Friday, December 31, 2010

happy New Years Eve from add salt!

Happy New Years Eve from add salt! I am back on the mainland and ready to get my drank on. Have decided to kick off 2011 with Nite Jewel and Kenan Bell at the Echo (1822 SUNSET BLVD.). 18+, $15 at the door. The Echoplex is hosting a party of it's own, so you have some options. Come hang out tonight!

Nite Jewel - Tonight (Prophet Cover)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

new track from Maserati, "We Got The System To Fight The System"...

Here's a new one from psych-rockers Maserati, who, thanks to generous exposure from KXLU, is becoming a staple of add salt's musical lexicon:

Maserati - We Got The System To Fight The System

"We Got The System To Fight The System" is off of their latest album, Pyramid of the Sun, available on Temporary Residence.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

come check out the Tiny Creatures show tonight in Echo Park!

add salt's gonna check out the Big Deal, Tiny Creatures show tonight at the DIY Gallery (1549 W. SUNSET BLVD). Free before 9pm, $5 after. Art installations and performances by Clouds, Embarrassing Powers, Mecca Vazie Andrews and Geneva Jacuzzi. Come out and play!

Geneva Jacuzzi - Do I Sad?

Friday, December 17, 2010

new track from Ghostface Killah, "Troublemakers"

"Troublemakers", the new track from Ghostface Killah, features Raekwon, Method Man and Redman and is available to stream on Hip Hop Dx. Sick beats. Choice flows. Mentions spiced ham.

Ghost is set to drop his new album Apollo Kids, December 21st via Def Jam.

Teen Inc. adopt name change, release new video!

So I saw Teen Inc. perform a few weeks ago and had my mind certifiably blown. A quintet of young, hypertalented Los Angeles musicians who make funk tunes akin to Prince, their song "Fountains" was add salt's #3 track of 2010.

To give you an idea of how cool these guys are, they had a chick sit stoically onstage with a glass of champagne for the entire performance. And no, she did not drink the champagne.

Now Teen Inc. have dropped the "Teen" and become simply, "Inc.". This video, called "The Usual Thang", is a one-take recording of "Special Tensions" and "Fountains" directed by longtime Ariel Pink collaborator, Nicholas Amato. I've already watched it a dozen times, now it's your turn:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

add salt's tracks of 2010


So we're at the end of another great year in music. But I must say, I didn't lose any sleep over this list. I wasn't waking up in cold sweats debating a rank change or a replacement. Everyone had a proper spot. It seems to me that the excellent tracks this year have been really excellent, and the new players very innovative....but there wasn't a great deal of either of them. I think we need an influx next year, (come on! Make my job difficult!), and we'll probably get it, when the lo-fi movement morphs into twelve other indiscernible genres, like lo-glo and fi-fi. I mean Sufjan just autotuned. Maybe Kanye will try chillwave. We have to wait and see. Until then, it's been a pleasure exposing what's new and good and now.

add salt's tracks of 2010

30. The New Pornographers - We End Up Together

29. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

28. Teengirl Fantasy - Cheaters

27. Battles - The Line

26. Crocodiles - Sleep Forever

25. The Deluge - Liquid 7th

24. Happy Birthday - Girls FM

23. Animal Collective - Mr. Fingers

22. tUnE-yArDs - Do You Wanna Live?

21. HEALTH - Die Slow (Pink Stallone Remix)

20. Harlem - Friendly Ghost

19. Neon Indian - Sleep Paralysist

18. Solar Bears - Neon Colony

17. Gorillaz - Melancholy Hill

16. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night (Nevermore)

15. Evan Voytas - I Run With You, Spirit Animal

14. Surfer Blood - Swim

13. Nite Jewel - We Want Our Things

12. Joanna Newsom - Easy

11. Gauntlet Hair - Our Scenery

10. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

9. Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait

8. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

7. Janelle MonĂ¡e - Tightrope feat. Big Boi

6. No Age - Fever Dreaming

5. Caribou - Odessa

4. Fang Island - Daisy

3. Teen Inc. - Fountains

2. Crystal Castles - Baptism

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round

Friday, December 3, 2010

add salt's albums of 2010


Here are add salt's top albums of 2010 for your listening (and purchasing) enjoyment. Disagree with me? Like the choices? Feel personally cheated that I didn't include anything from Kanye West? Leave a comment, let's chat. If you are a party seeking the removal of one of your tracks or images, please contact me personally at

+15 Beach House
Teen Dream

MP3: Beach House - Zebra
MP3: Beach House - Norway

+14 Four Tet
There Is Love In You

MP3: Four Tet - Love Cry
MP3: Four Tet - Circling

+13 Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

MP3: Big Boi - Shutterbug (feat. Cutty)
MP3: Big Boi - Tangerine (feat. T.I. & Khujo Goodie)

+12 Reading Rainbow
Prism Eyes

MP3: Reading Rainbow - Wasting Time
MP3: Reading Rainbow - Always On My Mind

+11 Sufjan Stevens
Age of Adz

MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Too Much
MP3: Sufjan Stevens - Now That I'm Older

+10 Surfer Blood
Astro Coast

MP3: Surfer Blood - Take It Easy
MP3: Surfer Blood - Twin Peaks

+9 Fang Island
Fang Island

MP3: Fang Island - Life Coach
MP3: Fang Island - Sideswiper

+8 Gorillaz
Plastic Beach

MP3: Gorillaz - Stylo (feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack)
MP3: Gorillaz - White Flag (Feat. Kano, Bashy & The Lebanese National Orchestra For Oriental Arabic Music)


+7 Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

MP3: Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
MP3: Arcade Fire - Rococo

+6 Sleigh Bells

MP3: Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground
MP3:Sleigh Bells - A/B Machines


+5 No Age
Everything In Between

Everything In Between came as one of the greatest surprises of the year. No Age have intrigued audiences with their blend of punk and shoegaze, but Nouns, as a whole, failed to impress or dazzle me. After witnessing them at Sasquatch! I revisited Nouns with newfound zeal, and it's a good thing, as it readied me for Everything In Between, an album which is sonically unique, compelling enough to be absorbed in one sitting, and ambitious without being egotistical. It is considerably boosted in rank because it fucking rocks in all the right places.

MP3: No Age - Life Prowler
MP3: No Age - Valley Hump Crash

+4 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Before Today

After a decade producing lo-fi albums utilizing 8 track tapes, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti has signed to 4AD, heralding a game change which has been a much-talked of topic in the blogosphere this year. The resulting effort, Before Today, is comprised of "polished" tracks which broaden the scope of Ariel Pink's songwriting and reveal his lyrical wit (which is often too muffled to decipher). To speak of accessibility would be fair but also irrelevant. This is a genius album. It would be genius if Ariel had made it in his basement using a Little Tikes sing-along cassette recorder. It also includes the best song of the year, which cannot be found on this page, as it will be showcased on my top tracks list.

MP3: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Beverly Kills
MP3: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Butt-House Blondies


+3 LCD Soundsystem
This Is Happening

This Is Happening was always going to make the cut. James Murphy never fails to amuse and enlighten with his straightforward insights into life, love and "the scene". While perhaps not a huge progression in the band's sound, (the formula here is simply an extension of the most popular cuts on their previous albums) LCD Soundsystem craft an infectiously danceable contemporary pop masterwork, which translates as well to the stage as it does to your bedroom when you think no one is looking.

MP3: LCD Soundsystem - Pow Pow
MP3: LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change

+2 Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

A concept which initially inspired anticipation and simultaneous apprehension, Joanna Newsom's triple-album could have gone horribly wrong. Fortunately for us, Have One on Me combines sweetness, humor and provocative sincerity into one exquisitely subtle package, demonstrating that the girl-child harpist has grown up into a woman full of rather thoughtful ideas, not a one of them poorly executed. Her affinity for weaving complex song structures and cohesive narratives has rarely been so well defined...or so beautifully composed.

MP3: Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Company
MP3: Joanna Newsom - Esme

+1 Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles II

With glittering production, punk lyricism, and jagged, menacing dance beats, Crystal Castles II (Crystal Castles' 2nd eponymous album,) weaves together screams and solemnity, tender inclinations and bloodthirsty ones, and adds a Sigur Ros sample for good measure. Progressive and damn catchy, it both conforms to and transcends the notion of a pop song structure. Plus, there's something here for every mood: brokenhearted, amped, vengeful, in love. It's the best album of the year, but more importantly, it's an album that has epitomized Crystal Castles' evolving musical maturity.

MP3: Crystal Castles - Pap Smear
MP3: Crystal Castles - Celestica
MP3: Crystal Castles - Suffocate

Honorable Mentions
Caribou | Swim
Das Racist | Sit Down, Man
Massive Attack | Heligoland
Harlem | Hippies

Albums I haven't listened to correctly/given due credit to
Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest
Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Tame Impala | Innerspeaker
Best Coast | Crazy For You

Do any songs seem to be conspicuously absent here? Tracks that were break-out hits or tracks that defined the albums?

Maybe you'll have to check back for my top tracks list, coming soon.


Photo via stOOpidgErL. MAJOR props.

Reading Rainbow release Prism Eyes, sign to Sub Pop...

Reading Rainbow's sophomore LP, Prism Eyes is out now on Hozac, and the cuts I've heard so far have been pretty exciting: as exciting as minimalist, lo-fi garage punk can get. If you grew up in the early 90's (as I did), RR are guaranteed to conjure up imagery long since forgotten, however ubiquitous...good climbing trees...scraped knees...the feeling of being smaller than everything around you. Seventeen years ago [christ], these guys would have undoubtedly scored a cameo on The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Now they've been signed to Sub Pop, confirming, if anyone had doubts, that nostalgia is hot this season.

Have you seen the video for "Always On My Mind" yet?

"Always On My Mind" was directed by Amanda Finn in the style of "french new wave films from the 60's".

new track from The Black Ryder, "Let It Go"...

Last night I had the opportunity to see TEEN Inc., Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and the immortal Os Mutantes, all of whom put on fan-fucking-tastic performances. As you can imagine, my brain is still fuzzed-out in concert mode.

In the spirit of feedback and reverb, here is a sprawling shoegaze track from The Black Ryder which you must listen to very loud on excellent speakers or headphones:

The Black Ryder - Let It Go

"Let It Go" is off The Black Ryder's debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, available via EMI.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

new track from Sweaters, "Can't Stop Winning'"...

Brennen from Rock Steady Music was kind enough to send over a new track from Sweaters, "Can't Stop Winning", which appears on their newest 7", out now on White Iris. The cut was allegedly ( it really was) produced by Lewis Pesacov of Fool's Gold, and features subtle hints of Pavement and notes of Trip Shakespeare before surging into a Joe Cocker-inspired breakdown which would satisfy any palette, no matter how discriminating. Taste it below:

Sweaters - Can't Stop Winning

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