HEARTS THAT BREAK THE NIGHT IN TWO

October 14, 2010

Here’s a dark little collaboration of Bedouin Soundclash and our favorite French-Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate, entitled “Brutal Hearts.” The song has a very Lykke Li or The xx feel to it, which is just perfect for a rainy morning here in the Nation’s Capital. It also features Beatrice Martin singing in English, which helps me understand what’s going on in the song (unlike other Coeur de Pirate tracks)

MP3: Bedouin Soundclash – “Brutal Hearts (ft. Coeur de Pirate)”

Love,
Zack


YouTube: Lykke Li and Bon Iver perform “Dance Dance Dance” in a Park

December 15, 2008

TodaysBigThing is great for many things. First, it allows me to trim out my 2-h0ur YouTube searches and get right to the good stuff. Second, it allows me to enjoy myself occasionally at work. Third, it introduced me to this awesome video of Lykke Li and Bon Iver performing an acoustic version of “Dance Dance Dance” in a park in LA. I’m still not a huge Lykke Li fan, but my love for Bon Iver is well documented, and this intimate video only fuels my fire. Check it out, and check out Justin Vernon and Co.’s masterpiece, “Skinny Love”, below. One of these two will be making an appearance in my top albums list, and one wont. I’ll give you a hint: the better album was made in Wisconsin.

MP3: Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”

Love,
Zack


Claire’s Column: Woodies, Siblings, and Dog Birthdays

December 4, 2008

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Hi everyone,

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.”

MP3: Lykke Li – “I’m Good, I’m Gone”

(Zack’s Note: Also check out Friendly Fires’ cover of said Li jam below)

MP3: Friendly Fires – “I’m Good, I’m Gone”

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).

MP3: The Teenagers – “French Kiss”

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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.

-Claire


Woodie Awards!

November 24, 2008

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About two weeks ago, Adrian and I were offered two tickets to the Woodies (the MTVU equivalent to the VMAs but cooler). Instead of being normal, humble, sweet bloggers, we demanded two extra tickets for guest writer Claire and ATG “friend” Derek. Seeing as how Lindsay Hood may just be the illest lady on the planet, we got hooked up, so off we went to New York to check out performances by the likes of Chromeo, The Cool Kids, All Time Low, Lykke Li, Santogold and, most notably, Vampire Weekend.

The Cool Kids performed first with a few random people we had never seen before (Asher Roth?? Who?) but the party was definitely bumpin’, especially with Kanye’s tour DJ A-Trak presiding over the tables. It was the second time I’d seen Mikey and Chuck perform, with the first being a much more intimate and enjoyable show, but they did a quality job of getting the crowd into it, which I guess was all they were there to do.

We were really excited to see Santogold perform. Her rep is that she always brings the house down with a M.I.A.-like dominating stage presence. That definitely proved to be true when she took the stage in flashy garb to perform “L.E.S. Artistes” with support from Spank Rock, who may just be the grimiest man on the planet.

Although I (Adrian) am not nearly as familiar with hip-hop as Zack is, I can’t deny how excited I got when Q-Tip appeared on stage during Lykke Li’s stellar set. Li has been known to cover the Tribe classic “Can I Kick It?” at her live shows, but seeing Q-Tip come out and back her up was mindbogglingly awesome, and his surprise performance of “Vivrant Thing” was the highlight of the night.

One of the other highlights for me was getting to see Mark Hoppus for the first time. As a young lad, I never had the chance to see him play as part of Blink-182. Unfortunately, he was only there to introduce All Time Low. Although I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the Maryland pop-punkers, I’d be lying if I said that “Dear Maria Count Me In” is not a guilty pleasure of mine. The guys did a good job of bringing a little variety to the overall indie feel of the show.

The final performance of the night had something for everyone. And by everyone we mean Adrian, Claire, Derek, and Zack. Adrian went apeshit when Chromeo (his obsession) came out on stage to assist Vampire Weekend (Zack, Claire, and Derek’s obsession) in “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”, which they recently remixed for VW’s new single. While we agreed that someone with more energy like Santogold or Lykke Li might have been more successful in closing out the show, we couldn’t argue with the choice of “A-Punk” to lead us out into the streets of New York and then on to the after-party, where the four of us felt absurdly important despite the fact that we are extremely irrelevant.

In honor of the artists that rocked Roseland Ballroom, here are some relevant tunes. First, check Logarhythmix creative middle-eastern-influenced remix of “I (Mikey) Rock”. Then check Lykke Li’s cover of fellow performer Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (which we just recently wrote about here). Next, check Q-Tip’s “Move”, off his newest release, The Renaissance (review to come). Lastly, check the aforementioned Vampire Weekend/Chromeo collabo on “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”. The keyboard riff at the end gets me every time.

If that isn’t enough, you can watch the entire Woodies online at MTVU’s site.

Note that all but Lykke Li are zshare links. We’ve had it up to here with our hosting, which just decided to not work again. We’ll fix em as soon as we can.

MP3: The Cool Kids – “M & L Rock (Logarhythmix Remix)”
MP3: Lykke Li – “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”
MP3: Q-Tip – “Move”
MP3: Vampire Weekend – “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (Chromeo Remix)”

Apologies for this post being disjointed and overall fairly poorly written. Adrian and I split the writing duties, which is not easy. Regardless of how the show was described here, we had an amazing night. We’d like to extend our extreme gratitude to Lindsay Hood and everybody else at MTVU for inviting us to this awesome event. T’was a night to remember.

Love,

Zack & Adrian


Three Degrees of Remix – Vampire Weekend, Lykke Li, Friendly Fires

October 29, 2008

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.

MP3: Lykke Li – “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend Cover)”
MP3: Friendly Fires – “I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)”
MP3: Friendly Fires – “Paris (Aeroplane Remix)”

Our direct links will return soon I promise.

Love,
Zack