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FMM Dark Mix

October 31, 2009 3 comments

It’s that time of the year again. I tend to listen to punk/post punk/noise pop/dream pop/shoegaze/electro,etc. around these seasonal transitions. So I figured I would make a list of some of the darker songs that I like…maybe it’ll give you that perfect mood for your Halloween party. Maybe you’ll be disgusted and disturbed. Either way, that’s what it’s all about, right?! Most of these songs are dark. They are new and old. They are raised up from the likes of an alternative side…so no Black Sabbath, etc. These are some ways they relate to this darker theme…

The band was known for being dark
The nature and substance of the song is dark
The band’s name is dark
The song title is dark

Alright. I’m done explaining. Get your mix here.

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Midnight Movies

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

These music videos aren’t all that scary, but they’re fun. If you’re looking for scary, Paranormal Activity is still playing. Zombieland is amazing and hilarious. There are a million and one vampire movies. Otherwise stay home and get out Nosferatu or a fun Bela Lugosi movie.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Heads Will Roll

MGMT | Kids

Aphex Twin | Come to Daddy

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David Bazan w/ Say Hi and Wye Oak | Turf Club | 10/28

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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I didn’t know too much about Wye Oak before I saw them, but let me tell you…they were a nice surprise. These are two people making music that sounds like more than two people. Jenn Wasner does the singing while playing guitar. Andy Stack plays drums using one hand and keys using the other for a majority of the time. They don’t just play typical, cute indie music like they might appear. Jenn isn’t afraid to get loud on guitar, throw in some drone, and say a few naughty words here and there. Although there was an endearing moment during their set when Stack ran to get his “rock” as if he couldn’t continue if it weren’t by his side. Nobody really understood what it was for, but that was just another quirk about the band that made me like them more.

Get your Wye Oak fix here.

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Say Hi gave a splendid performance. From what I understand, Eric Elbogen is sort of the Trent Reznor of the band. The rest of the band is just there backing him up. Their sound mixes lyrics and moods that relate to any Midwesterner. You can understand just by the title of the song, “November Was White, December Was Grey.”

Say Hi has some songs for you to listen to at their site.
Get your Say Hi fix here.

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David Bazan didn’t seem wasted this time. He’s known for getting drunk, and that’s an understatement. He is also known for having great lyrics, and that might just be an understatement as well. He plays bass, and the rest of the band fills in riffs and rhythm with each of their instruments. On a tangent…I swear his drummer looks like a skinnier Simon Pegg. I know this is unimportant, but I couldn’t help but laugh. Anyways…

Bazan and band sifted through their set throwing in hit songs here and there and adding humor between songs. Bazan would ask, “Are there any questions at this point of the show?” One person even got Bazan to confess to being a “shit-talker” in one of his Q & A sessions. He may talk shit, but when he sings it’s gold.

Get your David Bazan fix here.

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Animals Looking Out For Animals

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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Animal Collective helped the infamous PETA do a campaign to promote the stop of seal slaughter. Good job guys. Check out their video below.

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The Raveonettes w/ The Black Angels, Violent Soho, and Daughters of the Sun | First Ave | 10/26

October 27, 2009 5 comments
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The Raveonettes & The Black Angels on stage at First Avenue

*More photos coming soon

The Black Angels are part of the next wave of neo-psychedelic genius. They got their name from The Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” and you can sure hear their influence…mixed with a little 13th Floor Elevators. They were a perfect opener for The Raveonettes. They brought a turbulent vibe that would set anybody in reverie.

So if you didn’t already know…The Raveonettes are cool. Really cool. They mix dark, fuzzy guitar work with fun melodies of early rock n’ roll. They have simple drum beats to keep the sound more minimalist. It works out perfectly. First Ave was filled with walls of sound, and everybody bathed in it.

This was the last show that both The Raveonettes and The Black Angels were touring together so the audience got quite the treat. The Black Angels got up on stage with The Raves. It was something to be remembered.

*I apologize I didn’t get to see the openers Daughters of the Sun or Violent Soho because there was an issue with the list. By the time I came back with money Violent Soho had just finished.

Saul Williams w/ CX Kidtonik & Diallo, American Fangs, No Bird Sing, and Dearling Physique | Varsity Theater | 10/25

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

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Looks like The Knife…check. Instrumentals sound like Bat For Lashes…check. Voice is similar to Antony Hegarty…check. Well, this can only mean one thing. This is Dearling Physique!

They have a charming and theatrical bird/man for a frontman. His visuals and movements combine with the music and make you feel like you’ve left the venue and gone to a world that could only be thought up by Stanley Kubrick or David Lynch. His voice is hauntingly good. The rest of the band looks like a group of cool new wavers. Out of all the local bands, I can’t think of any others who give a performance quite like Dearling. You’ll be seeing a lot more from them.

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No Bird Sing are a newer hip hop band. They have a guitarist, a drummer, and a rapper. That’s right. There is no DJ. Though their whole set reminded me of Atmosphere’s “Guarantees,” they made me want to listen. I like the stripped down sound that it provided. It lets you concentrate on his lyrics, and those lyrics are good. He likes A Clockwork Orange. That’s good enough for me to want to like them. I’m sure they’ll be playing around a lot more too.

Then we had American Fangs. They are from Texas. I know people drink “purple drank” down there, but I don’t think these fellows do. Their sound is fast-driven pop-punk. They were good in the sense that they played together well. They were energetic. I could see them as a band opening for P.O.S.’s band Building Better Bombs.

The next set came out looking like lost members of The Misfits. CX KiDTONiK & Diallo were very engaging with their hump-girls-on-stage set. They were super energetic and very funny. It was fun and entertaining to say the least.

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Saul Williams turned into a character named Niggy Tardust for the show. If you couldn’t already tell, this was a play on words from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Williams was looking very glam too. He and his band gave a great performance. It’s good to see a hip hop artist go in the direction he has. I wonder if any of it came from his recent working with Nine Inch Nail’s frontman Trent Reznor. Either way, it makes me like him all the more.

Raked Up

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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The British rock band, The Rakes, have broken up. I was excited to see their show at the Triple Rock on November 6th with Free Energy, but the show will not go on. Bummer.

At least “Klang,” their new album, will still come out Tuesday, October 27th.

Hopefully they find some other 22 grand jobs…..

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