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Noze – Remember Love

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Tune of the week? Month? Year?

I know, it was released last year, and the hook is lifted off Technotronic. But i still can’t help but get excited about it every time I hear it.

The reason I’m posting about this track now, is that Noze have a new album on the way. It just landed on my desk this morning. Songs On The Rocks will be released on Get Physical, April 25th. I’ll post more about the album once I can actually settle down and listen to it in full, rather than putting this on constant repeat.

Enjoy!

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February 27, 2008 Posted by | Get Physical, Noze, Remember Love | 2 Comments

Where does the time go to?

I’ll tell you where.

1. Minding hyperactive, but unbelievably cute puppies while friends are away.

2. Deadlines!

3. Six Nations rugby.

4. Chasing around after puppies, and generally entertaining them (not to mention myself).

5. Soundchecking for the Choice Music Prize.

6. More deadlines!

7. Making an album.

8. Work. Normal everyday 9-5 work (this does not include deadlines).

9. Gigs in Dublin.

10. Smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, and worrying about finding the time to do all of the above.

Of all the weeks I wanted to blog, this was it. There is so much happening I don’t know where to start. The Choice Music Prize is this Wednesday. By this time tomorrow I’ll hopefully be sipping from a bottle of the cheapest champagne known to humanity. Thursday night, a rare appearance on the wheels of steel at a secret location – I don’t want anyone showing up to have a laugh at my mixing skills – they probably don’t even call them wheels of steel anymore. Friday night, Menomena in the Sugar Club, one of the best bands on the planet – unmissable! Saturday night, the Irish Blog Awards! How I managed this one I’ll never know. Sunday, I hit New York for 7 days!

So, what has been happening? Well, the 10 points above should be sufficient explanation, but during this time I’ve also learnt a thing or two. Puppies are experts in the art of manipulation. I sound very unhealthy on the radio. I cannot watch the Eduardo tackle. My parents do not understand what a blog is. My inability to use apostrophes correctly, frustrates sleepy people. John Lambert – aka Chequerboard – is set to release an album of immense scope and beauty. Autechre are not, their music has become infuriating. The Black Dog are still flying the flag for mid-nineties electronica – Radio Scarecrow is a welcome trip down memory lane (Ultramack upstairs in The Funnel anyone?). MGMT are charlatans – emperor’s new clothes (is that correct usage of an apostrophe?). Swimming is hard when you’re only learning – woggles are inhibitive! Smoking, and not being able to give up is embarrassing, and also inhibits swimming. Appearing on TV is both petrifying and exciting in equal measures, but oddly amusing and trivial in the grand scheme of things.

I’ve given far too much away, I know. That happens when you’re deprived of access to a very cathartic outlet such as this blog. I’m not one for the personal slant (unless it revolves around music), but I’ll make an exception this time. I’ll hopefully bump into some of you at the events listed above. Or you can merely point and ridicule if you prefer.

And if you don’t believe me about Chequerboard, have a listen here. His music is stunning!

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 8 Comments

Junior Boys – Body Language

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Another one of IPTOR’s favourites, Canadian indie/electro/pop duo Junior Boys are set to release their first mix album, for the Get Physical label Body Language series. It’s been on the stereo most of the day, and it’s a real corker! The tracklisting reads as follows –

  1. Sorcerer – Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Miks)
  2. Supermayer – Saturndays
  3. Chelonis R. Jones – Deer In The Headlights (DJ Hell Remix)
  4. Love Nine – Feedback
  5. Kreon & Lemos Feat. Feeboy – Fola
  6. Kelley Polar – Rosenband (Magic Tim’s Instrumental Version)
  7. Steadycam – In The Moog For Love
  8. Radio Slave – Screaming Hands (Cosmo Vitelli Radioaktivitat Remix)
  9. Studio – Life’s A Beach! (Todd Terje Beach House Mix)
  10. Gui.tar – Love Started To Shine
  11. Stereo Image – Dark Chapter
  12. Matthew Dear – You Know What I Would Do
  13. Pushé – Don’t Take Your Love Away
  14. Visage – I’m Still Searching
  15. Junior Boys – No Kinda Man
  16. Rework – Love Love Love Yeah (Chloé Remix)
  17. f0st3r – bl3w r0d30 d3m0
  18. Chloé – Be Kind To Me
  19. Bill Nelson – When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True

The release date is February 29th, and there should be a tour to back it up in the next few months. Watch this space. To play us out, here’s the video of the first single from their excellent album So This Is Goodbye on Domino Records, called In The Morning. I linked to the Alex Smoke remix a few weeks ago, as it is one of my favourite remixes of the last few years. The original track is a deliciously funky piece of electro pop, and also rather fine.

February 19, 2008 Posted by | Body Language, Get Physical, Junior Boys | 4 Comments

Prinzhorn Dance School – Crackerjack Docker

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Another night spent trawling through the net unearthed this forgotten gem. Signed to the ultra hip DFA Records, Prinzhorn Dance School are somewhat of an enigma. Not much is known about Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn, as they rarely grant interviews. At the time of their debut album release, the only other person with anything good to say about the band was Mr ‘finger on the pulse’ Jim Carroll. The downside of being signed to a trendy label like DFA or Mute is that they go through EMI, and if not deemed a priority, they generally don’t get the attention or coverage they deserve. So PDS’s self-titled debut got very little attention, and was mainly slated in publications for being derivative, retro, and singular in its intent. Basically, most people didn’t get it. The beauty of PDS is their simplicity. Each song ruthlessly discards all the meaningless fluff, breaking songs down to a minimum of sheer necessity, yet still appearing compelling – no mean feat. Like some of the best pop music or punk, the emphasis is not on instrumentation or musicianship – adopting the theory of less is more. Therefore, the real beauty lies within that simplicity. For proof, check out their video for the single Crackerjack Docker. You may hate it, you may think they’re a pale imitation of The Fall, you may even think you can do better, but I guarantee you’ll still be humming it when you’re out tonight. Don’t be deceived by The Kills, PDS are far superior.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | Prinzhorn Dance School | 2 Comments

MBV & M83

So news is spreading quicker than a Dwain Chambers 60m sprint – My Bloody Valentine are confirmed for this year’s Electric Picnic. Sign me up! Having missed out on Glasgow tickets, it’s a welcome relief to know I’ll finally catch them. Please put them in a tent, late! MBV are arguably one of the few bands truly worthy of the enormous, obscene amounts of cash currently being thrown at retired acts to reform. The Verve anyone? Why bother? Having worn out my copy of Loveless on vinyl, and scratched the beejaysus out of my Isn’t Anything CD – that album is now twenty years old!! – it’ll be nice to have something new to add to the MBV experience. Most fans/anoraks like myself have been reduced to watching endless re-runs of that Rapido feature on youtube, or videos such as this below.

Not a million miles away (in many respects), Anthony Gonzales is preparing for the release of his new album on April 15th, entitled Saturdays=Youth. M83 – no longer a duo – are clearly one of a number of bands raised on a steady diet of MBV, albeit with a more electronic slant. It’s judgement day for Gonzalez here at IPTOR HQ, as I feel he has been slightly off target with his last two albums. Although they contained moments of staggering beauty, I can’t help but feel something was lost in the split, when Gonzales parted company with Nicolas Fromageau following a stressful tour. For me, Dead Cities, Red Seas, Lost Souls is still the definitive M83 record. But here’s hoping Saturdays=Youth lives up to expectation. Gonzales is clearly hotting up for the release, as an M83 youtube channel has just been created, containing some videos of previous singles. No doubt there’s a new one on the way. Watch this space. To play us out, here’s the video to a track off Dead Cities – Run Into Flowers.

Would this song even exist had it not been for MBV?

You decide.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | M83, My Bloody Valentine | 1 Comment

Nice spot!

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Calling all Dan Deacon fans. Head on over to the Thrill Pier site now: he has posted a link to download all of Deacon’s back catalogue – pre Spiderman of the Rings album anyway – and they are all free and legal, courtesy of Dan himself.

Well spotted Thrill.

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Dan Deacon, Thrill Pier | 1 Comment

Les Savy Fav – What Would Wolves Do?

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Will he ever get tired of posting about this band I hear you say. In truth, probably not. Suffice to say, I heart LSF. Well, it is Valentine’s Day! So, if i am posting about one of the best, sweatiest, and energetic rock bands on the planet, why oh why is it about their old single i hear you say again! The reason being, they only finished the bloody video! So, for everyone’s viewing pleasure, below is the video to LSF’s previous single – What Would Wolves Do? – finally!

Perfect timing by the guys, as they are just about to release their new single, Patty Lee. I posted about it a few weeks ago so no need to go into that again. Although, rather than putting up the video, it’s worth mentioning their recent Conan O’Brian performance of the new song. Tim Harrington is up to his usual antics again, it’s worth a look.
The one bit of concrete LSF news I can inform you about is the re-release of their 18 track singles collection – Inches – by Wichita Recording, due in early March. Well worth investing in, for a general overview of their career, if you’re new to the band.

There are rumours about a Dublin date, but I didn’t say that. You heard it elsewhere.

Screw it, here’s the Conan clip, enjoy!

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Les Savy Fav | Leave a comment

Ta an athas orm

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      So the votes were cast, and the judges had their say. I’m still quite shocked, but it seems I’ve made the shortlist for this year’s Irish Blog Awards. IPTOR has managed to sneak it’s way into the category of Best Music Blog??!!

      All I can say is thank you to anyone who voted for me, and the judges that deemed this little blog worthy of a nomination. My thanks to Damien – especially for fixing my address – and the sponsors of this award also.
      I’m still relatively new to this blog thing, but I’ve enjoyed it immensely since I began. As my profile says, I’m just trying to share the wealth and spread the love. There’s so much great music out there, and not all of it gets the attention it deserves, so I hope I’ve shed some light on new/small artists or songs.
      Blogs are a huge source of information for me – Irish and international. I learn as much about music from Nialler, Pedro, Red, Sinead, Jim, Ronan, Matt, etc, than I do from any paper, magazine, radio or TV show.
      I hope anybody that has read my blog has picked up a couple of recommendations or unearthed a few gems, as I have over the last few years from blogs.
      A big thank you to everyone who has ever read this blog, linked to it, or commented on it. It’s really appreciated. And best of luck to all the nominees!

      February 14, 2008 Posted by | Irish Blog Awards | 11 Comments

      Le Loup – February 21st in Crawdaddy

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      Once again the gig diary is starting to fill up. My boys and gals- Los Campesinos! – are playing tonight in The Village. What a weird night Saturday was, you really had to be there. It was a surreal moment watching Louis Walsh sing their new single back to them after their performance on Tubridy Tonight. Watch out for the next issue of NME – they were there to capture the whole thing – all will be revealed I imagine.

       

      I’m gonna try and take it easy for the next few weeks, but one thing I won’t be missing is Le Loup’s first Dublin show, on February 21st in Crawdaddy. I’ve posted about them a few times before, as their debut album was one of my favourites last year. Still no sign of a video for any singles, but there’s a link here to their myspace. They don’t have Planes Like Vultures up there – arguably the best track on the album – but you can check it out here, on the Instrumental Analysis blog. I forgot to post this at the time, so below is my TD review of their album from a few months back.

      Le Loup – The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly (Memphis Industries).

      In the short period of time since this anonymous little record landed on my desk, a lot has been said about Le Loup. This seven piece from D.C. originally numbered only one – Sam Simkoff wrote and recorded all of The Throne with methodical precision, after relocating from Portland. Also, much has been made of the title and the subject matter – all those allusions to Dante’s Inferno and artist James Hampton. But it’s too easy to search for clues here, or make tenuous assumptions based on these factors and insignificant talking points. The only relevant question is whether The Throne is any good. It is good, very good in fact, and one of the finest debuts of 2007. Opener Canto I bristles with multiple layers of looping banjo and a cacophony of tin pot percussion, all bound together by spoken word samples. Planes Like Vultures (undoubtedly one of the songs of the year) typifies Simkoff’s unique approach to song writing and arrangement, albeit straight from the ‘one man in his bedroom’ school of composition. Loops of Simkoff’s vocal build and layer intricately, joined by a quirky beat that evolves and propels the song towards the dramatic introduction of major chords. This song, and most of the album is clearly the work and vision of one man (constructed almost like a techno track). In fact, I would wager that The Throne could not have been written by a group of musicians. This is a good thing, as the limiting factors that Simkoff faced whilst writing and recording this album inevitably shaped its unique nature. Comparisons with Sufjan Stevens are inevitable and unavoidable I suppose because of his voice, the banjos, and pianos, but Simkoff’s sound is more contemporary- blending synths, vocal effects, and drum machines with more traditional instrumentation to beautiful effect. The Throne is conclusive proof of the abundant talent and potential of Simkoff and Co.

      Current Mood: Restless.

      Current Listening: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Etiquette (Tomlab).

       

       

       

      February 11, 2008 Posted by | Crawdaddy, Le Loup | 2 Comments

      Holy Fuck – Live in Whelans

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      One of the best bands to come out of Canada in recent times, Holy Fuck finally make space in their calendar for a Dublin show. You can catch them in Whelans on April 10th, and Mandela Hall in Belfast on April 9th. It’s worth investing in their albums well before the shows, as you’ll be dazzled and floored by the sheer power and energy of their recordings. Have a listen to some tracks here. I imagine they are one of those ‘you gotta see ’em live’ kind of bands. I reviewed their latest album a few months ago for TD, and here it is again.

      Holy Fuck – LP (Young Turks)

      With so many bands adding a ! to their name these days, you’d wonder why these guys didn’t seize the chance, they’re well and truly justified in doing so – given their stage name and the quality of their new album, LP. Holy Fuck hail from that current hotbed of talent, Canada. However, they share little with the current crop of Canucks taking over the world of indie music. Relative black sheep of the Toronto independent scene, Holy Fuck have more in common with the Krautrock movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Their lo-fi, experimental approach to composition sets them apart from recent successes such as Arcade Fire, Stars, and Broken Social Scene – although BSS producer Dave Newfeld is responsible for many of their early recordings and some contained here. Holy Fuck’s sound is a clear homage to Komische Music luminaries such as Can, Neu!, and Cluster, but it is cleverly updated and contemporised in a manner similar to bands such as Trans Am and Super Numeri. Opening track Super Inuit is recorded live, capturing the energy, ingenuity, and experimentation of HF, while other tracks such as Frenchy’s and Echo Sam display a competent level of studio trickery and improvisation. With two fulltime members (Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt) and a host of collaborators lifted from the Dependent Music collective, Holy Fuck have earned the label, ‘Toronto’s evil supergroup’. Their reputation as an intense, inventive live act has secured them several festival appearances, and rave reviews. HF tend to favour the traditional instrumental approach, forsaking vocals on all but one track. Relentless live drumming, with impeccable precision is cleverly balanced by drum machine explosions, and free-form synthesised workouts. 9 tracks of pure raw energy and dripping emotion come to an abrupt end after only 37 minutes, leaving the listener yearning for more. It’s very rare that a band comes along and improves on a sound that is largely recognised as being perfected more than 30 years ago, but Holy Fuck really have achieved this. It’s high time they added that ! to the end of their name.

      Current Mood: Muscle pains! My footballing days are numbered.

      Current Listening: Autechre – Quaristice (Warp Records).

      February 8, 2008 Posted by | Holy Fuck | 6 Comments