Friday, September 3, 2010
Featuring samples from Goldfrapp's album Head First, a tap of the finger on the iPhone screen powers the ball and sets its path through an imaginary urban environment with towering skyscrapers. As the ball collides with objects different sound samples are triggered, creating a unique remix every time a game is played. You can influence the direction of the ball by tilting the phone and if you're really skilled you can travel on the lightning bolt to earn bonus points. Occasionally clouds float across the screen obscuring the ball and making game-play a little bit harder… but you can clear the clouds with a quick shake of the phone. A global leader board allows you to match your score with other players around the world.
The App was created by Goldfrapp and Corporation Pop.
The band releases their brand new single “Believer” on September 7th through Mute. “Believer” is the latest single to be taken from Head First following the fantastic singles “Rocket” and “Alive”. ‘Believer” comes with a fabulous remix package including mixes by Vince Clarke, Subway, Joris Voorn and Davide Rossi.
Head First is Goldfrapp's most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010 and was described as “A heady delight” by People Magazine.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
After the break-up of her former band, Georgie James, Burhenn wrote a collection of songs that meditated on the themes of loss and recovery. She recorded the compositions with Richard Swift and the results are the ten tracks on What We Lose. A potent mix of soul, gospel, and country, Burhenn created The Mynabirds’ aesthetic based on how she thought Neil Young would sound doing Motown. Serendipitously, she later found out that Young once collaborated with Rick James for a Motown project under the name The Mynah Birds!
The Mynabirds Fall Tour Dates:
* = w/ David Bazan
& = w/ Crooked Fingers
09/02: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
09/03: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk&
09/05: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress&
09/06: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar&
09/07: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland&
09/08: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord&
09/10: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern&
09/11: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios&
09/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
09/17: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
09/18: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace*
09/19: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore*
09/21: Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome*
09/22: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s*
09/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl*
09/25: Washington DC @ Black Cat*
09/26: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern*
09/27: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle*
09/28: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*
09/29: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In*
10/01: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits*
10/02: Orlando, FL @ The Social*
10/03: Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room*
10/05: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree*
10/06: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks*
10/07: Shreveport, LA @ The Collective
Watch The Mynabirds Daytrotter Sessions Now - Click Link!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
"Fade Like A Shadow" is the latest music video from singer KT Tunstall. I like this video and this song is pretty catchy. I saw her a little over a month ago at the Hotel Cafe and it was more of an acoustic thing, which I like, but I must say I like the more upbeat KT!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Chromeo has a new record coming out and the boys stopped off in Hollywood over the weekend to give us a taste. Not only did they play a huge show at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, but they also hit up the studios at KCRW for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
I freaking love these sessions on KCRW! It's such a cool way to get a little behind the scenes vibe of the band.
If you missed it, check it out now!
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see Harper Blynn live at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Here's a little clip of their rendition of Beyonce's "Halo." It's truly one of the best versions I've heard in a long time. A longer clip coming soon, as well as my interview with Pete from HB. Check back soon!
Monday, August 30, 2010
The Age of Adz (pronounced “odds”) differs from Stevens’ previous works in its lack of conceptual underpinnings. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more basic proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches, no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution or denouement. Rather, the themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal: love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety and suicide all figure in the songwriting.
The title The Age of Adz is a reference to the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson (1930—1997), a Louisiana-based sign-maker (and self-proclaimed prophet) who suffered from schizophrenia. Robertson’s work depicts his vivid dreams and visions of space aliens, futuristic automobiles, eccentric monsters and signs of the Last Judgment. Portions of Stevens’ album use Robertson’s work as an idealistic springboard and a selection of Robertson’s drawings (his primary media were poster board, magic marker, and glitter) appear throughout the album art.
Sufjan Stevens has released nine studio recordings since 2000 including the critically acclaimed Michigan and Illinois (the latter named the “Best Album of the Decade” by Paste); a 5-EP Christmas box set; Enjoy Your Rabbit, an instrumental electronic song cycle based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac; and The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Run Rabbit Run, a recording of Enjoy Your Rabbit rearranged for the Osso String Quartet, was released in 2009 via Asthmatic Kitty.
Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
1. Futile Devices - 2:11
2. Too Much - 6:44
3. Age of Adz - 8:00
4. I Walked - 5:01
5. Now That I'm Older - 4:56
6. Get Real Get Right - 5:10
7. Bad Communication - 2:24
8. Vesuvius - 5:26
9. All for Myself - 2:55
10. I Want To Be Well - 6:27
11. Impossible Soul - 25:35
SUFJAN STEVENS - TOUR
October 12 Metropolis Theater Montreal, QC
October 13 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
October 14 Royal Oak Music Theater (SOLD OUT) Royal Oak, MI
October 15 Chicago Theater (SOLD OUT) Chicago, IL
October 16 Orpheum Theater Minneapolis, MN
October 17 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
October 19 The Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX
October 20 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, TX
October 22 Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater Mesa, AZ
October 23 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 24 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 25 The Paramount Theater Oakland, CA
October 26 The Paramount Theater (SOLD OUT) Oakland, CA
October 28 Orpheum Theater (SOLD OUT) Vancouver, BC
October 29 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
October 30 The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
November 1 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
November 2 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
November 4 Hilbert Circle Theatre Indianapolis, IN
November 5 Bijou Theater (SOLD OUT) Knoxville, TN
November 6 The Tabernacle (SOLD OUT) Atlanta, GA
November 7 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC
November 9 The National Richmond, VA
November 10 Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA
November 11 Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT) Boston, MA
November 12 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
November 14 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY
November 15 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY