Archive for January, 2008

Album Review: Hot Chip, "Made In The Dark"

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Dancey, electronic Indie from across the pond. Personally, I was a little bit disappointed; this record isn’t as dynamic as their old stuff, a little too sterile for my taste, and the slow stuff does nothing for me. Still, if you want to compel booty-shaking, this record is certainly capable of it.

Play: 2++(killer breakdown), 3++(good set-ender), 4, 9+(sweet vocal hook), 10++(great slow jam), 13+ (cute)

The band you’ll hate at the end of the year

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Vampire Weekend.

Their album was officially released today (basically, its the same as what was going around last summer, just with strings added and 2 new songs), and really, every song is great. You can read all sorts of bullshit about the atmosphere and the preppiness-hipster battle thats deep within the album on pretty much all of the big music blogs today, but there isn’t really a clunker to be found on the album (M79 comes the closest). Here’s the thing though, they’re a bunch of preppy, Ivy League dudes, and the album isn’t that far separated from OAR-esque jam band douchiness (separated just enough to be great). Vampire Weekend is going to be everywhere. It’s only a matter of time before the backlash comes, and in a big way too. Enjoy the album while you can, there’s a lot to enjoy.


Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Subversive Cinema: Devo’s Mongoloid (A Film By Bruce Conner)

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Bruce Conner is most famous for his experimental “found film”, A Movie (1958). In A Movie, Conner edited together stock footage, news reels, Academy countdown leader, and B-Grade films (among other things) to create a “pessimistic comedy on the human condition”. The result is an entirely original film made from entirely unoriginal sources.

Similarly, in 1978, Conner collaborated with DEVO to create their second music video, “Mongoloid”. DEVO described it as, “a documentary film exploring the manner in which a determined young man overcame a basic mental defect and became a useful member of society. Insightful editing techniques reveal the dreams, ideals and problems that face a large segment of the American male population.” What results is a brilliant three and a half minute music video by the master of the “found film”.


Quasi-interview: White Rabbits

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Before last night’s show with White Denim and the Walkmen, I had a chance to talk with Alex Even, guitarist for the White Rabbits. While I didn’t have the chance to prepare for a more comprehensive interview, Alex was gracious enough to give me these little nuggets:

On Columbia, MO: A great place to start a band. They were able to get all their embarrassing stuff out [of their system] there.

On Wash U: He’s heard of it! Fond memories.

On the band that will be the next White Rabbits: White Denim (When I asked the question, I was referring to another band from Columbia, but hey, White Denim was great, so no complaints here)

On the Walkmen: “Inspiring”