Sunday, November 30, 2008

"And the turkey you festively slice Is murder"


Joe Pernice is the singer and songwriter for The Pernice Brothers. Their most recent album is called Yours, Mine and Ours. He has published a book of poetry. This is his first work of fiction.

33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. Read the rest of this Publisher's Summary here. (

I got the audible download for free, so use your Internet skills and see if it turns up for free on Audible.
You can download one of my favorite Pernice Brothers songs (Somerville) from their website here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hey Hey Honeypop's latest podcast: recommended!

If you can spare a moment, head on over to Hey Hey Honeypop! and listen to the latest podcast. It's my favorite one so far. Pure pop bliss. I couldn't come close to assembling such a sweet set of songs.

Tracklisting (31' 22")

The Orchids - I was just dreaming
Tiny Microphone - You disappear
Slumber Party - Never again
Tompot Blenny - Thinking of ways of keeping you warm
Secret Shine - Deep thinker
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday
Pipas - Barbapapa
The Bird and the Bee - Again and again
The Wake - All I asked you to do
This Mortal Coil - Late night

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I love the Juliana Hatfield album: How To Walk Away

I am on vacation, but it's a staycation. With the wedding and then Thanksgiving, I figured I'd just take the in-between days off. I just listened all the way through the new Juliana Hatfield CD "How To Walk Away" (released August, 2008.)
This album is so perfect that it prompted an immediate, somewhat bungled, blog post! The lyrics are honest and appeal to where I am at the moment. Maybe, the lyrics to track 5, "Just Lust" are too honest. That song is almost mean, but honesty can be cruel. "Remember November" should be experienced in November. "My Baby" is worded so carefully...
Just listen to this CD and perhaps it will speak to you, the single, the abandoned, the realists out there. I like the inclusion of Juliana's brother on piano. That lends credibility to Juliana's lyrics and the bravery of exposing her heart to her family. She's from New England, like me and my family, so she's a kindred spirit!

Here's some info I found on the release:
How To Walk Away, on Ye Olde Records, finds Hatfield singing in
top form. “Finally,” she says, “I feel like my voice has grown into
itself and I’m not struggling so much against its little-girl-ness.”
The album features guest appearances by two other distinctive
vocalists: Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler on “This Lonely Love”
and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws on “Such A Beautiful Girl.” Other featured
guest musicians were Fountains Of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter (some
lead guitar); Jeff Hill, of Rufus Wainwright’s band, on bass; and Ethan
Eubanks of the Grey Race on drums. Tracy Bonham guested on violin, and
Jason Hatfield, Juliana’s brother, played piano on two songs, which he
co-wrote (“Remember November” and “Such A Beautiful Girl”).
How To Walk Away was recorded at Stratosphere Sound, the NYC studio
co-owned by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne), James Iha (formerly
of Smashing Pumpkins), and Andy Chase (of revered alt-rock/pop band Ivy),
who produced the album. How To Walk Away is evocative, layered, and
unhurried yet Chase has managed to retain Hatfield’s essential rawness
of spirit, smoothing out some rough edges but not all. Witness, for
example, the loose, danceable “Now I’m Gone,” sung (and played) by
Hatfield in one inspired improvisational take. And while she has
frequently drawn from personal experience in the past, these songs
are some of her most candid ever.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cut Copy offer Far Away ep

This DJ is adding this to his collection!

Cut Copy sez:
The Far Away EP is now yours to own and it comes packed with many bonus tracks including the unreleased SANDS OF TIME, The much sought after KNIGHTLIFE SUN SOAKED REPRISE of SO HAUNTED (originally featured on on the 'so cosmic' mix 12 months ago), AEROPLANE''s Pop mix of HEARTS ON FIRE, HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR FAR AWAY REMIX and a stack more! All will be available in digital and traditional 12 " vinyl format.
So head down to your record store or jump online and head to itunes.
Here is the OFFICIAL tracklisting:

01 Far Away
02 Far Away [Hercules & Love Affair Remix]
03 Far Away [Damn Arms Remix]
04 Far Away [Golden Filter Remix]
05 Hearts on Fire [Aeroplane Pop Mix]
06 So Haunted [Knightlife Sun-Soaked Reprise]
07 Sands of Time (previously unreleased)

You can now listen to Sands of Time and the Hercules remix of Far Away on our myspace player.

Summer anthems and high fives all round.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wedding DJ

I just DJ'd a wedding, very last minute. I mixed up 3 hour-long discs for a reception that had no dancing. Here's what I put together (sorry for the bad formatting, but I am beyond sleepy at the moment):
001 - el faro- cuanto llevo de ventajas - Sexo y Lucia
002 - Something for Windy - Bonobo.wav
003 - Sueno con Mexico - Pat Metheny.wav
004 - Que Bonito - Jose Padila.wav
005 - Adagio in F major - Angels of VeniceCarol Tatum.wav
006 - Havana Sunset - Govi.wav
007 - Winter - 1st movement - allegro non molto - Vivaldi, Antonio.wav
008 - A Day In The Sun - SO FINE.wav
009 - Le Ballade De Saint Etienne - St. Etienne.wav
010 - Love World (Ulrich Schnauss in - Hrk.wav
011 - Dejame - Lovespirals.wav
012 - Smooth Love (Cleanertro Edit) - PT Phunk.wav
013 - o sonho (ralph myerz & the jack herren band rmx) - Madredeus.wav
014 - At The River - Groove Armada.wav
015 - Monday Paracetamol - Ulrich Schnauss.wav
016 - Staralfur - Sigur Ros.wav
017 - Breathe - Télépopmusik.wav
018 - Josie - Emer Kenny.wav
019 - You Showed Me - Lightning Seeds.wav
020 - Heaven - Emer Kenny.wav
021 - Wedding Day - Anything Box.wav
022 - Coldplay - Clocks - Coldplay.wav
023 - Rome Wasnt Built In A Day - Morcheeba.wav
024 - 023 - damned phantasmagoria 05 - is it a dream - - .wav
025 - Hit Song - Peter Murphy.wav
026 - Ballerina Out Of Control - The Ocean Blue.wav
027 - Candleland - Cocteau Twins & Ian McCulloch.wav
028 - Avatars Of Dub - Sexelevatormu - Thievery Corporation & Revolut.wav
029 - Face A La Mer (Massive Attack Remix full version) - Les Negresses Vertes.wav
030 - care for you - Wolfsheim.wav
031 - Unforgetable - Frank Sinatra.wav
032 - Gotan Project - Triptico - Gotan Project.wav
033 - In Through Time - Govinda.wav
034 - Hes So Fine - Chiffons.wav
036 - The Las - There She Goes - The Las.wav
037 - Une Histoire dAmoure - Gabin.wav
038 - For Nancy - Pete Yorn.wav
039 - Mo Pop - Dot Allison.wav
040 - Such Great Heights - The Postal Service.wav
041 - The Cardigans - Lovefool - The Cardigans.wav
042 - Feels Like Im Already Flying - Bel Canto.wav
043 - When In Rome - The Promise - .wav

To compare, here's what I had played at my wedding (12-16-2006) during the dinner:
1. The Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love (2:48)
2. Beatles - And I Love Her (2:30)
3. Bjork - All Is Full of Love (4:47)
4. Ralph Myerz - Nikita (4:57)
5. Portishead - Numb CDS - 03 - Revenge of The Number (3:22)
6. Royksopp - Melody AM - 02 - Eple (3:51)
7. Ian McCulloch & Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) - Candleland (3:22)
8. Cocteau Twins - Winter Wonderland (2:49)
9. Stars - This Charming Man (2:43)
10. The Lightning Seeds - You Showed Me (4:07)
11. Thievery Corporation - Mirror Conspiracy - 04 - Lebanese Blonde (4:47)
12. Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored (4:51)
13. Wolfsheim - Künstliche Welten (City Philharmonic of Prague Edit) (4:28)
14. Spandau Ballet - True (6:07)
15. Nick Cave - I Am Sam Sountrack - Let It Be (3:30)
16. Human Drama - A Million Years (5:06)
17. Audio Bullys - Generation - 12 - Im In Love (2:54)
18. Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter - 02 - Strange Condition (3:57)
19. The Jesus And Mary Chain - 01 - Darklands (5:29)
20. Cranes - Loved - 07 - Beautiful Friend (3:14)
21. The Smiths - Ask (3:12)
22. Peter Murphy - Unshattered - 02 - Kiss Myself (4:19)
23. The Damned - Alone Again Or (3:38)
24. Aberdeen - Homesick and Happy To Be Here - 01 - Handsome Drink (3:16)
25. Trash Can Sinatras - Cake - 05 - The Best Man's Fall (3:40)
26. The Las - There She Goes (2:42)
27. Echo and the Bunnymen - People are Strange (3:39)
28. The Damned - Phantasmagoria - 05 - Is it a dream (3:27)
29. Def Leppard - Hysteria (5:54)
30. Anything Box - Worth - Wedding Day (4:43)
31. Kie The Vez - Here is the House (DM Cover) (3:43)
32. Kate Bush - The Whole Story - 06 - Hounds Of Love (3:03)
33. Wolfsheim - Closer Still (Radio Edit) (3:27)
34. A Flock of Seagulls - Space Age Love Song (3:46)
35. The Sundays - 02 - Here's where the story ends (3:54)
36. Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour - 02 - Nearer Than Heaven (3:28)
37. Cocteau Twins - Frosty the Snowman (2:55)
38. The Cardigans - Lovefool (3:18)
39. Pete Yorn - Music for the Morning After - 11 - On Your Side (5:02)
40. The Motorcycle Boy - will you still love me tomorrow (3:20)
41. The Ocean Blue - Ballerina Out Of Control (3:55)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trembling Blue Stars - Beautiful Blank

I should have asked to include this song on PopCast 18, but I couldn't resist including it. It's too beautiful and it need to be heard by as many people as possible!

Check out this video: TREMBLING BLUE STARS - Beautiful blank

Like Sugar PopCast 18 released!

It's appearing early, because next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I will busy with family and away from Olancha (the computer). No voice on this one, just one hour of eightiesninetiesfuture music.

Get the mix via direct download here or from iTunes, Mevio, or Odeo. Links follow the play list.

Intro (includes Flunk, Dirty Vegas, Beastie Boys feat. Cypress Hill, Portishead, The Smiths, The Futureheads covering Bowie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Skinny Puppy, T.O.Y., and Mesh)
01 - The Ruling Class - Flowers
02 - The Electric Pop Group - Not By Another
03 - Ultra Vivid Scene - It Happens Every Time
04 - M83 - Graveyard Girl
05 - Trembling Blue Stars - Beautiful Blank
06 - Neuropa - The Blitz
07 - Ashbury Heights - Smile
08 - The Presets - Yippiyo-ay
09 - The Cure - Switch
10 - KieTheVez - Always A Boy
11 - The Jesus and Mary Chain - On The Wall
12 - Hot Hot Heat - Harmonicas & Tambourines
13 - Shout Out Louds - 100 Degrees
14 - Neil Halstead (of Mojave 3 / Slowdive) - Always The Good
15 - Dido - Northern Skies (Roll Armstrong Remix)
16 - Portishead - It Could Be Sweet
17 - Lil Wayne - Lollipop (Instrumental)
18 - Jace Everett - Bad Things (theme from HBO's True Blood

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Monday, November 17, 2008

By-the-numbers: The Postmarks

In 2008, the Postmarks released a new mp3 track every month, each song being a cover version of a tune featuring a number in the title that corresponded to the number of the month (similar to The Cure or even Biker Boy)....

Now to sit back to take in the effort as a whole... more to come. Beautiful music on Andy Chase's (of Ivy) label Unfiltered.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I (heart) Techno

Was held on the 15th of November in Belgium. Here's a link to some of the sets:

Many of the artists have been played on Like Sugar / DJ Talbot Original Mixes: LA Riots, Digitalism, Boys Noize, Crookers, Justice, Underworld....

Be sure to check out my mate, DJ Edgartronic and his visibly live-on-the-internet show every Friday if you dig this sort of dance music. It's a gig called Analogic Nights and he's the best my city has to offer.

Ingore my politics. Here's some news we can all enjoy!


After the success of the Seabound US tour this past March (I saw the LA show with Iris!), the band announces its return together with De/Vision. This tour will see the band visit cities that were not possible to reach last time, such as Toronto, Phoenix, and Florida. Seabound announce this double headlining tour with De/Vision. The first tour dates are available now on both bands' websites at and . Interested promoters should contact .

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Like Sugar PopCast 17 Track-list and mp3

DJ Talbot's Like Sugar PopCast #17 can be freely downloaded here.

I am re-structuring my operation and expect to do one show a month, to be published on the first of the month. So, I am no longer bi. Bi-monthly, that is.


1 - Fosca - Don't Be A DJ
2 - Loveninjas - Do Me
3 - Cranes - Worlds
4 - The Faint - Psycho
5 - Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
6 - Death Valley Sleepers - Heartbreaking Sound
7 - The Legends - Seconds Away
8 - Peter Heppner - Alleinesein
9 - Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix)
10 - The Bravery - Bad Sun
11 - Mummy Guns - Demo
12 - Vic Goddard & The Subway Sect - Ambition
13 - Faith & The Muse - Relic Song
14 - The Donnas - Girl Talk
15 - Close Lobsters - Nature Thing
16 - Duffy - Rock Ferry
17 - Louis Eliot - Country Life

If you liked the show, please leave a comment!
Comments let me know someone is listening!

Free download sampler from Matador Records

It's "ready to download and burn" here.

Intended Play Fall 2008 Label Download Sampler

Track listing:

1. A.C. Newman There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve (from Get Guilty, due out January 20)
2. Belle and Sebastian The State I Am In (BBC Version) (from The BBC Sessions, due out November 18)
3. Jennifer O’Connor Here With Me (from Here With Me, released August 19)
4. Shearwater The Snow Leopard (Remastered) from Rook, released June 3)
5. Lou Reed Caroline Says, Pt. II (Live) (from Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse, due out November 4)
6. Mogwai The Sun Smells Too Loud (from The Hawk Is Howling, released September 23)
7. Fucked Up No Epiphany (from The Chemistry Of Common Life, released October 7)
8. Jay Reatard An Ugly Death (from Matador Singles ‘08, released October 7)
9. Jaguar Love Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers (from Take Me To The Sea, released August 19)
10. Pavement Cataracts (from Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed., due out December 9)
11. Brightblack Morning Light Oppressions Each (from Motion To Rejoin, released September 23)
12. Times New Viking Call & Respond (from the Stay Awake EP, released October 14)
13. Condo Fucks What’cha Gonna Do About It? (from Fuckbook, due out March 2009)
No Glasvegas here. None.