Monday, March 22, 2010

Noise Pop Festival 2010

Noise Pop Festival
Photos and Review: Lorna Pacheco
February 23-March 1, 2010
San Francisco

Noise Pop delivered a unique series of performances,\ and films with its 18th installment here in San Francisco, from legendary Yoko Ono to local bands that are on the cusp of stardom, such as The Dodos and Maus Haus. Here is my recap of what I went to see as there were just too many shows to choose from.

Wednesday night at Café Du Nord the line up started with the Young Prisms, not the first to say the obvious but the young band had a My Bloody Valentine, distorted garage sound to them. The three-piece band, The Sandwitches, played a down-tempo emotive set and Southern California’s Best Coast, where Bethany Consentino, lead singer brought the house down with the bands lo-fi, surf rock. We talked a bit and she discussed her “amazing experience” touring with the Vivian girls in the east coast a few weeks back.

“Bethany, your band is going to be bigger than the Vivian girls!” I exclaimed in excitement, still pumped from her set. She glowed and swung around on the barstool. Texan boy trio, Harlem, was disappointing as they sounded way too sloppy, which really sucked cause I like their music.

Saturday I hit up club Mezzanine. The line up started with My First Earthquake, lead singer Rebecca Bortman bounced happily all over the stage as she belted out some funny lyrics. Sugar and Gold, a polished synth-pop, band that reminded me of 80’s OMD, shook their tail feathers. My personal favorite was San Francisco’s Maus Haus. Their analog electronics, omni chords, horns and drums delivered hypnotic sounds that reminded me of Can and the Silver Apples. A bold statement, but I have nothing but praise for originality. !!!, always a high energetic performance with their dance oriented rock, put the crowd in an almost riotous state as they were in a gyrating, sweaty frenzy. The festival ended on Monday with The Magnetic Fields performing at Herbst Theatre. That show had sold out and my Noise Pop badge didn't get me in.

Sho Nuff Show Shots: From Paris, With Love - Féloche

Photos: Kristy Sparow

FÉLOCHE - February 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Urbanology: Class Is In Session - Bone Thungs N Harmony

Bone Thugs N Harmony - Rebirth - Official VIdeo

Bone Thugs N Harmony | MySpace Music Videos

Bone Thugs N Harmony

By Crystal Holt

Let's get the awkward question out of the way: Who the hell is the 5th guy? I always thought there were only 4 members of Bones Thugs-n-Harmony. Either I'm remember incorrectly or they have a Apl-de-ap situation on their hands. Who the hell is Flesh-n-Bone?

People don't give Bone enough credit for lyrical style. They get caught up who stole what from where, did blah blah blah originate in Cleveland or Memphis or Mars. Who cares? What is clear is that these four dudes are talented (the jury's still out on that 5th one that I never heard of that joined the group AFTER the grammys and plantinum albums) and they still got it. While I think the chorus is too simple, I get the point. When you find success doing something, people copy your style - Imitation being the highest form of flattery and all that. Where they really shine is in the individual verses. These guys are lyricists. No one listens to 50 Cent for his command of language and his original syntax. I'm still undecided about the music video for "Rebirth" (why is everyone trying to be born again ... I see you Lil Wayne). Are those graphics Q-tips or femurs? I'm so very confused.

Urbanology: Class Is In Session - Dominique Young Unique

Dominique Young Unique - "Show My Ass"

Review by Crystal Holt

First impression, she's got fierce style and a real flow, but she needs some lipstick and the timbre of her voice is unfortunate. Her moniker is too long - drop the Young. Dominique Unique. Done. She also needs some black people in this fucking video. White college frat boys are not her demo. I see this as a real black club (mixed Hip-Hop club) banger. It's fast enough to dance to, DJs will want to remix this and black chicks (hell, women in general) are always looking for a fricking athem (see: Beyonce's "Diva"). And with this uprise of the Black Barbie movement (I see you Nicki fucking Manaj) Dominique Unique could really be the Queen of this genre usurping power from the less talented, nonsensical Manaj. I'm rooting for you Domnique. Keep up the pace, but you might want to pick up some ellocution lessons, too. Don't sleep on the power of folks knowing what the hell you're saying.

(Shout out to Chuck P. of Indie 103.1 and Fader for turning us onto this)

Urbanology: Class Is In Session - Beyonce Works With Lady Gaga

I will preface this review by saying, I'm not a fan but Crystal is. So here you go:

Review by Crystal Holt

I don't give a frick what @mercedesyolanda says. I don't even want to know what a Ke$ha is. I'm on the Gaga train. I also love how the Swedish directed videos are really short films. I'm digging Beyonce in Gaga's technicolor world. And it's hard to channel Madonna, Michael Jackson AND lesbionic B-Movie prison films in the same scene. I was sooooo hoping B would make an appearance in the prison house, but such is life.

They really should play this video and Videophone back to back. You can really see their difference in styles and personalities. I hope some of the Gaga fun and tongue and cheek rubs off on the Beyonzzzz. And I'm starting to wonder why Beyonce didn't get a Droid promo type deal with her video like Gaga got with Verizon and whatever phone they're hocking now. This is one of the videos where you have to watch it over and over again to trully understand what the hell is going on. And don't think I slept on the numerous QT (that's Quentin Tarantino to you lames and NOT Quick Trip you midwesterners) references: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and perhaps a dash of Thelma & Louise. My question is: What the hell will part 2 be about?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Free Stuff: The Bird and The Bee's new album and T-Shirt

The Bird and The Bee will be releasing an awesome collection of Hall and Oates covers later this month ("Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates" - March 23rd) and to honor the release and the amazingness that is Hall and Oates, we're going to give one of you a copy of the album and an awesome t shirt! That's right. You heard me. I want to shower you with The Bird and The Bee gifts. Yay!! By the way, this album is really well done. A fan of both artists, I can assure you that you will dig the personal touch that The Bird and The Bee add to these classics.

All you have to do is send an email with THE BIRD AND THE BEE in the subject line to: - include your name and address. I will pick a winner at random on March 23rd, the day of the release. I make this very simple, folks. Get your entry in. Tell your pals. And good luck!

For now, check out the tracks on these sites...a little musical scavenger hunt:

1. Heard It On The Radio – MySpace
2. I Can’t Go For That – Brooklyn Vegan
3. Rich Girl – SPIN
4. Sara Smile – Entertainment Weekly
5. Kiss On My List - Idolator
6. Maneater – Perez Hilton
7. She’s Gone – AOL Spinner
8. Private Eyes – USA Today
9. One on One – Prefix

Sonic Treat of the Day: Headlights' 'Wild Life'

I've REALLY been digging all of the tracks on 'Wild Life' - the latest release from Headlights (out now on Poly Vinyl Records). If you're a Beach House fan or if you dig you some soft and gentle sonic breeze, you're definitely going to want to check this out. They were in Long Beach recently, and I'm totally bummed I missed them, but at least I can cuddle with the songs.

If you visit RCRDLBL (which you should be doing on a daily basis for a healthy dose of new music), you can download "I Don't Mind At All" and "Get Going," but be sure to get the entire album and enjoy a good ear fuzzin'.

The gang is currently touring with David Bazan and can be seen and heard in the following venues:

03/12 - Norman, OK The Opolis
03/13 - Springfield, MO Gallery Sounds
03/14 - St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
03/15 - Newport, KY Southgate House
03/17 - Nashville, TN Exit/In
03/18 - Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
03/19 - West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
03/20 - Richmond, VA Alley Katz
03/21 - Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
03/22 - Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
03/23 - Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/27 - Grantham, PA Messiah College
03/28 - Columbus, OH The Summit
03/29 - Bloomington, IN The Bishop
03/30 - Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College
04/03 - Dekalb, IL House Cafe
04/04 - Milwaukee, WI Pabst
04/05 - St. Paul, MN Turf Club

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Eye Candy: Simon Cardoza directs the Manhattan Murder Mystery's Video for "Parking Lot"

The video for Manhattan Murder Mystery's "Parking Lot" is black and white beauty in all it's glory. Simon Cardoza (directed videos for Death to Anders and The Happy Hollows) does it again.


Manhattan Murder Mystery - Parking Lot from Simon Cardoza on Vimeo.

The band will be making the rounds at SXSW before returning to L.A. to rock your face off at a few local shows. Visit the band's myspace page for more tunes and a list of dates.