Ed Harcourt has had a few albums under his belt now, but hasn’t really got me yet. Until now. On June 3rd Harcourt released The Beautiful Lie, his fifth album in six years, on Dovecote Records. This album feels like he took a layer of himself off and lay it down on the album as it was pressed into wax. Partly recorded on an eight track in his grandmother’s house in Sussex (using a piano made for her in 1917) and East London’s Toe Rag Studios (where the White Stripes recorded Elephant), The Beautiful Lie has Harcourt spilling stories like Folds, talking politics like Dylan, and serenading you in a whiskey soaked alleyway like Waits. It’s definitely a pleasure when an artist unlocks himself for the world to witness. Thank you Mr. Harcourt.
Last year Black Kids released a little EP, Wizard Of Ahhs, that scored some serious hype. I wasn’t sold on them at first, but over time they grew on me. Now they have their debut LP, Partie Traumatic, out on July 22nd on Columbia Records. What’s the deal with it, you ask? Well first let me mention that it was produced by Bernard Butler of Suede. Butler’s sound is deeply ingrained in this album letting the Black Kids stream out a record heavy on the Cure/Suede amalgam. It almost brought a tear to my eye. The Black Kids have thoroughly invested themselves in this album (they really play their hearts out on it). Black Kids bring their energy and then some, but great production wasn’t sacrificed to capture it (a feat that’s much harder than it sounds). So if you’re in the mood for jump up and down disco funk indie sing along Suede/Cure jamboree music then pop in that audio jack and enjoy.
mp3: Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
mp3: Black Kids – Hit The Heartbreaks
Oh and didn’t I say something about a contest. We here at Pasta Primavera have a contest ready to go right now for a tote, signed T-shirt, cd and vinyl. Good gravy that’s a lot of loot! Just leave your email in the comments or send an email to [email protected] with BLACK KIDS CONTEST in the subject. We’ll pick a winner in 7 days. Also stay tuned because we might have some tickets available for their show around here in the fall.
Tonight in DC the 9:30 Club has The Hard Sell being performed by the legendary DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. Mighty Underdogs are the opener. In Philly, Johnny Brenda’s has Love As Laughter, Coyote, and Imaad Wasif With Two Part Beast while the Barbary has The Dodos.
Remember the Beastie Boys’ old label Grand Royal that also featured Sean Lennon. Imagine if Sean Lennon and the Beastie Boys actually collaborated on an album…and imagine they were all just one woman…and this woman was Sharon Hagopian, an elementary school music teacher from Bridgeport, CT. This is Cannonball Jane. Hagopian has that 60′s pop mentality of Lennon and the 80s B-boy rhythm of the Beastie Boys, which makes her friggin’ awesome. She put out Knees Up, an EP on Gaddycat Records, last year, but I’m loving this right now. If you’re a fan of Luscious Jackson, The Beastie Boys, or The Go! Team I suggest you gobble this up right now!
Remember when Radiohead played that awesome version of House Of Cards on Conan doing it all green by not flying all the way to NYC to just play one song. Well that performance must have had them thinking because now they’ve done away with cameras and lights for their new video for House Of Cards. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data. It was directed by James Frost. Check the making of it after the jump. Enjoy!