August 31, 2008
Shearwater - On the Death of the Waters
Shearwater - La Dame Et La Licorne
Verdict: Love More (<3)
Stunningly beautiful. In the top 5 of the year at least. I don't really know if there is anymore that I can say without somehow repeating those two sentences.
Shearwater - On the Death of the Waters
Shearwater - Rooks
Shearwater - The Snow Leopard
August 29, 2008
Verdict: Love More (<3)
This being the first release that Ghost Mice had music on, you'd think the songs would be rough and simply "show promise." Well the fact of the matter is that the songs on this split are some of my favorite Ghost Mice songs. Apparently this album is about to be re-released with new recordings of the same songs. Color me excited :)
Ghost Mice - Misery/I'll Be Happy
Ghost Mice - The Devil and My Family
Saw Wheel - The Great Escape
August 28, 2008
August 27, 2008
Verdict: Love More (<3)
I heard about these cats from either my friend Kiyomi or Sierra. Either way, I've been in love with them ever since (so, like a year and a half), and I figured other people ought to know how truly amazing this duo is. A lot of the songs on the album sound similar, but I justify that by thinking that the band at this point in their career were focused more on telling a story or spreading a message. By this time though (as can be seen on their more recent stuff), they've progressed both musically and lyrically. This album, however, will always touch my heart.
Ghost Mice - Figure 8
Ghost Mice - Fire Fighter
Ghost Mice - Take Me Out
Handsome Furs have signed up to play Monolith Music Fest! Truly the event grows in greatness each day it continues to exist. Who are the Handsome Furs? Wolf Parade side project filled with more love than an ... I dunno elf or something. I'm hoping for new material, and considering the fact that they've supposedly got a new album coming out this year...
Handsome Furs - Handsome Furs Hate This City
August 26, 2008
Those who fancy themselves a goth, feel free to get excited. I'll hold my judgment, however, until I hear it. Check it out:
- "Overture" - DeVotchka
- "Opening" - Danny Elfman
- "This Is Halloween" - Marilyn Manson
- "Jack's Lament" - All-American Rejects
- "Doctor Finkelstein/In The Forest" - Amiina
- "What's This?" - Flyleaf
- "Town Meeting Song" - Polyphonic Spree
- "Jack And Sally Montage" - The Vitamin String Quartet
- "Jack's Obsession" - Sparklehorse
- "Kidnap The Sandy Claws" - Korn
- "Making Christmas" - Rise Against
- "Nabbed" - Yoshida Brothers
- "Oogie Boogie’s Song" - Rodrigo y Gabriela
- "Sally's Song" - Amy Lee
- "Christmas Eve Montage" - RJD2
- "Poor Jack" - Plain White Ts
- "To The Rescue" - Datarock
- "Finale/Reprise" - Shiny Toy Guns
- "Closing" - Danny Elfman
- "End Title" - The Album Leaf
August 25, 2008
Verdict: Love More (<3)
After picking up the Andrew Jackson Jihad/Ghost Mice Split, I had to pick up AJJ's (as of then) recently released full length. I didn't end up getting it and listening to it until this year, which is why it didn't end up on my end of the year wrap-up blog from last year, because, trust me, it would have held a top position.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Bad Bad Things (one of the best songs ever. not so much for the content, but for the amazing way Andrew can tell a story and turn a phrase)
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Rejoice
Andrew Jackson Jihad - People II: The Reckoning
August 24, 2008
Verdict: Love (<)
The Delano Orchestra - Kill Me Twice
The Delano Orchestra - A Merry Go Round
The Delano Orchestra - Say We Are
|From:|| MATT AND KIM |
|Date:||Aug 23, 2008 8:52 PM|
|Subject:||Uh oh... NEW SONG!|
|Body:|| TWO YEARS it's been, flew by just like THAT! (*snap). In those two years we've been lucky enough to have traveled all over this planet, and eat hot dogs (veggie dogs) in Chicago, shot guns at beer cans in Alaska, and see a bikini babe with a giant KORN lower back tattoo in Australia (with the backwards R and everything.) but in those two years, with all the KORN tattoos and what not to see, we haven't had the chance to release any new songs... Well, finally that will no longer be the case. On Monday we're pre-releasing a song from an album we've been working on for the past number of months. The song's called GOOD OL' FASHION NIGHTMARE from the album we're calling GRAND.|
Starting Monday you'll be able to download it for FREE from rcrdlbl. com.
Just wanted to give you a heads up cause we're so, super, freakin, stoked about it.
Hope all is rippin.
August 23, 2008
Here, again, is my sampler that I made a few months ago:
Monolith Sampler '08 Pt. 1
Monolith Sampler '08 Pt. 2
Monolith Sampler '08 pt. 3
Does it Offend You, Yeah? - With a Heavy Heart (I Regret to Inform You)
Port O'Brien - Five and Dime
Pomegranates - Whom/Who
Colour Revolt - Blood in Your Mouth
KaiserCartel - Okay
Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind
Foals - Electric Bloom
Candy Coated Killahz - I Can't Stop
Jukebox the Ghost - My Heart's the Same
American Bang - The Stones
Rock Plaza Central - Are We Not Horses?
Joshua Novak - Tidal Wave
Erin Ivey - I'll Be Here When You Come Back
The Wheel - Just For Me But I Thought of You
Paperbird - Pennies
Noah Harris - (myspace)
The Chain Gang of 1974 - The Dirt
Lynsey Smith - Airplane
Scratch Track - (virb.com page)
LoveLikeFire - From A Tower
Dave Beegle - Chivalry Is Not Dead
Miles Nielsen - (myspace)
Darker My Love - Fall
Mickey Avalon - My Dick (feat Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy)
A Place To Bury Strangers - Breathe
PWRFL POWER - It's Okay
Vampire Weekend - Exit Music (For a Film) (Radiohead Cover)
The Night Marchers - Closed For Inventory
Del tha Funky Homosapien - In and Out
White Denim - Let's Talk About It
Silversun Pickups - Kissing Families
The Presets - At A Loss
Devotchka - Transliterator
Boyhollow - (myspace)
The Hood Internet - When The Last Time I Left You (Clipse vs The Avalanches)
John Vanderslice - Bill Gates Must Die
The Morning Benders - Crosseyed
The Kills - What New York Used To Be
Pop Levi - Never Never Love (Pink Enemy Mix)
Superdrag - Sucked Out
Holy Fuck - Korock
Blitzen Trapper - The All-Girl Team
Cut Copy - Future (Zongamin Remix)
Cameron McGill & What Army - As Ready As I'll Never Be
The Fratellis - Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes
The Photo Atlas - These Walls Have Eyes
Neko Case - No Need To Cry
The Elms - (myspace)
The Rosewood Thieves - Cold in the Country
Chester French - She Loves Everybody
The Cribs - Men's Needs (CSS Remix)
Tokyo Police Club - Centennial
Hearts of Palm - (Full EP Here)
Tilly and the Wall - Cacophony
Grampall Jookabox - Ponta (Live on MOKB SIRIUS Blog Radio)
David Moore - (myspace)
Bright Channel - Night Eyes
The Avett Brothers - The Ballad of Love and Hate
The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go
The Heavy - That Kind Of Man
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
Band of Horses - Ode To LRC
Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean You're Moving On?
Akron/Family - Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead
TV on the Radio - Hours (El-P Remix)
The Giraffes - Having Fun
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - A Letter From God To Man
CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) - Rat Is Dead (Rage)
The Bronx - Transsexual Blackout (The Movement)
Justice - Waters of Nazareth
August 21, 2008
Verdict: Love More (<3)
I was all ready in love with Ghost Mice when I picked this album up last year, though I had, admitedly, never heard of Andrew Jackson Jihad. I loved his side just as much as the Ghost Mice side, and that's saying a lot, because ever since my friends Sierra and Kiyomi introduced me to them, I've been head over heels for them. This spit (8 songs each) is just a small taste of how great these bands are. For Ghost Mice, it was a way for them to showcase how they've been growing as musicans, and for Andrew Jackson Jihad, well, it's just another entry in his all ready stellar releases list (however short that list may be).
Andrew Jackson Jihad - We Shall Die Alone Someday
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Lightning Blot (Ghost Mice Cover)
Ghost Mice - Cementville
Ghost Mice - Survival (Andrew Jackson Jihad Cover)
Verdict: Love More (<3)
There is another genre out there that, if you know me well, you know I absolutely adore, and that is 1960's style Female Sung French Pop. Usually my tastes float more towards Mireille Mathieu, but Carla Bruni (who just so happens to be the current 1st lady of France) gets pretty darn close to the 60's sound. Apparently when she's not involved with her many affairs, she is being a quite illustrious musician (puns totally intended).
Carla Bruni - L'amoureuse
Carla Bruni - You Belong To Me (Chilton Price Cover)
Carla Bruni - L'antilope
Verdict: Love More (<3)
Those of you who know me well know that I have a huge place in my heart for Appalachian Folk. This album is a collection of songs by Mr. Lunsford that came out around 1996. I think the songs say all that needs to be said.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Swannanoa Tunnel
Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Swing Low
Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Old Mountain Dew
Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Italy
Verdict: Love More (<3)
Every once and a while I'll come across an album that it seems like I've been listening to all year, and I'll realize that I've not mentioned it on the blog yet. I wish my blog was as up to date with what I'm listening to right now, but that sadly cannot be the case. I'm going to blast you cool kids with as many of the albums I've just adored recently, some new, some old, all amazing.
The first is this album. Say Hi, formerly Say Hi To Your Mom, has had the potential to write this album for quite a while. It is truly a triumph for all of music. Greatest album ever? Some actually may say yes. I have no idea, honestly, but I do know that my body treats this album like water; it flows in and satiates a certain part of me in ways I didn't even know I needed. It has the same effect that last year's albums Boxer and The Broken String had on me, and that, my friends, is a very good thing. Say Hi is true at the top of their game on this album, but that's not to say they can't wow us with the next one. But enough talk about the next album, because, for now, I just can't seem to get enough of this album:
Say Hi - Northwestern Girls (one of my absolute favorite songs of the year)
Say Hi - Zero To Love
Say Hi - Magic Beans and Truth Machines
I got an e-mail today with this super splendid mix of awesomeness, and I think you ought to check it out. I also got a bunch of different e-mails that I plan on writing about later today, so consider this part 1:
Devil Music (MIX)
by QUIX vs. ELLIOT
1) california soul (mad decent remix) - marlena shaw
2) dont sweat the technique - eric b and rakim
3) crips - ratatat
4) mad again (mad decent remix) - south rakkas crew
5) rosa parks - outkast
6) it's the joint - funky four + 1
7) someone great - lcd soundsystem
8) heart it races (trizzy's rusty tin can remix) - architecture in helsinki
9) jam on it vs. smooth criminal (quix remix) - nucleus vs. michael jackson
10) snoop's acid drop - les visiteurs
11) touch the silence (quix remix) - busta rhymes vs. depeche mode
12) it takes two - rob base
13) starlight - muse
14) last night (instrumental) - p.diddy
15) bam bam (dj fashen remix) - sister nancy
16) bucky done gun - m.i.a.
17) in de ghetto - badyard club
18) put that pussy on me (diplo tonite remix) - spank rock
19) digital love - daft punk
20) embrace the martian - crookers
21) call me up (kill the noise remix) - chromeo
22) perculator - cajmere
23) pick em up - griff & booman
24) are you gonna go my way vs. gossip folks (quix remix) - missy elliott vs. lenny kravitz
25) werewolves of chessboxin (quix remix) - warren zevon vs. wu tang clan
August 17, 2008
I don't know if you knew this, but the Monolith Music Festival is run by one of the guys who ran the South Park Music Festival, so without the SPMF, Monolith wouldn't be around (though it seems as though another new Festival, the Fresh Track Music Fest, also spawned out of the SPMF). I do have to say that, in remembering it, the SPMF was a good time. Anyway, here's what I had to say about it (remember, this was written by me about 2 years ago, so ... well I guess just keep that in mind...) :
South Park Music Festival Wrap Up (bands reviewed below):
Kiyomi and I left here on Thursday around 5PM and got in South Park/Fairplay around 9 or so PM. We promptly got quite lost and had to call back to my dorm room and ask my room mates for assistance. After getting on the right track, we found that South Park did not have a very good system for camping. We drove to the Sinclair (sp?) that was across this humongous dirt parking lot and I asked for directions. The lady behind the counter made it seem like we had to drive like 2 miles up the road to get to where we were going. We couldn't find the place, so we ended up sleeping in the car in the humongous dirt parking lot.
The next morning we woke up and found Fairplay to be a very foggy and cold place. After waking up, we drove to the campground, set up camp, and drove into town. It rained … and it was cooooold rain. We stopped in a coffee shop, got the cheapest coffee (I tried out the special cherry flavoured coffee … and it wasn't all that different) and warmed up. We met these four people, two of which work at WaterCourse, who were all running this marathon for some god-awful reason. We also met these two old guys who were riding their motorcycles. I hope they lived through the day.
Anyway, after that we wandered around town and attempted to find the venues. We found a few, but were completely confused about where some were. We also found this awesome library that used to be the courthouse. We got free doughnuts. After that we got back into the car to warm up. We drove and got Kiyomi some awesome Minnie Mouse gloves and me an awesome Angles Umbrella, which was pretty much only used from the run back to the car after purchasing it.
Then we parked in front of the High School Venue (which was the only place with any good acts lined up) and sat there and read until we could get in.
We went in a little early because we had nothing to do, and ended up standing around for quite some time. We looked at the high school and made fun of all the people in the pictures that were put up around the school.
Finally the first show started and it was quite amazing. I'll have my reviews of the bands after I post this.
After the show we went back to the car, drove to the campsite, got our stuff in the tent, and went to sleep after eating. Kiyomi, apparently, almost died because it was so cold. I however was just incredibly uncomfortable on the hard ground. Needless to say, we got very little sleep. After a small breakfast, I walked Kiyomi to the rec-center near by and she took a shower. I walked back during her shower and got a book to read, brushed my teeth, and ate some more Life cereal. I walked back, read some, and walked back to the camp site w/ Kiyomi. We drove into town, checked out the venues, walked around, and then went to the first show of the day, which started around Noon.
There were many complications with who was playing, and when, etc., but it was quite the day. I didn't see everyone I wanted to, but sometimes that was because they just didn't show up. At the end of the night I actually got a chance to get into the "Onion Showcase" which was the best show I've been to all summer. I met 1 to 2 people of every band that played at it, and a few that had played in the shows that we'd seen earlier and the day before. Definitely made the whole thing worth it.
After the last show was over, we climbed back into the car, drove to the campsite, and determined that it was to cold to sleep in the tent again, and we slept in the car. I would have been fine in the tent, but I didn't want to sleep in the tent alone, and was kind not too keen on leaving Kiyomi alone, but she prolly would have been fine.
Anyway, we woke up the next morning, got ready to go the only show of the day, and then decided that neither of us were all that stoked about it, and we kinda wanted to get an early start on the path back home. We did so, and, though we kinda thought we were going the wrong way for a moment, we got back to our homes safely.
A wonderful adventure filled with 1 or 2 mishaps. See you next year South Park Music Festival. Maybe I'll even be participating in it.
Bands of The South Park Music Festival reviewed:
Everything Absent of Distorted: I thought they were one of the best bands to play during the entire festival. There were about seven people in the band, and of which knew how to perform quite well. They were exciting and dancey. I'm looking forward to seeing them again. They loved the audience, they loved to be up on stage playing, which I thought really shone through in their music.
The Dirty Novels: Realistically, there was nothing to special about them. They were interesting, but nothing that stood out to much. A little dancey, but more just a rock band. Nothing much more
Connor: Seemed to be concerned with their sound, which I liked, save for the fact that their vocals didn't seem to be apart of their concern. I suppose that may have been linked to the fact that the sound guy seemed to be oblivious to the fact that every time the lead singer sung there was feed back. That took away from the show a bit, but, again, they were nothing special.
The Thieves: Definitely the best at putting on a show. From the UK, they just seemed to inherently know how to entertain. Their music was a kind of country driven, UK style Rock 'n' Roll revival, and they were all about giving the crowd a good time. Their music wasn't the best, but it was worth it to see them. Loads of fun, but kinda obnoxious (and the lead singer was requesting the 15 year old girls to come on stage and flash the crowd … ewwww.)
The Hot IQs: the danceyiest band of the night. They are a Denver Local favorite for a reason: they are damn good. Groovy bass, thrilling guitar, and body pumping drumming. Made ya wanna move. Not much more to say on them. Look them up and see how much everyone else loves them too.
Porlolo: Cute indie-folk band with a soothing sound, and a foot stomping sound. Just a good band. They really seemed to love their music, and seemed to be the 2nd most thankful for having people appreciate their music. A great start to the day.
Born in the Flood: Their set was cut Waaaaaaay short because of sound guy issues. I was glad to get to see as much of them as I did. They played three songs, and at the end of the last one, the lead singer smashed his guitar in one fell-swoop (sp?). They were oriented towards being a bit of a noise band, but like U2 if U2 were a noise band (I'm sure BitF would hate that comparison). They were certainly a crowd favorite. Every third person was mouthing the lyrics, and seemed to know the choreographed moves to the songs. Serious about their music, but happy, fun performers. I'll be happy to see them again.
Cameron McGill: We had been looking forward to him since the day before, but because of scheduling issues the festival had, we thought we wouldn't see him at all, but we did actually get to catch the end of his set. He was a shy performer, but you could tell how much he loved his music, and the fact that he loved to perform. A definite crowd favorite as well. They were crying for encore even after the sound guy announced it was NOT gonna happen. He had a haunting, soulful voice that filled you up with warm feelings. And he was comical, which made it all the better. I actually signed up on his mailing list I liked him so much. He had a friend who came up on stage with him to sing a song who he addressed as some fake name. That man was, in fact, Matt Hopper.
JoAnna James: We came in near the end of her set. Nothing to extraordinary. I suppose I liked her because she was just a cute performer, and had, apparently never been drunk before. She took a shot of whiskey on stage (something she'd never done before), and did this adorable little dance. It was pretty awesome. Nothing to memorable, but I do remember liking her music.
Scott H Biram: We didn't even think to go and listen to him, but as we passed some acquaintances, we were pointed in his direction, being told that he is the craziest person ever and he had "the oldest guitar I've ever seen." We checked it out, and it was, indeed, an old guitar he was playing. We got there as he was starting his last song. The entire time, as though just to keep time for himself, he had rigged up a single bass drum and pedal, and proceeded to hit it to the time of the song … throughout the entire song. Apparently he did this the entire set. He had an oldschool microphone which he was gutturally screaming a country style song into. I am sad we missed his entire set. His last words were "remember, Jesus loves Scott H. Biram, but everyone else thinks I'm an asshole." I think I need to look into this.
Matt Hopper: We caught the last half of his set. it was a warm and childish set, but still a good one. He joked around with the crowd, who seemed to just eat him up with their ears and eyes. At one point Cameron McGill joined him on stage under the same Alias that Matt had joined Cameron under and they sang a song together. Fun, cute songs.
Whispertown2000: After the Matt Hopper show, I rushed to the stage Melissa Ivey was supposed to be playing at, and saw that there was some Jam band playing there. As it turns out, there was another scheduling issue that seemed to be plaguing the Festival this year, and she never performed. We came back after a while and a woman got on stage, introduced herself by name (not by a band), and started playing. She was good, and another adorable performer, so we stayed. We figured out later she was ½ of Whispertown2000. She was the 1st most appreciative of being heard a getting to perform her music. She was a ball of cuteness (the type you wanna put inna jar and store away [wow, that sounds creepy. I'm not saying I was into her, I'm just saying is was a fun show]). Haunting vocals sung by an amateurish voice, but it worked, and it worked well. We didn't think we would get to see them, and we were glad we got to see any of them.
Saturday Night @ the Onion Showcase:
Pee-Pee: In my opinion, the best local band Denver has to offer. I love Pee-Pee a freeking lot. Despite the fact that there was food still being served in the venue, the band was loved by everyone in the room. It was probably the most heartwarming moment of the entire Festival when I could tell I was singing along with the lyrics and so were a couple people around me. It really felt like I "got it" … if ya know what I mean. There will be no reason I will ever turn down a chance to see Pee-Pee. They do, however, need to record every song they've got and give it to me right now … the 5 I have just won't do.
Monofog: Ever heard of "The Ultra Boyz!"? They were a Denver local band that recently broke up. I lalalaloved them. This is my new Ultra Boyz! They were obnoxiously loud and distorted and played some of the most raucous noise oriented Dance music I've heard since the last Ultra Boyz! Show. Out of control, never gonna stop rock and muthereffing roll. Their drummer was my favorite drummer of the entire festival. My only issue with them is that their recorded music is too well produced (heh), but I think I can look past that.
Cowboy Curse: Fun fun band, though nothing to extraordinary. Seriously, I really liked their drummer, but other than that, I've not got much to say. They were a solid band, but I've got nothing more to say. Check them out though, maybe you will have more to say about them.
Thao Nguyen: Those of you who know me know what this artist, Kiyomi and I have a history. The last time we saw her, Kiyomi and I were the only two people not in a band who had just played 10 minutes ago who saw her show. She was amazing, though not as much as she was last time, but that's because she didn't have a band backing her up. She still managed to capture the audience's attention, which I was quite happy about. Her last song she had a guy she had met seconds before the show started come up and beatbox to the last song. It was really really kool, especially when she started to beat box too. She was loved, and I love that.
Bright Channel: Kinda reminded me of Monofog, but not as dance oriented, and more … I dunno., I didn't like them all that much because the vocals made my eardrums vibrate, and it made them feel like they were bleeding. Maybe if I heard them again and didn't have that issue I could like them, but so far, no go (sari guys).
The Photo Atlas: I'd seen them before, but I didn't remember them all the well because they played before Hurra Torpedo!, and that is all that stuck with me. They were a lot more dancey then I remember, and a Lot better then I had remembered. They loved the fact that they were playing music, and it really shone through in their songs. They played with the most heart compared to most of the other bands. I can see why they are also a Denver Local Favorite.
Well, that's it.
Check out each band.
August 15, 2008
Verdict: Love More (<3)+
This is an album that I've been sitting on for some time, not because I couldn't decide how I felt about it, but because I had just plain forgotten that I hadn't mentioned it.
Faded Paper Figures make cute, 8-bit/Postal Service influenced electro-y indie pop, and by god they're absolutely geniuses at it. These songs are songs that could only happened in todays world ... mostly because these three didn't exist until recently (in the broad sense of existence). Yeah, that's kind of vague, but what I'm alluding to is that these three are masters of music, and you ought to check them out.
I'm certain I'll be writing them up in my "best of" for this year's music
Faded Paper Figures - Geneva's Gone (one of the best songs this year)
Faded Paper Figures - I Fell Off My Name
Faded Paper Figures - Metropolis
From Luke's Inbox:
At some point I think I'll make it a weekly thing, like, every Monday I'll drop everything from the last week or so. This week, we have this wide selection:
Trash Yourself, straight out of the "OKC" come with abrasive electro glitch that Add (n) to X would be proud of (well ... maybe ... you never can tell with the avant-garde). Bonus remix of Belafonte's Jump in the Line by John from Trash Yourself:
Trash Yourself - Fuck the Police
Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line (John Bourke's Bmore Remix)
I had volcano! described to me as a shoot off of Deerhoof, and I can see where that description came from, but I've honestly heard little else that sounds like volcano!. I love this song ... a lot ... and will definitely be picking up their new album. I just hope this isn't the only song like this:
volcano! - Africa Just Wants To Have Fun
Super Fresh Power Squad are following in a a few people's foot steps, but I can only imagine that they will carve out their own interesting niche in no time. Sometimes their songs drag out in really awkward ways, but maybe that's what they're going for:
Super Fresh Power Squad - Electric Lovin'
Super Fresh Power Squad - Night Time (Fight Time)
Super Fresh Power Squad - Sexy R.O.B.O.T.
Leg-no is 1 hell of a marketer. This remix is showing up on all the cool kid's blogs, and for good reason, it's pretty hot. I can't deny that the original version is the one I prefer, but the remix is actually quite a blast. giverago:
Spank Rock - rick rubin (leg-no remix)
Black Gold is the next step in some sort of music evolution chain. They mix Brit-pop with a sort of disco but all of it seems to be pointing toward what most the music these days is: Dancing. Black Gold seems to want to have good time, but make a beautiful song. This one song makes me think that they're the U2 of Indie Dance Music, but, that's just first impressions...
Black Gold - Detroit
Verdict: Love More (<3)
This album was surprising to say the least. It's a lot more subdued than their previous albums, trading the whirlwind of noisy dance music for more popping and locking almost alterna-rap (I didn't host the really alt-rap-ish song, but search for Fulcrum and Lever). The effect left me wondering for a moment, but after the initial shock of hearing the Faint experiment with a different sound, I found myself having just as good a time as I have had while listening to all the other Faint albums ... which is a heck of a lot. The Faint are, quite honestly, some of the best musicians out there, because they infrequently write songs that are not, in some way, incredibly interesting. This album is definitely in the running for best of the year.
The Faint - Machine in the Ghost
The Faint - I Treat You Wrong
The Faint - A Battle Hymn for Children
Verdict: Like ()
Here's the thing: I've never been a fan of Sublime, so bands like Pepper all ready have a disadvantage when I'm asked to review them. But, because I was asked to review the album, I put time and effort into listening to the album that I probably wouldn't have otherwise. I listened to it quite a bit and I've realized that despite their genre, these cats are good musicians. What I mean by that is that even though I'm not a fan of the genre their music fits into, I find myself having a good time listening to a few of their songs, and it's easy to see that, if I were into their genre, I would adore this album. That's why I gave it a like, and this is kind of a big deal. I didn't love it, but it did make me respect their genre more than I had before. Kudos Pepper.
Pepper - Things That You Love
Pepper - Love 101
Pepper - The Phoenix
Verdict: Love More (<3)
Much like the review I just posted about the short live set I saw her perform in Boulder last week, this review's purpose is to highlight the fact that Priscilla Ahn, on top of being a sweetheart, is just the one of the most genuine musicians I've had the luck to get to encounter. Her album is filled with song after heartwarming song. It's strange, sometimes her voice reminds me of a softer, sweeter Dolores O'Riordan. If you want to read my many praises of her, read the live set review. I'm a pretty big fan of Priscilla Ahn.
Priscilla Ahn - I Don't Think So
Priscilla Ahn - Red Cape
Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day (Morning Song)
I think that it is a shame that there are so many beautiful songs and amazing artists, and, on top of that, there are so few words to uniquely describe how amazing these artists are. Don't get me wrong, I love that I listen to amazing music all day long, but it makes it difficult to express how important I think an artist is when I've many times before said great things about other artists. I've gotten caught up in the clichéd "blogger" thing where I use ridiculous terms and half-assed analogies to describe the music, analogies that don't actually make any sense.
I find myself in a dilemma when describing Priscilla Ahn. The first thing that comes to mind is that she comes off as one of the most genuine musicians I've ever heard, but then you get into spotty territory because there's little to no way to prove or disprove someone's authenticity, and what sounds genuine to me may not to someone else. I suppose, however, that that's the big dilemma that comes with describing any sort of art though. Since it's all based on opinion, who knows whether or not what I'm saying holds any validity with what someone else thinks is good.
The fact of the matter is that Priscilla Ahn is a sweetheart and an amazing musician.
I recently had the opportunity to see her perform a small set at some sort of regional business conference and it was just one of the most unique music experiences I've ever had. She was the first artist to perform for the first day of the conference (apparently people from every label have an artist play for the first 20 minutes of each hour long lecture). I'd shown up a little early, so after getting my pass secured, going to the local record store (picking up a Jandek vinyl and the vinyl copy of the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, to mention a few), and eating, I came back and stood around awkwardly while businesspeople exclaimed "Merger this! Merger that! Democrats!" and eyed my torn jeans and lion-faced t-shirt (not that they were judging, they were just a little confused). On my way to the door to the room Priscilla was supposed to be playing in in about 15 minutes I felt a tap on my shoulder and heard an "excuse me?" My pass in hand I turned around figuring I was about to asked to please explain myself. It turned out it was a fella I'd met at a my buddy Tom's wedding. This fella worked for the company providing sound for the event. I had contemplated asking him if I could get back stage and interview Priscilla, but figured that since it was like 5 minutes until she was to go on, I wouldn't exactly be welcome.
The doors opened and I went in and sat down near the front. After overhearing more "merger merger Democrats!" a woman came over and asked who I was with. Because I'm crazy I actually said "Someone to Love More Than Music," and she had the complimentary "ohh yeah ..." followed by "... what is that?" Again, because the opportunity was just perfect for it, I handed her one of the dumb little card I've printed off that have my url and all that jazz. She took it and smiled and walked away nodding and smiling.
Priscilla timidly took the stage, placed things where she needed them (her looper pedal had all ready been hooked up), introduced herself, and started her 4 song set. All I have to say is that her album doesn't portray how absolutely heavenly her voice is. Okay, I've got more to say than that: On a couple songs she looped her vocals creating a sort of "choir of me" effect, and, as Priscilla went on to observe after the show, the choir seemed to fit together quite well. Her softness was accented by her unadulterated vocal power. So captivated was the audience after the first song that it took them a second to realize that the song had ended before the clapping started. The audience was not in an uproar, but I equate that with the fact that the crowd was not an uproar-type. The next 3 songs followed suit, trading volume and explosiveness with sweet sincerity at times, and vice versa other times.
After the stunning set I left the room because at that point I truly felt that my presence was unnecessary. I waited outside to see if she might come out and I could ask to interview her. Well she did come out and I awkwardly mumbled something along the lines of "nice set" as she started her way down the hall with her manager (this coming from the guy who has no reserves about asking anyone anything. Trust me, I was just as confused as you may be). Right before she rounded the corner I got over my awkwardness and caught up with her and asked if she could do a short little interview.
Now here's where the story becomes tragic. No, Priscilla was a sweatheart and was all about having an interview. If fact we sat down for about five minutes and talked about her influences and bits of how music was a part of her childhood, and I think at some point I inadvertently said something that may have been construed as an insult, but since Priscilla is basically the sweetest person ever, she just laughed. Yes, it was an awesome little conversation-driven interview the likes of which I'll never see again (okay, that makes it sound like it was the Ben Hur of interviews. That's so not true, but keep with me, I'm building up to this last sentence). The tragedy is that I lost the audio file. I also lost the audio file of the set. I was so tired last night that while my computer was running another search, I started picking up papers on my desk, until I realized that there's no way an wav file can exist outside the digital world (what, I was really tired). I don't know how it happened. I'm majorly bummed. If I had the ability to remember things perfectly, I'd write down what was said, but I'm no where near that talented.
So, Priscilla, if you're reading this, I'm so sorry I lost the file and, in a sense, wasted your time :(. I had a great time talking to you, and would love to do it again sometime.
SO, because I don't have files for the live set and I don't have the interview, I'm going to push myself and actually do a little more work today and write a review for the CD she put out (this is said with a bit of irony, realize. I've been slacking so hardcore with this blog thing that it's not even funny). The review will be up moments after this hits the internet.
If you have the chance, see Priscilla Ahn. Here is her show list:
Friday, August 15 (today)
Saturday, August 16
Twist & Shout
2508 E. Colfax Ave., 80206
Saturday, August 16
3263 S. Broadway, 80113-2425
Sunday, August 17
450 S. Galena St., 81611
Monday, August 25
The Media Club
695 Cambie Street, V6B 2P1
Tuesday, August 26
1401 3rd Avenue, 98101
Wednesday, August 27
1332 W.Burnside, 97209
Saturday, August 30
San Francisco, CA
628 Divisadero Street, 94117-1502
Monday, September 01
Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street, 94559
Thursday, September 04
Saturday, September 06
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Bowl
1122 N. Milpass, 93101