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I started Sarcasm And The City years ago, as a music blog.  I was consistent at times, though sporadic during most of the blog’s tenure.

And now, it’s time to end merge.

Though my passion lies in music, I also love to do and write about exercise, recipes, and more.  SATC doesn’t provide me the freedom that another, newer blog, could provide me.

So, hike on over to Run, Write, Repeat.

You’ll find more of my life on that blog, but plenty of music as well.  Such as, an interview and review of Katie Herzig, for starters.

SATC ran a good course, but it makes more sense to merge my interests in one blog.

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Not much to report when it comes to new releases.  Save your money for the next few weeks, with gems from Bright Eyes and other indie darlings waiting to hit your ipod.

The one spectacular release has been receiving buzz from all sorts of media and word of mouth: Barton Hollow from the Civil Wars.

I had the pleasure of seeing them at the Hotel Cafe in December, and it was, without a doubt, one of the best live acts I had seen in 2010.  Joy Williams and John Paul White possess a chemistry unlike any other duo I can think of.  Their folky acoustic sound can put one to sleep on one track, and be the perfect road trip device the next.

Check out the album live streaming here via Spinner, and see what I mean.

Then, buy Barton Hollow and have it forever and ever.

So much is happening in the music world — and since I have a fulltime job, it’s hard to post about each newsworthy item.

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A new year, and finally some new music worth listening to.   Be excited.

Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire WeekendContra (XL Recordings)

I saw Vampire Weekend last year at the Glasshouse.  The place was nowhere near packed and the average audience member could not legally buy a Lotto ticket.  Fastforward to 2010: their upcoming album has been generating buzz since the summer, and last week’s show had been sold out for awhile.
I’m still not sure what I think of the album.  It’s been streamed on various websites, and leaked from several sources, making this album even more hyped.  Their self titled effort was so unique and well produced that Contra sounded a bit boring.  But with every play, I seem to like a new track.  My favorites for now are Taxi Cab, and Horchata (which I’m now craving.  Yum.)
Local shows: 4/14 @ Fox Theatre (Pomona)
Buy Album: Contra
download mp3:
Taxi Cab

Laura VeirsJuly Flame (Raven Marching Band Records)

So you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy and have gestational diabetes… what do you do?  If you’re Laura Veirs, you go on a European tour!  My new hero’s (who’s blog post about leaving for tour would probably hit any estrogen-filled human) seventh album released today, with some resemblances to Ingrid Michelson, and Jessica Hoop.  Veirs has the ability to allow the album to sound incredibly feminine with beautiful, wimsical string arrangements, yet not get too cute or predictable.  The title track has a bit of a haunting edge to it, while others are light and airy.  July Flame features guests spots from My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James, and the added harmonies are merely a bonus.
Local shows: 3/8 @ Casbah (San Diego); 3/9 @ Spaceland (Silverlake)
Buy album: July Flame
Download mp3: July Flame

Listened to either album?  Stoked for different music that released this week?  Leave a comment.

Photo Credit :: Aaron Young :: thesmallestbox.com

Photo Credit :: Aaron Young :: thesmallestbox.com

I had high hopes for the past two weeks:

  • Top Ten Albums of 2009 so far (get excited)
  • July Playlist – Independence Day Spectacular (get more excited)
  • Artist Profiles (homeless African paraplegics who live in a zoo – continue to be excited)
  • TOT Info (you may be confused now, but you’ll be excited later)

Um yeah.  You got none of that.

Last weekend I went to Mexico for the bazillionth time.  And before assumptions are made, I voluntarily signed a covenant which stated that I would not drink alcohol for the entire time I was there.  Or flirt with boys.

Confused much?

Cross the Otay Mesa border in San Diego, hang a left at the tire shop, go offroading for a bit, narrowly escape death by crazy tanker trucks and machine-gun-wielding policemen several times, and you will soon enter a migrant community known as Rojo Gomez.

I’ve been going down there for four years to build houses for families there who previously lived in boxes made of garage doors, tarp, and some scrap wood.  Dirt floors on hills that frequently get hit with mud slides.  No bueno.

These familes have become family to me.  It’s interesting how much we have in common with each other.  The first kid I ever met was named Adrian, who had the most sarcastic sense of humor ever (not that I could relate to that.  Nope…).  I should probably admit my lack of knowledge of Spanish, despite the fact that it is my father’s first language and I have a hispanic last name.  But I have discovered this handy equation:

Broken Spanish + Broken or Nonexistent English + Smiles + Crazy Hand Gestures X Lots of Piggy Back Rides + Soccer Balls (Cubed) = Love

Photo Credit :: Aaron Young :: thesmallestbox.com

Photo Credit :: Aaron Young :: thesmallestbox.com

This is not a guilt trip.

Rather, this is a reminder to the intended geographical audience of this blog that three hours away is third world-ville.  And I have no answers as to what your part to play is or if you even have one.  But in relation to this blog, there is an amazing culture practically down the street, with some sweet ass music, some amazing food (um holy crap on crack, some amazing food.  I swear that sometimes I think I only go there for the street tacos.  But that isn’t true.)  And the importance of family (and in Mexican culture, anyone within a 100 mile radius is familia.  Which is all kinds of awesome.)

To put it mildly, my life has been dramatically changed (beyond words that can do justice) since discovering Rojo Gomez, and the neighboring town of El Nino.  And as I helped build two houses last weekend for two rad families, it has taken some time to adjust back here, and I really have not felt like writing or checking out any new music.  I’m getting back into the swing of things, so check back tonight or tomorrow.  But processing and reflecting on all that occurred on that rad weekend was more important and worthwhile.

For now, enjoy some of the music from a few hours south.

Download MP3: Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Vikingman
Download MP3: Pistolera – Nuevos Ojos
Download MP3:Grupo Fantasma – El Sabio Soy Yo

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It’s easier to make a pop or dance song as Song of The Week.  The adjectives are more descriptive, and when in doubt, just TYPE IN CAPS AND TALK ABOUT HOW LOUD AND FUN THE BEATS ARE.  Plus, the minute I describe Fleet Foxes as “folk,” half of you will close your browsers.  Yup, I now have only one person reading.  Thank you for sticking with me, Mom.

Yes, Fleet Foxes are more mellow than, say, Asteroids Galaxy Tour.  But lead singer Robin Pecknold has been absent from the scene since White Winter Hymnal was released in 2008, so this live track (from BBC Radio 6) was quite a surprise.  No harmonies (which is usually a FF staple), but this unique song is still wonderfully crafted.  I can’t stop listening to “Blue Spotted Tail” and I hope you feel the same way.

Download Fleet Foxes – Blue Spotted Tail

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Happy Birrrrthdaaaay...

Okay so it’s no longer my birthday month.  Whatever. I can still play whatever I like.

Better than Birthday Cake, Part 2. Click here to download the mp3’s of all the songs listed. Or click here for part 1.

The Features – The Drawing Board
Album – Some Kind Of Salvation (out July 28)

Band of Skulls – I Know What I Am
Album: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
The song is loud, upbeat, and makes you want to get up and run and jump around, as do many of the other tracks on the album.  But the mere title of the album is enough of a reason to buy it.  Call me crazy.  Go on, I dare you.  But I’m serious.  And right.

An Horse (pictured)- Camp Out
Album: Rearrange Beds
For Fans of: Tegan and Sara

Camera Obscura – Swans
Album – My Maudlin Career
For Fans Of: She And Him

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream
Album: Here Comes
An LA band you should pay close attention to.  I have not heard one song I have not LOVED.


Nat King Cole
(pictured) (produced by Cut Chemist) – Day In – Day Out
Album – Re:Generations
Oh, love.  Love, love, love is in the air.  I grew up on Nat King Cole, and was so excited for the release of this album.  Each song is remixed by an awesome producer, be it Cut Chemist, Cee Lo, or another famous DJ.  Natalie Cole, of course, also appears on a track.

Miike Snow – Animal
Album – Miike Snow
For Fans Of: Passion Pit, La Roux

Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix)
Album – Single (available July 7)

This is where I turn in my indie card, shamefully, and admit that I am not a fan of Animal Collective.  I *do* like Summertime Clothes, and My Girls.  But as a whole, I don’t like the band.  They take a bunch of sounds and make one big mess.  SORRY! Feel free to not read this blog ever again.
BUT! This mix is great.  Perfect for summer, or any time.  This is a perfect example of the perfect remix: it doesn’t re-invent the song; it simply brings out the very best of the song and makes it that much better.  It highlights it.  Dam-SEXY remix is what it should be called.


Jason Lytle
(pictured) – Yours Truly, The Commuter
Album – Yours Truly, The Commuter
For Fans Of: Bill Callahan, John Vanderslice

J. Tillman – Earthly Bodies
Album: Year In The Kingdom (releases September 22)
J. Tillman is better known as the lead singer of Fleet Foxes.  If this song is any indication, Year In The Kingdom is going to be a hit.

make a wish

make a wish

This month’s playlist is going to veer off the path of April’s mix, and playlists to come.  The heavy concentration of upbeat, quirky, dance-worthy(or in my, white, case – head-bobbing worthy) music is perfect for a beach party, road trip, or anything else that encompasses “summer.”
Plus, June is my birthday month. So I can mix whatever I like.

Some faves on the mix include new stuff from Danger Mouse, a mix of Santigold, a few LA-based bands who are getting plenty of buzz as of late, and track from the lead singer of Fleet Foxes‘ solo project.

The good stuff: Click here to download the mp3’s of all the songs listed.  Part 2 will be up tomorrow.

School of Seven Bells – Half Asleep
Album –Alpinisms
Upcoming shows – You just missed ’em.  Oops.

Zero 7

Zero 7 – Everything Up (Zizou)
Album: Yeah Ghost (out September 8 )
Holy crap.  Zero 7.  I thought these guys were done… hadn’t heard any new stuff in a few years.  And then this song pops up, and I’m impressed.   Check out their album When It Falls to get caught up on this band before Yeah Ghost is released.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Little Girl [Feat. Julian Casablancas]
Album: Dark Night of the Soul
Danger Mouse (half of Gnarles Barkley, for those unfamiliar) teams up w/ Sparklehorse for a great soundtrack to his exhibit at Michael Kohn Gallery in LA.Why no link to the album?  Because it most likely will not be released.  The whole project is all kinds of awesome, and the album, with a little sleuthing, can be yours if you really want it.

Santigold – Unfreakable Girl [Feat. Gucci Mane]
Album – SouthernGold Mixtape
Terry Urban’s mix of southern rap with Santigold samples.  Add in some (possibly false) controversy and you got yourself an album!  Do a search online to download the rest.

Illinois – Hang On
Album: The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe
Upcoming Shows – July 17 – Spaceland (Silverlake)
Love the concept album.  It’s arranged in “chapters” which chronicle “Kid Catastrophe’s” life.  I’m very interested to see what kind of live show they put on.

Dirty Projectors + David Byrne – Knotty Pine
Album – Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation)
DWTN (a compilation benefiting AIDS research) features many great songs, but this one is a gem.  The Dirty Projectors came out with their album Bitte Orca last week.

The Mae Shi – Lamb And The Lion
Album – HLLYH

Wikipedia calls them “experimental punk” and I can’t think of a better label, besides “I’m sorry I confused them with another band for the longest time and refused to listen to them but then I realized I was wrong and now I realize I really really like them.”  The end.

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
Album – Kitsune: Something Good Can Work (single)
Ireland and Apple.  You can’t go wrong w/ a band from that country who freely counts their computer as a band member.

White Rabbits – Navy Wives
Album – Fort Nightly
Upcoming Shows – June 18 @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood)
Someone get this song out of my head.  It’s not a bad song – the album has been out since ’07 and it’s still one of my faves- but I’ve had the entire song in the cranium since April and it’s taking up precious, limited, space.  Help.

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo – What’s It InFor?
Upcoming Shows – Lots.
Listen to this song.  Then try to remember that the two band members are still in high school.  Does.Not.Compute.

…And, we’re back!

After taking a few weeks off (because, lets be honest: music and writing are my two passions but, unfortunately, do not pay, unless you would like my paypal email address…) due to life in general and blog brainstorming, Sarcasm And The City is back with a vengeance.  First order of business… we’re on Twitter.

Why?

  • Because you are.  Half of those on the newsletter are on Twitter.
  • Because “Hey, check out Edward Sharpe And The Magnificent Zeros.  They’re rad.” is not much of a blog post.  But it works as a tweet (twit?).
  • Because I need another social networking site to use during work hours.  Holy procrastination, batman.

So follow Tweetingsarcasm on Twitter now.  Expect:

And if you’re not on, create an account.  And add the Twitterfox app if you use Firefox.  I use it and think it’s rad.

Listen to “Charlie Chaplin”
A few months ago, I went on the Worst Date Ever.  Oh I wish this was a dating blog.  It’s an… interesting story.  But there’s a light at the end of every tunnel, and that date’s light was Katie Herzig.

A few nights before we went out, Mr. WDE mentioned that we should go to Katie’s show at Hotel Cafe.  I’d never heard of her, but why not?  If I didn’t like him, I could lose myself in the crowd and run like hell from him music.
So I checked her music out online.  I expected mediocrity but found Holy Acoustic Wonderment, Batman.  Quirky.  Different.  Subtle.  Mama Likes.

Not Even Close
I have a playlist called “Migraine” that I listen to when I take a vicodin, and head to a happy place.  A lot of female singer-songwriters with predictable, monotonous, mellow songs are on rotation.  This isn’t to knock them… they have their place.  However, Katie doesn’t follow the traditional mold of the female singer-songwriter.  She colors outside the lines and creates a masterpiece all her own.  No song is the same, and I greatly appreciate that.  However, she has the discernment and maturity to both stick to what she knows and get out of her comfort zone enough without seeming awkward or uncomfortable.  Katie accomplishes this like few solo artists can.

Listen to “Until You Try”

Songbird
Where have you heard Katie?  Most recently, a Frito-Lay commercial, where her song “Two Hearts Are Better Than One” is featured.  She also just finished the Ten out of Tenn tour.  Don’t ask me if I went to their stop at the Troubadour.  I’m still kicking myself.
Last year, she sang on the Hotel Cafe Tour with artists such as Laura Jansen and Meiko.
Her latest album, Apple Tree, just released in April and is getting strong reviews. 

Listen to “Hologram”

Crazy
So how was her show at Hotel Cafe?  Don’t ask me.  The jerkhole complained that the website to buy tickets looked “shady” and we’d just wait in line.  Okay.  So of course, they sold out before we got to the front.
Nicely done, sport.

But we’ll always have Katie.
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