the riyl revolution

sing now, talk later by dory t
September 9, 2008, 12:22 am
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oh hey guys, remember when we updated regularly?

me neither. that will change soon.

in the meantime, here’s a video of indie folk darlings polka dot dot dot (thanks meagan) singing songs while they cook dinner. please note the phone ringing in the background. these kids have got their priorities sorted out.

love, dory.


life is easy by dory t
June 29, 2008, 12:00 am
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It’s a blessing to have friends who make music, a blessing to have friends who’re on tour. You can always hear their voices in their songs, always hope you’ll see them sometime soon when they pass through your little far-out town. I think my musician friends have a kind of magic in them somewhere, the mystical ability to move from city to city in the space of a night, to write songs that are pretty, to not worry how they look when they close their eyes.

My friend Tony is a musician, and his band is called Real Live Tigers. The power of the internet taught me recently that things are changing for him, and that very soon he won’t be a touring band anymore, won’t drift around and send us all postcards from afar. From his Myspace:

I love traveling and I love playing music, but I think I can spend my time more productively these days, and I’d rather be a happier, more productive person than one who experiences the full array of emotions during a 24-hour period while touring.

[Myspace] has made things a little too easy for people to get their music out there and tour. Sure, it’s helpful to be able to communicate with any band anywhere in the world, but recording and setting up shows has become too easy and I don’t think I want to do any more tours in the United States as a solo performer playing acoustic guitar. It’s like playing a show on the bottom of the ocean. No one can hear you, and even if you’re there you’re not sure the music’s good.

It would be too easy to blame gas prices or a handful of bad shows, which is why I’m not. Everything that I’ve wanted to say as Real Live Tigers is out there. Please enjoy it. I look forward to seeing some of you in the coming weeks.”

Let this be a lesson for all of us: everyone we know is magical, no matter if they mostly stay home these days, no matter if now it’s our job to go visit them in their small towns. Tony will still be luminous, you will still be perfect, I will still be whole, no matter where we are or what we do. We are ourselves independent of what other people think.

So I’m biased, but Tony’s songs are gems. His newer stuff hints at solo Jeffrey Lewis, or a more tuneful and mature Fuck Yes!!. Tony’s voice is definitive and unique and his song writing is unflinchingly sincere. I’ve linked my favorite old song of his (Yes Still, off of “This is Sometimes a Riverbed”) and the two newer ones I can’t get over. There are plenty more tracks for free download off of Real Live Tigers’ Myspace (linked above).

If you like these songs, please find a way to see Tony play his music sometime soon. If you can, come to What the Heck Fest in Anacortes, WA this July. Real Live Tigers will be playing, as will countless other fantastic bands. Plus, Yujean and Meagan and I will all be there. Maybe you’ll see us and we’ll talk. For now, listen to these songs and think about the people you know.

real live tigers – yes still

real live tigers – leave a map

real live tigers – what fort worth is for

RIYL: quiet times, late nights, honest answers, mail art, sitting in the park by yourself and sort of trying to read but really just watching all the people walk around, long drives, the huge dark mirror of the great salt lake in the middle of the night, an old journal entry that reminds you how it felt to have your heart broken the first time.

x dory

All yer idols in the back of a cab by stuffguyswhopeopleconfuseforqueerslike
June 26, 2008, 3:50 pm
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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.

sometimes these things take time by dory t
May 13, 2008, 10:41 am
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“new ratatat?”


it’s glitchy and slow, and maybe i don’t get it, but the vinyl is only $3 and it’s got sweet album art.

ratatat – shiller

that said, i saw ratatat live in cleveland (at the beachland ballroom) last year, and it was one of the best shows i’ve ever been to. glittery rock-god transcendence– an epic video projection back before every band on tour had an epic video projection, insane stage presence, and the grace not to say stupid shit between songs. i stood in the front row and sweat through all my clothes.

anyways, dig it if you wanna, drop it if you don’t. stay cool.

UPDATE: two hours later, i’ve listened to this song five or six times and decided that it’s ferocious and meandering and sick as hell. a little bit like background music, but background music to the beginning of some incredible zombie movie.

x dory

so many names, but damn if it isn’t the cutting edge by dory t
May 8, 2008, 12:28 am
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if you haven’t heard about hip kid miles benjamin anthony robinson yet, you’re not paying enough attention.

24-year-old miles b (at left in the photo) has got a million names and a falsetto even prettier than justin vernon (of bon iver). his first few singles are so promising (and so pretty) it makes me cringe a little bit. he’s currently on tour with white rabbits (currently THE ONLY band signed to radiohead’s US label, another totally impressive truth) and he’s been selling out shows all over the place.

full length album is set to come out july 1st, and i plan to be in line for that one about two weeks in advance.

signed to say hey records and cute as can be, listen to miles benjamin anthony robinson and float away into summer (with me).

recommended if you like: bon iver, okkervil river, friends who tell the truth, late nights wishing you smoked cigarettes on a hillside in the park by your parents’ house, the burn in the corner of your eyes just before you cry, coming clean, staying clean, and being fierce without being lonely.

buriedfed – miles benjamin anthony robinson

the debtor – miles benjamin anthony robinson



post-punk, prepubescent. mexico 4ever! by dory t
March 29, 2008, 4:55 am
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for the first ever real riyl revolution blog post, i’d like to draw all of your attention to mexico city. mexico city, where some fantastically bizarre-o shit is going down.

if you’ve ever seen the movie the warriors, this is basically exactly the same thing– it’s still a bunch of crazy kids, there’s still a lot of crazy violence, and it’s still just about the crazy styles that the crazy kids have come up with these days. full-scale riots have been breaking out between different tribus urbanas (urban tribes!) in mexico city. the target is emos, the aggressors are punks (and rockabillies!) and basically it’s all about fashion. but it’s got the kids in the streets, and there have been protests and police interventions and youtubeable beatings, and in general things are getting pretty intense.

so there are two things- ONE: i wish that there were fierce urban tribes in my city, because i wish i could join one and go to protests about my clothes. TWO: i think it’s pretty tragic that the only cause that’ll really get kids into the streets is fashion. not politics, or the fact that we’re all oppressed, or the fact that capitalism blows.

but sometimes all of this punk and emo shit gets exhausting, so here’s some post-punk. it’s post-emo also, and post-mexico maybe (although definitely not post-capitalism): UNGDOMSKULEN. they’re from norway, they have their own blog, and i’m pretty much obsessed with them. listen to “modern drummer” and be awed by their ability to rock out. and also, their accents. charming!

ungdomskulen is riyl (that is, recommended if you like): lightning bolt, cinemechanica, shit that’s metal, & big black.

although we may be post-punk, we’re still pre-mp3. regardless:

long live the riyl revolution!