Category Archives: music

jagwar ma.

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Anyone who knows my musical history knows my own music as well as what influenced was DEEPLY entrenched in Madchester and the baggy sounds of the early 90s.  Jagwar Ma have recently brought back some of that bagginess with their debut album “Howlin”.  Well worth a listen and a purchase, in my opinion.

Jagwar Ma play Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 2nd.  I will be there.  Come say hello. 

“The Throw”

“Come Save Me”

 

 

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meditations.

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For the past few years—my favourite bands have all come from Sweden.  This week i’ve been listening to a lot of Holograms.  Their new record, “Forever”, was released this week.  Their 1st album was sort of a simple, straight forward affair—while the new album is darker, more complex, and dare i say Broder Daniel-influenced? (Broder Daniel is one of my favourite bands of all time).  They even titled the album “Forever”, just like Broder Daniel titled one of their records “Forever”. Hmm.

Holograms are playing 285 Kent Ave. on December 6th in Brooklyn.  you will find me there, lurking in a dark corner.

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Wilderness.

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Been listening to this all week….can never get enough Joy Division.

 

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Gods are bored.

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I saw The Datsuns live several years ago in Chicago and they absolutely blew my mind.  Easily one of the finest live bands i’ve ever seen…..fierce and full of raw power.   If you have a chance to see The Datsuns play live…GO.

This past week….”Gods Are Bored” has been looping around my headphones.

In session:

here’s a clip of them playing “Gods are Bored” LIVE:

as a bonus, “Sittin Pretty” from the same show LIVE:

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Beady Eye: Flick Of The Finger.

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The NSFW (sorry, that’s a late warning innit?) album cover to the new Beady Eye album:

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It’s no secret i’ve been a massive Oasis fan since I was a kid.  I’ve never cared much to meet heroes or mingle with celebrities…..BUT meeting Liam Gallagher when I was 18 was quite literally a life-changing experience.   He was friendly, real, and most of all— super nice to a kid who was finding his identity.  Fast-forward many years…and Beady Eye have released their first single from their new album “BE” and it is one hell of a single.  The new album comes out in June.

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quote of the month: mediocrity.

I’ve never read anything that a gentleman named Norman Mailer has written, however while perusing Nolan Bushnell’s twitter feed, I came across this quote which is just phenomenal.

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sulk.

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Sulk have (finally) released their debut album, “Graceless”, out now.  go and buy it.  a hell of an album.

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Pictures of you.

The Cure“Pictures Of You”

Still beautiful after so many years.

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Static Motion.

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by the wonderful Italian band Calista Divine

you can download their EP/Album for free on the link above.  What are you waiting for, again?

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Vortex Rikers.

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I’ve been listening to this quite a bit while I get my work done.  Really fantastic stuff.  Made even better by the fact that you can download much of their stuff quite easily (and freely most of the time at the link below).   Really love their artwork as well; entirely adds to the listening experience.  They are from Germany.

download Vortex Rikers records at their Bandcamp

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waves.


Gliss

What a boss tune.  Listened to it about 20 times on Friday.   Last year, i remember bickering with my wife (who has loved this band for a couple of years) about how they weren’t any good….but my mind has changed.

from the album “Langsom Dans”

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“Nights In White Satin”

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my mate Neil (ex-Mainline, ex-Brothers Movement) is now in a band called Sweet Jane, who last year released this cover of the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”.  Pretty fantastic.

 

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band of the moment: Peace.

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Madchester, early 90s UK indie, and with the sense of sarcasm and irony that is most welcome in these drab musical days—-Peace have released a couple of singles and one EP.  All of them great.   They do have sort of a frankly rubbish name—although i have to say i’m quite shocked there has never been another band named “Peace” before.  I’m sure there have been; however they must have been insignificant.

(warning: the Wraith video below has significant amounts of dirty booty—so you have been warned at work!)

photo via counteract

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“Unknown Pleasures” pillow?

I am glad it is sold out because i would have ended up spending $74 on this Joy Division pillow in a heartbeat.  

And this concludes the first and (likely) last post about a pillow you ever seen on IEDEI.

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resurrecting the gentleman’s ballad: “Drop Anchor”.

I’ve never really been a ballad-loving person, however I have always had a soft spot for the sweet sounds of sophistication and true feeling.  Martin Rossiter used to be the singer in the mid-90s band GENE; one of my favourite bands from the much remembered world of Britpop.  Martin just released his 1st debut solo album today entitled “The Defenestration of St. Martin”…..full of piano, the thoughts of a gentleman, and laid out with the elegance and grace expected of Mr. Rossiter.  It is a beautiful album, a soulful album…..do go listen.

buy the album on iTunes and HERE

the first single, “Drop Anchor”:

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Strobe.

This is a fantastic track by Almeeva entitled “Strobe”, from their 2nd EP named EP2.  Swirly helicopter effects laden guitars and driving minimalist beats……perfect music for a mobile spy.  Sharp video as well.

more info HERE

 

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Pentagonia


Elektro Guzzi are a fantastic band from Austria.  The first time I heard them I thought “oh, minimalist electronic music” and then i realised that the were in fact far more than just an electronic outfit.  In fact, they use instruments quite creatively.  Definitely influenced by 70s Krautrock like Can and Neu, but interpreted to take in the best parts of modern electronica and minimalism to create a very current and very relevant sound.  There is much to enjoy in Elektro Guzzi records, and this song “Pentagonia” is from their latest album “Parquet”….which is fantastic, by the way.

more info here

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Toy – “Motoring”

A great song by a great band!  The album is out now….go and buy it!  Bringing the spirit of early 90s UK shoegazing mixed with a healthy prescription of 70s bavarian kraut.  A superb combination.

 

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Breton.

(09/06/2012, Bowery Ballroom, photo by Syed IEDEI)

Breton are the sound of right now.  We saw them last night at the Bowery Ballroom NYC and they were just mint in every way.  They are the sound of the completely new….futuristic…original….and groovetastic.  Been listening to this non-stop for the past week, and will surely listen even more after last night’s show!

This song is from their EP “Sharing Notes”:

The album is called “Other Peoples Problems” on Fatcat Records.  Go and buy it.

More info at Bretonlabs.com

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Roel Funcken – “Bextures Teeth”

A few years back, i got really into IDM/glitch music.  One of my favourite artists were Funckarma from the Netherlands.  I didn’t really stay into glitch for very long—but i still have a soft spot for many of the artists from that time. This is from Roel Funcken (half of Funckarma) and his new album “Mercury Retrograde”.  Digging the video quite very much.

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music video of the day: “Art of Driving”

Luke Haines is a bit of a minor genius after his small-time successes with The Auteurs (who were indeed pretty excellent)  and then his solo work as well as Black Box Recorder.  Here’s a bit of an odd, interesting, and pleasing bit of music entitled “The Art of Driving” by Black Box Recorder.

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driving song of the day. Supersonic.

If there are 10 songs that soundtrack my life, “Supersonic” by Oasis is in the list, if not at the top or fighting for the top position.  I still remember being 18….driving around in my 1st generation Sentra SE-R with “Supersonic” blasting through incompetent speakers at full volume like a possessed vehicle.   To this day, if i ever listen to Supersonic while driving—my speeds lose control and I realise I am driving way too fast.

It has everything.  Swagger, rhythm, soul, confidence, and melody.  I never really gave a crap for The Beatles; they were soft.  Oasis were hard.  Pure rock and roll for my generation.

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