Friday, March 31, 2006

No, we don't get paid for this

Chicago's TENKI have been around since 2000, with their first album published in 2003. Their two upcoming EPs - both being released on Future Appletree Records - seem to demonstrate increasingly dense pop compositions. A big, impressive sound filled with subtle nuances and hooks. The old-world-inspired horns are wonderful.

"Kiss Of Millions" and "Do You Think" are older material, but both worth a listen. You can also visit the band on Myspace, of course.

TENKI - Etaples
TENKI - Big Bang
TENKI - Kiss Of Millions
TENKI - Do You Think


Jason from One Louder wrote a great post on the tendency of bloggers to champion certain causes in the name of self-interest. Titled, "Full Disclosure: Who's Being Promoted and Who's Promoting It," Jason manages to give the subject an objective and honest assessment. Check the comments for more dialogue.

For those who wonder where AYF? stands on this -- we take the free tickets and any additional mail-outs, and scalp it all on eBay. OK? So send more tickets please... this whole Mac & Cheese diet is getting kind of old. I'd love to step up to Queen Street veggie dogs just for a few days, and perhaps take a contributor out for dinner every so often (or maybe just be able to buy AYF? alumni Stuart a drink).

The Payola Reserve - Seasick On Shore Leave


Speaking of unsolicited advertising, would Lady Sov's marketing department please stop emailing me? Sometimes I wonder if people even read this site before sending shit: For all the bagging I did on the L-Sov, and my feelings on the transient nature of Grime as a genre, you'd think this stuff wouldn't end up in my inbox on a weekly basis. Or maybe they figure if I listen to it enough it'll grow on me (no).

Huge thank-you to everyone else who is more personal about sending material over; if it's going to be posted, you'll get an email letting you know.


My comments on the Village Voice vs. Nick Sylvester vs. Pitchfork Media mess are put off until I can provide some information which doesn't rely too heavily on conjecture.