Audible Musings

Mew-sic videos
July 30, 2009, 6:58 pm
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I believe I posted a little while ago about a band called Mew…more specifically their song Introducing Palace Players. If not, somebody please correct me in the comments below and I’ll post my thoughts on the song. In any event, the band just finished a music video for this tune, and the link is below. I can’t embed it, though I’ve tried 😦 This song’s a space-y, uptempo song thats perfect for the summer at night…windows down on the way to a party. I should also add that this video very blatantly takes some cues from Stanley Kubrick, specifically 2001. enjoy!

Also out is a music video by YACHT for a song titled Psychic City (Voodoo City). Again, another fantastic summer banger, the song will suit you well in the aforementioned scenario. This video, though, is certainly weird. Have to love, though, the sloppy-porno makeout at the end. What a classic finish to an otherwise odd video.

Thank you Stereogum for both leads.

Brother Ali!
July 29, 2009, 7:16 pm
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This news update courtesy of the ever-friendly website Pitchfork:

Wesleyan favorite Brother Ali is releasing a new album! Anyone who went and saw him this past semester should absolutely be excited for this new release (as I am). Check out the info.

Artist: Brother Ali
Album: Us
Release Date: September 22
Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment


01 Brothers and Sisters [ft. Chuck D and Stokley Williams]
02 The Preacher
03 Crown Jewel
04 House Keys
05 Fresh Air
06 Tight Rope
07 Breakin’ Dawn
08 The Travelers
09 Babygirl
10 ‘Round Here
11 Bad Mufucker Pt. II
12 Best@it [ft. Freeway and Joell Ortiz]
13 Games
14 Slippin’ Away
15 You Say (Puppy Love)
16 US [ft. Stokley Williams]

All beats come from Atmosphere producer Ant. Features guest appearances from Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz, and Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams.

I do wonder what happened to the DJ that was backing him at the live show though…

P.S. I’m sure the awesome folks at Are You Here To Confuse Me had this news before I did…if you dig hip hop check their blog! Link is in the sidebar.

Psychadelia…in a garage?
July 29, 2009, 5:19 pm
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First, sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I’ve been busy, and it seems as though there is a slight late-summer lull…most of the albums that are summer bangers have made their way onto the market, and now we’re just biding our time until the early fall/fall releases come to fruition.

To follow up on an old post, I do have the Dodos new album, and I do advise all of you to follow that link to the site. Just…after watching their video I feel so bad about putting it up that I dont think I can. Also, if I remember correctly, the digital version is out already or if not will be out soon. In the end I’ll probably throw it up here by the end of August with my thoughts on it.

Now, for the topic at hand. Crystal Antlers recently put out an album and are on tour to support it. This track is one I thought I’d share. I had been a fan of theirs in the past, and have the EP that came out prior to the release. I must admit, this new tune is different from that EP. It’s called Tentacles, and represents a step forward for the band, I think, in a couple of respects. First, it incorperates elements of the more blatant psychadelia that was blatantly plastered all over their previous tunes, but augments it with an air of desperation and urgency. The singer and the band that follows behind him are pushing for more, for faster, and they end up in a place thats a finely atuned mix of a lo-fi garage band and a group thats still stuck in the late 60’s. Interestingly enough, there are moments in this quick song that allow glimpses into their musical influences, most blatantly: King Crimson. There is a guitar hook right before one of the noise-y breakdowns that’s a lick stolen straight from 21st Century Schitzoid Man. I’ll add this classic tune below the Crystal Antlers song. You can try to hear for yourselves exactly where this lick is from……Also, you’ll instantly be able to hear how much King Crimson influenced the music of this band.

Crystal Antlers – Tentacles

KIng Crimson – 21st Century Schitzoid Man

Jackson & His Computer Band
July 23, 2009, 2:54 am
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Been a long time since I’ve posted on this blog, but I’ve got something special for you today. This is not your average dance music, which is why it’s called Intelligent Dance Music, or IDM (has to be the most pretentious name for a genre). Jackson & His Computer Band‘s album Smash, released in 2005, is unbelievable. It’s quite difficult to describe the work of this crazy ass Frenchman, so you’re just gonna have to go ahead and download the sucker and hear the madness for yourself. For those of you who are not open to ‘weird’ then just go ahead and skip the album.

Smash – Jackson & his Computer Band

Also, got some other, rarer tracks from this awesome producer, both of which are highly recommended.

My Kind Of…Chicago – Jackson & His Computer Band
I’m pretty sure he was going under a different name when he made this, but I don’t remember it. This is pure French House from 1999. So funky.

D.A.N.C.E. (Jackson & His Computer Band Remix) – Justice

Get ready.

Sufjan Stevens BQE
July 21, 2009, 5:46 pm
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As I’m sure many of you know, last year Sufjan Stevens debuted a new composition entitled “The BQE” about his drive down the infamous BQE high way in New York City. And we were all under the impression that it was a one time only gig. Well, apparantly not! On October 20th, Sufjan will release this performance as his official follow up to Illinois, which was released four years ago. (seems like yesterday right?) The accompanying film will be screened at the Tribeca film festival. The package hes offering comes with a CD copy of the performance, a DVD of the accompanying film, 40 pages of notes and photos, and a 3D reel. pretty sweet deal…AND the limited edition version comes with a 180 gram vinyl and…comic book? I kind of want the vinyl, not the comic book. Anyway, keep your eyes and ears out for this, again, Oct. 20. Trailer is below:

THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

July 20, 2009, 3:31 pm
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My internship kicked me out of the office today! They cant really plan very well. Look out for some posts later as I have the whole afternoon to me-self.

New Atlas Sound; Pictureplane
July 17, 2009, 5:59 pm
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Atlas Sound has released this new tune, which, if it points to the album in the works, could lead to a fantastic LP which is expected to be called Logos and released at some point in the near future. This LP is not to be confused to the hack that spread around the internet earlier this year. That, according to outside websites and Bradford Cox himself, was a very rough draft. This, on the other hand, is anything but. It’s a very polished piece that begins with elements of early 60’s surf rock accented by airy, filtered drums. Eventually, the piece breaks down into a looped odyssey of one vocal line built on top of the remnants of the last one until the piece builds a wall of enveloping echo-y sound that inevitably fades into the distance. Check it out.

Walkabout – Atlas Sound

Pictureplane has been making some noise recently around them interwebs and this is one of his tracks. I’ve actually only heard one other piece of his, called Transparent Now over on Stereogum. Check that track out here. The guy’s got a fantastic summer vibe to his work. It’s synthy, it’s 80’s, and it’s everything you’d expect a breaking indie electronic artist to be. Shrouded vocals with hints of light amidst the spliced chords and filtered beats, this track below, Goth Star, is a track thats as easily thrown into a car as into the background of a smoky college dorm room.

Goth Star – Pictureplane