02 October 2008

Fav Bands

A few words about some of my current fav bands. I tend to never bother to find out anything about bands I like, which is just rude really.

Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, featuring two members originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, which comprises guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew Woodley. They often describe their music as post-classic rock. They are signed to Secret City Records. Their first full-length album, Parc Avenue, has been shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.Their full-length debut Parc Avenue was released on February 26, 2008 in Canada and on March 25, 2008 in the United States. The album features string parts by Sarah Neufeld of The Arcade Fire.

Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Canada and fronted by the husband and wife duo of Texan Win Butler and Québécoise Régine Chassagne. The band was formed while Win Butler attended Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, United States. The lineup changed and solidified in 2003 and 2004, during the recording of their first full-length album, Funeral.The band is known for their live performances and their use of a large number of musical instruments; in addition to the guitar, drums, and bass guitar, the band's members also play instruments such as the piano, violin, and viola. When asked about the name of the band, lead vocalist Butler stated that it refers to a fire that supposedly occurred in Exeter Arcade.
Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, including both the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year award for Neon Bible. It has also been nominated by the Grammys for 2006 Best Alternative Music Album for Funeral and 2008 Best Alternative Music Album nomination for Neon Bible.

The Stills are a Canadian rock band. Four of the band members, Tim Fletcher, Dave Hamelin, Liam O'Neil and Olivier Corbeil, have known each other since around the age of twelve and played in various bands prior to forming The Stills in 2000. The band members are art students from Montreal, Quebec. On a two-month trip to New York City, they recorded several songs with the help of a four-track recorder. According to rumour, the four-track recorder was given to them after helping a friend in Barcelona who needed drug money.Their debut album Logic Will Break Your Heart was released in 2003, and touring with Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gained them a steady following. Their second album, Without Feathers, was released May 9, 2006 on Vice Records. They supported Kings of Leon on their UK spring tour in 2007. They signed with Arts & Crafts for the release of their upcoming third album, Oceans Will Rise.

The Faint is a dance-punk/new wave band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the band consists of Todd Fink, Jacob Thiele, Dapose, Joel Petersen and Clark Baechle. The Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer and included Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes, with whom the Faint toured in 2005. He quit shortly after the band was formed, though the Faint continued to share a spot with Bright Eyes on Saddle Creek Records.In May 2008 The Faint announced that they had split from Saddle Creek and that their fifth studio album would be self released under their own blank.wav imprint. The album, entitled Fasciinatiion was released on August 5th 2008 in the U.S. The first single from the album is The Geeks Were Right.

Tegan and Sara is a band consisting of Canadian singer-songwriters and lesbian identical twins, Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (born September 19, 1980). The two have toured with Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, Kaki King, Northern State, An Horse, The Pretenders, Ben Folds, The Killers, Rachael Cantu, Vivek Shraya, Cake, Gogol Bordello, Hot Hot Heat, Ryan Adams, Veda Hille, Little Birdy, Iron On, Little Brazil, Death Cab for Cutie and Weezer. They also performed a show at Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair.
Their fifth album, The Con, was released on July 24, 2007. It was co-produced by Chris Walla. Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Sharp of The Rentals (who was with Weezer during The Blue Album and Pinkerton), Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King appear on the album.The duo are currently writing a new album, planned to be released in late 2009.

Nada Surf is an American alternative rock band. Formed in 1992, the New York band consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Ira Elliot (drums, backup vocals) and Daniel Lorca (bass, backup vocals). The band is best known for the song "Popular" from their 1996 album High/Low. Their songs have appeared on the TV shows: Six Feet Under, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Heroes, and How I Met your Mother, and the movies: Disturbia, The Edukators, and John Tucker Must Die.

Cansei de Ser Sexy literally "got tired of being sexy" in Brazilian Portuguese), better known worldwide as CSS, is a Brazilian band from São Paulo. Their songs have an electro/rock sound, and are sung in both English and Portuguese; their lyrics mostly concern pop culture. CSS formed in September 2003, consisting of a group of friends. Their name was taken from a reported quote by Beyoncé, who allegedly declared that she was "tired of being sexy".

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is the stage name of English artist Sam Duckworth and his band. He is often referred to as Get Cape, Cape, GCWCF, Slam Dunkworth, Shrimpy, Captain Sandwich and "Charlie Khoo". According to Dunkworth, his stage name comes from a ZX Spectrum magazine which featured a solution for the Batman video game and one of the sections of the solution contained the header "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly".
Duckworth grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and has supported bands such as The Flaming Lips, The Magic Numbers, OK Go, Funeral for a Friend,The Kooks and Feeder. Duckworth was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs—both with punk rock band Silverskin and as GCWCF.

Death Cab for Cutie is an American indie rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. It began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard, now the band's vocalist and guitarist. Gibbard took the band name from the title of the song written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. Their albums in chronological idea are: You Can Play These Songs with Chords, Something About Airplanes, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, The Photo Album, Transatlanticism, Plans, and Narrow Stairs.
TV shows/movies embracing DCFC include: The O.C., Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami, Californication, Wedding Crashers and Mean Creek.

TV on the Radio (often abbreviated to TVOTR) is a New York City experimental rock band formed in 2001 whose music spans genres as diverse as post-punk, free jazz, a cappella, doo-wop, soul, shoegaze and electro. The group has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and three acclaimed albums, 2004's Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), which received wider notice and appeared near the top of several end-of-year lists, and Dear Science (2008). Rolling Stone magazine voted Return to Cookie Mountain the fourth best album of 2006, and Spin voted the band as 2006 Artist of the Year.
The band is comprised of Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/loops) along with Jaleel Bunton (drums) and Gerard Smith (bass). Other contributors include Katrina Ford of Celebration (vocals), Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead (vocals), Martin Perna of Antibalas (saxophones, flute), David Bowie (vocals) and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (guitar).

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