Archive for March, 2008

THE DODOS

March 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Wow, it’s been a relatively long time since I last did a band of the week…perhaps even more than a week (gasp!). It’s cool though, I’ve been busy and the good busy also. Recording, playing shows, practicing, ynow. Anyways this week’s band of the week is not quite as extinct as they were once thought to be. The band of the week is…

THE DODOS!!!

This San-Fran duo makes sharp, catchy indie-pop with only an acoustic guitar and drums. Their sharp angular melodies recall Menomena or Andrew Bird though at times the vocals soar over the music in a way comparable with Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. The instrumentation, however, consists mainly of an acoustic guitar and drums.

I’ve only heard a couple of their songs so far. I’ll be listening to their full-length, “Visitor”, very soon. So far however, each songs I’ve heard has been well written with sparse production. The drums have the tribal sound going (think animal collective or sunset rubdown) while the guitar sorta does some folksy stuff subtly off to the side. The vocals are very strong, often they’re double (or more than double) tracked in order to give them that extra push, especially when they take off and soar into the reverb-laden soundscape.

Check em out, especially if you’re a fan of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. This will fit right in with your trip.
http://www.myspace.com/mericlong

Interview with Stop Die Resuscitate

March 5th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This interview was conducted by Marc Z. Grub on February 29th at Weaselpalooza in Toronto with members Luke and Lyle of the Toronto band Stop Die Resuscitate.

M: So, you guys…I don’t know too much about you but I know that you did a remix for Apostle of Hustle.
Luke: Yes, we’ve done a lot of remixes.
M: Who else have you remixed?
Luke: Dandi Wind, Vitamins for You, Spiral Beach, My Brightest Diamond, we just finished a remix for Buck 65, we just finished a remix for Tegan and Sarah and we’re doing another one for Plastic Little. K?
M: Great. How do you get to do all these remixes?
Luke: People ask us and then, y’now, we work it out and then we do them.
M: Bands themselves (ask you to do them)?
Lyle: Yep, or their management.
M: How did you get into remixing? How’d that get started?
Lyle: Making our own music or, I don’t know.
Luke: I don’t know how it happened. I guess we did this Deerhoof remix, kind of like, whatever, like anyone could have done it and then people heard it and they liked it and they wanted us to do remixes for them.
Lyle: It was interesting because the Deerhoof one was on blogs in like Nigeria. Like really weird places. It was like “what? People are listening to this in Nigeria?” And it was Deerhoof so it’s like really noisy and weird sounding and stuff so…
Luke: That was like our first remix we ever did. It was like an open one anyone could have done and we just kinda did it as like…messing around.
Lyle: Oh, OK Cobra, we also have to say OK Cobra.
M: What program did you use?
Lyle: Mostly Cubase.
M: What’s your strategy for the remixes. It’s getting really big now, like everyone’s remixing everyone.
Luke: We take like an element out of a song and then we just really amplify that element. So if there’s a moment that’s like “oh this sounds kind of like disco,” we turn the whole thing into a disco song.
Lyle: I don’t know, it’s pretty weird. I think we try not to do the same thing twice so some of the stuff is like electro and the New Buffalo one is kind of like My Bloody Valentine.
Luke: Oh yeah, we did New Buffalo too. Yeah, the New Buffalo one’s really cool, it’s like really down-tempo.
Lyle: It’s sort of like all different. One of the Buck 65 ones is kind of like disco.
Luke: It’s more Techno-y.
M: So asides from remixes, you guys are in the band Stop Die Resuscitate What’s going on with that?
Lyle: We’re trying to record a new record. We released an album a couple years ago and then we had a twelve-inch release last year.
Luke: We have a video out for it now.
Lyle: Yeah, we released a video for it a month ago for a song called “Bad Night”. We’re happy with that, we’re really proud of it. Now we’re just trying to finish off the new album basically.
M: You guys are independent right now, right?
Luke: We’re on a label called Summer Lovers Unlimited. They’re based in Montreal. They’ve got The Tough Alliance. They originally signed Crystal Castles but things kinda didn’t work out with that somehow. So now they’re just doing a remix album or something. (They’ve got) Dandi Rand and Apache Beat, who are great, from New York.
M: Are you guys playing any festivals soon?
Lyle: We played Lee’s last weekend. Uh, we’re playing White Orchid but we’re not playing any festivals until the record’s done.
Luke: We just played a festival in London in the summer with Creepy 73, the Lola festival, that was really good.
M: Are you guys working with any producers or is the new record self-produced.
Lyle: Nope, it’s still us all.
M: Great, that’s all.
You can hear Stop Die Resuscitate on their Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/stopdieresuscitate
And their remixes at: http://www.myspace.com/stopdieremixes