We love (a brand new “we love”): Dadfag. Yes, offensive. Yes, dirty dirty grimy thrashy and sexy. Dadfag’s newest record is called “Scenic Abuse” and was described as a mix of Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, and hardcore punk. Dear god I’m in love. Give it a listen here. Also, these guys are from San Francisco so if you need some more sweat in your life you can probably catch them live. You know. All the time.
Attention bluegrass lovers:
Tomorrow’s beloved Backroads show will be honoring the fact that it’s awards season by airing the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. The show will feature performances by The Grascals, Dale Ann Bradley, Dailey & Vincent, Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) and lots lots more.
Tune in this (and every) Sunday from 12-2pm!
Okay, not quite a tropical adventure, per se, for there are no vines in this album but I swear I can hear monkeys hooting in the background. The album in question? Yawn‘s self-titled debut EP which sounds like a mix of Capybara, Animal Collective, and Vampire Weekend. Seriously. I think this album is the love-child of college radio. “Kind of Guy” is a catchy island tune that feels like yucky oh my gosh fun. Following that track is the perfect Animal Collective rip-off (I mean this in the best way possible), “David”. I love this one. Primal call-and-response style calling with simple percussion and the sounds of a rainforest in the background. Okay, I’m not sure if the rainforest is actually there but it’s kind of implied. Please go listen to this nowwwww! This is their myspace. David is on there and it is reallllly worth a listen. Also worth a listen? Everything on KZSC, including the shows that are gonna play the bazooka out of this.
Another new favorite at the station is Oh No Ono with their lovely Danish psych pop. (The song “Swim” is making me completely blissfully nuts–listen to it here!) Apparently the Danish love this band. I’ve only just heard of them, but their new album “Eggs” is fantastic and will hopefully continue to be in heavy rotation here at the station.
Recently the quintet paired up with When Saints Go Machine to cover the biggest song of 2009: “My Girls” by none other than Animal Collective. Here’s a video of the craziness, which includes a multitude of toys and a good dash of crazy:
Thanks to Matthew from Terrorbird for linking me to this, and thanks to I’m the Internet for posting this at all!
One of the people in this picture is State Assembly Member Bill Monning. Bill (he’s on the one on the right) will be a guest on KZSC’s “Talkabout” program this week to answer your questions about California’s state budget and the Governor’s annual State of the State address. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm; call in live and ask your questions/have your comments heard at 831-459-4036.
Such is realism. Right? No. Such is Realism, the brilliant new album from The Magnetic Fields. This is their NINTH album, following up from their Distortion album of 2008, which was… distorted. Follow that up with a nice shot of realism and I think you’re going somewhere good. The new album is an entirely acoustic (no distortion, I swear!) orchestral pop album. And it’s wonderful. According to the press release it “examines what ‘real’ really means in recorded music, exploring the sincerity (or lack thereof) of folk lyrics and their delivery”. This is a concept album about realism that is half filled with great romantic break-up songs and half filled with brilliant explorations of the idea of realism–explorations that include Christmas trees, mermaids, tea parties with dolls, ghost princesses, wolfboys, and dances with martians. Each song seems to give another person’s perspective on what’s real. And that, my dear, is delicious (especially the one about The Doll’s Tea Party– tasty and pink and filled with cakes!). And these lyrics are great.
There’s realism in the opening track “You Must Be Out of Your Mind” — “If you think you can leave the past behind you must be out of your mind”.
And then there’s the “realism” in “The Dada Polka” — “People of Earth, when you dance, dance the Dada Polka. Life is only a dream.”
And finally the breakup finale, “From a Sinking Boat” — “Know that I wrote my last words to you from a sinking boat”
The Magnetic Fields are notorious for writing brilliant pop songs, and they simply haven’t stopped. This newest album is a good continuation of the legacy that they started with “69 Love Songs” and “i”. This is worth listening to, if not for the catchy tunes, then at least for the supposed exploration of what’s real. That’s where music gets fun.
The new album is out on Tuesday, but you can preview the whole album at their myspace.
****Lastly, let’s all take note of the similarities between the album artwork for Realism (see the top of the post) and the artwork for Distortion, below: