This is good! They are opening for Rogue Wave in San Francisco in December. Go early and check them out. Rated 7.6 on pitchforkmedia.com, for what it’s worth.
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Difficult to pigeonhole yet instantly recognizable, Los Angeles-based Foreign Born vexes indie taxonomists like hardcore porn does Supreme Court justices, leaving critics to play the Potter Stewart “I know it when I see it” card rather than enumerate the requisites. In the Remote Woods is too fidgety for shoegazer, too upbeat for dour post-punk, and too varied for indie pop. Nevertheless, Foreign Born evoke all the familiar touchstones, stitching together Slowdive and the Stone Roses with newer benchmarks the Walkmen and Arcade Fire while carving their own niche alongside those artists.
Armed with bassist/producer and singer/composer tandem Lewis Pesacov and Matt Popieluch, these guys shrewdly cram every inch of the EP with lush keyboards and strings, complementing Popieluch’s taut, reverb-soaked melodies. Yet Garrett Ray’s aggressive drumming and driving tempos prevent this from being Souvlaki, not to mention Popieluch’s penchant for Bono-like theatrics. Opening track “The Entryway” shows off the group’s repertoire, beginning with a gritty goth bassline flanked by spotless synths and ringing guitar. From the first uttered lyrics, Popieluch steadily crescendos, nearly blowing out his vocal chords before a guitar solo brings the song home.
The EP’s middle tracks follow the precedent set by ex-Star Time behemoths the Walkmen. Standout “It Grew on You” cops the Walkmen’s searing guitar strumming and cataclysmic drum fills while Popieluch haphazardly slurs his lyrics a la Hamilton Leithauser. He’s no clone though, just Leithauser’s spirit bottled up inside a deeper, smoother croon. Dragging its feet on listless chords, “Exactly on the Verge”, though lacking in quirky, carnival playfulness, would fit nicely among Bows + Arrows nostalgic ballads, ending dolefully on the phrase “I was never so, so young.”
By the end of the record, the group runs low on ideas, and songs grow splotchy as a result. “Exactly on the Verge” both moves and drains as it structurally pales in comparison to its more complicated proceeding tracks. Closer “Remote Woods” starts with a primitive, fist-pumping riff pilfered from “I Will Follow”, but a mediocre verse leads only to a deflated chorus, and the repeated intro riff serves solely to resuscitate the song midway through. At final count though, Foreign Born’s tallies three shining nuggets and two intriguing yet fatigued tracks taken out of the oven too soon. It’s a sterling debut from a well-bred band only one caffeine fix away from a solid, potent full-length.
-Adam Moerder, August 26, 2005
To say John Peel had a lot of records is rather like saying Kate Moss is photographed quite often. His collection of vinyl albums alone exceeded 25,000 ‘ which doesn’t include CDs. Then there are the 12in and 7in singles, as well as the countless demo tapes sent in by young hopefuls. One tiny corner of this audio empire, however, remained under strict martial law: his ‘record box’. At his feet in his home studio lay a sturdy wooden box in which he stored the 7in singles that meant the most to him. At the time of his death last year, this immensely personal collection numbered just 142 three-minute slices of pop. It was the thing he would carry with him if his house burnt down ‘ records he clearly felt he couldn’t live without.”
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San Diego CA
at M-Theory Music (a record store) www.mtheorymusic.com
Saturday, August 13th, 7:00 pm. Admission FREE
3 solo acoustic performances by:
Mark Gardener of Ride
Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel
Adam Franklin of Swervedriver
Sat. Aug. 13th @ 7pm: 2nd Annual Sonic Summer Bash! Last year we brought you Louis XIV and David J (Bauhaus). This year, we’ve risen to the occasion again with a shoegazer’s dream bill. Drum roll please’..
The All-Headliner Line-Up will be:
9pm: Mark Gardener (Ride)
8pm: Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel)
7pm: Adam Franklin (Swervedriver)
Editor’s note: There’s a reason why we named our store puppy Swervie and it’s not because she walks funny.
This is a not to be missed in-store party. Mark is coming from the UK and Adam is coming from New York City specifically for this show. They are not playing elsewhere. If for some reason you’re not familiar with these bands, do yourself a favor and do a search on google for their websites. These artists have an amazing history with their former bands and their solo work is continuing in that tradition of quality. We cannot wait for this show!
After party at the Whistle Stop Bar for One Nation Under A Groove w/DJ Bart Blackstone.
About a month ago I picked this up. Listened to it a bit for a couple weeks and really started to like it. Shortly after, I learned that my girlfriend was going to Paris the next week for work. I tagged along for the long 3 day weekend.
I kept searching online trying to find a cool show to see while in Paris. The only thing that kept coming up, of which I was familiar, was U2 with Snow Patrol at Stade De France. I was convinced that something just as interesting, much cheaper and being held in a much smaller venue was happening. I kept searching.
Finally, the Friday I was in Paris I saw online that a guy named Sebastien Schuller was playing at a free, outdoor music festival called Feed Back. The review compared Sebastien Schuller’s sound to Radiohead and Air. I listened to a couple streaming clips and liked what I heard. I then checked the artist lineup for Feed Back and BAM!, playing on Sunday was Amusement Parks On Fire. (Sorry Sebastien, we could only dedicate one afternoon to this. You all should check out his stuff. http://www.sebastienschuller.com )
I’m a member of www.pollstar.com and yet this didn’t show up. What’s with that? Really makes me question the worth of that site. I’m a paying member and I get the email updates but the emails are so generic that you still have to go to the site to see the updates. A HUGE hassle for multiple venues. Why can’t they just tell me what bands have been added to the venue’s schedule WITHIN the email???
We scoped out the bus route and arrived about 5:15pm for the 5:45pm show. We managed to score some front row seats, sitting comfortably close while drinking a nice cold draft.
The album is rather good. Very similar to early 90’s shoegazer guitar rock. My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel.
I wasn’t really very into this at first. Typical take-it-or-leave-it attitude I had with a lot of music. I give it some more spins a couple weeks later and two songs stood out. “Like Eating Glass”, great drums, and “This Modern Love”, which starts out sounding a lot like Interpol. After getting into these songs a bit the rest of the album started to sound better.
Similar feel to Franz Ferdinand… sounding heavily 80’s.
So I went to see Interpol at the Warfield on Tuesday night. Great show! I was happy and a bit surprised to see them play “The Specialist” and “Roland”. I think they put on a great live show. Interesting to watch for the most part. Carlos and Daniel are about as active as you could expect anyone to be and still play well.
The lighting, while interesting, reminds me of the Apple iPod commercials. Everything in silhouette. I’d personally prefer a little more frontal lighting, at least at times, to see the band easier.
Sound-wise, to me, the guitars in the first couple of songs sounded muted… possibly lacking highend or “bite”. Whether it’s the mix, the sound they like or just me being weird I don’t know… but after seeing them 5 times I think I’ve always thought this.
One thing I must mention… What’s with the guys with moppy hair wearing sunglasses indoors??? Celebrities look like fools doing this and so do you. Who are these ‘Johnny Knuckleheads’? There is a story here about how our culture almost encourages this. Normal, everyday people, attempting to bring that image of importance on themselves, simply by wearing sunglasses when you aren’t outside in the sun.
KEXP wants to send you and a friend to see Interpol live in Paris, France. This trip includes roundtrip airfare to Paris from anywhere in the U.S., 3 night hotel accommodation, tickets to Interpol’s April 21st concert and your chance to meet the band.
Three new songs from Arcade Fire can be download from purevolume.com
2. Born On A Train
3. Vampire Forest Fire
I was looking over the RIAA’s list of top selling artists. I was surprised to see that Enya has outsold Genesis and The Beastie Boys. Enya has sold 22.0 million albums. Genesis sold 21.5 million and The Beastie Boys has sold 21.0 million.
Phil Collins has sold 32.0 million as a solo artist so adding his to Genesis’ totals equals 53.5 million.
|Released in October of 2004, this is my current album of choice. I’ve been playing this steadily, along with Interpol’s Antics, since early December. Very post/punk, shoegazer-like. One review read: “Those quick to dismiss Uncut as Canada’s answer to Interpol just may count themselves out of one of 2004’s best post-punk offerings”. More than half the album is rated 4 stars by me in iTunes.|
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My favorite albums of 2004. (No particular order)