Every day this week, I’ll be chronicling what music I listen to for the Music Diary Project.
I checked Twitter first thing this morning and Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino had posted a new song, so I listened to that. Soon after that, I felt compelled to make a slightly delayed playlist for the first quarter of 2011, which ended up looking like this:
1. Cut Copy – Need You Now
2. Theophilus London – Why Even Try? (ft. Sara Quin)
3. Oberhofer – Away FRM U
4. The Kills – Satellite
5. Die Antwoord – Rich Bitch
6. Arveene & Misk – Love & Lust
7. MSTRKRFT – Beards Again
8. Childish Gambino – Freaks & Geeks
9. Chromeo – Hot Mess
10. Das Racist – Swate
11. Kid Sister – Gucci Rag Top (ft. Gucci Mane)
12. Architecture in Helsinki – Contact High
13. Peter Bjorn and John – Breaker Breaker
14. Anna Calvi – Blackout
15. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
These tracks aren’t in the order of how much I like them, I just hastily threw together what I thought would sound the best. I know some of these are on albums that came out last year, but I’m going with single/song releases. A twelve track mix probably would have been better, but oh well. You can listen to all of the songs here.
For the rest of the day, I’ve been working on my review of the Kills’ new album Blood Pressures, which drops tomorrow. I’ll be sharing my full thoughts on it soon enough, but it’s definitely very different from their previous material. I did take a break at 6 to go see the Apache Relay perform at Grimey’s. They’re a great alt-country band from Nashville, and I highly recommend their new album that’s dropping next week.
Bonus picture of what I ate for lunch. Multigrain toast with cream cheese/pesto spread, smoked salmon, and poached egg.
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1. Arveene & Misk – Love & Lust
2. Toro y Moi – Still Sound
3. Das Racist – Swate
4. Darwin Deez – Bad Day
5. Chromeo – Hot Mess
6. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
7. Mark Ronson and the Business Intl – The Bike Song
8. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Instead of listening to the songs I have been assigned to listen to, I spent last night going through a few pages of RCRDLBL, and this Arveene & Misk song was definitely one of my favorite finds. It’s a solid dancefloor banger, and it’s just very immediately catchy.
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1. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Live from Montreal)
2. Bag Raiders – Sunlight
3. Kid Sister – Gucci Rag Top (ft. Gucci Mane)
4. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
5. Theophilus London – Why Even Try (ft. Sara Quin) [FREE DOWNLOAD]
6. Kanye West – Get Em High (A-Trak remix)
7. Toro y Moi – Still Sound [VIDEO]
8. Yelle – Safari Disco Club
Can’t stop the dance! I’m really looking forward to hearing more from Theophilus London now that he has a record deal. This collaboration with half of Tegan and Sara is an interesting preview. Also, I don’t know where Yelle has been hiding, but the full album had better be out soon.
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Chromeo released a live album last week, and I reviewed it for American Noise.
It may be a little bit gauche to really, really like Chromeo. The electro-funk duo love the ’80s, but not in the post-punk way favored by many of their contemporaries; instead, they unabashedly cite Hall & Oates as a primary influence, even going so far as to perform with Daryl Hall at 2010’s Bonnaroo. They’ve unironically covered the Eagles. All of their songs are about women—typically delivered with a wink and a nod—featuring lyrics like, “For sure if I tell you how to do my dance/Baby then you let me get in those pants.” Singer/guitarist David “Dave 1” Macklovitch’s fashion sense tends to veer toward the Miami Vice side.
If Chromeo were the self-referencing type, they would have turned out a song like Das Racist’s “hahahaha jk?,” telling critics, “We’re not joking, just joking, we are joking, just joking.” However, Macklovitch and keyboardist Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel think that it shouldn’t even be a question—of course they’re not joking.
Here’s my take on Smith Westerns’ sophomore album Dye It Blonde, also at American Noise.
Omori may still not be able to legally drink yet, but there is a world-weariness to the clearly young tone of his voice when he sings. Considering that Smith Westerns are obviously inspired by glam rock, this particular quality recalls T.Rex’s Marc Bolan questioning, “Whatever happened to the teenage dream?” However, this influence is mainly audible in Kakacek’s guitar lines. Omori’s delivery is nothing like Bolan’s, devoid of the oozing sleaze that was a hallmark of the T.Rex sound. Narrating a party winding down, “End of the Night” is more of a wistful sigh than a sly come-on, but it’s clear that Smith Westerns don’t want to sound like they’re actually from the 70s.
1. Foals – Total Life Forever
2. Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why (The Eagles cover)
3. Vampire Weekend – Fight For This Love (Cheryl Cole cover)
4. Foals – Spanish Sahara
5. Das Racist – I’m Up On That (ft. Homeboy Sandman)
6. Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough
7. Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars
8. Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassline
I haven’t totally dug into it yet, but I’m regretting not listening to Foals’ Total Life Forever sooner, it’s a great album. Vampire Weekend covered “Fight For This Love” for Live Lounge today, and I would be lying if I said I hadn’t spent a significant part of this afternoon watching Girls Aloud videos and remembering how much I enjoy them. I had the pleasure of seeing Cold War Kids at Third Man Records on Sunday, and the new stuff sounds great.
Things I’ve done that I have neglected to talk about:
Saw Ra Ra Riot, Villagers, and Givers
Saw Mumford & Sons
Saw Die Antwoord
Saw Sufjan Stevens/had a religious experience
Saw the Black Angels and Black Mountain
Interviewed Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance
Regarding that last one, I would like to say that I do really respect My Chemical Romance for their integrity and intelligence, even though their music isn’t really my thing. I’ve matured immensely in seriously considering the way I approach different artists, and I hold Gerard Way in the same esteem that I have for any other creative person who is serious about a variety of different pursuits.
The Go! Team return with “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”
Theophilus London – “Flying Overseas”
Nitsuh Abebe, Jason Fine, and Ann Powers talk the year’s Best Music Writing
Cut Copy – “Take Me Over”
Cut Copy – “Take Me Over” (Radio Edit) Premiere by modularpeople
Robyn – “Indestructible (A-Trak remix)”
Indestructible (A-Trak radio edit) by robyn
Chromeo – “Hot Mess (featuring La Roux)”
Chromeo – Hot Mess Featuring Elly Jackson by Chromeo
Intelligence: A Turn-off in Pop Music?
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1. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor (Chromeo remix)
2. Chromeo – J’ai Claqué La Porte
3. Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots of Danger) (Boys Like Us remix)
4. A-Trak – Ray Ban Vision (ft. CyHi Da Prynce)
5. N*E*R*D – Hot-n-Fun (Boys Noize remix)
6. Miike Snow – Animal
7. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
8. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Bang Bang Bang (ft. Q-Tip and MNDR)
This might just be the culmination of the slow-burning Fool’s Gold love I started developing when the Kid Sister album finally came out.
Shh, don’t tell anyone it’s actually Friday.
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1. Chromeo – I Could Be Wrong (ft. Ezra Koenig)
2. Kisses – Midnight Lover
3. Chromeo – Night by Night
4. Summer Camp – Ghost Train
5. Kisses – Kisses
6. Ra Ra Riot – Massachusetts
7. Summer Camp – Jake Ryan
8. Kanye West – Monster (ft. Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z)
My flavor of the month and my flavor of the year teamed up, so of course that’s number one. As per “Midnight Lover,” I would like to take them all out for a nice steak dinner, though I’m pretty sure I’ve read that Mssrs. Macklovitch and Koenig are meat-free and I’m also trying to cut down my carbon footprint. I’m late to the Summer Camp bandwagon, but that’s better than missing it completely.
Chromeo – I Could Be Wrong (Feat. Ezra Koenig) by Weallwantsomeone
I’ve been stanning extra hard for Vampire Weekend over the course of 2010, and seeing Chromeo three weeks ago pushed me in the direction of obsession. When I found out VW frontman Ezra Koenig was guesting on a bonus track for Business Casual, it was fulfilling a dream I didn’t even know I had. That being said, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the collaboration.
I don’t know what I was anticipating, but it definitely wasn’t what’s heard on “I Could Be Wrong.” The Chromeo guys push their half-joking, half-serious 80s thing to a new level. There is a saxophone solo. The duet builds up to Ezra and Dave 1 breaking into conversation three quarters of the way through.
“I Could Be Wrong” is only a bonus track on the digital release. I was wondering if this was a marketing gimmick, but after listening, it seems fairly clear that the song is simply too ridiculous(ly golden) to be on the record. Sometimes you just have to get together with your Columbia-educated French literature bros and have fun.