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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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Vorleben

May 28th, 2011

A live album of solo piano pieces, recorded in concert in the beautiful church Grunewald of his adoptive hometown Berlin, Vorleben demonstrates Dustin O’Halloran’s abilities as both pianist and composer.

All the pieces here are taken from Dustin’s two solo records – Piano Solos vol. 1 and Piano Solos vol. 2*, released in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

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Shitgazed

April 11th, 2011

Psychedelic Horseshit are a gloriously messy band rooted in lo-fi punk experimentation, allthough they’ve kept a step ahead of the lo-fi scene by inventing a new sub genre they have christened ‘shitgaze’. Hailing from Colombus, Ohio, the Rust Belt capital MTV described as “ground zero for lo-fi punk, They began using a bunch of battered equipment, recording to four-track cassette, with a cardboard box for a bass drum and junkshop guitars and keyboards. All of a sudden, via a joke reference on their myspace page, ‘shitgaze‘ (the lo-fi genre-term they coined in satire of the early-’90s British shoegaze phenomenon) blew up and found them getting interviewed by MTV as well as being written up everywhere from Spin to NME. In 2010, a limited edition cassette, ‘Acid Tape’ signalled a move towards something more dazed and liquified, increasingly electronic.Signing to FatCat in late 2010, Psychedelic Horseshit‘s debut album for the label, ‘Laced‘, is due out in May 2011. ‘Puff’, the first track of ‘Laced‘, has inspired me to create this graphic scribble, and glued me to my tiny headphones for the last couple of hours or so…

Puff


Dustin O’Halloran

December 17th, 2010

…”I live on two sides of an ocean. I also have a musical project named Devics with Sara Lov. Most days I am locked away in the studio. I am always searching for new recipes and a piano that speaks to me”….

Dustin has been just signed to Fatcat`s 130701 imprint.

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Fatcat new signing

December 17th, 2010

Fatcat has signed Jóhann Jóhannsson, an Icelandic musician, composer, producer and an active member of the country’s artistic community (as co-founder of the Kitchen Motors label / Think tank / art collective, founder member of Apparat Organ Quartet and also as a serial collaborator).

Odi_et_Amo


News splash # 24

November 5th, 2010

Check out our News Section for frequent news updates

Fences announce more tour dates, begin ‘Girls with accents’  fan video contest.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band Remixed by Fujiya & Miyagi, Clock Opera, and More!

Delicate Steve Reveal “Wondervisions” Cover Art + Tracklisting / Featured On NPR All Songs Considered, On Tour Now With Fang Island/ Debut LP Out Feb 1st. On Luaka Bop

Iceland Twin Sisters Pascal Pinon to Release Debut Album on Morr Music, Offer “New Beginning” for mp3 Download

Wild Palms – Live stream of Electrowerks show + New Site + Video + Team Ghost Remix

Ducktails sets street date for new album

Gregory & The Hawk single ‘Olly Olly Oxen”  (FatCat, 1st November)

Hear the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart single, West Coast tour launches this week!

Twin Shadow Premieres Remix Of Hooray For Earth’s “A Place We Like” On Pitchfork, Remix Of The DrumsMe And The Moon” On RCRD LBL / Starts US Tour Next Week / Debut “Album” Forget Out Now On Terrible Records (US) & 4AD (ROW) on 11/15

Jack White-produced Laura Marling Single To Be Released Nov 9th 2010

Arbouretum To Release “The Gathering“, Fourth LP Out Feb 22nd On Thrill Jockey Records/Pitchfork Premieres “When Delivery Comes” Acoustic Video

Les ShelleysThe World Is Waiting For The Sunrise’ (FatCat single, 29th November) and UK dates with Gregory & The Hawk

Hauschka special ensemble show at Bush Hall, Tuesday 9th November and UK dates following

Lord Huron releases Mighty EP via bandcamp, announces LA shows


Silje Nes – Brand new single ‘Crystals’

May 6th, 2010

First coming to FatCat’s attention via a unique, utterly charming demo received out of the blue in 2005, her quirky, adventurous debut album, ‘Ames Room’, opened out like a series of intricate constructions, the whole teeming with a playful sense of life. Followed shortly by a 4-track EP, ‘Yellow’, Silje subsequently embarked on tours of the UK / Europe / USA, but since then has remained quiet, spending her time in her new home in Berlin, constructing this beautiful follow-up.

‘Crystals’ is the first single from new album ‘Opticks’ which is released on 13th September.

Nearly a year and a half in the making, ‘Opticks’ is a gently enchanting new record that – whilst again home-recorded – dramatically upgrades Silje’s sound and sees her making considerable advances on her debut, ‘Ames Room’, which was released in January 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. Intricately constructed, warm and brimming with melodic hooks, ‘Opticks’ is a record full of wonder and unfurls a series of increasingly accessible and catchy little songs.

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter Silje Nes grew up in the tiny town of Leikanger, in Sognefjord, Norway’s largest fjord, before moving to Bergen in 2000. Having previously been in an indie pop band, played timpani in an orchestra and bass drum in a marching band, Silje began making her own music in 2001, recording on 4-track demo software through a tiny inbuilt microphone on a laptop. Guided by the excitement of discovering interesting new sounds and instruments, she made use of whatever equipment she could get hold of – guitars, an old synth, a cello, a drum kit, a laptop, as well as loop pedals to build layers of her own playing. Little by little she also found ways of including her own voice, both as texture and song, and her music has organically evolved from there.

Whilst once again mostly home-recorded, ‘Opticks’ (the title references Isaac Newton’s 1704 book about the science of optics and the refraction of light) has a far richer, fuller sound than its predecessor and is the result of a more focused approach. Starting from scratch with an end goal rather than being an collection of existing pieces with additions and reworkings (as on ‘Ames Room’), it was made with different equipment and in different surroundings. Created between autumn 2008 and winter 2009, the album was mixed with Tarwater’s Bernd Jestram. More melodic and a little less experimental, it’s a fully coherent album and its beautiful combination of sweet hooks and lush, intricate textural detail ensure that it’s a place that listeners will want to return to. Silje’s beautiful, breathy vocals are projected further forward in the mix than previously, becoming less another texture than a central focus for the whole.

Orbiting around Silje’s unique vocals, tracks are constructed from a wide range of instruments and effects – guitars, drums, viola, bass, xylophone, electronics, keyboards, concertina, flute, trumpet, percussion and “basically anything i have lying around, adding random recordings of things, video clips, effects…” Initially utilising a computer to layer sound, Silje has increasingly tried to remove herself from the machine – reworking some of the material on a 4-track cassette recorder in an attempt to simplify things, but ultimately ending back with the computer exploding the material into “even more complicated stuff than before.”

Crystals


David Karsten-Daniels & Fight The Big Bull ‘I Mean To Live Here Still’ (FatCat album, 21st June 2010)

April 2nd, 2010

Daniels flew out to Virginia in January 2010, joining the the band to play through these songs in White’s converted attic space at night, before a three-day, self-produced session at Lance Koehler’s Minimum Wage studios in Richmond, playing the tracks live, all together in one space. Daniels began an exhaustive mixing process after taking these recordings back to the West Coast, exchanging detailed notes online with White, this dialogue being of similarly collaborative weight as the earlier composition methods. 

David Karsten Daniels – an immensely talented, formally-trained composer/musician with a background in hymn singing and four-track experimentation, and a release history of gentle, acoustic, plaintive folk music embellished with touches of orchestration and jazz – made a tentative connection with Fight the Big Bull in 2008. The latter, a nonet led by composer/arranger/guitarist Matthew White, exist loosely in the Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Ornette Coleman plane of jazz, yet are fiercely, often unpredictably, unique. The band’s head-spinning spirals of instrumentation and experimentation, a modern counterpart to fundamental traditions of experimental jazz, to Ascension and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, are described, aptly, as “messy, glorious, big-hearted.” Comprising trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombones, upright bass, electric guitar, percussion and drums, their instrumental pallette is truly broad in its scope despite its markedly traditional makeup. Listen


The Twilight sad New Single ‘The Room’ 7”vinyl/ digital formats 29th March 2010

January 28th, 2010

The Twilight Sad release a new single ‘The Room’, from their hugely acclaimed ‘Forget The Night Ahead’ sophomore album through FatCat on 29th March.

Beautiful but foreboding, The Room is in part inspired by Hubert Selby Jr’s (Last Exit To Brooklyn, Requiem For A Dream) second novel ‘The Room’ and the accompanying video – featuring David Lynch’s grand-daughter – was directed by Nicola Collins in LA, who helmed the documentary ‘The End’ .

Built around an insistent thumping drum and descending piano refrain, Andy MacFarlane’s distinctive overdriven tremolo pushes the song toward an overpowering climax, James Graham’s bruising Caledonian burr framing a subtle and unsettling lyric. My Latest Novel’s Laura McFarlane also guests on the track, playing violin.

Early versions of ‘The Room’ and b-side ‘The Neighbours Can’t Breathe’ originally appeared as ‘Untitled #27’ and ‘Untitled #28’ respectively on the 2008 compilation ‘The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents And Hit The Road’.

The Kilsyth quartet announce a UK tour in March and April as follows:

March

24th – London, Garage

25th – Manchester, Ruby Lounge

26th – Oxford, Jericho

27th – Sheffield, Harley

29th – Aberdeen, Moshulu

April

2nd – Glasgow ABC

Produced and mixed by ex-Delgados’ man Paul Savage and guitarist MacFarlane at the legendary Chem19 Studios in Glasgow, latest album Forget The Night Ahead is darker set even than it’s hallowed predecessor Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, it’s cacophony broadening to incorporate the band’s most melodic and also most thrillingly discordant moments yet, the influence of artists like early 80’s Cure, Neu, Wire or Shellac as evident as longer-standing comparisons to MBV or Joy Division. “We have definitely moved on from ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’, musically and lyrically,” says MacFarlane. “It is a step forward from the first record, the song writing and the sound of the band has moved on from that time, which is something we’ll always try and do, we don’t want to ever stand still and make records that sound like each other.”