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Chang and the Gang at The Smell
Monday, May 25, 2009, 11:18 k
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I was lucky enough to find out about The Chain and the Gang show in the nick of time this past Friday. Ian Svenonius’ (of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) new band includes Sarah Pedal (SLA), Brian Weber (Dub Narcotic Sound System), Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), and Bret Lyman (Bad Thoughts), and they didn’t disappoint. At all.

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Svenonius took on that soul-drenched preacher persona that he does so well, pairing it with a hard driving, murky beat a la The Standells. The message was palatably political and delivered with Svenonius’ usual sense of conviction and humor as he railed against “fast food, bad architecture, materialism, rampant greed, environmental destruction, imperial conquest, class struggle,” all of which he says have become “synonymous with ‘liberty'”.

The short set left the crowd wanting more and included “Reparations”, “What is a Dollar”, and the assasinati-themed “Deathbed Confession” from Chain’s debut album Down with Liberty…Up with Chains!, which can be purchased on the K Records site and iTunes.

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In short: Svenonius still has it.  Chain and the Gang’s LA debut was as compelling as any Make-Up show, with the same amount of energy and fervor. And he still makes you want to dance.  It’s a shame the show wasn’t jam-packed, you’d expect a larger crowd considering how influential Svenonius has been. No respect!  It’s also a little suprising since Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) was also in tow with his new band, The Hive Dwellers.

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You can still see the remaining dates of the tour, which end June 1 in Olympia, Washington.  See the dates after the cut.

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–Valentina

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Obsession of the Week: Dark Night of the Soul

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The Obsession of the Week is Dark Night of the Soul, which is the collaboration of Dangermouse and Sparklehorse with various other musicians. This audio visual project was to be released this summer, but legal issues between Dangermouse and his label have basically scrapped the project.

Fear not, however,  it will still be released as a book with images shot by David Lynch. The book will have a limited run of 5000 on May 29th. You can pre-order it here . The album has leaked
all over the internet and the book will come with a blank CD-R so that you can do with it what you will.

The album features a very talented line up of singers, including Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), James Mercer (The Shins) and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) to name a few. Check out a song from the album and the tracklisting below.

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Dark Night of the Soul Tracklisting:
01. Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)
02. Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
03. Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)
04. Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)
05. Angel’s Harp (feat. Black Francis)
06. Pain (feat. Iggy Pop)
07. Star Eyes (I Can Catch It) (feat. James Mercer)
08. Everytime I’m With You (feat. Jason Lytle)
09. Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)
10. Daddy’s God (feat. Nina Persson)
11. The Man Who Played God (feat. Nina Persson)
12. Grain Augury (feat. Vic Chesnutt)
13. Dark Night Of The Soul (feat. Vic Chesnutt)

–Mikey

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Whyred: Spring Dresses to Gush Over
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 06:00 k
Filed under: Consume This, Designer Spotlight | Tags: , , , ,

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It’s rare that I see a Swedish design that I don’t love, and these dresses by Whyred are no exception. I want them all…now! You have to do some work to find the label started by these former H&M designers on American sites, but it’s possible–there are a few pieces from the Spring/Summer collection on Opening Ceremony and Revolve Clothing, but they don’t come cheap.  Good luck!

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Fever Ray on Tour!
Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:38 k
Filed under: Music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

Fever Ray the side project from Karen Dreijer Andersson of the Knife will be launching a US tour this fall. The tour promises to be an audiovisual spectacle from the same artist responsible for the video of
“If I Had A Heart”. Make sure to get your tickets as it will surely be a
sold out affair like the 2006 brief US tour for the Knife.

09-28 New York, NY- Webster Hall
09-29 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10-01 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
10-02 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
10-03 Chicago, IL – Metro
10-05 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom
10-07 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater

-Mikey



Film Pick: Rudo y Cursi

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The film pick of the week is Rudo y Cursi, the directorial debut of Carlos Cuaron. The film brings back the acting duo of Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, who both had their breakthroughs in Y Tu Mama Tambien. The film centers around two brother living in a rural town in Mexico, and they both get a chance at soccer stardom when a scout comes looking for talent. Both brothers have their vices, which lead to huge consequences later on in the film.

Another notable thing about the film is the soundtrack, which features a number of acts such as Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina, Black Lips and Dios Malos covering regional Mexican songs. The soundtrack was released on May 5th. Check out the trailer below and a hilarious music video of Gael Garcia Bernal singing  “I Want You to Want Me” from the soundtrack.

-Mikey

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Watch This: Matt and Kim’s “Lesson Learned”
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 01:56 k
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The Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim have released a new video for the song “Lesson Learned” off the new album Grand. The video, which is directed by Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault, features the cute-as-a-button duo drumming up their sex appeal as they strip down in New York’s Time Square. All I have to say is I hope there is a director’s cut of the video released.

Matt and Kim recently finished a stint, opening up for Cut Copy this spring and have some more US shows this summer.

Check out the tour dates after the cut.

-Mikey

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Loren Rochelle’s Love Birds: The Photo Shoot
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 06:42 k
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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of helping out at the Love Birds photo shoot.  This LA-based accessory line is a Threadtrend favorite, so I was really thrilled to help brand founder Loren Rochelle style the shoot.  We were blessed with great clothes, magical light and gorgeous models.  The new Love Birds site will be up soon, so you’ll get to see Loren’s vision come to life plus all her new pieces, which are nothing short of amazing . We’ll keep you posted.

Get your hands on what’s left of Loren’s current stock on her Etsy site.

–Valentina

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