Refused – new noise

This one is loud, so you are warned. Coming home the other day, this popped up on random and reminded me of how much I loved to play this song at two in the afternoon on my college radio station, completely going to a different side of the spectrum of playing something nice and mellow to something such as… Refused.

The group disbanded in 1998, and fortunately for all of us, members of this band went on to form two other projects that I thoroughly enjoy, The (International) Noise Conspiracy and The Lost Patrol Band. Look for a new album from T(I)NC at the end of November.

A futuristic view of the Internet from 1969

I picked up on this video from the Apple Gazette today and found it fascinating. It was a view of what computer networks, and the Internet, would be like in the future, all in that lovable style of informational movies from that era.

The best part is the way the husband looks when he has to deal with the bills that the wife is spending money on. Obviously they saw the future of the Internet, but there was a lack of innovation for gender roles.

Not too bad. The technology is off a little bit, but the concept is there.

Mates of State – my only offer

Been a while since I’ve posted a good tune (no need to mention a lack of posting anything in the first place because life is hectic), so here we go.

Mates of State put a new album out this year and even made it up to B.C. for the Pemberton Music Festival. Sadly, we were unable to go, not to mention get any press passes for the event, but the one show we did catch last year still has me as a big fan.

I love it when two people can create music like this, and it sounds pretty much just like this when you see them live. It’s also a great little soundtrack for bus rides to and from work in this hot summer weather we’ve been having in Vancouver recently.

Doves – black and white town / there goes the fear

To continue with my efforts in sharing what I’m into, I’m digging Doves a lot these days. I can’t exactly tell you why, but these next couple of tunes are worth the effort of tracking down on your Thursday and throwing into a mix for the commute to or from work on Friday. That’s just what someone like me would do if I were you, and you should do that because you’re you. And you like this music. No, trust me, you do.

You can always try to hit the iTunes Music Store and grab “The Last Broadcast”[itunes] or “Some Cities”[itunes].

Electric Six – dance commander

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good rock song from YouTube. Walking across the bridge on the way home from work the other day, this popped up on random, and everything seemed better.

Check out more Electric Six if you dig it. We had the extreme pleasure of seeing these guys when we interviewed Aberdeen City for RadioZoom #116

Rainer Maria – catastrophe

I’ve had this song popping up on my iPod a lot lately when tromping to and from work on the bus, and Rebecca has recently taken a liking to these guys, even though Rainer Maria[wiki] broke up in 2006.

There is something to be said about this being a song about heartbreak, but there is a subtle undertone of a political viewpoint, unintentional or not. I like it when artists are able to do that. It sudden becomes uber-interpretation-able.

Not bad for three kids from the Midwest. Check out the rest of their catalog if you aren’t in the know. I know Beck is.

The Black Keys are coming to Vancouver

I have to say, I’m pretty excited. Even better, Rebecca scored us tickets to the show on April 6 at The Commodore Ballroom. Quite frankly, The Black Keys were the only thing keeping me sane at work today.

Check out the video below for “Just Got To Be”. If you like it, get more of their music. If you really like it, come see the show. I have been well assured that their live performances are quite splendid.