Monday, 23 August 2010

BLOG HIATUS 2.0


This is true. And the house I'm in at the moment lacks internet but does contain a technology-hating Uncle. Yay? Apologies for the big fat blog hiatus, but once we're all settled in our new pad I will have plenty more new things to like and share. In other news, this is my 100th post! MINI CELEBRATION. Ok, celebration over. Thank you all for coming.

image courtesy of thegirlinthecafe

Monday, 16 August 2010

Gruesome Pets

This is Yeasayer's new video for their song "Madder Red". I first watched this on Friday while trying to eat a risotto really fast and it just made me feel sick. Do not make the same mistake. A both hilarious and heartbreaking offering from director Andreas Nilsson, it makes the cut as my new thing today.



It also totally reminded me of MGMT's video for "Flash Delirium": no surprise, since it turns out that was directed by Nilsson too. Since Sony aren't too hot on embedding their videos on other sites, click below to watch the MGMT video in a pop-out tab.

FLASH DELIRIUM by MGMT

Check out Nilsson's other work HERE if you like what you see.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Song of the Day: "Glitter"

This little gem comes from the pockets of Sub Pop-signed duo No Age. When LA boys Dean Spunt and Randy Randall get together they create the kind of euphoric chaos that, like Sleigh Bells, makes it hard to believe only two people are producing that racket. But they are. And this is their song "Glitter" which has been making the rounds on the blogosphere hype machine already, but is so far worth the hype for me.

They have a band blog HERE which you can check out too. Also, their LP Everything In Between comes out August 24th if you like what you hear. Happy listening!

No Age - Glitter by subpop


images courtesy of rockinsider & mbvmusic

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Thundersticks

Introducing Leah Hayes' musical project, Scary Mansion. This atmospheric and beautifully ethereal band was thrown into my world via The Recommender (ps: one of Brighton's best blogs, and definitely one to follow for all things new music-related) and I've had it on my LikeRadar ever since. Fans of Feist and string sections will probably like her too.

Hayes is joined by bassist Bradley Banks and drummer Ben Shapiro (of Asobi Seksu) when crafting the work released under the Scary Mansion moniker. Her haunting vocal and use of the thunderstick (apparently a traditional Appalachian instrument that sort of vibrates and mimics a banjo's sound) create just the right level of dynamic swells and shifts over her rhythm section. It's all rather lovely. She's also an illustrator, whose work you can see on her own blog HERE.

Enjoy a video for "I Dumped My Mind" below. Talk of Scary Mansions is fairly apt, on a day when I viewed what must have been a home someone died in/a haunted house in Stockwell. Needless to say, we won't be taking it.


Click HERE to link to French label Talitres' site and buy her most recent LP (Make Me Cry, Oct 2009).

image courtesy of talitres

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Song of the Day: "None of Dem"

This is Robyn's single "None of Dem", taken from Body Talk Part 1 (released in June on her own label, Konichiwa Records). I love this song because Royksopp are in it, and because of how well she captures its sense of boredom in her voice. The video on the other hand is both cringe-worthy and adorable. Cringe-worthy because it's always awkward watching someone dance around on their webcam.

Adorable because in this instance, that person is Robyn.



Listen to a high-quality version on Spotify HERE.

"#BESTTWEETOFALLTIME!!"

A tweet a day keeps depression away: Kanye West is officially on Twitter.

This is great because he will always find a way to write some nonsensical bullcrap that makes me giggle, and briefly forget the pain of house-hunting. For that I thank you, Kanye. My new thing to like is undeniably his hilarious and beautifully uncensored style of expression. Please, click HERE and have a laugh. Here are some of my favourites:


"Yo I'm getting a thousand new followers every 15 minutes on a Sunday night Wowzers!!! Thank you this has been an amazing day so far" 3:04 AM Aug 9th via web

"Balenciaga said I can get no discount but what they failed to remember is... I don't need no discount!!! hahahaa" 9:33 PM Aug 7th via web

"Is it wrong to wear a CHANEL dinner jacket with a T shirt to the airport if it's still breakfast time out here in Singapore uugh TOO LATE!" 11:46 PM Aug 4th via web

"Don't you hate it when you say bye to someone then yall get on the elevator together and it's like, now what?? Awkwaaard" 9:47 AM Aug 4th via web

"HEADED TO THE CLUB..... these tweets were made of real bits of panther!!!!" 6:24 AM Jul 31st via web

"I think Twitter was designed specifically with me in mind just my humble opinion hahhhahaaaahaaa humble hahahahhahaahaaaa" 29 July 2010 20:19:20 via web

Yes. These are all real.

image courtesy of twitter/kanyewest

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Song of the Day: "Dirty Cartoons"

The boys of Menomena
This is a brief post, courtesy of the pain inflicted by Pride last night, and general busy-ness. Menomena released their fourth album, Mines, at the end of July; this particular song from the LP makes me happy inside. Have a giggle watching them play it live in a Parisian flat complex, whilst getting hate-heckled by one of the residents.

If you'd like to hear the studio version, sans French verbal abuse, listen to the album in its entirety HERE. And enjoy:



image courtesy of allmediareviews

Friday, 6 August 2010

Song of the Day: "Capsize"

Karen O & the Kids: "Capsize", off Where The Wild Things Are OST (2009, Interscope). She can basically do no wrong in my view. Plus, the other members of the Kids are from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deerhunter, Liars and the Dead Weather. Just sayin'.

Balloon Parties

Parties of the balloon-based variety are awesome. There's nothing quite like turning twenty-one (or eight?) to inspire a few. This particular birthday girl got two: one courtesy of me and the other from her man. Note to all those considering throwing one for a friend: make sure you've done some breathing exercises beforehand, and be ready for the inexplicable pain where jaw meets ear when you battle with tiny balloons.

Fittingly, here's a song from David Sitek (aka Maximum Balloon):


images courtesy of me

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Song of the Day: "Excuses"

Good morning, Morning Benders

My new thing today comes courtesy of The Morning Benders. I ignored the hype surrounding them last year, brushing them off as too blatantly derivative: the Beach Boys-esque harmonies and swelling wall-of-sound courtesy of Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor’s production just wasn’t working. Maybe since the muggy, sticky heat of summer hadn’t yet arrived, I couldn’t quite lock into those lazy wailing guitars and accents of waltz-time shuffled percussion. Now, at last, I’m there. I’m so there.

Currently signed to Rough Trade, the Berkeley quartet are entering the last leg of a mammoth European and American summer tour. If you missed them over here, listen to them down there. ‘Excuses’ is the second track.


image courtesy of rcrdlbl

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Mourning Press

This is the work of Faye Winslade and David Underwood, known collectively as the Mourning Press. The first image is courtesy of Underwood, and that directly above this text comes from the lovely Winslade. I specifically like their work because a) I have no knowledge of how to even go about print making beyond the etch-a-sketch style mess I made in 8th grade, and b) they're both hugely talented but humble and sweet people. Ok, sucking up over. I promise.

The Mourning Press is their online portfolio of sorts, showcasing completed pieces as well as works-in-progress. Both artists are available for commission and if you like what you see, you should come to THIS SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION in London.

Tasty sidenote: Underwood is also responsible for the best gig posters my band's ever had made. Below is one of my favourite's, from our mini summer tour last year.


images courtesy of fayewinslade & davidunderwood

Monday, 2 August 2010

Cake, Anyone?

AHAHA. These are making me feel ill. Birthday cakes, courtesy of artist Andy Murphy. I wish it were my birthday tomorrow- I'd ask for the rank spaghetti/chips/carrots/is that a burger? cake.

Volcano Spews Band

My new thing to like today is a song from a band named after a volcano. Welcome to the world of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band (yeah, dumb name but don't write them off quite yet). They're a Seattle five-piece comprising a lead singer, his wife, his adopted little brother, and two other guys. And when I say little brother, I mean it: that boy-drummer is only 15. Take that, Chris Brown.

MSHVB have a new LP coming out tomorrow, following up on their eponymous debut of 2008. For now, my new thing to like is their song “Leaving Trails”, the first track released off upcoming Where the Messengers Meet (Dead Oceans). Their brand of noisy, chaotic and theatrical pop reads along the lines of Grizzly Bear, Modest Mouse and even the Walkmen at times. Check it out via YouTube below, and if you like what you hear you can get a free download courtesy of Spin Magazine HERE.


Mt. St. Helens Vietnam band are:
Benjamin Verdoes: lead vocals, guitar
Traci Eggleston: keyboard
Matthew Dammer: guitar
Jared Price: bass
Marshall Verdoes: drums

image courtesy of rollogrady
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