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.


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.

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