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Fanfarlo

06/01/2010

To be honest, I didn’t know that I’d be dealing with one of the most surprising bands out there when I fell in love with Fanfarlo while reading their article in Spin Magazine. I read all about their passion for literature and their disinterest in falling into the typical stereotype of the usual beer-drinking, party-animal indie band. I listened to their music and fell in love with the Beirut-meets-Arcade-Fire sound, and it was just a swirl of charm that took me over and left a week later, when I came across some other band.

However, in their last concert of their 26-show tour, located in NYC’s Webster Hall, there was nothing they could have done to add on even more to the shock factor of those who were present. Apparently, the band decided to reproduce the whole act of a man in a straightjacket plummeting from the ceiling held by lighting cables – for those of you that have watched their The Walls Are Coming Down video, you have an idea of what that would look like. That’s actually how the concert was opened – I’m surprised they even managed to reestablish some organization in the crowd after such a grandiose greeting. Supposedly the man strung up is a magician named Michael Lee.

This is just more proof that Fanfarlo is the one of the best indie bands out there – biased, yet true! If you haven’t checked out their tracks yet, don’t miss the ones posted here and drop by Youtube to check out their available music videos, they’re all great.

(mp3) The Walls Are Coming Down – Fanfarlo

(mp3) Ghost – Fanfarlo

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all things Justice

05/01/2010

None of these remixes are new and are probably not unknown. There were some that were just impossible to find online and aren’t even here. Bottom line is, these are just here because they’re plain good remixes of Justice with something else! My personal favourite is the one with Notorious, I like the rapping + mgmt + justice twist.

The last one, though, is this weird mash-up of MGMT, Justice and Ramones samplings by The Illuminoids that definitely produced contradicting, polar-opposite opinions from listeners. Fact is, The Illuminoids are famous for these awkward compilations of different sounds, like their Bauhaus + Beck, Justice + Bowie, Sex Pistols + Wolfmother and L7 + CSS mash-ups. They also have a few remixes that I still want to check out, like Empire of the Sun and Hot Hot Heat. Anyways, enjoy some good electro. :)

(mp3) D.A.N.C.E (MSTRKRFT remix) – Justice

(mp3) As Above, So Below (Justice remix) – Klaxons

(mp3) Just D.A.N.C.E – Justice vs. Lady GaGa vs. David Bowie

(mp3) Nasty Feel (ddpesh rework) – Justice vs. Notorious BIG vs. MGMT

(mp3) Teenage Electric Lobotomy – Justice vs. MGMT vs. Ramones

now that’s what I call an indie cover!

02/01/2010

Supposedly released waaay back in July of 2005, Now That’s What I Call an Indie Cover! Volume 1 is, in all sense of the word, impossible to find online (some people in Last.fm even question its existence). It was up on You Ain’t No Picasso for a very short period of time, only until August if I’m not mistaken, and was taken down really quickly. Too quickly. It’s this great album that I’d buy anytime if it was an easy find, where lots of great bands covered certain tunes of bands like The Who, Queen, ABBA, REM, and even Outkast, Avril Lavigne, and 50 Cent.

Some of the covers are literally NOT downloadable, that’s the conclusion I came to – however, some of them were findable and are pretty fun covers of the tracks. They’re all live, so the quality varies – Sufjan Stevens‘s  cover of REM has a better quality than Tilly and the Wall‘s cover of Outkast. It’s not something you’d always listen to considering the lack of editing, but it’s interesting to check out and I really, really hope to be able to find the album out there sometime.

(mp3) Sufjan Stevens – The One I Love (REM cover)

(mp3) Tilly and the Wall – Hey Ya (Outkast cover)

(mp3) The Flaming Lips – Under Pressure (Queen & Bowie cover)

Check out the complete list of covers here!

The Chairs is love.

02/01/2010

I see them as sort of a Of Montreal-meets-NMH’s-drums, a cute boy band that hasn’t yet been totally discovered but is already adding final touches to their third album, Laugh It’s a Fright, if i’m not mistaken. I’ve only listened to some tracks of the first album, Nine Ways, as well as a cover of Bon Iver‘s Flume,  but already I adore their sound. Hopefully they’ll pick up more speed along the way and achieve higher success; it’s a sort of love-at-first-hear type of sound.

Interesting fact: Nine Ways was actually recorded in a high school classroom back in Wisconsin where the boys are from, and can be downloaded from their official website for 7 bucks or purchased (in book form!) for 12 bucks.

Charlotte Pipe appears to me as the closest thing to Of Montreal of the tracks I’ve listened, with constant drums backing incredibly Kevin Barnes-like vocals and instant feel-good guitar swirls. David is a somewhat calmer tune, nonetheless maintaining the consistent sing-along lyrics (“baby don’t you, don’t you know that you’re on fire!”) and slightly roughened by eventual sped-ups of the rhythm.

I’ve read on their Myspace that they’ve covered NMH, but I still couldn’t find it… the Bon Iver cover is impeccable, though, with an additional quirky beat but keeping the beautiful vocals intact.

(mp3) The Chairs – David

(mp3) The Chairs – Charlotte Pipe

(mp3) The Chairs – Flume (Bon Iver cover)

can’t believe it’s a new decade.

01/01/2010

YAY, finally! I love New Years, it always gives off this feel of changes and resolutions, and even though it’s not true, people at least think they can do anything and become anything they want – and that’s enough to have a more positive energy going around. For some reason, New Years always makes me stop to think, too, and evaluate things… maybe look into some quotes or novels with deep meanings that give me an inspiration for changing or something insane of the sort.  And for that I found this interesting website with the best musical quotes ever, it’s really cute.

Anyways, for the vicious readers of this blog (I’m sure there are billions out there), I don’t have that much to post, but really wanted to say something in the first day of the year and am thus forced to share the few material I have. Not bad ones, though, I looove them!

First of all, it’s this cover of Kids from MGMT by The Kooks: pretty much all the happiness of an ordinary MGMT song, with all its bubbly vibe, with the orgasmic accent of our dearest Luke Pritchard, who has made the song a little less electro and a little more guitar-friendly.

Secondly, I found this Passion Pit remix of the song Sleepyhead made by Ring Trick; now, I usually dislike most Passion Pit (and Phoenix, for that matter) remixes out there, because I think the sound is already too original and unique and is just sort of  ‘ruined’  when messed with. This one, however, doesn’t necessarily ruin it (it’s not better than the original though, of course) but transforms in into a more dance-y tune, with a more choppy rhythm and less of the high-pitched Angelakos vocals that could make the tune more proper for parties, perhaps. Same applies to the Redial remix of Phoenix’s Lisztomania, that added on an extra beat.

Thirdly, I missed out on watching Mos Def’s new music video for Supermagic, song from the 2009 album The Ecstatic, last year. Haha it’s such a homedawg video, that’s all I can say.

(mp3) The Kooks – Kids (MGMT cover)

(mp3) Phoenix – Lisztomania (Redial remix)

(mp3) Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Ring Trick remix)

(video) Mos Def – Supermagic

Oh, and! Happy new year :)

(mp3) Death Cab for Cutie – The New Year

ga ga ga ga ga

19/12/2009

I know this is old news, but I’m just amazed at how good Spoon’s 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is. I was listening to it today with a friend who’s also an intense fan, and it had been so long since I’ve sung along to Underdog and all of that… It just felt so good to do it again. I don’t know why its critical acclaim wasn’t surprisingly high, although it was considerably good; I just think the tracks in it are so delicious, in a way, to listen to, that it should have had greater recognition. These are the ones I like the best.

The Underdog (3:42)

You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (3:09)

On another note, I have actual proof that Jim Morrison is a genius now. He used to say that “some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts”, and today I think that that was possibly the biggest mistake of my entire life. It sounds shallow, but it’s just so… bad.

pitchfork’s top 100 (and some suggestions)

18/12/2009

I was looking through the Pitchfork list of top 100 songs and I thought the ones considered the best were pretty accurate. For example, amongst them are Animal Collective’s My Girls, Dirty Projectors’ Stillness is the Move, Phoenix’s 1901, Bat for Lashes’ Daniel, Grizzly Bear’s Two Weeks, and Big Boi + Gucci Mane’s Shine Blockas. With the few exceptions of some rappers and known figures in the hip-hop scenario, I’m pretty amazed at the great majority of indie bands listed as the best of the year – things weren’t always like this, really. I mean, I may be totally off of it, but way back then, indie bands were actually mostly underground, and people were still obsessing over Oasis instead of trying to find the most unknown independent artist they could and claim to love him.

Anyways. I don’t have a lot to post right now, and I’m addicting myself to Animal Collective’s EP Fall be Kind too much to focus on new stuff out there, so I’m just going to post about three different things rather than just music. :)

song: what would I want? sky – animal collective [mp3 here]

another example of animal collective’s brilliance: beautiful in all its originality, requires every bit of attention to be listened to, and definitely ranks amongst the best tracks of the band thus far (mostly composed of merriweather’s tracks). I always pay attention to the lyrics the most, and these are definitely gorgeous as hell, with thought-sparking catch-phrases like “i should be floating  but I’m weighted by thinking”.

movie: broken embraces – pedro almodóvar [trailer here]

it’s obviously not almodóvar’s best movie yet, but for those of you that are a fan of his films, this is definitely worth a watch. not only does it include the superb acting of Cruz (who’s way better here than in Volver), but it also has somewhat of an interesting plot, with all those common themes of love and betrayal that are not yet clichés, regardless of what people like to say.

book: looking for alaska – john green [excerpt here]

it may not be amidst the greatest pieces of literature ever written, or anywhere even near that. however, I almost feel the need to admit that I’m enjoying it more than I did Catcher in the Rye, though it obviously does not reach the significance of the latter in schools and colleges even up to today. I do have a weird taste in literature, though, and tend not to like those books that are so-called classics, with, of course, exceptions. I know it’s nothing special, and that the writing doesn’t even border exquisite, but by the middle of the book, you’ve already related to some of the characters and it IS an extremely engaging read.

oh, and check out this pinhole website.

hm, hello.

18/12/2009

First things first: I have no idea how to get around a blog. Seriously, I’ve shared them with friends before, and I just tagged along to what they did – I never actually had one on my own. Considering I’m totally out of ideas for a first post and I’m still trying to find my way around wordpress, I’ll just leave a song I’m slowly addicting myself to, considering this is supposed to be about music, movies, books and all of that.

It’s that Kid Cudi song Pursuit of Happiness, featuring MGMT and Ratatat, that can be found in his amazing album Man on the Moon.

(mp3) Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness