Entries from February 2009

Oxford Comma, Almost A Capella

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Oxford Comma, Almost A Capella

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Royksopp meets Space Invaders

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Royksopp meets Space Invaders

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Telltale tour dates + mp3 stream

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Telltale tour dates + mp3 stream

With former members of Elevator Action and Columbia, South Carolina’s sadly defunct Orgone Accumulator, Brooklyn’s Telltale showcases an intriguing mix of experimental no-wave, minimalist post-punk, and dark shoegaze. The result is akin to pre-Bad Moon Rising Sonic Youth, as Eric Gilstrap’s voice recalls Thurston Moore’s youthful, angst-ridden inflection when he punches up the tension. The […]

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Kim Gordon’s new fashion line launches

February 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Kim Gordon’s Mirror Dash clothing line is now available exclusively at Urban Outfitters. The Sonic Youth bassist/singer has ventured into fashion before with the X-Girl brand, which began back in the mid-1990’s and is now pretty much-Japan-only. Mirror Dash seems to pick up where X-Girl left off, as X-Girl kind of hit a ceiling in […]

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Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reunite at NME Shockwaves Awards

February 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon made a surprise appearance at the NME Shockwaves Awards, taking the stage after almost a decade to play a low-key version of its classic “This Is A Low” from the Parklife album, of course. Unfortunately, no videos of the performance have leaked yet (that I can find), but this post-show […]

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Marnie Stern announces brief US tour

February 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Having already been sold on Marnie Stern, I needed little to no convincing to want to go see her live, but a friend of mine has it on good authority that her live show is incredible, which just adds fuel to my fire. She’s touring the US in March to show off her fretboard magic […]

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Peter Hook discusses Joy Division’s enduring legacy

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Peter Hook discusses Joy Division’s enduring legacy

Part 3 of Filter’s interview with Peter Hook focuses on Joy Division’s enduring legacy. Hook seems remarkably grounded, especially considering his former band’s utter ubiquity as of late. I suppose he’s had 30 years to reconcile that whole experience, which must seem surreal now that’s it’s been immortalized on film. Hook on how Ian Curtis’ […]

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RETRO: Pixies “Tame” live at Brixton Academy 1991

February 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It’s no secret that Black Francis has one of the best screams in rock, but his blood curdling, cathartic spasm on the Pixies’ classic “Tame” is untouchable. Kurt Cobain learned more than a few tricks from Mr. Francis’ guttural shrieks and put them to fine use. I was helpfully reminded of this by The Guardian’s […]

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Depeche Mode offers first iTunes Pass

February 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Pay early and get a bunch of stuff for “free” or something like that. Look at Gahan and the boys being all progressive again.

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Phoenix is back! New album out in May.

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Phoenix is back! New album out in May.

I have a soft spot for French pop, from Filles in the Garage style ’60s pop to Serge and Françoise to the twee tunes of Tahiti 80. Phoenix, while definitely falling under the French pop umbrella, manage to transcend that label and have delivered some of the best pop music of this decade. The new […]

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Rare Weezer falls out of black hole

February 24th, 2009 · 4 Comments

By the time Weezer’s Make Believe dropped in 2005, so had my faith in Rivers Cuomo, irretrievably. I still enjoy the band’s first two records on occasion, especially Pinkerton, for which I like to credit departed bassist Matt Sharpe, whose absence has been sorely missed. He brought a special level of sincerity, humor, and unpredictability […]

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seed get reissue treatment from Mute

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Nick Cave & The Bad Seed get reissue treatment from Mute

Coming in early April, Mute will release the first 4 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds albums, including the classic (and my personal fave) From Her to Eternity. More here. I must admit to being perplexed by reissues. Of course these, like most, are “REMASTERED IN 5.1 SURROUND SOUND.” I kinda preferred From Her to […]

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Cursive “I Couldn’t Love You” stream

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Cursive “I Couldn’t Love You” stream

Strangely, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive stream of Cursive’s “I Couldn’t Love You”, off the band’s forthcoming Mama, I’m Swollen out on Saddle Creek March 10. At first, it sounds more like a song by The Good Life, Tim Kasher’s other band, but the tension brims into uncomfortable emotional weirdness, which is much more indicative […]

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Depeche Mode “Wrong” live at Echo Awards

February 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Depeche Mode debuted its new single, “Wrong”, at the Echo Awards in Germany this past weekend. It’s sort of a gimmicky Martin Gore composition, but it sounds not unlike Depeche Mode’s recent musical trajectory. Not sure how “live” the drums are in this clip, but Dave Gahan sounds like he’s really singing. May take a […]

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Cut Off Your Hands “Turn Cold” video

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Cut Off Your Hands “Turn Cold” video

Also heard this over the weekend on Sirius XMU. A small bit of traveling allowed me to listen to the radio a good bit, turning me onto some new bands. Pitchfork describes them as “pop-punk”- the “pop” part I understand, the “punk” part, not so much. Very catchy, upbeat, and lo-fi. Reminds me somewhat of […]

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Faunts “Feel Love Thinking Of” stream

February 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Maybe, it’s just the dark New Order sequencers, but there’s something about this retro-synth song by Faunts that I am utterly enamored of. Been hearing it lately on Sirius XMU, and Pitchfork reviews the album today. Also, found a remix of this song over at The Music Slut. I’m a sucker for icy synths with […]

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Duffy Does Diet (coke)

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Duffy Does Diet (coke)

I did not need to see Duffy riding a ten-speed.

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Elke

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Elke

Word on the wire is that the Elke EP is finally finished. Who are Elke, you ask? Good question. I came across Elke back in September of ’08 on MySpace and promptly fell in love with their glorious hook-laden retro-infused bedroom synth-pop sound, particularly the catchy-as-all-get-out track “Till I’m Gone.” Not since Cut Copy’s Hearts […]

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Lady Gaga & Brandon Flowers With The Pet Shop Boys at Brit Awards

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lady Gaga & Brandon Flowers With The Pet Shop Boys at Brit Awards

This is a couple days old. Sorry. Man, I love(d) Pet Shop Boys in the ’80s, but I just don’t dig on medleys. Ever. Amusingly, this is the second “duet” we’ve posted this week. I think I prefer the Ellen/Lily one. I could have done without Mr. Flowers and Lady Gaga.

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Lily and Ellen sing along to Britney in the bathroom

February 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Lily Allen performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show, making the usual promotional rounds for her new record, It’s Not Me, It’s You, which is all well and good. She perfomed “The Fear”, which I had just seen her play on Leno, so that wasn’t quite as exciting as her stint in the bathroom on Degeneres’ […]

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