i'm just as boring as everyone else
JRDN & I may have to race down to Chicago for this one. You in, Mouk?
In the past, I have debated back & forth (scroll down) about whether or not The Killers are full of sh** or not, but now I may have finally picked a side. Frontman Brandon Flowers talking to MTV (via GvB & Stereogum):
Look at a band like the Bravery. They're signed because we're a band [...] I've heard rumors about [members of] that band being in a different kind of band, and how do you defend that? If you say, "My heart really belongs to what I'm doing now," but you used to be in a ska band. I can see the Strokes play or Franz Ferdinand play and it's real, and I haven't gotten that from the Bravery. I think people will see through them.
Pot kettle black. Flowers (if that is your real name), you are a tool. Ugh.
ETA: The Bravery (who I could care less about) respond at Stereogum.
MP3 Howard Hello - "Giving Up"
I stumbled across this track (possibly via 3hive) about a year ago, and it's become one of my favorite mp3 blog finds. Howard Hello is a collaboration between Kenseth Thibideau (Tarentel, Rumah Sakit, Pinback) and Marty Anderson (Okay, Lazarus, Dilute) that "centers its focus on the blissful, linear contrasts between mood-defining ambient music and genre-bending pop perfection." That description properly describes this song, from 2003's Don't Drink His Blood LP. "Giving Up" blends its layered electronic ambience with gorgeous & slow-burning pop melodies to create a lovely blissed-out experience. Acousticwoodlands also posted this track back in December.
While browsing around totally fuzzy, I stumbled into a new, forthcoming Howard Hello EP that will drop on May 3rd via Temporary Residence. This beautiful & appropriately-titled song leads off the four track EP, and its themes are even revisited during the final track, "Even More of the Same." It begins with some Asian speak that I'm too ignorant to identify, but promply shifts into familiar Howard Hello electro-pop/showgaze territory, managing to throw in some fat 80's-style guitar licks along the way as well. It's nothing new, but it's still seven minutes well spent. FYI: This track cuts off a little suddenly, as it bleeds into the next ("Interlude"). Be sure to check out Bars & Guitars for more on Marty Anderson's Okay project.
Bloc Party @ First Avenue tonite. I'm fully prepared to completely freak out during "Positive Tension" (assuming it gets played). Watch out, y'all.
Apologies...no Waits on this Wednesday. Maybe another week.