Kavinsky readies his Nightcall EP

In case you don’t know the story of French electro artist Kavinsky, it goes a bit like this. After dying while speeding in his famed Testarossa during a 1986 car crash, Kavinsky reappeared in 2005 as a red-eyed zombie ready to unleash to the world songs filled with 80’s sounding synths and thumping beats showing that although he was technically dead, his music was very much alive.

Despite already successfully crafting his comic persona, touring the world opening for Daft Punk, and releasing a couple of EP’s & remixes, we still don’t have a proper full length release from the enigmatic zombie Kavinsky. However, word is that his debut album is in the works and should be coming out soon. But for now, we’ll have to settle for Kavinsky’s third EP titled Nightcall, to be released April 5 2010 on Record Makers.

The four track EP consists of the title track “Nightcall”, the first song featuring Kavinsky on vocals (albeit mostly vocoder) along with CSS‘ Lovefoxxx, guest production by Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and mixing by SebastiAn. That’s quite a lineup if you ask me.

The second original song is “Pacific Coast Highway” which maintains Kavinsky’s expected speeding rebel zombie theme and trademark old school synthesizer sound. The last two songs on the EP are remixes, one being a “Nightcall” Remix by the “mysterious” Dustin N’Guyen (which basically sounds like a sped up version of the original) and the other being a “Pacific Coast Highway” Remix by fellow French producer Jackson.

Fortunately for you, all four songs have surfaced on the interwebs, and I’ve attached them below for your listening pleasure. In addition, I’ve posted a secret download link (shhhh!, it’s a secret) if you are so inclined. Enjoy.

James Lanman and The Good Hurt Live in SF (3/19/10)

Good friend and former band mate (for a whole two days way back when! hahaha) James Lanman debuted his new band The Good Hurt to an enthusiastic hometown crowd at San Francsico’s Hotel Utah this past Friday, March 19th 2010.

The now Seattle, Washington based James Lanman and The Good Hurt consists of James on vocals/rhythm guitar, Max Brockman on lead guitar, Jesse Summers on bass, and Max Wood on drums. The band showed off their chemistry and skills running through a variety of songs; some from Lanman’s debut record Asphalt Roads, some newer ones, and even a few covers in both serious and whimsical manners (including a crowd pleasing Kings of Leon impression).

Above all else, James was typically on his game when it came to the song transitional banter resulting in many smiles and laughs throughout the set (always being one to maintain a jovial vibe). And despite the sweltering heat and oddly shaped venue, Lanman and the gang got in about an hours worth of songs before the night was closed out by the one man band Kaptron.

Check out some videos below of James Lanman and The Good Hurt performing “Hollywood” and a cover of The Pixies classic, “Where Is My Mind”. If you like what you hear, check out James Lanman’s myspace page and keep on the lookout for Lanman’s electronic-leaning side project Moons Over Miami in the future.

Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold Covers Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom’s recent trifecta of an album Have One On Me has been wooing critics and fans alike since its release this past February 23 (via Drag City); nonetheless, she has now inadvertently one upped herself by winning over fellow indie folkie Robin Pecknold (aka the Fleet Foxes’ lead singer/songwriter).

Pecknold recently posted an excellent cover of Newsom’s  “On a Good Day” (the lone short song on Have One On Me) to his youtube account, adding his (now) trademark reverb-laden flavor to the song while still doing justice to Newsom’s original version. For comparisons sake, take a listen to both below.

And if after you’re still fiending for some Robin Pecknold, check out his solo myspace page where he goes by White Antelope. Plenty of good songs up there to satiate you while you dream of what the next Fleet Foxes record might sound like.

And if all that’s not enough, Pecknold has decided to join Newsom and the gang for a short jaunt in her tour to open as a solo act (which according to his label is purely “for fun”). If you ask me, those are going to be some damn good shows, so check out the dates and locations of the Newsom/Pecknold tour below and see if you’re lucky enough for them to trek through your town.

In other recent Newsom news, Joanna made an appearance this past Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where she performed “Soft As Chalk”, showing that she’s got some piano chops to go along with her well documented harp skills. Check out her facial expressions in the video below. You can’t beat that.

Joanna Newsom w/ Robin Pecknold

03-28 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
03-29 Columbus, OH – Southern Theatre
03-30 Cincinnati, OH – MusicNow Festival
03-31 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
04-02 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
04-03 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre