Monday, February 27, 2012

Bands On Film #2: Gringo Star @ Hard Rock Cafe, 2/25/12

[all photos by Megan Petty]

Singles Club: Bright Moments

Let's be real here, my little amours. Monday mornings are not fun, as a rule. So as we all sit around, trying to ward off the inevitable arrival of another morning of Mondayness with a serious case of the sads, let's do the weekly bedtime procrastination dance to a new little ditty, shall we?

Kelly Pratt, aka Bright Moments, has done the multi-instrumentation thing for LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and Beirut, and is now bounding his way into the solo realms. "Travelers" is off his new release, Natives, on the global go-getter label Luaka Bop, and it is fabulous. The song is a serious party and a half, lively as all get out and the perfect thing to listen to when trying to stave off a case of the work week blues. If this is indicative of what Pratt can do, I'm about to be all ears, y'all.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Free For All: The Seventeenth Century

Times are tough out there, and for many of us buying music has become quite an indulgence (albeit a necessary one). Happily, there are some lovely musician folk out there that have offered up some fruits of their labors to the masses, free of charge. Free For All celebrates these wonderful people, and you, dear reader types.

On occasion, concept recordings can be pretty dang awesome. Mind you, it has to be something pretty special to get my attention (and keep it). When it's a Glaswegian indie folk band making the concept songs, well, that certainly sweetens the pot as far as I'm concerned. The Seventeenth Century is offering up a pair of freebies charmingly entitled Two Dutch Masters, with good reason. Please refer to their Bandcamp page for the full details, full of radio tomfoolery and museum hijinks. There's plenty of pretty folktasticness to go around in these two songs, and it's not exactly venturing out on a limb to say that I'm beginning to fall in smit with The Seventeenth Century. Have a listen for yourself, and make sure to nab both songs. You'll probably thank me.

Video Vixens: PYYRAMIDS

It's not a secret that I'm not really a fan of small humans (you know, children). But I sometimes make exceptions. I'm gonna make one now, because this here video is extremely fantastic, and stars one heck of an adorable little chica.

PYYRAMIDS has this great, great little song called "Don't Go," and sometimes a great video can help make a great song even, well, greater. See the little blonde lass adorably mime the words as various cuteness envelops her! Even I can't find fault with the precocious preciousness that ensues.

Hear the slinky, bittersweet breathiness of Drea Smith singing a song that really, really gets me right in cold black heart (which is particularly vulnerable at this time of February, damn you ghosts of gentlemen callers past). It's a video that in itself is rather addictive, and the song too shares that must-have quality.

mp3: Don't Go (PYRRAMIDS from the Human Beings EP)