Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top 10 Songs This Week

Top 10 Songs:

10. THE TITAN ABOVE US, Moloken (2011)
9. SWEATPANTS, Childish Gambino (feat. Problem) (2014)
8. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (Lou Reed cover), Joseph Arthur (2014)
7. RIGHT TIME, Nikki Lane (2014)
6. DEMON, Kandle (2014)
5. ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME, Interpol (2014)
4. NOT UP TO ME, Kandle (2014)
3. SMOOTH SAILING, Queens Of The Stone Age (2014)
2. CONTROL ME, Kandle (2014)
1. LAZARETTO, Jack White (2014)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Video Of The Week: Moloken

Hard music. Swedish band. Cars and roads. Nature. Mustaches.

Dead body. Dragging. Digging.

Moloken have scored huge with this song and video for The Titan Above Us, the first track off their 2011 album Rural, a 7-track opus where the shortest track lasts 3:25 and the longest one clocks in at 16:23.

Originally a side project for The Pookie Syndrome's Kristoffer Bäckström, the first line-up started playing together in 2007 and released an EP entitled We All Face The Dark Alone in 2008; the 2009 full-length Our Astral Circle was released to critical acclaim and featured no less than three untitled songs.

Their current line-up has Kristoffer on guitars and vocals, his brother Nicklas Bäckström on bass and vocals, Patrik Ylmefors (of Overlord Industries) on guitars and drummer Jakob Burstedt (formerly of Lithany, which Kristoffer was also in).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video Of The Week: Allan Lento

Allan Lento's a cool guy, a contemporary legend among a circle of like-minded Montréal singer-songwriters, and the bridge between many eclectic music scenes in town. Everybody loves him, because while he's talented and diverse (he has written over 300 songs he can play live, he's done spoken-word shows, some almost-theater performance pieces, and has a wicked sense of humour), he's also affable and comes up with these great ideas for shows and projects that would include a lot of other participants.

More often than not, he's all about making other people happy.

This song, Crazy On The Beach, is very different-sounding from most of his catalogue, yet it fits so well in it because of its surrealist lyrics and overall vibe; the reason why I'm choosing this video as Video Of The Week - apart from its superb images of Jamaica - is because, for once, it seems about making Allan Lento happy, rather than everyone else around him. It's a nice 180-degree turn. And he looks great surrounded by summer weather and sand and water.