Posts Tagged ‘TV on the Radio’

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 6

July 12, 2009

Another set of fine tracks with no particular logic binding them together. As always, all are highly recommended. Some are old favorites while others are recent headspace additions. Enjoy. And be sure and check out previous Heavy Rotation editions you may have missed…

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Zombie Zombie – Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free
Hailing from France and forever in love with John Carpenter and Goblin, Zombie Zombie produce some of the best atmospheric electro on either side of the ocean. This is their debut single, which sounds like a track or two from The Thing soundtrack. Oddly enough, their video agrees with that.

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British Sea Power – Waving Flags
A soaring, anthemic tune that falls somewhere between Pulp’s Common People and the Killer’s Read My Mind. It also travels somewhat adjacent to the Arcade Fire’s work only with much less latent busking and sincerity. A wide-open, unabashed pop anthem with a twist of bitter snark.

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Finitribe – I Want More (Row Row Row the Boat Mix)
A proto-industrial dance outfit that saw a majority of their work released on Chicago’s Wax Trax label, Finitribe are perhaps most notable for being Chris Connelly’s first project. Despite his later work with Pigface, Ministry and the Revolting Cocks, Connelly tends to be a bit more melodic and introspective when helming his own ship. Have fun trying to get the synth work out of your head after listening to their update of the 1976 Can tune.

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Toadies – Possum Kingdom
A swaggering thug of a love/obsession/murder song, with a little religious warp thrown in. A huge set of riffs and hooks help drag the listener under, while the lead singer repeats what you may have thought was a rhetorical question four minutes ago: “Do you want to die?” Catchy as hell, and twice as dark.

I’m not gonna lie
I’ll not be a gentleman
Behind the boathouse
I’ll show you my dark secret

I’m not gonna lie
I want you for mine
My blushing bride
My lover, be my lover yeah

Don’t be afraid
I don’t mean to scare you
So help me Jesus

I can promise you
You will stay as beautiful
With dark hair
And soft skin, forever
Forever

Make up your mind
Make up your mind and I promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me Jesus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Cf5OusjrQ

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TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
The best love song ever written from the viewpoint of a werewolf. The lyrics are spine tingling and the tune itself rocks harder than this band ever has and probably, ever will again. Thunderous, spacious and brutal with some of the most wonderfully twisted lyrics you’ll ever find yourself singing along to.

Say say my playmate
Won’t you lay your hands on me
Mirror my malady
Transfer my tragedy

Got a curse I cannot lift
Shines when the sunset shifts
When the moon is round and full
Gotta bust that box gotta gut that fish

My mind’s aflame

We could jet in a stolen car
But I bet we wouldn’t get too far
Before the transformation takes
And blood lust takes and crave gets slaked

My mind has changed
My body’s frame, but God I like it
My heart’s aflame
My body’s strained but God I like it

Charge me your day rate
I’ll turn you out in kind
When the moon is round and full
Gonna teach you tricks that’ll blow your Mongrel mind

Baby doll I recognize
You’re a hideous thing inside
If ever there were a lucky kind it’s
You you you you

I know its strange, another way to get to know you
You’ll never know unless we go, so let me show you
I know its strange, another way to get to know you
We’ve got to move, here comes the moon
So let it show you, show you now

Dream me, oh dreamer
Down to the floor
Open my hands and let them
Weave onto yours

Feel me, completer
Down to my core
Open my heart and let it
Bleed onto yours

Feeding on fever
Down on all fours
Show you what all the
Howlin’s for

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTy-e6qEWRE

All files in one zip. Link will open in new window – Heavy Rotation Vol. 6

-CLT

[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to it’s high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
Should you wish to have your brilliant artistic statement forced back into confinement, please email me at 2timegrime@gmail.com. Feel free to leave a comment, as that will probably be noticed sooner.
By all means, if you like what you hear (and you will), please support the totally rocking artist(s) by purchasing some music or heading out to see them live.]
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Heavy Rotation

May 9, 2009

Hopefully, a soon-to-be regular feature as I release whatever earworms are currently making me ask, “Does this look infected?” 

This week’s contagions are:

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DeathSet – Had a Bird.mp3
Those of you familiar with Baltimore’s DeathSet know that they are revered for their shouty, drum-machined punk and relaxed attitude towards the word “fuck.” For those of you that are unfamiliar, Baltimore’s DeathSet are known for their shouty, drum-machined punk and relaxed attitude towards the word “fuck.”

This track contains none of those. Except the drum machine. Tuneful, mildly twee and full of wist, Had a Bird is a happily sad song that conjures up vague nostalgia and hopefulness. It’s much better than I’m making it sound.

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A Place to Bury Strangers – Runaround.mp3
New York’s loudest band (you could look it up) with a track not found on their stunning debut album. All machine-gun drums, pulverizing bass and staccato blasts of distortion and feedback. This track combines the best part of two Jesus & Mary Chain albums (Psychocandy for the feedback; Honey’s Dead for the rhythm section) into one brutally cohesive whole.

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Test Icicles – What’s Your Damage? (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix).mp3
England’s Test Icicles (wait…test… icicles…no… no… yes… no… yes… I get it!) bashed out some boys’ own dance-punk (emphasis on punk) for a couple of years back in the day (to be specific: 2004-2006). French house producers Alan Braxe and Fred Falke drag the Icicles through some very tuneful synth work and rewire the track into something that wouldn’t sound out of place in your sister’s music collection.

Won’t impress the jocks anymore, but really, the only thing they offered was instructions on how to straddle the line between consensual sex and rape. Fuck em. Play it loud.

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Grinderman – No Pussy Blues (Freeland Dub).mp3
Rockier side project of death enthusiast Nick Cave. Adam Freeland, breakbeat producer extraordinare, slices, dices and chops Cave’s ode to not getting any into a dancefloor anthem. Certainly will never be as popular with the ladies as it is with the dudes, but that’s a common issue with blue ball songs and the breakbeat genre. In other words, Mom’s not going to like it.

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TV on the Radio – Mr. Grieves.mp3
Nice little ep track from TV on the Radio. A beautiful cover of the Pixies’ Mr. Grieves done in a way that shouldn’t work (accapella/doo-wop) but once you’ve heard it, it seems to be the only way it could ever have been done.

[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to it’s high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
Should you wish to have your brilliant artistic statement forced back into confinement, please email me at 2timegrime@gmail.com. Feel free to leave a comment, as that will probably be noticed sooner.
By all means, if you like what you hear (and you will), please support the totally rocking artist(s) by purchasing some music or heading out to see them live.]

-CLT