Posts Tagged ‘Dirty Projectors’

300th Post // Vinyl Giveaway

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

It’s been quite the journey. I started Part-Time Music about two and a half years ago while I was an engineering grad student in Denmark. Although a lot has changed geographically with me (Denmark -> Germany -> Texas -> Oregon -> Utah), the site has remained mostly the same since its inception — opting to stay with the “default” wordpress template throughout chieftly due to my ever-shrinking free time and my lack of web design skills. For me, the blog has never been about readership, or page hits, or ad $$ (the only one up is for an iPhone app my bro made), it’s been about the music. It’s always been about the music. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all the creative minds out there in the world doing things I know I could never do. With the site, all I ever wanted to do is piece together a few kind words to say about all the artists I’ve grown to love over the years and give a little praise (albeit a relatively small amount in this giant blog-o-world we live in) and maybe provide some motivation for them to keep going.

Anyways, enough sentimental stuff — let’s get on to the freebies! To celebrate this 300th post achievement as well as my recent move to Utah, I put together a collection of vinyl that I think best represents what my blog is about (starting upper left, moving clockwise):

  • Grouper // He Knows, He Knows, He Knows 7” // Incredibly super limited self-made vinyl by Portland’s dark experimentalist Liz Harris
  • Woods // I Was Gone 7” // Limited, one-time pressing (out of 1,500) of this Brooklyn psych-folk group
  • Sleater-Kinney // The Hot Rock LP // Sleater-Kinney is one of my favorite bands of all-time. This is one of my favorite albums of theirs (released in 1999, pretty sure this is a repress as it’s brand new in package).
  • Kurt Vile // He’s Alright 7” // First release on Matador Records by Philly lo-fi rocker Kurt Vile. A must have for any KV fan.
  • Dirty Projectors & Castanets // Unusual Animals Vol. 2 // A split 10” celebrating the Maned Three-Toed Sloth by experimental rockers The Dirty Projectors and alt country-ers Castanets. Released in 2006 on Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty Records. Probably the most random release I’ve seen.
  • Hanoi Janes // Young & Dumb 7” // This five-song 7” (!!) is the second they’ve released for Captured/Tracks. Love this band so much…
  • Big Boi // Sir Lucious Left Foot… // Who wouldn’t want the best rap record released this year? (Alternate cover, limited edition!)

So yeah, that’s it! A lot of limited releases, a lot of my favorite bands, a lot of random (yet cool) stuff. Mad props to Slowtrain here in Salt Lake City for having a lot of these releases in stock.

To win, just retweet this here message and/or leave an inspiring comment below (US residents are only eligible to win, if you leave a comment be sure to include a valid e-mail addy so I can get back to you). Thanks again to all my long-time readers and cheers to my new fans! Hope you find something you like!

Kurt Vile // Freeway

Woods // I Was Gone

Grouper // Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping

Dark Was the Night + War Child Presents Heroes

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The latest of my weekly post for The Llano Idea centers around the two recent compilation albums that have been getting rave reviews in the press: Dark Was the Night and War Child Presents Heroes. Here is an excerpt from full article which you read here when it comes out tomorrow:

It seems that most philanthropy done these days by the music community is either in the form of mega-benefit concerts or charity compilations. Since the former has been adequately exhausted due to Obama’s campaign trail, independent music listeners will have to settle for a handful of recently released albums featuring a jaw-dropping collection of musicians. The two such pieces that have caught my eye (and no doubt others’ as well) recently have been the Dark Was the Night two-disc set benefiting the Red Hot Organization in their fight against AIDS and the War Child Presents Heroes compilation helping children who live in war-torn regions.

Dark Was the Night is the brainchild of The National’s brother guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner whose aim is to use “music as a great vehicle to raise both money and awareness for AIDS.” With a who’s who list of popular “indie” artists that are sure to make any music hipster giddy with joy (Andrew Bird, Beirut, and Spoon to name a few) the album was destined to move a lot of copies with or without the added incentive of helping a good cause. As a much-heralded bonus, artists featured on Dark don’t contribute throwaway tracks and forgettable B-sides but rather songs which would fit nicely on any of their individual “proper” LPs.

Switching gears a little, Heroes features fifteen music industry stalwarts selecting modern day artists to cover one of their songs. Just as compelling as the cover songs themselves are the artists chosen by the living legends, making the album interesting to listen to on multiple levels. For example, Beck’s take on Dylan’s “Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat” is killer – bringing out the bass line and exaggerating the electric guitar interjections – but the image of Bob jamming out to Guero when he’s all alone is absolutely priceless. Some of these selections aren’t too surprising (David Bowie choosing T.V. on the Radio’s after they featured Bowie on “Province” from Return to Cookie Mountain), but others certainly leave you with that WTF feeling. The most egregious of pairing has to be The Clash’s selection of Lily Allen that I am sure lead to some deceased members rolling over in their grave.

Killer Compilation // Dark Was the Night

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

So between recording new material for The National, guitarist (and brothers) Aaron and Bryce Dessner have put together an insane compilation with proceeds going to aid the Red Hot Organization which raises awareness about AIDS and HIV. And by insane, I mean INSANE: Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst, and plenty more with all 31 tracks featuring a well known artist performing original work. So head over to their myspace page to check out a new stream every day for the next month or so and be sure to get the album when it comes out February 16th to help a good cause!

Dirty Projectors + David Bryne // Knotty Pine