Wednesday, December 20, 2006

six degrees of santa

I guess this story really starts with the White Stripes, who's album Get Behind Me Satan inspired ShiSho to record the song "Get Behind Me Santa" last year. Fast Forward to Sufjan's recent Christmas release, with a different song also entitled "Get Behind Me, Santa." I'll leave it to the Vivian and Midge of Shisho to explain the rest:

Midge: Well, we did a release, not a release. Well we stole... well, I wouldn't say stole...

Vivian: ...We didn't steal anything. We covered Sufjan Steven's song "Get Behind Me, Santa." We covered this song because we have a song called "Get Behind Me Santa."

Midge: Our song called "Get Behind Me Santa" is original – and everybody knows it. Our second one called "Get Behind Me Santa" is Sufjan Stevens'.

Vivian: It came out like last year. So we thought it would be funny to cover Sufjan Steven's new version that came out last month. We did it for fun... his record label, Athmatic Kitty has us listed as a top friend. So hopefully they'll hear it and laugh some.

Midge: We thought it would be really really funny so we just did it. So now you can listen to two "Get Behind Me Santa's." Sufjan's version is...

Vivian: Like all pop!

Midge: Yeah, super duper poppy...

Vivian: So we did (the cover version – dad) all, like mellow... just like Sufjan's other saddish kind of songs. You just have to hear it.

Shisho - Get Behind Me Santa (original)
mp3: Sufjan Stevens - Get Behind Me, Santa!
mp3: Shisho - Get Behind Me, Santa! (Sufjan cover)

There you have it. for more about them
Filthy Little Angels has for dl the entire Christmas albums that contain another new Shisho Christmas song and treats from other artists.
And a late Happy Birthday do Vivian who just turned 10!

Monday, December 18, 2006

here and not here: new of montreal

Everyone and their witless classmate has taken to Of Montreal, which is great, but a bit unexpected considering their affinity for oddity. That tendency may be why "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" is such a standout track on the new album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? It's got more of the serious and less of the silly than you'd expect. The first time I heard it, I'd fallen asleep to my ipod on random and woken up to it, knowing that something had to have happened to somebody to make this 12 minute purgative exist. Indeed, this album is more personal than previous ones. But don't worry, there are plenty of bonkers moments too.

mp3: Of Montreal - The Past is a Grotesque Animal

Hissing Fauna is out January 23. Hear it at and pre-order it from Polyvinyl.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Remix Tuesday: CC

The idea that elecronic music is distant, cold, or emotionless is misguided, and every once in a while a fine example of this hits me. Today its the Whitey remix of "Going Nowhere" from Cut Copy's Fabriclive mix, which I'm nuts about. Cut Copy have always delivered, and this mix is no exception. This track, with starry sounds replacing lyrics, might just be fun to hear at a club. But its also something a bit more real as it lets you fill in the blanks in with your own story.

mp3: Cut Copy - Going Nowhere (Whitey Remix)

Sample tracks from the mix at Fabric's site, then buy it there or here.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

tonight, tonight

It's been a crazy week, but tonight I'll be dj-ing the launch of Edith Arthur & Ruby, Dirks' new business venture. There will be amazing clothing etc. to see and buy, all to a killer soundtrack. So if you're in the Salt Lake City area, come celebrate with us! ...Odds are good I'll be feelin this Girl Talk Remix.

mp3: Peter, Bjorn & John - Let's Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)

Friday, December 1, 2006

The sleigh this year is heavier

It's December's Eve and time to share some holiday treats. This time around we've got some nontraditionals.

First, Stars give you your only chance to sing "you faggot" round the tree with your loved ones.
mp3: Stars - Fairytale Of New York

And of course, leave it to The Knife to totally creepify Santa's travels.
mp3: The Knife - Reindeer