Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

MP3 Mix: This Year Goes To 11.11.11

Hot off the heels of Palindrome Day the eleven day of the eleventh month of the two thousand and eleventh year. Otherwise known as, Nigel Tufnel Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing our 11 Most Räwkin Tunes of 2011’s Friday Fives.

In no particular order…

  1. Dananananaykroyd “All Us Authors”  (via)
  2. Forgetters (Blake Schwarzenback) “The Night Accelerates” (via)
  3. Mind Spiders “No Romance” (via)
  4. Rooftop Vigilantes “Copper Is Free” (via)
  5. “Lonely Boy” The Black Keys (via)
  6. Wilco “I Might” (via)
  7. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “Senator” (via)
  8. WATERS (ex-Port O’Brien) “For The One” (via)
  9. Man Man “Knuckle Down” (via)
  10. Yuck “Get Away” (via)
  11. Superchunk “Where Eagles Dare” (Misfits) (via)


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MP3: New Wilco, Tallest Man on Earth, Pat Jordache, Other Lives, and Bon Iver Covering Bonnie Raitt :: Friday 07.01.11

A rompin’ stompin’, and very promising, new Wilco tune. Plus, some mellow-vibed lovelies to ease into the weekend. Enjoy thoroughly.

Wilco “I Might”
from I Might b/w I Love My Label

The Tallest Man on Earth “In The Pockets”
from s/t EP (Vinyl re-release)

Pat Jordache “Phantom Limb”
from Future Songs

Other Lives “For 12”
from Tamer Animals

Bon Iver “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt)

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MP3: Friday Five ‘Rock Out With Your Beard Out’

… or your sideburns, moustache, goatee, or peach fuzz.

Special hairy edition of the Friday Five to celebrate tomorrow’s Whiskerino & Crafterino festivities. Holding the coveted Golden Chicken trophy for Best Overall (two years running!) is Jack Passion, a World Beard Champion, standing with MC Bill Hammerman.

Hit play and peruse a few pics from the 2009 contest below. Enjoy thoroughly.

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Bud Light “Mr. Handlebar Moustache Wearer”
from Real Men of Genius, Vol. 2

The Coasters “Down In Mexico”
from OST Grind House: Death Proof

Warren Smith “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache”
from The Legendary Sun Records Story

Norman Greenbaum “Petaluma” from Petaluma

Wilco “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” from YHF EP

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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”

Happy July 4th: PEZ, PES, and MP3s!!!

The Indian Chief and Uncle Sam PEZ are from the Bicentennial Series PEZ released in 1976, which also included a Pilgrim, Indian Brave, Betsy Ross, and Wounded Soldier. Buy ’em here.

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PES, the Michel Gondry of stop motion, created this for last year’s 4th of July. Check out his Yule Log Fireplace Screensaver.

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Violent Femmes “American Music” from Add It Up

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers “American Girl” from s/t

Elliott Smith “Independence Day” from XO

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” (live)
from Winterland, San Francisco 1978-12-15

Neko Case “Star Witness” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Hjaltalín “Goodbye July / Margt Ad Ugga” from Sleepdrunk Seasons

Wilco “Ashes of American Flags” from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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MP3: Friday Five 03.19.10

A fairly chill set for a fairly crazy week/end. Enjoy.

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Josiah Wolf (of Why?) “The Trailer and the Truck” from Jet Lag

Phantom Kicks “Cut From A Different Clay” from self released

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros “Home (RAC Remix)”

Banjo or Freakout “Upside Down” from Shake Some Action SXSW Sampler

Pure Ecstacy “Voices” from Voices 7”

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Wilco “Thirteen (Big Star)” from Rarities ‘95–‘98


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Art: Illinois Owl, States That Look Like Stuff, & Chicago Mix


Remember how Sufjan Stevens was gonna do an album for every state? I think he’s done like two in six years. C’mon man.

Illustrator, writer, and designer, Frank Chimero, has been turning the silhouettes of our 50 states into animals and other stuff for only a year. He’s already done 17. Take that, Sufjan.

See all of Chris’ states here. Or snag prints here.


Sufjan Stevens “Come On! Feel The Illinoise!” from Illinois
Astrud Gilberto “Beginnings” (Chicago) from Talkin Verve
The Sea And Cake “Early Chicago” from Two Gentlemen EP
Sufjan Stevens “Chicago O.C.D.” from Avalanche, Illinois Outtakes
Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah “Lake Shore Drive” from L.S.D.
Rogue Wave “Chicago x12” from Asleep At Heaven’s Gate
Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” from Dynamite
Jason Isbell “Chicago Promenade” from Sirens of the Ditch
Wilco “Via Chicago” from Live @ Tower Records Chicago 3.11.93
Harry Carey “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” from Cubs’ 1st Night Game on 8.8.88