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Four Bands & A Hot Chick With Bad Hair In Tight, Tight Leather — Life Is Good

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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Here’s the story. When I was back in Toronto, three people consistently fed me most of my music; they are music people through-and-through, and so were always right at the forefront of stuff going on (you know who you are). Since I was nowhere near that forefront (except, of course by proxy through them), I was never able to return the favour. This post is my attempt to do that.

Ghosthustler

First off — one of the best band names ever. Second, they definitely bring you back. I’ve always had a guilty, yummy pleasure for ’80s music — and not just the good ’80s music (your Smiths, your New Order etc), but the really, really cheesy stuff (your Ghostbusters soundtrack, your Hall & Oates, your Corey Hart etc). Thankfully, these guys do too. A trio from Denton, TX, they’re channelling any number of what are now lovingly referred to as ‘retro’ bands — After the Fire, Animotion, Bronski Beat, The Eurythmics, Platinum Blonde, Soft Cell, etc, and doing it in glorious, all-out pastiche. Go their MySpace (where I lifted the above pic from) and check them out. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on an album (and if anyone could help me out with that, feel free).

Sunriser

Okay — I have to admit to some nepotism here. I hung out a little bit with one of the guys from Sunriser last summer. I had been meaning to check them out a long time ago, but their MySpace wasn’t working for quite a while, and then, well, I moved across the world so I kind of forgot about it. But here I’m finally bringing them up.

And . . . well, personally I find them not bad, but maybe a little bit too saccharine. They list The Cardigans and Travis as their influences, which makes sense, but they also sound a lot to me like Maritime (just not quite up to the lyrical standards as Maritime). But check them out and see what you think.

The Knife

The Knife are a Swedish two-piece that have been around for almost ten years, although they’ve really only reached North American shores in the last two or so. They’re also doing some heavy ’80s channelling here, but more the Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel side of things (which is just as welcome), mixed in with some Blondie-ish stuff and a little side-helping of early Björk.

Again — so, so good.

I just love music like this, and I love that now we’ve got more new of it. Their MySpace for your listening pleasure.

M83

Okay, I know everyone’s heard of M83, but . . . did you know they released a new album last September? I didn’t! Again, too pre-occupied with the intercontinental travel. It’s called Digital Shades, Vol. 1, and it’s pretty damnity good. Some dude on iTunes was complaining that one of their songs sounds exactly like some Brian Eno song. Well — probably, yeah. A lot of M83 sounds like a lot Eno-type, Heat soundtrack stuff. I don’t really care; a lot of people trash Radiohead’s Kid A because they say it just sounds like Autechre, but I still like listening to it. Here’s a sample (I don’t think this is the official video — just a fan-made one — but I could be wrong, and anyway it’s pretty good):

Sister, Pt. 2

So check this stuff out . . . and hopefully I’ve finally stumbled you guys on to a band or two.

And now, to send you off on a feel-good, happy extravaganza of sonic-wonderfulness, here’s an oldie but a goodie.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, February 20, 2008 3:48 pm

    good work son. i would like to plug a local band i just did an interview with from dubai. ABRI is their name and they have some skill. kind of remind me of K-OS but maybe more jazzy and a little more funky. http://www.abrimusic.com or check out their myspace. james, maybe i will send you my interview. or a link to it right here. toodles, j
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/weekend/2008/February/weekend_February36.xml&section=weekend&col=

  2. James17930 permalink
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:49 pm

    They actually remind me more of Jamiroquai, with a little bit of Philosopher Kings.

    Nice article, by the way.

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