Monday, October 05, 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
Mich and I are famously always out of town when Big Freedia comes to play Chicago. But not this time! Big Freedia's got a show at Bottom Lounge on November 10 and the guest appearance in this video only makes me more excited to finally get a chance to catch her on stage!
Posted by Tankboy at 10:27 AM
Thursday, October 01, 2015
|Photo by Liz Caruana|
The album is out tomorrow but you can stream the whole thing below. That should convince you to shell out a few bucks for it, right? They're on tour and I recommend catching them, since their live show is a little more Joan Jett than you'd expect.
*A term I coined when their original Biz 3 publicists sent me their original demos in '09. His reply was, "Thank you for not saying “lo-fi” -- that drives me nuts!"
Posted by Tankboy at 5:56 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
This is for the rare subgroup of people that read this site that aren’t already familiar with Alex Garland.
Garland wrote The Beach, which was later into a movie by like-minded filmmaker Danny Boyle, which led to the two collaborating on two films I think are great, 28 Days Later and Sunshine (the latter film being one I can watch over and over again without ever tiring of it). Garland made his directorial debut earlier this year with Ex Machina, a movie that puts the scene and philosophy back at the heart of a term like science fiction thriller. And it is a thriller.
I watched it last week and immediately ordered it on Blu-ray, and watched it again earlier this evening, discovering that while the surprises and twists that can only be delivered upon the first viewing were now absent some of their power, the film as a whole resonated more powerfully. The subsequent viewing allowed me a bit of detachment from the action, giving me the freedom to focus more on some of the subtexts and story bits I missed the first time around.
If you haven’t seen it, you really should. It’s a stunner. Check out the trailer, though do so knowing the exposition in its first couple lines doesn’t actually happen in the movie—the film deals with exposition far more gracefully and intelligently.
Posted by Tankboy at 11:17 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
What if Sara Bareilles, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tinashe, Lucius, Elle King, Brooke Candy, Rachel Antonoff, Sia, MØ, Susanna Hoffs, and Natalie Maines all tackled songs from Bleachers' Strange Desire and made them in their own image? Imagine no more!
usually I wouldn't just cut and paste soething from an artist, but since is my personal site and In really like what Jack Antanoff has to say when it's in his own words, here's the full skinny on this album.
“terrible thrills vol. 2
i love female voices. i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that's why so many bleachers' songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I've always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it. i think it's important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. i hear my music as my interpretation of a song I'm writing as a female in my head, so i wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.
i first had this specific idea 6 years ago when i was making the 3rd steel train album. that's why this is volume 2 --- because volume 1 happened for the self titled steel train album. the "terrible thrills" concept is something i see being a thread through different bands and projects i do. its non specific to any band or record - it's just speaks to the way i hear music. i think every record I make should have a female companion record to go with it.
the process making this was all over the place. some artists fully recorded and recreated the versions, some i worked with them on. the collection is completely bizarre thing for me to listen to because it feels so personal as to how i write. it feels like the part of my process that I'm suppose to keep to myself or something and hearing it in headphones is utterly strange and wonderful.
one more note on TT is that this is and was always meant to be free for everyone to hear. this project took a year and tons of recording sessions and through that we all felt very proud that something as intense as a full album could be given to the people who bought the original work as a further look into it. I've loved how the strange desire record cycle has grown and changed constantly over the past year and a half. as i write this from the studio where I'm making the second bleachers album, i see terrible thrills as the final chapter for strange desire. ok- enjoy it!! talk soon”Download Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 for free, right now!
Yeah, you have to do it through Google Play Music, but whatever. Download each track individually once you snag the album and you can listen to it free of Google's player.
Posted by Tankboy at 11:51 AM
Friday, September 25, 2015
My Cruel Goro hails from both Italy and Iceland—though I have no idea which members of the trio are from which location, or if the fact their bio says the band is from "Iceland-Italy" means one of them is suspended halfway between the two at all times.
The band practices the kind overdriven super-buzzy pop-rock explodin' kind of music that pinpoints the back of my head and causes fireworks to explode on the insides of my eyelids. It's super fun stuff that is over far too soon. In an age where most bands release too much music, it's rare to run into one that leaves you literally, and yes I'm using that correctly, wanting more.
Here's hoping their self-titled debut EP, which you can snag for free below, is actually just testing the waters and there's already a lot more in the can ready to run with. Because I'm already playing these three songs to death.
Posted by Tankboy at 6:43 AM
Thursday, September 24, 2015
|Via the artist's website|
I'm going to assume they did so once they saw how much I liked it and then rushed the post up.
Posted by Tankboy at 6:05 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
|Sunset Voyage, photo by Robert Boake|
Posted by Tankboy at 8:04 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
|Triplefastaction's original promo shot—how very '90s! Photo by Gene Ambo|
They put out a single for “Revved Up” and it kicked ass. And then their debut album came out and while there were indulgent moments—more indulgent than I had expected after seeing them live—it to kicked ass. And then a second album came out and it was better than the first, even if they had jumped ship from a Major Label to an Indie, I still viewed it as a huge step forward.
Over the years I’ve hoped they’d regroup, but it appears the epic show they played at The Metro on May 24, 1998 was truly their last (a show I still have fuzzy memories off due to too many bears, but the sight of every touring guitarist they ever had joining them onstage for "Superstar" is forever etched in my brain).
In the early aughts I emailed their Wes since I’d heard he was burning CDs of their unreleased recordings an b-sides, so he graciously emailed me one, and that was the last time I thought I’d hear anything “new’ from the band.
Well, stumbling around the inter webs today I realized the band, or someone affiliated with the band, has a Soundcloud account and has been not only posting tracks off that CD Wes sent me, but they’ve also been posting stuff I’d never heard before! This is very exciting, even if it is all really old stuff from 1994 and earlier. But who cares, to me it’s new Triplefastaction!
I’ve collected the tracks that weren’t on that CD Wes sent out below, but I recommend going to the full page for more goodies, including album tracks.
Posted by Tankboy at 2:41 PM
Monday, September 21, 2015
So the idea of Ryan Adams taking his cue for his latest album from another contemporary like Taylor Swift isn't that strange. Except for the fact that this contemporary muse built portions of her career on the back of his output. So the snake has officially eaten its tail.
But a step back.
Let's do a simple math equation—Taylor Swift = Insurgent country + Pop + I don't give fuck all about what is supposed to sell or not. Which sounds a lot like Ryan Adams at certain points in his career. Add to that, Swift has admitted that Adams was a huge influence and once you're faced with his whole album cover at her vaunted grasp towards mainstream fame you'd be forgiven for thinking, nay screaming, "What the fuck?"
Is this a joke?
One listen to Adams' 1989 proves two things: a) he's able to channel any source material and make it sound good, and b) with Taylor's material he's got something he can make sound great. All of Swift's melodies make it through, but Adams adds a melancholic tinge to all of it that, surprisingly, hearkens back to Swift's earlier days. All the sheen is stripped off in favor of the heart that lies beneath. And, while an album of covers, may stand as Ryan's masterpiece.
Posted by Tankboy at 9:07 AM
Friday, September 18, 2015
...this Friday could not come soon enough. I have a lot going on, on a number of levels, and though it all am battling these killer allergies I mistook for a lagging summer cold for weeks. I never get hit by allergies this time of year, but this has knocked me on my butt. Every morning I wake up and my eyes don't want to open, feeling swollen shut, and each limb feels like it's moving through a pool of thick gel because I'm so logy. Sooooooo—yay Friday!
Posted by Tankboy at 8:49 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Now go read my review and listen to The Kickback's excellent new album.@tankboy Somebody finally calls me out for being an asshole. That made my day. Thank you, man. Glad it finally got put out.— The Kickback (@thekickback) September 17, 2015
Posted by Tankboy at 1:00 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
|The Prodigy, photo by me|
Longer read? Try these out.
Posted by Tankboy at 1:15 PM
Monday, September 14, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
|Photo from the We Hunt Buffalo Facebook page|
When I first started listening to this album I at first thought it was a little cartoonish but it grew on me really quickly. Taking root and making itself at home, almost without me noticing. Like a slowly encroaching beard...
Posted by Tankboy at 8:13 PM