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If you’re an avid reader of p&p+s (as I’m sure you are) you’ll remember that I was quite excited for Bibio’s upcoming album Mind Bokeh due to this tantilizing album sampler that was released in January:

More labels/artists should make these little youtube videos, because this moved Mind Bokeh from “Mild Excitment” to “Insomnia-Inducing Fervor” on the p&p+s Album Anticipation Scale (PPSAAS) (haha pee pee ass).  The video definitely put this album on a lot of people’s radar, including mine.  Thankfully, Mind Bokeh leaked today, and I have been genuinely enjoying it from the first listen.

Even the album cover is awesome.

When asked about the album title, Stephen Wilkinson, the lone man behind the sound, had this to say:

Bokeh is the out of focus region of a photograph. It’s not a quantifiable thing, but photographers and lens manufacturers are obsessed with it. In Japanese it means “haze,” “blur” or even “dementia.” I called the album Mind Bokeh because I’m interested in the effect of defocussing your mind, whether through meditation, chemicals or whatever — it’s a state of mind quite alien to Westerners.

It’s always cool to hear artists’ reasons for titles and lyrics for things, even if you don’t like being categorized as a high-strung Westerner.

This is the 7th Google Images result for Stephen Wilkinson. I can only assume that Bibio drives this car.

Bibio’s last album Ambivalence Avenue was hailed as a great album by pretty much everyone, so as with any follow-up to a great album fans were wary of disappointment (The King of Limbs anyone?).  Mind Bokeh is better than Ambivalence Avenue.  I can’t say there’s a song that I don’t enjoy.  Maybe this is a side effect of the album sampler, as I find that I tend to like things that sound a little familiar.

That being said, if you think this album is going to sound like the album sampler repeated 10 times, you’d be extremely wrong.  Wilkinson always manages to blend electronic and folk and I don’t even know what else to make his extremely unique sound.  Listen to “Saint Christopher“:

This was the song from the sampler that I was most eager to hear.  Since the sampler only contained a few seconds of each song, it made me really excited to hear the rest of the ones I liked.  So, pretty much all of them.  If you can’t tell already, I kind of loved this sampler thing.  I probably listened to it 50 times or so.

I think the sampler really worked for this album because it’s a very cohesive piece of music.  I don’t think it would work for an album comprised of a few good songs and a bunch of filler tracks, because inevitably you’d be left with a large percentage of shitty song clips.

So, yes, I love this a lot already.  And gauging from other reactions I’ve read around the interwebs it’s going to be on a lot of Best of 2011 lists.  So listen, love, buy, and let your mind defocus.

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Also, a bonus music video:

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One new (free) logic board later and my laptop is alive and well.  So I do get to post Mine Is Yours after all.  I’ve been listening to it more and more, and it continues to grow on me.  There are definitely still some tracks better off skipped, but overall I think it’s a solid album.  There’s some very catchy parts, but also some parts that are boring as heck.  It’s definitely worth a download and few listens though.  Here’s “Bulldozer”:

I can definitely see myself listening to this a good bit in the near future.  Though it’s decidedly poppier than the Kids’ previous efforts, it maintains enough of their edge to be very listenable.  There’s still some of that signature CWC guitar to be heard, but what will keep me coming back is Nathan Willett’s voice, because it’s awesome.

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I also just found this, which is interesting.

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The dirty version of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked yesterday.  I’ve heard a lot of the songs before, as a lot of them were in that 35 minute video for “Runaway”, but as a whole it sounds good.  I’m only about halfway through, but I can see this sitting pretty high on my list of favorite Kanye albums.  I’d say it’s about what I expected, though that probably comes from hearing a lot of the songs before.  It’s certainly a departure from 808’s and Heartbreaks (and I liked that a lot more than most people).  Favorites so far are “All of the Lights”, “So Appalled”, and “Devil in a New Dress.”  There’s sure to be some eventual Kanye classics on here.

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Also of note is that there are 5 alternate covers for the album, including this:

Kanye doing a bird lady

Kanye doing a bird lady.

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This is Tinie Tempah’s “Wonderman” featuring the lovely Ellie Goulding, who is incredible here.  Disc-Overy comes out in a couple days, and a couple listens through I think it’s really great.  Perhaps I will write about it a little more one day.  Hahahah yeah right.

In other news Chiddy Bang has a new EP coming out in a few weeks or something.  I’ve only listened through one time but it seems pretty solid.  I can’t wait for their full length next year.  Darwin Deez is featured in the new EP.  I think all the artists I mention on this blog meet up and collaborate to blow my mind.

I promise promise to have a real post soon, hopefully by next weekend or so.  This song is more than enough to hold you over until then though.  If nothing else you can listen to the funny English accents.

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It’s time for a New Junk showdown!!!! In the Sophomore-Slump-Busting Corner we have Ra Ra Riot’s The Orchard. In the Released-an-Incredible-Album-Then-Just-a-Really-Good-One Corner we have Arcade Fire with The Suburbs. DING DING!

Sorry, but this is all that came up on my google image search for "suburban riots."

When we ran out of tickets for the main event tonight, things got ugly.

The Rhumb Line is amongst the most played full albums in my music library.  It is the ever elusive complete album, with not a bad song to be heard anywhere.  I tried not to expect too much from the follow-up, as I have learned I am easily disappointed.  Especially with a relatively new band in Ra Ra Riot, as I have no idea if they can be consistently awesome or not.  Even with all my efforts, I couldn’t help but be massively excited to have my first listen.  It was definitely the most excited I’ve been to listen to an album for the first time in a long time.  Incredibly, I was not disappointed.  At all.

The Orchard is plain wonderful.  It keeps all the energy and verve of The Rhumb Line while still progressing and not being boring.  The band certainly knows how to arrange songs on their albums too, as this one is built superbly.  The title track is the perfect opener, while “Keep It Quiet” rounds out the only 39 minute aural adventure.  In between lies a contrast of fast and slow, of dark and playful, and of new and old.  “Boy” sounds like a track straight from their first album, which is a huge compliment.  Perhaps one reason why I think so highly of this album is that my future wife, Alexandra, gets to sing a whole song!  By herself!

Future wife number two. Or three? I don't remember.

I’m still trying to find a bad song, but I haven’t yet.  I think I’m just a sucker for strings.  Got that Alexandra?  Good.

Have a listen to “You And I Know”:

This is the part of the post where I would link you to the album that I host somewhere, but since this album isn’t out yet doing so would probably get this post deleted like last time.  I could rant about why me linking to a download is a good thing, but instead I will link you to google, which will then link you to roughly 130,000 places you can download it other than here.

Google Facilitates Music Piracy (and it’s not my fault so don’t delete my post)

Win Butler and the hipster mullet.

I don’t know if that’s really a mullet, but that’s what I’m calling it because it deserves a strange name.  When I heard that Arcade Fire’s new album was called The Suburbs, I was scared.  Scared because the suburbs are the city’s less exciting cousin.  Would that mean this album would be a boring version of Funeral.  In a way, I really expected it to be.  I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I just couldn’t see them making another solid album.  I was wrong.  Hipster Mullet 1, Eric 0.  Whatever strange brain that lives below those beautiful flowing locks of Win’s is here to stay.

The Suburbs is not at all a departure from the band’s previous efforts, rather a reinvention of them.  Capturing the unwavering energy of the band and dark songwriting edge of Win, the album is one full hour of solid listening, which few bands can say they create.  Not a whole lot sticks out to me, which isn’t a bad thing.  “Empty Room” sounds like Owen Pallett spent some time in the studio with Broken Social Scene (in a good way).  “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains” touts a synth line straight from the 80’s.  These things, mixed with the well known Arcade Fire strings, piano, guitar, megaphone, and bible tearing make for one great record.  Listen to “Ready to Start”:

I haven’t decided where The Suburbs sits in my mind in relation to Funeral and Neon Bible.  It’s definitely up there somewhere though.  Funeral is an amazing album all the way through, Neon Bible has some incredible songs, but could The Suburbs tie it all together?  Probably not, though time will tell.  Neon Bible took a long time to achieve its “Quite Awesome” rating in my mind.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see it past Neon Bible fairly soon.

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Oh right, boxing metaphor, I forgot.  Well, Ra Ra Riot came out swinging fast and hard, but Arcade Fire used the illusion of the Hipster Mullet to dodge the blows.  The Suburbs struck back with bowling alleys and movie theaters, while The Orchard started throwing apples.  Wait what.

It’s a very close call, as both albums are certain to be on many Best of 2010 lists (and deservedly too).  However, I’m going to say Ra Ra Riot wins this edition of New Junk. Did you really think I would pick against my future wife?  There’s no way I’m sleeping on the couch tonight.

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The new Ratatat album has leaked.  LP4 is supposed to be “weird” according to the band, so I’m curious to have a listen.  That’s all for now, as it’s time to disappear for a week.  See you after finals.

Download link removed at request.  I guess I’m hitting the big time or something.

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