Entries from July 2009

Amanda Blank, I Love You

July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Amanda Blank, I Love You

She’s from Philly, has collaborated with Santigold and her new album is streaming on MySpace. Just the other day I was lamenting the lack of a “summer jam” along the lines of a MIA or Santigold record. I’m not sure if this is it, but it’s likely to get some attention. The album is titled […]

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talktalktalk by The Sea Navy

July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on talktalktalk by The Sea Navy

I love their use of Seattle World’s Fair footage. (via Greg)

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D-Bridge – Wonder Where

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on D-Bridge – Wonder Where

This definitely won’t be for everyone, but it is sort of like Junior Boys meets Burial, but not quite as good as that collaboration would be.

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Birdy Nam Nam – THE PARACHUTE ENDING

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Birdy Nam Nam – THE PARACHUTE ENDING

I caught a set from Birdy Nam Nam at FrancoFolies a few weeks ago. The show was pretty amazing for 4 French guys with turntables and while this track isn’t my favourite, the video is pretty insane. (via)

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Metric vs. Big Audio Dynamite

July 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Anyone else noticed the similarity between Metric’s “Help I’m Alive” and Big Audio Dynamite II’s “Rush?” No? Just me? Every time I hear that Metric song I can’t help but start singing “Rush”- a song I’ve always found beyond annoying, which, needless to say, precludes any ability for me to appreciate “Help I’m Alive.” BAD […]

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Tropical Transmission

July 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Ok, two friends have now shown this to me, and it’s pretty amazing. You’ve always wanted to hear a Caribbean steel drum version of Joy Division’s “Transmission”, right? Well, here you go. Steel Harmony tips its hat to the local scene in Manchester with this extremely well-executed version of the Joy Division classic as part […]

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MP3: Julian Plenti “Games for Days”

July 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Must be getting close to album release day, since another free track has leaked from Paul Banks’ debut solo record, Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper (out August 4th on Matador). This one veers well into Interpol’s spiky, post-punk lane- so much so that it almost seems odd that Banks didn’t offer this one up to the […]

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VIDEO: Arctic Monkeys “Crying Lightning”

July 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Arctic Monkeys “Crying Lightning”

Official video for the new, slightly polarizing Arctic Monkeys single, “Crying Lightning.” The Josh Homme influence from behind the boards is readily apparent but hardly overwhelming. The stoner-rock look is more jarring than the musical departure. This video is clearly a piss-take joke played straight, except for the rising out of the seat bit. The […]

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The Feelies’ Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth reissued

July 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Discovering a record like Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies was one of those quasi-religious experiences, wherein I felt the need to preach its gospel to anyone who would listen. It’s one of those used record store finds that sounds better the more worn-in your copy is. The songs are a contradictory amalgamation of jitters and […]

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Blur: no plans to continue

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Blur: no plans to continue

Though it could easily be another one of Alex James’ coy, pot-stirring sound bites, the legendary louche/bassist of Blur has announced that the band has no plans whatsoever to continue, following its triumphant return to the summer festival circuit. Blur stormed back from self-exile with a string of high profile concerts to celebrate its reunion […]

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MP3: Love and Rockets gets its due

July 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Love and Rockets were another one of my gateway bands in high school that opened up a whole new world of music to me. The band’s fluke Top 40 hit, “So Alive”, represents very little in terms of the breadth of its myriad musical styles. Despite being 3/4’s of the legendary art-punk pioneers, Bauhaus, Love […]

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Lazy Friday: Coconut Records – Summer Day

July 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lazy Friday: Coconut Records – Summer Day

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Courtney Love prevented from digging bigger Hole

July 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on Courtney Love prevented from digging bigger Hole

It’s no secret that Courtney Love is a conniving opportunistic freak. So, it’s good to see little things like the law preventing her from reneging on a contract. Back in 2002 when Hole officially disbanded, Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson signed an agreement stating that Hole could not exist unless both persons were involved. Well, […]

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Yet another Strokes side-project delays actual Strokes record

July 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on Yet another Strokes side-project delays actual Strokes record

I really don’t understand bands that take years and years in between albums. The more time that passes, the higher the expectations. Plus, you’ve got crazy short attention spans to deal with, thanks to the shuffling of iPods and whatnot. The kids that bought Is This It are practically moms and dads now. And do […]

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VIDEO: Lily Allen “22”

July 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

While I’ve been keeping It’s Not Me, It’s You in consistent rotation, I have to admit it doesn’t have the same impact on me as her debut. The dour disco vibe of this new record pales slightly as compared to the juxtaposition of her acerbic wit and sprightly post-ska pop from Alright, Still. Even so, […]

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Dinosaur Jr. strips down The Cure for Playboy

July 15th, 2009 · 5 Comments

When you think of Playboy’s target demographic, do Dinosaur Jr. fans come to mind? Well, maybe. Anyway, the reunited trio sat down for a performance and chat piece for a new feature on Playboy.com. The guys discuss their unanimous love and respect for The Cure, which was already evident in their monstrous cover of The […]

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New Clientele, in October: Bonfires on the Heath

July 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Clientele, in October: Bonfires on the Heath

Supposed to be a return to the sound of the early days, which is good for fans who haven’t really dug the last couple records as much as, say, Suburban Light. Hard to believe it has been a decade since that record was released. Stereogum has an mp3 teaser.

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Ex-Refused members form new hardcore band, AC4

July 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

AC4 is a new hardcore band that features Dennis Lyxzén and David Sandström of Refused. That news right there puts my ears at full attention, as Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come is easily one of the best punk rock records I’ve ever heard. Seriously, if you don’t own, quit reading this and go […]

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Mogwai shills for Nike

July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Mogwai shills for Nike

I saw this a few weeks ago and forgot about it until K sent me a link via Quarterlife Party. Good Mogwai song (“Autorock” from the underrated Mr. Beast album). Odd juxtaposition with Lance Armstrong and Nike, though. Don’t get me wrong- the music certainly fits the visuals; it’s just strange to think of Mogwai […]

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Friday Fun: Shadrach

July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Friday Fun: Shadrach

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