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Saturday, June 12th, 2010 01:57 am
Handsome Furs - I'm Confused cover art

Handsome Furs is a synth punk indie rock band formed in 2007 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [ref]

I got this single from Amazon on a Sub Pop Sampler last year. It was free, but I really quite like it. It's got a retro feel to it that takes me back to the 80s in a good way, while not leaving behind the evolution music has taken since then. And I like the chorus.

The video for it is disturbing, but good. You can watch it on Vimeo or YouTube, or embedded here:

Read more... )

Freaky, no? But in that quirky Euro-Canadian way that just really appeals to me. I haven't checked out the rest of their music yet, but I think this song and video is a good introduction to them.

Buy:
Amazon [mp3] or [Face Control full album]
iTunes

Vital Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 09:16 am


This is Metric an indie rock/new wave band hailing from the great land of Canada. They are Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizer & guitar), James Shaw (guitar & theremin), Josh Winstead (bassist) and Joules Scott-Key (drummer). They started in Toronto but have been all over the world at various times.

Background Info:
Wikipedia
Offical Site Bio


I found them thanks to My One True Radio Station, aka the Alternative Channel on Music Choice. They kept playing "Help I'm Alive" and finally I just had to find out more about the band that made this song I liked so damn much.

So first I hit up RCRD LBL's site to see if they had a listing for Metric, which they did: Metric page on RCRD LBL

Happily, they had two, not just one, songs available to stream & download. I've embedded the streaming player here, or you can just click on the link above.

embedded )

At that time Lala.com was still alive, and so I used some of my sign-up credits to 'buy' the streaming version of their album Fantasies. I fell in love. It was utterly delightful. I liked every single song and that is one of the things that's really special for me. I want to be able to enjoy the entirety of what an artist/band has to offer, and with Metric that was no problem at all.

Here again was a female-lead band that played the music I enjoyed and had lyrics that didn't depress me. And on top of that, they're really good. I do hope you'll give them a chance.


Important Links:
Official Site
Myspace
Twitter
YouTube

Buy Metric's Fantasies:
Metric's Webstore
Amazon [CD] or [MP3]
iTunes

All Other Merch
Monday, May 31st, 2010 09:49 pm
So. Meet Battleme.


(Pictured: Blurry dude on the diagonal.)


They sing one of my favourite songs, a lovely, mellow little track called Burn This Town. Chances are that you haven't heard of them. They're on an indie label called Bad Mouth Records, but they don't have a debut album out yet. That should come later this spring and should be between 9-12 songs.

This is Battleme in their own words:

Battleme is the lost noise project of Matt D from Lions (Austin, TX). It surrounds itself with heroes and losers.

-Source


Burn This Town was featured in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, and can be found on the Sons of Anarchy: Shelter EP (i.e., the EP soundtrack for season 2).



I hope to hear more from them because Matt D's other band, Lions, is one of the "house bands" for the show, since SOA primarily uses cover versions of famous songs to keep costs down. I love hearing awesome songs in TV shows or movies. I'm not going to lie - it gives me a little thrill.

The band has an interesting sound. While it's not exactly groundbreaking, there's definitely enough room on my iPod for it.

Lyrics )







Links:

- ReverbNation
- Facebook
- MySpace
Monday, May 31st, 2010 06:10 pm


This is Yeasayer, they are Quirky with a capital Q! Some people find them to be an acquired taste, but it's a taste well worth acquiring. They're based out of Brooklyn, NY and the three main members are Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Anand Wilder (who gets his hotass on in the video for O.N.E.).

I found this delightful band due to a recommendation by Spencer Smith [ref] and Brendon Urie [ref] from Panic! at the Disco. Now usually the bands I love the most, tend to enjoy music I really don't care for. I suspect that's due in part to how I listen to songs versus how they listen to them [ref]. As fate would have it, I was listening to the Alternative Music Choice channel and Yeasayer's Ambling Alp came on.

I'll be honest, my first reaction was confusion. I literally tilted my head to the side and made the o.O face. However, by the end of the song I was starting to get it. Get what they were going for, get their sound. Subsequent listens only served to increase my enjoyment. I can't recall now what prompted me to buy their album Odd Blood, though I suspect it was because it was on sale at AmazonMP3 (which is still going on, only $5!!). But whatever, I'm super glad I did. Because Ambling Alp was not the only really nifty song on the album. Not at all. The first song on the album, The Children, might throw you off at first. It sounds so different from the light-heartedness of Ambling Alp. Stick with it. The payoff is amazing.

My personal favorite song (at the moment) on Odd Blood is Mondegreen. I just love the beat, the energy, the instruments. It makes me want to get up and move. I've been told that this song is weird even for this band. What can I say, I'm a weirdo. *shrug*

But really, I adore the whole album. From start to finish there's not one miss. I haven't yet listened to their prior album, All Hour Cymbals, though I love them for the punnery alone. When I've got spending monies again, it's high on my To Buy list.

And that's not all! They've also got a couple of videos that you've just GOT to see. The first one I'm showing you is for O.N.E.. It's fantastically weird and cool and SO DAMN INTRIGUING! The game the characters are playing, the board, it's the Tree of Life but turned on it's side. There is a lot going on in this video and frankly it's worth watching multiple times just to try to figure out the meaning. Additionally, the song is fucking terrific!

direct link: Yeasayer - O.N.E.
embedded: O.N.E. video )

Back to Ambling Alp, this video is like...being on a really interesting acid/pot trip. Not bad, just...weird. Also, Not Safe For Work/Kids. It's not sexual, but there is casual (and a lot of it) nudity. But it's fun!

direct link: Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
embedded: Ambling Alp video )

Wild, yeah? I love it!

Interviews & Stuff:
Yeasayer Lead Us Through Odd Blood Track By Track
Interview: Chris Keating of Yeasayer
Yeasayer Interview
"All Hour Cymbals" Daytrotter Session

Official Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Twitter
Last.fm

Superfun Trivia:
They're label is called Secretly Canadian. That's fucking adorable!

Buy Links:
Amazon: Odd Blood [cd] or Odd Blood [mp3]
iTunes: Odd Blood (includes Ambling Alp video and digital booklet)
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 12:37 pm
This lovely man is Anthony Green. (He's also in my icon.)



He sings in a band called Circa Survive. He also supports breast cancer research, and foundations like Keep-A-Breast. Here he is, making a plaster cast of his rack. Or rather, of the rack he no doubt wishes he had.



Anthony's side project is the whole reason I pushed for this week's theme. In 2008, he put out a solo album called Avalon. I heard about it via an e-mail update from My Chemical Romance and I kind of scoffed. Why the hell would I go and buy your friend's album? Also, it's pretty lame to use your fan base like that. Well, I was a fucking idiot because the love I have for this man knows no bounds.

I don't even remember how I ended up hearing a song from Avalon, but I suspect that I came to Circa Survive first. I'm pretty attached to Act Appalled (Juturna) and The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the Dose (On Letting Go). Chiodos was playing Warped Tour the last time I went and since I'd gotten a magazine with both Craig Owens and Anthony Green on the cover, I decided to check out some of his stuff, too. I like Circa Survive well enough, but Anthony's solo stuff is golden, in my opinion.

His voice isn't for everyone, which is something that drives me nuts because people are way too quick to brush him off. If you give him a chance, you'll probably really enjoy his music. While Circa Survive is pretty loud, Avalon is full of slower, calmer, songs - though that's not to say that it's all a bunch of ballads. It really isn't. I can't really compare it (or him) to anyone in particular because I have no clue who he might sound like. Now that I've said that, someone will no doubt school me with a list as long as I am tall, but I don't really care.

To record the album (and later to support it), he played with Good Old War, another favourite of mine. (He later returned the favour on Weak Man, off GOW's Only Way to Be Alone.)

The best song on Avalon also happens to be the shortest. Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) clocks in at 1:44, but it's an amazing little song.





It also has lovely lyrics. ).

Along with Avalon, you get the High and Driving EP, which includes several demos of Avalon songs. It's always interesting to see how songs may have changed from that starting point. Between the demo and the album versions, I've listened to Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) 150 times. I'm still not bored of it. I'm still not 100% sold on the Colin Frangicetto remix album, particularly on my favourite song, but I'll give him another listen and try to be objective.

There's another Circa Survive album coming soon, but after that Anthony plans to work on his next solo effort, Beautiful Things. I'm pretty excited for that.

Links:
- Last FM (with performance video)
- MySpace (LOL, username used to be moshtradamus)
- Twitter
- Facebook