Sunday, June 1, 2014

Annie Clark of St. Vincent

One of my friends recently asked "What's the appeal of St. Vincent?"

Oddly, I never got into them. I'm especially not into St. Vincent's latest album. Sorry. Maybe it takes time to digest and I haven't devoted time to doing that.  I'm also way too into garage rock lately and this album is way in the other direction. Ask me again another time, maybe.

I did like the lead track off their 2009 album, The Strangers. Here's an acoustic version, just Annie Clark with a guitar, doing her thang.

Here's Annie on "Guitar Moves".  Turns out she's a pretty sick guitar player.

Here she is again playing with Andrew Bird, who's also great.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is on tour!  They are not coming to Portland.  :(

Their latest album Reflektor is so good.  I'm loving this video for "We Exist"

Friday, May 16, 2014

post hardcore & straightedge

I've had "Waiting Room" from Fugazi stuck in my head all week.

Fugazi is "post hardcore" punk band from Washington DC..  The song "Waiting Room" was the first track on their self-titled debut EP, released in 1988 on their own label, Dischord.

Before Fugazi, lead singer Ian MacKaye was in hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.  They coined the term (and started the movement?) with this 1981 song off their self-titled EP, "Straight Edge."

Friday, May 9, 2014

Warpaint and regrets.

Warpaint came to town last week. I had a ticket to see them but was too sick and exhausted to make to the show. I blame my demanding work schedule and bronchial infection, but regret that I was just being lazy.

I'm sorry I missed them.  How cute are they?

Their second album, self titled, was released January of this year on Rough Trade.  I LOVED their first album, this one I haven't gotten into yet. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Summer come soon

I made a new playlist to jam to while awaiting summer weather. Embedded Spotify playlist at the end of the post. A lot of summery, punky sounds.

Here are some video highlights.

Bleached - Dead In Your Head
Wavves - Demon to Lean On

The Orwells - In My Bed