Archive for August, 2009

The Shaky Hands – Let It Die

The Shaky Hands - Let It Die

Now available for preorder from Kill Rock Stars. Right now preorders also receive a copy of the band’s Break The Spell tour 7″, which can be downloaded before the new album’s release date. Here’s a fairly incredible track that KRS has made available:

The Shaky Hands – Allison and the Ancient Eyes

KRS says “Let It Die will be a watershed record for this band on the verge,” and seems entirely justified in saying so. I was introduced to The Shaky Hands by their sophomore album, Lunglight, and was a bit underwhelmed – but still impressed – when I heard their self-titled debut. If that pattern stays true (good, great…), then Let It Die should be as grand as KRS and the preview track both suggest.

*Jazz Hands



August 31, 2009 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

Björn Kleinhenz 12″ on Gold Robot

Björn Kleinhenz - B.U.R.M.A.

Yesterday I discovered to my great pleasure that Gold Robot Records would be doing an American vinyl and digital release of Björn Kleinhenz’s new album B.U.R.M.A.. Until I heard Kleinhenz’s music, I hadn’t been completely onboard with the new wave of Swedish pop bands that everyone loves to talk about, but he seems an unambiguously talented musician. Though lyrical and bouncy, his music is neither cute nor silly. I haven’t heard anything of the new album, but I’m optimistic.

Gold Robot’s page for the album reports a release of September 29th, but in the meantime, check Björn Kleinhenz’s myspace to hear some older tunes.


August 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Designed Entropy I

Designed Entropy I

This Thursday, Hunter Mack, the proprietor of Gold Robot Records, let me know that his newest release was up for pre-order. The first in a 7″ mini-compilation series titled Designed Entropy, the new record features songs from Meanest Man Contest, Roman Ruins, Copy, and Bomarr. Hunter says this of the first installment in Designed Entropy:

“The first entry in the Designed Entropy series features exclusive tracks by 4 different artists inspired from a common starting point. As a cohesive unit, this EP explores the relationship between design, structure, and humanity. Suggested reading to accompany the listening experience: “Atlas of Novel Tectonics” by Jesse Reiser.”

Oddly enough, for an album with four contributors who, so far as I know, did not coordinate with one another in any way, “this EP” really is a “cohesive unit,” conceptually and musically. As is the case with all Gold Robot 7″ releases, Designed Entropy I is just $5 and sports some gorgeous packaging – I highly recommend grabbing a copy.

August 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

Green Porno

Now in it’s second season, Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno is the Sundance Channel’s look into the sex lives of animals. The first season covered various bugs and insects, including the fly and the spider, while the current season focuses on sea creatures like, so far, the barnacle and the anglerfish. Isabella Rossellini is a surprisingly effective host, her heavy accent making exclamations about penises and unusual mating practices that much funnier. Well-written and produced, the show seems pretty educational and is definitely one of the more engaging treatments of the subject that I’ve seen. All of the show’s episodes can be watched via the links above.

By way of a little preview, here’s an image that deserves immortality:

Rossellini as a Fly



August 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

The Music Tapes Favor Planethood for Pluto

Thanks to the Optical Atlas for bringing to my attention that Pitchfork posted a new video for the Music Tapes song “For the Planet Pluto 3.” Awesome video and I’m tremendously glad to know that the band shares my good sentiment for Pluto. I’d embed it, but I’m a bumbler with code, so here’s an old-fashioned link:

The Music Tapes – For the Planet Pluto 3


August 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Calvin, Don’t Jump! & Amo Joy

It’s been a busy couple of weeks so I’ve not been able to post as much as I might be inclined, but I thought I’d interrupt the silence by making la petit announcement. If all goes well, this fall Royal Rhino will be helping to release Calvin, Don’t Jump!’s new album, tentatively titled Under Bridges. Hopefully I’ll be able to give more details in the near future, but the band is a hair’s breadth from finishing all of their recording and everything seems on course for a fall or winter release.

In other news, Royal Rhino alumni Amo Joy have just released their new album, The Sane Design, with Standard Recording Company on CD and Vinyl. Having heard many of these songs, on a homemade CD-R release of the same name, when Amo Joy first approached me, I can say with great confidence that they’re some of the best pop tunes of any kind I’ve ever heard. I recommend this album very highly. Here’s the title track, courtesy of Standard Recording, to give an impression of just how awesome this band is:

Amo Joy – The Sane Design



August 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm

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