Where Did You Hear About Them?

Most people love to tell you how long they've loved a band, how early they were to the party. But you didn't come out yo mama's clam with indie cred so let's be honest and give props to those who let us into the party. It's hard to imagine anyone was able to hear any new music before blogs, but we did manage. So here are my top fifty favorite bands and how I was introduced to them.

The 6ths- Mixtape by Alyssa
Apollo Sunshine- Followed Bishop Allen at Rothko
Arcade Fire- Brooklyn Vegan
Belle & Sebastian- Mixtape by Alyssa
Beulah-Mixtape by Alyssa
Bishop Allen- CD handout outside Shins show.
Bloc Party- General Blogosphere
Bright Eyes- Mixtape by Alyssa
Broken Social Scene- Lewis Recommend
Built To Spill- Mixtape by Alyssa
Cat Power- Matador Sampler CD
Cursive- Mixtape by Alyssa
Desaparecidos- Association w/ Bright Eyes
Destroyer- A friend's friend who is in We Are Scientists recommend
The Elected- Association w/ Rilo Kiley
Elliott Smith- Andrew recommend
Eminem- MTV
The Faint- Mixtape by Alyssa
The Flaming Lips- MTV
The Good Life- Association w/ Cursive
Grandaddy- Opened for Elliott Smith
GBV- Mixtape by Alyssa
Hefner- Mixtape by Alyssa
Interpol- Opened for the Faint
The Kinks- Mixtape by Alyssa(well I had heard of them)
Lemonheads- MTV
Liz Phair(pre-lobotomy)- Honestly Can't Remember
M. Ward- Association w/ Bright Eyes
The Magnetic Fields- Mixtape by Alyssa
The Mendoza Line- Mixtape by Alyssa
Modest Mouse- Mixtape by Alyssa
The Muffs- MTV
The New Pornographers- Coworker's Friendster Page
Neutral Milk Hotel- Mixtape by Alyssa
Palace Music- Mixtape by Alyssa
Paul Simon- My Dad
Pavement- Mixtape by Edward
Pixies- Mixtape by Jenn
Postal Service- MTV2
Pulp- Honestly Can't Remember
Ramones- Mixtape by Edward
Rilo Kiley- Association w/ Bright Eyes
The Rolling Stones- Pitchfork
Silver Jews- Mixtape by Alyssa
The Shins- Association w/ Isaac Brock
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Association w/ Pavement
Ther Strokes- Opened for GBV
Ugly Cassanova- Association w/ Isaac Brock
Weezer- Janeane Garafalo recommend
White Stripes- General Buzz
Wilco- Betsey recommend
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Other Music
Yo La Tengo- Mixtape by Alyssa

Man I wish Alyssa still made me mixtapes. At least Isaac Brock and Conor Oberst still associate with people.


3 Letter Song Reviews

A lot of great bands have new songs available for download. With respect to your busy schedules:

Bloc Party- "Two More Years"...LUV
Grandaddy- "Pull The Curtains"...BLA
Fiery Furnaces- "Seven Silver Curses"(c/o Fluxblog)...WTF
Silverjews- "Farmer's Hotel"-(taken down)...AOK
Broken Social Scene- "Shorelines"(taken down)...ROX
New Pornographers- "Use It"...HOT
Franz Ferdinand- "Do You Want To?"...POO


Of Montreal

I've always thought Of Montreal was a decent member of the Elephant 6. Somewhat weird, somewhat catchy. Their latest single "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" is somewhat weird and extremely catchy. Nice adjustment. Watch the video here.


Accepting Submissions

An open letter to all those musical artists I don't know a lot about but everyone else does:

If you are a musical artist with a hit song in the last ten years, Trouser Mouse has exciting news for you. The T-Mouse staff will be throwing a week-long invitation-only party in Key West, Florida this fall. We are currently building a music library of every crowd-pleasing, non-crap song ever recorded. While we still have our usual standards, we acknowledge that not listening to the radio or watching MTV, VH1 or the Grammy's in the last seven years has left some gaps in our knowledge.

Duff sisters, Simpson sisters, 50 Cent, Kylie Minogue, L. Lo this is your one chance to hobknob in playlists with giants like Joy Division, Neutral Milk Hotel and the Faint. If you think you may be elgible, please submit your name, song name and documentation of its success on the Billboard chart. We will then go online and steal your song and listen to it once. If we think it sucks balls we will immediatley purge it from our iTunes. However if it only sucks, this could be your lucky day.

If you are John Mayer, Coldplay or the Black Eyed Peas please don't bother.


Pixies & Rilo @ Coney Island

I can't find any more info on this but it's listed on pollstar as the "Across The Narrows Festival". It's at Keyspan Park on Saturday, October 1st. Beck plays the next day. I will be a little busy that week.