Sep 12, 2010
Sep 7, 2010

Four Tet T-Shirts & Residency

Finally there is some way we can show off our love (painful crush) for Kieran. The man opened a T shop. Here. Inothernews: He is doing a residency at Plastic People in London (fingers crossed, we’ll be making a trip over next year!) and he posted a new DJ mix to celebrate… it is damn sultry. Download here.

Return to Plastic People (September 2010) AKA FACT mix 182 by Four Tet

Jul 29, 2010

M.I.A., we love you but you’re bringing us down

In the wake of the general disdain for M.I.A.’s performance at last weekend’s HARD fest, we’re getting on our soapbox about one of our favorite artists’ fall from grace.

Our disappointment with MIA’s new album /\/\ /\Y/\ stems from holding her with such high regard as an artist and then not getting the next level greatness we expected her to give to us. We felt betrayed, SHE of all people couldn’t deliver another album with as much personality and impact as Arular and Kala.

We approached the new album already let down with the singles “Born Free” and “XXXO” and forced objectivity.

The intro was grating but we kept trucking and it was just not working. We tried to find redeeming qualities: I, Cheep, found the beat to “XXXO” is fun and I remember finding “Tell Me Why” okay but not enough to listen to them again.

We don’t understand this album and We don’t really want to.

It feels as if Maya was unable to handle the firsts that came into her life after “Paper Planes” blew up: the fame and backlash that came with it, becoming a mother, and the pressure of having to create an awesome album after all these experiences. The result was a noisy disjointed mess that falls flat. Unlistenable! We have hope for her still, though. This may just be a dip in her creative output. To her credit there are people that like it so she did something right for them but unfortunately not Cheep & Snail.

Jan 7, 2010
Liars - The Wrong Coat For You Mt. Heart Attack

Our prayers are being answered. Liars announced tour dates which include 2 in NYC at our favorite venues. Here’s hoping we can swing tickets.

Dec 15, 2009

Random music meme time!

I only do these things when they’re music-related. Here’s one I found over at the awesome music blog Condemned to Rock ‘n Roll.

List 10 musical artists (or bands) you like, in no specific order (do this before reading the questions below). Really, don’t read the questions below until you pick your ten artists!!!

1. Radiohead
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. Modeselektor
4. Beastie Boys
5. Blur
6. Rammstein
7. The Smiths
8. Nirvana
9. The Flaming Lips
10. Every Time I Die

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?

"Du Hast." I saw the video on one of the late night rock shows [my gut is telling me 120 Minutes] on MTV back in the 90’s. This may have been first exposure to foreign rock music, I remember thinking it was cool they were German, their video was awesome and that the main actor dude (which I learned later was drummer Christoph Schneider) was hot. I’m pretty sure kids who saw video too were stoked that they knew how to say what they thought was  “You hate me” in German — it actually translates to “You have me.”

What is your favorite song of 8?

"On a Plain" and "Drain You". I had to say them both because when I used to listen to my brother’s Nevermind tape, my Walkman had a neat button that would allow you to change sides with having to stop the tape, take it out, turn it, put it back in and pressing play. These two tracks were next to each other but on opposite sides: when “On a Plain” was finishing on side B “Drain You” would be starting on the side A and when “Drain You” was finishing on side A it was starting on side B. I’m pretty sure I messed up that tape I played those songs so much.

How many times have you seen 4 live?

Once! At Field Day in 2003, made me forget about the rain that had soaked through to my soul at that point. I’m so happy I can say that haha. Saw 2 and 5 there for the first time, too, woo!

What is your favorite song by 7?

"Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before." I love the melody "and the pain was enough to make a shy, bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder" The way this rolls out of Morrissey's mouth is heavenly.

Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?

Not really. I don’t think there’s much room for sadness in the world of Modeselektor.

What is your favorite song by 9?

I would like to say “The Spiderbite Song” Its a happy sad song, I tear up about 95% of the time I listen to it.

When did you first get into 2?

About 1993/4. Whenever the “Closer” video came out.

How did you get into 3?

Snail sent me “Silikon” and their remix of Thom Yorke's “Skip Divided” and I was in love.

What is your favorite song by 4?

I’ll say “So Whatcha Want?” The day I learned all the words to this song was a proud day for me.

How many times have you seen 9 live?

NEVER. So sad about this. THIS MAY BE THE YEAR!

What is a good memory concerning 2?

Haha watching the sound guy go insane at the Terminal 5 show.

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?

Hell yeah, “Something in the Way!” and “Pennyroyal Tea”

What is your favorite song by 1?

"Everything in its Right Place." There is a wonderful tingling sensation that comes up inside me every time I hear this song.

How did you become a fan of 10?

In 2008, when The Big Dirty came out. I’d been hearing that Hot Damn is one of the best hardcore albums of the 00’s since my days on the Glassjaw message board in 2003. It had been a long time since I’d actively seeked out hardcore bands to listen to, I think that with my ability to hold my own at these violent shows went my desire to listen to more of it.

Every Time I Die and I’s relationship began as a bit of a fluke. I was channel-surfing and stopped on FUSE where I saw some ridiculously handsome guy being interviewed with the rest of a band. I was intrigued, I couldn’t get over how attractive he was, I needed to know more.

Then I found out it was Keith Buckley, the singer from Every Time I Die. Oh, so that’s what they look like! I thought. Then the video for their first single off The Big Dirty “We’rewolf” thought it was a fun rock n roll track, clever silly lyrics goofy video. I had to do more research, downloaded their entire discography, became properly acquainted with it and found a new soundtrack for my anger in Hot Damn. I learned everything I could about Keith Buckley and discovered he’s pretty much everything I want in a man, a huge pathetic crush ensued. I learned everything I could about the whole band and ended up wanting to hug guitarist Andy Williams because he looked so friendly and funny, this would be my mission if I ever saw them live. (I saw them this year and got to hug Andy and it was awesome) —Cheep

Hello, Snail here! I am a copycat and thought it’d be awesome to follow Cheep’s footsteps and do this… note I didn’t cheat I answered mine before I read the rest of her post. Woo!

1. Radiohead
2. The Flaming Lips
3. Elliott Smith
4. Joy Division
5. Telefon Tel Aviv
6. Depeche Mode
7. Bat for Lashes
8. Bjork
9.Daft Punk
10. Explosions in the sky

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?

Holy crap I don’t think I have a clear recollection of hearing them for the first time. I think I was really young, it was on the radio, somehow I am getting “Enjoy the silence” in my brain which could be accurate given its popularity.

What is your favorite song of 8?
This is so hard! ‘Joga’ makes me tingle and a bit sad and ‘Hyperballad’  paints such an amazing picture and makes me melancholic and happy all at once.

How many times have you seen 4 live?
Never, and it saddens me that I never will but if I get asked that TV show question ‘who you’d like to see dead or alive’ I might answer Joy Division. It’s incredible how much Ian Curtis seemed to give of himself while performing.

What is your favorite song by 7?
This year it was ‘Good Love’ from her album Two Suns.. “I drove past true love once, in a dream” is one of the greatest lines I’ve heard in a while.

Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?
His guitars alone make me sad but “Everything means nothing to me” kills me with the piano and just utter disdain yet I don’t always listen to Elliott to get sad, on rainy winter days he makes me happy no matter what.

What is your favorite song by 9?

Favorites are hard to choose, for now I’d go with “Aerodynamic Beats/ Gabrielle, Forget About the World” from Alive 2007 it’s a dance party in my pants every time I hear it, or the whole album and that’s the point.

When did you first get into 2?
I think it was 2008, I’ve heard of them before but never had the full discography until Cheep gave it to me. I have been in love ever since.

How did you get into 3?
I first heard him in the soundtrack of “The Royal Tenenbaums” and thought he somehow made acoustic guitar less poppy than I’d heard before.

What is your favorite song by 4?

"Transmission". Recently I had to choose just one song for a friend who didn’t have much space in his iPod and I went with that one, it somehow encompasses JD for me.

How many times have you seen 9 live?
Once. It was a magical time outdoors in Brooklyn with Cheep. We’d been talking about going and one day she surprised me at work with the tickets. We were not in the best physical shape that day and it was a hot summer day but we couldn’t be any happier when we left. Our faces when their helmets were outlined in red during the last song is still perfectly clear in my head, I squealed and Cheep just nodded speechless in amazement.

What is a good memory concerning 2?
Meeting Wayne Coyne during a screening for his movie Christmas on Mars in New York. He is a walking ball of joy, I don’t think he is aware of how much positivity and enthusiasm he irradiates but Cheep and I got a hug from him and it was elating.

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?
"All is full of love" is not a sad song but it gets me down in a good way.

What is your favorite song by 1?
Impossible to do for me to do. I am going to say “Pyramid Song” because it’s just haunting but I can’t even pick a Radiohead top 10, I love them too much and by saying one of the songs is my favorite I can hear the titles of the other ones blasting in my brain like neglected children.

How did you become a fan of 10?
I got Cheep to blame for this. She introduced me to the super awesome Texans. I used them a lot to concentrate during editing sessions at the magazine Cheep and  I used to work at together. I love that they’re just instrumental but never dull.

Sep 28, 2009

Solvent's “Spin Cycle” (above) and Eliot Lipp's “Rap Tight” (below) are dually responsible for perking ears up in happiness upon first listen.

dare you not to bob ye head (at least) while listening.

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