‘Quick Canal’ video from Atlas sound featuring Stereolab`s Laetitia Sadier. Killer song and video.
Archive for November, 2009
Los Angeles’ lo-fi pop oufit Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have been signed to 4AD. The group are currently recording their first record for the label, due spring 2010. Previously on Paw Tracks, where they recorded 3 albums for the Haunted Graffiti series. Listen to their nostalgic/ experimental/ pop sound.
A wonderful winter compilation from a great little label – Bladen county records. A Moveable feast (named after the set of memoires of E. Hemingway) is a very unique and interesting collection of songs. It was zipped on my desktop for awhile and I have just extracted it and the timing is perfect. It is Friday afternoon and the Sabbath came in and its all so quite around here, and the songs are so touching and beautiful.
This are some real good songs from bunch of artists and friends of this label. Artists such as Ritchie Young, Team Evil, Alan Singley and Blue horns. My favorites of this record are ‘Jeremy Frank’ by Team evil,’ Feet of lead’ by Oh captain my captain, ‘Whalebelly’ by Autopilot – a unique sounding waltz (listen to it below), A great little song be Sean Finn, and an awesome last tune by Alan Singley – ‘Rice Pudding.
Physical copies of the comp will be available Dec 11th at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR) for the Bladen County Records Showcase Show. Doors at 8:30. $5. 21
Reverb heaven – acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies drowned in reverb . This is what Morning star, the track that opens The Everyday Visuals new album sounds like . The album showcases well crafted songs, rich vocal harmonies the reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel songs, great sounding guitars and guitar licks, to make a long story short, great pop songs.
The Everyday visuals current lineup: Christopher Pappas (vocals, guitar, keys), Eli Scheer(guitar, vocals, keys), Joseph Seiders (drums, vocals, keys), Chris Zembower (moral support, credited as a friend), Kyle Fredrickson (guitar, keys). There are so many reviews of this band that I have read, but there is one remark I remember: The everday Visuals might be making coffeehouse pop music, but it would pot a smile on the most jaded of indie snobs. Check out the stunning intro piece of their album. (out on CD baby and itunes)
Eli Janney is a multi platinum producer/ mixer/ engineer born and raised in Washington DC, learning the art of recording under the masterful ears of Don Zientara (‘Minor threat’, ‘Fugazi‘) and working with DC`s finest ( ‘Nation of Ulysses’, ‘Shudder to think‘ and ‘Jawbox’ ). Eventually started working as an engineer with producer Ted Niceley. In 1991 has moved to NY to persue a musical career with ‘Girls against Boys’, working on six albums and going out on the road with the band. During that time he was getting into remixing , and remixed groups like ‘Garbage‘, ‘Rage against the machine’, ‘Sneaker pimps’. In 2003 he had retired from touring to concentrate in studio life and since then worked with producers like Steve Lillywhite, and bands like ‘The soft pack’, ‘Holly F**k’, ‘Wilco‘, ‘Delamarca‘. ( Photo: In the studio w/ ‘The soft pack’ )
This is the first of a series of Lofiles interviews. Coming up next: ‘Apse’ and ‘Olafur Arnalds’.
Olafur Arnalds came up with the idea of ‘Found songs’, 7 songs he recorded in seven days, tracks that were available for free download on the Erased tapes site (his current label). The tracks are mainly short piano pieces, beautiful beautiful sad sounding, inspired a wealth of artwork from his fans. My favorite ones are by an artist I know nothing of, called Brian Hegarty. His works are mainly collage and paint on postcards. Check out some of his works and click here to listen or download Olafur`s ‘Found songs’ project and watch out for Lofiles exclusive interview with the guy.
It is interesting to see the English taste in music, how different it is than the American flavor, especially the main bloggers opinions. This is the NME top 50 albums of the 00.
50 MIA – Arula
49 Muse – Absolution
48 The Walkmen – Bows and Arrows
47 Brendan Benson – Lapalco
46 The Delgados – The Great Eastern
45 Avalanches – Since I Left You
44 Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
43 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
42 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
41 Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
40 Ryan Adams – Gold
39 Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
38 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
37 The Knife – Silent Shout
36 Spirtualized – Let it Come Down
35 Babyshambles – Down In Albion
34 Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
33 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
32 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
31 Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
30 Elbow – Asleep In The Back
29 Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World
28 Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
27 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
26 Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner
25 The Rapture – Echoes
24 The Libertines – The Libertines
23 Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
22 Jay-Z – The Blueprint
21 The Coral – The Coral
20 Blur – Think Tank
19 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
18 The White Stripes – Elephant
17 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
16 The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
15 Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
14 Radiohead – Kid A
13 The Shins – Wincing The Night Away
12 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
11 At The Drive In – Relationship Of Command
10 Radiohead – In Rainbows
09 The Streets – Original Pirate Material
08 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
07 Arcade Fire – Funeral
06 PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
05 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
04 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
03 Primal Scream – XTRMNTR
02 The Libertines – Up The Bracket
01 The Strokes – Is This It
We have asked the owner of our favorite record shop for his top 5 records of the month.
In the fall of 2007, Apse`s Michael Gundlach and Bobby have moved to the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This has started a new era for this great band. 2 Brooklyn based members have left, and Michael and Bobby have teamed up with local multi instrumentalist Jed Armour, who introduced them to drummer Brandon Collins.
At the end of the year, ATP records is going to release Climb up, an album recorded at the band members homes as demos, rearranged and mixed later on by Bobby, Jed and Michael.
I have started listening to this extremely versatile album this morning. A mixture of pop, rock,electronic, progressive in the vein of progressive bands from the 70`s that their record tells a story, haunting melodies and arrangements. Great guitar parts and sounds, great sounding keys .The use of reverbs, delays and effects is very musical and chosen for a reason – within the context of the musical idea. I chose to share with you this gorgeous song called Lie, a slower song, perfect for a wintery day such as today, dreaming about the shores of Cape Cod at this time of the year. This album is one of the best albums I have listened to since listening to The Antlers Hospice.
Director Lance Drake took 3.1, of Climb up, and shot a video clip at the bands attic. You could see the energy of Apse live with glimpse to the Cape Cod views outside the windows. Perfect choice for this album atmosphere and vibe.