Trials + Tribulations

Electro Force
September 29, 2006, 12:22 pm
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It’s a good formula. 1 boy+1 girl=good fun. Add in some sampling, computer mixing mayhem, and some distorted girl vocals and you have the creative stylings of Tiger Force. They’re playing a free show tonight in London at Catch 22 with The Bleeps.

Castle Hassle
September 29, 2006, 12:45 am
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Oh Canada, how I love thee! Crystal Castles is straight outta Toronto. Named after She-Ra’s castle, he lays down beats as a background for her to sing, mic test, or scream. I definitely need their vinyl for remixing powers. Check out BiBaBiDi’s interview with them.

Atlantis to Interzone (Crystal Castles remix of the Klaxons)

Late Comer
September 28, 2006, 1:26 pm
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Yeah, I know, I’m a little late on this one. Shortwave Set peaked my interest when I read an article that described them like this:

Made from an assortment of Deptford market junk and 50p charity shop tunes, fed into a dilapidated laptop, what has emerged are a bunch of uniquely beguiling, off kilter hangover classics.

The Brits’ album The Debt Collection came out in 2005, but it looks like it’s only available as an import, so I don’t feel too awful about not getting with it until now. Hear some more here.

The Free Load

Make This Airborne
September 28, 2006, 3:18 am
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During my first listen to Airborne Toxic Event, I hear the voice. The low, beautiful voice reminds me of Alex Kapranos, and I love it. Then the drums beckon my feet to move. The slower songs make me think more 80’s, perhaps Cure or The Smiths. Their name is from a book by Don Delillo called White Noise, and they come from the mighty Mexifornia (you’ll only get that if you watch SNL). They’ll be playing at CMJ in November, so get out there and see them before they get signed.

Does This Mean You’re Moving On?

Rare Fare
September 27, 2006, 11:53 am
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Power house Electrelane has just released a B-Sides, Rarities, & Live album on Too Pure. Too Pure is a great label boasting releases from such acts as PJ Harvey, Tracy & the Plastics, and Stereolab. Electrelane also just finished writing a new album this summer in Germany and are recording now in Michigan. Their last album was so great it got them on the cover of WIRE magazine, you know the indie/noise/hip kids guide to music mag.

Long Dark

I’m On Fire

Spartakiade (not on the collection, but not widely released)

Thanks to Juliette Robert for the pic from her beautiful collection.

Lo Siento
September 25, 2006, 2:33 pm
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Sorry dudes my internet has been sparse this last week. It’s getting harder to find time to make a decent post so uhh here’s a bunch of mp3s I just can’t write up right now.

The Hidden Cameras-Death of a Tune
Russian Circles-Death Rides a Horse

The Grates-19-20-20
Canada-Record Function
Punks-Dark Mountain (Screwed Remix)

Peter & the Wolf-Safe Travels
Asobi Seksu-Strawberries (Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix)

Shiny Toy Guns-Starts With One

September 23, 2006, 10:39 am
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Olympia’s The Gossip are taking North Texas by storm today. DON’T miss their instore at Good Records today at 2 PM and if you feel like having an awesome time, make the drive up to Hailey’s in Denton to see them play with the excellent Swan Island (not Swan Lake) and Mika Miko.
See you there!

The Gossip-Listen Up! [VIDEO]
The Gossip-Are U That Somebody (Aaliyah cover)
Swan Island-The Centre Will Hold
Mika Miko-Capricorinations

September 22, 2006, 2:16 pm
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You’ve probably most definitely heard noise of Klaxons. In case you haven’t, here it is. They’re three British kids making “neu-rave” but I don’t really get that tag. I think it’s just hopped up dance punk with an art school twist. They’re all about the bright colors and crap, so I guess maybe that’s where the rave thing comes in?
Their debut US EP Xan Valleys comes out October 6th on Modular. Here’s the video for “Gravity’s Rainbow”

September 19, 2006, 2:11 pm
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So…Joanna Newsom and Smog played last night. I’m not gonna say a whole lot because you can find reviews everywhere, but if you want a healthy, chunky and tasty review, check out Urban Pollution. Joanna was cute and played a few new songs like “Emily” and “Sawdust and Diamonds.”
I feel sorry for everyone who left after Joanna finished. The Parish was packed to capacity for her set, and dwindled to under 50. Joanna continued to play with Smog on piano (as you can see above) and Smog played a great set with new and old stuff.

ALSO yesterday we were blessed to see Cat Power do a taping for Austin City Limits. She was fantastic! She played about 20 songs and while most of them were the same ones and in the same order she played them in on Friday and Sunday, she was the true star. She was funny and talked to the audience inbetween songs, and continued dancing like she had been doing. She had a mini meltdown while trying to perform “The House of the Rising Sun” but she got over it and finally played the song through beautifully. It was interesting to see how TV was made too.

And tonight we’re seeing The Blow at Emo’s! What an amazing weekend. Then it’ll be time to go home, back to real life.
Architecture in Helsinki-Nevereverdid (YACHT Remix)
Architecture in Helsinki-Do the Whirlwind (YACHT Remix)

It’s All Happening in Austin
September 18, 2006, 3:21 pm
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Just found out through that Joanna Newsom will be opening for Smog tonight in Austin at the Parish. This is super exciting news, because I missed Smog playing in Dallas and uhhh Joanna Newsom? Thanks. She’s rented a harp apparently and will play her own set and then join Smog on stage. Doors will be about 9 PM I think so get there fast!

Yesterday was the last day of ACL and it was pretty sweet. We started out with The Stills, got some Black Angels, hung around for the super cute Scandanavian Husky Rescue, Jose Gonzalez and finally the New Pornographers, who were amazing. We were so happy that Neko Case was there, because it pretty much made the set. They tore through a lot of Twin Cinema with a lot of the older stuff too.

Then we headed on over to Stubb’s to take in Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band’s awesomeness. Much the same set as Saturday, but the impromptu “Crazy” became a full fledged cover. Sorry I don’t have a recording for you, replete with expletives. Chan was amazing, dancing all over, talking back and forth with the audience and such. Lightning was impending and they were wanting her to get off the stage so lightning didn’t hit the audience or her. She kept on playing though, covering “The House of the Rising Sun” and talking some more. She wants to do an ad campaign for O’Doul’s apparently.

Anyway have a good monday!