Zebra and Snake, an electro goth outfit from Helsiniki played in Shoreditch this weekend…. appropriately so, as they ooze cool. Definitely a group to keep tabs on for future great things.
Zebra and Snake – Big Bad Drummer
Exitmusic released their debut ep, From Silence, yesterday. I am very much attracted by their eeire and haunting indie sound. Looking forward to checking them out supporting Braids tomorrow at the Cargo…
Exitmusic – The hours
Atomic Suplex, who hail from Croydon, apparently have quiet a following in Japan. Uber-noisey garage rock is the name of the game. They have to be seen to be believed, come check them out for free on the 11th of November at the Prince Albert in Brixton…
Blue on Blue are set to release their debut ep this month (check them out at a special release gig at Rough Trade East 31Oct). They have a very chilled and dark vibe. They produce, record and even make their own instruments to achieve their shoegaze end product.
Purity Ring seem to be doing the rounds in the blogosphere. They have only released a couple of songs, but there is a lot of buzz around them already. Its hard to judge a band with so little material released. I like what i hear so far and im looking forward to seeing them at the Vice issue launch party next week.
And someone that is not so new, Brendan Benson. Lapalco, his sophomore record, is something that i keep on returning to. Its on of those albums that just seems to get better the more you listen to it.
He is also better known for being in the band The Racounters who he has been playing and writing with for the last few years, but Im glad to hear that he is working on a new solo album that is due to come out next year.
Its been a while since I updated my blog. I follow so many other music blogs, I figure I should try and carry on my own… even if its just for my benefit.
Here are a couple of things I have been checking out over the last week…
Discovered that Rafter Roberts and Simon Lord (Simian) have got together under the guise ‘Roberts and Lord’ and have released a great album entitled Eponymous, which I am simply obsessed with at the moment…
Little obsessed with Skrillex at the moment too. Seems to be all the rage… and although I dont think he is the genius that everyone proclaims him to be, he does do a very good job of fusing both electro and dubstep, two things i like!.. and cant wait to see him when his Mothership tour hits our shores next month…
Sirisumo is simply one of my favourite electronic artists… I always seem to return to his whole dicography… simply love it all!
The release of the new freaky video for Scissor Sisters third single ‘Invisible light’, from their new album ‘Night Work’, got me thinking of other similarly weird and unsettling music videos that have come out over the last year…
Kids with horribly mutilated faces, butchering, stalking, stigmata, a ginger genocide and a woman lugging a coffin into a forest… Nothing like a bit of surreal horror to stir those brain cells into action
Scissor Sisters – Invisible light
Directed by the Canada collective
Amon Tobin – Esther’s
Directed by Charles De Meyer
Royskopp – The drug
Directed by that go (Noel Paul & Stefan Moore)
Simian Mobile Disco – Sweetbread
Directed by Hans Lo and Jose Otero
Went to see Diamond Rings at the Lexington in Islington last week. Considering it was only one guy on stage with a keyboard and guitar, he did a great job. He completely owned the stage and captivated the audience with his quirky androgynous persona and crazy dance moves.
I also managed to get a copy of his debut album ‘special affections’ which came out at the end of last month. It’s a real DIY 80’s tinged treat, would recommend to all to brighten up any miserable winter day!
oh, and just for kicks, here is a link for a mask of diamond rings. It was made by aux.tv as part of a halloween mask blowout!
The new Deerhunter album, Halcyon Digest, was finally released on the 28th last month. Im happy to say it has been worth the wait. It may even be my favourite album by them… although i have only listened to it briefly.
Its arguably their most accessible record. Songs seem more straight forward and polished than past efforts. Have a listen…
Not long now until the new release from Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz, is upon us. And you can stream the whole album for free over at NPR before its release date on Oct 12.
It seems to be a new trend for bands to stream their albums in their entirety before release. I guess it may be a way of putting people off the temptation of downloading illegal album leaks, I personally think its a good idea…
And finally the magical and mysterious Antony Hegarty is back. I had the chance to see him back in 2005, after he won the Mercury music prize for the album I Am A Bird Now, and it was truely something special. Antony and the Johnsons are set to release the new album, Swanlights, on Oct 12th. You can also listen to the album in its entirety over at NPR, who fittingly describe Antony in the following way…
“Singer Antony Hegarty embodies the tragic grace and wounded dignity of a lifelong outsider who’s spent decades smearing the line between genders, and he embodies it by opening his psychic wounds in song.”
I have been waiting for this release for a while, and it has definitely been worth the wait. Flamboyant mastermind behind Of Montreal, Kevin Barnes, had this to say of the new album… “There’s a lot of very dancey, very funky songs… We try to have these ‘holy fuck’ moments where you’re really having your mind blown, especially if you’re listening to it on headphones.”… i can confirm all these things are true! 🙂
With collaborations from soul singers Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles, and production help from Jon Brion… this is one special release. You can listen to the whole album for free over at Spinner.