Autolux Premier “Fat Kid”

November 28, 2008

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Autolux posted a new instrumental track on their myspace today somewhat erroneously entitled “Fat Kid.” It doesn’t sound particularly related to childhood obesity (which according to ads that played during today’s cowboys/seahawks game will kill us all before our parents) to me.  Maybe like a fat kid disposer from that frenetic drum beat.  Danceaerobics anyone?  What it does sound like is a pretty big departure from what I was expecting from Transit Transit.  Maybe the band read my mind, in the message that accompanied the song announcement they revealed that “Fat Kid” wasn’t going to be included on the now postponed album (that’s right apparently industry politics are trying to get between me and Transit Transit again. Its now slated for release “after the new year”)  I wonder what project this song is a part of.  Is it too early to speculate on what type of sound the band is currently into?  Is this what album three holds in store?  I mean, the band writes at such a faster pace than their mastering and release schedule that I always kind of assume that they’re bored with the album by the time it comes out.  The sounds they’re producing are pretty impressive considering their process as Robert Densworth’s message makes it clear that “if there are any sounds on it that remind you of a tuba or tympani – that happens to be greg getting those sounds out of his guitar.”

“Fat Kid” will be available for purchase on itunes in a couple of weeks.

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Interview with Natalia Yanchak of The Dears

November 11, 2008

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Via e-mail

SC: I have to say I think you guys handled the leak as tastefully as I’ve ever seen.  Most bands come off sounding kind of  disconnected from reality at best and tool-ish at worst but your letters just made it sound like you really cared about your record.

NY: Thank you.

SC: How would you say this current album differs from your previous albums?

NY: Every album is a journey, taking us to another place both musically and thematically. Missiles is a step along this adventure, one that reflects on the past and looks to the future. For this reason, no two Dears albums will ever truly be “the same.”

SC: The idea of missiles tends to imply the larger more sweeping realm of politics and organization for me because of their own massive scale of destruction but the lyrics on the album seem more concerned with personal results of these grand systems.  How do you see the content of this album relating to the album’s title?

NY: That’s kind of it: an alternate working title was “Threats,” which also implied an impending doom, or the insecurity of modern, Western living.

SC: The video for “Money Babies” has some pretty direct imagery, what were your roles in the shaping of the video? (you can view it here)

NY: We are into scifi/apocalypse: Murray and I wrote our own treatment for this song and it kind of combined the films Children Of Men, Perfume: a Story of Murder and The Village. When we read this treatment by Anton Purr, we were totally into it because he nailed the fatalistic concept.  Read the rest of this entry »


Omar Rodriguez Lopez Is Sneaky, Old Money Stealth Release

November 10, 2008

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This came out of absolutely nowhere to me which I find incredibly surprising.  For one thing, I am a rabid At The Drive-In fan and as such I follow The Mars Volta with a mixture of admiration and resentment for what rose out of that band’s ashes.  (I’ve even got that Defacto stuff)  Plus I’m an avid music blog/magazine reader on top of whatever press releases I get anyways.  In theory Lopez shouldn’t have been able to release an album on a high profile label like Stones Throw without me hearing about it until the day of its digital release.  But that is just what he did. Read the rest of this entry »


Deerhoof release Family of Others Video

October 22, 2008

Maybe I would have stayed in science class if it had had an appropriate soundtrack.  It was pretty satisfying once I got the microscope properly focused…. the only problem was that from the 8th grade until my sophomore year in college all I got was a pinkish blur.  Maybe it wasn’t so much that I decided to leave the sciences but that the administrative powers that be wouldn’t let me continue.  Whatever, now I have this kick ass blog so who’s laughing now.  *sound of laughter turning into pitiful weeping*

That’s enough of that, here’s “Family of Others” set in the majestic world of the Petri dish. Directed by Sara Magenheimer and Eben Portnoy of Flying; who, incidentally, are touring with Deerhoof now.

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The Sword Premier New Video, Hit The Road With Metallica

October 20, 2008

I first heard about The Sword because Conrad Keely from …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead championed them and did their album covers.  So generally whenever I hear about these guys I pretty much just think of them as those dudes that have Keely album covers but they’ve been so active recently that it’s probably going to be impossible for me to do that again and I’ll probably have to apologize for being so dismissive.  Now though they’ll probably end up being inextricably tied to my birthday as they start a huge media push on the 21st (aka tomorrow) including a massive tour including supporting dates for Metallica and video premier for “How Heavy This Axe” on MTV2 and discussed on the Headbangers Ball 20th anniversary show.

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Event Notification: Autolux Little Radio Halloween Bash

October 18, 2008

This post does all the work for me.  Fuck “The Monster Mash,” shit is going to absolutely insane.  I would sell my left leg and hop in to be able to go to this show.  The notice promises a bunch of new music too, maybe this’ll be a full preview of transit transit.(!!!!)

Address info:

little radio
1216 long beach ave.
downtown, la 90021

tickets here.


Ryan Adams and The Cardinals Preview Tracks

October 17, 2008

With Cardinology hitting stores in two weeks Ryan Adams and the Cardinals have released some teasers for five songs

The what I consider to be classic Ryan Adams Born Into a Light

The kind of groovy guitar having Rock N Rolly Adams Fix It which is also the single I think.  (You can download it now on itunes and have instant access to it if you preorder the album anyways)

Generic radio anthem Magick

Cobwebs, which I can’t really place in terms of Adams’ catalogue.

And Evergreen which is one of those awesome Adams ballads with the brushed drums.  I wouldn’t want a whole album of them but his voice always sounds different on those and it’s kind of fantastic.

click here for Cardinology’s tracklisting and tour dates