So for this week, it's a combination of sorts. First off - and this isn't music related - do you all know about the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie? No? Neither did I two weeks ago. It actually looks good. It's a biopic, of sorts. And it looks kind of funny, also. So here's a trailer for it, called JCVD.
With that out of the way, it's on to music. About a month ago, I was set to go see Mogwai perform. Well, due to some medical complications with their drummer, the rest of the US tour was scrapped. I was a bit bummed, but it gave me a chance to go back and listen to more of their stuff. They have a new album out, also, called The Hawk is Howling, and one song in particular catches my ear. It - no lie - could be the best song I have heard this year. The song is "The Sun Smells Too Loud". Just like with last year's "Bros" by Animal Collective member Panda Bear, this one hits me and does so quite hard.
For those not familiar with Mogwai, they do an unreal amount of work that is simply instrumental. One of my personal favorites from their past (albeit not too long in the past) is "Auto Rock", and for that one, I will share the video. Instrumental madness that just builds to a crescendo and just drops off a cliff. That's the way I like it, however.
The other "band" this week I'm featuring goes by a couple different names. He used to go under the name Manitoba. Well, a lawsuit came about by an artist simply with the last name of Manitoba. Silly, eh? Well, he changed the name to Caribou, but it doesn't take away from the dreamy and happy sounds these two songs evoke. They are both from the album Up In Flames. His previous album - Start Breaking My Heart - is an excellent album in its own right, but definitely for those who are more into straight electronic music. First off is "Hendrix With Ko".
Next is a very cute fan-made video for the song "Crayon".
As always, please help the artists and buy the music! It helps them to keep releasing wonderful stuff such as the above!