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.
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You may know The Notwist from listening to Lali Puna or Ms. John Soda or visa versa, I guess if you break the band apart they are all pretty talented. Pilot has alway been a favorite of mine because its got this variety of style in the playing thats in the same range, i like to this of The Notwist as pretty big influence on a lot of bands albums in the mid 2000’s like Phoenix, Snow Patrol, and others that sounded like they’d fit onto an extended soundtrack for Lost in Translation.
OOIOO is a 4 piece all girl noise rock group out of Japan that release on Thrill Jockey(who is home to Tortoise, Sea and Cake, Califone, Radian, etc.) I think what attracted me to their sound is this similarity I hear to certain Slits songs and some stuff my mom listened to when I was young that was coming out in the mid 80s from Eastern Europe’s punk scene that didn’t count on just thrashing out but more distorted/experimental yet not too noisy singing style, building rhythm sections that wasn’t focused on getting you to dance but to just take over the room and the crowd, and upbeat feel at times.
If you heard this Flying Lotus & Kode9 live set that we posted awhile back then you might recognize this Rustie track as the complete crowd pleaser. Can you notice the Mike Tyson Punch Out uppercut sample? Mux Mool pointed that out, totally made the song even better for me since that was my first NES game I ever bought and played.
I’ve only met Konrad Black a couple of times, once I found out he was part of the original Circlesquare group which was great to hear since I loved the early work and the other times he was haunting dancefloors with this dark, sexier, and slower dj sets that would always make me want to pull my hair out because it was soo good. The track that has always grabbed me was this song that I had labeled “Scrawled In Blood Across Your T Shirt” but I guess that was the name of the EP, either way whatever the songs name is its off an EP called that but I have no samples to verify the track name, you’d think 240 Volts which is run by Swayzak would have some kind of info or samples or track times to help me find a copy of this song but thats fine I could never really get mad at Swayzak.
The Notwist – Pilot
OOIOO – OROKAI
Rustie – Bad Science
Konrad Black & Selfpartwo – Busting Down The Door With A Shotgun
Flying Lotus released an EP today which included some remixes as well as 2 new ambient tracks, i’m definitely a fan of both, the man has some talent, when you see him live you’d never think this would of came out of him especially when he drops Lil’ Wayne.
Mux Mool has been on tour with Dark Party(Eliot Lipp & Leo 123) for awhile now(I think 2 or 3 months now in a Scion), he’ll probably be at the Chicago Tycho show this weekend, pinch him for me if you see him he will be the 6 foot 4 guy that should be playing but you might be able to catch him in town later the next week or in your town if you don’t live in Chicago because he has been all over the US, either way this is one of my favorites by him.
Nike has a great mix series going for people that workout unlike myself (except i’m starting up a roller hockey team, if you live in Brooklyn and play indoors let me know), one of the better ones on iTunes is the LCD Soundsystem one which is 45:33 mins long. Well DFA is doing a remix EP which includes this Prince Language remix that i’ve heard him use and kill dance floors with, hope its on vinyl.
Went to the Seaport this weekend in Manhattan to see School of Seven Bells and also caught The xx, really nice stripped down…gentle punk? is there such a thing? either way, they have a ton of buzz and definitely worth checking out.
Name 2 professional athletes that wore the number 77 or 76.
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Choir of Young Believers have finally hit the States this week, the band reminds me a lot of Band of Horses but Choir might have the upper hand on the singing end. I’ve seen Jannis sing maybe 3 times when they stayed with me this winter and each time it might of been the most impressive human talent i’ve witnessed even beating out any Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Jannis strips the songs down live to just him singing on guitar and his lady friend on cello and some pedals and they can literally do any of their songs that usually involve up to 9 people if I remember correctly.
After listening to this 13+ minute Destroyer song I think they should change their name for 2 reasons: first one is because I want to use the name because Destroyer might be the best band name ever and the second is this song doesn’t destroy at all, its whimsical at moments almost and drones around like a Piano Magic song until we’re introduced to an almost disco kick and it becomes a whole different exotic animal.
Slow Hands told me Manuel Tur is still in his teens?? if that’s true than this kid will be owning the electronic/disco scene by the time all this mates finish college if he can hold down this diversity and sound. Can someone like Trus’me or Prince Language do a long edit of this song, i’d love to have that on vinyl.
I heard a lot of very good female vocalist’s this weekend that I was impressed with, PhilistineDSGN aka Danny turned me onto Velour 100 which is a band from Ypsilanti, MI(home of City Center, Wolf Eyes, etc) while I started buying up a few songs of Kate Bush on iTunes that i didn’t have on this computer, I don’t even need that Chromatic’s Running Up The Hill remix anymore.
This Fever Ray video has to be a favorite of mine now, I try to explain to musicians that a video can be done with a small budget if you have creatives on your side that aren’t into recycling old ideas or following a certain formula, to be honest i’d love to just talk to some crazy on the street and get his incite on something totally off topic and whatever he says make that the video but this Fever Ray is far from simple, she just a has a great creative head on her shoulders.
As for Warpaint I heard it at Urban Outfitter while buying shoes, I love the recording style of this band a lot because i’d never listened to it if it was cleaned up, i’d probably think it was complete trash.
We follow a lot of Kompakt on the blog, they actually have been a big influence on the Moodgadget label as in having a Pop Ambient compilation series, Michael Mayer’s IMMER mix series and the classic TOTAL series. I picked 4 tracks that I think really stand out for me while giving it a good listen. This Coma track been perfect for these middle of the night insomnia sessions i’ve been having, a ton of quiet drives that swell while you’re finally dozing off sounds lovely to me.
I’ve been trying to think of another album that samples tennis and nothing comes to mind besides this new DJ Koze track, kind of reminds of something Philip Sherburne would use in a mix to separate some 90’s shoegaze and the most recent Villalobos 12″.
Justus Köhncke should be in Sebastian Tellier’s position and greeting you at American Apparel with 7 inch vinyl and One Size see-thru tee shirts, Justus has been doing the sexy playful and distant slow dance music since I can remember. Dirk Leyers of Closer Musik does an outstanding edit here by taking the original to a 10 min mark.
Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb doesn’t receive enough credit for his work under his birth name, the man did a crazy record with Dabrye, a gorgeous album called Honig Pump, and now adds another class remix to his catalog for The Field.
Underworld’s Jumbo will always go down as one of those songs that no music snob should feel right making fun of because its just an overall beautiful classic song with one of the best samples in the intro with the old guys talking about vests OR they’re just kidding themselves and their bitter and on one of these levels:
A. They listened to Underworld Beaucoup Fish way longer than all of us and now hate it because they showed up late to the other music genre parties.
B. They had a great experience at Love Parade hearing it as a raver but some sweaty muscle dude walked by and just smeared body sweat across their face and every time they hear “Nice lil vest, light!” they can still smell that sweat on their face.
C. they have a bad collection of music with not much depth and are very critical and own a lot of R.E.M. CD’s that their hiding for no reason and are too embarrassed to even share high school photos of themselves on facebook.
I remember someone was so kind enough to turn me onto Paul White on the blog and I just tried to search the comments but no luck to give them any credit. Paul White is pretty similar to Bullion(by the way, Bullion and Pilooski killed it last night, super nice guy, had dinner with him and told him about the blog and he dropped this amazing track that Busta Rhymes sampled to make Dangerous that blew my mind) but with a more silly side to him, really love the tracks and just soo much fun to listen to but a little short but hey it makes me press rewind.
Been waiting for a new Hudson Mohawke song forever, this bad boy has been floating around all day yesterday on twitter and blogs, the good people at Warp are nailing it this year. Rising 5 has this Onra feel to it but the highs and instruments really make your eyebrows raise in a good way.
To be honest I never listened to Calvin Harris, you know how you just see a musician’s name around certain brands and promotion that you just never get around to hearing what they do because they’re tied in with just odd pop culture that you’d never feel like you would enjoy whatever the person is offering creatively? well thats how I feel about Calvin Harris BUT when this song picks up after the intro I really had to throw all that other crap out the window that’s tied to Calvin Harris in my head, all in all pretty great remix work here Mr. Harris, is the album good?
Bullion is debuting tonight in the US in New York and tomorrow in Los Angeles at Low End Theory, definitely worth checking him out, here is some more info on the DJ/Producer at Turntable Lab.
Aug 11 2009 – 11:00P Plan B – New York, US w/ Pilooski, In Flagranti
Aug 12 2009 – 11:00P Low End Theory – Los Angeles, US
Free Spirits Intro Sweet And Innocent – Express Your Love Iron Butterfly – It Must Be Love The Moody Blues – I Don’t Mind The Manhattans – Follow Your Heart Birtha – Feeling Lonely The Bee Gees – To Love Somebody ELO – Telephone Line Joni Mitchell – Solid Love The Four Tops – Still Water (LOVE)
Let’s Kiss Blonde Coeds Interlude Adrian Baker – Is This Love Ned Doheny – A Love Of Your Own Tony Grey – She’s My Love The Koobas – Woe Is It Love My Dear? Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – More Love
Free Spirits Outro