file under: new wave, pop, alternative, rock
Modern English is an English new wave band best known for their songs "I Melt with You," "Hands Across the Sea," and "Ink and Paper." At their show this Friday at LPR they will be playing songs from their entire catalogue including the now classic tracks from the seminal albums After the Snow, Ricochet Days, and Mesh and Lace. They’ll also be playing songs from the critically acclaimed new album Soundtrack and the recently re-issued on CD, Stop Start. Check out their video for “I Melt With You” below.
You can also head over here to listen to some tracks off of their latest album.
Click here to get tickets to their show on July 16th.
RADIO HAPPY HOUR W/ THE POSTELLES AND MORE
file under: alternative, indie, pop, folk, singer-songwriter, comedy
At last month’s Radio Happy Hour musical guest Nick Diamonds of Islands performed three new songs which he said would likely go on to become Islands songs. Check them out over here. This month’s guests are The Postelles, David Dondero, William Ocean (who’s the 2009 U.S. Air Guitar Champion), and John and Molly Knefel. More on The Postelles:
The Postelles channel Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello and – more recently – the Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes, building songs from brief guitar stabs and sounding like the wound-up early hours of what will be a long Saturday night on the town. There are elements of both mod and post-punk, but The Postelles have a sneering attitude all their own… –Rolling Stone
Watch the music video for “White Night” below.
Click here to get tickets to Radio Happy Hour on July 17th.
file under: ambient, electronic, new age, world
Deep Forest is French duo comprised of Grammy award-winning composer Eric Mouquet and Thierry Eliez. They are known for combining site-recorded elements from around the world such as pygmy spoken word and gypsy chants with electronic beats. Check out the trailer for their latest release, Deep Africa, below.
Click here to get tickets to their show on July 17th.
KONONO NO. 1
file under: world, electronic, experimental, indie, afrobeat
It is entirely possible that an amplified, slightly distorted likembe creates the most awesome sound on earth. There's no other sound quite like it, and there's no other band like Konono No. 1, the assemblage of Bazombo musicians, dancers, and singers from Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) that makes the likembe the center of their sound. It's something of an accidental update on Bazombo trance music, and it's thrillingly unique stuff, a torrent of kinetic sound that straddles the line between the traditional and the avant-garde. –Joe Tangari, Pitchfork
Konono No. 1 was formed over 25 years ago by likembe (thumb piano) virtuoso Mingiedi, but recently gained international attention with their 2005 release Congotronics. While traditional at its core, their use of makeshift electronics and amplification come together to produce music that is compared to everything from from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno. Check out a video of them performing live on KCRW below.
Click here to get tickets to their show on July 18th.