Chicago retro soul post-punk band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently released a video to go along with their latest and very crafty single, a swingin’ and soulified cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”. They’ve been performing the song live for the last year or so and the new video makes it official—and I’m sure Wilco would most certainly approve.
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Subiza is the third studio release by Delorean, a four-piece Spanish alternative dance band which was formed back in 2000. The name is from the Basque town where they recorded the tracks but their love of layering synths for the dance floor is universal. Remixes for bands such as Franz Ferdinand, XX and Cold Cave has also provided another outlet for Delorean’s club-inspired sound.
The CD was released back in March by Mushroom Pillow but True Panther Sounds is planning a worldwide edition for June 8th. It contains nine tracks barely 45 minutes long but the opener “Stay Close” is a stand out song worth all the effort. The video creates a dreamscape awash in sun, sand and Mediterranean waters of their Barcelona base as directed by Weird Days. The vocals almost sound as if they’ve invited Animal Collective to their party and I’m happy to join in as well. Get up, get up!
What’s with these really young bands embracing sounds from decades before they were born and yet managing a hip take on it all? Here’s another prime example from a Long Beach, California group barely out of high school called Avi Buffalo. Their first self-titled CD was just released by famed indie label Sub Pop and after a sold out record release party at LA’s Troubadour, they’re embarking on a four-month tour beginning in the UK which makes major stops at the Sasquatch and Glastonbury festivals.
Avi is short for Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, a skateboarder who picked up guitar along the way and started writing songs. His mastery of the instrument is in part due to lessons from legendary local blues guitarists—a revealing bit of trivia as old meets new in “What’s in It For”. The vocals call out with ‘70s soul searching and background cooing while the guitars playfully meander along until the closing brings an expanded textural landscape. The video on the band’s website ends with them playing in the sunshine with psychedelic flora and fauna enveloping them in the sunshine to bring home the concept.
“Remember Last Time” begins with this layered approach to the traditional rock band structure and the mind games continue with lyrics such as “if I had to tell you something about myself” and lots of talk about feelings. The song drops out to highlight Avi’s sparkling guitar parts with the sound building back in with the support of his band mates. It’s an impressive bit of playing and songwriting – definitely worth a listen.
The last time Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli collaborated, it was 2000 and they were the duo Reflection Eternal. The result of their partnership was the critically-acclaimed album, Train of Thought. At the time, it was only Kweli’s second official studio album (the first being Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star in 1998). Talib’s first solo effort, Quality, wouldn’t hit shelves until 2002. Both still relatively new to hip-hop in 2000, the two produced a bold, hard-hitting album, with Kweli’s powerful rhymes and Tek’s beats rooted in ‘70s soul.
Now, almost 10 years after the release of Train of Thought, they are joining forces once again for their second studio effortRevolutions Per Minute (they also released a mixtape in 2009 called
The RE:Union. While one would assume that the words indie hip-hop and Entertainment Weekly would never be uttered in the same breath, the pop-culture magazine is currently streaming Revolutions Per Minute in its entirety.
On top of that, there are three videos posted below. The first two, “In This World” and “Strangers,” are singles from the new CD. The third is a throwback: “The Blast” from their first album, Train of Thought.
Early on the morning of May 18, 1980, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis committed suicide by hanging himself in the kitchen of his Macclesfield, England home. Despite the short body of work he produced (one full-length album plus a clutch of singles and EPs by the time of his death at age 23, soon followed by a second album and other posthumous releases), Ian Curtis’ music with Joy Division has gained a legendary stature in the subsequent decades. Noted for his frenzied performance style, his dark, literate lyrics, and his doomy proto-goth baritone, in death Curtis has become an icon of the post-punk movement in particular and underground rock music in general, continuing to influence scores of artists to this day.
In honor of Curtis’ legacy, here are a pair of videos that showcase his indomitable stage presence in life, followed by Anton Corbijn’s 1988 music video for the Joy Division song “Atmosphere”, quite possibly the most exquisite and beautifully-crafted posthumous tribute the medium has ever produced. As a bonus, also included is Radiohead’s cover of “Ceremony” (originally released as the debut single by Joy Division’s successor group New Order), one of the last songs Curtis ever wrote.
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