The Detroit duo the Black Keys brought their primal rock to the Letterman stage last night, playing the lead single (“Tighten Up”) off their new album Brothers. Last week PopMatters’ David Gassman said of the album, “thankfully, as the telegraphically back-to-basics cover art would suggest, Brothers finds Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney regaining some of the sweaty basement immediacy that characterized their best work.”
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Crystal Castles released their latest album, imaginatively titled Crystal Castles, earlier this week after an early leak forced the release date forward. The Canadian electronic band also promoted the new record this week on Jools Holland’s fine show in the UK.
This fascinating collection presents strange projects that have attempted to “bring out the sonorous landscapes of moaning pillars, roof-beams, haunting bells and perhaps an eek of startled mouse, or two”.
David Byrne’s wonderful “sound installation” tops the list. Titled “Playing the Building”, the project utilizes practically every part of an empty to create haunting, clanking music: air blows through pipes for strange flute-like sounds, while motors trigger pieces of metal to strike various parts of the structure. There are also some amazing photos of the mind-boggling, Tom-Waits-ian, steampunky piano-thing that controls the music. [via Dark Roasted Blend]
David Byrne explains his latest musical project, “Playing The Building”
The great Documentary Heaven presents this BBC film that delves into the early days of synth music, and features a list of contributors that includes Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant. From the official description: “In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.”
Remember Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl project, which is basically the Belle and Sebastian frontman’s attempt to write soundtrack for a film that doesn’t yet exist? While the movie has yet to go into production (though it’s slated to in 2011 according to the God Help the Girl website), Murdoch has released a video for a new track, “Baby You’re Blind”. Adding Linnea Jönsson of Swedish band Those Dancing Days to the would-be soundtrack’s revolving cast of singers, the offering has an early ‘90s feel to it, between its lite synth-pop sound and just in the way the video looks. Better yet for B&S fans who’ve been waiting patiently for a follow-up to 2006’s The Life Pursuit, the band is apparently holed up in a Los Angeles studio and enjoying their proximity to Trader Joe’s while working on a new record, if their Twitter feed is to be believed.