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Track of the Day: DIY Godfathers Half Japanese Return and Refuse to Suck

Jul
21

How often have you rolled your eyes when a musician said 'haha, oh you! you don't need music theory, custom-made gear, you don't even need to know how to play! all you's need is heart.' Well Half Japanese guitarist Jad Fair literally did not know how to play in 1975 ("the only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp") and while he's probably picked up an inkling or two regarding guitarism since then, at least he still writes music like he was born yesterday, in the most refreshing of ways.

Fresh Goo 7/18 - 8C's Weekly Psychedelic/Noise/Garage Playlist

Jul
18

It was a bit of a wait, but Fresh Goo is back, and on a new, more alliterative day! This week we bring sounds from fledgling, post-punk juggernauts Exocomet (seriously, what a great goddamn debut), Sub Pop's garage-pop darling King Tuff, the single from the recently reunited Death From Above 1979, and much more!

Speaking with Cory Johnson and the Most Brilliantly Touching 'Earthbound' Tribute Album You'll Ever Hear

Jul
17

Cory Johnson’s Earthbound is a tribute album unlike any you’ve heard; aside from the exceptional quality, it pays homage to the game both in form and spirit. It’s a reimagining of the soundtrack; a personal interpretation of the game’s narrative; and perhaps most of all, like the source material, it’s an encapsulation of what it’s like to be a child entering into the richness of human culture. Also, it's a quality post-rock album in its own right, equally parts rocking and tender.

Track of the Day: Dusty, Dazey, Southwest Blues

Jul
15

Sound Sweet Sound, what sound might that be? It's a benign band name as far as they go and could signal pretty much any sort of sound, but no matter what they called themselves, not much can prepare you for their epic, acid western track "Up to You," which sounds straight from the Tex-Mex border regions, but SSS actually hails from Toulouse. And I just love it when that happens . . . 

New Music Monday: Morrissey, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, and More!

Jul
15

Welcome back to New Music Monday, the worst punctuated column on 8CN. Each week dozens of new records, tapes, and cds are released to the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I'll tell ya what's good, what's bad, and what's a waste of your precious time. Thanks for stopping by!

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Watch Weird Al Yankovic Parody Pharrell's Happy in a New Music Video!

Jul
15

Weird Al Yankovic has premiered a new music video, "Tacky," a parody of Pharrell's pop-hit "Happy." If Weird Al making more music isn't awesome enough, the video also features guest appearances from comedians like Aisha Tyler, Aisha Tyler, and Kristen Schaal. Fantastic.

Track of the Day: Low-Key, Brash, and Warbly Synthpunk from POW!

Jul
14

What's immediately striking about POW!'s "One-Eyed Scorpion" is the 'off-ness' of the synth: you're used to hearing this sort of sound: fast and freewheeling shifts during the chorus, the 3-chord garage tripod, slight Liverpool accent, indistinct lyrics. Then you realize that constant drone, almost heavenly it's so thick and enveloping, is not just an extremely fuzzed-out bass--it's a synth, a glorious synth roaring away like a motorboat grafted to a nuclear generator.

Track of the Day: The Steamy, Electric Bliss of Star Horse

Jul
12

Cutting through an entire milky way of soundalikes, Star Horse's shoegazey track "Don't Get Closer" eclipses the competition not on the strength of a riff, particular aesthetic, or easily identifiable gimmick, but, well, what would you call it but quality? This is cloud-watching music with teeth, or if you prefer the inverse, a deluge of sound with a rosy fragrance. 

The Worst Album Art of All Time: A Fond Look Back So Far (Very NSFW, Potentially Offensive Material Ahead)

Jul
10

For a while now we've been carelessly traipsing through the whimsically perverse world of awful album cover art. We've seen men covered in pasta sauce, karate chopping preachers, bovine bowel problems, hungover vampires, and, of course, a scrumdiddlyupmtious dick sandwich. Don't worry, I'll continue to trudge on, but as we move deeper into the cave of bad taste I think now would be a good time to reflect on the horrors we've been through. Here's a wonderful little song to help you muster the courage. Citizen! Prepare thyself!

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Speaking with Josh Millrod: Sonic Exorcisms and A Doom Metal Grasshopper Album

Jul
10

Josh Millrod, one half of the trumpet/synth/spirit-wielding drone duo Grasshopper, released a solo tape entitled Seeking the Millenary Kingdom under his own name way back in May. It was a stunning release full of gorgeous, pre-dawn tones, and a direct reflection of his own personal growth. I had the pleasure of speaking with Josh about performance as exorcism, sound therapy vs. music vs. art, and the upcoming doom metal Grasshopper album that was turned down for being too dark.

Track of the Day: King Tuff's New Garage Single Demands A Drinking-To

Jul
08

King Tuff doesn't record anything but anthems, and the new single "Eyes of the Muse" don't break that wonderful trend. It's all drunken singalong numbers, riffs that beg to be air-guitared, and lyrics best delivered after downing a cold brew.

Rock Out with Pikachu: Pokemon Orchestral Concert Tour Announced

Jul
08

Finally, an excuse to jam out to Pokemon music in public, and not get (too many) weird stares. The team behind The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour has teamed up with The Pokemon Company to take a brand new, Pokemon-themed concert tour on the road.

The Worst Album Art of All Time: Volume VI (Very NSFW, Potentially Offensive Material Ahead)

Jul
08

Gather round citizens! Shall we continue our valient quest to discover the worst of the worst, the most hideous album cover of all time? Who among you remain brave enough to join me still on this journey.... Okay, I'll stop talking like that. We're up to volume six now - be prepared, the worst is yet to come. This should help get you in the mood.

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New Music Monday: Pink Floyd, Weezer, Judas Priest, Richard Marx, and More!!

Jul
07

Whoa there little doggie! Do you like new music? Then you've rambled into the right briar patch, kiddo - New Music Monday, the most rootin' tootin-ist column at the 8th Circuit. Each week dozens of new cd's, records, and cassettes get released to the masses, and this is where they come to be be judged. I'll tell ya what's good, what's bad, and what's a waste of your precious time. Thanks for stopping by!

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Track of the Day: Heart-Swelling Electronica

Jul
07

Here's a track to make you burst at the temples with the feels: a Moderat remix of electronica standby Jon Hopkins' "Abandon Windows" for a sound simultaneously static and hyperventilating. I'm a stern acolyte of analog music, born with a severe distrust of 'beep-boop' music (a term I use when I'm at my crotchetiest), but this is the sort of genre-bending that Hopkins has made a name for himself with, and it's got a sense of serenity and triumph palpable to all palettes. 

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