Bringing the latest electro-pop digs is Britain‘s increasingly talented Raffertie -a man that sits squarely at the top of the Ninja Tune roll call. Following his debut EPs Visual Acuity and Mass Appeal this Birmingham Conservatoire graduate has just released the run-up track Build Me Up to his forthcoming release on the 20th May. Personally, I can only hope that the now London-based producer will jettison his forays into the more brutal and cutting sounds from his first EPs. However, it is more likely this trend to bend and expel the variety of sonic investigation that began with his remix of Franz Ferdinand‘s No You Girls will continue. Although this time we hear him using his own vocals in a soothing and polyrhythmic groove that invokes both thoughtfulness and elation. Watch out for the new EP.
It was splendid to meet the guys from Givers -they were very cheerful, attentive, and courteous. But when they hit the stage last night at The Corner Hotel all that changed. Their indie pop form of psychedelic & melodic rock sashayed from the whimisical to a thrashed out, totally heavy prog-rock finale. They were clearly focussed upon the music only, and not mere pleasantries. The band hails from Lafayette, Louisiana in the deep South, but the vocals (mostly by the enchanting Tiffany Lamson and guitarist Taylor Guarisco) are geographically much more varied; perhaps in need of a definitive style. And although they‘re touring side-shows off the back of the Laneway Festival and double-headlining with Portugal. The Man I believe this young group is still in its formative stage. It‘s not simply their melding of styles; but Givers are incompetent in much of their vocal endeavours, and they perhaps need some kind of ‘hook‘ or ‘thread‘ in their style that will help define their identity. Regardless, and despite my opine that their hit Up, Up, Up is tired and motionless, they did in fact strut their varied talents quite well and I‘m still revelling in the fact they were such a nice group of novice rockstars! Have a listen to Meantime and see what you think:
“EXPLICIT LYRICS VERSUS EXPLICIT REALITY“
Showing one‘s differences has never been so scrutinized as it has today. In a world of political correctness, it seems that people have lost sight of common sense versus the bureaucratic decrees of governments to tell us what it good for us, as the well known moral entrepreneurs known as the Parents Music Resource Center aka the PMRC advocated for parental advisories for “bad“ music: meet the “filthy 15“
|1||Prince||Darling Nikki||sex, masturbation|
|2||Sheena Easton||Sugar Walls||sex|
|3||Judas Priest||Eat Me Alive||sex|
|4||Vanity||Strap on Robbie Baby||sex|
|6||AC/DC||Let Me Put My Love Into You||sex|
|7||Twisted Sister||We’re Not Gonna Take It||violence|
|8||Madonna||Dress You Up||sex|
|9||W.A.S.P.||Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)||sex|
|10||Def Leppard||High ‘n Dry||drug and alcohol use|
|11||Mercyful Fate||Into The Coven||occult|
|12||Black Sabbath||Trashed||drug and alcohol use|
|13||Mary Jane Girls||In My House||sex|
|15||Cyndi Lauper||She-Bop||sex, masturbation|
Ahhhh most of you kids don’t even know who these artists are anymore.
And yet… nothing exists to censor the media and their constant stream of coverage of fear-mongering government leaders.
The censorship of what artists (contemporary philosophers, if-you-will) fucks with my head when I consider George W. Bush telling people “You’re either with us or them.”
Why bother to use your brain when someone‘s done all the thinking for you; as my good friend Rene drawled to me in his drunken pop stupor one night:
“Kesha doesn’t say anything, and this is why people love her! I hate her, but I can‘t stop listening to her because she‘s everywhere!”
Yes. The world has gone crazy, and liking music that doesn‘t reflect a mainstream brand or lifestyle is “the workings of hipster faggots.“ Really, the wrong people are getting targeted here. The most popular music is the music that has nothing to say. We are steadily becoming a society of idiots that prefer some “hired geek“ to work out all the details of our lives. We want to look like Paris Hilton because she is commercially “sellable“ but things were never like that before…
(Just wanted to give the big girls some love.)
It’s a shame and it’s life. All I can say is that piracy is awesome, enjoy it while you can, because one day the internet will not be so free (unless you act now), and your lives will be touched by the winged-goat monstrosity of corporate culture and the police state. If you actually think that we will have the freedoms to have information at the tip of our fingers forever, think again.
-DJ Moshi Moshi
Maus is a music artist that combines a brevity of songwriting with an aptitude in arrangement to bring beautfiul music to the fore. His brittle low-fidelity electro pop stems from a 1980s pop culture influence that has been refined through a prism of academia; having studied music extensively at CalArts and gaining a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.
The release featured below is 2006′s Through The Skies For You from his first commercial album Songs, that followed on from over a decade of self-produced records that he released ‘underground’. The track is accompanied by a video excerpt from the spectacular late 1950s live action Fuhrer ZZZ Japanese television series; an early manga precursor to what subsequently became Astro Boy.
Maus is enchanting in the release of his music as far as I am concerned; he uses perhaps romantic mediums such as cassettes and coloured vinyl.
He is certainly a craftsman of auditory sensation as you may agree from listening yourself:
John Maus is on Upset The Rhythm records.