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OmmWriter + Hot Chip + Bear in Heaven

Written by : Posted on March 18, 2010 : 2 Comments
Hot Chip's I Feel Better

I wrote the draft to this post using OmmWriter. If you have a Mac I highly recommend this free application. It’s great to just quiet everything down and type your thoughts out in a nice peaceful environment with all your distractions removed.

I know it’s been too long, sorry. I’ve been busy trying to make things happen, as well as simply pay the bills. There’s some great stuff that I’m really looking forward to release in 2010. On the industrial front I’ve been working on a new platform bed, a couch set, and a wall clock. Also, my new portfolio is getting really close to being done. I’m excited to be able to share it with you all soon.

On the personal side of things, I have a new obsession that scares the shit out of me but I’m in love with it. I may or may not give more details in the future. Sorry to be such a tease.

Enough about me, here are some treats for you to enjoy.

Hot Chip released their new album One Life Stand last month and I’ve really been enjoying it thus far. Their latest single I Feel Better has one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time. It’s totally ridiculous and will leaving you pondering “what… the… fuck… just… happened?” And that’s what makes it so great! Props to Peter Serafinowicz for directing such a rad video.

The next band, Bear in Heaven, received the “Best New Music” award from Pitchfork Media for their album Beast Rest Forth Mouth.

Hot Chip – We Have Love

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Bear in Heaven – Ultimate Satisfaction

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Bear in Heaven – You Do You

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Hot Chip – I Feel Better

Tomorrow, in a Year

Written by : Posted on October 27, 2009 : No Comments

Tomorrow in a Year

Not only is this my second post of the day, this one again has Karin Dreijer Andersson, of Fever Ray and The Knife, at the center of the topic. If you don’t know about Fever Ray or The Knife then I feel bad for you because you have been missing out on the amazing art they create. If you do know about them, then you probably know all about the Darwin Electro-Opera that Karin and brother Olof Dreijer have been working on. Tomorrow, in a Year premiered September 2nd at Hotel Pro Forma to great reviews and is currently on tour throughout Europe. Unfortunately, I can’t find any rumors or plans for the show to come to the States. I guess we’ll have to settle for the studio recording, set to be released early 2010, and hopefully a DVD (fingers-crossed). Other Musical collaborators include Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. Judging by the videos Hotel Pro Forma has posted, I think it would be absolutely spectacular to have the privilege of witnessing this performance live, and even more so in an elevated state (if you know what I’m saying).

Here is the description from Hotel Pro Forma’s website:

The world seen through the eyes of Charles Darwin forms the basis for the performance Tomorrow, in a Year. Theatre production company Hotel Pro Forma’s striking visuals blend with pop-duo The Knife’s ground-breaking music to create a new species of electro-opera.

An opera singer, a pop singer and an actor perform The Knife’s music and represent Darwin, time and nature on stage. Six dancers form the raw material of life. Together with the newest technology in light and sound, our image of the world as a place of incredible variation, similarity and unity is re-discovered.

Tomorrow, in a Year – A Darwin Electro-Opera

Colouring of Pigeons, from Tomorrow, in a Year

Tomorrow, in a Year is a performance that, with its exquisite scenic narrative technique and boldly exploratory music, shifts the positions of operatic art in a single leap… The Knife do not stick to the forms they have already mastered and their own internationally recognised sound. In Tomorrow, in a Year they actually play Darwin himself, bringing into play the entire tradition of electronic music.

With mezzo-soprano Kristina Wahlin in blinding red, standing upright with a staff in her hand as though she were guarding something holy, with a voice that reaches the heavens. It’s beautiful! Strøbech wanders, like the romanticist and scientist that he is, convincingly in Darwin’s footsteps and respectively in his shadow… The collaboration with The Knife is pure genius.

Certain frequences in the performance make the chairs at the Royal Theatre vibrate… Darwin’s world is brought to life in front of our eyes.

I am so jealous that I will likely never have the chance to experience this performance!

Night of the Vampire

Written by : Posted on October 27, 2009 : No Comments
Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray

Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray

Last night I was listening to the new Resident Advisor podcast put together by Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray and The Knife. She is by far one of the best artist for a Halloween themed mix. The mix is great, especially for background listening while working, but I wasn’t really going to write a post about it. That is until I got to the 52 minute mark and Entombed’s cover of Night of the Vampire came on. I haven’t really listened to metal for quite awhile, but when this blasted in, it broke me out of my work trance and got me head-banging. After the little jam session I knew I had to share this for others to enjoy.

Karin Dreijer Andersson – Halloween Mix

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Tracklisting
  1. Neil Young – Guitar Solo 1
  2. Yo La Tengo – Everyday
  3. Journey To Ixtlan – Corpse On The Mesa
  4. Jad & David Fair – Nosferatu
  5. Zola Jesus – Devil Take You
  6. Bruce Haack – Mean Old Devil
  7. Krause – Duo Canopolis
  8. Burial Hex – Will To Chapel
  9. Suicide – Ghost Rider
  10. Amadou & Miriam – Ja Pense À Toi
  11. Shackleton – Death Is Not Final
  12. Entombed – Night of the Vampire
  13. Maddalena Fagandini – Interval Signals
  14. Burundi: Musiques Traditionnelles – Chant Avec Cithare

For those of you that don’t have any patience, here is the single of Night of the Vampire as covered by Entombed. The original song was written and performed by the criminally insane, but brilliant, Roky Erickson.

Entombed – Night of the Vampire

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Roky Erickson – Night of the Vampire (acoustic)

Jay-Z: Chronology of Cover Art

Written by : Posted on September 25, 2009 : 20 Comments

In order to promote Jay-Z‘s new album, The Blueprint 3, and the early release by Rhapsody, New York’s Droga5 has produced a great commercial that takes you through the life of Jay-Z’s cover art.

The first time I saw the commercial I was amazed and wanting to listen to every Jay-Z song in my library. The commercial definitely succeeded in hyping his new album, however, now that I’ve had the chance to watch the commercial a few times it’s not perfect and it left me wishing for something more. Firstly, I wish the covers were represented in chronological order. Two, it’s as if they got lazy with planning out the ending, they just fade to the cover of The Blueprint 3? What is that?! Why couldn’t they finish it in the same “on set” style as the rest of the piece? It probably wouldn’t have been too hard either, considering the cover for the new album isn’t CG (see video below). Trés, they use some pretty mediocre screen wipes in post to link the scenes together. I think with a bit more time and planning this could have been accomplished in a single take and that would have made the commercial AMAZING!

Heir to the Throne Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

The Blueprint (2001)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint

The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse (2002)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Blueprint ²: The Gift & the Curse

The Black Album (2003)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Kingdom Come (2006)

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come

American Gangster (2007)

Photograph by Arthur Elgort

Jay-Z - American Gangster

The Blueprint 3 (2009)

Photograph by Dan Tobin Smith

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Kyle Andrews + Thrice + Julian Plenti

Written by : Posted on August 20, 2009 : No Comments

Kyle Andrews - Real Blasty

I rather enjoyed the song featured in Isenseven’s Let’s Go Get Lost trailer. So naturally I looked into the artist a bit more was very pleased. Not only does Kyle Andrews have one of the most sweetical looking boombox audio players on his site, but the music coming out of the speakers is also Real Blasty and a good listen.

With Thrice being plagued by a leaked album months before the release date, they went ahead and decided to release a digital version early with the hard copy to be released on September 15th that will include extra material. I think this is possible one of their best albums to date. It’s definitely their most mature sounding. Here’s what they had to say about the leak:

“Obviously, we’re incredibly disappointed with what happened. We understand that records leak constantly and that it’s almost entirely unavoidable nowadays, but we never thought we’d have to deal with a record leaking three months before it’s release date, and certainly never thought we’d have to deal with a leak before anyone in the band had even gotten a master reference of the record, or before the artwork for the booklet had even been completed. We’re also disappointed that you’re hearing the record for the first time, watermarked, with a Vagrant Records voiceover over every song. And we’re disappointed that the leak has thrown a massive and immovable wrench into the efforts that many people have made to prepare for the three months leading up to release. That said, what’s done is done, and we’re moving forward.” You can read the rest of Thrice’s statement here.

Interpol lead singer Paul Banks has released his first solo album Julian Plenti… Is Skyscraper. I’ve always loved his voice and I’m really enjoying the album so far. He also has some weird ass videos on the Julian Plenti Vimeo page, but I love them!

Kyle Andrews – I wanted to Paint a Rainbow

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Thrice – Beggars

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Julian Plenti – Only if You Run

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Julian Plenti – Games For Days

Flashbulb Fires + Talking Heads + Y.A.T.S.

Written by : Posted on August 3, 2009 : No Comments

The Flashbulb Fires

If you follow me on Twitter then you have probably read some of my twats recently about the @Flashbulb Fires. My friend Pat McGuire is the lead vocalist and pianist for Flashbulb Fires and I’ve enjoyed watching his, I say “his” because oddly enough I’ve never really met the rest of the band, progression as an artist. He/They really have grown leaps and bounds. My recent twating about Flashbulb Fires has been in regards to two things:

First, they have been recording and producing their new album Glory, on track to be released later this Fall, and as a gift to their fans they have made two of the songs off the new album available for FREE! Since downloading the songs I have been quite addicted, listening to them double digit times per day. So I’ll say it again, go download the two new Flashbulb Fires’ songs, what do you have to lose? It’s free.

Second, I am very excited to let everyone know that I’m going to be involved in the artwork for their new album. The only way I happily take on pro-bono work is if I’m extremely excited about the project and if I see potential in the outcome. And obviously I’m excited for this opportunity and see a lot of potential in the Flashbulb Fires and their new album. It’s going to be big and I know they are going to kill it, I feel fortunate they’re allowing me to be a part of it and wish them the best of luck. Stayed tuned for more as we get further into the artwork.

I don’t know if Pat remembers this story, but when Pat was a freshman in High School I was his room leader on a youth trip to San Francisco. I wasn’t the most responsible kid back then and one morning we all slept in, missing the departure of the rest of the group. My dad lives in the Bay Area so I felt comfortable leading my roomies to Pier 39, trying to catch up with the rest of the group. But really, I didn’t have much of an idea if we were even going in the right direction. During our hour(s) long trip there was plenty of complaining, sore feet, tired pouting, and “scary” situations. In the end we eventually met up with the group, but I’m pretty sure the guys hated me for awhile. Haha.

Beyond their main pop singles that I recognize and many songs that I didn’t realize was them, I’ve never really dove into the music of the Talking Heads. I find this fact very odd since many, many of the bands I enjoy were heavily influenced by them. For example, Radiohead got their name from the Talking Heads song Radio Head. I recently got the Talking Heads discography and have found many gems beyond all their radio popular songs.

If you’re a fan of Pinback, you’ll be a fan of Years Around the Sun. They released a remix EP over the weekend and it sounds great. All 4 songs, remixed by Ginormous and The Protist, will fit perfectly into your late night electro playlist.

Flashbulb Fires – Revenge

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Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

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Years Around the Sun – In the Lights (Ginormous Remix)

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Years Around the Sun – Failing at Art

Daytrotter.com is Absolutely Wonderful

Written by : Posted on July 31, 2009 : No Comments

Daytrotter - Tricky

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,

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Spoon – Peace Like a River

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Annuals – Ida, My

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Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds

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Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

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Bon Iver – Lump Sum

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Nico Stai + Dulli & Lanegan + Soulsavers

Written by : Posted on July 27, 2009 : No Comments

Soulsavers - Not How Far You Fall

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

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The Twilight Singers – Please Stay (Once You Go Away)

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The Gutter Twins – God’s Children

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Soulsavers – Ask the Dust

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Soulsavers – Revival

Wolf Parade + Rubdown + Bonobo

Written by : Posted on July 15, 2009 : No Comments

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.

Another artist recently added to my library is Bonobo. I heard one of his songs on Rescue Me and it instantly got added to my Current Listens playlist.

Wolf Parade – Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts

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Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart

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Bonobo – If You Stayed Over (featuring Fink)

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Wolf Parade – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake

The Sounds + CocoRosie & Projects

Written by : Posted on June 19, 2009 : No Comments

The Sounds

One of my favorite bands, The Sounds, have recently released their new album and I’m totally loving it. Not just because I’m attracted to Maja and her hot voice, but because it’s still the same amazing style of music they’re known for along with progression and adventure into new sounds. Their new album, Crossing the Rubicon, puts me into a good mood every time I listen to it, which has been a lot lately. I know The Sounds are one band that I’ll be extremely upset with myself if I don’t see them live before it’s too late. I’m pretty booked out for the next 2 months so I’m thinking I’ll deserve a little vacation come August, The Sounds in Sweden anyone?

I don’t know much about CocoRosie yet, other than what I’ve read on Wikipedia. But what I do know is they sound different than most the stuff I listen too, and I totally like it. So I thought I’d share them with you.

Sierra, the younger sister of CocoRosie, has also started another band with friend Matteah Baim called Metallic Falcons. Their album, Desert Doughnuts, was released by older sister’s label, Voodoo Eros Records. Again, different but definitely starting to grow on me.

The Sounds – My Lover

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CocoRosie – Werewolf

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Metallic Falcons – Airships

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The Sounds – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake