With all the controversy about The Arcade Fire winning Record of the Year at the Grammys, the fine folks at Funemployed Chicago put together this hilarious hipster attack skit.
You can check them out here: Funemployed Chicago
I just discovered the beauty of Tamaryn the other day while driving home from work. I was tuned into one of the three college radio stations in my area when the DJ threw on a song called “Sandstone” which immediately caught my attention. I thought, I have to remember to look this band up. The next day to my pleasant surprise I had found them and they had a recently released record on Mexican Summer called The Waves.
This San Francisco duo consists of New Zealand born Tamaryn on vocals and producer Rex John Shelverton (ex-Vue/The Audience/Portraits of Past) on everything else. They create dark minimalist guitar-driven atmospheres that consumes the body in a seductive way with vocals reminiscent of Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux and maybe even Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins). The lead off title track “The Waves” just floors me. Check it out.
Tamaryn – “The Waves”
Tamaryn – “Sandstone”
Rockin’ The Stove has been enormous fans of the Baltimore band Celebration since the release of their 2005 self-titled debut on 4AD Records. The band creates mystical soul stirring music that in a live setting can put you into a trance, making you feel like you are attending a secret ritual. After releasing their fantastic 2nd full-length, The Modern Tribe and touring the hell out of it, Celebration has been keeping quiet for the past couple of years. They’ve been sneaking out a song or two here and there via their website as part of their Electric Tarot project. We caught up with vocalist/percussionist, Katrina Ford, to talk about the band’s upcoming LP Hello Paradise on Friends Records (December 22nd) and how she rocks the stove when they are on the road.
RTS: Hello Paradise will be your first album in three years, you’re no longer with 4AD and now on Friends Records. Can you tell us a little about this transition and how the new record differs from your previous work?
Katrina Ford: With 4AD, we had had a few years of touring and making records with our friends which was awesome, but because of their size and prestige, we had to do things we didn’t like so much. We come from the old school you know, ridin’ around in a dirty van, playin’ some kid’s mom’s basement selling 7″s and homemade patches. So, we were like the Beverly Hillbillies when it came to the business. We’d show up to these fancy places get fed and talk to lawyers, negotiate budgets with the behemoth, get our picture taken, go on press tours, it was all part of the package. We did that and we were given some great opportunities and had some fun.
No Joy are a noise pop duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz and hail from Montréal. They recently added two gentlemen to the mix and are now a quartet. The video for their song “Hawaii” really struck us with it’s Sister-era Sonic Youth guitar attack and lovely My Bloody Valentine/Lush vocals. The video was directed by SALAZAR and is a bit dark and disturbing, but we love it. This tune appears on their recently released debut LP, Ghost Blonde, on Mexican Summer.
Here at RTS we’ve decided to start another new feature to the blog…it’s called TASTEMAKER and will be a posting of a song/video that is currently blowing us away. The first installment is from Birds of Avalon.
The first time I saw Raleigh’s Birds of Avalon as a four piece instead of a five blew my mind and this new song from their forthcoming self-titled album does just the same. After a few records with Volcom Entertainment, the band has recently signed with Portland’s Bladen County Records. The band worked with Mitch Easter (REM, Wilco, Pavement) at his Fidelitorium Studio and if this is any indication of what’s to come I’m waiting with baited breath. Birds of Avalon arrives on January 11th.
The debut full-length from Shaun Durkan (Vocals/Bass/Baritone Guitar), Kevin Johnson (Guitar) and Abe Pedroza (Drums), the post-punk trio from San Francisco is full of noise, confusion, apathy & pure bliss. Like the beautiful black & white artwork that accompanies the LP, Sports is stark, primitive and comforting at the same time. You may have heard it before and you may have even lived it, but that’s what is so wonderful about this slab of vinyl. Shards of guitar stab you in the heart like psychocandy and bass lines are simply unknown pleasures. Durkan’s vocals are haunting voices from a faraway world or even a dream that you may have had.
I had a dream of bringing together the two loves of my life: music & food and it has finally happened! On this episode of Rockin’ The Stove, I was joined by James Hepler, drummer for Sorry About Dresden & I Was Totally Destroying It.
James shows me how to whip up his Brussel Sprout Sauté, as well as his take on the traditional Deviled Egg. I also spoke with James about his music and how he’s been published in two indie rock cookbooks, Lost In The Supermarket by Kay Bozich Owens & Lynn Owens and I Like Food, Food Tastes Good by Kara Zuaro. He was super kind to be my first guest and I had a wonderful time Rockin’ The Stove with him.
Get James’ two recipes here.