So yes, I’ve been slacking on the posts for the last couple months…but with good reason. I’ve been super busy with several different jobs and projects, but on the eve of Halloween Hangover Sunday (and after some prompting by music starved friends…you know who you are) I’ve decided to post some cool shit I’ve seen and some new music I recommend.
Hugs n Kisses
Fashion Week Fall ’09: Gilt Fuse/Refinery 29 Jammer w Of Montreal. I do believe these dancers were wearing Depends.
Spotted this jem in a Montreal junk shop
Wandering the city during Pop Montreal. A cool shop on Rue Saint Laurent.
Spotted at Fever Ray
The man, the legend- Mr. Ian Svenonius. On stage with his new band, Chain and the Gang
Loft decor…this was made entirely out of beer bottle caps
Remember that amazing scene in Planet Earth with the Birds of Paradise…? Best costumes ever.
Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately…
Fever Ray- Fever Ray
Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife fame fronts this unique and strange electronic band. I wasn’t sold til I saw them play at Pop Montreal, where the closest I could come to describing it was “some post-apocalyptic sacraficial tribal shit.” It’s definitely a visual experience as much as aural, and I recommend seeing them live when they’re in town near you.
The Clues- Clues
Did you like the Unicorns back in the day? Me too. Alden Penner, founding member of the now extinct Unicorns, has started Clues and released their debut album. Take a listen to “Ledmonton” and tell me you don’t like it.
Chain and the Gang- Down With Liberty, Up With Chains!
If you know the Make Up of any of Ian’s previous bands, you know the man has a good thing going. He’s been at this for a long time now, and continues to use music as a platform for social and political expression and commentary. I think he even has a song about healthcare on this album…A total icon of mine.
Of Montreal- Skeletal Lamping
Yeah, it’s been out for a while, but in case you haven’t listened yet this album is awesomely reminiscent of Queen. I didn’t like them until I heard Skeletal Lamping…definitely a departure from their indie-rock background. Check out “Wicked Wisdom” and “For our Elegant Caste.”
Nick Diamonds & co return with Vapours- an awesome follow up to Arm’s Way, and a bit less gloomy and wounded sounding. I can say with confidence that I love every track, but “Tender Torture” and “Disarm the Car Bomb” are two of my favorites right now. And they’re playing at Bowery this Thursday…
SALEM- Water EP
Heavy drug users and admitted crack smokers, SALEM makes some dark, twisted, demented stuff (a “crunkocalyptic death rattle” as Prefix describes it). But it’s terrifying in the best way possible. The video for Skullcrush is insanely creepy (below).