October 31, 2009

Foo Fighters Represent Their ‘Greatest Hits’ With Hideous Cover

Gay Album Cover

Somebody please tell me this album cover SUCKS ASS. It’s cheesy and it seems like something Nickelback or Hinder would think is cool. Sorry to rant but……really?! Crap metal texture? Lame bolt font? Is this really what the Foo Fighters want to represent their above-average catalogue of rawk music? God, even Fall Out Boy’s upcoming greatest hits compilation has a better cover. And it’s NOT good.

Anyways, I’m only slamming it now because my iLike account kindly informed me that there is a listening party for this album on the 2nd November, which again seems silly as I can already listen to all these songs in my iTunes library right now anyway.

Atlas Sound - Logos

logos cover Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox is a dedicated blogger who is well-known for relishing his fans with tonnes of free music released under the moniker Atlas Sound on his blog. He releases so much that only a dedicated fan would bother to wade through the vast amounts of half-baked ideas to find the best ones. So it would be easy for Cox to have his commercial releases be just some sort of ‘best-of’ blog releases. But we all know that he simply does not work that way. Through his blog, media interaction and, most importantly, his music, we see that Cox feels music very deeply and takes it very seriously. So Logos, the second full length released as Atlas Sound moves on from the first, combining the musical skills and friends he has made since releasing Deerhunter’s critically adored Microcastle.

When Microcastle was released critics duly noted the shift from the extended song lengths on Cryptograms to the use of shorter songs with more pop-sensibilities. These sensibilities are carried on to Logos. There is less focus on highly layered, looping tracks carrying an innumerable amount of differing sounds on them to the use of bouncing acoustic guitar layered in reverb. It is more simplistic, but not boring.

This album also contains two guest spots. The first is Noah Lennox aka. Panda Bear on ‘Walkabout’, and this track combines the best of what each party is good at, creating a song that loops and bounces, riding on a sparkling keyboard tune. It is a magnificent pop tune, and is undoubtedly one of the best tracks Cox has released as Atlas Sound. The second guest spot is the eight-and-a-half-minute long track, ironically titled ‘Quick Canal’, starring Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab. It is another high point of the album, more laid back and dreamlike than ‘Walkabout’, it grows with with sifting organ-like sounds before introducing a drumbeat that propels us through the song. Sadier’s vocals are perfectly layered and echoed to create the sound of a seraph that slowly gets lost in a foggy pillow of shoegazing by the song’s finish. It never feels too long or melodramatically epic at its length; it is perfectly ambient.

A lot of the songs on this album seem to be the stopgap between the two aforementioned high points, that feature Cox’s trademark blend of fog and reverb. ‘The Light That Failed"’ sets the album of perfectly with its glitchy mix of various sounds and loops, reminiscent of Let the Bind… . In the background there is the sound of water dripping and flowing, that becomes hypnotic and rhythmic behind Cox’s mantra of “the light that failed… We would never, we would never….”. Songs such as ‘An Orchid’ show hints of Deerhunter, with their looping, fuzzy acoustic guitar. ‘Sheila’ is another highlight. It is another pop-tune that Cox has become oh-so good at creating, that masks behind its carefree rolling a profound (if already found) personal message to a lover. “And when we die we’ll bury ourselves. ‘Cause no-one wants to die alone.”
So while the areas between the instant standout tracks meld together in their blend of reverb and, with Cox’s vocals serving as just another texture that adds to the instrumentals, rather than controlling them, become largely ambient and forgetful, is that not the point? They are misty and dreamlike, as ambience should be, and do we not forget most of our dreams even after becoming so totally absorbed in them?

Standouts: The Light That Failed, Walkabout, Sheila, Quick Canal

October 28, 2009

NSFW “Lust For Life” Video Makes the Rounds

San Francisco indie band Girls have released a third video for their single Lust For Life. And this one is dubbed the “Hardcore XXX Version”. (Un)fortunately, I couldn’t find a copy online (although I didn’t look very hard or for very long), but I did read that it includes a lot of boobs and a dick being used as a microphone. =/

Below is the second version of the Lust for Life video – sigh – and a link to download their debut album, called Album. Is worth checking out.

Download Girls- Album

October 27, 2009

Los Campesinos! Announce New Album Title, Track List and Release Date

los-campesinosWe’ve already heard two fabulous tracks – The Sea Is a Good Place to Think About the Future and There are Listed Buildings – from the upcoming Los Campesinos! album, and now we have the rest of the track names, alongside an album title, and a release date to slowly countdown to.

The upcoming album is to be called Romance is Boring and is to be released in the US on Jan. 26 next year via Arts&Crafts, and worldwide on Feb 1 via Wichita.

“It is a record about the death and decay of the human body, sex, lost love, mental breakdown, football and, ultimately, that there probably isn't a light at the end of the tunnel.”
                                                             from official website

Here is the track listing, followed by the music video for my favourite new track off the album, The Sea…

01 In Medias Res
02 There Are Listed Buildings
03 Romance Is Boring
04 We've Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
05 Plan A
06 200-102
07 Straight in at 101
08 Who Fell Asleep In
09 I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
10 Heart Swells/100-1
11 I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
12 A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters From Me to Charlotte
13 The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
14 This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind.
15 Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State

October 26, 2009

Whale Whores

It’s that time of week when we get a small preview of the brand new South Park episode.

Episode 1311 is titled Whale Whores and is about the Japanese hunting and killing of whales and dolphins.

“Stan and his family are spending his birthday at the Denver Aquarium where they will get to swim with the dolphins. Things turn bloody when the Japanese attack, kill all the dolphins and ruin Stan’s big day. There seems to be no end to the senseless killing. Stan takes on the cause to save the dolphins from the Japanese.”

Like last weeks episode, which spoofed professional wrestling, this topic has been covered tonnes before, and this storyline sounds very similar to the season 9 episode Free Wilzyx, which had Stan convincing everyone to save a ‘talking’ orca whale from the water park and sending it back to the moon, resulting in one of the funniest freeze frames ever.  However, I don’t want to prejudge, I’m just not expecting to be blown away by this one.


October 25, 2009

Blood Brothers Reissue ‘Crimes’


The Blood Brothers are going to release their fourth-album Crimes this November in a deluxe edition, which features five tracks from the Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck EP as well as six tracks from the album being played live at the Reading Festival in 2005.

Whilst it doesn’t contain much to entice fans who already own the album, it may be just enough to help sway fans who don’t already own it to pick it up.

October 23, 2009

South Park – 1310 W.T.F

WTF southpark.

Yay! Brand new South Park aired a couple of days ago in the US. In it the boys see a wrestling show and decide that it is the greatest sport ever. I will post a link to an uncensored, logo-free, HD torrent as soon as it comes up (It usually takes  few days).

Meanwhile here are the links to the two previous episodes from the second half of season thirteen in the aforementioned format.

South Park: 1308 Dead Celebrities
South Park: 1309 Butters’ Bottom Bitch
South Park: 1310 W.T.F

October 22, 2009

Brand New – Jesus Christ w/ Kevin Devine

“Brand New and Kevin Devine play "Jesus Christ" in a way that is completely different from the album version. This track was recorded during the Daisy Sessions where Brand New revisited some old and new songs with an accompanying interview. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY - Summer 2009, by The APK Production Collective”

A nice version of one of my favourite Brand New songs. While on topic, am currently listening to their latest album, Daisy. It’s growing on me, albeit very slowly.

Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport


"Surf Solar" - 10:34
"Rough Steez" - 4:44
"The Lisbon Maru" - 9:19
"Olympians" - 10:54
"Phantom Limb" - 4:49
"Space Mountain" - 8:44
"Flight of the Feathered Serpent" - 9:31

Anyone familiar with Fuck Buttons debut Street Horrrsing [sic] will be wholly familiar with the game this duo (Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power) from Bristol play. They take the ambiguous genre of noise, with its feedback, sawing sound waves, and long drones and give them an orchestral momentum, giving it the emotional intensity and compulsion of post-rock bands such as Mogwai (whose guitarist John Cummings produced their debut) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. One quote that I largely associate with that album, and one that I can’t recall who said, is “If we’re still around at the end of the universe, I’d bet all my money that Fuck Buttons will be heard in the background.” That summed it up perfectly. The album was harsh, jagged, intense, and sounded like it was coming from the universe itself, as opposed to our stereos. Last year, Fuck Buttons debut made noise more well-known (mostly thanks to Pitchfork, who ranked it 20th on their end-of-year album list), more accessible, and ultimately, more cool.

Since releasing a three minute “condensed” single version of Tarot Sport’s opener Surf Solar, alongside a verrry [sic] trippy video, I, with presumably many others, have been pissing myself with anticipation for the latest offering from this band, and now that it has arrived in my lap, I can safely say it was well worth the wait (including the excruciating temptation to download the leak that appeared a month before its scheduled release).

Tarot Sport picks up largely where Horrrsing left off, but veers off in a more refined and friendly direction, however, this is by no means an insult; it is this tamer approach that makes the album stronger than it predecessor. The disembodied screams reverberating amongst a backdrop of noise and drone are gone. The feedback is softer and more enjoyable. The sounds are more electronic based than before. And it works.

What results is a sixty-minute ‘epic’ that features richly textured sounds that bubble and flow over and around each other. It symphonises yet remains cacophonous; harsh not grating. It holds itself together with lush melodies and pulsing rhythms that make you want dance and move yet run and repent with its apocalyptic intensity. Sport is a universal affair, and succeeds immensely in taking you to a universe that is forming and pulsing as fast as you can explore it, with Hung and Power happy to let you be thrown around inside of it.

It is the oxymoronic nature of this album that allows it to shine so amazingly well. It is harsh but listenable. It is sprawling yet controlled. It is noise but it is poppy. It is exasperating yet a breath of fresh air. And it is the best new album I have heard in a very long while.

Surf Solar, Rough Steez, Flight of the Feathered Serpent

Download Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

PS. Being my first post and first attempt at an album review (or a review in general) feel free to post comments on what you thought was good, and what could be improved.

And so it starts/ Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

So this is how this blog is gonna go down.
Every week we will post two blogs, one on NEW music/albums/artists, by Brad, and the other on CLASSIC music/albums/artists by me, Henry, PLUS, on top of that, an "Album of the week", as voted by Brad and Myself. Got it? OK, lets kick this in the teeth...

Looking for a classic album? something to relax to? You simply cant walk past " The Dark Side of the Moon", the Incredible 1973 album by brilliant prog rockers, Pink Floyd. Easily the most listened to album on my iPod and probably the my favorite, and in my opinion, the greatest of all time, Dark Side of the moon is a masterpiece of modern music. Sitting at fourth best selling position of all time, behind two M.J albums and AC/DC's "Back in Black", Dark Side has sold 45 million copies and spend 14 years in the Billboard 200, longer then any other record in the history of music. These fearsome records are proof that this album is nothing to be sniffed at, But that's sales, time for the technical side of things. The incredible, solid bass rifts and dark, depressing lyrics are thanks to the tyrant of Floyd, Rodger Waters, dear I say it, one of the best song writers of all time. Waters has sculpted this album to perfection, with every drumbeat and every tight guitar solo building and building for 43 minutes, till the album reaches its epic climax in "Eclipse". like most Pink Floyd albums, the themes of Dark Side of the Moon are very dark. Whilst not a developing storyline, like their later work "The Wall", focused on a single, central character, Dark Side follows life in general. The songs build around the ideas of death, insanity, capitalism, pain and old age, ending with a summery of life. These themes, combined with the slow beat of Nick Mason's drums and the rythmic lyrics of Waters, sung by lead guitarist Dave Gilmore gives the whole album a very somber feel, a brilliant example of this is "Time".
The high point of the album, to me at least, is the incredible, unearthly wailing and finely tuned keyboarding of "Great Gig in the Sky", the late keyboardist, Richard Wright's key contribution to the record.
For me, Dark Side of the Moon is the epitome of Pink Floyd, written after the troubles with Syd Barrett and before the the unpleasantness of the Wall, easily the greatest album ever recorded.

Highlights: The whole thing really, but, if I must, are "Time", "Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them" through to"Eclipse"
Sales: 45 Million records world wide
Personnel: Rodger Waters; Song writer, Bass, Vocals
Dave Gilmore; Lead guitar, Vocals
Nick Mason; Drums; Percusion
Richard Wright; Keyboard, Vocals

Key Factors Which Make It Totally Awesome: Mind blowing instrumentals, Intermittent quotes, Tight lyrics
Rating: An easy 11/10

Next Week: Joy Division