I’m here for ya babe ; )
Valentine’s day is just around the corna’
Arcade Fire’s latest album was released August 3rd, perhaps this is late for a review but I just barely listened to it. Come to think of it, I became aware of it’s release when my friend stuffed a copy of it in my hand shortly before my other-wordly departure. It’s pretty good. I considered Arcade Fire my favorite band for a bit, that was just before TV on the Radio ransacked my life and mind, and I feel as though AF has been consistently good.
I must say though, I was compelled to describe this album as a little more Urban Outfitters than the last, but perhaps that has always been the case and as I move away from that it becomes a bit more easy to see. Either way, my struggle to avoid that aesthetic is like my struggle against my nature, futile yet significant.
In other news…
Maximum Balloon, which is a side project of Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, will be released September 21st. I recently discovered my #1 band is on hiatus, and though the initial surprise was there, I was at the same time understanding, like a good relationship partner… To be honest, after Dear Science, though it was good an all, I felt like their original mood was being lost, so this may be for the better.
Kyp Mallone released his solo album last September and aside from the track Give Blood, I was hardly compelled. But in all fairness I kind of expected what I got, and I’m sure Kyp did not disappoint those who have a similar music craving to his own, but I don’t think I am one of them… I believe Dave Sitek is a little more up my alley as an independent musician and the only one that would probably have me more excited is Tunde Adebimpe himself, so until then, Maximum Balloon it is!
Maximum Balloon is the side project of Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio
TV + Yukimi, you bet I’m excited : D
I don’t understand why people don’t LOVE my favorite band… : (
irregardless PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE verify that your bass is set to a reasonable waftiness.
Portable Kyp : D
The answer space was a bit snug,
it was a tough call, but I think I’ve narrowed it down
in no particular order…
TV on the Radio - Young Liars (EP): short and sweet, the essence of them, the grunge, the beautiful darkness, it’s been present from the start.
Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop O.S.T. 1: It hits a certain level of supremity that makes you wonder how this veered off the radar of your HS jazz director. But these aren’t oldies, they’re goodies, by the Japanese jazz band that claims they’re from space.
Blur - Think Tank: When you take a 90’s rock band and place a pioneer like Damon behind the wheel, you create sounds that don’t fit without a context, but in context have managed to fit in the ears of the greater public. orchestral instruments along side synths & samples, a hodgepodge of delight.
Tom Vek - We Have Sound: God gave us light, Vek gave us sound, and all by himself in his garage? yeah, I’m jealous… where’s the sequel? eh, I can wait, this title track has already occupied me for a decade.