Thursday, April 29, 2010

an endorsement for Crystal Castles' second self-titled album...

I have to say, I wasn't expecting much from Crystal Castles' new album. Their self-titled debut, a schizophrenic adventure with several above-par tracks, but little in the way of continuity, didn't seem like it would pave the way for the electronic duo's survival as a long-standing project. While I heard tell their live shows were something to behold, I kind of expected Alice Glass to be the type of person to suffer a mental collapse and spend the rest of her career curating post-modern art shows featuring antique baby dolls in various states of disrepair.

So let me be the first to tell you that CC's latest album, (also curiously titled Crystal Castles) is fantastic. Unrelenting, unapologetic, it still sounds like "something Crystal Castles would do", but is much more focused on trance elements than screaming for the sake of screaming - although there is that too. I doubt that any of their original hardsuperXcore fans will be alienated by this project. If anything, they've clarified the intentions of the niche rather than attaching a new slogan to it. A Plus!

Crystal Castles - Baptism
Crystal Castles - Vietnam
Crystal Castles - Suffocation

Crystal Castles (again, it's the second one) is out now and available on their website.

+via 1,2,3+

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

new video from Gauntlet Hair fans!

Saw this excellent fan video paired with Gauntlet Hair's equally amazing track this morning and had to get it out to the people immediately!

Enjoy! I'm off to work!

Gauntlet Hair - I Was Thinking


Monday, April 26, 2010

DāM-FunK covers Human League...

It's Dr Martens' 50th birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a video add campaign featuring a slew of contemporary artists covering the nostalgia-ridden classics of such popular acts as The Pogues, The Stone Roses and The Runaways?

This first vid is DāM-FunK's take on Human League's "Things That Dreams Are Made Of", which is pretty choice, especially because it implies that the things dreams are made of include oreos, cupcakes and lollipops.

Directed By: Ace Norton

And if you're interested, there's also a number of limited edition vintage boots available on Dr. Martens site.


new track from Treasure, "Canada"...

Akin to some of Evan Voytas' work in composition, "Canada" reveals Treasure's ability to create something more concrete than a glo-fi bedroom recording, but just as beach-worthy.

Treasure - Canada

Read more about the a-typical Londoner on his Myspace.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

new Twin Sister track and vid...

The Long Island five-piece known as Twin Sister has just debuted their new track, "Lady Daydream (Cassette Version)", off their Alternates collection, available at The Curatorial Club.

Andrea Estella's sweet vocal talents register a little bit like Sade or Annie Lennox. The instrumentation is basically designed for an appearance in an indie-film, maybe something where the heroine is quirky and interested in kite-flying or comic books from the 1960's. If sleigh bells were involved I'd be writing a very serious letter to Wes Anderson right now.

Lady Daydream (Cassette Version)

More information is available on their website.

Additionally, Twin Sister recently covered Daft Punk's "Something About Us", and it was caught on tape by one Ian Perlman.


new track from M.I.A., "Born Free"...

The newest track from M.I.A. explores her rock and roll persona, as yet underdeveloped. Without liner notes or an explanatory interview detailing why she decided to go this direction, I wouldn't necessarily call the track a "success" (,unless her goal was to sound like a British Karen O who left the FX pedal on). It's unlikely that "Born Free" is heralding a game change for the predominantly electronic purveyor, as evidenced from "There's Space For Ol Dat I See", the first track released off her upcoming album, as yet untitled, due out this summer. But asking a question of intention here also seems irrelevant. Sometimes you just want to make some noise. And if nothing else "Born Free" displays M.I.A.'s willingness to expand her sound, as well as her penchant to increasingly choose excellent sampling material (this time it's Suicide).

M.I.A. - Born Free

compare and contrast

M.I.A. - There's Space for Ol Dat I See


Monday, April 19, 2010

an add salt update

So what's happened with add salt in the past few weeks? Well, I got a new job, saw what it was doing to my ethics and (posting) integrity, quit that job, and here I am again. I've slacked quite a bit and intend to make it up to you, the readers.

What can you expect in the upcoming month?

Well first off, I'll have a review for The Deluge's new album within the week - exciting stuff! add salt's focus will be increasingly on reviewing, but as always I'll still be bringing you hot new tracks and b-sides. In addition I'm hoping for a layout change. Then it will be on to Sasquatch!, and a whirlwind tour through Portland and L.A., so you can expect some baller concert reviews and photos.

I'm excited for the new changes and hope you will be pleased as well!

And now, without further ado, I give you...summer:

M.I.A. - Paper Planes (DFA Remix)


Sunday, April 18, 2010

new track from Ducktails...

The B-side to his new Mirror Image 7" expands on Ducktails' already diverse soundscape.

Ducktails - Mirror Image

Mirror Image 7" is due out on shdwply Records in the near future.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

new track from Gold Panda, "You"...

...sounds like "Quitter's Raga" imported to the dance floor.

Gold Panda - You

I've heard tell GP's new EP has a remix from Minotaur Shock as well! That'll be posted quick smart as soon as I get my hands on it...