Foxygen - “In the Darkness” and “No Destruction” (Takeaway Show - live)
Songs originally appear on We Are the 20th Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2012)
I went to see Foxygen play a free show in Manhattan last month and I was really impressed by their presence live. I had been enjoying their album We Are the 20th… but it’s relatively chill. However, in a live setting the band really amps up the energy. At times, they are so frenetic that the songs seem to wobble on the brink of disaster. It mostly works, though. They have a fun attitude that borders on goofy, too. I think the latter is captured pretty well in this video.
It’s true that Sam France apes Jagger at times, which is even more apparent live when he’s using some of the same spastic body movements, but he’s got the voice to carry it off. I also think the band is as influenced by other 60s band — Beatles, Velvet Underground, Kinks, Donovan — as much as they are by the Stones.
August 21, 2013
Major points for using “Sound of Silence.”Reblogged from
Fever Tree - “Ninety-Nine and a Half”
From Fever Tree (1968)
I always enjoying figuring out the origins of samples in contemporary hip-hop and indie song. In this case, it’s a 10-second snippet at the beginning of “Ninety-Nine and a Half,” a track from the 1968 self-titled album by the Texas psych pop band Fever Tree. The song itself is a cover of a Wilson Pickett song called "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)."
A number of modern listeners, though, will recognize the snippet as the basis for the 2004 song "America’s Most Blunted" from Madvillian. Madvillian was a rap collaboration between rapper MF Doom and DJ/producer Madlib. The outstanding album Madvilliany is full of samples from old tracks. The Fever Tree sample appears in the background of “America’s Most Blunted” at 0:40 and then becomes the main beat at 0:47. It’s pretty interesting that Madlib took a 10-second snippet from a lesser-known song (Fever Tree’s best known song is "San Francisco Girls") from relatively obscure 60s psych pop band and made it the main music to a song.
Wolf People - “All Returns”
From the forthcoming Fain (2013)
I was excited to see a new song/video from the British rock group Wolf People. Their last album, Steeple, was one of my favorite releases of 2010. They have a new album called Fain due to be released on Jagjaguwar April 30th. If “All Returns” is any indication, it will be another great record.
Vanilla Fudge - “Where Is My Mind”
Appears on Renaissance (1968)
Vanilla Fudge became sort of known for heavy covers, such as “You Keep Me Hanging On" and "Season of the Witch.” They did write some good tunes of their own, though, such as “Where Is My Mind,” which features Mark Stein’s distinctive organ sound.
Songs: Ohia - “John Henry Split My Heart” (live, 2009)
Originally released on Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)
RIP, Jason Molina.
March 6, 2013
Kelefa Sanneh: Reinventing a Great Scotch Distillery : The New Yorker
This article has come up in conversation a few different times lately. It’s a good read on Bruichladdich and the island of Islay.
Phoenix - “1901” (live in Paris, 2009)
Album version on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
Phoenix released a new song called “Entertainment” a few weeks ago, in advance of their new album, Bankrupt!, due in April. It’s a good track that feels more 80s-centric than other songs from them - but maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, the release of “Entertainment” seemed like a good occasion to post this video that I really like of “1901.” This is from the Take Away Show series, begun by Vincent Moon. They are generally awesome, and this one especially so. There’s something about the setting and camera work that’s great. Also, Phoenix sound incredible here. I may even prefer this version to the recorded one.