MizMuze

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MizMuze Gets a Makeover June 30, 2010

Filed under: Art,Muze News — MizMuze @ 12:00 pm
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For the past six months, MizMuze has endured snickers from several “friends” who dogged MizMuze’s generic avatar (which was always intended as a place-holder).  One such friend/chastiser happens to be the very talented illustrator, Jerrod Maruyama.

MizMuze and Jerrod go waaaay back…I’m talking all the way back to the days when we were just baby deities, running around Mount Olympus in our diapers and toddler togas, honing our talents in drawing and inspiring.  When I asked Jerrod to develop a MizMuze character, he jumped at the opportunity to help me “get rid of that ridiculous picture” I was using.  Well, after months of discussions, studio sessions, and late nights, Jerrod has finally captured the awesomeness of MizMuze!

I now present the new and improved MizMuze debut…

To contact or see more of Jerrod Maruyama’s work click the link below:

FLICKR!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmaruyama

 

Song of the Day – Wednesday 6/30/2010 Magic Kids

One part Polyphonic spree, one part Phil Spector, and one huge helping of Brian Wilson and that’s the recipe for Memphis Tennessee’s Magic Kids.  Their debut album, Memphis will drop on 8/24/10.   

The Magic Kids will be supporting Ariel Pink on 7/10/10 at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. 

Magic Kids – Summer

http://www.myspace.com/themagickids

 

Song of the Day – Tuesday 6/29/2010 Mates of State and Girls June 29, 2010

MizMuze is bringing you a 2fer Tuesday with Mates of State and Girls!

Husband and wife team, Mates of State, released their sixth album, Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) on 6/15/2010.  The album is obviously cover songs and the band explains why they choose to make a covers album: “We’ve been talking about doing a covers record for a long time. We’d hear a great song at 2 AM while driving the straight line from one part of Texas to the next, and all we’d want to do is play that song as if we had written it.”

Mates of State cover everyone from The Mars Volta, Belle & Sebastian, Death Cab for Cutie, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Fleetwood Mac, Vashti Bunyan, Dear Nora, Daniel Johnston, and San Francisco’s Girls with their version of “Laura.” 

Mates of State will be performing two nights at the Great American Music Hall…tomorrow 6/30 and Thursday 7/1…

Mates of State – Laura

Below is the original song “Laura” from San Francisco indie rockers, Girls, whose debut album, Album received a 9.1 on Pitchfork and earned the #5 spot on Spin Magazine’s best album of 2009 list. 

Girls – Laura

http://www.matesofstate.com/splash/

http://www.myspace.com/matesofstate?Mytoken=20050723174220

http://www.myspace.com/girls

 

Song of the Day – Monday 6/28/2010 Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul (Feat Jason Lytle) June 28, 2010

For the past year, MizMuze has been hearing about the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch collaboration, Dark Night of the Soul.  The album now has an official release date of July 13, 2010. 

The album title comes from a metaphor used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual life marked by a sense of loneliness and desolation.  The DNOTS album has had such a journey…not only has Danger Mouse been in a dispute with record label EMI for the past year (which is why the album is just coming out now), but two of the contributors, Mark Linkus of Sparklehorse and Vic Chesnutt took their lives since the making of the album. 

Other contributors include: James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils. 

While the album was on hold, David Lynch released 5000 copies of his 100+ page book of photos which is described as a visual narrative to the DNOTS music.  Now that the album is finally being released, a “Deluxe” version of the album will contain a 48-page photo book, a poster, postcards, two LPs, a CD and a bonus instrumental CD.           

You can stream the entire album at NPR, until the album is released on 7/13/10:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Everytime I’m With You (feat. Jason Lytle)

http://www.dnots.com/

 

Song of the Day – Friday 6/25/2010 Real Estate June 25, 2010

Filed under: indie music,Music — MizMuze @ 9:25 am
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Jersey quartet (now based in Brooklyn), Real Estate, sing about the beach and life on the Jersey Shore, but the songs on their self-titled album that was released last year to much critical acclaim don’t sound like anything that MizMuze would imagine Snooki or The Situation would fist-pump or beat-the-beat to (and that’s a good thing)…

Real Estate – Beach Comber

http://www.myspace.com/realestate

 

Presale Passwords for Vampire Weekend/Beach House, The Flaming Lips/Ariel Pink, and Black Star feat Mos Def & Talib Kweli June 24, 2010

Presale tickets for Black Star Featuring Mos Def and Talib Kweli on 7/31/10, and The Flaming Lips with Ariel Pink on 10/1/10 both at the Fox Theater in Oakland, and Vampire Weekend with Beach House on 9/25/10 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley are on sale NOW! 

The password for Black Star and Flaming Lips/Ariel Pink is…love.

The Password for Vampire Weekend/Beach House is…contra.

Click below for Black Star tix:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C0044D2CE8671F9?artistid=800796&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=3

Click below for Flaming Lips tix:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C0044C9E0385DCC?artistid=821004&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

Click below for Vampire Weekend with Beach House tix:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C0044CEFA0F590C?artistid=1166577&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

 

Song of the Day – Thursday 6/24/2010 Thee Oh Sees

MizMuze is all about supporting the home team, therefore Thee Oh Sees (formerly The Ohsees, OCS, Orange County Sound, Orinoka Crash Suite) are a San Francisco underground garage rock band who may be very well be one of the hardest working bands out there—in the past few years they have released six full-length LPs and four EPs!  Their latest album, Warm Slime dropped on 5/11/2010…

Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied

http://www.myspace.com/ohsees