Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Knife: "Full of Fire" Official Video - Film by Marit Östberg

"Full of Fire" by the Knife is edgy, pulse pounding and kind of un-nerving. The industrial synth sounds can rattle your psyche like a NIN / Trent Reznor music bed of nails and the vocal presentation feels detached and icy cool. Take a listen but be forewarned it is not for the faint of heart. The Full of Fire film by Marit Östberg is equally edgy, strange, sexual and kind of freaky. - Robb Donker




Music by The Knife
Artwork Credit: Liv Strömquist
Today, The Knife unveil ”Full Of Fire” from their forthcoming album Shaking The Habitual and premier a short film by Marit Östberg.
Filmmaker and revolutionary visual artist, Marit Östberg is based in Stockholm and Berlin. Championing feminist fights throughout history, Marit is well known for her works focusing on images of queer bodies and sexualities. Her work has often been described as uncompromising:
Uncompromisingly current.
Uncompromisingly sexy.
Uncompromisingly political.
The film ‘Full Of Fire’ started to grow as an embryo in the song´s lines ‘Who looks after my story’. Who takes care of our stories when the big history, written by straight rich white men, erase the complexity of human´s lives, desires and conditions? The film ‘Full Of Fire’ consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.”
-Marit Östberg
Watch the film on theknife.net The track ”Full Of Fire” is available to download now. The band's forthcoming album Shaking The Habitual will be released on April 9th.
Sometimes I get problems that are hard to solve
What’s your story
That’s my opinion
Questions and the answers can take very long
Here’s a story
What’s your opinion
Of all the guys
And the signori
Who will write
My story
Get the picture
They get glory
Who looks after
My story
All the guys
And the signori
Telling another
False story
Liberals giving me a nerve itch
Now living
And always moving
Not a vagina
It's an option
The c-ck
Had it coming
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Now living
And always moving
Now living
And always falling
Sometimes I get problems that are hard to solve
Here’s a story
That’s my opinion
Liberals giving me a nerve itch
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
When you’re full of fire
What’s the object
of your desire
Asking questions that are easy to reply
When you’re full of fire
What’s the object
of your desire
Let’s talk about gender baby
Let’s talk about you and me
The Knife: Website | Facebook
Full Of Fire: Soundcloud | Youtube | Vimeo | iTunes

Friday, January 18, 2013

Speedy Ortiz - TIGER TANK (New Single)

Speedy Ortiz's video for their new single TIGER TANK is up close and personal as the camera gets in tight on Sadie Dupuis' shadow drenched face. Her vocal performance like the song itself with its bendy guitar lines and choppy slow head banging feel has a sour dismissive edge that is just bloody cool. Best played LOUD. Lovin it.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Deadline Shakes - new single 'Boy' bristles with sweet dreams




 The Deadline Shakes based out of Glasgow produce some of the sweetest indie pop sounds. They emerged in 2012 with their Debut Single 'Sweeten the Deal' which was received with open arms. Vic Galloway selected The Deadline Shakes as one of his Breakout Bands on Radio Scotland. Followup free single ‘Don’t You Be Too Cool’ has also picked up strong support including Tom Robinson (6 Music).  The band have featured in several ones to watch for 2013 lists, including Vic Galloways Bands to look out for in 2013. 

Check out 'Boy' - 

20 Artists Pick Their Top 3 Records of 2012 (from Backstage Broadcast)

Backstage Broadcast asked 20 artists they love to pick their Top 3 Records of 2012-
Great resource to find out about some new bands and I love just hearing people talk about music they love besides reading blogs and such.



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Apparat- Krieg und Frieden - "A Violent Sky" - "beauty I cannot see"


Apparat, just discovering them. I must admit that there are sounds that I am loving but sometimes their songs seem like long build ups that get locked into one constant sound. It is definitely music for the patient among us and maybe for someone as hyper and scatterbrained as myself it is difficult to feel them.... yet. As a result I get a sense that what I am hearing is beautiful, is heartfelt but in the end it bores me.

I will have to check them out further, because like I said there is a lot to like. Maybe they will grow on me.

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Apparat, aka Sascha Ring, announces the release of “Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre)”, and album of music based on Sebastian Hartmann’s theatre production of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. You can get a free dnld of their new track "A Violent Sky" here: - Robb Donker

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Django Unchained- Subversive?



















I finally got to see Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino's genre blending spaghetti western / buddy picture / revenge fantasy / love story and, quite possibly, a hero's (or superhero's) origin story is exquisitely entertaining but subversive? Naw. Imagine if the story was a colonial western taking place 50 years earlier and one of the plantations that Dr. King Schultz and Django visited was Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Now that would be subversive.
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Robb Donker

Album Review: The Babies - "Our House on The Hill" - simply perfect
































"Our House On The Hill" contains a collection of songs that are not overly fancy or pretentious. The Babies have crafted a straight forward kind of rootsy folk post punk rock album that feels genuinely pure of heart. If I were to choose one adjective to describe the tone here, it would be wanderlusty. Ok, that might not be a word but it should be. A lot of the songs feel very much like running away from home or running towards some unknowable thing that could be your saving grace. Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby  trade lead vocal duties and their individual vocal styles play off each others so well. This is most evident on Chase It To Grave and Slow Walking. Kevin Morby's voice with it's natural a icy cool "fuck you" snarl and Ramone's voice which, to me, has always had a detached feel (which I love by the way) fit together not only sonically but emotionally.

Songs like Get Lost and Baby feel so damn kinetically charged and full of youthful defiance. Moonlight Mile is a full tilt sprint as Morby sings "You better watch your step out on the moonlight mile...You better show respect or you’ll be here a while" as the song is propelled by a really cool bass line and jangly rhythm. Mess Me Around instantly pumps with a western twang and rockabilly spirit like Buddy Holly if he was a punker.

Amidst all the rambling rock, Mean kind of slaps you squarely across the face. Production wise, it feels very much like a song off the cuff or a demo in the sense that every heartfelt lyric is not perfectly phrased and here lies the brilliance of this song. In tone it feels like a blend of Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed. The horn solo is surprising and elegant.


"Our House on the Hill" contain songs that feel like classics right out of the box. They feel iconic. They feel road worn. The songs cast images of Texas sunsets... of running away in the night and starting fights for the right reasons. They have a rock and roll punk swagger with country western strains. It is a great album. The last track Wandering feels like a sojourn full of sorrow and lost days. It wraps you up in it's story, "Now that the day is done and the sun is on it's fall... wonder as I wander- how am I alive at all (?) What did it take to get me here, what will it take to leave... fall in love and then I hate everything I see."

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Robb Donker
Stream the entire album for a limited time at SPIN