Season 2: Archives
(SPECIAL EXTRA LONG HALLOWEEN EPISODE!) First up, a band called North American Halloween Prevention Initiative which is a amalgamation of TONS of band, such as Arcade Fire's Win Butler & Regine Chassagne, Beck, David Cross, Devendra Banhart, Feist, The Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis & Blake Sennet, Smoosh's Asya & Chloe, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner & Spencer Krug, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O (among others) with a fantastic new song released just in time for Halloween called "Do They Know it's Hallowe'en". We heard the radio edit, but there are 4 versions on the EP (iTunes, Amazon). Next was Philadelphia's Matt Pond PA with "Halloween" which is on his new album Several Arrows Later (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then lo-fi girl-led rockers DQE did "Halloween Song" from their 2002 album Queen of Mean (Amazon). Next was the also lo-fi (but that's where the similarities end) Devendra Banhart with his song "Pumpkin Seeds" from his 2002 album Oh Me Oh My the Way the Day Goes by the Sun is Setting Dogs are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then London's The Clientele did "Haunted Melody" from their 2003 The Violet Hour (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). The do also have a new album that has just come out called Strange Geometry (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was one of two very tacidly related to halloween songs, it was California's Rogue Wave's cover of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" as heard on the brand new, super good, Stubbs the Zombie soundtrack (iTunes, Amazon). Get it? ZOMBIE! Then New Hampshire's so-bad-it's-good band The Shaggs did "It's Halloween" from their retrospective collection Philosophy of the World (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). And who'd have ever thought there'd be a Shaggs tribute album? Well, there is, and Joost Visser covered "It's Halloween" (iTunes, Amazon). And finally, also from the Stubbs the Zombie record, we heard San Francisco's Oranger doing a cover of The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman". This week's episode features a clip of Woody Allen doing standup in the mid-60s (Amazon), and a clip from The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. We also heard a clip from Real Time with Bill Maher.
First up, Brooklyn's Talking Heads... er, I mean, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah did "Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)" from their awesome debut self-titled album (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was the UK band The Boy Least Likely To with the song "Be Gentle With Me" from their debut album Best Party Ever (Amazon, Insound). Then Pete Doherty, best known as the lead singer for The Libertines, was is in a new band called Babyshambles, did "From Bollywood to Battersea" from the new charity compilation Help: A Day In the Life (iTunes, Amazon) which is pretty good, and features other bands with unreleased material like Belle & Sebastian, The Go! Team, Radiohead, Coldplay, and many, many more. And finally Brooklyn's synth-pop chicks Au Revoir Simone did "The Disco Song" from their debut album Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation (online store).This week's episode features a clip Saturday Night Live which can be viewed in full at One Good Move.
(SPECIAL EXTRA-LONG MY FAVORITE AFRICAN MUSIC EPISODE) First up, the South African freedom song "Naants' Indod'Emnyama (Beware Verwoerd)" as performed by the world famous South African born Miriam Makeba from the soundtrack to Amandla! (Amazon). Next was the current "it" band out of Mali, called Amadou & Mariam with their awesome song "Coulibaly" which can be found on their new album Dimanche a Bamako (iTunes, Amazon) for which they paired up with France's Manu Chao. Then Zambia's gospel a cappella group called, you guessed it, Zambian Acapella, did "Thulalila Lele" their first album From Africa with Love ( Then South Africa's luminary Vusi Mahlasela with "Ntate Mahlasela" from his album The Voice (iTunes, Amazon). Then Niger's Mamar Kassey did the title track from their album Denke-denke (Amazon). And South Africa's Chris McGregor did "Mra" from his 1971 classic Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (Amazon). Next, South Africa's essential Ladysmith Black Mambazo teamed up with the female UK a cappella group The Mint Juleps for a cover of The Tokens "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which was itself a cover of The Weavers "Wimoweh", which was itself a cover of the South African songwriter Soloman Linda (whose family only recently started getting royalties) song by the same name... but I digress. Anyway, it was taken from a rare 1990 French CD-Single, called The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Amazon). Next was Cameroon's Henri Dikongué with the title track from his 1999 album Wa (iTunes, Amazon). And finally music-fusionist Hughes de Courson created a fascinating opus in 1997 with his album Mozart in Egypt (Amazon), on which he combined Mozart with the traditional music of Egypt. We heard the song "Ikhtitaf Fi Assaraya (L'enlèvement au sérail)".This week's episode features a clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You can download a great selection of QuickTime clips from the Daily Show at One Good Move.
First up, everyone's favorite Seattle-based singer/songwriter Laura Veirs did her best song to date, "Galaxies," from her new album Year of Meteors (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then we heard Ladytron with "Destroy Everything You Touch" from their brand new album called Witching Hour (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was two songs by the classic Seattle-based indie pop/rock band Tullycraft (who have somehow never made it on The Sounds in My Head before). First was "Stowaway" from their new album Disenchanted Hearts Unite (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music) then, because that song short, we heard "Cowgirls on Parade" from 2002's Beat, Surf, Fun (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). And finally, a new song from Dallas' The Polyphonic Spree called "Move Away and Shine (In a Dream Version)" from the soundtrack to the new movie Thumbsucker (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music).This week's episode features a clip from the podcast for Ebert & Roeper at the Movies as they review the stellar new film Good Night. And Good Luck. There is also a clip from the 9/30 episode of On the Media from NPR about the film. Tomorrow you can buy a DVD collection of Murrow's work.
First up North Carolina's The Rosebuds did "Shake Our Tree" from their new album Birds Make Good Neighbors (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music) which I think is more interesting than their 2003 album Make Out (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music), but not necessarily better. Next was Canada's up-and-coming, pop sensation-to-be Columbus with their song "Christian Girls" from their new EP called, appropriately enough, Debut EP (Scratch Records). Then San Francisco's art-rockers Deerhoof did "O'Malley, Former Underdog" from their brand spankin' new album (currently only in iTunes, but coming out on cd on the 11th) The Runners Four (iTunes) which is great, if you like that sort of thing. And finally, Montreal's indie rock outfit du jour Wolf Parade did "Shine a Light" from their new album Apologies to the Queen Mary (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). This week's episode features a clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You can download a great selection of QuickTime clips from the Daily Show at One Good Move.
First up, a fun new group from Japan called PINE*am with the song "Do I Know You" from their album Pull the Rabbit Ears (iTunes, Amazon) most of which sounds like it could be heard during an anime film where the main characters just play video games all the time. Then one of the most consistent bands ever, Los Angeles' Celtic/Punk Flogging Molly did "What's Left of the Flag" from their 2002 album Drunken Lullabies (iTunes, Amazon). Next was the UK band Research with their funny new song "I Love You But..." from a two-track EP called C'mon Chameleon (7Digital, Amazon, And finally, going back to 1997 for a classic Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song called "People Ain't No Good" from the album Boatman's Call (iTunes, Other Music, Amazon).
First up, Austin's promising new indie pop/rock group Voxtrot did "Raised By Wolves" from their debut EP by the same name (Other Music, Online). Next was the French-sisters act CocoRosie who did "Noah's Ark" from their new album by the same name (iTunes, Other Music, Amazon). Then the Argentina's Contramano did "Checking U" from their self-titled debut album (iTunes, Amazon). And finally, Wales' lo-fi pop-pop songster Helen Love did "Debbie Loves Joey" from her latest EP The Bubblegum Killers (iTunes, Amazon). This week's episode features a clip from Real Time with Bill Maher. You can see the whole segment here.
First up, London's quality electronica outfit Mint Royale with their song "Little Words" from their new, rather-good album See You In the Morning (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Also check out the video to their song "Singing In the Rain". Next was Ireland's Hal who, from track to track, you can actually hear the sound of their hat-tipping to The Beach Boys or Harry Nilsson, but in this song, "Fools By Your Side", they sounds more like something else I can't pinpoint. The song is from their at-least-average self-titled debut album (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then Melbourne, Australia's (NOT NYC's AS I SAY IN THE EPISODE!), New Buffalo, did "I've Got You and You've Got Me" from last year's The Last Beautiful Day (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). And finally Iceland's fantastic Sigur Ros did "Hoppípolla" which I am told means "Hop in a Puddle" from their forthcoming (released tomorrow) new album Takk (iTunes, Amazon), which means "Thanks". This week's episode features a clip from Real Time with Bill Maher. You can see the whole segment here.
(SPECIAL NEW ORLEANS POST-HURRICANE EPISODE) First up, London's (via New Zealand) The Veils did their somber "The Valleys of New Orleans" from their 2004 debut The Runaway Found (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Then long-time indie favorites The Silver Jews did "New Orleans" from their '94 album Starlite Walker (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). Next was one of my favorite classic New Orleans' instrumental bands, The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, with "SOME SONG" was taken from the Arhoolie Records release Creole Belles (iTunes, Amazon, Arhoolie). And finally, from The Smoking Popes final album, featuring standards covered by the band, called The Party's Over (iTunes, Amazon), we heard "Stormy Weather". This week's episode features the song "New Orleans Farewell" by Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick behind a montage of sound documenting the Bush Administration's guide of how to not handle disaster you failed to prevent. Click here for links to help. Links from montage: FoxNews, Ted Koppel, RealTime, NOW, Countdown, On the Media, NBC Telethon, CNN, Harvey Jackson. Look at the photos and their captions mentioned by On The Media.
First up, California's fascinating band The Heavenly States answer the question "what do you get if you cross a punk singer with a rock band a pop tune writer?" with their song "Elastic Days" from their newest, quality album Black Comet (iTunes, Amazon). Then Chicago's The Fruit Bats did a great song called "Lives of Crime" from their great new album Spelled in Bones (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). You're forgiven if you assumed at first that they were Of Montreal. Next was Norway's fluttery songstress Hanne Hukkelberg with "Cast Anchor" from her 2005 EP by the same name (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music). And finally, Los Angeles' Radar Brothers who, the worst thing you can say about is that they are so consistent as to be boring in large doses, did better track called "Papillion" off their newest album The Fallen Leaf Pages (iTunes, Amazon, Other Music).