You know what doesn’t make sense? When a band called Aeroplane names a song “We Can’t Fly.” You know what makes a lot of sense? The fact that the Belgian duo that brought us the amazing remix of Friendly Fires’ “Paris” made yet another jam, this time an original. “We Can’t Fly” has all the makings of the blissed out summer jam, from the reggae-esque guitar rhythm to the smooth synths. Grab a cold beer and a babe and hit the beach, and let Aeroplane be your guide.
It’s been a while, but I thought it was time to make a post after a little hiatus. I went to visit Zack in Italy for spring break. We had a lot of fun together, walking around Florence and eating plenty. He has been doing weekly DJ sets at a local bar and I was lucky enough to make it to two of them. I am pretty jealous of the life he has right now. Florence is absolutely beautiful.
I’m back in Connecticut starting to prepare for finals and thankfully the weather is slowly beginning to improve. With summer rapidly approaching I decided to post a few songs I have been listening to that are helping me get through my work (sort of).
My brother Matt introduced me to the first song, “Rawnald Gregory Erikson the Second,” this past weekend and ever since I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. The song is mellow, but catchy. It reminds me a little of Pinback’s sound. Starfucker is quickly becoming one of my new favorite bands.
On my flight back from Italy I listened to “Skeleton Boy” over and over again, it’s so good that I didn’t even care about the risk of getting sick of it. It is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. Zack has always been a fan of Friendly Fires, but it took this song for me to really begin to appreciate them. If you haven’t seen the music video it is worth checking out below as well.
I have a weakness for songs with violins (little known fact: Zack is a former violinist), and thus the moment I heard Ra Ra Riot’s song “Oh La” I was hooked. It’s just so pretty.
Also, since both Zack and I are slightly obsessed with dogs, I thought it would only be appropriate to mention the Obama family’s recent acquisition of a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo (after Bo Diddley). Zack’s dog, Xena, is a Portuguese and my first yellow lab’s name was Beau, so I’d like to think our dogs inspired the Obama’s…somehow?(Ed’s Note: My mom actually discussed Portuguese’s with Barack. True story).
I thought I would write another post this week so as to avoid being ridiculed by Zack next week when I am busy with finals. Today I wanted to discuss a few different things. First, I want to give a little recap of my experience at the Woodie Awards. Despite losing one of my shoes in the midst of the night (don’t know how that happened), I had a great time. Upon arriving I was most excited for Vampire Weekend and although their performance was certainly the highlight of my night, I thoroughly enjoyed some of the other sets. I was especially surprised by Lykke Li. Until watching her performance I had never really understood the hype surrounding her. I found her songs kind of dull and somewhat hard to listen to. Her set, however, made me reconsider. Her music sounded much better live due largely in part to her stage presence. She worked the crowd and genuinely appeared to be having fun. She was equal parts cool and awkward (Q-Tip’s surprise appearance helped too). In honor of my new found respect for her as a performer, I am posting the one song I appreciate both recorded and live; “I’m Good, I’m Gone.”
(Zack’s Note: Also check out Friendly Fires’ cover of said Li jam below)
Secondly, today I want to give a shout out to my fourteen year old sister Tessa. She, along with my brother Will and their friends, attended a Vampire Weekend concert on Monday night at the 9:30 club in D.C. and was pulled on stage (braces and all) during The Teenagers’ opening performance (See the redhead above). If that had happened to me at age fourteen I would have peed my pants and awkwardly run off the stage, but Tessa proceeded to dance and sing along with the lead singer. Now I wasn’t there, so I may be overlooking the awkwardness of the whole situation, but I cannot help but feel pride that someone with my genes could actually handle a situation like that in as cool a fashion as possible. Good for you Tessa. Above is a picture (taken by my equally cool little brother Will).
Finally, I would like to wish my black lab, Baxter (that’s actually a picture of him as a puppy…yes, he is that cute), a happy 7th birthday. He’s a huge All Things Go fan so this will mean a lot to him.
Alright, I should probably get back to studying. Good luck to anyone else studying for finals.
You may have noticed that I’ve never posted on Lykke Li here on ATG before. Please understand that this is in no way an indictment on the Swedish starlet but rather there are a few bands or musicians that get huge, and for some completely unknown reason I never make an effort to get into them (see: Tapes’n’Tapes, The Ting Tings, and, up until recently, Hot Chip and Lykke Li). After hearing her awesome live cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”, I figured a more thorough listen was in order, so I headed over to hype machine to find some more tracks (I mean I went to a record store and legally purchased her album). What I found there was not more Lykke Li material, but rather a delightful cover of her hit, “I’m Good I’m Gone” by none other than newcomers (and ATG favorites) Friendly Fires. In my mind, these guys can do no wrong, so naturally, I instantly fell in love with the cover. So now my iTunes is stocked with two more songs I love. I head over to Neon Gold’s blog to see what my friend Derek has got for me these days, and what do I see but a remix of Friendly Fires’ “Paris”, courtesy of suddenly-sought-after Belgian remixers Aeroplane. So after playing the six three degrees of separation game, I am left with three quality new songs to enjoy. And because I wield the power here (see: pay for hosting), now you do too. Enjoy.
Our direct links will return soon I promise.
UK product Friendly Fires released their self-titled debut in the UK on September 1st, and the album has received acclaim on both sides of the pond. The album is carried on the strength of its two breathtaking singles, “Paris” and “Jump in the Pool”, especially the latter, which already rests comfortably on top of my list of the best singles of 2008 (“Sleepy Head” eat your heart out). Honestly though, “Jump in the Pool” completely renews my faith in the music industry. Listening to the song is the musical equivalent of re-living your favorite dream. The harmony of “ahhs” that bless your ears from the onset seem to trumpet the arrival of this promising young band. Much like The Strokes, Friendly Fires have mastered the art of layered instrumentals, creating a massive and thick sound that pulls you in and promptly spits you out. By the end of the song, my body and mind are overwhelmed with nostalgia; the song is familiar and yet fresh and inviting upon each and every listen. The band has a staggering amount of potential, and let’s pray that “Jump in the Pool” is just the tip of the iceberg that is their young career.
For the sake of everything good in this world, I implore you to listen to this song not through iPod headphones, but rather through the highest-quality music player your money can afford. Trust that it’s worth it.