Mini-Beats – October 2010 – Edition 29

Sufjan StevensThe Age Of Adz (2010, Asthmatic Kitty)
-see front page review-
Franklin For ShortSwell (2008, Beehouse) ♥♥♥½
-simple, melodic power-pop/rock that isn’t breaking down any new barriers but it is filled with hooks galore which makes it just swell in my book….-
AnagramThe Lights Went Out (2006, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-sophomore effort from this San Fran husband/wife duo consisting of varied dream-pop with a harder edge on a few tracks; takes a few listens for the goodness to surface but well worth the wait-
FuturebirdsHampton’s Lullaby (2010, Autumn Tone) ♥♥♥♥
-sprawling Americana with hints of Built To Spill and Neil Young when they jam out; most of these songs reach epic status almost effortlessly; think of the expansive prairie where Kings Of Leon could be roaming instead of playing their vapid arena rock to the masses…-
EfrenAlways A Bleeder (2010, Slo Pro) ♥♥½
-mellow psyche-folk hailing from Athens that might appeal to fans of Jason Molina or Patterson Hood
House Of BreadSuperhuman Tomb (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-electronic haze of melodic noise that consistently meshes into a pleasant experience-
These United StatesWhat Lasts (2010, United Interests) ♥♥½
-this is another in a long line of not-nearly-folk, not-nearly-country acts that has recently made ripples on the scene; sadly I think this falls short as it lacks any kind of real punch or grit-
Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EP (2010, Asthmatic Kitty) ♥♥♥♥
-i am betting there will forever be disagreements over which Sufjan ’10 album deserves higher acclaim; this LP gets my vote if for nothing but the choral sweetness of ‘From The Mouth Of Gabriel’ and ‘Djohariah’, the sprawling ode to single mothers and his younger sister (whose name happens to be the song’s title)-
GrouploveGrouplove EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-very basic but undoubtedly hook-laden tunes with oohs-aahs and handclaps; the vocalist reminds me of Colin Meloy and the band themselves could pass for a less serious version of the Decemberists or even the New Pornographers; you’ll definitely be hearing this name around in the near future-
unouomedudeMarsh EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-15 minutes of lo-fi pop centered around repetition and big hair; available as a free download here
CastevetThe Echo and The Light (2010, Tiny Engines) ♥♥♥½
-Chicago collective that specializes in modern emo/post-hardcore rock with angular guitars, tense open spaces and throat shredding vocals; impressive if not common-

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #74

Cashes Riversour boats
(taken from their 2010 release Cashes Rivers)
The Thermalsnever listen to me
(taken from their 2010 release Personal Life)
Tahiti 80keys to the city
(taken from their 2011 release Solitary Bizness EP)
Reading Rainbowalways on my mind
(taken from their 2010 Weathervane Music session)
Gospel Clawswalk me down
(taken from their 2010 release C-L-A-W-S)
Lonnie Walkersummertime
(taken from his 2010 release These Times Old Times)
The Phantom Bandwalls
(taken from their 2010 release The Wants)
Lohiofamily tree
(taken from their 2010 release Family Tree EP)
The Soft Moontiny spiders
(taken from their 2010 release The Soft Moon)
Paleothe king james fakebook
(taken from his 2010 release A View Of The Sky)
Michael Parallaxman, no
(taken from his 2010 release Vicious People EP)
Wolf Peopletiny circle
(taken from their 2010 release Steeple)

Shaking Through: Reading Rainbow from Weathervane Music

FLL – The Esplanade

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #73

Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble Startsthe horse and the sistine chapel
(taken from their 2010 release Risk)
Filthybirdhiders (edit)
(taken from their 2010 release Songs For Other People)
Stereolabsun demon
(taken from their 2010 release Not Music)
Jookaboxworms
(taken from their 2010 release Import 7″)
The Asteroid #4ignition slated for eight
(taken from their 2010 release Hail To The Clear Figurines)
Matthew & The Atlasi will remain
(taken from their 2010 release To The North EP)
Kurt Vilein my time
(taken from his 2010 7″ release In My Time)
Zach Hillmemo to the man
(taken from his 2010 release Face Tat)
Northern Portraitlife returns to normal
(taken from their 2010 release Life Returns To Normal 7″)
Lykke Liget some
(taken from her 2010 release Get Some 7″)
Big Troublesvideo rock
(taken from their 2010 release Worry)

Suckers – Easy Chairs


Peter Wolf Crier – “Down Down Down”

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October 2010 Mix


Original artwork by Fred Mealia

01. The Joy Formidablethe greatest light is the greatest shade
(taken from their 2010 release A Balloon Called Moaning)
02. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
03. No Age fever dreaming
(taken from their 2010 release Everything In Between)
04. Like Pioneers gift from a holiday
(taken from their 2010 release Piecemeal)
05. Blackhawks sunday morning
(released as a digital single only)
06. Nightlands suzerain (a letter to the judge)
(taken from his 2010 release Forget The Mantra)
07. Matt Costa can you tell me?
(taken from his 2010 release Mobile Chateau)
08. Sweet Lights message on the wire
(taken from his 2010 release Sweet Lights)
09. Fifty Miles From Vancouver eternal youth/eternal fun
(taken from their 2010 split Beko Digital Single Series release with Boundary Jim)
10. Hussalonia crush on you
(taken from his 2010 single Harvey Wallbanger Hussalonia)
11. Radical Face doorways
(taken from his 2010 release Touch The Sky EP)
12. Eternal Summers dye
(taken from their 2010 release Silver)
13. The Capstan Shaftsquiet wars
(taken from their 2010 release Revelation Skirts)
14. Endorchapel doors
(taken from their 2010 release Endor)
15. Woody Whatever make him rich
(taken from their 2009 release System Off)
16. Tame Impala half full glass of wine
(taken from their 2008 release Tame Impala EP)
17. First Aid Kit you’re not coming home tonight (daytrotter)
(taken from their 2010 Daytrotter Session)
18. Suckers a mind i knew
(taken from their 2010 release Wild Smile)
19. Foals spanish sahara
(taken from their 2010 release Total Life Forever)
20. Sacred Animals chosen seed
(taken from their 2010 release Welcome Home EP)
21. TV Girl on land
(released as a digital single only)
22. Dirty Gold california sunrise
(taken from their 2010 release Hidden Treasures EP)
23. Chatham County Line out of the running
(taken from their 2010 release Wildwood)
24. Sad Brad Smith help yourself
(taken from the 2009 Up In The Air OST)
25. Valley Makerabraham and isaac
(taken from their 2010 release Valley Maker)

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #72

Glassermirrorage
(taken from her 2010 release Ring)
Dr. Dognobody knows who you are
(taken fom the deluxe edition of their 2010 release Shame, Shame)
Envya breath clad in happiness
(taken from their 2010 release Recitation)
The Blackthrowing away
(taken from their 2010 release Sun In The Day Moon In The Night)
Giant Sandfields of green
(taken from their 2010 release Blurry Blue Mountain)
Surf Citykudos
(taken from their 2010 release Kudos)
Callershow you hold your arms
(taken from their 2010 release Life Of Love)
The Sewing Roomkill me
(taken from their 2010 re-issue of And Nico)
MillionYoungcalrissian
(taken from his 2011 release Atmospheric Beast)
Foxes In Fictionjimi bleachball
(taken from his 2010 release Swung From The Branches)
Liz Janesi don’t believe
(taken from her 2010 release Say Goodbye)
Pomegranates50s
(taken from their 2010 release One Of Us)

Sweet Lights – You Won’t Be There

Blitzen Trapper – “The Tree”

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Mini-Beats – October 2010 – Edition 28

The Lesser Birds Of ParadiseThe Scenery (2008, Tight Ship) ♥♥½
-mopey acoustic-folk that finds the band a little too far removed from the clever songwriting found on earlier releases-
El Sueno De La Casa PropiaHistorial de Caidas (2010, Pueblo Nuevo) ♥♥♥
-promising netlabel release from this Chilean electronic/glitch popsmith; this will appeal to fans of the more polished side of the chillwave movement-
Woody WhateverSystem Off (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-a fine collection of 2-minute mid-fi pop songs; Erik’s best record since 2003’s When I Lost I Left!-
Sun Kil MoonAdmiral Fell Promises (2010, Caldo Verde) ♥♥♥½
-you pretty much know what you’re going to get with a Mark Kozelek release under any of the monikers he hides behind; the classical/flamenco guitar interludes/intros/outros on this LP are a welcome addition to his otherwise simple approach-
Chatham County LineWildwood (2010, Yep Roc) ♥♥♥
-twangy, traditional Americana that is as formulaic as it is soothing and organic RIYL Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Fruit Bats
Eternal SummersSilver (2010, Kanine) ♥♥♥½
-formed from the nutrient-rich Magic Twig collective, this boy/girl guitar/drums duo bangs out short, simple, dreamlike bursts of noise with sticking power; RIYL Galaxie 500, early Breeders
The GlobesSinter Songs EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥½
-no doubt these guys are influenced by some of their Pacific Northwest peers like Menomena/Lackthereof but there’s still some things to tighten up here before giving it the nod-
Valley MakerValley Maker (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-Austin Crane has taken one of the most controversial literary works (Genesis) and set it to words in such a hauntingly powerful manner; Amy Godwin’s goosebump-inducing vocals can’t be overlooked here as well; easily one of the most solid (yet simple) releases of the year and available as a pay-what-you-want download here RIYL Palace Music, Papa M
Robocop KrausBlunders and Mistakes (2007, Anti) ♥♥½
-it would seem the crash-and-bang post-hardcore/punk of their earlier career has been traded in for something much less interesting; still one of my favorite German bands regardless-
Matt CostaMobile Chateau (2010, Brushfire) ♥♥♥½
-Matt has found himself a new signature sound that funnels all that is good with the 60’s; a much-improved step up from the ho-hum Unfamiliar Faces
At DuskSmall Light (2009, self-released) ♥♥♥
-left-of-center folk that can better be described as the Dodos’ less polished, younger brother-
At The SpineVita (2008, Global Seepej) ♥♥
-uneventful coulda-but-not-maybe-shoulda local college rock-
Zola JesusStridulum (2010, Sacred Bones) ♥♥♥
-80’s-influenced darkwave that has somehow breached the genre’s limiting barrier and thrust itself into the indie scene; I was excited at first after hearing ‘Sea Talk’ but little else wowed me as much; still worth a few listens-

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