Archive | Hot Chip

"08/09" from XL promises stellar year in releases

From M.I.A's "Kala" to Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and every musical tidbit in between, XL Recordings has released a cavalcade of music in the last year or so. Obviously, they're real darn excited over at XL, because they've put out a compilation, "08/09", of tracks they've been tinkering with and some they are prepping for release […]

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Lily Allen covers The Clash with Mick Jones, Hold Steady covers Bruce…

I know we just got done with the 2008 lists, but this one's clamoring for my top compilation spot for '09 already! Not only is the track list out of the stratosphere, but a portion of the proceeds go to charity, too. Read on (bracketed emphasis mine, obvi): WAR CHILD ANNOUNCE HEROES FULL TRACK LIST […]

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Erik Gonzalez's best o' 2008

It has now been 2.5 years since I moved out of Seattle for the Golden State. I've slowly drifted out of the NW music culture, so sometimes I wonder if I know what to say on TIG these days. Combine that with the fact that I was so distracted from music for a lot of […]

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Made in the Dark


If we were to compare Hot Chip’s Made in the Dark to their 2006 album, The Warning, in, let’s say, military terms, it would be something like calling the latter a sniper on the rooftop covertly picking off baddies while the former is a strike-force of a dozen B-52s with enough tactical weaponry to return […]

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NME Top 10, found yet again, this time subsumed by the evils of MTV2

Well, NME might have finally jumped the shark by totally ceding control of their Top 10 songs to MTV2 UK, or at least that is what it seems to me. After months of searching for the NME top 10, I did finally find it on the MTV2 website, or at least what it claims is […]

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Shortlist Award for Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Although I don't fully understand the "Shortlist" awards, they have announced their, ahem, shortlist for the 2006 award. The Shortlist award is "a peer-selected award that recognizes the most creative and adventurous albums of the year" (um okay) and made their 10 album nomination list. The winner will be announced "in May". I get the […]

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Hot Chip at Webster Hall

Show Date: April 20, 2007

I became a Hot Chip fan in the summer of 2006 when I heard “Colours” (yes there is a “u,” they’re from London) and fell completely under its synth-drenched spell. Since then, “Over and Over” has been a staple of indie clubs and late-night bedroom dance parties since the band’s second album, The Warning, was […]

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A Mix of New Music Found While Clearing Off Erik Gonzalez's Desk

(Somewhere deep within the TIG Fortress) Ah, there is nothing like that feeling you get when you have it all under control. Finally, I can sit back, relax and really start to enjoy 2006. Sure, it took a little while to get things under control but now I can focus on writing quality reviews of […]

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