Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
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.
Game of Thrones
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?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
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
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.
Posts in March 2011
To Dystopia and Beyond! with Yacht



Opening with their version of a line appropriated from Bloodhound Gang's 'Fire Water Burn', is Yacht's latest offering from their fifth album (the second one of which has been released via DFA on June 27th) Shangri-La, is this first single entitled 'Dystopia'.


It's a warning, a prophesy, a harkening for doomsday, a true story; it seems that the Yacht duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans have been getting more and more serious as they've gone along. 'Dystopia' seems to be the first coming from an album themed by the idea of paradise, and their belief that:


"...the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds, and hence creative output can be a tangible piece of the Utopia within each individual. Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time."


Whatever that last bit is supposed to mean, I'm eager as ever to hear what latest delightful kook Yacht will deliver. I just really hope they haven't veered too hard into 2012 end of days territory.


For our perusal and ponderment, the duo issued this statement, noting important moments when various peops in history tried to get down with 'Utopia', including their own personal attempts. Check it whilst hearing new track 'Dystopia' below:


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BIBLICAL HISTORY: Adam and Eve kicked out of Eden, beginning the "Fall of Man."
2000 BCE: The Epic of Gilgamesh, the earliest recorded journey of the search for Earthly Paradise.
380 BCE: Plato writes The Republic, concerning the definition of justice and the character of a just city.
1515 CE: St. Thomas More writes Utopia, coining the word.
1627 CE: Francis Bacon pens New Atlantis, expressing the need for scientific rationalism in the creation of a perfect society.
1905 CE: H.G. Wells writes A Modern Utopia, proposing the formation of a world state.
1933 CE: James Hilton writes Lost Horizon, popularizing the myth of "Shangri-La."
1973 CE: The People's Temple establishes Jonestown in Guyana, South America.
1984 CE: After a bioterror attack, Rajneeshpuram falls and followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh leave their commune in Oregon.
1997 CE: Members of the Heaven's Gate cult ascend to the "next level" from a mansion in San Diego, California.
2004 CE: Portland, Oregon-based band YACHT experiences the paranormal "Mystery Lights" of Marfa, Texas.
2007 CE: YACHT develops its own philosophy, becoming a "Band, Business, and Belief System."
2008 CE: YACHT tours museums, festivals, and rock clubs around the world, disseminating philosophical materials in the process.
2009 CE: YACHT releases the critically-acclaimed See Mystery Lights on DFA Records.
2010 CE: YACHT begins recording in the "West Coast Utopian triangle" of Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California, and Marfa, Texas.
2011 CE: YACHT releases Shangri-La.
2012 CE: YACHT breaks ground in the building of the Shangri-La Center in Marfa, TX.

Nick Zinner for Lee Jeans

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Denim label Lee have given Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist and budding photographer, Nick Zinner his first ever commercial assignment (Zinner has previously published two critically acclaimed books, I Hope You
Are All Happy Now and Please Take Me Off The Guest List as well as exhited solo shows all over the world), in capturing their Winter 2011 campaign entitled Swagger and Jetts.


Shot in the East Village of Manhattan, it's all a bit scrappy, all a bit random and rock and roll, just like Zinner himself. Check some of the campaign images and behind the scenes shots and in the full gallery below:




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HIYA // Randy





в моих пятках (At My Heels) Official Commentary

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"He was very buzzworthy. And he's been called the Mexican Morrissey. The Bangladeshi Bowie. The Domenican Daryl Hall..."


I often think that behind the scenes sort of material can be really immaterial to whatever is being released. But whether this is really a behind-the-scenes-commentary video or the real bonafide deal (and I really hope that this is the official vid), it's one of those very rare occasions where every extra word, extra shot, extra effect and subtitle is absolutely necessary.


One of the funniest commentaries I've ever had the pleasure to watch, and to one of the best loved songs that soundtracked my 2010 is this, 'The Official Commentary' to Twin Shadow's 'At My Heels' video, made by what seems to be a couple of as yet 'unnamed directors' (George Lewis Jnr and some bro, datchu?). Hipster Runoff and Zoolander, eat your hearts out (heart y'all 4eva, babes).


This has made my week. This has got to be my video of the month. Awesome. Blindingly brilliant. And hilarious. My own commentary on this has been beyond superfluous. Just watch it already:


Twin Shadow At My Heels Official Commentary


If you need any more commentary after that (really?), you can read up from the horse's mouth HERE.


And bonus, if you've been living deep in the forest or something and haven't heard Forget, one of my albums of 2010, GO GET IT, like LAST DECADE. To help you along, here's the mp3 for 'At My Heels':


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Little Dragon News



Hooray for Little Dragon! The emotional and musical fireworks that this band manage to convey in such a light handed way never fails to surprise and delight me. I had the pleasure of meeting the band in London back in 2007; not long after the release of their self titled, critically acclaimed debut Little Dragon. Now in 2011, we're already excited for the release of their third LP, Ritual Union not yet due out until July later this year, the band have thankfully dropped a little teaser in 'Nightlight'! 


Full of their signature melodic clangs and Yukimi's creamy vocal, it seems from 'Nightlight' they're keeping in the direction of their more electronically driven second album rather than the jazzamattaz feel of their first. Check it:




Next little tidbit is of everyone's favourite pre-pubescent alts, PS 22, whom got a visit from Little Dragon for a sing-a-long of one of the tracks off the first album, 'Twice'. The first half of this video is rather lovely, and had me smiling at my screen - despite not even being able to enjoy Yukimi's vocals due to the recording or whatever. I did however, have to shut it down when one of the kids kept hugging the band at the encouragement of their long haired choir master - I couldn't handle it. PS 22 also joined in with Yukimi on 'Recommendation' but that really was just far too sweet for my taste.



And in other Little Dragon news, it seems that the band met Big Boi for the first time last week and have been working on some new music according to his twitter. Big Boi's shuddering beats and rhymes combined with Little Dragon's brand of lithe electronica? Very interesting combination that I will be waiting with bated breath to hear...

Cut Copy reimagined by Architecture in Helsinki

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After a bunch of remixes released for their single ‘Take Me Over’, it’s time to start it all again with Cut Copy’s latest, ‘Need You Now’. The first version unleashed is from the Aussie band Architecture in Helsinki, which in their remix “imagined the tune as a classic Roy Orbison”. So forget all about the club ready electro synthpop that impregnates their music and enjoy this track as a 60’s crystalline pop song.


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‘Need You Now’ will also featured remixes by Carl Graig and DFA's Gavin Russom.

Jupiter Introduces The Saké Dance


In their latest video, Parisian duo Jupiter created a perfect hangover inducing game: the Saké dance show. As with most drinking games, you eventually will have to do something stupid, but in this case I haven’t decided if it’s more stupid to mix beer and saké or to actually do the Saké dance. Either way, that seems like a fun game that I’d like to be trying pretty soon and, hopefully, after watching the video below, my friends will want to join me too.


But what about the song? ‘Saké’ has that 80s synthpop sound that Jupiter mastered, with a bit of suave female vocal, cowbell breaks and a lot of keytar solos.  And if you don’t know how the combination of these elements sounds - like I have to tell you - it sounds ridiculously fun.


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Knowing the quality of this single, Kitsuné has ready a massive remix packet, with reworks from the likes of Anoraak, In Flagranti, Para One & Tacteel, Hannulelauri, Blackjoy and Electricity. Our picks for these are the disco funk repetition of In Flagranti, which guarantees you're going to shake with it, Anoraak’s reinterpretation that could easily be an alternative version created by Jupiter itself and Blackjoy’s which is like a edit of the original, only with extra cowbell.


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*Can someone please tell me that Jupiter’s singer was just messing around with her make up; it looks so wrong!   

John Legend covers Adele



Adele is so hot right now. She is not only everywhere, but girl is also loved by everyone; from Britney Spears to Lady Gaga. The last to reference the singer was John Legend, as he took his Twitter account to post a soulful interpretation of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ simply because he “loves this Adele song”. Doesn’t everyone?


In his cover, John strips the instrumental down and uses only his voice with some gospel choir backing vocals. This heavenly acapella is sufficient to bring up the best of feelings in people, but a good remix might make it become truly unforgettable. So what are you waiting for, producers?


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Tame Impala remixes Daft Punk and is covered by Mark Ronson

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No need to tell you that the combination of Tame Impala and Daft Punk is something to be looking forward to. The unexpected remix of the Australian psychedelic boys for the French duo is only going to be released on the Australian version of Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D, which, for the rest of the world, is a total shame.


In the remix, the boys jam around the synth of ‘End of Line’ and totally own it. The rhythmic drum becomes the new center of the song, but the space synthesizers travelling around the main melody is what makes it so especial.


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Speaking of Tame Impala, Mark Ronson and his band the Business Intl (on that particular day, the band featured Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Rose Elinor Dougal) covered ‘Solitude is Bliss’ for the Triple J radio show. The band gives a very good interpretation, but as much as I like Rose, it was a bit odd to listen to this song with female vocals. For those who liked the cover, there is an mp3 just after the video. 


Mark Ronson and the Business Intl - Solitude Is Bliss (Tame Impala cover)



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Gratuitous Burger Post
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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