Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cut Copy's New Single!

I was so excited when I saw the new single on emusic for sale. The new album came out in February of 2008 in Australia. So the new album should be coming out VERY SOON! I am counting the days until another update. If you haven’t checked out Cut Copy, “Bright Like Neon Love” is one of my top five albums ever. I never get tired of it, never...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

If you miss this show in March, I will have to hurt you!

Simian Mobile Disco found its way to me through Comcast Cable of all places. Late one night, we turned on the electronic music channel for lack of a better idea. On came "Hustler (Rick Ross Remix)" and I was instantly captivated. What the hell is this!!!? It was the most gangsta electro clash I had ever heard:

All I knew was that I had to find Spank Rock's Fabric Live 33 or Simian Mobile Disco. So I started searching for either while listening to Comcast for another listen.

Along comes my summer vacation to San Francisco in May of 2007. I walked in to Amoeba Records and the first thing I saw in the New Releases was Spank Rock, "Fabric Live 33". I was pumped about the album but no Simian Mobile Disco. I would have to wait months for the US Release and I was not disappointed. This is how they started...

"Back in the late '90s, James Ford and Jas Shaw were studying biology at and philosophy respectively at Manchester University, while crafting strange electronic music in the spare room of their shared house. Fellow student Simon Lord, a folk-influenced singer-songwriter, caught wind of the duo's sonic experiments, and along with bass player Alex MacNaughten they formed the band Simian." (

After the shows with Simian, James and Jas would go immediately to the clubs to spin electro records. They found themselves having more fun doing that than playing the gigs with Simian; thus the name Simian Mobile Disco.

"They kept making tunes as Simian Mobile Disco but were careful not to take it too seriously, aware that over-thinking their music would be the death of its jubilant, instant appeal. They went to New York to record the vocals of an aspiring singer/rapper called Char Johnson. She freestyled for 45 minutes and SMD edited the best bits into 'Hustler', an incendiary dancefloor destroyer that owned 2006, and even got mashed-up with Rick Ross's coke-rap hit 'Hustlin'. They got booked to play everywhere from the Club NME Tour to superclubs like Fabric. They introduced ghetto-tech to the indie kids, played acid to the housed-up hordes, and dropped the theme from 'Willy Wonka' at Bugged Out. Everyone smiled. Then danced their arses off." (www.simian

On March 19 they will be in Atlanta all the way from U.K. They will great. I will be dancing my ass off. Where will you be and how sad will you be when I tell you what an amazing show it was?

Simian Mobile Disco
MJQ Concourse
Atlanta, GA
11pm, March 19, 2008
$7 (are you kidding me!)

Monday, February 18, 2008

The MOST unlikely of finds...

Two weeks ago my friend Rachel brought me an EP to listen to. She started her sentence, "When I was at the Tori Amos Concert, this guy opened for her." I didn't hear anything after that sentence. It reminded me of stories when soliders would have granades go off close to them where the vision blurs and their hearing starts to ring... Now normally the opening act of Tori Amos would be the end of my interest but Rachel has good taste in music regardless of her liking Tori. I found my self later putting this cd in and becoming entirely amazed. I had to go back for more information because I remember something after the words Tori Amos that sounded like, "yeah, he only uses his guitar on stage."

Sure enough, dude only uses his Guitar to create ALL of his music. This london-based singer song writer's name is YOAV . He states in his interview with Verve Music, ""If you look at a guitar, there is a standard way you play it. You either pick or play chords; Melodically and rhythmically, everything changes when you move away from picking and strumming." He couldn't of described his album any better. It is a complete departure from any thing I have heard in the industry today in sound, melody, rhythm. No one is doing so much with a single instrument. Although I was completely hating on Tori Amos before, I give her a ton of credit for taking YOAV on tour with her BEFORE he droped his first album. Here is how he does it:

This is what the finished product sounds like:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Record of the Year for my Grammy's goes to...

Amy Winehouse seems like a good artist for the Grammy Academy. She is young, has a great look, beautiful "classic" voice, made an old sound releveant to make a truely independent sound. To compound this, her problems in her personal life have fueled records sales. Hell, just in the UK alone she has gone triple platinum. We own her album and I got it for these same reasons. I listened to a few times and it now sits alone, in binder filled with other cds, that didn't stick...

My choice would be a perfect artist for the Grammy Awards. He is young (23), has a great look, a great classic voice (also), and made an old european sound new. When the academy was probably voting in December, they had only sold 33k records. Like the slow records sales, Zach Condon also started from nothing. A high school and college drop out who escaped American culture to backpack europe. There he emersed himeself in Balkan folk and orchestra sound. By the time he had recorded his first album acclaimed, he had already recorded hundreds of songs. "Gulag Orkestar" was recorded in his parent's home and was the first album to get any attention. This would be the first release as Beirut. Beruit second album, "The Flying Club Cup" should win record of the year. It sticks, it continues to grow, and the melody won't leave me alone. The music, the composition, the orchestra is unlike anything in popular music today. Beruit plays with a full ensamble band - strings, horns, guitar, bass, percussion, and don't forget Zach's the instrument of choice the ukulele (was unable to play guitar due to a wrist injury that prevented him from reaching around the neck of a guitar) - which enables them to play anywhere at anytime.

If this grabs your attention:

Continue here for the rest of the album; shot live all over new york to promote "The Flying Club Cup"

If they can produce a sound so rich live, just imagine the sound they produce in a studio. That is truely what you will find with "The Flying Club Cup", the fussion of passion, history, and culture.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Work has come between Snowden and Me

Its not every week that a work function ruins you chance to hear "the" new album. An all expense paid mini vacation out of state or Snowden's first preformance back in Atlanta? I don't think the president of my company would see my point if I told him, "no". I have been into Snowden since hearing sinlges off indiefeed's podcast, what seems like years ago. It is hard to believe this will be their second album. You couldn't ask for a better return venue than the Earl in East Atlanta on Febuary 22nd. Small, intimate, great sound, vibe but I will not be there... Want a preview...

Here is my recording of them preforming "Black Eyes" last June at the earl:

We spent my girlfriend's birthday watching them at Lenny's before they went out to LA in August to record. Although the Earl show was special, they let it all hang out to say, "Good-bye". My favorite moment is when Corrine fell over because she was jamming out so violently and.... continued to play on her back until she could get up! Here is the last song played in Atlanta:

It will be special so someone please enjoy for me...