Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Specials - More Specials (1980)

Here ya go, Patrick.
Talked about this band for about two hours already today with various people. It's 11:15 in the morning.

This record weaves through a crowded mind like a dude who's gotta take a shit. Unstoppably affronting and simultaneously in the background. Give it a whirl, Merle.

Do Nothing.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Shrimpss-These Arms Are Shrimpss EP

Well, we collected all the old stuff with the new mixes and added a brand new cut: 'Speed Reader' from the 19th.

1. Speed Reader
2. What Does Earning Mean?
3. Manufacturing Company
4. Ripped Friends
5. Volunteering

These Arms Are Shrimpss

Monday, February 16, 2009

Slob Dylan-The B of FL and JP

Jesse and I, from our forthcoming record 'John Wesley Farting'*

*-original by Bob Dylan 'The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest'

get it here

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Four Tet-Rounds

It's been a while I know, and for some of you, waiting all this time for an electronic record might really irk you.
Well, fuck you. Boring ass kids.

This is a wonderful record from a truly amazing dude. Truly a musical electronic record which is hard to do for sure. This was my choice for record of the year back when it came out and it was running against some pretty hard competition. I can listen to this anywhere, anytime, but it's especially good when it's raining (like nearly every good record) when you are really really angry (like a few great records) or to go to sleep (a truly rare combo).

Give it a chance you garage rock dorks.


Rick Berger-Lighthouse

In my relatively short time playing music, I've gotten the chance to play with some truly talented musicians. Luckily, a in 2003 I got the chance to play with a quiet, kinda shy kid who immediately struck me as someone with a wealth of ideas that weren't being mined by others. Rick could (and did) teach me more about songwriting by talking about food than others could by giving a seminar. There's a brevity and wit to everything that he does, and his lyrics are truly something I have always admired.

Having Rick leave Mannequin Men was one of the hardest things I have gone through in my musical career, (luckily, we won the lotto on a replacement) and something that awakened me to the fact that a songwriting partner is something that is as rare as it is crucial to a band.

Every time I hear something that Rick has done it's immediately identifiable, but fresh, familiar, yet challenging.

I am grateful every day that I got to be there for some of the songs that have came out of this kid, and hopeful every day that I will be there for more.

Here's something I was around for the start of and I guess it's still a work in progress.
Too good not to share though.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shrimpss-What Does Earning Mean?

New Shrimpss from last night.

1. What Does Earning Mean?