While German duo Booka Shade is known for its danceable tech-house, this holiday season finds cohorts Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger laying low to a mellower kind of groove. On December 12, the boys are releasing a special digital album on their Get Physical Music label. Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) is a collection of emotional and melancholy ambient songs to chill out to while you recover from all the eggnog and New Year’s Eve debauchery. Read more »
In director Justin Zaharczuk’s dark video for Otto Von Shcirach’s song, “Her Blood is Poison,” two officers attempt to arrest a very small, but very aggressive, man beneath a blunt techno beat and evil-sounding, distorted robot vocals. Then there's a small figurine, reminiscent of Big Boy, to offset the paranoid image of a man huddled in a shadowed corner of an empty room, bent over on a park bench or illuminated behind ambiguous bars. Read more »
At the end of November we hit the third installment of M For Montreal, a music festival that’s part industry showcase and part Montreal-celebrating fan-fest (with a handful of Toronto bands thrown into the mix). We checked out more than 20 artists over the course of four nights, and did our best to interview the locals without losing any digits to the cold. (What can we say? We’re from S.F.) Here’s a sampling of our festival favorites:
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Montreal is without a doubt one of the coldest inhabitable places during the North American winter. And heck, it’s still Fall, but it was freezing-ass cold when we hit the town a week ago for the third annual M For Montreal festival. Besides checking out a slew of bands, we chatted with a few locals (and a couple non-locals) to see what they dig about Montreal music (turns out a lotta folks really like Duchess Says) and how they deal with the weather.
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When it came time to make the video for "Triple Chrome Dipped," off his recent Ghostly full-length, Magic Monday, Michna teamed up with Philly-based video artist System D-128, and the two took a trip down memory lane–as in, New York City in the early '90s. Anyone curious as to how Michna spent his youth should check this out, as some of the footage includes young Adrian at the pizza parlor, on the train, on a skateboard, and doing donuts in high school parking lots. Read more »
Pilgrims on Segways. Native Americans giving back massages. Pilgrims in plastic sunglasses, singing hipster electro jams while everyone else dances. We're pretty sure this was not exactly what went on in 1621, when Squanto et al. were celebrating the first Thanksgiving, but MGMT captured the spirit of the holiday with this performance last week for French television. It looks far more entertaining than checking the oven for the 15th time to see if the bird is done, and with fewer dishes to wash when it’s over. Read more »
Dan Deacon has a new live set up his sleeve, which he'll unveil on December 11 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. So far, we know that his new show includes a 15-piece band made up of eight percussionists, two guitarists, and four individuals besides himself manning various keyboards, synthesizers, and electronics. Deacon will take the full set-up on the road in 2009.
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