Marchin' in

First an announcement--please tune in to tomorrow's Beef Jerky Time show (March 24, 7pm Eastern) to hear Sethums talking about his solo project Older than Hours CD release, and playing us some tracks. He says it's "gorgeous and twisted electro dream pop." If you're local, tune in to 107.7fm, Brattleboro. Otherwise stream live from CD release party is at The Loft in Brattleboro on Friday night (see Facebook page "events" for more).

Musical observations from the past month:

I can't stop listening to "Garden Friends" by Kissy Sell Out. I am fascinated by Kissy Sell Out--that he is a BBC Radio One program host, that he is also a club DJ with great mixes floating around online, that he has a podcast, stuff like that. Anyway, "Garden Friends" is amazing--electro and new, but also with heavy tinges of The Cure that make me feel very comfortable. Take a listen at the end of this long, informative post about DJing from Uh Oh Disco.

Phantogram, the duo from Saratoga that recently relased Eyelid Movies on Barsuk Records, seems to be everywhere these days--interwebs-wise anyway. Their sound is being described variously as swirly, electronic, shoe-gazer, beat-based, trip-hop. My favorite track so far is "When I'm Small," which builds up many gentle "ooh"s into something gorgeous and hypnotic. And swirly. Our smallest listener agreed she like the "ooh song."

I'm excited about The Miracles Club--mainly because "Light of Love" has a nostalgic 90s UK girl-singer sound that I like. It reminds me of Lush, or even better, St. Etienne. So good! It makes me want to be back in college putting off my Classics homework by lolling around the apartment until it's time for (heated) patio hopping... just for a day or so.

May I recommend the work of Tanlines? Their youtube stuff is just as solid as their musical stuff; both are somewhat peculiar and the sounds insanely catchy. The song "Real Life" was OK at first listen, then I had to hear it again very soon after, and then again and again. What do you call that? Addictive. The video for Bejan took a bit to figure out... like I KNOW that guy, he looks exactly like Flea, oh, he IS Flea. I can't believe anybody besides me actually watches Funky Monks in their spare time. I found this Pitchfork interview instructive.

Some Beef Jerky Time playlists from the past month follow. More new and old and in-between music in store for March and beyond, so please keep listening!

Bicycle: Rafter
Finish Line: Fanfarlo
I Lost My Colour Vision: Burning Hearts
Like I Can: The Secret Machines
VCR (Matthew Dear remix): The xx
Pom Pom: Matthew Dear
Paradise Circus (f. Hope Sandoval): Massive Attack
Exotic on the Speaker (f. Rye Rye): Soulico
O.N.E.: Yeasayer
Odessa: Caribou
Lion in a Coma: Animal Collective

Laura Palmer's Prom: You Say Party! We Say Die!
Eat That Up, It's Good for You: Two Door Cinema Club
Take It In: Hot Chip
Logic: Operator Please
Sole Brother: Born Ruffians
Dream City: Free Energy
When I'm Small: Phantogram
Daydream: Beach Fossils
Giving Up the Gun: Vampire Weekend
Best of Love: Emotions
Answer to Yourself: The Soft Pack
Turnpike Ghost: Steel Train
Me and the Devil: Gil Scott Heron

Set Yourself on Fire: Stars
Dragon Chasers: Wax Tailor
Careful with That Hat: Citay
You're the Reason I'm Leaving: Franz Ferdinand
Dance, Dance, Dance: Lykke Li
Feeling Good: Samirah Evans
Woman King: Iron & Wine
Strange Form of Life: Bonnie "Prince" Billy
That's Just the Way It Is: Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Mixed Bizness (Nu Wave remix by Les Rhythmes Digitales): Beck

Real Life: Tanlines
Little Girl (f. Julian Casablancas): Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse
Light of Love: Miracles Club
Sleep Paralysist: Neon Indian
Take It In: Hot Chip
No Logic: White Hinterland
Garden Friends: Kissy Sell Out
Your Hands (Together): New Pornographers
Albatross: The Besnard Lakes
Flash Delirium: MGMT
As Far As I Can See: Phantogram
Stick to My Side (Four Tet version): Pantha du Prince


Nick said...

Thanks for the kind words!

You're dead-on about Kissy Sell Out. He does everything-- hosting a radio show, producing music, DJing. And he does them all incredibly well. How does he have the time/talent to keep it up?


ValleyWriter said...

Enjoying your show right now - thanks for the streaming link!

"Prof. Kitty" said...

Nick--cheers, and thanks for your great blog by the way!

VW, yay, so glad you could tune in!