Wolf Gang - “Back to Back” has been on repeat all week. If I could mash up The XX and Yeasayer I promise you would probably get this track, and in no way is that a bad thing. For more info about Wolf Gang check them out here.
I’m really quite disturbed by the zeal with which people are decrying Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Let’s be serious: The song is no dumber than most of what’s on the radio and is catchier than some of it. There’s also the fact that it is sung by and for children. Had Rebecca Black performed this…
I’m rather disappointed in America for not jumping on the Katy B bandwagon. Sometimes it’s not enough to use the strongest and most interesting producers or to have a distinct, lovely voice. Looking at photographs of the singer, she seems normal. She’s gorgeous, obviously, but so much of mainstream (and even underground) success today is built on one’s image, and the story one can tell using everything but the music. I like that Katy B’s story sounds so much like mine, an average woman: good drinks, good people, and a little bit of young adult mischievousness.
Beards Again (Original Mix) | MSTRKRFT (via Earmilk)
Not that it’s of any surprise at all, but these dudes are on some next-level shit on this brand new track. Crazy guitars, hard-ass kicks, and just about anything else that I could ever ask for on a sick electro joint.
I know everyone has been talking about this album a lot already, but I’m finally getting a chance to listen to it. I have to say I wasn’t that into their music with their past stuff, but wow, I am definitely a fan now. This album is phenomenal!
LegitMix - This is really interesting. Instead of downloading/buying (typically impossible due to rights issues) mixes, you get a special descriptor file (contains no media) that then reconstructs the desired mix from media you either already have or will purchase via Amazon/iTunes. Decently interpretive concept of personal use. Sit with that for a minute.
Viinyl - Also an interesting experiment. A tool for making single-serving pages for promotional tracks, in a similar way that Bandcamp makes pages for albums. While the aesthetic is really great, this can generally be replicated using the Soundcloud or Bandcamp API. Not clear yet whether Viinyl plugs into these platforms.
“The End Of Radio” might be my favorite song. It’s an apocalyptic scene: on the eve of the last radio broadcast, the last dj thrashes hopelessly in his booth, impotent even with a 50,000 watt clear channel, as cars drive silently through a dark American night. The rage and despair are palpable; the guitars, Steve Albini’s voice, the premise— it’s all terrifying.
This popped up on shuffle and for a second I thought it was Modest Mouse (and for a split second Captain Beefheart); it sounds like what that group has wanted to do on at least two albums—plus, a weirdly existential title! Not trying to slag Modest Mouse—I do think they are a little too self-serious to call themselves fucking corndogs—but I guess I had a meaningful accidental music observation. Anyway, now I’m mentally debating who the masters of the short lapidary punk rock song are: Wire or Minutemen?