Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Devil May Cares

Czech Dream by The Devil May Cares

I've got a secret to share: I sing in a band. The Devil May Cares include me and five lovely men (one of whom is in A Number Of Young Lovers), and together we make music that's been described as avant-pop and weird, in a good way.

We've had some ups and downs recently with members disappearing, new ones cropping up and new material being written. IT'S NOW ALL ABOUT THE UP. Swollen at one point to a joyous eleven members, we now have the basics of a rock band, fleshed out with piano and three vocalists. It's all rather fun, if I do say so myself.

Londoners, come see us play 'Folk & Dagger' next Tuesday (April 5th) at Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton, for £3 before 8pm and £4 thereafter. It's going to be delicious. We'll be bringing most of the Dagger.

A Girl in Every Port by The Devil May Cares

All the rest of you, please follow us on all those social network thangs to keep up to date with what we're up to, and the release we have coming up. Tell. Yo. Friends.

images courtesy of Tom Wills

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Introducing Toronto-based Austra. Fronted by Katie Stelmanis, this trio (sometimes fleshed out by more members on stage) pull influences in from as far afield as Nine Inch Nails and Puccini. Stelmanis is a classically trained signer and pianist but her recent feature on Fucked Up's The Chemistry of Common Life would have you think otherwise.

I like this band primarily because the harshness of their electronic samples sits really well with Stelmanis' rounded and powerful voice. Whether you buy them being part of the so-called 'nu goth' scene or not, this band have some really catchy and sticky melodies up their sleeves. (I've been singing "Lose It" non-stop since listening to it once this morning).

Check out their creepy and NSFW video for lead single "Beat And The Pulse" below.

AUSTRA "Beat and the Pulse" by domino

Album Feel It Break is out May 17th on Domino.

Jessica Sim

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Song of the Day: "Rising"

What do you do when NPR Music sets you the challenge of writing and recording a full-length album in exactly four weeks? Naturally, you nail it if you're Son Lux. This is the first actual mp3 I've heard from the record, and fell in love with it when it debuted on the NPR All Songs Considered podcast a few months ago.

It features The Antlers' Paul Silberman, and is definitely my song of the day today. (Apologies for all the recent posts basically being songs of the day too: life is getting WILD and my blog is consequently being neglected).

We Are Rising drops on April 25th. Enjoy its title track for now.

image courtesy of SonLux

Sunday, 27 March 2011

FREE SHIT PART 16: Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids' latest record wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped but this Passion Pit remix is all kinds of BLAOW. It came out a few months ago and I had it on the backburner for ages before realising it had been stuck in my head for days.

Listen to the full album on Spotify here if you want to hear the original too.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Photo Diary 4

All the beauties what I've seen recently.

all images are mine, please linkback and cite if used

Song of the Day: "Moses"

Chelsea Wolfe are a new eponymous LA band who make self-proclaimed 'Estonian industrial' music and it's the soundtrack to my morning. I'm mourning the temporary death of the sun in London today, just so you know.

But don't worry, I'm not going all goth on your asses: just enjoying the textures and frictions all over the production of this track. Chelsea's vocal is very PJ Harvey and you can hear the references to Fever Ray here and there too.

This is probably some of the darkest stuff I've heard coming out of LA for a minute. I like.

image courtesy of chealseawolfe

Friday, 25 March 2011



Ok, this kid is like nine years old. Well, he's really seventeen but the fact that he's making all this loveliness when he can't even legally buy a beer is making me feel about eighty-three. Anyhow, I digress.

This is pretty much DIY dreamy bedroom pop really well-interpreted by an Irish youngster and fans of Gold Panda and Star Slinger will be feeling this. Moths is Jack Colleran and I'm excited to not only see how his music would translate live, but to hear more.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Yvan Rodic

This man has a great eye for the little details that make an outfit and the quirks of urban landscapes that make you want to look twice.

He's got a book out, guest-shoots for various sites including the Guardian and if you're not already aware of his photography work as the Facehunter, it's time to get acquainted:

all images © Yvan Rodic

Song of the Day: "The Look"

Metronomy - The Look by metronomyUK

I'm totally guilty of double-posting about this song but I don't even care because it is so great. It's also perfect for a sunny day like today, so add it to your summer playlists if like me you've started making them., really early. Metronomy are a very exciting band to watch at the moment so keep tabs on their loveliness by liking them here.

Directed by Lorenzo Fonda.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Song of the Day: "Get Over"

This is PS I Love You. And no, it's not that god-awful rom com from a few years ago. Rather, this is a Canadian band signed to Paper Bag Records whom I've been hearing about but not listening to for a while now.

Well, until today. Their video for "Get Over" is filled with all the greatness of a bangin' house show. There's some vom in there, but just avert your eyes from about 2:22 til 2:36 if your stomach's one of those sensitive types.

Monday, 21 March 2011

One Of The Rotten Ones

Young Buffalo have reworked "Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl", and I'm really into their version. All the delicate elements of the original are filtered through the band's signature guitar sound and wild take on the harmonies.

Young Buffalo - Anthems For A 17 Year-Old Girl (BSS Cover) by TLOBF

Here's the original, as done by Broken Social Scene. When I first listened to this I was seventeen, so it felt BIG. It still is a freaking beautiful song.

Signing up to Young Buffalo's mailing list gives you a free download of the track so if you'd also like to hear more from them then hop to it here.

Song of the Day: "Blackout"

Marry me please, Anna Calvi. Video directed by Michael Baldwin.
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