It wasn’t my intention this time (sometimes it is), but my three choices for videos this round are a bit divisive. The first is a laid-back new release from indie rock mainstays, the second a visually exciting video for an electronic dance floor banger and the final a 1977 throwback from a legend with a voice described by music critc Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” Trudge on! It’s worth seeing this post out, I promise! Continue reading
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Instead of the usual “Three for Thursday” shtick, I’m caving and giving just “Two for Thursday.” Don’t feel you’re getting short-shrifted though! One of these almost made me cry!
Emotion! Beauty! Music! Bybe gives you all the sustenance you need for life. And we’ll make you pancakes the morning after!
As Chicago continues to dig itself out from under piles of snow several feet high, I thought I’d drop a few videos from artists that have been grabbing my attention recently. As always, no common theme… though these all might be good on your “Snowpocalypse 2011” playlist: Ólafur Arnalds as the snow falls, Com Truise for the dance party with your blizzard buddy and Matt & Kim for the snowball fight. Good luck finding out where exactly they towed your car if you abandoned it on Lake Shore Drive! Continue reading
I often have a hard time explaining electronic music to friends who don’t know the genre. Part of the reason, I think, is that there are many more differences between artists and songs within the field than there are similarities. One has, for example, techno and house DJs creating a club vibe, ambient and downtempo acts striving for lush and chill sounds, and electropop (or even industrial rock) bands that can induce dancing, moshing and quiet contemplation all in the span of one disc. That’s not even touching subgenres where you get smashup hybrids like the fantastic (in both name and practice) folktronica. Continue reading
I have never before pledged loyalty to a particular record label. (Hyperdub, you were close, but ended up being a little inconsistent.) That changed several months ago when I dug deeper into the catalog of Ann Arbor-based electronica label Ghostly International. It’s rather unlikely that you’ve heard of many (if any) of the labels artists (Matthew Dear, School of Seven Bells, Phantogram, Daestro, Gold Panda…), but the group keeps up a high quality and a focused agenda which puts them at the top of the game in their particular niche. The label describes their artists as falling into two categories: SMM, an intentionally undefined acronym which they claim represents “gentle, texture-focused instrumental music;” and avant-pop, a simultaneously pretentious and brilliant term which describes the segment of the label’s work I find most appealing. Continue reading
Usually I try to write substantive posts, but sometimes something speaks for itself. I give you Miike Snow’s most recent release, “The Rabbit.” I hope this means a new album’s on the way! If you don’t already know Miike Snow (for shame) and want to hear more after this (you will), check out their eponymous debut. Mid-tempo electropop. Yum.