petronia: (minimalicious)
Max Cooper Live - Reflections/Contortions [For Gottwood festival] by Max Cooper


1. Max Cooper - Solace (Traum)
2. Microtrauma - Contrast - Max Cooper Remix (Traum)
3. Max Cooper - TBA
4. Max Cooper - TBA
5. Fairmont - They Live in the Moon - Max Cooper Remix (Traum)
6. Dominik Eulberg - Sansula - Max Cooper Remix (Traum)
7. Max Cooper - TBA
8. Andrew K - The Doppler Effect - Max Cooper Remix (Vice Versa)
9. Hot Chip - I Feel Better - Max Cooper Remix (Flash)
10. Ricardo Tobar - Mi Pieza Llena De Cosas - Max Cooper Remix (Traum)
11. Xircus - Rolf Harris - Ronan Portela Remix (Trapez)
12. Max Cooper - Heresy (Traum)
13. The Good Natured - Animal - Max Cooper Remix (Unreleased)
14. Kura - Crystal Clear - Max Cooper Remix (Bujakasja)

Plus, all the good things in life are free:

Another one here I haven't had a chance to listen to yet:

The first ten minutes of this is sweet ("Contrast"!) but I habitually skip ahead to "Sansula" (far superior to the original tbh). The 25-odd minutes between that and "Mi Pieza Llena De Cosas" are pretty much the summer techno mix I would have tried to make right now anyway... kind of, Border Community hauls its pasty English ass to the beach (Ryanair microtrance?). Watch the speedometer if you drive on the highway to this.

Meanwhile, uploaded some tracks for tonight's radio show here here (Marianne Faithfull, PJ Harvey, Youssou N'Dour...). And some Dominik Eulberg in the parent folder. I am pretty sure "Wenn Es Perlen Regnet" was the twinkly bit James Holden was playing at Piknic, which only goes to show as Eulberg himself did nothing of the sort. It was very BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM with decided peaks and breakdowns. And then he played (his own remix?) of "Emerge", and all the ancient ppl in the audience cracked the hell up eg. me, the guy working the official video camera, etc. And then I got to meet Eulberg totally by accident as wandered behind the tents looking for a friend just as dude came down and was collared by half a dozen enthusiastic fanboys in a row.
petronia: (kim pine)
Yeah so I haven't updated these since I went to Shanghai, bawling. I kept the tracklistings though... well, since December. November's a bit of a loss.

January 4, 2011 [direct link]
Lisa Nilsson, Gorillaz, Terror Danjah, Rox, I Blame Coco, Utada Hikaru, Saint Etienne )

I still prefer the Matsuda Seiko version of "Who's That Boy" - English enunciation aside, she owns the sentiment of the song while the heartfelt belter is more Lisa Nilsson's thing - but hey, I found the original version! Did you guys even know there was an original version!

BROADCAST REGULATION CANADIAN CONTENT PROTIPS: any and all covers of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" count as CanCon. Similarly, if Damon Albarn makes a track on his iPad in a Montreal or Vancouver hotel room after a gig, this also counts as CanCon.


January 11, 2011 [direct link]
Cold Fairyland, jj, Owen Pallett, David Bowie, Akufen, Isolée, Ikonika )

I was at Igloofest Friday and Saturday night in -30C weather, dancing until my legs dropped off in order to beat hypothermia. It was awesome! Missed Terror Danjah night due to work, but Egyptrixx and Weatherall** turned out impressive sets and ginger monster Hatchmatik completely blew up the igloo tent. One imagines dude must have LOLed for like an hour when he dug up a track that transitions seamlessly into "One More Time" without giving the game away. UNTIL THE SYNTHS HIT

Going back next week for Detroit night and Ikonika. Please disregard anything I said about Ikonika in the podcast, apparently I'm incapable of not sounding like an idiot.


January 18, 2011 [direct link]
jj, Broadcast, The Ian Fays, Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith, Kylie Minogue, Gorillaz, Saint Etienne, Korallreven, Hamasaki Ayumi )

Geebus I have played that dumbass song about Ecstasy thirty buttzillion times. This album has a giant marijuana leaf on the cover, so classy.

** One of the unsung pleasures of Igloofest is clocking DJs in winter gear. XD As Sam put it no one is really going to buy a parka for a single gig, so chances are you're getting real-life dorkiness and/or stylishness and/or Scandinavian daily-lifeness or what have you. Weatherall showed up in this impressive fur collar number, having remarked in interview beforehand that the upside of winter was being able to dress appropriately i.e. in tweed. "Heat is the enemy of style!" /LOL SCOTS
petronia: (obey the DJ)
102.3FM Radio Centre-Ville Chinese-language music show: Special of the Day (Tu 10:30-11:30PM)

Episode 3: February 9 - No, for reals, Damon Albarn's Chinese New Year
[My part starts about 35 minutes in]
right click to download

In which I attempt to sing Song 2, drop the new Gorillaz single like I work for the Guardian or smth, and quote Alex James ffffff )

In about six hours I'll have to crawl out of bed to get to the Chinese radio team's special New Year live broadcast from the Ruby Rouge in Chinatown. XD; If you're in town and feel like heading on down, we're giving out food and prizes until noon. If you're not in town and wouldn't rather stream Faye Wong's CCTV performance (she's alive!) or something, this link may work:


Feb. 5th, 2010 01:31 am
petronia: (in concert)
102.3FM Radio Centre-Ville Chinese-language music show: Special of the Day (Tu 10:30-11:30PM)

Episode 2: February 2 - Tribute to Lhasa De Sela and Kate McGarrigle
[I go first this time! starts 4 minutes in]
right click to download

tracklisting )

my Kate McGarrigle and Rufus Wainwright anecdote; not quite a translation )

That was a morbid episode, the theme was DEATH. Next week will be DAMON ALBARN'S CHINESE NEW YEAR. orz
petronia: (obey the DJ)

102.3FM Radio Centre-Ville Chinese-language music show: Special of the Day (Tu 10:30-11:30PM)

Episode 1: January 26 - Faye Wong, Cocteau Twins, Elisabeth Fraser
[nb this is the full show i.e. 30min Simon in Cantonese and 30min me in Mandarin]
right click to download

tracklisting )

Episode 0: January 19 - My Little Airport, Elefant Records, Igloofest
part 1
part 2

tracklisting )

Obviously this shiz is still TERRIBLE (as in, you can hear timesheets rustling and double-clicking in Winamp; as in, I will work to bring my ghetto-tastic Shanghai accent in line with received pronunciation once I have gotten over hemming and hawing for 25% of my airtime orz), but just as obviously if I had to live up to my own any standards whatsoever I'd never get anything done on the Internet. ...Also yes it's in Chinese but I'm not providing any insights into the music you won't get from Wikipedia, so. XD;

If you've never heard "Serpentskirt" with Faye Wong, rectify that immediately.

Realization I don't know what to do with: I'm bad at Twitter, obviously so, but just as obviously my best music writing of 2009 was done on 150 characters at a time.


Jan. 14th, 2010 06:29 pm
petronia: (true faith)
DJ Dave presents Zoukompa 2009

On the 2nd I went to a concert (a ball, really, held in a banquet hall in Anjou) with a couple of guys who're active in the Haitian cultural community; radio work etc. The link above is a promo mix one of them made of the year's popular tunes: zouk is French West Indies party music, kompa is I guess to Haiti what bossa nova is to Brazil. Montreal has one of the largest Haitian diaspora communities in North America - enough to put on gigs like this, hosting popular bands on tour outside Haiti - but I haven't really known anyone Haitian since high school. In twenty years I hadn't gotten off once at Henri-Bourassa metro station, where we'd arranged to meet. I've never been anywhere in the Caribbean, either. I was going to blog about it afterward, when I found the time, but you know how it is.

If there had been no earthquake, and I'd gotten around to it, this would've been burbling as per usual: how griot and red bean rice are awesome when you suddenly find yourself ravenous in the middle of the night (even if the rice tasted oddly soytastic like what I imagine a Chinese restaurant in Port-Au-Prince would serve up), how I was told you need at least eight good players to make a kompa band so it's hard to keep an amateur group together for any length of time, how Creole is incomprehensible even if it sounds like one ought to be able to understand it, like Cantonese or Korean. How all the security was white and involved full-body patdowns going in and out of coatcheck, and my inability to ask my friends what they thought of this WTFery even though I couldn't imagine that happening at eg. a Chinese community event flying in second-tier Hong Kong pop idols for the edification of a crowd skewing more toward 50s marrieds and 20s young professionals than rowdy teens. I don't know what I'd've said if they'd thought nothing of it because it was normal.

Then the earthquake happened and I end up thinking instead about how nothing is ever Someone Else's Problem anymore, the way it was when I was a kid; like 9/11, like the tsunami, it's always happening to someone I know. I don't know if that's good or bad (certainly it always seems to create new and improved opportunities for me to put my foot in my mouth, eg. emailing someone to bother them about the cell phone I lost in their car and only realizing hours later what they meant when they said "cannot meet today as must wait at home for news about my family"). Either way, though - and this is vague in my head but it feels important - when you read the articles and look at the awful pictures, don't think it's all dirty drinking water and gangsters and flattened shanty towns? Haiti is this close to bona fide failed statism and this natural disaster may well push it over the edge, but it has pop music and required reading in schools and an educated diaspora that struggles with whether they can do more for their country by going back or by staying abroad. Its people are resilient and love to dance. One day they'll get there.

petronia: (music)
Today's not!Advent thingy. Requested by [ profile] woodburner back in, I believe, 2007; better two years late than never. XD;; I originally had some Japanese paper with which I meant to make origami packaging for the CD, so here is a digital version of sorts.

Mononoke: The Fan Soundtrack

Fuka Vincente - Tempura Soul
David Bowie - Beauty and the Beast
Fever Ray - If I Had a Heart (Familjen Remix)
Laika - Black Cat Bone
DJ Krush with Shinichi Kinoshita - Beyond Raging Waves
Gorillaz - Ghost Train
Nick Cave - O Children
Florence + The Machine - Blinding
Hajime Chitose - Kono machi

Total Time: 40 minutes

Keepin' it short: one track per story arc, roughly, plus the Medicine Seller, plus Kayo, plus intro - but in listening rather than chronological order. (Who knows what the chronological order of the arcs is anyway?) It is all about funky shamisen cutz~♥ I'm pretty sure the one was off [ profile] moebius_rex and the other from [ profile] jantalaimon, even after all this time.
petronia: (love potion)
Comprised of some of the stuff I've been spinning on the Chinese radio show lately. Station charter rules are that 7% of prime time ought to be Canadian music (something like that - rule of thumb is one song per hour-long show), and the policy is to keep it French. So I cheat by playing the one French track anglophone Quebecer artists include on their albums for this very purpose XD; (sometimes it's a bonus track: see Feist). The first two are from a "Montreal Attractions" segment on jazz.

Susie Arioli - Lumière de nuit: current incarnation known as "Susie Arioli Swing Band". She's pretty famous here although I don't know about elsewhere. This is the same idea as Feist's "Amourissima", actually - wistful evocation of tinny 1920s phonographs and sepia-poster radio-show girls in cloche hats.

The Lost Fingers - Coeur de loup: three-piece from Quebec City who specialize in upbeat gypsy jazz covers of 80s pop classics. They do a mean "Billie Jean"... come to think of it I should probably have uploaded that instead. XD; You'll know this one if you're French though ahaha.

(Philippe Lafontaine was Belgium's Eurovision entry in 1990 - with a song about a Macedonian girl, confusingly.)

Marie-Chantal Toupin - Avions de papier: Everyone liked this one, but then it's very Asian pop. XD;; I'm pretty sure I've already had it on a mix somewhere. From 1998, though this wasn't the album that broke her, and she hasn't done much like it since.

Not played on radio:

Jeff Buckley feat. Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun: found out about this (and its back story) from that interview Liz Fraser recently did with the Guardian. Was I the last person on earth to know this existed?! ([ profile] jokersama?)

Been playing Heaven and Las Vegas quite a bit, although last.FM refuses to log it for some reason. Last heard it probably in 2001, at which point I wasn't entirely able to appreciate it - although my understanding of Cocteau Twins is largely informed by the acts they inspired, like Faye Wong and Yoko Kanno (well, no one's said so but it's obvious). Since I'm supposed to work on a half-hour Tuesday culture show now I may use Faye Wong + Cocteau Twins in my pitch to Y.* Then I guess I'll have to do the Damon Albarn one I keep avoiding writing.**


Decade's End: I don't really want to start on this stuff until January, actually, since 1) I'm pedantic, 2) no one's paying me to stick to their schedule, and 3) I seriously believe cultural decades are staggered from calendar decades anyway, like the 00s didn't start until 9/11 (and centuries are staggered by a decade's worth or so: the last century didn't really kick off until the Titanic / Great War, and it's only now - 2010! - starting to feel like we're living in the 21st instead of the hangover of the 20th. This is why I've been reading so much SF, by the way). But I have to make some notes, or I'm just going to forget. XD;

So I have to write about:

--Utada Hikaru
--Kings of Convenience / Erlend Øye (although that would require me to listen to the Whitest Boy Alive albums which... I haven't)
--Relatedly, the whole recap on Postal Service / "bedroom electronica" / Morr Music / Junior Boys etc., the xx probably goes here which makes it actually current + maybe I will just do a flowchart of 00s Dance/Electronica, post it, and ask ppl to critique
--Peter Doherty (guaranteed the only Libertines essay you will ever read that's mostly about Saint Etienne)

And 2009 writeups:

--Animal Collective: The Wank (siiiiigh)


* with added bonus that no one can tell these songs are being sung in English
** with added bonus that I can steal content off the blogs of those Asian girls who follow Graham Coxon around, /jk /jk
petronia: (skyward from city streets)
Fifth day of Dreadful Cold and have been visited by Aunt Flo i.e. in summary am leaking and dissolving into component bits, but at least not being able to do anything except sit in front of the computer is helping my wordcount. (And my farm. The difference between fantasy and reality is that in the fantasy I spent coins to acquire piles of maple leaves for my yard, which also contains a pony.) I remember starting and writing nearly half of Senza Fine while I was down with the Stomach Monster in Shanghai; illness is one time when what is happening inside one's head is emphatically more interesting than what is happening outside of it. Even if I'm bitter that I've been felled during the one week the weather's been nice.

Of course something always falls by the wayside, and I think it's been the tunes lately. So having done my duty by posting something to carnet, here is some girly disco. XD;

Coeur de pirate - Comme des enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix): not a little local critical backlash against the (again quite local) success of the Coeur de Pirate album panning it as simpering juvenilia, but the Le Matos dudes' brainstorm here - essentially, recasting Beatrice Martin as the Québecoise Sally Shapiro - is a stroke of genius. CFCF must be kicking himself for not getting there first.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars (Saint Etienne Remix): if it didn't say so in the track name I'm not sure I would've realized Saint Etienne had anything to do with it... and I'm not sure why I wouldn't have. ^^; The original is dreamily classicist indiepop caught somewhere between BeruSeba and Asobi Seksu, and this is reminiscent of that Tom Middleton remix of "Halcyon". very "dj ran" twinkly arpeggios etc

Lady Gaga - Paparazzi (Stuart Price Mix): at first I thought Stuart Price changed up the chord structure here but he really didn't. It's sped up and more straightforwardly poppy, in that it's lost some of the jitteriness of the original, which really only becomes eerieness in the video. Which is nearly as good as "Bad Romance", but suffers in comparison from making a too-obvious point heavyhandedly, and also from not setting polar bear pelts on fire. I like the song better, though.

I'm now watching all the Lady Gaga videos redone in Sims 2, they are bananas.


I have a suspicion that [ profile] ontd_startrek will end up forming its own guild or whatever equivalent in the online game and it will end up like that one Cory Doctorow short story, only with more celebrity dogwalking.
petronia: (kim pine)
wussy indie )

Cohen covers )

Skream remixes )

Will try to do this more often, so the music posts aren't so long!
petronia: (obey the DJ)
Joker - Snake Eater

I am really digging this dude's productions at the moment.

Late meme

Jul. 4th, 2009 03:44 am
petronia: (music)
The Rules:

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter. (If you want a letter, just say so.)
2. List (and upload/link) 5 (or more if you want) songs that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[ profile] keelieinblack gave me an N, two weeks ago.

Ciara )

DJ Rolando and The Aztec Mystic )

Laura Marling )

Martha Wainwright )

Too tired, next batch tomorrow. XD;
petronia: (kim pine)
It's been one month exactly!

Blur )

AyuMix )

Crystal Kay )
petronia: (kim pine)
No photos - didn't remember to bring a camera - so I have to make a note of it, or I'll forget when I went. XD;

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)
Grizzly Bear - Knife (Girl Talk Remix)

Fred Falke is on some kind of 2005-esque remix roll all of a sudden? I re-discovered the "Knife" remix just now, it is +Clipse and +Ying Yang Twins or rather Girl Talk correctly identified Ed Droste as an appropriate voice for "dude diva hooks" (remember the conversation about Kusano Masamune).

My thoughts on Grizzly Bear, let me show you them )

Other notes on evening: band reiterated the bit about Le National being one of their favorite venues, as well it ought to be as it's a jewel. It has a springy wooden floor, for instance, tilted so everyone can see the stage no matter where they're standing. Incidental music playlist was GREAT, A+ would hire members of this band to DJ a party again. Audience was young, cute and fluffyheaded Scott Pilgrim &co. types, enthusiastic but too indie to be pushy. The vinyl sold out because everyone at the merch stand (manned by Chris Taylor) asked for vinyl, including me. I know I make fun of other music fans' illogic but shit, I have totally bought into this one. XD; It's not even for the sonic qualities. Emotionally these days music itself = free and CD = a doohickey you can buy at Wal-Mart for 0.25$/unit with the inherent value of disposable chopsticks, so you have to go to vinyl to feel like you've achieved the kind of ownership you have over a book made out of paper and cardboard stock. Plus there is nostalgia value for people my age, like collecting Hasbro toys. I don't know what vinyl feels like for the fluffyheads, though - probably like when I pick up my dad's twin-lens reflex Yashica from the 60's, something out of a steampunk fantasy film set, barely reconcilable with everyday existence.

Toward the end Ed Droste was like, "Are you guys going to hang around outside and start a street party as is the Montreal way? We might join you if you do! :D" which of course resulted in the entire audience hanging around outside the venue afterward, LOL. That part of Saint-Catherine is a pedestrian street in summer. If I were with friends I would have stayed but I didn't want to sit there and wait by myself, so I have no idea if the band actually did show up.
petronia: (kim pine)
With downloads, as promised a while back. Plus new stuff. ...Do any of you guys actually read my Tumblr, besides the two or three of you who post there? ^^; Having multiple blogs pretty much just means that they take turns experiencing benign neglect, but I wish I had a better sense of who sees what first.

Pet Shop Boys )

Gorillaz )

The Tears )

Fever Ray )

Patrick Wolf )

k-os )

Peter Doherty and Dot Allison )

Saint Etienne )

Grizzly Bear gig tonight! Ed Droste just tweeted saying Le National is one of his favorite venues, bless (it's where I went to see Bebel Gilberto last time round).
petronia: (eep)
1) [ profile] hemlocke, forgot to mention I got your postcard too! Thanks~ ^^

2) For the new year, bit the bullet and changed the journal layout to one of the new "minimalism" ones. Font size ought to be easier on the eyes. It's good to have access finally to standard layout options that look like they were designed less than five years ago.

3) To my own surprise, I'm actually using my douban for its intended purpose (tracking books, movies, and music consumed), as opposed to merely lurking in the Sexy Britpop Ojisan MST Photo Archive... I think it's basically an unauthorized Goodreads code fork, but well. Friend me if you have one? XD Currently trying to get East Asian IMEs up and running on this laptop, which I've been putting off for a year.

4) La Mala Educación: for instance, I logged this in douban but forgot to include it in my last post. It's... sort of the If On A Winter's Night A Traveler of GLBT filmmaking, isn't it? XD; One thinks one has a handle on what the story is about, then it turns out to be the first chapter of something else. When the credits rolled sororial unit and I looked at each other like, okay, so did not see the last 30 minutes of that coming.

We think Enrique is hotter than Angel, though that might be the role talking. Would make the most objectionable Libsdom AU fic ever (and Subdee and I have come up with some fairly objectionable ones).

5) A Bit of a Blur: the memoirs of Alex James, bassist of Blur and 3D shoujo manga character. I promised to review this for someone and planned to do it in conjunction with the Durrell tetralogy, but that won't be for a while, so. XD; Cut because this entry is getting longish. )

Blur feat. Françoise Hardy - To The End (La Comédie): I finally have FTP again! ...You guys thought I stopped uploading due to the newfangled Twitter software didn't you. Anyway, Alex James' book is best when he discusses topics relevant to my interests, such as New Order's Reading '98 set, or being invited over to Françoise Hardy's flat and offered cheese.** I'd actually been trying to track this down since Cathy's holiday mix last year. When I first watched the PMV I was like, "Ouran High School Host Club do Last Year at Marienbad, lulz," then I realized this was in fact an awesome fic idea. Now I'm kind of obsessed with it. XD; Think I'll go score Robbe-Grillet's script from Gallimard for reference, I've seen it there.

** Basically the pinnacle of dude's existence; also Graham Coxon's. Françoise Hardy, of course, immediately decided non-fan Damon Albarn was her favoritest Blur.
petronia: (so not awake yet)
The fact that Erol Alkan is one half of Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve!

Midlake - Roscoe
Midlake - Roscoe (acoustic)
Midlake - Roscoe (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve remix)

What I am learning: anything that sounds like late-seventies Fleetwood Mac (including actual Fleetwood Mac) works really well when the dance dudes come in and strip the guitar lines to make space. Question is, where are the Rilo Kiley remixes in this style?

This made me laugh )
petronia: (cowbelling to revolution)
Benjamin Diamond - Inner Cycle Parts 1 & 2: this was the runway music for Dior Homme FW 2001-02 - the first Hedi Slimane collection, the one at which Yves Saint Laurent caused wank by showing up (given that he skipped the uhh Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear show, lulz). There's an article online where an indie band that scored a later DH show described getting a three-page email from Slimane asking them to make the music "melancholic" and "nonchalant" and oh yeah, about 17 minutes long. This may come as a surprise, but "Inner Cycle" sounds amazingly like the hypothetical result of that same email going out to the members of Stardust. XD; It is even approximately 17 minutes long.** (Though I don't know if the entire piece as-is was used in the show; part 2 is essentially a different track built on top of the same bassline. Or alternately, the same track "leaving baseline", in the chemical positivity sense. I SPEAK OF STRING EFFECTS.)

Benjamin Diamond released this as a limited edition 12" on his own label, in 2001 (titled Solitaire, same as the fashion show). And there it would have rested if Michael Mayer hadn't picked the track as the A-side of the first release from his Immer label, the mission statement of which was "to provide Michael Mayer with new copies of out-of-print records he is in danger of wearing out, and also to stop people from asking what the tracks were all the time." With the upshot that now you can download it from the Kompakt MP3 online shop, and I have just saved you one Euro. XD Somehow it makes sense that by throwing Hedi Slimane and French house in a blender, one makes a more-Kompaktian-than-Kompakt smoothie. Tim Finney's "neuromanticism" amirite. (39.5MB, download at own risk)

Hercules and Love Affair feat. Antony Hegarty - Blind: and this I first heard in Chanel AW 2008-09. It took me a while to follow up on it. XD I had a chance to see Hercules and Love Affair at Piknic this year (can't remember if it was live or a DJ set) but had stuff to do earlier on and sort of flaked out.

"Blind" is probably my favorite H&LA track. What I like about them isn't the disco cowbell and horns and diva warbling - though whoever had the brainstorm of casting Antony of the Johnsons in the latter role is a bona-fide GENIUS - but the Luomoesque time-dilation property some of their songs possess. Like listening to music stoned, except one isn't, and the track really is seven minutes long even if only three minutes ought to have passed. (9.1MB)

Gui Boratto - Haute Couture: pulsates and clatters away in the post-Oxia microtrance moment. His recent remix of Adam Freeland is more or less in the same vein, but better. (5.5MB)


Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus has just shown me the underlying melodic (thematic?) similarity between "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Teenage Kicks". Thanks, Miley... I think. :P

** That is, the Immer release is 17 minutes long, which I imagine took some squeezing on the 12". The original single was one 12-minute track called "Inner Cycle Parts 1 & 2" and one 5.5-minute track called "Lonesome Boy". /pedantic
petronia: (giogio)
The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of the Understatement: I was on second-coffee-date terms (so to speak) with this album before I left for Brazil, where I stopped listening to it because it didn't suit the climate. Then I came back to Montreal, and we picked up where we left off. ♥ Id est review would've made more sense two months ago but what can you do... Sororial unit accused me of liking this for Owen Pallett's frou-frou orchestral arrangements. XD This is untrue - I got used to the indie vocalising pretty fast - though Pallett is a sort of under-credited band member here, as always. Dude doesn't so much subordinate himself to genre constraints as he loves them, which makes his "griffe" all the more distinctive. A la Morricone.

The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You
The Last Shadow Puppets - Meeting Place

Other charming things about this album )

My sister still cracks up when she hears the word 'tambourine' )

For the record, TLSP is a side project of Alex Turner, the singer/songwriter/guitarist of indie rock band Arctic "How Can You Tell We Started This Band As A Joke In The Ninth Grade" Monkeys, and Miles Kane, the singer/songwriter/guitarist of other indie rock band The Rascals.** The rationale is that they are BFFs who enjoy collecting old records, getting matching Beatles haircuts, covering Rihanna, and giggling like lolis. As such, the main extra-musical entertainment value lies with the British press's battle to rein in its moé for long enough to complete an interview with dignity. The problem is that the Libertines debacle basically did for the NME what the Slam Dunk doujinshi fandom did for Weekly Jump, i.e. "If only we knew this back when we were pushing the Smiths!" Only gonna be more lulz from here on out, guys.

** I have stopped keeping track of people in UK indie bands forming side projects with people in other UK indie bands. This is where Canada's socialist-collectivist nature shows to its best advantage: we give our indie musicians automatic membership in an umbrella organization called Broken Social Scene of which all other bands are defined as side projects, bypassing the semantic quibbling.
petronia: (tamaki)
...Yeah, this is for personal satisfaction really. Although there are mp3s. XD;

Bran Van 3000, Place-des-Arts (outdoors), July 1

Shared specificity with real peers in time and space, which I don't often get in music fandom. Also one of the all-time party bands. ♥ BV3 is of the lineage of great Montreal indie collectives and arrived on the turning point of the city going from not having a scene to - briefly - having the coolest scene worldwide (which is to say they made more money than Me Mom and Morgentaler, and considerably less than the Arcade Fire). Maybe they were the turning point, in some sense: the zeitgeist embodiment who showed up in the aftermath of the second referendum and were like hey dudes let's forget about it, go to the tams and chill out, man, just... chill. It tickles me immensely that they've become a going concern once again, though that means I have to get off my butt and buy the actual new album.

Bran Van 3000 - Rainshine: I wasn't seriously into music until mp3s took off, but looking back there's nothing much about my teenaged taste I'd disavow.** This is perhaps the best song on Glee, insofar as it doesn't cross genre lines but obliterates them three times over in as many minutes - the moment Sara Johnston's voice comes back in still gives me shivers. Magical mystical.

Bran Van 3000 - Afrodiziak: what I can't remember is if I enjoyed smooth R&B grooves that namechecked Marshall McLuhan, or if I had, in fact, no idea what dude was rapping about... Probably the latter.

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A.: and this, of course. I wrote my first piece of quote music criticism unquote on "Drinking in L.A.", for a CEGEP English assignment (and it was intended as music criticism, not a mere review ahaha... yeah, it's a problem orz). Found the 12" in a used record store the other week, while heading down Mont-Royal to meet [ profile] ayabai and her friends at the tams, and promptly purchased it. Remixes by a cluster of Ninja Tunes and Turbo artists before they became (relatively) famous - including Tiga - on translucent turquoise vinyl. I didn't even know this song had remixes.

Not sure what it says that when I watch the video I can't tell it was made a decade ago.

There were more people for this than for the Leonard Cohen tribute concert, or maybe it just felt that way because I was stuck further back and spent my time working toward the front until I got right against the barrier. It was a party up there, anyway. XD They did play quite a few songs off their latest full length (good, but unfamiliar), and not enough off their second.

** If you can't see the brilliance of the first Savage Garden album then the more fool you.

October 2017



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