} TBE Digest 3 • 12/03/09

sad spoonThe music this week is not so much “craptastic” as it is “disappointing” or “uninteresting.” Anyway, enough “quotation marks,” let’s get on to the “music.”

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THE KING OF ROCKSPRINGS is THE PERFECT music for this GUY

KingOf rocksprings

i’ll bring the wine you’ll bring the chocolate

♫ The King of Rocksprings – The Perfect Guy

Holy crap, the dude behind The King Of Rocksprings has quite a story. Scott Sosbee started his musical career 14 years ago in Athens, GA (and then in Ohio) as he played in various bands. He also did design work for bands like Of Montreal, Now It’s Overhead, and Azure Ray (with whom he had earlier drummed for). Anyway, as a gay dude in the south he wasn’t exactly overwhelmed with potential suitors so hi hightailed it to NYC and began chronicling his adventures in the big city. A crazy trapeze accident and a subsequent revelation to re-focus on music led to the 5 track EP, The Milkman & The Postman Problem. Apparently this think is about as fresh as the daily milk (or post/mail?) because The King Of Rocksprings has all of 8 friends on MySpace (TBE included) and “The Perfect Guy” has been listened to 34 times. Do not sleep, people. Scott might not have the most elegant vocal stylings but he slays it with his energy and honesty. “The Perfect Guy” is reminiscent of early Less Than Jake with it’s head bobbing tempo, amped up horns, and fun attitude. “Kicking Dogs / Throwing Phones” is a beautiful piano ballad in the vein of Jack’s Mannequin at his most heartfelt. The girls from Azure Ray (as well as a few others) guest on the EP and their vocals add the perfect balance to Scott’s rough delivery. I highly recommend these jams and would post more tracks but I don’t want to give the damn thing away. I just hope we get a full LP soon.

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REAL ONES play music for EVERYone whose DOG HAS HIS spot on the sunDAY porch

Real Ones

for some people it takes no effort as if luck runs in their veins

♫ Real Ones – Every Dog Has His Day

Twangy and tangy, this is exactly how I likes my folk jams. Real Ones may be from Norway but they seem to have captured jug-booze drinking, front-porch-sitting, knee slapping country jams just perfectly. They even threw on a bit of violin to add some depth of flavor. I just wish I could say that the rest of their album, All For The Neighborhood, was this rousing or inspired. If you are into some mellower twang then it might be your thang but it kinda left me hang…ing. Ok, that was rough, sorry. Just enjoy the music.

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Instrumental Mini-Mix with Joe Goddard, Portasound, MarchFourth, and Sensual Harassment

If any of you are studying/working/thinking deep thoughts as much as me then you might want some tunes to keep you company. Here are some instrumental jams I have been listening to lately. Tunes without those pesky lyrics to distract you but not so mellow as to put you to sleep.

Joe Goddard♫ Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard just dropped his solo debut, Harvest Festival, and it sounds kinda like half-baked Hot Chip rejects. To be fair, it’s clearly a different project but it just doesn’t have the staying power of his other job. “Apple Bobbing” is my jam on the album. It retains a bit of that Hot Chip flavor as it blends nicely into the background of whatever you are doing. As for the rest of the disc, there a few other worthwhilers but in general it’s not so much offensive or boring, just not a revelation. Joe doesn’t have his own MySpace but you can hear some tracks at the record label’s page.(eMusic)

Portasound♫ Portasound – Press Red For Burt Baccarach

Portasound hail from London and have named themselves after a cheap type of keyboard. The emphasis is definitely on the music here as they rip through 5 minutes of rad music without uttering one word. NME has noticed them and hopefully more will soon. These guys need a record deal and we need an album. They have quite a few more jams over at their MySpace but I don’t have the time to listen to them all so someone fill me in, yeah? (MySpace)

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MarchFourth♫ MarchFourth – Crack Haus

The MarchFourth Marching Band are a Portland, Oregan based marching band/performance troupe who have a 2007 live album under their belt and have just released Rise Up, an album I don’t have but desperately need. These guys know how to do instrumental music. “Crack Haus” easily stands alone as an entertaining piece of music but I can imagine that combined with a killer live show and some acrobatics it goes to a whole new level. (MySpace /// eMusic)

Sensual Harassment♫ Sensual Harassment – Daddy Long Legs

Besides having the best band name of the year, Sensual Harassment are killing it with the album art as well. That kind of icing on top of a jam-cake like “Daddy long Legs” is pure sweetness. Yeah, ok, so there are some minimal vocals towards the end of this one but repeating “everybody party” shouldn’t chaff your business too much. The Brooklyn based dudes have two other jams available at eMusic but no proper release yet. Stay tuned. (MySpace /// eMusic)

LADY OF THE SUNSHINE is binding me with a DAISY CHAIN

Lady Of The Sunshine

cause i’m in love with how you feel in my heart

♫ Lady Of The Sunshine – Daisy Chain

Lady of The Sunshine is a dude from Australia and “Daisy Chain” is the second-least listened to song on his MySpace. I heard it on IGIF’s recommendation and it instantly struck a chord with me. I’ve yet to delve too deep into the dudes oeuvre because I am enjoying the purity of “Daisy Chain.” It’s the kind of song that takes whatever your are feeling and just chills it out a few notches. It’s calming, in a good way, like a big meal or wine in a warm room. So don’t think too much about this one, just scope that awesome album art and let the pulsing drums and dancing guitar massage your ears.

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«Flashback« Sponge – Molly / Plowed

Sponge_Rotting Pinata

to see wide open with a head that’s broken

♫ Sponge – Molly (Sixteen Candles) / 1994

I always knew that one of my favorite songs from the 90s was “Molly (Sixteen Candles)” and that it was performed by Sponge. Hence the reason why I tracked this jam down to put up here. In the process of putting this post together I heard mention of their other hit off their ’94 debut Rotting Piñata, “Plowed.” Not remembering what that sounded like I nabbed it too. Holy shit! It’s that song! “Plowed” is for sure another flashback-inducing formative-years jam that I am embarrassed to admit I did not realize was by Sponge as well. Better for you kids, though. Double whammy flashback this week. Both of these jams are super nostalgia inducing for me. I don’t know why exactly but they both bring an instant surge of nondescript emotion. Crazy.

♫ Sponge – Plowed / 1994

Because I love it you, I’ve thrown in Sponge’s cover of the Speed Racer theme. Listen to it on repeat for 2 hours and I guarantee you’ll have ore fun than that Whackowski bros joint.

BONUS: ♫ Sponge – Go Speed Racer Go (cover)

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KIT sound like a bunch of sexy ANIMALS

Kit Animals

your less will be my more

♫ KIT – Animals

Remember when you got yearbooks in middle/high-school and everyone would sign it with some bullshit comment about blah blah and then sign off with “K.I.T.!” Yeah, well the Paris based band of the same name is way more fun than that. “Animals” is the perfect cocktail of sultry Parisian vocals and bouncing electro fun. It’s kind of luck foreplay on a ferris wheel, only with more lazer effects. If you aren’t turned on during the first go-round then hold on until 3:25 when the synth solo comes in and just murders it. Damn, the more I’m listening to this song the better it gets. Seriously, headphone this one and crank it up! No album yet, but a few more jams at their MySpace. Tough to beat “Animals,” though.(Thanks to The Recommender for the tip!)

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CHEW LIPS serve some SLICK slices of sonicaly succulent synth

Chew Lips

dappled and blue like a midnight moon, never knew what we got into

♫ Chew Lips – Slick

Despite having a kinda gross band name, Chew Lips make some quite pretty electro-pop. “Solo” , “Seven” and “Salt Air” have been out for a bit, the first having been featured on the Kitsune 7 compilation. All three are solid chick-vocal synth jams, but it’s recent single “Slick” that really grabbed me. Part pop fun and part haunted emotions make for synth-pop with a little more depth to it. No word on an album from these Londoners but let’s hope they are on top of things and maybe even considering track titles that don’t start with S. I hear there are like 25 other options or something.

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