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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Clientele Goodies

The Clientele - A Fading Summer EPThe Clien­tele are per­fect for autumn, so it was with great for­tune that I dis­cov­ered this lit­tle gem in the used bins of New­bury Comics a few weeks ago. Released in 2000, just at the cusp of the Clientele’s gold­en era, A Fad­ing Sum­mer fea­tures four songs not seen on any sub­se­quent LP. There’s noth­ing espe­cial­ly note­wor­thy here, but that’s kind of its charm – mod­est lit­tle pieces con­tent to reside on a used EP. “Sat­ur­day” is marked by a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly irrel­e­vant dark open­ing pas­sage and gen­tly tum­bling vers­es, and “Dri­ving South” employs a “Dear Pru­dence” rip-off that’s so shame­less it can only be an homage.

Also of note are dis­cov­ered links to the Clientele’s blog, vocal­ist Alas­dair MacLean’s Flickr page, and an archived per­for­mance on KEXP, all c/o the Merge Records blog.

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Ohbijou

OhbijouFor­give them for being from Cana­da, for­give them for hav­ing six(ish) mem­bers, a vio­lin, a ban­jo, a xylo­phone, and who knows what else. Despite all appear­ances to the con­trary, this is not anoth­er cloy­ing, for­get­table act clam­or­ing for bread­crumbs at Pitchfork’s table. In oth­er words, you’ll enjoy these guys the sec­ond time you hear them, too.

Ohbi­jou’s twi­light cham­ber pop is rem­i­nis­cent of The Con­cretes’ soft­er work, but this prob­a­bly owes a lot to their female vocals, light orches­tral touch­es, and pen­chant for 3/4 time sig­na­tures. Their debut LP, Swift Feet For Trou­bling Times, was self-released this year and pro­duced by Leon Tahe­ny of Final Fan­ta­sy. It’s the kind of sum­mer album meant not for sun­ny after­noons, but for nights alone in your bed­room with the win­dow open and the cur­tains blow­ing; so hur­ry up and grab this before autumn hits us for good. My best guess at a way to obtain a copy would be to email them – there are no shop­ping carts on their site.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Ira Cohen’s Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

maya wakes to pigeonsSome would say that the spir­it of the psy­che­del­ic 60’s is dead. Per­haps, but there will always be this ves­sel for it to live on. For those unaware, Inva­sion of Thun­der­bolt Pago­da has once again been re-released, this time by Arthur Magazine’s DVD imprint, Sat­ur­na­lia. Inva­sion of Thun­der­bolt Pago­da is Ira Cohen’s 1968 Mylar Mas­ter­piece, and is hailed as the only true psy­che­del­ic film. About a month back I was lucky enough to attend the DVD release par­ty for this film, and see Mr. Cohen do a read­ing of some of his poet­ry, as well as the band Brain Dam­age play a live score to a piece one of the mem­bers had done using for­got­ten mylar film from Cohen’s archives. To top it off, Sun­burned Hand of the Man played live over the film, doing their ver­sion of the sound­track.

This film stands the test of the time like no oth­er, sim­ply because there will nev­er be a sin­gle thing like it. Pos­si­bly the most inter­est­ing part is the soundtrack(s), as there is no actu­al dia­logue and the way in which they com­pli­ment the film is stun­ning. This par­tic­u­lar release of the film comes with 3 sound­tracks. The orig­i­nal Angus MacLise score, joy­ous lake, one by Acid Moth­ers Tem­ple and anoth­er by Sun­burned Hand of the Man. It also includes the extras done by Brain Dam­age. Although at 30$ it is some­what pricey, it’s an absolute neces­si­ty for all lovers of psy­che­del­ic art and expres­sion. You can pur­chase it from the Arthur mag­a­zine web­site.

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Dan Bejar Interview

Dan BejarRecent­ly Dan Bejar was inter­viewed by CBC Radio 3 about (what feels like last year’s) Destroyer’s Rubies. These are real­ly some of the most inter­est­ing insights into his rela­tion­ship with his music that I’ve heard; plus, you get to hear the first 20 sec­onds of “3000 Flow­ers” like five times.

Thanks again to the Streethawk Live­Jour­nal com­mu­ni­ty for get­ting this to me. Click through to the full entry for a painstak­ing tran­script.

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Swan Lake Creeps Nearer

Swan Lake art 3Despite my com­fort­ing reas­sur­ances to the con­trary, Swan Lake’s MySpace page has not restored the two tracks from the upcom­ing Beast Moans that had tem­porar­i­ly been offered. Frankly I’m sur­prised the whole thing hasn’t leaked yet. In the mean­time, Scratch Records, who I can only assume will be issu­ing Beast Moans on vinyl, as is kind of their thing that they do, is offer­ing “Nubile Days” on their MySpace page. Good grief.

Click through to the full post for pur­port­ed pre­views of some lin­er note art, c/o LiveJournal’s Streethawk Com­mu­ni­ty.

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Sunday, August 20th, 2006

NYC"> Latest Concerts from NYC

DJFirst off, here are a cou­ple pic­tures & a short video from the final Sleater-Kin­ney show in NY. They rocked for a sol­id 2 hours with no air con­di­tion­ing, so my hat real­ly goes off to these ladies. It was a great show. I know no one left dis­ap­point­ed.

Up next, a day so beau­ti­ful, it should almost be ille­gal — this past Sun­day (8/13 — crap! only 3 months until my birth­day) — McCar­ren Pool offered up sev­er­al bands & a DJ (super cool ?uest­love from The Roots) FOR FREE!. I got to see Apol­lo Sun­shine, although, sor­ry Bosto­ni­ans, I didn’t like it all that much — too jam­my for me, Beirut, who’s slow­ly grow­ing on me and head­lin­ers Deer­hoof. A cou­ple years ago, a friend of mine said Deer­hoof was the mod­ern Cap­tain Beef­heart. I can’t say it’s not true! They just have a high-pitched Japan­ese woman singer. :) I was joined at this show by two for­mer WRUW DJs: Matt of apple­jack­they­lack and Denise of The Make Please Me Radio Hour. It was nice to see those kids!

So, in response to the above show, I’d like to share a track from Beirut & Deer­hoof, as well as the song I loved to hear by ?uest­love (hint — it’s a DJ Heroin(e) 80’s throw­back favorite).

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Monday, August 14th, 2006

Carey Mercer: Phoning It In

Carey MercerBack in March, Carey Mer­cer was fea­tured on Phon­ing It In, a week­ly radio pro­gram on WMBR Cam­bridge and WBSR Prov­i­dence, in which musi­cal guests lit­er­al­ly per­form over the phone. Mer­cer did some old Frog Eyes mate­r­i­al, three new (pre­sum­ably) Frog Eyes songs (“Ambas­sador,” “Car­a­van Break­ers,” and “Future Fortress”), and a song from the upcom­ing debut of his Bejar/Krug col­lab, Swan Lake (“The Par­ti­san But He’s Got To Know”). The sound qual­i­ty is under­stand­ably awful, but you can think of it as charm­ing if you want.

The Phon­ing It In blog is worth sub­scrib­ing to, as the show fea­tures some inter­est­ing per­for­mances. Hard­core Frog Eyes fans will also want to check out don’t laugh don’t choke, a fan­tas­tic resource with news, bootlegs, a forum, and more.

Monday, August 7th, 2006

New Swan Lake Tracks

Swan LakeUpdate: This post has been ren­dered obso­lete as a result of the named tracks being removed from Swan Lake’s MySpace. Keep an eye on it though, as they are like­ly to return.

The inces­tu­ous Cana­di­an music scene is dan­ger­ous­ly approach­ing crit­i­cal mass with its lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion, one between lit-rock pow­er­hous­es Dan Bejar of Destroy­er/New Pornos and Carey Mer­cer of Frog Eyes. They’ve even let their lit­tle broth­er Spencer Krug (Frog Eyes/Wolf Parade) tag along! Novem­ber 21 will see the release of Swan Lake’s debut LP Beast Moans on Jag­jaguwar records, sneak­ing in just before 2007 to ensure prime place­ment on everyone’s year-end lists. The first pro­mo­tion­al track, “All Fires,” has been float­ing around for a while now, and just today two more songs, “The Par­ti­san But He’s Got To Know” and “The Free­dom,” appeared on the band’s MySpace pro­file.