I recently saw The Blow at Newtown Theatre on Monday, and Khaela Maricich's dancing is just as good as their new record, Paper Television. As Khaela sings to the synth-y beat, off goes a plethora of sounds - claps, gentle rings from cowbells, rattles, and what can only be sounds made by collaborator Jona Bechtolt. A mish-mash of genres, it's quirky, intense and diverse all at the same time. They'll always surprise, and hit you with something unexpected. All songs are connected beautifully and smoothly in a story about being free and being in love. Airlessly sailing through, The Blow combines pop music aesthetics with the niche of not having to annoy you endlessly.
It's been a while, but I have another Quickie With... This time, with Mark Gorsch of Swedish band Love Is All. As it turns out, Mark is quite a character. You wouldn't think a drummer would be this funny, maybe they just hold it in and wait for the moment, maybe this was that moment for him to open up.
Feeling like such a child when listening to Tilly And The Wall, makes me remember being in 4th grade singing in unison with the whole class with the odd stomp with the feet here and there. Maybe it's because the band name is from a children's book. These guys are just what I imagined a perfect boy/girl band would be. Sure they may do odd things like ask each other to marry live on stage but they have the most awesome costumes. I'm keen on seeing them live. I heard they are expected to play next year in Australia and perhaps for Splendour In The Grass. Bottoms Of Barrels is the title of the latest album, it has been already given great reviews, so all I can add to this is that...this is a fun pop record and who knows that it might find itself on the list of albums of 2006. Here's the music video from their latest single which has a strange Spanish flamenco dance feel to it as well some tracks below from the album.
I have now found my new favorite pop/punk/indie/jazz band. Love Is All, is a Swedish band who (I bet) would definately know how to put on a party. They have similar sounds to choatic punk bands from the 70's, but sound much alike to Life Without Buildings. For Australian's wanting to know more, catch these guys live at next years St. Jerome's Festival.
Datarock, a band that may sound familiar to some or a band that might have people confused slightly. It doesn't take a fashion designer to realise that this duo is the most well-dressed band in the world (picture on the right is enough proof). Why am I posting about these guys today? Well, im glad you asked. You see, Datarock have released possibily the best love song ever written, it is titled Computer Camp Love. With lyrics such as "I had my Commodore, 64, I had to score" it's impossible not to shed a tear of sadness, and on some occassions during the song, you can have a laugh with lyrics like "She's not a tramp, her name is Judy. That's a nice name." You have to hear it for yourself to understand the message behind it.
Page France are from Maryland, United States. A band I merely took notice of about a year ago until their release of "Hello, Dear Wind" this year. Intrigued by soft simple chords and lightly taps of the glockenspiel, I was compelled to listen to what Page France had to offer. "Hello, Dear Wind" is an album of 14 blissful compositions, each specially crafted to illustrate a story. It’s a perfect album to add to a summer's collection; simply just relax to. If you like the sounds of bands such as Okkervil River, Sufjan Stevens, Kite Flying Society or just everything there is about folk-pop you will not be disappointed by one of the exceptional albums of 2006.
Speaking on same topic here; as we get closer to the end of this year, it's nearly time to bring out that list of albums of the year. Here at Off The Record team, we are all doing our best (despite our busy lives) narrowing it down to a smaller list of what was initially a countless list. This list will probably be put up by the end of November so hopefully you guys will be able to vote. Whether or not I am to find a good place to hold polls, we'll see about that.
After many computer delays I'm about to post another leak of 2007, that crazy art noise rock band Deerhoof, with their insane Japanese/American lead singer who wants us to come see the duck; they're just infectious. I don't really need to give an introduction because Deerhoof have already done it themselves impressing the likes of Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Xiu Xiu. The first track "The Perfect Me" is an excellent opener for the album Friend Opportunity due out late January next year. Second track "+81" add bits and pieces of trumpets sounds. Throughout the album it gradually from one extent to another. I guess Deerhoof are going to less than that noisy guitar sound but nonetheless they are able to pull it off. I love this and cannot wait 'til it'll be released. I'll let you guys decide yourself on some of the new songs from the album. The album also features 12 collectible covers. Below are 2 of the 12.
I thought I'd post something a bit more local to me today. Triosk, a band that probably everyone that doesn't live in Australia hasn't heard of, well let me just say you don't know what your missing out on, until now that is. Triosk was formed in Syndey in 2001 with the objective to perform improvised-based music in which electronics played an active and equal role (yesss, I did just copy and paste that information, so what?). Anywho, not sucked in yet? Well get these songs into you!
Summer's nearly here in southern hemisphere and it's time to bring out those sunshine tunes to get us in the mood. We all know The Shins are about to release Wincing The Night Away soon, (everyones probably already heard it from the leaks all over the internet) as well as Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal who I posted about a while back. But I'm throwing in a new band from sunny California, The Little Ones who released their first EP "Sing Song" earlier this year. Smooth soft melodies and catchy singalongs are what The Little Ones are all about; think The Unicorns meets Voxtrot and The Shins. The name may suggest it but this isn't no twee record with child-like instruments so don't expect to go all mushy on it but whatever you choose to do, put on a smile. Download the songs below (perferably buy the EP), burn them onto CD compilation, give it to a friend for a summer party or play it in the car on the way to the beach.
If you were to ask me what my favorite folk-rock album was of all time, I would respond with straight away with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl. I recently rediscovered this album and I'm enjoying it all over again. It's the sort of album, that at one stage will make you wanna get up, tap one foot on the floor, whilst clapping, but then at some moments of the album, your completely sucked into the sad songs and can't help but feel down. Definately an album you all have to hear.
Gerling's new release, 4 (dont ask why it's called that), is the best thing the band has released over their decade career. Instead of sticking with their pop/indie/electronic sort of style thats similar to artists such as Rocket Science and Spod, they have headed in a more indie rock direction much like fellow aussie rockers The Vines, except their songs are a bit longer. Well, judge for yourself. I'm now onboard with these guys.
Who? What? When? How? Outkast? Right at this moment your probably thinking "Why the hell is James making a post on Outkast?". Well, yeah I'm a fan. Not a huge massive fan, but I do dig their stuff. They're extremely talented and one of the best hip-hop acts in the world (oh controversial). Ever since I heard Andre 3000's The Love Below, I've been hooked. Their new album Idlewild is well, not what I expected. It's not their greatest release thats for sure, but it does have songs that have "Hit" written all over it. Which is why I'm posting their single Morris Brown for you cool kats out there. For shizzle nizzle homie boys. Peace out!, haha (I had to try)
Pulling out the school excuse. I probably won't be able to post for a while; apologies. Instead I've compiled a few songs I've been listening to lately whilst been (so called) studying. It includes songs from new albums/eps of Voxtrot, Psapp and The Blood Arm plus others. Been meaning to make posts about them sooner or later so I guess I'll add them all in one post to make it easier. Enjoy! Psapp Tricycle Voxtrot Trouble (the beginning sounds a bit like a B&S song) Uffie Pop The Glock (strangely enough, yes Uffie) Rilo Kiley After Hours (nice Velvet Underground cover) Tokyo Police Club Box Jens Lekman Black Cab The Blood Arm Stay Put! Tilly And The Wall Bad Education Iron On Fifty Four Equals Two Hundred The Lucksmiths Now I'm Even Further Away The Lovely Feathers The Only Appalachian Cornfield
I'm pretty sure I have posted about this band before, but I can't help myself. This band has once again grabbed my attention, for what reason I'm not sure yet. Everybody by now has heard of the band and knows their background and what their all about, so there really is no point of me going through it all again. Today, I have chosen to post my favorite song off the self titled debut effort and I can tell you now, this album will be an Album of the Year contender.
Sorry for the lack of updates recently, I will do my very best to try and get on top of things again. Anway, Hot Chip. A band I have been really digging as of late. Electronic / Dance / Trance / Techno, whatever you want to classify them as, they are an amazingly talented band. Their recent single And I Was A Boy From School has been doing amazingly well in Australia at the moment with today sitting in at #5 on the JTV charts. Why am I posting Tchaparian? Well, it's (to me) the most catchiest song on their album, The Warning. Need I say more?
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