Damn it 2007, what happened to you? You used to exist! Anyway, The Great American Smokeout happens to be the second track on Cotton Teeth, an awesome album by The Snake The Cross The Crown:
If you’re wondering about their name, it is apparently “a reference to the logo of Italian car company, Alfa Romeo, where Kevin Jones’ [leader of the band] father owned a repair shop that burnt to the ground”, according to Wikipedia. I guess there are worse reasons to name your band than fire, so I’ll allow it. If you’re looking for more, might I suggest – from the same album – Gypsy Melodies, a great jam that ends up exploding all over your ears, and you won’t even be mad; moreover, the choruses on Electronic Dream Plant should make you happy, given you’re a reasonable person.
Here’s a song I love: Let Them Ring The Bells by The Little Ones. It’s getting fairly old now (about 7 years old in fact), and the video on Youtube doesn’t have that much views. But I don’t forget. I never forget a good song. NEVER.
This track is so gay, marrying it with another gay song is illegal (well, in most countries at least). If there’s a better reason to be pro gay marriage, I don’t wanna know about it. On that note (hah!), the rest of the Sing Song EP where this tune comes from is perhaps as fabulous as it is good; check out Face The Facts for instance, or maybe High on a Hill if you wanna get better acquainted with The Little Ones. No penis joke.
I’ve been listening to The Long Surrender by Over The Rhine quite a lot these past few days, and that’s all thanks to MusicFog, a channel on Youtube filled with brilliant live recordings of various Americana artists. It’s not the first very nice thing I’ve found on their channel, and I strongly suggest you check it out. Before I ruin the surprise by telling you what kind of music it is (oh wait, I already did), here’s probably my favorite song from the album (and the live version on MusicFog is over here):
I could go on and talk about the gospel influences, the perfect balance between Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who sing, play instruments on the album and also happen to be married on… the life. I could continue with some other terrible sentences about the universe, music and such, but I don’t like to ramble on. Instead, I’d rather point you to their song Bluebird which is pretty breathtaking, as well as The King Knows How, the two tracks which stand out the most on the album for me. Oh man, I almost forgot! Soon! Soon is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time! Go listen to it, there’s even an awesome amateur clip featuring (seemingly) real monks on Youtube!
Be way cool and buy The Long Surrender on iTunes or on Amazon!
Pseudonyms can be confusing. Boys Noize is just one dude, Bonaparte are a whole band that has nothing to do with Napoleon, and Lemâitre (themaster in French) is not just one guy, but two dudes. Crazy. What’s crazier (slightly) is that the word master is spelled maître in French and not mâitre as you might see it on their Facebook for instance.
Nevermind all that though, because the music Ketil & Ulrik, the two Norwegians producers make is just brilliant. They call themselves an indie-electronic duo, which is fair enough, since they appear to be singing on some of their tracks. The rest of the time, you might confuse them for Daft Punk or one of those artists kids rave about these days, like MGMT or Phoenix. But better, because they’re not super famous (yet).
Their new EP, Relativity 3, which follows Relativity 2 and Relativity 1 (all these years studying math finally paid off!) came out some hours ago and it’s as good as the last two. It’s available for streaming on Soundcloud over here. After listening to it a few times though, here’s my favorite song from the EP, Iron Pyrite (the chorus at 1:30 is just so delicious it’s crazy):
And if that got you interested, I strongly suggest you go and listen to Relativity 2, because it’s still awesome and available on Soundcloud:
Also take a minute to listen to the Uppermost remix of the song Appreciate at the end of the Relativity 2 EP, especially if you’re into slightly more powerful house music. And it’s on free download! As a friend of mine used to say, who doesn’t love free stuff?
I first heard this song at the end of an episode of Bored to Death (Gumball!, s03e02), and I just had to go and get that track in order to listen to it for hours on end, because it’s so brilliant. The show, meanwhile, has been cancelled because the world is a cruel place – but hey, they’re making a movie, so that’s nice. The Bandana Splits are an all women trio from Brooklyn, but even though their name is a mix of the words Banana Split and Bandana, I haven’t spotted them wearing ice cream on their heads – yet. Their music, featuring a lot of harmonies, ukulele and soft electric guitar, is reminiscent of the fifties and sixties, and bands like The Andrews Sisters. Be careful however not to get too nostalgic about that time while you listen to their sweet music – remember, there was no internet back then. Also it was pretty racist.
Of the three women, Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes, you may have stumbled upon songs from the latter, who’s a pretty great singer-songwriter definitely worth checking out.
Their first album, Mr. Sam Presents, was produced by Sam Cohen from the band Apollo Sunshine, who gave his name to the album, and it’s full of stuff like that. And if you’re still hungry for more after that, you can go and listen to their great cover of You Don’t Have To Be a Baby to Cry by The Caravelles (here’s the original).
The only other tab for Default by Django Django I could find online was rubbish, so I decided to write my own!
First things first, you’ll need to tune down your guitar one half step, to D#G#C#F#A#d#. The main riff is played with a power chord on the second fret, which makes it an F chord because we’re down half a step. Then lift off your index finger and put it back on three times to get the main idea of the riff (you can’t hear the last lift of the finger on the record very well, but he clearly does it in the live versions). You could also play the chord as a full barre chord (244322), it doesn’t change much since the emphasis must be put on the lowest strings.
You don’t necessarily have to play the two X’s I put in the tab (muted strings), but I found myself playing them to keep rythm. For the strumming, I wrote it above the tab (d = down and u = up). It’s kind of important to start the third chord with an up stroke, to keep the rythm of the song going. And if you want to play the riff perfectly right you’re gonna have to lift off your fingers for a very short time to stop the ringing of the chords on the first chord and the one before last.
Once you get the main riff down, the rest of the song should be easy to figure out: the first part of the song where they sing “Default” is simply the same F chord (first one of the riff, 2244322, don’t forget we’re half a step down) played six times off beat (that can be confusing); then same as the riff, end on the 577655 on the beat this time; then repeat the whole thing.
Finally, pretty much every time after the chorus (where he sings on the riff), he goes to a D# (played like your regular E : 022100) for a few bars, then a C (x46664) and then F (again, same as the riff, 2244322).
I hope that was clear enough, don’t hesitate to post a comment if you have any problems with it!