I’m trying to get the ball rolling on some serious work today, but I can’t shake that lazy Sunday feeling. Here’s to perpetual procrastination, daydreaming of Austin in March and listening to Moz all damn day, huzzah, huzzah.
Here’s a cute little remix to get your Saturday night started off on a funky foot. I’m just starting to get into Oh Land, but she definitely scratches the same itch that Ellie Goulding and Lykke Li have been satisfying for me as of late.
“During a Ustream, Wiz told fans that the album title is not only inspired by his affinity for smoking weed, but that “it’s deeper than that too… it’s not just about the weed thing. It’s bigger than that,” he said. “My career really took off when I started smoking papers.”—
It’s a balmy -6 degrees outside in Syracuse this morning. Trying to fight the winter blues by putting on my recently acquired Cape Dory tracks and day dreaming of the next time I’ll be somewhere where it’s warmer than 30 degrees. Which will more than likely be when I’m in Austin in March.
Oh, but I have good news. I am officially going to Boston for the Best Coast/Wavves show. So, here’s to that!
I’m ecstatic, as always, to hear the latest from Best Coast. I find it especially timely, as I am deeply, deeply considering attending their show with Wavves in Boston in the coming weeks. If this works out, you will definitely be reading about it here.
One of my professors was showing me these old recordings of Jackson Browne yesterday of his first known recorded performance. This is from a show he did at Syracuse University’s famous Jabberwocky Cafe on March 27, 1971. This is one of my favorite songs ever written and it’s so cool to hear it in a place so close to my heart.
I was futzing around, getting the mail this morning, when this song came on my iPod. I remember reading this little story that was posted about it when the album came out last year. It’s a nice story, and makes me really wish I could hear the original song.
This is the story of the song “Psychic City,” the first single from our forthcoming album See Mystery Lights, and it starts with a man named Rich Jensen.
Rich is a very special person in the evolution of YACHT.
I met Rich in 2004, when I was 23 or 24. He was living in my hometown of Astoria, on the Oregon coast, where he had been putting on shows. After he’d put on a show for my friends Thanksgiving and Mount Eerie in an actual fishing net maker’s old shed, I asked him to help me with Catch That Beat, a small music festival I was organizing in (and for) Astoria. In 2005 and 2006, Rich organized a series of “book tours” for his publishing house, Clear Cut Press. He brought Claire and me with him to the East coast and West, where we did videos and Power Point performances under the name “We Two and the Universe.”
Rich is a friend and a fan. He wrote “Psychic City” (his version is actually called “Voodoo City”) in 1987, for his Two Million Years cassette, his second for K Records. Two Million Years is a surreal mix of field recordings and tone-poem “songs” (Rich thought “songs” were stupid at the time), and it’s been a huge influence for us in terms of sheer concept and unembellished honesty.
Once we both heard the recording of “Voodoo City” and had the pleasure of seeing Rich perform it on multiple occasions in the woods, in the desert, and on the astral plane, respectively, we wanted to personally live inside of the world and extend its life in the only way we know how. Which, I guess, is to repackage and reanimate it into a subversive damaged zombie pop banger.
We’re very proud of this time-travelling collaboration.
Go here to read more and hear other cool remixes of this wonderful little tune!
"Dinner At Eight In the Suburbs" // All-Time Quarterback
Tomorrow is my last day in Indiana for a while. Being home has been, well, not what I expected. The last month has been a turning stone, some ways better than others. This place will always be a part of me, but I am more than ready to head back to Syracuse. Nothing beats the North.
This song always reminds me of how it’s like here.
Here’s something furious for you this afternoon. The Toothaches are coming to you from Brooklyn, supplying a frenetic sound. Their songs reminded me of harder versions of Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer singles. Anyways, this song is my personal favorite off of their full-length that they released late 2010.
Download It’s All Downhill From Hereat their bandcamp. It’s name your own price. Enjoy.
Yesterday I caught wind of some most excellent news! My dear friends Mouth’s Cradle were listed on iTune’s “Pop Artists to Watch in 2010.” So, go to the iTunes store and check out the album. They are well worth your time.
One time I was in this Indian buffet and my friend Emma was telling me how this was she and her high school boyfriend’s “song,” and they used to sing it to each other or something. They’d whisper the words like they do at the end of the song. And I could envision this as she was telling me, and it was an adorable image. So, y’know how people always say “Anyone Else But You” is the cutest Moldy Peaches song just because it was in Juno and used on commercials for local eateries or whatever? Well, I’m going to go ahead and argue that, in fact, “Jorge Regula” is the cutest Moldy Peaches song.