Monday, June 26, 2006


charlotte, north carolina's experimental eight-piece pyramid have had their music featured in two david gordon green films, all the real girls and undertow. soon they can add the foot fist way - directed by dgg pal jody hill and starring danny mcbride (bust-ass from all the real girls) - to their list of soundtrack credits. the film was well-received at the 2006 sundance film festival, earning itself international distribution rights and possibly domestic rights in the near future.

film threat has this to say about the foot fist way:
"mix some bad santa, with a splash of napoleon dynamite and shake it up with a whole lot of whoop ass and you've got one of the funniest martial arts movies since they call me bruce?"

i'm curious to hear how pyramid's songs fit in with the comedic tone of the foot fist way, seeing as how the films in which their music has been featured previously were much more serious and introspective and had much more in common with their songs. it'll be interested to say the least.

a smattering of names that have been dropped in various reviews: jeff tweedy, sonic youth, jim o'rourke, john zorn, nick cave, a silver mt. zion, slint, sparklehorse, bright eyes, sixteen horsepower, tom waits, will oldham, should get the point by now.

though they've been together for roughly five years, the first american is the band's first album. definitely check this band out.

MP3: "monster in the canyon"
MP3: "umbrellas"
MP3: "the engineer"
from the album: the first american
release date: summer 2005
label: n/a
myspace: add as friend


Sunday, June 25, 2006


"balún are three kids from the caribbean island of puerto rico. they are named angélica, josé and andrés. they like to make dreamy electro-acoustic melodies for imaginary films. they play several electronic and acoustic instruments such as melodica, violin, guitar and accordion. their music is inspired by little people called "balunes" that only appear at night."

here are 6 steps to beginning a wonderful love life with balún:

1. before meeting, do some research and get to know who you're dealing with. read this interview with balún over at motel de moka.

2. become myspace friends with them and ask them out for a nice evening. maybe a stop in a cutesy art gallery followed by an ice cream cone.

3. cheap date idea: get to know them better by heading over to the observatory to download their entire while sleeping e.p. (for free). end the evening with a long hug and a soft kiss on the cheek.

4. time to step it up and really turn on the charm. get dressed up and take them to a fancy restaurant. i highly recommend an e.p. collection, which compiles all three of balún's e.p.'s into one 19-song cd, for only *10 bucks*!

5. think about the possibility of a future together. there's a brand new full-length, something comes our way, coming out this month on brilliante records. maybe buy them some roses and jewelry to celebrate the occasion. it may be time to commit.

6. seal the deal. stay the night and on sunday morning, snuggle under the sheets with them and don't get out of bed until noon while listening to these whimsical tunes:

MP3: "la bicicleta de cristal"
MP3: "senecio"
MP3: "hay una piscina en la nube"
from the album: an e.p. collection
release date: 2006
label: brilliante
myspace: add as friend

Friday, June 02, 2006

the radio dept.

MP3: "pet grief"
MP3: "i wanted you to feel the same"
from the album: pet grief
release date: 05/30/06
label: labrador
myspace: add as friend