blog 2009/09/28 - You can make it through it all, even with no reward.
Some big big new here folks: We have an exclusive track leaked out of France. Check this release ASAP for a rare track from the one-and-only Melissa Laveaux.
We are very excited.
In other news, I did a quickie edit of http://thetastates.com/ . I added in a widget to scroll my latest blogspot entries, which pairs well with the Facebook fan page feed that is on there.
This is of course ramping up to a proper edit of the site: a new mix to be posted. Hopefully within a week there will be more downtempo up. Check back soon...
In the meantime, on to the music. Today's update is especially eclectic, so this might require a bit more active sorting on your part.
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern - Broken Line 2: Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto have been making some of the best 21st century bliss-out minimalism for the past 10 years.
With just Sakamoto at piano and Noto on laptop, their meditative sound gardens raised the bar for the stirring beauty of contemporary minimalism. Now teamed with Ensemble Modern, their 2008 release "utp_" brings together a slightly fuller sound while maintaining the joys and curiousities of their earlier releases.
Recommended for fans of contemporary classical, abstract minimalism, Brian Eno, Satie, Luigi Archetti, etc.
Brother Ali - Tight Rope: Ali is back with a hot new album "Us". I have to give it another listen or two to see if it will rank in the year's top releases, but so far it's super tight and really dope.
Check this track out for another first: A fairly major MC, and a braggadocio one at that, that actually talks about homosexuality in a compassionate way. Not a single 'faggot' reference on the whole album.
Eryka Badu & Ziggy Marley - I Luv U (Dubstep Mix): Some chilled out dubstep bliss. You can't get much more chilled out than with Badu, Marley, and a dubby stepper.
oh come on, do you really need a link for Ziggy Marley or Badu?
Jesus Lizard - Puss: HOLY HOT REISSUES! The Jesus Lizard's "Inch" is a must have, unless you have all of the 7"s it collects on it already. Puss is my favourite Jesus Lizard song of all time. I must have been 14 when I got the Jesus Lizard / Nirvana split (Nirvana's track was the lovely Oh The Guilt), and it rocked my world. Inch is highly recommended for any hard rock fans, especially if you are a youngin that never listed to Jesus Lizard, and think that Jay Reatard came out of nowhere.
Mélissa Laveaux - Crazy In Love: Stop the presses! Sneaked out of a recording session in France, we have an exclusive here. Melissa Laveaux turns in a brilliant and airy interpretation of Beyonce's Crazy In Love.
Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Blackout Crew Remix): WTF is this? Holy shit, I was not expecting this. Metronomy is all indie electro rock pop getting remixed by the latest bloghouse superstars... and here we have BLACKOUT CREW ON THE REMIX? Woah.
Blackout Crew, for those that don't know, are the ambassadors of Donk Music, a small subgenre of Euro hard-house/gabber that only really exists in Northern Ireland. They were famously featured in a Vice documentary, and got some internet WTF notoriety for their sickeningly addictive video for Put A Donk On It. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckMvj1piK58
So yes, this is total rave cheese, but I can't resist. This is just awesome. Pretty much any time you have a song, there is only one thing to do: PUT A DONK ON IT.
Natalia Lafourcade - Azul: Representing Mexico, Lafourcade is just a delight. I am often confused about how much I can get really excited about singer-songwriters that aren't speaking English, but it all works so well. Like Shugo Tokumaru, the composition is just so full and brimming with intelligence and passion, you know exactly what she means, even if you have no idea what she's saying. From the 2009 album "Hu Hu Hu".
Pearson - A Fade Out Is A Cop Out: Some great light Canadian indie rock styles. They're from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Who knew! Recommended for fans of The Acorn, Rural Alberta Advantage, and well, CBC-radio indie rock in general.
Pinback - Bouquet: This goes back 2 years to their album Autumn Of The Seraphs. I'm surprised I didn't catch it back then, but I'm glad I found it now. Much more mellow than Pinback of yore, there are is some understated goodness in this track.
Plushgun - Dancing In A Minefield: These are from the 2009 Pins & Panzers LP, and are a delightful example of emo electro pop done well. Not enough electro synthpop has cohesive narrative lyrics!
Plushgun - Just Impolite: This one is the winner of addictive-choruses-that-actually-verses. srsly.
Popof - Serenity (Luetzenkirchen Techno Treatment Remix): 2 of my favourite tech-house producers are on this hot little bubbler. Time for the percolator...
Rustie - Bad Science: Rustie gives us mad compressed handclaps on top of some 8-bit Nintendo beats. I love how his synth arpeggiator goes perfectly with the NES "sproing" sample.
The Xx - Heart Skipped A Beat: Hold on to your socks, The XX are making big waves and will undoubtedly dominate year-end lists. Mixing the subtlety of Nico with the vulnerability of quiet Sonic Youth tracks, the self-titled album is something to experience as a true whole.
The Xx - Islands: Yeah, so good like trying to just limit this band to a chance few for your Ipod. Just get the damn album, ok?
They Might Be Giants - Feign Amnesia: I am a long-time TMBG fan (seriously, like I have a list of their songs that actually make me cry,) but for some reason didn't listen to The Else until recently. By no means a revolutionary statement, I was surprised at how fun it was.
They Might Be Giants - The Shadow Government: If you're new to the TMBG world, be sure to start with their self-titled debut, Flood, and Apollo 18. But this one's poppy, fun, and pretty solid. Recommended if you could get in to Factory Showroom. Also recommended if you run a meth-lab and want a funny song about your life.
tUnE-YaRdS - HATARI: I am just so addicted to the folksy storyteller vibe that this band conveys. Part ritual, part campfire party, all glorious indulgence.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS:
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern - Broken Line 2
Brother Ali - Tight Rope
Eryka Badu & Ziggy Marley - I Luv U (Dubstep Mix)
Jesus Lizard - Puss
Mélissa Laveaux - Crazy In Love
Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Blackout Crew Remix)
Natalia Lafourcade - Azul
Pearson - A Fade Out Is A Cop Out
Pinback - Bouquet
Plushgun - Dancing In A Minefield
Plushgun - Just Impolite
Popof - Serenity (Luetzenkirchen Techno Treatment Remix)
Rustie - Bad Science
The Xx - Heart Skipped A Beat
The Xx - Islands
They Might Be Giants - Feign Amnesia
They Might Be Giants - The Shadow Government
tUnE-YaRdS - HATARI
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