Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Good ol' Gregg, or as we lovingly call him, Girl Talk, took the stage of the Commodore Ballroom the other night in downtown Vancouver. A pleasant step up from Richards on Richards where he has performed before, according to him. We chatted a bit before the show as I was shooting an interview with him. But you'll have to head over to Punktv.ca in the near future to get the whole skinny on that talk. Anyways, all was good, and we chatted about the album, Australian bands, and audio software after the shoot. Once the show began the regular dance madness ensued with concert goers jumping to the stage. His high energy set included a fair amount of new cuts, as well as some different variations to the samples on 'Feed the Animals'. But whats most important is what I heard from Gregg and not his laptop. As I headed to the back to get out of the sweaty dance madness for a beer. Gregg announced to the audience that he had more material out this week called 'Undertow' and that it's "A lot of fun." And that's all I heard about it the whole night. It would've been nice for him to mention it beforehand! So anyways, keep an eye out for new Girl Talk material within days. You heard it from BTA first! Well..maybe..I'm not too sure on that.
Girl Talk - Still Here
Friday, July 25, 2008
Well, Omaha-bred Tilly & the Wall and their indie-tap assault will be hitting Toronto's Mod Club on Aug. 2nd and our friends at ATG are hooking us up with one pair of tickets to give away. Adding to the spectacle, straight outta Auckland, kiwi's The Ruby Suns will open the show with their terrifically eclectic and expansive pop. Both these bands are pretty wild, trust us. This is one you'd be foolish not to enter, so simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Talk that talk that smack!" for your chance to win. Contest closes at noon on the 1st of August.
Tilly and the Wall - Pot Kettle Black
The Ruby Suns - There Are Birds
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Ayumi Hamasaki - Beautiful Fighters (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Justice do MGMT? Sounds like a decent combination, no? I like it better than the original, a lot more actually.
MGMT - Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Its not difficult to conclude that the mood that NYC's The Mood is attempting to evoke is a pleasant one; a beautiful summer afternoon, hanging out the park with friends. Perhaps there's croquet or bocce involved, perhaps not. Or, wandering around your hometown streets later on that same night, likely drinking from a poorly-concealed can of Old Milwaukee. Whatever the specifics are, it's certainly a pleasant time.
The press release states "fans of the New Pornographers take note." And while one could argue that they borrow a little too heavily from their Canadian counterparts, it can also be argued that there's no such thing as too much of a good thing. So, if you're a fan of male and female harmonies over guitar-driven, glockenspiel-laden indie pop and "oooh la la la" sing-a-long opps, then these two tracks below should put you in The Mood.
The Mood - Eskimo Scientist
The Mood - Masquerade
Fleet Foxes crank out the claymation.
Junip, older but overlooked... and Swedish, so you know it must be at least mediocre. Let's play guess the singer!
No Age - Things I Did When I Was Dead
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
Junip - Turn to the Assassin
Junip - The Ghost of Tom Joad
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So this is just about the best remix I've heard over the past few months. I guess it's more of a cover, actually, but whatever. The track was RAC's contribution to REWIND, the 80s cover project spearheaded by Spanish blog BuffetLibre.
RAC featuring Karl Kling - Take On Me (a-ha cover)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
While not what we had in mind when naming this little website of ours, the other continent across the Atlantic is in the spotlight today. Lifelong BTA ally Rainer Tan picked up for Tanzania last year and has been doing fine work ever since, volunteering on logistical operations for hospitals and equally noble community building programs. His journey's taken him across the continent, and as if it wasn't enough he's an ace humanitarian, he might just become the next Tanzanian radio king. The song he recently recorded with his friend Amani has been receiving regular radio play in that country, and though he's modest about its success, we think that's pretty fucking cool. "Tuko Pamoja" is a bright, summer tune with a spirited message of unity. Have a listen, sit back, enjoy the sunshine.
We've thrown in some other downloads from Africa's finest that you can try very hard not to like, but, you know...Angelique Kidjo, fresh off her appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest, delivers one of the most triumphant songs Benin, or the continent at large, has seen with "Sedjedo." And if you missed our post on William Onyeabor, check it out.
Amani & Rainer - Tuko Pamoja
Angelique Kidjo feat. Ziggy Marley - Sedjedo
Amadou & Mariam - Je Pense a Toi (Alix Remix)
Issa Bagayogo - Bana
Friday, July 11, 2008
Festival Season: iTunes Live Festival features free performances from CSS, Black Kids, Foals and many more
So here's the deal: iTunes is hosting a month-long festival of free gigs at KOKO, "London's premiere live music venue". Almost every night in July will feature live performances from bands including Foals, Black Kids, CSS, Lykke Li, Ting Tings, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Zutons, Death Cab For Cutie, N*E*R*D, Guillemots and Lightspeed Champion. Did I mention that it's FREE? Check out the lineup and enter to win tickets for the rest of the month's acts. All you need is an iTunes account.
XFM is also doing their part in giving away tickets and providing post-gig reviews; visit here for an extra chance to win tickets through these guys.
Generous friends hooked me up with a ticket to Monday night's Foals/Black Kids gig which was surely the festival highlight (pictures below) and also won multiple tickets for several other nights so it seems that the odds of winning are good, which would make sense as KOKO's total capacity is over 1500.
Foals performing 'Cassius':
Foals performing 'Hummer':
Foals - Balloons
Black Kids - Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The Beatles - I am the Walrus
The Beatles - Helter Skelter
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Here are a few clips of the band, the first performing for BalconyTV, a gem of a show if you haven't heard, based out of a Dublin apartment not unlike Pitchfork.tv's Don't Look Down series.
2/5's of the band performing: "Baby's Got Some Good News on the Way"
Performing: "Modern Boys and Girls"
Television Room - Coffee Houses
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
BTA will be on the grounds covering the entire festival, and we've also got a pair to give away, all courtesy of Gillett. If you'd like to spend your August long weekend in Montreal checking out a slew of fantastic local, Canadian, and International talent, just send us an email with the subject line "Osheaga, son!". Contest closes Sunday, July 20th at Noon.
N.E.R.D. - My Drive Thru (ft Santogold and Julian Casablancas)
The Wooden Sky - Darker Streets Than Mine
Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains - American Names
Little My is a collective from Cardiff and Bristol of 8-15 members, playing short cheery songs designed for the young ones. The Guess Who? themed website and cartoonish image are perfect for younger listeners and nostalgic adults, while songs like "All the Beeps Meep" are clever enough to give older peeps a smirk.
Morrissey's "Children in Pieces" and Broken Social Scene's "Horses" both involve kids in distress. The former is familiar Morrissey subject matter, delivering a slick condemnation of children's roles in organized religion. "Horses," a Patti Smith cover, is a brief and jarring tale of terror and escape, quite different than anything the Arts & Crafts collective has delivered before. It appears in Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments starring Ellen Page.
Little My - All the Beeps Meep
Morrissey - Children in Pieces
Broken Social Scene - Horses
Islands - Kids Don't Know Shit
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
Born Ruffians - Little Garcon
Cat Power - Theme From New York, New York
The blog world, BTA included, has been following Black Kids ever since their myspace Wizard of Ahhh's EP took the interweb by storm. Soon after, they were thrown into a fairly rigorous worldwide touring schedule, where they were praised by some, and harshly criticized by others for not being able to bring the energy and sound of their EP to the live stage. In addition, the Jacksonville natives were beginning to pop up on the mainstream radar due to the likes of MTV (they still care about music? I thought it was all about dating mom's and spoiled rich girl parties these days) All this before even having a full length album under their belt. On July 7th, their full length album Partie Traumatic hits the street. One would think the group have been under alot of pressure from both fans and the industry to live up to the hype they have been generating online over the past year. The 10 track album includes all of the songs from the EP with some better quality production and a few more layers to add more depth. Some will miss the somewhat grainy and low-fi sound of Reggie's voice from the original recordings however. Both sets of recordings have their good & bad in my opinion. The fact that only 3 new tracks are introduced on the album is a bit of a let down. But I guess thats what you get when you are expected to tour and make your first record all at the same time. The title track is what caught my ear at the live show and is my favorite of the new releases. The other two tracks have merit but don't seem to embody the energy we've come to expect from these guys. You can get the album here and can catch them on tour since they have been thrown out on the road yet again, on both sides of the Atlantic, well into November. Good luck with that guys...
- Matty B.
Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
Saturday, July 05, 2008
People Project, a Canadian-Mexican hybrid built on Latin rhythms and cross-cultural unification, is an extremely talented bunch of dudes. A few members are also part of Ottawa-based SoulJazz Orchestra (MySpace), great in their own right, who happened to join People Project on stage at the end of the set. The songs on their MySpace don't do the improvisational live show justice, but "People," the highlight of the set (with beat-boxing intact) is definitely worth a listen.
José González. What more can be said about this guy, no stranger to the world circuit. He's in his own league with songs ranging from timid to unnerved, at times hopeful, always earnest, sometimes even a bit pissed off at accepted practices (see: "Cycling Trivialities" from last year's In Our Nature). The subtly winding latino and classical guitar riffs sound just as good in the open air as they do in a pair of headphones. If you haven't seen him live and are unsure, here's our stamp of approval (as though that's needed). As an aside, I got a chance to have a couple words with the bearded Swede about the festival circuit and playing Ottawa, one of the highlights of the night.
TV on the Radio. Luckily these boys were delayed in starting, allowing some stage to stage travel time after "Heartbeats" and the like...From "Province" to "Wolf Like Me," and the appropriate "Staring at the Sun" (this was around 8:30, or just before sunset), they did a fine job of commanding the stage and trying to reach out beyond the obvious fan base to those waiting around for The Hip. Very charismatic, passionate performance.
The Tragically Hip. A rare band whose popularity in Canada is wildly beyond that of anywhere else they have a fanbase. As patriotic as you can be, they sang of small-town life, hockey, loyalty, "Courage," and on and on. They covered most, if not all big hits. The following day's paper reported around 25,000 in attendance, if that's so, they seemed to all be standing between my friends and the stage. A sea of people rippling with national pride is captivating, no matter where in the world that may occur. For those outside Canada who know little of The Hip, please check them out to get dose of real Canadiana.
José González - Down the Line
José González - Cycling Trivialities
TV on the Radio - Province
The Tragically Hip - Fireworks
(thanks to Wolves Hawks & Kites for that last link)
Friday, July 04, 2008
Last week I was absent-mindedly perusing the contents of my favourite local charity shop (that’s ‘thrift shop’ for you North Americans) when my ears were blessed with a fantastic sound – 70’s African soul with an electro flavour. What I was hearing was so good that I approached the shop’s proprietor to ask about the scratchy vinyl he was playing on his ancient record player. And this is how I discovered William Onyeabor.
The LP my new friend was listening to turned out to be Onyeabor’s 1978 album Atomic Bomb. He told me that William Onyeabor is pretty much a legend in his home country of
According to a bio on the interweb:
William Onyeabor studied cinematography in
The excellent African music blog With Comb & Razor recently made available an mp3 rip of the original vinyl version of 'When the Going is Good & Smooth' from Onyeabor's mid-80s album Anything You Sow and I've included it below along with the classic 'Better Change Your Mind'.
William Onyeabor - When the Going is Smooth & Good
William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Hot off the heels of their recent North American super-tour Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit have scheduled a July 8th appearance at Madame Jo Jo's in the heart of Soho. Supporters include New Zealand's fantastic Collapsing Cities, who most recently toured with Black Kids, and Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit. According to event promoters White Heat, "Esau has just finished recording his album with Radioclit at the helm and collaborations from MIA, Santogold and Vampire Weekend. He's originally from Malawi and works in a furniture shop in Clapton. He is amazing." He sure is. Check out 'Kamphopo', his unique take on Architecture in Helsinki's 'Heart it Races' and his bloody brilliant version of M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes'.
I've already got my tickets, but you might want to hurry over here and grab yours for only £5 as this one is sure to sell out FAST.
Frightened Rabbit - Fast Blood
Collapsing Cities - Fear of Opening My Mouth
Collapsing Cities - Seriously
Esau Mwamwaya - Kamphopo
Esau Mwamwaya - Tengazako