Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Die! Die! Die! - Though there are some better band names with "!" and "Die," the name is very straight forward and so, naturally, is the band. The second record Promises, Promises (February 12, 2008), is sounding an alarm within rock music, especially tracks like the shout-along "A.T.T.I.T.U.D." The post-post-punk bratty New Zealand trio is the type of band that's gonna be hot for at least a few months. They got much in their pocket already too: the first album was recorded with Steve Albini, and they've opened for Blood Brothers, Wolfmother and Wire. !.

mp3- "Sideways, Here We Come"



Danny Ross - [New York] - Ross is leading a double life- while he's not concentrating on his very polished Ben Folds/Harry Connick Jr. songwriting with the jazz, he works for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (Ross has a degree in Goverment). It'd be a shock if the girls don't go wild for him. He's quite a charming fella that Danny Ross. www.dannyrossmusic.com

The Downbeat 5 - [Boston] - featuring ex-Queers guitarist JJ Rassler and fronted by a raspy Jen D'Angora, the D5's garage punk has earned slots with Dick Dale, the Zombies, Detroit Cobras, the Muffs. If you can't handle the tough rough side, check out the 1950s girl group-pumped "Dum Dum Ditty" or swooning "Out in the Streets." http://www.downbeat5.com/

April 28-29, 2008 at WaMu Theater at MSG.
holy moly. i am so there.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Unwed Sailor: Little Wars
(Burnt Toast Vinyl)
release: March 18, 2008
style: instrumental rock, post-rock
[rating: ***1/2] The last outing from this multifaceted instrumental band was a lingering bore. So it's a happy moment to report that Little Wars is largely an improvement. Mainman Johnathon Ford, along with his latest cast of helpers, has got the bearings together for this one, allowing every instrument to work together to keep the engine running. Within the first minute, there's obviously something more special than the last couple records. Little Wars is creative and collected when it needs to be, while revealing qualities not heard in the Sailor's past decade of work. -Kenyon

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

UNCUT- "Darkhorse" (Paperbag records, 2007). f-in' Uncut. best animated video with Care Bears ever in the history of the world.

Monday, February 18, 2008

thanks for the add. now i will go clutter your comments. ha!

Juviley [New York, NY] - ultra fragile sensitive vocals are as gentle as the acoustic guitar. neither one is assertive enough to overpower the other and the two parts make for one sleepy sunny raindrop soaked morning. On "It Comes to this" he's a turtle looking out of his shell, backed by light percussion, extra guitar and a more assertive voice. There's some trouble with the high notes though. uh oh spaghetti o!

The Lonely H - [Washington] - "The Meal" 1990s indie rock of Archers of Loaf hijacked by the classic rocky of Kings of Leon.
Alex Highton - [UK] - beyond-quiet confessional lullabies. he's also in a band called Mohanski, which gathers the ashes of classic British rock and spreads them across the ocean.

Pale Young Gentlemen - [Wisconsin] - original for sure, though also a pretentious mountain of classical-inspired madness anchored by piano and strings.

Addisqt - [France] - what do you want me to say? i don't even know what this is supposed to be. a pounding of miminal synth blips and bleeps, could easily be music from an old video game. yea. this is blip-blop electronic.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

classic vintage video.
Special Ed - "I Got it Made" (1989)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

damn these beats are so fresh! or...nice boys don't play rock 'n roll.

Spitzer [French band]. interview by Kenyon Hopkin.

Brothers from France, Spitzer (Matthieu and Damien Bregere) is a shoo-in for one of the brightest new electronic artists in 2008. The duo's trance-electro materialized later in their music careers, as they spent their formative years in a rock band worshipping Guns N Roses. Their first recording is due very soon. Because of their mysteriousness, an interview was required. Advance Copy has the honor of being the first blog in the U.S.A. to communicate with Spitzer. [Kenyon knows how to write a feature story but doesn't have that kind of time. So here's the ever-popular Q & A.]

your myspace url is "therealspitzer". was "spitzer" taken already and is there someone else claiming to be spitzer?
No, simply because we knew we're gonna be famous and didn't want anybody pretending to be us. Seriously? Because the first url was taken.

i think you listed every single style of music on your influences. is that for real or used for people to find you if they are searching for that?
It's nearly real. We listen to a lot of styles, from Motörhead to Philip Glass, from Autechre to Compay Segundo. We love Music and we try to take inspiration from everywhere.

who do you like better, Daft Punk or Justice? and why?
Daft Punk. No doubt about it. Even Justice are good, we don't think that their music will have the same impact that "Homeworks" did at its time.

has anyone ever said to you, "damn these beats are so fresh!" ???
Our girlfriends and our manager tell us that every morning.

your music is very beat-driven. how important is dancing for you?
Dancing is a curious thing isn't it? It's the body language translated by music and almost everybody speaks this language. We make this music to make people dance but with a bit of finesse. Far from the easy way, we take them on a song, to travel, to let their body speak for a few minutes. But we try to make it quite easy to listen. If you listen carrefully (with headphones), you'll hear a complete symphony of concrete sounds, synth and deep beats. Easy to be listened but quite hard to compose (think about Michael Jackson and the way everything sounds evident whereas the music is so complex, harmonically speaking)

have you been to the United States yet? do you love France?
One of us has been to NY a few months ago. He liked it very much. Concerning our love to France, we can not answer to such a question. To resume, we like the country and the people but maybe not more than you like the US.

you have a track titled "disco biscuits" is that named for the band?
You're the first one to find the solution. Yes, it's beacause the band. All our titles have a secret meaning. Because you're smart, we give you another clue: Avida Dollars sens deals with a spaning painter.

you were in a rock band (drummer and guitarist) for 8 years loving GnR, what made you make such a drastic change?
A lot of things made us stop our band. We were playing rock for 8 years and we were fed up with the problems of having a five-person band. we started to listen to electronic music via Warp artists and decided to start our own project. From the name to the music, we do what we want without making any concessions. Recently electronic music is really more exciting than rock (even if we love a lot of rock bands like The Mars Volta or Battles).

did you ever dream of being like Axl Rose?
Of course we did. When we were younger, we were fans of Guns N Roses. Axl and Slash were like Gods to us. And after all these years, we realize that this band was really special. From the music to the look, Axl understood everything.

do you guys get along or do you want to kick your brother's ass?
No, we get along. We are like twins without being twins.

how do you program your music? and do you play anything live or is it mostly or all pre-recorded?
We use software and we record some musical parts which we play ourselves. We don't uses any samples from other artists and we make all the noises you hear in our music.

so still no record label yet? are you playing the waiting game?
We are currently dealing with labels. We've been contacted by majors but we don't want to deal with these companies. We want to keep our freedom. You'll know more about our label's choice asap.

what is your ultimate vision for one of your performances? are you going to have many swirling lights?
We are currently working on our live set. It will be a laptop live because of he lack of time to work with a band. But, in the future, we will try to work wth musicians and lights on a super show.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

die Kinder- [New York City] with a name like die Kinder ("the Children") we may be thinking something like the hard-electronic machinery metal of Rammstein or KMFDM. This electro-rock duo (featuring an ex-member of the Pilfers) is more like the Sounds or Republica. "Their beautiful blondeness will blind you" their blurb says. Over the top pretentiousness. However..."Tonight is All There is" has the horsepower for an imported car commercial.

Brian Speaker - [New York City]- He picked up the guitar at age 12 and wrote his first song within a few months. Congrats, haven't we all. i did that too and look where i am now. Nowhere! okay calm down. Speaker should be addressed here for this reason and this reason only: among his cameos, his voice is in the upcoming Grand Theft Auto game. i love grand theft auto, i play it every nite. Psyche! He does voices in commercials too. Therefore "Brian Speaker" is obviously his stage name.

Novus Dae - [Connecticut] - The band firmly wears the influences on the sleeve: Stone Temple Pilots, Tool and other 90s hard rock staples. This could have been destined to hate. But it's bands like this --similar to Long Island band Dearly Departed-- that are sometimes a necessary emotional live experience. Come on dudes, you know you're going to quote me on this.

i Concour - [Leeds UK] - "Lucky Jack / Build Around Me" single (March 10 on Brew records). I thought i made this clear on this blog. Don't mess with Kenyon when giving yourself a tag of shoegaze. i will call you out. i Concour, who has played with the Hold Steady (one of the most overrated bands in recent memory) is not making this sound natural. The guitars are shoegaze but there are no striking melodies. The vocals are way too clear and clean to be shoegaze. In fact, the vocals are being belting out from beyond. There is little in which to get lost. You will find yourself out in 20 seconds.
Ten Minute Turns - [Brooklyn] - This eccentric outfit's lo-fi, almost primitive shenanigans produce off-kilter melodies too tough to tame. Most notably in "Red Light Room."
Joe Calderone - [Connecticut] - From the "the Bang Song": "Gonna shoot you bang bang gonna shoot you bang bang bang bang with my love". Ok? ok cool.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Foxhole: We the Wintering Tree (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
release: March 4, 2008 [re-issue]
style: instrumental post-rock
[rating: **1/2] This Kentucky band made a good move recording its spacious guitar-drum-bass-trumpet combo in a church. You can't go wrong recording in a church. It ranges from pretty to anti-climatic, while they take a wrong turn when the vocals appear on one track. Vocals rarely work with instrumental bands. The sleepy-time music is of the cold infinite oceans and other than the trumpet and the church environment, the pieces don't have enough leverage to stand out from the band's peers. -Kenyon

Secondhand Serenade: A Twist in My Story
(Glassnote, which is connected to WB)
release: February 19, 2008
style: emo-ballad pop/rock
[rating: **] For people that love people that sound like Dashboard Confessional and Plain White T's "Delilah". Twist in My Story is a nice listen but it's so overly romantic and redundant and formulaic that i'm gonna hurl. The end. -Kenyon

Saturday, February 02, 2008

advance copy/kenyon is featured at Detour mag!