144: “False Jesii Part 2” by Pissed Jeans


Pissed Jeans. Clever as the wind.One of the greatest videos I’ve seen in a while.  This song is a departure for the site.  I doubt I would listen to this music without watching the video.  It is funny, but it requires a certain type of energy, a certain frequency at which I rarely vibrate.  And no, this is not funk music.  It’s funky like a rotting banana, but in a good way(?).

It’s another Subpop artist, Pissed Jeans.  They’re punk, but they have a Wikipedia entry, so they’re not THAT punk.  By the way, Subpop doesn’t pay me, despite this being the third post of a Subpop artist lately.  Everything on this site is a labor of love, at least until someone offers to pay me, then I might just whore the site out.  But for now it’s totally pure.  Pure as the driven snow.

So put on your most blasé face and enjoy.

Song: False Jesii Part 2
Artist: Pissed Jeans
Album: King of Jeans
Label: Subpop
Buy from: Subpop

128: “Think” by Bill Frisell

This is not your standard band photo. Bill should be wearing a Bill Cosby sweater, though.Here’s a spooky tune from a guy who has played as wide a range of styles as any musician.  “Think” is by guitarist Bill Frisell, from Disfarmer (2009).

And here is a good poem to read whilst you listen, presented completely without permission, but with good intention. It was written by Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate.


“Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser from Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985.
© University of Pittsburgh Press.

Abandoned Farmhouse

He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.

A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.

Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm-a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.

Song: Think
Artist: Bill Frisell
Album: Disfarmer
Label: Nonesuch
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102: “Periodically Double or Triple” by Yo La Tengo


"Speeding Motorcycle" changed my life.Funky Friday doesn’t have to be a funk song, I don’t guess.

Here’s a juicy video.

Yo La Tengo is all over the place, and shape-shifty.  There’s no formula.  No equations.  Just some crazy personalities flowing.  They’re in Europe now, but back touring the US in December.

Here’s a video from their 2009 album, Popular Songs.

Sink your teeth in, and enjoy.

Song: Periodically Double or Triple
Artist: Yo La Tengo
Album: Popular Songs
Label: Matador Records Limited
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100: “Astro Blue” by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls

The actual musicians.100th song.  Throw some streamers and drink a cold one.

Here’s another post with the touch of Money Mark on it.  He teamed up with Tommy Guerrero and Shawn Lee to form Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls.

This is my favorite from their self-titled debut from 2009.

Rock out with your socks out, and enjoy.

[UPDATE: Originally posted “A Phase Shifter I’m Going Through,” but copyright people removed the audio from the YouTube video.]

Song: Astro Blue
Artist: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Album: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

88: “Come In Please” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Waking Up ain't easy.The Wikipedia entry for Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, the band led by Alex Ebert, is worth reading.  An excerpt:

After breaking up with his girlfriend… Ebert began work on a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. According to Ebert, Sharpe “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind… but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Ebert later met singer Jade Castrinos in Uruguaiana. In the summer of 2009, as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ebert and Castrinos toured the country with a group of fellow musicians in a big white bus.

Here’s their song called “Come In Please” from their self-titled 2009 release.

Sound like some damn hippies to me.


Song: Come In Please
Artist: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Album: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Label: Vagrant Records
Buy from: Amazon

81: “100%” by The Slew

The Slew roll hard.Here’s another Kid Koala-related project.  This time he’s teamed up with DJ Dynomite D and two former members of Wolfmother to form The Slew.

This has the faint aftertaste of Run DMC collaborating with Aerosmith.  Hip-Hop-Rock.

Here’s “100%” from the album of the same name, released November 2009.

Give it at least 98%. Enjoy.

Song: 100%
Artist: The Slew
Album: 100%
Label: Puget Sound Rec.
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

79: “Broke Down” by Radio Moscow

Band picture? Yes, here's a polaroid. Stay golden.Radio Moscow is a couple of Iowa rockers cranking out 70’s style guitar rock.  Thick and chunky musical stew so hearty you can eat it with a fork.

Here’s a classic the first time you hear it, called “Broke Down,” from Brain Cycles (2009).  The lead guitarist and vocalist, Parker Griggs, also plays the drums on their studio albums.  They have a drummer tour with them.

So, turn it up, man!  And enjoy.

Song: Broke Down
Artist: Radio Moscow
Album: Brain Cycles
Label: Alive Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes