Sunday, May 5, 2013

Zeitgeist II Photographs

Zeitgeist II took place over the weekend. Chuck Hoffman and I took photographs of nearly every band that played. You can look at them below.

TreyExplode's Zeitgeist II album on Photobucket

Or follow this link for a better slideshow version.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Comprehensive Guide to Lucky Dragons

It's been a few months in the making, but my Comprehensive Guide to Lucky Dragons is finally finished. No Fear of Pop was kind enough to post the entire thing as episode 2 of my Never Knows Best column. Check it all out over here:

A Comprehensive Guide to Lucky Dragons: Part 1
A Comprehensive Guide to Lucky Dragons: Part 2

"I was first introduced to Lucky Dragons by a friend at the Rhinoceropolis in Denver. He told me he woke up and drank four cups of French press coffee and listened to two Lucky Dragons records every morning and it helped him get all jittery and psyched to start the day. I left that show with a whole mix of stuff to check out, the Lucky Dragons song "My Are Singing" from Dream Island Laughing Language tucked somewhere in the middle.

"Now, after years of digging through record stores around the United States, scouring the Discogs marketplace for all of the limited edition stuff that sold out before I knew who Lucky Dragons were, and scrolling through pages of Google searches for free downloads, this is what I have found.

"I hope it helps."

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Never Knows Best Takes Over NFOP

So, this blog has once again expanded; this time, in the form of a music column for Germany-based online music magazine, No Fear of Pop.

My first take at it is a review about Dual Form, a compilation of LA weirdo electronic artists co-released by Leaving Records and Stones Throw (which is famous for all of the Madlib, J Dilla, Peanut Butter Wolf stuff), in which I discuss some trends in music journalism coverage, a few of the glanced-over artists on the compilation, and a potential future for all of these tiny tape labels reaching audiences otherwise outside of their financial means.

Extra!! Extra!! Read all about it!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Mix

Dots Mix Round 2:
Dreaming of Surfing Because It's Winter and I've Never Really Been Anyway

[00:01] - [02:39] Unknown Mortal Orchestra - How Can U Luv Me
[02:40] - [04:25] The Triumphs - Memphis Baby
[04:26] - [06:55] The Tornadoes - The Swag
[06:56] - [09:37] Jorgen Ingmann - Apache
[09:38] - [11:39] Stevie Wonder - Party at the Beach House
[11:40] - [14:05] Surf City - Headin' Inside
[14:06] - [16:32] Heavy Hawaii - Super Bowl XXIX
[16:33] - [18:25] The Diamonds - She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)
[18:26] - [20:38] The Elegants - Little Star
[20:39] - [23:35] Trance Farmers - Purple Hay
[23:36] - [26:40] Animal Collective - Water Curses
[26:41] - [32:23] Ducktails - House of Mirrors

It's just another mix I made to try and convince Dots to let me DJ there. I kind of have my turntables piled on my desk so some of the transitions aren't the best. I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

All Iowa Noise Insurgency Zine Issue 1

The first issue of the All Iowa Noise Insurgency magazine is finished and available at the kind of places you may expect to find a zine on Iowa noise music in cities like Ames, Des Moines, and Dubuque, but I also have a whole extra stack of them laying around, so let me know if you want one and I can sure send it out to you.