There looks to be a new Scottish sensation and according to him, he invented disco, even though he was born in the 80’s. Calvin Harris, who seems to be a fan of Michael Jackson, disco, and house music has created ‘Acceptable in the 80’s’, which to me, is an excellent pop gem that thumps from start to finish. The Internet likes to compare him to Hot Chip and LCD Soundstem, and that is how I stumbled upon him. Wouldn’t you be curious to hear what someone with those comparisons sounds like?
Mesmerizing, definite top 10 material, excellent updated shoegaze were some of the many phrases/adjectives people were saying about UK mastermind James Chapman, a.k.a Maps before I gave his record, ‘We Can Create’ a spin. Man, was this ever something written for my tastes. All tracks are layered in heavy keyboard and synth sounds that create an atmospheric sound with Chapman’s lush vocals sounding so pristine over each layer of spacey goodness. Highly recommended. Give it another spin if you already have.
Two-thirds of MiS will be out in Denver early next week to take in a couple shows at one of the most celebrated outdoor venues in the US. The other third (me) will be stuck at work in Chicago. Ain’t that some shit?
Jealousy aside, I have no other choice but to live vicariously through them as they experience the potent combination of LCD Soundsystem & Arcade Fire on Monday, and Muse on Tuesday.
As the guys prepare for the show on Monday evening with a can of Sparks, I offer up this Soulwax remix as the appetizer to a fantastic night of live music.
I have been eagerly anticipating the Features show on Saturday at Double Door in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. When we last saw the Features, they were opening consecutive nights for the Raconteurs at the Riveria over the New Year holiday. Both nights were certainly memorable, but there was something missing from both performances. Perhaps it had to do with the larger venue. Or perhaps it was their status as opening band for a crowd unmistakingly there to ring in the New Year with the Racounters. Nonetheless, I’m glad their back around again. They are one of the most lively acts I’ve ever witnessed on stage, and I refuse to leave on Saturday night until my face is melted.
Check out their myspace page for a couple of new songs, particularly “Late Night” which was included on a 7″ split with fellow Nashvillians, Slack.
“It takes a little commotion now, to get a rise out of you.”
As you know, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire are touring together, and just today, I decided to join the mayhem out in Colorado. This show makes me think of nothing other than this song. Seriously, it’s that exciting!!