New release: The Horrors

With the release of Brits The Horrors third EP this week stateside, its refreshing to be noting something positive London has given the world.  Skying is not music to start a riot to, but is filled with plenty of its own angst and emotion.  Background layers of textured synth deepen the languid vocals and drum beats of what the sources say were a “garage band” once upon a time.

From NPR’s First Listen:

On The Horrors’ stunning new album, Skying, the band has metamorphosed into a shimmery and wildly emotive band. Its desire to sound epic recalls the early, Eno/Lanois-produced U2 and Tears for Fears albums, and like those records, Skying is bold, lush and big. “Still Life,” “Dive In” and “Endless Blue” flit and weave about on echoing waves of guitars, chugging drum cracks and anthemic vocal hooks, but the real stunner here is “You Said,” one of the most enchanting and summery songs of the year so far.

NME, who named Primary Colours, the band’s sophomore effort, 2009 Album of the Year–gives Skying a 8 out of 10.  Stream it over at Stereogum by clicking here.  

MTV turned 30

August 1, 1981: Ronald Reagan was in his first summer as President, I had a diaper full, and MTV was born.

Check out one of my favorite blogs, Stereogum – where they’ve posted the first hour of MTV. Pretty entertaining as it includes the original tv commercials, and the first VJ’s in all the glory of their gender-neutral perms. First Hour of MTV. Fun fact– If you actually watched this first hour of MTV, then you lived in New Jersey.

First Video ever shown: The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star.

(Reality TV killed the Video Star?)

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Upcoming: Real Estate

The surprisingly west-coast-sounding New Jersans are releasing their sophomore follow up to their critically-acclaimed self-titled 2009 debut.  Here is the first released track off of the new album Days:

From their record-label Domino’s site:

New Jersey’s Real Estate are to release a new album,Days, on Tuesday October 18th, 2011. Recorded in Upstate New York through the late winter/spring of 2011 with Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus),Days is a gorgeous suite of timelessly melodic, achingly melancholy pop songs and a delightfully confident follow-up to 2009’s exceptionally well-received eponymous debut. Comprised of nine new recordings and a revisit of last year’s enduringly wonderful “Out of Tune” standalone single, Days is the next step in the career of a uniquely close songwriting collective that feel more important with their every release.

Always appreciate music that seems effortless while booking your bus ticket to a totally different locale.  “Budweiser, Sprite, do you feel alright….?”

LCD Soundsystem. All My Friends – LEGO’d

Someone took LCD SS’s hit video of their ‘All My Friends’, and recreated it, Stop-motion, with LEGOs. Accurate to the second.This falls somewhere between, ‘Way too much time on your hands’ and ‘Awesome’.

However you want to classify it, It definitely cracks me up.  I’ve watched it more than I want to admit. If you have two screens, that’s my suggestion. Otherwise, start the LEGO version a second or two after the LCD original.

 

-Y