Monday, August 25, 2008

Best Of SXSW A-Z: "F"

Foreign Born originally self-released their first album, On The Wing Now, while touring the US & UK with bands such as Cold War Kids and We Are Scientists. Now signed to Dim Mak Records, their album is described by the band as 'rhythmic and otherwordly, with lots of percussion'. Add to that all the chants handclaps, and wailing vocals, and you have a sound that comes up on the good-sounding side of the rock/folk fence.

MP3: Foreign Born - Union Hall

The Forms recorded their second album with the help of Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies). On his experience with the band, Albini quipped that he'd never worked with a band that had gone over the same piece of tape 58 times. On "Knowledge In Hand", the opening track to their 2nd album, it seems as though everything including every hi-hat hit were carefully mulled over for 2 weeks before being committed to record.

MP3: The Forms - Knowledge In Hand

Free The Robots make hip-hop beats filled with jazz samples and synthesizers. No matter how many times I hear this sort of stuff, if it's done well, it's golden - which is exactly what these guys have done on their EP. Have a listen to more of their stuff at their Myspace, and check out their blog for the latest on Robot Freedom.

MP3: Free The Robots - Jazzhole

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Intimacy is out now!

Following the release of new single, 'Mercury', Bloc Party have performed a lightning release of their third studio album, Intimacy, in the vein of Radiohead/Nine Inch Nails/Raconteurs/Girl Talk et al.

The mp3 download is available right now for a small fee, while the album proper will be shipped from October 27 - both are available to order here

Meanwhile here are some first impressions on the album.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

MGMT to tour Australia

It's been hinted at for a while, and now it's finally confirmed - MGMT will be touring Australia later this year. Here are the dates:

Sat 6 Dec – Perth (Belvoir Amphitheatre)
Tue 9 Dec – Sydney (Enmore Theatre)
Wed 10 Dec – Brisbane (The Tivoli)
Thu 11 Dec – Melbourne (The Palace)

All dates will be supported by Luke Steele and Tame Impala.

Here is a live video of MGMT performing Kids in a carpark: