Bears. Always ruining stuff for the rest of us. Always drunk, always trying to pay their tab with half a raw fish, always bogarting their way to the front of the stage. The Frontier Brothers have made a video that sets to music the revenge fantasy I’m sure we’ve all had… the day the bears finally get their just deserts.
Luckily for the Brothers, they won’t have to travel for their upcoming SXSW shows—they already live in Austin. They also have a new EP coming out on March 23rd, which you can find out about at their MySpace page.
“Fifteen years ago, people were having actual arguments about who was better: Damon Albarn or Noel Gallagher? Good times.”
That quote is from a Pitchfork post on “Melancholy Hill”, a song off the new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach.
It is funny to think that in the mid-‘90s, Britpop was revolutionized (and to a greater extent, created) by two bands that were at odds with each other: Albarn’s Blur and Gallagher’s Oasis. The rivalry between the two popular rock groups came to a head when both planned on releasing new singles in the same week (Blur with “Country House” and Oasis with “Roll With It”). Blur’s single outsold Oasis’ that week. However, Oasis would be crowned Britpop kings when their upcoming album What’s the Story (Morning Glory), ended up selling 14 million copies worldwide.
But here we are, almost 15 years later, and things couldn’t be any different. Albarn has cemented himself as a brilliant and diverse songwriter, while the Gallagher brothers—up until their breakup in 2009—continued to churn out the same Britpop they had been writing for more than a decade.
The cartoon band Gorillaz is the product of Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. Albarn is the band’s principle songwriter. Their newest album, Plastic Beach has received high marks across the board. Their first two albums went multi-platinum, and Beach is likely to do the same.
On top of Gorillaz, Albarn formed the group The Good, the Bad & the Queen—who released their critically acclaimed debut album in 2007. He also composed the soundtrack for the musical Monkey: Journey to the West, where he collaborated with the UK Chinese Ensemble.
Below is a short video retrospective of Damon Albarn’s musical career:
Balkan Beat Box Blue Eyed Black Boy
(Nat Geo Music)
Releasing: 27 April
Ori Kaplan—ex-Gogol Bordello—formed the “gypsy-punk” band Balkan Beat Box some years ago, having released their debut album in 2005 and finding a steady and amazing audience since then. Their new album is Blue Eyed Black Boy, and it’s kind of a rollicking adventure through so many musical forms it’ll kind of leave your head spinning.
02 Move It
03 Blue Eyed Black Boy
04 Marcha de la Vida
05 Dancing With The Moon
07 My Baby
09 Look Them Act
11 Lijepa Mare
14 War Again
Lapham’s Quarterly shows how artists of all stripes reside pretty far down the wages totem pole. Great writers from the past like T.S. Eliot and William Faulkner would likely be double-timing as Starbucks baristas or selling paint at Home Depot in this day and age to pursue their craft. Just goes to show the vast lot of the artistic set is about as far removed from the Wall Street baron class as one can get. After you take a gander at the chart below, head on over to Lapham’s to check out their full Spring 2010 edition.
The Breakestra just released this funky live video of them sampling tunes by the Meters, Eugene McDaniels, and Quincy Jones. Catch the band live this week at SXSW on Friday, March 19th @ Karma Lounge (119 West 8th Street, Austin), where you’ll be treated to smokin’ versions of songs from their latest album Dusk Til Dawn.