We realize that our first release will set the expectations for all releases that follow. With this in mind, our initial E.P. reflects a wide breadth of influences. If the next release were a horror movie soundtrack, it could be anticipated by this E.P. If the next release were a cover of the entirety of Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night, this could be anticipated by the E.P. as well. Somewhere between these extremes lay the post-punk heart of Various Eggs.
With their review for the new DIE ANTWOORD album, AllMusic has set the bar for writing music reviews that color outside the lines . Some choice highlights from the review:
"Primal scream therapy is fine, but there are days when dropping trousers, turning up the rave music to a deafening levels, and spraying cake batter about the kitchen while screaming vulgarities in the Afrikaans language is the only solution.”
"Coming on strong with that quirky, kewpie doll hook from singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er and those wonderfully dumb, wonderfully wicked lyrics from rapper Ninja, the opening "Ugly Boy" is the first sign that the drugs are all good on the South African duo’s/electro-freakshow’s third album."
Ya know, we are on rdio as well.
Notes on 2013:
If I had to pick one album from 2013 as the very best, it would be The Knife’s uncompromising, restless Shaking the Habitual.
My big find for this year would be Chelsea Wolfe. I’ve grown a little obsessed with her as I had with Sharon Van Etten last year and Anna Calvi the year before.
2013 was an amazing year for hip-hop with great stuff from Kanye, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Deltron, Danny Brown, El-P & Killer Mike and J. Cole. Actually, I’m amazed at how hip-hop heavy my year end list is.
Of the people on this list, I’ve gotten to see Scout Niblett, Parquet Courts, Queens of the Stone Age, Nick & The Bad Seeds and Low live in 2013.
For best lyrics, I would choose either “Male Gaze” by Pissed Jeans or “Gun” by Scout Niblett.
According to iTunes, my most listened to song from 2013 was “Jubilee Street” by Nick Cave. Second most listened to from 2013: “Tooth for an Eye” by The Knife.
Without further ado, here is my list (in a slightly particular order):
Other stuff worth checking out from 2013:
Please pay more attention to Anna Calvi. Well, pay attention to her music. Ignore her interviews, which all play out like a distracted child who has been scolded repeatedly to “sit still and pay attention to the nice man.”
Watch Calvi on stage with her pulled back hair. Her lipstick. Her high heels. Her satin blouse. Her dirty Telecaster. Can someone tell me how that ‘guitar solo’ is being made in “Cry”? I’m not sure I will ever have a setting where that sound will make sense for my own music, but it feels important to know the what and why of this.
Pitchfork said some pretty terrible things about One Breath, which was released in the Fall. The funniest of which was that Anna Calvi is one step away from Leona Lewis on the song “Cry.” Leona Lewis. Watch the clip below and tell me when Leona Lewis was ever such a bad ass.