Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.

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Get To Know Your Neighbor: A Blog On Blog Interview Series #2 Lee Levin of Knox Road

Well, I’ve been doing this blogging thing for more than a year now, and the difference between online friends and IRL friends no longer exists. The number of amazing people I have met in the indie music world that I am lucky enough to now call friends is uncanny. I wanted to show my appreciation for all of the awesome blogger/music writer folks that have helped me realize it’s ok to obsess over music 24/7 and made me feel like I’m a part of something bigger.

So welcome to the second installment of my bi-monthly series on GITNB, that is my way of saying thanks to those folks mentioned above, and a chance to give back to the community that I love so much. This was also an opportunity for me to give you, the reader, some insight into the blogs that have influenced me. Consider it my own personal take on #FF (Follow Fridays). The series will consist of a five question interview with a different blogger/writer each time, along with a few word associations and of course, a list of what you should be listening to. Hopefully you’ll discover a new blog or artist you haven’t heard of yet. You might even learn something new.

For my second interview I picked someone that has become a dear friend very quickly, Lee Levin of Knox Road. I have been reading Knox Road for years, following them on various social outlets, but really had no idea who ran the blog. Fast forward to CMJ 2011 and as creepy as it may sound, a mutual check-in on Foursquare, along with Lee’s friendly and genuine “the more the merrier” tweet telling me to come say hi, has lead to where we are now. Lee introduced me to a whole other world of music loving folks, this time on the East Coast, that I can’t thank him enough for.

When you think about the music blogging landscape, Knox Road is that blog that’s on everyone’s blogroll, and there’s a reason for it. Knox Road has and will always care passionately about whatever artist they are writing about, and for me personally, this is why Knox Road will always be a favorite. If you ever have the opportunity to meet Lee or anyone who writes for him, jump at the opportunity. He is one of kindest, insightful and interesting people in the music blogging world. I consider myself lucky to know him. So to quote everyone’s favorite Beverly Hills hippie, Travis in the movie Clueless, “Thanks for taking a chance on an unknown kid.” Much luv.


Read what Knox Road says you should be listening to, along with the interview after the jump!

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THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY CHRISTKWANZANAKA WEEK SPARKLE…in one convenient post

Hope everyone had an extra special week. Mine was filled with way too much white wine, my neurotic mother and dogs. Specifically my parents’ two tiny beasts of burden, Chad and Roxy. I also learned “pup” means “fart” in German. As always, click the link to go to the post and watch the vid. Enjoy!

Gem Club - NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Bronson - My Idle Bed (Fan Video)

Fear of Men - Doldrums

Panda Bear - You Can Count On Me

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Wye Oak - Christmas Will Just Be Another Lonely Day (Brenda Lee Cover)

IVVVO - Near

Daithi - Carraroe (Feat. Elain Mai)

Several Symptoms - Stylist

THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY CHRISTKWANZANAKA WEEK SPARKLE

GEM CLUB - NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Incredible. Band of the year.

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A List of EPs I Listened To A Lot in 2011

I know that title is a cop out, but I can’t say these are my only favorite EPs of 2011, because it just doesn’t work that like. My musical favorites don’t reset when the clock strikes midnight and the earth gets a year older. Nor do I get through all the music I had hoped to listen to within the confines of Western Civ’s lunar calendar. Like I’ve said a million times before, you can’t read the entire internet, nor should you.

So instead I put together a somewhat comprehensive list of mostly EPs, (maybe a few borderline albums and a couple 7”s), that I have really enjoyed over the passed several months, that were all released in 2011. I might do a list for full lengths and other goodies I missed over the weekend. Then again, I prob won’t. Hope you find a thing or two you missed this year.

Please send hate mail to: gluttonyisthenewblack@gmail.com. All insights/comments are welcomed, and I promise to reply by 2014.

Au Palais - Tender Mercy

Braids & Purity Ring - 7” Peach Wedding/Belispeak Split

Beacon - No Body

Bilinda Butchers - Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams + Beko Singles 93

Birkwin Jersey - Time Doesn’t Exist, Clocks Do

Bronson - Is More [Mixtape]

Chrome Sparks - My <3

Ducktails - Killin’ The Vibe

Flashing Red Lights - Faster Horses

Gem Club - Breakers

Gracie - For Summer

Jamie xx - Far Nearer

Jensen Sportag - Pure Wet

Jeremy Lee Given - Old Flames

Holy Other - With U

Hourglass Sea - Return to the Crematorium

Keep Shelly In Athens - Our Own Dream

Lands & Peoples - Live at Metro Gallery

Mint Julep - Save Your Season

Peaking Lights - 936 + 936 Remix

Slow Magic -

Still Corners - Cuckoo/Endless Summer 7”

Sun Araw - Houston Abstros 7”

Supreme Cuts - Trouble

Run DMT - Dreams

Therapies Son - Over The Sea

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire - Trouble Books & Mark McGuire

TV Girl - Benny and the Jetts

Walsh - Don’t Want 2 Fall In Luv

Young Magic - You With Air/Sparkly 7” + Night In The Ocean/Slip Time 7”

P.S. If Group Tightener ever ships their shit, Dead Gaze’s 10” would most definitely be on this list.

P.S.S. Clearly not a good year for hip hop outside of Shabazz Palaces, Serengeti and maybe one or two others.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS LIST?

Hardly Art vs 2011 Compilation w/Gem Club, Xray Eyeballs, Jacuzzi Boys, Seapony, Shimmering Stars, The Sandwitches + more

Pop this fantastic compilation courtesy of Hardly Art in your portable mp3 player on your drive to whatever relative’s house you are being forced to visit this Thanksgiving. With so many buzz bands, you’ll be wasted before you even get there. It will make having to hang with your awkward cousin and creepy uncle a lot more bearable.

The mix includes Gem Club, Xray Eyeballs, Jacuzzi Boys, The Sandwitches and the new Seapony. If you live in LA, you might have to listen to this one a couple times before you get through the soul-crushing holiday traffic. Thank god for good music.

This Thanksgiving it’s really about the music for me. It’s like Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

I’m thankful for all the amazing people making the tunes that get me through each and every day. Keep doin’ what your doing. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

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Friends with Benefits Twins (Gem Club Re-imagination)

First off, calling anything a “re-imagination” is a fantastic idea and should be used more often by bands and artists. Second, this version of Gem Club’s “Twins,” is one of the most inventive and brilliant re-works I have heard in a long time. It’s dark, it’s harshly reverbed and sounds like it’s been pushed through a chainsaw…but in the best possible way.

The new side project from Brian Bissart of BigColor just released a three song EP under the moniker Friends With Benefits. This project is a brooding and emotional psych pop experiment that howls at you with a fervor that builds and builds and finally explodes with pulsating drums, and twirling noise effects. When listening to FWB, I can’t help but be reminded of another psyched out glam pop favorite, Glitter Bones, not surprising, they happen to be close friends with Bissart.

So the story goes, Menomena and Glitter Bones got together and ate a bunch of acid, they kidnapped Youth Lagoon, corrupted him, and he was forever changed. Friends With Benefits is the result. I’ll take two.

DOWNLOAD "Twins (Gem Club Re-Imagination)" HERE.

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THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY WEEK

#5 GEM CLUB In Wavelengths (Unofficial Video)

One of the most beautiful albums of 2011. Could be the soundtrack to the book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It’s an unofficial vid, but love the track, so had to share it. Found images are whatever, it’s the nostalgia that will get you.

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Gem Club Twins

Gem Club’s new track was on repeat almost exclusively yesterday…until the day got away from me and I got all kinds of caught up with Miss Lana Del Rey. Then last night I was reminded of the beautiful simplicity that is Gem Club. If there were ever a track that couldn’t be more fitting for the book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, this is it. Makes ya think twice about lofi doesn’t it…

They dropped a lovely little video yesterday for their title track "Breakers" to promote their record that drops September 27th via Hart Break. Pre-Order HERE. Peep the vid below.

Download the tracks "Twins" and "Breakers" HERE.

Video via Brianna Olsen

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