Archive for December, 2009

holiday music, volume I.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The Donnas have their version of Up On The Housetop and another holiday song up for a listen on theirMy Spacepage. (They still have Take It Off up there, too, which is always worth a listen.)

And, as has been mentioned before, Camera Obscura’s cover ofThe Blizzardis available on a double A-side seven inch with Swans. You should pick it up if you haven’t already. I have mine.

This is just a quick post, there should be more about holiday music coming up so stay tuned.

Also, I have a few more things in the works for the coming days, not the least of which is the coverage of the Camera Obscura show in St. Louis, MO on December 2nd.

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study sunday.

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down.

Brilliant song.

Brilliant video.

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EDIT: Thao performs a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Musicyay!

i’m buying babies like angelina jolie.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Two days ago about this time, I was standing in the Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri a few minutes away from Camera Obscura taking the stage. That show will get it’s own entire post, but now I’m posting a bunch of random stuff that’s been kicking around my inbox and my brain lately.

After my Philosophy of Feminism class today, a bunch of us were standing around talking and the following video was mentioned. There are no words in the English language to describe this so I’ll simply post it and let you watch…in horror. It’s almost likeJesus is a Friend of Mineexcept without the catchy music, sweet outfits or positive messages.

Now that you’re looking for something to get that taste out of your mouth, I’ll give you this.

I don’t really have any words for that, either. It pretty much speaks for itself and what it says is all very, very bad. (What the fuck is up with the person in the pig suit? And why were they choking that girl? Seriously? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?) I discovered that horrific waste of digital video through a very amusing site,Your Scene Sucks, which I’m sure has been linked up and down teh interwebs but, on the off chance that you haven’t seen it, I thought I’d post it. Big ups to my friend Neil for telling me about that site. (In case you’re wondering, I fit somewhere betweenIndie JesusandOrgcore Punkerexcept I dress better.) I think, since as of tomorrow I’ll be unemployed, it may be time to start growing an epic beard.

Okay, enough craptacular music, now on to the good stuff.

They Shoot Music, Don’t They?recently caught up with Camera Obscura (or, at least, Tracyanne, Kenny & Tim) and filmed two brilliant liveperformancesofFrench Navyand, my current favorite,Honey In The Sun. Pure awesomesauce.

I posted something on my Facebook page about wanting more Scottish pop music (basically today it’s been all Camera Obscura, The Vaselines, Belle and Sebastian and The Fratellis) and a friend suggested I check outStrawberry Switchbladeso I did and was quite impressed. Very synthy, very 80’s…but then again, so is some New Order and that’s not a bad thing.

Interestingly enough that Fratellis song posted above was apparently featured in an iPod commercial as was the Chairlift song from a few posts ago. I learned that after the fact in both cases as I don’t have cable, so I don’t usually see commercials. Weird.

Camera Obscura’s4ADlabelmateSt. Vincent(Annie Clark) is just pretty god damn amazing…aaaaaaand she’ll be playing theBottleneckin Lawrence, Kansas on February 15th, 2010. An early birthday present to myself, I think. See you there?

Does anyone remember the old MTV commercials where Toby Huss pretended to be Frank Sinatra and sang current songs of the day? They were quite amusing and someone has put them on YouTube.

I know a lot of you have probably seen CB4, the amusing mockumentary starringChris RockandPhil Hartman(R.I.P.) There is a lesser-known rap mockumentary called Fear of a Black Hat that is equally, if not more, amusing.

The Papercutsopened for Camera Obscura and they were very good. I’ll be posting a full review of their album You Can Have What You Want later this month.

Tori Amoswill be streaming a live concert on Facebook Friday, December 11th. You can learn more about that here.

Finally, coming to us fromemilymphocyte‘s wonderful site is Marina and the Diamonds, which is really the stage name for Marina Diamandis and other assorted collaborators. If you can’t place the accent, don’t worry, she’s Welsh. Most of you probably have no idea where Wales is.

I love this song because it’s catchy as hell and true. I’d much rather live in Wales than America most days. Our “culture” is shite.

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better than christmas.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It’s Camera Obscura day. Off Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri. I’ll be there soon but not soon enough.

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