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Blog Profile / Music for Robots

Filed Under:Music / Rock & Pop
Posts on Regator:508
Posts / Week:1.6
Archived Since:February 2, 2008

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I know I've told you these things before

Oh sweet '80s pop, will you save me from Tuesday? I think it's entirely likely. Just take a listen to this track by Brooklyn's My Teenage Stride. It's all catchy licks, sweet reverb, and steady beats. It sounds like the '80s in the best possible way. Show More Summary

Skaters are pretty

Tommy Guerrero - Salve Tommy. Guerrero. What a rap sheet this (growed up) kid has: 80's skateboarding star, skate label co-founder, deck art director for Krooked boards, and oh yeah, dude makes music too. To the tune of collaborations with Lyrics Born and Prefuse 73; amazing remixes for personal favorites Poets of Rhythm and Money Mark. Show More Summary

So very DIRTY...

Pilooski - for mutant children only (exclusive mix) Pilooski is closely tied to the crew over at DIRTY, the legendary Parisian website. They've been around for years now, collecting various music and ephemera content, and have a tonShow More Summary

I Have A Message For You

Mae Shi - Forecasting (Double Beta Demo). First things first: Mae Shi are playing a show in Los Angeles on Saturday. They're playing at GroundZero Coffeehouse, which is on the USC Campus. It is a free show. The all ages show starts at 8, and Mae Shi go on last. Show More Summary

James Won't Be Needing These

With time and hindsight, a band like Yuck can cherry pick the best elements of the last 20 years (and really only the last 20 years) of alternative music to make this incredible, modern pastiche. But let's be clear: '90s cosplay this is not....

New tUnE-yArDs: "Bizness"

She's back! tUnE-yArDs - Bizness. Man, I'm so glad to hear Merrill Garbus again. I realize the whole "The record's okay but you've gotta see 'em live, man!!" thing is the hoariest of rock cliches, but sometimes it's true. I was aware...Show More Summary

Hundreds and Thousands

Wreck Of The Zephyr - The Rolling Over Process - Live at the Hobbyshop. My friends have been doing some interesting work here in LA lately. Some of them are in the band, others are filming. It's all happening at the Hobby Shop which is a recording studio / performance space, which is why the sound quality is so good. Show More Summary

She is buried treasure

I understand that these fellas will never be everyone's cup of tea, but I can't help it. They scratch a particular itch for me, musically speaking. This is one of their stronger compositions, less overtly-indebted to the midwestern emo of the late '90s and more... Show More Summary

Where Brooklyn at?!

Full disclosure: Zach Sherwin, alias MC Mr. Napkins, is a good friend of mine. I've known the dude since my improv comedy days, which also involved Robot Mark. Weird, right? Improv! Now let's never speak of it again. MC Mr. Napkins - Geography Trivia and F-Bombs. Show More Summary

Why's a girl like you messin' with a boy like me?

The ACB's - Boy Like Me. Look, I'm not making excuses. But there's so much going these days - I've got a kid on the way, and January has been one big snowstorm - that listening to new music seems like big challenge. I've been falling back on the classics lately: The Sunset Tree, Excitable Boy, Every Picture Tells A Story. Show More Summary


Like always, I am super, super late to the party. Like a slow motion Afghan Whigs, or a Mogwai that got laid once in a while, this will all sound familiar to you. Dredging the absolute bottom of the murky waters of the '90s they come...Show More Summary

You Know What's Been Done

As everyone braces their bodies for the quiet padding of snow on the east coast, and the sun sets in the west on a blandly cool day, and the folks in the middle snap and crack with frost, we all --together in this business despite our weather-- continue to sleep on the Family Band...

I apologize - my life's become an island.

Apex Manor - Under the Gun. I was sorry to hear that The Broken West broke up. They were one of those bands that didn't do anything flashy or innovative, they just played well-written songs, and played them very well. They didn't get the attention they deserved. Show More Summary

Happy holidays from the Internet.

Thao needs a shower curtain. Thao - Gift Card. One last Christmas song before we head off to see our families, open some presents, and drink some alcohol. This one is very practical, and gets to a very important point: things have gotten very impersonal. Show More Summary

All the bells on earth shall ring.

Christmas music. Megafaun - I Saw Three Ships. Despite my excitement in the previous post, I have not done my musical job this Christmas season. I've listened to A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector a handful of times, and tried...Show More Summary

Next stop Wonderland

Christmas music! I'm glad it's that time of year again. I always make myself wait until the day after Thanksgiving to delve into the "Holiday" genre on my iPod, because of the risk of overexposure. What if it's December 24, and I can't stand to hear Ronnie Spector sing "Sleigh Ride"?? Oh, the things I worry about. Show More Summary

Sleep in the middle of your bed.

Another entry from the I'm Really Behind file. Fourth of July put out a record called Before Our Hearts Explode! back in August, and I'm finally catching up with it. These guys have been putting out solid releases for a few years now;...Show More Summary

On Not Being Disappointed

There is something incredibly satisfying about watching talented people gracefully and earnestly grow up. The women here rock hard and with enough unforced urgency that we don't wish for what used to be but instead focus on the beauty and energy in the room. In other words: I'm fucking psyched for the Wild Flag album....

Fine collection, mine to show

While we were gone, stuff piled up. A lot of stuff. And with no relaunch date in sight, it was very hard to be motivated enough to check out the new music coming my way. But there are some bands I love hearing from, so when I got an e-mail from Mike of Boston's Faces on Film, I was eager to listen. Show More Summary

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