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Destroyer – Kaputt
Jan 31st, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Destroyer – Kaputt.

Here’s a song from the new Destroyer album, which I am hoping to hear in its entirety soon.  It has been several years since I’ve seen the band live, so now that we’re back in Seattle it should be a possibility soon.  I love the 8o’s saxophoni-ness of this song.

The Foreign Exchange – All That You Are (Instrumental)
Jan 28th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Foreign Exchange – All That You Are (Instrumental).

From Chris:

Foreign Exchange is a hip hop Producer/Rapper duo from Netherlands and North Carolina, respectively. I first heard about these dudes when our buddy Gavino was visiting LA and he took me to see this show. Their production is so lush, smooth and warm that I find I like the instrumental versions of this album better without the rapping. There’s something to be said about hip hop if the music can stand on its own, sans lyrics. The music has a very hypnotic/ mesmerising quality to it that I really really like. Best enjoyed in a vehicle or out of very large stereo speakers, or nice headphonez. Tiny desktop or laptop speakers don’t do it justice! And we all believe in justice, right?

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Jan 27th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King.

My friend Chip introduced me to this band in high school, and I have always liked this song a lot.  Imagine my surprise upon listening to the new Kanye West album on the way home from Vancouver last month and hearing it sampled on one of his tracks!  It was a clever sample.

Update:  I’m embarrassed to say that this was not the song Kanye sampled, but instead was “21st Century Shizoid Man“, another great King Crimson song.

Beat Happening – Indian Summer
Jan 26th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Beat Happening – Indian Summer.

Beat Happening is the last band featured in Our Band Could Be Your Life, and I’m finally done with that book.  The last two chapters were about this band, Mudhoney, and SubPop, so it was all very Seattle and Olympia-centric, which was a nice ending.  I actually was very sketchy on the history of both bands and the label, and it was interesting to see how intertwined it all was back in the late 80’s.

I saw Beat Happening in Albuquerque in probably 1992 or something.  I remember not being too impressed by the music, but the live show was entertaining as they kept switching instruments.  I saw Calvin Johnson perform once or twice in the Bay Area, and then he was actually attending a party in Seattle in 2000 when I played at it in a band I was in for a very short amount of time (called Baby Rat Love, which also included Greg Golden, Adam McCormick, and Jeremy Cok).  I remember he said some nice things about it after we played, but I can’t remember too clearly.  I guess it was right up K Records’ alley – we had a stand up bass, a drum machine, a vocalist with a crazy moustache, and some very strange semi-improvised guitar and lyrical melodies.  You won’t find any recordings of it on this site as we only played a few shows in Seattle and San Francisco and none of it was recorded, but the other guys made a few videos in Seattle that I was not around for.

I have sort of had mixed feelings about Beat Happening and Calvin Johnson over the years, but I do like this song (and the Galaxie 500 cover is nice, too – or this Luna cover version) and the fact that Calvin has promoted some very lo-fi indie pop over the years.  And I do love the Halo Benders.

Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
Jan 25th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Stevie Wonder – Living for the City.

I don’t have headphones at the moment, so I’m not able to listen to this, but I think it was about time that I posted this song.  Some days feel like this lately, especially on days when I’m doing my taxes and planning budgets for the upcoming year.

That’s such a boring January thing to do.  I hate this month.  Bad weather, short days, no holidays, post-vacation blues.  If it wasn’t for my daughter having a birthday during it I’d just sleep through the whole damn thing.

Kinski – Hot Stenographer Alpine Static
Jan 24th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Kinski – Hot Stenographer Alpine Static.

Some friends are in from Vancouver tonight and we had a great time together sampling some delicious pizzas at Flying Squirrel.   And now I’m dead tired.

Monster Paws – Champagne Bike Ride
Jan 21st, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Monster Paws “Champagne Bike Ride”.

From Chris:

A dance music act, Monster Paws, from Albuquerque. I used to be friends with the man with the nice afro, Isaac Kappy. He brought his violin over to my house one day so that we could make Drum and Bass music on my Roland SP-808 sampler/sequencer. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was stoked that he was game to try something new. I hear they just finished an album, I’m stoked to hear it!

Neds Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
Jan 20th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Neds Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green.

Kyla and I just checked out Children of Nuggets from the library (although I have yet to listen to any of it), and reading about the bands included in the box set reminded me of the days I used to listen to this band and The Wonder Stuff and other weird Brit Pop bands of the day.  Almost all of the hippie/indie hybrid bands in England of that day were from strange smaller cities and almost all of them only had an album or two or never got much past being a one hit wonder, but it was still a pretty great time for music.

Baths – Indoorsy
Jan 19th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Baths – Indoorsy.

From Greg:

Wandering the windswept tundra of Wyoming,  this earworm bored its wavelength into my Walkman on a mid-winter gale.  I’ve listened to this L.A.-based producer’s album ‘Cerulean’ a few times in the past, but it never did resonate until I found myself battling the cold Arctic breezes.  When this tune hits its stride, the bass-pulse glides upon a frozen jet-stream while the melody circles above in clouds that will never snow … as it is too cool.

Jane’s Addiction – Three Days
Jan 18th, 2011 by lo-budge

YouTube – Jane’s Addiction – Three Days.

I think everybody must think this, but I really do think that people of my generation have lived through some interesting times, especially in a technological way.  I remember walking around listening to this song on a cassette tape on a walk-man through the suburban streets of Albuquerque, and now I can hear it on YouTube along with millions of other people.  It was such a personal experience to be able to walk around late at night with your own “private” favorite music, and now people can do the same thing on iPods loaded with thousands of  songs.  I guess what hasn’t been replaced is what music you choose to listen to.

I have great memories of listening to this song all alone walking in paved arroyos and seeing where the song would take me.

Speaking of interesting times, I just received this weird shit (someone tell me how to respond to this):

Dear Manager:
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Anhui, China.
On January,19th,2011, We received LUNDI Company’s application that they are registering the name
“lo-budge” as their Internet Trademark and “lo-budge.cn”,”lo-budge.com.cn” ,
“lo-budge.asia”domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found
the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty
to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your
company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for
you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain
names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer
contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!
Kind regards
Angela Zhang
Anhui Office (Head Office)
Room 1008 Shenhui Building
Haitian Road, Huli Anhui, China
Office:  +86 0553 4994789
Fax:     +86 0553 4994789
web:  rg-net.org
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