Jupe Jupe – Invaders Album Review

Jupe Jupe’s Invaders is a fun dance album that would appeal to anyone that loves the ’80s and throbbing beats. There’s a very strong ’80s sound, especially in the first half of the album, which has heavy Depeche Mode stylings, including low, moody vocals. The best of these songs is “Something About Love,” which offers a pulsating beat that would get a club rocking in 1982.   In the second half of the album, there are a couple of developments. The most interesting song out of the bunch is “Orbiter,” the only track featuring an acoustic guitar and less stylized vocals. The song does feature some synth bleeps and tweets peeking through, which can feel oddly out of place, but

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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: John Vanderslice, Marnie Stern, Harper Blynn, The Drums, Francis And The Lights, Wild Nothing

The word “marathon,” when applied to CMJ is quite literal; it involves a lot of running around from place to place, trying to catch every single bit of amazing music that you can soak up. Here’s some of my favorites from what I was able to catch. Harper Blynn (Tuesday, 10/19, Mercury Lounge) This was our CMJ crew’s first surprise discovery of the week, and it was a pleasant one. Originally a duo called Pete & J, NY-based Harper Blynn changed its name a few years back, and I think a lot of the band’s success can be attributed to this name change. Let’s face it; Harper Blynn just sounds smoooooth. Their set was really fun and lively, and the

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CMJ Music Marathon 2010 : Matthew Dear, Braids, The Luyas, First Aid Kit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Active Child

Braids (Thursday, 10/21, M For Montreal Showcase, Arlene’s Grocery) Hailing from Montreal, Braids played on Thursday night at the M For Montreal showcase at Arlene’s Grocery. They blew me away with their art rock style and use of vocals as instruments, although their songs do have intelligible lyrics. They created a lush soundscape using lots of pedals, mixing boards, and loops, as well as creative methods like licking their lips and blowing into the mic. Their debut album will be out in January on K9 Records. www.myspace.com/braidsmusic The Luyas (Thursday, 10/21, M For Montreal Showcase, Arlene’s Grocery) For several songs, lead singer Jessie Stein busted out the Moodswinger, a 12-string electric zither designed by the Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman.

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Volcano Choir – “Still” Live Performance Video

To copy and paste from Jagjaguwar’s description: “Some of the questions raised when we announced the existence of Volcano Choir were ‘When are they going to tour?’ and ‘How will they re-create this live?’ The answers to those are 1) They will tour only in Japan, of course, and 2) With lots of practice. We received two videos of Volcano Choir rehearsal, and I’ll be damned if I don’t have a passport. The evolution of ‘Still’ is particularly great.”

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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Love Is All” Music Video

One of my favorite tracks from The Wild Hunt, The Tallest Man On Earth’s 2010 full-length, just got debuted. It’s directed by Johan Stolpe and is just all-around pleasant and evokes nostalgic feelings. Ω

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Brainstorm – “Beast In The Sky” Into The Woods Live Performance

Just wanted to share this new segment from Portland-based video troupe, Into The Woods. Tomorrow is the band’s record release party, and you can purchase their new album here. They will also be playing a REDEFINE-sponsored show on December 8th! Details are forthcoming.

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