Monday, September 3, 2007

SC is back!

After perusing the stats for SC, and then the stats for SAS,, I've decided to go back to posting at SC. I didn't build that blog from the ground up just to let it rot on the vine over a little squibble with a label. So, SC is back! I'm not sure what that means for this blog, but I doubt I'll completely forget it. So, get over to SC!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Science Fiction Double Feature

First, a track from one of the last major unleaked '07 releases. That's right, it's Roisin Murphy!

Roisin Murphy - Let Me Know (Radio Edit).mp3
[From Overpowered, out October 15th on EMI]

And now, the incomparable deep funk stylings of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings! I can't even begin to express how pleased I am with their new album.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Let Them Knock.mp3
[From 100 Days, 100 Nights, out September 25th on Daptone Records]

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Band You'll Feel Weird About Googling

You know that feeling when you hear a really good song from an unknown band for the first time? You know, it's great that you found a good song, but at the same time, you're a little worried that whatever album it comes from can't possibly live up to that one song? Most of the time, the album doesn't meet your expectations, and you go on searching for new music, just a little more cynically than you did before. But every now and then, the album turns out to be great, or *gasp*, even better than you had hoped. That happens to be the case with A Place To Bury Strangers self-titled debut. Seriously, these guys are great: think pristine guitars over insane levels of feedback, in some sort of shoegaze-meets-noise-rock fantasy. I'm gonna to go ahead and label APTBS my new favorite band. Check this band out, now.

A Place To Bury Strangers - My Weakness.mp3

[From A Place To Bury Strangers, out now on Killer Pimp]
APTBS Official Site

Monday, August 27, 2007

Oh How The Days Go

Guero may not be the greatest album, but it still contains its fair share of gems, escpecially the slower-tempo tracks towards the end. In fact, it's home to one of my favorite post-millennium Beck songs, Broken Drum,. It's flashes of brilliance like these that keep me coming back to Beck, no matter how many half-baked singles *cough-timebomb-cough* he releases.

Beck - Broken Drum.mp3
[From Guero, released 2004 on Interscope]

No Hot Air Balloons?

So, the new Beirut leaked last night. Unfortunately, I found out a little too late to listen to it then, which meant I heard it for the first time this morning. Some people are calling it Gulag Orkestar #2, which I can sort of understand. But for me, The Flying Club Cup definitely has a different vibe than it's predecessor. So far, my favorite track is 'Cliquot', which may or may not feature Owen Pallet. Also, here's the official tracklisting, for anyone who may be confused:

00 "A Call to Arms"
01 "Nantes"
02 "A Sunday Smile"
03 "Guyamas Sonora"
04 "La Banlieu"
05 "Cliquot"
06 "The Penalty"
07 "Forks and Knives (La FĂȘte)"
08 "In the Mausoleum"
09 "Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)"
10 "Cherbourg"
11 "St. Apollonia"
12 "The Flying Club Cup"

And yes, the the 00 track is official.

Beirut - Cliquot.mp3
[From The Flying Club Cup, out October 9th on 4AD]

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tell Me

Lush, gorgeous slowcore. More proof that Jagujaguwar is one of the best labels around.

Spokane - Tell Me.mp3
[From Little Hours, out now on Jagujaguwar]

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I used to think all that "greatest rapper alive" hyperbole was just that - hyperbole. But after listening to Da Drought 3 a few dozen times, I'm not so sure. Lil' Wayne is definitely a contender for that title. Here he is rapping over the beat from last year's megahit, 'Crazy'.

Lil' Wayne - Crazy.mp3
[From Da Drought 3 mixtape]