Wow! Bonnaroo is next week, which is kinda hard to believe. It seems like I just bought my ticket not too long ago and all of the sudden I’ll be packing up the car to head to TN. Woo!

Jackie Greene is a man – just to clear up any confusion. When I first heard his name (not his music), I was going to guess that it was a female singer. Jackie Greene appears to the public as a folk rocker but sounds like so much more. After being compared to the likeness of Dylan, Greene has taken his simple folk rock image and added more strings, brass, and an almost blues feeling. His latest album, American Myth, is an awesome piece of musical work. Normally, the somewhat rustic country twist to his music would completely shut me off to his music, but I guess it “just works” for Mr. Greene.

[MP3] Jackie GreeneSo Hard To Find My Way
If I were gonna pick a track to be a “Jackie Greene Staple” it would have to the this song. The feel-good vibe that is present in this song is highly contagious and the music (including banjo, slide guitar, and brass) is extremely well arranged.

[MP3] Jackie GreeneCloser To You
This a good song, mainly for the fact that I can see Greene playing this song with a slew of backup singers and candles lit in the background. Between the brass, organ, and bongos this song shows Greene’s willingness to boldly experiment with new styles of music. Plus the line “Everybody wants to go heaven / But nobody is ready to die” is just amazing.

[MP3] Jackie GreeneLove Song; 2:00 AM
The guitar picking in the beginning of this song reminded me of Elliott Smith for a split second and any comparison to Mr. Smith is a good comparison. A good love song, aptly titled, and a fair presentation of a the “slower” side of Jackie.

Next week will be the final installment of Bonnaroo Bound until next year, assuming Bonnaroo is (once again) complete with an awesome lineup. There are still some tickets available (it’s just about sold out!) and my caravan/camping spot could always use a few additions. If you’re gonna be there, let me know! Until then, check out Jackie Greene’s new album!

So here’s that first taste of MSTRKRFT that we’ve been salivating over and yearning for ever since we heard the DFA boys went pop-tech on us. To be honest, and this is hard to describe any further, it sounds exactly as I expected it would. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad or what… but I do know, I’m certain, that a whole record of this stuff would be pretty mindblowing. It’s like going to an obnoxious, sweaty rave, only not coming back smelling like all kinds of ugly and 4 kinds of sex…which is a rather enjoyable experience on certain occasions, but this time I’ll take my ciggs filtered, thank you.


Bonus MP3:

I don’t know who this boy is, but it sounds like he’s been doing this sh¡t for a while. Check out the homage-quality remix he did for MF Doom:

[MP3] MF DoomMy Favorite Ladies (Clutchy Hopkins Remix)

So check this out, there’s this Nicaraguan rapper from the Bay named Deuce Eclipse. I’d heard he’s known for his sick performances on tour with Zion I, but I hadn’t listened to any recorded stuff. A friend showed me his myspace page, which had some really cool samples, so I went out and got his newest album The Radio Plantation. This guy has really got my attention—his style is unlike any other rapper I can think of, and the album’s sound (which he calls “Freedom Style” or “Oywalk Music”) is really fresh. Here’s a few of the tracks that stood out for me:

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWon’t Forget
“Everybody let me introduce / a little music, let it get inside of you.” That’s a really tight line, and luckily it’s not even the best part of the song. Horns, pounding bass, and lyrics that flow like water make up a really great start to the album. I’m guessing that if you feel this song, you’ll definitely love the rest.

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWake Up
I don’t know why, but it’s like whenever an artist does a song called Wake Up, it’s awesome (The Arcade Fire, Rage Against The Machine, etc.). Deuce’s Wake Up is definitely not an exception—the beat is so f%#!in’ catchy, and it kinda reminds me of this Gang Starr remix of a Macy Gray song: [MP3]

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWise Men
Rap music, especially in the mainstream media, gets ripped apart for being too materialistic and violent. But that really pisses me off because there is so much great spiritually and musically strong hip-hop that rarely ever gets mentioned when the music is scrutinized on a national level. With songs like this one by Deuce Eclipse, I see no reason to knock down a genre that is so powerful, real, and lyrically beautiful because of the supposed “shallowness” of hip-hop artists who succeed commercially. (Editor’s note: right on, bruva!)

By the way, if anyone has any news, music, or any cool info about Deuce, feel free to post it here and share with the rest of us. Hope you enjoy the songs!

So I saw Tapes n’ Tapes and Figurines and Cold War Kids yesterday night at the Middle East in Cambrigde. What an amazing show! Seeing the Omaha boys was great… it seems they’ve mastered the whole “putting on a concert” thing by now (after bajillions of past shows, even before Pitchfork got to them), which further propels them to approaching established indie rock demi-god status. Despite their awesome performance, I have to hand it to Cold War Kids, who pretty much stole the show. They opened with “We Used To Vacation” to a pretty stunned, increasingly enthused crowd, with unmatchable stage presense (seems like they’ve been practicing too). Every guitar riff and solo was spot-on, the random percussion- ranging from a plastic maraca to a Heineken bottle- was well placed and well arranged, and every friggin’ song packed just as much energy as each of the songs off of their EPs, particularly “Hospital Beds” and “Saint John.” These guys have the look and sound of a band that’s already at the top of the indie totem pole, yet they’ve only begun to scratch the surface. Can anyone say “most hyped band of 2007?” Here are some pics from that show…oh wait…I forgot about Figurines… yeah, they were alright. Not really my cup of tea, at least musically (a lot of their songs sound the same, and as a new friend I met at the show inferred, “they sound like what everyone expects indie rock to sound like.”) BUT, they put on a good show and the crowd seemed to love them, so maybe I’m just out to lunch on that one. Here are the pics (click to see full size):

I’m getting ready to go see The Omen with my buddy, and I was reminded about the whole 6/6/6 thing. I remember them talking about the witching hour in that latest Exorcist installment. Explaining that 3:00 AM is the witching hour, which evil spirits use to mock the Holy Trinity. Significantly, it is the opposite of 3:00 PM, the hour at which Jesus died.

Oh Satan! You and your mockery.

[MP3] Jenny LewsRun Devil Run
[MP3] Modest MouseThis Devil’s Workday
[MP3] Sufjan StevensIn The Devil’s Territory
[MP3] TarikoDevil’s Elbow
[MP3] Murder By DeathThe Devil In Mexico
[MP3] Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down To Georgia

Check out the history and origin of 666 here.

Enjoy your day of 06/06/06 and avoid being possessed and sacrificing animals.

Thank you.