"The best a Pavement cover can hope to be is good and interesting and bring out something that was hinted at in the original, but not made explicit.”
The bar is so high most are smart enough not to try. Those who do - in this case, Zooey and Los Campesinos - escape blasphemy charges by bringing whimsical innocence and a deep-rooted appreciation for Malkmus and team's slacker catalogue (Zooey has been singing this song in the shower for a decade, and LC unanimously declare Pavement to be the band's favorite band).
Both artists also recontextualize Malkmus' wildly abstract lyrics to suit a female perspective - Zooey's lighter, big-city sibling slinks instead of sulks ("I'm just a woman, you see who I am"); and when Aleksandra Campesinos halts the seven-piece violin/glockenspiel march to quietly whisper "She the only one who always inhales," we know she can empathize.
Zooey - Father to a Sister of Thought (Pavement cover)
Los Campesinos! - Frontwards (Pavement cover)
Side note: Zooey's interpretation of "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly" is less of a win unless you're also a big fan of Ladytron/The Rentals.
Zooey - You Gave Your Love To Me Softly (Weezer cover, from Pique-nique et jeux dans l'eau)
December 29, 2008
December 22, 2008
With the exception of Vince Guaraldi or Wham!, most Christmas music is super played out and should only be enjoyed on or around the actual holiday. Sufjan Steven's Songs For Christmas collection, however, is so money you can keep it on blast all year.
You probably already knew that - but did you know the tradition continues with Songs For Christmas: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII, which was quietly shared with superfriends earlier this week? And that it's now available for all to enjoy? Sample one below and dl the rest over at the V Knob.
Sufjan Stevens - Do You See What I See?
Fully Fitted Holiday Mixx Massacre
Wham! - Last Christmas video (or Karaoke version)
Archers of Loaf - Assassination on X-Mas Eve (via Fluxblog)
December 18, 2008
Metronomy's "Heartbreaker" is pretty much your standard pop story - girl breaks guy's heart, his homeys rally and take him out for Kronenbergs and crisps, they sit around watching a Belgian preteen choir performing "I Touch Myself," etc. But creeping, off-key vehicular instrumentation (a la Blur's Gene by Gene) and a bros-only whistle/sax chorus reminds us she'll want you much more for not hanging on (stop me if I'm wrong).
Metronomy - Heartbreaker (from Nights Out)
Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Anoraak Rmx)
Anoraak is part of the globe-conquering
Parisian Nantes electro crew Valerie along with College, whose debut LP Secret Diary (now available on iTunes) may be the key to surviving extended holidays with extended relatives. Either that or this video.
Bonus bro support anthem:
The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself (from Original Pirate Material)
December 17, 2008
December 15, 2008
Dgenetics Musics is a central organization of mutant freedom fighters (from left: Fiore, DJ Pumpkin Patch, Dgenetics, Old Gold) defending Generation V from the old lords who struggle to maintain their power over the...well this video explains it:
Can't help but wonder if the crimefighting beacon is linked to recent RoboDensity Reports which indicate we may be dangerously close to reaching an unsafe robots per capita ratio, or the suspicious rise in Old Glory robot insurance premiums? Haven't been this confused/excited since Princess Alura got spanked on Voltron.
What we do know is LA-based Dgenetics has released a free quadruple-power Generation V comp with each team member contributing their own special powers, be it the ability to drop fierce roller jams, kick krautrock freak-folk or entrance tenderonis with Chromeo-esque hott claps. Godspeed sirs.
Dgenetics - Skate With Me
Fiore - Awakening
DJ Pumpkin Patch - Rushin
Old Gold - Drugged Out Girls
December 9, 2008
"When my two friends married they chose a song that says 'since I met you, I found a world so new.' When they got the actual lyrics it said 'since I left you, I found a world so new!' They still kept it though."
- some random
While the Avalanches' title track might differ dramatically from the Main Attractions' original intent, and anyone that chooses a wedding song titled "Since I Left You" from the album Since I Left You deserves altar abandonment/VD, you can hardly blame them for choosing such an otherwise perfect song.
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The source material is pretty strong, too. Breaking down Avalanches songs is similar to watching the Daft Punk sample video except you don't feel so dirty/used after. Aside from the two main inspirations below, the opening track also embodies portions of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get To Phoenix" and Car Wash.
The Main Attractions - Everyday (sampled in "Since I Left You")
Klaus Wunderlich - Do the Latin Hustle (sampled in "Since I Left You")
"Latin Hustle" is also great for scooping cougars on the frozen tundra of Trader J's - evidently you just play it, walk over, and say something awesome. Expect nothing less from a man named Klaus Wunderlich.
December 4, 2008
Please join us for a scrumptralescently sensous evening at (L)PR next Thursday 12/11 with French pop superstar Sébastien Tellier and friends. This shall be Purple Rain by hearth's edge; our bearded faces will glisten with the succulent juices of roasted duck meat. Hushed sotte voce vocals will drift under stabbing vintage synths, and whilst enjoying "Fingers of Steel" - a song about crushing on a robot - we shall collectively relish Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's feathery production touch.
Sébastien Tellier - Fingers of Steel (from Sexuality)
Although you may buy tickets here ($13), Cosby's presence on BT always indicates free stuff; in this case two complimentary guest list spots (+1) to the 12/11 show. Those outside of NYC may be more interested in scoring a pink AmAppy shirt for your gf along with special edition Divine Vision/Remix CDs, and we have a few of those to give away as well (US residents only, specify M or L).
Hit us up if you're interested in either and we'll do a random drawing for tickets and tees early next week.
Sébastien Tellier - Kilometer (Moulinex Rmx)
Sébastien Tellier - Roche (Breakbot Rmx)
Merci beaucoup Record Makers pour le concours.
December 2, 2008
Don't usually listen to the kind of music Mr. Scruff makes - (Brit soul/funk? Latin/Afro breaks?) - but I do listen to a lot of Mr. Scruff because he's got it like that. Today Ninja Tune's tenured professor puts down his tea and rolls up elbow-padded sleeves to spin a 15-minute sampler celebrating new single Hold On/Get On Down, a clown car full of fat black foam snakes, high hats/Hammonds and squelching liquid lounge biscuits for the well-traveled.
Mr. Scruff - Hold On/Get On Down Mix
1. Test the sound
2. Stockport carnival
3. Bang the floor (with danny breaks)
4. Nice up the function (with roots manuva)
5. Hold on (with andreya triana)
6. Fix that speaker! (from 'music takes me up single)
7. Music takes me up (with alice Russell)
8. Give up to get
9. Donkey ride (with Quantic)
10. The clock (from ‘music takes me up’ single)
11. Get on down
12. This way (with Pete Simpson)
13. Hairy Bumpercress
16. Test the sound
Hold On/Get On Down is available via Ninjashop in 12" or mp3.