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"The Canadian foursome misleadingly open their latest with some heavy organ and off-key chanting on “Membership Fees (Intro)”, but once that track comes to a close, Hot Panda go great guns until they reach the ethereal outro. More impressively, Hot Panda naturally flow in and out of all styles of high-intensity rock without overreaching. “Evil Nature” moves from blasts of noisy shredding to blissful pop without skipping a beat. “Pools” is a giddy shot of swaggering bravado. “Mindlessnesslessness” is spastic electro-pop in the vein of Brainiac. This is rock music with an abundance of attitude to match the plentiful hooks, the sort of thing we used to expect from guitar-driven bands as a requisite." Daniel Kirschenbaum, Stereo Subversion
"After a ton of touring that earned her recognition the old-fashioned way, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Basia Bulat followed Oh, My Darling, her enjoyably willowy 2008 debut, with the equally steady Heart of My Own, which was even more old-fashioned. Bulat, guiding her music at all times with a verdant and proudly unchecked voice, also betrays a soft spot for analog, wood-and-string things such as the autoharp. It gives herthe more gauzy and suggestive feel of a parlor music scene in an old dime-store novella. This tactile sense of place, of feeling, came through loud and clear on Darlingand flits through the varied arrangements and folk entreaties of Heart, too. Even better, Bulat knows a thing or two about keeping a show moving; all that touring pays even more dividends." Johnny Loftus, Village Voice
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Please share the lead single with the world: "21 Days"
Early buzz on Pete International Airport: "It’s got melody, it’s got class, it’s got individuality, and it’s got a Dandy Warhol. What more could a modern-day rock fan ask for? Just take it for what it is, strange. But hey, everything get’s a little weird now and then." Consequence Of Sound "Though the Dandy Warhols have gone through countless phases over the years, my favorite strain was always the dreamy, atmospheric, and droney rock displayed on songs like "Nietzsche" and "Pete International Airport." So it's not too much of a stretch for guitarist Peter Holmstrom's Pete International Airport project—named, obviously, after the song he helped pen in 1997—to engage in blissful guitar feedback. " Willamette Week
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Seattle Weekly: "People Eating People Delivers A Fearless Performance, With Nouela Johnston's Emotions Laid Bare"
Amazing review of People Eating People's performance at Bumbershoot last monday! From Paige Richmond at Seattle Weekly:
Who: People Eating People
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: EMP Sky Church
When People Eating People performs live, Nouela Johnston (the woman behind the band) pounds the shit out of her keyboard. Banging away at the lowest keys--creating these deep, heavy rhythms on songs like "All the Hospitals" and "I Hate All My Friends"-- and singing in her sweet but angry voice, Johnston seems completely confident. She's clearly talented and artistically smart: her live band doesn't even have a guitar player, relying instead on bass and drums to compliment her keys, which are always front and center. Throw in those semi-growling vocals, and Nouela Johnston seems like she's totally sure of herself in every way.
But there was one song during her Sky Church performance that truly demonstrated how raw and deep Johnston's emotions run, and it spoke to the insecurity she might feel. She sent her band off stage when she performed "For Now," playing the ragtime-influenced song alone on her keyboard (the same way it appears on her self-titled album. The first few lyrics--"None ever is gonna know that/ everything that I do/ is solely to impress you"--hinted insecurity and self doubt. It's a theme in many of People Eating People's songs, but it was laid bare when Johnston belted out "One day/ I'll make/ I'll make you love me" to a crowded room of fans. For Johnston to let those insecurities be seen, especially as a young female musician, well, that's beyond confident; it's fucking fearless. And it's why her songs are so powerful.
Please download and share "Scars" from the upcoming Wow & Flutter album. Equilibrio! hits stores via the stellar Mt. Fuji Records on October 19!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
We couldn't be more honored to work with the amazing Alexis Gideon, whose video opera premieres tomorrow at Disjecta in Portland, OR. The Portland Mercury's Ned Lannamann put it wonderfully this morning:
"THERE ISN'T ANYONE doing anything remotely like Alexis Gideon. The songwriter/guitarist has just completed his second multimedia-animated-hiphop-film-opera, Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong, and it's an absolutely mind-boggling piece of work. A retelling of the 16th century Chinese epic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en, Gideon has crammed 1,500 pages of narrative into 65 minutes of brilliant animation and music..." Check out the rest of the article HERE!