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The Twelves were recently in Vancouver to spin a set at 560. Brazilian musicians João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira were a little too tipsy to chat at the show, but the guys were nice enough to do an email interview follow up.
Scott Wood: What is your nightmare interview?
The Twelves: A nightmare interview for us is one where we answer the same questions that are asked all the time. We don’t want really random questions that make no sense, but it would be good to be asked something other than where our name came from ;-D
Scott Wood: Worst interview ever?
The Twelves: We were interviewed by a guy who kept on taking personal calls on his cell every five minutes. What should have been a 10 minute interview took almost an hour!
Scott Wood: How did you guys get together? What made you think you could work with the other guy?
The Twelves: We were playing in bands and it didn’t really feel right. There were musical differences and the band decided to go separate ways. Luciano and I always had a good relationship and shared a lot of influences from disco and funk so we decided to try it.
Scott Wood: You guys are at your best when you remix rock tracks for the dance floor Metric, Fleetfoxes, Nirvana to name a few, was this a conscious effort to stand out among remixers or just what came across your turntables?
The Twelves: The rock tracks were all about weird studio sessions where we tried to break some monotony of listening to the same samples we had been working on and decided to try something new. We like to try and take tracks that you wouldn’t normally hear on a dancefloor and make them more dance oriented. It helps the crowd because they already have knowledge of the track and attachment to it in one way or another so it is more recognisable and memorable.
Scott Wood: You guys were in a rock band before becoming “The Twelves”–how did that experience shape what you do?
The Twelves: It made us realise we didn’t want to be in rock bands. We still have a great deal of love for the genre, but for us the music lives electronically now.
Scott Wood: You guys both had previous “real world” careers to DJing. I read a quote of yours “We always wanted to do this, but didn’t have the nerves.” How did you get over it?
The Twelves: I think every now and then you need to just take the plunge. We both had normal jobs that paid good money and if The Twelves hadn’t worked out we would have been able to get the jobs back so it was a little bit of calculated risk. We knew if we didn’t try it, we would wonder about what might have been for the rest of our lives.
Scott Wood: You guys talk about drinking a lot during your sets. What are you drinking and why?
The Twelves: Hahahah! We drink beers and rum mainly. What is it they say about getting the creative juices flowing? That is basically it. We have a few drinks to lose the fear of trying something out and also to get over the nerves before a show. No matter how many times we play gigs, we are still nervous before the show, which is a good thing for us because it means we know we really care about how everything goes and want to make a good impression.
Scott Wood: You guys once said “Mistakes are the best thing to happen to production.” Can you talk about a track where this occurred?
The Twelves: It happens from time to time, but I couldn’t tell you about a specific track. Almost every time we start making a track we will try something and then realise that it is wrong and will have to start all over. When you restart it you are so conscious of not making the same mistake again that you go completely the other way, and then sometimes magic happens!
Scott Wood: Dave from Soulwax told me my interview style needed to be spicier and that I needed to ask more interesting questions. He told me to ask, “Have you two guys ever shared a woman?” (Had a 3-way?)
The Twelves: Wow! We’ve never been asked that before! I have to say no – João is married and I have no intention of having an awkward eye-catching moment with him in the bedroom. I don’t know if we would be able to be “The Twelves” any more after an experience like that.
Scott Wood: What makes a good remix?
The Twelves: Vocals. The vocals on a track are the best indication for us that we will be able to do something with the remix. If the track has a good vocal and melody structure, then half the job is done.
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Winnie’s, Christian Flores has a new No More Strangers mix. It’s pretty ace.
Kris Menace – Metropolis (Day Version)
BMX – War (Mr Mittens Remix)
The XX – Heart Skipped A Beat (Christian Flores Edit)
Passion Pit – Let Your Love Grow Tall
Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)
Janet Jackson – Rock With U Instrumental
Mujava – Township Funk (Crazy P Remix)
The Sounds – Beatbox (Hey Champ Remix)
Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
Kim Wilde – Turn It On
Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp (Memory Tapes Remix)
La Roux – Quicksand (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel (Mad Decent Remix)
Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
The XX – Islands (Nosaj Thing Remix)
Delphic – Doubt
Rich Kids – Patna Dem (DJA Remix)
Santigold – I’m A Lady (Benny Blanco Remix)
Last year we got our top of the year lists out early.
This year it seemed like everyone was trying to get their lists out as early as possible to capitalize on the potential traffic or whatever it is people compete for. We decided to sit back and let the year finish before commenting on it (read: we were super lazy).
None the less, here’s our picks for the best albums of 09′ Here’s to hoping you get 18% more lay in 2010.
20. Don Cash – Freshy Fresh
Don Cash really does wear his sunglasses at night. This album was released as a free download, then on itunes, then re-mastered and re-released without some of my fave songs on it and there’s still talks of re-mastering it again and a label signing and release… Either way, this is a great album with some next level jams.
19.Tiga – Ciao!
Tiga’s collaboration with all his producer pals (James Murphy, Soulwax, Gonzales etc) made this album ironically transcend being just a dance album (mindless headfuck) and gave it some depth. Tiga was huge in the first part of the year as the anticipation for the album grew from the first couple of singles. Then it all seemed to die down… Not that I would ever steal anything but they were super tight fisted, blocking album leaks and maybe it hurt the album? I have no idea, maybe I’m B.S.ing but I feel like this album should have been bigger. I also wish Tiga would do more performances with a live backing band. Seeing him dj all of his hits was, um, err, mehhh. I also want to see more of his alter persona come to life.
18.Metric – Fantasies
I’ll probably catch lots of flack for this but… Whenever a band gets big in Canada there’s sometimes a bit of backlash from the people who think we live in a tiny little fish bowl and despise the band for making it big while other more “authentic” bands don’t get recognized. I can’t see this happening in the US where there is much less of an identity crisis (albeit other ish). In 2009 Metric decided to go their own independent route, ditched their label and management and blew up worldwide by making a great pop record that’s a solid listen from start to finish. But then again, they are not noise punk.
17.Little Girls – Concepts
Josh McIntyre crafted this gem late at night, solo in his bedroom. He started a myspace under the anonymous moniker, “Little Girls” (which btw is code for “little girls”) to gauge peoples reaction to these sonic experiments. So far the response has been quite positive.
16 .Mountain Man – Mountain Man
You can’t find this album on the internet for free anywhere so you should pony up the $5 pay what you want minimum for this lesser known gem. For fans of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Chamomile tea.
15. Kap Bambino – Blacklist
I must be honest, I’m not an OG Kap Bambino fan. Apparently they made their sound a little less hardcore and a bit more poppy with this album. Their hybrid punk/electro blend is something completely new to my ears. It kiiiind of picks up where Crystal Castles left off. Still bummed I missed their live show. I think I’m too old to go out on Sundays.
14. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
It hasn’t come out yet officially in NA. It’s out in England and I have British citizenship. 2009 was huge for them, they have won over a lot of new fans with their on point four part harmonies and the general charm of five dudes playing their hearts out.
13. Handsome Furs – Face Control
Everybody’s fave indie rock couple lay down some guitar over drum machine loops and craft a solid follow up to Plague Park. Bow wow.
12. Yacht – See Mystery Lights
Along with adding another member, signing to DFA has been a good thing. It sounds like they added a little more New York post punk disco to their landscape and reigned in the sometimes overly experimental bits. Pyschic City was definitely one of the songs of the year.
11.Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
I really didn’t know what to think of Antony’s voice at first, it was quite shocking. It felt like a surprise reach around, if that’s something politically correct enough to say. But, the more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with the unique voice from which he speaks from and with. Their live show was one of the best of the year. Pretty much *tear* worthy (not that I would ever cry though). Do not fear the surprise reach around.
10.Peaches – I Feel Cream
Peaches oh Peaches, how I love thy teaches. This is what Lady Gaga is ripping off and toning down for a mainstream audience. That and maybe a lil Gwen Stefani… Peaches is chick power to the infinite. The best live show of the year. All of this summed up a lot better, here.
9.Matt and Kim – Grand
Watching Matt and Kim play is like seeing two kids having the time of their life and enjoying every minute of it. They just look so gosh darn humble you want to hug them. While their previous self titled effort was a little too annoying / earnest / catchy / mehhh, “Grand” is an 11 track pop gem.
8.Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Speaking of bands whose year it was, these Frenchies served it up like gour-met pate. They should almost lay low for a year to let things cool off. On the other hand there are so many hits on this album they should probably keep working it.
7. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
Bringing the psychedelic back to the dance floor. Neon Indian makes me want to do acid and chill in a tent while watching bizarre projected patterns on the wall while practicing witchcraft.
6.Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
Falsetto bitches! I swear I hear a little Morrissey in here, that and a lot of lyrics about girls and wild forest fornication parties that I want to be at.
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
“Waaaaaaah too electro!”. “What ever happened to the old YYYs?!?” Go listen to Fever to Tell and reminisce. It’s called progression and trying something new out. Besides, I swear I can’t hear the difference, I’m no electro racist. I think it worked and the YYYs are even more popular than ever. Whether that’s a good thing or not is your call. For me they are definitely one of the defining bands of the decade.
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Top ten lists with MPP at number #1 are soooo boring. diss.
3.Fever Ray – Fever Ray
This album grew on me all year. I think I was a little put off wanting it to be a bit more dance’y and Knife-like. As the great economic recession of 2009 wore on I began feeling more and more like a sad little goth boy turning to my trusty Fever Ray album for comfort. Also one of my fave live shows of the year.
2.The XX – xx
The XX came out of nowhere with this debut album. I don’t know whether it had to do with Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s whispery voices or the playful male / female back and forth or the above mentioned goth factor? It’s the perfect mix, incorporating electronics with more traditional instruments creating a somewhat electronic beat driven album that even the indie kids can dance to.
1. Japandroids – Post Nothing
How could we not champion the home town heroes? They are on to even better things. Post Nothing was not their debut and they have not peaked. Have you heard the new song they are playing in their set?? Hot damn. These sweethearts worked their butts off on this and earned everything 2009 has brought them. Hopefully they find some time to write some new songs about girls and summer while touring their butts off.
With the weather turning colder lately, it’s time to break out the thick knit sweaters and the fuzzy blankets.
It’s also that time of year when I begin listening to some darker, smoky jams too… here are some tracks I’ve had on high rotation while sporting my customized Snuggie.
Turn it up, it’s Friday. Let’s gooooooooo!
Hello from Montreal, here’s a recap of yesterday
Matt and Kim was sold out! Someone wasn’t fast enough on their media rsvping. Went down the street to check out The Montreal Nintendo Orchestra an experimental act that makes music with two Nintendo DS units and a wack of pedals. It was interesting but def no Matt and Kim. Made me feel like I had drank some of the magic koolaid, which I’m sure is the intention.
We then hit up Jay Reatard who I didn’t know much about. I was very impressed, just the right mix of metal, punk and pop. The venue, La Sala Rosa was pretty awesome, It didn’t look like a venue from the outside and there’s a Mexican restaurant that we had some pops at below it on the second floor. The kids were going nuts.
We then headed back to Matt and Kim and managed to walk in and catch the last half of their set! I had a hard time keeping my lens from fogging up, people were losing it and Matt & Kim were cute in their own genuine Matt and Kim way.
Ended up at a reggae night and managed to clear the dance floor. then went for pooh-teen. Awesome!
We interviewed the D’Urbervilles today a very very wicked Toronto band. I managed not to throw up or sweat too much as the hangover was in effect.
Fever Ray, tonight.
PS, how rad are these guys and this Joy Division inspired video. Very stoked to see them tomorrow!
Now all we do is worry about dying!!!!!
The weekend is here and we have some parties for ya. First off, tonight, we have a Winnie party. Myself and Christian Flores are at Library Square playing all our favorite songs from the 90’s at the SHOW ME LOVE night. Shout for list.
Two big parties at Funky Winkerbean’s. Tonight we have the first night of Mutant Disco being done by the people who did the Weirdness parties at the Biltmore. Expect lots of rad-italo with a splash of cheesy 80’s and maybe even a Mr Vain or two.
Saturday at Funky’s, Winnie Cooper presents, Garland + Yarn at our NO MORE STRANGERS night, which is always a good time. But really, how can you go wrong with $1.75 beers? Hope to see you there.
aaaaand some tunes.
Vancouver’s Piper Davis
Winnie pals, Rocca with their latest effort
Fesity and Benny G!
Feist + Ben Gibbard – Train Song
Canada’s k-os is keeping hip hop alive. He has an excellent new album out called, “Yes”. I give it 4 out of 5 Winnies. Look out for our upcoming Winnie-TV segment with k-os!!
k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
I’m a sucker for a good cover
Magic Arm – Daft Punk Is Playing In My House (LCD Soundsystem Cover)
And for almost all things Beach Boys
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (Aeroplane Bootleg Remix)
Pharrell’s behind these dudes. This has been out for a while. So far I’ve only found this one single to be good and the other stuff to be more disappointing.
Chester French – She Loves Everybody
Luvs me a TPC remix
Tokyo Police Club – Graves (Nightsweats Remix)
I don’t want to worry about dying,
I just want to worry about sunshine and giiiiiirls.
Tiga‘s been on fire lately. This track builds nicely, vocals come in, teases you with some kicks and effects, then about halfway some heaviness drops.
Bobbing your head, tapping your foot, shaking your hair… the vocals come back in to bring it home. Then, almost unexpectedly, it’s over…
This is the jam for Friday.