Archive for June, 2007

BENNI HEMM HEMM I Can Love You In A Wheel Chair, Baby MUSIC VIDEO

BENNI HEMM HEMM

Well, Iceland’s Benni Hemm Hemm is about to take a long trek to the United States. But before that, he is debuting his music video for lead track “I Can Love You In A Wheel Char, Baby.” The music video totally reminds me of what maybe a really young Wes Anderson would’ve done if he had to do a music video project in film school.

Here are the tour dates:

July 05 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
July 06 Boston, MA Middle East
July 07 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
July 08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
July 09 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
July 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
July 13 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
July 14 Portland, OR Towne Lounge
July 16 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 17 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
July 18 Phoenix, AZ Paperheart
July 20 Austin, TX Emo’s
July 21 Houston, TX Proletariat
July 24 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
July 25 Wilmington, NC Bella Festa
July 26 Washington, Dc Rock and Roll Hotel
July 27 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
July 28 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall

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HULA GARU (Hula Girls)

HULA GARUHula Garu is a based on a true story of Japanese women taking on Hula Dancing (Hawaiian dance) to save their small mining town of J from going into extinction. As coal was being replaced by oil, their town decides to open a Hawaiian center to attract tourists and keep their town alive.

BEIRUT "Venice" MP3

Beirut
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve heard this track. But then again I guess I am a little bit biased, because I try to keep up with Beirut as much as I can. I guess you can say I’ve been a fan since October 2005 ever since I received this nice little white CDR with red marker written over it that said Gulag Orkestar put in a homemade plastic DVD case with the artwork being a photograph of an old home. But a lot has changed since the years that have passed.

Lead ups to Beirut’s second album and all of the talk surrounding the direction it may be going, there has been talk about it reverting back to Zach Condon’s earlier influences. Zach has stated in current articles that there will be more an electronic and airy affair to the songs. Well, here’s a track titled “Venice.” Sounding like a song that Michael Andrews could have composed for a film, the tune is chilling with subtle loops and his trademark horns and crooner layering over as another instrument. If this is a hint as to what the new album may sound like, current fans may have a rude awakening. We may be hearing another breakout album from Beirut. There seems to be no bounds for Zach Condon’s musical creativity.

The song was featured on a free sampler given out by Believer Mag that also had Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal, I’m from Barcelona, Deerhunter, YACHT, Grizzly Bear, The Drones, Aesop Rock, Explosions in the Sky and a few others.

MP3: “Venice

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BEIRUT “Venice” MP3

Beirut
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve heard this track. But then again I guess I am a little bit biased, because I try to keep up with Beirut as much as I can. I guess you can say I’ve been a fan since October 2005 ever since I received this nice little white CDR with red marker written over it that said Gulag Orkestar put in a homemade plastic DVD case with the artwork being a photograph of an old home. But a lot has changed since the years that have passed.

Lead ups to Beirut’s second album and all of the talk surrounding the direction it may be going, there has been talk about it reverting back to Zach Condon’s earlier influences. Zach has stated in current articles that there will be more an electronic and airy affair to the songs. Well, here’s a track titled “Venice.” Sounding like a song that Michael Andrews could have composed for a film, the tune is chilling with subtle loops and his trademark horns and crooner layering over as another instrument. If this is a hint as to what the new album may sound like, current fans may have a rude awakening. We may be hearing another breakout album from Beirut. There seems to be no bounds for Zach Condon’s musical creativity.

The song was featured on a free sampler given out by Believer Mag that also had Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal, I’m from Barcelona, Deerhunter, YACHT, Grizzly Bear, The Drones, Aesop Rock, Explosions in the Sky and a few others.

MP3: “Venice

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THE BEES Octopus

VHS OR BETA "Burn It All Down" MP3

VHS or Beta

I remember seeing VHS or BETA a few years ago down in Miami rocking the tiny club that Revolver used to be at. This way back when no one’s ever heard of them and they were still playing a completely instrumental set off their debut release Le Funk. It was hot, I was sweaty. There was a tight crowd packed into the corner they were playing and the bass lines and sonic guitars were off the chain. We dance, we grooved.

A few years after that they released Night On Fire. What was this I heard? Vocals? Lyrics? Damn right, that’s what I heard. Disco, funk, drum beats all over the place on top the boombastic singles “Night On Fire” and “You’ve Got Me.” Like they said, they wanted to write songs that were shorter and had more of a pop/rock element but still kept the the same dance vibes…that dance vibe was definitely there. Night On Fire was in my top 10 for 2005.

So two years later, guitarist Zeke Buck moved onto a new project in People Noise where as the rest of VHS or BETA are preparing their upcoming 3rd album Bring On The Comets. With an album title like that, I am hoping that they were some how able to capture the solid vibe that they had on Night On Fire and take that even a notch higher. But with two songs unveiled today on MySpace I am not sure exactly how that will turn out.

“Burn It Down” is the lead single. But unfortunately, what it does sound like is a song that tries to recreate what “Night On Fire” did. The same elements seem to be there, but unfortunately the energy just doesn’t seem to pass. But then again maybe it’s just because it doesn’t seem to be a fully mastered version of the song. Regardless, it seems a little watered down in comparison to “Night On Fire.”

On the other hand “Can’t Believe a Single Word” seems to be a little bit better. A catchy verse and a song structure that may lead to a bit more energy on the dance floor. Let’s hope that the fully produced version of this song will be a lot more captivating.

Bring On The Comets will hit shelves August 28, 2007.

Here is the track listing:

1. “Euglama”
2. “Love in My Pocket”
3. “She Says”
4. “Can’t Believe a Single Word”
5. “Burn It All Down”
6. “Take It or Leave It”
7. “Alpha Theta”
8. “Bring on the Comets”
9. “Fall Down Lightly”
10. “We Could Be One”
11. “Time Stands Still”
12. “The Stars Where We Came From”

MP3: “Burn It All Down

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