Monday, April 14, 2014

Killer Tracks: Disco//Very by Warpaint

Warpaint, live @ Optimus Alive 2012, Lisbon
Warpaint's self-titled sophomore LP is one of our favorite albums of the first quarter of the year and the source of several killer tracks, on constant rotation in our various playlists.

This weekend the band delivered one of the finest sets of the Coachella 2014 festival, a performance which, fortunately for us too far away to be there, was part of the live webcast of the event, while at the beginning of the previous week we were treated to the premiere of their latest video featuring two of the highlights off their new album, the funky, ESG influenced, "Disco//Very" and the dreamy dub of "Keep It Healthy". In case you haven't checked them out yet, do your ears (and eyes!) a favor and press play below:

Warpaint - Disco//Very - Keep It Healthy (Official Video)


Warpaint live at Coachella 2014 (Full Set HD)

Coachella set-list (all killer, no filler!):
01. 00:00 "Intro"
02. 03:19 "Keep It Healthy"
03. 07:16 "Bees"
04. 12:04 "Composure"
05. 17:19 "No Way Out"
06. 24:48 "Disco//Very"
07. 29:24 "Undertow"
08. 36:25 "Love Is To Die"
09. 41:46 "Elephants"

Monday, April 07, 2014

Kurt Vile, Pall Jenkins, live @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, April 1st, 2014)

Kurt Vile, unplugged @ Gagarin 205

Photos and video from Kurt Vile’s first ever live performance in Athens, Greece, at the Gagarin 205 club. His solo, acoustic set was preceded by a solo performance by Black Heart Procession leader, Pall Jenkins.

Pall Jenkins, live @ Gagarin 205
As you can see in the photos, the intimate nature of this show demanded the transformation of the club’s stage to a cozy, small living room, where our guests relaxed with a drink and shared their songs with just the bare essentials: an electric guitar, a musical saw and occasional, skeletal electronic rhythms for Pall Jenkins’ set, acoustic guitar and banjo for Kurt Vile’s set.


The night closed with the two of them on stage together for one of Kurt’s songs where Pall added notes with his trusted musical saw.

Kurt Vile and Pall Jenkins, performing "Baby's Arms" in Athens
Given that the best recorded work of both men relies on electricity to bolster the tender melodies at the heart of their songs, the unplugged nature of this show left us missing the full sound of a rock band. Perhaps, if their on-stage collaboration had extended beyond just one song, the results would have been much more exciting. Let’s hope that the good attendance of this show will encourage promoters to call back both musicians, this time along with their regular bands, for the fully charged, electric rock experience that we didn’t get on this occasion.


Kurt Vile’s set included the following songs: Red Apples, Smoke Ring for My Halo, Ghost Town, Dead Alive, Laughing Stock, Goldtone, Don't Bite, Peeping Tomboy, He's Alright, Wakin’ on a Pretty Day, Baby's Arms, Nicotine Blues.

Up and coming, indie rock act Egg Hell provided the only electric noise of the evening with an energetic set comprising of songs from their debut album "Once Part Of A Whole Ship" (see also here), one of the best releases of 2014 so far of the local rock scene.

Kurt Vile - Ghost Town (live in Athens)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

New Releases: March 2014

Round up of the most interesting album and single releases of March 2014:

Albums

Here and Nowhere
CLOUD NOTHINGS - Here And Nowhere
REAL ESTATE - Atlas
LIARS - Mess
KEVIN DREW - Darlings
THE MEN - Tomorrow's Hits
THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost In The Dream
THE HOLD STEADY - Teeth Dreams
BLACK LIPS - Underneath the Rainbow
PERFECT PUSSY - Say Yes To Love
EAGULLS - Eagulls
BLOOD RED SHOES - Blood Red Shoes
METRONOMY - Love Letters
TOKYO POLICE CLUB - Forcefield
DEAN WAREHAM
- Dean Wareham
NICK WATERHOUSE - Holly
FUTURE ISLANDS - Singles
BAND OF SKULLS - Himalayan
GALLON DRUNK - Soul of the Hour
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - English Oceans
CARLA BOZULICH - Boy
MAC DEMARCO - Salad Days
SISYPHUS - Sisyphus
FOSTER THE PEOPLE - Supermodel
KAISER CHIEFS - Education, Education, Education & War
ELBOW - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
MICAH P HINSON - Micah P Hinson And The Nothing
JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN - The Classic
THE HEAD AND THE HEART - Let's Be Still
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX - White Light Generator
HOWLER - World of Joy
PLASTIC FLOWERS - Evergreen
FÜR IMMER - March
POSTCODE - Zebratronic

Singles & EPs

Water Fountain
TUNE-YARDS - Water Fountain
EX HEX - Hot and Cold / Waterfall / Everywhere
TOY - It's Been So Long
SPECTRE FOLK - Mothership
PRIMITIVE PARTS - Open Heads / Signals
THE BOHICAS - Swarm / XXX
FA BONX - Jilto Boy
SPIRES - Candy Flip
ELLIS ISLAND SOUND - Intro, Airborne, Travelling
FRIENDLY FIRES and THE ASPHODELLS - Before Your Eyes / Velo
DEAD FADER - In Cover EP
EVIAN CHRIST - Waterfall EP
SMALL BLACK - Real People EP
SUPERFOOD - Mam EP

tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain


Ex-Hex - Hot and Cold

Have a listen to highlights from the month's new releases in our March 2014 Spotify playlist:


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