Friday, January 29, 2010

new Jamuel Saxon video

+ Jamuel Saxon - 1000 Centipedes

Directed By: Darren Pearson

Another band vaguely affiliated with my college, and adding to the ever-expanding list of

-i know
-that do
-rad shit

is Jamuel Saxon. It's times like this that I wonder if my old Zombies & Pirates-released Abbreviated Daylight album will be worth a small fortune in the near future.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

new videos | 1.28.10

Here's the trailer for Animal Collective's purportedly narrativeless "visual album" ODDSAC...

+ Surfer Blood - Swim

Directed By: Chunwoo Kae & Kevin Chapados
From the album: Astro Coast

+Dan Deacon - Woof Woof

Directed By: Showbeast
From the album: Bromst

Monday, January 25, 2010


Seems about time to post the mysterious iamamiwhoami videos that have been floating around:


Thought this was Goldfrapp initially (mostly due to the owl imagery). Taking a letter for each number of the heading, such as A=1, B=2, the beginning of the title decodes to "I AM". Still working on the rest of it...


This one decodes as "ITS ME". But I now get the feeling this is less of a Golden Filter/Goldfrapp project. A few folks on GvsB have postulated Christina Aguilera, and I'm inclined to agree...More on this when more surfaces...

Friday, January 22, 2010


Where would we be without friends? Not sure, but I know that I wouldn't be getting sent sweet trax that I missed in the past few months. Here's to friends and the musics they enjoy!

Garrett's recommendation...

+ TV on The Radio - Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston cover)

Jill's recommendation...

+Micachu & the Shapes - Turn Me Well

Alia's recommendation (who actually just recommended Major Lazer, not specifically this track)...

Major Lazer - Keep it Going Louder (feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze)

Thanks homies!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

the P3 Guld awards, or why i want to visit Sweden

P3 Guld (or P3 Gold) is a Swedish radio station that caters to the young. Being young, and finding it fascinating that a country would be wise enough to cater to an age demographic, rather than the myopic standard of catering to groups who want to identify with a genre bracket, I looked into the station, and the recent results of their award show, which aired on January 19th.

The award categories themselves mirror the Grammys or AMAs, with the exception of the "Golden Mic" award, which, as the P3 Guild site explains, is "given to the best live performance of the year". Refreshing. I'd always assumed that as far as the radio is concerned, "live" is dead. Unless you're a late night NPR host playing cuts from The Grateful Dead's stint in Winterland.

The awards themselves also seem to resemble an American award show, except the Swedes appear not to be afraid of spectacle or sex. Here's an example from Staygold, who premiered their song "Backseat", in a clip which Pitchfork summarizes as follows...

A man with a twirly mustache in a drum major uniform, singing in falsetto, coos lyrics about listening to Afrika Bambaataa in his convertible, which of course leads to you having sex with him. Spank Rock raps while wearing a priest's collar. Two remarkably thick backup dancers do the sort of moves that American TV standards departments would frown upon. When Robyn appears, the crowd goes crazy. Then Robyn and Spank Rock slow-dance with each other.

+ Staygold - Backseat (feat. Spank Rock, Damien Adore & Robyn)

A+ times! Want more? Here's the list of winners...

Pop: Deportees

Deportees performing "Under the Pavement - The Beach" for PSL in an echoey hallway...

Artist: Lars Winnerbäck

Hip-hop/soul: Stor

Group: Kent

Song: Mando Diao - Dance with Somebody

Dance: Fever Ray

Newcomer: Erik Hassle

Rock/metal: Switch Opens

Guldmicken (Gold Mic): Lars Winnerbäck

Here's his live performance of "Jag Får Liksom Ingen Ordning" on the P3 Guld awards...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

news and newz | 1.20.10


+ Coachella lineup announced!

Muse, Jay Z and Gorillaz to headline.

+ new albums from...

...Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy)
...Lindstrøm & Christabelle
...The Flaming Lips / Stardeath and White Dwarfs

+ Gorillaz releases full album details...

Plastic Beach is set to drop March 8th on Parlophone/Virgin Records. You can check out the list of extensive cameos on Pitchfork. Their first single, featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def, is on this very page if you scroll far enough.


a plethora of new tracks

MP3: Phillip Oskar Augustine - Internal Combustion (feat. Ernest Greene)

MP3: Memoryhouse - To The Lighthouse (feat. Millionyoung)

+Gorillaz - Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)

MP3: MVSEVM - French Jeans (Dada Life Remix)

MP3: Coyote Clean Up - Can't Shake the Full Moon

MP3: Bullion - Say Goodbye To What

new videos:

+ Murs, Aesop Rock, Slug - Felt Chewed Up

Directed By: Alexander Tarrant and Justin Metros
From the Album: Felt 3: A Tribute to Rose Perez

+ Toro y Moi - Blessa

Directed By: Jon Casey
From the Album: Causers of This

+Ghosts of Venice - I Learned From the Best

From the Album: I Learned From the Best EP

Saturday, January 16, 2010

top albums of 2009

note: I recieved a copyright infringement notice when I posted my top 25 tracks of 2009. If you are a party seeking the removal of one of your tracks or videos, please contact me personally at I have absolutely no problem complying with your needs and I understand your concerns. Blogger's notifications only say that you are not in accordance with their policies. They make no specifications on what individual tracks are problematic, and the result is that I have to remove the entire post. Thanks in advance! - add salt

+15 The Sunset Rubdown

Video/Track: unofficial Idiot Heart

+14 The Filthy Dukes
Nonsense In the Dark

Video/Track: unofficial Light Skips Cross Heart
Video: Tupac Robot Club Rock

+13 Bibio
Ambivalence Avenue

MP3: Bibio - Fire Ant
MP3: Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue

+12 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz!

MP3: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Video: Heads Will Roll

+11 tUnE-YaRdS
BiRd BrAiNs

MP3: tUnE-YaRds - FIYA
MP3: tUnE-YaRdS - Hatari (add salt's # 6 top track of 2009!)

+10 Nite Jewel
Good Evening

MP3: Artificial Intelligence
Video: Lover

+9 Washed Out
High Times

MP3: Washed Out - Luck
Video: fan video Phone Call

+8 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

MP3: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Stay Alive
Video: Young Adult Friction (add salt's #11 top track of 2009!)

+7 Fever Ray

Video: If I Had A Heart
Video: Seven

+6 The xx

MP3: The xx - VCR
Video: Basic Space

+5 Neon Indian
Psychic Chasms

MP3: Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You
Video/Track: unofficial Ephemeral Artery

+4 White Denim

MP3: White Denim - Say What You Want
MP3: White Denim - Mirrored & Reverse

+3 The Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca

MP3: The Dirty Projectors - No Intention
Video: Stillness Is The Move (add salt's #2 top track of 2009!)

+2 Grizzly Bear

MP3: Ready, Able
Video: Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (add salt's # 3 top track of 2009!)

+1 Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

MP3: Animal Collective - In The Flowers
MP3: Animal Collective - My Girls (add salt's #1 top track of 2009!)
Video: Summertime Clothes

Honorable Mentions
Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
Atlas Sound | Logos
Black Moth Super Rainbow | Eating Us
St. Vincent | Actor

Albums I haven't listened to correctly/given due credit to
The Antlers | Hospice
Girls | Album
Micachu & The Shapes | Jewellery
Major Lazer | Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

news and newz | 1.13.10


+Jay Reatard dead at 29

Jay Reatard, garage-rocker responsible for the albums Blood Visions and Watch Me Fall was found dead in his sleep the morning of the 13th. He was 29. Statements have been made by Goner Records and Matador, to which he was signed.

+New Album From Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom is set to release a new album, Have One On Me, between the 19th and 23rd of February. Legends say that the freak-folk-renaissance-themed harpist was blessed with musical talent at birth, the offspring of Kate Bush circa The Kick Inside and Gabriel, noted angel of Biblical lore.

For those of you who are confused by sarcasm, Newsom is trained in classical, modern and folk harp styles and has the voice of an overexcited five-year old who has consumed too much candy for their tiny body. And that's just the kind of artist I craaaave.

Inevitably, the release of a new album means a 5-venue tour that will be sold out in minutes on Ticketmaster. Personally, I hope for another guest contributor who can work the same magic that Van Dyke Parks did on Ys, providing orchestration and additional crazy. For now though, we will have to wait and see.


Remember Sade? (Psst, it's "sha-DAY")

+ Sade - Soldier of Love

"I'm in the hinterland of my devotion..." Damn girl!

Lose those background dancers. Keep the disco suit though.

+ Shlohmo - Ghosts pt. 2

Shlohmo is Henry Lauffer, an L.A.-based, 19-year-old producer with real chops. "Ghosts pt. 2" has a little bit of dub-step flavor, but not enough to tweak me out (of all genres, I've found dub-step to be the most disconcerting, and I can't exactly pin-point why). There's a good deal of hip-hop here too. I think we'll be seeing some important work from this kid in the next few years.

Shlohmo - Ghosts pt. 2 by Error Broadcast

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

news and newz | 1.12.10

add salt will be a little less content heavy over the next week, as I deal with my broken laptop and try to adjust to the Linux settings on my alternate computer. have patience please!


+ Check out the new Dirty Projectors Digital 7". It's totally free.

+For you SXSW attendants, it's time to get excited. Everyone's gunna be there, from Clogs to Das Racist, Efterklang to the Golden Filters, Good Shoes (who I incidentally thought were disbanded) to Pocahaunted. There's bigger names like the xx, Warpaint and We Are Scientists. And of course, Austin-native Neon Indian. Among many, many others.


M.I.A. - There's Space For Ol Dat I See

Official? Unofficial? Doesn't matter that much to me: it's a pretty baller idea. Lazer lights! Genius!!

+ Sleigh Bells - A/B Machines

A/B Machines by Sleigh Bells

Thanks Sleigh broke my headphones.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

new Crazy P / Still Going track | 1.09.10

Today my primary laptop had a meltdown and I was a victim of credit card fraud (that's right, add salt is people too), which means only one thing for you're getting DANCE MUSIC.

Oh, to dance! Nothing lifts the spirit more.

Found this nifty tidbit on Slutty Fringe:

MP3: Crazy P - Caught up (Still Going Dub)

Have to admit, I know nothing about Crazy P. Just seems like they chose a terrible name. Then I started doing research and found out that Crazy P is short for Crazy Penis, which, I suppose, is better?

I guess they've been around for a good fifteen years, but their success was never reflected stateside. This new track will probably win them some recognition with Still Going (of the NYC club scene) on remix duties. The album is presented by 2020Vision and can be found around here somewhere.

The cut makes me happy because Still Going are teh shite. (P.S., it's never "still going?" These guys always deliver just the right amount.)

You know what, I'm gonna recommend this:

because all the mp3s I found were the radio edit. And we can't have that. Have some good headphones or baller speakers on hand, it's worth it.

Enjoy! (And don't trust Worldwide Software Services when they ask for your credit card number!)

Friday, January 8, 2010

new tracks and videos | 1.08.10

new videos:

+Animal Collective - Brothersport

Directed By: I have no idea, but intend to find out as soon as possible to give credit where credit is most certainly due.
From album: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Description: Fun!
p.s. Don't watch on drugs.
p.p.s. ...Maybe watch on drugs.

+ Nite Jewel - We Want Our Things

From the album: You F O EP
Details: Recorded for Spinner's "The Interface". Check out the rest of the session here.

new tracks:

+ Folk-duo John Heart Jackie's track "Women and Money" premiered yesterday on NPR's All Songs Considered. Their Women and Money EP can be purchased now on iTunes. Visit their myspace for all the shortcuts. (As a{n irrelevant} sidenote, I'm thrilled for their success. Jennie and I went to college together - she's a wonderful person.)

MP3: John Heart Jackie - Women and Money

+Excellent "new" track from FUR featuring fellow Texan Alan Palomo of Neon Indian. "Black Castles" was featured on it's own EP back in October, and it will make another appearance on FUR's full-length,Witches, set to be released February 23rd on Waaga Records. Looking forward to it...

MP3: FUR - Black Castles (feat. Alan Palomo)

+ Came across some sweet tunes earlier today from Quebec's Brusque Twins, who make intelligently drowsy minimalist/bedroom disco. After sending an inquiry they were kind enough to get back to me quick-smart, and the result is that you fine people have the pleasure of this track. Don't thank me. Thank them.

MP3: Brusque Twins - Trapped in Corners

Thursday, January 7, 2010

add salt's top 5 EPs of 2009


+5 Deerhunter
Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP

MP3: Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Video: Famous Last Words (fan video)

+4 Massive Attack
| Splitting the Atom EP

MP3: Pray For Rain (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
Video: Splitting the Atom (official)

+ 3. Memory Cassette
Call & Response EP

MP3: Last One Awake (Friend Version)
Video: Surfin'/Body in the Water (official)

+2 Washed Out
Life of Leisure EP

MP3: Hold Out
Video: Feel It All Around (fan video)

+1 Animal Collective
Fall Be Kind EP

MP3: Animal Collective - What Would I Want? Sky (add salt's #9 top track of 2009!)
MP3: I Think I Can


p.s. major shouts out to the amazing Joe Van Wetering for the title image!

new tracks and videos | 1.07.10

new videos:

+Islands - No You Don't

Directed By: Derrick Beckles
From the album: Vapours
Details: Ahh, say what you want about Michael Cera (he's always playing the same character, etc). Seeing him fight a puddle with a stick grows my Grinch-like heart three sizes.

+RJD2: Let There Be Horns

Details: Forgettable track from the former Def Jux producer is bolstered by a memorable video. When in doubt, cleverly act out a famous adage.

Directed By: Thom Glunt
From the album: The Colossus is out January 19th on RJ's Electrical Connections.

new tracks:

+ The new 7" from Finnish pair Burning Hearts is set to drop January 26th on Shelflife Records.

MP3: Burning Hearts - Night Animal

+ Second single from Lindstrøm & Christabelle's upcoming album!! Great ish! (Backtrack here to hear their first, "Baby Can't Stop".)

MP3: Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Lovesick

+ Hippies (The Album) is due out on Matador on April 6th. See Harlem's website for the latest news.

MP3:Harlem - Friendly Ghost

latest Stones Throw podcast crafted by Nite Jewel

Here is the latest Stones Throw podcast, crafted by Ramona Gonzales of Nite Jewel. Fluid and funky...this is a real treat for lovers of italo disco, synthwork, break beats and the like.

Track list below...

MP3: Nite Jewel - How Does The Room Feel About It?

“Indian” - Baffo Banfi
“More More More” - Ray & His Court
“You Really Turn Me On” - Prophet
“War” - Bruce Haack
“Between Righteousness” - Ed N. “Sted
“I Pity Inanimate Objects” - Godley & Creme
“Remind Me” - Patrice Rushen
“Ba-benzele” - Brian Eno & Jon Hassell
“Superlady” - Jeff Phelps
“Piano Instrumental” - Joe Meek
“Siren Shallows” - Iasos

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

new videos | 1.05.10

+Warpaint - Elephants

Directed By: Bruce Muller
From the album: Exquisite Corpse
Details: full length album to follow in the coming months. see Manimal Vinyl for details.

+Acid Girls - Lightworks

Directed By: Steven Ilous
From the album: The Numbers Song/Lightworks (12") available here.
Details: these L.A. natives used to run a fairly influencial music blog before they started mixing. here's to moving up in the world!

+The Cool Kids feat. Boldy James

Produced By: Chuck Inglish
From the album: Merry Christmas
Details: Check out more on The Cool Kids' site.

flavors of the mid-week | 1.05.10

flavors of the mid-week: because you know Wednesday Tuesday is boring as hell.


MP3: Ichisan & Nakova - Povratak Otpisanih

Crew: Igor Škafar & Jure Plestenjak
From: Slovenia

Like: you're the true Shogun and your friends Michael Jackson and Woolfy are going to help you reclaim your kingdom.


MP3: Broken Bells - The High Road

Crew: James Mercer (of the Shins) and Danger Mouse
From: New York City

Like: equal parts of both its contributors. which oddly enough sounds like a Simple Kid cover band.


MP3: Kitkaliitto - Swamp

Crew: Tommi Koskinen, Karl-Sergei, Juha Hilpas
From: Helsinki, Finland
Like: trying to escape from Wonkavision. unsuccessfully.


MyDogJane - Communication Low

(unofficial video)

Crew: Scott Dupuy
From: Ontario, Canada
Like: Kevin Shields and Anton Newcombe losing their egos and creating something wonderful.

Monday, January 4, 2010

new videos | 1.04.10

+Pictureplane - Cyclical Cyclical (Atlantis)

Directed By:: Travis Egedy (Pictureplane himself)
From the album: Dark Rift
Details: Filmed in one take and intended as a performance piece to diagram the "artist as subject 'VS.' objects". Moderrrn.

+Internet Forever - Happy New Year

Details: Recorded live for Bandstand Busking (in my opinion, it's no Black Cab Sessions, but fun nonetheless). Props to toytronica too. Thought that died with Psapp.

+Jay Z feat. Swizz Beatz - On to The Next One

Directed By: Sam Brown
From the album: Blueprint 3
Details: You can easily spot the cameo from Drums of Death in here. He does match the black and white ambiance. Also, I think Hova samples The Cool Kids. Which is cool.

+ArpLine - Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper

Directed By: think/feel
From the album: as yet untitled, but set to be released February 16.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

news & newz | 1.03.10

add salt is back from its winter hiatus and ready to start the year off right. my best of albums and EP's list will show up some time this week, but first, some news and newz.


+ Pitchfork's guide to upcoming 2010 releases can be found here. take a look. i'm pretty stoked for the new year.



+Christopher Curtis Smith (alias Night Control) will release Life Control mid-January on Kill Shaman records. see next track for link.

MP3: Night Control - CS

+ Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin's Reverse Shark Attack LP is available now on Kill Shaman.

MP3: Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin – I Wear Black

+ grabbed this track from the stellar blog, so props to them:

MP3: Philip Seymour Hoffman - Duckfangs Tickle My Ankles

for clarification, this is not the work of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. also, the lyrics are borrowed from Black Moth Super Rainbow's "When the Sun Grows on Your Tongue". interesting shite.

+ here's a mystery track from Feathers, who hail from "Sanfrandisco", as their myspace attests. i don't really know anything about these guys, I don't even know their label. i just know they're not the same as the Feathers from Vermont. listen!

MP3:Feathers - Weird Summer

+ mmmm. sludgy. AFCGT (Sub Pop LP) is out now on (who else, but?) Sub Pop.

MP3: AFCGT - Two Legged Dog