Archive | February, 2010

BONUS Track of the Weekend: Xiu Xiu–This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)

26 Feb

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music, a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show or buying a record. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

This track is courtesy of Kill Rock Stars (via Twitter) and comes from Xiu Xiu’s newest album, Dear God, I Hate Myself. The album is available streaming on the label’s website right now. It’s different from other material I’ve heard from Xiu Xiu. While it’s still got the usual masochistic, dark tone, and it’s certainly as experimental as other Xiu Xiu’s past records, it’s also got a poppy, catchy side. Though I don’t the songs from this album to be in regular rotation on Top 40 radio stations, I think Dear God, I Hate Myself could attract new fans who were put off by Xiu Xiu’s earlier offerings.

Xiu Xiu–This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)

Verdict: I really needed this song today.

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Track of the Weekend- The Brian Jonestown Massacre- The Ballad of Jim Jones

26 Feb

The never-ending NX35 track-by-track: Week 2

26 Feb

So here’s the deal: we’ve been fairly light on the NX35 coverage due mainly to, well, some “involvement” with the festival. In an effort to provide some level of “countdown” coverage, we are going to go through 20 tracks from 20 bands at a time every Friday until the weekend of the conferette. (For those of you who are a little slow, there are three weeks left until NX35, which means we will be sharing 60 tracks with you.) Let’s hope this helps all of you have a better understanding of the music that is quickly approaching. If you like any of the bands, check out when/where they’re playing and possibly find out more info at NX35.com.

Note: This week the newest addition to the DBB staff, Nina Chantanapumma (aka The Neener), joins in on the fun.

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Track of the Day: Spooky Folk- Rare Bird

26 Feb

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music, a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show or buying a record. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

Local act Spooky Folk has been getting a lot of attention since they helped open the Smoke restaurant wayyy back in August, and now with their spot on the Western Vinyl showcase at NX35 looming in the future we learn that the band plans to release a full-length in conjunction with that performance. We’re proud to offer up a quick peek at what to expect from the band’s first release.

Spooky Folk- Rare Bird

Verdict: So, I just got home from the Granada after a night of complete and utter psychedelia that featured Warpaint absolutely murdering me (and the entire crowd), only to check my inbox and see this track along with another, and I proceeded to listen to it on repeat for a solid hour. This proves that no matter what mindset you’re in, a good song will grab your attention and hold it till it’s ready to release you. That’s what’s great about Spooky Folk, they hold your ears hostage and you never complain.

(If you liked this wait till later when we post a second track in our massive NX35 playlist.)

Track of the Day: St. Vincent–Marrow

25 Feb


I was listening to St. Vincent on NPR’s World Cafe and, well, this song chose itself, really. “Marrow” is one of my favorite songs from Actor. Annie Clark is a little slice of heaven.

-Jess

This is beautiful …

24 Feb

I originally found this video of 40 wild birds playing a Gibson Les Paul guitar at BBC News blog Gomp/arts. French conceptual artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot created it for The Barbican Centre in London. It’s beautiful and it really makes me think about our concepts of art.

If birds can produce music as seemingly complex and compelling as humans (just as when a small child can (allegedly) paint as well as a formally schooled abstract artist), it can make people question the artistic credibility of artists who create “avant-garde” work.

I was going to go in-depth with this, including a discussion on musicians who produce random/improvisational music (particularly in the local scene). But I think I’m out of my element in trying to discuss this in a scholarly manner. Anyway … I think the music is actually pretty decent and it’s fascinating to watch the birds (particularly the bird with the twig … he’s innovative).

-Jess

Track of the Day: New Pornographers–Your Hands (Together)

24 Feb
(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music, a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show or buying a record. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Yet another member-heavy, uber-talented (mostly) Canadian band is releasing an album on May 4, and this time I’m the one geeking out about their first single (do we still call them “singles” at this point?).

When I first read about The New Pornographers‘ upcoming album, Together, I had a feeling it would be their grandest, loudest album yet (I also squealed with delight like a little girl, but that’s neither here nor there). In addition to the usual crew–AC Newman, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier–the album also features Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zac Condon (Beirut) and Will Sheff (Okkervil River), as well as the Dap-Kings Horns. It’s enough to give indie nerds a collective music-gasm.

A lot of exciting albums have come out this year and a lot are still coming, but I have a feeling this could be my favorite. And my predictions are only reinforced by the first track from the album, which Matador posted on Monday morning.

The press release describes the song as being influenced by “a magical trifecta of Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ with ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Christine’.” The New Pornographers have always managed to season their signature sound with lo-fi, folk, 60s pop and, of course, power-pop (among other various styles). But now metal? You may be scratching your head, but just take a listen and you’ll get it. Continue reading