We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Monday // August 30, 2010 at 18:15 // filed under Music
We love Kanye! His beyond ridonkulous-ness is beyond. This 'Power' remix features Jay-Z and Swizz Beats (who do fabulous work together) and a sample taken from the Snap's awesome 'I've Got The Power'. I have an odd weakness for tracks that make me feel like I got some mad swagger, and 'Power' is one of these. Kanye has mad swag, I don't care what y'all say. Here are some of Kanye twitter-isms, just for shits, and the remix below that...
Monday // August 30, 2010 at 16:18 // filed under Music
The Wilderness Downtown is Chris Milk's interactive short film to accompany Arcade Fire's 'We Used To Wait'. I don't normally pay too much attention to "stuff you can play with on the internet" (except for Tetris - now THAT is addictive. I didn't even know what Chatroulette was until it was over) but the nostalgia thing about this little Googly/Chrome endorsed project piqued my curiosity...my dreams led me to wake up feeling kinda emo this morning, so this caught me in an appropriate moment to proactively go and 'close all unnecessary tabs' and wait for that shit to load. And it made me squeal with delight actually. If you haven't already, go listen to the single and have a play with it over at http://thewildernessdowntown.com/
In the meantime, The Drums actually did a lovely cover in their usual style of 'We Used To Wait', and here it is:
Monday // August 30, 2010 at 15:06 // filed under Music
There was a
time in which Miami Horror released
an EP, got everyone excited and then disappeared. Two years later he's back with a full band, new image and an album with twelve new songs. Unfortunately, the first two
singles – ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Moon Theory’ – from Illumination didn’t quite top the material from Bravado – ‘Don't Be
On With Her’and ‘Make You Mine’. Fortunately, they don’t serve as a parameter for
In fact, ‘I
Look to You’ also doesn’t really reflect the sound of the album (it's one of the many Alan Palomo collaborations, and is the perfect blend of modern
Australian synthpop with his Neon Indian sound) but it shares the same greatness
you will find in the rest of it.
The track, sung
by Aussie singer Kimbra (who works a breathy vocal sounding a
lot like Penelope from The Golden Filter),
is a pop bomb with a disco influence and is going to be massive. Basically because it has the
same potential for radios as it does at the club – no remixes or edits
necessary. The only bad thing to be said is that the video is the poorest in
Miami Horror’s career, but who needs great videos with great music, right? Well...
Miami Horror - I Look To You
If you live in Australia you can already buy
Illumination, and for the rest of the world there's plenty streaming and blogs to keep
you satisfied until you get the real thing – and we think you should get it.
Monday // August 30, 2010 at 14:35 // filed under Music
If there is
a band that I never felt any attraction to in my whole life it might well be Jamiroquai. I don’t like the name, the
look, the sound and even that video that everybody thought it was so cool in
the 90’s. Recently they were confirmed in Brazil to play alongside Air in a new music festival (Natural About Us, in case you were
wondering) and all I could think of was: WHY?
I guess I
just found the answer. The band is releasing a new single - which will
eventually lead to a new album – and it’s like a funky disco track for the
radio that will play in supermarkets, taxis and every place wherein you can’t
control the music. Yes, that bland – although not that offensive.
Jamiroquai wants to join the cool kids and ordered remixes from Penguin Prison and Monarchy. While Penguin Prison (you can read an interview we did
with him here) makes ‘White Knuckle Ride’ sound more sophisticated and dancefloor-orientated,
Monarchy controls (for once) their wish to become huge electronic stars and edits
the track into something more pleasant, although they’ve still left some major
Friday // August 20, 2010 at 19:47 // filed under Music
Best Coast just put together a mixtape for The Independent and while there are
some things in there that are so Best Coast – like Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Beach House
and Pavement – Bethany Cosentino
also makes us proud, by choosing Beyoncé’s
‘Halo’ and tells all the haters to fuck off! How can you not love her?
mixtape below, head over to The Independent to read her comments for every song
and wait for our long-awaited interview with her on Monday (23 of August). It's a good one!
Friday // August 20, 2010 at 16:02 // filed under Music
you do drugs, there's always the chance that something might run out of control. Like, a party full of beautiful
women dancing and singing along to an amazing 8-bit track might swirl into something terrible
when the acid you dropped turns the wrong corner.
might suddenly have hairy old man mouths; nice old ladies will spout another mouth on their
foreheads and creepy men will get even creepier. You may also realize that the
sound turned heavier and the beats got even faster - like the good old days of bangin' electro.
you didn’t do any drugs and you're just watching the Soulwax remix video for Late
of the Pier’s ‘Best In Class’ instead of the original (or the director's cut). That’s because Daniel Brereton “remixed” the original video
from Sam Potter and made it look
scarier than Madonna without make up.
Late Of The Pier - Best In The Class (Soulwax Remix)
You can buy
the Soulwax and the Simon Bookish remixes
digitally already, but will have to wait until Monday (23/08) to get the vinyl.
Either way, you can listen to teaser in the player below.
Friday // August 20, 2010 at 15:11 // filed under Music
Hiya Jack and Chris
Bag Raiders have just released the video to accompany the first single off of their long awaited self-titled debut album, coming out via Modular on October 1st. The track is called 'Way Back Home' and demonstrates a darker, more weighty direction than the soaring heights that their ubiquitous hit 'Shooting Stars' took.
'Way Back Home' shows a more serious side to the duo; exhibiting traits similar to two other brilliant Australian synthpop duos, Cut Copy and The Presets. The track also works the 'tribal drums' in the club angle to give it a chance in the more serious club arena. It ain't no 'Shooting Stars' but a great track nonetheless, and equally destined to be played to death.
The Kris Moyes directed video, shows a decidedly different style to their 'Shooting Stars' video effort; instead of surfing cars through computer made skies, Jack and Chris run around a darkened studio in this one-shot-wonder making art, whilst some pretty scratched and painted effects are layered over the top.
Meanwhile, we're waiting with anxious anticipation to finally hear the album, the cover of which looks like this (then check the video below that):
Friday // August 20, 2010 at 14:38 // filed under Music
going to pretend that I know anything about Ellen Allien. Actually, I’ve been hiding from her music for a long
time. I don’t even know why I checked her new video that premiered yesterday at
xlr8r, but the fact is, I did - and I loved it.
Rain’, the video, is like a sunny, less odd version ofThe Golden Filter’s ‘Solid Gold’ which is delicious to watch,
especially on a grey winter's day. The song has a riff quite similar to Interpol’s introspective moments, brightened by the way she produces her drums. While the voice is covered
with effects, Ellen still manages to make the sentiments flow. This track is as
good as a peaceful Sunday morning!
Ellen Allien - Sun the Rain
her fans don’t dig her new career turn that much - and this is why I’m going to
check her new album, Dust, as soon as
I finish this post. If there is just another ‘Sun the Rain’ will be more than