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RE: GENERATION Redefines The Boundaries of Genres

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Last week Andrew and I ventured to the Boston Common Loews to catch a showing of the new DJ experiment documentary, RE: GENERATION. Unfortunately when we got there the only show of the night was sold out… But in true high school fashion we decided to buy a ticket to another show and weasel our way into the RE:GENERATION theatre, badass I know. Once we had settled in to our seats in the second row, we buckled up for a musical journey that paired 5 different DJs with an unfamiliar style of music and legendary performers from that specific genre.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the film’s release, with Skrillex fresh off of three Grammy wins, Pretty Lights’ breakthrough to new audiences with the re-surfacing of his sample of Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” (Pretty Lights sampled the tune in 2006 with “Finally Moving” and now Avicii has put his spin on it with “Levels” and Flo Rida added a mindless sample of a sample to the mix with “Good Feeling,” just so he could prove that he doesn’t have a single creative bone in his body), and the genre of dubstep/electronica as a whole seemingly at its zenith. Each of the 5 DJs had a unique experience in regards to their approach, collaborative interactions and final product. Check out our take on each DJ’s process and product below–

DJ Premier– The former Gang Star member and legendary producer was in awe of the whole project from the moment that the film began. Whether it was his interactions with composer/mentor Bruce Adolphe or learning how to conduct from Berklee College symphony maestro Stephen Webber, Premier’s respect for the classical genre and willingness to learn is what made him stand out from the other DJs. Although it may not be your first thought after viewing the film, Premier took the most traditional approach to completing the task of meshing his style with an unfamiliar realm of music. His final product still sampled pieces that had previously been written, in the true tradition of hip-hop production. In this case the sampled phrases were simply longer, but still strewn together with Premier’s trademark scratches and signature boom-bap drums layered along  with Nas’ “quick 16.”

 

Mark Ronson– The English record producer/DJ certainly had the most talent to work with when attempting his take on New Orleans Jazz. Even with the initial lineup of Meters’ stickman Zigaboo Modeliste and the Dap Kings, Ronson was at an advantage over his DJ counterparts. Once Ronson added Trombone Shorty, Miss Erykah Badu and Mos Def to the pot and stirred it all up, you knew some magic would be cooked up. His take on the project was the most organic, creating a track from scratch that was New Orleans through and through, from the players and the style to the lyrics, which were inspired by Trombone Shorty’s hunger pangs for gumbo in the studio.

 

Skrillex– With three Grammys under his belt, Sonny Moore aka Skrillex was far from intimidated by the task of incorporating rock music into his dubstep style. Skrillex produced the most collaborative effort with the team of musicians that he was assigned, who also just so happened to be the surviving members of The Doors. With Skrillex and the legendary LA rockers there was give and take, collaboration and compromise but ultimately Skrillex’s signature womp and wail prevailed.

 

The Crystal Method– The American DJ duo had the potential to create the most moving of the five pieces through their work with Martha Reeves and the Funk Brothers. The audience watched along with the pair as Reeves witnessed her beloved Detroit and the memories of her early career literally being torn down by bulldozers. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland set out to make a love song for the city of Detroit, but what resulted was an uninspired interpretation of the vibrant ’60s Motown culture.

 

Pretty Lights– Derek Smith had the least to work with in terms of session musicians, but his style was much like that of the Crystal Method. He began with a very rigid idea of what he wanted and didn’t build enough of a rapport with his musicians to collaborate on a composition that would work for both sides. With vocals from Dr. Ralph Stanley and LeAnn Rimes, Smith’s version of the country standard “Wayfaring Stranger” had the makings of a ghostly and gritty track, but ultimately the vocals were butchered in the final mix. To the DJ’s defense he did keep true to the twang and deliberate nature of the song, but the final product fell short of its potential.

 

Getting Weird Again with Of Montreal

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Of Montreal, veteran freaks of the indie scene, are back with new music, and they are readier than ever to get weird. This round, they’re serving up a disco-worthy track called “Dour Percentage,” the lead single off their upcoming album, Paralytic Stalks. Throughout Of Montreal’s marathon career, I have often been overwhelmed by and driven away from the overpowering synths found on albums like Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?. Lucky for me, “Dour Percentage” favors woodwinds and horns over electronics, and this change of pace truly pays off. But despite a twinkling and sunny musical arrangement, Of Montreal puts forth some of their toughest, realest lyrics ever.

Lead singer Kevin Barnes, in his lullaby-ready falsetto, tosses out choice one-liners such as, “this planet is an orphanage.” Ouch. I can’t think of a more exaggerated, sweeping declaration about Mother Earth since Michael Jackson and friends held hands, swayed back and forth, and told us “we are the world.” And when Barnes matter-of-factly croons, “I murdered so much of myself just to stay here and accommodate you,” I would have put money on the fact that he jacked the line from Morrissey’s darkest days. And what follows this ominous lyric? Well, a bouncy little flute solo, of course. The juxtaposition of cynical songwriting to their spirited psych-pop is an undeniable indulgence for Of Montreal fans. “Dour Percentage” is certainly in form with the band’s utterly weird discography, but it is the most listenable weirdness we’ve heard in a while.

Don’t miss the pure spectacle of Of Montreal live when they come to the Paradise Rock Club this April. You can get your tickets here.

More New Music from More M&T Favorites

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Christmas may have come and gone, but with three of our favorite bands releasing singles in the past week or so I feel like Santa may have just remembered to drop a few gifts under the Maimed & Tamed tree. The first, Delta Spirit’s “California” may be the most intriguing. The band has said that they have finally found a sound they are comfortable with in their upcoming self-titled release and for fans of Delta Spirit, or who we thought Delta Spirit was, it is a stark contrast from what we are used to. Don’t worry, it will grow on you.

The next is a new, yet familiar tune. Trampled By Turtles’ “Alone” will appear on their April 10th release Stars and Satellites, but it is one that the band featured in their last trip to the Paradise. Fans of TBT may not be as surprised as Delta Spirit’s followers, and in my mind that is certainly not a bad thing. Dave Simonett’s familiar croon over a pillowy bed of fiddle, banjo, and guitar is something that I will not soon tire of.

And finally there’s Dr. Dog, with “Lonesome.” The opening track from their February 7th release, Be The Void, takes an interesting spin on the signature Dr. Dog sound. The harmonies and jangling beats are still there, but it’s a bit unpolished and rugged…in a very good way. There’s a feeling of nonchalance in the rough and tumble sound that immediately makes me think of the band in this old press photo.

Don’t forget to catch all of these bands when they come through Boston in the spring:

3/22- Dr. Dog @ House of Blues Boston

3/27- Delta Spirit @ Paradise

4/18- Trampled By Turtles @ Paradise

Alvin Purple- Huh Her/Please Please

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Don’t you just love those songs that grab you right away and only get better after more listens? I sure as hell do and Leeds, UK group Alvin Purple has put together two such tracks on their latest release. After listening to “Huh Her” and “Please Please” it’s easy to tell why the group chose to name themselves after the bumbling yet irresistible Australian movie character as the first word that comes to mind when listening is sexy (you’re probably not even reading this and just staring at the album art…maybe you can judge a book by its cover).

I always try to stray from comparing one band to another, but I do find it beneficial to give others an idea of what they are getting themselves into. If “sexy” isn’t an intriguing enough disclaimer for you then I can tell you that if you fancy Band of Skulls or Everest my gut says that you will enjoy Alvin Purple. Check out the video for “Huh Her” below and visit their bandcamp page for a free download of both tracks.

 

Summer Guide to the Small Festival

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Now that Coachella has announced its lineup for this year’s festival, it is only a matter of time before Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch and other large summer festivals announce theirs. Only a few days after Coachella’s lineup went public, Wilco made the announcement that their Solid Sound Festival would be taking the year off.

With the big festivals attracting larger and larger crowds each summer and one of our favorite small festivals going on hiatus, where do we turn if we want to see a great weekend of music without paying $300+ for it? No need to fear, we have compiled a list of  summer festivals that are sure to give you plenty of bang for your buck.

Northside Festival (June 14-17, 2012 Brooklyn, NY)– With a 4-day badge priced at $80 and music playing at venues throughout Brooklyn, this festival is a hipster’s paradise. Last year’s  lineup boasted acts like Beirut, Deervana, Surfer Blood and the U.S. debut of Iceage. Now in its fourth year, it’s safe to say that there will be plenty of flannel and skinny jeans blanketing Williamsburg and Greenpoint come mid-June.

Sled Island (June 20-23, 2012 Calgary, AB)– We had to give Canada some love on this list and although some may consider the $200 for a 4-day pass a bit much, just take a look at the 2011 lineup. With bands like Braids, Deer Tick, Howlin’ Rain, Kurt Vile, Minus the Bear, Of Montreal, Teen Daze, Twin Shadow, and Wild Flag you will get more than your money’s worth.

AthFest (June 20-24, 2012 Athens, GA)– Over the years Athens has become a hotbed for music, producing bands like R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic and The B-52’s to name a few. More recently, homegrown bands such as Futurebirds, Dead Confederate and Reptar have graced the stages of AthFest to help promote the artistic culture of the city. All outdoor stages are FREE (talk about bang for your buck) and a $20 wristband will get you into any of the club shows at night.

Newport Folk Festival (July 28-29, 2012 Newport, RI)– You can find all of the information you need to know about Newport Folk Festival here and here. Can you tell that it’s one of our favorite events of the year?

Philadelphia Folk Festival (August 17-19, 2012 Schwenksville, PA)– As the longest continually running music festival in the country, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has one of the finest reputations in the festival world. For $140 you can see legends like Arlo Guthrie and Tom Paxton while modern balladeers such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Jeff Tweedy help to carry on the torch of their folk forefathers.

Cold Blue Kid Finish Work on New EP

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When we last spoke with Alex Longoria from Chicago’s Cold Blue Kid we were smitten with the two tracks he sent us from the band’s upcoming EP Mimic. Both “Maybe Town” and “Violent Affair” gave us hope that things might just be OK in a world without Broken Social Scene. 

Now that we have gotten our dirty mitts on the whole EP we can tell you that it’s the perfect way to kick off 2012 for fans of dreamy synthesizers and guitar work that makes you melt in your desk chair. Other than the two aforementioned songs, Mimic includes four other tracks all of which I wouldn’t be surprised to hear on my BSS or The Cure Pandora stations. Of the two middle tracks on the EP, “Setback” offers a pulsing tempo under a simple yet elegant melody while the title track propels the pace of the record, driven by a vigorous display of drumming.

The official release for the new EP is set for February 12, 2012, but until then you can check out a live video of “Violent Affair” below and head over to their Facebook page to hear “Maybe Town” while you lick your lips in anticipation of Mimic.

M&T Exclusive: Kingsley Flood EP Release Wrap-Up

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If you missed Kingsley Flood’s string of 3 EP release shows at Lizard Lounge last weekend then you should be ashamed. We were able to make it out on the final night of the festivities which featured a “soy bomb” and an appearance on the trashcan by yours truly during “Mannequin Man” (see below for a similar performance from one of the first two shows), among many, many other highlights.

 

We caught up with lead singer Naseem Khuri after the show to get his take on three straight sold-out EP release shows and what it feels like to get the soy bomb–

 

Maimed & Tamed: What was your favorite song off of the new EP to perform live?

Naseem Khuri: During “Mannequin Man,” Steve (our drummer) rotated between banging on a mannequin and screaming through a highway rubber cone. So, that one.

M&T: What was the experience like to be able to play with 6 different bands over the course of three nights?

NK: The main reason we wanted to do three nights at the Lizard was to be able to play with our friends.  Getting up on Friday and Saturday mornings was amazing, as we were thinking “damn, we get to do that again…and we get to have different great bands to watch before we play…why can’t every weekend be like this…”

M&T: Best moment of each night? Best moment of the weekend?

NK: Well, we got soy bombed. In other words, an unnamed shirtless assailant jumped on stage while we played a cover of Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and wildly flailed arms, danced awkwardly, etc.  It was a salute to our Dylan cover set last year, which was a salute to the 1998 Grammy awards.

We may or may not have planned it…

M&T: Should we expect a similar run of shows for the next Kingsley Flood release?

NK: No idea! We won’t plan too much in advance, unless there’s a soy bombing.

New Music From The National

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Earlier this week The National played two new songs in an appearance on Toronto’s Q1 Live. According to Stereogum there is no word on an official release, but I’ll take any new music from The National however I can get it. The National’s performance at the Bank of America Pavilion earlier this year was one of our favorite concerts of the summer and if new music means another tour, then that’s alright by us. Check out “Rylan” and “I Need My Girl” below–

Cold Blue Kid Set to Release New Record

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Hearing Kevin Drew say that Broken Social Scene would be on hiatus for “many, many years” back on a rainy night in September was devastating. It has taken us a couple months to start filling the void left by one of our favorite bands, but recently we had a glimmer of hope delivered to our inbox. Cold Blue Kid is the Chicago based brainchild of Alex Longoria, who recorded the first CBK album on his own along with his “guitars, laptop, mics and whole lot of imagination.”

One listen to Cold Blue Kid and the BSS influence is undeniable. This is especially prevalent on the track we have chosen to feature below, “Stay Alive” which was part of CBK’s eponymous debut. Longoria is also quick to credit other M&T favorites as influences on his music, “I love all the ’90s indie bands like Pavement, Sebadoh, Wilco and Smashing Pumpkins before Adore.”

Now Longoria has enlisted 5 other musicians to fill out the band and they are currently wrapping up work on their sophomore effort at Handwritten Recording Studios in Chicago. The album, entitled Mimic, has a tentative release date of January 12, 2012 and promises to bring a smile to the face of those saddened by the loss of BSS.

Blind Pilot: Love at First Listen

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Blind Pilot

Sometimes, you just know.  While many assume this feeling of love at first sight is solely applicable to romance, I fell head over heels for Blind Pilot’s We are the Tide about five seconds in to their album opener, “Half Moon.”  Love at first listen it was.  The longing strings, banjo accents and breathy harmonies, which will inevitably draw comparisons to M&T favorite The Head and the Heart, plucked at my heartstrings immediately.

But while my infatuation for Blind Pilot’s pop-folk was fast to develop, a furious and fiery affair it’s not.  So let’s put it this way: if the Flaming Lips are that unpredictable hipster you could never tie down, and Eddie Vedder is the rugged and coarse adventurer, then Blind Pilot is kind of like your spouse 20 years into marriage.  Neither We are the Tide or their 2008 album Three Rounds and a Sound throw curveballs; it’s smooth sailing. But the band, with its album stacked with catchy tune after catchy tune, has proved to me that maybe reliability’s not such a bad thing after all.  So for better or for worse, settle in and give a listen to Blind Pilot’s We Are the Tide.

Below you can follow the link to watch Blind Pilot perform pieces of tracks like “Half Moon” via Vimeo, or check out the entire album through NPR’s First Listen.

Blind Pilot Vimeo