Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Cities are Dead

Sticking with the Cities theme, I am uploading some current tunes that I always Identify with the location of the artist.

Paris, Lens, Lyon, Le Mans, Marseille, Nice
First is from the new compilation titled "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited," which I know nothing about except Cherry Tree/Interscope Records is going to put it out in the US most likely. CMJ sums the album up perfectly, "Gainsbourg, the French scandal-and-music maker, shocked listeners in the '70s and '80s with his genre-bending and usually hypersexual, sometimes incestuous tunes, making them the perfect anthems for today's lust-laden youth." The songs are translated into English to boot. Here is Cat Power and Karen Elson (Mrs. Jack White) singing "I Love You (Me Either)" (Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus). Other contributing artists are Marc Almond, Tricky, Jarvis Cocker, Marianne Faithfull, and Placebo (that's right Charlie, I said Placebo). Appr├ęciez! (enjoy)

Cat Power & Karen Elson - I Love You (Me Either).mp3

Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec, Alberta, Montreal, Manitoba
I really like Stephen McBean. The Jerk With A Bomb, Mr. Black Moutain, The Pink Mountaintop. Whatever he does, I usually like it. His new album under The Pink Mountaintops moniker came out today entitled "Axis Of Evol" on Jagjaguwar Records. Sadly, on first listen not amazing, it seemed kind of thrown together. Hopefully not the case. Also playing Spaceland in LA this Saturday with Oneida.

The Pink Mountaintops - Lord, Let Us Shine.mp3

Livonia, Detroit, Dearborn, Roseville, Royal Oak, Pontiac
Ah Michigan, don't worry, not a Sufjan reference. His Name Is Alive have been making music about their hometown for a long time. Recently they released a new album called "Detrola," and this track really sticks (even with the shakey vocals). Playing at the Knitting Factory in LA the week after SXSW with Arab Strap.

His Name Is Alive - I Thought I Saw.mp


Blogger TwitchyAcorn said...

i love the His Name is Alive.. i always thought they were goths.

Agree on Pink Mountaintops.. big EH

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