Sunday, December 20, 2009
Time of the Wolf (France, 2003) The first 40 minutes were intriguing, as a mother and her two kids atttempt to survive from an unknown disaster. The film takes a nosedive when they get to a soon-to-be crowded shelter, which only causes us to lose track of the myriad of characters and their issues. Some strong performances for a bleak vision which loses its purpose in the second half. That said, Time of the Wolf shares its qualities with 28 Days Later and, judging from clips, the Road (2009). Stars Isabelle Huppert, best known in the U.S for her part in I Schmeart Huckabees (aka I Heart Huckabees). [rating: **1/2] -Kenyon
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
The latest from the radically named You Say Party! is miles away from 2006's rebelious hyperactive song "The Gap." Two new tracks available from the album XXXX are like Cat Power fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with the post-punk mood of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Yes, cause it's a girl singing. These tracks are as hot as those girls in the band. The Canadian group's third album is present in the U.S.A from Paper Bag records in February 2010, though it's already tops in Canada. -Kenyon
"There Is XXXX (Within My Heart)" and "Dark Days" are HERE.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Thrill Killers (1964, black and white) [rating: no stars] Low-budget snoozefest about a bunch of escaped insane men terrorizing the locals. Unnecessarily long chase scenes were tacked on to fill the 70 minutes. In fact, (from wikipedia) "The original film was to focus around the three mental patients, but Steckler found that while directing the film (with little to no set script) that the film was not running long enough and therefore began to shoot scenes with him as Click." [rating: no stars] -Kenyon
Monster in the Closet (1986) Troma horror comedy with intentional movie cliches. The monster, which is actually kinda cool, hides in closets, grabs people and throws clothes out of the closet. After even the military can't stop the monster that soon threatens the entire world, the cameo-filled cast concludes that they must destroy all closets. [rating: **] -Kenyon
Bite Me (2004) Mutated spiders attack humans at a strip club. Embarassing acting and dialogue along with amateur monster effects makes this Z-grade movie awful in a bad way. Big waste of time, even when fast forwarding. [rating: no stars] -Kenyon
Saturday, November 14, 2009
release: October 20, 2009
style: celestial electronic pop
similar: M83, Project Skyward
[rating: ***] The follow up to the debut We Can Create, Maps' Turning the Mind makes the obligatory leap in production from bedroom recording to studio, with Tim Holmes of Death in Vegas turning the knobs. While it doesn't have the same breathtaking effect of Create, this is a calm album about "mental states" and has its moments of upliftingness. Brit James Chapman, who grew up listening to Blur and Suede, blankets dreamsicle synths beneath his soft-spoken vocals. In addition, "Let Go of the Fear" is a great modern dance track. Yet something is missing, as Mind travels along Chapman's own safe level of comfort. Mute signed him based on potential. Chapman can do better. -Kenyon
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wowzer, it's not another song about a GIRL. oh wait....no, it's about a girl again. Some west coast dates later this month. New York date in January. Third album out eventually. See my interview with the drummer HERE. -Kenyon
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Stir the Blood, the third album from the Bravery is out December 1, 2009. This is an unusual release date, seeing as how proper albums never come out between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. But now that we got mp3s and junk, who cares?! The gloomy second single "The Spectator, " which follows the teaser "Slow Poison," is subdued compared to the rocking first album (one of the most underrated of 2005) and more fascinating than the sophomore slumping The Sun and the Moon. "The Spectator" is also on the soundtrack for Vampire Diaries (apparently another vampire-themed TV show). And that DROPS today. DROPS. The point is, so far Stir the Blood is wicked. -Kenyon
"The Spectator" - [mp3]
Friday, November 06, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
a place to bury strangers
interview by kenyon hopkin
The Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers has been jack-hammering a post-punk wall of noise-pop, while accomplishing the dream of opening for some of its biggest influences and bigger named peers- Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their new album Exploding Head just hit the public and it's another mesmerizing assault. Leader Oliver Ackermann (guitar/vocals) began the killer rock n' roll in the mid-90s, with the formation of a previous, similar incarnation called Skywave, which released the distortion drenched Synthstatic in 2003. The other two members of Skywave continued with dream-noise-pop as Ceremony down in Virginia. In APTBS, Ackermann is joined by Jono MOFO (bass) and Jay Space (drums). They've been written up in the Washington Post and New York Times. And now, Oliver faces Advance Copy for his most ultimate, complex and challenging interview to date.
Advance Copy: You opened some dates for Nine Inch Nails. NINE INCH EFFING NAILS. HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN!? When that got confirmed, WERE YOU FLIPPING OUT OR WHAT? how did it all go?
Oliver: They asked us if we wanted to play the shows because they liked the band. It was really rad, I definitely used to blast the Pretty Hate Machine cassette in my Chevy Caprice in the sticks in VA all the time.
AC: Is the new record, Exploding Head, as crazy and effed up as you planned it to be?
Oliver: No it isn't, but I don't think that is a bad thing. I was planning on making it really really fucked up and then we kind of took it in a different direction as it was being recorded. That is the way I think any recording has always gone. A lot of the writing is done while you are recording it and I think that is crucial and lets the composition work with the sounds that are laid down on tape.
AC: Although we both have to admit the songs of the JAMC are timeless classics, dynamically and noise-wise, APTBS blew away JAMC at Webster Hall (New York). There was another band that played in between but they were forgettable. Respond to these statements please.
Oliver: I think the Jesus and Mary Chain may not care as much now. Also what they are doing isn't as unheard of now as it was back in the day so there must be less excitement for them to get into it. I don't remember blowing them away but you can say what you want.
everything's alrite when you're opening for jesus and mary chain. photo by kenyon.
AC: It's real difficult to hear the lyrics in your songs, especially live. i have no problem with this, but do you ever get criticized for that? Or do most people "get it"?
Oliver: I think some people like it and some people don't. I've definitely heard people complain about this. That is fine though because I am mostly just making music for myself, if other people enjoy it and it can help people out than that is all a bonus.
AC: Your previous band Skywave is essentially the same sound as the current band. Why the name change? Cause of different members? Strangers though is indeed more of a sonic assault.
Oliver: Skywave was a band with different members and in that band we were all writing different songs that would all make it on the albums. APTBS is pretty much just my writing style from that. The other guys from Skywave have formed the band Ceremony. I think all of these projects and songs sound different but I would bet that I have a different opinion of what this music sounds like than what other people would.
AC: Have you ever gotten any really shitty negative reviews? Can you tell me about one?
Oliver: Sure, I think people sometimes say that our music is really derivative of other stuff and it always cracks me up because if you were to look at the reviews of what these people thought were original it is always such a photocopy of something previous. I always want to hear something new and different and that is definitely a goal of mine when I record.
AC: Creating your own guitar effects pedals has got to be the most killer and potentially lucrative thing you've ever done. i think i want to buy one. But aren't you afraid of other bands being able to replicate your sound? Who exactly makes the pedals, you? i read that U2 used a pedal, is that true?!
Oliver: I love to build effect pedals and all of the money that is made from the business is spent to design more pedals, release friends' records, pay for rent and food. I don't like money and try to put as much back into the art and community of things going on around me. I'm not afraid of other bands being able to replicate our sounds, it is an honor to hear that people are using the pedals to realize the sounds that they want to create. I think a lot of the originality comes with how you use effects and songwriting. I make the pedals as well as a few other people who have really helped out as the company has expanded. I think U2 uses a bunch of the pedals, they bought them all and then reordered a few duplicates of some of the pedals I think for their tour.
AC: Up until signing to Mute [records], you definitely made some progress as far as getting better known, without the help of a decent-sized indie label. How did you do it? Without giving secrets away of course.
Oliver: I think you just have to do what you like to do. I like playing shows, writing songs, and recording music and I think all of this is important if you want to be in a band that people will hear about. Just do what you love and if people like it or they don't at least you will be doing what you think is cool. I think that is the secret to success with your own personal sanity.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Taken from their summer 2009 debut full length release, guitarist Rob Montejo (formerly of Smashing Orange, who were a lesser-known, American shoegaze/dreampop band in the 1990s) and drummer Monika Bullette channel the moods of early BJM, Dirty on Purpose and Yo La Tengo. The video is clips from the Prelinger Archives (you know, those old misguided educational films). Sky Drops so far have had dates with Cold War Kids, Chairlift, The Dirty Projectors and A Place to Bury Strangers. -Kenyon
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Accompanying a slide show-like DVD of the original 2" x 2" printed versions is dark ambient drone by Silber artist Small Life Form, which makes the whole thing more original and eerie. Each story is about 5 minutes long and most frames make a statement within their own story (stuff like "does it mean i'm old that i watch the news?"). What happens in the stories are definitely plausible, and the question arises as to whether or not the author actual had that experience or if it was embellished or just complete fiction. The drawings call out for repairs in hopes of improving their craftmanship (I would love to see it more fully realized). At the same time it reflects the repairs needed for the characters. Extras include a few other, non-related Lost Kisses comics by BJM with a guest artist. -Kenyon
Thursday, October 15, 2009
this has nothing to do with halloween coming soon. i do this all year round, suckerrrr!
Blood Sucking Freaks (1976) Misleading title and cover--there is only one freak that does any sucking and it's only one scene. The original title was actually The Incredible Torture Show, which makes hella more sense. Hella hella hella. BSF is a gorey S&M torture film that overcomes the dreadful acting with dismemberment, nude slave brainwashed girls and a leader of the freakazoids (whose sidekick is a black midget) who periodically enjoys getting submissive just like his slaves. Over the top shock value for its time and effin bizarre to say the least. [rating ***] -Kenyon
See No Evil (2006) * Typical slash trash, but note that it "stars" Kane from WWE. In the weeks prior to its release, the WWE was promoting this and had Kane tie it in to the drama on the show. Everytime someone spoke the date of its release--Rey Mysterio got tricked into doing this--Kane would come out and go berzerk and beat down on whoever said it. The thing that stood out and sucked like a sore thumb was that the biggest jerk of the group of kids/victims was one of the survivors. Kane should have choke-slammed the shit of him. [rating *] -Kenyon
The Hitcher (2007 remake) All these jerk writers can't think of something new. Remakes/re-imaginings/whatever of Friday the 13th, Halloween, My Bloody Valentine and Last House on the Left have put a damper on the horror genre. Although Hills Have Eyes remake effin RULED. Original Hitcher wasn't widely remembered or is a cult classic. With improved effects it can only make junk like the new version more bloody and violent, which makes this a reason to see. The Hitcher is indeed predictable, although the roles of the boy and girl are reversed from the first film. It's also more implausible than the average horror movie. The maniac that stalks and plays mind games has little character and it hurts the movie's substance, not to mention his ability to easily and quickly pursue them. The reasoning for his actions--which results in the destruction of most of the New Mexico police force!--are avoided, albeit for the last scene in which he suggests that it "feels good." [rating **] -Kenyon
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
me cannot wait to spin this at the clubs! a neato transgender transfusion of Scissor Sisters, La Roux, MGMT and disco-era MJ.
Dates with the nite aka CMJ junk
October 7 - The Shore - Hermosa Beach, CA
October 18 - Cinespace - Official Release Party
October 20 - Piano's - Music Slut CMJ Party
158 Ludlow St. NY 10002
(Casxio @ 6:00pm)
October 21 - Southpaw - The Rumble CMJ Party
125 5th Ave. 11217 (Brooklyn)
(Casxio @ 9:30pm)
October 22 - ASCAP Official CMJ Showcase
285 West Broadway 10013
(Casxio @ 8:30pm)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This is an odd choice to release as a "single" or a video. It's short (more like an interlude or teaser) and wacky and the human-produced animal sounds are annoying. But it IS the Flaming Lips, afterall. New album out next month.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"Ghost Clock" [mp3]
Monday, September 07, 2009
After a few months of being put-off by the absurd band name, this Toronto, Canada act catapulted themselves in front of me, and i was like, whoaaaa, CASSETTE. The jagged left-field experimental rock band is giving us a U.S release of its third album, Black Square, which is gonna be put to the test September 15 via digital and CASSETTE format. Radddd. After originally releasing Black Square in Canada in April, the DD/MM/YYYY was on the roads with Crystal Castles, Japanther and Dan Deacon. So obviously they are hip. I am sorry i ever doubted you, DD/MM/YYYY. -Kenyon
Dates with the nite.
09/08 Hamilton, ONT Rokbar %
09/10 Brooklyn, NY Don Pedro's - Cassette Release Party %*
09/17 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
09/20 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry #
09/21 East Moline, IL Mixtapes
09/22 Chicago, IL Subterranean #
09/23 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room #
09/24 Rochester, NY Bug Jar #
09/25 Brooklyn, NY Shea Stadium # ????
09/26 New York, NY Mercury Lounge #
09/27 Cambridge, MA TT the Bear's #
09/28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie #
09/29 Washington, DC DC9 #
09/30 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #
10/01 Atlanta, GA Star Community Bar #
10/02 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder #
10/03 Orlando, FL Will's Pub #
10/05 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon #
10/06 Austin, TX Red 7 #
10/07 Denton, TX Rubbergloves Rehearsal #
10/09 Tuscon, AZ Plush #
10/10 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory #
10/11 San Diego, CA Casbah #
10/13 Visalia, CA Cellar Door #
10/14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill #
10/16 Portland, OR Rotture #
10/17 Seattle, WA The Vera Project #
* = w/ Anamanaguchi, Graffiti Monsters
% = w/ Spiral Beach
# = w/ These Arms Are Snakes
???? = wtf?
Sunday, September 06, 2009
"Don't Apologize" from Goodnight Unknown.
Lou Barlow and the Missingmen dates with the nite.
10/02 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/03 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/04 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/06 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/07 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
10/08 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10/10 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/11 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/13 - Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
10/14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/15 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
10/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/26 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
10/27 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/29 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/30 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
11/03 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/04 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
11/06 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The dreamy "Last Dance" is HERE.
Quickly following Lust Lust Lust is the fourth record, In and Out of Control, out October 6.
Dates with the nite-
10/02/09 AUSTIN, TX THE PARISH
10/03/09 AUSTIN, TX AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
10/14/09 NEW YORK, NY WEBSTER HALL
10/15/09 BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR
10/16/09 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB
10/17/09 PHILADELPHIA, PA TLA
10/18/09 BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
10/20/09 BOSTON, MA PARADISE
10/21/09 MONTREAL, QC CLUB SODA
10/22/09 TORONTO, ON PHOENIX
10/23/09 DETROIT, MI MAGIC STICK
10/24/09 NEWPORT, KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE
10/25/09 CHICAGO, IL THE METRO
10/26/09 MINNEAPOLIS, MN FIRST AVENUE
11/05/09 VANCOUVER, BC VENUE
11/06/09 SEATTLE, WA NEUMO’S
11/07/09 PORTLAND, OR DOUG FIR LOUNGE
11/09/09 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BIMBO’S
11/10/09 COSTA MESA, CA DETROIT BAR
11/12/09 SOLANA BEACH, CA BELLY UP
11/13/09 LOS ANGELES, CA HENRY FONDA THEATRE
11/14/09 POMONA, CA GLASSHOUSE
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Holy crapes, the deliberately offensive RevCo has been re-charged by industrial metal icon Al Jourgensen and co. after Jourgensen ended Ministry this year. Jim Rose will host the shows, plus openers Blownload and Left Spine Down. RevCo started with Jourgensen, Luc Van Acker and Richard 23 from Front 242. The new line-up has Jourgensen joined by singer Josh Bradford, guitarist Sin Quirin, keyboardist/electronicist Clayton Worbeck, drummer Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong) and bassist Murv Douglas (Powerman 5000).
Check the new redneck industrial metal noise track "I'm Not Gay"
September 10 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
September 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
September 13 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
September 14 - Ft Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
September 15 - Salt Lake, UT - Club Vegas
September 17 - Coeur d'Alene, ID - The Grail
September 18 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
September 19 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
September 20 - Portland, OR - Dante's
September 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
September 24 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
September 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
September 26 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
September 27 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
October 1 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
October 2 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
October 3 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
October 4 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
October 6 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 7 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
October 8 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
October 9 - St. Thomas, ON - Coolz Warehouse
October 10 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
October 11 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
October 12 - Toronto, ON - Reverb
October 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
October 15 - Allentown, PA - Croc Rock
October 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
October 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
October 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
October 20 - Jacksonville, FL - Jackrabbits
October 21 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
October 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
October 23 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
October 24 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
October 25 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
October 27- Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
October 29 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
October 30 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Headless Eyes (1972) [rating: *] Weirdo artist tries to steel a girl's money. After she gouges his eye out with a spoon, he is now obsessed with doing the same to random victims. He takes the eyes and then does creative things with them, like putting them in ice cubes. Headless Eyes is terribly made with many pointless, dragging scenes, but considering this is from the early 1970s, the gore involving eyeballs must have been shocking. The most memorable--and quite hilarious--scene is at the opening when the guy's eyeball is hanging and the audio for his screaming is looped as he's climbing down the fire escape. -Kenyon
Spasms (1982) [rating: *1/2] A wealthy man is obsessed with resurrecting the spirit of a giant demon snake. It's just something he has to do. Peter Fonda's character and the man's neice fail in following the creature, while studying the obsessed man's telepathic connection he has with the snake. After biting people to death and causing spasms, the snake makes its way to the guy who has the supposed connection and the snake kills him, even though they had that telepathic connection. Bad snake, bad movie. -Kenyon
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
"...leave some time to wander around." That's all we SEE here is people wandering around! Girl, i'll show you something AWESOME. Farrell with Leann Rimes killed the respect right there. Or is that his wife? I...I can't tell them apart. If you need to see Perry and wife Etty for sure, there's this new single/video just released and it's a strong candidate for worst thing of the year.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
August 4, 2009. Aired on NY Channel 9 August 7.
matches included: jeff hardy vs CM punk (2.5 matches), christian vs tommy dreamer (extreme rules), rey mysterio vs mike knox, john morrison vs smaller guy from the stupid hart dynasty, mike knox vs dolf ziggler vs finlay vs r-truth (fatal 4-way for championship match at summer slam), chris jericho vs JTG, great khali vs ricky ortiz (with kane attacking).
big russian guy vs huge black dude. and a small white dude on floor.
favorite current intro theme music
E! C! W! Tommy Dreamer also brought out a hotdog cart with hotdogs.
John Morrison intro.
Hart Dynasty won't last long. I bet they go to TNA.
white rice? welllll it's the BIG SHOW. and his music is terrible
when mashed with Chris Jericho's.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
10/16/09 New York, NY - Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
10/17/09 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10/18/09 Columbus, OH - The Summit
10/19/09 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10/20/09 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10/21/09 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Nightclub
10/22/09 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10/24/09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10/26/09 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
10/27/09 West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
Sunday, August 02, 2009
The very long awaited Signal Morning will be in CD and digital September 8, 2009. Taking seven years to finish, Circulatory System is pretty much Olivia Tremor Control and a couple people from Neutral Milk Hotel. Amazingly, leader W. Cullen Hart put this together while battling Multiple Sclerosis. New cut "Overjoyed" is available now and is a stunning piece of subcultural bliss. Are we looking at the next Loveless? Prolly not, but it's still gonna RULE. -Kenyon
[mp3] - "Overjoyed"
Dates with the nite-
08/15 - Asheville, NC - Transfigurations 2009
09/07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
09/08 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
09/09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
09/10 - Worcester, MA - The Grind at Clark University
09/11 - Purchase, NY - The Student Center at SUNY Purchase
09/12 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrow's Parties
09/14 - Boston , MA - YMCA Theatre
09/15 - Geneseo, NY - Union Plaza at SUNY Geneseo
09/16 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
09/17 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
09/18 - Chicago, IL- Chopin Theatre
9/19 - Lexington, KY - Al's Bar
09/20 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light
With Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t and Nesey Gallons except 8/15 and 9/12.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
U.S East Coast dates with Shot Baker and Paint it Black
September 9, 2009- The Mideast (Cambridge, MA)
September 10, 2009- First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
September 11, 2009- Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
September 12, 2009- The Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)
September 13, 2009- Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
and now finally, an excuse to post this video! throw sh*t at the wall, yea!
Sunday, July 05, 2009
style: tragic indie songwriter pop
similar: Portishead, Dot Allison, Bright Eyes
[rating: ****] Scattergood was intent on having her vocals upfront in the mix for her debut album, so it's unavoidable to notice her tragic revealings of low self-esteem and heartbreakings. The young, British Scattergood therefore commands our attention. Some examples come with "Other Too Endless" and "Unforgiving Arms," both of which demonstrate serious potential. Though her voice gets a little peculiar in parts of "Poem Song," Scattergood's otherwise girlish whispery words stand strong among the piano, percussive electro beats and pillowy synth. Joy. -Kenyon
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Combichrist at Crazy Donkey June 29, 2009
with Julien-K (ex-Orgy)
selections included: (not in order) - sent to destroy, electrohead, this is my rifle, this sh*t will f*ck you up, f*ck that sh*t, today i woke to the rain of blood, all pain is gone, what the f*ck is wrong with you?, shut up and swallow.
clicky on images to make bigger.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
upcoming album + tour dates
The Dodos, who can quote me as saying they make "some of the most intriguing low-key post-Elephant 6 music this side of the equator," announced details for the next album and tour dates. See the interview with them on this blog from January 2008, when they were promoting the stellar Visiter album. Their third work, Time To Die, is due mid-September through Frenchkiss. The duo added a third member to play vibraphone, while allowing production skills from Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The Dodos will tour with the kaleidoscopic Ruby Suns. -Kenyon
Dodos live 2009.
9/26 - Henry Miller Library - Big Sur, CA
9/27 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
9/28 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
9/29 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
9/30 - Modified - Phoenix, AZ
10/2 - House of Blues, Pontiac Garage - Dallas, TX
10/3 - The Orange Show - Houston, TX
10/4 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX
10/6 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
10/7 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/8 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
10/9 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington DC
10/10 - Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
10/12 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
10/13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
10/14 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
10/15 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
10/16 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
10/17 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
10/19 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
10/20 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
10/22 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
10/24 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
10/25 - Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
10/26 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Squid Hell Sessions EP
release: May 12, 2009
style: country folk with no drums
similar: Gillian Welch, Tori Amos, Neko Case
[rating: ***1/2] The tragedy of disappearing bees inspired the name for this talented group, and hopefully they can tie in some awareness to a potential environmental danger. The Berklee College-bred group sings in pretty pastel colors while playing upright bass, cello, accordion and mandolin. The strangely titled EP--named after the studio where they recorded--includes the touching "Nobody" and the lilting "Pirate's Life." Lyrically, the songs address the confronting of suffering and getting through the pain. Everyone has problems, don't forget it. But if all those bees go away, we are all going to have serious problems up the ying-yang. -Kenyon
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Grace Around the World DVD/CD
release: June 2, 2009
Blossoming into the limelight a couple years after Nirvana broken big, Jeff Buckley tragically disappeared from this world before most of us had email. The latter fact suggests one of the reasons as to why, according to the liner notes, it wasn't easy to collect a live recording of every song from the Grace album, as technology has changed. Buckley had an unmistakable, haunting vocal and guitar style that few, if any, have replicated. His songs never seemed to follow the conventional verse-chorus-verse, and when/if they did, his extended, spiritual cooing could throw you for a loop anyway. 15 years later after its initial release, given the example of Around the World, the compositions off Grace are naturally timeless, and there is no reason for them to ever become dated. Performances--let's not forget about his band, as it may as well been called the Jeff Buckley Band--were recorded in London, Frankfurt, Japan, New Orleans and New York. The DVD is interspersed with short interviews original aired on MuchMusic, in which he says he looks like crap all the time and offers deep philosophical insight on life and music. At the end of the extra features, however, he does make defensive remarks aimed at some French journalists. Included is every song from Grace except "Corpus Christi Carol," with the additions of an instrumental titled "Vancouver" and "What Will You Say." In whatever manner he was expressing himself, Buckley always appeared to be true to himself and his fans. In 1994 he said, "I only go out and play solo to make money to pay the phone bill and the rent." You could sorta tell that by his limited wardrobe, which only points to the fact that he cared more about substance than the latest fashion trends. -Kenyon
Sunday, June 14, 2009
release: June 23, 2009 (digital)
style: rock 'n roll, post post-punk, dance-rock
similar: Peaches, Le Tigre, Erase Errata, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
[rating: ****] We don't need to get into a heated discussion about Beth Ditto's unabashed characteristics right now (i'm pro-Beth Ditto, in case you didn't figure that out). That's a debate we can check at the door. This is about Music for Men, where the Gossip has had its rough edges smoothed by producer Rick Rubin and its recording supporting by Sony Columbia, who probably saw dollar signs flashing when Ditto was on the cover of a popular celebrity tabloid. Regardless of that type of publicity, the Gossip was ready to take it to the next level and has done so by focusing more on adept songwriting and less on rawness. In fact, Ditto's vocals are a welcome improvement without compromising her attitude and sincerity. Although first single "Heavy Cross" could be a polished re-doing of "Standing in the Way of Control," there is much to like on this mostly dance-ready album which uses synth sparingly yet effectively. This includes "Love and Let Love" and "Four Letter Word," where Ditto offers the line "love is a four letter word that should never be heard." "Love Long Distance" features the drama of a long distance relationship carried by electric piano. Music is love-heavy, though don't count out the peppy punk of "Spare Me from the Mold" and "Pop Goes the World" (not the song by Men Without Hats), the latter of which calls for social action while still having fun. Listen up! -Kenyon
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Psychedelic Furs at Crazy Donkey June 7, 2009
so much better with the saxophone
set included (not in order)- goodbye, ghost in you, pretty in pink, heaven, heartbeat, i wanna sleep with you, mr. jones, dumb waiters. plus a bunch of songs i didn't know. did they play heartbreak beat? me don't remember.