• The Dear Hunter (Casey Crescenzo) Chats With + Exclusive Acoustic Set

    24 Oct 2011, 20:53 by Bryanrecommends

    The idea for The Color Spectrum started kicking around in Casey Crescenzo’s head back when he was making Act II. Four-ish years later, the project is now out and we asked him to stop by to play songs from it and gives us the story behind this large undertaking. Click thru for that interview as well as four The Dear Hunter songs played in our studio HERE
  • [My Gang] Jonathan Wilson – Natural Rhapsody : Reco of the Week 24 Sept 11

    24 Sep 2011, 17:02 by Babs_05

    Track: Natural Rhapsody [Soundcloud]
    Artist: Jonathan Wilson
    Album: Gentle Spirit (8 Aug 2011, Bella Union)
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    Something for late summer/start of autumn, when lazy, hazy days of lost afternoons are still to be had and there's another wear or two of those summer dresses.

    This week's recommended track is Natural Rhapsody from Gentle Spirit, technically Jonathan Wilson's second album, the first ending up a little bit lost.

    Background: (from BBC review)
    Wilson may be a new name to us but to the cognoscenti of America’s alt-roots scene he’s a mover and shaker. He has played on Jenny Lewis, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) and Vetiver albums; has produced records for others (check out the equally Canyon-coloured quartet Dawes); and Jackson Browne was his special guest on his UK stage debut. He holds regular jam sessions attended by the above and more besides, from Wilco to The Black Crowes. It’s not hard to hear why his little black book must be bulging. Wilson specialises in vintage gear, and Gentle Spirit sounds like the product of such equipment – warm, wistful and golden-hued, coated in creamed harmonies – but also, crucially, alive.
    Natural Rhapsody comes in at nearly 9 minutes, slow-paced and laid back. A mix of Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien and Pink Floyd, it invites you to escape. The video does much the same, inviting you to a picnic then going a bit Alice in Wonderland.


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  • Jesse Harris’ Master Class: Learn The Art of “Fingerpicking”

    2 Sep 2011, 15:58 by Bryanrecommends

    Like so many other musicians who are just getting started on their instrument, Jesse Harris drew inspiration from the greats when teaching himself to play guitar. American and legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Bob Dylan andJames Taylor were the teachers Harris studied, and each has been a major influence on his career as a singer and songwriter.
    When Street Date asked Harris to participate in the Energizer series, in partnership with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, he immediately suggested we dedicate an episode to “.” Watch as Harris explains the history and the methods behind this age-old skill in this episode of Master Classes.

    Read more: Jesse Harris’ Master Class: Learn The Art of “Fingerpicking”
  • Discover Twin Shadow LIVE from our latest Summer Session

    4 Aug 2011, 21:15 by Bryanrecommends

    Good luck pinning down George Lewis, Jr. into any one musical genre. The mastermind behind the sensational band Twin Shadow has a list of musical influences as long as (or longer than) the list of labels that music writers have tried to stick on him. The band’s 2010 album Forget has quietly built up a dedicated following since its release, gathering adjectives from the press such as “,” “-tinged” and “.” Earlier this summer the band visited Discover for a killer Summer Sessions performance – click through now to watch them perform the title track from the album (“Forget“) plus “Castles in the Snow” and “Can’t Wait.”

    One listen to Lewis’s opening guitar licks on “Forget” and it’s clear that Twin Shadow aren’t just another perky indie-pop band. When the reverb-soaked vocals kick in, the full sonic picture becomes apparent, and it’s clear that there’s more to Twin Shadow than the hype.

    [url=An Electro-Funk Journey With Twin Shadow]Read more & Watch : Twin Shadow Summer Sessions
  • The Naked and Famous Live in Studios

    17 May 2011, 00:27 by Bryanrecommends

    Hailing from New Zealand, The Naked and Famousare hitting stride rather quickly on our shores. “Young Blood,” taken from their impressive debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You has jumped into the Top 15 of the airplay charts. The mixture of synths, guitar and dancefloor beats make this song standout on the radio, on the stage or right in our studio. Check it out for yourself.

    Read more & watch the performance
  • New Hox Vox album: Il Cavallo Spaiato

    27 Apr 2011, 23:54 by Hoxerijo

    Il Cavallo Spaiato is about schizophrenia, music is quite lunatic and moves continuously from avant-prog to glitch/jungle/hardtek, like two clashing identities in same body.

    Song Flipback is inspired by italian showgirl (and icon) Raffaella Carrà and her far above-the-mainstream songs, particularly "Ma Che Musica Maestro". Of course results are less commercial.
    I also made a bebop/avant rework on Jeux d'Eau by Maurice Ravel.



  • [My Gang] Stereolab - Pause : Reco of the Week 12 Apr 11

    12 Apr 2011, 16:26 by Babs_05

    Track: Pause
    Artist: Stereolab
    Album: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements (Elektra, 1993)
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    To celebrate the shiny new pause function for radios [blog post], this week's recommended track is Pause by post-rock pioneers Stereolab from the classic Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements.

    Pause has one of them, a pause, just before the final minute when the track changes tack completely and becomes something else, ramping up the noise and painful distortion. Before that, dream pop is mixed with keyboards, noise, distorted spoken word, drone and fuzzy rock which, with their clever treatment and those gorgeous progressions, offers a moment to stop and reflect before the 18 minute masterpiece, Jenny Ondioline.

    'The Groop's' American debut was not without its problems; the majority of the first 1500 vinyl copies had to be destroyed because of bad pressing quality and one of the tracks had to be re-recorded:

    The original version of this LP had a George Harrison sample on 'Pack Yr Romantic Mind' for which we were denied clearance - we had to re-record the track without the sample but Elektra had already manufactured some promo cassettes with the sample. [Official site]

    Though I was aware of Stereolab in the 90s, like a lot of people, I never really got into them. I appreciated they were good, admired what I heard, but bought something else. Me and everyone else, by the look of things. There is much high praise for 'the groop' and a similar guilt in a lot of user reviews. If I wasn't searching for a song with the word 'pause' in the title today, I wouldn't have found this album.

    The sound is ahead of its time for 1993 (when I was mostly listening to Saint Etienne's Foxbase Alpha and feeding my head with Megadog compilations). From Stereolab's inventiveness came both post-rock and britpop, Damon Albarn being a particular fan.

    Stereolab either legitimized forms of music that were on the fringe of rock, or brought attention to strands of pop music -- bossa nova, lounge-pop, movie soundtracks -- that were traditionally banished from the rock lineage. The group's trademark sound -- a droning, hypnotic rhythm track overlaid with melodic, mesmerizing singsong vocals, often sung in French and often promoting revolutionary, Marxist politics -- was deceptively simple, providing the basis for a wide array of stylistic experiments over the course of their prolific career. Throughout it all, Stereolab relied heavily on forgotten methods of recording, whether it was analog synthesizers and electronics or a fondness for hi-fi test records, without ever sinking to the level of kitsch. [allmusic]

    Once again, wins hands down as my favourite music discovery site. I voted as much here. I like a lot of the other music sites too, but I didn't find this track on them and they didn't make me want to listen to Stereolab's entire discography, so fair's fair. Be sure to submit your vote too.

    Further reading:

    Stereolab - official site - discography
    Stylus Magazine - review
    Wikipedia - Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements - album review


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  • Roger Waters Talks Media, The Meaning Of Life, And Bo Diddley In ’80s Interviews

    25 Mar 2011, 19:28 by Bryanrecommends

    It has turned out to be an eventful year for Roger Waters. He briefly reconciled and reunited with his former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour at the Hoping Foundation charity gig in England last July. And in what is certainly among the most anticipated events of the year, this fall he embarked on a world tour, performing a newly staged 30th anniversary version of his former band’s classic, The Wall.

    Read more and check out the classic WNEW interview
  • [My Gang] FOUND – Shallow : Reco of the Week 15 Mar 11

    15 Mar 2011, 17:27 by Babs_05

    Track: Shallow [ Spotify | We7 | Soundcloud ]
    Artist: Found
    Album: factorycraft (Chemikal Underground, 14 Mar 2011)
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    They had me at I only ever wanted to put my tongue in your dimples.

    My recommendation of the week is the standout track, Shallow, from the new album, factorycraft, released this week.

    Characterised by melty shoegaze swoons, surfy garage and Cocteau Twins pedal board, this catchy track shimmers whilst it bounces, slipping and sliding along the way. It is the only one on the album to have this treatment, making it memorable and moreish. The video, frustratingly, is only an edit. There isn't a full video for this track yet.

    [Ziggy Campbell on Shallow]: This track was painfully difficult to get sounding right at Chem 19. Paul Savage agonised over it. At one point I declared it a complete write-off before Paul turned it round and managed to make it (in my opinion) one of the finest moments on Factorycraft. It’s a eulogy to all the empty factories, shops and houses in my dying hometown. (The Skinny)

    I was torn between this and album closer, Blendbetter.
    [Ziggy Campbell] The lyrics for this one include a slightly out of place nod to 80s blue-eyed soul boys Hue & Cry. I’ll say no more on that matter. We used a deliberately out-of-tune guitar and a sample of a hoover to create the moody, sci-fi inspired backdrop to this song. The outro features the only live drums on the entire record, which I insisted on playing much to everyone’s annoyance… because I’m painfully shite. We recorded all the vocals in one day due to a tight budget. I remember screaming the last colourful line of this tune right before my voice packed in. (The Skinny)

    (Source: MySpace)

    Formed in Aberdeen and now based in Edinburgh, FOUND do exactly that, take what they find and see what they can do with the sound it makes.
    FOUND began life as an experimental arts collective putting on many weird and wonderful events in art galleries, warehouses and even storage containers.

    Their most recent project, an emotional robot band called Cybraphon, captured the attention of the world’s press. Since its unveiling at the Edinburgh International Festival at the start of August, Cybraphon has been featured on national newspapers across the world (e.g. China, Brazil, Italy, Spain, UK), made the top story on the homepage of and has been covered by CNN and TV networks internationally including BBC’s primetime arts show The Culture Show. In November 2009 Cybraphon won a Scottish BAFTA in the Best Interactive category.

    FOUND made their American debut at SXSW in March 2009 and followed up with a string of performances at CMJ in October 2009 where Brooklyn Vegan picked them out as ones to watch. In the UK they have built up a strong fan base and highlights of their live career to date include the BBC Electric Proms, T in the Park, Triptych, Brighton’s Great Escape, the Fence Collective’s ‘Homegame’ festival and Hydro Connect Festival. (Official site)

    The album has a lo-fi, roughly finished sort of feel to it, with space for the sounds to breathe. Lead singer Ziggy doesn't disguise his Scottish accent, notably on Johnny I Can't Walk The Line, with the line Johnny I just cannae / Cannae walk the line. This track has one foot in OMD and the other in Ennio Morricone.

    Album opener, Anti Climb Paint, features Nuala Kennedy on harmony. It sets the tone with jagged edged but gentle folk rock that sits apart from the average. It's the second track, I'll Wake With A Seismic Head No More, where my favourite line (above) comes from, that tells you how intelligent this album is. Machine Age Dancing is the most commercial sounding track and is followed by the glam Blackette. By this point, you're listening beyond the familiar indie rock to the glitchy electronica and whirrs and squeaks, admiring what they're doing with it. And this is where Shallow comes in. The second half of the album is slightly overshadowed by this track but carries on regardless, finishing on the brilliant psychedelic Blendbetter.

    This album is outside the box whilst standing within it. The music spills out and soars around you, dazzling and confusing with its unexpected twists and references, done in a familiar and acceptable way. This is how you push people beyond their comfort zones without them feeling it.

    Further reading and info:
    Twitter: @foundtheband!/foundtheband
    BBC review
    FOUND’s Factorycraft: a track by track tour by Ziggy Campbell, 01 Mar 2011


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  • Apskaft's Battleship Potemkin is online

    9 Mar 2011, 12:56 by Hoxerijo

    In Apskaft we decided one year ago to rebuild Battleship Potemkin soundtrack. This project remained in queue until last autumn, when we splitted movie in scenes and random assign parts. I offered myself as video editor, so in end of october the project started, actually.

    This is my part:

    I finished to mount final movie on 13 february, and we uploaded it on Youtube (HD 1080p) and Internet Archive (640x360) the day after, so 17 february is the official release date.

    We released the album as usual on Last.FM
    and this time also on Internet Archive.