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Music of 2009: December 25, “Summertime Clothes”

25 Dec

I've got these colors

12/25/2009

Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

Animal Collective. What can we say  that hasn’t already been said a million times before. Merriweather Post Pavilion is good. It’s real good. The numero uno on many music blogger’s 2009 lists. Along with “My Girls,” this is one of the catchier songs on the album. For comparison imagine MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” was fused with Duran Duran’s “Rio” in a musical kaleidoscope. Do it.

Random Chirps around the interwebs

28 Aug

 

  • Kurt Cobain is going to be a playable character in Guitar Hero 5. Yeah, because this is totally what he would have wanted 15 years later. Is it just me or have video games and music never figured it out (well popular music, not music scored for the game). The only games that come to mind are games like Madden or Tony Hawk. But you could basically mute the game and put on a mix cd for the same effect. Sure you interact with guitar hero and all that fun stuff but really I think it’s lacking. And dont even try to sell me on Monster Rancher.
  • Nike is teaming with Sub Pop to make a sneaker. I mean i guess it’s not any more random than Puma’s Godzilla themed sneakers, but somehow that just seems cooler… Oh well, at least they’re affordable at $150. Huh? Why dont i just throw a sub pop iron on logo onto some cheap reeboks. Better yet i’ll write it in marker to show off my sense of individual artistic style. Wait. why do I want a Sub Pop logo on my feet again?
  • Insound is turning 10…i think. I love Insound. Seriously, love the site, it’s great for vinyl and some cool artwork too. They’ve got awesome t-shirts as well (although when did t-shirts get so expensive)
  • So I loved the new Animal Collective album that came out this year. Well everybody’s favorite single from the album was “My girls.” Sure, well here’s a cover of the track by Taken by Trees called “My Boys.” I think it’s fantastic. I dare to be blasphemous, I kind of like it more than the original (maybe the lyrics hit more because i’m less distracted). Either way it’s still a clearly well written song….

 

If you already forgot what the original sounds like, check out the vid

 

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg is working on an album with Beck according to Pitchfork. On a completely unrelated note Gainsbourg was just recognized at sundance for her work in that movie by Lars von Trier…Antichrist. Yeah. I dont think i’m ever going to watch this movie.

ah well. it’s the weekend, go make bad decisions.

Lolapalooza Saturday Sunday Recap and Final Thoughts

12 Aug

After Lola, YDP was extremely impressed with the lineup, format, organization and location of the shows. The Grant Park setting was unbelievable and the backdrop of Lake Michigan, the Sears Tower and downtown Chicago Sky Scrapers was incredible both at day and at night. The concert did a great job of keeping everything on a tight schedule and creating a good low key vibe. Since YDP is obviously all about being green, it was very excited to learn that a portion of every sale goes to help Chicago’s beautiful parks. Also exciting was to see people all day collecting recycling for free giveaways.

The bands in general were all in good spirits and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. People would wander from one concert to the next and as a result got exposed to a lot of music they wouldn’t have heard otherwise giving some great opportunities for up and coming bands.

The big suprise was how much fun “Perry’s Tent” the DJ tent was. Always a packed area with an incredible list of DJ’s, Perry’s lured in a lot of people that traditionally wouldn’t go to see a DJ play. The reason was that a DJ party with a big crowd in the day is a lot more accessible than a dark night club where no one can see anyone and there is often one defined feel i.e. snobby, hipster, clubby etc… Perry’s was the first time I have ever really enjoyed watching a DJ perform. Maybe DJ’s should do big outdoor daytime parties more often.

After Friday the rain stopped and YDP got to see some great shows

Saturday:

Arctic Monkeys: Brit Pop at its finest. Played some of their new songs and can’t wait for the new album. Really translated well to a huge festival venue

Santigold: Fun, Funky, Cool style and a much improved live performance to Terminal 5 earlier this year.

Diplo: His set had a more drum and base house feel to it than expected. In the end it seemed like he played the same songs as everyone else, didn’t play much of his original material and didn’t really make an impression.

Animal Collective: Very trippy psychedelic sound scape music where songs blended from one to another. Was a great place for people to sit down and lay low for a while.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Headlining in place of the Beastie Boys the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocked the house. The performance was top notch and you could tell the band was really enjoying what I believe is their first audience of that size. One of the great moments of Lolapalooza where I’m sure a lot of the audience hadn’t heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and walked away fans. Highlights included “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll”

Sunday

Passion Pit: Suprisingly good performance on one of the small stages that gathered a big crowd. Great mix of synth and falsetto singing.

Lou Reed: I know you aren’t supposed to bash a rock god but my initial thought was it was like watching an old man singing Karaoke. I’m going to stop before I attract the wrath of everyone else. Also for the record I am a huge Lou Reed fan and was very excited to see him live.

MSTRKRFT: These guys know how to rock. Chain smoking and drinking straight from a bottle of Jim Beam these guys had an amazing crowd. A mix of hippies, hipsters, club people, yuppies descended on Perry’s Stage to dance and jump. “Bounce” while not my favorite MSTRKRFT song to listen to generally was ridiculously fun. Nothing like watching a hippie dance in barefeet on a tibetan cloth next to some guy covered head to to tattoos doing the robot.

The Killers: A much better than expected show from this Vegas group. Totally embraced glam rock with a high energy high performance show. A great run through of their work and had a massive nighttime crowd gathered.

Jane’s Addiction: Playing at the other end of the venue at the same time as the Killers, I was able to catch the second half of their show. While I don’t claim to be a huge Janes Addiction fan (I really like Jane Says and a couple of other songs.) Watching though I loved the high energy old school arena rock show these guys put on. Perry Farrell commanded the stage with monologues, dead on vocals and his typical weirdness. Dave Navarro ran all over the stage unleashing devastating 80’s style guitar solo’s that were probably overdone at the time but something that I really miss these days. Rock ‘n’ Roll was build on guys without shirts and leather pants holding their guitars vertically while they shred a solo. Its amazing how unrock rock bands can be these days and when you see them juxtaposed with Jane’s Addiction its even more obvious. I get it the Kings Of Leon are nice guys and maybe don’t want to be that but there has got to be 4-5 guys out there that are good enough to make a real rock band.

YuppieDanceParty Quarterly Report

28 Apr
We’re 1/4 of the way through the year (give or take a few days)!!  In honor of the month of April, we here at YuppieDanceParty have thrown together our quarterly report of the best new music over the past month…in our honest opinion of course. We accept high fives. Send any hatevibes towards Schuyfi.
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If you were curious, these are the artists/albums:

Matt & Kim – Grand

Handsome Furs – Face Control

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

If you were expecting a breakdown of all these guys you’re silly. Ooooooh Yeeeeeaaaaaah!