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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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The death of the Walkman

October 31st, 2010

Since its launch in 1979, around 220 million Walkmans have been sold worldwide. The retirement of the Sony Walkman in Japan was announced last week the day before the ninth anniversary of the release of the iPod.

In the mid 80`s Sony took over CBS, back then the largest record company in the world. Sony, also the leading manufacturer of CD players, started releasing CD`s and stopped producing records, vinyl, thus changing the face of the industry forever.

Man, there is nothing like the sound of a vinyl or cassette tape. I still have tons of them and vividly remember getting on an airplane equipped with my fancy metal Sony Walkman and a bag full of cassette tapes. Back then we were certain the sound was incredible, but the truth of the matter was it really had its own character; if you were listening to a high quality cassette tape, you were in heaven. I still own a Rockman, the Walkman`s brother-in-law, another great invention (invented by Tom Scholz of the ‘Boston‘ Hall of Fame). Plugged in to your Rockman, a small guitar amp with headphones, enables you to ride on your rollers for example (I was an eye witness to that in Venice beach, CA), with your guitar strapped around your neck and the sound is awesome – nice distortion, chorus, and stereo sounds. I even know musicians that used to plug their Rockman into an amp to get a certain kick ass sound. Plus, the analogue hiss has its own character, and I have noticed the ‘Lofi advantage’ it has these days; the sound this site loves so much. And it`s becoming trendy, all those projects released on cassettes only – it provides an excuse for the sloppy sound and makes the music sound spontaneous, like you don’t really give a damn. Many of those bands we write about and bedroom electronic musicians release their work in limited editions, 150 – 500 copies on cassette tapes at the most, thus making each copy unique, something like a signed reproduction in visual art.

But if that`s not enough for you, Panasonic, another dinosaur and the manufacturer of some of the most popular turntables, Technics (legendary 1200`s, I still have one), used by musicians and DJ`s all over the world, have announced that they too will discontinue production by the end of the month. The Technics turntables were very popular due to the use of the Direct Drive (via magnets) turning mechanism and their heavy 12.5-kilogram base (composed of what is known as the Technics Non-Resonance Compound), which isolated the platter so as to reduce feedback and the chance that the cartridge would jump.

I still remember moving from analogue to digital and listening, trying to figure out what was missing. It was like, too perfect, no noise, no hiss, like humanity was dying, it was unnatural, as if from another world, like living in a vacuum. Try it – put your headphones on and listen to something on a portable CD player and then on an MP3 player – listen to the sterile sound. And what about saturation, a word many of you have never heard of, meaning hot recording to analogue tape, the kind of analogue tape border of distortion that you wanted to achieve, great for drum, bass and heavy guitar sound, something all those fancy plug-ins try to imitate – and do, so poorly.

Not to mention the screwed up MP3 or WMA or OGG sound, with the artificial low and high end , with a system`s frequencies are boosted by a factory preset – to give you the illusion it sounds great; everyone swears it sounds so good, pointing at a fucking 50$ multimedia system?

You are invited to my crib to listen to a pair of old JBL monitors and after you heard a track on those, you could tell me your Logitech Subwoofer and 2 tiny Twitters sound dope….

Fuck it man, I am going back to tape.


Halloween treat

October 31st, 2010

We have just recieved a treat for Halloween – the sexiest present, a John Barry style movie theme from ‘Les Deux Love Orchestra’. Bobby Woods is the king.

Experiment In Terror


Hiss 2

October 31st, 2010

And if we have decided today is a hiss day,  grab a hissy treat from Pastiche Instrumentals by LeRoi Da Moor by Cleveland tapes

Boutique


Hiss

October 31st, 2010

Hiss is such a relevant word these days, after Sony has buried the Walkman last week. Soon enough Tape hiss would be a term you read about only in history books, but till then, you could head over to the Leaving records site, and download Delofi`s awesome latest full of hiss tape and donate to the artist.

Track_8


Violent Sensations

October 29th, 2010

This is the brand new video from Violens for the song “Violent Sensation Descends”. Directed by Alejandro Cardenas, it is the first video from Violens’ debut full-length Amoral, out November 9 on Friendly Fire. It would probabely remind you of the 70’s Italian horror films of Dario Argento, and it is a nice macabre little treat for Halloween.


Winter Drones

October 28th, 2010

Leon Dufficy is known as the guitarist of Hush Arbors but, and this is his new musical venture titled ‘Winter Drones’, which was released on cassette via Sexbeat Records, but if you haven’t heard of it so far, don’t you worry, cause it`s gonna be remastered and rereleased by Weird Forest this coming December.

Listen to Winnie Coopers Bones


Insected

October 28th, 2010

Woodsman with a new track, Insects, definitely their best so far, with Randolph sounding like Ian Astbury in the good days, (a complimemt), and a brilliant guitar riff (that Robert Fripp wouldn’t  be ashamed of) riding throughout this incredible song. The best guitars we have heard in quite some time.

Insects


An afternoon treat

October 28th, 2010

This afternoon I treated myself with ‘Rico`s pawn shop’ on repeat from our beloved Dylan Ettinger.

rico


News splash # 23

October 27th, 2010

Quinn Marston Releases Debut EP, New DIY Video for “Can You Hear Me See Me Now?”

Shilpa Ray  AHHH- Patti Smith Show and Cornershop Tour news

El Boy Die Premieres “Dead Kings” On Pop Matters / “Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins” Out Now On

Semprini Records

Alcoholic faith mission Releases New Live Music Video – ‘Sobriety Up And Left’ + CMJ Recap!

Cage the elephant Announce NEW Album ‘Thank You, Happy Birthday’ OUT January 11, 2011 on Jive records

Twin Shadow Announce U.S. November Tour/ Premiere “Tunnelvision” Performances On Pitchfork TV /

Debut Album “Forget” Out Now On Terrible Records (US) & 4AD (ROW) on 11/15

The Luyas Announce Us Dates With The Antlers & Pains Of Being Pure At Heart / Look

Out For Debut LP Early 2011 On Dead Oceans

Fujiya & Miyagi Get ‘Psycho’, Release Album Trailer For Halloween


All night ‘All night long’

October 26th, 2010

The way the story goes:

…”I got laid off from my job at the end of last year and decided I needed a change. My girlfriend put in her two weeks and we moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou, Hawaii. It’s a pretty remote place outside of Hilo (i.e no plumbing/electricity/gas). We worked for meals during the day cultivating indigenous micro-organisms and learning the basics of sustainable living. We drank showered and cooked with rain water. It was a beautifully simple experience. In our downtime, she would paint and I would record. We’d have to light candles in an effort to save solar power to keep my computer running. We inspired each other a lot out there, and I think it shows on the album. She sings on a lot of the tracks on All Night. The music comes from a place of love and ease. The video for Endless Spring was shot there in our spare time, and the music was sketched out loosely over the course of a few months. We just kind of melted into one person. We were able to keep our heads above water for a few months before we both went broke and moved back to Chicago in April. I put together all the arrangements and field recordings over the next few weeks, and that became All Night. ”

Its not only a beautiful story, the album is just wonderful… Listen to   EndlessSpring.

The band is Houses, the LP is titled ‘All night’  on Lefse records. To pre order at the Lefse web shop