2010/04/30HURTS vs INTERPOL: a pseudo goth cage match?
This post isn't really about a battle of pseudo goths per say, but more of a loose comparison of moody music and memo to Interpol who recently "leaked" a new track called Lights all over the internet. It's important to note that I have been a devoted Interpol fan forever and then some, and even was pretty happy with their much derided first major label release Our Love To Admire. I also fell head over heels with Paul Bank's solo turn as Julian Plenti which came in at number 5 on my list of favorite albums of '09 (although at his show last year I did lament that I wished it was the 'pol I was seeing instead, it still held its own). Don't be fooled though, I hold Interpol to very very high standards and when I heard that a new track had been released after a 2 year drought I nearly bolted out of a mexican restaurant without even finishing my tasty marg to hear what they had put out there.
And now I am going to tell you, I am kind of glad I stayed and finished that margarita.
Don't get me wrong, Lights is just fine, clocking in at 5:38 of everything we have come to expect from Interpol. And maybe that's the problem, because I sort of want to expect bigger and better this time around, especially when comparing them to the new band who I have come to adore, UK act Hurts. Hurts present a similar variety of pseudo-goth new wavey excellence but when I play their tracks in comparison to Lights there is just something I find lacking from Interpol's latest offering. Maybe it's that Hurts just pull out all the stops and yet don't take themselves seriously at all. The video for "Better Than Love" is completely ridiculous - there was even a trailer for it - all moody and artsy and fairly pretentious - but maybe that's what's so perfect about it is that theatrical over-the-topness. It's at least INTERESTING.
Either way, I will love them both equally I'm sure, I just think Interpol could step back and do something far more awesome with their next album. Get on that guys, I'm going to go back to rocking any Hurts mp3s I can get my hands on until you do.
Hurts - Better Than Love
Interpol - Lights
posted by n. @ 4/30/2010
2010/04/13REMEMBER THAT TIME LCD SOUNDSYSTEM KILLED ME
Words fail to express how epic this show was. Everybody danced, everything was amazing, my face melted off, it was just the goddamn best. and LOOK AT ALL THE LASER CATS! woo!
(photos by Ryan Muir)
The new LCD album This Is Happening is - so far - just as awesome. Peep a new track below, it's my new favorite thing to listen to (aside from Huey Lewis & The News "I Want A New Drug"... yeah). New Terminal 5 show was also added - do not hesitate!
LCD Soundsystem - Change
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
posted by n. @ 4/13/2010
2010/04/09SEA MONSTERS (can be confusing)
You know what is really confusing? There are a LOT of "Sea Monster" bands (Sea Monster, The Sea Monsters, Seamonsters, probably Smnstrs somewhere, seriously TONS). It took me forever to figure out that the Brooklyn one (ex A Brief Smile) was the band I was going to get to see tonight at Glasslands for the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted show, but I'm pretty glad I did because I am liking their Strokes-esque vibe muchly and this will be their first live performance ever.
Sea Monsters play alongside Arms (ex Harlem Shakes) and The Sundelles.
Sea Monsters - Dark Vineyard Day
Sea Monsters - Everything I Own
posted by n. @ 4/09/2010
Miike Snow - Day and Night
Oh hey. I totally didn't blog for two weeks*, and now it's raining and I'm craving a burrito and I'm gonna write a blog entry about Miike Snow. And then I'm going to write a blog entry about SXSW (where I was one of the two weeks I was MIA). In the past two weeks I have seen Swedish band Miike Snow not once, but twice. The first time was in the middle of the afternoon on the last sunny day of SXSW for the annual Spin party at Stubbs. The band went on right after Fucked Up basically wreaked awesome havoc all over the place, and I felt kind of bad for Miike Snow for two reasons. 1. that's just a rough act to follow and 2. something told me that they would be way better with an awesome light show. Lo and behold they played a great set, but when I walked into Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night, it was a whole different story - crazy lights, fog machine (turned up to 11), one epic dance party.
Miike Snow are awesome, and if you don't know about them yet, listen to Silvia and just be happy with life.
Miike Snow - Silvia
*BTW I wrote this entry over a week ago and somehow forgot to post it. OOPS. But in fact is IS raining today, and I am still craving a burrito. Some things never change.
posted by n. @ 4/09/2010
2010/04/01Young Rival FINALLY coming back to NYC
AND releasing an album!
And can I just say that I am so glad that this is NOT an April Fools joke on me, because I am getting really tired of not being able to get excited about anything today or being able to trust the internet. It makes me sad, this stupid holiday. I mean SERIOUSLY look at this sign that some douchenozzle (aka College Humor) put up in NYC today:
What the balls. Now all I want is some animal style fries, but no! But at least instead I get a new Young Rival mp3 and the following tour dates with Born Ruffians.
If you recall I wrote about this band a long long long time ago, proclaimed them my new favorites, and have basically been harassing them to come back to NYC ever since.
Below are the dates, and peep the new single here too. Their album comes out April 13th. YAY
Young Rival - Got What You Need
# with Born Ruffians
Apr.16.2010 @ The Townhouse, Sudbury, ON
Apr.17.2010 @ Sunrise Records Yonge St. for Record Store Day, Toronto, ON
Apr.22.2010 @ Call The Office, London, ON
Apr.24.2010 @ Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON
Apr.29.2010 @ E-Bar, Guelph, ON
Apr.30.2010 @ The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON (w/ Make Your Exit, Songs From a Room, The Job)
May.01.2010 @ The Casbah, Hamilton, ON (w/ Sandman Viper Command, Thin Lines)
May.06.2010 @ Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
May.07.2010 @ Cafe Dekcuf, Ottawa, ON
May.08.2010 @ The Mansion, Kingston, ON
Jun.03.2010 @ Echo (ALL AGES), Los Angeles, CA, USA #
Jun.04.2010 @ Rickshaw Stop (ALL AGES), San Francisco, CA, USA #
Jun.06.2010 @ Holocene (21+), Portland, OR, USA #
Jun.07.2010 @ The Vera Project (ALL AGES), Seattle, WA, USA #
Jun.09.2010 @ The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada #
Jun.11.2010 @ Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Canada #
Jun.12.2010 @ Republik, Calgary, AB, Canada #
Jun.13.2010 @ Amigo's, Saskatoon, SK, Canada #
Jun.14.2010 @ West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada #
Jun.15.2010 @ Turf Club (21+), Minneapolis, MN, USA #
Jun.16.2010 @ Lincoln Hall (18+), Chicago, IL, USA #
Jun.17.2010 @ Beachland Tavern (ALL AGES), Cleveland, OH, USA #
Jun.18.2010 @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, USA #
Jun.19.2010 @ Santos Partyhouse, New York, NY, USA #
Jun.20.2010 @ Great Scott (18+), Allston, MA, USA #
....& a few more tbca
posted by n. @ 4/01/2010
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