David Byrne and St. Vincent. Wow. Nothing more needs to be said.
P.S. ignore the live performance on Colbert Report. The sound is muddy and sounds like ass. Same crap sound that ruined Morrissey’s performance on Colbert a bit ago.
I was really excited for Firewater’s latest album, especially after I heard that he ran off to travel the world again to record it much like he did when creating his amazing 2008 album “The Golden Hour”. However, I’ve given it several listens now and I gotta say I’m rather disappointed. Musically it’s much like the world-punk style of “The Golden Hour” which normally would be grand but for some reason on “International Orange” most of Tod A.’s wonderful pathos is missing.
The lyrics themselves are definitely part of the problem. Most of “International Orange” is full of generic sounding calls to revolution rather than the angry heart-baring shouts to sky, personal laments, and biting wit that made prior Firewater albums so gripping. There is no song like “This is My Life” on the album with it’s sorrow-filled punch in the heart that somehow amazingly also feels like celebration:
I’ve never cared for authority
I’ve never felt part of the majority
Well I lost my home
And I lost my wife
This is no joke
Yeah, this is my life
This is my life
In contrast, here are the lyrics to “Up from the Underground”
Well you can shut us up
But you can’t shut us down
Cause we are coming up
From the underground
You can chop down the tree
But you can’t kill the seed
A few molotov cocktails are all that we need
You can lock us up
But you can’t lock us down
This PopMatters review by John M. Tryneski really says it best:
“These songs lack any specificity of insight about the current moment or, failing that, any sort of timeless relatability that could transcend the day’s events. Instead we’re just left with boilerplate laments about hard times and vague warnings aimed at a generic ‘them’ from an equally unspecific ‘us’.”
There are a few fun songs on the album — “The Monkey Song” and “Strange Life” — but yeah it’s mostly disappointing… but hey every artist has a meh album or two or three and Tod A has quite an amazing back catalog which still rocks strong years later. And judging by Firewater’s prior concerts I’m sure the live show (Independent Sept 29th) will still kick ass. I personally can’t wait to boogie to “The Monkey Song”.
Chairdance song of the day “The Monkey Song” by Firewater.
Off of the new Firewater album International Orange
Go see them live at the Independent Sept 29th!
yay fake blood!
“A Little Revolution”, the first single from Firewater’s upcoming album “International Orange” (out Sept 11th). The song is good but at least for me it’s shadowed by “erg I just want to hear the entire album dammit!”
Firewater — A Little Revolution (Single)
hat tip Speakers in Code
Spoek Mathambo “Let Them Talk” off his new album “Father Creeper”
See Spoek Mathambo live at Brick & Mortar this Wednesday the 25th!
Totally a bit in enraptured with the Irish pop-punk rockers Fight Like Apes. Seriously how can you not love a band with album name like “The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner”?!? This video for the song “Jenny Kelly” is wonderfully sideways ridiculous.
Note: The Jenny Kelly they are singing about is a tribute to a character of the same name from the 1990’s low-budget, Australian cult sci-fi series, ‘The Girl From Tomorrow.’ — yeah I don’t get it either but the band likes to include odd references like that, which is great.
See also their video for Hoo Ha Henry.
Fight Like Apes — The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner
Fight Like Apes — Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion
Wonderful live version of “Tessellate” by Alt-J with choir and string section.
Also, Alt-J is playing live at Rickshaw Stop, Aug 2nd 2012!
Really great NSFW stop-motion video for “Want It Back” by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra off their new album “Theatre is Evil” which comes out Sept 10th.
Absolutely stunning downtempo remix of Alt-J “Breezeblocks” remixed by SINAH (who the hell is SINAH and what else have they done?)