Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Perusing through both lists, you'll notice that they mention most of the bands that shared of Montreal's bill : MGMT, the Fiery Furnaces, Sinkane, fire Zuave, Gang Gang Dance all got the thumbs up from the man. Here's to hoping that 2009 will see other great live shows with more jaw-dropping performances from the opening acts.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
--> Dallas, House of Blues - 2008/11/14.
--> Fort Lauderdale, Revolution - 2008/12/06. Disk One and Disk Two. (a somewhat different show... not in terms of setlist, but the general atmosphere and a few lyrical changes here and there...)
--> For both New York shows (The Roseland Ballroom back in October and the Williamsburg one from Dec. 16th), please visit the wonderful folks at NYC Taper.
--> Soon to come, thanks to Creative Loafing, the recording of the Ritz Ybor show. The Fiery Furnaces show was also taped that night so it should be posted at some point too. You really want to check it out!
--> Also, remember the stripped down Paris show from October 15th? I sure do...
--> The Philadelphia Halloween show was taped too.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Quite an obvious choice, don't you think? It definitely is the most radio-friendly (some would say ear-friendly!) song on Skeletal Lamping... What remains to be seen is whether the little part that draws the song to its conclusion on the album will be on the single version too...
The An Eluardian Instance EP is now available for pre-order on PolyVinyl records, and amazingly enough it doesn't feature An Eluardian Instance per se, but two remixes by Jon Brion and three different versions of Gallery Piece.
The CD or 12" EP (+ download code) will ship on January 16th, but there is no talk of the real in-store release date yet...
1. First Time High (Reconstructionist Remix of "An Eluardian Instance")
2. First Time High (Of Chicago Acoustic Version)
3. Gallery Piece (Remix)
4. Gallery Piece (Long Version)
5. Gallery Piece (Instrumental)
On a related note, the band will be playing An Eluardian Instance on the Late Show With David Letterman on December 18th.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Starving Like A Pack Of Wolves (mp3)
Colors of the Sun (video by Diana Lang)
Please support the artists. fire Zuave's first album can now be purchased on PolyVinyl Records.
The piece of about Kevin makes all other interviews irrelevant and redundant, and it is also quite amazing to hear what David and Nina have to say about their collaboration.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"There are loads of bandstands in parks across London, and most of them are looking fairly tattered from lack of use. When did you last see/hear one surrounded by hordes excited by the sounds? ...well we hadn't so we decided to do what we could to change that, to fill the parks once more (at least for a wee while every couple of weeks) with some talented people capable of carrying a tune or two."
Here is "An Eluardian Instance":
If you've got an account at torrent site DimeADozen, you can head over there and grab the lossless flac version of this show, which is a long one (an hour and a half, 24bit, 1.15 GB in flac, this mp3 version is just over 100MB)
Wonder if they'll do a repeat performance on the Takeaway Show.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
BBC Session for the George Lamb Show
2008-10-13 London, BBC6 Studio
If you didn't hear about the new cover they did during the encore, (with Andrew from MGMT), here's some video:
You Aint No Picasso has an mp3 of that cover (as well as the whole huge of Montreal covers archive) as well a great review and pics of the show, as do Fluxblog and Stereogum. And thanks again to NYCTaper for the audio! Here's a few highlights besides that cover - a surprise return of "Wraith..." (and even more surprisingly, it's more faithful to the album version than the rocked-up live version they played last year), as well as one of our favorites from Skeletal Lamping, "Wicked Wisdom" and a great version of "Mingusings" with a live jam at the end we hope to see repeated and even built upon by the time they return to the US:
of Montreal "Wicked Wisdom" (2008-10-10 NYC)
of Montreal "Misgusings" (2008-10-10 NYC)
Did we say thank you to nyctaper? THANK YOU!!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Listen Live Online At 9:30 p.m. ET
NPR.org, October 9, 2008 - The Athens, Ga., band Of Montreal has been making some of the most wildly adventurous (if bizarre) music of the past decade. The group, led by frenetic frontman Kevin Barnes, has built a reputation on meticulously crafted, synth-driven psych-pop, with flamboyant production and gleeful sonic flourishes. Of Montreal brings this musical spectacle to Washington, D.C., for a full concert, webcast live at NPR.org tonight (Oct. 9). The performance will begin streaming online at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET.
Since forming in the mid-'90s, Of Montreal has been the most consistent and prolific of the bands in the Elephant 6 collective — the widely adored cadre of neo-psychedelic groups that included Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control. Releasing nearly an album a year, Of Montreal has continued to produce remarkably inspired, breathlessly unpredictable songs, while other groups in the collective have disbanded, gone on lengthy hiatuses or moved on to other projects.
On the band's latest CD, Skeletal Lamping, Of Montreal plunges listeners into the freakishly surreal world of Georgie Fruit, the "transsexual alter ego" of singer Kevin Barnes. (Think David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust.) Barnes first introduced Georgie Fruit on last year's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? On Skeletal Lamping, Barnes digs deeper into Georgie Fruit's imaginary world, with a burst of schizophrenic narratives and seductive, shape-shifting noise-pop. It's a strange but infectious sound, which Barnes says he developed by borrowing from the past.
"It's almost inevitable," Barnes tells NPR's Liane Hansen. "You have to sort of lift from other people. But as long as you do it in your own slightly original way, it's okay. So, I mean, I take from everybody, from Fela Kuti to Brian Eno, you know, from Prince to Queen. So I think it's okay, as long as you sort of blend it in an interesting way that's slightly original. I don't think that to be completely original is that important."
Skeletal Lamping is due out Oct. 21. In an attempt to reconnect listeners with something tangible and more artful, the label and Of Montreal are releasing the album in seven different formats. Instead of receiving a downloadable file only, or a flat CD, fans can get Skeletal Lamping packaged with a tote bag, T-shirt, button set, paper lantern or set of wall decals. Each of the formats will include both the unique packaging and a digital, downloadable version of the album. Band members say they hope the move helps bring listeners back to record stores.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
And there's also news that of Montreal is pushing back the release date of Skeletal Lamping just a bit, head over to Pitchfork for more details on that and the new 12".
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
the sinkane band that will be opening for of montreal is: me: guitar/vox james husband: drums davey pierce: bass/drums the late B.P. Helium: guitar/bass evan richards: keys/baritone guitar we will be performing "Color Voice" in its entirety.
...btw, "Color Voice" is his full-length debut, came out just a few months ago, so it's been quite a year for Ahmed: not just his first LP but part ofCaribous's and of Montreal's touring bands.
Buy "Color Voice" at Insound. Ahmed has expressed an enthusiastic willingness to hang out after the shows on the upcoming Skeletal Lamping tour, so it'd probably be good for conversation if you've bought his album ;-)
Thanks to casserole for the above pic of Ahmed at Columbus, Ohio's "Alive Bands To Watch 2008" from January of this year. Gotta say, that's pretty epic for Ahmed - going from college radio station nerd to what he's accomplished so far this year. Kudos, and we reeeeally are looking forward to hear how great your addition to the of Montreal lineup will be.
Be sure not to miss Ahmed's blog, which has lots of free great things to download (concert, albums, singles)
Friday, September 5, 2008
but only as a two piece....
:-O The Fiery Furnaces could perhaps be the finest group to ever open for of Montreal. Strong words, we know, and strong music - not always easy to digest, from what we've heard from a couple of you. This is a band like of Montreal that often takes at least a few repeated listens to "get" the song and it's insane structure. And even more than of Montreal, Fiery Furnaces, when performing live, take their recorded songs and stretch them any which way but loose, and this two-piece lineup of brother Matthew and sister Eleanor should prove to be an interesting show.
Starting with this post, we're going to highlight the bands opening up for of Montreal on this tour, to help you "learn" them, too, and maybe appreciate a little more what you're going to see live. And for the special treat of the band including the Fiery Furnaces (oh, please do a communal jam at the end, and extend the siblings duty beyond Florida), we're going to give you a special treat, and hopefully a bit more insight into this mysterious band.
These first two tracks come from the Fiery Furnaces' debut album Gallowsbird's Bark, a much more straight-ahead affair than the rest of their catalog:
And here's one from their most recent release on Thrill Jockey, the ambitious double live album Remember, which takes (varying sound quality) recordings and cuts from various FF shows and lineups and mashes them into the approximation of many of the best moments of a live Fiery Furnaces show:
And here's a special rare treat for you: an incredible quality soundboard/audience matrix bootleg, recorded and mastered by wolfattack (thank you whoever you are), from the Fiery Furnaces last appearance in Austin, October of last year. Here's a couple of samples, and then the entire show for you to download:
Fiery Furnaces "My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found" (2007/10/27)
DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE CONCERT:
FIERY FURNACES - 2007/10/27, Austin, TX, Emo's
01 Inc a Rag/Name Game
02 Birdie Brain
03 Navy Nurse
04 Duplexes Of The Dead
05 Automatic Husband
07 Straight Street
08 My Egyptian Grammar
10 Black-Hearted Boy
11 Bitter Tea
12 Japanese Slippers
13 Widow City
14 Restorative Beer
15 The Garfield El / Candymakers Knife In My Handbag
16 Forty Eight Twenty Three Twenty Second Street
17 Seven Silver Curses
18 Slavin' Away
19 The Philadelphia Grand Jury
20 Clear Signal From Cairo
22 Blueberry Boat
23 My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found
24 Tropical Ice-Land
Insound has all of the Fiery Furnaces albums, but always check the individual labels and buy from them when it's possible and cheaper and if you want Blueberry Boat, that is the one album available direct from the band, just click "Store" on the FF site
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping Laser Listening Session
Friday, September 12th @ 9:15pm sharp
ALL AGES * Tickets $8
Seattle Laser Dome @ Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Be the first hear of Montreal's brand new masterpiece in its entirety before anyone else... set to LASERS! (ha!)
Band will not be in attendance.
Tickets on sale now here (link)
Special thanks to our sponsors:
230 Publicity, Polyvinyl Records, Easy Street, The Stranger.com, Three Imaginary Girls, and The Vera Project.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Suffer For Fashion /Sink the Seine /Cato As a Pun /I Was Never Young /So Begins Our Alabee /Gronlandic Edit /An Eluardian Instance /She's a Rejector /We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafing /Oslo in the Summertime /October is Eternal /The Past is a Grotesque Animal /Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse /The Party's Crashing Us
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So I wanted to ask you about Arlene… [Kevin’s guitar has “Arlene” scratched into it]
I was living in Minneapolis. When I got out of high school, I moved around a lot trying to find people to play with and I’d heard Minneapolis had a scene. I just happened upon this used guitar shop and I got Arlene there really cheap. And it’s a great guitar.
I don’t know the story behind the etching. It was there when I got it and the guy at the store didn’t know either. I mean, imagine just some weird dude, maybe some metalhead dude just like “this is for you, babe…” No one has ever come up to me and been like “man, that was my old guitar!” but maybe one day. [Laughs]
It's even funnier now - that metalhead's old guitar an even bigger part of of Montreal (and modern music) lore. But still sad in a way, as this wasn't any old guitar, but that's what makes the smashing a more powerful statement and less a Towshend throwback tribute. RIP Arlene, you made some damn fine music.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Order all three colors for $10
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
And there's also one coming up for Athens, GA. In this thread, Dottie and tour manager Mike talk about it, Dottie says it will most likely be it the 40 Watt on September 30, Mike says the location may not be confirmed, but that they may also have some footage from
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
at a bar in Manhattan tomorrow night, July 23rd.
the bar is called HI-FI. its 21+.
the address is 169 Avenue A.
i don't know that exact time the album will be played.
somewhere between 10pm and 12:30am most likely.
$3 beer special.
Monday, July 14, 2008
-how the negative reception of Cherry Peel kept Kevin writing about fictional characters not about his feelings for almost a decade
-why "Feminine Effects" didn't make the record and what'll eventually happen to it
-the origin of "Arlene"
-which of their covers was done because it's Alabee's favorite song
Saturday, July 12, 2008
02 Wicked Wisdom
03 For Our Elegant Caste
04 Touched Something's Hollow
05 An Eluardian Instance
06 Gallery Piece
07 Women's Studies Victims
08 St.Exquisite's Confessions
09 Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10 And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow
11 Plastis Wafers
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
15 Id Engager
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
"Alright, the stream of this show was crappy and out of sync but I captured it anyway (it should all be fine, I didn't play it through all the way to check though).
To fix the out of sync audio you have to play it in VLC and then do CTRL+K (pc) or CTRL+G (mac) until it says 300 ms.
And here's an MP3 of Tender Fax (which might belong in the Skeletal Lamping info thread but..): http://www.mediafire.com/?tge2j3wjnzf"
Kevin's (July 4) comment about "Du Og Meg": "I wrote that song when Bush was in power, and I called the United States the 'evil empire', but I think if Obama's elected everything's going to change. We're not going to be an 'evil empire' anymore, and that feels good."
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
fire Zuave's tour dates:
July 2 - Jupiter, FL, Rooney's Public House
July 3 - Charlottesville, VA, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
July 4 - Eastlake, OH + Jesse Bryson, Scorcher's
July 5 - Lakewood, OH + Jesse Bryson, Hi-Fi Concert Club
July 6 - White Lake, MI, Billy's Tip N Inn
July 8 - New York, NY, The Cutting Room
July 10 - Athens, Ga. + Kevin & David Barnes, Flicker Bar & Theater
July 11 - Jacksonville, FL, Jackrabbits
July 17 - Northwood, FL, My Coffee House
July 18 - Lake Worth, FL, Havana Hideout
July 19 - West Palm Beach, FL, Clematis 500 Block Street Party
July 20 - Lake Worth, FL, South Shores Tavern
July 23 - West Palm Beach, FL, O'Shea's
Aug 16 - West Palm Beach, FL, Hotel Biba
Aug 24 - Lake Worth, FL, South Shores Tavern
Friday, June 27, 2008
"Anyway, I just got the full record today and I can tell you this -- it
looks like Kevin has changed all the song titles!
For example, "Softcore" is now "For Our Elegant Caste", "Paradigm Kisses" is
"Non-Pariel Of Favor", "Exquisite Confessions" is "St. Exquisite's
Confesssions", "Jasmin's Car" is "And I've Seen A Bloody Shadow", "Play With
You" is "Id Engager", and uh, "Mingusings" is still "Mingusings".
Thanks for the heads-up, Matthew!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
"Just so you know, Jamey has not left the band. He is still working on his own stuff though which is amazing. If anyones going to Calgary or Rothbury, you will see him there. As far as Ahmed, you will have to wait til the tour in the fall to see what we've been cooking up, its gonna be awesome."
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
donewaiting reports that Ahmed of Sinkane will be joining of Montreal's touring band as a drummer starting this fall.
Now he’s about to join Of Montreal as their drummer. Dude is on a roll.
im in columbus for one more week and then i leave to athens, georgia where i will be meeting up with of Montreal. i will be playing drums for them. we’re doing a photoshoot and then ill be going to phoenix for a month to visit my parents before i have to meet up with of Montreal again for rehearsal starting august. tour starts in october and im pretty much going to be with the band for a year or so. i dont know what the specifics are other than their next record ’skeletal lamping’ will be released this fall.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
i've finished the new album. i've been working on it for over a year. it's mastered and ready to go.
it won't come out till october though. i am very happy with it. i worry that some people are going to misunderstand it. there's nothing i can do about that though, now, it is done. anyways,i didn't create it to give people something to like. i created it because i was compelled to.
it is possible to view this album as one long composition, with lots of different movements, or just as a collection of pop songs. i wanted to make an album that was unpredictable and, at times,startling, yet always hummable and catchy. some of the transitions are intentionally awkward. i did this to keep the listener off guard and to dismantle people's perception of how an album is supposed to be constructed. i am so bored with art that makes sense and "works". i wanted to do somethings that didn't "work". very few things pique our interest while they are working as we expect them to, things are far more interesting when they are not working. shocking people though, just for the sake of it, is so mundane. nothing on Skeletal Lamping was intended to shock. i just feel that,in most contemporary songs, you can basically finish the artist's sentences,musically and lyrically. i wanted to make an album where that was not possible.
i wanted to make a record that could truly surprise a listener. to create something that was, in turns, enraging,joyous,discomforting,playful,lovely,unpleasant,freaky,mesmeric...something that came close to capturing the labyrinthine complexity of this human consciousness.
i spend most of my time in a state of mild confusion and pensiveness. i imagine most people do too. this record is my attempt to bring all of my puzzling,contradicting,disturbing,humorous...fantasies,ruminations and observations to the surface, so that i can better dissect and understand their reason for being in my head. hence the title, Skeletal Lamping. Lamping is the name of a rather dreadful hunting technique where, hunters go into the forest at night,
flood an area in light, then shoot,or capture,the animals as they panic and run from their hiding places.
this album is my attempt at doing this to my proverbial skeletons. i haven't yet decided if i should shoot or just capture them though.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
"yeah... for cherry peel and beside drama and maybe parts of
it about a 1/4 step down from standard tuning. kevin only relented
towards standard tuning when keys started to be added to the mix.
kevin hardly ever uses standard chords. so find the root note and
pick around it to find the chord. if it seems too insane in one place,
move it to another place on the fretboard.
try figuring out 'little viola'.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The rest of the bands choosing songs for this comp are probably mostly familiar to you (Raveonettes, Go! Team), head over to Buffet Libre (scroll down, they don't have links for individual posts) and check out who the bands are and what they picked, and download the whole compilation (the link is also here).
Thanks to Pitchfork for the link.
You can download the rest of Lykke Li's SXSW set from the Lullabyes blog (which is loaded with a ton of other indie shows for download, too)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
hello little darlings,
i have a new project going here on mypace: i want you guys to be my models/persons/lovedones for my different t-shirt designs! send me a picture of yourself in a geminitactics t-shirt and i will make a drawing of you and post it here on myspace in my little picturegallery named YOU WEARING GEMINITACTICS...
i would love for you to be really creative with the photos, be wild and beautiful, theatrical or sad but most of all - be YOU!
here is an example, the sweet stereo penguin wearing an of Montreal t-shirt designed by geminitactics:
i can't wait to here from you!!!!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I got to see of Montreal's first show outside the U.S., in London 2003, just happened to move there right beforehand. I had a crappy little digital camera that recorded video and Dottie said of course I could record, would I send them a copy? And I said sure, but then I saw the footage. I had tried to calculate how shitty to make the video to make it all fit onto a memory stick, and it's an understatement to say it didn't turn out great, which is part of why I never sent it, the other being I am a total piece of shit when it comes to procrastination, but really it's not that great, so don't expect much, but it is a noteworthy show, and it's five years old this month.
(I used Vimeo only beacause BP publicly advocated it and QG has been doing the same for a while, but really, the increase in quality doesn't do this pixelated video any good.)
The setlist is:
2003-01-08 Water Rats, London
Don't Ask Me To Explain
Pancakes For One
On The Drive Home
One of A Very Few of A Kind
You Are An Airplane
Old People In The Cemetery
If I Falter Slightly Twice
Death Dance oFOASFY (short edit)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Also, if you haven't checked in at the official of Montreal blog, the band themselves were kind enough to set up their own video channel at Vimeo, check it out.