Its hard for me to write during the day. Actually, everything seems to be tough while the sun is out. So invasive. That’s when I feel completely naked. Like a kid who has lost his mother at the mall. What you need at times like this is something that will carry you away….maybe a good dream pop song. Easy to digest, that would do the jobe right away. Field Mouse is a dream pop band from Brooklyn, NY. It consists of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral breathes, both writing the material. This is not an original, but its a great version of The twin Peaks theme, especially the gorgeous B.G vocal layers.
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Melody Elder is the debut tape release by Pittsburgh-based The Garment District, the new musical project of multi instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, who was a founding member of Brooklyn‘s The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records). A dreamy lofi bedroom naïve charm., a great gift for someone you know who wants to drift away..a collage of cheap funky little synths, experimentation, nursery themes with appearances by Jennifer’s cousin Lucy Blehar on lead vocals, Jowe Head on bass. There is something real fresh about this record, just sit back, light up whatever youre smoking and let it carry you away…don’t fight it..Purchase the record HERE
Stefan Pedatella doesn’t need subtitles. It is not the first time we mention those Brooklyn boys, Translations, and the moment you`ll hear Pigeon Suit`s guitar riff, you would understand where they come from and after being introduced to previous tracks like ‘The wanderer’ and ‘Tarantella’, we could tell you where they are heading to. We love ‘Pigeon suit’ 60`s garage R&B rockish flavor and we look forward to be hearing a whole album cause this track sounds like a good old Stones song.
listen to Translations ‘Pigeon suit’
When you say No bullshit you talk about these guys, She keeps bees, a duo from Brooklyn, Electric, Drums and voice, just perfect. Nothing is missing. Just the way music should be made. Listen to ‘Focus’ and learn from them.
Itamar Ziegler – Now residing In Brooklyn, born and raised in Israel, this extremely colorful and gifted songwriter brings some respect to our battle fed up homeland. Showcasing his skillful writing and arranging abilities , Itamar`s music has knocked us out the box. You could find Beatles influences traces, Arabic motifs and real strong melodies, while my favorite track is ‘Ode to Nature’, so unique sounding, great guitar riff and awesome change. Not to mention the Arabic meditative’ The story must be told’, the Hombre Lobo sounding ‘Onions‘ and the gorgeous ‘Nani song’. We are very proud of this local gem we have discovered by accident, and hope to bring you more from this talented guy real soon.
I like ‘Moose Collision’ by Milagres, a Brooklyn Quintet of their ‘Seven Summits’ album
New York Dates:
2/6 – Glasslands W/ Class Actress – Brooklyn
3/13 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn
Twin Shadow makes the sort of music that one imagines would perfectly soundtrack the premature but poetic end to an affair. Shimmering, synth-heavy arrangements underpin bittersweet modern soul songs, all of which seem to document some sort of recent or imminent loss. FRACTIONSOFONE.COM
After a stint living in Berlin, Bowie and Kraftwerk obsessive and former band-hopper George Lewis Jr. moved back to his home base of Brooklyn and started writing affected electronic pop under the name Twin Shadow. This backstory is maybe not that unique, but Lewis’ elicitation of songs as enigmatic as “Castles In The Snow” and “Yellow Balloon”–both co-produced by Ed Banger affiliate Mickey Moonlight–certainly is. They’re like a wiser, well-adjusted alternative to glo-fi, due on a forthcoming 7-inch in March with another set to follow for Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear)’s Terrible Records. Yes, this dude will probably have a really good year. RCRD LBL
This is like the soundtrack to those moments when the drugs still haven’t quite worn off; you’re still smiling broadly and glowing, but firmly rooted to the sofa. He has a single due out in March, so look out for that. It seems Brooklyn never runs out of energy, so we are looking forward to what else appears throughout 2010. THERECOMMENDER.NET
So the story sounds a little familiar. At least at first, as George Lewis Jr. recalls his 10-round bout with writer’s block, a struggle that was broken by searching the streets of Berlin for the ghosts of Bowie, Reed and Pop. Because that’s what artists do when they get tired of playing rock ’n’ roll, right? They revisit the point where the gods of glam and four-alarm guitars discovered such groove-riding Germans as Cluster, Kraftwerk and Can.
“The whole experience of living in Berlin was very cinematic,” explains Lewis Jr., “reinforcing the idea of being in a place where you can indulge just about any fantasy, creatively and personally. What I wanted to do came out with such clarity once I got back to Brooklyn—I spit a bunch of songs out right away.”
A couple standout recordings from those early bedroom sessions are “Yellow Balloon” and “Castles In the Snow,” which will be released as a limited 7” in March. These songs also serve as the phantasmagoric foundation for a forthcoming LP of new songs that’ll be released through Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) Terrible Records later this year. Driven by brittle drum breaks, crystallized keys, rubber-soled bass lines and galloping guitar chords, the double A-side single is a poppy but peculiar introduction to Twin Shadow. The solo project took on a life of its own last year, as Lewis Jr. found his calling amid a steady diet of laser-guided synth lines and layered loops.
“I remember the first time someone sat me down and made me listen to an entire Kraftwerk record,” says Lewis Jr. “I think it was The Man Machine. Anyway, I freaked out over it, because it made me realize why I loved David Bowie’s Low for so many years. I mean, I still listen to Led Zeppelin at least twice a week, but I don’t want to hear someone trying to do that anymore.”
He also doesn’t want to hold anything back after many years of bouncing between bands and exploring the tone poem side of songwriting with the Bill T Jones Dance Company and Lewis Forever, an ongoing performance art project with his three sisters. One of which is his twin, although that doesn’t quite explain the Twin Shadow name. Think of it as a movie title instead—a film adaptation of Bowie’s Berlin years, as filtered through the waking dream lens of David Lynch.
“It’s kinda crazy how new all of this is to me,” he says. “Everything is very spontaneous. That’s the other thing I learned in Berlin—that it’s okay to change, because it’s all connected in some way. Whatever I learn today is something I’m going to apply tomorrow. The tough thing is finding some cohesion. But that’s okay. Musicians who don’t evolve can only be a part of our cultural existence for so long, you know?”
The Silent League is a difficult band to trace. Formed in 2004 in Brooklyn by Justin Russo (at the time, keyboardist for Mercury Rev during the classic Deserter’s Songs / All is Dream era), The Silent League may sometimes appear like an on-again/off-again relationship between a collective of musicians interested only in periodically making records, playing shows, and disappearing again. This may be true. While nobody in New York ever seems quite sure whether or not the band still exists (their second record, ‘Of Stars And Other Somebodies’ was never even released in N. America, and is due for re-release), the name carries weight all over the city. Lay tracks through the past 5-6 years’ worth of new music (take Arcade Fire, Beirut, St. Vincent, Stars Like Fleas, Bishop Allen…) and you’re going to run over more than a handful of people who began with or spent time creating music under the name The Silent League…many of them still do, you just don’t know it. “We don’t really care about maintaining a place in the industry. There is enough noise in the world and everyone has other work to busy themselves with”, says Russo, “we try to keep it new, detached…we make music when we think we have something to say that isn’t already being said”.
The Silent League is releasing a new record, it’s third, in Feb 2010, ..But You’ve Always Been The Caretaker. This time with the idiosyncratic producer, and band-member, Shannon Fields at the helm (founder and producer of the unclassifiable Brooklyn collective Stars Like Fleas, and whose musical credits include Helado Negro, Miho Hatori, Doveman, and many projects that ignore rock and pop altogether), the band spent time at various upstate farmhouse studios with recording and mixing engineer D. James Goodwin (Scary Mansion, The Bravery) crafting a somewhat different record. More explicit is the group’s affection for the soft rock and artrock power ballads of the 70s (the group initially bonded over a common love of ELO, Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music and Bread), but the moodier and more unhinged qualities that have always been subtexts in the band’s music have been pushed forward. It is an evocative, jarring, sometimes disturbing and densely woven record that seems nearly to ignore contemporary indierock but which sounds very little like its antecedents or any obvious contemporary reference points. Rather than chasing the endlessly tiresome “reinvention of rock”, The Silent League, with one foot in sterling songcraft and the other in the Brooklyn diaspora, has sculpted stunningly fresh new music with the decapitated pieces of rock’s MOR family tree.
01/16 – New York, NY Blender Theater at Gramercy &
01/28 – Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls
01/30 – Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
02/01 – Washington, DC DC9
02/03 – Nashville, TN The Basement
02/05 – Gainsville, FL The Atlantic
02/06 – Jacksonville, FL The Sinclair
03/17-03/20 – Austin, TX SXSW
Alcoholic Faith Mission started in Brooklyn, NY in 2006. The apprentices of dejection, Thorben Seierø Jensen and Sune Sølund, were wandering around in the raw wintery-streets, shooting the breeze and brushing on alcoholism when suddenly before them was big neon cross. This was a holy congregation called Apostolic Faith Mission. “It’s just like booze is to the alcoholic, they thought. A true mission to withstand an empty existence; an Alcoholic Faith Mission. Three months later the duo’s underplayed and dogmatic debut, ‘Misery Loves Company’, was ready. Dogma’s for the album, which was recorded in a small bedroom in Copenhagen, was that recordings had to take place at night, lit by only candles and always under the influence of alcohol.
Two years later they went back to Brooklyn to seclude themselves in an old factory loft at 421 Wythe Avenue and came up with an alternative active creation process for the new album – perhaps one that was a bit easier on the liver. They tried on a selection of straightjackets for inspiration. Everything used to make the music had to be found within the loft’s four walls – creating some obscure, yet fitting sounds such as that of dictionaries beating each other to become an electronically muted bass drum.
This way of working turned into their second album; named after the street where they lived on – ’421 Wythe Avenue’.
There is a lot going on top of Zaza`s hypnotic grooves. Ambient soundscapes full of echoed guitars and lush synths lines a pads creates a unique atmosphere. They sound a little like an upgraded 80`s band. They sound real good, this Brooklyn duo and I recommend you check them out.