Friday, July 4th, 2008
Photo via We Are Soldiers We Have Guns
I’d never heard of Spanish site Buffet Libre before, but they’ve made a hell of a first impression with their enormous, 58-song ’80s covers and remixes compilation entitled Rewind, all available to download for free (and legal). The majority of artists are unknown to me but range from around the world and there are some familiar names in the mix – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin throwing some massive synths at XTC, Electric Soft Parade tackling Pet Shop Boys and We Are Soldiers We Have Guns paying tribute to The Go-Go’s. I can’t imagine I’ll ever get through everything in this collection, but it’ll (hopefully) be fun to try.
That last act is the current project of Sweden’s Malin Dahlberg, also of Douglas Heart, and her debut album Get Up, Get Out is out July 28. I’m losing hope for a new Douglas Heart record any time soon – I’m not sure when the two rough mixes on their MySpace went up but I’m betting it wasn’t recently – so this record will have to do. It’s interesting how much less introverted Dahlberg sounds outside the context of Douglas Heart’s dreamy aesthetic. It’s still certainly bedroom wallflower pop, but sunnier somehow.
MP3: We Are Soldiers, We Have Guns – “November”
MP3: We Are Soldiers, We Have Guns – “Songs That No One Will Hear”
MP3: We Are Soldiers, We Have Guns – “Damn Those TV Shows, Damn Them Straight To Hell”
MP3: We Are Soldiers, We Have Guns – “Tourists In Our Hometown”
Video: We Are Soldiers We Have Guns – “The Line Is A Dot To You”
Stream: We Are Soldiers, We Have Guns / Get Up, Get Out
MySpace: We Are Soldiers We Have Guns
Though almost a third of the spots for this year’s Virgin Festival remain unannounced, they’ve made some progress in filling out what’s going on the weekend of September 6 and 7 by announcing the DJs for the Bacardi B-Live tent. Not being a dance/electronic music guy, most of the names meant nothing to me, but the big one certainly did. were announced this week with a bunch of names I don’t know and one that I do – Moby. My arch-nemesis – my great white whale, if you will – will be spinning on day two. There will be a reckoning. Oh yes. But first, hopefully there’ll be some more performers announced sooner rather than later.
Also happening on Toronto Islands this Summer is Wakestock, running July 24 to 27. There’s usually a passel of bands of the punk rock variety along for the ride and this this year they’ll also have the likes of Metric and We Are Scientists to soundtrack all the extreme sporting.
JAM, NOW and OnMilwaukee.com talk to Alejandro Escovedo about his new record Real Animal. He’s in town Monday and in addition to his show at the Mod Club that evening, he’s doing an acoustic in-store and signing at the HMV in Yorkville at 12:30 PM. And congratulations to Neil who won the passes to the evening performance.
Mogwai have offered up the first taste of their next album The Hawk Is Howling, out September 23. They’re at the Kool Haus on September 24.
Joey Burns of Calexico discusses the back to basics creative process behind Carried To Dust with Beatroute while John Covertino talks to Metro Times. We’ll hear the fruits of their labours this Sunday night when they play the Mod Club. Also on the bill are Woodpigeon, who talk to eye about the state of the arts in their native Calgary. Congratulations to Joe who won the passes to the show.