26 February 2011

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

Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls (In the Red, 2008)
There was a time in the past, where this writing would have never occurred. Despite an initial interest, it proved to be fleeting and it was set off to the side. However, due to a healthy dose of offerings in the form of side projects from band members, this album has been spun again.
The internets kind of turned on this group, but now in a web-free environment this record works. There are two major knocks on this band. One: They talk too much in between songs at shows, and secondly on this album the drummer is accused of doing the same exact thing on each and every song. Banter during a live performance is endearing if nothing else, and as far as the dispersions cast on the percussion work, that's just hate. It's on the simple side, but it pops in your headphones and it accompanies song so yet again the internet commenter fails to see the big picture.
This is a full-length so it can be called a long-player, but it clocks in at just a hair over twenty minutes. With something so short, it's borderline negligent to start identifying stand out tracks. "Tell the World" and "Where Do You Run To" are the obvious stalwarts, but the whole joint is damn solid. It's somewhat of an abridged history lesson for all things garage rock related. Like a primer course really, which means that more research and studying would need to be done but this still isn't a bad place to start if you're working backwards. If there's still doubt about these women's credentials then one need not look any further than the Blank Dogs record, Under and Under, where the featured backing band is the one covered here in this space today.

Album Specifics

Panda Bear - Tomboy
(drops April 12 via Paw Tracks)
1. You Can Count on Me
2. Tomboy
3. Slow Motion
4. Surfers Hymn
5. Last Night at The Jetty
6. Drone
7. Alsatian Darn
8. Scheherezade
9. Friendship Bracelet
10. Afterburner
11. Benfica
Sonny and the Sunsets - Hit After Hit
(drops April 12 via Fat Possum)
1. She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind
2. I Wanna Do It
3. Home and Exile
4. Reflections on Youth
5. Girls Beware
6. The Bad Energy From LA Is Killing Me
7. Teen Age Thugs
8. Heart of Sadness
9. Don't Act Dumb
10. Acres of Lust
11. Pretend You Love Me
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
(drops April 12. no tracklist as of the moment.)
The Strokes - Angles
(drops March 22 in the states)
1. Machu Picchu
2. Under Cover of Darkness
3. Two Kinds of Happiness
4. You're So Right
5. Take for a Fool
6. Games
7. Call Me Back
8. Gratisfaction
9. Metabolism
10. Life Is Simple in the Moonlight
Boris - Heavy Rocks
(drops April 26 via Sargent House)
1. Riot Sugar
2. 8
4. Jackson Head
5. Missing Pieces
6. Key
7. Window Shopping
8. Tu, la la
9. Aileron
10. Czechoslovakia
Boris - Attention Please
(drops April 26 via Sargent House)
(yup, two albums on the same day)
(and there's singing on this one)
1. Attention Please
2. Hope
3. Party Boy
4. See You Next Week
5. Tokyo Wonder Land
6. 16:47:52...
7. Aileron
8. Les Paul Custom '86
9. Spoon
10. Hand in Hand

03 February 2011

Dum Dum Girls - "He Gets Me High"

The title track of the new EP became available for download today if you're willing to surrender your e-mail address. According to the band's label, Sub Pop, it will contain three originals and a cover of the Smiths' 'There Is a Light That Never Goes Out".
The record comes out proper on March 1st, and the group will also be going a globe-spanning tour starting on February 15th in Las Vegas and ending on April 24 in Paris. Download below.


02 February 2011

Zodiacs - "Faraway Friend"

Detractors have spoke of incestuous circles, but regardless this is a new group on the horizon featuring members of the Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Blank Dogs, and the Crystal Stilts. This track features Dee Dee from said Dum Dum Girls, as well as Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods and Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs and JB Townsend of the Crystal Stilts.
One of the perks of late reporting is full details. The lineup will revolve per track, but this is a group nonetheless. "Faraway Friend" is coming out as a single via Captured Tracks, but there is a record in the works recorded by Jarvis Taveniere at Rear House. The single is available through media outlets here, and details about the record will follow.
(via p4k)

No More White Stripes

"There aren't many bands I like..., but the White Stripes are one of them. Elephant is a tremendous album." - a good friend
After a nearly two year hiatus, news has broken through the slipstream that the duo known as the White Stripes have ended. As per a quote on the band's website, "The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want."
There's also mention that, "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues...but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band..." It appears that there are is a slew of unreleased material headed toward our ears.
Recently, Meg got married and Jack was a part of a thousand projects.


01 February 2011

This honestly happened

Sitting on a slab of concrete outside a pricey grocery store on a grim Sunday morning. The night before spent stuck in snow drifts and running from club bouncers, who truly wrestled with feelings of inadequacy but would never admit it and certainly not to two louts who maintained a reputation for being poor tippers and who stole drinks when given the opportunity. Only one cup of coffee in the middle and a singular pair of sunglasses, but plenty of smokes to get through the day.
An older gent with horn-rimmed frames and a thick wool coat ambles by, and stops suddenly. He fixes his gaze on one, and then the other. No one else stops, but this cat is frozen. "You know what happens if you keep smoking those cigarettes?," he asked with a stern look that seemed to suggest he may have been a doctor in a past life and that a lecture was in order.
"Big trouble," one of us said bracing for the conversation we didn't want to have.
"Cancer," said the other, trying to appease this man who was taking time out of his day to speak with the miscreants of his town.
"No!," the man bellowed for the whole block to hear. "They make your dick bigger!," and as quickly as he appeared he left waltzing down the street.