Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

White Hills Album Review and Exclusive Interview

Just when you thought you were getting jaded by the billionth wave of psych rock, White Hills will enlighten the disenchanted. Their new self-titled record is a tight outfit of hallucinatory space-rock numbers strung together by Dave W.'s driving force of guitars and Ego Sensations thundering bass. Oneida's drummer Kid Millions steps in to provide pounding rhythms ascending into a climax that cannot be achieved by most other drummers. Interluded by some quieter atmospheric pieces reminiscent of their earlier work, "A Little Bliss Forever", "White Hills" comes together as a brain-conquering euphoria that only White Hills can supply. The new record is out now on Thrill Jockey, Get the vinyl at fine stores like Earwax before it goes out of print!

Key tracks: "Dead", "Polvere Di Stelle", "Three Quarters"

Download & preview songs on their official MySpace page

"Leave this world behind..."

Review and interview by Diana Kinscherf

POMP: I noticed White Hills has a different sound from record to record. "No Game No Play" was a bit proggy-sounding, whereas "Heads On Fire" is more of a rock record. The new one, ("White Hills") is in a different direction; what sound are you going for with the new one?

EGO SENSATION: Well, we strive to have every album be different from each other.

DAVE W.:My goal with White Hills has always been to create head music. What can be done within that genre is endless. I see the new one as being a bridge between "A Little Bliss Forever" and the stuff we did before that. "A Little Bliss Forever" took huge leaps and bounds to a space we hadn’t been to before in every sense…how it was recorded, to how the material was written to the overall sound. Out of that experience led us to our latest album.

The Circle of Leaf

Spring is in the air! Here at Pomp we are thinking about renewal, rebirth and our new web launch (coming soon!) This "circle of leaf" reminds me of 1st grade and Mrs. Crabapple's collection assignment. We gathered leaves at the end of winter and placed them from birth to death. It was sad at first to see the vibrant go to crumpled, which is why I always hated fall, but exciting when we got to see the green leaves grow again. I guess it depends which angle you look at it. Here's to the circle of life.

- Alyssa P

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nature's Doll

Because we love hiding in plain sight and living dangerously. Who knows what all that body paint did to Veruschka's long term longevity? Dare someone to try this in NYC's Blizzard '10.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Charlotte Gainsbourg IRM Review

The daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin stares death right in the face and gets it right on her third album. On the title track to IRM – a reference to her 2007 cerebral hemorrhage – she asks, “Take a picture, what’s inside?” Apparently inside there was a desire to make a great record.

What do you do when you want to make a great record? You enlist creative mad scientist Beck to write, produce, and perform the bulk of the tracks, and you sing about death, fear, heaven, and hell. It works. IRM reeks of Beck (that’s a compliment), who duets with Gainsbourg on the knockout of a single “Heaven Can Wait.” His jagged rhythms and punk blues are all over IRM (see “Crooked Man” and “Trick Pony”), but it is Gainsbourg’s delicate and vulnerable vocals that allow him to seamlessly move from the rugged to the refined. “In the End” is a stunning track that belongs smack dab in the middle of an Elliot Smith record. There are weak moments – the lumbering “Vanities” leaves something to be desired – but they are ambitious and ultimately forgivable. When you’ve got gems like the lovely neo-folk “Me and Jane Doe,” sludging through a bit of filler is well worth it.

It’s hard to be grateful for someone suffering a near fatal brain hemorrhage, but when it inspires and leads to one of the most hauntingly listenable records of recent memory, it may just warrant a thank you.

Review by Charlie Duerr
IRM is out now, Amazon
Check out the video for "Heaven Can Wait"

Monday, February 8, 2010

Warm you up

Our heat has been turned off, due to a series of unfortunate events. And since we actually live in a big drafty apartment in Brooklyn, it's a serious problem. I have a space heater but I am worried I'll find some roommates frozen to death in the morning. Here's hoping that does NOT happen.

Things to keep me warm while I am huddled in millions of layers, practically sitting on top of my space heater:
1) dreams of Future Possibilities
2) class discussion about entrepreneurs being hubris-tic
3) the smell of twinings earl grey, seriously before the first sip, just the smell warms me right up.
4) this amazing song and video...

5) the don't go to bed with a frown in your pocket song from 30 rock.

6) oh and these awesome booties from old navy.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hand Paintings

Remember those random chainletter emails, forward this inspiring story of a blind race car driver or the heartwarming story of real true love or (my personal favorite) the one with the emoticons that as you scroll down give you the finger. But basically the premise was to send this anger-inducing, time-waster on to as many people as you know to drive them as crazy as you are. Well I think I just got one of those emails. (I'm not even sure, I know) and it was wonderful.

Paintings on your hands, one of the most utilitarian parts of your body, transformed into art (or animal).