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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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Toro Y Moi premieres music video, adds more tour dates

January 20th, 2010

Toro Y Moi is 23 year old Columbia, South Carolina native and resident Chaz Bundick. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at The University of South Carolina, Chaz decided to push his music further now that he has more time on his hands. His mom came from the Phillipines to the United States, where she met her future husband (who’s African American) in college. They lived in New York City taking in all the wonderful cultural influences the city’s rising underground scene had to offer at the time (late 70s/early 80s). Deciding to slow down and be closer to family, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they had their first child…

Chaz Bundick’s methods are constantly changing and evolving. Heavily influenced by his parent’s vinyl and tape collection, he also possesses great admiration for contemporary influences like Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, and Daft Punk. Like most prepubescent teens, he had his punk band and once that died out, the “side project” soon became the main focus. 

Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House.

Watch the video

Added tour dates:

2/25 Brooklyn, NY Cameo

2/26 Haverford, PA Haverford College

2/27 Frederick, MD Cafe Nola

3/12 Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters *

3/13 La Jolla, CA UCSD – The Loft *

3/14 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room *

3/15 Tucson, AZ Plush *#%

3/17 – 3/20 Austin, TX SXSW

3/17 Austin, TX Red 7 – Force Field PR / Terrorbird SXSW Day Party

3/17 Austin, TX Mohawk – Austinist / WOXY SXSW Day Party

3/22 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn *

3/23 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *

3/24 Washington, DC Black Cat *

3/25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie *

3/26 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl *

3/27 Cambridge, MA Middle East *

3/28 Winooski, VT The Monkey House *

3/29 Montreal, QC Il Motore *

3/30 Toronto, ONT The Drake Hotel *

3/31 Chicago, IL Schubas *

4/02 St. Paul, MN Turf Club *

4/03 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Saloon *

4/05 Denver, CO Hi Dive *

4/06 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court *

4/07 Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee *

4/08 Seattle, WA Chop Suey *

4/09 Vancouver, BC Biltmore *

4/10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios *

4/12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill *

4/13 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Arts Center *

4/14 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *

* = w/ Ruby Suns

# = w/ Quasi

% = w/ Explode Into Colors


Josiah Wolf of WHY? preps solo debut for Anticon

January 20th, 2010

On his debut album, WHY? multi-instrumentalist Josiah Wolf offers up a rare solo work with true legs of its own. His voice deep and straight at times and impossibly fragile at others, Wolf deals both in visual snapshots that illustrate the wistfulness of a mundane moment, and canny excavations of those poignancies that lie beneath the surface: tough triumphs, tougher truths, and outright failures. Wolf’s lean poems are set to an autumnal mix of warm folk and easy psychedelia played out (by Wolf alone) on guitar, vibes, kalimba, Hammond organ, bells, bass and drums to name a few. The end result is a sort of chamber pop minus the showy sweeps – virtuosity without the virtuoso – making Jet Lag as impressive in its subtle execution as it is a timeless, heartfelt listen.

Jet Lag came together following the dissolution of an 11-year relationship, and over the course of a move from California back to the Midwest, where Wolf grew up. It’s no surprise then, that the album contains such deeply moving works as the spooky, Cohen-esque “Is the Body Hung” and the warm, grand tribute to past love, “In The Seam.” But Jet Lag’s final two songs only look back long enough to prepare their author for newness. The stormy “Gravity Defied” conveys that knowing resignation that eventually comes, while on album-ender “The One Sign,” the breeze that Wolf was waiting on becomes a gale threatening to crash a loaded airplane. Rather than cower together or pray to God, however, the passengers stand to face fate head on. Wolf’s final lyric – “‘Heaven help me’ are just words / That time will make you say” – echoes out before the shelter offered by thesong dissolves into the outdoors.

Listen to The trailer and the truck


Chess

January 20th, 2010

After hearing about Willie Mitchell`s death, I started listening to old funky as hell 45`s that I got, and listened to some on the wonderful ‘Funky 16 corners’ music blog. They posted a 45 released by the legendary Chess records, Little drummer boy by a group called Lenox Ave.This 45 was released in 1970. The group recorded an album a few years later under the name the Chuck Rainey Coalition (on the Skye label). Bassist Rainey and his cohorts – including keyboardist Richard Tee – were major hired hands in the New York) studio scene, showing up on all kinds of records from the late 60s onward.. This is a slow tempo, sexy Shafty kinda mood, with 70`s bg female vocals and funky as hell guitars.

Little drummer boy – Lenox Ave


Willie Mitchell R.I.P

January 20th, 2010

Willie Mitchell is dead. An accomplished trumpeter who led one of the region`s premier bands of the 50`s, and a recording star during the 60`s at Hi records. At Hi he was producing, engineering, and scouting for talent and eventually running the label. Willie Mitchell created his own and unique Memphis sound. He had put together one of the world`s greatest rhythm sections, with Teenie Hodges on guitar, Charles Hodges on organ, Leroy Hodges on bass and Howard Grimes on drums. He had turned Ann Peebles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson into stars. I hear samples of his records up until this day. In 1968 he had met with a tremendous talented, Al Green, and brought him down to Memphis to make him a mega star. In 2008 he had received The Trustees Award during the 50th annual Grammy award ceremony. I `ll share you a 45 of his that I have founf on ‘The A side’

Prayer meetin


New Seabear mp3 “Lion Face Boy”

January 19th, 2010

Icelandic 7-piece Seabear will release their sophomore album, ‘We Built a Fire’, in March 2010 on Morr Music. What started out as the lo-fi solo project of Icelandic singer/multi-instrumentalist Sindri Már Sigfússon’s (aka Sin Fang Bous) has now morphed into a rambling experimental/indie/folk septet. We Built A Fire was recorded in the band’s apple carton-covered basement studio and is the followup to their 2007 debut, The Ghost That Carried Us Away, which sold over 20,000+ copies with little to no promotion behind it.

The band will make their US touring debut behind the album’s release, and will perform several shows and parties at this year’s SXSW. In anticipation of these events, they are giving away a free download of their first single “Lion Face Boy.”

Check it out


Vivian Girls announce more Spring tour dates, prep new iTunes exclusive single

January 19th, 2010

This February, the Vivian Girls will release their new vinyl & digital single, ‘My Love Will Follow Me’, as the seventh release on their own Wild World label. The single was recorded in Brattleboro, VT by Kyle Thomas of ‘Happy Birthday’ and King Tuff, who also plays guitar on the B-side – a cover of  The Chantels’ “He’s Gone.” This single shows the Girls moving towards a Spector-esque recording approach and showcases their intricate vocal harmonies.

Vivian Girls released their sophomore album via the wonderful ‘In The Red’ label on September 8th, 2009. Everything Goes Wrong was released almost exactly a year after ‘In The Red’s reissue of their self-titled debut. While the band has again captured their raw edge – as the influence of ’60s girl groups, The Wipers and California surf, still ring true, ‘Everything Goes Wrong’ is without a doubt a darker, moodier album than its predecessor. With the My Love Will Follow Me single, the Girls’ sound continues to evolve with a more poppy, vocal-heavy approach.

Over the last year, the Vivian Girls have toured the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, received a considerable amount of national and international press, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. One of the hardest working bands in America, the Vivian Girls continue to tour heavily whilst working on Wild World and recording new material.

Stream ‘he`s Gone’


CITIZEN COPE TO RELEASE THE RAINWATER LP MARCH 2, 2010

January 19th, 2010

Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood, is very excited to announce the release of his new record, ‘The Rainwater’ LP, on March 2, 2010. The record will be released digitally on February 9th. As on his past two records, The Rainwater LP was produced by Greenwood himself. It is his first record in nearly four years and the first on his own label, ‘RainWater Recordings, Inc. A huge national tour that begins February 2nd in Carrboro, NC, and ends April 17 in Kansas City, MO, has been confirmed. Ful tour dates are listed below.

The Rainwater LP, a laidback gumbo of acoustic blues, singer/songwriter rock ‘n’ roll and deep soul grooves, was recorded over the course of 2009 at both Brooklyn Recording in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and The Document Room in Malibu, CA, with extensive periods of touring in between sessions. Among the musicians accompanying him this time were such studio stars as bassist Preston Crump (OutKast, Organized Noize, Raphael Saadiq), keyboardist James Poyser (D’Angelo, The Roots, Jill Scott, John Legend), percussionist Bashiri Johnson (Whitney Houston, Donald Fagen, Madonna), legendary go-go bassist Michael “Funky Ned” Neal and top DC-scene go-go drummer Paul “Buggy” Edwards.

Like the music therein, the album takes its name from a number of deeply personal sources. “It’s pure,” Greenwood says. “It’s also the name of someone that was close to me when I was growing up, so it just made sense.”

When discussing how he came to self-release his music after many years on major labels, he says: “A lot of labels wanted to put it out, but I kept hearing things like ‘Retail’s gonna need you to do this’ or ‘The artwork has to be like this.’ I don’t want to be led into those confines anymore. I want to be able to do it my own way. Being able to operate efficiently, not having to move buildings to do anything, just seems so basic for any artistic endeavor.”

A remarkably charismatic live performer, Citizen Cope has been a committed road warrior, introducing his music to the people by traveling America’s highways and byways, often performing in places where other major artists fear to tread.

“When you do the major cities, people come from all these other places and say, ‘Come to this town,'” Greenwood says. “So the next time you tour you think, ‘Okay, let’s try Tulsa, Oklahoma or Oxford, Mississippi or Fayetteville, Arkansas.’ It’s been amazing, every year it just gets bigger and bigger.”

Tour dates are below:

Feb:

2 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

3 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

4 Towson, MD Recher Theatre

5 Towson, MD Recher Theatre

6 Richmond, VA The National

10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

11 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

12 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

17 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

24 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

25 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

March

2 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue

3 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall

5 Chicago, IL The Vic

6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre

7 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre

9 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom

10 Dallas, TX House of Blues

12 Austin, TX Stubbs

13 Houston, TX House of Blues

15 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre

16 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s

30 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

31 Portland, OR Roseland, Theatre

April

1 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

2 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

3 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

7 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre

8 San Diego, CA Wave House of San Diego

9 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot

15 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

16 Denver, CO Ogden

17 Kansas City, MO The Midland Theatre


LALI PUNA ANNOUNCE FIRST ALBUM OF NEW MATERIAL IN OVER FIVE YEARS

January 19th, 2010

More than half a decade has elapsed since the release of ‘Faking The Books’, Lali Puna’s third (and hitherto most recent) long-player, but the band’s impact on the climate of electronic rock music remains palpable. Along with sister-group The Notwist, this Munich-based quartet has helped map out the musical landscape for modern, experimentally minded pop music. Now, with ‘Our Inventions’, the group’s first album of new material to be released in over five years, Lali Puna continues to push the frontiers of their medium. The album will be released on April 1 via Morr Music, and features a collaboration with ‘Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi on the song, “Out There.” The version appearing here is an alternate rendering of the track that appeared on Takahashi’s Page By Page album in 2009.

Fronted by singer and keyboard player Valerie Trebeljahr, Lali Puna’s line-up is completed by drummer Christoph Brandner (also of Tied & Tickled Trio), keyboard player Christian Heiß and Markus Acher (The Notwist). Over a decade of recording together this band have continued to grow in strength, confidence and studio expertise, cueing up a triumphant return to full operational capability on Our Inventions. In an age when the very notion of an album seems like an outmoded concept, Lali Puna are a band that both demand and amply reward the investment of their audience over a full-length narrative. ‘Our Inventions’ is a defiantly complete listening experience – one that exudes craftsmanship and captures the band at the peak of their powers as songwriters.

Lali puna`s site

Lali Puna`s Myspace


DAWES CONFIRMS WINTER TOUR.

January 19th, 2010

ATO Records is thrilled to announce that Dawes has confirmed a co-headlining winter tour with Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. The dates will kick off on February 5th at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA, and loop around the country, culminating with a show in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA, on March 11th. Today, NPR made the Dawes song, “When You Call My Name” their song of the day.

Dawes has spent the past several months on the road, as they’ve been celebrating the release of their debut record, North Hills. Musician and producer Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis) produced the album, which was recorded in his cottage studio. The album was recorded completely live, which led to the raw, beautifully rootsy songs that have gained attention from fellow musicians as well as critics in both America and the UK. Rolling Stone did a “Breaking” feature on the band and proclaimed their songs “authentically vintage.” The magazine also said, “frontman Taylor Goldsmith sings like a less-tortured Richard Manuel while the band backs him up with goose-bump-y CSN-style harmonies.” Daytrotter immediately became a big supporter of Dawes, and hailed, [North Hills is] “hands down one of the finest records of 2009.”

Dawes’ soulful and emotional stage performances have garnered new fans in every city they’ve played in across the country. Each band member brings his own enthusiasm, honesty and palpable commitment to the mission at hand, creating a stage presence that is engaging, charming and charismatic. 2009 proved to be a great first year for Dawes, and 2010 will surely take them to new heights.

The tour dates are below:

02.05.10 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place

02.06.10 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop

02.08.10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

02.09.10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern

02.12.10 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock

02.13.10 Madison, WI University of Wisconsin

02.14.10 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall

02.15.10 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Presents @ Rock Island Brewing Co.

02.16.10 Chicago, IL Double Door

02.17.10 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café

02.18.10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom **New date

02.19.10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

02.20.10 Allston, MA Great Scott

02.23.10 Arlington, VA IOTA Club and Café

02.24.10 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas

02.25.10 Charlottesville, VA The Southern

02.26.10 Louisville, KY Zanzibar

02.27.10 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge

02.28.10 Atlanta, GA Eddies Attic

03.02.10 Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingers

03.03.10 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory

03.04.10 Dallas, TX The Cavern

03.05.10 Houston, TX Rudyards

03.06.10 Austin, TX Emos

03.09.10 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room

03.10.10 San Diego, CA The Loft at UCSD

03.11.10 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour


A Sunny Day in Glasgow announces new EP and Spring tour dates

January 19th, 2010

The recording sessions for ‘Ashes Grammar’ stretched across 6 months and were fraught with all kinds of disaster. But they were also incredibly productive. After the album’s completion, a good number of extra songs were put on the shelf for a while as the core trio of Ben Daniels, Annie Fredrickson and Josh Meakim reclaimed their lives. Not long after, Ben was laid off from his job and his afternoons were spent recording new music in the West Philly mansion where he was house sitting. Josh and Annie would come over often to record and hang out. Friendships were cemented. The first results of this wonderful time in ASDIG history are heard on the ‘Nitetime Rainbows’ EP; an album of some of their brightest sounding songs to date. These are the sounds of a band falling in love, a band having fun.

Fresh off the success of ‘Ashes Grammar’, which was listed at #42 on Pitchfork‘s Top 50 of 2009 year end list and their fall tour, the band looks ahead to a promising 2010. Ben, Annie, and Josh were joined by band newcomers Jen Goma, Adam Herndon and Ryan Newmyer during their fall tour and will continue touring across North America and Europe throughout the spring. 2010 will also mark the band’s debut at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX in March.

Stream ‘Nightime rainbows’

2/26 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

2/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox

3/01 – Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon

3/02 – Champaign, IL – Mike N’ Molly’s

3/03 – Chicago, IL – Schubas

3/04 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

3/05 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive

3/08 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club

3/09 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project

3/10 – Portland, OR – Holocene

3/11 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

3/14 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

3/17 – 3/21 Austin, TX SXSW

3/23 – New Orleans, LA – TBA

3/24 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s *

3/25 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree *

3/26 – Nashville, TN – The End *

3/27 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor *

3/28 – Washington, DC – DC9

3/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House

3/31 – Boston, MA – Great Scott

4/01 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

4/02 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison

4/03 – Montreal, QC – The Green Room

4/08 – Paris, Faites Danser Les Garcons @ Point Ephemere

4/24 – Amsterdam, Paradiso

4/29 – Dijon, Kill Your Pop Festival

5/03 – Prague, Klub 007

5/12 – Brussels , Les Nuits Botanique Festival

5/15 – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazys

5/17 – Galway, Roisin Dubh

5/18 – Dublin, Whelans

5/19 – Liverpool, Sound City Festival

5/20 – London, Luminaire 

* = w/ Japandroids