Bedouin Soundclash from Toronto mix reggae, rock, punk, soul and ska and they won't have released their second album, Street Gospel, when they play their show in the "Club" (it's available worldwide on 21st of August). On their website you can have a taste of what they sound like, with "Walls fall down".
Another Belgian band is Rye Jehu, who sound like Blink-182 have hired Dick Dale. If you click on the radio on their website, you can listen to 4 songs. Here's the video to 3 calls for alcohol :
Bloggers all over the world have grown to learn Voxtrot, who have become a huge internet hit. Listen to Kid gloves (mp3).
Starfucker's first single can be heard on their website and is not yet for sale.
Buy Bedouin Soundclash records here
Buy the Rye Jehu EP here
Buy Voxtrot records here
Today, we bring you a fine (and long) tune by the Canterbury (UK) based Yndi Halda, which remind me of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, Do Make Say Think and A Silver Mount Zion. Their name is Eddic (an ancient language) for "enjoy eternal bliss", which is exactly what they have called their debut.
We flood empty lakes - Yndi Halda (mp3)
Buy their records here
And for your pleasure (and for helping you forgive me I am a bit late with this post), we add a Sigur Ros track :
Starálfur - Sigur Ros (mp3)
Buy their records here
In November 1999, Low not only accepted this invitation, but they extended it to their friends Dirty Three. Both bands played the Crossing Border festival in Amsterdam when they recorded 6 songs together.
Dirty Three seem to add some more tristesse to the songs Low play and sing, and according to the liner notes on the CD, the combination of Low's open, desolate sound and the melancholic yet folky violin of Dirty Three's Warren Ellis inspired Mimi to indulge in a more crooning way of singing and Alan to play some amazing banjo.
They throw in a Neil Young cover (Down by the river), which takes its time to open up like a blooming flower in the first rays of sunshine on a summer morning...
Enjoy these tracks :
I Hear... Goodnight (mp3)
Down by the river (mp3)
Buy the record here
Next week's album of the week : Blowback - Tricky
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown have convinced me of the talents of Quentin Tarantino (I still have to see Kill Bill, which I'm planning to see as a marathon, but I haven't found time yet to do so...), so it was with high expectations that I went to see Death Proof in my local cinema this week.Granted, it ain't the big blow-you-right-out-your-chair as was Pulp Fiction, and the plot line is far from well-devised as was Jackie Brown's, but some typical Tarantino features receive a check-in-the-box : the music (it's cool, some long forgotten or even unknown past tunes that go very well with the atmosphere of the movie, its essential part of the whole experience,... yep, all there !), the dialogues, the action. The dialogues have received a bigger part in the whole movie, sometimes too big a part I must say. There's only so much coolness in talking about French hamburgers, and here Tarantino has crossed the line... The action scenes however (those car chases, those other car scenes : wow !) are what you would wanna go and see the movie for : they're breath-taking.
I also love the acting of Kurt Russell, who plays Stuntman Mike. He breathes danger, and every inch of his face warns you of hell around the corner...
You could say this movie has 2 parts. The first part is set in Austin, Texas and although it has a slow start, once Russell appears, there's enough suspense to get you going. In this part we see Tarantino playing the bartender Warren himself. He's not an unforgettable actor, and here he's not even half as good as he was in Pulp Fiction or in From Dusk Till Dawn.
You gotta love the lapdance scene however : it's all you'd expect from Quentin Tarantino. He takes enough time to let the whole scene build up to the sensual thing it's supposed to be, the music is right-on and serves the scene very well and the camera seems to be everywhere, showing you above, under, left, right, front ànd back ! You get dragged into it all the way... Too bad the first part of the movie ends with the rather pointless dialogue between the sheriff and his deputy (I think), which gives you little information, and which I think could have been left out or replaced with something shorter and more to-the-point...
The second part of the movie is set in Lebanon, Tennessee and now we find 4 other chicks that cross the path of Stuntman Mike. The twist of the story (after a very long fastfood restaurant dialogue, once again way too long...) succeeds in pulling you right into it, and this is where the action gets really serious. The pace is very well this time, and you are taken by surprise to hit "The end" suddenly... Luckily, we are being treated once more with a very fine tune (a Serge Gainsbourg cover/adaptation by April March) that gets stuck inside your head for the next two days (at least...)
I enjoyed the movie, and I wouldn't mind seeing it twice...
For my review in Dutch, go here...
Watch and listen :
Nine samurai (mp3)
Also listen to Sine (mp3), which is a strange kind of a cover of Prince's "Sign of the times"
Buy this record here...
Next week's album of the week : In the fishtank 7 : low + dirty three
You can watch the video to their new single ( Our love = strong ) here
This is a previous release, that they made available on their website for a while : Electric soldiers (mp3)
Buy their records here
Here you can listen to albums from all king of genres, chosen for you by the Dutch website 3voor12.nl. Although in Dutch, I'm sure you'll find your away around their website, which includes a lot of audio and video material from almost any artist you can think of...
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