blog 2009/08/30 - A souvenir for you, even before you even left.
She's back with oh so much more! Put on your slippers and bathrobe, take your pills, and prepare!
Azeda Booth - In Red: The delicious little vocals are constantly threatened to be gobbled by forward-charging percussion (both drum kit and electronic), and the swells of melodic repetition. It has the feel of any excited and nervous dream that leaves you a bit exhilarated and sad at the same time. Check back to March, where we previously had some Azeda Booth up in this place. A perfect way to get started!
B. Rich - Bump: Even more from this basshead master. Resurrecting the early 90s hardcore tradition of perfectly cheesing female vocal lines, but transplanted in to the modern day rave-a-lution that is dancey dubstep. GIMME THE BASS!
Bill Craig - Whiskey In the Jar: We got drunk one night in Toronto at an Irish and Scottish pub, and this chap was playing to us all evening. I bought two of his CDs because it was such a party. No matter how much of a fucking hipster you are, at least once a year you should get out to a bar to sing drunken standards like these over pints of whiskey. Hell yes.
"My Shit is Perfect" is the 2009 album from Mr. Bob Log the third, but only the 2nd song here is from that album. The first track, Boob Scotch, is from the 2003 album My Shit is Perfect. All of the maturity and refinement of early 90s Ween mixed with R.L. Burnside churning A-for-effort bluesy goodness.
And I think the idea of putting my breast into a scotch is kind of exciting. But that's just me.
Boltan - Creepy (Mightyfools Remix): This is some solid straight up electrobounce goodness. Way to scratch that distortion fuzz!
Does It Offend You, Yeah - Let's Make Out: I had been listening to the old album "You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into" again and just enjoying how much of an awesome party album it is. Some many good singles! For fans of The Rapture, Calvin Harris, and fun. And making out.
Final Fantasy - Blue Imelda: This is from last year's "Spectrum, 14th Century" EP release. 2008 was a quizzical change of gears for Owen Pallett fans, but I'm sticking with him. I of course wanted the strings, but here we find steel drums and horns sounding like they are straight from a Beirut album. Still good stuff, and it only goes to remind us we can never underestimate this man.
Ironic joke bands are a dime-a-dozen, but it takes the combination of tightly written lyrics, catchy hooks, and uber cuteness to really pull it off. Enter Garfunkel & Oates, who appropriately inerit a piece of the post-Flight Of The Concords world. Be sure to check them on youtube to get the full effect.
Johnny Foreigner - Cranes And Cranes And Cranes And Cranes: bah baah bah bah baddup dup! Deliriously fun stuff from the 2008 album Waited Up Til It Was Light. I love dually fun-punk verses. This is even more fun than Los Campensinos.
Kidz In The Hall - Work To Do (Obama For America): How many Obama songs are there? shit, I've posted at least 7 on this blog. One more on the shelf, and it's a joy, too. I haven't heard from Kidz In The Hall in a while either, so that always makes me smile.
Laura Marling - New Romantic: The clever and clear songwriting reminds me a lot of Emmy The Great, or at least the parts of Emmy The Great I really enjoy. Quality singer-songwriter romance.
Lin Que - Rip It Up (Beatnuts Remix): I hadn't heard this woman until 2009, but this is from a 1993 12"! Quality early 90s hiphop, and a super tight Beatnuts beat.
Maria Taylor with Andy LeMaster - A Good Start: I run out of adjectives so quickly. I just love solidly composed songs like this one. *shivers* Don't judge me!
Michna - Believe In it (Eliot Lipp Remix): Eliot Lipp is always good for a remix, fusing some jazzy organ lines with his downtempo electro-stutter beats. From the Eggstra EP, available up at Beatport, amongst other places. Highly recommended for fans of the Ghostly International label. Oh sorry Mr. snootypants, is that too 2007 for you?
Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity Of Huge (Dekker & Johan Remix): Another Obama reference? Who cares, it's a solid electro party romp.
Steven R. Smith - Paths In The Bower: I found this album, "The Anchorite", almost by accident, and I had to do an audio double-take because I was just ready to move on. But something snagged me and anchored me inwards, and a beautiful sound-world unfolded. Sitting in the realm of stunning soundtrack composition with the likes of Jonathan Bepler and Max Richter, he mixes up avant soundscapes with ambient textures, all with an epic sense of scale and imagery. Highly recommended, if the preceeding sentence doesn't sound terrifying to you.
I was almost ready to cut The Low Anthem from this blog post, worrying it might just be too mellow, but fuck it, no shame, right? The 2008 album is "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin", and you can even still get these tracks on 7". Unpresuming, solemn, and still enticing, the sounds here strike the same part inside of me that goes crazy over Bon Iver and Adem.
Trill Bass & Solace - Stackin: Chops up the horns made famous by Congo Natty in 1994 (at least in my neck of the woods), I can almost hear the Lords Of The Underground saying "Now before making records the 'hood was my savior". I love it when my junglist childhood gets the 21st century rework.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS:
Azeda Booth - In Red
B. Rich - Bump
Bill Craig - Whiskey In the Jar
Bob Log III - Boob Scotch
Bob Log III - Mr. Sis Boom Bah
Boltan - Creepy (Mightyfools Remix)
Does It Offend You, Yeah - Let's Make Out
Final Fantasy - Blue Imelda
Garfunkel & Oates - I Would Never
Garfunkel & Oates - Sex With Ducks
Johnny Foreigner - Cranes And Cranes And Cranes And Cranes
Kidz In The Hall - Work To Do (Obama For America)
Laura Marling - New Romantic
Lin Que - Rip It Up (Beatnuts Remix)
Maria Taylor with Andy LeMaster - A Good Start
Michna - Believe In it (Eliot Lipp Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity Of Huge (Dekker & Johan Remix)
Steven R. Smith - Paths In The Bower
The Low Anthem - Charlie Darwin
The Low Anthem - To Ohio
Trill Bass & Solace - Stackin
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