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New Year’s Eve Treat: Rilo Kiley Covers

New Year’s Eve Treat: Rilo Kiley Covers

It’s tradition that at midnight on New Year’s Eve to give a smooch to someone close by. Since I’m pretty sure that Jenny Lewis is tops on most of my male reader’s lists for people they’d like to share that smooch with, I figured this would at least be somewhat of a fitting treat for New Year’s Eve (okay, I just needed an excuse to post these again).

MP3: Rilo Kiley – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (NMH cover)
You might think this song is worth having because her voice is pretty complimentary too Jeff’s lyrics and melody. You’d be right, of course. But the real surprise here is that at the end they throw in a rocking guitar solo that would make even Pink Floyd stop and take note.

MP3: Rilo Kiley – Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend cover)
It’s probably no surprise to you all to learn that I love covers. I mean, I did do the mix of indie bands covering top 40 artists. But what might surprise you is that this is actually one of my favorites. It’s carried along by nothing more than handclaps, a mandolin and some very expressive vocals. Oh, and a surprise appearance from their horn section. But just the same, Rilo Kiley completely own this song. It’s almost impossible to wrestle it free from Pete’s legacy, but they do a darn good job of trying.

MP3: Rilo Kiley – Simply Irresistible (Robert Palmer cover)
If your reaction to this song is anything like mine, you’ll be impressed in the first couple of seconds. Their translation of this song into an acoustic performance is really impressive. Unfortunately, it gets a bit dull between the first chorus and the ending in which both male and female parts are sung. It’s worth having if for nothing more than it being ‘cute.’

Got any more Rilo Kiley covers? Feel free to email them to me!

UPDATE: so far I’ve been sent these covers (so don’t worry about emailing them to me):

Rilo Kiley – Silent Night
Rilo Kiley – I Didn’t Understand (Elliott Smith cover)
Rilo Kiley – The Biggest Lie (Elliott Smith cover)
Rilo Kiley – Woman is the Nigger of the World (John Lennon cover)
Rilo Kiley – Such Great Heights

New Melody Function Song: “Roucoulement”

New Melody Function Song: “Roucoulement”

The Melody Function are from Lexington, Kentucky. This means that I’ve had the fortune of catching their concerts many times (often for free!).

MP3: Melody Function – Roucoulement
When I replied to TMF’s email, I described the song with a word that apparently was exactly what they were shooting for. That adjective was ‘spiffy.’ I think you’ll agree that this tune definetely fits the bill of a spiffy song. My only problem is that while singing in French is cool, it makes my mind try too hard to translate it (which is rough, considering I’ve only had two years of high school French). It’s a little too much work for listening to a pop song. However, the melody and instrumentation are cool, so have at it!

The Melody Function will also be playing at The Dame on Jan 11th.

Oh, if all goes as planned, I should be posting my top albums/songs of 2005 on New Years Day. I’m forcing myself not to get too wordy with them. After all, you’ve heard it all from countless other blogs. In fact, here’s a good summary/compilation of a lot of blog’s year end lists.

Can anyone tell me if Mothers Against Noise is a joke? If it isn’t, I’m actually kind of upset with them. I really don’t like noise, but to equate it with the fall of greco-roman culture is hilariously stupid. My money’s on a joke though. I mean, they kinda take a crack at Sub Pop pretending they’re an independent label. What middle-aged mother knows what Sub Pop is, let alone is hipster enough to say that?

Page France Expand Tour, Plan New EPs!

Page France Expand Tour, Plan New EPs!

Page France is a band that I’ve championed almost as long as YANP has been around. However, with the release of Hello, Dear Wind they’ve blown up so much that they’re finally getting the coverage that they deserve. It’s made a lot of year-end lists and rightly so. Here are two of my favorite songs of theirs in case you haven’t yet heard them:

MP3: Page France – Air Pollution
MP3: Page France – Chariot

Today I got some great news. Mikey P from WRFL/The Dame called to tell me that it looked like Page France were going to be able to play in Lexington after all. I’d been bugging The Dame to book them, but their hectic schedule meant that we got added after most of the other dates had already been planned. Just the same, one of the best new bands will be performing at The Dame in Lexington, KY this coming up Friday, January the 6th. It’s an early show at 7pm and is only $3. Here are the rest of the tour dates:

Page France Tour Dates:
01.06.06 Lexington, KY The Dame – 7pm, $3 21+
01.07.06 Nashville, TN The Muse
01.08.06 Arlington, VA Galaxy Hut
01.09.06 Pittsburgh, PA The Shadow Lounge
01.11.06 Charlottesville, VA Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
01.20.06 Greensboro, NC University of North Carolina
01.26.06 Baltimore, MD The Mojo Room
01.27.06 Poughkeepsie, NY Vassar College
01.28.06 Fredonia, NY The Possum House

But in equally amazing news, Page France once again prove that they can churn out amazing tunes in basically no time flat. It appears that they’re readying a new EP for a Febuary release date. Apparently this will be one of a series of three EPs that will span 2006. From their website:

The new ep is now officially untitled. We were sort of beat to the punch, but we’ll have titles and certainties to you within the coming days. However, the track listing is as follows:

1. Million Man Money Hand
2. All Things All Right
3. Talking Out-Louds
4. Ladder Man
5. The Saddest Ones
6. Young One
7. Everybody Knows
8. Say Wolf in the Summertime

Page France on Myspace
Page France on Pure Volume

Buy either Come, I’m a Lion! or Hello, Dear Wind at Fall Records!

The Lil’ Hospital

The Lil’ Hospital

My friend Cory gave me a ride home from my other friend’s house (hi Kara!) today, and on the way back I noticed that he’d bought I Wanna Be Well by The Lil’ Hospital. We’d been talking about them for a week or two, but I had no idea his love for them was deep enough that he took the plunge and bought the album. So needless to say, I went straight home and gave them another listen (actually, I went straight home…then out…then home then listened – but the point is still there).

I think that when I first judged The Lil’ Hospital, I let their limited production get in the way of my judgement. With most bands as cute and quirky as TLH, I was accustomed to elaborate production and layouts. But then I realized that it’s okay to have just a few instruments and a point to the song. Once I’d learned that lesson, I was ready to get down to business.

MP3: The Lil’ Hospital – Busybee
I’m willing to bet that a lot of you (like myself) will initially overlook the bass line that’s rocking it in the left channel. It’s not quite a driving one like the kind that might be featured in an Of Montreal single, but it’s providing a good backbone anyways. This could very well be the theme song for some of you who find yourselves unable to say no to a new project or are just plain run ragged. You busybees you.

MP3: The Lil’ Hospital – Kampus and Katy
Ah, this song is a bit closer to home for me. Not only does it contain more horns (me likey), but as far as I can tell, it’s about college friends. Who hasn’t worried abotu keeping in touch with friends?

The Lil’ Hospital’s next album, Heavy Metal will be coming out on Totally Gaylord Records.

So I broke and took some vicodin tonight. My jaw was killing me and I didn’t think asprin would cut it. However, it’s been about ten minutes and I still feel no effects. Not only that, but the aching in my jaw has increased. Am I missing something? (ps: I love how the end of my posts have turned into an opportunity for me to complain about how much my mouth hurts. It’s like having a captive audience to listen to me whine!)

On the plus side, Other Matt has some very early Radiohead demos!

The Flaming Lips, “The Golden Path”

The Flaming Lips, “The Golden Path”

I first heard this song when I downloaded a bootleg of The Flaming Lips performing at Big Day Out in Sydney a year or two ago. I quickly fell in love with it, but it wasn’t until this week that I thought to check out the original. I had known that the Lips worked with The Chemical Brothers on it, but didn’t know to exactly what extent or who had written it.

MP3: The Chemical Brothers ft. The Flaming Lips – The Golden Path
MP3: The Flaming Lips – The Golden Path (live @ BDO)
I don’t know if it’s because the live version was the first one I heard or what, but I really prefer it. I guess it’s most likely the fact that Wayne’s voice seems more alive in that one. It’s almost like he’s relating a real story, rather than reading it out of a book. But as far as songwriting and the theme of the song, I’ve got to say that I love them both.

Thankfully I left my gums alone last night and I was able to eat at my favorite Chinese restaurant today. It was delicious.

Oh, keeping with the theme of ‘I’m not really cool as evidenced by the fact that I’m late to get into everything good,’ I’m just now discovering Arrested Development. I’ve watched all of Season 1 so far, and I’m renting part of Season 2 after I play some games at my friend’s house. Consider this your opportunity to make fun of me for taking forever to get into one of the best shows (sorta) currently on the air.

Tapes ‘n Tapes Tour Dates ‘n Dates

Tapes ‘n Tapes Tour Dates ‘n Dates

From Tapes ‘n Tapes‘ mailing list:

(not familiar with them? try this song)

MP3: Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell

Minneapolis band Tapes ‘n Tapes are heading east next Wednesday, following the path of THE LOON. They will be playing the following shows along the way:

1.4.06 KING CLUB, Madison, WI
w/ Lorenzo’s Music, Fire Falls

1.5.06 QUIET STORM, Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Peelander-Z

1.7.06 THE DELANCEY, New York, NY
w/ Mancino

1.8.06 PIANOS, New York, NY
w/ Detachment Kit

1.9.06 MERCURY LOUNGE, New York, NY
w/ Finian McKean (ex-Push Kings), the Soft Explosions, the Twenty-Twos

1.10.06 THE FIRE, Philadelphia, PA

1.11.06 TALKING HEAD CLUB, Baltimore, MD
w/ Yukon, Pink Spiders, Kakelak

1.12.06 ROTHKO, New York, NY
Product Shop NYC Party w/ Group Sounds, Noah Chernin (of Sam Champion)

1.14.06 SCHUBAS, Chicago, IL
Tomorrow Never Knows Fest w/ chin up chin up, Pit er Pat, Lake Holiday

More information including cover prices, door times, what ‘n got from Santa and lots of other pertinent information can be found at www.tapesntapes.com or www.myspace.com/tapesntapes Here’s a little late XMAS present (in the form of song) from Tapes ‘n Tapes to you:
www.tapesntapes.com/preview.html

Sunset Rubdown

Sunset Rubdown

Spencer Krug’s other, other band has been getting a lot of attention lately. Sunset Rubdown signed to Absolutely Kosher for their US distribution, and are expected to have their next work out on Canadian label Global Symphonic within the next month. One kind reader sent in a couple songs from Sunset Rubdown’s Snake’s Got a Leg. You’ll probably note the similarity in production to Wolf Parade’s earlier EPs, but there’s definetely an experimental twist.

MP3: Sunset Rubdown – Snake’s Got A Leg
MP3: Sunset Rubdown – The Dust You Kick Up Is Too Fine

There’s a new SR song at Global Symphonic’s Myspace

Chartattack article on Sunset Rubdown

Sorry to stiff you with a short post. I think I screwed up and did something bad to my mouth. It hasn’t really stopped bleeding yet, and I might have accidently drawn the scab out with a piece of ice. It’s official, I’m too dumb to have minor surgery on my mouth. On the plus side, it doesn’t hurt very badily and there’s no swelling.

Manchuria Show in Louisville

Manchuria Show in Louisville

My friends’ band, Manchuria, will be playing their first hometown show in a while. It’s December 30th (that’s Friday) at Swanson Reed Contemporary 638 E. Market, Louisville, KY. It starts at 7pm and is free. To my knowledge, it’s also all ages.

Also, one of the other bands features ex-members of My Morning Jacket and Elliott.

Manchuria on Myspace (don’t worry, the whole death layout of the album is completely a joke. they’re the nerdiest guys you’ll meet – myself excluded)

New Captain of Industry: “The Great Divide”

New Captain of Industry: “The Great Divide”

My friend Greg and I had a nice talk about bands from the Dayton area (he’s a native and I have internet friends who live there and frequently force me to listen to their local bands). Captain of Industry quickly became the center of our conversation. I was pretty proud of myself, except for pluralizing their name, I was able to hold my own with someone who’d seen them numerous times. Well today COI emailed me to inform me that they put a new-ish MP3 on their website.

MP3: Captain of Industry – The Great Divide
The beginning of “The Great Divide” makes me glad I decided not to take painkillers. I’d most likely be tripping out. But the 0:50 mark is where this song really shines. It’s a welcome change-up from the spacey feeling of the rest of the song. Life is all about contrasts, people. But while this might be a slight departure from their more pop/rock oriented background, I don’t think it’s going to leave any old fans in the dust.

Captain of Industry on Myspace

As a bonus, here are my two favorite COI songs:

BONUS MP3: Captain of Industry – It Might Be Me
BONUS MP3: Captain of Industry – Under My Belt