Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Beginnings - We've Moved!

This post is to direct anyone coming to this website that fork/knife has moved! The new URL is forkknifemusic.com. We started fork/knife 9 months ago today with literally zero aspirations of ever having it continue into... well, anything really, but we're proud to announce that we've acquired a URL so that we can add exciting things we never thought we'd be able to. Much thanks to everyone who made this possible, and if you were one of those people, you know who you are already, so thanks a ton for your help, we wouldn't be anywhere without you.

fork/knife's new website


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Whoa. Dirty Projectors.

Hey there everyone!! Fork/knife has moved to http://forkknifemusic.com
This particular post can be found at http://forkknifemusic.com/?p=532


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Song o' the Week #28

Donovan and I took an impromptu drive up to Cornell to visit Bishop, as well as to see some bands including The Rural Alberta Advantage, Deer Tick and Hold Steady tomorrow. On the drive up, we played every Radiohead album from The Bends to In Rainbows. I felt like I needed to post this song because it was right when our excitement was at the peak, before it slowly formed into frustration.

Radiohead- A Punch Up At A Wedding (No No No No No No No No)
iTunes / amazon


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mix: Goodbye Summer

Here's a short and sweet mix to mark the end of what has been a great summer. Goodbye humid weather, hello.....schoolwork. I'm headed back to Minnesota on Saturday for another year of midwestern education - along with months of bone-chilling, teeth-rattling, snot-freezing cold. You won't hear from me until I'm settled in - until then, enjoy!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Norm Kills on Conan

The best thing in this world is when Norm appears on Conan. Such a spectacle occurred last night when Norm told a joke about a moth that was an instant classic. It sent our room into a laughing frenzy, so I hope it has the same effect on you.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Forgotten Album of '08

These past few weeks I've been obsessed with Blitzen Trapper's underrated 2008 release Furr. Now I know that this got pretty significant attention, but I still feel that it deserved as much attention as Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver.

The simple, old-fashioned sextet from Oregon plays "experimental folk music" like no other. Whatever "experimental folk music" is, they play it like no other...

Anyway, all that people need to know is that with Furr, the band let the world know that they can be a Sub Pop band, and that is a big deal.

I won't say anymore. Simply, listen to it.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Perusing iTunes

Well Donovan and I are back at school, which can only mean one thing: it's time to sift through our neighbors iTunes connected to the same network. This is the standout so far.

Les Miserables- Master of the House


How About Some Men At Work?

I'm of the opinion that the 1980s were, musically speaking, forgettable. Unfortunately, the first images I have of the era involve the hair-metal glam of groups like Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. Bleh. Frequently, though, music from groups like Talking Heads and The Beastie Boys reminds me that there was indeed good music quietly circulating through the decade. Like today, when a friend played a cool version of "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work. It's an acoustic version by frontman Colin Hay, who has gone on to have a moderately successful solo career. I think I might even like this stripped down version a little more than original, which featured a jazzy saxophone playing the main melody that you'll most likely recognize. The mp3 is downloadable below, and to boot, another another acoustic version of a classic Men At Work tune. Enjoy!


Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Little Pop

I took a trip to New York the other day, and on the way my friend requested this song by Matt & Kim. Shockingly, they have indeed made songs other than "Daylight." This one has been a frequent choice lately simply because it's so irresistible, so I thought I'd post it before I went to bed in hopes that it may have the same effect on you. A little poppy? Yes. But a little pop here and there never hurt anyone.

Matt & Kim- Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare
iTunes / amazon
Matt & Kim MySpace


Friday, August 28, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

Prepare yourself for October 23rd. That's the release date for the album called Never Deserved The Future, from supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. The band consists of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal), and John Paul Jones (f-ing Led Zeppelin). I'm still trying to figure out how these three guys got together, and how it must feel for Grohl and Homme to be playing with Jones. Given the quality of the members' collective albums, there's little doubt in my mind that this will be one of the most notable releases of '09.

Here are the two seizure-inducing teaser videos released to date. Ohhhh mama.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I ♥ the Decemberists

Below is a video of the Decemberists covering "Crazy on You" by Heart a few months ago, featuring Shara Worden and Becky Stark on vocals. To say that Shara killed it on vocals would be an understatement, she was god-like.

PS. Fellow blogger Chandler found this and was kind enough to inform me!


He's A Genius

**Correction: Sorry, I embedded the wrong video. Now, watch it!

The title really says it all.

As I was doing my daily scanning of the blogosphere I came upon a new Pitchfork.tv video - Andrew Bird playing a few selections at the Cemetery Gates. All I ask is that you watch.


BLK JKS Debut Due Out Soon!

BLK JKS (Black Jacks) are set to release their debut LP After Robots Sept. 8th, which is drawing closer. Hailing from Johannesburg, BLK JKS are creating fresh sounding music that's hard to pin down in one genre. In addition, they have a pretty awesome album cover for their debut:
Anyway, you can hear a few songs from this anticipated release at their Daytrotter session, pre-order the release from Secretly Canadian, and hear a song from their EP below.

BLK JKS- Lakeside
iTunes / amazon
BLK JKS Myspace


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Birds Mimicking Birds

A while back I ran across this band, Mimicking Birds, and was immediately hooked. It's nothing groundbreaking, just the home recordings of a man by the name of Nate Lacy.

Hailing from Portland Lacy attracted the attention of another local band that has gotten a little bit more attention, Modest Mouse. Isaac Brock and his band mates even brought Mr. Lacy out on tour, having him open for the band.

Since then Lacy has recruited some help for his live shows, Tim Skellenger on guitar and Aaron Hanson on drums. According to their myspace page, we should be expecting their first LP sometime in the near future. I look forward to it.

Just A Song Before I Go

I'm headed off to work, but before I go I'll leave you with a wonderful song from 1973. I only found this song a couple years ago, but every once and a while the lyrics hit the spot and it ends up on repeat for a week or so. This is one of those times.