Posts Tagged ‘ Art ’

Vacations, mixtapes, new editions, and By Hook & By Crook by Shabby Rogue

March 10, 2010
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Photography by Nicole Williams

Rainy morning today on my ride… Wanna see?  Here’s me finally reaching work and de-layering in a sheltered area.

I love it though.  Rain, mud… fun stuff.  But damn to my thighs look MAAAASSIVE from that angle!  Gotta love a man in tights though, right?  The hawtness on two wheels!!!

Anyways, busy boy today!  Bunch of running around at work, then I (yes, ME) got invited to a good-bye lunch for a co-worker!  I know, weird, eh?  That never happens.  Good people, good times, but, given it’s bar food I’m about 10 minutes from food coma city so I better get all this out quiiiiizzzzzzzzzzzzziiiiick.

Woo.

Think I just dozed for a sec!

C’mon T! SNAP OUT OF IiiiiizzzzzzzziiiiT!  Oopah!  Okay… 3 things before we get on today’s sweet ass album.

1.  Baby & I are will be on a little mini-mini-vacation this weekend so no post from me on Friday.  Awww… I know, I’m sorry, but I’ll be on a plane then see my mom & sis and doubt I’ll have time to jibber on about the latest album to coat my ear drums!  BUT that leads me to number 2 (and number 3)…

2.  I’ve got a little going-away treat for ya!  Tomorrow we’ll presenting what I believe to be a pretty EPIC 2 hour+ mixtape!  Just doing the final tweaking today, made a mistake when I pulled a 15 minute doozy for a 5 minute dinger, need to fix that tonight.  It’s even got, not one, but TWO songs from the 80s?  Holy shit!  But that’s not all! Because of…

3. We got a new contributor to TSURURADIO!  Yep, if the good lard’s a-willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, Dorice will be joining Grafista & Peanut and bring us the occasional column or song or album or thought or whatever from wonderful Toronto, Canada whenever the desire suits her!  So, not sure when her first post will “hit the stands” but when it does, make sure to give her some sweet tender welcomes, okay?

Exciting stuff, eh?  Yeah, I think so too!

And — yep, I’m going there — “speaking of exciting stuff”, how about that By Hook And By Crook by Shabby Rogue???

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I like this (obviously).  It’s been off & on in my ears for the past couple weeks.  What’s most interesting about it to me is the variety of “genres” you get with this, it almost plays like a mixtape!  Whether it be straight-forward rock of “Reason”, to the folk-rock, almost 90s Dylan/Wilbury-esque on “Every Light”, to the is-that-Irish-bar-rock? “Northern Lights”, to the acoustic indie-pop of “My Future With You”, it’s all over the place and normally that would spell disaster with a capital D and maybe even a capital T, definitely the R.

But it works. Not sure why… There’s a chemistry that seems to tie it all together that I can quite get the words out before my food coma truly sets in for good.  But who cares what you call it, just listen, enjoy, and buy it!

01. Northern Lights
02. My Future With You
03. The Mountain
04. Old Man
05. My Life As A Secret Agent
06. Hidden In The Yard
07. Jack In A Box
08. Tales From The City
09. Every Light
10. Reason
11. By Hook And By Crook
12. Chamber Of Lights

Some Shabby Rogue link love: Myspace | BUY!!!

Cheers,

Tsuru

Twofer Friday!!! Rat A Tat Tat by Jason Collett & Travelers In Space And Time by Apples In Stereo!!!

March 5, 2010
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Photography by la valina

Busy morning broken up by a 20 mile lunchtime bike ride and holy shit am I in a good mood!!!  Had me a light tail wind for the first half and just flew, then on the way back, turned around, just sat up and relaxed.  Why?  Why didn’t I attack the headwind with the force of a thousand suns???  Because tomorrow Tuck & I are doing about 50 – 60 miles doing final testing of the routes for TSURURADIO’s SUPER AWESOME NO-FRILLS BIKE RIDE for BREAST CANCER on APRIL 3rd at the PARK OF ROSES, COLUMBUS, OH!!!!!  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!

I’ll say it again… WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!  Hey!  Want to help out with the ride, even if you can’t ride????  Spread the word man!  Here’s what you do.  The following are the links to the ride page, the facebook page, and a large jpg to print out and pass to your friends.

LINKS TO SHARE:

Main Page -> http://bit.ly/TSURURIDE

Facebook Event Page -> http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=365775912497

LARGE FLYER TO PRINT:

http://www.tsururadio.com/tsururadiobikeride-UPDATED.jpg

Let’s get the word out, let’s show everyone you don’t need an association or a Lance Armstrong to ride for charity, if I can get some people together, each throwing a few bucks in a pot, then go for a bike ride, then certainly we all can!!!

HOORAY!

Okay… Like I said, a lunch time ride got me in one HELL of a good mood, so let’s just get right to the twofer, eh???  First up is Rat A Tat Tat by Broken Social Scenester Jason Collett!

The clown is how I look when blowing snot rockets on chilly rides!  ha!  Anyways… this one’s pretty sweet.  Starts off a bit on the alt-country side (at first to my chagrin) but then picks up into this retro-Beatles-y-kinda-sorta vibe.  For the most part, it stays in that realm and I’m quite happy.  Just wonderful retro rock, check, done!

01 Rave On Sad Songs
02 Lake Superior
03 Love Is A Dirty Word
04 Bitch City
05 High Summer
06 Cold Blue Halo
07 Love Is A Chain
08 Long May You Love
09 The Slowest Dance
10 Winnipeg Winds
11 Vanderpool Vanderpool

Collett love: Myspace | Official | Label

#2!  New Apples In Stereo Travelers In Space & Time!

Robots & humans, singing together metallic pop/soul in the future??? Well, yeah, of COURSE Apples In Stereo went there, or were they always there?  I don’t know, don’t care, but I love it.  It’s got a healthy dose of crappy sci-fi cheese, which appeals directly to my geeky-heart-strings, but then it’s all Apples In Stereo through & through, and that’s always a good thing!

01 The Code
02 Dream About the Future
03 Hey Elevator
04 Strange Solar System
05  Dance Floor
06 C.P.U.
07 No One in the World
08 Dignified Dignitary
09 No Vacation
10 Told You Once
11 It’s All Right
12 Next Year at About the Same Time
13 Floating in Space
14 Nobody But You
15 Wings Away
16 Time Pilot

Some Apple love: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers everyone!  Much love!  It’s going to be beautiful this weekend, so get out, go ride, have fun and we’ll be seeing you next time, ya hear???

=)

Tsuru

Abba Zabba, Testicled, Martha Stewart, Wilbur Sargunaraj, the (hopefully) death of auto-tune, & American Ghetto by Portugal. The Man!

March 2, 2010
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Photography by Becky

Jesus H. Huffinstuff Portugal. The Man!!!!  Another album?  Seriously?  What is that, 12 in 2 weeks or something???  Yes, my friends, while the world sits around for 2 or 3 years for most bands to collect 2 singles & 10 filler tracks, while I try my very first Abba Zabba bar (undecided if this is “good” or not), Portugal. The Man have put out 5, yeah FIVE, full & glorious proper albums in the past 5 years that I know of — for all I know, there’s probably some solo shit & side-project stuff out there too).

Look, PtM, you are Alaskan, NOT Canadian, you are allowed to slow it down a notch.

Okay, it’s official, Abba Zabba bars suck.  Too much taffy, not enough peanut butter.  Sorry.

It couldn’t be better timing though that American Ghetto popped out yesterday (like the baby on the album cover).  I’ve been on a Censoured Colours (proper Canadian spelling by me) kick for the past week or so (one of the best albums of the 2000s so far) and before I could wax poetically about it, here’s their latest!

In some ways, American Ghetto picks up where the Satanic Satanist left off, in the sense that they are still walking the streets with some giant testicled — hey Firefox, what do you mean “testicled” isn’t a word? — swagger, and, as Martha Stewart might say, “that’s a good thing”.

*must resist Mr. T impersonation*

That’s about where the similarities are, well, that and their distinct vocals, but not much you can do about that except abusing autotune.  Oh, speaking of… now that this:

…is an “intertubal superhighway of love meme” can we please, Please, PLEASE stop with the auto-tune abuse???  Please? Thanks.

Back to Portugal. The Man (sorry guys) & American Ghetto, this time out I think our boys must’ve been inspired by the 6 or 30 or whatever months of darkness up there in Alaska as there’s just something “night time” & sexy about this album.  Just got this late night, underground groove going on that is, as the kids say, “teh sexors”.  I listen to “The Dead Dog”, and I can see walking into a poorly florescent-lit urban apartment complex basement where a select group of sexy types are working up a sweat, wiggly & squirming around to the music — all in slow motion, mind you.

But… I’m prone to an active imagination.

01. The Dead Dog
02. Break
03. 60 Years
04. All My People
05. 1000 Years
06. Fantastic Pace
07. The Pushers Party
08. Do What We Do
09. Just a Fool
10. Some Men
11. When the War Ends

PtM love, always with the PtM love!!!  Myspace | Official | BUY STUFF!!!

Cheers,

Tsuru

Peanut’s Playground: Traditional role patterns (or the last remains of the past)

March 1, 2010
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Photography by chrysseis

Trend (trnd) - n.

  1. The general direction in which something tends to move.
  2. A general tendency or inclination.
  3. Current style; vogue: the latest trend in fashion.

There is something going about the music scene that I hadn’t noticed until recently. A break in the common routine. The abandonment of traditional role patterns if you will.

Some names: Mates of State (est. 1997), Beach House (since 2004) and Blood Red Shoes (d.o.b. 2005).

The thing they have in common? Women up front; men at the back. That’s what.

As much as this shouldn’t be surprising, somehow it is. At least it is to me (shows you how modern I am…). I’m one of those guys that didn’t even have female artists in their record collection until I was made aware of this fact (thank you again for that Ellen). Embarrassed, I decided to change my ways. I educated myself a bit more in this part of female accomplishments and found out that I had missed out on a lot of great music!

Still, the fact that three of my current musical favorites have an ‘untraditional’ set up was surprising enough for me to do this little write-up about the subject.

Mates of State are an indie pop/rock duo (drums and electric organ) from the US who have been releasing quality music since 1999. What sets MoS apart from a lot of acts is not only the prominent – and very effective – use of synths/organs but especially the impressive (and quite beautiful) man/woman vocal harmonies. The instrumentation is limited but very rich. The quality of the songwriting does the rest.

Mates of State – The Re-Arranger

Some linkage: Official | Buy

Beach House are Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. And Beach House are also fantastic! The band’s third album ‘Teen Dream’ was released on Sub Pop last January and it quite possibly is one the finest releases in recent years. At the very least it’s one of the finest of 2010 (for what it’s worth) so far, and it would really surprise me if this does not end up way at the top of a lot of year-end-lists come December. ‘Dream pop’ seems to be the most used term to define their music. I’d just like to use the term ‘impressively beautiful’.

Beach House – Lover of Mine

Some linkage: Official | Buy

Last up are Brighton, England’s very own Blood Red Shoes. A guy and a gal who make some of the finest guitar rock around. Some tags I found to be quite accurate as to describing the music: rambunctious, swaggering, energetic and stylish. Two albums into their career, they’ve just released another stunner called ‘Fire Like This’. Listen to the song posted below and be convinced.

Blood Red Shoes – Light it Up

Some linkage: Official | Buy

And now just hope that this doesn’t actually prove to be a trend after all…

Cheerio for now,

Peanut

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My current top 10 for 2010:

Beach House – Teen Dream | Rogue Wave – Permalight
Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like This | Spoon – Transference
Josh Rouse – El Turista | Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
Miles Kurosky – The Desert of Shallow Effects | Vampire Weekend – Contra
The Morning Benders – Big Echo | Yeasayer – Odd Blood

PROJECT: In The Vinyl Rip Over the Sea!!!

February 27, 2010
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Okay, my friends…. Do you love vinyl?  Do you have a record player???  Well, I’ve got a Project for you, for all of us.  My favourite thing about vinyl is that every single listening experience is different.  My record is different then your record, my turntable is different, my speakers, my needles, how I drop the needle, when I pick it up, how quickly I flip the record, etc, etc, etc makes every single listening experience unique.

If you listen to vinyl, you know all of this… But now it’s time to show the world.

The Project I propose to you, to everyone, is to take one of the greatest records of all time, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and record your own vinyl experience.   No other album in recent memory has become as such a underground following and timelessness to it than this one and I couldn’t think of a better album for this project.

I don’t care how you do it, in a vaulted audiophile experience in super-Flac format, or with a shitty digital camera on video mode uploaded to youtube or something.  Play the record, record the record, and send it to me!  Let’s celebrate vinyl & share our experiences with this album with the world in what I’m calling…

PROJECT: In the Vinyl Rip Over The Sea!!!

To kick it off, I’ll re-present mine now as…

TSURURADIO Presents… In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

(Full Zip)

Side A

1. The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
2. The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two and Three
3. In the Aeroplane over the Sea
4. Two-Headed Boy
5. The Fool
6. Holland, 1945
7. Communist Daughter

Side B

1. Oh Comely
2. Ghost
3. (Untitled)
4. Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two

Now… it’s YOUR TURN!  If you don’t own the record, go to your local record shop or Insound or Merge or where ever, just get it and let’s hear YOUR In The Aeroplane Over The Sea vinyl experience!!!

HURRY!  GO NOW!!!!

Cheers,

Tsuru

TSURUTALES, The Brothers Grimm, and Say Us by Zeus!

February 25, 2010
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Photography by manelidou

Man, the Grimm Brothers are some fucked up motherfuckers. As some of you know, I’m working on a new series of photographs, currently called TSURUTALES (yes, I know I need a better name for it, but it will due for now), where I’m retelling folktales, fairy tales, children’s stories, and even some lyrics.  One of the best parts of doing this is, not only all the creative arts & crafts times making the minimal costuming needed to tell the story, but the research into all the tales out there.  It’s unreal.  I’ve got 3 massive books and tons of intertubal searching and I’ve only barely touched the service.  Every culture has a million of their own stories about every damn thing possible. It’s truly amazing and fun.

WELL.  This weekend I’m shooting an odd little story by the Brother’s Grimm called The Little Donkey.

Here’s the gyst of it.  King & queen want a kid, but are having trouble.  God finally gives her a kid, but it comes out a donkey.  She doesn’t want anything to do with it, but the king raises it as a prince anyway.  He’s pretty happy, loves & plays music, etc, until he sees his reflection one day and realizes he’s a donkey and becomes pretty depressed.  He decides to wonder the world until he comes across a hot princess who, with a surprising bit of bravado, he winds convincing father to let him marry her.

Here’s where it gets weird.

Wedding night, time for sweet lovins, HE STRIPS OFF HIS DONKEY SKIN to show he’s a hot dude!  Princess, originally all kinds of freaked out, is not all hot and bothered and happy as a clam.  Guards see this, tell the king who, in his perviness, watches the next night, sees for himself and burns the skin.

Donkey man wakes up the next morning, sees the skin is gone, freaks out & decides he should leave, but the king says not to, that everything is cool now.  He lives happily ever after and when his father-in-law & dad die, he inherents both kingdoms & leads a “glorious life”.

The end.

Wha?

Yeah, I know… Don’t you wish you could’ve been there when the story took the “skin off” direction?

“Okay… here’s what we do, we have him take off his skin and show he’s a hottie.”

“Duuuude… wha?”

“Yeah, you see, then she’ll fall in love with him!”

“But… if he was a person all this time, why not just be the person early on when he sees his reflection?”

“Fuck, I don’t know, who cares man, it’s like magic and shit.”

“Oh dude.. yeah!  Pass me more of that opium, bro!”

Or something along that lines.  Fucked up, eh?  Anyways, the shoot, if all goes well, should be a grieving queen and a dancing donkey!  Got the donkey mask, just need to make a crown and scepter this week.  So, keep an eye out on TSURUTALES for an update!!  WOOT!

By the way… you know, if you are in & about Columbus and like what I’m doing at TSURUTALES and want to retell a story with me, send me an email and let’s bounce some ideas back and forth!  After The Little Donkey, I’ve got the wicked witch from Wizard Of Oz, the swan from Ugly Duckling, and I’m even doing an Alice shoot (the movie, be damned) with a tea party in the woods.  But maybe you have your own childhood or folktale you think would be great.  Drop me a line!

Oh and speaking of arts & crafts, how about that Say Us by Arts & Crafts’ Zeus???

Oh c’mon, that was an EPIC segue and you know it!  I knew I was going to write on these guys the first time through the album late Friday I think.  This album is easy to love.  It’s got this late-Beatles/John Lennon-y thing going on and it’s a blast!  Really intelligent pop-rock with a big fat toe in the past.  My guess is that some people might cling on to the Beatles-thing a bit too much, taking away internet-points, but really, we are all a culmination of our experiences & environment, processed through our genetics, it’s not like they are covering “Come Together” for the 1,443,559th time, this is original music with a keenness for rock’s heritage and it’s fucking brilliant.  Retro AND original, a rare feat.

Yeah, yeah…  just listen and enjoy for yourself!

* I think you can stream the whole thing here! *

01 How Does It Feel?
02 Fever Of The Time
03 Kindergarten
04 The Renegade
05 Greater Times On The Wayside
06 The River By The Garden
07 You Gotta‘ Teller
08 I Know
09 Marching Through Your Head
10 The Sound Of You
11 Heavy On Me
12 At The Risk Of Repeating

Eh??  EH??  Pretty sweet.  Okay, go show Zeus some love: Myspace | Official | Arts & Crafts Records

Cheers,

Tsuru

SXSW, dancing monkeys, & Take A Bow by Greg Laswell!

February 24, 2010
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Photography by eckyducky

As much as I’d love to look at boobs & listen to Newsom, it is time to move forward.  Tis life, eh?  Yes tis.  Feeling better today, feeling more “me”, a little R&R, a good night’s sleep, and an hour riding in the basement to the 2003 Tour de France will do any man right.

How about last evening’s post & rebirth of Peanut’s Playground, eh?  Europe?  I know!  Fucking awesome.  So thankful to have him on the team.

What?  Oh, don’t worry, I won’t start slackin’ on you, delegating the bloggin’ and whatnots.  There’s WAY too much music out there to listen to, too many all-consuming obsessions that need to be shared & discussed, too many tangents to go on together, don’t you think?  Like today with Take A Bow by Greg Laswell!

Now, I’ll be honest, as you’ve come to expect that from me by now, I hope.  I have no clue who Greg Laswell is… That’s more of a comment about me than him, because if I had a dollar for every artist I didn’t know, needless to say, I’d be typing this on my couch in my underwear.  Fortunately, for the future book report writers of America, we have wikipedia which informed me that:

Greg Laswell is a musician, recording engineer, and producer from San Diego, California. He has released three studio albums: Good Movie in 2003, Through Toledo in 2006, and Three Flights from Alto Nido in 2008, as well as several EPs and special singles. Many of his songs have been featured in films and television shows.

Well there you go.  And according to his website, he’ll be one of the, apparently, 4,213,110 bands playing in Austin, TX at SXSW next month.

Okay, what a second.  That’s just ONE venue and it has 20 bands playing?  Huh?  I’ve never been to SXSW and judging from just this one flyer, it does not look like a tsuru-good time.  The idea of hanging around in Austin squeezing into bar after bar after bar (ouch, my liver hurts already) only to see a band play for less than an hour?

Add in all the blog parties, magazine parties, in-the-know parties, ‘vip only’ parties, RSVP parties, party parties, and I don’t know, it just sounds like a whole bunch of standing around, drinking cheap beer, hoping to be “seen”, while hoping to catch a snippet of a band.

To each their own, to be sure, if that’s your thing, lard bless ya, but it’s one of those things that goes ZIING! PEE-YOO! right over my head, maybe even taking a nick out of my ear.

To be honest, I used to be kinda jealous of all the bloggers & music crickets who went down there.  But now, I think I rather spend that money on a trip with Baby to Japan or France or Ecuador (we really want to hit the Gallapagos Islands) and maybe get my ass over to Tampa, Mesa, and Toronto, and see some family. Or maybe even head up to Calgary to visit from friends and catch a small music “festival” (or is that more of the same)?

So, what is SXSW?  Is it basically a bunch of “dancing monkeys” (thank you Colin Meloy) trying to get press attention?  I’ve said it thousand times, I’ll say it a thousand more… I’m SO GLAD I’m not in a band.  Don’t know how you do it guys.  I’m so glad you do, so so glad you do, but yeah, I don’t know how.  If it was me, I’d probably just make music in my basement in my off-time at Arby’s tossing up a few songs on a blog somewhere for the 6 people who’ll randomly stumble upon it can listen if they accidentally click the play button.

But (believe it or not) this isn’t a SXSW post, it’s a Greg Laswell post (I think).  And granted, I don’t know any of his previous work, I do have Take A Bow floating around my skull.   The wiki quote way up there said that a bunch of his songs have been used in TV & movies and yeah, I can totally see that.  The songs have a “Coldplay-ism” about them, hell, Greg’s voice is even similar to the Coldplay singer.  Now, to the super-indie-set, this may all sound like a negative, minus 8 internet points, etc.  It isn’t.  Yeah, it’s not a “challenging record”.  It won’t get you to question your preconceived notions of what makes music good or whatever.  It’s just well-crafted layered & heart-felt pop songs and I think it was Paul McCartney who once asked, “what’s wrong with that?”  Nothing, man, nothing.

Enjoy!

01. Take Everything
02. My Fight (For You)
03. Lie To Me
04. Come Clean
05. Around The Bend
06. Take A Bow
07. In Front Of Me
08. You, Now
09. Marquee
10. Off I Go
11. Let It Ride
12. Goodbye

Go show Greg some love: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

M1N1 CPR? The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit

February 22, 2010
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Photography by Procrastination Deluxe

Saw something funny on the way into work today.  A woman had one of them creme coloured Mini Cooper things, right?  Not all that peculiar, but her license plate is what struck me, it said “M1N1 CPR”.  Seems like a waste of a vanity plate to me to just say what kind of car you are driving, considering I can see what kind of car you are driving.  We have a Mazda.  Think we’ll get our license plate to say “HNDA AKRD” just to fuck with people a little bit.

“Ooo.. honey, it’s one of those vanity plates!  What’s it say?”

“Hnn-Daa, hmm..”

“Ak-kred?”

“AH! No… not ak-kred, it’s accord, as in ‘Honda Accord’ hahaha!”

“Oh me, isn’t that clever of them, but wait…  isn’t that a Mazda?”

I guess the I’s were taken when she went to the BMV — yes, it’s the “B” MV in Ohio for some weird reason, threw me off when I got up here too.  The B is for Bureau as a healthy reminder of the word bureaucracy — so someone’s probably driving around with a “MINI CPR” license plate.  Either that, or the 1′s just seemed more clever?

I should get a vanity plate for my 1980 Toyota “Pick-up”.  Granted it just sits in the back parking space, I think I put about 1,000 miles on it last year, and when I DO drive it, the spedometer makes a wiki-wiki-wiki-wiki noise, requiring me to turn the stereo up really loud so that the detached speakers that rest under my seats overtake any and all creeks and squeaks the truck emits.  But hey, cost me about $1,000, cash.  No payments, got to love that. But what should my vanity plate say?  SM TRK BG D1K?  That’s probably too many letters, besides anyone with THAT on their license plate better have a massive dick, but probably has a very small tinkerbell.

Hmm… Maybe play on the “8″, something like “H8 T0YTA”, you know, a little topical fuck you to Toyota about that recall thing they had.  I mean, I was rather miffed that my old beat-em-up pick-em-up truck wasn’t included, figured someone would probably drop a little lube down that speedometer while testing my gas pedal, if only out of annoyance.

How about “B1KE INSTD” or something?  If that’s too many letters, could probably drop the “E” and people would still get it, right?  Ride your bike instead, right on message.  Well, except the fact I would be driving a shitty pick-up truck “instead” when you got to read it, leading the person behind me to ask, possibly outloud as they pass me, “hey, asshole, go ride your bike instead of destroying the world and cramping up traffic with that piece-of-shit, eh?!?!”

Hmm…. This is getting complicated.  AH!  I got it!  Thank you google, I’m totally going to swipe this guy’s idea from California:

Nice.  Then, whenever someone passes me and gives me “that look”, I’ll just scratch at my window and mouth out “meeyoow”, and maybe even toss in a wink.

Meh, you know what…  Fuck it.  Maybe after all that snow melts off the thing back there, I’ll come up with something better but for now, I think I’ll just save my money because I gots me some records I need to start getting in my cart, like today’s little obsession via Frightened Rabbit, The Winter of Mixed Drinks!

Last time we heard Frightened Rabbit, I seem to recall a whole bunch of acoustic goodness with The Midnight Organ Fight, a wonderful album.  But now we’ve got The Winter of Mixed Drinks and this time, these boys from Scotland, seemed to take things up a notch or two.  It’s layered. Like a delicious onion, you listen and you hear so much going on, from the sing-alongs to the use of an instrument to fill nary every nook & cranny.  Hard to explain.  Just sounds like this time they had they time to really fill the album out with everything in their head.  Purists might miss the more stripped down sound that I seem to be remembering, but what the fuck do I know?

One thing that keeps striking me is how much this guy sounds like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows.

My mom’s got a mad crush on him…  Adam Duritz, that is, not Scott Huthinson or the dude with the back “tat”.   Okay, I’ve butchered this “review” enough, eh?

Just push play and enjoy!

01 – Things
02 – Swim Until You Can’t See Land
03 – The Loneliness & The Scream
04 – The Wrestle
05 – Skip The Youth
06 – Nothing Like You
07 – Man/ Bag Of Sand
08 – Foot Shooter
09 – Not Miserable
10 – Living In Colour
11 – Yes I Would

A wee bit of scared rabbit lovins:  Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

What IS proper blogger twitter etiquette? And we also discuss Dear Companion by Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

February 18, 2010
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Photography by Dustin

I’d like to pose a question to you about twitter etiquette…  So, like everyone’s twitter account I’m sure, my follower numbers fluctuate more than a flux capacitor… No big deal, tis life. But then today I realized a couple of the “bigger blogs” have stopped following me, one’s I thought I had built a report (“re-pore” that is, not sure of the sp?) with…

Now, that, in and of itself, doesn’t bother me too much, but it did get me thinking, as things like this tend to do.

What IS proper blogger twitter etiquette?

In my relatively short time being earnestly active on twitter I’ve come across a few “twitter-stereotypes”, if you will.  For example… Some tweet every. single. god. damn. nuance. of. their. life. I remember one music festival, it was probably SXSW, this one blog, one of the “big blogs” tweeted EVERYTHING.  That he’s standing around waiting for a band, that some famous dude just came in, that he was hungry, that he’s eating a hamburger, that he’s going to this bar, that he’s standing around waiting for a band, that he just saw some famous dude….. etc, etc, etc.

Other’s only tweet to pimp out their blog posts.  Nothing but “new posts” tweets. This was pretty much me when I first got on twitter.  It was tied into my facebook, so when I posted, I then tweeted, which then updated my status.  Yeah, my twitter had the personality of a egg-shell coloured wall in an empty manufactured suburban apartment.

Some seem truly interactive saying “good morning” and often asking questions, but when you answer, it falls on deaf ears.  The way I see it, if you ask a question and actually want someone to answer, maybe you should engage with that person.  If you have too many followers and they all “answer back”, well, maybe you should stop asking the questions then??

Some will flood you with automated blip/last.fm/hypem tweets. I love that you are loving a song and if I’m following you, I’m genuinely interested, but when it’s 9 songs in a couple minutes, well, unless they are 15 second hardcore songs, I’m going to be a bit dubious.  You know?

Some tweet ALL the time, but they are all “serious” tweets.  I followed Roger Ebert for about 5 hours and was hit with a ton of serious & very one-way tweets, like this retweet, “I play the strings into the fog. There is no joy there. This fills me with disquiet.”.  Lesson… When a serious persons’s followed to following ratio is 1,485 to 1, well, unless you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders in every thing you do, it might not be as awesome-O as you think.

Some tweet obscure things, a phenomenon that you see on Facebook too.  Updates like “No more.”  Huh? What? What happened?  Are you being abused?  Should I report this to the proper authorities???

Now look…   Like Mama and Baby always say, “to each their own”.  We are all different, one man’s tolerance level will drive another man insane. But what about you?

What do your favourite tweeting twitterers that you follow tweet about?

What about me?  Am I too much?   Too little?  Stupid?  Funny? Weird?  Asinine?  Too much annoying cycling or creepy photography, when you just want cool/hip music stuff?? Or D) all of the above?

Honestly, I have no idea.  I can only be me as, for better or for worse (more often than not I find it’s “for better” for me but “for worse” for most everyone else) and hope in our little online relationship you and I have built, it’s nothing but good times.

But look… You know and I both know I’m a odd man.  I’ve accepted it.  Odd, but harmless, I swear.  So, for those of you who have embraced me and continue to follow along,  I just want to say thank you.  You lost 10 “internet cool points” by doing so and on the intertubal superhighway, that’s a pretty big blow to your cred, but I truly do appreciate it.

Speaking of good times (two paragraphs up), well, maybe not “good times” as in “WHEEE!!!”  but more like “good times” as in, “damn that’s good music”, I’m loving the hell out of Dear Companion by Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore…

Singing & playing with the wisdom & sound of 90 year old Appalachian men, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore bring something timeless and classic to this god-forsaken young decade.  I guess this would fall under the big alt-country umbrella (do they still call it that?), but really it’s just got a sense of old-timey country-folk, touched & accented with the occasional string or two.  It’s rocking chair on a porch in the summer music, it’s cooped up inside in the frozen winter music, it forces the world to slow down, slow to a twitter/facebook/tumblr/blog/forum/blip/foursquare/last.fm/social-network-free world, if only for the eleven tracks….

Thanks Ben & Daniel, I needed that.

1. Something, Somewhere, Sometime
2. My Wealth Comes to Me
3. Needn’t Say a Thing
4. Wilson Creek
5. Only a Song
6. Dear Companion
7. Flyrock Blues
8. Try
9. Flyrock #2
10. Sweet Marie
11. It Won’t Be Long

Some Ben & Daniel Linkage for ya: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers & love,

Tsuru

Happy Humpday with Big Echo by The Morning Benders!!! WOOT!

February 17, 2010
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Photography by si Jovy

Happy humpday to ya there, buddy… How the heck is your week going?

Besides the snow causing a whole bunch of indoor riding (yeah, this week is a complete bust for outdoor riding, I’ve accepted it, baa), it ain’t going so bad!  Spirits are good, body is good, life is good, projects are moving forward, HOOOO!

And, of course, some wonderful new music makes life only that much better, am I right?  Yeah, I’m right, otherwise, why would you be here?  Not for my “stellar writing skills”, that’s for sure.  So what album has been gracing my ears, coating my brain with delicious nuggets of love & melodies???  Why it’s Big Echo by The Morning Benders….

Beautiful album cover, eh?  Now, we’ve been a fan of Morning Benders here on the TSURURADIO since we heard Talking Through Tin Cans in June of 08 (ah, so nice to have the search function work, yeah blogger, don’t miss you a bit).  Last time we noticed a child-like innocence about the music.  Well, this time around, and maybe partially due to the production of a few Grizzly Bears, their sound has elevated into the mature and almost, though more off into the background, ethereal, almost like a fog.  If I was a more illustrative writer I’d chock it to a foggy beach setting somehow.

The Morning Benders are just creating really beautiful and layered pop/rock here, and it’s exciting!  Hard to explain why as there are no obvious gimmicks going on, just wonderfully crafted music that seeps into your hoodie as you wander along the chilly morning shoreline…

1. Excuses
2. Promises
3. Wet Cement
4. Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)
5. Pleasure Sighs
6. Hand Me Downs
7. Mason Jar
8. All Day Daylight
9. Stitches
10. Sleeping In

Some Morning Bender link lovins:  Official | Myspace | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

Monday Morning Music Time with Our Inventions by Lali Puna…

February 15, 2010
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Photography by Julia Davis

Well hello there again.  I know it’s beyond cliche, but man, I can’t believe it’s already Monday.  Add into that another Winter Storm coming our way and I’m starting to wonder if I gots the SAD.  Possible.  The past few weeks have definitely been wearing me down, mentally.  Ready for a little bit a warmth and a little bit of sunshine and maybe a little something epic on the bike ride front with some friends.  Yeah.

Considering I don’t have god-like weather controlling powers (yet), we’ll have to live with the grey & sunless sky.  Fortunately, we got the sweet & mellow Our Inventions cruising through our SAD heads, massaging the brainial tubulals, converting grey matter, and generally assisting through the blah-ness.

It’s pretty simple electronic music laced with her lovely voice, probably not normally in my “wheelhouse”, but kinda landing just right today.  So, as we watch outside for the pending “snowmaggedon part troix” or whatever, and we think about the chill seeping though the walls and the layers of clothes, we can take comfort in some Lali Puna.

Nice…

1 Rest Your Head
2 Remember
3 Everything Is Always
4 Our Inventions
5 Move On
6 Safe Tomorrow
7 Future Tense
8 Hostile To Me
9 That Day
10 Out There feat. Yukihiro Takahashi

Some Puna linkage!  Myspace | Official | Label

Ah, and some sweet Lali video moments for ya!  WOOT!

Cheers,

Tsuru

Papa, what is a DMCA anyway? And Similes by Eluvium…

February 11, 2010
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Photography by cookiemonstah

Hey teamo.  Real quick follow up to yesterday’s #musicblogocide2k10 conversation, there are two articles up about it that may be of interest to you, one by Song By Toad and one at The Guardian.  Good reads and worth a few minutes of your day.

Look, when the DMCA sends a notice to a record label’s blog telling them that THEY are in violation by posting their own music… Well, something ain’t right.  Yes, Blogger’s actions were cold, blind, and mean, but they aren’t the root of the problem, just the nagging pain when I do this.  Are the labels/artist not telling the DMCA what they are doing & giving away?  Does the DMCA just not care?  Exactly “who” is the DMCA?  A ragtag band of music guardian angels out to save the music world one mean blog at a time?

Yeah, DMCA is a law, but someone’s using it to cause a ruckus where no ruckus should be!!!

Ugh.

Anyways, for now, TSURURADIO continues HOOOOO!

As does old man fucking winter…  Jeezy, snow, snow, snow, cold, cold, cold.  Fuck it.  I rode my bike.  So nyah, Mr. Winter.  But with the cold and snow and the delightful fire after coming in from it, comes the cocooning, near-melancholy, beauty that is Similes by Eluvium.

C’mon.  I deserve at least 2 internet points for THAT segue, right?

Can’t say I’m all that familiar with Matt Cooper’s work.  According to wiki, it’s usually ambient instrumental.  Personally, when it comes to ambient instrumental, I prefer sounds of the rainforest or whales singing.   Eluvium seems to like it to because I swear in “Cease To Know” I heard a blue whale bringing the heat.

Yes, this is ambient, it’s peaceful, and it’s absolutely lovely.  It’s a blanket, maybe even a quilt, you know, the kind passed down from generation to generation, with a certain smell that’s all your own, wrapped up all tight.

Or.

I just reeeeally want a snow day.

Either way.  Beautiful.  Enjoy!

01 Leaves Eclipse the Light
02 The Motion Makes Me Last
03 In Culmination
04 Weird Creatures
05 Nightmare 5
06 Making Up Minds
07 Bending Dream
08 Cease to Know

Eluvium linky links!  Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

Bryan Adams in my head? Oh my… And then we Fight Softly with The Ruby Suns!

February 8, 2010
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Photography by xrawrxdeex

So I wake up this morning and this song is playing in my head:

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

Yeah.  I know.

But it got me thinking…  Man, Bryan Adams ruled the world back then, didn’t he?  Every damn ballad he could muster would be played every hour on the hour!   And you can see it, every woman in the house, taking every scratchy voiced word sung to heart.  I think there are two parts of the song though, that really GET ya… First that bridge

There’s no love – like your love
And no other – could give more love
There’s nowhere – unless you’re there
All the time – all the way

Really starts off from the gut, “there’s noooo loooove… like yoour loooove” and ends with that “alllll the waaaaa-Aaaaaaaay!”  followed with that drippy guitar with a bit of lyric reiteration.  Perfect heart tugging action.

But Bryan wasn’t done, any lesser song would’ve been satisfied, but no no, not our romantic troubadour, as he takes us to climatic emotional finale, laying it all out:

Oh – you can’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
I can’t help it – there’s nothin’ I want more
I would fight for you – I’d lie for you
Walk the wire for you – ya I’d die for yoooooooooooooooooooou!!!

Then, ever so gently, “ya know it’s true… Everything I do… I do it for you.”

When Bryan Adams ruled the world, eh?

Fortunately, the world has moved on.  Instead of Bryan Adams, we have Usher or Clay Aiken or something, I really don’t know, instead of “tell me have you ever really, really really ever loooooved a woman” we’ve now got “A girl like you needs somethin’ real, Wanna get you somethin’ from the heart, Somethin’ special girl, It’s my dick in a box.”

Times change, things change, yet it all stays the same.

Speaking of change, is it just me or has a new era of “weird pop” indie music been ushered in?  I’ll put the blame on Animal Collective, but lard know who really brought the trend out of the woodwork.  I’m certainly not complaining, as long as it’s real, it’s all good.  But I was certainly surprised when I loaded up the new Ruby Suns Fight Softly, and was transported one funky odd trippy musical journey!

Maybe I’m just remembering them wrong?  I remember “Oh Mojave”…

Hell, I think it even showed up in a Microsoft commercial or something for Vista.   This one is a bit more E-lectronical than I remember and would fit right in with a Yeasayer, Dirty Projector, Animal Collective listening party!

For me, it works. Not sure why.  This kinda “genre” can be touch and go for me, and sure there are times on the album when I ask “huh?”, but that’s okay.  It’s good to challenge, branch out, not always live in the happy indie strum-strum world.    Who better than The Ruby Suns to do that with?

Exactly.

  1. Sun Lake Rinsed
  2. Mingus and Pike
  3. Cinco
  4. Cranberry (via Subpop)
  5. Closet Astrologer
  6. Haunted House
  7. How Kids Fail
  8. Dusty Fruit
  9. Two Humans
  10. Olympics on Pot

Ruby Sun linkage: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

European by Sambassadeur…

February 2, 2010
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Photography by introvertevent

Hey all.  Not going to lie to you, I’ve got some personal issues that are tearing me up.  I’m not going to go to any details because it’s private, nor am I looking for any sympathy, but I’ll have to keep this pretty short today.

One thing I will say is that European by Sambassadeur…

…is wonderful.  Just beautiful escapist pop, full, fleshed out, orchestral, and charming enough to sweep you away, even if only for a little while.

Sambassadeur – 01 Stranded

Sambassadeur – 02 Days

Preview 4 tracks here now

Some Sambassadeur linkage…

Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers & thank you,

Tsuru

Twofer Thursday! LOVE. LIFE. UKULELE by Sophie Madeleine & Last Hero of the Western World by The Society Islands…

January 28, 2010
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Photography by Christine Day Lorico

Man, did you hear about that iPad thing?  What a hot mess.  No multitasking? No flash? No USB?  Etc, etc, etc?  Ugh.  All that hoopla for a big ass iTouch.  Though, I found it very amusing that iTampon was trending higher than iPad or Apple Tablet or Steve Jobs yesterday.  lol.

Movin’ on…

I’ll tell you, I hope you like our new home because I’m quickly learning to love it!  Yeah, wordpress is a strange beast compared to blogger, but like all things, I’ll get used to it.

OH, to all our RSS subscribers out there (a surprisingly high number)… make sure you update your feed to:

http://tsururadio.com/feed

Otherwise, you’ll be missing out on all the goodness you seem to enjoy!

Change is bad good!  Keeps the blood flowin’, keeps you on yer toes!  So, for today and tomorrow, I got some special goodness to break in the new digs.  For tomorrow, well, you are just going to have to tune in and see, but for today, it’s Thursday and that starts with “T” so how about we do us a twofer!?!??!

Uh, hell yeah!  WOOT WOOT!

First up, the adorable and super talented Sophie Madeleine and her latest LOVE. LIFE. UKULELE.!

First off.  Talk about indie hawtness?  Okay, okay, sorry, don’t mean to objectify her but dang.  She ain’t Canadian is she?  Okay, like I told you yesterday, I bought this gem on purty red vinyl Tuesday night…  I mean, look at this thing!

How can you NOT buy this?  Well, it came with the mp3 version of the album and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it since I loaded it into my iPad iTouch iPhone iToilet iPod!  Yeah, that’s it!

Okay… first song, “Take Your Love With Me”, you hear it, you think you just stumbled on the next adorable Apple commercial (man, sensing a theme today) or that awesome kindle ad, and maybe, being hardened and desensitized from the inundation from your TV, you roll your eyes and get ready to move on to the next album, but WHOA NELLY!  Hold yer horses man, ‘cuz “I Just Can’t Stop Myself” gets going and yeah, that adorable voice is still there (of course it is), but we got ourselves a genuine fully fleshed out song, with multiple instruments & harmonies & everything.

It continues on with “The Knittting Song” and on and on, and by the time the folky-esque “Hurry Locomotive” wraps up, you found you just listened to a lovely gorgeous album by an unbelievably talented songwriter.

And that’s a good thing, no?

1. Take Your Love With Me (The Ukulele Song)
2. I Just Can’t Stop Myself (From Writing Love Songs About You)
3. The Knitting Song
4. Who Will Buy?
5. Not Worth The Pieces
6. You Are My Favourite
7. One Kiss Too Many
8. When New Year Comes Around
9. Wave Goodbye
10.Hurry Locomotive

Some Sophie Madeleine Link Lovins…

Bandcamp | Myspace

But then we move over to a very different gem of an album that came to me via Marcy over at Lost In Your Inbox, The Society Islands with Last Hero Of The Western World!

Sorry, biggest photo I could find…

First of all, thanks for the heads up Marcy, never heard of these guys, and now I have and man, quite nice.  Reminds me of Pulp for some reason, and maybe a little David Bowie, and maybe, just maaaaybe a hint of a flavour of a waft of some prog?  Meh, probably just on crack.

The vocalist pours it on thick, but it feels right for the vibe these guys are giving off.  I’ve only given this a few goes but I’m loving it.  Sounds almost like it’s a concept album, but maybe a little more research and a few more listens will help me sort that out.  Concept album or not, it kinda feels like one, like there’s a story going on here.  Love it.

1. Last Hero of the Western World
2. Free Ride
3. 50,000 Gallons
4. The Feud
5. Fuck Bunny
6. Brother
7. In Cold Blood
8. Don’t Ya Rile ‘Em
9. No Place Home
10. Filing Cabinet

The Society Islands Link Love…

Facebook | Official

Nice.  So what do you think?  Our first “tsururadio.com” post-post proper style??  Not bad, eh?  Not bad at all.  I think I’m going to like it here…

Remember, stay tuned tomorrow, got a special treat from Society member Nelso that I think you’ll be diggin’…..

Cheers,

Tsuru

I’m a sleepy bear, going to wordpress?, & Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen, Only Not Tonight by The Go Find

January 25, 2010
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Photography by turuncuaz

Oh my, I’m a sleepy bear today. After a wonderful and extraordinarily productive weekend of cycling & photography, we go to bed last night and sleep just won’t come. I wanted to ride in, especially with snow pending, wanted to beat it for one last road bike ride this week, but that would mean may 3 or 4 hours sleep and granted I don’t need/get THAT much sleep, I ain’t super man!

Coffee & more coffee, but man if the batch I got doesn’t taste like degreaser.

*sigh*

Okay, fortunately today’s gem, which has been circulating on my ipod for the past week or so, is hitting juuuust right for the sleepy place I’m in. BUT, before we get to that, got a little news-ish thing to share…

As some of you may have taken the time to notice, we are on blogger. It’s been an interesting experience, to say the least. Blogger has a history of deleting posts and, like in my good friend Rotch’s case, whole blogs. Granted, as far as I know, we’ve never had any deletions, BUT I do know that blogger has it set up where TSURURADIO won’t show up on certain searches has blocked Technorati and whatnot, SOOOOOOOO…….. for the past year probably, I’ve been backing up the site on my own server using wordpress. Just turn off the redirect to “blog.tsururadio.com” and work on it a bit, update the back-up, then turn redirect back on.

ANYWHOOSLE DOOSLE… to make a long story short (too late), I finally got the wordpress version looking pretty good. Don’t get me wrong, the importing of blogger posts don’t format perfect, but it’s readable! Check it out!

T S U R U R A D I O . c o m
aka NOT blog.tsururadio.com

What do you think? Not bad, eh? Pretty seamless? So, here’s what I’m going to do.

  1. Double Post: For the next week, all posts will go up on both sites to make sure I even like posting via wordpress. If Step 1 = thumbs up, go to Step 2.
  2. Set Up Aggregators to pull from the right feed. Once Step 2 is completed, go to Step 3.
  3. Turn on redirects to go to new tsururadio.com! HOORAY!

Well, that’s the plan anyway. Your feedback, commentude, suggestions, and whatnots will be greatly appreciated!

Okay, before I either a) fall asleep or b) kill someone for a good cup of coffee, we better get to The Go Find and this sleepy little gem, Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen, Only Not Tonight!

I was having a hard time describing this one, it’s really just basic pop on it’s surface. It reminded Baby of Stars a little bit, which is a pretty good comparison to me too. I once heard Stars call themselves “lovers rock” in an interview a year or so ago, and I think that label fits pretty good here. Check out their label write-up:

“Imagine the sound of cereal hit by milk in the morning, only heard if you listen closely. A sound that is comforting and addictive. This kind of innocent image from a daily routine fits the music of The Go Find. It’s never offensive; it’s warm and soothing, but intriguing enough to grab your attention. Its beauty lies in small things.”

Romanticized a bit, eh? Exactly. Add in that the lead singer actually sounds a bit like Torquil and it all just kinda fits in place. This much I know, the “comforting” part of their sound is just what this tired boy needs right now.

Happy Monday everyone…. enjoy!

1 Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight
2 Love Will Break Us Up
3 It’s Automatic
4 Neighbourhood
5 One Hundred Percent
6 Stay
7 Lottery Man
8 Cherry Pie
9 Running Mates
10 Just A Common Love
11 Heart Of Gold

Go Find Link Love…
Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru…