The Weekly Feed – BIG YEAR END EPISODE 3!!!

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2009′s Biggest, Best, and Most Discussed – Round Three!


Well here it is, the final part of our 2009 year-end, wrap-up edition of The Weekly Feed.  It was a great year, but we all know we can do it better.  Here’s to 2010 and enjoy this bit of pop culture history with drop-in’s from Wild Beasts, Islands, Brendan Benson, and Spiral Stairs (Scott from Pavement).

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The Weekly Feed – BIG YEAR END EPISODE 2!!!

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2009′s Biggest, Best, and Most Discussed – Round Two!

As promised, here is part two of the big year-end, wrap-up episode of The Weekly Feed.  Along with more of the years biggest songs, we’ll also be joined by Lightning Dust, Yeasayer, Handsome Furs, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Sonic Youth, and Free Energy.  Enjoy!

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Feed Interviews

Now that part 1 and part 2 are officially in the books, I’ll be using this page to post some of the interviews in full.  Since the The Weekly Feed is only an hour long, we had to cut most of the chatting out to make room for all of the music, so if you’re interested in what else the artists had on their mind, this would be a good spot.  I’ll keep it updated on most days adding the newest artist to the top.  Enjoy!

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The Thermals

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Company of Thieves

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The Weekly Feed – BIG YEAR END EPISODE 1!!!

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2009′s Biggest, Best, and Most Discussed – Round One!

Over the next three weeks, I’ll be posting the episodes that make up the three-part Year-End Wrap-Up special.  We’ve all be working really hard on getting it together this month.  Not only am I excited for you to hear some cool interviews with a lot of my favorite artists, but to start the conversation of the year’s biggest songs.  Maybe there is something in here that you missed, or maybe there is something in here that you first heard on The Weekly Feed and it went on to become and important part of your 2009 soundtrack; something you’ll hear ten years from now and still place the moment you were in.  Those moments are important, and I feel like I’ve got more than enough that made 2009 a pretty solid year in new music.

Also, there won’t be a full blog to go along with these like there are with regular season episodes.  All the notes are in the show, and yeah, you get some great interviews to go along with it.  This week, Company of Thieves, Chromeo, The Thermals, and Fun all make a call-in.  So please, grab some friends, hit the lights, and pull the volume up a bit.  It’s time to celebrate 2009.

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The Weekly Feed 12/12

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Well, ladies and gents, this is the last of the regular season episodes of The Weekly Feed for 2009.  The next three weeks will be filled with year-end specials that not only highlight the biggest and buzziest songs of the year, but also feature a ton of interviews with ‘09’s biggest names.  I’m seriously excited about it all and can’t wait for you all to hear what’s been accomplished.

But for now, we get one more week of the tracks that made the kids yell in CAPS, whether good or bad, naughty or nice, yadda yadda yadda.  Enjoy the weeks selection, and I’ll see you all for the upcoming Big Show(s).

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Vampire Weekend – California pt. 2


For the moment, there is no bigger blog band.  Wanna challenge that statement?  Case in point, this is a b-side to a vinyl single (Cousins) that topped the aggregators merely a day after it hit shelves.  Aside from being tied to a band that incited mandatory praise, it’s also a great track.  Infectious hook and interesting, yet simplistic music.  If this is the b-side, I’m really looking forward to the full next month.

Jason Collett – Love Is A Dirty Word

Jason, though a fine solo artist, may still be best known for being in the Broken Social Scene collective.  This latest single looks to be getting a pretty great backing from his label, so I expect that he’ll finally make the whole jump to solo notoriety.  Musically, it fits somewhere between the new David Grey and even the new Vampire Weekend, with a touch of the ol’ Elvis Costello. Somewhere between there…

The French Semester – What’s In The Bag

Not exactly a new track, but since the flow of music has all but halted for the end of the year, most of the blogs have had to dig to find the ones they may have missed earlier.  Large Hearted Boy re-discovered this one, which walks along with a Beta Band swagger that takes a cue from the Feist counting game.  It’s easy to pass over the first time through, but repeated listens can lead to

Local Natives – Camera Talk

A messy building up of strings, percussion, and vocal meandering opens up into a moment that’ll have a packed rock club shouting, “it’s alright.  The camera’s talking.”  It’s a nice moment, but may not equal the buildup that the Natives have had over the past year.  There is promise, but could just as easily be left behind by plenty of bands doing the same thing, for you could just as easily pop on a Ra Ra Riot CD.  But I’m interested.

Jonsi – Boy Lilikoi

Alright, this is the one.  Jonsi is the same Jonsi as in the “dude from Sigur Ros.”  I’ve always been okay with them, but nothing to the extent of how I feel about this song.  In recent interviews, Jonsi calls his new solo CD a much more stripped down, acoustic affair.  Don’t let the words full you, it’s not in an “unplugged” sort of way.  Full orchestrations, epic chorus shouting, and a perfect melody.  Soak it in and let it become the song that defined your Winter ’09.

Eels – In My Younger Days

The 2nd disc in a year from Eels is a quite the poplar opposite from Homebre Lobo. It  seems that in E’s burst of creativity, he also wrote an album’s worth of sadness that’s he’s not too keen about giving any interviews about.  Just as well, because this sullen music can speak at great lengths all by itself.  View it as a portrait on the wall that you can’t take you’re eyes off of.  There won’t be much movement in the picture, but the story plays out before you just the same.

Smashing Pumpkins – A Song For A Son

Blah.  Listen, I’m not on the “I Hate Billy Corgan” train, because most of the time I do genuinely like the stuff he’s been putting out.  I’m not crazy about it, but it’s been pretty decent.  But this, I don’t know.  I appreciate not only the grandeur of the song, but also the marketing campaign (44 songs, one released every few weeks for free on his website all making up the new album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope), but it all feels lame, contrived, pretentious, and forgettable. But hey, he has 44 tries, so I’m sure we’ll find a good group in the future.

Hostage – Valhalla

Techno ear worm.  Play it, crank it, party, dance, and have a holiday.  More than just beats, you get apocalyptic chanting, bells, and dark overtones, until Mr. DJ presents the “bassline.”  Trust me, it’s worth it in a genre that can usually, easily fall flat on old routines.

The Paparazzi – The Rococo Tape

So, the gent who operated The Paparazzi (real last name, by the way) is also the gent who you’ve seen backing Cat Power on the bass for the past few tours.  While he lists soul as one of his biggest influences, what you get here is more of the 60’s acoustic Kinks style cut.  A nice, chatty psychedelic breakdown before a quick melody change and the songs over.  Smart move to keep some spice.

Shearwater – Castaways

I’m really not sure what I thought the first time I heard this one.  After noticing it was getting A LOT of attention and great reviews, at least for a moment, I thought there was some kind of prank happening.  Almost cheesy-celtic on the surface, I’ll be the fist (or last) to admit that it starts to stick after a few more listens, and is pretty impressive the way it’s built.  The secret?  All from two of the guys in Okkervil River.

Fun – Believe In Me

It may not be as good as anything on Aim & Ignite, but as original Christmas songs go it’s pretty decent.  Pay attention to the words, since that’s where most of the fun lies with all three members trading lines. “I was hoping for snow shoes, or maybe a bike.  When I ask them for fun, they gave me Aim & Ignite.”  It’s an easy go, but I chuckle every time.  Sugary Xmas that’ll go down easy, and as presents go, free download on the bands site.

Pantha Du Prince – The Splendour

Bleh.  Six minutes of score.  Now, if it were presented as a film score, I’d give it much more credit.  Let’s be honest, it’s got the bassist from !!! on it, and the dude from Panda Bear guest’s on a different track (that’ll we’ll hopefully hear very soon), and that’s why people are posting this.  Otherwise, it’s in need of an edit.

Cataldo – Black & Milds

You’ll want to write it off as singer songwriter fare after 30 seconds or so, but wait till that sing-along drops in, hand claps in tow.  It may be freezing outside, but this’ll take you right back into spring.  And a horn solo to help play us out?  Of course!

Liars – Scissors

Honestly, it’s a pretty hung jury here.  The moment I think it’s pretty bad is also the moment I notice that I can’t hit the stop button.  It’s pulling me in against my will but I’ll be just as happy to leave when it’s over.   Back when I was really getting into bands like Hot Snakes I would have been more into it, but maybe I’ve just moved on.

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The Weekly Feed 12/5

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Okay, i’m officially cold.  There, winter.  You got me.  You win.  Congratulations.  Even with the heat occasionally up to 70, I’m still wearing my hoodie.  I suppose we mark that one up to having a house that’s 100 years old with it’s 12 foot ceilings.

The good news, however, is that Christmas shopping is just about complete.  Coupled with a nice weekend that featured Bardstown Rd. (here in Louisville) being lit up with a few dozen carolers and a few thousand passersby picking through the local mom n’ pops, and this Little Big Town has become a pretty delicious slice of something out of the early 1900′s.  Cheers to you Louisville.  Now, let’s do this!

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Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today


I’m standing up for this one.  Truth be told, as much as I wanted to love the new Julian Casablancas solo record, I’ve been pretty under whelmed.  But then he goes and slaps a bonus track on it that features him covering the classic SNL holiday song originally sang by Horatio Sanz.  What makes this cover so good is that Julian takes it back to his earlier Strokes sounds, instead of the abstract synth-heavy tones that dominate the rest of the disc.

Spoon – Written In Reverse

The official first single from the new LP, Transference, (to say, that doesn’t include Got Nuffin’ or recently leaked Mystery Zone), took me a few listens to really get into it, but I’ve been hooked since.  It doesn’t stray too far from anything we’ve heard in the past, but then again, no other band really sounds like Spoon, so I guess it’s okay if they’re not in a rush to go beyond what we already know.  If you like Spoon, it’s pretty solid.

Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky

DISCLAIMER:  I’ve unintentionally ignored them the whole way so far.  It’s not that I had a reason, but when too many hip kids start raving in unison, its easy to shut the whole thing out.  And really, that’s too bad, because as I suspected, it’s not too bad.  Sure, it meanders (which most fans would say is a strong point), but when this song hits, from their new Fall Be Kind EP, its got some definite nice moments.

Boy & Bear – Mexican Mavis

I’ve really been diggin’ on this one since it was featured in the latest World Alliance Pact, and quickly became picked up around the web from there.  It’s from an Australian chap who’s been working on finding his own direction through trail & error.  The destination falls somewhere between Arctic Monkeys latest foray and Blitzen Trapper.  That’s to say, it’s pretty great.

Art Museums – Sculpture Gardens

As I mentioned in the broadcast, it feels like it could be right out of the Wes Andersen songbook.  New signee’s to Woodsist – which seems to be the reason everyone is talking about them.  It’s fine.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Even Heroes Have To Die

There has been quite the growing crowd anticipating Ted’s newest.  He’s reportedly been hard at work for the better part of the year on the record, releasing some demo’s here and there to keep our appetites whet.  To conclusion is the high end guitar pop rock meets punk that brought us in the begin with.  Look out for The Brutalist Bricks come March.

Don Diablo – Rave Rave Rave

It’s been a pretty huge year for Diablo.  The DJ has made gold out of many of remixes and hit a status that puts him on top of the reviews with every release.  Unfortunately, his originals have stacked up to his remixes.  Now he has a new EP, I Am Not From France, and seems to have finally found that perfect disco groove with Rave Rave Rave.  The title should say it all, but don’t expect late 90’s nostalgia.  He keeps the movements constant and the twists n’ turns a’plenty.

Toro Y Moi – Blessa

Columbia, SC kid who has been getting a steady stream of web press lately.  File under dreamy bedroom pop with a little Memory Tapes, a little “Sleepyhead” Passion Pit, and a little old school trip-hop for good measure.

Zeus – Marching Through Your Head

Someone had given me an EP with this track a couple months back and I remember really liking it, but like some tend to do, it slipped through the cracks and was forgotten.  Luckily, it got a few big hits this week and brought it back into attention.  Jumping from the EP to be featured on the upcoming full length, its showcasing a band who knows the indie-pop formula and plays it to its strengths.

Pezzettino – You Never Know

The peppy acordionista who came to our attention at the beginning of the year is back with a 45 and her catchiest song single yet.  Repetitious ear candy that’ll be there when you try to fall asleep tonight.

Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (Neon Indian ‘Sega Genesis P-Orridge’ Remix)

It doesn’t get anymore uber-hip than this.  Two of the years buzziest together under one beat.  It’s fun, and definitely gives a flip to the album version, but probably won’t stick around, say, the way all of the recent Phoenix remixes have.

Morningbell – Good Morning, I’m Here

I’m not sure what it is about this Tampa, FL band that’s kept me so interested, but whenever their music shuffles up, I find myself more times than not hitting the repeat button.

Shout Out Louds – Walls

Lots of folks are pretty amped on this one, but I can’t follow.  It’s a pretty decent hook, but what is it about this song that we haven’t been hearing for the past six years?  (then again, I guess I could ask the same about most of the songs on here)

Idiot Glee – All Packed Up

Lexington, KY fella following in the Panda Bear footsteps and doing pretty well.  It’s more bedroom lo-fi, but it’s got something a little extra.  When his vocals pop on at the :30 mark, it transcends the usual vacant area that this genre likes to bury the melody in.  While there is no take-off, and ultimately no pay-off, I don’t feel cheated.  It’s ends as unassuming as it began, which is about as good as we can ask for.  Beauty in the subtlety.

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