Wednesday, October 31, 2007

"who makes this music anyways?"

In lite of the pagan new-year/halloween, & the fact that Sweden is the source of so much goodness right now, here is probably the best usage of masks by an artist in the past year. [the visual effects. the song. see for yourself!]

The Knife - Heartbeats (live)

more glorification of the incognito..

animal collective - winter's love (jam)

dr. dog - the girl

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Japan... so hot right now.

Parachute from Shugo Tokumaru's new album Exit. The album dropped in Japan on the 19th with no sign of an American release yet, but if you don't feel like paying import prices keep an eye out for a state side release. Shugo's been busy touring with his other band Gellers (supporting their first album which dropped in Japan in May), making an awesome cover of Peter Bjorn & John's Young Folk's (which you can stream on Pitchfork's Forkcast) and now coming out with a solo folk album and starting touring around Japan for that. Check the mp3s!
Shugo Tokumaru - Clocca
Gellers - Colorado

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wherever you go there will be Love Love Love

This right here is going to be your new favorite thing. Ukelele, whistle, boy-girl vocals, awesomely styled video (you'll get a kick out of their short-shorts ensemble), and the most infectuous cute songs ever. This is Noah and the Whale, your Winter 2007 replacement of Peter Bjorn and John and your newest Magnetic Fields-esque sweet group.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

holding hands with the hood inside

First, otters in love:

Outside it's fall. The air is getting so blistery at times that even my tolerance from mid-western winters is tested. I'm thinking of taking a lesson from the squirrels and hibernating with a huge stash of nuts and berries. Anyone and everyone should follow my lead!

Among the tunes that warms me up almost as much as apple cider is Will Oldham's ethereal incarnation Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Not only does he find a way to run around the board with every record but he's probably the only known artist whose dominion over songwriting can be traced through a running seven surnames; Matt Sweeney, Will Oldham, Palace Brothers, Palace Music, Palace Songs, Palace.

After riding on some unexpected hype from his recent appearance in R.Kelly's ridiculously entertaining hip-hopera Trapped In The Closet, he'll be releasing Ask Forgiveness on Domino Records under the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy once again. Slated for the a 11/19 release, the record spans a collection of covers that Oldham has crafted with more acoustic eccentricity over the past year or so. Among these tracks are reworkings of Bjork, Danzig, Mary J. Blige and (as credited) Robert Sylvestor Kelly himself. Knowing his uncanny ability to lay out sonic landscapes with unflinching calm and grace leads me to believe that there will be no disappointment!

Other more than notable Will Oldham performances include a lead role in Kelly Reichardt's slow but sure film Old Joy (2006). Though, truthfully, nothing can touch his appearence with Zach Galifianakis in the video for Kanye West's "You Can't Tell Me Nothing", which is far to amazing to describe in words.

Bounce to this! >>>

No more OiNK

Fuck this shit. I don't want to get out of bed.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Here's to Hibernation

Great Lake Swimmers - Moving Pictures Silent Films (from Live EP)

Also this is the best idea ever.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

let's start out with a little humor

hey ev'rybody! i'm derek; i've got a soft spot for japanese game shows now a days, if you enjoy dizzy boxing half as much as i do you might want to check out a few other good ones. nothing like watching people suffer pain and humiliation on a gameshow with the so purpose to make the audience laugh at the contestant's expense and have no real cash prizes. contact your local cable provider, tell them you want more television like this state side.

andrew jackson jihad, the self-proclaimed "raffi who says 'fuck'" just dropped their new album people that can eat people are the luckiest people in the world using the grassroots method of surprising the audience at their september 11th show by releasing it then. the album came as a surprise for andrew jackson fans everywhere because of the combination of how quite they kept it while working on the album and the rather high production quality on there new release. it is quite a different sound from everything i had heard from them before, it no longer just a guitar and a stand up base sound that i've grown to love from this small time arizona band. interesting trivia fact: bryn's old band there's no i in team decepticon opened for andrew jackson jihad in protland oregon.
andrew jackson jihad - let us get murdered (off of there split with ghost mice)

i've been a long running fan of holy fuck from when they came out with their first ep, the combination of raw drum beats and a plug'n play electronic style. they're soon going to drop their third self-titled release with this one being their first full length lp. if you were lucky enough to get a hold of their limited ep that dropped earlier this year (i have it on vinyl,) you're already familiar with most of the songs on the new album but the new songs make it definitely worth picking up.
holy fuck - royal gregory

ghostface killah and man man are playing shows in santa cruz this month, see all you guys then.

thank you bryn phillips (mentioned above) for the link to possibly the funniest thing i've seen in a long time...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

First day of winter came a season too soon

It got grey today. Who wants to cuddle up and go back to 1995 with me?


So, it begins. Post #1 reaffirming, maybe embarrassingly so, my feeble attractions to whiskey-toting female guitarists who just happen to be from Brooklyn. Could it be Elisa Ambrogio's exhausted swagger? Or maybe just the fact that she is apparently using her half pint of Jim Beam as a guitar slide? I mean, damn!

In any case, the noise coming from the Magik Markers lately has been largely impressive and refreshing. This all in the wake of what seems to be a constantly recycled sound coming from New York's "king country". As a part of the often criticized "no-fi" movement, they are certainly not for everyone.

What really matters, however, is that their new record Boss, out on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, is like a spear of mind blowing textures that make it an unqualified, challenging masterwork in my eyes. At times reminiscent of late 80's Sonic Youth on tracks like "Taste", it also has a clear sensitivity to songwriting on "Bad Dream/Hartford's Beat Suite", all while preserving the discordant world they've been known to create.

This friday is the big 2-3 for me &, along with a few exciting coastal adventures on Saturday, I will be seeing them at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. If I could urge you any more to find a way to the show I'd probably be hitting you point-blank in the face with a sledgehammer. Which is ironically what some believe their music simulates. They'll be playing with Seattle sweetheart Goatgirl.

Hold onto your face..
From the "BOSS" LP:
>> Taste
>> Bad Dream/Hartford's Beat Suite

**note: you might want to consider THIS before seeing them live.

Also, let it be known that the weekend will end with a burst of joy when Akron/Family plays at The Crepe Place (1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz). They are a virtually unclassifiable band that, along with ex-Swan Michael Gira's project Angels of Light, are responsible for two of the most undeniably great albums of the year. Akron/Family's Love Is Simple, and Angels of Light's We Are Him, both on Young God Records. More on the folk-inspired brilliance of Angels of Light later.

Sunday: a perfect day for delicious cheese-filled crepes and Akron/Family's epic display of beards and random toy instruments. Yum!

Akron/Family - Moment (live) Albany, NY

[I'm looking forward to writing along side these lovelies. I'll be filling up my pockets with more stallions, unicorns, and the like in the near future.. ]

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Hats off to Tate's friends SPANK ROCK for not only providing us with a new dose of Philly Rap/Miami Bass goodness, but also creating the best album covers of this year. So far they have released 3 EPs leading up to their new album, each on with amazing cover art. peep these:

Loose - Spank Rock

Also check out this DJ mix by Terry Told 'Em. Still can't get over saturday night.

in-DEED - Terry Told 'Em

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Alert! Pocket Full of Horses holds hands with friends!

Pocket Full of Horses is officially undergoing some changes that have nothing to do with our layout (which is already awesome enough). We've invited a few of our friends to help out with the blog so in the next few days you may be seeing posts from people other than just me! and dean!. Our first friend is Derek who pretty much has the same blogging story as me. He started out as a solo blogger at Dodge Attack and then moved on to Sex in the Breakroom with our boo Austin. We hold him dearly in our blogging hearts. Expect something ridiculously cutting edge from him.

Our other invitation was sent out to our friend Jon Lady. He's a full name kind of guy. Booty is new to the blogging community, but not new to writing and being cynical. From the looks of it, he's going to be writing some super high quality stuff that will be linguistically enriching.

So there's my official notice. Things will be changing a bit for a while. I think both of these guys will be great additions to our blog, but keep in mind that none of this is permanent just yet; someone may be jumping ship or walking the plank or crying mutiny any moment now. Anyways, I hope your excited for our new changes because we're really looking forward to seeing this blog take new shape. And as always, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

what it is what it do

I think everything will just be downhill from here. Last weekend I saw (in order) Ladytron, The Chemical Brothers, Dan Deacon and Girl Talk. By Sunday morning I was pretty much paralized from the waist down and in a deep euphoric state similar to drinking 8 onces of Kava. Breakdown!

started off pretty weak but picked up speed towards the end. Overall a neat performance but stood quivering in the shadows of the Chemical Brothers.

The Chemical Brothers-
Fucking amazing. Their performance was on par with Sigur Ros except the chemical brothers had several thousands of dollars invested in LASERS!!!!!! The video projection was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen and completly restored my faith in VJs. They played a whole bunch of stuff off of their new album We are The Night which was pretty quality. here is a sample:

Das Spiegel - The Chemical Brothers

Dan Deacon-
If I get by a 30ft great white the next time I take a bath, I would die knowing the I had at least one accomplishment: I saw and survived a Dan Deacon show. He had a flashing green skull, n'uff said. I ripped a live copy of "Silence like the Wind" to help me come down from the performance.

Silence like the Wind - Dan Deacon

Girl Talk-
Greg Gillis looks a lot like Jesus. He also was received by the crowd as if he was Jesus. Maybe he is the new messiah, or better yet, the new anti-christ (move over Rasputin). Either way I now can say that I have been on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and the Fillmore without playing a single note. Here is a highlight of the show:

Knife (Girl Talk Remix)- Grizzly Bear

Best weekend ever? Maybe.

p.s. Here is some proof that the show was awesome: