Playlist: Electrelane

Electrelane is what I listen to late at night when trying to meet deadlines. Harsh harmonies make me intent on my task and revere the looming dates. I love this band, I have ever since their first album back in 2000. The latest No Shouts No Calls (2007) has some gems. The track, Bells, featured below is perhaps my most fave track out of all four of their albums. Electrelane, I want more but thank you for all the elegant brooding and intensity of your last projects! When will the next album be?

Playlist: Young & Sexy

I have a radio show. Yes. Yes I do.
This week hear bands that I always listen to in pairs: Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, Young&Sexy with Belle&Sebastian, Holly Fuck and Hella! Download the MP3 by clicking the link!

Young and Sexy. What a great band. Their 2002 album Stand Up For Your Mother  is my favortie, and oddly enough the only one I don’t own. Panic When you Find it and Life Through One Speaker are also great.  The band is soft and sensual, great for the background in a studio or party. I re-vamped my music rotation last week and was so pleased to here this band in the mix. They sooth me like an old friend. Their compilations also make for great headphone music too! I have known them quiet intimately that interface.

A wonderful ironic thing has just happened! When I listen to a band and album in the studio and then decide to feature it here, I am forced to give you lovely folk links to click and references to reference. This is a dangerous endeavor for me. I don’t have the luxury of clicking and clicking to load and load pages due to wi-fi restrictions (the price for living off the grid!). Precious little data can be spared! My new rule while on the web is: load the page once and get everything you’ll ever need from the page never to load it again! This is fretfully difficult for me as I am a clicker to the core. Anyways, I am inevitably led to the record label website of each band I post about. This in turn leads to articles of many other superb bands and alas I am at once is teattering of the edge of the rabbit hole. Mint Records signed Young & Sexy and did well to (they also signed Neko Case, Hot Panada and The Pack AD, touring in the West right now! Catch em’ in my home town of Nelson tomorrow!). I have yet to actually meet another person who has heard of Young & Sexy, which is a crying shame. Those that do like them in my little shpere, like them because of my long standing love affair with the band. I must remember to start bringing them up in bar conversations. Perhaps this is how I’ll know I’ve found my soul mate. Heck, the band name “Young & Sexy” is a myriad of pick up lines just waiting to happen. O.K., so the wonderful ironic thing… I am reading the Mint Record’s blurb on Young and Sexy and I find this quote “Young and Sexy play vividly pretty orchestral pop anchored by confident instrumental skills and Brit-inflected vocals. The closest comparison is Belle and Sebastian, but with song titles like “The City You Live In Is Ugly”, Young and Sexy don’t take themselves nearly as seriously as the moody Scots.” – Montreal Mirror.

What!? Remember yesterday’s post of never having an original idea!? Well, I have a little indie rock show on a local co-op radio station. Every week there is a theme. This week it was “Brotha from anotha”. I realize I always pair bands together, hence the theme. One band making me want to listen to another and so on. Well, I always pair Young and Sexy with Belle & Sebastian (check out my past post about Belle and Seb here) and did so on my show, only to read this today! Anyways, listen to Young & Sexy. You’ll be glad you did.

As Young & Sexy sings “It’s the thoughts in our minds that make us sexy as hell”. And you know there is nothing sexier than ceramics so keep thinking!

Remember that links are always in grey text, and most images take you to the place of thier origin by clicking.

Playlist: Wolf Parade

Wold Parade is an amazing Canadian band. They’ve accompanied me on many many many late nights spent in the glaze room, large headphones on and giant mask obscuring my face happily mixing chemicals. The album I listened to on repeat was Apologies to the Queen Mary (2010). Thus when their next album came out in 2008 I couldn’t move on, my love affair with Apologies for the Queen Mary was deeply cherished and unsurpassable. It took me many attempts to appreciate the successor. Well, I have just discovered to my dismay, that their third album Expo 87′ was released in January of 2010. It has taken me no at all time to love this album. It has been the featured album reverberating through my cupola and the surrounding forest. It rises harshly and abruptly and settles pop laden and joyful. I love this band. I love this album. I am of course known to like a bit of rough fringes and layers, in both music and pottery. I laugh at the though of my ex walking into my studio seeing my head bobbing faintly in concentration on my task while some squelching thick beating thing with electro this and that here and there and a man’s voice cracking slightly and he sings seemly disjointed phrases fills the room. The general feeling being that of enlightenment and a trip up mind you nothing depressing, harshness containing much beauty to me. It is a rare band that can accomplish a happy upbeat feeling through the use of harsh musical undertones. Anyways, I can still seem him squinting catching my eye, me looking up and asking… a bit too much? Him smirking and retreating to other less audibly layered quarters. Wolf Parade was undoubtably the band playing. I can’t stress the joy this band brings me. Expo 86′ It is also the feature album on my radio show this week. You can download the show as an mp3 here and hear for your self as my words can wholly not convey the music to you.

I have included the lyrics below to possibly my favorite song on the album, Oh You, Old Thing. Full of lyrical wit. I can only grin at the noise both harsh and soothing that accompany the words. They seem incomplete as a poem, no backbone for framework. Like a pot without glaze. Now I am getting the urge to showcase the lyrics to another song the key line being sung… “Oh Teacher, love is never dead!” a line that could nicely  be construed as an artist’s mantra. Anyways, you can look at all their lyrics here on your own accord.

Oh You, Old Thing

Oh you,
old thing.
Still got vibrations
in your streets.
They move me to come down
from the chandelier
I have been watching you from.

Bon soir,
bon soir ma ville.
I’m gonna leave you now
in the arms of babes.

I’ve got a new way to live
through the storms you’re so famous for –
oh, that’s the sound of some new rocket
upon the door.

Who’s gonna steam up all your dancehalls?
Who’ll put your lilies in a vase,
when all the good men have had all their daughters, and
all the other men have fallen in with daises?
I don’t want to be the last one standing,
I don’t want to reach the bitter end.
As much as I have always loved your dancing,
I hate the sounds that come from crowds
that just don’t get
my moves.

From here,
in the sky,
I see rows of lights
as as violent web.
And I will miss
the way I got caught up in you.

Oh you,
old thing.

I’m gonna leave you now
in the arms of babes.
I’ve got a new way to live
in the storm, in the storm
in the storm.

As always I had never seen the members of this band until having to make this post, nor one of their music videos. I must say I think it is funny how we let strangers sing to us all day not knowing what their faces look like. I also think band portraits are highly entertaining. Like the one featured above. Yes we sit on railings in sunglasses….. I came across (on Sub Pop Record’s website) this little tale of how the band got together and decided to make the album Expo 86’….

At the World’s Fair held in Vancouver, summer of 1986, where five young boys first became friends, just outside the Cars of the Future exhibit, and made a SECRET PACT (whoa!) to meet up in the early 2000s (wha?)—somewhere cool, like Africa or even the moon by then—-to form a rock band! ROCK BAND! With guitars and guitar solos and synthesizers! They would call it Wolf Parade! What a bodacious name!

It went like this:

Li’l Spencer Krug, who was getting super into neon colors at the time, seemed to know even at that tender age that he would never be cool, and so volunteered to play piano, and let the other boys have the more radical instruments.

“But if I play piano then I get to sing,” he said.

“Okay, but I want to sing too,” said wee Dan Boeckner. “I’ll sing with you like Goose and Maverick in Top Gun. Top Gun rules.” And then, as if to enunciate his point, he pulled from his K-Way pouch a Lego fighter jet that was really well-assembled.

“I get guitar!” exclaimed Dante DeCaro, the youngest.

“No,” replied Dan, “I do. I get guitar.”

“But I’ll get really good at it!” Dante yelled up.

“Shut up,” said Dan, “You’re just little.”

In the end it was decided both boys would get to play guitar, on the condition that between then and the 2000s, Dante would practice “lots of wicked solos.”

The remaining two, Arlen Thompson and Hadji Bakara, used a nearby game of Whack-a-Future-Mole to decide who would make the better drummer. Strapping young Arlen won easily, and then just continued to lick his rocket pop with a devil-may-care attitude. But Hadji didn’t lose heart.

“I’ll just do cool sounds with a computer,” he said.

“Yeah, right,” replied everyone, “Music on a COMPUTER. As if you could ever even GET a computer.”

I have been aching to actually go dance around others for once and I dare say that last video will suffice for now. I reckon by all the enthused head tossing and throwing it would be an energetic show to witness! I have also stumbled across some interesting video takes of various Wolf Parade songs. It is always nice to see how artists interpret other artist’s art and these are two different takes on the same song:

Playlist: Timber

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I used to have the most amazing coaster that promoted Timber, the band, from Montreal. The New Gentlemen’s Shuffle is one of my most cherished albums. Each track delights. The first track, To the Country, wins you over straight away. “To the country I go, just to take it slow” and there is some mellow twangy edgy scatting after! It is a free and breezy album. You just know they had a blast making it. I wish the band was promoted more and that the whole world would catch on to their sincere and good songs. I want their music to put food on the table! Listen to some tracks from the album here. Get more information from their record label Ships at Night or via the CBC Radio 3. My radio show, Mangoland, this week also showcases three of their songs. You can download it here.

Playlist: Yukon Blonde

I received some music in the mail. Some of that music was Yukon Blonde. I had no notion of what the music sounded like but, I vaguely remembered someone else mentioning them in one of those “Do you know this and that band?” bonding conversations.  Do you know them? You should! Catch em’ live this summer in Canada somewhere:

Odd how the other day I found myself saying “perhaps I should move to the big bad city and find myself a sexy scenester lover”. Well any of these boys would , with their tight jeans and effeminate yet manly man features. Sure they are prancing around the forest drenched in maple syrup, as all good Canadians do on a regular basis (at least I do!),  but you know that they’re are city boys. Oh, the indie fad of plaid. Not to worry, the old family tartan can’t be cheapened.

P.S If you need a maple syrup container loooooook at this lovely one by the lovely Shannon.

Playlist: Passion Pit

I have this great memory of waking up really early before I had to start work on the farm (the coffee plantation in Salento Columbia) and standing on the mountain path i pod in hand and ear and dancing my happy morning humid ass off to Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead” before my fellow workers woke up and we brewed some coffee.

It is always odd to see music videos to songs you love. Even more odd to see the members of a band you’ve listened to over and over, who speak to you everyday. Because video is the only way I can get audio into my blog I am often forced to see the faces of the folk that sing to me everyday for the first time. It is like being halfway through a really good book and accidently flipping to the inside back cover and seeing the eyes of the author staring at you, it just isn’t right. Oddly enough that is how I feel about Passion Pit. The album Manners is amazing! It pumps and bumps and rumps in such mellow poppy uppity synth symphonic way and what they say strikes a chord with me. The videos on other hand are well, ok. It is just that you can’t concentrate on the awesome music (brilliantly written and recorded) with the mediocre film (good concepts, awkward executions) staring you in the face.

Playlist: Spoon

Spoon from texas knows how to play my rock and roll indie heart-strings. I have been reunited with my record collection, and Kill The Moonlight has been on my turn table all day long (and is pictured about, oh I love my new scanner). The second track on Side A “the way we get by” was the first Spoon song  I ever heard, and a catchy number. Over time I have come to appreciate the more dark and spicy Spoon songs- if you go way back to the 90’s you’ll find tons.  They have evolved into a well oiled music making machine, I wish they were more lively on stage some booty shakes and head nods would go a long way, especially for this die-hard fan. The pictures above are from when I ventured to The gorge in Washington for the annual Sasquatch Music Festival in 2008, I keep on trying to get back it is a gooden.

Spoon has a pretty nifty interactive website with intriguing photography check it out.