Friday, May 27, 2011

Frazzled Friday Five!

Hey everyone! As you might know, I'm kind of tired, So I did what I could this week to make the Friday Five Enjoyable for you all. My tonsils are not swollen this time around, so expect more commentary from me.

Sonic Youth - Bull in the Heather. This is one of my favorite videos (Probably Because of Kathleen Hanna), but I have to feel like listening to this song. I don't know why though.

J.F.A Blatant Localism EP. Yes, its the whole Blatant Localism EP! Just think of it as my Friday gift to you all.

Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing. This from Kenny Everett Video Show in 1980.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Headcut. Today is Siouxsies' birthday! Happy Birthday Siouxsie! I wouldn't be where I am in my music carer without you!

Extra! Voodoo Dolly

Classic Sleater Kinney.

This is from the Henry Rollins show. Wow! Its so amazing. Watch these two videos; If you have to pick two videos to watch this week, pick these! you won't be disappointed!

Hey everyone.

My wifi is down at home and I think that I might have to delay the Friday Five until my wifi wants to work. In the mean time, check out past instalments of the Friday Five by clicking at the top of the page.

Thanks for understanding!  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Warpaint - Exquisite Corpse Review.

I loved The Fool so much, I thought that I would just go out and buy Exquisite Corpse and listen to that too. I'm happy I bought it because it is a great EP to listen to, especially if you are a Warpaint, or Dream Pop Fan.

This one starts off mellow, and stays mellow. The bass drives this one along right off the bat and it stays with the song untill the end. Great way to start off this album.

This is (probably) Warpaint's best known song. This is the first Warpaint song that I heard. I was watching the infamous Coachella set (go watch that now! Lets get this to 100,000!). The first time I heard it, I remember thinking that "There was so much going on! This band is awesome!". Everything is just right with this song, the bass is heavy, but it isn't too heavy because you get that sick guitar melody going on, and the vocals just have the right amount of effect on them, so they aren't really annoying (2:40 -2:45 on the album version). The shift that occurs in this song at 3:40 excites me every time I listen to it. Very class. If I had to classify this song, I would call it Punkgaze because it is too fast to be Shoegaze and too effects heavy to be punk. Either way, if you don't move around when this song is playing, then there is something seriously wrong with you (I'm looking at YOU hipsters...)

Billie Holiday

This is a cover of Mary Wells "My Guy", except they insert Billie Holiday at the beginning and end. You probably heard this song before. It isn't too complex, it isn't fast, it isnt' slow, and it is just at a good pace. As you might can tell, they slowed this down and added the experimental elements. Basically this is Corpse's "Baby". This song WILL get stuck in your head, even if you listen to it once (ahem, Coachella set anyone?). Warpaint is really good at "warping time" like I said in my last review. I don't know how they do it, but this song sound like its 4 minutes long, but its 6! How did this happen? They are hitting to Sonic Youth teratory now (I mean, who else can make a 7 minute song sound like 3 minutes?). That is an interesting loop at the end though.


I wonder of Warpaint knew Mika Miko because the lyrics sound somewhat similar. Anyway, nice opening lyrics. As usuial, the bass is driving this song along again and it sounds great. I don't know how they do it, but this song does not sound like a 7 minute song. This song really gets intense after 2:25 and up until the 5:25 mark.

Burgundy is like the leftover part of Beetles because it practically sounds the same. I like that; it's like Beetles never ended. The lyrics take a step back this time and we really focus on the bass and drum combo that set this band apart from the rest right now. If you are listening to Burgundy for the first time (even if you are not) I recommend listening to the lyrics and make a mental note of what sounds good. I like how this song got fast right around 2:37. I didn't expect that this song would pick up. It's great. I thought that it would have taken The Fool for Warpaint to set up their song structure, but that isn't the case, for their first E.P. they established a pretty good foundation.

And right when you think that the album is practically over, Krimson comes on "Wow, is the last song?" but it isn't! By itself Krimson is one hell of a song. I think it might be up there with the more popular tracks from The Fool. Ok, so stick with me on this one: Burgundy and Crimson are similar colors, and Burgundy and Crimson are similar songs (or they are lyrically speaking). It's great because it is like two sides of the same song! Great way to end an album.

This does not sound like an EP at ALL. It sounds more like the first couple of songs from an album (like a 12 track album). If you haven't gotten this, EP Go buy it now!(you might want to pick up The Fool too just so you won't have to get it later. Fair warning, this EP is HIGHLY addictive, and you might not stop playing it when you listen to it. I highly recommend this EP and The Fool. I'm sure you will like it too.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Five: Rapture Playlist Edition.

Happy Friday everyone! I have swollen tonsils so I can't really do as much as I want to do, but I still made time for the Friday Five this week. This time around, I'm posting some songs from my appropriately titled "Rapture Playlist".

Blondie - Rapture. You know...Just in case the Rapture *Really* happens this weekend...(Yes,I know the whole rap).

Sonic Youth - Kissability Live in Amsterdam 1989. This is an AWESOME set. I want to watch the rest of it if I can find it. I'm like the Church that they are playing in.

Extra! Sonic Youth - Silver Rocket Live in Amsterdam 1989. If you listen carefully, you can hear a lyric change.

Warpaint - Elephants Later with Jools Holland. This aired on the 13th of May, so its somewhat new. I think that this is a better version than the one from Coachella that I posted not too long ago, and I still think that it is better than the album version! (Hey, is Stella dressed like a droog? Anyway, she is killing it on the Drums).

Extra! Warpaint - Undertow Live on Later with Jools Holland. This one was a bummer because it feels a little rushed. If you want a good live version, then just watch the Coachella set (its 2 extra minutes and it has an awesome drum solo!). (P.S. If you like Warpaint, Check out my album review for The Fool. I will have another Warpaint review up soon)

Classic Sleaater Kinney
Bannned From the End of the World. This is the prefect song for a rapture playlist right?

Buy Her Candy (Echo Lounge Part 11). I can't believe that they messed up. Awesome Video anyway.

Fine, I just had to add in part 12 too... Dig Me Out. The bands reaction to the fans onstage is priceless.

Hidden Bonus Extra! Sonic Youth - Nevermind (What was it Anyway). This song has been in my head all week and I couldn't stop listening to it, so I found the video for the song. If you want to have fun, try to find Sleater Kinney! (no seriouslly, I had no idea that they were in this video)
(Hardcore SK fans, is that Carrie's Dog?)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First Impressions of Wild Flag

As you might or might know from reading my blog, I'm a Sleater-Kinney fanatic. I have all the albums, I have some on vinyl, I have a signed poster, I have some b-sides, I've seen hours of live footage; I know what I'm talking about.

Its hard for me to boil Wild Flag down to 5 points, but I had to put the limit someplace right?

1.Wild Flag is not Sleater-Kinney, so don't compare them.
This is going to be hard for me not to do. Simply put it is hard  to find the adjectives to describe Wild Flag! They have 2 of the 3 members from Sleater-Kinney, so the drumming style and guitar work sound "almost" the same. Every other element is diffrent. If you are a Sleater-Kinney fan, you will have a hard time transitioning into Wild Flag's musical style. Don't worry though, you will get used to it after 10 or so listens.

2.Wild Flag is not a studio band.

Alright, I admit it, I haven't seen Wild Flag live (But they are playing on my Birthday in New York with Sonic Youth), but I have seen the live bootleg videos (If you want to see some of them, look at past Friday Fives). Wild Flag is not one of those bands that just play studio based music. Wild Flag is all about the live performances. I've seen some pretty crazy live shows, but I haven't seen anything that is quite like Wild Flag. They are interesting, they are new, and I also think that they will get better with time (If they keep releasing albums).

3.Wild Flag is here to rock, and they will.
This is similar to the last point, but I truly believe that Wild Flag can keep pressing out the album releases if they want to. The good thing about Wild Flag is that all of their members have experience playing music, and playing in bands. Everyone knows what they are doing, and all of the members know how to keep a band going, (insert Sleater-Kinney rebuttals here if you want to.) But despite that, I'm willing to say that Wild Flag may be the main musical vehicle of all of the members in Wild Flag, and we could just drop all hopes of a *Reunion* tour (alright, I'm almost done with these inside jokes).

4.Wild Flag is a game changer.

Although I'm not that old, I can say that I haven't been this excited for any band to release an album in my life time. It is nice to see musicians that I've looked up to for a while finally getting into a project that can possibly change the history of music as we know it. Although they are not the first all female super group (Free Kitten was first in 1992), they are the first female super group that has gotten positive press in independent media. If that isn't a game changer, then I don't know what is.

5.Wild Flag is noting like you've ever experienced.
What else can I say? This is going to be hard for me not to do. Simply put it is hard to just describe Wild Flag! They describe themselves as a mixture between a "Hot dog and a Hamburger". Although that is a interesting metaphor, I would like to see what they describe themselves as musically.

Hopefully, you will check out, get into, or buy some of Wild Flags music. Trust me, this is a band that is "worth it" and you will be glad that you are listening to them.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorite Friday Five!

Happy Friday readers! I Complied this list from my Favorited Songs List on Last FM. I thought that it would be good to mix things up. This list isn't in order of plays or anything, I just compiled this in random order.

PJ Harvey - Yuri-G. This might be one of my favoirte songs ever.

Sonic Youth - Trilogy: The Wonder. This might be my second favorite song ever. Well, the whole Trilogy is good, but this is my favorite. This is pretty good live footage.

Tamaryn - Cascades & Mild Confusion. I've been hooked on these songs for a while, so I might have to pick up one of their releazses soon. Although these are two seprate tracks, they flow very well.

Autoclave – Dr Seuss

Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer. The Video is Clicking, but whatever.

Sleater Kinney - Far Away at Arthurfest  '05

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Music My Mom Likes.

Happy Mothers Day! I thought that I would post some music from my collection that my Mom enjoys. You might think that it is shocking, but then again, you'll be impressed with her selections!

Sonic Youth - Bubblegum. I took my Mom to the Sonic Youth show when they came to Denver last year. She loved it!

David Bowie - The Jean Genie. My Mom loves David Bowie. She didn't hear this song before I started playing it, but now she loves it!

Mika Miko - Turkey Sandwich. I love playing this because she sings along with the song.

Sleater Kinney - Be Yr Momma. Good stuff here. The prefect Mother's Day song.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Headcut.

Wild Flag

My Mom likes a lot more music, so I might have to do another instalment of what she likes.