Audible Musings


Some things in this world…
August 14, 2009, 5:01 pm
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…make me laugh. Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar are preparing a collaboration soundtrack to add to Jack Kerouac’s documentary. I don’t know about you, but these are absolutely the first names that come to mind when I think about who could possibly do Kerouac justice! …not really. The effort will be released around 10/20. Keep your eyes open, I guess.

…make me smile. Here’s a cool clip of fleet foxes doing “Your Protector” at the tail end of their recent tour promoting their self-titled LP, Fleet Foxes. Added bonus: the opening act, Dungon, came out and joined them for this tune. The audio’s a little shotty, but it gives you a glimpse at the awe-inspiring live performance that Fleet Foxes can deliver.

Fleet Foxes “Your Protector” with Gustav Ejstes of Dungen- First Avenue 8/9/09 from Stacy Cupcake on Vimeo.



Radiohead LEAK
August 13, 2009, 5:46 pm
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As some of you may or may not know, Radiohead is doing some new tunes for the Twilight soundtrack. I hate the movies, I hate the books even more, but I’ll certainly take any excuse for more Radiohead!

Now, this tune may or may not be in the soundtrack. That hasn’t been confirmed. The only thing we DO know is that this is a fairly high quality new Radiohead. Thom Yorke’s voice is just as haunting as ever, and for one of the first times, the band employs a dropped C tuning! Not that it’s heavy at all; it’s not. In fact, the tune, “These Are My Twisted Words,” is an ambient sojourn. The band flows fluidly from melodic minor to phrygian modes, creating a dark, middle eastern texture that’s complimented by Thom’s smooth, reverb-y vocals. Like taking a drag from a hookah in the corner of a dark room, we inhale, hold in, and release the silky smoke.

Here’s a stream from youtube:

and here’s the actual song:

Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words



Ear-Splitting WAVVES, Ear-Nurturing Volcano Choir
August 12, 2009, 2:27 pm
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Yes, this is my first post on the enigmatic band WAVVES who fell off the face of the earth prior to their drug-induced meltdown in Spain that was touted as the end of the band. After some interviews for Stereogum and other blogs, the mystery surrounding their break seemed to be cleared up, and to be at least a reason for the band to work through their trouble and move forward. This is always good news for a band! Now, I must say, I really don’t like this Lo-Fi/No-Fi surf-y trend that’s catching on in the brooklyn hipster scene. I really think it sounds like garbage. That said, this new tune from WAVVES, for some reason, caught my ear. There’s something in the waves of fuzz that blast any speakers out of the water that just barely manages to tread the fine line between electronic and post-noise rock. In the end, the hooks are catchy, the beat is irresistable, and as the filtered vocals wend their way through the haze, harmonies and snappy chord changes compliment each other and build upon each other to create a dazed, surprisingly melodic tune.

Cool Jumper – WAVVES

On to something a little more mellow. The Bon Iver side project titled Volcano Choir has released its first single in advance of its upcoming LP, Unmap, coming out 9/22. As promised, the single features the melodic voice of Justin Vernon augmented by an electronic ensemble that creates soundscapes and corners of the musical world previously left unexplored by Vernon and Bon Iver. The new context in which his voice is featured certainly gives us a new glimpse at his marvelous vocal abilities as well as potential for what is to come on the album. Many have trepedations about Vernon venturing into the electronic world, but this new track should assuage any fears. His voice melds perfectly into the mix.

Island, IS – Volcano Choir



New is not always better (but sometimes, it is!)
August 5, 2009, 6:35 pm
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So, as some of you may know, Muse is coming out with a new album fairly soon titled The Resistance. One positive to take from their new single that the released is that they’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately. The negative is that, well, it doesn’t exactly produce stuff that sounds original. The only thing really original in this tune is Belamy’s operatic voice that still retains its high-pitched drawl. Then again, that, too, manages to feel trite in this new tune. Imagine a poor combination of Queen, Blondie, and the Battles song Atlas. Toss into the mix a pinch of typical Muse chord progression and song development, and you’ve got yourself one giant redundancy. Of course, as soon as I go to post this the video that I was going to embed got snagged off of Youtube. Alas, you will just have to take my word for it. The tune is called “Uprising;” check all the usual media outlets for it and if you get a tip, please let me know.

Destroyer, arguably the best part of The New Pornographers, has put out a new, 12 minute ambient piece ahead of his Bay Of Pigs EP. This track, “Bay Of Pigs,” indeed fits the qualification of epic. It takes up all of side A on the EP, and begins with a synth-y soundscape that gently carries the music from a very grounded place to a space in between a trip and a late night/early morning drunken landscape. It almost feels, for a moment, as though the drunkard appears from within his fog, only to retreat within himself again. Lyrically, the song is very powerful as well as philosophical. From the ebb and flow of life to scoffing at love as merely political, Bejar creates an intriquitely spun web of stories and ideas. For me, perhaps the most powerful line of the song that speaks for itself is, “Magnolia’s a girl, her heart’s made of wood / as apocalypses go that’s pretty good — sha la la — wouldn’t you say?” The tune then drops into something like David Bowie or David Byrne crossed with Pink Floyd; a beautiful mix indeed. Check it out on Stereogum. Also, be sure to grab the EP on 8/18.

So there you have it. The Ying and the Yang; The Good and the Bad. Enjoy!



Countrysides and Cities
August 4, 2009, 7:47 pm
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Although the title of this post may be confusing, I’m going to throw up two artists today, one for each end of the spectrum.

We’ll start with the countryside. Paul North, who works under the name Sunnybrook, just put out an EP titled Water Me Glow, which I recommend you pick up if you have the chance. I’m posting two of the better (and widely received) tracks from the new EP. The lo-fi sound is completed by claps for percussion, and puts the listener into a mountain-filled skyline. The ever-present reverb and folksy instrumentation creates a sound that is immediatly recognizable, yet somehow revitalized by backing electronic melody lines and percussion that never once dares to cross into the bass range, yet adds a shimmering tonality that gives the music an ethereal feeling. The entire thing feels as though it could be easily reproduced at a drum circle around a campfire that is heard from across the valley. Only at the ends of the two tunes do they feel trite; North chooses to end both with a somewhat typical de-tuning of the track as if an old tape deck had lost its gusto. Something about their music, though, does remind me of bands like Explosions and Sigur Ros that are able to conjure swelling textures with their music. This band definitely culls from that line of musical thought.

Waving Hands – Sunnybrook
Tiger Bite – Sunnybrook

Now for the urban! Some of you may know the artist Oh No from his 2007, Dr. No’s Oxperiment (Turkish & Lebanese Psyche samples). Now, he’s set to follow that album up with Dr. No’s Ethiopium – all Ethiopian samples. As this title suggests, all of the stuff sampled on the album is Ethiopian. It’s a fantastic mixx, absolutely hip hop oriented. It takes its cues from experimental producers and DJ’s such as Flying Lotus. Oh No is able to take sounds that were once ordinary and then splice and arrange them into kind of crazy hip-hop influenced beats. Definitely an interesting listen. The album drops in August exclusively on stonesthrow.com.

Here’s an 8 minute sample from the album. Enjoy!



Bastille Drop The BEATZ
August 3, 2009, 4:19 pm
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Here’s the deal. Hottest up and coming DJ duo, Bastille, hail from Los Angeles and run the blog Apes With Barrels, which can be found in my sidebar. I know both of them, but I am much better acquainted with M, who sometimes posts on this blog with that initial as his tag. I must say that the two of them, M and J together, can dj up a storm. I know from experience…their shows are NOT to be missed if you can get to them.

This is their first ‘official’ release of music that they are promoting. It’s four tracks that are all remixes. Two are of Foreigner’s Cold As Ice (one is a shortened radio edit, the other is a nine minute long epic). The other two are of Jackson Five’s Life Of The Party, and they grabbed a vocal sample off of ‘Crazy Disco’. Hope you guys enjoy!

Bastille Remix Package



Yay for being ahead!
August 3, 2009, 4:15 am
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In a post a little while back, I referenced a band called Glasser, who have now recieved mention on both Stereogum and Pitchfork as an up and coming band. If anything, this should prompt you the readers to check out the post titled ‘dumping knowledge upon thee’ and grab their along with others’ music. Also, I’ll bask in that spotlight a little bit and pat myself on the back for picking up on the group. Now keep your eyes open! I’ll try to make more finds like that one in the future.