February 26, 2013

not gonna let you be the winner, not without a fight


There’s a sweet spot of ineffable cool that you have when you’re ten years old that you never get again.

For me, my dance moves were never as sweet or as futuristic as when I saw Captain E.O. at Disneyland when I was ten. I can remember tapping my toes on the (rumbling, jolting) ground and dancing in my (moving) seat. This new song from Jamie Lidell immediately invoked those exact same feelings in me when I listened to it this morning, from the get-go with those mysterious opening notes. I can practically smell the dry ice. Grown-up me is not nearly as cool as ten-year-old me, but this did lead to some dangerously impressive run-dance moves on the treadmill in my basement today. Download it for free:

Jamie Lidell has been a complete badass in my book since I heard Multiply in 2005. His new album is self-titled, and you should get it right now. Your dance moves need some EOing.



08 London, Heaven, UK Facebook Event
13 Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands Facebook Event
15 Paris, Gaite Lyrique, France Facebook Event
16 Cologne, Stollwerck, Germany Facebook Event
17 Brussells, AB, Belgium Facebook Event
19 Hamburg, Gruenspan, Germany Facebook Event
20 Berlin, Kesselhaus, Germany Facebook Event
21 Munich, Ampere, Germany Facebook Event
22 Zurich, M4 Music, Switzerland Facebook Event
23 Instanbul, Salon Iksv, Turkey Facebook Event
28 Los Angeles, CA, Echoplex, USA Facebook Event
29 San Francisco, CA, The Independent, USA Facebook Event
30 Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge, USA Facebook Event

01 Seattle, WA, Neumos, USA Facebook Event
02 Vancouver, BC, Fortune Sound Club, USA Facebook Event
05 Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Cafe, USA Facebook Event
06 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall, USA Facebook Event
07 Grand Rapids, MI, They Pyramid Scheme Tickets
08 Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace, USA Facebook Event
10 Burlington, VT, Signal Kitchen Tickets
11 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall, USA Facebook Event
12 Washington, DC, Rock N Roll Hotel, USA Facebook Event
13 Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg, USA Facebook Event
14 Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer, USA Facebook Event

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May 18, 2010

Jamie Lidell does it again

Jamie Lidell possesses that confident, funky swagger and musical ingenuity that straddles genres and backgrounds. I find this white kid from Cambridgeshire, England so proficient in unleashing new blends of sounds that every new effort from him is a pleasure to dive into. Even in the back of a black cab, riding around somewhere in London, armed only with a few sampling tools and his totally un-self-conscious musical presence, he creates something marvelous.

Antiquiet perfectly captured it when they wrote: “It made us think of some of Michael Jackson’s early demos. There’s this great version of Beat It, where he lays down the beat, the guitar, the harmonies, the backups, every single layer of the song just by overdubbing his humming into a 4-track recorder. We’ll always be in awe of artists who can so completely envision and effortlessly express a song.”

The Ring – Jamie Lidell

jamie-lidell-compassCompass (out today on Warp Records) brings back Lidell’s unique soul that struts and oozes like Prince or James Brown, with guest songwriting assists from both Beck and Feist and help from Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and Wilco’s Pat Sansone. First listens are eclectic and powerfully fantastic.

And for good measure, this is arguably my favorite Jamie Lidell song from 2005′s Multiply (you should see me prepare for and then execute that drum fill that starts at 0:45; it’s breathtaking) -

Music Will Not Last – Jamie Lidell

06.09: Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
06.10: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.12: Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
06.14: Vancouver, BC – Venue
06.16: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06.18: San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06.19: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

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October 31, 2006

AOL, like, totally wants to go to the next Cold War Kids show with you

I am a little confused by the AOL Music Indie Blog. The first time I heard of it, it just sounded like a non-sequitur to me, like a math equation that does not compute. AOL = indie?

They are using their gigantic corporate conglomerate muscle and huge subscriber base to draw these great podcasts from a wide variety of (mostly) smaller independent artists.

I suppose I could just enjoy and keep my mouth shut, but I just have to admit my hesitancy in having AOL be my source for, like, a Josh Rouse interview. Isn’t that what smaller labels and independent radio stations are for? The performances are great so I can’t complain, but I have to admit that the concept kind of rubs me the wrong way.

I know, I know – get over it, and listen to these:

RECENT PODCASTS (the links are to mp3 of podcast) -

M. Ward
(performing Chinese Translation, To Go Home, Paul’s Song)

Cat Power
(performing Love & Communication, John John, Satisfaction, Ramblin’ Man)

Noel Gallagher
(performing It’s Good To Be Free, Whatever, Slide Away)

The Lemonheads
(performing No Backbone, Why Do You Do This To Yourself, My Drug Buddy)

Nada Surf
(performing 8 songs — now that’s just crazy talk: Concrete Bed, What Is Your Secret?, Always Love, Hyperspace, Blizzard of ’77, 80 Windows, Happy Kid, Blankest Year)

José González
(performing Crosses, Deadweight on Velveteen, Lovestain, Heartbeats)

Josh Rouse
(performing Quiet Town and Givin’ It Up)

Jamie Lidell
(performing Game For Fools, What’s The Use, Multiply)

May 15, 2006

Monday Music Roundup

Oh, let’s have some fun today:

Music Will Not Last
Jamie Lidell
One of THE best recommendations to me last week was to check out an artist named Jamie Lidell, and his new blue-eyed soul disc (after his past history in electronica, which nicely evidences itself in the rich sonic layers here). I give this song my highest recommendation; it weaves together elements that I just can’t get enough of. Sounds like if Ray Charles was practicing in one studio, circa 1965 Atlanta, and The Temptations strolled on through with Prince & Sly on their arms, poked their head in the room. And this goodness commences. The percussion alone is enough reason to listen; the hi-hat just about kills me.

Please check out Jamie’s whole excellent album Multiply (2005, Warp Records). There are several other great tracks on there, it was tough to choose just one for today’s roundup: notably the title track “Multiply” is almost flawless (falsetto harmonies, a kickass bassline, and enough soul to meet your daily quota – and you DO have one), and “You Got Me Up” made me dance around this morning in ways that I half thought white girls couldn’t do.

Leona Naess
This is my second highest recommendation for download this week – a new one from Leona Naess‘ upcoming unreleased album (Thirteens). This rip is from a track streaming on her MySpace page and is definitely her most singable, radio-friendly, and excellent sounding song in a while. With great couplet lines like “Shake these hips and let them persuade you / Take my songs – they’re always about you,” and a catchy chorus about the perils of loving someone who is also a famous singer (?):

“I can hear your songs / Through my radio

Singing soft / Singing slow
Songs I love / the songs I know

The lyrical writing style is classic but the sound is uptempo & fresh. I love her voice, and how she can switch from that rich sing-song to the bluesy yowl, which she gives glimpses of on this track, towards the end. Good stuff.

In The Morning
The Heavy Blinkers
I’ve been reading about Canadian orch-pop quintet The Heavy Blinkers on a few different blogs, and finally downloaded some songs because of the inevitable Beach Boys connection that everyone points out. Listen to this and you will understand why. Bring on the summertime and the sun/sand/surf, which we all know to associate (obviously) with the Heavy Blinkers’ hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their fourth studio album The Night and I Are Still So Young will be released next week in the US on the Cooking Vinyl label. And the link above (on their band name) will lead you to a free mp3 download for the title track.

Rain All Summertime
(45 second clip)
Darren Hayman
One just for fun, and I am posting only a 45 second clip of it – since I can’t find a full-length. I heard it last week, featured by my co-podcaster Mike (from Take Your Medicine, out of Sheffield, UK) on the Best of 2006 So Far show.

From Darren Hayman’s oddly named, limited edition April 2006 EP Ukulele Songs From The North Devon Coast. Lighthearted ukulele joins with fuzzy guitars & synth beats for a feel-good electronica summer song. The clip jumps in at kind of an odd place in the song, so wait until it hits about 20 seconds in to hear the riff that drew me to post this. The sample here is so you can buy it from Static Caravan and enjoy it all summer long. You can also hear the whole song on this video.

Kelly Clarkson
I . . . I can’t even speak about this one, I just thought you might like to hear it. I will admit that it is better than I had anticipated, but still it feels like an unnecessary affront for some reason. It was marginally okay when Taylor Hicks covered “Trouble” on American Idol. But OHKELLYCLARKSON! Not so much for me.

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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