Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Well, I haven't posted anything because nothing has had me exited in a while. Crocodiles changed this. MOKB Just posted three tracks from their upcoming debut and I'm thoroughly in love. Oddly enough, it reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen's Crocodiles quite a bit. Seriously, though, I'm going to stop writing and listen to these tracks again.

Crocodiles - I Wanna Kill
Crocodiles - Summer of Hate
Crocodiles - Neon Jesus

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Passion, not Pungee!

Passion Pit has released the first single from the upcoming(may 24th on this side of the pond) full length release Manners. The song is called The Reeling and it features the childrens choir video shoot I posted a while ago. while it's not on par with Sleepyhead, It's still a pretty solid effort. Bombastic, colorful, and energetic nail it pretty well.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Other Animals

Other Animals are some pretty different animals! They've got their self titled EP up for free here. It's pretty fine atmospheric rock material.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Not so Vile

I just found about this guy, Kurt Vile, from GvsB and I'm diggin his new single quite a bit. It's pretty spacey, as the title might imply (Beach on the moon) but not so much in a dream pop/shoegaze way, but more of a calm nostalgic trip down memory lane. you don't feel lost in the sound so much as the faux memory Kurt is weaving in your head.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Buke and Gass

I was listening through the Oct '08 Indie Rock playlist and stumbled across Buke and Gass. they are quite simply amazing. You'd never guess they're a duo from the sound, but they indeed are. Two acoustic guitars and a bass drum with a tambourine attached to it never sounded so complete. They hail from brooklyn (yet another band that makes me wish I was out east) so if you're in the area, check 'em out.

I bought their EP +/- today, so it should be here soon. review to follow!

Buke and Gass - Sleep Gets Your Ghost


Regina Spektor, the quirky Russian singing beauty, has a new album 'Far' in the works according to this Pitchfork interview. 4 big names share production duties: David Kahne (Regina's Begin to Hope) , Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Rilo Kiley), Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee (Snow Patrol, REM, U2) and Jeff Lynne (ELo frontman, Tom Petty), so it's up in the air what the final product will sound like. Hopefully they haven't tamed her, but I don't really know if that's possible. I'm trying to dig up a leaked copy so I can hype this more, but I've got nothing right now. The official release date has not been set, but 'sometime in June' is the hubbub.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

teh grates touring again!

The Grates are touring again and playing a lot of SXSW shows. I'm hoping for another album soon, but I haven't heard any hubbub.

New Kid

Royksopp is streaming their new album Junior on their Myspace. Sounds pretty good to me!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


The Silversun Pickups are releasing a new album on April 14th, but David Dye is previewing a track tonight on World Cafe, so expect a MP3 single soon. Consequently, it's also on their myspace.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


An Horse will be on the Letterman tomorrow night @ 11:30 on CBS. WATCH!
[EDIT: It was awesome, in case you missed it]

An Horse - Company

Monday, March 9, 2009

Azeda Booth free dl EP

Azeda Booth released a free EP Tubtrek of 4 remixes and 4 new tracks on March Second.

[edit] I got a chance to listen to this yesterday after a somewhat lengthy DL time, but it was worth the wait. As you might've figured out, this is one of my favourite bands right now so I'm a bit biased.

Tubtrek is a fair bit less polished than In Flesh Tones. The beats are more jagged, the vocals less inhumanly perfect. Hell, there is even a song that you can tell the gender of the vocals!

So, in short... if you liked In Flesh Tones, download this.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Sorry for the lack of posts these last few days. It's winter carnival time here in Houghton, so I'm pretty busy with the whole shenanigans thing. Normal service will resume Monday.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Metric, not SAE.

The new Metric single, Help! I'm Alive, rocks. I can't find a streaming MP3, you you'll just have to head over to their myspace, but it is totally worth it. (I'm really late on this one, but hey! better late than never, right?)

The album this track is from is due out April 14th.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The List

Well, Here's the list. I'm going to start filling it in from the bottom!

[Editorial Disclaimer:
The order of this list doesn't exactly reflect my opinions very well, but if I were to reorder it, I don't think it would do any better. Some of the albums down towards the bottom simply didn't get enough play time for me to fall in love and/or dissect them and likely should be placed higher. You may also notice the absence of Fleet Foxes, which I can understand, but I could never get into the album. It's good stuff, but it never caught me. And don't even get me started on coldplay.]

1) Marnie Stern - This is it...
2) Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
3) My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Sharks Teeth
4) Azeda Booth - In Flesh Tones
5) MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
6) M83 - Saturdays=Youth
7) Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
8) Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
9) Santogold - Santogold
10) The Dodos - Visiter
11) Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
12) Deerhunter - Microcastle
13) Passion Pit - Chunk of Change EP
14) Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
15) Lykke Li - Youth Novel
16) This is Deer Country - Daylily King EP
17) Subtle - Existing Arm
18) The Black Keys - Attack and Release
19) Hilotron - Happymatic
20) Parts and Labor - Receivers
21) Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
22) Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
23) The Grates - Teeth Lost, Hearts Won
24) The Dears - Missiles
25) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig! Lazarus Dig!
26) Shearwater - Rook
27) The Very Best - The Very Best Mixtape
28) Chad Vangaalen - Soft Airplane
29) Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
30) Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
31) Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls
32) The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
33) TV on the Radio - Dear Science
34) The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
35) Chris Walla - Field Manual
36) Fuck Buttons - Street Horrising
37) The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
38) Little Joy - Little Joy
39) Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge
40) Forward Russia - Life Processes
41) The Rosebuds - Life Like
42) Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
43) Portishead - Third
44) The Mae Shi - Hlllyh
45) Cut Copy - In Ghost Colors
46) The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
47) The Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace
48) No Age - Nouns
49) The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of Understatement
50) Duffy - Rockferry
51) The Breeders - Mountain Battles
52) Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
53) Mars Volta - Bedlam in Goliath
54) Ladyhawk - Shots

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Flashdance Ass Pants' favourites of '08

Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to play catch-up with all of the albums I missed over the past year so I can do a proper year end review. Some people may be tired already of the year-end chart orgy that takes place every year, but I find that to get a clear picture of the year, you need to wait a few weeks after it's over. Due to the sheer number of albums I neglected over this past year, I've decided to release my list, starting from the bottom, 5 albums at a time so I have ample time to listen to each record and write a review. I plan on doing a top 50 or 100 songs of the year at some point in the future, too. I will try to get a new batch of 5 up every day, but I'm not going to make any promises.


Congratulations! You've found the Flashdance Ass Pants Musical Review! Let me take a moment to introduce this blog. Flashdance Ass pants finds its home in sunny Houghton, MI, A nice place to live...

There is currently 3 feet of snow on the porch and it's 24f outside with a 40% chance of measurable snowfall.

Hopefully you will find some ahead-of-the-curve musical selections here. If I fail in that respect, you'll at least find a rehash of the top music blogs filtered through and sprinkled with a little special sauce.


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