|"Curse the Traced Bird" was released in 2008 on Secret Eye Records.|
Saturday, June 4, 2011
|GZA and Bill Murray, image from APHOT|
Friday, June 3, 2011
|A Thousand Heys was released April 12th on Fat Cat Records|
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Let me start by plainly saying that I love Walk the Moon, so when I was perusing through the bands playing the other stages at Bonnaroo and found they were set to play not once, but twice on Saturday, I got super excited. Their music is the type of music that almost demands to be shouted back by a crowd as they bounce up and down. Every song just drips with pure energy, and with their tight world-music-esque beats, you can almost be certain that their live show will be one of my personal Bonnaroo highlights. What's more, to even further excite me about their live show, aHumanPerson Productions has been following Walk the Moon around lately to film some of their performances. You can check out the whole web series here, and aHumanPerson's twitter here, but one of my personal favorite songs from the album, The Liftaway, is performed live below:
Walk the Moon will be playing Friday, June 10th at 4:30pm at Cafe Where? and later at 7:15pm at the Sonic Stage. If you're going to Bonnaroo, I had better see you there, because this is certainly something I recommend you don't miss.
|When You Grow Up was released by Blue Note on May 5th.|
The album suffers, however, when departing too far from that style, and though I cannot say that there is a “bad” song on the album, there are certainly some that I enjoy more than others.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Every now and then, you happen upon a blog that really sums up the decay of western civilization. Sometimes, it is Regretsy, the ultimate DIY craft failblog, other times its something like Literally Unbelievable. The goal at LU is to collect overreactions to the latest news stories from The Onion, the fake newspaper. I don't know what it is most people miss about The Onion being a satirical newspaper, but after reading through Literally Unbelievable, it is certainly our gain and their loss. See example below:
|From Literally Unbelievable|
One of the most exciting new festivals of last year was Asheville, NC's Moogfest, a 3-day celebration of the spirit of legendary synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. Last years festival brought acts such as Panda Bear, Girl Talk, and MGMT to a handful of Asheville's venues. Today, Moogfest has announced the initial lineup for their 2011 festival, and it's quite impressive: the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, and Tangerine Dream gill the three headlining slots while the undercard includes other acts that owe a debt to Moog's innovations such as Chromeo, Crystal Castles, and influential electro-punk-rockers Suicide, performing their groundbreaking 1977 eponymous debut in its entirety. The festival takes place October 28-30, 2011 and ticket prices range from $149.50 to $379.50 and will be on sale starting Saturday, June 4th. Check out the lineup so far and get more details at www.moogfest.com.
|Image courtesy of Moogfest.com|
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, set in the world of Prohibition-Era Atlantic City was last year’s breakout success. After taking home a fistful of awards, from a Writers Guild nod for Writing in a New Series to Steve Buscemi’s Best Actor Golden Globe, the news of a renewal for a second season was not really news. Anyone who had seen this magnificent period drama revolving around Buscemi and crew’s vice-and-corruption style political machine knew that this would be the next big thing from HBO, who desperately needed a crime drama to fill the gaping hole left by the Sopranos. Aided by screenplays from Terence Winter, the Emmy Award-winning screenwriter from the aforementioned Sopranos, and a pilot directed by none other than Martin Scorsese himself, the show started with a bang and kept getting louder. Recently, HBO released a 2-minute-or-so glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work going on for Season 2. Via voiceover, they explain the plotlines they intend to follow while showing clips of dailies and some brief, dramatic dialogue from a few of the episodes. See the video below:
|Arcade Fire were just one of the headliners at Coachella 2011|
|"Dig Up The Dead" by Mansions was released on|
April 5, 2011 on Burning House Records/King Bones
So, word on the street is that the Americanized Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig, had a red-band trailer leak earlier today. I finally hunted down a YouTube copy and immediately became at least twice as excited for the movie as I was. I said I'd never support Americanized versions of anything after a string of real hack-job remakes, but Let Me In totally changed my mind about that. This trailer took it a step further and not only can I support Americanizing movies, I can now enthusiastically endorse them.
Monday, May 30, 2011
|Released on April 26, 2011 on Temporary Residence Limited|
Post rock is a strange animal: hard to describe as a genre without making it sound like elevator music or the backdrop for a nature documentary, yet immediately recognizable whenever you hear it. For years, one of the biggest names in this bizarre little subgenre has been Explosions in the Sky, an instrumental quartet from Austin, TX known for their larger than life crescendos laced with searing effects-driven guitar work that speaks volumes by itself without vocal accompaniment. Explosions in the Sky have risen to prominence in recent years thanks to frequent use of their music in movies and television shows, the raw emotion and epic-minded melodies in their songs a natural fit for world of film scoring.
|i want! i want!, self-released November 26th, 2010|
This album grabs you from the beginning with an unassuming intro and then erupts into layers of pulsing bass lines, adroit synth work and the crisp, explosive crunch of guitars. While Anna Sun sets the bar high, this is the sort of album that consistently exceeds expectations.