Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election night / Cheap music on ebay

Election night is upon us, and I'm more nervous than a squirrel at a firing range. But since all of you voted (you did vote, didn't you?), this year's turnout is the highest since 1960. That's an incredible figure, and regardless of the results, quite an accomplishment. *sniff* I'm so proud of you, America.

Though I would be lying if I didn't say I hope Kerry wipes the floor with Monkeyboy. With Pennsylvania going blue mere minutes ago, it's definitely possible...

Also: I hate to use blogging space to advertise, but if any IDM fans out there haven't picked up the classic SKAMpler comp by now, here's your chance to get it on the cheap without paying import costs.

Much more music to come in the very near future, including new Juan McLean, TV on the Radio, Sukilove, Bugz in the Attic, and others too exciting to mention. For now, some interesting stuff from a recent Domino order:

Clinic, "T.K." (alternate studio version) (from Operating at a Theatre Near You Vol. 1)

Flying Saucer Attack, "Outdoor Miner" (Wire cover, from the Worlds of Possibility label sampler)

The critical consensus on Winchester Cathedral seems to be that it's an overwhelming disappointment. However, I find myself agreeing more with Nate Patrin's review in Seattle Weekly- though it's obviously (and somewhat troublingly) derivative of their earlier albums, the "revamped" songs are simply better takes on the same themes. Compare "The Magician" with "The Return of Evil Bill," for example. And "Falstaff" may be the best song Clinic have ever released.

This alternate mix of Internal Wrangler's "T.K." comes from Operating at a Theatre Near You Vol. 1, a recent disc of live tracks and rarities sold on tour and through Domino's webstore.

And I know bugger all about Flying Saucer Attack, but this Wire cover from the Worlds of Possibility compilation is a faithful (if somewhat shoegaze-y) interpretation of the Wire classic.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Happy Halloween / Vote Dammit

Full post later this evening; until then, here's your Very Special Halloween Treat:

Suspense- The Dunwich Horror (Nov. 11, 1945)

HP Lovecraft should need no introduction, but if you aren't in the know (you poor benighted fool, you), the HP Lovecraft Archive has everything you need.

And now a more serious message from the Music Bloggers For Democracy project:

Hey!! Stop what you're doing! You're not going to find that Arcade Fire live bootleg today, nor will you be stumbling across the b-side to "Hand In Glove", and there's no way you'll be finding that unreleased Pixies album. What you need to do is get ready to vote in the most important
election of our lives. Figure out where your nearest polling place is and make sure you are registered. Tell your friends to vote, tell your enemies for that matter. But just vote.

Worried that you're not informed enough to vote? You're on the internet - the information is out there waiting for you. Not a U.S. citizen? Then please call or email all your American friends and make sure they plan on voting. Many artists/organizations are stepping up and helping with the Get Out the Vote campaign, and now so are many of us in the music blogging community. Below are some links but please continue to add your own.


And since this is an mp3blog we've added a song or two as well.
Vote by Chris Stamey w/Yo La Tengo

Get Out And Vote On Novemeber 2nd. Regular Blogging Will Commence On November 3rd.


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