T S U R U C A S T No. 8: So Nice, Let’s Do It Twice…

Photography by Tsuru

It seems upgrading to Podcast 2.0 has re-energized my podcasting spirit as it’s already time to present our second podcast in as many weeks, another talkie! HOORAY! So, with that, it was also time to re-add a podcast button to our Presents… selection over to my right, which meant it was time to say goodbye to the ol’ Best of 2008 button (which if fine, really, as you can just click the mixtape button, scroll down a bit and find it) we had up since December. All things change and all things remain the same, my friends.

Funny thing about my Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums of 2008, I got mine out relatively early compared to some of the more popular web loggin’ publications out there, and as the other lists start trickling out, it became more and more obvious how uncool and not “with it”, as the kids say, I am. My number one made it at like #50 or 100 or whatever on maybe one or two lists!!! And it’s not just the pitchforkin’ types either… even when the lists of music bloggers like myself were compiled together, completely objectively by The Hype Machine (who, after all this time, continue to blackball me, only further proving the point I’m in the process of making), I think maybe two or three albums from my top 18 made it in! Damn.

But like the wise sage Ms. Klum once (or twice or about a million times now has) said, “one minute you are in, the next you are out”, and if there is truth to this nugget of wisdom, maybe, like a beautiful chemical reaction, the opposite can be true? I mean, even Britney Spears seems to be having some kind of resurgence in this post-Fritoliscious world we live in, right? Though, I still tend to believe the whole Britney-thing is a social experiment or bet (ala Trading Places) between some music executives to see if it’s possible to build a girl up, destroy her, then rebuild her up and make her popular again… but then again, that would mean those music executives are smart enough to not only do that, but think it up in the first place.

Where was I? Oh yeah, are we “in” or “out”, well two weeks ago, we topped all the blogs on Elbo.ws, but that was then and in this age of continuation of the commoditization of music, this is not then, so how about now? Didn’t even rank… Mmm-mmm-mmm. Well, why not? What cool goodness is topping the charts that I, your humble servant, missed? In other words, as of now, what is my “cool ratio”? At the time I started writing this post this morning we had the following “Hot Tracks”:

Black Lips – Short Fuse
Dirty Projectors + David Byrne – Knotty Pine
Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Peter Bjorn & John – Lay It Down (the Golden Filter Remix)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – 1999
Julie Doiron – Consolation Prize
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Marissa Nadler – River Of Dirt
Animal Collective – My Girls
Handsome Furs – I’m Confused

Okay, Black Lips, never heard of them. Listening now, seems fine enough, but doesn’t matter, missed it, so -1. “Knotty Pine”, missed the track but featured the album it’s on, so let’s say +0.5. Bon Iver again? No problem, featured that back in December! WOOT! +1! Next up, a remix of a Peter, Bjorn, & John song, hmm…. well, I DID have a remix of a P,B, & J song in our TSURUREMIX podcast, so I shouldn’t lose a whole point, let’s say -0.5. How about Suburban Kids with something something, missed it, BUT the song sounds like Vampire Weekend, which we did cover, so I’m going to call that one even, 0 points. Julie Doiron, Heartless Bastards, and Marissa Nadler, though all on my iPod and in the queue, not posted, all misses, damn, -3.0. Ah, Animal Collective’s “My Girls”, though I did feature it in our Premature best of 2009 mixtape, I did NOT declare it to be the first, second, and/or third coming of Jesus, nor did I declare the year to be over, nor did I make claims of this being the “future of music”, so let’s just say +0.1. And finally, Handsome Furs… well, you know I love this couple, they made #3 on my best of 2007, and I’d wager dollars they’ll land somewhere on the best of 2009, because the album kicks ass, so I get a full point on this one, +1.0.

In the past few hours, Marissa Nadler was replaced by The Whitest Boy Alive’s “Island”, (mp3 via undomondo) you got to be quick in the modern blogging world! But considering it, like Nadler, is on my iPod but not posted yet, it’s a wash and the final score is not effected. Hell, by the time I publish, who knows what will be “hot”?

Anyways, our total? On a scale of 10 to -10, 10 being the coolest blogger around and -10 being a guy who scans the internet everyday to see if the new Pussycat Dolls album has leaked while yanking it to Nickelback, I landed at -1.9. Oof.

Well, momma once said, if you go down, go down in a blaze of glory son, which brings us back to today’s special feature, our latest podcast, T S U R U C A S T No. 8: So Nice, Let’s Do It Twice…. Giving it test listen, I can see that it’s chock full of uncoolness, utter anti-hipness, that by the end of the day, I’m guaranteed to be at least a -8.0 if not a -9.0! From my recording via cassette tape recorder to a Yes song you probably never heard before to me singing along with Jeff Mangum, you may want to listen in the privacy of a dark, locked bedroom as I fear for your own hip score! Like Blagojevich, I’m reminded of Dr. King and Ghandi when I listen as I continue to boldly blaze new trails of ostricization & alienation. That’s right, my friends, I don’t just blaze glory, I blaze trails, and now, it’s time to blaze your ears (smooth, eh?) as…

TSURURADIO Proudly Presents Blazes…
T S U R U C A S T No. 8

So Nice, Let’s Do It Twice…

Haha! Did you enjoy it? If so, I’m sorry… But now, go show all these artists all your love here and/or here with you wallet now…

1 comment for “T S U R U C A S T No. 8: So Nice, Let’s Do It Twice…

  1. Anonymous
    February 3, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    holy cow – the mountain is an AMAZING song! well done heartless bastards.

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