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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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Words

January 14th, 2010

 

Tom McrRae believes in language, not just words, and he trusts the silences that sometimes appear in songs – leaves us to do the thinking and wondering. Yes there are touchstones: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Dylan, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Vic Chestnutt, but they’re stepping off points rather than destinations, and what McRae shares with them is the idea of song as an art form.

And now there’s album number five, ‘The Alphabet of Hurricanes’.  This is one of the best singer/ songwriter albums I have heard in a long time.  Listen to this georgous album


Alcoholic faith mission

January 14th, 2010

Alcoholic Faith Mission started in Brooklyn, NY in 2006. The apprentices of dejection, Thorben Seierø Jensen and Sune Sølund, were wandering around in the raw wintery-streets, shooting the breeze and brushing on alcoholism when suddenly before them was big neon cross. This was a holy congregation called Apostolic Faith Mission. “It’s just like booze is to the alcoholic, they thought. A true mission to withstand an empty existence; an Alcoholic Faith Mission.  Three months later the duo’s underplayed and dogmatic debut, ‘Misery Loves Company’, was ready. Dogma’s for the album, which was recorded in a small bedroom in Copenhagen, was that recordings had to take place at night, lit by only candles and always under the influence of alcohol. 

Two years later they went back to Brooklyn to seclude themselves in an old factory loft at 421 Wythe Avenue and came up with an alternative active creation process for the new album – perhaps one that was a bit easier on the liver. They tried on a selection of straightjackets for inspiration. Everything used to make the music had to be found within the loft’s four walls – creating some obscure, yet fitting sounds such as that of dictionaries beating each other to become an electronically muted bass drum.

This way of working turned into their second album; named after the street where they lived on – ‘421 Wythe Avenue’.

Listen to ‘We all have our shortcomings’. Buy their album here


The olafur Arnalds interview

January 13th, 2010

 

Born in 1987, Olafur Arlnalds hails from the suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbaer, just a few kilometers outside of Reykjavik. He has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics which makes him a perfect fit for his label Erased Tapes. His motivations are clear: “The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven’t been studying music all their lives. I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don’t usually listen to this kind of music…open people’s minds.”

This young artist is steadily gaining recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut ‘Eulogy for Evolution’. After filling London’s world-famous Barbican Hall, fellow Icelanders Sigur Ros invited Olafur to open their most recent European shows, playing to an audience of over 5,000 per night.

In April 2009, Iceland’s neo-classical export Ólafur Arnalds created the 7-song series ‘Found Songs’ – recording a song a day for 7 days and instantly making each track available via Twitter. So far more than 100.000 people downloaded the ‘Found Songs’ series via foundsongs.erasedtapes.com

In addition to the 2D visuals, Esteban Diacono – a young motion graphic artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina – created an astonishing animation video for ‘Ljosio’, which found its way into the hearts of over 400,000 people within 2 weeks via Vimeo and YouTube.

This is a Lofiles interview we held with Olafur, as well as videotaped studio and album making scenes.


Seven Saturdays (formerly known as Firs) drop new EP today

January 12th, 2010

Jonathan D. Haskell is the orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist for ‘Seven Saturdays’ (known to some of you as the man behind ‘Firs‘).

A native Angeleno, Jonathan D. Haskell has spent years working and re-working the subtle melodic nuances that have become the headphone-centric Seven Saturdays. Conceived walking the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh while sipping scotch, Haskell accepted his inescapable fate of never leaving Los Angeles and his impending return. With that, Seven Saturdays embody his love / hate relationship with said city.

Seven Saturdays was recorded, produced and mixed by Haskell and Daniel Farris (St. Vincent, The Black Pill) in the shadowy confines of downtown Los Angeles. And contributing everything from heart-pulled strings, down tempo beats, delicate keyboards and distant voices, Seven Saturdays comprises an impressive list of talented musicians including: Lester Nuby (Verbena, Terra Naomi), Morgan Grace Kibby (M83), Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins) and Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Ray LaMontagne).

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lofiles indie news

January 12th, 2010

We are about to start a new indie news section to satisfy the increasing needs and requests of our faithful fans. Watch out!!


Dios

January 12th, 2010

It`s a shame I`ve stopped smoking years ago… Dios is the s..t, Listen to Free days on this embedded player, sounds like a good old ‘Loser’. I dont want to waste your time trying to read my reviews, just listen to this wonderful player.


My second surprise

January 10th, 2010

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I went to my favorite place for live indie music,’ Levontin 7′ to catch 2 real talented local musicians of whom I wrote about in the past, Tuchman and Zangi, but never had the chance to meet face to face. Tuchman on bass and Zangi on guitars, trumpet and keys. A midnight concert with an Israeli guy that if I am not mistaken lives in the west coast. This project is called ‘My second surprise’. I had my tiny Canon with me as you can see and captured few songs for you. 


Manchester man

January 8th, 2010

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Manchester orchestra`s frontman Andy Hull, in a Spin magazine`s office video shoot of an acoustic solo version of the band`s song  ‘I`ve got friends’ .

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Watch


YOTK

January 8th, 2010

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‘Year of the kingdom’ is J. Tillman`s (Fleet Foxes) new solo effort, out on Western Vinyl. Started at his home, while tracking most of the instruments himself, in a 2 week session, playing dulcimer, banjo, recorder, cymbals and air organs, turning YOTK into a unique sonic experience. The string arrangements performed by Jenna Conrad, were transposed from Tillman`s vocal parts, and were intended to rest on chords counter intuitively, adding a complex and disonant character to the mix, standing out when you first listen to the album. Notice the vocals, real dry, and upfront in the mix, unlike previous projects he was involved with. Listen to  Though_I_have_wronged_you. Awesome, and warm.

Watch’ Though I have wronged you’


Quincy and Bill

January 7th, 2010

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Check this out guys. This was the original ‘Bill Cosby Show’ theme song back in the early seventies—long before Lisa Bonet and the gang. This s.. is funky .Purchase ‘The Original Jam Sessions 1969’ on eMusic.

The Bill Cosby show theme (courtsey of  ‘Aquarium Drunkard’)