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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Snow Patrol are talented musicians but have always been in between the cracks of being not indie enough for the Scandinavian’s and too poppy for the indie sound in the States. I’m hoping with this new record they have nailed down the sound that can take them where they want to be. This track off their new album is really enjoyable, reminds me of an upbeat Jose Gonzalez song with catchy stomps and handclaps. That cover is pretty spot on if you don’t count the overused font, I saw it on the street and had to share it with you guys because what i love about is the craft, I’d like to see more designers create something and photograph it once in a while when it comes down to simpler ideas like this.
I saw Low Motion Disco earlier this year DJ in some basement in Manhattan with a few DFA DJ’s, he was really good and dropped some deep cuts but he was djing with a Pacemaker which is this gross iPhone/PSP looking DJ gadget that makes the DJ look even more of a dope which I hate saying but it’s true and us dj’s don’t need anymore things like these especially when you see them thumbin’ thru mp3′s and dancing with it in hand.
The Dead Texan is half of Stars of the Lid on the adored Kranky label, i’ve been saving this song to put on a mix but had to leak and share a favorite of mine with all you since I think it’s a great Monday song.
The Outrunners are pretty much 80′s synth driving music and if you listen to a lot of the posts I put up here you’ll notice i’m a fan of that sound. It’s pretty repetitive which isn’t a bad thing and makes you want to get ready for the big game against the undefeated champions while your the underdog from a small town but has the heart of a true champion.
Snow Patrol – The Golden Floor
Low Motion Disco – Things Are Gonna Get Easier
The Dead Texan – When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You
The Outrunners – Blazing Speed & Neon Lights With You
Tonight is Halloween and I tried my best to put together a Halloween post but it was almost impossible without doing something too generic so at the bottom there’s something special for the holiday, probably not the best to play at work. To be honest I only watched it with the sound off and skimmed thru it since it’s probably the scariest video ever. As for the music the Isolee, Paape and LCD Soundsystem tracks are a few favorites of mine to DJ when its a diverse crowd, so if you’re DJing tonight or tomorrow(Scott!) here are some crowd pleasers.
Hatchback and Sorcerer have done it again by teaming up as Windsurf for an LP, another full collection of tracks in 2008 that we can sit down and listen to all the way thru. The release is available only in Europe right now but soon to be here in the States but if you live in California you can catch them today at the Apple Store, San Francisco October 30, 7:00 p.m.
It’s Wednesday and all I want to do is enjoy some slower old favorites even though that Atlas Sound release i don’t think is even a year old yet. Does anyone remember Electric Birds? I’m pretty sure he’s a professional skateboarder if i’m not mistaken.
André Obin is similar to what I heard coming out of the UK in the late 90′s like the usual names that might make you a little less interested like Sasha or Underworld but he puts a refreshing twist to it that might be more stiff and cuts out the cheese and dishes out the vocals and synths more upfront.
Royksopp’s Night Out keeps up a great pace and offers such great dynamics, its such a crowd pleaser with elements of DJ Shadow and The Avalanches but dips into really nice psychedelic parts and the breakdown towards the end which reminds me of Pink Floyd and it fits right in without any interruption.
Now we get to probably the catchiest song of them all of 2008, Empire Of The Sun, I must have listen to this song 20 times already today. I didn’t know what to think of it first time(kind of like an episode of Tim and Eric on Adult Swim) around but now I catch myself trying to stop singing it so just be warned before you listen. The video looked like so much fun to make, looks like they had a nice size budget and plenty of freedom.
DFA has a newer signing Runaway who DJ quite often in Manhattan, a lot of distant disco guitar noodling and keeping it simple and dark, a nice way for a DJ to keep a late crowd from leaving.
Everyone knows what the Risky Business Soundtrack cover looks like so I figured I’d use this chance to post one of my top 10 favorite album covers: the Tangerine Dream Poland cover (above). Love On A Real Train is just so grabbing and epic, for me its really one of those songs that I wish I would of made. This Peter Broderick track made me realize that i’m a sucker for repetitive finger picking. I heard about Peter Broderick thru a Norwegian guest that i had staying over that performed under the name The Library Tapes, I’m glad I finally looked into his Home LP. I was really just expecting this Paul Kalkbrenner track to be another techno track but its not at all, its this dubby shuffle simple track that is being used for this movie soundtrack called “Berlin Calling“, i’d file it under “If Radiohead made simple dubby techno and didn’t use Greenwood to help”. This Clap Your Hands Say Yeah song in my mind couldn’t be better, I could put it on my headphones and block out anything I don’t want to think about and just become instantly happy, everyone needs one of these “In Case Of An Emergency, Break Glass and Listen” tracks in their lives.
School of Seven Bells’ full-length debut, Alpinisms, is best introduced with a little etymology: Mercurial French author Rene Daumal defined “alpinism” as “the art of climbing mountains.” Art, of course, means many things: the perfection of craft, the transcendence of spirit, the physical world and the truth found beyond it. Alpinists, then, are both athletes and mystics. They practice “pure” climbing, hands gripping the cragged incline sans rope or guide, forcing their bodies ever-upward in the name of earthly enlightenment. “Alpinisms,” says Daumal enthusiast and guitarist Alejandra Deheza, “are mountain-climbing songs.”
Alpinism is an electronically enhanced pop record of dizzying highs and claustrophobic lows, whose painstaking conception shows in its detail-laden crevices. On the album’s best tracks – the polyrhythmic dream-pop of “Face to Face in High Places,” the nervous shimmer of “My Cabal,” the menacing lilt of “Iamundernodisguise” – Benjamin Curtis constructs layers of shoegazing, moire-patterned guitars, while sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza intertwine their near-identical voices like the fingers of praying hands. Throughout, the whole heavenly affair is tethered to the ground with a glitchy, tribal thwomp.
In Alpinisms, technology collides with cryptic religious imagery and airtight songcraft; knowledge begets action; and School of Seven Bells master an alien climate with effortless artistry.