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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Laura Barrett to open for The Magnetic Fields

January 22nd, 2010

Canada’s beloved and bespectacled musical linguist Laura Barrett is heading out on an eleven-date North American tour supporting indie-pop legends The Magnetic Fields (dates below). Also be sure to check out Laura’s new video for ‘The Wood Between Worlds’ from her album ‘Victory Garden’ (Paper Bag Records). The video was directed by Jared Sales.

Laura Barrett introduces many us to the clock like tones of her signature instrument, the kalimba (an African thumb-piano, literally translated as “little music”). Utilizing the vibrant kalimba with her warm and nurturing voice, Laura Barrett has crafted several stunning releases displaying her classically trained musicianship, wild imagination and experimental tendencies. Barrett classifies it as “the prog-folk, dystopic-stage-musical, acousticglitch everyone’s doing nowadays.”

Rich melodies and intricate arrangements weave and wisp through Barrett’s lyrics, sweet and furious rants about technologies that divide and alienate. These lyrics that read like a sci-fi novel are accented by

the sounds of her growing ensemble, which consists of theremins, vibraphones, midi bass pedals, banjos,

strings, and woodwinds.

Her Earth Sciences EP garnered both national radio airplay and critical acclaim. “Deception Island Optimists Club”, a single from this EP, was a finalist for SOCAN ECHO songwriting prize, a prize known for identifying upcoming talent in independent music in Canada.

Laura is also a prominent member of The Hidden Cameras on keys and synth and played clarinet for Toronto indie-rock heros Henri Fabergé & the Adorables. She’s acted as Music Director for the New York staging of Maggie MacDonald’s apocalyptic musical, “The Rat King”, a recipient of a 2008 CBC Bucky Award. Laura has already toured North America and Europe and will be releasing a covers album this spring followed by a full length of new songs in the fall.

LAURA BARRETT

Feb 04 – Washington, DC – Lisner Auditorium

Feb 06 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

Feb 08 -Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Feb 10 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

Feb 11 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

Mar 04 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre

Mar 05 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

Mar 06 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Mar 07 – Chicago, IL – Harris Theatre, Millennium Park

Mar 08 – Chicago, IL – Harri Theatre, Millennium Park

Mar 10 – New York, NY – Town Hall

All Dates with The Magnetic Fields


Laura Barrett

January 22nd, 2010

Laura Barrett`s main instrument is Kalimba. (An African thumb – piano, translated as “little music). You listen to those haunting meditative kalimba Arpeggios, accompanied by Theremins, vibraphones, bass pedals, banjos, strings, with her warm voice and read like sci fi novel lyrics, and you got to love it. Laura is also a prominent member of The Hidden Cameras on keys and synth and played clarinet for Toronto indie-rock heros Henri Fabergé & the Adorables. She’s acted as Music Director for the New York staging of Maggie MacDonald’s apocalyptic musical, “The Rat King”, a recipient of a 2008 CBC Bucky Award. Laura has already toured North America and Europe and will be releasing a covers album this spring followed by a full length of new songs in the fall. Check our news section for her up & coming tour dated opening for the Magnetic Fields. To buy Laura`s wonderful and essential album (Victory garden) click HERE

Listen to Bluebird

Watch The wood between worlds:


ONO Closes 2009 With Her #1 Club Smash “NO NO NO” (The Remixes) / Hailed As Billboard’s #4 Best Dance/Club Playsong Of the Decade/ Next Single “Give Me Something” (The Remixes) To Be Released In March

January 21st, 2010

NEW YORK – 2009 was unquestionably a benchmark year for YOKO ONO. At 76 years young, the seemingly tireless innovator continues to evolve and break new ground, living life at the cutting edge of her imagination. She ascended to the top of the Billboard Dance/Club Play Charts once again with her fiery remix single “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH” (Issue Date: 6/13/2009) — her third consecutive chart-topper. The propulsive anthem marked the tenth release from the pop culture icon’s ongoing remix single campaign which has yielded five #1 singles.

She closes the decade with another milestone under her belt: her #1 dance smash “NO NO NO” (THE REMIXES) has been named the #4 Record of the Decade on Billboard’s “Best of the 2000s” Dance/Club Play Chart, placing the enduring counterculture icon alongside mainstream pop powerhouses MADONNA, MARIAH CAREY and GWEN STEFANI.

With such phenomenal successes, it would appear that the world has finally caught up with the avant-garde pioneer who, after more than four decades, has ingeniously transformed herself from vilified outsider to punk rock matriarch, global peace ambassador and chart-topping dance-music heroine. She is branded “audacious, deeply focused, wonderfully colorful and deeply expressive” (All Music Guide), “truly vital: unsettling, touching, funny, undeniable” (Rolling Stone) and “fantastically cool, fearlessly weird” (Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturecritics/helenbrown/6198343/Yoko-Ono-Between-My-Head-and-the-Sky-CD-review.html ).

ONO is preparing for the release of her next remix offering, “GIVE ME SOMETHING”. Due for a March release on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records, the driving single promises to be another stimulating reinvention from the formidable visionary.


More about Vic

January 21st, 2010

This is a touching obitaury by Rene Spencer Saller:

“I wish I didn’t have to write this obituary, elegy, tribute, grief porn, whatever. I got the assignment on Christmas night––after spending the day hoping, recklessly and stupidly, that Vic Chesnutt might emerge from his coma and, even more improbably, be magically scoured of his chronic death wish––and, with the full understanding that an obit should be, if nothing else, timely, I put off writing it and slipped a DVD into my iMac instead: Jean Cocteau’s frothy fable in glorious grisaille, La Belle et la Bête. This failed attempt to distract myself only reminded me of Chesnutt and his catalog of beautiful beasts. I was unaccountably pissed off. Couldn’t I postpone my sadness, pretend for a night that the gravity of the situation was not, in fact, apparent to us all? Sugarplums and baby Jesuses should have been dancing in my head, not drafts of sentences about how some poor sad fucker offed himself and why we should be sorry”…. continue reading

Listen to live songs on different ocasions:

The gravity of the situation

Myrtle

Berdanette & her crowd

Sultan, so mighty

Like a monkey in the zoo

Buckets of rain

The night the lights went out in Georgia

In My way, yes

Flirted with you all my life


** NOISE POP 2010 Announces Film Festival Lineup **

January 21st, 2010

January 19th, 2010 — San Francisco, CA— The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 23rd through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA. Noise Pop is pleased to announce our 2010 film festival line up!

We’ve selected some amazing new films for this year’s festival, all focusing on music but each approaching the subject with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. There’s P-Star Rising, the incredible story of Priscilla, a 9 year-old rapper with undeniable talent and charisma, as she goes from performing shows on the street corner to sold out shows in the clubs. Blood Into Wine follows Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan as he makeshis way as a pioneer winemaker in the hostile desert of Arizona.New York City makes an appearance in Downtown Calling, a retrospective portrait of the underground scene in the late 1970s, featuring Fab 5 Freddy, Mos Def, TV on The Radio, Debbie Harry and many more. We even take a scholastic journey into the question of “Why do humans make music?” in Christopher Pomerenke’s The Heart is a Drum Machine, featuring MTV’s Kurt Loder, KCRW’s Nic Harcourt, Elijah Wood and Jason Schwartzman

With screenings at the Roxie, Viz Cinema and Artist’s Television Access (ATA), each show is not to be missed! For full schedule and to buy tickets in advance go to http://www.noisepop.com/2010/film.php 

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will be our featured artist for the Noise Pop closing night party. As part of the festival they will be joining Magnetic Fields, YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Mark Kozelek, Rogue Wave, Atlas Sound, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Four Tet, John Vanderslice, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Wallpaper, Zee Avi, Memory Tapes, The Fresh and Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (Reunion Show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Judgement Day, The Limousines & Foreign Born

Noise Pop Festival Badges are onsale NOW for $150. A limited number of badges include access to the Magnetic Fields show at the Fox Theater on Saturday February 27th, or the Herbst Theater on Monday March 1, 2010. Tickets to individual shows are also onsale NOW. YOKO ONO AND PLASTIC ONO BAND and Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra shows go onsale on Sunday January 10, 2010.

Buy tickets HERE


** Imaad Wasif announces Feb. Thur. night Spaceland residency, tour dates with Dead Meadow **

January 21st, 2010

Sophomore album ‘Strange Hexes’ revealed Wasif’s varied influences. The album was recorded with his band ‘Two Part Beast’ (Bobb Bruno and Adam Garcia) and self-released in March 2008. That album was the first to hint at the distinctive sound Wasif has ultimately crafted for himself; a blast of post-modern psychedelic rock that is at once potent and refined. The album will be re-released by Tee Pee Records in 2010.

Having gained a reputation for his intense live shows while opening for RTX, The Raconteurs, Neko Case, Arthur Lee’s Love and Sebadoh, Wasif has plans for an extensive tour in the fall of 2009. He can also be found playing guitar on “Little Shadow” from the YYY’s latest album, It’s Blitz! and Lou Barlow’s forthcoming solo album, ‘Goodnight Unknown’. His collaboration with Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, and “Little” Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and Dead Weather on the score for the Spike Jonze-directed film adaptation of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ hits theaters in October.

The theme of love in its many guises, both as redemption and call to arms, is one that Wasif returns to again and again in his songs. Its mythical quality becomes a springboard from which he explores the mysteries of life and the universe on his third album, The Voidist. Recorded with Two Part Beast, plus guests Dale Crover (Melvins) and Greg Burns (Red Sparowes), by Chad Bamford (Weezer) with additional recordings by Mathias Schneeberger (The Obsessed, Gutter Twins), the release is due from Tee Pee Records in October 2009.

IMAAD WASIF

Feb-04 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland #

Feb-11 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland %

Feb-18 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland &

Feb-27 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop

Mar-17 – Mar-20 Austin, TX SXSW

Mar-26 Brookdale, CA Historic Brookdale Lodge *

Mar-27 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *

Mar-31 Eugene, OR Wow Hall *

Apr-01 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *

Apr-02 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret *

Apr-03 Seattle, WA The Comet Tavern *

# = “An Evening of Bad Vibes” feat. The Dead Wasif, Mockingbirds

% = “An Evening of Faith Folk” feat. Imaad Acoustic set, Becky Stark, Voice on Tape

& = “An Evening of Cock Rock” feat. Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast, Lou Barlow & the Missing Men, Avi Buffalo

* = w/ Dead Meadow


** THE WHIGS NEWS: LETTERMAN & BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB TOUR **

January 21st, 2010

Athens, GA trio The Whigs are proud to return to The Late Show with David Letterman on March 31st in support of their upcoming album, IN THE DARK. Set for a March 16th release on ATO Records, ‘IN THE DARK’, with its impressive range and undeniable vigor, sees The Whigs doing what all-great bands do – furthering their artistic scope with each successive effort. Bursting with energy and emotion, The Whigs tear open the artistic envelope, bringing both nuance and eclectic strength to this exciting new collection of songs without losing the pedal-to-the-metal power that earned them universal praise as one of America’s finest young rock ‘n’ roll bands. Beginning February 26th in Sacramento, California, The Whigs will join Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for a 3 week North American tour. The band will also appear at this year’s South By Southwest Music Conference and will embark on a soon to be announced co-headlining tour in late March.

An exuberant, no-holds-barred live act, The Whigs followed the release of their ATO debut MISSION CONTROL with nearly non-stop touring, spending much of 2008 and 2009 on the road as headliners, as special guests of Kings of Leon, The Kooks and Drive-By Truckers (to name a few) and captivated concert goers with stage-stealing festival performances at international events like Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock, and T In The Park.


** Beach Fossils, Christmas Island & The Beets to tour together this Feb. & Mar. **

January 21st, 2010

About The Beets:

Formed about two years ago, The Beets landed in the Brooklyn music scene with a sound that was naïve yet already mature, altogether sloppy but also singularly well-crafted. Such is the distinctive charm of The Beets beat, an endearing and unruly mix of lo-fi distortion, infectious energy and pop harmonies. Hailing from deep in the heart of Queens, NY by way of Uruguay, Bolivia and Michigan, the trio consists of guitarist Juan Wauters, bassist Jose Garcia and drummer Jacob Warstler along with official band artist and muse Matthew Volz. Their debut album ‘Spit in the Face of People Who Don’t Want to Be Cool’ recounts tales of the devil and loves lost to incorrect pronunciation built out of fuzzed-out vocal harmonizing, Wauter’s simple yet incessantly toe-tapping melodic guitar-work and Garcia’s exuberant rhythms, all anchored by Warstler’s bass-heavy drums. The youthful insouciance of The Beets brand of 60s garage is amplified live with their signature rambunctious joint warble, Warstler’s idiosyncratic drumming style and the sight of Wauter’s heavily doodled self-rigged electric acoustic. New songs continue the direction of lyrically intricate story-telling matched by pure rollicking pop chops. The Beets manage to somehow capture the rare and fleeting moments of a drunken sing-along and turn them into an album sounding of endless summer.

About Beach Fossils:

The jangly, self recorded ramblings of Brooklyn’s Dustin Payseur, Beach Fossils offers hauntingly catchy tunes that blend the energy of an impulsive road trip with the melodious wandering of a lucid dream. Sun-drenched riffs, kaleidoscopic rhythms and hazy lyrics saturate Beach Fossils’ first release, the album’s carefree vibe is perfectly summed up through song titles such as “Daydream,” “Vacation,” and “Lazy Day.” The S/T LP will be out in April on Captured Tracks.

About Christmas Island:

There are actually three Christmas Islands; one off the coast of Australia, one in the Pacific Ocean (which also goes by the name Kiritimati) and one who have released their incredible self-titled debut album on In The Red in 2009. Hailing from sunny San Diego, California, Christmas Islandís music is happy and poppy on the surface, yet there is a dark undercurrent to their brand of lo-fi pop punk. Simultaneously joyous and almost twee while secretly depressed and deeply disturbed. Citing Tronics, Urinals, Television Personalities, the Clean, Versatile Newts and The Fall as influences, Christmas Island are Beach Boys style pop by way of the late 70ís- early 80ís UK DIY scene. All brought to you by way of sunny southern Californian culture. The results are sublime.

THE BEETS, CHRISTMAS ISLAND & BEACH FOSSILS

02/09 – New York, NY Cake Shop

02/10 – New Haven, CT Cafe Nine

02/11 – Boston, MA The Cottage

02/12 – Annandale on Hudson, NY Bard College

02/13 – Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio

02/15 – Philadelphia, PA Terrordome (early show)

02/16 – Washington, DC Velvet Lounge

02/17 – Harrisonburg, VA Blue Nile

02/18 – Princeton, NJ Terrace @ Princeton University

02/19 – Wilkes-Barre, PA Corner Cafe

02/20 – Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #

03/17 – 03/20 Austin, TX SXSW

# = w/ Crystal Stilts, German Measles

BEACH FOSSILS ONLY

01/27 – Richmond, VA Unicorn Manor

01/28 – Charlotte, NC Yauhaus

02/27 – Brooklyn, NY Market Hotel *

* = w/ Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Grooms

THE BEETS ONLY

03/15 Denton, TX House by House Fest @ Mable Peabody’s

CHRISTMAS ISLAND ONLY

01/20 San Diego, CA Casbah


** PEASANT Announces New Shady Retreat Album, Available March 2, 2010! **

January 21st, 2010

As we enter a new decade and many of us are trying to live up to our potential quietly, PEASANT is taking his personal resolution to the ears of every listener. Having been in a continual state of growth for the past two years, Peasant has flourished to create a new album – an album that illustrates maturity gained through experience without losing the honest charm of deliverance. 

‘Shady Retreat’, Peasant’s new record, takes off where the previous record, ‘On The Ground’, left us. While the last album gave many people their first taste of Peasant, in the eyes of the moniker’s human form, Damien DeRose, this was a mere appetizer to what would soon come to fruition. DeRose molded his own retrospective thoughts and realization about the music and content of On The Ground to use as a platform for Shady Retreat. The result is an album that is an extension of the most creative and substantial elements of On The Ground combined with DeRose’s maturing music tastes and everyday influences. Shady Retreat stands out as its own introspective artistic masterpiece. 

Keep an eye out for new Peasant tour updates to be announced soon as he will be venturing down to Austin for SXSW in March, followed by a nationwide tour in April and then heading over the Atlantic in May to tour in support of the release abroad! 

Shady Retreat is available via Paper Garden Records on March 2, 2010 in North America and April 5th.

When Damien DeRose turned eighteen, he dropped out of school, packed up his guitar, and bought a sailboat in California with a friend. The plan was to sail down the coast, live life the simple way, and let the wind dictate the pace. However, as life would have it, DeRose’s journey took a different course and while the ship may not have left the harbor, he would find himself on a new journey writing and traveling across the U.S and Europe. A few years later, DeRose released a captivating home-recorded debut, and began to introduce himself to fans around the globe under the name Peasant. “Fear Not Distant Lover”, a collection of thought-provoking lo-fi folk/pop songs, captured the ears and hearts of fans and reviewers alike.

In 2008, Peasant signed with Paper Garden Records and released his first studio album entitled, “On The Ground”. In 2009, the record gained distribution through Team Love and had songs featured on TV shows including Diablo Cody’s “The United States of Tara” and the season premier of “Bones”. Also in ’09, the music video for “We’re Good” premiered on Stereogum.com and was featured on MTVU, and Fuse.TV. While touring throughout 2008-09, he performed and recorded live sessions for Daytrotter, WOXY, and LaundroMatinee. Although the street is still as good a place as any to play, Peasant has recently shared the stage with Cursive, Delta Spirit, Deer Tick at South By Southwest and the Montreal Pop Fest. Also in 2009, he squeezed in a full European tour, releasing “On The Ground” to a new and welcoming international audience.

While Peasant’s new album was recorded in several locales, DeRose spent the majority of his time in the attic of a 200-year-old farmhouse. The record, titled “Shady Retreat”, puts together the techniques DeRose learned in the studio for On The Ground, while staying true to his DIY beginnings. It’s a gorgeous and ambitious collection of Peasant’s best, most exciting work. Sixties-esque guitar and pop songs are encircled with layered harmonies and synths, as Peasant sings his dreamy lyrics with his usual conviction. The first single, “The End”, was released in August 2009 and was greeted warmly, with more copies sold on iTunes than any of Peasant’s previous releases, proving that DeRose has the potential to shine into a new light in 2010.


THE WAVE PICTURES MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT WITH DOUBLE CD COMPRISED OF TWO MOST RECENT ALBUMS (INSTANT COFFEE BABY AND IF YOU LEAVE IT ALONE) TO PLAY US DATES INCLUDING APPEARANCE AT SXSW 2010

January 21st, 2010

Moshi Moshi Records is proud to announce the April 27th release of The Wave Pictures’ Double CD, comprised of their two most recent albums Instant ‘Coffee Baby’ (8/10 stars in NME) and ‘If You Leave It Alone’, the latter named by Spin as one of the “10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed in 2009.” It marks the North American debut for the talented and literary minded lo-fi pop trio from the quiet village of Wymeswold England. This spring and summer they plan to play dates in the United States, including a trip to SXSW 2010.

The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall (Vocals, Guitar), Franic Rozcki (Guitar), and Jonny “Huddersfield” Helm (Drums). The music on Instant Coffee Baby and comes off as poetic stream of conscious. The off the cuff nature has as much to do with the bands style as it does how the songs were recorded. Both albums were done primarily as live takes with minimal overdubs in the form of backing vocals and the odd brass or string instrument. The more recent of the two (If You Leave It Alone) was the product of a mere twelve hours in the studio. The resulting recordings are rife with cunning lyrics that are complimented by clever melodic guitar solos, all floating free from the weight of over-thought production. Though decidedly lo-fi the arrangements on many songs are complex, incorporating, trumpets, saxophone, violin, and multiple vocalists that deliver witty asides and sing along with Tattersall.