Wednesday, November 26, 2008

She's Done Us Wrong Enough Times

Metronomy has been one of my favorite new artists this year. Their album Nights Out is a slow-grower. The first couple tracks, instrumentals, wear you out a bit when you reach "Radio Ladio" it's love.
But my favorite track has been "Heartbreaker," which has been remixed dozens and dozens of times. On the original, I love the squealchy, creaky keyboards and percussion. The sounds on it are just great. I really am enjoying this remix of the song also, because it preserves much of what I love of the original but upgrading it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nerd Voice

Original drawing by Chad Crouch
So I'm Copfy and I'll be your mix guide today. Today are some nice poppy tunes to make your Saturday a little bit brighter.

Copfy-Nerd Voice mini mix (26.05 Min, 36 MB)

Islands-Abominable Snow
Good Shoes-Small Town Girl
Vampire Weekend-Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Very Best Remix)
Peter Bjorn & John-Let's Call it Off (Girl Talk Remix)
YACHT-It's Coming To Get You
Late of the Pier-The Bears are Coming


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hazards of Love

Photo by the awesome Alicia J. Rose

If you didn't read the news on Pitchfork today, go and check out because oh my word, their new album Hazards of Love sounds like it's going to be epic. Talking to Rolling Stone,
It’s a twisty, fantastical story about a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William, who is desperate for the two of them to be reunited; a forest queen; and a villainous rake. “There’s a story there, but it’s really painted with broad strokes,” says Meloy.
Look for Hazards of Love around the end of March 2009!

AND the Decemberists just played a show in Michigan last week and you can go get a recording of the show in FLAC lossless format here. Thanks very much to the recorder! It's great quality and the closer is a new chapter to "Hazards of Love" that is just beautiful! (If you don't know anything about FLAC I'd recommend you look here about converting FLAC files to MP3s for your own use, not to be redistributed).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ruler of the...

So since I was gone Marnie Stern came onto the scene. I guess you love her or hate her. I love her. Check out her video for "Ruler" and maybe you'll like her too.

Monday, November 17, 2008

We Are Young

I don't know how many of you may have already heard Portland's The Shaky Hands' new CD Lunglight but it s spectacular. I just recently got it and ran through the whole thing about twice. The melodies instantly get lodged in your head and their feel-good vibes are infectious. I really don't know a whole lot about them but darnit if Portland didn't do it again in churning out the awesome acts.

The Shaky Hands-We Are Young

You can buy Lunglight from Kill Rock Stars or Holocene Music. Or even on iTunes if your need is urgent. (At Kill Rock Stars you get a free poster with your order oooohh if that sways you any)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Days of Elaine

The other day in the mail I got my latest edition of the Decemberists' Always a Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, this edition month's 12" vinyl being the lovely "Days of Elaine" backed with "Days of Elaine (long)" and "I'm Sticking With You." The songs are truly great and the vinyl is beautiful. If you haven't bought the vinyl, I strongly recommend it. You can buy "Days of Elaine"and other Decemberists goodies here. Or buy the first two volumes of Always a Bridesmaid on iTunes.
And last week the group popped in on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and played "Days of Elaine." Here's the video.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Ohio's own awesome blues rockers The Black Keys made their last album, Attack & Release with DangerMouse and was a pretty stellar disc. They are also quite awesome to see live. We saw them open for Arcade Fire awhile back in Austin and it was one of the sweatiest, heaviest shows I've been too.
If you've never seen them live, don't worry. They're set to release a new live DVD called The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom (which is where we saw Sleater-Kinney take their final bow and is a very cool venue too) on November 18th. Produced and directed by Lance Bangs (husband of Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, Jackass film guy, and also director of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' live DVD Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow, Belle & Sebastian's Fans Only, Sonic Youth's Corporate Ghost etc.) Here's a video and MP3 from the DVD, of the song "I Got Mine"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Just Half of a Sunburn

So, Matt & Kim, meet the readers of Dreams of Horses. Readers, meet Matt & Kim. This adorable video just made me love this song. It's an incredibly catchy tune and I can't get enough of Kim's huge grin through the whole thing. Kind've reminds me of Karen O's face while playing live.
Matt & Kim are from Brooklyn. They have a new CD coming out soon called Grand and I can't wait to hear it all. They're going on tour with Cut Copy in March (see the tour dates at Pitchfork). Here's a video of when Matt & Kim rolled through Denton last year:

Friday, November 07, 2008

Shark Week

Around here in these parts, we love us some Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond. We loved her first CD, Bring Me the Workhorse and am totally loving her latest CD A Thousand Shark's Teeth. For such a delicate girl, she's got an incredible voice (she studied opera here in Texas) and great songs.
And she happens to have a new CD called Shark Remixes Vol 1 because, like she did with Workhorse she let people have a crack at remixing her already great songs (the results of the first remix album was Tear it Down). But this time she's letting four people remix several songs and they're releasing each one as an EP. This first one was remixed by Alfred Brown. You can buy Shark Remixes Vol 1 on iTunes for $5.99. Here's a peek.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

It's Boring

Photo by Sarah Meadows
Tonight! YACHT makes a super-special stop tonight in Dallas at Club Dada (buy tickets here). I wish I could go but I can't. Though my sister CC is planning on going so maybe she'll take some pictures or video? That'd be sweet. YACHT is of course here wasting time before the Fun Fun Fun Fest on Saturday/Sunday that I also won't be attending. Lame. Anyway, here's a B-side from YACHT's first DFA release, Summer Song. It's VERY DFA-sounding more on the second half but the lyrics are still goofy and YACHT-ly. Buy the EP on iTunes and get a remix of the other track, "So Post All 'Em."

YACHT-"It's Boring / You Can Live Anywhere You Want"
YACHT-"So Post All 'Em"

Here's video CC took when YACHT last came to Rubber Gloves in Denton.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Getting Down

So I thought I'd share this little mix I made this morning with you. It's a good little dance mix, great for dancing in your car, cubicle, club, or comfort zone. The editing's not too hot (my first) but the songs fit well together I think. Hope you enjoy!

Dreams of Horses-Getting Down Mix (66.05 MB)
Here's the tracklist:
The Kills-Getting Down
Fujiya & Miyagi-Uh
Hot Chip-Wrestlers (Sticky Dirty Pop Mix)
Cansei de Ser Sexy-Let's Reggae All Night
Ratatat-Shempi (Zongamin Remix)
Ladyhawke-My Delerium
Friendly Fires-In the Hospital
Calvin Harris-The Girls
Lo-Fi Fnk-Wake Up
Digitalism-Pogo (Radio Edit)
Cut Copy-Nobody Lost, Nobody Found

A New Day in America

Photo by Diegu
Well America, this is the today promised to you yesterday. Congratulations and good luck to Barack Obama as he takes his position as our future president. We know you have a lot to fix and change.

This song is completely my favorite off of their latest album, Made in the Dark. I love Hot Chip's ability to make real dancefloor fillers ("Over & Over," "Boy From School," "Ready For the Floor," etc) and slower R&B-like jams (see "Look After Me" from The Warning and most of Coming on Strong). This is an acoustic recording made by frontman Alexis Taylor. It's found on the "One Pure Thought" single. Buy it on iTunes.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Slowest Rhyme

Hey you all remember how I'm in love with Bobby Birdman? Since I've been gone there's two more reasons!! No he hasn't made a new CD sadly. But he did remix up this old Young MC track.

Young MC-Slowest Rhyme (Bobby Birdman Remix)
You can find it on the Bust a Move Remix 12" also with Diplo and Don Rimini remixes at Delicious Vinyl. Or here on iTunes.

Well that was one thing. The other is that he has a new(?) track on the Hush Records' DECA compilation celebrating Hush's 10 year mark. This song is just SO cool. If you don't like Bobby Birdman, at least download this next track. I really think you'll like it. The drums are sick.

Bobby Birdman-Ridin' for a Fall (Young Dub)

You can download the DECA compilation at Hush. Or if you have a heart you can buy it for however much you want, as that is the new style of CD selling.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Nothin' But Girls

Evie Sands - Take Me For A Little While
by soulpatrol

Well I was looking through some of my CDs and came across own my sister had given me that a guy she worked (his name's Matt, or DJ Boom)with had given her. It's 23 songs of old 60's girl groups, all pretty short, full of heartbreak and pleading. It's a really enjoyable listen so I thought I'd just put up the whole thing. You've probably heard several of them but, still worth hearing. Some of them I don't know the name of the group so if you know you'll have to tell me.

Various Artists-Nothin' But Girls

And for an extra bonus, here's Neko Case covering "Train from Kansas City," which is sung originally by The Shangri-las if I'm not wrong.
Neko Case-Train From Kansas City

Saturday, November 01, 2008

'86 'Til Infinity

Hey so um, I got back this Monday from Mexico. I've been kinda just soaking in everything. New music, movies, tv, fashion, everything. I am really glad to be back and start takin' care of the blog. My sister Carol did a pretty good job as she could. She's a workaholic so I understand why the posts weren't many but we're gonna start changing that.

I'd really like to change the layout of the site but I don't have any skills. So if you think you can help, it'd be appreciated. If not, I'll try and muck through it all...

Anyway, this is a really awesome mix that Copy made for XLR8R magazine called "'86 'Til Infinity"
It's full of awesome Portland bands (Glass Candy, Atole, YACHT, The Blow, Copy, etc.) and well, just check it out.

Copy-'86 'Til Infinity Mix