April 30, 2010 § 3 Comments
Looking from the insanely huge Beanstalk that they’ve spent so much sweat crawling up. They sit on their home-made thrones, made with their bare hands and guitars. (Of course, this is just a picture in my human head; I’m not suggesting it should be in everyone’s)
I’m just one of the millions of people who really, really like Tokyo Police Club.
Partly why I appear to be on the brink of slamming the floor with admiration and liveliness is due to the fact TPC announced at some point in the last month (maybe even “just”!) that they’re gonna be releasing a 2nd album. It’s called Champ. Of course, a little enzyme that acted as a little catalyst to my excitement was a few “teasers” that they sort of ‘released’ to the masses (again, at some point in the last month). They’re called ‘Breakneck Speed’ and ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’.
If you hadn’t already heard these songs, please go free and make your own mind up (listen below).
I personally found these songs instantly and entirely infectious. It possesses a little bit of their original spikey freedom that Monks screamed across in their ‘A Lesson in Crime’ but also holds a tasty smell of what made some of Elephant Shell‘s such utter anthems. A little bit more of what they were before however. He’s dropped the Gibbard-language as well (I’m not going to lie, I found it so hard not to agree with Pitchfork’s well articulated criticism of it all on ‘Elephant Shell’) and they seem to have lost the pressure that was pressed down upon their innocent heads (after they smacked the world in the face with an EP that was gobbled upon with perfectly justified over-excitement).
But look! Let’s not read too much into these two lone songs! It’s still possible that this second album could turn out to be worthy of one of The Killers thousand sequel non- albums that followed Hot Fuss.
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots of Danger)
If we proceed to make this beanstalk indie-related, then we’re left with an even bigger beanstalk that could inhabit hundreds of giants, but let’s take look a bit lower towards the ground, where the wannabes have only just germinated. OH GOD I HAVE FAIRY-TALE LANGUAGE IMPLANTED IN MY BRAIN.
I say germinated, Bombay Bicycle Club just won a huge NME award, they’re hundred times higher than Tokyo Police Club in our humble english land and they’ve transformed themselves into superstars quicker than a series of X Factor. But only so few have ever enjoyed a crazily good video on one the of best music youtube channels on the whole entire world wide web. (That’s the video below)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust On The Ground
Lion Club also decided to base their band name on the word ‘club’. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though because this song is wild.
Lion Club – Middle of the Night
April 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Alcoholic Faith Mission – Got Love? Got Shellfish!
I havent been so amused by a songs lyrics as I have by AFM today. Its been an annoying few days for this blogger, it seems the more I go and look for new music that I want to write about on this thing the more I find myself ankle deep in terrible terrible songs and bands. This is annoying because I have just bought new speakers and seeing as I have some big exams to revise for I also have a lot more time I am willing to assign to the task. But anywho, such is this new hobby, let us listen to the song.
Like I say the lyrics are beyond engaging but the vocal tracks are also the business. One of the big things I really appreciate from music are vocals. Vocals that have you wishing your name was in the lyrics so that you could record a little sound bite and have it as an early morning alarm.
But fuck that it sounds so good. I don’t care why, finding music that’s as good as this is enough for any blog.
April 23, 2010 § 1 Comment
Devin Therriault – I Dont Think I
Smouldering, grinning guitars and crunched up vocals over thump-and-splash drums are close to 100% efficient in getting a dance on. The awesome sounding vocals of Mr. Therriault are distinctive and dying for a troupe of sing along wannabes. This is pure rockstar, painted with panache and cruising with Jagger strut. . Give a look here.
awkward i – Rock Stars
I came across this song as I was writing this post so this is a bit knee-jerk, but a decent song should always be greeted with fierce spasms of recklessness such as this. This is for fans of The Shout Out Louds, Arcade Fire and Los Campesinos! It reminds me a lot of the Therriault song in terms of the standalone vocals and the understated rhythm with an appealing twist (ukuleles and glockenspiels are a big soft spot for me). This is exactly the kind of music I wanted to make when I had a ukulele and a 4 track recorder, I missed woefully and dangerously.
April 22, 2010 § 2 Comments
You have to get it pretty pretty perfect if you’re going to make a pop song and upon reflection string the word ‘epic’ with it too, it takes precision, much more than many people would think. That’s how I see it anyway.
Cassis Orange modestly don’t list ‘epic’ in their myspace description – instead opting for Japanese pop; they are indeed Japanese. Here’s a track that could sweep a multitude with an appreciative shiver:
Cassis Orange – Listen Heartbeat
Flashguns are a special band. I’ve only mentioned them once before?! Let’s not dwell on that; they deserve a whole blog. They toured with Bombay Bicycle Club a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. I caught them catching their breath at Colchester Arts Centre last summer with James, I didn’t know what to expect. In hindsight, it’s hard not to say they didn’t blow me away into a small inspired wreck: the boy at the front was one of the most charismatic people I have ever seen – and I don’t mean he made funny jokes. But see for yourself – what they record is definitely something to be sniffed at.
They’re also making loud and promising sounds of their debut album, but despite releasing youtube videos of themselves recording it, they are yet to announce a release date.
However, only five days ago, they re-released a collection of songs called Matching Hearts, Similar Parts – I would recommend purchasing it.
Here is the full sniff:
Flashguns – I Don’t Not Love You
Flashguns – Bells At Midnight
Flashguns – St George
Flashguns – Racing Races
April 21, 2010 § 2 Comments
Cory Brown is a busy guy. He founded Absolutely Kosher Records 12 years ago and has Misra Records to manage at the same time. He is responsible for records from Sunset Rubdown, The Wrens, Xiu Xiu, The Mountain Goats and The Low Lows amongst many other big names on the underground scene. Despite the hectic schedule, he still found time to catch up with us here at A Pocket Full Of Seeds for a bit of chat.
With the debut Laarks album getting a great reception, latest signings Wax Fang booked into a decent UK tour and even The Wrens showing themselves at some rare live shows would it be fair to say you were cautiously optimistic about the coming times at Absolutely Kosher?
Yes, I’d say cautiously optimistic for Absolutely Kosher. That about nails it.
The dramatic challenges that record labels have faced over recent years have been well documented by many, how do you see the industry doing in 10-15 years?
Considering that I’ve run Absolutely Kosher for 12 years now and how much it’s changed during that time, the only thing I know for sure is that the industry won’t resemble what it is now. I certainly hope it will be doing better than it is now. I think that a major shift that needs to change is that musicians need to earn a sustainable wage. Musicians as a whole weren’t doing very well during the industry’s salad days and now, it’s just awful.
The first song posted on this blog was Panda by Okay,things have been very quiet from Marty [Anderson, only permanant member and long time sufferer from Croen’s disease], has he found time to work on his music?
Yes, we just emailed last week. After a very long dormant period, Marty’s started to both generate new artwork and record some stuff. It could be awhile before we see a new record though. We’re trying to put together a band that can tour and play Okay’s music when Marty can’t tour (the Okay Revue), which is most of the time due to his illness.
Which music blogs and online magazines do you read the most?
I read quite a few of them because it’s my job to keep up. I just adore Said the Gramophone for the writing as well as for their taste. You can go to MBV Music which aggregates StG and a few other great blogs. I go to Hype Machine fairly often and just listen to new music for hours.
What would you like to see more of in the music scene today?
I’d like to see bands struggle less. I think the music is fine but the mechanism that supports and promotes it is a bit off. I’d like to see a greater variety of coverage with a wider net. I wish there were other sites that lifted Pitchfork‘s very well-designed template with a different editorial perspective (not to replace them, but to provide a wider critical perspective). I’m also a little flustered by the predominance of dance music that’s covered. I like to dance, but I have bad knees and so it’s not my first choice.
Are there any labels or artists who are really impressing you?
I’d like to mention a few labels that seem to be killing it lately in terms of their output: Frenchkiss, Hometapes, True Panther, Woodsist, IAMSOUND and Thrill Jockey, who seems to be enjoying a renaissance of incredible quality the last couple of years, one that has gone sadly under-exposed. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, but everybody should really look these labels up and follow what they do very carefully in addition to the Merge/Matador/Sub Pop/Kill Rock Stars/Rough Trade/4AD axis. I am forced to add the Secretly Canadian group of labels because they keep signing our bands and distributed labels etc. Ha! No, I really like a lot of their releases too. I’ve caught wind of a few UK labels that I like too: Upset the Rhythm, No Pain In Pop and Song By Toad.
My favorite UK acts right now are Buttonhead, Withered Hand, The Veils, Tindersticks, Frightened Rabbit [who interestingly started out on Mister Tramp Records who we scratched heads about a while back], Archie Bronson Outfit, The Chap, The Rollercoaster Project and The Fall.
Who would headline your perfect weekend festival? What’s your all time festival highlight?
I’ve been fortunate enough to see most of my favorite bands play live, so I’ll pick a five (it’s a festival!) that I never got to see, reunited (since nobody is dead, so far as I know):
– late period Talk Talk or even Mark Hollis solo
– Galaxie 500
– Heavy Vegetable [Rob Crow’s old pre-Thingy/Pinback/everything band]
– Musafir (this pan-Indian group released only one album under this name called Dhola Maru and it’s completely amazing. There’s another group with the same name, so don’t be mislead)
– New Bad Things
All time festival highlight, hmmm. To tell you the truth, I dislike festivals quite a bit, preferring the comfort, safety and flushing toilets of a small, dark club. That said, seeing Spaceheads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Young Fresh Fellows, Mudhoney, Alistaire Galbraith, Kendra Smith, Bardo Pond, Roy Montgomery and others destroy it at Terrastock 2 was unbelievable. That’s my favorite festival in terms of music, vibe and food. I also love the Friend Island parties that Hometapes puts on at SXSW, very special. I’ve seen some great performances at SXSW too, but I’ll skip the laundry list.
Who is/was the coolest/most underrated person in music history?
In my life, in terms of personal impact, I’d say Matador founder and former Homestead A&R guy Gerard Cosloy is the coolest, though I suspect he’d cringe at that choice of adjective. I think he had possibly the greatest impact on the music of the last 20 years, not necessarily in terms of sales, but in terms of his A&R footprint as well as the impact the bands he signed had on the underground music scene and the bands that formed in the wake of those sounds. I have no intention of diminishing others.
Most underrated? The label guys and ladies are always underrated. They don’t make the music, but nobody will ever know the effort and responsibility involved unless they’ve done it and done it over time. So, um, me or Dennis Callaci of Shrimper Records. We’re pretty underrated.
Large sums of love to Cory.
Here’s a small sampler of some essential Misra/Kosher releases.
The RollerCoaster Project – Hoods Up [buy]
Sunset Rubdown – Stadiums and Shrines [buy]
Emily Rodgers – Hurricane [buy]
Life without Buildings – The Leanover (live) [buy] (My favourite song on Kosher/Misra)
Much more Absolutely Kosher and Misra records songs can be found here for free,
April 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
I should pay more attention to this band to be honest, I mean, he’s standing on a car!
Their album ‘Bred for Skills & Magic’ is great; it runs along at a brisk and agile pace, yet a hastiness that many of us can keep up with. Regrettably on a few occasions you might be able to guess the next turning, the next direction, but for me that’s just comforting; sometimes I don’t feel like being pushed around in spontaneous directions – they’re more curvy than edgy. I quite like Copy Haho (pronounced cawpee hahoe).
Since I mentioned them early February, the band have indeed finished their March European tour with Los Campesinos! and seem to be moving upwards. They’ve announced their decision to release “Wrong Direction” in early October 2010. But until then, I’m sure they’ll be fertilising their website (which has seen a sort of revitalisation since they hit Europe with LC!) and entertaining with what I can imagine, would be some pretty awesome gigs.
-good lyrics too.
Songs off ‘Bred for Skills & Magic’:
Copy Haho – Pulling Push Ups
“get serious or get fucked”
Copy Haho – The Last Dash
Copy Haho – This Retro Decade
I like moving briefly and swiftly on to things that are a) completely different b) something that I think are worthy of being titled some of the best music I’ve posted on this site. It’s almost like I don’t want people to hear it despite the fact that I know for definite that there are thousands of people who have likewise fallen in love for this artist and this song – how typical.
Anyway, here it is:
Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
His name’s Sam Shepherd and he’s very talented on a piano stool.