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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Moodgadget Podcast by HEADUP

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Ambient Moodgadget Podcast
You may see Alex/HeadUp once in a while commenting on the blog, he put together a wonderful ambient mix from various albums from the Moodgadget catalog. His Quiet Storm like narration complements the ambient electronic like a missing NPR show, it’s definitely a nice collection of songs to play in the background while you work or sleep, hope you enjoy it.

1 Entsounds – The Winding Sun (Arc Edit) – Growth EP
2 Praveen – Tour Around This House – Expanse At Low Levels
3 Shigeto – May – New Crossings
4 Calmer – Open Source – Past Is Present
5 A Setting Sun – Views From The Real World – No New Enemies Vol. 1
6 Viul – Wound Cotton Wound (Exerpt) – Summer’s Wet Work is Done
7 Tstewart – What’s This Color? – No New Enemies Vol. 1
8 A Setting Sun & Shigeto – Polaroid Romance – Table For Two
9 Kyle Bobby Dunn – Mobiles (There is No End) (Exerpt) – Fervency
10 Tokyo Bloodworm – Found Memories of Nature – The Rorschach Suite
11 Entsounds – Dormancy – The Growth EP

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Moodcast – Ambient Edition

Grizzly Bear+Bola+Tyler+Panda Bear

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veckatimest
A new Grizzly Bear track was leaked this week for their upcoming LP that is dropping in May, its no Deep Sea Diver or On a Neck, On a Spit but what is.

Bola – Glink could be one of the most impressive builds into pure enjoyment of IDM that hasn’t been used in a film, at 2:53 I dare anyone try to write anything higher quality sounding.

Grabbed this Tom Tyler track from a Idjut Boys mix that i’ll be posting more from, sounds to me like if Beck was commissioned to work on a track with Air in 2001-2002.

What is there not to say about Panda Bear’s Person Pitch LP? the style of song writing on this record couldn’t be more interesting to me. I still don’t get how he got to this sound, seems like experimenting with effect pedals we’re a big part of the creation.

Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader

Bola – Glink

Tom Tyler – Daylight Robbed Her

Panda Bear – I’m Not

Benoit Pioulard Tours

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Benoit Pioulard
I’d like to suggest more shows and tours to check out via the blog since most of you are probably too busy to check the local venues weekly. Scott and I have been posting about Benoit probably more than any other musician on here. Below are dates for his first official tour w/ Windy & Carl besides a handful of shows in the past few years. I’ll try and get some words from him about the shows and his setup soon.

Apr 23 2009 8:00P WhipperSnapper Gallery
Toronto, Ontario

Apr 24 2009 8:00P The Shop
Ithaca, New York

Apr 25 2009 8:00P Lunt Basement
Haverford, Pennsylvania

Apr 26 2009 9:00P Sundazed
New Haven, Connecticut

Apr 27 2009 8:00P Oxfam Cafe, Tufts Univ.
Medford, Massachusetts

Apr 28 2009 7:00P Le Poisson Rouge
New York, New York

Apr 30 2009 8:00P TBA
Richmond, Virginia

May 1 2009 9:00P Bebe Theater
Asheville, North Carolina

May 2 2009 8:00P 529
Atlanta, Georgia

May 3 2009 8:00P Bullhorn
Lexington, Kentucky

Benoît Pioulard – Ash In The Sky

Whitest Boy Alive+Mux Mool+CVJ+Doom

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The Whitest Boy Alive
Our favorite Scandinavian pop star Erlend Oye is back with his band The Whitest Boy Alive, by the sound of it after skipping thru some of the songs on the LP I feel like we got a intimate recording of the band in the studio, each instrument is upfront in big bold letters. I’m really loving the key work on the whole LP, gonna take a walk and check out the whole thing now.

Mux Mool’s new EP dropped today exclusively on iTunes, you may know him from the Ghostly Swim compilation or the intro song for the engadget podcast called gdgt run by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. The synth bass in this song is as warm as butter and the melody sounds like its straight from a soundtrack for an ending of a 80′s tropical action film, too good to miss.

Digged up an old Casino Versus Japan 10″ that was released on Wobblyhead years back, made me really miss Erik’s work. If your reading this Erik email me i’ll put out your album! damn you’re good at melody my friend.

MF Doom hrrrmm I mean Doom just never fails me, the instrumental here just guns down any imitators, the intro horns remind me of a fuzzy memory of watching an A-Team & Airwolf marathon on the USA Network in 1989.

The Whitest Boy Alive – 1517

Mux Mool – Teal Trim

Casino Versus Japan – Via Rouge

MF Doom – Kon Queso

Adelaide videos by Ryan Jeffery

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Adelaide
You may have seen Ryan Jeffery’s name on the blog before, he did the Benoit Pioulard video about a year ago. I first met Ryan when he did live visuals for Adelaide, he floored me, not only was the band amazing but the visuals that Ryan put together couldn’t of been done more perfectly. Ryan is the real deal, he would have about 3 mic stands around him and would have the top bar sitting horizontal that held about 80+ looped pieces of 8mm film each taped together separately making it look like he was surround by 80+ fastened thin belts. He then had 2 vintage projectors that sat side by side and pointed in the same spot on the screen that sat behind the band. What set him apart from any visual show was that he layered the 2 projections and would slowly fade in and out live and did his damnedest to sync his visuals with the music while changing the 8mm film live like a mad man. It was pure genius and I still to this day couldn’t believe his dedication to the minute by minute work he put in for every show. To explain how breathe taking the show was I one time saw Adelaide play in Lansing, MI a few years back and they played a show that had 9 bands playing that night but all of them were hardcore bands besides Adelaide, I stood their with the band and most of us had some kind of western shirt on or a plain tee but every single other person I swear had a black hoodie waiting to mosh and once Adelaide started and Ryan had the visuals going each and every kid sat down in that building indian style like 1st graders and watched them play each song, I couldn’t believe it.

I really had to dig for these videos and figure out how to convert them so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, I hope Ryan doesn’t mind that I grabbed them off a DVD that he gave years ago, maybe if enough of us fall in love with them he’ll let us keep them up.

Adelaide – Bombadiers


Adelaide – Bombadiers from Moodgadget on Vimeo.

Adelaide – Entrance


Adelaide – Entrance from Moodgadget on Vimeo.

DOYOUPKMELANGE? by SEBASTIAN B.

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Sebastian B. mix
I know very little about Sebastian B. besides the fact that he has a great record collection, when I visited Cincinnati last summer and ran into the super kind guy that was full of knowledge about his vinyl I realized he was pretty old school about things, I don’t even think he has a myspace which is pretty unbelievable to me in 2009 but also a nice change of pace. The tracks he picks in this mix range from 1981 to now, I really adore the ending few songs but one thing I learned about mixes recently from Michna who put out a mixtape on cassette this year is that they’re not made to be skipped around on to find what you want, you just have to trust the DJ that put it together to give you an hour of fresh and enjoyable songs.

DOYOUPKMELANGE? mixed by Sebastian B.

DJ Harvey/Mystic Slot
No Way Back/Disco Adventure (Black Cock/UK) (London/Los Angeles) (1993)

Trus’me
Nards (White) (Manchester/UK) (2008)/(Jacques Renault Laser EFX – IGETRVNG/NY) 

Phreek Plus One
New York Dolls (CompostBlackLabel/Munich) (Brescia/Italy) (2007)

Runaway
Just Got Paid (Wurst Edits/NY) (New York) (2008)

Force of Nature
Unstoppable (Version Idjut) (Headinghome/LA) (Tokyo/UK) (2005)

Kerri Chandler
Track 1 Atmosphere EP (157Shelter/NY) (New Jersey) (1991)

Chez Damier
A 2 1/2 Step (KMS/Detroit) (Chicago) (1992)

Radio Slave
RJ (RunningBack/Munich) (Berlin/UK) (2009)

Still Going
On and On (DFA/NY) (New York) (2007)

The Orb
A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld: Live Mix MK10 (Big Life/UK) (1991)

Grover Washington Jr.
I Can’t Help it (Motown/Detroit) (1980) (C/O (W)ALTZ SUNDAY HAPPYSET)

Linda DiFranco
T.V. Scene (WEA) (Tokyo/Italy) (1985)

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Saronoie (Plexus/Holland) (Tokyo) (1981)

Loose Joints
Tell You Today (Dub Version) (4th&Broadway/NY) (New York/Iowa) (1983)

Recorded using 92% vinyl

DOWNLOAD THE MIX HERE

Sebastian B. – DOYOUPKMELANGE?

Lawrence+Daedelus+10:32+Marumari

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Lawrence - Jill
Sten aka Lawrence held my #1 spot on my Top 10 list of 2008 and his 12″ vinyl single Jill on Mule Electronics in 2009 will probably be in my Top 10 list of singles in 2009. I’m a sucker for these lush melodies over the well crafted rhythm sections Peter Kersten puts together. He uses delay so well and mutes notes perfectly like some gentle tribal lullaby if there was such a thing.
I’m not sure what synth it is but it almost sounds like a faint chime in the melody, I think I heard it in 80′s-early 90′s sitcoms, now that sound is just a killing me its so good. Here’s a big fake Pitchfork review rating of 10/10.

Daedelus and his friends started their new label FoF Music which features split EP’s by different aritsts as one release, clever idea if the artists don’t mind, only problem is if you’re not feeling the other music by the other musician on the same release but that’s not the case here since Jogger really delivers some good tracks too. One thing is that vocal sample Billy Corgan? or does Alfred just have a great voice and we didn’t know all this time.

10:32 is Tim Koch who you may know from the free Ghostly Swim compilation on Adult Swim or from the Merck label if you have followed the Tycho catalog follows up with a digital EP on Ghostly with integrating acoustic guitars, female vocals, and raw found sound in a pretty distant and perfect way.

I feel like I talk about Marumari a lot on the blog, he is definitely a favorite producer, this track called A Girl I Met At the Rest Stop was the first song I ever heard by him, its off the infamous IDM compilation series Bip-Hop Generation. The track sounds like a more up front live Selected Ambient Work track like Pulsewidth but way more calm and slower going.

Lawrence – Jill

Daedelus – LA Nocturn

10:32 – Jitter Heart

Marumari – A Girl I Met At the Rest Stop