Season 1: Archives
First up is the Australian band Cut Copy with their song "Going Nowhere" from their new release Bright Like Neon Love (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music), it's an album that sounds like a cross between Daft Punk and the best songs to come out of 80's new wave. In other words they sound like what VHS or Beta wish they sounded like. Then we enjoyed "Eros' Entropic Tundra" by Of Montreal from their latest release Satanic Panic in the Attic (Amazon, Other Music) which is one of my (many) favorite records of 2004. Next was Bill Withers' classic R&B tune "Use Me" which can be found all number of places, including his greatest hits (iTunes, Amazon). And finally on the show, an uncommon "sound in my head": Country Music. And I don't mean some classy old-school country or some quality rockabilly. I'm talking schlocky, over produced, "young country." But in this case, it's music for a good cause, and while I'm almost ashamed to admit it, I actually kinda like the song. After a few listens it really did grow on me (like a fungus no doubt). Check out Honky Tonkers for Truth and their song "Takin' My Country Back." Available on their website, and perhaps even heard on some mainstream country stations... I wouldn't know.
First up is the delightful return of Fatboy Slim with "Don't Let the Man Get You Down" from his brand new Palookaville (iTunes, Amazon). It's a really good new record that offers something for anyone who's ever liked a previous Fatboy Slim song. Next we heard "These Things Take Time" by the New Zealand act The Brunettes from their album Mars Loves Venus (website). Then Sweden's The Concretes did "You Can't Hurry Love" from their new self-titled album (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then Rilo Kiley did "It's a Hit" from their new album More Adventurous (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Normally that would be all, but since I liked it so much there's a bonus Fatboy Slim song from Palookaville, we heard "The Journey" which features Lateef. This episode is admittedly a bit Fatboy Slim-centric, but what can I say? I love Fatboy Slim. It won't happen again anytime soon, I promise. More diversity coming next week.This week show features a "news update" from The Majority Report with Sam Seder & Janeane Garofalo from Air America Radio, which you can download in full from Air America Place.
First up is Norway's St. Thomas with his great song "An Artist with a Brilliant Disguise" from his album Let's Grow Together - The Comeback of St. Thomas (Amazon UK, Other Music). Next up was former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell's old band The Gentle Waves with the incredibly great song "Falling from Grace" from their record Swansong for You (Amazon UK (cheaper than in the US), Amazon). Then we heard New York City's Mascott with her song "Martyr's Tune" from her recent album Dreamer's Book (Amazon, Other Music). And finally this week we heard the west coast's Inouk with a rockin' song called "James Bond" from their Search for the Bees EP (iTunes).
First up is Australia's folky-indie success story The Waifs with "Love Serenade" from their last album Sink or Swim (Amazon). They have a brand new album, and they're playing in the U.S. right now, so check 'em out. Then the Swiss band LiLiPUT did "Do You Mind My Dream" which can be found on their re-released Complete Recordings 2-disc set (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was Brooklyn's indie-Latin act Cordero with their song "Nacimieneto" from their most recent album Somos Cordero (iTunes, Other Music, Amazon). And lastly we heard Autamata with his song "Jive County" from his new album My Sanctuary (Autamata's site, Amazon UK).
First up the UK indie darlings Saloon did their song "Happy Robots" from their 2003 album If We Meet in the Future (iTunes, Other Music, Amazon). Then one of my favorite 50's folk rockers Jimmie Rodgers did "Kisses are Sweeter Than Wine" which I got from his Rhino collection (Amazon). Next up was California's Call & Response with their great feel-good song "Rollerskate" from their 2001 self-titled album (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). They have a new album out, but it doesn't have the same great vibe that their first one did. Listen to it in iTunes and see for yourself. Lastly we heard Finland's legendary act The Leningrad Cowboys with their cover the The Turtles' "Happy Together", from their album Happy Together (Amazon).
(A SPECIAL CLASSICAL/ROCK CONVERGENCE EPISODE). First up Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops and does a glorious rendition of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" from the remastered Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Play The Beatles (iTunes, Tower). Then Dallas' Polyphonic Spree, who combine classical orchestrations and rock music in a most creative way on ever song, show off their skills with "One Man Show" from their new album Together We're Heavy (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was Elvis Costello with "Pluck One" from his debut album as a orchestral music composer called Il Sogno, which comes out next week. It features music composed by Elvis Costello, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, you can download one track from it early from iTunes, or pre-order it from Amazon. Lastly we heard Steven Avila's classical version of Weezer's "Photograph" which he released on a CD of orchestrated Weezer songs. Mysteriously, this CD has vanished from the internet making it hard/impossible to obtain. You can find the website in the wayback machine, and perhaps if you email the address on that site ( you can still buy it directly from him or something. In the meantime, I'm just posting the song so you can download it. It's a 192k MP3 file.
First up Norway's Kings of Convenience start us off with "I'd Rather Dance with You" from their new album Riot on an Empty Street (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music) which is a little more Belle & Sebastian than Simon & Garfunkel. Then, what sounds like a modern day Nico, the band Midnight Movies did "Blue Babies" from their debut album which is self-titled (iTunes, Amazon). Next up was Liverpool's Clinic with the song "August" from their new album Winchester Cathedral which is good, and sounds a lot like other Clinic records (Amazon, Other Music). And finally Monty Python's Eric Idle with his new "FCC Song" which has lots of F-bombs, but is fantastic... AND it's a FREE download. So go get it now! ... or, listen to this episode, and then go ge it!
(A SPECIAL POLITICAL EPISODE) The RNC has come to NYC, and on Wompedy Day no less! What better way to celebrate than with A special political episode of Tthe Sounds in My Head? With the Republicans spewing their sanitized-for-prime-time bile out of our fare city, and with the 8th anniversary of Wompedy Day (a sanctioned day for the activist club with which Daniel is affiliated) it seems like a good week to devote an episode to political songs. So first up from the brand new compilation The Future Soundtrack for America (all proceeds of the disc go to progressive causes) we heard OK Go's cover of the Zombies song "This Will Be Our Year" (iTunes, Amazon,, McSweeny's). This disc also includes songs by David Byrne, Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M., Elliott Smith, They Might Be Giants, Tom Waits, Blink 182, Laura Cantrell, Ben Kweller, The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Old 97's among others. As you can see, this is a MUST BUY. Then Billy Bragg and Wilco paired up for the RNC appropriate song "All You Fascists" from their Woody Guthrie covers album Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2 (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). This song is heard nightly on The Majority Report with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder on Air America Radio, which you can listen to at your leisure by downloading mp3s from Air America Place. Next we heard the awesome feminist indie greatness that is Le Tigre with their song "Get Off the Internet" (a fitting tune for this week of protesting) from their EP From the Desk of Mr. Lady (iTunes, Amazon (new & used), Other Music). And finally Ben Folds' from his new-but-not-quite-newest EP Sunny 16 with his most political song to date "All U Can Eat" about, among other things, republicans (iTunes).
(A SPECIAL LOUISIANA EPISODE!) First up the under heard indie band The Essex Green with their catchy little ditty "New Orleans" from their out-of-print Fabulous Day EP. Since you can't get that EP easily, check out their great new album The Long Goodbye (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then, born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, Jeff Magnum's rightfully lauded low-fi band Neutral Milk Hotel hasn't released anything in a while, but we feature "The King of Carrot Flowers (Pt. 1)" from their awesome 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (iTunes, Other Music, Amazon). Going back to 1986 for a song hardly obscure enough to warrant being on The Sounds in My Head, if it weren't so great and so perfect for listening to in Louisiana. That's right Paul Simon's "That was Your Mother" from his classic album Graceland (iTunes, Amazon). Then another oldie-but-goodie, this one even older. The near perfect Fats Domino and his "Walkin' to New Orleans" which is available on many Fats' collections (Amazon). It should be noted that no record collection is complete without at least one Fats Domino collection. montana recordAnd as a special bonus in this week's show, since all the songs were short, and it seemed lame to have such a short show, there's a special bonus rarity featured. One half of Brooklyn's Musical Ambassadors of Love, They Might Be Giants, singer / song-writer / accordionist / horn player / keyboardist / etc. John Linnell released a disc called State Songs (iTunes, Amazon) in 1999, and along with it a die-cut green record single for the song "Montana." The b-side was "Louisiana." As far as I know this track is not available anywhere anymore. I feel bad putting things in the show that you can't actually obtain, but if you want it, I'm sure you can find it on eBay or something.
First up New York City house DJ Armand Van Helden has a new mix cd out called New York: A Mix Oddessy which is where we find the song "Hear My Name" which features Spalding Rockwell (iTunes for the EP, Amazon for the album). Next up Brooklyn's own One Ring Zero did a typical Klezmer influenced song called "The Wandering Dance" from their album Memorandom (iTunes, their website). Then singer/songwriter/rapper Don McCloskey did his very funny — if offensive — "The King of Discount Ho's" from his album Bombs Over Bristol (CD Baby). And finally we finished up this episode with a Bossa Nova tune called "This is Where We Live" by Washington, DC's Camping (aka Chessie) from their newest album Suburban Shore (iTunes, Amazon, or Other Music).