If you were one of the ones that waited patiently for a crack at a PS3 a few years ago, chastising your easily swayed friends who opted for an XBox 360 or Wii — suckers. If you only held out until yesterday’s news from GamesCom, you would have know there’s a new generation with more storage and a nice slim physique. (And theoretically, if you hold out for another few years, you won’t kick yourself for buying this generation of Sony hardware.) The price is also down about $100 to $299 and these new units should be available starting in September. I’ve probably owned every video game system that came to market (yes, including Neo-Geo and a Dreamcast). And while having a Blu-ray player built into my gaming console is nice, for the price of two $60 Blu-ray discs, I can buy an external terabyte hard drive. Sony may be trying to drum up sales with this repackaging, but does anyone else have the feeling we’re nearing the end of a CD/DVD world?
Just a few days ago, we heard little more than a peep out of Radiohead when the last British veteran of the Great War passed. Their tribute to him is still available on their site for a quid and all proceeds going to veterans’ charity. Today, we get something that’s actually going to be on their next release. Even better: it’s free. The new track is called “These Are My Twisted Words” and we’re all hoping for the best.
You can check out my take on it later today.
New Orleans brings to mind sounds of big band and certain other persuasions of jazz, but oddly produced rock — not so much. Mute Math‘s songs sound like their ingredients are pretty conventional, but then throw unusual instrumentation and production in a blender. Armistice (out August 18) is a rock album, but the rhythm section sets the sound apart from other bands in a similar vein. Produced by Dennis Herring, Armistice has only been heard in bits so far, but those little pieces hint at something great. There’s also rumor of a documentary about how the album was made that’s in the works.
What are your plans this Saturday? If you’re a fan of MWM like we are, then they should include seeing some new work at the Chorus Gallery in Somerville, MA. On tap is his signature canvas work, a small series of prints, and a new collaboration withÂ Open andÂ Traitor Cycles that consists of of five hand-painted frames, a cycling cap and t-shirt. The opening reception is this Saturday at 8 p.m., and in case you can’t get there, it will be on display until Sept. 8.
Being up to no good entails a sort of madness and inspiration that often goes hand in hand with making great art. Sure nefarious leanings often lead to a fall in the wrong direction, but sometimes that’s half the fun. In celebration of things that go so wrong, they just have to be right, powerHouse magazine is hosting a show in conjunction with the release of their fifth issue entitled, Busted. The exhibit runs from May 26th until June 21st and features not so innocent, but certainly excellent work by the likes of Keiji Ando, ONE9 and Derek Erdman, amongst others; all of which take a peek at all the things that go awry when you’re not exactly operating with the best of intentions. If you find yourself aching to do something undesirable on May 28th, we suggest you curb that negativity by making it to the opening reception from 7-9pm at the powerhouseArena on 37 Main Street in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, but you might want to RSVP first to avoid any unnecessary confrontation. (Big poster after the jump.)
Often while I’m scouring various lists for new releases, I pass over a whole lot of reissues. Sometimes you can get excited about some previously unreleased studio sessions, but it’s almost never the case. However, today there’s an exception: Django Reinhardt, a musician who died over half a century ago, has a handful of recordings up his white-lapelled suit sleeve. Airwaves is one of dozens ofÂ compilations that have been released over the past few decades, but this one has several gems that haven’t gone through the whitewashing of modern remastery. The warmth is still there, the clips and pops left on the tracks like little scars, reviving the character that good music in Django’s era carried without question.
The Crystal Method were one of the most ostensible bands of the 90s producer boom. They made densely layered electronic music palatable to the masses, so much so that their old songs are seen today as caricatures of the genre. If that’s what Grammy nominations get musicians, then it’s worth waiting five years to hear a new record from them; one that proves modern sugary production to be over-simple. Everything on Divided By Night is miles away from ‘Trip Like I Do’, and it never dispenses with the big beat rhythms that drove the band’s lesser known contemporaries like Meat Beat Manifesto.
British producer Bonobo first made waves at the tender age of 18, when his first record, Animal Magic, had the down-tempo scene buzzing. His compositions landed him in the big leagues a year later when Ninja Tune picked him up. With three records under his belt, the last one of which came out nearly three years ago, it’s about time we heard something new. Between The Lines/Recurring Remixes is a 10″ featuring remix work by Nostalgia 77 and Mice Parade of Bonobo’s tracks from Days to Come. If you’re not yet familiar with his work, check out his most recent release. You might recognize some of the tracks from your favorite TV shows.
Neil Young is a survivor. The 70s artist has always been a bit different from his contemporaries; far from a typical rock star and not quite made for every man. It’s not about Kent State or Nixon, but Young has managed to continuing his tradition of activist music with Fork in the Road. It finds this old head in a new ride –Â specifically a hybridized Lincoln. That’s right, an entire album based around the hybrid car. The thrill of the open road with rechargable batteries isn’t just a nagging protest though … it’s a pretty good story.
The DMC Championship has seen the world’s finest turntablists cut and mix their way to the top of the game, but only once was this honor taken by a 15-year-old kid. It was 12 years ago that DJ A-Trak’s muderous fingers led him to become the youngest punk-ass to win, jumpstarting his career, which now finds him on tour with Kanye West. The release of his new mix Infinity +1 follows a series of performaces across the U.S. and Europe, including half a dozen sets at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. This is a lot less chopped masterpiece and plenty more club mix, with tracks from Spinna, Mehdi, and current love interest Kid Sister, among others. Thankfully, this is not a slapshod mixtape, but rather an actual continuous mix. Remember those?