MP3 Grab Bag

You have to admit it…life is pretty random. Thanks, Apple. But seriously, rather than sugarcoating this into something of meaning, I’ll just say it: this post has got to do with nothing, just music. These are just songs that I’ve been digging recently, but posting on each one separately would be an exhaustive process, and I just don’t care about you guys enough to do it (edit: that’s a lie, I care about 3 of you) (edit: sorry Lenny, didn’t mean to forget you. that makes 4) (edit: just so I don’t actually offend anyone, I care about all of you except those four people) (edit: yes Lenny, you’re one of them. stop calling me).

[MP3] Ray LaMontagneCrazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover)
Last week, the disturbingly relentless RIAA gave me a lot of trouble for hosting a Gnarls Barkley song. In their honor, here’s a pretty damn fine cover of a different GB song, sung gracefully by Ray LaMontagne, who was unavailable for comment.

[MP3] CalexicoCast Your Coat
Garden Ruin just came out about two weeks ago, and if you don’t have it yet, get it. This one’s a “bonus track” from the album, but is about as great as everything else on the record. The end gets pretty noisy and disjointed, which is actually really refreshing coming from these guys.

[MP3] SOUND TeamMovie Monster
Have you heard SOUND Team yet? They’re like super-mega-oprah-hyped, but something tells me it’s all worth it. Maybe it’s how good the upcoming Movie Monster is… this shiz hits stores June 8th (my birthday!), make sure to pick it up then!

[MP3] FeistMushaboom
[MP3] Bright EyesMushaboom (Feist Cover)
[MP3] FeistMushaboom (Postal Service Remix)
God…. this song. Somehow I didn’t catch on to Let It Die back in 2004 and have been playing the crap out of it recently. As I’m sure you all know, Mushaboom is without a doubt one of the best songs of 2004. Here are the three versions of it that I have. The Best Part: there are even more remixes coming out on a Remix and Collabs CD called Open Season, due out tomorrow! Get it here)

[MP3] Eagle*SeagullHoly
Jeeze, how many moods does this band swing?!? I got into E*S a number of months ago and literally can’t put the album down. This is the song I’m addicted to now, a slow-moving dedication to reassurance: “You make me want to be a saint / who kills people…” Brilliant. If you haven’t heard of this band, march immediately here to get more. Thank me later.

[MP3] Gilberto GilBat Macumba
This is the first track off of the wildly popular, critically hailed Tropicalia: A Revolution In Brasilian Sound, an amazing collection of 6 or 7 artists who worked within the tropicalia movement of 1960s Brazil. Buy this one too.

[MP3] We Will Build1214
Here’s another great song from iGIF favorites, We Will Build. These guys won one of our contests a little while back, beating out a lot of great competition. For fans of Ratatat, The Postal Service, DNTEL, and the like. More of WWB here.

[MP3] José GonzálezLeft Behind
Jose teamed up with Zero 7 on their upcoming album, The Garden, which comes out on May 22nd. This song may be pretty short, but it’s a great reminder of Jose’s talent he showed us on Veneer. Preorder The Garden here.

[MP3] Erin McKeownBlackbirds
Just heard Erin McKeown for the first time yesterday…very impressive. Her voice actually sounds a bit like Feist, which is nice, while her style’s a little more rock n’ roll. What do you guys think?

That’s it for my random grab bag mixer thinger. Gimme some love!

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connor April 24, 2006 at 8:49 pm



Alex April 24, 2006 at 10:20 pm

Wow, that We Will Build song is ridiculously good.


J April 24, 2006 at 10:33 pm

Everyone check out both the K-OS and Mocky remixes of “Mushaboom”. So great…


JAX April 24, 2006 at 10:46 pm

hahah Oprah-hyped? Sound teams record actually comes out June 6th 2006

which might be scarier than june 8th



Ann April 25, 2006 at 1:08 am

Great stuff! Thanks especially for the Jose song – I can’t get enough of him!


raphaelthesinner April 25, 2006 at 10:07 am

Erin, yeah, “The Lady.” Check out every damn song on Grand.


Charles April 25, 2006 at 1:38 pm

I saw Erin McKeown at the Boston Folk Festival last year and she was AWESOME. Really emphasized the rock component of her stuff. It was just her and a drummer and she really let go. My friend and I purchased pretty much her whole catalogue based on a short set. I second the recommendation for Grand.


Gina April 26, 2006 at 11:31 pm

I saw Erin open for Ani what must have been about five or so years ago now. She was fantastic. I overplayed her album Distillation right after it came out.


Anonymous May 1, 2006 at 5:45 pm

Are you 100% sure that’s Bright Eyes doing that “Mushaboom” cover? It seems like someone trying really hard to sound like Conor Oberst, but there’s something about the voice that doesn’t sound like him.


connor May 1, 2006 at 6:56 pm

yeah, i’m sure, it’s from Bright Eyes’ live album Motion Sickness that came out last year.


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