twin berlin


You should take a listen to Twin Berlin‘s latest EP There Goes My Virtue for the following reasons:

  1. The cover art is clearly awesome. It was created by the late Mikey Welsh (who played bass with Weezer on their 2001 “Green Album”).
  2. They are a local Boston band, which may mean nothing to you if you’re nowhere near “local” to Boston.
  3. Also, a bunch of their songs really rock.

“Give Up On Me” immediately stood out upon first listen. However, if you need more convincing, enjoy a free download of fan-favorite “Kill This Low” below:

Twin Berlin - Kill This Low

grand duchy: silver boys

Grand Duchy - Silver Boys

Grand Duchy‘s “Silver Boys” toes the line between vapid and pretentious. It’s the perfect song for practicing your signature walk on the runway sidewalk*, as it transports you back to a 1960s era devoted to art, glamour, community and, er, drugged-out orgies. You guessed it (or maybe you didn’t). The song’s about Andy Warhol and The Factory.

It took me a while to get into this track, and I’m still not sure whether my love’s more guilty pleasure or legitimate musical appreciation. My instincts are telling me to lean towards the latter. After all, this is a side project by Pixies‘ frontman Black Francis and his wife Violet Clark, and their transparency about the lack of hipness is quite refreshing. Says Clark:

“There’s more energy left in the music if you’re not picking it all apart with your brain, worrying about whether what you’re doing is ‘cool’ or not. I have decided that ‘cool’ has no place in what we’re trying to do or achieve. What is ‘cool’ anyway?”

Exactly! In a world full of people trying to be “cool” or “edgy”, you’ve got to respect someone who can just dork out and make everything so obvious it’s almost painful. Truthfully, I was going to say the video for “Silver Boys” takes away from the experience, but you know what? They’re having fun, and this song is just that—pure fun.

* Not that I would know anything about this.

daydream vacation

Daydream Vacation - That Girl Don't Sleep
Head Like A Kite f/ Asya of Smooosh - Noisy At The Circus

Well, this makes me feel old!

Smoosh were a Seattle-based indie duo composed of two sisters who were approximately 14 and 12 years-old when this video was filmed. The older of the two sisters, Asya, is now somewhere between 19-20 years-old. This is weirding me out for reasons I can’t explain. It’s like she’s a distant cousin who used to be in diapers as of yesterday, and now she’s suddenly a grown-up with a life of her own. They grow up so fast!

In any case, Asya has recently teamed up with Dave Einmo of Head Like A Kite for a new project called Daydream Vacation. The pair first collaborated on Head Like A Kite’s 2006 debut Random Portraits of the Home Movie, with Asya providing vocals for one of my favorite HLAK tracks “Noisy At The Circus”. They later reconvened on the band’s 2008 album There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere on a song called “Daydream Vacation”. Thus the name of their current project.

Daydream Vacation could best be described as “electro funk”… But when you hear “funk” in this instance, think more along the lines of Chromeo or Beck rather than James Brown or George Clinton. I’m not making a convincing argument for this, am I?

Oh well! I promise it’s some good shit. Click through (or look below) to listen to “Clever Is Not My Best Excuse”, one of the band’s best offerings so far:

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