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New Music Videos from Animal Collective, Morning Benders & More

Morning Benders--"Excuses" from Big Echo [Excellent video showing how the song was recorded]

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders "Excuses" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.
Animal Collective--New Video for "Guy's Eyes" from 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion

Black Mountain-- "Old Fangs" from Wilderness Heart

The National-- "Afraid of Everyone", live on David Letterman from High Violet

Massive Attack-- "United Snakes", live on Jimmy Kimmel

Gorillaz--"Clint Eastwood", live from Glastonbury 2010 ft. Snoop Dogg


White Magic

With the release of White Magic (Modular Recordings--Tame Impala, Avalanches, YYY's...) tomorrow, the world will get their introduction to Eric Berglund's (of The Tough Alliance) new schtick, an amalgation of electronically-laden globetrotting pop music. The album is easy to take in, clocking in at a mere 29 minutes and will likely turn some heads waiting for that danceable summertime album (Sleigh Bells is/was/will never be for me). I even think those pitchfork-wielders up there in Brooklyn will dig this one.

Video for Come With Me:

Press Release on Modular's web site [CLICK TO READ FULL RUNDOWN OF WHAT CEO IS]
"ceo is a lost love and it is Rihanna's voice. it is hibernation, the spectacle and every breath you take."

Get the picture? Yeah, me neither


The Best of 2010 1/2 -- Albums and Songs

Think we can go ahead and put the first half of 2010 up against the last two year's musical output combined. Amazing year so far and with Arcade Fire, Radiohead, & My Morning Jacket albums all likely arriving in the 2nd half, the '10's could perhaps mark the return of good, interesting, non-lowest-common-denominator music to the mainstream airwaves and Billboard charts. When Dr. Dog, LCD Soundsystem, The National, a bizarro/unfit for radio album by former pop darlings MGMT, road warriors Widespread Panic, & The Black Keys all hit their chart peaks in the same year, the tides are undoubtedly changing towards pop music's best year since 1994 (Oasis Definitely Maybe, Weezer Blue Record, Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York, Nas Illmatic, Soundgarden Superunknown, Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral, Live Throwing Copper, Pink Floyd The Division Bell, and on and on and on...). The kids are catching on, it's working...

Here are my choices for the first six months of this new decade:

The Best Songs of 2010

1. MGMT--Siberian Breaks--Congratulations
2. Beach House--Take Care--Teen Dream
3. Yeasayer--Madder Red--ODD BLOOD
4. The National--Afraid of Everyone--High Violet
5. Gorillaz--Empire Ants, Plastic Beach, Stylo, Rhinestone Eyes, Superfast Jellyfish [Pick One]--Plastic Beach
6. LCD Soundsystem--I Can Change--This Is Happening
7. Delta Spirit--Before the Devil Knows Your Dead--History From Below
8. Dr. Dog--Where’d All The Time Go?--Shame, Shame
9. Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Tom Waits--Tootie Ma Is A Real Fine Thing--A Benefit Album for Preservation Hall
T-10. Bonobo--Animals > Black Sands--Black Sands
T-10. The Melvins--Evil New War God--The Bride Screamed Murder
T-10. Radio Dept.--Heaven's On Fire--Clinging to a Scheme

Others Deserving Recognition:
Morning Benders--Mason Jar--Big Echo
The Tallest Man On Earth--Love Is All--Wild Hunt
Spoon--Mystery Zone--Transference
MGMT--It’s Working--Congratulations
MGMT--Song For Dan Treacy--Congratulations
Reptar--Houseboat Babies (studio recording)--Single
Cold War Kids--Audience--Behave Yourself EP
Black Keys--Tighten Up--Brothers
Black Keys--Never Gonna Give You Up--Brothers
Surfer Blood--Twin Peaks--Astrocoast
Ben Cameron--Sun Will Shine--Sun Will Shine
Broken Social Scene--Meet Me In The Basement--Forgiveness Rock Record
Widespread Panic--St. Ex--Dirty Side Down
She & Him--In The Sun--Volume Two
Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Yim Yames--Louisiana Fairytale--A Benefit Album For Preservation Hall
Delta Spirit--Ballad of Vitality--History From Below
Jonsi--Grow Till Tall--Go
Broken Bells--Your Head Is On Fire--Broken Bells
LCD Soundsystem--Dance Yrself Clean & Home--This Is Happening
The Roots--Dear God 2.0 (ft. Yim Yames)--How I Got Over
Midlake--Children of the Grounds--The Courage of Others
The Disco Biscuits--On Time--Planet Anthem (just kidding just kidding just kidding)

A couple choice live SBD gems to hit the streets this year:
My Morning Jacket--Oh! Sweet Nuthin (Velvet Underground)--Live From Bonnaroo 2008
The White Stripes--Jolene (Dolly Parton)--Under Great White Northern Lights

Best Albums of 2010 1/2

T-1. Beach House--Teen Dream
T-1. MGMT--Congratulations
3. Gorillaz--Plastic Beach
4. Yeasayer--ODD BLOOD
5. Dr. Dog--Shame, Shame
T-6. The Black Keys--Brothers
T-6. Morning Benders--Big Echo
T-6. The Radio Dept.--Clinging To A Scheme
9. LCD Soundsystem--This Is Happening
T-10. Delta Spirit--History From Below
T-10. The Melvins--The Bride Screamed Murder
T-10. Bonobo--Black Sands

Album that comes out June 28th that is primed for many best-of lists:
ceo--White Magic [Only listened once, could be the summer album we've been waiting patiently for]

Other Albums Deserving Recognition:
Broken Bells--Self-Titled
Tallest Man On Earth--The Wild Hunt
She & Him--Volume Two
The National--High Violet [Will probably make Top 3/5/10 by the end of the year, gets better with age, repetition]
Preservation Hall Jazz Band--A Benefit Album for Preservation Hall

Haven't listened enough to form opinion:
Deer Tick--Black Dirt Sessions
Futurebirds--Hampton's Lullaby [Out 7/27 on Autumn Tone]
Surfer Blood--Astrocoast
Tame Impala--Innerspeaker [like what I hear...]

Band of Horses--Infinite (Very slowly fading into mediocrity, album-by-album, in an inverse relationship with widespread popularity)
Midlake--The Courage of Others
Widespread Panic--Dirty Side Down (Return to John Keane's Athens studio sounded promising, album falls sorta flat though, decent at best).

Jay-Z--6.12.2010, Manchester, TN {Which Stage, Bonnaroo Music Festival}
Galactic--2.13.2010, New Orleans, LA {Tipitina's Uptown}


PBFD (Post-Bonnaroo Fallout Depression)? It'll be ok.

Suffering from post-Bonnaroo depression?
Cubicle not looking nearly enough like the inside of a 90 degree tent at 8:30 a.m.?
Let the words of a wise man soothe your troubled mind...

Don't look so sad
I know it's over
But life goes on
This whole world
Will keep on turning

--Kris Kristofferson

Here's the reviews from JamBase, click link to read on the web site

Saturday, June 12th CLICK TO READ

Friday, June, 11th CLICK TO READ

Thursday, June 10th CLICK TO READ

357 days until Bonnaroo 2011

See Sunday's pasted below:

Sunday, June 13 – Day Four

We had the best time at your party

The final day at Bonnaroo was all about survival as temperatures neared 100 degrees by midday and produced a fairly subdued Sunday crowd just trying to stay vertical and manage to catch many of the can't-miss acts closing down the fest (and, as per usual, conflicting with one another). Bonnaroo veterans John Butler Trio opened a technically flawless set on the What Stage with "Used to Get High," and the Aussie frontman graciously thanked the early crowd for braving the oppressive heat to check out his set.

Next, it was off to The Other Tent for Blues Traveler, where a crowd member challenged John Popper to a harmonica duel with a handmade sign after "Run-Around," to which Popper replied that they would need to take it outside after the set. This was the band's second appearance at Bonnaroo (first since 2003) and the set was both well received and well attended in the smaller Other Tent. After an interesting, dubbed-out reading of Radiohead's "Creep," it was time to head on back over to What Stage, where John Fogerty was making his Bonnaroo debut.

The 65-year old still has the same vocal talents that accented Creedence Clearwater Revival's signature swamp rock sound in the early '70s. The legend showed off his often overlooked chops on "Green River" and ran through a mix of the CCR catalogue as well as a number of tunes from his most recent solo record, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, which I strongly recommend.

Listening to the bare bones, stripped down Kris Kristofferson performance while laying in the grass in front of the tent was a fairly transcendent way to spend a lazy Sunday. After seeing John Prine on Saturday, it'd be hard to pick a favorite between the two monster talents of the songwriting universe. There was something very raw and exceptionally soothing about listening to one man slowly play his guitar and sing into the mic after seeing so many varied musical displays throughout the weekend. Sometimes less is truly more.

Next, things heated up over at Ween, who highlighted the final day of this year's 'Roo, while deservedly playing in front of a large Which Stage midday crowd after a few previous Bonnaroo appearances in the smaller tents. We arrived just in time after a short stop at the aggressive Dropkick Murphys set to catch "Roses Are Free," "Voodoo Lady," "Your Party," a bangin' "Buckingham Green," and an excellent cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance." You could tell the band recognized the opportunity to win over hordes of fans in the crowd unfamiliar with their music, and they didn't hold back on busting out the big guns while playing a set with added gusto.

Medeski Martin & Wood had a fun little sit-in by Bonnaroo scenester and unofficial mascot Beatle Bob, who was goofily gettin' down and playing one of Billy Martin's many percussion toys during a dark, heavy improv exercise. Travel arrangements caused for an early departure, but not before catching Phoenix's set in front of an enormous crowd comparable to Weezer's the previous day. It was a cool early evening scene with a colorful, picturesque sunset and numerous red and black balloons floating around at the front of the audience. The band's most intricate arrangement from the Grammy-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, "Love Like a Sunset," was appropriately placed in the set just as dusk was beginning to sweep across the Manchester skies and was a beautiful way to cap off the weekend.

The cultural phenomenon that is Bonnaroo once again produced an amazing four days of diverse artistic offerings, and for the fifth or sixth year in a row, the weather wasn't too much of an issue (once you get over the heat part). Here's looking forward to the 10th Annual Bonnaroo festival in 2011!

Top 5 Shows of the Weekend
1. Jay-Z
2. LCD Soundsystem
3. The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs performing Dark Side of the Moon
4. Dr. Dog
5. The Melvins

Favorite Random Artist of the Weekend
Nortec Collective presents: Bostich and Fussible

Best Day
Saturday. Getting to see Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, John Prine, Steve Martin, Thievery Corporation, Jeff Beck, The Melvins, Jimmy Cliff, and Conan O'Brien in the same day was exceptional, even for Bonnaroo.

What This Year's Bonnaroo Will Be Remembered For
1. 80,000 hands moving along with Jay-Z
2. The diversity of talent on display, balancing Bonnaroo's free spirited neo-hippie vibe with sounds of the present
3. Excellent weather
4. Conan O'Brien MC'ing What Stage throughout the weekend
5. A legendary Saturday
6. The addition of the annoying Lunar Stage
7. The absence of a Panic, Phish or a Dead-related headliner
8. Stevie Wonder's long overdue debut appearance at the festival.

Who would YOU like to see headline in 2011 at Bonnaroo's 10th Anniversary? Share your thoughts in our comments section. Never know what happens when you dream aloud!

David Gilmour, Daft Punk, My Morning Jacket, Orbital, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Neil Young


The Modern Epic of MGMT's Siberian Breaks--An Abridged Explanation for an Unabridged Song

This track is easily my favorite song of the last six months. I know MGMT is a very polarizing band, Congratulations is a very polarizing album, and "Siberian Breaks" is a ridiculously demanding song to undertake in this, the ADD/I-berry/twitter instant stimulation generation, but for me, that's what sets it apart. It seems that a great deal of thought and inspiration went into the construction of what I would describe as a modern masterpiece (even if I'm the only one). This is a headphones kinda tune, demanding full diotic attention. The song hits on both poles of psychedelia, oscillating between catharsis and disorientation with far-out vocal effects being the only constant (think Floyd's Atom Heart Mother condensed into one 12 minute 10 second song).

I guess these guys are about my age, and therefore the thematic quarter-life search for real fulfillment coupled with a well-cultivated sense of detachment from the proverbial next step (whatever that may be for our generation) serve as a familiar, albeit strange, lyrical agenda for the song. Such a feeling expressed in the lyrics can probably only be fully embraced by a small demographic. Thus, the song/album's unpopularity is easily understood (but what a shame--currently #166 on the Billboard 200). After all, our unidentifiable generation did collectively experience some pretty f*cked up formative years as teenagers/college students/post-college wanderers of the eventful 2000's.

This has turned into a long-winded rant and most people will stop reading if they haven't already before reaching the end. Fitting write-up for this song. I hope this inspires someone to check out the tune, give it a full 12 minutes and 10 seconds, and ride the breaks to wherever they may take you. This is psychedelic pop music at it's finest. Aural perfection.

YouTubeage to listen:

**It is important to note that I did not write the content below. This was culled from the comments section of (LINK), so whoever you are mystery man/woman/alien who wrote this, my applause go out to you for taking the time to dissect such a beautifully constructed and thought-provoking (heady?) song.

Song Review from

This is a brilliant song and is the 'Tour de force' of Congratulations. Because MGMT worked very hard to make this a "concept album" it echoes many themes found in other tracks. It is ultimately about the ebb and flow of the creative process and the cold side of commercial success. Hence, surfing in Siberia is a very apt metaphor.

The mood of the music and the shifting tempo are as telling as the words.

The opening of the song is a gesture of dreamy withdrawal. It speaks of defense mechanisms kicking in and a backing away from sudden fame. On an optimistic note, even in this state the creative voice "streams" along "in the direction of truth."

sleep as the goer
the bridge that watches the light speed thru
and cries while the spirit stumbles
the inside missile for the protection of you

maybe it's silent
the voice can't bear anymore strain
but speaks without even knowing
and streams outside in the direction of truth

The next section starts with a revelation of sorts. Ultimately material success is meaningless and does not lead to true fulfillment. There is no larger reason. Andrew and Ben are not messiah's. Therefore the open arms of adoring fans, the recording industry, congratulatory friends, etc... feel strangely cold.

there's no reason there's no secret to decode
if you can't save it, leave it dying on the road
wide open arms can feel so cold
so cold
feel so cold

Tempo shift. The steady pulse of life pounds along. The shallow realities of American culture. Reality shows [vote to decide who'll advance]. Terrifying sensationalism [the terrible desire to see a plane crash]. The dark side of drug use [but really there's no trip at all, that doesn't result in a fall]. The trappings of success [nobly wasting the night, but it isn't right]. The desire to run (or "float") away and the inability to do so.

balance the books, the ledges, the loons
the disappointed look on the faces that squint at the moon
let's see it with shadows enhanced
and then vote to decide who'll advance
silver jet plane, making a turn
exciting the brain that expects it to crash and then burn
it's not the life lesson Id've guessed
if you're conscious you must be depressed
or at least cynical
but someone might still eat the steaks
even if they're tough
spending the day
chewing the fat
floating away isn't rough but it's not enough
oh Marianne, pass me the joint
the sandpaper's tan
go-getters are surfing the point
and London's a scratch on the lens
it's over before it begins
silk round her neck falls down to her shoulders
the older I get, the more I suspect there's a trick
but really there's no trip at all
that doesn't result in a fall
or a faltering
but something could spit out the bait
even if it's real
rolling away
missing a spoke
close to the ground like a wheel but it's not a joke
holding the line
clutching the phone
nobly wasting the night, but it isn't right
it's not right
smelling for blood
praying for rain
running away isn't rough , but it's not enough

Tempo shift. The tides (which are always changing) swing back to the state of dreamy withdrawal we found at the beginning of the song. "I hope I die before I get sold" is both the expression of a very real desire to escape being packaged by the music industry and a very clever play the The Who lyric "I hope I die before I get old"

the low tide is telling me, when it's over,
to breathe in everything exposed
and comes back to cover me in a blanket
being here's always changing tunes

the empty sky surrounds me but I can't see at all
wide open arms can feel so cold
and you can sit beside me and tell me what it's worth
but I hope I die before I get sold
I hope I die before I get sold
I'd rather die before I get sold

Tempo shift. Fighting out of the withdrawn dream state and willing life back into the soul. Realizing that there is something inside that cannot be created or destroyed.

if you find the soul that you lost
frozen in a starry void
take it within and hope the sight of blood
can will signs of life to return
back to the way that it was
long before it made a noise
to keep on quietly reminding you
what's never created or destroyed

Awake again. Creating again. But aware that the creative force (while it can't be destroyed) "can always go into hiding."

wake as the swell peaks
the close-outs drowning the birds with roars
and howls scare the new unkindness
that picks and laughs at the carrion scene

forces you see breath can always go into hiding
and wait til it passes over
or stay far gone for all eternity

This is an abridged interpretation. The song is long enough that each line could be mulled over in lengthy fashion. It is really great to find a band and a lyricist that is engaged enough to strive for such a high level in this day of bubble gum pop and cheesy love ballads.