Thursday, February 26, 2009
The first time I listened to Singapore Sling's debut album, it sounded like a bunch of indie greats from the past fifty years got together to play a fun garage session. However, the prominently identifiable influences from Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, is in no way a turn-off. The album opener "Overdriver," reminiscent of the Butthole Surfers' famous song "Pepper," showcases their playfulness when noise and feedback is intertwined with a danceable groove you would only listen to in the seediest of nightclubs. A definite must listen if you're into noise rock and if you like the Raveonettes.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Originally there were four members of the band, but now there are only three. As of December 2006, the band is comprised of: Wang Yue (guitar, vocals), Yilina (bass), and Shi Lu (drums).
Download: Di Di Di Di
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Snapline is post-punk band from China.
They have become, almost overnight it seems, perhaps Beijing’s fastest rising young band. From being little more than a side project of Carsick cars’ drummer Li Qing and bass player Levis, in the last year they have taken on an identity all of their own, earned full page interviews in the local media and released their first 7” single in the US. When Li Qing trades her drumsticks for guitar stings it is something of a revelation - at times she sounds strangely like The Fall’s Marc Riley, or even Fred Frith, carving dense little filigrees above Levis’ slow loping basslines and the sharp sweaty pulse of a drum machine; over the top of it all rides singer Chen Xi’s chilly deadpan tales of urban dislocation and frustrated longing - behind the designer glasses and charming smile, you just know this man has some dodgy websites saved to his Favorites!
When producer and ex-PiL man Martin Atkins came to Beijing to check on the local scene, he was delighted with dozens of bands, but wholly awestruck by Snapline’s uniquely weird melodies, and immediately insisted on producing their first CD. They are not the easiest band to love, but their followers are passionately loyal and their music keeps growing in strange unexpected ways.
Vocals : Chen Xi (陈曦)
Keyboard : Li Qing (李青) (Carsick cars)
Bass : Levis (李维思) (Carsick cars)
Download: Party is over, Pornostar
Saturday, February 14, 2009
1. Hallogallo - Neu!
2. (Arrow) - Boredoms
3. Lazy - Low
4. Praha in Spring - The Ruins
5. I'm a a mindless idiot - Meat Puppets
6. Les Yper-Sound - Stereolab
7. Tnt - Tortoise
8. Did They Ever Tell Cousteau? - Esbjörn Svensson Trio
9. II Porno Star - Shellac
10. Seeland - Neu!
11. Oh Yeah - Can
12. Blitzkrieg Bop - Yo La Tengo
13. Isobell Campbell and Mark Lanegan - It's hard to kill a bad thing
14. Freedom in F major - Karmavalanche
15. Good Comrades go to Heaven - Solex
I don't know if people even visit this blog. Its a purrrtyy dull and boring Saturday afternoon and I was listening to this old mix tape I had that I made a long time back exclusively for the road. Thought I'd put it up. Hope you like.