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Played "Enemy Gene (Clean)" 06/13/2014 11:55 am
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Played "Fugitive Air (clean)" 09/25/2013 11:54 am
Played "She Ain't Speakin' Now" 09/01/2013 11:37 pm
Played "Fugitive Air" 08/26/2013 10:15 am
of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
[Polyvinyl Record Co.]
Thereâ€™s no better way to describe Paralytic Stalks than an insane, uncharted trip through the intricate psyche of of Montrealâ€™s front man, Kevin Barnes (and no, not that energetic, flamboyantly-dressed alter-ego you see on stage at their shows). This is Barnes exposed and at his rawest. The newest installment from the Georgia-based band is a totally unfiltered glimpse into Barnesâ€™ consciousnessâ€”which, as the sheer lyrical and compositional creativity of their twelve album legacy has provenâ€”is pretty complex. Paralytic Stalks takes listeners on a trip (in the most psychedelic sense of the word) with Barnesâ€™ unprocessed thoughts on existence and personal life as the lyrics and an unconventional roller coaster of styles, sounds, and instruments as the music. And because of Barnesâ€™ complex nature as an artist, this does not translate into an easy-listen. In other words, Paralytic StalksÂ by no means mirrors the poppy harmonies we see on their earlier albums like The Sunlandic Twins or Skeletal Lamping, but the fact that of Montrealâ€™s music canâ€™t be pigeonholed into having one distinct â€œsoundâ€ is one of the things that keeps die-hards so crazy about their musicâ€”weâ€™re kept on our toes, excited to hear what the band will surprise us with next.
Paralytic Stalks flows in its own right: itâ€™s hard to tell where one song ends and the other one starts, and some of the lyrics seem like one long stream of profound, exciting, unedited thought. But one of the things that makes of Montreal such a brilliant and creative group is their willingness to experiment and venture into new territory. Paralytic Stalks, arguably their most personal album to date, is definitely a stretch into uncharted waters for of Montreal and for Barnes â€” one that avid listeners will actively embrace, and newcomers might have a hard time with.
In Canadian filmmaker Jesse Ewles , pop contortionists Of Montreal found someone with the mad visual skills to match their musical spirit. The video for "Spiteful Intervention," off the band's recent album "Paralytic Stalks," is a painting in motion â€” a giant eye, Kevin Barnes' face, blobs of color pulsing â€” all in arresting and rather disturbing fashion. Ewles talks about his work in an interview with The Creators Project here . The animations themselves are liable to cause nightmares. more here
Of Montreal, Junip [pictured], School of Seven Bells, Class Actress, Penguin Prison, Clinic and L.A.'s own funkmeisters Breakestra head up the first batch of acts announced for Filter Magazine's third annual Culture Collide festival, which goes off Oct. 4-7 at various venues in Echo Park. Also notable an on tap for the event: Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500. Wristbands ($20) are already on sale for the fall festivities, which winds up with a Sunday block party after four days of shows at the Echo/Echoplex, Taix, 626LA, the Echo Park United Methodist Church and Origami more here
Of Montreal , which has a rarities collection titled "Daughter of Cloud" on the way (Oct. 23, Polyvinyl), will join the Wombats, the Big Pink, Zola Jesus, Diiv, Niki & the Dove and Dean Wareham at the top of the bill for this year's Culture Collide Festival, Oct. 4-7 at multiple venues throughout Echo Park. Junip and School of Seven Bells had previously been announced for the festival, but their names have somehow vanished from the latest poster. In its third year, the festival has proven a fun and relatively inexpensive ( $20 festival passes here more here
Random encounters of the festival kind from Saturday's third night of Filter magazine's Culture Collide: Highlight of the night Absurd and absurdly fun â€” that's about the only way to describe Of Montreal's hour-plus excursion into whimsy and fantasy at the Echoplex. There were plenty of costumed crazies accompanying Kevin Barnes and crew throughout, onstage and in the crowd, and amid all the balloons, party favors and misbehavior there was music too. We think. While dodging a friend dressed as a gay wizard, we swore we heard "Spiteful Intervention" (off the band's most recent more here
Show picks for Sunday: â–º Coming off their epic club show Saturday night at the Echoplex, Of Montreal headlines the Culture Collide Block Party (on Reservoir between Alvarado and Sunset in Echo Park, free with RSVP ) as the Filter magazine festival comes to a close. The Wombats, School of Seven Bells, Niki and the Dove, late lineup addition Poolside, DIIV, Gold Fields and Royal Teeth also are part of the festival finale, which brings about 30 bands to four stages. Schedule at the end of more here
Album "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" scored 8.7
If 2004's immaculate Satanic Panic in the Attic saw Of Montreal reaching the logical apex of their brand of sunshine-y guitar pop, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer spins 180 degrees: Their darkest...
I had no idea who David Banner was before The Fader party at SXSW this year. more at blogspot.com
Arms and Legs - "Alice"
The Velvet Underground - "Stephanie Says"
Donovan - "Jennifer Juniper"
The Beatles - "Michelle"
Papercuts - "Sandy"
Brazos - "Mrs. more at blogspot.com
Of Montreal, unlike what seems to be the case with most great bands recently, is not a group from Montreal.more at austinist.com
Of Montreal is from Georgia, which is kind of the opposite of Montreal if you think about it.more at austinchronicle.com
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