Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I don't want to

I know this was written and sung with tongue-in-cheek, but, well, I guess I live a tongue in cheek thought-life. These past two weeks have been a killer for me and I wish I was a lifeless robot. I can't say I was ever happier than the time I was married and I am being a pussy. Be that as it may, there was nothing better than being in love and I can't imagine meeting anyone more perfect than Naomi.

The Magnetic Fields - I don't want to get over you
I don't want to get over you. I guess I could take
a sleeping pill and sleep at will and not have to
go through what I go through. I guess I should take
Prozac, right, and just smile all night at somebody new,
Somebody not too bright but sweet and kind who would
try to get you off my mind. I could leave this agony behind
which is just what I'd do if I wanted to, but I don't
want to get over you cause I don't want to get over love.
I could listen to my therapist, pretend you don't exist
and not have to dream of what I dream of; I could listen
to all my friends and go out again and pretend it's enough,
or I could make a career of being blue--I could dress
in black and read Camus, smoke clove cigarettes and drink
vermouth like I was 17 that would be a scream but I
don't want to get over you.

Something Had To Give: goodbye Indie mp3?

With the end of the year approaching, I have been alerted to several blogs that are closing down or completely changing their focus. Some of these blogs are in no way related to what I do here, so I can't see the point of listing them.
One blog that is joining the digital dustbin (God, that was awful writing) has been a big influence and source of new music for me: Indie mp3.

They explain themselves thusly:
An indie pop webzine reviewing albums, gigs and singles as well as seeking out and championing new indie pop bands and labels (2001-2008)
Indie MP3 started out in 2001 which a weekly download from my indie pop collection. There were no other indie pop sites out there (not that I could see anyway). A blog was added in 2003 and the site transformed itself into a fully fledged review site in 2004.
Indie MP3 merged with Lost Music in 2006 which saw gig promotion, club nights and the launch of our own record label. A CDR label is to follow in 2009 alongside our residencies at London's Gramaphone and Enterprise venues. This all means something had to give and indie mp3 folded in December 2008.

I've read a few posts about this sad loss and I think the best one is here.

Geeze, this has made this song embed itself into my mind tonight. Too much "alternative" radio while working retail in the 1990s has me shell-shocked.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Sound of Arrows says "Let's Do A Remix"

From a myspace post at http://www.myspace.com/thesoundofarrows:
"....+ mashup mp3. As if 4 remixes on our upcoming single wasn't enough, we're letting you try your luck at remixing/mashuping/re-hashing/whatevering 'M.A.G.I.C.'

Go fetch over here: M.A.G.I.C. (Vocals)

It might turn out to sound something like this: The Sound of Wyflec and Arrows - Perfect Magic

Do email your results to us: thesoundofarrows@labrador.se
Good luck!"

This point in time would be a great time for Sweden's Labrador Records to take advantage of the movie and book "Marley and Me".
"You guys up for some reggae tonight?" Wait, there is no reggae on Labrador, but Ghost World is still my favorite movie. No, I mean, film.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and Apoptygma Berserk

There was not one shred of merry today, as I slept from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. I couldn't fall asleep on Christmas Eve, so I went home. Now I am awake, and it's raining, so it feels about as wintery as it gets here in San Diego.
The release of this full video has lifted me some. No opinion as to the song yet, but I am thinking it's a bit of Apop on auto-pilot. I look forward to some remixes and even more singles.

I am working on PopCast 20 tonight, happy to have some self-imposed time off. I will be sifting through blogs all night, searching out those pop gems that I love to discover.
Drop me a line or comment, if you can spare a moment.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In time for the new year: Champagne Riot

I am really into this track by Champagne Riot, titled "Scandanavian Warfare." The artist is on Shelflife Records, based in Portland, Oregon.
Here's the what the press release says:
"You needn’t be out of touch with contemporary music or a nostalgic remnant of some other, long-past era to suspect that pop has, by and large, lost its sense of romance. Not only in terms of its willingness to lyrically explore the lexicon of love without the escape clause of postmodern irony, but the romance of unashamedly grand and eccentric gestures – the inherent romance of outsiders seeking to gently subvert the pop song, reconstructing it as something familiar yet foreign, classicist yet newfangled. Think of the Human League’s Dare!, ostensibly a collection of love songs made to sound like science fiction; or New Order’s plainspoken anti-poetry couched in synthetic symphonies that were the very antithesis of the everyday.
It is this largely abandoned idea of the velvet melody in the robotic glove to which Champagne Riot aspires. And with its debut EP, Paris and I, you hear it realized."
read more here.

Don't miss out on the free mp3s to be collected via the Shelflife Blog: http://blog.shelflife.com/

This track can be downloaded from Shelflife here.

I'm thinking this one will make it to PopCast 20....gonna cross-fade it with Lola Dutronic's "My Radio."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 16, 2006. A beginning and an end.

I'm working on a "Year end recommendations" for 2008. This will be a work in progress, as linking and verifying can be a challenge. I nearly threw my shoes at the screen already.

Also, I love you, N.R.T. I always will. Two years ago today could not have been more beautiful. I pray everyday for angels to comfort and protect you. I am waiting for you to come home.

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed (2008)
We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery (2008)
The Cure - 413 Dream-(2008)
The Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts (2008)
CSS - Donkey
Saint Etienne - London Conversations (2008)
The Futureheads - This is Not the World (2008)
Travis - Ode To J Smith (2008)
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music (2008)

Gentle Touch - In Memory of Savannah
Ashbury Heights - Morningstar In A Black Car EP
Black Kids - Partie Traumatic (2008)
Neuropa - The Blitz
The Foxglove Hunt - Stop Heartbeat (2008)
Universal Poplab - Seeds (2008)
KieTheVez - Non-Binary
Peter Heppner - Solo

Juliana Hatfield - How To Walk Away (2008)
Dido - Safe Trip Home (2008)
Duffy - Rockferry (2008)

Arthur and Martha - Autovia (Single Edit)
Biker Boy - Calendar - 2008 Songs
Cougar and Snail - Ginger Blood
Ostrich - Sleepy Angels

Meh Category:
Ladytron - Velocifero (2008)
Blank & Jones - The Logic of Pleasure
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs (2008)
Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads (2008)
Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree (2008)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Like Sugar - PopCast 19 now LIVE


THIS IS THE EDIT / UPDATE: THIS LINK IS TO THE SMALLER FILE AND MAY WORK FOR MY iTUNES LISTENERS: http://www.raincross-tech.com/~djt/Like%20Sugar%20-%20DJ%20Talbot%20-%20PopCast%2019%20(128kbps).mp3

Like Sugar - DJ Talbot - PopCast 19
74 min; 30 sec

(Fill) The Sisters Of Mercy - Body Electric
01 - Cocteau Twins - Summerhead
02 - Silver Screen - Really No Wonder
03 - The Postmarks - Weather the Weather
04 - The Panics - Creaks
05 - Los Compesinos! - Ways To Make It Throught The Wall
(fill) Bauhaus - God In An Alcove
06 - White Lies - Death (Radio Edit)
07 - The Birthday Massacre - Walking With Strangers
08 - Zeigeist - Fight With Shattered Mirrors
09 - The Cribs - Men's Needs (CSS Remix)
10 - CSS - Move
11 - Ashbury Heights - Smile (Remix by Marsheaux)
12 - Poni Hoax - Hypercommunication (Joakim's Cartoon Muscle Mix)
13 - Cut Copy - Far Away
14 - Christopher Anton - Pompous P
15 - Neuropa - The Silicon Teens
16 - Dope Fiend - Dope Fiend
(fill) Meat Beat Manifesto - The Unprintable Word
17 - Travis - Quite Free
18 - Peter Murphy - Face The Moon
19 - Mitch Hedberg

File is 102mb @192kbps
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

More Blog than you

I'm not sure if I should post this or that without more research, but I have it best to be honest and say "I don't know anything about _________ . "
What I am saying is that I am often exposed to the music of certain artists, without seeing any media images, reading anything about them, etc. I form an opinion about a track or album without any outside influence (with the occasional label association to muddy my vision).
I've enjoyed the music of Ashbury Heights these past few months. I played "Smile" and "Spiders" with some remixes on Like Sugar. I really like their sound and that's enough for me.
All this does not explain my tendency to become a snob and dislike bands because of their popularity. For example, I loved Nine Inch Nails in 1987. By 1992, I was a snob, if only based on "my" band's the exposure to the masses. To contrast my snobbishness, you just read the venomous posts on Drowned In Sound. People "slag" off any popular bands instead of being happy for their success. Again, I wobble on this subject, as there are some bands that achieve a certain level of media exposure and I think they are rather derivative of earlier acts. I stress derivative; the band isn't musically talentless, but rather not creating their own sound.
So, while I enjoy Coldplay, and I do not hear any particular musical progression, I can appreciate Coldplay's capture of a certain sound and genre. While someone might feel Coldplay is the worst band ever, and someone might attack a man while singing a "Yellow" karaoke (yes, this happened), I can sit back and get chills from this popular band. I can then listen to, say, Massive Attack and hear a pioneering spirit. 1991 was the beginning of this "trip-hop" sound that I wouldn't embrace until 1996! I was too busy being a snob.

All this rambling, spell-checked B.S. is to say that what I "DJ" is what I like, without too much negative attention from the various media sources. Someone once scratched off the word "alternative" on a sticker that was on the window of my truck. Times have changed..."alternative" doesn't offend so much, but it holds my interest.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Video Round Up

Posting videos is lazy blogging, but perhaps a few readers and listeners did not catch the artists I featured on past Like Sugars and CTRL-ATL-F6, so watch and or listen to some more obscure bands I've played:

Peter Heppner (of Wolfsheim) - Alleinesein

Felix Marc - Give Me Back The Moments

The Faint - The Geeeks Were Right (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix version was played on Like Sugar 14)

The Foxglove Hunt - A Concealed Weapon

Cougar and Snail - Ginger Blood

We Are Scientists - After Hours

Those Dancing Days - Hitten

The Tough Alliance - 25 Years and Runnin'

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. (audible.com)

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 www.seabound.de and www.devision-music.de . Interested promoters should contact management@seabound.de .

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New band on Labrador Records! free mp3


Labrador proudly present Sweden's newest band – Pallers. “Humdrum" was produced in Spain with a view over the Mediterranean. During one week of constant sunshine they created the darkest and finest electronic music we’ve heard in a long time. This is dance music for the lazy, the blazers and for the slightly depressed.

Free MP3 download here >> http://www.labrador.se/mp3/Pallers-humdrum.mp3

"Our heads are flooded after decades of intense listening, and when we create we pour it all out. One leg is always standing in the green grass of pop while the other leg is out on its own, wandering between places such as dancefloors, sandy beaches, cold concrete and a weightless existence in a bed or a hammock." PALLERS

"Humdrum" will be released on 12" vinyl on December 3 backed by a remix by Ultracity, a Pallers Delight Version and the future blazer-favourite "Slow down quickly.

Track list:
A1. Humdrum
A2. Humdrum (Pallers Delight Version)

B1. Slow Down Quickly
B2. Humdrum (Ultracity Epic Remix)

Geike will leave Hooverphonic

Hooverphonic is sad to announce you that Geike will leave the band by the end of 2008.

Alex and Raymond will definitely go on with Hooverphonic!
They are therefore looking for a new singer (male or female).

If you're interested, please send us your updated CV, as well as an MP3 and a recent picture of yourself. audition@hooverphonic.com

Candidates do not necessarily have to come from Belgium, we are open to cross-border collaborations.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Appearance: Me! This Friday. Signing....

Unlike Ringo, I will sign anything. Oh yeah.
So, anyway, as staunch Republican, I am endorsing:

Pop! 2927 Lincoln Ave. at 30th. San Diego, Ca. 92104 619.688.1038

Fucking things up from the inside,


The Verso Pop Worldwide

Saturday, October 11, 2008

More Regurgitation, but it tastes good!

An update from the Best Band Ever:

hi everyone. it has been so long since the last update, you may not
even remember being on this list! but things are about to change.
in case you haven't been checking trashcansinatras.com, there will
soon be quite a bit of activity by the band. you can read all the
details on the website, but here are the highlights:

1. the band has completed recording and mixing their new album, which
is called "in the music". the album should be released in the spring
(around march) of 2009.

2. the band is releasing a limited availability download-only single
from the album THIS MONDAY - october 13. the song is called "oranges
and apples" and was inspired by syd barrett, one of the original
founding members of pink floyd. there is a syd barrett tribute
charity festival taking place this month in cambridge and london and
the band is releasing the single so far in advance of the album in
order to help raise funds for the charity (the syd barrett trust).
the song can be purchased from the usual suspects - itunes, emusic,
amazon, etc, with proceeds going to charity. please download the
single to help support this charity...this can also help give the
band momentum heading into 2009. spread the word!

also, there will be a video coming out shortly and some new t-shirts,
which will also help benefit the charity.

3. the back catalog (4 albums) should be re-released with b-sides in

4. the band plans to be at the south by southwest festival in austin,
tx in march 2009 and touring the us before/after. they're also
planning to tour in the uk, japan and parts of europe next year.

5. for the guitar players out there, the website has been updated
with guitar chords for all 4 albums and nearly all of the b-sides.

just wanted to give everyone the latest information. please check
trashcansinatras.com, the
tcs message board and the band's myspace page for updates and more

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New self titled album 'Cranes' available now

This was in my inbox this a.m. and I am sooooooo excited!

- New self titled album 'Cranes' available now

We are very happy to let you know that the new Cranes album is available
from today ! The album is called 'Cranes' and comes with a beautiful free
poster when you order from us at Dadaphonic Mailorder:


The artwork includes an 8 page booklet containing all the lyrics. We
really hope you'll like it! It's our first album for four years! Orders
can be placed from today and the Cd's will be dispatched on the album's
UK release date of October 13th. The first 200 copies of the CD will be
signed by the group, so if you would like your cd to be signed, please
mention it in the comments box on your order form. Thanks !

The tracklisting for the album is:

1. Diorama
2. Worlds
3. Feathers
4. Wires
5. Panorama
6. Wonderful Things
7. Collecting Stones
8. Invisible
9. Move Along
10. Sleepwalking
11. High and Low

Two songs from the album can be heard on our myspace:



Cranes European Tour

All the tour dates dates are now confirmed and tickets for all the shows
are now available.

We will play in Rome at Circolo degli Artisti on October 21st. The gig
in Milano will now be on Thursday 23rd October (formerly listed as 22nd).
A new show in Cologne, Germany at MTC has been added on Monday 27th

Oct 14th (Tuesday) - PARIS, France - La Locomotive
Oct 16th (Thursday) - BRUSSELS, Belgium - VK
Oct 17th (Friday) - MARBURG, Germany - Cafe Trauma
Oct 19th (Sunday) - FREIBURG, Germany - Cafe Atlantik
Oct 21st (Tuesday) - ROMA, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
Oct 22nd (Wednesday)- Italy – To Be Confirmed
Oct 23nd (Thursday) - MILANO, Italy - Musicdrome
Oct 24th (Friday) - CESENA, Italy - Vidia Club
Oct 25th (Saturday) - S.GIORGIO IN BOSCO, (Padova, Veneto) - La Gabbia
Oct 27th (Monday) - KOLN, Germany - MTC
Oct 29th (Wednesday) - LONDON, UK - Hoxton Square Bar

Album Distribution in Europe
The album CD will be released into shops in the UK by SRD distribution on
Monday October 13th . In France the album will be released by Differ-ant
distribution on October 20th. In Italy the album the will be released
by Goodfellas (October 13th/20th). In Belgium and Holland the album
will be distributed by Konkurrent.

The new CD is available by mailorder to everywhere worldwide, from us
here at Dadaphonic Mail order. A new T.shirt has also been added to
the mailorder section: http://www.cranes-fan.com/mailorder/order.html

We're really looking forward to the tour and hope to see you there
if you can make it!

Lots of love from Cranes xx


Monday, October 6, 2008

The Killers on Saturday Night Live

I thought they were quite good ( a great music season so far with Lil Wayne and even Duffy. King of Leon make me yawn). A small hiccup when the singer switched mics and the mic wasn't on. I think the music was too polished, but this was a t.v. performance. They played the great new single Human (for the record, I sang along and thought it was "dancer" too):

"Human" is a song by Las Vegas-based alternative rock band The Killers, and was released as the first single from the band's third studio album Day & Age. It began receiving airplay on September 22, with a digital release on September 30.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine's Smoking Section, Brandon Flowers described "Human" as "like Johnny Cash meets the Pet Shop Boys" and confessed to not putting it on Sawdust as "it was too good". There have been several mis-conceptions regarding the use and pronunciation of the word "denser" used in the line "Are we human or are we denser?" with many forum users and critics questioning Brandon Flowers' use of the word "dancer".

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Legends "Seconds Away" - free mp3

The Legends "Seconds Away" from Labrador:

"After two years of absence The Legends return with the noisiest pop single to ever come out of Sweden.
”Seconds away” balances perfectly between the unbearable and pure loveliness.

”I need noise now, so this new single sounds like someone drilling a whole in your head. In a pleasant way that is. It’s called "Seconds away" and is about the wonders of tryptizol. The B-side, "Over and over" is actually one of those sad love songs I had promised myself never to write again. But it was out of my hands; life forced me to write it. Sorry about that... Pallers has done a truly wonderful remix of it. It might actually beat the original, which is both a very good thing and slightly depressing at the same time.” Johan [aka The Legends].

"Seconds away" is released on November 5."

Free mp3 download here>>

Monday, September 29, 2008

New synthpop for my ears - Christopher Anton

I received a nice surprise in Ye Olde Maile Boxe today. Thanks Postman Bob!
I am listening to said surprise as I drog. It's a fine Compact Disc from artist Christopher Anton (his myspace here). The CD is titled Your Perfect Tragedy and it's on Mirror Piece Records.
I'm only at track 5, and it's been a pleasant listen so far. The unavoidable comparisons to Depeche Mode are nagging me. As an act that spans decades now, Depeche Mode has several sounds and this CD does the same. I especially enjoyed what sounds like live drums on some tracks. A nice change from so much of the synth scene of today. There's a fair bit of guitar here too. Anton avoids the dreaded 129 beats per minute that has taken over the dancefloor. A nice change to haz some mid-tempo electronic pop!

Dirty On Purpose

Dirty On Purpose start a tour today, eh, and they'll be 2000-3000 miles from me, but that's ok. This is a great bill, as you get two top notch acts in one show. Could I be less of a wordsmith? Apologies...sunburned and my face is throbbing like a thing that throbs...*Kif sigh*

Tour Dates w/ The Wedding Present
September 29 @ Turf Club (St.
Paul, Minnesota)
September 30 @ High Noon Saloon (Madison, Wisconsin)
October 1 @ Empty Bottle (Chicago, Illinois)
October 2 @ Pike Room (Pontiac, Michigan)
October 3 @ Lee's Palace (Toronto, Ontario)

Pop Montreal Festival
October 5 @ La Sala Rossa
w/ Liam Finn & The Veils (Montreal, Quebec)

Tour Dates w/ The New Year
October 9 @ Johnny Brenda's (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
October 10 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, New York)
October 11 @ Middle East (Boston, Massachusetts)
October 12 @ Living Room (Providence, Rhode Island)

Like Sugar PopCast 16 is now live on iTunes, etc

Download the mp3 here.

Like Sugar - PopCast #16 Playlist

(fill) Cocteau Twins - Fifty-Fifty Clown

01 - Arthur and Martha - Ultra Alliance

02 - The Black Ghosts - Anyway You Choose To Give It

(fill) Iris - It Generates (Darker Days Remix)

03 - Felix Marc - Give Back The Moments

04 - Another Sunny Day - Anorak City

05 - We Should Be Dead - What Brings You Down

06 - Fosca - Head Boy

07 - Hoodoo Gurus - Come Anytime

(fill) Leather Strip - Japanese Bodies

08 - Out Out - Admire The Question

09 - These New Puritans - Swords Of Truth

10 - Bodies Without Organs - The Bells of Freedom

11 - Thermostatic - The Box

12 - Elegant Machinery - Move

13 - KieTheVez - Non Compos Mentis

14 - Lowe - Hear Me Out

(fill) Leila - Mollie

15 - Ostrich - Sleepy Angels

16 - Trembling Blue Stars - Soft Evening, Brilliant Light

17 - Louis Eliot - Heaven's In Your Eyes

Friday, September 19, 2008

Like Sugar PopCast 16 Play-list announced


Like Sugar - PopCast #16 Playlist

(fill) Cocteau Twins - Fifty-Fifty Clown

01 - Arthur and Martha - Ultra Alliance

02 - The Black Ghosts - Anyway You Choose To Give It

(fill) Iris - It Generates (Darker Days Remix)

03 - Felix Marc - Give Back The Moments

04 - Another Sunny Day - Anorak City

05 - We Should Be Dead - What Brings You Down

06 - Fosca - Head Boy

07 - Hoodoo Gurus - Come Anytime

(fill) Leather Strip - Japanese Bodies

08 - Out Out - Admire The Question

09 - These New Puritans - Swords Of Truth

10 - Bodies With Organs - The Bells of Freedom

11 - Thermostatic - The Box

12 - Elegant Machinery - Move

13 - KieTheVez - Non Compos Mentis

14 - Lowe - Hear Me Out

(fill) Leila - Mollie

15 - Ostrich - Sleepy Angels

16 - Trembling Blue Stars - Soft Evening, Brilliant Light

17 - Louis Eliot - Heaven's In Your Eyes

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Witch-hunting! Warhammer!


My other baby brother (theater and visual artist C.E. Talbot) has created a nice Photoshop of me....since I am a Solomon Kane fan and I am playing the MMORPG Warhammer: Age of Reckoning as a Witch-hunter, I get a nice banner of me as a Witch-hunter, fighting off evil whilst making accusations! Meet me on the Avelorn server/world if you dare! See you in RvR! I am Sigismund, Witch Hunter of the Empire!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More New-Wave meets Punk coming your way!


Please add Mummy Guns to your friends list if you are on the myspaces! This is family and I gotta support my own blood! Listeners to Like Sugar know that I throw in one or two punk tracks from 1976-1982 on every show. We can thank my baby brother Mikey (pictured) for the recommendations and taste in the tough genre that is "punk rock".
Previous incarnations include: Midnight Murder and Retreat To The Wall.

Perma-url: http://www.myspace.com/machinegunmikee

Monday, September 8, 2008

Joy Electric on Sleevage

The latest CD from The Joy Electric, My Grandfather, The Cubist gets some nice art attention on sleevage:


Ronnie, the man behind The Joy Electric is also part of The Brothers Martin and The Foxglove Hunt, both featured on Like Sugar!


Friday, September 5, 2008

Anything Box live in Southern California!

Anything Box on MySpace says:
We are coming to Southern California on the 27th... Get your tickets early, cause this does look like it's going to be a sold-out show!!!


I'm so there!

Iceland's Motion Boys build own Synthesizer


...and they have released a new track featuring this new synth called the CPL-593H. Read more on the Motion Boys MySpace Blog. I played the track Waiting To Happen (Clubbex Remix) on Like Sugar PopCast 3, which is still available here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Good Vibes to Give Away

I have uploaded a new mini-mix on my MySpace profile: it's like a skirt...long enough to cover the subject and short enough to keep your interest! It's what you'll hear on my Like Sugar Popcasts: Killing Joke, Division Kent, Loveninjas, Fischerspooner, The Smiths, Trembling Blue Stars, Apoptygma Berserk, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Eclectic to say the least.

Download said mini-mix here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/18155331413f77bc/ Sorry for the g-strings and junk.

Something won't let me
Go to the place
Where the Darklands are
And I awake from dreams
To a scary world of screams

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Driver: What's on my iPod

Discovered a cute blog today: Hey Hey Honeypop!

The best part is that there are podcasts to go with! Here's a link to #6: Dance Around The Livingroom.
The playlist is full of new stuff (for me, and I love it!):

The Blue Minkies - Boyfriend in a box
Sportique - If you ever change your mind
The Andersen Tapes - Cross Country
How Many Beans Make Five - I could well believe that
Professor Pez - Papillon (Escape from Ulfsnes island)
Go Sailor - Windy
The Budgies - I love you (so what should I do?)
Verdurin - Mademoiselle de Ponsac
Dolly Mixture - He's so frisky
The Gentle Smiles - Mando Diao
My Little Airport - My little banana
France Gall - Avant la bagarre

I should post on the indiepop mailing list, but I am too shy and I would hate to be flamed for the lack of indiepop content in my podcasts.
Anyway, this is definitely on my iPod this week! Great job Marianthi!

Ostrich - Sleepy Angels (track) - can't get enough of the synth.

Arthur and Martha - Ultra Alliance (track) - I posted this earlier, but it's a gem.

Elegant Machinery - Move (track) - happy to hear more from this staple of the 90's synth scene.

KieTheVez - Non-Binary (album) - I am still exploring this long-awaited CD, searching for that one track that makes the album.

Leila - Blood, Looms and Blooms (album) - this album could be compared to Portishead and will take some repeated listens (while in the right mood) to come to any sort of opinion.

Osborne - Osborne (album) - everyone else likes house, and I keep searching for an album I can "love"...the search continues...

Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts (album) - ex Simian dudes here. This is actually better than anything they did before, but it's rather like they are on auto-pilot.

Neil Halstead was in town on Friday, but I skipped it. The party I was at was simply more interesting. I enjoy his music and I adore Slowdive and Mojave 3, and I have seen him live, so I stayed on at the party where I was the only person with English as my first language!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Arthur and Martha release a perfect song!

One my very dearest myspace finds has done it again...Arthur and Martha have posted a perfect track that keeps the Summer going (for us in the Northern Hemisphere!)! I loved this song the first play and it is just a joy to hear. Give "Ultra Alliance" by Arthur and Martha a listen here: http://www.myspace.com/arthurandmartha and tell 'em who sent you!

They are on Happy Robots Records to boot! How can any Like Sugar listener go wrong with a label with a name like Happy Robots?

NME writes:
"a British spin on The Postal Service, or Aphex Twin remixing the contents of NME’s seminal ’C86’ tape"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Character: Doing the right thing when no one is looking

I try to avoid blabbering about my political views and religious concerns, but this is an exciting time in American politics and, as a Christian, I must not be afraid to share what I believe and the people I support. My own pastor announced the following, only moments ago:

"I have been asked to speak at the Republican National Convention on Monday evening. I view this as an honor and a rare opportunity to serve my country with the gift and message God has given me.

I have not been asked nor will I explicitly endorse anyone or anything outside of a godly character, though people may read into my attendance there. Had I been asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention, I would have accepted that invitation as well. Although these are political events, they are spiritual assignments to me.

My topic is, "Character: Doing the right thing when no one is looking." I would like to get your thoughts on the topic of my speech. Please take a few minutes and click on the link to answer a few questions. Click here >>

I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and protection, and most importantly, 'A double dose of the Holy Ghost.'

Event: Republican National Convention
Date: Monday, September 1, 2008
Time: 5:26pm pacific / 7:26pm central
Station: Viewable on C-SPAN

A Big Thank-You to 9250x.com

9250x.com has done me a kindness and hosted my latest Like Sugar files. This will allow my iTunes subscribers to continued access to Like Sugar without any fuss.
Persons in the Riverside area of Southern California may want to visit 9250x.com to keep up with the latest goings-on. My mate from 9250x.com says:
"I'm running this site for primarily one reason, so that people in the Inland Empire have a place that they can find out what's happening. I want everything from backyard parties to Reading Rainbow shows to be posted.

Secondly, I want to support local artists however I can. This site is associated with Digress Magazine, which can print your material and I offer online services for free. If you have anything to do with the local arts scene, including promotions, let me know and I can set you up with one or all of the following:
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All for free.. Well, some of it's for free. What a bargain. E-mail me at micah@9250x.com for details, or go to the contact page if you don't have an e-mail program set up.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Elegant Machinery: New Track "Move"

http://www.myspace.com/elegantmachinery has the new track "Move". It's the latest single from the forthcoming album and was released on August 8th, on the German label Out Of Line.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Exclusive remix of Ladytron's "Ghosts"

....by New York alt-rap collective Blestenation available on RCRD LBL.


From Nettwerk:
Adding to their choice catalog of LADYTRON tunes, RCRD LBL (www.rcrdlbl.com) released an exclusive remix of the Liverpool quartet's single "Ghosts" from New York alt-rap collective BLESTENATION (MC's Werdplay and Various and Producer/DJ Fafu). Blestenation keep the original's organ hum, earthy bassline and chorus hook intact, adding some ghettotech percussion and verses from MCs Werdplay and Various over top... tasteful, but a completely different steez.

The track is available here only and is free!

Catch Ladytron on tour now in Australia or Europe (tour dates listed on their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/ladytron).

Here are a few freshly uploaded tracks to listen to from artists featured on Like Sugar / DJ Talbot mixes:

Levy - End Of The Line http://www.myspace.com/levy
Ostrich - Lukewarm http://www.myspace.com/ostrich71
Lunik - Constant Tourist http://www.myspace.com/lunikband

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cover Me On Friday: DJ Talbot

This week, I cover my own self by posting a mix I did in January 2007. This is a mix I created for the popular Faction 6 collection of podcasts created by DJ Narcolept.
My show was called "CTRL-ALT-F6". This is show 10 and was recorded in January 2007.
I think this was the happiest month of my life and the quality of the mix exemplifies this.
CTRL-ALT-F6 may see a return to Faction 6 soon, so I thought I'd post this mix as a sample of the music you can expect.
Mevio has it now, as does zshare. I will add it to iTunes and Odeo soon.


DJ Talbot’s CTRL – ALT-F6 – January 5, 2007 on iTune’s podcast Faction 6
19 tracks in playlist, average track length: 3:08
Po(p)(d)cast length: 59 minutes 50 seconds

1. Intro - CTRL-ALT-F6 Theme 2.0 (0:35)
2. Reactor Party (Luke Smith mpc mix) - Shitdisco (3:03)
3. Do The Whirlwind (Hot Chip Remix) - Architecture In Helsinki (3:56)
4. Kelly (Cut Copy Mix) - Van She (3:26)
5. Lil Red Rooster vs. The Robodog feat. ADL - Teddybears Sthlm (0:51)
6. Punkdrömmar - Ingenting (2:33)
7. Jealous (Jlab Mix) - Gene Loves Jezebel (3:17) * request
8. Once and Never Again – The Long Blondes (2:47)
9. My Radio (AM Mix) - Stars (5:00)
10. Losing Control - Bobby (3:45)
11. Appetite - Iris (3:20)
12. Fading - Silicone Soul (4:08)
13. Shake The Disease (Tiga Remix) - Depeche Mode (3:47)
14. Across The Meadow - Razorcuts (2:31)
15. Pristine Christine - Sea Urchins (4:08)
16. Velocity Girl - Primal Scream (1:13)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Popaganda 2008

If I was the festival-going type (and had a load of cash), I'd be off to Sweden for the music festival Popaganda. It's held at Eriksdalsbadet, 29-30th of August.
Popaganda will have 20 acts performing. So far the following acts are confirmed:

bob hund
Sebastien Tellier (FR)
Teddybears STHLM
Hercules and Love Affair (US)
The Hidden Cameras (CAN)
The Embassy
Bonde Do Role (BR)
Shout Out Louds
Florence Valentin
Kelley Polar (US)
Joel Alme
First Aid Kit
Marching Band

Sebastién Tellier
Teddybears STHLM
Hercules and Love Affair
Shout Out Louds
The Embassy
Kelley Polar
Florence Valentin
First Aid Kit

bob hund
The Hidden Cameras
Bonde do Role
Joel Alme
Marching Band

Vapnet posted this (online translator was not helpful; I need to learn more Swedish!):
Vi kommer att spela på Popaganda. På lördagen den 30 augusti, halv tre på dan.

Vi ska även göra vår debut i Norge, på Phonofestivalen i Bergen, den 19 september.

Tänkte skriva "vi syns" men kom på att det är en rätt tom fras att använda inför en konsert. Vi i bandet kommer ju att synas tack vare scen och lampor och sånt, men något möte är det ju inte tal om egentligen. Kanske lika bra det, det vore så nervöst då.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

You Buy It!

Spain's Siesta Records has released a compilation titled "Country Music. Songs For Keith Girdler" and the artist line-up is straight out of Like Sugar's play-lists. Aberdeen and Trembling Blue Stars make this a must-buy!

1. St Christopher - "Can't Forget You" (exclusive new song)
2. The Wake - "Crush The Flowers" (exclusive 8 track demo)
3. Pete Fijalkowski - "Downsizing" (exclusive new song)
4. Lovejoy - "Melancholia" (exclusive new song, Blueboy cover)
5. Hal- "Down"(exclusive new song)
6. Trembling Blue Stars - "Soft Evening, Brilliant Morning" (exclusive new song)
7. Louis Phillipe- " Lazy Thunderstorms" (exclusive new song, Blueboy cover)
8. Club 8 - "What I"m Dreaming Of..." (Japan only song from new album)
9. The Clientele - "Breathe In Now" (exclusive new song)
10. The Times - Sold (exclusive mix of song from "E is for Edward"
11. The Would Be Goods - "I Believe You Cassandra"(exclusive new song)
12. Aberdeen -" Baby I Don"t Care" (exclusive new song)
13. Love Dance - "His London" (exclusive new song, Blueboy cover)
14. The Orchids - "The Lost Star" (exclusive new song)
15. Biff Bang Pow! - "Back To The Start" (currently unavailable elsewhere on CD)
16. (secret track) Blueboy - "80"s Diaries"

Read more at Siesta

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cover Me On Friday: 8 Covers!


Too happy! It's another Cover Me On Friday, and this week I recommend heading over to Silence Is A Rhythm Too to check out 8 covers collected in one place! I don't have any of these myself, so I am downloading as I type this. Thank-you SIART!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Cure - The Perfect Boy

Another 13th of the month and another Cure single is released. I've heard this one on some live recordings and videos, and I was looking forward to it. "The Perfect Boy" was going to compliment "The Perfect Girl", I hoped. The Perfect Girl is one of my Top 25 Cure Songs (could there be less?)! It's in no way a pop song the way A Perfect Girl is....bummer. A single? I dunno. The B-sides have been more exciting of late, but don't let that comment lead you to believe that I think Smith is anything less than the genius he is. The 90's were a low point for The Cure. They are back now and this is a pinnacle.


Swedesplease was kind and posted a link to my blog! Thanks for the traffic! I have no advertising or Adsense on my page, this is just an outlet for me to meet nice girls from Sweden. j/k it's just music and music is my drug.

About Swedesplease, from Swedesplease:
Swedesplease was the first daily mp3 blog devoted to Swedish music. It's gone on to be recognized by Swedish Public Radio, Swedish press, The London Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune and on and on. If Swedesplease has a slant or plays favorites it's a mostly due to an insatiable love of Swedish indie pop, electronica and twee. Most songs posted are free and legal courtesy of the artists and labels.

Be sure to check out Pelle Carlberg's new one, due out August 27. It's called The Lilac Time. Pelle is that unique voice you hear in Edson, as featured in my Faction 6 - CTRL-ALT-F6 mixes: the tracks were "I love you, you imbecile" and "The Caged Bird Sings" . On the new recording he plays most of the instruments himself and has four children!

Bodies Without Organs

Is there a synth band more fun than Bodies Without Organs?
BWO - Hooked On The Danger

electronordica.com has the best Bodies Without Organs (a.k.a. BWO) coverage. A good introduction to them is the April 2008 release of a singles collection called "Pandemonium".

Here's a silly older video if you've never heard these poppy electronic meatballs:

Conquering America

var det väl eller illa skrivet?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Marco Almera

Anyone know Marco? His site is not active as of 07-28-08. Need to reach him about some artwork permissions.

Like Sugar Popcast 14 goes live

Like Sugar - DJ Talbot - 14 is available now on iTunes, Odeo and Mevio. See also the player in this post.

(fill) Ministry - Faith Collapsing
1 The Faint - The Geeks Were Right (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)
2 Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance
3 Scarlett Johansson - I Don't Want To Grow Up
4 Thermostatic - Dubbelbubbel
5 The Foxglove Hunt - A Concealed Weapon
6 Ashbury Heights - Spiders
7 Sigur Ros - Illgressi (Them Jeans Dance Mix)
8 The Little Ones - Lovers Who Uncover (Crystal Castles vs The Little Ones)
9 Blank & Jones - Consequences (feat. Vanessa Daou)
10 Leigh Nash - Nervous In The Light Of Dawn (Morgan Page Remix)
11 Luxxury - Sable Star
12 The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Gothenberg Handshake (Demo)
13 The Futureheads - Radio Heart
14 Elbow - Mirrorball
15 Louis Eliot - Emily
16 Beborn Beton - Too Emotional
17 De/Vision - A Prayer
18 Potty Mouth Sissies - I Wanna Be An Alcoholic

Direct download:http://odeo.com/episodes/23166799-Like-Sugar-Popcast-14

This link can also be your magic portal to the dimension of All That Is Like Sugar:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Driver: What's On my iPod

Sunday Driver: What's On my iPod - this is a combined post for Sunday, August 3 and today, Sunday, August 10.

Louis Eliot - I'm searching like mad for more from him. I treasure my Rialto cds and they never leave my DJ CD case. Monday Morning 5:19 is still a club hit and the acoustic version will break your non-cheating heart.

Thermostatic - Humanizer - After week of plays on the mp3 player, I am not bored. Good modern synthpop. Bonus points for female vocals.

The Little Ones - morning tide; just testing this one out.
According to the BBC, "Their sunshine-infused, optimism-fuelled material is made more poignant by this defiant refusal to be disheartened by a world so jaded.
Every cut apparently only made it to tape if it made the band want to dance." Read, more here.

Blank & Jones - The Logic Of Pleasure; the title annoys me. The logic of_________ (insert word that will make you think the whole album is a reflection of this word).
This one starts so well and sputters out. The first half is the album, the second is all filler. I love Stars and the mix of The Night Starts Here is very good. Bernard Sumner does vocals on track two and it's a treat. I need more trance in my life.

Close Lobsters - Headache Rhetoric; I am back in 1988 with this material and I think it stands up well. I could never get over the Smiths break-up!

M83 - Saturday = Youth; this ones taking some time, but it may be the best I have heard from these boys. I keep thinking I'm listening to the Radio Dept.

KLOQ - first listen today and I hear some Nitzer Ebb here! Excellent!

Ashbury Heights - the tracks Spiders will be on a popcast soon.

Neil Halstead - Oh Mighty Engine; twelve new songs from the voice of Slowdive and Mojave 3. Listening because I love his voice and lyrics. The music might not otherwise interest me, honestly. It's the application of his familiar voice to a genre I wouldn't otherwise give any listening time to...oh, and he was very friendly when he was here in San Diego. I am afraid to meet my heroes sometimes...when they are nice, I get more into their music. The cold, distant ones...get shelved often.

Midnight Resistance - I have one track off the Synthpop Club Anthems 5 cd. Todd, label-master over at A Different Drum, is really excited about the full album release,
so I am giving him a plug!

Scarlett Johansonn - I Don't Want To Grow Up - she's a doll and good actress, therefore, she can sing. Mmmmmm.

Cranes - The Forever album found its way onto the player. I guess it's cuz I made a vow before the authority of God, and my wife broke hers. I love her, and I will never lessen that love.

De/Vision - honestly, this German act never leaves my mp3 player. I live for synthpop and De/Vision never fails to fit any mood! "A Prayer" is this week's pick.

The Faint - Fasciinatiion - first listen today. So far so good. Found a remix too: http://www.thefaint.com/streaming/TheGeeks-DIOYY_Remix.mp3

Other musings from my life:

From the creator of Six Feet Under comes a new take on how the undead live. True Blood, Alan Ball's new original series for HBO, premiers September 7 at 9 PM.
Read Alan Ball's point of view. The Academy Award® winning writer and director speaks about fans of Six Feet Under, storytelling, the process of making True Blood, and avoiding the trappings of vampire clichés.

Black Kids, The Foxglove Hunt, Cut Copy - still on the mp3 player. No need to replace these excellent albums. Repeat:shuffle!

I have been playing American McGee's new game "Grimm" and, well, it's a bit of a disappointment! I LOVE the art, but the gameplay is stale.
But did I mention the art? I'll sit through the mindless gameplay for the art.

Here's a video for a song that keeps appearing in my private sets, house parties, etc. Timeless!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I Want To Be All Alone

This song is often in my head when the shit hits the fan. Family drama at the moment, as regular readers know. It's been bad enough that I deleted a post or two because the crap has been heavy. I hate my own father, but that is not compatible with my Christian faith. I forgive and he never changes.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Don't you hate it when....

Huh. I swear I included The Foxglove Hunt in one of my Like Sugar Popcasts, and yet my list of tracks doesn't have 'em on it. G0d, I love the simplicity of this video. Expect to hear the track on Popcast 14.

Also, I can have bad taste on occasion. I like cheesy stuff sometimes. So, be kind and rawk out with me to old fav:

And if you really want to know me, you'll watch this video and see the real me!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

San Diego Music Awards - votin' time

SD Music Awards 2008: my lil buddy Edgartronic and the band Starcrossed nominated!

Heavily edited list of nominees (go to the site to see all categories, m'kay?):

Song of the Year
Grand Ole Party (at left) - Look, Young, Son
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours YAWN
P.O.D.- Addicted
Slightly Stoopid - 2am
Switchfoot - This is Home
The Muslims - Extinction
The Night Marchers - Who's Lady R U
Tristan Prettyman - Hello

Artist of the Year

Angels & Airwaves
As I Lay Dying
B-Side Players
Grand Ole Party
Greg Laswell
Peter Sprague
Tristan Prettyman

Best New Artist
Calico Horse
Hotel St. George
Revolution 89
Smart Brothers
The Silent Comedy
Wild Weekend

Best Cover or Tribute Band
40 Ounces to Freedom
Cash'd Out (at right)
The Corvelles
Electric Waste Band
Midnight Ramblers
Stepping Feet
The Baja Bugs

Best Alternative
Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra
Buddy Akai
Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects
Republic of Letters
Scarlet Symphony
Spell Toronto
Swim Party
The Drowning Men

Best Pop

Anna Troy
Anya Marina
Christopher Dale
Get Back Loretta
Gregory Page
Ryan Ferguson
This Holiday Life
Wendy Darling

Best Rock
Deadline Friday
Dirty Sweet
Reeve Oliver
Roses on Her Grave
The Creepy Creeps
The Muslims
Truckee Brothers

Best Club DJ
DJ Artistic
DJ Edgartronic
Gabe Vega Oh, Gabe. C'mon, step aside now ; )
Ikah Love
Junior hard worker
Mario Orduno lol!
Shark Attack never heard of him/her

Best Electronic
Drew Andrews
Fantastic Magic
Gamma Gamma
Lights On
Qu 'est-ce Que C'est
Starcrossed (PLEASE VOTE FOR STARCROSSED as heard on Like Sugar
The Album Leaf

Best Pop Album
bill - End of the Hits
Dave Humphries - And So it Goes...
Dynamite Walls - The Blinding Lights Above
Emery Byrd - Mrs. Young Versus the Modern Ones
Joanie Mendenhall - On A String
Matt Curreri & ExFriends-Joy of Life
The Fascination - Self Titled
The Modlins - With Friends Like These

Best Rock Album
Arm The Angels-Haunt this Town
Circa Now - 100 Watts
My American Heart - Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather
Sleeping People-Growing
The Muslims - Extinction
The Night Marchers - See You In Magic
The Sess - Agendum
Transfer - Sunken Eyes

Best Alternative Album
Apes of Wrath - Plastic Fake and Frozen
Delta Spirit - Ode to Sunshine
Grand Ole Party - Humanimals
Hotel St. George - Yippee!
Scribe Amidst the Lions - Sunken Cities
Swim Party - Pixie Dust on the Blood Range
The Burning of Rome - Death Pop
Vision of a Dying World - Skelephone Call from the Eastern Side

Best Hard Rock Album
Benedictum - Seasons of Tragedy
Canobliss-Liberation of Dissonance
Hostile Combover- Escalpe from Wount Island
Invictus - Here's to Curiosit
Magnoliablack - In Falling Matter
Oaks - Bravo!
Sirhan Sirhan - Blood
Underminded - Eleven Eleven

Best Local Recording
Bedford Grove - Welcome to our Side of Town
Cindy Lee Berryhill - Beloved Stranger
Jane Lui - Barkentine
Leyva-Singled Out
One Drop - Mission Blvd.
Sayvinyl-God Forbid
Sweet Tooth - s/t
Tom Griesgraber-Sketchbook

Album of the Year
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us
Augustana - Cant Love Cant hurt
Louis XIV - Slick Dogs & Ponies
Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs
Slightly Stoopid - Cronchitis
Steve Poltz - Traveling
The Night Marchers - See You In Magic
Tristan Prettyman - Hello...X

VOTE HERE: http://www.sandiegomusicawards.com

Tragedy for Greg Laurie

One my most beloved pastors, Greg Laurie, lost his son Christopher last week in a car accident. I came across an L.A. Times story about the local impact here.
I hope this attracts more people to the Harvest Crusade.

The Proof


See, I went out. I am an awful photographer, sometimes. Here are my friends, all comfy in the V.I.P. room! Thank-you, May for the invite!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

OMG I am going out!

Yes. I have found the sand to do it! I will find my the A.C. Lounge tonight to meet with a promoter about a new DJ gig. I will also be there to support DJ Edgartronic and May of MayStar. I will have pics taken to prove it happened. My outfit is awful. If I had flip-flops on, I'd be soooo Jack Jackson....I have a horrible tan, over-grown hair and a shirt with swirlies and birds. The nose ring, fruity rocker white belt and Doc's should make up for the non-night-club lack of style. Also, I have pepper spray and fast feet. This non dive bar among dive bars / clubs has been targeted of late....and to think I DJ'd across the street at Kadan a couple years ago! It was never this dangerous. I certainly walked alone after 2 am with my records and CDs. I guess I was lucky.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yeah, I'm so there....maybe

Yeah, I know I promise and talk a lot, but never show up. At any rate, I will still promote my friends' efforts to bring music to San Diego's otherwise stale scene.
Here's another maybe for me:

The best in dark underground dance music.

This Saturday, August 2nd
21 + with ID
$5 Cover Charge

DJs Robin Roth and Tom King.

Our special guest is DJ Precursor.

It's your chance to win tickets to Delerium Sept 16th & VNV Nation Oct 21st @ The House Of Blues. We will also have copies of the movie Doomsday now on DVD.

Ascension is located at The Kava Lounge

Club Ascension on Myspace


+ the back VIP room for all my friends :)

don't miss this one, cuz it's the only one i'm hosting!
RSVP: maystardesigns@gmail.com

+ a pop noir flyer by dannie :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Apoptygma Berserk announce new album

Did I already post this? Sorry for repeating.
Then again, some things are worth saying twice!

Apop is one of the acts I will always follow, no matter how the sound changes, no matter how popular. God knows, I spent a small fortune in the 1990's on their imports. I actually met someone while discussing Apop...and it was a nice, albeit short relationship. Now that I think about relationships, I met someone over a Ministry discussion (I was an ass and asked "Do you listen to Ministry or are you just wearing the shirt?") That relationship was not so good. She moved in with me in 3 weeks and well, I'm sure you can figure out the rest.

As some of you have already heard, there will be a new album and it has a name already now, the new album will be called ROCKET SCIENCE!

You can see ROCKET SCIENCE LIVE with a great new show, some hidden treasures and instant classics here:

29.10.2008 Bremen, Schlachthof

30.10.2008 Hamburg, Markthalle
31.10.2008 Hannover, Capitol
01.11.2008 Krefeld, Kulturfabrik
04.11.2008 Köln, Live Music Hall
05.11.2008 Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen
06.11.2008 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
07.11.2008 Karlsruhe, Substage
08.11.2008 Erfurt, Stadtgarten
09.11.2008 Stuttgart, Longhorn
11.11.2008 Mainz, KUZ
12.11.2008 Heidelberg, Halle O2
13.11.2008 CH-Zürich, Abart
14.11.2008 A-Dornbirn, Conrad Sohm
15.11.2008 A-Wien, Szene
17.11.2008 München, Backstage Werk
18.11.2008 Augsburg, Spectrum
19.11.2008 Nürnberg, Hirsch
20.11.2008 Berlin, Columbiaclub
21.11.2008 Dresden, Reithalle
22.11.2008 Magdeburg, Factory

Tickets are available NOW, for more news and updates go to our website www.theapboffice.com.

If you'd like to prepare for our live shows you can download the remastered edition of APBL2000 that finally is available now on iTunes (besides "Unicorn"), and we hope to see you at ROCKET SCIENCE LIVE in autumn!

Get the latest news, live dates and information about APOPTYGMA BERZERK on WWW.THEAPBOFFICE.COM

Buy the official merchandise of APOPTYGMA BERZERK in the THE APB WEBSHOP

All the best,


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Like Sugar - Original Mixes - Triphop Vol 5

Links coming soon... all these mixes will be posted to Odeo and MeVio and will appear on iTunes.

01 - Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - Clouds
02 - Heather Nova - Gloomy Sunday
03 - Airlock - Alpha
04 - Nitin Sawhney - Breathing Light
05 - Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - Nikita
06 - FC Kahuna - Hayling
07 - DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World (Portishead Remix)
08 - Hungry Lucy - Unhuman
09 - PT Phunk - Smooth Love
10 - WaveBeat - Schizophrenia
11 - Waldeck - This Isn't Maybe
12 - Airlock - Awakening
13 - Nitin Sawhney - Letting Go
14 - Lunascape - Sequoia
15 - Sneaker Pimps - Six Underground
16 - Hooverphonic - Eden (Cobble Stone Garden Mix - Kid Loco)
17 - Portishead - Sour Times (Lot More Remix)