It takes something pretty special for me to blog out of
hibernation the day-to-day stresses of architecture work but this takeaway show featuring Battles has got me excited again.
Everything right down to the editing and colour correction to the location has well and truly increased the standard for future shows/videos. Showcasing (what I think is) the best track from their new LP, Gloss Drop, it proves Battles can still surprise on an artistic level despite being one man down.
This gave me the shivers, yo.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony capped off the stellar lineup from the Levis/Fader Fort at SXSW this year and I never thought I’d hear them play their ’95 classic “Crossroads” ever again. If blogging was a thing 15 years ago, you would never hear the end of this.
Some days feel like a film clip and today it felt like this.
I cannot recommend this band enough.
Everyone’s soon-to-be-favourite band (if it’s not already), La Roux, has just announced side shows on behalf of her appearance at this year’s Parklife festival. The dates are as follows:
29 Sept The
Gaelic Enmore Theatre*, Sydney
1 Oct Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Blake even anticipates La Roux’s “Bulletproof” to be the song of the year and I really don’t blame him
*Please note venue changes.
Five years ago I was still in high school adoring The Strokes and Kings of Leon. Little did I know of another world that embodied the obscurities and enchantments of Devendra Barnhart, Joanna Newsom and the like. Thankfully filmmaker, Kevin Barker, has captured what be one the most exciting tours back then. In the summer of 2004, Devendra et al. set foot across America and Barker has captured this amazing music movement in a documentary titled The Family Jams.
We have all moved on to bigger and better things since 2004.
(Local film release date TBC)
Meanwhile Vetiver‘s recent signing to Sub Pop records has finally given them the necessary attention. Their album Tight Knit is an utter surprise of folk-pop with their track “Everyday” on high rotation for the past week, making each day brighter. Vetiver is thoroughly recommended for fans of Iron & Wine and Elliot Smith.
[MP3] Vetiver – Everyday
Photo: James McCulloch
You may have heard Washington‘s latest track, “Clementine”, on high rotation recently. Hands down, it is probably the most adorable track I’ve heard in a long while and with a film clip like this, it’s easy to understand why. And while you are busy being smitten with “Clementine”, here is her latest offering.
[MP3] Washington – One Man Band
Washington is not surprisingly the moniker of Melbourne-resident, Megan Washington. Her cute twee-pop offerings are intelligent and very well crafted that its almost difficult to not see the appeal behind Washington. Together with Philidelphia Grand Jury and Hungry Kids of Hungary, they will commence a nation-wide tour starting next month.
Dates after the jump.
We were one of the first to introduce you to Passion Pit, and now let me introduce to you Californian sextet, Fol Chen.
Photo: Juliana Paciulli
Direct from their mouths, Fol Chen
“… sounds like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children’s religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly).”
I guess that says it all. This band is quite something if not intriguing as to how many styles they incorporate. Bringing it closer to home, Fol Chen share a similar aesthetic to Architecture in Helsinki in the way of eclecticism. There are stark contrasts between their dark-pop tunes. “No Wedding Cake” is so far the highlight of their recently released Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. They are definitely a band to look into if you’re into any of the bands mentioned above (and there are plenty).
From Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made (Asthmatic Kitty):
[MP3] Fol Chen – Cable TV
We all tread lightly before knowing certainty but once we’re around the bend and all is good, we let our guard down and we begin to relax. With The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, the bend was nothing more than a start to the most scenic of journeys. Listening to Dent May is like sitting back with an infinite beer watching the sunset and never getting up. It is time fixed like the moment you take a photograph, yet here in The Good Feeling … you are accompanied with the most charming of vocals courtesy of May and similar to Jens Lekman. It is an adorable album where optimism has not had the time to be crushed by reality. So sweet is The Good Feeling … , it is like licking your ice-cream a bit too hard that it has fallen off the cone. You momentarily peer down at your feet with an ice-cream splat on the floor acknowledging your loss but as a reflex, you look back up and run straight back to the ice-cream man for more. With Dent May, you’ll keep coming back for more.
From The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (Paw-tracks/Mistletone):
[MP3] Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – God Loves You, Michael Chang