07 July 2010

No means no!

Has anybody else been listening to Katzenjammer? I recently got a hold of their debut album, Le Pop. Originally released in EU over a year ago, it just dropped here in the States last month. My initial encounter wasn't positive, I think you definitely need to be in the mood for a listen, at least the first time. My repeat listens got much, much better. This album is like a vaudeville show, or the soundtrack to a  maniacally dark carnival, whirling out of control. These girls are a lot of fun, and that's a great promo pic up there.

Check out this title track, it's pretty inspired and infectious.

Katzenjammer > Le Pop

06 July 2010

Don't get me wrong

Independence Day has passed and summer is in full swing here in San Francisco, which means it's cold as fuck. Today, I spent a good part of the day at work with my space heater on full blast. In any case, if you're needing something to complete your annual badass summer mixtape, you can drop this one in your tracklist. I'm hazy on the details, but I'm pretty sure the Vivian Girls recorded this as a contribution to an upcoming David Bowie tribute album. It's jangly and pretty faithful to the original. I've road-tested it many times and I can assure you, this song sounds great when you turn it up in the car. Hear for yourself.

Vivian Girls > John, I'm Only Dancing

02 July 2010

Grinderman 2

The new Grinderman, Grinderman 2, is coming soon (September 13). I've found these amusing promos for the new album. Apparently, John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) directed the one with the snarling wolf.

Also, the first single, Heathen Child, will drop on August 30. The cover cracks me up. I cannot wait for this. The first Grinderman album was on constant rotation when I got my hands on it, and the gig was brilliant, my favorite of that year. Check out the boys killing Honey Bee on the Letterman show.

01 July 2010

Let Me In

Like most peeps, I was down on it when it was announced there would be a Hollywood remake of the excellent Swedish film, Let The Right One In. Somehow, I doubt this remake will even come close to the original, but this trailer doesn't look half bad.