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  • [My Gang] Boom Bip – Goodbye Lovers and Friends : Reco of the Week 01 Oct 11

    Out 1 2011, 20h04 por Babs_05

    Track: Goodbye Lovers and Friends
    [ Full stream and free download | Hype Machine ]
    Artist: Boom Bip
    Album: Zig Zaj (26 Sep 2011, Lex Records)
    [ Spotify | We7 | mflow | Self-Titled ]
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    YouTube, album trailer


    There is no video for this week's recommended track, I hope a free download will suffice.

    The track comes from the third solo album by Boom Bip, aka Bryan Charles Hollon, an American producer and musician best known for his collaboration with Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys for their 2008 80s-tastic project, Neon Neon and their Mercury prize-nominated album, Stainless Style . Guest vocals on the track are provided by Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand).

    Boom Bip commenting on track 2. Goodbye Lover and FriendsThis track took on so many different forms before it became what it is. I could probably release an album of just the early demos of this track. Josh Klinghoffer and I did an instrumental alternate version I’d like to release at some point. Its much more stripped down and tribal, and sounds like a lost Talking Heads b-side. Lyrically, I told Alex Kapranos to imagine he is in a sideshow performing magic tricks around the turn of the 19th century—lots of dark velvet curtains, rabbits and pigeons being pulled out of hats, and freaks lurking around the tent. The result is what you hear. I also see Aleister Crowley’s face when I hear this tune.



    Zig Zaj leaves the 80s behind and heads for elements from a range of styles, from glam to post-rock, from electro-pop to electronica. The album features contributions from Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun) Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Cate le Bon (Neon Neon), Money Mark, Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), as well as members of Warpaint and Bon Iver.

    The album as a whole is outstanding and will no doubt feature on many end of year best-of lists. Each track is strong, the pace and tempo constantly changing along with the subverted styles. Repeat listens only reveal more detail. Exceptional.


    Further reading:

    BBC review
    Self-Titled mag, full stream and track by track commentary


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    Date Added: Aug 10, 2011
    Views: 2,667, Comments: 1, Likes: 21, Dislikes: 1, Ratings: 21, Favorites: 16


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  • [My Gang] CocknBullKid - One Eye Closed : Reco of the Week 17 Sept 11

    Set 17 2011, 20h56 por Babs_05

    Track: One Eye Closed
    Artist: CocknBullKid
    Album: Adulthood (23 May 2011) [Spotify | We7 | mflow]
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    YouTube, official video

    I first wrote about CocknBullKid in August 2009, catching her near enough at the start of her career. She released several tracks under her former name, thecocknbullkid.

    The end of this period was marked with a name change and the release of 7" One Eye Closed (Moshi Moshi, 8 Nov 2010), this week's recommended track and my favourite from her debut album, Adulthood.

    The track is upbeat, positive and cheerful, with a catchy chorus and a dancey beat. The video is a little silly, but creative with it. Pure pop at its finest.



    Her upcoming gig on the 7th of October is brought to you by Last.fm Presents Live Fridays, a new series of nights curated by Last.fm's users, based on what's been listened to on their hype charts.

    Last.fm group Last.fm Win Stuff is running an exclusive competition from 14 - 29 September to win a VIP package to meet CocknBullKid. Register your details via the link in the group overview to enter.

    Taking place on 7th October at the Relentless Garage in London the night will be headlined by CocknBullKid and supported by Jess Mills and I am Harlequin culminating in an indie pop tag for the night.

    We’ll also have the Last.fm DJs down there spinning some tracks for an indie disco afterwards. We want to offer you a money can’t buy VIP experience at the event. We will kit you out in a VIP area for you and a friend, you will be given the chance to meet CocknBullKid and have this filmed for you to keep. Once you’ve sampled the night of the hottest hype chart music we’ll make sure that you are sent home with a very special goody bag of treats.

    Enter now to be in with the chance of winning and if you simply can’t wait and want some tickets then head to last.fm/presents to find out more and buy tickets.

    This competition is open to the UK only.
    See the group for Terms and Conditions



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    Date Added: Oct 12, 2010
    Views: 66,466, Comments: 80, Likes: 366, Dislikes: 14, Ratings: 380, Favorites: 464


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  • [My Gang] Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans : Reco of the Week 10 Sept 11

    Set 10 2011, 18h01 por Babs_05

    Track: Blue Jeans (16 Oct)
    Artist: Lana Del Rey
    Album: due 2012
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    YouTube, official video

    And we're back...

    Introducing Lana Del Rey.



    Blue Jeans is a double-A side, to be released alongside Video Games [watch] in October, with a debut album to follow in the new year.

    Unique to her music is the amalgamation of disparate styles that shouldn't go together, but do. Soft, breathy vocals (she's a former jazz singer) and hard sounds; seductive as Bardot, hard as steel. The music is as complete as she is, not so much inviting as on a plate, take it or leave it. You'll take it, it's delicious.

    In this track, she's like the female Chris Isaak, with a glamorous and sultry old-fashioned 50s Hollywood sound. This is her Wicked Game.

    The video echoes the themes with aged film and 50s iconography, ending with what looks like old footage of Lombard Street in San Francisco and the American flag.

    He went out every night
    And Baby that's alright
    I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side
    Cause I'm a ride or die
    Whether you fail or fly
    Well shit at least you tried
    But when you walked out that door - a piece of me died
    I told you I wanted more - but that's not what I had in mind
    I just want it like before
    We were dancing all night
    Then they took you away - stole you out of my life
    You just need to remember
    That I will love you till the end of time




    Further reading:

    Official site
    The Guardian - new band of the day
    http://www.primarytalent.com/lana-del-rey/


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    Date Added: Sep 9, 2011
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    Date Added: Sep 9, 2011
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  • [My Gang] Cat's Eyes – The Best Person I Know : Reco of the Week 03 May 11

    Mai 3 2011, 15h42 por Babs_05

    Track: The Best Person I Know [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Cat's Eyes
    Album: Cat's Eyes (11 April 2011, Polydor)
    [ We7 | Spotify | mflow ]
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    I have two albums of the week this week, Cat's Eyes, the new side-project from The Horrors frontman, Faris Badwan, and The Rentals - The Rentals Present: Resilience (A Benefit Album for the Relief Effort In Japan), another side-project, this time from Matt Sharp, former bass player for Weezer.

    In the days after the biggest and best royal wedding in 30 years, I thought a love song would be in order, but not being a fan of the mushy slushy stuff, this was a bit of a task for me. One that stands out is The Best Person I Know, a 60s girl-group sounding track that is not only beautifully done, but sweet enough without being saccharine and therefore, most acceptable.

    But first, the happy couple.


    [Source: The Mirror]


    According to reports, a third of the planet watched the royal wedding live, thanks to satellite television and the internet. Google had a link on its homepage to the live transmission on YouTube. Twitter was insane with hundreds of tweets per second; and for once, happy tweets far outweighed the miserable ones. The Palace itself kept people abreast of updates. Regardless of stance or cynicism, there was little doubt of the romance and the genuine friendship between the bride and groom. They each married their best friend.



    'The Best Person I Know' appears both on the new album and the Broken Glass EP, released a few months ago. Pared back and minimal with pitch-perfect ethereal and echoey vocals, it's The Shangri-La's via dream pop. The music is familiar to fans of The Horrors, shoegaze and fuzzy, but introduced now is a Burt Bacharach sensibility and lush orchestration. The lyrics support the dreaminess of the music, repeating the same lines, themselves constructed as simply as possible. They could be lines written by a teenage hand on the cover of an exercise book. It's a back-to-basics love song, back to what really matters and what moves us most.


    Are they? Aren't they?


    The track is typical of some of the album but not all. It reminds me a lot of the Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan albums, the voice of the fairy angel contrasted against the beastly devil-type. Faris Badwan and opera soprano Rachel Zeffira avoid going down the same road too much. Instead, they have created an album with an overall girl-group 60s feel with tracks that branch off to explore different avenues. So there are exceptionally light and airy tracks and later, some of those beastly devil ones. The gothic darkness of The Horrors remains and what we're seeing more of now is a sense of playfulness. I wrote about The Horrors before and I noticed it then. Now, it's more pronounced, and it's with that playfulness, with a light, unworried touch, that the album has been created.

    BBC review:
    As an album, Cat’s Eyes is simply remarkable. Sounding like all the spectral and slightly "woooh" music of yore, its makers throw in additional elements of Nick Cave gothery, Julee Cruise, early 4AD spook, Italian horror soundtracks and the more otherworldly elements of prime 1960s pop such as Scott Walker and Bobbie Gentry. The result is a hazy, somnambulant treat.



    My second album of the week is The Rentals Present: Resilience (A Benefit Album for the Relief Effort In Japan). Prince William and Kate Middleton elected not to have a wedding list, requesting people donate to charity instead. It's a coincidence that I should choose this album too this week and, befitting the occasion, it's for a good cause. The digital download is available now and the CD is available for pre-order. http://www.therentals.com/ The whole thing is streaming here: [ We7 | Spotify | AOL Spinner until Sun 8 May ]

    From Ernest Jenning Record Co.
    [It] features 18 instrumental tracks by Matt Sharp and Lauren Chipman of The Rentals, all previously unavailable outside of the band's epic "Songs About Time" box set. ALL profits from this album are going directly to the Red Cross

    The music is entirely instrumental, orchestral, largey piano-led, with some found sounds and recorded spoken voice added on top, except for track 15, July Twenty One, which incorporates vocals in French but is still not a song. Experimental, it has a foot in both pop and classical music, reminding me somewhat of the work of Michael Nyman but only in that it has a cinematic feel and borrows some of the cadences. More than that, it has a contemplative, thoughtful, dare I say it, zen feel. Nothing grabs, there are no hooks, it's as smooth as water and as refreshing, standing up to repeat plays and the kind of music that lasts a lifetime. Within the music is both the East and the West, obvious with the spoken word but less so in the sounds.

    Guests contributors on the album include Portuguese actress dalila carmo, Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy/Los Hermanos, French musician Emilie Simon, Gorka Urbizu of Berri Txarrak, and renowned violinist Danielle Belen.

    From the official site:
    This album was originally recorded as part of Songs About Time, a photography, film, and music project that brought together a large group of accomplished artists who devoted themselves for 365 continuous days to create what the Germans call Gesamtkunstwerk—a total work of art. Originally titled “Tokyo Blues,” the album is a collection of eighteen original scores that were composed for the films of Songs About Time.

    The original title of the album was inspired by Japanese author Haruki Murakami's fifth novel ノルウェイの森, also known as “Norwegian Wood,” which was retitled “Tokio Blues" for the Spanish translation. And now, appropriately enough, what was once “Tokyo Blues” has become “Resilience.”

    The change of title is appropriate in more ways than one: The music collected has a touch of melancholy but ultimately, when one listens attentively, it expresses hope and a quiet countenance. The duo of Lauren Chipman and Matt Sharp, who shared the role of musical director, would often start from a simple chord progression that Sharp had intended for a traditional pop song. Chipman would then begin to substitute more complex "altered chords" which added a greater depth of color, creating a more experimental and modern arrangement. The result is what you hold in your hands: an elegant, invigorating and transcendent melodic synthesis.

    With its orchestral gestures, delicate piano and poetic interludes, the music paints a fitting tribute to the character and resilience of the Japanese people.

    -Derrick Taruc





    Further reading:

    The Guardian - Cat's Eyes interview
    The Quietus - review
    Wikipedia - Cat's Eyes

    The Rentals official site
    The Rentals - Facebook
    Wikipedia - The Rentals - Resilience
    Pitchfork - news in brief
    radioIO - press release

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    Date Added: Mar 15, 2011
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  • [My Gang] Anna Calvi - Blackout : Reco of the Week 26 Apr 11

    Abr 26 2011, 14h37 por Babs_05

    Track: Blackout [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Anna Calvi
    Album: Anna Calvi (17 January 2011, Domino Records)
    [ We7 | Spotify | mflow ]
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    YouTube, official video

    I've wanted to write about Anna Calvi since the beginning of January but had to wait; the only place her debut album was streaming was on the Guardian website and there were no videos yet.

    Since then, Anna Calvi has appeared on Later...with Jools Holland, the album is widely available online and there's a shiny new video for this week's recommendation, Blackout.

    Like the rest of the album, Blackout is all high drama, melodrama, passion and overblown sound. Here is a female vocalist writing romantic songs that comfortably compete with stadium rock artists such as Muse. Favourably compared with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, the music is built on solid foundations; it is exquisite and detailed, both intimate and ranging, creating a sound that carries and sparkles as it goes.

    Then her voice, operatic, intense and powerful. Calvi allows her voice to stand on its own and doesn't try to embellish it with ornamentation. The raw power of her vocals delivered straight and the surreal David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti music together form an atmosphere of mystery and darkness at once disturbing and captivating, seducing the listener so nothing else matters.



    Blackout begins with an ethereal shimmer before the curtain goes up and the song bolts ahead. The beat sets a relentless, galloping pace as Calvi's vocals are allowed free rein. It's so atypical of contemporary pop, it holds you in its thrall throughout, leaving you a little spent come the end, itself as abrupt as the beginning.

    The video is very simple, focusing on Calvi and dazzling with glitter and lights. It serves not to detract from the song so you stay with it.



    When the album first appeared online on the Guardian website, I played it on repeat. I was taken by her voice, at times just a whisper and others, pure power, trembling as she controls it, the virtuoso guitar and nods to Ennio Morricone, flamenco, blues rock and classical. I found the sinister, menacing tones appealing and what impressed me most was the consistent theatricality that she maintains throughout, changing its shape and colour with every song. There is depth and intensity contrasted against light that comes from shimmers and relief after tension in the music is released. Themes are of love, lust and devils as she broods on fears and longings.

    Overriding everything is its sheer beauty. It's in your face with filigree and shadow. The album doesn't make for a light listen and I left it alone for a while, but I'm going to see her in concert tomorrow, hence the revisit and my choice for this week.


    Further reading:

    BBC review
    The Quietus review
    Pitchfork review
    The Line Of Best Fit - interview with Anna Calvi
    The Line Of Best Fit review



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    Date Added: Mar 15, 2011
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  • [My Gang] Stereolab - Pause : Reco of the Week 12 Apr 11

    Abr 12 2011, 16h26 por Babs_05

    Track: Pause
    Artist: Stereolab
    Album: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements (Elektra, 1993)
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    To celebrate the shiny new pause function for Last.fm radios [blog post], this week's recommended track is Pause by post-rock pioneers Stereolab from the classic Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements.

    Pause has one of them, a pause, just before the final minute when the track changes tack completely and becomes something else, ramping up the noise and painful distortion. Before that, dream pop is mixed with keyboards, noise, distorted spoken word, drone and fuzzy rock which, with their clever treatment and those gorgeous progressions, offers a moment to stop and reflect before the 18 minute masterpiece, Jenny Ondioline.



    'The Groop's' American debut was not without its problems; the majority of the first 1500 vinyl copies had to be destroyed because of bad pressing quality and one of the tracks had to be re-recorded:

    The original version of this LP had a George Harrison sample on 'Pack Yr Romantic Mind' for which we were denied clearance - we had to re-record the track without the sample but Elektra had already manufactured some promo cassettes with the sample. [Official site]



    Though I was aware of Stereolab in the 90s, like a lot of people, I never really got into them. I appreciated they were good, admired what I heard, but bought something else. Me and everyone else, by the look of things. There is much high praise for 'the groop' and a similar guilt in a lot of user reviews. If I wasn't searching Last.fm for a song with the word 'pause' in the title today, I wouldn't have found this album.

    The sound is ahead of its time for 1993 (when I was mostly listening to Saint Etienne's Foxbase Alpha and feeding my head with Megadog compilations). From Stereolab's inventiveness came both post-rock and britpop, Damon Albarn being a particular fan.

    Stereolab either legitimized forms of music that were on the fringe of rock, or brought attention to strands of pop music -- bossa nova, lounge-pop, movie soundtracks -- that were traditionally banished from the rock lineage. The group's trademark sound -- a droning, hypnotic rhythm track overlaid with melodic, mesmerizing singsong vocals, often sung in French and often promoting revolutionary, Marxist politics -- was deceptively simple, providing the basis for a wide array of stylistic experiments over the course of their prolific career. Throughout it all, Stereolab relied heavily on forgotten methods of recording, whether it was analog synthesizers and electronics or a fondness for hi-fi test records, without ever sinking to the level of kitsch. [allmusic]


    Once again, Last.fm wins hands down as my favourite music discovery site. I voted as much here. I like a lot of the other music sites too, but I didn't find this track on them and they didn't make me want to listen to Stereolab's entire discography, so fair's fair. Be sure to submit your vote too.



    Further reading:

    Stereolab - official site - discography
    Stylus Magazine - review
    Wikipedia - Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
    allmusic.com - album review



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  • [My Gang] Nicole Atkins - Hotel Plaster : Reco of the Week 29 Mar 11

    Mar 29 2011, 16h55 por Babs_05

    Track: Hotel Plaster
    Artist: Nicole Atkins
    Album: Mondo Amore (Proper Records, 4 April 2011)
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    Mondo Amore is an album that works as a whole. Picking out tracks to highlight is difficult, like pulling out a feeling. For the purposes of this series, I've chosen the third track, Hotel Plaster, but it hasn't been an easy task.

    There's romance, high drama and torch songs, drawing together old blues, classic rock, pop and country whilst experimenting with where they can be pushed to.

    Hotel Plaster is a song about missing someone. It seems to be over but she's not letting go just yet.

    I know we've hurt each other pretty bad,
    But this midnight horoscope
    It tells me there's a little more hope


    It begins in dreamy echoes and long notes, her incredible voice dominating. The female Roy Orbison can cry a song. She's alone, not even at home, and lets it all out. Twangy guitars slide her emotions and a heavenly choir hears her prayers.



    Her pain is palpable and can be felt throughout the album, which came about after a period of immense loss. She had split from her label, Columbia Records, her long-term boyfriend, Paul Ritchie (The Parlor Mob), and her band, The Sea. She focused on her work to help cope, resulting in forming a new band, Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea, and creating Mondo Amore. Her inspirations are Scott Walker, Nick Cave, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti and classic blues and 60s psychedelic rock.



    The album begins with Vultures [Stereogum free download] which opens quietly, giving way to her powerful vocals and blues rock. Cry Cry Cry is a sad song sung in a cheerful manner, typical of the 60s, "Our love's a dark disaster". This week's track is next and is followed by my next favourite, You Come To Me, with driving beats, lush orchestra and loud rock. My Baby Don't Lie sounds old fashioned with Nicole Atkins angry, not wanting to believe the news she's hearing about her boyfriend, "if the little girl don't shut her mouth she's gonna get a black eye". This Is For Love softens things back and is about disappointment but hope for the future. In You Were The Devil you can hear Badalamenti's influence in the music. Lyrics are surreal and dark. "I gave my breath so I could suffocate your fire / Still it’s the hate in your words I came to admire". War Is Hell slows the pace down further, setting up the penultimate track, Heavy Boots, another personal favourite, ending on a high with the brilliant The Tower.

    The emotions in these songs range from despair to distress, longing to loneliness. Dark and melancholic, she dives deep into the black sea and has a good look around. In the final track, The Tower, she allows herself to completely crumble, because it's not until she does that that she can put herself together again. The album, then, is personal and intimate, a snapshot of a bad time and what it felt like.


    Further reading:

    Paste Magazine - review
    Wikipedia - Mondo Amore
    allmusic.com - Mondo Amore
    Interview Magazine
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  • [My Gang] The Go! Team - Yosemite Theme : Reco of the Week 22 Mar 11

    Mar 22 2011, 17h48 por Babs_05

    Track: Yosemite Theme [ Soundcloud ]
    Artist: The Go! Team
    Album: Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries, 31 Jan 2011)
    [ Spotify | We7 ]
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    I thought I had written about The Go! Team before, when I first heard My World [YouTube], their cover of Alan Parker's The Free Life [Hype Machine], on Proof of Youth. Clearly not.

    I'm glad I waited because their third album, Rolling Blackouts, released a couple of months ago, is their best yet. My recommendation of the week is the standout track, Yosemite Theme.

    Like My World, it's an instrumental, but this time, it's their own, mashing together Ennio Morricone-type country themes, a banjo, a harmonica, a harp and Bollywood, incorporating elements of Yeh Ladka Hai Allah Kaisa Hai Deewana recorded by Mohammad Rafi [YouTube] and Ab To Hai Tumse recorded by Lata Mangeshkar [YouTube, first track].

    Yosemite Theme is, like all their work, relentlessly upbeat and hyper, taking on a sophistication The Go! Team have yet to fully explore. It ends on schoolground chants which are kind of by-the-by, reminding you who you're listening to.



    I can't honestly say I was much of a fan before. I found the lo-fi, gritty, sometimes shrill sound grating and the euphoria annoying. The inclusion of an exclamation mark in their name didn't help their case. Too hipster for me. However now, three albums down the line and their unique sound firmly established, with the confidence to explore and experiment, now I like them. They haven't lost their early unfinished lo-fi playfulness, it's still there, but now it's measured and balanced.

    Musically, they're a mix of indie rock, indie pop, electronica, 80s hip-hop and old classic TV themes of the 70s, heading towards 60s girl bands and Motown, with an eye on Bollywood, Tokyo and the wild west; old school at school. In a sentence.

    Like too much time spent with small children, The Go! Team on repeat are exhausting. There seem to be no breaks. This sense, along with the skipping rope chants, further underlines where they're coming from. It would be easy to dismiss them as a band for the pre-teens, but that would be to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Sonically, there is much for adult ears to enjoy, albeit perhaps in small doses.



    The album begins with the explosive klaxon of a track T.O.R.N.A.D.O, which is too much for me and I skip. So my first track is the lovely Secretary Song, which sounds Japanese and uses real office sounds, featuring guest Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof. Firmly enticed into Go! Team world, you may as well turn the volume up and join in. Best Coast's Bethany cosentino features on lead single Buy Nothing Day. Track after track, beat after beat, with pea whistles and cheers, it's a party and they're irresistible.

    Welcome relief comes with this week's track, Yosemite Theme, the adorable Ready To Go Steady "Yeah we only just met but I'm ready to go steady", Super Triangle, which is a bit like the Alan Parker cover again, and the strange, acoustic piano piece Lazy Poltergeist.

    Some critics have been quick to dismiss these tracks as failings. I think they are essential in order to fully appreciate the high energy of the other tracks. You may not hear them properly if you listen to the album in its entirety, so pick them out one by one.

    Rolling Blackouts bounces along and punches the air with infectious, sunny joy. You can't help but smile at the very least. Where The Go! Team go from here, who can say. More of the same but better is always good, but I'd like to see them develop these (for them) quieter tracks.



    Further reading:

    BBC review
    Pitchfork review
    Wikipedia - The Go! Team
    Titanic Fandalism song details

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  • [My Gang] FOUND – Shallow : Reco of the Week 15 Mar 11

    Mar 15 2011, 17h27 por Babs_05

    Track: Shallow [ Spotify | We7 | Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Found
    Album: factorycraft (Chemikal Underground, 14 Mar 2011)
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    YouTube, edit of Shallow


    They had me at I only ever wanted to put my tongue in your dimples.

    My recommendation of the week is the standout track, Shallow, from the new album, factorycraft, released this week.

    Characterised by melty shoegaze swoons, surfy garage and Cocteau Twins pedal board, this catchy track shimmers whilst it bounces, slipping and sliding along the way. It is the only one on the album to have this treatment, making it memorable and moreish. The video, frustratingly, is only an edit. There isn't a full video for this track yet.

    [Ziggy Campbell on Shallow]: This track was painfully difficult to get sounding right at Chem 19. Paul Savage agonised over it. At one point I declared it a complete write-off before Paul turned it round and managed to make it (in my opinion) one of the finest moments on Factorycraft. It’s a eulogy to all the empty factories, shops and houses in my dying hometown. (The Skinny)

    I was torn between this and album closer, Blendbetter.
    [Ziggy Campbell] The lyrics for this one include a slightly out of place nod to 80s blue-eyed soul boys Hue & Cry. I’ll say no more on that matter. We used a deliberately out-of-tune guitar and a sample of a hoover to create the moody, sci-fi inspired backdrop to this song. The outro features the only live drums on the entire record, which I insisted on playing much to everyone’s annoyance… because I’m painfully shite. We recorded all the vocals in one day due to a tight budget. I remember screaming the last colourful line of this tune right before my voice packed in. (The Skinny)


    (Source: MySpace)



    Formed in Aberdeen and now based in Edinburgh, FOUND do exactly that, take what they find and see what they can do with the sound it makes.
    FOUND began life as an experimental arts collective putting on many weird and wonderful events in art galleries, warehouses and even storage containers.

    Their most recent project, an emotional robot band called Cybraphon, captured the attention of the world’s press. Since its unveiling at the Edinburgh International Festival at the start of August, Cybraphon has been featured on national newspapers across the world (e.g. China, Brazil, Italy, Spain, UK), made the top story on the homepage of WIRED.com and has been covered by CNN and TV networks internationally including BBC’s primetime arts show The Culture Show. In November 2009 Cybraphon won a Scottish BAFTA in the Best Interactive category.

    FOUND made their American debut at SXSW in March 2009 and followed up with a string of performances at CMJ in October 2009 where Brooklyn Vegan picked them out as ones to watch. In the UK they have built up a strong fan base and highlights of their live career to date include the BBC Electric Proms, T in the Park, Triptych, Brighton’s Great Escape, the Fence Collective’s ‘Homegame’ festival and Hydro Connect Festival. (Official site)




    The album has a lo-fi, roughly finished sort of feel to it, with space for the sounds to breathe. Lead singer Ziggy doesn't disguise his Scottish accent, notably on Johnny I Can't Walk The Line, with the line Johnny I just cannae / Cannae walk the line. This track has one foot in OMD and the other in Ennio Morricone.

    Album opener, Anti Climb Paint, features Nuala Kennedy on harmony. It sets the tone with jagged edged but gentle folk rock that sits apart from the average. It's the second track, I'll Wake With A Seismic Head No More, where my favourite line (above) comes from, that tells you how intelligent this album is. Machine Age Dancing is the most commercial sounding track and is followed by the glam Blackette. By this point, you're listening beyond the familiar indie rock to the glitchy electronica and whirrs and squeaks, admiring what they're doing with it. And this is where Shallow comes in. The second half of the album is slightly overshadowed by this track but carries on regardless, finishing on the brilliant psychedelic Blendbetter.

    This album is outside the box whilst standing within it. The music spills out and soars around you, dazzling and confusing with its unexpected twists and references, done in a familiar and acceptable way. This is how you push people beyond their comfort zones without them feeling it.




    Further reading and info:

    http://foundtheband.com/
    Twitter: @foundtheband http://twitter.com/#!/foundtheband
    MySpace
    Facebook
    BBC review
    FOUND’s Factorycraft: a track by track tour by Ziggy Campbell, 01 Mar 2011

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  • [My Gang] Ladytron – Ace Of Hz : Reco of the Week 01 Mar 11

    Mar 1 2011, 19h02 por Babs_05

    Track: Ace of Hz [ Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Ladytron
    Album: Best of Ladytron 00-10 (Nettwerk, 28 March 2011)
    Single: Ace of Hz (30 Nov 10)
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    YouTube, official video

    Somehow, I have managed not to write about Ladytron yet. I can now correct this glaring omission by introducing the new single and video from the forthcoming retrospective, due at the end of the month.

    Ace of Hz, (pronounced 'hearts') maintains the standard and sound Ladytron have established over the last decade, raising their game now with the sophisticated polish of the practiced hand; echoed in their stylish video which takes motifs made famous by surrealist artist René Magritte.

    Though formed in 1999, I first noticed Ladytron in 2002 when they released the singles Seventeen and Blue Jeans, from their second album, Light & Magic and both still among my all-time favourites today. I didn't get a personal computer till the following year, YouTube and the world of online music were still in my future. I heard Ladytron on XFM and time stopped.



    Ladytron blends electronic pop music and some New Wave influences, along with some more experimental leanings including psychedelic elements, using an array of vintage analogue equipment to achieve their distinctive sound. Albums so far have focused on a balance between pop structures and digitally edited analogue electronic sound. [ Wikipedia ]



    To put this in context, around the same time in 2002, indie was enjoying a renaissance, thanks to unparalleled works by Radiohead and a revival inspired by The Strokes. In rock, all hailed Queens of the Stone Age. In pop, we were still mad about Kylie's Can't Get You Out Of My Head, released the previous autumn, and Girls Aloud were to form at the end of the year thanks to a reality show. This was the year Glastonbury featured Coldplay, Garbage, Stereophonics, Orbital, Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, and Air.

    Underground, Goldfrapp were just beginning their career and their only release to date was their award-winning debut, Felt Mountain. It was on the back of Ladytron that Goldfrapp took their electronic route later on, and Ladytron would go on to produce some remixes for them.

    In fact, it may be fair to say Ladytron inspired a lot of the electronic, EBM music we have enjoyed over the last decade right up to The xx. All take inspiration from Ladytron's mix of old and new, in particular early 80s post-punk synthpop. Artists we regularly recognise are The Human League, OMD and Depeche Mode to name a few. NME finally ask Have We Overlooked The Brilliance Of Ladytron? The answer is yes, yes YOU have.

    On to the retrospective. All too often, retrospectives are cobbled together and released too soon with insufficient content and far too much peripheral padding. We're supposed to buy into the merchandising in other words. For this reason, I tend not to pay too much mind to them. In the case of Ladytron, if this is released with a photocopy of the Amazon page, it would still stand above many of the others. It is a good introduction to a hugely underrated and often overlooked band.



    Fans and collectors will already have these tracks. For them, there is the new single, released last November and coming in at about 30 mins with all the remixes. You can listen to them all here YouTube: Ladytron - Ace Of Hz Full EP Stream [Audio].



    The Best Of Ladytron 00-10 reflects on a decade highlighted by 604 (2001), Light & Magic (2002), Witching Hour (2005) and Velocifero (2008) plus two new tracks; "Ace Of Hz" and "Little Black Angel." A two-disc deluxe version features an additional 16 tracks & 80-page photo booklet.

    Track List:

    Disc: 1

    1. Destroy Everything You Touch
    2. International Dateline
    3. Seventeen
    4. Discotraxx
    5. Tomorrow
    6. Soft Power
    7. Ghosts
    8. Flying In Built Up Areas
    9. Playgirl
    10. Blue Jeans
    11. Cracked LCD
    12. Deep Blue
    13. Light & Magic
    14. Runaway
    15. The Last One Standing
    16. Little Black Angel
    17. Ace of Hz

    Disc: 2

    1. The Reason Why
    2. Whitelightgenerator
    3. Mu-Tron
    4. Black Plastic
    5. The Way That I Found You
    6. True Mathematics
    7. High Rise
    8. Black Cat
    9. Another Breakfast With You
    10. Usa vs. White Noise
    11. Commodore Rock
    12. Evil
    13. Beauty *2
    14. Seasons Of Illusions
    15. Versus
    16. All The Way






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