Show Preview: Of Montreal @ The Mohawk

Date Tuesday, May 17th
Location Mohawk
Doors 630 pm
Tickets $22 from Transmission

While praise has been mixed with the last couple of Of Montreal releases, no one will ever argue that the band put on one of the most extravagant, not to mention creative, live shows.  Thus, this is where you should be on Tuesday night when the group rolls into the Mohawk.  I’m thinking that since the Mohawk has a small stage, you’ll get a little bit more of a musically focused production than some might expect, but I promise you, this is a good thing.  Opening up for the group is Painted Palms, and if that’s not enough you can stick around afterwards to catch one of our favorite local acts, One-Hundred Flowers, though we heard Kevin is DJing over at Elysium.  You’ll be happy either way.


Download: Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette [MP3]

Free Sampler From Polyvinyl Records

That great under the radar indie label known as Polyvinyl Records has yet another sweet sampler of music they’re offering up for free.  You’ll notice Polyvinyl staples like Of Montreal, Owen, and Joan of Arc along with more recent signings like Japandroids and Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin.  All told, you’ll get your hands on 15 sweet tracks including this one from Headlight’s last album Wildlife.


Download: Headlights – Secrets [MP3]

Of Montreal – False Priest

Rating: ★★½☆☆

What can a band due ten albums into their career to mix it up?  Well, Of Montreal seem to use a bit of a stronger R&B influence on False Priest to add a little twist to their traditionally humorous pop smorgasbord.  This album lives fairly close to the group’s pastiche, and to top it off, it’s a lot more cohesive than their last record, Skeletal Lamping.

Groovy Kevin Barnes brings his high-pitched falsetto to the forefront right from the get go on “I Feel Ya Stutter,” but he also utilizes his speak-sing formula, much as he will do throughout the record.  Fans of the group will notice the traditional hooks still remain, as well as the effortless layering of various harmonies, but its the vocals that seem more experimental here, trying to toss a bit of soul into it all. “Coquet Coquette,” while groovier in its composition, going back to the R&B influence perhaps, is probably the strongest number on False Priest, and one resembling the band’s previous hits.  It has a building guitar and a bit of suave, taking Barne’s driving vocal to push the song through to its space-age ending.

One of the things that differentiates this effort is the presence of guess vocalists, namely Janelle Monae.  Her smooth voice does add a nice little touch to “Enemy Gene,” but the song overall isn’t quite as successful as it could be.  There’s no huge battle between pop and catastrophe that Kevin has walked so well in the past, rather its just sort of a straight ahead pop track that really just stands in one place. Solange Knowles also pops her head up in “Sex Karma,” and while her performance might not be nearly as attractive as Monae’s, the song uses clever bass lines and electronic touches to actually construct the song, not to mention the call-and response vocals add a touch of playfulness. That being said, its nice to see Of Montreal trying to incorporate new ideas to mix it up, though they’ve always sort of been mixing it up, right?

While the past of the group has had all these incredible shifts in sonic approaches from record to record, they group has never really taken a straight approach at writing indie pop songs of the  ordinary sort.  But, take “Famine Affair,” one of the finer tracks on False Priest, and you should notice that this is about as simple as KB can write.  You could easily pump this in the morning to get you going, though you’ll never claim it to be one of the band’s greatest hits. Still, catchy tracks never hurt.

It’s always great to see the journey that Kevin Barnes and Of Montreal will take us on, as they always have something up their sleeve, but this effort isn’t one of the most successful efforts in sonic exploration the group has put together.  It’s uneven in a lot of places, if not all of them.  False Priest, of course, has high points like “Coquet Coquette” and “Famine Affair,” but perhaps a bit of editing here and there might have made it all seem a bit tighter, a bit less scattered.  All that said, you’re going to buy it, as you should, just to make sure Kevin Barnes keeps coming up with crazy ideas with which to present to his adoring audience.


Download: Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette [MP3]

More New Music From Of Montreal

Immediately after we gave you that sweet new jam by Of Montreal called “Coquet Coquette”, we’ve got another new tune from the band below “Hydra Francis”.  This slick piece of work is yet another reason for you to get amped up about their new album False Priest out September 14th on Polyvinyl.  You gotta know the ATH boys will be first in line to buy that one when it hits stores.  Enjoy.


Download: Of Montreal – Hydra Fancies [MP3]

New Tunes from Of Montreal

We’ve been hearing for months now about a new Of Montreal album coming our way, and now details have finally emerged.  This new album, titled False Priest, will be out on the streets on September 14th via Polyvinyl. This single, “Coquet Coquette” is a nice switch from the last few albums, not that I disliked those by any means, but opening with a solid guitar riff, and scaling back on the electronic boogie really has me geared up for this release.  You’ll love it too!


Download: Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette [MP3]

Of Montreal @ Mohawk (5/23)

Date 5/23/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets Sold Outz

Oh man oh man.  Don’t you just love living in this city?  When I see things like huge indie band Of Montreal playing at a smaller venue like Mohawk, I just get all warm and tingly inside.  Hopefully you already got your tickets to this sold out show on Sunday or you’ll be stuck  scalping for a good time.  The visually and musically pleasing band will have opening support from Noot D’Noot and a solo set by James Husband.  Try to make your way to the inside stage as well for a set by hot locals Mother Falcon.


Download: Of Montreal – Id Engager [MP3]

FT5: 2009 FFF Fest Highlights (From the Future!)

1106top5coverWe all have friends on Twitter, right? Sure you do! Well, one of my Twitter friends, Burton Parker (@welvis), on occasion, tweets from the future. Most of the time it’s fairly asinine, but there are some genuine moments of hilarity. So for this week’s Friday Top Five I decided to jock Burton’s style and recall some of my favorite moments from 2009’s Fun Fun Fun Fest…from the future!
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Yo Gabba Gabba & Of Montreal

tv_new_yo_gabba_gabbaIf you haven’t checked out the kid show Yo Gabba Gabba, you really should make a point to do so.  Besides featuring some musical guests like Mates of State, The Shins, and MGMT, the show is fairly entertaining and goofy.  The Nick Jr. show is also about to put out a soundtrack on October 2oth called Music is Awesome… which features some solid indie acts like The Roots, Chromeo, and this new track from Of Montreal.  Also try searching Yo Gabba Gabba on youtube and watch some clips from the show.  They are sure to get a laugh… or at least make you not want to grow up.


Download: Of Montreal – Brush Brush Brush [MP3]

FT50: Albums of the ’00s

0828top5coverWhat?   You still listen to THAT album?  That record is so 2004!  Well, that’s okay, because we really like that one too, which is why we decided to come up with a list of our favorite albums of the last decade (2000-2009).  Sure, these might not be YOUR favorite records, or the most critically acclaimed, but we sat down and really thought out every record from the past ten years that we keep coming back to in our collections.  You’re likely to disagree with some of these, and we won’t tell you we’re absolutely right we just know that these happen to be OUR favorites.  If you think we totally blew it here, feel free to tell us so, but be nice, as our egos are kind of fragile.  Follow the jump for more.

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FT5: Egregious Indie Rock Sell Outs

Some poor kid is listening to Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” for the first time today and he wants to like the song, he really does. The problem being that each time he hears Iggy say “I got a lust for Life”  he pictures some nine year old cracker with a goofy smile running down the deck of a cruise liner. Thanks to the marketing gurus at Carnival Cruise Lines that song is most likely ruined for a generation. I know nowadays the kids like to fall all over themselves defending their decision to sell out, and I’m not saying that I wouldn’t punch my grandmother for a little extra bread, but it’s never a pretty sight when you see an artist you respect making a sales pitch for some crappy chain restaurant. Like it or not, when an artist lends their music to a commercial it then loses its creative and artistic merit and is relegated to the status of jingle. So here it is; after the jump is a list of five of the more heinous indie rock sellouts.

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