Nov 30, 2006
I don't know when this film will get a release in Australia, but it gets many ticks for me, including two fine young actors in Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie. But best of all it features the music of Broken Social Scene, including one of my favourites in Shampoo Suicide. The reviews so far have been outstanding, so its one to keep an eye out for.
Nov 27, 2006
Are We Not Horses- Rock Plaza Central is another Canadian release which promises greatness, evoking Neutral Milk Hotel with its use of brass and chris eaton's off-kilter voice, the band swells to produce a unique concoction.
Head Home-O'death. I came to this release via the excellent Perm & the Skullet, this band hails from New York, but you would guess it was recorded on a mountain somewhere in West Virginia, with its bluegrass feel of banjos, slide guitar, fiddle and as described on the cd, junk. This record ranges from foot stomping caterwauls to sad dark songs which are sung with great emotion. I think of late my tastes have leaned to authentic, honest music played with heart and zero pretension and both these releases fit the bill.
You can buy the O'death release at the excellent CD Baby, a great source of independent and unique music.
The Rock Plaza Central is self released and available here.
MP3: Busted Old Church-O'death.
MP3: Only Daughter-O'death.
MP3: My Children Be Joyful-Rock Plaza Central.
Nov 26, 2006
You can view a trailer here.
This is essential viewing for everyone.
Nov 25, 2006
MP3: Meek Warrior.
MP3: Gone Beyond.
Nov 23, 2006
I only just came to Viva Voce, boy it can be hard keeping up with everything musical, but i'm glad i did. They have just released their third record Get Yr Blood Sucked Out on Barsuk Records and an excellent one it is. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, originally from Alabama, the husband-wife team of Kevin and Anita Robinson have created a mix of garage rock, pop, folk, blues that will have you smiling indeed. Whilst Kevin keeps the drumming super solid, i think Anita is the star with her dazzling fretwork and dreamy vocals. I think they will surprise you with their ingenuity, no song sounds the same, these 2 tracks are very fine indeed.
MP3: When Planets Collide.
MP3: We Do Not Fuck Around.
- Go to Radio Free Canuckistan for some illuminating interviews with Dan Bejar, Spencer Krug and Carey Mercer, that is Swan Lake. Beast Moans is released this week, hope to get my hands on it very shortly, Pitchfork gave it an 8.1 today.
- A blog i read everyday with enjoyment is An Aquarium Drunkard, i guess i share similar tastes, anyway he recently released his list of best American Bands working today in response to recent polling of Bloggers. I think its a great list, especially if your tastes lean toward classic Americana, although that is a hard label to define. The only glaring omission for me was Spoon. You can read the list here.
Nov 22, 2006
Nov 21, 2006
Now thanks to More Cowbell it can revealed that “All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone” will contain 6 tracks and as you can see some great artwork. Here is the tracklisting-
1. The Birth and Death of the Day
2. Welcome, Ghosts
3. It’s Natural To Be Afraid
4. What Do You Go Home To?
5. Catastrophe and the Cure
6. So Long, Lonesome
This i believe and hope will be one of the cornerstone records of 2007.
MP3: Welcome, Ghosts
Nov 20, 2006
MP3: Lazy Susan
MP3: Living in Sin in the USA
Nov 18, 2006
I think the Canadian list was reflective of the amazing talent coming from that country at the moment, including a few new bands i like, including Tokyo Police Club, The Lovely Feathers and Land of Talk. The only glaring omission i thought was Ohbijou.
Obviously A Reminder recently published the Aussie list and i was glad to see my favs Dappled Cities Fly come out on top. To be honest i think the reason for the lads coming first is because they feel exciting and original, i still think artists here are fairly safe in what they are doing and there is not alot of jawdropping acts out there at the moment, in my opinion.
The US list was published this week at Information Leafblower and i think it proved that no country can produce a more talented and diverse pool of talent, although how My Chemical Romance got on is beyond me. TV on the Radio were worthy of finishing first as i think they are true originals. I was also glad to see new bands like Silversun Pickups, Beirut and Voxtrot find spots, although i was surprised Cold War Kids, Band of Horses, Annuals and Bound Stems failed to make the cut. Also this list excludes Spoon, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective and Interpol, all bands i love who didnt release any new stuff in 2006.
If you have time, its worth reading some of the ridiculous comments that people have posted, the most absurd comment being that bloggers discard bands after a few weeks of hype, this argument seems silly to me, as i for one would find it strange to continually write about
the same artist rather then trying to find new topics each day.
A Song from Annuals, who i love, that is really making me smile: Bleary Eyed.
Nov 17, 2006
We've seen those mountains kneeling, felten and grey
We thought our very hearts would up and melt away
From that snow in the night time
And the stirring of wind chimes
In the morning
In the morning
Helps me find my way back in
From the place where I have been
And, Emily - I saw you last night by the river
I dreamed you were skipping little stones across the surface of the water
Frowning at the angle where they were lost, and slipped under forever,
In a mud-cloud, mica-spangled, like the sky'd been breathing on a mirror
Nov 16, 2006
One man and his guitar, and an enthalled audience, made for a special evening at the Hopetoun Hotel on Wednesday night. Jason Molina of Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame played a solo acoustic set to a very appreciative crowd. After a few hiccups with his guitar tuning and pickup problems Jason launched into Hammer Down and away his went. He played mainly stuff off his most recent records, including Leave the City, Montgomery, Memphis Moon, Hard to Love a Man and What Comes after the Blues before playing a selection of only recently written tunes. His voice just powered out of his small frame, whilst his guitar playing was stirring and at times very soulful. Mr Molina also revealed a good sense of humor towards the end of his set.
On my way home i couldnt help thinking its a pity a man of this talent plays to such a small crowd, but then i realised we would be deprived of the opportunity to see him in such an intimate setting if he were to play larger venues.
My favourite song of his: Leave the City.
Nov 14, 2006
Anyway you can watch a trailer here at Wilcoworld.
Nov 13, 2006
For what its worth here is my contribution-
1. Dappled Cities Fly
The most exciting band in the country and always entertaining live.
2. Dirty Three
Perhaps Australia's greatest ever and still making interesting music.
3. Architecture in Helsinki
Highly original, an oasis in a land of retro rock.
sarah nails it everytime with her voice.
5. Youth Group
6. The Grates
7. The Crayon Fields
8. The Avalanches
9. Art of Fighting
11. The Tucker B's
12. Mountains in the Sky
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's re-released debut record Broom is a delightful collection of sweet pop gems. Despite a few weaker tracks, the band, from smalltown Missouri will have you humming and tapping your feet to these well crafted tunes. They have been compared to The Shins and although they lack James Mercer's lyrical dexterity it is none the less a fine debut
MP3: House Fire.
In a totally different vein Portland, Oregon's The Thermals have shown that committed, blistering and intelligent punk rock is still achievable in 2006. When i say punk rock, i mean 3 chord rock that still contains vicious hooks and memorable melodies but delivers a coherent message about the state of the world. The Body, the blood, the machine covers themes of isolation, desolation, christianity in the new USA and generally just "where the hell are we going". Hutch Harris' voice will have you wanting to just pump your fist in the air. I imagine this 3 piece would just kill live.
Watch here- A Pillar of Salt.
One More Thing- Just bought Joanna Newsom's newie Ys. All i can say at the moment is breathtaking. I will review in full shortly. I am so disappointed to learn her 2 sydney festival dates have sold out, i didn't act quickly enough.
Nov 11, 2006
They played their classic "Cream", but it was great to hear all their new tracks in a live setting, stands out being "Holy Chord", "Colour Coding" and my fav "Within Hours". By the way the new record is excellent. Recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Nasnville, the band has really matured whilst still keeping their unique charm.
You can listen to some new tracks at their Myspace.
You can check out more photos at my Flickr.
Nov 10, 2006
MP3: Crazy For Leaving.
Nov 8, 2006
I truly believe Dan Bejar to be a genius songwriter and i plan to expand on this opinion in the future.
MP3: Breakin' the Law
More exciting news is that the people behind the Meredith Music Festival are planning another festival at the same venue in March 2007, to be called Golden Plains.
Some of the bands invited include Comets on Fire, Yo La Tengo, !!!, The Bellrays, Gotye, Mountains in the Sky. Promising so far with more to be announced.
Nov 7, 2006
Consisting of 5 tracks Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint is quite a delight. The band only formed in 2005 and judging by this release they look to have a bright future indeed.
Using quite a few instruments including banjo, mandolin and flute they have blended a unique piece of pop that has many layers. The vocals from Shawn Jones and Lauryn Steinburg are warm and laidback making for a extremely pleasant listening.
MP3: Chemicals Change. You can buy here.
Have also been listening to new records from The Thermals, Someone Stills Love You Boris Yeltsin and Catfish Haven which i intend to review shortly.
Nov 6, 2006
BOYS YOU WON'T- listen here. watch below.
Boys you won't remember
From the minute
You wanted into the room
Every letter started broken hearted
And ended way too soon
Lived through underrated
To wind up with no one
Hiding in new places
Singing "I guess we're done"
I don't want you to wonder why
It won't do any good
You don't know what you got into
Unitil you know when it's all gone wrong
And I don't feel the need to try and explain
This is from the Haldern Pop festival in Germany in August this year. Amazing crowd involvement it sends shivers down my spine.
Nov 5, 2006
You can see more photos of the night, plus support act Tucker B's here.
Nov 4, 2006
i'm so looking forward to seeing them tonight, i love this song so much.
Nov 2, 2006
If you would like investigate further i can recommend visiting the good folk at Polyvinyl Records.
This is my favourite track from Some Echoes: Weekend.
Another good one. Your Eyes.