Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Music Definitions: Wait

Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait [mp3]
from The Suburbs

Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire - Wait [mp3]

David Bowie - Waiting for You [mp3]

The Hives - Waits Too Long [mp3]

Tokyo Police Club - Wait Up (Boots of Danger) [mp3]

The White Stripes - I Can't Wait [mp3]

Death Cab for Cutie- Wait [mp3]

The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting for the Man [mp3]

The Strokes Post #512

"We're working hard, man. And the harder you work, the more your qualities are focused. Right now our qualities are squeezing out of us like…like juice."

band of the week: Superhumanoids

I never remember anything. I seriously have the worst memory ever. Thankfully, as a writer, I have long since developed the habit of writing reminder notes to myself about things that I should follow up on.

Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep, so I cleaned my room. As I picked up some mugs from my dresser, I saw a cd atop a stack of promo things etc that I hadn't gotten around to yet.

And the name, it was familiar. I looked through a pile of notes (also on my dresser-- I really need to be more organized), I saw the name:

Superhumanoids. Written down a few days ago after hearing them on the internets from a music blog. The cd, however, had lain in my possession since I saw The Franks open up for Shout Out Louds. After the gig, I was talking to their lead singer about doing an interview and before I left, he insisted that I take a demo cd, of his two bandmates' other band.

Just goes to show you, you really should trust talented musicians when they tell you about something. Lest you be a few months off the radar.

LA's Superhumanoids are like a dreamy, destination-free joy ride through a clear summer night. They remind me a little bit of Beach House, but the male vocals are a dead ringer for Meric Long from SF psych-folk trio The Dodos, but softer, like he's singing underneath his breath. Their Urgency EP lies somewhere between LCD Soundsystem and Pulp. The band has a dynamic similar to The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, but the music is less jangly, more casually cool, like Phantogram.

So grab a partner and glide onto the dance floor, these beats have a shelf life of three hours.

Superhumanoids - Persona [mp3]

Superhumanoids - Dangerous Strangers [mp3]

visit them on MYSPACE

The Strokes Post #511

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bob Dylan to play The Fox

tickets for the Oakland show on 24 August go on sale Sunday

Classic Track Thursday

every time I hear "Empire State of Mind", I cringe and hum this song instead:

2Pac - California Love [mp3]
from California Love (1995)

The Strokes Post #510

Thursday, July 22, 2010

record review: Rodrigo Y Gabriela -11:11

Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s 2009 album, 11:11, is smashing. Drawing influences all across the board, the duo redefine what the acoustic guitar can do, nodding heavily to Carlos Santana (whom their opener, “Hanuman”, is dedicated to). With an astounding flourish and impeccable tempo, the band pays tribute to 11 different guitarists who have inspired them, while tactfully paralleling them stylistically. The aggressive and blunt arrangements in “Buster Voodoo” showcase the band’s underlying love for the thrash of metal music. The album is electrically charged and brazen, even in its subtler tracks (“Santo Domingo”, “Chac Mool”). It races back and forth between Mexican folk and psychedelia, even showing some Middle Eastern influence on the Moorish track “Atman”. 11:11 is an ode to triumph; to sexual conquest; to spontaneous scuba diving adventures. It’s a spectacular simple-yet-layered instrumental album which you can turn to when you’re feeling down to pick you right back up and remind you that this world is overflowing with beauty and boundless potential. Carpe Diem.

the band is currently ON TOUR

The Strokes Post #509

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jeff Buckley - Lover You Should Have Come Over

I've been binging on good ol' Grace basically nonstop for the last few days. and I think that this will always be my favourite JB track.

Jeff Buckley - Lover You Should Have Come Over [mp3]

Ryan Adams' one-two punch

"Tomorrow starts the first day of two weeks of recording a new solo album. The songs are based around my acoustic with some stark drums/bass/piano in there. anI'm keeping these recordings simple......THEN in two weeks I am off to NYC to record part two of the crazy NYC sessions I started last month by accident. What started as a weekend studio hang with Johnny and Tom Schick turned into some kind of Smiths/Simple Minds/Love Is Hell throw-back and just way too much fun to not finish. So two coasts, two sessions happening. The new daze are here... fingers crossed these things turn out! I'll check in again from the studio this week. Meanwhile enjoy a few more photo's from the last studio sessions. DRA"


The Strokes Post #508

this is pretty sweet but those guys don't have shit on The Strokes.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jet - Cold Hard Bitch

I know that Jet were never really relevant,
but I have always loved this song.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell by Dave Thompson

this book gives excellent insight into the inner workings of three of my musical heroes, and exactly what was going on during the recording of various songs/albums.

it also made me curious about a Lou Reed album called Metal Machine Music, which critics unanimously agreed was a flop but I have a feeling it's one of those stroke of genius things.

and I still hate Nico.

Sunday Morning Covers

Bright Eyes - Devil Town (Daniel Johnston cover) [mp3]

Jeff Buckley - Satisfied Mind (Hayes/Rhodes cover) [mp3]

John West - Umbrella (Rihanna cover) [mp3]

Jeff Tweedy - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead cover) [mp3]

The Last Shadow Puppets - I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Beatles cover) [mp3]

M. Ward - Let's Dance (Bowie cover) [mp3]

The Morning Benders - I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book cover) [mp3]

Pavement - The Killing Moon (Echo & the Bunnymen cover) [mp3]



The Strokes Post #506

haha I think Albert has an invisible trampoline: