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Quilt: Penobska Oakwalk

Let’s just talk about how good this song is. We are going to be chatting with Quilt down in Austin next week, and while coordinating this interview with John (the drummer) I asked him if it would be way cheesy if we conducted the interview in front of a quilt. That I made. Because I make quilts.

(my dog on my quilt)

Tremble Interview: Grass Giraffes

We chatted with Athens, Georgia band Grass Giraffes when they rolled through Schubas in Chicago. Check out what Eddie and the gang had to say about giving their creations away for free.

The Sunday Hangover: Take – Only Mountain

It’s funny how whiskey begets whiskey. There’s something about that beautiful brown corn-poison that just seems to lure you back like a battered woman shouting, “It’s okay officer… he’s a good man.”

After an abusive episode, it’s only natural to seek solace. Though you may think you are forced to face the painful and often embarrassing injuries inflicted on you by that manliest of booze devils alone, there are professionals standing by who are capable of aiding you on your road to recovery. That is why, when whiskey has beaten me down all night Saturday night, on Sunday, I seek the guidance of the loving and capable staff at Dublab.

Dublab is a totally sick blog dedicated to treating symptoms and breaking the cycle of whiskey-related hangovers through education, ill beats, the sickest samples, outstanding production, and hangover-melting grooves.

One of the most caring and thorough staff members at Dublab, TAKE, has administered a break-through hangover remedy known as “Only Mountain.” Though currently not approved by the FDA, this unique treatment has already helped thousands in their battle against whiskey-related hangovers.

Picking up where Dr. Nosaj Thing left off, Take employs ultra heavy deep bass grooves that seem to touch on everything we like about dubstep and use them in a context that makes the listener forget everything that is annoying and derivative about dubstep. The overall feel of the record is one of a futuristic science fiction soundtrack. (One in which the plot involves an oppressive governmental entity whose laws are enforced by jet-powered vicious killing robots.)

The choice of synths and drums are somehow both organic and synthetic. It’s as if a group of robots, perhaps those same robots employed by the oppressive government, got together and formed a really smooth jazz-fusion group in the year 2545 and decided to use all “real” instruments.

I can’t recommend Take’s “Only Mountain” treatment enough. After only two short sessions, I feel as though I am nearly cured.

Listen: Take – Neon Beams

FREE FRIDAY! Silly Kissers Entire Back Catalog For FREE!

It’s no secret that I have a really hard crush on Arbutus Records darlings, Silly Kissers.

Today, these Canadian cuties are giving away their entire back catalog for free. If this isn’t exciting enough, the reason they’re doing this is because they are recording a new record!

Today is, indeed, a beautiful day.

Please follow this link to the Arbutus records site and download this steez. Also, do yourself a favor and support this awesome little label in any way you can muster.

Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard

It’s the end of February of 2011, and I’m only just now getting around to reviewing Pepper Rabbit’s October (September?) 2010 release, “Beauregard.” That’s a shame.

Kanine Records LA-based electric-psych-folk duo is going to have a very difficult time following this dreamy, orchestral, incredibly ambitious debut LP. Within the first seconds of this bravura recording, it’s easy to see just how high these guys set the bar. The beautiful melodies and interesting instrumental arrangements particularly in the percussion department make it easy for me to compare them stylistically to Le Loup or maybe even Neutral Milk Hotel. The creative use of loops and electronic elements definitely remind me a great deal of Arbutus Records psych. outfit, Pop Winds.

Pepper Rabbit spends a lot on this album. It is decadently, and at times, almost garishly, adorned with horns, strings, clarinets, keys, bells, but it all works together like some kind of vintage Chanel blouse that seems really gaudy until it gets paired with leopard print leggings.

There are many elements that contribute to the success of this album. The vocal delivery is pristine and draws from a plentitude of influences (Beach Boys, The Shins, Band of Horses, Animal Collective etc.) The drumming is calculated, creative, and calming in a rhythmically therapeutic way. The production is beautiful. The overall sound of the record marches Pepper Rabbit purposefully down the center of the line that separates educated, naturally gritty yet still somehow close and clear, Elephant Six style production from most other trial and error, delay /reverb, hazily distant bedroom production that seems to be ubiquitous. But it is the confidence with which Pepper Rabbit takes chances that will make this album stand the test of time.

Listen: Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

Buy “Beauregard” from the Kanine Records shop.

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