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One more set of Pitchfork photos.  Great times.

Deerhunter - “Twilight at Carbon Lake”

What are the chances Deerhunter will play one of my favorite songs at Pitchfork?  That noisy part at the end…  to be under an influence, out of doors and hearing that live??  Gah!  A girl could only be so lucky.

Bradford Cox morning to you!

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Top 10 Albums of 2010 - a flamgirlant mixtape

The madness of the holidays has passed which means it’s time to reflect upon the past year and rally for the next.  We’ve had a great music run, no?  Seeing how we music lovers are given to create our year end lists, I thought it’d be an opportune time to craft another mixtape featuring the top 2 songs off of my top 10 albums of 2010.

You’ve seen these artists featured on here before and maybe even heard a song or two on my previous mixtapes.  You’ve already read my passionate professions of love for these bands so this time I’ll let the music speak for itself.

Download and enjoy folks. As always, be awesome to those that create awesome - buy an album, see a show, get some shwag.  Show them the love they surely deserve.

Top 10 Albums of 2010

Lower Dens : Twin-Hand Movement
     01. A Dog’s Dick
     02. Hospice Gates

pat JORDACHE : FUTURE songs
     03. phantom LIMB
     04. radio GENERATION

Woom : Muu’s Way
     05. Back In
     06. Sister

Twin Sister : Color Your Life
     07. All Around and Away We Go
     08. Lady Daydream

Grass Widow : Past Time
     09. Tuesday
     10. Shadow

Tame Impala : InnerSpeaker
     11. Solitude Is Bliss
     12. Expectation

White Denim : Last Days Of Summer
     13. If You’re Changing
     14. Champ

Deerhunter : Halcyon Digest
     15. Coronado
     16. Revival

Futurebirds : Hampton’s Lullaby
     17. APO
     18. Sam Jones

Peggy Sue : Fossils And Other Phantoms
     19. Yo Mama
     20. Shape We Made

Visit my mixtape hub of love for more sonic goodness!

xox

Check it! My blog bro Jimmy asked if I would do a guest post for his blog Head Underwater - how could I say no?  This cat has turned me on to some fantastic bands and I felt I needed to do him a solid and write something with more substance than my normal "this sounds like >insert dirty/naughty/trippy reference here<".  So I decided to spill a shameful secret and learn a little something from musical history in the process.
Thanks Jimmy for letting me pull that skeleton out of the closet!!
headunderwater:

GUEST POST: Krautrock? WTF is Krautrock?
Today’s guest post is from Amy aka Flamgirlant, “you know flamboyant, but with boobs”. Amy comes to us via the frozen tundrea of the north, from the Good Lands of Milwaukee, WI [which is host one of my favorite movie scenes]. Amy is a good go to for nuggets in the fuzzed out world of garage rock and if you need anyone to tell you beards and mustaches are awesome and not creep. Matter back she loves so much she puts them into cross-stitch. Be sure to give her a good old fashion tumblr follow and download her radtastic mixtapes at her Mixtape Hub.
I have a secret. It’s a shameful secret and one that I feel threatens my cred as a music snob. It’s embarrassing to admit, but here goes: I don’t know what krautrock is. I know it’s German and likely involves some sort of electronic music, but so does Sprockets. I’m pretty sure a vision of Dieter saying “Now’s the time on Sprockets when we dance” is not what should come to mind when I hear “krautrock”. After all, bands such as Wilco, Deerhunter and Fujiya & Miyagi have been accused of krautrock influences and they just don’t jive with vogueing in black body suits.
It was high time Iremedy this situation and learn about krautrock; fill in the gaps of my mental musical reference library, if you will. I want to be able to know exactly what someone means when they use krautrock as a way to describe a band. Somehow, I stumbled across a BBC Four documentary on YouTube called Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany* which quite literally rocked my world.
Krautrock was a term coined by the UK music press as a way to categorize the experimental music coming from Germany in the 70’s and was more a slur on the origins of the music rather than the scene that it came from. Remember this is after WWII and the Germans (“Krauts”) were the butt of many jokes of the day (think Monty Python).
In actuality, the seeds of krautrock were planted in the 60’s and grew with social revolution happening at the time. Imagine it - a generation born into post-war rubble with a country split into two and those in power were the same folk that were in power during the war. They needed to damn The Man. They needed their own identity. Music was their weapon of choice. So they take what they know from their history (classical, folk) and mix in what they’ve gleaned from others (rock, jazz, blues) and a dash of the unknown (space) and in a fit of experimentation and radical politics make something that is their own. Enter krautrock.
The beauty of krautrock is that it isn’t one specific sound. Experimental, avant-garde and progressive, yes, but full of so many flavors. Can, one of the first krautrock bands, wove jazz improvisation and a touch of psychedelia into their jams. Tangerine Dream was one of the first bands to use the newly invented synthesizer in their music adding a spacey, ambient feel to their experimental rock. Neu! stripped down the traditional rock song into a continual, minimalist beat layered with harmonic drones best described by Iggy Pop as “pastoral pscychedelicism”. Faust was incredibly avant-garde crafting a cacophonous sound that was like cut-and-paste of musical fragments. Kraftwerk was the breakout krautrock band and one that ditched the guitar and drums to go completely electronic in 1974. Strong rhythmic structures and minimal lyrics were used to convey modern urban life - celebrating the joys of modern technology while also experiencing a sense of alienation.
So yeah, now I get it. Later Wilco material pulls heavily from krautrock. Take “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” for instance. Constant, repetitive beats, the “noise” bits peppered throughout. It falls a bit under that Can and Neu! umbrella. Deerhunter’s “Slow Swords” channels a bit of Faust, don’t you think? More avant-garde and experimental with lots of looping and layering of sounds. Just listen to “Hundreds & Thousands” by Fujiya & Miyagi – totally catch the Neu! and a bit of Kraftwerk in there.
I never knew that the ambient drone and repetitive rhythms that I love so much in the music I listen to now has krautrock to thank. Do yourself a favor and watch this BBC krautrock documentary* – you’ll learn something. Maybe even find a new favorite band to explore. As for me, I’m gonna dig into the Can and Neu! catalogs before dipping my toes into Prog Rock Brittania.
*Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Check it! My blog bro Jimmy asked if I would do a guest post for his blog Head Underwater - how could I say no?  This cat has turned me on to some fantastic bands and I felt I needed to do him a solid and write something with more substance than my normal "this sounds like >insert dirty/naughty/trippy reference here<".  So I decided to spill a shameful secret and learn a little something from musical history in the process.

Thanks Jimmy for letting me pull that skeleton out of the closet!!

headunderwater:

GUEST POST: Krautrock? WTF is Krautrock?

Today’s guest post is from Amy aka Flamgirlant, “you know flamboyant, but with boobs”. Amy comes to us via the frozen tundrea of the north, from the Good Lands of Milwaukee, WI [which is host one of my favorite movie scenes]. Amy is a good go to for nuggets in the fuzzed out world of garage rock and if you need anyone to tell you beards and mustaches are awesome and not creep. Matter back she loves so much she puts them into cross-stitch. Be sure to give her a good old fashion tumblr follow and download her radtastic mixtapes at her Mixtape Hub.

I have a secret. It’s a shameful secret and one that I feel threatens my cred as a music snob. It’s embarrassing to admit, but here goes: I don’t know what krautrock is. I know it’s German and likely involves some sort of electronic music, but so does Sprockets. I’m pretty sure a vision of Dieter saying “Now’s the time on Sprockets when we dance” is not what should come to mind when I hear “krautrock”. After all, bands such as Wilco, Deerhunter and Fujiya & Miyagi have been accused of krautrock influences and they just don’t jive with vogueing in black body suits.

It was high time Iremedy this situation and learn about krautrock; fill in the gaps of my mental musical reference library, if you will. I want to be able to know exactly what someone means when they use krautrock as a way to describe a band. Somehow, I stumbled across a BBC Four documentary on YouTube called Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany* which quite literally rocked my world.

Krautrock was a term coined by the UK music press as a way to categorize the experimental music coming from Germany in the 70’s and was more a slur on the origins of the music rather than the scene that it came from. Remember this is after WWII and the Germans (“Krauts”) were the butt of many jokes of the day (think Monty Python).

In actuality, the seeds of krautrock were planted in the 60’s and grew with social revolution happening at the time. Imagine it - a generation born into post-war rubble with a country split into two and those in power were the same folk that were in power during the war. They needed to damn The Man. They needed their own identity. Music was their weapon of choice. So they take what they know from their history (classical, folk) and mix in what they’ve gleaned from others (rock, jazz, blues) and a dash of the unknown (space) and in a fit of experimentation and radical politics make something that is their own. Enter krautrock.

The beauty of krautrock is that it isn’t one specific sound. Experimental, avant-garde and progressive, yes, but full of so many flavors. Can, one of the first krautrock bands, wove jazz improvisation and a touch of psychedelia into their jams. Tangerine Dream was one of the first bands to use the newly invented synthesizer in their music adding a spacey, ambient feel to their experimental rock. Neu! stripped down the traditional rock song into a continual, minimalist beat layered with harmonic drones best described by Iggy Pop as “pastoral pscychedelicism”. Faust was incredibly avant-garde crafting a cacophonous sound that was like cut-and-paste of musical fragments. Kraftwerk was the breakout krautrock band and one that ditched the guitar and drums to go completely electronic in 1974. Strong rhythmic structures and minimal lyrics were used to convey modern urban life - celebrating the joys of modern technology while also experiencing a sense of alienation.

So yeah, now I get it. Later Wilco material pulls heavily from krautrock. Take Spiders (Kidsmoke)” for instance. Constant, repetitive beats, the “noise” bits peppered throughout. It falls a bit under that Can and Neu! umbrella. Deerhunter’s “Slow Swords” channels a bit of Faust, don’t you think? More avant-garde and experimental with lots of looping and layering of sounds. Just listen to “Hundreds & Thousands” by Fujiya & Miyagi – totally catch the Neu! and a bit of Kraftwerk in there.

I never knew that the ambient drone and repetitive rhythms that I love so much in the music I listen to now has krautrock to thank. Do yourself a favor and watch this BBC krautrock documentary* – you’ll learn something. Maybe even find a new favorite band to explore. As for me, I’m gonna dig into the Can and Neu! catalogs before dipping my toes into Prog Rock Brittania.

*Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

He wanted the new Deerhunter.  And my bra.

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Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - “Coronado”

It’s the sax.  First time I heard this track, it made me catch my breath.  Like Rollo&Grady says, album of the year.  It fulfilled my hopes and surprassed my expectactions.  Magic.

rollogrady:

Deerhunter - “Coronado” off of the album of the year, Halcyon Digest.

Halcyon Digest is so very lovely.  It makes me want to create something just as lovely using a traditional and lovely skill.  Anyone wanna join me for a musical crafternoon?

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Deerhunter,
Microcastle

Deerhunter - “Microcastle”

If I knew how to put together a music video based on found footage, I would make one for this song involving jelly donuts. 

I’d begin with an opening shot of a baker arriving to their shop before dawn.  Lights flicker on in the kitchen, fryers begin to preheat and the baker goes about their business kneeding dough and making the filling. 

One by one the donuts take shape.  They are dropped into fryers and shortly retrieved a lovely golden brown.  Berry goodness is piped into them and they are coated in sugar and then layed out on trays covered with paper doilies.

The second part of the song, the fast part, are all shots of folks buying the donuts and running about their morning while eating them.  Big bites with jelly oozing out of the corners of mouths; kids giggling with the crystal sugar and jelly smeared on their faces; women licking the filling oozing out of ends; a few drops falling onto laps/ties/the ground; final bites being dunked into half-filled coffee cups.

The last shot would be of red-stained napkins being thrown into trashbaskets and random shots of folks licking their fingers, smiling.

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Deerhunter - “VHS Dream”

I had a bad dream last night. 

A few friends and I were at a cabin somewhere when we were hit with an unexpected and horrible winter storm.  Power was lost, we didn’t have much wood to keep a fire going and we were completely unable to leave to find help.  I don’t know how long we were there but my friends slowly started dropping off one by one from exposure. 

I awoke around 3:30 AM feeling completely out of sorts.  I went to the bathroom, grabbed another blanket and went back to sleep.  My dream started over almost as though it had been rewound but this time I had the added benefit of hindsight - or would it be forethought?

I remembered a neighbor had made a trip to the store earlier that morning so I found her and give her all the money I had in my pocket ($65) to buy us firewood.  She seemed confused and irritated but my sense of desperation and urgency made her agree.  As my friends and I wandered from here to there for whatever reason, I picked up fallen branches or swiped wood from piles that seemed to have an overabundance.  I knew what we were going to endure and I had to do everything in my power to prevent the same outcome from happening.

I woke up for work not knowing how it ended.  I really hope I was able to save us all.