As promised, here’s another freakin’ contest! with yet another sweet prize! Up for grabs this time is an advanced copy of The Submarines‘ brand friggin’ new record, Declare A New State. It’s a really fun, poppy, “cute” album, for all you indie-pop freaks.

If you have yet to endulge in their music, Nathaniel posted a little quip about them a little while back. Check out these MP3s while I think of the contest rules:

[MP3] The SubmarinesPeace & Hate
[MP3] The SubmarinesVote
[MP3] The SubmarinesClouds

Ok, I thought of a contest. To enter, all you have to do is give me a link to a song, preferably one I haven’t heard before (obviously), and the one I like best wins. For those of you who don’t have a server to host files, I’d suggest looking both here and here for the song in question, and just posting the link if you find one. Easy enough, eh? Good luck amigos.


It’s been a while since we’ve had a contest, so I’ve decided to run TWO of them! The first of which is for a freakin’ awesome signed copy of La Rocca’s Sing Song Sung EP, which kicks some super serial rock ass. To enter, make up a word and write it in the comments. The funniest word wins. Sorry, I know that isn’t very fun, but it’s quick and easy, dammit, so stop complaining, enter your damn word, and maybe you’ll win the prize. ;-)

If you don’t know anything about La Rocca, you can read a nice review of their EP here. Check out these tracks while you’re at it:

[MP3] La RoccaSing Song Sung (highly rec’d)
[MP3] La RoccaCambodia

Bonus Video:

[MOV] La RoccaSing Song Sung (for all you Tisch hipsters)

UPDATE: Please remember to leave contact info, like an email address, with your word entry! Good luck!

It was yesterday evening that my 8 year-old brother and I went to the movies to see Over The Hedge starring a star studded voice cast. For those of you that think Steve Carell can’t be funny as a computer generated squirrel with A.D.D., you’re completely wrong. I still haven’t decided if it’s worse to “LOL” at an AIM conversation or a computer generated movie. Needless to say, I laughed a lot during that flick.


I’m not here to rant about how good of a movie it is but, rather, how good the music is! Ben Folds has one of those voices that is automatically recognizable. Within the first 20 minutes of the movie a song started to play that was Ben Folds and I kind of grinned and was like, “Hey, its Ben Folds!” Then another Ben Folds song was used. And another. AND ANOTHER.

Pretty soon there were four Ben Folds songs at separate times in the movie, all of which I had never heard before (save for one). Going into the movie I had no idea that Folds had contributed five unreleased tracks to the official soundtrack – all of which are perfectly written for the current scenes and themes in the movie. Three new songs, one Clash cover, and a rewrite to “Rockin’ The Suburbs.” A testament to his great songwriting abilities? A favor guaranteed to friend and Over The Hedge voice actor William Shatner? Folds’ love for computer generated movies? Although I say “yes” to all of the above.. We may never really know the answer, but what I do know is that these songs are pretty damn good. Check out “Still (Reprise)” especially – it’s really good.

[MP3] Ben FoldsFamily Of Me
[MP3] Ben FoldsHeist
[MP3] Ben FoldsStill
[MP3] Ben FoldsLost In The Supermarket (The Clash Cover)
[MP3] Ben FoldsStill (Reprise)
[MP3] Ben FoldsRockin’ The Suburbs (Over The Hedge Version)

He did a cool blog entry on his MySpace talking about the production and energy that went into working on a major motion picture soundtrack. Going to see Hedge is not a bad idea – at all. Better yet, for those without a little sibling/child or those that can’t stomach a kiddy flick… BUY the soundtrack! I’m just glad they didn’t ask Avril to do the soundtrack.


One of the most anticipated releases of the year (at least for me) came out today: Tunng‘s Comments Of The Inner Chorus, a crazy, neo-folk/electronica mish mash that sounds like the result of a Four Tet and Elliott Smith collab. Funny, too, because as with FT, Tunng also uses a mix of real, acoustic instruments and electronic blips and effects…and as with ES, they took the layered vocals approach…ok, ok, you get my drift.

Tunng had a spot of brilliance, both musically and entrepreneurially, as they decided to release a cover of the more-popular-than-jesus Bloc Party as a single (see below). What a perfect P.R. move for a band that few had heard of up until then. Anyway, take a listen to a few of these tracks taken from today’s release:

[MP3] TunngJenny Again (for AL)
[MP3] TunngThe Wind Up Bird

Grab more Sung Tongs…err…Tunng songs over at the Hype Machine
Get off your asses and buy this record!
Stylus gave it a B+

Bonus MP3 #1:

[MP3] TunngThe Pioneers (Bloc Party Cover) (great cover)

Bonus MP3 #2:

[MP3] The Arcade FireMaps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)
Didn’t even know this existed until yesterday, figured maybe a few of you hipsters might be outta the loop too. I don’t really know how I feel about the song yet though…don’t be expecting Funeral, that’s for sure.

Seeing Red!

My wireless router has not been kind to me over the past few days. Not kind at all. In between my immortal battle with the router known as Satan, I had to go get a “day job.” Yep, now I’ll be serving at this sweet restaurant. If you’re in the area – come in and buy lots of expensive items and tip me. Thank you.

Back to business.


Regina Spektor is terrific at making music. She is also a Red aka Russian (which acts as an odd turn on). Quite simply put, she is a Bronx girl by way of Moscow who writes songs for the piano, voice, drum stick, and guitar (sort of). She draws her influences from the classics. Classics that range from Mozart and Chopin to The Beatles and Tom Waits. She has a new album, Begin to Hope, that is due out June 13. So far, I am loving the songs that I have heard off the new record. It’s the type of addicting music that seems so simple to create but gets more and more complicated with each listen. I’m not lying when I say this new CD is surreal. If smooth vocal melodies were a weapon, you can more than assume Spektor would be the best assassin out there.

[MP3] Regina SpektorFidelity
[MP3] Regina SpektorBetter
[MP3] Regina SpektorOn the Radio


I’m not sure how many of you know about Cincinnati’s professional sports history, or lack-thereof, but over the past year our teams have been doing pretty damn awesome. The Bengals were considered the breakout team and a true threat, so Dodge and all of you Indy bastards better watch out. And don’t even get me started about Pittsburgh. Hey, wait. What about the Reds? Second in the division!? Starting pitchers with above .500 records?! Color me happy.


As if that wasn’t enough red happiness for you, today marks the day that the (future) American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. In short, Barton is considered one of America’s greatest heroines — a true patriot and philanthropist who, when she saw a practical need, gave every ounce of her strength to address it. She remains the most decorated woman in American history. I think she deserved it. So, I think we deserve some red songs!

[MP3] David PoeLove Is Red
[MP3] ChevelleThe Red
[MP3] Sufjan StevensRedford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou)
[MP3] UB40Red Red Wine
[MP3] Unwritten LawSeein’ Red
[MP3] Devendra BanhartThe Good Red Road
[MP3] Arctic MonkeysRed Light Indicate Doors Are Secure
[MP3] The White StripesRed Rain
[MP3] LovedrugIn Red
[MP3] Third Eye BlindThe Red Summer Sun
[MP3] The StrokesRed Light
[MP3] Chad VanGaalenRed Blood

Do something red!
Catch Regina playing her piano in Europe or buy one of her albums.
See the Reds play at home or vote to make a Red an All-Star.
Give to the American Red Cross or volunteer your time.