BODEGA GIRLS AIN’T music to sit to so grab THAT COLD one and join the party

Bodega Girls

you took what’s mine and made it yours, and that ain’t alright

♫ Bodega Girls – Ain’t That Cold

This song is a party. Like a whole party. A really good party. All in one song. You know how I feel about this: I feel awesome! Boston’s Bodega Girls previously gave us a remix of Port O’Brien that didn’t leave me expecting this level of fun from their original material. “Ain’t That Cold” is a back-and-forth breakup throwdown between jilted lovers that finishes the fighting by 2:55. The next 2 instrumental minutes of party I are surely for the sweet dance-off. (Winner gets the cat.) I love how they tae their time with the track and clocking at over 6 minutes it still ends too soon. Bodega Girls’ straight up guitar and drums party are definitely being slept on right now. They have barely 1300 listens on despite a second stellar track “She’s Into Black Guys.” Grab that one over at RCRD•LBL and if you are really feeling them then bust over to their fundraising site where they are offering some wild package deals to raise funds for recording.

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TRUMAN PEYOTE has a NEW WIFE, a NEW LIFE, and a new kick ass jam!

Truman Peyote

this used to be fun for me

♫ Truman Peyote – New Wife, New Life

I like this. Oh yeah. And not just the great band name, but the song, man, the song! That little guitar diddling at the beginning gets itself rolling as this jam picks up some serious momentum. And the wail that starts at 2:10? Hell yeah! If I was a runner this would be my music for running. Keep a look out for more to come from this Massachusetts two-some whose full length LP, Light-Lightening, is getting a proper release soon. Maybe it’ll have lyrics in the liner notes, cause I’m having trouble catching everything. Maybe I should stop jumping on the couch.

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«Flashback« Remy Zero – Prophecy

Remy Zero

you want this world so you can own it

♫ Remy Zero – Prophecy / 1998

Remy Zero was my jam back in the day. First this track ripped through the radio and then I got into the full album. I seem to remember their 2001 follow up, The Golden Hum, to be a disappointment but this album was solid. Or at least it was last time I listened… 10 years ago. Anyway, “Prophecy” still gets a few replays around TBE HQ. Remy Zero disbanded in 2003 but there were always some interesting tidbits behind the band. 1) They were discovered when Radiohead heard their demos and brought them on their The Bends tour. 2) The singer, Cinjin Tate, was married to and divorced from Alyssa Milano the year after this album came out. 3) Villa Elaine was named after the Hollywood apartment building the band lived in while recording it. 4) Former Remy Zero member, Cedric Lemoyne, is now in O + S, a band I am not into. There. Bored yet? Yeah, me too. Sorry.

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THINK ABOUT LIFE have an apt name and song for JOHANNA

Think About Life - Family

get your mind right out of the gutter, let the birds fly under your feathers

♫ Think About Life – Johanna

For those of you not into the gloom of Halloween here is an upbeat jam for your weekend. Think About Life are from Montreal and their sophomore album, Family, has been out in Canada but just recently made it’s way to The States, and to my ears. I can’t get over this horn filled pep-talk of a jam. It’s just the song I have needed this past week. Even Pitchfork is feeling these guys, giving another Family standout, “Havin’ My Baby,” a “best new music” honor. The whole album is a solid collection of fun, upbeat, and sometimes silly jams that definitely deserve a listen. I haven’t fallen in love with it yet but it is certainly drawing me in. If you are feeling this business then head over to Stereogum for a “Havin’ My Baby” mp3 and two trippy videos for other Family tracks. Then put on the album tomorrow morning and cleaning up your Halloween party mess will be a breeze.

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YO MAJESTY are a bunch of FREAKS who have just COME OUT with a perfect halloween party track


before we do, can i slap that ass?

♫ Yo Majesty – Freaks Come Out

Yo Majesty kind of scare me but I guess since it’s Halloween that is the point, huh? The Tampa, Florida, based duo are known for being lesbian, Christian, and performing topless so it’s easy to imagine them as some sort of gimmick group. Lucky for us they just released this jam for Halloween and I say it redeems the weirdness. And that album art is pretty fresh too. If you will be anywhere near a Halloween party tonight you should put this one on. Throw on the super weird/scary video for full effect. Play safe kids. There are gonna be some freaks out tonight.

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BIG BOI is about to SHINE. Cock-BLOCKAS can step off.


i’m on my grind shawdy, don’t block my shine shawdy

♫ Big Boi – Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]

Oh man, I was just beginning to lose hope in getting a fresh hip hop anthem to get amped to. No surprise that it dipped in from Big Boi who comes correct with this mid-tempo anthem for cruising in convertibles everywhere. Everyone knows that my white ass isn’t up on his rap game so no surprise I don’t know shit about Gucci Mane except how to say his name. But whatever, this jam is is a taste of Big Boi’s long awaited solo LP, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The thing has been in the works for years so it’s good to hear this freshness. I am officially stoked.

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THE FEATURES have me heading to THE bar and DRAWING a pint ’cause it’s time to stomp the BOARDs!


every time i think we’ve reached the end we just meet back here and do it again

♫ The Features – The Drawing Board

OK, let’s get something clear. Just because The Features are from Sparta, Tennessee, doesn’t mean that it’s OK I haven’t heard of them until now… 12 years after their first EP! Come on guys, throw a dude a bone. It could have gone like this:

Yo B! Lovin the blog! The remixes are sooo fresh! BTW, I am from Sparta, TN, and we got a band in these parts that has been rockin my socks since they had Spidey on ’em. The Features’ new track “The Drawing Board” is a duo of horns and guitars that is made for foot stomping and beer drinking. We have been partying too it all week! Check it out!

See how easy that would have been? You didn’t even have to mention that the album “The Drawing Board” is on is called Some Kind Of Salvation and that it has fresh album art and is out now. I can mine those knowledge-nuggets myself!

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DEAD MAN’S BONES is music for when MY BODY’S tired, feeling like A ZOMBIE, or FOR YOU to enjoy at Halloween!


i can’t fit in this skin
it’s worn and used and thin

♫ Dead Man’s Bones – My Body’s a Zombie for You

In April I saw this video. It was a new band performing their only song in a cemetery. It was fantastic. Considering that the only mp3 available was a rip off the video (below) I figured I would a wait a bit so I could share a proper recording with you all. Well now their debut LP has finally come out and the damn song isn’t even on it! I don’t think Dead Man’s Bones ever recorded a studio version. I would be pissed, except that what they did record is a fantastic album. The collaboration between Ryan Gosling (yes, the actor) and Zach Shields began as a”theatrical monster ghost love story for the stage” but quickly evolved into an album. Keeping those themes, they learned a bunch of instruments, brought in a children’s choir (brilliant), and recorded the perfect Halloween album. (Read the pretty interesting full story here). Considering it’s origins (monster-theater, Hollywood actor) the album is surprisingly not-corny, and considering it’s themes (ghosts, death, cemeteries) it’s surprisingly not-scary. The music is at times haunting (“Dead Hearts”), dancey (“In The Room Where You Sleep”), and catchy (“Pa Pa Power”), but always solid and has a surprisingly universal appeal for such a niche concept. I know you don’t have your shit together for Halloween so get this album and get to work! Just don’t let the rhythm take control of your pumpkin carving hand or you could end partying with real ghouls! AAHHAahaaa… Oh boy, that may have actually had some weight if the guy in their awesome promo video had said it.

♫ Dead Man’s Bones – Name In Stone (Live Version)

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