Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
When you think Denmark, I'm sure you picture Vikings, Carlsberg, and Lars Ulrich. When I think Denmark, all I hear is whimsical psychedelic pop-rock. Or at least I did after listening to Copenhagen quartet Treefight For Sunlight.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I think it was during the Louis and the Nazis episode, when Louis Theroux meets pre-teen skinhead pop group Prussian Blue, that I learned the significance of the number 88 to the white power community. Translate the numbers to the alphabet and you get HH - or Heil Hitler. Now, as far as I'm concerned there can only be two reasons why a band would name themselves Kids Of 88. Either they're an enterprising electro group attempting to create a niche in the white supremacist market; or they are literally kids of 88 - 1988. I suspect it's the later.
I don't like Girl Talk's new album. There. I said it. Happy now?
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Stockholm's Urban Cone managed to hit the Hype Machine's Popular list the other day with their track Urban Photograph which was posted up on Swedish blog Klubb Ace. I had a listen, and thought "this is a bandwagon I ought to be jumping on". Trouble is, with a band this minty fresh - they where formed only six months ago - there's so little information about them that the chances of a protracted post analysing the bands history and how it might relate to their current sound is zero. What I can tell you is they sound like French indie-electro groovers Fortune, fronted by Black Ghost's vocalist Simian Lord. If that sounds like it something that may appeal to you, then take a listen.
Friday, 12 November 2010
I would say I am excited about Trophy Wife, but that kind of emotion doesn't fit well with the band's ethos. The promotional literature from this Oxford trio tells me they regard their sound as "ambitionless office disco". As Self-depreciating as this may seem, it happens to be a neat way of packaging the bands creatively sparse take on the indie-disco genre into one sound bite. If you can imagine Swedish band Studio covering a Vampire Weekend track, you won't be far off.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Inspirational, pioneering, revolutionary, and ground-breaking - are not words I'd use to describe the first offering from Beady Eye; the band who've risen from the ashes of the now defunct Oasis, minus Noel. The track, entitled Bring The Light, was released as a free download via the band's website yesterday and is described as being "proper rock'n'roll" by frontman Liam Gallagher. It isn't. It more like a Status Quo record, minus the fun. Having said that, it's not quite as bad as some commenters have suggested. The problem is its mediocrity, which for a record that's obviously meant to stick it to brother and former bandmate Noel, is very worrying indeed. I hear rumours that Bring The Light will not be featuring on Beady Eye's forthcoming album. Given the songs lukewarm reception, that's probably a wise move. Better luck next time chaps.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
The prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD - a form of depression associated with a lack of sunlight - is alarmingly high in Finland and other areas of the Arctic region. One study puts the figure at 9.5%. That's nearly 1 in 10! Bear that in mind when you listen to Finnish outfit Satellite Stories; a four-piece guitar band who play up-tempo, jangly indie music that slots neatly in between The Wombats and Two Door Cinema Club. It sounds, well, happy. Think The Inbetweeners soundtrack. I can only assume these guys are being ironic. Or perhaps, they're just very optimistic people. Either way, they make great music.
I recall briefly listening to Crystal Castles back in '08 and thinking "Boy, I just don't get this". I was ashamed. They where everything I was supposed to like; I mean NME featured the band's eponymous release in their top 100 albums of the decade list, and heck, those guys know a thing or two about music, don't they? So, you understand my slight apprehension at giving the bands latest offering Not In Love a whirl.
Friday, 5 November 2010
The ever wonderful Neon Gold Records blog has just unveiled an exclusive Chiddy Bang remix of The Knocks latest release Dancing With The DJ. I've not been overly enamoured with The Bangs previous work, but this, I like. From what I can gather, the remix is a precursor to The Knocks debut London show at XOYO this coming Wednesday. In support will be label mate, Spark, with Chiddy Bang man Xaphoon Jones on turntable duties. If you're in the vicinity, head on down. It's free!
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Kori Pop took her name from...hang on a sec, that's actually her real name? Yep, you could say this girl was almost destined for a role at the performing end of the music business. And so it is that Pop has released her début album From The Outskirts, a wonderfully mellow collection of songs that brings to mind sounds as legendary as Carole King, Nick Drake, Laura Nyro and Cat Power. The album is headed by the single Nowhere Near My Heart, a song with subtle mass appeal that wouldn't sound out of place on the Juno soundtrack.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Cut/Copy (has that '/' always been there?) are turning up the hype up for their hotly anticipated follow up to their seminal album In Ghost Colours, sending out press releases to all and sundry. So, what do we have? Well, we have a name; Zonoscope (cool), an album cover (cool), and a U.K. release date; 7th February 2011 (er, not so cool). The danger with whipping up such a frenzy about something so far away (s'cuse the pun) is that, much like Christmas which appears to start in late September, when it finally arrives, it can often struggle to live up to expectation created in one's mind. That said, I have full confidence the boys can deliver the 'goods', so-to-speak. What else can you expect from an album described as "Cut Copy boiled down to [its] purest form, a suite of futuristic visions built upon primal rhythm tracks". What could possibly go wrong, eh?