Friday, June 16, 2006

Salutations and Synthesis: Ladytron In Vancouver

In an effort to produce something meaningful in the existential wasteland that is the months between high school and college (and hopefully beyond), I suppose it's as good a time as any to start up a blog. Welcome. These things are inherently esoteric, so I'm afraid you'll be burdened with my musical tastes and biases, but hopefully the selection will be diverse enough so that something will appeal to you. If nothing else, it should keep me out of trouble, eh?

Now, to the four hipsters (in the best possible sense) at the top. The band is Liverpool-based Ladytron, quite the microcosm of European diversity. From left to right, Scottish siren Helen Marnie, founder and mastermind Daniel Hunt, Cantonese-Brit Reuben Wu, and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo. I suppose their music would fall under syth-based electro-pop, but their sound, particularly on their latest album Witching Hour, has become increasingly fleshed out and impressive.

This show was recorded on March 5th, 2003 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver during the extensive tour for their second full-length, Light & Magic. Most of the setlist can be found on that release, along with a few older cuts from their debut, 604. While it's not quite the icy perfection found in the studio recordings, the sound quality is quite solid, and it is a fine intro to the band.


1. True Mathematics
2. Playgirl
3. Cracked LCD
4. Blue Jeans
5. Fire
6. Black Plastic
7. Evil
8. USA vs. White Noise
9. Seventeen
10. Discotraxx
11. Turn It On
12. Oops Oh My (Tweet Cover)

Buy Ladytron albums: Here (and at your favorite retailers.)
Stream the KCRW Set: Here

(At some point, I should probably look into getting a decent host, but I suppose a somewhat ad hoc approach is fitting, and adequate, for now.)

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