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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.

Download the p&p+s Voxtrot Download Value Pack

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!

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I really thought I had,  but I just looked back and it looks like I haven’t.  Even if this is a double post, it’s worth watching again and again and again and again because the Black Keys are the coolest people in the world.

Aw crud embedding is disabled because WMG sucks.  Click through anyway though cause it’s mad awesome.

Uh well the first time I tried to play it on-site it wouldn’t play and made me watch it on youtube, but now it plays.  So I don’t know what’s going on.  JUST PRESS PLAY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

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I know.  You’re sad.  I’ve been busy finishing up summer semester and beginning fall semester, and you miss me.  Don’t worry though, I have just the thing for times like these.

Me consoling you.

Ida, out of New York City, has been around since 1992, making music that I find hard to describe.  I will let their official website do the talking:

Although Ida has often been identified with labels like “slowcore” and “quietcore”, they have always played songs that could be described as “kind of fast”, “mid tempo”, “kind of loud”, and “super loud

Yeah, I think that about sums it up.  18 years is certainly a lot of time to explore different styles and tempos, which Ida has done at length.  With this longevity comes 7 studio albums and a bunch of EP’s and singles.  I really could never get into most of their stuff, but I always manage to find a reason to listen to 1996’s I Know About You.

Psychics

This is perhaps the most emotional album I’ve ever heard.  I think if I listened to this in 1996 I would have pooped my pants.  6 year old me would not be able to process the raw heartbreak contained in the albums’ 12 songs.  It’s my go-to sad album for sure.  Slow and pensive, packed with absurdly relevant lyrics and beautiful vocal harmonies, it’s perfect for any sad situation you may find yourself in.  From losing a childhood pet to running out of your favorite ice cream flavor, just put this on and cry your brains out.  Here’s “Requator”:

I had a hard time choosing what songs to put on here, because they’re all incredibly awesome.  Each listen through makes me think that I have a new favorite.  Here’s “Treasure Chest”:

If you just had an awesome day, don’t come home and listen to this.  You’ll just be confused.

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Hopefully I wont have such long breaks in between my posts now that the fall semester is fully underway.  Next up is probably Voxtrot (who I have been unable to turn off lately) and some kind of mix possibly maybe.

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Look out!

I am celebrating this stupidly stuffy late-June night by sitting in my air conditioning on my computer.  This is the best idea I’ve ever had.  Today I’ve got two of my favorite albums ever.  Usually I’m not keen on having favorite things, but as other albums have come and gone, I never go more than a week or two without listening to Neon Golden and Goodnite Life.

The Notwist: slanty musicians are the best musicians.

The Notwist has been around for 21 years, changing their sound from heavy metal, indie rock, electronica, and whatever lies in between.  While I’m not at all a fan of heavy metal, I do love indie and electronica, a combination of which has been dubbed “indietronica.”  People are so creative nowadays.  I guess both of the albums that I’m showcasing today fall under the “indietronica” label, with Neon Golden sitting near the middle of the two genres, and Goodnite Life straying to the electronica side of things.

After experimenting with electronic music while making Neon Golden, The Notwist released The Devil, You + Me 5 years later, removing the electronic beeps and boops from their sound that I love so much.  I was pretty disappointed by TDYAM, but that’s only because I had extremely high expectations because I love Neon Golden so much.  It’s a decent album, but Neon Golden blows it away.  I just gotta have those beeps and boops.

That being said, my favorite song on the album is probably the rockiest.  Then again, that’s what I love so much about this album, it combines different kinds of songs together in a way where they all compliment each other perfectly.  Have a listen to “One With the Freaks:”

“Consequence,” probably the most well-known of the lot, is the perfect closer for this album.  Though there’s some instrumental bonus tracks, “Consequence” marks the real end of the album, and it couldn’t be better:

Whenever I write about something on here, I put on whatever album or artist I’m writing about.  As I listen to “Consequence” right now, all I want to do is hop in my car and drive somewhere.  Windows down, warm weather, dark sky.  Though that sounds wonderful, gas is $3 a gallon, and the a/c is on here.  I can’t let that go to waste.

I know I’ve written before about my affinity for poppy music during summer, which I don’t think is uncommon, but I think summer nights call for more relaxed music, which can be accessed with the link below.

Download Neon Golden

Electrical Engineering is the coolest!

This album cover ranks as one of my all-time favorites.  It not only has resistors, but capacitors too!  Also, I’m not certain, but I think i see a little transistor action on the bottom too.  Not only that but they wrote their name in WIRE!  As an Electrical Engineering major, these things excite me more than they should.  Fortunately for you, the cover is not the reason that I love this album so much, though it is insanely incredible.

Philippians is a duo out of some place in California.  Sadly, this is their only release.  No EP’s, no singles, just this.  At one point, even finding any information about the band was hard, as it just didn’t exist on the internet.  The band actually has two myspace accounts, for reasons unknown to me, but they both seemingly have gone dark as of March 2007.  Of course, a band releases one of my favorite albums of all time and then promptly falls off the earth.

As I said before, this is much more electronic than Neon Golden, but for some reason I think they are kind of related in some way that probably only exists in my mind.  Goodnite Life is absolutely chock-full of beeps and boops.  I just can’t get enough.

"Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things."

The album as a whole is one of the most complete albums I’ve ever heard.  The songs fit perfectly together, even more so than in Neon Golden, and that’s saying a lot.  When I think about a great album I rarely think about individual songs, and more about how they fit together to form the full LP.  Each of the songs on Goodnite Life is great, but there is one that sticks out from the rest.  Listen to “100 Knives:”

That’s actually a “remix” of a song by Mirah.  I use the quotes because it sounds nothing like the original and has been made 163 times better.  Though one thing that is great from the original is the lyrics.

I had a hard time picking the second song that I wanted to put here because they are all so good, but eventually I settled on “Heart Machine.”  I think it’s a good representation of the album as a whole, some songs being more beat driven with others more melodic.  The moment when the strings come in is one of my favorites on the whole album.

Download Goodnite Life

So there you have it.  Possibly my two favorite albums ever.  They don’t nearly represent the full spectrum of my musical tastes, but whatever.  Maybe it’s just the beeps and boops that keep me coming back.  Here’s some stuff that I’ve been listening to a lot lately:

Discovery – “Osaka Loop Line”

Klaxons – “It’s Not Over Yet”

Kid Cudi – “Up Up & Away”

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”


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