Archive for July, 2009

The Dodos – Time To Die

The Dodos

Yeah, this album leaked a while ago and you’ll probably be able to find it elsewhere but I think it’s a good record and MY BLOG = MY RULES. You may be familiar with The Dodos from their previous record Visiter which through a pretty good Pitchfork review brought them a good deal of attention. Time To Die is in my opinion equally as good and despite lacking some of the energy of previous works sees the band hone their songwriting to perfection, resulting in some really sweet tracks. There’s something almost Beatles-esque about the dreamy melodies present on this album whilst their is also a percussive side reminiscent of the band’s contemporaries such as Grizzly Bear. With a cult following already cemented I can see this being the record that really starts to see them increase their fan base.

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Lovvers – EP

Lovvers

You may remember me posting this band’s EP entitled ‘Think’ a month or so ago, it was pretty sweet right? This was the bands first release and showcases a much rawer and abrasive sound compared to the later releases. I really like this band because of the frenetic quality of their recordings which is shown very prominently on the four tracks on this release. It might hurt yr ears, be careful.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

So, I was walking home today from meeting my friend and these guys came on shuffle on my iPod. I’ve been aware of this band for a number of years, yet never really got into them that much until today, where I listened to both albums as I walked home and realised that they are both pretty damn good. Broom was released in 2005 and is a really cool record of melodic indie rock that although quite twee never veers into the pretentious. I’m kind of quite shocked how this band are still quite unknown because songs like ‘Oregon Girl’ are the types of tracks I could imagine becoming very popular. Oh well, maybe they’ll just stay a secret.

Silver Jews – American Water

American Water

I love Pavement a whole bunch, so it kind of makes sense that I also really like Silver Jews. The band were formed in 1989 by David Berman and featured Stephen Malkmus on a number of albums, including this one. Despite creating solidly brilliant albums throughout their career (they split up earlier this year), American Water is by far my favourite and is perfect for the summer months when the sky is blue and you haven’t got a care in the world. As you would expect from a Pavement related artist, the melodies are consistently breathtaking and the laid back vocals give the record and relaxed feel. Oh yeah, Pitchfork also gave it a 9.9 (!) which although should not be any kind of recommendation probably is.

Favourite live performances?

So, it’s a Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoons were pretty much created for doing very little so what better to do than compile a list of my favourite live videos from YouTube and post them on my blog? I could go on for a while but to stop things getting boring for everyone i’ve picked 5 of my favourite live videos. If you’ve got any you’d like to share then feel free to leave me a comment.

Radiohead – Lucky. Glastonbury Festival, 1997

I could probably fill this post exclusively with Radiohead videos, but i’m just choosing one. If you’re a fan of Radiohead then you’re probably familiar with their legendary headlining set at Glastonbury Festival over 12 years ago. What makes it even more impressive is that the band have recalled countless times about the massive technical problems they faced due to the relentless rain over the weekend which resulted in their onstage monitors failing. At around the 2:30 mark you can hear Johnny hit a totally bum note, which i’m almost certain must have been due to the fact that he was unable to hear himself playing.This video is literally the sound of a band staring failure in the face, live on stage infront of 70,000 people and somehow managing to triumph before going on to play a set that has gone down in history. Magical…

 

Battles – Atlas. Later…With Jools Holland, 2007

It’s pretty clear from listening to Mirrored that Battles are pretty innovative as well as technically gifted musicians but it’s only on seeing a live performance of them that you can really begin to appreciate their brilliance. This live video of Atlas shows a band at the peak of their game with each member seemingly having a telepathic understanding of the nuances of the music that they are playing, reacting and adapting to each fluctation and note. Watch the video as a whole and each member seems be in their own little bubble yet somehow fitting perfectly into place to create this performance. Nice fingertapping, too.

 

At The Drive-in – Arcarsenal. Big Day Out, Sydney, Australia, 2001

I’ve always considered At The Drive-in as a big hairy timebomb that sounds like it could literally explode at any second and this video shows why. The ferocity and energy in this performance is something else and the fact that that Omar can shred whilst doing some crazy splits dance makes it even more impressive. The band famously left the stage halfway through this set to complain about the excessive slamdancing from the crowd which I think is pretty cool. Aggressive dancing never fails to piss me off at gigs.

 

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit. Top Of The Pops, 1991.

Anyone who has ever accused Nirvana of selling out should watch this video for proof that they definitely did not. For whatever reason the show’s producers didn’t want the band to play live, only allowing live vocals on the night. In protest the band went about making a total mockery of the performance… Krist plays bass behind his head for much of the song, Kurt sings in a creepy baritone and changes the open line to “Load up on drugs and kill your friends”, take that primetime tv! At a time when record labels tried to flog Nirvana to the masses it good to see that the band were having none of it. If you want an example of ‘sticking it to the man’ then you could do a lot worse than to check this out.

 

Final Fantasy – This Modern Love. Toronto, 2006.

Hands down the most intricately beautiful piece of music I think i’ve ever heard. Owen Pallet turns This Modern Love into a lush arrangement of looped violins which compliment his fragile voice perfectly. I’m seeing him in a couple of weeks and I can only hope that he plays this, because this version is absolutely incredible.


TNDRNSS – Demos

TNDRNSS

Before Nathan Williams was in Wavves and got famous by taking drugs and having “meltdowns” he made music under the moniker of TNDRNSS (Tenderness without the vowels). If you’re familiar with Fantastic Magic which Nathan was also in then you’ll be familiar with the sound; Beach Boys inspired garage pop with drawled vocals that characterise much of the two Wavves records. A glance at the Last.fm page seems to indicate that these demos might have been tagged as unreleased Wavves tracks, which they are not, just to clarify. I was kind of expecting these to be a bit rubbish when I first got hold of them but it turns out that they are actually surprisingly good and easily rival some of the stuff on the two Wavves records.

Johnny Foreigner – Feels Like Summer EP

Feels Like Summer

When one of your favourite bands releases a comeback single that is totally awesome then it’s pretty cool. When they release it for free it’s even cooler. That’s just what Johnny Foreigner have done by unleashing this 2 minute blitz of shouty awesomeness on yr ass. Feels Like Summer is quite possibly the most immediate track the band have written and serves as an exciting little taster for the next record, tentatively entitled Grace & The Bigger Picture. Click the artwork and you’ll be taken to a site where you can download the EP which also includes rerecorded versions of Wow. Just Wow and Camp Kelly Calm which are also pretty sick for free, which is quite a good deal if you think about it. I’ve read interviews where the band have stated that they’ll be “financially ruined” if the new record leaks, this is one blog at least where it will not be hosted.


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