Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Live : Holy Ghost!

Aaaaaaaand we're back. My apologies for the unplanned hiatus--sometimes life happens--but what better way to get the ball rolling again than with a ticket giveaway? Huzzah.

Tomorrow night one of New York's finest, Holy Ghost!, will be hitting Dallas, bringing their insanely catchy electro-pop hooks to the Prophet Bar. Though I've never seen them live myself, I've heard that their show is a rollicking good time, and you can bet I'll be there dancing my butt off. If you'd like to join me, either buy tickets HERE, or Like Us on Facebook and follow the directions on our most recent status to be entered to win a pair of tickets (courtesy of our friends at Tactics Productions)! Until the show, groove out to their latest single, I Wanted To Tell Her, a cover of the 1983 Ministry song of the same name, featuring fellow DFA-ers Nancy Whang and The Juan MacLean. Released just last week, the song is a delightfully over-the-top, synthy throwback gem. Really, it doesn't get much more fun than this.

I Wanted To Tell Her - Holy Ghost!

And because you can never go wrong with an RAC Remix, ever:
Static On The Wire (RAC Remix) - Holy Ghost!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

No Place Like Home

Florian Rainer

Chicago's musical wizard Mike Kinsella is back with a new full-length record, continuing his solo endeavors as Owen. Ghost Town, out today on Polyvinyl, is the singer-songwriter's sixth studio album. It expands on the new territory and expanded sound introduced in 2009's New Leaves. Owen looks to an upbeat and pop-centric direction, and it definitely feels more polished this time around. It still retains the overall mentality of what Kinsella's been doing as Owen since 2001, which translates to: It sounds damn good.

No Place Like Home highlights Owen's knack for beautiful instrumentation and witty lyrics. The track feels so familiar even as it displays such a different style for Kinsella, which is what I find so charming. There's a lot going on musically for an artist I normally consider to be pretty bare boned when it comes to his songwriting. The song feels a lot fuller than past efforts with a lot more to offer than anything on New Leaves. Once the electric guitar kicks in toward the end, it's impossible to mistake the track for anything but one from Owen. It's awesome to see the evolution of an artist, especially when it can sound like this.

Listen to No Place Like Home and be sure to buy Ghost Town. You can even do it in person on Thursday night as Mike will be performing at Hailey's in Denton.

No Place Like Home by Polyvinyl Records