Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Arctic Monkeys

I remember listening to a podcast about this band a while ago and wondering when I would hear more about the Arctic Monkeys...

Well since then the British press has gone bananas over them - the most important album since Oasis Definitely Maybe - and now the album finished number 5 in a NME poll of the top albums ever. I definitely like the opening song "I Bet you Look Pretty Good on a Dancefloor" with it reference to the Montagues and the Capulets (which by the way I just saw Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet last weekend for about the tenth time...this is an amazing film). A couple of other songs are very good songs as well such as "Fake Tales from San Francisco" (aren't all tales from California fake?) and "Riot Van." But come on let's get real, this album does not belong in any conversation with the other albums on the NME list - Revolver, The Stone Roses, The Queen is Dead, Definitely Maybe. Frankly I like The Libertines album more than the Arctic Monkeys. But this album is definitely worth a listen and will probably stay in the rotation for a bit.

Last thought, how can a top 5 album of all time not have a song better than the best song on the new album by The Strokes - Heart in a Cage.

Dimitri from Paris

Well I have been playing the After the Playboy Mansion disc by Dimitri from Paris quite a bit lately. First time I heard it was three years ago when my friend Amanda put the disc on during a New Year's Party. Great mixture of house/disco and standout tracks include Indigo Blues by Llorca (is this song on every DJ compilation out there...we have this on at least 5 discs), All Good by De La Soul & Chaka Khan, and Candidate for Love by T.S. Monk.

So Much Soul

Walking down Haight Street about two weeks ago, I stopped into a small shop - the type of shop that you can't really tell what it is or how it makes money, with only a few items of clothing on a four or so tables, a wall with a small bin with 10 or so CDs and a stereo available for listening to them, and a couple of posters lining the walls.

Well looking through I found this DJ mix from DJ Vinroc called So Much Soul Vol.4 a compilation of hip hop and neo-soul and I highly recommend this with tracks from Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Talib Kweli and others. I am going to track down his other mixes over the weekend...


So I flew over to London recently on Virgin Airlines and the movie DIG! was playing. For those who missed it, DIG! is a documentary of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, both very good bands, though I am a bigger fan of the BJM and their love of the Velvets / Stones, which I have blogged about before. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is frankly unbelievably good. I watched it three times in a row on the film and probably would have watched it again if we had not landed.

Anton Newcombe is a genius but not quite right as you can see on the film. Mike on multiple occasions suggested that we see the BJM live and now seeing the film I am kind of torn on this one. You see it appears that most BJM concerts break down into fights with the audiences or fights with other band members. Not sure I am up for watching the complete dissolution on stage of something that I enjoy so much on record. I have downloaded every album recently and am on a run of listening to them for days in a row right now...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Cat Power

I'm neither a Cat Power fan nor a detractor. I liked the song (Nude as the News) she had on the What's Up Matador? compilation years ago, and I've generally liked other songs that I've heard on RadioK, but I've never been tempted to buy an album. With the release of her latest album, The Greatest, that hasn't changed, but I did download Could We, one of the standout tracks, from eMusic. RadioK played it recently and I was struck by how much it reminded me of Dusty Springfield. I can predict, with near absolute metaphysical certitude, that Steve Malloy will like this song, if he hasn't already picked it up. And you will, too.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sigur Ros - Live!!

Saw Sigur Ros in KC last night, a band I've been following for several years now and have wanted to see live now for as many. I think I remember just missing 'em in the Bay Area in '01-'02 when I was a denizen of that sleepy bay town.

It was certainly a show to exceed all expectations - oscillating between delicate, gauzy sweet lullabies (ie, Cocteau Twins) and dissonant wails conjouring, we agreed, something akin to the austerity of the Icelandic landscape and Norse sagas and nothing else I can think of. Most notweorthy, the lead dude, Thor what's-his-name has a phenomenal voice that is no less impressive live...a piercing otherworldy voice...an instrument unlike any other. After a couple of stunning songs to finish things off (one blistering tune reminiscent of the Spiritulized show I saw in SF with Steve, and another somber Coldplay/Radiohead piano number), the entire band came out for a bow and started clapping to honor the crowd; talk about the anti-Rock-n-Roll - don't think I've ever seen that...was kind of a beuatiful thing and really suited the contemplative mood of the evening.

Monday, February 13, 2006


Wow, have I been slack lately or what? Here's a quick grab bag of songs pilfered from 2 of my favorite MP3 blogs: 3Hive and Little Hits. 3Hive pointed me towards 2 free songs by a new band called Ex-Boyfriends that sounds quite a bit like early XTC (one of my favorite influences of the last few years). Speaking of which, 3Hive also recently posted a new song by XTC that sounds good to me. LittleHits posted a song by an obscure band called TV 21. As promised, their 1981 single Something's Wrong does indeed sound like the Comsat Angels; it also sounds like Teardrop Explodes, for my money.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Mash Ups

I was at a party a couple of weeks ago and my friend threw on a disc with a ton of mashups including Missy Elliot singing over Le Tigre, Kelis singing over Madonna, Gwen Stefani over Cameo. All of this from a monthly party called BootieSF where DJs spin much more of this. I definitely want to check this out. I remember hearing a mashup from Green Day, Oasis, Travis and Aerosmith on the radio about two years ago and found it recently. Also found a site with a Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams mashup over the song Under Pressure and many, many more mashups...

Yeah I realize that this was probably all very 2004, but I find these pretty funny in general...