Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Enjoying the sound of this bass-heavy, dance-y, pop from Pollyn. This LA band recently released their debut CD, This Little Night and I've been listening to it on Napster and enjoying it. Here's a video of Still Love:

Pollyn "Still Love" from Pollyn on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

'Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk' by The New Pornographers

Yet another song from my 2010 best CD, Together. This is The New Pornographers performing Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk live in the CBC studios. And you can see them perform this live on the Letterman Show tomorrow (June 30) night.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Neko Case

I loved Neko Case even before I found out how imporant she is to my favorite CD of 2010 so far, The New Pornographer's Together. Heck, she may even show up solo on the next Vehement Flame :) Here she is singing People Got a Lotta Nerve from Middle Cyclone, her latest CD.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus

There's a free samper of Hoodoo Gurus music on Amazon MP3 here and it's got some great stuff. Maybe even something for the next Vehement Flame, eh?  Here's  a classic from this Aussie group, I Want You Back:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kat Edmonson

How about a little something winsome and twee, from Kat Edmonson?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bess Rogers

@BessRogers is a great singer with tons of personality. She has a great live show! Here's a good exampler of her songs, I Don't Worry:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Best Coast

Some jangly guitars(tm) for your summer day? How about some Best Coast and "When I'm With You"?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The National

You can bet a cut from The National's latest, High Violet, will be showing up on the next Vehement Flame podcast. Really like it. Here's the single, Bloodbuzz Ohio, whatever that means:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Big Pig

Our 80s New Wave band on Vehement Flame #5 will be Big Pig, the industrial rockers from Australia. Here's another favorite from their one big CD, Hungry Town. Hard to believe this is from nearly 25 years ago. Sigh...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hundred Hands

Liked this tune Ghosts downloaded from Amie St. during Free Track Friday from the group The Hundred In The Hands. Here's a video sampler of their latest EP, The Desert:

Friday, June 11, 2010


Some special sounds from the group Psapp, and yes, they show up on Vehement Flame #5! Here's The Monster Song:

Psapp - The Monster Song

Psapp | MySpace Music Videos

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ambient Lowercase Noises

Yes, if/when Vehement Flame #5 comes out, a cut from lowercase noises will be on it. Here's andy othling just noodling around and you'll get an idea of what this ambient / instrumental work sounds like.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

More Pornographers

Just haven't stopped playing The New Pornographer's Together! Even my girls are wild about it, although I can just hear them going to school and telling their teacher they were listening to Pornographers :( Crash Years is one of the many great cuts and here's a new video for it:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vehement Flame #5 show notes

Show Notes for Vehement Flame #5, Free and New

Wow - just wow! This latest CD, Together, from the Canadian "supergroup" The New Pornographers (almost a joke, as no one has probably heard of them, never mind the groups they came from, which include The Evaporators, Destroyer and Neko Case solo) immediately jumped to my top release of 2010. Haven't stopped playing it since it first came out.

00:01:39 Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk - The New Pornographers (Together 2010) @TheNewPornos

Here's a freebie, this time from Clinical Archives, a 'net based "label" that has lots of great music. This is a German group called and there's lots of good sounds on barriers.
00:05:16 Bows & Arrows - (barriers 2009)

I like the chances that Swede Victoria Bergsman takes with her group Taken By Trees. Not always thrilled with the sounds but the chances are worthwhile. Here's the cover of the week, as she takes on this Guns N' Roses song.
00:10:36 Sweet Child O' Mine - Taken By Trees

While not free, this is a "pay what you feel it is worth" CD available for download from lowercase noises. Some real good instrumental / ambient post-rock work here on Marshall from lowercase noises, a project by Andy Othling.
00:15:35 The Things Your Eyes Have Seen - lowercase noises (Marshall 2010) @lowercasenoises

Hard to argue with a 'net giveaway, as indie rock label Kill Rock Stars gives away 21 free MP3's! I've heard this Xiu Xiu song from a few different places and the rest of the cuts are pretty damn good too.
00:20:42 Dear God, I Hate Myself - Xiu Xiu (Dear God, I Hate Myself 2010)

Keeping with the free music theme, I grabbed this song via the Free Tracks Friday on Amie St.. It's a really poppy cut from this Danish group with the cool name, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. It's worth joining up for lots of music samples.
00:23:48 The Golden Age - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour (Fruit 2009)

Legendary Boston rockers The Stompers are still going strong. My friend digitized his LP record and the results came out great! I just didn't have time to do it myself, so I'm glad for his dedication and hard work. Although it looks like the full Stompers collection is available on CD now. They were yet another local group (see Face To Face and Private Lighting) who's careers were derailed by a terrible producer and/or record label handling.
00:28:26 Temptation - The Stompers (The Stompers 1983)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is one of those groups I think I should like more, but I have a couple of their CDs and only like a few songs per CD. This is one of the better ones. It was available free on Amie St here.
00:34:16 Beat The Devil's Tattoo - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Beat The Devil's Tattoo 2010) @BRMCofficial

Sounds don't get any more unusual than the ones by Psapp.
00:41:40 Part Like Waves - Psapp (The Camel's Back 2008)

One of my favorite free MP3 samplers for far this year, the Authentik Artists Sampler 2010 offered up several artists that were very interesting, including the following: @AuthentikMusic

00:38:00 The Red Dove - The Moon And Her Mother (The Moon And Her Mother 2010)

00:46:02 Heavy Feeling - Justine Bennett (Heavy Feeling 2010) @JustineBennett

Justine Bennett reminded me of Kasey Chambers, the Australian country superstar who has two excellent US releases, more rock than country. Her second CD, done with her husband Shane Nicholson, has an especially wide ranging sound, including this rootsy, bluesy tune.
00:50:17 Sleeping Cold - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson (Rattlin' Bones 2008)

A favorite from the Best of January list I put together on napster, GIGI is a collaborative effort featuring a wide variety of helping artists. Love the 60s girl pop feel of this single.
00:53:09 Alone At The Pier (Rose Melberg) - GIGI (MAINTENANT 2010)

And we'll wrap it up with another 80s New Wave favorite, this time the band from Australia with the drums and the black waterproof aprons, Big Pig. This song reached #60 on the Billboard charts in 1988. Ouch, nearly 25 years ago...
00:57:00 I Can't Break Away - Big Pig (Bonk 1988)

Vehement Flame #5: Free And New

Download Vehement Flame #5 mp3 (50mb - 1 hour long)
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Citay, The New Pornographers,, Taken By Trees, lowercase noises, Xiu Xiu, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Stompers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Moon And Her Mother, Psapp, Justine Bennett, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, GIGI, Big Pig

00:00:00 Return From Silence - Citay
00:01:39 Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk - The New Pornographers
00:05:16 Arrows and Bows -
00:10:36 Sweet Child O' Mine - Taken By Trees
00:15:35 The Things Your Eyes Have Seen - lowercase noises
00:20:42 Dear God, I Hate Myself - Xiu Xiu
00:23:48 The Golden Age - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
00:28:26 Temptation - The Stompers
00:34:16 Beat The Devil's Tattoo - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
00:38:00 The Red Dove - The Moon And Her Mother
00:41:40 Part Like Waves - Psapp
00:46:02 Heavy Feeling - Justine Bennett
00:50:17 Sleeping Cold - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
00:53:09 Alone At The Pier - GIGI
00:57:00 I Can't Break Away - Big Pig

Monday, June 7, 2010

RCRD Radio

Haven't posted this widget in a while - the RCRD LBL radio player. Some really good stuff found here: