Archive for January, 2012

Response To Lana Del Ray’s ‘Born To Die’ Pitchfork Review

January 31st, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

I’m seeing things online about how Pitchfork ‘betrayed’ Lana Del Rey by panning her album with a 5.5/10.0 after hyping her up with a best new music sticker on “Video Games” and ‘Rising’ feature back when nobody knew anything about her. Others apparently are even saying they ‘fell on their own sword’ trying to save face after the hype turned to hate because of LDR’s less-than-impressive SNL performance and the spread of information about a less than traditional indie-rock ‘rise to fame’.

I disagree. Pitchfork did nothing wrong, nor did they betray the trust of their readers. I would have done the exact same thing. The review was exactly what it should have been.

Regardless of whether Pitchfork was paid off to hype LDR or they just knew (as many industry insiders no doubt did) that one way or another LDR was going to be hitcount gold, they were smart to get on the Del Rey train. But they never lied to us.

LDR was on her way up, with or without Pitchfork – though paradoxically once Pitchfork says you’re rising, (by some relative standard at the very least) you are.

So they interviewed her – are you only allowed to interview artists you like? Fuck no.

They gave the track “Video Games” ‘Best New Music’ – come on, we all liked that song.

And now we’re all going to listen to the album – all of us who were and weren’t responsible for her rise from cute curiosity to controversial Hipster Runoff human punching bag – and few of us (especially the indie rockers who liked her first) would rate it much differently. Because it’s not a great album. It’s not even an indie album. The pre-release singles are practically indie camouflage for an album that is 90% beat-based mainstream pop albeit with a beautifully lush orchestral sheen that Pitchfork did not neglect to credit.

So haters gonna hate. But don’t hate on Pitchfork. Because they don’t deserve it this time.

Eiyn Sof

January 31st, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

In Kaballa, the idea of G-d is referred to as the “Eiyn Sof” – literally “without end” in Hebrew. It all goes a lot deeper than bearded dude in the sky stuff, which is one of the reasons I was took the opportunity to go study it a bit in Jerusalem last summer.

The main mind behind the Toronto-based music project Eiyn SofMelissa Boraski, doesn’t make as ‘out there’ music as one might expect from someone who takes what is probably the fundamental concept in Kaballa as their pseudonym – but the music is quite good. It’s folk-y stuff with interested touches like synth, theramin, and some other stuff. Her latest EP – the SSSOO1 tape – is a split with far weirder psychedelic pilgrims Plant Magic and out now on Spring Skull.

Eiyn Sof – One By One

Eiyn Sof – Free Of Me

Have You Heard The New…Jack White?

January 30th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

I idolize Jack White more than any other living celebrity or whatever on Earth. Dude makes kick-ass music, has solid business sense, keeps his shit under control, and has been doing all of those things for over a decade now without fucking up even once. I don’t think you could honestly call a single album he’s ever had his paws on a dud. That’s impressive shit. So now he’s announced that he’s got some songs he’d like to release as a solo album called Blunderbuss. The thing drops April 24th on Third Man/Columbia Records. Be ready. We got the first taster today with the song “Love Interruption”.

As a first single, this is hardly another “Seven Nation Army” or “Blue Orchid” or “Ichy Thump”. If anything, it’s more reminiscent of the kind of solid folky/bluesy ditties that served as place holders on White Blood Cells. It’s solid though, and has a cool organ thing going on that kind of reminds me of the clarinet parts on “Love Is The Truth”, the song Jack wrote for a great Coke commercial. Co-vocals on the song provided by Ruby Amanfu are ok – can’t say they really add or detract from the song much.

In terms of what this leads us to expect from the album, I’d say that the song – along with the little information we have – suggests this is simply going to be an unambitious collection of cool little songs Jack has on his hard drive (or box full of tapes, considering the luddite that he is) that he wants to share with the world now that the White Stripes aren’t putting stuff out. The guy’s never made a dud, so I don’t expect one now.

What did you think of the song? What do you think the next album will be like? Let us know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.

EKRA

January 30th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Queens husband/wife experimental duo EKRA make weird psychedelic musics, but it’s got the right kind of chutzpa. I approve.

Mirror Lady

January 28th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Mirror Lady are some lo-fi indie chillaxers from Silverlake, California. That’s where my cousin lives, and it’s a cool place. Shit’s too far apart there though. I can’t stand it, uch! Anyways – the band. They make pretty sounds.

Mirror Lady – Roman Candles