Friday, December 22, 2006
'Tis the seaosn to be pissy
I. The Plug Awards are fast upon us, and the performers have just been announced. We're lazy, so here's some CUT AND PASTE PRESS RELEASE ACTION!
PLUG Independent Music Awards have announced the performers for the 2007 PLUG Awards Show at New York City’s Irving Plaza on Saturday, February 10, 2007. Scheduled to play are Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Silversun Pickups, El-P, Tokyo Police Club, Deerhoof, and comedian, David Cross will host the event. Additional performers will be announced shortly. Unlike traditional award shows, each artist will perform 20-40 minute mini-sets on stage.
HOT. Malkmus will also accept the Plug Impact Awards, honoring his work in the indie community. How much do you want to bet someone's going to drop the "I'm wearing Stephen Malkmus' face" joke from last year? Also: don't forget to vote for 'Sup for Best Zine! The awards will be Feb. 10th, 2007 at Irving Plaza (and not Webster--I guess Christmas miracles are real after all).
II. I think we've all been there: your boyfriend/girlfriend/brother/sister/best friend only listens to the hippest dance bands, takes MDMA as if it were Tums, and has had that crazy Crystal Castles Klaxons remix on repeat sine early June. What, oh what to get such a charmer for this holiday season? Well, search no more, because Modular Records have just released a new line of merchandise for this coming Christmas/Hanukkah/Advent of the Apocalypse. Check out the Mod Shop here, and be sure to get your grubs on some of those cool T-shirts. NB: price is in Australian dollars, so convert before shitting your pants.
III. More people have asked us what we're doing for New Year's Eve more than any other possible question over the past month, including "Could you get me on the list?" and "Where did all that blood come from?" Finally, we have an answer (for New Year's, not the blood, unfortunately): we're going to be partying hard at the White Room in Williamsburg for the Crashin' In' 12 Hour Party People extravaganza. Loads of cool DJs (Oil, Paulie, and the crew), loads of cool bands (Foreign Islands, Northern State--new album out soon and believe us, it's fucking amazing). Info on the flyer below. Pass it around, come and say hi!
Stay tuned, dear readers, for our 2006 Best of lists, but until then, try not to puke on the fruitcake this year, OK?
CEC & KKH, The Disconappers
Monday, December 18, 2006
CSS to cover Grizzly Bear's "Knife"
Grizzly Bear - "Knife"
The original, already a classic etc.
Born Ruffians - "Knife"
Those wacky indie kids in Born Ruffians have already covered "Knife", and it sounds not unlike Loretta Lynn. Intense.
CSS - "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above"
Our reigning Best Song of 2006. We know you already have it, but go on, give it a spin. Or 43.
Grizzly Bear - "Don't Ask (Final Fantasy Remix)"
Owen from Final Fantasy remixed one of our favorite Bear tracks, "Don't Ask" for the 2005 remix LP Horn of Plenty Remixed. It's a rather enjoyable slice of chilled-out folk... but aren't they all.
And finally, here's the utterly BRILLIANT video for "Alala", the CSS song that Grizzly Bear might record in return. We want our wedding to look like this.
The Dykeenies love you
Imagine a world. A world where Duran Duran are the greatest boyband ever. A world where playing the synth is required to graduate high school. A world where Brandon Flowers isn't a egomaniacal, untalented, whiny dickface. This is a world where The Dykeenies' image is etched onto every piece of currency in existence. Where their music blares out of bullhorns in the street, like in V for Vendetta. Where Coca-Cola has changed its slogan to "The Dykeenies Love You". This is a world WE WANT TO LIVE IN.
The Dykeenies' new single, "Waiting for Go" has been out for a while in the U.K., and has recently become somewhat of a DN anthem, with midday sing-a-longs, midnight rockouts and the sort of fandom we normally save for Morrissey and Project Runway. The Scottish five-piece also have a song called "New Ideas" which will sound amazing as soon as they start playing it in STADIUMS, like they are DESTINED to do. Download below.
The Dykeenies - "New Ideas"
Mmmm, like The Killers, only not horrible. Shame about the shit name though.
Official Dykeenies Web site
The Dykeenies on Myspace
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Lego haircut and polka-dot dress!
Earlier in the week, we mentioned Hadouken!--a new rave/grime/awesome band from the UK. It turns out they blog themselves, over at the Hadouken Blog, a veritable resource for all things neon. They posted this drawing of an "Indie Cindy", a reference to their underground hit "That Boy That Girl" (scroll down for MP3). It gave us a chuckle, so we though we'd share. Next time you go to Studio B, try and see how many Cindys you can spot! Reward yourself with some Sparks if you see more than 10.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We're huge fans of the boys ("Magick" is a high contender for single/video of the Year), but imagine our a) amazement b) disarray when we realized, upon viewing the new video for "Golden Skans", that the first 15 seconds are a COLD, HARD RIP OFF of our favorite video ever, "Feel It" by the Jackons, in which a pre-insanity Michael Jackson showers the unloved masses of Planet Earth in golden dust and turns bridges into rainbows.
Seriously. "In the beginning". The dust. The balls of fire. The fists viciously pounding puddles of water. WTF Klaxons. WTF?
The video's kind of killer though, and we salute the Klaxons for showing some bod. Not every day do you see a pasty white boy throw on some colored ribbons and dance around a wormhole.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Grizzly Bear announce new tour dates
Rejoice! The lovely folk implosion known as Grizzly Bear, after having all their shit stolen during their botched Euro tour last month, have announced new US tour dates for early 2007. If you've never seen the majesty of the Grizz live now's your chance. Cold check the dates below.
2/01-- Philadelphia PA --Johnny Brenda's *
2/02 -- Boston, MA -- Museum Of Fine Arts*
2/03 -- Northampton, MA -- Iron Horse *
2/04 -- Montreal, QUE -- Main Hall *
2/05 -- Ottawa, ON -- Barrymore's*
2/06 -- Toronto, ON -- Lee's Palace*
2/08 -- Ann Arbor, MI -- Blind Pig # *
2/09 -- Chicago, IL -- Subterranean *
2/10 -- Minneapolis, MN -- 7th St Entry*
2/11 -- Iowa City -- The Picador *
2/13 -- Denver, CO -- Larimer Lounge
2/14 -- Salt Lake City, UT-- Kilby Court
2/16 -- Seattle, WA -- Neumo's **
2/17 -- Vancouver, BC -- Plaza Club **
2/18 -- Portland,OR -- Mission Theatre**
2/20 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall**
2/21 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Troubadour **
2/23 -- Tucson, AZ -- Plush **
2/24 -- Marfa, TX -- Ballroom Marfa **
2/26 -- Norman, OK -- Opolis **
2/27 -- Dallas, TX -- Club Dada **
2/28 -- Austin, TX -- Emo's Jr **
3/01 -- Baton Rouge, LA -- Chelsea's **
3/02 -- Atlanta, GA -- Drunken Unicorn **
3/03 -- Chapel Hill, NC -- Local 506 **
3/04 -- Washington DC -- Black Cat **
3/06 -- New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom **
*w/ Dirty Projectors
#w/ Akron Family
The GB blog
GB on Myspace
GB live review at supmag.com
Friday, December 08, 2006
All of our London buddies (and really, what other buddies matter when it comes to this shit?) have been yapping about Foals for months now, telling us they're really cute, they're going to sign to Transgressive, they're going to be bigger than Klaxons etc etc. It looks like they might be right though, since Foals were just prominently featured in an NME compilation and are selling out venues without a record label. Check out their really, really catchy Go!-Team-meets-Super-Mario-II demo, "The French Open", and see what you think.
Foals - The French Open (Demo)
Hot right? What up cheerleaders on MDMA? Are you here to wash my car?
Here's a live YouTube vid. We had to sort through hundreds of videos of little ponies to find it.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Shiny Toy Guns: Supersonic Overdrive
Mmm, Shiny Toy Guns. Despite not being able to decide whether they're Depeche Mode or Gwen Stefani, and having the shittest band name ever, they've wormed their way into our hearts with their bombastic debut album We Are Pilots (which we believe has been released approximately 67 times now, but since they've landed a spot on the UniversalMotown roster, perhaps they'll stay there). WAP makes us feel like we're at some weird dance at our high school circa 1999, in the best way a feeling like that could be experienced. Check out the Boyz Noize remix of "Le Disko" below, and you'll get what I mean.
Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko (Boyz Noize vocal remix)
The band performed on Letterman (I know, WTF?) earlier this week. Cold check it!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
11 Spring Street
The Wooster Collective will be having a three day event starting on December 15th of work at 11 Spring Street. This historic building on the Bowery has been sold and is supposedly being restored and made into a residence. I've walked by this building my entire life always wondering what was inside and now we'll all get a chance to see the street art that's being produced in the space. Needless to say, we are extremely excited for this event.
Monday, December 04, 2006
All I want for Lil' Chrismas.
What the fuck is the government putting in the water in old Blighty? One moment it's all laddish swagger and Ride guitars, the next it's kids doing poppers at 2pm outside a corner grocery, dressing like colorblind homeless people, and writing utterly brilliant grime-meets-post-punk songs about hating everything, the whole bunch jizzed all over the virtual cum bucket that is Myspace. Seriously, where does all this awesome shit come from?
If you like Klaxons, you'll lose your shit over Hadouken!, a four-piece that bridge that gap between the Pop Group, Tigarah and Dizzy Rascal. They're unsigned, hate new rave, and their song "That Boy That Girl"--about cookie-cutter indie scensters stealing all their fun--will be the floor-filler of next year, mark our words. Download it by clicking below, and keep a dilated pupil peeled for these kids.
Hadouken! - That Boy That Girl