Monthly Archives: November 2008

New Video: Radiohead – Weird Fishes

In keeping with their penchant for off the wall/inventive music videos (and living up to the name), Radiohead’s latest video for “Weird Fishes” from In Rainbows is an odd blend of stop-motion and, well, weird fish-like characters. Check it out…

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Video of the Week! Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s…

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Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, aside from a mouthful, are an 8-piece hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, specializing in bittersweet baroque pop. If you are not familiar with them, or their inherent struggle with their label on their latest album regarding song selection, they released two versions of their album, Animal! & Not Animal, the former being the album the band wanted to be released, the latter being called a collection of songs as chosen by the label. Quite a shame that bands remain to have their labels pushing for ultra accessible material, ultimately bastardizing the final product. While both versions of the album contain a 5-song overlap, they don’t quite measure up to their energetic and impressive live shows. Check out their performance on Conan O’Brien…

-Ant

Listen Up!

First off, I must apologize for not updating the blog with my own original commentary in quite some time. That being said, let’s get into it!

The Felice Brothers self-titled album is available now.

The Felice Brothers self-titled album is out now.

The Felice Brothers, mountain men from upstate New York, are part of the new wave of Americana/folk revival that is happening around the country. These three brothers, along with their once traveling dice gambler, now bass player, known simply as Christmas, set out to bring back the raucous deep and dirty Americana that makes you feel as though you are in a deep south saloon sippin’ on some moonshine, tapping your spurs to every wood-creaking, washboard-raking sound. You will hear many influences, most notably their lead singer, Simone, who sounds Bob Dylan-esque, but with actual harmony (don’t chastise me). Fresh off seeing them at the Anti-Pop Music Festival here in Orlando, I will tell you, as good as this album is, their live show is what sets them apart from the rest. I was so impressed with these ‘gents, they actually out-performed and had the crowd more involved than the well respected and much more widely known Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. (Check out their impressive performance below.)

lakeLAKE are an interesting collective. Comprised of up to nine people at any time, each of which are accomplished musicians with various solo albums attributed to each. Their new album, Oh The Places We’ll Go, clocks in at just under 28 minutes, but it leaves its catchy impression, seemingly begging to be listened to again immediately after completion. Sounding at times like a group of friends that found some of their parents old instruments and recording equipment, this album is an ode to 60’s dream-pop. The album is loose, but everything fits into place, and not a second is wasted, creating 2-3 minutes of pure pop prowess at a time, rather than offering some of the meandering dreamy landscapes like their previous self-titled album. You will find yourself coming back to this time and again.

alpinismsAfter both Ben Curtis’ and the Deheza sister’s respective bands broke up, they came together to form School of Seven Bells, actually becoming greater than the sum of their original parts. Taking their name from a notorious pickpocketing school in Colombia (wait, what?), SoSB has an infectious brand of electro-dream pop, wandering through bassy trip-hop and even Frou Frou territory. The twin sister lead singers range from tribal vocal musings to traditional Indian vocals (like the country, not the oppressed original American inhabitants), all the while simultaneously provoking thought and unleashing their undeniable charm and grace. That’s not even mentioning the music; Ben’s beats are meticulous, providing the sisters with a beautiful pallet of sound-scape to craft this masterpiece of dream-pop. Their seemingly come-out-of-nowhere album Alpinisms is creating quite the buzz, and rightly so; the album will most definitely make my top 20 of ’08.

The Felice Brothers – Whiskey In My Whiskey (Live)…

There you have it, quite the range of musical sensibilities this week! Thoughts?

-Ant

New Watchmen Trailer…

Getting fanboys even MORE excited, a new Watchmen trailer was released via yahoo. Exciting: Explosions, sexy Silk Spectre, explosions, more Rorschach, more explosions. Not so exciting: Dr. Manhattan wearing a mankini. They already apparently abandoned the giant squid, now no blue balls? I digress; at least we are seeing a Watchmen movie get made, finally. I hope this dispute between companies gets figured out by the release date, or you will have many-a-fanboy torching cities and screaming revolution resorting to re-reading the graphic novel.

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Concert Series: Calexico Live At Paradiso

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After Calexico’s collaboration with Iron & Wine, the excellent EP In The Reins, I was intrigued how a band could back up Sam Beam, adding even more intrigue and depth to the already profound and wispy dream-like sound of Mr. Beam’s solo material. Calexico’s new album, Carried To Dust, has already solidified its position on my year end top 20 list, and sure to be many others. Not having the pleasure of seeing them live as of yet, this video just confirms their obvious album talents. Enjoy!

– Ant