World Cup fever is here! As usual I'll be supporting Argentina and the resident Caribbean team (this year it's Trinidad & Tobago). This most likely won't change until either Canada or Barbados has a World Cup level team. Yep, I don't see that happening anytime soon either. Regardless, there have been some fantastic matches so far.
Random Song 1: Band of Horses - The Funeral
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Solider
I mentioned The Raconteurs in an earlier post but ended up going on a Brendan Benson rant. Having listened to the full album several times, I must say it is actually quiet good. It is not the "great" album most people were expecting, but it is also not as disappointing as some critics have made it out to be. It’s just an entertaining album from a new band still trying to find their way. The albums has three distinctive parts: 1) The Jack White inspired tunes, 2) The Brendan Benson inspired songs, and 3) The joint venture. Yet the most interesting thing about this album is hearing the influence both singers have on each other. Brendan's songs have a harder edge, while Jack's has a more pop-melodic feel. This is most apparent in songs like Broken Boy Soldier, Store Bought Bones, and "Hands".
For all who wonder why I don't trust people in fake moustaches? Look no further than the second video version of "Steady As She Goes":
As a bonus, here is a live performance of my current favorite song off the album, "Yellow Sun":
Random Song 2: Nelly Furtado - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover)
The Fiery Furnaces -Bitter Tea
After listening to their latest album Bitter Tea, I am convinced that The Fiery Furnaces suffer from musical Attention Deficit Disorder. Normally I would be in favor of going on a typical, albeit peculiar, journey with the Furnaces. Yet for some reason Bitter Tea, which I acquired recently, took a long (and I mean long) time to grow on me. I would even go as far as recommending their song within a song album Blueberry Boat, before recommending this album. Despite tracks that harking back to their more accessible albums (Gallowsbird’s Bark and EP), Bitter Tea embraces the more experimental feel of Blueberry Boat. Unfortunately the results are not as satisfying as you would have expected. Yes, there are moments of Fiery goodness such as Teach Me Sweetheart and Police Sweater Blood Vow (acoustic KEXP versions linked for both). Yet those moments are forgotten once you are forced to endure songs like “Whistle Rhapsody”, which features moments of prolonged sonic distortion. I recommend listening to the Furnaces earlier work before attempting this album.
Random Song 3: The Futureheads - First Day
Immaculate Machine - Ones and Zeros
With the release of their second album last year, Immaculate Machine are positioning themselves for big things in the future. Hailing from Vancouver, Immaculate’s sound is very indie-pop. While Ones and Zeros is not as strong of an album as it could have been. There are still several tracks that will get stuck in you head for days. Most notably songs such as Broken Ship and Phone Number. Immaculate Machine are currently touring Canada this month, and the US in July. For tour dates check out the band's myspace page.
Keeping with the theme of sports and competition, here is the video for "Broken Ship."
IPod Workout Plan (World Cup Edition): No song today, just a classic clip for all the World Cup fans out there. Viva la World Cup: