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What’s a Halloween celebration without some weird theremin music? Well “I Saw The Bright Shinies” by one of my favorite instrumental bands, Austin’s The Octopus Project, contains a perfectly eerie one. Check out this awesome animated video for the song with its ghostly, child-like illustration style. Spooooooooky:
Some call Squadra Blanco’s (aka Legowelt) 2002 album Night of the Illuminati one of the spookiest and best Halloween-sounding electronic albums of all time. Although I have only recently discovered it (thanks to my friend Ashley who has exceptional taste) I am starting to think that it may not be a conspiracy…unlike the actual Illuminati, which according to this guy is completely REAL. Anyway, I’m definitely digging the Italo Disco meets 80’s horror movie vibe so far.
Yes it was a game for the ages. The Phillies won their first World Series in 28 years…and everyone went phucking nuts (including me). Seriously, I have never seen so many excited people in one place at one time. It was as if someone was dropping money from the sky. Pure INSANITY and it was GREAT! Check out these awesome photos documenting the madness, given to us by our friend Eric:
Over the past 25 years Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips have played on Beverly Hills 90210 (the original one), hosted massive musical experiments in parking lots, and produced a soon to be released sci-fi B-movie. Not to mention creating fantastical music along the way.
Oh and just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, The Lips have been courted by NBC, along with other bands, to re-interpret the networks classic “chime” bumper music (you know the one, ding-dong-ding!) AND, AS IF THAT WASN’T AWESOME ENOUGH…For the occasion Wayne has invented a new instrument. Watch him explain his creation in this vid:
The Knife’s lead singer Karin Dreijer could probably make a record of her farts and I would download it. So when I got the news that she would be releasing a new project, Fever Ray, my eyes lit up. Must. Listen. Immediately. Sure, “If I Had a Heart” is only a brief instrumental, but it’s certainly the beginnings of something interesting and perhaps even stranger than The Knife?? A mystery indeed.
Holy shit, it’s true My Bloody Valentine is playing shows again, Jeff Mangum has come out from hiding, Obama may be our next president…and The Phillies may win the World Series TONIGHT!!! Can this all really be happening?? Yes, IT can!
In the spirit of what may be, fuck that, will be The Phillies first World Series win in 28 years (I was 1 year old when they won it last–AWWW!) you should get down to this rare, discolicious jam performed by then-Phillies Larry Bowa, Dave Cash, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Garry Maddox! Seriously? Yes, seriously!
One thing that we do know is that he has FINALLY returned and has been playing shows with his old Elephant 6 crew on their “Holiday Surprise Tour.” Check out this high quality video of the Jeff and Scott Spillane (NMH horn player) performing “The Fool” and “Engine” in the Kentucky night. Yea, it’s fucking amazing:
Yes this is where “the loudest band on earth” derived it’s name and, coincidentally, it may end up being as intense as their live show. Why is that? Oh, maybe it’s because of a little thing called 3D…!
Now, I am not a fan of horror remakes, but the 3D factor definitely makes up for its lack of original style in this case. Plus the movie poster is INCREDIBLE. Ok, I’m getting more excited about this now…Peep the trailer:
The new, 3D My Bloody Valentine hits theaters in 2009. Let’s hope we can say something similar about the band soon…
I must admit I am not a HUGE fan of Beach House, but their new single “Used To Be” has left me smitten. Check out this awesome clip directed by Shoot the Player, featuring the band performing the breath-taking song live, appropriately on a beach, in Sydney. Marry me:
Well it’s not exactly brand new music, but Glass Candy has been on a release hiatus for a while (currently in the studio) so it’s worth getting excited about this one…not to mention it’s an awesome song.
“Animal Imagination” is from the upcoming singles/b-sides collection Deep Gems and certainly follows in the foot-steps of the band’s familiar dark disco sound. SEXY.
It’s been a while since we last heard from Jay Laughlin and Like A Fox, the Philly/Jersey offshoot of much loved 90’s psych band Lenola. Thankfully for us, they have returned with a shiny new record entitled Where’s My Golden Arm. Yay!
LAF’s first record was a breezy mix of Flaming Lips and late 70’s Beach Boys psychedelia and although I have yet to hear the new record in full, the half rock-out and half bliss-out track “Internal/External” is tickling my eardrums aplenty. Awesome video directed by ex-Lenola member Scott Colan to boot!