Archive for July, 2011

Have You Heard The New…Gauntlet Hair?

July 29th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Gauntlet Hair came out of nowhere like two years ago with a couple songs that were just really awesome and everyone was like, “OMG THEY’RE SO GOOD!” They didn’t release an EP, album or anything, but just rode that buzz-band wave. Hopefully the reason they took so long was cuz they were crafting an amazing album which they’ve just announced will be released on October 18th on Dead Oceans. The announcement came with a first single/song “Top Bunk”, which I wrote about below.

Marc: Gauntlet Hair is a pretty awesome band. Not only are their singles good, but live they’re pretty awesome also. The shirtless drummer is pretty key, as shirtless drummers tend to be. You shouldn’t be wearing a shirt if you’re a drummer unless you’re playing in the middle of a snowstorm or something. Anyways, the new song “Top Bunk” really isn’t radically different from what’s come before, but it is more of the same awesome Cocteau Twins-esque guitars meets beat-y drums and interesting melodies. I doubt the album will be a masterpiece but it will probably be a very solid effort full of solid songs: 8.1 on Pitchfork with Best New Music is my early prediction. Hopefully it won’t be a couple awesome singles with 6 tracks of filler (ahem, Tennis, ahem). Either way, I’m really looking forward to it.

Collage Party

July 28th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Vancouver’s dreamy Collage Party are pretty cool. Found them when I downloaded the new Brazilian Money EP and they were listed in the recommended mathinger. Bands, keep referring people to your friends’ bands. It’s a beautiful thing.

Collage Party – The Hum

Have You Heard The New…Stereogum Presents The Strokes – Is This It Tribute Album?

July 27th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Owen Pallett – Hard To Explain (Strokes Cover)

Man, I remember when I first heard The Strokes on SNL back in ’01. Maybe it was even ’02. It was a long fucking time ago and I really young. Somebody reading this knows when it was. Probably ’01 cuz that’s when Is This It came out. July 30th to be precise, so like three days from now and ten years ago. If I’d been in Toronto this month I would totally have done a big ten year anniversary show cuz that album was big to everyone I know. We were young when it came out but that made it even better – we grew up with The Strokes for real, they were our musical awakening, they our band, them and The White Stripes. It kind of feels like The Strokes betrayed us, eh? Psh – Angles? You call this a Strokes album? Come on guys. Those melodies, those guitars, Casablancas’ badass vocals – those were a revolution of sound back in the day. Anyways, Stereogum got some artists to cover the album. Here were my thoughts.

Marc: Nah, The Strokes are one of the easiest bands to cover and sound awesome with but the ambition of these acts gets the better of them and they often lose the heart and soul of these songs. Really, I think the main thing to remember when covering The Strokes is don’t forget the momentum of the songs – that’s the most important thing. Even if you play the song slower, it’s gotta have slow momentum. That momentum is what really brings those incredible melodies and arrangements to life. Peter, Bjorn and John do a serviceable job with the title track cuz they know that much; Frankie Rose doesn’t have to go crazy to bring a new life and vibe to “Soma” making it one of the most successful efforts of the set; Austra‘s go at “Alone, Together” works pretty well; Morning Benders can only go so wrong with “Last Night”, so it’s pretty solid; Owen Pallett‘s orchestral go at “Hard To Explain” is predictably kick-ass, as orchestral Strokes tends to be; Computer Magic does ok with “Take It Or Leave It”. On the other hand, Real Estate‘s “Barely Legal”, Chelsea Wolfe‘s “The Modern Age”, Wise Blood‘s “Someday” and Deradoorian‘s “Trying My Luck” all manage to make brilliance boring, and Heems kind of raps about New York City cops with a sped-up sample of the songs chorus in there somewhere. That’s a bit too many missed opportunities, but it’s an interesting effort nonetheless, and it’s free so whatever. Also I’m a tough customer cuz I’m [an asshole] a guy who takes his Strokes a little too seriously.

Awesome Album Covers

July 27th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Oh, the wonders of science!

Moon King

July 26th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Our Toronto brethren in experimental-pop project¬†Moon King have released a new, all-Simpsons footage video for their song “Big Dumb Blue Angel” which you can see above. I’ve heard it before, but upon a closer listen, Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde‘s harmonies remind me considerably of Ecstacy and Wine-era My Bloody Valentine…no? Anyway, Moon King‘s playing a bunch of shows in Toronto and Brooklyn soon, you can check the dates¬†here.

Moon King – Big Dumb Blue Angel