Today in Music: Good and Bad Ideas

Andrew Bird photo found on MySpace

Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is from the 2007 album Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird:

Andrew Bird – Heretics (MP3)

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It’s been a pretty slow news day unless you wanted to read about Keith Richards snorting his dad’s ashes. When we pondered whether it was an even worse idea to later deny inhaling his own father, we were left to consider other good and bad ideas musicians have had lately.

  • For instance, The White Stripes have just revealed the tracklisting to their next album, which they’ve given the unfortunate name Icky Thump. For a lesser band, that would spell peril, but fortunately song titles like “Rag and Bone” and “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” suggest that Jack and Meg haven’t lost their swagger.
  • A better idea, at least for fans, is a free remix John Vanderslice‘s entire album Pixel Revolt by producer, engineer and mixer Scott Solter. Thanks to Rock Sellout for linking to these files, which are available in both mp3 and uncompressed form.
  • In related news, Gorilla Vs. Bear has an excellent interview with John Vanderslice about the future state of music.
  • A very bad idea has taken hold of the country, quite possibly the world — the increased voting for Sanjaya Malakar on “American Idol.” His growing popularity is perhaps the strongest evidence you’ll find for the need to support independent programming on stations like KEXP, but it may also have something to do with another idea, an interesting one if not a good one: the website Votefortheworst actually encourages viewers to vote for contestants that producers would hate to see win.
  • Aversion talks to Della Terza, site creator of Votefortheworst, about why he promotes this subversion.
  • Another bad idea is being fought for in Sweden as a couple seeks to name their female child Metallica, after the Napster-hating hair-rockers. The country’s tax officials have been wisely resistant.
  • Speaking of Napster, which was initially a really good idea: the now AOL-owned company has reported better-than-expected revenues. Maybe actually paying for music really is the better idea!
  • And speaking of file sharing, here is a short but beautiful song by Basia Bulat, courtesy of Fluxblog, and for free:
  • Basia Bulat – Before I Knew (MP3)

  • Whether Dinosaur Jr.‘s directorial choice for a video to their upcoming album Beyond is a good or bad idea remains to be seen. According to Pitchfork, Matt Dillon, aka Dally of “The Outsiders,” who has appeared a many good movies (“Drugstore Cowboy”) and bad ones (“Herbie Fully Loaded”) throughout his nearly thirty year career, will direct “Been There All the Time.” Here’s a track from Beyond:
  • Dinosaur Jr. – We’re Not Alone (MP3)

  • We mentioned on Tuesday that the Wolf Parade-related project Handsome Furs was being added to the Sub Pop roster. Thanks to You Aint No Picasso, we were led to this great video for their song “Plague Park.”
  • Typically, it’s a bad idea for a band not to have a name, but the unnamed collective erroneously referred to as The Good, The Band and The Queen had the smarts this week to follow up their full-length with a live EP entitled Live from SoHo, which is now available through iTunes.
  • And finally, it is a very good idea to save your money for The Clientele‘s upcoming release God Save The Clientele due out May 8 from Merge Records. Muzzle of Bees has the scoop and a link to this song:
  • The Clientele – Bookshop Casanova (MP3)

  • Here are a couple of songs to help keep only good thoughts in your head:

    Calexico covers Arcade Fire’s “Ocean of Noise” on the Merge blog (MP3)

    Blogs Are For Dogs offers this rare Destroyer song “The Spirit of Giving” – (MP3)

    As always, If you have any news suggestions, questions or good mp3’s (legal, naturally), please write to

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