Monthly Archives: November 2009

Calatrava’s Wings

Burke Brise Soleil

I used the opportunity of a Friday holiday to take a day trip up to Milwaukee. Although Wisconsin is known for its beer and cheese (and it has a lower sales tax), the raison-d’etre of the journey was to see the art museum (and the art contained therein).

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Melancholia

I was seated on the shore of Lake Michigan, perched on a rock with the lapping water just a few feet away. There was little wind and so the waves crested only when reaching the shore and I had a gentle rhythm lulling me into thought. My mind wandered to Edvard Munch’s Melancholy and I felt myself there. Perched with head in hands, I longed to find something to focus on. The trees in the distance; a wavering, dusk-shrouded building in a far-off city further down the coast; the details of the rocks beneath my feet.

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Some Songs for Saturday

A few weeks ago, alliteration sounded like a good idea, but I couldn’t get things together for a Three for Thursday this week. Then I thought I’d do a Four for Friday, but that came and went too. So with the stakes now at a Six for Saturday (or heaven forbid, a Seven for Sunday), it’s best to just cut losses and bend the naming rules.

Passion Pit – Little Secrets

Before we discuss the video, I’ve got a few things to say. I love these guys. I love this song. This should have been the first single off Manners and Manners is one of the top CDs of 2009. They need to put out another CD, like right now. If you don’t like Passion Pit, we can’t be friends. Don’t even try. I love these guys.

Whoo! Ok. Sorry about that.

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A Taste of Scotland via Philadelphia

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A friend and I went to see A Sunny Day in Glasgow at the Bottom Lounge a couple of nights ago. The Philadelphia noise/dream-pop band is touring in support of their second album, Ashes Grammar. On an unrelated note, there were two representatives from Glenfiddich distributing much-appreciated free samples of 15-year old whisky the same night.

My first introduction to the shoegaze/dream-pop genres (which also originated in Scotland) was through My Bloody Valentine’s classic Loveless, which I listened to almost nonstop during a month-long exam period in undergrad. I found the combination of textures, melody, rhythm, and noise fascinating, and a year ago I was fortunate to be able to see it recreated live.

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Something New, Something Old

Hot Chip have a new track out before the release of their new album, One Life Stand, next February. “Take It In” is the tenth and last track. The group has been busy since the release of Coming on Strong in 2004, although I’m surprised that they haven’t as of yet collaborated with a hip-hop group. They seem to work on new tracks without a break: I saw them play “Over and Over” live in early 2005; it wasn’t released as a single until later that year and was eventually included on The Warning in May 2006.

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Three for Thursday

EDIT: I mistakenly claim below that the Massive Attack track “United Snakes” will be on the upcoming Massive Attack LP. This is incorrect. “United Snakes” was (and will continue to be) only a B-side.

More videos. More awesome. More… I don’t know. I could only come up with two.

Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge

Simian Mobile Disco is an awesome band name, and they wrote some genius lyrics for this love song too. I won’t spoil the surprise and reveal some of the best, but the singer does point out that “You know I always got sorbet.” Besides the great wordsmithing, the track is danceable to boot.

“Audacity of Huge” is off Temporary Pleasure, the group’s August release.


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A Fresh Take

The Seduction of Claude Debussy (Art of Noise) and Rites (Tettix)

The Seduction of Claude Debussy (Art of Noise) and Rites (Tettix)

There are two albums in my iTunes library that, despite being released a full decade apart, are remarkably similar, not in sound or style, but in concept.

The first is The Seduction of Claude Debussy, the 1999 release from Art of Noise. The band, popular in the 1980’s for their pioneering use of samples and digital mixing, reunited briefly in 1998, releasing only one studio album (this one) before collapsing again in 2000. The second album is Rites, a 2009 release by unsigned/freelance digital artist Tettix. Judson Cowan (the man behind the Greek moniker meaning “cicada”), – whose work ranges from 8-bit video game electronica, to a cappella covers to original pop – releases all his work for free on his website, tettix.net.

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