Thursday, December 31, 2009
I don't often pick up the mainstream staples Rolling Stone or Spin. I find that British mags tend to be better than ones stateside as well. Anyway, here are my pics for favorite music culture reading!
Q Magazine is always good. It is a magazine that always has multiple interesting articles of current musicians as well as past faves. They usually have really interesting lists as well like "top 25 craziest moments in rock". The whole back quarter of the magazine is music reviews on pretty much anything and everything that has come out as of late. This one magazine will keep you up to date on most everything in current popular music.
Venuszine has been a favorite of mine for years. The mag focuses on the music, art and culture of women. Since I tend to lean toward female musicians mostly, its a perfect magazine for me. They feature female artists that not many other mags will put on their cover. If you like chicks that rock, this is the one for you.
Paste is a more recent discovery for me. It is always a thin volume, but always packs in good info and great articles. I just picked up the new issue(above) and i'm excited to read about what Santigold(previously Santogold) has been up to.
Under the Radar is definitely for the indie set. Jenny Lewis has been on the cover a few times as has Bat for Lashes. This is a good mag to discover up and coming artists or get to know your favorite indie acts that may not get as much press as the bigger bands.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Seeing that it is Xmas Eve, I thought I would post a suggestion for one of my favorite Christmas albums. Truthfully, my favorite Christmas music is from a Charlie Brown Christmas , but I thought I would post something a little more contemporary.
Monday, December 21, 2009
The Runaways trailer has hit the net. A music biopic of the 70's punk girl group with Joan Jett at the lead. This one stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewert as Joan Jett. This will either be a guilty pleasure kind of fun or just plain suck. Either way, I'm going to see it.
The first time I hear Tori Amos I was annoyed. It sounded whiny and boring. That was 1992 when her real debut Little Earthquakes was released. I think that I really was annoyed with my friend that used to play Tori Amos. She played her over and over and over all while being extremely annoying herself. A couple years later, I have it another chance and fell in love with her lyrics and quiet beauty. I still think it is her best album.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Blanche is an American alternative country band from Detroit, Michigan. Their music is based inAmericana, early country and folk blues with a touch of haunting Southern Gothic stylings andgarage rock mentality. Blanche is known for wearing vintage fashion of the early- to mid-20th Century.
The band consists of:
- Dan John Miller (guitar, lead vocals)
- Tracee Mae Miller (bass, vocals, drums on "Someday")
- Dave Feeny (pedal steel guitar, horn instruments, some vocals)
- Lisa "Jaybird" Jannon (drums, guitar on "Someday")
- "Little" Jack Lawrence (banjo, autoharp, some vocals).
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Anyone that is a Portishead fan knows, they hardly ever release anything. They have only released 3 full length albums in the last 15 years. Their last album Third was more experimental than the previous two. It had influences ranging from early german techno to John Carpenter soundtracks. It was pretty amazing. Well, we now have a new single by our favorite trip hop trio. It also benefits a charity. You will need to create a log in and buy the single for 99cents with your credit card, but it is WELL worth it. It might be my favorite Portishead track in years. It has a great driving beat and Beth's vocals are fantastic. Take the time, download it and enjoy, you wont regret it.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Erykah Badu had a couple listening parties for her new album due out Feb 23. It is titled New Amerykah pt 2: The Return of the Ankh. This album is a return to her Baduism roots. It is said to be a less political and more emotional album. I think it will be nice to hear some more straight forward soul music from Ms. Badu.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I was walking through Ann Arbor the other day and happend by one of my favorite music stores, Encore records. Encore has a huge selection of used vinyl, etc. Well, there in the window was the xmas album I always needed but never knew it. I love me some Dolly and Kenny and its going to be a Dolly and Kenny kind of Christmas in my house!
I go to quite a few live shows. Seeing and hearing the live show to the albums I admire is one of my favorite past times. I had read many reviews of the Fever Ray live show. Music journalists spoke so highly of it that I drove from Detroit to Chicago to experience it. I am so glad I did. The picture is a shot I took at the show in Chicago. When Karin did the song Triangle Walks, one of her band mates came out to the edge of the stage and made the sign of a triangle with his hands. Seconds later, dozens of people put up triangles of their own. I had never seen anything so cultish and crazy at a show. I was blown away!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
02 In the Sun [ft. Tilly and the Wall]
03 Don't Look Back
04 Ridin' in My Car (NRBQ cover)
05 Lingering Still
06 Me and You
07 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Skeeter Davis cover)
09 I'm Gonna Make It Better
11 Over It Over Again
12 Brand New Shoes
13 If You Can't Sleep
Monday, December 7, 2009
Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm huge fan of alt-country songstress Neko Case. Neko is doing two fun appearances on cable this month.
SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH...NEKO CASE
Neko joined Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith andJesse Winchester for a 'guitar pull' -- a swapping of songs and stories -- which includes an incredibly unique arrangement of Neko's song Prison Girls by Elvis and Steve Nieve. Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith and Jesse Winchester will air on the Sundance Channel onWednesday, December 16. Go to Spectacle for more information.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This album really took me by surprise. Karin Dreijer Andersson is a person I am WAY late on getting to know. She is better known for her electric-dance collaboration with her brother, The Knife. I had heard of The Knife, but let it slip by me. I read many reviews of the Fever Ray album, listened to it on Itunes and didn't get it at first. I finally read so many reviews, I gave in to the hype and purchased it on Itunes. Since then, I have also purchased it on vinyl, and special edition cd. I have went back into The Knife's catalog and picked up two of their albums. I am shamelessly obsessed with Karin. I have not a clue how she slipped by me, but....back to the album. Fever Ray is a multi-media 4 part project: Music, video, live show and album art work. The music on its own is a hypnotic, creepy world of electronic beats, drums and Karin's voice. Highlights of the album are the more upbeat When I Grow Up, Seven and Triangle Walks. Overall the song that haunts me the most is the apocalyptic Keep The Streets Empty For Me. The videos for this album are some of the best I've seen in years. Many people blogged or talked about the video for When I Grow UP(which is fantastic) but it is the video for the album opener If I Had A Heart that truly shows the true mood of the album. The video was directed by the same person that directed the live show that had a short tour in the US this summer. The live show was by far one of, if not THE best live show in a small venue that I had ever seen. Its use of fog, lasers and glowing vintage looking lamps on stage, let us feel as if we were tribal followers to a high priestess. If you have not seen Fever Ray live, please look it up on youtube.com. In November a special edition of the album was released with a live version of the album. Even if you already own this album, it is worth re buying to get the live album and DVD with all the videos. This album is truly by top pic for 2009.
BAT FOR LASHES