28 May 2010

New Arcade Fire Album

Arrives August 3. It can be pre-ordered from here and heard here. (via GvsB)

27 May 2010

New Wavves Album

Wavves is calling his new record King of the Beach, and it will arrive sometime in August on Fat Possum/Bella Union. I realize that Wavves conjures up a variety of emotions and feelings, both good and bad, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, obviously, but this is happening one way or the other. Here's the tracklist.

King of the Beach
1) King of the Beach
2) Super Soaker
3) Idiot
4) When Will You Come?
5) Post Acid
6) Take on the World
7) Baseball Cards
8) Convertible Balloon
9) Green Eyes
10) Mickey Mouse
11) Linus Spacehead
12) Baby Say Goodbye

(I saw this on Gorilla Vs Bear first, but then I went to work and didn't get to it 'til now. Then I saw the tracklisting on Pitchfork. As far as citations go, I would credit GvsB for the information since I would have posted this with or without a tracklisting. I'm grateful for the P4K scoop, but that's not where the bulk of the story comes from. With that being said, the content of this article came from GorillaVsBear)

Big Boi : "Shutterbugg"

The first ever Big Boi solo record is set to be released on July 6. It will be called Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. One of the tracks on it is titled "Shutterbugg". The video for that song is below. Big Boi will be appearing at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18.

25 May 2010


Listening to:

(get them both from here)

Reading this:
Getting ready for this:

24 May 2010

Music Video Reviews

Male Bonding - "Year's Not Long"
Male Bonding are a band from across the pond, who have been mentioned in this space before. They're signed to Sub Pop, and are potentially catchy. "Year's Not Long" is the song that has essentially been spearheading the hype, and in the video for the track the bros engage in a variety of athletic endeavors. They start out playing football, which must be a blatant attempt to appeal to American consumers since it's quite apparent that these guys are from England. Anyway, in the video it's all cheeky fun anyway so it works for these purposes. They also try pumping iron on the beach, and there's some basketball after that. It's all build-up for the arm wrestling match set to go down at that night's party. Both challengers approach the table, and take their seats. They clasp hands, and then they start making out. Then other dudes start making out with another, and it's at that point in the song where it's time for the big finale. Faster drumming, frantic guitar, and echo-y vocals. Cool song.

Zola Jesus - "Night"
As far as the video is concerned, she jumps through a dark mirror and is in an unfamiliar place. There are different versions of her all over the place, different characters. The song is rad in a Bat for Lashes kind of way. This writer would be lying if he didn't point out that these two artist sound somewhat similar to one another. It's not a bad thing, it's just something I had in my notes. This is much darker, and yet no less enthralling. More of this needs to be heard.

Tame Impala - "Solitude Is Bliss"
Dig the song. Dug the video.

Field Music - "Let's Write A Book"
I picked this one because I liked the title. The video reminded me of many things, none of which have anything to do with music or writing books. This was as scatterbrained as the shit my mind conjures up in the midnight hours. I would probably listen to this album in the daytime, though.

Best Coast - "When I'm With You"
This one may have an advertisement before it, which might mean that it was aimed at the masses. Like the MTV crowd. Possibly. This song is still fuzzed out loveliness, and bonus giggle points go out to the fact that the dude is dressed like Mcdonalds but scenes are filmed in front of In-N-Out Burger, and then there's the whole business at the end where the dude keeps hanging her exactly it is that she needs given the situation. If this song became the most popular song on the planet, I would be ok with that except that it would create an insane amount of pressure for duplication and to apply those sorts of standards to anyone really isn't cool.

The Morning Benders - "Promises"
In this video, younguns are acting like grown-ups. Actually, they take it a step further and are in the business of robbing banks. They also drink liquor, and smoke cigarettes. Unfortunately, it's not all good times and eventually there is bloodshed. Judging by this song, this album is probably pretty good.

Ducktails - "Pizza Time"
Instrumental jam, replete with rad black and white animation footage. We could probably talk about this band every day.

Monster Movie - "Bored Beyond Oblivion"
The band is called Monster Movie, and the name of their record label is Graveface. With that knowledge in hand, how could this video not be viewed? This was cool, but for actual analysis the whole album would need to be listened to thoroughly. However, the following makes it seem promising. From the band's Myspace page, "We work in an office - we hate it. We try to listen to modern music- we hate it. So, we try to make the music we want to hear. We hate that too but decide to call ourselves Monster Movie and carry on with it anyway."

Over the weekend, LCD Soundsystem performed at Terminal 5 several times. Apparently, at the end of each show he ended with what follows. A melding of his "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" with "Empire State of Mind". LCD Soundsystem will be performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July, as well as at Bonnaroo in June and next week's Sasquatch. New album entitled This Is Happening, out now.
( all via P4K)

19 May 2010

Atlas Sound

When Logos first came out, this was the song that knocked my socks off. Now, it's warm out and I'm barefoot. I still dig this song.
(via P4K)

Isis Is No More

The seminal metal band Isis appear to have broken up, based on a message that was posted on their blog sometime Tuesday night. "This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say." (via)
The group is definitely ending, but it's not quite over yet. There's a month long tour ahead with guests such as Melvins, Tombs, and some others. They're playing Bonnaroo, and there are some west coast dates as well as stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Montreal.
Additionally, the final blog post also stated that when the tour ends the band will be "pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever [they] can to make [their] music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it."
(all information via Pitchfork via Isis' Blog)

18 May 2010

I bought this on Amazon for less than a pack of cigarettes

No Age - Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat 2007)
The building on the album cover for No Age's Weirdo Rippers is The Smell, an art space in Los Angeles. It doesn't always say "NO AGE Weirdo Rippers"on the marquee, but it is in fact a real place. Half a million blog years ago in 2006, No Age played their very first show at The Smell. Dean and Randy had been in another band called Wives, but it dissolved. The No Age live show experience began to catch on via word of mouth, and eventually there were noticeable amounts of hype in the clouds that followed the band.
In March of 2007, the duo recorded five different EPs and released them on five different labels. Those tracks were collected and assembled into the album Weirdo Rippers. And technically, the group's first show as a band was when they played at an art gallery for a show that was being curated by a friend. There's art in a lot of what these guys do. Presumably, they know artists and hang out with them. They obviously know people who are in bands. According to the internets, for a point in time The Smell possessed a mighty roster of dope bands. They played together and collaborated and did several other things of that ilk. With that knowledge in hand, it's not surprising that last summer's No Deachunter Tour went down with No Age as participants.
On the whole album, the guitar pulls you in. You'll learn the words eventually, and you'll certainly like the drumming. It works on so many levels. When you look at the lyrics, you soon realize no one is expecting a good time. Granted, something will happen but it probably won't be magical. It's all just whatever, but at least whatever is something. "I'm not afraid of laughter because it's all feeling" goes one of the tracks, and that's kind of the mood for the record.
It's not whiny, though. In the wrong hands, "Loosen This Job" could be a disaster but with these guys it works. Since there are only two of them, and one has to play guitar and the other drums there's never a lack of sound. "Dead Plane" is probably my most favorite of the lot of them.
It's potentially mind-bending to imagine these songs as parts of five different EPs. There are two or three songs on each, and it's probably real cool but it's only a taste. Combine them, and there are suddenly eleven tracks that stand out from mostly everything else.

Blue Hawaii - "Blooming Summer"

Spotted over at GorillaVsBear, Blue Hawaii is a duo from Montreal who make "far away music". They have just released a cassette entitled Blooming Summer on Arbutus Records. There's a town called Arbutus in my neck of the woods, but somehow I don't believe that it was the inspiration for this label.
Blooming Summer can be purchased in cassette format here if you want a physical copy, and it's also available as a free download.

14 May 2010

I bought this on Amazon for less than a pack of cigarettes

Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives (Drag City 1990)
Back in February, the first Royal Trux album was reviewed in this space. After it was posted, Gary left a comment asking why there was no mention of Stephen Malkmus in the article since we think it's a fact that SM listens to Royal Trux, and since it is definitely a fact that this is a website that enjoys everything even remotely related to Pavement and mentions them at every opportunity presented. At the time, the thought never really crossed my mind. I was more enamored with the fact that the album could possibly be unlistenable. I ended up getting sucked into that record pretty hardcore, so much so that it warranted the purchasing of the follow-up effort, Twin Infinitives. Now with this piece of music, Pavement was one of many bands that I thought of while listening. It wasn't necessarily because of the way it sounded, but rather I began to develop the feeling that the kind of people who dig on this record are the same people who are members in really rad bands (i.e. Pavement).
When I put this record on, my CD player says it has four tracks. There are actually fifteen songs, but they're clumped together. There are moments of silence in between while at other times there is extreme noise. It borders on music more often than not, and in the end turns out to be quite the ear exercise. One can't help but think that the group's heroin usage played a factor in making this album. It sounds like it was made on a tape recorder in a Brownstone somewhere with two participants who have a soaring sensation in their blood and are trying to make music. The instruments are there along with a microphone and amps, and for 63 minutes they do their thing.
To many this record probably is unlistenable, but I find it entirely too enthralling to press the stop button. The noise that comes out of my speakers is unbelievably freeing, calling to mind that edge of the cliff feeling. It's becoming my zen music. I dig it for what it is. Things are fucked up sometimes, and on those days this is the album to play. It won't really make any sense of anything, but it's an alternative. An escape.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this record, but rather I would want to play it randomly for someone so that I could see their reaction. This album is somewhat of an adventure. There are peaks and valleys, but if you stay the course then it's pretty awesome. With that being said, hearing the third album is quickly becoming necessary.

09 May 2010

Woods: "At Echo Lake"

(available via Woodsist)
At Echo Lake is the fifth album to be released under the name Woods. Released on frontman Jeremy Earl's label Woodsist, this latest offering comes damn close to duplicating the magic that is the band's live performances. Standard journalistic framing would suggest that that this review should focus on the album in the context of the artist's overall career. However, such a treatment for this kind of record seems shallow. Yeah, it's firm step in one direction or another, but why belabor the point?
Ideal times to consume this album include: instances spent outside, daytime car trips to other states, and during the morning hours of your day off.
Maybe this only occurs on my end, but part of what makes Echo Lake soar is the fact that several of these songs are already utilized in the band's live set. "Death Rattles", "Suffering Season", "Blood Dries Darker", and "I Was Gone" have all been played at least once in a live setting recently. Listeners can also look forward to "Time Fading Lines", as well as "Mornin' Time". After repeated listens, "From the Horn" and "Deep" will probably become stand out tracks for some.
Admittedly, this review has been a little rushed. This is good music, and if this were another site then it would be called Best New Music. Here, I'm just going to say that this is what I dig.
This album can be bought as an LP, CD, or cassette over at Woodsist.

07 May 2010

Ripped From the Headlines

According to the internets, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks have been working on a new record. Not only that, but while in the studio they recorded with Beck. The album won't come until next year since SM is out on tour, but however you slice it this is some pretty rad news for a Friday.
(via P4K via Matador via Fluxblog via Mojo)

04 May 2010

New Zoroaster Record

Back in the fall, I endured a series of nightmares and every morning when I awoke the only thing in my mind was the word "Zoroaster". The content of the dream sequences are kind of difficult to describe, but if I ever start doing short stories again then I have some awesome base material to mine through. The above sentences have nothing to do with this post.
Zoroaster is a three man band from Atlanta, and on July 13th they will release Matador, a new record for new label home E1 Records. There's also a tour this summer with Black Tusk and Dark Castle. Dates for the jaunt, and tracklisting for Matador below. All information via BrooklynVegan.

June 15th: The Nick, Birmingham AL
June 16th: Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
June 17th: The Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK
June 18th: The Lounge on Elm St., Dallas TX
June 19th: Emo's, Austin TX
June 21st: Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque NM
June 23rd: Ramona Mainstage, Ramona CA
June 24th: Viper Room, West Hollywood CA
June 25th: Oakland Metro, Oakland CA
June 26th: Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
June 28th: Satyricon, Portland OR
June 29th: Funhouse, Seattle WA
July 1st: Club Vegas, Salt Lake City UT
July 2nd: Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
July 3rd: Riot Room, Kansas City MO
July 4th: Turf Club, St. Paul MN
July 6th: Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
July 7th: Southgate House, Newport KY
July 8th: 31st St. Pub, Pittsburgh PA
July 9th: Webster Hall Studio, New York NY
July 10th: Khyber, Philadelphia PA

1. DNR
2. Ancient Ones
3. Odyssey
4. Trident
5. Firewater
6. Old World
7. Black Hole
8. Odyssey II
9. Matador

02 May 2010

My Morning Jacket @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 5/1/10

Last night was the official kick-off for the spring and summer concert series at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and unsurprisingly My Morning Jacket set shit off properly. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band served as the opening act, but it was painfully obvious that those in attendance were there for Jim James & Co., and the fact that the group played mostly older material instead of cuts from Evil Urges was an added treat.
On the way down, there was discussion about how My Morning Jacket has become fairly popular to the point of being mainstream and whether or not this was a good thing. As the conversation unfolded, I realized that My Morning Jacket was one of the first "indie"-ish bands that I ever listened to. After Radiohead, The Strokes, and Modest Mouse, but before the Hold Steady, of Montreal, and Ryan Adams. Basically, it was the same era as the Shins and the Flaming Lips. A term was coined for this phenomenon, "pre-Pitchfork". Forever and always in my mind, My Morning Jacket is a "pre-Pitchfork" band. I found them all on my own, and for several years salivated over the idea of seeing them live. My enthusiasm diminished in my later years, but regardless last night was kind of special.
I know that the show was good because I bought a fresh pack of cigarettes before the show started, and when the festivities ended I was out of smokes. My Morning Jacket are a rock and roll band, and when given the opportunity they put on a show. It was loud, and there were flashing lights. People in the crowd tried to dance and when they couldn't, they twirled glow sticks, and they did it all while slurping $9 cups of Jeremiah Weed. They could have played all night but there's a curfew in the Colombia area, so for the show closer, MMJ covered Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up".
Last night was everything one could hope for in terms of Merriweather concerts. Gary said that it was the best show he'd seen in a long while. I wouldn't go that far, but I can see why he would say that. Twas a splendid evening.