Here’s the link to hear a whole Joanna Newsom concert, courtesy of NPR. Lasting about an hour and a half, most of the songs are from her new masterpiece, Have One On Me, with a few thrown in the mix from Ys and Milk-Eyed Mender. So have a listen and enjoy!



We need your input!

March 19, 2010

     Just out of pure curiosity, what is your favorite album(s)? If you can’t think of one you can also add an album that’s come out recently that you really became attatched to. Hopefully we can get an interactive discussion going. Feel free to post comments, photos, videos and outside links.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day Everybody! I have some new tunes for you to check out. So today, while your enjoying some Guinness, why not listen to some new music? It’s bound to catch your attention one way or the other: by noise or voice…Enjoy.

Joanna NewsomHave One On Me

~Sprawled out onto a 2-hour epic disc that’s filled with fantastic lyricism and incredible composition, this is now my favorite album in her small but impressive discography. Newsom proves to be one of those rare talents that has shown her staying power in the course of modern music. 10/10

GorillazPlastic Beach

~Surprisingly great! The Gorillaz really show their collaborative spirit here, working with names like Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Snoop Dog and Mos Def. Starting spring time off in the best possible fashion, Plastic Beach ranks right up there with their best. 9/10


~It takes a few listens but overall its a very solid recording. Similar to Drums Not Dead, each song is strained with heavy drums and layers of guitar that wash in and out. Each song has its own surprising moment, usually filled with bursts of noise and energy. 7.5/10

Pantha du PrinceBlack Noise

~This definitely surprised me. I literally just picked it up because of the name; however, it proves to be a beautiful assemblage of concentrated techno-esque rhythm and soft beats that sprawl all over the place. Panda Bear makes a great appearance on “Stick To My Side” too, only expanding on the album’s vast soundscapes. Black Noise is perfect “head-phone music” and is at its best when played at high volume(maybe turn the sound up to eleven?). 8.5/10

Brazilian Guitar, Fuzz Bananas-(Compilation under the label: Tropicalia In Furs Records/World Psychedelic Funk Classics)

~Incredibly powerful and obscure music from the early 1960’s-mid 1970’s. If you are at all interested in the Trpoicalia movement and/or just heavy psyche-funk this is worth the money. You’ll definitely be putting this one to multiple listens, simply because there is so much going on that it’s hard to catch everything the first time around. In addition to the great music, The LP has some of the best packaging around. It includes a 12×12” full color booklet with all of the liner notes and photos from the CD and it also contains original artwork on the inside (3D glasses included in the first pressing). 10/10

Hey Everyone, so I put Horses on the record player tonight. The album is definitely one of my favorites but it got me thinking of what an amazing influence Smith has been on music. I mean her first three (and best) albums: Horses, Radio Ethiopia and Easter revolutionized and expanded the meaning of Punk and Rock & Roll, not to mention her role as a female poet/musician. Just listen to her version of “Gloria” or that live version of “My Generation,” the way she takes spoken word and intensifies them a thousand fold. Small phrases turn into the most revealing lines ever uttered in music. From that version of “My Generation” where she screams: “I DON’T NEED THAT FUCKING SHIT!” after her bandmates sing “…just f.f.f.fff-ade away!” to her insightful poetry that can definitely stand by itself:

“…helium raven and this movie is mine,
So he cried out as he stretched the sky,
Pushing it all out like latex cartoon, am I all alone in this generation?
We’ll just be dreaming of animation night and day
And won’t let up, won’t let up and I see them coming in,
Oh, I couldn’t hear them before, but I hear ’em now,
It’s a radar scope in all silver and all platinum lights
Moving in like black ships, they were moving in, streams of them…(“Birdland”)”

So, we all just wanna say thank you Patti Smith, for liberating us all.