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The Dirtbombs – We Have You Surrounded

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I’ve been a long-time fan of Mick Collins. The Gories is high up on the list of greatest garage rock bands ever and The Dirtbombs has always been a fascinating band to follow. On every new Dirtbombs’ record the aim has been to work around a new concept and a different sound entirely – garage punk, classic soul and ready pop-rock.

It’s been a long time since the last proper, Dirtbombs album, but now the draught is finally over as “We Have You Surrounded” was released on In The Red a couple of days ago. Further, it is not the bubblegum album that Mick Collins was promising a couple of years ago as the final instalment in the Dirtbombs saga. Instead, they recorded a concept album around the decline of the human civilisation, it’s about a future dystopia, no less.

On the sound side of things, The Dirtbombs is still the Dirtbombs but on this record they’re also trying t become a more versatile band. Almost every track sees the Dirtbombs go in a new direction and trying a new strategy. In short this means the record has its ups and downs. However, in my opinion the ups outnumber the downs.

Leopardman At C&A is a song written by comic king Alan Moore for Bauhaus. They never got round to recording it so The Dirtbombs took the challenge and recorded it in way that reflects Moore’s special brand of dystopian paranoia, while still rocking hard

Mp3: The Dirtbombs – “Leopardman at C&A

On Sherlock Holmes The Dirtbombs turns Sparks’ original synth-laden track into a tune driven by guitars but still keeping this sad and strange love-song in midtempo. 

Mp3: The Dirtbombs – “Sherlock Holmes


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February 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

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The Dodos record Daytrotter session

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The Dodos is going to release their debut “Visiter” on the awesome label Frenchkiss in a little over two weeks (March 18th). What I’ve heard so far is very promising and now they’ve also visited Daytrotter and recorded a short session.

The San Franciscans performed:

It’s That Time Again
Paint The Rust

The full set can be downloaded here.

Mp3: The Dodos – “Fools

In other Frenchkiss news, Les Savy Fav is still out touring and promoting their awesome “Let’s Stay Friends,” and recently they stopped by KEXP, for an interview and a short performance. More here

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February 29, 2008 at 9:50 am

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Live Report: Yeasayer at Lido

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 “Our drummer is spontaneously combusted, I think” vocalist Chris Keating tells us as the stage is covered in a thick blanket of smoke halfway through their set. From somewhere inside the smoke, drummer Luke Fasano answer that he has lost his glasses. “That’s so rock’n’roll” bassist Ira Wolf Tuton laughs, and Chris Keating turns around to the audience and in apologetic tone says “oh, we’re probably never gonna warm-up for ACDC.”

That’s probably true, but Yeasayer still delivered a highly energetic performance and really put Lido on fire in a typical old fashioned rock’n’roll way yesterday.

yeasayer-hair.jpgAfter a slow start, throughout the two first songs it seemed like the Brooklyn guys were more concerned with their hair than with the music (see picture right), they really kick-started themselves and commanded the audience’s unconditional attention for the rest of the set. The songs from “All Hours Cymbals” became imbued with a ragged spontaneity and an edge that really added something extra compared to the album versions.

Yeasayer –  especially live – combines sweetsour harmonies and polyrhythmic extremes. Indian Raga, African drumming, straight indie rock, synthetic bleeps and blops, and it all melds into a singular sound. A singular sound that is both danceable and emotional at the same time. 

The track that really stood out yesterday was “2080”. It seemed to have been restructured a bit from the album version and was really quite extraordinary. See the clip below.

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February 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm

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LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas

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Stereogum has just premiered the new LCD Soundsystem track “Big Ideas,” and it’s really killing me. The song’s written for the blackjack movie 21 and it’s just utterly amazing! More info over at Stereogum.

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February 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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Yeasayer @ Lido

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All Hours Cymbal was for me one of the better albums of 2007 and I’m still playing it frequently trying to fully grasp the core of Yeasayer‘s equivocal and unusual sound. The album espouses a kind of mystical aura, an aura I’ve wanted to experience in live setting for a long time.

Tomorrow, it’s finally time as Yeasayer vistits Berlin and Lido for the first time. Below are a couple of mp3’s of Yeasayer live at La Sala Rossa.

Mp3: Yeasayer – “2080

Mp3: Yeasayer – “Red Cave

Mp3: Yeasayer – “Sunrise

(Via Trendwhore)  

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February 25, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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The Coathangers

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Just found a new video from the Atlanta quartet The Coathangers.  They chose the name — an irreverent take on abortions — for its vulgarity. Though pro-choice, the band members say they don’t consider themselves politically motivated. Instead, their selection of the name reflects their playful and maybe ironic attitude towards music and music-making.

The Coathangers say what they want to say, do what they want to do, and they write songs because they want to have fun. The songs are catchy, often perverse, and lots of fun. They all sing, and they all play just about every instrument on stage to some level of success.

“Tonya Harding” is a keyboard-laced dance punk track spiked with whoo-whoo background vocals, occasionally shredding guitars, and rhythm sections that seem slightly out-of-step at times

The Coathangers – “Tanya Harding” from ataricharm on Vimeo.

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February 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm

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Sunday Morning Music: The Smiths

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For all those who like The Smiths but never got the chance to see them live and probably never will, I just want to recommend the clips from their performance on the German TV-show Rockpalast. Playing live in Markthalle, Hamburg in the spring of 1984, this is The Smiths on top of their game. The performance seems so effortless but at the same time it’s also totally mesmerizing.

Every part of the performance is up on youtube.

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February 24, 2008 at 11:16 am

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