Audible Musings

We Have Moved
August 22, 2009, 4:49 am
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Sorry to confuse you all again, but my wonderful friend Zach has offered to host this blog! So, If you find yourself here wanting some more musings, wend your way to Cheers, Myles

Fools Gold – I Think Not!
August 21, 2009, 7:35 pm
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Hailing from LA, Fools Gold merges Afro-Pop with Western-sounding tweed guitar as if the two generes were made for each other

Hailing from LA, Fool's Gold merges Afro-Pop with Western-sounding tweed guitar as if the two generes were made for each other

I think this group is real gold! This tune here is a single off their upcoming LP that will be released in September. “Surprise Hotel” is certainly a refreshing effort. I’ve found it on the heels of all these afro-pop beats provided by The Very Best, and I must say that Fool’s Gold takes standard afro-pop harmonization and riddim and turns it into something truly unique. It bustles with the life of urban LA, but simultaneously hap-hazardly rolls through ghost towns like a tumbleweed from an old Wild West film. In the end, we arive someplace that’s part desert part African village. Grab this teaser to keep you anticipating the upcoming release in September.

Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel

Luke Tops solo effort, Friends, is out now

Luke Top's solo effort, Friends, is out now

Luke Top, a member of, among other things such as Cass McCombs and Foreign Born, also dabbles in the aforementioned band Fools Gold. His solo album, Friends, is in stores now. Top, incidentally, was born in Tel Aviv and is the son of an Iraqi refugee. Like the bands he partakes in, he resides in LA. As evidenced by his past, his musical ideas are certainly eclectic.

Luke Top – Friends

Forest Swords dig the dub
August 20, 2009, 7:47 pm
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Forest Swords latest Limited Edition Casette features the new tune Glory Gongs

Forest Sword's latest Limited Edition Casette features the new tune "Glory Gongs"

Forest Swords, who more famously released the single Miraches, have just released another limited edition Cassette (150 copies). This tune, “Glory Gongs” is some serious dub, mixed with a little bit of psychadelia. The reverby echoes swirl as squalks for vocals take center stage. The regaee inspired bass-line continues to provide the beat as new thoughts pop in and out of the song. Whether or not it’s worth the journey remains up to you. If you’re up for experimenting, then this is sure to please. If you want something more straight forward, well, see the post below about the Smith Westerns.

Forest Swords – Glory Gongs

Dark Flaming Lips track, fuzzy Smith Westerns album
August 20, 2009, 7:23 pm
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Embryonic, the newest offering from The Flaming Lips, is due out within the next two months

Embryonic, the newest offering from The Flaming Lips, is due out within the next two months

The upcoming Flaming Lips album, Embryonic, looms large on the horizon with its monstrous 18 track playlist. This most recent offering allows us a glimpse into its vast halls. Although the majority of the album is still shrouded in secrecy (quite a feat in this day and age!) this little piece of bait is sure to keep my mouth watering for the next month or two. The tune itself is a dark, shifting piece that throws the traditional male-female vocal duo for a loop by creating a sound intentionally un-perfected, intentionally raw, but most of all, intentionally longing. Paired with the minor, almost baroque chord progression that snakes in and out of time, the overall result is that of sheer emotional power. Have a listen over at stereogum.

The self titled debut LP is out now.

The self titled debut LP is out now.

The Smith Westerns burst into my itunes library with a rush of tweed and vintage sounding fuzz. This track features collaboration from fellow rockers Times New Viking. The simplicity and methodical thump of the floor toms complimented by the grinding of guitars on top of guitars makes for a pleasant interlude from all the non-sensical psy-surf-garage-punk floating around the internet latey. This band knows how to rock. They know how to make simple, cheerful tunes that’ll keep your head nodding and feet tapping. I’m trying my best to get my hands on their self-titled debut LP, but for now here’s Girl In Love.

The Very Best summer jams
August 18, 2009, 4:07 pm
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The Very Best are Esau Mwamwaya and production team Radioclit. You would have heard their music last year, in 2008, as their self-titled debut album received high accolades from throughout the blog network. If you didn’t hear the album, then you had to have heard the remix of MIA’s Paper Planes that was pumping out of stereo systems everywhere. You know, the one with the African Riddim bumping underneath MIA’s unmistakable vocals.

These two songs below are new tracks from this collaboration. The first has been floating around the internet for a little while, but nonetheless has been officialy released! Warm Heart Of Africa is in many ways much like the MIA remix: upbeat, a simple chord progression that is developed by vocal harmonies throughout, and most of all, tribal. It’s a great late – summer track; a breath of cool air amidst the sticky month of August. The second track, Yalira, is not as upbeat. It’s a more introspective tune that builds over the course of four minutes. Taking its cues from dubstep, it features a slow backbeat with quicker vocals going on over the top. The highlight of this song is not the beat or the rhythm, as it is in other The Very Best tunes, but is the vocal and melodic development. Both are worth checking out!

Warm Heart Of Africa – The Very Best

Yalira – The Very Best

Radiohead Conspiracy Theory: "Oink"
August 18, 2009, 12:28 am
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Let me explain. There are people on the interwebs who claim that Ok Computer and In Rainbows are, in fact, complimentary albums meant to be listened to side by side, with a connection deduced via Binary Code.

The reason it’s called Oink is the combination of OK and IN. Now, after a little research of my own (looking at my vinyl edition of OK computer for a bit), there is indeed a Pig on the inside album artwork and beneath it lies check boxes with A B and C, which leads me to believe that there could perhaps be a third album involved in all this (kid A?).

Before you scoff, at least hear the theories out. This summary, via

Ten years after OK Computer shocked the world, Radiohead released In Rainbows on October 10 (10/10). Though no one was expecting the album to be released until 2008, Radiohead announced In Rainbows just ten days in advance. In Rainbows, which consists of ten letters, has ten tracks, and would be downloadable from a rumored ten servers.

Radiohead preceded the release of In Rainbows with nine cryptic messages. They repeatedly emphasized X, the Roman Numeral for ten, in phrases such as “March Wa X”, and “Xendless Xurbia”. The tenth message was posted on October 10 with a photo of the band drinking tea.

There has been a lot of speculation over Radiohead’s emphasis of ten surrounding the release of In Rainbows. One theory suggests that Radiohead was typifying a binary code of ones and zeros, 1010101010. This has come to be known as the Binary Theory, also called the TENspiracy by some.

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Please, if you can, GO SEE ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
August 17, 2009, 10:07 pm
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Heed my words of wisdom. Animal Collective are INCREDIBLE live. The show that I went to on saturday at the Prospect Park Bandshell was mindblowing. Everything from the way the stage was set up to the visual effects to the lights to the crowd to the actual music itself, thoroughly floored me. A concert that’s still got me going the next day is the kind of experience you look for out of any live act. Sadly, not all deliver. Animal Collective, though, does.

From start to finish. from a 20 minute Fireworks to a 15 minute In The Flowers, the band had me thoroughly engrossed for the 2 hour set. I was all the way up at the front, so the sound wasn’t the best, but the stage, which was apparantly designed specifically for the CElebrate Brooklyn shows, added so much to the show. There were tiki men, there were moving cardboard waves, there were all sorts of gimmicks.

One of the things I really enjoyed about the show was how the band was able to move from a-tonal highs to spaced-out psychadelic lows, and not only flow between them smoothly but also bring the audience along with them.For example, the medly from In The Flowers into Lablakey, and then out of that into Slippi was a perfect example. My favorite song of the night, though, was a Panda Bear tune they whipped out in the encore: Comfy In Nautica. It’s such an amazing tune.

I got to the show in time to see Dam Funk, one of the two openers, who happened to be pretty neat. He’s a DJ who claims to bridge east and west. He plays a whole bunch of 70’s and 80’s style funk music. A lot of it’s coming out of the UK (props, England), and although the crowd was really just waiting with baited breath for Animal Collective, they were sorta digging his music, which was nice to see. Then again, who DOESN’T dig funk?