Audible Musings

Mad Wow Disease
March 29, 2009, 4:57 pm
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That’s pretty much what I looked like the entire show.

Louis La Roche – The Peach EP
March 25, 2009, 5:54 pm
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I love French House.  French House is amazing.  I could talk for hours, hell, days about how much I fucking love French House.  I’ve even contributed to the wiki on it.  While most French House artists have moved on to a more synthy, electro house sort of sound (i.e. Fred Falke), Louis La Roche has burst onto the scene with a very fresh revivalist style.  He maintains the classic disco/filter house approach while adding a good deal of sidechaining and other tweaks that just make his material so dancey and fresh sounding.  He’s one of the most exciting producers in dance music right now and a person that everyone should be keeping their eyes on.  He’s also under 20 years old, like 18 or 19, I forget.  And he’s British.  Boy are those Brits doing well for themselves in dance music right now.  Anyways, here’s his first release, and I highly recommend scourging Hypem for his remixes and remixes of him.  Some good other artists that are reviving French House are The Phantom’s Revenge and Sidechains.  You can grab some Sidechains HERE if you’re interested.

The Peach EP – Louis La Roche
P.S. puts Sidechains under related artists to Bastille.  Awesome!  The other artists it puts are all metal, though…

March 21, 2009, 9:14 pm
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As you may or may not know, there is some awesome music going on at the SXSW music festival down in Texas. For example, the Decemberists debuted their new album, The Hazards Of Love (see post below), in its entirety. Other awesome bands have played as well, and thanks to NPR, you don’t have to be there to hear the amazing sounds coming out of Austin. NPR offers a free listen here, and I highly recommend taking the time to listen to some of this music…it may be one of the only times you get to hear music from a festival with great sound quality on your computer for free…unless youre torrenting, that is.

Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber All…
March 21, 2009, 12:37 am
Filed under: Boys Noize, Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer is a DJ/Producer duo of two two brother from Manchester, UK.  However, they are signed to Boys Noize Records, one of the first acts he signed, actually, and are now officially German in the eyes of the dance music world, bloody Nazi traitors.  Well anyways, they have released their first album, and it blew me away.  It contains a few songs from previous releases that have this style that is simply put as variation between two notes with an electro beat.  However, this new album introduces a very lively house feel as well as samples and just an overall vast improvement to their sound.  They’ve been compared to Mr. Oizo, a personal favorite of mine, and have just begun touring the world with Boys Noize.  I got a chance to see the DJ half play a live set (as in synths) this break at HARD 13 (Shadow Dancer dropping his track Soap).  It was one of the highlights of the night, despite the fact that he was one of the early opening acts.  The crowd went nuts to his highly energetic and ravey set composed soley of original material, which is very impressive since he’s hardly an ‘accessible’ artist.  D.I.M. followed him and basically played the safest set I’ve heard and mixed beginnings and ends, sometimes really well but sometimes very poorly and noticeably too (D.I.M. dropping Get Up – Les Petits Pilous).  Major props to Shadow Dancer, I think you guys deserve a place in the spotlight in this scene.

Golden Traxe – Shadow Dancer (in two parts) via Mediafire
Boys Noize Records Volume 1 via Megaupload

Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
March 20, 2009, 3:44 am
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YAY A NEW DECEMBERISTS ALBUM! Now…is it good? Well, I’d say I approve. It is still distinctly The Decemberists. Colin’s voice adds an antiquated tinge to anything…although the harpsichord in places definitely helps. The new album has a darker tinge to it than past albums, lyrically and musically. As much as the past albums were folk crossed with indie, The Hazards Of Love is definitely a rock album, although the band has labeled it a “folk-opera.” There are parts, suprisingly enough, that remind me of Black Mountain, which is a comparison I thought I’d never make, ever. That being said, it still works. The band has a way with chord progressions that never ceases to astound me, and are able to switch moods in an instant. The album almost seems bi-polar at times, with a slow harpsichord playing and Colin’s vocals soaring, and all of a sudden it dives into a distorted heavy guitar riff and female vocals shouting above the roar. The album ends with a beautiful steel guitar solo over the top of a glistening tune, which is another insturmentation that I would have never expected, but hey, they keep suprising me. In the end, though, as said above, it is distinctly The Decemberists. No other band could have made this music, but in comparison to their past work, it is a slightly new direction. I’d say at least give it a listen. They debuted the album live at SXSW festival in Texas…NPR has a live recording here for your auditory pleasure. They can fucking play a life show, can’t wait to see them myself.

And for my darling Bastille, or any of you torrent-ers out there…….

Who The Hell Is Ratcliffe?
March 16, 2009, 7:50 am
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All I know is that this mysterious Ratcliffe delivered a fantastic fucking remix of Dragonette, an indie-dance-punk-etc band from Canadialand.  This remix is fantastic; it’s got a great house beat with beautifully chopped vocals and a lot of cool glitchy electronic sounds that could have been in your favorite Atari game.  I couldn’t find a picture of Ratcliffe, so I just put up the first one I found when I searched the name in google images.  I’d like to imagine he looks something like that.

I Get Around (Ratcliffe Remix) – Dragonette

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
March 15, 2009, 8:12 pm
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So the long awaited follow up to Yellow House has finally arrived, or well, leaked. I have had the pleasure of listening to it and must say that it’s fantastic, dare I say, better than Yellow House. What’s even better news is that, according to multiple sources, Grizzly Bear has cleaned up it’s live act from a show that apparently used to suck to a performance that does their studio work justice. Even better, I’m slated to see them in May! sweeeet. Back to the album. It’s a flowing masterpiece that takes you from one song that you’re sure is the best to the next, which you’re sure is the best, and so on down the line until the climactic I Live With You, which left me gasping for breath, only to have Foreground (the closing track) seemingly creep onto me and, for lack of a better phrase, tuck me in. The album soars to heights that were merely glimpsed throughout Yellow House, harnessing some of the ambient energy in songs like Lullaby and combining it with the grandiose style of the Knife and the epic sound of Colorado. It works magically, and creates a sound that is distinctly Grizzly Bear, but more mature, focused, and full than any of their previous works.

Here’s th link provided by Edward Droste on his blog to the “higher quality” leak…. I hope for your sake that it works. If not, let me know, and I’ll see about getting it to you somehow.