I find myself wanting to write on here sometimes, but I can’t seem to find the time. I think when I get back from Germany in December I’ll fire up the ol’ p&p+s post-writing robot and spit out some words that I may or may not put on here. Until then you can find me over at http://ericmgreene.com . It has absolutely nothing to do with music, and the writing is significantly drier and more boring, but 4 out of 5 grandmas agree, it’s better than doing nothing.
I find myself too busy to update regularly, so I think it’s time to go on p&p+s Indefinite Hiatus™ !! Maybe at some point in the future I’ll return, maybe not, maybe, maybe. If you miss me too much you can always go back into the post archives and read super old posts as you cry yourself to sleep.
So here it is, seemingly six months in the making, pots&pans+spoon’s homage to the late, great Voxtrot. I have somehow found time in between March Madness games to find writing motivation, so here I am.
Frontman Ramesh Srivastava. So precious.
First, a little history. Voxtrot came into being and was awesome from the start. Some of their early stuff sounded a lot like Belle & Sebastian, which isn’t a bad thing. Here’s an early demo of “The Start of Something“:
They quickly added a little edge to their sound and created the most perfect blend of indie pop and rock this world has ever known. To this day there remains nothing as perfect as Ramesh’s blending of poignant coming-of-age lyrics and jangly pop hooks.
The band released 3 EP’s, all adored by critics and music listeners everywhere. Here’s “Wrecking Force” from the Raised By Wolves EP:
Due to the hype surrounding the three EPs, Voxtrot’s first full length album was hotly anticipated by music fans everywhere. As happens sometimes in this situation, the self-titled album wasn’t everything it was hyped up to be. Reception was lukewarm at best, the album failing to live up to the extremely high standards set by the EPs.
I actually quite like the album, though I don’t love it as much as Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, & Wives or Raised By Wolves. Most people don’t seem to agree with me though. Here’s “Ghost” off the full-length:
Everyone’s slight disappointment turned to horror as 2 years after the albums release, Voxtrot released a new single, “Trepanation Party.” I’m not going to post that here. Not that it’s the worst song in the world, it’s just very far from the Voxtrot I know and love.
Another new single was soon released, thankfully sounding something more like the old Voxtrot. This would be the last thing released from the band, as exactly one year after announcing the band was working on material for a second album, Ramesh posted on his blog that the band was breaking up after a short tour, citing extreme pressure and a songwriting rut.
Hearts were broken, tears were shed. Fortunately the band left behind two of my favorite EPs ever, and some other freaking awesome stuff. Ramesh manages to pack a novel’s worth of words into each song and deliver them with a poise and sweetness I’ll never get tired of.
The best ever
Ramesh’s blog is also a great read. It’s always interesting to gain insight into artists’ thought processes, especially when they write as eloquently and interestingly as Ramesh does. His post about the bands break up is especially interesting/sad.
Today is a landmark here at potspansspoon, as we are offering our first p&p+s Download Value Pack! For the price of one download you will receive all 3 incredible EPs from Voxtrot (Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, & Wives, Raised By Wolves, and Your Biggest Fan), as well as their self-titled album and the L’Adieu a l’Été demo. That’s an incredible download value if I ever did see one.
What a great value! I have even more good news too!! As I was gathering the link to Ramesh’s blog I noticed that he posted about a month ago linking to his new site and talking about some kind of new musical venture. To say I’m excited would be an understatement, as I have struggled to finish writing this post without venturing over to the new site to check out the new stuff.
I’m glad I finally got around to writing this post, as Voxtrot is one of my favorites, plus I found that link to Ramesh’s new stuff, so that rules too. Next time maybe I’ll have the new Strokes album , which I still haven’t gotten around to listening to. Or maybe I’ll have some Youth On Fire stuff! Or Maybe both! It’s a mystery! Pots! Pans! Spoon!
I’ve been meaning to do this for quite a while, but I finally put together some dance shit. I say dance shit because I don’t know what to call it. There’s some house, some electronic stuff, maybe some trip-hop, as well as some funky bits. Funky Bits would make a good band name.
Mostly I was going for songs that are danceable, but there are definitely some songs on here that aren’t really. So it’s pretty much all the songs that I felt like piking whenever I put this together. It’s a mystery to everyone! Even me!
Skins has some awesome music (Yes I watch Skins, deal with it). They’ve used way too many good songs to list on here, so I’ll just say that they had “live” performances from Crystal Castles and Born Ruffians on the show in past seasons. An interesting mix for sure, but awesome nonetheless.
A reason to watch Skins. One negative: she's an Arsenal fan.
The finale of the fifth series (in the UK they are too cool to say “season”) was this past thursday , and in a now nearly weekly ritual, I run to google to check the name of a song that was used in the episode. This week it was Dog is Dead’s “Glockenspiel Song.” Hooray for original titles!
This is certainly much closer to Born Ruffians than Crystal Castles. With lyrics like “We are a mess/We are failures/And we love it” it’s certainly a perfect match for the show. It’s also perfect in other ways, such as the killer sax solo at the end.
This is Taimane Gardner. She’s 22, from Hawaii, and has stripey pants and a small hat. She kind of reminds me of Diane Kruger if Diane Kruger was Hawaiian and shredded mad ukulele. Why yes, we are going to get married, thanks for asking.