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Monday’s Suggestion (01-03-11)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,New York City,Rich,Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Asobi Seksu Release New Single “Trails”

Asobi Seksu


“Trails”, the first single off of Asobi Seksu’s upcoming fourth release starts off in a wall of dissonant, bagpipe-esque noise.  If this were to continue another ten seconds it would be annoying, but in its current incarnation it creates a ‘come hither’ allure that begs you to keep listening.

From there the song opens up into the sort of dream pop that has come to characterize the band’s sound.  Lead singer Yuki Chikudate sings and coos over carefully layered synth and a rolling drum beat heavy on tom work and accented with single shakes of a tambourine.

Overall, there is a sort of hope and wonder to the song that recalls Metricthe XX and Chairlift.  If the new record Fluorescence is full of this breed of expansive shoe-gaze, look for this album to finally push Asobi Seksu from darlings of the underground to mainstream contenders in 2011, similarly to how “Crystalised” did for the XX last year.

Asobi Seksu’s full length LP Fluorescence will be out February 15th on Polyvinyl Records, and the band will be supporting the release with a North American tour.  You can download Trails for free here and check out their tour dates on the band’s myspace.

Recommended If You Like: The XX, Metric, Chairlift

– Rich



Monday’s Suggestion (11-01-10)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,New York City,Rich on November 1, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

[The] Slowest Runner In All The World

When starting a band, if looking to give yourself a head start in achieving mainstream success, it is inadvisable to start a 6 piece ‘post-baroque’ instrumental outfit.  Brooklyn’s The Slowest Runner In All The World obviously didn’t get the message.

I was fortunate enough to stumble upon them while attending my friend’s poetry reading at a warehouse loft in Bushwick this past Friday night.  I was expecting hipster drivel. I instead witnessed a band that married thoughtfulness and originality better than any act I’ve seen since discovering Robbers two years ago.

The Slowest Runner marries contemporary rock with classical thought and what I can only describe as art-noise to create uninhibited soundtrack music.  The best comparison I could make would be to the emotive pop of  Explosions in the Sky, if it were layered with the eerie suspense of Jonny Greenwood‘s solo efforts.

This is not pop music.  At least not in the common sense of the word.  The Slowest Runner In All The World is clearly an artistic statement.  It is intense, and requires a thoughtful approach if you aim to really get the most out of your listening experience.  On the flip-side, it is also ideal to have on while studying or working on something that requires the majority of your attention, so don’t rule it out if you are looking for new background music that will spark intelligent thought.

The band has three releases, all of which are available at their bandcamp site, and are for sale at a ‘name your own price’ rate.  They can also be streamed free of charge in their entirety before being purchased.

Pick them up.

Recommended if you like: Explosions in the sky, Jonny Greenwood, Aunt Ange



Monday’s Suggestion (09-27-10)

In Monday's Suggestion,New York City,Rich on September 27, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , ,

It’s neither incorrect nor surprising when people refer to New York City as the tourism capital of the world.  Iconic attractions like the Empire State Building, Central Park and Time Square attract more people from all over the world than any other city.  However, if one were to dig a little deeper they would find an even more interesting New York City.  One full of unknown attractions that remain hidden in plain view, even from your most astute native New Yorker.

How would one go about finding these hidden gems?

Scoutingny is a blog started by a New York City based film location scout, Nick Carr, with the purpose of bringing to light some of the lesser known sites that NYC has to offer.   In it’s four years of esixtence, “Scout” as Mr. Carr is known has not only garnered a huge following, but also attention from  such mainstream publications as the NY Times,, The New York Post and The Huffington Post.  I myself have checked out two spots based on this site, and my to-do list of “Scout” suggested places is growing infinitely faster than I am able to check them off.

Aside from his regular updates, Mr. Carr also keeps a few themed series such as “New York, You’ve Changed” in which he compares the New York City locations shot for iconic movies such as Taxi Driver or Ghostbusters to the locations as they exist today; or “Will this be there the next time I pass by?” in which he examines sites around the five boroughs that appear on the verge of oblivion. “The Forgotten Building Under the Bridge” or “The Cup & Saucer Diner” are two of my favorite entries from this category.  Both of these series have multiple representatives on Mr. Carr’s list of favorite entries, a great starting point for those interested in exploring the site.

Anyone who has ever walked down a New York City street can attest to a certain spectral presence.  What I mean by this is that the boroughs are so packed with history that it is permeable.  It’s this aura that makes NYC electric, like despite it’s modernity there is still some element of the Five Points scenes you see in Gangs of New York.  Nick Carr does a great job of capturing this feeling and pointing out the little pieces of history that subconsciously cause us to feel the way we do whilst walking through the city.

This site is definitely worth visiting for any New Yorker looking to gain a more unique sense of belonging.  I would also recommend this site for any visitors looking for an experience that will send them home with a better sense of New York than is provided by an “I ❤ NY” T-shirt.  In fact, even if you don’t live in NYC or see yourself visiting anytime soon, this site is full of enough historical factoids that you’re sure to find it entertaining.  I go to Nick Carr’s site often for this purpose and he hasn’t let me down yet.