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Drums of Death, Live at FIXED, This Friday

Long story short, I love me some Drums of Death. The Glasgowian underlord's moniker is the alter-ego of Colin Bailey, who emerged from London's club scene in early 2008 and after Joe Goddard from Hot Chip and Alex Waldron heard a tape of his music, signed him to their record label and party crew: Greco-Roman. Stories quickly began to emerge in the press that he was cursed by some voodoo magic and had his heart cut out and replaced with a broken drum machine. That. Is. Awesome.




This Friday, at Public Assembly for part of the FIXED show series, DoD will take the stage for a live performance. Now, last time I caught the facepainted monster, he was opening for Peaches at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and he put on a terrorizingly terrific set. More of the same will surely be in effect this weekend, as he's gearing up to drop an album, and the new songs we've already heard, well, WHEW, they's a beast's dream.


Want to hit up the gig? More information on tickets and times can be found here.


Do it.


mp3: Drums Of Death - Got Yr Thing





Beastly Bits #114

Today's a big one, eh? Yeah, yeah it is, and I could not be more excited...




...because Belly of the Beast on EVR starts tonight. Premiere, launch, beginnings, etc...RADNESS! But first, a full day of music. And bits... 


Ana Tijoux's 1977 is the free iTunes single of the week. We already loved it once, but now we can dig it some more, and you can too. Go get it here.


Donate to ASPCA and Tokyo Police Club will toss you the video and two remixes of Wait Up (Boots of Danger) from RAC and DOM. link


Foals announce a MySpace secret show...in Australia. link


Hercules & Love Affair give some music recommendations to Dazed before hitting London's Lovebox Festival this weekend. link


Couple of new and old fixers that II think you might like to own. They are below. They are awesome.


mp3: Ne-Yo (featuring Lady Gaga) - Beautiful Monster (Craig Vanity Mix)

mp3: Crystal Fighters - In The Summer (SRC Remix)

mp3: Peaches - Billionaire (Drums of Death Remix)



twack marks #13 - Hot Chip - One Life Stand

Since debuting their earliest musical experiments nearly 10 years ago, Hot Chip have been known as pioneers of rhythmic electropop. Their first full-length, Coming on Strong, was warmly received, although their sophomore effort solidified a staunch fan base, all of whom now eagerly anticipate the band's 4th studio album, One Life Stand.

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In early 2009, Hot Chip-man, Alexis Taylor, made mention that the new recordings were going to be "a bit calmer this time" in comparison to previous works that are "more mid-tempo and disco influenced". While I did have this "disclaimer" in mind before the maiden spin of One Life Stand, how would that affect the marks given to each track? Read on and find out.


Hot Chip - 01 - Thieves in the Night [great choice for opener with a mix of thunderous drums and harmonic synths...6 minutes of power...A-] Hot Chip - 02 - Hand Me Down Your Love [piano-driven tune lends to a funkier /repetitive HC. isn't that what we expect from them though...B] Hot Chip - 03 - I Feel Better [someone called it a house version of "la isla bonita" yesterday...cant say i disagree or hate the track...A-] Hot Chip - 04 - One Life Stand [opening spine-shaking beat is sadly the highlight of this messy title track...stops short of potential...B-] Hot Chip - 05 - Brothers [from first note knew this'd be my fave...lush vocals...this is not your dancey hot chip...get ready to feel...A+] Hot Chip - 06 - Slush [yawn, you've lost me on this one boys...from the previous tender jam to this slow "ballad", if you will, is meh...C-] Hot Chip - 07 - Alley Cats [starts off cute enough but gosh, these emo-fueled tracks don't lend to the dancing that wants to come out...C] Hot Chip - 08 - We Have Love [nice change from past 2 but again, this one is on the cusp of being great and falls just short...damn it...B-] Hot Chip - 09 - Keep Quiet [you've gotta be kidding me...another one that plods along...who was going through drama while writing this...C-]

Hot Chip - 10 - Take it In [picking up tempo to close out the album...symphonic chorus vocals are sweetening...liked more on 3rd listen...B


Here's my beastly reaction to the album as a whole. Simply, it doesn't work. While yes, the production is spot-on and I have the utmost respect for the time and effort it goes into creating one unique track, let alone 10, there is a haphazard discontinuity from start to finish. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the slower tracks simply because they "aren't bangers". In fact, you'll note that my favorite cut (Brothers) is not your typical Hot Chip up-tempo jam. There's simply a passionate aspect missing to the songs that, I feel, were designed to incite some sort of emotional, rather than physical, reaction. Let's put it this way. If One Life Stand were cut into two EPs, I would leave the second half untouched and continue to spin the first five tracks...over and over.

Hot Chip's One Life Stand is out February 9 on EMI. Pre-order here. Dividerline

mp3: Hot Chip - One Life Stand (Drums Of Death Remix)

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