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out this week...5/3 & 5/10...zombi...okkervil river...gang gang dance...lonely island...morrissey...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 20, 2011 06:00pm | Post a Comment
I have been obsessed with zombies for as long as I can remember and I am not really sure why, but I just can't get enough of them! Not the band -- we're talking actual zombies here! Not that zombies actually exist...but you know what I mean. When I found out there was a band named Zombi, I figured I had to at least check them out and I soon became obsessed with Zombi as well. Zombi are a sort of prog space instrumental rock sort of band from Pittsburgh. You could compare them to Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Goblin, Giorgio Moroder, Yes, Rush, and the soundtracks of John Carpenter. I actually first got into Zombi by listening to Majeure, the project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, which has one album from 2010, Timespan. I was hooked and immediately got all of the Zombi albums that I could find, starting with their last album, Spirit Animal, from 2009, and now I couldn't be happier to have a brand new Zombi album in my life, Escape Velocity, on Relapse. And it is just as good as their last -- dark and spacey. Everyone needs some Zombi in their life.

I didn't really become an Okkervil River fan until Black Sheep Boy in 2005. Not sure what took me so long but there are a lot of bands out there! It just took me a while to devote some time to them. I already talked about them a bunch in two blogs so I won't waste too much more time on them here. Here I talk about The Stand Ins in 2009. And here I talk about The Stage Names in 2007. I don't want to end up repeating myself but I do still love Okkervil River. And yes, they are still putting out great albums! The new album is called I Am Very Far. I just can't get enough of Will Sheff's voice.

Another one of my favorites just put out a new album -- Gang Gang Dance is back with Eye Contact. I just find it impossible to not love this band. Everything they do is magical. This new album might take a bit longer for you to fall in love with than past albums, but you will. I have always thought of them as a slightly weirder and more experimental version of Blonde Redhead. Maybe a bit dancier. They mix up a dark, sort of tribal sound with a sort of fun, dancier sound. I love this band. I really do. I get excited every time they have a new album out. It is never too late to become a fan of Gang Gang Dance.

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Stream the New Gang Gang Dance Album Eye Contact Here

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2011 01:16pm | Post a Comment

The new Gang Gang Dance album, Eye Contact, is now available for pre-order right here on Amoeba.com! It will be released on May 10, next Tuesday, but if you just can't wait that long, please stream the whole album below!

out today 10/21...gang gang dance...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 23, 2008 12:55pm | Post a Comment
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I have been anxiously awaiting the new Gang Gang Dance album since hearing their excellent EP from last year. I fell in love with Gang Gang Dance in 2005 when God's Money came out, but the EP RAWWAR totally blew me away last year. It was only 3 tracks but they seem to pack the greatness of a whole album into that little EP. I still listen to the second track whenever I get a chance. "Oxygen Demo Riddim" is just an instrumental track but it became one of my favorite songs of the year. Gang Gang Dance is now back with a new album called Saint Dymphna. This band has always beengang gang dance rawwar somewhat of a mystery to me. I have never really done any research on them and have never read a review of them or their albums. I know they live in New York, but that is pretty much where my knowledge of them begins and ends. I have no idea what they look like and I have no idea how others have described them. It makes them more interesting to me. The music just basically exists in my head and I have made my own little personal set of stories about them. I have not yet had the opportunity to see them live -- maybe that will clear up some of my questions about them. I do have a chance coming up soon. They are playing November 15th at the El Rey in Los Angeles. I really do know one thing about Gang Gang Dance: I love this new album and I love Gang Gang Dance. They don't really sound like anything I have ever heard before, yet the music somehow speaks to me. The songs are often intense sort of musical collages -- lots of instruments and sounds seem to interfere with each other but end up creating some beautiful music when all put together.

Their music could easily be described as experimental. The songs are a bit weird and different, but weird in the good and interesting way. I hear elements of new wave and shoegaze within the songs as well. They also remind me a bit of Blonde Redhead at times. They capture that intense sadness that Blonde Redhead also conveys in their music. "First Communion" is easily my favorite track on this new album, but it doesn't stop there. That song just gets me hooked on the album, although they didn't really need to hook me in with this album. I was already obsessed because of their last album. This album is just doing a fantastic job at meeting my expectations. I could not have imagined a better album for them to create. The shoegaze song of the album is "Vacuum." This song could have easily found a home on a My Bloody Valentine album. It is sort of a mixed up version of a shoegaze song. It guess it is Gang Gang Dance's version of shoegaze. They make egang gang dance god's moneyverything sound better somehow. The song that follows sounds like something from some Warp album -- not just your typical use of electronics. "Inners Pace" floats into the next song "Afoot," which sounds like Patti Smith doing her spoken word. Track 10 is probably my second favorite song on the album. "House Jam" is Gang Gang Dance at its best. The song is almost accessible and as close as they will get to a pop song. It is their version of a Gwen Stefani or M.I.A. song. It is for sure catchy and I find myself humming it even if I don't know any of the words. The last song on the album is "Princes." The song features an MC from East London know as Tincy Stryder. Hip Hop seems to be the last genre that they wanted to explore on the album, but the song is still an obvious Gang Gang Dance song. It just happens to be their version of the genre. The album travels all over the place but it also somehow keeps a cohesive sound throughout. I am in love with Gang Gang Dance all over again.

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