Thursday, August 4, 2011

This blog is dead.
I have moved.
Here is my forwarding address:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



Thursday, November 11, 2010



The new album drops next week.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pepper Rabbit


New Pepper Rabbit is in my ears.

Download: Send In the Horns, Older Brother, Harvest Moon

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

beauty and the beats

\ Buy this EP 10.19 /

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ima Film Geek

Dan Black feat. Kid Cudi "Symphonies" from Chic & Artistic on Vimeo.

my bullshit bachelors degree makes me love this more than a little too much

welcome to the party that is this video/

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

intuit into it


collaborative genius. karen o. little dragon. the gang's all here.

good luck not fallin' in love with it.

Friday, September 24, 2010


welcome fall

that album is beyond

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

wolves and ridding hoods


via a dinosaur named Ryan. who has impeccable taste

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


  1. Life Coach - Fang Island
  2. Desire Be Desire Go - Tame Impala
  3. Sentimental Xs - Broken Social Scene
  4. Oh Pretty Boy, You're Such a Big Boy - Menomena
  5. Going Once, Going Twice - Ramona Falls
  6. Easy to Please - Lesands
  7. Coming or Going - White Arrows (RAC remix)
  8. I Go Away - MNDR
  9. Self Machine - I Blame Coco
  10. Odessa - Caribou
  11. Monster - Magic Man
  12. When Your Love Is Safe - Active Child
  13. Rattling Locks - Josh Ritter
  14. Tiger - Maximum Balloon
  15. Drugs - Ratatat
  16. Wher'd All the Time Go - Dr. Dog
  17. Kids On the Run - The Tallest Man on Earth
  18. Beat Your Heartbeat - The Kissaway Trail
  19. Better Times - Beach House
  20. Real Life - Tanlines
  21. Me and the Devil - Gil Scott-Heron
  22. How You're Bound - The Get Up Kids
  23. Just Let the Lamp Burn Out - Kenneth Pattengale
  24. Cleopatra - Anglos
  25. Hengilas - Jonsi
just off the top of my head. shuffle and shake.

Monday, August 30, 2010

white arrows

this remix of (current spaceland residents) white arrows is the bomb dot com

just go with it

its monday morning and electropop is in my ears.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010



blew my mind last night in neon neon backlit light

Friday, August 13, 2010


If you haven't heard of Chief you're running in the wrong circles.

One of the standout tracks from their much anticipated forthcoming debut album, Modern Rituals. Out Aug 17 (US) & Sept. 20 (UK/Europe) on Domino Records.



Steve Mason of the Beta Band back in a big big way. Solo project.

(with Pat Grossi's hands all over it)


these beasts will blow your mind LIVE


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

light a candle for the kids

Arcade Fire remains one of my favorite Live bands.
(look at em go, look at em go)

and the power's out
in the heart of man
take it from your heart
put it in your hand
is it a dream?
is it a lie?
i think, i'll let you decide

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

like a riot like a riot oh

just what the doctor ordered

these NPR sessions are genius
this song is one of the best songs I've ever seen played live (each time is brilliant - my favorite was my first - at El Rey 2008) for reasons that would take me many paragraphs, a bottle of wine, and a few cigarettes to describe
nevertheless, here's a taste.

between the bars

I vividly remember the day Elliott Smith died. October 21, 2003. He was my favorite musician at the time. This was my favorite song (I love this cover. It's so haunting). He was on the DreamWorks record label. I was an intern for the company. I cried and cried and made a phone call to my best friend from our film library. Years later I wrote the lyrics to this song on the Figure 8 wall on Sunset. I didn't even know where we were. I was with a boy waiting for a cab to go to a concert. He was yelling at the cab company over the phone. And I was standing in front of the wall like a mesmerized child. It was October 2007 and there were still candles and flowers everywhere. What a beautiful artist.

i thought that that would keep my head on straight

found objects: mix tapes from years and years ago
jen gave me this song. im always quitting something.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

make new records but keep the old. those are silver. these are gold.

one of my favorite bands. new album coming fast

you're still golden, arcade fire

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

let them eat kate

daily dose of vitamin k

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I miss you. I wish you would have packed yourself in my suitcase.

Spent an hour talking to one of my favorite people in the world last night. Heavy sells for LA moves. Dear Josh. I miss you.

Oh, Saint Jerome, come home.

Monday, July 19, 2010

just another float in the wolf parade

zola jesus / hipster hype machine / on tour with wolf parade / tres tres fever ray

Friday, July 16, 2010

my mama taught me right. my daddy taught me rock.

stay local

one of the best things about living in southern california is you're always but a few hours away from a mini vacation. this weekend marks the first of four. as I tour this fine state with my BFFs. road trips always call for massive playlists. i'll throw up our top picks for the major cities in a few days.

for now - enjoy the musical stylings of a fine bunch of silverlakers -
Local Natives

this album is genius. part of my summer must list.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

kenneth and co

next thurs / hotel cafe

kenneth reminds me of taking road trips with my parents as a kid. and i have no logic for this.
he sounds the way that felt.

here he is covering (another) one of my all time favorite songs

i listen to a lot of ray lamontagne during summer months

/ one of my all time favorite songs /

dangerous beauty

promised to be one of the best collaborations of 2010

go get it.

Dark Night of the Soul, involves more than a dozen noteworthy musical collaborators as well as David Lynch, who signed on to create a 100-page book of original photography inspired by Linkous and Danger Mouse's music. As news leaked the buzz grew louder, and people were excited for a reason: Dark Night combined the best elements of a classic rock event with a very modern strategy. Links between the film, music, and art worlds were established, a ton of stars gathered together under the creative guidance of a couple of relative recluses, a regular old CD was marketed like a Hollywood blockbuster and packaged with a photo album for 50 bucks. - Pitchfork

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

wheres your head at

But it's good to be back
good to be back
good to be back

Friday, July 9, 2010


I consider myself to be opening for This.
Fur Gallery. Then hit it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

and the lights

The Top (Music Video) from Francis and the Lights on Vimeo.

this is courtesy of beau. and in my ears and eyes today.

goth kid

Friday, July 2, 2010

go forth

happy 4 o' july

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


i'm goin back to the start

one of my all time favorite videos. and i cant explain why. i fell in love with coldplay when i was seventeen. i was also madly in love with gwyneth paltrow. there is a fitting symmetry to their trajectory in my mind.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

HOME IS WHEREVER IM WITH YOU (literally...because you live next door. or used to anyway)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

I have a deep abiding love for this song. Largely because I sang it to my sister driving back from my Granfather's funeral at four o'clock in the morning under a blanket of stars in the arizona desert - last fall. This goes out to our dear Dwalu, whom, we are sending away from our LA home this Saturday. The party will be one for the books. You'll be missed D.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

bloc party for your block party

i love kele.

bloc party is one of my fave summer bands. maybe its memories of bouncing around in sticky hot mosh pits outdoors. been listening to the catalogue gearing up for Kele's solo album (out today). this track is number one in my playbook off the last album.

my heart hurts it's so magic.

speaking of so good it hurts. vintage.

if that's the way it is, then that's the way it is
i still feel you in the taste of cigarettes

kenneth takes us to school

Bardot Mondays // It's A School Night // currated by friend of mine and the greater los angeles airwaves - Mr. Douridas // This week starring Kenneth Pattengale - whom I met at a party a while back. he was plucking a six string on a balcony. in an impromtu sing along whose subject matter targetted largely upon the evening's goings on...and some dirty jokes.

last night he blew us away.

if you haven't yet been to School Night. click here.

Live Monday like it's Friday.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

hello, summer (swoon)

Silversun Pickups / Swoon has been on a loop in my car >> roll down your windows


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

fitz and dizzyspells

William Fitzsimmons >> Derivatives
/ a song / a cover / and a few reinterpretations / mellow loveliness /
Download: I dont feel it anymore (george raquet remix)

In related listening: Josh Ritter >> So Runs the World Away
Download: The Curse; Another New World (sprawling 7 min seafaring tale. dope.)

Monday, June 14, 2010

activate your innner child

this EP is ringing in my ears // anything that combines star wars, skeletons, and electropop deserves my solid endorsement // happy listening for happy hipsters // enjoy

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

fangs are the new black

Brooklyn's Fang Island describe their aesthetic as "everyone high-fiving everyone." -Pitchfork

think crystal castles + prog guitars + high fives = summer record

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

here's lookin at you kid

kid cudi + christian bale + lcd soundsystem

nothing new

Saturday = Art in the sun for hours on end

this is what I listened to. I recommend if you are outdoors.

1. Mowgli's Road - Marina and the Diamonds
2. Slipping Husband - The National
3. City Calls - Swan Lake
4. Germany to Germany - Ratatat
5. Cobrastyle - Teddybears
6. Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram
7. The View - Modest Mouse
8. When I'm Small - Phantogram
9. Road Leads Where It's Lead - Secret Machines
10. Goodway - Monsters of Folk
11. Missed - Rogue Wave
12. Where'd All the Time Go? - Dr. Dog
13. Since I've Been Lovin You - Led Zeppelin
14. I'm Sleeping In a Submarine - Arcade Fire
15. Percussion Gun - White Rabbits
16. Windowsill - Arcade Fire
17. Money - Pink Floyd
18. Booksmart Devil - Silversun Pickups
19. Manhattan - Kings of Leon
20. Hard to Miss You - Mojave 3
21. Pictures of Me - Elliott Smith
22. Pistol of Fire - Kings of Leon
23. Bird on a Wire - Rogue Wave
24. Tonight's Today - Jack Penate
25. Life Slash Dreams - Dan Black

Friday, June 4, 2010


Maximum Balloon / Tiger // A+

TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek “Maximum Balloon” Album / Out in August

// watch Daisey Lowe shake it //

Thursday, June 3, 2010

song of the day

Magic Man // Monster


but you
you were the only one to know...........................

canada is beautiful

treasure // canada

there's a party in my head / and no one is invited

tame impala / solitude is bliss

jewel tone

finallllly out in the US. that took quite a while.

album is it's one note. Obsessions / I am not a Robot = high point. this much we knew.

download: obesssions, i am not a robot, numb

this time baby i'll be lazerproof

this is worth your time + costs you zero $$$

major lazer remixes la roux. download away

my heart's on fire

diggin on the new ARCADE FIRE

/the suburbs/

download the singles off their site.
sometimes i cant believe it // im movin past the feelin // and into the night

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I made myself an open book

/via Sean's impeccable taste/


Manchester Orchestra "Pride" from Jason Bognacki on Vimeo.

if you wanna tack on an xtra mile to your run / put this song at the end of your work out mix
you will find the strength

this'll do it too

Monday, May 24, 2010

down dog

Small Black / / EP

if you like this sort of thing. you'll sort of love this thing. recently recalled to my attention. i file these kids under art zone out music. you do with them what you will.

New Foals


what im listening to today

Goldheart Assembly / Wolves & Thieves

Friday, May 21, 2010


breakin in the new Black Keys // in the meantime...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

in an 11 track open sleigh

Sleigh Bells / Treats

is here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

with Matt Beringer's baritone in full effect

The National / High Violet

Dear Matt Beringer,

You are one of the greatest live performers I've ever laid eyes and ears on. You can do no wrong in my eyes. You have done no wrong in my ears. In fact, you've done very very right by us all via your latest record.

I love you.


(eh, this band is alright)

and by alright I mean f*cking mind-bending heart-rendingly gorgeous.
If music were an ocean, I'd want to drown in The National sea.

That said - NEVER listen to Boxer snowed in alone in a cabin in New Mexico in the dead of winter. This cant be stressed enough. Or if you do - here's hoping someone confiscates your shoelaces.

Your Heart Stops Within You

THE DEAD WEATHER you're oh so alive.

One of my favorite bands. The new Album - Sea of Cowards - is triumphantly, irreverently, unapologetically, and predictably - a swan dive into the trenches of rock.

Alison Mosshart is genius. And easily my favorite contemporary female artist. Good luck not fallin in love with her.

Monday, May 10, 2010

welcome to the breakfast show

good morning leos.
i was born just 4 days apart from my hero. in a crossfire hurricane.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

stop making sense

This is how I spent Friday night + THIS + Tequila.

I saw David Byrne at ACL a few years back. His back up dancers were fantastic. They did a number in office swivel chairs. I don't remember what song it was. And can't find the youtube video. It's just a misty haze of awesomeness in my memory now....

Friday, May 7, 2010


Last night I had the privilege of attending a private showcase for GRO at the Troubadour. These kids are polished and radio friendly via records. And one of the BEST live band's I've seen. Josh Jenkin's voice is flawless. I was pretty blown away. Acoustic and Stripped down really makes you appreciate these kids don't have any pro-tools aces up their sleeves. They are the real deal. Sending much love and applause to my fellow Texans and friends. Check Em Out. See em Live.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


The merry month of May.

here's what's on my stereo this week

you can't help but smiling - devendra banhart
cold war - the morning benders
i trust you to kill me - rocco deluca & the burden
10 mile stereo - beach house
shake a shot - miles benjamin anthony robinson
excuses - the morning benders
stuck on repeat - little boots
let me go - phantogram
in these arms - the swell season
the wild hunt - the tallest man on earth
dust on the ground - bombay bicycle club
baby - devendra banhart
driftwood - mark mcadam
fires - band of skulls
space battle - the beta band
don't hold your breath - athlete
heart skipped a beat - the xx
freely - devendra banhart
all to all - broken social scene
junebug - robert francis
i had a dream i died - le loup

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

break up your social scene

Forgiveness Rock Record // Broken Social Scene in typical fashion. Entered the studio with no material. Just an outline and a crew of massively talented folk. The result was their tell-tale trademark improvisational / cacophonous sound. Layers and layers and layers of that sound. And the pendullum is swinging into Yeasay-ing territory on certain tracks. They're branching into upbeat electropop then plunging back down to their mellow Feist-y roots. I love this band. Here they've cut a summer album. It's all it's cracked up to be.

Single = World Sick

Download: Texico B*****s; All to All; The Sweetest Kill

Monday, May 3, 2010

beautiful weekend

driving through silverlake on a saturday with dear friends blasting this out the windows of our car

ah, to be young.

Friday, April 30, 2010

ratatat like a wild cat

The NEW Ratatat //// LP4

out in July. trax are leaked online. so happy hunting//
all Im going to say about it is - there's one called Drugs that is imploding my mind.
I dont want to give anything else away.

It's amazing. I'm amazed.

oh, and you should have Wildcat on your Running mixxx permanently.


I listen to a lot of music at work. In fact, I can barely think without headphones on.
Today I have been enveloped by Beach House's Teen Dream. One of the best reviewed albums of the year so far, Beach House has been everywhere hipsters want to be for the past few years. You've heard them pumping out of Urban Outfitters or your local Silverlake Watering hole....For me, this is by far their strongest effort. Teen Dream, in my opinion, hurdles em out of trendy scenester indie blend into legit territory. I'm quite pleased with it. It's a great zone out album. Sweet and sounds like summer: despite a January release.

Download: Zebra; 10 Mile Stereo

little boots. big sound.

I hereby dedicate this anthem to a certain Miss Decker.

Little Boots has been killin it for a while now but her new album HANDS is on the next level. She's sure to rise in the ranks of Ladyhawke and Goldfrapp. Welcome to your Friday sound.

one two, one two


Phantogram - Mouthful Of Diamonds from Drew Norton on Vimeo.



The Antler's / Hospice
Phantogram / Eyelid Movies

2 Great Albums. On Tour Now. 2 Thumbs way way up.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

rocco wants to believe

Rocco DeLuca and the Burden - "When You Learn to Sing" Live from Rocco DeLuca Live on Vimeo.

A father can give you his words
But words are just symbols for things
And after he's gone
That's when you learn to sing
Nightingale, you stagger and fail

Is that how you've learned how to sing?
People in this life
I know you lie and deceive
It's not that I'm blind
I just wanted to believe

listen to this at sunset

life is beautiful

Under a Rocco

Getting my sea legs back.

Rocco De Luca's MERCY I'm Lovin on right now. This album runs the gamut from dirt rock Black Crowes / Dan Auerbach territory (I Trust You to Kill Me) to mellifluous melancholy lullabies that'd make Billie Holiday swoon. How's that for an endorsement. Rocco's a man with a burden. It's stunning.

Buy the Album. Check out How Many Times (Live)


The Swell Season ///
just now getting around to the new album
they're so so so beautiful live

Touring w/ Editors is endorsement enough for Me

The Kissaway Trail

No idea what their name means. Must be a Denmark thing.

5 piece indie band from Denmark. Think Mew. Peppered with a little MGMT.
Their new record Sleep Mountain met with mixed reviews and touted as a "poor man's Arcade Fire / Neon Bible" is worth drawing your own conclusions about. Little harsh. Might not be scripture. But It's a good read.

Download: Sdp; Beat Your Heartbeat

One Jug of Wine / Two EPs

Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova, One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (Saddle Creek) Originally released as an EP in 2004 and now spiffed up with four additional tracks, One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels finds friends and collaborators Conor Oberst and Neva Dinova in good form. Stylistically varied, the album features both the moody, melodic down-tempo indie chuggers that Oberst is known for, as well as more rocking, ecstatic tunes. Those four new songs are welcome extras: “Happy Accident” has a forceful backbeat and cutting vocals, while “I’ll Be Your Friend” features a blistering sax solo. —M. Jordan, BlackBook

This is a great EP. As a Bright Eyes enthusiast, I was hooked on this collaboration in 2004 and it's lovely to revisit. Tripped & Poison remain my favorite tracks. I Know You (new) quick on their heels. I'm a big Oberst sap. I love his broken voice and Dylan-esque lyrical rants. If you're on that page, check this out.

dear summer, we're ready

The Morning Benders

shall TOP my Summer 2010 Playlist

I want a piña colada

Big Echo is a solid album from these SF Kids. I feel you should own it.

Download: Excuses / Cold War

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

with all this fever in my mind, i could drown in your kerosense eyes

The Tallest Man On Earth / has a New Album out Next Week

Beautiful gravel voiced folk from Sweden of all places. Swedes know whats up. Just ask Fever Ray. Great music. Pretty boy. One of my favorite young folk artists. Go look him up.

Download: Where Do My Bluebird Fly

Playing LA Natural History Museum, Friday May 7. Drinks with Dinosaurs!!
Playing SF with Nurses Saturday, May 8. that pairing will be A+

coaching u thru the fine print (hold my hand, i'm going to walk you thru this)

is rapidly approaching.

I shall sadly not be in attendance. (who gets married on Coachella weekend ?!! you ask ...Texans.)
There is no explanation for any of us

I'm not gonna preach about headliners. Anyone billed above size 14 font: is worth checking out. Here are my thoughts on the FINNNNE PRINT

(with corresponding songs recommended for download)

The Whitest Boy Alive - This is Erlend Øye of Kings of Convenience's side project. It's Convenience with a bit of pop mingled in. but only A DASH.
Download: Don't Give Up

Gil Scott-Heron - bc he'll play The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. which will be beyond siiick. His new stuff is pretty excellent.
Download: Me and the Devil

CéU - São Paulo. Beauty. Of the world music at your disposal this will deliver. Plus, she's hot.
Exhibit A:

Never hurts anybody. (pronounced like "cell" with a soft "L" )
Download: Grains de Beauté

Deer Tick - I adore Deer Tick. They are fantastic live. Fantastic. My #1 pick for your down home bluegrass fix.
Download: Houston, TX

The Middle East - Gorgeous band from Australia. Lovely and mellow.
Download: Blood

Kevin Devine - Has been touring with Manchester Orchestra (enough said).
Download: Another Bag of Bones; I am the Only One

Sleigh Bells - These Brooklyn kids will be all the hipster rage.
Download: Crown on the Ground

Kate Miller-Heidke - Has a great voice. "Are You F*cking Kidding Me" live will be fun fun fun.

Yann Tiersen - will be rad. You know Yann from the brilliance that is his Amelie score!

I mean....COME. ON.

Frightened Rabbit - Brothers from Scotland. Their third album, Winter of Mixed Drinks, is getting a fair share of press. Sunny music.
Download: Nothing Like You; Swim Until You Can't See Land

And now for the Tweens: the not too big/not too small print.

Jónsi - I cant stress this enough. IF YOU ONLY SEE ONE ACT. SEE THIS ONE. (see below post for further inspiration) The production value will be ridiculous. (Sigur Rós frontman. In case you've been under a rock)

Yeasayer - If you like their studio albums, just you WAIT til you hear them live. It's not a concert. It's a religious experience. One of the best live bands I have EVER seen.
Download: Sunrise; Madder Red

Mutemath - GREAT LIVE. Energy.
Download: Backfire; Pins and Needles

Miike Snow - will blow your mind.
Buy their whole album.

The Big Pink - responsible for one of my favorite songs of last year
Download: Dominos

The Temper Trap - Great live band. Not as sweet as you'd expect. They'll take you down.
Download: Love Lost

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Great Vibe for the Coachella scene.

I leave you with that.

I could go on and on. Educate yourself. I'm not going to spoon feed you the awesomeness of The Dead Weather and Passion Pit. That's what 2009 was for.

Good night and good luck!