blog 2009/07/19 - What is David Byrne doing in my closet?
That guy is just everywhere. Whether slipping himself in to house music, busting shit up in indie venues, or hiding in fumigated storage lockers, David Byrne seems everywhere these days.
Let's not forget his amazing collab with Eno last year that gave us "Strange Overtones", an instant classic. And he's even been on The Simpsons!
This guy is just simply unavoidable. But he knew that. He knew he had me with his herky-jerky dancing in Once In A Lifetime. That bastard!
Well in this update we find him, lastly, on a track with X-Press 2.... and it works!
Firstly, he is part of the indie-god caucus that rules via the new compilation "Dark Was The Night". Take your indie-love-in-masturbatory-dream-list, collect all of the artists, and toss them on one album.
Make a few interact, just for fun.
I can't recommend this album enough: Dark Was The Night is a fantastic work of organizing, songwriting, and it even benefits an HIV/AIDS organization.
The tracks here from the comp are by Antony and Bryce Dessner, Buck 65 & Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, The Decemberists, and finally The National.
But you know what? This is only a small sliver of the awesome contained within. OK, Cat Power and Iron & Wine don't hit their full potential, but any minor dubs are quickly eclipsed by the immensity of WIN here.
2009 brings a new Ad•ver•sary album. Entitled "A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky", it's mostly a remix album, but with a couple entirely new tidbits in there. Kind of like the odds-and-sods halo numbers that would come after any Nine Inch Nails LP. For those that like the cutting edge of industrial goodness, this is basically your Further Down The Spiral. Recommended.
Ellie Goulding is by-and-far the delicious pop jewel of the moment. I can't get enough of these two tracks. Just as good or even better than the genius of La Roux, these tracks will be on my singles of the summer list. So incredibly addictive!
Frightened Rabbit remind me of the lush songwriting and savoury cadences of The Twilight Sad. The big difference is that the post-rockisms are absent, leaving it just the heart-wrenching indie melancholy. A touch of the Damien Rice, a touch of the Twilight Sad, and probably a few perfect couple of songs for your next drinking-n-crying mixtape. "The Midnight Organ Fight" is the album. Highly recommended.
Kaki King - Life Being What It Is: I love delicate pop like this, and it helps that it reminds me a bit of Eric's Trip "deep in the bedroom" kind of an affair. OK, well at least until the wonderful background strings come in. That'd be one big bedroom. Who cares, we're in love.
Music of the Central African Pygmies - Men's Elephant-Hunting Song: This track is startlingly awesome. The complexity and hypnotic interplay of this chant is one thing. The building storm in the background just makes it that much more perfect. And to top it all off? It ends with the hugest thunderstorm crescendo! This is from the 1995 release "Music of the Central African Pygmies", collecting recordings from over 40 years of Pygmies of the Ituri rainforest in Central Africa.
Sam Amidon - Little Johnny Brown: I love the feeling of this, like it's one long sinister roots-n-whisky chant. An exorcism in a divebar? who knew!
The Tycho tracks here are from the 2006 album Past Is Prologue. An obvious nod to Boards of Canada, they don't break any new ground. But hey, for those of us that enjoy reliving the glory-days of BOC, this is a welcome addition to the march of fuzzed out idm psychbreaks.
X-Press 2 - Lazy ft David Byrne (Mowgli Goes Deep Mix): So yeah, here is Mr. Byrne ending the blog roll for this week. Goddamn, you one sassy number, David! Now get out of my house.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS:
Ad•ver•sary - Friends of Father (Oil Sands Remix by Monoculture)
Ad•ver•sary - Just (Spookier Remix by Iszoloscope)
Antony and Bryce Dessner - I Was Young When I Left Home
Buck 65, Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti - Blood, Pt 2
Dirty Projectors and David Byrne - Knotty Pine
Ellie Goulding - Black and Gold (Sam Sparro cover)
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed
Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper
Kaki King - Life Being What It Is
Music of the Central African Pygmies - Men's Elephant-Hunting Song
Sam Amidon - Little Johnny Brown
The Decemberists - Sleepless
The National - So Far Around The Bend
Tycho - Dictaphone's Lament
Tycho - Sunrise Projector (Nautilis Remix)
X-Press 2 - Lazy ft David Byrne (Mowgli Goes Deep Mix)
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