Monday, July 30, 2007
But what about the music? Well, to break it down, at times they sound like a female version of the Libertines hammering through shambly rock numbers with the sultry voice of their Victoria cooing over the mayhem. Then at other times they bust out the full on dance beats and synth for their diabolical disco anthems like "You're Out". When a band looks and sounds as good these girls can massive success be far ahead?
MP3 - You're Out (Frank Music Remix) - Dead Disco
MP3 - The Treatment - Dead Disco
Sunday, July 29, 2007
New Young Pony Club's debut LP "Fantastic Playroom" is set to be released in late August of this year. A clear highlight from the album is the galloping single "Ice Cream" with it's sensuous strut that could work just as well in the bedroom as it could fire up a party. The atmospherics and build in another album highlight "The Get Go" release to become a bouncy and most satisfying number. While the Talking Heads like rhythm never does let up, that doesn't mean that the songs don't slow down for some sensitive, in your ear style purring like on "Talking Talking". That song practically requires mood lighting and a rotating zebra bed. The greatest strength of the New Young Pony Club is that they aren't afraid to slow songs up a bit and increase the funkiness, every guitar, every blip, every bass jab is there to enhance the groove and get the party started.
MP3 - FAN - New Young Pony Club
MP3 - Talking Talking - New Young Pony Club
Saturday, July 28, 2007
MP3 - At the Age of Decay - Junius
Buy "Kill the Love"
MP3 - Charm is Harmless - Go! Motion
MP3 - Kill the Love - Go! Motion
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
MP3 - Clever Girls Like Clever Boys - Pelle Carlsberg
MP3 - I Love You, You Imbecile - Pelle Carlsberg
MP3 - Pamplona - Pelle Carlsberg
Pelle Carlberg Myspace
Monday, July 23, 2007
Is it a coincidence that their new album "Challengers" is due out in August? Probably, or maybe I'm being so influenced by indie bands that my brain is aligned with the release schedule and kicking for it like a fiend in withdrawal. Either way, the New Pornos have lots of back catalog for me to sift through until the new disc drops onto the market. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to run and un-ironically punch the air in triumph.
MP3 - July Jones - The New Pornographers
MP3 - Use It - The New Pornographers
All For Swinging You Around:
Saturday, July 21, 2007
AZLTRON: Patric Fallon, or should I say Sick Face Fallon, you were in a post hardcore group in Chicago before you moved to San Francisco and pursued a more electronics based sound. What drew you away from Post-Hardcore and into Electronic Music?
Patric Fallon: Haha… Patric is fine. Sick Face is just a name I like to take on when performing with All Teeth and Knuckles. It gives me an excuse to be such a belligerent, loud-mouthed ass hole. But yeah, to answer the question, I was never really drawn away from “post-hardcore”, but more interested in making music on my own. I was still in my old band when I started making music with electronics and computers, and the band breaking up was the whole reason I chose to start focusing on my solo projects. I was just more interested in doing music by myself, and the easiest way to do that was to make electronic music because there’s no need for drummers, bass players, synth players, etc. It’s all inclusive if you want it to be. It’s funny though because I’ve now come full circle and have recruited 3 other members for the ATAK live show including a live drummer, a live synth player, and a live percussionist / background vocalist. I’m even thinking about starting a new rock band!
AZL: Your Myspace page says that you guys are long time friends, where did you meet and what was the common ground that you bonded on?
PF: Gio and I we’re both brought up in the Central Valley of California, but didn’t end up meeting til we were about 19 or 20. I was on tour with my old band and we ended up playing a show in my hometown with a friend’s band in the basement of an old coffee house. Gio was singing and playing keyboards with them at the time and we all ended up hanging out at our friend’s apartment afterwards. Gio and I found out that we both had strong loves for guys like Kid 606 and Squarepusher so we started trading CDs and tapes of our solo music with each other. Gio’s shit sounded more like Wolf Eyes on crack and I was just trying to emulate Autechre at the time, but we bonded because we were both in “post-hardcore”, “screamo” groups even though we weren’t that into the music.
AZL: Where did the name All Teeth and Knuckles come from? Was the Acronym A.T.A.K. created on purpose?
PF: To this day I’ll swear to God that “all teeth and knuckles” is a commonly used phrase. Like, “I fought that parking ticket all teeth and knuckles, but I still ended up paying it.” Basically, I thought up the name during a very depressing and low point in my life, and as a way to cope I wanted to make music that fought everything I hated “all teeth and knuckles”. It’s supposed to represent a sort of rebellion and ferocity against every negative force you encounter in life. Accidentally, the name helped to create the amazing and appropriate acronym ATAK. When shit like that happens, you know you’ve found a perfect name.
AZL: Your Debut album “Club Hits to Hit the Clubs With” is about club culture, where did the inspiration to write an album about dancing and drinking come from? Is it meant to be satire or honest?
PF: That is such a great question. The inspiration just simply came from being a young, broke kid immersed in the drinking, drugs, and dancing of the bar/club scene. Maybe immersed is the wrong word. I was definitely there as not only a participator but as a spectator. I love partaking in the debauchery, but I also love watching what it did to people. It’s unbelievable what clubs can and will turn a person into, but it’s great! I wanted to make an album that was simultaneously an advocate for club life while also holding a mirror up to it. In that respect it’s both satirical and honest, but I think the most honest things we’ll see or read or hear these days is satire. It’s hard to tell what is what though. Some of my closest friends will hear a song and say to me, “You’re joking, right?” when it’s actually the most serious part of the song, and visa versa. I guess everyone should take what they want as they see it.
AZL: What hip hop artists do you guys draw inspiration from? What electronic artists?
PF: Hip hop wise I’m mostly into the electronic, left-field kind of stuff. I’m very big into Neptunes and Timbaland of course, but more drawn to the sounds and whacked out style of Anti-Pop Consortium, Airborn Audio, Subtle, Beans, TTC, and a few older producers like Mantronix and Grand Master Flash. Electronically I’m more inspired by the older sounding stuff like Kraftwerk, Suicide, Flying Lizards, or even Devo. I like the impact of the sounds they used despite their simplicity. Everything coming out these days is sampled, tweaked out, cut up, and obliterated til you almost have no idea where the sound came from. I’ll take a nice heavy sawtooth wave from a 20 pound synth before all that.
AZL: What do you think about the surge in electronic party bands that have come out in a big way this year? (i.e. Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, Calvin Harris) Do you have a favorite?
PF: I think the surge is great! It means a lot of people are out there having a blast all the time! It also means there’s a shit ton of music out there that I’ll probably never hear, which means really picking a favorite is impossible. I’m pretty much completely over Ed Bangers. If they could give me something that didn’t annoy the fuck out of me (Uffie) or sound like over compressed, cracked out Daft Punk (Justice, Sebastian, etc.) I’d be into them. Though, Mr. Oizo is pretty sweet. I don’t know if they’d really count as a party band, but some of my favorite tracks right now are from Von Sudenfed. Mouse on Mars and Mark E. Smith is the best collaboration ever. There’s a local SF producer called Ghosts on Tape who easily makes the most perfect combination of grimy hip hop and minimalist techno you’ll ever hear. He’s my favorite.
AZL: How has the response been to your band in San Francisco? Is electronic music popular there?
PF: We have a lot support from old and new friends all over the Bay Area who are also fighting the good fight for electronic-based music. We’ve got amazing venues like The Mezzanine (where our CD release party is being held August 2nd) and the 222 Club that help us out constantly. We’ve received a ton of support from XLR8R Magazine (who’s sponsoring our CD release party) and local zine Versus SF. There are definitely fans out there, but most of our crowd is made up of our friends and musical peers. Electronic music is definitely big in SF, but mostly in a DJ/club setting. There’s definitely a big group of kids that want to see it live, but nothing like Europe or LA or NY. SF is definitely still very granola no matter how many hip hop, electronic, dance acts come from it or to it.
AZL: Do you really hate leather jackets? Or is there a type of person who wears leather jackets that you despise?
PF: Hahahaha… I definitely don’t hate leather jackets as a whole. What I don’t like, and this goes for any article of clothing (shoes, hats, jeans, etc.), are people that think they are a certain type of person from the clothing they wear. It was inspired by a night outside of a bar in SF called The Hemlock. It’s definitely not a super nice place, but it’s in the Tenderloin and it’s clean enough and big enough to not be a real dive which makes for a lot of douchey types coming through with the idea that they are “slummin’ it”. So what you get is a group of 9-5ers wearing their leather jackets instead of their ties and collars because they’re out on a Friday and it’s time to “party like a rock star”. I’d say the same thing about a kid wearing a Bathing Ape print hoodie cause they think its “hip hop”. All I really mean by the song is don’t wear your identity, be your identity.
AZL: On the track “Look So Good” you say you use second rate tools to make first rate tracks, do you use any vintage keyboards on your songs? What’s the most ghetto instrument you used on the album?
PF: We have a pretty good collection of old keyboards now, but when the album was being tracked we mostly used a Juno-106, a Korg MS2000, and computer programs. The oldest keyboards we used were a few beat up little Casios and a horribly embarrassing Yamaha I used to plan out melodies to sequence on my computer. When I talk about “second rate tools” I’m mostly talking about running OS 9 on my laptop and using a busted microphone to record vocals with. If you listen throughout the album there are some random little sounds that have no rhyme or reason for being there. That’s the microphone. That thing was fucked. We thought it was the space heater in the studio that was causing the mic to make those noises, hence the rant at the end of “The Real San Francisco” and me saying “Fuck those noises, man.” in the beginning of “Let’s Undress and Listen to CSS”.
AZL: I love when you guys diss Spin and Pitchfork on “My 411 Track”, are you harboring any animosity towards them due to a D.I.Y. ethic or you just don’t like the corporations dictating what’s popular in the indie community?
PF: Well, to be honest I’m actually not dissing Pitchfork at all. I read Pitchfork almost every day. I’m just saying that I don’t give a shit what they think about me or my music because it’s what I wanted to make and it’s real to me. However, I am DEFINITELY dissing on Spin. I hate that magazine along with Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, and all the bull shit papers just like them. All they do is hop on the band wagon of obvious. Not once have I picked up any of those magazines and read about something new or interesting or even good! They think the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are edgy! They are filled with articles like “Inside the Mind of John Mayer” or “On the Real with Panic at the Fallout Card”. Not only are they cyclical, corporate, money-driven drivel, but they also aren’t doing their job. They are supposed to report music news. The keyword is “new”. All they do is regurgitate what MTV has already told you is cool and what Sony and Virgin have deemed worthy to make money for them. There was a lyric that was supposed to be in “My 411 Track” that didn’t make it that went, “I’m not co-opting anybody’s culture/ I’m making this shit my own/ Won’t feed into the corporate vultures/ Won’t be on the cover of Rolling Stone/ Fuck MTV, man/ That shit’s best left alone”.
AZL: You made a tribute song to a band that also made a tribute song to another band with “Let’s Undress and Listen to CSS”, where did the idea for that come from? Did you really have a crush on Lovefoxxx? Did you meet her?
PF: A lot of people ask me that and it always makes me laugh. The lyrics from the song are basically the story of when I met Lovefoxxx verbatim. I was working backstage as the artist attaché at The Mezzanine when CSS opened for ESG. I really wanted to talk to her, and I had thought up this song title as my ice breaker. It totally worked, and we talked for a while. I found out we were both Pisces and born a year and a day apart from each other. She told me her real name, and I invited her out to a club where one of her band mates was DJing an after party. She was too tired to go, but she said the most amazing thing to me when I was trying to convince her to come. She said, “If I were to go it would be only for you, Patric!” Even though she didn’t come out it made my night. We recently opened for them at The Mezzanine, but her boyfriend from the Klaxons was with her so I didn’t try anything. Although, right before we played the song I did say, “No offense to the dude from the Klaxons, but I think I’m in love with your girlfriend.” No one really got it, but yeah, it’s more of a joke/infatuation now.
AZL: You guys always talk about drinking and stealing drinks, do you have a favorite drink?
PF: Gio and I both drink gin and tonics almost exclusively, with the occasional Sparks or PBR thrown in for good measure.
AZL: What’s next for A.T.A.K.?
PF: We’ve got a US tour coming up in the end of August to promote the release of “Club Hits to Hit the Clubs With”. We’ve already started writing a new song to play on the tour that will probably be released on a three-way split CD with label mates History Invades and Drugstore Cowboys on Pish Posh of North America and Lujo Records in 2008. We’ve got a music video coming out soon for “Look So Good” and hopefully a few remixes will be surfacing in the near future. Gio and I both run the record label Pish Posh of North America, so that also takes up a lot of our time, but don’t worry! We’ve got lots and lots and lots of plans for the future…
AZL: Thanks for your time guys, I really appreciate it.
PF: Thanks for being our second interview ever!MP3 - Let's Undress and Listen to CSS - All Teeth and Knuckles
MP3 - Fuck Your Jacket - All Teeth and Knuckles
MP3 - The Real San Francisco - All Teeth and Knuckles
All Teeth and Knuckles Myspace
I've been listening to the new album a little to get a feeling for what they've done this time around. Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan's vocals are as soft and hyper hyper emotional as ever. They even open up from the intimate whisper and do some real belting out of tunes. Their chamber electro melodramatic pop songs are more organic at times recalling lite FM, they still flaunt their former sound with "The Night Starts Here" that effortlessly recalls all the high points of "Set Yourself On Fire" before taking an urgent new path. Stars again run the gamut of high tension wire feelings and emotions, from intense heartache and longing to eternal optimism they tug at your heartstrings, like a master puppeteer.
MP3 - My Favorite Book - Stars
MP3 - Life 2: The Unhappy Ending - Stars
Thursday, July 19, 2007
When asked about some of meaning behind these songs Jim Greer said “We've both been feeling the world sort of spinning to the dark side of terrorism and the war in
Album highlights include "Dune Stalker", a scorching rap number that punches through ethereal keys and backing vocals. I told this girl the other day that I wanted to dance with her to "Until We All Fall Down", it has the vibe of a great party song. The spontaneity of the tracks and the bouncy bass lines make for a consistently impressive and fun listening experience, they might even have you dancing until you fall down.
MP3 - Dune Stalker - The Rondo Brothers
MP3 - Until We All Fall Down (Cubismo Graphico Pea Coat Remix) - The Rondo Brothers
Rondo Brothers Myspace
Dune Stalker Video:
MP3 - The Scale - Interpol
MP3 - Who Do You Think? - Interpol
Bonus - Public Pervert (Carlos D. Remix) - Interpol
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
MP3 - Boyz (Kimono Kops Remix) - M.I.A.
Kimono Kops Myspace
Monday, July 16, 2007
Buy "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)
MP3 - I Got Mine - Spoon (Get Nice!)
MP3 - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb - Spoon (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
The Underdog Music Video:
Sunday, July 15, 2007
In fact the vocals and the clean blippy synths have the same earnest charm of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary". "Love in the Digital Age" discusses relationships in the information age where love is only a click away with the line "Are you lonely? Do you have a credit card?", giving the Palmer adage "I can't sleep at night, I'm addicted to love" an unsettling new depth. "My Heart is Set on You" bounces with the stark determination of a resolute man in love while gliding on washes of sparkling keyboards. If you're looking for something new to love in the digital age, Heads We Dance is for you. Better start looking for your credit card.
MP3 - My Heart is Set On You - Heads We Dance
MP3 - Love in the Digital Age - Heads We Dance
Heads We Dance Myspace
Friday, July 13, 2007
When I got home, I googled the lyrics and found out that the music was not some lost late 70's mellow disco gem but the work of critically acclaimed New York City trio Ivy. Their breezy brand of bouncy electro pop is addictive, this is due to the recipe of near perfect instrumentation and the beautifully sensual vocals of Dominique Durand. If you're a fan of Air or Blonde Redhead you'll find something to like here. Give them a try, I bet you'll be hooked.
Buy "In The Clear"
MP3 - Keep Moving - Ivy
MP3 - I've Got You Memorized
Ivy Covers The Cure's Lets go to Bed:
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Their debut album "Attack Sustain Decay Release" was released on June 25, and it's full of glitchy driving beats that are sure to please Nu Ravers and Old Ravers alike. The sinister stomp of "Hustler" along with its break dance inducing arpeggio is sure to become an album favorite. The first single, "It's the Beat" combines mechanical rhythms with old school club melodies and vocals from the Go Team's Ninja. The track that gets my vote for having the most potential to get noticed is the anthematic "I Believe", with it's soaring hook and slow thumping beat. The other tracks are definitely fun exercises in electro dance structure and yield some absolutely fantastic breakdowns that call to mind Nintendo as much as they do disco. If their first full length and new EP released later this month are any indication, SMD is proving that they are something we can believe in.
MP3 - I Believe - Simian Mobile Disco
MP3 - Hustler - Simian Mobile Disco
Simian Mobile Disco Myspace
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
As for the sound of the band, the guitars are relentless, the vocals alternate between crooning and a fevered rasp, and the drums propel the tracks to the speed of pure rock bliss. For the uninitiated, I'd say that they sound like a tempered mix of the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and The Cure. Borrowing accessible riffs and singing style from the first, intricate guitar tricks and occasional new wave indulgences from the second, and the feeling and atmosphere of the reverb from the third.
One album highlight is the blistering opener "Chinatown", which features the line "I'm not hurt, sell me love again." Although it's not clear who he's trying to convince, himself or an unknown woman. Either way the song reaches through organized chaos and yields some vital emotional content. Another standout is "The Turnstiles" for it's almost shoegaze-y layered guitar effects and spare keyboard that break out into a full on Strokes-esque jam. "Coronation" sounds like it would fit perfectly on a later Cure album, especially on the breakdown following the line "The Queen is dead, long live the Queen." Overall, The Velocet combine post punk influences with rock radio aspirations and the result is not only listenable, it's downright good.
The Velocet Myspace
MP3 - Chinatown - The Velocet
MP3 - The Turnstiles - The Velocet
MP3 - Mother Knows Best - Crystal Castles
MP3 - Health - Crimewave
Crystal Castles Myspace
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I'd really like to see these songs with some visuals, each time I listen to a song I imagine a new thing, like right now the track "King of 1998" off of the new album "Blue Sky Objective" might call to mind a patch of flowers sprouting, growing, flowering, dying, and decomposing on loop over the course of 3 years or a city street done in stop motion photography for a week with people blurring past. Try thinking of your own visuals, it's fun. The synths, handclaps, and spare garbled over processed vocals combine to make some truly ethereal and above all honest sounds. Even though all of the sounds are electronic, there is a stark sincerity to them. I'm not sure if the masterful production or the hauntingly simple melodies that evoke the feelings of childlike wonder, but they both work together to make a surprisingly satisfying result.
MP3 - LeftRightLeftRight - Emulsion
MP3 - King of 1998 - Emulsion
Sunday, July 8, 2007
1. The Beginning After The End
2. The Night Starts Here
3. Take Me To The Riot
4. My Favourite Book
5. Midnight Coward
6. The Ghost Of Genova Heights
9. Window Bird
10. Bitches In Tokyo
11. Life 2: The Unhappy Ending
12. Today Will Be Better, I Swear!
13. In Our Bedroom After The War
MP3 - The Night Starts Here
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Anyway, back to Mr. Harris, his music glides on 80's inspired nostalgia and a variety of electronic instrumentation like computer voices and a virtual bunker full of synthesizers. The bass in particular rises and falls to induce maximum dancefloor accessibility. What stands out the most though is the intense personality that he conveys through his alternating classy British singing voice and flirtatious falsetto. The track "The Girls" features some of that flirtatiousness as he describes all of the different types of women he likes, needless to say the list is quite complete. Another song that explodes with woozy dancefloor drive is the nostalgic "Acceptable in 80's" which utilizes the awkward hits and backwards synths that might remind you of Thomas Dolby. Calvin Harris isn't just a nonstop party monster, he takes the time to slow it down and play some jams for the ladies like smooth, smooth "Love Souvenir" that could easily be mistaken for Beck when he's seducing Jenny and her sister. The sweeping rhythmic ballad "Electro Man" shows how much range an electro artist can have while still inhabiting that precious space we like to call "Electro". That and it sounds like a David Bowie techno remix, so how can you go wrong? You can say what you want about Calvin Harris, but the man knows how to harness the power of the 808 cowbell, and that power is mighty.
The Girls Video (Best Video since the Rakes' "22 Grand Job"):
Calvin Harris Myspace
MP3 - Acceptable in the 80's - Calvin Harris
MP3 - The Girls - Calvin Harris
Their album "Club Hits to Hit the Club With" due out in August this year, delivers exactly what it promises, a crowd pleasing collection of seductively aggressive tracks. Sick Face Fallon chastises the fashion of patrons at the local bar on "Fuck Your Jacket" and turns what could be a predictable dance/hip hop track into the angry drunken dancefloor anthem of the summer. "Let's Undress and Listen to CSS", rises above simply being a novelty track dedicated to a band who payed tribute to another band through the mega hard synths and witty lyrics about an encounter with the lovely Lovefoxx of CSS. The crowning achievement however is the simultaneously crunchy and sparkly straight up pop/dance of "Look So Good" that is buoyed by a grind inducing chorus and a deep voice that echoes Yello's "Oh Yeah" . It's sure to get some attention for people's late summer/fall dance party mixes. So go to those parties and have fun, but don't wear a leather jacket. Do get drunk and dance.
All Teeth and Knuckles Myspace
MP3 - Fuck Your Jacket - All Teeth and Knuckles
MP3 - Let's Undress and Listen to CSS - All Teeth and Knuckles
MP3 - Look So Good - All Teeth and Knuckles
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Enough with the Similes, Justice's debut LP entitled "Cross", is a mix of the body crushing bass and beats that ranges from frightening grating music that could easily have been placed in a chase sequence from a Terminator movie (Stress) to flawless squeaky clean pop reminiscent of Michael Jackson's halcyon days with the Jackson 5 (D.A.N.C.E.). The album works best though, when a delicate balance is struck between dance or die bass thump and post-Daft Punk funk, like on the car shaking "New Jack" or the sublime culmination of all things Justice in "DVNO". There are a few arguable missteps like placing snotty rapper Uffie on potential single "The Party", but Justice never misses a beat when it comes to causing a riotous freak out on the dance floor.
MP3 - DVNO - Justice
MP3 - D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
I have the strange luck of finding out about established bands right before they release big comeback albums. I really got into New Order right before they released Get Ready and I was getting deep into late 80's/early 90's alternative and came across Dinosaur Jr. during a self inflicted barrage of the Pixies, Sonic Youth, and the like. I'd heard about Dinosaur Jr. before and that they were critically acclaimed from a while back but I assumed from their alternative rock connotations and the sketchy album art of You're Living All Over Me that they were some screaming metal band. I was shocked to find that the music was full of genuine heart as much as it was full of mind blowing guitar work.
Speaking of that guitar work, Dinosaur Jr. has returned with a new album entitled Beyond, and from the roaring opening of "Almost Ready", they make clear that this album is a perfect return to form. The music as per usual is a workout of varying guitar pop structures that are equal parts inventive as they are touching. There's something more than nostalgia at work here, Dinosaur Jr. makes solid contact with the emotional part of my brain. Halfway through "We're Not Alone" the happy little melody stops and the guitar makes you ache for the drums and as soon as they drop you'll find it hard not to sing along. From the "how did they do that?" guitar solos to the intimate lyrics Dinosaur Jr. is every bit the powerhouse they were, even though it's been nearly 20 years since their last studio album.
Dinosaur Jr. Myspace
MP3 - Almost Ready - Dinosaur Jr.
MP3 - We're Not Alone - Dinosaur Jr.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Ultraviolet is a flamboyant Dance Rock/New Wave Band from L.A. that has garnered much attention from their use of Myspace to promote their music and their live performances. Their songs have a dirty no holds barred sound that utilizes synthesizers, drums, guitars, and more vocal processors than you can shake a stick at. Fans of Le Tigre, Peaches, and other Riot Grrl groups should find something to like here.
Ultraviolet pull of an interesting balance in their music because their sound is at once both edgy and completely safe. The lyrics sound like something that you would want to hear on the radio already, it's just the packaging (i.e. synthesizers, effects) that make it more appealing than current radio fodder. The draw of "Gimme My Electro" is immediate and it delivers exactly what it promises, a sensual dance floor beat down, while "Dead on the Dancefloor" reveals a love for Blondie and ambient/vocal breakdowns that teenage girls will surely love. Ultraviolet is aimed at massive commercial success and if they can knock out all the Evanescence-type bands to get there, more power to them.
MP3 - Gimme My Electro - Ultraviolet
MP3 - Dead on the Dance Floor - Ultraviolet
Monday, July 2, 2007
Pelle knocks out songs using bouncy pastoral instrumentation that is immediate and catchy like early Belle & Sebastian. And just like early Belle & Sebastian , he distracts you with head bopping tunes while going directly for your heart with witty touching lyrics. From the bright boy-girl "I Love You, You Imbecile", to the infinitely catchy "Clever Girls Like Clever Boys..." Pelle executes his songs with the earnest cool of Roy Orbison and the emoting lyricism of Jarvis Cocker.
Pelle Carlsberg Myspace
MP3 - I Love You, You Imbecile - Pelle Carlberg
MP3 - Clever Girls Like Clever Boys... - Pelle Carlberg
Thieves Like Us - Drugs In My Body
Dragonette - I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts remix)
Phones - Worryin'
Crystal Castles – Knights (Demo Version)
The Whip - Divebomb (short edit)
Riot In Belgium - La Musique (Adam Sky mix)
Hadouken ! - Tuning In (H! re- rub)
Feist - My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Classic mix)
Guns N' Bombs - Crossover Appeal (radio edit)
Passions - Emergency (radio edit)
Numéro# - Hit Pop
Hummer - Foals
Punks Jump Up - Dance To Our Disco
Darkel - Be My Friend
MP3 - Kitsune Maison Compilation 4 Megamix
Buy Kitsune Maison Compilation 4
Kitsune Maison Myspace
1: The Pulse
2: Anything New
7: I Want I Want
8: Digitalism in Cairo
MP3 - Idealism Megamix - Digitalism
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Their new album "Dandelion Gum", released on Grave Records, is a taste of hazy saccharine pop that is equally effective for chilling out or intensive listening. Their sound utilizes analog keyboards and vocoder effects heavily without sounding artificial. There is a warm quality to all of the songs and all the sounds and vocals seem to waft about effortlessly, like a lazy summer day. That's not to say that the songs are completely sedate, "Melt Me" is a searing propulsive number that will make you feel like you've been abducted by a robe wearing cult and dropped off in the desert. In a good way. Black Moth Super Rainbow's swirling soundscapes will have you reaching for the replay button as soon as the haze clears.
Black Moth Super Rainbow Myspace
MP3 - Sun Lips - Black Moth Super Rainbow
MP3 - The Afternoon Turns Pink - Black Moth Super Rainbow
The thing is, Avagami don't have to play that game, they actually are good, their music is solid and when they downplay the goofy voice there's some really neat moments, like the saxophone with the electronics on "Newager" is fantastic. There's great potential in their sound and I want to like them but the voice makes it near unpalatable. As the album get close to the end they sing more seriously and it sounds a lot better, like on album closer "Luxus". I can hear good vocals in there threatening to get out, just free the falsetto.
MP3 - Newager - Avagami
MP3 - Luxus - Avagami