Archive for April, 2008

Apr 07 2008

The Forgotton Toronto Soul Funk and Reggae

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So I came across this compilation a while ago titled Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974, and I didn’t get around to listening to it until just now… and there are some really great songs on it. Some of the recording is a little lo-fi, but this just added to the intrigue. I tried finding anything on the internet having to do with the band The Cougars, who wrote two of the songs posted below, and I found this article. Apparently there was this whole reggae/funk music scene going on in Toronto in the late 60s, and for some reason no one really paid attention to it… and it dwindled away. The idea that a whole chunk of musical history can be forgotten like that just struck me as interesting. Anyway, here are my favorites off of this compilation, a little funk, a little reggae, a little blues. And I really reccommend the moment exactly 2 minutes into The Cougar’s cover of the Temptations song “I Wish It Would Rain,” it’ll make you feel happy.

The Cougars – Right On

Jo-Jo And The Fugitives – Chips – Chicken – Banana Split

Ram – Love Is The Answer

The Cougars – I Wish It Would Rain

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Apr 07 2008

Pitchfork TV

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For the most part, I trust Pitchfork. Bands and albums that they recommend are usually good. I don’t, however, like their pretension, negative reviews, and abstract ways of writing about music (see David Cross’s feature for a more hilarious and insightful example). Most of the time I don’t read the reviews unless it’s an album I’ve already listened to and developed my own opinion first, but I don’t go to the site for reviews as much as I go for news about the indie music world. Pitchfork is the main place where I get my indie music news and they are pretty reliable for keeping up with tours, albums releases, etc. Their newest addition to their site, Pitchfork TV, is something great; it’s the music channel that MTV used to be many, many years ago except it appeals even more to my taste.

What is Pitchfork TV, you ask?

As a visual extension of the music coverage Pitchfork has provided for more than a decade, and a means of updating and advancing the music television format, the online channel will bring you closer to the artists you love, through original mini-documentaries, secret rooftop and basement sessions, full concerts, exclusive interviews, and the most carefully curated selection of music videos online.

In addition, Pitchfork.tv will become the first online video channel to screen full-length feature films, vintage concerts, and music DVDs free of charge. From the Pixies’ 2004 reunion tour film LoudQuietLoud and Todd Phillips’ notorious GG Allin documentary Hated, to Jimmy Joe Roche & Dan Deacon’s acid-drenched visual art piece Ultimate Reality, Pitchfork.tv will highlight a different film each week in its entirety.

This sounds pretty awesome to me and from what I’ve seen so far, I’m pretty excited for what PTV will have to offer. Whether you like Pitchfork or not, this idea is (for my demographic) great. It’s everything a music channel should be, and so far it seems to have been executed well. Take a look at the schedule right here.
pitchforkmedia.com | pitchfork.tv

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Apr 07 2008

About A Boy OST

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The 2002 film About A Boy has a great soundtrack composed by the Badly Drawn Boy’s Damon Gough. It’s by far the most rewarding aspect of the movie, and “Something to Talk About” and “Silent Sigh” have been among my favorites songs over the past several years. I just saw parts of the film on TNT the other night, and it made me realize I had to feature this overlooked soundtrack. I am a big fan of composers who are able to successfully capture the mood of a movie, such as DeVotchKa with Little Miss Sunshine and Yann Tierson with Goodbye Lenin! Thoughtful compositions have the ability to bring a movie to life, and at the very least make a Huge Grant movie bearable.

So, what’s your favorite movie composition? Is it Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood? Or perhaps The Motorcycle Diaries OST? Let me know.

About A Boy OST:

Badly Drawn Boy – Silent Sight

Badly Drawn Boy – Something To Talk About

Badly Drawn Boy – I Love N.Y.E.

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Apr 05 2008

Cut Copy – “Feel The Love”

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Cut Copy’s newly released album, In Ghost Colours, may not be perfect, but it could be worse. At least there is one good song on the album. Which also happens to be the first track. That one track, “Feel The Love” is catchy and has been stuck in my head this past week. Now I know that sounds harsh, saying there is only ONE good song on the album out of 15 tracks (that’s 6.667 percent). But all I’m saying is that if the band was able to match the quality of their first track for the rest of the 14 songs, I would definitely be feelin the love for this album.

Check out “Feel The Love,” and if you like it, sample the rest of their music. I’m not that into Dance music in the first place, so maybe I’m way off on this one. They do seem to have great reviews on iTunes. As for me, I’ll be sticking with track number one.

Cut Copy is based out of Melbourne, Australia and includes band members Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey, and Mitchell Scott. The project was started by Whitford back in 2001, and the band is signed to Modular Recordings.

In Ghost Colours (2008):

Cut Copy – Feel The Love

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Apr 04 2008

Fried-Day

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For the sake of everyone who hasn’t seen it. Watch it around 10 times in a row… you’ll see what I mean. Hit the jump for the “Drug Mix”

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Apr 04 2008

Song of the Day – 4/4/08

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Quick one here.

 

The Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands of all time. Last year’s Bonnaroo beheld one of the greatest concerts of my young life. The Flaming Lips and their philosophy have changed my life forever, undoubtedly.

I forgot to track down their song from the Good Luck Chuck soundtrack, so now that I have it, I gotta share it, right? The song, like so many of the Lips’ work is a triumphant and joyous piece about “the fucked-up days.” Do I really need to get pretentious on this one? Absolutely not. I love you all.

MP3: The Flaming Lips – “I Was Zapped By The Lucky Super Rainbow”

Check out the Good Luck Chuck OST, it’s pretty good:

Amazon | iTunes

In other Flaming Lips news, Christmas on Mars is finally finished! It’s premiering at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, so if you have the time and the existential willpower, go and experience it in the context of another world. Hope to see you there! Here are some tracks from the movie, I hope you’re “surprised.”

MP3: The Flaming Lips – “Galactic Melancholy” from Christmas on Mars

MP3: The Flaming Lips – “Syritis Major” from Christmas on Mars

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and here’s one of my favorites just because:

MP3: The Flaming Lips – “Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear”

For now, all is right with the world.

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Apr 03 2008

New The Acorn Video is AMAZING

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(Song [AND VIDEO] of the Day – 4/3/08)

Well, the saucy fuckshow that is Pitchfork Media did something nice for me yesterday. While I almost never agree with their record reviews, their news section is a great way to get into the more “industry side” of indie music. Sometimes they even share something of great merit and talent. The Acorn is such a creation.

I heard The Acorn in 2006. Their song “Dents” was just one of those inspired and honest tracks that drew me in. I really didn’t expect their next work to be a mammoth concept project.

If you know me, you know I drool over nasty motion graphics. An aspiring post-production artist, I always love to see someone work hard to make visually stunning companions to great music. It’s obvious a talented and energetic team really exerted themselves here. From what I hear they have done videos for Broken Social Scene and Modest Mouse… so there’s your cred right there.

Here’s “Dents” as well as some MP3’s from their latest album (Glory Hope Mountain). Throw those on your ipod for now. First, watch the video for “The Flood, Pt. 1”

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MP3: The Acorn – “The Flood Pt. 1”
MP3: The Acorn – “Crooked Legs”
MP3: The Acorn – “Dents”

Home | Paper Bag Records | MySpace | Hype Machine

Support The Acorn: Paper Bag Records | iTunes | Amazon | eMusic | Insound

THE ACORN IS TOURING: hit the jump for dates and venues…

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Apr 02 2008

New Song From Dosh

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I first heard about Dosh when I saw Andrew Bird live a few years ago. He was only playing drums and Rhodes, but he added so much more to Bird's music and I think really influenced Armchair Apocrypha in a positive way. I remember looking him up as soon as possible, because the new Andrew Bird songs that they played sounded amazingly awesome (Plasticities, Simple X [which I found out later to be a re-vamped Dosh song]). Dosh's solo work, though more electronic, is something worth checking out if you haven't already. His fourth album entitled “Wolves and Wishes” will be released 5-13-08. After you hear this song I hope you're as excited for the album as I am. The album will be featuring guest appearances by Andrew Bird, Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince Billy), and David King (drummer for the Bad Plus).

MP3: Dosh – If You Want To, You Have To

Bonus MP3!

MP3: Andrew Bird – Simple X

doshfamily.com | dosh @ anticon

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Apr 02 2008

Song of the Day – 4/2/08

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This here is a one-man outfit. For me, making songs is like building houses. And I’m not very good with a hammer, and you might be able to tell if you’re a carpenter, but I’ll be goddamned if you can’t live in it when it’s done.

I’d like to begin by saying Black Bear is one of the most original and intellectual acts I’ve encountered in a long while. Like any other great album I’ve ever heard, this one slid almost divinely into my hands. I was immediately drawn into its electronic nature, irregular song structures and the use of an awesomely heavy and hollow bass drum, but I was hooked by the brilliant use of imagery.

Sam Beebe, the one man behind the magic, does for music what ekphrasis does for a painting. He can play the omniscient narrator or the close friend. Listening to Black Bear’s album, The Cinnamon Phase, is like secretly reading a stranger’s diary–it’s as if we were never meant to hear his thoughts.

The sonic component of this album is vast and varied. Sometimes the music is a blissful melody with Beebe singing in and out. Other times, like on “Like Venice” we are literally listening to a story, Beebe the speaker–prose the lyric. Please enjoy the album and I urge you to go out and find more about the man, whose mind is surely a rare one.

MP3: Black Bear – “I Believe in Immediacy”

 Here are some more:

MP3: Black Bear – “Like Venice”

MP3: Black Bear – “Black Bear”

 Home (Baskerville Hill Records) | MySpace | Hype Machine

Buy The Cinnamon Phase: Amazon | Baskerville Hill for $12!

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Apr 01 2008

Band of Horses Leave Sub Pop Records

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Photo by Stephen Lindley

After two album releases under Sub Pop, Band of Horses have decided to part ways with the label. Over the past year, tensions have risen between the band’s lead singer, Ben Bridwell, and Sub Pop’s co-founder Jonathan Poneman, after Bridwell supposedly refused to shave his beard at Poneman’s request. In an exclusive interview with Pitchfork, Poneman goes into detail explaining the situation:

I was hoping that this could stay between me and Ben. He chose to make this public on the band’s blog, which has now forced me to address our differences. Basically, I needed Bridwell to shave, or at least trim, his out of control beard. I love the music the guys produce, but I am also a businessman. I like money. It’s clear that sales are directly proportional to the length of his beard. People like clean shaven now. Just read GQ, 70% of females like men with a smooth face. That means that if Bridwell shaved, we could increase sales by 70%. Besides, he doesn’t even wash the thing. There is literally a plant growing out of his beard (figure 2). I think my request was reasonable. He looks like a monkey.

Bridwell vented about his quarrel with Poneman on the Band of Horses music blog. Here is an excerpt:

“I’m a fuckin’ musician, you know? I’m not the only musician with a beard. Get a grip JP. People dig my beard.”

(figure 2)

Things between the two got ugly at a show Bridwell performed in San Diego July 6, 2007. Rosemary, an avid fan and good friend of Band of Horses recalls, “yeah, that’s right, I was standing next to Jon Poneman at the show. At Ben’s request, I filmed the band playing “The Funeral,” and before I knew it, he was flicking Poneman off. I glanced over at Poneman, and out of nowhere he was holding up a big pair of sheers with an evil look in his eyes. You know, one of those sheers you see business owners use to cut the ribbon outside their store on opening day. I thought it was a joke between the two. It still gives me the heebie jeebies.”

Video shows Bridwell flipping the bird

A credible source tells us Band of Horses is in negotiations with Barsuk Records.

Cease To Begin (2007):

Band of Horses – Ode to lrc

Band of Horses – Detlef Schrempf

Everything All The Time(2006):

Band of Horses: The Funeral

Band of Horses: Wicked Gil

Bonus:

Band of Horses: Wicked Gil (live on the interned)

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