31 August 2010

From the deep recesses of my notebook...

Year's Best, so far...
(in order)

1). Magic Lantern - Platoon
2). LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
3). Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
4). Sleigh Bells - Treats
5). Woods - At Echo Lake
6). Harlem - Hippies
7). Black Tusk - Taste the Sin
8). Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
9). Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
10). Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
11). Beach House - Teen Dream

might be missing a few due to variety of reasons. not as definitive as a end of the year list. will probably be revised in december.


Pitchfork has this video off-shoot thing, and over the last couple of months they have been doing this segment called "Tunnelvision" where various videographers film shows and then try to replicate the feelings and atmospheres associated with going to a show. The latest one captured my attention this morning. It was done by the San Francisco outfit Yours Truly, and it depicts the Woodsist Festival that went down back in June at Big Sur's Henry Miller Library. There are clips of Kurt Vile, Woods, and Real Estate performing, and there's also some talk from G Lucas Crane. Pretty pleasant shit for a Tuesday.


30 August 2010

Arcade Fire - "We Used to Wait"

The Arcade Fire have collaborated with Chris Milk to make a moving picture show for the song "We Used to Wait" off the damn solid The Suburbs record. It's more than a music video. It's several windows of pictures that are somehow synced up with Google Earth, and when you start you enter in your childhood address. You can't watch it on Firefox, and it's designed for Google Chrome. Although, I have Safari and it worked for me. It's pretty wild, and you can see for yourself here.

(via p4k via stereogum)

19 August 2010

Warpaint, Javelin, Beach Fossils @ the Ottobar, Baltimore, MD, 8/17/10

Apparently, a Tuesday night show in the summer isn't a very hard sell. Especially, when there are three bands in the house wrapping up a month long tour. It wasn't so much of a concert or show, as it was more like a showcase for independent alternative music. In an almost filled space, there were only three other beards but there were plenty of heads ready to get down, or at least stand there with arms crossed. There was a strange fellow with a backpack on bouncing off the walls, but he was later removed from the premises after climbing atop another's back.
At times, it made more sense to hang by the bar but it was understood that a floor presence for the headliner was necessary. The others weren't sure why at first, but it became apparent.
Beach Fossils release albums for Captured Tracks, and are from Brooklyn. They seem to come from the same school of sound theory as Real Estate, but they have a stand up drummer and guitarists who twirl. They also don't sing about suburban New Jersey, which is a shame. However, the music was pleasant enough so no real complaints.
Javelin is two guys, and one of them plays the electric drums. The music was a real delight on the ears, but the crowd was diffident about the matter and there was no movement.
It's hard not to gush when thinking about Warpaint. Four beautiful, strong, independent women who play guitar, bass, and drums, and make rad psych rock. The guitarists share singing duties, and the rhythm section is pure crack. There was absolutely nothing flimsy about this performance. Everything sounded so focused and deliberate. Predictably, the crowd was knocked back on its heels.
According to research, the band only has one EP out with a proper album slated for an October release. As a result, the set seemed short but was still undeniably gripping. Sheer awesomeness, the kind that is hard to shake the next day while at work. If this proves to be my last show in the greater Baltimore area, then it's safe to say that I did alright in my time here.
That last sentence is not a misprint. I will be moving to Philadelphia in about two weeks time. This has been in the works for awhile now, and I have the twelve posts in three months to prove it. And like always, in the supreme off-chance that someone is actually reading this and lives in the area, give me a shout and maybe we'll cross paths.

03 August 2010

New No Age Album

Out September 28th, courtesy of Sub Pop. It will be titled Everything in Between, and the tracklist is as follows.

1.) Life Prowler
2.) Glitter
3.) Fever Dreaming
4.) Depletion
5.) Common Heat
6.) Skinned
7.) Katerpillar
8.) Valley Hump Crash
9.) Sorts
10.) Dusted
11.) Positive Amputation
12.) Shed and Transcend
13.) Chem Trails

From the deep recesses of my notebook...

Pavement @ the Pitchfork Music Festival, 7/18/2010
-Cut Your Hair
-In The Mouth A Desert
-Silence Kit
-Kennel District
-Shady Lane
-Debris Slide
-Spit On A Stranger
-Range Life
-Trigger Cut
-Two States
-Gold Soundz
-Conduit For Sale!
-Stop Breathin'
-And Then (The Hexx)

Black Cobra, Howl, Struck by Lightning @ the Ottobar, Baltimore, MD, 8/1/10

Early on in the evening, there was discussion as to how many people exactly attend Sunday shows. The answer is an even forty, if you include members of the opening bands standing in attendance. Everyone was tuned in, and ready to get down. Almost everybody. There was a guy in sandals who kept trying to start a pit. He was grabbing dudes and throwing them into one another. If you're curious, he was only able to wrangle four other guys in. There was also a group of bros standing off to the left, who only seemed to be there because they knew someone from one of the early opening bands from the night. There were also some cats occupying the front right side, who were there for unknown reasons but it's at least possible that they were looking for live music.
Previous reports that Black Cobra needs a bass player turned out to be false, as they were totally heavy. Howl utilized a wildly expressive lead singer with a bad ass blue flying v, but also had a mildly distracting blonde playing a guitar. Struck by Lightning had the best tees for sale, and also had a sound that recalled a multiple vehicle chase on an expressway. Pretty rad for a Sunday night.

Arcade Fire - "Oh It's Such A Shame"

There is no mis-print in that headline. The Arcade Fire, with a new record that drops today, cover a cut off of Jay Reatard's Blood Visions. This incident is either testament to the coolness of the Arcade Fire, or it's sheer marketing brilliance since the new album's release date coincides with this video. Either way, here it is.