14 May 2009

RC :: May 2009

Here is the cover art for the May 2009 RC mix. Thanks to all who participated.

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest newsletter (yes, I subscribe and I’m not afraid to admit it) features dance-party playlists by famous deejays and music-industry folk. Included in that list are DJ AM, Guy Oseary, Phil Harvey (of Coldplay), Samantha Ronson and Gwyneth herself. Here are two of those playlists:

Samantha’s Picks:
1. “Another Star” – Stevie Wonder
2. “Stomp!” – The Brothers Johnson
3. “Into the Groove” – Madonna
4. “Can You Feel It” – The Jacksons
5. “Big Pimpin’” – Jay-Z
6. “Groove Me” – King Floyd
7. “Toxic” – Mark Ronson feat. ODB
8. “Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” – MGMT
9. “Music Sounds Better with You” – Stardust
10. “The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)” – The Bucketheads

Gwyneth's Picks:
1. "You Only Live Once" – The Strokes
2. "Time to Pretend" – MGMT
3. "Let's Go Crazy" – Prince & The Revolution
4. "Paper Planes (DFA Remix)" – M.I.A.
5. "Someone Great" – LCD Soundsystem
6. "Strawberry Swing" – Coldplay
7. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)" – The Killers
8. "Keep The Car Running" – Arcade Fire
9. "Single Ladies" – Beyonce
10. "Wrong Prayer" – Jaydiohead (Jay-Z & Radiohead)

11 May 2009

Anchor Man

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, has cemented his place in my heart. Not only is he attractive, smart and funny -- he also has good taste in music (his iPod includes artists like Interpol, Cat Power and Feist). Now Williams has launched a web-only music interview series called BriTunes. The first segment features an interview with the Brooklyn-based, alt-country act Deer Tick.

The Artist Formerly Known As Santogold

It’s old news by now that Santogold has changed her name to Santigold, and while Santi White (Santigold) isn’t doing much talking, there’s been mention of a lawsuit. According to various blogs, lawyers for a 1980s infomercial dude named Santo “Santo Gold” Rigatuso filed a lawsuit claiming name infringement. In actuality, the artist formerly known as Santogold is probably the best thing that could have happened to Rigatuso, who most people have probably never heard of or had completely forgotten existed in the first place. At any rate, Santigold will be performing at the Empire Events Center on Friday, May 22nd. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show. Check out Santigold's MySpace page here.

Making a Splash

Canada’s Great Lake Swimmers specialize in alt-country tracks that hearken the sounds of Americana acts like the Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys (which features Joe Pernice) and Iron & Wine. The group released its fourth album, Lost Channels, back in March. Frontman Tony Dekker and gang are currently on tour in Europe, with a few shows in Canada and one stop in New York. For a sampling of tunes, check out the group's MySpace page.

08 May 2009

I'm the O.G. Playlister!

Thanks to Nick Miller of the Sacramento News & Review for publishing my playlist. Here's a link to my playlist and those of some other notable Sacto peeps.

07 May 2009

Out of this World

My new favorite band is The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, a Danish band that has been featured in an iPod commercial (the track was called "Around The Bend") and opened for Amy Winehouse on a leg of her European tour. The band is poppy with a funky flare and I love, love, love it!

Listen to "The Sun Ain't Shining No More" and "Lady Jesus" from the album Fruit.

06 May 2009

RC Rescheduled

Due to el presidente contracting a temporary case of Avian Swine Flu, the next RC meeting will now be Monday, May 11th at 7pm. See you then.

03 May 2009

A New Mix

Tomorrow marks the start of another work week (ugh), here's a mix to help keep you pepped up.

1. “Until We Bleed” / Kleerup (featuring Lykke Li) / Kleerup
2. “Caravan Girl” / Goldfrapp / Seventh Tree
3. “I Get Around” / Dragonette / I Get Around EP
4. “Can I Get Get Get” / Junior Senior / Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
5. “Drugs In My Body” / Thieves Like Us / Play Music
6. “Those Dancing Days” / Those Dancing Days / EP
7. “Meddle” / Little Boots / Arecibo EP
8. “Hurricane Jane” / The Black Kids / Partie Traumatic
9. “The Boys Are Too Refined” / The Hush Sound / Goodbye Blues
10. “Lemmings Anthem” / The Oohlas / Chinchilla
11. “Ensemble” / Coeur de Pirate / Coeur de Pirate

What's All the Hype About?

According to the Hype Machine, a web site that follows music blog discussions, the most blogged about artists are:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs » Bat For Lashes » Phoenix » Papercuts » Metric » La Roux » Peaches » Silversun Pickups » Bombay Bicycle Club » Daft Punk » Britney Spears » Cagedbaby » Circlesquare » Little Boots » Deer Tick » Dirty Projectors » Fever Ray » Kanye West » Lykke Li » Bjork.

Apparently, this list gets updated every 30 minutes. At any rate, it's a good way to discover new music.

01 May 2009

Zooey Gibbard?

According to Us Magazine (not to be confused with U.S. Magazine, heehee!), Zooey Deschanel is engaged to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Man, first Ryan Adams goes and gets hitched to Mandy Moore and now this! And now a quote from the Us Magazine web site:
"Deschanel and Gibbard, 32, are 'so thrilled,' the source tells Us. 'Zooey was swept off her feet, and Ben is so excited.'"

Horses of a Feather Flock Together

I'm not sure if I've blogged about Horse Feathers before, but I am really loving their latest album, House With No Home, which was released back in September of '08. The Portland-based band has a distinct Americana sound, described by many critics as minimalist. The album provides the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer evening spent watching the sun dip below the horizon.