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Doves live @ the Wiltern Theater LA 5.15.09

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The Doves four album career has been a solid one that not many bands can boast… especially bands from the last 10 years. Droning melodic pleasure, this trio’s sonic atmosphere is comprised of a distinctive and soulful rock and roll that tugs at your ears the way your favorite food tugs at your taste buds.

The Williams brothers, Jez and Andy, Jimi Goodwin, and their unofficial fourth member keyboardist Martin Rebelski, induced a packed house at the Wiltern Theater this past Friday in LA. They kicked off their set with the steady crescendo of their single “Jetstream”, hinting their set may be heavy with songs off their new ‘return to their roots’esque’ release Kingdom Of Rust. Luckily it was, and favorites included the albums title track and single potential rocker “Winter Hill”.

Other highlights… “Catch the Sun” still sounded as good as the first day I heard it and they nailed “The Outsiders” and “Snowden” with particularly spot on vocals. In between jokes about sexy “slap bass” and our beloved James Brown, Doves delivered their set in fine tune.

The critically acclaimed trio has scored 2 #1 albums in the UK with The Last Broadcast and Some Cities, and their new release Kingdom Of Rust has reached number 2. They’ve shared bills with the likes of New Order, Travis, Muse, Roger Daltry, Suede, Low, Oasis, Elbow, The Strokes, Coldplay and U2. Still with this track record, in the US Doves find themselves in the same unfortunate rut of limited commercial success that befalls so many great British bands. It’s not their fault though, it’s no secret that the States are the bermuda triangle of British rock and roll. Freak phenomena aside music enthusiasts everywhere will continue to optimistically anticipate whatever the consistantly great Doves have to offer..

Doves – The Last Broadcast
Doves – The Man Who Told Everything

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05-21-09

Dirty Projectors feat. David Byrne – “Knotty Pine”

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Dirty Projectors feat. David Byrne – Knotty Pine

holy fuck, this is boring. i want to believe the actual david byrne had nothing to do with this bullshit. that this david byrne is some bizarro david byrne, that this david byrne is some jive-ass impostor david byrne. i want to believe that right about now the actual david byrne is west coastin’ it in the seychelles with with a couple of bad moms and a carafe of tequila sunrise. i want to believe that the same guy who put out “fear of music” could not possibly have collaborated/abetted in this shit. period. do the ricky bobby, stop, pose for the frame.

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rating: 0.0

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reviewed by
05-20-09

Erik Blood – To Leave America

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Erik Blood – To Leave America

Kudos to Erik for recognizing a good melody when he hears one. But tisk on making it the only good part of his song. coincidence? hmmm? dj’s theres fixin to be some mashin’

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rating: 4.373

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reviewed by
05-19-09

Fanfarlo -“I’m A Pilot” and “Luna”

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Fanfarlo – I’m A Pilot
Fanfarlo – Luna

Fanfarlo fuse brit and indie-pop with unique orchestration including glock, saw, melodica, clarinet, accordion, “noise” and of course the fanfarlophone (??? yes we know… what the fuck?). These guys are of the few new acts out there actually worthy of their buzz.

For a point of reference, Fanfarlo are like London’s answer to the Arcade Fire. Merely a reference for their musical ambition, and therefore it’s a compliment. Besides, they are less theatric… and there’s no funeral theme..

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rating: 8.5

brown9

reviewed by
05-16-09

Freebass 808 – “SkyOcean”

freebass 808 is a collaboration between suede of camp lo and apple juice kid. dig the beat and some of suede’s verse. skyocean! james brown!

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rating: 7.0

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05-14-09

We Are Happy Plants – Apollo

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We Are Happy Plants – Apollo

WE ARE HAPPY PLANTS take us to an 80’s dance party in the future..

Anybody who has been to epcot/spaceship Earth will definitely be reminded of this:
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Yet, somehow I also think of this… wait till the end:

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rating: clocks measure time

brown87

reviewed by
05-13-09

Wye Oak – Take It In

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Wye Oak – Take It In

What a tune. That viscous tone in the breakdown after the verse’s gentle melody, I’m mad for it.

Hailing from Baltimore, the duo’s sophomore album The Knot is released via Merge Records July 21st. gonna get it get get it

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rating: 8.111317

brown87

reviewed by
05-12-09

British Sea Power – “Come Wander With Me”

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British Sea Power – Come Wander With Me

this is gorgeous. off the “man of aran” soundtrack (out june 9).

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rating: 7.5

brown7

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05-12-09

The Kills – “Black Balloon” (Mr. Vega Remix)

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The Kills – Black Balloon (Mr. Vega Remix)

damn, this is ok. i mean musically, there are some pretty cool sounds going on. but for real where the fuck is the melody? black balloon black balloon, ahhhh!! kill me!  right, anyway here’s a dope anthony hamilton song:

rating: 5.5

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reviewed by
05-11-09

The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

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The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

Formerly The Bees (US) and forced to change their name because of The Bees (UK)… pleasant bastards, Nashville’s The Silver Seas write a good tune. Off High Society, “Catch Yer Own Train” is Dylan-esque done well.

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Rating: 7.75
brown86

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05-11-09

Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

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Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

Released in February off of Akron/Family’s fourth album Set Em Wild, Set Em Free, this tune soars..

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Rating: 7.5
brown85

reviewed by
05-11-09

Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash

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Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash 

Matt Mason points out a brilliant quote for any aspiring or established musician in his book The Pirates Dilemma:

“Here’s one chord, here’s two more, now form your own band” – Sniffin’ Glue Magazine

The punk generation thrived on the idea that music doesn’t need to be intricate, have glamorous production, or be politically correct, it just needed to mean what it said.

“Slap Dash For No Cash” may have more than three chords, but it communicates that very basic nature of rock and roll. Eddie Argos sings his take on music, “I love the sound of background noise. I wanna hear the crack, in the singers voice.” Round of applause. Isn’t the essence of a tune more important than the minor hiss of an amplifier or the sound of breathing during a vocal take? Any way you look at it, you’ll find the lyric in this tune is damn witty.

Their new album Art Brut vs. Satan says what it want’s and means what it says. Chill the fuck out Brian Eno

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Rating: 8.1
brown84

reviewed by
05-10-09