Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Children's Choir Covers Phoenix

Continuing on the Phoenix tip, I came across this video which is spreading quickly of the PS22 Chorus (who contributed vocals for Passion Pit's debut) singing their version of Phoenix's "Lisztomania." Read more about these brilliant kids in the Guardian. Considering they'll be featured in Entertainment Weekly and probably a million other publications, this isn't any sort of scoop. Still, this choir puts other kids to shame. Gotta love the husky dude in white being spastically into it and his buddy's Mutombo finger wag around the 2:05 mark. Much respect.

PS22 Chorus - Lisztomania

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Free Phoenix Live Album

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was undoubtedly one of 2009's highlights so this free album featuring 8 of the album's 9 tracks performed live at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney earlier this month is a treat not to be missed. The Observer is giving it away here but only until midnight this Tuesday, so grab it now. You can also check out the paper's comprehensive interview with the band here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Is Australia

Continuing my mission to attend every quality musical festival in the world, I sidestepped the harsh British winter this year to spend the first few weeks sampling the Australian summer festival season. In between navigating the dangers of spontaneous human combustion from the heat and locating their unfeasibly small two dollar coins in my wallet; I found time to immerse myself in the indie music scene. Primarily centered in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne this included attendances at Slopfrenzy, Southbound and St Jerome Laneway's events.

True to form, I've chronicled my antipodean adventures with a mix-tape of my favourite discoveries. I present to you: This Is Australia

1 - Philadelphia Grand Jury - Going To the Casino (Tomorrow Night)
2 - Yves Klein Blue - Polka
3 - John Steel Singers - Rainbow Kraut
4 - Canvas Kites - Wayside
5 - Little Red - Waiting
6 - Sugar Army - No Need for Lovers
7 - Cameras - June
8 - Felicity Groom & the Black Black Smoke - 39 Ways To Leave Your Lover
9 - Tame Impala - Sundown Syndrome
10 - Lisa Mitchell - Neapolitan Dreams
11 - Little Birdy - Brother
12 - Teeth & Tongue - Sea Ice
13 - Sarah Blasko - No Turning Back
14 - Frequent Flyer - Twirl & Sink

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Think About Evangelical Life

Who knew that Think About Life would appeal to the devout masses? Their new video for "Havin' My Baby" shows what good music can do to people who believe in it. Starring muppet look-a-likes a hip preacher rockin' out to my favourite Think About Life track, a church is taken over by the sweet sounds of TAL. Can't wait to see TAL invade the cribs of a daycare next. Nobody's safe.
For those fortunate enough to attend SXSW, TAL will be showcasing their dominance of the live show.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friday Five: Two-foot Express

There's nothing new to post in this week's Friday Five. These are just tracks that get me up and out of the house for work. Once out of the house, they ease my two-foot commute. Everyone has their own tracks that gets them up and at 'em.
Here's what got me to work this week:
P.s. For those in Ottawa, catch The Lovely Feathers on March 8 with The Love Machine and Oceans at Mavericks.