New Yves Klein Blue Video

If seeing Michael Tomlinson from Yves Klein Blue get naked is on your bucket list, you can now die happy.

For the alternate version of the About the Future video which was relased today, you get to see him strip down. While it is an interesting idea that suits the vulnerable nature of the song, it just seems a bit wrong. I spent the whole video feeling like I was watching something I shouldn’t be. And this is coming from a 17 year old girl with a thing for indie musicians. If that was the aim of the director, then they’ve certainly done a good job.

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDOB-J8tc10

Friday Covers 19/02/10

It’s been ages since I’ve done a covers post. One thing you will notice this year is that I’m going to be even worse with my self-imposed deadlines thanks to the wonders of VCE. So let’s just pretend that it’s a Tuesday and that I have some kind of time management skills.

I have two covers for you today. Neither of them are all that  recent but they’re both very good.

The other day I found out that they’re going to release a documentary about Stephin Merrit from the Magnetic Fields called Strange Powers. He is one of the few songwriters who can write songs that are bitter, funny, sad and happy all at the same time. The trailer looks pretty  good although I don’t know when the film will be released in Australia.

The Shins were one of the first “indie” bands that I really got into. I think it has something to do with really good pop songs, something which they have delivered on numerous occasions. Although it may not be cool anymore, I still really like them and thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to share their cover of Strange Powers, the best love song to mention  Thai prostitutes. No, I’m not joking.

The Shins- Strange Powers.mp3

It’s no secret that I love The Decemberists and the  guys over at You Ain’t No Picasso have posted a Decemberists cover archive with 56 songs and counting. It’s amazing. I thought I would post one of my favourite covers from the list, a cover of Joanna Newsom’s Bridges and Balloons. I can’t stand Joanna Newsom’s voice however I might have to give her another listen after hearing this version, which almost sounds like it could be a Decemberists original.

The Decemberists- Bridges and Balloons.mp3

How Much Do You Love Me?

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I thought I would post this brilliant short film. It’s called How Much Do You Love Me and is directed by Nick Ball, a film maker from Melbourne. I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll just have to watch it.

Mezz Coleman- Parts of You, Parts of Me

Sarah Blasko, Yelka, Claire Bowditch…It’s hard not  to be amazed at the number of quality female singer-songwriters coming out of Australia. Now we have another name to add to the list: Melbourne singer-songwriter Mezz Coleman. Mezz effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and pop and creates music that’s catchy enough to sing along to yet sophisticated enough to play at a dinner party.

Her debut album Parts of You, Parts of Me, will be released on the 20th of February and it could easily rival anything created by some of this countries more well-known singer-songwriters.

One of the problems with any kind of acoustic music is that often there is a lack of variety and the songs can blend into each other. This is not a problem with this album. While most of the songs remain at a fairly slow tempo, thy range from cheerful to mournful and Mezz’s voice has a way of drawing you in. Most of her songs are just as catchy as anything that gets played on your local top 40 radio station.

Circus is probably the most upbeat song on the album and the inclusion of horns makes it stand out from the crowd. Sorry, Sorry is both beautiful and depressing and highlights Mezz’s skill as both as a vocalist and a songwriter.Can I Be almost has a touch of Tori Amos about it and showcases her quirky side.

Parts of You, Parts of Me is an outstanding album. If you’re remotely interested in Australian music I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. You won’t regret it.

9/10

Mezz Coleman’s album launch is on the 20th of February at Gertrude’s Brown Couch. If you’re in Melbourne and want to see some good live music, you should definitely come along.

http://www.myspace.com/mezzcoleman

Mezz Coleman- Circus.mp3

Mountain Goats Australian Tour

When I heard that The Mountain Goats were touring Australia I got very excited and then extremely frustrated because their Melbourne show isn’t all ages. Sometimes, no, most of the time, I really want to punch  liquor licensing Victoria in the face. And they think that alcohol makes you violent…

If you’re yet to hear The Mountain Goats, I highly recommend that you do. While their sound differs between their lo-fi and high-fi albums, the main focus is always on John Darnielle’s brilliant and often depressing lyrics.

Their Australian tour dates are:

Sunday April 11 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Tuesday April 13 – Manning Bar, Sydney
Wednesday April 14 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday April 16 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Sunday April 18 – The Rosemount, Perth

Forget what I said about Love To A Monster by Okkervil River being the most bitter break-up song ever, No Children is by far the most bitter I’ve heard. Who can beat lyrics like ” I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow/I hope it bleeds all day long.” It’s dark,  malicious and amazing.

 

The Mountain Goats- No Children.mp3

Club NME

As some of you may know, I work at a new agents. In between selling dirty magazines to old men and being asked directions to everywhere within a 50km radius, I get to read magazines during my lunch break. As you can imagine, I spend most of my time flicking through the music magazines. While Spin is by far my favourite, whenever I want to read crazy amounts of hype or about one of the Gallager brothers pissing off yet another person, NME can provide a lot of entertainment.

Now you can experience all the fun of your favourite bitchy music magazine in person, with the Club NME tour which will be happening in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

It is set to become a reoccurring event and the first one will feature Philadelphia Grand Jury, Yacht Club DJs, Purple Sneakers DJs and most impressively, a DJ set from Andy Rouke, the bassist from The Smiths.

The dates are:

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – Empire Hotel, BRISBANE

FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY – The Hi Fi Bar, MELBOURNE

SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY – Manning Bar, SYDNEY

To celebrate, Yacht Club have remixed The Good News by Philadelphia Grand Jury. Admittedly I’m not a huge remix fan and although it’s fun to hear the song in a different way, it looses some of the charm of the original.

Philadelphia Grand Jury- The Good News (Yacht Club Remix)


Tuesday Covers 3/02/10

Today I have two covers of Hot Chip’s And I Was A Boy From School to share with you. Both are from Triple J’s Like a Version segment.

British India are one of those bands that I should probably like, but don’t. I don’t mean that in an all-the-other bloggers-are-doing-it kind of way, but in the sense that I like many similar bands and it would make perfect sense for me to be a huge fan of their music. I think the problem is that every time they’re finally winning me over I hear something of theirs that has the opposite effect. The lacklustre live show I saw probably didn’t help either.

This cover is one of those songs that makes me think, even if it’s only for a brief three minutes, that British India are in fact a great band and not at all boring and repetive. Although the fact that it isn’t their song may be part of this.

British India- And I Was A Boy From School.mp3

Everything Grizzly Bear play sounds mesmerizing. Even if you’re not a huge fan of their music it is easy to be in awe of their layered and  perfectly crafted songs. Unlike British India, these guys make the song sound pretty complete with fantastic vocal harmonies and gentle acoustic guitar.

Grizzly Bear- And I Was A Boy From School.mp3