Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I've Got A Lot To Say

So it's been a while. I was distracted during March and I apologize to anyone who was anticipating announcements from BONA FIDE. Don't ask what I was doing during these past work-shy weeks, I have no idea. Nevertheless, that time off gave me a chance to find more music-related news to share with you, including new albums, upcoming shows and undiscovered musicians.


The Decemberists' latest album, The Hazards of Love, was released digitally on March 17th and hard copies of the album were made available on March 24th. The Hazards of Love is the Portland-based band's fifth album and I can only describe it as a collection of 17 epic songs, that tell the whimsical story of a woman and her shape-shifting lover in merely 58 minutes and 36 seconds. Using an array of instruments including the bouzouki and the hammered dulcimer, The Decemberists have created a decent album heavily influenced by British folk music.


Peter Bjorn and John returned on March 31st with an album that seems to be the alter ego of their last success, Writer's Block. The album, entitled Living Thing, utilizes hand claps, finger snaps, synthesizers and Hot Chip influence, abandoning the chilled out sentimental sound present on the tracks of Writer's Block. Watch the music video for "Nothing To Worry About," the first single off of Living Thing, below. Prepare yourself. You are about to witness an epic dance off.

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On April 7th, The Thermals will be releasing their fourth LP, Now We Can See. The album's first single of the same name retains the solid guitar and catchy melody of past Thermals albums so I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the tracks. Keep checking back for updates and a review of the album.


RiP: A Remix Manifesto has been circulating throughout theaters located in our large neighbor to the north and will soon make its way to the United States. Canadian web activist and filmmaker, Brett Gaylor has created a documentary that challenges and questions remix culture, the media and the controversial topic of piracy. And guess what? The protagonist of this film is none other than the infamous mash-up artist, Girl Talk. The documentary focuses on Girl Talk, also known as Greg Gillis, as he struggles to fend off lawsuits brought on by his liberal sampling and successfully create unique music. Apparently, RiP debuts in the US this summer and I cannot wait to watch my favorite DJ in action, damning the man one song at a time. While I wait, I have been playing around and mixing footage from Rip: A Remix Manifesto. Make your own mash-up about mash-ups today.

Lastly, make sure to keep checking BONA FIDE for reviews of upcoming shows and information on undiscovered musicians, which will all be posted shortly. 

That is all I have to say for now.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Jack White Does It Again



In downtown Nashville on Wednesday, March 11th, a brand new supergroup made its debut. Formed by the pale, prominent guitarist Jack White, best known as the guitarist and lead singer of The White Stripes, the quartet that calls itself The Dead Weather consists of The Kills' Alison Mosshart, Jack White's fellow Raconteur Jack Lawrence, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and the mastermind White himself. With sultry Alison Mosshart undertaking the vocals and Lawrence, Fertita and White on bass, guitar and drums respectively, The Dead Weather seems promising.



The band's private performance that Wednesday night was on the stage of the rehearsal/performance space in the new Third Man Records building. Also created by Jack White, the Third Man establishment is a venue, office building, photo studio and vinyl record store that friends and associates of the band members trailed into to watch The Dead Weather play five songs off of their forthcoming debut album, Horehound, which will be released this June. They played their latest single, "Hang You from the Heavens" and a song entitled "Weapon" that Mosshart wrote, as well as covers Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?" and Bob Dylan's "New Pony." Watch the videos below or click on the links to listen to "Hang You from the Heavens" and their version of "Are Friends Electric?" (Both available on iTunes) to hear the pounding drums and Stripes-esque guitar that make up the shadowy style of The Dead Weather.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Glamour! Glitz! It's Blitz!

I have given up on trying to write a structured, long-winded review of Yeah Yeah Yeahs latest release, It's Blitz! I managed to find a few choice words that I can use to describe Karen O and Co.'s third album, but nothing with which to write an extensive evaluation. Blitz! is simply an album that makes you want to jump up and dance, whether or not you are listening to one of the mesmerizing ballads or a disco-inspired track. 

Backed by pulsing synthesizers and vigorous drumming, Karen O's vocals transform throughout the album and it sounds incredible. Her tender cooing that echoes throughout sentimental songs such as "Hysteric" drastically changes to a saucy staccato in "Dull Life" and changes once more when she cries out, "Off with your head Dance till you're dead" over a few rumbling guitar chords (Turns out there is still some guitar scattered throughout the album) on the track "Heads Will Roll." 


It is the simple, relaxed melodies akin to Joy Division that It's Blitz! contains that are the most surprising and captivating aspects of the album though. Karen O sings sweetly on every track, as opposed to the guttural noises and shrieks she released during the Fever to Tell days, except for when she was crooning on the epic ballad "Maps" off of that album. Also, guitarist-turned-keyboardist, Nick Zinner, rarely lets his guitar roar on Blitz! songs and I surmise that drummer Brian Chase will not be seen wildly whacking his drum set when these songs are performed live. 

With a sound that is similar to the Pixies playing with synths, Yeah Yeah Yeahs's It's Blitz! is a chilled-out after-party of a third album. That does not mean the fun is over though. YYYs are still calling you to the dance floor. No, not only to gyrate to blistering tracks such as "Heads Will Roll," "Zero" and "Dull Life," but to lock lips with a partner while twirling to the glittery ballads, "Hysteric," "Little Shadow" and "Skeletons." They know how to throw a party.

And if you think you can't dance?
Don't worry, Karen O is here to show you some moves.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It's Almost Here...!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs made an announcement today:

NEW RECORD RELEASE DATES = AROUND THE CORNER

The cat's out of the bag after IT'S BLITZ! escaped from our clutches into the big bad world last week. Why should some have and some have-not?

IT'S BLITZ! OFFICIAL NEW RELEASE DATES:

DIGITAL WORLDWIDE MARCH 9TH, US MARCH 10TH.

IN STORES US MARCH 31ST, WORLDWIDE APRIL 6TH.

YYYs have been brimming with nervous excitement in anticipation of releasing this record to the world! Leaks are NO FUN but it's out of our hands. Can't help but ask ourselves, "What would the PHILOSOPHER do in times such as these?" We now present PART II of the SNAKESWEAT TRILOGY, Mr. Brian Chase soothing our troubled souls in the PHILOSOPHER. LUV YYYs

Now that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are not feeling bitter about the leak and another strange video has been created for our entertainment, I am even more overjoyed to have the deluxe edition of It's Blitz! arriving in a week. 
 
Check back on March 10th to read the official It's Blitz! review.