Monthly Archives: August 2011

download: old waver august mix tape


This month’s mix tape really hits the cross-section of this humble blog’s musical scope. Granted, there are no new wave heroes this month — but the selections run the gambit from synthpop, dreampop, shoegaze, indie, and good old-fashioned britpop.

There’s new M83, Noel Gallagher, DJ Shadow..  plus plenty of other favorites from the month that saw our 1 year anniversary and our pretty new site redesign.

Download or stream it below — and don’t forget we’ve got many more for you to enjoy right here.

old waver august 2011 mix tape (89MB file)


  1. Intro (Feat. Zola Jesus) – M83
  2. Balance – Future Islands
  3. Hanging On – Active Child
  4. Polish Girl – Neon Indian
  5. It Feels Good To Be Around You – Air France
  6. Miss You – The Rapture
  7. 6 More Weeks – Erika Spring
  8. Heart in Your Heartbreak (Twin Shadow remix) – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  9. Warning Call – DJ Shadow (Feat. Tom Vek)
  10. Hazel – Weekend
  11. Better Days – Fonda
  12. I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl – Wavves
  13. Forever 28 – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  14. Gene Ciampi – Twin Sister
  15. Junk Of The Heart (Happy)  – The Kooks
  16. If I Had A Gun – Noel Gallagher
  17. Tangled Up In Love — The Rifles

streaming version:


download 'intro' – m83 featuring zola jesus


Earlier this summer, we were teased by the infectious single “Midnight City.” Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83‘s much-anticipated double album, doesn’t come out until October 18 — but there’s been some leakage.

Today, a Turkish site produced the intro track, entitled “Intro” of course. It’s appropriately epic and features the powerful vocals of goth songstress Zola Jesus:

(via knucklerumbler & indieistambul)

Grab it while you can, and let your imagination run wild as to the stunning contents of the rest of the album.

Here’s the official stream:

more new noel: 'if I had a gun'


I don’t know about you, but I think Noel is kicking Liam‘s ass. While Beady Eye‘s debut came and went, the advance looks at Noel’s solo album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, are quite positive.

We’ve already enjoyed the britpop pomp of lead single “The Death Of You And Me,” and the laid back stomp of b-side “The Good Rebel.”

Now comes “If I Had A Gun,” probably the most Oasis-y track yet. Get ready to hold your cell phone in the air:

(via kroq & somekindofawesome)

One can only assume that if Noel had a gun, he’d consider using it on his brother. Despite Noel’s recent apology regarding comments he made on the Oasis split, Liam is still hell bent on suing his brother for libel.

Meanwhile, Liam commented during Beady Eye’s set at last weekend’s Reading Festival that Noel was playing a “fucking acoustic guitar” somewhere else on the grounds. Nice one.

new dum dum girls track 'bedroom eyes'


Kristen Gundred and the Dum Dum Girls will release sophomore album Only In Dreams September 27th.

We’ve already heard the smoldering “Coming Down,” which drew comparisons to Mazzy Star. Newest peek at the album, “Bedroom Eyes,” is a little sunnier and has Gundred working on her Chrissie Hynde:

(via p4k)

By the way, if you missed the Dum Dum Girls cover The Smiths on their recent He Gets Me High EP, check this out.

jane's addiction 'irresistable force' video


Do we still care about Jane’s Addiction? I, for one, fast forward through the theme song on Entourage.

Regardless, Jane’s 3.0 will release The Great Escape Artist on October 4th. A spacey, mystical video for second single “Irresistable Force” was unveiled today. It plods out of the gate, but Perry and Dave can still crank out a huge chorus:

(via slicingupeyeballs)

And if you missed it, here’s the nsfw video for “End To The Lies.” If you don’t want to risk getting in trouble with the man, there’s a censored version here. Enjoy:

You’ll have to wait a few months for more. Until then, look for Dave Navarro in those cute guitar camp Citibank spots.

dj shadow & tom vek 'warning call'


The venerable DJ Shadow returns September 27th with The Less You Know The Better, his fourth full length and first since 2006’s The Outsider.

It’s what you expect from DJ Shadow, with the possible exception of the latest track to hit the web, “Warning Call,” which features a driving guitar line and the droll vocals of Tom Vek:

(via prefix)

If you’re interested, we found a few other preview tracks. For a classic textured mashup, here’s “Sad And Lonely”:

“I Gotta Rokk” is one of Shadow’s banger sound collages:

Get ready for some dancehall craziness with “I’m Excited” featuring Afrikan Boy:

And finally, Shadow keeps it real with some pure hip hop featuring old school MCs Talib Kweli & Posdnuos:


the strokes cover the cars with jarvis cocker


Thanks to Stereogum and Some Kind Of Awesome for the heads up on this one. Saturday night at Reading, Pulp and The Strokes were the headliners. Late in The Strokes set, they were joined by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker for a shaky but crowd pleasing cover of The Cars “Just What I Needed.”

Even at 47, Cocker can still show Julian Casablancas how to truly command a stage:

Check out the full set from The Strokes here (until the BBC yanks it) and reference the set list below:

  1. Is This It
  2. New York City Cops
  3. Under Cover of Darkness
  4. The Modern Age
  5. Machu Picchu
  6. Reptilia
  7. Someday
  8. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight
  9. You Only Live Once
  10. You’re So Right
  11. What Ever Happened
  12. Automatic Stop
  13. Alone, Together
  14. Just What I Needed
  15. Juicebox
  16. Last Nite
  17. Hard To Explain
  18. Take It Or Leave It

wavves want to meet dave grohl


Love him or hate him, Wavves’ Nathan Williams is an interesting character. As The Fader points out, he was tripping balls at the MTV VMAs last night — and ended up giving “Best New Artist” Tyler The Creator’s mom his VIP pass.

Add to that, Wavves are releasing the Life Sux EP September 20th featuring collaborations with Best Coast and Fucked Up on Williams’ own Ghost Ramp imprint.

One of the tunes on the EP, “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl,” debuted last night on the MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Evidently Wavves are contributing music to the series all season. You can download the effusive and kinda awesome ode to Dave Grohl at the MTV show page or right here:

a word on twitter

Yesterday I committed twittercide. In a few short months, I had gathered a healthy following of 700 or so. Most were crap bands trying to suck up. Some were followers of the local radio station I work for, who quickly realized they weren’t interested in my narrowly appealing music tweets. A few were porn bots or other spam. And some were other blogs who either enjoyed following me or more likely felt guilted into following me back.

I, however, followed every music label, blog, magazine, band and artist I found even remotely interesting. Pretty soon I was over 1000 followed and my feed became a constantly updating wall of noise.

I thought I would be able to stay on top of everything, but instead I couldn’t keep up with anything. Ignore it for 5 minutes and I’d have 237 tweets to scan through.

I finally decided it wasn’t worth it. I wasn’t getting the information I wanted, lost in that 140-character cacophony. And as my site stats proved, twitter blasting was not generating any traffic. I was contributing to the noise.

So if you like twitter, I encourage you to retweet anytime you visit the blog.. we need all the help we can get. As for my brief twitter career,  it’s been carried away by that big whale stretcher in the sky.


I’ve decided to waffle on my decision. @oldwaver is once again active, but I have reconsidered how to use it. I realized I was trying to do too much with a single account. I was representing the blog as well as myself, both personally and professionally. Plus, I was following everyone of interest — beyond the scope of the blog — including many courtesy follow-backs.

So, moving forward @oldwaver is strictly a vehicle for readers to follow the blog, and for me to follow bands and labels relevant to the blog. That’s it. So if you follow me, don’t worry about random Dallas Mavericks tweets junking up your feed. I’ll save those editorial comments for another account on another day.

tokyo police club go on a cover binge


Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club have teamed up with Polaroid and a few of their musician friends for 10 Days/10 Covers/10 Years.

It appears they’re going in chronological order, as first up is Moby’s 2001 jam “South Side” featuring Morgan Kibbie of M83:

Today’s track from 2002 might be more recognizable. It’s the full throttle emo assault of Jimmy Eat World’s “Sweetness” complete with Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos handling the high parts:

This fun and nonsense will continue every day until September 3rd. So far, they’ve hinted that 2003 will be “Under Control” by The Strokes and 2004 will be Kelly Clarkson power pop smash “Since U Been Gone.”

Bookmark this page and check the new tracks as they’re released right here: