March 8, 2012 in Music, Reviews
Atlas Sound is interesting because it is essentially a counterpoint to Bradford Cox’s other role as frontman of Deerhunter. On record, the differences between the two projects is slight; and many Atlas Sound songs would dovetail quite well with the more subdued moments on Microcastle and Halcyon Digest, the band’s latest albums. Yet in a live setting, these nuances are magnified. As the frontman for Deerhunter, Cox seems to define his music by its relation to, and subversion of, the well-worn tropes of rock music. I recall a Deerhunter show in 2010 that began with Cox announcing, “We’re just some good ol’ boys from Georgia who like to play rock’n’roll” before launching into a loose, spaced-out effects-laden jam -probably the last thing one might expect “some good ol’ boys” to put out.
At the Atlas Sound show at Neumos the other night, Cox was just as eager to play with the expectations of a “solo” show. Read the rest of this entry →
December 15, 2011 in Global Destruction, Music
In the world of electronic music, Kieran Hebden (aka: Four Tet) is one of the good ones. Timeless, incredibly consistent, and impervious to trends, it’s always worth looking into anything new that is released with the Four Tet name stamped onto it. Highly respected as an innovator in his field since the late 1990s, albums like 2001‘s PAUSE -his breakthrough sophomore release under the Four Tet moniker- showcased Hedben‘s continued reimagining of the genre through the incorporation of acoustic instrumentation and such unorthodox samples as clicking typewriter keys. It also resulted in the media pinning Hebden as the posterboy for another catchphrase movement that was being referred to as “Folktronica.” A decade later, he is still the one to watch. Even when the musician/producer isn’t releasing his own solo material or working with Fridge (his pre-Four Tet post-rock outfit) he’s remixing music by everyone from Aphex Twin, Madvillain, and Battles to Beth Orton, Explosions in the Sky, and Black Sabbath, or collaborating with the likes of Burial and Thom Yorke.
His latest work, “MOMA” [posted below] is an exclusive track created for an upcoming Japan benefit compilation curated by Blonde Redhead‘s Kazu Makino. Read the rest of this entry →
September 26, 2009 in Comedy, Movies / Television, Music, The Web, With Video
The Flaming Lips have been working closely with Stephen Colbert to help promote their upcoming release Embryonic. After partaking in an interview on The Colber Report, Wayne Coyne and his band also performed on the program. The following night, Colbert backed a segment with an audio clip of “Do You Realize“, from an added, un-televised performance that the group had treated the audience to. From then until this last Monday, the Embryonic album had even been streaming in it’s entirety on Colbernation.com. Even now, the collaboration between Coyne and Colbert continues. This time they’ve made a video short and included Bradford Cox from, Atlanta 4-piece, Deerhunter in their shenanigans. Read the rest of this entry →