Browsing articles from "January, 2010"

Murder Rebel Radio 26: The Always Late Show

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We talked some sports. Brett loves Aerosmith, Bryan loves Kristin Bell, Adam loves Axl Rose, and Brandon loves saving his money

Jan 27, 2010

“Pink” by Boris: Very Heavy Please

 The band Boris is as heavy as space and just as icy. They are: Takeshi, Wata and Atsuo. A three piece power squad hailing from Japan. All share vocals. A favorite music video of mine, “Pink,” off their 2005 album sharing the same name.

The video is mesmerizing but simple. Stained bright pink the musicians play live while the camera focuses on their fingers and faces as they maneuver fretboards. Takeshi plays a double-neck guitar which is always awesome to behold, especially when played so well.

The main melody which is sung is instantly strange and memorable. It’s a continuous exhale that descends firmly. I can’t make out the Japanese lyrics but the delivery is quintessential early 90’s rock . A strong Melvins influence and even a little Bush. The drumming is hard but snappy, and his playing  reminds me of “The Numbers Song” by DJ Shadow. Boris is also featured on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s flim The Limits of Control. I can’t get enough of this song, it is steady start to finish.

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Jan 25, 2010

Pop! goes the music

Who says you can’t find amazing talent right at home? One of our newest RethinkPopMusic interns, Ian Hoagland-Henefield, was in Jett and the Writers back in Boston. Check out the video for “One More” and read his take on Rethinking Pop Music:

Pop music is a lot like Capture-the-Flag. You don’t need much to have an awesome time. Writing pop songs can be very exciting when you stumble upon a fluid hook. Pop music is named so because it is just that: popular. It taps into our collective unconscious where beats and melodies are nourished and treated as gifts rather than mere sounds.

Great songs help us envision a new world and give us strength to talk to strangers. It warms us up to one another. Inflecting emotion through voice is not enough. A pop song must be sung with honest delivery. If you believe in what you are singing or playing it will be instantly recognizable to your listeners.
 Achieving a common ground with your audience shouldn’t be forced. Simple chords, melodies and lyrics are a good place to start in order to develop a working rapport with writing your own songs. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks recorded a playful version of the Tom Waits song “The Piano Has Been Drinking,” which to this day is one of my favorite songs. The Hick’s version is slightly faster and incorporates three female and two male back-up singers who merrily repeat almost every word he sings. The song, in my mind, paints a picture so totally familiar to my everyday life and my attitude that I can’t help but listen to it over and over.

Jan 20, 2010

Bear Hands new music video for “What a Drag”

RethinkPopMusic has been a fan of Bear Hands before RethinkPopMusic even existed. I met these guys about 4 years ago and I am SHOCKED that they are not in the “Best of Brooklyn” discussion with the likes of Yeasayer, MGMT, Dirty Projectors and so on. Regardless, it is rare for a band to make such great music, play it live as well as it sounds recorded (not going to point fingers) and remain as humble and approachable as Bear Hands. Hopefully our good friends at Cantora Records can convince the masses of what is blatantly obvious to us. Get some free downloads or buy the vinyl here.

Bear Hands // “What A Drag” from Cantora Records on Vimeo.


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