‘I know it’s electronic music’, Brian Lindgren says, ‘but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar’. As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the country by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. [from Ghostly]
Tesla Boy is charismatic frontman and producer Anton Sevidov, who from an early age learnt to speak the international language of music through his father’s old vinyl collection that included Ray Charles, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Blondie. From here, a clear affinity with ‘80s pop and soul from the US and Britain emerged, and has since played a strong role in crafting the Tesla Boy identity.
Widows are Jams. F. Kennedy and Bobby Evans – an eclectic rap duo from Los Angeles, formed out of the ashes of previously awesome LA rap group, Brother Reade. Widows are playing in San Francisco on Thursday June 13 at 111 Minna Gallery with support from Antwon and Alexander Spit. It’s all the name of the Colors of Tequila traveling pop-up series being presented by Olmeca Altos Tequila and which will be celebrating the best in drink, food, music and art.
Girl Talk had been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn’t until 2006 that Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent album, Unstoppable (2004), moved closer towards danceable mixes of varying genres.
Groove Armada are one of our favourite electronic music acts of the past decade or so. Made up of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, they have released eight studio albums. We got the rundown from Andy Cato on the music that has inspired their own distinctive sound.
Australian duo, Empire Of The Sun, feature Luke Steel from The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore from Pnau, each stepping our their respective shadows to create a sound and look for Empire Of The Sun that is absolutely, totally electric. These are the songs that inspire Luke Steele, written in his own words.
Formed in Glasgow in 1987, The Vaselines released two singles and one album — Dum Dum — on the 53rd & 3rd label. Splitting up in 1989 (in the same week their album was released), they might have faded into obscurity but for the intervention of a certain band from Seattle. Read on for frontman Eugene Kelly’s write-up on his eight favourite songs, in his own words.
Russell Brand has defended Katie Perry’s honour with admirable humour following her somewhat out-sized appearance (or non-appearance, as the case may be) on Sesame Street the other week. He Tweeted to his nearly 1.5 million followers: ‘Today’s Sesame Street will not be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D’ and ‘Can […]
Australian electro four-piece Miami Horror’s have just released their debut album, Illumination, a perfect union of horns, acoustic and electric guitars, synths and looping bass lines — all of which creates a seventies French sound. Aussie disco? Ah-mazing!
Gardening From The Ground Up Part 1 is Houston native Sarah Elizabeth Foster‘s first collection of deeply charged tunes. Filled with raw emotion and wistful reflection, her songs are the product of a vision almost stalled when she was challenged to persevere through the intensive vocal therapy necessary to arrive at what her doctors called […]
Like their hyperactive creator, Deastro’s songs can’t sit still, hopping from swooning dream-pop to gonzo TV theme songs to whisper-soft folk to crunching robot-rock, and always ringing with Chabot’s earnest tenor. [Read a Secret Playlist by Deastro, where he writes about his eight favourite songs]
The story of this electro-pop duo begins with a pair of high school sweethearts and arrives now at their debut release, Goodbye Friend, Welcome Lover, which reached number two on the Canadian campus radio charts. We got the inside word from them on the music that inspires them. They started with the Delorean song, Grow […]
The Kissaway Trail have a new album entitled Sleep Mountain due for release on April 20, via Bella Union. Sleep Mountain adds in dabs of electronica to the breadth of guitars for a contemporary and vulnerable rock classic. We asked them about the music that inspired the recording. They started with the Joanna Newsom song, Peach, Plum, Pear [listen below]: ‘A really good song from a great debut album, made by one of the best female artists ever’.
Lyon-based Babylon Circus is music laced with ska, gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall and reggae. Their first Australian East Coast tour in 2008 saw the nine piece band sell every show out. They feature on the So Frenchy So Chic compilation. We asked them to tell us about their favourite music right now, and they started with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing [listen below]: ‘Backstage, home, in the bus, cooking or having breakfast, is there a time you wouldn’t love to hear this one? We love it anytime, any style, too, as it’s been remixed and rearranged so many different ways. Still, we love the original best’.
Called ‘the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear’ by the Washington Post, A Place To Bury Strangers were named by NME as one of the Ten Best Bands of SXSW 2008. Their debut release earned them a Best New Music distinction and they have toured with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, and Holy F**k. They launched their Secret Playlist with the All The Saints track, Farmacia [listen below]: ‘All The Saints is one of those bands that just writes some of the most bad-ass parts on the planet and this is one of those songs where the drums are beating like a machine gun as waves of noise build up, only to drag you down. You end up feeling uncomfortable and wanting to kick someone’s ass’.