Song of the Day

Song of the (Earth) Day/NXNE Preview: Art Brut – Lost Weekend

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Toronto – You thought we forgot didn’t you? This might be Good Friday, but here at the Chinese blog factory known as The Panic Manual, there are simply no days off.

I love Art Brut. When they first came around in 2005, they sounded so fresh and there was no way you could listen to songs like “My Little Brother” and “Emily Kane” and not sing along. They have a new album out this year, called Brilliant! Tragic!. Produced by Pixies front man Frank Black, this new album sees Eddie Argos attempt a different sort of vocal delivery – singing? I’m not quite sure – it’s more restrained than his usual shouting ways but what remains completely awesome is the memorable lyrics that usually define an Art Brut song.

The first single off this album is called Lost Weekend, which features some of the new Eddie Argos delivery along with a wicked guitar riff. Art Brut now has a song called “Good Weekend,” “Bad Weekend,” and now “Lost Weekend.” Check it out.

They are playing the Mod Club for NXNE on June 17th.

Song of the Day: Shit Robot – Take ‘Em Up (featuring Nancy Whang)

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Toronto – Thursday night approaching and looking for some dance floor thrilla? Look no further then this late night worthy disco tune courtesy of Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot.

Recruiting DFA superstar Nancy Whang (of Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem fame), the track Take ‘Em Up has all the classic element of a DFA endorsed tune – laid back vocals, dirty bass lines and the lingering feeling that whoever is responsible for the music is just way cooler than you will ever be. Check it out.

Song of the Day: Bhanglassi – Everything’s Amazing

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It’s one thing to endorse the use of recreational drugs, it’s another to name your entire band after a drink made with these said substances. This is exactly what Sydney band Bhanglassi has done. Having named themselves after a cannabis themed lassi, one would suspect this band to be of the stoner, laid back, jamming, Phish-like variety. Instead, the group has taken their influences from variety of English acts, such as The Specials and The Jam.

The track “Everything’s Amazing” features elements of both ska and mod rock and has a nice frenetic pace to it. It is off their latest EP of the same name and you can find out more about them here. It’s all rather catchy.

Song Of The Day: Incarnations – Meet Me At Midnight

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Toronto – Incarnations are a New York based band (featuring members/a member of The Phenomenal Handclap Band) whose sound harkens back to the 1970s heyday of California country rock, smooth yacht rock and soul-pop. Despite their American origins, they recorded their album, With All Due Respect, in Spain and released it on a Spanish label. They’ll also be playing the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, so these guys must love Spain. 

The track, “Meet Me At Midnight,” is a nice bit of ’70s style soft rock that recalls bands like America. Check it out.