Friday, January 29, 2010

Up-and-coming Fan Death

Fan Death is a modernized disco/electro female duo from Vancouver (holla!). I remember seeing them for the first time at the Biltmore opening for Metronomy last year. That concert was a gong show. I had a hard time paying attention to the music so Fan Death didn't resonate with me as they did later on. Note: this concert was so nutso, most of what I remember is the lead singer of Fan Death, Dandi Wind, crowd surfing and basically walking on the ceiling while being carried by the crowd, which I admit was pretty cool. I saw them again headlining their own show at the Bourbon. This one was great and I really wanted to purchase a CD after but they didn't have any produced yet. Fan Death has three videos but no CD yet. However, they do have an EP called A Coin For The Well that I should get my hands on soon. The band is now signed to Pharmacy Recording Company, which is apparently a division of Universal.

At the moment, they are touring with Vampire Weekend in Europe and the UK; many of these shows are sold out. A couple of weeks ago, I saw that they would be back in North America touring with Little Boots. But unfortunately, it looks like that's been deleted now. Maybe it'll come back?

I'm pretty excited that they're going to appear on the cover of the next issue of ION magazine. My favourite Vancouver band on my favourite Vancouver magazine, yes!

Check out Fan Death's video for "Cannibal" below! This is probably my favourite video out of all three.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Childhood Memories

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Time Warp

Dedicated to Rachel Livingston.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Knock You Out

This may come as a surprise to some but I've never really been a big fan of DJ Tiësto. I don't know why, that's just the way it's been. So when I saw that he did a song with Emily Haines, I was skeptical at first but then I convinced myself to check it out because Emily Haines was in it. And guess what? I liked the song...a lot! It's on repeat over here.

It's called "Knock You Out." In an interview with, Emily claimed, "I got it into my head that I would make an excellent dance floor diva so I did a track with Tiësto." I'm so glad she got that into her head.

Apparently, Tiësto said that he was surprised at how well his and Emily's music styles worked together. Yeah, and so was I.

Tiësto feat. Emily Haines - Knock You Out

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Colouring of Pigeons

After listening to the song "Colouring of Pigeons" once, I was extremely intrigued of where, when and why it was created. Apparently, The Knife collaborated with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock and produced an album for an opera based on Darwin's book, On the Origin of the Species. The album is called Tomorrow, In A Year and will be released on March 1st. And if the rest of the album is like this song, I'm really excited for it.

The song starts out with drums that make you feel like you're lost in a dimly lit forest. Then, opera voices in short tones come in. This is where I thought, "uh, what is going on?" But I got really into it soon after the voices came in; the voices went along to beat of the song really well and I was trapped in it.

There is more information on Tomorrow, In A Year located on The Knife's website.

In the meanwhile, check out "Colouring of Pigeons"

The Knife - Colouring of Pigeons

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Heaven Can Wait

So I think I might've found a new love. I listened to "In the end" from Charlotte Gainsbourg's new album, IRM, and fell in love with her remarkably soothing voice. After listening to that song, I quickly discovered the Nosaj Thing remix of "Heaven Can Wait." After doing further research, I discovered a couple of her videos. In one of the videos, Charlotte Gainsbourg described how her album title song "IRM" came around. She was influenced by the MRI's she had to endure after an accident. I thought this was an interesting fact.

I was really surprised to find out Charlotte Gainsbourg is an actress because she seems to be a really good musician. It's not often that an actress succeeds critically as a singer. Of course, there are the exceptions but most of the time, it's just like, are you serious? Charlotte Gainsbourg was also the woman who spoke in the beginning of Madonna's song, "What It Feels Like For A Girl", which is a song I really enjoyed when I was younger.

Her new album is produced by Beck and features him on a couple of songs. He appears in "Heaven Can Wait", the song and the video.

Even though the remixes I've posted are good, I still like the original of "Heaven Can Wait" the most, which also doesn't happen very often (as many know, I'm a remix lover). The remixes are still really cool. The Grizzly Bear version is slowed down with an organ, and the Nosaj Thing version is like slow electro.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck - Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix)
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck - Heaven Can Wait (Grizzly Bear Remix)

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck - Heaven Can Wait