Amazingly, The Smiths were a band for just five years. If you’re interested in a detailed documentation of the glorious times when they were still around, check out the interactive timeline on their newly launched web site with tons and tons and tons of information.
Speedy Ortiz & Eagulls @ Paradiso
Went to see Eagulls and Speedy Ortiz yesterday. Regardless of how damn good (and loud) Eagulls were, their show was WASTED by the headliners. Not only the sheer genius of Speedy Ortiz’s songs, but the way they just as easily hurled through them – amazing. I dearly, dearly missed “Fun”, my all-time Speedy Ortiz favorite. “Plough”, “Cash Cab”, their full-on rendition of early song “Hexxy”, to name just a few out of many great tunes, quite made it up. Besides writing great songs, Sadie Dupuis unexpectedly proved to be an awesome guitarist. And wow man, does Matt Robidoux have one fucked up instrument.
Speedy Ortiz at Paradiso, Amsterdam
St. Vincent‘s new record gets a well-deserved 8.6 on Pitchfork. I can’t stop playing it.
We all heard a godawful lot about Pussy Riot, but has anyone ever listened to what they sound like? It’s actually pretty good. Here’s the video they shot in Sochi.
Update: The album took some time to get rolling, but my God those last songs are among the best she ever recorded. Way better than “Strange Mercy”, maybe I’ll eventually like it as much as “Actor”.
This is worth a moment of your time: a long article about St. Vincent up on Pitchfork. Her new album will be out soon.
Update: here’s some live footage from a recent show in Berlin.
I forgot all about Colourmusic since their 2011 debut “My _____ Is Pink”, its brilliant single “Yes!” and one of the weirdest and loudest shows I ever witnessed at de Supermarkt. Unexpectedly a new song turned up off their upcoming next record, “May You Marry Rich”, out April 8th on Memphis Industries.