Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Brats on the Beat (feat. Greg Attonito of the Bouncing Souls) - Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio

In the tradition of such candy-coated cover bands as The Mini Pops, Kidz Bop, and the recent Devo re-incarnation Dev2.0, comes Brats on the Beat, a cover album featuring Ramones songs that have been "kiddified". What does that mean? Well, it basically involves playing the original songs note for note, but with the addition of a group of kids singing along to the chorus! In an attempt to maintain some credibility, Go Kart Records recruited a number of real "authentic" punk rockers to take up lead vocals on these songs, including Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Jack Grisham of TSOL, and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio.

Putting aside my initial cynicism about this project, I have to admit that, although gimmicky, the album is pretty infectious, and proves that the Ramones really are fun for kids of all ages. That said, I'm still a little disappointed about the absence of "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", not to mention the album's titular track. I guess those songs are for Mommy and Daddy's ears only.

» Bonus Track: California Sun (feat. Brett Anderson of The Donnas)
» Bonus Track: Sheena is a Punk Rocker (feat. Josie Cotton)
» Buy it on Amazon

Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project - Tony Face

I discovered both Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Octopus Project earlier this year on completely separate occasions. Black Moth Super Rainbow intrigued me with their demented synth sounds and infatuation with vocoders, while The Octopus Project knocked me on my ass through their mechanical instrumentals in the vein of Trans Am and Turing Machine. You can imagine my surprise when these two seemingly unconnected bands decided to team up and record a bunch of songs together, resulting in a little something called The House of Apples and Eyeballs. This collaboration is certainly one of the most unique things I've heard all year, and while I was a bit disappointed that some of the tracks are short throwaway sound bites, there's still some great robotic melodies to be heard.

You can check out 3 other MP3s on The Octopus Project website, or listen to clips from the entire album courtesy of Graveface Records.

» Bonus Track: All The Friends You Can Eat
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Bonus Track: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Drippy Eye (The Octopus Project Remix)
» Buy it on Amazon

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Daniel Smith & Sufjan Stevens - Worried Shoes

I have to admit, I'm not too familiar with Daniel Johnston's body of work, but I know that a lot of people love his music, and there have already been a handful of tribute albums released with various well-known artists covering his songs. The latest is called I Killed The Monster: 21 Artists Performing The Songs of Daniel Johnston, released on Second Shimmy. Among the track listing is this beautiful collaboration between Daniel Smith (aka Brother Danielson) and Sufjan Stevens performing "Worried Shoes". I didn't recognize too many of the other contributors aside from Mike Watt and Jad Fair, but instead I have included a few bonus tracks from another Daniel Johnston tribute album called The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered.

» Bonus Track: TV On The Radio - Walking The Cow
» Bonus Track: Sparklehorse & Flaming Lips - Go
» Buy it on Amazon

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

MIA - XR2 (Diplo Turbo Remix)

We've been getting a few requests to repost MIA's "XR2" that we posted a little while ago. A lesser man would have reposted the track and left it at that. But I'll go one extra step and I'll post the necessary Diplo remix. You gotta know that a track is hawt if Diplo decides to remix it, but you also gotta know that the remix is gonna tear the ass out of the orig. I've provided MIA's version below to compare, but both are simply amazing and I can't decide which I like more. I think it's a testament to both artists as each is able to create something completely different from the same track. I've also included Diplo's stellar remix of Hot Chip's "Over and Over" below.

Bonus Track - MIA - XR2
Bonus Track - Hot Chip - Shake it Over and Over

Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake - Give it to Me

Just when you were starting to forget about Timbaland, (who even remembers "Promiscuous Girl" btw ?) he makes a triumphant return with guest appearances by his proteges Nelly and JT. Is it any good? By now I'm sure you know that Timbo don't release any sub-par work. He definitely seems to be on creative peak right now and it's definitely the perfect time to make his solo album. I expect that this song is going to be the next in a long line of dance club hits we can expect from Timbaland. The Thomas Crown Affair is scheduled to be released sometime in early 2007 with some guest appearances by others such as Missy, and MIA. It's definitely shaping up to be an early hit. Anyone got the leak?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape #6

Hey, no joke... it's the Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape #6! Obviously the podcast is a fair bit later than we had hoped but it's also a little longer than usual so hopefully that makes up for the delay. This time around I decided to go it alone, which means less talking and more rocking... or something like that. (And before anyone mentions it, we're still having some occasional skipping problems when recording our podcasts. I don't know why. I'm working on it.)



Playlist:

Spoozys - Hummer
Deerhoof - Gore In Rut
The Spinto Band - Japan is an Island
+/- - Steal The Blueprints
Art Brut - The Great Escape
Sloan - HFXNSHC
The Hold Steady - Party Pit
The Tragically Hip - In View
Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her (Flaming Lips remix)
Q And Not U - People Wonder (President remix)
James Figurine - Leftovers
Jurassic 5 - Canto de Ossanha
Oh No - Oh Zone
Mike The 2600 King - Castlevania P
Pavement - Heckler Spray/In The Mouth of a Desert (Live)
Whirlwind Heat - The Sun is Round
Peter Bjorn and John - Amsterdam
Page France - Chariot
The Telepathic Butterflies - Bohemie
The Shins - Australia

Tahiti 80 - Here Comes

Tahiti 80's debut album Puzzle was one of the hidden gems of 2000, an interesting mix of French electro and fuzzy Brit pop sensibilities. This month their third full-length album Fosbury finally hits stateside, after being released in Europe and Japan sometime last year. The Tahiti 80 formula hasn't changed too much, although there doesn't seem to be as much guitar this time around -- something they may be rectifying with a couple of exclusive U.S. bonus tracks. Some of the songs evoke electronic bands like Air and Stereolab, while others have more of a soul/R&B feel. Check out the video for one of the U.S. exclusives below.

» Bonus Track: Matter of Time
» YouTube: Chinatown (U.S. exclusive)
» Pre-order it on Amazon

Foo Fighters - Marigold (Live)

I know it's pretty uncool nowadays to say you like the Foo Fighters (maybe it always was), and I have to admit, their last few albums really haven't done much for me. When I saw that they put out an acoustic live album this month it seemed like one of those typical holiday season cash grabs, and I didn't give it another thought. But then something in the track listing caught my eye and gave me enough reason to at least seek out an MP3: a cover of the Nirvana song "Marigold". This was actually the only Nirvana song ever recorded that Dave Grohl sang lead vocals and played guitar on; it was originally released as a b-side to the "Heart-Shaped Box" single. As it turns out, the Foos' live rendition of the song doesn't really add much to it but I thought someone else out there might be curious to hear it too.

» Bonus Track: Nirvana - Marigold
» Buy it on Amazon

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Malajube - Pate Filo

A few weeks ago, I saw Islands play in concert. One of opening bands was supposed to be this mysterious French pop-rock band, Malajube. Even in the tiny, icy realms of Canada, Malajube is still a relatively unknown band. It is surprising to note that they were nominated for the famous Polaris award since, comparatively speaking, they received much less attention than the other nominees. However, the point of the story is that Malajube didn't play that night; I'm not sure why not. BUT, they should have, because their album blows Islands' out of the water (pun intended). This is a brilliant pop album. Sure, no one has any idea what they're singing about (and I don't know how put the proper accents on the song titles), but the lyrics aren't important. They are incredibly adept at making poppy rock and, in the language of music, that's all that matters.

Bonus Track - La Crabe
Bonus Track - Montreal - 40C

the Creeping Nobodies - Heatseek

One of my biggest pet peeves about running an incredibly successful music blog is that I don't ahve the time to fully appreciate albums as much as I used to. I'm always trying to break the next Tapes 'n' Tapes that I often don't spend much time sitting down and giving albums the time they need to fully enjoy them. And it's a shame, because there are so many albums I've got recently that I haven't really absorbed. For example, I got this Creeping Nobodies album over a month ago and I just finally got around to giving it a listen last week. Since then, it's been the only thing I've really been listening to, and it's quickly becoming one of my favourites of the year. The Creeping Nobodies are able to amazingly channel the post-punk sound of the early 80s without any of that bullshit disco your used to. No, think more like Swell Maps (Rest in Peace), or Pere Ubu (Rest in Pea..- no wait, they're still around). The Creeping Nobodies sound more like anti-pop; they're aggresive, as arty as hell, and brilliant. You need this album, even just for the nine-minute "Sense of Belonging."

Bonus Track - The Sound of Joy
Bonus Track - Treachery

Friday, November 03, 2006

Field Music - Off & On

Field Music have just released a new single as a teaser for their sophomore album Tones of Town (due out in January). This British trio continues to write upbeat pop songs that put us through a kaleidoscope of 60's and 70's rock influences including The Beach Boys, The Who and Wire, but always in interesting and unpredictable ways. "Off & On" is the b-side to "In Context", which will appear on the upcoming album; in this case I actually think I prefer the b-side. Featuring ex-members of Maximo Park and The Futureheads, Field Music have not achieved the same level of success as their forebearers, but they may actually be the best songwriters of the bunch.