5 posts categorized "caroline polachek"

11/08/2010

Violens (featuring Caroline Polachek) - Violent Sensation Descends (French Duet Version)

Neither new nor breaking (when it comes to this song), but definitely in the top of my "wowzies this is really great music" thinkings, Violens' debut album, Amoral, hits all the right buttons. From influencer sounds like The Smiths, The Doors and Velvet Underground up through the more delicate intricacies of modern day melody makers, the New York trio easily slips in with a sure-shot into a be[a]st of the year offering. Here below, you'll find the video for Violent Sensation Descends, which is, in all of it's 2:16 in length...amazing.

 

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While this serves as the bands' current single, a few weeks ago, they shared a rendition with their gal pal, Caroline Polachek, from Chairlift. Dubbed the French Duet Version, this interpretation serves as today's answer to a neat Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgette Bardot (or Jane Birkin if you feel so inclined) coup, and sure, that's an easy as pie association to make. But screw it. Cause it works like a damn charm.

 

Get infatuated with me below, and buy Amoral here. You will not be sorry.

 

PS: Remember, this is not the first time that Polachek and Violens rocked my world; the first being their Justin Bieber SGIN, which is in part tongue-in-cheek, and in whole, perfection.

 

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mp3: Violens (featuring Caroline Polachek) - Violent Sensation Descends (French Duet Version)

 

 

07/26/2010

Holy Ghost! - I Know, I Hear (new video!)

Holy Ghost! are quickly emerging (as if they aren't already known and loved) as a staple favorite of every cool kids' summer time lovin'. With a bit of pop, a ton of disco, and all the know-how to make you groove and move, these DFA dudes are primed to takeover the remaining year's seasons...thanks to a tour that kicks off today, along with a brand new video for I Know, I Hear.

 

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HG!'s North American tour begins tonight at Washington DC's 9:30 Club, with headliners Chromeo. They'll come back through NYC on July 29 at Bowery Ballroom and later this summer on September 4 at PS1. Next Wednesday, August 4, finds the boys taking up with Hot Chip and Hercules and Love Affair, for SummerStage.

 

Now, the video for I Know, I Hear, which features Caroline Polachek of Chairlift on backing vocals in the black and white clip.

 

More tour info here.

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mp3: Holy Ghost! - I Know, I Hear

 

 

05/17/2010

Holy Ghost!'s Rad Live Band Debut at Under 100

Typically we like to save our "exclamation points" until the end of a post title...to conjure up how stoked we are about what is new, what we just saw, and the like. But in the case of Holy Ghost!, the punctuation comes sooner than later, and hell, we're A-OK with that because it's almost like we're telling you how freaking psyched we were to be at their live band debut this past Saturday, May 15, without getting to the end of the sentence. Yep...so excited!

 

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We've been fans of HG! for, hell we'll say it, going on three years or so now. And generally speaking, we'd only caught them live in a strict DJ setting, where their concoction of dancey disco-pop and rock always left us drenched in sweat and with a super big smile slapped on our faces.

 

Enter Saturday night at Tribeca's Under 100...a basement space worthy of hosting exactly that number of people. With over double that figure crammed into the dark room, boys, girls, label mates and beasts alike all gathered for the New Yorkers' live band debut. Beginning just after midnight, the sweaty and sardine-like crowd were treated to the band's opening chords...full of lush and plush sounds that had everyone dancing through the rub ups and downs of the tight quarters.

 

Running the gamut of songs you've all heard and loved, like Hold On, Say My Name and Static on the Wire, Holy Ghost! were backed on vocals by Chris Glover (Penguin Prison) before being joined by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek for the finale, I Know I Hear.

 

Buy Holy Ghost!'s Static on the Wire EP here tomorrow. Full set of pictures from the show can be found here. Video of It's Not Over below as well.

  

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mp3: Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor (Holy Ghost! Edit)

mp3: Holy Ghost! - Hold On

05/12/2010

Caroline Polachek and Jorge Elbrecht Dub a Justin Bieber Video with Original Song

If this is the wave of the future in terms of releasing new material, then let Chairlift's frontwoman, Caroline Polachek, and Violens' member, Jorge Ebrecht, be the professors of your tutelage as to how to successfully make an international pop sensation's video relevant for the underground masses.

  

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Here's what the pair says about their recent collaboration.

 

"We went on YouYube to find a video among the highest ranks of hits, and came across [Justin Bieber's] Never Let You Go. Went on to make what we call a "sgin" (anagram of the word "sing") - an original song written specifically to synch into someone else's video on mute. Link to video here."

 

While they had issues loading back up to YouTube, due to using the official video footage of the Bieber tune, I came across this version of it, and hell if it doesn't work to perfection. They've seamlessly woven the vocals to match the pint-sized pop star's oral inflections and I simply can't stop watching it. For all the lyrics of their original, head here, cause you'll want to follow along. "You stupid slut" brings the LOLZ.

 

Watch the ingeniously-hilarious take now. Free mp3 of their original below as well.

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mp3: Chairlift and Violens - Never Let You Go (Justin Bieber SGIN)

mp3: The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Violens Remix)

mp3: Chairlift - Evident Utensil (Jacques Renault Remix)

  


05/10/2010

Sebastian Blanck - I Blame Baltimore (new video!)

Sebastian Blanck, co-founder of the experimental group Black Dice, parted ways most amicably) with the band a decade ago to focus on his visual art. His first musical output since then, in the form of debut album Alibi Coast, is quite decidedly different from the noise of his past. Rather, his solo songs marry lushly textured folk-pop arrangements filled with rich vocal harmonies. That said...I could cry to his tunes all day long and not think twice about it. So good.

 

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I Blame Baltimore is the opening track from the forthcoming June 22 release, and it's as gorgeous on the ears as it now is on your eyes, thanks to a newly-debuted video for the song. Set as a mini-space odyssey, the striking visuals pave way for the song to envelop you in a sea of warmth and love.

 

Let it be known: the 1:05 mark of both the sounds and sights moves me to tears every time.

 

Watch now. I'll stand by with tissues.

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mp3: Sebastian Blanck (featuring Caroline Polachek) - Thunder

  


 

 

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