Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"I love a good accent"

I have been debating whether to buy Scotland's Frightened Rabbit's second album "midnight organ fight" for a many month's now. Since that time they have come through atlanta with little fan fare. The played a small show at the Drunken Unicorn, which is unbelievable small venue. I had only heard Modern Leper off a South by Southwest Sampler CD. I should of gone.

Upon reading reviews of their latest live ablum that was released in October, "Liver! Lungs! FR!", I now know I made a huge mistake. This band is so great live. Almost every song gave me chills up my spin. Their lead singer Scott Hutchinson literally leaves his heart dripping from his sleeve. I love emusic's review. --

"Songs so emotionally ragged that carefully manicured studio versions could never be enough, Frightened Rabbit’s startling and heartwrenching Midnight Organ Fight gets a spirited, sweaty reworking in the live setting. This is how the songs were meant to be heard: wrenching and yearning, falling apart but desperately trying to keep it together. “I Feel Better” gets cooled down, beats removed, guitars unplugged, bleary organ running through the background. “Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms” is more affecting than ever, volume dropped but emotions still running high. And though the album title references the two organs most likely ruined on the road, it omits the one that’s always front and center in Frightened Rabbit’s songs: the heart."

So basically, don't make the same mistake that I did. Take the oportunity to see an amazing band that is comming very soon to you, unfortunately they aren't coming near me...

Upcoming Shows

Oct 29 2008 8:00P
Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 30 2008 8:00P
Holocene Portland, Oregon
Nov 1 2008 8:00P
Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Nov 2 2008 8:00P
Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Nov 3 2008 8:00P
Echoplex Los Angeles, California
Nov 5 2008 8:00P
U31 San Diego, California
Nov 6 2008 8:00P
Rhythm Room Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 6 2008 8:00P
Stinkweeds - FREE instore Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 8 2008 8:00P
Hailey’s Denton, Texas
Nov 9 2008 8:00P
Fun Fun Fun Fest @ 14.25 Stage 1B Austin, Texas

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Cookie Breathe” Helps Win Project Runway Season 5

Leanne Marshall told her boyfriend Nathan McKee that if she had the chance to show her collection in Bryant Park, he would compose the music for her. For those who didn’t see the finally, Leanne had the most intriguing and interesting of designs to walk down the runway. She also had the most interesting music of the three finalists.

Leanne described her collection as something that was forward thinking and innovative. The fact that she used half of her materials from sustainable resources just reaffirms this thought. Here choice in music was a major step toward the forward thinking and innovation theme. I really believe that song choice played a role in the judge’s decisions.

You have to remember that the runway is a show. The success of a show is mainly based on the reaction the crowd gets from the clothing. Do the pieces create feeling and excitement? A great track can also generate that same excitement. When the first piece walked down the runway, I saw clothes in a style that I had never seen before. With the music selection, everyone in Bryant Park was hearing something that no one, other than Leanne and Nathan, had ever heard before.

Upon hearing the track I thought it was a mix between a glitch artist like The Books and possibly Mr Scruff based on the fun, organic, and glitchy composition. The uniqueness of the sound matched the one of a kind petal design that Leanne produced. Who would of thought that “Cookie Breathe” helped Leanne win Project Runway?

Monday, October 20, 2008

In search of The Ting Tings (OCT 24)

I am a fan of The Ting Tings. I first heard this duo's cd in Charlotte NC a month ago. Katie White and Jules De Martino will be coming to Atlanta all the way from Manchester, England. I have always wondered what a Ting Ting is. I did a little googling today and it brought me here. I decided to go to their webpage for a better definition.

Here I found it, -- At the time, Katie was working in a boutique with a Chinese girl called "Ting Ting," which is also Mandarin term for a "band stand". "I thought it was lovely," Katie remembers. "It can also refer to the sound of innovation or an open mind. Like the 'ting' you hear when you get an idea."

What a perfect description. Each song has it's own idea. Every song is a 'ting' with a spin and twist. You may not like every song but there is enough diversity for everyone. Check them out at the Variety Playhouse on Friday or for a sample you can here them here:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hot Chip in my sea of Flu

Okay, I am alive. Finally. Third day of anti-biotics after two weeks the horrible flu. Somewhere in the midst of all the naustia, migrains, and flu was a bad ass Hot Chip show. One great benifit of the flu is that the video is surprising steady! For those who couldn't make it, this is for you to enjoy. 16 tracks. Also their set list from the show live at the Variety Playhouse on October 9, 2008.