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  1. Musical Pairings: Motel Beds – Dumb Gold

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    Our buds in the Motel Beds have been busy lately. They’re fresh off of a headlining set at CMJ for No More Fake Labels and, perhaps more importantly for our purposes, they’ve got a brand new LP packed full of scruffy, energetic rockers and crispy, swaying ballads. Indeed, that new LP, Dumb Gold, demonstrates how with each new release these Dayton-based boys continue to build energy kinetically building upon each previous release.

    A steady groove erupts into a gnarly, raucous beat on Dumb Gold opener “Smoke Your Homework.” Amid crashing percussion, a buoyant bassline, and sharp, reverb-tinted guitar riffs, frontman P.J. Paslosky spits his lyrics rapid-fire before ending the chorus with a snarl as he sings “so come on, come on, come on, come on.” It’s followed with the upbeat and bright “Valentimes” which is packed with weightless, almost ghostly, harmonies and a swinging melody. These tracks, alongside brittle ballads like the smoky “Oh Me Oh My” and the swooning title track, demonstrate that Dumb Gold doesn’t reflect a departure from the sonic signature the band has previously established on Tango Boys and Sunfried Dreams. However, throughout the album the Dayton quartet continue to further refine their style and polish their melodies. It’s a solid entry into the band’s quickly growing catalog and is definitely recommended for fans of down-and-dirty rock n’ roll.

    We’re pairing this one with Kasey’s recipe for Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze and Chopped Pistachios. Kasey made these irresistible bites for my German beer garden birthday party. They are moist, flavorful, and sweet. As you might imagine, they were a huge hit. And just as this recipe could pair well with a cup of morning coffee or a late-afternoon liter of German beer, so could Motel Beds’ Dumb Gold: bouncing, magnetic and wholly unpretentious.

    Then head to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s recipe for Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze and Chopped Pistachios.

  2. Single Serving: Four Tet – 128 Harps

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    Here’s another nice little reminder that when Four Tet isn’t collaborating with the likes of Burial and/or Thom Yorke he still makes beautiful sounding, headphone-friendly, trance-inducing electronica music all by himself. “128 Harps” opens with a shuffling, tense rhythm before bursting into a twinkling and rubbery groove than meanders happily through textures and ambiance. Enjoy!

    Head to his website to hear more Four Tet music including the recently released track “Jupiters.”

  3. Single Serving: Morning Benders – Japan Echo EP

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    The Morning Benders have long been a Turntable Kitchen favorite, so I was very pleased when they announced that they were releasing an EP featuring some new material alongside some very inspired remixes.  The EP is titled Japan Echo and all the profits go to help the rescue efforts following the earthquake/tsunami.  I’ve posted this MP3 only because I’ve seen it shared on at least one other prominent publication, but seriously – if you like the song, like the Morning Benders, and more importantly have any compassion in your soul – seriously consider picking up the album through the Benders’ website by making a donation.  It’s a worthwhile cause and the EP is seriously worth the money.

    The Morning Benders – Better In Blue

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  4. Musical Pairings: The New Pornographers – Together


    It’s funny, but certain recipes just have their own personalities in my mind.  Tortilla soup, for example has a warm, laid-back, approachable, and “I’m fun at a party” type of vibe.  Of course, every tortilla soup recipe is different, but the tortilla soup recipe Kasey is featuring today in our Kitchen totally has that vibe.  It is delicious, satisfying, festive and informal.  So my choice for today’s pairing is The New Pornographers‘ latest LP, Together, which is equally lively, satiating and warming.

    Together is the New Pornographers fifth, most recent and perhaps most aptly titled record.  Other records by the New Pornographers have more hooks (Twin Cinema); others have more introspection (Challengers); and others are more loosely energetic (Mass Romantic); but none have it all, uh, “together” quite the way Together does.  Which isn’t to say that Together is their best album to date, but it is an excellent group-effort by the Canadian super-group that accentuates all of things that have earned the band numerous, dedicated fans over the years.  There are A.C. Newman-penned, cinematic rockers with big power-pop guitar riffs and undeniable choruses lushly feathered with piano and string accents such as the infectious album-opener “Movers.”  Neko Case’s sexy, smokey and sultry croon is beautifully showcased on standouts such as “Crash Years” and “My Shepherd.”  Kathryn Calder is highlighted in a charming duet with Newman on “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk.”  Destroyer’s Dan Bejar’s jangly-form of good-natured pop is featured on “Silver Jenny Dollar.”  And we have it all together on tracks like “Your Hands (Together).”  The album cover may feature people dancing in a snow storm, but make no mistake – this album sounds just like a celebration of the coming Spring.  Buy it from Insound.

    The New Pornographers – Moves

    Jump to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s recipe for tortilla soup.  Don’t forget to “heart” our songs on hypem if you like what you hear!

  5. Single Serving: Work Drugs – Tropic of Capricorn / Tropic of Cancer

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    Wow. I’m definitely feeling proud for Philadelphia’s Work Drugs right now. Just received an advance download of their Tropic of Capricorn / Tropic of Cancer EP, and it sounds fantastic.  They are selling handmade, ultra-limited edition (like 50 copies each) CDs of the album to help promote their upcoming tour.  One version of the CD includes an acoustic “Cayman Islands Session” recording of “Third Wave” and the other comes with the “Rad Racer” acoustic recording.  Both are awesome.  The stripped-down, acoustic versions definitely demonstrate that these boys are fantastic songwriters with a knack for penning clever hooks.  It also features their shimmering new electro-pop ballad “Curious Serge” and a rare b-side “Golden Sombrero.”  Go get one of those CDs from their website.  Oh, and if you are in the Bay Area you can catch their first ever San Francisco performance at some place called the Fillmore (apparently it’s kinda famous) on April 14th with Two Door Cinema Club.

    Work Drugs – Curious Serge
    Work Drugs – Third Wave (Cayman Islands Session)

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  6. Single Serving: Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke – Mirror


    Last week Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke announced a collaborative record that they has recorded together.  The record was released at the same time the project was announced, and unsurprisingly the limited-edition record sold out quick-quick.  I was lucky enough to score a copy, and yesterday my copy of the Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke collaboration arrived and I spent a good chunk of my evening listening to it.  I’d previously posted the track “Ego” from the collaboration, but I wanted to share the track from the flip-side “Mirror” for those of you who weren’t quite as luck as I was.

    Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke – Mirror
    Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke – Ego

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  7. Single Serving: Los Jardines de Bruselas – Floating in Dreams


    Los Jardines de Bruselas is the solo project of Ezequiel de la Parra who recorded the tracks that make up his debut, Floating in Dreams, in a bedroom in Buenos Aires, with a computer and some instruments with the explicit goal of experimenting as much as possible without losing the ‘pop’ identity.  From that standpoint, the album is definitely a success.  While Floating in Dreams is one of the more unique discoveries from  my inbox recently, it nonetheless retains a definite sense of familiarity.  For me that familiarity calls to mind the crisp ambiance of blue skies and sun after rain showers on an afternoon spent exploring the nooks, crannies, food and record shops of San Telmo, Palermo Viejo or Recoleta.  Strange, fanciful but nonetheless very real.  Album opener “Diamonds” which features clean, woozy psych-pop melodies that bubble, hiss and unwind in delightful and unexpected ways is very indicative of what you can expect from much of the rest of the album.  Things slow down for the swaying “Changing, Just Growing.”  Download it from Los Jardines de Bruselas Bandcamp page.

    Los Jardines de Bruselas- Diamonds
    Los Jardines de Bruselas – Fog in Australia

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  8. Musical Pairings: The Vagrants – I Can’t Make A Friend: 1965-1968


    Kasey is featuring her delicious cardamom buns recipe today in the Kitchen.  It’s a recipe that she has been planning to posts for months, but for one reason or another kept getting pushed back.  This is no reflection on the quality of the recipe – it’s just a common occurrence of blogging.  I suspect most of our fellow bloggers can relate: sometimes you have something you keep meaning to post about, but just sit on for longer than you intended.  Anyways, I know I can relate.  For example, I’ve been meaning to post about Long Island-based 60’s garage rock quintet The Vagrants, but keep putting it off.  And so it is fitting that the Vagrants would pair with today’s recipe. Plus, the buns are buttery, flaky and oh-so-addicting, much like the catchy riffs and delicious songwriting of these long overlooked rockers.  And after all, who doesn’t love a little rock and roll funk when baking?

    A true high-school band, The Vagrants were formed by Queens’ Forest Hills High School classmates Peter Sabatino (vocals) and Leslie West (guitarist) shortly after hearing the Beatles perform at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in August 1964.  They recruited Leslie’s brother, Larry West, for bass playing duties as well as drummer Roger Mansour and organ-player Jerry Storch.  Despite recording at least an album’s worth of excellent material during the period between 1965-1968 and achieving cult status in NYC, the band’s popularity never gained traction nationwide before Leslie left to form Mountain (i.e. “Mississippi Queen”).  But despite the band’s relatively short recording career, they developed a significant following in the 60’s New York City music scene performing gigs at hot rock n roll clubs throughout New York and creating a lasting impression on the musicians that surrounded them.  John Lennon and Paul McCartney even reportedly came out to watch them perform and they were able to count fellow Forest Hills High School classmates Johnny and Tommy Ramone as fans (Johnny claimed to have seen them dozens of times and to have admired them from across the school cafeteria) as well as a young Billy Idol.  And it is easy to see why they would have made such an impression: their songwriting was crisp, hook-filled and lively, and they offered a perfect marriage of blue-eyed soul mixed with fuzzy, raunchy garage rock built upon a foundation of squealing organs, rubbery bass lines, and rough and tumble guitar riffs.  I Can’t Make  A Friend: 1965 -1968 compiles many of the Vagrants best recordings into one great slab of 180-gram vinyl courtesy of Light In The Attic Records.  Definitely a nice addition to your record collection.

    The Vagrants – I Can’t Make A Friend

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  9. Single Serving: We Are Trees – Girlfriend EP

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    Earlier this month we previewed the track “Colorado” from We Are Trees‘ sophomore EP: Girlfriend.  It was a gorgeous teaser and I made note of We Are Trees mastermind James Nee’s effective-use of orchestral songwriting, leathery percussion, crisply reverbating guitar and billowy, smoke-light vocals.  Well, the rest of the EP is now available and like the track that introduced us to his the new release, Nee’s lush instrumentation, thoughtful songwriting and sincere lyrics are in full effect.  Although Girlfriend is an obvious continuation of the themes and palette that Nee utilized on Boyfriend, he has also explored some of the directions in which he could expand that overall sound.  The beautiful, hand-picked melody on “You” is minimal, shimmering and evocative.   The melodically upbeat, but lyrically plaintive closer, “I Don’t Believe In Love,” is drenched in thick, bleeding reverb, crashing percussion and shredding guitar riffs and definitely sounds the least like anything we’ve heard from We Are Trees yet.  Which is not to say that Nee jetisoned the elements that made us love the Boyfriend EP.  Far from it, and in fact, the opener “Teenage Heartbreak” is a perfect bridge between Boyfriend and Girlfriend retaining the same clean, resonant earthiness and crisp ambiance that marked Boyfriend.  You can (and should) get it via digital download from iTunes.  No official release date yet, but it will be available on vinyl from Collective Crowd Records

    We Are Trees – I Don’t Believe In Love

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  10. [Exclusive] Single Serving: Paperfangs – Witches

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    Turntable Kitchen has been honored with an exclusive premiere of Finnish-collective Paperfangs‘ latest single – the simmering, electro-accented, dream-pop ballad “Witches.” You’ll recall Paperfangs from when we originally featured them last October.  At the time I was obsessed with their prior digital single which featured the tracks “The Fastest Planes” and “The Vastest Plains” – playing their tracks over and over on my iPod and later incorporating their song “Books” on my end of the year mixtape.  And with the release of their new single, it’s clear that they have more “awesome” where those songs came from.  “Witches” features a thoughtful, bewitching atmosphere and warmly affectless vocals propelled by a slowly shimmering and steady groove.  It has left me eager for more.

    Paperfangs – Witches

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  11. Musical Pairings: tUnE-yArDs – whokill


    If I were questioned on the spot, I’d probably tell you I’m not really into “weird” music. Of course, what constitutes “weird” is a matter of subjective opinion. For some, Radiohead is probably “weird” whereas I think Radiohead aren’t weird at all. Sure, their music can be dense, surprising and experimental, but for me that doesn’t translate to “weird.” The same things are true for Animal Collective – not weird – just untraditional in their song structures. I think, for me, “weird” requires a little quirkiness in addition to being unique. For example, Deerhoof are weird (good-weird mind you). Talking Heads are weird too, but again – good-weird (really good-weird in fact). So I realized as I wrote this that I don’t in fact dislike weird music at all. What I dislike is “bad weird” music. This is often music that is weird for the sake of being weird. Where that quirkiness becomes distracting. But”good weird” music! It scratches an itch in my music loving brain that no amount of Kinks or Rolling Stones records can quite reach. It brings that “something different” that most of us crave from time to time. I love it! And in that regard, tUnE-yArDs (a.k.a. Oakland-based songwriter Merrill Garbus) latest record, w h o k i l l, is the “hunger killer” for that good-weird craving. It is experimental, occasionally dense, frequently surprising, very unusual and, yes, good-weird. It just satisfies.

    And it is that meaty, satisfying, hunger killing quality to the album that makes it a great pairing for the matambre recipe Kasey is featuring in the kitchen. If you aren’t familiar with the dish: matambre is an extremely popular recipe in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay (almost “national dish” type popular), and the basic premise is that you take flank steak and fill it with eggs, herbs and veggies and roll it up. Bake and serve with a little chimichurri. And the result is just as filling and delicious as it sounds. In fact, the name is a mash of the words “mata” and “hambre” which translates to “hunger killer” – a truly well-deserved name.

    If you are a regular reader of this space you’ve already heard the w h o k i l l‘s first single – the poly-rhythmic, clattering, quirky, horn-laced jam “Bizness” – which I posted not once, but twice – so I won’t say any more about it (if you haven’t checked it out before: it is great – go download it below). But thankfully the rest of the album is just as fresh, crisp and illustrative of that sense of loose improvisation that made her last album so fun. But with the cleaner production and expansion of her sonic palette – w h o k i l l calls to mind the qualities I loved on albums like Soul Coughing’s Irresistible Bliss or TV on the Radio’s Dear Science (two personal favorites): albums that feature playful song-writing, adventurous instrumentation, thoughtful production and a boisterous, quirky mindset. The track “Gangsta” rolls-open with the sound of distant sirens and heavy tape-hiss before breaking loose with brightly booming tones, intermittent percussion, patchwork sonics and Garbus’ layered, dubbed vocals (in a melody imitating the sound of those distant sirens) as she sings “never move to my hood because danger is crawling out the wood.” The beautifully soulful track “Powa” follows with a relatively straight-forward melody and hushed rhythm. The shuffling and jazzy “Riotriot” is another down-tempo cut that begins with a clean melody that breaks into a tumultuous, crackling breakdown before Garbus’ croons “there is a freedom in violence that I don’t understand and like I’ve never felt before.” And these are just a few highlights on an altogether successful sophomore LP. Definitely one to add to your library. You can pre-order w h o k i l l from Insound.

    tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
    tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta

    Head to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s matambre recipe. Don’t forget to “heart” our songs on hypem if you like what you hear!