January 30, 2010
January 28, 2010
Family Band | EP (2009) | Stream (or order a generous handmade copy while meeting those requests is still realistic for them)
On the 5 tracks self-coined as "heavy mellow" eerie folk, Family Band appear to know exactly what they want from this process. It makes sense to learn that it all stems from a reclusive and beautiful setting (explained in recent interview). That video pieced together footage of the couple's first days working on their upstate property. Again, it all makes sense.
January 26, 2010
"Fuck you, where's your band? And you, grey skirt, eat my dick."
- Cullen Omori's response to a random heckling couple near the front.
Here's that song, captured (very well) by the drummer's aunt or uncle, according to YouTube:
January 24, 2010
Haiti Benefit w/ Zach Galifianakis, Britt Daniel, St. Vincent, Justin Vernon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg [Brooklyn; 01/23/10]
"...ended up brushing shoulders with Janeane Garofalo who is the tiniest human being I have ever seen...she is like 4'11'. Wyatt Cenac was funny. Then came Britt Daniels (of Spoon) with White Rabbits frontman Stephen Patterson. They had such a good time on stage together, you can tell they were buds. Janeane Garofalo came next - she has the smartest humor and is a strong rooted New Yorker. Made a ton of jokes about the L train and hipsters which the crowd took very warmly to. Gosh she's tiny. St. Vincent went on and sounded like the lovely thing she is. Someone yelled while she was setting up 'show us your bush?', In which she replied, 'that is the strangest thing someone has ever said to me...on or off stage'. Adorable. Following was Zach Galifianakis who everyone was undeniably waiting for. It really looked like he just rolled out of bed, picked up some papers from a table and walked on stage totally winging his whole act...hilarious. Alas came Vernon (aka Bon Iver). His voice sounded just as amazing it does on record. The room was at its most quiet during "Flume" (video). Unreal. He was the last act but did say something about a special guest (My Brightest Diamond/Megafaun), I had to leave early, I imagine it rounded out the benefit nicely. Really awesome that these guys all came together.'Watch Vincent and Vernon cover Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" here. UPDATE: BV has the full story up with some wonderful pics, here. Thanks for the plug!
January 22, 2010
Download | tUnE-yArDs | BiRd-DrOpPiNgS EP (2009, .rar)
It's clear, on her former contributions to Sister Suvi (grab Now I Am Champion here), and especially on her own, Garbus is a force. Her solo debut BiRd-BrAiNs (grab here) was of the most inventive (and best) releases of 2009. And she wasn't done. This is a 4 song EP where the wow-ing with originality continues. More cuts, loops, afro-beat highs, R&B lows...an all-out untaggable sound.
January 18, 2010
Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has ushered in a new kind of disco beast on Real Life Is No Cool. Credit the sexually charged vocals of Christabelle (also known as Solale) for some of that, or the shamelessly pulsating beats, or what Lindstrøm himself calls the "structured chaos" of this collaboration.
"Lovesick" charges down a catwalk, nude. "Baby Can't Stop" borrows the horn section from Off The Wall and gets away with it. "High & Low" lays down a slow-jam spoken word that would make that deep bass dude from Boyz II Men blush. And the attention to detail (you'd expect from a guy that had a 29 minute track on his last album) is not the least bit cheapened by all the fun.
January 16, 2010
Download | RxRy | RxRy (2010)
January 15, 2010
Download | Mixtape | Underwater Peoples Winter Review
January 12, 2010
A new year has begun and it’s time to throw out all of 2009’s best-of-lists and start again with a nice clean slate. “Forehear” is a collection of music that has and will come out over the next 12 months. It’s a grab bag of new stuff from old favorites like Spoon, The Magnetic Fields and Hot Chip mixed with fresh faced up and comers like The Soft Pack, Best Coast and Local Natives. You’ll also find some old friends with new names: Indie music slut Danger Mouse harnesses James Mercer’s life-changing-pipes for a new project called Broken Bells. Jónsi Birgisson steps out of the shadows of his band mates in Sigor Ros and his boyfriend in Riceboy Sleeps for his first solo outing aptly titled Jónsi. Now don’t get too excited. This mix is just the tip of 2010’s musical iceberg. With giddily anticipated albums from Radiohead, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire, 2010 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year. Even more exciting is the unknown: What anonymous troubadours are going to create the most deafening buzz this year? Who’s the next next? Will there really be a new Strokes album this year? Those questions and more will be answered in the months to come. For now, just let these tunes wet your ear’s appetite.
January 11, 2010
All was put at ease when Cox aka Atlas Sound took the stage (while I did the "hey there's my friend" trick to the front, thanks Ashley). I've seen him perform with Deerhunter before, but never on his own. With a diorama of majestic bison at his back, he took us through some intimate solo work. As would be the case throughout the set, his opener was drenched in reverb and layered for days, introducing a hypnotic command of both freeform dreamscapes and complex, well-practiced structures. It was like watching a perfect song spontaneously written in slow motion. His tools: a guitar, harmonica, mixer, looping pedal and voice - sometimes raw, sometimes intoxicated by effects.
He too was digging the the taxidermy surroundings, likening it to his own childhood hamsters - a funny story that broke into an ode to his dad, and a crowd participation chant, which was repeated on itself and released over a very heartfelt "Criminals". More Logos songs would take familiar shape and then float away in unrestrained holes of time, with Cox never losing his whereabouts. A cutesy version of "Walkabout" ended on a metallic strum that founded the start of "Sheila"; it was one effortless transition after another. He declared the last song to also be his favorite (a rare disclosure for most musicians). "Attic Lights" must have been doubled, if not tripled in length here, ranging from a wall of piercing howls to a warmth of melodies - a true finale, and quite simply, Cox's artistic existence in a nutshell.
January 8, 2010
Download | Small Black | Small Black EP (2009, .rar)
From Pictureplane's Best of 09':
"I was lucky enough to meet and play two shows with these dudes, and they blew me away. They sound like some sort of alternative cool kid house party that takes place in a movie from the 90s. A house party where everything goes right, you get the girl and jump in the pool with all your clothes on..."
While "Despicable Dogs" is its moving single (along with a remix from Washed Out), Small Black EP is able to hold that basic vibe throughout. 'Minimal Casio noise pop' ballads like "Bad Lover" and "Lady In The Wires" get a little less minimal with every listen. More please.
January 7, 2010
Download | Toro Y Moi | Causers Of This (2010)
It's not too far off from the aforementioned subgenre (making that cure more like a bloody mary or something), but this shouldn't be restricted to just one bin. Chaz Bundick's beats are plenty woozy and every bit as edible as those from Washed Out/Neon Indian/etc (what The Wire coined "hypnagogic pop"). That comparison though says little about how diverse and danceable this can get. Chill/dreamy/'glo'-ey, sure, but someone invited R&B, hip hop, and prog rock to this party and shit got interesting. All lines have been blurred. If you aren't already, get in.
And grab the cover of MJ's "Human Nature" he did for the BUTTERxFACE girls here. YES.
January 4, 2010
The 2007 original:
He gave some words on the performance art piece over at Stereogum. Plenty where that came from, my personal favorite: "Visual Manipulation At The Apollo Theatre".