Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top 25 EP's of 2012

When it comes to finding new artists and new music I have always felt that it starts with finding a solid EP.  Most up and coming bands get their big break with their debut EP, and once they get that out to the public, the buzz can start building for them in preparation for their full length debut.  Here are my personal favorite EPs that really caught my attention in 2012.

PFT's James Brimacombe -- Top 25 EP's of 2012:
01. Peace - Delicious
02. Daughter - The Wild Youth
03. Allah-Las - Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)
04. Jake Bugg - Two Fingers
05. Burial - Kindred
06. The Antlers - Undersea
07. Haim - Forever
08. San Cisco - Awkward
09. Desert Noises - I Won't See You
10. The 1975 - Sex
11. Tiny Victories - Those Of Us Still Alive
12. Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn - Pieces We Are
13. Fidlar - Don't Try
14. Dum Dum Girls - End Of Daze
15. Modern Rivals - Sea Legs
16. Craft Spells - Gallery
17. A Place To Bury Strangers - Onwards To The Wall
18. Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital
19. Lowlakes - Lowlakes
20. Houndmouth - Houndmouth
21. St. Lucia - St. Lucia
22. Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile
23. Shields - Kaleidoscope
24. Halls - Fragile
25. China Rats - To Be Like I


Childhood - Blue Velvet VIDEO

Childhood give us a great song in 'Blue Velvet', it has a very chilled out and lo-fi sound that works so well, almost feels like a throwback type of song.  The Stone Roses comparisons have been made, but you be the judge for yourself.


Jake Bugg - Two Fingers VIDEO

Jake Bugg is another artist, that deserves some attention heading into the year 2013.  His 'Two Fingers' EP was one of my favorite EPs of the year and the title track is about a solid a track that you can find from a new artist.  Check out the video below, and if you don't smoke, you may want to start after seeing and listening to 'Two Fingers'.

 

JAWS - Surround You

The Bimringham band, JAWS are another new band that need to be on people's radars heading into 2013.  Their latest single 'Surround You' shows off their talents, in making a song that will surely catch people's attention if they take the time to listen.

 

Allah-Las - Vis-A-Vis VIDEO

Here is one of the underrated bands that emerged in 2012, Allah-Las.  I admit I am a little late to the listening party on these guys, but after taking a few extended listens of their self-titled album, it became an instant favorite.  Below is the video for their excellent song 'Vis-A-Vis', which has a contagious sound and flow to it.

Daughter - Youth (The Amazing Sessions)

Daughter graced music world with a suburb EP titled 'The Wild Youth'.  On that EP are 4 very sincere and honest lyric filled songs.  Check out the performance of the song 'Youth' from The Amazing Sessions below.

 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Track from Frank Ocean: "Wise Man"

This man just doesn't stop; check out another fantastic song from Mr. Ocean, one of the best artists of 2012, accompanied by the lyrics image below. (Apparently, this song was left out of the new Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained")







Radiohead's Bonnaroo 2006 Set Has Surfaced for Download

I'm not questioning where it came from, but this Christmas has just been made a little more enjoyable:

A fantastic soundboard recording of Radiohead's 2006 Bonnaroo set has surfaced on the glorious webmachine (download part 1/download part 2). Check out the setlist below to a set Thom Yorke called his "favorite gig for years and years and years."


Setlist:
There There
2 + 2 = 5
15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Exit Music (for a Film)
Kid A
Dollars and Cents
Videotape
No Surprises
Paranoid Android
The Gloaming
The National Anthem
Climbing Up the Walls
Nude
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
The Bends
Myxomatosis
How to Disappear Completely

Encore:
You and Whose Army?
Pyramid Song
Like Spinning Plates
Fake Plastic Trees
Bodysnatchers
Lucky
Idioteque
Karma Police

Encore 2:
House of Cards
Everything in Its Right Place 

Fake Plastic Tunes' Top Albums of 2012

It's that time of year again.
You, as a reader, are being flooded with your favorite sites' "Top ____ of the Year!" whether it's albums, songs, artists, EPs, album art, soundtrack, vocal inflection, etc., etc.

FPT is no different, and for that we apologize while enthusiastically presenting you with our top albums of 2012. We're a little different here, at least on the surface, so below you will find our contributing writers' individual lists, to be presented on their own.

Feel free to let us know what you think, and boost/tarnish our egos by letting us know who's you agree with most (and/or least)!





Friday, December 21, 2012

Tribes - Wrapped Up In A Carpet


One of my favorite new artist over the past couple of years is Tribes and now they are getting set to bring us their sophomore effort. Although their new album 'Wish To Scream' won't be available until May 20th, 2013, you can get a jumpstart and check out an album teaser of the track 'Wrapped Up In A Carpet'.

For a free download of the track head over to the bands website.


Yo La Tengo - Before We Run VIDEO

Yo La Tengo are back after a lengthy exit with new tune 'Before We Run'. The track is taken from their upcoming album "Fade" which will be released on January 15th via Matador Records. Check out the video of the first cut from the album below and enjoy the somber/mellow feel of what Yo La Tengo do best.

 

Desert Noises - I Won't See You EP - REVIEW

Desert Noises latest addition to their catalog features their new EP I Won't See You. The title track starts the 3-song EP out in nice fashion. It is a nice slow low key track that is a solid follow up to the bands debut album Mountain Sea. The tempo and rhythm on this particular track works so well together and offers up a mature song as a result. The 2nd song  'Wings Of White' brings a great harmony and honest song. I am a big fan of how the vocals take ownership right from the first note and how the drums and guitars are mixed in perfectly. 'Birds' is a little more up tempo and sounds like it would make for a fun song to play live, it closes out the EP in strong fashion.

Although only a modest 3 song EP, the Provo based band are only expanding on their sound. I Won't See You EP is bound to open up some additional doors in the bands music journey. Desert Noises are a hard working local Utah band, that are not afraid to hit the road and promote their work in honest fashion. I see this EP as a nice placeholder in between their debut album and those waiting for their sophomore album. By the sounds of it Desert Noises are making their fans know that the wait will be well worth it.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Toro Y Moi "So Many Details"

Following 2011's well received Underneath the Pine, Toro Y Moi has announced his third LP Anything in Return.  The album is to be released January 23rd, but until then enjoy the video for his new single, "So Many Details."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Frank Ocean Covers "Fake Plastic Trees"

Be sure to check out grammy-nominee Frank Ocean covering Radiohead's Bends-era favorite "Fake Plastic Trees" at a recent Spotify event in New York City.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peace - Bloodshake VIDEO

I have to say I am not the biggest fan of Peace's music videos, but when it comes to their music that is a whole different story.  This particular song 'Bloodshake' is taken from the bands latest 4 track EP "Delicious" and really offers up a teaser of what they are capable of music wise.  If you want to close your eyes while you listen to the track go right ahead but surely don't judge this band by their video, dive into the music itself.

Delicious EP Tracklisting:
1. Ocean's Eye
2. Bloodshake
3. California Daze
4. 1998 (Delicious)

Monday, December 10, 2012

of Montreal Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee)


There are a few relatively unpredictable bands out there and of Montreal definitely fits into that category. The category of, you never know what you're going to get, aside from the fact that it's always good. 

I'm not only referring to their erratic and sometimes bizarre stage presence either. They have an interesting large body of work, with earlier albums sounding more like the Beatles too a much more experimental sound. I've always admired of Montreal's experimental tendencies and ability to change the set with each show.

The night had already started off right with special guests Foxygen and Wild Belle. Both tough acts to follow, and if you haven't heard of either you probably will in the near future. Anyways, I had no doubt in my mind that of Montreal was going to deliver an unforgettable performance. They were joined on stage by what appeared to be wrestlers tossing out balloons, opening with "Our Love is Senile" from their latest compilation album Daughter of Cloud and  "L'age D'or" from thecontrollersphere

Throughout the evening the light show was vibrant and complimented the array of creatures, large inspects, rabbits and other interesting objects on stage. I noticed, frontman, Kevin Barnes played significantly more guitar than previous shows I've attended this year. Out of pure speculation multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, who is currently touring for his album 151a, absence was the reason. Either way it was a nice surprise. Speaking of surprises, they didn't play anything from their most recent LP Paralytic Stalks, however it wasn't problematic and was made up for with other material such as the piano driven ballad "Touched Something's Hollow" into "An Eluardian Instance" from Skeletal Lamping.

of Montreal Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Other crowd pleasers and two personal favorites included, "Enemy Gene" and "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games." This was about the same time I felt the floor vibrating up and down from the audience dancing. As expected, the end of the set included crowd surfing wrestlers and feathers falling from above as they went into "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse", "Gronlandic Edit" and "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger" all from the classic Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer


They concluded with "Suffer for Fashion," She's a Rejector" and "The Past Is A Grosteque Animal" for the encore. You can always count on of Montreal to deliver an unforgettable experience from their unpredictable, yet solid setlist to the visually striking stage performance. As expected, of Montreal returned to Milwaukee to deliver an incredible show and if you have never seen them I would encourage you to do so. 


Setlist:
1. Our Love is Senile
2. L'age D'or
3. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
4. For Our Elegant Caste
5. Touched Something's Hollow
6. An Eluardian Instance
7. Micro University
8. Enemy Gene
9. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
10. You Do Mutilate?
11. Hydra Fancies
12. Plastis Wafers
13. Oslo in the Summertime
14. Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
15. Gronladic Edit
16. A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
Encore

17. Suffer For Fashion
18. She's a Rejector
19. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Nada Surf Live Review Turner Hall Milwaukee

Nada Surf certainly have had their fair share of ups and downs from major label success to being dropped and releasing their second album, The Promoximity Effect, on their own label. It wasn't until around 2002 when the guys joined Barsuk Records and released the critically acclaimed Let Go (a personal favorite). Now currently on tour in support of their seventh album, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, the guys stopped in Milwaukee.

It seems like it's been some time since Nada Surf last played in Milwaukee, making it a memorable  Friday to say the least. The guys started off the evening around 5:30 with "No Snow on the Mountain," "Teenage Dreams" and "Beautiful Beat" to a small crowd on air for Milwaukee's 88.9. Following Eternal Summer, they returned to the stage a little after 9:30, jumping into "Clear Eye Clouded Mind" and "Waiting for Something," the two opening tracks from The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy.

Frontman Matthew Caws has been known to consistently interact with the audience stating, "we have a lot of songs so were just gonna keep going/we just kept adding to the setlist" and he wasn't joking as the band eventually played 24 songs. The guys powered through a variety of songs from just about every album such as  "Do it Again" from The Weight is a Gift, "Beautiful Beat" and "Whose Authority" from Lucky. They even played three in a row from The Proximinity Effect, "Hyperspace," "Amateur" and "80 Windows," before "When I was Young" from the new album. At one point someone shouted, "Hi-Speed Soul!" Without hesitation Caws replied with an "OK" and began strumming the intro to the fast paced crowd pleaser. By this time I think just about everyone in attendance was dancing or singing.

I was pleasantly surprised when they slowed things down with the requested ballad "Blonde on Blonde," from Let Go. After a few more tracks they ended the set with "The Way You Wear Your Head." The encore consisted of "See These Bones," "Popular," and "Always Love." Of course on the final song, "Blankest Year," everyone joined in to sing the chorus "Oh fuck it! Im gonna have a party!"

From the radio cast, sound and the diverse setlist the overall night was perfect. As Caws stated, "the hospitality here is unreal" and in return Nada Surf returned to Milwaukee to deliver a powerful and memorable show.


Feel free to check out our review of The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy HERE.

Setlist:
1. Clear Eye Clouded Mind
2. Waiting for Something
3. Do it Again
4. Weightless
5. Who's Authority
6. Jules and Jim
7. Killians Red
8. Looking Through
9. Hyperspace
10. Amateur
11. 80 Windows
12. When I was Young
13. Hi-Speed Soul
14. Paper Boats
15. Beautiful Beat
16. No Snow on the Mountain
17. Inside of Love
18. Blonde on Blonde
29. Teenage Dreams
20. The Way You Wear Your Head

Encore:
21. See These Bones
22. Popular
23. Always Love
24. Blankest Year


Friday, December 7, 2012

Tanlines Make Television Debut on Jimmy Fallon

More late night talk show coverage for you here.

This time, it was Tanlines to take to the stage of Jimmy Fallon last night, making their television debut performing the song "All Of Me" from their debut full length, Mixed Emotions.

The song is one of the year's best, which kind of leads to the performance seeming lackluster for such an undeniably upbeat song. The duo does not disappoint, however, check out the performance below.



Tanlines – “All Of Me” 12/6/2012 Jimmy Fallon by screeps

Big Deal - Teradactol

Big Deal are back with some new music, with their new song 'Teradactol' which will be part of their upcoming sophomore release later in 2013.  The new sound, is much bigger then anything found on the duo's debut album. 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Night Moves "Colored Emotions"

John Pelant (guitars/vocals), Micky Alfano (bass) and Mark Ritsema grew up in the Twin Cities often playing in and out of one another's bands a like. But, it wasn't until 2009 that they reconnected to form Night Moves. With the recent release of their debut LP Colored Emotions, the group stopped at Stonefly Brewery in Milwaukee Thursday, November 29th.

Night Moves had me entriqued from the get go with the song and accompanying video for "Country Queen" from their latest effort Colored Emotions." The track features an interesting and pleasant mix of psychedelic rock with a hint of country twang, which works well.

The band took the stage around midnight, joined by Jared Isabella on drums for the tour. With the mentioned psych-rock/country sound, I was under the impression that the show would resemble the two tracks that I had previously listened to ("County Queen" and "Headlights"). Unfamiliar with most of the songs, I was immediately surprised and a bit taken back by the bands overall sound and stage presence. The sound quality was great and the soulfulness brought the songs to life.

In conclusion and in all honesty, I was un-impressed with the two opening bands lack of togetherness. Night Moves quickly made me forget about that. I'm going to repeat this, the show was incredibly soulful! The guys are onto something great and I look forward to seeing them again in the future. The album is exceptional, the live show is even better and I feel privileged that I had the chance to see them before they play at the next bigger venue. I would encourage you to listen to Colored Emotions and to experience them live when the chance arises.


Delta Spirit Perform "Money Saves" on Conan

In case you've never seen Delta Spirit live, and/or didn't believe me when I said that their live performances are absolutely maniacal you can check out their performance on Conan from last night. The group stopped by to play "Money Saves" off their latest album, Delta Spirit.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shout Out Louds - Blue Ice VIDEO

The Swedish five-piece, Shout Out Louds are all set to release their fourth album, Optica, on February 26, 2013.  The first single from the album is 'Blue Ice' and was actually released as a made from ice 7", with only 10 available worldwide.  It's hard to believe this band has been around for 10 years already, and are still flying well under the radar.  Here is the bands take on the new album...

"In our eagerness to please no one but ourselves this time around, we decided to take on the challenge of producing our own music for the first time ever. Our close friend and sound aficionado of choice Johannes Berglund and his studio in Stockholm presented us with an ideal package for the endeavor. A secluded work space close to home, but off the earth's surface, a more than generous timeline, and the patient and brilliant sixth member we needed to get through the whole thing safely. Together we made up a downstairs world of explosive colors, big, warm sounds and a very, very uninhibited work process. We never worried about following a clear path, trusting that the conscious decision not to worry would be enough to lead us right, and that right doesn't necessarily have to mean rational or even reasonable...We all set prestige and skillfulness aside in favor of experimentation and sheer gusto. That will probably come across live too. I don't think we've ever been this excited to take an album on tour."
 
Optica Tracklisting:
  1. Sugar
  2. Illusions
  3. Blue Ice
  4. 14th of July
  5. Burn
  6. Walking In Your Footsteps
  7. Glasgow
  8. Where You Come In
  9. Hermila
  10. Chasing the Sinking Sun
  11. Circles
  12. Destroy


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Merchandise - Become What You Are

Merchandise are a band that have been floating around on my radar for a few months and I have been waiting anxiously for new music from the band.  Well it turns out they have a 12" EP titled 'Children of Desire' set to be released in early 2013 with a full US tour to follow.

In the meantime check out the bands latest intimate video for 'Become What You Are' which was shot on the rooftop of Carson Cox and David Vassalotti's Tampa, Florida home. 


Merkhandise - Become What You Are (downhome) from Id House Vid. Group on Vimeo.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Lord Huron - She Lit A Fire

I will be honest I was a little late on the Lord Huron bandwagon, but after diving into the new Lonesome Dreams album I can't stop listening to the band.  Several friends recommended them and finally I took the time to give the album a solid listen and haven't looked back since.  My favorite track from the album is 'She Lit A Fire' which you can watch below as part of Rolo & Grady Sessions back in August 2011.  But as a whole 'Lonesome Dreams' is one of the few incredible albums that 2012 has blessed us with.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Music Video: HAIM - "Don't Save Me"

Another awesome music video to share with you, this one from L.A. trio: HAIM.

New to the scene with only one 3-song EP under their belt, we look forward to each release from these girls, and cannot wait for more.

HAIM - Don't Save Me


Tanlines Debut Music Video for "Not the Same"

One of my/our favorites, Tanlines, has premiered their new music video for the amazing song "Not The Same" from their stellar album Mixed Emotions

Check it out:

Tanlines - Not The Same

Peace - Wraith

Peace are starting to get some credit for their tunes even outside of Britain.  This newest track 'Wraith' brings to mind a nice heavy mix of something you would hear from The Maccabees or Foals.  Their sound is getting more and more polished as they release new material and this is clearly a band that needs to be on everyones radar.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Recap: JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit - House Of Blues Chicago Nov. 19

Two heavily heralded live acts came through Chicago on Monday, and FPT was lucky enough to cover JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit at the House of Blues in Chicago.

There are many adjectives to describe JEFF the Brotherhood's sound, and all of them are probably equally overused. But the band delivers their sound: (pick one) "dark/moody/stoner/garage"-rock with such gusto that it makes the duo hard to ignore.

JEFF the Brotherhood
Based off their live show, it was clear why Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) chose to wet his production chops by co-producing JEFF the Brotherhood's latest effort Mystic Nights. JEFF the Brotherhood produce such a powerful sound for just two members, much like the glory days of Black Keys' sets. Shredding through songs like "Staring at the Wall" "Sixpack" and "Heavy Days" with such force it completely made up for the lead singer's donning of a shirt with his own album cover on it. The set was accurately accompanied by a fog machine that was heavily used; the thick mass of fog clouding the band for 75% of their set.

Through that fog, however, was a band who has mastered their craft. Both members playing on some of the most badass equipment I've seen - a completely clear guitar head and drum kit - and playing them well; Jake Orrall closed the set with his guitar neck between his legs, appearing to have lost his mind at some point while playing. This is a good thing.

After about a half hour wait, Delta Spirit took the stage.

I had long heard from colleagues and friends that Delta Spirit is not to be messed with when it comes to their live shows. To be honest, I never really gave them a decent shot. Their latest, self-titled effort was a little lackluster upon first listen, and I admittedly wrote them off. Since the album was released, however, more and more people were "tricking" me in to listening to them, highlighting their older releases. And sure, yes, fine, whatever, I liked them.

So here I am, at a Delta Spirit concert, waiting to "see the light" as someone emphatically put it.

The group came out to a mass of cheers and screams, and opened their set with "Money Saves" and "Idaho" both off their latest album. It was quickly discovered by me, in the photo pit, that the band would be a headache to cover accurately with a camera.

Delta Spirit
Watching Delta Spirit on stage is like trying to watch the Tasmanian Devil tear apart a room and pinpoint where he is at one point in time. Matt Vasquez is a mad man on stage, and seems to rupture a vocal chord every show. His voice is absolutely reckless in a live setting, and his body seems unable to stop moving, as he is either playing guitar or eliciting shout-along sessions from the crowd as he lifts the mic stand and hovers it over the front row of patrons.

Couple "'Squez"'s insanity on stage with a heavy sound that is backed by two drummers at times, a keyboardist at other times, a guitarist that never ceases to be ripping through some riff that went unnoticed in the album, and a bassist who's hair is a spectacle in itself.

Delta Spirit
And sure, yes, fine, the band puts on an amazing show.

It was the House of Blues that led a little to be desired for such a raucous show. The walls seemed too closed in on themselves, as echoes destroyed my ears and left them ringing for a couple of days. But that doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy myself. Delta Spirit blew me away with live versions of some excellent songs: "Tear It Up" "Empty House" "White Table" and "Bushwick Blues" all blew me away, and to top it off, "Trashcan" closed out the set and featured Vasquez shifting to the keys and drummer/keyboardist Kelly Winrich brought out a beat-to-shit metal trashcan lid to bang on.



By the time Delta Spirit finished up their encore with "California" I had already come to the conclusion that these two bands are on my must-see list from here on out.


To see more photos from FPT's coverage of JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit, head to the Flickr collection here
Delta Spirit

WU LYF - T R I U M P H


As a music fan and first listening to WU LYF, I was excited to hear a new band with a new sound and was anxiously waiting to see how they could follow up to their astonishing debut (Only) album Go Tell Fire To The Mountain.  There are a lot of things in the world to be thankful for over this long weekend but the news on the band calling it quits was not one of them.  Here is what the band had to say about calling it quits....

“By the time I wrote this I was all ready gone. You know you aint got nothing but time, but time isn’t an infinite currency I want to see wasted. If this is our last month living, apocalypse looming, I am not going to spend my final hours waiting in purgatory. I am done. There is nothing here that inspires/ interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams. and I don’t want to spend my life asleep; dreaming of a….
“Wake up! We stay safe/ everything is golden/ in this place.
“WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of “Go tell fire” was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody’s watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark. There’s blood running down streets of every city in the world, what’s a song to do, pretend it mean everything/nothing to you. Another distraction from the world we live. I and I struggle for a based positivity; Get free or die trying; J C Hung him self up for the easy way out. so Broken Mama Cita be kind to me.”
"P E O are P L E the world over. Your beautiful and strange, and I love you. But The Great Longings calling and I'm young and free enough to try and answer."

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"I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.
But I want to live life that's true to me."

The band did leave one last tune for us to enjoy titled 'TRIUMPH'


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Other Lives Turner Hall Ballroom Live Review

Saturday the 17th at Turner Hall Ballroom, Other Lives caught me off guard in the sense that it was an unforgettable performance. I had a similar experience in Salt Lake City while checking out City and Colour and I feel like a broken record for saying this, but the best shows always seem to be the ones you attend with little to no expectations! These are the shows you walk away with more than you walked in with.

I was tardy to the venue, but fortunate enough to catch Copenhagen's "Indians," the alter ego of Søren Løkke Juul. The overall sound was rather pleasant as his soothing voice was accompanied by both keys and acoustic guitar. In all honesty, it was probably one of the more enjoyable openers that I have seen in recent months and I'm fairly certain it won't be long before Indians make their way back as the main act.

Following Indians, Other lives were accompanied by an interesting arrangement of light bulbs that flickered throughout the show, which was fitting. You will have to forgive me, as I said earlier I went into this show with little expectation so I am a little rusty on a few of the tracks. The band started off with the what I believed to be "Dark Horse" the first track off their most recent (and well praised) album Tamer Animals.  Soon after, the band dove into "As I Lay My Head Down," also from Tamer Animals. From the start it was apparent we were dealing with a well rounded group of multi-instrumentalists as lead singer Jesse Tabish switched between both piano and acoustic guitar. Cellist Jenny Hsu joined him to the left often playing violin. Drummer Colby Owens was also joined in the back by Josh Onstott (bass and percussion) and Jon Mooney (guitar, piano, horns) to the right. With such a wide variety of instruments it re-emphasized the craftsmanship of the carefully constructed folk songs.

Other Lives seemed somewhat surprised anyone showed up as the humble group often thanked the audience saying, "it's our first time in Milwaukee, thank you so much, glad to see everyone." Soon after, Tabish lead the group into "For 12" and then "Tamer Animals." They even treated us to "Dead Can" off their new EP Mind the Gap, which is a bit heavier and darker than previously released material. "Dust Bowl III" is another standout track played close to the end of the set.

For the encore Tabish took the stage solo, playing piano to "Black Tables" from their self titled debut album, Other Lives. Again he thanked the audience saying "thank you for the warm welcome" and "we didn't expect this." Also asking what kind of beer to check out, with suggestions coming from every direction, he replied jokingly, "I'll just drink 15 different beers and get piss drunk" and then went on to finish the set.

As stated above, I went into this show expecting nothing and I walked away with a feeling that I can't quite put my finger on, but it's one I get from few shows. Gaining a strong sense of what Other Lives is  capable of, especially live, I wouldn't expect them to be going anywhere soon. From the atmosphere to the sound, the overall show was perfect and I would encourage you to see them live and at the very least listen to Tamer Animals and/or Mind the Gap EP.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Japandroids - LIVE REVIEW 11/17/2012 - SLC, UT


I have already stated several times over the year that I believed Japandroids to not only be the band of the year, but also the band that has the album (Celebration Rock), and song (The House That Heaven Built) of the year.  Well after seeing the Canadian duo of Brian King and David Prowse perform at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday night I think it is also safe to add the title of Live Act of the year.  The energy and raw emotion that they put into their live set is incredible, and you can tell that playing their music is what drives them to keep going.  There was never a dry moment in their set, and they came to play for the SLC (Johnny Utah) crowd and vowed to leave nothing on the table by the nights end. 

They dove into their entire music catalog with a solid mix of old and new tunes.  They played each song as if it was their last of the night and really never let up and gave the fans a full 90+ minutes of pure Canadian Garage-Rock (Or whatever you want to call it).  Brian would often go off in between songs in a light mannered way just chit chatting about their music, the fans, Canada, Salt Lake City, or any other random topic but once it was time to play the next song it was all business and it seemed as though each song started with a bang.   It was such a nice treat to see a band play so wreckless and loud and fast as Japandroids - It basically put all those indie bands I have been hearing over the past 2-3 years to shame. 

Some of the individual song highlights for me were 'The Boys Are Leaving Town', 'Wet Hair' and 'Rockers East Vancouver' from their 2009 effort Post-Nothing.  'Darkness on the Edge of Gastown' was also great to hear live which is the opening track from their sophomore album No Singles.  Then came the songs from Celebration Rock and as an album I have been listening to on repeat over the past few months I was thrilled.  Of couse they played 'The House That Heaven Built' to a thunderous crowd and others like 'Fire's Highway' and 'The Nights of Wine and Roses' were well received.  The highlight of the whole set for me was my favourite Japandroids song in 'Continuous Thunder'.  It is probably the slowest, calmest song from their entire catalog and when they played it they finally got to catch their breathe for a few minutes. 

It was an all around great night of music and one that will be ringing in my ears for some time.  So a specail thank you to Brain and David from all your fans here in Johnny Utah!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

CONCERT PREVIEW - Delta Spirit with JEFF the Brotherhood at Chicago's House of Blues November 19th

Delta Spirit
Another fantastic show rolls through Chicago this Monday, November 19th as Fidlar and JEFF the Brotherhood opens for Delta Spirit. Tickets are still available here.

JEFF the Brotherhood
JEFF the Brotherhood are out on tour pressing the release of their latest album Hypnotic Nights which was put out via Warner Brothers Records this past July. The duo, consisting of two brothers from Nashville, TN, enlisted Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys to help produce the album. JEFF the Brotherhood member Jamin stated was the first time the group used an outside producer to assist with an album; obviously not a bad guy to bring in for the first crack at an outside influence on an album.

The band's gritty, stoned-garage-rock sound is sure to translate genuinely to a live setting; check out the group's heavy and enjoyable performance from Conan this past week... or as heavy as anything with a flute-solo could be. CoCo even gives a little bump to the show this Monday at House of Blues - Chicago before the performance as well.

California-based Delta Spirit have seemed on the rise to absolute stardom for quite a while now, and I shamefully have not listened to the hype until just recently, thanks to a staffer here at FPT. He is ultimately jealous as Delta Spirit has become one of his favorite (as well as many close friends') live performances to catch. Sorry Nick, enjoy Milwaukee Monday night.

The group is out on tour with a third studio album under their belt (Delta Spirit) which was released in March of 2012. The album features enough familiarity to offer long-time fans new tracks to get excited about, while maintaining the soulful and congregational sound that will draw in new listeners. Nevertheless, the band is known for their powerful live performances.

Check out my favorite track off the new album (and one of my favorites of the last year), "Tear It Up" being performed live at Austin City Limits in October.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Beach House- "Wild" MUSIC VIDEO

Check out Beach House's alluringly bizarre music video for "Wild" off their recent release, Bloom. I don't think anyone was expecting a video quite like this.





Be sure to check out my interview with Victoria from Beach House as well as our review of Bloom.

- Fr.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Album Review - Melody's Echo Chamber

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Melody Prochet, or more commonly known as Melody's Echo Chamber released her debut album of the same name on September 25th. The album was recorded and mixed with Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) in Perth at her grandparents house in France.

The debut album Melody's Echo Chamber took the music world by surprise, being quite an impressive and unique album by means of being easily labeled a "pop" album; but not exactly. The first track "I Follow You" immediately hooks you with a simple guitar riff, and is soon followed by Melody's beautifully smokey vocals. The song eventually ends with a grainy guitar solo, which brings you to the second track, "Crystallized" another standout similar to the first.

The album takes you for a ride, from a more straight, pop-driven sound to (for lack of a better term) dream-pop at times. By the third song, "You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me" the album becomes more layered, introducing a rougher sound with a wide variety of instruments and more synth. "You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me" is the turning point where the album becomes more psychedelic with just the right amount of darkness, while maintaining it's core sound and dreamy vocals. The only downfall of the album is that its easy to get lost in, as some of the tracks blend together too well. But, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

In the end Melody's Echo Chamber is a solid debut album from front to back bringing an interesting and unique pysch-pop sound, coupled with her pleasant smokey voice when it is added into the mix. Without over doing it, the album has just the right amount of effects, which add a nice touch the the songs to give the album more depth. Keep your eye out for Melody's Echo Chamber in the future, and check out a couple of tracks below.





Phantogram "Don't Move" Video

Phantogram quickly hit the scene in 2010 with the critically acclaimed Eyelid Movies. The following year they released Nightlife, which can we described as a mini followup LP. They recently premiered the video for "Don't Move" on Pitchfork, which can also be seen below.


Nada Surf Premiere "Jules and Jim" Music Video

"Jules and Jim," the third single from Nada Surf's most recent The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy was recently released. Directed, animated and edited by Rachel Chaiya Blumberg, The video has been said to "bring you into the dreamlike world of three characters who are both intertwined and isolated and into three different worlds which are also intertwined and yet isolated."

Nada Surf is also on tour and will be stopping in Milwaukee at Turner Hall Ballroom on December 7th, be sure to check this one out.

 

Read FPT's review of The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy HERE.

Ninetails - Maybe We

When I first heard the Ninetails tune 'Maybe We', my initial reaction was WOW this is one moody guitar jam. The track comes from the bands new Slept and Did Not Sleep EP that you can stream over at the 405.  The song itself is a momentum builder and one that may need a couple of listens to fully appreciate its texture.  The lyrics themselves don't hit until the 3 minute mark and even then they only last for maybe 30 seconds. 

Look for the EP to be released November 26th as a pay what you want download via Superstar Destroyer Records.

Purity Ring - Lofticries VIDEO

The Halifax/Montreal duo known as Purity Ring have turned a few heads with their debut album Shrines. Take a listen to their newest single 'Loficries' from the album and see its accompanied video. The video was directed by AG Rojas, and tells a story or a feverish dream, one of which shows the ideas of conception, birth, sickness and death.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Father John Misty & La Sera: Lincoln Hall - Chicago - October 30 LIVE REVIEW


In the city of Chicago, if you're going to see a live concert, the experience is going to be based heavily on the venue of said entertainment. The venues can go from just plain off-putting (i.e. The Congress and their intense security presence and horrible sound) to incredibly enjoyable (for example, The Metro on the city's north side). Lincoln Hall in the heart of the Lincoln Park area of the city, has quickly grown to be my favorite venue in the city, if not the entire Midwest region. The sound is great, the drinks and food are reasonably priced, and the layout of the venue is perfect, with a wrap-around balcony that leaves no bad spot to watch/listen in the house.

Jeffertitti's Nile
On the day before Halloween this year, Lincoln Hall welcomed Father John Misty and La Sera (with special guest Jeffertitti's Nile) for a sold out show. Being that it was Halloween eve, there were a few people dressed up in attire, but this wasn't going to be a costume ball (go to the Congress for that).

The opening act, Jeffertitti's Nile was spectacular; their attire just as varied as their sound. The act proved to be another suitor in the ever-expanding independent alternative music scene, and featured Father John Misty frontman, Josh Tillman, on drums. His previous experience drumming with Fleet Foxes proved to be useful, although this music was a little more demanding of a capable drummer.


La Sera
La Sera graced the stage next, as more and more people began to filter in to the main area of the venue. Her sound was filled with much more excitement and enthusiasm than is left to be heard on her sophomore album Sees The Light. Even the slower tracks featured a more electric sound to them, resonating more of a Pop Punk vibe than I expected to hear. La Sera was fun and bright, playing along with friendly banter from the crowd, and acknowledging the stereotypical "I Love You" shouts from a few of the crowd's male patrons. I was especially pleased with her performance of "Real Boy", "Break My Heart" and "Drive On" - three of my favorite tracks off the newest album. I was reminded of a Smith Westerns meets Rilo Kiley style of stage presence and performance, with front-woman Katy Goodman sipping on (what I believe was) whiskey and smiling gracefully in between songs.

Up next, after a short set break, was Father John Misty, which featured multiple members of the first group, Jeffertitti's Nile as contributing members behind Josh Tillman.

To be honest, it's hard to believe Josh Tillman wasn't a front man from birth, and it's reasonably easy to see why he took the opportunity to head his own group. His charisma and comedic banter between songs killed me, and his hip movements and stage presence would make Jim Morrison blush and got many members of the audience swooning where they stood.

The humorous thing about Tillman is his affection for being inebriated  Videos have surfaced online featuring Tillman either drinking whisky, smoking marijuana, or even singing karaoke whilst on acid (a rousing version of "I Believe I Can Fly" can be found on YouTube). But with this notion can often come nervousness for a member of the audience. Bands (or members of them) can become so distractingly fucked up on stage that it can really ruin a show - Smith Westerns and Alkaline Trio come to mind as the biggest culprits.

Father John Misty

But with Tillman (and fellow members), his inebriation was never a distraction. In fact, if anything it helped him let loose on some songs. At one point, Tillman walked around stage spouting hilarious quips with his band members, then realized it and said "I got too high backstage and now I'm aimlessly talking to the band..." which drew a large amount of cheers and laughs. The star of the show was undoubtedly Tillman; his falsetto in "Nancy From Now On" and "Fun Times In Babylon" gave me goosebumps and "Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings" played more like a jarring rock song than it allows to be heard on headphones. The band closed out with a medley of covers including "Nevertheless, I'm In Love With You" (Dean Martin) and an awesome rendition of Canned Heat's "On The Road Again" into "Green Onions" by Booker T & The MGs.

Below you will find some photographs I snatched while covering the show. You can see the full album over at our Facebook page!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Them Swoops - Work Around It


Them Swoops are a band out of Australia that bring a very refreshing pop sound to the start of a cold winter here in America. Their debut single 'Work Around It' is taken from the bands forthcoming EP which is due for release in early 2013. Them Swoops, you better start remembering the name, as the world can always use some more catchy Australian songs.

The 1975 - Woman

The 1975 are a band out of Manchester and are set to have a couple of EP's to their name. The first EP was released earlier this year and is titled the Facedown EP, the second is called the Sex EP and is set for a November 20th release date via Vagrant Records.

Take a listen to the track 'Woman', which is taken from the Facedown EP.  It really is one of the better slowburner tracks that I have heard all year.  Also get a taste of the new Sex EP with the track 'You' below, as it carries on in the same light as what the band have offered on their debut EP.

This is a band that has caught my attention early on, and I will be listening going forward.



Shields - Pharaohs (SBTRKT cover)

Most times you see or hear a band perform a cover song and it is pretty direct and to the point. This is not the case with Shields as they took SBTRKT's 'Pharaohs' and created a truly unique version of the song. The video shows off the band performing in their own makeshift masks in homage to SBTRKT.

Look for the cover song to be featured on Shields upcoming EP Kaleidoscope, on November 19th.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Watch Father John Misty Perform on Conan


Below you will find an impeccable performance by Father John Misty from Conan last night. Bringing the crooner "Nancy From Now On" to Conan O'Brien's late night show, Josh Tillman and company deliver with just the right amount of charisma -- the cute little shoulder hug from Tillman to CoCo was cut out from the end, unfortunately.

Stay tuned for more FJM goodies from FPT's coverage of their show last Tuesday in Chicago.


WRITER WANTED - Journalist Student (SLC, UT)

Fake Plastic Tunes is a collective of individuals who have come together with a common interest in the art of music. Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, we are a diverse group living in different cities, states, and countries, able to set aside all differences and share a common, simple goal: to share the music we appreciate and love with you through reviews, live documentation, artist interviews and more.

Do you love music?  Love going to concerts, and love telling people about the last great show you attended?  Fake Plastic Tunes is a local Salt Lake City music blog that first started out in 2009 and has grown to the point where we need help covering local live shows.  We average around 500 page views a day and 400,000+ since the start of 2010.  FPT is often getting requests for Guest/Press Passes to concerts around the city in exchange for a Live Preview/Reviews, but we don’t have the staff to make it out to all the shows.

We are looking for individuals that are currently journalist students and looking to get some of their work online for others to see.  This position would be responsible for attending 3-4 concerts around the city each month and posting live previews/reviews from those shows.  You would also be welcome to do any extra writing such as album reviews, band interviews, or just posting about a brand new tune that you love.  It is an unpaid gig but comes with a bunch of great music perks and bonuses.

Perks:

·         Free Guest List spots/Press passes/ Photo Passes to Concerts in the Salt Lake City area

·         Tons of free music (seriously you will never have to buy music again)

·         Advance copies of albums for Review

·         Opportunities to interview your favorite bands/artists

·         Music Contacts: PR companies, Record Labels, Venues, Artists themselves

·         You get your work published online with an established music blog which receives 500+ page views a day on average and 400,000+ views since 2010.

Contact: 

James Brimacombe
www.fakeplastictunes.com
fakeplastictunes@gmail.com

 Email me over a couple of your writing samples, your top 5 bands/songs, and a brief history of your obsession with music.  (Resume/Cover Letters optional)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Desert Noises "I Won't See You" and "Tour Only 7'"

As the followup to 2011's Mountain Sea, Provo, Utah band Desert Noises is releasing some new material, which becomes available tomorrow on iTunes. If you are ever so lucky to see them live they will be selling the "Tour Only 7 Inch."

Desert Noise's consisits of four individuals from Utah Valley, Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer and Brennan Allen. Their musical influences range from Tom Petty to Modest Mouse, bringing an interesting array of sounds to the table. The bands mixture of blues, americana and pyschedlic rock combined with Kyle Henderson's powerful vocals and lyrical ability creates a unique sound proving them to be one of the most powerful bands to come out of Utah in the last few years. Not to mention their unforgettable live stage presence, which can be seen in the upcoming months as the guys head out on the road. Tour Dates Here. Enjoy their new single "I Won't See You" live below and be sure to check out their new EP.






 Be sure to check out their latest Audiotree Session or visit www.desertnoisesmusic.com for more music.

Foals - Inhaler

Foals have just premiered their first track from their forthcoming 'Holy Fire' album over at NME.  The new track 'Inhaler' proves that the Foals have grown up and are continuing to push their music forward. 

The video was directed by Dave Ma, and lead singer has this to say about it... 
"It's a lot to do with rhythm and basic movement. Dave took a lot of influence from Japanese Butoh dancing and there is an almost sinister air to it. It's a very homegrown video; we went to a special place that Dave converted."

Mumford & Sons - Lover Of The Light VIDEO

The new single 'Lover Of The Light' from Mumford & Sons has a brand new video. The song is taken from the sophomore album Babel, which is available now. The video was directed by Idris Elba and Dan Cadan.

Look for the new Road To Red Rocks DVD from the band, which will release on November 26th.

DVD Tracklisting
1. Lovers Eyes
2. Little Lion Man
3. Below My Feet
4. Roll Away Your Stone
5. Lover of the Light
6. Thistle & Weeds
7. Ghosts That We Knew
8. Awake My Soul
9. Whispers
10. Dustbowl Dance
11. I Will Wait
12. The Cave

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Cast Of Cheers - Trucks At Night VIDEO

The Cast of Cheers do good here with the video for new single 'Trucks At Night' which is taken from their new Family album.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dog Is Dead - Teenage Daughter VIDEO

Dog Is Dead are a band that keep enlightening me with their music. Their newest single 'Teenage Daughter' has a new video and is taken from their brilliant debut album All Our Favourite Stories.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Refused Announce End of Reunion

A personal favorite of mine, the Swedish punk group Refused, has announced that their reunion will come to an end in December. They will go out with a bang playing their final show at their home, Umea, Sweden on the 15th.

Here is the letter that was put up on Refused's Facebook page, announcing the decision to end the reunion:

GOIN' HOME

So there were those years right after school, when you were 15 and pissed off and everyone thought you were a loser and you ran around with the other weirdos, generating weirdness and little else. And there were those years when what set you apart from the others become a fixation and a lifestyle and you had a band and people talked about what you did but you were so used to being weird you just lumped them in with the rest of the slanderers. Then there were those years when the ideas you'd clung to through late adolescence were beginning to ring hollow and you got more and more confused and destructive and the band broke up and you had rent to pay. That was among the tougher years. And then slowly, over a span of time, you began to sort yourself out and your friends started making sensible decisions in their lives and it suddenly began to seem like most of you were gonna be ok. 

And then there was the year when you stopped being a petulent kid and you got your favorite musicians together in a room again and decided that you were gonna accept the love of thousands of listeners, accept the success that was waiting there to be had and just in general enjoy being appreciated for the exact same qualities that made you a freak to your contemporaries in your teens. This was one of the better years.

And now it is coming to a close. It's been kind to us. And that old punkrock golem "The shape of punk to come" has done good. The hatchet is buried, 1998 is not such a terrible memory for us anymore. We're going home. And we're doing it in style.

With old friends and new acquaintances in tow we're gonna take over our old hometown Umeå for one more night, just because we can. On the 15th of December at the Exel arena we'll be sharing the stage with these magnificent comrades: Randy (http://www.randytheband.com/), a band of punkrock bandidos from the north who we befriended years before we even were Refused, Two White Horses, an excellent sister/brother-duo from Sävar, both of whom we've individually collaborated with in different musical projects through the years, and Råd Kjetil Senza Testa, a new and exciting musical collective consisting of old Umeå pop and hardcore scenesters, among them the guy who produced the very first version of New Noise for a local hardcore compilation in early 1997. We unconditionally endorse these bands.

Great music, good crude fun, what more do you need? It's going to be one of those nights. 
www.tickster.com/sv/events/j6z64866u2u6y9y

Thank you for populating the pit in 2012.

Over and out.

As you can see there is a link to purchase tickets to the last hoorah of one of the greatest punk bands of all time... you know, just in case you find your self in Sweden in the middle of December.

Here is a video for one of my favorite songs, by any artist, of all time:

Refused - New Noise

Titus Andronicus - In a Big City VIDEO

Here is the new video for Titus Andronicus single 'In a Big City', it is such a great song and a very nice return for the band. The video was directed by Isaac Ravishankara, and was filmed in various New Jersey locales during a long 28 hour shoot.

You can pick up Titus Andronicus new album Local Business over at itunes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nude Beach - Some Kinda Love VIDEO

Brooklyn band Nude Beach have a shiny new video 'Some Kinda Love' that they are sharing with the world today. The video was written and directed by Tom Scharpling (Wild Flag, Titus Andronicus, The New Pornographers), and shows off the bands high energy live performances.

NUDE BEACH TOUR DATES
10/30 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
10/31 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
11/1 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
11/2 - Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag*
11/3 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*
11/4 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11/5 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
11/7 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House*
11/8 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's*
11/9 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair*
11/10 - Providence, RI - Firehouse 13
11/11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar*
11/12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
11/13 - Asheville, NC - Broadway's
11/14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In*
11/15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
11/16 - Memphis, TN - The Hi-Tone*
11/17 - Oxford, MS - End of All Music (In-store)
11/17 - Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
11/18 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks*
11/19 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo's
11/20 - Belmont, NC - The Haunted Mill