Monthly Archives: July 2009
So I know I can be a bit behind on things, and this is a perfect example. I don’t know how it has taken me so long to come across this wonderful site, and if it wasn’t for Ben I still wouldn’t know about it. Daytrotter gives “you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.” As of today, they have served up 649 sessions, all available to download for free. How good is that?! Daytrotter’s list of artists is so impressive that I became a kid in a candy shop. I was only planning on posting 2-3 songs, but the list grew to 6 and if I hadn’t forced myself to stop looking then I’m sure it would have easily grown bigger.
Tricky – Dear God,
Spoon – Peace Like a River
Annuals – Ida, My
Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Bon Iver – Lump Sum
It may just be this cool Colorado summer, but the snow season seems just around the corner. Or maybe it’s that it really is just around the corner, with snowmaking operations less than two months away! I’m very excited for this season and am looking forward to trying to double my days spent on the hill last season. The more I think about it, the more I start to get anxious. In order to try and fill the void until the lifts start operations, I’ll be posting a new snowboard trailer, or two, each week.
To kick things off is Neverland by Absinthe Films. The title graphics look nice and although the editing is better than most, I’d still say it’s only so-so. But with a rider list that includes Travis Rice, Nicolas Müller, Romain deMarchi, DCP, Eero Ettala, Gigi Rüf and many others, Neverland is sure to be one of the years best films.
As a little bonus, an upcoming German production company asked us to post their trailer. Although the riding isn’t on par with Neverland, for obvious reasons, it’s still a fun little flick to check out. And besides, I always like supporting people that are trying to make their dreams happen, so here is the trailer for S-Cut Productions film In Between.
P.S. I hope everyone decides to use Vimeo as their video sharing site this year. It’s just such a nice compression and video player.
Nico Stai is an independent artist coming out of Los Angeles. In fact he’s so independent that it’s been hard to find much info about him, but what I can tell you is that it doesn’t take a “Bio” to get hooked on his music. I could care less about finding anything else out about him, as long as I find out whenever he drops new music. Released in November ’08, his most recent album was The Victory of Miss Friday How to Bury Your Heart and the Five Songs You Died For. He has 3 albums available on itunes, I recommend purchasing them all. Nico will be sure to go down with the likes of Bob Dylan, Greg Dulli, and Jeff Buckley. For more information on Nico you can find him on Facebook or MySpace.
What happens when “two of the alt-rock era’s greatest frontmen” come together? You get some of the greatest albums released in the 2000’s, and that’s exactly what we’ve got from the collaborations between Greg Dulli And Mark Lanegan. The first of their projects was The Twilight Singers. They have released 4 albums, the last of which came out in 2006. Dulli has begun work on a new album slated to be released in 2010. After The Twilight Singers, came The Gutter Twins. This is the most recent work between the two artists and has been received with amazing amounts of praise. The two are currently on tour as the Gutter Twins, but unfortunately for us there are no U.S. tour dates remaining.
Another wonderful project that Mark Lanegan has contributed is Soulsavers. Starting with the album It’ Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land, Lanegan has been a lead vocalist and contributing songwriter. Soulsavers have a new album, Broken, set to be released on August 17, 2009. You can hear two singles off Broken on the Soulsavers’ MySpace page. The video for Revival is a must see (below).
Nico Stai – Dead Pony
The Twilight Singers – Please Stay (Once You Go Away)
The Gutter Twins – God’s Children
Soulsavers – Ask the Dust
Soulsavers – Revival
There has obviously been a lot of Twitter hype over the past 6 months, so I finally caved in. It’s been pretty fun and I’ve enjoyed learning about new people (or at least who they perceive themselves to be). I’ve got the Diafero site integrated in with Twitter, from both ends. Any new posts from the Diafero blog will be linked directly to the Diafero Twitter Feed (via Post to Twitter). As well, the Diafero blog is now showing my five last Twitter updates in the sidebar (via Twitter for WordPress).
Twitter will be a nice viaduct to everything Diafero. So come join up and follow Diafero!
You may or may not know, but Diafero is the evolution of IdiomLife.com. I had a lot of fun with Idiom. It opened up some good doors and helped me learn a lot. But there comes a time when you have to move on to something new. A time to wipe the slate clean and really focus in on what you want to accomplish. Idiom started to go astray from my true aspirations. That’s not to say it went in a bad direction, just different. There was some pretty good content to come out of the Idiom project that I don’t want to just completely disappear, so I have archived those articles here in the Diafero Collective blog.
I know I’ve been dragging my heels with new blog posts. Been busy. Been stressed. Been unmotivated. Here are some songs that have been pushing me through regardless.
Thanks to following Todd Richards on twitter, I got Sunset Rubdown‘s recently released album Dragonslayer. It has been a joy to listen to. Also thanks to Todd and his opinion that although he really likes Sunset Rubdown, the side project isn’t as good as the original. That obviously triggered me to find out who the original is. I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to come across Wolf Parade, but it did. I’ve heard, and liked, many of their songs for a long time, but never investigated who this great band was. I’m just happy to have finally added them to my library.
Wolf Parade – Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts
Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart
Bonobo – If You Stayed Over (featuring Fink)
Wolf Parade – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake
If you’re not watching this show, you should be. The Cleaner, on A&E Tuesdays at 10/9c, is a new show based on the redemption story of Warren Boyd. Two episodes into it’s sophomore season, The Cleaner seems to be picking up some steam and getting quite a bit of good press. “Starring Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates employ an unconventional – and often by any means necessary – approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they’ve reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa and their children through an unusual relationship with God.”
Basically, in my own words, the show is a refreshingly emotional and powerful offering in a sea of increasingly dull, dry, and ridiculous television. Both the first two episodes of the new season have had me choked up by the end. With a new season comes a new budget, and they are using their new budget wisely. You can see the cinematic difference in quality between seasons 1 & 2, as well as the licensing of some wonderful closing songs. The promos are making great use of Hallelujah (performed by Ari Hest), episode one ended with 9 Crimes by Damien Rice, and episode two with When the Night Comes by Dan Auerbach.
For those looking to simply be entertained, you may want to watch something else. But if you want to feel and be inspired this is a must see. You can watch full episodes of The Cleaner on AETV.com or catch them on OnDemand.
Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
Dan Auerbach – When the Night Comes