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Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009

Benbecula is one of the most exciting labels in Scotland.  Since 1999, they have delivered to the area and, thanks to the internet, the world some of the finest downtempo, ambient, experimental, glitch, folk, and all electronic variations of each. Not that they only deal with Scottish music, mind you. The electronic free-jazz of Brian Ellis comes from California, while Phrizzm’s IDM flows from Ontario. These six videos will give you a sense of their style. Two of them are from my personal favorite Christ. (pronounced like Christopher), who was an early member of Boards Of Canada.


Christ. - “Happyfour Twenty” from Blue Shift Emissions


Brian Ellis - “Para Ti” from The Silver Creature


Genaro - “Suspicions” from Genaro


Phrizzm - “Minutae” from Phrizzm EP


Christ. - “Always to Play” from Metamorphic Reproduction Miracle


Brian Ellis - “Say”  from The Silver Creature



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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

Five years ago this week, critical faves TV on the Radio dropped Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes on the greatful indie masses. Our very own Tim O’Neil said of the record: “Every once in a great while, something comes along that knocks you off your socks and restores your faith in the healing power of rock and roll. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes is just such an album, a dynamically different and radically invigorating shot of intellectual rigor into a moribund retro-rock scene.” “Dreams” was the video off this release.


TV on the Radio - Dreams


TV on the Radio - Bomb Yourself (live)


TV on the Radio - The Wrong Way (live)


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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

I think Ghostly International described the latest video from 2008’s Alpinisms best themselves:


“In School of Seven Bells music, a human element lurks behind a veil of technology and noise; Toby Holbrook’s video for the Brooklyn trio’s ‘Half Asleep’ follows suit, depicting real-life twin vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza as earthbound beauties, while complicating their image through sped-up film, gauzy overlays, and brightly colored, weather-like disturbances. The clip conjures a sad, surreal feeling that sticks with you long after the images fade.”



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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s forthcoming album Beware is out on March 17th (the 16th in the UK) and here’s a music video for one of its songs, “I Am Goodbye”. The track is very country with it’s fiddle and banjo and it’s also very good. The video is simple but effective with Oldham strolling the city streets, singing.



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Monday, Mar 9, 2009
Hollywood Undead group photo

Hollywood Undead group photo


A mixture of rock and rap (while deftly avoiding the “nu metal” ethos of almost a decade ago), Hollywood Undead are deveoloping a rapidly growing fanbase with the release of their debut album, Swan Songs.  The group’s first single, “Undead”, was featured in the Super Bowl commercial for the upcoming G.I. Joe film. 


Bringing hip-hop’s love for their hometown to the table along with metal angst and hair-metal’s penchant for good times, Hollywood Undead’s sound is as unique as their look.  Keeping their identities secret beneath masks (à la Slipknot), Hollywood Undead are arguably one of the most interesting and exciting acts to hit the scene in years.


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