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This Week I Will Be Mostly Listening to…..

There’s been a bit of a lull lately in good new albums, compilations, and singles.

I keep returning to the Menomena album though, Friend and Foe, on City Slang. This Portland based 3 piece of multi-instrumentalists caused quite a stir at Castle Pitchfork when they released this, their third album. Think TV On The Radio vs Flaming Lips and you’re somewhat there. Expect a Dublin show by the end of the year also, they’ve reportedly started a bidding frenzy among several Irish music promoters.

This weekend I’m finally getting my hands on a copy of This Bliss, the second album from German minimal techno producer Pantha Du Prince. Having heard it many times already, and after picking up a few of the singles and remixes he’s done, i think this is a sure thing for my end of year Top 20. For all you indie fans, don’t switch off just yet. While this is delicate, abstract minimal house and techno, it’s still really lush and melodic. Hendrik Weber cites influences such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Arvo Part, This Heat, and many more seminal indie bands. A must for any true music fan.

In anticipation of their Whelan’s show on October 26th, i’ll be administering my daily dose of O’Death’s new album, Head Home. Having caught them virtually by accident, supporting Goodtime John in Whelan’s a few months back, i can honestly say they are the best new live band i’ve seen in years. While the album is great, these guys from Brooklyn really should be experienced live. A savage mix of riotous folk and trad, accompanied by a backdrop of whiskey, fistycuffs, and general debauchery. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Worth double the entry fee. Then go out and buy the album, it’ll make total sense after the show.

LP, by Canadian duo Holy Fuck is out on October 26th. It’s just popped through my letterbox, and i’m really looking forward to it. I’ve read some great reviews of it already. One for all you Krautrock fans out there, according to OMM.

Also in this lovely package of promotional delights is the new EP from Grizzly Bear, Friend. 10 tracks, old and new, some are covers, some remixes, and the odd collaboration too. This band are never anything less than engaging, and this one should be rather special.

Finally, I’ve been getting acquainted with the new Vic Chesnutt album, North Star Deserter, on Constellation Records. Recorded with various members of A Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Fugazi, it is a mammoth record. Chesnutt himself is a very interesting, and intriguing character, and he has surrounded himself with some serious players for this, his eleventh album i think. Be sure to check out his show in the Button Factory, on December 1st.

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler(which one are you?)

So SMD are set to re-release their stomping breakthrough single Hustler in November. The new video is posted above, and it’s a rather memorable one at that, in an Aphex Twin/Chris Cunningham kind of way. Can’t wait to see it show up on the Channel 6 Pop Scene playlist! Never gonna happen.

At least they can still use the old video, oh wait, no they can’t! Once again, James and Jaz(i can confirm, two of the nicest boys in the biz, ouch! just dropped something on my foot) exhibit their stubborn, spectacular inability to conform to industry guidelines on commercial appeal. Below is the original video for Hustler, directed by Saam Farahmand, one of the slickest video directors in the game(see Good Shoes and New Young Pony Club). The video caused quite a stir when it was originally released. According to one very enthusiastic youtuber, if you take the first half of the new video, then cut to the second half of the old one, you have the greatest music video ever made. Take that Peter Gabriel.

SMD, we salute you. So, which one are you?

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

MIA Censored

It comes as no surprise that MIA’s performance of Paper Planes on the David Letterman show was censored.

One of the standout tunes on her fabulous new album Kala, the gunshots contained in the original track were censored by conservative US TV exec’s. Not one to take these things lightly, at least she got to make some kind of statement, with her two finger salute at the end. Check out the footage here, it’s still worth watching as it’s a great song. Head over to the original post on youtube, where it has sparked a great debate on censorship.


Some people make reference to the song sampling The Clash – ‘Straight To Hell’, and I thought i was the ony one that spotted that!

Here’s my album review from Totally Dublin a few months back, and be sure to check out her live show in the Phoenix Park Marquee on December 7th. Her Electric Picnic appearance was my highlight of the weekend. Yes, the sound was crap, but the energy and performance was amazing.

M.I.A. – Kala (XL Records)

Two years on from her excellent debut Arular, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam returns with another glorious mess of a record. The English/Sri Lankan MC continues to confound all expectation, fill column inches, divide opinion, and gleefully bend and break every rule she can get her hands on. We’ve learnt to expect the unexpected from MIA, but nothing could prepare you for how far ahead of the game this girl truly is. Although Kala combines many disparate influences, namely elements of hiphop, techno, electro, grime, R’n’B, dancehall, baile funk, and world music, they are all masterfully fused and bound together by her exceptional vocal talent and socially aware lyrics. Yes, she is the epitome of cutting edge cool, and dangerously hip (production credits include such heavyweights as Diplo, Timbaland, Danja, Switch, and Bangladesh), but Kala is definitive proof of MIA’s maturation, her rich musical heritage and influences, and burgeoning social conscience. Opening track Bamboo Banga will literally flatten you, borrowing its chorus from the Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers classic Roadrunner, set amidst a throbbing sub bass and the sleaziest of electro beats. Bird Flu and first single Boyz are joyous, uplifting pop-infused romps, leaning more towards the blueprint of Arular. The only low point of the album is Jimmy, a cover of the Bollywood classic Jimmy Jimmy Aaja from the movie Disco Dancer, and a poor selection for a second single considering the quality of songs present on Kala. Hussel tackles the humdrum of everyday working life, while Mango Pickle Down River is a Wu-Tang influenced hiphop standard, reminiscent of Missy Elliot’s Work It. $20 cheekily pilfers the bass hook from New Orders Blue Monday, and lifts the chorus from The Pixies Where Is My Mind (albeit through a vocoder), if only Mr Hopkinson’s Computer hadn’t thought of it first. Standout track Paper Planes also borrows from the past, imitating the melody from The Clash’s Straight To Hell, and were it not for the machinegun toting chorus, it could be a potential chart topper. From start to finish it is virtually impossible to find fault with Kala, practically essential listening.

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment