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Friday, June 30, 2006

Kingblind Loves (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

In our new series “Kingblind Loves” We feature a new record label that we love. We will be spanning the globe covering many labels both large and small, Some you have heard of… Some will be brand new to you. But that’s the point isn’t it !! Anyways, This series will help our readers find great new music and hopefully a better way to spend their hard earned cash… Enjoy the ride

Asthmatic Kitty Records (Lander, WY)
Born in 1999, Asthmatic Kitty Records was originally conceived as a platform for musical projects by a community of artists from Holland, Michigan, a small city on the shore of Lake Michigan. Some were Holland natives, and others had come to attend local colleges and universities. While the original Holland nucleus has now dispersed to various parts of the country, the fellowship is still growing, with new friends and shared projects with other independent labels. Asthmatic Kitty is now based in Lander, Wyoming, Indianapolis, Indiana and New York City. Our current roster: Bunky / Castanets / The Curtains / Half-handed Cloud / Liz Janes / My Brightest Diamond / Rafter / Shapes and Sizes / Sufjan Stevens / The Friends of “To Spirit Back the Mews” and “Mews Too”

To Find out more about Asthmatic Kitty Records records.. Visit them online at

Asthmatic Kitty Media
Sufjan Stevens:: Holland

Shapes and Sizes:: Island’s Gone Bad

Castanets:: All That I Know

Half-handed Cloud:: Feed Your Sheep A Burning Lamp

Bunky:: Chuy

Big Acts:: What made them great
We asked Asthmatic Kitty this questions and they said:: We’d rather say that we’re best known for releasing creative and interesting music by artists who follow their own muse instead of the current trends.

New Blood: Why they are still great
We’re very excited by all our upcoming releases: July- Shapes and Sizes, “Shapes and Sizes,” Sufjan Stevens, “The Avalanche ” August: My Brightest Diamond, “Bring Me the Workhorse” October: The Curtains, “Calamity” Rafter (Rafter Roberts), “Music For Total Chickens”

The Transformers:: Movie trailer LEAKED


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Touch & Go Records 25th Anniversary UPDATE.. MORE BANDS!!

More Lineup Announcements For The Touch And Go 25th Anniversary Celebration At The 10th Annual Hideout Block Party

OK, can you keep a secret? We just found out about more bands playing the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Celebration. The first? Arcwelder. They never come around any more, so here’s your chance. Xerxes, Pull, Everest… they’ll be pulling songs from all the classics. It will be awesome.

But that’s not all. Get a load of this: Big Black is gonna play a couple songs. For real. Big Black. Now, they’re not playing a full set or anything… just a couple songs, but who cares how many they play? This is Big Black, playing live, for the first time in nearly 20 years! It’s the old school line-up: Albini, Durango, Pezzati. And, believe it or not, they’re not even the 25th band. There are still more surprises to come, so stay tuned.

Here is the lineup

Confirmed bands so far (24 of the 25 bands):

The Black Heart Procession
Didjits (all original members)
The Ex
Girls Against Boys (all original members)
Killdozer (all original members)
Ted Leo + Pharmacists
Man… Or Astroman? (all original members)
Negative Approach (featuring John Brannon and OP Moore)
The New Year
Scratch Acid (all original members)
The Shipping News
Three Mile Pilot
+ a couple of songs from Big Black

Kingblind Loves (Barsuk Records)

In our new series “Kingblind Loves” We feature a new record label that we love. We will be spanning the globe covering many labels both large and small, Some you have heard of… Some will be brand new to you. But that’s the point isn’t it !! Anyways, This series will help our readers find great new music and hopefully a better way to spend their hard earned cash… Enjoy the ride

Barsuk Records (Seattle, WA)
Barsuk Records was started in the late ’90s by friends and bandmates Josh Rosenfeld and Christopher Possanza, as a way to put out music by their own band (This Busy Monster) and their friends’ bands (Death Cab for Cutie, Little Champions, Abigail Grush, et al). The label has grown and flourished over the years, focused not on any specific genre, but simply on supporting quality songwriting and unique creativity. Barsuk has helped introduce the world to such talented artists as The Long Winters, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Aqueduct, John Vanderslice, Rilo Kiley, and Nada Surf. Barsuk Records continues to expand its roster into 2006 (with upcoming releases from Rocky Votolato, Mates of State, Starlight Mints and Viva Voce), and promises to be a beacon of quality music for years to come.
(BARSUK is a Russian word meaning “badger”, and the correct way to say it is — accent on the 2nd syllable, rhymes with DUKE, not DUCK.)

To Find out more about Barsuk records.. Visit them online at

Barsuk Media
Death Cab for Cutie:: Title and Registration

the long winters : ultimatum

rocky votolato : White daisy passing

Starlight Mints- Inside of me

Smoosh- Find A Way

Big Acts:: What made them great
Death cab for cutie, John Vanderslice, Rilo Kiley

New Blood: Why they are still great
Long Winters, Rocky Votolato, Mates of State, Starlight Mints, Smoosh

Loop:: Collision (One of our all time favorite bands)

Kingblind news that you can use

Beck’s “Debra” Gets the Fan-Generated Puppet Video Treatment

DJ Shadow Reveals Track List

Widescreen iPod Still Rumored to Debut Soon

Sunny Day Real Estate Singer to Release Solo Disc in October

Goldfrapp NOT Creating Theme Song for New Bond Film

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Kingblind Loves (Sub Pop Records)

In our new series “Kingblind Loves” We feature a new record label that we love. We will be spanning the globe covering many labels both large and small, Some you have heard of… Some will be brand new to you. But that’s the point isn’t it !! Anyways, This series will help our readers find great new music and hopefully a better way to spend their hard earned cash… Enjoy the ride

Sub Pop Records:: Seattle, WA
Sub Pop was started by Bruce Pavitt in 1980 as a fanzine called Subterranean Pop (which was changed to Sub Pop starting with the 2nd issue). Inspired by the cassette fanzine Fast Forward, Sub Pop began alternating issues with compilation tapes of American bands (though several foreign bands did appear on Sub Pop cassettes). There were nine issues of Sub Pop in all: six magazines and three cassettes (issues 5, 7, and 9). After issue 9, Sub Pop switched to an all-cassette format (cassettes featured early cover artwork by cartoonists Charles Burns and Peter Bagge), but the project was scuttled by the amount of work required to continue it. It continued as a column in the Seattle newspaper The Rocket for several more years.

Kim Thayil of Soundgarden introduced Pavitt to Jonathan Poneman, and the two decided to form a record label in 1986. With several bands from the local scene signed to their label, Pavitt and Poneman worked to popularize the music to popularize their label. Their first step was the Sub Pop Singles Club, a subscription service that would allow subscribers to receive singles by local bands on a monthly basis by mail. This allowed Sub Pop to become a powerful company in the local scene, as well as make their label’s name synonymous with the music of the Seattle area, much in the same way Motown Records was to Detroit. To further increase grunge’s popularity, Pavitt and Poneman had a journalist from the British magazine Melody Maker come to Seattle to write an article on the local music scene. And the rest as they say is history…

Media from Sub Pop Records
Band of Horses:: The Great Salt Lake MP3

Mudhoney:: It is us

The Catheters:: I Fall Easy MP3

The Shins:: Saint Simon

Big Acts:: What made them great
Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Screaming Trees etc.

New Blood:: Why they are still great
Band of Horses, The Shins, Iron & Wine

Kingblind news that you can use

Sleater-Kinney Call It Quits

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy New Album Details

The Clash’s ‘Rude Boy” Coming to DVD

Arcade Fire Record 15 Songs for New CD

Axl Rose Released From Stockholm Jail

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Kingblind’s Top 10 albums of 2006 (SO FAR)

It’s time for our annual mid year list of best records of 2006. Of course the final year end list ALWAYS changes and has plenty of new additions but until then.. This is the top shelf stuff.

Elf Power: Back to the web
On April 24th, Elf Power returned with their Rykodisc debut, Back to the Web, a haunting, twisting journey weaving its way through heavy psychedelic haze, to soulful, melodic folk, to stomping T Rex-styled rock. Back to the Web is full of the band’s signature, lovely pop melodies, but a distinct progression is evident in the songwriting and the lush, full production. The folkier tunes are laced with strings and the heavier ones scream psychedelia; influences of Bob Dylan and Wall-era Pink Floyd can be detected. Singer/songwriter Andrew Rieger comments, “I was listening to a lot of middle eastern folk and gypsy music when I started writing these songs and I tried to emulate some of those sounds by combining 12 string acoustic guitar with violin and accordion. Our last album was more of a straight ahead rock record, so in reaction this one came out as more of a dark, orchestrated folk rock album.” Formed in Athens, GA in 1994, Elf Power was spawned from the legendary Elephant 6 collective that also produced Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal and Apples In Stereo. The band has spent the past twelve years making albums and touring the globe, sharing bills with the likes of R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Wilco and Guided By Voices.

Band of Horses:: Everything all the time
Guitarist/vocalist Ben Bridwell and bassist Mat Brooke formed Band Of Horses in 2004 after the dissolution of their nearly ten-year run in northwest melancholic darlings Carissa’s Wierd. Carissa’s Wierd trafficked in sadly beautiful orchestral pop, whose songs told unflinching stories of heartbreak and loss, leavened with defeatist humor. Band Of Horses rises from those ashes. Buoyed by Bridwell’s warm, reverb-heavy vocals (which channel a strange brew of Wayne Coyne, Neil Young, and Doug Martsch), the group’s woodsy, dreamy songs ooze with amorphous tension, longing, and hope. Both raggedly epic and delicately pensive, this is an album painted gorgeously in fragile highs and lows.

Tapes N’ Tapes:; The Loon
You will not be able to tear yourself away from this album. This is no daringly outrageous, Kid A-esque “progressive” music that nobody really enjoys listening to. This is rock ‘n roll.

Mastodon:: Blood Mountain
Listen kids… All of you.. You aren’t even ready for this.. August is coming and when it does Mastodon is going to show you the most heavy, complex and beautiful record that you have ever heard. Tool wishes they could right this stuff. Think King Crimson meets Slayer.. Crazy stuff.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Show Your Bones’
With Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs follow up to the heralded Fever to Tell Karen O economizes on the screaming that so marked the trio’s debut EP. And oh how she exceeds her oft-noted influences (PJ Harvey and Chrissie Hynde, for two): Whether she’s hanging back with a staggered beat on “Phenomena,” or riding on the kick-drum-pounded opening to “Honeybear,” she’s always ready to disappear in a burst of Nick Zinner’s guitars and Brian Chase’s drums. The YYYs thrill precisely because of their keen mix, Karen O spiking the upper ranges (dig the caterwaul in “Mysteries”) with a sharply cut vocal line or a simple, full-bodied singsong delivery while the guitars spin thick storms of sound before retreating to atmospherics (try the transition from the quick throttle of “Cheated Hearts” into the Cure-ish “Dudley,” for one example). And marvel at how well radio would be served by blasting the acoustic, pleading vibe of “Warrior.” Fabulous.

Jenny Lewis:: Rabbit Fur Coat
Known and loved by many as the enchanting front-woman for LA’s Rilo Kiley, Jenny’s vocal and songwriting gifts have continued to blossom at a rapid rate since that band’s first album in 2000. Jenny’s hauntingly soulful voice, sometimes bursting with buoyant spirit and at other times plaintive and world wearied, is deep, sensual and beguiling. Intricate storytelling and evocative lyrics infuse these songs with a captivating vibrancy but may be knocked sideways by the musical alchemy at play as a result of folk, country, and Southern gospel influences.

The Futureheads:: News & Tributes
Best known for a spastic, heavily accented post-punk cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love” that went Top 10 in the UK, this British quartet attempts to kick away from its ’80s-inspired comrades–such as Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs–on their second album. Not that there’s any shortage of spiky riffs, jerky rhythms, and off-kilter harmonies on News and Tributes.

The Flaming Lips:: At war with the Mystics
After two expansive yet winsome epic albums like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots that dealt with the inevitability of death in the face of life, the Oklahoma City art provocateurs have abandoned the concept album approach and done an about face. They’ve returned to their earlier canon, channeling their messy psychedelica through a 70s funk scrim, and yet again figured out a way to elevate the ordinary to the sublime–even out-weirding Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd

The Raconteurs:: Broken Boy Soldiers
Smothered by the indulgence of his rock star ranking, Jack White steps into the eccentricities of the supergroup, and at first glance, this seems to be a band where White’s imposing presence could overshadow the rest. Not the case with these Raconteurs. Teaming with fellow Detroit songwriter Brendan Benson and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, the rhythm section from Cincinnati band the Greenhornes, White exhales a bit, deferring enough to his mates to make Broken Boy Soldiers play like a team effort. Following the Benson blueprint, “Steady as She Goes,” which opens as a slice of 1960’s radio pop, the record steers away from pigeonholing the rest of the way.

Gnarls Barkley:: St. Elsewhere
In 2006, Danger Mouse is King Midas of the music world. He has an uncanny knack for creating jagged, dense, frenzied beats and odd, eerie, vivid soundscapes that never compromise the music’s natural flow. Meanwhile, rapper and singer Cee-Lo, a veteran of Atlanta’s Dirty South scene, has never been one to be constrained by hip-hop conventions, and is a willing partner in adventure. The result is an intrepid psychedelic blend of pop, hip-hop, soul, and rock that consistently challenges and delights. It’s no wonder that “Crazy,” with its modest riff, irresistible hook, and disarming opening line (“I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind”) became a worldwide Internet sensation a full six months before the official release of St. Elsewhere.

Monday, June 26, 2006

PHOENIX:: It’s Never Been Like That (Album Review)

It’s Never Been isn’t nearly as drab as you’d expect an album written and recorded in the austere confines of an East German bunker/studio to be. Though Thomas Mars’s lyrics are once again loaded with love malaise and classic French nihilism, the disc sounds downright jubilant considering its context. Perhaps self-conscious about their tendencies toward soft rock, Phoenix have stripped down their production to a more skeletal version of the overcooked choruses on Alphabetical and their slightly less overwrought first album, United. Tracks like Napoleon Says and Courtesy Laughs are compact bare-bones pop, and though you might have pangs for United’s enjoyable weirdness, It’s Never Been Like That is serious fun. (Review by: Jason Keller) news that you can use

Iggy, Roxy, Bowie Added to Joy Division Movie Soundtrack

Beck Preps New, Hip-Hop Heavy CD, ‘Odelay’ Deluxe Edition

Watch Vintage “Top of the Pops” Clips on YouTube

The Postal Service Begin Work on New Album

Listen to Live Gomez Broadcast from NPR

Kingblind Downloads

16 versions of “Love will tear us apart again”

MOJO – Rock! Rock! Rock!– Rock! Rock! Rock!
The title says it all. A call to arms, a direct order but,
more importantly, it’s an invitation to have a ball. This
CD is designed to celebrate the birth of rock’n’roll in
general and the rise of Elvis in particular. It coincides
with the 50th anniversary of Elvis’s world-changing
appearances at the Louisiana Hayride and consists of
artists that influenced him alongside contemporaries
that bear his influence.

Mega Smiths bootlegs
The Smiths Versailles
The Smiths Tender Hearts
The Smiths Swept Mystical Air
The Smiths Pretty Girls Make Graves
The Smiths Asleep
The Smiths Boy Afraid
The Smiths Dances With Octopusses
The Smiths Girl Afraid
The Smiths Incredibly Charming
The Smiths Kiss The Girls
The Smiths Life Is A Miserable Lie
The Smiths Music Is Magnificent
The Smiths Never Had Nobody Ever
The Smiths Youth Gone Wild

Friday, June 23, 2006

Flaming Lips w/ Catpower:: Live “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath Cover)
[youtube=] Downloads (Summer Edition)

Welcome to the Kingblind tribute to summer.. We present a grand selection of summertime tunes to get this season off to the right start.. Enjoy.

Sydney Barnes: Summer Sunshine

The Vandals:: Summer Lovin’

Lead Belly – In Dem Long Hot Summer Days

Two Gallants- Long Summer Day

Death Cab for Cutie:: Summer Skin

XTC:: Summer Cauldron

Pavement- Summer Babe

Bob Dylan:: Summer Days

Sean Smith:: What Blooms In Summer Dies In Winter

Shadowy Men From a Shadowy Planet – Summer Wind

Dr Octagon Decipher Series Week 8 of 8 (THE FINALE)

Rob Sonic, Mike Relm, The Gray Kid and the staff of OCD stood behind the front door staring at it. Behind them, staring along with them via webcam were the other members of the Decipher project. It was time for an epic battle, and they all knew it. They wanted to believe from everything that had happened that Dr. Octagon was trying to present mankind a path to a better world, and this pesky alien tribe of Gorillas was trying to prevent him, and so they must fight. But was it all that simple? The facts seemed so confusing. Yet, they knew the time had come…

Rob clutched his sledgehammer tighter. Mike slowly twisted his nunchuks. Gray Kid slipped his razor-edged money clips out of his pocket, into his hands. Behind them, the monitor screens stared back at the scene, but the people behind had disappeared.

Rob kicked open the door, and the battalion of vigilantes stormed the yard outside only to be greeted by the smeltering stillness of a late Los Angeles evening. No Gorillas in sight. Only darkness. Silence.

They headed to the curb and looked down the street to the west, into the ocean. A faint rumble could be heard as something emerged on the horizon. Hummers. Big, huge, gigantic hummers.

Disciple 908 was right: the Gorillas were headed straight for OCD HQ, presumably for the master recording in the mp3 player that appeared mysteriously eight weeks ago. The Decipher crew had not only lead the Gorillas right to it, but had now been drawn out, like pawns in a chess game, away from the very item they have sworn to protect. Mike Relm and Gray Kid raced back inside the building to retrieve the mp3 player and keep it guarded. Rob Sonic and OCD staff stood ready to face the oncoming onslaught when gusts of wind picked up around them.

Looking up, they saw a stealth bomber arriving, hovering high above them. Small figures jumped out of the airplane and sped toward the ground with jetpacks. Rob gave a sigh of relief when he realizes that its members of the Money Fight and Cassettes Won’t Listen. As Drake landed, he ran to Rob and explained, “That’s Kid Loco’s plane. He powers it with some strong skunk… damn that plane flies high and light!”

With the reinforcements, the Decipher crew’s morale surged and they gathered to barricade the building. The Hummers approached closer and closer. The crew held their positions. The first Hummer screeched to a halt in front of the building. The crew held their positions. The front doors opened… and out popped a brown hi-top sneaker with neon blue stripes. It wasn’t Gorillas – it was DJ Ese and Bisc1 of Embedded Music.

“We don’t have much time,” announced Ese. “My guy’s got a pressing plant locked down in Simi Valley – let’s get the masters there and dupe Dr. Octagon’s message a.s.a.p. With packaging, we can flood the streets with them in a few days. That’s going to be the only way we can protect ourselves from the Gorillas.” With cheers of approval, everyone piled into the Hummers as fast as they could. At last, the Decipher crew could commit, with fair certainity, that Dr. Octagon’s message was good, no longer evil, and must be disseminated widely towards the betterment of the world.

As they drove off, a lowly intern in the back of the last Hummer in the caravan, turned to look out the back window at the OCD HQ building for one last time. He gasped; “who is that boney figure on the rooftop? He’s wearing a labcoat with a stethoscope around his neck, and seems to be holding the head of some black hairy creature in his hand.” The intern shook his head and looked again…

Dr. Octagon had disappeared…

Perfect World (Life During Wartime Mix) feat Bisc1

The Return Of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th?

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