Archive for November, 2014

“Like a boomerang I need a repeat”

The Long Winters covering ZZ Top’s “Give Me All Your Lovin'”

“…a beautiful specimen.”

WARNING: NSFL, contains detailed shots of a recently removed human brain. It’s a fascinating study of just how fragile the most critical part of us is.

“…solely and completely to sound.”

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford from Nigel Stanford on Vimeo.

“CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music” by Nigel Stanford

“Yes I believe in desolation”

It’s been a damned long time since I stumbled upon a new band that I loved. I’ve loved a few new records from long-time favorite bands, some of which surprised me. And I’ve finally gotten around to listening to bands that my friends have been raving about. But it’s been quite awhile since I was blind-sided by a band that I had no idea was out there and that I fell for instantly.

Today I discovered Murder Vibes. And I did so on a complete lark. Someone on Twitter mentioned that they would be playing Barboza on 12/9. (Shameless plug: that’s just a few days after my friend Ben’s band, Ephrata, plays the same venue on 12/5. That will be an awesome show and you should all be there.)

So based on a nothing but a passing Twitter mention, I impulse-purchased “Not Alone Tonight”, the single off of their debut, self-titled record. Holy crap, but that’s a catchy tune. And one of those rare cases when I can pinpoint exactly when I was convinced to buy a record. 00:49. Apparently I’m a sucker for a tasty synth hook.

The track itself is just the right amount of New Order, the right amount of Depeche Mode, the right amount of Interpol. It hits an impressive of number of my buttons. And the rest of the record is just as good, but with a surprising amount of variety in tone and composition. (The down-tempo, drifting “Dead Girl” especially caught me by pleasant surprise.) It escapes the charge (accurately) leveled against much electronic-influenced music of repetitive nonsense by blending drum machines and synths with expressive vocals, evocative lyrics, and hooks that are infectious enough to warrant forgiveness for the rare stretches of excessive looping and vamping.

If you have anything of a soft spot for New Wave or Electronica, this record might be worth checking out. I recommend you approach it like I did. Buy the single, and if that’s to your taste, then dive right in. You’ll probably like what you find.




“The world has infinite ways to wrong us.”

“Why does it seem that my fears are forever ill-directed, that what pessimism lies in my nature leads to no true prophecy? How is it that I am always prepared for the very misfortunes I am spared? Know that the reaching tendrils of the analytical mind, even as they wrap themselves round a million problematical abstractions, leave a universe of calamity untouched. The world has infinite ways to wrong us. … Do not ask me, then, what catastrophe will reduce this sorry Earth to dust. I will be the one staring at the skies speaking of asteroidal collision as below my feet the world splits open to swallow us whole.” – Kerry Howley, Thrown

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