Oh look at us, we are so delightfully indie and quirky! Enjoy us frolicking in our secondhand store clothes as we shill for a multi-billion dollar car company! OK, I'll give Pomplamoose (WTF?) a little credit - having checked out some of their other covers they do have some good stuff. But damn these Hyundai commercials are irritating. Although I guess it beats watching those yuppie pukes put giant bows on their Lexuses (Lexi?).
Yup, it's that time again! Before I roll out the annual year-end rundown of my favorite albums, let's take a listen to some of the best songs from 2010. I've included YouTube clips where possible, since I used Lala last year and got burned. 1. "Them That Do Nothing" by Field Music (from Measure) - I could probably populate this whole list with songs from Field Music's third studio album. Instead I'll just highlight the first single from it and we can all revel in its pure pop perfection. Well done, Brewis brothers, well done indeed. 2. "Doin' It Again" by the Roots (from How I Got Over) - If there's a case to be made for why sampling can work so well in hip hop it's this track, which brilliantly weaves the Roots' own composition with John Legend's "Again". It's the standout
They do in fact still make these quaint little artifacts called "videos", and this is a good one. It's the latest from Field Music, "Let's Write a Book". It just so happens to be one of my favorite cuts from Measure, as well as one of the best displays of stop-motion animation and clip art in a video since Talking Heads released "And She Was" back in '85.
The first followup project to Annuals' excellent 2008 album, Such Fun, was released today. It's a five-track EP entitled Sweet Sister, and it's damn sweet indeed. The first two thing I noticed are the new production flourishes (in the form of electronics) and a more subdued mood - at least for the first half. This is a much more modern-sounding effort than the sun-drenched, retro Beach Boys-esque arrangements of Such Fun, particularly the strong title track. "Holler and Howl" adds a bit of old-fashioned country tonk to the mix, although filtered through Annuals' distinctive pop prism, while "Flesh and Blood" could easily pass itself off as a modern country radio track (albeit much more enjoyable). Hmmm, I guess this is also a mini-review too. Anyway, here's the first track from S
For fans of Sunderland's indie pop masters Field Music, the two-plus years since their announced hiatus felt like anything but. Scarcely a year after the January 2007 release of Tones of Town, co-founder David Brewis released an album under the School of Language banner. That was followed up in August '08 by the self-titled debut of brother Peter's project, The Week That Was. To confuse matters even further both albums were only nominally solo efforts, as each brother contributed to the other one's disc. So while I greeted the news of Field Music's official resurrection as a musical concern with enthusiasm, it was hardly a shock. I'll just chalk the whole hiatus thing up to artists needing to be artists, and leave it at that. All of which brings us to the first proper Field Musi
Dear reader, in my travels to bring you reports of local performances by various musical acts, I have encountered some strange people. But over the weekend I encountered one of the strangest yet - the Brooklyn Hipster. For those not from the New York area, it's important to note that Brooklyn is to Hipsters as Mecca is to Muslims or Wal-Mart is to rednecks. It's the source of their strength and identity, which in this case means lots of bad haircuts, wool caps, and faux vintage clothing. They're harmless for the most part, but damn are they annoying in large groups. (more…)
I'm pretty jazzed to see Field Music in Brooklyn tomorrow night, so to get the party started early here's the opening cut from their self-titled debut - "If Only the Moon Were Up". Dig that early '80s MTV cinematography!
Following up on their earlier report regarding the forthcoming Field Music album, Stereogum provides us with the title track from that album, "Measure". It sounds to be a close relation to the music on their excellent Tones of Town album, and of course I've already downloaded it. February 16 can't get here soon enough...
One of the true bright spots of last year's bummer of a musical 2008, The Week That Was (the current solo project of Field Music's Peter Brewis) is in the midst of a brief jaunt across the Pond. In fact, the show was billed as "Field Music Presents The Week That Was". Last night brought them (and a trio of openers) to the rather intimate Mercury Lounge in New York City's Lower East Side. It's the first time a Field Music-related project has hit the States since School of Language was here early last year, so I jumped at the chance to see them. But first, let's talk opening acts. There were three of them, although I missed the first one (Monuments). The second, Philadelphia's own Arc in Round, put on a decent performance that was unfortunately partly sunk by lousy vocal acoustics.