Passion Pit Releases New Single, Unveils Album Art

March 25, 2009

With Fleetwood Mac’s recent show at Madison Square Garden, Tori Amos playing a show at SXSW, the release of 88 Keys’ long awaited album, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s It’s Blitz!, 2009 is shaping up to be a pretty good year in music. One of my favorite bands from late last year, Passion Pit, is poised to keep things going with the release of the first single off their upcoming album, Manners.

Passion Pit first grabbed my attention when the blogosphere lit up with the song “Sleepyhead” off their Chunk of Change EP. If you haven’t heard it, here’s a link to the video. The song is in constant rotation here at the command center.

The new single, “The Reeling,” is a bit of a departure from the energetic and somewhat frenetic sound of “Sleepyhead.” Instead, the band has gone for a much more relaxed tune — the kind of track that may not initially wow you but you’ll find yourself liking with each subsequent listen. Hear it on Passion Pit’s myspace page.

Here’s the art for the new album, Manners

(via Stereogum)

Music Is Magic Is Hesse Is Children’s Television

February 20, 2009

still from the December Cheryl promo video

Freshly awoken from last nights Cheryl party, ears ringing though not entirely soaked in blood this time, I spent the morning thinking about music. There was a moment last night when a certain song came on and the entire party began jumping up and down in unison. The spontaneity of the jumping and the divine appropriateness of the act itself can only be described as ‘magic.’ I often think about the world’s steady current and, sure enough, while using the john this morning (come on. like you don’t read on the toilet!) I came across this passage that illustrates the exact feeling about music I’ve been having today.

The words of this Chinese writer point fairly distinctly to the origins and to the real although almost forgotten meaning of all music. For in prehistoric times music, like the dance and every other artistic endeavor, was a branch of magic, one of the old and legitimate instruments of wonder-working. Beginning with the rhythm (clapping of hands, trampling, beating of sticks and primitive drums), it was a powerful, tried-and-true device for putting large numbers of people “in tune” with one another, engendering the same mood, co-ordinating the pace of their breathing and heartbeats, encouraging them to invoke and conjure up the eternal powers, to dance, to compete, to make war, to worship. And music has retained this original, pure, primordially powerful character, its magic, far longer than the other arts.
from The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

Damn you, Hesse! Why you gotta be writing all good and stuff?

Well, since Hesse pretty much stole my thunder, I’ll leave you with this video (I bet you can’t share youtube videos, can you Hesse?!). It’s practically a line by line adaptation of this post.

I bet you’ve never seen an elephant do that before! Oh, and this shot is kind of amazing.

The Glass Bead Game