All My Rowdy Friends

New Land Of Talk by Charlie Ward
August 31, 2010, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Music

Have you heard about it? I love this band so much! Land of Talk just released a new album recently and I wanted to bring your attention to this wonderful band if they already don’t have it. Formed in 2006 in our nations hat (Canada,) Land of talk, belongs to the Broken Social Scene family (along with Feist, Stars etc…)This new release is gorgeous. Its a bit more eased back than the previous release, Some Are Lakes but it still rocks. I am not here to write a long review, just check it out. If you want a good review, check this one out by Muzzle Of Bees

check out a track from the new record: Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher

and lastly, if you are in the Twin Cites, make sure not to miss them at the 7th St. Entry, September 22


Ni Hao Y’all by ulyssesdestructo
August 30, 2010, 3:12 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

What it do folks?  This here’s your new Asian correspondent/new best friend Ben coming at you with some music to pleasure your ear holes.  Even better, that music is free to you.  I’m not entirely sure what my whole purpose on this here weblog of tunes is all about, but I’m going to use it as an opportunity to share some music with you (the reader).  I’ve been putting together a podcast for the better part of 3 years now and have been using it mostly as a gift for those who chose to read my other blog (about my travels abroad), but since I haven’t updated that jawn for nearly a year I figure my talents could be put to better use here.

The premise of the podcast is this: music I like and hope that you (the reader) will like also.  They tend to be fairly eclectic, but that’s mostly the point.  I want you to listen and hear things that you enjoy, maybe things that you’ve already heard and enjoy hearing again, and perhaps you’ll hear something new that you love and can’t get enough of and just fucking need to hear over and over and over and over again.  Sometimes the music is new, other times it’s very old, mostly it just tends to be whatever I’ve been listening to lately and thought would fit well on the mix.

Now, I’m not entirely up to par on copy write law, so until I hear what’s kosher from my rowdy-friend counter part Jon, I’m going to leave the track list unposted.  If’n you want to know what’s on the mix I’m sure there’s some cool way that wordpress has come up with to contact the poster (me) and ask for the track list.  Ask and ye shall receive.

The theme of this first podcast is: Songs-I’ve-Been-Listening-To-This-Summer.  I suppose I’ll let you know that it’s mostly new(ish) music with tracks from the likes of Arcade Fire, Alpha Consumer (more on them later), Wavves, Four Tet, The Bloody Beatroots, Kings Go Forth, Orgone, Edward Sharp & Co, & Fashawn.  It also features older music from Pharoah Monch, Common, Ennio Morricone, Soul Position, & Joe Thomas.  Lastly (and most awesomely) I threw in some jams that a friend of mine (B Golle) has helped throw together for shits in the last year: ‘Phil Spector Shot a Bitch’ & ‘RIP James Brown (Money vs. Soul)’ upon which yours truly contributed drums & horns.  It’s possible I’ll put that one up later for individual download.

So for now, Hi!  Thanks for reading!  Here’s the podcast!  Enjoy it! (or else).

PODCAST: Made In China Vol. 24

PS You may have noticed that it starts on Vol 24.  That’s because I’ve made 24 of them already, and I don’t feel like renumbering them.  Deal with it.

And it goes by J. Emerson-Kramer
August 13, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Well hello all, Hope this finds you all in a state of enjoyment.
Here’s what I’ve been listening to:
VillagersBecoming a Jackal
Villagers hail from Dublin, Ireland. According to frontman Conor J. O’Brien, this album began as a collection of poems. The album is an exquisitely written set of songs that bounce around through their influences and yet make for a strong cohesive album. My one complaint is that it feels like it is over too soon. But hey, that’s what a repeat button is for.
Check out the single Ship of Promises

Born RuffiansSay It
This is the second full length that Born Ruffians have released and man is it catchy. A headnoddingly good time, with songs that will definitely get stuck in your brain for days.They’ve got a great sound that’s at times reminiscent of Talking Heads, which I don’t think you can really go wrong with. I can’t wait to see these guys when they come through town in October. Check out the track Oh Man.
Born Ruffians – Oh Man

The MynabirdsWhat we Lost in the Fire, we Gained in the Flood
I heard this band thanks to MFR posting up a video of theirs. Of course there was a reason I liked this band so much immediately, Laura Burhenn was the female lead for Georgie James, one of my favorite one-off indie pop bands. This new record has some darkness. I mean, look at the title of it. It also is playful and powerful. The title track is a builder, with a powerful chorus with strong bar chords from the piano driving it forward. This album is soulful and strong and it makes me really wish that the Mynabirds had a date scheduled in the Twin Cities.
Check out the video for Let The Record Go

Maps and AtlasesPerch Patchwork
I’m still not sure how I feel about this album. It has a few choice tracks but the Chicago band kind of feels like its getting stuck in the same melting pot of world indie that a lot of other bands are these days. This isn’t to say that they don’t do it well but I feel that they’re going to get lost in a world with too many Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective type bands. Solid Ground is possibly the best song on this album. Its a track that layers itself really well. It starts out with a little bit of a Beatles synth line, vocals and a little bit of percussion before moving into a full blown rocking number.
Check it out here:
Solid Ground

As always, if you like it buy it.


p.s. New things afoot, keep an eye out

Tonight @ First Ave. Rogue Valley, Communist Daughter and Total Babe by J. Emerson-Kramer
August 13, 2010, 9:01 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Rogue Valley Show Poster

Come down to First Ave. tonight and support some local music. Rogue Valley is playing a CD release for their second album. The summer album in their four part installation is called The Bookseller’s House and sounds great. Check out the vid they did for’s rooftop series, its the first single from The Bookseller’s House.

Rogue Valley – Rockaway

Doors at 8:00 PM, $9 advance/ $12 at the door.


Check out Communist Daughter’s rooftop installment. The band played the track Oceans off their debut album.