And it’s inspired by the works of noted thespian Arnold Schwarzenegger. From the band’s label:
When we first met Gauntlet Hair and were getting to know their likes and interests, one was a little more unusual than the rest: they collect Arnold Schwarzenegger movies on VHS. No one knows that the world record number of copies of Commando is, but we would imagine for that they are in the running. Their fascination with the Austrian Oak and the unintentional hilarity level of most of his films were the inspiration behind the “Top Bunk” video…Directed by William Doyle of Neighborhood Watch, “Top Bunk” features many of Schwarzenegger’s films with sub characters that are iconic to his fans and also includes footage from a very rarely-seen trailer of the Terminator.
Last Tuesday Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman of Dr. Dog stopped by WXPN with Dan Reed and played the world premier of two new songs, “Warrior Man,” and “That Old Black Hole.” Today the music blog Stereogum has premiered one of those new songs, “That Old Black Hole.” It’s from Dr. Dog’s forthcoming release, Be The Void, out on February 7th on Anti- Records. Go here to stream the song. Below, check out the video for the song. Dr. Dog play the Electric Factory on Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th.
Marketa Irglova has transformed from a sheepish band member to self-assured front-woman. After her split from former band-mate and movie costar, Glen Hansard, Irglova announced that she would be putting out a solo album, Anar. She abandoned the grittier sound of The Swell Season and fully embraced her delicate piano ballads that had once heavily influenced the duo’s Oscar-winning compositions. It is painfully clear that Anar is the direct result of a break-up that resonates with and haunts its creator. The first track and hit song on the album, “Your Company”, is a sorrowful farewell to a previous relationship. Irglova’s extended vocals, almost yearning for resolution, are only accompanied by a sparse arrangement of dreary harmonies. The rest of the album follows suit, ultimately creating a bittersweet lament to love gone wrong. Irglova’s lyricism and instrumentation are brutally honest, her assertive nature has finally taken the spotlight. Marketa Irglova performs with Deigo Garcia at 7 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets to the all ages show are $18–$23 ($23–$28 via Live Nation). —Caitlyn Grabenstein
Congrats to Kurt Vile, War on Drugs and Mister Heavenly for making the Paste Magazine Top 50 Best Albums of 2011 list. Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo came in at #44; Slave Ambient by War On Drugs was #37 and Mister Heavenly’s Out Of Love came in at #36. You can read the entire list here. Download some songs below, including an acoustic version of “Brothers” that War On Drugs’ lead singer and guitarist Adam Granduciel recorded for a Key Studio Session last August.
She & Him – M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel – have released A Very She & Him Christmas. The album includes their take on “Little Saint Nick,” “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and other holiday Christmas classics. Below, download “The Christmas Waltz.”
The exploratory guitar patterns and progressive tempos of Philadelphia’s Caveman easily recall another indie-jazz combo of note: Medeski Martin & Wood. So it’s no accident that the four-piece finds itself opening for Mago, the side project of John Medeski and Billy Martin, over at University City’s Blockley Pourhouse this Wednesday. Last December, the band released its self-titled debut EP, and today’s we take the XPN2 Philly Local Philes on a mellow detour to immerse ourselves in the wandering vibes of “Dream Land.” Opening out on the humming tones of Brian Marsella’s organ, the pointed punctuations of John Lee’s lead guitar build up gradually alongside the chugging rhythm section of bassist John Buck and drummer Tim Keiper. It’s done at such a smooth, measured pace, by the time the song erupts around the 3-minute mark, you haven’t even flinched. Listen below; if you want more, catch them Wed. Nov. 30 at The Blockley and get blissfully lost.