UO Music  

LSTN #2

“Apply”

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From what we hear, when you open your third eye you see the world as it is, perhaps as it should be. Glasser's soft, thuddy percussion driven meditations and rich layered vocals are the perfect springboard for any inner journeys of the mind you are planning to take.

http://www.myspace.com/glasssser

“Inland Empire”

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An army of robots have invaded the Earth, searching for the lost city of Serato. In their rabid quest for the secret dancefloor, they encounter a rebel force, who pacify them with the electro-psych of the latest Peter Bjorn and John.

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http://www.myspace.com/peterbjornandjohn

“An Eluardian Instance”

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We just have to go on record by saying that of Montreal are one of the tightest, most put-together, well-orchestrated and lyrically advanced bands out there. For instance: This inbreeding of ideas is intolerable/I wish David was here/Take your persecution complex/And I'm not going to absorb your stress output anymore. Who writes stuff like this????

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http://www.myspace.com/ofmontreal

“No One Does
  It Like You”

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Have you ever sat in a bowl of pudding with your headphones and sunglasses on? Have you ever dreamt that Brian Wilson wrote "Sun King" instead of The Beatles? We think the Department Of Eagles have.

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http://www.myspace.com/deptofeagles

“Silence”

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If you were smart you would get yourself to LA, rent a car, and drive East on I-10 toward Palm Springs. Once you've cleared the airport traffic, put this Takka Takka track in the CD player, set the cruise control at 80 mph to keep up with the windmill farms, and turn the volume up to 11.

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http://www.myspace.com/takkatakka

“The Sound”

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So you say that you like wandering the sunny hills of California holding hands with your beau? And that whenever you can you like to pretend that you are at the helm of the mini submarine from The Life Aquatic? Well, then Human Highway's dreamy goodness will be the perfect soundtrack for your esoteric adventures.

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http://www.myspace.com/humanhighway

“Dishwasher”

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The kings of the super funky and extremely witty nonsense, nobody in their right mind would write lyrics like this: When you are/ pre menstrual/ I will play chill out/ compilation instrumentals. Or would they? We know Fujiya & Miyagi's tongue is planted firmly in cheek but we'll take it any way we can get it.

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http://www.myspace.com/fujiyaandmiyagi

“Quick
  And
  Painful”

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This is the type of track you listen to if you're the type of person who sits by the pool at the Standard on Sunset Strip wearing sunglasses and then heads to dinner still wearing sunglasses and then at 3am goes to bed still wearing sunglasses.

http://www.myspace.com/freeblood

“Neo Violence”

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It doesn't matter whether you're a girl or a guy, when a song like this comes on the radio or in your car you start to sing. When you're at home you sing into your brush in front of a mirror. Don't be shy, 'cause you know you do. You sing with so much drama and emotion that you'd be declared the winner of this weekend's karaoke contest ahead of time.

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“Sleepy-
  head”

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Part dancefloor stomper, part Wizard Of Oz Yellow Brick Road incantation, Passion Pit's helium-sucking electro pop makes us want to snuggle up inside of a bassbin, or at least pull one of our homies onto the floor to get our do-si-do on.

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http://www.myspace.com/passionpitjams

“Half Asleep”

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From the mind of one of the guys in Secret Machines comes School Of Seven Bells, a thick, swirling pop lollipop that is sweet like The Sundays and large and rainbow flavored like MBV (that's My Bloody Valentine for you nOObz).

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http://www.myspace.com/schoolofsevenbells

“Summer Grof”

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The thing we love about The Spinto Band (other than that they're from Delaware) is that they always remain so upbeat and joyful but then they slap all that pop energy and hookiness on top of super mathy and technical arrangements.

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http://www.myspace.com/thespintoband

“Single Fins &
  Safety Pins”

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The reward for roasting for hours in a sweltering SoCal traffic jam is making it to the beach, putting your favorite jams on the boombox, getting your toes over the nose, and hanging with your bros. And the Japanese Motors definitely agree. You might even see them at the bonfire that nite.

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http://www.myspace.com/thejapanesemotors

“Black Rice”

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This one sounds like it was made specifically for a dusty record player. So much so that we're surprised it's an mp3, not vinyl 7-inch. All the hiss and crackle brings us back to the 60s, and the loose, almost drunken, garage rock Women play is buffeted by some Brian Wilson-y melodies and sonic trickery.

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http://www.myspace.com/womenmusic

“American Names”

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You take a lot of time primping and preening to get yourself just right for tonite. You use all the right product, get yer hair up, eyes right, clothes tight. Then you hop in the Scion B and make it to the club, where you're on the list (natch). You walk through the door like the new sheriff in town, get on the dancefloor, grab that girl/guy you've been texting all week, bust out that super Hollywood style dance-slash-kiss power move and things are all right.

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http://www.myspace.com/sebastiengrainger

“Molten”

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Strap on a helmet because this song, with all its jagged recklessness, is going to crash into something. Something about the chorus has us thinking Exile-era Liz Phair and that's a compliment in the highest sense.

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http://www.myspace.com/skylarkinskylarkin

“Changin'”

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Lots of 70s vans (you know…the ones with the killer Valkyrie paint jobs and mag wheels and velvet captain's chairs) had little windows on the side. Some were shaped like hearts, others were diamonds, even others were stars. The Moondoggies play jams that would have fit right in with the 8-tracks being played in those vans.

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http://www.myspace.com/themoondoggies

“Hellhole
  Ratrace”

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There's a little bit of yearning in certain singers voices that makes you a bit weak in the knees. Elvis Costello has it, Otis Redding had it, even Shane McGowan has it. Add the Velvets hypnotic pacing and chunky guitar riffage a la Teenage Fanclub and Girls have it too.

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http://www.myspace.com/girlssanfran

“Evident
  Utensil”

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After soaking in the soft, dubby and romantic strains of "Evident Utensil" it dawned on us that Chairlift named themselves that because their music is a chairlift straight up to Heaven.

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http://www.myspace.com/chairliftmusic

“Lying In
  The Sun”

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One time we were inside this giant kaleidoscope. It was sunny and as colorful as a box of Crayolas. And as we spun around we found ourselves wishing for a song that was post trip hop, post Dust Brothers, post Go! Team, yet especially tasty and trippy. Then we heard Koushik's magic carpet ride sound and our wish came true.

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http://www.myspace.com/koushik

“Mostly A Friend”

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We were sitting around the courtyard of this Spanish villa; the sun was beating down something serious, heating up the terracotta. We sipped sangria on our blanket under an olive tree while Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez serenaded us sweetly. He reminded us of Stuart Murdoch ever so slightly, and made us grateful for the shade.

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http://www.myspace.com/lessergonzalezalvarez