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Peanut’s Playground: Boring Days, Entertainment and Big Boy’s Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty

August 25, 2010
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Photography by hakanphotography

I’m not sure what your days look like, but mine are pretty fuqqin boring from time to time. It’s not so much the weekends or my evenings, but during the day time seems to crawl by like a snail on high heels. Or as we say in the Nether regions: “Zoals dikke stront door een vergiet!”

Use Google Translate if your curious.

To help the days along a bit I like my music to be ‘entertaining’, and no album released in 2010 has proven to be as entertaining as today’s highlight:

Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty by Big Boi

Antwan André Patton a.k.a. Big Boi is best known for his work as one half of hiphop legends Outkast and as such is well know enough already. Therefore I won’t be wasting any more precious bytes on details.

I can imagine that a large portion of TSURURADIO’s readers aren’t fans of Outkast or Big Boi. Your loss. I’m serious. This might sound strange to you, but there do happen to be artists outside of the indie realm (whatever the hell that may be these days) who are actually worth your attention. Big Boi is one of them.

A foul mouthed but smooth, clever rhyming s.o.b. with a knack for choosing exactly the right guest vocalists, and most of all: he’s Entertaining (yes, with a capital E) and isn’t that something we can all use once in a while?

DOWNLOAD SIR LUCIOUS LEFT FOOT THE SON OF CHICO DUSTY HERE

1. Feel Me (Intro)

2. Daddy Fat Sax

3. Turns Me On Ft. Sleepy Brown And Joi

4. Follow Us Ft. Vonnegutt

5. Shutterbug Ft. Cutty

6. General Patton

7. Tangerine Ft. T.I. And Khujo Goodie

8. You Ain’t No DJ Ft. Yelawolf

9. Hustle Blood Ft. Jamie Foxx

10. Be Still Ft. Janelle Monae

11. Fo Yo Sorrows Ft. George Clinton, Too Short And Sam Chris

12. Night Night Ft. B.o.B. And Joi

13. Shine Blockas Ft. Gucci Mane

14. The Train Pt. 2 (Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves The Day) Ft. Sam Chris

15. Back Up Plan

Show Big Boi some love: Official | Myspace

Tudels,

Peanut

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Peanut’s Playground: Inspiration, where it’s gone and where to get it. Also Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti!

August 24, 2010
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Photography by TakePicturesAndPills

It’s been a while since I last posted on TSURURADIO. The reason for this is simple: lack of inspiration.

I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Inspiration for me is something that comes and goes, and unfortunatley I’m not able to tap into some hidden reservoir of ideas and energy. This in huge contrast to our leader Tsuru who seems to be able to write, bike, shoot, paint, sing and dance even while sleeping.

What isn’t exactly helping either is the ENORMOUS flood of new (and recently discovered old) music coming my way. In the past week my ‘what to listen to today playlist’ has exploded, and there is no end in sight. For someone who does most of his listening in the office it’s quite hard to really appreciate new stuff when there is so much to choose from. A lot gets lost in the mix.

Now this doesn’t mean that I haven’t discovered anything worthwhile. Because I have. And I will report on them as usual (read: semi-frequent). Today’s offering:

Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Weird little album this is. A grower also. It gets better with each listen (untill you’ve had your fill that is). At least, that’s what I think. I actually remember laying it aside after the first two spins, and I will admit that it certainly isn’t suited for every occasion.

Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti like to mix up the genres, and while this works for the album as a whole, I can imagine individual tracks won’t hit home. This is illustrated by the fact that Tsuru thought a song like Round and Round was merely “Kinda meh” but Neil found it good enough to include it in his (excellent) It’s a Hot Summer Night and I Want To Walk Around With You mixtape. And rightly so, just wait until 1:58 into the song to understand why.

So this album will split audiences, but I definitely belong in the “I LOVE IT” camp. Although it’s only August, I can safely state that this will be near the top of my year-end-list, if not at the top. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD BEFORE TODAY HERE

1. Hot Body Rub

2. Bright Lit Blue Skies

3. L’estat (acc. to the widow’s maid)

4. Fright Night (Nevermore)

5. Round and Round

6. Beverly Kills

7. Butt-House Blondies

8. Little Wig

9. Can’t Hear My Eyes

10. Reminiscences

11. Menopause Man

12. Revolution’s a Lie

Don’t forget to show Ariel some love: Official | Myspace

Tudels,

Peanut

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Keeping it going with John Frum Alaska by Mexican Elvis!!!

August 24, 2010
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Photography by embnar

Allo & aloo! And how are you? I’m good, thank you for asking. It’s Tuesday, so there’s that. Started it off with a pretty sweet 30 miler bike ride today. Now I know the safety folks won’t like this but, when I’m alone I tend to (but not always) ride with headphones on. We won’t go into the debate of whether or not it’s safe, but know this… I ALWAYS assume there’s a car behind & I ALWAYS assume I’m invisible to the rest of the world. Between that in always knowing my surroundings, I feel confident that “hearing” a car behind me doesn’t make me safer.

Anywhosals, my point was/is that today, due to apparently all my headphones getting rather crappy, I put on the new Apple Earbuds that came with my replacement iPod classic (120gb! WOOT!). My friends, I forgot just how much those headphones suck. Suck balls. Suck monkey balls after a feces throwing fight with a 800lb gorilla!!! Dem’s big turds.

Windy, tinny, and generally blah. If you are listening to music on these things anywhere beyond your desk where you need to hear your boss bellow at you at a moment’s notice and you have a few bucks to spare, upgrade yer headphones. You will not regret it. AND, on the plus side, you won’t look like every. body. else. with. the. same. damn. headphones. hanging. out. their. head.

It’s critical! One listen to today’s gem, John Frum Alaska by Mexican Elvis on the earbuds & my normal noise-cancelin’ Shure bad boys and oh my. One might have thought the state of today’s music is in a sad state of affairs!

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This is nice. Basically folkish, but not always, pop. A bit somber at times, but still fresh & engaging. Add in the nasally, slightly whiny “indie” vocal, and yeah, I’m in! Kinda matches the cloudy weather yesterday that seems to be back this afternoon — Oooo… maybe a rainy ride home? Been a while.

Trying to think of who’s voice this guy reminds me of… is it The Mountain Goats guy? Ugh. Going to drive me nuts. Oh well, c’est la vie, and what not!

But yeah, this is that slightly melancholy / Sunday at peace kinda music. Quite lovely…

DOWNLOAD JOHN FROM ALASKA!!!

01 he spent 3 years trying to enter the eurovision song contest
02 the washington dc
03 drop hawaii
04 friends

05 gore tex jacket
06 atonement cover
07 street lights
08 amongst us there‘s a cannibal
09 something overheard at the bavaria filmstadt
10 at 6.30 you come to me
11 say you‘re wrong

Some Mexican Elvis love: Myspace | Label

Cheers,
T.

Getting my Jesus ON with All Delighted People by Sufjan Stevens!

August 23, 2010
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Photograhphy by dorian69

Where did the weekend go?  Seriously?  I’d like to know.  Photoshoots & bike rides, the norm, but man o’ man, so much running around then BEEYOO!  it was over.  Oh yeah, broken iPods and my new phone turning into a brick.  That certainly didn’t help.  Oh yeah, massive rain & phone repair & too small a car for our new chair causing us to literally double up our errands.  Oh yeah. Good times. lol.

But whatevers, man, it’s a new week and that means new music! This time around we got a new EP by Mr. Sufjan Stevens called All Delighted People! Huh… I guess now that SS has them 50 state albums all done, he can sit back and release little bullshit EPs, eh?

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Now, I’m not the biggest Sufjan fan. A bit too preachy for my taste. More often than not, I like my Jesuses like I like veneral diseases, i.e. no where near me & my genitalia. Exceptions are Violent Femmes as there’s a way he does it that makes you question if he’s being sincere or tongue-in-cheek.

Sufjan though, it doesn’t take rocket scientician to know he loves him some Jesus in him. I think if you had my first 18 years of my life, you shutter at the thought of listening to some guy jibber on about his infactuation with the bearded one.

Side note… Still cracks me up how “white” they make Jesus in paintings & stuff, eh?

Or black…

Because, I’m assuming he had a more middle-eastern flavour, if I had to wager a guess. Not sure how them tea-baggers would feel about that though.

But hey. These aren’t original thoughts, but Sufjan’s making original music, so let’s get back on track, okay? All Delighted People, the 60 minute “EP”, which I’m assuming it’s an EP due to the lack of theme and the addition of a 2nd version of a track. At 60 minutes though, hell, anything over 30 minutes for some artists, is a 2 year long in the making album, so, though I rarely bother with EPs, here we are!

So… what do we have? Well…. we got Sujan, almost a genre in & of itself. Tender & slightly whiny, yet beautifully arranged & executed compositions (as opposed to songs). Joanna Newsom and this guy should do an album together. Actually, on 2nd thought, maybe not, might just destroy the indie-universe with it’s collective orgasm!

Ew….. Indie-bukkake.

You know that shit would be nasty smelling from all the crappy beer they drink.

Well, what do you know? It’s quite possible I offended christians and hipsters — and possibly Sufjan himself — in one single post? So, I’ll tell you what, let’s just end this now while I’m behind, eh? It’s a lovely EP, chock full o’ beautiful music. It was released on Bandcamp proving, once again, that bands REALLY need to stop using myspace. I can sample then buy your music in one stop? SWEET! You know?
Okay… the music!

DOWNLOAD ALL DELIGHTED PEOPLE HERE NOW!

1. All Delighted People (Original Version)
2. Enchanting Ghost
3. Heirloom
4. From The Mouth Of Gabriel
5. The Owl And The Tanager
6. All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
7. Arnika
8. Djohariah

Sufjan love: Bandcamp | Label | Tour Dates

Cheers,

T.

Chillin’ through Thursday with Tuning Echoes by Mock & Toof

August 19, 2010
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Photography by bluecitrusart

Thursdays seem to be the toughest days. Busy at work, of course, but also that feeling of almost Friday but it ain’t just lingering in your mouth, the feeling of a long week on your back, the “oh man, I’m BEAT” in between every sentence you utter.

It’s tricky. and tiring.

On the plus side, I got some new cycling bibs and man, it’s amazing what a nice pair of bibs can do! Low friction crotch = a happy crotch! That’s all their is to it.

Speaking of low friction and happy crotches, I’m jammin’ on some pretty chill vibes by Mock & Toof and their debut Tuning Echoes!

Apparently, these guys are “remix guys” but I’m not going to hold that against them. I don’t think this album is a colleciton of remixes anyways, I believe these are original tunes. Now, I know remixes aren’t my thing but man, there’s something about the sweet beats these guys are wiggy-wiggy-wiggy dishin’ out that, for whatever reason, I’m feelin!

Now, don’t get me wrong, a few of the songs run a little long — see “Day Ken Died”, a sweet litty ditty that carries on for about 8 minutes. Unlike prog masterpieces, light lounge rhythms rarely should make it pass a few minutes unless I’ve got a few drinks in my hand and my woman by my side!

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01. Farewell to Wendo
02. Move Along
03. Day Ken Died
04. From Kashima
05. Shoeshine Boogie
06. The Key
07. Underwater
08. Mr Frown
09. Norman’s Eyes
10. Suppress Your Feelings
11. Lovehearts
12. P2160
13. Take Me Home

Some M&T love: Myspace | Facebook | Label

Cheers!

Talk about your hump day groove? False Priest by Of Montreal!!!

August 18, 2010
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Photography by equilibriumgeo

Oh man, this album couldn’t be anymore perfect for “hump day”, even if it tried. I wouldn’t call myself an of Montreal fan and yeah, I still think of Outback Steakhouse every time I hear that one song, but man oh man oh man, False Priest is booty shakin’ fun!

Okay, I know you “oM” fans are hardcore and shit, I’ll keep this short and please be gentle on me. I’m not going to break this album down and compare it to anything else they have done because I’ve never really got into anything from them for more than a few seconds!

With that in mind, let me say, this album is fun, my booty can’t help but shake a little to the left and then a bit to the right, while my eyes remain a bit closed and my mutter “yeah, yeah” aloud while the poor shmoes around me wonder what I’m on.

It feels “cohesive” & very easy to bob your head like an idiot to, yet quirky enough and, with the wordiness of it, carrying a feeling of something “deeper” than the funky grooves might otherwise imply. Meaning, much like the lead guy, I think his name is Kevin, the album goes both ways! HA! It’s as deep or as vapid as you are feeling at the moment, which is fantastic because even though I love a little meat & potatoes, sometimes I just want to suck down some pixie sticks and bounce off the walls for a while!

01 I Feel Ya’ Strutter
02 Our Riotous Defects [ft. Janelle Monáe] — Anyone else getting a “Free Radical” by Flaming Lips vibe off this track???

03 Coquet Coquette or here
04 Godly Intersex
05 Enemy Gene [ft. Janelle Monáe]
06 Hydra Fancies
07 Like a Tourist
08 Sex Karma [ft. Solange Knowles]
09 Girl Named Hello
10 Famine Affair
11 Casualty of You
12 Around the Way
13 You Do Mutilate?

Some non-Montreal Of Montreal love: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

TSURURADIO Presents… Songs For Saydi, Songs For My Sunshine Mixtape!!!

August 16, 2010
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Photography by Me

Okay… before we begin, check this out, originally tumbled by drowse, of the dad from Everybody Hates Chris doing a collection of the most random Old Spice body wash commercials. They are back-to-back-to-etc-etc without a pause, giving them an even greater sense of randomness and WTFness!

Awesomeness?

Yes…. yes it is.

Alright, the reason for the season, today’s mixtape. This one’s been brewing in my head ever since I first heard “You Were Born” by Cloud Cult. Every time I listen, all I can think about is my oldest daughter Saydi. Something about the tone, the lyrics, the theme of the album itself that when that song comes on, it’s only her I think about.

After falling in love with the album, I had the incurable urge to build a mixtape, with nothing but her in mind. Songs that make me think of her, songs that inspire me that I want to share with her, songs she loves but maybe with a new twist on them, songs to hopefully inspire her & her music, songs for Saydi, songs for my sunshine.

It’s been a long & tough journey, sweetie, a journey that in many ways is only just now beginning. I’m so proud of who you are, what you’ve done, the woman you have become, and all the places you are going. You are an amazing person & I love you so much! This is for you!

But…

Before we get to it, a very special call out. She will be playing A show THIS SUNDAY on August 22 at the Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ!

Go see her before she becomes bigger than Jesus! Okay, here we go!!!!

TSURURADIO Presents…

Songs For Saydi, Songs For My Sunshine Mixtape!!!

(Full Zip)

And for the love of jeebus…. PLAY GAPLESS!!!!

Clearing

01 Cloud Cult – You Were Born *removed on request
02 Drink Up Butterfly – Pink Sunshine
03 fun. – Be Calm
04 Julian Casablancas – Out Of The Blue
05 Fang Island – Life Coach
06 Suckers – It Gets Your Body Movin
07 Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
08 Violent Femmes – Crazy
09 Neko Case – Hold On Hold On
10 Bright Eyes – Papa Was A Rodeo
11 Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring
12 O Brother – You Are My Sunshine
13 Len – Steal My Sunshine
14 Flotilla – Meet Me Outside
15 Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise

Holding

16 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
17 Arcade Fire – Suburbs
18 Sunset Rubdown – Dragon’s Lair
19 Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan – Eyes Of Green
20 Jason Lytle – Brand New Sun
21 Weezer – Perfect Situation
22 Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds
23 Amy Millan – I Will Follow You Into The Dark
24 Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own
25 The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
26 Cloud Cult – There’s So Much Energy In Us *removed on request
27 The Decemberists – Of Angels And Angles

Like what you hear?  Go buy it!

Cheers,
Tsuru

I’ve got 99 problems but Apparitions by Light Pollution ain’t one!

August 10, 2010
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Photography by bluecitrusart

Hey lovers, haters, and general music geekoramas!  It’s Tuesday and sweet Mary mother of Jesus dipped in cornbread deep fried and caked in powder sugar it was a tough day!!  All I could say as it was a-wrappin’ up was, “dude…. wtf?”  But hey, that’s my problem, not yours, right? You just want some good times flowin’ threw yer ears, down your spinal cord and either out yer pee-pee or yer butthole and really, I can’t blame ya!

Like Jay-Z or Ice Cube or Tea or whatever may have once said, “I’ve got 99 problems, but Apparitions by Light Pollution ain’t one!”

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And you know what?  They’d were right!  Damn soothsayers, them rappers are — ARR!

So what do we gots with Apparitions?  Would you believe ornate rambunctious pop?  Can I coin that term?  Rambunctious Pop?  I think I just did!  HOORAY!  In one sense the album’s a bit all over the place..  All synthy on “Good Feelings” (not a violent femmes cover), a bit Arcade Fire change the world and shit on “Oh Ivory!”, then reverb quirky sumfin on “Drunk Kids”, etc, etc.  But, of course, it works, otherwise, wouldn’t be writing this, would I now?

No… No I wouldn’t.  Enjoy!!!

DOWNLOAD APPARITIONS NOW!!!

1. Good Feelings
2. Oh, Ivory!
3. Drunk Kids
4. Fever Dreams
5. Deyci, Right On
6. Bad Vibes 4
7. All Night Outside
8. Witchcraft
9. Ssslowdreamsss

Some Polluted love: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,
Tsuru…

Suburbs by Arcade Fire is $3.99 at Amazon? The whole album? DANG!

August 3, 2010
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Seriously, the whole stinkin’ album… $3.99!

GO DOWNLOAD THIS NOW!

I Heart You, but I Heart California is by Admiral Radley

July 30, 2010
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Photography by redpolaroid

Well, it may have been a short work week, but man did they cram alot in these 3 days!  My response to that?  Let’s cram as much as we can in the weekend, amirite?  Bike rides & photoshoots galore for me, meanwhile TsuruBride industries continues it’s amazing success unabated!  In fact, Baby’s asked me to re-install her very own blog outside all that tumblrin’ and twitterin’ and facebookerin’.  It’s just a static page for now, but I’ll see if I can get that bad boy up and running this weekend.

Okay…  Time for the music and I couldn’t ask for a better album to send out our week.  Something golden, eclectic, and generally pretty awesome, i.e. I Heart California by Admiral Radley!

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Every review and their mother will talk about the Grandaddy and Earlimart collabo action that this album is, BFFs 4ever and what not.  That’s great and all, and yeah, we are fans of both the bands and, maybe even more so, Jason Lytle solo style (hint, check out No. 14), but what good is a two-group “super group” if the album blows monkeys?  I don’t care who you are or what band your in if your collabo sucks, right?

Well, no worries.  The album is fucking brilliant.  Possibly more fucking brilliant than their respective day-job bands.  It’s inconsistent in a wonderful way, hopping from genre & sounds like an ADD 6 year old, but somehow (maybe it’s the Cali-theme) maintain a hint of glue to keep it together.   You got a very Lytle (including a breathy “yeeeah”) lead-off title track that drops into a sweet yet rambunctious, near-Wilco-esque “Ghost Of Syllables”, to a driving “Suburb Kids” that sounds like it wants to be on the new Arcade Fire album,  before chillin’ back down to the lovely vocaled (is that a word? should be) “Lonesome Co.” that sounds like it belongs on an AM radio from way back in the 70s, while sitting by the pool on a rather warm summer day.  And on it goes from there.  Just as you think they’ve gone quiet and old school for good “Red Curbs” dirty guitar kicks in.

As Lytle might say, “Yeaaah”!

Very nice, very nice…  Okay, time to go wrap this week up, put a bow on it.  So, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, go bike riding, take lots of pictures, have fun, but for now, load up a little Admiral Radley & enjoy!

DOWNLOAD I HEART CALIFORNIA!!!

1. I Heart California
2. Ghosts Of Syllables

3. Sunburn Kids
4. Lonesome Co.
5. The Thread

6. Red Curbs
7. I’m All Fucked On Beer
8. Ending Of Me
9. G N D N
10. Chingas In The West
11. I Left U Cuz I Luft U

Some Admiral love: Myspace | Official

Cheers,

Tsuru

It’s hot outside, but we are staying cool with The And by Angil And The Hiddentracks!

July 29, 2010
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Instant Mobile Photography by Me!

Hey kiddos!  Man o’ man, if there’s one thing I hate about vacation is, not just the end of vacation, but the beginning of working again!  But, whilest I was, first busy with not being busy, then knee-deep in meetings and catching up and emails and etc, Peanut, Ari, Neil, and even our newest writer Wasoe stepped up to the metaphorical blog plate and hit nuffin’ but 1000!

YAY baseball analogies!

Mixtapes, mixtapes, hot newness, and a blast from the past from TSURUNATION!

Speaking of family, check it… during my stay-ca-vaca full of family good times, we had a moment to take a fresh Tsuru Family Portrait (2010):

What do you think? I’m the bear.

One thing, man, this weekend was HOT.  I mean temperature wise.  Ugh.  Heat plus humidity reminded me of those first 31 years of my life down in Florida!  Absolutely miserable.  BUT, while swamp ass ruled in the back of my pantaloons, it was The And by Angil And the Hiddentracks that’s keep in me cool!

Seriously, this album is cool.  I mean like “cool daddio, cool” kinda cool.  Apparently this is a super group of sorts featuring folks from Stereolab, Radar Bros, and the Delgados, sweet!  It’s jazzy, a bit free-form, it’s quirky & sexy, and, though they are speakin’ the english, it’s so very very French!  We featured a song on one of our recent mixtapes, and it was very shortly after that I started falling hard for this quirk monster.

The only thing missing is Mike Meyers and a very large cup of cappuccino!

Harriet!  Sweet Harriet!

That’s better.   Okay, so here’s what ya gotta do.  Strip down to your wife-beater undershirt and boxers (ladies, the same for you), turn the fan right on you with a big glass of sweet tea, push play, & enjoy. THEN, head to the link below, stream/preview the rest, and buy the damn thing.  It’s summery sexy heat sexy good sexy-ness….

STREAM/PREVIEW & BUY THE AND!!!

01 Disculpe
02 Thelma or Louise?
03 Lipograms
04 Kira #1
05 Jackson Jr. Redding

06 In the attic
07 Sail home
08 Kira #2
09 Unbroken hearts
10 Finlande and platform
11 Kira #3

Some Angil Hiddentrack love!  Myspace | Official | Blog | Label

More viddy vid time!!!

Cheers,

T.

One Happy Island? One Happy Island indeed…

July 21, 2010
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Photography by geishaballs

One of the greatest phrases of an adult’s working life?  “It’s my Friday”  It’s kinda in your face, you know?  It’s got a little fuck you to it, depending on how much you emphasize the “my”…  (Ir)regadless, it is!  It’s MY Friday!  WOOT!  Taking a long weekend with Momma Tsuru and my little birds are all coming into town tomorrow!  Nice.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting and whatnot, just possibly not as much?  Not too sure.

Either way, man today we gots a sweet little sumfin to share with you, the self-titled debut by One Happy Island!

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No, this isn’t a solo album by one of the guys from Islands, though that would be a sweet name for a band if one had felt like spreading his wings a bit without Mr. Diamonds.  Nope, this is just a little pop band from Boston that makes sweet little messy songs about elephants, bikes, toast, and what not that sound like they were recorded in one of their mom’s basement.  It’s got that sweet childish feeling like Jonathan Richman’s early post-Modern Lovers work, but with an awesome lo-fi do-it-yourself flavour.

Basically, it’s fun & cute all the same time!  Perfect for MY Friday!

;)

DOWNLOAD ONE HAPPY ISLAND!!!

1. [Introduction]
2. Cave City Sunrise
3. Elegant Elephant
4. How to Hurt
5. The Bike Song
6. Texas Toast
7. Patience and Better Days
8. Horse Cave, Kentucky
9. Faster, Sunshine
10. Xmas Song
11. Every Winter
12. Tangelo
13. Kudzu Girlfriend
14. Flounder
15. Nomi, You’re a Star!



iTunes get music on

Happy Island love!  Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,
T.

I’m off the phone & I’m listening to Light Chasers by Cloud Cult!!!

July 20, 2010
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Photography by Sabi-Krabi

Well, it was a busy day, non-stop really, but I’m off the phone, I’ve ridden my 40 miles, I got what I had to get done, done, I’ve got food in the oven, the Tour de France on the TV and all I’ve been listening to is Light Chasers by Cloud Cult!

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Okay, when this first showed up on the intertubals I was out in about western Canada on vacation with my Baby.   The initial word was that it was beautiful but with a big BUT… something was going on with the vocals that was tweaking out a few friends.

I got nervous.  I loved Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-partying Through Tornadoes) a couple years back, loved it with all my heart.  We waited two stinking years for this and I just wasn’t ready to not like this.

It went on the back-burner.  I heard (and loved) “Running With The Wolves” but everyone was loving that, so no worries there…..  Okay, enough of this, the Sprint story and telephone themed mixtape was up, it was finally and finally, yesterday, I gave it a whirl.

Wow.

First off… Is this a concept album?  It feels like it.  There’s a story going on, a story of a group of, well, light chasers.  In that sense, it’s kinda proggy, it’s spacey, are they in space?  Are they on a ship at sea?  Are they in the wilderness, running with the wolves?  Or is that a metaphor for just being free?  What is the light?  A new sun?  Death?  Happiness?

I’ve listened 6, 7 times, not sure, and each time I think I got it, it just gives you more.

The music is Cloud Cult, it’s also acoustic, tribal, electric, and even a hint of rap-rock (see “The Battles – Room Full of People In Your Head”).  The album goes everywhere!  Robotic autotune-like voices, whispers, yelling, to just lovely and pretty….

A happy and wonderful surprise!  I really do love it!  YAY!

1. The Mission: Unexplainable Stories
2. The Departure: Today We Give Ourselves to the Fire
3. The Invocation (p.1) – You’ll Be Bright
4. The Birth
5. The Baby – You Were Born
6. The Lessons – Exploding People
7. The Interference
8. The Battles – Room Full of People in Your Head
9. The Escape – Running With the Wolves
10. The Acceptance – Responsible
11. The Surrender – Guessing Game
12. The Strength – Forces of the Unseen
13. The Invocation (p.2) – Blessings
14. The Awakening – Dawn
15. The Contact
16. The Arrival – There’s So Much Energy In Us

Some Cloud Cult love!   Myspace | Official | BUY!

And while we are at it… Some old viddy vids!

Cheers,

Tsuru

Let’s go to the beach, it’s Crazy For You by Best Coast!!!

July 12, 2010
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Photography by Franny Cullen

Well, hello there! Everybody have a great weekend? I sure did… Fast, fun & rainy bike ride home on Friday evening (got SOAKED!) then a lovely weekend featuring lovely weather and lovely times with Baby and friends, including but not limited to, a night of drinkin’ debauchery and a morning of fast & fun bike riding! All in all, 4.5 out of 5 wheelies!

I think we’d hit 5 wheelies if we had had a 3 day weekend… Beggers can’t be choosers and other sayings!

Quick note! I will be out & in NY Tuesday & Wednesday! SOOOOO……. Not sure what will be of musical posts, but I’m thinking of re-sharing a New York trip inspired mixtape with you for all you who missed it the first time. Also, got two other mixtapes that should be up soon:

1. A new TsuruBride presents mixtape that is so sugary sweet, you’ll need to hit the dentist after listening…
2. A new mixtape & story inspired by my recent trials & tribulations dealing with Sprint, oh my.

Let’s see what we can get up this week & next! But until then, we have today & we have now and now we are listening to a pretty sweet little gem called Crazy For You by Best Coast!

WHEEE!

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This is perfect for today. Fun, upbeat, get your butt a groovin’ retro style goodness! It’s got a bit of a Camera Obscura kinda thing going on but mixed in with a bunch of fuzzy lo-fi guitar goodness that only serves to enhance the warmth & sun & good vibes filling the air & stifling heat. Almost… ALMOST makes me wish I was back at the beach! Considering I’m from Florida and the number of times I was dragged to the beach as a kid to be burnt and blistered and covered in sand & salt, that’s saying a lot!

So… cheesy wrap up time! Grab your sun-screen and your biggest towel, get a cooler of pop, a sandwich or two, and yer old transistor radio, load ‘er up & enjoy!

01 Boyfriend
02 Crazy for You
03 The End
04 Goodbye
05 Summer Mood
06 Our Deal
07 I Want To
08 When the Sun Don’t Shine
09 Bratty B
10 Honey
11 Happy
12 Each and Everyday

And found this on Soundcloud? Sweet…

Best Coast by musicmule

Some Best Coast love!  Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

TSURURADIO Presents… We’ll Start A New Life, Leave This One Behind Mixtape!!!

July 9, 2010
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Photography by Me!  WHEEE!

Okay kiddos, I’m not going to lie… This mixtape was built in a day.  It was not curated over a week, it was only test driven once, but that’s kinda the point.  It’s now, for me, now for you, and now for now.  Most of these are Oh Teners, some are just Oh Teners To Me (09? 08? whatever).  Either way, it’s been a short, fast, & furious week of catching up & getting it going, and now, wrapping it up.

So.  With that in mind, let’s put a bow on it as…………..

TSURURADIO Presents…

We’ll Start A New Life, Leave This One Behind Mixtape!!!

(Full Zip)

01 Wavves – Idiot
02 Turbo Fruits – Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain
03 Hard Drugs – The Proposal
04 Pernice Brothers – The Loving Kind
05 Ray LaMontagne – Beg Steal or Borrow
06 Kathryn Calder – Arrow
07 KaiserCartel – Riverboat Dream
08 Cave – Gamm
09 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
10 Norfolk And Western – Hiding Home
11 Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill
12 Cloud Cult – Running With the Wolves
13 Mock & Toof – Farewell to Wendo
14 Angil And The Hiddentracks – Lipograms
15 Baths – Apologetic Shoulderblades
16 Blackbird Blackbird – Summer Heart
17 !!! – AM/FM
18 Stars – We Don’t Want Your Body
19 The High Wire – Hang From The Lights
20 Wolf Parade – Cave-O-Sapien

Have a great weekend everyone!  Stay cool, but go riding anyway!!!  Just take lots of water bottles…

Love,

Tsuru

Are You My Mother? by the singer who is not Neko Case… Kathryn Calder!!!

July 8, 2010
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Photography by DonaRita

Thursdays seem to be my rough days, eh? Man… Well, started last night and continuing now while I eat my leftovers of cucumber & tomato gazpacho marinated chicken and sticky rice (Baby’s suggestion, delish!) is a wonderful little album by one of our favourite New Pornographer who, too often, gets over-shadowed by the power & weight of the other members of the “supergroup”, particularly & obviously, Ms. Neko Case. Yeah, I’m talking about Kathryn Calder.

Don’t feel too bad though, not only is she the softer female voice of the New Pornographers, but she’s also part of the Immaculate Machine, and now she’s got her own little album, Are You My Mother?, to add to her already busy resume!

There’s something sweet & tender about this album, I think a lot of that plays off Kathryn’s voice which is, well, sweet & tender. So, even when the music kicks it up a few notches into honky-tonk or rock land or what have you, it’s still inviting like a cup of tea & a nice blanket.

Now, I know, it’s a freakin’ heat wave outside, yeah yeah, but in our 90% air-conditioned world we live in, there’s plenty of space for Calder’s pop offering, at least in my ears!

Okay, time to get back to the grind, so load up the songs she’s got up on her website and enjoy!!!

1. “Slip Away”
2. “Low”
3. “Castor And Pollux”
4. “Arrow”
5. “If You Only Knew”
6. “Follow Me Into The Hills”
7. “Down The River”
8. “Day Long Past It’s Prime”
9. “So Easily”
10. “All It Is”

Some Calder love: Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru

Sled Island Report! Hard Drugs!!! Because love is the hardest drug of them all…

July 7, 2010
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Photography by Me!

We got one more Sled Island report for ya!  Our last full day in Calgary was filled with absolute laziness from a long and epic vacation, 2 days in Vancouver, 2 days on a train exploring western Canada, 2 days in Banff & Lake Louise, and now these few days venturing around checking out band after band, while still exploring Calgary (yay zoo & Recordland!) we were just done!  We made it out for breakfast but instead of bands or the museum, it was back to the hotel for a bit more lazy morningness…. Mmmm….

Eventually we went to 17th ave, Calgary’s “Uptown”, for the sole purpose of catching a band tagged as a rock opera in Hard Drugs.

Oh my.

Oh my indeed!  We cozied in the Local 511 or 512 or 5-something (really, just looked like a bar by any other account), got us a sweet spot and waited for “Hard Drugs” to begin!

First song kicked in, no drums, no bass, and the volume set to high-pitched tinniness filled with electric guitar, a harmonica set to dog-whistle pitch, and some country-fried vocals.  I looked at Baby and wondered how much longer we’d stay.  But, they recognized the volume was set to “wtf” in a place the size of my living room, turned it down a smidgen and settled in to what Baby & I both agreed was the best set the whole weekend!

NOTE TO BANDS:  Don’t fall into the record label “loudness war” seen by the over compressed super-loud CDs/mp3s going on out there in your live sets.  If you turn it down, just a smidgen, we’ll actually hear the subtle additions you work so hard to include in your set, you know, like that harmonica or that drum buddy… Just saying.

I grabbed a bit of vid, though the SLR didn’t get the best sound, you at least get a moment of Hard Drugs, eh?

Just wonderful rock music, the end!  Baby & I kept looking at each other throughout the set, smiling, bobbing our heads, sharing through the wonderful sound a moment of joy for getting our asses up and over to this little section of town…  After the set, I picked up the album:

Wow. Okay, where to start? It’s a concept album, so already my love-tendencies were super high. It’s the story of Lloyd, a drug dealer, and the love of this life, Aline, a prostitute. I’m not going to give the story away, you really need to let Hard Drugs tell it, but I’ll say Lloyd & Aline are tired of the life they are living, wanting to just be together, and conspire to kill Aline’s pimp Slim and escape Terminal City.

That’s all I’ll give you.

Sound-wise, it’s basically Cracker meets Rocky Horror Picture show! Roots rock, some theatrics (especially side 4), male/female vocals, and just brilliant!

Fun facts? Apparently Hard Drugs (really, how is it I never heard of these guys til now?) are built from members of East Vancouver’s Blood Meridian and the album includes collaborations with folks from Black Mountain, Lightning Dust, Pink Mountaintops, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, among a shit ton more! Seriously, I need an app or something that announces periodically announces potentially tsururific bands, because this “discovering” older bands is getting old!

Oh well & c’est la vie! Here we are and we have them now, so let’s rejoice in the tale of Lloyd & Aline, a tale of true love, the hardest drug of them all.

STREAM THE WHOLE ALBUM!

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM!

1. Lloyd And Aline
2. Terminal City
3. Bad Ideas (Don’t Give Up)
4. The Proposal
5. No Choice
6. Every Step
7. Some Things
8. To Get Drunk And Picked Up By Cops
9. Happiness
10. When It’s Dark Out And It’s Raining
11. Footnote
12. Savlation Blues
13. Lloyd And Aline (Reprise)

Hardest Part by thewildhoneypie

Ah, and some video via their myspacers!

Cheers,

Tsuru

tsuruloosies! 2 new Modern Skirts tracks!

July 6, 2010
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Well, what do you know, our friends over at Modern Skirts got a lil’ EP coming out (and an album after that, yay prolific song-writing) called Happy 81! We got privy to tow of the tracks off the new guys so hell, I figured, how about a hot (seriously, it’s like 1,233 degrees F with 459% humidity outside) afternoon tsuruloosie post to cool us off, eh? Word is they are eschewing the “pop muscle” they flexed on their last album to find “the band starting to push its own boundaries”.

Yep.

What does that mean? No clue. Let’s find out! Just like this morning, it’s out of 5 wheelies!!! WHEEE!

Modern Skirts – DUI

Yeah… not so much. What is this, some weird reggaton meets carnival meets huh?

Modern Skirts – Rebecca St. Claire

Mmmmm….. O Brother Where Are Though meets Modern Skirts, now THAT’S more like it! Happy!

There you go! 2 of 7 tracks ready for your absorption, love, and/or rejection!

Cheers,
Tsuru

Sled Island Report! Turbo Fruits!!!

July 6, 2010
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Photography by Me..

CAVE kicked ass, but our night was only beginning.  What was next could be considered the highlight of the night as Turbo Fruits took the stage and just dominated!

The words that come to my brain when thinking on the show are “blistering” & “fun”. Yep, just blistering fun rock, a bit of the old-school, a bit of the dirty garage, but all just nothing but gooood times!

Even these ladies agree!

Pumped and jazzed from the brilliant little performance, I picked up their album Echo Kid and oh man! It just keeps going!

There’s a cock & swagger in every lick, every riff, and every thundering bass note that you can’t help but love. If these guys aren’t getting laid after every gig (even with his new pre-pubescent moustachio), then something ain’t right.

Listen to the whole album on their bandcamp page

1. Want Some Mo’
2. Naked With You
3. Trouble!
4. Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain
5. On the Road
6. Hold Me
7. Get Up Get On Down (Tonite)
8. Sadie
9. Broadzilla
10. My Stupid Heart
11. Lotta Lotta Ladies
12. Dear Moses
13. International Language of Love (UK)
14. Sober Is My New High (UK)

And yay! Some vids!

Cheers,
Tsuru

Photograph by Baby!

Thanks to The Needle Drop, I’m listening to Introducing Gentleman Jesse by Gentleman Jesse

June 24, 2010
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Photography by shurie

2 days until VACA!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!! With that in mind, gonna have to keep this one on the quicker side (busy busy, ends to tie, thing to take care of, people to please)! During the mixtape battle royale with our good friends mortal enemies over at The Needle Drop,

Anthony recommended this album, and me being of the impulsive nature, quickly popped over to GEMM and bought it…

Last night, with Baby out for dinner with friends, while I ate my kosher hot dog and sweet potato french fries, sipping on some cheap red wine, it was the LP Introducing Gentleman Jesse by, of course, Gentleman Jesse that soundtracked my 4 star dining experience!

Super fun power pop that reminds me of Big Star a bit.  Quick, fun pop-rockin’ goodness that filled the house up while I bobbed my head up & down all the while trying NOT to spill ketchup & horseradish brown mustard on my new khaki shorts — above the knee shorts, that is… Oooo…. Scandalous!

Now, like I said, got a lot of busy-ness to take care of so, how about I go ahead and shut up and let you guys get it going on!

WOOOOT!

DOWNLOAD GENTLEMAN JESSE!!!

1. Highland Crawler
2. Black Hole
3. All I Need Tonight (Is You)
4. The Rest Of My Days
5. Attention
6. Butterfingers
7. You Don’t Have To (If You Don’t Want To)
8. Sidewalks
9. You Got Me Where You Want Me
10. Wrong Time
11. If I Can See You (You’re Too Close To Me)
12. Put Your Hands Together

So good, right???  I know!

Some Jesse love! Myspace | Label

Cheers,

Tsuru