Quick! What does this artwork make you think about Modernaire?
“Modernaire?” That’s what it says?
They are a post-electro noise-core punk duo who used to be really into Crystal castles.
They have never met in person and create music via snail mail/internet like Postal Service or Bike For Three!
The chick is dumb. (Doesn’t know the difference between a bandanna and a very small rug)
They are about to rob the shit out of you.
If you guessed 5 then you are the most right! “Faites Vos Jeux” (French for “make your games”) starts out all Alice’s Restaurant and then breaks out into a full on song about heartbreak and aggravated robbery. “Bang bang baby, hand over the cash. Speed it up sugar, come on I’m in a rush now” demands either Cruella de Mill or Chesty La Rue (who can tell, right?) as the perfect electro hook rolls beneath. How hot is that? Modernaire sound electro but I guess they fancy themselves a traditional pop band and perform as such. Sweet. “Faites Vos Jeux” is their new single and lets just hope that it will be followed by more awesomeness on a full LP. Oh, and their are 4 peeps in the group. Where are the other two? Probably rifling through your mom’s jewelry box, dummy! I warned you!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/07/Modernaire.jpg399400Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-07-09 15:42:142009-07-10 07:31:12Modernaire demand that you Faites Vos Jeux, OK?
I really don’t like MSTRKRFT. OK, I really don’t like MSTRKRFT on their own. Their remixes are usually super on point but their own tunes are usually borderline unlistenable. They have always been obsessed with their own image and when I saw them play live they seemed more interested in their cigarettes and Crown Royal then in playing any decent music (no remixes?!). Well, recently they recruited John Legend to do vocals on a track off of their new LP. The whole thing screams “cheap gimmick,” especially because “Heartbreaker” doesn’t sound like a MSTRKRFT song at all. It’s not self indulgent, it’s listenable, and by golly, I think I like it. It took a few few listens to get over myself my disdain for MSTRKRAP but I am sold. This song is a jam. And so is that artwork! (Waaay better than the album artwork.)
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/07/399398Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-07-09 05:23:232009-07-09 05:23:23MSTRKRFT and John Legend are a bunch of Heartbreakers
Every so often an event comes along that is so powerful/epic/moving/tragic people never forget where they were when it happened/they heard. JFK’s assassination is one. 9/11 is another. I have a feeling that news of Michael Jackson’s death might be another for many. Nobody I can think of has affected as many people around the world. Over the past 2 weeks we have seen and heard a lot of tributes to MJ and today I wanted to give mine. I’ve gathered some of my favorite MJ remixes and covers here and will mix in a few memories of my own as they relate to Michael.
My first concert ever was a Michael Jackson Concert. It was just me an my dad at The Great Western Forum and I was probably about 6 so I’m guessing it was the Bad tour. I was too young to really know what I was seeing but it definitely made an impact. My memory is hazy but I know my dad and I stood at the railing, my earplugs in place, and I just stared at the stage.
Dangerous is released. I am 9 years old. This is epic. “Black or White” spawns a million playground jokes about his skin color. My friend Brian has a “Black or White” parody on their answering machine. Something about how anyone can leave a message, it don’t mater if you are… well you get it. Awesome.
All the child molestation stuff comes out and I guess I just assumed he was “Wacko Jacko” and had been getting pervy with kids. A kid in my class says he knows one of the boys suing MJ. Coming from this kid the whole thing now seems less credible. But what do I care, I just drive by Neverland, I don’t sleep there.
Alien Ant Farm cover “Smooth Criminal” and it takes me over. Every time it comes on KROQ I crank it and rock out to the max. I am inspired to go back and give MJ chance as an artist, not just as “wacko Jacko.”
“Billie Jean” becomes my go-to MJ song and I realize that if he can create a perfect song like that then he is clearly more than just tabloid fodder. More and more of his songs make their way into mu iTunes.
I see the Jackson 5 tribute show at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The highlight of the night is MJ’s performance. He is just breathtaking to see perform live. He makes it through only a few songs before a split seam up his backside sends him offstage. Whatever, it was epic. The date was September 10th, 2001. The next morning I am unknowingly on the last train out of the city as I head back to campus. Thoughts of the show are quickly overshadowed but I can still remember how amazing it was to see him move.
The Martin Bashir interviews air and it is clear that MJ is just a boy trapped in a man’s body. A boy who never had a childhood and never grew up. Suddenly his “molestation” incidents seem much more like innocent child’s play than anything predatory. He just has so much love for the world and never learned how to show it. I feel for him.
I am walking to get dinner in San Francisco with my friend Joe and we are catching up on old times when he suddenly interrupts me to blurt out that “The King Of Pop is dead.” I am stunned. Stunned that he is dead and stunned that he was 50. It was just 8 years ago that I had seen him dance, and I mean DANCE! Wow. What an amazing man. You gave the world so much and it rarely repaid you. You deserved better. I hope you know how much love the we all have for you. May you finally find peace.
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Did you have a little trouble this post-holiday Monday? I didn’t! Not with Blitz the Ambassador blasting through my noggin all day getting me hyped to the max! Blitz comes correct with a mega horn section, epic back up singers, and all kinds of rhymes about how shit is super messed up (for real, right?). This is the kind of music I wish “rap’s freshmen class” was putting out.
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Hahaha, man this brings me baaaaack. I think it was MJ’s passing that made me think of this song. As a kid I used to go with my dad to go to a friend’s ranch near that was near MJ’s Neverland Ranch. As we would drive through Los Olivos I would always think about Michael and all the stories I had heard. I would think about his crazy big ranch and Bubbles and whether Michael was really as bad as everyone said. As we blazed along in my dad’s Honda Prelude two-door we would have Jon Secada’s debut cassette cranked unnecessarily loud, all singing along. My 10 year old self in the backseat, sitting diagonally so my head wouldn’t rub the ceiling, clueless to how much more (better?) music lay ahead, and how much Michael would eventually mean to me, and to the world. I guess today is just another day without you, MJ. We miss you (not so much you, Jon).
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â€“ La Roux is actually two people, not just young singer Elly Jackson. This is misleading because “la roux” means “red one” in French and well, Elly fits that description. Although maybe so does producer Ben Langmaid but nobody has every seen him. Ever.
â€“ They came to my attention with the video for “Quicksand“. Lot’s of beautiful sunsets and crazy hair. Oh, and a good song.
â€“ After “Quicksand” and second single “In For The Kill” got La Roux hyped out the wazoo, we were treated to two more tracks: “I’m Not Your Toy” and “Bulletproof.” The former was my favorite of the 4.
â€“ As we wait for the album, the videos continue. “In For The Kill” features an awesome car and a lot of fruitless suspense. “Bulletproof” is borderline unwatchable as the video has no point and Elly looks terrible (and really British, if you know what I mean).
â€“ Their self titled debut finally comes out. The songs we know hold up in context and there are even more good ones! What!? What is this Tigerlily song? It’s fantastic. Over super funky bleep and bloops Elly sounds feistier than ever and her energy covers the track.
â€“ The only bad part about “Tigerlily” is the Haunted Mansion voice that comes in towards the end. Why? If that’s Ben then no wonder he stays hidden. Weirdo.
â€“ “Bulletproof” is at number 1 on the UK charts and Elly hits the headlines with some racy comments about slutty women and her status as a “boy-looking girl.”
â€“ Silly comments or not, I really like this album and only wish Little Boots had pulled out an equally impressive debut. I was really rooting for her…
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/07/laroux.jpg467467Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-07-04 04:56:532009-10-01 08:38:32La Roux's debut is like some combination of ferocious feline and beautiful flower. Like a Tigerliliy, or something.
Jack PeÃ±ate’s sophomore album dropped recently and although I had heard lead single “Tonight’s Today” (and seen the crazo video) I was not that psyched for it. For me his debut LP Matinee was fun but forgettable. I guess it’s not a big surprise that on an album titled Everything Is New he flipped the script on us. Gone was the perky and snarky ska pop of songs like “Have I Been A Fool?” (below) and in it’s place was a real maturity, both lyrically and musically. Within the context of the album, “Tonight’s Today” suddenly made a lot more sense. Other great tracks like “Pull My Heat Away”, the title track, and second single “Be The One,” combine to form a great album that reveals more and more with each listen. “Let’s All Die” is the 8th of the albums 9 tracks and despite it’s title is possibly the most fun one. Apparently it’s not an actual recommendation but a recollection of a New Orleans funeral Jack saw as a youngster where all the celebration and partying at such an affair made an impact on him. For those of you new to Jacky P. here is the pretty great “Have I Been A Fool?” for proper chronological listening.
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