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.
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FESTIVAL // Planeta Terra 2010, São Paulo, Brazil
HIYA: We // R \\ at Planeta Terra 2010


After failing to wrangle press credentials to Brazil's premier 'indie' music festival, Planeta Terra, we had to try other routes to get to Sao Paulo's Playcenter (an amusement park). Thankfully, by the grace of our very good friends Flavia Durante, Hector Lima, Dago Donato and with a special big thank you to of Montreal's Bryan Poole, we received our golden tickets and entry to one of the most organised, punctual and civilised festivals I've ever been to.


Though for a brief moment I did feel rather like a second class citizen, as men and women were split into two queues to go through security as only girl on girl and boy on boy pat downs are allowed. The girls queue took forever and I fumed silently as all the boys just kept streaming past. For this, I should have at least tried to smuggle some verboten substances through the gates. Unlike airport security, they didn't ask me to take off my shoes (I wore my 4 inch wedge platforms. What? That extra 4 inches helps when you're standing in a crowd a billion people deep), so I might've succeded with a secret shelf inside my platform. Still there was the whiff of weed in the air and a discreet little baggie or two to be seen.


Because speaking of which, undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the civility of Planeta Terra is that there's a law (here's where my facts get hazy - Brazilians, if you know, holler at us) in São Paulo that says something like: if you have more than x amount of people in a venue, beer is the only alcohol allowed to be sold. The pros and cons are obvious, but it's in this way that you get an altogether generally more chilled and polite crowd of people ambling between the two stages and lining up for rollercoasters, bumper cars and tower of terror type rides.


We didn't manage to hop onto any rides unfortunately, as priority was to run between very prompt sets on opposite ends of the park. Our schedule went something like this:


of Montreal


Passion Pit


Hot Chip

and Empire of the Sun

Of Montreal // HIYA Kevin! WE LOVE YOU!


It's a given that Of Montreal were magnificent, with a beautiful pink sunset decorating stage left, it was a glorious way for the festival to open. We are of the opinion that they should have closed the Indie stage instead of opening the mainstage, but whatever, we were just very happy to see them at all.


Of Montreal // the epic proportions of the main stage


We scooted over to Yeasayer next. The last time I saw Yeasayer play was back in early 2008 in London. They were just really starting to break at the time; and despite thoroughly enjoying the set, I remember being a little disappointed at how much of it was playback. This time around though, they've swapped out a couple of members and have additional musicians looking after beats, electronica and percussiony type details.


Yeasayer // HIYA Anand


They played really great gig, wherein they also pulled out a lot of favorites from All Hour Cymbals. Vocalist Chris made a 'Hello Buenos Aires' faux pas, but did manage to make up for it by at least attempting to speak some Portuguese (thanks to his Brazilian wife, we're guessing).


Yeasayer // the indie stage, next to a Castelo de Horrores


We hung around for Passion Pit and Michael's heavily filtered vocals and jumped ship mid-way through the set to catch Phoenix (though to be honest, as solid performances as both did, I kinda wished I could see PS 22 do their renditions of the bands instead).


Passion Pit // Hiya Michael


Despite the rumor milling churning São Paulo into a frenzy over an alleged appearance by Daft Punk with Phoenix at the festival due to supposed appearances by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter at various hot spots around the city, we cynical unbelievers also left mid-way through Phoenix's set to catch a breather, a piss and another beer.


The Castle of Horrors next to the Indie stage


By then, Hot Chip were up and man, were they so impressive. They were probably my favourite act of the day; with that fabulous live steel drum action and Alexis Taylor's vocal warming me from the ends of my (very long) pony tail to the bottom of my platformed feet.


Hot Chip // Hiya Alexis


And last band of the night for us was arguably the most controversial act of the day, Empire of the Sun. Sure it was odd that for a synth pop band, there wasn't a synth to be seen on stage, and sure a helluva lot of it was playback, but I really enjoyed the showmanship of the performance. Some new songs were debuted and we weren't particularly impressed compared to those tracks from Walking On A Dream, but it was a fun spectacle to watch and listen to none-the-less, closing with a guitar smashing finale.


Empire of the Sun // Hiya Luke




It was, all in all, an excellent day and a festival that was well planned, polite and polished; though I guess all that makes it sound the opposite of what a traditional festival should be, really. In reality, they can be quite an ordeal, especially when music is actually the last thing on most people's minds and the festival is instead simply an exercise for a wretchedly wasted, hot-tranny-mess of a time. Which is fun too, but I was super happy to be able to hang my platforms up at the end of the day well satisfied at the whole event. Congratulations for a festival well done, São Paulo! Now on to the next one...



Devendra and Phoenix are neighbours


Devendra Banhart turns Phoenix's 'Rome' into a softly pretty affair in comparison to the jangly, skippy and reverberating guitar lines (in that order) of the rather epic-in-the-vein-of Coldplay feeling original.


Whilst still retaining the atmosphere of the track, Banhart concentrates on the underlying sentiments of the song; using acousticky guitars, muted synths which sound sweetly hollow, and as if the wind is blowing through them somehow. A super lovely interpretation, I prefer it to the original! Cop it below the Phoenix boys:




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Phoenix rises out of Friendly Fires


Friendly Fires have taken their hot little hands to Phoenix's 'Fences', turning the original track's glowing synths and warm guitars into a swinging, housey remix complete with piano chords, token diva vocal, airy electronic drums and whistling highlights.


It seems the Friendly Fires boys were quite cautious with this one, as I found the remix to be a little bit dated in it's atmosephere; not bringing anything particularly new to the song - but it's a inoffensive effort nevertheless.


If you think you can do better, or just want to have a play, Phoenix are again giving away the multi-track for you to take a crack at remixing 'Fences' for yourself HERE. Check the Friendly Fires version below first though:


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1901 by Afghan Raiders & The Teenagers



2009 is the year that Phoenix became the biggest indie band on the planet - and that basically means that they will be remixed to death for the next months. We already gotten some gems from Holy Ghost!, Yuksek and Classixx for the single 'Lisztomania' (check here), but now it's time for '1901' get remixed. We have two versions, one from the Las Vegas duo Afghan Raiders and another from French band The Teenagers.


If the Teenagers remix sounds like a cheaper version of the original with their so-called garage sounds (too clean and too synth-y to be garage), the Afghan Raiders is almost unrecognizable. Dark distorted synths and a slightly heavier vocal transform '1901' into a catastrophic song that has nothing to do with the peaceful sound of the original - and that's a good thing.


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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out already and we think you should buy it.

Phoenix - Lisztomania



Some bands are destined to play in huge stadiums and become what I like to call "epic shit music", and others still will simply make music for sunny days. I will always stick with the second if Phoenix keep on making warm pop hits like the ones that are crafted on their latest album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It's not the kind of music that one would say is life-changing, but it's an album that you'll always turn to for many different reasons - all of them being in the feel-good section.


'Lisztomania', for example, owns all the classier pop sounds without getting all aristocratic. Bright, melancholic, tormented music - characteristics already common to Phoenix's career but better put together in Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.


Phoenix - Lisztomania


The union of old looking images and high definition cameras in 'Lisztomania's' video gives the band a timeless feel, that is only overcome by the multifaceted remixes that are going to be released as b-sides. From the disco lines of Holy Ghost! (finally back in the remix business), to the French electro feel of Yuksek; the synthpop interpretation of Classixx to the English electropop of Alex Metric, they all work brilliantly.


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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix will be released on the May 25th.

Kitsuné Maison 7 - The Lucky One



Last time, with The Melodic One compilation, Kitsuné Maison introduced the world to artists like La Roux, We Have Band and Appaloosa; got us dancing once again with Fischerspooner and Lo-Fi-FNK; and made everybody's heart feel funny with songs from Ted & Francis and David E. Sugar. So there's absolutely no doubt that we are dying to listen to their 7th compilation, The Lucky One.

First, because it's got some ace new singles from bands like We Have Band and Golden Filter. And then there are the songs that we already know and adore like 'Something Good Can Work' from Two Door Cinema Club, 'Solo' from Chew Lips, 'In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix)' from La Roux and 'Lisztomania (Classixx Version)' from Phoenix. And finally all the songs from bands we don't know but we'll probably love. In Kitsuné we trust!


In order to celebrate the upcoming release of both Kitsuné Fall/Winter 09 collection and Kitsuné Maison 7 - The Lucky One, Loïc Prigent & Fabien Constant did a cool change-your-clothes-as-fast-as-you-can competition featuring some songs from the compilation. Cheap creative fun.  Check the video below and some of it's songs at the bottom.


KITSUNÉ MAISON 7 - "The Graduate" FW09 collection teaser


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Track list after the jump, innit. >>

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MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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