Chicago rush hour traffic can be intimidating, to say the least. This seems doubly true when your van, which reeks of body odor and food leftovers from two weeks of tour, insists on turning itself off whenever traffic slows to between five and ten miles an hour. This situation is the one we recently found ourselves in on Sundials’ summer tour. Stuck in Chicago interstate traffic, van turning off, late to the show, the best we could do was keep driving and hope that the van would turn back on every time it cut out. This is not an enviable position.
Christian Breeden has a lot of room to work and play. On a farm close to Charlottesville he likes to build his own toys usually giant metal structures resembling creatures. In this episode of 'The Process' we learn what makes his mind tick. We also learn a little bit about how the 'Dragon Wagon' came together and how it brought 'burn' culture to a new level at this years Transformus Festival 2010.
The entire world is talking about Sticky Rice's big news, so we're getting in on the action!
Good god what a performance. Stage presence, lighting, great recording, and my personal favorite are the backing vocalists in pink boas adding a bit of soul to a wonderful, but bit mechanical song*.
*I am well aware that I might get the crap beaten out of my by a group of 80's music fanatics for saying this song is a bit mechanical. What can I say...
From One Way Richmond comes a great list of bands that aren't around anymore. Some of these bring a tear to my eye; I still have a few of these shirts, and would like to add (without OWR's permission) Man Speaking Chinese to the list.
East Coast Boogiemen
Hose Got Cable
More Fire For Burning People
I would have included Mudd Helmut, but they are playing the Stacy Prescott Benefit on Saturday. You should go. And, this is all I can think of just off the top of my head...
Through watercolor washed screen prints and video, Glacial Speed portrays the phases of a melting glacier. The 80 screen prints shown are depictions of a USGS map featuring glaciers at Mt. Sanford in Alaska. Over the course of two years, Camlin painted each print individually using washes and crystal-like abstract forms to represent the passing of time and how it affects the topography of the glaciers.
With her work, Camlin explores “how it would look for a glacier to melt, if you could watch the changes year to year, decade to decade from above.” To enforce the feeling of change, and bring a stronger sense of connection to the paintings, the exhibition also features a video slideshow. The video, complete with sound connects, simultaneously constructs and collapses time over the course of a 4 minute loop.
The Arcade Fire
The Suburbs is an absolutely wonderful counterpart to the Arcade Fire’s past two releases. The wait from Neon Bible has only allowed the band to come off as even more tried and true to their methods. While The Suburbs exists primarily in a sound that doesn’t feel too unexpected from the group, the record finds itself taking departures from track to track that make the listening experience exciting. From a storytelling standpoint, the tales that unfold feel like a return to the homes and characters that existed in Funeral. Yet, the narration is bound with a sense of weary eyes and hopeless romanticism that is inescapable. Coming from someone that initially listened to Funeral and found it to be overrated only to fall in love with it later, I truly find The Suburbs to be a phenomenal release that is worth a listen.
There was so much hype surrounding Sleigh Bells that I didn’t want to buy it. Sometimes you just can’t deny a record like Treats that is an absolute joy. Hopefully a release like this ends up being the dance soundtrack of the summer. The similarities to MIA are inescapable, but I don’t find anything wrong with that. I dig the noisy dance beats that are flooded with distorted guitar riffs. As soon as the synthesized layers start building up and Alexis Krauss’ vocals are introduced, the songs delivery epically. Just listen to “Crown on the Ground” and try not to have a blast. I dare ya!
Both reviews by Shannon Cleary
Loose Lipps vs Fantastic Planet (Virginia Beach)
Oh!Boy and Dj Wizard
Aline Nuntez (Cackalacky)
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