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Skywave | Synthstatic

November 28, 2009 1 comment

Before there was A Place to Bury Strangers there was Skywave. Oliver Ackermann is a genius when it comes to noise. You can really hear Strangers in this album, although it may be a little less dark. I know what you’re thinking….”Something Ackermann did isn’t dark?!” Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t Thom Yorke playing cute or anything. Okay, now you’re thinking….”Thom Yorke and cute mentioned in the same sentence?!” I can’t win.

Simply put…you’re getting fuzzed-out, indie shoegaze.

Skywave – Here She Comes

Skywave – Over and Over

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So It Goes…For Good

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Listen to So It Goes.

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You Should Go…

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Don’t forget to go see Lookbook next Friday at Sauce. They are the shit if you didn’t already know.

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The Big Pink w/ Crystal Antlers and Claps | 7th Street Entry | 11/25

November 27, 2009 2 comments

There’s a new local band in town called Claps, and they opened the show. I didn’t make it down early enough to see their set, but I hear they’re making some good minimal synthesized music. I’ll be doing a review on them soon at another show so look for that in the upcoming month.

Straight outta Long Beach, Crystal Antlers came out and pulled the trigger on Minneapolis. From the reaction of everyone at the show it seemed like not too many people knew of Crystal Antlers, but towards the end of the show whoever didn’t know of this band and came with any sort of ego were certainly doubting their existence as a so-called “music head.” These fellers were great. Their set-up made them noisier live than I thought they would be, and it was a splendid surprise…m m mmmmm. The girl of the group was on keys, and the sounds she was making were haunting. It was somewhat reminiscent of The Horrors’ chilling noises (get ready for bad but relatable joke) that would make any crystal shatter (sorry). She had nice boots and a bad-ass sleeveless button-up too (because you were wondering). These Long Beach cats are tough mang. Aside from the great drums, there was a hip hop hipster percussing beats and jumping around like he was performing “Everyone Nose.” At first I was wondering if this was going to be a token black guy trick, but it really wasn’t. He added a lot to each song. The vocals and guitars were a perfect fit to their style. So if you lost these guys in the other “Crystal” bands or mistook The Antlers for them you’d better get your shit straight son. This is Crystal Antlers. Word.

Music from The Big Pink is like shoegaze with big beats. These guys are climbing their way up to being more hyped than TV on the Radio. Okay maybe that was a little much, but they are getting big fast. I’m sure they’re getting pink along the way too. The Big Pink came out in smoke and blinding light, and I thought my eyes were going to fall out. It was a good feeling that paired with my eardrums being blown off from the layering sounds that ensued. These guys are full of British swagger that stems down from early punk legends. They had a cute chick drumming, and everybody else was making noise, plucking minimal riffs, or just looking like they could kick your ass.

Here’s their set list…

If you were wondering….yeah, that is the “Sweet Dreams” Beyonce sings, and yeah, it was an awesome cover. I think Jay-Z would’ve even melted hearing it from these guys. “Pharrell” joined them for their last song, (I can’t believe it’s not in three car commercials right now) “Dominos.” These guys gave a great live performance. This is going to be a show that people are going to pride themselves for being at once The Big Pink is selling out First Ave in the future.

After the show the bands headed over to Clubhouse Jäger for Transmission, and The Big Pink did some guest DJing. I think everyone expected some rare British rock and post-punk music, especially since that’s what Transmission usually caters. Instead they heard 90’s jock jams. It was great. Most people were too drunk to care what they were dancing to anyways.

Check out what “cute drummer chick” thought of the night at Exceedingly Good Keex.

British Rock Is Always Top has a review, pics, and neat videos up.

Julian Aznar | Electric Gigolo

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

From NyteTraxx:

NyteTraxx Records announces the November 17, 2009 full release of Electric Gigolo, the newest single from Argentinean retro-pop artist, Julian Aznar. Inspired by ‘70’s and ‘80’s synth-pop and the work of disco pioneer, Giorgio Moroder, Electric Gigolo mixes infectious electronic beats with low, hypnotic vocals. A well-balanced blend of funk, vocal effects and synth overtones, the album will lure listeners in for a retro-pop experience they won’t forget.

Julian Aznar has been creating music for more than 10 years. He began gaining recognition in early 2000 under the alias of DJ Patrick King for his remixes of the legendary Argentinean band, Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota. A multi-talented writer, illustrator, musician and producer, Julian Aznar resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More information, visit http://www.julianaznar.com.ar

Some things people said about Electric Gigolo:

“Creator of themes that recall the greatness of Giorgio Moroder.”
– Yumber Vera, (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

“A multidisciplinary, and versatile artist who divides his talent among his music, his texts and works of art.”
– D Magazine, (Dallas, TX)

Electric Gigolo is available at: iTunes, Juno, AOL, eMusic, MSN, Napster, Rhapsody/Real, Zune and more

It is locally available at: Electric Fetus, Roadrunner, Treehouse, and Shugga Records

Here’s a little teaser for this new album…

Julian Aznar – Electric Gigolo (This video is very Gary Numan’s “Cars” meets Snoop Dogg’s “Sexual Eruption” so you know it’ll be good)


Julian Aznar – Electric Gigolo (Dupont Vice Remix)

Julian Aznar – Electric Gigolo (Charlie Fanclub Unreleased Mix)

Julian Aznar’s Myspace
NyteTraxx Myspace

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The Big Pink Show & DJ Set

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

The Big Pink is a huge buzz on both sides of the Atlantic so it only makes sense that their Wednesday show at the 7th Street Entry is sold out. Guess what you lucky wanker?! You can see them perform a DJ set at Clubhouse Jäger after their gig! Guess what else?!

IT’S EFFING FREE!!!

They’ll be joining Transmission for the biggest night of the year thus far.

Clubhouse Jäger
923 Washington Avenue N (corner of Washington and 10th)

For more info view the FB event page here.

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Highway 61 Revisited

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m going to be on the road for the next few days because my band got some shows in Duluth and Fargo. I’m bringing my laptop along so I’ll see if I can post some stuff (basically if there’s wi-fi or not). Maybe I’ll take some photos of my travels…don’t know what…but maybe.

Here’s something for you to snack on until I get to the big lake.

Why? – As I Went Out One Morning

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