Popular Songs’ “If It’s True”—a sugary Kaplan/Hubley duet that unapologetically borrows its intro from The Four Tops’ “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”—was introduced as the most “straightforward pop song [they’ve] ever written.” Before launching into it, an audience member implored the band to play more fuzzed out jams, to which Kaplan responded, “We’ll get around to the noise later.”
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October 18th, 2009 · No Comments
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HEALTH engages in simultaneous acts of deconstruction and creation, birthing a modern classic in the process. Get Color is both startlingly original and comfortably fucked up. What is most surprising is just how driving and focused the chaos of this album is. HEALTH takes aim at the horizon with “We Are Water” and fires off a lysergic warning shot with “In Violet.” The overall effect of Health’s second album is a heightened sonic awareness of environment—everything is suddenly seen with new eyes that change color and glow in the dark. This is modern music.
July 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments
The name Antique Imp conjures up an image of an aging elven creature regaling younglings with tales of times gone by, and this name actually applies to the music—this is a band that carefully thumbs its way through the crate of your most beloved albums and helps you see them as a cohesive whole. Antique Imp explains their own take on your R.E.M. and My Bloody Valentine LPs, telling stories about when they first bought their copy of Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy and describing exactly why Syd Barrett is so influential.
April 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments
We flopped happily far up front at mainstage as lengthening shadows set the mood for My Bloody Valentine. Management was handing out earplugs at the gate and small wonder, since toward the end of “You Made Me Realise,” guitarists Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher (the latter impassive as a Xanax-bombed soccer mom) loosed a gorgeous fifteen-minute-plus feedback annihilation that was easily the loudest thing I’ve ever heard in decades of doting on amplified music. It was less a solo than a hideous (and hideously effective) evocation of nightmare; a compressed and aestheticized variation on the opening bombardment at the Somme, another historic din that produced few actual causalties.
April 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment
Watching X and My Bloody Valentine put into perspective all these kids making noisy pop music by recalling the rich and fabled genealogy of this newfangled uprising and putting a sincere (albeit wrinkled) face on sounds that were once something controversial and that today’s babies take for granted… it must be oddly pleasant to play a show you never would’ve been asked to play in your own heyday, knowing that tropes you helped invent are propelling smooth-skinned foals into stardom from what middle-aged critics are carelessly referring to as the “outside” or the “fringes” while you wonder where the hell that leaves you?
April 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments
L.A. RECORD put photographer Lindsey Best through three dessicating days at the Coachella fun factory and she returned with this giant pile of beautiful photos and without any evidence whatsoever of sun damage to herself. Captured in full glory here are TV On The Radio, Leonard Cohen, M.I.A., No Age, Antony and the Johnsons, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Morrissey, Lykke Li, Public Enemy and many more!
April 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments
Soul-pop singer Lykke Li can be so cute and dark simultaneously, singing about heartbreak and insecurity while playing the kazoo around her neck and dancing better than Beyonce. Yes, she has great style, but please, world, stop comparing her to an Olsen twin. This interview by Daiana Feuer.
April 15th, 2009 · No Comments
kim erlandsen Stream: My Bloody Valentine “Soon” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Tickets available here for this Coachella warm-up show! MY BLOODY VALENTINE AT THE EL REY, 5515 WILSHIRE BLVD., LOS ANGELES. 8 PM / $38 / ALL AGES. GOLDENVOICE.COM.
April 14th, 2009 · No Comments
Although we have yet to toy around with the Coachooser, we present here (via Goldenvoice and Coachella) the set times for this weekend:
April 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment
kim erlandsen Stream: My Bloody Valentine “Soon” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Tickets available here for this Coachella warm-up show!