Monday, March 29, 2010

new discovery : TEEN INC.

New information, albeit minimal, is beginning to leak onto the internet regarding TEEN INC., who I discovered recently by way of the sites of Haunted Graffiti's many members. Their myspace page has only one comment: a glowing nuspeak endorsement from Nite Jewel, which I consider to be recommendation enough. What add salt knows: the artists, Andrew and Daniel Aged, are brothers currently performing in the L.A. area. They've just released a 7" with two tracks, "Fountains" and "Friend of the Night". Their website allows for streaming of both tracks.

TEEN INC. also runs this tumblr site, which features warped audio recordings with no accompanying information as to the original artists or titles. The brothers' only admittance is that "sometimes we play along with them".

I've listened to "Fountains" about 12 times in the past hour. Prince overtones...Late 80's soul vibes...The temptation to fantasize romantic images like crashing waves and glistening jheri curls was probably exacerbated by the dove icon TEEN INC. uses on their myspace page - but it's an appropriate inclination.

Teen Inc. - Fountains

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nite Jewel remixes Caribou...

Nite Jewel's remix of Caribou's "Odessa" provides a surprising contextual link between two artists whose music seems to share no apparent qualities - meticulous construction aside. I wouldn't have expected or suggested this match. Caribou's work has a density to it which Nite Jewel's aesthetic lacks: no one becomes a lo-fi purveyor without first developing philosophical and ethical reasons for doing so. Surprisingly, her brooding stylistic touches serve to compliment Caribou's pensive and equally dark lyricism. It's perfect for a night drive, and features a stellar, unanticipated break-down that only the queen of bedroom disco could manifest.

More information on the track is available at City Slang.

Caribou's new album, Swim, is out April 20th on Merge. His original version of "Odessa" is currently in my preliminary "Top Tracks of 2010" list...too soon?

Caribou - Odessa (Nite Jewel Remix)
Caribou - Odessa

new track from LCD Soundsystem, "Drunk Girls"...

...James Murphy is back with more social commentary...

LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls

LCD Soundsystem's new, currently title-less album will be out May 17th via DFA/Parlophone and DFA/Virgin.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Glasser to release Tremel EP...

Cameron Mesirow of Glasser is yet another SoCal native with her hands in a number of unique contemporary music and visual arts efforts. She has toured with The xx and members of Tanlines, and recently collaborated with Tauba Auerbach to design and build an instrument called "The Auerglass" - a pump organ that requires two players. How does it work? The keys of the standard scale are split between the two organs, and the pump at one players' feet sends air to the other players' side of the instrument.

This coming Monday, Mesirow will debut her latest work, Tremel, in the UK via Young Turks. Her pump-organ prowess and tribal synthesia all at once recall Los Angeles, the Caribbean and the hinterland. Definitely worth a listen.

Glasser - Tremel

YACHT video for "The Afterlife"...

...shows YACHT at their old tricks, utilizing religious imagery to...not say a whole lot about religion.

YACHT - The Afterlife

Directed By: JUDESAYS
From the album: See Mystery Lights, out on DFA

Monday, March 15, 2010

Of Montreal on Yo Gabba Gabba!

"bananas, rice, applesauce, toast!"

Of Montreal drop in on Nickelodeon's Yo Gabba Gabba! to sing about what foods to eat when you're feeling sick. Preferable to a vaccine. More on Nickelodeon.

progress report

Since Pitchfork and Stereogum released their most anticipated album lists of 2010 before the ball dropped, I figured some of you might have lost track now that we're 3 months into the new decade (and when did that happen, by the way?!). So here's a little progress report to keep you going. More will be added as details arise.

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She & Him | Volume 2 | 3.23 via Merge


Harlem | Hippies | 4.6 via Matador
MGMT | Congratulations | 4.13 via Columbia
Freelance Whales | Weathervanes | 4.13 via Mom and Pop Records
Caribou | Swim | 4.20 via Merge


Hold Steady | Heaven is Whenever | 5.4 via Vagrant
Sleigh Bells | Treats | 5.11 via Mom and Pop Records
Japandroids | No Singles | 5.11 via Polyvinyl
Woods | At Echo Lake | 5.11 via Woodsist
LCD Soundsystem | as yet untitled album | 5.17 via DFA/Parlophone and DFA/Virgin
Band of Horses | Infinite Arms | 5.18 via Fat Possum/Columbia


Here We Go Magic | Pigeons | 6.8 via Secretly Canadian
STARS | The Five Ghosts | 6.22 via Vagrant

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Tokyo Police Club | new album sometime early 2010 Mom and Pop Records
Of Montreal | new album sometime mid 2010 via Polyvinyl

Sunday, March 14, 2010


..."think she gives a damn about Classic recipe anymore?"

Logorama is a fantastic Oscar-winning animated short film by the French H5 design collective, directed by Fran├žois Alaux and produced by Nicolas Schmerkin. It features hundreds of logos in a critique on modern western culture, and according to its creators, aims to show "the victory of the creative against the rational, where nature and human fantasy triumph". I don't know how this project wasn't shut down for copyright infringement, but kudos to the collective, not only for their design savvy, but for writing a plot that features Michelin Men attempting to curb a heist perpetrated by none other than a gun-toting Ronald McDonald. Check it out below:

new video for BRMC's "Beat the Devil's Tattoo"... a largely narrative-less compliment to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's swagger...

+ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo

Their album of the same name is out now on Vagrant Records.

new track from Kavinsky, "Nightcall"...

...was produced by Guy Manuel de Homem Cristo (of Daft Punk fame) and evokes French nightlife in the same manner as "Something About Us". Also featuring vocals from CSS's Lovefoxxx...

Nightcall by Kavinsky

Also, here's the Breakbot remix:
Kavinsky feat. Lovefoxxx - Nightcall (Breakbot Remix)

Kavinsky will be releasing a physical album in May via Record Makers. Check out his myspace for more details.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

new track from Ariel Pink...

...sounds like it was recorded in a real studio, a probable consequence of Ariel's recent signing to 4AD. It's different - in a very, very good way.

Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round

A new album is due sometime this spring.

new video for Yeasayer's "O.N.E."... a shitstorm with a fantastic blob-head man.

Unlike most of America, add salt hasn't jumped on the Yeasayer train just yet. But it doesn't stop me being intrigued by this video. Mostly cause it's all over the fucking place.

+ Yeasayer - O.N.E.

Courtesy of: Pitchfork
Directed By: Radical Friend
From the album: Odd Blood , out now on Secretly Canadian.

album review: Be So True EP from MillionYoung

At a time when the artists and attributes that propelled the no-fi movement seem pretty well defined, South Florida's MillionYoung (Mike Diaz) has polished his 8-bit inclinations to lay out his second EP, Be So True, which conveys a sense of warmth and genuine verve missing from the genre.

A clever addition to the largely east-coast based niche, MillionYoung's work broadens the fanbase to include more than just those who want to hang out on a beach all day thinking about how easy it was being ten years old. The result is tracks like "Soft Denial" and "Pilfer", music that alternately encourages you to club or charter a sailboat. Be So True is one case where making more "accessible" music doesn't mean dumbing it down for the sake of the audience. Plus you get gorgeous tracks like "Day We Met", the choice cut off the EP, which despite sharing a similar synth to Animal Collective's "#1", sounds altogether original and a league apart from contemporaries Memoryhouse, Toro y Moi and Washed Out.

On the other hand, I think I'd feel even more prone to listen to Be So True if Diaz's pinings and longings were scrapped. Most proponents of the chillwave-glofi set have the good sense to wash their often trite lyrics or prosaic vocals in reverb. Deviation from this standard wouldn't be entirely unwelcome, but the tendency is to allow the artists' electronic prowess or the originality of their recording techniques to shine through, untarnished. Tracks like "Cynthia" don't benefit from the addition of vocals; they end up distracting more than enhancing.

Be So True is out now on the aptly-titled Arcade Sound Ltd. records. Check out more on MillionYoung's website.

MillionYoung - Soft Denial
MillionYoung - Cynthia

Thursday, March 11, 2010

new Gonjasufi track...

...what TV on the Radio might sound like if fed through dub equipment in space.

Gonjasufi - Dust

Gonjasufi's debut album A Sufi and A Killer is out now on Warp records.

And speaking of dub, give this a whirl on your smoke break.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Here We Go Magic to release new album...

...Pigeons is due June 8th on Secretly Canadian...

Rumor: This time around, one-man-band Luke Temple will have some help from his friends. Get the album's first single, "Collector" by trading your e-mail address on Here We Go Magic's site.

And here's a throwback for the track junkies...
Here We Go Magic - Ahab

new track from MGMT's upcoming Congratulations

...first release finds MGMT mimicking aspects of David Bowie and The Flaming Lips.

MGMT - Flash Delirium

Congratulations will be out April 13th in the US and Canada on Sony/Columbia Records. More on MGMT's website.

new Neon Indian track

...your Atari wet dream. or mine...

Neon Indian - Sleep Paralysist

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

album review: The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night

The work of Montreal's husband-and-wife-led band The Besnard Lakes tends to serve as a good compliment to feelings of displacement. Their third album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, is no different, providing sonic and thematic consistency while, problematically at intervals, restricting the band from reaching higher heights.

...Are The Roaring Night, like it's predecessor, The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse, stresses central concepts of secrecy, spy-culture and the malleable lifestyle indicative of espionage. This malleable quality extends to the band's atmospherics as well : a blend of americana, rooted in images of the loner plagued by deceptive allegiances, and shoegaze, growing up amongst the competitive marketplace of Britain's crowded cities. No where is this dynamic more visible than on the album's first single, "Albatross", featuring muted male and female vocals, plush soundscapes, driving baselines and effects-ridden guitars, topped off by obligatory nods to the stylings of Brian Wilson.

Other notable tracks include "Glass Printer", which harkens back to early 90's shoegaze a la Lush and Chapterhouse, and "Light up the Night", with guitar work reminiscent of Robin Trower. There is also "Chicago Train", because The Besnard Lakes must have at least one song with references to trains in it (see "Ride the Rails" off ...Are the Dark Horse).

The album hesitates to deviate from patterns TBL have established already, and although there is honesty and integrity here, we've heard these yearnings before. That's not to imply that ...Are the Roaring Night isn't a rewarding album. It's full of little surprises, but the payoff is in the build, and that merits a sit-down listen. It's good solo-road-trip music, good flying-on-a-plane music. Good cathartic-film-score music. It's good for any time you are lost in location but found within yourself. And yet, The Besnard Lakes still sound like a band trying to "make it", when perhaps they have yet to realize they are already there.

The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night is out now on Jagjaguwar.

The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
The Besnard Lakes - Glass Printer

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

split 7" vinyl from Truman Peyote, Turtle Ambulance out today...

Truman Peyote - New Wife, New Life

Truman Peyote.
Turtle Ambulance.

Pre-order's done. Get it now on Breakfast of Champs.

stream Portugal. The Man's American Ghetto today...

...Portugal. The Man has released a digital stream and mp3 download of their new album, American Ghetto, which blends elements of The Mars Volta and MGMT. The physical album will be available on March 11th via Equalvision.

Stream below or visit their site for more details.

NightWaves cover Phil Collins... might be missing the drum machine breakdown, but the synthwork is nonetheless CHOICE.

NightWaves - In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins Cover)

Visit the fabulous Binary crew here.

new video from Class Actress... statement, softcore porn or photo shoot for Urban Outfitters? you decide...

Class Actress - Journal of Ardency

Directed By: Patrick Cleandenim
From the album: Journal Of Ardency
Available on: Terrible Records

Class Actress are a Brooklyn trio crafting synthy jams reminiscent of a lo-fi Little Boots, with whom they are currently on tour.

Monday, March 1, 2010

new discovery: Nurses

Nurses - Technicolor
Nurses - Man At Arms

Missed these tracks from Nurses' Apple's Acre which was released on Dead Oceans back in August. More problematically, missed this band entirely, discovering them while parsing the Sasquatch! lineup. Check out their myspace and their Daytrotter session from 2.17.10.

continued viral mystery...

...iamamiwhoami speaks!

Today's translation: WELCOME HOME.3383

If you take 3+3+8+3=17, then 1=A, 7=G. Perhaps this says "Welcome home AG" and "AG", has shown up before, on one of the first codes. In fact, I think it was officially "CH AG". I'm getting more excited about the music being revealed in these clips. Today's sample was something I really wished was at least 3 minutes longer...

stream Plastic Beach today on NPR...

...the Gorillaz' new album lives up to expectations by promulgating sonic synthesis rather than gratuitous "innovations". Still socially conscious, the sum represents the complexity of its' parts...

Plastic Beach is due out in the U.S. on March 9th via Virgin Records, but today you can stream it on NPR, a week in advance of its' release.

I recommend this for your day because I just tried out The Knife's Tomorrow in a Year and turned it off mid-way through, not because it wasn't good, but because even with the lyric sheets and the focus on Darwin in mind, it made me think less about evolution than Plastic Beach did, and as a sidenote, I just wasn't having any fun.

There is nothing un-fun about this album, from Snoop Dogg's cameo, to the much-advertised first release "Stylo" featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, to lyrics like "all hail King Neptune and his water breathers".

And in case none of that piques your interest, there's always Lou Reed.

Tracklist below...

1. Orchestral Intro
2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. White Flag (feat. Kano & Bashy)
4. Rhinestone Eyes
5. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
6. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
7. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
8. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
9. Some Kind Of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud Of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
16. Pirate Jet