Friday, March 30, 2007

La Biscotte | Teitur

(entry by Anne)

Teitur vient des îles Faroes, un groupement d’îles danoises situées entre
l’Écosse et l’Islande. Intéressé très jeune par la musique, il quittera son
île à 17 ans pour suivre un parcours musical pour le moins surprenant. Après
avoir signé chez Universal aux Etats-Unis, il a tourné avec son jeune
groupe. En 2003, il a sorti son premier album « Poetry ans Aeroplanes »
avant de signer sur un label indépendant allemand (Edel Records). Tietur
chante des chansons folk pour les demoiselles. Mais aussi pour les jeunes
hommes mélancoliques… Cerise sur le gateau : Teitur diffuse chaque semaine
une nouvelle chanson inédite sur son site internet.


Teitur comes from the Faroes Islands (in-between Iceland and Scotland), a
group of islands that are part of Denmark. Early interested in music, he
will leave his island at 17 to have a very particular musical carrer. After
signing to Universal Records in the US, he went on tour with his former
small band. In 2003, he released his debut solo album « Poetry and
» before signing for a independant german label (Edel Records).
Teitur sings soft folk songs for girls. But also for melancolic boys… Icing
on the cake : Teitur recorded a new unreleased track every week and had it available on his website.

mp3:Teitur- "Rough Around The Edges"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

official site: Teitur
My Space: Teitur

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Today's Brew | The Sugar Report

From NYC, these guys definitely have an Interpol influence in their sound (and in turn pay homage to The Chameleons (UK)), and a bit of Brit pop influence in their vocals reminiscent of the croonings of the heydays of Pulp. Their sound isn't as angular as Interpol, but has more of a dancier beat similiar to VHS or Beta. Definitely worth checkin' out if you dig the whole post-punk or as now some would classify, the neo post-punk genre.

Visit their My Space to stream their music and also download one of their tracks.
They play a show with Calla with Dirty on Purpose at the Bowery Ballroom (NYC)- for details check out the site as well.

official site: The Sugar Report
My Space: The Sugar Report

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Today's Brew | Cat Power

We revisit last year's album of the year, at least in my book, with a bonus track that has also been in my heavy rotation the past day.

From the album, The Greatest (Japan release- includes two bonus tracks):
mp3: Cat Power- "Dreams (Japan bonus track)"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

My previous entry about Chan ovah here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Today's Brew | Feist

I've been listening to The Reminder this whole weekend, and the song "Past in Present" has a catchy Broken Social Scene feel to it. Almost makes me think of their song "7_4 (Shoreline)" for some strange reason. Its one song that seems to just grow on me from the whole album.

From the album "The Reminder":
mp3: Feist- "Past in Present"

From their self titled album Broken Social Scene (2005):
mp3: Broken Social Scene- "7_4 (Shoreline)"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Be sure to check out her My Space for the Sea Lion Woman webisodes--

YouTube: Feist- "Sea Lion Woman- Webisode #1"

official site: Feist
My Space: Feist

Monday, March 26, 2007

Second Cup | Arcade Fire

La Biscotte | Ez3kiel

(entry by Anne)

La scène musicale française a la particularité d’avoir un son électro-dub
bien à elle. Moins « roots » que ses grandes frères anglais ou américains,
l’électro-dub à la française sait prendre ses aises dans un style aux
frontières pas très définies, dynamisé depuis les années 2000 par un label
Jarring Effects et des groupes comme High Tone, Zenzile, Mei Tei Sho, Le
Peuple de l’Herbe et Ez3kiel. Ce dernier est certainement celui qui a poussé
le plus loin les frontières des genres, s’offrrant une tournée et un disque
avec le quatuor à cordes belge DAAU et sortant le mois prochain un projet
pour le moins déroutant. Le groupe, plus habituée aux ambiances sombres d’un
electro-dub planant, s’offre une récréation en sortant un double dijipack
sous le nom de Naphtaline contenant un projet multimédia intéractif très
abouti et un CD de… ballades et de berceuses. Et comme Ez3kiel aime les sons
très travaillés, le résultat s’avère réellement surprenant.


The French music scene has its particularity to its very own electro-dub
sound. Less roots than its English and American older brothers, French
electro-dub makes itself at home in blurred fontiers’style, dynamised by a
label Jarring Effects with such group as High Tone, Zenzile, Mei Tei Sho, Le
Peuple de l’Herbe and Ez3kiel. Out of all these groups, Ez3kiel has certainly pushed the boundaries in their genre, by touring with a Belgium cello quatuor called DAAU and releasing next month a very weird and yet surprising project. The group, known more for its dark ambiances of mindblowing electro-dub, will release a double dijipack called Naphtaline in which you could find a multimedia interactive DVD and a CD containing… ballads and lullabies. And since Ez3kiel has a very studied sound, the results are quite surprising.

From the album "Handle with Care" (2001):
mp3: Ez3kiel-"Jah's Hardcore"
(for a limited time only)

Listen to an extract of Naphtaline (CD) over here.
See an extract of Naphtaline (DVD) over here.
official site: Ez3kiel

Friday, March 23, 2007

Today's Brew | The National

The Takeaway Show from La Blogotheque featured a new track "Start a War", which I had posted this past Tuesday.
Here's another track.

mp3: The National- "Fake Empire"

American Mary: The National
My Space: The National

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Today's Brew | The Rosebuds

Stream their new song off on their My Space. Their new album Night of the Furies to be released in April. I'm sure its also floating around on various blog sites as well.

From their 2005 album "Birds Make Good Neighbors":
mp3: The Rosebuds- "Bluebird"

official site: The Rosebuds
My Space: The Rosebuds

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Evening Brew | YouTube and Politics

We interrupt our regularly schedule blogging for a non-music entry.
It is political, but don't be afraid.

For those living in the US of A, they are calling this upcoming election as the YouTube election.
This ad pays homage to one of the classic commercials of all time.

Obama vs Hillary
Round 1- Goes to Obama.

Back to our regulary scheduled blogging.
ADD does not endorse any particular political least not right now.

Today's Brew | Carissa's Wierd

With a previous entry, we take a second look at the band known as Carissa's Wierd. The word "wierd" is intentionally spelled wrong. The group formed by Jenn Ghetto and Mat Brooke, with the addition of Jeff Hellis, Ben Bridwell, Sarah Standard, and Sera Cahoone. And as the group splintered off, various members paved their own path into the Seattle soundscape.

YouTube: Carissa's Wierd- "Sympathy Bush"

Stream their music at My Space: Carissa Wierd (not official site)
Carissa Wierd- (1995-2003)

Jenn Ghetto-
mp3: S- "Falling"

Sera Cahoone-

My Space: Sera Cahoone

Ben Bridwell & Mat Brooke (leaves in summer 2006)
mp3: Band of Horses- "Bass Song"

Mat Brooke-
My Space: Archives

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Afternoon Brew | Archives

Seattle's The Stranger has an interesting article about Mat Brooke's new band, Archives.
"Sleepdriving" featured on their My Space for download has been on my repeat this whole afternoon. It's turning to be one of my fave songs this year.

(excerpt text taken from The Stranger article)

But when asked about Band of Horses, Brooke is reticent.
"Uh-oh," he chuckles and stirs his drink. "Here we go.
"Nothing," he says. "Nothing happened.... I really enjoyed writing some stuff on that first record, and I enjoyed making the record a lot. That was a blast. And, uh, I also enjoy not doing it."

He laughs. Rather than annoyed, he seems weakly amused by the attention his departure gets:
"How should I put this? We all agreed to do our own things.... The story is dark, and, uh, it's no fun."

Read the full article ovah here.

Stream/ download a couple of the tracks ovah My Space: Archives

Second Cup | The National

The National- "Start A War"

Today's Brew | Andrew Bird

Today is also the official release date from the Bird.

From the album "Armchair Apocrypha":
mp3:Andrew Bird- "Heretics"

From the 2005 release "The Mysterious Production of Eggs":
mp3:Andrew Bird- "A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left"

official site: Andrew Bird
My Space: Andrew Bird

As mentioned prior, the album "Sound of Silver" by LCD Soundsystem is getting rave reviews. Even P'Folk gave it whoppin' 9.2.
I haven't given the album a thorough listen, so thus I didn't include it on my list.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Late Late Night Brew | Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid

Also dropping tomorrow...
Tongues is the new record from Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) and Steve Reid.
‘Tongues’ is a bit hectic to be considered straight chill-out music, and perhaps not fiery enough to charm the dedicated avant fan. But the tag ‘experimental’ is all too often used as a get-out clause to excuse tuneless, ideas-free music, it’s actually quite exciting to see two musicians willing to travel outside their comfort zone. (text excerpt by Louis Pattison, BBC)

From the album "Tongues":
mp3:Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - "The Sun Never Sets"
mp3:Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid- "People Be Happy / Rhythm Dance (Audion's Highlight Mix)"

Also check out:
BBC Collective- Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid
(from 2006)

official site: Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid

Late Night Brew | LCD Soundsystem

From their album "Sound of Silver", which has been gettin some glowing reviews by various critics, officially drops tomorrow.

video: LCD Soundsystem- "North American Scum" (Real Vid)
directed by Ben Dickinson

First Quarter: Best of '07 (so far)

It's that time of year again here at ADD. And I'm sure most are already sick of lists from the myriads of lists that appeared online from all over the place. Just see this list as a quarterly report of what I consider the "best of" (so far), this year.
And of course, I really don't write too much about the album...I just let the album speak for itself with a track or vid.
(currently Blogger's been acting a bit weird, so I'll have links up soon)
So enjoy.

The list compiled of album releases from: January 1st- March 31st 2007.

And of course as always, this list is incomplete, but a nice barometer of what I thought were some notable releases thus far. So here's my picks of the best releases within the first quarter of 2007.

1. Menomena- Friend and Foe
release date: January 23

Video QT: Menomena- "Wet and Rusting"

Stream the full album: album.
mp3: Menomena- "Wet and Rusting"

2. Explosions in the Sky- All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
release date: February 20

mp3:Explosions in the Sky- "Welcome Ghosts"

3. Low-Drums and Guns
release date: March 20

mp3:Low- "Breaker"

4. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
release date: March 6

Check out their NPR performance ovah here.
Boo. To NBC for putting down the SNL performance.

5. Besnard Lakes- The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
release date: February 20

mp3:Besnard Lakes- "And You Lied To Me"

6. Deerhoof- Friend Opportunity
release date: January 23

mp3:Deerhoof- "+81"

7. The Good, the Bad & the Queen
release date: January 23

YouTube- The Good, The Bad & The Queen- "Kingdom of Doom"

8. Dälek- Abandoned Language
release date: February 27

Click through here to check out a sample track of "Paragraphs Relentless" ovah here.

9. !!! (chk chk chk)- Myth Takes
release date: March 6

YouTube- !!! (chk chk chk)- "Heart of Hearts"

Stream the song "Much Farther To Go" ovah here.

Here's a look at last year's- First Quarter: 2006.  

10. Rosie Thomas-These Friends of Mine
release date: March 13

Here's a look at last year's- First Quarter: 2006.

Friday, March 16, 2007

La Biscotte | Wax Tailor (new music)

(entry by Anne)

Wax Tailor est incontestablement le génie français de l’eclectro-hip-hop.
Maître dans l’art de mixer ces deux genres aux extraits sonores et autres
voix de sirènes, le Français ne semble connaître aucune limite.
Alors que son nouvel album sortira en France le 2 avril prochain et aux
Etats-Unis le lendemain, il est d’ores et déjà en écoute intégrale sur le
MySpace de Wax Tailor en streaming.


Wax Tailor is incontestably THE french electro-hip-hop genius. Master in the
art of mixing this two styles with sound extracts and other sirens voices,
this french producer seems to have no limit.
Whereas his new album will be released in France on the 2nd of May and the
day after in the US, it can already entirely be listened on Wax Tailor’s
MySpace page in streaming.

*Previous entries about Wax Tailor over here.

mp3:Wax Tailor- "The Tune"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

official site: Wax Tailor
My Space: Wax Tailor

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Late Night Brew | SXSW Part 3

Our final look at some highlights of just a few band that will be at the festival this whole week. A quick at the Friday and Saturday happenings.


Friday, March 16 9:00 p.m. at Soho Lounge :
mp3:Alamo Race Track- "Don't beat this dog"

Friday, March 16 10:00 p.m. at Antone's:
mp3:My Brightest Diamond- Something of An End"
Friday, March 16 11:20 p.m. at Club One 15:
mp3:Bedroom Walls- "Somewhere in Newhall" (from LA- pretty close to where i live)

Friday, March 16 11:30 p.m. at Zero Degrees:
mp3:Daedelus -"Sundown"
Friday, March 16 12:00 a.m. at The Rio:
mp3:Instituto Mexicano de Sonido-"Mirando a Las Muchachas"
Friday, March 16 12:00 a.m. at Habana Calle 6 Annex: Apostle of Hustle

Friday, March 16 12:45 a.m. at Stubb's: The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Friday, March 16 12:00 a.m. at Red 7:
mp3:Headlights- "TV"
Friday, March 16 1:00 a.m. at Red 7:
mp3:Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin-"Oregon Girl"
Friday, March 16 1:00 a.m. at Antone's: The Dap Kings featuring Sharon Jonese
Friday, March 16 1:00 a.m. at Whisky Bar :
mp3:The Ettes- "No More Surprises"


Saturday, March 17 8:00 p.m. at Emo's Main Room : Buzzcocks

Saturday, March 17 9:00 p.m. at La Zona Rosa:
video-Real:Mew- "The Zookeeper's Boy"

Saturday, March 17 9:00 p.m. at Beauty Bar Patio:   
mp3:Fields- "Sit Tight"

Saturday, March 17 9:00 p.m. at Elysium:   
mp3:The Berg Sans Nipple-"Mystic Song"

Saturday, March 17 10:00 p.m. at Beauty Bar Patio:
mp3 download:Tilly and the Wall- "Lost Girls" (courtesy of insound)
Saturday, March 17 11:00 p.m. at Beauty Bar Patio: The Pipettes
Saturday, March 17 11:00 p.m. at Stubb's: Spoon
Saturday, March 17 12:00 a.m. at Beauty Bar Patio: Tokyo Police Club

Saturday, March 17 12:00 a.m. at Copa:
mp3:Au Revoir Simone-"Fallen Snow"

Saturday, March 17 12:00 a.m. at Elephant Room:
mp3:Hiromi- "Time Out"

Saturday, March 17 12:00 a.m. at Buffalo Billiards:
video QT:Midlake- "Young Bride"

Saturday, March 17 12:30 p.m. at Stubb's: The Stooges

Saturday, March 17 1:00 a.m. at Buffalo Billiards:
mp3:The Kissaway Trail- "Smother Evil Hurt"

Saturday, March 17 1:00 a.m. at Elysium:
mp3:Girl Talk- "Bounce That"


But I've only highlighted a few, but there are tons of bands playing for Friday and beyond...
For details on who's playing when and where:
official site: SXSW- showcasing artists

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Today's Brew | SXSW Glance Part 2

More highlights of just a few bands that will be at the festival this whole week.


Thursday, March 15 8:00 p.m. at Buffalo Billiards:
mp3:Say Hi To Your Mom- "These Fangs"
Thursday, March 15 8:15 p.m. at Beauty Bar Patio:
mp3:Protokoll- "Moving Forward"
Thursday, March 15 9:00 p.m. at Elysium:
mp3:Thomas Dolby- "She Blinded Me With Science" (live)
Thursday, March 15 9:00 p.m. at Emo's Main Room:
mp3:Under Byen- "Af samme stof som stof"

Thursday, March 15 10:00 p.m. at Blender Bar at the Ritz
mp3:Midnight Movies- "Patient Eye"
Thursday, March 15 11:30 p.m. at Mohawk Patio:
mp3:Richard Swift- "The Songs of National Freedom"{
Thursday, March 15 12:00 a.m. at Eternal: Amy Winehouse.

Thursday, March 15 12:30 a.m. at Antone's
mp3:Sparklehorse- "Morning Hollow"
Thursday, March 15 12:30 a.m. at Emo's IV Lounge:
mp3:My Brightest Diamond- Something of An End" (solo acoustic set)
Thursday, March 15 1:00 a.m. at Buffalo Billiards:
mp3:Menomena- Wet And Rusting (it appears this will be a DJ set?)


But I've only highlighted a few, but there are tons of bands playing for the whole day of Thursday...
For details on who's playing when and where:
official site: SXSW- showcasing artists

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Late Night's Brew | SXSW Glance Part 1

As the millions (well, maybe not millions, but more like thousands) descend upon the streets of Austin TX to push, fight, angrily jab their way through the crowds of people to catch this year's SXSW.
Its become the "mecca" of music festivals as hundreds of bands play their heart out in hopes to create a stir, a buzz, the next big thing. A pilgrimage so to speak for the countless music bloggers, music fans to catch a glimpse and cram in as many bands, shows in less than a week. Its definitely an attention deficit disorders (ADD) or audio deficit disorders (ADD) paradise.

Unfortunately, we won't be there to enjoy in the melee, but we thought we highlight just a few that will be at the festival this whole week.
Starting off with...
Wednesday, March 14 9:00 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina:
mp3:Oh No! Oh My!- "Walk in the Park"

Wednesday, March 14 8:30 p.m. at Dirty Dog Bar:
mp3:Bat for Lashes- "What's A Girl To Do" (not the full song)
Wednesday, March 14 10:00 p.m. at Emo's Main Room
mp3:Beirut- "Elephant Gun"

Wednesday, March 14 11:00 p.m. at Antone's:
mp3:The Rosebuds- "Bluebird"
Wednesday, March 14 11:30 p.m. at Beauty Bar Patio:
mp3:Illinois- "Alone Again"

Wednesday, March 14 11:30 p.m. at La Zona Rosa:
mp3:Tunng- "Tale From Black"
Wednesday, March 14 12:00 a.m. at Blender Bar at the Ritz:
mp3:Let's Go Sailing- "Sideways"
Wednesday, March 14 12:45 a.m. at Emo's Main Room
mp3:Blonde Redhead- "23"


But I've only highlighted a few, but there are tons of bands playing for the whole day of Wednesday...
For details on who's playing when and where:
official site: SXSW- showcasing artists

Today's Brew | Wilco

I'm really late on this one as I'm sure its been blogged to death, but their new song is definitely worth checking out. Jeff Tweedy and company return with their follow up from their 2004 album, A Ghost Is Born. Their new album is set to be released in a couple of months as its called "Sky Blue Sky".

From their album "Sky Blue Sky" (release date: May 15th):
mp3: Wilco- "What Light"
Also for download at their My Space site.

official site: Wilco
My Space: Wilco

Be sure to check out the ever-entertaining Passion of the Weiss and his take on the whole Menomena show. I'd have to concur and say the lead singer looks a bit like Dave Grohl.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Late Night's Brew | Thao Nguyen w/The Get Down Stay Down

Be sure to stream new songs "Swimming Pools" and "Fear and Convenience" at her My Space site.
The new album is set to be released through the Kill Rock Star label.

Thao and company are in LA for a three day show around town:
Mar 13 Silver Lake Lounge
Mar 14 temple bar
Mar 15 2007 Tangier

My previous entry about her ovah here.

official site: Thao Nguyen
My Space: Thao Nguyen

Today's Brew | Menomena-mania

So I caught the Menomena show atthe Echo this past weekend. Quite an amazing show. Unfortunately I don't have any visual stimuli to entice your eyes of what the show was like. Since my poor digital camera has officially passed onto digital heaven. (RIP- my sony cybershot) But then again, you would ask, why not take a picture from your own cellphone? Here lies the problem, my cellphone doesn't have a camera? How weird is that? Well I'm in for an upgrade on my phone, since I haven't done it for sometime...maybe I should. Oh, so back to the show I went to, after fighting off my allergies that I really had a horrible case of the night before, and that I sat through almost three hours of watching the movie Zodiac (which I highly recommend). I was a bit out of it. For some strange reason the bands that played prior to Menomena just didn't do much for me, Bon Savant and Parson Redhead. Maybe I was still suffering from my post-3hour movie syndrome with a dash of repressed allergies about to blow my head off. But once, Menomena, I was able to prolong the agonizing onset of my allergies-sinuses to catch their performance. So not much of a review other than my whining and complaining, but I blame it on my allergies-sinuses. And the most I've ever written for an entry.
Maybe being somewhat apologetic for the fact that: a) I have nothing to show visually b) i have allergies- damnit...argh!

The song that really did it for me was when they played this song.
mp3:Menomena- "Muscle'n Flow'
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Friday, March 09, 2007

La Biscotte | Benni Hemm Hemm

(entry by Anne)

Benni Hemm Hemm est le I’m From Barcelana islandais. Comme son alter ego suédois, le groupe ne se déplace qu’en troupeau et aime les orchestrations faisonnantes. Les Islandais se démarquent surtout par sa batterie de cuivres
chaleureux. Fanfare pop atypique, Benni Hemm Hemm est actuellement en tournée dans toute l’Europe.

Benni Hemm Hemm is the Nordic version of I’m From Barcelona. As is Swedish alter ego the group likes luxuriant orchestrations and only moves in « herd ». The Islandic distinguish themselves by their warm brass section. This atypical pop fanfare is right now on tour all over Europe.

mp3: Benni Hemm Hemm- "Labbi"
mp3:Benni Hemm Hemm- "I Can Love You In A Wheelchair Baby"
mp3:Benni Hemm Hemm- "Skvavars"
mp3:Benni Hemm Hemm-"Lovely"

official site: Benni Hemm Hemm
My Space: Benni Hemm Hemm

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Today's Brew | Battles

Their My Space site, best describes their sound in "sounds like" as:
beep, boop, boop, crash, beep, loop, fwount, bang, beep, boop, loop, sing, sing, beep, boop, thanks you've been a wonderful audience.

I'd have to agree with Gorilla vs Bear that this could potentially
be the video of the year.
From their "Mirrored" album (release date: April 2nd):
YouTube: Battles- "Atlas"
Video directed by Tim Saccenti

official site: Battles
My Space: Battles