Toronto – According to XFM listeners, here are the best songs ever:
1) Live Forever – Oasis
2) Mr Brightside – The Killers
3) Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
4) Wonderwall – Oasis
5) Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
6) I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses
7) Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
8) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
9) Bitter Sweet Symphony – Verve
10) Plug In Baby – Muse
So I guess XFM listeners are pasty ass Brit teenagers?
In my mind, comprising a list of the 10 best songs is well, impossible. Ask any music nut to list their favorite songs ever and you’ll see their heads explode.
Toronto – Welcome to the new hype. The XX are possibly the hottest thing at the moment, thanks to a bevvy of favorable reviews from outlets such as Pitchfork, NME and Drown in Sound. Just look at the Metacritic score.. a sure rarity for a UK band for sure. Who are they? Well, the xx are 4 20 (!) year olds from London who have obviously absorbed all the good music they have listened to growing up and then somehow used some hokey pokey magic to create songs compromise this gorgeous album.
It’s only fitting that this album is getting popular just as fall is settling in, whereas previous hot albums have glorified summer and fun, the XX are more interested in spaces of darkness and heartbreak. Think dark nights, concrete jungles and the mundane aspects of everyday life, that is what the XX are trying to recreate it seems. This album is fantastic. Each song follows a simple, minimalistic composition that just does enough to create whatever feeling the song is going for. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft trade guy – girl vocals, each trying to sound more distant then the other. Some guitar riffs will remind you of Jesus and Mary Chain and some sound elements may remind you of Junior Boys first album, but as a whole, the XX have created a unique and atmospheric album. I have a hard time pinpointing what songs are standouts because they all blend in together so well. My best guess for now will be “Infinity”, “Crystalised” and “Islands”
Toronto – Basement Jaxx have released a video for their upcoming album “Scars”. It features Sam Sparro, someone I don’t know much about, but get about a billion press emails for on a weekly basis. Their release also comes with a DJ tour..
10.30.09 – San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace (Live 105 event)
10.31.09 – Los Angeles, CA – HARD Haunted Mansion party 11.03.09 – Toronto, ON – Century Room
11.06.09 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
11.7.09 – New York, NY – Santos Party House
Who the hell plays at the Century Room? where is it? what is it? I wish they’d do a proper tour, but this will have to do for now. I still remember seeing them at Coachella in 2004..and they were wicked.
Toronto – What the hell happened to the Pipettes? A few years ago, everyone couldn’t get enough of them, and now? Nothing. Anyways, for those of you looking to fill that gap of retro 60-esque pop sound, then you need to look no further then V.V. Brown. Also known as Vanessa Brown, the London based singer’s debut album “Travelling Like the Light” was released in July and well, it’s a damn fun album. Sounding like 60s inspired doo-wop pop mixed with andre 3000 “hey ya” production, the album definitely takes you back to what I can only assume was carefree days of diners, milkshakes and mad men. Now don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s purely a oldies tribute album, V.V. Brown incorporates some modern electro elements (and video game sounds) into most songs, giving it a rather fresh feeling. Upbeat numbers such as “Leave” and “Crying Blood” are mixed in with slower tracks such as “Back In Time”. Whatever the tempo is, one thing remains constant – every single song is irresistibly catchy, making this a helluva album to listen to in the summer. It’s pure fun pop bliss.