Monday, January 25, 2010

Don't I know you better than the rest

[unknown/jess gough/some required]

Beach House - Silver Soul
[Teen Dream]
I'm off to the UK/France for the next few weeks, enjoy the rest of the summer without me. I think this song is a good way to start.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I've got a thrist for liquid gold

Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Action


"While working on Heartland, I was getting this strange feeling... seeing videos of The-Dream making hits in a manner of hours. Hearing about Jona Bechtolt programming songs in twenty minutes. Meanwhile I was taking a full eleven months to produce this record, and working on it day and night. The very nature of it, featuring a fifty-piece strong section, full percussion, winds and brass... it seemed so proposterous, especially given that 80% of the people who'll hear it will be listening to freely downloaded mp3s on laptop speakers.

One of the things that kept me sane about it, was to read these gigantic, overblown classics of literature. Ulysses; sure, but also Complete Proust, Moby Dick and Gravity's Rainbow. I'd read one of those National Geographic style "anatomy of a whale" chapters of Moby Dick and feel like Herman was holding my hand, saying 'There, there, it'll be alright.'"

Owen Pallett on the torture garden.

I think this is one of the most noble and moving things I've read about music recently. I have real groundbreaking emotional moments listening to this record and thinking of the hard work and isolation that went into this project and how Mr. Pallett created an epic and beautiful piece of art that will endure and hopefully be appreciated how it's supposed to be appreciated.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Have one on me

Joanna Newsom played a remarkable show at the Tivoli on Saturday night. It's the first time I've seen her live and, apparently, her first show in about a year and a half. I'm a pretty big fan and have been pretty excited about her new album, Have One On Me, which is due out Feb via Drag City (probably earlier in Aus) and the set was filled with new material, the first time her and her band had played it live. There were occasional mistakes in the performance but her pretty much boundless grace, humour and obvious talent more than made up for it as the crowd were spellbound for the two hour long show. My friend nabbed the setlist afterwards and there were ten new songs in the set, and all remarkable. The music was phenomenal, somehow more accessible than Ys but still containing the bravery and beauty of her poetic story telling and verse.

Joanna Newsom - Emily



Monday, January 11, 2010

As you leave me

[the forest hears and anna karina]

The Twerps - Dance Alone



Sunday, January 3, 2010

Terminally chill

[unknown and troptout]

Neon Indian - Should have taken acid with you

Bleeding regret in the prettiest colours reflected onto the cigarette smoke curling out of your mouth, imagined images of what could or should have been. Somehow everything's more beautiful, my life better and my problems gone. Everyone has always said I self sabotage. But when I lie still in my bed my possibilities are endless and infinite, I can see my future self flying and jumping through a thousand future adventures in the woodbeams of my ceiling, just by moving, by choosing just one, I feel like I'm watching my bright imagined futures fade away.

[Psychic Chasms]



Great week for music in Brisbane this week. Sunset Sounds on Wednesday and Thursday with personal favs Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Andrew Bird coming to our Botanic Gardens and Riverstage.
Friday night you can catch the brilliant Neon Indian at Barsoma.

Saturday, January 2, 2010