Another French scabby-house duo (Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi, Hubert “Boom Bass” Blanc-Francard) and another trip through ’80s electro should be no big deal. But Cassius is ready to reshuffle the deck more than their Daft Punk brethren or their Justice bush league followers have of late—and not just because they’ve got Pharrell Williams crying and crooning through the Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Luckily, we have the luxury of categorizing genres into even more subgenres, because when German ensemble Jazzanova and DJ/Producer/Radio presenter Dirk Rumpff put their ears together, the music selections on here can’t be easily pigeonholed Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
The Dave Matthews Band is well known as being the eco-darlings of the music biz. For their 2007 Summer Tour, the band partnered up with green organization Reverb to minimize the environmental impact of touring by introducing an educational eco-village outside the concert, using biodiesel tour buses, recycling backstage, selling eco-friendly merchandise and eating locally grown organic food whenever possible.
The result? “Reverb calculates a total of over 3,300,000 pounds of CO2 reduced or eliminated on tour through the use of biodiesel and carbon offsets alone. This is equivalent to removing over 190 homes from the power grid for a year, or not burning 171,000 gallons of gasoline.” Nice!
Thirty years after creating the careening electro punk of “No Tears,” Tuxedomoon continue to nervously obscure the boundaries of live, acoustic instrumentation with that of the steely, computer/synth variety.
That means the reedy sound of saxophonist/keyboardist Steven Brown, bassist/producer Peter Principle, and creepy vocalist/violinist/ laptop-ist Blaine L. Reininger and friends still manage to, like their tag line says Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In an effort to quell their fans’ insatiable craving for new material, Sigur Rós offer up the double CD collection, Hvarf-Heim, along with the companion DVD film, Heima. More like two distinct EPs, the set showcases the Icelandic masters of ethereal post-rock in a more cohesive and less amorphous context Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
They sometimes call it “fidgit house.” The likes of Switch and Sinden take it to the extreme, churning out wonky A.D.D.-ridden beats for the rave-revival set. Leave it to the Frontroom label to pick up the pieces and bring the sound back down to its funky, jackin’ roots.
Deadset are a duo out of Europe that know what needs to be done to make a dancefloor house album worthy: shorter, pop-length songs, hidden Justin Timberlake samples and just enough changeups to fit into a set of weirdo house without inducing seizures. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Shir Khan is no Girl Talk. Where Mr. Talk blender-izes pop tripe until you wish it would stop, Khan pulls out jam after jam as you wait to see what’s next. The Pitchfork-endorsed Berliner has been slogging away in relative obscurity, but hopefully that is all about to change Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
I love Spinal Tap. (The band, not the procedure.) And I was thrilled to see their rocking reunion at last year’s Live Earth concert. Apparently others were, too, because the Ernie Ball Music Man Global Warming guitar played during the show by Christopher Guest (or Nigel Tufnel, for you fans out there) just sold on eBay for a whopping $19,850.00 Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Henrik Schwarz is blowing up. From his played-to-death remix of Coldcut’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” to the smokin’ hot “Where We At” (featuring a Vocal of the Year from Derrick Carter), the guy is everywhere.
Typically, Los Angeles turns out some real putrid tunes — being that the music scene is hoarded and bent every day by the awful record company machine. Only those off the corporate A&R radar escape to earnest-ville.
The guys of Maroon 5 are not shy about expressing their eco-friendliness. They’ve toured using biodiesel, used recycled goods on the road and donated money from ticket sales to Global Cool.
And now, drummer Matt Flynn is supposedly using Lucky Earth’s waterless car wash to spiff up his Volvo.
This sounds very eco-friendly, when you consider that “a typical car wash uses between 20 to 45 gallons of water per car,” while washing your car at home “can use between 80 and 140 gallons.” With an estimated 240 million cars currently traveling the U.S.’s roadways, if half of them gave their cars a waterless bath once a month, it would mean a savings of 28 billion gallons of water yearly, about 40,000 Olympic size pools’ worth.
30 years after exploding onto the British music scene with her seminal band, Siouxsie and the Banshees (and equally influential splinter group, the Creatures), the high priestess of post-punk and blistering alternapop — Siouxsie Sioux — finally drops her highly anticipated solo debut, Mantaray.
The illuminating set showcases the enduring legend in top form, delivering an intimate self portrait edged with the Banshees’ razor-sharp lyrics and glacial-pop fury and the Creatures’ multicultural textures and primal rhythms with searing electronic rock, flamboyant glam, freeform jazz and tender ballads. Buttressed by a cacophony of sonically adventurous tracks including the industrial-fuelled opener “Into A Swan,” “Loveless,” the Bond-inspired, big band romp “Here Comes That Day,” the cinematic “If It Doesn’t Kill You” and the rapturous “They Follow You, Mantaray is an intoxicating epiphany that will surely thrill long-time devotees and firmly implant the icon into the consciousness of a new generation of fans.