Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

TUNE IN TUESDAY, Ed. #7

September 7, 2010

I’m thinking of changing the name of this blog to Dirty Fucking Hipster Who Wants to Experience Cee Lo’s Naked Body in a Totally Heterosexual Way dot com. Check out the official video for “Fuck You;” I apparently posted the unofficial (whatever that means) video a couple weeks back. This one is much better.


Official video for Cee Lo’s “Fuck You”

This dirty hipster highly suggests pre-ordering the soon-to-drop EP, The Lady Killer from Cee Lo’s website.

“Fuck You,” song of 2010? Thoughts?! -DFH

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Arcade Fire: Sold and Re-Sold

September 2, 2010

Never was a big Arcade Fire fan. Then they had Terry Gilliam direct an online live webcast of their sold-out concert at MSG. Not that I give a shit about the director of Teen Wolf 2, but the production of that concert was top-notch. Fortunately for the band, the concert itself was also terrific. Following that, I was sold. Arcade Fire are certainly among those brave, adventurous modern bands that are both doing something new while keeping it accessible and attractive enough to invite new people in.

Then I caught wind of their latest music video. You want to talk about pushing the envelope. Consider it pushed. And consider this dirty fucking hipster re-sold.

Do your bored self a favor and check it out here: http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Arcade Fire have achieved a seamless integration between their band, the band’s music and the technology that exists around them. The sort of integration that had previously not existed; not within music, not within art on the whole, and not within any brand or other commercial outlet. They are certainly carrying the torch for the internet generation, and proving what good, what creative good can be made of the web. This lazy hipster is certainly impressed, perhaps even motivated? Well, we’ll see…

If you didn’t at least deeply appreciate that video, stop reading this blog, you’re a mental case and I have no use for your eyes. -DFH

Live Review: “A Midsummer Night’s Concert”

September 1, 2010

THE SHAKE, LILY & THE PARLOUR TRICKS, CHAPPO, RACCOON FIGHTER, THE WALK-ONS AND F. MICHAEL HAYNIE AT CAMEO; CITIZENMUSIC PRESENTS “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S CONCERT.”

Post by Meijin Bruttomesso (aka, The Damn Sexy Scenester)

Last Saturday night, North 6th Street in Williamsburg overflowed with musical possibilities. I played my cards correctly and hit Cameo Gallery, the intimate hideaway space behind The Lovin’ Cup. With splendid sound quality and eye-catching décor, spaghetti-like strings draped over the stage, that performers enjoy swatting much like cats mesmerized by yarn, the dimly lit venue hosted a hefty line-up organized by CitizenMusic Presents: The Walk Ons, Raccoon Fighter, F. Michael Haynie, Lily & The Parlour Tricks, The Shake, and Chappo.

The Walk-Ons

The Walk-Ons - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

I’ve taken on a bad habit of a scenester, arriving late to shows now, missing the acoustic set by F. Michael Haynie before The Walk Ons ran away with my heart. Music that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, but also rocks, is a rare find. This quartet has found a balance between blazers, ties, and rock ‘n roll; their new EP, We Did This On Purpose, features a handful (literally five) tracks that elicit smiling, dancing, and repeating. Take a listen to my favorites, “Can’t Be Satisfied” and “State of Affairs” at www.thewalkons.com/The_Walk_Ons.html.

Raccoon Fighter - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Raccoon Fighter - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Up next, Raccoon Fighter, a trio of multiple talents, played musical chairs as vocalists/drummers/guitarists Sean Gavigan and Zachary Ciancaglini traded places, and bassist Gabe Wilhelm held down the foundation and backing vocals. Despite some amplifier difficulties, the three blues-rock gentlemen handled their run-ins with grace, and impressed listeners with their small band, big sound dynamics and selections from their two, new, FREE EP’s, Liars Feet and Terrified, available at http://raccoonfighter.bandcamp.com. In an effort to apologize for the technical snafus, Gavigan observed, “You paid ten dollars to get in, but you get eleven tracks for free!” Good point. My top picks include “No Lover” and “Rollin’ Wheel.”

Lily & The Parlour Tricks - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Lily & The Parlour Tricks - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Stepping outside for a long moment, I returned at the final two songs of Lily & The Parlour Tricks, barely able to fit into the venue. The costumed ladies had magically shoe-horned the sextet on stage and attracted an influx of onlookers. I am still disappointed in my concert attending strategies, but according to some reliable, musically savvy sources, Lily and company not only dressed to impress but astonished listeners with their vocal range, harmonies, and precision. Find out on how I slacked at www.myspace.com/lilyclairemusic.

The Shake - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

The Shake - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

A favorite of the DFH’s and mine, The Shake, crammed the venue even more tightly. Their set gave fans “the hits” from The Shake Go Crazy, spotlighting the irreplaceable talents and solos of Eliad Shapiro, a sample of tantalizing new material with a dancier pop direction, and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” featuring bassist Jeremy Stein on dead-on lead vocals. Probably one of their best gigs, these boys have honed the spirit of that “old time rock ‘n roll.” My Shake staples remain “Your Idols” and “Merry Musket;” decide which are yours at www.myspace.com/theshakeband.

Chappo - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Chappo - Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso, aka DSS

Around 1 AM, I imagined I had begun hallucinating. Instead, it was just Chappo. The tri-member group floated onto the stage, donning feathers, capes, and feathered capes. The tribal influences were not lost on front row fanatics, who danced and chanted in a circle. I think one guy even commented on my lack of participation, “Come onnnn! Get in the circle! You’re missing out!” One lucky lady was crowned with an elaborate headdress from front man Alex Chappo. Chappo were pleasantly exotic and psychedelic to say the least, and I would enjoy seeing their spacey, Native American get-ups again. I’ve been rocking out to “Sci-Fi Bandits” and “Space Shoes” (Maybe I just like S’s?) from their Plastique Universe EP. Enter a new dimension at http://www.chappomusic.com.

I emerged from Cameo a “merry wanderer of the night” (Thanks Shakespeare!), satisfied with the full evening of memorable bands. Next mid-summer, let’s do it again!

-Meijin Bruttomesso, aka The Damn Sexy Scenester

Two Post from Deli Mag This DH Endorses

September 1, 2010

Saves me doing a lot of work I don’t feel like doing. Nice work, Deli Mag!

FIRST: New Video from The Drums (I still have something to say about this new breed of Indie music that is somewhere between a satire and a blatant copy of a previous style of music, but I’ll save it for another post. This particular song is still very good, regardless.)

THE DRUMS – “Down By the Water” (Would like to hear from the readers about whom the band resembles/might be portraying; I’m thinking The Righteous Brothers. Hit me.)

SECOND: A really great NYC band this dirty motherfucking hipster loves. Apollo Run doubtless puts on a top-tier live show. Don’t be a dipshit. Spend $8 of your freelance paycheck and go see them. According to their myspace, they’ll be playing next in NYC at Rockwood 2 on Sept 16.)

LIVE REVIEW OF APOLLO RUN AT PIANOS

‘Nay. -DFH

TUNE IN TUESDAY, Ed. #6

August 31, 2010

It’s too hot to write. Just watch this video and learn something about Rock n Roll. I’m gonna go throw up or something.

Enjoy? -DFH

“Fuck You!”

August 27, 2010

Dude, it’s Cee Lo. That means it’s good. Though I be a straight man, with how awesome this guy is, I have to admit that I kind of want to see his rod. I imagine it being really, really fucking cool. This this:


Cee Lo’s latest single

Bueno? -DFH

New Video from Yeasayer: They’ve Done Weirder

August 17, 2010

It seems that in the several months since the release of Odd Blood [read the review here], Yeasayer have taken a half-step toward reality. That is not to say that the band's marketing and imaging isn't still very strange, but compare this video to that for "Ambling Amp" and you, as the viewer, will feel as though you are experiencing something from the realm of Earth rather than, I don't know, Middle Earth?

Regardless, it's a terrific song and certainly an entertaining video.


Official video for Yeasayer’s “Madder Red”


Official video for Yeasayer’s “Ambling Alp”

-DFH

TUNE IN TUESDAY, Ed. #3

August 10, 2010

This is the definition of “In yo face, son!” Don’t know exactly why this strange, Twain-like character decided that the best time for him to showcase his slide guitar skills (or, apparent lack there of) was during a Derek Trucks concert. But, to each his own misery, right? Enjoy!


Derek Trucks Band

At the 2:05 mark, one can see the face and body of a truly and completely bamboozled man. I’ll give you a hint who it is: it’s not Derek Trucks. -DFH

Kanye Gets Artsy, or, New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Not by REM)

August 5, 2010

Yesterday, when I discovered this video, there were 341 views on YouTube. Today, of course, it seems to be old news with over 50,000. No matter, this is something you’ve got to see. Would be a lot cooler if someone I liked more than Kanye were involved in this project, but I will nevertheless keep the name Marco Brambilla in the ol’ memory bank. This dirty hipster recommends you do the same.


“From Civilization to Power” by Marco Brambilla”

It’s not very often that an art form finds itself completely original and eye-opening, but Mr. Brambilla seems to have created something new – and it’s beautiful. -DFH

New Music Video from St. Vincent

August 4, 2010

Annie Clark is the type of chick any hipster would love to date and dump, and then regret having done either. She is also an extraordinary talent, a true student of music and a very good songwriter. She reminds this dirty fucking hipster a bit of Edie Brickell, if Edie Brickell were more stylish.


St. Vincent’s single, “Jesus Saves, I Spend.” Video by Andy Bruntel.

Great video. -DFH