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Video hookup

Before we get to the videos, other misc:

Ten back-to-school songs for your adorable tykes, approved by the Lovely Mrs. Davis. My little guy goes to first grade in two weeks. Sniffle.

– Maria from Her Jazz took a photo of something that’s probably been there since the 70s — someone getting their Led on.

– Brian from Moistworks contemplates throwing the artistic and musical gates wide open. Though in theory I agree, artists have to eat just like engineers. If we could just figure out a way to have both.

And now to the videos!

– A new video by Wisely, “Through Any Window”, stars the beautiful Jenna Fischer. The song ain’t that bad either :D

– Stereogum shares the new Stars video, “Take Me To the Riot”. The A plot is kind of meh, but I love the scenes with the band in them.

– From Achtung Baby!, video of Eisley live, just to prove that those harmonies aren’t faked.

Andrew Bird’s video for “Imitosis” at the Music Slut. Nerd rock leaves me so cold, but I love the little jeweled bugs.

– Also via the Music Slut, Madonna’s faux-French performance of “Vogue” at the 1990 VMAs. Could there be anything bad about men in gold hotpants? No, no there could not.

– And also also via the Music Slut, you may see how Youtube can be used to resurrect the Charleston. 23 skidoo!

– I am very fond of Jefito’s “Chartburn” posts, especially this one featuring Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” and this one with “Down Under” by Men At Work. Ah, memories.

– Old news, but G. vs. B. has video for MIA’s “Jimmy.”

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Sugar Free Mix

This post is for friend and reader J.M., who I admire very much. Lately he has faced a few personal challenges, which I shall not enumerate even in this post-privacy age, and he has faced them with bravery and with fortitude. He has conquered a couple of fears that even I squirm in my chair to think of. I salute you, James! I salute you with a mix containing a hefty dose of Canadians :D Hope you enjoy it.

This is a mix, for reals, so it’s set up a certain way & meant to be played in order. However, I know that this here digital age has made mixes so passé; therefore I also include single links.

Sugar Free Mix
for J.M. [08.21.07]

[ed note – tracks removed. contact me for a copy of single tracks (max of 3 pls)]

01 Play Tough – The Apples In Stereo
02 Shaking Through – REM
03 Know How (ft Feist) – Kings Of Convenience
04 Ode To Serotonin – Nightmare Of You
05 Life Effect – Stars
06 If I Should Explode – Machines Of Loving Grace
07 Van Helsing Boom Box – Man Man
08 The Needle Has Landed – Neko Case
09 Doing the Unstuck (Live, London, 92) – The Cure
10 Ultimate – Gogol Bordello

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I’ve decided I love songs by email, mostly because I don’t have to host anything on my own space (unless it’s worth it). Thanks, promoters, for saving my bandwidth!

Cheyenne — So quintessentially indie — a guy who can’t sing, some pretty good lyrics, etc., etc. Perks up a bit in “Write It Down In Red,” with addition of female vocalist and harmonica, but mostly does nothing for me. However, I can see hordes of fanboys slavering over their new EP, “The Land Rush.”

Cheyenne – Myspace | Site

Rose Kemp – This gal is old school, from a long tradition of proud girl rockers who don’t give quarter. It’s not my style of music anymore, but when I was eighteen I would have listened to it at full volume on my little basement-bedroom stereo. I’m glad there’s still music like this to be heard! You girls out there choking on your surfeit of Fergie and Kelly Clarkson, you give Rose here a try.

Rose Kemp – Myspace

Rose Kemp – Violence (fades out at the end, but it’s enough to sample.)

Vivek Shraya — Reading through his website, I’m tickled by his sense of humor. As for the music: for electropop, it seems thin — rather one dimensional — but I do like it, especially “Fevered,” with those hot minor key changes. It bounces. I don’t know if this would fly in a club, but I’d dance to it in my living room. New album is called, “If We’re Not Talking.”

Vivek Shraya – Myspace | Site

Vivek Shraya – Fevered [track removed]

Stars — Superfab reader James notes that Stars has a new song called “The Night Starts Here,” a precursor to new album “In Our Bedroom After the War.” Recommended to those people who … you know … like Stars. Is there anyone who doesn’t?

Stars – The Night Starts Here

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Hiatus! +Mix

Bon Ton, alas, must go on hiatus for 2 weeks. I will return, the week of August 7th, with more adorably witty comments and indie-flavored songs. Oh yes, you can’t escape me.

Meanwhile, since I will be traveling, I present a mix: I call it “Way Over In A Bucket Seat; the Driving Thru the Desert Mix,” even though I’m not going to be driving through the desert. At least, not much. So! Music! Music to drive by! Or at least take to the gym.

Let me make it known to you now that if you don’t download Teddybears Stockholm’s “Yours To Keep,” I can’t be responsible for the hole it will leave in your happiness.

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]
Way Over In A Bucket Seat

1. Aqua – Dum Di Da Di Da (megamix)
2. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
3. Boy Eats Drum Machine – I’m An Angel Telling Lies
4. The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
5. The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed (Milk Mix)
6. Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
7. DJ Riko – Burning Down Your Soul (Freeland Vs. Talking Heads vs. The Who)
8. The Format – Tune Out
9. Frou Frou – Let Go
10. The Get Up Kids – Mass Pike
11. Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
12. Jewel – Serve the Ego (Gabriel Dresden club mix)
13. Kanye West feat. Adam Levine – Heard em Say
14. Max Raabe & das Palast Orchester – Oops, I Did It Again
15. Rock Kills Kid – Paralyzed
16. Saint Ken – Die Another Day In London (Madonna vs. Pet Shop Boys)
17. Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (DJ Dangermouse remix)
18. Stars – Heart
19. Teddybears Stockholm – Yours To Keep
20. Weird Al Yankovic – Angry White Boy Polka

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