Bonaparte - TBD

Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams

Jeff Hanson - Madam Owl

Hello Blue Roses - The Portrait Is Finished And I Have Failed to Capture Your Beauty

Magnetic Fields - Distortion

Okay - Huggable Dust

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing

Kelley Stoltz - Circular Sounds

Swan Lake - TBD

Vampire Weekend - s/t




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December 28, 2007
"Someday, some guy on a forum somewhere is going to announce that he's been listening the the Manishevitz catalog and that it's surprisingly solid, and the other guys on the forum will investigate and concur with that guy's conclusions. This inevitable event will be well-deserved."
John Darnielle on Manishevitz, their new album, East To East, and banging one's head against a wall.


December 19, 2007
Said the Gramophone has a new track from the Magnetic Fields' Distortion disc posted. Get over there soon to check it out, my gut tells me Nonesuch will not be keen on allowing that post to stay.

Speaking of Nonesuch, they just unveiled their new online store, wherein an online purchase of an album nets you both the CD and an instant 320k MP3 download. It's a great method, I think, and is essentially the same system I have set up for Catbird Records, it's just we don't charge $15.98. I give Nonesuch major props for this, though. I keep a big list of labels and my guesses as to their odds of surviving the next year; Nonesuch's odds just went up.

I've totally forgotten to mention this insane bit of news: Sparks are performing all 20 of their albums over the course of 20 nights, capped off by the world premiere of their as-yet-untitled 21st album on the 21st night.

Not to be confused with the Black Kids, Vancouver's No Kids is made up mostly by members of that band P:ANO, and have a record, Come Into My House due on Tomlab in February.

::: No Kids - For Halloween :::

On a TOTALLY DIFFERENT note, Matador has signed Jay Reatard for six limited edition singles in 2008. Gerard says:
Manufactured quantities of each single will diminish with each successive release. We’ve not figured out the exact scheme yet, but given our commitment to the customer-always-being-angry, rest assured the numbers will be lower than you'd like.

For those not nearly hung up on the collector skum scenery, all 6 7"'s will be compiled for a subsequent CD and LP release.

::: Jay Reatard - My Shadow :::


December 17, 2007
As the Annual "Best Of" List Season begins to wind down, I thought I'd do a quick, obviously-not-scientific-at-all assessment, and see what kinda findings I could come up with re: my Music-Blogger "Best Of 2007" List Cheat-Sheet.

(Method: Each item on a list that also appears on the Cheat-Sheet = 1 pt.)

Scores:

1. Average Blogger Score: 3/10
Turns out everyone is actually 70% more unique, beautiful and snowflake-like than previously thought.

2. Amazon, Baltimore City Paper, The Guardian, LA Times, Maxim, Metacritic, Mojo, NME, Other Music, Q, Time, and Uncut: 4/10-5/10
Makes sense that most outlets would hit about 50%, considering the Cheat Sheet left off "mainstream" acts (Springsteen/Kanye/Winehouse, etc.). Most popular with this group: (1) Radiohead - In Rainbows, (2) LCD SS - SoS / MIA - Kala

3. Filter, The Onion, Stylus, Drowned In Sound, Paste: 7/10-8/10
Most popular with this group: (1) Radiohead - In Rainbows/LCD SS - SoS/The National - Boxer/MIA - Kala

4. Stereogum Readers: 10/10 (100%)
OK- next year, I'm calling the Cheat Sheet "The Stereogum Readers 'Best Of' Cheat Sheet"

I think Pitchfork's list is supposed to be posted this week; here's my prediction: 12/18 Update: It's posted.

Actual Pitchfork List:
1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
2. LCD Soundsystem - SoS
3. MIA - Kala
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
5. Of Montreal
6. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
8. Battles - Mirrored
9. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
10. Burial
My Prediction:
1. LCD Soundsystem - SoS
2. Deerhunter - Cryptograms
3. Battles - Mirrored
4. MIA - Kala
5. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
6. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
8. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
9. The National - Boxer
10. Radiohead - In Rainbows

I give the Pitchfork List a 7.2.


December 13, 2007
Pitchfork's terribly funny Worst Album Covers post today made me realize just how much I miss the old biting, acid Pitchfork. The one that didn't give a 6.8 to everything / didn't do a ZOMG news release every time Dan Deacon misplaced a sock.


December 10, 2007
Even though most people's frame of reference for Destroyer seems to go back exactly one album ("ZOMG I loved Rubies!"), I feel it is my duty to offer this link up as a simple public service:

Destroyer - Streethawk on Vinyl

I am telling you about this for a variety of reasons: (A.) It is Destroyer's best album, (B.) You will likely *never* see another vinyl copy (this is only the second one I've ever seen (only 300 or so were pressed)), (C.) I'd like to see the price on this go sky high so that I can feel better about the ridiculous price I paid back when I bought a copy.

::: Destroyer - The Sublimation Hour :::


December 05, 2007
Catbird Records, 2007 In Review

In recent years, and this year in particular, there's been a lot of healthy debate about "new models" for record labels. I would just like to point out that, hell, we've been running one of these newfangled "ad-supported" models for over 2 years now. Starting in the Fall of '05, after 3 years of ad-free existence, Catbirdseat.Org finally decided to take on advertising. But it wasn't to line our pockets, no sir-- we immediately began directing 100% of that revenue toward putting out great releases by great bands. Since then, we've done a grand total of 17 releases, and a mind-boggling *10* of those came out in 2007. Here's a recap of our year:


Catbird (CBR) Releases:

Manishevitz - East to East
Just released this week, East to East is the first new album from Manishevitz since 2003's superb City Life. East to East finds the band continuing to explore the art-rock territory they began journeying toward on 2002's Private Lines EP.

MP3: Manishevitz - Dead Birds

$7 CD | $7 320k MP3s | $10 CD + 320k MP3s | iTunes + | Amazon MP3 | eMusic


Moviola - Dead Knowledge
With 6 albums already under their belt and nothing to lose, Moviola spent two years leisurely recording their 7th. In the end, what came out was Dead Knowledge, their timeless, glorious, honest-to-goodness chef-d'oeuvre.

VIDEO: Moviola - Humility (MP3)
VIDEO: Moviola - Truth and Devotion
MP3: Moviola - Rudy

$7 CD | $7 320k MP3s | $8 CD/DVD | $10 CD + 320k MP3s | iTunes | Amazon | eMusic


Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts - Blue Birds Blood
A beautifully broken and bruised record from London Englands's inimitable Mathew Sawyer. Quietly melancholic and romantic, punk'd up, folk'd out, and lo-fi; I like to call it a good, solid 40-minutes of "uneasy listening."

MP3: Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts - Penny Falls

$7 CD | Amazon | UK Edition (MP3s)



Catbird Special Projects (CSP):

Jason Zumpano - In The Co. Of Ghosts CD + Print Set
A collaboration between the illustrious Jason Zumpano (of Zumpano, Destroyer, and Sparrow) and visual artist Jason McLean, consisting of 12 piano compositions from JZ and 3 hand-screened prints of McLean's artwork. NOTE: we have only 2 copies of this remaining. Sold out.

MP3: Jason Zumpano - Matchless Dancer

$5 CD/Prints


The Underpainting - s/t
A thoughtful and gently unfolding work from Brian Michael Roff & Co. Brian's songs are modest, honest, organic, and charming.

MP3: The Underpainting - The Underpainting

$5 CD | MP3s at Tower of Song


Fulton Lights - s/t Special Edition
Andrew Goldman (Maestro Echoplex) returned this year with this sublime, sprawling tone-poem, sketching out his love affair with The City.

MP3: Fulton Lights - Fire In The Palm Of My Hand
MP3: Fulton Lights - Thank God For The Evening News

$7 CD | iTunes | eMusic



Catbird Vinyl (CB7) Releases:

Get Him Eat Him - There's A Guy 7-Inch
They put out a great new full-length this year, but GHEH also graced us with this purple vinyl slab with 3 non-album tracks, including a great Capstan Shafts cover.

Stream: Get Him Eat Him - More Lovely Than Likely (The Capstan Shafts)

$2.50 7-Inch


And finally: What You Missed (Sold Out 2007 Releases)

Clear Tigers - s/t EP
A fantastic 4-song EP from Brooklyn's rock-solid Clear Tigers. Although you missed the EP, you can still get their debut full-length, Brutal, directly from them. I highly recommend doing that.

MP3: Clear Tigers - Igloo

Prairie Cat - Attacks!
A great short and sweet pop album from Canadian Cary Pratt. We did a special edition version with hand-painted covers, but you can still get the album in its regular edition from Toronto's Fuzzy Logic Recordings.

MP3: Prairie Cat - Grumpy Forever

Forest Fire - Psychic Love Star EP
Enchantingly lo-fi and sneakily catchy, this 6-track EP from Brooklyn's Forest Fire is something I call "homegrown hymns for those with no religion." Full-length coming in 2008.

MP3: Forest Fire - Psychic Love Star


[And ok; if you bothered reading this far, here's a lil' bonus for you: Catbird Special Holiday Deals.]



December 04, 2007
The eighth Destroyer album, Trouble In Dreams, is due out on March 18 from Merge. Here's the first mp3, for "Foam Hands."

::: Destroyer - Foam Hands :::


December 03, 2007