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Remix: Isa GT’s “Pa Las Mamasitas” gets the Chris Video treatment

5 Sep

Chris Video

Miami DJ Chris Video took a stab at Isa GT’s “Pa Las Mamasitas” and came up with an addictive piece of strobing dancehall cohesion. Video took the original, a jaunty conga girl rap, and transformed it into a coked-up, layered wave of lights, sexuality and depravity. Video’s re-production of the song transforms Isa GT’s cute girl voice into a sexy, icy confidence, maybe if M.I.A. hailed from Medillin. 

Isa GT – Pa Las Mamasitas (Chris Video Remix) by Chris Video

Check out Chris Video’s other projects: BFGF is a lusty, stripped down electropop project. SoothsayersS is an experimental trip rock deal, like a lo-fi Gorillaz.

Live: Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 + Crystal Stilts

21 Aug

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 songs (backed by the Dean & Britta band)

At the 140-year-old Trocadero Theatre in Phila., PA, where minstrel, vaudeville and burlesque shows once did the trick, Dean Wareham played Galaxie 500 songs. Just after 10 p.m., Wareham, the 47-year-old dreampop hero, walked on stage with his beer, his bass-playing wife Britta and the rest of the band. With no preamble, Wareham and co. rode right on in to “Flowers,” the first track off of their 1988 debut Today.

Wareham’s voice is as haunting and inviting as it was over 20 years ago, and his guitar work alone is worth the price of admission. One of the benefits of seeing Wareham up close is getting a look at his expressive non-expression, where the muscles in his face are relieved of duty, eyelids refusing to come down, as he loses himself in each song. All the while cranking out gorgeous solos.

Wareham told a story about dropping acid a while back with friends, taking their socks and shoes off to dip their feet in the water. “I thought my toes were talking to me,” Wareham said in deadpan. And Wareham begat “Decomposing Trees.”

“Blue Thunder” is the classic car song. Wareham explained that he named his old blue ride after the feature film of the same name, starring Malcolm McDowell and Roy Scheider. Britta chimed in saying she had a green one, to which Wareham replied, “Green Thunder doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it?”

If you are a fan of Galaxie 500, Luna or Dean & Britta, this is a must-see show.

Setlist from 8/20/10 @ The Trocadero

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts opened for Dean Wareham with a perfect 30-minute set of their layered pop sound. Crystal Stilts get misbranded often as a lo-fi outfit because of their jangle. Seeing Wavves and Beach Fossils, despite some similar influences, is a completely different experience than seeing Crystal Stilts. Frontman Brad Hargett sounds exactly like Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. The critics who note their New Zealand (The Clean, The Saints, Wareham, The Bats and especially The Chills) influence got it right. The funny think about the NZ influence, known as the Dunedin Sound, is its roots in early garage and punk pioneers Velvet Underground and The Stooges while incorporating the perfect pop craft of The Beatles. Like those bands before them, The Stilts have no tricks. They just have the equation down pat: write great pop songs and know how to make it dirty.

WAVVES’ King of the Beach: Free Stream on Fat Possum

1 Jul

Click Nasty Nate and be swept away to the new album’s free stream courtesy of Fat Possum.

“You’re never gonna stop me,” sings Nathan Williams on the opening track, clearing up any misgivings of just who the King of the Beach really is.

Despite WAVVES’ rapid rise to underground stardom with Wavvves and his subsequent insipid fall from grace, Williams comes charging back with an unapologetic string of songs confronting what went down in 2009. It is peaceful, playful, snarky, compelling, mature and an instant classic.

When Williams sings “I’d apologize, but it wouldn’t mean shit,” he is speaking to both himself and those who turned their backs. One can’t help but notice the peace he has come to in charging those demons. There is a clarity amongst the fuzz, without replacing the fuzz.

Just as important as Williams’ mental state is the craftsmanship and maturity of the music. Those artists who embrace the lo-fi culture have easy beginnings, but jutting the boredom of the fuzz and simplicity and emerging with fresh sound is difficult and often the downfall of a lo-fi superstar. Just as Williams confronted his doubters, he jammed a riflebutt right in the genre’s chest and produced a classic with well-crafted pop that doesn’t have to fight through the fuzz, but is given the right to live alongside of it.

WAVVES

Fri-Aug-06    Chicago, IL  Lollapalooza
Sat-Aug-07    Chicago, IL  Empty Bottle Lollapalooza afterparty *
Thu-Aug-12    San Diego, CA Museum of Contemporary A
Fri-Aug-13    Pomona, CA    The Glass House #
Sat-Aug-14    Portland, OR    Berbati’s Pan
Mon-Aug-16    Santa Barbara, CA    Soho
Tue-Aug-17    Santa Cruz, CA    Crepe Place
Wed-Aug-18    San Francisco, CA    Rickshaw Stop
Wed-Aug-25    Seattle, WA    Neumos
Thu-Aug-26    Vancouver, BC    Biltmore
Fri-Aug-27    Victoria, BC    Sugar
Mon-Aug-30    Sacramento, CA    Sol Collective
Tue-Aug-31    Visalia, CA    Howie and Sons Pizza

* = w/ Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
# = w/ The Cool Kids

wavves
Wavves
King of the Beach
(Fat Possum)
Physical Street date: Aug. 3, 2010

King Of The Beach
Super Soaker
Idiot
When Will You Come?
Post Acid
Take On The World
Baseball Cards
Convertible Balloon
Green Eyes
Mickey Mouse
Linus Spacehead
Baby Say Goodbye