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“Poison Lips” Video

March 24, 2010

Awesome video of the day: Vitalic’s “Poison Lips”. This has gotta be one of the coolest videos ever visually, and the song is… well, it’s Vitalic (i.e. DOPE). Extremely cool editing of the video makes this one a killer.

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Hot Chip “I Feel Better” video

March 22, 2010

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New Hot Chip video for another single from One Life Stand, “I Feel Better”. This video… is SO FRICKIN WEIRD AND AWESOME. Watch it and be delighted/disturbed. It starts with a really hilarious boyband and goes in directions you can only imagine… I LOL’d and LOL’d again. (Click hotlink to watch, can’t embed the video)

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Little Boots & Dragonette, Fillmore (SF) 3/9

March 11, 2010

As soon as I heard about this show, my ears perked up. Little Boots and my ol’ almost-buddies Dragonette, at my favorite venue (other than Mezzanine), the Fillmore (which is now a five minute walk from my house). Sounds killer!

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(poster from the show the next day, not the one I attended)

And it was. I arrived in the middle of the first band, Class Actress (replacing Fan Death, who were previously billed for the show). They were pretty  enjoyable from what I heard, kind of like electro-Pretenders-y. Their singer chick had some very high-waisted pants, I must say.

Dragonette, I’m pleased to report, was rocking hard, but I was sad to note that Chris Hugget, the guitarist I danced with last time, was nowhere to be seen 😦 Oh well. They still turned in a great set, opening with “I Get Around” but then playing mainly new songs (other than “Black Limousine”) for the set, and finishing with a banging rendition of “Fixin’ to Thrill”. Martina was sporting a very short mushroom haircut and some pleather leggings… yeow.

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(There are… no words for how much I love this image. How much it pleases me on some deep level.)

Little Boots, for whom my appreciation heretofore would better be expressed in terms of “like” rather than “love”, put on a dynamite set that convinced me of her rightful place as a music mega-star. First of all, she is extremely talented. I think that’s more apparent live than on the album, though now listening again I appreciate it more. During the show, in addition to singing and dancing she also played the keyboard, various synths, Tenori-on, keytar, and… probably more I’m forgetting! haha.

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The diminutive L. Boots took the smoke-filled stage draped in a metallic disco-druid hooded cape to open with “Ghost”. She threw off the cape to reveal a short gold number with a proliferation of ruffles engulfing the top half of the dress. Bold moves. (In fact I think it’s the outfit from the album cover?) She played almost every song from the album, very very well I must say.. in some cases making me rethink my original opinions on the songs.

(Plus, the Fillmore.. so legit. They have the dope lights, and the good DJ in between sets! Man, playing all the best remixes. Sorry, just had to gush about that awesomeness for a sec.)

The entire show was awesome, but I have to say “Remedy” seemed to be the big winner.

The other best moment was when she rocked out on the KEYTAR to “Symmetry”.

For the encore she came out alone in a new spangled outfit and sat alone at the keyboard for a bit, and busted out with this old favorite:

So yeah, good show, Boots. In some ways she reminds me a bit of…. Lady Gaga, except she is so totally different. She’s like the Anti-Gaga, mainly because of her sweetness and sincerity and goofiness. Boots is extremely endearing. She has a really cute accent too of course (“this byoo-ih-full synthesi-zah” ❤ ). She’s stylish but comes off a lot meeker, and is pretty clearly a better musician, in my opinion. (Though I have not seen Gaga live, I would imagine she is a better performer. For those ticket prices I would hope so!!)

Of course there were numerous fellows in attendance shouting out their love eternal for LB (“I LOVE YOOOOOU!”), and I have to say I couldn’t blame them.

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Shows, shows, shows

March 3, 2010

Well, I’ve gotten back into the swing of show-going in a big way as of late, a trend I hope to continue… things look good on that front as I just moved to SF (like 3 min walk to the Fillmore.. yes! also 5 min walk from work to Mezzanine… DOUBLE YES).

Anyway. Long post ahoy! If I were better about posting these things when they happened this would not subsequently have to happen. (Further disclaimer: I was forced to use the word awesome a lot in this update.)

Awesome shows I went to last week:

Vitalic (Feb 20th, Mezzanine)

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AMAZING. I definitely had high expectations for this one and he delivered in every way. If he is coming to… a theater near you, and you at all like dancing/dance music, you better go! The show was packed and everyone was really into it. As the saying goes, he’s a killer on the dance floor. Also I made a few attempts to dance on the stage at this show, all of which were quickly thwarted by security. COME ONNN!

Also I was just reminded of this awesome video.

Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band (Feb 24th, Fox Theater), Deerhoof (opening)

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I didn’t have a clue what to expect of this show when my friends invited me last minute, but it turned out to be a really interesting show at wonderful theater (my first time to the Fox). The show itself was weird and spectacular and touching and fun. I’ve never really given much consideration to Yoko herself as an artist, but thanks to this show my perception of her has really changed for the better. I think she is amazing as an artist and a cultural force, and I have to say it is just cool in itself to see a 68 year old asian woman who is a freakin rock star, haha.

The “Plastic Ono Band” was totally awesome too. Sean Lennon on guitar, bass, keys, some vocals (he is a pretty rad dude in his own right… he and his girlfriend have a new band now called The Ghost of a Sabre-Toothed Tiger… I say again, rad!). Cornelius on the guitar and Tenori-On (which I blogged about before but apparently the post vanished… anyway, you can bet I squee’d). Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto [wo]manning the electronic station. There were several other neat musicians I didn’t recognize. The best one was this awesome guy with long dreadlocks who apparently plays literally over a thousand instruments… crazy! He played like 3-4 different weird instruments, none of which I recognized, each on a different song.

The show also featured SF locals and indie weird favorites Deerhoof as the opening act, who I’ve seen… four? five? times now? Haha. Good to see they are moving up in the world. Also they had a special Japanese guest performer named Pikachu come out and drum for them on one song. Just thought you might like to know that.

And at the end everyone joined in a rousing round of “Give Peace a Chance”.

!!! (Feb 27th, Mezzanine)

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This was my fourth time seeing our awesome friends, !!!. (For those not in the loop, the band’s name is said with any sound repeated three times, but the most common and accepted one is “chk chk chk”) And it was the best one yet. The crowds in NorCal always go extra nuts for !!! (they’re from Sacramento/SF) and it was one of the most wound-up crowds ever, even for the Mezzanine (which never disappoints). I don’t know what it is (other than magic). There was also a lot of crowd-surfing going on, a lot of which was the most inept crowd surfing ever, haha. It was usually over in a matter of seconds, frequently ending with just the surfer’s feet poking up and dangling above, the head nowhere to be seen.

It was also a big night for me getting hit in the face with projectiles (anyone who has known me for a long time knows about my problem with.. apparently having a head that magnetically attracts flying objects, and being tall makes for an easy target). The “best” moment was when the black lady singer of the band threw an almost-empty beer cup wildly and, surprise, it hit me in the face.

Despite this, the show rocked my face off. In the good way. My friend MC Cool and I agreed that they are pretty much everything one can ask for in a band or a show. They also said they are approaching their 10 year mark as a band, which I find awesome!! Keep up the good work, !!!. Let’s see you guys again real soon, eh?

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Late of the Pier new video

February 24, 2010

Late of the Pier, a band that I initially dismissed and disliked as Klaxon-wannabes (based on the video for “Bathroom Gurgle” – still hate that song title, guys. haha. I don’t get the band name either, but ok let’s stay on target here). Gradually I came to really enjoy after giving their debut album, Fantasy Black Channel, a try.

Now they have a new song and video out, and it’s good. On both counts. I recommend full-screen for optimal fun 😉 I think this portends a good future for LOTP.

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A few videos…

January 17, 2010

So, Chromeo has a new video out for their fantastic single “Night By Night”… it’s not the best video ever, but it is fun and I like the dancing. As EJ noted, it seems Chromeo has been given a significantly bigger budget for this new album… which they used to hire a choreographer and a cadre of ladymodels, haha. At first I was like uhhhh this is really weird, they’re like humping each other in an empty warehouse while all the other ladies watch?? But EJ was like “Well it’s like secret dance lessons” and I was like ohh, ok. hahah. Also the Chromeo dudes are amusing.

Then there’s THIS little beauty I just discovered yesterday, from the Danish band PRIVATE… this song is sooo cool. Just from the vocals, it sounds a little like it could be a Maroon 5 remix, if Maroon 5 was WAY cooler. And again the video features a cadre of ladies… most with very prominently displayed breasts. But they do have snazzy outfits.

PRIVATE – My Secret Lover (UK Explicit Version) from PRIVATE on Vimeo.

And finally, this one isn’t a music video (well.. it is a video and there is music but you know what I mean), but I felt compelled to share it anyway. It’s Herbie Hancock performing “Rockit” at the 1984 Grammys. And oh my god it’s awesome. Herbie indeed rocks it with his keytar, while robot legs and other robot parts “dance” around… about halfway through it takes a cool turn!

Well, that’s it for now. I *finally* got a wireless extender so I can actually use the internet like a real person now… so doing posts with real songs (uploaded by me) is going to be a lot easier now (which hopefully means more frequent).

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Last.fm 2009 Countdown – Part III

January 7, 2010

5. Miami Horror – 317 plays

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I think it says a lot that Miami Horror is my 5th most played artist when he/they (I get really confused about articles now) don’t have a full album out yet… haha. I listened to the Bravado EP SOOO much.. so much. I still love it. I just love everything Miami Horror does, apparently. Furthermore all their awesome remixes aren’t reflected in this play count but I definitely listened the hell of out those too, so this is a well-deserved spot on my top list this year.

The new video for “Sometimes” is worth watching for the ending. I also like this one because it’s ssso 80s.

I think they’re gathering steam to come out with an album and tour this coming year too?? WHICH MAKES ME WANT TO PEE MYSELF WITH EXCITEMENT ok sorry I just had to say that

Check them out on The Hype Machine

4. The Black Ghosts – 329 plays

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This one is a little surprising, although I guess their album did just come out in 2008. And it’s really good. Also they were huge on my gym playlist, which helps. 😉 Workin it out with the Black Ghosts… get buff.

Also, this is a cool video for a cooool song.

And this is one of the coolest remixes EVER in my humble opinion.

Anyway You Choose to Give It (Boy 8-Bit remix)

3. Franz Ferdinand – 419 plays

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Ummm Franz is awesomeeee and this year was a major installment in that saga. The latest album is FREAKIN TERRIFIC and also caused me to listen to their previous albums a lot again too. Also they were at Coach. Also ahhh they’re so good. [I feel like this top list part might be repetitive because obviously it’s all things I went BANANAS over, haha]. They really took their sound to a new level and I expect we will be hearing great things from them for many, many years to come. Also Alex Kapranos is HAWT.

This one got done up with a big production and some edgy fashion. Fashion Fun with Franz Ferdinand!

2. Grafton Primary – 553 plays

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I have talked about them a bit on here before, but yeah. Definitely earned this one. They’re just… really fucking great!! Both Eon and the EP Relativity are ridiculously cool, and then of course there’s the Miami Horror remix that started some major love affairs for me, haha. They also have some of the most awesome lyrics.

I Can Cook (Miami Horror remix)

1. Ghostland Observatory – 637 plays

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AHHHH it had to be. Ghostland Observatory blew my mind repeatedly in 2009. I listened to the Paparazzi Lightning album crazytons in 2007, but hadn’t heard much from them since then. But after their phenomenal Coachella performance this year I got their other two albums, which are also AMAAAAZING!! It seems like I will never get sick of them. I have been meaning to write a longer entry about them, so I will get around to that eventually. I also saw them again in May and that wassss no doubt my favorite single show of the year. Good job dudes. YOU ARE SO COOL please do more shows around me plz plz.

I love this video from Coachella (not taken by me). It looks so cool it could almost be a regular music video.

And there you have it! I had a great year listening to so much wonderful music and I can’t wait to hear what 2010 will bring.

Next up, I will try to amass my actual favorites of 2009 list, because as we’ve seen I didn’t mention many of those in these entries 😉