IT'S THE MONEY SHOT!!

working towards an intellectual understanding of booty chatter.

viernes, junio 27, 2008

sgt. sass: somethin' to be proud of.

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I came across a profile on a certain social-networking site with the following quote--"I prefer to think of gay culture as EM Forster and Stonewall instead of rainbows and self-destructive female celebrities." This quote stuck with me as I walked to lunch today and noticed all the restaurants and bars that dusted off their rainbow flags. The concept of gay pride has always made me slightly uneasy in the stomach, as I indicated two years ago on this very blog. My uneasiness wasn't dissipated when I briefly attended a mixer hosted by HX magazine (much love to Matthew) and heard a bad dance remix of Lindsay Lohan's "Bossy" blaring from the speakers. Why are my people listening to bad music by maybe lesbians when there's quality music being made within our community? This isn't a rhetorical question.

Now that I got that off my chest, this would be a perfect time to tell yall that my friends and favorite Philly-fag emcees Sgt. Sass will be performing at Sugarland tomorrow night, June 28th, at 11:45PM. I imagine that this would be the perfect way to spend your Pride weekend. Just remember these wise words from a homeless lesbian I once gave $20 to--"It's gay pride every day in New York City!"

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jueves, junio 26, 2008

boner4mgmt: when i said it was the end, i meant it wasn't the end.

dl: GLITTER PENIS - C.R.U.M.Z. On My Lap (YSI)
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I had pledged that I wouldn't do anymore MGMT-related posts for a very long time, but I couldn't resist after getting the following e-mail from a fellow alum of Wesleyan University...
"do you have a copy of "Crumz" by MGMT? Do you remember it? It was the Aaliyah song Try Again but they rapped about Ernie and Bert and eating crackers and getting crumbs in their lap? I REALLY WANT THAT SONG."
Initially, I assumed this person was punking me, as this song just sounded too good to be real. With a little research (aka googling "MGMT Crumz"), I was led to the comments section of a post on ONTD, which included several older songs I posted here as well as two others that I neglected to share with you. By reading the comments of this post, we receive insider-information that Andrew VanWyngarden's iTunes library was called "kitten hatchery". My favorite comment comes from livejournal user bunnykittycoat--"He may be a total tryhard but damn that boy is fine." Don't be surprised if I make a trend out of calling people "total tryhards".

Die-hard MGMT fans seem to have acquired this already, but you die-soft MGMT fans may want to hear this too. I imagine that it's the type of song they'd do if they made an appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba. I can't wait for the Justice remix of "C.R.U.M.Z. On My Lap".

<3<3<3XOXO<3<3<3,
your favorite total tryhard blogger

PS: For those too lazy to read the comments--"Actually, Crumz is from Andrew's high school project, Glitter Penis. He and his buddy Dan (Treharne?) did an entire CD of parody tunes. Funny shit. There are lots of GP CDs in the hands of Andrew and Dan's Memphis pals. No doubt, as MGMT gets huge, more of this will come out."
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BONER TRACK: MGMT - Electric Feel (Justice remix) (YSI)
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miércoles, junio 25, 2008

itms!! summer playlist: the song sings itself.

I named this playlist after a quote by William Carlos Williams, mostly because I was too lazy to come up with a ridiculous theme like my last two playlists. I've also always liked that the first name of William Carlos Williams is almost his last name too, you know? The zip file of the playlist includes a special bonus track by one of my favorite groups, like, EVER.
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UNIFICS - It's A Groovy World (YSI): Despite the fact that it's been on my blogroll for ages, I somehow lost track of the outstanding soul/R&B/funk blog Funky16Corners. Well I rediscovered itit, and recently I mentioned the outstanding post Larry did including a rip of the entire Otis Redding set from the Monterey Pop Festival. This song is another gem that I found thanks to Larry. Here's what he had to say about it--"Written and produced by Guy Draper, the record opens with a brief string flourish, things come to a halt and the singers come in with a fantastically stark bit of falsetto harmony. The record starts up again with a stylish, funky groove as Johnson weaves a tale of brotherhood, harmony (musical and otherwise), peace and love." I thought this song would be a perfect fit for the opening song on this summer playlist. I mean, don't sunny days tend to make the world feel a little groovier? I also hear that peace, love, and harmony are VERY in this season! (WIK IT)

CUTE KIDS DON'T SELL RECORDS - Jennie, Jennie
(YSI): I discovered Cute Kids Don't Sell Records by looking at Cof Cof's similar artists on last.fm. Shortly after that, I realized that nearly every song he recorded is available for download through his last.fm page. "Jennie, Jennie" is a very simple song, and summer is a time for simplicity. (SPACE IT - BOOK IT)

BMX - War
(YSI): I suppose it's cheating to re-feature a song that I already put on my Bathing Booties mini-playlist, but I can't help that BMX is so damn good, yall! I also suppose it's odd to start with a track about peace and then bring up war, but this isn't as depressing as the real war (despite mention of hand-grenades). And despite having a certain lyrical montage that evokes a fight between a married couple on the verge of divorce, you can't help but dance upon hearing this delicious electro-tune. BIGSTEREO dropped this hotness onto the world. If you like it, check out "Refero Beach" (thanks to Travis!). This Australian quartet will make you feel like this inside your body. (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

SPRINGFACTORY - No More
(YSI): Back in February 2006, I made a playlist for the ol' blog Totesumbrellas called Snow'd In. It featured the Swedish duo Springfactory's tune "Get Out Of Bed", which reminds me of a quote from their Series Two Records press release--"In the beginning Springfactory's main goal was to make a lot of noise and distortion. Quite honestly, the result was more poppy and well mannered than the original thought." I like to think that "No More" is the type of song the band made after they realized how outstanding they were at crafting pop songs. "No More" is also an excellent pop song by 3LW, "You promised me Kate Spade, but that was last year, boy, in the eighth grade." I like that song a lot too. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THE TERRORDACTYLS - Overcast Summer (YSI ): Since writing about their cover of Andrew WK, I've fallen even harder for The Terrordactyls. It may have had something to do with finding their adorable video for "I Want To Cry", or it may be the brilliance behind releasing a series of incredible posters along with 20 never-heard demos as a method of raising money to record their new album. Serious. Lee. I shelled out $100 for the full series. I know I'm a blogger and I'm supposed to pretend that I pay for music and support artists, but that isn't always the case, you know? I ain't no rich folk! Yet even though it was available for free on their website, I copped their self-titled album on iTunes! This tune is off of the Mike Bowers EP, a collection of covers of The Pharmacy. I don't own this EP yet because I have to keep some money for my rent and food, and I will need that five dollars this month to buy myself some chicken nuggets. I really like this song because of the line, "Do you recall the feeling that you got when you dressed like a robot?" It reminds me of this lovely couple I met recently. The one guy was telling his boyfriend that he had a dream in which they were wearing full-body robot suits. Isn't that cute? I think it is. The dream was less cute because it involved cannibals. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

GHOSTS AND LIARS - We'll Carry On
(YSI): I found this song through the horribly underutilized virb.com, and it's stuck with me for quite a while now. Ghosts and Liars reside in Tacoma, Washington, and their site's biography makes me slightly sad. It also makes me sad that the band broke up this past March. But this song makes me happy. (SITE IT - SPACE IT - VIRB IT - HYPE IT)

WHATFOR - Call That Girl (YSI): I wrote about Whatfor back in April. Despite the fact that I hate when bloggers or music journalists compare bands to The Beatles, I totally compared them to The Beatles. Their label Science of Sound says that they're, "sort of like The Kinks collaborating with Rufus Wainwright". At some point I tried to switch up "Call That Girl" with "I Want A Girl" (one that readers seemed to favor on Hype Machine). This trade-off threw off the groove of the playlist, so I'm sticking with my first instincts. If you'd like to hear "I Want A Girl", you can check my original post. Even if you don't think this band sounds anything like The Beatles, these songs are both under two minutes, too short to suck. (BUY IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO - I Box Up All The Butterflies (YSI): Continuing along with being masturbatory and name-dropping posts I've written in the past, The Boy Least Likely To were featured on my very first post here on ITMS!! They released this song as a free download back in March, and I'm not really sure if this means that they'll be releasing a new album soon. This song was released as a single, along with the note, "i was wondering whether or not it could be considered a single. perhaps it's just a song. it doesn't have a video or a b side and it's only available as a free download, so perhaps it isn't a single at all. but then again it does have a front cover so i think it must be a single." The tag on iTunes says that it's from their "Second Album", and whatever this song is, I'm all over it. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT - WIK IT)

AVENUE D & PHIILIIP - Totally In Love (YSI): Despite the fact that this song's first lyrics are "What is love? Baby don't hurt me", it has nothing to do with Haddaway's 1993 hit. Avenue D are mostly known for their song "Do I Look Like A Slut?", as well as "2D2F (Too Drunk To Fuck)" and "My Dirty South". On this song, we see an entirely different side of the gals--the cute side!! I don't really know much about Phiiliip, but I'm really glad that he made this song. The video ends with a baby in a freezer, and I'm pretty sure my friends put a baby in a freezer this one time. Oh, oh, OH...I mean, a baby DOLL. I wish I knew someone who put a baby in a freezer. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THEHELPMEPLEASE - Louise Dyer (YSI): This song is by another Swedish band that Series Two Records was promoting. It's a pretty simple song about wanting to boink the girl who works at the bookstore. I'm not sure if I can relate to this one, but I really like visiting tiny bookstores in the summer. Do YOU want to boink anyone who works at a bookstore? Please elaborate in the comments. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

ESAU MWAMWAYA - Kamphopo (YSI): Back in March, Leif wrote a bulletin on the space expressing his concern that Esau Mwamwaya (described as the "Phil Collins of Africa") wasn't quite catching on yet. Months later, it seems that the world has yet to catch on to how awesome Esau is, but I remain optimistic. His album has yet to drop, Gorilla Vs. Bear reports that it features collaborations with M.I.A., Vampire Weekend (vom!), Santogold, The Ruby Suns, and former Bonde do Role member Marina Vello. On this tune, Esau sings over Architecture In Helsinki's "Heart It Races", and it may be significantly better than the original. And I actually really like the original. (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

COF COF - Forbidden Cocktail
(YSI): If there was any justice in this world, this would be the song of the summer. The more I listen to it, the more I want to compare it to the dancier Cibo Matto songs, but if you look at my last post you'd see that singer Ana Analógica prefers when I compare her to ice cream. Cof Cof will be in NYC on August 20-24, and they'll be performing four out of five of those nights. The EP on which this song appears, Who Said Party?, is available for free through their page on the space. Winnie Cooper also has a great mash-up of Cof Cof's "Caribbean Boy" with Spank Rock's "Backyard Betty". (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

MY LITTLE AIRPORT - 失落沮喪歌 (YSI): I don't know what the translation of this song's title is. I don't know what the lyrics of this song mean. This could be about strangling babies while fondling your mother's sweaters. For me, it's just a nice lo-fi indie-pop tune and the perfect conclusion to this summer playlist. (SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT - WIK IT)
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martes, junio 24, 2008

too short: gangsters & strippers.

dl: TOO SHORT f/ MURDA MOB & THE PACK - Sugar Daddy (YSI)
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I recently was convinced to purchase a month of membership on emusic, because a digi-friend suggested an album that appeared to only be available through their site. The promotion involved 50 free downloads. Somehow, I had no idea what to do with all of them. I found it incredibly difficult to discover new music (despite the selection being otherwise outstanding), so I asked my digi-friend for recommendations. And then I just downloaded Too Short.

It took a while, but I found a compilation CD from 2006 entitled Gangsters & Strippers, featuring songs by Too Short, The Pack, Murda Mob, Shannell, The Up All Nite Crew, and others. It's exactly what you'd expect from the title or anything in Too Short's discography. As much as I know that I shouldn't like music that is this blatantly degrading to women, I just can't help it. In my defense, I will say that one of the songs incorporates the lyric "You can do anything if you got dreams" and discusses the strippers using their well-earned trick-turning cash to pay college tuition and become lawyers and doctors. Empowering!

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jueves, junio 19, 2008

boner4mgmt: part four, 2006-2008 + bonus.

Welcome back to BONER4MGMT. If you're just joining us, you can catch up by checking out the last three posts about 2003, 2004, and 2005. I decided to combine the following three years into one post for two simple reasons. First, between 2006 to 2008, I slowly watched the band MGMT grow into something I never expected when I first heard them five years ago as The Management. Between tracks from Oracular Spectacular, Immuzikation's mash-ups with Daft Punk & LCD Soundsystem, remixes by Justice & MMMathais & Leif & J-La & Tronik Youth & Jorge Elbrecht & Amplive, and their own remixes of The Black Kids & Chairlift, the band maintains a consistent presence in the upper ranks of Hype Machine's Most Blogged & Most Searched Artists. Which leads me to my second reason, being that I'd like to take a break from contributing to the over-saturation of MGMT on the interwebs. I'd like to focus on bands, musicians, and DJs who actually need some extra attention. Other blogs will give you your MGMT fix, and I'm pretty sure this post will be a substantial contribution to the world of your MGMT obsession...
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Various versions of "Kids" have been posted on other blogs, but I've realized that no one has ever included all versions in one post. This post is purely for educational purposes, because studying MGMT is probably more interesting than studying the metaphysics of objectivity. Probably.

[[dl: THE MANAGEMENT (MGMT) - Kids (YSI)]]
(original version, circa 2003)

As indicated in my first edition of BONER4MGMT, this was the first song I ever heard by The Management. Yes, back then they were The Management. This version is synthier, lazier, and dominated four years of my life. It's basically what you'd expect from two kids who started a band in their dorm room, only substantially more awesome. I still prefer this over any version. Well, actually I prefer this one...
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Generally, I prefer songs that are shorter. But the extra minute of the "Afterschool Dance Megamix", mostly an instrumental break, provided a great point in the song to stop singing along and start moving deliciously before delicious movement was cool.
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[[dl: MGMT - Kids (YSI)]]
(Time To Pretend EP, 2005)

I remember a conversation I had with my friend Collin a little over a year and a half ago. We had a minor quarrel over which version of "Kids" was the best---the original or the version on the Time To Pretend EP. You can probably guess which side I was on, solely by looking above. Collin argued that the EP's version was superior because MGMT sounded "like they're going places." When he said this, I don't think he knew how prophetic his words would be. At the point of this conversation, I believe MGMT had just been signed to Columbia Records (after Steve Lillywhite and Three Six Mafia (!!??) flipped a shit upon hearing their demo). This version was released by Cantora Records in 2005, back when the only band they represented was MGMT.
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[[dl: MGMT - Kids (YSI)]]
(Oracular Spectacular, 2007)

The sounds on Oracular Spectacular are bigger than anything previously recorded by MGMT, which is to be expected from a major label debut, eh? This shit is drastic like when Tyra Banks decides to cut off all of some girl's hair on ANTM and that girl cries like a motherfucker, only with less crying.
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Also, compare both versions of "Time To Pretend":
[[dl: MGMT - Time To Pretend (YSI)]]
(Time To Pretend EP, 2005)

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(Oracular Spectacular, 2007)

This is the sound of a band that is going places, a band that is continuing to grow. Quite frankly, it makes me uncomfortable. I remember making a mix CD for a party with my friends back at home. I put on "Kids", hoping that they'd lap it up as much as anyone at Wesleyan, but instead their reaction was more along the lines of, "What the fuck is this?" Flash forward eight years, and MGMT are playing on the season finale of Gossip Girl. Blair Waldorf totally wouldn't even listen to The Management, though I bet she might listen to MGMT. But that's not my issue! I don't care if they "sold out". I don't care if they're "over-hyped". I don't care if they just "sound okay and look kute". It sounds childish, but I have difficulty sharing the band with the world. They were like my own little secret. Before, it was just typical to say that you liked MGMT if you went to Wesleyan University. Now, it's just generally typical to say you like MGMT. ::sigh::
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Obnoxious rants aside, many of you have requested more unreleased/rare songs from MGMT. Considering that I don't imagine dropping these songs onto the internet will necessarily harm the band, I don't feel unethical sharing them.

[[dl: THE MANAGEMENT (MGMT) - Love Always Remains (YSI)]]
(We (Don't) Care EP, circa 2003)

Other than "Kids", the only other song that survived from the era of The Management to the era of MGMT is "Love Always Remains". It appears on the Time To Pretend EP, but unlike "Kids" it did not make it onto Oracular Spectacular. The EP's version has a fuller sound than this one, so...um, buy the EP!
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[[dl: THE MANAGEMENT (MGMT) - Everything Is Happening So Fast (YSI)]]
(We (Don't) Care EP, circa 2003)

This song, along with the EP's two title tracks and "Just Becuz", was not fortunate enough to survive into the era of MGMT. It's admittedly not my favorite tune, but I do have a soft spot for that bouncy cartoonish feel.

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(Bootlegs Muthafuckas, circa 2003)

I never got into "Honey Bunny", but after listening to it the past couple of days, I found myself tapping my foot and singing the lyrics in a public bathroom today..."Fucking weasel you've lost your touch, Skinny as hell but it's not enough, Life is a mineshaft of love, But don't dig too deep." I really hope no one heard me singing that.
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(Bootlegs Muthafuckas, circa 2003)

I still don't get into this song, but I think it's a good indication of the weird thoughts that go through the minds of dear ol' Andrew and Ben. If four-winged dinosaurs are your thing, maybe you can get down to this?
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miércoles, junio 18, 2008

lloyd: ross hogg remix.

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Much like Idolator and Vulture, I'm pushing for the Lil Wayne-assisted Lloyd jam "Girls All Around The World" to be a strong contender for song of the summer. Unless it's a late bloomer, chances that it'll be able to trump crap like this are slim, but I'd like to think that Ross Hogg's mix might provide the extra bit of fuel that it needs. This version's reggae-tinged vibe propels the track into a direction that's more friendly for your parents' annual summer BBQ. Just sandwich this between some Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet, and we should easily get the middle-age crowd sipping margaritas to this jam. Even if it appears that Lloyd's fans on iTunes don't dig this track, I think the robot-vixens in his video are directly correlated with Rihanna in silver body-paint, no? This still has a chance to become the song of the summer. Really! Hey! It could happen.
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jueves, junio 12, 2008

boner4mgmt: part three, 2005.

HIPSTER RUNOFF has proven to me that it's "a blog worth blogging about" with the recent post "Bands that Sound Okay and Look Cute are destined for big things". And since I must be an "uninteresting person who likes to be into alt music", I am going to continue perpetuating the MGMT hype with the third installment of my series BONER4MGMT. We began in 2003 when "Kids" first hit my ears, moving on to 2004's dance parties and interpretative movements. And so begins 2005.
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In the spring of 2005, I enrolled in a class called Hazardous Earth: Stuff That Will Kill You. It was the sort of science class with a funny name that Wesleyan created for people who don't really care about science. There were two sections of the class, and when we presented our final posters I recall attending the session for the other section due to a conflict. I lugged my whack-ass poster about Santorini to the science center, sat through a bunch of boring presentations, and then two guys got up with nothing but an iPod and speakers. One of these guys was Andrew VanWyngarden of The Management.


Our professor loved the song so much that he played it for my section of the class. I loved the song so much that I was determined to make it a dance-party hit, taking action by including it in an epic end-of-the-year post on the blog I wrote for at the time. And it worked to some degree! As I was jamming at the house party of an individual who will be labeled as "Adam", the song somehow found it's way onto the playlist. As it played, Andrew VanWyngarden entered the party. In my head, he gave me a look. I don't recall if this was a look of acknowledgment or a dirty look. Maybe he didn't look at me at all.

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As a final music thesis project, The Management performed in Wesleyan University's Memorial Chapel. While I'm not sure why I missed this show, I did manage to catch them another time. My friends and I arrived together, but parted our separate ways for most of the party. As soon as "Kids" started playing, it was as if we Kitty-Pride'd ourselves through the crowd to form a circle. Then we jumped a lot and were very excited.
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Some time in 2005, The Management changed their name to MGMT. According to sources, the Time To Pretend EP was released on January 1, 2005. This is pretty much inaccurate as far as I remember. The band toured with Of Montreal summer and fall of 2005, and the debut of the music video for "Boogie Down" came in early November. A little less than a month after the debut of "Boogie Down", the video for "Destrokk" showed up.


Around the time that the band started touring with Of Montreal, I desperately tried to pitch "Kids" to a number of blogs including You Ain't No Picasso. Just sayin'. Despite the fact that "Kids" is dominating on blogs these days, it apparently wasn't good enough back then!
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pop the fish: chez ta soeur.

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This is the type of thing that makes me wonder why I ever draw anything other than anthropomorphic puppies in costumes. And as simple as this doodle is, I couldn't help but wonder who would ever be worthy of this awesomeness. WHO??

The answer arrived in my inbox shortly after finishing the doodle. BoomcarJosee (whose blog is quite outstanding) sent a note of love for Pop The Fish's "Chez Ta Soeur", along with a basic translation of the lyrics:
"I really like the song 'Chez Ta Soeur' by Pop The Fish, so I guess it's only fair that I translate it a little for you. French isn't my native language so I'm not 100% sure if I got it completely right. I believe the song is about a guy who regularly goes to a friends (female) house to watch television in her room. The problem is that his friends sister is always with them... And of course the guy wants to be alone with his girl. So he says: 'demande a ta soeur de sortir de ton lit'. Which means as much as: 'Ask your sister to leave your bed'. In the end of the song, the sister falls asleep in front of the tv and the two lovers go to the sisters room to do some dirty stuff (that's my interpretation :)). But they get caught by the sister and than she finally understands what is going on...I'm not completely sure, but that should be about it :)"
I'm surprised once again that no one else has picked up on Pop The Fish, granted that I agree with Travis at
BIGSTEREO's assessment that bloggers are lazy and tend to stick to their inboxes. It's not like I'm saying I'm a tastemaker and all you bitches should have me on your RSS, but I somehow stumbled across this amazing lad from Normandy with little effort. Is there any possible reason that hundreds of other bloggers have overlooked him?

This isn't some sort of delusional love. As someone who is guilty of occasionally checking how songs they post are received on
Hype Machine, I can tell you that "Chez Ta Soeur" was the third most popular song on my Bathing Booties mini-playlist, falling short of MGMT and BMX while beating out Ladyhawke (!?!), Old Gold, and Norrit's remix of Brandy. Not that these statistics necessarily mean anything. But you know what does mean something? That time when I had "Chez Ta Soeur" as my song on the space, and at least five different friends left comments or messages stating how much they loved it. And you know what else means something? Someone e-mailing you with a translation because they like a song so much. And dedicating a doodle of an anthropomorphic puppy in a costume! That is love, and if you other bloggers never know it, it's probably because you're not listening to Pop The Fish yet.
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BLOGGER NOTE: The audio for today's BONER TRACK cuts off at a weird spot. Sorry about that.

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miércoles, junio 11, 2008

boner4mgmt: part two, 2004.

For those just joining us, I am recounting my history with MGMT. At this point, we are at 2004. The band is still called The Management. To catch up, check part one here.
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In my first year of college, I often misheard statements in the way the "telephone" game works. This became a problem in some instances, such as the time I was convinced that my student assembly rival slept with the entirety of Yale's swim team. As a supplement to this girl's awfulness, I would often bring up this "fact" when ranting to friends. And after recounting this rumor to the person who I thought told me it, I discovered that the person who apparently slept with the entirety of Yale's swim team was allegedly Jenna Bush.*

This sort of thing also happened while I was pledging a certain co-ed literary society. One of the members of this society was named Ben, and he wrote for a notable geektastic website. I'm almost positive that someone told me that this "Ben" character was also a member of The Management. I got really excited about being in the same society as one of the guys who made "Kids", and I don't remember if I was disappointed or embarrassed to discover that this "Ben" wasn't Ben Goldwasser. I knew this guy's last name, but I didn't know that the "Ben" in The Management was named Ben Goldwasser. To make matters worse, The Management were heavily affiliated with the rival co-ed society across the street.

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In fall 2004, my newly sophomore self was introduced to the folks in a wonderful apartment known as "B2". This apartment would become a second home for me, a land of theme parties, a couch to sleep on, and most importantly...dance parties. There was a sign stating that B2's living-room was a "No 'Hey Ya!' Zone", but jams like "Toxic" and "Kids" blared through the speakers on any given Saturday night.

I have a visual in my head of two friends doing an interpretative dance to "Kids". It was to the lyric "A baby is born...crying out for attention". One friend acted as the baby. The other one was a vagina birthing him. It was a very deep and interesting interpretative dance, and I hope that anyone reading this gets it. The dance went on for six minutes and seven seconds, because anyone who was anyone knew that the Afterschool Dance Megamix of "Kids" was the only version to play at a dance party.

One of the lovely ladies of B2, Katey, once pondered with me which song had the potential to be the next "Kids" on campus. We may have even concocted devious plots to infiltrate the dance party scene and make this song the next hit by The Management. Unfortunately, we never agreed on which song would be our hit. I rooted hard for "Just Becuz", but she pushed even harder for "We Care". Or was it "We Don't Care"? My memory on this matter is foggy.



So 2004 certainly isn't the most exciting year. Stay tuned for 2005, which marks my first time seeing the band live, a science project gone awesome, and the introduction of "MGMT".
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* In hopes that Daddy Bush won't claim war on this blog, I want to say now that there's no way this rumor was true. I mean, the whole swim team? At YALE? Seriously? This could never have happened, as there's no way that the majority of them weren't gay.

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martes, junio 10, 2008

n.e.r.d.: lazer gun carrying.

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I still haven't formed an opinion on N.E.R.D.'s third album Seeing Sounds, mostly because I know that it will never come close to being as classic (on a personal level) as their first. Spine Magazine posted a UK bonus track called "Lazer Gun Carrying", and I can't help but thinking after a few listens that it's better than I thought anything on the album was after a few listens. One thing's for sure. This shit is better than that song they did with Santogold and Julian Casablancas. No hatin' though! Santi sounds great on that track...
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boner4mgmt: part one, 2003.

I originally intended for this to be a huge post dedicated to my eternal, undying love of MGMT. I've now decided to break it up into a daily series (by year) starting with 2003. I realize that MGMT are a big deal right now, but this series isn't a ploy to get hits to this blog. It's precisely because of MGMT being a big deal that I've realized this long history we have together, despite the fact that I've never had a conversation with either of the original members. So bear with me through this unnecessary introduction, as I chronicle my life with The Management. Er...I mean, MGMT.
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Prior to attending college, I was on AIM talking to another prospective student. It was the standard pre-college chit-chat. What dorm do you want to live in? OMG, let's party so much together when we get to school! Were you early decision too?...What kind of music do you like?

I paused. This is the sort of question that trips you up as a teenager. You want to stay true to yourself, while also citing some artist who makes you seem really cool. And you don't want to be that tool who says something like, "Hehe, ne-thing but country!!" Or you're just me. And you simply say..."I'm really into emo." Lame. And then the person you're talking to says, "Oh, like Modest Mouse?" If she could see your face upon asking this, you'd probably be blushing because your favorite albums at this point are by Dashboard Confessional and Something Corporate. You have no idea who she's talking about, but play it cool by saying, "Oh, I've never heard of them. Can you send me one of their songs?"

Oh my god, I’ve gotta gotta gotta gotta move on
Where do you move when what you’re moving from
Is yourself?

Her away message would occasionally read this way, a lyric from "Neverending Math Equation". Knowing the reference made you feel like you were in the know. But you had so much more to learn...

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Within the first couple of weeks of college, I found myself sitting in a girl named Janine's room. We were already friends in the sense that we lived in the same dorm and once encountered a rollerblading asexual together. It was in her room that I would first hear the word "hipster", a word that five years later would ironically be used by outsiders to label my existence. It was in her room that I would first hear the sounds of Ben Gibbard's voice, and do interpretative dances to "Such Great Heights". And it was in her room that I would first hear The Management.


The moment the song hit my ears, I was in love. It was unlike anything I heard before, which may not be saying much given how ignorant my ears were at that point. My memory of that day is a little hazey, but in my head I scurried back to my room and immediately acquired any recordings by this mysterious campus band. I then proceeded to have my first ever private one-man dance-party with "Kids", the first of many.

And then there was "We Care", "We Don't Care", "Hot Love Drama", "Money To Burn", and most importantly--"Just Becuz". While it never seemed to be the preferred song of most connoisseurs of The Management, I latched onto this song. The entire school may have been united in loving "Kids", and whether it makes sense or not..."Just Becuz" was my own personal "Kids".



The rest of my 2003 experience with The Management would include consistently misquoting the lyrics to "Kids" while drunk at parties. Kissedaguy.com style!
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ben one & shawnna: never leave my girl.

dl: BEN ONE f/ SHAWNNA - Never Leave My Girl (YSI)
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Despite being held down by a moniker that calls to mind either Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2 or Chromeo's Dave 1, this kid Ben One is allegedly dominating the Chicago airwaves. And from the sounds of it, "Never Leave My Girl" is destined to dominate all airwaves.

I was surprised to find that his press release didn't mention any involvement from the oh-so-sought-after hitmakers The Dream and Tricky Stewart, as the song shares the same mid-tempo bounciness of "Shawty Is The Shit" and Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body". In fact, I probably would have thought this song was by The Dream if the vocals weren't so damn smooth. The songwriting and production on this manage to stick to current trends while transcending above them. Chirping birds. A structure that actually BUILDS. And the story, while not entirely an original concept, is somehow fascinating...

Ben is at the club when he gets approached by an inebriated young lady who wants him to dip his lik-a-stik in her fun dip. She has a boyfriend, he has a girlfriend, and he's not about to sabotage his relationship for a one night stand. There's this ambiguity as to whether he's a nice guy politely rejecting his aggressive female suitor or if he's just a dude saying, "Just so you understand, no matter how good you break me off tonight, this ain't going nowhere else." I could probably request to interview Ben 1 and ask him about this ambiguity, but I prefer the mystery of it all. Or I'm just lazy.

Making the song even better is an appearance by Rashawnna Guy AKA Shawnna. I had been wondering what had happened to her! With a little wikipedia research I learned that she left the Ludacris-headed label Disturbing The Peace a year ago and started her own lable M.O.E. (Money Over Everything). She will soon release an independent album titled Just Shawnna, and if radio programmers give "Never Leave My Girl" the attention it deserves she'll wind up with another hit under her belt. Also, did you know that Buddy Guy is her dad? I didn't.

"Never Leave My Girl" is now available on iTunes, and I highly recommending supporting Ben and Shawnna by copping it. Be on the lookout for Ben's mixtape, coming soon!

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BONER TRACK: BEN ONE - Flashing Lights (remix) (YSI)
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sábado, junio 07, 2008

otis redding: monterey pop festival.

dl: OTIS REDDING - Monterey Pop Festival, June 17, 1967
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One of my favorite songs of all time is Otis Redding's version of "Respect" performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. I don't know how I didn't notice this earlier, but Funky16Corners did an MP3 rip of Redding's entire set. This isn't something you want to miss. Click the link above, and download away!

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viernes, junio 06, 2008

hell yup!: saucy feets @ monkeytown.

HELL YUP!: Saturday 06.07.08
@ Midnight:30
MySpace Is a DJ Too: From ANORAAK to Z¹iz¹ek
@ MonkeyTown (backroom)
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If you're up for a little dancing and disorientation this weekend, please join me as I celebrate my UNBIRTHDAY tomorrow in Brooklyn. It will also be the release party for Saucy Feets (pictured above), the must have foot-accessory for this summer. Let's party together in the IRL!

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sgt. sass: baltimore show.

dl: SGT. SASS - Raw Beat (YSI)
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Hey Baltimore. I'd say "good morning", but that would be inaccurate and a totally gay reference. You have less than 3 hours until Sgt. Sass invades your ears. Well, probably more than that because there are a lot of other acts performing and shows never start on time. But get pumped! KD and DT are about to take over the world (and probably all of outerspace too). 9PM. The Nerve Center. TONIGHT!
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jueves, junio 05, 2008

totally michael: casual satisfaction.

dl: TOTALLY MICHAEL - Casual Satisfaction (YSI)
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I like to think that the story behind this song is that Totally Michael decided to recreate Snoop Dogg's "Sensual Seduction" in the whitest way possible. It's a really romantic song! Check the lyrics:

Damn girl, you make my dick erect, my dick erect
Damn girl, you make my dick erect, my dick erect
Ooh boy, you make my pussy wet, my pussy wet
Ooh boy, you make my pussy wet, my pussy wet
Now if that's not deep and interesting, I don't know what is. I wonder if when he performs this song live, he divides the room into penises and vaginas. You know, like he did with "Cheerleaders Vs. Drill Team"? That would be so awesome, and it'd kind of remind me of this.
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lunes, junio 02, 2008

patty crash: toast 2005.

dl: PATTY CRASH - Toast 2005 (YSI)
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As if she was suspicious that I was going to write about her, Patty Crash removed her bio on the space over the weekend. Here's what I know or remember.
  • She's originally from Iceland, but now resides in North Philadelphia.
  • She was discovered by Black Thought of The Roots.
  • Her sound is a mix of punk and hip-hop, but not in an annoying sort of way.
  • She'll be performing with Slick Rick on July 24th in Brooklyn at Europa. [[GET TICKS!!]]
  • After a name change from Patty Kake to Patty Sue, she's finally settled on Patty Crash. At least we think she's settled.
  • Her friend Nikki Jean has sung on tracks by Lupe Fiasco and Lil Wayne. Nikki and Patty have a Youtube show together.
  • Her influences and favorite artists include Lauryn Hill, Iggy Pop, Devin the Dude, Nirvana, Patti Smith, Outkast, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline, Erykah Badu, and others.
I'll be seeing her and Slick Rick on July 24th, so I will return with a full report on her awesomeness.
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