Blitzen Trapper’s tale of the Black River Killer


i’ve been wandering in the dark about as long as sin
but they say it’s never too late to start again

♫ Blitzen Trapper- Black River Killer

I just realized that my last two posts were a bit electro-dance-club heavy so I’ll slow it down a bit here… for both of our sakes. Blitzen Trapper hail from Portland, Oregon, and have a handful of acclaimed albums under their belt but this is the first track of theirs I have given a solid listen too. “Black River Killer” is the simple tale of a man whose blood-lust has the best of him and it’s probably the catchiest song about a “psycho killer” since the Talking Heads song of that name. Except that what perhaps is more eerie is the straightforward delivery of the lyrics, with no remorse or emotion in the voice. Listening to a few tracks on Blitzen trapper’s MySpace doesn’t draw me further into their sound but I’m absolutely OK with playing “Black River Killer” 10 times in a row and calling it an album.

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DJ Tiësto with Tegan and Sara is a collaboration so odd I can Feel It In My Bones


i take my heart out of my chest, i just don’t need it anymore

♫ DJ Tiësto w Tegan & Sara – Feel It In My Bones

When I started TBE 7 months ago, putting up a track by Tiësto was the last thing I ever thought I would do with it. Well, fuck. So much for that plan. But it’s not my fault! The legendary dutch DJ (and perennial butt of any ‘shitty DJ’ joke) had to go and team up with a roster of respected artists for his new album, Kaleidoscope. “Feel It In My Bones” still reeks of Tiësto and his mega-club sound but it also has my favorite Canadian-lesbian-indie-twins singing on it and maybe that’s enough for me. It’s been a few years since the girls’ last album and I think we are all hankering for some T&S. I wish I could say that this Tiësto post will be my one and only but with his forthcoming Kaleidoscope featuring Nelly Furtado, Emily Haines of Metric, Jónsi of Sigur Rós, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, and Calvin Harris among others I just can’t promise anything.

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Acid Girls and Frankmusik demand that we Wake Up!

Acid Girls

i look outside my eyes and all i see is rain

♫ Acid Girls w/ Frankmusik – Wake Up

Need a little pep in your Thursday? Yeah me too. Luckily Los Angeles DJ duo Acid Girls teamed up with Frankmusik for this mindless dance jam. If you dig Frankmusik’s fun songs then you will likely appreciate this. Pounding bass and and high pitched vocals to motivate you to either dance or at least get up to turn it off.

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Gotye thinks we need to Learnalilgivinanlovin’. Pardon?


what’s the use of keeping all the good things that you’ve found to yourself?

♫ Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin’

If listening to “Learnalilgivinanlovin'” makes you feel like you have traveled back in time then you would be right… except that the time you have traveled to is only 2006, the year Australia’s Gotye (via Belgium) released this track down under. Gotye has became a sort of Aussie sensation, even garnering comparisons to Beck. He is finally getting some love in the rest of the world as 2006’s Like Drawing Blood gets released stateside. Other tracks I have heard off Like Drawing Blood are very different in vibe and energy, but perhaps his various talents are what got the album nominated for an ARIA Award. I look forward to hearing the rest, especially if in accompanied by awesome album art like this! [Thanks PMA]

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«Flashback« Millencolin – Bullion


if i only had the strength to make some muffins then i swear that i would share them with you now

♫ Millencolin – Bullion / 1996

Most of the bands here in Flashback corner were brought to my attention (and yours, I imagine) through their radio play. Millencolin, however, never got radio love and instead reached my ears through my other favorite music discovery medium of the 90s: Compilations. For anywhere from free to five dollars, I could get a flavor of 15 or so new artists and depending on what struck a chord, go from there. It was on an early Vans comp that I discovered “Bullion,” a song that became an instant classic for me. Millencolin are like a Swedish Blink 182 and Life On A Plate was like their Dude Ranch, only without so much attention. There is not much else to say without getting boring with all the great memories I have of listening to this album. If you don’t know it the I’m not sure it’s worth revisiting now. I think you had to be there. And be 14. Kind of a right time, right place kind of thing.

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White Rabbits have a Plot to fire their Percussion Gun in your ears

White Rabbits

where do you get off and how can i get there too?

♫ White Rabbits – Percussion Gun

As sometimes happens around TBE, things slip through the cracks. Unfortunately White Rabbits were one of those things. “Percussion Gun” leaked in March and It’s Frightening came out in May but I only recently got on the wagon. “It was actually “The Plot” (below) from their previous LP, Fort Nightly, that pulled me down the rabbit hole, if you will. “Percussion Gun” is not as immediatly addictive but definitely grew on me, especially once I picked up the whole It’s Frightening album. I am sure that comparisons to Cold War Kids have been made before but it bears repeating, as well as their respective albums.

♫ White Rabbits – The Plot

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Yes, Giantess’ new track is Tough. N’ other Stuff too…

Yes, Giantess

she got a tongue like a crackin’ whip

♫ Yes Giantess – Tuff n’ Stuff

Yes Giantess’ profile describes them as being the “tequila-fueled love-child of Iglu & Hartly and Hockey, with a raging doubt that Passion Pit might actually be the father [of].” Since all three of those bands are TBE faves (click links!) I would be remiss to no pass along this track. Actually, those reasons have nothing to do with why I am sharing this. I share because it is a good song, regardless of any illegitimate paternity issues. I also share because it is an interesting song. Tuff N’ Stuff starts out clear enough, a love song with a rapping-over-synth combo (that reminds me of Chiddy Bang’s “Truth” for some reason). And then something happens. It’s balls just drop off. The drums cut out and singer Jan Rosenfeld goes all mushy on us with words like “smiling,” beautiful,” “feelings” and the real kicker, “love.” Whoa. But then BAM, the dance party is back on and he is comparing her to a pirate ship! It’s just back and forth, up and down, hot and cold, tough and stu.. Oh. I get it. Awesome.

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Naïve New Beaters need to Get more Love


let’s see what you’ve got apart from what you say

♫ Naïve New Beaters – Get Love

Lately, this thing keeps happening to me where I am sure that a new song I dig is the only good one by the band. Then I go to write about it and discover they have a solid catalog of jams. Damn. There are definitely worse ways to be wrong! Well, it was Dinosaur Pile-Up the other day and now it’s France’s Naïve New Beaters. The Recommender turned me on a few weeks back and “Get Love” has been simmering in my stereo since then. A love anthem for the love-challenged sung in an awesome French accent, It’s big, loud, and full of goofy fun. Straight up my alley. If you like what you hear then definitely head over to RCRD•LBL for 2 more tracks off of their debut LP Wallace (out now). “Can’t Choose” may be the catchiest song I’ve heard all week and “Live Good” has the best video I have seen in a while.

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