Sleigh Bells

Calypso Gold

Not a great day, but at least I can get a post in.

This week gave us a new Sleigh Bells video for “Rill Rill”. Tough girl and a muscle car. Not reinventing the wheel or anything with this one, but it’s a good song and seems to somehow suit the band well.

Last week also gave us a vid from Matt & Kim for “Cameras”. No shiny happy Matt & Kim in this one, but I bet they had a blast filming.

My friend Ian is an amazing artist. Earlier this month, he put together a Pummelvision piece that is quite nice, and I was quite happy to see a flash of a pic I took of him ages and ages ago. It’s probably one of my favourite pictures I have ever taken – Ian in his aviators, taking a sip of his water in the sun. Actually, those might have been someone else’s glasses now that I’m thinking about it. I remember it was at Milestone’s at English Bay and Ian and our other friend German were just up visiting for the weekend. That picture brings back a lot of bittersweet memories. It isn’t that it wasn’t a good time, it’s more that I had to walk away from it. But as I watched this, it was really nice to see some familiar faces. The word of the day is nostalgia. The pic comes in around 3:48 if you can catch it.

And here’s a little bonus nostalgia that takes me right back to that time too.

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After Midnight

Sleigh Bells have to be one of my favourite new bands of the last year or so. Their music feels like what I imagine as the new Brooklyn in my head. It sounds like jam-packed house parties and youth and makes you want to jump around or pound your fist on walls. At the very least, you have to give it a hard head-bob with an incorporated shoulder. So I’ve got two Sleigh Bells vids to amp your weekend – one fan made. Not telling you which one though.

Another band I have quite enjoyed over the same period is The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. I’m looking forward to their new album, Belong,┬áin March of next year, but for now here is a B-Side to whet your appetite.

“Girls Like You” from New Zealand’s The Naked And Famous seems prime for a movie trailer. This is not a bad thing. Movie trailers have been using some pretty awesome music lately.

As a complete aside, there is a freaking amazing thread going on over at Reddit about profane insults from all over the world and how they translate into English. I have been laughing steadily through reading it, as it contains such beauties as:

Take, for example, this choice earburner from the streets of Cape Town:

” Jou ma is so besig om te naai, jy’s uit haar gat gebore.”

Literally translated, your mother engages in such copious amounts of intercourse that it necessitated your being born out of her anus, as her vagina was otherwise occupied.

And…

Jou mammie naai vir bakstene om jou sissie se hoerhuis te bou.

… a rough translation would be, your mother engages in prostitution in order to raise funds for the building materials necessary to construct a brothel from which your sister will operate.

ZING! Looks like North America isn’t the only place where “yo mama” applies. Find it here.

The Vast Spoils Of America (From the Badlands Through the Ocean)

What can you say about the Magnetic Fields? They are amazing, and have been for the last 20-plus years. Songwriters can only dream of being as genius as Stephin Merritt. They’ve been making this documentary on him and the Magnetic Fields for the past ten years, and it’s finally getting screened out in the world. I’m excited to see it and bask in the glory that is Merritt, but for now, I can watch this trailer.

I was thinking about all the awesome upcoming shows in this humble city, and could not believe I had not mentioned Sleigh Bells here yet. I’ve been into these guys since I first heard them last year and, as a former co-worker of mine would say, they are killin’ it. Seems like Brooklyn, in general, is killin’ it these days. Sleigh Bells will be releasing their debut album, Treats, on May 11th in cahoots with M.I.A. Yeah, I’m going to call that a win.

Miles Kurosky, formerly of Beulah, released his first solo album, The Desert of Shallow Effects, at the beginning of this month. Here’s a little sampling and some puppets for you.

Oh yeah, have I mentioned Passion Pit are huge?

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