Sunday, August 22, 2010

Justice - Cross (2007)

awesome dirty french electro house
def check out the neo-clockwork orange 'stress' video, love the ending.


"French boys Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé originally got their start in the music scene playing in bad Metallica and Nirvana cover bands, and the album art of Cross makes it look like a doomy metalcore release, but the record is anything but metal. In fact, it's almost everything but metal. It's a grimy mix of dancehall, techno, '80s R&B, and lounge with Clockwork Orange synths, deadly static crunches, hard-hitting kicks, grinding groans, and a spliced Off the Wall slap-popping bass. Scattered and chopped to all hell, the songs often feel revolutionary. This is partially due to the duo's "anything goes" attitude. It's as if Justice is reacting to complacency in latter-day electronic music and seeing how far they can take their slicing and dicing before the chopped up compositions fall apart."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Part Chimp - I Am Come (2005)

"I Am Come is the second album from the UK's Part Chimp, and their second for the label formed by Mogwai, Rock Action. The band are certainly prone to slow, "Part Chimp Fear Satan" guitar squalls, but where those are emotional crescendos for some bands, they're just interludes between the highlights of I Am Come. "Bakahatsu" is the prototypical grinding opener. Standing squarely under Mogwai's shadow for 90 seconds, it's just buildup for the sludgy sweet tooth of album peak "War Machine". Ringing guitars march forward despite being interrupted by a distorted gallop every four bars, with a melody and rhythm no less effective for their simplicity.

Volume is Part Chimp's primary instrument, and while brief respites like "Bubbles" are welcome and needed, quiet moments are the enemy. Clean guitar chords creep quietly past, waiting for the next bomb to fall."

Couldn't find it on youtube, so uploaded one of the best songs:

Dr. Horse Part II

and here's the whole album, tons of great tracks:


Entombed - Chaos Breed (1991)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Caspian - The Four Trees

phenomenal postrock, in the vein of explosions in the sky (which is a good thing obviously)


Leonard Cohen - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970

This Leonard Cohen concert/documentary aired on late-night belgian television yesterday. It's 1970, 2AM, cohen is in his pyjamas and proceeds to blow away a crowd of 600,000 angry hippies.
Going to order it immediately after i make some money.

(audio only)

"On August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment – and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career, less than three weeks before his death.
As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist quietly tamed the crowd. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, whose footage of the 1970 festival did not begin to see release until 1995, was able to capture Cohen’s performance. Likewise, Columbia Records staff A&R producer Teo Macero, who was ostensibly there to record Miles Davis’ set, did a brilliant job of supervising Cohen’s live recording as well.
Adding further historic provenance to this release is a newly commissioned 2,000-word liner notes essay written by veteran British rock journalist and BBC commentator Sylvie Simmons. “It was a brilliant performance,” Simmons writes, “and Lerner’s cameras captured Cohen’s commanding presence, hypnotist’s charm, and an intimacy that would seem unfeasible in such a vast, inhospitable space.” As producer Bob Johnston sums up, “It was magical, from the first moment to the last. I’ve never seen anything like it. He was just remarkable.”
The releases represent the 77-minute concert set as performed by Cohen and his backup band: Bob Johnston (Cohen’s Nashville-based Columbia A&R staff producer), and Nashville musicians Charlie Daniels (electric bass, fiddle), Ron Cornelius (lead guitar), and Elkin ‘Bubba’ Fowler (bass, banjo). They were joined by backup singers Corlynn Hanney, Susan Musmanno, and Donna Washburn. During the course of their European tour – which Cohen only agreed to undertake if Johnston (producer of Cohen’s most recent LP, Songs From A Room) would manage him and organize the band – the group began to call themselves The Army, owing to the battles they were subjected to by audiences on the road."

Dinosaur Jr. - Don't

Wilson Pickett - The Sound of Wilson Pickett

"The Sound of Wilson Pickett was one of the three albums Atlantic issued by the Wicked One in 1967. Produced by Jerry Wexler (who got co-writes on a couple of tracks), it featured great session players like Chips Moman and Spooner Oldham, to name just two. Looking at the track list, it looks like a slew of hits. But it wasn't. In fact, it was two sides packed with singles. While it contains his absolutely classic, wailing read of "Funky Broadway," it also features both parts of "I Found a Love" (renamed "I Found a True Love" for the 1968 albumThe Midnight Mover), the Oldham and Dan Penn suggestive classic "I Need a Lot of Loving Everyday." Pickett's reading of the song with a killer female backing chorus smolders with nocturnal nether-hipped fire. Pickett's version of Rudy Clark's swaggering "You Can't Stand Alone" is a burning throw-down with awesome guitar and horn charts and a killer little Farfisa break in the middle. He also sings the deep Memphis blues on "Something Within Me." The set closes with one of his finest performances, his signature reading of "Love Is a Beautiful Thing." Arguably, The Sound of Wilson Pickett may be his finest album performance of the entire decade."


Friday, August 6, 2010

Nathan Fake - Hard Islands (2009)

"Having protested that he was "not a DJ" circa his 2006 debut, it wasn't long before this Norfolk wunderkind producer seduced clubbers with eclectic DJ sets. The result is writ large on this brilliant second album, which welds his drifting soundscapes to fractious, rapturous techno."

props to luke for recommending it

this one's not on hard islands, but too good not to add:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bedhead - HowFunLifeWas (1994)

"It didn't seem like it at the time, but with the appearance of this, Bedhead's debut, and Low's own first album some months later, the zeitgeist of post-grunge indie rock started to shift toward something more reflective and restrained. Not that WhatFunLifeWas doesn't steer clear of loud moments, to be sure; many of the songs use swelling transitions from quieter to noisier performance and back, all while avoiding the abrupt soft-loud-soft cliché of the time. However, even at the band's most explosive, there's less a sense of getting ripped out of your head on sound than there is a tension between steady, careful performance (drummer Martinez especially so) and more wide-ranging power [...] In the quieter moments, like the openings of "Crushing" or even more so, the flat-out lovely "Powder," the intensity level is ratcheted even higher; the overall performance is not so much easy listening as it is a prompting to listeners, who must lean forward to catch everything. Add the intertwined guitar work of both Kadane brothers, who combine power and control excellently, and listeners need ask for little more."

Bedhead - WhatFunLifeWas (1994)

enjoy bras

Songs: Ohia – Mi Sei Apparso Come Un Fantasma

"It is a live album that was recorded in Modena, Italy in September of 2000. It was released on Paper Cup and Cargo Records in 2001, and quickly went out-of-print on both CD and LP. The ability to hear any Songs: Ohia live performance is a treat, but to hear a Lioness-era Songs: Ohia performance…that’s pure gold, my friend."

Rik prob has it already, but this live album got me hooked on songs: ohia.

Mi Sei Apparso Come Un Fantasma (You Come To Me As A Ghost)

01. Are We Getting Any Closer

02. Nobody Tries That Hard Anymore

03. Tigress

04. Being In Love

05. Constant Change

06. It Won’t Be Easy

07. She Came To Me As A Ghost

08. Vanquisher (cabwaylingo)


The Walkmen - The Rat

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Alela Diane - The Pirate's Gospel

First released in 2004 as a private CD-R run then later re-released formally in 2006, the softly spooked-out acid folk of The Pirate's Gospel is a captivating debut from Alela Diane, whose enthusiasm and ability for a then-extremely-fresh learner on guitar is quite something. Recorded by her father, who also helps perform on many tracks along with other friends and family members, the disc showcases Alela Diane's knack for gentle, immediate melodies and her fine voice, possessed of a hint of twang that suggests a combination of Dusty Springfield and Kristin Hersh, with a rich maturity beyond her years.
(file size is quite large as it's a high-quality version)

Bangers & Mash

A mixtape of some club bangers and some dub/mash-up that I've been enjoying recently.
A couple of chilled ones thrown in there as well.

Bangers & Mash Mix

Track List:
1. Pantha Du Prince - Lay in a Shimmer
2. Nathan Fake - Basic Mountain
3. Four Tet - Love Cry (Joy Orbison Mix)
4. Badawi - Anlan 7 (Scuba Mix)
5. Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo (Scuba Mix)
6. Martyn - Vancouver (Fabric50 Mix)
7. Four Tet - Angel Echoes
8. King Midas Sound - Cool Out