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Le Corps Mince De Francoise – Love and Nature Review

Emma and Mia Kemppainen have been around for a few years now.  Wildly tipped to be the biggest thing out of Finland since the Nokia 3210 (we all had one right?!) back in 2007, the heyday of new-rave, its taken the girls a while to finally get an L.P. out into the market. Although they’ve had a lot of hurdles and a line-up change along the way,  ‘Love and Nature’ is the final realisation of LCMDF project.

LCMDF – Take Me To The Mountains

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14785803/LCMDF%20-%20Take%20Me%20To%20The%20Mountains.mp3]

The album is a mix of tracks that the band have already released previously and some newer material, and like a running commentary on musical trends over the last couple of years, the girls style evolves throughout the album. ‘Take Me To The Mountains’, ‘We Are Cannibals’ and ‘Something Golden’ particularly embody the female led electro pop sound similar to CSS and Le Tigre which was so rampantly popular when the girls first started recording.

Elsewhere on the album on ‘Beach Life’ and ‘Cool and Bored’ the girls try their hand at the chillwave and surf sounds that were everywhere last summer, where as tracks such as ‘Time (Have I Lost My Mind)’ and ‘Future Me’ draw heavily on mid 90’s US RnB based pop which may yet prove to be the sound of this summer.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/4624831]

The best of LCMDF is actually last track on the album, ‘Pumping Heart Shaped Thing’.  Left almost ashamedly at the end of the album and opening like a Girls Aloud cover, initially it sounds like filler. But when the bass drops the song transforms into some sort of pop version of garage crossed with jazz.  Its kinda mental and really fun.  Hopefully they’ll keep working on this sound as it could quite possibly be both the future of electro-pop and their own niche sound.

LCMDF – Gandhi

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14785803/LCMDF-Gandhi.mp3]

Regular readers may recall that I recently wrote a scathing review of The Naked and Famous a couple of months back attacking them for being audio thieves. In many ways LCMDF likewise draw heavily on other artists and they both have a similar electro-pop sound. But unlike The Naked and Famous LCMDF actually bring something of their own to the table. If their sound is a commentary on musical trends over the last few years, their lyrics are like a social commentary of the same period. In all of their songs you’ll see their slightly irreverent yet effective use of language to convey all the issues that plague the lives of twenty somethings the world over, being skint, wanting to fuck and looking cool.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/user952453/lcmdf-future-me]

OK, so they might  be a bit poppy and you’ll probably be bored of them by September, but who gives a fuck?! This band is probably gonna be the soundtrack to my summer and I’m gonna have a fucking great summer, so either get on board or fuck off, there is no room for passengers on my Caligulan free love boat.

4 crumbles

Joe

xoxox

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Curated by Lyle and Scott – Clock Opera Live @XOYO Review

We’ve been following the progress of Guy Connelly’s side project for a while now, and it finally looks like the East London based singer songwriter is starting really make waves.

We caught up with Clock Opera last night as they headlined Curated by Lyle and Scott at XOYO before jetting off to Texas to suck the cocks of the A&R men of Austin.

Supporting them were Manchester based electro-pop outfit May68. Their sound is full of heavy synth riffs and bass hooks headed up by the northern equivalent of Karen O. Compared to the band before them (who shall rename nameless as they were that forgettable) they were a welcome relief. To briefly sum their sound and image, imagine The Gossip if Beth Ditto ate the occasional piece of lettuce, thats pretty much them.

Clock Opera themselves were markedly better than their support, however suffered from the terrible sound system, a problem which the venue still struggles with. ‘Piece of String’ and ‘Once and For All’ got their small but growing legion of fans moving yet failed to move your faithful narrator. Indeed, they will struggle to progress beyond a midi version of Athlete or Snow Patrol without expanding on the bands current straight jacketed sound.

I think the trip to the US will definitely benefit them, buts let’s just hope that Guy finds some Jim Morisson-esque inspiration to match his beard.

I still have high hopes for Clock Opera and i’m pretty sure that with the talent that Guy and his fellow band members obviously have at their disposal the band will make good on their potential in the future.

James & Joe

xoxox

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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PJ Harvey – Let England Shake Review

Its been a while since Polly Jean has released any new material.  Four years since White Chalk, to be precise.  Gone is the piano driven introspection for a much more rounded musical sound and artistically, Let England Shake, is a concept piece drawing on Britain’s conflicts through the ages.

PJ Harvey – In Dark Places

Many of the tracks on the album such as ‘The Glorious Land’,  ‘All and Everyone’ and ‘In The Dark Places’ evoke strong warfare imagery and like most of the album, are lyrically brilliant.  PJ apparently researched a lot into the First World War which can be heard in many of the lyrics, but also more recent British conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq.  Particularly in ‘The Words That Maketh Murder’ you get the feeling she may even be attacking the previous Labour government’s handling of the Iraq conflict.

PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder

Musically the album marks a massive change in tone for PJ.  Far more quirky than previous works it jumps around from her default more rock centric self, incorporating folk and blues, and making use of live brass instruments and even an auto harp.  The effect is superb and keeps the listener entertained throughout, whilst maintaining a poignant sombre reverence for the subject matter.

PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose

Ultimately, intentionally or not, this is a protest album of sorts.  The imagery is so brilliant one cannot help but feel empathy with the futility of war and I’m sure PJ would not have any problems with that.  Personally I hate protest albums, but this doesn’t feel as political as others.  Indeed it feels far more accessible and almost humanist, which means instead of chucking it in the bin next to the latest Billy Bragg album, I actually quite like it.

4 crumbles (Organic Somerset Apple)

Joe

xoxox

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Art: Wanksy – Physical Graffiti Review

Artists have been fascinated by sleeping for centuries.  From Vermeer to Van Gogh, Renoir to R Kelly, many have explored the strange period whilst we are in between normal consciousness.  Now an exciting young performance artist, Wanksy, is giving a new take on the subject in his most recent exhibition by bringing a most unusual, yet quintessentially relevant medium to the fore: himself.

Some may be familiar with Wanksy’s previous works such the critically acclaimed ‘Balance’.  According to the artist, the piece represents a world  ‘where everyday items such as beer cans and Mr Muscle are used to emphasise the importance of a balanced and clean lifestyle’.

Many of Wanksy’s pieces have strong political narratives at the core. ‘Urban Decay’ symbolises the deindustrialisation of much of urban Britain, and ‘Blame Boris’ is a clear attack on London mayor Boris Johnson’s transport policies.

Wanksy is also comfortable using familiar settings for some pieces, as in ‘The Missionary’, which is a commentary on both conformity to tradition and the emergence of feminism replacing male domination in society.

In his most recent exhibition, Physical Graffiti, Wanksy has broken new ground adding extra elements to certain pieces for dramatic effect.  This is clearly demonstrated in ‘Tescopoly’, where the artists has used his own vomit and a plastic carrier bag from a major supermarket chain to give weight to his critique of consumerism in contemporary culture.

Wanksy will be holding regular performances most Saturday nights throughout February and March in McDonalds car park off Commerical Road in east London.

5 crumbles (forbidden apple crumble – Eat it and you will know where God left the remote)

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Two things

I know you already have the album and it’s old news, but it’s good news. Radiohead are back with King of Limbs and the single ‘Lotus Flower’ is possibly one of the best songs on it. So here is a video of Thom Yorke dancing around like he’s taken paraquat.

Also, as anyone will tell you, I really quite like Kanye West these days. ‘All of the Lights’ is my stand out track from Twisted Dark Black Fantasy or whatever it’s called. It’s like an MIA track gone pop. Note well Rihanna tits in this excellent video where she is looking smoking hot.

That is all.
YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Valentines – Have some song.

Do you ever feel like everyone is pissed off at you? You probably did something wrong; disregarding regular norms of morality and having fun instead. But don’t think that means they will forgive you. They won’t. They will never forgive scum like you for being down right darstardly on a Tuesday morning, spunking off work, literally, having fun, taking drugs and/or copulating. These are the things people will never forgive you for.

What I’m trying to say is: maybe that’s what you should be doing. Everyone making money is doing it, everyone making music is doing it. So I have some songs which transcend normal values and reach into that fucked up haze you always have on a Saturday morning at 5am when you should be in bed. Or, just plain good songs to everyone else.

First up is DOM, an American band that just exude summer fun and with the good weather in London lately you can really get excited about summer with this amazing song. They are a little hard to find and you might think ‘isn’t this that band that did that song from The Hills?’ but they are just cool enough to be nothing like that band (can’t remember their name!). I want to see them live but they don’t seem to have any UK tour dates any time soon. Maybe I will email them personally. Get ‘Sun Bronzed Gods’ here.

Dom – Living in America

Now are a much loved band I needn’t say much about: Toro Y Moi. They latest stuff might sound a bit less lo-fi than any of their fans expect but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sound seriously chilled and blissed and everything else summer music wants to be. It’s summer in my head.

Toro Y Moi – New Beat (from forthcoming EP Underneath the Pine released February 22)

Another Canadian band (see Tearjerker review) that we haven’t yet featured are Destroyer. Destroyer are a bit different. They are kind of like lounge music for the indie generation. They are unbelievably relaxing and make you happy, happy, happy. But don’t let the almost-too-chill sound bother you, relax into this album and you will find it rewarding and beautiful. When the albums surprises you with the female vocals in Suicide Demo for Karen Walker you realise that the band want to reward you for your patience. The opening of the album is not the best but as I said it’s a long burner. Pitchfork gave Destroyer a Best New Music but then, they did the same for the latest Cut Copy album which we panned.

The next is a bit old. Dan Deacon is some weird fat guy with glasses. He makes kinda 8-bit music, but it’s indie and it’s quite good. Sort of like Animal Collective on loads of ecstacy. This performance of an incredible song is also mental, stick with it. Find the album. It’s ace.

I am also well excited about two albums coming out soon. Most immediately, Radiohead’s new album has been announced and will only cost £6 on their website. Get in. The other is Panda Bear’s long awaited new album, being released in April some time. His latest song ‘Last Night at the Jetty’ is brilliant. Listen below.

Enjoi. Love y’all. Crumble night coming soon at a new venue and shit. Patents pending. Been wrong so many times before, but never quite like this. Enter through the exit, and exit through the entrance.

YOWICS xoxoxoxo

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Veils – Trouble of the Brain Review

The Veils - Trouble of the Brain

Can you remember the plain girl from your class in secondary (thats ‘high’ to those from the bad side of the Atlantic) school.  She was really smart, always really nice and clearly had a crush on you, but you never gave her any attention because you didn’t think she was pretty enough.  In hindsight she deserved better.

Well thats kinda what The Veils are like.  They’re always around, usually with some really good songs but they just don’t ever seem to get any attention.  Always the bridesmaid never the bride.  Well in a bid change that they’ve parted company with Rough Trade and set up there own little indie label, and if the ‘Trouble of the Brain’ E.P. is anything to go by, it may have been a great move.

''Didn't I go to school with her? Damn, girl got pretty and shit!''

Opening track Bloom is a fantastically springy number that practically pulsates with as much energy as a Duracell bunny, but the atmospherics of Joy Division.  Wishbone has a much deeper blues-ey folkey tone to it, like a carefully airbrushed Black Keys.

The Veils – Bloom

The Veils – The  Wishbone

Grey Lynn Park and Us Godless Teenagers are much more sombre and touching than earlier tracks, with the E.P. climaxing with the eerily harrowing Iodine and Iron, taking the listener to depths unexpected only a few tracks earlier. This of course is a skill Finn Andrews fans will be all to aware of and lets just hope there is more of this to come.

You can see Finn perform an acoustic version of Bloom in Bar 1001 off Brick Lane from last year here…

By the way, I saw that girl from school the other day…  she was banging.  Bet you wish you’d paid more attention now, don’t you?!

4 crumbles

Joe xoxoxo

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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