Julian Casablancas gets real high pitch and sounds like a female on the new track from The Strokes. I am sure “One Way Trigger” will grow on me, but right now, it sounds like a B-Side that didn’t make the last album. Either way, excited for new music from these guys.
Archive for the Alternative Category
Bloc Party return with more visuals from one of the best releases of 2012, Four. With their latest, Bloc Party once again made a solid record for fans. “Truth” is just one example of the greatness that landed on Four. Hopefully they continue to pump out the tunes.
Cold War Kids do what they do every time around. “Miracle Mile” is a lead single for their latest album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Of course it’s good. Of course you’re going to like it. But will there be more than a couple songs that are even listenable on the album? Likely not. I predict this will be the best track off Lonelyhearts. Enjoy.
I’m remaining hopeful that LCD Soundsystem aren’t really done with making music because when they do it right, they make some awesome tunes. James Murphy may or may not be working with Arcade Fire on their upcoming album, but what I’d really like is some new music from LCD. “All My Friends” is one of their best and remains a constant play on my end. Enjoy a throwback that never gets old.
Atoms For Peace release their second single with “Judge Jury & Executioner”. The debut album must be coming soon and we can only hope that more sounds like this track. It still feels like Radiohead music, but so did Yorke’s solo release. Keeping an eye out for an MP3 version, but so far just this YouTube stream is floating around.
The recent EP from Placebo was a disappointment. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but only two of the five songs have ever been listened to more than once because they just weren’t that good. “I.K.W.Y.L.” is one of the two that don’t stink. If you didn’t get a chance to check out B3, be sure to check out this and also, “Time Is Money”. Here is a link to an unofficial music video that was Brian Molko-approved. If that makes it easier for ya.
Pulp are often considered one of the best bands of the 90′s, but I think that’s only true over with the Brits. They barely made a splash stateside. There’s no denying they have some good tunes, but they were never on my radar as one of the greats. That said, I did want to check out this new tune that was originally demoed over 10 years ago, but now has the addition of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. Check out “After You”.
Kid Cudi must have agreed that the WZRD release wasn’t too worth heavy promotion because he didn’t capitalize on this stand out track off his collaboration with Dot Da Genius. A tripped out visual just hit the web today for “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie”, months after the song leaked. Great tune on a not so great LP. Still gotta show love to Cudder for taking risks and not pigeon-holing himself in the music game. Indicud coming soon.
Taking Back Sunday kicked off their three night run in Philly last night at the Electric Factory. The house went nuts when they started to play Tell All Your Friends tracks a few songs into their set. The 10 year anniversary tour of their debut album must be going pretty well if they were able to sell out three nights in Philly. I have to say, the show was great, but why weren’t we treated to this little gem? “Existentialism On Prom Night” is such a great song, still to this day. I bet Nolan was extremely pumped about Adam giving much-deserved respect to Straylight Run.
MCR decided to do something a little different that I was just discussing with a close pal. More bands should take the route that Gerard Way & Company are for Conventional Weapons. This will be a compilation of songs released as singles. Given, these are what the band is calling “scrapped” songs, but it’s good that they are at least seeing the light of day and getting new music to their loyal fans… C’mon Lacey. The first is “Boy Division”, released along with “Tomorrow’s Money”. These are the first of ten tracks that will be included on Conventional Weapons. Both are sounding pretty dang good.
Here’s one last clip from yesterday at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The debut album under his actual name is a great release by Paul Banks. He performed tracks off Banks, as well as his previous release Julian Plenti. I might have to look into getting off next Saturday to catch PB when he hits the Trocadero here in Philly. Check out “Over My Shoulder” from his daytime set yesterday at FFF.
The Antlers get their total nature boy on for these new visuals. They put out a video for the track “Drift Dive” from their Undersea EP. The near five-minute clip works as a music video, but I didn’t like it much when Terrence Malick threw it in the middle of Tree Of Life. National Geographic type shit in the midst of a drama? Ruined it for me. Enjoyable enough song here though.
I’m pretty sure I have to make it to this show tonight. Silversun Pickups come back to Philly (area) for a show at the Tower Theater, along with Cloud Nothings. Both of them are constantly getting mentioned on the site, so it kind of demands my presence. I caught SSP at Firefly and was blown away by how awesome they were live. The drummer sets that cymbol so high and poinds on the drums with the same intensity of a young Grohl. Tonight should be a good one. Enjoy a track off their debut full length, “Little Lover’s So Polite”. A personal favorite.
Paul Banks is releasing his new solo album Banks next Tuesday, but has posted the full album on YouTube. Here are two of the stand out tracks from his second solo effort. The Interpol frontman seems to make greatness regardless of who he’s recording with. Interpol. Julian Plenti. Now, just regular old P.B. Looking forward to having this in regular rotation. Catch Paul at the Troc in November.
Bloc Party are releasing the album opener off Four as the next single. “Kettling” is just one of many great tunes on their fourth studio album. Pretty salty that I missed their show at the Troc but you can’t catch them all. The video has the schoolyard youth acting like a buncha hooligans. I haven’t seen kids act so bad since “Y-Control”.
Apparently Arcade Fire had played this at a benefit show for Haiti, but footage of it never surfaced. This time around, a fan with a pretty great seat at the Partners In Health birthday bash was ready with his phone (I assume by the quality of the footage). Check out the newest track from the Canadians called “Crucified Again”. Not super exciting, if I’m gonna be honest.