Jessie F. Keeler’s headquarters are set up in Toronto. You most likely know him from his duo with Sebastien Grainger, Death From Above 1979. This rip-roaring band employs only Jessie on bass and synth and Sebastien on drums and vocals. That’s right, no lead guitar! They claim to have met each other on a pirate ship, or sometimes they claim it was a gay bar or a prison. Who knows?
Last year, the band toured with Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails. I unfortunately couldn’t go, but I know a lot of SOBs who did and they said DFA1979 were far more impressive that QOTSA, even though they opened first. Their sound comes off as quite infectious to anyone who has a small place in their heart for metal.
Jessie also has a side project called MSTRKRFT (read:MasterKraft) along with Alex Puodziukas, formerly of Girls are Short. Together they have already done a number of fantastic remixes for the likes of Juliette and the Licks, Metric, The Kills, Bloc Party, Wolfmother, Buck 65, and many more. They are slated to release their LP The Looks on July 18th. Their first single Easy Love came out back in January. I must say that despite being a cool song, the video is a little much. I thought about posting the video for either this song or the MSTRKRFT remix of "Sexy Results" directly in the thread, but later decided against it.
The remix of Black History Month features Final Fantasy, a cool solo artist (Owen Pallett) who is also from Toronto. Enjoy the Tunes!
[mp3] Death from above 1979 - Blood on our Hands
[mp3] Death from above 1979 - Black History Month (Girl On Girl Featuring Final Fantasy Remix)
[mp3] MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
[mp3] Bloc Party - Two More Years (MSTRKRFT Remix)
[mp3] Buck 65 - Kennedy Killed the Hat (MSTRKRFT Remix)
[mp3] Metric - Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)
[mp3] Wolfmother - Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)
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