Saturday, October 31, 2015

Good Cover Version: JEFF The Brotherhood Does Mazzy Star

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

When I heard that JEFF The Brotherhood had covered Mazzy Star, I was all sorts of intrigued. After all, those boys are raucous as all get out, how on earth would they handle the layers of lovely emoting done by the one and only Mazzy Star? Quite well, it turns out. The dudes worked up a sneeringly sludgy, gritty cover of "Mary of Silence," totally revamping it into a creeping, rambling slow motion dirge rock mess. And as far as I'm concerned, it sounds mighty good.   




[posted 10.31.15]

Crossing The Pond: MOLARS

Vagaries can be infuriating, but of course they can also create quite an air of mystique. MOLARS, of Leeds, are possessed of such a mystique. I might not know much about them, I'm more than a little smitten. 

This "band from Leeds featuring members of humanity" emits an immediately inescapable infectiousness, thanks to their dynamic, ever so scuzzy, nuggets. The band encourages you to play their clever little clog of an EP Eee Pea loud, and I second that motion. Play it loud, and play it often. 




[posted 10.31.15]

Remix Fix: Screamin Jay Hawkins/Self Evident

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

Seeing as today is Halloween, I figured there were few better subject songs than the late Screamin Jay Hawkins's classic "I Put a Spell on You." 

Remixing such a seminal, hoodoo haunted kook of a song like that one requires a heck of a special touch. And to me, Canadian outfit Self Evident has done a heck of a job putting their smoky, bassy, bleepy electro magic in play, completely transforming the song but not the oddball vibe which contributes to its greatness. The remix, as with the original, has personality to spare. And it's ghoulish little treat indeed. 




[posted 10.31.15]

Video of The Day #81: Michael Jackson

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

When it comes to Halloween, it doesn't get any more classic than Michael Jackson's legendary video for "Thriller." Those of us who came of age in the 80s remember watching this video time and time again, and I still get a shiver watching it now. And can we appreciate just how ahead of the times this clip was in terms of the use of zombies? Such foresight. Not to mention the Vincent Price spooky factor. I hope y'all will be checking out this epic video at least once today as we celebrate the most fun of the annual holidays.  




[posted 10.31.15]

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Video of The Day #80: Caustic Casanova

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

If there's a video I was in the mood to see this morning, Caustic Casanova's epic clip for "Quezalteca Deathswitch Blues" was it. Sepia-toned animation sequences include all sorts of great things like a riff on Alice in Wonderland and mythical creatures (A unicorn! A griffon! A hydra! Oh my!), not to mention a ship filled with a gaggle of battle-ready skeletons. The song itself provides a deliciously dark, full steam ahead raucousness that makes my ears so very happy. Decidedly one of the most interesting bands operating in DC these days.

These three also happen to be out on the road right now, so if they hit your neck of the woods get out there and show your support.    






[posted 10.29.15]

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Week in Shows: 10/26-11/1

A late night wallowing in some pretty serious angst about no longer being by the North Carolina seashore seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

So, the bad thing about this week is that it's the first week after a great vacation, and that's never easy. But the good thing is that it's Hallow-week, which is pretty dang awesome. Some pretty good shows are in town this week, too, and you might just run into yours truly at any show with an asterisk. As always, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 10/26/15

-Peaches + Deap Vally (9:30 Club)
-Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band + Bhi Bhiman (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)

TUESDAY, 10/27/15

-The Ex + Ken Vandermark + Puff Pieces (Black Cat)
-Passing Phases + Shepherds (Paper Haus)

WEDNESDAY, 10/28/15

-Garbage (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Jay Farrar + Holy Sons (Birchmere)
-McLovins + The Southern Belles (Gypsy Sally's)
-July Talk + Little Hurricane + Spirit Animal (DC9)

THURSDAY, 10/29/15

-Garbage (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

FRIDAY, 10/30/15

-Gin Blossoms (Howard Theatre)
-Jackie & The Treehorns + Fortuna + The Corvids (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 10/31/15

-Chad Valley + Keep Shelley in Athens + Stranger Cat + Different Sleep (U Street Music Hall)

SUNDAY, 11/1/15

-Joanna Gruesome + Aye Nako + King of Cats + Polyon (DC9)*
-Youth Lagoon + Moon King (9:30 Club)
-The Polyphonic Spree + Telegraph Canyon (Birchmere)


[posted 10.25.15]

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Video of the Day #79: Field Studies

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

I actually have a small collection of fortunes plucked from fortune cookies over the years, so this video from Nottingham's Field Studies has obvious surface level appeal. On a deeper level, the clip for "Fear on the Rise" shows fortunes in degrees from the banal to the cutting ("Slut," "It's Your Fault," etc.) that play off the song's brooding, melancholic appeal. And I do so love a bit of a clamor, which the end of the song definitely delivers. Both are rather engaging, and I've got plenty of time for both song and video. 





[posted 10.25.15]

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Otherwise Engaged: Dead Professional

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

It drives me absolutely crazy when shows I want to go to come to town whilst I am currently desporting outside of town. Case in point: Dead Professional's gig at IOTA tomorrow night with Oldermost and The Gantry. Oh, sure, I'm sitting pretty by the seashore down here in North Carolina, but I'm still cursing the luck of missing yet another Dead Professional gig in the area. So, y'all, I'm counting on you to go check out these western VA gents and show 'em a great time in Clarendon (and have a great time yourselves in the process). 

  



[posted 10.22.15]

Good Cover Version: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart does James

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

When I was a younger lass, "Laid" by James was on the radio all the time. Or so it felt. And I was more than ok with that, because, let's face it, the song rules. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. FL favorites The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just unleashed a cover of the classic 90s staple, giving it a chilly, delicious pop treatment that retains the original groove, all while substituting Tim Booth's trademark coos with guest lady vocalist Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow). It's totally delightful and totally worth many, many listens.  



[posted 10.22.15]

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Week in Shows: 10/20-10/25

A late night by the North Carolina seashore seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

Forgive my delay once again getting the show picks out, y'all. For once it's not work that's messing with me, it's being out of town having a great time. I can hear crashing waves as I type and I'm considering never going home. At the very least, I'm going to miss all the awesome shows this week, which means y'all better get out there to make up for my absence. As always, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


TUESDAY, 10/20/15

-Crocodiles + Shark Week + Dark Tunnels (Comet Ping Pong) (Extra Recommended!)
-Israel Nash + The Pines (DC9)
-Boys Life + Josh Berwanger Band + John Bustine (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 10/21/15

-Landshapes + Tigers Are Bad For Horses (DC9)
-X Ambassadors + Skylar Grey + Kevin Garrett (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Galactic + Dr. Dog (Howard Theatre)

THURSDAY, 10/22/15

-Teen + Widowspeak + Ava Luna (Comet Ping Pong)
-Caspian + Circle Takes The Square (DC9)
-Here We Go Magic + Big Thief (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 10/23/15

-Foul Swoops + Softspot + Erica Eso (Union Arts)
-Autre Ne Veut + GEMS + Mazed (U Street Music Hall)
-Oldermost + Dead Professional + The Gantry (IOTA)
-Bell Biv Devoe (Howard Theatre)
-Proxy States + Showpony + Cartoon Weapons + 3rd Grade Friends (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 10/24/15

-Babes in Toyland + Kitten Forever (Black Cat)
-Kylesa + Inter Arma + Indian Handcrafts + Irata (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Al Kooper (Mansion on O Street)
-Mikky Ekko + Transviolet (U Street Music Hall)

SUNDAY, 10/25/15

-The Darkness + These Raven Skies (Fillmore Silver Spring)
-Green River Ordinance + The Last Bison + Sean McConnell (U Street Music Hall)
-Cold War Kids (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


[posted 10.20.15]

Crossing the Pond: Rogue Jones

I must confess, when I read the words "nutty" and "Welsh" in the same email header in my inbox, I got a little excited. Some of my favorite music has been made by nutty Welshpersons, a predisposition that makes me quite keen to read any email with such words in the title. 

The email in question was about Rogue Jones, a Cardiff-based boy-girl duo with a duo of singles released thus far. And while I will concur that theirs is a noise that could be considered nutty, it goes deeper than that. The magic of singing predominantly in Welsh certainly brings a hearty dose of quirky exoticism to their songs, and the instrumentation ranges from earnest traditional to twinkling, twisted twee pop with a splash of synth. A full length record is out on Halloween, a date that somehow feels spot on. 

    




[posted 10.19.15]

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Untitled Interview #215: Starring John Harouff (Dead Professional)

If you so happen to have been around these parts for a little while, you know that I'm kinda sorta a big fan of western Virginia outfit Dead Professional

What was once a one-man experiment has (happily) developed into a musical project of some substance, fronted by the one and only John Harouff (he of the incomparable, inherently wry charm and equally wry, charming vocals). Read on for Harouff's thoughts on all things Dead Pro, and be sure to check out the recently released Young Hardware EP. I must say, it's pretty darned excellent. 


And an aside for DC folks, consider checking out Harouff and co. when they hit the stage at IOTA on 10/23. It'll be well worth your time.   


Fuzzy Logic: How do you do? 

John Harouff: Oh, I do alright.

FL: What was the last song you listened to? 

JH: Hmm well my iTunes history seems to be all Billie Holliday and Chet Baker. I like mood music for doing other things (like cleaning, nothing titillating sadly). But the last song I really listened to I think was Roxy Music’s cover of "Jealous Guy." I was just figuring out how to play those lovely chord changes.

FL: Beatles or Stones? 

JH: I rarely intentionally listen to an album by either any more. But both are totally capable of giving me a shiver in some unexpected department store or wherever. You hear "Beast of Burden" on the radio and think, why have so many people given up on that kind of songwriting?

FL: What’s your first music memory? 

JH: A bluegrass band jokingly busting into the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Universal crowd pleaser.

FL: Favorite music-related movie? 

JH: I don’t love biopics and fictionalized stuff. The actors are just never as cool as the musicians they’re supposed to be. They’re almost always too good looking too. But I love documentaries. It’s hard to pick just one but I do remember watching Live Forever, the Brit Pop documentary more than once. Good luck to any actor trying to play Liam Gallagher.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is: 

JH: Closed, of course. I used to work at a place called Plan 9 with most of my best friends at the time. It was a great great and unrepeatable time. Pop history grad school.

FL: What was your first show? 

JH: The first real rock show I ever went to was Bob Dylan crazily. Unfortunately it was about 15 years before my peak Dylan fandom. Hopefully I’ll get another chance.

FL: If you weren't a musician you'd be? 

JH: More secure. Even less satisfied.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of? 

JH: Roger Miller. I could sing his songs all day.






[posted 10.19.15]

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Video of The Day #78: Grooms

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Probably strewn with dozens of metaphors, this little video from Grooms for "Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair" is an intriguing view. How many random objects can you predict making their way up from the Pepto pink depths of this wacky bathtub? It's eccentric, this video, to say the least, and I like it. Makes for a heck of a struggle as to which you pay more attention to, the video or the song. Though ultimately, it's the song that rules the hardest. 





[posted 10.17.15]

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Week in Shows: 10/13-10/18

A how the heck is it already Tuesday late morning seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

Forgive my delay getting the show picks out, y'all. Work deadlines equal a late night doing work stuff which equals no show selections. But let me atone by showing you what's happening in our fair burgh over the next week. Make sure you get out there. You might even catch me out and about over the next few days (any show with a * next to it). As always, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


TUESDAY, 10/13/15

-Shannon & The Clams + Las Rosas + Gauche + DJ Baby Alcatraz (Comet Ping Pong)*
-John Grant + Villagers (The Hamilton)
-Neon Indian + Tamaryn (9:30 Club)
-Paperhaus + Santah + Stronger Sex (DC9)
-Tricot + Cartoon Weapons (Black Cat)
-The Dear Hunter + Chon + Gates (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 10/14/15

-Ringo Deathstarr + Telepathic (Metro Gallery, Baltimore)*
-Mac DeMarc0 + Walter TV + Alex Calder (Howard Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Taj Mahal Trio (The Hamilton)
-Matt Pond PA + Laura Stevenson (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 10/15/15

-Elvis Costello (in conversation with Dan Kois) (6th & I)
-Borns + Avid Dancer (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Blitzen Trapper + The Domestics (Black Cat)
-King Dude + Foie Gras + Naked (DC9)

FRIDAY, 10/16/15

-Mercury Rev + Elysian Fields (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The North Country + Houston in The Blind + Color in Numbers + Little Strike (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 10/17/15

-Dungen + Quilt (DC9)*
-Flavor Waster + Diverr + Jonathan Flanders + Valencia (BDU House)
-Old 97s + Banditos (9:30 Club)
-Electric Grandmother + Catscan! + Showpony + Aggressive Pedestrian (Velvet Lounge)

SUNDAY, 10/18/15

-Herman's Hermits (Birchmere)
-Whitney + Lighting Fires (DC9)
-Eternal Summers + Soccer Team + Polyon (Comet Ping Pong)
-Sunwolf + Lost Civilizations + Utenzil (Black Squirrel)


[posted 10.13.15]

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Good Cover Version: Deradoorian Does Janet Jackson

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Lord love UK label Tin Angel for releasing an album of covers by the one and only Janet Jackson. I'm getting such nostalgia for the 80s and 90s as I listen to each one of these most interesting covers. I've become partial to Deradoorian's version of the legendary "Pleasure Principle," as it adds a slinky neediness to the song as well as some icy, smoldering vocals. Check out the whole record, if you're in the mood.  



[posted 10.11.15]

Video of The Day #77: Hedge Fund

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Y'all know that I'm not likely to complain about a video starring a half naked gentleman. Even if said gentleman is going on a bit of an off-the-deep-end freakout in the middle of a park. And that's precisely what's going down in the interesting little clip for Hedge Fund's "Boyfriend." A breakup song with a twist, the song is catchy as all get out and purrs with a subtlely sinister edge, coupled with just the hint of a leer.  





[posted 10.11.15]

Otherwise Engaged: DRINKS

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

This one definitely stings. I've been all sorts of digging on DRINKS, the darling duo consisting of White Fence/Darker My Love gent Tim Presley and the mystical lady that is Cate LeBon. The twosome's sound is perfect for sunshine supermen and women, full of enchanting oddities and general delightfulness. I'll be in Baltimore this evening, but for folks in the DC area, this one really is worth your time. 





[posted 10.11.15]

Monday, October 5, 2015

Video of The Day #76: Positive No

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Caution: when watching the video for Positive No's "Pedal Through," you might just feel immense nostalgia for the 1990s. You see, the band set the clip in a whirlwind of 90s cliches, and it's a great thing indeed. Humor aside, the song itself is a churning piece of "static-jingle-sonic-fuzz-dream-pop," nostalgic in its own right and featuring some righteous lady vocals. 

DC folks, don't forget these Richmonders are in town tonight at Galaxy Hut. Go see go see! 





[posted 10.5.15]

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Week in Shows: 10/5-10/11

A somewhat gloomy late Sunday afternoon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It's the most wonderful month of the year...in my humble opinion. Fall is the best, and October, being the home of Halloween, is the best of the best. There's a TON of good shows to check out this week, y'all. Make sure you get out there. You might even catch me out and about at several shows over the next few days (any show with a * next to it). Once again, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 10/5/15

-The Lighthouse & The Whaler + Keeps (DC9)*
-Positive No + Alarms & Controls (Galaxy Hut)
-Destroyer + Jennifer Castle (9:30 Club)
-FFS + The Intelligence (Lincoln Theatre)

TUESDAY, 10/6/15

-Luna + Diane Coffee (9:30 Club)
-Oberhofer (U Street Music Hall)
-Computer Magic + Crushn Pain (Black Cat)
-The Glorious Sons + The Jones (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 10/7/15

-Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires + Pujol (Black Cat) (Extra Recommended!)
-Teen Mom + Yairms + Rom (Milhouse)
-Wavves + Twin Peaks (9:30 Club)
-Two Inch Astronaut + Woozy + Fern Mayo + Swings (Above The Bayou)
-Pure Bathing Culture + Wild Ones (Black Cat)
-Autechre (U Street Music Hall)

THURSDAY, 10/8/15

-Kurt Vile & The Violators + Waxahatchee + Luke Roberts (9:30 Club)
-The Zombies (Oddessey & Oracle Live tour) (Lincoln Theatre)
-Teen Daze + Heavenly Beat + Lance Neptune (DC9)
-Br'er + Pleasures + Evil Artform (The Pinch)

FRIDAY, 10/9/15

-Patti Smith (Lisner Auditorium)
-BRNDA + Ruth Rasby + Cherie Nuit + Andrew Bucket (Black Cat)
-Mew + The Dodos (9:30 Club)
-Arkells + TORA + Secret Someones + Yukon Blonde (Jammin Java)
-Matthew Friedberger + Teen Liver (DC9)
-Bells & Hunters (IOTA)
-Hoots & Hellmouth + Annabelle's Curse (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 10/10/15

-Lower Dens + Beverly (Rock & Roll Hotel)*
-The Growlers + The Babe Rainbow (9:30 Club)
-Futurebirds + Sleepwalkers (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 10/11/15

-Gringo Star + Joy Classic (Metro Gallery, Baltimore)*
-DRINKS + Droor (DC9)
-Electric Six + Yip Deceiver (Black Cat)
-Andrew Belle + Eileen Graham (Jammin Java)
-Lucero (9:30 Club)


[posted 10.4.15]

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Video of The Day #75: Loose Buttons

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

I am decidedly in favor of all sorts of shenanigans, and that's precisely what goes on in the video for the excellent Loose Buttons song "Thrill." In 80s-style video the band frolics through Miami, engaging in not recommended at home antics like riding a skateboard behind a car and wearing a dodgy headdress. The song itself is an all sorts of catchy scuzz pop number, full of all manner of things that, like the Faces, the Loose Buttons fellas are good boys...when they're asleep, that is.  





[posted 10.3.15]

On The Road Again: Garbage

When I was a younger lass, it was impossible to get away from Garbage. They were everywhere, and that was definitely ok. 

It's been 20 years (HOW?!) since the release of their landmark debut record, and to celebrate the band is not only re-releasing the record in various formats with various goodies, but is hitting the road to boot. I suggest you go to one of the shows just to appreciate the total badass babe that is Shirley Manson, though hearing them tear through a bevy of old favorites is an inducement as well. 


GARBAGE TOUR DATES

October 6, 2015 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
October 7, 2015 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
October 8, 2015 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
October 10, 2015 Las Vegas, NV Blvd Pool @ Cosmopolitan Hotel
October 13, 2015 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
October 14, 2015 Austin, TX Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 15, 2015 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
October 17, 2015 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theatre
October 18, 2015 Madison, WI Orpheum
October 19, 2015 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Theater
October 21, 2015 Boston, MA Orpheum
October 23, 2015 Westbury, NY The Space @ Westbury
October 24, 2015 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theater
October 26, 2015 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 28, 2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 29, 2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

EUROPEAN TOUR

October 31, 2015 Cologne, Germany Palladium
November 2, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark Store Vega
November 4, 2015 Tillburg, Holland 013
November 5, 2015 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
November 7, 2015 Paris, France Zenith
November 8, 2015 London, UK Brixton Academy
November 9, 2015 London, UK Brixton Academy
November 11, 2015 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall
November 13, 2015 Manchester, UK Academy
November 14, 2015 Edinburgh, UK Usher Hall



[posted 10.3.15]

Friday, October 2, 2015

Video of The Day #74: Eskimeaux

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Dreary days like this definitely call for a video like Eskimeaux's "Broken Necks." Frolicking cereal boxes and spontaneous back flips are just the start of the buoyant clip for this wistful, whimsical devotion. An ending and a beginning in one, and it's the sweetest.  






[posted 10.2.15]

Singles Club: Oscar

Now here's a boy with quite a thorn in his side. One name boy wonder Oscar has just unleashed the single "Breaking My Phone," and it's one of those songs that I just can't get enough of.

An ode to the pains of love not just for those involved but also touching upon the lovesick plight of the mobile phones of the world, Oscar's latest effort is a catchy, darkly brooding, grimy little nugget, poppy but thankfully way more substantive than the usual pop drivel. And then there's that voice. I swoon every time.  



[posted 10.2.15]