Sunday, 30 March 2008

du und dein automobil

how 'bout an e compilation? Made one today, because it's Sunday evening and I'm bored. I've been to the Hadouken! show on Wednesday and it was pretty awesome. The venue was small, the people and the band were both wild, crazy and in a very good mood. They've only played for about 50 minutes, though all the important songs along some new ones were in the setlist(Liquid Lives, TBTG, Dance Lesson, Bounce, etc etc). Speaking of new Hadouken! songs, I've got a snippet for you today: it's called Mister Misfortune, it's from the forthcoming debut Music For An Accelerated Culture and it's awesome, different tho'. Seeing as I've been to see Datarock also very recently, it should by honoured aswell, but with a slightly more older song. The rest is basically self-explanatory, new LB's album's alright, same goes for Tocadisco's LP. Found The Sons five minutes ago on insound, was a bit curious...basic brit indie, cool. What'd be a good mix without 19 minutes of odd noises from Raccoo-oo-oon? The Cribs' I'm A Realist 7" is good, besides haven't heard a Cribs aswell as a Das Pop song in a while - sounds all still very nice. Thought some older songs (from the 90's *cough*) would be good, especially coming from Stereo Total and Dj Spooky. I could have put up one of the DVNO remixes, but you can find them basically everywhere on basically every blog...ok ok, exaggerating.

MP3: Hadouken! - Mister Misfortune
MP3: Datarock - Stay

MP3: Hot Chip - Sensual Seduction (Snoop Dogg Cover)
MP3: The Long Blondes - Round The Hairpin 
MP3: Tocadisco - Spooky808 
MP3: The Sons - Kids with Knives 
MP3: Raccoo-oo-oon - Naked Apocalypse
MP3: The Cribs - Kind Words From The Broken Hearted 
MP3: Das Pop - Baby Of Gold 
MP3: Stereo Total - Du und dein Automobil
MP3: DJ Spooky - Degree Zero

- oh yeah, because today I'm a very bored, but also a very nice person, I zipped it for ya(not the Naked Apocalypse obviously).
get them @ amazon, insound, iTunes, beatport, juno etc

- I'm off

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

okay, let's talk about magic

hello internet world, I'm back again from my holiday.
I don't have much time today(when do I have time?I'm sorry), but I'm going to see Hadouken! in a few hours, which is a pretty good reason. So if someone reads this post in time and is in Frankfurt, come along!
So, how surprisingly: a new Raconteurs record! You've probably read all about it in basically every blog, so this won't be any news. Consolers Of The Lonely is decent though, nice progress from Broken Boy Soldiers, but nothing spectacular. It's out since yesterday and you can get it via amazon.
MP3: The Raconteurs - The Switch and the Spur
MP3: The Raconteurs - Five on the Five
had to take'em down

Konk is due in two weeks and I decided to say a few sentences about it. It's definiteley more rocky than Inside/Out, though not much different. The main topics are pretty much the same: girls, love, girls, sex, relationships, going out and so on. Nevertheless Konk's timing is perfect for being a nice summer album with light 3-4 minute songs. Can't help myself, but I'm a huge sucker for Do You Wanna. Get it here when it comes out via Virgin Records.
MP3: The Kooks - Do You Wanna
MP3:The Kooks - Down To The Market

Else: the Ssion's Clown 7" has already been released last month aswell as their record Fools Gold, but I wanted something crazy but awesome for today, so here we are - btw Bullshit is amazing. Get it @ juno.
MP3: Ssion - Clown (Iggybaby Remix)
MP3: Ssion - Bullshit
Ah, the Fuck Buttons's Street Horrrsing EP is pretty good, especially the 10 minute long Okay, Let's Talk About Magic - well not for you, if you can't stand the sound of screeching guitars. You can own the EP by clicking this.
MP3: Fuck Buttons - Okay, Let's Talk About Magic

As in other good electronic releases, new Cut Copy LP In Ghost Colours will be out on April, 8th via Modular Records. It's just like you'd expect their second studio record, solid electro beats, nice lyrics, perfect balance between indie and electro, kinda like a more indie based Crystal Castles. You should preorder In Ghost Colours via the label link above.
MP3: Cut Copy - We Fight For Diamonds
MP3: Cut Copy - Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
Coming to other good remixes, the dj duo Hooker and De Freitas have been known mainly because of their fantastic remix of Trash Fashion's Why Can't We Be Friends. So if you liked that one, you'll also like these two:
MP3: Atelier Nouveau - IMOK (hooker and de freitas remix) 
MP3: Deluka - Flashback (Hooker & De Freitas remix) 
see some more fantastic remixes of Trash Fashion by the duo there @ Hot Biscuits.
Now, coming to the end, I also have a few good tracks, that have been sent to me. Please check them out and also the website, which I'll keep adding to the sidebar tomorrow. You know, indie, electro and so on:
MP3: Coralcola - Gallivanter 
MP3: Astronaut - Darkest Breads (Coralcola Marble Rye Remix)
MP3: Home Video - I Can Make You Feel It 
MP3: Milke - I Need Your Love (Joe and Will Ask remix)
MP3: Vanilla Swingers - I'll Stay Next To You 
MP3: Robert Church And The Holy Community - Sunday Love 

Okay, I'm off to seeing Hadouken! now!
take care

Sunday, 16 March 2008

another mix?? on a sunday morning??

MP3: The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning 

Even though it's already two o'clock, I still call it morning. Everything before noon is actually night for me, there's no need to get up so early .. oh wait, there is one: I'm leaving for my holiday in a few hours! Since I expect to have no internet at all, which means, no possibilities to post, I decided on another mix before I'm off. Since I still have to start packing, I can't review anything, because that'd take too much time. The mix contains mostly electro, old, new, good, awesome, you know it.
See you in a week:

MP3: LCD Soundsystem - Too Much Love 
MP3: Fischerspooner - Danse En France 
MP3: New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (The Hooks Remix) 
MP3: The Whip - Trash (Let's Go To War Remix) 
MP3: The Loose Cannons - Raw (Kissy Sell Out Mix) 
MP3: Kissy Sell Out - Harriet 
MP3: Krafty Kuts - Ashley's Roachclip 
MP3: TEPR - En Direct De La Côte (Alavi Rerox) 
MP3: Goldfrapp - A&E (Gui Boratto Remix) 

get them @ beatport

I'm off, because:
MP3: Scouting For Girls - I Need A Holiday 

take care

Saturday, 15 March 2008

you can dish it/splash it/flush it and push it

I've just listened to the leaked version of The Kooks' sophomore LP Konk. It's not half bad, it's ok, actually. The thought of being one of the first ones to blog about Konk is tempting, very tempting indeed... but I've decided to give Konk a second(or even more...?) listen and then I'll review.. and I don't want the web sheriffs here, pfsh. Damn you. Anyway, there's a slight chance I might be going on vacation this evening for a week, so I compiled a somewhat large post - mix of indie and electro, something old and a lot of new stuff. If I'm going on vacation, I don't think I'll have the chance to post anything then, so this has to suffice. If I'm not going, then...what the f', it's still a large, somewhat good mix.
Since I don't expect you to download all the 18(or 19?) songs one by one, I was so generous to zip them: mix n#6 or whatever

MP3: Alex Gopher - Aurora (Riot In Belgium & Knightlife Remix) 
MP3: New Rave Kids on the Block - Strange Phenomenon 
MP3: Matthew Dear - Don't Go This Way 
MP3: Sébastien Tellier - Une Heure
MP3: Atomic Hooligan - Pread Good Vibes 
MP3: DSL - Invaders 
MP3: Trash Fashion - Why Can't We Be Friends 
MP3: Kap Bambino - New Breath 
MP3: Born Ruffians - Badonkadonkey 
MP3: The Presets - This Boy's In Love 
MP3: We Are Scientists - Spoken For 
MP3: Feadz - Hawaian Smu 
MP3: The Von Bondies - Wake Me Up
MP3: Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Sophisticated Side Ponytail
MP3: The Coral - Willow Song 
MP3: The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement 
MP3: Autokratz - Last Show 
MP3: David E. Sugar - To Yourself 

some explanations:
The tracks from Alex Gopher, Autokratz, David E. Sugar, and Feadz are basically self-explanatory: they're all electronic goodness. Kap Bambino is just funny. Atomic Hooligan's Sex Drugs and Blah Blah Blah is decent, cool beats and breaks, mixed with hip hop. NRKOTB are funny, kinda like a Brazilian mix of Hadouken! and Klaxons. New Matthew Dear track is from Asa Breed recordings and can be downloaded for free from Ghostly International. Sébastien Tellier's Sexuality is alright, though. French electro, huh? Same goes for DSL, Ed Banger Crew, so what'd you expect. Trash Fashion's Why Can't We Be Friends EP is finally out and awesome. Get it here. Born Ruffians are a squirky, Candian indie rock band and had their debut Red, Yellow & Blue released recently. Thought I should post a bit o'them. I got the Presets track of the forthcoming Apocalypso from Hyperbole, it's cool, it's dance, but not as raw as My People. WAS's new record Brain Thrust Mastery alright, same goes for Von Bondies' We Are Kamikazes Aiming Straight For Your Heart EP. Ok, Von Bondies EP is better than Brain Thrust Mastery, I got it, I got it, purchase both @ amazon. I couldn't help but post a song, when first heard of NPSH(what the f '?) - Secret Crush EP is not that bad, tho. New Coral single Put The Sun Back is really not that depressing, which makes it kinda listenable for me. Willow Song is the b-side of the 7". Last Shadow Puppets's track I had lying in my iTunes library for a while, but can't really say why I got it and where I got it. Hmm, why is my memory so bad? Can't tell, can't tell...
-after a quick glance at wiki, I finally got my anwser: the new, kinda side project of Arctic Monkeys' singer Alex Turner. Huh, what'd you know?

-I'm off.
take care

Thursday, 13 March 2008

your english is good

It's just not fair. Basically every blog residing in the US has nothing else to talk about except SXSW and the amazing bands they've just seen or going to see in an instant. While I'm sitting in cold and rainy Germany and no bands to see right now, everybody else seems to have the time of their lives. Ok, that may be exaggerated, but still, it's frustrating. Enough of my currently miserable, concertless being.
New Young Knives album Super Abundance is decent, I'd go with typical, but good British Indie like The Cribs, The Others, The Rakes or The Futureheads. Dancy tunes for going out, especially Up All Night or Fit 4 U. Haven't listened to previous stuff from The Young Knives, so I can't assess the progress or if there even is one. But I'll definitely go get the older stuff,too. Super Abundance was released this week in the UK and US, but will be out in Germany next week. You can either purchase it via amazon or via the band's official homepage.

MP3: The Young Knives - I Can Hardly See Them
MP3: The Young Knives - Fit 4 U

I'd actually wanted to post these yesterday, but then I got tired and lazy, so I delayed it on today. Anyway as for other indie releases, Tokyo Police Club's Elephant Shell is finally due next month to be released via Saddle Creek Records. I'd actually wanted to do a full review post with tracks from the upcoming LP, but then I don't want the web sheriffs hanging around my blog again, so I decided otherwise: You'll get the post in about three weeks with tracks, review etc etc and now we'll just listen to some other fantastic TPC songs.
from Your English Is Good 7":
MP3: Tokyo Police Club - Swedes In Stockholm (YSI)
from the Lesson In Crime EP:
MP3: Tokyo Police Club -La Ferrassie
MP3: Tokyo Police Club - If It Works

get both @ amazon.

Take care

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

being bad feels pretty good

Crystal Castles' self-titled LP will finally be out this week, March 18th to be precise. What about this record could encourage you to actually buy it? Mainly, because it is Crystal Castles' LP, but for someone who doesn't know the Canadian duo: It's actually really good, not too much beats or breaks and Crystal Castles is probably the main follow up of some other damn good electro/dance duos such as Digitalism, The Presets(besides: waiting for Apocalypso to be released dun dun dun), SMD, etc etc. Basically it has the cool beats and keyboard sounds from Justice with the weird voices from SMD. I think, I'm gonna buy the vinyl record, even though I do not have very much money at the moment. You can preorder the album via amazon by clicking this.
That's it - oh wait: I know, this is not the official artwork, but I prefer this one.
MP3: Crystal Castles - Through The Hosiery 
MP3: Crystal Castles - Black Panther 

Now something even better than Crystal Castles. Yeah, what could be better than the CC debut? An awesome debut from London based Does It Offend You, Yeah? called You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into, which is indeed awesome. It has basically everything to offer: weird voices, indie voices, dance beats, rock guitars, synth keyboards, etc etc. Think Hadouken! without the hip hop vocals, instead for half of the record weird synthesized robot voices à la Boys Noize for songs like Weird Science or Doomed Now. The other half of the songs is more into the indie/britpop direction, still electro, think The Whip, The Teenagers or The Black Ghosts with songs such as Dawn Of The Dead or Being Bad Feels Pretty Good. All in all it's pretty crazy and won't get boring that fast. My favourites so far are We Are Rockstars, Doomed Now, Let's Make Out and Weird Science. The album comes out on April, 11th and you can get it on amazon.

MP3: Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Weird Science 
MP3: Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Being Bad Feels Pretty Good

alrighty, that's it for today.
More to come tomorrow

Saturday, 8 March 2008

lights, baby!

I've been exceptionally boring and lazy this week, which is to say: I don't really have anything new or exciting to talk about today. Well, except for these two songs:
MP3: Hadouken! - Get Smashed Gate Crash 
MP3: Cajun Dance Party - The Race 
New Hadouken! track of their forthcoming LP Music For An Accelerated Culture, which will be out sometime soon and new Cajun Dance Party track, whose record will hopefully be out soon, too.
Anyway, since I figured I can't get around blogging anymore, I did a very conventional thing: I compiled a mix based on a recurring name in the songs/albums/band names. Yeah, I know. Well, I decided for Neon and it turned out to be quite an acceptable mix.
Next post will be more interesting, I promise.
Until then:

MP3: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
MP3: Björk - All Neon Like 
MP3: Cut Copy - Autobahn Music Box 
MP3: Neon Blonde - Crystal Beaches Never Turned Me On 
MP3: MSTRKRFT - Neon Knights 
MP3: Junior Boys - Neon Rider 
MP3: The Cyanide Valentine - Neon Skyhustler 
MP3: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Neon Syrup for the Cemetery Sisters 
MP3: The Verve - Neon Wilderness
MP3: Neon Plastix - Dream 
MP3: Late Of The Pier - Space and the Woods (The Neon Plastix Remix)
MP3: Neon Neon - Steel Your Girl 

Gotta leave for work,
take care.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

long time no bloggin'

I know, it's only been a week, but since I don't have any excuses for my laziness anymore, I feel guilty. Which means, this is going to be a ridiculously long post with lots of music. I don't have much time, so a few sentences about each albums/songs/whatever should be doing it.
Here we go:

New Goldfrapp album Seventh Tree - old news, I know. Still, it is awesome. It's nothing like Supernature, it's more dreamy, perfectly underlined with Alison's beautiful voice. There are less beats, bass and no Oh la las, but sweet melodies. Kinda like dreaming of a summer's day in a park. Shitty imagery, but hey- it fits. If you haven't ordered your copy of Seventh Tree, do it by clicking this.

MP3: Goldfrapp - Happiness
MP3: Goldfrapp - Road To Somewhere

Alright, new ¡Forward, Russia! Life Processes - out on April 14th. It's, well, different. It slighty lost the raw, tough sound, which was present on Give Me A Wall. I guess, that the thing about second albums. While most(here's my personal view, so no offence) debuts still have the sweat and exhaustion of years and years of playing in dirty, smelly garages or cellars clinging to the record, the second albums get stuffed with all the things the band couldn't afford previously. So, there aren't any orchestras on Life Processes, still it seems more mature, less rough, still very good indeed. Probably because it still sounds like smelly cellar. Check it out for yourself:

MP3: ¡Forward, Russia! - Don't Reinvent What You Don't Understand
MP3: ¡Forward, Russia! - We Are Grey Matter
preorder Life Processes here.

Next: The Whigs, a decent rock band from Athens, Georgia You've probably already heard about them, because they're ALL over the bloigs at the moment. Their sophomore album Mission Control is available for quite a while(January to be precise), but I hadn't had decent rock albums for a while here on my blog -at least I don't remember I do- so it's worth a shot. You'll probably like The Whigs if you're into Nada Surf or Dinosaur Jr, you know, true rock music without any fuss(think keyboards, synths, etc).

MP3: The Whigs - Mission Control
MP3: The Whigs - Need You Need You

preorder your copy by clicking this.
I actually wanted to talk about Guillemots' new record Red, which wouldn't have been a nice review, because it's ..erm awful. Thankfully, the leaked version is a fake, which lets us all hope for a better version of Red to be released in a few weeks. Anyway, so I decided to write a few words about Nick Cave's Dig Lazarus Dig, which is is pretty much amazing. But then it's Nick Cave (and The Bad Seeds, I know, I know), so what'd you expect? Right.

MP3: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - We Call Upon The Author
MP3: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Albert Goes West

Get your copy here.

Next on my list are Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin and their new album Pershing. The release date is set for April, the 8th in the UK and US and here in Germany on May, 13th. The sound is typically SSLYBY, relaxing, refreshing. Perfect for a car ride or laying on your bed on Sunday afternoon, which is basically what I'm gonna tomorrow afternoon. Sunday afternoon, nothing to do, why not listen to Pershing, if it makes me feel good and relaxed? Yep, no downsides. Even if there's storm and rain outside my house, Pershing makes one think of sun and summer. Preorder it here.

MP3: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - Some Constellation)
MP3: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - Oceanographer

And the list goes on: Be Your Own Pet - I'm getting tired - no, not of Get Awkward, which is a good album tho'. Decent punk and indie. I think, it turned out quite well. I could do the more mature, less rough talk, bla bla bla. I do like it, not as good as their previous works, but decent. Have a listen and if you do agree, preorder it here.

MP3: Be your own pet - Blow yr mind
MP3: Be your own pet - You're a waste

And at the end, a bunch of songs I picked for you to listen to. Over and over and over and over... The Moshi Moshi EP from Digitalism is really cool and should be owned by everyone of you. The rest is also very good, so check it out:

MP3: Cut Copy - Lights & Music (Superdiscount Remix)
MP3: Digitalism - Yes I Don'T Want This
MP3: The Long Blondes - Century
MP3: Munk - Mein Schatzi (Zongamin Remix Bonus Beats)
MP3: Saturna - Pop Rocks
MP3: Autokratz - It's On (Fisher Preyes Remix)
MP3: Au Revoir Simone - Lark (Fisher Preyes Remix)

ye know, websites on the sidebar, check them out for release dates, etc.