I love Men. No, don’t get me wrong, I prefer women sexually, but this art/ performance collective Men, founded by le Tigre`s JD Samason, together with Michael O`Neill (Ladybug) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi is the new shit. They make political dance music, and the succeed in making real left field cutting edge music using the sweetest pop elements. Listen to ‘Off our bodies’, original and remixes and video.
Archive for November, 2010
I have just heard a Django Reinhardt track, and remembered having heard those 2 local artists playing at a radio station in Tel Aviv, one band is Swing De Gitanes, and they are on a Django Reinhardt successors mission, 2 classical guitars and upright bass, and the other one is violinist Mirel Reznik, a Klezmer Gipsy master, playing a violin guitar swinging piece. This is the actual broadcast session.
We have shot a 30 minutes film of the New Andalusian orchestra during sound check before a concert in one of the most important auditoriums in Israel. It is fascinating to see these great musicians, so different in mentality and approach to music and life. Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- Oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and Tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations. TO watch all three parts.
The New Andalusian Orchestra is the successor of the previous Israeli Andalusian Orchestra which had been terminated in February 2009 due to the dismissal of all musicians and workers, most of whom refused to be dissuaded and therefore continued to hold rehearsals and concerts in a steadfast struggle for government recognition and public funding.
This struggle was met with success when the Israeli Ministry of Culture granted the orchestra recognition on February 28, 2010. This was accompanied by the decision to retroactively fund the orchestra for their activities in 2009 and to veto the Ashdod Municipality’s petition to transfer these funds to their service.
Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations.
In a week or so we`ll bring to you a filmed general rehersal that took place before a special event in the memory of Joe Amar. This rehearsal was filmed with a consumer videocam using the camera`s mic only.
Young Magic is Carpark`s new addition to a long list of beloved artists like Cloud Nothings, Dan Deacon, Ecstatic Sunshine, Light Pollution &Toro Y Moi . Originally From Australia, now residing in New York, Young Magic is Isaac, his portable studio, and friends. These songs were recorded over the last six months in various places around the world:. These various locales are sampled and integrated into his unique sound: Late 60′s psychedelic soul combined with today`s groove. ‘You With Air’ / ‘Sparkly’, a special 7″ vinyl and digital edition limited to 500 copies worldwide, out Feb 8th on Carpark records .
Delays, reverbs, sustain, distortion, loops, feedback & guitars are all used as an instrument by Kevin Greenspon to make heavy duty ambient guitar collages, usually on the lofi tip, released on vinyl and cassettes. This is a Guitar-based solo song/sound project from the outskirts of East Los Angeles, CA. Has performed with notable artists such as Lucky Dragons, Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and French Quarter.
First connotations; Joe Strummer, The Clash, Gogol Bordello & King Kahn. The Black Needles are a rootsy rock trio from distant Sao Paolo and they kick big ass. No Bullshit Rock/ Punk /Grunge /Rockabilly. Gtr, bass & drums, and the guitar sounds like it ought to sound. No wonder the local promoters (Sshaking records) who brought us King Kahn and the BBQ show, were responsible for this awesome gig we saw last night at Levontin 7, took some wild videos, hopefully we`ll share those with you in couple of days. Anyhow, from the very first note I have heard from them, I have drifted back to the ‘London calling’ days, yeah, that right, and last night was a sort of Clash revival night, that`s what they really remind me of, and if those guys will survive the winding road they have chosen, that`s not the last time you heard about them.
You are not going to find too many posts about Free jazz on the Lofiles site. The main reason is that I am afraid I`d get lost in this endless world, so usually, I don’t even try. But there are exceptions. One example is Albert Beger. Albert is considered the Israeli free-jazz and avantgarde movement ambassador, he is a gifted musician, a brilliant saxophone and flute player, and if that`s not enough, an academy lecturer and teacher.
I really dig this new album of his, ‘Peacemaker‘. You know why? Cause it makes me think, and ask questions, and dream about stuff. Great records do that to me. It has the power to carry you away, and puts you in a better place. One might think Peacemaker is about this divided battle fed land we live in, or deals with other dramatic international issues no one could solve. But it isn’t. It is a personal journey, about one of the most difficult challenges you`ll ever encounter, which is to learn to live in peace with yourself, something not to many are lucky enough to achieve during their life time. It seems like Albert did, although , the life of an artist who doesn’t compromise his art is not easy .
The sound of ‘Peacemaker’, is the sound of a mature player, who doesn’t have to prove he is a virtuoso to no one .
The Electroacoustic band complements Albert`s style , the electric gtr sounds sparse, clean & sweet , blends nicely with the Upright and the Brushes, plus tasteful addition of electronic textures .
Albert, without exaggerating, is an appropriate successor to the legends he was influenced by, the likes of Sonny Rollins, Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman and… Trane…
I love dirty beats and scratchy vinyl type sounds. Especially when ancient formats issues are so relevant, after Sony`s announcement last week.. Let`s declare this week as an ‘Analougue revenge week’. Munich based trio, Saroos, consists of 3 musicians/ tech wizards, Florian Zimmer (Jersey), Christoph Brander (Lali Puna, Console), and Max Punktezahl (The Notwist), and their 2nd album, ‘See me not’, is coming out this week on Notwist`s label Alien Transistor (row) and on Anticon (u.s. and japan). I have been listening to the title track, ‘See me not’, an instrumental hip hop type of thing, my favorite so far. This is a hypnotic piece, carried by a slow rough saturated breakbeat , enhanced with the sparse and smart use of odd samples and sounds & ultra distorted guitars. Saroos are bulding it`s tension slowly and while the track never really explodes, it is quite enough to keep you at the edge of your seat.