Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
"Leaked" yesterday, "Stylo" is the first single off the forthcoming Gorillaz album Plastic Beach. It's good. Like, really really good. Whoever decided to let this one out a week early - and it doesn't matter who did it - has guaranteed that people will actually pay for it on January 26, the actual release day.
It's not just the presence of the great Bobby Womack though. The click-track groove is a perfect meeting place between the 70s soul and 80s pop music with a touch of hip hop that Gorillaz have been trying to hit for some time now. The Mos Def verse halfway through doesn't slide in so much as it slides into place.
The full album will be out March 9 in the U.S. and includes more from both Mos Def and Bobby Womack. Also appearing on it are Lou Reed, De La Soul, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and Snoop Dogg.
Could we be in for another huge album from the forgotten Gorillaz in the room? Reread the previous paragraph, cause based on that, and this first single, Plastic Beach will either be one of the biggest releases of 2010 or it'll be an awful train wreck that kills the band forever...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Life is about the build-up, right? Some cliched crap about slowly getting there I think. Which is fine and mostly true. When it comes to Orbital, a lot of the best stuff they did was build up.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
There's a chance that two of the top ten albums in 2010 will be released next Tuesday. One of them, the latest album from Spoon, is expected - nay, commanded - to make those year-end lists. The other is probably way off most people's radar.
I've neglected to get this posted for about 10 days since I wrote it, so "way off most people's radar" is now limited to those who don't read any music blogs, Pitchfork, Stereogum or the South Florida alterna-weekly paper City Link. Thankfully, I know that group includes most people.
Surfer Blood is to puke out their debut album Astrocoast on Tuesday. Recorded in their dorm room at the University of Florida, the 10 songs on the album are feedback-laden, melodic, classic feeling songs the bring to mind the all manner of indie sounds from the mid-90s til now.
There is a palpable cross-section of Weezer-Pavement-Sloan to just about every track while managing to sound like the boys are aping none of them. Yes, they sing about girls, but they also sing about television, as in "Twin Peaks," included here.
The first words on the album's first track beg somebody to "forget the second coming/I need you here right now." This album sounds like the second coming of the alternative nation, partially because so many of those mid-90s buzz bands are touched, even momentarily, on Astrocoast. For me, that's a good thing, because Surfer Blood doesn't really sound like any of them. Even the bands I mention above are only echoed because nothing specific is lifted from any of them.
It's not the second coming, but hot damn what a debut album Surfer Blood has served up.
Here's another track to check out... (You'll have to find the album yourself before next week.)
Fyi, the Spoon album is guaranteed to be on those lists. Listen to the stream for yourself.