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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To get the full effect of a lot of the music posted here I usually would suggest headphones because I want you to sometimes hear all the little changes and parts in a song kind of like this Yo La Tengo song and some of the ambient pieces. I remember listening to the Summer Sun album on vinyl years ago and worrying that I was going to ruin my copy because I playing it too much. The beginning sounds like a little satellite calling out for attention and then slowly it picks up and becomes a song that almost forces you to smile because it doesn’t scream for attention but so attractive. It just sounds like its gently just having fun in the corner and you’re invited to hang out with it. When I hear this song I always picture someone crying and then stopping and then trying to hold back a smile, good work Yo La Tengo.
I can’t say I like a lot of Clue To Kalo but this song Empty Save the Oxygen reminds me of Lemon Jelly meets early Dntel, a perfect way to change pace on a mixtape for a close friend.
Soul Jazz Records Ltd doesn’t mess around and if they experiment and sign something off the beat and path of electronic music i’m willing to follow it for a while and give it a chance. This is the first i’ve ever heard of Subway, the songs give off this vibe that detailed things are growing and building around you, its perfect music for suspenseful Nouveau Circus or fans of Tangerine Dream songs that get to the point or DFA’s Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom.
Have you heard Shadows of Tomorrow and tried not to nod your head? its impossible and thats a fact.
Excuse the abstract image but i’ve already posted about this album in March which featured Cheerleader so I thought something a little different might be a good change of pace because every blog has been writing about this Brooklyn band. I still haven’t dove into this album completely because of DEMF but if I heard Ready, Able I wouldn’t of posted Cheerleader or Two Weeks. Ready, Able has a slow waltz and Eddie sounds abit like Benoit Pioulard to me, you see now that’s a duet I wanna hear in 2009.
One of the best voices i’ve heard live since i’ve moved to Brooklyn is a no brainer, 24 year old, Danish, Greek and Indonesian Jannis Noya Makrigiannis gave me goosebumps. He stayed at my place for about a week, one of the nicest guys, dressed like a southern European Italian Vogue farmer and right off the bat you could tell the guy had a kind heart and when he performed he looked like he was made to perform music and sing.
Nothing wrong with just throwing in a random Sonic Youth song to ground us.
Okay so i’ve become a Dubstep junkie, don’t tell anyone. I’ve looked high and low for the most energetic yet slow moving and heavy hitting tracks. I really think this might take over the US finally in 2010. This Joker cut has elements of a Top 40 rap anthem but its soo chunky, 8 bit, and twisted, i’m sure my neighbors love it too.
As you can tell i’m a huge fan of Bibio and his new direction isn’t too surprising but definitely a noticeable difference, it’s less lo-fi and sounds like he added some dubstep kicks to makes the whole overall sound more round. A 7 inch vinyl single will be coming out on Warp on June 8th with this song will drop before the LP, I look forward to hearing the B side and all the other songs, should be a great surprise.
Type Records grabbed up the distant serenading City Center and this new LP is full of echoed vocals and gentle guitar strumming, such good atmosphere and timing in all his music, it really helps me to relax.
Deastro is giving away a free EP called Grower, its all instrumental and almost sounds like he woke up in the middle of the night and had an amazing brainstorm for an EP and knocked it out in hours by finessing very similar sounds. Its an epic masterpiece at times and its super kind of him to just give it away for free like that.
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas are back at it again, first off they make me feel like I should never touch a synthesizer because really they make it sound soo easy. This track takes me on this journey like i’m riding into space on an all silk loosely put together yacht and I have an epic plan and a long to do list of how to save the universe but i’ll doing it at 15 MPH and not worrying about how and when I do it though. Within a minute of just listening you might end up starring at your computer and just thinking who are these guys and how do we make sure they never stop making new music.
With Detroit Electronic Music Festival over I needed to find a mix that summed how good it got at times and this recent Resident Advisor mix does a great job and I think some of you Tim and Eric fan might like the tracklist towards the end.
Seth Troxler has been the face of the new generation of DJs coming out the US that gets it because he has the depth when it comes to knowing new and old records, has the confidence to throw out that curve ball track to a full dance floor, and lives the lifestyle that many of us would just stare at and be floored that he can live thru it all by being able to DJ at 6pm or 5am or even noon the next day.
TRACKLIST Home and Garden – Broken (Brennan Green (On The) Reprise) – Icon Recordings Omar-S – I-Love-U-Alex – FXHE Records Woolfy vs. Projections – The Return of Starlight – Permanent Vacation Beat Happening – Our Secret – K Chromatics -In The City – Italians Do It Better Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’- Warner Talking Heads – Slippery People – Sire Records Company Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made Of Sand – Polydor Animal Collective – Prospect Hummer – FatCat Records Cat Power – Can’t Get No Satisfaction – Matador Louderbach – Autumn – M_nus< David Bowie – Space Oddity – RCA Victor Arthur Russell – Your Motion Says – Rough Trade Marine Girls – 20,000 Leagues – Whaam! Records Handsome Boy Modeling School – I’ve Been Thinking – Elektra Home and Garden – Sexuality – Classic Home and Garden – Broken (Brennan Green (On The) Reprise) – Icon Recordings Tim and Eric – Universe – Adult Swim The Pack – Vans – Jive
I’m not sure how well they sound walking the streets but they might be worth(15 USD price tag) checking out if you have a few minutes to kill and your ears hurt from headphones, seems like the good guys at Turntable Lab enjoy them…
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ITunes has a decent layout, I mean you can’t do much especially if you end up updating it weekly and the artwork can range from pretty good small album art icons to just awful ones. One way of making the pages on iTunes more appealing is these custom artist pages that iTunes staff picks out, the photos seem to be exclusive which is always a nice addition.
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter has a great blog for a musician, it might be one of the best if you like humble, talented and informative people. I’m guessing he makes these mixes on the computer because there isn’t much mixing going on but the eclectic tracklist caught my eye even if the mix is a few seasons old.
TRACKLIST Beach Boys – Three Blind Mice (Smile Demo) Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn’s Done Come Bobak, Jons, Malone – On a Meadow Lea Telepathe – I Can’t Stand It Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go Residents – Is He Really Bringing Roses? Suicide – Cheree Evie Sands – I Can’t Let Go Autechre – Drone Nico – Camera Obscura Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is Shugie Otis – XI-30 Alvin Curran – At Harmony Ranch Robert Wyatt – Little Red Robin Hood (Hit the Road)
So the BBC Radio seems to be the best known radio station in the world for exclusively having songs and being able to play them first and its no different in this case. Domino Recordings handed them a great remix of Animal Collective’s Summertime Clothes which included this Dam Funk remix that pretty much nails the remix if you love synths and funk at a uptempo pace, the remix has such a natural feel to it, it’s so unforced seems like it should be an original.
You may have already heard about the Animal Crack Box and how its only limited to 1000 pressed and how some someone already dropped 2,400USD+ on a copy on ebay. I have been listening to it, its pretty good, i’d maybe pay 40USD tops for a copy of the vinyls at most just for the collection aspect of it. This release just makes me think how much of a crackhead my parent’s thought I must of was collecting hockey cards and having to wake up on the weekends to drive me to the card shows so I could look at the 1000USD limited hockey cards that 45 year old men sold with their stained sweatpants and too small of New York Rangers matching sweatshirts and their bellies partially showing while I spent my allowance on mystery packets of a random collection on pieces of paper that i’d just organize and store later in the evening. I hope they didn’t think I was going to turn into one of those guys but i’m sure it crossed their mind more than once. ok. back to music.
Terrence Dixon, someone once called him the Aphex Twin of Detroit Techno, he is a minimalist not that minimal techno stuff but a true minimalist and a care taker of melody. If you sit and listen and hear what he repeats its pure gold, the magic really lies in the subtle panning of certain parts of the song and well placed additions that pop up perfectly, A must have in your collection if you like to just space out into your design work while the song is chopping away at the waves like your cruising in 1st place in a sailboat race.
So I just found about this Pink Floyd band, just kidding.