World Cup Hangover

Apparently this summer some event called “The World Cup” happened. Supposedly it’s when every country other than the United States gets together in basically a third world country and plays soccer. The Americans routinely underperfom, because every other country calls soccer “football.” So the American team shows up with their helmets and football.

This team apparently "lost" this summer

Name confusion aside, soccer seems to be a sport that Americans routinely don’t care about for 1,430 days out of every 1,460 days. every 4 years, Americans don their recently bought United States soccer jerseys, paint their faces, wear zany wigs, bang on drums and cheer for a sport they won’t care about in 3 weeks. In a fit of sports amnesia right after the conclusion of the World Cup American’s forget about soccer because Freedom Football stars up, as does basketball, baseball and hockey, all sports that represent America’s desire to do things no other country does.

Is Freedom Football the "True American Sport?"

Wonder what would happen if the U.S. won the World Cup one time. We apparently had it here in the early 90s when some South Americans “beat the shit” out of the rest of the world and won. If we won, maybe American’s would abandon sports that the other countries don’t understand and pick up “the world’s game”

South Americans are good at soccer because they have no "McDonalds beer guts"

Wonder if this is a hangover from our “colonial” days when England still “owned” us. Since the English love soccer, we automatically had to invent 5 sports they have never heard of and call them “America’s game” and exclude all other countries from participating.

Did you root for the United States at the World Cup?
Did you already forget what “soccer” is?
Were you more psyched for “Freedom Football?”
Do they let dog fighters participate in soccer? (via Philly Vick)
Who the hell are the Wolverhampton Wolves?

Who the hell are the "Wolves?"

Enjoy,

Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus
Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
Making Time – Creation
Alley Cats – Hot Chip
Tropicalia – Beck
Come Back – The Belles
Luv Goon – Pearl Harbor
Asleep At The Party – Memory Cassette
In The Mouth A Desert – Pavement
Hollow Hollow Eyes – Crocodiles
96 Tears – ? And The Mysterians
Never Follow Suit – The Radio Dept.
It Ain’t Gonna Save Me – Jay Reatard
Pencil Rot – Stephen Malkmus
House Jam – Gang Gang Dance
Treefort – Henry’s Dress
Miss These Things    3:12    The Bats    Daddy’s Highway    Rock    4/30/09 5:23 PM
Kaili – Caribou
Suffocation – Crystal Castles
Go Outside – Cults
Blown Away – Pixies
Now’s The Only Time I Know – Fever Ray
Wires – Coconut Records
It’s My Life – Animals
Daisy – Fang Island
Free Energy – Free Energy
Ahab – Here We Go Magic
Bermuda – Kisses
Deiyo Deiyo – The Hykkers
This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks
Horizons – Son Ambulance

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Camino Muerto – The Growlers
9. We Used To Wait – The Arcade Fire
8. A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
7. Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix) – Small Black
6. Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock
5. I Want The World To Stop – Belle and Sebastian
4. Never Come Around – La Sera
3. Desire Lines – Deerhunter
2. Lucky One – Avey Tare
1. You – Gold Panda

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October Blues

It’s now October. Where does the time go? It feels like just last week I was toasting champagne over the 2010 changeover. It’s almost time for 2011, and that means we’re a little bit closer to 2012 and the end of the world. At least it will make for some bomb-ass parties. No sense holding back if we’re all going to wake up dead.

Kinda nervous about the end of the world. Since I don’t really believe in Heaven/chilling with God/Jesus-bro when you die, I’m not really looking forward to dying

Are you going to "chill" with God/Jesus-bro after the zombie apocalypse?

Anyway, this brings me back to October. Even though we’re on the edge of an apocalypse, October is my favorite month of the year. First of all, Halloween. Halloween is the best holiday of the year. You get to dress up and scare little kids, drink a ton and eat candy for no reason other than it’s fun.

What are you thinking of going as for Halloween this year, since it’s costume picking season? I’m think about a Shark. Because Sharks are king of the sea.

Kind of like the Sufer Blood bros...

Also reminds me of the Surfer Blood bro’s album cover, incidentally one of my favorite releases of 2k9.

Is Candy Corn the “alt” candy or just “shit?”
Is Halloween the ultimate holiday?
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Is a shark a sweet costume or “mega-lame?”
Which one of your bros is going to throw the best slammin’ Halloween party this year?
It won’t be me.

Enjoy Fall
Enjoy Candy
Enjoy Halloween
Screw Christmas (via lame Santabro)

Fuck You Santa

Bombay – El Guincho
Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
Moonlight Dance – Sally Shapiro
Octavio – Viva Voce
Idioteque – Radiohead
Western hospitality – Club 8
Slow – Twin Shadow
Fountains – Teen Inc.
Fair Weather Friends – Daedelus
Serious Encounters – Drummer
Post-Paint Boy – Stephen Malkmus
Morgan – Cloud Nothings
Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade
Camino Muerto – Growlers
Shot Down – Sonics
Safe at Home    2:15    Eternal Summers    beko_16
Brave New World – Weezer    Hurley (Deluxe Edition)    Rock
Frank Heat – Universe (Phaseone VIP) – Phaseone
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
You and I – Washed Out feat. Caroline Polachek
Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel
So Many Ways – Mates Of State
Please See – Liam the Younger
The Old Days – Dr. Dog
Dream City – Free Energy
Thee Only One – Frankie Rose
Simple graces – Delorean
Strangling Good Guys – Trailer Trash Tracies
Who Do You Love – Museum of Bellas Artes

Vinyl Countdown

10. Feeling Today – Botany
9. Martin Luther King Day – Times New Viking
8. Padding Ghost – Dan Deacon
7. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
6. Circled Sun – Chromatics
5. Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice Remix) – Deerhunter
4. Badlands – Growlers
3. Search Party – Small Black
2. Anyone’s Ghost – The National
1. You Don’t Love Me – Kim and Grim

Test Taking Annoyance

Busy studying for a test. Flipping endless notecards in order to memorize a hundred works of pre-Columbian Mezoamerican artworks.

Do you know which Mezoamerican culture this work of art comes from?

Can’t really see the point, it’s not like I’m ever going to need to know if a piece of artwork originated from the Olmec culture or the Zapotec culture. I am forced to take this class because my minor “requires” it, and I really want to “graduate.”

I feel like test are a gross mis-representation of knowledge. I feel like they’re designed specifically to make students forget everything they learned. I can feel 100% confident going into a test yet bomb it hopelessly.

Fail

Studying also takes up valuable life time. I can’t have meaningful human interaction if I’m busy with my nose in an irrelevant textbook. I feel like I waste too much time studying for a test or doing homework. I feel like after 20 hours of class time per week I should not be expected to do more work.

Do you feel that your knowledge is not properly represented in tests?
Can one have meaningful human interaction while studying?
Do you value your interactions with humans?
Do you consider yourself a “crazy cat lady?”
Am I still a relevant human being?

Banana Jam Pt.1 – Julian Lynch
Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
Cut Your Hair – Pavement
I Want To – Best Coast
Odessa – Caribou
Cato As A Pun – Of Montreal
Steady, As She Goes – The Raconteurs
I Couldn’t Love You – Cursive
Bros – Panda Bear
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
At A Glance (Toro y Moi Remix) – Body Language
Dig For Fire – Pixies
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Clears Throat – FUR
Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz
The Message  – Grandmaster Flash
Wet Hair – Japandroids
Sex Machine – James Brown
A Salty Salute – Eternal Summers
noah’s ark – cocorosie
Oh Yoko – John Lennon
2 Weeks ’til Prom – Lil Wayne and Grizzly Bear
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond
Song For Lonely Giants – The Mountain Goats
Sleeper Hold – No Age
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Cutlass – PVC Street Gang

Vinyl Countdown

10. Rich Girl – Hall & Oates
9. Cold War – Janelle Monae
8. Revival – Deerhunter
7. Whaddaya Wanna Know – Cloud Nothings
6. Cave Grill – Arch M
5. Ruling Me – Weezer
4. Watch The Glow – Museum Of Bellas Artes
3. Northern Islands – Blank Dogs
2. Bombay – El Guincho
1. Feeling Today – Botany

R.I.P Radio

I have spent the last few days in a loaner dealership car since mine has been in the shop. This means I’ve had a good few days stuck listening to terrestrial radio as my loaner has no iPod hookups. This has lead me to a conclusion.

Terrestrial Radio is dead

Every radio station is Top 40, Country, Rap or Latin. I don’t understand how so much of the same stuff can co-exist simultaneously. Sometimes it’s lonely being the only Indie music show on terrestrial radio.
This whole thing kind of makes me want to quit. Kind of feels like I’m fighting a battle that I have been destined to lose from the beginning. Not sure if I’m up to it anymore. Popular music is no longer defined by what is heard on the radio, DJs are no longer given freedom to play new music. DJs are locked into computer-run programs that have 10 song libraries that play on repeat. Program Directors respond to what is on MTV and the Disney Channel. It’s been a good run terrestrial radio, but I believe I can pronounce it, you are dead.

Is Terrestrial Radio dead?
Is The Cassette Deck the only good show on the radio?
Should I just give up and quit radio altogether?
Do you like Top 40 stations because they play “hip” music?
Can you relate to the DJs on Top 40 stations? Are they “just like you?”
Is the Volkswagon Tiguan a relevant car or a “mom mobile?”
Should this be my last blog post ever?

R.I.P Radio, 1920-2010 “It’s Been A Good Run”

Heathen Child – Grinderman
Slow – Twin Shadow
Art House Director – Broken Social Scene
A Salty Salute – Eternal Summers
No Logic – White Hinterland
Concrete & Clay – Unit 4 + 2
Coastal Brake (Lusine Remix) – Tycho
Idiot Heart – Sunset Rubdown
Party With Children – Ratatat
You’re a Target – No Age
blue moon – Drug Rug
Panda – Dungen
Meeches Theme – Malachai
Camera Talk – Local Natives
Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix) – Cold Cave
Dark Days – Chin Chin
Heart Skipped A Beat – The XX
Phantom Pt. II – Justice
Jail La La – Dum Dum Girls
Summer Well – Interpol
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
Temporarily Blind – Built To Spill
Hots For Teacher – Coasting
You’re A Wolf – Sea Wolf
Baltimore – Tennis
Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I’m An Animal – Shark?
Well Known Pleasures – VEGA

Vinyl Countdown!?

10. Dark Days – Chin Chin
9. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
8. The Curse – Cults
7. Found Out – Caribou
6. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
5. Hope Child – Free Energy
4. B-Boy Document – The High & Mighty
3. Voices – Pure Ecstasy
2. Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck) – Gang Starr
1. Revival – Deerhunter

New Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus, i.e. multi-instrumentalist producer Steven Ellison, might have cut his teeth making beats for Adult Swim bumps, but the guy has some major producing chops. After two ridiculously good albums in Los Angeles and Cosmogramma Ellison dropped a new EP, Pattern+Grid World today. Here is the single “Kill Your Co-workers”

Courtesy of Stereogum.com

New Crystal Stilts!

Oh snap! Crystal Stilts are back with a couple new singles that will be the A and B side of a 7inch that comes out at the end of October. Check them out!
Win!

“Shake The Shackles”

“Magnetic Moon”

(Courtesy of Stereogum.com)

September 13th Madness

Fall is an exciting time for me. Temperatures here in Texas drop below 100, trees turn from green to dead overnight and it’s bitterly cold without the hope of precipitation that will cancel my classes. I’m still glad it’s here. The sports bro in me comes out a bit as Soccer seasons start up all over the world. It’s back to work for Liverpool who were embarrassingly bad last season and have continued that to the beginning of this season.
Fall also means that it’s time to start considering the end of the year 2010. How has this year stacked up? I’m not sure yet. Plenty of good music came out, giving me plenty of headaches about my annual end-o-the-year list, but that was about it. I feel like the world is slowly unraveling and we’re all stuck on it.
We’ll see, I’m not religious but maybe 2012 will mark the end of the world. We won’t know until roughly a year a a few months. Why worry now?
Cheers,

Kyle

Back to the End – Las Robertas
Wonder – Estasy
Slow – Twin Shadow
When The Sun Don’t Shine – Best Coast
Heavy In Your Arms – Florence & The Machine
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Green Onions – Booker T. & the MG’s
Margerine Rock – Stereolab
Milkman – Aphex Twin
Heaven Can Wait – Charlotte Gainsbourg
Fast Jabroni – Surfer Blood
Grand ideas – Lindstrøm
Old Street – Cloud Nothings
One Evening – Feist
At A Glance (Toro y Moi Remix) – Body Language
DLZ – TV on the Radio
10. Travelin’ Girl – The Bitters
Monk Chant (Live) – The Monks
All Out Of Tune – Real Estate
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens
We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
Banana Jam Pt.1 – Julian Lynch
Spring (Air France Remix) – Saint Etienne
King Of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth
The Offbeat – FLYamSAM
We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Animals
These Days – Alex Bleeker
Dancing on My Own – Robyn
..And The World Laughs With You – Flying Lotus Feat. Thom Yorke
Radiohead – Videotape (Phaseone & Frank Heat Remix)

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Never Follow Suit – The Radio Dept.
9. Hang With Me – Robyn
8. Marathon – Tennis
7. Like You Crazy – Mates Of State
6. Streetwork – Club Of The Sons
5. Heavenward Grand Prix – Japandroids
4. Hearts Of Love – Crocodiles
3. Wasting Time – Reading Rainbow
2. Helicopter – Deerhunter
1. When We’re Dancing – Twin Shadow

Labor Day Playlist

The arrogant concept blog that normally occupies this space has gone on a Labor Day Vacation, enjoy the playlist.

Gil-Scott Heron – I’m New Here
Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette
Broken Social Scene – World Sick
Real Estate – Atlantic City
Delorean – Endless Sunset
Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union
Beach House – Take Care
Sleigh Bells – Riot Rhythm
Yeasayer – I Remember
Free Energy – Bang Pop
Wolf Parade – Little Golden Age
Fol Chen – In Ruins
The Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Times New Viking – Move To California
Stars – I Died So I Could Haunt You
Toro y Moi – Low Shoulder
Janelle Monae – Cold War
Art Museums – Sculpture Gardens
Malachai – Snowflake
The Vaselines – Sex With An X
jj – Let Go
Discovery – Orange Shirt
Iron & Wine – Peng! 33
Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now
Beck – The Information
White Denim – Sex Prayer
Solid Gold – Synchronize
Animal Collective – Doggy
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator
Los Campesinos – Death to Los Campesinos!
Ganglians – Lost Words
The Field – Yesterday And Today
Marnie Stern – Transformer
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland 1945
Asobi Seksu – Sing Tomorrow’s Praise
Art Brut – DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin –  Pangea
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
Tiny Vipers – Dreamer

Sick-Ass Monday

Not sure what is the worst part about being sick with my annual bi-annual cold, it might be;
Having to leave class every 20 minutes to blow my nose
Crippling Sinus headaches
Inability to taste or enjoy food and drinks
Necessity to spend $27 on Mucinex in order to feel better
It could be one of those or a combination of all. Who knows. I just know that it sucks being sick. That brings me to my point for the week. Why the hell can’t we cure the common cold?! Modern medicine has invented artificial limbs and organs and we can now treat most types of cancer, and we have a shot to cure the flu, but we can’t even invent a pill to cure a cold. It’s utterly proposterous. Considering the future didn’t bring me teleportation, flying cars or interstellar travel they could have at least cured my cold.

You’re No Good – Frankie Rose and the Outs
ONE – Yeasayer
Shelter – The XX
October Fires – Wolf People
Son Of A Gun – The Vaselines
Go Outside – Cults
Get Up – Washed Out
Making Time – The Creation
Tough Love – Reading Rainbow
Sleeper Hold – No Age
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ft. Angel Dreadoorian) – Discovery
horse stomach – dem hunger
Never Ending Math Equation -Modest Mouse
The Sound – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Loved-Up – Korallreven
Oh Yoko – John Lennon
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle – Jay Reatard
Bottom Feeder – Here We Go Magic
Enchanting Ghost  – Sufjan Stevens
Strange Dream – WITCH
Gay Human Bones – Harlem
Linus Spacehead – Wavves
Stillness Is The Move (Dirty Projectors Cover) – Solange
Closet Trash – Gray Goods
Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones
Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers
Ego Tripping (Self-Admiration With Blow-Up Mix) – The Flaming Lips
Warmer places – Delorean
My Friend – Dr. Dog
Fair Weather Friends – Daedelus
noah’s ark – cocorosie

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Despicable Dogs – Small Black
9. City Side – Junk Culture
8. Coastal Brake – Tycho
7. Cheerleader (Neon Indian Studio 6669 Remix) – Grizzly Bear
6. All Too Vivid (Original Mix) – VEGA
5. Hey Cool Kid – Cloud Nothings
4. The Video Dept. – The Radio Dept.
3. Gone To Sea – A Classic Education
2. To Tears – Abe Vigoda
1. I Walked – Sufjan Stevens

One Hot August Monday

Today marked the beginning of another school year. Probably millions of people went back to school and millions more went back to jobs from which they had no summer vacation. Beginning school is really a bittersweet experience. On the one hand you get to chill with your bros that you probably haven’t seen/talked to/facebooked since May. However, on the other hand you are no longer free and shackled by the chains of the modern education institution. It’s really a bit of a toss up.
If you dig my show you can follow me on Twitter. Sometimes I even talk about music. I am @kylehummel
Here’s what I played tonight:

Djohariah – Sufjan Stevens
Hey Cool Kid – Cloud Nothings
Marathon – Tennis
Dogs Are Cool – Deerhunter
All Around and Away We Go – Twin Sister
Life Magazine – Cold Cave
Treefort – Henry’s Dress
Turn The Dirt Over – Sea Wolf
D.R.U.G.S. – The Raveonettes
Embassy Row – Pavement
Who do you love (Handsomeboy Technique remix) – Museum of Bellas Artes
Suffocation – Crystal Castles
That’s Not Me – Junk Culture
Danger Zone – Solid Gold
Wet Cement – The Morning Benders
Song for No One – Miike Snow
Samantha – The Mantles
Death To Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
The Curse – Las Robertas
Rain On – Woods
Sink/Let it Sway – Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
Younger Us – Japandroids
Me And The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron
Cubism Dream – Local Natives
You Wanted A Hit – LCD Soundsystem
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Saint Jerome – Coconut Records
Rebel Rebel – Seu Jorge

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Don’t Fall In Love – Still Corners
9. Lately (Deuxieme) – Memoryhouse
8. Turn Into Feathers Feat. Emily Reo – Truman Peyote
7. 96 Tears – ? And The Mysterians
6. Mickey Mouse – Wavves
5. Lights – Interpol
4. Low Shoulder – Toro Y Moi
3. Bang Pop (Fool’s Gold Remix) – Free Energy
2. All Out Of Tune – Real Estate
1. All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)

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