If The Rapture, Cut Copy, and Klaxons had a weird test-tube baby, it would probably sound like Friendly Fires. They have the dancey rhythms, snappy bass, the dramatic soaring strings/synths, and the lyrical prowess of a heartbroken freshman in college (‚”One day we’re gonna live in Paris/I promise/I’m on it………I’m gonna take you out to club showcase/We’re gonna live it up/I promise……”). You’ll probably be hearing lots more about this British trio, especially when they tour with Lykke Li in the states this fall promoting their newly released self-titled LP.
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Earlier tonight Shugo Tokumaru played his first NYC show, second in America, to a packed crowd at the Mercury Lounge. He was joined onstage by a multitude of talent with Jon Natchez and Perrin Cloutier of Beirut, Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Bang on a Can‘s Lawson White of So Percussion. Drifting in and out of tracks from his stateside debut, Exit, Tokumaru and friends presented an orchestra of melodies from a variety of instruments and household objects (I counted two planting pots). It all somehow winds up sounding like some kind of dreamy circus parade circling around an animated world.
According to Pitchfork, he’s got over 100 of the instruments scattered around his bedroom. But the thing is, he brings them in so softly and effortlessly, that you never really realize they’re on stage. Shugo will be back in a month, playing the Bowery Ballroom during CMJ with Margot And The Nuclear So & So’s, so make sure to get yer tickets early! Click through the jump for a few more pictures and a video for “Green Rain”, off of Exit. Check your local record store for the album, or buy it from Amazon.
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This is a big deal. I’m no George Will fan, but he does represent the reasonable, intellectual, fiscal conservative side of the GOP. You know, a Republican who doesn’t hate gays, evaluate a VP’s readiness on how many polar bears she’s killed, and doesn’t base his foreign policy on the book of Revelation. Here he is in today’s Washington Post:
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.
Channeling his inner Queen of Hearts, John McCain furiously, and apparently without even looking around at facts, said Chris Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, should be decapitated.
[…] Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
Say it with us out loud, all you rational conservatives out there: IT’S OK TO VOTE FOR OBAMA, GEORGE WILL SAID SO. Now, doesn’t that feel better?
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Japanese multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru is making his NYC debut tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 23rd) at the Mercury Lounge, and will perform in a collaboration with Jon Natchez and Perrin Cloutier of Beirut, Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Bang on a Can’s Lawson White of So Percussion for a one-night-only performance. If you haven’t heard Shugo quite yet, please do, he’s beautiful and exciting and unique and creates music straight out of some kind of orchestrated Japanese circus wonderland.