Archive | June, 2010

Dirtbag Debut : Crystal Castles – Celestica

22 Jun


Celestica(via Pitchfork)

As if being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize wasn’t awesome enough; Crystal Castles has finally decided to give us a video for their single, Celestica. In this clip : children play music in the graveyard, Alice Glass lays in the graveyard, Ethan paints his face and bunch of other weird shit happens. Check it out!

Crystal Castles are gearing up for their European Tour. Their first show will be the Glastonbury Festival on June 26th. Tickets for their other shows can be found on Live Nation.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

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Dirtbag Debut : Diamond Rings – Show Me Your Stuff

20 Jun

This video is hot.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

New Music Week (June 16th, 2010)

16 Jun

Drake
Thank Me Later
Young Money/Cash Money Records
Rating : 8.5/10

Every few years, I become obsessed with a single hip hop artist. I’ve loved Jay-Z copiously while Nas aided me through high school and Kanye marked my middle years in university. Now it’s Drake’s time to shine. I don’t know how it happened but I am a near-die-hard fan at this point. And now that the highly anticipated solo debut “Thank Me Later” has dropped, the whole world is watching Aubrey Drake Graham wondering if he’s going to be the next big obsession.

“Thank Me Later” is no “So Far Gone”. It’s not mind-blowing but it keeps Drake’s fans in check. This time, Drake discards the indie pop remixes and opts for smoother, sellable R&B accompanied by his signature low-drop voice. And damn, does it make girls melt like a vanilla Sprite float in 35 degree heat.

Outstanding tracks include “Show Me a Good Time”, “All Night” featuring Nicki Minaj, “Light Up” featuring Jay-Z and the unexpected “Karaoke”. Drake teams up with Kanye, Timbaland, Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib among others such as broseph Lil Wayne – who should often be left out of sweet little ditties like “Miss Me”; the grimy lyrics “Man, I swear my bitches do it ‘til they suck the brown off”, and “When she masturbate to me, that’s how she learn every song” leave a gross feeling in my stomach every time.

As for Drake, he is definitely known for his questionable, hit-or-miss lyrics. He gloats about his fame in every track: “My 15 minutes started one hour ago”, and “I got money in these jeans so they fit me kinda snug” are just the beginning of it.

Yet Drake boasts confusion in regards to his fame at times with a touch of emotional transparency and self-analysis:

“Because all this shit is new to me / I’m learning to behave / and still spending every dollar they encourage me to save / but I’m good / I know that niggas would kill for this lifestyle…”

“The other day Alyssa told me that she miss the old me / which made me question when I went missing, and when I start treating my friends different”.

It’s true when you hear critics commenting on Drake’s “existential angst”, anxieties, disappointments and paranoia, but his intimacy is sugar-coated with the crooning that got him so famous in the first place. But all this rapping about fame makes me wonder how the fire caught on so quickly. Did it take only one mixtape to set it off? What is the recipe to Drake’s fame? Whether or not this album impresses audiences, Drake has the ability to put together music that keeps fans and critics wondering where he’s headed next. And although this album isn’t much of a journey, he’s got enough going on to craft up some new adventures. Just please, no more lyrics about being super-famous.

Posted by : Erin Pehlivan

Klaxons Album Cover For Surfing The Void

16 Jun

As we reported a few weeks ago, Surfing The Void, Klaxons sophomore album will be dropping very soon. Pitchfork was able to get the dirt on both the release date and this outrageous album cover. You can pick up the album on August 23rd. The track list is below :

01 Echoes
02 The Same Space
03 Surfing the Void
04 Valley of the Calm Trees
05 Venusia
06 Extra Astronomical
07 Twin Flames
08 Flashover
09 Future Memories
10 Cypherspeed

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Dirtbag Debut : Kelis – 4th Of July (Fireworks)

16 Jun

From R&B Diva to Electro-pop queen, Kelis has really transformed into a multi-faceted artist. For her steamy new video for 4th of July; the sexy songbird takes her dance party to the desert and delivers another visually stunning clip. Check it out!

Kelis will perform at Aqua Pride at Pride Toronto 2010 and her tour with Swedish pop star, Robyn has been confirmed and that will start in the fall.

Update : An interview on the Huffington.com gives full details of Robyn and Kelis tour titled The All Hearts tour. Robyn and Kelis have not announced a Toronto date together, but Robyn will also be playing Toronto in July as part of Disco Lemonade Summer Mashup at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Next Level : Tony Castles

13 Jun

There are three dudes in Brooklyn that you have to check out. Tony Castles are still getting their foot in the door, but these young men definitely have “Next Level” written all over them. So the back story goes like this; Paul Sicilian and Gabriel Wurzel first crossed paths as freshmen at a central Connecticut high school. The two soon began playing together in punk bands, which continued when they went to Skidmore College. They were introduced to fellow student and musician Willie Miesmer.

Within two years of graduating all three moved to Brooklyn, NY where they reconnected and began playing together. The boys are notorious for swapping instruments and experimenting with gear and dream poppy sounds. Songs like Adequate Sheen have this atmospheric pop sound that’s just too die for . One might say it’s kind of Born Ruffians during the dreamy days of Animal Collective; with waves of organic sound and good drum(really good drum).

What’s got them on Dirtbags radar ? These kids aren’t signed and there making some serious moves. Just last week they opened for U.K Afro-punk powerhouse Ebony Bones in Toronto and let’s just say while Ebony stole the show as always; these fresh faces short set at Wrongbar was more than a good first impression. The band’s debut EP was recorded by Jake Aron (Jamie Lidell, Yeasayer, Chairlift) and mixed at the Rare Book Room by Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter). The EP is coming soon, but until then these dude will be touring like crazy all summer with Fools Gold.

http://www.myspace.com/thetonycastles

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Jay-Z and M.I.A Join Forces For XXXO Remix

11 Jun

M.I.A’s next record, /\/\/\Y/\ could be one of the most unpredictable records of 2010, but so far we’re loving every leaked song and every crazy antic she’s pulled. Rap-Up posted a remix to her new single, XXXO, which features a cameo from Jay-Z. The last time Jay-Z and M.I.A joined forces was on a remix to her hit single, Boyz. The video for XXXO is still in planning stages, but M.I.A could very well be going with Hype Williams. We’ll keep you posted on the status of that.

Posted by : Max Mohenu