I just checked out Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies as they were on the top of my recommended artists lists on Last.fm. They remind me of a grungier, grittier Bel Auburn (who I posted about sometime earlier, here) meets 65daysofstatic. These two tracks are free for download on their website, plus there's a couple others on their MySpace page. Give them a spin if you like epic, unpredictable "prog-post-mathcore-rock-stuff" music that seem to meander for ages before finally coming to an end.
I have never seen a person make music the way France's Camille does. Her performances are astounding to watch, with implements of scatting, beat boxing and even beating her back to create such noises, it's truly art. She has combined her love for cinema and literature, taste for classic french chansons from the 30's and 40's, as well as Anglo-American folk music and Brazilian Bossa Nova to create what is her album, titled "Le Fil". Camille has worked on some tracks for Nouvelle Vague on their self titled album, covering songs like The Clash's Guns Of Brixton and Dead Kennedy's Too Drunk Too Fuck, to name a few.
Lately we have seen a fair share of bands with super long names. Along with that we add a band from Austin, Texas. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. Often associated with Spoon, their music sets you off in a danceable mood to some electronica rock. This year's album "Fear Is on Our Side" takes a turn for the seriously, achingly bleak and actually reflecting back on their band name with some "dark" tunes. Though the group's output so far suggests a willingness to climb and explore, their recognition of its versatility promises to propel them.
Not only has Thurston Moore established himself member of Sonic Youth, a solo artist, managing the record company Ecstatic Peace but now with his own kind of festival. What kind of festival? Nightmare Before Christmas Festival. The festival with an amazing line up with acts such as: Iggy And The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Six Organs Of Admittance, Deerhoof, Wolf Eyes, Dinosaur Jr., Gang Of Four, be your own PET, Blood Stereo, No Neck Blues Band, Comets On Fire, Sun City Girls and many more which you can check out here. It's a three day event from December 8th to December 10th 2006. Unfortunately the festival is only held in London. This is also quite a pricey festival as it includes accommodation at a resort for international guests. Talk about luxury as well as a great festival. Sounds very interesting though.
Just a quick post today on one of my favorite bands, Gainsville, Florida's very own Against Me! I saw these guys live earlier this year (February to be procise) and I have to say that they were one of the best live acts i've seen in my life. Their live set bought out everything, wardrobe malfunctions, sweaty punks, broken floorboards, and a set full of non-stop classics for everyone to sing along to.
I hate myself for not seeing The Velvet Teen when they came during the Baybeats festival earlier this year. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk. They'll be touring with Minus the Bear, P.O.S. and Russian Circles starting the end of this month though so if you're living in the US of A, make sure you catch them in action so you won't be kicking yourselves like how I'm kicking myself right now. Here's a song off their brilliant album 'Elysium' and two others from their 2006 release 'Cum Laude' - if the links don't work, go to their MySpace site.
Rummaging through my music collection I rediscovered Les Sans Culottes. Let's put it this way, it's a French singing band from New York. That might seem odd but as time goes on more and more people seem to realise exactly what the band is saying regardless of what language they are saying it in and even while it is filtered through assumed personas, using some ridiculous names like Francoise Hardly or Johnny Dieppe. And perhaps there is something revolutionary in that. As the NY Daily News says they've "earned a reputation for excessively fabulous performances and intoxicatingly catchy pop music in the mold of Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc", there's no denying that you can't help but to move your feet or sing along even if you don't know French.
I think I may be way late with getting into Fiona Apple (she has a pretty big discography that dates back a fair while), but I'm glad now that I have. She truly is something. She's so delicate and powerful with her lyrics. She gets to me and I'm sucked straight in. Along with her lyrics she has some real easy listening pop sounds to go with it. It's a match made in heaven I think. If you haven't heard of Fiona yet, well don't be an idiot like me. Start by listening to this song off her newest release Extraordinary Machine.
MATT! KIM! Yea Yeah! Matt and Kim are a bunch of kids from Brooklyn, New York. She drums while he sings and plays the synths. Together they mash upbeat dance punk without a single guitar. Touring alongside bands like Voxtrot and The French Kicks, it's no wander Matt and Kim deserve some recognition of their own. Their latest video 5k, shown as bloody as they flail away in a kitchen, while playing to a small crowd of people about to be sliced. "Don't try this at home!"
No Through Road is hands down one of my favorite Australian bands around. A lot of people compare Matt Banham's vocals to Bright Eyes very own Conor Orbest and I would say that that's a fair call. The only difference though is that No Through Road writes some funny songs and Bright Eyes doesn't. No Through Road have just released their new album Too Much Or Not Enough on Unstable Ape Records. Make sure to check out their Myspace here for more news and tours.
Sorry for the lack of updates! (ps James, hope you're feeling better!) I'm having preliminary exams at the moment which are in preparation for the actual exams in October/November, so until then my life basically consists of exams, studying, exams, studying and more exams. How exciting. Anyway, here's a sample mini-mix I made of instrumental stuff (vocals are too distracting, I end up singing along) that I listen to while studying to help me focus as well as prevent me from dozing off.
Sorry for now updates in the last few days, wow actually make that four days! I don't know what's happened to Sandra and Jacq but me, i've been as sick as a dog lately. Anyway, I have just enough time to squeeze in a quick post. Fact: Danielson consist's of more than 30 members! If you love Sufjan Stevens, The Arcade Fire and Architecture In Helsinki, Danielson is up your alley.
Julian Nation is from Melbourne, Australia and started making music at the age of 16 after seeing The Lucksmiths. Using all he had, a guitar, a glockenspiel, a borrowed microphone, a Casiotone and a friend's bass guitar making songs of pure pop. By the time he was 19 he started recording using a four-track recorder he bought the day after seeing The Unicorns play at Trades Hall, the album was recorded in Julian's bedroom and the St.Marcs community centre in Fitzroy. Creating a ten song length album titled We Are All Writers on Book Club Records. Julian writes songs but doesn't tell anybody...until now. Be sure to check it out.
Ok, im going to ignore the history of The Vines today, I'm sure everybody knows about them now and the crazy ride they have had. Lets talk about the new album, Vision Vally, I was never a fan of this band. To me their first two releases didn't do anything for me, but with their third release, they've done something that little bit better. It might be the fact that their songs are a whole heap shorter and you dont get bored or maybe Craig's writing ability has matured over thelast two years. Whatever it is, it's got my vote.
I've been listening to Bel Auburn a lot lately, especially on bus rides to and from school. Their sound is straight up indie rock - nothing exactly groundbreaking, but undeniably well-executed and done so with such sincerity that they're still definite pleasure to listen to whilst watching the cityscape pass by. Their whole album Lullabies in A & C is available for download on their official website, so go crazy. Here's two songs I can't get out of my head.
I've been diggin' the sounds of Heavens. Possibly not the best band name in the word, but I don't think that's what matters. Heavens is the band Alkaline Trio will never be, well maybe. Matt Skiba heads in a more indie and easy listening direction with Heavens and its actually worked off quite a treat. It's enjoyable to listen to and not as dark as what Alkaline Trio is. Their debut album Patent Pending comes out worldwide on September 12th. Keep your eyes on this band.
The Shaky Hands are a New Zealand band from Auckland. The band have been doing good things lately such as releasing a new EP titled "Cut Off Your Hands" and recently supported for We Are Scientists on their Australian tour. I was lucky enough to see them and will see them again playing with Starky and Pony Up! If you like that thrashy dance punk, you'll love them. I'd compare them to Forward, Russia whom in which I think sound very alike to.
Just a quick post tonight (extremely busy with school work and cd reviews). Cursives new release has grabbed my attention of late. I;m not sure now how many releases these guys have had but every single one of them is almost completely different from the last and their newest one is no exception. Their on Saddle Creek Records and you know what that means? They know Conor Orbest.
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