Monthly Archives: September 2011

Flavor of the Week: Ohbijou

Ohbijou Metal Meets; Niagara

Ohbijou’s third album, Metal Meets, definitely has me hooked. I just recently came across this group from Toronto but they are already dominating my playlist. It’s always a good sign when you can listen to a song four times in a row; such is the case with the first track, Niagara. With winter looming ahead, Ohbijou makes you feel right at home with warm lyrics delivered in an almost lullaby.

After several unsuccessful attempts to critique Ohbijou’s music and this album, I stand defeated. Nothing brings my thoughts together better than the following excerpt from the band’s site:

Conceptually, Metal Meets draws on sites populated by rumbling volcanoes, deep lakes and haunted waterfalls, metals torn from damp earth, and dark desires usually uncommitted to words (Mecija sings, for example: “A parsing of this blood to find myself in you”). This is a poetic offering. The band retreated from the familiar in order to test the limits of their craft and attend to detail in a way they had not before. As a result, each song on the album is housed in a matrix of experimental effects and timbres. Listeners and audiences will feel Ohbijou come of age with this album, and their adulthood is more precocious and imaginative than their youth.

Make sure to sit down with Ohbijou sometime soon and enjoy the Flavor of the Week.

Ohbijou – Niagara
[audio http://www.ohbijou.com/sounds/Niagara.mp3]

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Concert Review: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Red Palace

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Red Palace

It is becoming difficult to describe the special connection I feel towards Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Seeing this group from Detroit tear down stage after stage will never get old. You can, and should, listen to their debut album Morning Thought every day, but you will never know the creativity, intensity, and passion in which they deliver these tracks until you witness them live.

The set from DEJJ was essentially the same from months ago back in Richmond. The sold out Red Palace offered a rocking venue. A special touch was added when they paid tribute to recently disbanded REM with an inspiring segue into Everybody Hurts. Nostalgia, yes!

In my opinion, you won’t see many other live songs that top DEJJ’s version of Gil Scott-Heron’s We Almost Lost Detroit. Repping their hometown threads, Epstein and Zott took the roof off with a performance that has, to this day, left me speechless.

The encore was… insane! I would never would have called Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody as the lead off. That whipped the DC crowd into a frenzied momentum which carried on well after the show had ended.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. TONIGHT

So, I cannot contain my excitement any longer. In a matter of hours, I will be reliving one my favorite concert experiences. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is set to tear down the Red Palace in DC tonight. I’m overly joyed at the thought of seeing my new favorite band live again and experiencing a new venue for me in DC. Here is a video of the guys performing Nothing But Your Love Live from Austin City Limits this year. Imagine that energy and creativity up close and in person! Oh, goosebumps. Enjoy.

Flavor of the Week: Purity Ring

Purity Ring, Lofticries, Belispeak, Ungirthed

Wow, now there’s a headline!

Call me late to the game but who could blame me for wanting as many people as possible to know about this group. Purity Ring is a breath of fresh air that is tearing through the indie pop electro world. Though, it has been difficult gathering useful information about this band since a simple Google search is littered with “promise/purity ring” results. No one wants that. Well, maybe that’s the way it should be for Purity Ring. Let the singles spread by way of blog, giving everyone that unquenched thirst for their pinging pop beats. The masses will have no choice but to go see them live. Well played.

Purity Ring’s songs fit so many different categories it’s not worth trying to stick them into one genre. Regardless, the end result is awesome. On my personal favorite, Ungirthed, the seemingly randomly assorted electro beats unexpectedly give way to Megan James’s refreshing vocal stylings.

Their self-categorization of “future pop” is most accurate on Belispeak. All things considered, Purity Ring has assembled an addictive group of singles that might be a little too unpredictable to get stuck in your head but you will soon be craving for more and more listens. Enjoy the Flavor of the Week.

Ungirthed 
Belispeak
Lofticries

Video: Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Lana Del Rey is a certified bomb shell and I cannot get enough of this song/video. The up-and-coming artist from New York delivers a steady stream of enchanting and saddening tones yet all you are left with is pure appreciation for the song and the talent behind it (seriously, I’ve listened to this song 50+ times). I cannot wait to see Del Rey’s career evolve over the next few years. The video for Video Games features several shots of Del Rey looking absolutely stunning.

Call it a crush…”I heard you like the bad girls, honey, is that true?” So true…

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