Modeselektor’s new record Modeselektion Vol. 01 releases 9 November in the US and on 5 November everywhere else. Berlin’s Monkeytown Records created this video to preview the new release.
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I had the pleasure to participate in the 6th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival, which wrapped up last week. The festival program offered an impressive variety of short and feature-length selections, including several state, regional, and world premieres.
As the festival name suggests, many of these works blended film and music. Among the more lyrical documentaries were Nicholas Kleczewski’s On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round, about the touring and recording experiences of band The Snake the Cross the Crown, and Gianfranco Firriolo’s La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth), which features Italian musician Vinicio Capossela and Calexico.
On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round:
La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth):
Green was a power pop band who put out a series of records in the ‘80s and ‘90s that was heavy on jangle heavy on rock and heavy on hook. The songs were really, really good but unfortunately the production sometimes lagged. They got very far beyond a few very dedicated fans. In the last few years their records are being rediscovered due to CD reissues on their own label, Gangreen Records.
Part of that rediscovery is this cover by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Telekinesis. “Gotta Get a Record Out” is a joyful celebration o ambition, a rousing invitation: “kids, get hip to this sound”. The two bands collaborate and put out a fresh take on a fun record.
For comparison’s sake and to give a taste of “Green”, here is the original from Green’s MySpace page.
Toronto’s Bonjay create a kinetic blend of electro-soul, dancehall, and big beats that end up lodging in the brain as instant memories and the body as a means of motion motivation. Yeah, they make you wanna dance with abandon big time. That’s probably why Bonjay and director Sammy Rawal made two videos for “Stumble”, each with a different dancer choreographed by Dana Michel to represent a blend of dancehall and club styles. Hot stuff, both of them and we have the premiere of the one featuring Liana Lewis for you. Check out the alternate take with Addy Chan over on NOW.
Bonjay is the duo of Alanna Stuart on vocals and Ian “Pho” Swain behind the decks. They’ve been collaborating since 2006 and the hype is on the ascendant with the CBC tagging Bonjay as “one of the top 10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010”. If “Stumble” is any indication, they are well on their way.
Twin Shadow has been garnering considerable attention in the press for his ‘80s New Wave-inspired sound. In anticipation of his full-length debut—Forget, out November 15 via Terrible Records (US) and 4AD (ROW)—he recently began a tour of the US, UK, and France.
Check out his Calvin Klein circa 1995-inspired video for “Slow”, below. Complete tour dates after the jump.