Archive for August, 2011
A close friend of mine recently re-introduced me to Holy Ghost! by showing me this fonky fonky track of theirs while we were testing out some portable iPod docks. (thanks Chunk!) The combination of the rocking beat and the clever vocals was not only a hit with us, but the people in a 20 foot radius around us while in the middle of Future Shop on Granville.
The New York duo released their first album this April under the DFA label and it is definitely worth checking out. If you fall in love, you are in luck as Some Children is available for a free download!
Holy Ghost! – Some Children
Heard the preview of this track last week and it became an instant favourite. I’ve been waiting anxiously to hear the complete track and today my wish came true! This is the latest piece by the Swedish duo Dada Life and given the name of the track, I envision the Happy Tree Friends doing some serious damage to the hard hitting beats. Check it out!
Dada Life – Happy Violence
Also, here is a look at the video they put together for the track:
Here we have the one of the latest additions from Béatrice Martin, aka Coeur de Pirate.
Her band name itself translates into “pirate heart” and what does that mean? We aren’t really sure, but we are sure that this girl has some top notch talent. Having released her debut album in 2008, she is currently in the studio working on her second album. This new track is a cover of Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” and really puts a different feel on it. To me it sounds like an answer to the original from a woman’s perspective. Enjoy!
Coeur De Pirate -Wicked Games (The Weeknd cover)
You know me, I love a good remix, so here is a solid one which originally piqued my interest in her music.
Coeur De Pirate – Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix)
To finish things off, here is the video from the Wicked Games cover. For those of you in the Vancouver area, you might recognize some of the snippets in the video. Have a look-see for yourself!
… when you take two of my favourite artists and mash them together? Pure awesome, that’s what! Here is a brand new mix by the French house master Breakbot.
Enjoy his take on one of Chromeo’s latest, When the Night Falls:
Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)
Here’s the video for the original track:
Back in 2000, Jesse Tabish and a group of friends founded a group and called themselves the “All American Rejects”. Jesse left the band shortly after and in 2004 created the group “Other Lives”. By 2011, Other Lives had released their second album. Had he stayed with now household name AAR, suffice to say Jesse would be a very rich man. Albeit sold out, over-produced and lacking any credibility in the music world. On the other hand, if he hadn’t left, none of us would be enjoying the incredible “Tamer Animals” album as much as we are right now. EVERYONE I have introduced this band to, has loved them. It’s like giving a box of chocolates to a friend who hasn’t had chocolate in a long time! So here you are, Stillwater Oklahomas’ best kept secret, ‘Other Lives’. Enjoy!
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
post script: if you are a fan of Canadian band Wintersleep, you will notice some strong similarities on this track.
Other Lives – For 12
For 12 is a great track and just stumbled onto the new video for it. tres bien!
I am filthy green with envy whenever someone mentions Australia’s Triple J radio station. Funded by the government, and run by the ABC, Triple J is a national icon and a beacon of good taste sans corporate influence of what they should be broadcasting. They are all about new music, promoting new and local talent as well as showcasing international artists. One segment of the radio station is called Triple J’s “UNEARTHED” where new local talent competes online for bragging rights, recognition and exposure. The talent pool in the land down under is deep and the new tunes just keep coming. Battling for bragging rights right now is a gent out of Melbourne by the name of Albert Salt. He grew up with a classical background and is now giving the Electro/Acoustic thing a shot. I’m quite impressed with what he’s got so far and hope he gets the recognition he deserves.
Albert Salt – Fear and Loathing
At first glance, you might think the title is a typo referencing the most popular driver in Nascar for 2010.
I had the same thoughts at first, but upon listening I was pleasantly surprised. This was no joke, and the band coming through the speakers was a duo from Detroit who are bringing something new to the stage. Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein play a unique blend of vocal harmonies over a base of electronic and traditional instruments. Their sound is a cross between Sam Roberts Band and Diamond Messages, giving them the popping beats to get the crowd moving and some amazing acoustic ability.
Since releasing their album It’s a Corporate World in June, they have been making a meteoric rise through the ranks of music. On Sunday there was an interview released by Rolling Stone after catching up with the duo at Lollapalooza. After being stuck on these guys for the last couple months now, I am certain that they are going to catch your ear and this won’t be the last you have heard from Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Morning Thought
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Nothing But Our Love
A huge bonus of living in a different part of the world for an extended period of time is that you get to know the local music scene. Living in New Zealand I was introduced to some fantastic bands that I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t ventured there. Sadly, some of these band don’t make it ‘big’ in the international scene, but keep their local faithful following at home. No more so was the case of Mother Mother, a band originally from Quadra Island (google it) and now based in Vancouver, BC. While I was enjoying all the local talent Australia and New Zealand had to offer, I was missing out on, what now, is one of my favourite local bands.
Mother Mother is truly a unique band who harmonize beautifully, turn lyrics on their head and give a fresh new face to Indie Rock/Pop. Ryan Gulderman is clear front man, but Molly (Ryan’s sister) and Jasmin Park are the perfect vocal compliment to his voice. The band clearly has a creative chemistry that couldn’t have one without the other. Although I missed their last free concert at Stanley Park, I’ll definitely be snapping up tickets next time they come home.
Expect a very long and successful career out of Mother Mother and for God’s sake, go out and support your local bands!
Mother Mother – Verbatim
A song about how a guy doesn’t have to eat nails for breakfast to be what a woman wants. It’s interesting to say the least.
Mother Mother – Aspiring Fires
Off their new album “Eureka”
Now one song I couldn’t leave out was “Burning Pile”. I couldn’t track down a link for it, so youtube it is. Way too splendid of a song to leave out. The lyrics can make the worst day feel alright.
If you want all their songs, but are too cheap to buy their CD then go here,
and then go see them live!
In what has been (for me) a quiet July of new releases, the end of the month brought me something to latch on to and it came from a band that has continued to climb into the category of “my favorite bands” in the past couple years. Wild Beasts released Smother back in May during a period that saw new albums from a lot of good bands (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Cults, Death Cab, Hooray For Earth, Bon Iver, Man Man, My Morning Jacket, The Antlers, and Son Lux) all come out in a month or so span. So suffice to say, I was overwhelmed with new music.
But Smother shined right through the rest of them (it failed to be….smothered? ahah, jokesss). Smother sees Wild Beasts take a huge step forward in a subtle way. They have refined their sound and continued the progression that their last album, Two Dancers, achieved. Lead singer Hayden Thorpe has matured his vocals into the perfect balance of intensity and grace. He leads the listener gently up and up in his falsetto until his voice breaks and we slide the slippery-slope back into his baritone. Like a sweet reduction in the kitchen, Smother is the boiled down progression of a band that has brilliantly come into their own.
Speaking to NPR about his favorite song off the album, “Loop the Loop” (streaming below), Thorpe describes it as a “crystallization” of what they have “been trying to write for ten years.” He continues, “And there’s lots of ghost notes — by ghost notes I mean almost imaginary parts. Sometimes when you’re recording a song it just hangs together in an effortless way.” “Loop the Loop” is three dimensional in the way only really well crafted songs can be, and it stands as a perfect indicator of the quality of Smother.
Wild Beasts – “Loop the Loop”
Just recently they released the second single off of Smother, ”Bed of Nails” (also a beautiful song) that came with an unreleased B-side titled: “Catherine Wheel”. “Catherine Wheel” was an exciting new track for me because it took a slight step into the past. It’s dark and carnal in a way that wasn’t fully developed on Smother but is a part of how I fell in love with the band in the past. Thorpe’s voice embraces the seductive, sensual, erotic vibe it once exuded and the lyrics match the subject matter that their first album Limbo, Panto was full of (see songs “His Grinning Skull” or “She Purred While I Grrred”).
“Catherine Wheel” is streaming below and Smother is out now on Domino Records. Wild Beasts are touring this fall so catch them if you can, you won’t be disappointed.
Wild Beasts – “Catherine Wheel”