this year is gonna be ours.
It is difficult to muster enough thought to review The Dodos' third studio effort Time to Die. In short, it was a huge disappointment. Seems that with each successive record, the band's original, stripped-down acoustic vibe is lost as they progress closer and closer to streamlined/pure studio indie modified pop. The thing was produced by the same guy who worked with The Shins, and boy does it show.
Their 2008 album Visiter was largely well-liked and a huge progression from the first full-on acoustic great Beware of the Maniacs. So I suppose in that sense, Time to Die is a fair extension from the second album. Although it is no secret the third studio effort had large shoes to fill, it just completely misses the mark and is unappealingly overproduced, especially for a group like The Dodos.
So clearly the album didn't come through on the first listen. Perhaps a second and third playthrough will clear the artistic intentions of the work up a bit. Maybe it's a grower. After all, the buried, familiar sounding guitar riffing reminds us that yes, this is the same Dodos that are capable of lovable, folksy pop genius.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
John Frusciante, of shirtless Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, has announced recently that he had quit the band about a year ago during their indefinite hiatus.
"I have changed, as a person and artist, to such a degree that to do further work along the lines I did with the band would be to go against my own nature," he explained, assuring that "there was no drama or anger involved, and the other guys were very understanding."
It's rumored that the band has replaced him with their session guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.
However, the Torontonians have since regrouped and recorded Say It this past fall with their new philosophy to "talk about things before they happen."
Look for the album early 2010.
Stereogum article / tumblr fansite / myspace
Advance warning: all pictures are noisy and point-and-shooty. Venue does not allow SLRs. Although it turns out I could've easily gotten it in...
Above is the opener, Screaming Females, a New Jersey garage band. Pretty rough tunes. The lead singer is 5'2, the only girl in the three-piece, a pretty rad guitarist and a literal screaming female. She actually screeched. I don't even know how to describe it.
The Arctic Monkeys came on twenty minutes late. The floor looked absolutely insane. The most moshing I've ever seen. Five crowd surfers, several fallen moshers; a shoe, a shirt, a bra and a rolled poster thrown on stage.
The show itself was just alright. They got up and played their songs. The new stuff isn't danceable, but some of the old favorites (including Brainstorm, I Bet that You Look Good on the Dancefloor, This House is a Circus...) got everyone pretty riled up.
Oh and Alexa Chung:
The Jeweller’s Hands
This House is a Circus
Still Take You Home
Red Right Hand (Nick Cave cover)
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
The View from the Afternon
If You Were There, Beware
Do Me a Favour
Fluorescent Adolescent –> Last Christmas (cover) –> Fluorescent Adolescent
I'm really glad they closed with 505. It's one of my favorites.
Matt the drummer sang the Last Christmas cover:
Until then, here are some links to tide you over:
myspace.com/brazosbrazos / hypem
myspace.com/darlingsokay / hypem
Vampire Weekend - Contra video shorts
Around UC/Recent Oldies:
The Dodos' Long Form video + a chat in the comments section with its director
Fall Six Playlist (mp3 links)
Julian Casablancas' New York homecoming is January 14! Review of his album.
(New York, NY), December 3, 2009 – Capping off an incredible year, Phoenix has been nominated for their first-ever Grammy Award in the category of Best Alternative Album for their acclaimed 2009 release,Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix[!] (Loyaute/Glassnote).
SXSW 2010 initial band listing is up on Stereogum, which includes our friends from London, Good Shoes. Their new LP No Hope, No Future comes out next month.
Animal Collective's Fall Be Kind EP is up and out digitally. Standout track "What Would I Want? Sky" is really fantastic and pretty straightforward for AC. Great hooks and lyrics, as usual. They're just not as buried. [hypem]
"On World AIDS Day, December 1, Live Nation will donate a portion of every ticket sold to its concerts in the United States to fight HIV/AIDS. All proceeds will benefit LIFEbeat, the music industry’s HIV/AIDS prevention charity in America."
Some new bands to try: Local Natives, The Hush Now, Thao with the Get Down...