How about those buffalo? Their numbers were in the 100 million at one time, then a mere 750 another. Facing near extinction couldn’t have sounded so great to an entire species, but to Phantom Buffalo, some good music was made.

Phantom Buffalo has a very unique name and sound. Between the fuzzy guitar, soft vocals, accordion utilization, and story-telling lyrics, Phantom Buffalo has the intimate sound of a solo act with a full band noise. I randomly followed multiple musical links on MySpace and found their own page. The more you listen to their music, the more enchanted you become with their unique melodies and guitar riffs. A psychedelic sound? A breath of fresh air indie rock? You decide.

[MP3] Phantom BuffaloA Bathing Suit for a Rich Girl
[MP3] Phantom BuffaloBe The Boss
[MP3] Phantom BuffaloKilling’s Not Ok

With a song like, A Bathing Suit For A Rich Girl, I immediately thought of the latest Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. Yes, I know you all are such avid readers, right? This year was a good year for the magazine (as if it has an off year) mainly because they set a new world record. That’s right, a true “rich girl bathing suit” in the form of $30 Million Bikini.

Connor had his picture and commentary on Ann Coulter, I’ll interject mine with Molly Sims (the antithesis of Ann Coulter) who is looking inconceivably hot in her “record breaking” photoshoot. Check out the budget breaking bikini here.
Talk about some strange tan lines.

End of commentary. The picture speaks 30 million words.

Hip-Hop Anonymous?

Damn…I know if you guys have been following this site for a while, you’ll know that I rarely post any hip-hop or rap… and it’s definitely not because I don’t like any… I actually don’t have a reason! I want to start posting more and more that I like, because I feel it’s obviously something this blog of mine is missing. So…here’s an opening batch of songs for the rap-conscious hipsters out there:

[MP3] BlackaliciousChemical Calisthenics
[MP3] BlackaliciousThe Rise & Fall Of Elliot Brown
Tim Parker (Gift of Gab) may be one of the most talented MCs out there. A lot of people don’t really like his take on the old-school style, but there’s no denying the man’s one of the biggest innovators in hip-hop in the past decade. Plus, he’s the fastest rhymer in the west.

[MP3] DangerDoomDoomage (ft. Non-Prophets, Slug & Brother Ali)
Here’s a little-known DangerDoom track. What makes this even better is that Providence rapper Sage Francis adds a few words…

[MP3] Gnarls BarkleyJust A Thought
After breaking UK sales records, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse can’t get any hotter. You guys have undoubtedly heard Crazy, but this one’s my favorite.

[MP3] Kanye West / José GonzálezGet ‘Em High / Lovestain
[MP3] The Game / José GonzálezDreams / Crosses
If Chris hasn’t already turned you guys onto this, listen to these tracks. I never would have thought that such a mash-up could be so good, but there you have it. Dert has turned four amazing songs into two even more incredible masterpieces.

[MP3] MadvillainMoney Folder (Four Tet Remix)
Here’s another great remix. Madvillainy is almost untouchable, so I’m sure it was a feat for Four Tet to come up with a remix that even remotely challenged the original…but listen closely, this shit’s too hot to pass up.

[MP3] MF DoomDedicated (w/ Wale Oyejide)
MF Doom is one MC that’s seriously growing on me. I really like his work with Madlib and Danger Doom, and I’m just starting to scratch the surface of his insanely extensive solo work…here’s a great song I found online somewhere, probably on a blog run by someone much cooler than me.

[ZIP] Hip-Hop Anonymous

News to me: Dance Punk advocates The Rapture have teamed up with Danger Mouse (pssh…who hasn’t?) for their new album! Here’s the first leaked single:

[MP3] The RaptureW.A.Y.U.H.
Umm…Talking Heads much? Jeeyayysus… I mean, influence is one thing, but this is down right theft… I can’t think of the name of the song, but isn’t there a TH song that’s almost exactly the same thing? Anyway, doesn’t change the fact that this is a good song. I wasn’t too much of an Echoes fanatic, but I really like what I hear so far… I guess a little Danger Mouse does the body good.

Check out more from The Rapture at the Hype Machine.

[edit: Band requested I take the song down, sorry]

[MP3] Sufjan StevensAdlai Stevenson
I am thoroughly convinced that Sufjan can and will forever do no wrong in creating the music he does. Every song seems so incredibly thought out and orchestrated, even if it’s as short and sweet as this one. He’s particularly gifted at humanizing and characterizing through his lyrics, telling incredible stories that really do facilitate some sort of connection to his listeners. At just under two minutes, this song is nothing short of perfect. Seriously.

“Adlai Stevenson” is off of a new KRS compilation, The Sound The Hare Heard. Pre-order it here.

Wolf Parade brought a marching band on stage for “You Are A Runner…” and “Fancy Claps” back to back… and at that moment, they became the second greatest band I’ve seen live.