Total Life Forever

26 04 2010

Every so often, I’ll get my hands on an album that will completely hook me, forcing me to play it on repeat for days (sometimes even weeks) before I can stop. My latest obsession started when I picked up the new LP from Foals, a 5 piece indie/math rock band out of Oxford. Total Life Forever is their second studio album,  and it’s set to release on May 10th. You may not have heard of the band’s first album, 2008’s Antidotes, but there’s a lot about this second LP that should catch your attention.

The band’s two founding members Jack Bevin (drums) and Yannis Philippakis (vocals, guitar) began their musical careers playing for an obscure math rock band called The Edmund Fitzgerald. Although they’ve moved on to bigger and better things, influences of classic math rock elements, such as short, intricate guitar riffs and subtle tempo changes, are still readily apparent in their music.

On Total Life Forever, Foals perfectly blend these math-rock influences with a more mainstream indie sound, creating catchy, complex and smoothly flowing melodies throughout the album. The boys also prove their versatility on tracks like ‘Spanish Sahara.’ This slow-moving, near seven minute ballad takes a more progressive style, continuously layering synth and guitar riffs to create very satisfying musical peaks and valleys. There are no “throw-away” tracks on this album, every song is skillfully crafted and keeps you wanting to hear more. No wonder I wasn’t able to stop listening.

Miami- Foals

Total Life Forever- Foals





2 Many Videos

25 04 2010

About as far back as I can remember (truthfully, like 5 days tops), electronic music has been growing in size and popularity. The past decade has seen the emergence of new genres, the revival of old ones, countless acts and a surging fan base. With this immense popularity, artists will be looking for new ways to stand apart from the mass of DJs (too many, some might say). We already see costumes (the Mau5 head, the Beetroot masks), groups like the Gorillaz that take on entirely new personas, and of course, ridiculous light shows. Mash-masters 2 Many DJs (one branch of the Soulwax phenomenon) already stand apart in the sea of music with their consistently varied and innovative style, dropping remixes and mashes of artists ranging from The Residents to Basement Jaxx to The Stooges and Salt ‘n Pepa, not to mention their Soulwax reworks. As if they didn’t stand out enough, the Belgian duo have been accompanying their performance with a wicked new visual component for about a year now. Check it out.

This first one is a shaky bastard from Coachella this past week.

This guy is from 2009’s Soulwaxmas in Belgium. HD baby!

Not only are the animations funny, well-made, and  perfectly cued to the music (I suspect wizardry), but they let the crowd know exactly what samples and songs they are listening to. This serves two purposes, equally as important in my mind: it gives credit where credit is due to the original artists in a fun and unique way, and it shows off just how skilled the Belgian duo are. Watching these videos is almost a game, trying to guess or figure out how they will mix from one song to next. 2 Many DJs is quickly rising on the list of shows I’d love to see. For the road, here are a few tracks, and one last video of Deadmau5 with his new get up. This is all getting pretty wild, I must admit.

Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax “2 Many DJs” Remix) — The Chemical Brothers

Krack — Soulwax

Skee-Lo – I Wish (A Capella): Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo: The Breeders – Cannonball — 2 Many DJs

What a killer smille…

Peace.





Thank You

24 04 2010

What’s up Montreal. First off we’d like to apologize for slacking on the posts recently.  Not to make excuses, but managing a blog gets significantly tougher during exam time. Don’t worry though, very soon we’ll be able to give the blog all the attention it deserves, complete with some major site renovations. Thanks for making the first few months of The New Montreal more fun and successful than we ever thought possible.

We also have some new House for y’all courtesy of our Soundcloud page. We can’t guarantee we’ll post everything that we get, but don’t hesitate to send us music and show us what you’re working on. These tracks by Dilby come to us all the way from Wellington, New Zealand. Wouldn’t mind seeing him spin a set if I ever find myself on the other side of the world.

Shake Your Body Down (Dilby Remix)- The Jacksons

Intro (Dilby Remix)- Alan Braxe & Fred Falke

Stay cool. Love,

TNM





Interview w/ Cat Hartwell of Holy Hail

24 04 2010

Holy Hail in Philadelphia - April 5, 2010

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Cat Hartwell, frontwoman of NYC’s Holy Hail. She called in from the road as the group was travelling from Chicago to Vancouver as part of their current tour with Florence + the Machine. I caught that show in Philadelphia earlier this month, and ever since I’ve been hooked on the band. Their music runs the gamut from dance-y to indie rock, with just a bit of Southern influence. Cat and I discussed Holy Hail’s roots, touring all over the world, and their recording process. The group recently released a new EP, The Dying (After) Party, on Pseudoscience. Be sure to check it out, as well as our interview.

Read the full interview here.

Riverine – Holy Hail





Mixtape Fridays

23 04 2010

So close yet so far…we’re only 1 week away from the end of the exam period and the sweet, sweet freedom that comes along with it. Above is another sick image from Coachella 2010, and again, we’re pretty pissed we’re not there. We might be missing the fun out in the desert, but there’s plenty going on around here next month to keep us more than satisfied. The first weekend in May will be the perfect way to ring in the summer, with performances from Grum, The Twelves and Yesayer. So keep your eyes on the prize and good luck on the final stretch.

Now for the tunes. First up this week we have the first volume of the Bulletproof Tiger Mixtape from Le Castle Vania. Not only is this the Atlanta-based producer’s first publicly available mixtape, it also features some brand new originals and re-edits for your listening pleasure.

The Bulletproof Tiger Mixtape Vol. 1- Le Castle Vania
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Next, we have Somebody Has to Help You, a mixtape from newcomer Punches. If you thought that disco was dead, these guys just might change your mind.

Somebody Has to Help You Mixtape- Punches
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And, as always, here are your tracks for the weekend. Peace

I Am Not A Robot (Doorly Remix)- Mariana and the Diamonds

Cosmic Love (P.E.S.T Remix)- Florence And The Machine

Arab Money (Chant of Victory Remix)- Busta Rhymes

Toxic Is Dead (Owl Vision Remix)- The Toxic Avenger

Vietnam (LightsoverLA Remix)- Crystal Castles

Power Chords (Frederik Olufsen Remix)- TAI





Gogol Bordello @ Metropolis 04/18/2010

21 04 2010

Gogol Bordello, the Gypsy Punk rockers known around the world for their outrageous and energetic stage performances, brought their carnival-like live act to Metropolis on Sunday. I’d never seen them before, so needless to say I was stoked for the show. I’ve always heard that they put on an unreal concert, but I had know idea of just how crazy it was really going to be until I saw it for myself. Check out the review, some mp3s, and some photos below.

By touring almost non-stop throughout Europe and North America, Gogol Bordello have created quite a reputation for themselves. As far as origins go, bands don’t get much more diverse than this. Eugene Hutz, the lead singer, lead guitarist, and overall ringleader of the band hails from the Ukraine. Other members are from Ethiopia, Israel, Russia, the US, Scotland, and Ecuador, and this variety of backgrounds fuses together to create the band’s signature sound.

Walking up to Metropolis, I was greeted by the most ticket hawkers I’ve ever seen at a concert in Montreal as well as a massive crowd of smokers, sprawling out onto the side streets. There was a long line to get in to the venue and security was tight. Once inside, it was a total zoo. If you think you’ve seen Metropolis packed, think again. Every type of person you could ever imagine was crammed in there, filling the main floor and balcony. Oh, and if you think you’ve seen a lot of beer spilled at Metropolis, also think again. The crowd became rowdy as they waited for Gogol Bordello to take the stage. Once the show began, the band dove into a non-stop, high-energy set. Featuring members on a huge variety of instruments and vibrant stage lights, the performance was as much a spectacle as it was a concert. Without so much as a breather between songs, the group put on a truly impressive show. For being such unique artists, Gogol Bordello have established a hardcore, devoted fanbase, as was evidenced by the outpouring of gypsy punk love from the crowd.

Wonderlust King – Gogol Bordello

American Wedding – Gogol Bordello

Tribal Connection – Gogol Bordello





Here We Go Again…

19 04 2010

This intensely trippy picture is courtesy of Deadmau5’s facebook page. This is the setup he used at Coachella this year, oh how I wish I was there instead of stuck in the library…

Anyway, I got my first exam today, so unfortunately I don’t have time to write a proper post. In the meantime here are a few tunes that I picked up over the weekend while I wasn’t writing essays, reading articles I don’t care about or drinking too much coffee. Enjoy

Baptism- Crystal Castles

Only You Can Make You Happy- Au Revior Simone

Cigarettes & Liquor- Murs & 9th Wonder

Olympians (Radio Edit)- Fuck Buttons

Fire Power- Datsik