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I rarely write negative reviews. Instead I discard the album from my memory as quickly as possible. Even the act of THINKING about unfortunate music releases for too long exhausts me. Drains all positive areas of the brain and replaces those little capsules of light with “….UGH!”. This affect is completely and incredibly magnified when the anticipated release of an album occupies my thoughts for MONTHS. I start to formulate the storyline in my dreams: mysterious start, intrigue, intrigue, a few twists, CRESCENDO, INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE FINISH TO AN INCREDIBLE ALBUM.

and so, I will keep this short, as not to ruin my entire day…

The new Metric album sucks. It sucks. I would have liked it, MAYBE, when I listened to B*witched and Aqua 12 years ago. It sounds like the band fell into a downwards spiral of trying too hard to recreate hits like “Dead Disco” and “Succexy” but came up 3 miles too short. The songs sometimes come close and sound a little like the sort of hits their trying to be, but the chorus’ don’t contain that attitude and push that Emily Haines threw at us in Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? From the video on the website I was waiting for some sort of SURPRISE, some sort of location influence maybe? A big change in sound? I mean it has been quite a few years…I don’t know, all in all I think it just sounds immature, the sound is immature, I mean most of the songs remind me of THE GOD DAMN VERONICAS or Jimmy Eat World or something! FRICK! I think maybe my 14 year old sister would appreciate this album a lot more than I did.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just being bitter over not attending SXSW. Maybe the album will grow on me. For now, though, lets go back to 2001 when Grow Up and Blow Away was released:

Metric – Soft Rock Star

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PJ & Thom

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haunt |hônt; hänt|
verb [ trans. ]
(of a ghost) manifest itself at (a place) regularly
• (of a person) frequent (a place)
• be persistently and disturbingly present in (something)
• be persistently in the mind of (someone)

PJ Harvey & Thom Yorke – This Mess We’re In

– this song, again, and again, and again.-

Good god, again, I’m sorry for the lack of updates. I wish one of my classes was devoted to “blog updating”, because so much has been going on in the world of music lately, I just need to sit down and get it all out on here. Firstly, though, I have to devote a little space to the most wonderful birthday present I received (because it directly ties into the naming of this blog) from my incredible friend (and TAALK member) Alley Lind-Kenny, a painting by “Jo”, whose work was being displayed in one of Montreal’s wonderful cafes; Le Cagibi a while back, and I became instantly attached to it due to the presence of little Native American boys! (I apologize for the crooked, and bad quality picture, as I don’t own a digital camera and it is quite difficult to balance a laptop in only one hand while maneuvering the mouse over to the ‘capture’ bottom on photo booth)(also, as soon as I purchase the proper hooks this is taking over Bob Dylan’s spot above my bed)

birthday present

In music news, my first listen of It’s Blitz, was not a great one. I put it on intending to give it a thorough listen, and to be honest, i kind of forgot about what exactly it was that I was intending to do, and the end of the album came without me even realizing it. My immediate thought was: another un-entertaining/boring new release. Shitty. BUT THEN. BUT THEN. a few days later I gave it another chance! and THANK GOD i did because, I must have been in some sort of COMA the day I listened to it, KAREN O HAS BLOWN ME AWAY. I absolutely love it. I do. And again, as much as I may not like to see myself as a ‘mellow music person’ or an ‘acoustic blogger’, as much as I think my music taste is more spontaneous than that, in all honesty, it’s not. This can be proven by the fact that my favourite song of off Show Your Bones is the “Let Me Know” DEMO which isn’t even technically on the album, and now, its the ‘acoustic’ versions off It’s Blitz that have been played on repeat. And I’m sure the majority of the population has already listened to the album, but if not, here are my favourites:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Soft Shock (acoustic)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Skeletons (acoustic)

preview of whats coming:

– why I haven’t downloaded the recently leaked Fantasies

-I received Clem Snides new album album Hungry Bird in the mail yesterday from their manager (along with some cute little pins), and I am very much enjoying it! review to come!

On a much brighter note, Metric has released a few more exciting sneak-peaks, including the official name of the new album Fantasies (I can’t tell if thats funny or ironic or what, I mean it is quite different from previously titled albums like Grow Up and Blow Away and Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? ), and a few live performances of some unreleased songs as well as an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING acoustic version of the song “Gimme Sympathy” and you can watch the beautifully serene video of it HEREHEREHEREHERE (WATCH IT NOWNOWNOW, SCROLL DOWN TO THE LAST ONE, GIMME SYMPATHY VIDEO) which seems to be leaning towards the second single of the album, (although I don’t know how keen I am on the non-acoustic version). Anyways, you can officially pre order the album in whichever form you like, including a deluxe edition with a ton of extra stuff included!

Last night I watched Akira for the very first time; this morning I finished reading the essay by Thomas Lamarre titled Born of Trauma: Akira and Capitalist Modes of Destruction. This evening I watched the new Death Cab video of “Grapevine Fires” and couldnt help but make a comparison between the atomic/psychic bomb theme of destruction or the idea of nuclear apocalypse within the popular Japanese Manga, and the atrocities of the depressed american heart within this video. God Damn, Ben.

Metric, Eat Me Alive

Dearest Emily,

I can’t take this any longer.

It’s been years since our last encounter.

Was it with Death From Above? Was that the last time? Or was it the time you kicked over the keyboard? Or the time your energy short circuited the power output?

Please hurry, I need this album and another performance to quench my incredible thirst.

-withindianlove

Metric – Help I’m Alive

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Crowd Surf Off A Cliff

 

I’m sure we have all been incredibly anxious to hear the musical creations coming out of the house in rural texas where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been cooped up in for the past while, mixing together their upcoming album which is due to be released on April 14th. There hadn’t been much talk going on about the album until the LP title “It’s Blitz” got announced on stereogum a few weeks ago. Hype is coming full stream now that the first single “Zero” has been released early this morning. Synthesizers have replaced the classic distorted guitar riffs that they usually do so well in this song, but I love it! I can already sense the repeat plays at bars/clubs over the summer months.  “Dance worthy”?

i HIGHLY recommend just streaming the song from their myspace for much better quality than the link I will post

BUT, if you insist on having a bad quality mp3. here you go:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero