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Don’t you know it’s true?

[Teen represents] passion, obsession, excitement, energy, spontaneity, mystique, yeah, like kind of irrational love you know, deep, irrational love, being wild. Dream represents fantasy, leaving reality, it represents so many things, it represents distortion, it represents one tiny feeling becoming a huge feeling.

BEACH HOUSE INTERVIEW from wow magazine on Vimeo.

Thank you to Wow Magazine for sharing this video with the world and allowing us to share it with you.

Also, swing by The Alternate Side for two amazing studio performances of ‘Zebra’ and ‘Better Times’ accompanied by none other than another great interview!

Usually, I am not a fan of snow but today, only if even for a little while, I am grateful to the weather. With nothing to do (there’s always a paper, though), no where to go (except to find a source of hydration) and not a thing to worry about (okay, that’s never true but let’s pretend) I am going to take advantage of this opportunity; my world on pause, under blankets of white and glide, effortlessly, through as much of the Beach House catalog as I can before reality creeps its way into my day like the green, slimy leech that it is.

Are you snowed in? Join me! It doesn’t snow where you are? Join me anyway! The Sheep might be a little late though, she has a date with destiny philosophy. The world only stops for snow in America, it seems.

Other Lives – Self Titled EP;

Hailing from the great state of Oklahoma, Other Lives began their musical journey some time around 2004 and have been successfully pushing forward ever since. The band’s most recent album, the self titled Other Lives EP was released in March of 2009 on TBD Records. With the ability to master a variety of instruments being a main component of their band, their sound is composed of perfect little layers of piano, guitar, bass, organ, cello, drums violin and guitar that blend so beautifully into one melodic life boat, placed perfectly within reach for Jesse Tabish’s vocals to find solace and be carried safely through the currents of our mind. The eleven songs that make up Other Lives’ Self Titled EP are powerful enough to skip the judgment of the mind completely and nestle instantly within your soul. Lyrically, Other Lives avoids in-depth and wordy stanzas but instead opt for a straightforward and uncomplicated deliverance of emotions that have the ability to sting almost as quickly and easily as they eventually soothe. Failed relationships and unrequited love do not seem to be as big of a theme on this album, instead, we are placed on a path towards coping. It is as if Other Lives’ Self Titled EP is one of those albums that can take on its own personal meaning as it nestles its way into the lap of your emotions and eventually finds itself lost within them. So, coping with what exactly, I am not necessarily sure and believe it is up to the listener to eventually figure out. Whatever gap that lies wide open that calls for patching up, whatever haunting voice within the mind that needs quieting down, whatever apathetic albatross that demands to be replaced with something of substance – must open itself up wide enough to allow Tabish’s life boat room enough to slowly drop its anchor and find a home.

Like many albums that I eventually fall in love with, Other Lives has been sitting, silently and patiently, knowing that I would eventually give it a chance when the time was right. I can not imagine another time to have been better than the present. I highly recommend Other Lives, especially if you are looking for something to fill your heart, not necessarily your mind. This album does not call for thought, it seems as if it does the complete opposite and begs, quietly yet persuasively, to be felt. To embrace this album completely, I believe, requires time, patience and above all, a deep breath. Close your eyes, you owe it to yourself – or better yet, ‘shut out the sound, perfect silence is all around, away from the crowd, a chance to figure out what they’re about.’

Other Lives is Jesse Tabish, Josh Onstott, Jenny Hsu, Colby Owens and Jonathon Mooney.

And I had called a name but no one heard
Sounds just like the noise of people talking words
I’d love to say a prayer
For all those that flew and all who wish to


AM Theme

When the whites of your eyes come through
You’ll see something new
With your body and mine raised up
It’s good to see you back home


Black Tables

A Daytrotter performance can be heard here.
Visit the Other Lives Myspace here.
Purchase the CD here.

Beach House – Teen Dream;


Where you thinking that you gotta run to now with the beating of a tiny heart?

For the last two months or so, I have found myself entrapped in an undertow brought on by the whirling, haunting and dreamy sounds of Beach House. (While they are by no means a recently discovered band, it seems as if a full appreciation for their artistry had not made its full circle around my mind until a certain Sheep that I can always count on, found a home for one of their new tracks on a fabulously constructed mix.) It has become a familiar process as of late; no matter the time of day, I find myself finding time to put the real world on pause, reach for whatever sound producing device may be near by and select any song by the aforementioned Beach House. The result is an instant lull, followed by a sheepish smile, a deep cleansing breath and staring contest between my eyes and the sky or the space between my current state of mind and the baggage that has fallen, so effortlessly, from my conscious. Eventually, I am overcome with the desire to make some sort of contact with the outside world and let them know just ‘how much I love this band.’ (Fortunately, the Sheep has unlimited texting and, um, patience.)

You’d think this was some sort of religious experience, or perhaps one involving illicit drugs but neither of the above are true, really. What it is for me is simple. It’s Beach House‘s ability to elevate the simplicity of sound to such heights – where the air is too thin to breathe, forcing the overcharged and underpaid synapses in my brain to finally come to a rest and allow my subconscious to get lost for a while. Perhaps, Rebecca Solnit, author of “A Field Guide to Getting Lost,” said it best: “To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away.” And that is what Beach House does for me. Their sound, so perfectly layered – like a big fucking ice cream cake – completely melts the taste buds of my mind, drops the temperature within my soul to somewhere deep below the point of zero and then transports me, stumbling gracefully through every note and hollow word, to a place where I am lost, yet comfortable with the idea of it all.

In an endless night,
could you feel the fright of an age that was and could never be?
So we hold it close when we feel the most
like a love that we could not leave behind
Turn the wheel to each way we feel until
I’m lost and I cannot find you there
Don’t forget the nights when it all felt right,
are you not the same as you used to be?

For the most part, my last two months have been spent procrastinating papers, cramming for exams, celebrating holidays, spending time with friends, learning how to speak Canadian and um, oh – that’s right – reevaluating the plans that I’ve been counting on and peeking through my hands as I fear for their unravelling. So, yeah, that might have something to do with needing an escape, but that does not take away from how amazing this band actually is at what it does.

Have I gone too far? Personally, I don’t think so. A band has not had the power to make me feel this way in a very long time. I believe that when one is lucky enough to have something affect them so strongly, it is important to realize how rare of an occurrence it truly is and to appreciate it, open up to it and allow it the space that it needs to consume, fulfill and eventually repair you.

With that being said, Beach House‘s third full length album, Teen Dream (head over to NPR for a free preview), hits stores today, 1/26/09. I believe I can speak for both myself and our little wooly friend when I say that it is an album that needs to be heard, even if only once, you owe it to your soul. My superfreaky friend was cool enough post a great entry about the Teen Dream vinyl, including pictures – you should check it out.

Maybe this was not much of an album review but sometimes, some things are better left unexplained, especially when the opportunity exists to experience them. Take a deep breath, let your mind go and enjoy.

I’ve been stuck in a Teen Dream and I never want to wake up. Thank you, Ms. Legrand and Mr. Scally for creating such ‘sad shit.

Beach House Myspace
NPR Teen Dream Stream
Song of the Week
KEXP Interview

glass bullets you shoot at the wall;


Jan: What is happiness?

Peter: Happiness is never wanting to sleep.

Peter Silberman of The Antlers

You can should definitely do yourself a favor and read the rest of this beautiful interview here.

(Photo Credit)

Beach House Tour Dates;

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01-24 Park City, UT – Sundance Festival
01-26 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
02-10 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tuts
02-11 Manchester, England – Islington Mill
02-12 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
02-13 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
02-14 Belfast, Northern Ireland – Speakeasy
02-16 Cardiff, Wales – Arts Centre
02-17 London, England – Bush Hall
02-18 Lille, France – L’Aéronef Club
02-18 Saint-Malo, France – La Route du Rock
02-20 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
02-21 Ghent, Belgium – Vooruit
02-22 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
02-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-24 Groningen, Netherlands – Vera
02-25 Berlin, Germany – Roter Salon
02-26 Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
02-27 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
02-28 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
03-02 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren (Club Woody West)
03-03 Hamburg, Germany – Molotov
03-04 Leipzig, Germany – UT Connwitz
03-05 Munich, Germany – Feierwerk
03-06 Zurich, Switzerland – Abart
03-08 Newcastle, England – The Sage *
03-09 Edinburgh, Scotland – The Queens Hall *
03-11 Brighton, England – The Corn Exchange *
03-12 Coventry, England – Warwick Arts Centre *
03-13 London, England – Roundhouse *
03-14 London, England – Roundhouse *
03-17 Lisbon, Portugal – Lux Fragil
03-18 Guimareas, Portugal – Centro Cultural Vila Flor
03-26 Washington, DC – Black Cat #
03-27 Middletown, CT – Wesleyan University
03-28 Boston, MA – Paradise #
03-29 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa #
03-30 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House #
04-01 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room #
04-02 Chicago, IL – Metro #
04-03 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater #
04-04 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center #
04-05 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room #
04-06 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon #
04-07 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater #
04-09 Boise, ID – Neurolux #
04-10 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge #
04-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theater #
04-12 Seattle, WA – Neumos #
04-14 San Francisco, CA – Bimbos #
04-15 San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brewing Co. #
04-19 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room *
04-21 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater %
04-22 Austin, TX – Emo’s %
04-23 Houston, TX – Walter’s %
04-24 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon %
04-25 Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room %
04-27 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree %
04-28 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge %
04-29 Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
04-30 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern %
05-01 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle %
05-06 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-07 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
05-08 Baltimore, MD – 2640 Space

* with Grizzly Bear
# with Bachelorette
% with Washed Out

Make sure to check out a show in your town, we know we are!
While on the subject of Beach House, be sure to pick up a copy of Teen Dream, their third album, which will be out on January 26/10.

– the wolf & the sheep

myspace
official website

ALRIGHTY THEN…

‘The Most Awkward Video’ award for 2010 2009 goes to…

Okay, while the above video has the power to make you feel kind of awkward (or really, really awkward), it’s impossible for the video below to not have some sort of jaw dropping effect on you in a “Wow, this is great – look how fucked up things can get but maybe it won’t be this fucked up forever,” kind of way.

Apparently, it’s a fan made video. Bands should start doing business with this kid.

And speaking of Kevin Devine, if you live in or around the New York City area, a benefit show featuring the man of the hour (Kevin Devine) and Manchester Orchestra has just been announced, in which all donations will go to support Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation! Admittance is free but donations will be requested at the door from all 21+ (yes, it’s a 21+ show) show-goers. This fine event will also serve as the kick-off celebration for the release of the Kevin Devine/Manchester Orchestra split 7″ “I Could Be The Only One.”

The concert will take place at the Brooklyn Bowl on January 27, 2010 and will be hosted by 101.9 RXP. Since it’s a free show, we’re assuming admittance is based on a first come, first serve kind of deal. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the music will start flowing at 8:00 PM. If you have the chance to stop by, you should take advantage of it – not only is it benefitting a much needed relief effort, you will also be around some great music.

Kevin Devine’s Myspace
Manchester Orchestra’s Myspace
Brooklyn Bowl benefit show details!

drag me out of the sea and then teach me to breathe;

There is something genuinely freeing to me about the ocean. There are no borders — it’s fucking beautiful. I’m not going to get to do space travel, so what’s under the water is quite a bit more interesting to me. I just went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with my fiancée. Also, I’ve gotten into surfing a bit. I can’t stand up for more than five seconds, but I like the fact that I can paddle out into oblivion.

– Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse

You can read the full interview here.

The Republic of Wolves – The Clouds (demo);

One of the best things about having the original version of a song is being able to compare it to a demo version or a remixed version when a band is kind enough to share it with you. In this case, one of my personal favorite tracks on The Republic of Wolves’ EP His Old Branches (#1 EP of 2009) The Clouds, has been released as a demo with a link to a free download on Gregg Andrew Dellarocca’s – one of the five wolves’ – tumblr page.

This song brilliantly covers a wide spectrum of emotions ranging from what seems to be experiencing, dealing with and attempting to move on from loss. As the song begins, we are immediately introduced to inevitable death in the face of what was once patient hope. The inability to comprehend and accept the concept of ‘being without’ follows shortly after, where alcohol is introduced as a method to erase what realities are present and flood the mind with the delusion that the taller the bottle, the easier it will be to bring back what is missing. The ‘floor’ (or ‘ghost’ in the EP version of the song) gives no response to the main character’s attempts at finding closure through carrying on conversation with open space and though his attempts are tireless, they are fruitless as well and it is then that he begins to realize that there is no changing the certainty of death. There is, at this point, an immediate shift in the mood of the song, which is complimented by the sound itself – no longer attempting to stretch the realms of reality and giving rest to the inner battle that one faces when trying to achieve the impossible – the song hits a cathartic stride. What is left to bring back memories of what is lost is to be buried, hidden and tucked away – not to be forgotten but to be done because it is necessary for rescue, release, rebirth and growth. However, what takes a piece of us remains a part of us forever – so, no matter how deep we bury our memories, we never actually bury them deep enough to let go completely – ‘and they will stay there underground but no matter what I do I never will stop talking to you.’

(At least, that is how I interpret the song, have a listen and let us know what you think!)

After downloading the free The Clouds demo be sure to purchase His Old Branches (if you haven’t already!) which includes the released version of The Clouds along with 6 other songs that are just as amazing! It’s Friday, you had a long week, treat yourself to something you are sure to fall in love with!

I still see your face in the day.
And I see your eyes in the bottle that was way too tall
I finished it just to see if we could talk.
Now I’m speaking with the floor again
It’s telling me that I don’t listen.

The Republic of WolvesThe Clouds (demo)

Also featured on Mr. Dellarocca’s tumblr page is a link to receive a free download of Canossa (demo) by Tigers on Trains (an equally amazing band made up of Christian Van Deurs and Mason Maggio- two out of the five wolves), which we’ve mentioned in a previous post, here! And while you’re there, be sure to pick up Tigers on Trains’ debut album Grandfather as well!


And sure enough we spent the day
Dreaming of ways to make the past come back
We drew the sky up on the wall
You drew the sun and I drew the clouds
That’s when I realized I was casting all this shade

Tigers on TrainsCanossa (demo)

We haven’t steered you wrong yet, have we? These albums will change your life.

Oh and this isn’t the last of The Republic of Wolves’! Stay tuned for a full review of His Old Branches(#1 EP of 2009) in the very near future!

The Republic of Wolves Myspace
Tigers on Trains Myspace
Gregg Andrew Dellarocca’s Tumblr
The Republic of Wolves’ Tumblr

The Antlers – Hospice ; real men know how to howl

What do the singers of Bon Iver and The Antlers have in common?
That low, scratchy growl of a voice, of course!

One day, while the wolf and the sheep were hard at work discussing the best albums of 2009, the obvious choice for #1 was Brand New’s Daisy. Brand New is our ULTIMATE band. We could probably share some crazy stories about things we’ve done for this band, but maybe another day. It’s pretty much Brand New over everything else in life for us. At least, that is how it is on most days. Not on this day though, because the wolf said to the sheep, “I hate to break it to you, but my favourite album of the year was by The Antlers.” Jaws dropped and so did the (chat)room temperature. The sheep was enraged. The wolf was scared with its claws ready to defend as the sheep wanted to pounce.

Clearly, 2009 tested our musical tastes and dedication to our favourite band. Even thought my love for Brand New will float on and on, I find that I am less.. well, obsessive, about them due to the new sphere of music that I have opened myself up to. Upon hearing His Old Branches a 2009 EP released by what can be considered our breath of fresh air band – The Republic of Wolves (You’ve got to hear this band!), the sheep exclaim— I mean, bah-ed loudly, : “I AM SO OVER BRAND NEW RIGHT NOW”. The point is, there comes a time for every music lover when you begin to explore the world of music beyond your safety point (ie Brand New, which held me over for years). You begin to explore new music and sounds and the feelings these new artists invoke. 2009 marked this for me. I’m not sure if it is because I moved away to university and became more independent in life overall (a milestone, really) and therefore was more brave to try new things, or simply because the same old tunes weren’t cutting it for me. Either way, my life has been blessed with new sounds to enjoy, and I will be grateful for this beyond the day when my children pick up the same CDs I bought this year and fall in love with them the same way I did.

Among these CDs, there will be a copy of Hospice. This was an album that I had to get used to with every listen. Thankfully, each listen did not feel like a chore (such as trying to like the new Taking Back Sunday albums back in the day…..). I was trying something new, now forcing myself to like something I was already dedicated to. I was intrigued by the new art. The thing that interested me the most about Hospice is that it is a concept album and tells a story chronologically with each song. I was introduced to the song Two in a mixtape I received from a certain big-toothed individual who runs this blog. There were 17 songs on that mixtape and this was the only one I listened to for days (sorry wolf). I hate to say this, but it was beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! So much beauty in 6 minutes that it could make you cry. I had a hard time getting into the rest of the album because the bar was set so high due to my repetitive listens of Two (iTunes play count: 62)

As for me, I am beyond excited to see The Antlers this February as they make a stop in Toronto with The Editors (The Editors on Myspace). As for the Wolf, she has been lucky enough to see them already, and could only describe it as the most beautiful show she’d ever been to. Now, please note that, even though we use the world “beautiful” a LOT on this blog, does not mean that we use it lightly. We use it because it is the perfect word, and we mean it every time.

I can wrap up all this personal junk with saying that The Antlers have been a big deal for me because they are a new sound for me. They have been a band that allowed me to expand and test my boundaries of what i allow my ears to hear. In my life, that is a pretty big deal.

Finally, time for the goodies:

The Antlers – Shiva – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

The Antlers – Two / Epilogue – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

The Antlers also stopped by Daytrotter:

You said you hated my tone
It made you feel so alone
So you told me I had to be leaving
But something kept me standing by that hospital bed
I should have quit but instead I took care of you


Kettering

These can be downloaded right off the site righthere. Enjoy! Listen! Expand your horizons! And then listen again!

Keep checking back for a review of Hospice hopefully!

PS: Thank you to our new subscribers! It means a lot to us 🙂

Thrice on Daytrotter; our two-hit-wonder?

Thrice.
Alright, to be blunt, they are not a band that we would usually pay attention to because they are just not our style. But, when we heard that they were “trying something new” with their latest album, Beggars, we decided to try it out because we were curious and bored and… well, why the hell not? After a few listens, it was easy to dismiss the album as a whole. More specifically, we did not fall in love with it as a unified work. However, we must admit, there are two songs in particular that won our hearts over. Beggars and Circles (which even had the honor of making it into our seasonal fall playlist! That’s how much we love this song) have been two songs that we always go back to. Let’s see. iTunes play count for:
All the World is Mad: 5.
In Exile and Wood and Wire: 3.
Circles: … a solid 40.
You see what I’m saying?
I guess we all have albums or artists like this.

When it comes to their pre-Beggars work… Let’s just say that we tried it out, and it did not go so well. More specifically, every song we tried ended about 20 seconds into it. I guess it’s just too heavy to handle.
But we simply can’t help ourselves with these two songs. The soothingly slow melody picks up gracefully and is backed by thoughtful lyrics. Our fingers are crossed that their next album will have this exact sound, for 45 minutes straight. Maybe then we can become real fans, but only time will tell…

Anyways, the point of all of this is to let you all know that Thrice is featured on Daytrotter this week, which can be found over here. And, yes, you guessed it, our two favourite songs happened to be the ones Thrice (or Daytrotter.. or the music Gods… we’re not exactly sure how it works) chose to include in their session! Obviously, the music Gods love the wolf and the sheep. Naturally.

So, should we feel bad that we only love two songs by this band? And who else thinks that Circles sounds a little bit like Radiohead?

True progress means
Matching the world to the vision in our heads,
We always change the vision instead

Circles

Have a listen over here and then head over to the Daytrotter site and download them for free!

Can you safe guard your breath in the night while you sleep
Keep your heart beating steady or sure?
As you lie in your bed does the thought haunt your head
That you’re really rather small?

Beggars

http://www.myspace.com/thrice

– the wolf & the sheep

PS:

Dear Thrice fans,
please don’t send the sheep to the slaughterhouse!