Friday, February 29, 2008
Alphabeat - Fascination (Thanks Bigstereo!)
Arcade Fire - Black Mirror (team9 remix)
Feist - I Feel It All (Britt from Spoon Remix)
Mobius Band - Digital Love (Daft Punk Cover)
M.I.A. - Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
Jens Lekman - I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You (Spoolwork Remix)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The Raveonettes - Hallucinations
The Raveonettes - You Want the Candy
Saturday, February 23, 2008
A Faulty Chromosome describes themselves as a charming mess. I couldn't agree more. Their sound is full of 90's indie rock strangeness, shoe gazing pedal fascinations, and lo-fi electronics. It all comes together in a rush of one part hazy nostalgia one part hazy reality check, plus the occasional guitar solo.
A Faulty Chromosome - Jackie O
A Faulty Chromosome - Them Pleasures of the Flesh
Hot Chip - One Pure Thought
Nouvelle Vague - Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks Cover)
Findlay Brown - But You Love Me
Echo & The Bunnymen - Never Stop
The Shocking Pinks - Emily
String Tribute to Joy Division/New Order - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Daft Punk - Short Circuit / Face to Face
Nine Inch Nails - God Given (Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert Remix)
The Walkmen - Another One Goes By
Radiohead - Reckoner
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
From the opening island rhythms and retro string lines of “Mansard Roof”, Vampire Weekend rings with nonchalant academia. Like the cool kids in class decided it would be really awesome if they started getting A’s for no other reason than to get A’s. The band met and formed while attending
Vampire Weekend has also been helped immeasurably by an explosion of exposure in Music Blogs all over the net. According to Wikipedia the first blog to give Vampire Weekend any exposure was the African Music Blog "Benn loxo du taccu" and then several months later, the prominent Indie Music Blog, “Stereogum” started doing regular features on them. It was also during this time that I was fortunate enough to see them at the Bug Jar in
Their self titled debut album embodies the youthful vigor of attending a college without all of the pain and stress of deadlines, relationship issues, and of course immense debt. It’s the ideal soundtrack to riding your bicycle the long way around campus, having a picnic in the campus square with that cute girl from biology, or just reading a book under a tree on a glowing early fall day. The only ominous element present in any of the songs is that you might never see that cute girl from biology again, but all you need to do is hit the repeat button and she’ll appear again. The songs are catchy, concise, and heartfelt. After those obvious elements that have no doubt carried them to the success they experience currently, other things one notices about their music is the apparent simplicity of their song structures. Undoubtedly this adds to the breezy feel of many of their songs, which would also be great for sailing, but each member of the band adds something unique and spirited to the mix. The guitar and bass work adds bright eyed energy to every song they grace, particularly the song “A-Punk” which would be my pick for scenic bike riding song of the year. The drums rocket each song along with an eclectic blend of indie-pop beats and afro-rhythms particularly on the Rolling Stone #67 song of 2007 “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”. Most notably is the work of keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij whose playing is remarkably versatile, imitating organs, violins, and whatever auxiliary instrumentation might be needed to make the perfect companion to each song.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more idealistic take on college life in retrospect. This is the perfect music to reflect on those youthful times at your Alma Matter. I’ve never heard music that makes me want to put on khakis and a sweater vest and cause innocent mischief more.Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Frankmusik - Confusion Girl
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Decomposure - Hour 1
Decomposure - Hour 3
George Michael - Outside (Kimono Kops Mix)
Kimono Kops Myspace
Monday, February 11, 2008
The opening track “Out at the Pictures”, on Hot Chip’s third studio release, starts off with some computerized feedback and a gentle synthesizer melody that gains momentum until it breaks down into a full on electro soul-funk jam. It’s the aural equivalent of 20 luminescent go-go dancers shaking it in your ear drums. That’s the kind of wild auditory imagination that the
The story of Hot Chip’s synthesized origin is surprisingly organic. The songwriting core of the band is composed of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard. They met during their sixth form at the
With the backing of notable indie/dance record labels, Hot Chip pressed on, recording their next album entitled The Warning, entirely in their home recording studio despite offers to work in a professional studio from DFA records. The difference between Coming on Strong and The Warning is as much as night is to day. It’s definitely the same group with the same kinds of sounds but everything has been amped up. The rhythms are manic and heavy, sound sampling is all over the place, the songwriting takes on more twists and turns while the lyrics and vocals simultaneously became more open and accessible. Alexis Taylor even acknowledges the press regarding the first album in the lyrics on the lead single “Over and Over” by singing “Laid back? I’ll give you laid back!” The album was a commercial and critical success with two songs from the album, “Over and Over” and “Boy from School”, emerging as top ten UK singles and the band was recognized in 2006 by being nominated for the Mercury Prize, they were beaten out by Sheffield rockers The Arctic Monkeys, but that didn’t stop them from becoming a wildly popular touring juggernaut. Because of their intense touring, the band converted part time members Al Doyle and Felix Martin into full time members.
After a string of tour dates, remixes, and a DJ Kicks album (Featuring the original song “My Piano”) released in 2007, Hot Chip released their anticipated new album “Made in the Dark” on Feb 4th 2008. From the start the album sounds more precise and more focused, that’s not to say that it’s predictable in any way, each song is distinctly its own, whether it’s a forward thinking floor filler or a heart felt ballad. The obvious lead single is the straight ahead impulsive pop number “Ready for the Floor”, which was actually written for Kylie Minogue, but for whatever reason she didn’t perform it, so the band took it right back and filled it with their trademarked ticks and clicks and guitar licks. Another standout song is “Shake a Fist”, that starts off as an ominous dance number about drugs before pausing and unleashing a bassline that’s got a fair shake at world domination.
Hot Chip has crafted an album that travels to all corners of the popular music paradigm while retaining their unique approach and sound. If you fancy dance floor throbs, sensitive slow jams and everywhere in between give Made in the Dark a spin. I dare you not to dance, and yes, head bobbing and toe tapping count as dancing.Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor
Hot Chip - One Pure Thought
Hot Chip's Fantastic Video For Ready for the Floor:
Hot Chip Discusses Made in the Dark
Hot Chip Myspace
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Die! Die! Die! - A.T.T.I.T.U.D.
Die! Die! Die! - Sideways, Here We Come
Project A-KO and Horrowitz (If you couldn't tell from the album cover) have a lot of love for each other, hence why they're releasing a split album. Project A-KO, taking their name from a popular anime series, is a shoe gaze style rock band with wonderful effects adorning their linear guitar work. Horrowitz by contrast is a gentle folk outfit priding itself on cuteness and intelligence rather than the raw power and catchy choruses that Project A-KO provides.
Project A-KO - Otaku Blue
Horrowitz - It's Better To Eat Twinkies With Yr Friends Than To Eat Broccoli Alone
Nothing Works Twice (Project A-KO)
I Need a Blanket (Horrowitz)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The LK - Tandem Bikes
The LK - The Private Life of a Cat (Highly Recommended)
Off to a great start I think.
1. Hot Chip - Shake a Fist
2. Thieves Like Us - Fass
3. Love and Rockets - So Alive
4. Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On
5. Microfilm - Chicago (Sufjan Stevens Cover)
6. Plastic Operator - The Pleasure is Mine
7. My Robot Friend - Robot High School
8. Laromlab - Nightdrive
9. Snowden - Black Eyes (Le Castlevania Remix)
10. Beta Band - Outside
11. Vampire Weekend - A Punk
12. The LK - Private Life of a Cat
STACK ATTACK PODCAST FEBRUARY 7 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
In August the fine music blog MissingToof posted some covers that LaromLab did of Daft Punk favorites "Around the World" and "Aerodynamic", they were soon taken down on some legality, but the fact that they were released into the public consciousness cannot be undone. The covers are used often to get the L.A. and San Francisco night life riled up. Like in this video of DJ AM playing their around the world cover in front of MSTRKRFT.
After you're done enjoying how drunk these party goers are there's also a video of LaromLab himself introducing you to his methods of music making.
If that wasn't enough, here's his upcoming tour schedule:
Laromlab Live (w/ Robot Cowboy)
02/05 Motion Lounge
02/ Biko Garage Co-op
02/08 House of Shields
02/09 Delta of Venus
02/11 Cozmic Pizza
02/14 Le Voyeur
02/15 Dog Park (House Show)
02/16 The Palace
02/18 , MS 400 Bar
02/21 Scrummage University
02/22 Sneaky Dees
02/ Cake Shop
02/26 Hidden Cities
02/27 The Fire
02/28 Metro Gallery
03/01 Fredricksburg, VA TBD
03/03 The Cinemat
03/05 TBD Trunk Space
03/Bowling Green, KY Retrograde Studios (End of Tour Party!)Albany eh? I may have to make a trip.
LaromLab - Nightdrive
Sunday, February 3, 2008
If you are unfamiliar with the work of the Magnetic Fields, the band is fronted by New York City resident and singer/songwriter Stephen Merritt, who is notable for his baritone croak of a voice, his public image as a hyper-literate curmudgeon and prolific songwriter. Under the moniker “The Magnetic Fields”, Stephen Merritt has been releasing albums since 1991, starting with “The Wayward Bus”. Initially he was not the lead singer of the group. Those duties belonged to Susan Anway, who had previously been the lead singer of the Boston Punk Group “V.” It wasn’t until Anway relocated to
The band moved forward releasing several seven-inch singles and an EP before being signed to Merge records where they’ve released 6 studio albums to date. Starting with electro-country flavored Charm of the Highway Strip, then the Euro-Pop stylings of
Following the success of 69 Love Songs Merritt’s songs have been commissioned for commercials promoting the Volvo XC70 all terrain SUV and Cesar Dog Food. Stephen Merritt also composed the soundtrack of the 2003 Peter Hedges Film “Pieces of April” starring the now Scientologist Katie Holmes with original works and selections from 69 Love Songs. The last official release before Distortion is the concept album “I” that doesn’t use any synthesizer, instead offering up a mélange of cello, piano, banjo, guitar, harpsichord, electric sitar and a 14 track play list featuring songs that all start with the letter “I”.
Wait, there’s even more. Apart from the Magnetic Fields, Stephen Merritt has written works for musical theatre and either founded or participated with several other bands including the 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Three Terrors, and The Gothic Archies. The cast of the Gothic Archies includes novelist Daniel Handler, who wrote the Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, who also plays accordion. In fact, the Gothic Archies Released an album entitled The Tragic Treasury containing songs that referred to characters from Handler’s series. Handler and Merritt also composed original work for the audio book of Neil Gaiman’s children’s novel Coraline.
Stephen Merritt has quite a bit of varied tastes when it comes to music and literature, varying from famous American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin to British shoegaze rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was actually The Jesus and Mary Chain’s 1985 debut album Psychocandy that inspired Merritt for the concept of Distortion. Merritt felt that the production style of that album was one of the last “Shockingly original” sounds in production. So his plan for Distortion was to take a bunch of his songs and subject them to the Psychocandy production style.
Throughout the album there’s some fine examples of heartbreaking situations set to melodies and song structures so fun the irony is bound to make you laugh out loud. The best examples of this are the anti-valley girl pop song “California Girls” and the most self aware depressive alcoholic anthem ever written “Too Drunk to Dream.” There’s something aurally satisfying about the waves of distortion that crash in and out over pitch perfect pop melodies and crafted lyrics. The shape shifting feedback distills the raw emotions of the bittersweet lyrics and allows even more meaning to seep in between the words.The Magnetic Fields - California Girls
The Magnetic Fields - Too Drunk To Dream
Operator Please - Get What You Want (Sportsday Megaphone Remix)