Releases of September, 2010:
as heard on radiospin on September 30th, 2010
under album, electronic, pop, preview, recommended, remix
The men of Chromeo releases their third full-length album and a testament to the growth and further sophistication the band has undergone over the many years they’ve been collaborating. After their sophomore release, Fancy Footwork, pushed them into the stratosphere of party-rocking, club-banging, and heart-thrilling electrofunk, we might consider Business Casual their postgraduate work. In these uncertain times of financial upheaval and musical mediocrity, Chromeo‘s Business Casual is a testament to the fact that inspirational funk shall always prevail.
Vive le Chromeo!
TITLE: Business Casual
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 39:38 min.
01. Hot Mess [03:40]
02. I’m Contagious [03:39]
03. Night By Night [03:47]
04. Don’t Turn the Lights On [04:33]
05. You Make It Rough [07:19]
06. When the Night Falls [03:45]
07. Don’t Walk Away [03:31]
08. J’ai Claque la Porte [02:26]
09. The Right Type [03:55]
10. Grow Up [03:03]
Solo album from the Stereolab/Monade vocalist. Laetitia Sadier has been performing her new songs at solo live shows with just voice and electric guitar, but for The Trip she packed a band sound, with musical collaborators including Americans Rebecca Gates, Richard Swift and April March and French musicians Julien Gasc and Emmanuel Mario (who also collaborated on the final Monade album Monstre Cosmic). The band sound was conceived with a spare touch in mind. It was Laetitia’s intention not to “overload or layer” the music on the new record too much. This is the result.
ARTIST: Laetitia Sadier
TITLE: The Trip
LABEL: Drag City
RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2010
TIME: 34:27 min.
01. One Million Year Trip [05:03]
02. Fluid Sand [04:34]
03. Our Interests Are the Same [00:11]
04. Natural Child [04:01]
05. Statuts Can Bend [02:57]
06. By the Sea [03:45]
07. Unfasten [00:25]
08. Un Soir, Un Chien [04:50]
09. Another Monster [02:50]
10. Ceci Est le Coeur [03:21]
11. Summertime [02:00]
12. Release, Open Your Little Earthling Hands [00:30]
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as heard on radiospin on September 28th, 2010
under album, electronic, indie, post-rock, preview, recommended
Just as Jupiter eclipses the other planets in our solar systems Lights Out Asia eclipse expectations by delivering their most expansive album to date: meticulously molded ambient soundscapes permeate In the Days of Jupiter, the fourth album from tri-state post-rock trio, and give it its embracing sound.
ARTIST: Lights Out Asia
TITLE: In the Days of Jupiter
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2010
TIME: 65:59 min.
01. All These Worlds Are Your [02:26]
02. Excerpt Europa [03:58]
03. Attempt No Landings There [08:45]
04. All Is Quiet in the Valley [04:16]
05. 13 A.M. [05:32]
06. Arbres Paisible [01:37]
07. Great Men from Unhealthy Ground [10:03]
08. Currents Meet the Tide [06:32]
09. Then I Hope You Like the Desert [08:02]
10. Shifting Sands Wreck Ships [10:34]
11. Bye Bye November [04:14]
as heard on radiospin on September 27th, 2010
under album, experimental, indie, preview, recommended
Bubblegum, the mind-blowing sixth album from Clinic, is exactly 40 minutes long. Usually, long-players by this most extraordinary British band clock in at a clipped half-hour: that makes an extra 33% of murky psychedelic/punk excellence. But there’s a little more to it than that: this one comes from another planet, baby. Bubblegum is a different bag of butternut squash. On one listen, it feels instantly warmer, lusher, less uptight: it glows like dusk in a balmy Indian Summer.
RELEASE DATE: October 05, 2010
TIME: 39:43 min.
01. I’m Aware [02:58]
02. Bubblegum [02:35]
03. Baby [03:59]
04. Lion Tamer [02:59]
05. Linda [02:43]
06. Milk and Honey [03:12]
07. Radiostory [02:12]
08. Forever (demis’ blues) [03:11]
09. Another Way of Giving [03:15]
10. Evelyn [03:50]
11. Un Astronauta En Cielo [02:14]
12. Freemason Waltz [03:27]
13. Orangutan [03:00]
as heard on radiospin on September 25th, 2010
under album, electronic, indie, instrumental, post-rock, preview, RBR, recommended, submitted
The Boxing Lesson’s back with a tiny, sweetly raw psychedelic masterpiece: a gritty lo-fi acoustic/electronic instrumental album recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder.
Paul Waclawsky and Jaylinn Davidson put down their microphones respectively on Fur State to give us a more warming reception with beautiful instrumentation and a great ethos in the thought department with regards to the music. Moogs from Jaylinn Davidson are beautifully interwoven with Paul’s sometime acoustic/electric guitar playing with an equal amount of ambient noise and feedback to balance it out.
ARTIST: The Boxing Lesson
TITLE: Fur State
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2010
TIME: 37:19 min.
02. Two [01:34]
03. Three [02:33]
04. Four [05:04]
05. Five [05:26]
06. Six [04:15]
07. Seven [10:12]
08. Eight [03:55]
as heard on radiospin on September 24th, 2010
under album, bonus, experimental, folk, indie, preview, recommended, songwriting
Brand new release, their ninth studio album, from Mr.E‘s Eels. The album is the final part of a concept trilogy, including Hombre Lobo (2009) and End Times (2010), which flourishes here into a bright and reflective piece. Lead singer/songwriter Mark Everett conflicts the optimistic concept by using the cold sound of electronic melodies and an array of loops and drum machines. Still, Everett produces a positive and uplifting album that finishes the trilogy on an uncharacteristic high.
TITLE: Tomorrow Morning
LABEL: E Works
RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2010
TIME: 57:44 min.
01. In Gratitude For This Magnificent Day [01:26]
02. I’m A Hummingbird [03:14]
03. The Morning [02:17]
04. Baby Loves Me [03:27]
05. Spectacular Girl [03:16]
06. What I Have to Offer [02:41]
07. This Is Where It Gets Good [06:18]
08. After the Earthquake [01:39]
09. Oh So Lovely [04:18]
10. The Man [03:52]
11. Looking Up [02:57]
12. That’s Not Her Way [03:49]
13. I Like the Way This Is Going [02:35]
14. Mystery of Life [04:21]
01. Swimming Lesson [02:55]
02. St. Elizabeth Story [02:30]
03. Let’s Ruin Julie’s Birthday [03:16]
04. For You [03:27]
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When Skunk Anansie released Smashes & Trashes, their greatest hits compilation, in 2009 after a decade’s absence, it was a reminder that they had some unfinished business. This was a band that had the music press quivering with a mixture of confusion and excitement, who teetered on globe-conquering greatness, and who wrapped things up quietly with no acrimonious divorce.
Fourth studio album Wonderlustre sees the band return from, between them, solo albums, session work, music tuition and a seven-year stint in Feeder. But rather than instantly recommencing from 1999, it’s an engaging illustration of growth. It’s a less spiked affair than previous long-players, but their distinctive rock dynamism is still present, and in generous abundance, frenetic drumwork and strapping licks playing host to mesmerising yet forceful vocals.
ARTIST: Skunk Anansie
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2010
TIME: 41:11 min.
01. God Loves Only You [03:49]
02. My Ugly Boy [03:28]
03. Over the Love [03:28]
04. Talk Too Much [03:21]
05. The Sweetest Thing [03:39]
06. It Doesn’t Matter [02:47]
07. You’re Too Expensive [02:29]
08. My Love Will Fall [03:56]
09. You Saved Me [03:39]
10. Feeling the Itch [03:07]
11. You Can’t Always Do What You Like [03:32]
12. I Will Stay But You Should Leave [03:56]
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as heard on radiospin on September 22nd, 2010
under album, folk, indie, preview, recommended, songwriting
Knowing time waits for no one, Phil Selway has delivered Familial, a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting, and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don’t do this kind of thing: Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.
It’s a sideline solo project, mind: the morning he talks about his record for the very first time, he still has to leave for a rehearsal down the road by an acclaimed Oxford-based band, named Radiohead, for whom Selway has drummed immaculately and imaginatively for the last 20 years. And with the admission “it’s a cardinal sin for drummers to come in to rehearsals with the comment ‘I’ve got this song’!”, he knows the time has come for his songs, put on ice when drumming took over in his late teens, to emerge into the light.
Listeners to Familial will immediately recognize the ring of absolute truth, melodies and words fired by emotions, and not a whiff of dilettante posturing.
ARTIST: Philip Selway
RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2010
TIME: 34:29 min.
01. By Some Miracle [02:36]
02. Beyond Reason [02:52]
03. A Simple Life [03:14]
04. All Eyes On You [02:31]
05. The Ties That Bind Us [03:39]
06. Patron Saint [03:27]
07. Falling [03:13]
08. Broken Promises [03:02]
09. Don’t Look Down [05:03]
10. The Witching Hour [02:52]
as heard on radiospin on September 21st, 2010
under EP, indie, post-rock, preview, rock, submitted
Brighton-based post-rock/post-hardcore four piece Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea is out with their new EP. It’s the Falling That Counts, Not the Landing features five explosive tracks, clearly explaining their continuos evolution between melody and fury.
ARTIST: Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea
TITLE: It’s the Falling That Counts, Not the Landing
LABEL: Smalltown America
RELEASE DATE: September 11, 2010
TIME: 12:45 min.
01. Any Port in A Storm [03:00]
02. Eyes Turned Inwards [03:01]
03. One Hundred Yards Into the Desert [02:11]
04. You’ll Get Used to Me [02:33]
05. Johnny Forger [02:00]
as heard on radiospin on September 20th, 2010
under electronic, experimental, indie, preview, recommended, rock, video
It has taken a year of work and passion, without any hypothesis of earning anything (on the contrary, maybe some copyright risks or stuff like that).
Because this Radiohead live-DVD is a video-bootleg, completely recorded, edited, promoted and shared by some fans: on 23rd August 2009, they met at Výstavištĕ Holešovice Exhibition Hall in Prague, with their camera ready to cover the higher number of shooting angles, and then they put together a concert-film.
In a few words, something similar to what Beastie Boys did in 2006 with Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!, when they randomly choosed 50 people amongst the audience to film a crazy live-DVD.
The lucky side of the story is that being a Radiohead fan involves some “legal” advantage: the band has really liked this exploit, has put a direct link on their official website, and above all has provided the original audio master of the concert (being audio quality – everyone knows – the week side of amateur recording).
TITLE: Live in Praha (23/08/2009)
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 121:12 min.
01. 15 Steps [05:03]
02. There There [06:24]
03. Nude [04:11]
04. Morning Bell [04:12]
05. 2+2=5 [03:40]
06. Videotape [04:50]
07. The Gloaming [03:23]
08. Reckoner [05:03]
09. Exit Music (for a film) [04:50]
10. Bodysnatchers [04:20]
11. Idioteque [04:27]
12. Pyramid Song [05:28]
13. These Are My Twisted Words [05:29]
14. Airbag [04:41]
15. The Bends [04:29]
16. True Love Waits / Everything in Its Right Place [09:39]