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lcdln Semi Finals: LCD Soundsystem Dance Yrself Clean vs. Local Natives Airplanes@ZackTeibloom Look, I was there. I was there when Local Natives broke out* with a series of shows at SXSW in March. I was there, running to catch them at Coachella. I was there for the in-store at Waterloo and night show at Antone’s for their double dip in Austin. Andy was there when the LA natives put the F Yeah in the FYF fest. We listened to that album so much we almost forgot The Talking Heads were the ones who do “Warning Sign” originally. 2010 was a big breakout for Local Natives and they certainly deserve it, but this was no LCD Soundsystem in 2010. I’m telling you, I was there. They played the show of the year at Stubbs. I was there when Andy went from not a fan at all to having LCD be his favorite show at his favorite festival of the year. This was their year. Front-man James Murphy said this album would be their last and he’d take it for a two year victory lap of a tour. God damn, it sure felt like one with my shirt drenched in sweat, pressed up against the guard rail. LCD is winning this contest. This is happening.  Read the rest of this entry »

bbbk 300x157 Semi finals: Broken Bells High Road vs. Black Keys Tighten Up@ZackTeibloom It’s the match-up Andy and I never wanted. It feels more like a first round match-up than the deciding factor on who makes it to the finals, but here we are. Sure, Andy tried to call you a racist if you picked Black Keys and I tried to let Arcade Fire have one more shot at Broken Bells, but you picked who you wanted. If I’ve learned anything, it’s not to talk smack about any song and just tell you why I like one. Broken Bells showed us the versatility of Danger Mouse, taking a cue from Jack White and moving back behind the drum kit. The Black Keys abandoned their two-man show, moved out of The White Stripes shadow and added a couple members to beef up their sound. Also like Jack White. Why didn’t he release “Ray Bans” with Jay-Z this year? He could have taken the whole contest. But I digress. Vote for your favorite. Read the rest of this entry »

Round 2: Kanye “Power” vs. Local Natives “Airplanes”

Posted by teibs On December - 29 - 2010

kanlocalnatives 300x168 Round 2: Kanye Power vs. Local Natives Airplanes@ZackTeibloom You’ve got a choice to make here. Do you want to give it to the most self-hyped, best-reviewed artist of the year or do you want to reward a small indie band who exploded on the scene in their first year by playing a ton of shows and constantly backing up the hype that everyone else gave them? Personally, I lean heavily towards Local Natives, the indie band, on this one. Kanye did everything from bringing out the back-up singers to sampling King Crimson to telling us he wonders if one man should have all that power. Should he? I don’t think so. Do we really need to inflate this man’s ego any further? Local Natives deserves this. They earned it with every perfect song on that debut album, with every harmony, with every inspired show where they played every song in their arsenal. Andy will probably argue that this isn’t his favorite Local Natives song, and that’s fine. This isn’t my favorite Kanye song on the album. It’s “Dark Fantasy.” We didn’t go for the barn burner encore of “Sun Hands.” We went for the subtle “Airplanes.” Subtlety. Something Kan’s never heard of. Read the rest of this entry »

dslcd 300x185 Round 2: LCD Soundsystem Dance Yrself Clean vs. Duck Sauce Barbara Streisand@AndyShore This is the dance party match up. I’d be happy to have either one of them come on once I was sufficiently socially lubricated. Although, I don’t quite cut a rug like Zack does. This is honestly just a matter of preference. Some will be LCD Soundsystem “Dance Yrself Clean” people and some will be Duck Sauce “Barbara Streisand” people. The best part is, you can’t go wrong. I couldn’t honestly say that about all of the match ups thus far. I won’t be sad to see either advance, but I will be sad knowing that one of them is out of the race. So ask yourself: are you more of the indie-electronica type or the disco house type? Will you “Dance Yrself Clean” this round or get down and dirty with Duck Sauce and Babs? Read the rest of this entry »

bbrobyn 300x150 Robyn Dancing On My Own vs. Broken Bells High Road WILDCARD  Arcade Fire We Used to Wait@ZackTeibloom We’re having a three-way. No, it’s not like that. We’re just bringing one scorned song back to life, because evidence has come to light that the Broken Bells vs. Arcade Fire battle was tainted. So there are three options.  Andy will tell you why Broken Bells deserved our affection from the first time we heard it and I’ll try to convince you that Robyn danced her way into our hearts and should move on. But if you really want to be a hero, you’ll give the nod to Arcade Fire, my band of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Round 2: “Fuck You” vs. “Tighten Up”

Posted by teibs On December - 26 - 2010

ceelobk Round 2: Fuck You vs. Tighten Up@ZackTeibloom You have to love when things work out this well. Spend a few minutes watching each of these videos. It’s shocking how similar the stories of these two are. A classic battle for a woman with the added perspective of kids. “Now ain’t that some shit.” “Tighten Up” was our video of the day for months. Partly because it’s that damn funny and partly because we always forget to change it. I don’t know if we’d ever change Cee-Lo if we made it our feature. He’s won the battle of the Gnarls and will continue to dominate. It’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders. The Black Keys were able to slide by the indie’s like Yeasayer, but how will they fare in a match-up with a pissed off Cee-Lo who’s not afraid to drop a few f-bombs? Read the rest of this entry »

Round 1 Results

Posted by teibs On December - 25 - 2010

Round11 300x225 Round 1 Results@ZackTeibloom Round one is in the books. We saw one #1 seed go down, but the selection committee suspects foul play and it is under review. More on that in a minute. Cee-Lo took sent the “Underdog” Spoon home, The Black Keys took this “One” from Yeasayer, Broken Bells beat Arcade Fire on a foundation of “Lies,” Robyn didn’t let anyone f’ing tell her what to do, no matter what a Big Boi they were. They weren’t dancing on their own, but LCD Danced themselves clean passed the dirty “Blue Blood Blues.”  Antoine had nowhere to hide as A-trak “Duck Sauce”‘d all over his face. Even a weekend full of vampires couldn’t beat the Local Natives and Kanye ate the Gorillaz and their “Superfast Jellyfish” dicks for breakfast.

To recap without puns, the Round One Winners Are: Cee-Lo, The Black Keys, Broken Bells, Robyn, LCD Soundystem, A-Trak, Local Natives, Kanye

I bet you’re wondering who’s winning the brackets? It’s a tight race, with 6/8 being the top score and we are the three who decided the brackets, but the points double every round. I swear we didn’t cheat. But someone did. And we won’t stand for it… Read the rest of this entry »

Kanye West “Power” vs. Gorillaz “Superfast Jellyfish”

Posted by teibs On December - 24 - 2010

gorillazpower Kanye West Power vs. Gorillaz Superfast Jellyfish@ZackTeibloom Kanye’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy got a perfect 10 from Pitchfork this year, while Gorillaz started as Andy’s #1 on his top 10 to see at Coachella and didn’t even crack the top 10 in his reviews. Seems like a pretty open and shut case to me. We’ve had a well-documented love/hate affair with Kanye for years, but with his unintentionally hilarious Twitter feed and unquestionably strong album have swung him back to love for us. Kanye may be as cocky and ridiculous as ever, but he’s got the power. Andy was disappointed that Gorillaz didn’t have giant holograms, but still digs the music. On the other hand, Kanye still delivers live and this song is an anthem. Unless a slew of Gorillaz fans comes by and makes Kanye eat “Superfast Jellyfish” dicks, Kan Kan is moving on. You do know that Kanye loves eating “Superfast Jellyfish” dicks, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Local Natives “Airplanes” vs. Vampire Weekend “Cousins”

Posted by teibs On December - 23 - 2010

lnvw 300x141 Local Natives Airplanes vs. Vampire Weekend Cousins@ZackTeibloom What an intriguing match-up. The two indie-rock bands who got the most buzz of 2008 and 2010 and overcame the backlashes because they quite simply don’t write bad songs and are dynamic live. Even though Vampire Weekend canceled at Langerado, our first festival ever as Festival Crashers, we saw them half a dozen times on that opening tour and we boop’d along every time. It took a little longer for Andy to come around on Local Natives. Really, it just took him seeing them. I got to see a handful of their SXSW shows, an in-store at Waterloo, a show where they got moved to a bigger venue in Austin and literally ran to see them as Andy parked at Coachella. When we had the chance to see Vampire Weekend before Phish at ACL, we saw a song of VW and got a good spot for Phish and never looked back. As Andy likes to point out, this isn’t about live music. “Cousins” is a fantastic song and better video. It’s hard to remember since it came out in January, but it’s a blazing romp and it’s easily to get lost in it over and over? But is it something we turn back to as fondly now? Personally, I’ve moved on, but Local Natives are still very much a part of my life. This very song made my night just an hour ago. I’m intrigued to see who takes this one. “It sounds like we will have a great deal to say to each other.” “I can feel it coming.” “The wait will be worth it.” Read the rest of this entry »

ducksaucead 300x171 Antoine Dodson Bed Intruder Song vs. Duck Sauce Barbara Streisand@AndyShore This match up was fated. It’s the unlikeliest artist with the dirtiest song content against the dirtiest named artist (Do an urban dictionary search for “Duck Sauce”) and the unlikeliest song content. Antoine Dodson would have never become a household name without the help of the Autotune the News crew, but we’re sure glad they did it. I’m sure he is too. He used the money from his cut to buy a house. Speaking of house, the disco-house duo of A-Trak and Armand van Helden brought another unorthodox song into the competition. Will we have to hide our kids and wives for another round, or will be be cleaning up Duck Sauce from from the “Barbara Streisand” celebration? Read the rest of this entry »

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