September Adds


Does You Inspire You

It is finally here! After promoting the album on tour with Ariel Pink around the United States, Chairlift have given us their latest project off of Kanine Records, Does You Inspire You. The group came together in 2006 when Patrick (Drums & Percussion) and Caroline (Vocals) attended the same school together in Colorado, later meeting Aaron (guitar) in New York City. Few groups have grown in popularity as quickly as Chairlift, pairing with Columbia Records’ MGMT for a few shows before their Does You Inspire You tour even began. You can check out a more complete profile of the group in the BTR archives when Chairlift were dubbed BTR Artist of the Week. More importantly, starting this month you will hear tracks from the new album all over the regularly scheduled BTR playlists.

Does You Inspire You switches between intimate live percussion and charming electronic dance tunes. For example, ‘Somewhere Around Here’ is a soft and smooth ballad with entirely live instrumentation. ‘Evident Utensil’ (the very next track), however, uses electronic-dance drums and a pulsing-downbeat bass. With these discrepancies, the group somehow maintains its uniquely mysterious and endearing retro-rock feel throughout. In spite of their rapid growth, they still fill the role of a mid-level indie group at least for the time being. That being said, this album arguably has the most potential for popularity out of any September BTR add, even with the particularly high quality of new releases for the month.

10/18/08 9:00pm @ Bowery Ballroom [w/ The Juan Maclean] – New York, NY
10/22/08 8:00pm @ Paradise [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Boston, MA
10/23/08 8:00pm @ Bates University [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Lewiston, ME
10/24/08 8:00pm @ Le National [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Montreal, QC
10/25/08 8:00pm @ Horseshoe Tavern [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Toronto, ON
10/26/08 8:00pm @ The Blind Pig [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Ann Arbor, MI
10/27/08 8:00pm @ Taylor University [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Upland, IA
10/28/08 8:00pm @ Bottom Lounge [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Chicago, IL
10/29/08 8:00pm @ Turner Hall Ballroom [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Milwaukee, WI
10/30/08 8:00pm @ Triple Rock Social Club [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Minneapolis, MN
10/31/08 8:00pm @ Grinnell College [ w/ Yeasayer ] – Grinnell, IO

Sebastien Tellier


From the new artist of the season to the seasoned artist, we turn to Sebastian Tellier, a Frenchman who has released three albums of original content since 2001 (including Sexuality). His song ‘Fantino,’ from his first album (L’incroyable Vérité)  was chosen by Sophia Coppola for her film, Lost In Translation. Most likely Coppola thought of Tellier for his smooth and airy sexually electronic style. In this vein he is much like the Junior Boys, Cut Copy and even Prince, at times. He’s currently touring bars around Europe and most likely selling them out to everyone who has heard the album.

Sexuality was produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. It begins with strictly sex-jams, but quickly turns to pop dance grooves like ‘Divine,’ a song that won Sebastian recognition when he represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2008. It drew controversy due to its mostly English lyrics, but that was quickly remedied. In spite of his 19 of 25 placing, the song is still quite catchy and complements the album’s creamy sexual soundscape beautifully. Also not to be missed are ‘Sexual Sportswear,’ a Kraftwerk-inspired arpeggiating highway classic, and ‘L’Amour Et La Violence,’ a spacey outro in prefect Tellier fashion.

9/26/08 8:00pm @ Osophere Festival – Strasbourg, France
9/30/08 8:00pm @ L’Olympia – Paris, France
10/2/08 8:00pm @ Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK
10/7/08 8:00pm @ Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
10/22/08 8:00pm @ Magazini Generalli – Milano, Italy
10/23/08 8:00pm @ Circolo Artisti – Roma, Italy
10/24/08 8:00pm @ Tenax – Firenze, Italy
10/25/08 8:00pm @ Hiroshima – Torino, Italy
10/31/08 8:00pm @ Nevers a Vif Festival – Nevers, France
11/3/08 8:00pm @ Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
11/4/08 8:00pm @ La Coopérative de Mai – Clermont Ferrand, France
11/6/08 8:00pm @ L’Aéronef – Lille, France
11/10/08 8:00pm @ Espace Julien – Marseille, France
11/12/08 8:00pm @ Le Casino – Basel, Switzerland
11/14/08 8:00pm @ Hangar 23 – Rouen, France
11/15/08 8:00pm @ Le Chabada – Angers, France

Lykke Li

Youth Novels

Lykke Li is a delicate singer with a voice much like Joanna Newsome, though not as difficult to come around to. Born in Sweden, Li has spent much of her life traveling all over the world, whether it is living for five years in Portugal, spending winters in Nepal and India or recording her album in New York City. Though it was one of her shortest stays away from home, it could one day prove to be the her important.

Her new album, Youth Novels has received quite a bit of recognition due in part to producer Björn Yttling (Peter Björn & John). Once recognized by Stereogum for one of the album’s stand out tracks, ‘Little Bit,’ and performing ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’ for the Black Cab Sessions, Li’s new album began making the rounds on indie blogs and radio stations. Much like the aforementioned Chairlift album, it is filled with creative live instrumentation and percussion to support and surround the sweet voice of Sweden’s new pop-music gem. The best tracks of the album have all been given their proper recognition with single and EP releases including ‘Tonight’ and ‘Breaking It Up,’ two perfect examples of Li’s great sense of rhythm in bold strength or subtlety.

9/19/08 8:00pm @ Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
9/20/08 8:00pm @ Moby Dick – Madrid, Spain
9/22/08 8:00pm @ AB Club – Brussels, Belgium
9/23/08 8:00pm @ Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
9/24/08 8:00pm @ Paradiso (Upstairs) – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9/26/08 8:00pm @ Roter Salon – Berlin, Germany
9/27/08 8:00pm @ Ubel & Gefährlich – Hamberg, Germany
9/29/08 8:00pm @ The Plug – Sheffield, UK
10/1/08 8:00pm @ Scala – SOLD OUT – London, UK
10/2/08 8:00pm @ Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
10/5/08 8:00pm @ Glee Club – Birmingham, UK
10/6/08 8:00pm @ Thekla – Bristol, UK
10/8/08 8:00pm @ Academy 2 – Liverpool, UK
10/9/08 8:00pm @ Cabaret Voltaire – Edinburgh, UK
10/10/08 8:00pm @ The Duchess – York, UK
10/19/08 8:00pm @ Black Cat – Washington, Washington DC
10/20/08 8:00pm @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY
10/23/08 8:00pm @ Paradise – Boston, MA
10/24/08 8:00pm @ Mod Club – Toronto, ON
10/25/08 8:00pm @ Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/28/08 8:00pm @ Richards on Richards – Vancouver, BC
10/29/08 8:00pm @ Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
10/30/08 8:00pm @ Doug Fir – Portland, OR
11/1/08 8:00pm @ Independent – San Francisco, CA
11/3/08 8:00pm @ El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

Mason Proper

Olly Oxen Free

Formerly named Patterns in Paris, Mason Proper is an experimental rhythmic folk-rock group from Michigan. Forming in 2004, they toured and wrote music through many of their growing pains (replacing a drummer and gathering a fan base) and ultimately released There is a Moth In Your Chest, after which they were signed to Dovecote records. Jonothan Visger then began writing more music in Michigan for an upcoming LP. After teaming up in part with Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead), the project soon turned into their next full-length album.

Olly Oxen Free is set for a September 23rd release, but you can find it on Breakthru Radio before any of that. Songs like ‘Lock and Key’ showcase the group’s soft spot for an old rock n’ roll rhythm. Moreover, the drums hold a prominent place in the mix, allowing all experimentation and impact to come straight from a rhythmic point of view, especially in songs like ‘Downpour.’ That being said, however, Visger’s vocals and keys along with the white noise created by Matt Thompson allow this band to stretch across genres and remain out of the box, especially with songs like ‘Only A Moment’ and ‘Safe For The Time Being.’

9/18/08 6:00pm @ Whitney Garden Party (semiacoustic thing) – Detroit, MI
9/25/08 9:30pm @ CD Release Party @ The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
11/1/08 10:00pm @ Small Planet – East Lansing, MI


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