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Menomena & Minus The Bear

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It was 2002, my sophomore year of high school and my friend who just graduated gave me a cd full of bands
that I still listen to today during a time when all I listened to was the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Incubus. Minus The Bear, The Planet The, and Menomena were on that cd. All bands from the Northwest, Minus the Bear from Seattle and The Planet The and Menomea from Portland, the hipster haven for those Green indie-lectuals. Minus The Bear I consider to be a major part of my soundtrack of my life. The Planet The were an awesome prog synth band that surprised me.

And Menomena I band that I fell in love with after hearing this song:
Menomena – The Great Late Libdo (Off “I am the Fun Blame Monster”)

I had the pleasure of seeing Menomena perform live this past Friday and was blown away by them. They reminded me of Van Der Graaf Generator whenever singer, Justin Harris would play baritone sax and play his Moog Taurus, a staple synth of 70 prog rock bands. Menomena is a band that I see going places in the future. They have a sound that is so pop with their amazing 3 part harmonies and multi-tasking instrumentation that is tasteful. The drummer, Danny Seim is a gentle giant that pounded the drums with such ease and established grooves that were linear and reminded me of a percussion section in an orchestra. The keyboardist/guitarist/glockenspier, Brent Knopf provided the band with a class and sophistication through his well thought piano parts that Debussy or Gershwin would enjoy. Overall Menomena is a band that, “musicates”, striking a balance between technical musicianship and pop craftsmenship while leaving space for the imagination to fill in those gaps.

Photos from the Menomena show in Boston, 11.9.2007

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A great stripped down Menomena set featuring songs from their latest album, Friend and Foe.
Menomena – Live on WERS 88.9 FM

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Minus the Bear – Spritz!!! Spritz!!!

The Planet The – Arty Movie

Cheers Jack Kalish


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Radiohead & New Order

Radiohead covers Ceremony by New Order!!! This is the most amazing thing ever. This is one of my favorite New Order songs and this soldifies my faith in Radiohead as being the greatest band in the world today. They also covered Bjork’s “Unravel” and The Smiths “The Headmaster Ritual”. Tis a good day.

Radiohead – Ceremony (New Order Cover)

Radiohead – The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths Cover)

Radiohead – Unravel (Bjork Cover)

Cheers and much love.

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Together + Human

Daft Punk – Human After All / Together – “Together” / “One More Time (reprise)” / Stardust – “Music Sounds Better with You” – Encore in Mexico City – 10.31.2007

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Awesome ad using album art

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Vincent Gallo


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Here is a bootleg track from one of two performances Vincent Gallo & Sean Lennon did in 2004. Vincent is palying bass and Sean is playing guitar and Nikolai Haas, Lukas Haas’ younger brother is playing drums and this is his first show ever. Rothko was a great tiny venue in the Lower East Side but was shut down a year ago. Enjoy!

Vincent Gallo & Sean Lennon – My Beautiful White Dog (Live@Rothko – 8.25.2004)

The Cobra Snake in 20 years

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Thom Yorke as Gwenth Paltrow in Se7en

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Wu-Tang Clan & John Frusciante

Wu-Tang Clan – The Sweet Spot

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Radiohead & Squarepusher

Radiohead Webcast this Friday?


Here is Thom, Colin, & Jonny spinning on the BBC Breezeblock during the Kid A days. Apparently Thom Yorke has the entire Warp Records discography. I personally love the fact they open with Louis Armstrong, St. James Infirmary.
Thom Yorke, Colin & Jonny Greenwood spinning on BBC Breezeblock

Squarepusher spins a mini-mix of his fav songs featuring Hendrix, Zappa & Captain Beefheart.
Squarepusher – DJ on BBC Breezeblock

Old Radiohead Webcast:

Cheers, Leave some love.

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Sébastien Tellier & Fela Kuti

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Sébastien Tellier has been likened to the famous Todd Rundgren, with his versatility and abilty to grasp and fuse pop music with extreme virtuosity. He reminds me of Vincent Gallo meets Jon Brion and of course Serge Gainsbourg. Here is the fantastic track that apparently Radiohead ripped off on “Reckoner”. The famous Tony Allen, Fela Kuti’s drummer plays drums on this track as well as on Sébastien Tellier’s album, Politics, he beat Damon Albarn, take that The Good, the Bad and the Queen. Take note of the gorgeous and lush strings that work so well with the drums and bass.

Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle

Sébastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear

Daft Punk used this song in Electroma. It reminds me of King Crimson/Vincent Gallo with the heavy use of mellotron.
Sébastien Tellier – Universe

The official video for Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (Mr. Dan’s Mix) by director Ace Norton, who also directed the new Simian Mobile Disco video for Huslter.

And finally the one and only, “African James Brown”, Mr. Fela Kuti featuring Cream’s Ginger Baker:
Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker – Ye Ye De Smell

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Tahiti 80 & Yuksek

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I just discovered Tahiti 80 and their French pop perfection in the vain of Phoenix, subtle electronics meets weaving pop melodies with solid soulful grooves.

Here is Tahiti 80’s biggest hit:
Tahiti 80 – Big Day

Here is a song that highlights Tahiti 80’s more soulful R&B side, my fav track of theirs.
Tahiti 80 – All Over Again

Tahiti 80 – Changes (Jaga Jazzist Remix)

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ill remixes from the up and coming Yuksek.
Das Pop – Fool For Love (Yuksek Remix)
Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin’ (Yuksek Remix)

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