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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera, hits theaters this weekend (watch the trailer here) and one of our favorite bands, Bishop Allen, makes an appearance in the film. Check out this video of the band performing “Middle Management” cut with scenes from the upcoming film:
It’s true, The Walrus has a crush on Little Boots. Not only is she adorable, but we think her song “Meddle” is one of this year’s best. She also seems to share an affinity for Klaus Nomi, as noted on her MySpace. Points!
Now, New York remixers Designer Drugs have pumped up the song with pulsing synths and fiery percussion, determined to leave us with goosebumps and sore ankles. We recommend it be played at the highest levels possible.
Grab the original version here and snag the 7″ featuring a different remix and the b-side “Stuck on Repeat” here.
Oh the choices we have to make! Two awesome bands are playing Philly tonight–Takka Takka at the MRoom and Hot Lava at the Danger Danger Gallery. Not to mention, there is that little thing happening called the presidential debate at 9pm. Oh and according to Fox Philly everyone’s favorite Alaskan will be watching the much anticipated battle right here in Philly at The Irish Pub on Walnut! Take it easy on her guys…well, maybe not tooo easy…
Yep, the night should be filled with excitement.
I recommend that you try to make it out to at least one of these shows!
Holy sweet Deerhunter live show! Check out Baeblemusic’s video from August’s McCarren Park concert. In the clip below, the band performs “Nothing Ever Happened” from their upcoming new album Microcastle (album of the year, trust me) and they do a bang-up job with that freak-out ending! You can watch the full show on their site. They are also holding a contest to win a drum cymbal signed by the band.
Ah, the day had finally come. The day when these ears would FINALLY bare witness to a once unlikely live performance by 80s/90s shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine. (read part 1 of this story here and part 2 here) Yes, the seminal Irish band would be appearing in front of me at The Roseland Ballroom in NYC, in the flesh, to continue their recent reclamation as “the loudest band on earth.”
The fact that Swedish band Studio’s sound is so easily identifiable is one of the reasons why we like them. No one is really doing their brand of dub-fused dream pop with as much finesse and expertise as they are.
Of course it seems only natural that they would lend their trade-mark etherealisms to label-mate FontÃ¤n’s prog-symphony “Early Morning” (grab the original here, watch the video here.) The results are instantly pleasing and will make you wish you were here.
Fontan’s “Early Morning” 12″, includes more remixes, is available on from Information.
Wellmedicated posted a great collection of show posters that are certainly worthy of your attention. Featuring great artists such as Heads of State and The Small Stakes and bands like Deerhoof (our fav design) and Peter Bjorn and John, this collection of 50 inspiring designs has indeed made our day! Beautiful stuff!
Autumn is just around the corner and upon hearing Videotape’s ‘Night Lights”, sent to me by my friend alliemuffinbasket, I realize it can’t come soon enough.
Maybe it’s the song’s lo-fi haziness or the Galaxie 500 meets Shins vibe that immediately conjures up visions of that colorful time of year and that moment when you suddenly realize, “Shit! I need a Halloween costume!” Eh, you’ll figure something out, you always do.
Download their debut full-length, My Favourite Thing, from Zunior and purchase a physical version by contacting the band via MySpace.
“Sleepyhead” from Boston’s Passion Pit, aka Michael Angelakos and friends, is a fucked up mix of MGMT, The avalanches and mutated samples that could easily be mistaken as munchkins from The Wizard of Oz.
As the music travels down that yellow brick road of drugged-out dream-pop, the beats get crunchier and you get more freaked-out/giddier. Who needs drugs when you have music like “Sleepyhead”?
Recently it has come to our attention that their are two up-and-coming bands called GIRLS.
As you may or may not know, both bands are made up of dudes, although, judging by the MySpace photos, nyc’s GIRLS looks like it may just be one dude.
Eh who cares right? The real question is who would win in a all-out classic cat-fight?! Would it be San Fran’s GIRLS with their Elvis Costello meets Beach Boys ‘tude or nyc’s GIRLS with their more manly DFA meets The Fall disposition? You decide.
Download “Gottogetaway” by GIRLS (nyc) over at RCRD LBL. (also check out this band King Kong, who’s 80’s song “Fight With the Devil” sounds remarkably similar.)
Download “Lust For Life” by GIRLS (San Fran) from us.
As a founding member of the insanely influential band, Wright played a major role by incorporating his progressive style into such Floyd classics as “Interstellar Overdrive,” “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” and “The Great Gig in the Sky.” Seriously, listen to Piper At The Gates of Dawn again. Nothing quite like Wright’s keyboard wizardry. *Side note: he also sang the lead on “Astronomy Domine”!
In fact, the first Pink Floyd song I fell in love with, “Paintbox,” was written by Wright in 1967. I guess you could say it changed the way I thought about pop music. Thanks for being amazing Rick, and may you rest in peace.