Another Week, Another Deerhoof Song

Indie-rockers Deerhoof have found a way to stretch out a CD release day into…a couple months.

The band, premiering one song a week until January 25th (when you get the whole CD), released the song “Must Fight Current” today. In addition, the band has given us the details of their upcoming tour which kicks off just after the holidays.

You can check out the newest song from the album right here.

You can see Deerhoof playing more than just one song (hopefully!) at the following. I’ve heard tickets make great stocking stuffers.

dec 05 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Curated by Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
jan 27 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s (w/ Nervous Cop)
jan 28 – San Francisco, CA – Great AMerican Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
jan 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 01 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 02 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 03 – Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 04 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 05 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 06 – Raleigh, NC – King’s (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Ridgewood Masonic Temple (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 10 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 14 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 18 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 19 – Omaha, NB – Waiting Room (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 21 – Denver, CO – The Marquis (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 25 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 26 – Portland, OR – Holocene (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
mar 14 – New York, NY – JapanNYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Ichi)
jul 11 – London, UK – Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)


Secondhand Sunday: Sufjan Stevens “Put the Lights on the Tree”

We’re kicking the holiday week off with a charming secondhand Sunday with Sufjan Stevens! One of my favorite Christmas albums is Songs for Christmas, as it captures the holiday spirit without being cheesy or too off beat. Sufjan can make anything sound good, can’t he? Today’s video is for “Put the Lights on the Tree,” with a little cartoon band and Sufjan in tow. You got to love it. Also check out our Mixmas mix below! There’s more Sufjan there for you!

Modern Mystery’s Top 50 Albums of 2008


Its been a big 2008 for Modern Mystery. We’ve meet some really amazing bands, seen some incredible shows, and made a lot of great friends. We know 2009 will bring even more and we’re very excited!

We have compiled our list of our Top 50 Albums of 2008. Though this was by no means easy, we think we’ve included our all of certain favorites of the year. Below our list you’ll see a few more Top Lists of 2008, so check that out as well.  Hope you like our Top 50 Albums as much as we do!

1. of Montreal- Skeletal Lamping
2. Morning Benders- Talking Through Tin Cans
3. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin-Pershing
4. Miniature Tigers- Tell it to the Volcano
5. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals- Cardinalogy
6. Sloan- Parallel Play
7. MGMT- Oracular Spectacular
8. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band- Self Titled
9. The Spinto Band- Moonwink
10. Okkervil River- The Stand Ins
11. Chairlift- Does You Inspire You?
12. We Are Scientists- Brain Thrust Mastery
13. Tokyo Police Club- Elephant Shell
14. Ra Ra Riot- The Rhumb Line
15. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s- Animal and Not Animal
16.  Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Real Emotional Trash
17. The French Kicks- Swimming
18. The Stills- Oceans Will Rise
19. The Walkmen- You and Me
20. Vampire Weekend- Self Titled
21. Wyldlife- Self Titled
22. Jenny Lewis- Acid Tongue
23. Annuals- Such Fun
24. Ratatat- Lp3
25. The Headlights- Some Racing, Some Stopping
26.  Department of Eagles- In Ear Park
27. Dr. Dog- Fate
28. Born Ruffians- Red Yellow and Blue
29. Los Campesinos- Hold On Now, Youngster
30. The Little Ones- Morning Tide
31. Mason Proper- Olly Oxen Free
32. She & Him- Volume 1
33. Albert  Hammond Jr.- Como te Llama?
34. Death Cab for Cutie- Narrow Stairs
35. Joan of Arc- Boo Human
36. Deerhoof- Offend Maggie
37. Sam Roberts Band- Love at the End of the World
38. Fleet Foxes- Self Titled
39. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
40. Atlas Sound- Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
41. Kings of Leon- Only By the Night
42. M83- Saturdays= Youth
43. Helio Sequence- Keep Your Eyes Ahead
44. Man Man- Rabbit Habits
45. Flight of the Conchords- Self Titled
46. Cold War Kids- Loyalty to Loyalty
47. The Mae Shi- Hlllyh
48. Secret Machines- Selt Titled
49. Santogold- Self Titled
50. Tim Fite- Fair Ain’t Fair

BEST EP OF 2008:
Matt Pond PA- The Freeep

Pavement- Brighten The Corners- Nicence Creedence Edition

Of Montreal at Roseland, NYC. Kevin Barnes on a live white horse? Try to beat that!

1. The Morning Benders
2. Miniature Tigers
3. Chairlift
5. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of the Year

Finally here it is.  Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of the Year! Yes this was super hard to compile, and yes we left some stuff out, but here is what we consider our personal Top 25. Our Number 1 Spot truly deserves it.

Tomorrow we reveal our Top Records. Oh what fun!

1. Miniature Tigers- Last Night’s Fake Blood
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Heers
3. Morning Benders- Damnit Anna
4. Chairlift-Bruises
5. MGMT- Kids
6.  Matt Pond PA- First Light
7. Of Montreal- For Our Elegant Caste
8. Casper and the Cookies- Little King
9. Sloan- Cheap Champagne
10. Ryan Adams-Fix It
11. Conor Oberst- Souled Out!!!
12. Sam Roberts Band- Them Kids
13. Okkervil River- Lost Coastlines
14. Vampire Weekend- Oxford Comma
15. Spinto Band-Summer Grof
16. Franz Ferdinand- Ulysees
17. We Are Scientists- Impatience
18. Mason Proper-Lock and Key
19. Ra Ra Riot- Dying is Fine20. Toyko Police Club- Graves
21. She & Him- Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
22. Hollerado-Americanarama
23. Annuals- Confessor
24. Santogold/NERD/Julian Casablancas- My Drivethru
25. Mae Shi- Run to Your Grave

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Brad Pemberton of The Cardinals

Another edition of a Modern Mystery Holiday Party you say? Why yes! Today we have with us, and this is certainly an honor, Brad Pemberton, drummer for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. Brad has been a busy guy this year with The Cardinals. The band released ‘Cardinology’ this fall with a tour immediately following.  We can’t wait to see more of Brad and the Cardinals in 2009! Its going to be a huge year for them. I can feel it.

Brad Pemberton’s Top 10 Albums of 2008

1. Bob Mould-District Line
2. The Pretenders-Break Up The Concrete
3. The Clash-Live At Shea Stadium
4. Metallica-Death Magnetic
5 . The Cardinals-Cardinology (self-serving, I know, don’t care!)
6. Kings Of Leon-Only By The Night
7. Oasis-Dig Out Your Soul
8. Santogold-Santogold
9. The Raconteurs -Consolers of The Lonely
10. REM- Accelerate
11. Jesse Baylin-Firesight (Honorable Mention)
12. She and Him -Vol.1 (Honorable Mention)

Best Thing That Happened To Me This Year

My family is safe and healthy, as is my band, and we have a new president…what more could you ask for?