Friday, October 30, 2015
London Based Art Pop Outfit: GLASS- "What It Is To Believe" (Official Video) - Truly Shocking and Undeniably Engaging
Maybe there is something in the air or maybe Halloween has cast a far reaching spindly hand of death on the neck of misogyny (in music videos) but in the last 30 days not one but two men have been grisly dispatched at the revengeful hands of female killers. First on September 29th, the Disclosure video for Magnets featuring Lorde had the New Zealand singer kick her bound victim into a swimming pool and then set the gasoline tinged water ablaze and now London based art pop outfit Glass has heaped heavy synth lines, trancy melodies and buckets of blood in their provocative grand guignol video for What It Is To Believe. The narrative in the video is truly shocking and the art pop is undeniably engaging. The dancing piano offset by the percussion and deep synth percolates and moves so very well as Jessica Winter's vocal performance, full of internal emotion and wide eyed whimsy at the same time, pulls you in. The only thing wrong with the song is it is too short so you will undoubtedly be pushing play again and again.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Gwen Stefani's - tortured love (or used to love) pop ballad "Used To Love You"is an instant classic. One of those songs that everyone can relate to instantly. The mournful synth keys and the rushed passages in the chorus feel, to me, very much like a Cindy Lauper track. Not sure if Cindy inspired Gwen but it would not surprise me because when you are hurting, when you are love sick, Cindy Lauper is probably on all our soundtracks. Now "Used To Love You" will undoubtedly embrace the hearts of millions of people especially when they have been bruised and battered by someone who they used to love.
The official video, eh... I will not say much about it because of my utmost respect (and love) for Gwen Stefani except to say that in my humble opinion it does not do justice to the song. Song rocks though and in the end that is all that matters.
Monday, October 26, 2015
The Vulgarians hail from Hull, England and their latest track Wet Juice is loaded with atmosphere both wistful and caustic. The bass line and drums stalk and creep along with haunting guitar sounds waiting to erupt and they all do. The vocals feel battered, are on the edge, are full of snarl and spit. The result is kind of indie gothic, kind of grunge, kind of post rock and 100% captivating.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Big White's track "You Know I Love You" is as ebullient as it is cheeky. It also feels vast, snarky, off-kilter, drunk and focused all at the same time. The organic energy factor is off the charts. There is an amazing allure of late 70's proto punk. More than a whisper of early Talking Heads or The Feelies or XTC. I am really digging / feeling Cody Munro Moore's lead vocals. He pushes his vox up to the raw edge. Big White are Cody, Nicolas Griffith, Elmo Aoyama, Bowen Shakallis and Jack Wotton and are based out of Sydney, Australia. I can't wait to hear more Big White.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Montreal based indie / art rock Look Vibrant's latest video suits the season. The track Callous Reaction leaves you out of breath as the energetic pulse and melodies chase themselves. The video directed by Max Taeuschel features 3 ghosts wreaking mild havoc and thankfully states "no animals harmed" in the credits. Love the song breaks that let you breathe amidst the roller coaster ride. Elements of the song made me think of LA's So Many Wizards and MGMT for some reason. You gotta check this one out.
Oct 14th New York, NY @ Niagara (CMJ Music Marathon)
Montreal @ Brasserie Beaubien w/ Infinity Girl and Slight
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Performing with the Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips, Miley appeared to be a vision of Eve and she looked angelic. Besides the trippy art rock, maybe Coyne's hippie lifestyle has rubbed off on Miley too. She doesn't look as gaunt as she did during the Bangerz tour, looks more rested and as the camera lovingly focused in on her face I am reminded how beautiful she is. Her subdued yet vocally stunning performance was beautiful too. The song, Karen Don't Be Sad sounded like old school Flaming Lips, like it could of been off of 1999's The Soft Bulletin. I really liked the song. At this point I am wondering who benefits more from this creative pairing?? Cyrus or The Flaming Lips??
The News Segment was as smart as it was funny and I love Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson. SNL thrives on it's filmed segments and the "Albilify" segment will undoubtedly find it's way on Youtube. Political humor needs to contain truths to cement in the satire and the writers made this biting satire truth heavy.
For whatever reason, Instagram was filled with Miley detractors and seemed to regard her being the host as beneath SNL which is just hilarious to me. That kind of attitude also seems so highschool so clique-ish. In the end, Cyrus did a great job as did the writer and cast. They all killed tonight and hopefully this will portend a great entertaining season ahead.
Miley Cyrus tears up during her spacy, trippy and sometimes nonsensical song performed solo. I didn't know she played piano..... #strange yet #moving performance. Art pop. #artpop #snl #mileycyrusA video posted by Robb Donker (@americanrobb) on
Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Velvet hands are Dan Able and Toby Mitchell based out of Austell and London. On this track Jake Fiore is on bass and Charlotte Tunnicliffe on drums. Who Cares (along with Games) is their debut single that dropped last month and available as a free download on Oct 9th from the bands website : www.thevelvethands.co.uk