Timbaland-wave. Hipsters doing coke rap. Resurgent lo-fi punk songs.
Moderat has released a mix cd to go out with the August issue of Groove magazine. It opens up with glitch oriented noise tracks that build into some solid dance tracks by the end. I was more than once reminded of the Modeselektor 2012 set and am hoping we get to see these guys perform next year on the polo fields.
After hearing a really great fuzzy, distorted song by Jackson Scott on the radio a few weeks ago, I was eagerly awaiting his full-length titled Melbourne. Unfortunately the album is really bad. It's a near exact cross-section of Atlas Sound and Youth Lagoon, without bringing anything new to the table, and the songs just flat out aren't good.
The song I heard on the radio, Together Forever, is really good though despite the album:
Fantastic production by Justin Broadrick: http://palesketcher.bandcamp.com/album/warm-sunday
ps a new Jesu LP "Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came" will be out on 9/24
Jon Hopkins Open Eye Signal
Patrice Bδumel The Woods
Cosmin TRG* Defeated Hearts Club
Head High Keep On Talking (Dirt Mix)
Dark Sky (2) Hequon
Atoms For Peace (2) Other Side / Stuck Together Remix
Cloud Boat Lions On The Beach
Moderat Bad Kingdom
I found the middle section to be a bit boring. Track selection isn't great and tracks get mixed out for a bit long. Open Eye Signal is one of the stronger parts, but then again, Hopkins' new album and boiler room set have been a couple of the better things I've heard this year. I'm kind of bumming on Moderat and even Apparat to an extent - recent mixes of his and their new album just don't have the same...idk, eeriness I guess. Still excited to hear how the new material sounds live though.
This is really cool - A Japanese shoegazer band called Broken Little Sister recorded an album under the name MEEKS that is all shoegazer covers of Beatles songs called Beatless.
the concept of the album is "Beatles + Loveless = BEATLESS".
I've only so far listened to "Let It Be," but it's great and I'm downloading the whole album now.
EDIT: Whole album is really good. They do quite the job mimicking My My Bloody Valentine and covering Beatles songs.
I'll be investigating the regular album of Broken Little Sister now as well.
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The first new track from The Naked and Famous upcoming sophomore album. It's surprisingly not terrible.
The Wild's Dreams are Maps is really wonderful. It's described as "folk punk," which is fitting. To me it sounds like a cross between Lumeria, and Reinventing Axl Rose-era Against Me! (a comparison i made before i read up a little more and discovered that Laura Jane Grace produced the album). The songs have a great storytelling quality, and range from small folsky songs to rowsing punk beat-driven sing-alongs, with instrumentation including banjo and harmonica. There is also great chemistry between the male and female lead singers (who sound at times like Discount Crash Diagnostic-era Alison Mosshart and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles). Really nice stuff, and the 10 song album is pretty breezy at 35 minutes long.
It's finally up on Spotify. I'll be listening first thing tomorrow morning!
Jagwar Ma's album is a bit of a cocktease. When the songs decide they wanna be dancey, they're fucking amazing. But a handful of the songs on the record change direction and go down the path of that watered down, tasteless, KCRW-friendly bullshit that are probably on Jason Bentley's Pilates playlist on his iPod or some shit. It's a shame, if they had stuck to what they were good at and not sounded like Cayucas or whatever half the time this would have been one of the better albums from this year.
I really love that album.
7/29 - Anderson Paak - House of Blues - LV
8/5 - 8/7 - OSL - Golden Gate Park - SF
I guess I'm the only person who isn't digging the Weekend album. Got bored halfway through
It's definitely not as immediate as the first record. Maybe try it another time to see if it sticks more that time through. It's also entirely possible that it isn't your thing.
I think These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds is the kind of thing that's really going to hold up in 5-10 years. It should be getting more love, but I understand why it isn't. It's pretty obtuse and elusive. Everyone's talking about how well produced RAM is, but this album is well produced in a way that's way less showy and way more effective, although they're completely different animals, so the comparison is probably pointless.
People were not impressed with them when they opened for Bjork at the Bowl, which has kept me away. I should still check the album out though.
As expected, No Age's An Object is great.