The Ceremonies - Land of Gathering

The three dapper chaps up top are the Cook Brothers and you’re about to hear a sampling of their exciting blend of ’80s new wave and alt rock. They are currently working on their debut album but until then they’ve already released a fantastic EP with each song better than the last. Family bands seem to harbor the best harmonies and the brother’s similar vibratos really influence that truism (the matching vibratos are very evident in the drum-driven “Ballroom Bones”). 

All three are painters but it obviously extends past the brush as the songs are crafted with fantastic artistry. If you want to learn more about them head on over to their website which also links to their Tumblr (which is a bit of an art lover’s paradise). “Land of Gathering” was the first single and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.

-Zach

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - "Harold’s"

As our beloved Andrew noted in his last post, the end of August draws nigh, and that means end of the year favorites lists are becoming a very real threat. Er, thing. That being said, were it not for Kool A.D.’s Word O.K., Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata would surely be in the number one spot for top hip hop album of 2014. For now they both sit tied for first place; Gibbs’ signature hard as concrete flow and Madlib’s superb production holding their own against Victor V.’s silly yet ingenious rhymes. I guess we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to see who edges who out of the top spot.

- Callie

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The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (album stream)
Hello, friends. I’m here to talk to you today about a delightful album that hasn’t been released yet, but is streaming via iTunes.
WOW THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD WOW YES AWESOME GOOD JOB YEAH.
Okay. Now that that’s out of my system, let me expound on that a bit. Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers are releasing Brill Bruisers one week from now on August 26 via Last Gang in Canada and Matador in the US. It’ll probably take me a little more time to properly digest the whole thing, but I’ve been listening to it all day and there’s a very high probability that it ends up on my top albums of the year list in that first week of January (how are we already almost done with August?). It’s just such a delight to listen to. It’s overflowing with lovely hooks and harmonies, shining synth, and an absolutely wonderful take on fundamental band instrumentation. Led by a capable revolving cast of vocalists, this is the strongest album from this group in years. Have yourself a listen. It’ll help give a little extra light with fall quickly closing in.
Highlights (quite a few): Brill Bruisers, Champions of Red Wine, Born With a Sound, Fantasy Fools, You Tell Me Where
-Andrew
P.S. - Dat artwork

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (album stream)

Hello, friends. I’m here to talk to you today about a delightful album that hasn’t been released yet, but is streaming via iTunes.

WOW THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD WOW YES AWESOME GOOD JOB YEAH.

Okay. Now that that’s out of my system, let me expound on that a bit. Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers are releasing Brill Bruisers one week from now on August 26 via Last Gang in Canada and Matador in the US. It’ll probably take me a little more time to properly digest the whole thing, but I’ve been listening to it all day and there’s a very high probability that it ends up on my top albums of the year list in that first week of January (how are we already almost done with August?). It’s just such a delight to listen to. It’s overflowing with lovely hooks and harmonies, shining synth, and an absolutely wonderful take on fundamental band instrumentation. Led by a capable revolving cast of vocalists, this is the strongest album from this group in years. Have yourself a listen. It’ll help give a little extra light with fall quickly closing in.

Highlights (quite a few): Brill Bruisers, Champions of Red Wine, Born With a Sound, Fantasy Fools, You Tell Me Where

-Andrew

P.S. - Dat artwork

Lorin Maazel - 1984

Did you know that there has been an operatic version of 1984 before now? It premiered in 2005 and by all accounts it was a glorious and immensely moving piece. This week I finished reading Orwell’s novel for the first time, followed by seeing the brand new stage production of it tonight in London. (Although it might seem slightly naff to post a montage video of Maazel’s dystopian hits, it seems like the best thing I can post if I want it to relate to the BRILLIANT show I saw tonight)

101 minutes long with a 101 ticket being sold at £19.84 pence, the show gave tickling attention to detail and was a disturbing and chilling take on what is now one of my favourite stories everr.

Enjoy!

- Rosie

Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Soundtrack Week (revisited)

So this Summer there was this cool movie about outer space and it was pretty good. One of my favorite things about the movie was the element of revisiting of things from the past in a way that gives these seemingly old and outdated things new life. During the movie I couldn’t help thinking, “Is this what it was like watching Star Wars for the first time back when it first came out?” (and I’m sure plenty of people have very strong opinions on why it’s not, but that’s not what I’m worried about right now: don’t message me).

The “retro revisited” theme is most obviously visible (or audible) in the film’s soundtrack; a mix tape made by main character, Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s mom titled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”. I’ll forgo spoilers and just say that the tape is very important in it’s own way. From start to finish, it’s a retro music extravaganza (as well as topping today’s digital music charts, as it should). 

It all makes me pretty happy and it’s not often that I get to see a movie that brings out such a childlike whimsy in me. Said childlike whimsy is usually overpowered by the part of me that likes to nitpick and be overly pedantic about details and language in movies, which is why I wrote this post praising the soundtrack and not this one from Slate which had to find something to be upset about [spoiler alert]. Yes, two of the soundtrack’s songs are not from the original mixtape. AND? Would you prefer we not have been given Dancing Baby Groot? Because if you do, we can’t be friends.

Max

(Source: Spotify)

tUnE-yArDs - Stop That Man

I went to see Arcade Fire on Monday and it was an amazing show.  I haven’t been on the floor of a massive show in a long time and to see the band just metres away from me was wonderful.  Their opener band, however, was something else to behold.

Covered in face paint, sequins, bright colours, and confusing patterns, Tune-Yards hammered away at drums and provided some seriously interesting vocals to go along with it.  Their bassist was the most normal looking of the bunch and even he had a greasy moustache and a ridiculous t-shirt.  My favourite part was the fact that the two backup singers looked like they were loving life.  They were dancing, banging drum sticks together, and harmonizing like crazy.  It was aggressive, loud, and frankly, a little bewildering, but it was amazing none the less.

Tune-Yards have been around since 2006 and is made up of primarily Merrill Garbus who uses loops often to develop her sound.  The bassist is the only other permanent member.  Stop That Man is from the album nikki nack which was released in 2014.  

I hope that you all enjoy this selection and have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

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B.o.B. - Headband ft. 2 Chainz (Coucheron Remix)

Today feels like the end of summer which honestly is my favorite part of the season. That being said, I’m sure there are some oppressive days left in this year’s temperature reservoir so for them I’m prescribing this song, my last song of the summer (even though it’s a 2013 release). I love the pop sensibilities Coucheron imparts on this otherwise sparse whistle-driven DJ Mustard production. While I prefer the remix to the original (worth a watch just for the leg wipe transitions), both of them have the same really bad jokes that made me love it in the first place. 

Sure it’s not B.o.B.’s best work but sometimes songs are about when you hear them. Well I guess you have to hear all songs don’t you? Uhhh, Illuminati. Out.

-Zach

Bonobo - Kong

It’s official. My love for Bonobo’s stuff is official. After about a couple of months listening to Black Sands and Animal Magic and moving on to the rest of his albums, I’ve realized I’ve fallen for those inspiring tunes. They are always picturing things in my mind, and are perfect for one of my favorite things to do: chill. Chilling is great. Chilling with some Bonobo playing is just perfect. Hope you find it inspiring too.

-Viu

(Source: Spotify)