Here's a short list of artists I've been listening to over the last week or so. Click for additional stats on what else I like lately.

On the upstairs porch, at the Mansion on Judges Hill, Austin, TX, 11/9/07. Lonestar beer is the local swill, and is comparable to a Pabst, Stroh's, etc.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rapidshare Search

Hello -- I just wanted to share a recent discovery with you. It seems .RAR Blogs are going the way of dead (or shutdown) lately. In their place, I've found this handy search to be a nice tool. Plus, it helps you avoid all the excess blogger commentary.

Rapidshare Search

A word of advice: not all results will be what you're looking for. You might have to peck around and see which file names looks most reliable before downloading.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Looking for something to watch?

Here the entire webcast from the recent Radiohead show in London, in a teeny little club. Check it out. The audio quality is great.

This is also the first time I've seen some of these new YouTube features. Finally they've figured out how to link videos together onscreen, so you don't have to select them. They also play back-to-back.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year

Thanks to those who braved the wintry mix and made it out to our NYE bash. It was great to see everyone. Have a great 2008.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Favorite Records this Year?

What was your favorite record(s) this year? Post a quick comment and let me know. Now is the best time of the year for music. All the year-end lists have come out, and its a big ole feast of highly-recommended stuff.

That's why its so hard to come up with a year's best list in December. Usually there are at least 1-2 albums I hear in early 2008 (as a result of year-end lists) that end up being favorites. I'll try to post my list soon.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Year-End: Best Songs

So far, LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" has claimed the coveted indie-site crowns, winning best song on Pitchfork's poll, as well as Stylus (may the latter site rest in peace). I have to agree with both -- "All My Friends" is the best song I've heard all year, hands down. Click play to the right, and listen.

This could perhaps be the only "Song of the Year" candidate to ever feature a single piano chord throughout. Most critics concentrate on the lyrics, and they are incredible, but I found the piano to be the most noticeable component. At first the consistency of the instrument is quite bothersome. Forty-five seconds in you wonder if it will ever stop. By the end, you've accepted it and actually grown to love the way the piano leads the charge in to the climactic final verses.

Elsewhere, Slate is all over M.I.A.. Hell, Christgau loves the whole album. Is it that good? I really didn't love her first record and so I naturally overlooked this one. The first disc was a little sophomoric and immature in terms of musical ideas (not so much lyrically). It reminded me of Licensed to Ill in that respect.


This blog hosts original music and recordings by Mike Hicks.
Click here to access all of the the songs that have been posted thus far. Please feel free to comment, or email me.

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