January 23, 2009
LOTS of new Chicago concerts listed, including the first May concert date. ALREADY! MMMMmmm, I can feel the non-subzero temperatures already. Check dates times and ticket costs on the “Bored People Are Boring” Calendar of Events:
Lasers and Fast and Shit
The Chamber Strings
Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Simian Mobile Disco
Great Lake Swimmers
August 28, 2008
For a while I’ve been wanting to make a mix of bands that swap vocals between guys and gals, but, as I really like that sound, I feel like I have too many songs that fall under that category. Like, ya know, Belle & Sebastian, Stars and half of my itunes.
So, for this ‘lil boy/girl mix I was trying to avoid some of the obvious tracks, but they pretty much seeped in anyway. I also tried to stay in the folk/pop vein so you’re going to miss some of those great hip-hop/electro girl/boy vocals, namely: Positive K’s “I Gotta Man”, Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”, Postal Service’s “Nothing Better”, Streets’ “Get Out of My House”.
Because of the inherent drama of boys and girls harmonizing, most of the songs have some “relationship” content, be it lovey-dovey or breakup-y. Also, it makes for a pretty even-keeled, laid-back type mix and one which you should be careful while listening to if you’re driving and feeling a bit sleepy. So, after all that, enjoy!
- Intro – The Pixies
- Handle with Care – Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
- Two Ways – The 1900s
- Honey Child What Can I Do? – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
- Who Were You Thinkin’ Of? – Biirdie
- Secretly Minnesotan – Tullycraft
- Death to Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
- Say Yes if You Love Me – Acid House Kings
- PS (Interlude) – The Books
- Happy New Year – Camera Obscura
- Can’t Ever Sleep – Saturday Looks Good To Me
- Friday Night – Elephant Parade
- Jorge Regula – The Moldy Peaches
- Come Back From San Francisco – The Magnetic Fields
- Souvenirs – Architecture in Helsinki
- You Really Gotta Hold On Me – She & Him
- All You Need Is Hate – The Delgados
- Know-How – Kings of Convenience
- Les Etoiles Secretes – Ida
- Ghosts Are Good Company – Bishop Allen
- Ice Storn, Big Gust, and You – Tilly & The Wall
The Zipped File & Album Art can be found on Mediafire here:
April 25, 2008
m83: Saturdays = Youth
Best album Anthony Gonzalez has put out BY FAR. The rolling sonic washout of “shoegaze” is still in the mix here, but the vocals, dreamy as they are, are put to the forefront. The thick electro dissipates a bit to make these gorgeous songs shimmer without overwhelming you. m83 was never “inaccessible”, but this one hits the pop palate a lot more than his previous work. A few reviews point out this could be the background synth soundtrack to a never-made Brat Pack movie… sounds crazy, but totally true, and it totally works.
RIYL: French electro, stereo bliss, John Hughes
MP3: “Graveyard Girl”
Biirde: Catherine Avenue
A well-paced strummy summer winner. Definite Rilo Kiley L.A. sound going on here with deliberate midwesterness with some top-of-the-line west coast production values. It’s an exercise that’s pop one minute but often wanders into Ballad Country. Wistful guys and girls swap songs and versus, while songs build and fade tastefully. “Catherine Avenue” is the single they’re pushing (on the website), but the real winner is the cover of “Who Were You Thinkin’ Of” where charmingly hilarious lyrics are underlayed by a jaunty organ wheeled into the studio straight from Haight and Ashbury.
RIYL: The 1900’s, Saddle Creek Records, California mythos
MP3: “Who Were You Thinkin’ Of”
Cut Copy: In Ghost ColorsI’m trying to limit the number of Madchester-esque dance/pop bands I claim to love, but I can’t deny that this is a flippin’ great album. A record meant for oscillating wildly to on beer-soaked bar floors and shiny disco ones (and maybe Pitchfork Festival maybe?! Plllllease?!). These guys would tear up the outfield grass in no time. In Ghost Colours will surely usurp Justice’s Cross as THE default records to spin this season — it’s what the Junior Boys would sounds like if they stopped being ethereal and just shook their asses. Standouts include “Out There On the Ice”, “Lights and Music” and the can’t-miss club banger “Hearts on Fire”.
RIYL: half-dancing, half-bouncing, New Order