Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vaadat Charigim - Witches and Demos

Another beauty from Vaadat Charigim, out of Tel Aviv. Every blogger under the sun is attempting to make sense of their Hebrew lyrics via Google Translate, myself included, but the band's best quality is that they're able to capture a mood even in spite of any wall in communication between speakers and non-speakers of the language. And that is why I will promote the hell out of anything they release.

That said - while they don't capture that vibrant, romantic '80s quality of those previously posted tracks, here are their demos:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cat Power - Sun

My review of the newest Cat Power record has been posted at Your Flesh, and friends, it must be said that Sun is both marvelous and a great change of pace for Chan Marshall. While I'm not wild about the awkward transition in tracks that concludes the record (and yes, I know we indie folk have a tendency to praise any efforts of genre fusion as though it's never been done), the album is overall a musical experiment gone right, as well as a demonstration of self- and world-awareness. Really do recommend it.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Average news pertaining to the Twilight Sad.

I'm sorry. I despise remixes so, so much, and this Liars remix of the Twilight Sad's "Nil" is no exception, much as I love both in their own right.

But I'm posting this to let you know of the Twilight Sad remix album arriving November 20 on FatCat.

The tracklist for the album is as follows:

1. Sick (Brokenchord Remix)
2. Sick (Com Truise Remix)
3. Nil (Liars Remix)
4. Not Sleeping (Tom Furse Dub mix)
5. Alphabet (Instrumental) (JD Twitch/ Optimo Remix)
6. Not Sleeping (Warsnare Remix)
7. Nil (Breton Remix)
8. Alphabet (Ambassadeurs Remix)
9. Sick (Brokenchord Remix 2)

I'm also posting this to lead into a mention of their upcoming tour with Errors, which unfortunately does not include the west coast...

11/5  - New York, NY:  Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/6 - Hamden, CT: The Space
11/7 - Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
11/8 - Washington, DC: The Rock and Roll Hotel
11/9 - Durham, NC: Casbah
11/10 - Atlanta, GA: The Masquerade - Hell
11/13 - Austin, TX: Red 7
11/14 - Dallas, TX: Club Dada
111/5 - Kansas City, MO: Record Bar
11/16 - Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle
11/17 - Cleveland, OH: Grog Shop
11/18 - Toronto, ON: Horseshoe Tavern
11/20 - Alston, MA: Great Scott

Micachu's coming!

Micachu and the Shapes

Moon Pearl, Sara Lov

Sun, September 23, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Bootleg Bar - Los Angeles

Monday, September 17, 2012

Beware! 2012 will be the year of thee yikes.

Happy Tuesday, friends. Today, I've got a track by Philadelphia's LE Yikes SURF CLUB, fronted by Gary Viteri (of Dirty Tactics, who would've fared quite well in 2004 but showed up a bit late). LE Yikes SURF CLUB is a fast and dirty garage rock band that, in all truth, resembles numerous others from the last five or six years, a trend surely aided by the initial excitement of Black Lips' arrival an approximate decade ago.

They've got this new EP out, Yikes, and it consists of rock n' roll that's well-suited to Viteri's youthful nag -- lo-fi and quick, with an intro borrowed from Joy Division's "Shadowplay" ("No Thanks") and a carefree energy that could just as easily be demonstrative of origins in Los Angeles or San Diego as Philly. Unfortunately, everyone's gonna try to compare them to Fidlar.

Purchase a limited edition cassette and CD pairing for $5.50! Limited pressing of 100, and includes stickers and buttons.

You don't like things that stick to other things? The digital album is available here.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Decent band. Terrible name. See them on tour!

09/14  Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
09/15  San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven *
09/16  El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace *
09/17  Tempe, AZ @ Rogue Bar *
09/18  Phoenix, AZ @ Revolver Records *
09/19  Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge *
09/20  San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink *
09/22  Oakland, CA @ 1234 Records *
09/23  San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar *
09/25  Eugene, OR @ TBA *
09/26  Portland, OR @ Boom Bap *
09/28  Portland, OR @ The Know *
09/29  Spokane, WA @ Mootsy's *
09/30  Missoula, MT @ Zoo City Apparel *
10/01  Boise, ID @ The Crux *
10/02  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed *
10/03  Albuquerque, NM @ Winning Coffee *
10/04  Norman, OK @ The Deli *
10/05  Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola's *

* w/ Feuding Fathers

Redd Kross - Researching the Blues

Your Flesh recently posted my review of the newest Redd Kross record; these guys are cheery and make for a funny interview, but in sum, Researching the Blues somewhat suffers from Kate Bush Syndrome. What is this, you ask? Kate Bush took a long hiatus between The Red Shoes and Aerial, and given such, Aerial was a decent record but sounded dated because it picked up in 2005 where her 1993 record had left off. The fifteen-year difference between the last two Redd Kross album mimics this issue quite thoroughly. Researching the Blues is a fun record, surely, but...well, compare them to what they once were, and to what music was in 1997.

What they are:

What they once were (gripe I might, but dare to call this anything less than perfect):

PAWS. Me-ow.

More good things from the other side of the world! FatCat, known for signing marvelous Scottish bands, has recently acquired the Glasgow band PAWS, and PAWS not only have a debut record coming out on October 9 (look for the LP Cokefloat!), but they've got a couple live sessions that are readily available for viewing. The first is a new FatCat session and the second is a Toad session, recorded an approximate year ago by Matthew over at Song, by Toad. Matthew's been slowly building an empire from within his home, and PAWS complemented his fireplace façade quite nicely.

Vaadat Charigim/Exceptions Committee

Very recently received a submission called "Odisea," the newest single off what will be a debut record from Vaadat Charigim, of Tel Aviv. It's 80s-tacular and will appeal to fans of Slumberland Records, or perhaps bands like Crocodiles, the Smiths, or Echo and the Bunnymen.

Given such, it should be said that Vaadat Charigim follow the 1980s New Romantic tradition of following tragedy with poetry. The world is doomed? Let us close our eyes and kiss the world goodbye! It's cliche, and it's beautiful. They make what many bands in the U.S. and U.K. have been making for years, but they've got a better sense of humor.

Presumably, most of you don't speak Hebrew - luckily, the band had the foresight to send along a translation of their lyrics, so here they shall be included:

When the missles will fall in the streets of Tel Aviv
What will we wear
And what music will we be into
And how will we pass the time till then?

When the shopping mall will collapse into intself
And the city within a city will fade with it

Please, please, please, please, kiss me at the end of the world

When the missles will fall on central station,
The black city will rise in the air
And swallow the white

If we are all doomed to die in a giant blast wave
Let's live today as if it's yesterday

Please, please, please, please, kiss me at the end of the world