His latest release Valentine Vacancy EP (Jjune 2007) is available for free, including artwork, on the Bedroom Eyes website. You will also find his debut EP from 2006 there, also free.
Here is a sampling:
MP3: (Here's One For You) Underdog
MP3: Norwegian Pop
Tom Zé recently came to light via the Hot Chip DJ Kicks compilation. If you have it, it is the song the segues into My Piano. I knew the version on the comp had been reworked by Hot Chip so I was on a hunt for the original. Considering most of his work was originally release in the 60's and 70's it took a bit.
Luckily David Byrne discovered Tom Zé on a trip to Brasil in the 90's and re-released much of his work as a comp (Brasil Classics Vol. 4 is dedicated solely to Tom Zé) and found it.
Tom Zé was instrumental in the Tropicalia style of music BUT was also know for his experimental instrumentation and creative use of time signatures. Cademar is prime example.
"I don't make art, I make spoken and sung journalism."-- Tom ZéIn 2005, he released an album entitled Estudando o Pagode (Studying People), exploring the historical suppression of women
MP3: Cademar (original)
I have a sudden urge to go to Rio.
Dear ladies and gentleman,Fifth show? And they are opening for The Arcade Fire? Time to take a listen. What do you think? Fool's gold? Or the real deal?
a few months later from our last rant here is a bit of news we are really happy about!
A Classic Education has been asked to open for the mighty ARCADE FIRE...and the show is quite soon..actually in less than 24 hours.
We will be opening tomorrow night in Ferrara..in one of the prettiest piazzas ever!
A Classic Education
in Ferrara, Piazza Castello
It all starts early around 9pm.
As usual there will be six of us on stage tomorrow.
Our official mood is: joy!
This will be our 5th show ever! After a self-organized festival, an unbelievable show with the Marr-Modest Mouse bunch, a flight to London for White Heat and a hardcore fest...well this one will be magic. what a journey!
MP3: Victory At Night
The vinyl has three versions of the track. In the Reverso 68 Remix, the beats and added synths effortlessly blend with Damon Gough's vocals and allow the song to coast for six minutes. It is a Sunday drive remix for the ride to the beach.
The second remix from the 12" vinyl is The Wizards Sleeve Reanimation. This one focuses on the piano before the vocals (which briefly appear at the end). It is a teeny tiny bit more upbeat with the synths slurring around melody.
The A Mountain Of One Version At 45 RPM the track sounds like a vintage down tempo disco track.
MP3: Promises (Reverso 68 Remix)
Here is a Four Tet remix of Arab Strap. It reminds me of those 90's techno tracks with its spoken vocals and a thumping 4/4 beat.
MP3: The First Big Weekend (Four Tet Remix)
If this does not sound like classic Björk, I do not know what is. Simian Mobile Disco, turns the track into a party and her vocals stand out even more.
The EP has a ton of remixes, here is the tracklisting:
one ___ mark stent radio edit
two ___ simian mobile disco twelve inch remix
three ___ alva noto unitxt remodel twelve inch remix
four ___ ghostigital untouchable innocence still amazes fearless remix
MP3: Innocence (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
The band comprises of 2 members. DJ Damage of Bang Gang and DJ Belgium one time member of Cut Copy. Together they are one of the closest examples of the Nu Rave sound. Except they do all the right things.
They do their own original music 'La Musique', which is spectacular! The song just keeps pushing and pushing till that climactic 'La Musique, La Musique....' chorus which kicks in about 3:50 into the song and explodes.
They also do amazing remixes for other artists such as K.I.M. (from Presets fame). The remix they do for his song 'Wet N Wild' is hot! Makes you 'Wanna Party....' under a disco ball in your room, car, club, wherever! Dance music at it's best!
Check out some of their tracks and remixes. All Highly Recommended!!
We also recommend the volume be turned way up!
MP3: Riot in Belgium - La Musique
MP3: K.I.M. - Wet N Wild (Riot in Belgium Remix)
MP3: Sneaky Sound System - I Love It (Riot in Belgium Forest Rave Mix)
The production is amazing but somehow creates a fuzzy vintage sound with bluesy guitars and spaced out drums.
Harvey (DJ Harvey) and Thomas Bullock (A.R.E. Weapons, Rub n'Tug) team up with Carlos, the head of Whatever We Want Records to create this sick LP.
What makes it even more enticing is that Whatever We Want releases are limited edition runs in beautifully package 12"s. Get it while you can because once they run out, prices go up for secondhand editions.
Brooklyn has its surprises.
MP3: Map of Africa
MP3: Black Skin Blue Eyes Boys
VHS or Beta, I know everyone has heard the tracks Night on Fire and You Got Me one too many times, maybe two too many times if you count the remixes. Well, the boys are back at it again, minus a member (Former VHS guitarist Zeke Buck is set to release the debut album from his own new band, People Noise, a duo with Matt Johnson (formerly in Boom Bip's band). And I just read that their keyboardist, Chea Buckley left the band also? WTF?
Bring On The Comets was released yesterday on iTunes as a sneak peak. The album drops on August 28th. This albums sees the band move towards generic indie rock (wow, is indie rock really getting generic?) and further from their disco punk roots of their 2002 instrumental debut Le Funk (which is the funk in my opinion better than their breakout 2004 release). Regarding VHS or Beta’s transition from Night on Fire to Bring on the Comets, Pfunder states that the new album was written “for the world” instead of “for one group of people.” ie. We would like to make a lot more money by targeting a larger audience than our last album and possibly getting some songs on a Super Bowl commerical or two.
The track Bring On The Comets sounds like it could be played by a few bands out their but Craig Pfunder's sets it apart. Burn It All Down brings the guys to dance floor complete with a catchy chorus asking to burn it all down (flags, houses, churches... Issues? Wanna talk about it?).
MP3: Take It or Leave It
MP3: She Says
MP3: Bring On The Comets
MP3: Burn It All Down
(Let's just hope they have ditched their asymmetrical haircuts and focus on the music...)
It was released as a promo only back in September of last year.
MP3: Something About You (Mr. Oizo Remix)
Get the EP here. (Note you will have to sign up for the Skint Newsletter, but you can always unsubscribe after.)
01 Kool Roc Bass - Lo Fidelity Allstars
02 Give It - X-Press 2
03 Right Here Right Now (Redanka Mix) - Fatboy Slim
04 We Have Control - Alloy Mental
05 Everybody - Goose
06 Rocker (Stanton Warriors Remix) - Alter Ego
07 What was her Name? - Dave Clarke
08 Let the Beats Roll (Section 23 Mix) - Tim Deluxe
09 Feel too Good (Midfield General Remix) - Kidda
10 March of the Pams - Ralfe Band
Believe it or not, even after all these years, decades, Debbie Harry has always been with Blondie. But she sometimes strays and releases her own solo material. She is at it again, the queen of cult pop is releasing a new album in 2008 and since it is on an indie label, the first single is being released free (at least I think it is...).
It is impressive when an artist can continue their career not just for a few years but through decades. I did not expect new musical ground being explored here. Just general pop sensibilities with a big chorus and indie styling. The album is called Necessary Evil (I can do without the album cover though, so I will not post that). Check it out. The song grows on you as it builds up.
MP3: Two Times Blue
So it looks like the new album from the Stars 'In Our Bedroom After the War' got leaked way early. Wasn't due till late Sept so the band did what most artists should do nowadays.
Release the album early! They released the whole album on Itunes only 4 days after completing it!
Hey it beats all the bloggers out there posting bad copies and making some dough while their at it.
Not to mention people getting bored of the album by the time it's actually released.
Seems like the CD and album versions with the artwork won't be out till that Sept date but you can buy the whole thing on Itunes already.
They did a great job with this album from the tracks I've heard so far. I always loved their dual male/female vocals but this one feel's like they've gotten better at what they do. More cohesive and beautiful!
Check out these 2 new tracks... Plus a sweet Junior Boys Remix of an older track of theirs 'Sleep Tonight'.
MP3:The Night Starts Here
MP3:The Ghost of Geneova Heights
MP3:Sleep Tonight (Junior Boys Remix)
Oops got my songs/bands mixed up.
Been listening to the new Spoon album 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' and I have to say is, sweetness!
Always a peer band favorite (Interpol loves them) and for good reason. These guys rock!
They have influences here and there from a bunch of different bands/artists. Like Prince on 'I Turn My Camera On' from their last record 'Gimme Fiction' and 'Don't You Evah' from this new one, but yet they still manage to have their own distinctive style/sound. You instantly know it's them. Mostly due to Britt Daniels great voice, melodies and catchy lyrics.
Yet they still manage to stay slightly beneath the mainstream radar, which I think is a great thing. Allows them the freedom to keep trying out new things and experimenting with their sounds and styles, as true artists should.
This new record might be the one who puts them over the top to more mainstream success, but let's hope it doesn't. I like them right were they are now. Respect from many music peers and critics as well as selling records to keep them out there doing what they love, making music for a living! There's too much pressure on top anyways. Better to stay slighly underground and around for the long haul I say.
Anyways whatever their doing is working. Check out these great tracks from their new album.
Then go buy it. It's in stores now!
MP3:Don't You Evah
Anyways, The Cansecos, they are difficult to describe. They are dance friendly (despite the image to the right-I think that was the baseball game in the 80's where they burned disco records a huge mob rushed the field but that's for another post...). The Cansecos do a good job of pushing pop music further than it has gone before (I would say similar to Hot Chip).
They release their self title debut album in 2003. And they are set to release its follow up this year entitled Juices!. It was self-produced and recorded by Adam Nunn (Radiohead, Air) at Abbey Road Studios. You can get a taste of it via their just released remix project called Juiced! You have to check it out. Within the first few minutes of Side A, you hear the familiar (hopefully) baseline of Supernature by Cerrone but with their vocals on it. They do the track justice. The rest of it is just fun.
Scoop it up. And let it ride.
MP3: Juiced! Side A (web release)
MP3: Juiced! Side B (web release)
From their self title debut:
MP3: Faster Than You Go
The show follows the lives of two New Zealand folk artists as they try and make in the Big Apple. So far they have found a manager who also works at the New Zealand consulate, a crazy married fan and a new friend that owns the local pawn shop. They are still searching for fame.
However, in real life, the two have had a little more success. The project started in 1998 for the two stars of the show, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, as a touring musical comedy act. They have won several awards, released a live album and are currently signed to Sub Pop. Add to that their new show on HBO and they seem to be on the right track.
The real star of the show though? The music. Part musical, part faux reality TV, the scenes do not get to far before one of the two actors breaks into song. And the songs are good! Funny and varied in the music style (not straying far from electro-tinged folk using their beat machine) they help tell a hilarious story.
From the Show
MP3: I'm Not Crying
MP3: Inner City Pressure (channeling The Pet Shop Boys)
From their Live Album
MP3: Pencils in the Wind
MP3: Bowie (hilarious... questioning David Bowie's obsession with space during his Ziggy years...)
His album Clues was produced by Gary Numan and Chris Frantz (drummer for the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club) and produced the track Johnny and Mary. Radio friendly, this track gave him a newer younger audience and paved the way for his late 80's success on MTV with Addicted to Love and The Power Station.
Along with the original, we have a version from Placebo and a stream from The Notwist.
MP3: Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
MP3: Placebo - Johnny and Mary
Stream: The Notwist - Johnny and Mary
Kompakt is set to release their annual compilation in August, Kompakt Total 8 which includes the Jurgen Paape track. It is their most prominent release every year full of hits from earlier in 2007 as well a whole bunch of new material. Definitely a worthy purchase.
MP3: Jurgen Paape - We Love
1. Burger/Voigt - Man Lebt Nur Zweimal
2. Jürgen Paape W/ Boyschaufler - We Love
3. Superpitcher - Rainy Nights In Georgia
4. Partial Arts - Trauermusik
5. Rex The Dog - Everyday
6. Thomas/Mayer - Überwiesen
7. Jörg Burger - Polyform 1
8. Supermayer - Two Of Us Geiger Mix
9. Steadycam - In The Moog For Love
10. Nightcats - Inside
11. The Rice Twins - Can I Say
15. Motiivi:Tuntematon “Mankindfailed”
1. Herve Ak - The Closer
2. Dj Koze - Mariposa
3. Reinhard Voigt - Follow The Dj
4. Jürgen Paape - Nord
5. Echo Club - Falter
6. Aril Brikha - Berghain
7. Gui Boratto - Mr Decay (Robert Babicz Disco Universe)
8. Justus Köhncke - Pickpockets
9. Broke - Coladancer
10. Schaeben & Voss Feat Schad Privat - Cold Wind
11. Oxia - Not Sure
Release date is August 13th.
* Looking forward to hearing track 7 by Gui Boratto.
Oh and Carlos D has an Italian Greyhound. I know I have said this before but my dog is better looking.
Either way, the tracks are pretty good. As well as The Scientist Remix of The Heinrich Maneuver. Maybe if you guys are nice, I put that out there for you guys. In the meantime, enjoy...
MP3: Mind Over Time
The Teenagers and Kris Menace take notice and bump up the track to almost club ready form (maybe the track is better suited for a lounge instead...). I am actually pleasantly surprised with The Teenagers version. Kris Menace has the whole Daft Punk/One More Time build up perfected. The single also has a new vocal mix done by the boys.
MP3: Mer Du Japon (Kris Menace Remix)
MP3: Mer Du Japon (The Teenagers Remix)
The video for the track is a full on interpretive dance (you know the one your friends think is hilarious at 3:00am after a few tequila shots and everyone whips out their camera phones to capture it only to realize the next day that there wasn't enough lighting and the microphone just picked up alot of screaming and laughing... forever lost).
DANDI WIND (CANADA)
IN THEIR FIRST MIAMI PERFORMANCE
ANIMALS OF THE ARCTIC (MIA)
Gonna be a great Show/Night!!
Don't miss it!
Doors 11 PM
Show Starts @ 11:30
In The LAB this Week Junc Ops Returns for their Monthly Residency! These guys are awesome! They rap they mix they do it all... Don't miss em....
FREE PATENTED TEST TUBE SHOTS for all in attendance! Look out for your Hosts :: Lolo & JSIN! in their Lab Coats!
Also this night Friday the 13th we will be Hosting the Official Sneak Peek CD Listening Party for the Great New Album by legends The Chemical Brothers!
Their new album is called We Are the Night and once again they are back in top form! You guys are gonna love it! They've managed to keep their identity and yet make their sound more contemporary to whats going on in 2007. Come early as we listen to the entire CD as well as giveaway 40 CD Singles off their new album called 'Do It Again' Great song that we've been playing out for weeks! Classic Chemical Brothers!
Anyways, I have been informed that my friends want to dance this weekend so why don't I post a little re-rub of a dance classic?
MP3: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Mathematikal Re-Rub)
And you can cue this song up for a wake up call. Maybe the pounding bass drum can knock the hangover out of you.
MP3: Curtis Vodka - Saturday Morning
Here is an interesting article from Wired discussing Jamaica's influence on remixes, mash-ups, and music sharing. And a related interview with DJ Spooky (also through Wired) titled How a Tiny Caribbean Island Birthed the Mashup.It is all centered around Trojan Records 40th anniversary (and the recent compilations mentioned here before by contemporary artists).
Even after 40 years, the Trojan philosophy of "reuse and remix" remains oddly in sync with today's culture of the copy.
"Everyone borrows from everyone," says Miller. "That's what digital culture is all about. Information, the cliché goes, wants to be free.
"I guess that Jamaican culture got there a little before everyone else."
Imagine being a new band and getting an email asking you to play Coachella. That is what happened with The Octopus Project a band out of Austin, TX (they have played SXSW too) in 2006. They were entered in and won a contest sponsored by MySpace to fill an open spot in the festival. The best part for the band was that they did not even know they were nominated.
Flash forward to 2007 and the band is working on a follow up to 2004's One Ten Hundred Thousand Million. Here we have a hint of what to expect. Sounds from outer space. Thin drum beats. And an atmospheric melody. Almost as if the track is haunted. We also have a track from the their prior release that is more fuzzy and aggressive.
MP3: I Saw the Bright Shinies
MP3: Tuxedo Hat
Check out a few more tracks and their collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow on their website.
Sometimes an album slips by only to appear months later while shuffling through your iPod. I picked up the White Rabbits album a couple of months ago but I do not remember playing it. Either way, I heard one track yesterday and it stuck. They are like The Walkmen but mixed in with a little jangly pop.
One thing that definitely stands out are the drums and I am not surprised since they have two drummers. But do not think they overpower the rest of the music. Each drummer realizes there is another one there and they compliment rather than complete with each other. You can hear all types of influences in their music but particularly calypso. And it works.
Check out their MySpace profile to check out their tour line up including a spot at the Siren Music Festival at Coney Island, NY next week.
MP3: I Used To Complain Now I Don't
MP3: While We Go Dancing
Loving the new Chemical Brothers album We Are the Night they managed to update their sound but still retaining their classic style. As always loads of guest vocals on this one. My favorite track happens to be the one featuring The Klaxons called All Rights Reversed. Since Chris just posted about The Klaxons I thought I'd post this one as well for all the Klaxon fans out there to collect.
Here is also a great intrumental track from the album called Das Spiegel.
Enjoy and be sure to come out to Off the RADAR this Friday the 13th for the Official CD Release Party for the new Chemical Brothers album. Plus while your there don't miss a LIVE Performance by Canadian Art Rockers Dandi Wind in their first Miami Performance! With an opening set by Miami's own Animals of the Arctic! Scroll down for MP3's and videos by both these great bands.
Did I mention the Open Bar 11-12?!? See you there....
MP3: All Rights Reversed (featuring The Klaxons)
MP3: Das Spiegel
And that was when I discovered Popcorn by Hot Butter (1972 version). Digging on the internets, I found that this song has a pretty interesting history considering it has been covered over 500 times over the past 30+ years starting in 1969 with the original version by Gershon Kingsley. It is widely considered the first primarily electronic-based piece of music to reach the American popular music charts. Paving the way for other synth-pop bands and increasing the Moog synthesizer's popularity.
Aphex Twin, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Bim Skala Bim, the Boston Pops and Hot Butter have all covered the song. Hot Butter produced the most famous version and was the one that had caught my attention. There was a rumor around the time that it was released that a computer had generated the melody for it.
Because it has been covered so many times, many of the versions are mislabeled. One of the most common versions is attributed to Kraftwerk. It sounds nothing like them and was actually released by the M&H Band. It sounds more like Pet Shop Boys.
MP3: Hot Butter - Popcorn
MP3: M&H Band - Popcorn
It even has its own web page! Go check out http://www.popcorn-song.com/ for snippets of other versions.
I think this is a new remix by Brodinski. I cannot find any info on it.
MP3: It's Not Over (Brodinski Remix)
Either way, the single was just released along with the video. The video is like a cross between a Dungeons and Dragons meeting and Michael and Janet's Scream video.
Anyways, Glass Candy is evolving their sound from the post-punk garage sound to a darker more minimal disco sound (a la the Italians and Germans). The newest single I Always Say Yes has a balearic beat to it (think heavy, slow, 90–110 bpm). Okay maybe a little faster.
We have an older track of theirs Love Love Love where lead singer Ida No channels Siouxsie when she sings (Karen O anyone?). And a newer track where her vocals sounds like galactic purrs. Nice.
MP3: Love Love Love
MP3: I Always Say Yes (12")
MP3: Computer Love (Kraftwerk Cover)
One more. It is so good.
MP3: The Chameleon
Also out is a comp album out on Italians Do It Better called After Dark that showcases contemporary artists embracing Giorgio Moroder-styled synths. Incredible how long disco has survived. Electroclash who? NuRave what? (yeah that died already - how much more of fluorescent colors can you take?) All good music but a little short on the longevity.
Here's the super-cool Midnight Juggernauts Video for Road to Recovery. Australia seems to be the new hot spot for music. Can't wait for their new album!
1. The Gateway Song
3. Show Your Hand
4. The Gift
5. Neo Consumer
6. Into the Night
7. Baby Ate My Eight Ball
8. Carbon Dating
10. Battersea Odyssey
Yes you read correctly, Baby Ate My Eight Ball. Here's to hoping they go back to their "Rings Around World" days. Their last albums have been a little ho-hum. Not horrible but not "Slow Life".
MP3: Neo Consumer
MP3: Into the Night
The bassist from Super Furry Animals is the next person chosen to handpick the tracks from Trojan Records vaults for a dub compilation. Furry Selection: Luxury Cuts of Trojan by a Super Furry Animal is out now. Excellent series. The last one was curated by Jonny Greenwood (Jonny Greenwood Is The Controller) and is up for a Mojo award for best compilation of the year.
"Ray Milian is like a barometer of coolness. He’s a well-respected local DJ who was one of the original creators of Poplife back in 1999, when the indie world was still fresh and untapped. But when a scene gets too played out, Ray gets itchy to bring some new flavor. Hence Off the Radar, a Friday-night bash that’s bringing all the cool kids to the Sandal Club."Continue reading... (Miami New Times)
Much love to Patrice for hooking it up and helping spread good music and good times!!
The first track I ever heard by him was 'Freetime' played out one night in a club and I was instantly attracted to it... Had to ask the DJ, who is that??? Apparently it was an older track which had already been out for like 6 months or so. So much music nowadays, even some slip by us here at Off the Radar.
Anyways soon thereafter I started playing Freetime out all the time and it soon became one of my favorites. I played it out every chance I got, till I got sick of it... The rest of that album New Sacred Cow is great also. Highly recommended!
Anyways still waiting for the new album but I just got a new track from him called 'Out of Control' off their NEW EP 'The Black Goodbye' which will also be on his new album and looks like it is gonna be their first single, so here you go. Also including the Freetime track I've been raving about.
MP3: Out of Control
Loving the New Interpol album 'Our Love to Admire', as almost everyone else is! It's all over the blog world, so they must have done something right.
Third albums are so important. Even if your second albums are a bit of a slump which they almost always are. The third one is usually the make or break one. If it sucks your pretty much screwed. If it rocks everyone quickly forgets about the not so good second one. Plus your chances for a long career increase exponentially.
With this one you can tell they are back in it and in top form. They are in it for the long haul. As time goes by all the Joy Divison comparisons should wane and they should start to build a legacy of their own. It's a solid album all the way through. Paul Banks voice sounds amazing and you can hear some classical influences coming through in a couple tracks. Supposedly Carlos D aspires to be a classical composer one day.
Keep it up boys! Plus love the new artwork! Glad they changed it up from the first two. Sucks when you can guess what the new artwork for bands is gonna be like. Gotta keep it interesting.
Here's a couple of my favorites off the new album... They always start their albums good and this one is no different with Pioneer to the Falls.
Be sure to make it by Off the RADAR Friday as we Host the Official CD Listening/Release Party for it!
MP3: Pioneer to the Falls
MP3: No I in Threesome
we are unable to explain.
nothing can be revealed.
we have not disappeared.
merely become invisible.
for a short time. we may be hiding in the woods.
meanwhile thebigask has set up an online video march
to hastle the government to commit to cutting our CO2.
which is a good idea i think. and you can post your own message.
so i'll have to do that. once i've found me camera.
ever since Gordon Brown became PM they have gone a little quiet on this subject.
i do hope rumours of Mr Brown lack of interest in climate change aren't true.
we don't have time for such crap.
Christopher Willits (Ghostly) manages to blur the distinction between the various music styles. You are not listening to electronic music or acoustic music rather his own creation where he uses his prowess on the 6-string along with a custom-made signal processing system to perform a unique real-time mixture of melody and rhythm.
Sounds tasty! He just released an addendum to his 2006 release Surf Boundaries called Surf Boundaries Addendum that is available as a free download courtesty of (one of my favorite labels) Ghostly International.
MP3: Yellow Spring
ZIP: Surf Boundaries Addendum
We never went anywhere. Sorry for the delay but it has been a BUSY week. Not just socially (birthday, holiday, summer...), but even WORK has been crazy.
No fear, it was just a brief hiatus. And that only means the new tracks have just piled up and are itching to make it on to the blog.
First up, a party promoter from Berlin turned DJ turned remixer turned artist turned producer, Phonique. He regularly works with Alex Krüger (of Krüger and Dorfmeister fame), producing new tracks for Morcheeba's former vocalists solo release, and his own 2007 release Good Idea on Dessous Recording Germany.
Phonique frequently teams up with Erlend Oye. Erlend has been a guest vocalist on Phonique's previous albums and Phonique remixed Erlend's version of Fine Day for his DJ Kicks compilation.
Here is the newest single from Good Idea.
MP3: Casualities (Feat. Erlend Oye)