July 16th, 2008 r8e8rcom
Anecdote smanicdote. It may be that my silence is just a feeble attempt to hide my quiet decent into a perpetual alcohol tinged existence. That, or just how boring my life really is. Then, it could just be that I got nothing to say ‘cept how effing cool this band is.
Some of our dedicated readers might be interested to know that ‘Entire Cities’ have never been mentioned on Pitchfork. In fact, you may be hard pressed to find any substantial amount of parenthetical blog-hype about them at all. Which is a shame, really, because they’ve managed to create a sound that is engaging and truly original. Much more so than some of the recent buzz bands garnering wasted attention by simply rehashing retro sounds. The latest self release, Deep River, is a diverse collection of songs ranging from terse floor stompers to gentle building ballads. My favorite track by far has to be ‘Waiting’ with its docile instrumental teasing building into an absolute chaotic emotional explosion. Deep River is one of those rare releases that works as an album with each track shining on its own and making the entire collection that much more endearing.
July 16th, 2008 Trevor
Brice Woodall + the Positrons just released a new album entitled ‘sine wave sea’.
“The sine wave is important in physics because it retains its waveshape when added to another sine wave of the same frequency and arbitrary phase. It is the only periodic waveform that has this property. This property leads to its importance in Fourier analysis and makes it acoustically unique.” – wikipedia.org
Whether or not Brice and the Positrons new album is acoustically unique has yet to be determined. Poised to become pitchfork darlings? Who knows, havent seen anything about them on pitchfork yet. nonetheless, this is the first video released from their new album…
July 15th, 2008 r8e8rcom
No story, but I will take this time to vent a little. The Brooklyn Social Security Administration office is the worst run office I have ever seen. Whoever came up with queueing system is a fucking idiot and should not be allowed to participate in normal society any longer.
Abe Vigoda is CA based no wave, surf punk, pop, BLAHHHHH band from the Smell scene (No Age, HEALTH). They remind me a bit of what Times New Viking might sound like if their production wasn’t so shitty. But there is still plenty of lo-fi grit on these tracks. The Smell scene gets its name from a dingy club in downtown LA with no liquor license or concessions of any kind, basically just a place to see live bands. Maybe not one of the more accessible groups to come out of that scene, but with a recent 8.3 rating on pitchfork they may be poised to become one of the most successful.
July 14th, 2008 r8e8rcom
A couple of cool things happening on the personal front. First, I just found out I was accepted to play in a pretty cool 200 guitar orchestral performance at the Lincoln Center in August. It’s free too so you should come check it out: http://www.lincolncenter.org/show_events_list.asp?eventcode=-62531. Second, my old school DC buddies are trying to hook up an opening gig for Coldplay, if you get a sec stop by this page and help em make it happen: http://www.coldplayontour.com/wwdc/, our video is the first one on the page (bicycle thieves). Sorry, for the excess self-promo BS, now check out some cool Canadian indie pop.
POP Montreal says: “Michael O’Connell specializes in playing any instrument that makes a noise, and playing all of them masterfully. He uses this considerable skill to shape the artful melodies that accompany his evocative lyrics. This soft, tender music will let him play your heartstrings too.”
There’s a nice mix of genres going on here, dig the soul style horns on Fireflies. The standout track for me is ‘Inside The Cinema’ which is a bit reminiscent of an early Sea And Cake, only much cooler with subtle horn hits and synths.
July 11th, 2008 r8e8rcom
Its national iPhone day and I missed out.
The young San Francisco indie pop quartet bring their youthful insight to the realm of music mostly dominated by older Beatles cover bands. Having shared the stage with other bands such as The Kooks, MGMT, and The White Rabbits, makes these boys seasoned vets. Don’t let their age deceive you, their musical compositions are sophisticated, and pay homage to a more simple time in music. These tracks are from their latest release on High Wire earlier this year.
July 11th, 2008 r8e8rcom
I am back logged with lots of good stuff to send. Not a lot of life changing records, but a lot of “nice” tracks and interesting stuff. I’ll try to keep up and send something everyday and keep the editorial light. Lemme know if anyone has issues with the new user/pass.
Andriy ‘Paranoid’ Prokopenko (drum-machine, programming, vocal), and Yura ‘Dorialan’ Marchenko (guitar, keyboard, back vocal) decided to combine their efforts in order to compose music and share it via the Internet. Initially, their music was heavily influenced by Bjork and NIN. Band’s name was inspired by the incidental phrase “…not now, I’m too sleepy”. “2sleepy” used Internet to share their music and thus gained support among Ukrainian (and foreign) audiences. They were later joined by bass player Yurko Kozy. The new album called ‘Art Fraud’ was released in Ukraine in April of 2008 on CD with the support of “Esthetic Music” label. New LP was a proof of band’s evolution: a warm romantic electronic sound filled with leisurely rumbles of analogue synthesizers and drum-machines came in the stead of raw digital sound. Musicians claim that their “bedroom pop” album has a wide range of influences – from “The Doors” to “Au Revoir Simone” and “Notwist”