New music video from Holiday Shores, for “Phones Don’t Feud”. Holiday Shores are a lo-fi Floridian band named after an area on the Florida Panhandle where summer exists year-round. The bands trippy reverb drenched sound is full of ambient textures and will make you feel like putting on some suncreen and making your own corona commercial. Their debut LP “Columbus’d The Whim” will be released on August 4th on Brooklyn’s twosyllable records and is sure to be a great end of summer album… that you can play year-round. Cheap vacation deal from Discosalt.
The Dodos new album “Time To Die” will not be officially physically released until September 15th and not digitally until July 28th…but in the meantime, you can stream the full album HERE. Enjoy.
You can also catch the Dodos with Ruby Suns on Tour this year:
The Dodos & Ruby Suns – 2009 Tour Dates
08/8 Los Angeles, CA – The Getty Museum *
08/14 Seattle, WA – KEXP Mural Amphitheater Summer Series *
08/28 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival
09/26 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
09/27 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09/28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
09/29 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09/30 Phoenix, AZ – Modified
10/2 Dallas, TX – House of Blues-Pontiac Garage
10/3 Houston, TX – The Orange Show
10/4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/6 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
10/7 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/8 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
10/9 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
10/10 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/13 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/14 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/15 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
10/16 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
10/17 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/20 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/22 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10/24 Boise, ID – Neurolux
10/25 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
10/26 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
* No Ruby Suns
Peter Bjorn & John released their brand new EP yesterday… and you can check it out HERE. The EP features the single “It Don’t Move Me” from 2009’s Living Thing EP with remixes by Mike Snow, Weird Tapes and Teddybears’ Jacko.
Check out the original video for “It Don’t Move Me” HERE.
and the “Weird Tapes” Remix HERE
This video for “I Will Come Back” From Holy Ghost! just keeps getting better for me. The retro downtown disco vibe montage was filmed in New York now, but it feels like New York back in the 80’s. Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan MacLean play the main leads in the video and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus provided the ooohs on the track who are making a name for themselves in their own rite lately. ” I will Come Back” manages to capture the summer going out feel in New York perfectly in 4:20 minutes and feels oddly familiar. In fact, the video and song is a total homage to New Order. From the “Bizarre Love Triange-esc” drum fill to the obvious rip-off of New Order’s 1983 video for “Confusion”, its clear that the band wants you to make the comparisons. Maybe even the name is a play on the idea of music being recycled. I guess you cant go wrong with the pizza + dancing combo. Its like the perfect storm. Timeless. Check out New Orders video for “Confusion” below.
Here is the new video for “No Hope Kids” from Wavves off the EP Wavvves. If you have’nt been up on the hype, Wavves is a one-man noise-pop project of 22-year-old San Diegan Nathan Williams that borrows some tricks from Sonic Youth but puts his own Southern California surf/rock vibe on it. Vintage skate footage, fast vocal hooks, 60’s girl group drumbeats and no -fi punk pop distortion that creates insular, unsettling music of a stoner loner singing the blues in his bedroom. Lines like “no car, no friends, no family, no friends, no girl” are instantly nostalgic and unforgettable but more surprisingly upbeat. Wavves’ has a lot of tricks but maybe his best is turning boredom, hopelessness, and angst into a form of revelry. A trick most good artists accomplish.
“Stars Still Pretty” is the new single from Aeroplane Pageant off their EP Even the Kids don’t Believe Me. The video, directed by band mate Brian Kelly is an associative-type narrative where pigs, a mailman and some faceless fellini-esc characters gather around a poker table to play cards. The whole video is subtitled with some clever godard mocking existential dialogue and in the end, we are left with a pig asserting “I feel like a pig”. The dreamy indie-pop song showcases some memorable swooning vocals mixed with playful guitar riffs that cascade rather effusively into the choruses but Im not entirely sure the dreamlike visuals of the video enhances or detracts from the actual track. The video, however, on its own is hard to turn off and 2:02 might be worth it alone. “Today i feel like crying”, “What about tomorrow?”
Check out the video for “Heartbreaker” by MSTRKFT (featuring John Legend) off their sophmore EP Fist of God. Directed by Vince Haycock, the video plays out a hipster fantasy: finding love in the dollar store bodega. It’s The Breakfast Club in a downtown LA 89-cent store. Boy falls for checkout girl. Friends dance around with pirate flags and piniatas on head. Boss wakes up from siesta, kills party vibe. Jordan to the net. Barkley with the block.
The Toronto electronic duo made up of Jesse F. Keeler formerly of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas) formerly of the Mississauga electropop group have recieved mixed reviews for Fist of God. While they reached a way bigger audience making it, they also anticipated a lot of fans would’nt like the record. Ill admit I was skeptical of the John Legend collaboration but the hook is damn catchy. Square in.
Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
Label: Warp Records
Release Date: May 26, 2009
Veckatimest is a record where bombast and stark instrumentation stand side by side, and yet manage to makes sounds that are at experimental and left of the dial seem perfectly conventional and accessible. Many of the songs combine rhythms and instrumentation that would seem to not fit together, yet when assembled they form a cohesive and often majestic whole. Check “Ready, Able,” for example. Anchored by chugging drums and bass, the slowly strummed harp seems, at first, to be an odd choice. However, this combination of orchestral, choral, and rockin’ seems to be the synthesis that Grizzly Bear has achieved, mostly grandiose, sometimes minimal, but nearly always stunning.
Grandiosity, however, isn’t the entire album. The simple electric piano driven pop of “Two Weeks” is fit for the summer soundtrack of 2009, with its abundance of sing-a-long oohs and ahhs that seem to always be floating about the surface. The accusatory “While You Wait For The Others” drives what is easily the most jubilant and melodic chorus on the record, and on any other record for that matter, with a sensibility that wouldn’t be out of place in the A.C. Newman songbook, minus the cleverness, plus a healthy dose of vitriol & sincerity. Name checking contemporary artists, though, doesn’t seem to be something Grizzly Bear seems too interested in. If anything, the similarities are pretty far off the radar; the vocal swell that precedes album standout “Dory” recalls the soundtrack to Dr. David Bowman maneuvering into the stargate in 2001: A Space Odyssey. So, if you are name checking the “Sounds Like” list at home, cross Hungarian experimental composer György Ligeti off the list.
At the end of “All We Ask,” the band members coo “I can’t get out of what I’m into with you” with each other. While on the surface this statement summarizes a song about a shitty relationship, the sentiment shouldn’t be lost. The harmony is very laid back and very cool, and sounds very much like a bunch of guys singing together because they love to sing together, and the statement really can be seen as an honest reflection of a genuine appreciation for one another. Veckatimest is the first Grizzly Bear record to be a wholly “band” album & not just a front for band leader & founder Edward Droste, and is easily the best Grizzly Bear record to date. This group effort really shines, and while this album is surely not the most accessible record as a whole, it’s easily one of the best in recent memory. Oh, and while Grizzly Bear certainly benefit from the help of the Brooklyn Youth Choir and composer Nico Muhly on the album, they clearly have the chops to pull off whatever they want to do without any help at all.
After seven years without a CD release, Superchunk finally released “Leaves in the Gutter” a couple months ago. A 5 song EP release in the mold of their early 7-inches and between – album EP masterpieces. If you let this one slip past you, what better way to get over the hump than to check out all four new tracks plus last year’s vinyl-only hit single, “Misfits & Mistakes” all streaming for free HERE .
Wild Beasts: Two Dancers
Eric Copeland: Alien in a Garbage Dump
Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
Willie Nelson: American Classic
A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Delivrance
The Casualties: Stand Against Them All
Sonic Youth’s new video for “Sacred Trickster” off their 16th album The Eternal is more taste less filling. While its the briefest song on the album, its also one of the strongest and quickly becoming one of my favorites. “Sacred Trickster” is a good mix of art/noise rock feedback sputters with Kim singing salutes to French painter Yves Klein and Western Massachusetts noise artist Noise Nomads and they cram it all into 2:10. The video, directed by downtown fixture, Tom Surgal, follows three hipster femme fatales through a series of attitude laden New York shop adventures that leads them to a haughty rooftop party. But the most ingenious element of the video is the extremely clever product placement and punk-rock history nods. Keep on the look out for salutes to Magik Markers, Burning Star Core, the Blue Humans, Arthur Doyle, Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, and some others. Watch it a few times and see if you can spot them all.
Peep the new PB & J video for “It Don’t Move Me” off Living Thing, directed by Andreas and Filip Nilsson. In the same vain as the video for “Nothing to Worry About“, there is some awesomely enthusiastic leg droppin’ here. Keep watching…it just keeps getting better. The vid features a Napoleon Dynamite-esc Michael Jackson impersonator getting his Thriller moves on in random locales set to the Swedish indie trios uber catchy tune. Awesome dance move at 2:47.
A set of songs that sway, stretch, and scream while always reaching outward for personal connection. As ever, Andy Stack’s production layers his own multi-instrumental arrangements over Jenn Wasner’s woozy compositions, but musically, too, things sound more precise. There’s less squalling feedback than before, but lingering violin and pedal steel bring out the droning Americana that has always informed Wye Oak‘s sound.
Stream the full Wye Oak album “The Knot” for a limited time HERE.
This new video for “Dream about me” comes from Brooklyn-based band The Depreciation Guild. This is total 80’s revival. A Synth pop love child of guitar-led Shoegaze and Nintendo. Band member Kurt Feldman,drummer from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart along with brothers Christoph and Anton Hochheim mix a highly nostalgic blend of melody driven spacey pop with a bass, percussion, and synth sound derived entirely from a Nintendo Famicon sound chip that gives their songs a very simplistic, MIDI like Super Nintendo feel. Added to this textured mix are Feldmans soaring vocals which remind me a little of My Bloody Valentine. You can download their debut album, In Her Gentle Jaws for free by clicking on the yellow strip on their web site.
Patrick Wolf : The Bachelor
Label: 101 Distribution
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Returning with his 4th studio album Patrick Wolf presents his two-part record The Bachelor (Battle One)’. It is the first of its kind to be publicly funded after a previous record deal fell through. His fans were asked to come to the rescue and buy stocks in the artist, which then in time be repaid depending on album sales. Risky business, but an interesting concept which gives incentive for the album to mean so much more to the people who contributed to it as well as the artist owing it to the fans.
‘The Bachelor’ is somewhat of an accomplishment on certain fronts; it brings a hint of the new but also a somewhat mature sound. It culminates every past record that Wolf has made and produces an almost greatest hits album that no one has ever heard before. Featuring collaborations from the ‘The Voice of Hope’ otherwise known as actress Tilda Swinton and folk musician Eliza Carthy, who duets with Wolf on the title track, plus others. There is no shortage of helpful musical heads here to lend a hand and this could serve to explain that why after several listens its still hard to identify what the album is really trying to tell you. The track listing is a somewhat confusing assortment of fast paced electronic folk mixed songs like ‘Hard Times’ which is a great single but then as you move through the list more meaningful love songs if you like come in to play such as ‘Damaris’ which slows the pace right back down, ‘Blackdown’ is another good example of a song that is clearly about family and coming of age on this roller coaster album of up’s and downs. However all good songs I just feel that timing and track placement is all wrong.
Don’t get me wrong the album will lead the true die hard fans into another folk fairy tale that only Patrick Wolf is capable of doing. Certain tracks like the beautiful ‘Thickets’, ‘Who Will’ and ‘Hard Times’ are defiantly the three stand out tracks and can’t be denied their limelight. However listeners of the ‘Lycanthropy – Wind in The Wires’ era will be left slightly confused and newer members to the fan club that have only ‘The Magic Position’ as their reference will be even more disappointed. This album leaves no room for pop, it’s heavy in deep over cluttered messages perhaps messages that need re-organizing, maybe that’s just me and my over structural ways. Wolf’s voice seems to have lost its charm in most of the songs and the faux-gospel choir’s sound just as silly as Tilda Swinton’s ridiculous ‘The Voice of Hope’ which I feel is unnecessary whenever used.
I want to like, even love this album but I fear that the few songs I do admire are eclipsed by the confusing track listing and structure, poor lyrics and mixed messages that the album sends out. It’s hard to see this album ever being remembered as anything more than just Patrick Wolf’s 4th album. No new ground has majorly been covered here, he did that with the ‘Magic Position’ and ok yes it was very pop and happy-happy but it worked and is probably his most commercially successful album to date. Being alternative is cool I get it and like it but I just don’t think this album can be identified as that. The formula is just too mixed in this album and for that reason it fails in what all of his past 3 albums succeeded in doing.
Coldplay: Viva La Vida
Release Date: June 17, 2008
VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS:
OK let me start by saying I have always been a huge fan of Coldplay. It might not be the most popular thing to say; but it’s true. The first time I heard the new single “Violet Hill” I was driving up the PCH in Santa Monica towards Malibu and I absolutely loved it. It is in keeping with their style but a genuine evolution of their sound at the same time. From the very beginning this album takes a different direction from the band’s previous works. The track “Lost” offers up an almost programmed drum section while a lush Hammond b-3 organ matched with wide open U2 esque guitar playing sends the band in to a more rock / arena rock landscape. While tracks like “42” offer up an interpretation of the band that is far more in the experimental Radiohead esque direction. Songs like “Yes” find the band going in a familiar direction but again incorporating a variety of instruments and sounds not typically associated with Coldplay even going in to middle eastern type strings; which I must say feel really out of place and forced. “Viva La Vida” has the same issue to me. Yes it’s an itunes commercial; but the lyrics and the strings really just feel forced and unnecessarily over the top. As a Coldplay fan from many albums ago; one of the things I have always appreciated about the band was the simplicity of the songs. That concept seems to have been lost throughout the majority of this album in favor of trying to push boundaries and be something different from what they are. It’s great to experiment; but a great band knows what they are good at and that’s what makes a career. Being able to accept your limitations, perfect what you were already great at and expand to reachable goals that keep fans coming back for more. Overall that last sentence surmises my issues with this album. It is absolutely top heavy and has moments of the Coldplay brilliance that true fans have come to love; but over all this feels like a forced reach by the band to challenge listeners to see that they are capable of more than what we have come to expect. Unfortunately they are not. The album in many places is just as pretentious as the title. But if you can forgo the skipable tracks; there are some good keeps here. I struggle to determine what the next single will be; probably the title track “Viva La Vida” which is too bad; because it annoys me.
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As if the weather wasnt anti-summer enough this week, Animal Collective‘s new video for “Summertime Clothes” is following suit. This video wont do anything to coax the sun out of hibernation but might put you in the mood for Halloween or returning to a psychedelic womb. The video, directed by longtime Animal Collective collaborator, Danny Perez, features a dark studio with strobe lights, fire and ice and lots of visual tricks and treats that will make you wish your freshman dorm blacklight poster had been this entertaining.
We Were Promised Jet Packs are in good company with fellow Scotsman band Frightened Rabbit. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, these highlanders bring emotional intensity to the forefront in their immensely appealing guitar-pop anthems. Adding driving rhythms and dense atmospheric sheen, they unfold their songs into effortless-seeming choruses imbued with romanticism and pop sensibility of more mature bands like Sigur Ros and the Futureheads. The video for ” Roll Up Your Sleeves”, directed by Blair Young, is the second single off their new album “These Four Walls”. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Like required summer reading, David Pajo’s new album “Scream With Me” is required summer listening. Released only on vinyl, “Scream With Me” is an experimental cover album. A collection of songs from kings of the underworld, The Misfits which for most bands would spell disaster. Surprisingly, Pajo’s lo-fi accoustic interpretation is actually really effective and the perfect album to kick back a coldie on a laid back summer night. David Pajo is currently working on a new record titled “Evila” and has recently joined the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs on tour. You can purchase “Scream With Me” exclusively from the friendly ghouls over at Black Tent Press.
Sonic Youth’s 16th album “The Eternal” is out this week, along with music videos for tracks “Antenna” and “Sacred Trickster”. “Antenna” features an ageless Thurston Moore on vocals and guitar with a halo of haze churned up in the same vein as “Sunday” or “The Empty Page”. Its vintage Sonic Youth and slips on comfortably.The rest of the album certainly sounds like a Sonic Youth record but is also a homage to artists they admire. The band is doing a lo-fi video series all week on pitchfork.tv, so check it out here.
Artist: The Dead Weather
Label: Warner Bros
Release Date: July 2009
French Illustrator/Musician McBess, a Discosalt favorite, brings his own unique vision to this music video for his band, The Dead Pirates. “Wood” is highly stylish black and white 1940’s cartoon meets Gorillaz Feel Good Inc, done in McBess’s signature style, full of some really crazy intricate detail and lots of tatoos. McBess has a pretty gnarly website with some great 2D art for sale and a shirt from the video featuring The Dead Pirate’s logo on Threadless. You can find that here.
What is this? It’s Mika Miko, an underground youth punk/noise band from LA that have been turning out no-wave pony funk for the LA rave-up Smell Scene, since 2003. 4 chicks, 1 guy, 4 of whom claim to still live with their folks, who are notorious for playing rowdy free shows at random kids birthday parties in the valley. Classic post punk mixed with a little art punk, some B52’s base lines, 1970s fractured dance beats, jagged guitars, raunchy jokes and songs about late night snacks. The new album “We Be Xuxa” which is out May 5 via Post Present Medium, features not one, but two songs about wanting a turkey sandwich. Sold! “I Got A Lot( New New New)” is the first single and the band will be on tour on the east coast beginning in June. Buy the album, play it loud and annoy your neighbors.
Son Volt: American Central Dust
The Rural Alberta Advantage- Hometowns
Mellowdrone- Angry Bear
Portugal, The Man- The Satanic Satanist
Fiery Furnaces-I’m Going Away
Memphis May Fire- Sleepwalking
Ian Hunter- Man Overboard
Howling Bells- Radio Wars
Spiritualized: Songs in A and E
Label: Fontana Universal
Release Date: May 26, 2008
In “Death Take Your Fiddle,” the 3rd song on Songs In A & E, Jason Pierce buries his take on Townes Van Zandt-ian tragicountry under the syncopated push and pull of an artificial breathing machine. While this device may seem heavy handed, it helps score what the listener has previously heard and will hear on Spiritualized’s latest. This set of songs may amount to the best Spiritualized album so far, and it’s in no part due to the willingness to use unconventional techniques, and in the case of Jason Pierce, that technique is consistently stepping up to the microphone.
With 18 songs and clocking in at nearly 1 hour, Songs in A & E tries extremely hard to maintain it’s tone and direction, and for the most part, it succeeds. At times, it seems like Pierce effortlessly trying to show the kids how it’s done, be it the classic 60’s riffing on “I Gotta Fire,” the Velvets-esque “Yeah Yeah” or the better than Oasis at being Oasis “Sweet Talk.” Even when trodding ground firmly lain by Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, that ground being the beauty in the drone, Pierce shows an unbeforeseen Ace in the hole with the 2 chords and layer upon exquisite layer built upon “Baby I’m Just a Fool.”
The most unique moments, however, come when the instrumentation is sparse and the melody is carried by the vocals. Most powerfully carried out in “Don’t Hold Me Close,” a simple country song with a pretty melody and an even prettier sentiment, this willingness to not have layers of guitars be the basis of a song but letting the melody do that work, Songs in A & E lives up to it’s both modest & grandiose album title. Maybe a nod to the uber-classic Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, or maybe just a simple declaration of the musical timbre of the songs on the album, but definitely reaching for classic album status. While not fully realizing this goal, this shortfall is simply based on the inclusion of maybe 1 or 2 too many songs, not on the lack of strength of the ones that manage to build what is surely the most interesting and diverse set of songs ever to make it onto a Spiritualized LP, regardless of the key
Did anyone see the Phoenix Blimp flying around New York City this week? Yeah, we missed it too. Seems a little out of air but the band is certainly not. Phoenix is a slighty pompous French (freedom) power pop band whose music could sit comfortably on The Breakfast Club soundtrack. Their new album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,”released this month is getting great reviews even withstanding a seven and a half minute suite “Love Like a Sunset” that desperately wants to build like a hidden track from David Bowie’s Low and an over indulgent soft rock ballad, “Fences”, that might make Darryl Hall weep. Its still French and seems fresh in the US amidst a haze of power pop bands now that are dominating the music landscape. And the band has cred. They have been around for a while, originally backing the French power pop band Air, then moving on to release 4 albums perfecting the electro synth-pop arrangement. The band will be on tour in June, September and December.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs latest video for the forthcoming new single “Heads Will Roll” off their new album “Its Blitz!” features a thriller-esc dancing wolfman who dismembers the band in the end. The video was directed by Discosalt favorite, Richard Ayoade (shaman Saboo), from “The Mighty Boosh” which just began airing on Adult Swim and whom is also famed for directing videos for the Arctic Monkeys, Kasbian, Super Furry Animals and Vampire Weekend. While, I was a bit leery about the new album, its really starting to draw me in like their last one and this single is even more fun and dance-y than the last. And as always, Karen O looks amazing… even in peices. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on tour all summer and drop back in our area on July 31 for the All Points West Festival .
The Danks are yet another Canadian indie band export that has jumped on our radar aye. Three Toronto bar vets who have been friends since 6th grade and are a boot playing power pop garage rock with a fun party vibe. Lots of hooks and fast drums with some Julian Casablanca’s drawl. Its a Canadian version of the Strokes but with more power pop harmonies. What makes it good is that its still indie and raw and hasnt been cleaned up by a major label yet. The new EP is “In Alright” and this is the first video for the album. A catchy track you might be humming later but not the best on the album. “Squealor” and “Little ’94” are much more interesting songs to check out. The Danks gear up for a month-long national tour with Two Hours Traffic and Hey Rosetta! this Fall.
Its finally Friday. Karamu, fiesta, foreva. Heres a new video for you from the Montreal based duo Clues for their new single “Haarp”. Clues are an indie band formed by former Unicorns frontman, bass, keyboardist Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, most noted for his former bands Arcade Fire and Les Angles Morts. Their new self titled album was just released this week on Constellation Records, and a North American Tour is set to follow this summer. Of course Discosalt Local will keep you updated on any shows in the NYC vicinity. The video was created from footage of the band flying kites in the snow…ahh Canadians…and was shot entirely on Super 8 by local experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux. Great song and great vid that really captures a fleeting nostalgic feel. Cop a feel yourself and watch it and let us know what you think.
Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun are an Atlanta based “90’s alternative” indie rock throwback band that rely heavily on electronics and indie pop. Its a bit like Muse meets Metric but with a female singer that reminds us of Liz Phair… and maybe a little Ladytron thrown in there. What the hell. No NYC Tour dates in sight for this summer but you can catch them up and down the eastern seaboard on their Lightening Exhibit tour. The video for “Like it or Not”, featured on their new EP “The Lightening Exhibit”, is a no frills concept artfully shot by Jason Brown in the band’s studio. Check it out and chime in. Do you like it or not?
Lately we have been featuring a lot of new music videos on discosalt, and we would like to keep this trend going… so if any bands are interested in premiering their videos with Discosalt, contact us at: email@example.com.
Just a little free ear crack from David Byrne and Brian Eno to help get you over the hump and ease you down that slowly descending flight pattern to the weekend.
Suckers are a Brooklyn synth and percussion-based quartet that sound like a mix between Yeasayer and Modest Mouse. Think experimental pop with lots of backround harmonies, primal beats and hand claps. Their self-titled EP was actually produced by Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, and the video for “Easy Chair” bears resemblence to “Float on” both in its sound and visuals but it brings its own style too. So, slide your easy chair over and check it out, its pretty cool. Suckers are Quinn Walker and Austin Fisher, two cousins from coastal Connecticut, joined by friends Pan and Brian Aiken. The four are getting some real hype for their live shows that incorporate Serbian interpretive dancers into their futuristic high energy performances. Check them out on the Suckers Webs
Band: Ben Harper and Relentless7
Album: White Lies For Dark Times
Ben Harper is largely underappreciated and while I suspect that’s perfectly fine with his fans, Mr. Laura Dern deserves that one record to cement his status as God-like Musical Genius. White Lies for Dark Times is, sadly not that record.
What it is, is a mix of fun, funky, hook-laden bluesy numbers that channel Buddy, Muddy, Jimi and Stevie (Lay There and Hate Me, Why Must You Always Dress In Black, Keep It Together) and soft’n strummy heartache ballads that echo Croce and Cat (Skin Thin, Faithfully Remain). The rest are a mixed bag that wouldn’t be out of place as background music on any number of network TV dramas.
The single, Shimmer and Shine, however is a straight-up raw rocker with a sweet, poppy side that is the only product of Relentless7 sessions that doesn’t feel like a leftover from the old Harper & Innocent Criminals discog. In fact, fans may recognize some of WLFDT songs from past live shows dating back as far as 2004.
Taken for what it is though – a new group/side project’s recorded jam sessions fleshed out with some reworked miscellaneous – White Lies For Dark Times is a decent populist showcase of the very talented, genre hopping Ben Harper. If anything – as anyone who’s ever been before will tell you – Ben Harper is always better live and this will serve to whet the appetite of those anxious to hear and see their man and his band, Relentless7 serve up something much more satisfying.
Frequent partner in sonic crime, Filastine, Barcelona-based DJ & poducer Grey Filastine, drops his sophmore effort, Dirty Bomb. This video, made in BCN by the Kognitiv Krew was just released for the track “Singularities” where Filastine, a lone gypsy like superhero, takes on the waves of greed and globalization with his dark beats until he finally just gives up and returns to the sea. Its a bleak, Requiem for A Dream reminicent track paired with some really cool desaturated visual imagery. Check it out for yourself and chime in.
The Black Angels: Directions to See a Ghost
Label: Light In the Attic
Release Date: May 13, 2008
Most people know this Texas band from their first EP and full length albums on the well known Austin label Light In The Attic. I will never forget the first time I saw these guys play, mainly because I imagined that seeing Big Brother and The Holding Company back in the 60’s was probably a similar vibe. Uber psychedelic, fuzzed out guitar with projected images all over the room. Very cool show. Their new album “Directions To See A Ghost” is definitely not much of a departure from their previous work. But I will say this; the album is almost worth buying for the artwork alone: a rare thing these days when physical CD’s are thought of as disposable at best and a pain in the ass at worst. There is no doubt that if you like getting stoned vand nailing hippie chicks that don’t shower this album will appeal to you. Everything about it is about mood and tone as opposed to hooks and structure. It’s a true 60’s throw back to the point that giving a real track by track breakdown is almost pointless. You really need an evening to drop yourself in to the most comfortable part of your couch or bed to really enjoy this album for all it is worth. If you are a fan of true blues, psychedelic rock this album and a shower should definitely be in your future.
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Franz Ferdinand-Blood[dub version of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand]
Elvis Costello- Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
The Dead Weather (Jack White, Allison Mosshart)- Horehound
Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca
Rhett Miller- Rhett Miller
Sonic Youth- The Eternal
Deer Tick- Born on Flag Day
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
The Lemonheads- Varshons
The Mars Volta- Octahedron
Pete Yorn- Back and Forth
Fiery Furnaces- Im going away
Wilco- Wilco (the album)
Viva la France! Premiere Video from Parisien electro rock duo Make the Girl Dance. Who else wants to move to Paris? Reminds us of Matt and Kims video for “Lessons Learned”…only more French…and way sexier…and less police brutality.
Since 2004, Holy Fuck, a Canadian electronic band aye, has been cranking out electro sounding effects using live instrumentation without any laptops or programmed tracks. So while you think you might be hearing looping, splicing or programming in their music, they are actually playing it all. Young Turks Director: Drew Lightfoot from their new record “LP” in stores and online now
This Bloc Party video was shot over just two nights at London’s Olympia theater by fans with cell phones! The footage was cut and integrated with some behind the scenes action to create a lo-fi masterpiece video for “Ares (Villains Remix)”. The Video may give you a seizure the first time you watch it but it has an amazing energy that captures the feeling of being right in the middle of a live show crowd and may induce leg dropping. And the remix is rowdy, so check it out. The track is taken from Bloc Party’s “Intimacy Remixed” out now on Wichita Recordings/ Atlantic (US).
Akron Family- Set “Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free
Conor Oberst-Outer South
British Sea Power- Man of Aran
Iron & Wine- Around the Well
Passion Pit- Manners
Release Date: April 29, 2009
So often a prolonged hiatus between albums fails, timing completely falling through the cracks. But Portishead’s tactic of forcing fans to hold their breath for an excruciating 11 years for a new LP has paid off. A dark voyage to things past, or an enchanted view of the future, songstress Beth Gibbons has never had a problem painting an otherworldly picture. Don’t fret, all the additional trappings of mid-90’s Portishead are there: minimalist drumming, lo-fi guitar, loads of echo. Immediate standouts include “Hunter” & “Silence”, two of the most visual tracks on the album. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself daydreaming of journeying through a monochromatic landscape. “The Rip”, a wonderful illustration at how successful their simple yet climactic song arrangements are. Of course there are little surprises such as the ukulele/barbershop quartet take on “Deep Water”. And I’ll be damned if the last minute of “Machine Gun” isn’t the theme song to the original Terminator film. Aside from these momentary drifts, Portishead satisfies wholly, proof that the fruit is better when ripened.
Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
Label: Modular Interscope
Release Date: April 8, 2008
This album is the epitome of what I needed to start summer. Fully loaded with catchy dance hits, Cut Copy has really outdone themselves this time. Every track on this album is whipped lightly, and prepped perfectly for the French pop sound they are frequently accused of imitating. I disagree with comparison because it implies a simplicity and lack of depth to the music, which is simply not present in this album. The lyrics are catchy, and the beats are fresh. Although their sound is similar from song to song, each song has something different to offer, namely, emotion. This is the most emotive electro pop I can remember hearing, and it shows through in their dynamic live performances. There are some standout tracks from “Lights and Music” which recalls the glory days of the 80’s club era to “Hearts on Fire” which brings back memories of Madonna and slumber parties. If you are a person who even vaguely likes pop, the subdued fun in this album will speak to your inner dance-self.
<3 The Elephant
Lyrics Born: Everywhere at Once
Release Date: March 18, 2008
Quannum poster-boy Lyrics Born (born Tom Shimura) didn’t just step off the ship-hop. Collaboratively producing albums as far back as Latyrx’s The Album, LB has subjectively perfected unique vocalizations characterized by buzzing baritone and vocab depth. This go LB explores the trappings of success, while reflecting on the blood, sweat & tears shed to get here. Unlike his freshman solo effort Later That Day…, he’s spent considerably less time massaging flows from track to track. And although a good four years weren’t taken to cultivate, most tracks are laden with the same electronic funk that suit him like white suits rice. Cut to the quick with “I Like It I Love It”, the standout jimmy jam among jams. On “Hott 2 Deff” LB employs indie hip-hops other more notable baritone Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) doing both justice. Don’t be surprised if you hear LB more often in the club rather than (Coke) commercials. Everywhere At Once is new-school bump and grind, working well for everybody who wants to shake their ass.