Pas/Cal is Omnipresent (And A Band Of Reformed Thieves)

Apparently we’re not the only ones completely enthralled with Pas/Cal’s I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura . So, check it out for yourself – listen to the full album stream on Spinner and then read the review excerpts below and see if you agree.

Pitchfork says, “Taking seven years to make an album may be decadent, but it’s a decadence intrinsic to PAS/CAL’s music, executed with an attention to detail uncommon in the often-slapdash world of indie pop.”

Metromix says, “Standout “Dearest Bernard Living” recalls Of Montreal (pre-Ziggy Stardust complex) and is completely disjointed, messy, unfocused and awesome.”

Pop Matters says, “PAS/CAL makes the kind of music you don’t hear too much these days. It’s intelligent. It’s full of ideas. It has richly painted, complex characters who you’re more likely to describe as “protagonists” than to automatically assume are projections of the band’s songwriter, Casimer Pascal. And best of all, it’s dressed up in the sort of unexpected pop costume that causes you to catch your breath at the infectious spirit of it all.”

Casimer Pascal says in an Artist Direct interview:

Q: What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?

A: I purchased my first multi-track recorder by being a look-out for a kid that stole car radios. I still have one of the radios in a drawer somewhere that I had planned on installing in my own car, if I was ever able to steal enough car radios to afford one. It never happened, obviously.

Finally, I hope you’re a devoted Daily Rind reader and already read our interview with Pascal, but if not, here’s a teaser:

Q: How did you feel about your song being in a Saturn commercial? Did you get free cars? Can we have one?

A: I wasn’t happy with it until I received the check. Then it took on a certain unrecognized beauty. Bikes are the new car, I’ll help you finance one.

MP3: Pas/Cal – Glorious Ballad Of The Ignored

They May Be Dodos, But They Ain’t No ‘Fools’

Dodo duo Meric Long and Logan Kroeber sure do know how to rock out a crowd, and they proved their abilities to a packed Pitchfork Festival just over a week ago in Chi Town! They’ve been endlessly touring, hitting up all the hot spots, including Cake Shop and the Siren Festival , with Pitchfork being their latest conquest.

Luckily for all of those who were unable to make it, Pitchfork TV is playing host to some fantastic video footage of their performance of “Fools.” Long’s dual-mic setup keeps him busy during the authentically emotional flowing tune, while Kroeber turns his modest setup into a completely different kind of instrument. Their energy can be seen in the crowd, who were definitely soaking in the atmosphere of the show and feeding it back to the Dodos, creating a machine of entertainment unattainable for most.

As for now, The Dodos are taking a short but well deserved break before hitting the European road again in early August. They arrive back in the States to their home shores of San Francisco in late September, and will be warmly welcomed back in NYC days later–accompanied by another Rind fave, Au ! We can’t wait!

MP3: The Dodos – Ashley
MP3: The Dodos – Fools

Ra Ra Rawk

You’ve got to love a band that mouths the lyrics along with the lead singer. Ra Ra Riot, now on tour, made their first appearance at Siren Music Festival this past Saturday along with other notable artists Dragons of Zynth, The Dodos, Stephen Malkmus, and Broken Social Scene.

Needless to say, the crowd for the RRR set was on the tips of their toes. There was a buzz in the air (no, not an air-born illness from the beach) and they certainly lived up to it during their dynamic performance.

“Ghost Under Rocks” was clearly a crowd favorite (with most of the audience mouthing the words right along with frontman Wesley Miles and the rest of the band). When a rambunctious Miles jumped the stage/VIP fence during standout track “Dying is Fine,” the polite singer then apologized for pushing people while leaping through the crowd.

In anticipation of RRR’s first full length album The Rhumb Line, set to drop August 19th via Barsuk, most of us here at Rind HQ absolutely Ra Ra rocked out at the show. If you missed it, don’t worry; they’ll be back in NYC October 17th, and just about everywhere else in the coming months.

Pictures after the jump…


Backyard Tire Fire Turn Up The Heat

Short notice can often be the best notice; to find out about something awesome is happening and realize you can actually take part is a great feeling. Well! You can achieve that feeling by simply turning on the radio (satellite if applicable…) right now! Backyard Tire Fire are playing their new album The Places We Lived live on WFPK in Louisville starting at 12PM EST today!!!

And of course, the Internet and all its wonders can bring you the show as well-with one simple click of the mouse here! Hurry folks, the great music has already begun!

All Aboard the Soul Train

Okay, so as New Yorkers, we feel as though we are entitled to certain things. Walking fast. Ignoring crazy people. Jaywalking. Honking. And last but not least, complaining about the subway. For those of our readers not from the Big Apple, allow me to paint a quick picture of the New York City subway in the summertime. Imagine your high school locker room after the National Fitness Test that came around in June. It’s hot, it’s stuffy, it’s stagnant, and let’s face it… it stinks. Okay, now take that locker room and pack it full of not just your gym class, but the ENTIRE SCHOOL. Sounds cozy, huh?

So this morning it was raining here in NY, which adds a whole new layer of annoyance, stench and crowdedness to the subway. I bolt towards the stairs as I hear the conductor announce “Dmmmmtwnnnn tmmmm. Fffmmmmst stuueet nesssst.” (translation: Downtown R train, 49th st next). I try to maneuver down the stairs as quickly as possible, but after nearly getting my eye poked out by the XXXXL golf umbrella the woman in front of me had to keep under her arm (in addition to her newspaper, pocketbook, gym bag and mini dog) I arrive at the train in time to see the doors seal shut in front of me. The next train comes, and this time I make it aboard. 2 stops. I need to go 2 stops. That’s not that bad… until the dude with Bird Flu standing next to me starts sneezing and more or less snoring while he is awake. This entire time, however, I have a massive smile on my face. How is this possible? The Diplomats of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes, that’s how.