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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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Department of Eagles shares track from Archive 2003-2006

April 27th, 2010

Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus, known collectively as Department of Eagles, have released relatively little music together, and their catalog may seem a bit schizophrenic. How did they develop from college roommates goofing off with sampling software into the harbingers of an atmospheric and grandiose symphonic pop sound? Archive 2003 – 2006, comprising lost recordings by the pair, provides the missing piece in this process.

Waggish and at times breathtakingly intimate, this set showcases the development of Department of Eagles’ detailed approach to crafting sounds. Archive 2003 — 2006 captures their songwriting at a few moments of critical development and provides the template for the ambitious, sprawling pop of their later accomplishments.

Brightest minds


Mahjongg Announce US Summer Tour / Look Out For New LP This Summer On K Records

April 27th, 2010

Listen to these guys

US Tour Dates:

7/9 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL

7/10 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

7/11 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO

7/14 – UC Irvine (UCI Student Center) – Irvine, CA

7/15 – Casbah – San Diego, CA

7/16 – Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

7/18 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA

7/21 – Backspace – Portland, OR

7/22 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC

7/24 – Northern – Olympia, WA

7/27 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND

7/28 – Triple Rock Social Club – Madison, WI

7/29 – University Of Wisconsin (Memorial Union) – Madison, WI


Twin Sister

April 25th, 2010

Another lofi bedroom project, this time from Long Island, a band called Twin sister. Their Myspace says:”We record music from our apartments for you.” This is a cassette demo version of this song Lady Daydream. If you want to hear the complete version you could listen to it  here

Lady_Daydream_Cassette_Version


Jesse Rifkin

April 25th, 2010

Jesse Rifkin of the up & coming Wailing wall album ‘THE LOW HANGING FRUIT’, out June 8th on JDub. This is my favorite of this wonderful album.

For_C.M.R


City Center

April 25th, 2010

Sitting at my local coffee shop, where I write most posts, just sitting by the bar, drinking coffee and diet Coke, my AKG headphones on, (the music at this place is horrible), listening to new music and writing away. I have been listening to City Center all day today, while writing this article ‘ I need that record’, and I got to admit, I love this EP, it grows and grows on me, great samples, sounds, looped gtrs,L&R games, they create hypnotic atmosphere, kind of music to meditate to, but without the clichés. Although drumless, they create a funky subtle groove using all those delayed vocal bits and endless looped guitar parts. Besides, I wouldn’t mind smoking their weed, but that doesn’t take away of their skills. City Center are Ryan Howard & Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good To Me. Check out Sky Flowers of their Spring st. EP

Sky_Flowers


I need that record

April 25th, 2010

Records, vinyl, albums, record shops. For those who grew up almost half a century ago and were and hopefully still are into music, it is almost a way of life. The smell, the sound, the excitement that brings you new release, or the anticipation of an important album from a significant artist, you know, Bowie, Beatles, Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Zappa, and so on and so forth. I believe more and more readers of this blog, recognize mostly the mp3 icon on their desktop, no disrespect, and soon enough wouldn’t know what a CD looks like, and I am afraid, hardly ever been to a record store. It is a new era of digital downloads, itunes, emusic, sharing, youtube, facebook, twitter and myspace. My 13 yr old daughter listens to songs blasting of her mobile phone cheesy speaker streaming of youtube. Continue reading the entire article


More from Morr

April 23rd, 2010

Mr. Michael Lerner aka Telekinesis will support Nada Surf in May for a short US-tour! Also he will play Sasquath Festival in Washington, where he will meet Pavement on stage, some of his all-time favourites…

Telekinesis new track


Olafur Arnalds Forth coming album..

April 23rd, 2010

“Þú ert sólin,” is the first track off Olafur Arnalds forthcoming sophomore album, …”and they have escaped the weight of darkness”, due out on Erased Tapes (Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm) in June.

Thu-ert-solin


The Wailing Wall Premiere “Bones Becomes Rainbows” Single

April 23rd, 2010

The Wailing Wall is New York-based multi-instrumentalist, Jesse Rifkin.

The Wailing Wall’s first record, Hospital Blossoms, released free on the JDub Records website, was downloaded well over 15,000 times by new fans all around the world. That project landed Jesse live spots on MTVU, WNYC Soundcheck, WFMU and Fearless Music TV. 

Now, Jesse’s new record, The Low Hanging Fruit, is a mirror of his own struggle with a much beloved and alien world. Still hungry and skeptical after 11 years of Orthodox day school education, and questioning his belief in a benevolent higher power, Jesse turned to the strains of Sufi Qawwali music, Hindu Kirtan chanting, Renaissance and Baroque church music. Looking back, perhaps this wasn’t a turn so much as a return:

“My parents first met in a Siddha Yoga ashram in California where they both spent years following a guru named Swami Muktananda…[and] I grew up meditating and chanting with them. So throughout my childhood, there was an awareness of both Jewish and Hindu liturgical traditions,” says Jesse. 

Indeed, the vibrant, multicultural dreamscape on The Low Hanging Fruit is a great departure from the rough, woodland edges of Hospital Blossoms. The Wailing Wall has expanded his instrumental palate, including the disparate choices of sitar, singing saw and pipe organ. Still, Jesse maintains his trademark attention to detail and a preoccupation with language. “Throughout the ages, mystics have come up with some astoundingly beautiful ways to express things that are inherently beyond expression. I am in love with the poetry of the Bible, especially Psalms and Song of Songs, and have also been heavily influenced by St. John of the Cross, Rabindranath Tagore, Mirabai, and Rumi, among others.” 

The Low Hanging Fruit is the product of a difficult year for Jesse, fueled by a series of personal setbacks and letdowns. However, even in times of darkness, Jesse was able to find some sense of comfort, hope and spiritual purpose in the act of self-expression. On “For C.M.R,” he laments “that light is hidden still because/the light hides like it always does/sometimes I wonder why we bother trying/but still somehow we able on/another dusk another dawn/and I feel another song my lips are forming.” 

The record could not have come together without Jesse’s collaboration with ANTI recording artist Tim Fite. Tim guided the recording process, which primarily took place in a barn in Columbia, NJ, with additional work in a high school auditorium in Blairstown, NJ, Tim’s studio in Brooklyn and Wesleyan University’s memorial chapel. “My process in recording and performing has always been to follow spontaneous moments of inspiration…[but] Tim taught me how to make a record with care and patience, to put consideration and work into every single note until it is at the exact place where it needs to be, and to let those moments of spontaneous inspiration lead to even greater moments of total awareness and control.”

Over the past few years, The Wailing Wall has been joined live and on record by a diverse and lengthy list of co-conspirators, including members of and contributors to such bands as Camera Obscura, Titus Andronicus, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Pepi Ginsberg, Mountain Man, DeLeon, Dinowalrus, The So So Glos, Thanksgiving, The Grates and Wolf Colonel.

Bones_Become_Rainbows


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti announces North American Summer tour

April 23rd, 2010

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will be hitting New York on May 4 for a sold out show at the Mercury Lounge with R. Stevie Moore, one of Mr. Pink’s personal heroes – after a short European tour in June, the band will return to North America for a run of dates with Pearl Harbor and Magic Kids, launching in LA and wrapping up back near home at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.

The band’s 4AD debut record, Before Today, consists of twelve tracks (including the single “Round And Round”) and will be released worldwide on June 8th 2010 on CD, LP and digital formats.

Six months in the making, Before Todaywas recorded in part in Encino at the House of Blues (once Tito Jackson’s home studio) with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones’ grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread) as well as at the band’s home studios. The result is a beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.

The outfit now consists of reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals).

Before Todaycover art conceived by Douglas Lee.

Prior to the album, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will release “Round And Round” (backed with “Mistaken Wedding”) as a limited edition 7″ and digital download single on April 26th. Fans can hear “Round And Round” on 4AD.com and new subscribers to the band’s mailing list can also download the track as a free MP3.

Listen to Round & Round

ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI

04-May New York, NY Mercury Lounge *

09-Jul Los Angeles, CA Echoplex#

10-Jul San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s #

12-Jul Portland, OR Doug Fir #

13-Jul Seattle, WA Neumo’s #

14-Jul Vancouver, BC Biltmore #

16-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge #

17-Jul Denver, CO Bluebird #

19-Jul Minneapolis, MN Entry #

20-Jul Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #

21-Jul Detroit, MI Pike Room #

22-Jul Toronto, ONT Mod Club #

23-Jul Montreal, PQ La Sala Rosa #

24-Jul New York, NY The Fillmore / Irving Plaza #

25-Jul Boston, MA Middle East #

27-Jul Philadelphia, PA JB’s #

28-Jul Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel #

29-Jul Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #

30-Jul Atlanta, GA Earl #

31-Jul Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree #

02-Aug Denton, TX Hailey’s #

03-Aug Austin, TX Mohawk #

05-Aug Tucson, AZ Plush #

06-Aug San Diego, CA Casbah #

07-Aug Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar #

* = w/ R. Stevie Moore

# = w/ Pearl Harbor & Magic Kids