Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Here's What You Need

Okay, so it's been a goooood long while...a few months, in fact. But I have no shame, and so I am unapologetic. I'm equally as unapologetic because I'm going to tell you exactly what you need, as per usual.

Canadian music, and Canadian dance music, is some of the best in the world. Of course, when I talk about dance music I'm not talking about some house producer in a studio with two decks, and even though I do like some of that stuff, I'm just not as familiar with it. So, when I mean dance music, I'm talking a little more broadly about music you can dance to.

And what better music to dance to than Vanouver's Primes? The West Coast two piece is representing BC with their version of punk-noise-dirge-dance, featuring Jack Duckworth of Radio Berlin. And we all like Radio Berlin.

Primes' new EP, Facades and Pink Forms, takes the energy and volume of the Fall, or any other dark, English, post-punk band, and interjects it with the feel and groove of Shout Out Out Out! or Holy Fuck or any other Canadian dance-ish band right now.

There's a movement going on in the Great White North, and it isn't just for hosers and booze heads, it's something very real. It's a concrete wave of strange, new, and exciting dance bands, and the leaders of this movement are those three groups I've mentioned. Weird Dance Canada is taking over. It's weird, it's from Canada, and you can dance to it. So put down your guitars, kids, and pick up a dusty Casio, buy a distortion pedal, and start throwin' down.


Friday, July 28, 2006

Twenty years on, and still nobody treads on the Mats

The greatest rock band ever, next to maybe The Clash--who are of course, in a league all their own; they don't even play the same fucking sport people, admit it--are undoubtedly The Replacements. Every rock band starting out should base everything they do on these two bands. The Replacements had the never-ending youthful energy, the rawest punk attitude, and the greatest songs. Nobody comes close to Paul Westerberg's songwriting, particularly on "Unsatisfied," "Answering Machine," "Left of the Dial," "Here Comes A Regular," "Color Me Impressed"...

The list is almost endless. Thankfully, a Replacements "greatest hits" package is being released this year featuring two new Replacements songs, although not featuring their original lineup. Original guitarist Bob Stinson died in the mid-nineties, so they obviously didn't get his help making the recordings. I'm sure he was there in spirit, in true Bob Stinson fashion however.

Anyway, what I'm getting at with all this is that I'm giving you the chance to download an entire Replacements live set in zip format. A full 25 songs, live in Chicago in 1986, and this is rare shit. So go crazy until this link expires in true digital glory. There's no catch. We're just paying tribute to the greatest band ever.

Highlights: The full band version of "Answering Machine," the cuts off of Tim, the cover of "Nowhere Man." The whole thing is awesome in my opinion.

Download The Replacements - Live in Chicago 1986 here.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Cassettes Won't Listen

This is pretty crazy stuff. Cassettes Won't Listen, the bedroom electronica project of one Jason Drake, has just floored me with his cover of the Pavement classic "Cut Your Hair." Drake crafts a beat-heavy bassed up dance track from the indie rock gods' song about long hair, smoking dope and daydreaming, which is tough to achieve, but they've done it.

Cassettes Won't Listen also has crossed paths with Midlake in the past, and a remix of the Midlake track "Young Bride" can be found here.

Download "Cut Your Hair" here.
Download "Young Bride (CWL Remix)" here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Lounge Lives!!!

Baby Dayliner has not left my stereo in four days. I'm addicted to his "Frank Sinatra over hip hop" approach to music making, and The National loves him, which is good enough for me. If you like Morrissey or James Dean then you'll love this guy; he looks like some badass biker crooner type, only he sings over a sampler and stands alone on stage, which I think is awesome.

His latest album's opening track, "At Least," is just too catchy to ignore. I can't get enough of it, the beat is so tight and big, and his voice is so whimsical and perfect for the track. This might be one of the best singles I've heard in years. I can't wait to see this guy live.

Download "At Least" here.
Visit his official web site here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Obliterate This

As of right now, I am the world's biggest Mission of Burma fan. These guys never fail to disappoint and continually release fantastic records. If 2004's ONoffON didn't show you that they're anything but washed-up, then this record will show that they have already "come back", and they are definitely here to stay.

Comparing this band with, oh, say, The Buzzcocks and their forgettable attempt at reformation, Mission of Burma is like comparing The Beatles with John Lennon's solo stuff. Basically what I'm getting at is that Plastic Ono Band is light years ahead of Let It Be, Rubber Soul, and all that other garbage that MOR patriarch Paul McCartney was involved in. Using this analogy, one concludes that The Obliterati, Mission of Burma's latest record, stomps on any release by any aging, reforming, cash hungry post-post-punk band.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Thom Yorke is awesome and will always be awesome.

The above statement is not an over or under exaggeration. It is spot on, perfectly describing the gentleman, who continues to make awe-inspiring music, particularly that off of his upcoming album The Eraser, a beautiful, electronica record. To raise some hype for the guy, because this album is going to blow everybody away, and to coax a thirst for the whiney, croonin' English art rocker, I've posted this brilliant live cover of a Neil Young classic which you can download here.

Thom Yorke - After the Goldrush (live) *EXPIRED*

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Digital Riot Grrl"

Princesse Rotative has literally just taken me by storm. What amounts to breakcore interspersed with heavy duty blasts of noise, a la Emil Beaulieau or something along those lines, gives me a pleasant headache. I'm reminded of when I first heard Kid606, only this is most certainly not drillnbass, or anything associated with that culture. This is noise music. This is heavy, heavy noise music.

This is how music would sound if Merzbow devoted his life to making records with Squarepusher. I know drumnbass kids that are just flipping out over this shit, and if you listen to it you can hear why, although I love this music and I've never been a huge drumnbass freak. I am into noise though, I love the loud stuff. I freak over Black Vase by Prurient and will relax to Venerology. I like my noise.

And so I give you Princesse Rotative, come to saturate the market with loud, snarly, youthful noise dance. This music gets into you. It cuts you deep. Here's a track, "Ninja Botoc", which I'm sure will let you get the picture.


Princesse Rotative - Ninja Botoc *EXPIRED*