Friday, March 27, 2009

Radio Heart

Okay, okay, so this is a little late. You can stop sending me angry emails demanding this week's podcast (no one has been doing this). Be sure to check the comments for the playlist.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Runnin' Late This Week

Remember how last week I promised to make at least five posts between podcasts? Well here I am, true to my word, with post number five, the purpose of which is to inform you that this week's podcast, which is already running late, will not be up until tomorrow! In the meantime, why not watch this old British Railway Council PSA that some dude edited to go with Wavves' "No Hope Kids"?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mi Ami and Real Estate Live on Record in Charleston

My friend Andrew just sent me some videos he recorded of the amazing Mi Ami/Real Estate show earlier this month, and I'm passing the goodness on to you! Also featured here are Charleston's very own noise rock overlords, Small Pox, who opened the show with a blistering set. You should check out Andrew's Youtube channel, Life on Record, where you can find lots more live videos and other fun things. Grab the popcorn:

Mi Ami

Real Estate

Small Pox

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Free Mummies Tracks at WFMU!

God bless the WFMU blog for posting a whole coffin-load of free Mummies-related mp3s which you should download now!! There are several tracks by the Mummies themselves, including the out-of-print "Red Cobra No. 9" which I've played on the podcast before, but the real draw here are the original versions of 14 songs famously covered by the Mummies. There are tracks here by Devo, the Vandals, the Teddy Boys, and a whole bunch more! I especially recommend Supercharger's "Sooprize Package for Mr. Mineo", a personal favorite of mine. "Down Home Girl" is pretty essential, too. Dig that second line!

If you're new to the Mummies, they were the self-proclaimed "Kings of Budget Rock" and one of the best garage rock bands of the last 20 years. They broke up in the early 90's, but if you're gonna be in the NY/NJ area this summer, they are playing a very rare reunion gig at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 9th. Official site link here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cough Syrup and Animal Collective: Together at Last!

Remember four years ago when every other hip-hop album came with a chopped and screwed version? Well that's shit's back, indie-rock-style! Some fella billing himself (or herself) only as OMSRYTK has gone and screwed down Merriweather Post Pavilion. What?!

As far as I can tell, this remix is just screwed and not chopped at all, so some bedroom DJ out there should really get on it and finish the job, but even if it is kinda half-assed, this is a pretty alright listen. Some tracks are kinda weak, but the slowed tempo really works well on "My Girls" and "Taste".

Download the whole thing here.

For more info on the chopped and screwed style of remixing, I highly recommend this VBS.TV documentary.

New Atlas Sound Virtual 7"

The ultra-prolific Bradford Cox has released the seventh of his completely-free online singles, which he's been calling "Virtual 7-Inches". It even comes with artwork (seen above) and lyrics! Download it here, then be sure to head over to the Deerhunter/Atlas Sound blog, where you can collect the other six, plus lots more free Atlas Sound goodness!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oops! All Covers!!!

Wow, I was even less active on the blog this week than last week! My bad, but in my defense, I was without internet access for a few days due to a bill-paying mishap. I promise to make at least five posts before the next podcast.

Moving on, this week's podcast is an extra-special one: ALL COVERS! I've always loved it when bands put their own spin on songs they didn't write, so I had a blast putting this one together. Hope you like it:

[photo: Impose]

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Yes, He Lives the Life of a Madman!

Wow, I only made one post in between podcasts this week. Sorry for being a bad blogger. I've been really busy, and things don't look like they're about to calm down any time soon, but rest assured I'll still deliver the podcast every Thursday, regardless of how active the blog is. Here's this week's episode:

Coming Next Week: SCnP's second theme episode! As you may remember, last time the theme was 7-inches. This time it's gonna be all covers! Tell your friends!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Radio Future - The HEIGHT Podcast

Hey, let's do another Radio Future post! This is a continuing series highlighting podcasts that may be of interest to SCnP-listeners.

This go-'round it's all about Baltimore rapper Height, who since late last summer has been producing a 10- to 20-minute weekly podcast featuring music by different artists he has toured with, plus lots of exclusive remixes of various tracks by Height himself.

The molasses-mouthed Height should be well known to 255 regulars for his three mind-blowing appearances in our living room (with a fourth coming up on May 1st!), but for the uninitiated, Height specializes in keeping things real sloooow, but not in a fucked-up-on-cough-syrup-and-Gatorade kind of way. No, Height's more like an ent, if you'll excuse the Tolkien reference, moving at a pace both plodding and powerful, with an added air of wisdom to his rhymes that brings to mind not only Tolkien's arboreal creatins but also perhaps (brace yourself or you'll get whiplash) Notorious B.I.G.?

I honestly don't know enough hip-hop to really know what I'm talking about here, but I do know I enjoy hearing Height's voice coming out of my earbuds every Tuesday, because I know something good's sure to follow.

HEIGHT Radio (rss)
Height's homepage

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Another Crazy Dream

Here it is, the eighth episode of Somebody Come and Play! Two whole months!! Is that staying power or what? Anyway, here's the flash streamer thingy for this week's installment, and make sure you don't miss two shows from now; I'm planning something special!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Show Calendar Megapost!

Get out your calendars! Here is the most up-to-date-list of SCnP-approved shows around town this month:

March 2nd - Awendaw Green
Ghost Mice
The Whisperjets

March 9th - The Tin Roof
Deer Tick
Cary Ann Hearst

March 10th - 255
Darkness on the Edge of Your Town Tour (Paul Baribeau and Ginger from Good Luck covering the Boss!)
more TBA

March 14th - TBA
Mi Ami
Real Estate (as seen on Stereogum)

March 20th - 255
Here We Go, Boys
The Mountain Yellers

March 26th - John Rivers Communications Museum
The Shivers
Like Trains & Taxis

March 27th - The Tin Roof
The Keepers

March 30th - John Rivers Communications Museum
Viking Moses
Golden Ghost
Pictish Trail
Rozi Plain

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"It was like the porn of the music industry."

I just finished watching this fascinating BBC documentary tracing the rise and fall of British prog rock, from Procol Harum to Phil Collins-era Genesis, interviewing almost all the major players in the scene. If you're like me and have a soft spot for bands like Yes and King Crimson, this will make your day. Available on YouTube in three half-hour segments (1, 2, 3).