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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:59 pm

paul wrote:
didja know the male lead of Zoey Van Goey is Canadian? I only found out recently. Funny combination of folk, actually... a Canadian, Londoner, and Irishman... recording in Glasgow. LOL
i read that somewhere too and wondered... they probably all were born in various countries and grew up in sunny glasgow...
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:14 pm

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paul wrote:
didja know the male lead of Zoey Van Goey is Canadian? I only found out recently. Funny combination of folk, actually... a Canadian, Londoner, and Irishman... recording in Glasgow. LOL
i read that somewhere too and wondered... they probably all were born in various countries and grew up in sunny glasgow...

I know Michael John (guitarist) only recently moved to Glasgow, and now lives next door to Stuart Murdoch's studio - as I've gathered from multiple interviews with Catherine Ireton regarding The Go Away Birds / God Help The Girl ... but he and Catherine were both in Ireland, Cork specifically, as late as 2005. Matt obviously grew up in North America, as he really doesn't have a UK accent, Kim I have no idea about.
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:43 pm

incidentally - does anyone here listen to the Stars? canadian band originally from Toronto but they went to NYC for awhile and i think they are in Montreal now... they have 3 or 4 albums (with another out this year hopefully) and is very much in the tastes of this forum i think... personally i like the third LP, Set Yourself on Fire but i'm not sure if thats what most folks like.. but what got me into them was Amy Millan who i'm pretty sure has been mentioned here before.. she has contributed to Broken Social Scene and sang with a favourite artist of mine, Luke Doucet awhile back... but she has a coupla solo albums for what shes really known for with great tracks like "skinny boy" and my favourite "he brings out the whiskey in me"... anyhow check her/them out
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:02 pm

I should probably mention my latest obsession... which is the new Titus Andronicus album, "The Monitor". It's probably about as far away from CO as you can get... but it's a really terrific album by a trio of Jersey boys. Full of all kinds of high and low brow references (from Bruce Springsteen to Keystone Light!). Beautiful 7 minute punk opuses.

Really loved their first album, too. ("The Airing of Grievances"... how can you not love a Seinfeld reference as an album title?!). Some of the songs sound a little Pogues-ish... but I love the Pogues... so what the hell is wrong with that?

I honestly didn't really think they'd be able to top their first album... But "The Monitor" really has... in terms of energy, musicianship, lyricism, everything. I really can't recommend this album enough. Definitely my favorite album to come out since "My Maudlin Career". They're playing a gig in northern NJ, but it's actually sold out! Hoping they release a few tix so I can go. Saw them once last year... but it was all material from the 1st album.
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:40 pm

thanks derek - will check them out... Pogues fan myself!..
found this corroboration page interestin.. still goin thru it all tho.. Eardrumspop

http://www.eardrumspop.com/releases-2/
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:56 pm

some more stuff i found today as per a twitt....
young guy named Aidan knight from west coast i think... great vocals on his album which is described as "an intimate eight-song collection of haunted chamber folk and moody acoustic pop"... can listen (and download) for free from his website... http://aidanknight.bandcamp.com/ but well worth the listen..
here's a "cool" vid of a performance on the rockies i assume...
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:53 pm

Just saw Los Campesinos! a few nights ago.

Really fun Welsh band that puts on a really terrific live show. Definitely recommend you all check them out.

I actually saw Titus Andronicus open for them last year. But LC! were even better on this current tour.

here's a live video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar_ijjhjiAk
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:58 pm

ooo - i like LC but havent listened to em in quite a bit... really fun music. did you put up a setlist? curious as to what they play live cause i dont think my fave tracks are the "popular" ones..
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:15 pm

I think this was the setlist:

I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
Death to Los Campesinos!
Miserabilia
A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
There Are Listed Buildings
Romance Is Boring
Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
My Year in Lists
Straight in at 101
This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
You! Me! Dancing!
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

pretty good mix of stuff from the 3 albums. they played pretty much all the 'hits'.

"You! Me! Dancing!" was probably the highlight.
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:27 pm

derek or anyone else in NY.. was wonderin if you have ever seen a band called "steel train"... cheesy band name but not bad music - was led to them by a cover song by Tegan and Sara... apparently, their new album is out this month and they invited a bunch of female artists to cover the album and are releasing them as "Terrible Thrills Vol. 1".. i see even a Scarlett Johanson one on ther??
anyhow - they just played their cd-release last night at the Mercury Lounge so was wonderin if you went...
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:09 pm

not sure if there are any Metric fans on here but theyre playin at a free show in TO and NYC..

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Thurs August 5 at 9 pm we play Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell in NYC (9th Street & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)

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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:34 pm

came across this band awhile back and coulda sworn it was on this site or seekmagic... maybe shack.. dunno but anyhow, theyre called Twin Atlas.. well were called as i guess theyre callin it quits but are now offering all their stuff (for free) here...
http://www.thetwinatlas.com/

sorta like YoLaTengo, Guided by voices, Simon n Garf maybe Elliott Smith... i found this decriptive and it works (tho i'm freezin here in the dead o winter... -20C today (bout -2F for you down south)..

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If you’re looking for some new jams to soundtrack your lazy fall evenings, you’re not going to do much better than The Twin Atlas. The duo’s new record Good Light sounds like it was tailor made for drives at dusk or just sitting around the house with the windows open. Adjectives like “hazy,” “lush,” and “dreamy” keep popping up in my head as I listen to the band’s music, and it only takes approximately two seconds into “Versions” to understand why. The band’s wonderful harmonies combine with a galloping beat to form the perfect music for squeezing the last bit out of the days before hoodie weather starts.

The Twin Atlas resides somewhere in-between genres; the music is too urgent to be called folk, but too laid back to be called pop. The band doesn’t so much play songs as they conjure up little vignettes that stick around just long enough to make an impression before fading away. The songs on the album are all fairly similar to each other, but criticism here kind of misses the point. This isn’t a record to sit around and analyze, the songs are great and these guys know what they’re doing. This is music made for being contentedly lazy and watching the clouds roll by. At least until winter gets here.
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:44 am

So these first two months of 2011 are just packed to death with awesomeness.

Here's all the releases I know about

Already out...

Destroyer - Kaputt (1/25)
So I'm new to Destroyer but I immediately liked this, despite the distinct "department store muzak" vibe. I've listened now about a dozen times and bought a couple of the back catalog since last Tuesday. The new one has a drastically different instrument arrangement than the old albums, but the sonic simplicity and tight arrangements are still there. Rarely are more than four sounds happening simultaneously.

Apex Manor (1/25)
This is a new, new group, but some folk might recognize the lead guy as the lead guy from the now defunct Broken West. I was new to The Broken West, but I am really digging them as well. Album hasn't arrived in the mail yet, the two tracks I've heard already though are very awesome. If you like Telekinesis, Spoon, Cornershop, or are just a general fan of power pop, you should like Apex Manor.

Coming in a week or two:

Zoey Van Goey - Propeller vs. Wings (2/14)
If you don't already know about this than you've never visited our forum before.
I've only heard the one track from the contest so far! Damn I'm excited though. The album has leaked to the interwebs but I am holding back. I don't know why I'm holding back... an antiquated sense of propriety and the future feeling of self-righteousness for waiting, perhaps?

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines (2/15)
I preordered this one back in OCTOBER, can't believe it's been so long. I've heard it now from NPR's "first listen" stream. It's good. I don't love it. Maybe it'll grow on me, I hope so. New version of "Dirty Thing", I like the EP version better, but the difference between them reminds me of the two versions of The Beatles' "Revolution One".

East River Pipe - We Live In Rented Rooms (2/15)
Almost finished listening right now through the Merge player. Musically, it's a great spin-down album. Love the Rhodes. And it'll probably make you tear up.




Okay so these are all Merge releases except for ZVG, but that's the only label-blog I read and I rarely read music review sites because they're all terrible.
So anything I've missed?
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:09 pm

nice paul..

havnt listened to the first 2 on your list but i'm practically bursting not to listen to the zvg leak.. i too have it pre-ordered and am trying not to succumb like a kid with a christmas present with a little tear in the wrapping.. i've heard 3 tunes so far tho.. my aviator - part of the contest, Mountain on Fire (on BBC) and Cake And Eating It (free DL on their bandcamp page).. now that i check i see you can listen to another on bbc... hmm

i really liked that first telekinesis album you recommended before.. hopefully, the newer one just needs a spin or two! i came across a nice little cover of "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (Electric Light Orchestra) on a various artists comp called "sing me to sleep - indie lullabies". i picked it up for a Stars cover of the Smiths but theres a weird cover by the papercuts doing don henley's "boys of summer" - i sorta hate that song so thats why its weird for me i guess..
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:38 pm

as far as new releases, i havnt been checking into that - i have been looking for new stuff and

iron & wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (1/25) - i'm very new to this guy but he's absolutely fantastic and i've been ploughing thru his extensive discography! american singer songwriter - kind of folk rock..

in sort of the same vein...
boy & the bear - With Emperor Antartica only heard this EP that they released in Dec but i love it already... theyre from australia

some of the more pop stuff i've listened to lately are mostly from the Elefant 6 townhall.. Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power and Of Montreal.. i really really like Elf Power - great low-fi pop.. oh and also Sunshine Fix is pretty amazing stuff.. they might be more your cup of tea paul..

other than that, i know Those Dancing Days are supposed to have a new one out in the near future (lead singer's the gal who sang on the last God Help the Girl single) and the Submarines as well but not sure how many here like them..
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:49 pm

tonybolony wrote:
nice paul..

havnt listened to the first 2 on your list but i'm practically bursting not to listen to the zvg leak..

The Destroyer guy used to work a lot with The New Pornographers. I'm not really a fan of TNP, but I think if you like them you'd probably like Destroyer. The name put me off at first, for a long time I thought it was a thrash metal band! But far from it. Very simple, quiet, acoustic arrangements. People have compared him to David Bowie and Bob Dylan. The new album is great but the old ones were quite a find.

Forgot to add to my list,

Jonny (2/1, 4/12)
From one of the Teenage Fanclub guys and some other guy. You can buy it from Merge right now and they send you a download link, then a CD on the release date. Anyway, I streamed it and got bored by track 3, so no buy from me.

I know you've mentioned it already, what did you think of the album Tony?

Speaking of TFC though, Francis Macdonald did an album like 9 years ago which is now available on his site! http://francismacdonald.bandcamp.com/
I don't know what I think about it yet, but I love his voice.

tonybolony wrote:
some of the more pop stuff i've listened to lately are mostly from the Elefant 6 townhall.. Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power and Of Montreal.. i really really like Elf Power - great low-fi pop.. oh and also Sunshine Fix is pretty amazing stuff.. they might be more your cup of tea paul..

I'll probably be labeled as an indie heretic for saying this, but I don't actually like Neutral Milk Hotel. I do like Of Montreal but am not really big into them. I am defo going to check out Elf Power and Sunshine Fix though. Love me some lofi pop. Thanks for the tips!
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PostSubject: Re: Some newfangled muzak   Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:00 pm

i'm actually touch and go with NMH.. i've just been trying to give them a fair shake so that i dont miss out on potential musical geniuses.. i do love the fuzzieness of songs like Holland and Ghost. maybe its his voice thats puttin me off.. dunno.
i feel the same for Jonny - i gave em a few trials but didnt really feel the need to listen again. maybe i was expecting something TFCish with a twist.. again, i'm afraid i'm missing the genius..
thanks for the Francis link.. listenin now
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