Part of me wants the two sides to agree so that shows will start airing new episodes, thus allowing me to have more opportunity to pitch songs to those shows. On the other side, when there are no writers, there are gladiators.
Yeah, its back.
I watched the premier last night. F’ing awesome!! New Gladiators, new events, more bling. Maybe a little too much script (you’d think there would be less) and propaganda. Either way, I found myself completely wondering what kind of world produces a maniac like Don ‘Hollywood’ Yates (known as Wolf) and cheering for some tiny kid name ‘Moly’.
Ok, so I’m a Les Savy Fav fan. Accepting that I am biased, please read the rest of this and check them out for yourselves.
The band recently released their 6th album in 10 years, Let’s Stay Friends. They’ve been around since ’95 when they all met at the Rhode Island School of Design. They play heavier indie-rock with a touch of dance punk and post-hardcore edge. Front man Tim Harrington is an interesting scene on stage… just picture a large bearded fellow prancing around in a wide variety of costumes (or no costume), occasionally kissing audience members between vocals.
Recently they’ve been running a YouTube contest for user submitted videos for the track The Equestrian. You can see and hear the most viewed entry below. I think my girlfriend will appreciate the obvious homage to My Little Pony. I’d recommend that you also check out the band’s MySpace site to listen to What Would Wolves Do? andtheir old single The Sweat Descends (which you can download here).
Did anyone make any resolutions for the new year? I made a couple. Some are more like goals for the business I’m running, some are personal for self-improvement. Some are for kicks really (I’m going to see if I can go the entire year without soda….).
Specifically related to Indie Music Filter, I’m going to try and post more and really open up my ears to the great music that is out there in this world. I hit times in ’07 where I couldn’t stand to listen to any music, or couldn’t really figure out a way to tell you why you should give it a chance. I think it had to do with sheer volumes and the fact that I’m getting older…. maybe I’m getting jaded (they say that happens to quite a bunch of people who work in the music industry).
I’ve shaken all that off for now, refreshed, I go forward.
So, the first song of 2008 to get stuck in this head of mine is Sunshine Sunshine by Goodtimes Goodtimes, a songwriter from London, England.
I got an e-mail recently from Franc Cinelli, the man behind Goodtimes Goodtimes, pointing me to a couple of his songs. On first listens, I knew I liked it. Did it remind of Dylan and Petty? Or was it just the solid mix of traditional blues, folk and country evident in his music? Maybe both.
You can find more tracks for download here, or on his myspace page.
In an effort to ensure that our IMF (Indie Music Filter) distances itself from that other, less fan friendly, IMF (International Monetary Fund), I believe my first posting of ’08 should improve international relations. To that end, I present to you the label Seksound, out of Estonia.
When I did some digging, I learned that Estonian music has always had forward leanings that separate it from the pack of much of eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Bloc nations in particular. Rock, Metal, and Punk were quite popular in the Estonian underground from the 1960′s right through to the 90′s, often drawing the ire of the Soviet authorities, despite the fact that American music was largely unreachable.
Currently, the Estonian indie scene is alive and well, and bands like Popidiot, Honey Power, and Mirabilia are broadening the horizons for Seksound’s developing stable of artists. It all makes me wonder if there’s something in the water of the Baltic that’s producing good music. Check out the live video of Honey Power below and see for yourself.
Finally, I’m getting around to posting this list. I’m having too hard a time putting them in order, so I’ll stick to alphabetical.
Here they are.
Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha. Still not sure what he’s better at, the violin, singing or whistling. This album is a great listen, a nice mosiac of many different sounds. Songs the find their way into your head and stay there. His show in Toronto was one of the best I saw this year.
The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible. Winners of my best concert of the year and most interactive video of the year, Neon Bible really crept up on me. Initially, I wanted Funeral again. What I got was an amazing follow up. Results under pressure.
Caribou – Andorra. A critically acclaimed crossover record; something to keep the cool challenged and the rest interested.
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature. The Swede with the most un-Swedish name. Great ability here. Lighting quick precision fingers on the classical guitar, soft vocals sprinkled overtop. Even though I’m a bigger fan of Veneer, its a good record to buy the sig nif other.
Justice – +. I had no idea I’d really open my mind up to so much dance music this year, but this French duo helped blow it right open. Pick this record up soon, before you hear the whole record as a background to tv commercials.
Miracle Fortress – Five Roses. One of two records here I’d recommend to fans of Brian Wilson. A surprise Polaris nominee. A great start.
Panda Bear – Person Pitch. The other I’d recommend. Love the production on this record. When I hear this album, I picture myself at some crazy beach campire sing-along.
Radiohead – In Rainbows. Winner of best sales tactic of 2007 and still #1 band in my books. Now if I could figure out how to get tickets when they tour here again…..
Wintersleep – Welcome To The Night Sky. Over the past two months, this record has had the most amount of play in my rotation. A great third record, a band growing and opening up. Its nice to see that people are taking notice.