Today we have BEAK>, the current musical medium of Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams. Anyone else really exciting by this? Hurry up winter, I wanna get all gloomy. You can listen to some more tracks here. Here’s the premise, “The band have very strict guidelines governing the recording and writing process of their work. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in SOA Studio’s, Bristol”. Arty.
I’m hooked already. Love the toned down and gloomy sounds. In fact, it’s making me go all Krautrock. The album is released on October 19th, and a pre-order limited edition box-set is available for £30. Ordered.
It’s no secret that I generally adore anything Deerhoof touch (Blog title should be a dead give-away). This track is no exception. Regretfully W&P are a band I’ve overlooked. Alas dear reader, it’s one more album I intend to add to my ever growing list of music to purchase. Yes, some of us still buy music.
Muse are the boy from your school music lessons called Martin. While you’d agonize over fingering ‘Walk of Life’ by Dire Straits on keyboard, he’d be busy composing multi-layered orchestral masterpieces, often with time to conduct a Jean Michelle Jarre-esque lightshow. Annoying and ostentatious, but essentially brilliant. As is The Resistance.
Only occasionally does it grapple to reach the blistering heights that graced earlier Muse albums. However, they’ve certainly not lost any of their opulent musical swagger. ‘United States of Eurasia’ and ‘Unnatural Selection’ are simply and unashamedly brilliant. The final three tracks are epic in their demeanour. Muse are rarely prudent with their scope. They continue to do grandiose like Nirvana did modesty. Obnoxiously good when jangly guitars become tiresome.
Really quite love this lady. This version is possibly better than the album version. What an amazing voice she has. Enough.
I’m sorry. I’ve potentially flushed any journalistic credibility down the shitter. But I don’t care. I’m a complete sucker for good pop, and they don’t come more pop than potential cock smuggler, Lady Gaga. You don’t see Spears busting verse on piano do you? Plus Gaga can sing. Really sing. To be honest I’ve had little time to really fish out a decent TOTD today, so you’ll have to settle for Gaga. Normal service will resume tomorrow.
With the news that Pavement are to reform for a world tour (as of yet only New York dates have been announced), it seems apt that the track that’s been tearing up my day today is Shady Lane. If you’ve not paid Pavement much attention, then shame on you. Listen to this one lots, go and buy Brighten The Corners, draw your curtains on a rainy day and take up smoking dope. Pretty perfect if you ask me. Which you didn’t.
Mewling baldy Billy Corgan has announced that the Pumpkins (aka Billy Corgan) are in the process of recording a 44 track album that they intend on giving away absolutely free.
Tracks from the forthcoming album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope will be released consecutively from around Halloween onwards. While tracks will initially be free, they’ll eventually be sold in groups of 4 as limited edition EP’s, or mini-box sets upon completion. When all 44 tracks have been released they’ll be available as a complete box set, but will not differ from the original mini sets.
According to Mr Corgan, “The story of the album is based on ‘The Fool’s Journey’, as signified in the progress of the Tarot. It is my intention to approach this by breaking down the journey of our life here into four phases as made by these different characters; the Child, the Fool, the Skeptic, and the Mystic.
“The music of ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins: atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.”
With 44 tracks lined up, chances are some of them are bound to be reasonably good. Won’t they?
HEALTH have just released their second album, Get Color. Get it. Any album that has a recommended decibel level designed to maximise listening enjoyment is always a good thing (90dB). This track’s the one that got me when I saw them at the Lexington. I’m a complete sucker for that stuttering synth, those drifting vocals and that unrelenting drum beat. It’s post-shoegaze greatness. The video’s pretty good as well: marching girls are always awesome, coupled with a mass of writhing bodies covered in blood. Can’t really go wrong. Noise is the future, my friends.
HEALTH play the Garage on the 26th October. Go and see them. Live, they’re a furiously lethargic experience.
I’m stood in the longest queue ever. Under any other circumstance I’d moan, but it just so happens it’s a really beautiful day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re ushered upstairs to Gold Panda, already on stage, wearing a rather fetching pink hooded jacket that resembles an oversized baby-gro. He’s adopting the common posture of the knob twiddling laptop gazer, hunched.