Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Only Reason Needed to Miss the White Stripes

Son House's Death Letter Blues, which The White Stripes re-tooled in their own blood-pounding, garage way for De Stijl--it's perfect. It's the White Stripes. All of what they do in one six-minuter. A friend passed it along back in the day because I was in some sort of dreadful, Dazed-and-Confused heaviness, saying it would give me the right, saucy thrashing to get awake. He was right: what a breath of fresh air the White Stripes were in the Age of The Strokes.

So yeah, they broke up today. Let's lament for a few minutes, or as long as your Tweetdeck will keep the story visible. There's really nothing else to say, but Jesus...what a band.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

These 10 Albums Were Really, Really Good in 2010

It's been an intense year: dark, strange albums alongside peppy ones (see Contra). Albums spewing their guts all over us. So, want to return to long lost music blog after a long 2010--with a fevered new year upcoming with 35 Conferette and SXSW (see you there?).

Consider this the first of the new year. Here ya go: top 10 albums of the year, filtered through a biased folk lens!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Anti-Edge Fest

Yes, Limp Bizkit played on Saturday at Edgefest--just when you thought they were encased in calcite in the annals of The Great Hall of Music. As a middle finger to whole Pizza Hut Park process, Hailey's hosted a multi-part celebration of the whole damn reason indie music is good for the soul. I wrote up a review for DC9 at Night, the Dallas Observer music blog (it helps I work over there). In the meantime, I shot this video with ol' point-n-shoot of the rip-roaringly good "The Wild Hunt."

Note: the reason the sound blows out is because Kristian Matsson's voice absolutely sizzles.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hey, Pictures! Heartless Bastards at Lola's Fort Worth

The Heartless Bastards smoked up Lola's in Fort Worth. A much delayed post, but who cares when it's rock 'n roll pics? More after the jump.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Wiping Your Mouth-Slate Clean

Got a new idea: Watch Carl Sagan's Cosmos with volume-down, medically enhanced brownies in a pyramid, and a Color Your Life playing record style. Like wiping your mind clean, and replacing it with a jar of sloshing milk. Twin Sister's newbie, among the faded- wishy-surfy-dream-peace-pop-rock trend (help me, I love it), is free on their website. Free like one of those sea-birds. Listen to the over 7 Minute "The Other Side of Your Face"--it surges like a lost haunting track from A Ghost Is Born meets Beach Houses' loneliness.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Joe Pug @ J&J's, Roadside Graves @ Lamberts

These two videos explain two things: why I've barely slept the last two weeks, and why I love these bands.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

AM - Future Sons and Daughters

Because I was born in 1984, I was forced to listen to AM's charismatic folk-pop album, Future Sons and Daughters, as a postmodern thing. However awful that word is, folk-pop bands are utilizing the excitement of the movement these days: upending modernity like a Dadist paints a pipe and then says it's not a pipe, and then paints a dog smoking a pipe. In a way, it's what AM is doing. There's a Christmas tree of adjectives and genres he's hanging his music on, and all of it is done with charm. So many postmodern artists today challenge listeners in their own ways, and a lot of it is raw, rough or coarse. AM approaches his music with a cosmic milkiness, a sugary groove, and a Vampire-Weekend-esque swagger.

The sweet, ukulele strummed "The Other Side," is sung as a broadcast as opposed to a romantic whisper: "Hear my words / Don't you listen?/ Because I don't know about the other side of me." And it's damn catchy. It's really catchy. Because he's confident. An attractive quality in a postmodern artist; how many bands could we list that play with an intense, horrifying perspective on a dying world?  

"Take my time and take my chances / Cuz I don't know what all of this will ever mean" AM sings instead.

The album continues the upbeat groove with "It's Been So Long" and even "Darker Days" has a worldly swagger: "Liberate my love / from the futile hands of those who don't believe / in what I need." These two songs, I argue, are the more hook-less points of the album. They're pleasant tunes, but the album's strength comes from the acoustic, almost Nick Drake-ian, "Leavenworth." It breaks down what it means to locked in a loveless relationship. You can't find the light in this sort of prison, he says: "And in Leavenworth / you knew / what you wanted but couldn't do." Like many bands these days, AM is mimicking his influences by playing in their decade--but not like an rebellious outlaw, or an emotional criminal ready to sink the world. His desire is to love and be loved in return, or know that it can come if you want it.

AM is on tour right now with Air, and his album is available wherever MP3s are sold. 

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