The Pet Shop Boys accepted the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music this week at the Brit Awards and also performed a medley of their hits (along with their excellent new single “Love etc.”). Even brief appearances from Lady GaGa on “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers on “It’s A Sin” couldn’t ruin the seemingly endless stream of pop perfection. Is it possible that their music sounds more contemporary and relevant now than it did in the ‘80s?
Their upcoming album Yes hits stores on March 23rd.
Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls have a new song called “Lake House” available to stream on their MySpace page. It’s a nice piece of reverb-drenched rock and is taken from the eighth instalment of Almost Ready’s The World’s Lousy With Ideas compilation. Check it out.
Post-rock band Saxon Shore have announced plans to release their latest full-length through Japanese label & Records on April 15th. US and European release dates will follow shortly after. The group’s last four albums, three EPs and an LP, have all been issued through Philadelphia label Burnt Toast Vinyl.
Three songs from the new album are currently streaming on the band’s MySpace. The record is to be titled It Doesn’t Matter and features characteristically beautiful artwork, consisting of colorful lines in a geometric shape against a black background.
Laura Barrett follows up last year’s EP Earth Sciences with her first full-length on February 24th. Again she calls on her signature kalimba, creating warm atmospheres that have the feel of futuristic electronic music created with simple, old world tools. That comes across in spades on “Bluebird.”
1. Wood Between Worlds
3. Spoiler Alert
6. A Certain Major Vinylsky
8. The Sharper Side
9. Space Seed: The Musical
10. Escape To The Sun Dome
11. Rien a Declarer
12. To The Stars!
Apr. 8 - Salt Spring Island, BC - TBA+
Apr. 10 - Victoria, BC - 50/50 Collective+
Apr. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Little Mountain Studios+
Apr. 14 - Osoyoos, BC - TBA+
Apr. 17 - Calgary, AB - TBA+
Apr. 18 - Edmonton, AB - TBA+
Apr. 19 - Bruno, SK - All Citizens+
Apr. 21 - Regina, SK - The Exchange+
+ = w/ the Phonemes
Radiohead fans that call drummer Phil Selway their favorite member of the group, form a small but dedicated minority. As Tobias Fünke might say, “There are dozens of us. Dozens!” When I heard the news early last month that Selway was debuting some new material as part of Neil Finn’s Oxfam-supporting 7 Worlds Collide project, I was glad to hear that one of rock’s most reliable pacesetters would have a chance to do flex his creative muscles outside of the yeoman’s work at his world-famous day job.
Last year’s In Rainbows provided ample evidence that Selway is in many ways his band’s secret weapon, but his guitar playing and lead singing at this year’s 7 Worlds Collide reunion reveal that he might have more tricks up his sleeve than even his hardcore fans suspected.
Thankfully, YouTube user Schro23 uploaded a video of Selway’s original tune “Family Madness”, as performed in Auckland last month. The song—a slow number reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Follow Me Around”—manages to out(Fleet)fox the Fleet Foxes, as late-oughts harmony-laden folk tunes go. Not a bad start, Mr. Selway!
The song should appear on the upcoming 7 Worlds Collide album, which follows Finn’s 2001 live album of the same name.