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The Most Important Music Links on the Web EVER (for now)

First of all we’ve got to send out our congratulations to Super Bowl XLV Champs The Green Bay Packers and all the Cheeseheads of the world. What a game, what a game!

And how about that The Black Eyed Peas halftime show! Yowza! What’d you guys think? A couple years ago we took a poll after the Springsteen halftime show and thought we’d do the same this time around. You can see the results of the Springsteen poll here… pretty sure the results of this one will be quite a bit different, but we shall see!

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On to the music… it’s once again time again for us to share some of the most important music links on the web EVER (for now) with you. We try to offer you a bunch of interesting content through these posts and hopefully turn you on to a few sites and sounds you haven’t heard about before.

As always, if you’ve got some sites and sounds that YOU want to turn US onto, make sure to let us know down in the comments section.

Here’s what we’re digging:

[Slicing Up Eyeballs] – Video: R.E.M. – “Discoverer” off ‘Collapse Into Now’

[Listen Before You Buy] – [Listen] – New Song By The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Belong”

[The 6149] – “Bins & Fins”, The Used Record Shop and The Business & Pleasure Cocktail

[Popdose] – The Popdose Interview: Richard Marx

[Spin] – LCD Soundsystem Announce Final Show in NYC. Details & Ticket Info.

[Gorilla Vs. Bear] – Video: Toro y Moi – “New Beat” (official)

[Metal Sucks] – The Return of Wayne’s World on SNL (video)

[NPR] – First Listen: Hear Adele’s ’21’ in its entirety

[I Guess I’m Floating] – [News] Sasquatch Festival 2011 – Full Lineup

[Consequence of Sound] – Watch: Foo Fighters Perform Seven New Songs

[NPR] – First Listen: Hear PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’ in its entirety

[TwentyFourBit] – Cat Power Previews New Songs Live (Video)

[The Vinyl District] – TVD’s Press Play: This week’s free downloads

[Popblerd] – Blerd’s Notes: A Comprehensive Guide to the Music of Duran Duran (Part 3)

[Viva La Mainstream] – The White Stripes Fade to Black

[Spinner] – Stream new albums by Cut Copy, Trail of Dead, Boxer Rebellion, Nicole Atkins and more.

[WLSO – Longtown Sound] – Longtown Sound 1080 Monday, Monday. Featured Today- Simon Fagan, Jim Armstrong, Stars Go Dim, Lee Tyler Post, Paul Thorn, Brian Franke and Jeff Ronay.

[Largehearted Boy] – This Week’s Interesting Music Releases – February 8th, 2011

[AntiDuckface] – “Stop Making That Duckface!” This site never fails to make me laugh.

Thank you always for reading, participating, and spreading the word. Don’t forget to vote in the poll up above before you go.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Cold War Kids – Mine is Yours (Yeasayer Remix)
Download: Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
Download: Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Miami Horror Remix)
Download: Britney Spears – Hold it Against Me (David Starfire-Dubstep Remix)
Download: Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)
Download: Patrick Wolf – The City (Richard X Remix)
Download: The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix)
Download: Toro Y Moi – Still Sound (KNIGHT STALKER Remix)
Download: Sleigh Bells – Run The Heart (DISCOFORGIA Remix)
Download: Bruno Mars – Grenade (Passion Pit Remix)
Download: Chromeo – Hot Mess (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)

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PJ Harvey – New Album Coming in February 2011 + Super Bowl Prediction


I’m already looking forward to February of 2011.

The San Diego Chargers will win the Super Bowl, Chinese New Year will bring about the year of the Tiger, and PJ Harvey will release her next album.

PJ Harvey suit green backgroundWhat, you don’t believe me? I’m telling you, PJ Harvey’s next record will be released in February of 2011!

TwentyFourBit.com was the first to share this news, explaining that ex-Bad Seeds member, Mick Harvey, revealed the news in his August 31st MySpace blog. Harvey writes:

“There will be extensive touring commitments with my dear friend Polly (PJ) after the release of her new album in February 2011 so availabilities might be a bit tight early on. We recorded her album back in May in Dorset and it’s a remarkable piece of work – quite unlike anything else out there. Would one expect anything else?

Check out a video of Harvey performing a new song, “Let England Shake.”

She’s playing an autoharp there, and has apparently written almost half of the new album on three custom made autoharps, all tuned to different chord settings. As Harvey explained to Andrew Marr, “I’ve always felt that my biggest fear would be to just replicate something I’ve done before because I know I can do it and it feels safe,” she told the host. “I almost purposefully force myself into a different set of rules that I apply before I make the next record” (Spinner.com, April, 2010).

Yes, February 2011 is going to be a great month.

And you can stop laughing at me now… The Chargers WILL win the Super Bowl.

PJ Harvey on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: PJ Harvey – Long Snake Moan (live from 1995)


I was sitting in my bedroom, minding my own business… I wasn’t bugging anybody, I wasn’t just doing what I do… when all of a sudden I see an email that looked particularly interesting. The subject said, “Keep Her Satisfied ALL Night!” “PJ Harvey boot check it out!” and since I’m a PJ Harvey fan, I opened it to find exactly what I expected to find… a PJ Harvey bootleg of her un-frikkin’-believable song, “Long Snake Moan.”

PJ Harvey - To Bring You My LoveSo I downloaded it and was instantly transported back to my miniscule college room that consisted of a bookshelf made of bricks and slabs of wood, a sagging bed/cot against the wall, a couple of U2 posters, and a card table for a desk. It was a small room, but I wrote many a paper there that apparently did NOT reflect my best work.

“Long Snake Moan” is off her stellarly unprecedently mega-super-duper-uber-excellent 1995 record, To Bring You My Love. I wrote a bit about the record here, but to sum up, it was voted Album of the Year in 1995 by Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times, People, USA Today, Hot Press, and The Los Angeles Times. I would have voted it album of the year as well if I owned a prestigious publication, but I was busy trying to keep my level of BS above sea level so that I could pass my courses.

PJ HarveyI heard that PJ Harvey was disappointed that I wasn’t able to contribute, but she got over it by the time she took her next breath.

Regarding “Long Snake Moan…” the riff is so fierce, so primal, so intense that right from the start, it sends me into a mental frenzy… I say “mental” frenzy because there’s nobody around and I’d look pretty weird slam-dancing with air. The song explodes and is relentless until the end… Harvey’s distorted/compressed vocals only adds to the grind.

I have always wondered what a “long snake moan” is. Part of me thinks that it refers to Michael Ventura’s 1987 essay, “Hear That Long Snake Moan,” written about about where Jazz and Rock n’ Roll come from. Part of me thinks that it’s some sexual reference. Then there’s a part of me that thinks that it’s about power and control from the last lines, “Is my voodoo working?”

I really have no idea and I lost Harvey’s number to ask.

Here’s a live performance of “Long Snake Moan” from June 27, 1995 in Port Of Haifa at the Seaport Blues Festival in Israel… I’ve posted this performance and another one from the Wiltern Theatre from 10/2/95 below in the Dig-It section below. The studio version is also included for you to marvel at.

I love this song, I love this album.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Long Snake Moan
Download: Long Snake Moan (June 27, 1995 in Port Of Haifa at the Seaport Blues Festival in Israel)
Download: Long Snake Moan (Live at the Wiltern Theater, 1995)

[Official Site]
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[Amazon] [iTunes]

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PJ Harvey: Down by the Water

PJ Harvey - To Bring You My LoveTo this day I can’t recall why I picked up PJ Harvey‘s To Bring You My Love album… it might have been because the cover looked so cool, or perhaps it was because Flood produced it. It must have been because of Flood, because I was a huge fan of his coming off of U2‘s Achtung Baby record. I probably figured that this PJ Harvey has GOT to be good because now Flood could afford to work with artists that he WANTS to work with.

At the time, I had no idea what kind of music PJ Harvey sang… all I knew was that I had heard of her before.

Turns out that I chose wisely because To Bring You My Love impressed the bazonkers out of me, and I became a PJ Harvey fan for life.

“Down by the Water” was the first single off To Bring You My Love and it climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The single gave Harvey a nomination for the Best Female Vocal Performance Grammy, but I believe she lost to Sheryl Crow‘s “All I Wanna Do.”

PJ Harvey - To Bring You My LoveI was freaked out the first time I heard “Down by the Water,” mainly because of the whisper-voiced ending. I don’t know why recorded whispers give me the chills… maybe the same reason why clowns scared the bejeesuz out of me: because of Steven Spielberg. Remember that clown from Poltergeist? Well, now imagine that that clown is a whisper. Pre-e-e-e-e-ty freaky, huh?

Anyhow, “Down by the Water” is freaky for another reason, though – it’s about a woman drowning her daughter. At least that’s my take on it. I think the song’s about a mother who discovers something awful about her daughter… she can’t handle it and eventually drowns the daughter. In the end, the mother is undoubtedly tortured by her deed and begs for her daughter’s return, only to realize she’s just playing a piano to a cow (cow doesn’t give a flying rat’s ass about the piano playing, no matter how beautiful it may be).

The video for “Down by the Water” recreates the feeling of the album cover for To Bring You My Love. PJ Harvey is dressed in red, and she appears to be drowning in green water for most of it… I don’t recall being too thrilled about this video when it first came out because I thought it was pretty boring, but I guess everyone else felt differently because of how popular it became. That’s why I’m not a music video producer. If I were a music video producer, I’d call myself “Dijon.”

Here’s the video:

This acoustic version of “Down by the Water” features Harvey on an autoharp and even though there are drums and a synth pad in the background, it’s actually a solo performance. She doesn’t whisper the end lines in this version, but I love the way she pronounces “water” and “daughter.” European accents are cool.

If you don’t have To Bring You My Love in your music collection, I would highly recommend checking it out. It is one of my best “blind-finds” and remains a unique listening experience for me whenever I spin it.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Down by the Water (original version)
Download: Down by the Water (live studio acoustic performance)

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes


The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

I’ve already posted most of the songs that should have ended up on this list in the Finals Week Playlist Highlights post from the other day… so the list below is kind of like the “second” Top 5 list of the week.

No matter. It’s all kick ass music because I have kick ass taste. Hmmm… that doesn’t make me look too good because I sound like I taste like “kick ass,” and it’s never good to taste like ANY ass.

So moving on from ass, here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

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It Makes No Difference (live from The Complete Last Waltz) – The Band

Back when I lived in San Diego, a bandmate of mine introduced me to The Band. He told me to go get their first two albums and just sit and listen. I did just that and called him immediately when I was done. We sat and talked about the music for a while and concurred that The Band shall be played on a daily basis at in my apartment.

One night the whole band got together and watched The Last Waltz, a film that documented The Band’s last concert. I sat an marveled at not only the incredibly songwriting, but the amazing performances as well. “It Makes No Difference” grew to become my favorite song of theirs, and I’m a sucker for any version I can find of it.

This particular recording comes from a collection called “The Complete Last Waltz,” which is the original soundboard recording of that final concert. This collection contains the entire concert from start to finish… raw and untouched. Click here for the link to pick up this incredible show.

I played this recording of “It Makes No Difference” 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: It Makes No Difference (live from The Complete Last Waltz)

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

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1 2 3 4 (live at Grimeys, 2006) – Feist

I believe I’ve written about Feist before, stating that any artist that goes on Sesame Street is AOK in my book. Yes, she was lucky enough to sing with the Muppets… they did an adorable version of her hit, “1 2 3 4.”

This live version of the song is a fun listen as well.

I wish I worked on Sesame Street. It would be so much fun coming up with “Sesame Street” lyrics for popular songs. It’s gotta be so cool for an artist to see their song transformed into a learning experience for kiddies. I mean, it’s gotta be up there with having Weird Al parody your song.

Nirvana once said that you know you’ve made it in the music business when Weird Al parodies your song.

I say the same thing about Sesame Street.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: 1 2 3 4 (live at Grimeys, 2006)

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

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Alien Virus – Rick Springfield

I haven’t exactly done a great job convincing the world that Rick Springfield‘s hit “Jessie’s Girl” is The Greatest Song Ever Written By Man. This is not because I don’t believe it anymore, it’s because I simply didn’t have the time to put into such a huge undertaking.

Right now, the current Greatest Song Ever Written By Man, Wham!‘s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” is holding strong with over 5 billion votes. I am not surprised by this because there are a LOT of people in China, and the Chinese LOVE Wham! (do I really have to use the exclamation point EVERY TIME I write their name?).

My GRANDMA even loves Wham! (yep, I do). She tells me all the time, “Play Wham!” and I have to do it or else my dad will come up behind me, smack my on the head, and ask me why I’m such a bad son.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with Springfield’s song, “Alien Virus,” and the answer is this: nothing.

“Alien Virus” is off his Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance record that was released in 2004. This was a much darker album than what he’s known for… which really worked for him.

It’s really a fine album that, to be honest, was completely unexpected. He’s still got the chops as a songwriter… pick it up if you’re a fan. Definitely worth a listen.

“Alien Virus” was played seven times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Alien Virus

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

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Snake (Peel Sessions performance) – PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey sounds pi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ssed in this song.

Pissed.

P. I. S. S. E. D.

Urinated.

MICTURATED.

And man alive, it’s beautiful.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Snake (Peel Sessions performance)

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

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Stranded – Plumb

I realize that I’ve been posting quite a bit of Plumb music lately, but that’s because it’s really, really good. A friend of mine got me into Plumb back in college, and I can’t help but get on a “Plumb” kick every now and then. I guess now is then.

“Stranded” was the first song my friend let me hear… I totally dug it and demanded to know where I could get a copy of it. Well, the local record store didn’t have it, so I had to order it off of Amazon.com.

I bought a used copy of Candycoatedwaterdrops and immediately gave it away to another friend. That really made me sad because I then had to purchase ANOTHER copy of the record.

I gave that away as well.

You know, I just took a look at my Cd collection… I don’t have a hard copy of that album.

Rats.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Stranded

[Amazon] [iTunesicon]

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