Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The Bridging the Atlanic crew really likes Dan Deacon's album Spiderman of the Rings, and we think you will too. Tracks range from frenetic schizo electro bashers ('The Crystal Cat') to twinkly ambient noise-scapes ('Big Milk) to atmospheric synth-pop ('Pink Batman'). Plus it has neat cover art and the songs all have cool names. Deacon is now on tour and Ottawa kids can catch him at Zaphods on July 10th.
Dan Deacon - The Crystal Cat
Dan Deacon - Pink Batman
The video for 'The Crystal Cat', released a couple of weeks ago, is typical Deacon fare:
Friday, May 25, 2007
Lucky White Stripes fans on this side of the pond got an early taste of new track 'Icky Thump' last month when British radio station 83 XFM gave it spin, and I for one was hooked. It's a little heavier than the average Stripes song, but you won't hear me complaining. It's been in my iPod's heavy rotation playlist for the last few weeks; those of you who haven't heard it yet should give it a listen.
The album (also titled Icky Thump) won't be available until June 19th, but the 'Icky Thump' single can now be purchased from the iTunes store and the video was released today.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Hot Chip - And I Was A Boy From School
Hot Chip - And I Was A Boy From School (Acoustic Version)
Friday, May 18, 2007
If Brian Wilson had been born in 1982 instead of 1942, he probably would have released music that sounds a lot like Panda Bear. Although the Bear's new album Person Pitch is a little out there for some people, I'm totally loving it and really picking up a Beach Boys vibe. It's all vocal harmonies, lots of reverb and slick pop production. I think Brian would be proud.
Panda Bear - Bros (edit)
Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Brighton outfit Fijiya and Miyagi have released the video for their single 'Ankle Injuries' from recent album Transparent Things and it's a looker. Catch them this summer as they do the festival circuit and make stops in Montreal and Toronto July 10th and 11th respectively.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Australia's Van She have been popping out some tight remixes lately. Last month Bridging the Atlantic brought you a vocal re-work of Dragonette's 'I Get Around', and now we present this Kitsune Maison Compilation 3 electro-tastic remix of the Klaxons hit 'Gravity Rainbow' that sounds absolutely nothing like the original (in a good way). Keep your eyes on these guys.
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Shapes and Sizes are an incredible Canadian band you didn't even know existed. They're from Victoria, B.C. and they sound kinda like Islands and kinda like Built to Spill. But different.
Shapes and Sizes - Island's Gone Bad
Shapes and Sizes - Wilderness
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Last month I had the pleasure of seeing my first full set by the guy who calls himself Final Fantasy. Actually one Owen Pallett from Toronto, in the live setting Final Fantasy is just a violin and a looping pedal. This simple musical formula, along with his excellent albums which feature more varied production, has created one of Canada's most recognized and acclaimed artists. Last year Pallett won Canada's inaugural Polaris Prize for his sophomore album, He Poos Clouds, and he has contributed string arrangements to the likes of Arcade Fire, Fucked Up and DFA1979.
Final Fantasy - Many Lives -> 49 MP
Final Fantasy - This is the Dream of (Win & Regine) (live)
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007