Creepy Crawlies

10 Aug

 

Pretty amazing stuff from Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Watch the video here.

Record Collection 2012

2 Aug

 

Following the success of his third album in 2010, Mark Ronson returns to us with a new single, Record Collection 2012. The British producer has asked Pharrell Williams to collaborate with him on the upcoming single which will be a new version of Record Collection which was the titles track on his last album.

The original featured vocals from Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Wiley along with Ronson himself, so Williams should give this track a new edge. And we are of course very excited that these guys finally decided to work together. The new track also features MNDR, Wiley, Wretch 32 and Professor Green.

The single will also feature remixes from Moonlight Matters, CSS, Logo, Database, Plastic Plates and Perseus.

Record Collection 2012 will be released September 5th through Kitsuné.

12: Favourite Song You Remember From The 70s

31 Jul

50 Song Challenge

#12 Baba O’Riley – The Who

 

Favourite song of the 70s? That’s a tough question. And the fact that I’m doing this post in no way suggests that I have a confident answer. But I am confident that this is a song from the 70s (1971 to be precise) and that it is right up there with the best of them.

Released on the album Who’s Next by British rock band The Who, the title comes from the song’s inspirations; Meher Baba and Terry Riley, an Indian mystic and jazz musician respectively. These inspirations helped to make the track a unique and influential piece for years to come.

I think that, for me, the part that is most responsible for its standout is the violin solo at the end, which pays homage to Baba, but the synth riff featured throughout the majority of the song is what has made it memorable for most people, and will ensure that it remains a concrete part of pop-culture for years to come.

I should put in a few more honourable mentions here though, because I can’t infer with confidence that this is my favourite song from the 70s. Also up there with the best are:

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Cold As Ice – Foreigner

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Immigrant Song, Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

 

Baba O’Riley – The Who

 

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New Feist Album

30 Jul

 

We loved her previous albums, but since the last release in 2007, Canadian songstress has remained relatively quiet and allowed herself to slip right down to the back of our minds, almost forgotten. That is until now.

Earlier this year, Feist announced that we can expect a fifth album to be released this October. To say that we’re anxious would be an understatement.

Feist makes for the ideal pop star. Her music ranges from ballads to light-hearted and boppy, and every style she tries, she pulls off without ever stumbling close to overdone mainstream pop idol territory. It is this chaemleon-like ability that has paved her way to success through four albums already.The fifth addition will feature collaborations with Mocky (we love!) and Chilly Gonzales, with Valgeir Sigurosson in production.

Metals, will be released through Arts & Crafts on October 4th and the cover will feature paint-by-numbers art. Nostalgic, huh?

Catch some previews here.

 

Feist – My Moon, My Man

 

Crystal…Overload

16 Jul

 

So you say you’re an indie band, yes? Okay. But you’re unsure of what to call yourselves? I see. Well I think I may have a solution. Here we go. Think of noun. Good. You can make it plural for extra effect if you like. Okay, good. Now just pop “Crystal” in front of it. And we’re there!

Is anyone else getting sick of the abundance of bands using this name format?

Crystal seems to be the flavour of the year. And last year. And the year before that…

We can trace the roots of the “Crystal indie-band name generator” back to 1964, when a famous jazz musician, Betty Waters, chose to name her daughter “Crystal”. Carrying on family tradition, Crystal grew up to love music, and come the 90’s, made a successful career in the electronica/club/pop industry as a singer. She may not have been indie, and Crystal Waters may have been her birth name rather than a cleverly established band name, but she accidentally created a trend that would eventuate years later.

Shortly after, American duo, The Crystal Method was formed, perhaps the first band to adopt the Crystal naming theme. It wasn’t until the mid-naughties that others started follow. We saw Crystal Castles and Crystal Fighters become two of the first, and at that stage, the idea still seemed somewhat original. But recently, there has been an overload.

Crystal Stilts, Crystal Rock, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Swells, Crystal Distortion, Crystal Vision, Crystal Ark, Crystal Dorval, should I continue? And I’m not even going to touch on all the bands that have used “Crystal” in song and album names. The name idea was once novel, but now just very stock standard and slightly obnoxious. Please, no more.

 

Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love

The Crystal Method feat. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

Crystal Fighters – I Love London (Paparazzi Remix)

Crystal Castles – Baptism

11: Your Favourite TV Theme Tune

16 Jul

50 Song Challenge

# 11: You’re Standing On My Neck – Splendora (Daria)

My favourite show from my early teen years, and no one could deny that a stand out feature was its soundtrack. The show’s theme was no exception. Behind the song was all-girl post-grunge band, Splendora, whose main work was for the show, creating theme songs for both of the Daria movies as well, but they also released an album in 1995.

But the show’s unflawed taste for music would later come to haunt it. Enter: the DVD age. For many years, the producers were unable to release the show on DVD due to complicated licensing issues with the many pop songs it featured. Only recent has the shown be released, and much of the music had to be changed to do so.

Splendora – You’re Standing On My Neck

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Camera Lens Mugs

9 Jul

 

Calling all photography enthusiasts; whether you’re looking for an affordable gift for a friend or just a guilty indulgence for yourself, these will hit the spot. Looking exactly like the real thing, these insulated Canon and Nikon DSLR lens mugs will warm you up!

You can grab them at digitalcamerawarehouse for $30 or cheap imitations at ebay.