Pictureplane vs Sleigh Bells
Like This and Like That is the new column from Snobcast extraordinaire, Father Guido Sarducci IV. The procedure: Every morning (OK, maybe not every morning) Guido will snatch the first crisp, clean & new MP3 he stumbles upon, listen to it at least once, and then find an old song (ten years or more) for some good old-fashioned compare and contrast. The purpose: To draw a line between the modern and the out-of-date. The premise: To expose the kids to their past while also showing the unfashionable adults that there’s great new music being made every day. Thus, if you like This than you might like That.
For these special SXSW editions, I have strayed from the normal process of this column. Instead, I’m posting songs from bands that performed in Austin this year. The first song will be from a band I was able to see for myself while the second song will be from a band that I really really wanted to see but for some reason or another couldn’t (mostly, the fact that there’s just way to much going on and I was at least half drunk the whole time).
“5th Sun (Rainbow Arabia’s Heliopolis Mix)” by Pictureplane vs. “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells
Denver’s goth/dub DJ Pictureplane (picturedabove) spun records and did his best to sully the elegant setting on the balcony of the Driskill Hotel. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the day of awesome music.
Sleigh Bells have been described to me separately as “Brittney Spears fronting a noise band” and “M.I.A. being beat and dragged through the mud” which was one way to say it was the best show at SXSW (as of 6pm Friday eve.).