There is little doubt left in the heart of bloggers that Radiohead has been causing more Hype than Kanye West at a Hurricane Katrina benefit.

It’s easy to see why, too. A new album in the works, new songs leaking faster than hot air out of Scott Stapp, an un-solo album by Thom, and a one month love affair (known as the North American Radiohead tour) that sold out faster than TicketFuhrer could operate. I’ve been getting my hype on with Radiohead recently, preparing for their new album like a nuclear attack was about to ravage my town. I’ve got all the necessary supplies: tickets to a concert, all the bootlegs and B-Sides I can find, enough lemons to suck on for weeks, and a strand of Thom Yorke’s hair. Well, here is another new (darker) track from their show in Blackpool (May 13) to fuel their own personal Hype Machine:

[MP3] RadioheadGo Slowly

On top of the new tracks – there is an entire new show that has surfaced. It was just recorded in Copenhagen on May 6! The track listing is as follows:

Intro
Everything In It’s Right Place
Planet Telex
Bangers and Mash
Open Pick
Karma Police
Black Star
Nude
15 Step
Street Spirit
Wolf At The Door
The Bends
4 Minute Warning
Pyramid Song
House Of Cards
Idioteque
Spooks
There There
Bodysnatchers
You And Whose Army
Let Down
Paranoid Android
Lucky

The entire show is available for download here. Who knows how long it’ll be up?

Also, check out Thom Yorke’s new site for his upcoming release, The Eraser. There is cool/cryptic game you can play with a “filing system” to figure out things about the record. Then having a cool poster/cover like this:


Won’t usually hurt things.


I’ve been meaning to post on L.A.’s Irving for a while now. They’re a potentially O.C.-worthy indie rock/pop band generating all sorts of buzz within the indie community. They’ve toured with Tapes ‘n Tapes, Voxtrot, Of Montreal, and others, and have been featured by all sorts of media outlets, including the ever-cool KEXP and the never-cool MTVu.

They’ve got this weird quality about them that I’m now certain every poppy, good-looking indie rock outfit from L.A. has (see Goldspot)…and that’s the fact that they’re walking a fine line of potential right now. They could easily hop on a major label and sell out a la The Killers, or go the way of super cool hipsters TnT and CYHSY and just stick it to the Man, live out of their Eurovan, and eat tacos y burritos like the rest of us. Anyway, this is a band you’re sure to love…just make sure to get to them before Adam Fucking Brody does.

[MP3] IrvingJen, Nothing Matters To Me
[MP3] IrvingThe Gentle Preservation Of Children’s Minds

Irving has their new album, Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers, out in stores now. Buy it here.
Download more MP3s here.

Bonus MP3:

[MP3] Jolie HollandCrush In The Ghetto (highly rec’d)

In other ramblings…

So…I’m back from college, which means I survived finals. Three fingers on my left hand, however, did not. I’ll leave it up in the air to which fingers were somehow dispaced, but I’ll tell you, it is now exhaustingly physically demanding to give double v’s, solve Rubik’s cubes, and conduct mini Balkan Orkestars. On that note, I got my copy of Beirut‘s Gulag Orkestar in the mail the other day. What’s your excuse?


I never really knew a ton about the band Haywood and honestly never really listened to them. I had read about them from time to time, especially when they broke up in 2000. Thanks to a tip from Deep Throat, I’ve been directed to their MySpace and notified of their recent reuniting and new album coming out “very soon.” The Throat of Endless Depth told me that he has been listening to their new song on repeat for the last 3 days…so I just had to see what had been the Hitler of his ears over the past 72 hours.

[MP3] HaywoodA Pair of Tragic Paper Kites

It’s a damn good song. Really simple with some great lines and melodies that are catchy enough to make anyone give it a few listens. It’s safe to say that I am getting relatively excited about their new album that is slated for release whenever they get enough copies made. Below is a track from one of their earlier recordings. Be sure to check out their MySpace for the latest details and other songs.

[MP3] HaywoodPlow

Speaking of new albums, I’m sure that everyone got to see the rare Pitchfork weekend update. God forbid music news cease to be produced outside of the designated business days. Who else to screw up Pitchfork’s normal routine than Thom Yorke? According to his post and the Pitchfork report, Yorke doesn’t want it to be called a solo album. Hey! I don’t care if he calls it the “The Orgasmic Noise I Make Without A Full Band Named Radiohead” as long as I get to hear it…I’ll be more than happy. It’s due out July 11 and the track listing has already been announced. If you notice, one of the tracks is “Cymbal Rush” which I may have just posted about a little while ago..


I personally thins Mom deserve more credit than one day a year. They should have at least 9 days, which is rarely compensation for the 9 months we’ve spent hanging out inside their stomachs. Those 9 months are only the precursor for the next 15-18 years of life lessons, nourishment, love, fixing dinners, cleaning scrapes, and so many hugs/kisses. I love my Mom – she is the reason who I am today and one of my closest friends and confidants. Color me sappy, but Mothers rock hardcore. I realize not all of the readers may love their Moms (or like them for that matter), but every Mom deserves a pat on the back. I owe a ton to my Mom – so I’m cutting this post short to dedicate the day to her since she’s dedicated years to me. Be sure to tell your Moms how much they rock because I’m heading out to do that right now.

[MP3] Elliott SmithWouldn’t Mama Be Proud?
[MP3] TarikoMy Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist
[MP3] The FramesGod Bless Mom (Live)
[MP3] Jump, Little ChidrenMother’s Eyes
[MP3] Devendra BanhartHey Mama Wolf
[MP3] Sufjan StevensDecatur, or, Round of Applesauce for Your Step-Mother!
[MP3] The ElectedC’mon, Mom
[MP3] Kanye WestHey Mama
[MP3] The BeatlesYour Mother Should Know
[MP3] Spice GirlsMama

Yes, I used the Spice Girls. They have Moms too.

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.