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NPR calls Gold Panda "best new electronic music" last year and The Guardian awarded him as "2010 Guardian First Album award", and based on hearing Lucky Shiner (released September 2010 via Ghostly Records), they both are onto something.
I don't listen to electronic music that often, but I do know what I like, generally a good beat and grooves, but not too thumpy. What it also does well is to not sound repetive and each song do not sound like the other. The good news is that songs on Lucky Shiner sounds different from each other. I'll give you an example, "You" sounds very Eastern/Indian sitar type, followed by an electronic "Vanilla", and still followed by a very acoustic song called "Parents".
One of the stronger track on here, "Marriage", sounds like what Moby would do in 1990. There's lots of earthy and man-made sound, they all give the song a very international vibe to it, especially with the airplane noises. I'm glad to see that he's chosen that song as a new single, because starting April 16th, you can get a limited 12" of Marriage as a single for Record Store Day (however the digital single will be available on March 1st). The single comes with the original mix, appearing on Lucky Shiner as well as three other remixes by Star Slinger, Baths, and Forest Swords.
Gold Panda is touring all 2011, will be back in the US for SXSW, so I'll try and catch him there:
02.24 Praha, CZ @ PALAC AKROPOLIS
03.01 London, UK @ XOYO
03.02 Amsterdam, NL @ MELKWEG
03.15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.19 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.22 Vancouver, BC @ FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
03.23 Seattle , WA @ NECTAR LOUNGE
03.24 Portland, OR @ ROTTURE
03.29 Chicago, IL @ SCHUBAS
03.25 San Francisco, CA @ 103 HARRIET
03.27 Los Angeles, CA @ TROUBADOUR
03.30 Toronto, ON @ TBA
03.31 Philadelphia, PA @ THE ARCH
04.01 Washington, DC @ RED PALACE
04.02 Brooklyn, NY @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
04.20 Laval, FR @ LE 6 PAR 4
04.21 Lille, FR @ LE GRAND MIX
04.22 Nancy, FR @ L'AUTRE CANAL
04.23 Paris, FR @ POINT EPHEMERE
05.28 Barcelona, ES @ PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL
La Roux recently released The Gold Edition digitally via amazon.com and iTunes on February 8th. I didn't know this, but amazon offered this album as an exclusive and will ship you a CD-R when you order it: This product is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Anyway, I don't have this new release, but I couldn't pass up this news on account of the 'gold' theme. Tracklisting below:
2. Finally My Saviour
3. Under My Thumb
4. I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
5. In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
6. Quicksand (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
7. Bulletproof (Zinc Remix)
8. Tigerlily (Demo)
9. Bulletproof (Intimate Session at Abbey Road, Acoustic)
10. In For The Kill (Vevo Lounge Version)
Interestingly enough, none of the previous three remixes of "Bulletproof" from La Roux's Gold EP released last year appears on The Gold Edition.
Although this black metal band's second album, Aesthethica isn't out until May 10th via Thrill Jockey, it didn't stop them from premiering "High Gold" on stereogum.com.
I did listen to it, it sounds very loud and chaotic and I couldn't understand the lyrics... so yeah no surprise to anyone.
They are doing a few dates in 2011:
3/10 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
3/11 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
3/18 - Thrill Jockey/Leafy Green Showcase - SXSW
3/20 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX
3/21 - Revolution Music Room - Little Rock, AR
3/22 - Lemp Arts - St Louis, MO
3/23 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
3/24 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
4/2 - Fordham University - Bronx NY
Ethan Gold's album, Songs From a Toxic Apartment was released in January 11th, 2011, via his own label, Gold Records.
I don't have the album for review, but I did like what I heard from the free song, "Come On Beat It Down", which sounds a bit like a poppy Elliott Smith.
Speaking of influences, it looks like he's been doing a series of cover songs, number four in this series is New Order's "Age of Consent". You can watch it here on youtube.com (or click after the break).
Ethan writes (transcribed by me):
New Order "Age of Consent"
My high school band covered New Order. They may be a gateway drug to fascism but it is a balum for the burning blue soul when these tones bast a car's speakers driving nowhere too fast on a rainy night.
This was my first time making loops live.
I mess up towards the end & give a guilty look. [Bernard] Sumner always looks upset when he plays though so it's OK.
As a cover lover, I can tell you that it's hard to top New Order, but this cover sounds pretty faithful to the original.