Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tiger's Pandering Apology Playlist

If you're like millions of other golf fans... Americans... Or even if you just have an address somewhere on this planet... Tiger Woods had something to say to you last Friday. He wanted you to know that he made a mistake and most importantly? He was 'sorry'. A little piece of every last one of us died the day we found out that an immensely rich and famous pro athlete had been cavorting with attractive cocktail waitresses.

So for all that pain and suffering you certainly endured... for all that weight you lost after those sleepless nights... for those golf lessons you were inspired to buy for your uncoordinated kid... Tiger just wanted us to know... 'he's sorry.'

We'll leave the pandering to Tiger. We're not really here to play the holier-than-thou game or stir up the blood in the media shark pool. Actually, we're just here to stalk Tiger's children on their way to school. Or maybe follow his mom to a Jenny Craig meeting...

We kid, we kid... we actually just want to listen to some good music, and we'll use the rise and fall of a sports icon as our opportunistic springboard.

(Check out Tiger's playlist after the jump)

Kanye's 'Coldest Winter' Gets a Remix and a Video

We're getting pretty far removed from Kanye's 808's and Heartbreaks album to have a new video from it. But, Kanye's 'Coldest Winter' gets all dolled up for the occasion. Sporting a wedding dress, gratuitous slow-motion cleavage shots, and some haunting Reapers in a Sleepy Hollow-like foggy forrest.

Check out "Coldest Winter (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam)":

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Which Band Are You Here To See?

When you walk into a music club, and the guy at the door asks which band are you here to see? What should you say? Did you know that you're answer can actually affect how much money the respective bands take home that night?

A discussion has been brewing of late within the local DC music scene, kicked off last week by local hip-hop artist Head-Roc's rant on the practice of door-polling at music venues.

Washington City Paper ran a follow up piece on the matter even more recently titled "Sins of Admission: Why It's a Problem When a Club Asks, 'Who Are You Here To See?'"

Is this an unfair way to determine a band's payment? Is it a cop out for music venues to defer marketing responsibility to desperate musicians? Does it create an unfair bias against out-of-town bands?

Or is this a fair practice that benefits hard-working and talented musicians? What do you think?

Friday, February 19, 2010


Vampire Weekend's bizarre new video features a lot of tennis and some guest appearances by the likes of Rza and Jake Gyllenhaal. Without further ado, check out Vampire Weekend's video for 'Giving up the Gun':


A couple weeks back Caribou released their first single from their upcoming album. The single is called 'Odessa' and today got it's own music video that starts out with a woman walking with a bloodied face. Check it out:


It's been a little while since we had an official album from Broken Social Scene. We've seen members spin off to do solo work (um... Feist, anyone?) and had a handful of 'Broken Social Scenes Presents:' albums. But, not since 2005 has the band released a real Broken Social Scene album. The band's freshest won't come out until May 4th, but they've put up one song on their website that's free to download just to let us know they mean business. It's called 'Sick World'.

This time around, BSS has slimmed to a mere 6 members but most of the old cast is slated to make guest appearances as the likes of Feist, Metric, Do Make Say Think, Sea and Cake, Pavement and Tortoise lend their talents to the track list.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Manners is straight-up loaded to the gills with an engaging, experimental mix of poppy electronic tracks. From 'Moth's Wings' to 'Sleepyhead' to 'The Reeling'... Passion Pit have proven real hit-makers.  This time around, Passion Pit gives us a video for yet another can't-miss hit: 'Little Secrets'

Check their latest video for 'Little Secrets' over at MTV.


Tegan and Sara's Sainthood came at us in late 2009. Today the twins released the official video for (my favorite track on the album) 'Alligator':

Tegan and Sara - Alligator [Official Music Video] from NicoleIsMyName on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


For some of you, Valentine's Day is a wondrous time to spend with your most beloved. It can be a time of reflection or re-dedication, to have and to cherish that important person in your life as long as you possibly can.

For others, the big V-Day can be a devastating reminder of your own loneliness. Who wants to see so many other couples happy, when you can't find that shared comfort with someone yourself??

Well, this mix isn't for either of the above. This special Valentine's Day playlist is for the vast majority of you who are in relationships but probably shouldn't be. You know what I'm talking about... at least your friends know what I'm talking about when they talk about your dullard boyfriend behind your back.

This is for that certain someone who you once slept with and then started dating and now lingers in your one-bedroom apartment as a constant reminder of your shallowness and low self-esteem. This is for that ex who you keep calling at 2 in the morning because you're afraid of sleeping alone. If you see nothing but a reflection of the lie that you call a relationship every time you stare into your partner's eyes? Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the playlist for you.

'Doesn't she realize this cold, falling rain is an
obvious metaphor for our depreciating relationship?'

(Check out our So-I-Settled-For-You Valentine's Day Playlist after the jump)

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Antlers' Video for 'Bear'

Not only did The Antlers' moody masterpiece Hospice make our Top 25 Albums review of 2009. Their song 'Bear' also cracked our Top Ten Songs of 2009. Today, the band released a music video for 'Bear'.

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Here in DC (and across many parts of the country) we've been on the ass end of a winter blizzard pound-fest. This past weekend's snow-tally (between 2 and 3 feet!) topped all previous records for the DC Metro area and prompted virtually everything in the area to shut down for multiple days. If that wasn't enough? Just as DC started to pick itself back up from the snowy ground... Wednesday brought even more snow. It's still falling as I type this, but it seems as though we may be in store for another 20 inches.

What's this have to do with music? Obvious. Music- like fireplaces and Baileys- is crucial to snow days. The best way to avoid cabin fever is with a cuddle-buddy, a handle of booze and some snowy-day tunes. Click 'Read More' below to take a listen to our 12-track snow-day playlist.

Weekly Round-Up: New Music Feb 10

Record amounts of winter snow weren't all that descended upon us this past week. I've given up on shoveling, so it's time to cozy up with some cocoa and headphones. Click 'Read More' to see what music the internets have heated up to cure our February blues after the jump.

Friday, February 5, 2010


It's only been a few weeks since Spoon released their latest album Transference, but it feels like a millennium has past without any treat of visual accompaniment.  Well, this morning, Pitchfork has the Spoon to sate your sweet tooth- a studio-session comprised video for 'Written in Reverse'.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


If you'd rather just see them all in one place? Here is the master list for our Top 125 songs of '09. No slow-loading MP3 embeds or cluttering opinions on this one. This is your one-stop shop.

(Check out the complete List after the Jump)

TOP SONGS OF 2009: 10-1

Here's the Top Ten. It's so late you probably don't even care, let alone remember any of these bands anymore (The Yeah Yeah Yeah's are so six months ago!) Better late than never.  Perhaps you missed some of these in 2009, or maybe now is a good time to revisit. Here's our Top Ten songs of 2010...

(Click 'READ MORE' below to see our TOP TEN)

Monday, February 1, 2010

TOP SONGS OF 2009: 25-11

I told myself I had to finish by the end of January. Well... I didn't miss the self-imposed deadline by much. In retrospect, 125 songs was a burly task to plunge into (the biggest pain is finding MP3 embeds now that I'm having difficulty with Chalk it up to a learning experience though. Maybe next time I'll only do a Top 50 and be done. But enough with the negativity, because we're finally into the top 25. I tried to space out artists who appeared more than once on the list, but there is one exception- a single artist who garnered two spots in the top 25. Any guesses? (uh- below is a hint.)

(Click 'READ MORE' below to check out our 25-11)