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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Gold Panda just announced his tour and is giving away a free unreleased track, maybe its an album track or maybe just something for an EP, either way that should make some fans excited.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Unknown Mortal Orchestra being a great live band but until now I only heard snippets and I think a remix. I finally put on the album and i’m a fan, I really enjoy how the drums are recorded and the fuzzy highs.
Subpop is sharing another Washed Out track from his upcoming album, sounds like something straight from the Ulrich Schnauss handbook to me.
I put together this short airy track yesterday and slowly disintegrated it under the name Heathered Pearls.
Austra – Lose It
Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla
Benoit & Sergio – Boy Trouble
Selebrities – 08 Time
Jeans Wilder – International Waters
Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure (Instrumental Version)
Bibio – Saint Christopher
Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Dark Star
Diamond Rings – It’s Not My Party
Craft Spells – You Should Close the Door
Midnight Televison –
Com Truise – VHS Sex
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Mea Culpa
Teen Daze – Surface
Clams Casino – Fakest Year Ever (Squadda B)
Eddie C – Listenin’
Magick Mountain – One for My Ego
D/R/U/G/S – Love/Lust (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)
Yasume – Slowly, Clearly and Calmly
Fourcolor – Skating Azure
Lusine – Double Vision
Cloudland Canyon – Heme
Monster Rally – Chaska Beach
Hype Williams – untitled ( and your batty’s so round )
Vince Watson – Solitude
Most people I talk to about Clark always wish that he’d make another Body Riddle style album which makes sense but when I hear Body Riddle all I can think of is that this man is genius and needs to be exploring different work, have his ups and downs and figure out more insanely impressive sounds to mash together.
Yesterday I heard this song by Flying Lotus and wanted to post it, I think it had maybe 1k+ plays on SoundCloud but now it has 33k+ plays which probably means most of you have heard it already BUT its still worthy of a post. Did I read correctly that this is a Massive Attack remix?
I came across Vacationer via D. Gookin’s suggestion and could only find one song that reminds me of the sound that was happening in the early 2000s after The Avalanches record got big, grab this song for FREE on their site.
Haven’t heard much from Foxes In Fiction besides that he is playing in the band Memoryhouse now and this this gem of a remix was shared to the public.
My official “summer jams” record is finally available and it couldn’t come at a better time, Com Truise’sGalactic Melt is mind tingling, full of future fuzz, and glows like melting hot glass. This album is like watching a volcano, not the eruption but more of the thick bright magma slowly oozing out unstoppable beauty. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This is the second in a new series of interviews where one artist interviews another, five questions each. Lately i’ve been hearing daily interviews and I’ve noticed too many similar questions keep coming up again and again. I’m hoping that the artist/artist format can give readers a better idea of what’s on the artist’s minds. I’ve also asked each artist to pick two songs which they’ve been listening to, all of which are posted above.
LOSCIL INTERVIEWING LUSINE
LOSCIL: If the world lost electricity tomorrow, would you continue to make music and how?
LUSINE: I would for sure. I used to plink around on the piano quite a lot. But, I’m not great at trying to come up with musical concepts before I mess with samples first, so it would be a challenge to write. And I think it would force me to collaborate a lot more, something I’m not always great at.
LOSCIL: Being a resident of the Republic of Cascadia, how (if at all) has this place influenced your music?
LUSINE: I love it up here. I think it’s nice to write music when it’s rainy outside, and it’s also a great place to escape the studio and go on a quick hike. As much as I love the big city, being in Seattle gives you a nice balance between the urban and natural settings.
LOSCIL: I’ve not heard any of your soundtrack work but I would really love to know more about this as I’m a big fan of soundtracks in general. How does your approach to music change when you work on soundtracks?
LUSINE: It changes in the sense that I’m not really making the music for myself. It’s nice to take direction and have a clear focus on what sound the director wants. And it forces me outside of my own set style limitations. It’s a good way to learn how to write different music and use instrumentation I normally wouldn’t use. But, I like to be able to balance that with the total freedom of making my own music, so I can take what I learned and apply it to my own music.
LOSCIL: Assuming music is your first love, what form of art is second closest to your heart either as a maker or appreciator?
LUSINE: Film. I am a slight bit of a nerd when it comes to movies, and maybe a bit too critical (or so my friends seem to think). But, it’s definitely my first outlet when I am wanting to think critically about an artform that I’m not completely invested in (although that has been changing over the years).
LOSCIL: What is your favourite sound and why?
LUSINE: My favorite sound?? When all is said and done, it’s probably the sound of laughter.
LUSINE INTERVIEWING LOSCIL
LUSINE: I think that maybe I hear a lot of ebow in your later releases. Regardless, it inspired me to get an ebow myself.Do you write any of your music on the guitar first, before layering it with electronic sounds?
LOSCIL: I didn’t play the ebow parts on Plume, they were played by my best friend Steve Wood and my lovely lady Krista Marshall. Despite being a guitarist, I seldom use the guitar in the creation of loscil music. Motoc is an exception. The main chord progression on that was created on the guitar and the pads are formed out of samples from those chords recorded on a classical guitar.
LUSINE: I still kind of have gearlust, despite that fact that a lot of the things I’m interested in probably won’t change my music all that much. Do you still have instruments or equipment that you would like to add to your studio?
LOSCIL: It’s funny because although I too love gear, I’ve always been a bit of an economist (read cheapskate) in this department. For years as a drummer, I didn’t own my own drums. But every now and then I certainly succumb to the desire to own some special piece of gear. The Monome is up there on my list.
LUSINE: Does making sounds for video games give you any ideas that you can use in your solo work?
LOSCIL: Sometimes. The fortunate thing about my day job is I’m always practicing and honing my sound design and composition skills. It is a real joy to spend most of my days thinking about sound. On the other hand, I tend to do a lot of the same things at work. It is a job after all. Spending long hours during the day in front of the computer does not bode well for doing the same with my evenings and weekends so it can be a struggle at times to sit down to work on loscil after working on game audio 40+ hours a week.
LUSINE: How long have you lived in Vancouver? What’s your favorite aspect of that city?
LOSCIL: I’ve been here for a little over 20 years now which is hard to believe. Vancouver’s physical beauty is pretty hard to escape. We are surrounded by mountains, forests and oceans and they are all accessible. The population is growing but it is still reasonable. The coffee and beer are good.
LUSINE: Is there any sort of emotional subtext, or something that inspires you to write such hypnotic and fluid music (possibly other artists/artforms past/present?
LOSCIL: If there’s a subtext, it is pretty subconscious. I’m ultimately inspired and motivated by feeling itself. I enjoy the moment I can create a chord progression or a particular texture that speaks to me and feels expressive of something I cannot otherwise express… it’s not something that I can put into words or draw on paper or realize in any other fashion – it is just that gut feeling of something having meaning beyond myself. Ultimately, I’m inspired by many musicians of all sorts but I think it’s that core act of searching for expression that inspires me to continue to make music.
I’ve always wanted a proper Kate Bush playlist for the ISO50 readers but i’ve never been able to completely take in the whole catalog, so I asked my girlfriend since she’s a true lover of Kate and her music, so please thank her for this gorgeous playlist.
I grew up listening to Kate Bush; but I did not understand fully her grace and power until I saw her eyes blink in the video for army dreamers. Above is a playlist of some of my favorite songs.
As more and more musicians touch on the dark end of electronic you find yourself weeding out the fakers and honing in on the honest ones that you can tell were born to make it. With Ellie Herring I have a feeling she has a love for haunting side of music, no matter what is popular now she would have made Touch Point without any trends influencing her and that makes me want to keep my ears open for her in the future.
Crystal Stilts have a recognizable sound and i’m not going to say it because I don’t want to ruin the pleasure i’m getting from listening to this track right now.
Legendary and just a big influence to some of my favorite musicians Sun Ra has to pop in soo often on the daily posts, expect a Sun Ra playlist soon on the blog from someone I find very talented.
I love some Active Child in my life and I love How To Dress Well but I can’t handle this auto tuned intro BUT BUT BUT once its over this song shapes into a sound that Patrick was made to make so it has my full support.