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Germany’s Ghostandthesong has been crafting off-kilter experimental pop with crispy production for a bit in the underground. On this release, he stretches out of the pop genre for the most part, exploring tape manipulation, drone, experimental and free jazz. It is a far out listening experience and contrasts nicely with POTIONS more low key, drone and groove experience.
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Woods is sharing the B-side of the recently released 7″ single for “Cali In a Cup,”. The band has also added even more dates to their Fall tour. Two weeks ago, the band premiered the first video from the album , the Adarsha Benjamin-directed “Cali In a Cup,” filmed on Super 8 at and around this year’s Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, CA. The band launches a national tour in Atlanta on Sept. 26 where they will team up at various points with White Fence, Widowspeak, Purling Hiss and The Walkmen.
Earlimart’s System Preferences is a lush and lovely soundtrack for a sad, beautiful world. It’s an album that touches on disillusionment with and acceptance of technology, complex relationships, and lost weekends. The Los Angeles-based duo of Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray retain tones and textures familiar to fans of the band’s six previous albums of whispering and stomping indie rock, but they’ve grown as songwriters and producers. From familiar sonic waters they embark on a journey that allows them to get lost — with the novel excitement that entails. System Preferences is their sonic dead reckoning resulting in a joyous return to the band’s Californian port of call. System Preferences sounds like Earlimart without sounding like any other Earlimart album. It will be released on the band’s own label, The Ship, digitally on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 on CD and LP.
Jib Kidder Steals guitars. actually, its a harsh word, so lets say he borrows. Besides, its not guitars, just guitar parts. He samples all those country and spaghetti westerns, rootsy American guitar parts, that actually could fit perfectly on a Tarantino movie, and turns this frantic mixture into funk heaven. As he states on his bandcamp page, he has been creating new junk out of existing junk for the past 15 years. He got the Midas touch for funk, manipulating those breakbeats and turning them into his own. Using all those cheesy bits and pieces as an instrument, and mastering this art in such a creative manner, turning his music to an upgraded Wiseguys version. While playing his ‘Steal guitar’ record (released few months ago), I had a feeling this record reflects my life right now. There is something so meaningful for me about this organized clolorful mayhem, and it truly fits the frenzied mood I am in right now, plus, I find it ultra inspiring. Incredible, my friends.
It seems as if this summer is hotter than previous ones, especially on the mixtapes end. After a real extradope Jennifer Baron mix, we are thrilled to introduce you to an up & coming talent of the lofi scene, Lotec, who has been kind enough to share his tremendous flair and passion with us, thus curating and mixing one of the sexiest summer tapes I have heard in a long long time. Lotec is not new to the scene, a long time pianist and music lover. This is not the last time you are going to hear about this very young lady, so watch out…
1. Eidolons – Xylem & Phloem
2. Heliotropes – Moonlite
3. Broncho – Losers
4. Fear of Men - Green Sea
5. Daniel Bachman – Perigee Moon
6. Old Arc – Toxicabra ft. Kail
7. Oneothrix Point Never – Only Have Eyes For You
8. Here We Go magic – Make Up Your Mind
9. Dead Leaf Echo – Act Of Truth
10. TOPS – Evening
11. Atlas Genius – Symptoms
12. Yourself in Peace - In Transit
13. Paz Lenchantin – Kentucky Hymn
14. Sacred Caves – On the Outside
15. Magical Mistakes - Its Cold and Beautiful
16. Western Affairs – Control
17. XXYYXX – About you
18. Oscar Key Sung – All I Think About Part 1
One of my favorite recent records was ‘Melody Elder’, a stunning recording venture by the extremely talented multi instrumentalist Jennifer Baron (a founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor – Merge Records), who has been recording under the moniker The Garment District. There is something striking about this project; maybe it has to do with Jennifer’s naivete, or unpretentious approach. Its quality lies within its authenticity, and while listening to track after track, you sense this childish truth throughout. I was very pleased she had gladly acceped my challenge to curate a mixtape for us …. And the next thing I know that this is one of the freshest dopest haziest psychedelic hippie mixes of songs I have heard in awhile, and cant wait for you to hear that too…besides, listen to her wonderful Garment District stuff as well and purchase it HERE.
June Dissolve: The Garment District mix for lofiles 06.24.12
1. Wild Flight: KPM Library Record
2. A Road To Nowhere: Carole King (demo)
3. Sweet Mountain: American Spring
4. A Pearl Is Not a Diamond: White Fence
5. Summertime (Childhood’s Impossible Now): Supreme Dicks
6. Dreamin: Twerps
7. King of the Rumbling Spires: Tyrannosaurus Rex
8. Raider: Judy Henske & Jerry Yester
9. Calm Me Down: The Human Expression
10. Transport: Alessandro Alessandroni
11. Iron Pigs: Blues Control
12. Rose Athens: Arc Light
13. Technicolor: The Cyclist
14. So In Love: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
15. My World Fell Down: Sagittarius
16. Devil’s Nightmare: Alessandro Alessandroni
17. Nobody Like You: Lee Hazlewood and Suzi Jane Hokom
18. Für Luise: Cluster & Eno
19. A Letter In The Past: Asei Kobayashi & Micky Yoshino