Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Album Review: QOTSA, 'Villains'


Joshua Homme is such a goddamned enigma; he is simultaneously everything that is great about this album, everything that is wrong about this album, and an almost comically megalomaniacal rock and roll persona.  In the end, the positives outweigh the negatives in what is, generally, a very solid rock album, but it's no straightforward journey, that's for sure.  Let's dig a bit deeper...

Interesting!


Here is the link to a video via Consequence of Sound of Win Butler (of Arcade Fire), explaining his song-writing methods:


Yes, this is a joke.  Peace,
    Br.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Interesting ...

The MTV VMAs are generally a boatload of self-congratulatory garbage, but there was at least one moment of decency amidst the disposability; here is Jared Leto on both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington's recent suicides:


Oh, and Kendrick Lamar's performance was literally 🔥 ... and ninjas (naturally).  Peace,
    Br.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

August Album Review: The War on Drugs, 'A Deeper Understanding'


This album and this band could not be from any other nation but the USA; halfway between Don Henley and Bob Dylan (with a sprinkling of Bryan Adams), both the vocals and the instrumentation of this album scream 1980s Americana but with all the polish and shine of 2017 technology...
  

Thursday, 24 August 2017

August Album Review: Grizzly Bear, 'Painted Ruins'


'Painted Ruins' is Grizzly Bear's fifth album and admittedly the first that I have listened to in its entirety.  I have long been aware of their devoted following and of their indy-darling status amongst music critics and even the bizarre comparisons to Radiohead (I have no idea from whence comes that one), and yet here I am a decade deep, finally sitting through a whole album, cover-to-cover.  Why you ask?  Because surely there must be something of substance worth listening to...right?

Um, maybe...?

Beck News

The long-awaited follow-up to 2013's 'Morning Phase' will be entitled 'Colors' and is set to be released on 13 October, making this year look even more ridiculously exciting.  Here's the lyric-video for "Dear Life":


Peace,
    Br.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Interesting!

Pearl Jam are due to release a live documentary of their August 20 & 22, 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field entitled "Let's Play Two".  Here's the trailer...


Peace,
    Br.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Interesting?


Social media is evil (assuming that a blog is not considered social media that is, because blogging is awesome...oh, right, stay on topic).  Okay, maybe just Ryan Adams is evil...or angry...or something.  Adams seems to use social media quite often as his very own self-importance milk crate, this time launching a textual attack ("verbal volley" sounds better but is grammatically incorrect, which I know is always a big concern on the Internet) on Father John Misty and Austin City Limits; it's not the first time either that Adams has had a go at FJM either (or vice versa) but this one has got to be the oddest.  Stereogum lays it all out below...

http://www.stereogum.com/1958228/ryan-adams-calls-father-john-misty-the-the-most-self-important-asshole-on-earth/wheres-the-beef/

Peace Ryan, peace,
     Br.

ps. if you check out Adams' twitter feed (should you be brave enough to wade into those waters), he has taken a much more forgiving and compassionate stance on his own posts and his own "bad day"

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

"Let the Song Protest"

Riz Ahmed, one half of the Swet Shop Boys, delivered a powerful spoken-word performance on Jimmy Fallon last night...


Peace,
    Br.

A Bit of Fun (c/o BBC Music)

How much do you know about the meaning of band names?  Enjoy.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/f28a72cb-0b69-4a5b-aa9e-378662da79ca

Peace,
    Br.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Interesting ...

Check out today's Google 'doodle':


Read more via NME:

http://pitchfork.com/news/todays-google-doodle-teaches-you-to-dj/

Peace,
    Br.

Interesting ...


Seeing as I'm this side of the pond at the moment, here is a list by BBC Music of '33 albums to look out for' for the rest of 2017.  Linked to the article is also their list for the 20 best albums of the year so far.  Enjoy!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2Krx8nWkS3GwHlhG2zJyMw8/33-albums-to-look-forward-to-during-the-rest-of-2017

There's also this peach of an interview given by "eternal shit-talker" Liam Gallagher to Noisey ... always good for a laugh is 'our kid'...

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/8xqw7x/liam-gallagher-eternal-fuckin-shit-talker

Peace,
    Br.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Interesting... Typhoon edition

Br named Typhoon's "White Lighter" as his album of the year in 2013.  This  intimate concert video, which they just released today, is an excellent showcase of the power and emotion contained in that album.  Here is Kyle Morton's statement which accompanied the video:

Monday, 7 August 2017

"Let the Song Protest"

I don't know how I missed this one, but here is the first official single from "supergroup" Prophets of Rage and their upcoming debut album (to be released in September).  It's full of politically-dense imagery and was directed by documentarian Michael Moore.  The single, perhaps appropriately, is called "Unfuck the World".

I wonder how Angel Olsen feels about that song title...


Peace,
    Br.

ps. here's the youtube link to the very-different-in-tone Angel Olsen song of the same name:

Changes Coming to the Blog...


Hello readers, we hope this finds you well and enjoying the slew of great music and festivals on offer this summer.  On our way back from Osheaga, Joel and I (the co-editors of this blog) planned some changes to the blog based on the first 6 months of its existence.  Here is what we're planning:
  • once a month we will try to choose one big album release to review all in one blog post instead of doing every album review that way; we'll start in September with the release of 'Sleep Well Beast' by The National
  • all other album reviews will be done by Br., with no set number of reviews to be done per month ... music is my drug so I will keep the reviews rolling
  • there will be more regular focus on our "late review" blog posts, which see us discussing co-operatively a specific topic from the world of 1990s music (the inspiration for this blog)
  • concert reviews will now have their own page; what we started with our Osheaga reviews will continue into the rest of the year
So stay with us...this experience has been a good one so far, and we're very thankful for the readers we've had so far, so here's hoping it will continue its run for a while yet.  Peace,
    Br.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Osheaga: Day Two


Osheaga day two, you outdid yourself in every way imaginable.  The sun was out all day and so the rain held off, and most impressive of all (even more impressive than the number of drunken frat boys with their shirts off) was the music on offer.  Here we go...

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Osheaga: Day One


Wow...what a day.  Short of oceans of mud, but otherwise day one at Osheaga had all of the summer music festival accoutrements.  Flower crowns, rain, drunkenness, rain, food trucks, the haze of pot smoke, rain, scantily clad millenials...and rain.  In all seriousness, this was a day that was high on good vibes regardless of the rain delays and wet feet and it has to be said that the organizers of Osheaga know how to put on a great show.  Oh right, the music!  Here are the highlights, along with some video and images of the day...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Osheaga Countdown ...

We leave today; the concert kicks off in just under 24 hours.  Each morning, we'll report about the previous day's bands and events so stay tuned.  


Wish the two of us "summer-festival-senior-citizens-awash-in-a-sea-of-milennials" luck.  Peace,
     Br.