Thursday, August 11, 2005

Me vs. Mr. Towel; Me vs. Mr. Berman

If you're in Toronto, come down to The Queenshead tonight, where I'll be guest DJing with Jaime Sin at Shack Up. The turntables are screwed; feel free to tell me how much of a sellout I am for playing nothing by CDs and MP3s.

I indulged in indie rock message board warfare today. It was cathartic and entertaining. Thanks to Mr. Towel from
Blocks for providing me with a foil.


Late addition today: Arts & Crafts released a free download from Broken Social Scene's new record. Rumors abound as to why this happened, but who the fuck really cares? It's good.

Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)


As promised, I have a guest blogger: Stuart Berman. A full time music writer (at Eye Magazine), and part time singer (for The Two Koreas), Stuart has provided a few excellent tracks, along with his lyrical wit.

Looks like we have the first online sample from No Dynamics newly completed 12" -- impressive.

So go, Stuart:


OK, dad’s away, let’s party. (We can just replace the vodka with water. ) Here’s a handful of recent tracks the world has either slept on or hasn’t even woken up to yet.

Of Montreal - The Party’s Crashing Us Now
I cancelled my Elephant 6 Collective membership after that second Olivia Tremor Control album put me to sleep, so I never bothered to keep tabs on their progeny; I always assumed Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes was another insufferably twee, helium voiced automaton making castles in Brian Wilson’s sandbox. But we all know what happens when you assume something: you fail to realize that dude’s been spending the past few years boning up on Brian Eno’s Before and After Science and has turned out the psych-synth-disco-pop track of the year.

Kat Burns - Now Now
As long as there guys who listen to indie-rock, there will be sweet-singing girls with guitars for them to crush out on. This track, from Burns’ new six-song EP, plays like a cordial conversation between Chan Marshall and Elliott Smith (assuming they could hear what the other was whispering).

No Dynamics - I Got You on My Mind
This is it -- Toronto’s house-party heroes send you their love, delivered in a mail-bomb, sealed with a spit.

Mando Diao - Annie’s Angle
I always like the Libertines better in theory than practice; these Swedes are smart enough to lay off the pipe and stick to the pints. As my mate Kieran has informed me, they can also lay claim to the greatest quote heard on the The New Music this year [Swedish accent is crucial]: “Yes, we sound like other bands… we just have different songs.”

Whitey Houston - I Get Around
This Edmonton bass/drums two-piece sound like other bands too — call ’em Death from Mudhoney 1988, if you must. ((Saw these guys at NxNE; great show, especially the lady they had on stage shaking the maracas with tape on her nipples (for real) -Familiar))

William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
When he’s not hanging at Arcade Fire shows, David Byrne is still compiling ace compilations for his Luaka Bop label, including the recent Love’s a Real Thing: World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 3. On this eight-minute 1978 sci-fi-disco masterpiece - which comes awash in glacial synth textures and a hypnotic spidery guitar line - Nigeria’s Onyeabor calls out all colonialists (including Canada!). Speed this up to 78rpm and you’ve got an Out Hud record 25 years too soon.