February’s New Music Blurbs
Maybe you have heard of a little New York City band called Vampire Weekend. On 12 January they released their second full-length album, Contra. Well, this independently-released album sold over 124,000 units in its first week, placing it at number 1 on the Billboard 200 – quite a feat for an indie band. But making any statements concerning this record is a lose-lose situation for yours truly.
- If I praise this record I will be on the side of the majority, the hipster reviewers who make taste for the legions of hipsters in America and the UK. Pitchfork gave this record a rather favourable 8.6/10.
- If I decide to say the record isn’t very good, well then I am part of a far more dubious group of hipsters, the hipster reviewers who cannot like what is popular because they are so ‘cutting-edge’.
I honestly thought the record wasn’t that good, at least not as good as the heaps of praise it’s been receiving. Perhaps I should listen to it more, but I find it largely uninteresting. Their previous effort failed to captivate me, so I’m not very surprised about my thoughts regarding Contra. Besides, plenty of records reach number 1 on the charts that I cannot stomach (not to mention that VW ended up in Vogue of all places). I bring this up now because they have just released a new music video with an all-star cast (including RZA[!!!] – I’m a Wu-Tang fan at heart). This song (‘Giving Up the Gun’, considered one of the best tracks on the record) is made slightly less boring with the video, though I still find it dull.
At the very least, this video demonstrates great ignorance with regard to the rules of tennis.
So what’s next on the docket? I did title this post ‘blurbs’ as opposed to ‘blurb’, didn’t I? Well I hope not to disappoint with the next blurb.
Broken Social Scene is a fun band, right? Well they just recorded a new record (their first since 2005’s Broken Social Scene). When I first heard of them I was rather skeptical (being something of a supergroup), but when I first heard ‘Stars and Sons’ it was stuck in my head on-and-off for seven years. Their new record is entitled, Forgiveness Rock Record and it is slated to be released on 4 May. This may or may not be a great record (give me a break, I’ve only heard one track), but you can at least have a listen to their first single, ‘World Sick’, for free! Get your free MP3 from their website straight-away!
This is so old but too fun not to post. It makes me want to dance in a garage or a living room with my friends in Los Angeles…