Special Monday Morning Tape – #88

Lifeguardsparadise is not so bad
(taken from their 2011 release Waving At The Astronauts)
Mind Spidersno romance
(taken from their 2011 release Mind Spiders)
The Dearsblood
(taken from their 2011 release Degeneration Street)
Phineas and The Lonely Leavesthe kids we used to be
(taken from their 2011 release The Kids We Used To Be)
Duke Garwoodsummer gold
(taken from his 2011 release dreamboatsafari)
Duchess Leoyour sweet love
(taken from their 2011 release Golden Gray)
Quiet Lightsno more canyons
(taken from their 2011 release No More Canyons)
Cotton Jonesegg on a sea
(taken from their 2011 release Sit Beside Your Vegetables EP)
John Vanderslicepiano lesson
(taken from his 2011 release Sea Salt)
Chris Bathgateno silver
(taken from his 2011 release Salt Year)
Hunx & His Punxlovers lane
(taken from their 2011 release Too Young To Be In Love)
Alcoholic Faith Missionrunning away with insanity
(taken from their 2011 release And The Running With Insanity EP)

Dark Dark Dark ♦ Daydreaming

Sweet Lights – A Hundred Needle Pins

Pepper Rabbit – “Harvest Moon”

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The Wiggly Tendrils: Tendrils In Space

It goes without saying that every time word of a new Wiggly Tendrils release hits the streets my hearing aid senses crackle with anticipation. TW Tendrils (Conor, to his mother) hinted at something special a few months ago regarding spaceships and NASA and contests. Considering I’ve always been a closeted space-time continuum/Schrödingers cat/dark-matter kinda guy, the aforementioned anticipation begat nervous energy. So it pleases me greatly to present to you one of the most talented musical collectives performing songs they wrote in hopes of making the cut to be played for the astronauts on the final Endeavor space shuttle launch. On Feb. 14th a panel of judges will narrow down the over 1300 submissions to a shortlist which will hopefully undoubtedly contain at least one of the tracks from Tendrils In Space.

So don your jet-packs and boost yourselves over here to grab a neatly-packaged zip file or, if you prefer gravity boots, stream/download the individual tracks below.

01. The ParentsThe Human Adventure

02. D.E. HealeyTop Of The Morning

03. Sabertooth ManBlue Osiris

04. Daytime LightsBouncing Around The Moon

05. RachelintreesWake Up And Smell The Space

06. B.T. NookTerrestrial Pioneers

07. T.W. TendrilsThe Engineers, The Lovers and The Loons

08. The PotlucksIn The Morning

For more details including lyrics and credits see the official release page (there’s also a Bandcamp page). Additionally, you should visit the WT website to request a song via e-mail or phone and download the entire back catalog.

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A Kick In The Pants # 6 – Mike Faloon

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Despite this being a music-focused site, I figured a book review could sneak into the BTID pages, make it’s mark (if only as a debut for this type of thing), and probably hijack an eye or two. I base this solely on the fact that Mike Faloon is “one of us.” Us writer/music nerds have a code or something, I think. Faloon has the ‘zine world’s stamp of approval: As writer, editor, and publisher of the pop culture ‘zine Go Metric!, he’s been getting the dish from all your favorite bands, writing succinct and sly music reviews, and in general providing the most intriguing creative writing seen in indie mags over the past dozen years. Simultaneously ridiculous and clever, Go Metric! is the standard for short attention-spanned aficionados of travel, movies, music, comics, and pop theories.

So, a collection of short stories comes together in his first book, The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock, and they do not disappoint. The writing itself is more than competent and very welcoming to those interested in a “light” read. His attention to detail is very casual, and the occasional digression about a certain character or setting brings people and places to life without any pandering or pretension. Faloon sometimes even eschews the “show don’t tell” writing rule because hey, sometimes two brothers making a bank job getaway in a donut truck is just that, and you’ve gotta call ’em like you see ’em.

Which brings me to the single most enjoyable part about the book. The characters and their personalities, in situations exciting or mundane, are such a joy to read. The father/board of education candidate/little league coach who has his son bean an autistic teammate during batting practice so he won’t have to field him during the game, the man who dreams of releasing a country & western opera album (not a rock opera album, this is totally different!), the list goes on for most of the 15 pieces here. You love the lovable underdogs, and you love the despicable antagonists, mostly because they provoke equal parts sympathy and laughter.

And of course, for the music geeks there’s some nuggets to gobble up. An article that waxes philosophic on the merits of arena rock and prog rock, an adventure at the jam band festival Camp Bisco (yes, even the wasted Phish-heads are likable), and finally the high school kids who try to win the battle of the bands. There’s a bunch more tossed into many stories, all of which once again reminds us that the author is truly speaking our language.

Pick up the book for 6 bucks at Razorcake.

Go Metric in web form.

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Mini-Beats – January 2011 – Edition 35

Kid CanaveralShouting At Wildlife (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-this is an attractive collection of mid-tempo indie-pop/twee-folk tunes; lazy comparison would be Frightened Rabbit due to their inherent Scottishness but a few of the slower, dreamier tracks had me thinking Band Of Horses
TelekinesisParallel Seismic Conspiracies EP (2010, Merge) ♥♥♥♥
-I wasn’t as keen on the debut as most critics were but if this all-too-short EP of hyper, smart-pop is any sign of things to come look out; GBV fans look out for the cover of Game Of Pricks here, doesn’t stray too far from the original but fits nicely between all the originals; RIYL Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
The Brother KiteIsolation (2010, Clairecords) ♥♥½
-I’ve been a fan of the wistful poppy shoegaze found on the first couple BK albums but this time around they find themselves not only reaching for the grandiose but failing to get there-
TristenEager For Your Love EP (2010, American Myth) ♥♥♥½
-adorable songstress from Nashville who will definitely become a force to be reckoned with over the next few years if this EP is any indication; RIYL Neko Case, Lissie
Your YouthAloha EP (2010, Gigantic Music) ♥♥♥
-these Brooklynites marry hyper sloppy-punk (The Thermals) with giddy nerdyness (Weezer/Nerfherder) and achieve mostly positive results-
Matthew and The AtlasTo The North EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-modern salt-of-the-earth Appalachia folk centered around Matthew Hegarty’s wonderfully raspy vocals; RIYL Mumford & Sons, Phosphorescent
Boy & BearWith Emperor Antarctica EP (2010, Island) ♥♥♥
-lots of oooh’s and aaah’s and harmonies hailing from down under; these guys toured with Mumford & Sons and signed to Universal so that’s probably indicative of their potential for future bigness/suckage-
Bardo PondBardo Pond (2010, Fire) ♥♥½
-it’s a mixed bag for these local pioneers of explored sound with too little of the more explosive tracks prevalent on past releases; I can see this growing on me, however…-
The Backyard CommitteeThe Backyard Committee (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-collective from the burgeoning New Haven, CT scene that calls upon the 90’s indie giants and adds a rustic twang; features the main dude from the now-departed superfallingstars who happened to release one of my favorite albums of ’04; available as a free download here

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #87

Grailsi led three lives
(taken from their 2011 release Deep Politics)
The Beetstime brought age
(taken from their 2011 7″ release Time Brought Age)
Masters Of The Hemispherevolcano
(taken from their 2011 release Maybe These Are The Breaks)
The Mountain Goatsdamn these vampires
(taken from their 2011 release All Eternals Deck)
Lucy Stonejust a girl
(taken from her 2011 release Small Treasures EP)
Cotton Jonesegg on a sea
(taken from their 2011 release Sit Beside Your Vegetables EP)
Drive-By Truckersused to be a cop
(taken from their 2011 release Go-Go Boots)
DeVotchKaone hundred other lovers
(taken from their 2011 release 100 Lovers)
The Backyard Committeeso long ago
(taken from their 2010 release The Backyard Committee)
Satellite Storieshelsinki art scene
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release)
Akron/Familysilly bears
(taken from their 2011 release S/T II: The Cosmic Birth Of Shinju TNT)
Annabelthe forgetting of names and faces
(taken from their 2010 7″ Here We Are Tomorrow)
Modern Skirtshappy 81
(taken from their 2011 release Gramahawk)

Cotton Jones – Somehow To Keep It Going – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House

Destroyer – Kaputt

Evening Hymns-Dead Deer

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Restorations – Strange Behavior 12″

It’s a precious thing knowing I will be surrounded by a scene choc-ful of talented musicians when I move back into the bowels of Philly – the lads in Restorations being no exception. This 10″ 12″, released on the Paper + Plastick label, covers a wide swath of musical terrain ranging from the excited, backwoods guitar-licks-and-whiskey-drawl of the opening ‘Title Track’ to the rushing crescendo of ringing guitars and crashing drums of the closing 2 minutes. Press sheet name-drops Lucero and Jon and Dave’s former band, Jena Berlin (of whom I’ve never actually heard), but I’m more inclined to say this type of restrained punk energy filtered through a dynamic spectrum of sounds yields an aural image of the Drive-By Truckers with Frankie Stubbs of Leatherface in the driver’s seat. Grab the wax from the insanely cheap No Idea mail-order warehouse like pow. Looks like they’ll be playing an acoustic house show in the area next week – more details on their FB.

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