Archive for February, 2011
What better way to start your first week back at uni than with a new track from the Middle East. It’s finally upon us. Well, almost. It’s our second taste of their sophomore record I Want That You Are Always Happy, due out on the 8th of April. Keen to hear your thoughts.
The Middle East – Black Death 1349
New music from the Dodos. Their fourth album is due for release on the 14th of March. They’re hardworkers, the Dodos. They’ve dropped four records over the past five years and managed to find time for two trips to Australia. Hopefully they’ll tour again on the back of this forthcoming record. With Fleet Foxes hotly anticipated new record coming out mid year perhaps we can hope for a repeat of the Fleet Foxes/Dodos tour that ruined every other show I saw in 2009.
The Dodos – Don’t Stop
Be it the guitar effects, arrangements or even the band’s name itself, so much about Olympic Ayres reminds me of Foals. Listen in particular to Black & Blue for serious Foals reference. There’s a free three track EP on their bandcamp with your name on it. I’m instantly more ready to like an artist with a bandcamp. The day that myspace is completely phased out and bandcamp is the go-to music service will be a day of great jubilation. They’re Sydney based so we can probably go see them play sometime soon. It’s not a date or anything but I might ‘just happen to find’ a bottle of red in the back of my car on the way home which I’ll swear I didn’t know was there. I’m pretty keen to see their live set- there are whispers that they’re only a two piece.
Olympic Ayres – Daylight
A few weeks back we all saw Local Natives play at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. The possibility that one might know of their live show and decide not to attend is pretty absurd. The only acceptable excuse is ignorance and even that’s a stretch given the rolling thundercloud that has been Local Natives’ rise through 2010.
If ever there was an example of a good thing being added to a good thing, it’s this: Local Natives with a string section. A 45 minute session of just that, recorded at KCRW studios, is available for streaming here or in the player below. Frankly I need the culture. I went to Bondi over the weekend to watch Bowlarama (which ruled) but for about 15 minutes I thought I liked Bliss and Eso. It was horrible.
I can’t actually hear the string section in tracks like World News but in others such as Warning Sign and Cubism Dream the strings are everything.
Local Natives previously on Sound Doctrine: April, 2010
Local Natives on Daytrotter
Local Natives on Myspace
Buy this album on iTunes
This was the post that almost wasn’t. I didn’t want to write about this band because their sound is everywhere and they’re everyone right now. There’s not a whole lot creative, new or exciting about them but I’ll be damned if they don’t write a catchy hook. So, I guess inasmuch as I’m reconciled with writing about pop songs, I’m ok with doing this. Listen to these songs, consume them and move on. The pair of them are free at Unearthed.
San Cisco - Golden Revolver
San Cisco – John’s Song
And yes, before you say anything, I’ve also noticed that one of the band members (let’s call him Kyle) is wearing a native American Indian headband in the photo. Don’t shoot the messenger here, I didn’t dress the guy. That said though, it does fit with Kyle’s barefoot, freespirited, living loose lifestyle. Kyle can’t be tied down. Kyle can’t be held back. Kyle lives daily upon a dream. A few months ago he was at a party and a friend mentioned he’d love to own a dog. Kyle’s response was “can any of us ever truly own a dog?”. And I guess we can all take a lesson from Kyle. He fully understands what it means to be in touch with our own (or a completely unassociated and contextually irrelevant) culture. Maybe in their next shot he’ll be wearing a sailor’s cap. Nice one Kyle. Keep pushing those boundaries!