Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice (Black Affair Remix)

Although The Go! Team probably reached the current height of their popularity sometime last year, most of the buzz was based on the strength of their debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike, which had actually been released way back in 2004 (and re-released in the U.S. in 2005). A new album has been long overdue, and I have been dying to hear what the next mutation of their style would be like now that the band has grown beyond frontman Ian Parton and his four-track recorder. The new album Proof of Youth hits stores in September, and the first single "Grip Like A Vice" is out in July. It's hard to deny the 80's hip-hop influence this time around, especially now that they have female rapper Ninja involved in the songwriting. It remains to be seen if the rest of the album will follow suit, but I am completely primed and ready. This remix of Grip Like A Vice comes courtesy of Black Affair, the new project from Steve Mason of The Beta Band.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Interpol - Rest My Chemistry

Well, maybe they aren't too good at choosing album covers, but at least they seem to be trying to make changes in that department. If only their sound changed as drastically as their album covers, perhaps this new album would surprise me a bit more. Musically-speaking, the band hasn't changed their sound much, but they seem to have done a better job of perfecting their sound. I can't completely write them off because, while sounding similar to their earlier work, it sounds much much better, both in terms of production and songwriting skills. "Rest My Chemistry", "No I in Threesome" and "Who Do You Think?" are definitely some strong songs, probably the best I've heard from them since their debut album. Near the end of the album the band tries out a few new sounds, and I think this is where they really hit their stride, which is particularly nice since the band has a tendency to lose their bolts halfway through an album. This may be the first time I've listened to an entire Interpol album without skipping through several tracks. Again, it's not terribly new, but it's probably the most thorough album they've released to date, and a pleasure to hear.

Bonus Track - No I in Threesome
Bonus Track - Who Do You Think?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new EP Is Is is(?) a collection of five songs that have become regulars in the band's live performances, but have yet to find a home on one of the band's proper full-length albums. Although, it is a bit unclear exactly when these songs were recorded, these five songs sound completely out of sync with their last album Show Your Bones. These songs have a much harder edge, and much rawer vocals, guitars and production, reminiscent of their earlier EPs. Though I liked Show Your Bones, like all great indie posers I loved their earlier work, and it's great to hear the band return to form. 'Down Boy' starts off with a quiet guitars and a simple beat, before exploding with Karen O's screaming vocals and screeching guitars. Definitely worth checking out.

Bonus Track - Rockers to Swallow

Bonde Do Role - Office Boy (Architecture in Helsinki Remix)

Last summer I was fortunate enough to see Bonde Do Role in concert opening for CSS and Diplo. While, I think they put on an amazing performance and would have stole the show if it weren't for some other amazing performances, I don't think the band's energy has ever really translated to album. The band's recent album With Lasers is definitely fun but is fairly one-dimensional. But ever since the band put out their first 12", the real hits of Bonde Do Role have been the remixes. Though having a very limited selection of songs, people love remixing their work, and their recent "Office Boy" single features some of the best remixes I've ever heard of their stuff. Architecture in Helsinki wisely keep the very upbeat, fun, very unserious vibe of AiH's work and Bonde Do Role's album and is probably my favourite. It features, whistles, claps, gnarly guitars - everything you could ever need. CSS, of course, adds a fun, funky beat and makes a great dance hit, but the real treat is Sir Khan's gloriously danceable remix.

Bonus Track - Office Boy (CSS Remix)
Bonus Track - Office Boy (Sir Khan Remix)

CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Hot Chip Remix)

Just when you were starting to forget about CSS, they come back and slap you in the face with some wikkedly hot remixes by some of the world's hottest remixers. And for what? some old singles? Actually, I think these remixes were released with the songs' singles some time ago, but somehow they all seemed to pass right by me, and I haven't seen them on any other blogs (take my advice, only come to this site for music!) Or perhaps I'm just getting old and can't keep up with the times. Either way, these songs need to be heard...again. In particular, Hot Chip and SMD seem to be in fine form and do a great job creating quite polarized versions of the song.

Bonus Track - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
Bonus Track - Alala (Princess Superstar Remix)
Bonus Track - Alala (Bonde Do Role Remix)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Beastie Boys - Suco De Tangerina

When The Beastie Boys announced that they were going to be releasing a brand new album this summer that was completely instrumental, I was intrigued to say the least. I've always been a fan of the funky little instrumental jams that have glued together some of their previous albums, but when they started name dropping Gang of Four and Killing Joke, I began imagining all kinds of crazy possibilities. Unfortunately, I don't think The Mix Up quite lives up to the expectations I had set up for myself. For the most part, it greatly resembles everything we've heard from their previous instrumental compilation The In Sound from Way Out, which isn't a bad thing in itself. But aside from the extra bit of guitar and keyboard noodling (assisted by frequent collaborator Money Mark Nashita), there isn't a heck of a lot of progression in their sound.

Maybe it's because I'm such a big fan of instrumental bands like Turing Machine, Don Caballero and Trans Am that I was hoping for something just a little bit more. On the other hand, I realize that's simply unfair, because the Beasties don't have the same crazy musical skills that some of those other bands have. In the end, it's still a fun listen that continues to grow on me, and I have to give them props for trying something new and completely non-commercial. It will be interesting to hear what the vocal remixes of these tracks will sound like. The Mix Up hits stores on June 26th.

» Bonus Track: The Cousin of Death
» Bonus Track: Son of Neckbone (from The In Sound from Way Out!)
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape #11

Here you go folks... it's time for your June mixtape, courtesy of Zak and myself here at Muzak For Cybernetics! This time around we give you a smattering of songs from some albums coming out later this summer and a handful of interesting remixes you may or may not have heard. Feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you think of these podcasts, whether you'd like to hear more older stuff in the mix, more from a specific genre, more of our terribly dry commentary, or simply more frequent episodes! Download the MP3 above, or subscribe to one of the podcast feeds below.



Playlist:

M.I.A. - Boyz
Beach Boys - Don't Go Near The Water
Miracle Fortress - Maybe Lately
The Explorers Club - Last Kiss
Cloud Cult - Chemicals Collide
Polyphonic Spree - Oh I Feel Fine
Daft Punk - Human After All (Justice Remix)
GoodBooks - Leni (Crystal Castles Remix)
Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything (Bird Peterson Remix)
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Mark Ronson Mix)
New Pornographers - Mutiny, I Promise You
Meligrove Band - Kingfisher Society
Casper & The Cookies - Sid From Central Park
Joel Plaskett - Fashionable People
The Brothers Martin - The Plot That Weaves
Sufjan Stevens - In The Words of the Governor
Shellac - Boycott
The Teeth - You're My Lover Now
White Rabbits - The Plot
!!! - Myth Takes (Acouth Take)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Liars - Houseclouds

After last year's Drum's Not Dead, I wondered if Liars would ever go back to the art rock vibe that I loved from their first album They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top. While I enjoyed Drum's Not Dead, I still felt like the album was a going to be an anomaly from the rest of their work, and the band would go back to experimenting with many different sounds. To no surprise, lead singer Angus Andrew recently announced on the band's blog that the new self-titled album would be a more back-to-normal album, with a "chilled out vibe." Surprisingly, that's actually a good description of the new album. The album has a definite stoner rock vibe to it compared to their earlier work, but also has the heavy percussion and fuzzed out sound of Drum's Not Dead. Perhaps the band's friendship with Deerhunter has rubbed off on Liars, and while Liars are famous for encouraging Deerhunter to stay together, it seems like Deerhunter has inspired Liars to reinvent themselves, and create an awesome new album. Definitely check out "Houseclouds."

Bonus Track - Road to Byzantium

Animal Collective - Peacebone

In a year of greatly anticipated and widely leaked albums, Animal Collective's newest release Strawberry Jam, scheduled for a late September release, has been easily the most anticipated, and desperately sought after album of the year. Over the past year, live tracks have been circulating all around the web, with fans just trying to get a taste of some new material. But in the past couple days, three songs have emerged, along with a whole lot of hype. And of course, as everyone can expect from Animal Collective, they do not disappoint. "Peacebone" is my favourite of the tracks so far and it is definitely a treat to hear the band going in new, interesting directions, with greater emphasis on electronics, and more focus on lyrics and vocals.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Contest : Adult Swim's Warm & Scratchy

It's not very often that we get to have a contest over here at Muzak for Cybernetics, so you know that when we do, it's gonna be huge. And, today is that day. Today, we have the opportunity to offer you a special Williams messenger bag filled with schtuff care of Adult Swim and their fantasticly free Warm & Scratchy CD. You can download the entire album, chalk full of M4C-approved bands like Les Savy Fav, TV on the Radio, Liars, the Rapture and many more, here.

To get even more free stuff, including a messenger bag filled with all the items listed below, simply email muzakforcybernetics@gmail.com with your name, address and answer to the question: What is the best Adult Swim show on television? Winners will be picked at random.
The contest ends June 15th at 5pm, so hurry up!

The Williams messenger bag contains the following:
- Warm & Scratchy on CD
- an ATHF koozie
- adult swim postcard book
- meatwad stressball
- adult swim button set
- adult swim sticker set
- williams street t-shirt
- ATHF movie mix CD
- adult swim belt
- assy keychain
- adult swim notebook
- williams street button

Miracle Fortress - This Thing About You

Miracle Fortress is the new project of Graham Van Pelt who is probably best known for his work in the band Think About Life. While Think About Life's album was one of my favourite's from the past few years, the reasons for my enjoyment of that album are entirely different from the reasons for my enjoyment of this album. While I loved Think About Life for their noisy, almost chaotic melodies, I love Miracle Fortress for their smooth, beautiful, Beach Boys-esque melodies. Of these, "This Thing About You" is probably the most indebted to Brian Wilson, but Van Pelt has a way of layering even more melodies than Wilson to create a truly amazingly beautiful track. "Have You Seen in Your Dreams" is probably my favourite from the album and is just plain infectious. Definitely worth checking out.

Bonus Track - Have You Seen in Your Dreams

Von Südenfed - the Rhinohead

Although it doesn't really seem like a match made in heaven, the pairing of the Fall's Mark E. Smith (aka "the great MES" as he refers to himself) with Mouse on Mars to create Von Südenfed actually works surprisingly well, and together they have made one of the year's great unexpected dance hits in "the Rhinohead". Each of them kind of makes up for each other's flaws; MES adds a sense of spontaneity absent from Mouse on Mars work, and Mouse on Mars adds some sort of cohesion and sensibility to MES' often rambling vocals. Throughout much of the album, MES comes off appearing as a pissed off club DJ, rambling over techno beats, but the music and production provided by Mouse on Mars has a way of holding it all together creating an entirely interesting album. They even do some really fascinating manipulation to MES' vocals like on the track below, "Serious Brainskin". The album has the potential of becoming a glorified version of a mash-up between two seemingly incompatible groups, but the end result is something much funner, and more enjoyable than either of them could have expected.

Bonus Track - Serious Brainskin

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Junior Senior - We R The Handclaps (Motown Version)

With the recent announcement that Danish dance pop duo Junior Senior's second album Hey Hey My My Yo Yo will finally get a U.S. release this August, I thought it would be an ideal time to look at a few remixes and b-sides from said album. The CD single for "Can I Get Get Get" features a remix of the title track by Swedish producer Tore Johansson, along with a new version of one of my favourite songs on the album, "We R The Handclaps". The so-called Motown Version of Handclaps isn't all that different, but it strips out most of the electronic elements and enhances the Jackson Five-esque feel of the song. Also included is a DFA Remix of the song "Shake Your Coconuts" which appeared on their first album. These guys are guaranteed to get your summer parties started off on the right foot, and if you don't yet own Hey Hey My My Yo Yo, dance your way down to your local record store on August 14th and make a purchase you won't regret.

» Bonus Track: Can I Get Get Get (Tore Johansson Remix)
» Bonus Track: Shake Your Coconuts (DFA Remix)
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