Yo Christmas!

Get it? Because Jesus (H. Christ) was black and died for everybody's sins? And Santa hats?

Merry Christmas everybody! Here’s a couple tunes for your holiday enjoyment!

The Kinks – Father Christmas (Buy It)

Mark Mothersbaugh – Snowflake Music (Buy It)

De La Soul – Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa (Buy It)

Horatio Sanz & Jimmy Fallon – I Wish It Was Christmas Today (Watch it)

A very peaceful and happy one to you and yours, from us and ours.

posted by Adam

I Must Become the Lion-Hearted Girl

Not that new, but new to me!

Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Copyright’d!)

Florence and the Machine – Howl

From Lungs (buy)

Also very not new, but man, the Blow is really speaking to me lately:

The Blow – The Long List of Girls

The Blow – Fists Up

The Blow – True Affection

From Paper Television (buy)

And, in lieu of a year end mix which Adam will do far better than I possibly could, a mega monster mix of a particular “here comes winter damnit” attitude, accompanied by a refrigerator magnetic poetry style poem comprised of lyrics from these jams:

Maritime – Someone Has To Die (buy)

Pavement – We Dance (buy)

The Bird and the Bee – F*cking Boyfriend (buy)

Blondie – Sunday Girl (buy)

Camera Obscura – French Navy (buy)

Grizzly Bear – All We Ask (buy)

Fruit Bats – My Unusual Friend (buy)

Connie Francis – Somebody’s Fool (buy)

Karen Dalton – In The Evening (It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You the Best) (buy)

Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song (buy)

Neutral Milk Hotel – Where You’ll Find Me Now (buy)

The Dodo’s – The Strums (buy)

Of Montreal – Eros’ Entropic Tundra (buy)

Regina Spektor – Loveology (live) (support!)

Burning Spear – I and I Survive (buy)

Nina Simone – I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl (buy)

The leaves came down when you walked by them all year round
It’s like a chandelier, it’s like a fountainhead
Oh, an incurable humanist you are
You can’t enjoy yourself, I can’t enjoy myself
He was laying somewhere else
Are you working up to something? But you give me almost nothing.
I say awake all week and still I wait
I can’t get out of what I’m into with you

You’ve been acting different, I’ve been told
I was criticized for letting you break my heart
Wishing the ones that we adore loved us more
There’s a flood on my lungs in the breeze
Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes,
Everyone barks and they are all still believing
To tear out your heart would send all your secrets to me
Though I’m a fool at least I know the score

posted by Charlotte.

Charlotte and Adam Discuss: Monsters, Chains and Starlets

sheandhim

Charlotte: So do you think it’s worth approximately $50 for me to see the Monsters of Folk by myself?

Adam: No. But I currently have an unemployed brain, so take that into consideration.

Charlotte: I’m basically broke. So nevermind.

Adam: Did you get that album?

Charlotte: Yessir. Yim Yames.
Does Monsters of Folk have an album?

Monsters of Folk – Whole Lotta Losing

Adam: Yeah, it just came out.

Charlotte: WELL. Goodbye, approx. $10.

Adam: Haha

Charlotte: Is it all covers?

Adam: No, I don’t think any of it is covers.

Charlotte: Hm.

Adam: http://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Folk/dp/B002HVLAG8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1256062727&sr=1-1

Charlotte: Beat me to it.
Oh I was confused. They play their own stuff (Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket stuff) live too.

Adam: Haha, M. Ward can go screw himself?

Charlotte: Yes he can, as long as he continues trying to trick the world into thinking Zooey Deschanel ISN’T tone deaf.

She & Him – Sentimental Heart (buy)

Adam: Hahahaa.
Oh her voice is so bad. Every time I see that cotton commercial she did, I think, “People buy cds of this?”

Charlotte: I KNOW.
People think this is how old-timey voices are supposed to sound. And they’re not! There are good old-timey singers (like Jolie Holland) not getting their due and this b is hawking cotton with that whining.

Jolie Holland – Stubborn Beast (buy)

Adam: Is that what it is? That people think she’s old-timey?
I just figured she was popular enough to cloud peoples’ judgment of her voice. Being the adorable pixie deliverer and all.

Charlotte: She has that affected tone in her voice. Trying to croon.
And also she’s pretty, and pretty people get to do whatever they want!  Everyone knows!

Adam: Haha, slightly prettier than Scarlett Johansson, whose music is equally slightly less-successful.

Charlotte: You think she’s prettier than Scarlett Johansson?

Adam: I do, in fact.

This is not a choice that will ever need to be made in real life.

This is not a choice that will ever need to be made in real life.

Charlotte: INTERESTING.
Poor Scarlett Johansson. No one wants to hear you sing!

Adam: Not even Tom Waits songs. The ultimate indie-dude magnet.

Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head (buy)

Charlotte: Teaming up with Pete Yorn didn’t work neither – next time, jump on a bandwagon that can write good music!
Ya burn’t Scarlett.

Adam: Hahaha, ouch.

Charlotte: I actually like her, what am I saying.
I’m full of piss and vinegar today.

Adam: I thought that was a burn on Pete Yorn.

Charlotte: Well burn them both.
It was. I am comfortable sending bad vibes his way.

Adam: Haha. He’s yet another person whose work I don’t know well enough to dislike.
When I try to remember that one hit song he had, all that pops up in my brain is “Back on the Chain Gang” by The Pretenders.

Charlotte: Hahahahahaha. Life on a Chain. Almost!
His first album was really not bad. His second album was lousy.
When he can get a hook it’s good.

Pete Yorn – Life on a Chain (buy)

Adam: Then screw that guy too. I’m willing to hate based on recommendations.

posted by Charlotte and Adam

Donne moi en plus

I was looking up music videos from the mid-to-late-90s last night, and found this wonderful gem. Hope you enjoy.

Anyone who speaks/understands very fast French know if it’s an accurate translation?

Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More (Buy It)

posted by Adam

Sweatin’ Like James Brown

James-Brown-Cold-Sweat

Overheard a woman saying the following on the subway this morning:

“… Sweating like I was James Brown. Everybody else is comfortable and I’m sitting there all Gladys Knight and The Pips. They’re all wearing shirts and slacks and I’m all decked out like Diana Ross.”

I love this and wish I talked this way naturally.

James Brown – Cold Sweat (Part 1) (Buy It)

Gladys Knight and The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Buy It)

The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love (Buy It)

posted by Adam

Push It to the Limit, with Chocolate

And then sometimes the internet gives you a present like this. I found this on CraigsList the other day while job searching.

1980’s Pop Star seeks ambitious people for Healthy Chocolate Biz. (Upper East Side)

And thank you to that video for reminding me just how absurdly stupid the movie Scarface is. Ridiculous.

posted by Adam

Summer Mix ’09

DSCN0734

Charlotte reminded me — about a month ago, we have slow reaction times around here — that I was obligated to post a summer mix, so here it is!

Summer’s been kind of a weird process so far this year. Most of the season has been nasty (see post below), with random beautiful days sprinkled in between. Non-weather life has been just as bipolar, with deaths and births, jobs gained and lost, houses bid on and outbid on, trips planned and scrapped, some friends made and some becoming estranged, relationships started and ended. There have been some amazing moments too — seeing the sun set over the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn waterfront on a Sunday evening, feeling the breeze come off the water and listening to a wonderful new band perform.  Or a Friday afternoon with the sun playing through the trees, spent sitting on a Tompkins Square Park bench, slipping into a moment of contentment so deep you want to cry. This summer has had enough of these sanity-saving minutes to more than make up for any crisis.

Anyway, back to the mix. It’s got some old stuff, some new stuff. Some stuff that’s old, but is new to me. Hopefully it’ll bring smiles to your faces and sunshine to your speakers.

EDIT: Everything should be fixed now, following a silly problem with our file-hosting site. Please let us know if there are any other issues with getting the music. And thanks for visiting!

1. Regina Spektor – Us (Buy It)

2. Jay-Z – Sweet (Nigerian Gangster version) (Get It)

3. Matt and Kim – Lessons Learned (Buy It)

4. Rye Rye – Bang (feat. MIA) (Buy It)

5. Bob Mould – City Lights (Days Go By) (But It)

6. The Dirty Projectors – Temecula Sunrise (Buy It)

7. Solomon Burke – Maggie’s Farm (B. Dylan cover) (Buy SB music)

8. Deceptikon – Montana (feat. Cyne) (Buy Deceptikon music)

9. Mos Def – Revelations (Buy It)

10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Vanessa from Queens (Buy It)

11. Stereolab – Neon Beanbag (Buy It)

12. J Dilla – I Told Y’All (Buy It)

13. Tokyo Police Club  – Be Good (Buy It)

14. Atlas Sound – Walkabout (feat. Noah Lennox) (Buy AS music)

15. Raekwon – Wu-Ooh (Back from the Slums) (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Only Built) (Buy Raekwon music)

16. Dan Deacon – Okie Dokie (Buy It)

17. Amadou et Mariam – I Follow You (Buy It)

18. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Buy It)

19. Zero-7 – Somersault (Dangermouse remix, feat. MF Doom) (Buy Zero-7 music)

20. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Rappaport’s Testament (I Never Gave Up) (Chumbawumba cover) (Buy TL&TP music)

21. Natural Self – Olufeme (remix) REMOVED BY ARTIST REQUEST (NS info here)

DSCN0732

Both photos are of Madison Square Park, New York.

posted by Adam