Monday, September 27, 2010
Over the past two years, through moves, breakups, a broken foot and the tidy start-up of this blog, there has been one singular constant in my life: the knowledge that at some undisclosed date in the future
Daft Punk Would Create a Film Score for Tron : Legacy.
Now, an official release date has been confirmed by Disney, so on November 22nd be prepared to have your amps blown by epic futuristic orchestral electronica, with our favorite robots at the helm. Hopefully this new work will surpass the disappointing assortment of remixes and compilations we've had to remember them by in the last several years.
If you're like me, that is, anxiously ringing your hands in anticipation, you can hold yourself over with the clips Disney has provided on their official Tron website. Get on your light bikes and ride!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Here's a tasty heads-up: White Denim just sneak-released a brand new album onto the nets a couple days ago. The Last Day of Summer, (appearing true to it's name, on the day before the equinox,) is apparently something they just 'whipped up' while working on their pending third album. A letter to the fans explains that many of the new songs "have been bouncing around since the formation of the band back in 06". The jam aspects are still present, but they've incorporated some free-form jazz which gives the project an alternately contemporary and vintage feel...rather reminiscent of the end of a season. Denim has never sounded quite as close to the Dead, and I'm okay with that.
White Denim - our get
White Denim - if you're changing
Get it for free (with donations encouraged)here.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Last fall VHS Head released "Rent Responsibly" and promptly fell off the planet. Producing excellent cut-and-paste electronica under a shroud of anonymity, I feared that we would never hear from him/her again, unless perchance as a new incarnation: as a boy band or the host of an infomercial. VHS Head could be that Beiber kid everyone's always going on about, and I secretly hope that he/she is.
Fortunately, the rumor-cogs on the inter-webs began churning again last month, followed by a full-length release from Head entitled Trademark Ribbons of Gold.
Here is "Twitch of the Nerve" off of that album, a track which sparkles like a Los Angeles DJ set but rents as aggressively as Aphex Twin. Choppy, atmospheric and industrial all at once, it's really, really hard not to appreciate Head's technique.
Twitch of the Nerve
Check out the details and purchase here.
Previously from VHS Head:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here's a new one from L.A.'s Warpaint, who are gearing up to release their first full-length, The Fool, next month on Rough Trade Records. "Undertow" at first seems a far cry from their tracks on the Frusciante-produced Exquisite Corpse, with sparse guitar and a focus on harmonies. Fortunately the quartet of sirens build to a psychedelic apex that overcomes their initially imposing wistfulness.
Warpaint - Undertow
"Undertow" is available as a free download from their website, here.
Previously from Warpaint:
Warpaint - Elephants
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Yesterday Pitchfork debuted this impressive No Age remix of Crystal Castles' "Baptism" (the original track appeared on Crystal Castles' second self-titled album, released earlier this year). Increasingly known for their aesthetic, advocacy and proclivity towards blending punk and shoegaze, No Age surprised me with the delicate handling of an already strong track. Here, the blips and beeps are absent and replaced with a muddy drone, one which compacts all of Alice Glass' nuclear emotion and raw grit into a solid wall of impenetrable sound. Truly one of the more special remixes I've heard in a long time...have a listen...
Crystal Castles - Baptism (No Age remix)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sydney's Catcall, real name Catherine Kelleher, has been around for some time. I remember when her first album dropped in 2008. I also remember not listening to that album because an accidental - albeit fateful - mis-click sent me spiraling through the cosmic wormhole that is the internet and straight into the open arms of Vanshe Technologic. I immediately forgot about Catcall and every other Australian artist for two years.
What interested me about Kelleher's return to the mixing board was the rumor that GLOVES was producing her track "Swimming Pool". Thoroughly jacked, I went on the hunt.
Unfortunately, the original cut seems to be elusive. What I did find was a bit more surprising: a re-edit of "Swimming Pool" by Julian Mendelsohn, the British record producer famous for producing Liza Minelli's Results in the late 80's alongside the Pet Shop Boys. His reworking is a glittery, empyrean slow jam, which allows Kelleher's vocals to shine between effervescent percussion layers and a sultry bassline. Listen below, don't accidentally click elsewhere.
Catcall - Swimming Pool (Julian Mendelsohn Extended Remix)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here's a beautiful remix Animal Collective put together for Pantha Du Prince's "Welt Am Draht" (translation: "World at the Wire"). Curried with chimes and rife with delay, the track is refreshingly indicative of both artists in equal parts. Unusual for the world of remixes.
Pantha Du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective remix)
In other news, I just got my hands on a copy of ODDSAC. Waiting for the correct mental state to give it a try. More on that very soon.