The Field of Love
Play count: 2
Favorite tracks: "The Lord's Favorite," "Forever"

This is top tier stuff from a band that, three years ago, seemed perfectly content blasting out sub-two-minute punk bursts. The shift from You're Nothing to this is, for a lack of comparison, almost like Radiohead from OK Computer to Kid A. Okay, maybe nowhere near that extreme, but when you toss in some trumpets and pianos, Iceage suddenly becomes a Serious band and not just some Danish punks.



Phantogram - Voices
Play count: 9
Favorite tracks: "Fall In Love," "The Day You Died"

I don't really feel like writing this one up right now. That's because, after only playing the MusicNW fest today, I found out that they're going back on tour and playing Portland... on the day I leave for the holidays in MPLS. And consider that the show I saw at the Fine Line a few years back with a live drummer was one of the absolute best shows I have ever seen. (And also one of the better video projections I've seen.)

No slight to the band, but I think I'll be able to catch them one more time in a club before they either play theaters or disband.



Spoon - They Want My Soul
Play count: 12
Favorite tracks: "Do You," "They Want My Soul"

Spoon is sort of turning into mid-career Radiohead for me. They make fantastic albums, but I only really like every other song (that is, on Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, and In Rainbows, I didn't really care for half of those albums; same with Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga). This is sort of a good problem, since the highlights are some of the best in the band's discography. The evil part of me wants this to be Spoon's final album (even if Britt goes off and does a million side projects, since this one is basically Divine Fits minus Boeckner) because it's so much better than Transference and, let's face it, Spoon are getting a bit old and aren't nearly as arty-experimental as Sonic Youth, who kind of lingered on as a shadow of their former glory.



Strand of Oaks - Heal
Play count: 4
Favorite tracks: "Same Emotions," "JM"

Yeah, yeah, another low playcount. Once I get through my current listening round, I'll get down to business and listen with a careful ear. This album is rather curious, given how many genres it covers.



Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Play count: 8
Favorite tracks: "Guess Again!," "Interference"

With the new Radiohead likely coming sometime in 2015 (and I'm sure we'll only have a day or two notice before it unexpectedly drops), this is more than enough of an appetizer. I was a fan of The Eraser and this really one-ups it for me, especially with the turn toward minimalism and warmer beats and loops.

(Some worthy albums have been omitted in the interest of readability and because it's dinnertime.)

(Fuck it, here are the albums I glossed over:)
  • Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
  • The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
  • Real Estate - Atlas
  • Split Single - Fragmented World
  • St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  • Todd Terje - It's Album Time
  • The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
  • Wye Oak - Shriek
(And let's also pretend that I'm not going to do a four-way tie akin to last year but with, say, FlyLo, DFA, Spoon, and Caribou. And you didn't hear that from me.)