Daria and J. Robbins

I saw footage of J. Robbins is touring Europe right now with the French band ‘Daria’ playing his backup band on a bunch of Jawbox covers. They were so good that I found their incredible new album ‘Impossible Colours’ produced by J himself below.

Nitrominds

I don’t remember how I discovered these guys, but — like most things Brazilian — they’re fucking hardcore and rad. I think this “bio” from last.fm describes Nitrominds best:

On the road since 1994 they have been playing a lot and doing a lot of stuff since they started to play . Melodic Hardcore punk with roots at the 80s they have 8 released cds already and many compilations in Brasil and in around the world. One of the famoust bands in Brasil.

Join the Record Club

Led by Beck Hansen, the Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record a reinterpretation of classic albums. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time, meaning the songs are rough renditions, often recorded on the first takes. What hooked me on the Record Club is Beck’s decision to interpret the INXS 80s pop masterpiece “Kick.” Check out this session featuring Annie Clark/St. Vincent:

Record Club: INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Daytrotter Sessions

“One band a day, every day, 28 Daytrotter Session songs each week.”
Daytrotter
Daytrotter is an amazing website / live performance series that gives listeners “exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.” If you want to hear raw, stripped down and personal versions of your favorite songs, then Daytrotter is the place.

Just listen to the performance of one of my favorite bands Far. They take away the many sonic layers that blanket the album version of “At Night We Live” and perform songs with guitars and trap set that sounds like it’s being played for you in your bedroom as you drift off to sleep. The space and airiness of the recordings are at once strange (to our used-to-hearing-over-produced-recorded-music ears), disarming, and totally gorgeous.

I also have to mention comical but true to life illustrations of each band sketched by Johnnie Cluney. Classic!

Were you “Super Surprised”?

I had a less than stellar experience on Record Store Day, but I think that was largely because I didn’t find any of the special releases promised to us. Case in point: the Beastie Boys contributed a “super surprise” 12-inch record for Record Store Day that was limited to 1,000 copies and will be distributed among more than 700 record stores. Not surprisingly, Alaska seems to have missed out on any copies of this 12-inch, forcing fans like me to find it on the web.

Cool footnote: according to the internets, Capitol/EMI (the Beastie record label) did not commission the album from the Beastie Boys, meaning that the idea to participate in Record Store Day was solely the Beastie Boys’ idea. Mad props Boys!

How did I miss this one?

Gotta love random hits on the internet. I found an UNKLE mp3 that I never even knew existed. At some point in 2005, a low-budget soccer movie called Goal was released. I have no idea if it’s any good, but the soundtrack is fucking amazing! How the hell did the Brits slip this one past me?!! The unreleased Oasis tracks are pretty weak and pointless, but how can you go wrong with the Happy Mondays and Zero 7? This UNKLE track is incredible and deserves to be heard loud. It features some dude named Joel Cadbury on vocals. No idea who he is, but this track KILLS. Check out ‘Leap of Faith’ here.