Taken in Vancouver BC on Sept. 29, 2012.
featuring @slazzle rocking the mic. love that woman.
This is the show I was at!! It was absolutely incredible. Easily one of the best I’ve been to… well, since the last time I saw Amanda Palmer live.Source: amandapalmerphotos
Matt & Kim - Let’s Go
Haters can hate, but I adore Matt & Kim. Their new album Lightning is exactly what I would expect of them. Not only is it super fun and catchy, it’ll just make you feel good. There’s something to be said for the simplicity they present with their music. Though I have to say that they are branching out a bit with loops and multilayering in a direction that I’m pretty happy with.
And, as always, they’re music video is fucking fantastic.
Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra - Do It With A Rockstar
Here we are, boys, girls, and everything else. The new Amanda Palmer, Theatre is Evil, is out.
And it fucking rocks.
Now, to be honest, I’m already a huge Amanda Palmer fan, but even if you have never heard of her, you need to listen to this album. For the first time, Amanda Palmer has recorded an album with a full band accompanying her and it’s truly amazing what she was able to produce.
Every song on this album has its own sound, and the tracks skip between different genres with an ease that’s hard to find in a lot of modern music. Whether it’s the shoegaze inspired soundcrush of the opening track Smile (Pictures or it Didn’t Happen), the 90s pop punk power chords of Want It Back, the Cure-like synths of Grown Man Cry, the 80s pop rock (and total My Sharona parody) of Melody Dean, the stripped down solo piano in the heartbreaking Bed Song, or… well, you get the idea, it’s all good and it’s all different. Do yourself a favour and buy this album. It’s worth having.
I also went to see her live a few days ago, and it was astounding. I’ve never seen someone with such natural stage presence. Various antics ensued. It was amazing. If you have the opportunity, go see her. Don’t even think about it. Buy a ticket. Damn.
I’ll stop gushing now. Go out there and listen to some music!
Yeasayer - Longevity
Yeasayer released a new album as well!! They’re going a bit further into their electronic side with this one, and some of the tracks would probably sound very at home in a club, but I think that it’s really good. I’ve been playing it non-stop at work. Excellent for walking down a sunny street early in the morning. And, as always, their music video is a little unsettling in the most awesome way.
Teen Daze - Treten
Teen Daze is a B.C. (yay!) based ambient/chillwave musician. The music that I’ve heard of his varies between being really tuned down or pretty damn dancey. I like it, it’s nice space out music. Plus, watch the music video if you enjoy scuba divers and dolphins.
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Who
Alright, I’m going to get this out of the way right now: I am not very familiar with The Talking Heads at all.
I know, I suck, moving along.
I really like this album. I’ve heard it hasn’t gotten the greatest reviews, but whatever! What do professional music reviewers know, right? I think the entire thing really captures… well, how weird both Byrne and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) are. (Anyone who’s been following me for a while knows my love of Clark’s work)
Listen to this album twice. You may not like it the first time, but it’ll grow on you. Their voices work together in the strangest way.
Also, this video rocks. Way to still have moves, David Byrne. You the man.
mewithoutYou - Cardiff Giant
So mewithoutYou’s new album came out finally! It is pretty good. As much as I hate to say it, the album’s not as memorable as some of their others, though it’s still very enjoyable. It’s nice to see them getting a bit back into their roots (February 1978 being a good example). They seem to be settling some of the different sounds they’ve experimented with in the past into a very interesting amalgamation.
Cardiff Giant is not only (in my opinion) one of the more stand-out tracks on the album, but also a pretty accurate summary of the feel of the album, though I highly encourage you to check it out in its entirety. It is a concept album, after all. One telling the story of a circus train that crashes, and the subsequent events surrounding the animals that were in the train. The story can be a bit hard to follow at times, but it’s definitely worth a listen. Check it out!!
Grimes - Genesis
Damn Grimes, you cray. I should probably go see her live, looks like a good show.
In other news!:
Life’s been crazy, sorry for not updating more (which is what I say whenever I post, but I still mean it!) I have a few posts to write, so I’mma get on that.