Under doctor’s orders, Sherry was to get some rest so we took the opportunity to catch up on some TV. For some reason we forgot to set HBO’s Entourage to record for the season, so thanks to OnDemand, we watched the entire 5th season in one sitting. Man, that is the only way to watch that show! Next season looks pretty promising with Vince working with Martin Scorsese.
Next to Grey’s Anatomy, Entourage has been a constant source of new music for me. I first heard TV on the Radio on Entourage, in fact. In Episode 65, titled “Play’n With Fire” during the scene where Ari flies to the “Smokejumpers” set to try to salvage a bad situation, a very funky, grungy song called “Dignity” by the UK band The Heavy is playing. It features very prominently in the scene and with it’s lifted instantly recognizable slap and tambourine percussion from “Gimme Good Loving” by the Spencer Davis Group it sticks in yer skull.
The Heavy is a band from the UK who are on the great HipHop and Electronica label Ninja Tune. In addition to their own stable of artists, Ninja Tune distributes Quannum for the rest of the world. “Dignity” is from the band’s 2007 debut release Great Vengeance & Furious Fire. They are primarily guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby. This band kind of takes the stripped down blues of The Black Keys and funks it up a bit. Lots of interesting samples provide the beats. This album is going to ride on my iPhone for a while!
Thanks to the folks at the Yahoo Group CasadeCalexico, we bring you a streaming video of Calexico’s concert on 10/15/08 at Paradiso Main Hall in Amsterdam. Calexico plays a nice set that focuses on Carried to Dust but also delivers old standbys like “Across the Wire” and the cover of Love’s “Alone Again, Or.”
Check out this two-minute trailer promoting Calexico’s upcoming Carried to Dust album due out in September. The song is “Two Silver Trees.” I love this song. They’ve already been playing it on tour. I’m getting pretty excited for this release!
Here is another fantastic live download from our friends at The Owl & The Bear. When this show showed up on the torrents in 2004 I downloaded it for the Tortoise part but it was the Lambchop show that really turned me on to Kurt Wagner and Lambchop. Lambchop with the DAFO String Quartet is the perfect way to listen to these songs. Simply Breathtaking.
As previously reported, McEntire, Herndon and Bitney from Tortoise are releasing a record of beats on Stones Throw Records which will be out on Tuesday. However, I just noticed on the site that it is available right now on iTunes for $9.99. I think I’ll get this from iTunes and then get it on vinyl.
As reported in Pitchfork earlier this month, Adult Swim has partnered with the Chicago label Chocolate Industries to provide a 6-track EP via the Adult Swim Site. The EP, titled Chocolate Swim (gross!), as you might expect, includes tracks from Chocolate Industries roster including the buzzworthy teen Lady Sovereign, Ghislain Poirier and Diverse along with Adult Swim vet MF Doom, and Mos Def!