May 18, 2009
Nearly June. The year is 5/12ths over. Here’s one of 12 I enjoyed over the last 12 or some months…
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
(#5 of 12 in no particular order)
Like David Brent playing a pretty good acoustic guitar — there’s something intimidating about musicians that have chops but then choose to make fun of what they do. Performing as a comedian/musician is a fickle thing… play original work and people may not know you’re joking, play too close to something else and you’re written off as a parody artist, or even worse, an impressionist. FotC somehow manage to walk the funnyrope.
Songs that were rawer (but still hilarious) on their HBO show take on a new life on the LP — they clean up nice. Specifically, you have to love the spotless production and prominent funk bass that now comes through beautifully on both “Ladies of the World,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)”.
February 6, 2009
New stuff added to the “Bored People Are Boring” things to-do list…
Very suprised to see what bands will be making the rounds in the Spring. Namely industiral music originators Throbbing Gristle will do two back-to-back shows at Epiphany (yes, that church place)… after playing NY and Cochella shows.
- Throbbing Gristle, “What a Day” MP3 (c/o blog Farced)
Next on the suprise turn-back-the-clock list is Chicago’s own Red Red Meat. The band’s roster is a who’s-who of Chicago indie rock icons, including Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella and Tim Hurley (of Califone), plus beloved producer Brian Deck (Liz Phair [when she was cool], Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Modest Mouse).
Lastly in the old-news-made-new-news list this week, Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, City on Film) has a new full-band type project with ‘Mercedes bandmate Damon Atkinson called Certain People I Know and he’s twittering his little heart out about it. As of right now, CPIK ranks as my third-favorite Smith-referencing bandname… right behind The Boy Least Likely To and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Fittingly, the pride of the Illini are playing their first show in Urbana on March 13th at Courtyard Cafe and then make they’re way up to Chicago to play at The Beat Kitchen on the 19th.
*NOT The Cardigans.
Also of note is a band I randomly came across on The Next Big Sound site, Raise High the Roof Beam. They’re doing not one, but TWO shows in the upcoming months. The production value on these songs are iffy at best, but I do enjoy the sound. It has the strum-and-pluck of solid indie pop (as the Salinger reference would infer) but I also hear a little bit of playful Johnathan Richman, and I can almost gurantee they’re fans of Wes Anderson. Just a hunch.
All dates added on 2/6:
Raise High The Roof Beam
Certain People I Know
Red Red Meat
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Raise High The Roof Beam
Flight of the Conchords