Monday, March 29, 2010

Pavement - "Rattled by the rush"

Recently, Rasmus posted on Pavement in anticipation of them coming to Roskilde Festival. I, too, am looking forward to their show very, very much. The newly reunited Pavement was THE quintessential indie-band of the 90's. Thoughout five high quality albums they treated us with quirky but insanely melodic songs, often played intentionally über-loose and scrambled - like they wanted to come of as bad musicians. They were anything but! They were just slackers.

'Rattled by the rush' is one of my personal favs and it comes with a rad video that sports some very characteristic camera movements that underlines the rhythms brilliantly. Remember to sit down before watching, tho.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chillwave - the next generation

Wtf is chillwave? Well, I don't have a clue. So I had to check it out. Another crappy name invented to tell the story about a sound, which is a mix up? Well, yes. But behind the name there is a door. Behind that door there is a story. As always. And behind the story is the blogger at Hipster Runoff. He kind of put a name to this nofi genre aka hypnagogic pop aka glo-fi.I read about this phenomenon in a danish newspaper. So much for internet.

The genre is synthy and is supposed to sound like something that was playing in the background of an old VHS cassette that you found in your attic from the late 80's/early 90's.

And what is chillwave then? Get to the point! Well. Go find out yourself. Google it, man. But my take on the genre, from what I've been listening to is quite surprising.

Well. Check out the genre. It sure sounds cozy and would suit my mood any lazy summer-sunday. This is some of the artists. Have fun. Summer is here. Not.

Ariel Pink
Peaking LIghts
Toro Y Moi
Memory Tapes
Neon Indian
Washed Out

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton - continued

Well, I realized that I needed to pay Alex Chilton an extra round of tribute with two additional videos. First up is a very young Alex at the beginning of his career with Box Tops' smash hit 'The Letter'. And then a proof of the enormous inpact in the shape of the classic The Replacement-song named after the man himself.

Alex Chilton, rest in peace

Alex Chilton, founder of the Box Tops and - most importantly - Big Star, has passed away at the age of 59. As Pitchfork reports, Chilton was still very active and was even supposed to play with Big Star at the SXSW festival in Austin this weekend. How I would have loved to see this band live...

Chilton was a songwriter's songwriter. Widely acclaimed and influencial among collegues, much lesser so among the audience. Certainly, without Big Star no R.E.M., no Teenage Fanclub, no Jayhawks, to name a few of the most direct followers of Big Star.

As John Lennon said when The Beatles broke up: 'The music is still there'. Indeed, it is and here are the final two songs from the first Big Star album '#1 Record'.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New video: Yeasayer - 'O.N.E.'

Today Yeasayer's second album 'Odd Blood' arrived in my mail box. My first impression says that it is a fine album but whether it rivals their brilliant debut 'All hour cymbols' is too early for me to say. Certainly, the New Yorkers have reached for a more electronic sound this time around. The second single, 'O.N.E.', is my pick of the album right now and Yeasayer has just released this smashing futuristic/retro video of the song:

Yeasayer "ONE" By: Radical Friend from ODDBLOOD on Vimeo.


I guess it's really mainstream to post this entry and also way to old news. But I am afascinated by this incredible machine that OK GO had build to bring buzz to their music.

I don't care a bit for the music in the video. It's catchy, but OK GO has done everything to bring the focus away from the music. This video is pretty clever. 7 million YouTube-views in one week proves the fact that simple creativity well executed creates a massive hype.

Check it out - if you havn't already. This machine is a dreamtoy.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Goodbye Mark Linkous

Again one of the brightest stars in the indie universe has died. Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse has apparently comitted suicide due to depression. So sad. Sometimes it was hard to understand where the beauty of his songs came from - maybe from too much pain in his life. See or listen to these two unofficial videos - songs that says a lot about Sparklehorse.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Roskilde speculations part 1

Hell yeah! New The Black Keys album out in may and tour this summer. What a night that could be at the summer festivals. They are at the top of my official Really-hope-they-will-come-to-Roskilde-list-2010! What are your hopes my fellow bloggers?

Roskilde warm-up part 1

The countdown has begun. And eventhough its freezing cold in Denmark the festival is on our mind every day. Especially after the announcement of bands like Pavement, Them Crooked Voltures and the danish genius C. V. Jørgensen. See this video of one of my Pavement favorites and join the festival-mood. Many warm-ups to follow!!!