Thursday, February 23, 2006

So it's almost March, and still subarctic here on the Eastern Seaboard...but in the warm little heart of the internet, sweet new tunes are creating enough kinetic energy to fuel a small battleship, or even a battlestar. And so, in the grand tradition of every blog in the universe, I couldn't help but present to you: A WINTRY MIX! That's right, shitters - I've compiled a whole slew of new trax from cold weather ax. To celebrate...not living in California. Those pussies. And their pussy beaches.

1. Howling Hex – Catalytic Convert
(Washington, DC - Low 33°) The notoriously secretive Neil Michael Hagerty follows up last year’s You Can’t Beat Tomorrow CD / DVD / Variety Show with the stunningly stripped down 1-2-3, a re-release of three vinyl-only limited editions put out between 2003 and 2004. This little ditty is all the right kinds of eccentric. BUY 1-2-3.

2. Make Up - Born On The Floor
(Washington DC - Low 33°) Make Up frontman Ian Svenonius has a new outfit now, but this track, off the latest Make Up live release, is a reminder of their raw energy during performance. And speaking of - Weird War is playing tomorrow! BUY UNTOUCHABLE SOUND

3. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Young Shields

4. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Cold White Christmas
(Chicago, IL – Low 30°) Woah, woah, woah – no one said you’re supposed to be happy. The guy who wrote “It’s Winter And You Don’t Love Me Anymore” knows from cold weather blues, and these beautiful, alone-on-a-train numbers have “depression party” written all up and down. Owen “Sackloth And” Ashworth used to live a tad too far west – Portland, Oregon – to be exempt from pussydom, but he’s since relocated to the Windy City. BUY YOUNG SHIELDS SINGLE; PRE ORDER ETIQUETTE LP 3/7/06.

Cat Power – The Greatest (New York, NY – Low 26°) This makes you feel wintry even in the summer. BUY THE GREATEST

6. J Dilla - Time: The Donut Of The Heart
(Detroit, MI – Low 30°) Yeah, OK – so Dilla technically lived in LA at the end of his life – i.e. earlier this month. But this guy was a Detroit artist: he learned from Detroit native Amp Fiddler, worked with Detroiter Phat Kat, and his solo debut, Welcome 2 Detroit, was what launched him to stardom. And this spare, pensive take on the Jackson 5’s “All I Do Is Think Of You” shows why he’ll be remembered as a Detroit master. BUY DONUTS.

7. Chris Brokaw - Move
(New York, NY – Low 26°) An indie-rockers indie rocker, Brokaw finally out with his own, totally solid solo effort this year. Perhaps this song is about moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn? BUY INCREDIBLE LOVE

8.Klashnekoff - Can't You See (London, England - Low 35°) Sweet a$$ grime from London's Hackney borough - but really closer to US hip hop than your average UK MC - and this track is included on Vice's latest Run The Road grime comp.

9. Basokin - Mulume Yeah, so they live in the Congo, and it's super hot there and yada yada - but I'd like to see some Los Angelans move to the Congo and build instruments out of scrapmetal from a junkyard and use it to make music like this. A follow up to last year's amazing Congotronics, Konono No. 1's founder Mawangu Mingiedi gathers some friends to cover his songs and create some new ones on Congotronics 2 - all with those crazy instruments.

These New York City winters aren't bleeding me,


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