29 October 2010

La Sera - "Never Come Around"

This has been known for some time now, but La Sera is the solo project of Katy Goodman from the Vivian Girls and of All Saints Day. (Writer's Note: One of my all-time favorite holiday celebration memories was two summers ago, being in Brooklyn on the Fourth of July, drinking PBR out of a paper bag, waiting for Thee Oh Sees, smoking cigs and watching the fireworks go off in the streets and behind buildings while the Vivian Girls played. I figured I would share, since this is a holiday weekend.)
Anyway, the lead single is called "Never Come Around" and the 7" comes out November 16th on Hardly Art. The B side will be "Behind Your Eyes", and a proper long player will be out in 2011. Video below. Warning: This tune is kinda gorgeous, and it is the understanding of this writer that the whole record could follow suit in waves of awe.

(information via gvsb, vid via p4k)

26 October 2010

One Minute and Forty Two Seconds of New Daft Punk

Tron is a movie I've never seen, but it had Jeff Bridges in it so maybe the fault lies on my end. In keeping with the contemporary trend of remaking old things into reboots and/or sequels, and then putting them in 3D, Tron: Legacy will arrive in theaters on December 17. It looks cool, and that fact is only amplified by Daft Punk's participation. While they probably only have a cameo or two in the actual film; They're also doing the soundtrack. The entire thing. They are scoring the whole picture, and again this is a movie about robots and computers and things of that ilk. And, Daft Punk, mastermind DJs with rad robot garb and sweet pyramid, are responsible for all the music in it. This had been spinning in rumor mills for a million internet years, but now it's actually happening.

(via p4K via NME)

25 October 2010

New Girls EP

True Panther announced today that in less than one months time, 2009 darlings, veritable rock and roll band, and San Francisco's own Girls will be releasing a new six track EP. According to internet reports, it will clock in at 30 minutes and feature such tracks as "Carolina" and the now available for download "Heartbreaker". Christopher Owens wrote a letter detailing it on the True Panther blog, but my vision is poor and as a result was unable to decipher the handwriting. Anyway, it will be called Broken Dreams Club and can be pre-ordered here. An mp3 for "Heartbreaker" can be had here, and at top is the album art.

19 October 2010

Pen and Paper, Late at night...

(Editor's Note: The writer and the speaker are not the same. The writer writes it down, but it is the speaker who says it.)

Children dream of becoming astronauts, and teenagers yearn to be either heroin addicts or sex fiends. Adults have nightmares. Fiendishly wild picture shows that depict landscapes too real to swallow. The curtains never close on these shows, and the audience is bound to their seats; Not by whips, chains, and locks but rather by disillusionment, feeble optimism, and a lack of strength both mental and physical. In a general sense, people will always do the wrong thing. They eat what they're not supposed, drink at inappropriate hours, and masturbate in public.
Now, this isn't to say that I'm judge, jury, and executioner but the blindest old bat can tell you things are off. I exist in the space between your fears and your undying lust. I'm watching you like a fucking vulture. My vigil will never end, similar to my cigarette supply, and as humanity continues to veer off its proper course I will always have something to write about.
Pretty girls are nice, but they don't make up for the fact that I was robbed twice in the last week. These events have forced me to pursue the strange. There's no ill will towards the Chinaman who stole my dinner, but that meth head deserves to be hit by a bus. However, that may be too gracious. The proper punishment for that piece of slime* is still undecided. The city is your ex-girlfriend. It's not so bad on paper, but it's a bitch and a half up close.*(Editor's Note: Several words and phrases in this paragraph were changed because the writer's original choice of words was deemed too vulgar. If the public demands the unedited text then it can be made available.)
Have you ever seen a hurricane? Raging water, overturning planks of wood and swallowing humanity. It's happened before, and it's about to hit inland. I am bruised, bloodied, and beaten on the inside and an escape looms, but my work isn't done here. I patronize the coffee shacks and juke joints, and don't ride the subway enough. My aim is true, but I get my kicks from chaos. The foundation is shaky, and the structure needs to fall.

Warpaint - "Undertow"

off of The Fool, out October 25 via Rough Trade

18 October 2010

The Fresh & Onlys - "Waterfall"

off of the new joint, Play It Strange, which came out last week.

05 October 2010

The Vaselines @ First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA, 10/3/10

This is probably all rehash, but The Vaselines were a band from Scotland who released two EPs and one proper album before dissolving sometime before 1990. Conceivably, obscurity would have followed but Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee had the distinction of being Kurt Cobain's "most favorite songwriters in the whole world". Vaselines tracks, "Molly's Lips" and "Son Of A Gun", were covered on Nirvana's Incesticide, and on the much heralded Unplugged record "Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam" became a part of everyone's memory. A couple weeks back, the Vaselines dropped their second album twenty two years after the debut joint.
Jeffrey Lewis and his band were the openers, and it was totally delightful and warmly bizarre. There were songs about the fall of the Soviet Union and the French Revolution. Both tracks had accompanying films animated by Lewis himself. He had comic books for sale at the merch table, which is by far the raddest thing ever to grace a merch table.
Predictably, the Vaselines were awesome. They raged whole-heartedly through a set that was equal parts old cuts as well as material off of Sex With an X. Throw in some top shelf stage banter, and the fact that this was the most perfect sounding fuzzed out garage pop ever and honestly that was the show. It's hard to describe the crowd these days, as they all look new to this writer these days, which is unfortunate since they're not new it's just the landscape is different. Anyway, the heads there seemed to be into it as there was head-nodding and bobbing going on. Spirits were high, and there was no booze served on the premises.