Remix Roundup 4/23: Of Montreal, Klaxons, & Dntel

April 23, 2007 at 7:22 am (Dntel, Klaxons, Kula, mp3s, of Montreal, remixes)

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for yet another Remix Roundup; the fifth or sixth, I believe. Todays remixes are much more focused than last weeks, though that’s not exactly a hard feat. They’re also a little Grizzly Bear-centric, in anticipation of Dept. Of Eagles upcoming album. I’ve also included an odd little remix, sent to me by an artist called Kula. It’s interesting, to say the least. Finally, the Dntel remixes are meant to get you excited about Dntel’s new album, Dumb Luck, which will be released tomorrow (4/24). I’ll be posting my review of that later today, so stay tuned.

 

Of Montreal – I Was A Landscape In Your Dream (Grizzly Bear Remix).mp3

Of Montreal – The Party’s Crashing Us (I Am The World Trade Center Remix).mp3

Of Montreal – Requiem For O.M.M.2 (United State Of Electronica Remix).mp3

Klaxons -Magick (Simian Mobile Disco Remix).mp3

Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix).mp3

Klaxons – Atlantis To Interzone (Crystal Castles Remix).mp3

Grizzly Bear – Merge (Dntel Remix)

Dntel – Dream Of Evan And Chan (Lali Puna Remix).mp3

Mia Doi Todd – Growing Pains (Dntel Remix).mp3

The Field – The Little Heart Beats So Fast (Kula Remix).mp3

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Of Montreal | Late Night with Conan O’Brien

April 14, 2007 at 5:43 am (Conan O'Brien, Hissing Fauna, mp3s, of Montreal, Videos)

After his stunt in Vegas, I thought that Kevin Barnes had successfully ensured that Of Montreal would never reach a mainstream platform; I couldn’t be happier to be wrong, On Thursday night, Of Montreal performed Heimdalsgade Like A Promethean Curse live on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. The performance was extremely impressive, mainly due, as usual, to Barnes’ stage antics. He attempted to recreate the video for Heimdalsgade, including his numerous costume changes, from crab claws to long dresses. You’ve got to respect Conan for taking it all so well, and not seeming the least bit freaked out.

Of Montreal – Heimdalsgade Like A Promethean Curse.mp3

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Of Montreal: Icons, Abstract Thee

March 24, 2007 at 10:41 am (Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?, Icons Abstract Thee, mp3s, of Montreal)

Did you know that Of Montreal released an EP on January 23rd, the same days they released Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t; most of us were too obsessed with Hissing Fauna to notice anything else that week. The EP, called Icons, Abstract Thee is a collection of b-sides to Fauna and one exclusive track. While it’s not quite on par with Fauna, it offers the same gloomy lyrics and poppy beats that you fell in love with two months ago, and makes an excellent companion piece to Fauna. If you liked Fauna, then you’ll definitely find something to like here. You can buy Icons here.

 

Of Montreal – Du Og Meg.mp3 

Of Montreal – Miss Blonde, Your Papa Is Falling.mp3

 

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Out Today: Jan 23

January 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm (Albums, Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal, Out Today, Releases, Reviews, The Good The Bad And The Queen, The Shins, Wincing The Night Away)

Welcome to the first edition of out today, the Tuesday-exclusive piece in which I take a look at some of the albums coming out today, and in a frantic rush, try to listen to and review as many of them as I can.
Well, the beginning-of-the-year drought is finally over, and there are several big-name releases coming out today. Among them are:

The Shins reviews
Wincing The Night Away
The Shins
After a few years of silence from the Shins, they have finally released their third album, Wincing The Night Away. Once again the Shins move into new musical territory, with songs bearing little resemblance to either of the bands earlier albums. However, it’s also their most mature record, even more subtle than even Oh, Inverted World, and seemingly more subdued. It takes longer to fall in love with Wincing The Night Away than the Shins previous work, but in the end, it’s the Shins best album to date.

Grade: B+

The Good, The Bad  The Queen reviews
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
Considering the major players involved in this album (Damon Albarn,Danger Mouse, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen, Simon Tong), The Good, The Bad, The Queen comes off as very, very low-key. This isn’t the album that you’ll love the minute you play it. It’s dark, moody, complex, and demanding. But even if you have patience with it, you never quite feel as rewarded as you would like.

Grade: C+

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Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
of Montreal
This concept album from of Montreal certainly contains it’s share of oddities. The lyrics, the title and the tracks are all unique. But the sound is by far the strangest part of this album. It’s that certain mix of genres that defies any real description, and can only be described as indie pop. Each song is different from the one before it, and the albums hangs together very well as a whole. A great indie release.

Grade: B+

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