12.30.2011

Justice Goes On N' On With New Remix EP [MUSIC]


Justice is gearing up for the new release of their remix EP titled 'On N' On' which includes remixes of tracks from 'Audio, Video, Disco'. Two stunning remixes are already up for grabs. Check em' out below.

First up is Brodinski's remix of EP title track, 'On N' On'. And although the name suggests something fancy, this is no Beethoven's 5th..It will get you moving for sure. Full of electronics and pounding drums, Brodinski proves he may just be the Mozart of the future.

Next up is the legendary Tiga remixing 'Canon.' And sadly he likes to talk through much of the song, but try to ignore it. A new vocal free version will be available soon. Hey, at least he doesnt go on and on and on and on....


DOWNLOAD:

Jusice - On n' On (Brodinski Remix)
Justice - Canon (Tiga Remix)


BONUS TRACK:

Justice - 'Hidden Track' (Audio, Video, Disco)



p.s....the album art is super sexy.

12.29.2011

Chill Music For A Raw Mind [MUSIC]



Every Sunday, I like to make it a point to releax, unwind and get my head back together before beginning the week anew. To do that, often it helps to have a soundtrack--one that amplifies the liquidity the soul, allowing it to bathe in the audioverse. Doubt that's a real world, but oh well.


In preparation for the ridiculous weekend ahead of us, I thought it would be wise to zen out ahead of time considering this particular Sunday will likely bleed into Monday..and probably Tuesday [if you were smart enough to call out of work beforehand]. Compiled for your listening pleasure are some chill vibes from one of my favorite playlists: Sunday Night Chill.
Enjoy.


DOWNLOAD PT. I:

Apparat - Cerro Largo
Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (Boards of Canada Remix)
Chris Coco - Heavy Mellow (Jon Hopkins Remix)
Electric Skychurch - Silver Froth
Emancipator - Black Lake (Emancipator Remix)
FC Kahuna - Hayling (Max Cooper Remix)





No Sunday Night Chill playlist would be complete at only a handful of songs. The zen experience continues with tracks from Jimpster, Lusine & General Midi, and more. Ambient music is key when recharging the mind.

San Fran's artist and musician Tycho, and UK-based Youandewan also round out the mix for this week with some magnificant ambient beats.


DOWNLOAD PT. II:

Bluetech & Shulman - Midnight Bloom
General Midi -The Eastoner
Jimpster - Distant Light
Lusine - Operation Costs
Tycho - A Walk
Youandewan - Anjou (DJ Edit)



breathe in...breathe out...

Florence & The Machine Get Crazy With Dave Sitek [MUSIC]



Dave Sitek has just created another audio masterpiece for all those weekend dancehall-ravers out there. We start with the track 'No Light, No Light' off her new album 'Ceremonials' and from there we add skittering snyths and drums, some deep bass and then of course highlight Florence's epic vocal range with an echoing backdrop.


Don't forget to grab the bonus remix by The xx below.

DOWNLOAD:

Florence & The Machine - No Light, No Light (Dave Sitek Remix)
Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love (The xx Remix)



a revelation in the light of day is better than none at all....

12.28.2011

The XX Welcomes The Night With Synkro [MUSIC]



English indie rockers The xx are getting a seriously ambient makeover with the help of fellow Brit and dubsteb artist Synkro. The pairing couldn't have turned out better. The echoing synths, drum & bass elements compliment rather than conflict. There is certainly a liquid feel to this track, aptly titled 'Night Time'. As when you listen to it, you'll wish it was...Could this day be any longer??

You've no doubt heard other bands take a flattering stab at The xx, including The Antlers who covered the song 'VCR' in their own more elctronic sorta way.

DOWNLOAD:

The xx - Night Time (Synkro Remix)
The xx - VCR
The xx - Islands
The xx - Basic Space



...they sound like The Kills before they got all angry

12.27.2011

Old Radiohead On The Radio [MUSIC]



This is for all you Radiohead fans out there. Just came across a live radio recording session from 1995 that features hits like High & Dry, and Bulletproof.


Thom and Johnny also discuss the [then] recent release of The Bends, and the meaning behind the album, its cover, and why everyone didnt show up. The interviews are scattered throughout, lending details into the band's creative process and journey to discovery. Check it out & enjoy!

Tracklist:
1. High & Dry
2. Street Spirit [Fade Out]
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
4. Bulletproof [I Wish I Was]



DOWNLOAD:

Radiohead - 'The Bends' Radio Performance [04.4.1995]



'best thing you've ever had...'

KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic [2011]

We're back from Christmas and considering all the eggnog [or better yet, coquito] we've consumed we're lucky to be alive. As we round out the rest of year I thought I would bring you some live studio sessions from some excellent artists recently featured on Santa Monica's KCRW station. Today we serve up SoCal's lady rockers Dum Dum Girls, the boys from across the pond The Kooks, and Chicago's bluesy duo The Black Keys and last but not least, Fool's Gold.

Right click..save as. You know the drill.




DOWNLOAD:

The Kooks - 12.8.11




















DOWNLOAD:

Dum Dum Girls - 12.7.11




DOWNLOAD:

The Black Keys - 12.5.11




DOWNLOAD:


Fool's Gold - 11.30.11



You'd be a fool yourself to pass this up....

12.21.2011

The Shins Reunite On The Morrow [MUSIC]




The Shins are returning return with a new album in March through singer James Mercer’s own record label: Aural Apothecary.

It’s been five long years since the band’s last release, 'Wincing the Night Away,' but in that time, Mercer released two works with Danger Mouse under the group name Broken Bells--definitely check them out! But now they have come back around for next year's 'Port of Morrow,' a collection of 10 songs recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of the past year.

Peep the official tracklist below and the very bizarre Jacob Escobedo-designed album art. How many faces can you spot in this image? Hint: I'm not giving you any hints.

                         

Port of Morrow:
01. The Rifle’s Spiral
02. Simple Song
03. It’s Only Life
04. No Way Down
05. September
06. Bait and Switch
07. Fall of ’82
08. For A Fool
09. 40 Mark Strasse
10. Port of Morrow

In the meantime, check out some Broken Bells.


DOWNLOAD:


Broken Bells - The High Road
Broken Bells - Vaporize
Broken Bells - An Easy Life
Broken Bells - Trap Doors

The Twelves Remix Everybody [MUSIC]



Brazilian DJ Duo, Joao Miguel & Luciano Oliveira--The Twelves, are not named for an obscure Mayan prophecy, rather the strange coincidence that has to do with their birthdays falling on the same day of the same year. But then again, it very well could be an ancient prediction that they would remix the #$&! out of nearly anything they could get their hands on. Cause they have done exactly that.

Featured on their remix album are 80's favorite A-Ha, along with Daft Punk, Groove Armada, Radiohead and Fleet Foxes. Also making an appearence are the Brits: Metric & Black Kids. The list goes on, but let's just skip straight to the music.


DOWNLOAD:


Radiohead - There There (The Twelves Remix)
Radiohead - Reckoner (The Twelves Remix)

The Virgins - Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix)
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (The Twelves Remix)
Black Kids - I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With Me (The Twelves Remix)
Metric - Help I'm Alive (The Twelves Remix)



Arcade Fire Get Interactive In Your House [MUSIC/VIDEO]



Arcade Fire has a new interactive video for their indie dance track 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)' and it is EPIC! Not only do your dance moves work the video in practically any way your mind can imagine, but it changes depending on how well you can work it..thus providing an endless amount of fun as you hone your skills for that New Year party you wont shut up about. Who needs the Black Eyed Peas Experience video game when you have the ethereal Regine Chassagne helping you out??  
 
Don't have a webcam to back you up? Lack of limbs? The video is still somewhat engaging if you at least have fingers. You can guide the video along, altering the visuals by clicking and dragging various parts of the screen.

More good news abounds! The video features an updated version of the song with an extended intro. Much better if you ask me. You can grab it below..

Head HERE to get your groove on.
 
DOWNLOAD:
 
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Extended Remix)



Passion Pit & Two Door Cinema Club Have A Go At Amadeus [MUSIC]



Besides being from the awesome-sounding city of Bangor, Ireland [are you serious?] Two-Door Cinema Club is a great indie band to boot. Signing to a French label has given them the opportunity to shine not just with their own brand of catchy tunes, but take a stab at other Frenchies such as Phoenix. Also featured on this album is Alex Metric who has remixed pracitcally everything under the Sun from Gorillaz, Bloc Party, Depeche Mode and N.E.R.D. Fellow U.K. chaps Friendly Fires makes a stellar mix as well.


Their cuisine is questionable, but their musical talent is not...


DOWNLOAD:


Phoenix - 1901 (Obscuresounds Remix)
Phoenix - Fences (Friendly Fires Remix)
Phoenix - Lasso (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)
Phoenix - Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
Phoenix - Armistice (YACHT Remix)
Phoenix - 1901 Bo Flex'd (Passion Pit Remix)

Best Coast + Wavves: California Christmas [MUSIC]


Best Coast & Wavves bring that surf-style rock to the holiday season with their California Christmas song, 'Got Something For You' which they also licensed to Guitar Center. Tis' the season for giving--and then receiving a nice paycheck. Although they'll probably end up spending it all at Guitar Center so who really wins in this situation?

And if you haven't already heard their collabo on the 7'' Vinyl 'Summer Is Forever' EP, check it out below. Go ahead and get your beach on'.

DOWNLOAD:

Best Coast + Wavves - Got Something For You



BONUS:

Best Coast + Wavves - When You Wake Up
Best Coast + Wavves - Hawaii
Best Coast + Wavves - King Of The Beach
Best Coast + Wavves - Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)
Best Coast + Wavves - Crazy For You

12.15.2011

Norah Jones Is A Holiday Hallucination [VIDEO]

                             

On a very special, and hallucinatory holiday episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, the globe-trotting sharp-tounged food afficianado explores his darkest Christmas ever. And its all in his mind. After getting kicked out by his wife, he descends upon New York City for a sad adventure to fill both his stomach and his time before returning back to reality.

Making a stellar cameo in this 'nightmare' is Norah Jones, who sings sweetly in the lounge of the Ace Hotel, swooning the sad Bourdain with her rendition of 'Silent Night.' I'm usually not one for Christmas songs, but in this case I am very much hoping for a full version soon as this was painfully beautiful. Sporting a sexy new do, and exchanging her piano for a guitar, she lulls Bourdain to sleep once more.

Check out the video HERE:

And listen to her work with Jack White and Daniel Luppi on Dangermouse's album 'Rome'.


DOWNLOAD:

Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Black (Feat. Norah Jones)
Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Problem Queen (Feat. Norah Jones)
Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Season's Trees (Feat. Norah Jones)


The Antlers Rock Out For The Widows [MUSIC]

                                

'If I ever get back home...' I'm gonna be listening to the gorgeous falsetto vocals of Peter Silberman and The Antlers on loop. There seems to be a trend these days with studio-made acoustic sessions, but when a band like this can sound just as amazing in a tiny room as they do in front of an arena, who's really going to complain?? You might not have gotten to see it, but at least you can still hear it. Right? ...Right.

Well fresh off-the-mixer is a small set of new renditions from this years' acclaimed 'Burst Apart'. Have a peak with your earballs and peep the beautifulness.

DOWNLOAD:


The Antlers - No Widows - (Daytrotter Sessions)
The Antlers - Hounds (Daytrotter Sessions)
The Antlers - Rolled Together (Daytrotter Sessions)

Feist: 'How Come You Never Go There? (Beck Remix)

                               

Feist first posed the question 'How Come You Never Go There?' via a song on her latest album, 'Metals'. Well, somone finally went ahead and went there. And that person is the wacky and alternative music personality Beck [not Glenn Beck although he's plenty wacky himself]. The mix is great and has a more danceable feel to it. Which begs question, what took him so long? The song is now fully equipped with deep bass, pitch-distorted vocals and a more electronic feel.



Have a listen:


How Come You Never Go There (Beck Remix) by Feist


Kings Of Leon Get A 9-Min Work-Out [MUSIC]

       



Most rock songs don't dare exceed a solid 4 minutes unless they're magical journeys by Led Zeppelin or consistently trippy Pink Floyd. But they've earned it. It's been a rough year for Kings Of Leon however. With lead singer Nathan Followill blowing out his voice in August at a show in Dallas and thus forcing the band to cancel their entire tour, perhaps they could use some help in extending their presence as the year draws to a close.



To do that, The Kings have enlisted the help of Royksopp to remix their track 'The Immortals.' Not from the movie, but from their latest LP, 'Come Around Sundown'. So what do you get when you combine Norwegian dance maestros and southern rock n' roll? You get this 9-minute dance hall jam:

Kings of Leon - The Immortals (Röyksopp Remix) by ryxp




12.09.2011

Pretty Lights Vs. Radiohead Vs. Nirvana Vs. NIN = We All Win [MUSIC]

                              



Electro-Mad-Scientist Derek Vincent Smith [Pretty Lights], enjoys warping minds with retro riffs outfitted with modern beats. His remix album splices genres to create his signature body-movers. Working with artists like Notorious B.I.G. [not literally, although that would be something] to Steve Miller as well as Radiohead [Everything In Its Right Place] Nine Inch Nails [Closer] and Nirvana [All Apologies] we end up with some seriously awesome mash-ups.


Not one to stick to the boring, tried-and-true method of mere music combos, he adds his own unique beats, drums and bass to make a more authentic hybrid. And it works. Compiled for your enjoyment and for those seeking their own remix inspiration, are some previously unreleased tracks from Smith. As a bonus, have a listen to a Radiohead '15 Step' mash-up with Dave Brubek's classic 'Take Five' jazz hit courtesy of Overdub.


DOWNLOAD:

Pretty Lights - Empire State Of Mind (Jay-Z & B.I.G. Remix)
Pretty Lights - Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band Remix)
Pretty Lights - Time (Pink Floyd Remix)


TRACK OF THE DAY:

Pretty Lights - Radiohead vs Nirvana vs NIN (Remix)


BONUS TRACK:

Overdub - Five Step (Radiohead vs. Dave Brubeck)



'take five' and listen to this music....

11.22.2011

Beck, MGMT, Little Joy & Wolfmother Cover Leonard Cohen [MUSIC]



Beck loves to play around with other people's music. Especially when he's on leave from creating his own. His side-project, dubbed Record Club [rhyme not intended], affords him the opportunity to invite talented friends over to cover a classic album in its entirety, in a day, with no rehearsal. He recently finished posting clips from the Velvet Underground & Nico session, featuring Nigel Godrich and Giovanni Ribisi [the actor?! What the #%&@?!].

Now it’s on to Songs Of Leonard Cohen, which stars the crew from MGMT, Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, multi-talented musician/composer Brian Lebarton and Beck's bassist Bram Inscore [both returning from the first Record Club].

One the nicest off the album “Suzanne,” came out the other end sounding like a 'groovy, cello-heavy version' — because that’s just how it happened. Beck says: “There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.”


So very musically scientific of you!


The tracks have been dropping weekly, and I've been patiently compiling them for your listening pleasure. Check out Beck.com for newness, videos, interviews and to see what else is in the works.

DOWNLOAD:

Beck & The Record Club - Suzzane
Beck & The Record Club - Master Song
Beck & The Record Club - Winter Lady
Beck & The Record Club - Hey That No Way To Say Goodbye
Beck & The Record Club - Sisters Of Mercy
Beck & The Record Club - So Long, Marianne



You'd be a loser, baby, if you don't check out these 'tunes...



11.17.2011

MGMT - Late Night Tale [MUSIC]

              

If you are a fan of mixtapes--and why the hell wouldn't you be--then you may no doubt be familiar with the music series known as LateNightTales. These studio sessions are albums curated by a host band/artist and features tracks [often B-sides or unreleased demos] by other fellow performers that compliment their own style.
I've been following this series for years now, which stretch back nearly a decade and have been hosted by greats' such as The Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Trentmøller, Groove Armada, and Turin Brakes. And not to leave anyone out and with hurt feelings, the list goes on to include even the likes of Jamiroquai, Snow Patrol, and Belle & Sebastian.

The most recent compliation was curated by the electic electro-indie pop rockers, MGMT. It features some soothingly nice music by themselves, The Velvet Underground, Disco Inferno, The Chills and Julian Cope.


DOWNLOAD some killer tunes below:
MGMT - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Bauhaus Cover)
The Chills - Pink Frost
Disco Inferno - Can't See Through It
Julian Cope - Laughing Boy
The Velvet Underground - Ocean

11.16.2011

Foster The People Stump Braniacs [NEWS/MUSIC]

                           

Foster The People are clearly one of the top break-out Indie bands this of this year. Having bypassed the usual gambit of non-stop touring, guerilla marketing and street team assemblage, and ending up at Saturday Night Live and a slew of festivals, it would be unusual for anyone to not know who they are...right?
Wrong.
Turns out even the brainiest of citizens have problems when it comes to knowing what's important to the kids these days. Appearing in a $2000 question [or answer form rather..] was the following:


'Got that song "Pumped Up Kicks" stuck in your head? Blame this trio led by Mark Foster.'

Omg! Are you serious Alec?? You just gave them the answer! But alas, not one of the contestants could even venture a guess that was even close. Guess you can only be smart OR cool...
Watch the people who no doubt went home later and googled them HERE.


Get some BONUS TRACKS HERE:

Foster The People - Chin Music For The Unsuspecting Hero [Bonus Track]
Foster The People - Love [Bonus Track]
Foster The People - Life On The Nickel (Mansions On The Moon Remix)


11.15.2011

Thom Yorke Sings About Zombies [MUSIC]



Thom Yorke has been a very busy lad lately--teaming up with Berlin-based production duo Modeselektor for the vocals on their atmosperic new single 'Shipwreck.' French director Tony T. Datis [i.e. Skrillex] has directed an entertainingly eerie visual which centers around a little boy and blood-lusting zombies. The plot deals about one of the oldest fears of mankind. While facing a serious threat by the zombies, the kid seems to be frightened by something else.



Watch it below to find out what.. The song is taken from Modeselektor's current album, Monkeytown, which is out now on their own Monkeytown Records.



DOWNLOAD track:

Modeselektor - Shipwreck (Feat. Thom Yorke)



Daft Punk Classic Gets Cherokee Reboot [MUSIC]



Daft Punk is getting new life breathed into one of their golden oldies' 'Something About Us.' French duo Cherokee has given it a chill new lounge vibe with teasing vocals, soothing synths, and what sound like waves crashing in the background. Ideally, the perfect track to take with you on your next trip to Miami.



The original track was nestled right in the middle of their 2001 release 'Discovery', along with fan favorites ' 'Digital Love' and 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' [which was of course sampled by Kanye, and then oddly covered by 30 Seconds To Mars...wow].


Stream track below:

Daft Punk - Something About Us (Cherokee Remix) by digi10ve

..or DOWNLOAD:

Daft Punk - Something About Us (Cherokee Remix)



11.14.2011

Axl Rose Looking Pretty Thorny..Going On Tour [NEWS]

                  



Believe it or not, Axl Rose [who is looking remarkably like Indiana Jone's love child with Criss Angel] is hitting the road again with the help of some new young 'Guns.' As the only original member of Guns N' Roses, it his duty [of course] to promote his new aptly named tour, "Appetite For Reunion." However, we are still talking about Axl here...so you sorta have to take what you can get.



Showing up only a mere 15 hours late to a taping of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, it officially marked Axl Rose’s first interview in five years, and the first televised one in over a decade. The GN’R frontman sat down with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine backstage in Miami, and discussed things like Chinese Democracy‘s legacy, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame eligibility, and the ’91 tour Axl only agreed to because his manager told him if he didn’t perform Slash would overdose on heroin.



Watch the Q&A HERE.



11.09.2011

Radiohead Hits The Road - 2012 Tour



If you were one of the unlucky ones [like me] who got locked out of their most recent two-day stint at Roseland Ballroom back in September, I empathize with you...

But look!

On the horizon hope lingers! Radiohead has just announced their largest tour since 2008, with dates and cities [and countries] spanning 10 months beginning in February 2012. No mention yet of a return to NY, but I imagine its still a possibility [especially given the rumor that they were supposed to play Occupy Wall St]..

The band has been recently promoting their highly enjoyable and totally necessary remix album of The King Of Limbs and we can expect that their will be some interesting live renditions with all that time spent on the road.


Tickets go on sale beginning Nov. 12 (excepting the Feb. 29 date in Tampa, FL, which will go on sale Nov. 19), with a four-ticket limit per person. The W.A.S.T.E. fan presale will begin Nov. 9 [today].

Don't blame Ticketmaster if for any issues...They can go to hell!


Jimi Hendrix Writes To His Dad.


Letters Of Note just released a touching little correspondence from rock legend Jimi Hendrix to his father Al Hendrix back in Seattle, Washington. Now, although this site usually stays more current, I couldn't help but be moved by the gravity of emotion that seems quite clear despite a lack of depth. It could be Jimi's yearning for approval, or the humbleness he was often known for. Not sure.

The postcard was written in October of 66' from Munich, Germany only two months before 'Hey Joe' would be released. 'Are You Experienced?' dropped shortly after--and eventually as we all know, would go on to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
Check out the image below:


TRANSCRIPT:

Dear Dad –
Well...Although I lost the address, I feel I must write before I get too far away – We're in Munich, Germany now – We just left Paris and Nancy France – We're playing around London now. That's where I'm staying these days. I have my own group and will have a record out about 2 months named "Hey Joe" By the Jimi Hendrix EXPERIENCE

I hope you get this card – I'll write a decent letter – I think things are getting a little Better –
Your loving son,
Jimi


Certainly a touching little piece of rock history and family love...

11.02.2011

'Retarded Fren' - Thom Yorke & MF Doom Celebrate Stuff.


Collaborations are the new black. Its a fact. So when you get mega-talented, multi-artist collaborator MF Doom, Thom Yorke & Johnny Greenwood in the same room, you know things are going to get retarded.

Literally it seems..

'Retarded Fren' is the newest in a long line of cross-genre mash-ups featuring Doom--who's worked with artists such as Danger Mouse to create the infinitely awesome brainchild: DangerDoom; and Thom & Johnny of Radiohead who have worked with probably everyone at this point, including PJ Harvey, Bjork and Flea.




When inquired about working with Thom, Doom precisely replied:
"We're working on some duet songs and shit. Just like preliminary shit but we'll probably end up doing a whole record together. He's cool, he got a lot of ill ass ideas and shit, you know..."

Sounds good to me.

To snag your own copy of the Lex Records 10th Anniversary Compilation titled 'Complex' [which we have a feeling it will be] hit up their site. The album drops in January on vinyl.  You can also check out more tracks which will drop every week or so.
Check out the first track 'Retarded Fren' below:

DOOM, Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood - "Retarded Fren" by Treetop

10.28.2011

The Black Keys Want To Sell You Their Hooptie: El Camino.


If you've had your ear to the ground, then you already know the highly acclaimed rock duo The Black Keys are at it again--with a new album El Camino, which drops Dec. 6th. And if you're like me, then you're equally as excited that the first track 'Lonely Boy' is already up for grabs as is their retro-looking video for it featuring a random lonely man dancing his awkward ass off.

Not much can be said about this one yet, except there is an expectation that the bluesy rockers are going to take a stab at the 70's lo-fi culture. Especially considering this promo video for the Keys feat. funny-man Bob Odenkirk [Mr. Show] selling us old whips with a killer comb-over:



Check out the track-listing below and feel free to draw your own conclusions about the sound we can anticipate. But if  song titles like 'Mind Eraser' or 'Nova Baby' are any indication, we may have found the next theme song to play when running from the cops across state lines.


Track Listing:


1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead And Gone
3. Gold on the Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
6. Run Right Back
7. Sister
8. Hell Of A Season
9. Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser

10.27.2011

Kaki King Takes On Tokyo's Cotton Club Then...The World!



Hailed as the only female guitar god by Rolling Stones magazine, Kaki King is once again taking the world by storm with her dazzling dexterity and insane Amadeus guitars. Currently hitting up Tokyo's legendary Cotton Club for a four-night stint, she plans to expand her self across not one, but two oceans--hitting up the US and Europe for her Fall 2011 Tour. Making stops all over the south lands of the US, then jumping across the pond to Italy, France and Switzerland, you'll be remiss if you don't check her out if you're lucky enough to be in one of her destinations of choice.

Kaki King is not just known for her blazing fast finger work on a 5-string, but also her melodic, lyrical stylings. While she continues to evolve her sound from her previous recordings which showcase her as a monstly solo artist, her latest album, Junior, (out on Rounder Records) is a more edgy and powerful reminder that she is a rock force to not be taken lightly.

If you're feeling left out, dont fret [we'll let her work that], King will be making a special appearence @ NY's 2012 Guitar Festival on Thursday, January 12. She will be performing along with Lee Ronaldo...So don't say you weren't told!


..it's good to be the King.




10.26.2011

Haunt Your Halloween With The Black Angels: 10/29-10/31





















You dont need to trick anyone into treating yourself to the highly psychedlic and sometimes spooky rock power that is The Black Angels. On tour promoting their third album 'Phosphene Dream'--and first on Blue Horizon Records--this Austin-based group is headlining a three-night residency Halloween weekend here in Brooklyn! Starting October 29 and bleeding your eardrums dry right into Monday, The Angels are joined by Spindrift and Golden Animals (10/29-10/30) and Pyschic Ills and Exitmusic (10/31 only).




The Halloween bash will be held at the dark, downstairs dungeon of the Williamsburg Music Hall just off Kent on North 6th St.


Tickets can be got here for scant $20 ($25 day of), and considering its Halloween you'll be sure to see many a ghoulish creature of the night. All the better to haunt you with my pretties...


10.25.2011

Candians With A Cause: Arcade Fire, Neil Young Rock Bridge School Benefit.
















Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire. Courtesy of John Shearer @WireImage

Some of Canada's best and brightest acts have rocked out for charity this week, playing The Bridge School Benefit, which began celebrating its 25th year with performances by indie sensations Arcade Fire, as well as Mumford & Sons. But the heavy-hitting lineup did not stop there. Also getting in on the acoustic action was Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Beck, and [obviously] event organizer Neil Young among others. Young joined fellow Canadians Arcade Fire for a perfect acoustic performance of his song “Helpless” which you can download/watch here:


It doesn't look like it was much of a random occurrence that Neil was able to gather these big names for such a worthy cause considering his video invite released a while back. The Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, as well as legendary crooner Tony Bennett and guitar master Carlos Santana also showed up to lend their support [and lay down some serious talent].
















Neil Young, Dave Matthews & Arcade Fire. Courtesy of John Shearer @WireImage

The Bridge School, which holds this acoustic show annually, is "a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies."
 
If you want to get your 'giving on,' as you should...then head to their website here to donate, and also check out the concert merch sale which includes shirts, cds and dvds of the show.
 
 

Ask Bjork Anything (Yes, Anything).






















If you ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with the always enigmatic, stylish [and highly volatile] Icelandic singer/songwriter, then wonder no more! And awake to a world where Bjork answers your tiny, human-minded questions with that trademark obscurity and nonsensical absurity. Perhaps also with that trademark smirk, but alas you won't be able to tell as this is purely digital.

Over at her website, you can pose any question you like to the whimsical woman of wonder and she will respond in kind, whenever she gets around to it. Feel free to ask her such thought-provoking queries such as "What is your spirit animal?" or "If you were'nt creating such weird music, what other job would you have?" Or you can take the mundane approach and ask her what her favorite marshmellow piece in Lucky Charms is...

Two questions have been asked already [albeit boring] including this one which has already received a reply:

And speaking of Biophilia, Bjork just released her latest audio adventure of the same name this month on Nonesuch Records. Crystalline is the first single off the album and has already invaded the digital space with a trip-tastic music video [which we totally expected]:



10.12.2011

MGMT: Gig @ The Guggenheim.





Indie-Electro Dance phenoms MGMT have taken a very philanthropic approach to their next gig at the Guggenheim Museum here in Manhattan, playing the '2011 International Gala' After-Party hosted by the Young Collectors Council on November 10th. The after-party is a special fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the Guggenheim's exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programs.

Of course, if you're like many New Yorkers and can only be benevolent on a budget, then lucky for you [and me] there is a second show on November 11th for a mere $35 for museum members or $40 for the less art-inclined. The show on the 10th is offering tickets for $150 for members or $200 for non-members but includes dinner, drinks and [of course] 'zerts.





Tickets go on sale Friday @ 10am so remember to set the alarm. Check out the event page for info.

And watch the interview below to hear the about their upcoming show while sipping bloody mary's:


10.05.2011

REVIEW: Feist - Metals [2011]














The Canadian songstress is back to strum our heartstrings with an even darker side that we might have sensed lurking in the background of her previous albums..

Metals, out on Cherrytree/Interscope is the follow-up to her 2007 breakout, The Reminder.



Recorded in scenic Big Sur, Cali., Feist co-produced the album with longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, as well as newcomer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork, Bonnie "Prince" Billy). Metals marks Feist's celebratory return to the world stage.
And speaking to the collaborative process--be sure to check out the 12 incredibly stunning vignettes that coincide with the making of the album. Each one, offering a glimpse into the creative world, relationships and elements that make this release her most unique yet.

Opening with a bluesy, twangy guitar intro on 'The Bad In Each Other,' the album already has a much different tone when compared to her previous, poppy gems such as '1,2,3,4,' [The Reminder] or 'Mushaboom' [Let It Die]. With a louder, more energetic sound, it signals a true-grit, angsty revolution of sound. I liken this song to the audio opening of a wild journey movie, leaving the visual part up to the imagination.

Continuing along the darkening road, the next track is 'Graveyard.' With drum beats and pianos that takes its' queues from the off-kiltered vocals [much like The Kinks' Strangers], its continues to build suspense ultimately resulting in a choir of Feists decrying:
'Whoa-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, bring 'em all back to life!'

Harkening back to her yester-years, 'How Come You Never Go There,' is likely to be the first single and the the foundation of many a remix. It combines the classic piano and vocal timings we have come to expect from Feist a groove that is undeniably toe-tapping. Although a bit Norah Jones-esque, the song gives old fans an easy transition into this album and reminds new fans of her roots.

'A Commotion' is just that--some drums, some horns and a whole lot of unmemorable sounds. The overall tempo of the album is slightly injured by this track and probably could have done without this one. Compared to the stripped down nature of the rest of this album, this one comes out of left field..

Easily the best track on here, 'Anti-Pioneer' is a down-tempo, down-trotten ballad which resonates the sounds of a low-lit lounge while beautifully showcasing Feist's true vocal prowess. All the musical elements come together wonderfully without overstepping the boundaries of their usefulness. While repeating the chorus throughout, the haunting manner in which its delivered with a peetering piano at the end is what truly gives the listener a chill:

"when the flag changes colours
the language knows
when the month changes numbers
it's time to go [home]..."

If you enjoyed the song 'The Park' [The Reminder] which was subsequently covered by several fellow musicians including the always fantastic Justin Vernon [aka, Bon Iver] then you would have no trouble appreciating the melodic nature of 'Cicadas & Gulls.' Perhaps the most laid back of all, its purpose is to unwind which it certainly does.

'Comfort Me'  opens with a simple Black Keys-esque guitar and soon becomes a driving, pounding force about half-way through. Delivering a steady drum, and a stream of notes sung by an unknown collective, it continues to climb, and suddenly crescendos and leaves Feist the final few moments to close.

Closing out the list is ' Woe Be.' A beautiful blues piano accompanies Leslie's vocals and offers a reflective melancholic fade out. A wonderful way to end, although Anti-Pioneer would have fit equally well as the closer, if not better. Still, certainly her best album to date. With a darker enrgy [that was not quite as angry as was suggested by some, ie. Rolling Stones..] and a new, less whimsical perspective I imagine that this will earn her some much deserved recognition for not sticking to one dynamic. If you just sort of 'liked' Feist before, you are certain to 'love' her on this one.


Check out Feist performing ''How Come You Never Go There?" on Letterman [10/4/2011]:


10.03.2011

The Flaming Lips: Out-Doing Themselves Yet Again.
















Okay...so we all know about The Flaming Lips and their epic work-day length jam that blared across our earballs a couple weeks back. Never one to be out done by anyone but himself, Wayne Coyne is at it again. This time with news that in fact there is now a 24-hour song in the making. While there is no doubt that some guy out there is bound to sit and listen to the whole thing in its entirety [can't imagine why...] when it's released Halloween (Oct. 31), the smart money says it will be one of the lucky 5 people who have already purchased the song-to-be which will come fitted in an actual human skull [from local purveyor Skulls Unlimited that doubles as a hard-drive. And for $5,000 a head, you can bet your ass that those 5 people feel pretty obligated if they want their money's worth.

Artistic stunts like this are becoming common for The Lips — although this one is decidedly the most off-the-wall. At the beginning of this year, the band announced that they planned to release a song per month, and since then Coyne and Co. have set out on a wacky exploration of music and art. There was a song entirely composed of YouTube videos, and a gummy skull (and other body parts) packed with music. No wonder Wayne Coyne was nominated for an O Music Award for Digital Genius.