3 Jun 2010, 15:06 by no_conclusion

    Thu 27 May – Primavera Sound 2010

    It took us a few days to recover from the festival and the whole trip. So if anyone still cares, here’s our report. Oh and sorry for our amateur photos, but after this we really don’t think it’s such a big deal.

    DAY ONE: Hunting for Hipsters
    After a couple of days of walking around Barcelona and checking out its night life, we came to the festival dead tired. Walked through a couple of shows and sat around watching hipsters. I’ve never seen so many in my life so the first day at the festival was a bit of a culture shock.
    Sic Alps were nothing special. Wanted to see The Books but they were rescheduled to play later. It would have been interesting to see how they pull off playing in a festival setting, since their brand of quite electro accompanied with visuals is perfect for a more intimate venue. Saw Surfer Blood for about ten minutes, they were alright. We’re not really fans. The dude has a pretty powerful voice for a fourteen year old though.
  • Xylos: Bedrooms EP is a pleasant surprise

    17 Dec 2008, 01:17 by puddlegum

    There is a new Brooklyn band called Xylos who are giving their Bedrooms EP away as a free download. Eric Zeiler wrote and recorded most of the five tracks, with Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder of Yeasayer offering guest vocals. Xylos is now a five-piece band poised to grab attention in `09.

    Bedrooms opens with In the Bedroom, a song about a girl whose life was “left in shambles,” after a stay with a guy she had met earlier that day. Eric Zeiler seems to pull from late `60s early `70s folk-rock (such as Crosy, Stills & Nash), with strong harmonies reflective of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends, occasional hints of The Beach Boys (the gentle “oohs” in Testament) mixed with a blend of The Shins. At times Xylos reminds us of Andrew Bird in his vocal delivery, song structures and acoustic guitar strumming.

    Wrapped in a Page showcases Xylos’ eclectic instrumentation. Eric beautifully balances the use of banjo, wooden xylophone, cello and violin, acoustic, hand drums and slight use of analogue synth. …