The OCMD: Best Albums of 2009

Alberta CrossBroken Side of Time
“Rise from the Shadows”


Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
“Ready Able”

Tape Deck MountainGhost

Ty SegallLemons
“It #1″

Atlas Sound Logos
“Quick Canal”

Flaming Lips – Embryonic
The Ego’s Last Stand”

Woods – Songs of Shame
Rain On”

Bear In HeavenBeast Rest Forth Mouth
You Do You

Amazing Baby Rewild
“The Narwhal”


Band of Skulls – Baby Darlin Doll Face Honey
“Death by Diamonds and Pearls” 


Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
“And The Hazy Sea”

The XX – The XX

She Keeps BeesNests

“Lust for Life”


Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
“The Prowl”


Fever Ray – Fever Ray
“If I Had A Heart”


Foreign Born – Person to Person
“Vacationing People


J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
“First Born”


Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise


Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
“Future Primitive”


Speck Mountain – Some Sweet Relief
“I Feel Eternal

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Shadows on a River – Shadows on a River
“In Business


The Veils – Sun Gangs
“The Letter”

The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days
“U Got The Look

Electric Tickle MachineBlew It Again
“Blew It Again”

theOCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

the OCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

  1. “Heavy Krishna”- Jeff the Brotherhood
  2. “Pine On” – Obits
  3. “Fog Machine”-  The Fresh & Onlys
  4. “Lovely One” – Ty Segall
  5. “L Mansion”-  Sic Alps
  6. “Wrapped in Fog”-  Dan Melchoir und das Menace
  7. “Blew It Again” – Electric Tickle Machine
  8. “English Teeth Invasion”-  English Teeth
  9. “Goddamn”- Girls
  10. “Burden”- The Mantles
  11. “Over the Ocean”- Best Coast
  12. “Can You See”- Thee Oh Sees
  13. “Boneyard”- Nobunny
  14. “I Won’t Lie To You”- Let’s Wrestle
  15. “What’cha Gonna Do About It”- Condo Fucks

The OCMD Mixtape: Best Covers 2009

The OCMD Mixtape: Best Covers 2009

  1. “Steel and Glass” (John Lennon) – Alberta Cross
  2. “Walk A Thin Line” (Fleetwood Mac) – Atlas Sound
  3. Kundalini Express” (Love and Rockets) – The Flaming Lips
  4. “My Boys” (Animal Collective) – Taken By Trees
  5. “Too Many People” (Paul McCartney) – Earlimart
  6. “Military Madness” (Graham Nash) – Woods
  7. “Hospital Beds” (Cold War Kids) – Florence and The Machine
  8. “He Hit Me” – Grizzly Bear
  9. “Waltz #2” (Elliot Smith) – Audrye Sessions
  10. “Running to Standstill” (U2 ) – Elbow
  11. “Here I Go Again” (Whitesnake) – Botticellis
  12. “Ocean of Noise” (Arcade Fire) – Calexico
  13. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper) – Pyramid (aka Starfucker)
  14. “Crazy On You” (Heart) – Blitzen Trapper

Treasure Island Music Festival Line Up Announced!


Happy day!  The Treasure Island Music Festival has announced the line up for this fall’s event scheduled October 17-18, 2009 on Treasure Island in San Francisco. As usual, the line up is divided into the more electro pop/hip hop day on Saturday and the indie rock day on Sunday. Single day tickets are $65 and early bird two-day passes go on sale tomorrow at noon for $99 (limited availability).  Get your tickets and get ready!

Saturday, October 17 features: MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Brazilian Girls, The Streets, Dan Deacon, LTJ Bukem, DJ Krush and more.

Sunday, October 18 features: The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Beruit, Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, Bob Mould, The Walkmen, Sleepy Sun, Vetiver and more.

AT&T Fails SXSW iPhone Test


Hey all you iPhone users heading to SXSW this week: good luck Twittering, texting and making phone calls. The annual SXSW geekfest has been well underway and already reports for iPhone reception is dismal.  This is likely the first year thousands of iPhone users have descended on Austin and AT&T is unprepared.  A recent update says the company is adding capacity but it may be a good idea to buddy up with a friend on a different network just in case.

NoisePop 2009 Dates, Pre-Sale, Early Lineup Announced


The 17th annual NoisePop Festival has been set for February 24 – March 1, 2009. Early artist confirmations include New Pornographers front man AC Newman, No Age, Pinback side project Goblin Cock, Dear And The Headlights, the Bay Area debut of Clues and a very special performance by Antony and the Johnsons, kicking off a festival roster that will include over 100 bands.

Noise Pop Festival badges will be available to purchase starting at 10:00 AM on December 10, 2008. To buy badges, go to the Noise Pop 2009 website.

Listen to AC Newman, ‘Miracle Drug

Listen to Goblin Cock, Stumped