my blog is so messy.
i’ve been going over the pages here and there and i’m not satisfied! i’m going to start over and plan things out, have a set schedule.
if anyone is interested i’ll post the link here when i’m through with the new one!
Underground American folk anyone?
If you’re looking for something new and unheard of to cap the last month of Summer to, here is your point A: Lion Eater.
Lion Eater is a simple and delicately assembled musical sandwich that is the solo acoustic album composed by fellow tumblr blogger and creator Izzy Jarvis. Lime Stone will leave you with a nostalic, almost prideful aftertaste calling on coffee-house-blues and a distant leaf-clad Fall. The album is tasteful and sweet, linking Jarvis’s feelings to your own as if you could become one.
Lime Stone is promoted via Plan It X, where they promote many other folk, folk-punk, and punk bands and their awesome motto is as follows: “If it ain’t cheap, it ain’t punk.” Lion Eater follows their saying very closely by sharing her album free of charge via bandcamp.
Video of the Week:
Here’s the Barcelona-based music video for the new 2011 BATTLES single, “Ice Cream” (released back in May ) beautifully packed with creative imagery by director Luis Cerveró, who does more than justic for the experimental rock band’s sound and overall appeal.
Concerning this track, member Dave Konopka reported, “We asked Matias Aguayo to guest as a vocalist on this particular track, he kind of matched the level of sexiness that the song required. There was kind of an underlying level of sexiness that the song had and he kind of brought that out a little bit more”
‘Glass Drop,’ the new BATTLES album released a little over a month ago was the kick off to a spring tour. Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, widely known electronic composer Gary Newman, and an array of other guest vocalists are the components that accompany main members Dave Konopka, Ian Williams, and John Stanier in BATTLES.
Most of their progressive and upbeat 2011 album is instrumental, offering a different and almost entirely music based take of modern sounds coming from their genre.
Listen to Little Dragon preform a soulful, club-ready live cover to Crystal Water’s ‘Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee).’ Passionate, fervent front woman vocals of Yukimi Nagano accompanying the familiar beats make for a perfect track.
The song was broadcasted by BBC for all ears to hear from Ibiza and posted on the Little Dragon news site earlier this month as well as right here for you to enjoy over and over again.
Flying Lotus MixTape
A new mixtape has been made available to public via Brainfeeder; A Flying Lotus mix of Thundercat’s “Shenanigans pt. 1.”
If you enjoyed the latest Flying Lotus album ‘Cosmogramma,’ you will be very pleased with the experimental electronic mixtape that was posted August 4th. You should also keep an eye out for the debut Thundercat album ‘The Golden Age of Apocolypse’ releasing on August 30th.
Click the picture to download the mixtape free. Thanks, Brainfeeder.
Earlier this evening, around seven PM in Chicago, electronic roots band Beats Antique preformed at the 20th anniversary of the widely known festival, Lollapalooza.
In this rapidly growing electronic and somtimes pop infused year of music, it is refreshing to see a different kind of project arise; Beats Antique is like nothing you have ever seen or heard before. Not only does the group incorporate a collab of beats and sound patterns through a mac and a set of speakers, but they also include live editions as well: a brass section, strings, and percussion. As if that tribal acid trip variety wasn’t enough, music producer and widely known dancer Zoe Jakes contributes even further by belly dancing along side the incredibly organic tracks injected with heavy bass.
Members David Satori and Tommy Cappel brought flavor to the group post classical training and travels throughout West Africa, Bali, and Serbia amongst other fractions of the world.
Beats Antique has set the bar high in the music world due to their completely original sound the trio cultivated.
Video of the Week:
The first single (“Fallout”) off of Neon Indian’s new album, Era Extraña (which is set to release on September 13th in Northern America via Mom + Pop) set a mildly brooding and electronic but altogether pleasing sound for the album-to-be.
Also released off the new record with a different, more upbeat sound than the first single is the electronic-saturated song, ”Polish Girl” prepping audiences for an LP of love. Listen to it HERE.
After finalizing the recording of his new album in Helsinki this past winter, Neon Indian (Alan Palomo) is now touring Europe as well as the states.
1. Heart: Attack
2. Polish Girl
3. Blindside Kiss
4. Hex Girlfriend
5. Heart: Decay
6. Fall Out
7. Era Extraña
8. Halogen (I Could Be A Shadow)
9. Future Sick
10. Suns Irrupt
11. Heart: Release
Summer 2011 Mix
This mix is for Jordan Alexander Burby and Dimitri George Vakaleris. You are always in my heart, my thoughts, and this summer.
Here’s to you, Summer 2011:
Feel It Break:
1. Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian
2. The Cave - Mumford and Sons (Oozing with clicheness, so sue me)
3. Trouble - Metronomy
4. Missed the Boat - Modest Mouse
5. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
6. The Bay - Metronomy
7. Hunting Season - The Dodos
8. Romulus - Sufjan Stevens
9. The Noise - Austra
10. Foreground - Grizzly Bear
11. Chin Music for the Unsuspecting Hero - Foster the People
12. Drive - Matt Costa
For the past year (and maybe even longer, but the past year especially) marijuana has become a central topic for America, consuming various fragments of the musical world. Obviously singing, rapping, or reciting about Mary Jane has been occurring for years and years, however not in the same light as present day music is presenting the public with.
Artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi amongst many other Staples Center names have cultivated their careers off of one thing: weed. Because of the outrageously rapid growing popularity of the plant itself, potheads around the world have convinced themselves and many others that songs about weed are the coolest thing in the world; that the lyrics are absolutely budding (no pun intended) with artistic fervor.
Whilst performing on the Coachella stage at the festival this past April, Wiz Khalifa blurted a few words out over beats that were not his own and a recording of his voice rapping about smoke. He was- for some unknown reason- on the main stage at the festival looking out to a large crowd of hazy stoners. They [the crowd] seemed to be enjoying the music enough, but didn’t completely invest themselves until Khalifa hollered “Spark those blunts!” and other things along the lines of “Smoke weed” all while someone else’s original work and a recording saying the exact same thing carried on in the background.
Do not get upset, stoner. Songs about Mary Jane are much appreciated when tasteful. How likely is that these days in music that is widely broadcasted?
This is calling attention to the unnecessary fame of people who repeat the same gimmick song after song after song and because it’s about weed and that’s like, totally the key to coming famous. Anyone could write an hour long album about how bitches be bitches so we smoke our weed anyway.
In recent surfs through music blogs, more articles can be found about why Kid Cudi stopped smoking weed ( here, here, here, here and here; there are more) than new album reviews. The worst part is that people are actually upset over this.
WHY does it matter? An artist is an artist is an artist. Unless they were never really an artist to begin with.
I was only on vacation in my mind. It was a riot. Sorry for the long, long hiatus.
- P.S. Be looking out for some gnar posting action.