((Speak))

February 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm (Uncategorized)

There’s this jazz band (or is it a jazz band? yeah, okay, I get it, that’s, like, the perennial question–my answer to this question is that, at this point, one of the telling characteristics of jazz [there are many, as I see ‘jazz’ as a cluster concept] is that it brings up the question of whether or not it is jazz; if you feel the need to even ask, then yes, it’s jazz) that’s composed of some UW students and some people. It’s kinda gritty, slightly discordant, slightly rock-inflected. I haven’t heard ’em live yet, but their record sounds phenomenal; check out their myspace:

((Speak)) on Myspace

They’re playing at the chapel at Good Shepherd Park in Wallingford on Thursday, the 18th at 8PM ish. It’s their record release. They’re supposed to be awesome live. Make it out if you are at all interested in contemporary jazz music–as far as I know it’s hard to hear good jazz live in this city for a reasonable price. On Thursday it’ll only be $5-$15, sliding scale.

Damn, check out that whole first minute and a half to Amalgam in the Middle, especially the sick (what I think is a) synth-sax.

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The XX, Tupac, & Biggie – Runnin With the XX (DJ Quixotic & Elliot Caps Remix)

February 12, 2010 at 12:40 am (Uncategorized)

Holy shit this mashup is good.

Runnin With the XX

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The Middle East – Blood

February 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm (Pop, Songs)

This track comes to you courtesy of Kendra, ~*my girlfriend*~. She put it on a mix she made me and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. The Middle East are a…uh…somethingtet (I can’t seem to find information on exactly how many group members there are, but it sounds like a good number) out of Townsville, Australia. This track is beautiful and it’s a little long–though I generally find that contemporary pop songs could almost always do with a bit of trimming down, this one uses every measure effectively. It develops slowly, artfully, gracefully over five and a half minutes and culminates in one of the most tremendous, triumphant, and beautiful choruses I’ve ever heard. Take a listen.

Track:

The Middle East – Blood

Video:

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Vitalic – OK Cowboy

February 11, 2010 at 3:28 am (Electronic, Songs)

Does this look like the cover to a sick early electro album?

Why is it that album covers so often do a terrible job of conveying what the music they represent actually sounds like?The cover to this Vitalic album, OK Cowboy, is one of the things that discouraged me from listening to it when it was first recommended to me years ago. From the cover and album title I’d guessed Vitalic was some kind of crappy turn-of-the-millennium garage rock band or something. What Vitalic actually sounds like, as I discovered yesterday when I finally gave it a spin, is something much better. Pick your cliche music journalist analogy:  early Ladytron or Daft Punk with a harder edge, Crystal Castles minus most of the vocals (though those that are there are just as machinic and fuzzed out) and the chip tune aesthetic, Black Moth Super Rainbow making dance music, etc. You probably get the idea: really dirty, aggressive synths, four-step house beats with rock drums, occasional guitar leads. It seems to find a sweet spot, being just repetitive enough to be pleasantly hypnotic but not so repetitive as to be boring like much minimalist dance music. However you describe it, this album will probably be in my top 50 of all time now. Check out a couple select tunes below.

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Albums of the year

November 30, 2009 at 2:23 am (Music, Music Journalism (Wireless Bollinger and other stuff))

Hello world! To inaugurate my new blog I’ll post a link to the spreadsheet I just made with my end-of-year list of my favorite albums for the music website I write for sometimes, wirelessbollinger.com.

 

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AkyOwf4nKzUFdFJCVDJ6eU1CSmVvMXZuendvOV9Bbmc&hl=en

 

As you can see my tastes this year have been on the electronic and moody side, and a number of the albums on here are probably not going to be familiar to too many people outside of Seattle–namely Fighter X’s Little Fighter X EP, Madrid’s self-titled album, and (my honors seminar mate Travis’s project) Naomi Punk’s self-titled debut. No Grizzly Bear this year because, well, to be honest I’ve not even gotten it to listen to yet! Some music journalist I’m supposed to be. Anyway, I was surprised at my own list when I sat down to write it–I realized a number of things deserve to be on there which I wouldn’t have thought of off the top of my head. Also, I was reminded of how much I need to really give that Memory Tapes album some more spins–it’s number one on my list and I’ve only listened to it in its entirety a couple times!

 

Anyway, if you’re reading this, what are some of your favorites from 2009?

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Hello world!

November 14, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Uncategorized)

This is my new blog, testing, testing 1-2-3. Cool.

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