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New Music: Bat for Lashes “Pearl’s Dream”


I’m an embarrassingly (almost) huge fan of Kate Bush, with Hounds of Lovebeing one of my most-frequently spun records.  Like, I’ll sneak her songs into any mixtape I can.  I’m one of those people.

Bat For Lashes’ Fur and Gold was a Thom Yorke (and Chris Piercy) approved update on the Bush Doctrine.  I’m sure Natasha Khan is tired of hearing the incessant comparisons, but to someone like me, it’s about as high a compliment as you can pay.   I have only heard a few songs off the new album (Two Suns); certainly not enough to give any sort of evaluation, but I do know that “Pearl’s Dream” is one of my favorite songs so far this year.  At this point I should probably also confess to loving Tori Amos’ Boys for Pele.   Oh, and this album features a duet with SCOTT WALKER!!!  That’s all.

Ed. Note: I took the mp3 off because I decided I didn’t want to deal with the Web Sheriff. 

Two Suns comes out on Astralwerks April, 6.

Official Site

Album Review: The Phantom Band – “Checkmate Savage”


I have a cynical (or completely justified) habit of being generally underwhelmed by indie rock buzz bands, especially when the buzz comes from the hyperbole-farting British music mags. “This album by The Fabby Snot Whistles is the most important record since the Ten Commandments!” “This just in: The Fabby Snot Whistles are shite!” My apologies to The Fabby Snot Whistles if they actually exist.


The buzz that Jezy Gray farts, on the other hand, is a buzz you can bottle and sell, so I’m hoping you all took his advice and checked out The Phantom Band’s debut, Checkmate Savage. If you don’t like or trust Jezy, take heed of my nudge. I haven’t been this excited by a debut album in a very long time.


The Phantom Band transmit their signals from Glasgow, home of Mogwai and The Delgados, and the latter’s Paul Savage was at the production helm of Checkmate Savage. I’ve spent the past few days attempting to describe the amalgamation of sound on this album to friends, but everything seems to fall short of the actual experience. There is certainly the freewheeling fun and experimentation that made The Beta Band so exciting. There are times it seems as if the Super Furry Animals are playing a set of krautrock covers. Even these connections, however, are proven tenuous and fleeting when engaged with the actual sounds pumping out the speakers. “When you have been playing together for a good while you’d be amazed at the breadth of music you come up with. We ended up playing stuff that was folk, pop, techno with guitars, classic rock, metal, noise terrorism, gospel, soundscapes and parodied every band that we hated as well – it was great fun,” says bassist Gerry of their prolonged recording sessions. Any band combining noise terrorism and gospel is alright in my book.


I can think of few bands nimble enough to weave the eternal melody of “Left Hand Wave” through such epic and ever-morphing sonic thrust. This is not the territory of a newborn. Then they follow this up with, “Island”, which is either the best Bonnie “Prince” Billy song he didn’t write or a Presbyterian hymn. It is, to fart some Brit rag hyperbole, the most beautiful tune I’ve heard in months. 


It appears that, after a period of willful obscurity and bate-switching (the band made a habit of changing the project’s name before each gig and playing with bags over their heads), The Phantom Band are on the verge of finding a very large audience. I’m talking TV on the Radio levels.  If there is any justice in the world, that is.  No bags necessary.  


In barely a month’s time, 2009 has birthed two of the most dynamic and ensnaring albums in years: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and, this. What makes Checkmate all the more impressive is that it sounds every bit as assured as most artist’s fourth or fifth release. Or like something that could already be featured in Silence in Architecture’s Favorites section, next to “Souvlaki” and “Heaven Up Here”. Maybe hyperbole doesn’t exist when the music is this good.


Burial Sounds

Folk Song Oblivion


The album is available now on Chemikal Underground.

Buy: iTunes


The Presets – This Boy’s In Love (Promo Video)

The new video by The Presets, given to me by Nick Isom:


The Presets – This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike Remix)


Justice – DVNO

You have probably already seen this video: 

Some remixes to listen to:

Justice – DVNO (Sunshine Brothers Remix) 

Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (Diplo Remix – Extended Version)

Brief Words Are Hard to Find


                                                                              Image: Ugly Smile   

Recipe For Happiness In Khabarovsk Or Anyplace 

One grand boulevard with trees

with one grand café in sun

with strong black coffee in very small cups


One not necessarily very beautiful

man or woman who loves you


One fine day

                         -Lawrence Ferlinghetti



Here’s a yummy dance tune that I suggest listening to when the sun is down:


From Shot Callin’

Kurt Cobain and Os Mutantes

Here’s a Brazilian interview with Kurt Cobain in which he spends the last minute or so enthusiastically talking about one of my favorite bands, Os Mutantes:

Os Mutantes were a psychedelic Brazilian band that were formed during that country’s Tropicalia movement in the late ’60s.  Their music was a thorn in the side of Brazil’s stifling political system and has been a treasure sought out by record collectors the world over.  David Byrne later helped expose the music to a larger world audience and they have gone on to perform alongside The Flaming Lips, a band that shares more than a few sonic similarities.  Here’s a song from the band’s debut album:

Friendly Lists: Angela Stout

This was supposed to be posted a long time ago.   

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment:  for the moment — one big holiday:my morning jacket (my ringtone since forever and so i kept it from aaron’s list) — ceremony:joy division (this song comes on and so much emotion is evoked i literally feel like i may split in two–everysingletime— scenic world:beirut (again, kept from aaron’s list because i love it so much-and it ties with after the curtain falls because something about that tune…) — tom sawyer:rush (i get all hyped like a h.davidson fan with waay too much testosterone and alcohol)

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: fav’rit new bands – beirut (love first album best), erykah badu (not new herself but love that album), meiko… older recently discover’ds – talking heads (all over again) michael jackson (um…so you wanta be startin’ something; you gotta be startin’ something)

Favorite Song Ever: “yeah right”…diddo

Best Recent Concert: i was really into the band of horses show

Last Great Film I Saw: i have same trouble picking film like music. so i am just going to put the last one i watched, Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind. He is a twelve year old. and it works. Made me go home and want to remake Ghostbusters

Last Great Book I Read: on beauty

First Album You Remember Buying: i know the first single cassette was “waterfalls” by TLC (girl, you know that’s right) and first full album cassette was Live and first cd was Toadies.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: i dont hate–and i love the smiths/the cure

Best Purchase of the Last Year: Led Zeppelin tickets (i beat all of you suckers!)

Best Thing I Did This Year: working on that now ain’t i?

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: was recently, mambo taxi anyone?

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: dont watch tv really

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: screw it

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: peanut butter

My Ringtone: one big holiday: my morning jacket

bonus mp3:

  • Joy Division – Ceremony from Still (Collector’s Edition)