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31 Jul 2010


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Live radio recordings on vinyl have always presented a certain aesthetic to me, I’ve always felt the live recordings, on vinyl, were as close as you can get to the musicians’ actual sound. Of course, there is a typical rare element too, as many ‘live on the radio’ sessions tend to be limited run and that seals the deal for me.

Thanks to the good folks at Inflated Records, we can get lost in a swirling spiral of laid back psychedelia orchestrated live by Matt Mondanile for WFMU back in 2008. It’s a limited pressing of 500, 250 on yellow vinyl, and was officially released last night at the Glasslands show in Brooklyn, curated by Georgia Kral of Microphone Memory Emotion. The Mall is one of my favorite Ducktails songs, and leaves a haunting mark on me each time I hear it on my Real Estate: Live On The Radio LP.

Ducktails: The Mall (Live on WFMU 2008)

Photo sent to me by McG with my copy of The Report


30 Jul 2010


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Taking a trip through New Jersey’s fast food circuit is Big Troubles, on the brink of the release of their debut LP with Olde English Spelling Bee. Their music most nearly represents 90s nostalgia, which can be shown by their Angelfire hosted website. I was always attracted to Big Troubles because of their fuzzed out, reverb soaked, poppy sound; essentially irresistible to those whom are fans of the lo-fi genre. Below you can enter into their world of greasy food and the homey feeling New Jersey represents. I am convinced that their upcoming s/t will be an LP that I will remember and link to my college days when I am an old man.


Big Troubles: Bite Your Tongue (Live on WFMU)

Related MP3s:

Big Troubles: Modern Intimacy (Live on WFMU)

Big Troubles: Wouldn’t Mind

Big Troubles: GreyDayz

Big Troubles: Freudian Slips

Big Troubles: Drastic And Difficult



Big Troubles: Freudian Slips [video]

28 Jul 2010


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The surroundings are blanketed with darkness as a lone traveler stands at the end of a rocky jetty, leading out from a majestic beach. There, the traveler sits down, depressed. Perhaps the traveler is saddened due to the loss of something meaningful in their life. Maybe they feel lost in the world, and simply on a journey to find their inner self. The ocean, so large in its amazing mass, has a seemingly magical power for a human to become in touch with their thoughts and feelings, because sometimes the faults of every day life can cloud them. The traveler begins to gaze into the ocean, searching for answers, and realizes that in the grand scheme of the world, the past seems irrelevant when compared to what they can make their future. As the sun begins to rise, its’ rays glisten and shine over the ocean water. The traveler feels as though a piece of himself that had been lost and buried from the trials of every day life had been found. The traveler returns to his vehicle, and drives back from everything he had once hated and resented, only to view that place as a new beginning.

Our Husband is an Australian duo that creates soothing indie pop with a soft rock and country base, gleaming with the utmost intense harmonious tones that will grab all of your attention and make everything in the real world seem unimportant, all of your worries are simply washed away. The feeling can be best represented by watching one of your favorite films, taking the emotion felt at the end, and somehow making that intense emotion last throughout the film as you watch it again.Villages is their first single. Like the foreword, the song starts out dreary and somewhat dark, in its’ own poppy rite, only to reach a chorus of hope and sudden realization.

Our Husband: Villages

photo by Chris Little