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Gang Gang Dance interferance…
Three babyfaced siblings from North London who’ve formed a throwback novelty act with their mum and dad, jivin’ to the sounds of the ’50s in ther Sunday best.
Deerhunter’s hour-long set* from last week’s Noise Pop festival, featuring four new songs, all recorded in high quality.
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I was supposed to be there…it was only down the road from me…but I became a casualty of other people’s tardiness.
Stylish video from Eva Husson, the director of M83′s Kim & Jesse, combining dance with a Donnie Darko aesthetic. I’m not quite taken with the song, however.
Official video for the song I have most listened to so far in 2009.
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Ruby Weapon – Two Weeks (Grizzly Bear cover)
This song may just save your day. It surfaced on the net as the soundtrack to a slideshow of party pictures on YouTube. I extracted the audio and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since – it’s mesmeric. From what I can gather, it’s by a virtual unknown from Australia going by the name of Ruby Weapon, who has uploaded a batch of Animal Collective/Panda bear cover versions, but there’s little else in the way of information. Which is too bad, because I’m absolutely smitten with this. Best thing I’ve heard all week.
A few hours ago we had about 45 minutes to film and edit a little ‘about me’ segment, which was hastily put together…but with this song. I will take it down shortly, out of embarrassment, but for now – rare footage of me:
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A new line-up, new arrangement…and still great.
A video from the crowd’s perspective during AC’s performance at the Bataclan last month, nicely capturing the unbridled euphoria their music creates. The perfect way to start off a Monday.
An old favourite and perhaps one of the best cover versions around, put to the visuals of Bowie’s original.
Hjaltalín – Traffic Music
Triumphant Icelandic pop put to great effect in this mixed-media animation that’s as colourful as it is incomprehensible. Hjaltalin is a nine piece ensemble who were singled out for praise after Jim Carroll’s recent scouting mission to the Eurosonic festival showcase in Holland AND crowned ‘Brightest Hope’ at last year’s Icelandic music awards. On the strength of this track, they promise to live up to those expectations. Their album Sleepdrunk Seasons is out now on Kimi records.
One of my favourite acts of 2008 with two nifty renditions from their excellent album Swimming.
Yeasayer – Tight Rope
My review of the new 4ad compilation Dark Was the Night features in the new issue of MOJO (as well as an interview I did with Ray LaMontaigne). There are plenty of magic moments but overall I found it disappointing, particularly with the amount of cover versions (nearly two-thirds of the 31 tracks) which 4ad have consciously chosen not to mention in all the hype-building publicity so far. Because it’s for a worthy cause I don’t really agree with the mass-posting of the album and its tracks to download for free online, so I’m going with this video of Yeasayer in session. “Tight Rope” is one of my favourites from the collection, a song I have a sentimental connection with after being privy to the now famous Take Away Show they first revealed it in.
This brings back some memories: a witty and catchy song about being ignored by your crush – I must have watched this video hundreds of times as an angst-ridden, hormone-fuelled teenager. I can still recite every line without thinking about it. But the reason I’m indulging in a moment of nostalgia is because Hot Chip have remixed it almost beyond recognition, reminding me in turn of another remix of the song where the group re-deliver each other’s rhymes to a cocktail jazz backing. Both remixes posted below.
The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Fly as Pie remix)
Parisian bluesman crosses the swampy sounds of the Delta with a subtle streak of pop. Released as a single on Monday.
M. Ward’s new album will benefit greatly from the mainstream exposure that She & Him brought and I know it will do well in its critical reception…I’m just not sure it deserves to. Sure, it’s enjoyable – but the amount of recycled material here is staggering. So many of the melodies and chord progressions retread old ground that they are literally a pale imitation of what has come before. If you are approaching M. Ward’s music from any sort of unfamiliarity, please, please seek out Transfiguration of Vincent, Transistor Radio, and End of Amnesia first. You’ll be glad you did.
Beirut – La Llorona
I’ve had the new Beirut release for about a month now and it’s definitely a departure…but not one I have taken to the way I would have hoped for. For a start, it’s two EPs together rather than an album, each half distinctly different both from each other and everything that came before. The first part is a collection of Mexican funeral march arrangements conducted through a brass orchestra, the second a gathering of ’80s inspired keyboard pop recorded in a bedroom under the new name Realpeople. It’s not without its moments, however. Instrumental ‘No Dice’ is a blast of kitsch fun and penultimate track ‘The Concubine’ is a gem. I would post the latter here but I am not legally entitled to do so. However, it will be on my forthcoming mix CD!