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Hello all, thanks for providing such a great little place. DEAN over at DVDVR suggested I post this here too seeming to think you guys would like it.

I'm going through my music collection the last few days to pare it down to a reasonable size. I just picked up a 400 disc changer for $100 on craigslist and want to knock my cd collection down to 400 total (burned and original) so I'm ripping a ton of stuff to my HD and deciding which is burnable and which is mp3 city.

I'm going through albums I haven't heard in years and yet I feel an attachment to them. I ask myself "how can I live without you?" Not only that, but I find myself listening as I rip and realizing why I bought the album in the first place. A track will catch me and I'm in love all over again.

So, I figured I'd post a track here or there of some lesser known gems as my parting shot to them. Little-known stuff on indies only. I must say goodbye, but I am sending them off well into the ears of others. If the mods have a problem, just let me know and I'll knock it off.

Today's cut is a track from Hazel called "Airiana" from the album of the same name. Hazel were from Portland, OR and played delicious power-poppy goodness. They were on SubPop for awhile, but were dropped after Portland failed to become Seattle version 1.1

xhttp://s4.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1GF9IV0UM30YB1CDWYKSBHP48N


It is my intent to drop a track every day or two. If a link is down, lemme know and I'll try to get a new one up. I am lazy though, so it might not happen.


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Thanks!



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It was 1997. I was in college. I worked in college radio. In fact, I was the Program Director so hundreds of cds were crossing my path on any given week. Sometimes the A&R guys/gals would send two copies of an album. Freebies!!!!!

Flashback: College wasn't kind to me in the girl department. My first few months in the dorms back in 1994 was a portent of things to come. My second night in the dorms and I'm drunk as a skunk after downing a case of MGD and smoking a joint or two and there's a knock on my door at about four in the morning. Its Gina. Gina's this hot little number with raven black hair and a petite little body and a come fuck me look.

"Can I sleep here tonight?" she says, "my roommate's boyfriend is in our dorm room. I somehow lucked out and got a single dorm room. I had met this girl for five minutes earlier in the day and I'm thinking "sweet!" "Uh, yeah" I say, trying to hide the erection stirring in my pants, "c'mon in."

Gina hops into bed with me and we begin making out. The erection is growing larger, making me think I might actually have a big dick. After about two minutes, she says "wait, I have a boyfriend" rolls over and passes out. Of course I was dumb enough to let her come over again a few nights later (I was 18, what did I know?) where she took off her clothes before hopping in bed and then pulled the same routine. A week later she hooked up with a friend. Gina was on the outs forever.

Painfully, this was how most of my college life went. I guess I got into a more sensitive mode. Girls will do that to you.

Back to 1997: I started listening to less Motorhead and more indie rock. Not only was I feeling kind of wussy, but I thought it might get me laid (I guess). Little did I know that as a chubby guy who listened to hiphop and Motorhead, indie chicks were not going to fuck me. Ahh sweet life.

Anyhow, I remember getting two copies of No Less The Trees Than The Stars by a band called Purple Ivy Shadows. Whenever I got doubles I'd keep it if I liked it or trade it in with four others to the Wherehouse who had a 5 used for one new type of deal. I happened to hold onto this one cuz I liked it.

Purple Ivy Shadows were kind of Wilco meets emo or something like that - lush pop melodies, countrified slide guitar backgrounds and a singer who sounds like a nasally bitch. I still dig this, even though I have no justification.

Today I bring you Purple Ivy Shadows's "No Health" from No Less The Trees Than The Stars.

xhttp://s15.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1KZQF6RZ3OJ0F10LF3MMW69E3R

yousendit isn't so keen on hot linking, so I put the x before http - just cut, paste and remove the x
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.44
    Originally posted by DevinIntervention
    yousendit isn't so keen on hot linking, so I put the x before http - just cut, paste and remove the x
Oh THAT'S why you did that. Okay, I'll put it back in in your first post. Sorry!



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OMG Purple Ivy Shadows. My favorite WFMU show used to be TK Folger's and he played them ALLLLLL the time, saying "Purple Ivy Shadows ... SLEEP ROCK ... you heard it here first ... yes ... you have witnessed ... the birth ... of SLEEP ROCK." Every single week.

I never managed to pick up a Purple Ivy Shadows record, though, so this is exciting!



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.94
    Originally posted by Ruby Trax
    OMG Purple Ivy Shadows. My favorite WFMU show used to be TK Folger's and he played them ALLLLLL the time, saying "Purple Ivy Shadows ... SLEEP ROCK ... you heard it here first ... yes ... you have witnessed ... the birth ... of SLEEP ROCK." Every single week.

    I never managed to pick up a Purple Ivy Shadows record, though, so this is exciting!


Glad I could help. Yeah, they were total sleep rock - what a great neologism. When I was a DJ the best new genre I could imagine was mopecore.
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I can't get either link to work (and yes, I removed the x).



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    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    I can't get either link to work (and yes, I removed the x).


Must be down. I'll try and re-up. In the meantime.

Everytime someone puts on Polyphonic Spree (myself included), I think to myself "self, this orchestral shit is pretty good." Of course it is. But then I also think to myself "self, although the PS is great, they just don't bring the Phil Spector/Brian Wilson poppy goodiness that I wish they would."

Back in radioland: a double cd crosses my desk. The Music Director has already listened to it and she hates it. Of course, she's the type of miserable fuck who only listens to Fat Wreck Chords bands and if it ain't pop-punk, she ain't liking it.

Fat Wreck sucks. I mean really, they have maybe two decent bands (Good Riddance and Sick of it All). Generic, lame, trite, etc. etc. etc. I once went to a NOFX show just to see what the hullabaloo was all about and understood mass murder. Oh if I only had an uzi I would have killed every smarmy kid who thought that dick jokes, lesbian humor and farts were the end-all be-all of music (actually, they are, but NOFX is a one trick pony and their fans are too dumb to know)

So, this album, the High Llamas "Hawaii" was what it was. And I dug the shit out of it. Pure orchestral poppy Brian Wilson goodness. Nobody else on staff liked it so I pocketed it.

Today I bring you "Sparkle Up" by the High Llamas.

xxhttp://s25.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3LNJH20TQUI833OK84PT9WRQOL
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I'm not getting any of these to work.



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    Originally posted by messenoir
    I'm not getting any of these to work.
What browser, operating system, etc? Popup blockers? Firewall? Anything else in your environment I'm not thinking of asking you about?

I haven't had a problem from work (XP, Firefox) and all three links appear to still be working fine (although I have to be pretty patient before they actually begin).



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    Originally posted by messenoir
    I'm not getting any of these to work.


You sure you got rid of the x's before the http:// ? That was my problem (I have a hard time paying close attention sometimes).
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It's taking me to YouSendIt and giving me an error message:


    Error!
    An error has occured on the server.

    Please try after some time. A mail containing information
    for this error has been sent to the administrator.

    If you have any queries, please send an email to query@yousendit.com.


It's doing it on both Windows XP and OS X. I am using Firefox on the Mac and Mozilla on the PC. I do have ZoneAlarm, but if something is trying to download, ZoneAlarm should ask me before blocking it, I would think.

I don't have a firewall.



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The last semester of college my luck with the ladies took a sudden upswing. It started with Brittany. We dated for awhile and then things turned sour because she was an emotionally unstable bitch. I also got to mess around with Bonnie a little bit but blew it cuz I said something stupid. Then came Molly - actually, I hooked up with her on grad night at a big party at my house in which half the people ended up naked dancing to New Order and there were people getting frisky all over. We dated for a few months. Ahhh, college finally had fulfilled its promise.

Soon thereafter, not knowing what to do with my life, but knowing that a Philosophy degree wasn't going to get me anywhere, I started working in a supermarket. I instantly fell hard for Amanda and we started going out and I put off my plans to move to the big city and instead enrolled in a MA program in my alma mater. Amanda was everything I shouldn't have been able to have and I was her first which was weird because now I was the "experienced" one. After several months of dating, she broke it off citing the need to be alone for awhile. Of course, a couple of days later she was fucking a guy we worked with. I was stupid enough to hang onto my job for another two years to get agonized by them.

Flash forward a bit. I've picked up my MA. The economy is in the toilet, so city plans are out. I have nothing to do. I start dating Jamie, this cute girl I've known for awhile but not well enough. She's hot. Red curly hair, freckles, milky white skin - Irish/Native American. Of course, she's batshit insane, but I won't figure that out for another 8 months or so when she starts getting weird paranoid delusions.

I'm working at a law firm. I'm bored and missing my college radio days so I sign up with www.popmatters.com to do some reviews for them. I get free cds, they get free reviews. I start thinking that maybe music journalism is in my future and that if I do well on these I can shop them to big magazines, etc.

One of the ones I grab to review is "Runnin' Riot Across the USA," a live album by Cock Sparrer. http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/c/...rrer-live.shtml Cock Sparrer is like the ultimate oi band. I feel somewhat weird about being a fan of street punk. I'm a liberal Jew.

Oi is all about working class pride, drinking, soccer hooliganism and nationalism (sometimes bordering, sometimes crossing into, nazism). I'm cool with the first three anyway. I got into it from a college buddy, Damon, who was the penultimate punk rocker. I often make equivocations and say "well, Public Enemy disses Jews and I listen to them" but well, I have no excuse. When I hear "England Belongs to Me" I want to sing along, but then I remember it was a rallying cry during the Falklands Campaign. We'll end this discourse for the moment, but feel free to chime in. I feel the same queasiness about Anti-Seen, Ice Cube and Agnostic Front.

Anyhow, I'm writing for PopMatters and doing a lousy job. When you aren't getting paid and you're working full-time and going to the gym to lose your gut and having a full-time girlfriend and dealing with the near-death of your sister and the familial fallout related to it, the last thing you want to do is put effort into is free reviews. I'll never be a music journalist - not a paid one anyway.

So I didn't have a computer either which made life hard. I'd sneak into the school computer lab to write and email my reviews. Jamie would sneak me in sometimes. We were there on a Friday night when I wrote the review for Cock Sparrer. At about 10:30 PM, seeing the desolateness of the lab, we decided to run in to the bathroom for a quickie. Just as I'm pulling it out of my pants there's a knock on the door "hey, public safety, are you okay in there?" Denied!!!!

"I'm alright" I say and then I walk out leaving her to follow in a minute. We were busted, but the cop was cool. Kind of like "hey, leave now and we'll pretend this never happened." I have no idea what this has to do with Cock Sparrer, or this album, but it reminds me of the moment and this is what these threads are all about.

I just heard the other day that Jamie is getting married. May god have mercy on the poor dude's soul because I think she's an undiagnosed schizophrenic/paranoid.

Today I bring you two songs. England Belongs to Me, which is the penultimate oi song, and Take Em All, a great rocker. Enjoy.

Take Em All xxhttp://s23.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0Z162FGXYPDDJ3P4OM6VIQPR4K

England Belongs to Me xxhttp://s4.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=088FGEJ2MUL8A0IIIPMDNWDYWO

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CATCHING UP

I think Devin gave up on us (or never figured out you can't have two consecutive replies in a thread) - there's a week's worth of stories and songs here (board.deathvalleydriver.com) and I think he's given up THERE as well. Or maybe he's done all he'd planned to do. Yeah, I could ASK him, but you forget how LAZY I am. Anyway, click/go/collect 'em all



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and here we go

It must have been back around 1997 or so that I first heard No Knife. I was DJing at the local college station and their second album, "Hit Man Dreams" stumbled across my ears somehow and I was instantly hooked. The odd thing about No Knife was that you couldn't really peg them. By their name, and album covers, I had no idea what to expect.

Let me tell you a secret: when you work in radio, 70% of the time you can tell just what type of music a band makes just by playing the old game we used to call "name/album art." Seriously; about three or four of us would sit around the mail crates of new stuff we just got in the station, someone would say the name of a band, the name of the album and then show the art and we had to guess what they sounded like. Loser bought beers.

Easiest to guess, of course, was always bling or gangsta rap. Its hard not to guess that some guy named Masta Bling with an album called "Clucka Killa" and a pic on the front of him iced out to the max is gonna be blinged out gangsta rap. Shit, I like blinged out gangsta rap so I'm not dissing it, just to say it is easy to figure. Other genres were easy too. Take a band named Snowmobile and an album called "Dancing on the Shaky Continent" with a fuzzy old pic of a little girl doing a pirouette and you know its gonna be some pretentious indie rock. Its okay, I like pretentious indie rock too.

Needless to say, the name No Knife confused me - was it metal? bad punk? - and the title "Hit Man Dreams" made me wonder if it was some bizarre Tarantino-esque soundtrack music. The album art, a clay guy with big eyes, didn't help either - no one in the office guessed right.


So, we slapped it on the stereo. And we were all blown away. This was earnest, emotional, gut-strewn music that wasn't afraid to also be good, adventurous and rocking. Somehow they managed to do emo-ish indie rock, while summoning Mission of Burma and Cheap Trick and tempo changes.

Tempo changes - just what so much of today's music is missing. Modest Mouse is great because they can slowly drag you along in emotional ruin until they explode into something else. Fugazi has mastered the tempo change - the old jazz formula of tensiontensiontensiontensiontension and then RELEAAAAAAAAAASE!

Anyhow, Hit Man Dreams blew me away so I went out and bought it and their first, "Drunk on the Moon." I didn't hear much about them after that until one fateful night at my friend Mickey's house. She put on their new album, "Fire in the City of Automotons" and I wigged out. It was so fucking good and they had matured from a really good band into a phenomenal band. I also got to make out with her hot redheaded friend on the couch that night after Mickey went to bed, so that might also be why I really loved the album.

Unfortunately that went nowhere. She kept getting me to try and sleep with her, but she was so drunk as to be on the verge of a blackout and I was only one drink behind her and it was a small studio and yada yada yada. I didn't feel like dealing with any of the ramifications that might come from that evening. Sadly, nothing ever happened again. I have a long redhead curse that will never be broken.

Today I bring you "Academy Flight Song" by No Knife off off "Fire in the City of Automotons." This was their second to last album. The track is obviously an homage to Mission of Burma, per the title. Enjoy.

xxhttp://s22.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1JCG1DDLQHV3M3ODR2AYTGZAS8




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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
Devin,

I see you're somewhat new here, but man I gotta say that I love your style and hope to read more of your posts. Anyone that went to college went through some similar situations with alcohol/pot/chicks/music, and you've uncovered a few memories I'm relishing in (and a couple I'd like to re-bury in the backyard).

Keep going.
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Devin,

I also want to throw a thank you your way. I love finding new music, and I am sure I never would have come across any of these tracks on my own.
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