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Radian + Zelienople + JJ + Growing

Posted by Jakub

Radian
If you’re ever looking for very precise textured music with a post rock touch then Radian will blow your mind live, I never saw a drummer that was such a detail sensitive machine in my life. They have their moments in songs where they don’t do much but it feels like 2 tons are lifted off your shoulders, there minimalism is only more and more appreciated after just a few listens.

One of my favorite new songs that Sam shared with me was this song by Zelienople, total Slowdive feel and done well. Each vocal feels like its moving aside dense fog, its crazy to say but 5 minutes wasn’t enough.

With a Pitchfork stamp of approval under their belt JJ was worth checking out, it starts out happy like a some kind of odd Lemon Jelly B side but the under belly reminds me of what maybe is in Four Tet’s future? definitely not the best song to represent the album but a nice interlude instrumental.

Radiohead’s Spinning Plates doesn’t have to be the only song that you’ve heard that has the majority of the song backwards, you can now add Growing to that list. This opening band for F*ck Buttons marries chuggy noise and Miranda July dream sequences really well, not a song to jump around on, definitely a grower.

Radian – Nord – BUY

Zelienople – I Put All My Faith In Her – N/A

JJ – Intermezzo – BUY

Growing – Lens Around – BUY

Final Club Pow Tonight in Sacramento!

Posted by Scott

Dusty Brown Live

Dusty Brown Live


If you’re anywhere near Sacramento right now, cancel any plans you might have. The final Club Pow is going down at The Press club. Club Pow is a Sacramento music scene institution, they’ve been cranking out amazing shows night after night for years now. I’ll be making the drive out from San Fran, so all of you in Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove, and Woodland have no excuses! See you there.

THE LAST CLUB POW @ THE PRESS CLUB
Dusty Brown
Shaun Slaughter
The New Humans

11/30/2009 9:00 PM
2030 P STREET
Sacramento, CA
Cost: $4

Dusty Brown – One Take Miracles

Original Photo by Raoul Ortega

The Mercury Program – Chez Viking

Posted by Jakub

The Mercury Program - Chez Viking
The very first post I ever did on the ISO50 blog was of The Mercury Program, just one of those bands that I feel like I can play for anyone and they’ll fall in love with at least one song. I admire that this record stayed on pace with their previous albums, you know lush key work and light on the feet yet a wave of feel good energy popping up now and again, a perfect record to listen to for a Monday morning.

The Mercury Program: If you’re out there contact me[jakub *t iso50 d*t com] I want you to do a Tycho cover for his LP or if you want to play in Brooklyn, NY.

The Mercury Program – Arrived/Departed – BUY

The Mercury Program – Stand & Sing – BUY

The Mercury Program – Fluorescent Laces – BUY

Boom Bap Continuum – beats from ’99 – ’09

Posted by Jakub

Boom Bap tracklist

Probably one of the most educational mixes i’ve ever heard, this really lays out what has happened in Hip Hop in the last 10 years, call it Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Downbeat, Bass Music but its all just different forms of Hip Hop.

2tall, Clockwork and Kper are very proud to let you know that our new mix, A Boom Bap Continuum, is now live. We’ve worked very hard on this for most of the year and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we did putting it together.

The mix features over 200 tracks by more than 50 producers all mixed, edited and mashed up in 80 minutes. The intention is simple: we wanted to highlight the lineage of hip-hop production and beat making from the turn of the millennium to the present day, and perhaps shed some light on the fairly quiet revolution that has been taking place under the surface of mainstream media in recent years.

Download, artwork and text all available on the website

TRACKLIST HIGHLIGHTSfull tracklist here

2001
Prefuse 73 – Nuno into
Dabrye – So Scientific

2002
Boards of Canada – Sixtyniner into
P.U.T.S – Acid Raindrops (prod. Thes One)

2004
Telefon Tel Aviv – I Lied into
Loefah – Horror Show

2005
The Bug – Fire (Version) into
Boom Bip – The Move

2006
Dj Krush – Kemuri (Untouchable Mix) into
Clark – Herr Barr

2007
Waajeed – Tron into
Flyamsam – Green Tea Power

2008
Rustie – Zig Zag into
Flying Lotus – Auntie’s Lock/Infinitum (Quarta 330 remix)

2009
Paul White – Synth March into
Machinedrum ft. ie.merg – 911

2tall, Kper and Clockwork – A Boom Bap Continuum

Animal Collective+Apse+Piano Magic+Arms

Posted by Jakub

Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind
Animal Collective has done it again, listening to the previews I wasn’t too excited but the EP as a whole all the way thru is a treasure. Bleed is a heavy echoed out call and response song that simply makes you feel like your with the band in a bat cave with a cello. HIGHLY RECOMMEND hanging out in this bat cave with headphones on.

I found Apse accidently looking for some new post rock but instead of grabbing up the rock tracks I directly went for this looped tribal psychedelia for its build, i’d hope if there was ever such a day that Animal Collective and Sigur Ros did an instrumental album it would sound like this for 80 mins.

I don’t know what to say about this Piano Magic song besides that if it came out in the early 90’s it would of been huge, such good song writing and the guitar parts are written soo well, gawwww! this song deserves an award, damn this state of music! this band needs to be doing really well.

Arms is ex-Harlem Shakes guitarist and wonderful writer, a definite must have for Broken Social Scene, Mobius Band, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah plus someone else that’s on the tip of my tongue that I might blurt out in the comment section. Todd’s singing style with the guitars in this song could please any rock crowd with its hints of big classic rock and new indie rock perks. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

ENJOY YOUR THANKSGIVING.

Animal Collective – Bleed

Apse – Tropica

Piano Magic – The Faint Horizon

Arms – Whirring

Paul White – Sounds From The Skylight

Posted by Jakub

Sounds From The Skylight (Side A)
With more and more of the 1980’s PBS/older cartoon watching generation maturing and fine tuning their craft as musicians the more i’m excited about where hip hop is going. I’m sure if we asked a ton of these guys like Paul White, Bullion, Lone, Prefuse 73, Powell etc what they grew up on it would probably be a heavy dose Disney, Looney Tunes, and Hanna Barbara. I hear a great LP in Sounds From The Skylight, one that shows a crate digging addict, an open playful mind, and someone that truly cares and believes in taking this sound further and having fun doing it.

DOWNLOAD THE LP HERE FOR FREE

Paul White – Highlife

Paul White – Trying To Tell You

Paul White – Dream State (Dam Tales)

J.Molina + B.House + F.Rabbit + R.Estate

Posted by Jakub

Juana Molina
Here are 4 bands that I think really bring something special to the indie rock table, bands that are pushing the envelope on sound and their passions reaching for something different.

Juana Molina makes me want to dig thru the world music crates and pick her brain, the drive in her voice in this song could make 101 yr old man stand up and dance, I need to see this song being played live, my jaw would probably hit the floor.

What can you say its a new Beach House single that just leaked and the indie world is fumbling over itself to get a listen and I have to say its pretty impressive, catchy and i’d like to throw out this genre idea – woodgaze [woodsy shoegaze], yes or no?

After Pitchfork’s Festival all I heard about was how outstanding Frightened Rabbit sounded live, this is my first taste of something that I like by them on CD, wow a collection of songs[this plus the other 3 songs and some shoegaze and maybe Red House Painters and thats really it, and The Police too] that actually make me want to listen to lyrics, its such a nice feeling.

I have to give it to Tom Croose, he called Real Estate being great in the spring and now look at us all, I have to go back to how I visually described it back in August: “to me its laid back feel makes me want to bust out the Yo La Tengo’s Summer Sun LP but i’m too busy chillin’ in my kids pool filled with hose water that is being warmed by the sun and I have grass blades stuck all over me that i’m trying to pick off, so lets just keep the Real Estate CD in.”

Juana Molina – Un DiÌa

Beach House – Norway

Frightened Rabbit – Fun Stuff

Real Estate – Let’s Rock The Beach