Sunday, 31 August 2008

fresh & unknown (yet) : Little Boots

6 months ago (that's like 50 blogyears according to hipster runoff ), i heard and enjoyed a song called 'stuck on repeat', by little boots, without any back information.

Now, i regret my lack of research, because little boots is a very cute british girl + her name is Victoria Hesketh + she's also frontwoman of dead disco + her first EP is produced by Joe Goddard from Hot Chip + she has a blog + released a free mixtape 'Computer Fairyland Mixtape' + she will be dj-ing in the LA @ Nocturnal Festival, in LDN, in Paris, in Athens, in Berlin ... + Little Boots is in this month’s Dazed & Confused, FADER and Spin magazines, as well as this week’s NME Radar feature + she drinks stella artois + did i say she's pretty ?

(stuck on repeat)

Mixtape's tracklist 
click to download

Stuck On Repeat
Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood Remix)
Meddle (Ebola Remix)

Thursday, 28 August 2008

fresh & unknown (yet) : Little Dragon

Little Dragon is a swedish band, from Göteborg (like José Gonzales and Jens Lekman). Their music is a warm, mysterious mix of soul, pop, jazz, electronica and R&B. Enjoy, because i did !

Little Dragon - Twice
Little Dragon - Recommendation (Toddla T Remix)

on iTunes

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Sunday, 24 August 2008

presidential top ten

Barack Obama and John McCain's favourite songs revealed,
by Blender Magazine.

Obama's Top Ten:

Fugees - 'Ready Or Not'
Marvin Gaye - 'What's Going On'
Bruce Springsteen - 'I'm On Fire'
The Rolling Stones - 'Gimme Shelter'
Nina Simone - 'Sinnerman'
Kanye West - 'Touch The Sky'
Frank Sinatra - 'You'd Be So Easy To Love'
Aretha Franklin - 'Think'
U2 - 'City of Blinding Lights' - 'Yes We Can'

McCain's top ten:

ABBA - 'Dancing Queen' ( what ?! )
Roy Orbison - 'Blue Bayou'
ABBA - 'Take A Chance On Me'
Merle Haggard - 'If We Make It Through December'
Dooley Wilson - 'As Time Goes By'
The Beach Boys - 'Good Vibrations'
Louis Armstrong - 'What A Wonderful World'
Frank Sinatra - 'I've Got You Under My Skin'
Neil Diamond - 'Sweet Caroline'
The Platters - 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'

based only on the music, who would you vote for ?

(it's my 200th post !)

Great Games

My little country, belgium, got only two medals, and in the last days, what a suspense !
one silver (female 4x100) and one gold yesterday, with the female high jumper Tia Hellebaut. Congrats !
But for the rest, we suck at sports (because there are no structures and no political will, but that's another story...)

Hope your country did well !

Here are some nice pictures, 
AND the Nike+ original tracks i've already shared you, but i hope you will do some sports now !

Passo1 - who made who
Passo2 - Alex Neri
Passo3 - Stylophonic
Passo4 - GOOSE

LCD Soundsystem - 45:33

by andrea leighton

by Vincent Laforet

by john giles

by dan chung

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Intimacy with Bloc Party

Bloc Party surprises the world by announcing that their album Intimacy will be available in the digital world TODAY !
The physical CD will be released on October 27th (pre-order). But if you order the CD you will also benefit from the digital release today.

The tracklisting for Intimacy:
1. Ares
2. Mercury
3. Halo
4. Biko
5. Trojan Horse
6. Signs
7. One Month Off
8. Zephyrus
9. Better Than Heaven
10. Ion Square

tour dates : here

Intimacy was produced by the duo that produced Silent Alarm and Weekend In The City so the new sound is being developed with a familiar team. It might not be that bad after all... just kidding !

mp3: Bloc Party - Trojan Horse

Previous Post (and Mercury mp3)

update : two great songs from Intimacy :
Bloc Party - ion square
Bloc Party - Ares

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Recorders - Northern Lights EP

This indie rock band, from Brussels, started in 2006, with influences like Interpol, Joy Division, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, The Libertines, The Strokes, Editors, Velvet Underground or Bloc Party (nothing bad, right !?)
Alex, Gordon, Math & Max have their own little (cfr. belgian) succes in 2007 and 2008, by winning the Demopoll contest from Studio Brussel (the best flemish radio station in Belgium), and the Puredemo contest from Pure FM (the best frenchspeaking radio station in Belgium). 'God, this country is complicated !

Followed by very cool concerts all over the country, and even in Paris, the band recorded his first EP, called Northern Lights !
And because they're very friendly people, you can download it for free! (click on the picture)

mp3 (right click to save) : Recorders - Black Mountain

They're now selected for a rock competition (again!), called Concours-Circuit
The contest takes place on saterday, 6th september. Go see them ! it's cheap, and you will also see : Bikinians, Les Heritiers, Mad Radios and The Vagabonds.
facebook event (in french)

every info on myspace

ED REC NEWS : gifts & FREE PARTY in Brussels !

first, Gifts from Ed Banger Records !
(home of Justice, Busy P, Uffie, dj Mehdi, Mickey Moonlight, So_Me, SebastiAn, ... )

Mickey Moonlight dj Mix
Busy P @ Social Club
dj Mehdi - vienne mix

all news : ed banger records
and to subscribe to the podcast :
RSS feed

(Ed. Rec. Crew)

GOOD news !
this friday, free party with Busy P in Brussels, thanks to Forma.T

(+ AND on saterday 30/08 : Sébastien Tellier, Superlux & IAMX ! )

Monday, 18 August 2008

fresh & unknown (yet) : Passion Pit

One of my favourite blogs, Good weather for airstrikes, is about to stop. The blogger has launched his own record label, Neon Gold ! They will drop their first release in september, a single from Massachusetts-based pop crew Passion Pit. Listen to the brief but effective introduction to the sound of what Pitchfork calls "a glistening array of woozy textures that call to mind both the atmospheric twee-scapes of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and the ecstatic seaside fantasias of Air France ... "

MP3 : Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Justice interview

"what we do on Justice is a bit of music, but mainly it's just A&R. We are just A&Ring the project of Justice. It's almost like a boy band you know?"

Friday, 15 August 2008

fresh & unknown (yet) : sunny day sets fire

note : fresh & unknown (yet) will be a new serie of posts, with (un)known bands, having a cool and fresh sound. Not necessarily my favourite, but always good to discover (mostly thanks to their label). But you will be your own judge ! And there will be an mp3 to grab, of course... are you ready?


This band, from very different horizons (UK, Hong Kong, Italy & Canada), released it's debut album 'Summer Palace' last month. The band masters the happy side of indie/pop/rock 'n roll, like the beach boys meet death cab for cutie. There's also an upcoming  remix EP, Stranger, featuring remixes by Diplo, CSS and the Cool Kids.

stream : sunny day sets fire - wilderness
MP3 : sunny day sets fire - 'wilderness' - CSS remix

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Kanye West at the Games

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

"green light"

John Legend - Green Light (featuring Andre 3000) 
(click to listen - right click to save)
+ an official MSTRKRFT version !

honestly, i prefere the songs on the first two albums (get lifted and once again). but we'll see !

Monday, 11 August 2008

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)

Isaac Hayes has passed away.
Known to most for his Oscar winning ‘Theme from Shaft’, Hayes was major in the soul music machine in the 60’s.
Along with his partner David Porter, Hayes wrote a grip of amazing songs for Sam & Dave, including ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On I’m Comin’, ‘You Don’t Know Like I Know’ or ‘I Thank You’ as well as ‘B-A-B-Y- for Carla Thomas.
Hayes later stepped out from behind the scenes for a very successful solo career.
The peak of this period was 1969s ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ and its epic reworking of the Bacharach/David classic ‘Walk On By’. Hayes removes the song from the elegant pathos of the Dionne Warwick version, drenches it in a quiet storm of strings and tasteful horns, all set against a tripped out fuzz guitar motif. Hayes’ ‘Walk on By’ is one of the finest soul records of all time. It was a Top 20 hit in the Fall of 1969, his biggest hit until ‘Shaft’ in 1971.
(and yes, he was the voice of 'chef' in South Park...)

Isaac Hayes - Walk on by

Pukkelpop 2008

Pukkelpop is a great internationally recognized three-day alternative music festival in Belgium.
It's always in august, and it's always rainy ... and there're some tickets left !

this weekend, you can enjoy :

august 14:
Editors, Róisín Murphy, The Killers, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Joan As Police Woman, Santogold, Tricky, Hot Chip, Stereo MC's, Soulfly, Carl Craig, The Ting Tings, Iron & Wine, SoKo, The Subs, Danko Jones, Serj Tankian, Midnight Juggernauts, Uffie & Feadz, dj Mehdi, SebastiAn, ...

Metallica, Stereophonics, Cold War Kids, Das Pop, Foals, The Breeders, Boys Noize, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Blood Red Shoes, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Michael Franti, Arsenal, Tim Vanhamel, Girls in Hawaii, Modeselektor, Robyn, Surkin, Brodinski, Diplo, Erol Alkan, the futureheads, tokyo police club, alphabeat, Tunng, The Dodos, Martina Topley-Bird, ...

Bloc Party, Sigur Rós, Soulwax, The Wombats, the Dresden Dolls, Jamie Lidell, Elbow, Stephen Marley, Dr. Lektroluv, Etienne de Crecy, Simian Mobile Disco, Hercules and Love Affair, MGMT, 2 Many dj's, We Are Scientists, Black Mountain, Manic Street Preachers, Lykke Li, Black Kids, the National, Yelle, Girl Talk, The Bloody Beetroots, The Crookers, A-Trak, Tocadisco, M83, Crystal Castles ...

Waow !

live review (in dutch)

gift : the killers - tranquilize (ft. lou reed)

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Sex on fire

the new one !

Kings of Leon - Sex on fire

Friday, 8 August 2008

Beijing 2008

"Friends have come from afar, how happy we are!" -Confucius

What an opening show !
happy olympic games to you all, may the best win !

olympic's site
beijing 2008

mp3 : David Bowie - China Girl

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

bon iver ... best band of Wisconsin

Capital : Madison
Area : 56,153 sq mi - 145,436 sq km
Population : 5,363,675
Major Cities : Milwaukee (596,974), Madison (208,054), Green Bay (102,313), Kenosha (90,352), Racine (81,855)
Major Rivers : Mississippi, Wisconsin, St. Croix, Chippewa, Rock, Fox
Highest Point : Timms Hill (1,951 feet - 595 meters)
Industry : machinery, food processing, paper products, electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, tourism
Agriculture : dairy products, beef cattle, hogs, vegetables, corn, cranberries
Minerals and Resources : crushed stone, construction and industrial sand and gravel, lime
Best band : Bon Iver

Bon Iver is the name of singer-songwriter Justin Vernon's band. Vernon independently released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007, the majority of which was recorded while spending four months in a remote cabin in Wisconsin. (Bon Iver is a bastardization of the French, bon hiver (good winter)... )
It was picked up by the indie-rock label Jagjaguwar on virb, which gave the album a proper release on February 2008.

bon iver on myspace
on itunes store


Joseph Mount writes and records music using the name Metronomy, but plays it live with Oscar Cash (saxophone, melodica and keyboards) and Gabriel Stebbing (Bass and Keyboards). They lived in Devon for a time, moved to Brighton later. On the way Metronomy has recorded one album, Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe), and remixed many bands and artists (Architecture in Helsinki, Infadels, Dead Disco, Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, Sébastien Tellier, Klaxons, Box Codax, Ladytron, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Kate Nash, Gorillaz, ... ). 
The singles "Radio Ladio", "My Heart Rate Rapid", "Holiday" and "Heartbreaker" all come from Nights Out, a second album coming out soon. 
Metronomy also worked with Bacardi for a very cool track, A Thing for Me, also remixed by Mad Decent, Fontän, Friend and Breakbot. Listen to the fantastic Breakbot remix :
Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Breakbot Bacardi B-Live Remix)

interview (by planetnotion & egigs)
Who are Metronomy at the moment and what's the best thing about each of you?
Metronomy at the moment is me, Joseph Mount, Gabriel Stebbing, and Oscar Cash. The best thing about Oscar is that he looks constantly fantastic, he's got an amazing fashion sense. Gabriel's a tricky one, the best thing about Gabriel is he's a competent musician, except for last night in Cambridge, where he was absolutely awful. The best thing about me is that I finance them both.

Do you feel the band have progressed and improved since the arrival of Gabriel and Oscar as permanent members?
Gabriel and Oscar are an irreplaceable pair. Although I’m still writing the music alone I now feel more like I’m writing for a live band, and feel that Metronomy has become a band now instead of just me. Thanks to the boys Metronomy is now and are now a good, well traveled live band.

Describe Metronomy's sound for those who have never heard it.
it's kind of electronic music but with a bit more of a guitary twist. I think the favourite description I’ve heard is Garage Electro, by that I mean garage rock and electro. I think there's a DIY element to the music that's more in line with punk than most sheeny electro. I think it's got the spirit of a guitary band but the wrong instruments. However, I wouldn't deny that I think I’m writing pop songs. I'm just making the music that I’d like to hear, so it sounds like all kinds of things because I listen to all kinds of things.

Where can we see you this summer?
At the moment we've just got a few festival dates coming through like Bestival, we're doing Benicassim as well, we've not done it before but we keep hearing stories of people dying from dehydration. People get completely wrecked at night fall asleep in their tents and die in the heat. I don't know if we're allowed to mention the rest but hopefully Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, and the standards.

What's the best gig you've been to?
When I was younger I saw Radiohead at the Plymouth Pavilions when 'OK Computer' came out and before it launched them really massive. I saw The Shins in Brighton at the Concorde and it would be too small for them now. I'm not making a point of saying I like to see gigs before bands are famous. Once a gig size is beyond 300 then the chances of getting close to the front get slimmer. Small gigs are a lot more intimate and energetic. We've played quite a lot with The Klaxons, we played a gig with them in Bath and that was a very good little gig there.

You've done a lot of remixing, how do you get to do them?
It kind of changes as you go along. Initially you just ask and do them on spec so they don't tell you unless they use it kind of thing. You just kind of ask, well originally it would be my manager just asking people if I could have a go at mixing them. Then that kind of went well for me, and now people just ask me to do it. But there's a still a lot of mixes that don't get use. You spend quite a while doing them and they get turned down by the label or the artist or whatever.

Which remixes are you most proud of?
The one I like the most is the one I did for 'Box Codax', it's the guitarist from Franz Ferdinand, Nick McCarthy his side project it's really good actually, him and this German guy and his wife. It's the kind of mix I like listening to that I've done. I've also done a new 'One Nation' which is a Goldfrapp remix, which has got a guy, Michael from The Teenagers guest appearing in it. I've kind of hijacked the whole song. That makes for quite a nice listen, and it's all about Nottingham actually, well it's a guy speaking in French, a French monologue but it's all about Nottingham.

How do you think myspace has changed the music scene?
Yeah, you could in a way say we grew out of it yeah. I think the time of it being a kind of space to come out of. There were the bands and acts that came out of it and you could say they were a myspace phenomenon. But as far as me using it I think the best thing about it is that it's used all over the world. And it's amazing getting messages from all over the world. And you get kids leaving messages from Latvia, Brazil and India who have listened to your music. I think it's brilliant that people from all over the world having access to the same music. I think it does mean bands don't need to have websites now they can just set up myspace. I think the main surge has happened. I think what it's best for is that you can sit down and wile away a few hours listening to stuff that you've ever heard of before. But it's got to the point where bands think it's a way for them to get big and you just get bands spamming you, and that's not the point you don't want it to be forced down your throat. But on a certain level it will still be as good, people just getting on with it and setting up music, they're the ones who will end up benefiting from it I think. You've just got to avoid the people who want to listen to their music.
What were the influences behind first LP ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’?
There are all kinds of influences behind that album. I'm a very big fan of Devo and David Bowie, people like Prince and Kate Bush who do everything themselves, and Wilco. I was listening to all kinds of music at the time. Frank Zappa, Aphex Twin, LFO, Talking Heads, Les Rhythms Digitales and Kraftwerk are just some of them. But, Totnes did have a big effect on the record...maybe not in a positive way though. Totnes has a non-existent music scene; kids listen to drum and bass and middle aged folk listen to whale song. When I started writing music I was reacting against that as much as anything.
What can we expect from the follow-up LP, due out in septembre 2008? 
 The album will be called Nights Out. It will be a much more concise record than the first. I've also started singing on a few tracks. Dystopian Sci-Fi films have been quite a big influence on the music, as have the many club nights we've played.

Thank you very much. Have a good summer.
Cheers and you.

Sébastien Tellier - La Ritournelle (Metronomy mix)

Metronomy - Heartbreaker
tour :
7 August 2008, 20:00. Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
8 August 2008, 20:00. Pantiero Festival, Cannes, France
23 August 2008, 20:00. Pstereo Festival, Trondheim, Norway
24 August 2008, 20:00. Get Loaded In The Park, London
31 August 2008, 20:00. Offset Festival, London
5 September 2008, 20:00. Bestival, Isle of Wight
17 September 2008, 20:00. Scopitone Festival, Nantes, France
11 October 2008, 20:00. Electricity Festival, Reims, France

'radio ladio'


Cazals with Lou Doillon & Monsieur A

French actress Lou Doillon (daugther of Jane Birkin & Jacques Doillon) and famous graffiti character Monsieur A are dancing in the new video of Cazals (Somebody Somewhere). It's directed by André.

Friday, 1 August 2008


the fashion brand Urban Outfitters is very generous, 
they give cool indie songs for free !

that's the playlist :
Throw Me The Statue — Lolita
Black Kids — I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Architecture in Helsinki — Like It Or Not (Version 2)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson — Woodfriend
Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning — Hit The Wall
War On Drugs — Taking The Farm
Blitzen Trapper — Furr
The Dodos — Red And Purple
Dr. Dog — The Old Days
Los Campesinos! — Death To Los Campesinos!
Annuals — Sore
Son Ambulance — HorizonsMusic Go Music — Light Of Love
The Explorers Club — Do You Love Me?
The Walkmen — The Blue Route
Albert Hammond, Jr. — GfC
Lykke Li — Little Bit
The Notwist — Boneless
The Dutchess and the Duke — Reservoir Park
King Khan & The Shrines — Outta Harms Way
Chad VanGaalen — Willow Tree