I hadn’t heard of Foreign Islands until earlier this week, but now I’m officially hooked. For fans of Gang of Four, the Electric 6 and maybe even Wire.
MP3:Foreign Islands – We Know You Know It
Remember how good and promising the Electric 6 were circa “High Voltage?” Take that promise which I’m sure you kicked out the window sometime between their last two albums and slap it directly onto the foreheads of the guys in Foreign Islands. They’ve got the fire that their elders seem to have lost, and combine it ever so perfectly with hooks that recall Gang of Four at their best (tell me you don’t hear “Damaged Goods” rattling around in there).
Assuming you haven’t bought into the backlash, may I point you to Schedule Two’s excellent videos of Tapes ‘n Tapes. They also have the whole thing formatted for your iPod video! How thoughtful are they?!
It’s been a couple months since the last Page France release, so you can guess what that means: time for another Page France release. Hot on the heels of their last two EPs (whose official release has been delayed quite a bit) comes their newest EP, “Tomato Morning.” You can grab it from them at shows or from Suicide Squeeze.
Without a Diamond Ring
Give Him a Blanket
Who Cracked Your Egg?
Page France’s Remaining Tour Dates
WED NOV 29 Charlottesville VA, Starr Hill Music Hall
THU NOV 30 Baltimore MD, Ottobar
FRI DEC 1 New York NY, Mercury Lounge
SAT DEC 2 Hoboken NJ, Maxwell’s
SUN DEC 3 Philadelphia PA, Northstar
MON DEC 4 Cambridge MA, Middle East Upstairs
TUE DEC 5 Hartford CT, Webster Underground
WED DEC 6 Pittsburgh PA, Lawrenceville Moose
THU DEC 7 Buffalo NY, Mohawk Place
FRI DEC 8 Cleveland OH, Grog Shop
SAT DEC 9 Detroit MI, Magic Stick
SUN DEC 10 Grand Rapids MI, Skelletones
THU DEC 21 Washington DC, the Black Cat
If I’m not mistaken, Andrew Bird ties the Apples in Stereo for the most times I’ve seen a band (6). And if we take the Apples out of the running for being a local band to me, then Andrew’s got the lead by a good bit. And why not? He’s certainly a great performer. Now here’s another change for you all to catch him live.
Andrew Bird Tour Dates
1/13 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
1/14 Indianapolis, IN @ The Music Mill
1/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/17 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
1/24 Melbourne, Australia @ Northcote Social Club
1/27 Sydney, Australia @ The Basement
3/22 London, England @ Bush Hall
3/23 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
3/29 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
3/30 Amiens, France @ Musique de Jazz et d’Ailleurs Festival
4/21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pittman Theatre, Alverno College
Producer and rapper El-P is readying his new star-studded album, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. Check out two previews of it before it hits shelves next year.
MP3:El-P – Smithereen (Stop Cryin’) MP3:El-P – Everything Must Go
El-P’s new album features contributions from everyone from Aesop Rock and Mr. Lif to Cat Power and Trent Reznor, but I can’t imagine how he’ll use it to further something that’s already of high quality. Guest rapping helps, but “Smithereen” demonstrates that El-P is at his best when there aren’t any bells or whistles (aside from the “dramatic intro machine” which quite possibly is poking fun at MF Doom’s elaborate minute-long-plus introductions). But El-P on his own is all about passion and speed, both of which he’s got in spades.
Going home for Thanksgiving break meant one thing for me: collecting my wayard promos. I still get stuff sent to my parents’ house, so it’s important to gather them up periodically or you’ll miss gems like this new song from Frog Eyes’ forthcoming album, Tears of the Valedictorian.
MP3:Frog Eyes – Idle Songs
When it comes to the current Canadian music scene, Frog Eyes are the granddaddy. They practically created the catchy, weirdo-rock that the rest of their contemporaries are gaining noteriety for. So with “Idle Songs” they’re playing off their strong points: the drums are still a’drivin’ and Mercer’s still frantically breathing his lyrics in your ear the way that your lover might–you know, if your lover were kinda weird and in Frog Eyes.
I’ve got a semi-exclusive link (check Stereogum for another MP3) to stream and download from the new Of Montreal album, Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer? Though I’m sure most anyone who follows the band has already downloaded the new album, here’s a legit link for anyone trying to stay noble.
Hissing Fauna.. will be available as a double vinyl 180 gram triple gatefold, with a bonus EP featuring four additional songs. The vinyl will come with the EP, but if you want the CD version (with exclusive track “Miss Blonde, Your Papa is Failing”) you’ll have to order it from Polyvinyl or grab it from the band on tour.
Bonus EP tracks:
Du Og Meg
Voltaic Crusher/Undrum To Muted Da
Derailments In A Place Of Our Own
Miss Blonde, Your Papa is Failing (exclusive to CD EP)
Want a sample of the as-yet-unheard EP? Oh, alright.
Joe and David make up the northern folk duo That’s Him! That’s The Guy!. I think that maybe Joe is in the wonderful band Canada as well? Whatever, these guys are good enough to stand on their own merits.
MP3:That’s Him! That’s The Guy! – These Days MP3:That’s Him! That’s The Guy! – February
Think for a second, what happens when pop drops its superficiality and the folksy thing loses the pretentious coffeehouse atmosphere. I get the feeling that that’s where That’s Him! That’s the Guy! are shooting for with their album, Help Me, I’m on Fire. “These Days” has the pop likability of Page France, and tries to mix that with the introspection of The Mountain Goats. But instead of drawing upon his stepfather for inspiration a la Darnielle, TH!TTG! go with their perpetual habit of lying to themselves about improving their alcohol intake.