By Jon Chattman
Israeli psych-trance, electro group Infected Mushroom just released their latest album “Legend of the Black Shawarma.” I have no clue what the hell that title means but I dig the duo of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani so much that I had to interview them. Korn’s Jonathan Davis collaborated with them on a tune – which seems odd considering when you think psych-trance, he’s the last name one would expect to hear attached to it. Anyway, I spoke to the trio on working together and had them field odd questions. Good chaps. Continue reading
“Two-headed monster” is what Daryl Hall and John Oates refer to themselves as, because it’s everything they’re not. Arguably the biggest music duo of all time have said they’re able to coexist and churn out hits and perform because essentially — they don’t drive each other crazy and let each other do their own thing.
Case in point last year alone — Oates released a solo album while Hall continued his highly successful web series “Live From Daryl’s House” (think Jon Favreau’s “Dinner with Friends” for the music crowd.) Still, the two found time to tour together as they always do. Arguably, the duo are just as renowned today as they were in the 1970s and Max Headroom decades. There’s no better example of this statement than the recent usage of their 1981 hit “You Make My Dreams Come True” in an instant classic dance sequence during the indie hit “500 Days of Summer.”
With sincere apologies to Simon & Garfunkel and to a far lesser degree Cagney & Lacey, Hall & Oates are the biggest duo of all time. The legendary musicians have a staggering arsenal of hits – from “Maneater” to “Private Eyes,” and have survived the 1980s virtually unscathed with the exception an occasional “Saturday Night Live” jab or perhaps that “Adult Education” music video. Getting serious, the two have been pop royalty since they met up in that 1970s, selling out venues for some four decades now.
On Oct. 13, the pair will release a box set entitled Do What You Want, Be What You Are, which is an impressive collection of the hit makers’ singles, rarities, and live tracks. The compilation comes on the heels of the duo’s scene stealing “appearance” in this summer’s hit dramedy 500 Days of Summer. Who could forget Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s choreographed dance number to “You Make My Dreams Come True” after he got lucky with Zooey Deschanel? No one.
Electropop duo Jupiter Rising have released their new video for “Falling Away,” the first single off their March-released album “The Quiet Hype.” I dig any piece of pop that features the Polaroid. It’s that simple.
The UK band The Hours (Antony Genn and Martin Slattery) are really on their way to becoming household names. After releasing their debut, Narcissus Road in the UK last year. “See The Light” is a amazing single from the band who are currently working on their new album. Click the pic and listen to a special Calvin Harris remix. Stay tuned for more on the band soon. Ah, The Hours… not just a shitty Meryl Streep movie anymore.
I’ll admit that I’m a little biased. Not only do I dig Hall & Oates – always have ever since their “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” videos, but I’ve had the good fortune of meeting and sort of working with John Oates. That said, it should come as no surprise that the forthcoming release Daryl Hall & John Oates Live At the Troubadour , a DVD and Double CD combination being released Tuesday, is kickass. Continue reading
You all know by now how much we at the “pop” dig The Ting Tings. The duo, as I often say, make my pants dance. In any event, check out the twosome at Live Daily’s studios in LA above. Watch them perform their singles “That’s Not My Name,” “Shut Up and Let Me Go” and “Great DJ”. If only they had songs like this when my Bar Mitzvah came around.
The Brooklyn-based dance punk duo Matt and Kim have released their new single “Daylight,” and I’m going to be quite honest. This single makes me want to mingle, and it’s not just because those two words rhyme. Anyway, get a free download of the song exclusively here.
By Jon Chattman
Having been together as a folk/rock duo for 20 years, one would wonder if the Indigo Girls had begun to get sick of one other. As Emily Saliers (pictured right)and Amy Ray currently tour in promotion of their last album “Despite Our Differences” and put the finishing touches on their next, their eleventh CD, that’s clearly not the case.
“We’ve known each other since we were in elementary school. We have a respect for each other and we’re like family,” Saliers explained in a recent interview. “We’re like sisters, [but] very different. We have separate groups of friends. Amy lives out in the country, [while] I’m more of a city girl. She’s more of a rocker – more post-punk influence and I’m more R&B groove/Joni Mitchell- influenced. It’s very unusual it’s kind of ying/yang.”
The ying and the yang will perform at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 80 East Ridge on Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Golden Animals Pony Up
By Helen Horn-Mitchem
It’s not often you find a band willing to title their album something like Free Your Mind and Win a Pony when they’re not straining to be wittily ironic or blatantly sarcastic. But that is just what Golden Animals, an up-and-coming guitar/drums duo, do with their debut. Strikingly earnest and sincere, Golden Animals has crafted a sound deeply rooted in the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll. The 1960′s clothing that they wear in their publicity shots is not just part of another “look.”
“It’s got to be one of those guys from The Village People. It’s the first thing that comes to mind. The character with the big thick mustache [Glenn Hughes]. I don’t know why I thought of that but that’s the most prominent mustache in mind’s eye. That and Freddie Mercury. ”
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