Sunday, September 30, 2007

Orange Alert's Music Minute

The Illuminea contest ended this week, and we have chosen a winner (pulled straight from the Cubs Hat! Go Cubs!). Here is the winning playlist:

1. William Shatner - What Have You Done
2. The Concretes - Change In The Weather
3. Stars - The Big Fight
4. Fiest - One Evening
5. Illuminea - Homewrecker
6. Cowboy Junkies - If You Were The Woman And I Was The Man
7. Kings Of Convenience - Love Is No Big Truth
8. Nina Simone - The Other Woman
9. Squirrel Nut Zippers - Meant To Be

You read that correctly, William Shatner! Congrats to the first place winner.

Here was the runner-up who will also be receiving a quality High Two release.

1. Philosophia-The Guggenheim Grotto
2. Homewrecker-Illuminea
3. Silver Lining-Rilo Kiley
4. I Turn My Camera On-Spoon
5. Boy With A Coin-Iron & Wine
6. Sticks and Stones-The Pierces
7. The Hounds of Love-The Futureheads
8. Nature of the Experiment-Tokyo Police Club
9. Textbook-We Are Scientists
10. Song for the Fields-Fields
11. Lonely By Your Side-Azzio da Bass

Thanks to Illuminea, High Two Records, and Sneak Attack Media for sponsoring this contest.

Amore!Phonics announced this week that they will be rereleasing two out of print Viva Voce albums as a double disc LP. "LOVERS, LEAD THE WAY!" and "THE HEAT CAN MELT YOUR BRAIN", originally released in 2003 and 2004 respectively, both of these sought-after albums have long since been out of print. Together nearly a decade, Anita Robinson and Kevin Robinson have been a consistent force in indie music and now they are finally receiving the recognition that they are due. Listen to: "Fashionably Lonely" (from Lovers, Lead The Way!) (mp3) and "Free Nude Celebs" (from The Heat Can Melt Your Brain) (mp3)

With his debut album, 2006's Breaking Kayfabe, just dropping in the UK this past week, and word spreading about the nature of soon to be released follow-up, After Party Babies, I thought it was the perfect time to get in touch with Cadence Weapon. His interview with Orange Alert will appear on October 12th, but in the meantime you can reacquaint yourself with a couple of the Kayfabe classics. Listen to: Sharks (mp3) and Black Hand (mp3)

And be sure to catch his live show:


10.17.07 - New York, NY - Insound Party @ Galapagos
10.17.07 - New York, NY - Pirate Party @ TBA
10.17.07 - New York, NY - After The Jump Fest @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.18.07 - New York, NY - Canadian Blast Party @ Fat Baby
10.19.07 - New York, NY - Crashin' In UnCMJ Party @ Galapagos

10.22.07 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
10.23.07 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
10.25.07 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
10.26.07 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
10.28.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
10.29.07 - San Diego, CA - Beauty Bar
10.30.07 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
11.01.07 - Abilene, TX - Monks
11.02.07 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
11.03.07 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival *Cadence Weapon Stage 3 w/Girl Talk, Diplo, Busdriver + more
11.05.07 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
11.06.07 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
11.07.07 - Charleston, SC - Map Room
11.09.07 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.10.07 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
11.11.07 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.12.07 - Boston, MA - Middle East

This band has really been receiving a lot buzz lately, but it has all been warranted. Earlier this month the band released its fifth album, Good Bad, Not Evil, and this also marked the groups first studio album for VICE Records. The album brilliantly covers everything from dirty psychedelic blues songs to fuzzy lo-fi pop ditties. Black Lips have been all over the place lately, but my favorite was their recent appearance on the Spinner's Interface. Listen to: Cold Hands (mp3)

One band of my favorite bands at the moment is the Dallas based duo, Tree Wave. Paul Slocum is a mad genius, utilizing a Commodore 64 home computer (1983), Atari 2600 video game console (1977), a Compaq Portable II 80286 personal computer (1986), and a Epson LQ 500 dot matrix printer (1985) to produce the most detailed and fascinating electronic backdrop for the lovely voice of Lauren Gray. To purchase their debut EP, Cabana EP, was actually release 3 years ago, but it is just as relevant today. If you are in Dallas, Paul will be performing Tree Wave material at solo set Oct 9th at The Granada in Dallas, also appearing are Matthew Dear and Mobius Band. Listen to: May Banners (mp3) and Sleep (mp3)

The Peel Back: Geggy Tah "Sacred Cow" (1996)

Before Greg Kurstin was a "Bee" he was one half of the band Geggy Tah. Though probably considered by most to be a "one hit wonder", Geggy Tah actually released three albums on Luaka Bop/Virgin Records between the years 1994 and 2001. Musically, their sound ranges from downtempo electronic love songs to raucous rock tunes. Their one hit appeared on the 1996 release "Sacred Cow", "Whoever You Are" was an infectious mix of hip hop beats with well placed samples and a funky little guitar riff. It definitely caught my attention back then, and still makes me smile today.

Geggy Tah "Sacred Cow"
Granddad's Opening Address/Whoever You Are (mp3)/Lotta Stuff (mp3)/Century Plant 2000/Sacred Cow/House Of Usher (Inside) (mp3)/Don't Close The Door/Such A Beautiful Night/She Withers/Las Vegas With The Lights Out/Mem/Shed/Gina


christopher cunningham said...

my buddies in the Selmanaires are touring with Black Lips right now.

go ATL.


cadence weapon be niceeee