Friday, August 31, 2007

vote for wolf (now that the dreams are all coming true)

Good news folks, The Patrick Wolf video podcasts have been nominated in the 'Best Podcast' category at this year's Digital Music Awards!

Vote for Patrick here!

Patrick performs songs live from his flat (from Patrick Wolf video podcasts)
Blue Bells [super-wicked-cool song]
Adder [wicked-cool song]
Augustine [wicked-cool song]
Pigeon Song [super-wicked-cool song]
The Magic Position [super-wicked-cool song]
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Patrick Wolf: The Magic Positionbuy The Magic Position here

In even more exciting news, Mr. Wolf will be playing at Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on October 6th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[UPDATE] Pitchfork has just announced the rest of the North American dates, all with Bishi!

09-30 Philadelphia, PA - Fillmore
10-01 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10-03 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10-04 Boston, MA - Paradise
10-05 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret du Musée Juste Pour Rire
10-06 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
10-08 Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
10-09 Chicago, IL - Metro
10-11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza
10-13 Seattle, WA - Neumos
10-15 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
10-16 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey


So the other day, I discovered this bright young band called Tiny Masters of Today. And I do mean young, the group consists of 13-year-old Ivan and 11-year-old Ada. I am kind of in love with Tiny Masters of Today mainly because they are two kids making rebellious punk songs! They even have an anti-Bush song on their debut record, Bang Bang Boom Cake, how cool is that?!?! Sure, the music is simple and the majority of the lyrics are very cliché, but come on, we can’t really expect genius song-writing from two early teens! Nevertheless, Bang Bang Boom Cake is highly amusing and Tiny Masters of Today are so much better than 80% of the so-called punk bands out there!

Stickin' It to the Man [wicked-cool song]
Hologram World [wicked-cool song]
Trendsetter [wicked-cool song]
Bushy [wicked-cool song]

Hey Mr. DJ (CSS Remix) download via Pitchfork
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Tiny Masters of Today: Bang Bang Boom Cakebuy Bang Bang Boom Cake here

Thursday, August 30, 2007

you don't even write to say goodbye

Looks like My Brightest Diamond will be visiting North American cities this fall:

Nov 9 in Toronto @ Drake Hotel
Nov 10 in Grand Rapids @ Calvin College
Nov 12 in Louisville @ 930 Listening Room
Nov 13 in Columbus, @ Wexner Center
Nov 14 in Pittsburgh @ Andy Warhol Museum
Nov 15 in Philadelphia @ North Star
Nov 16 in Arlington @ Iota Club & Café
Nov 17 in New York @ Gramercy Theatre
Nov 18 in Boston @ Museum of Fine Arts

Golden Star
Disappear [wicked-cool song]
The Good & The Bad Guy [wicked-cool song]
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My Brightest Diamond: Bring Me The Workhorsebuy Bring Me The Workhorse here


According to Pitchfork, Peter Bjorn & John had canceled two dates in Canada (Montreal’s Osheaga Fest on September 8th and Toronto’s V Fest on 9th) to play at the MTV Video Music Awards.

if the sun gets in our eyes...

The perfectly balanced and harmonic voices of Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott are the key ingredients to Arthur & Yu’s In Camera. The album has the magical ability to calm things down as the beautiful vocals and gentle acoustic melodies create a peaceful and relaxing surrounding. So don't forget, the next time you have a rough day or whenever you are just plain frustrated, pop in Arthur & Yu’s debut to cool yourself off.

PS, In Camera is one of those albums that should be heard on a set of earphones to fully capture the emotion and atmosphere of the record.

Absurd Heroes Manifestos [wicked-cool song]
There Are Too Many Birds [wicked-cool song]
Flashing The Lobby Lights
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Arthur & Yu: In Camerabuy In Camera here (US orders via Hardly Art)
buy In Camera here (international orders via Sub Pop)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

mirror mirror one the wall, who’s the greatest of them all

You can now pre-order Black Lips’ fantastic new record, Good Bad Not Evil at Insound; make sure you pre-order as soon as possible to get a free Black Lips DVD!

Read my review for Good Bad Not Evil here.

Good Bad Not Evil [wicked-cool song]
Cold Hands [wicked-cool song]
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i’ll beat on my drum till i’m dead

It is just impossible for Zach Condon to create anything bad as this young talent has given nothing but quality music to the public releases after releases. With Beirut, Zach Condon has proven that he is one of the most brilliant young artists in music today. Just only a year after releasing his groundbreaking debut Gulag Orkestar, Beirut is back with his sophomore entitled The Flying Club Cup. With the brand new record, Beirut brings forth a bigger, more romantic, and more ambitious approach. Gone from Gulag Orkestar is the intimate, modest, and amateur sound; The Flying Club Cup is notably epic and dramatic, the sound is grand and it gives the effect of an overall communal feeling. Beirut filled the record with layers after layers of bold and marching band-istic instrumentations. Condon’s vocal has noticeably improved as well; it is sharper and more confident sounding. Indisputably, working along with Owen Pallett made The Flying Club Cup even more promising. Pallett’s bright string arrangements and humble vocal can be heard on tracks such as "Cliquot", "Forks And Knives (La Fete)", and "In The Mausoluem". With so much originality, there seems to be an element of surprise with each Beirut release. In this case, Zach Condon’s immeasurable vision made The Flying Club Cup a musical spectacle!

Nantes [wicked-cool song]
Cliquot [super-wicked-cool song]
St. Apollonia [wicked-cool song]
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Beirut: The Flying Club CupThe Flying Club Cup comes out on October 9th, you can pre-order it here

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

out this week

No Age: Weirdo Rippers
While the rest of the world got to enjoy Weirdo Rippers for the last two months, people in North America had to wait till now to buy one of my favourite records of the year. The band’s approach of noise rock with a twist of 80s' hardcore punk, indie pop and Suicide influenced style projects wonderfully surreal/dreamlike sensations for the listeners.

Every Artist Needs A Tragedy [super-wicked-cool song]
My Life's Alright Without You [super-wicked-cool song]
Everybody's Down [wicked-cool song]

buy Weirdo Rippers here

Liars: Liars
Avant-garde undertone and an extensive range of musical ideas make Liars a highly sophisticated record.

Leather Prowler [wicked-cool song]
Cycle Time [wicked-cool song]
Freak Out [wicked-cool song]

buy Liars here

Scary Kids Scaring Kids: Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Snake Devil

buy Scary Kids Scaring Kids here

Atreyu: Lead Sails Paper Anchor
A typical hard rock album with a couple of good tracks.

Two Become One

buy Lead Sails Paper Anchor here

The Honorary Title: Scream And Light Up The Sky
A exceptionally enjoyable sophomore by The Honorary Title!

Stuck At Sea
Along The Way
The City's Summer [wicked-cool song]

buy Scream And Light Up The Sky here

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they should deliver all my blessings in small brown paper handbags near the porch

Manchester Orchestra will be co-heading with Annuals this fall:

Oct 27: Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Oct 28: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 30: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
Oct 31: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 1: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Nov 2: Montreal, QC @ Le Gymnase
Nov 3: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Nov 5: Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Nov 6: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Nov 7: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
Nov 10: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café
Nov 11: Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
Nov 12: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 14: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Nov 15: Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Nov 16: San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
Nov 17: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov 18: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
Nov 19: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

Now That You're Home [wicked-cool song]
Where Have You Been? [wicked-cool song]
Sleeper 1972 [super-wicked-cool song]
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Manchester Orchestra: I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Childbuy I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child here

your life’s about to flash before your eyes

In many ways, Enter Shikari’s Take To The Skies belongs in the very generic and much tired genre known as scremo. However, their excessive use of synthesized sound effects creates a somewhat fresh stir in an otherwise dull sound. This is a similar trick that is exercised by Scary Kids Scaring Kids and likewise, on Underoath’s forth record, They're Only Chasing Safety. Although Enter Shikari is not really original, the band has successfully put on an ambitious sounding record; not only is Take To The Skies tremendously energetic, it is catchy as hell!

Enter Shikari
Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour
OK Time For Plan B
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Enter Shikari: Take To The Skiesbuy Take To The Skies here

Monday, August 27, 2007

in the cold cathedrals

New Patrick Wolf blog:

Oh my
Its one of those nights,
I cant sit still.. ive been listening to old cdrs all night of backing tracks I made for
songs when I was 16 and making new lyrics up.. getting beats going that were made on atari in a rundown teenage runaway house in richmond...
I get this sometimes, its super creativity
overload, who knows where it all leads to, full moon, half moon, total eclipse.

I was very inspired after reading and leed festivals, thankyou so much for coming,
the monitors at reading were absolutely abismal so it made it very hard for me and my band to do a good job, it helps if you can hear what you are playing especially with string instruments so that you can pitch correctly. Four piece rock and roll band set ups were not really made for double bass, violin and viola let alone electronics, oh I wont complain as the show felt amazing and you all left me feeling like a dream had come true somewhere in the ether so thankyou.

So anyway, its almost six in the morning and theres still no sign of feeling sleepy, Im listening to my archive and thats a little like opening up the photo album you should have thrown away when you were seventeen.

Very soon I will be able to announce new usa, japan, australia and u.k tours, I should be singing right up until december, then starts a self imposed non public phase of my next year when I will dissapear into the studio to make my fourth.

Must go now, to feel my insomnia, sit infront of a piano, feel to much, think not enough or perhaps the other way round. All in the palm of your hands my darlins...

Right now, the dictaphone recordings I made in the cathedral of st eustache in paris are coming on the cd player, I was 17 on a mission to find some joy in my heart somewhere away, away from the city I was born in.. I think I found it that day judging by what im hearing....

Good night or good morning, wherever you may be

xxx patrick

susan said that maybe you're scared

I found this really cool video by The Blow for the song "Knowing The Things That I Know". It features Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt playing Magic Cards:

Everyone should check out Poor Aim: Love Songs, the recently reissued EP is now packaged with six very handsome bonus remixes! But more importantly, Poor Aim: Love Songs features one of my favourite Blow songs. In "Hey Boy", Khaela sings humorously about her theory on why a boy didn’t call her. Khaela explores the possibilities in some brilliantly memorable lines: "A. You're gay; B. You've got a girlfriend; C. You kind of thought I came on too strong or D. I just wasn't your thing: no ring!" …oh, this song is priceless! Also, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of last year’s genre-bending masterpiece, Paper Television... I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

from Poor Aim: Love Songs EP [reissue], 2007
Hey Boy [super-wicked-cool song]
Knowing The Things That I Know
We Are Over Here (Lucky Dragons Remix)

from Paper Television, 2006
The Big U [wicked-cool song]
Pardon Me [wicked-cool song]
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The Blow: Poor Aim Love Songs EPbuy Poor Aim: Love Songs EP [reissue] here

The Blow: Paper Televisionbuy Paper Television here

Sunday, August 26, 2007

the seasons have changed from the present to past

Feist will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow (August 27th), don't miss it!

ben lee sings against me!

I was on yesterday and saw an album cover under reviews that looked awfully like the new Against Me! record, New Wave. I closely examined it and to my shocking surprise, the caption said: Ben Lee Sings Against Me! New Wave. Yes, it’s true, Ben Lee covered the entire Against Me! record. Here’s Lee’s blog entry on why he did the cover:

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded the new "Against Me!" album "New Wave". I didnt really know too much about this band but had been reading lots of good things about it, and my friend Tegan sings on it. I like to keep myself up to date with whats going on musically in the world, so I checked it out. I fell in love with the album. Really. Like, couldn't stop listening to it. As heavy and gnarly as it sounds at times, it is unmistakably a pop masterpiece. Listening to it on the way to Australia, I wondered to myself how these songs would sound acoustically.

A couple of days later I was on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne and had the thought "I'd love to cover this album." The whole thing. Beginning to end. So I did.

Anyway, here are the results. If you already know the original album, I hope these recordings shed a different light on it. If you don't know "Against Me!" and like what you hear, go check them out.

Nic Johns is the unspoken hero of this tale. He recorded, produced and mixed it and basically made my dream a reality. Hats off to him.

Hope you guys dig it.



You can download the entire cover album by Ben Lee here!!!

Against Me!: New Wavebuy New Wave (Against Me!) here

Saturday, August 25, 2007

scout niblett on the road again

Scout Niblett is returning to North America this fall. I saw her opened for St. Vincent about a month ago and her voice was powerfully gorgeous live! She will also be releasing a brand new record entitled This Fool Can Die Now on October 9th in the US and October 15th in Europe.

Tue 09 Oct 2007 @ Holocene in Portland OR
Wed 10 Oct 2007 @ Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco CA
Fri 12 Oct 2007 @ Pehr Space in Los Angeles CA
Sat 13 Oct 2007 @ Plush in Tucson AZ
Sun 14 Oct 2007 @ Modified Arts in Phoenix AZ
Tue 16 Oct 2007 @ Hi Dive in Denver CO
Wed 17 Oct 2007 @ Record Bar in Kansas City MO
Thu 18 Oct 2007 @ Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines IA
Fri 19 Oct 2007 @ The Waiting Room in Omaha NE
Sat 20 Oct 2007 @ Empty Bottle in Chicago IL
Sun 21 Oct 2007 @ Division Arts in Grand Rapids MI
Tue 23 Oct 2007 @ Silver Dollar in Toronto ON
Wed 24 Oct 2007 @ Le Divan Orange in Montréal QC

Pompoms [wicked-cool song]
Fuck Treasure Island [wicked-cool song]
Safety Pants [wicked-cool song]
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Scout Niblett: Kidnapped By Neptunebuy Kidnapped By Neptune here

met a girl on a plane to canada, drinking wine, watching maid in manhattan

It is a crime that I have forgotten to review Good Shoes’s Think Before You Speak on this blog. It is pretty strange that I forgot to recommend Think Before You Speak since one: it is one of my top three albums of the year; and two: I have virtually told every one I know to listen to it! Think Before You Speak is a powerhouse pop record. With most songs under three and a half minutes long, the record is jam-packed with fast, catchy, and absolutely witty songs! There are endless highlights as well; in fact, every track on Think Before You Speak has the potential to become a massive hit single! About four minutes into the album lays the greatest song of the year! "Morden", the most serious and honest song of the record is the band’s commentary on their hometown Morden, located in south-west London. The next track, "All In My Head" is the song that introduced me to Good Shoes... it is probably one of the catchiest songs I have ever heard... why is this song not big!?!? Come on people, "All In My Head" has the power to create world peace! Sure, a few songs on Think Before You Speak are slightly cheesy, but as I have mentioned like a thousand times already, they are catchy as hell, and that's all that matter. Think Before You Speak is a must-have for every music lover out there because once in a while, everyone needs to let loose and just enjoy a fun pop record!

Morden [super-wicked-cool song] this is pretty much the best song of the year!!!
All In My Head [super-wicked-cool song]
Blue Eyes [wicked-cool song]
Sophia [wicked-cool song]
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Good Shoes: Think Before You Speakbuy Think Before You Speak here

Friday, August 24, 2007

when the wind would blow with rain and snow

Watch Beirut's brand new video for "Postcards from Italy" below:

oh, ontario... oh, jennifer jason leigh!

On September 25, The Weakerthans will finally release their follow-up to Reconstruction Site. Given that Reconstruction Site is one of my favourite records in the past ten years, I was very nervous to hear the new record even though I have been looking forward to Reunion Tour for a long time. In the end, I am far from being disappointed with the band’s new record as it is everything I was hoping for. Like most work by The Weakerthans, Reunion Tour is another tour de force in the lyrics department. The album begins brilliantly through the perspective of a bus driver. In "Civil Twilight", a bus driver is passionately recollecting his memories of a former commuter. Reunion Tour is full of genuine emotions: "Sun in an Empty Room" provides a saddening tone as it tells the parting of two roommates; and "Utilities" is narrated by a self-conscious individual who wishes that he/she is more useful. Lighthearted songs such as "Tournament of Hearts" and "Elegy for Gump Worsley" further enhance Reunion Tour. The former uses curling lingoes as metaphors to a relationship while the latter is a tribute song to Lorne John "Gump" Worsley, an ex-NHL goalie. It has been four very long years since The Weakerthans released their 2003 masterpiece; although I still think the absent was ridiculously long, I am very impressed and tremendously satisfied with Reunion Tour.

Civil Twilight [wicked-cool song]
Elegy for Gump Worsley [wicked-cool song]
Sun in an Empty Room
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The Weakerthans: Reunion TourReunion Tour comes out on September 25, you can pre-order it here

Thursday, August 23, 2007

bat for lashes us/canada tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bat For Lashes will be touring the USA and Canada in September and October... I am beyond excited... Natasha is FINALLY coming to Toronto!!!!!!!!

September 23rd: Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia PA
September 24th: Great Scott - Boston MA
September 25th: Bowery Ballroom - New York NY
September 28th: El Macambo - Toronto ON
Septmber 29th: Petit Campus - Montreal QC
October 1st: The Basement - Columbus OH
October 2nd: Empty Bottle - Chicago IL
October 3rd: Varsity Theatre - Minneapolis MN
October 5th: Larimer Lounge - Denver CO
October 9th: Troubadour - Los Angeles CA
October 11th: Slim's - San Francisco CA
October 13th: Plaza Club - Vancouver BC
October 14th: Crocodile Cafe - Seattle WA
October 15th: Doug Fir Lounge - Portland OR

Le Pettit Chevalier/Trophy (Demo) [wicked-cool song]
I'm On Fire (Live) [wicked-cool song]
Sarah Reworked (Live in NY) [wicked-cool song]

What's A Girl To Do [super-wicked-cool song]
The Wizard [wicked-cool song]
Bat's Mouth [wicked-cool song]
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Bat For Lashes: Fur And Goldbuy Fur And Gold here

blow out that cherry bomb for me

Shortly after I bought the new Spoon album on vinyl, I was very disappointed to find that the first pressing/limited edition of the Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga CD comes with a bonus disc entitled Get Nice!. I really wanted to hear this bonus disc but I had no intention of buying the album again. Luckily, since we live in a time where everything can be found on the internet, I was able to get my hands on Get Nice! without buying Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga again. The bonus CD contains twelve instrumental and demo songs which for the most part, sounds like something taken out of various jamming sections. Get Nice! is definitely a very interesting bonus and I enjoy it tremendously; however, unless you are a big Spoon fan, there is really no need to go out of your way to get the first pressing of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

I Got Mine
I Summon You (Cool) (alternate version)
Mean Mad Margaret
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (alternate version) [wicked-cool song]
Dracula's Cigarette [wicked-cool song]

Deep Clean (iTunes Bonus Track)
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Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Gabuy Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga here

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

out this week

The New Pornographers: Challengers
One of the finest pop records of 2007.

Myriad Harbour
Adventures In Solitude

buy Challengers here

Caribou: Andora
Daniel Snaith is back with his signature lo-fi electronic sound.


buy Andora here

M.I.A.: Kala
Kala is nearly flawless... it contains "Paper Planes", which is one of the best songs of the year so far!

Bird Flu [wicked-cool song]
XR2 [wicked-cool song]
Paper Planes [super-wicked-cool song]

buy Kala here

Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This
An utterly catchy and entertaining album; Architecture In Helsinki has the ability to create some top-quality, catchy-as-hell tracks.

Debbie [wicked-cool song]
Nothing's Wrong

buy Places Like This here

Aiden: Conviction

Son Of Lies

buy Conviction here

Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
Another solid indie rock record by Minus the Bear.

Dr. L'Ling [wicked-cool song]

buy Planet of Ice here

Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight

The Moneymaker [wicked-cool song]

buy Under the Blacklight here

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classic song of the moment: i like fidel castro and his beard

I felt awfully sick on Friday night... and as many of you know, Bob Dylan is my cure for sickness. I listened to Dylan for hours that particular night, with songs like "Motorpsycho Nitemare", and of course "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" on repeat!

Motorpsycho Nitemare from Another Side Of Bob Dylan, 1964 [super-wicked-cool song]
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again from Blonde On Blonde, 1966 [super-wicked-cool song]
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

what's the weight of the world worth to your side

The New Pornographers’ Challengers is without a doubt, one of the finest pop records of the year. The majority of the band’s forth studio full-length projects a pleasant and uplifting energy. Like Britt Daniel, Carl Newman has a gifted ability to create captivating fun pop hits. I can totally picture songs such as "Challengers", "All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth", and "Entering White Cecilia", being used in future low-key indie films along the line of Thumbsucker and Rocket Science.

All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth [wicked-cool song]
Mutiny, I Promise You
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The New Pornographers: ChallengersChallengers comes out on August 21 (in two days!), you can pre-order it here

Friday, August 17, 2007

oh my name it is nothin', my age it means less

I am a pretty big Bob Dylan fan, and like many, I am anxiously excited for I'm Not There. I was looking at details/info on the film and I came across a clip starring Cate Blanchett.

you leave behind a trail of destruction

When I was shopping for music in Japan a few months ago, I was given this flyer/buyers’ guide in HMV that suggested people to buy an album called Raise The Alarm by The Sunshine Underground if they are into Klaxons. Naturally, I went to check out the suggested band’s MySpace to find that they sounded nothing like Klaxons! I was very disappointed and eventually forgot about the band... until about a week ago. For whatever reason, the band’s name popped into my head and I wanted to hear them. This time, I actually listened to the entire album and enjoyed it. Instead of comparing Raise The Alarm to Klaxons, the flyer should have compared the album to The Rapture. A fair portion of Raise The Alarm has very similar musical structures as The Rapture; in particular, the drumming rhythms as well as the vocal deliveries. On the other hand, there is the odd song like "Borders", which sounds like something by The Twilight Sad. In short, Raise The Alarm is entertaining, The Sunshine Underground sounds nothing like Klaxons, and no one should ever trust the recommendations from HMV flyers from Japan!

Put In Your Place
Dead Scene
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buy Raise The Alarm here

Thursday, August 16, 2007

bet you think you had to but it doesn't feel right

Everyone is talking about the new Spoon video for the song, "Don't You Evah". The video is quite entertaining... Spoon, little yellow robot, and Japan!... it’s the perfect threesome!

Don't You Evah [wicked-cool song]
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buy Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga here

featured artist: John Lee Birds

(WTF, I haven’t done a ‘featured artist’ post for more than a year!) Everyone should check out John Lee Birds’ work; especially his paintings from the recent exhibition, Before Encore Part 2. The collection includes some really wonderful iconic portraits, there’s even one of Patty Wolf!!!

Go here to visit John Lee Birds' website

watch the martyrs when they face the ghosts

A Wilhelm Scream have just announced three new shows, including two shows in Ontario! Their highly highly anticipated new album, Career Suicide, is scheduled for release on October 9, 2007 via Nitro!

Aug 29th – Fullerton, CA @ The Alley
Sept 7th – Toronto, On @ Mod Club
Sept 8th – London, ON @ Call The Office

Killing It [wicked-cool song]
Me Vs. Morrissey In The Pretentious Contest [wicked-cool song]
The Kids Can Eat A Bag Of Dick [wicked-cool song]
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buy Ruiner here

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

altered realities

Altered Realities by Erdem Helvacıoğlu is like a soundtrack out of a very stylized suspense film. Erdem Helvacıoğlu’s arrangements of time and space interplay perfectly with one another to create tensions throughout the album. Perhaps one of my favourite elements of Altered Realities is the importance of the acoustic guitar. In quite a few occasions, the acoustic guitar creates simple harmony to juxtapose the chaotic electronic sounds. For instance, on "Shadow My Dovetail", the continuous acoustic guitar note acts as a peaceful aid to the strange and interrupting electronic effects. In short, Altered Realities exhibits a superior blend between several styles: not only does it explore with ambient and electronic sounds like The Album Leaf’s One Day I'll Be On Time, but it also echoes the experimental atmosphere of The Drift by Scott Walker.

Bridge to Horizon
Shadow My Dovetail [wicked-cool song]
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buy Altered Realities here