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18
Jul
10

THE RECOMMENDER – YOUNG MAMMALS

YOUNG MAMMALS

Another fantastic blogger, who goes by the name Fokkewolfe, passed me on the streets near Recommender Towers, (literally in person, with no internet required or anything!!), and whilst discussing our favourite topic of new music he suggested that we point The Recommender’s attention towards this four piece band from Houston, Texas.  It’s helpful conversations like this that reinforce our faith in our network, whether we chat in person, or online.  On this note, our alliance of music bloggers just received a boost, as we were inducted into the Strangers In Stereo blog collective; a hand-picked elite team of 25 of the world’s sharpest music bloggers.  Our collective power has the reach of millions, thus enabling us to spread the love of great music even further.  Today’s selection, the Young Mammals, make the kind of striking music that regularly slots onto this blog with ease.  This guitar band, formerly known as The Dimes, (prior to receiving a legal challenge to the name by a Portland group of the same moniker), have grown from a garage band, with all it’s slacked strings and rattling drums, to a mature, highly charged team.  They’re able to construct songs that are as equally imperfect and fuzzy as they are tight and perceptive, with melodies and breaks that will hook you well before each song’s close.  They released their debut album, Carrots, at the end of June, with Grammy Award-winning Steve Christensen producing.   It’s a consistent album, that shows off their skills brightly – namely a fantastic sense of powerful abandonment, once familiar with the likes of The Strokes, or The Libertines, that is paired up with a touch of fairground magic, reminding us of Animal Collective or The Flaming Lips, with the latter recently inviting them to play support as part of an East Coast tour.  The fact that the band was started by the two Sanchez brothers, Carlos (vocals) and Jose (bass), gives reason behind their apparent chemistry on stage, which regularly infiltrates the crowd, so when they return to tour the East Coast around the CMJ Festival in October we strongly suggest catching them live.  No doubt half of our New York network will also be there alongside you.   (MB)

Find them here:        Bandcamp

Hear them here:       YOUNG MAMMALS – CONFETTI

Hear them here:        YOUNG MAMMALS – 8 4 8

17
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 87 – NUMBERS GAME

NUMBERS GAME

Doc Matthews is one of those wonderful, rare, mould-breaking types.  You know the sort.  He’s one of those guys that has creativity, invention and ideas pouring out of him like an Olympic fountain.  It’s the same fantastic affliction Beck Hanson or Lou Reed has.  They always stand out from any other trend that’s going on around them and you couldn’t stop their production if you strapped them to a nuke and fired it into an active volcano.  Doc seems to be just as happy directing films as he does music, such as his You Should Be Throwing Parties series, or his work on Animal Collective‘s video for In The Flowers.  It’s his music that’s earned him entrance to The Recommender though, as his strong concoctions have us dizzy with appreciation.  He declares that he’s writing “anthems for The Bummer Republic“, which suits his music’s San Francisco/Californian hazy disposition.  However, you don’t have to be baked out of your mind to appreciate the genuine musical ingenuity that’s found in his compositions.  Like his films, it all has a very DIY feel to it, which, apart from the fact he writes every song, plays every instrument and does all the production himself, means the sound is unpolished and loose, like all great slacker canticles.  The grunge basslines, guitar riffs The Stooges would be proud of and echoing vocals often seem lost in the dope smoke, but the palpitating beats, breaks and well placed details manage to allow each song to leave the room for a bit of air.  This is unlikely to be material that aims for the number one spot, but in reality it’s creative minds like Doc’s that are the unrecognised kiss of life to the progression of music with each generation.  This is music that spans the genres so well it will send vibrations through most teenagers grey matter, for it has the alternative feel of indie, the beats of dance, the attitude of punk and the mood of grunge.  There are dangers when you’re producing music this brave though, for when you try to span too broad a gap you can lose your balance and fall over.  In the mean time, whilst this independent creator is at work, we suggest you all stand up and take note.   (MB)

Cold Cold Cold by Numbers Game

Find him here:          Myspace

Hear him here:         NUMBERS GAME – LOVE DREAM LOVE

Hear him here:          NUMBERS GAME – COLD COLD COLD

11
Jan
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 19

 

Yeah Christmas is a great laugh, and it’s a welcome holiday break as the winter kicks into full swing, but for live gigs its a bit sparse. During this period there’s been plenty of club action, especially over the New Year celebrations, but nothing of any outstanding note. So it’s with a welcome note that we swing into 2009 with a fresh look ahead to what the town of Brighton brings us. Being one of the finest towns in the UK for new music, particularly Spring and Summer when it really gets into it’s major party mood with mucho festivals and circuits going on.

LA ROUX
You don’t even have to look beyond January to catch one of the hottest artists that’s in true blog-ascendancy at the moment. We’ve already posted about her back in The Recommender 17, but as with all artists there’s nothing quite like seeing them up close and personal. And it doesn’t get much closer and more personal than at the New Hero club. Once again Henry’s excelled himself with his ability to catch onto the UK’s pop zeitgeist by booking up an artist so hot it’s being advised you wear your non-flammable undies. La Roux follows a long list of attractive, fresh pioneering acts to New Hero, such as Little Boots, or Surkin, or The Golden Filter, to name just three of many, many amazing performers in recent months. Get down there to witness the truly talented electropop sensation, with her unique style, vocals and sound, before she heads on to a larger tour nationwide supporting Lilly Allen.

ACT:                      LA ROUX 
VENUE:                 NEW HERO, Lower Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £ 6.50
DATE:                   Friday 30th January 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
This band has been around since 2000 and it is with their 9th album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, due out next week, that they seem to be gathering attention once again in the blog world. With a boat packed ram-jammed full of blog hype, they floated over our horizon and into view. At first listen you won’t be sure of the hype, with a mixed bag of sounds. Part psychedelic pop, part mashed up soundscape, their songs always seem to start out like a crash of randomness, but then out of the bleeps comes a beat and a tune that builds up to a formula that then works. Like the weirder side of any Super Furry Animals song, or if you like MGMT’s left-field side and you take to anything that’s experimenting changing the face of things, rather than following anything else, then this Baltimore 4-piece should tick your box. Gigs around the release of a new album always seem to get an extra 10% out of the band in my experience, so catch them while they are burning bright.

ACT:                     ANIMAL COLLECTIVE 
VENUE:                CONCORDE 2, Marine Parade, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £ 7.00
DATE:                   Thursday 15th January 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace

We are already getting hints and whispers about the upcoming artists getting booked up for some of Brighton’s excellent, (and numerous), Spring and Summer festivals, so plenty more will soon arrive on this Gig List, so make sure you head back here when you can.

Mike




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