As most of you know, I’ve been a HUGE fan of “Two Suns” by Bat for Lashes since the first leak. The video for “Daniel” did a damn fine job of visualizing a densely layered, enigmatic song in ways I never could have imagined. I was a wishin and hopin that the second single would be “Glass” or “Two Planets”, my two favorite tracks. Well, it’s not. It’s “Pearl’s Dream”, which is a solid song, but not what I expected. The video, however, does the song, and album, justice. Without giving too much away, let’s just say there’s a snarling wolf, make-shift solar system, fog machine and Natasha’s sinister alter ego, Pearl, finally makes her debut….My only snarky comment: Natasha, Brandon Flowers wants his feather jacket back, ASAP.
Ironically, the only show I really wanna see… March 13, 2009
People scoffed at this when they announced they were playing at SXSW, but I’ve read that it’s one of the hardest tickets to get. They haven’t played Austin in 6 years and, well, with this town loving music like it does and holding absolutely no pretensions, we eat this up. I talked to someone who works for SXSW and they said it was a total lost cause finding tickets. I am completely bummed. Like, inconsolable. Really.
Most Anticipated Concert Since Moving to ATX: Cut Copy March 5, 2009
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.
So, I’ve pretty much come to the ultimate conclusion that I primarily moved to Austin to attend shows (more specifically, SXSW week) and my acceptance into graduate school at UT just served as a socially-acceptable excuse and justification when explaining my decision to move half way across the country to older family members. Ever since I moved here, I’ve had this lingering feeling that school is just getting in the way of my ultimate aim: going to shows. I’m finally fully embracing it. Yep.
I’ve built SXSW week up in my mind for so long and, with around 400+ acts, find myself completely overwhelmed. There are soooo many incredible conflicting events every single day. Here’s a (very) brief list of a few of the bands that I absolutely MUST see: The Golden Filter, Ra Ra Riot, Peter Bjorn & John, Little Boots, Glasvegas, Echo and the Bunnymen, THIRD EYE BLIND (yes!!!), …And They Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Imaad Wasif, School of Seven Bells, DIPLO, Boys Noize, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles, The Hold Steady, New York Dolls (!!!!) , Delta Spirit, Passion Pit, Camera Obscura, The Black Lips, Friendly Fires, PJ Harvey. And Katy Perry, obvi.
Not gonna lie, I think I’m the most pumped for the shitty electro dance trainwreck party featuring MSTRKRFT, LA Riots, Guns N Bombs, The Golden Filter, etc…Nothing better than sweaty, shameless hipsters dancing under flashing, smoky lights whilst drinking vodka cran.
Pretty much the anthem for the week…
New PB&J…Ehh? March 4, 2009
I am still really looking forward to seeing them at SXSW. But, I feel nothing but ambivalence for this new song. The same can’t be said for the mind-blowing Japanese “Grease” homage. Actually, “Grease” was as good as I could come up with. I don’t have a clue what it’s was referencing…but I do know that it just made my year. These guys are the shit.
I’m a total irrational sucker for PB&J along with the entire Swedish indie scene…Lykke Li, Jose Gonzalez, Kings of Convenience, Whitest Boy Alive, etc…I love them all. They know how to make the most melancholy lyrics sound so deceptively upbeat and cheery. And I devour it. I could listen to nothing but the previously said artists forever. For reals. They’re my weakness. Exhibit A:
Lykke Li is the best, too. Really workin that Ingmar Bergman, Swed femme fatale angle:
But, this is quite possibly my favorite song ever…Disregard the Napoleon Dynamite glasses and homoerotic shoulder caressing. I’ve never heard anything more delicate and achingly pretty.
Stephen Colbert and David Byrne. I love them both (Byrne more, obvi, to those who know me…) and it’s funny at points, but, David, you are far too esoteric for your own good sometimes…And ditch the creepy Twyla Tharp dancers. They’re weird. In a bad way.Vodpod videos no longer available.