Mood: Ennui

24 Apr

ennui: (n) a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.

What I love about blogging is that people send me CDs so I get to come home after a poopy day at work to a present! And what I love about presents is that I didn’t have to buy them!

1. Elika

I recently got this present in my mailbox, Elika’s debut LP, Trying Got Us Nowhere:

This Pat Benetar* (listed as one of their “influences” on their myspace page) influenced electro-rock duo from Brooklyn is heating it up with their new album out now. Evagelia Maravelias (vocals, keyboards, drums) sounds like a younger, more hipster Madonna on their 7 track debut, with Brian Wenckebach (guitar, keyboards, programming) backing her up to create a complex electro-rock sound. I’m liking it, check it out!

* Hit with you best shot is, like, my favorite Guitar Hero song everrrrr!

Tracklist:
01 mp3: The Whip [Elika] –> this is my fave on the album
02 mp3: Nowhere [Elika] –> this is a little extra something to keep with the “ennui”
03 To The End
04 Confidence Killed My Spirit
05 Let Down
06 They’ll Hate Us
07 Eliana

I’ve been trying to repent for my piracy sins by telling all you readers to buy cds, so here is the link for purchasing Elika’s album.

Catch Elika ALIVE:

05/01/08 Mercury Lounge w/ Film School
7:30 pm

05/10/08 Sonic Lullaby Festival w/ Auburn Lull
Detroit, Michigan

website / myspace

2. Dear and the Headlights

Arizona natives Dear and the Headlights is currently on tour with Jimmy Eat World and Paramore. Ian Metzger (vocals/guitar/keys), Robert Cissell (guitar/keys), PJ Waxman (guitar/keys), Chuckie Duff (bass/keys) and Mark Kulvinskas (drums) aren’t playing for fame, but just for the sake of making music. “I just want to play music,” says Ian Metzger.

mp3: I’m Bored, You’re Amorous [Dear and the Headlights]

But their album “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves” here.

Upcoming tour dates (see more here):
4/26 Washington, DC – Au Bender Arena – 7:00 PM
4/28 Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory – 7:00 PM
4/30 Lowell, MA – Paul E. Tsongnas Arena – 7:00 PM
5/02 Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal- Mark G. Etess Arena – 7:00 PM

website / myspace

3. Girls in Hawaii

Here is a track called “Bored” off the new album “Plan Your Escape” (March 11, 2008) from this group of boys from Belgium.

mp3: Bored [Girls in Hawaii]


Another of their songs, “Summer Storm”

Buy their album here.

website / myspace

4. The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings’ debut album “We Started Nothing” is dropping May 19, 2008. Although their album has not yet been released, Jules and Kate are already being heralded as part of the top three of the BBC’s Sound of 2008 poll. These guys actually don’t have that much to do with the mood of boredom but I just really like this song. Enjoy!

mp3: Great DJ (DJ Calvin Harris remix) [The Ting Tings]

Tracklisting:
1) Great DJ
2) That’s Not My Name
3) Fruit Machine
4) Traffic Light
5) Shut Up And Let Me Go
6) Keep Your Head
7) We Walk
8) Be The One
9) Impacilla Carpisung
10) We Started Nothing

The Ting Tings are on tour! Check out their tour dates here.

June 7: San Diego — Casbah
June 9: Vancouver, BC — Plaza
June 10: Seattle — Chop Suey
June 11: Portland — Doug Fir
June 12: San Francisco — Popscene
June 13: Los Angeles — Troubadour
June 14: Los Angeles — Zero One
June 16: Toronto — Mod Club
June 18: New York — Bowery Ballroom
June 19: Boston — Great Scott
June 20: Brooklyn — Southpaw
June 21: Philadelphia — Popped Festival

website / myspace

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2 Responses to “Mood: Ennui”

  1. Bapitybapitybulldozer April 24, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    I love your blog and I just wondered whether you’d check out our sounds:

    http://www.myspace.com/intoflightband

    We’ve just gotten signed onto a small indie label (www.pit-viper.co.uk) and we’re just in the process of writing some new material. Please give us a listen as we’d really like to get our music out there. You’re welcome to use our mp3’s and if you’d preffer them in a better format we’d be happy to send it your way.

    Thanks for reading

    Sean
    Into Flight

  2. Cristina June 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    hi there.. love ur list. im inlove with dear and the headlights at the moment.. they r great.!

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