TV on the Radio is here and it's called "Happy Idiot." The lead single from Seeds, this crunchy, garage-y new track reminds me of turn of the century Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You know, back when NYC art-punk felt singularly vital and instant. Really enjoying this after the overwrought Nine Types of Light. Check it out below.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Banks is truly stellar. Definitely the most chest-aching, sonically adventurous R&B I've heard all year. Check out the video below, which features the whole record (up while it lasts). Highly recommended! Hope I can update more often this week/month/year.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
But of course, my soul will always be here in Austin. Chicago seems like a great city, but over the last decade Austin has cemented itself as my spiritual home. In keeping with this, Cannibal Cheerleader's header will remain the same, if slightly inaccurate. From the SXSW Blood Bath, to the bands I filmed, to discovering the Joy Formidable before everyone else (that's right, you know it's true), everything about this blog brings back happy memories. And I'm going to continue that and continue to make the blog that I would want to read.
Sappy stuff aside, I picked up the new Spoon record through the Vinyl Gratification program at Austin's own Waterloo Records. It's incredible to think it'll be the last record I buy from Waterloo for a while. And dammit, if They Want My Soul isn't a truly incredible record. People have compared it to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but that's not doing it justice, to just consider it a sequel to another fantastic record. It stands alone as a cornucopia of bizarre and life-affirming sounds. Gimme Fiction reminds me of my time in Nacogdoches, where I grew up. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga reminds me of my post-collegiate scene struggles. Transference felt like a segue record, as did my time in law school. And now, They Want My Soul is about moving forward, growing older, capturing what was once lost, and holding on to what's true and good.
Anyway, four star record, easily our favorite of the year thus far. And check out the mercy above--it even looks Cannibal Cheerleader approved! We'll try to get the posts started up next week once we've moved to Chicago. See you there!
"Cause you know you're the one, and that that hasn't changed, since you were nineteen and still in school waiting on a light on the corner by Sound Exchange." Adios, Austin.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Bill Callahan song "Javelin Unlanding," directed by none other than Chris Rusch, who was a friend of mine during my time at UT film school. It's a wild and imaginative video that really showcases his talent. Can't wait to see more from Chris. And well, Bill Callahan is obviously awesome too.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
TV on the Radio record! In retrospect, at least here in CC parts, Nine Types of Light was severely underrated. Can't wait to check out this new one, Seeds, out this fall. Here's the trailer for the record the band posted on its website. Its an explosion of sparkling synths that's arresting and cool. Can't wait to hear more.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has released her first video from her new solo record, Crush Songs. It's very reminiscient of the tunes on her leaked solo tape, K.O. At Home, which you'll remember was found in an old apartment of hers and subsequently uploaded to the Internet. Given the hyper-produced sound of Mosquito, I find "Rapt," below, to be pretty refreshing in its simplicity. "Love's a fucking bitch" is also a pretty sweet line for any song. Check it out and below that give a listen to K.O. At Home in its entirety as well. It gives a good background to the tunes.
K.O. At Home
K.O. At Home
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I'll write a longer post later today (or this week, knowing me) explaining my long absence from the blog, but in the meantime, here's a totally edible pop confection from CC faves and Austin home-boys Spoon. It's called "Do You" and I most certainly do.