Saturday, October 24, 2009


"FITS" by Austin TX's WHITE DENIM just ripped my face off.

i remember reading about them a few months ago in Dazed & Confused magazine, about how they self-record their brand of psychedelic-garage-experimental-acid blues-soul in an old trailer on the outskirts of town.

very few first listens, freak me out so bad like this one. the first track "radio milk - how can you stand it" hit me like a runaway milk truck and each track that followed had me riveted. bounding with energy, "FITS" is a beautifully schizophrenic album that is recorded perfectly, capturing what ever the hell it is that's going on here.

let's recap:
  • psychedelia
  • damaged blues
  • free-form/experimental
  • acid country
  • post-punk
  • soul/funk
  • classic rock
yep, not generally my favorite things, but in this case undeniable. get it and freak yourself out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Band Names To Seriously Consider

Starting a band? Any of these names could be yours (but Music Trader employees will get a 25% commission). Potential 1st album titles are beside.

Sigourney Fever
Organ Boner / Hard Times Coming
Slug Leather
Bumflag / Hoist 'er Up!
The Ripples
Weasels On Ice
Scarf / Scarf It Down
Where's Your Chalice / The Macaroni Affair
Slugs In Love / Snail's Trail
Loogie Toes
Chewy Caboose
Pork Open Face
Gabba Gabba Hay: The Bluegrass Ramones Tribute Band
Greasy Goggles
Litebrite / Never Been Poked
Dr. Bootygrabber / Booty Motivator
Ghost Cat Freaky!
Andy Onassis
Andy Oh, No! Dragons!!!
Fart Sap
Poo Blast
Butt Munch
Shark Blimp
Secret Paka
Mucas Rollercoaster
A Hat Pond
Teenage Owls
Ninja Squirrels
Bonus Mucas
Cake Hawk
Liquid Goop
Wolf Punch!
My Friend Gail (Genre: Oprahcore)
Avian Liquor, Yo
The Second Sniff
Claw Pinky
Robot Baby
Black Geese
The Devil's Monkey
Vegetable Ambulance
Squid Ass
Moose Warning!
Renegade Ass Crayon
Scratch n' Sniff
Pingque Phloyd
Muffin Stump
Gator Wagon
Poverty Lunch
Forklift Annihilation
Blood Cork
The Consistent Pillows
Gator Aids

The Metal Band Name Game: You think of an awful word and match it with a pleasant word. Examples:

Flesh Necklace
Gonorrhea Napkin
Bacteria Puppy
Execution Summer
Holocaust Rainbow
Jerry Garcia Feces

Anagram band name: Take an existing band name and put it into an anagram generator:

Coldplay = Lady Clop
Beatles = Eel Bats
Weakerthans = Sneaker Thaw
Beastie Boys = Set Yo Babies
My Bloody Valentine = Yo, Mandible Novelty!
U2 = 2U

Feel free to add your own.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mayer Hawthorne "A Strange Arrangement"

could this be the first great "indie" soul/r&b record of the millenium? and by "indie" i mean true in spirit, as this 29 year old singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, dj, rapper and multi-instrumentalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan channels Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield without the unnecessary over-production of most contemporary soul/r&b records or the vomit-inducing vocal gymnastics that plague the American Idle TV series. Mayer Hawthorne's debut on the Stones Throw imprint is a sexy album that will have you dancing and swooning without leaving you feeling dirty like an R Kelly record. check out "just ain't gonna work out":