Monday, January 22, 2007

Malajube - Trompe-L'oeil

Malajube, "Montreal -40C" (YSI link)

Malajube, "Le Crabe" (YSI link)

I wanted to highlight a blogger hype band that deserves the attention, after the embarrassment of Cold War Kids. Malajube come out of the hotbed of indie music known as Montreal, following fellow Canadians like Arcade Fire, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Broken Social Scene. But this ain't no "hey, they sound just like us but they pronounce some words funny" Canadian shit. Nah, this is on some real Quebecois shit, sung entirely in the language of the province. Y'all know that I love anything French, so you probably need to square root my review here.

Trompe-L'oeil is a very good album. Despite not breaking any new ground, it stands out because the band writes great melodies and songs, stuff that both sticks out in your head like great pop music should and tweaks the conventions like good indie music should. The catchy songs are oftentimes subverted with a screaming vocal or sped-up rhythm, sounds drift in and out of the mix creating a dream-like sensation. "

-Today is Blog For Choice Day. Not much for me to add to this, other than to express my support for those defending the right for a woman to choose, especially those on the front lines. Jessica at Feministing has compiled a list of relevant posts that mark the occasion, great reminders of why this fight is so important. Also, make sure to read this exchange between the brilliant Katha Pollitt and the overmatched Will Saletan, as Pollitt does an amazing job of calling Saletan and much of the anti-choice movement out on its puritan desire to shame those who choose abortion.

-Our President declared yesterday National Sanctity For Human Life Day. Plutonium Page has a great post at Daily Kos detailing the respect for human life that this administration has shown in its 6 years.

-Center City Restaurant Week is happening again. Go here to find out who is participating and how to make reservations. This is one of the great events in the city, a chance to sample the amazing restaurants the city has to offer and confirm for yourself that Philly is the most underrated culinary towns in the world.

-Finally, my bol Le Castle Vania heads to LA to wreck shit tonight with Daniel of Le Disko at Cinespace (6356 Hollywood Blvd.)

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