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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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Last night the moon came

June 3rd, 2012

Its funny cause I looked up at the sky last night and saw it was a full moon night. Now, our dear friend AZ has sent us today a Jon Hassell piece called ‘Last night the moon came’. So here you are – coming from the master himself, and for those of you who don’t know some trivia about Jon, here it is in a sentence, plus listen to this wonderful track… .Jon Hassell -”A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world’s music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling – all of this led to Fourth World – the unique blend which Jon has described as “worldly music” to underline a more subtle equation at work and to discourage the simplistic labeling of “world,” “jazz,” “classical,” “minimal,” or “ambient”….


At Home with..

May 27th, 2012

On the top left corner of his homepage it states: “Raymond Scott is a Composer, inventor, pianist, engineer, electronic music pioneer, and a control freak”.. I admire this dude’s work for quite some time now, and could never understand how it works together, you know, being a control freak and an innovator at the same time. I mean, if you want to leave the path, you got to let go off the stirring wheel, got to bend them rules, and when you hold on, you might loose the freakin edge. I guess you guys will never have to worry about shit like that cause, somehow he managed to do some serious damage…and for more than half a decade. This piece is almost 60 years old, and it hits my slimy soul exactly in the right place…..still does today..


Lineage

February 1st, 2012

This is one of the best albums I have heard in awhile. It takes a second for you to realize how serious Zach Saginaw is about his art. After listening to this masterpiece 3-4 times I have read his Ghostly bio and understood where this extremely rich output comes from. ..”Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design. Zach’s father spoon-fed him old Motown and jazz records by the crateload. Zach picked up the drums at an early age, spending much of his childhood playing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor music scene. After nearly flunking out of high school—save for his music studies—Zach spent three years studying jazz at the New School in NYC and three more in London, where he began woodshedding, obsessed with learning electronic production. Soon enough, beats materialized, Zach moved to Brooklyn and took up the name Shigeto. His upcoming 2012 release, Lineage—a mini-LP of sorts that has a complex constellation of sounds and ideas that we have come to expect from the producer/drummer. Shigeto was one of the first of a wave of young artists who grew up influenced by the label’s early output. And again, names come into play. “Putting out these records on Ghostly isn’t just ‘getting signed,’ for me,” says Zach, “it’s becoming part of a family, an influence that I’ve respected forever”…. Purchase the album HERE

 


Sultans of Swing

November 25th, 2011

We were busy filming a little documentary today about Django music’s followers, our Sultans of swing, a band we love and respect, and we have been following their career for quite some time now. The name of the band Swing De Gitanes and expect a lovely documentary real soon only on Lofiles.org


EN NUESTROS VIAJES

November 22nd, 2011

I am not really a Jazz music fan (Actually you could call most jazz fans I know fanatics, cause they are really into it and are extremely emotional about it and take criticism as if it is a personal offense). Since I have started reviewing music on Lofiles exactly 3 years ago, I have published 1400 posts, and I think only 5 of which were about jazz music. Sometimes, all that knowledge these Jazz cats do have is too much for me to grasp, the ignorant peasant I am. But why do I exhaust you with the long intro. This is the extremely rare occasion where I Actually wanted you listen to this Jazz record I like, even if you are not a jazz fan/atic. Its called ‘EN NUESTROS VIAJES’, (released 6 months ago) and this is a dialogue between 2 very talented musicians, (I called it a dialogue cause judging by the way this record sounds they really listen and respect one another).

Matt Davis plays the guitar and Javier Resendis plays the Rhodes. Cassette is out on the Galtta record label/ Studio and available at their shop or could be downloaded digitally only for 5$.

 


Recordstoreday

April 19th, 2011

We are aware Record store day is celebrated on the 16th of April , but we believe you should buy them records all year long plus that`s our small contribution, we have designed a poster for the ETSY artist community record store day poster so here you are…AND BUY THEM RECORDS AT ONE OF THOSE OLD SCHOOL RECORD STORE located near you THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR AGES..Like Kimber`s  Stinkweeds for example..


What does the Anemone got to do with it?

February 8th, 2011

Answer is: Nothin. Just loved the way it looks. Got a mail from Charles Eric Charrier. Charles-Eric Charrier, half of the duo MAN, has recorded multiple albums, film scores, and collaborative projects with painters and choreographers. Now he has an album out, ‘Silver’, which he recorded with Collaborators Ronan Benoit and Cyril Secq. Acording to Experimedia, which releases Silver, this project is a lesson in release and tension. You`ll find it  hard to categorize their creation. It`s roots dig deep into free jazz and modern composition, touching psychedelic, rock and electronic music as well. It`s not the first time we write about Charles Eric Charrier, and if you wil take the time and listen to The Silver preview, you`ll understand why we really dig the this gifted artist.

Silver preview


LOFILES 2ND BIRTHDAY

December 3rd, 2010

Twenty-four months, 1,100 posts, 500 artists, and we are so happy to still be here, exploding with energy (yeah, believe it or not, we’ve still got some strength left in us). Some of our favorite artists have sent us lovely birthday presents, from songs they wrote especially for the occasion, original clips, fun photos, and birthday wishes. We have so many great gifts to share with you.

We really want to thank our devoted followers and supporters, all these great artists we believe in and whose music we love so much. So Happy Birthday Lofiles….and may there be many more!

OUR BIRTHDAY


Gypsies

November 25th, 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.

Mirel_Reznik

Swing_De_Gitanes


Local hero

November 12th, 2010

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

Long Story

‘Peacemaker’ is out now on Anova music