Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3: Sharon Van Etten, Atlas Sound, Wye Oak, Golden GRRRLS, and Karen O x Trent Reznor :: Friday 12.02.11

A grip of great tunes to add to your shopping list.
Best played back-to-back like a r-a-d-i-o.

Sharon Van Etten “Serpents”  [follow]
from Tramp

Atlas Sound “Mona Lisa”  [follow]
from Parallax

Wye Oak “Strangers” (The Kinks)  [follow]
from Strangers / Mother

Golden GRRRLS “Red Sea”  [follow]
from New Pop / Red Sea

Karen O x Trent Reznor x Atticus Ross “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin)
[follow] from OST The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo [free sampler]


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Listen: M. Ward Covers Joanna Newsom, Led Zeppelin

I posted this tune back in a February Friday Five , but just read M. Ward will be offering his rendition of Joanna Newsom‘s Sadie for tribute compilation Versions of Joanna to benefit Oxfam. (via Pitchfork)

No word on if it’s a re-recorded version or this live take from a few years back.

M. Ward “Sadie” (Joanna Newsom cover) live take

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M. Ward also contributed to another benefit, a triple-disk tribute to Led Zeppelin for First Octave, a group who helps provide the Portland Public School system funds for music. A fantastic cause.

M. Ward “Bron-Yr-Aur”
from From The Land of Ice and Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin [order]

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MP3: Elliott Smith Covers Led Zeppelin
MP3: Friday Five 02.05.10 with M. Ward
Whole Lotta Sabbath: Epic Led Zeppelin x Black Sabbath Mashup
MP3: Oh, The Humanity … Zeppelin’s Acoustic Black Dog

Whole Lotta Sabbath: Epic Led Zeppelin x Black Sabbath Mashup

Holy crap! This mashup’s a few years old but the video’s brand new. Together, they’re freakin’ epicly epic.

Mostly Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love”. With some bits of “Communication Breakdown” and “Black Dog” mixed in, too. Super talented work by Wax Audio. (Thanks, Furr!)

(left-click to download)

Black Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Sabbath”

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Yup, AC/DC “Thunderstruck” x Ray Parker Jr “Ghostbusters”. See/hear more from the wizards at Wax Audio.

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The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” x Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by DJ FAROFF. (Thanks, Chris)

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MP3: Oh, The Humanity … Zeppelin’s Acoustic Black Dog
Mashup: The Matrix x The Big Lebowski
MP3: Elliott Smith Covers Led Zeppelin
Art Mashup: Wilma Lichtenstein Flintstone
Vid Remix: Smooth Jazz Metallica, Death Metal Louis Armstrong
Mashup: Tron 2 Trailer x Michael Jackson Beat It “tr2nit”
Soundtrack: International Beer Day 08.05.10

WTF: Album Tacos

Album Tacos? I expected vinyl LPs warmed and folded like tacos. Maybe filled with shredded album covers. Something you might find at Vinyl Frontier. But instead, it’s the majestically taco-fied reinterpretations you see here.

Much like the contents of a Taco Bell taco, you shouldn’t think too hard about it.

See more at Album Tacos. (Thanks, Rich!)

Poster: Neko Case by Chuck Sperry/Firehouse (+bonus live MP3s)
Beer: First Look At Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale. WTF FTW!
WTF: Trololololololololololo
WTF: Pinup Robert Downey Jr
Arcade Fire: 8 Suburbs Covers and 4 Tracks
Art: Record Cover Mix & Match or “Sleeve-Sleeving”

MP3: Friday Five 03.05.10

After I don’t know how long, the sun is finally out. Here’s some tunes to celebrate. And a couple Elliott Smith tracks for when the clouds inevitably return. On 04.06.10 Kill Rock Stars will release remastered versions of Roman Candle and From A Basement On A Hill . (Not sure why … their raw ‘n rough quality is part of their charm, especially Candle.) Enjoy.

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Gold Zebra “Six Years” from self released *link updated
Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” from Plastic Beach
Cults “Go Outside” from Cults 7”
Boats “Chrome Eyelids” from Cannonballs, Cannonballs!
Fang Island “Careful Crossers” from s/t

Elliott Smith “Twilight” (Remastered)” from From A Basement On A Hill

Elliott Smith “Friends” (Led Zeppelin) from
Live 12.18.01 Great American Music Hall, SF

Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.

MP3: Friday Five 01.01.10 Happy Nëw Year!

So long Noughties. Hello Teenies. Jeez, that sounds crazy. And a little dirty. Either way it’s 2010 and there’s still no rocket cars. Don’t let that bring you down—it’s gonna be a fanfuckingtastic year. And I mean that most sincere. All the best to you and yours!

Death Cab For Cutie “The New Year” (live)
from 2003-03-14 at Emo’s

Led Zeppelin “Ten Years Gone” (live ’77) from Cabala Box

U2 “New Year’s Day” from War

Slaraffenland “Away” from We’re On Your Side

The Walkmen “In The New Year” from You & Me

Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.