I, along with the rest of the blogosphere, have been sitting on the new Phoenix album for a while now but considering it’s release date isn’t until May 25th I figured it prudent to wait until May to drop my thoughts on it. Well May is here kids, and I couldn’t be more excited to hype this album! I have been a long time fan of certain phoenix songs (“If I Ever Feel Better,” “Long Distance Call”) but I never really got into any of their albums as a whole. That all changed when I got my paws on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. When the single “1901” hit the web back in February (get my favorite remix here) I had a feeling this album would be a real step up for the French quartet and boy was I right. You can tell by glancing at my Last.fm stats that I haven’t been able to stop listening to this album. Clocking in at 9 tracks (10 if you count the 8 minute ambient filler of “Love Like a Sunset” being split into 2 parts. I don’t.) and 37 minutes it is short, but oh so sweet. The aforementioned “Love Like a Sunset” aside every track here is solid gold. Short, infectious, and tightly wound, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is like Phoenix’s version of Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: I never really had much faith in their early work but with this I’m sold. And so should you be. May 25th, people. This one’s worth your cash.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/05/phoenix-wolfgang-art.jpg450450Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-05-01 19:02:182009-10-01 08:33:44Phoenix are giving me Lisztomania
Ok, after yesterday’s 17 years late discovery of Comet Gain, I am feeling a little behind the curve admitting I had never heard of Patrick Wolf until recently. The dude has over 12 million listens on Last.fm and three 8.2+ Pitchfork rated albums. Holy Jeezo. The 25 year Londoner plays like every instrument under the sun and as far as I’ve heard, plays them well. “Hard Times” is the perfect “We can do it!” rallying cry for our era of economic shit-storms and pig disease. Blast it tonight as your pre-game anthem! His new album The Bachelor comes out June 1 and if you like what you her you can even invest in his future releases. Probably a smarter investment than pork futures.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/05/patrick_wolf-bachelor.jpg450450Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-05-01 14:34:152009-05-01 14:39:12Patrick Wolf pulls us through Hard Times
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?
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/comet-gain.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-05-01 01:13:322009-05-01 13:27:06Comet Gain look for Love Without Lies
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.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/major_lazer.jpg480480Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-29 23:19:452009-04-29 23:19:45Major Lazer demand you Hold The Line
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/the-pragmatic.jpg752807Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-29 16:08:222009-04-29 16:08:22The Pragmatic challenge you to a Deathmatch
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).
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/beyonddullcare.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-28 19:28:312009-04-28 19:28:31Junior Boys like it when you wear just Bits and Pieces
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