Wednesday, May 27, 2009

pajo: scream with me

I love associating artists/albums with the different seasons; for instance, I have always love to listen to Great Lake Swimmer and Wilco (especially Sky Blue Sky) during the summer. This summer, I am adding Pajo’s highly anticipated new record, Scream With Me to my playlist. The legendary David Pajo once again bring the most dreamy and tranquil songs to my ears. Wait, I forgot to mention, Scream With Me is a Misfits covers album!!!!!!! Here’s the breakdown of the songs: 6 our of the 9 songs are from Static Age, 2 from Walk Among Us and lastly, the amazing "Horror Business". And yes, even with lyrics such as “When do creatures rape your face”; “The omelet of disease awaits your noontime meal/her mouth of germicide seducing all your plans”; “Kennedy's shattered head hits concrete/ride Johnny ride”; and “I'll put a knife right in you/I'm warning you”, I still think that this record is unbelievably dreamy and tranquil! Seriously, Pajo’s lo-fi acoustic guitar and vocal are the most relaxing combination in music today! Scream With Me is definitely an essential record for the summer. Misfits fans should find the covers amusing and if David Pajo is new to you, make sure you check out his self-titled record, it was one of my favourite records of 2005 (and Slint's Spiderland... but that's pretty much a given for any indie rock/math rock fans.)

Horror Business [wicked-cool song]
Attitude [wicked-cool song]

visit Pajo's MySpace here
Scream With Me is only available on vinyl, you can buy it here

show me some revolution

Check out Patrick Wolf's new video for "Hard Times" below.
(video taken from Pitchfork)

This is what Patrick has to say about the video:

"For me this video is my homage to two of my biggest heroes, Elvis Presley and Klaus Nomi. I always wondered what both of those geniuses would be doing if they were both still with us. Elvis and Klaus were some of the greatest radical visionaries the world has ever seen, never forget them. This is my first music video shot outside of the United Kingdom, filmed all on Pier 52, I think, on Manhattan Island, a couple of piers down from the home of Studio 54. The outfit I am wearing was made by my long term collaborator Ada Zanditon out of bin bags from Whitechapel Market in London flown to New York in its own suitcase at great excess baggage cost. It was an absolute mind altering experience working with Ace Norton, This guy is definitely the Michel Gondry of my generation. I cant wait to collaborate with him and his amazing team in the future. Big love to all the dancers, make up artists and performance artists in the video, to Charles Manning for making the costumes for my army and to Marvin for making this all happen for me and my hard times song."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

grammatics: grammatics

To be honest, I did not make it through the entire thing the very first time I listened to Grammatics’s self-titled debut. I didn’t think highly of it, but there was this one song in particular that stood out. The brilliant track "Murderer" is the reason why I went back months later and gave Grammatics another go. I am glad that I gave this band/record another chance as it has now become one of my favourite albums of the year. This album is an excellent example of great band chemistry—the multi-textured arrangements work wonderfully with Owen Brinley’s dramatic vocal deliveries—the music and vocal interact so beautifully together! Grammatics’s S/T debut is flawlessly remarkable and it is the best debut record I have heard this year!

Murderer [super-wicked-cool song]
Relentless Fours [wicked-cool song]
Polar Swelling

visit Grammatics' MySpace here
buy Grammatics here

who's the boy you like the most?

Two fine records—Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest—came out today, go buy them!

can you hear the crickets playing

Watch Cocoanut Groove performs one of my favourite songs of last year, "Walking to Madeleine Street" at Telefonplan.

Monday, May 25, 2009

dd/mm/yyyy: black square

It is quite difficult to pinpoint DD/MM/YYYY’s Black Square to a single genre as the 35-minute record features a collection of diverse styles. Black Squares begins with "Bronzage" and "No Life"—two up-tempo noise punk sensations! The album takes a sudden turn by the third track as the mellow pacing of "They" provides a nice break from the two noisy openers. The band experiments with yet another style by song four; "Infinity Skull Cube" is very rhythm driven and almost math rock sounding. The next two tracks are both instrumental; yet, they sound very different from each other—"My Glasses" is a drone noise track while "Birdtown" is progressive/math rock sounding. From "Sirius" onward, Black Square feels more cohesive as the band alternates/experiments between noise punk and math rock. Black Square might be hard to digest at first because of its disjointed style; but do not be afraid, it is one of those albums that gets better with each listen. The disjointedness makes sense after a while and it is also what makes Black Square a fine record.

Real Eyes

visit DD/MM/YYYY's MySpace here
buy Black Square here

some people pay for thrills but I get mine for free

Dizzee Rascal's brand new single, "Bonkers" charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart!

buy the single here

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

an ending fitting for the start

Amazing—The Libertines (minus John Hassel) reformed and played together last Friday in London for the first time since 2004... NME was there to catch all of it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

counting all different ideas drifting away

Head over to Dazed Digital for an exclusive interview with Christian Mazzalai and Deck D’Arcy of Phoenix + watch the awesome video for "1901"!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

the horrors: primary colours

The Stooges/garage-punk sound of Strange House is gone from The Horrors’ follow-up; in fact, their style changed so dramatically that I thought I was listening to a different band the first time I heard Primary Colours. Leaving the early 70s, The Horrors traveled to the late 70s/mid-80s and learned from bands like Suicide, Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The result is truly astonishing; they have once again successfully taken the best elements from a popular classic genre and reinvented it to create an absolutely brilliant record! I would go as far as to say that Primary Colours is the best record of 2009 so far! I can go on and on about this album and do a track-by-track thing like I did for The Thermals’ Now We Can See; but you probably don’t want to read an essay on Primary Colours and frankly, I am too lazy to write a long review! Nevertheless, I will tell you that my favourite tracks are "Who Can Say", "I Can’t Control Myself", Primary Colours and of course, the 8-minute epic Sea Within A Sea! Oh, and did I mention, Primary Colours is the best record of 2009!

Who Can Say [wicked-cool song]
Primary Colours [super-wicked-cool song]
Sea Within A Sea [super-wicked-cool song]

visit The Horror's MySpace here
buy Primary Colours here

Friday, May 08, 2009

his synthesizer sails galactic landscapes

Looks like Patrick Wolf will be in Toronto on June 17th at the Mod Club with Jaguar Love! Kind of weird that Jaguar Love is opening... but that's fine with me since I am a fan of them/The Blood Brothers (R.I.P.). Oh, and I think this event is part of NXNE.

Here are the rest of Patrick's North American tour dates (via NME):
Seattle, WA El Corazon (June 5)
Vancouver, BC Richard’s on Richards (6)
San Francisco, CA Slim’s (8)
West Hollywood, CA The Roxy (9)
Denver, CO Oriental Theater (12)
Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café (14)
Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge (15)
Toronto, ON Mod Club (17)
Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall (19)
Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar (20)
Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs (21)
New York, NY Highline Ballroom (23)
Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel (24)
Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle (26)
Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta (27)
Dallas, TX Granada Theatre (30)
Austin, TX Antone’s Nightclub (July 1)

Monday, May 04, 2009

old abram brown: alive in winter

I am not sure how I came across Old Abram Brown, but after hearing their debut, Alive in Winter for the first time, I knew that the band’s pretty special. Old Abram Brown borrows plenty of elements from Cold War Kids. Alive in Winter features that similar country-blues/folk sound as well as the wonderful soulful rhythms and melodies... the crashing piano and recurring horn throughout the record is absolutely fantastic! On the other hand, they tend to experiment more with the rhythms and the structures in their music; the last track, "Muddy Bricks" reminds me of "Popplagið" by Sigur Rós. Old Abram Brown's debut is a really fascinating record; and it is quite gorgeous sounding as well. Although the title is Alive in Winter, it feels more like a summer album to me; it is such a 'sit in your front porch and read a book' chill out album!

Will Our Garden Grow [wicked-cool song]
Ten Pounds [wicked-cool song]
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visit Old Abram Brown's MySpace here
buy Alive in Winter here

Friday, May 01, 2009