I'm having a hard time loving the new Metronomy EP Not Made For Love. It sounds a bit boring to me and that's not a qualification you could easily put on Metronomy before. Luckily there are some cool remixes that add salt and pepper to the tracks. RCRD LBL has a good remix of 'Do The Right Thing' here and this is the Astronomer remix of 'Not Made For Love'.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I discovered The Soft Pack when they were playing on a festival curated by The Breeders. I can imagine Kim Deal sitting on a couch listening to the guitar solo in 'Extincion' lighting up another cigarette.
Below a video of a new song 'Pull Out'.
Here you can download a cool LaundroMatinee session with a couple of new songs and here you can download their Daytrotter session.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Cool PDS EP here. B-side 'Service, Service' has a guitar line that always sticks in my head. It's also on the session I posted before.
'Crackerjack Docker' remains their catchiest tune yet and the video is as well timed as their shouts and guitarlines.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Broadcast have a new record out next year, this mini album with The Focus Group is out now. They'll tour in October with Atlas Sound. You can download a collaboration between them from Atlas Sound's blog here and a trailer of the new mini album here.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here are the three Flinch singles that I did find. All three are really good mid nineties guitarpopsongs. After their fifth single 'Skin Deep' the band broke up and formed Feline, they broke up again and formed Ultraviolet, and after that they became Die So Fluid.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I saw Dirty Projectors today - a really nice gig. They played 'Rise Above' and the new single 'Stillness Is The Move' in a row and a couple of songs I didn't know yet. Their recent LP Bitte Orca is a weird and beautiful record. Here is a song from The Getty Address. Also check out their Daytrotter Sessions here and here.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Two Dancers by Wild Beasts is one of the most striking records released this year. I've been listening to it everyday since it's out. The songs are stuck in my head, more than the songs on last year's Limbo, Panto. The best song on it is 'The Empty Nest'. They just released a new single 'All The Kings Men'. If there is a record to check out this year, it's definitely this one.
Wild Beasts are playing on the London Calling festival in Paradiso on the 21st of November. I saw them there last year and that was a great gig.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club release their second album this week, Love On An Oil Rig . After recording the album drummer Emma left and they added two new members. 'Parrot' is the first single off the album. Another single, 'Watching The Burglars' is also out.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
In 2007 PJ Harvey released White Chalk, an intimate and introverted record. She challenged herself to write and record songs from quite a different angle than what she was used to. It's a beautiful short album, probably one of her best. It got a bit overlooked at the time, maybe because it didn't rock as bluntly as her previous work.
For this album she didn't do a big world tour, because she felt that she couldn't translate the intimacy of the record on stage everyday. Instead she performed by herself in just a couple of theatres. But she did do a lot of radio sessions and tv performances to promote the new work.
Here is a compilation I made of the best tracks from these sessions and below stunning versions of 'Grow Grow Grow' on a French tv show and 'The Mountain' in an early stage.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Gus Gus are back with a new single and album, 24/7.
Daniel Agust does the vocals on the very strong first single 'Add This Song', and it immediately sounds familiar. They play in Trouw the 3rd of October. So I'm finally going to see them live.
Monday, September 14, 2009
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump are from London, they are big music fans with a good taste. They DJ, organise clubnights and they have a blog with stories, demo's and music they like. Their sound is dark and grungy. I heard a new song the other day called 'Smear', and it sounded like Sonic Youth. They have just recorded a new single with Steve Albini in Chicago.
This song below is from their first EP 'These Sins'. There's also a cool cover of Sonic Youth's '100%' on it. Buy it from the band's myspace.
This is probably my favourite song ever. Funeral material. The drums are pefect, Kim's vocals are dreamy and sharp and the guitars get strange in the end. I love it how things start and stop all the time in this song. There are different components shifting over eachother, then stopping and coming in again. When I put it on, I always have to listen to it a couple of times in a row, it's super addictive.
This line-up of The Breeders here is also special, Tanya Donelly from Throwing Muses is still there, Kelley Deal joined, Josephine Wiggs and the drummer is Britt Walford from Slint.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
You either love or hate Sue Tompkins' vocals. She is a sound artist from Glasgow and was the singer of Life Without Buildings. She does spoken word performances that are like the repetitive way of singing she does with LWB, but the band provide a nice postpunk sauce for her word art. This perfect single was not on the Any Other City album.
Bradford Cox from Deerhunter works solo under the name Atlas Sound. Last year he released his debut on 4AD, 'Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel'.
He is a prolific songwriter who constantly records his music. He shares his music on his blog, some of that music is even better than the album, like this 'virtual' 7" .
Throwing Muses in their prime in 1996. This single comes from the Limbo album, one of their best. The b-sides are new versions of songs from Limbo. I think Kristin is pregnant in the live video below.
This is an acoustic solo version: Shark Solo
Saturday, September 12, 2009
This is Electricity In Our Homes' first and best single, from 2007. Four short fast songs.
Friday, September 11, 2009
After 'Your Ma' Salad recorded their debut with Mark Freegard as well. The photo's are by Martin Parr. I love this one a lot. Very good songs, very good ideas. Spikey guitar pop influenced by The Breeders and Blondie.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This band got a lot of bad reviews for their debut album. One guy wrote that now a lot of these cd's are pressed and that there should be a good way to use them, like wiping your ass with them. Pitchfork understood this genius band a lot better.
The sound is super economic. The bass is the most prominent and then the drums. The guitar comes inbetween, really well timed. They recorded the album in an old building with a lot of fights.
This session is harder than the album. Especially the drums.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Cool collection of Salad's first three singles. A lot of good ideas. 'Diminished Clothes' and 'On a Leash' are especially good. The singer Marijne van der Vlugt was a VJ on MTV in the 90's. She got the job when she went to MTV to bring her band's video and they asked her to audition. She got tired of being asked about MTV in the end. But they played the video for 'On a Leash' a lot.
Excellent Throwing Muses EP from 1994. 'Crayon Sun' is a Latin Playboys cover, but the real deal here are the other two b-sides 'Red Eyes' and 'Like a Dog'.
When Cake Like recorded their first LP they were playing together for just a couple of months. They were in artschool and started this as a schoolproject to get points. They found guitars and a drumkit in school and just started playing. Their boyfriends were in bands and they wanted to be better.
The songs on "Delicious' are simple, raw and tense. Lately An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump remind me of Cake Like.
It was released in 1994 on a Japanese label and was available on import. I remember finding it in a little record shop in Antwerp. It is one of my favourite records since.
'Flooding' is a great new Kristin Hersh song. The 'yes to the flooding' is like the 'cactus' in 'Gazebo Tree'. I hope it's gonna be on the new album. Below a recent live version, recorded in York.