the riyl revolution

Bob’s Booze and Boobs Tour 2008
July 19, 2008, 11:27 am
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For a good time, call Bob Log 3, Tit and Turd fetishist extraordinaire, he’s a funny one-man-band (move over, Matt Mayhem) and always wears a motorcycle helmet with a phone attached to it. Unless i haul my as to PGH right when I return to Ohio in august, i’ll probably miss him this summer. (Anyone wanna give me a ride?) But if/when he is in your area and you are in for a sleezy time, call your buddy bob. But beware, he’ll probably expect a standing ovation.

Bob Log III – Boob Scotch

His tour, which started last thursday in Texas, is coming around, so don’t miss it. He’ll be at:

Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN – Sat 7/19
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL –
Thu 7/24
Mercury Lounge, New York, NY –
Mon 8/4
Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY – Tue 8/5
Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA – Wed 8/6
Iota Cafe, Arlington, VA – Thu 8/7
31st Street Pub Pittsburgh PA – Fri 8/8
Cafe Bourbon Street Columbus OH – Sat 8/9
Thu 8/14/08 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City UT
Sat 8/16/08 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR
Mon 8/18/08 El Corazon Seattle WA
Wed 8/20/08 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA

among other places. His tour is pretty big, so if you don’t see your city here, make sure to click over to his site for the full tour.



Lewd Dewds
July 19, 2008, 11:27 am
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Bipolar Bear – Mountain Dewd

This one has been sitting on my shelf (read eye-tunez) since May, when it came into our lovely radio station. It has been sitting around gathering dust and probably few revolutions per minute. Turns out, that is kind of a shame! This record is pretty good.

Heiling from LA, Bipolar Bear breaks the puns not like it is their job but because it is their job. Mountian Dewd, their full length out on Yosada/Kill Shaman, Quick cuts that cut to the quick, this album clocks in at just over 22 minutes, which is thankfully short, allowing you to injest all the dissonance they deliver in jest.
RIYL early Les Savy Fav, labelmates Bad Dudes (who’s new album I’ll hopefully buy and review soon), and other grizzly shit. Bipolar Bear wants to tear your heart out because they love you so much.

Bipolar Bear – Celibate for the Hell of It

Bipolar Bear – Axil My Age

Bipolar Bear – The Entertainer

If you like, you should buy.


ps- this post is dedicated to and made possible by the summer serum and heat beater Purely Decadent. One of these days i’m going to live on a turtle mountain, and you are all invited to party with me. Even if you are gluten free, i’ll get some cookie dough.

My Life with the YouTube Kult
June 28, 2008, 4:57 pm
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So I forgot how funny My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult was/is.
This is a video for a song they did in Ralph Bakshi’s 90’stravaganza Cool World. It was kind of a sleazier, weirder Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and I totally wasn’t allowed to see it when I was a kid- but I did anyway! Ah, shit! whatta rebel! But it has been so long, I don’t remember if this movie was actually any good- But this video is pretty rad.
Oh yeah, and THIS is a found video (from Found Magazine) sent to Wholphin. Both are terrific publications, but this thing takes the early nineties cake.


All yer idols in the back of a cab
June 26, 2008, 3:50 pm
Filed under: music, news, story

Last fall I was all hooked up on the coolest fucking idea ever; amazing band playing in the back of one of those goofy touristy Black Cabs, with the suicide doors and tons of space. And these guys were getting some quality acts just by catching a band on their way through town, hailing a cab and throwing down one acoustic take.

But then as things go, i forgot about it and I haven’t been back over there in a while. I am just now building a mix tape and wanted to put on it this great song by Seasick Steve, and that sparked my mammary- So clicked my way back there and was quite happy to see that they have kept busy in these last 6 months, adding new songs with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and Okkervil River*, among others. These are great little snips from the bands you love, and maybe some you haven’t heard of.

Bon Iver finally commanding the attention he deserves- seeing Bon Iver in a club last (whenever that was) was fantastic, but he had trouble holding the room. Now he literally fills the entire space with his timid presence and knocks out a great version of Creature Fear.

Phosphorescent doing a solid version of ‘Wolves’ rides alongside the Cave Singers, Baby Dee, Lykke Li. My Morning Jacket manages to play something tolerable, and Sunset Rubdown plays a long (but interesting) number.

Of the 47 sessions on the site, there is a little something for everyone so poke around, find something you didn’t know you love, but surely not to be missed are Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Lewis, Bill Callahan and St. Vincent, just to name a few.



*Dirty secret: Although Wil Sheff is totally amazing all over, but he is kind of shit at the harmonica.

No Rap or Country For Old Men*
June 21, 2008, 12:16 am
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Those of us (and you) helping to fuel the recommended if you like revolution find greatest efficacy in a diverse web of recommendations, right? But honestly, all of our posts seem to share a similar sound- So in the interest of calling upon some more varied tastes, I will toss in a little rap and some country and maybe something else later.

When I want to listen to some hip-hop, i’m wowed by interesting beats and clever lines. And I really don’t have to look much further than Stones Throw, the label that brings such amazing beatsmiths and rhyme slingers as Madlib (and all his various projects like the unbeatable Quasimoto), MF Doom, J Dilla, and my personal favorite (and label head) Peanut Butter Wolf. Well, later this month they will be releasing a collaborative one-off by J Dilla, Ghostface Killa and MF Doom. This is bound to be 100%. Doom and Ghostface were both working off tracks from Dilla’s brilliant album Donuts. (Shit, Donuts is more of an All-You-Can-Eat buffet of beats than a straightforward album. And believe me, it fucking works.) The Dilla/Killa/Doom single is slated for release later this month on the Stones Throw store.

I offer these three tracks for dinner, and you’re just going to have to wait to get your dessert. All are kind of old, but they are sold gold. First, from My Vinyl Weighs a Ton, we have a perfect example of PB Wolf’s top-notch concoctions and productions. Second, a track from Madlib’s Blue Note remixes Shades of Blue. This is an unbelievable album- Madlib had open access to the entire Blue Note catalog (all the masters of Jazz, Funk and Soul are represented) and made some very amazing grooves. And finally, a little Doom under his moniker Viktor Vaughn on the record Vaudeville Villain. This one isn’t actually on Stones Throw, but I like this album better than Madvillany, which is. Oh, and fourth – Madlib and J Dilla were working on an album together before his untimely passing in 2006. Together, they are Jaylib. These songs are pretty incredible.

RIYL: digging deep in the bins (or just listening to the amazing shit Peanut Butter Wolf has dug deep and found), indie-hop like EL-P or Atmosphere, 30’s comic books and superhero cartoons, and humorous rhymes.

Peanut Butter Wolf – Casio (buy!)

Madlib -Slim’s Return (buy buy buy!)

Viktor Vaughn – A Dead Mouse (here)

Jaylib – Mission Remix

There is new business coming from Stones Throw is James Pants, from Spokane WA. He’s pretty alright with some worthy beats: I’ll just link to the video of his song because it is pretty weird- he zaps Peanut Butter Wolf with a ray gun.

James Pants – Cosmic Rapp

Well, I promised a little country, didn’t I? Well if you want your fix of the hicks, check out Jesse Montgomery’s radio show over at WOBC.ORG. During these hot summer months, he’ll be on every wednesday morning at 10am with Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Jesse consistently delivers the gold standards as well as new stuff, and things all in between. Also make sure to check out Bluegrass Irwin’s reputable Bluegrass Special, just don’t expect to understand what he says most of the time.

RIYL Hank, Woodie, and Johnny

For a good time, check out Trailer Bride, from Chapel Hill, NC, they play some nice gothic country a-la 16 Horsepower, but are fronted by a lovely lady named Melissa Swingle. Sadly, they have recently broken up, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the 4 albums they have out.
RIYL the Denver country scene, not alt-country, smoking indoors.

Trailer Bride – High Sea

Currently on tour with Drive-By Truckers is a little dirty band Dead Confederate- Twice now i’ve almost put them up on RIYL Rev, but changed my mind at the last minute. However, they keep clicking up on my radar and they keep growing on me.
RIYL spaced out sludgey stoner jams, letting an album grow on you, sitting through a (likely to be shitty) Drive-By Truckers set or paying $25 for the opener [I gotta move to a real fucking city.]

Dead Confederate – Tortured Artist Saint




*This joke comes straight from Nick Mayor- i can’t take any credit for it. It was going to be his new post-coilage screen name, but it was too long.

Ok, listen up gang. I’m gonna make this quick and sweet. 3 things:
May 14, 2008, 11:05 am
Filed under: music

Number One

Yo, fuck this new bullshit- what happened to the good ol’ days? I’ll tell you, I’m sitting in them now. Carrel 2-S-15- good and old. Trying to write a paper, for sure, but I have this one class and for some reason, anything I try to listen to is really distracting for this one class, except for CAN. They are the Killers of Kraut. This song is called Mushroom from the 1971 release Tago Mago. It is all 100% Fuckin’ A.

Can – Mushroom

(buy it here)

RIYL getting into the zone, smokin doobies, and freaking out

Number Two:

Why should I listen to old shit? I can’t waste my time going backwards. Onwards and upwards! Always marching into the future! So listen to this new shit that sounds like old shit. Murder By Death has been around for the better part of this decade, but their new album is just as good as their other stuff, if not better- certainly a more mature sound, which fits for degenerate-Americana or Gothic country, whatever you p-reefer. Dark and gloomy lyrics with a moody string section, yet it somehow doesn’t come off as campy; vocalist/guitarist Adam Turla’s voice often walks the line between Johnny Cash and Nick Cave. (If I had Slim Cessna’s new album Cipher, that would be what went up, but maybe I’ll post about that when I hear more than just a few traxxx.)

Murder by Death – Rumbrav

(buy it here)

RIYL: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, southern exposure, and burbon at 10am

Number Three:

This isn’t new or old, because it is from like a half a fuckin’ decade ago already. But that doesn’t even matter, because it is heavier than time. This is Dead Meadow. Sure they’ve been around the block a few times, but they have a new record that is pretty gnarly. Did you smoke all of your weed listening to the last two tracks? Well that’s fine, because Dead Meadow is music for sitting in your friend’s attic huffing glue. Not for writing dumb papers. No, this isn’t the mind crushing heaviness of the Melvins, nor is it the rambling phrenia of the Boredoms, but this band isn’t afraid to lay some thick groves for cutting through that haze.

Dead Meadow – Good Moanin’

(buy it here)

RIYL: dropping out, Sabbath riffs, and Royal Tru