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!

Danielson


As predicted, the devilishly devious Danielson is definitely determined to demonstrate his dominance. Sea-worthy? You bet your sweet sun-burnt asses, he is. Also as predicted, Pitchfork embraced Ships today with Best New Music honors, something they like doing occasionally, especially when it comes to impenetrable reviews raving over almost equally impenetrable music.

While Ships is certainly great, Daniel Smith’s vocals aren’t for everyone (content or squeal, pick your poison). Like Sufjan and labelmate Half Handed Cloud, the music is poppy, lush, orchestral, and holy freaking God-loving. If you haven’t taken a gander yet, now’s the time!

[MP3] DanielsonDid I Step On Your Trumpet?
[MP3] DanielsonTwo Sitting Ducks

Buy the crap out of this record here
You can listen to more MP3s here

Soooo, I’m still lower back-deep in finals, eating my way out of this hell hole. Soon, though, I’ll be out of here and free to rock the socks off of this blog. Look out guys, this summer is going to be spectacular, I’m being super serial!


It’s been a lengthy amount of time since our last dosage of Thursday-ian covers. You know what the say, 3 covers a week keeps the likes of Creed from making more music.

[MP3] LadytronOops, Oh My!
I’m not even sure how many covers/remixes Ladytron has done over the years but this one just may have to take the cake as the best. Anytime a band covers a hip hop song, it automatically gets props in my book. If you ask me, this version is waaay better than the original by Tweet. (Wtf kind of name is that, anyway?)

[MP3] Jack JohnsonLast Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
A lot of people have mixed feelings on Mr. Johnson. I enjoy his music because it’s the type of stuff that could bring you out of the realms of deep depression. In fact, if there was ever a jumper on some skyscraper that they were negotiating with; screw talking! Just put Jack on a PA and let him do his work. No suicide then. Covering Bob Dylan may be a stretch, but it turns out nicely. Plus, how many awful Bob Dylan covers can you think of?

[MP3] DonovanUniversal Soldier
Donovan is one of my all-time favorite artists. This Scottish folk-singer kicks so much musical ass that I feel unworthy of even speaking about him. He’s even categorized into the holy trinity of greatest songwriters with Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. One of the only artists to collaborate with The Beatles? I mean, with accolades like that.. I’m pretty sure you can cover a Buffy Sainte-Marie song anytime you want. A great Anti-Vietnam War song that remains lyrically true even today.