Now this is a foot-stomper! Crank it up and wake the neighbors! Who are the wild youngsters behind Comet Gain, you ask? Well that’s where things get “a wee bit odd” as they say. Apparently Comet Gain has been around since Bill Clinton’s first year in office. They have 7 albums under their belt and they are still cranking out jams fresher and rawer than most of what comes out of London/Brooklyn/wherever. I haven’t delved into their back catalog yet because 7 albums is kind of intimidating. Even their latest LP, Broken Record Prayers â€“ a collection of B-sides, rarities, and other tracks from the last 10 years â€“ is 20 tracks deep. Does anyone knows these guys and can recommend where to start?
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Matt Diamond is just a dude from Jersey who makes music and sometimes performs as FTNS. He is clearly focused on the music and not the album art but that’s just fine cause the music is pretty awesome. And you cant listen to album art anyway. Duh. “City Lights” is about as simple as it gets but with just a few spare elements and at the right pace this song will get into your head and make it bounce. Other single “Friends are Friends” over at his MySpace is also recommended. Also, the dude only has 126 friends so maybe keep him some company.
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Major Lazer is a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984. The US military rescued him and repurposed experimental lazers as prosthetic limbs. Since then Major Lazer has been a hired renegade soldier for a rogue government operating in secrecy underneath the watch of M5 and the CIA. His cover is that of a dancehall night club owner from Trinidad and he enlisted the help of long-time allies and uber-producers, Diplo and Switch, to produce his first LP.
It continues. Anyway, with a bio like this and a their first public track featuring Andy Milokanis rapping about eating brains, it was hard to take this project seriously. Then “Hold The Line” came out and it was all like “Oh, this is much bett…Wait, is that a horse? Pager sound FX? What the fuu…Oh! Santigold is on fire! And I don’t understand a word of this Mr Lexx guy except for something about vibrating Nokias but he is pretty raw too. Alright, I’m sold.” Just like that.
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Who knows what an “Osaka Loop Line” is but it certainly makes for a great song. It starts slow and glitchy, and ends up fast and glitchier, kinda like riding some 121 year old rail-road or something. I dunno, I’m just not feeling my analogies today. It’s kinda no surprise that the song is so good, Discovery is a collaboration between Vampire Weekendâ€™s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riotâ€™s Wes Miles, two bands that rocked my 2008. Here’s to Discovery rocking our 2009.
Bury your face in MySpace for one more great track
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/discovery.jpg424438Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-28 20:04:372009-04-28 20:04:37Discovery rock the Osaka Loop Line
Junior Boys are back with their follow up to 2006’s So This Is Goodbye. Begone Dull Care is short (8 tracks) and sweet. The Boys have taken their sex music simple and infectious rhythms and let them linger a bit, letting most tracks run past 6 minutes (Take time at the neck!). It’s definitely an album for specific moods or actions. (*Wink!*) Anyway, “Hazel” is the first single from Begone Dull Care (get it free at their MySpace) but “Bits and Pieces” is my favorite. The throbbing (tee hee!) bass-line and breathy vocals are sure to raise your temperature a bit (and piece? ha). If you like what you hear (feel) then I recommend you scoot over to eMusic and pick up the album. Don’t let its bargain of 8 tracks fool you, it still runs 47 minutes. Plenty of time for foreplay (I’m serious about the neck).
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Generationals are fantastic. I emphasize that right off the bat because it might not be immediately apparent by just one track. Luckily their whole debut album Con Law is streaming for free right here. That’s how I first listened to them and I encourage you to do the same. It’s perfect lo-fi jangly pop that will perfectly soundtrack laundry folding or spring sunning. “Angry Charlie” is a great track but its not even my favorite. That honor goes to “Wildlife Sculpture”… or to “When They Fight, They Fight?” Damn, can’t really choose. Further reason to just go stream the whole shebang. Anyway, these guys are so fresh that mp3 options were limited. (Thanks to Citizen Dick for this one) No word on a release date yet but I’ll be sure to let you know.
Spin Magazine hyped Chester French as a band to watch this year and that their debut LP Love The Future would be “Out this spring.” That was in February…of 2008. Yeah, well a third of the way into 2009 and we finally have it. When a band gets that kind of hype and then take that damn long it’s always a dangerous game. Will CF live up to their signed by Pharell, Harvard graduate, Spin heads-up hype? Will the album be as good as “She Loves Everybody” and the other few long-leaked tracks? Will anyone even care anymore? Well, I care, but that’s what I do. I care about you, and I’m touched to say I care about Chester French. Love The Future is not perfect, but it definitely adds a few more excellent tracks to the CF canon. There is a little too much self-indulgent noodling but overall the album is redeemed by standouts like “C’mon,” “Bebe Buell,” “Beneath The Veil,” and “Neal.” And don’t forget the recently posted excellent RAC remix of “She Loves Everybody.”
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