Friday, September 30, 2011

LISTEN - LCTRISC



There are two badass musicians from Borlänge, Sweden and they are LCTRISC! Adam Jonsson and Oskar Linnaeus are the masterminds of LCTRISC and their mission is to make perfect songs knowing they will create failures along their way. Their sound is rich, diverse, layered with full-bodied electronics . Check out the song 'Sunbird" and download it. It is a catchy and mesmerizing song that was stuck in my head for days. Although, I caught myself singing this song out loud many times I feel sorry for the people within earshot because I was stuck on repeat... Checkout the 'Sunbirds' video too!

If 'Sunbird' doesn't do it for you check out their video 'MXML'! This is a song a doctor would prescribe you to rock out to for the weekend. Plus, how can you go wrong with dancers in luchador masks! LCTRISC is absolutely fantastic!







Photo Credit: Johan Stolpe












"Sunbird" - LCTRISC by PlanetaryOnlinePR







LCTRISC - "Sunbird" from Cluster 1 on Vimeo.















LCTRISC - MXML (Official Music Video) from Elias Gammelgard on Vimeo.




Oh yeah! Check this video out too!




LCTRISC - Last Kiss (Official Music Video) from johan stolpe on Vimeo.

LISTEN: Sepalcure - “Deep City Insects”

California record label Frite Nite is planning to release a new compilation entitled Surreal Estate on October 4th. The record will feature tracks from a number of artists, including Sepalcure, an electronic project consisting of producers Braille and Machinedrum. Sepalcure's “Deep City Insects” takes on a dark electro vibe, with a stuttering drum clap and R&B style vocals, reminiscent of artists such as Azari & III. Check out the track below, and pick up Sepalcure's debut album November 21st on Hotflush records.

Sepalcure - Deep City Insects by reqeffect






Yournalist - Slippery And Infected EP - REVIEW


Yournalist are a band out of Finland, who have released their debut EP Slippery And Infected back in May of this year on the independent label Drink Tonight Records. Finland is fastly becoming a hot spot for me with the likes of French Films and Big Wave Riders already hooking me onto their flashy Finland sounds. Now we have Yournalist who are trying to push things forward and as bass guitarist Santeri says about the EP...
"Our goal is to get one of our songs into the 'Guitar Hero' game. And we'd also like to play some shows."

Check out the video for 'No Time to Kill You' below, it showcases the band performing in a room full of newspaper along with the band and the instruments being covered in it as well. The real highlight from this EP though is 'Nigerian Girl' which is about as catchy a rock/pop song as you can find. It brings to mind the likes of Vampire Weekend and it shows the band has some potential in their future releases. 'Hi-Fi Tourist' is another song that showcases the bands sound with layers of guitar riffs and catchy sounds and vocals. With this band there is also a lot of edginess and straight forwardness, they tend to put it all on the line in their songs, and give a take it or leave it approach to the listener. I will be one of the ones 'taking it' and sticking 'Nigerian Girl' on my playlist to listen to over and over again.

ALBUM RATING: 3.25/5

SLIPPERY AND INFECTED EP Tracklisting:
01. Nigerian Girl
02. F*****g
03. No Time To Kill You
04. Hi-Fi Tourist
05. Powercock Fantasia

Yournalist by drinktonightrecords

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Radiohead - Roseland Ballroom NYC 9/29/2011 - Night #2

Picture Courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan

Check out Brooklyn Vegan's post for further pictures and details from Radiohead's Roseland Ballroom Night #2.

Radiohead are performing a two day show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Being overly obsessed Radiohead fans (Check out the Blog's name) we want to have a place where we can have live updates of the shows Set List and what is happening in NYC on 9/28/2011. This will be our second attempt at producing a live blog of a Radiohead show. We will be using @RadioheadNews @RadioheadLive on Twitter to get up to the minute updates. You can send over updates as well directly to us @FakePlasticTune

The Roseland Ballroom offers a very intimate setting as it holds a modest 3,500 people, giving fans an up close look at the band. We will have Photos, Videos and other updates added to this post as they become available as well.
 
Roseland Ballroom 9/29/2011 Set List:
01 - Bloom
02 - Little By Little
03 - Staircase
04 - The National Anthem
05 - Feral
06 - Subterranean Homesick Alien
07 - Like Spinning Plates
08 - All I Need
09 - True Love Waits / Everything In Its Right Place
10 - 15 Step
11 - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
12 - Lotus Flower
13 - Codex
14 - The Daily Mail
15 - Morning Mr. Magpie
16 - Reckoner

ENCORE
17 - Give Up The Ghost
18 - Myxomatosis
19 - Bodysnatchers

SECOND ENCORE
20 - Supercollider
21 - Nude













Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Radiohead - Roseland Ballroom NYC 9/28/2011 - SETLIST

Picture Courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan

For some amazing photos of last nights show go over to Brooklyn Vegan

Radiohead are performing a two day show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Being overly obsessed Radiohead fans (Check out the Blog's name) we want to have a place where we can have live updates of the shows Set List and what is happening in NYC on 9/28/2011. This will be our second attempt at producing a live blog of a Radiohead show. We will be using @RadioheadNews @RadioheadLive on Twitter to get up to the minute updates. You can send over updates as well directly to us @FakePlasticTune

The Roseland Ballroom offers a very intimate setting as it holds a modest 3,500 people, giving fans an up close look at the band. We will have Photos, Videos and other updates added to this post as they become available as well. Wondering if we will see a familar Set List as to what the band played at this years Glastonbury gig.

Radiohead Glastonbury 2011 (6/24/2011) Official Set List:
01 - Lotus Flower, 02 - 15 Step, 03 - Morning Mr Magpie, 04 - Little By Little, 05 - All I Need, 06 - Separator, 07 - Give Up The Ghost, 08 - Arpeggi, 09 - Staircase, 10 - I Might Be Wrong, 11 - Bloom, 12 - Reckoner, 13 - Daily Mail, 14 - Street Spirit [fade out]



Roseland Ballroom 9/28/2011 Set List:
01 -Bloom
02 -Little By Little
03 -Staircase
04 -Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
05 -Feral
06 - Subterranean Homesick Alien
07 - All I Need
08 - The One I Love (REM cover)/Everything In It's Right Place
09 - Lotus Flower
10 - 15 Step
11 - Myxomatosis
12 - Codex
13 - The Daily Mail
14 - Bodysnatchers
15 - Reckoner


* Encore*
16- Give Up the Ghost
17- The National Anthem
18- Morning Mr. Magpie

*Second Encore*
19- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
20- Nude
















LISTEN: Star Slinger - "Dumbin'"

Producer and sampling wizard Star Slinger has released his very first all-original single, “Dumbin',” with the help of singer Reggie B. The track takes on an R&B vibe, but you can definitely hear the production expertise and DJ style of Star Slinger all over the song. Check out the track below, along with a few other Star Slinger favorites.



Star Slinger - Mornin' by Star Slinger


Star Slinger - Minted by Star Slinger


Said The Whale - New Brighton EP


I have been a big fan of Said The Whale and their familiar Canadian sound over the past year. Back in July I had an interview with Tyler Bancroft and asked him specifically if there was any new material in the works. His reply...
"As I write this, we are in the studio and Ben is singing into a grand piano making weird sounds that will be on our new record. We'll be in the studio all summer and will hopefully have the new album ready for release early 2012. If things go smoothly we'll have a short EP ready for the fall".

Well it turns out that Said The Whale are true to their word and they will be releasing a new EP 'New Brighton' on November 8th via Hidden Pony. The first single 'Lines' will be released on October 18th. Also the new album is set to be released in the new year (rumoured to be March). 'New Brighton' EP will include four songs, "New Brighton", "Sandy Bay Fishing Song", "Lines", and "Little Bird".    For more information on the EP be sure to check out the bands blog and this is what they said about the EP's release...
"The songs were recorded at Blue Wave and Vertical Studios in Vancouver, BC, under the production guidance of our long-time friend Tom Dobrzanski. They were recorded alongside 15 other songs that will make up our full-length album, (due out early next year)."

New Brighton EP Tracklisting:
1 - New Brighton
2 - Sandy Bay Fishing Song
3 - Lines
4 - Little Bird

You can take a sneak peak listen of 'Lines' over at CBC Radio

Here is a Live version of the first single "Lines"

SOUND CHECK: Grimes INTERVIEW


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Claire Boucher of Grimes about Moogfest, the post-internet generation, communal experiences, and merging with her computer.







Here is a link to the review of Geidi Primes.




FR: So, you will be performing in this year's Moogfest in October. How did this come about? Are there any artists you are excited to see perform?



CB: I'm really excited to see Araabmuzik and Moby if i can. I would say Austra - but I'll be on tour with her so I'm sure I'll be well-acquainted with her set by Moogfest.




FR: I have read where you describe Grimes as post-internet. Can you explain this description? And are there other artists you would refer to as post-internet?

CB: Well, I would say most artists making music today are "post-internet" -- I wasn't trying to make any serious cultural diagnosis or anything when I made it. But I was basically referring to the generation that grew up with Napster and everyone after that because I feel like their approach to music is inherently going to be different from the older generations because the nostalgia that stems from early adolescence is so much less specific in terms of what music one would be listening to. For me, I'm as nostalgic for Lata Mangeshkar as like, New Order or something. There was really like an infinite amount of music that I was exposed to whereas before that you would have to go to the record store. And emotionally formative years were really driven by specific things like I know my dad just has this obsession with when he first heard David Bowie and Bowie being the one ultimate savior of high school or something because it was so hard to get music and it was the only cool record he had. Which is totally chill, i just think like that lead to a kind of stasis in terms of what he can enjoy. People who are my age but even moreso people who are younger are, like, really able to be experimental in their taste. You look even at mainstream music and its soooo fucking weird, because teenagers are like, insatiable. They have everything so you just need to bombard them with the craziest shit.

But if you want artists who I think really embrace the chaos -- I would say Doldrums does it the most. Cop Car Bonfire, Blue Hawaii, I don't know.. I feel like Flying Lotus kind of has pretty chaotic vibes in terms of how he approaches music. Really everybody though. Like, I did not invent this idea -- everybody who's mashing pastiches and hopping through genres is from this generation. I think its not a movement its just the natural progression. I don't want to be like, labelled as the inventor, im just doing what everyone is naturally doing and ppl latched onto a word I used to describe it once.



FR: Technological advancement and over-saturation are only picking up speed. How long do you think before we move into the age of post-post internet? What did you think this era will be called?


CB: I don't know- I'm not really sure what that would entail but I imagine things will either slow down or the means of consuming or making music will be much faster. They've got motor based systems now where you can control movement with your brain to say, "Play a video game" or something. I think if this can be translated to music - like you just think of notes and they record themselves, this will be post-post internet.



FR: You recently toured with Lykke Li- what was that experience like?


CB: Really great, she's a smart and driven lady. I learned a lot from her.



FR: Grimes boasts a tone that is both wonderfully ethereal and macabre. I've heard it described before as a "haunted music box". How does this sound translate to the live circuit?


CB: Well, live it's much more dance-oriented. Like, I want the listening experience to be unsettling and personal, but i want the live experience to be communal and ecstatic, so it's definitely weird and sonically interesting- but… I guess much happier?



FR: The videos for "Vanessa" and "Crystal Ball" are quite memorable. Will there be a video from Geidi Primes?


CB: No, Geidi Primes is too old. There will be videos for every song off my new record though-Visions. It's an audio visual record- like the Doldrums VHS maybe. Seriously, check out Doldrums. I don't want to get credited for his ideas.



FR: What was the recording process like for Geidi Primes? You have another LP out this January- what is the secret to your productivity?


CB: It was just recorded straight into the mic on garageband. It's super ghetto, which is why I think it's funny on vinyl. But I definitely stand behind it because I like it's experimentalism. I think there is no secret to productivity besides just like, if you love something- you want to do it all the time as much as you can.

FR: Can you give us a hint as to what the next Grimes album will sound like?


CB: If Aphex Twin and TLC decided to make a band.



FR: In this post-internet era, music is available in a wide array of formats- digital downloads, cassettes, CDs, vinyl, etc. What is your favorite way to listen to music?


CB: As digital as possible. So i guess .wav files, in headphones, in the dark, while stoned-merging with my computer.



FR: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the 21st century music industry?


CB: Go to New York.








- Fr. Jones

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Videos from Art vs Science and CSS

Here we have a new video from Art vs Science titled "With Thoughts"



and this video just because they do an excellent Daft Punk Cover



CSS for “Hits Me Like A Rock”

CSS HMLAR from forrest borie on Vimeo.

New Music Tuesday!

Here are a few albums that dropped today:

Wilco "the Whole Love"



Wilco - I Might by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Wilco - One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend) by vemeko

Blink 182 "Neighborhoods"



blink-182 "Up All Night" by igapromotion

VHS or Beta "Diamonds and Death"



Stream the whole album here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2011/09/album-stream-vhs-or-beta---diamonds-death.html#.Tni8-Di6vBA.facebook



Tyler Ramsey (from Band of Horses) "The Valley Wind"



The Valley Wind by tylerramsey

Big Troubles "Romantic Comedy"





The Gift "Explode"





Spank Rock "Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F---ing Liar"



Spank Rock - Energy (Produced by Boys Noize) by srlaughery

Yuck - Soothe Me


Here is the latest song from Yuck 'Soothe Me' which will be featured on the bands October 11th double-disc deluxe edition via Fat Possum. The track was recorded in London a couple of months back and showcases the bands soothing at ease sound. You can stream the track below and also check out their latest video 'The Wall' from their Room 205 along with 'Rubber' and 'Milkshake'. This band just won't seem to go away in 2011.

Soothe Me by Yuck

The Wall


Rubber


Milkshake

Gomez - Live Review 9/23/2011 - SLC, UT


Gomez are one of those English bands that have been around for awhile and have put out a handful of albums but just never seem to crack the USA as they should. There is so much talent in this band consisting of Ian Ball (Vocals, Guitar), Ben Ottewell (Vocals, Guitar), Tom Gray (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard), Paul Blackburn (Bass), and Olly Peacock (Drums). The beauty of Gomez is the variety that they bring to their sets. They are a band that do not have one individual that stands out above the rest, they all share equal parts in creating an honest sound. Ball, Ottewell, and Gray all share vocals and are featured singing in a variety of songs together and separately and this really gives them a dynamic sound and stage presence. Their set featured a mix of songs from their catalog but mainly focused on their newly released 7th album 'Whatever's On Your Mind'. The highlights for me on the night were 'The Place And The People' kicking things off as the third song and the last song from the encore 'How We Operate' which closed the set with a guitar mash up that will not be forgotten.


SLC 9/23/2011 - Set List:
01 - Bring It On
02 - Shot Shot
03 - The Place and The People
04 - See The World
05 - Just As Lost As You
06 - Revolutionary Kind
07 - Meet Me In The City
08 - Whatever's On Your Mind
09 - Hamoa Beach
10 - I Will Take You There
11 - In Our Gun
12 - Here Comes The Breeze
13 - Silence
14 - Equalize
15 - Options
16 - Whippin' Piccadilly
17 - Devil Will Ride
18 - How We Operate

Radiohead- Colbert Report














- Fr.Jones

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Reminding Ideas - House of Weather - Review

Michael Magnum and Matt Soule of The Reminding Ideas will be releasing their debut album House of Weather October 18, 2011 on Orangehand Records. These two gentlemen started the Reminding Ideas as a solution to the plaguing idea of writing songs to please others, whether it be labels, bookers, critics, and whoever became a barrier of creativity to Magnum and Soule. House of Weather is a result of these two gentlemen making music that pushed their boundaries creatively and to make music that satisfied them. but they also intended for their debut to mean something personal and different to each listener.

Matt Soule describes, "Ultimately it's about the Universe, and emotions in the universe. What those emotions are is up to you. It's up to what you hear and how you interpret that. There are parts of the album where it may seem that we think that nothing is going to go well. Rest assured, everything is going to be all right."

Their first track, "Vegetables", on House of Weather is a catchy, interesting little diddy with a bass line that pulses rhythmically. As the track starts to develop and rise it becomes edgy and full of character. Although, the lyrics within "Vegetables" are very interesting I'll let you gather your own opinion when you listen to it. Check it out and its free to download below:










"Vegetables" - The Reminding Ideas by PlanetaryOnlinePR



As a whole the House of Weather is a good effort to be avant-garde with their unique and experimental song structures incorporated with electronic tidbits, layered vocals, classical and hymnal elements. Although, Magnum and Soule pushed their creative boundaries and showcased their experimental efforts and capabilities to stand out I feel it isn't shiny enough for the general population to notice and listen over and over again. "Good Clown, Bad Clown", "This is Where We Breathe" and ""Save the New Day" are good tracks that highlight this debut with experimental compositions and audio drama.

Good progressive effort - 2.5/5.0





Tracklist for The Reminding Ideas - House of Weather:


1. Vegetables

2. Rules for Animals

3. Do You Understand

4. August

5. Swarm of Bees

6. The Remaining Idea

7. Good Clown, Bad Clown

8. This is Where We Breathe

9. Save the New Day

10. I Can Bring You Happiness

SOUND CHECK: Real Estate INTERVIEW

Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones and Justin Schmidt shoot the breeze with Real Estate's Alex Bleeker about their new album, suburban nostalgia, and artistic integrity.






FR: What was the recording process like for Days? What was it like working with Kevin McMahon? Was it more or less comfortable to not be recording at home?

AB: We've known Kevin McMahon for a long time, so having him on board as an engineer/producer was really an obvious choice for us. I had interned for Kevin back when Marcata was still based in Harlem, and Martin's high school band (seizing elian, the band that included Andrew Cedermark and Pat Stickles of Titus Andronicus) saved up money to record there at the end of our senior year. When it came time to make a more "professional" sounding recording, we turned to Kevin because he was somebody we felt comfortable working with. He was the only choice, really. That said, Marcata is now situated in a large converted barn in New Paltz, NY....so it's not a slick chromed out fancy studio or anything. The gear is all remarkable, but the studio is certainly not devoid of its own brand of home spun charm.


FR: Your first full length was full of interesting references to suburban nostalgia, and growing up? Do you feel that these themes are present in Days? Would you say that there is a running theme to the new album?

AB: The reflective themes remain on this record, but obviously time has progressed and I think we are looking back from a different vantage point. This record feels more like a coming of age moment; reflecting on your youth from a more mature perspective, having left the nest. The last record was more about that awkward feeling of living with your parents when you've really out grown your childhood home.


FR: Who handled songwriting duties for the new album? How did the arrangements come together as a collaborative effort?

AB: There are 8 songs on Days. Martin is the chief songwriter for 8 of them, and Matt and I each wrote one of our own. That said, yeah, arrangements do come together more collaboratively. The sonic quality and mixes of the record are all a collaborative effort. A lot comes together in the studio, and whoever is sitting in there at the time can effect the outcome.


FR: The lyrical content of your songs seems to be very personal and poignant, but the sound is very sunny and chill. This creates an interesting sort of tension, where you have a fun and relaxing song that can still be very introspective and mysterious. "Suburban Dogs" comes to mind. How do you view the relationship of your lyrics to the sound of the music itself?

AB: I think the lyrics emerge from Martin's subconscious. That can bring an air of mystery to them, but can also make them quite personal and private.


FR: You've talked about your musical upbringings previously, and how important certain bands were to you back in middle school and high school. Do you think kids today experience the same kind of inspiration you did, given how music is presented today? Or has the availability of free music on demand taken away from that specialness?

AB: I think young music fans are really lucky. It's so easy to dive deep into whatever sound you're looking for and develop a personal sense of taste. The internet has made everything readily available to everyone, and I think that's a good thing. I've heard arguments that over saturation is negative, and ultimately paralyzing, but I don't tend to agree with that viewpoint.


FR: How has it been moving from Woodsist Records to Domino?

AB: Awesome. We love Jeremy Earl and will continue to work with him in all sorts of capacities in the future. There isn't any bad blood or anything like that. Woodsist is still one of the greatest record labels in the world, in my mind. My next solo record is going to be on Woodsist. That said, Domino has been a dream. Everyone there is totally in it for the right reasons and has supported our record in ways I would have never dreamed possible.


FR: You'll be releasing Days on Vinyl, as most releases seem to be nowadays. Do you have a preferred format that the album should be listened to through? How do you prefer to listen to music?

AB: Buy the cassette.


FR: The past decade has taken the music industry in an entirely new direction- from Napster to iTunes to Spotify. Where do you see the industry in the next ten years?

AB: Music seems to be just as safe a bet as any in today's economic climate.


FR: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the musical industry?

AB: Don't comprimise any of your artistic integrity. Do what you do, and if people start listening, that's great. Don't get a day job if you don't want to. If you have a fall back plan, you will end up falling back on it.

Days will be released October 18th on Domino Records.


- Fr. Jones

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sometimes certain directors just have that innate ability to understand how much the scenes in their films are impacted and emotionally enhanced by finding the perfect music to score it. You may not even realize it right away, but afterwards or maybe the next day you find yourself wondering "Who made this film and where did they get that music?"
This was always evident in Stanley Kubrick's films, in which he used brilliant images and audio perfectly paired to create those indelible cinematic moments, which are unforgettable.

There are many others such as Wes Anderson, and in a more commercial sense Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes who exhibit great music sense, and more importantly knowing how to apply it. So it would seem that director Nicolas Winding Refn learned that lesson loud and clear. In the terrific new film "Drive" starring Ryan Gosling, the music has become such an elevating part of many scenes, that there just doesn't seem like any other choice would suffice.

Perhaps a great deal of credit goes to the man in charge of the score for the film, veteran film composer Cliff Martinez, who has been a secret weapon of sorts for director Steven Soderburgh from the late 90's right up to the current release "Contagion".

The Film is a bit of a throwback to movies of the 80's in many ways, which has been long overdue to be honest. The soundtrack obviously reflects many of it's sentiments for the decade. No worries however; as there is no 80's style film wasting musical interludes of Gosling doing anything in a car like the bike trick scene from "Quicksilver" going to show up in this film. It's not that kind of film at all.

It actually reminds me a very slight bit of what "To Live and Die in LA" was trying to go for back in 1985 with the music but ultimately failed by using Wang Chung to score it. Finally we get an actual 'R' rated movie in the theatres to go see, but don't get me started, thats for the movie blogs.

The most single ready song on the predominately instrumental album would have to be "A Real Hero" by a French DJ called College and featuring Toronto duo Electric Youth. The song has shot up the iTunes charts recently and the album sales have been brisk.

Drive is playing now in theatres and the soundtrack is available on iTunes




View Movie Trailer for Drive - HERE

Radiohead SNL - Perform 'Lotus Flower' & 'Staircase'

With Saturday Night Live airing its 37th season tonight on NBC, we have the privilege of hearing Radiohead perform a couple of songs from The King of Limbs era, with 'Lotus Flower' and 'Staircase'.





- James and Fr.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Return to Rock: The Music: The Music (2003)


Return to Rock is an exploration and reevaluation of the music that seemed important at a particular time. What was it like to get in to an album the first time, and has my opinion held up over time?

The Music: The Music (2003)

First off, apologies for the brief unannounced hiatus. Untoward events and all.

Right, so I should have picked an REM album this week in order to be timely and thematically consistent with the rest of the rock world. Truth be told, REM was always a musical blind spot for me, and despite repeated efforts over the last few years, I never made a concerted push to “get into them.” So instead of writing about a beloved, stately, and vaguely paternal band, I decided to pick a decent album from a very minor, inconsequential, and transient band, The Music.

Surely you remember The Music, one of many bands to spring up in the early 2000s with the need to qualify themselves with a definite article (e.g. The Walkmen, The Hives, etc…)? A shining exemplar of British-dance rock[1]? If they’re not ringing a bell, don’t worry too much; I had forgotten about them too until I saw a video from Mike Skinner’s The Streets and thought to myself, “Why does the singer sound so familiar?” A: Because he’s The Music’s Robert Harvey, and he’s got some pipes on him.

My initial reaction to The Music was always, “Yeah, they’re alright.” Good enough to listen to occasionally, but not quite good enough to follow from album to album, share on burned CDs, and make plans to drive to NYC to see. Apparently, they caught a lot of guff over their vaguely pretentious name to the extent that some critics thought The name was The thing that was really holding them back[2]. Enjoyable, yes, but occupying a space just a hair over mediocre (at least in my memory).

Eight years later, The Music’s The Music remains a fairly enjoyable, but unremarkable listen. Chances are if you remember The Music, you’d remember Take the Long Road and Walk It. It has a particularly grand/powerful feel, strangely punctuated by a scat-singing interlude. The video for this was not the most literal I’ve ever seen, but I get the sense that the production meeting included some debate over how they could make things more epic. The obvious answer: Wind machines.




Some songs are positively Zeppelin-esq with a really bluesy vibe, like The People and Turn Out the Light. Turn Out the Light was a genuine surprise to me, and really stood out as the highlight on the album to my 2011 ears. My 2003 ears, on the other hand, loved Getaway though that sounds surprisingly dated and very much a product of the era. I had never seen the video for Getaway before writing this, and look here, more wind machines! And, yes, there’s a couple of stinkers buried throughout.







It turns out that I bought this album at a used CD store for the price of $5.99 (the sticker’s still on the case). This is an accurate assessment of The Music’s The Music: Six bucks worth of The Music.

[1] Which is another example of a poorly named genre. “Driving beats, hit-hats, some electronic, danceable…let’s call it Dance-Rock!” The Killer to be featured in future column.

[2] Citations available upon request.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Radiohead TKOL RMX 1234567

Jamie XX, Anstam, and SBTRKT contribute to this seventh and final installment in the ongoing The King of Limbs remix collection. Featured here are the above artists respective takes on Radiohead's "Bloom", "Separator", and "Lotus Flower". The album will be released as a double-disc compilation known as TKOL RMX 1234567 on October 10 in the UK and October 11 in the US. Included below is the entire experience. Enjoy!

Radiohead TKOL RMX1 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX2 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX3 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX4 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX5 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX6 by Radiohead
Radiohead TKOL RMX7 by Radiohead

- Fr. Jones
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LISTEN: Real Estate – “Green Aisles”


Real Estate has released another track, “Green Aisles,” from their upcoming album Days, due out October 18 on Domino. On this cut, Real Estate keep pace with their trademark melancholy style, offering clean tones and jangly minor chords, creating the perfect kind of sound for a rainy day. Below, check out “Green Aisles” along with the more upbeat track “It’s Real,” which can also be found on Days.


Real Estate - Green Aisles by DominoRecordCo



Gomez - Tijuana Lady

'Tijuana Lady' is such an incredible song, it has been a favorite of mine for sometime now and I often find myself falling back to it. It comes from 1998's "Bring It On" album. I am lucky enough to catch these guys tonight here in SLC, UT at In The Venue. Such an underrated and under appreciated band. These guys deserve more love and are fresh off releasing their 7th album 'Whatever's On Your Mind'.

The Raconteurs - Carolina Drama (Eden Sessions)

I thought FPT could use a little Rock and Roll to roll into the weekend with. Here is The Raconteurs performing Carolina Drama at the Live Eden Sessions, back in 2008. Jack White is definitely a man with many talents and few can sing and play guitar like him.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Girls- Father, Son, Holy Ghost REVIEW

It’s hard to believe the outfit of singer/songwriter Christopher Owens has scarcely been on the map for three years. Both of Girls’ previous offerings, 2009’s Album and 2010’s Broken Dreams EP, indicated a group of musicians unafraid of embracing a well-seasoned disposition while simultaneously pushing onward with all things retro. This approach has caused Girls to seem almost wise regarding the subject of irony on their records. True, the familiarity of their music is abundantly clear to the listener and the band itself. But Girls makes no excuses for their inspiration, instead opting to slap fresh, tasteful coats of sound onto the established medium. Owens owes it to the talent of his songwriting and band that this technique often stops just short of novel gimmickry. However, as good as Girls has been over the past two years (and make no mistake about it, all the way through last year’s EP, Girls has been really, really good), nothing prepared listeners for the truly awesome piece of work that is Father, Son, Holy Ghost. An alternately tender and frenetic mosaic of genre homage, the album stands alone- ironically thanks to all the seemingly disjointed influences that work together as cohesive support.

From a production standpoint, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, is one of the most technically flawless of the year- yet, that’s probably the least interesting thing about the album itself. As is usually the case with much of Owens’ music, the songs here mostly concern longing, for bonds of both intimacy and familial. He is a songwriter without qualms about firmly wearing emotions upon his sleeve. This can often lead to pretentious oversaturation- but Owens is able to effectively spread the thematic wealth. Sunshiney opener “Honey Bunny” sets the stage with a self-deprecating ballad via uptempo surf-rock bubblegum; it’s a brilliant genre exercise and would be a fine tonesetter for a lesser, yet admirably proficient offering. On Father, Son, Holy Ghost, though, it is merely part of the palette. This radio-friendly breeziness pops up sporadically across the album’s eleven tracks- most notably with “Alex”, “Saying I Love You (where Owens does his best Jackson Browne)”, and “Magic” recalling artists from E.L.O to Mika. Owens has a penchant for pushing songs into unforeseen directions- “Die” begins with a late 70s guitar solo in the vein of Deep Purple or Golden Earring. Once this nostalgic arrangement grows comfortable, the song downshifts into a beautiful, symphonic mellotron yielding Girls’ first “Wait! They can’t do that!” moment on the album. The highlight, however, of Father, Son, Holy Ghost lies in its revitalizing center where Owens seems to channel equal parts Neil Young, Sonic Youth, and Sea Change-era Beck. “My Ma”, “Vomit”, and “Just a Song” are a delicate collection of songs as warm as they are penetrating. These not only bridge the gap to the epic “Forgiveness” and the bluesy Fats Domino-inspired “Love Like a River”, but they establish a connection to a core pathos that has previously eluded the band. Father, Son, Holy Ghost refuses to merely be competent. This album is designed to not only take the listener by surprise, but by the jugular as well. It is resoundingly about something. And even if its parts are recycled from past familiarities, it manages to shed new perspective as to why those parts are familiar to us in the first place.


Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost by artsandcraftsmx

- Fr. Jones
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Reptar- "Context Clues" VIDEO

Below you can take a look at Reptar's video for their new single, "Context Clues" off the Oblangle Fizz Y'all EP. Currently on tour with both Cults and Foster the People, Reptar is known for mixing the experimental ambience of Animal Collective with the defiant vitality of old-school Beastie Boys. Here is a link to an interview with the band as well as a review of their recent EP.

Reptar - Context Clues from Reptar Music on Vimeo.



- Fr. Jones
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SOUND CHECK: The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble INTERVIEW


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Paul Frick from the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble about Moogfest, pre-industrial robots, locating the vibraslap, and eternal happiness.

Here is a link to the review of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble's Mr. Machine.





FR: Before the ensemble was formed, how did the original trio get together? And what was the process like when it came time to form the actual ensemble?

PF: We met in the club music scene, mutually liking each others music, Jan and Daniel's project "Scott" and my solo house project. Our first common session worked so well for us that we just kept on making music together. Then we had this ensemble idea very quickly, because we asked ourselves how we would want to perform without using prerecorded sounds live.


FR: I really dig the album artwork for both You Make Me Real and Mr. Machine. What is the story behind that?

PF: Daniel had the ideas for both of them, he's the one who usually comes up with visual and conceptual stuff. For "You Make Me Real" we asked the illustrator Danae Diaz to draw it. Afterwards she also made the video for "Caffeine" based on the artwork, together with Patricia Luna. And the objects for the "Mr. Machine" artwork were build by Jan's friend Robert Meyer and photographied by Richard G. Brozowski. Mr. Machine's skull has even moving parts and lights in it, and also the ear, the arm and a bone. Mr. Machine is an old pre-industrial robot that we found underneath our garden.


FR: The new album features some vocals from Ninja Tune's Emika. What was that collaborative experience like?

PF: We know each other well, so it's very cool to work together. Before we did the album recording of "Pretend," we had done a remix of her original song. At some point we had the idea that our remix would fit very well for making an ensemble arrangement of it. Emika was also on tour with us in May, supporting us and then also singing "Pretend." All the ensemble musicians loved it from the start.


FR: You guys will be performing at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina this October. How did you land that gig? Is there any particular artist involved you are excited to see perform?

PF: Oh, ask our booker! We're excited about Moogfest, glad to be able to see for example Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus and again Battles who were already fantastic at Glastonbury.


FR: What can an audience expect from a Brandt Brauer Frick live performance? How do you feel your sound translates live?

PF: People shouldn't have any particular expectations and come with their senses open wide. Maybe they will like it.


FR: To me, the classic 9 minute "Bop" video is a brilliant, conceptual summation of your talents. Can we expect another video in the same vein to coincide with Mr. Machine?

PF: Well, yes! We shot a pretty gigantic video some weeks ago, and the cut is almost ready. It's very different from "Bop," and I find it quite spectacular.


FR: Does the ensemble have a preference for any of the reinterpreted tracks from You Make Me Real featured on the new album?

PF: Not completely sure about the others, but my favourite is the piece "You Make Me Real" itself. It's got a very intense vibe and there are very mind-blowing and sick instrumental sounds in it.


FR: What is the inspiration behind the unconventional, signature sound of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble?

PF: Love and hate, life and death.


FR: Out of the wide array of instruments utilized in Mr. Machine, is there one that you feel defines the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble the most?

PF: No, it's about creating a world, with whatever means we feel like. But maybe we can make a competition: who finds the vibraslap on the album gets a CD?


FR: What can fans expect from future releases?

PF: They can't expect anything, we don't even know it ourselves!


FR: In just the past decade, the music industry has gone through some radical changes. Where do you see the music scene heading in the next ten years?

PF: To eternal happiness?


PF: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the music industry?

FR: Hm, just the obvious one: first make music and then you can think of the industry, not the other way around.




The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble will be performing at this year's Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina on the weekend of October 28-30. For more information, visit www.moogfest.com.

- Fr. Jones
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Rising: GPSYMTH


Vernon, Connecticut based up-and-comer GPSYMTH has released two new songs, which pioneer a style he describes as “mysto.” The bliss factor is in full effect here, as the tracks are characterized by warm synth echoes and faded, distant vocals. Lo-fi instrumentation channels elements of chillwave and brings to mind the hazy hymns of artists such as Memory Tapes, Baths, and Sleep Over. You can find “Hamilton” and “The Cat on the Porch” streaming below. GYPSYMTH’s Craft EP is available on bandcamp here.





The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart REVIEW

The Kooks are back with their third effort titled Junk Of The Heart and they bring along a familiar sound. The previous two albums Inside In/Inside Out and Konk both found the band pumping out familiar Britpop sounds and pushing a 1960's British vibe. Junk of the Heart takes a little bit of a turn in a new direction but not much. The album is one that is best played together and there are no big huge single pop hits found here. Although there are several songs that get you excited and make you crave more of that old easy going 'Seaside' sound.

The openers 'Junk of the Heart (Happy)' and 'How'd You Like That' both bring a relaxed tone that eases you into the rest of the album, giving the listener a nice mix of vocals and guitar melodies. Next up is 'Rosie' and it has more of that Brit Pop sound to it and it is followed by 'Taking Pictures Of You' which the vocals shine through again creating an honest song.

'F**k The World Off' Song is trying to prove a point and what that point is I will leave that up to your imagination. Not the best use of a song for this particular album and almost feels like it doesn't belong with this set of songs. 'Time Above The Earth' is a highlight track which brings string sounds to the forefront. Only downfall would have to be the songs length making you wish for an extended version. 'Runaway' is an upbeat faster paced tune then what is found on the rest of the albums tracks. 'Is It Me' here is the steadiest track and it has that familiar Kooks sound to it. The vocals and the music work well together making this a worthy song of throwing on that new playlist you just created.

'Killing Me' offers up some fancy guitar riffs giving the song a gigantic opening, and is another album highlight. Next up is 'Petulia' and this is the closest song that resembles my favorite Kooks song 'Seaside'. Slow paced song that is put together perfectly. The guitars chiming in and out all song help create a thing of beauty. 'Eskimo Kiss' is another upbeat song, which shows the guys just playing and having fun with this one. 'Mr. Nice Guy' decent album closer but makes it hard to believe that Luke and the crew are anything but Mr nice guys.

There is no Seaside song on this album but just as the band stated, their intent was to create an album as a whole not just a song here and a song there. Frontman Luke Pritchard says... "What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album. Something you can listen to from front to back. We're an album band and this is a journey you come on with us.".....  "It's upbeat, an album to play in the sun". One thing is for sure The Kooks have a fine blue print on how to create a decent Pop album.

ALBUM RATING: 3.75/5

Junk Of The Heart Track Listing:
01 - Junk of the Heart (Happy)
02 - How’d You Like That
03 - Rosie
04 - Taking Pictures Of You
05 - Fuck The World Off
06 - Time Above The Earth
07 - Runaway
08 - Is It Me
09 - Killing Me
10 - Petulia
11 - Eskimo Kiss
12 - Mr. Nice Guy





Junk of the Heart (Happy) -THE KOOKS by masshimaro