There are hundreds, if not thousands of MP3 blogs floating around the internet. All blogs have one thing in common, no matter how many of the same bands/songs that they post alike, they’re all uniquely different. I started wondering where in the hell do people get the idea to start a music blog? Boredom? Fun? Wanting “in” the business? Love for music? Odds are, its a little bit of all of the above listed ingredients. Even though blog readers, record labels, blog authors, and all of the aspiring bands like to think they have the blogosphere figured out.. One thing remains a mystery.

How and where do they come up with those damn catchy names?


Naming is a tough gig! You pick the category, and odds are, it’ll be challenging to name. Having a baby? Good luck. Get a new pet? Good luck. Starting a band? Good luck. Got a new blog? Now there is fun to be had in that scenario! Just check out some of the crazy blog names listed at The Hype Machine. A ton of music blogs out there, including this one, snatch their names from various songs/lyrics. So here is a post that is attempting to unearth just where some of your (and mine) favorite blogs derive their names from. Most of these are the valid source of blog names, while others are educated guesses as to where they come from. Either way, blog names are about as cool the blog themselves.

Blog: You Ain’t No Picasso
[MP3] Bishop AllenYou Ain’t No Picasso
Everytime Matt posts about Bishop Allen, he always mentions that he named his blog from one of their songs. I’m not sure about you, but I had never heard the song until now. Although the reference to Bishop Allen’s song title may seem blatantly obvious, the track is unreleased and a very very rough recording. The lyrics are pretty cool and the blog is even better.

Blog: Come Pick Me Up
[MP3] Ryan AdamsCome Pick Me Up
Oh, Ryan Adams. His song titles could fuel blog names for the next decade. I must admit, though I am not a huge Ryan Adams fan, I do enjoy this song. I tend to enjoy it when he leans more towards the folk side of his brain than the rock side.

Blog: My Old Kentucky Blog
[MP3] Stephen Foster (Choir Recording)My Old Kentucky Home
I realize this song isn’t the direct connection as to why Dodge named his blog, but the famous Bluegrass saying was a Stephen Foster song before anything else. Being a KY native…This song just rocks.

Blog: An Aquarium Drunkard
[MP3] WilcoI Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Here is one that I needed to get verification on, because it was somewhat of a indirect lyric. The first verse of this song contains the line: “I am an American aquarium drinker” It’s a good play on words by Wilco and even better play by Justin of AD.

Blog: I AM FUEL, YOU ARE FRIENDS
[MP3] Pearl JamLeash
Amidst my Hardy Boy-like MP3 investigation, Heather of IAFYAF almost made this too easy! Her love for Pearl Jam led me right to their song “Leash” where in the first verse they sing: “I am fuel / You are friends / We got the means to make amends”

Blog: Muzzle of Bees
[MP3] WilcoMuzzle of Bees
Wilco is taking over the blog world. They’re now 2/2 on song titles/lyrics making the names of music blogs. I am convinced they’re not fascist at all, they just may be that good.

Blog: Villains Always Blink
[MP3] Velvet UndergroundSweet Jane
Now here is one that I may not have figured out correctly, although I think it’s the only logical and musical solution. Within the song there is a verse that goes: “And there are even some evil mothers / They gonna tell you that everything is just dirt / You know that women never really faint / And the villains always blink their eyes” It’s a really great song and a clever derivation from a superb lyric.

Blog: SKATTERBRAIN
[MP3] RadioheadScatterbrain (As Dead Leaves)
I would think there would be way more Radiohead named blogs out there. They have some of the greatest song titles and lyrics to either directly name or play around with. There should be a Kid B, Blogineering, Sucking On A Lemon, or a Talks In Math blog out there somewhere. Oh well, until then we have SKATTERBRAIN holding down the Thom fort.

Blog: The Rich Girls Are Weeping
[MP3] Brian EnoCindy Tells Me
Opening line: “Cindy tells me the rich girls are weeping / Cindy tells me they’ve given up sleeping alone” I hadn’t even made the connection or listened to this song until Connor pointed out it was an Eno lyric. I’ve listened to it a bunch of times already because it’s so damn catchy.

Blog: All Things Go
[MP3] Sufjan StevensChicago
Here is one that I somehow forgot to post originally. I love this name because it ranks as one of my favorite Sufjan songs, of the seemingly 394873 he has. The line “I drove to New York / In a van / With my friend” is one of the simplest and greatest lines he has ever written. Well, I like it anyways.

Blog: Trees Lounge
[MP3] HaydenTrees Lounge
I’m gonna guess that the name of this blog comes more from the movie than the song. However, this song is the namesake and on the official soundtrack of the movie. So, either way there is some alcoholism going on with Trees Lounge. This is one of my favorite blogs, personally. Robert’s 50 States posts and sense of humor are super enjoyable to read.

Blog: I Guess I’m Floating
[MP3] M83I Guess I’m Floating
Oh, come on! We’re not that original. This is a really short track that M83 only created to inspire us in naming our blog, duh! It’s not even 2 minutes long and yet M83 manages to compact 10 minutes worth of serenity in it.

Blog: My Yellow Country Teeth
[MP3] Clap Your Hands Say YeahThe Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
Despite the lack of updates from the fellas at Country Teeth, their blog clearly takes it’s name from the blog-loving band CYHSY. This song and it’s segue into “Is This Love?” is one of my favorite musical transitions. I really do think that CYHSY should write a song about blogs. Honestly. Where is the love?

Blog: songs: illinois
[MP3] Dan FogelbergIllinois
[MP3] Sufjan StevensCome On! Feel The Illinoise!
I would (honest-to-God) love nothing more than songs:illinois taking their name from a Dan Fogelberg song. Seriously, that would be the coolest/lamest thing in the history of blogging. However, a safer bet lies in the musical abilities of Sufjan. And an even safer bet is that I am completely wrong on both guesses, but it was worth a shot. [Edit: Songs: Ohia, maybe?]

Blog: Bows + Arrows
[MP3] The WalkmentBows + Arrows
Song title? No sir. Bow + Arrows wanted to up the ante and name it after an album too! And they should because this is by far my favorite Walkmen album. Not only is the song/album great, but the this is one of the coolest songs they played live. I love their blog – be sure to start reading it if you don’t already.

Blog: Dreams Of Horses
[MP3] Belle & SebastianJudy and the Dream of Horses
[MP3] Counting CrowsMargery Dreams of Horses (Live)
Here is another one that I am not 100% sure on. The name could come from one of the above or both, though judging on the type of music that circulates in the Dreams of Horses… I’d guess B&S would be the influence for this blog.

Blog: Gorilla Vs. Bear
[MP3] Bear Vs. SharkMa Jolie
I hear PETA is very unhappy with bloggers these days. Everyone knows that GvB isn’t derived from a song. Chris would just like to see two ferocious predators go at it like they do on Beast Wars. Although I am sure a bear could kill anything it met, even a T-Rex, it wouldn’t stop a Grizzly and King Kong from going at it. Bear Vs. Shark? Please! I bet a bear could take on a shark in the water. People think Jesus was crucified? I think it was a bear.

Blog: Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
[MP3] Elliott SmithEverybody Cares, Everybody Understands
Chad has a great blog and a great name. Elliott Smith is quite simply amazing. Both Connor and I probably have him in our Top 5 favorite artists of all time, if not number one or two. Of all the nifty Elliott songs to name a blog after (Punch And Judy, King’s Crossing, Bottle Up and Explode!, etc.) this is a great choice. Why? Because it’s one of my favorite Elliott songs ever.

This conlcudes the “Mommy, Where Do Blogs Come From?” investigation. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch of blogs and guessed some of the above incorrectly, but I’m not the Ken Jennings of obscure musical references. Enjoy the MP3s that inspired your favorite blogs and pay them all a visit, they deserve it.


The Bellrays have been around for a good amount of time, yet I am just now listening to their latest album. I’m finding a lot of their stuff to be hit or miss with me, but their mix of soul/blues vocals with a sometimes retro guitar is interesting to say the least. I am not a huge fan of lead singer ‘s “rock-n-roll voice” but when she slows down and sings as if she was in a smokey piano bar her voice becomes very enjoyable.

[MP3] The BellraysTell The Lie
[MP3] The BellraysThird Times A Charm
[MP3] The BellraysHave A Little Faith In Me

Their new album Have A Little Faith just released a few weeks ago and is drawing some pretty good reviews. Be sure to check it out on iTunes along with some of their other works.

Oh. And stay tuned for this nifty post I am working on. I think you guys will get a kick out of it.

I know it’s not the end of the year, or even the end of the first half of the year, but I started to compile what I think are the Best Album and EP releases of 2006 thus far. And because everyone loves lists, I figured I’d toss this one at you for today.

BeirutGulag Orkestar

MP3 –> Postcards From Italy

Sunset RubdownShut Up I Am Dreaming

MP3 –> They Took A Vote And Said No

+/- [plus/minus]Let’s Build A Fire

MP3 –> Steal The Blueprints

Band Of HorsesEverything All The Time

MP3 –> Weed Party

BirdmonsterNo Midnight

MP3 –> Balcony

Cold War KidsUp In Rags EP

MP3 –> We Used To Vacation

Sufjan StevensThe Avalanche

MP3 –> Adlai Stevenson

SOUND TeamMovie Monster

MP3 –> Movie Monster

Oh No! Oh My!Oh No! Oh My!

MP3 –> Skip The Foreplay

Josh RitterThe Animal Years

MP3 –> Wolves

IslandsReturn To The Sea

MP3 –> Humans

Final FantasyHe Poos Clouds

MP3 –> Arctic Circle

DanielsonShips

MP3 –> Did I Step On Your Trumpet?

Hot ChipThe Warning

MP3 –> And I Was A Boy From School

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I’m completely enthralled about this festival which just got the official lineup announced/finalized yesterday on WOXY. The first annual Desdemona Festival is finally bringing musical life back to the Queen City. Ever since those infamous riots occurred a few years back, musical acts have been dodging this city as if Scott Stapp were mayor and opting to go to nearby cities such as Columbus and passing right through Cincinnati on the way to (usually) Nashville. Slowly but surely more noticeable acts have been stopping in Cincinnati but with Desdemona – you can bet that Cincinnati will finally get some national recognition.


GHOSTFACE KILLAH
THE FIERY FURNACES
ANNIE
ENON
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
THE WALKMEN
THE STILLS
RADIO 4
HEARTLESS BASTARDS
ROGUE WAVE
MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S
THE DOUBLE
RICHARD SWIFT
SMALL SINS
COUSIN
(IN) CAMERA
PAPER AIRPLANE
THE TURNBULL ACS
DIET AUDIO
FORGET CASSETTES
SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME
AU REVOIR SIMONE
ACTRESS
THE SUNDRESSES
CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY
THE SPECTACULAR FANTASTIC
THE HIGH AND LOW
WIL-O-EE

I am getting pretty excited about the 3-day festival that’s gonna rock the banks of the Ohio River every night between June 23-25. The lineup is still being built upon and I can only imagine who or what could be added between now and the end of June. The greatest part about the festival is the price. It’s even cheaper than Pitchfork!! Before they deem those prices robbery be sure to snatch your tickets up for only $24. That is $8 a day (for those not math savvy). Hell, I think it even gives Pitchfork a run for their money lineup wise – and its only the first year!

The festival is being curated by a local Cincinnatian and owner of the bar/venue Alchemize, Nick Spencer. Not only does he get the title of “Messiah of the Indie Rock Rejuvenation in Cincinnati” but he gets to partner up with the radio station legends over at WOXY. WOXY is going to be covering the entire festival and hosting live on-air lounge acts for the bands.

Sweet Midwest location? Check.
Awesome first year lineup? Check.
Partnered with radio Gods? Check.
Righteous Shakespearean influenced festival name? Check.
I’ll see you there? (Don’t let me down. We’ll party afterwards.)

Rademacher is a band straight outta Compton, yo.


Ok.. not Compton but Fresno. Either way you look at it, minus being raised in the ghetto, these Californian rockers are currently entertaining my ears with their new EP Heart Machine. Their new four-track EP is full of some good melodies and guitar riffs that sound unrefined by the pressures of a mixing board. For those that haven’t listened to these guys – I would say their music may resemble the likes of Animal Collective, Birdmonster, or even The Walkmen. The band is really good at flirting with the fine lines of indie pop-rock and the sulking depths of baleful alternative rock.

[MP3] RademacherLast Letter Writer
[MP3] RademacherNever Gonna Hear From Me

They’re preparing to embark on a national tour pretty soon. So catch them if you can. In the meantime, go ahead and buy their Heart Machine EP. It’s only 4 bucks!!

Be sure to check back in a few hours. I have some sweet festival news!