Music

Moon's Song Of The Week: Varúð by Sigur Rós

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Sigur Rós decided to do something interesting with their new album because, well because they’re Sigur Rós and that’s what they do. This time around they gave a small sum of money to various film makers and asked them to make music videos for various tracks on the record. This is the offering from Inga Brigisdottir for the track “Varúð”. It’s an animated version of the album cover and is nothing if not hypnotic.

So far as the song goes it’s everything you love about  Sigur Rós and you should expect it to appear on the trailers for a dozen nature documentaries sometime soon. If you’re a fan of the kind of Sigur Rós tracks that just build and build then you’re in for a treat with this one.

You can view the other videos from the project here.

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Moon's Song of the Week – Octopus by Bloc Party

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The first slivers of content from Bloc Party’s forthcoming sort-of-comeback (I’m not sure how long you have to be away to be able to “come back”) album “Four” began to hit the internet this week in the form of a new song and video. The track is already causing debate amoungst fans but that’s kind of par for the course with a new Bloc Party track.

I’m a little on the fence about it right now but that’s how I generally start off with the band and I always end up loving the music so I’m willing to let this one settle for a bit. It has to be said that Bloc Party off form are still better than many bands at their best.

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Moon's Song of the Week – Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes (Little Daylight mix)

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I promised a treat for today’s song and so here you go. Man on Fire is one of the best tracks I’ve stumbled upon in some weeks and has a lovely summer vibe that should help you forget the rain for a few moments. It comes courtesy of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes newly released second album titled “Here” and you can buy it now.

We’re off to the London Film and Comic Con preview night tonight. If you have a spare fiver and are at a loose end, pop down to the London Olympia and have a nose around before the hordes descend tomorrow!

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The Thoughtful Guy Rap

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Much like we here at the Bunker, Youtubers Rhett & Link are both thoughtful guys. In fact, they like to think about the mysteries of the universe so much that they mad a rap video about it.

If you like your musical comedy with a Flight of the Conchords feel then you’ll probably dig this.

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Moon's Song of the Week: Copy of Copy by Himuro

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I know next to nothing about Himuro, I stumbled upon this track in a stack of old songs that I picked up a few years back and it’s pretty much my only exposure to his(?) work. If my wikipedia skills are on form them he’s this guy, in which case he’s worked on Final Fantasy, raised a butt load of money for charity and is huge in Japan.

What I do know is that Copy of Copy is a fantastically scrappy bit of eastern electro with a beat that reminds me of some of Dan Le Sac’s best. If you like your music choppy, fun and upbeat then you should dig this track.

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Moon's Song of the Week: 1904 by The Tallest Man On Earth

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This week’s song comes courtesy of Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man on Earth. It sadly doesn’t have a video but the quality of the song itself more than makes up for that.

It’s very easy to compare Matsson’s style to that of Bob Dylan (and to be fair he’s a self confessed Dylan fan) but it’s much more than a simple tribute act. 1904 brings back the feeling you had the first time you heard Blowing in the Wind but still retains it’s own identity. It’s also a lovely track to listen to in the sunshine.

1904 is taken from the album There’s No Leaving Now, and it’s out on June 12.

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(I had to pull a non-official video for this one as the official one had embedding disabled. As a result there’s a chance the record company may have this version pulled before this post goes live. Should that happen, you can view the official version HERE. Why anybody disables embedding on a video that they’re trying to promote is utterly beyond me, but hey it happens. The song’s still great.)

Moon's Song of the Week: Run Boy Run by Woodkid

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I was actually considering dropping this segment from the site a while back, since it doesn’t have an awful lot to do with comics and in many ways exists because I don’t have time to learn how This Is My Jam works. Then various people came up to us at Kapow last week and told us how much they were digging the music on the site, so it looks like Song of the Week is here to stay for the present. Glad you’re all enjoying it.

Woodkid is the musical alter ego of photographer and film maker Yoann Lemoine. This is significant because Yoann not only wrote and recorded Run Boy Run but also made the video and when I say ‘made the video’ I don’t mean he shot a vid of himself singing on his iPhone, I mean that he has gone and made one of the most beautiful music videos that you will see all year. The aesthetic reminds me a little of the excellent IOS game Sword & Sworcery (which you should play) in that it’s mournful and dark but with a deep underpinning of hope.

With luck that’ll be the most pretentious thing I say all day but it’s still early so let’s wait and see. Steve and I will be down at the Eagle Awards later tonight so follow @danthompson2099 on twitter if you want live updates and if you’re coming to the MCM Expo this weekend, come say hi!

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Moon's Song of the Week – Tomorrow by Niki & the Dove

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YZIpE3ybA8&w=853&h=480]

Scandinavian electro pop act, Niki & The Dove’s debut album officially came out this week and that means with national newspapers rushing to review it, the small window during which I can pretend they are this cool little band nobody else knows about is rapidly closing. As much as I’ve enjoyed my brief little holiday as a hipster, the band thoroughly deserve the meteoric rise that doubtless now lies before them so here’s one more track of theirs to see them on their way.

Tomorrow is another collection of quirky beats and soaring vocals that offers shades of Florence Welch and Kate Bush while still retaining the band’s own style.

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RIP MCA

I’m gonna skip Dropping Science today in favour of remembering Beastie Boy Adam Yauch aka MCA, who passed away yesterday. I talk a lot about music that inspires the work we do here but the Beasties are about as central to our comic as any band. Back when Paul Wade and I were writing the original Moon sketch back in 2008 we watched Sabotage on a loop and the original brief for the short was basically “Let’s do that with a guy with a Moon head”. Obviously we weren’t the only ones. Sabotage is pretty much the perfect cop parody and has been riffed on so many times by so many people that it’s kind of amazing.

The comic has moved on from its simple cop parody roots and the feel is quite different now but without the Beastie Boys it’s unlikely that we would have ever hit upon the idea in the first place. Add to that the staggering debt that modern music owes to the band and you have a very special artist.

Adam, thanks for the music, the inspiration and the SABOTAGE!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE&w=640&h=480]

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Moon's Song of the Week: Chemicals by The Violet Bones

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYDAXf1bk2s&w=853&h=480]

I caught these guys at Proud Camden last weekend and enjoyed their set so much that I figured I would make them this week’s song.

Violet Bones are a 4 piece indy/rock band who play very catchy, short songs that draw heavily on the early days of punk. They sound a bit like The Ramones, perhaps with a bit of Libertines blended in for good measure and it’s a fantastic combo. I’ve always had a soft spot for these kind of tracks because they’re so unpretentious and just get right to the point. Hope you enjoy it it.

You can hear more of the Violet Bones’ music on their youtube page.

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