Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Crimewave

December 5, 2009

Crystal Castles is comprised of two Canucks that produce some of the most innovative and beautiful experimental techno-dance-rock this world has ever seen. Their self-titled LP features an unblemished eighteen songs that take you through an ethereal world of dance/raves/magic/childhood/love. This live performance of their song, Crimewave, showcases Alice Glass and Ethan Kath at their finest with touring drummer Christopher Robin. Now if only they could get Pooh Bear and Tigger to come in on bass and rhythm.

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Songs You Like Performed by People You Don’t Know! (But Should)

November 5, 2009

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Forgive the COMPLETELY non-sequitur picture of The Mighty Boosh above, but I am 1. completely infatuated with them 2. currently writing a research paper on them and 3. clueless as to what else to make the picture! So YAY! for the Boosh! Anyway, there are a plethora of cover artists on Youtube. Just as there are a multitude of people with webcam shows and sketch comedy troupes (who would do THAT?). But below is a list of the few that have stood out to me in my internet surfing. Becca Cole (or Becca de la Musique as she so likes to be called) is a lovely little British thing with a lovely little voice to match. I listed her first as I absolutely ADORE her version of Bloc Party’s Flux (Did I mention I have a thing for British girls?). It helps in this instance that she is covering one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, but if you go to her Youtube page, she has a PLETHORA of covers that are just as magnificent, just not my particular genre. Pomplamoose (sounds like a Dr. Seuss villain) is an INCREDAMAZING No-Cal-based duo that crank out wonderful covers/videos of “performances” that encompass a mastery of the visual and audible arts. Their cover of Beyonce’s Single Ladies is so good it actually improves upon the original (a LOT). Below the Single Ladies video I have included Jack Conte’s (the male half of Pomplamoose) rendition of Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc. The maestro pays great homage to the song while adding in a bit of his own element. And finally, ZanyClo is another acoustic cover artist much in the vein of Becca Cole with a beautifully spirited voice. The girl conveys so much with just her magnitude and strength that she puts into every song. Her cover of MGMT’s Electric Feel is fabulous.

There, I feel better. Nothing like an obsessive-compulsive listing of random endeavors to brighten my day! The interwebs can feel like an inundation of content at times, but if you just dig, you can always come up with chunks of gold. For instance, I hear there’s this group called Bears With Sparklers

Becca Cole: Bloc Pary’s Flux

Pomplamoose: Beyonce’s Single Ladies

Jack Conte of Pomplamoose: Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc.

ZanyClo: MGMT’s Electric Feel

Sabrepulse

October 29, 2009

Sabrepulse

Sabrepulse is a digi-sounding, scene kid, electro mash-up in the same vein as Ratatat. The sole performer, Yorkshire-born Ash Eskrett (of course he’s amazing, he’s from the UK) produces instrumental tracks steeped in early Nintendo beats looped together to create a driving, energetic yet ethereal sound. It’s as if cyborg’s decided to explore the ambient genre. Below is my foray into the world of marketing. I decided to try and advertise Sabrepulse to the masses. Here it goes:

Do you like 8-bit video games? How about techno? Do you like mixing 8-bit video games and techno in a blender to produce a concoction that makes you pee glow sticks? If so, then Sabrepulse is for you!

*WARNING* May contain neon, stunner shades, and an exorbitant amount of the phrase “I know, right?”

Ok, so I probably won’t be joining the ranks of Mad Men anytime soon, but I gave it a whirl. Listen to a few tracks below, if any of the above few sentences made ANY sense to you.

Let’s Have Some Fun, This Beat is Sick…

October 26, 2009

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Lady Gaga is fairly marvelous. I think we can all agree on this in some facet or another. Whether or not you actually enjoy her is another discussion altogether, but let’s face it, the girl is innovative, to say the least. She changed outfits three times at the 2009 VMA awards and that was after “bleeding” profusely onstage while being strung up at the end of her live performance. Anyway, this here orchestral mash-up aroused my attention when I found out it was a rendition of Gaga’s Love Game. I’ve been a big fan of orchestral cover songs for awhile now, first falling in love with them with The String Quartet’s Tribute to Incubus 1 & 2. This, however, is quite fun, as well. Not as complex as most Incubus tunes (not nearly) but still fun to hear. Hit the link!

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P.S. I’m still waiting for an orchestral album of hardcore covers. Seriously, Underoath SCREAMS orchestral cover.

P.P.S. In what should have been much more than simply the Post Post Script, I wanted to include a little info on the man behind the orchestral machinations; check him out at ForOrchestra.com. He’s got some pretty sweet ones, like Kids by MGMT.

Things That Rhyme With Orange

September 21, 2009

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I Set My Friends on Fire is easily one of my all-time favorite bands. They’re one of a VERY select group of artists (Tenacious D, Bloodhound Gang, Electric Six…yep, that’s about it) that have the ability to produce INCREDAMAZING music and humor at the same time. Their first and only album to date, You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter came out on October 7th, of ’08. A video for Things That Rhyme With Orange apparently came out in July of this year, yet it managed to completely slip by me. So, without further ado, here is the entire canon of ISMFOF videos. Things That Rhyme With Orange, and my two FAVORITES that the boys did with Smosh.

Robots in Disguise

September 7, 2009

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It’s been a long time.  Shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to…I really need to stop quoting old Timbaland songs.  Anyway, I intend on writing much more.  I’ve been trying to get my life in order so the ‘ole Shwayblog was a bit on hiatus.  During this time, though, I’ve been watching a ton of The Mighty Boosh to keep me going.  The Boosh are an institution onto themselves that continually churn out and discover the best comedy, live performances, and music.  For this post, we shall focus on the music.  The Boosh are big fans and advocates of electroclash outfit Robots in Disguise, which, after hearing about them, I became a big fan, as well.  Robots in Disguise consists of Dee Plume and Sue Denim.  Their music is fast-paced, poppy, and capable of making you dance whether or not you want to.  It’s fascinating.  And their videos are on a whole ‘nother level.  They are absolutely hilarious, appropriately almost always contain robots, and sometimes involve members of The Boosh, themselves.  Below, I’ve listed my two favorite videos and below that, one of my favorite songs by them without a video.  Extra credit for those of you who can spot the Fielding brothers in one of the two videos!

The Humanthesizer

August 12, 2009

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Calvin Harris has been producing brilliant, innovative music for awhile now.  But his latest project is both brilliant and innovative in, not only a musical sense, but in a scientific sense as well.  Harris has fashioned his very own living, breathing synthesizer out of attractive young women, musicians, and conducive paint to play his new single, Ready for the Weekend.  The video is quite spectacular to say the least.  Under The Humanthesizer video I’ve included Harris’ official music video for the single.

YES!

July 8, 2009

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There’s not much that I can say about this video other than the fact that it’s absolutely HILARIOUS and that it further fuels my love for live performance, dance, and the theater.  I’ve been laughing at this and other pieces of Robert Hoffman III’s work for awhile now (and YES, he is the same Robert James Hoffman III from such classics as She’s the Man, You Got Served and Step Up 2.  IT DOESN”T MAKE HIM ANY LESS FUNNY…Ok, well, maybe it does, just a little.)  But that’s one of the things that I further love about this video.  It shows a completely different/hilarious side to this young actor who clearly understands that he’s making his living on schlock dance flicks.  What’s wrong with that?  At the very least, try to take away from this little endeavor the idea that those crappy, assembly-line-cranked-out dance flicks do have living, breathing people behind them, and (if for no other reason) try to look at their merit as exceptional performance videos into the art of dance, not as actual cinematic adventures.  (That’s what I tried to do, anyway.)  You can further check out Mr. Hoffman at Punchrobert.com  And without further ado; YES!

iwrestledabearonce

July 7, 2009

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Most of the time, you can find me bitching up a storm about the newest atrocities in music and how the industry is purposely crapping on plastic and selling it to us simply repackaged.  However, my good friend Dante Ross took care of that duty this week over on his Rosscast.  Go check it out.

So, due to bitching duties being assumed by Dante, I will take an opportunity to share with you a band that is actually doing pretty much everything right.  iwrestledabearonce (don’t capitalize it, it ain’t proper-like) is currently on tour promoting their latest record It’s All Happening, which is one of the strongest records I have heard in a good, long while.  Krysta Cameron’s vocals are amongst some of the strongest in the community.  Her seamless ability to alternate between harmony and discord is RIDICLEFRITZ.  The guitar work is absolutely incredible with a chaotic order to it that allows for multiple bit parts of awesome at all the right junctures.  And the drum and bass bits maintain a wholly frenetic baseline of pure WIN that unites the whole production for some of the most blisteringly amazing metalcore I have ever heard.  And the best part is that addressing the band as simply metalcore is fairly offensive.  These guys are at the forefront of the metal scene pulling multiple genres into their cadre of awesomeness to create a blended pseudo-metalcore-electronica-jazz-swing outfit that surpasses other bands that have been around for years.  These guys are young, brash, and already heads and shoulders above everyone else in the game. 

The first video is one of my favorite iwrestledabearonce songs, and contains a SPOT-ON representation of almost every hardcore show I have ever been to.

This next one contains an absolutely FAMAZING video montage/breakdown at about 16 seconds in and contains some of the most INCREDAMAZING screams I have ever heard.  Particularly the one directly after the car horn (Oh, yes, I said car horn) at just a little after 2:27.

Finally, this is a live video mostly showcasing Krysta’s vocal abilities, but you can still hear the shaaaaaway quality of the rest of the band, as well.

The Killer Anna

May 28, 2009

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JKJKJKLOLOLOL.  Sorry.  Another song for another day.  But in related news…

The Medic Droid was at the absolute forefront of the Myspace musical movement that I dubbed ‘Scenecore’ in late ’07-early ’08.  Unfortunately, after absolutely increda-sploding on Myspace and aligning an incredible touring schedule over the course of two years which included playing with A Cursive Memory, Breathe Carolina, The White Tie Affair, Innerpartysystem, From First to Last, We Are the Ocean, Hyper Crush, and Chronic Future, the band dissolved, citing the strain of constant touring.  The band’s form of next-gen techno/electro trance rock was the perfect accomplice to Breathe Carolina’s screamo-influenced dancecore mix, which, when their powers combined, produced the all-time best club mix in the history of CLUB MIXERY!!!  It’s too bad, had they continued we may have been on the verge of an all-out Scene Kid revolution of the mainstream.  And, really, who doesn’t love egregious amounts of eyeliner and neon hair dye?