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It’s Blitz!!!!! April 5, 2009

Filed under: Culture,Music,Transgressive Awesomeness — artdesignmusicfood @ 1:23 am
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After listening to the new Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “It’s Blitz!”, all I can say is that I feel like you’d feel (hopefully) about an ex that you once deeply loved: you wish the best for them because they have alot to offer and congratulate their success, but can’t help but miss the good ol’ days….In my case, I miss them in their “Fever to Tell”-era. There are very few albums that stand the test of time for me like that one. It absolutely never gets old for me. Maybe because it’s a heady mixture of NYC grit, sex, angst, rock and passion. It’s an utterly primal album and it speaks to me on a completely subconscious level.So, while I can appreciate the glossy synth beats, organic layers, and carefully channeled vocals of Karen O to sound more pleasing to the ear, I miss the raw urgency, tastelessness, flagrant eroticism, chaos and animalistic yelping. Kinda like this:

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Most anticipated SXSW parties March 13, 2009

Here they are:

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Karate Kid + Lynch + Kate Bush = Greatness

Filed under: Culture,Music,Transgressive Awesomeness — artdesignmusicfood @ 3:08 am
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So, after a few video posts, I feel rather lazy posting this, but I’ve been anxiously anticipating this music video ever since I heard the first Bat For Lashes single, “Daniel” a month or so ago. As I’ve already mentioned, I am completely enamored with her new album, “Two Suns”. I think it’s without a doubt the best album of the year thus far. And, it’s not even released yet. Not till April. Yeah, I know, I’m awful…But this video is so perfectly suited to the song. It’s unsettling, haunting and creepy. I get the same feeling from this video that I get from really powerful art installation pieces or movies. Lynch, of course, comes to mind. And the “Karate Kid” references don’t hurt, either. I’m diggin it.

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And, of course, I can’t not include this “Mulholland Drive” homage set to “The Big Sleep” off the new album… 

 

Karen O’s still the baddest bitch in rock. March 10, 2009

Filed under: Culture,Music,Transgressive Awesomeness — artdesignmusicfood @ 2:10 am
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I don’t love this track.  In fact, I find it rather soulless…but also a little fun.  I’m sure it’ll inspire me to dance like a fool come 1am on a Friday night at Creekside.  After my initial disappointment with “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll”, though, I’m reserving my judgement for “It’s Blitz” until a few unbiased listens.   Bottom line, it’s really exciting to see Karen O back in top shit-kickin’ form and fully embracing her role as a true rock star, especially in an age where there are so very few.  Even with glossy production, choreography and disco beats, she’s still the baddest bitch in rock.

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Most Anticipated Concert Since Moving to ATX: Cut Copy March 5, 2009

Filed under: Austin,Culture,Music,Transgressive Awesomeness,Uncategorized — artdesignmusicfood @ 9:32 pm

So, I’m going to see Cut Copy tomorrow evening at Stubb’s.  The road to this show has been very long and arduous.  I bought tickets to see them and The Presets the day after this last Austin City Limits festival.  Needless to say, after 3 very long (and amazing) music, Lone Star, and dust-filled days in the 110 degree sun, I was down for the count when Monday came along.  More specifically, I had a dear friend drive me to the UHS.  Not fun.  But, I digress…

“In Ghost Colours” is hands down, my favorite album of 2008.  There’s nothing that I could say about it that hasn’t already been said by every music writer, publication, blog, etc…It is the definitive representation of music (and culture) in 2008, beautifully blending rock and New Wave electronic beats in a way that doesn’t feel sterile or soulless.  With the album, they managed to nail what basically every band of the last year has attempted, and spectacularly failed.  It is unabashedly referential of the 80’s New Wave synth sound ala New Order, Depeche Mode, etc…yet manages to still sound extraordinarily fresh and original.   The opener, “Feel the Love” is unapologetically naive, poppy and disarming.  It’s the kiss of death and you’re hooked.

We have a very intimate relationship.  It’s been there for me through incredible highs and occasional lows.  My go-to album of the last year and the undeniable soundtrack to my life in 2008, if you will.

I absolutely love, and simultaneously hate, how albums can bring you right back to a place in your life.  I know that when I’m 80 years old, I’ll be able to listen to “In Ghost Colours” and remember how I felt as a 24 year old just having moved to Austin.   All the pent up anxiety, hopefulness, passion and lingering doubt will come flooding back to me with the simple click of a finger.  Hazy memories of languid, unbearably hot summer days spent at Barton Springs, sweating it out on the shores of Town Lake with the faint smell of bat dung (you have to live in Austin to get it…), the torturous drive up I-35 to Seiko every morning and the giddy exhuberance I felt going to more shows than I’d ever been to in my life within the span of a month.   Whether good or bad, I treasure those memories.  Just like TV on the Radio and Camera Obscura brings me back to Miami in 2007, Cut Copy encapsulates my introduction to Austin.  So, thanks Cut Copy.

And, no, this isn’t them…But I adore this video and wish I’d made it because “RAD” is the best.

 

Nothing like a little Rudd to make it all better…

After writing the previous hatred-spewing post, I found this in my inbox.  Proof that there is a god…

 

First New Album Obsession of 2009 March 4, 2009

Filed under: Music,Transgressive Awesomeness — artdesignmusicfood @ 5:19 am
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So, like every indie music fan, I heard about Bat for Lashes sometime in 2006 when Ms. Khan released “Fur and Gold”.  The critical response was embarrassingly rapturous and deafening.  I gave it a few reluctant listens and, with the exception of the two singles, “What’s a Girl to Do?” and “Prescilla”, just didn’t get it.  At all.  I felt it reeked of self-conscious trendy, boho hipster flavor of the month.

The Donnie Darko-inspired video for “What’s a Girl to Do?”, while clever and tempting due to the brilliant, slick art direction, only angered me more.   I should mention that I was employed by Urban Outfitters at the time.  I know, how utterly typical…The company released their annual look book and referenced Natasha Khan as their primary new muse.  Next thing I knew, I was unpacking stinky crates of peacock feather earrings from India, gem stone necklaces (I think we sold 2..optimistically), mood rings, absurd sequin headbands (stupidest hipster trend of all time) and diaphanous hippy frocks that, while blindingly romantic and dreamy, proved to be an utter disaster in the financial sense.  Shocker.  Clearly, these people were too young to remember Stevie Nicks (who I’ve adored from a very early age thanks to my dad’s slightly embarrassing, effeminate love of Fleetwood Mac…but that’s another blog post) And my disdain only built.  I lumped her into my building hatred for soulless, blogosphere schlock.  By this pic, who wouldn’t??!  I don’t know about you, but if you’ve been to any indie dance party within the last 4 years, you’ve seen this chick.  Now you know, Natasha Khan is origin of that girl.  You’ve all seen her.  A lot.

So, when I heard about the Bat for Lashes new release, “Two Suns”, I smirked and, for reasons unbeknownst to me, downloaded it for my trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans last weekend.  Along with a slew of other new albums.  M. Ward, Franz Ferdinand, Andrew Bird, and some others.  I’m not crazy about any of them, but I have a neurotic need to at least have a fair basis for disliking artists.   Whatever.  Cutting to the chase, I absolutely love “Two Suns”.   It’s one of those albums that really gets under your skin and makes you want to listen to it on repeat.  All the time.  Every day.

Yes, the new album is darkly haunting, beautifully melds huge booming primitive drums with sleek electronic beats and melancholy piano keys.  Oh, and it’s heavily evocative of Stevie Nicks.  And Kate Bush, Bjork, etc…I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said.  It’s pretty fucking great. Without a doubt my favorite album of the year so far.  Since the new music video “Daniel” it’s out yet (but I’m really excited, because it was filmed in Brazil and what better locale for Khan’s blend of baroque gypsy mysticism…) So, only thing to offer is “Moon and Moon” on BBC’s “The Culture Show”.  Not my fav song on the album, but very pretty.

I like this better.  Even though it’s pretty poor quality and shoddily filmed from them opening for Radiohead.  “Glass” is an amazing song, tho: