Saturday, December 31, 2005

Please Stand By . . .

Casey Dorrell

No, we haven't gone anywhere. As you likely know, I work in retail, and this is a busy time of year. A time of year when it's a good idea to make Casey be at work at 6am in the morning with the expectation that he will still be there at 11pm the same day. A great idea even. A time of year where I'm told by one of my smarter customers that he owns two blue VHS movies which he'd like on DVD. A glorious time of year. A time of year to consume copious amounts of alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

Please Stand By

Because of this, I won't be regailing you with tales of music. Not even the Joel Plaskett show I went to last night. In the meantime, here's some things to keep you occupied:

This site beat us in a battle of the blogs competition.
Verdict: People are illiterate - Mocking Music continues to be great.

A year end list you may have overlooked by Ted Leo himself.
Verdict: Ted Leo continues to rock.

The Who are going on tour in 2006.
Verdict: Baby Boomer bands are the new undead.

Stylus gives us some indie band-inspired Haikus.
These are not funny
And yet, they still make me laugh
These are not funny

Sick of seeing Sufjan on every year end list? Comiserate here.
Verdict: Sufyawn is funny, but Sufjan is still great.

Seattlest lists favourite books of 2005.
Verdict: Books? Music bloggers don't read, we make lists, lots of lists.

This saturday, a leap second is added to our calendar.
Verdict: At least it's not 1972, they had a whole two seconds added (they were having trouble fitting in a full playing of Don Mclean's American Pie).

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Loyalty to My Sorrowful country
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Bleeding Powers
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Congressional Dubcision
Sufjan Stevens - Wolverine (Michigan Out-take)
The Who - Tommy Demo

Monday, December 26, 2005

Eminem Tortures More Than Just Kim

Geoff Trainor

Love it or hate it, most people have heard, or heard of, Eminem's infamous track, Kim. In the track, Mathers, explicitly depicts beating his ex-wife, Kim. New reports allege that Eminem, or more exaclty, his music is now being used as a form of torture in a literal sense. Wait a sec, that's not news at all...

The Human Rights Watch has reported that the US is using the rapper's music as a means of torture to US detainees at a secret prison near Afghanistan, refered to as the "Dark Prison".

The group reports claims from a prisoner saying that inmate were forced to listen to the music of Dr. Dre and Eminem, while in a pitch-black prison, to make them suffer. After 20 days, the rap was replaced by ghostly laughter and Halloween sound effects.

In League With Bush All Along
The Face For America's War on Terrorism

The HRW claim the inmates were chained to the walls and deprived of sleep while in the facility. These allegations have been denied by US authorities and the CIA has yet to comment, but the HRW are calling for an enquiry.

Personally, I don't see the problem. Radio and Television have been using the genre publicly, as a form of musical torture for years; the US has just now realized its full potential.

Eminem - Kim
Mocking Music - Kim Remix (Eminem)

If You Add a Buck Fifteen, He Sounds OK


And Now For Something Completely the Same . . .

Casey Dorrell

For someone who claims to dislike Christmas, I've been posting a lot of seasonal songs. This will be the last. But, it's also the best. I think there's some sort of saying that applies here . . .

My Christmas non-specific, religiously neutral, holiday present to you: five unreleased songs that, to the best of my knowledge (and I've had the entire Mocking Music research team in the office all Christmas verifying this), exist nowhere else on the net. These Mocking Music exclusives were recorded and encoded yesterday from the CBC Radio program, Definately Not the Opera. The songs are all live, all christmas-related, and all Canadian.

Where's P:ano

P:ano - Favourite Things
This is an instrumentally sparse cover that's heavy on the vocal harmonizing. It probably won't ever make it into heavy-rotation on your playlist, but it's definately worth a listen for any fans of P:ano, twee, or indie cover songs.

Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas (live)
Is Ron Sexsmith cool? He doesn't strike me as being something the hip kids would get into. I mean, the guy sounds old. In fact, he is old - he was born in 1964. Then again, the original version of this song was on the O.C. Mix #3. Wait, that's not cool anymore, is it? Maybe he can do a duet with Devendra Barnhart or get the Jack White production team. Cool or otherwise, this song doesn't do a lot for me, but then we've had the studio version in heavy rotation at work for well over a month . . .

Jill Barber - Snow Falls Lightly on the Ground
Previously of the band Bent Ivy, she's become much better known as a solo artist as which she's toured with Joel Plaskett and Julie Doiron, among others. This song is a Jill Barber original which she premiered yesterday - expect a jazz-infused traditional sound with lo-fi aesthetics. (Note: I took the liberty of naming the untitled track based on the lyrics).

Matthew Barber
- Christmas Must be Tonight (The Band Cover)
Matthew is, surprise, the younger brother of Jill. In the last two years, he's established himself as a staple of the Canadian independent scene, touring with artists like Buck 65, Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays, and Mocking Music favourite, Emm Gryner. Still, unlike many of his Toronto contemporaries, he has yet to break through in the U.S. This may be, in part, because his studio music tends toward glossier production values than say, Matt Mays. Regardless, this is a catchy song that recalls a sterilized Elliot Smith in a spiffy new suit for the holidays.

Jason Collett - Beguiled Christmas in Wales
And this is the Mocking Music exclusive that will probably interest the most people. Jason Collett is one of those previously mentioned Barber contemporaries who has seen American exposure. It doesn't hurt being a member of the incestuous love-in-cum-record-label, Arts and Crafts. Collett, a member of Broken Social Scene, released his second solo album to positive critical reviews earlier this year. The album is a lot less varied than Broken Social Scene but is great low-key headphone music and it features an excellent song with Emily Haines (of Broken Social Scene and Metric). Collett is easily my favourite of the five artists in this post,though I can't say the same for this song. Still, "Beguiled Christmas in Wales" has become a regular part of Collett's setlist of late, and maybe it'll find the same frequency in your playlist.

P:ano - Favourite Things
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas (live with intro)
Matthew Barber - Must Be Christmas Tonight (The Band Cover)
Jill Barber - Snow Falls Lightly on the Ground
Jason Collett - Beguiled Christmas in Wales

P:ano - Brigadoon
Ron Sexsmith - Retriever
Matthew Barber - Sweet Nothing
Jill Barber - Oh Heart
Jason Collett - Idols in Exile

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Indie Christmas for the Kids or "T'was the Night Before Christmas was OK But the First Night Before Christmas Was Way Better"

Casey Dorrell

Highland Cow Santa
You Know, Creating This Picture Made Sense at the Time . . .

I kept meaning to make a nice long mix of bearable christmas music that I could play at work. And I kept forgetting. Next year, next year. Anyhow, this is probably what it would have looked like. Some of this you'll have seen elsewhere, and some of it, you probably didn't. If you're looking for a one artist experience, I recommend buying Bright Eyes' Christmas album, downloading Snowden's free Licorice EP, or checking out Sufjan Steven's Christmas EPs.

Merry Christmas,
see you in a few days.

Bright Eyes - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
Pedro the Lion - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Eisley - Winter Song
Rilo Kiley - Xmas Cake
Snowden - Christmas Time is Here
Belle & Sebastian - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Low - Silent Night
Clem Snide - Joy to the World
The Arcade Fire and Friends - Jinglebell Rock
The Kinks - Father Christmas [via Pimps of Gore]
Yo La Tengo - It's Christmas Time
Bright Eyes - Silver Bells
Mew - She Came Home for Christmas
Judybats - When Southern Bells Ring (Here Comes Xmas) [via bedroom dancing]
Thunderbirds are Now! - Christmas in Hollis
Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
Grandaddy - Alan Parson's Winter Wonderland
Yo La Tengo - It's Christmas Time [via Jeremy Peterson]
Teenage Fan Club - Christmas Eve
Hawksley Workman - Merry Christmas (I Love You)
The Walkmen - Christmas Party
Polyphonic Spree - Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Flaming Lips - Christmas at the Zoo
Sufjan Stevens - That was the Worst Christmas Ever

Emo / Punk Christmas For the Kids or "T'was the Night Before Christmas and all Creatures Were Whining, Even the Mouse"

Emo / Punk Christmas For the Kids or "T'was the Night Before Christmas and all Creatures Were Whining, Even the Mouse"

Casey Dorrell

Santa's Got a Gun

Here's some songs that haven't seen much love this year in the blogosphere. Probably with good reason, to be honest. Some of these bands I really like and others, not so much. Still, I know some of my regular silent readers (wait, that describes all of you) are fans of this sort of music. Christmas is the time for giving, I've heard so, enjoy:

Matchbook Romance - I'll be Home for Christmas
Phantom Planet - Winter Wonderland
Gatsby's American Dream - Christmas Time is Here
Plain White T's - Do You Hear What I Hear
Something Corporate - Forget December
The Used - Alone This Holiday
Fall Out Boy - Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Zebrahead - Deck the Halls (I Hate Christmas)
Jimmy Eat World - Last Christmas
Brand New - O Holy Night
Blink 182 - I Won't Be Home for Christmas
No Use For a Name - Christmas Day
Sense Field - Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Free Album Friday #2 (Saturday Edition): The 8Bits of Christmas

Casey Dorrell

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Sure, we've all heard the classics, and most of the music blog-hopping savy kids have heard the indie versions of them too - but what about 8bit versions?

"This very special holiday release from 8bitpeoples features an allstar cross-platform lineup that is sure to make yours a truly chippy christmas indeed. Brought together from all corners of the globe, these 8 amazing tunes were composed by 8 dedicated chiptune maniacs on 8 different videogame consoles and homecomputers! Featuring the sounds of Yerzmyey on the Spectrum, Nullsleep on the NES, Vim on the VIC20, Paul Slocum on the Atari 2600, Bit Shifter on the GameBoy, Goto80 on the C64, Dma-Sc on the Atari ST, and Hally on the X68000, there is only one way to celebrate the holidays right this year, and this is it." (Internet Archive)

This may not be for everyone, but if you enjoyed Beck's gameboy remix EP earlier this year or if
you're old enough/ young enough that you spent a lot of time playing games on one of these systems, you'll probably get a kick out of it.

1. Yerzmyey - Merry Christmas (Sinclair ZX Spectrum)
2. NullSleep - Silent Night (Nintendo)
3. Vim - When a Child is Bored (Vic120)
4. Paul Slocum - Up on the Housetop (Atari 2600)
- For the rest of this album go here -

Free Album Friday #1 (Saturday Edition): Sufjan Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2005

Searching for 'Da Wayne (Darwin #6)

Casey Dorrell

Casey - Entertainment Associate Tag

Just a few of the requests I remembered to jot down during this Christmas shopping season:

Customer: I'm looking for a CD

Casey: Sure.

Customer: Here you go.

*Customer hands Casey an piece of paper which has the name, "Glenn Starfonie" scribbled on it.*

Casey: Um . . . yep, I think it's probably Gwen Stefani you're looking for.

If you think about it, even the fictional name is mispelled - it'd probably be Starphonie.


Customer: Do you have Lesserthans?

Casey: Nope . . . but we do have the Weakerthans.


Customer: I'm looking for the new Hillary Simpson CD

Casey: Uh, OK.

Customer: I think it's called something like "I am Beautiful" or "I am Special"

*Casey gets the customer the CD "I am me" by Ashlee Simpson*


See, the last one I really like because it serves as a nice commentary on the generic sameness of a lot of mainstream pop music. Hillary being Hillary Duff, and "I am Beautiful" being Christina Aguilera, with the actual intended purchase being Jessica Simpson's younger sister, Ashlee.

Clem Snide - Beautiful (Christina Aguilera cover)
Weakerthans - Plea From a Cat Named Virtue
Weakerthans - Psalm for Elks Lodge Last Call

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Darwin was a Fraud
Darwin: 0 Casey: 3

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Top 25 of 2005 (Take that Sufjan!)


Ed Note: Sometime in the next couple of days, I'll be posting the inevitable and (within the music blog community) already redundant "Top Albums of the Year List". But today, we have the top 25 list of long-time silent member, Andrew Rollins.

His taste often differs from mine, but he's a musical encyclopedia (he also hosts music trivia at a local bar every week) and owns far more CDs than anyone probably should, and I own well over a thousand. While the two of us do actually agree on a lot of music, we spend most of our time making fun of each other's taste. With that said, I actually like about half of the albums on this list, though I'm declining comment on number two. It's fun to see some different music grace our page and hopefully we'll see Rollins occasionally in the new year.


So, here it goes. I tried to put them in order, but it's way too hard. It's pretty safe to say that the top 5 are accurate, but anything after that was way too hard to put in any kind of coherent order. First the 20 unordered Best of 2005:

30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie
Their last album was decent, but this one blows it away. Who knew Jared Leto
(Fight Club, Alexander, etc.) had such a great voice?
30 Seconds to Mars - Attack

System Of A Down - Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Quite a departure from their previous albums - I love how these albums made it into the mainstream. I still think that there's a whole lot of confused people who bought these.

Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age minus Nick? The result: a way more focused band and album. Very impressive.

Life Of Agony - Broken Valley
Easily one of the best comeback albums of all time. Period.
Life of Agony - River Runs Red

Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
Not the best Nine Inch Nails album, but it's still way better than most of the shit that's around these days.
(Ed Note: that's hardly an endorsement)

Kanye West - Late Registration
Do i need to explain this one?
Legendary K.O. - George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People (Golddigger Remix)

Broken Social Scene - Self-Titled
I'm not a fan of indie music, really, but for some reason i really like Broken Social Scene, maybe it's cause they're awesome?
(Ed. note: probably)
Broken Social Scene - Superconnected

Coheed And Cambria -
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One
Love them or hate them, these guys are really good at what they do.

Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Such an awesome voice, and an even better album - well worth the wait.
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine

God Forbid - IV:Constitution Of Treason
The soundtrack to the apocalypse . . .
God Forbid - Broken Promise (From Determination album)

Danger Doom - The Mouse And The Mask
I bet you can't sit still while listening to this album. MF Doom has one of the best voices in rap.

The Remains Of Brian Borcherdt - Vol.2
Brian Borcherdt's voice and music is so underrated and deserves to be heard by everyone, even though i prefer vol.1 over vol.2 this is an essential part of the set.

Brian Borcherdt - Moments of Protest

Matthew Barber - Sweet Nothing
Jill Barber's older brother and it's pretty easy to tell that musical talent runs in the family. Watch for this album to blow up in 2006. For fans of Matt Mays.

Audioslave - Out Of Exile
A much more solid album than their first the whole way through.

Boys Night Out - Trainwreck
What do you do when the genre of music you helped create becomes monotonous? Make an incredibly awesome concept album and completely re-invent yourselves.
Boys Night Out - Medicating

Avenged Sevenfold - City OF Evil
The return of metal, cheezy solos and all, but it couldn't sound better. There are a few moments where the singer gets on my nerves but the musicianship is so good I forgive them.

Holy Fuck - Self-Titled
Brian Borcherdt's evil supergroup. Electronic music . . . minus computers. Everything is live and organic, and in one listen and you'll understand the name of the band. check them out next month at (local bar) Baba's.
Holy Fuck - Tone Bank Jungle

Protest The Hero - Kezia
At first i missed out on this album, shame on me. These guys are fresh outta high school and they've created a near flawless album.
Protest the Hero - Nautical

Buck 65 - Secret House Against The World
This guy really is the hip-hop Johnny Cash. Too bad I missed out on the Shoreline Festival.
(Ed note: Sucker)

And now for the Top Five Count-down of 2005's Best:

5. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus
This band is the epitome of rock. Take one listen to this album and tell me otherwise!
Clutch - Pulaski Skyway

4. Contrived - Dead Air Verbatim
Amazing live band and they've finally captured that on record.

3. BucketTruck - Favour The Bull
This album is incredible, I had high expectations but who would've thought it would be this good?

2. Korn - See You On The Other Side
Say what you want, but I think this is an awesome album. I'll always be a fan.

1. Wintersleep - Untitled
Not just the best album of the year but one of my all time favorites.

30 Seconds to Mars - Attack
Life of Agony - River Runs Red
Legendary K.O. - George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People (Golddigger Remix)
Broken Social Scene - Superconnected
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
God Forbid - Broken Promise (From Determination album)
Brian Borcherdt - Moments of Protest
Boys Night Out - Medicating
Holy Fuck - Tone Bank Jungle
Protest the Hero - Nautical
Clutch - Pulaski Skyway

When he's not hosting music trivia or calling Casey emo, Rollins can be found over at the peilocal's message board.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Band T-Shirts at Concerts: Just Say No

Casey Dorrell

About half a year later and I finally got around to updating our site navigation (to the right of this text). I figured I'd post the concerts page as a new post because we have a lot of new (tho silent) regular visitors. Most of the concert reviews are written by our intrepid freelance mocker, mel, since she escaped the musical wasteland fondly referred to Prince Edward Island and can now actually see shows . . .

In Harmer's WaySarah Harmer, Jeremy Fisher, Nathan Wiley Review
Sarah Harmer, Jeremy Fisher, and Nathan Wiley
Where: Major's Hill Park, Ottawa
When: May 31, 2005
Reviewed By: Mel

Truthfully Truthfull, a Great ShowJoel Plaskett Review
Joel Plaskett (With Lowest of the Low)
Where: Major's Hill Park, Ottawa
When: May 21, 2005
Reviewed By: Mel

Tea, Tulips, and Other Clever AlliterationsThe Tea Party Review
Who: The Tea Party
Where: Major's Hill Park, Ottawa
When: May 16, 2005
Reviewed By: Mel

The Heart of Confederation Was Alive Last NightThe Reason Review
Who: The Reason, Ghosts of Modern Man, Brazil
Where: Brennan's Pub, P.E.I.
When: May 1, 2005
Reviewed By: Geoff

I Believe in the Good of RockHidden Cameras Review
The Hidden Cameras
Where: Barrymore's Music Hall, Ottawa
When: April 16, 2005
Reviewed By: Mel

Predictions More Accurate Than Your Horoscope

Alexisonfire ReviewWho: Alexisonfire, Fullblast, Rise Against
Where: Myron's, P.E.I.
When: March 13, 2005
Reviewed By: Casey & Geoff

Alexisonfire - .44 Caliber Love Letter
Hidden Cameras - Boys of Melody
The Reason - The Joke and the Gentleman
Choke - Breathing Won't Come Easy
Brazil - Erasure
Joel Plaskett - True Patriot Love (Acoustic wma)
Nathan Wiley - Renegade
Reid Jameson w. Sarah Harmer - Holding Out

Alexisonfire - Watch Out!
Sarah Harmer - I'm a Mountain
Hidden Cameras - The Smell of Our Own
The Reason - Ravenna
Choke - Forward
Brazil - A Hostage and the Meaning of Life
Joel Plaskett - Le De Da
Nathan Wiley - High Low

If you add a Buck Fifteen, He Sounds OK

Casey Dorrell

50 CentNow maybe this was an just accident - a bit of lazy reporting. Maybe. It's pretty funny either way. CBC radio aired a short story today about 50 Cent's Canadian tour. Earlier Liberal MP Dan McTeague asked the immigration board to ban 50 Cent from entry into the country because his music "glorifies violence". Barricade the border! Anyhow, the more recent story was pretty much a non-story - simply that police were worried about the safety of concert goers. Someone was shot during the last tour outside a Toronto show and another person was shot outside a screening of "Get Rich or Die Trying" in the States. The newscaster emphasized the danger by noting the new tour was what "50 Cent calls his Massacre tour" (emphasis sadly not added). Of course, that the tour was simply named after the album and not a description of what to expect at a show.

Read the full story at the Toronto Star

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Fishing For Live Eels

Geoff Trainor

There could be many ways to catch a live eel. Matt Johnson has his own views on the topic. Those of us too busy or, more likely, too lazy to do it his way have found salvation in the form of a CD and DVD due February 20th of next year.

Eels at one of their many world tour gigs
I Wonder Just How They Breathe Out of Water?

The album was recorded this past June in New York during the Eels world tour. It marks the third live album released by the Eels, but is the first to hit stores (the others having been internet only releases). Despite an outcry from fans to release a polka album, Eels have decided to do a live album, with strings.

From the mouth of Eels frontman E,

"I'm not going to make a polka album just because I can. It's not in me, not this year, anyway, and I'm not doing different things to try to dazzle the audience with my wide horizons. There's just some stuff in me that needs to come out."

The sets from the Strings tour differ considerably from what fans have come to expect from Eels live, as the quirky off-the-wall loud sets have been exchanged with low-key interpretations. Shows typically begin with the tongue-in-cheek announcement that "tonight, the Eels will not rock."

Eels With Strings - Live At Town Hall will be released in two formats, CD and DVD, each with its own respective features. Not only will 26 Eels songs spanning their illustrious career be included on the new album, but so will some Bob Dylan covers: Girl From The North Country, Johnny Rivers, and Poor Side of Town.

Tentative Tracklisting:
01 Going to Your Funeral part 2
02 Dust of Ages
03 In The Yard, Behind the Church
04 Bride of Theme from Blinking Lights
05 A Magic World
06 Son of a Bitch
07 Blinking Lights (For Me)
08 Dirty Girl
09 My Beloved Monster
10 The Only Thing I Care About
11 Bus Stop Boxer
12 Pretty Ballerina
13 I Like Birds
14 Girl from the North Country
15 Railroad Man
16 Trouble with Dreams
17 If You See Natalie
18 I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
19 Dead of Winter
20 Flyswatter
21 Novocaine for the Soul
22 Losing Streak
23 The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight
24 Souljacker Part 2
25 Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
26 Things the Grandchildren Should Know
27 Dog Faced Boy
28 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
29 Mr. E's Beautiful Blues

Eels - Girl From The North Country (Eels With Strings Tour - not upcoming release version)
Eels - I Like Birds (Eels With Strings Tour - not upcoming release version)
Eels - Railroad Man (Eels With Strings Tour - not upcoming release version)
Bob Dylan - Girl From The North Country

Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Eels - With Strings - Live At Town Hall (DVD)

Monday, December 19, 2005

File Under: What the Heck?

Casey Dorrell

Emily Haines wearing Rolling StonesThis just in, Metric will be opening for Rolling Stones. You might want to read that again, metric will be opening for the Stones. To put this into perspective, Metallica also opened for the Stones on this tour. Shades of Sleater-Kinney opening for Pearl Jam earlier this year. Maybe we've entered some sort of weird post-modern musical association era and I missed the memo.

No word as to how the Toronto four-piece scored the gigs. They will be opening two shows at Madison Square Garden, one on the 18th and the other the 19th of this upcoming January. After reading the news, one blogger joked that [lead singer] Emily Haines must suck a mean phallus, but the real reason likely has a lot more to with her musical talent. Metric have blown up since their first official full length, Old World Underground, which was a critical favourite of 2003. Their follow-up this October on Last Gang Records, Live it Out, has also garnered positive, if not glowing, reviews. No doubt none of the Rolling Stones has a clue who Metric is, but I guess one of their suits does.

I've seen both bands this summer at separate venues. Rolling Stones were, well, the Stones. Metric were late showing up, took an incredibly long time setting up and Haines's stage banter ranged from "we're so great and you're so luck to see us" to the incomprehensible. It'd be interesting to see how that stage presence translates into the Stones spots.

After the Stones' shows, Metric will be incognito until March when they do a North America wide tour (including a SXSW show).

Metric is also set to release a MSTRKRFT remix of the Live it Out single, "Monster Hospital" next January.

Metric - Monster Hospital (Live it Out)
Metric - Slow Night (Old World Underground)
Pearl Jam & Sleater Kinney - Leaving Here
Pearl Jam & Sleater Kinney - Mother

Metric - Live it Out
Sleater Kinney - Woods

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Free Album Friday #1 (Saturday Edition) - Sufjan Christmas

Casey Dorrell

Sufjan Stevens, the elf

'Tis the season? Can't say I'm a huge fan of the Christmas season, never have been (nor do I think it warrants being a "season"). I'm not Christian, so jesus's birth doesn't hold any deep personal meaning for me. Working my third christmas in retail, in music moreover, hasn't made me any more enthusiastic. I'm sure Christmas is fraught with meaning for true Christians, but for everyone else (i.e. all the people I deal with every day), it's simply a reason to shop with abandon and to give retail workers with a cynical view of the average intellect, fodder for their conviction.

And don't even bother with christmas music - repetitive in-store plays of the O.C.'s christmas album this year have made me question my allegiance to several bands . . . buuut, this year's indie-wonderkid, Sufjan Stevens, manages to actually make Christmas music that not only doesn't suck, but it's actually good. The set of three Christmas EPs were a limited 2002 release so until it's rereleased it's been generally treated as free for the taking in the blog community. With that said, if you like it, you should definately head over to Asthmatic Kitty and pick up one of Sufjan's other albums (they're only ten bucks US a piece).


Sorry, these EPs will soon be released commercially via Asthmatic Kitty.

Vol. I Hark! Songs for Christmas
1 - Silent Night
2 - O Come O Come Emmanuel
3 - We're Goin' to the Country!
4 - Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
5 - It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad
6 - Holy, Holy, etc.
7 - Amazing Grace

Vol. II Hark! Songs for Christmas
01 Angels We Have Heard On High
02 Put the Lights on the Tree
03 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
04 I Saw Three Ships
05 Only at Christmas Time
06 Once in David's Royal City
07 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
08 What Child Is This Anyway?
09 Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Vol. III Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas
01 O Come, O Come Emmanual
02 Come On! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance!
03 We Three Kings of Orient Are
04 O Holy Night
05 That Was the Worst Christmas Ever
06 All the King's Horns
07 Ding! Dong!
08 The Friendly Beasts

Alternate Downloads:
The EPs in compressed .rar format [via Confabulators]
The EPS in compressed .zip format [via Cawley Blog]
The EPs in compressed .zip format [via Chattablogs]

Friday, December 16, 2005

Oh, The Start of Something Strange & Beautiful

Casey Dorrell

We've told you a little about ourselves now (very little, and amid many obscure inside jokes, granted), but there's also a few other people who have been or will be involved with the site. First and foremost is Melanie Wood, profilic indie kid extraordinaire, who graces us with the occasional appearance when she's not busy with her own blog, her university paper, or her podcast (which inexplicably is for a different university). Not only does she write concert reviews for us here, she also sports a mean strut.

Then we have the mysterious and magical Johnny Larusic, owner of the swankest site this side of hampster dance. He's only once been here and he kinda pretended to be me, but maaaybe, just maybe we'll see him again.

Mocking Music Wants You
Soon, we hope to introduce another mocker, at least in the form of a semi-regular podcast. But we're greedy people. We want more, we want you. We think you're hot. And you'd be that much hotter if you were posting on mocking music. Ideally, I'd like this site to have a lot of regular guest bloggers. Partially because we're lazy, but mostly because community blogs are a lot more entertaining to read. You don't need to like the music we do, you need only love music and have a sense of humour. And yeah, your sense of humour might, like mine, not translate into being funny - we only ask that you try . . .

Email us with "Casey's great" as a subject if you're interested . . . or with submission or something as the subject, but then you'll have lost points before I even open the message.

Space Mtn - Oh (awesome song)
Voxtrot - The Start of Something (also pretty sweet)
Aqualung - Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)

Voxtrot - Raised By Wolves
Aqualung - Strange and Beautiful
Space Mtn - A Drawing of a Memory of a Photograph of You

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Tennin: Ten-&n. Verb. Used For Rocking

Geoff Trainor

Now that Casey has shown you my dark past, I am here to bring you a more uplifting tale. A classic story of rebellion. It all starts with a small boy. A small boy, with a big future . . .

Another Casey on a mission

Casey, blogger, and Tennin Rocker . . . (as written by Geoff)

And now, music personally selected by the Tennin Rocker himself, for your enjoyment.

Emm Gryner - Dearg Doom [Buy]
The Black Spoons - Your Softest Leather [Buy]
Inara George - Fools in Love [Buy]
Eels - Hey Man (Now You're Really Living) [Buy]
Deathray Davies - Plan to Stay Awake [Buy]
The Golden Dogs - Yeah! [Buy]
Andrew Bird - A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left [Buy]
Brendan Benson - Cold Hands (Warm Heart) [Buy]

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

In Search of Rock . . .

Casey Dorrell

Prior to our disapearance, we'd been having a lot of celebrations of on Mocking Music. First we celebrated the Canadian national holiday of Mocking Music Day, then we celebrated our 100th post, and now we're in perpetual celebration of Christmas. Pretty darn exciting, I'd say, prreetty darn exciting.

But not every post can be colored by good cheer and jubilation. No, music mocking has a darker side. For almost a year now, we've held back, remaining largely anonymous benefactors of mp3-encapsulated kindness. You probably thought we were just sharing music we liked because we were nice people. You were wrong - that happens a lot in life.

Who is Geoff?

Without further ado, Here's the real story (written by Casey) of the man who posts as Geoff. Beware, it's not for the faint of heart.

Below are some songs selected by the supervillian himself.

Portugal The Man - AKA M80 The Wolf [Buy]
Kill Hannah - Kennedy [Buy]
The Decemberists - 16 MIlitary Wives [Buy]
The Network - Money Money 2020 [Buy]
The Subways - Rock & Roll Queen [Buy]
Say Hi To Your Mom - Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks [Buy]
Foo Fighters - New Way Home [Buy]

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Three Cheers For Us!

Casey Dorrell

We've been gone for a while, but like other mythic persons of lesser status we've risen from the dead to be with you once again (kinda like Neil Diamond, but with less suck). Strangely, this might not be welcome news. It seems that more of you liked the site when we weren't there - in fact, our regular visitors doubled since we left. I'm going to just assume here that this is the dead painter's syndrome. You never liked us much until we were gone, then you realized our brilliance. Right? I thought so.

Mocking Music makes the International news

What happened while we were gone? Not much. I had a shitty year, Geoff had a Geoffly year, and Sufjan Stevens dethroned Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) as the reigning king of all things indie. And a lot of great albums that didn't reference Illinoise were released too. To recap, 2005: Good for music, good for Sufjan, bad for Casey. In light and despite this, Geoff has made our site both tacky and seasonal which, given the season, is really the same thing anyhow.

Regular posts will start up again this week and hopefully we'll get some cool new features going too. We're looking for some fresh blood so if you want to contribute, let us know (more on that to come), there's also the possibility of a podcast so if anyone knows anything about that stuff, also let us know. Look out for the odd interview, free albums most fridays, and just our general excellence to which you should all aspire.

Cheers (three, in fact).

Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
Sufjan Stevens - All Good NaySayers
Sufjan Stevens - Year of the Dog
Bright Eyes - Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh
Bright Eyes - Gold Mine Gutted
Bright Eyes - Lua

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Monday, December 12, 2005

We're Back

Casey Dorrell

Aqua Bats
Fashion Zombies [Buy]

Sufjan Stevens
They Are Night Zombies!!! [Buy]

Zombie [Buy]

Two Faced John McCartney
Zombies Walk!

Screeching Weasel
Zombie [Buy]