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New Music

The new Death Cab For Cutie disc was the only exciting music release in recent months and even that was a minor disappointment. So, to say I am ridiculously excited about finding an intriguing and quite different band in the last 24 hours would be an understatement. I’m not sure if I’m momentarily enamored with “AWOLnation” or it will be a long-lasting relationship, but at this point I can’t get a number of their songs out of my head. The band’s exact style is tough to describe, but it ranges from melodic, to hip-hop, to electro-pop to a type of synth-based metal. Either way, it has my ear at the moment. Take a listen.



Yes, that last song is 12 minutes long and a mashup of about 8 different genres. Their album Megalithic Symphony is nothing if not experimental and daring.

Not quite as strong overall, but still a decent find “The Naked and the Famous.” This New Zealand band has a defined genre and it is snyth, electro-pop. But they do it quite well. A lot of people compare them to Miike Snow. I don’t get that from their sound. Here are a few of my favorite tunes from them. Let the foot-tapping commence.



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New Band Choices…

Haven’t heard a ton of great new music lately, but a few bands have tickled my musical fancy in the past few weeks. The first is Mumford and Sons. They’re an English band who sound like they should be Irish. Lots of twangy banjos. Not usually my thing, but they have a good alternative feel to them. The ones that top my list are below, “Little Lion Man”, “White Blank Page” and “Winter Winds.” There’s a lot of raw emotion in their songs and I like that. However, occasionally Mumford and Sons stumble when they teeter toward jug band status on a few tunes. Take a listen to my top picks below.

Another band I’ve been listening to is “Yeasayer.” Again, they definitely have something to offer, but fall short of an album that offers a cover to cover listen. Top tunes, “One”, “Ambling Alp” and “Madder Red” (Just do yourself a favor and do NOT watch the official band video for this song, it stars Kristen Bell, but is too weird for words. It may not leave you for some time. Anyway, you’ve been warned.)

And finally, this band seems to be becoming more mainstream by the minute, but “Florence & the Machine” deserves to be noticed. The lead singer sounds like a variety of singers from Poe to Tori Amos to Enya. Great voice. My top four “Cosmic Love”, “Dog Days Are Over”, “Two Lungs” and “Heavy In Your Arms” (another video that’s very creepy.)

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I Should Do This More Often…

I freely admit, when it comes to getting around Boston, I am an idiot or at the very least inexperienced. So, when I had the chance to go see when one of my favorite musicians (Kele Okereke from the band Bloc Party) at a club on Tremont Street, I was a tad apprehensive about getting there and finding a place to park. And to make things even more tricky, I had to do it all very quickly. I was working until 9:30pm and that is exactly when the singer I wanted to see was scheduled to take the stage. Bolting immediately from work, I had my directions in hand and a GPS backup. I made it without too much trouble, but did end up having to turn around once. All in all, not too bad considering my city-driving track record.

I bought my ticket earlier in the day online and was going to pick it up at will call. However after the bouncer and the guy with the crotch wand, I literally walked in the place without anyone giving me a second glance. I could have seen the show for free! Oh well.


I ended up getting into “Royale” around 9:55pm and it sounded like Kele was just finishing up his first song, introducing himself to his fans. If you’re looking for an intimate place to go see a band, this is it. There was not many people there, maybe just over a hundred (if that) and I was able to stand about ten feet from the stage. I’m not sure what song I missed, but since he did not play it earlier, I think Kele opened with “Walk Tall.” Certainly not my favorite, so a good one to miss.

After that, if memory serves the set list went like this:

On the Lam

The Other Side

Everything You Wanted

A Bloc Party Medley (Blue Light, *A song I can’t recall* maybe The Prayer, One More Chance)

Tenderoni

Rise

For the Encore:

Yesterday’s Gone

All the Things

Flux (Bloc Party)

The great thing about small venues, singers or bands have the chance to show off their personalities and Kele did not disappoint there. Between every performance, he would chat with the audience, talking about each song and making jokes. One time, dedicating a song to a fan and then stage diving into the front row. A daring act considering there was not a ton of people to jump on. The music itself was as expected and that’s a good thing! Kele was energetic and on point with his vocals. And the best part, a majority of the songs did not just sound like they were playing an ipod up there. The band slowed and sped up the tempo of some tunes, jamming to Kele’s pace and intonations.

The set only lasted about an hour, but it was powerful enough where you didn’t feel cheated. Overall a lot of fun. Most concerts are typically on weeknights, so it was a welcome change to be able to catch this show. After work, what’s better than a beer and some great music? I should definitely do this more often.

If you haven’t heard of Kele or Bloc Party before, check out a few of the songs on his set list below:

PS…Videos for two are totally random and not his actual music videos.


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Headlines: Michael Scott Saying Goodbye?, “The Hobbit” & Another 80’s Remake…

This does not come as a huge surprise, but it’s certainly a crushing reality for me. It sounds like next season will be Steve Carell’s last on “The Office.” He told an interviewer on BBC Radio that he will be leaving following next season. Will the show go on after that into an 8th season? For everyone’s sake, I really hope not. It just wouldn’t be the same. Steve Carell aka Michael Scott makes the show what it is and without him, it would just be weird. Plus, this season has been rather uneven. At times brilliant and others a little weak. The clip show and the “New Leads” episodes were certainly low points. I love this show as much if not more than “Lost”, so it will certainly be painful to lose my two favorite shows in back-to-back seasons. But until then, I’ll just enjoy the ride. That’s what she said.

Here’s one of my favorite clips:

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The live-action version of “The Hobbit” has a release date. The Peter Jackson produced and Guillermo Del Toro directed film with come out in two parts. The first movie will be released in December 2012, with the second installment coming out the following December. New Line had initially slated the release date next year, but it had to be pushed back to allow for script writing and planning. Better than forcing it along and making a lousy film I guess. You can read more here. And for a little nostalgia and to listen to a song that rivals “The Last Unicorn” in cheesy/awesomeness check out the opening montage for the Rankin/Bass cartoon version from the seventies below.

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And they’re remaking “The Monster Squad.” It’s apparently going to be “edgier” and “scarier” than the original. Yep, that’s how to make a movie…with buzz words. Sigh. You can read more, if you dare…here.

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Other headlines…

Ricky Gervais will once again be the host of the Golden Globes

And…Bloc Party’s lead singer Kele Okereke has released his first single from his solo project. A little more dance club themed than Bloc Party, but not too bad.


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‘Pin Me Down’ Album Release Date

Bloc Party fans may never get a new album from the on-hiatus British band, but as I noted back in January Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack and singer Milena Mepri have a side project band called “Pin Me Down.” They digitally released “Time Crisis” at that time, but they just announced the release date for their entire album. It will be available April 19th on cd and April 12th for digital download. You can listen to two of their songs here.


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