Graveyard Girl by M83

When I first heard Saturdays = Youth, M83’s newest album, I thought it was okay, but not spectacular. But after watching the video above for Graveyard Girl, I feel like the album makes way more sense. The video is basically Sixteen Candles, but shot in a very French sort of way. The story follows a girl who dresses in black and is kind of anti-social. She hangs out a pet cemetery, writing in her journal and being hella emo. Then she sees the hot jock football player placing a photo of him and his dog on his dogs grave. After that she can’t stop dreaming about him, so she cleans up and looks beautiful, eventually getting the guy in the end.

Thinking about the album as a giant soundtrack to a cheesy French 80’s movie makes me enjoy it a lot more. It feels like there’s a sort of narrative to attach to the music now, for some reason that makes me feel better, haha…

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 7, 2008 / By

Noah Butkus Art + Interview

On the list of my newest favorite artists of the last few years, Noah Butkus easily sits there amongst the top contenders, so reading this great interview by Matthew Newton was really exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more complete interview with Noah, so it’s kind of exciting hearing about him in his own words. His love of comic books and cartoons made me laugh, seeing as how those were two things that I was totally raised on and still enjoy to this day.

It’s a quick interview, so pop on over and see what Mr. Butkus is about.

Found through Slam X Hype

Bobby

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April 7, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 03/16/08 – 04/06/08

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Quarantined by Atlas Sound

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January by Headlights

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Behind The Sea by Panic at the Disco

Last Week in Music was a gooooood week, lots of fun new things headed my way!
First up was Atlas Sound, the side-project of Deerhunter lead singer, Bradford James Cox. Atlas Sound ends up sounding nothing at all like Deerhunter, which is one of the reasons that I actually enjoy it. It’s sort of a shoegazer/electronic affair with Cox’s vocals oddly enough reminding me of Chino Moreno from Deftones on a couple of tracks. If you’re looking for something laid back definitely look this one up.

Then there was Cut Copy who is still being played pretty frequently, their new album definitely hasn’t gotten old yet. After that was one of the most exciting things I’ve come across in the last few months, the newest album from French Kicks. I’m honestly going to write an entire separate post about this, but I’ll just say this is gonna’ be in my Top 5 or 10 or whatever of the year, without a doubt.

After that was Headlights again, their new album Some Racing Some Stopping reminds me of Bishop Allen in the fact that all of the songs sound really different but most of them are really awesome. Then comes another thing I was so excited to find, a live recording of Conor Oberst playing brand new material for his upcoming solo album or whatever it’s gonna be. It sounds really promising so hopefully he releases it over the summer.

Belle & Sebastian was tied with Conor for number 5, then Panic at the Disco, who’s new album is so 60’s/70’s influenced it’s kind of fun. It’s not like the last album at all, which I think proves how creative these guys really are and how long they’re probably going to be around. Dirty on Purpose, The New Pornographers and The Beatles round out the rest of the list. I’ve placed some mp3’s of the songs above so you can hear the best of these artists and you just might like ‘em!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 7, 2008 / By

It Was Those Damn Dirty Apes!

Earlier this evening, Charlton Heston passed away at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 84. In 1959 Heston earned an Academy Award for his performance in Ben Hur, and in 1967 earned cult status for his role in Planet of the Apes. I remember watching Planet of the Apes for the first time, and for some reason being absolutely riveted. Since then I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for him, not matter how gun crazy he became in his later life.

No cause of death has been declared yet, but there was rumor that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Hopefully he’s in a better place where apes don’t rule the world.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 5, 2008 / By

Conor Oberst / Live at 400 Club

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Cape Canaveral by Conor Oberst

Sometimes when I come across things online, it feels like it was fate. Take for example the Live Conor Oberst album I’m writing this post about. Yesterday I was reading the line-up of this year’s Reading Festival, and I noticed that it said “Conor Oberst” on the list, not Bright Eyes. That struck me as being kind of weird, but I didn’t think much more about it.

Cut to a few hours later when I’m going through an MP3 blog and I come across this live Conor Oberst album. It turns out he recorded it at the end of last December, and it features a TON of brand new songs by him, accompanied by Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley and Nate Walcott who’s also in Bright Eyes. After hearing this it definitely sounds like Conor has officially grown up. The dark days of his youth have started to disappear and he’s become much more interested in the world around him. The album does keep the folk/country-tinged aspect to it, but honestly this sounds like he’s hit a brand new stride in his music.

My favorite song of them on the album is easily Cape Canaveral, which he dedicated to anyone in the audience who’s been to space camp, because he was never able to get it together and go. There’s also an absolutely beautiful version of Lua which features a trumpet playing along with the song. It sounds so good I wish that he would have recorded it that way for I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. If you dig Bright Eyes at all, you’re gonna love this. If you hated Bright Eyes cuz’ he was always so damn depressing, you just might like this.

Click here to download Conor Oberst / Live at 400 Club (Be sure to use the MegaUpload link)

Bobby

P.S. I made those covers up there because there weren’t any.

Bobby Solomon

April 5, 2008 / By

I Know Where the Summer Goes, a new show by Ryan Mcginley

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I Know Where the Summer Goes by Belle & Sebastian

Last night in NYC, Ryan McGinley opened a new show called I Know Where the Summer Goes which looks like it was quite a photographic journey. In the summer of 2007 McGinley, along with sixteen models and three assistants, traveled through the US, shooting 4,000 rolls of film and producing over 150,000 images in the process. From this giant collection of work he narrowed the show down to this 50 favorite pieces, which look pretty stunning.

The show itself was inspired by nudist magazines from the 60’s and 70’s, taking visual cues from what they saw. Each day McGinley would talk with the models and try to tell them what he was trying to with the shoot and what sort of feeling he wanted to get across. But when you look at his photos, they seem like they couldn’t be any less planned.

As usual there is plenty of nude young men and women in his photos, so it’s kind of NSFW. But if you have some free time, sneak a peak at his amazing photos. I seriously need to own like a hundred of his photos before I die. I’ve also included the Belle & Sebastian song that inspired the name of the show. It’s from the This Is Just A Modern Rock Song EP, or you can find it on that Push The Barman collection thing, but that’s cheating.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 4, 2008 / By

The Flowers In This Garden Were Planted By My Grandparents by Os Gemeos

The most creative graffiti artists out there right now, Os Gemeos, have a new book out called The Flowers in this Garden were Planted by my Grandparents. The book is a retrospective of their work that was created for their exhibit at the Museum Het Domein, Sittardk in the Netherlands. The book itself is divided into different sections like Public work, sketches, and installations.

The book is 170 pages, is limited to 2500 copies, and you can pick it up for $58 over at Giant Robot’s online store.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 4, 2008 / By

Marvel’s Secret Invasion

Since I’m a big ol’ comic beek nerd, I want to post my thoughts about Marvel’s newest mega-event, Secret Invasion.
I’ve been looking forward to this event for quite a while, and I’ve loved the build-up immensely. I think Brian Michael Bendis is easily the best comic book writer out there right now hands down. The man has orchestrated this event over the last 4 years, like, that’s unheard of.

Thankfully the issue definitely pays off and you see Marvel universe go to hell in a handbasket really quickly. I”m not gonna talk about the issue, but I do want to talk about some the ideas I have about who may be a Skrull and what might be coming up in the series. So if you haven’t read the first issue yet, don’t look under the cut. If you have, please let me know what you think!

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Bobby Solomon

April 4, 2008 / By

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